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by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 9399

Re: 1979: "History"

Keep only years that are both in the Fibonacci sequence and integer powers of primes.
(Yes, let's have two year 1s, while we're at it, both sides of the CE/BCE divide.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609558

Re: Trump presidency

In half an hour of furious tweeting: The Failing New York Times wrote another phony story. It was political pundit Doug Schoen, not a Ukrainian businessman, who asked me to do a short speech by phone (Skype), hosted by Doug, in Ukraine. I was very positive about Ukraine-another negative to the Fake ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins
Replies: 1026
Views: 21147

Re: Post number N wins

No no.
No-no no no.
No-no no no.
No no, there's no limit!
7th post?
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: An amateur has tried to build a website in raw HTML
Replies: 56
Views: 12247

Re: An amateur has tried to build a website in raw HTML

My 2K machine is running nicely on 64MB (was originally a '98 box, I think, and I didn't do too much to its hardware…) Not a point, just thought I'd mention it. (My '95 machine has had 40MB installed almost from the day I bought it new (it came with 8, and I added 32 and a second HDD for *oomph*, an...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6738

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

It might have helped keep the term alive. "Best boy", itself, is said to arise from some early-era producer/director asking some gaffer or key grip 1 or other to get his best boy (most experienced assistant) to do a certain job. Probably carried over from casual pre-film "assistant ch...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 10, 2018 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6738

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

IIRC, "Duck tape" was an informal name for products called a variety of other things made either from "duck cloth" or otherwise associated with waterproofness. . "Ductape" was trademarked for a heatproof tape for ducts, as a pun on "duck tape" but then also mo...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 09, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 4764

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

In order to maintain the No-Cameron reality, the No-Cameron future Skynet sends back a terminator to force the No-Cameron reality. It can't not do it, as it always had already will-have-done-it and created the chronology in which it was always going to do so in order to have-done-it-already.
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 4764

1978: "Congressional Testimony"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/congressional_testimony.png Title text: James Cameron's Terminator 3 was the REALLY prophetic one. That's why Skynet sent a robot back to the 1990s to prevent him from ever making it, ultimately handing the franchise over to other directors. All temporal incongruities i...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 579409

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Naively (not to be applied to specific examples, just working with the whole scope as given), I would assume that the more correct way to approach such 'murder'-by-proxy would be "conspiracy to <foo>". Lend a car to someone you know will commit a crime, you are assisting/encouraging that c...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What to learn to be able to make some money?
Replies: 21
Views: 6393

Re: What to learn to be able to make some money?

Reuse functionality from libraries whenever you can and try to keep your functions as short as possible. Yes, but extensive reliance on the 3rd party libraries and frameworks can also be a sign of incompetence. I personally love writing as much myself (my own bespoke XML parser, my own graphics rou...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 09, 2018 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: An amateur has tried to build a website in raw HTML
Replies: 56
Views: 12247

Re: An amateur has tried to build a website in raw HTML

I don't know how 'incorrectly' my Android Chrome browser renders things*, but I never did originally notice the background image and had to extract the url from the source to appreciate it at all. A bit of a waste. I don't think , last time, the left and middle columns independently scrolled (is the...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 9856

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

(Imagine that Hitler, sat awaiting his death sentence, wrote a sequel to his original book, this one maybe called Mein Stolpern ('stumble', if Mr Google aint lyin' to me again), in which he reflects on how he went wrong and, moreover, works out how to stop others going wrong . Sees how it all happen...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1977: "Paperwork"
Replies: 7
Views: 2778

Re: 1977: "Paperwork"

On your1095-A!
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609558

Re: Trump presidency

That's if you don't read it as "Unacceptably low! It should be higher than this temporary slump!"… ;)
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609558

Re: Trump presidency

Thought I might have mispasted, but works fine for me. Donald J. Trump Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump · 5 Apr The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border. Because of the Trump Admi...
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins
Replies: 1026
Views: 21147

Re: Post number N wins

*paints the door*
6th post
by Soupspoon
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609558

Re: Trump presidency

Do you have a citation for that? You mean of my last post? It's my take on: https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/981859214380462081i (Had to go hunting for it. It had fallen off the 'headlines', from my lurk-without-login glance at twitter, but still glad I'm not adding to all that weird stuf...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 05, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609558

Re: Trump presidency

Since I wrote that last message, Trump bleated that the Opioid Caravans were not happening 1 , because of Mexico doing such a good job because of Trump doing such a good job. Nothing to see here, people, move along. Certainly not a person who seems to take daily advice from a Markov Chaining meme ge...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 6397

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

I'm from Scotland, so unlikely to be in three figures. Aye, but all those three figures are definitely marinaded in Iron Bru, deep-fried, coloured half blue with stripes, served with a claymore-sliced haggis on a tartan-patterned pewter plate atop a curling stone, to the sound Proclaimers songs bei...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609558

Re: Trump presidency

Ah, that makes sense. I concur that it will do pretty much nothing about the opiod issue, but then, I don't think it's intended to. "Opioid Crisis! Build The Wall Because Of The Opioid Crisis Due To The Opioid Caravans!" (Part of the "<Foo> Crisis! Build The Wall Because Of The <Foo>...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 6397

