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by Unforgiven
Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 109132

Re: "Exploits of a Mom"

Sanitizing input is so last-century. Parameterized queries FTW! using( SqlCommand cmd = connection.CreateCommand() ) { cmd.CommandText = "INSERT INTO students (name, phone) VALUES (@name, @phone)"; cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@name", name); cmd.Parameters.AddWithValue("@pho...
by Unforgiven
Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0326: "Effect an Effect"
Replies: 284
Views: 53002

0326: "Effect an Effect"

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Alt text: Time to paint another grammarian silhouette on the side of the desktop.

I'm afraid I fall in the grammar nazi category, so I'm not sure if I should be offended by this one. :roll:
by Unforgiven
Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone else have this problem with Diet Coke?
Replies: 55
Views: 4769

Why do people drink that junk anyway? If they want to go on a diet they should drink something that isn't related to a soda...it's not like a diet soda tastes anything like an normal soda so what are they missing by giving it up? I actually vastly prefer the taste of Diet Coke over regular Coke. Ye...
by Unforgiven
Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 437707

Forthur wrote:Wow. Beryl looks great! And that's a seriously relaxing and non-obtrusive background.

I think I'll let the "Beryl looks great" bandwagon pass, but I do agree that is an awesome desktop image. Aerojad, where'd you that?
by Unforgiven
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.
Replies: 273
Views: 30177

chaosspawn wrote:as a note to all the people with witty shirts, I'll have you know
that sqrt(-1) reads as j not i.

Only if you're an electrical engineer. For maths people, it's i. And normal people don't give a sh*t. :roll:
by Unforgiven
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.
Replies: 273
Views: 30177

I finished an M.Sc. in Computer Science at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands. And I have just started (or officially, will start next week) as a PhD student at the Graduate School of Information Science and Technology at the University of Tokyo...
by Unforgiven
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0320: "28-Hour Day"
Replies: 142
Views: 85934

You should be sleeping for 9 1/3 hours a day, not 8 or 9! 24/8 = 3 28/x= 3 x = 9 1/3!! Otherwise you're constantly losing sleep. I don't get it. What's the 24/8=3 for? Are you saying 8 hours of sleep (the recommended) is a third of a day, so if you want a third of a 28-hour day you should sleep 9 1...
by Unforgiven
Mon Sep 24, 2007 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Retroactive deja vu
Replies: 61
Views: 6363

Being the hopeless nitpicker than I am, I feel obliged to point out that it's spelled déjà vu, not deja vu. :P
by Unforgiven
Sun Sep 23, 2007 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Retroactive deja vu
Replies: 61
Views: 6363

KicktheCAN wrote:I don't really get deja vu. Like at all.

It's the brain making a wrong connection to make you think you've seen something before while you actually haven't. Especially with "retro-active" déjà vu as the original poster mentioned this is the most likely explanation.
by Unforgiven
Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 33110

If you ever have to take trains in Japan, you're going to want to use Hyperdia (click English on the top-left). Pick any two stations, and it'll untangle the spaghetti and show you exactly which lines and where to transfer etc. It's a real life-saver. Note that station names in Hyperdia have to spel...
by Unforgiven
Sun Sep 16, 2007 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 33110

Akira wrote:Both maps have some sort of green sploch in the very center; what's that supposed to represent?

It's the Imperial Palace.

Btw, did you notice that on the second one you can click the stations and it'll show them in Google maps?
by Unforgiven
Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 33110

So, does anyone know where I can get a map of the train lines so that I can look at and work out where you guys are talking about? Because I'm just that stalker-ish. Or something, lol. Well, here's a reasonable subway map . Besides the subways it also contains the JR Yamanote and Chuo lines. Most o...
by Unforgiven
Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 33110

I am NOT fond of the endless conformity, the counterintuitiveness of the train system, the lack of good bread, the general unhelpfulness of the people, and the really godawful bad TV. I'm not even a fan of television and the TV here outright offends me in its banality. My personal solution to that ...
by Unforgiven
Sun Sep 16, 2007 2:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 33110

