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by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Well, no, there's one higher, and ironically, the ISO format doesn't allow for it: differentiation. Easily telling the difference between any two dates or times. Only "time units since reference date" provides that. When the alien invasion fleet lands, official documents will be stamped w...
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Klear wrote:
Gargravarr wrote:I'd like to propose the following Internet law:
Any sufficiently long forum thread, regardless of original topic, will culminate in a debate about the existence of God.

Or is there already a law like that?

God wins law? :wink:

:D
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I'd like to propose the following Internet law:
Any sufficiently long forum thread, regardless of original topic, will culminate in a debate about the existence of God.

Or is there already a law like that?
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Arg, doublepost
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I'm atheist actually, and I currently think that he was invented by emperor Augustus to keep the population under control(a single religion in the empire), but I don't have any evidence of that. I'm not a christian either, but that's just wrong. Augustus was long dead before Christianity became a m...
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Oh Em Gee.. it's been like a few hours. How did you fill up 3 pages? :shock: It's a sensitive subject, but I believe that little-endians and big-endians can learn to live together in relative peace and harmony. The real enemy are, of course, the irrational mixed-endians, advocates of chaos and diso...
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

To summarize, ISO 8601 is
- Unambiguous
- Sortable
- Understandable (unlike eg Stardate or "seconds since reference date")
- Language independant
- Context independant
- Scalable (need more precision? Just add a number at the end)

If that's not a check mate, I don't know what would be.
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100447

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Thank you Randall for adressing one of my pet peeves.

When I open the fridge and find a box marked with yy/MM/dd (or dd/MM/yy or yy/dd/MM, who can tell?), I throw it out partly to be safe, but mostly in protest.
by Gargravarr
Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34277

Re: 1173: Steroids

The Olympics are pure sports, and get to have rules like "no steroids". Professional baseball, football, hockey, and basketball in America are entertainment, not pure sports. I don't get your distinction between "pure" (whatever that means) and non-pure sports. Most Olympic athl...
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34277

Re: 1173: Steriods

But [doping is] also disallowed because it occasionally makes players sick or injured or dead. Which is not the intended result of most sports. Hey, I'm a major Rollerball fan, you insenstive clod! Real men play that Aztec ball game where the losing team gets sacrificed to a bloodthirsty diety who ...
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 13, 2013 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34277

Re: 1173: Steriods

But [doping is] also disallowed because it occasionally makes players sick or injured or dead. Which is not the intended result of most sports. Hey, I'm a major Rollerball fan, you insenstive clod! Real men play that Aztec ball game where the losing team gets sacrificed to a bloodthirsty diety who ...
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 13, 2013 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34277

Re: 1173: Steriods

Doping isn't allowed for the same reason a soccer player can't pick up the ball and run with it. But it's also disallowed because it occasionally makes players sick or injured or dead. Which is not the intended result of most sports. Most, but not all: http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics...
by Gargravarr
Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34277

Re: 1173: Steriods

This comic hinges on a faulty premise. Sports is not about who's fastest and strongest. It's about who performs best under a given set of rules. A sport is fully defined by its rules. Players who ignore them aren't allowed to play, because they spoil the sport. The rules are often arbitrary. Some ex...
by Gargravarr
Tue Jan 29, 2013 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36590

Re: 1166: "Argument"

The thread at freeenergyforum.com is a bit disappointing. No resistence at all. Where are all the wild-eyed defenders of crank physics?
by Gargravarr
Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36590

Re: 1166: "Argument"

SpringLoaded12 wrote:There were a couple of comics that happened to mention certain controversial issues that led to comic discussion threads dozens of pages long, often getting so sidetracked that they forgot what they were originally arguing about.

Welcome to the Internet.
by Gargravarr
Mon Jan 28, 2013 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36590

Re: 1166: "Argument"

keithl wrote:I always push dry toast off the table, onto a buttered floor, for maximum repeatability.

