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by popman
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 5753

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

--SNIP-- I still have no idea how archive.org works legally, but I use it for films and books pretty regularly. I'm in the middle of Village of the Damned , the one from 1960. I usually watch in 30 minute increments on the stationary bike. Everything they have is either gone into the public domain,...
by popman
Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 97467

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

On the current timetable, Brexit should happen before the next European elections - and even if it doesn't, unless it ends up being scrapped entirely, it seems more likely that we'd negotiate an arrangement that involves our votes not affecting the result than that we'd be included. Is it actually ...
by popman
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12925

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

What aesthetic is this comic trying to mimic?
by popman
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"
Replies: 21
Views: 5752

Re: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"

Mauthe Dhoo wrote:-- snip --
This is why we have Perma.cc!


Isn't that just archive.is with a snazzier look, and people relocating content?


On topic though, It's probably a good thing that tinyurl uses 301 redirects as they're cached forever.
My opinion is, as always, url shortening was a fucking awful idea.
by popman
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 12850

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

savageorange wrote:Not that I can think of. I would probably use sponge instead, as in "sponge | parallel wget"

I heard of that, but it's not in my software sources right now.

sounds more like tee than anything though.
by popman
Wed Feb 03, 2016 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 12850

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

I see some other people noticed the "cat out.txt |" in the title text.
Anyone ever seen "tac| tac|" used in a script? I use it for holding onto any data piped in until a an EOF.

e.g. tac| tac| parallel wget
by popman
Fri Sep 04, 2015 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"
Replies: 31
Views: 6997

Re: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"

There was a defcon talk about this.

It was a little more bland than what I'm used to, since it was just some guy telling everyone to not mention the NSA and make encryption seem like a boring thing for everybody.
by popman
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 25584

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

-snip- This is something which troubles me too. I generally avoid free buffets, because I don't know what's socially acceptable. Eat what you can, you can't take anything you don't eat home with you, finish everything you put on your plate. Also, if the place doesn't have a time limit don't stay th...
by popman
Sun Dec 14, 2014 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1459: "Documents"
Replies: 52
Views: 14224

Re: 1459: "Documents"

And dates in filenames should always be YYYY-MM-DD, with leading zeroes included. Just try and sort directories full of dated files named "Friday 12/12/14" and "Dec 13 14" and "December 12 2014" and whatever other combinations and permutations I'm as much a fan of ISO ...
by popman
Wed Jul 09, 2014 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1392: "Dominant Players"
Replies: 187
Views: 40092

Re: 1392: "Dominant Players"

I thought I'd get a word in before this thread becomes flaming walls of text.

The y axis isn't labelled with anything, Did anyone else notice?

I would have thought that would come first with an `informational` comic.
by popman
Fri Apr 11, 2014 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 32489

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

Randomizer wrote:Was the xkcd forum affected by heartbleed? If so, has it been fixed? Do we need to redo our passwords?


The forum doesn't have SSL support. So it should be fine unless it's on the same server as another site which does.
by popman
Tue Mar 11, 2014 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1340: "Unique Date"
Replies: 140
Views: 32560

Re: 1340: "Unique Date"

Has anyone considered just using as many digits in the year as needed when it comes to computers?
It kind of worked with UTF8.


Also, does anyone else want to start using three digit years (11/03/014), or is it just me?
by popman
Fri Feb 14, 2014 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 19156

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

How do we know this didn't happen before with a wider hole, and all of the steam released into the atmosphere caused a great flood over much of the earth?
by popman
Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 2013 XKCD Store Images
Replies: 19
Views: 7748

Re: XKCD Store Images

Anyone know what his rational is for this?

Maybe practising procedural image generation? or just trying really desperately to avoid image filters based on MD5 checks
by popman
Fri Sep 13, 2013 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 23734

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

I'm dissapointed randall didn't try to implement this in APNG, at least for browsers which offer support, especially since he's made comics which detect browsers before.
by popman
Mon Jul 22, 2013 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 22831

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

Who even created that alarm clock beep? Since it's meant to be jarring and off-putting, they did a very good job.
A ringer which changes pitch and volume while ringing, in such a way that it's impossible to judge where you left your phone, would be interesting.
by popman
Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1237: "QR Code"
Replies: 64
Views: 23520

Re: 1237: "QR Code"

Carnildo wrote:Can anyone recommend a program (preferably Linux, but Windows will do) that will read a QR code from an image file?