The one thing I would really kill for is a decent piece of bread. Real, dark-brown bread with more types of grains in it that you knew existed. Japanese people wouldn't know real bread if it punched them in the face. I bet they say the same type of things about americans/europeans(?) about rice, lo...
by Unforgiven
Sat Sep 15, 2007 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 33110

I've lived in Japan since April. I'm doing a PhD in computer science at Tokyo University, and so far I like it quite a bit. On the whole, Japanese people are a lot more normal than the picture painted by the media. Sure all those extremes you see on TV exist, but most people just get up every mornin...
by Unforgiven
Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0315: "Braille"
Replies: 108
Views: 28067

... I'm living in Japan at the moment (JUST got here) so I'm amused by this. Though I can't read Japanese, I'm 99.9% sure that many of the English signs do NOT match the Japanese text. Hi, welcome to Japan? Where in Japan are you, might I ask? In any case you are probably right. But usually the Eng...
by Unforgiven
Wed Sep 05, 2007 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0312: "With Apologies to Robert Frost"
Replies: 65
Views: 23385

Everyone knows that *real* Gods create universes in assembly.
by Unforgiven
Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0311: "Action Movies"
Replies: 196
Views: 64087

I'd watch that movie. And I don't even like action movies. :roll:
by Unforgiven
Thu Aug 30, 2007 3:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Possible acronyms for xkcd
Replies: 51
Views: 7744

I like the dinosaurs thing, but how about a recursive acronym:

Xkcd Kills Carnivorous Dinosaurs
by Unforgiven
Wed Aug 29, 2007 11:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fictional Races
Replies: 153
Views: 11738

A TRIBBLE!
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Aoeniac wrote:Guess

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Ooh I like that choice too.
by Unforgiven
Wed Aug 29, 2007 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0309: "Shopping Teams"
Replies: 95
Views: 18070

I often go in stores, look around, think "Hmm, I wonder if I could buy this cheaper online", and go back home and check it out. After seeing that I couldn't, I usually just forget about the item and don't buy it. For me, I'm all about instant gratification. If I can get either wait a few ...
by Unforgiven
Sun Aug 26, 2007 6:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3477837

I have a cousin who is vegan and he won't eat anything containing corn syrup because the corn is genetically modified with frog DNA. Are you sure he wasn't talking about dinosaurs? I hear there's a park that uses such methods. Wait wait wait... Extending that line of thought, does that mean the cor...
by Unforgiven
Sat Aug 25, 2007 9:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your favorite location in your school or college?
Replies: 70
Views: 5525

Sanshiro pond (*) is awesome!! http://www.ookii.org/blog/images/59/05_hongo_lake_small.jpg Too bad it's at Hongo campus (the main campus of Tokyo University, which is almost an hour travel from here) and my lab is at Komaba campus, so I can't go there very often. But I make sure to walk past it eve...
by Unforgiven
Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you...dream?
Replies: 40
Views: 4135

I set my alarm for 6:00 with the ideal of being at work at 7:00. Then I turn it off and sleep until 7:00, 7:30, or very rarely yet satisfyingly, 8:00. In that period in between seems to be the time I most often dream, which are usually quite strange. The last one involved a barbecue, a canoe, and a...
by Unforgiven
Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel question.
Replies: 17
Views: 2097

I've missed connecting flights with more time between that. The worst was at Heathrow, where we missed a 1.5 hour connection because the plane we were on arrived early! What happened was, because we were early, we got a remote terminal instead of the terminal we were supposed to park at. Then they c...
by Unforgiven
Thu Aug 23, 2007 8:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Basking in your own brilliance
Replies: 65
Views: 5585

Whenever I read old stuff, I must consciously stop myself from making revisions. I'm a hopeless perfectionist, and I can't read anything I wrote without wanting to make changes.
by Unforgiven
Thu Aug 23, 2007 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny answers to questions (or "How to be a dick")
Replies: 86
Views: 8304

One of my default questions for people is "How's life?" I've gotten some pretty interesting/jerkish responses, which is half of the reason I ask that question. I won't take the time to post them here, but it is a fun question to ask certain people. When people ask me "How's life"...
by Unforgiven
Wed Aug 22, 2007 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1421109

