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by cellocgw
Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1694: "Phishing License"
Replies: 35
Views: 5357

Re: 1694: "Phishing License"

rmsgrey wrote:Pretty sure applying for a license isn't illegal - it may be evidence of intent to commit a crime, but it's not evidence of having ever committed one.


You haven't been living in the USA for the last 15 years, have you :cry:
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 15, 2016 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1694: "Phishing License"
Replies: 35
Views: 5357

Re: 1694: "Phishing License"

Well, at least he didn't draw Mr. B.J.B 1 walking up to a desk where the sign read "Killing Licenses" . The concept of a meatspace honeytrap goes back ages, at least in the USA. Police take a list of folks w/ outstanding warrants, send them all notices of free baseball tickets or something...
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 7090

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

Apeiron wrote:Ones... the plural of one. Think about that for a moment.


Not really. If you have a box full of numeral-shaped candles for birthday cakes, how many "one"s do you have?
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 7090

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

Eebster the Great wrote:
there were lots of arthropods living on your skin already.

. . . I hope not. I know lots of arthropods are human ectoparasites, but most people don't have any, do they?


You really don't know? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demodex
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 13, 2016 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 9456

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

Jorpho wrote:So had anyone here actually heard of ANSEL before reading this comic? (I might not even have gotten to the wikipedia page if not for explainxkcd; the search results are swamped by some nvidia widget.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANSEL


You mean not this Ansel?
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 9456

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

The first thing that comes to mind when I read (or hear) "blerp" is a certain comic strip . I'll submit a feature request to invoke that with the -Z option. You'd think so, but note that -t can be repeated: -t leaves laundry soaking wet and slightly warm -tt soaking wet and hot -ttt wet an...
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1691: "Optimization"
Replies: 53
Views: 8236

Re: 1691: "Optimization"

orthogon wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:You really need to wait at least half an hour before trying again after premature optimization. (I've HEARD.)

Yeah, there's inevitably going to be downtime before you can get the system up again.


So he answers a double entendre with a double entendre :oops:
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1691: "Optimization"
Replies: 53
Views: 8236

Re: 1691: "Optimization"

thunk wrote:
Thanks, Jose. Now I know. It's one of those coding things that I'm still learning, because I'm only dipping my toes into it.


In that case, get out while you still have a chance! RUN AWAAAAAYYYYY
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"
Replies: 29
Views: 6070

Re: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"

Mahnarch wrote:
A quadcopter smuggles in a cake.

Inside the cake is a quadcopter carrying a file.


Error 404: FNF (file not found)
or, if you prefer, Error 53 (file not found)

(must...not... write... "the cake is" ....)
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"
Replies: 29
Views: 6070

Re: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"

wow -- has it really been 500 comix since the initial frame of TIme? Like they said in school, "Time passes. Will you?" Hmmm.... according to the webz, in 1690 the clarinet was invented, so it can't all be bad :P (says a forme clarinetist). OTOH, according to Wikipedia, "February 3 – ...
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 03, 2016 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 13221

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

I don't think Catherine is gonna be his friend much longer. Just sayin'
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 01, 2016 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 11024

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

Highly enjoyed this one, especially the esoteric centre. Just for OCD fun, here are the (conventional) dates, ordered to show continuity/otherwise (decade-ranged ones in italics) and the choices needed to get there... Pre-1805: Constantinople; no ind. Canada, US Alaska, Tokyo; Holy Roman Empire 180...
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 01, 2016 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 11024

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

A bit surprised there isn't a branch asking whether Florida exists or is just a dangerous shallows between Mexico and Bermuda. (yes = highly controversial future year) Here's hoping there'll be another version which covers much older time periods, Can you walk from Siberia to Alaska? Is the Mediterr...
by cellocgw
Tue May 31, 2016 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 6586

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

For another example, the ship-of-many-universes (did it have an actual name?) fired slim, dense projectiles, nicknamed "rods" by those under attack, from orbit. ...yes, it had a name. I remember that they rebuilt it three times for each planetary visit made prior to Arbre, adding on modul...
by cellocgw
Tue May 31, 2016 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 6586