I always use this: http://zxing.org/w/decode.jspx
I should probably come up with a script to do it automatically on images, or pester google to add it to the search by image function.
by popman
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 26037

Re: "All Adobe Updates"

The best satire is indistinguishable from reality. In this case, they're literally one and the same. http://pigroll.com/img/adobe_updater.jpg (On a more serious note, does Adobe realize how counter-productive this is to security? I've disabled Adobe Updater precisely because of how annoying it is, ...
by popman
Mon Apr 01, 2013 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 151175

Re: 1193: Externalities

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by popman
Mon Mar 18, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20890

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

I recall downloading a copy of a film encoded by some guy in India (he made a pretty good NFO) and the aspect ratio changed from 2:1 during most scenes and 16:10 during action scenes. That said, I have to deal with missing space all the time due to my 16:10 display. what really gets me though, is wh...
by popman
Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1172: "Workflow"
Replies: 57
Views: 22778

Re: 1172: "Workflow"

CPUs can overheat, when you hold down the spacebar? really? and why? This means when I fall asleep during my job, this job not just might be in danger; when my nose lands on the spacebar I could also set the office on fire? When everybody goes to lunch and I glue or tape down some spacebars how muc...
by popman
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 28051

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

Sweden mobile number: seven random numbers └──────┬───────┘ 07[]-[][][][][][][] ┌─┴──────┐ phone provider Correct me if I'm wroing this is pretty much what we have in Ireland too. except it's 08X XXXXXXX though some numbers are withheld to be auctioned off, such as the one bought by a taxi service ...
by popman
Mon Oct 08, 2012 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38947

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

They weren't prosecuted for bundling the browser with their OS it was for reining the internet by forcing developers to use their standards with activeX.
I normally don't post, but I couldn't let this one go.
by popman
Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 69288

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

Ummm...did anyone else notice that he used the machine twice ? the time machine is made of two parts. one can move forwards by freezing occupants (the one without windows) one can bring the user back to the time the machine was first created (this is always the destination) it can only be used once...
by popman
Wed Apr 25, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 68962

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

reminds me of my dad's easy way to do simple multiplications: 7*7? Just take 5*10 and subtract 1. How is that better than "Just take 50 and substract 1", or even: "7*7? Just take 49 and you're done"? Edit: Also 7*7 is trivial since everybody knows 6*7=42. What do you get if you ...
by popman
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 31068

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

Raise your hand if you have been in a situation where the proper solution to a problem was "Run like hell" and someone was wasting their breath about trivial details like the comic. Mine was in an electronics room when a blackout hit. Several dozen alarms going off, I'm dropping everythin...
by popman
Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22265

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

I used to work in a supermarket which had to cut the trolley service entirely because so many people stole them. Even with the coin-system in place. This system is not supposed to stop people from stealing carts. Obviously, the cart is worth more than the coin you put in it. Actually, even if it wa...
by popman
Mon Dec 26, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22265

Re: 0995: "Coinstar"

could you not just get a 2 litre bottle cut some of the top off and all of the bottom to make a funnel.
then tip the change, through it, into one of those self-checkout machines. it wouldn't take that long, and you don't need to pay commission.
by popman
Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 33728

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

I don't go with a scheme. I just pick a name as I am setting up the computer.
my computer: Englebert
other computer in the house: William
Wii: Carl
ps3: Janice
dead iPod nano: Tony
by popman
Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 29887

Re: 0890: Etymology

the unis would be translated too like in doctor who where all the translation occurs in your own head.
by popman
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:49 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Ireland?
Replies: 4
Views: 3271

Re: Ireland?

sorry I live in the south-west.
by popman
Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: bioluminescent genes
Replies: 4
Views: 883

bioluminescent genes

if it were possible to safely add genes from glowing jellyfish into your own like they have done with pigs and rats.would you do it?
by popman
Sat Mar 19, 2011 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: retroviruses
Replies: 18
Views: 2457

Re: retroviruses

tumours are not immortal they just keep growing and do so in places where it fucks the host up to have them removed.this on a human scale would lead to a need for some great source of nutrients as growing at such a rapid rate would be quite energy heavy.
by popman
Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Doomsday scenarios: What's your plan?
Replies: 31
Views: 3133

Re: Doomsday scenarios: What's your plan?

everyone forgot the holodeck doomsday
by popman
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: retroviruses
Replies: 18
Views: 2457

Re: retroviruses

ok then thanks for clearing that up
by popman
Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: retroviruses
Replies: 18
Views: 2457

retroviruses

If retroviruses combine with DNA and stay in cell even when they divide.And if aging is caused by DNA being damaged.Would it be possible to use created retroviruses to implant repaired DNA into cells? Can someone who knows about these things please tell me if this is possible or not.I would really l...
by popman
Fri Mar 18, 2011 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: infinite inertial point
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: infinite inertial point

ok then.Thank you I just needed someone to prove me wrong as I get lots of ideas such as this and I no little about science due to not having completed education on these subjects and I did not want this idea to run away with me.
by popman
Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: infinite inertial point
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: infinite inertial point

but if it happened everywhere in a uniform state there would be no where for anything to expand to.
by popman
Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: infinite inertial point
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: infinite inertial point

thanks for the info.but I only came up with this idea because it jumped into my head on my way home from school when I had only 4 hours of sleep the night previously.And I just wanted to see if it was somehow possible as it would be interesting.and I lack physics knowledge so I could not easily disp...
by popman
Sat Mar 12, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: infinite inertial point
Replies: 18
Views: 1942

Re: infinite inertial point

but it probably originated from a single area illustrated by the way that the universe is expanding.

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