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by commodorejohn
Sat May 19, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 2602

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

I think both takes here are partly right. The Internet of old was a special thing, but it was less because the people involved were a cut above (dear God, some of the people that I knew back then - I didn't even know there was such a thing as a 34-year-old bratty teenager until I got online) and mor...
by commodorejohn
Tue May 15, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 252
Views: 49371

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Which reminds me, I really need to get around to reading The Painted Word one of these days.
by commodorejohn
Mon May 14, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 3432

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

It's been difficult to miss the reports of supposed self-driving cars making fatal errors, but have there been many tales of privately-owned electric car cells going up in a spectacular conflagration? Are we talking spontaneous, or just as a hazard of the design? I recall there was an accident with...
by commodorejohn
Tue May 08, 2018 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6194
Views: 470288

Re: Trump presidency

Also, while that might in theory be a plausible alibi for J. Random Politician, the sheer number of people who came out of the woodwork to relate how this particular guy never, ever pays people with his own money if he can stiff them or filch it from someone else makes it essentially irrelevant outs...
by commodorejohn
Sun May 06, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14729
Views: 2254522

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

Huh. The more you know!
by commodorejohn
Sun May 06, 2018 6:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14729
Views: 2254522

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

Most importantly, airplane dont dump their waste. The first two I figured on, but this last kind of surprises me to hear, given that when you flush an airplane toilet it feels like you get about 50% of the way to reliving the explosive-decompression scene from Total Recall. Do they just take advant...
by commodorejohn
Thu May 03, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 13436

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Hey, Stella is pretty decent Stella is passably okay without anything much to recommend it. It's not garbage like Budweiser or Miller, it's just kind of a generic beer in a classy label. But then as far as American beer goes, the trick is to ignore all products of the multi-headed monopoly that dom...
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 185
Views: 22133

Re: Look away from your monitor.

Inexpensive Chinese Telecaster clone.
by commodorejohn
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 185
Views: 22133

Re: Look away from your monitor.

A little toy Volkswagen.
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6194
Views: 470288

Re: Trump presidency

It feels like it's taking ages because we're stuck living through it one day at a time. But for all the points of comparison to Watergate, we're blazing through this by that scale. And as for hard evidence, well, A. it's worth remembering that what we've seen is not the entirety of what the investig...
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6194
Views: 470288

Re: Trump presidency

I'm sure it's just coincidence.
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6194
Views: 470288

Re: Trump presidency

Just because Hannity and Trump share an Infidelity-Fixer doesn't mean it's a conspiracy. This is true, and as yet we don't have the full details, so who knows. However: as someone on Reddit has pointed out, the list of Cohen's known clients/contacts in the last year is pretty much entirely comprise...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 16, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6194
Views: 470288

Re: Trump presidency

Hannity tipped his hand way the hell back last year when he was all "NOBODY BETTER INVESTIGATE MY INVOLVEMENT IN THIS THING I DEFINITELY WASN'T INVOLVED IN OR I'LL SUE!!!" on Twitter completely out of nowhere. I've been waiting for the other shoe to drop for so long that I'd almost forgott...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 13436

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Then again, he does make quite a big deal about quiche, but quiche rarely disappoints. This is the opinion of someone who's never had industrial-grade Soggy Flavorless Egg-Bake Quiche-Type Food Product at an Easter breakfast. Quiche has since redeemed itself in my assessment, but it had a steep uph...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 13436

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Pfhorrest wrote:Never having had Turkish delight or even bothered looking up what it is, I've imagined it as something like baklava, which I also think is really overrated.

Either you've only ever had baklava from the grocery store, or you are a madman.
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 13436

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

For some reason, waaaaay back when I first had the book read to me, I imagined it as unwrapped Fleer Dubble Bubble lumps.
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14729
Views: 2254522

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

I mean, anything with a large array of pointy objects on it is something you should instinctively know not to screw around with, let alone one the size of a tractor.
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 09, 2018 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: 1980s PCs
Replies: 5
Views: 1955

Re: 1980s PCs

I *did* use an editor presumably inspired by it called TED.com (which had only 10-12 "features": one for each function key. But it was faster than you could hit "page up/down" even with an XT). Ah, nice. That's still my go-to editor when I'm working with XT/AT-class hardware. Ba...
by commodorejohn
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3996
Views: 513198

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Zamfir wrote:It was only named that way in the US, in other markets it was the VW 1302.

