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by uiri
Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 27306

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

I just wanted to note that the next 3 digits denote a call center exchange. Phone numbers are assigned to carriers in 10,000 blocks (or were, I think they do it in 1000 number blocks since the 90s?) so you can tell what carrier the number was originally on based on the next three digits. If you live...
by uiri
Thu Sep 15, 2011 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 82174

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

In the US, Microsoft's legal troubles really had nothing to do with bundling software - that was simply the catalyst. What they did was coerce vendors into not bundling competing software (i.e. Netscape). Netscape managed to cut its own throat with Mozilla, in spite of winning that particular battl...
by uiri
Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 82174

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

That is, Linux is the least user-friendly consumer OS on the market. What about Haiku? Or one of the *BSDs? Linux Mint is just as user-friendly as Windows, for most people. I don't think that it is that any time Microsoft tries to bundle more software, some people cry monopoly, but rather Internet ...
by uiri
Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 28098

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

IP owners with an interest in protecting their profits tried to make copying without permission seem as bad as murder, kidnapping and armed robbery. It is interesting that you use the term "IP" (intellectual property) in your rant about conflated meanings because intellectual property con...
by uiri
Wed Jul 27, 2011 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 21500

Re: 0929: "Speculation"

The "thunk" sound is the old IRC message recieved tone. BHG is sending them an IRC message to say "I still use it, and it still gets my message accross". How old are we talking about here? I find it hard to believe that there was only one IRC client for any longer than a year or...
by uiri
Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 21500

0929: "Speculation"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/speculation.png Title-text: "'I was pretty good at skeet shooting, but was eventually kicked off the range for catching the clay pigeons in a net and dispatching them execution-style.'" I laughed because of the non-sequitur but it isn't really that good. Google...
by uiri
Thu Jul 21, 2011 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 26974

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

FoolishOwl wrote:What really drives me nuts about people worried about mobile phones causing cancer, is that they use mobile phones, like everyone else. Well, everyone except Richard Stallman.


Except Richard Stallman isn't concerned about cancer, he's concerned about big brother.
by uiri
Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 22837

Re: 0871: "Charity"

I simply can't take a charity seriously when it asks me to install proprietary software like flash on its main page.
by uiri
Fri Oct 22, 2010 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 46143

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

I may be mistaken, but I don't think there was anyone named Steve on the Manhattan Project.
by uiri
Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 85679

Re: 0806: Tech Support

Lode wrote:
Me321 wrote:1 week later that computer died (blue screen of death)


That means WINDOWS has died, not your computer...


Actually it means windows has CRASHED, not died.

And if they are using windows, do you really need to make that distinction? :P
by uiri
Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0789: "Showdown"
Replies: 46
Views: 12632

Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

rhetorical wrote:
kaindragoon wrote:Anybody else think this would have been much funnier if the last two panels were switched?


You need to pull the hammer back before you can fire...


I like to think that the gun was pre-cocked and he is cocking it again to prepare for the next time he has to fire.
by uiri
Fri Sep 03, 2010 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 37315

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

I thought plates from the neighboring provinces had the letters and colors in different colors, although the same font? And license plates from faraway states and provinces looked quite different? I guess it's time to experiment. Pull over on the highway and try to make out which passing cars' plat...
by uiri
Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Mac vs PC
Replies: 162
Views: 48350

Re: Mac vs PC

Hm, the first post says no Linux.

In which case I'd probably use *BSD or a GNU+Hurd distro :P

In general, both Windows and Mac OS X suck.

I'd probably go with Windows though. At least I can choose my hardware manufacturer.
by uiri
Mon Aug 23, 2010 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 135077

Re: PC != Windows

(I used this as an example in class for something regarding whether the correct plural of octopus was octopi, because Latin or Greek root etc. blah blah blah to show how language changing can result in at least slang correct words. The ENTIRE class laughed for a minute and a half. I'm still scratch...
by uiri
Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: PC != Windows
Replies: 190
Views: 135077

Re: PC != Windows

The only reason I really hate this is because I once met a Mac user who, after I told him I ran GNU+Linux, insisted on drawing a distinction between a Mac, a PC and “a Linux”. I corrected his terminology once or twice, and pointed out that not only are Macs and computers running GNU+Linux almost by ...
by uiri
Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 42776

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Two people have already said it, and both acknowledge it's just an urban legend, but enough with the Mr. Rogers was a sniper stuff. Time after time I hear "Hello Mr. Rogers, did you know Mr. Rogers was an army/marine/spec ops/navy seal sniper?" Yes, I've heard that before. No, he wasn't. ...
by uiri
Fri May 28, 2010 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 61973

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

If that "entirely possible" event happened and is so relevant to the comic, then it should be presented -- otherwise it's just an excuse for a rabid (and probably inaccurate) defense. As it is, the comic implies that there's a direct correlation between using MS Word and giving every litt...
by uiri
Sun May 23, 2010 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 61973

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

-snip- So, changing tracing the phone number and it being her local one to tracing the ip and it being a local one is smug? So, using math to try to figure out love is smug? So, moving on by deleting one's partner's user account on their computer is smug? So, a joke about bad programming practices ...
by uiri
Mon May 17, 2010 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 42140

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

I always thought it'd be fun to create a word that describes synonyms on alphanumeric keypads. You know, like how "book" and "cool", or "home" and "good" each use the same numbers. A funny one here in South Africa, is that we have a theme park named "Rat...
by uiri
Wed May 12, 2010 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 42140

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

/ˌsuːpərˌkælɪˌfrædʒəlˌɪstɪkˌɛkspiːˌælɪˈdoʊʃəs/? Is it bad that I understood that? Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious :D I think that anyone who takes their time to learn IPA ultimately benefits from it as it is very helpful when explaining how to pronounce words in other languages properly - althou...
by uiri
Sat Apr 24, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?
Replies: 544
Views: 219798

Re: Opera, Chrome, Firefox, OR?

I use firefox and I get a lot of flak from Chrome fans for it. Some people have never heard of re-arranging the navigation/menu bar at the top for a minimalistic interface :roll:

IMO Customisability > Speed
by uiri
Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 26366

Re: "Seismic Waves" Discussion

As well here... I thought is was rather interesting, but at what distance does the tweet have more kinetic energy than the earthquake? Edit: looks like an idiotic question, I want to see what answers come up though. The problem is that the Earth is spherical, so dissipation of energy doesn't follow...

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