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by Iranon
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 3371

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I also believe Randall vastly underestimates the villainous applications of social sciences.
by Iranon
Tue Sep 19, 2017 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 4578

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

Age and lack of GUI is the least problem, but I may be prejudiced against Microsoft. Especially when it comes to the past. Still, it may still be the right tool for the job. As far as the user-facing part is concerned, I really wish there was nicer interplay between CLIs and GUIs. Sometimes, text is...
by Iranon
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 6617

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

Not so much score, but I find the comments quite useful for annotating text:

!! Brilliant
! Good
!? Interesting (maybe not entirely solid... but food for though)
?! Dubious (fairly sure that's wrong, but not stupid... may be hard to prove it wrong)
? Bad
?? Blunder
by Iranon
Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Do you like or hate Windows 8?
Replies: 125
Views: 86263

Re: Do you like or hate Windows 8?

FVWM certainly can.
I love how you can add the nice tricks of more "modern" interfaces and leave out what annoys you, and add your own quirks (for example: mouse gestures for predifined window positions, exchange window positions by midclick-dragging one over the other).
by Iranon
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]
Replies: 18
Views: 9630

Re: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]

I find Linux Libertine and Biolinum a useful pair. Libertine is an understated transitional typeface, with a matching display variant (lighter and higher contrast between thick and thin strokes, meant to look more refined at large sizes; it'd be busy and anaemic in body text). Biolinum is the intere...
by Iranon
Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]
Replies: 18
Views: 9630

Re: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]

Text fonts aren't as immediately recognisable, but my strongest attitudes towards typography are misgivings about about misused fonts for text. Some examples: Apple likes to use Helvetica as a workhorse. Its straight parts end at right angles, curves are samey when there would normally be variations...
by Iranon
Fri Apr 17, 2015 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]
Replies: 18
Views: 9630

Re: Free-for-all free font brawl [now with pictures!]

Regarding font rendering of different OSes: OSX attempts to be faithful to the typeface, and leaves colour/boldness and shapes relatively intact. If they don't fit into the pixel grid, things may become blurry and Look Like Arse on low-resolution displays, but you can get a good idea of how it would...
by Iranon
Wed Aug 06, 2014 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 81
Views: 22523

Re: stop walking on the escalators

I don't see a big effect on throughput either way - if walking takes up twice the space but finishes in half the time, it has no effect. It'd be smoother and more convenient if everyone could agree to one thing. My preference would be for walking, but I wouldn't complain about the inconsiderate lazy...
by Iranon
Tue May 13, 2014 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Food Marketed to the sedentary?
Replies: 8
Views: 7061

Re: Food Marketed to the sedentary?

I'm not keen on reheating stuff... takes any joy out of food preparation, and any food that doesn't become nasty when reheated is probably not very healthy to begin with. But that's not really the problem. Biggest rule imo is "don't eat crud". Well, don't make a habit of it - occasional cr...
by Iranon
Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: 10,000 pushups
Replies: 590
Views: 181572

Re: 10,000 pushups

7453+33+20=7506
Ouch.
by Iranon
Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:
Replies: 14
Views: 8327

Re: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:

Fuck.

Short, to the point, fits neatly into the English language, most natural in the context of RTFFAQ.
by Iranon
Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tesla vs. Edison
Replies: 15
Views: 11822

Re: Tesla vs. Edison

There are some similarities between Jobs and Edison:
Great business-oriented vison, can be credited for making exciting new tech commonplace, liked to overstate their creative genius, ham-fisted in their offensive use of patents.
by Iranon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best anti-virus program?
Replies: 20
Views: 10037

Re: Best anti-virus program?

Knoppix, Puppy and a few others are specifically set up to work well straight off the CD for common needs, without further setup. Copy to RAM and the speed penalty applies only to the boot process... and even that's still tolerable. Is this comfortable for your everyday OS? Not really, but good enou...
by Iranon
Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 31200

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

I have certain expectation of free software - ideally, it's open-ended, modular, expandable, repurposable. Deliberately made useful for downstream projects. Canonical makes their creations available under a liberal license, one can theoretically re-use it... but there's a difference between "so...
by Iranon
Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 31200

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

Debian is a large community project focused on its "Stable" branch - sensible if conservative with a long release cycle, "done when it's done". Quite user-friendly (automagical configuration whereever that makes sense, user review for potentially problematic things) and little sh...
by Iranon
Sun Oct 20, 2013 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: *nix
Replies: 14
Views: 7885

Re: *nix

When the distinction isn't necessary: Eunuchs.
When it is: ʔnix
by Iranon
Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 21163

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

Ohh, product placement!
by Iranon
Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 25184

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

If there were spiders around big enough to eat them without too much fuss, I would give them a try. A lot of it is mostly familiarity - strawberries are very weird with their strange plasticky sheen, seeds sticking out and irregular shapes. Food considered a delicacy by some but abhorred by others i...
by Iranon
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 31200

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

I'm a little concerned about Canonical pushing their own tech. Sometimes it feels like this: "Unless you want to double your work, you have to decide whether you want to support Ubuntu or generic Linux. We're the one with a defined leadership you can talk to and the corporate partnerships consu...
by Iranon
Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Is "gaming" hardware even a thing?
Replies: 17
Views: 7205

Re: Is "gaming" hardware even a thing?

