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by ProphetZarquon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: code for melting computer
Replies: 7
Views: 6459

Re: code for melting computer

melt my computer If your goal is to ruin things & not merely waste electricity, throwing the hard disk drive head back & forth while spinning the disk up & then braking repeatedly can ruin a hard drive given enough time (makes a cool noise, too). As for the motherboard, write up a scrip...
by ProphetZarquon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8611

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

This is why we need more monks majoring in computer science. Not the monks! They destroyed more classical works of science for their stupid fairy stories than fire and flood. OK, probably not that many, but many. Some Greek works only survive because the monk involved wasn't very good at washing th...
by ProphetZarquon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8611

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

I remember there was some urban legend (not sure if that's quite the right term for this) in the 80s or 90s about a guy on UseNet who claimed to be a time traveller from the not-too-distant future, whose mission was simply to recover some old piece of technology because some important records in th...
by ProphetZarquon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8611

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

cellocgw wrote:
qvxb wrote:This is why we need more monks majoring in computer science.


And thus you have invented Anathem


Well, strictly speaking, the monks continued the research while the Ita maintained the computers...
by ProphetZarquon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8611

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Um, has Russell visited a university library recently? He might be alarmed to find that a lot of those once-reliable physical resources (books, microfilm) have been moved to offsite storage or de-accessioned, after they've been digitally scanned.* *Badly. By inattentive and underpaid students who d...
by ProphetZarquon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8611

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

How long will it take to get a pdf variant that won't include javascript (or flash and EXE exploit holes)? I've been fond of the format since .ps were available on ftp, but can't recommend an Adobe format for "digital resource lifespan". PS: what does it take to replace microfilm lamps wi...
by ProphetZarquon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8611

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Randall forgot my personal favorite: UTF-8 formatted .txt files. Since 1993 & counting, never had an issue opening one. I still have my first copy of The Anarchist's Cookbook, copied from a Kaypro II running CP/M on a 5-1/4" floppy to an 8088XT running MS-DOS on a 30mb hard drive to an IBM ...
by ProphetZarquon
Fri May 18, 2012 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 42137

Re: 1056: Felidae

OS X: LOLcat

Boxed version comes with "OLED Retina display" on disposable packaging.

Re: OS XI, o' sxy? OS 11 looks dumb. Go sexy or skip to OS12.
by ProphetZarquon
Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Torrent file editor?
Replies: 9
Views: 3007

Re: Torrent file editor?

Ironically, it's so simple I can't find an actual program for it. There is a nice web script, and a simple page example that works quite well at: torrent editor (dot) com It's free, and as long as I only remove trackers without editing anything else (I cannot remove or rename the torrent, any files,...

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