At what frequency does your house flip over?
by Gargravarr
Mon Jan 28, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36590

Re: 1166: "Argument"

And this design , probably inspired by all YouTube videos of perpetual machines that have to be pushed by hand. That video was funny... but it bore quite a resemblance to that counter-ontological argument Well, it reminded me of a drinking song: Aleph-null bottles of beer on the wall, Aleph-null bo...
by Gargravarr
Mon Jan 28, 2013 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36590

Re: 1166: "Argument"

However, toast does not have the ability to right itself.[citation needed] I thought the Mythbusters proved that toast actually lands on the unbuttered side more often? I guess that's why any attempts to construct this failed - you have to attach the cat to the buttered side. IIRC, Mythbusters foun...
by Gargravarr
Mon Jan 28, 2013 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36590

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Personally I like the buttered cat school of perpetual motion.

And this design, probably inspired by all YouTube videos of perpetual machines that have to be pushed by hand.
by Gargravarr
Mon Jun 11, 2012 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1067: "Pressures"
Replies: 75
Views: 166395

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Suppose Einstein had come up with his ideas while working as a research professor at a university. I wonder if that would've reduced the number of cranks who think they can "disprove Einstein" by building a perpetual motion device in the garage.
by Gargravarr
Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 31963

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

I'm surprised this wasn't about Hilbert's Hotel
by Gargravarr
Wed Nov 10, 2010 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 39925

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

One of my favorites. Did anyone else think of this?
by Gargravarr
Fri Jun 11, 2010 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 25657

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

I don't get it.
by Gargravarr
Sat May 01, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: android developers
Replies: 11
Views: 1923

Re: android developers

Has anyone made a virtual pet with its own Twitter account yet?
I like Android too. It's like J2ME done right.

PS: v1nsai, check out the android:layout_weight attribute
by Gargravarr
Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1962
Views: 564208

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

Wow, there's nothing like a good rant to release pressure. Thank you, Tim Berners-Lee.
by Gargravarr
Mon Apr 26, 2010 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1962
Views: 564208

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

@Berengal: That's sort of what I'm trying to do. One especially ugly class shrunk by 90% (and actually started to work) after cleanup. But really, it's like redecorating a burned-down house. And I have 2 weeks, not 3 months. Other projects waiting.
by Gargravarr
Mon Apr 26, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1962
Views: 564208

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

I've inherited a large-ish (~300k lines) dotnet project, originally written by ten thousand monkeys banging on laptops with coconuts (I think). The project is an epic mess. It systematically violates every good programming practice there is. Convoluted class designs (patterns? what's patterns?), cry...
by Gargravarr
Sat Apr 24, 2010 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Epic coding moments
Replies: 127
Views: 22483

Re: Epic coding moments

Best coding moment was in college, when I wrote a Reversi/Othello AI that played better than me. Not that I'm a good player, but it's still spooky to be bested by something you made.
by Gargravarr
Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0724: "Hell"
Replies: 184
Views: 74368

Re: "Hell" Discussion

Here's my Java implementation, Helltris

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by Gargravarr
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 28460

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

squareroot wrote:Was it your small intestine, or was it Guybrush Threepwood's?

Well, I was Guybrush Threepwood. Some of the sites of Monkey Island were actually visible in map view.
by Gargravarr
Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 28460

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

Last week I was Guybrush Threepwood trying to escape from an island. The only way home was to crawl through a narrow, winding underground tunnel that was also my small intestine. Halfway through (could see myself on the mini-map), the tunnel got too narrow and squiggly for further progress. I tried ...
by Gargravarr
Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 102355

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

To iterate is human, to recurse divine.
by Gargravarr
Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 19681

Re: "Researcher Translation" Discussion

jc: Computer assisted translation has actually made progress in recent years. IMHO it's been upgraded from 20 years away to almost useful (still need to know the target language to fix the errors).

I agree with you on the "natural programming language" idiocy, though.
by Gargravarr
Mon Dec 21, 2009 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 19681

Re: "Researcher Translation" Discussion

Is this comic about "inventor" Paul Moller? Interesting case. For the last 40 years, he's been promising full-scale production of flying cars within 2-3 years. The media still reprints his press releases and new suck... um investors flock to pay for dr Moller's next raquetball court.

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