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by Arancaytar
Wed Mar 06, 2013 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 14034

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

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*groan*
by Arancaytar
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100536

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

THANK YOU Randall!

(Though I also find the idea of ln(unix_epoch) intriguing. It is now approximately 21.03218088.)
by Arancaytar
Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 45069

Re: 1168: Tar

-c/-x: Create/extract an archive -z/-j: (de)compress using the gz/bz2 schemes respectively (don't know what they're really called; looking up would be cheating) -v: List files on stderr as they're added/extracted. -f <file>: Read from or write to an archive file rather than stdio. These are all I kn...
by Arancaytar
Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Please Answer Entirely Honestly: World Domination
Replies: 48
Views: 9752

Re: Please Answer Entirely Honestly: World Domination

I've thought of something like The Pause . (Although in the modern world this would wreak havoc on all kinds of medical technology and atomic clocks, so the effect would have to be more selective. Like altering the laws of physics to prevent radioactive materials from being enriched beyond a particu...
by Arancaytar
Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rebuilding humanity
Replies: 24
Views: 4403

Re: Rebuilding humanity

for rebuilding purposes you probably want a high ratio of women to men (maybe 7/3 or even 8/2). If you were to try to rebuild humanity with 10 men, or even 9 men and 1 woman, you'd probably be on to a non-starter Interesting point: There's actually a trade-off between quantity of offspring (which w...
by Arancaytar
Sat Jan 05, 2013 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Do I need a new laptop battery?
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Re: Do I need a new laptop battery?

The battery did really lose power after that time. There's a different bug in my system that makes the laptop think it is still on external power if the cord is removed while it in standby. This disables all the emergency shutdown triggers and causes it to run until it loses power completely. Still ...
by Arancaytar
Sat Jan 05, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: USB multi-card reader in Ubuntu
Replies: 1
Views: 1395

USB multi-card reader in Ubuntu

I got a USB card reader to access CF and SD cards from my Ubuntu laptop. Unfortunately, the thing is completely non-responsive - it doesn't appear in the list of devices nor in lsusb. Whenever I plug it in, the following syslog messages get generated: Jan 5 16:18:18 metis kernel: [ 835.160101] usb 4...
by Arancaytar
Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1154: Resolution
Replies: 32
Views: 7671

Re: 1154: Resolution

My only resolution is to not follow through on any of my resolutions.
by Arancaytar
Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 18277

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

you will not go to space today


This is now becoming a running gag?
by Arancaytar
Sun Dec 02, 2012 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Austrian raided by police for running a Tor exit node
Replies: 10
Views: 2827

Re: Austrian raided by police for running a Tor exit node

Not giving advance warning is pretty much the point of a raid. And merely running a website which allows to post content is a risk in many jurisdictions (though some have a safe-harbor law that limits liability, as far as I know).
by Arancaytar
Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Do I need a new laptop battery?
Replies: 3
Views: 1930

Do I need a new laptop battery?

I've had this laptop (HP625) for roughly 22 months of daily usage. The battery currently lasts 687 seconds from being fully charged (for roughly 24 hours) to the point of emergency hibernation. (The hardware monitor still claims a capacity of 31Wh or 65.1%, but this is fiction.) This is the discharg...
by Arancaytar
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 26061

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

arachnoarachnology (the study of too many spiders)


Every arachnology is arachnoarachnology to me. :P
by Arancaytar
Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 92914

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Also if stuff breaks off your space car when you go up, and it hits other stuff, your space car might get too hot when you come back down and that would be a very bad problem. Then you might not go to space again.
by Arancaytar
Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 32766

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

After that lesson in probability, here's another question: What if third-party candidates actually won any electoral votes? The electoral system with two parties is simplicity in itself. There are 538 votes and two candidates, so the simple majority is practically implicit. To go for the most extrem...
by Arancaytar
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:36 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 32789

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

Cow saliva is clearly the food of the future. Tasty and nutritious.
by Arancaytar
Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Generation X: How many Gen Xers know their cosmic address
Replies: 29
Views: 4292

Re: Generation X: How many Gen Xers know their cosmic addres

37% of people with a doctorate or professional degree can't identify a picture of a spiral galaxy? What's special about a doctorate or professional degree? I don't know that you should expect a doctor of anything except physics to know more about spiral galaxies than a first-year undergraduate of t...
by Arancaytar
Wed Oct 24, 2012 8:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iran Hits Back in Cyberwarfare
Replies: 37
Views: 5185

Re: Iran Hits Back in Cyberwarfare

They also believe Iran engineered computer attacks that intermittently took America’s largest banks offline in September, and last week disrupted the online banking Web sites of Capital One and BB&T.


That wasn't Anonymous?
by Arancaytar
Sun Oct 21, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT
Replies: 72
Views: 9281

Re: Gallup: 3.4% of Americans self-identify as LGBT

That seems on the low end of the range. Of course the range is fairly wide, but most surveys seem to get results over 7% (in some cases over 10%).
by Arancaytar
Sun Oct 21, 2012 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This Is How It Ends - Iran War Sim
Replies: 18
Views: 4013

Re: This Is How It Ends - Iran War Sim

A strange game.

How about a nice game of chess?
by Arancaytar
Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Closest known exo-planet discovered
Replies: 135
Views: 13652

Re: Closest known exo-planet discovered

You see, I'm more of an optimist. Nobody has actually proven that it violates the laws of physics yet, so I remain hopeful. The popular stereotype of the researcher is that of a skeptic and a pessimist. Nothing could be further from the truth! Scientists must be optimists at heart, in order to bloc...
by Arancaytar
Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 23093

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

The fact that "thyme" made me think "Mussolini" is evidence, I suppose, of how badly I have xkcd on the brain.
by Arancaytar
Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1121: "Identity"
Replies: 63
Views: 15129

Re: 1121: "Identity"

kikoskia wrote:Title Text: Not sure why I just taught everyone to flawlessly impersonate me to pretty much anyone I know. Just remember to constantly bring up how cool it is that birds are dinosaurs and you'll be set.


