Search found 147 matches

by Rombobjörn
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 13656

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

My current laptop has a numpad where Num Lock switches between digits and cursor keys as usual. It also has four separate arrow keys crammed in – but there are no separate Page Up, Page Down, Home and End. Those are demoted to Fn-combinations on the arrow keys. This presented a problem as I use Shif...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"
Replies: 15
Views: 4726

Re: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"

Although I usually encounter it in websites rather than email, it's true that some people manage to complicate things so much that it seems like an almost Nobel prize-worthy research project to perform a simple task that would have just worked if they had done it the obvious, simple way.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Jan 16, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8659

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

However, if there is a weak point at the client machine (which is where the weak point is likely to be), then all the rest doesn't matter. OK, now we're not talking about a man-in-the-middle attack on your communication, but a direct attack on your computer. If the vulnerability can be exploited wi...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Jan 16, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 7195

Re: 1786: "Trash"

Unfortunately this wouldn't actually work. You'll only end up in Narnia if you don't intend to. If you try to go to Narnia you'll just find the back wall of the wardrobe. To dump the garbage in Narnia he'd have to actually intend to store it in the wardrobe.
by Rombobjörn
Sun Jan 15, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8659

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

The last foot (server and client) is easier to hack/MiTM/sniff than the last mile or any other part of the transport, unless you are a government entity (or work at one of the ISPs on the path). If you happen to be there in person, yes. The set of potential attackers is limited to the local neighbo...
by Rombobjörn
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8659

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

What's your threat model here? What kind of attack are you trying to defend against that isn't better countered with TLS, DNSsec and/or a VPN? The threat I am thinking of is a rogue wifi spot with a name I would assume indicates it is run by the hotel I'm staying at. If all I know is HiltonWifi and...
by Rombobjörn
Sat Jan 14, 2017 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8659

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

Having a password on their wlan may not be a security thing, but a legal one. Entering a password protected network may be treated differently from entering an open one; in cases of illegal activities the owner may have more liability if the network was not protected against misuse. Maybe such laws...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8659

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

So I'm staying in this AirBnb and the listing said it has WiFi... -I have good signal for a secured network -Password isn't posted anywhere -Owner isn't here, we could call him but doesn't seem like that big of a deal. -Finally find the network info, (and general house details,) on the fridge of th...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 12412

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

If I would buy something labeled just "Philadelphia" I would expect to get 367 km² of land with a city on it.
by Rombobjörn
Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 12412

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

A textbook example I've seen in several books to illustrate it all uses the phrases "beauty school" and "beautiful school", which have rather different meanings in English. The word "beautiful" is a true adjective, and that's part of what the "-ful" suffix sa...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 12412

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

I doubt Randall's products will sell without some pictures on the packages. Any ideas on "serving suggestions" that don't show the actual product at all?
by Rombobjörn
Fri Nov 25, 2016 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 9546

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

the thousands of leaf VMs scatter in the wind and start spinning up new instances wherever they land

Apparently "tu" fell out at some point, and the virtual machines became viral machines.
by Rombobjörn
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 21110

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

yakkoTDI wrote:HAH! Like a Universe Control could get a cat to come just because a human summoned it.

Precisely. Cats don't allow anything to control them.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15666

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Mike Rosoft wrote:>Which one has Schrodinger's cat?
That's impossible to know until you open the right box. (Or all the wrong ones.)

And until you open it, the box contains a superposition of Schrödinger's bobcat and Schrödinger's friend Catherine.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15666

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains? That interpretation did occur to me. I also read "water hooves", "glucose kits" and "peat crowns". Seems like all the boxes could...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15666

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters , and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be: When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this bo...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 15967

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

In the same conversation, I also learned how to know whether the moon is waxing or waning: " La lune est menteuse ". The moon is a liar: when she looks like a "D", she's waxing ( c roissante); when she looks like a "C", she's waning ( d écroissante). Apparently French ...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 15967

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/35/Flag_of_the_Ottoman_Empire.svg/200px-Flag_of_the_Ottoman_Empire.svg.png This one isn't possible at all. Except on Independence Day I suppose. Without the star it could have been a solar eclipse in the distant future, when the moon has moved ...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Sep 02, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1728: "Cron Mail"
Replies: 21
Views: 8084

Re: 1782: "Cron Mail"

It also tends to produce a lot of messages that you are supposed to read -- I think I have a job scheduled to clear them out weekly. I never read them. That's definitely not the right solution. If you don't care that your cron job isn't working, then remove that cron job so it stops wasting resourc...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Aug 22, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1723: "Meteorite Identification"
Replies: 30
Views: 9688

Re: 1723: "Meteorite Identification"

I guess Randall's point is that a layman with a random stone is more likely to arrive at the right answer with Randall's flowchart than with the one he linked to, simply because meteorites are so vastly outnumbered by terrestrial stones. He's probably right. The "Did someone see it fall?" ...
by Rombobjörn
Tue Aug 09, 2016 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 14855

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

What's the mechanism for decay if it is kept airtight? I'm venturing beyond my comfort zone here (I have a biochemistry degree, but that's very old). Honey contains a large number of organic compounds, including amino and organic acids (its pH is very low), as well as some peroxides. Even in the ab...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 16259

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Kelly Coyle wrote:Gnome Ann is an island.