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

Or, as is suggested in the book series "The Expanse", we will be fighting with stones because we will be dropping rocks on one another from orbit. Not sure how the sticks would factor into it, though. At the risk of giving away spoilers, Mycroft "Mike" Holmes also launched attac...
by cellocgw
Tue May 31, 2016 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 6586

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

My recollection is that ancient ballistas already crowded the limit of how powerful they could be without tearing themselves apart when they fired, so, even with modern materials, a quick gut check says intercontinental ballistas are implausible. Just throw it across this ridge . Should work with a...
by cellocgw
Fri May 27, 2016 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1686: "Feel Old"
Replies: 42
Views: 7284

Re: 1686: "Feel Old"

Just putting in a plea to avoid political statements in this needle-pulled thing. There are two many "firsts" in this election which cause flames faster than dropping first-column elements into water. This is the first Presidential election in which my daughter both can vote and has a PhD....
by cellocgw
Wed May 25, 2016 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 26929

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

After reading this What-If I'm left wondering what the hell it was I saw many years ago. There was an ordinary rainbow, then a second rainbow with reversed colours outside the first rainbow and almost as bright as it was, and then a third rainbow outside the second one with colours reversed again (...
by cellocgw
Wed May 25, 2016 11:44 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 26929

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

Note also that in the article an orbit is considered stable if the planet survives for just a few thousand years, and there are regions further out that are unstable due to resonance. I find it doubtful that a planet can survive that close to a binary star long enough for beings who can look at rai...
by cellocgw
Wed May 25, 2016 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 8339

Re: 1685 : Patch

I've patched in Photoshop. When you've modified some code and printed a copy to PDF for review by a third party. You've noticed a mistake (the wrong variable name used or a comment that isn't right) and can't get on the machine used to edit it (yep, we have some compilers that only run on one machi...
by cellocgw
Mon May 23, 2016 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 6895

Re: 1684: Rainbow

rmsgrey wrote:And here I thought the rainbows were a sign that God had brought his pre-teen daughter to work...


I almost hesitate to proffer an alternative explanation: God's joining the Gay Pride Parade.

:oops:
by cellocgw
Fri May 20, 2016 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 18038

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

Lol, my printifier.com (link in my signature) contributes additional degradation in the title text. Also, this reminds me of ancient times when comics and such were xeroxed and faxed multiple times and picked up increasing amounts of visual detritus along the way. You call that "ancient times&...
by cellocgw
Fri May 20, 2016 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 18038

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

Well, of course digital data degrades :( , as we all know. The World Is Analog (tm) . But, just as with a printed page, where the ink slowly fades into invisibility over time, digital bits slowly lose the zero vs. one contrast over time. The solution is obvious: make the contrast much bigger. If we ...
by cellocgw
Fri May 20, 2016 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 18038

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

wst wrote:
SolkaTruesilver wrote:I am just sad that old online porn videos will probably never be backed up and forever be loss.
Porn will become an oral tradition.


Yeah, we all saw what you did there.
by cellocgw
Wed May 18, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1682: "Bun"
Replies: 57
Views: 9328

Re: 1682: "Bun"

HES wrote:Is the hairstyle named after the animal's tail, the food, both, vice versa, or all or none of the above?


If you're going to start that branch...


Audubon and Autobahn are pronounced more or less similarly in USAian. Find the source of the root "bun" in those two.
by cellocgw
Wed May 18, 2016 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1682: "Bun"
Replies: 57
Views: 9328

Re: 1682: "Bun"

Embarrassed to admit I actually looked in Wikipedia to see if "bun" was ever used in a scientific (mammalian) context. It isn't. :oops:

Anyway, is that lecture really about hares' and rabbits' Blood Urea Nitrogen?
by cellocgw
Mon May 16, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1681: "Laser Products"
Replies: 30
Views: 5168

Re: 1681: "Laser Products"

I checked in with Mr. OCD and he says the columns need to be swapped so that the maximum star-squares are all along the diagonal.

