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by Arancaytar
Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 8909

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

'If Gnome Ann hurt thee, but the hand divine
Inflict disease, it fits thee to resign:
To Jove or to thy father Neptune pray.'
The brethren cried, and instant strode away.
-The Odyssey (A. Pope translation, Book IX)
by Arancaytar
Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1626: "Judgment Day"
Replies: 63
Views: 7118

Re: 1626: "Judgment Day"

Wulfram wrote:Is anyone else getting the "Thing Explainer is available" message above the comic in Dutch now?


It must be geoip-based. My system and browser locales are all English, and it still shows up in German.

Edit: Tunnelling through a US IP turns it into English, so yes.
by Arancaytar
Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 10698

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

Amazon's water delivery might win on latency, but it'll never compare to its namesake in bandwidth.
by Arancaytar
Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 10954

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Wait, all my life I thought he was spelled Frankenstain! :o
by Arancaytar
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 16558

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

I liked Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Little Man; especially The Little Man: Suddenly Traveling, although The Little Man: Five Teams Wrestling strayed a bit too far from the book for my taste.

Hijackers Of the Antilles: Profanity of the Murky Bauble was also pretty fun.
by Arancaytar
Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mainboard or PSU dead?
Replies: 5
Views: 4401

Re: Mainboard or PSU dead?

Update: Haven't acquired a voltmeter yet, but apparently I might not need to: Unplug the power supply from any of the components inside the computer (or just remove it from the computer completely). Find the big 24-ish pin connector that connects to the motherboard. Connect the GREEN wire with the a...
by Arancaytar
Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mainboard or PSU dead?
Replies: 5
Views: 4401

Re: Mainboard or PSU dead?

Thanks for the tip! I guess I'll find a voltmeter. Since the board and CPU are about five years old now, I expected to have to replace the system sooner or later; this is just a bit sooner than I'd planned. If it does turn out to be dead, I hope I can salvage most of the other hardware (GPU and memo...
by Arancaytar
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Mainboard or PSU dead?
Replies: 5
Views: 4401

Mainboard or PSU dead?

I seem to have bricked my desktop simply by opening the case to look at something. Since then, not only will it not power up, but even the power LED on the mainboard remains dark when the PSU is switched on. Since I didn't intentionally touch anything, my main suspects were nudging and disconnecting...
by Arancaytar
Fri Jan 16, 2015 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 27347

Re: 1474: "Screws"

I have in fact turned a hex screw by wedging a Philips and a flat head together. I couldn't get it very tight, but it screwed easily enough until then.
by Arancaytar
Sat Jan 03, 2015 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1468: "Worrying"
Replies: 50
Views: 8470

Re: 1468: "Worrying"

I still remember being amazed when looking at an anatomical chart for the first time in middle school and learning that the heart is actually not directly below the left collarbone shoulder as I previously thought. Also: The far belated realization that almost every part of us is made up of insanely...
by Arancaytar
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1452: "Jurassic World"
Replies: 37
Views: 8837

Re: 1452 - Jurassic World

I wonder when movie dinosaurs will catch up to what we now believe dinosaurs really looked like.

If they don't, then half a century down the line people will still be surprised when they open a biology textbook. :P
by Arancaytar
Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1451: "Background Screens"
Replies: 68
Views: 13108

Re: 1451: "Background Screens"

I tend to hit pause when I see random scrolling code somewhere. Apparently, the replicators in Stargate SG-1 ran on Javascript.
by Arancaytar
Fri Nov 21, 2014 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 35621

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Roko's Basilisk is basically Pascal's Wager, only instead of having to pick the one correct god and afterlife, you can have an arbitrary number of gods and concurrent afterlives. If your soul is information, then it can be infinitely reproduced. Thousands of versions of you could each be simultaneou...
by Arancaytar
Thu Oct 09, 2014 9:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"
Replies: 100
Views: 19862

Re: What-If 0115: "Into the Sun"

This reminds me of a part of Myst: The Book of D'ni , where a character is briefly teleported "into the heart of a dying sun" for two seconds. He's wearing some kind of super-advanced protective suit, and somehow survives with severe but not life-threatening injuries. I've always wondered ...
by Arancaytar
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 14216