Image
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jul 08, 2016 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 16259

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

There once was an important job that Eve Rebudy thought Sam Buddy should do. Ann E. Won could have done it, but Gnome Ann wanted to do it. In the end Eve Rebudy blamed Sam Buddy for Gnome Ann having done what Ann E. Won could have done.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Jul 04, 2016 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 11284

Re: 1701: "Speed and Danger"

Just wondering why there are no points on this graph for LHC collisions. Those are so far to the right that if the chart were adjusted to include them, then it would be difficult to see the difference in speed between normal sports and rocket launches. Maybe the humour is supposed to come from the ...
by Rombobjörn
Sat Jun 04, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 17101

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

My friend Catherine died of old age when she was 17.
by Rombobjörn
Mon May 30, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8377

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

The Paris Gun used aerodynamic projectiles fired at nearly Mach 5 and had a range of 130 km – very far from intercontinental. A boulder doesn't have the right shape for supersonic flight. It would slam into the sound barrier, burn like a meteor, and quickly slow down to sub-sonic speed. Anyway, peop...
by Rombobjörn
Mon May 30, 2016 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8377

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

I wonder if you could conceivably build a trebuchet with intercontinental range. Sounds like What-If fodder... Material strengths of wood and bindings, (in)economies of scale, necessary release velocity of the launched ICBB (Inter-Contintental Ballistic Boulder) and what happens to the area around ...
by Rombobjörn
Mon May 30, 2016 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8377

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

I've seen the quote where Einstein says that world war four will be fought with sticks and stones. I've also seen a version where he says "the next war after that" instead of "world war four". I think the second version is more accurate, because I think Einstein understood that a...
by Rombobjörn
Tue May 24, 2016 10:46 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 44777

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

So now the ratio six to one in the picture is consistent with the text, but instead the picture is internally inconsistent as the angle is now tan-1(0.5/6)·2 ≈ 9.5°.

And if the number six is correct then it must be from some other source than the linked article.
by Rombobjörn
Mon May 23, 2016 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 44777

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

I recommend Helliconian planets as the name That was my first thought too. I guess an intrabinary planet would be one where the suns pull on the planet equally so it doesn't move at all? " Inter binary" seems to fit that situation, as the planet would always be between the two stars. (It ...
by Rombobjörn
Fri May 06, 2016 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 19099

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

The solution is clearly to have no line-breaks, and thus no justification is necessary. Write your text in a continuous spiral, or some variation upon setting out upon a space-covering Hilbert Curve, instead, perhaps... A true master can indeed manage without any line breaks at all. Drawing snakes ...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1668: "Singularity"
Replies: 26
Views: 7980

Re: 1668: "Singularity"

BlitzGirl wrote:
Djehutynakht wrote:No idea how the laptop developed a leaping ability.

It's the next model of MacBook, lighter than Air.
You have to press down very firmly on the keyboard to keep them from floating away.

I figured it was spinning its cooling fan really really fast, but your explanation seems more plausible.
by Rombobjörn
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1666: "Brain Upload"
Replies: 38
Views: 8765

Re: 1666: "Brain Upload"

typo wrote:Aren't you over-generalizing? Rot13 is a form of encryption and the result is as compressible as the clear text.

Using a cipher that has been broken for more than a millennium falls squarely in the category "encryption done entirely wrong".
by Rombobjörn
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1666: "Brain Upload"
Replies: 38
Views: 8765

Re: 1666: "Brain Upload"

Mine might already be encrypted. It's certainly pre-compressed, as it starts off "PK". If you can read the "PK", then either your mind is unencrypted, or the compression didn't actually make it any smaller, or else the encryption was done entirely wrong. Encrypted data is uncomp...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Mar 28, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 6198

Re: 1661: "Podium"

When he asks "Is this thing a podium or a lectern?", does "this thing" refer to the podium or to the lectern?
by Rombobjörn
Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1657: "Insanity"
Replies: 36
Views: 6738

Re: 1657: "Insanity"

So scientists are insane then?
by Rombobjörn
Wed Feb 17, 2016 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1644: "Stargazing"
Replies: 40
Views: 11649

Re: 1644: "Stargazing"

That woman can't be Sirius.
by Rombobjörn
Tue Feb 16, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 26210

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

I keep seeing people talking about having an Internet speed of 8 mbps. That's one bit every two minutes, or roughly 4 bytes an hour! No, that's eight millibitpennyseconds, apparently the product of how long they have had the connection, how much they have paid for it and how much data they have tra...
by Rombobjörn
Tue Feb 16, 2016 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 26210

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

What I find particularly surprising is the number of people who should know better who give times in Siemens (e.g. "wait for 100mS"). I see this so often that I almost wonder whether it's taught like that somewhere. If Germans weren't such good engineers, I'd suspect it was because Sekund...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 26210

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Arrggghhhh! Not bloody “Imperial”. The Imperial System, which wasn’t even devised until 1824, has never been used in the US except, occasionally, by confused Canadian tourists. The US uses US Customary units. Huh! Interesting... And yet our official corporate project management documentation specif...

Go to advanced search