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by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 1766

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

To me there's a certain standard that one holds oneself to if what you're writing is going into print to be preserved more or less for all time, or at least in such a way as can't be edited later. Is the news totally up-to-date? No. Is that fine? Yup. The rush to be first creates errors, misconcept...
by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 1766

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Twitter reactions in the story versus a couple pages of Letters to the Editor, usually written by the same group of busybodies and nutjobs. Not seeing the worseness. Sir: I respectfully disagree with your correspondent pkcommando. Letters to the Editor are hand-picked from thousands of candidates: ...
by Archgeek
Mon May 21, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 2380

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

The Electric Light Orchestra was the music I grew up with and the head of ELO, Jeff Lynne is 70 years old now. https://i2-prod.birminghampost.co.uk/incoming/article12466897.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/O2-Silver-Clef-Awards-2016-London.jpg Surprisingly, he doesn't look that old. That's just unnatural for 70...
by Archgeek
Wed May 16, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 110
Views: 6308

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I think of DH as Designated Hitter. I originally read this as "... Designated Hitler", which might be a useful thing to have on the internet. Jose I think that's a character class in the new top-down open-world-PVP MMORPG "GoatScape". For my part, I read it as "Donkey Hat&q...
by Archgeek
Fri May 11, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10193

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by Archgeek
Fri May 11, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10193

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by Archgeek
Wed May 02, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 14152

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

what precisely is local sync? Perhaps I should have said "direct sync". It means synchronizing with a local machine, locally, without going through the cloud. The Palm does that; you connect the Palm physically (or optically, or bluetoothly) with a computer and copy the information across...
by Archgeek
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 14152

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

We are, for example, inviting 24-7 surveillance machines into our homes , and telling them all our secrets. Echo, Alexa, Nest, all of them are "ooh, shiny" ways to give control of our data to the companies behind them; it's a land grab that's happening before we realize there's land to gr...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 8510

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Having spent a fair amount of time in San Francisco in the summer, I can attest to the truth of that (supposed) Mark Twain quote. Is weather not correlating with the season something that happens in all coastal areas, or is it specific to northern California? You can have fog and rain one day and b...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6574

Re: 1913: "A �"

As someone who regularly has to go through several iterations of "okay, did you type that into the URL field, or the search field?" on support calls I would like to fire these people into the Sun. Unfortunately, the URL field and the search field are trying to become the same thing these ...
by Archgeek
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6382

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 Archgeek
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 3912

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

In my younger single days, I used to go to bed between 1am and 2am, and get up for work at half 7, during the week. Then at the weekend I slept until between noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, which seemed to balance out the lack of sleep in the previous 5 days. A quarter of a century later I thi...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3119

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

"Just think, the light from that star was emitted before the start of the 2016 election." Well, the light we see now from most stars was emitted before any of us were born. hmm.. I wonder how many stars are close enough that the light they emitted when I was born has already reached here?...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3119

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

How is Facebook itself even seven years old yet? I still treat it as a flash in the pan. It won't last much beyond Christmas. Then all those kids will move on to the next trivial thing. Definitely. Those kids? Are you, like, 87? Didn't you get the memo that facebook is now for old people? Kids move...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8462

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

I frequently fail at the Türing test when I typically get "Click on the images that contain a car" and have to try over and over. /Jon The Türing test, named after Ålan Türing Türiñ. Well that just sounds like a test to find out if someone's an actual Dwarf and not a human with dwarfism -...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8462

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Like the way beginners and professional electricians will strip wire using a pair of pliers, whilst people with some skills will use the proper tool for the job. The pros don't need one; the beginners don't have one, and might not even know they exist. Is there a word for this phenomenon of non-mon...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8462

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

(1) You solve a problem. (2) Someone breaks it. (3) You fix (4) Goto (2) Come now, Goto is for noob-lords. I fix. while(3){ You solve a problem. Someone breaks it. You fix } I'm not sure whether the "while (3)" is intentional. Anyway, functional style is hot nowadays: mfix (solveProblem >...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8462

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

jonhaug wrote:(1) You solve a problem.
(2) Someone breaks it.
(3) You fix
(4) Goto (2)

Come now, Goto is for noob-lords. I fix.

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while(3){
   You solve a problem.
   Someone breaks it.
   You fix
}
by Archgeek
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 4022

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I wonder what will replace jerrycans on the back of off-road vehicles once electric cars become the norm... I'm currently looking at a hybrid petrol/electric car, and my decision (when I eventually need it) will be flavoured according to a) What permanent solar panels I can mount on my garage roof ...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 9798

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Cueball is trying to settle the teapot argument by actually launching a teapot into space... but how would doing this settle the argument? The comic is funny, but logically it's not changing anything. I wonder what "Cueball" thought this mission would proof... Well, it would at least prov...
by Archgeek
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 7935

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

It might be a generational thing. I 'learnt' my TLAs, ETLAs, VETLAs, etc, back two or three decades ago. 1337 5p34k, before there was even SMS and thus TXTSPK. Not so much LOL (and lolcats) as ROFL (and ROFLcopter). And I also find "ur" (your/you're, not that anybody knows which of the lo...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 7935

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I am permanently annoyed that Messr.s J and 2Dope are slightly more right about magnets than I'm comfortable with. You see, in a university engineering program, you take electronics and physics classes and wind up thinking about EM fields in terms of the right-hand-rule and Maxwell's equations -- th...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 9841