Re: 1429: Data

an hypercorrection habit


an 'ypercorrection 'abit?
by Arancaytar
Wed Sep 24, 2014 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 16926

Re: 1425: "Tasks"

In the 60s, Marvin Minsky assigned a couple of undergrads to spend the summer programming a computer to use a camera to identify objects in a scene. He figured they'd have the problem solved by the end of the summer. Half a century later, we're still working on it. Half a century? Sheesh, you'd thi...
by Arancaytar
Mon Sep 15, 2014 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1418: "Horse"
Replies: 101
Views: 16772

Re: 1418: "Horse"

I just googled "Horse equals mass times acceleration" just for fun, and found this: http://www.thesciencist.org/papers/20030915.html
by Arancaytar
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 13630

Re: 1420: "Watches"

Thinkpiece also sounds like a doubleplusgood replacement for the oldspeak word "opinion column" or "blog post".
by Arancaytar
Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:30 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 149
Views: 50979

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

I've never seen the notation on the right - what is [imath]S_**(1000)[/imath]?

I'm assuming that much like [imath]1000^1000^1000[/imath], it is a completely negligible number next to 20↑↑↑↑20.
by Arancaytar
Wed Jul 30, 2014 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1401: "New"
Replies: 61
Views: 10220

Re: 1401: "New"

I was staring at "headcannnon" for at least ten seconds wondering why it looked subtly wrong. Even when I suspected it, I had to basically count out the n's to see them - the eye just slides right off them somehow.
by Arancaytar
Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Trouble with a USB hard drive
Replies: 2
Views: 3369

Trouble with a USB hard drive

I've got this 3.5" externally powered USB drive that I've been told got accidentally formatted (single NTFS partition, relatively new and unused, should be straightforward) but no physical problems, and trying to see if I can recover something. Unfortunately, I've been unable to read anything f...
by Arancaytar
Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Installing a graphics card
Replies: 2
Views: 2327

Re: Installing a graphics card

I've now managed to test it with DVI as well, which also worked. Fortunately my monitor can use both VGA and DVI.

I'm still very confused why the card would specifically fail to work with VGA, though.
by Arancaytar
Thu May 29, 2014 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Installing a graphics card
Replies: 2
Views: 2327

Re: Installing a graphics card

Update: HDMI works!

Which would be awesome if I had a HDMI monitor. But still, it implies the card is actually working correctly.
by Arancaytar
Thu May 29, 2014 10:52 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Installing a graphics card
Replies: 2
Views: 2327

Installing a graphics card

After giving up on getting drivers for the on-board chipset , I decided to get a cheap graphics card. This is an NVIDIA GT218 [GeForce 210] GPU, PCIe interface, 1024MB DDR2 memory. Unfortunately, I can't get any VGA signal out of it. There are two ways I can set up the BIOS: 1. Set the Primary Graph...
by Arancaytar
Wed May 14, 2014 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Really broken graphics drivers in debian
Replies: 10
Views: 5758

Re: Really broken graphics drivers in debian

The "no screens" thing is because the debian package doesn't install the xorg.conf file that is apparently required. I've dredged up an old one from 2013 (back when I was using 304.88): # nvidia-xconfig: X configuration file generated by nvidia-xconfig # nvidia-xconfig: version 304.88 (bui...
by Arancaytar
Thu May 08, 2014 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1365: "Inflation"
Replies: 56
Views: 23441

Re: 1365: "Inflation"

First thought when I noticed the lettering changed: Wait... is it April 1 again?
by Arancaytar
Tue May 06, 2014 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Really broken graphics drivers in debian
Replies: 10
Views: 5758

Re: Really broken graphics drivers in debian

Well, going back to nouveau has left something else badly broken. x won't start without setting noaccel=1, it shows "GPU lockup, switching to software fbcon". But setting that option makes all windows draw really slowly and gnome-shell routinely take 200% CPU load. Fortunately no sharks in...
by Arancaytar
Sat May 03, 2014 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"
Replies: 78
Views: 22537

Re: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"

If phone ships with Siri, return immediately; do not speak to her and ignore any instructions she gives.


