Search found 189 matches

by vslayer
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would the future find interesting about us?
Replies: 36
Views: 3474

Re: What would the future find interesting about us?

i also like the rosetta stone type idea. we then compile a range of the best political essays of our time to convey the way in which our society works and the views of the people on this society. maybe throw in a computer made of non corrosive metals and load it up with some of the technology of the...
by vslayer
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 246713

Re: Where did you get your Username?

Minor adaptations to my first gamer tag, back in the days of 'Diablo'.
by vslayer
Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:24 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 220110

Re: New Zealand meet up

what time off do you have around new years? i plan to take about 2 weeks off around then.
by vslayer
Thu Oct 29, 2009 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Help] Changing hover-over message
Replies: 12
Views: 4469

Re: [Help] Changing hover-over message

pseudoidiot wrote:It's a known bug: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=395668

Someone made a handy add-on for it, though: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/11233


for this information you shall receive one internet and my eternal gratitude, good sir.
by vslayer
Thu Oct 29, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 220110

Re: New Zealand meet up

ive got holidays from the 4th to the 11th of november if anyone is keen for general shenanigans.
by vslayer
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA responds to xkcd strip
Replies: 101
Views: 28713

Re: TSA responds to xkcd strip

You are clearly not my dad. He gets randomly searched every single time he flys. Doesn't that by definition make it not a random search at all? note to the TSA: Don't make xkcdians angry. you're all on a list somewhere, I hope you know that, right? Are you carrying any explosives? .... Have you lef...
by vslayer
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It made sense at the time...
Replies: 207
Views: 21600

Re: It made sense at the time...

a few months back while i was milking my cows(at 5am in a sleep deprived state) i somehow convinced myself that they were all chinese. they HAD to be chinese, because they were standing on the yard.

how that made sense to me i still have no idea.
by vslayer
Mon Oct 19, 2009 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 55003

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

My favorite is when they confiscate my empty bottle. Yeah, as if I'm gonna fill it with nitroglycerine once I get into the terminal. the part i don't understand, is that if they really suspect these water bottles are full of chemicals which can combine to cause an explosion, then why the hell are t...
by vslayer
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 55003

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

we could render airport security obsolete by simply installing a panic button in the cockpit which turned over control of the plane to a remote operator on the ground, making it impossible to hijack. once you remove the ability to use the plane itself as a weapon there is no need for any security sc...
by vslayer
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Broadband - It's a right!
Replies: 41
Views: 5018

Re: Broadband - It's a right!

You know as well as I do that its a meaningless number. The US has huge extremes for population density, ranging from NYC to Montana. so should we stop funding roads and irrigation schemes for rural areas too? why should the people that feed your cities be any less deserving of internet access than...
by vslayer
Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Censoring information from your children
Replies: 22
Views: 2058

Re: Censoring information from your children

what is there to comprehend? why would it be any more difficult to understand than why some people pick their nose?
by vslayer
Fri Oct 16, 2009 5:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Censoring information from your children
Replies: 22
Views: 2058

Re: Censoring information from your children

You all seem to be under the impression that scatological fetishism is wrong . What I am hearing from you guys is that you want to ensure you are there to impose your prejudices on your children under the guise of "perspective and support". Either your children will enjoy scatological feti...
by vslayer
Fri Oct 16, 2009 4:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 762439

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

There is a radio ad here which starts off with a(fictitious) story about someone hiring a cheap electrician who wired their house wrong and burned it down, this is then followed by "It may not cost you any more to use a master electrician, but it could cost you a lot more if you don't" tra...
by vslayer
Sun Oct 11, 2009 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: United States sucks @ internet
Replies: 43
Views: 5837

Re: United States sucks @ internet

These by country rankings are useless data, taking averages over huge areas with massive disparities between them. For those living in the cities here in new zealand broadband speeds can be as high as 10mbps, with data caps of around 40gb as standard, with additional bandwidth available to purchase ...
by vslayer
Mon Sep 28, 2009 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379709

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

you built your friends computer, therefore you are a supergenius capable of fixing every problem it encounters, including why it wont connect to your neighbours encrypted wireless network. why don't people understand that there is a difference between knowing how to plug a few components together an...
by vslayer
Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 43331

Re: "Free" Discussion

The XKCD one is better because it doesn't require me to think about dead hobos. Anyway, the "natural vs. artificial" bothers me down to its nougaty, philosophical core. You could argue that everything is natural, if you're an atheist or believe in a nature deity, since humans are ...
by vslayer
Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 43331

Re: "Free" Discussion

nahtanoj999 wrote:Beaten by Zack Weiner: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db ... =974#comic


beaten by you^^

still pretty good though.
by vslayer
Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458585

Re: Questions For The World

question for americans/canadians. how prevalent are manual transmission cars over there? it seems like every day i hear a story about someone over there not knowing how to "drive stick". are there really that many automatics that people can grow up never learning to drive a manual?
by vslayer
Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cars are full of science.
Replies: 59
Views: 4181

Re: Car's are full of science.

agreed. of all the car repairs and projects i've done with my mates, the most scientific thing we ever did was work out the breaking strain on an axle to figure out whether it needed to be replaced with a new engine in. while there is normally a bit of math involved whenever fabricating new parts, m...
by vslayer
Tue Sep 08, 2009 7:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You knew It Was Wrong But You Did It Anyways!
Replies: 20
Views: 2179

Re: You knew It Was Wrong But You Did It Anyways!

hey, this provides an execellent opporunity to field test the ideas in this thread 8)
by vslayer
Fri Sep 04, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458585

Re: Questions For The World

My questions. -Reading this, it seems that at least in some places, there's different levels of seconday school that can be completed. How does that work? Here we have a binary system - either you have a high school diploma/GED, or you don't. - Windiness. How windy does it get elsewhere? Here 0-10k...
by vslayer
Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Official xkcd Internet Sightings Thread
Replies: 10
Views: 1205

Re: xkcd comic graffitied in Prague!