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Speaking of series, I always wanted The Matrix to be followed by such films as The Vector, The Determinant, The Jacobian, and The Gaussian Elimination. I always thought "The Trace" and "The Determinant" would be apt titles for the sequels. In which the hero takes on the dreaded ...
by Archgeek
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 5773

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Like maybe the "zero" in ones and zeroes isn't the real zero, and if just one server drops to a lower state by a random fluctuation, it'll propagate through the whole system and destroy all extant structure, and it could reboot with subtly different protocols, shifted constants, even the ...
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 9799

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

On my terminal (Mac OS 10.9): • putting a combining mark on a tab character puts the mark over the last space • putting a combining mark on a carriage return puts the mark over the first character on the line • putting a combining mark on a bell puts the mark over the character before the bell • pu...
by Archgeek
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 62
Views: 12356

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Who takes screenshots using a camera anyway? Or do they think the 'print screen' button would make their screen print on a printer? Doesn't work on various boot-sequence failures, BSODs and the like. Nor can it show dead pixels or other monitor-end problems/cable-interference/video card failure mod...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 21067

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious. Salt and butter are delicious. Popcorn is a vehicle. Recently discovered that Trader Joes sells a potato chip seasoned with salt, butter, and honey, and just that. It's like sweet popcorn without the nasty kernels. Sweet popcorn ...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 7930

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I just have to add the wonkiest chat I've ever done. This was more than 15 years ago, me and my cousin who lived in different towns wanted to play a networked game in multiplayer but it only had LAN support and no online. Our solution ended up being using a LAN tunnel over the internet, doing this ...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 7420

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

Anyone got a link to that tamagotchi exploit? I created an account here just to share, but new users can't post links, so you'll have to find it yourself. Search for PoC || GTFO issues 0x02 and 0x04. PoC || GTFO describes itself as, A friendly little collection of articles for ladies and gentlemen ...
by Archgeek
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 21418

Re: 1807: "Listening"

speising wrote:Aka "telemetry to improve your customer experience"

Telemetry. In case your device starts moving rapidly up and to the east?

"Alexa, look up flight path of the ISS."
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 12057

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

This reminds me intensely of what I'll write on such boxes -- "Live Scorpions (250 ct.)" "Ans. Machine + Grenade" (in my defense that box actually contained an answering machine and a hollowed-out grenade). The difference being I label things as such intentionally. What, no Bobca...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 10718

Re: 1741: "Work"

If I get up in the middle of the night I leave the lights off ... I leave the bedroom light off, as not to disturb the other half, but put the hall and bathroom ones on. I use the old pirate trick and keep one eye shut so I still have night vision when I return to the darkened bedroom. That PirateE...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 10718

Re: 1741: "Work"

Yes, but you aren't installing those, are you. And the stupid flashlights, I guess that's what you mean by "TV remote", pulse to much to be useful. Why would you want (near/short/middle/long) IR lighting in the first place? IANAIRV, but I estimate most objects, including walls, have enoug...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 10718

Re: 1741: "Work"

Amusingly, IR LEDs are pretty efficient too. The entertainingly small voltage drop needed for an IR LED is a portion of why TV remote batteries can last long enough for you to forget what kind of batteries a given remote takes without opening the cover. Yes, but you aren't installing those, are you...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 10718

Re: 1741: "Work"

Heat is yet another reason to buy LED bulbs. Although it is actually the same reason as the main reason: LEDs are efficient. Sure. For those of you who see with what you laughably call visible light. For those of us who see in the IR... Oh wait. Forget you read that. The invasion isn't until next w...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 9609

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

And its mostly self service, You'll find many a Scotsman draining the hose and shaking the last drop off the end. You see plenty of farmers in the US doing that, too. Come to think of it, lots of them have Scottish surnames... Oklahoman, here, not a farmer, and I only do that to avoid dripping gas ...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 10713

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

They're very common in Eastern U.S. also. Most modern ones have aluminum frames (or aluminum, as you guys call it), and are well sealed with rubber/silicon and soft fabric-ey gaskets and such. No counterweights, just possibly spring-loaded or they latch in place, or sometimes just are held in place...
by Archgeek
Tue May 31, 2016 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SSL Shenanigans
Replies: 4
Views: 4740

Re: SSL Shenanigans

Whew, I've been on a number of other things since I last messed with this, and have recently solved my problem. However... Google suggests to set SSLEnabled="true" SSLCertificateFile="/usr/local/ssl/server.crt" SSLCertificateKeyFile="/usr/local/ssl/server.pem" on the Co...
by Archgeek
Thu May 26, 2016 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 9061

Re: 1685 : Patch

Dear crud that system is complete insanity. Source doesn't solely reside on the sole build machine. Barring some security-related reason that would seemingly preclude PDFs of the code, I also struggle to think of a *good* reason for source to exist only on a single machine. But it's been my consider...
by Archgeek
Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 9138

Re: 1674: "Adult"

I'm pretty sure the gag is just a reference to the weird epidemic of younger adults, in the US at least, (including my self, 31 years and a significant portion of my psyche's pretty sure it's still '03) suffering from a strange, accomplishment-immune sense of infantalization. I read some rogue artic...

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