Also, the Enrichment Center would like to remind you that your phone will never threaten to stab you, and, in fact, cannot speak.
by Arancaytar
Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Really broken graphics drivers in debian
Replies: 10
Views: 5758

Re: Really broken graphics drivers in debian

Okay, since this last post, I've only been able to boot the system with the "text" flag and then using startx - now, unfortunately, even that will not work. Xorg.0.log will not have a segfault, but instead contain the following: [ 2878.270] (II) NVIDIA(GPU-0): Display (Samsung SyncMaster (...
by Arancaytar
Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Really broken graphics drivers in debian
Replies: 10
Views: 5758

Re: Really broken graphics drivers in debian

Well, that didn't work. NVIDIA 304.121 installs fine (DKMS doesn't work, but that just means I'd have to reinstall manually after every kernel update). The kernel module also loads fine after reboot. However, X segfaults. Ouch! [ 13.216] (EE) [ 13.216] (EE) Backtrace: [ 13.216] (EE) 0: /usr/bin/Xorg...
by Arancaytar
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Really broken graphics drivers in debian
Replies: 10
Views: 5758

Re: Really broken graphics drivers in debian

Yeah, that's a nope. Relevant dmesg output: [ 0.000000] Nvidia board detected. Ignoring ACPI timer override. [ 0.000000] If you got timer trouble try acpi_use_timer_override ... [ 3.426890] nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel. [ 3.426900] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint [ 3.44...
by Arancaytar
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Really broken graphics drivers in debian
Replies: 10
Views: 5758

Re: Really broken graphics drivers in debian

I'll try that. Last time I installed nvidia-legacy-304xx-driver, however, I couldn't load the module. Either because the module failed to find a particular symbol in the kernel, or vice versa - it seemed to be a compatibility issue between the legacy driver and the current kernel (I'm running 3.13)....
by Arancaytar
Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Really broken graphics drivers in debian
Replies: 10
Views: 5758

Really broken graphics drivers in debian

I'm not sure what is up with my graphics drivers, but it seems that any game using direct drawing or acceleration is completely inoperable right now. Their windows are just full of static. No noteworthy error or log messages... Some examples: Splice , Minecraft . The most interesting output of glxin...
by Arancaytar
Thu Apr 10, 2014 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1462
Views: 180927

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future



"I've solved the interesting research problems. The rest is just business, which is easy, right?" :)
by Arancaytar
Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 28635

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

Re pitch drop: Could have just cheated and set up a cronjob to update it a couple of decades from now. :P
by Arancaytar
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India
Replies: 114
Views: 11209

Re: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India

The problem I have with price discrimination is that I in the US will end up paying more for the same exact item as someone else. I abhor any form of price discrimination unless it is available to everyone (e.g., Early Bird Specials, Groupon, Steam deal, etc). The price of this treatment is easily ...
by Arancaytar
Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India
Replies: 114
Views: 11209

Re: Advanced drugs not developed for people of India

The problem I have with price discrimination is that I in the US will end up paying more for the same exact item as someone else. I abhor any form of price discrimination unless it is available to everyone (e.g., Early Bird Specials, Groupon, Steam deal, etc). The price of this treatment is easily ...
by Arancaytar
Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1290: "Syllable Planning"
Replies: 64
Views: 11548

Re: 1290: "Syllable Planning"

Hm... "ridi-fucking-culous". Nope, doesn't work. "ridic-fucking-ulous"? Worse, and also contains "dick-fucking". As a rule for four-syllable words, I'd say this only works if they're a double-fucking- trochee . (Huh. robot-fucking-zombie-ninjas . Yup. Though now you hav...
by Arancaytar
Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 29475

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

The horse looks unamused. "Dude, I have had it with your thought experiments and your freaking battery staples. Unless you want to hear a thousand annoyingly useless things about shadows again, shut. up. " Yeah, but if you have Pegasus on the hoovemill, will he ever get airborne? In ten se...
by Arancaytar
Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 21964

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

What I'm having trouble with is the notion that any of these three signs would be written without sentence punctuation at the end. And in capital letters. And un-serifed text. Center-aligned.

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