I don't have trouble getting it on quickly, assuming it can be quickly located. Way back when the Dutch government had a TV campaign about safe sex with a slogan that was something like "Condoms, talk about them while still wearing your pants" (except in Dutch, obviously). This was quickl...
by Unforgiven
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Funny answers to questions (or "How to be a dick")
Replies: 86
Views: 8304

Quick, I need some clever responses to the question "How are you?" Background (which no one is interested in): since I started living in an international house, I have met a rather larger number of people who for some insane reason nobody can really explain, aren't Dutch. I have since disc...
by Unforgiven
Wed Aug 22, 2007 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0306: "Orphaned Projects"
Replies: 102
Views: 22904

Impress her with your encyclopedic knowledge of [insert MMORPG of your choice]. Sadly enough, that'd probably work on me. Sadly enough, my knowledge of MMORPGs is limited to the fact that in Ultima Online it's possible to hide perfectly while standing in the middle of a room, on a horse. And I only...
by Unforgiven
Tue Aug 21, 2007 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You know you have played video games too much when...
Replies: 208
Views: 21893

I used to be incredibly addicted to Troyis . I was pretty good at it too. Anyway, I learned not to play that before bed because if I did, when I close my eyes I would still be tracing horse-jumps on imaginary game fields in my head. Also, my parents' toilet has a tiled wall with two different colour...
by Unforgiven
Tue Aug 21, 2007 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Programmers: Math nerds or Artists?
Replies: 68
Views: 19117

When it's something for class I tend to listen to classical music (Philip Glass, Zoe Keating) with the volume turned down so that it can fade out behind me, but still drown out ambient noise. You obviously don't have a tree full of Cicada next to your window. I need to play heavy metal at full blas...
by Unforgiven
Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best error messages?
Replies: 238
Views: 33467

If you've got a problem with purple, you've got a problem with me. I've got no problems with purple, I just question its usage as a window background colour. Although, there are worse options: http://www.ookii.org/misc/vistacolor_small.jpg (If you're thinking, that's not what the color options dial...
by Unforgiven
Mon Aug 20, 2007 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best error messages?
Replies: 238
Views: 33467

CreemyNougat wrote:Image

It's the colour scheme that worries me most.
by Unforgiven
Mon Aug 20, 2007 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have you ever hired a prostitute?
Replies: 40
Views: 4255

Where I come from (the Netherlands) it is legal (famously so). I have never done it, but I'm not opposed to the concept, with a very big if: I'm all for it, if and only if the prostitutes themself are ok with it. Not too long ago I saw a TV programme about two former Dutch prostitutes, girls about m...
by Unforgiven
Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Extending Complex Numbers
Replies: 38
Views: 6749

zenten wrote:undefined by definition

Not much of a definition, then, is it? :P
by Unforgiven
Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your best computer pranks
Replies: 91
Views: 8757

Why is the user allowed to write to the registry? If a user cannot write to HKEY_CURRENT_USER, almost nothing will work. Regular (non-admin) users can never write to HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT and HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. The beauty of Group Policy is that, unlike NT4 system policies, the keys used for Group Pol...
by Unforgiven
Sat Aug 18, 2007 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Would you keep the money?
Replies: 41
Views: 4163

Hand it over to the police, definitely.

I'm far too honest for my own good. :)
by Unforgiven
Sat Aug 18, 2007 5:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Prettiest Notebook
Replies: 89
Views: 8917

My opinion on Vista: It takes everything I dislike about macs (excluding the xbox live, which my friend doesn't need, and the lack of software), and pushes it onto a PC. But you said this is for a friend, so I fail to see how your opinion on Vista matters? Isn't your friend's opinion the deciding f...
by Unforgiven
Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sometimes people amaze me
Replies: 64
Views: 6384

I must be extremely lucky with cashiers or something, since I've never experienced any of this. In the Netherlands, sometimes they even ask if I have an extra 15 cents or something so they can make round change. That hasn't happened here in Japan, here they just dutifully accept whatever you give th...

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