Gamers may have other needs than other demanding users. A good typing keyboard may have nice clicky/springy keyswitches that have a clear actuation point to give you proper feedback. Those can feel off when you're gaming and keeping keys pressed. Quality gaming keyboards often use very smooth, const...
by Iranon
Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1265: "Juicer"
Replies: 35
Views: 11628

Re: 1265: "Juicer"

As I understood it:
Someone got themselves a nice shiny fruit juicer, possibly with the intention of living healthier, more natural or some other hippie claptrap.
Only... they they prefer "juicing" heavily processed junk that is almost, but not entirely, unlike fruit.
by Iranon
Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 31200

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

Generally, free software is different in flavour from proprietary software:concerned about correctness and the ability to be twerked and repurposed, rather than about a polished user experience as-is. Canonical is embracing virtues, follies and dickeries of proprietary software, which gets free soft...
by Iranon
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 10044

Re: 1260: "LD50"

"These t-shirts were tested on animals. They didn't fit" did show up on some labels.

Intimate partners and stacked paper should have different LD50s - paper is considerably stiffer than humans at the weights relevant to us.
by Iranon
Sun Aug 25, 2013 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: window manager vs desktop environments
Replies: 29
Views: 35240

Re: window manager vs desktop environments

LXDE actually uses Openbox by default, but I think I get your point - the light DEs have neither the elegant simplicity of a standalone WM nor the convenience and comfort of a full-fat DE.
by Iranon
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the one true aspect ratio?
Replies: 39
Views: 16553

Re: What's the one true aspect ratio?

Most people with such a setup would have several programs visible at the same time.

16:9 is already too wide for most single tasks - in widescreen movies, needing to scan a little in the horizontal axis makes the experience more engaging, in everything else it's just annoying.
by Iranon
Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: window manager vs desktop environments
Replies: 29
Views: 35240

Re: window manager vs desktop environments

The effort isn't so enormous... the main problem is the same as in choosing a Linux distro: Tons of options, most differences are neglegible to most people. Some want low-level control, others think the whole point of a tiling WM is that you don't have to configure anything. Awesome and Openbox with...
by Iranon
Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the one true aspect ratio?
Replies: 39
Views: 16553

Re: What's the one true aspect ratio?

That's what I meant, but total size may play into it. I don't want to scan in two axes, so above a certain size I'd want my screen to get wider but not taller. For a desktop, a ludicrously wide screen seems like an attractive alternative to multiple monitors. Somewhat related, usage habits play into...
by Iranon
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Do you rinse your dishes?
Replies: 58
Views: 27028

Re: Do you rinse your dishes?

Moar bacon: Simply have breakfast three times a day.
by Iranon
Thu May 30, 2013 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"
Replies: 93
Views: 58583

Re: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"

Latin words in English: Cruel and unusual pronunciation.
by Iranon
Wed May 29, 2013 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"
Replies: 93
Views: 58583

Re: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"

GIF seems pretty unambiguous - hard g.

fʌk and leɪzər. Some conventions aren't worth following when they become clumsy.
by Iranon
Wed May 29, 2013 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Do you rinse your dishes?
Replies: 58
Views: 27028

Re: Do you rinse your dishes?

I try to use up my food and mostly avoid the need for detergents in the first place. "Normal" washing up seems wasteful and yucky. A pan is rarely ever dirty... it may just contain the base for a yummy sauce. Most common "cleaning" agents: bread, cheap wine, sometimes assisted by...
by Iranon
Sun May 26, 2013 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the one true aspect ratio?
Replies: 39
Views: 16553

Re: What's the one true aspect ratio?

It could well be... 16:10 is close to golden (slightly taller).
I'm more partial to the Lichtenberg (sqrt2 : 1) ratio for something that's mathematically elegant and usable.
by Iranon
Sun May 26, 2013 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the one true aspect ratio?
Replies: 39
Views: 16553

What's the one true aspect ratio?

Feel free to note what's the correct aspect ratio for desktop monitors, but I didn't want to muddle this with different hardware categories.
by Iranon
Sun May 19, 2013 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Recommend me a distro?
Replies: 11
Views: 9104

Re: Recommend me a distro?

I don't like XFCE... I find it dull. Coming from a highly twerked FVWM, I find most environments dull. However: XFCE is sensible, distro-agnostic, modular, freedesktop-compliant, gives more to the open source ecosystem than it takes and seems to have a sustainable development path. Mate by compariso...
by Iranon
Sun May 05, 2013 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: User Intefaces
Replies: 8
Views: 7992

Re: User Intefaces

Generally, I prefer keyboard and mouse: Precise and giving tactile feedback. Text-centric input (which tends to come with keyboard-centric input) can also mean powerful opportunities for scripting. Where precision isn't needed and direct manipulation feels natural, touch may be useful if we figure o...
by Iranon
Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 46
Views: 10692

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

Falls falt, feels as if written by someone tech-ignorant. What happens in a user account is that user's responsibility. What may cause trouble for other users, like installing potentially buggy drivers, requires admin privileges. How big potential troubles are doesn't enter the picture, just whom th...
by Iranon
Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Recommend me a distro?
Replies: 11
Views: 9104

Re: Recommend me a distro?

Sort of. Main difference in approach to the desktop environment: Ubuntu reinvents the wheel for questionable reasons, Mint reinvents the wheel for no reason at all - their creations don't really do much for user experience that a slick XFCE implementation couldn't do more efficiently and with fewer ...
by Iranon
Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Recommend me a distro?
Replies: 11
Views: 9104

Re: Recommend me a distro?

Ubuntu uses Debian Unstable snapshots and does more risky stuff with it, so Debian Unstable shouldn't scare you. However, it's part of a testing process rather than a first-class citizen in Debian's development. Derivatives like Aptosid and Siduction add a little polish. I've had better experiences ...
by Iranon
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 31200

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

Upstream: less wee in it.
by Iranon
Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)
Replies: 119
Views: 57177

Re: What's next for gadgets? (Phone? Pad? Phablet? Phoilet?)

Regarding "obscure" minority opinions: It's worth noting whether those opinions are less obscure among groups who should know better than the general population (Hard to define. Relevant formal education probably qualifies; positive correlation with intelligence, level of general education...

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