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

I was sat on a bench, today, busy browsing things and trying to set up one mobile device with information from another, and someone sat next to me, immediately saying he was worried about his bus being diverted, for reasons (for the diversion, that is) that I never discovered. A simple soul, shall w...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 04, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 579409

Re: The Darker Side of the News

cphite wrote:Anyone who isn't comfortable carrying a weapon ought not be carrying one.
Ditto anyone who is far too comfortable, to the point of such carelessness.
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 579409

Re: The Darker Side of the News

heuristically_alone wrote:How did he accidentally injure THREE students? What type of gun was he demonstrating? (Off to read article)

Spoiler:
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by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 04, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 579409

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Only if the others guess correctly on 1, 2, 3…
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 03, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins
Replies: 1026
Views: 21147

Re: Post number N wins

The 665th post, that was, almost appropriately.

And now this is the 666th reply. (And, yes, I rounded down for my ⅔rds aiming point.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are Vitamin Supplements Toxic to Non-Human Animals?
Replies: 14
Views: 3898

Re: Are Vitamin Supplements Toxic to Non-Human Animals?

No specific knowledge, but given chocolate gives dogs theobromine poisoning (not itself an vitamin/etc, but could have an analogue substance in a 'harmless' bulkifier in a vitimin tablets that is not harmless in the presence of a pet's differing set of native enzymes) and also that excess vitamin-C ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: An amateur has tried to build a website in raw HTML
Replies: 56
Views: 12247

Re: An amateur has tried to build a website in raw HTML

Without going to far into your javascript (which is where you're programming, and I haven't yet strayed beyond the front page) a quick look at the source pleases me in its neatness (doing it by hand, it is lacking a lot of the usual WYSIWYG Web Designer Program awfulness that creeps in there). First...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Favorite Programming Language
Replies: 24
Views: 11559

Re: Favorite Programming Language

commodorejohn wrote:
monkey3 wrote:No idea , but suddenly has an interest in Assembly language :)

Which architecture/platform?

FTL Nanoprocessor (With 25 bilateral kelilactirals. 20 of these being slaved into the primary heisenfram terminals, obviously!)
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12533

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

I don't think you need anything like as radical a solution as banning renting. You simply need to have a significant proportion of the country's housing stock in public ownership, which could be achieved by house builders handing over a proportion of newly built houses in lieu of paying tax. Over h...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3554

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

One significant change the internet has made over earlier mass media is the two way nature of it. With broadcast media, enough powerful people have to get behind a crazy idea before it had a chance of spreading to all the gullible rubes out there. But with the internet, the first gullible rube to f...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3554

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

We are somewhere around 20 years worth of human history where internet has been readily available. Maybe it takes 30 years for the REALLY bad stuff to happen ... It has been going downhill since (at least!) the Eternal September. Though the scenery (whipping by ever-faster) is more interesting as w...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 98758

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Given we don't yet really know what Dark Matter is (including possibly a mere artefact of some other misunderstanding yet to be fully identified and dealt with, but not matter at all) we may find that 'real' Dark Matter isn't the kind of stuff that would willingly clump together in that way. The abo...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2386153

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

CorruptUser wrote:
Soupspoon wrote: This forum is blessedly free of "could of"s, etc.


Challenge excepted.


I effected you're deliberate mis-take their so, its a mute point.
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 31, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21548

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

(I realise you probably wrote that as I was writing mine. If only one or other of us could go back in time... ;)) and you no longer existed to make sure your parents get together after all. Stupidest part of BttF. Rest of it "makes sense", but a time traveller inserted into their own (pre)...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 31, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21548

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

The urgency of time-travellers can be dealt with several ways. I think (IIRC) this time it's that they have to 'chase' the others as soon as they know where/when to chase them, then have a scenario in the past to play through in real-time with a localised deadline (not helped by not being able to la...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 91389

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Liri wrote:Is... there something inappropriate about fucking in a church?

You're supposed to go forth and multiply. God hates sedentary reproduction. I think.
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 91389

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Freaking, fricking, frigging, or effing? Which of these do you use in situations where you don't use "fucking"? I'm not sure I use any, actually. Including the original, or any tmesiated variation of another word. If you spot something I've said on the forum, then maybe that, but I'm not ...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3554

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

(Good, I was wondering if I'd have to post it and look like a needy "First Post!"er for my third comic-start in a row.)

UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT Information is ENCOURAGED, ESPECIALLY to COMPUTER BULLETIN BOARDS.

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by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7966
Views: 609558

Re: Trump presidency

elasto wrote:While true, it ignores the ingenuity of Chinese netizens:

(Spoilered for length and OT'ness)

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by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2386153

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Except that unless there's some subtlety that escaped me, "panneau" is specifically a signpost-type panel. Something like "commission des litiges" would be more accurate. You'd be right. Mr Google sounded so confident (including in reverse, for a basic sanity check) and Mr Frenc...

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