Lithium33 wrote:Ahhh! Resize!


seconded. i had to open the image externally to even be sure what i was looking at.
by vslayer
Thu Sep 03, 2009 5:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Renter's Rights
Replies: 9
Views: 1271

Re: Renter's Rights

they can't deny you an apartment for owning a pet or a firearm, but they have every right to tell you to keep it out of their building.
by vslayer
Wed Sep 02, 2009 7:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458585

Re: Questions For The World

Australia and New Zealand have some sort of friendly rivalry between them. Or maybe it's just Australia, with the Kiwis (New Zealander) and Poms (British). Ohh, yeah, a bunch of Australians I met in Italy had some harsh things to say about their NZ friend. Then they taught us some of your awesome s...
by vslayer
Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 458585

Re: Questions For The World

Australia and New Zealand have some sort of friendly rivalry between them. Or maybe it's just Australia, with the Kiwis (New Zealander) and Poms (British). Ohh, yeah, a bunch of Australians I met in Italy had some harsh things to say about their NZ friend. Then they taught us some of your awesome s...
by vslayer
Wed Sep 02, 2009 1:10 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 220110

Re: New Zealand meet up

alright, i should have my car problems(read: the governments car problems, my government problems) sorted by monday, then i can get into town and get that harddrive fixed.
by vslayer
Tue Sep 01, 2009 7:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How often do you shower or bathe?
Replies: 168
Views: 23271

Re: How often do you shower or bathe?

i usually try to shower every night as the chemicals i work with have a habit of staining the skin if not thoroughly washed off, and people outside my industry tend to accuse me of smelling like cow when i don't shower(i've become accustomed to the smell), however working a split shift and living on...
by vslayer
Tue Aug 25, 2009 12:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What made you feel incredibly stupid?
Replies: 551
Views: 64215

Re: What made you feel incredibly stupid?

It took me until this year (I'm 19) to figure out the play on words that is the Beatles name. You know... beat... like music... I just did this last year, too (was 19 then). Okay, so yesterday I got a call from a government worker, because I mis-wrote my social security number on my US passport app...
by vslayer
Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: brain in a vat
Replies: 214
Views: 26672

Re: brain in a vat

Spoiler:
have both give you remote access to their computers, then tell them both that you are going to shut their computers down. for the human this means the end of a conversation, but for a self aware AI, this means death. see which one pleads for its life.
by vslayer
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm not slacking, my /x/ is /y/ing
Replies: 52
Views: 4779

Re: I'm not slacking, my /x/ is /y/ing

I'm not slacking off, I don't want to put the machine under load until I can locate the source of that sound. -what sound? Quiet! I'm busy here. Worked quite well when I was working in a factory. I could probably pull it off in my current job too, but it's kind of pointless since I'm on a salary... ...
by vslayer
Mon Aug 24, 2009 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0627: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 182
Views: 56483

Re: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet" Discussion

ah so true. although the "ask for help or give up" box is usually preceded by "swap out all the hardware until it works"
by vslayer
Mon Aug 17, 2009 2:42 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 220110

Re: New Zealand meet up

pm me the serial numbers and i'll get it fixed/replaced. how's thursday night look for you? i've got some business in christchurch so i can swing by and grab it then if that works.
by vslayer
Sun Aug 16, 2009 6:58 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 220110

Re: New Zealand meet up

gojoe+whoever else was planning on meeting up tomorrow: i'm gonna have to flag this one, i caught the flu a few days ago and it's still really kicking my arse so i want to spend as much of my day off in bed as is possible.
by vslayer
Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Clockmaker's Conspiracy
Replies: 14
Views: 1785

Re: The Clockmaker's Conspiracy

I just read a newscientist article on this the other day, I'd post a link the but site seems to have been down all day, so here is my(poor) recitation of it: in order to build a full image of our field of view, our eyes move quickly, focusing on small, single points, this is then compiled into a sin...
by vslayer
Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 43076

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Red Hal wrote:Knock yerselves out with this slice of nostalgia: http://www.virtualapple.org/oregontraildisk.html


you sir, are a god.
by vslayer
Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lockpicks
Replies: 52
Views: 8301

Re: Lockpicks

just look at the wikipedia page on lockpicks then go make your own. i made mine out of 3 sets of cheap tweezers and a hex key, all it took was a vice, some pliers and a grinder.
by vslayer
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: "I don't want MY tax dollars to..."
Replies: 36
Views: 3320

Re: "I don't want MY tax dollars to..."

i think that allowing a person to choose where their tax money goes would be a great method of open government. along with everyones voting papers give them a form where they can decide what portion of their taxes should go to which government services. take the amount of taxes paid on the average w...
by vslayer
Tue Aug 04, 2009 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: National Pride
Replies: 56
Views: 8011

Re: National Pride

why should any person be proud of a place simply because their mother happened to be there when they were born? I feel a small degree of pride in the town where i grew up, but that can all be attributed to the community projects i helped with and the rugby team which i still travel out to play for. ...
by vslayer
Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:39 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 220110

Re: New Zealand meet up

well, i hope it still works, but if it doesn't i wouldn't worry about buying a new one unless your mates in sydney have a shitload of files to steal; seagate drives have a 10 year warranty on them if you send them back to singapore. i've had 3 of them replaced in the last few years. also, i have eve...
by vslayer
Mon Aug 03, 2009 5:20 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [NZ] New Zealand!
Replies: 470
Views: 220110

Re: New Zealand meet up

17th it is. any other christchurch or nearby people keen for some gaming, drugs and general tomfoolery?

Go to advanced search