Oh, well-played.
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 02, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Favorite Programming Language
Replies: 23
Views: 9384

Re: Favorite Programming Language

Ah. 32-bit x86 isn't bad, although I do prefer more orthogonal architectures. It's probably the last major architecture that was designed from an assembler programmer's standpoint, so you don't have issues like with a lot of the RISC architectures where, say, it takes multiple steps just to load a f...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Favorite Programming Language
Replies: 23
Views: 9384

Re: Favorite Programming Language

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

Which architecture/platform?
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3055

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

I'm reminded of the fact that in every single generation for which we have written records, people have been bemoaning the delinquency of modern youth. No offense, but this is the thing everyone says when they have no counter-argument to offer to an opinion about the state of the world but want to ...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3055

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 ... I mean, we already had Facebook Live turn into Videodrome, and things on the Internet are bad enough that the only thing that was at all ...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286456

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

You remind me of a troll who would purposely buy a shell of a new car, (do the extra work to fit it over an old polluting engine), just so he could continue driving without pollution controls. An act of rebellion, but ultimately pointless in the grand scheme of automobiles. Why do that? I just driv...
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286456

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

ABS is indeed a serious improvement as far as stopping power in bad conditions, but it is true that it can be hard to adjust to, particularly if you don't live in a climate where you regularly have to deal with slick pavement where it activates with some frequency.
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286456

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Choosing to be in a highly lethal device in public in order to get somewhere faster makes you responsible to not kill anyone with it. Goddamn right. I'd certainly appreciate it if pedestrians made it easier for me to see and avoid them, but when I'm driving a car, it is my problem and not anyone el...
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 14
Views: 4249

Re: What language should I learn?

I actually see a fair number of job postings listing Python as a desired or bonus language, but okay, gotcha. In that case, the hot one these days that you haven't already learned is probably C#. Other .NET languages come up fairly often as well. Or one of the billion JS web frameworks, but I gather...
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286456

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Yep. I mean, I'll rag on autonomous driving from sunup to sundown, but in fairness, the number of drivers who actually travel at the speed limit and not 5-over is just plain statistically insignificant.
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 14
Views: 4249

Re: What language should I learn?

Honestly, I do most of my messing-around in FreeBasic. Structured enough to allow clean design, unstructured enough to let you do what you like, quick-'n-easy access to a graphics window on both Windows and *nix targets, and it doesn't have friggin' literal whitespace. Just don't go to it for high-p...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286456

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

"...but the theory is sound!"
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3996
Views: 513198

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Really, we need to work on the Singularity happening sooner, rather than later. That's not going to help matters. Just picture the inevitable: Clippy asking "It looks like you're trying to foment political unrest and destabilization in rival nations. I have some templates that may help..."
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3996
Views: 513198

Re: The Darker Side of the News

And this is why Facebook needs to burn and die.

I mean, I fucking knew it was all a scam to get you to sign away your personal information when it started, but they certainly went my predictions one better by selling it out to those fuckers.
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6194
Views: 470288

Re: Trump presidency

Well, since trying to revive Hillary as the all-purpose bogey(wo)man of the fringe right didn't go anywhere the last half-dozen times they tried it, they might as well try digging up another old bogeyman. I mean, they have to come up with some way to distract themselves from the fact that we've reac...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why does XKCD not have ads?
Replies: 25
Views: 3178

Re: Why does XKCD not have ads?

jperezov wrote:I think that's a little unfair to say.

Just because lots of websites choose to degrade the user experience, doesn't mean ads inherently do.

This is a good example of a statement that is arguably true in theory but almost never in practice.
by commodorejohn
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 58
Views: 9421

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

55. The laws of Gravity do not apply to ghosts. The dinosaurs got bored of us a long time ago, and left Earth to go haunt another planet currently going through its jurassic period. I'm not playing the game, but it strikes me that something like this could make for an awesome science-fantasy settin...
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14729
Views: 2254522

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

I'm...um, I'm struggling to figure out how one could trap their junk in a box wrench (that is what they mean by "ring spanner," correct?) and be unable to remove it without engaging someone else to cut the metal. Did he just have the mother of all awkwardly-timed erections?
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 3541

Re: 1955: "Robots"

I'm waaaaaay less concerned about artificial intelligences usurping humanity than I am about humanity entrusting important things to artificial "intelligence," frankly.
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9853
Views: 1749619

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Arrays considered harmful...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1041
Views: 185748

Re: Controversial opinions about food

My somewhat controversial opinion is that beef is overrated. I haven't kicked mammals and birds out of my diet, but beef is a meat that I would be fine with never eating again. It's OK in tacos, but I prefer tacos made with chicken. Steaks are OK but pork chops are just as good, and fried chicken i...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1041
Views: 185748

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Marinate in soy sauce and garlic.

Cook until it's not actively goddamn bleeding out like it was just sliced out of the cow.

Enjoy.

Do not mutilate with any God-damned "sauce."

This is the Tao of Steak.

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