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by djn
Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5779

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

I kind of have the opposite problem - I have to remind myself that a milliard/billion is just a thousand millions, not more.
by djn
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10712

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

So You Want To Abolish Time Zones One of the things I appreciate with beats is that they never really tried to be your only time format; it's more of an intermediate form. Having to decide "is @160 a sensible time to call an Australian" would typically be resolved by converting back to lo...
by djn
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10712

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by djn
Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 8663

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

I thought the cold & flu tablets I took a couple of weeks ago had a disappointing decongestant action. Now I know why: phenylephrine is not proven to be better than placebo. Nothing inherently wrong with using a placebo as a cold medicine. It's only a problem when there are side effects involve...
by djn
Fri Dec 18, 2015 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 8663

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

by djn
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 58750

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

But some people seem to be saying that they do more than this: they seem to automatically compensate for the settings of somebody else's camera : they "see it as overexposed" in the same way as I see the chessboard square as being in shadow. Apparently a lifetime of looking at photographs...
by djn
Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 25506

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

I did once notice a systray icon for an updater I hadn't seen before - I think it was "Installshield Updater", though it doesn't matter. It had a context menu which took me to a list of the software it was trying to keep update, containing exactly one item, which was of course itself. I wa...
by djn
Mon Nov 01, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0813: "One-Liners"
Replies: 93
Views: 29341

Re: 0813: "One-Liners"

On an only vaguely related note, I guess I should fix the bug in the multimedia/bangarang port for FreeBSD that keeps them from providing packages of it. (I need more spare time.)
by djn
Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 52159

Re: "Well" Discussion

Louise wrote:You never said "I love you" and meant it.

That's so sad.

First comic that compelled me to join and post.


I find this old 60 minutes documentary on tango in Finland oddly appropriate.
by djn
Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!
Replies: 37
Views: 4861

Re: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!

Ah, but it's not about the average person - the average person might not know, but the average person doesn't have liquid nitrogen to waste, either.
by djn
Sun Nov 30, 2008 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1157654

Re: What are you listening to?

lart wrote:The Soggy Bottom Boys - I am a man of constant sorrow

Ah, good one.


Djuma Soundsystem - Les Djinns (Trentemøller remix).
It's very nice as background music. :)
by djn
Sun Nov 30, 2008 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 342949

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

To be fair, "Justin Case" is awesome and I'll consider lobbying for it if 1) I ever have a son and 2) I inexplicably find myself being american.
by djn
Sat Nov 29, 2008 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469890

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Hmm, "literally" is worse than "literature" - I change my vote to that.
by djn
Sat Nov 29, 2008 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning C++ as a first language...
Replies: 48
Views: 11367

Re: Learning C++ as a first language...

Well, yes - "true cross-platform" is indeed rather hard to do with C. Defining "C on windows" as a separate language from "C + POSIX" would almost make sense - and then the latter would have a reasonable set of libraries. The "one hash map at the time" is just...
by djn
Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning C++ as a first language...
Replies: 48
Views: 11367

Re: Learning C++ as a first language...

and? And that means that if you want to use threading, or networking, or data structures like hash tables, or any one of a thousand other useful things in a cross-platform manner, you have to roll your own cross-platform library. That's the opposite of encouraging people not to reinvent the wheel. ...
by djn
Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469890

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Bobber wrote:"Remember" is just horrible to pronounce (for non-native speakers at least.)


Nowhere near as bad as "literature". ;)
by djn
Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 105418

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

I should be finishing a chapter on sequence shuffling with a constant k-mer count - and I'm not even sure I understand the calculations completely. In fact, I'm fairly sure I don't.

I blame the internets - they beckon and enthrall me.
by djn
Sat Nov 29, 2008 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"
Replies: 124
Views: 51004

Re: "Egg Drop Failure" Discussion

I hope I'm not the only one that saw the title and expected an IRC bot pun?
by djn
Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!
Replies: 37
Views: 4861

Re: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!

Just to be difficult, it was actually intended as a non-satirical counterargument to his "beware, this could be dangerous as well".
That it looks a bit Cpt. Obvious is just a side effect - and probably a good sign. :D
by djn
Fri Nov 28, 2008 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!
Replies: 37
Views: 4861

Re: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!

Ah, right. The thing is - I know it and you know it, but the poster I was responding to was so dead serious I felt it was best to give an answer in style. ;)
by djn
Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!
Replies: 37
Views: 4861

Re: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!

This would probably be funnier if I had ever heard of the guy. ;)
by djn
Fri Nov 28, 2008 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 342949

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

Of course, assuming that Latin terms are as niche in English as in whatever language you speak natively is a mistake - but it's one I can understand. Using your list of examples and translating (to Norwegian, for familiarity reasons): Pancreas: Bukspyttkjertel ("abdomen spit gland") Larynx...
by djn
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!
Replies: 37
Views: 4861

Re: XKCD fora computer Overheating competition!

Still, there are groups that try to get very low, since it (to a point) improves stability in seriously overclocked components. Liquid nitrogen for cooling isn't unheard of, and the risk to the hardware is accepted as part of the challenge. Basically, anyone posting in a competition like that would ...
by djn
Wed Nov 26, 2008 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning C++ as a first language...
Replies: 48
Views: 11367

Re: Learning C++ as a first language...