Don't forget to bring up how terrified you are of raptors.
by Arancaytar
Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1115: "Sky"
Replies: 84
Views: 20916

Re: 1115: "Sky"

I remember first looking through a telescope when I was twelve or so, and being afraid of open spaces for weeks. At night, only. The blue sky looks... "closed". Safe, particularly with fluffy clouds. At night, there is just the yawning abyss. And it's not "up there". It's all aro...
by Arancaytar
Wed Sep 26, 2012 7:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill O'Reilly vs Jon Stewart
Replies: 49
Views: 6883

Re: Bill O'Reilly vs Jon Stewart

I predict that the Conservatives will say that O'Reilly one while the Liberals will say that Stewart won. Regardless of the actual quality of both men's performances. You heard it here first, folks. This is why instead of political debates, there should be political wrestling matches. If the idea o...
by Arancaytar
Tue Sep 25, 2012 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Firefox Nightly scrambles twitter.com
Replies: 1
Views: 1110

Re: Firefox Nightly scrambles twitter.com

It turned out to be a weird configuration problem. Resetting the prefs.js file made it disappear. In the absence of anything else, I'll blame the Convergence addon messing around with my SSL settings and not being cleanly removed.
by Arancaytar
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:40 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Firefox Nightly scrambles twitter.com
Replies: 1
Views: 1110

Firefox Nightly scrambles twitter.com

When I attempt to load https://twitter.com/ (Twitter forces https nowadays) on Firefox Nightly (18.0a1 2012-09-12, no extensions) on Ubuntu 11.10, I get a page full of binary: twitter.png Doesn't happen with the same version on another system, nor with any other browser (including stable Firefox) on...
by Arancaytar
Tue Sep 18, 2012 9:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0012: "Raindrop"
Replies: 91
Views: 25438

Re: What-if 0012: Raindrop

The cloud is water. If you took all the water out of the cloud, there wouldn't be a cloud (though if you took only the liquid water, you'd end up with some invisible vapor until that started condensing again). It worries me a little how many What-Ifs end in a gigantic explosion of some form or anoth...
by Arancaytar
Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space Elevator Kickstarter
Replies: 83
Views: 10502

Re: Space Elevator Kickstarter

poxic wrote:
Iulus Cofield wrote:Wouldn't a space elevator between the earth and the moon go, like, really fast?

Wouldn't it, like, get snapped by the movement of the moon orbiting the Earth?


Mostly the Earth's rotation would do that...
by Arancaytar
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name
Replies: 58
Views: 10945

Re: School Forces Deaf 3-Year-Old To Change His Name

He'd better not put his hands in his pockets then, without a concealed carry permit.

This kid wouldn't happen to be the son of C. Norris?
by Arancaytar
Sat Jul 28, 2012 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Amplifier for a PC sound system
Replies: 4
Views: 3568

Amplifier for a PC sound system

My last amplifier (a Technics SU-Z45, possibly around 40 years old) has finally breathed its last, and my hardware skills are sadly insufficient to try to fix it. So I'm trying to pick out a new one. The problem is that the price range is extremely broad and I have no idea what I need. If I try this...
by Arancaytar
Fri Jul 20, 2012 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 51678

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

Can somebody explain what's going on in the third panel? No. Which is the point, actually. It's pretty straightforward; he installed an Android VM for testing something and then messed up the PATH variable. Don't know why it's installed in the Adobe docs, though... Edit: Also doesn't explain why ls...
by Arancaytar
Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 29105

Re: 1077: "Home Organization"

My ~/ is organized quite similarly. Except that when my ~/misc got very full, I started to organize the things inside it, resulting in a ~/misc/misc folder and after that a ~/misc/misc/misc folder. Guess what happened next.
by Arancaytar
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 50625

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

If you add up the cross sections of all the planets, divide by the scale factor, and subtract this from the circle's size, you get the area of the circle that contains text or free space. :P Other than that, I doubt there is any significance. As it is already dependent on the text and the packing of...
by Arancaytar
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 50625

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Something obvious that I didn't realize at first: If "huge" is anything an order of magnitude beyond Earth, then the only non-huge exoplanets in the picture are the few tiny dots. I'm guessing the blue ones are ice giants, the ochre ones gas giants, and the deep red... I don't know, hot Ju...
by Arancaytar
Fri Jun 08, 2012 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17608

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

During exam week, the floor gets cut out of the loop as well.
by Arancaytar
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21121

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Wolf? Not a raptor?

(Though I suppose raptors are even harder to come by at the pet store than bobcats. And I tried that for months now; they keep sending me office chairs.)
by Arancaytar
Tue May 29, 2012 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45035

Re: 1061: "EST"

I almost missed the "(Julian calendar)" note.

Apparently, today would be May 16.
by Arancaytar
Tue May 22, 2012 10:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Declaring your own country
Replies: 51
Views: 8504

Re: Declaring your own country

A single man has declared an island, that he essentially has no personal legal claim to as from being the only resident, a crown dependency and thus no part of the U.K. He's also claiming his newly found country has rights to North Sea oil drilling profits. It's all on the basis of some loop-hole o...
by Arancaytar
Sun May 20, 2012 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 43204

Re: Was I too harsh?

Be kind: the five years was probably the time she spent getting her undergrad. As an aside, you wouldn't believe how many students get through three years of CompSci and have absolutely no idea how to implement any kind of linked-list algorithm. However, from what the OP describes, the candidate wa...

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