Then I realized that if you do that, you've found the EigenVector for this parameter space.
by cellocgw
Fri May 13, 2016 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1680: "Black Hole"
Replies: 31
Views: 5791

Re: 1680: "Black Hole"

Hmm . . I realise that I am guilty both of pedantry and of taking a comic statement seriously, but wouldn't it actually blow the room apart? Small black holes are unstable. It only looks small from that angle. It can repel you, but I'd have to reverse its charge. (Or possibly its spin.) Duuuuuude g...
by cellocgw
Wed May 11, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 7106

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

What are the rules of substitutions? Is it like hockey: unlimited, and on the fly? Or like soccer: only 3 per news(thingy) and only on breaks in play? Or maybe it's worse, like Bobby: I'd like a plain omelet.No potatoes on the plate. A cup of coffee and a side orderof wheat toast. Waitress: I'm sorr...
by cellocgw
Mon May 09, 2016 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1678: "Recent Searches"
Replies: 31
Views: 6113

Re: 1678: "Recent Searches"

speising wrote:
AlfaLyr wrote:"Opposite of safe mode" xDD

i guess that would be "god mode"? (although god mode in games makes you invulnerable, so very safe indeed)


Funny you should suggest that, since the Windows7 GodMode folder has been found to provide a few security holes.
by cellocgw
Mon May 09, 2016 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1678: "Recent Searches"
Replies: 31
Views: 6113

Re: 1678: "Recent Searches"

I once put a computer into a state in which it could neither be turned on nor off. Uh-huh. So it got its power directly from the cosmic background radiation? :twisted: :twisted: Oh, wait, I know - it was in the state of Oklahoma, and they passed a law against changing the on/off condition of any co...
by cellocgw
Mon May 09, 2016 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 13945

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

A cotton swab/Q-tip is a little bit of cotton attached to a short stick. Which means he's right. That is the UK definition of a "cotton bud". Ahh... the infamous ambiguous attribution problem of the word "them" . I misread the ultimate "them" below as referring to the ...
by cellocgw
Mon May 09, 2016 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 13945

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

I think most Americans could figure out cotton buds , since we call them cotton balls . No you don't. You call them "Q-tips" or "cotton swabs". Never have I seen a point made, and proven, so neatly! Except he's completely wrong. A cotton ball is just that: a small ball of cotton...
by cellocgw
Fri May 06, 2016 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 13945

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

My dad tells a story of asking for "a really big rubber" in a "drugstore" in Florida: he meant "eraser" and apparently a "rubber" is a condom. Having said that, I've since heard "rubber" used to mean "wellington boot", so I wonder whether ...
by cellocgw
Wed May 04, 2016 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 13267

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

Omegaman wrote:Or we could just all write in Chinese...


Or in English but using Chinese ideograms :twisted:
by cellocgw
Wed May 04, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 13267

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

ThemePark wrote:There can be no Unicode snakes without Unicode ladders.


I see what you did there. On this side of the pond, it was changed to 'chutes,' so you'll have to chute your snakes.
by cellocgw
Wed May 04, 2016 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 13267

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

Note to Programmers Don't use pythons in python or you will corrupt the indentation level. You can of course use adders to concatenate text but they play havoc with integers. Hah. As in the ancient Physics jokes, you can use adders to add, but if you need to multiply, give adders a table of logarit...
by cellocgw
Wed May 04, 2016 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 13267

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

FRIST with
I hate #*%*&$^@-ing snakes in #*%*&$^@-ing justified text!
by cellocgw
Mon May 02, 2016 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"
Replies: 15
Views: 3488

Re: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"

rmsgrey wrote:
Like sending a letter to "John Smith, United Kingdom"?


Oh, like this famous address:


Wood
John
England
by cellocgw
Mon May 02, 2016 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"
Replies: 15
Views: 3488

Re: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"

I started with "Message in bottles are like" to make a witty comparison with something concerning the internet, but "broadcasting packets on a T-mobile network" and "using IP-over-AC " and "using the internet in Australia" don't even come close to the enormou...

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