Well - yes and no. I certainly don't know the details of e.g. what the regexp engine I'm using does when it compiles a pattern, nor exactly how it applies it to the text. That doesn't mean I have a problem with using it - a black box with a good and documented API can be quite useful.
by djn
Wed Nov 26, 2008 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2732950

Re: Post yo' fess - Sponsored by the NBA

Confession 2: I should have sent my director of studies an email way earlier, then maybe I wouldn't feel so behind with my assignments. I just phoned the administration at my department to nag them about the email I sent where I begged to be allowed to finish my thesis, even though I completely mis...
by djn
Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 143614

Re: eating meat

The thing I don't quite get is this. Are you willing to sacrifice any protection of animals for the sake of not diluting the concept of "rights", or would you rig some semantic trick to still forbid arbitrary cruelty? Basically, while I see your point in not giving animals rights, would yo...
by djn
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 342949

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

If the legal requirements for a name are "at least one surname and one first name", and we accept that the surname is often considered to be dictated by that of the parents, then "only one name" would most likely mean "only one first name". Think "Thor Heyerdal&quo...
by djn
Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What **should** you be doing right now?
Replies: 1272
Views: 105418

Re: What **should** you be doing right now?

I should be finishing my programming assignment for tomorrow. I should be finishing my programming assignment for Friday, for a value of "programming assignment" that means "master thesis". Oddly, the complete lack of panic slightly scares me - it's not like I'm finished enough ...
by djn
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 342949

Re: Think Before Naming Your Child

I just want to say that I find this insistence on using short forms slightly odd.
-Daniel, who has only ever been called "Dan" by englishmen.

edit: To clarify, both "only the English call me Dan" and "the English only call me Dan".
by djn
Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning C++ as a first language...
Replies: 48
Views: 11367

Re: Learning C++ as a first language...

The next step was introducing the Java API, and thus began the lesson "Don't reinvent the wheel". I think this is one of the most important lessons one might miss if one learnt C first. Sure, you shouldn't need to reinvent the wheel, but you do need to know how to specify, construct and m...
by djn
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Learning C++ as a first language...
Replies: 48
Views: 11367

Re: Learning C++ as a first language...

Depends slightly on how you approach C - there's a lot of libraries out there, and even within POSIX there's a number of not-immediately-obvious features (e.g. the regexp methods).

Still, true - java is better than C at reminding people that building on existing code is good.
by djn
Fri Nov 21, 2008 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: 160//Char. per/ txt_ msg. plz/
Replies: 14
Views: 3758

Re: 160//Char. per/ txt_ msg. plz/

What bobber said, with the marginal difference of me being Norwegian. The 160 character limit hasn't been an issue for some time; phones have been able to seamlessly split and rejoin messages for quite a while now. As for the typing itself, the T9 dictionary means that using a full word isn't much m...
by djn
Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Should I buy a Sun Blade 150?
Replies: 3
Views: 1445

Re: Should I buy a Sun Blade 150?

Given Sun's relationship to Java and OpenOffice, I expect it'll at least be well supported. And there is in fact a recent solaris/sparc flash plugin, which surprised me a bit. As for the speed, well. I suspect it'll be faster than a 650MHz P3, but that's not saying too much these days. Still, yes - ...
by djn
Wed Nov 19, 2008 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 150975

Re: What OS do you use?

Loving Arch so much! It's got to be the fastest binary 64-bit OS out there. "When compared with the best performing Linux kernel (2.6.22 or 2.6.24) performance is 15% better." I was thinking that. :D I'm not sure if SMP scalability for databases = desktop performance, but it's a definite ...
by djn
Tue Nov 18, 2008 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eating meat
Replies: 1333
Views: 143614

Re: eating meat

What if you found an animal you could cut parts of without it minding overly much?
Lizard tails, or starfish arms, or perhaps crab claws?

It sounds a bit creepy, but ...
by djn
Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free energy?
Replies: 39
Views: 3853

Re: Free energy?

And looking at vacuum pumps, I don't think it's possible to have a decent vacuum pump that could be lifted without making the balls quite large. You'd have to evacuate these things on the ground, then just have some sort of valve that would open after a while and drop them back to you. That was my ...
by djn
Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free energy?
Replies: 39
Views: 3853

Re: Free energy?

The main problem is of course that they need to be robust against outside pressure, not inside - some form of internal trussing might be needed. Carbon fibre internal frame with soft but non-stretchable covering (coated kevlar?), perhaps? Or aluminium/aluminium, if a stiff material seems like a bett...
by djn
Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 469890

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Incidentally, the parallel Norwegian phrase uses a different mechanism: "Jeg gir faen" means literally "I give satan" - imagine "a pox upon it". The idiomatic meaning is closer to "I don't give a shit", though. (And much like it, it's not really a phrase for p...
by djn
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How much space are you actually using on your hard drive?
Replies: 110
Views: 9125

Re: How much space are you actually using on your hard drive?

Peter_G wrote:Also, please tell me how the fuck can a flight simulator cost that much space?!!!


Terrain textures alone seems like it'd take a lot - imagine a local copy of the aerial photo parts of google earth, covering the areas you want to fly over.
by djn
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0504: "Legal Hacks"
Replies: 186
Views: 34959

Re: "Legal Hacks" Discussion

1) Dude, when you Norwegians actually have anything to say in geopolitics, or become an economic powerhouse, perhaps your lack of interest in such things might matter. The desire of our government to screw us over isn't that closely tied to our standing in the world, unless you've got some creative...

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