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by cphite
Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble installing an OS to an empty hard drive
Replies: 13
Views: 2051

Re: Trouble installing an OS to an empty hard drive

Hiya, awesome, attractive people of the XKCD forums! I'm going to Uni soon and thought I'd buy myself a dirt cheap computer tower. The cheapest of which, of course, do not have Operating Systems installed. After converting a USB to auto-boot, and getting around the BIOS password, I came to a slight...
by cphite
Tue Sep 06, 2011 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The possibility of a post-group society
Replies: 21
Views: 3552

Re: The possibility of a post-group society

Why would a gender-free society have no classes and wars? Because a gender-free society would be a society devoid of prejudice in a fundamental way which isn't possible for us today. And if we are in a post-group society, how is war possible, when wars are waged by groups of people? But that isn't ...
by cphite
Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Employer's mistake = Employee's benefit = Penalisation? (UK)
Replies: 12
Views: 4347

Re: Employer's mistake = Employee's benefit = Penalisation?

If you like the job (or the agency), and if it is fairly clear that you are getting more than agreed, I would strongly consider telling this to your employer. That's a great way to build trust, while having it found out might attach some suspicion to you that never quite gets away. He already is ge...
by cphite
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two basic physics questions
Replies: 26
Views: 2986

Re: Two basic physics questions

1. As a martial artist, I can tell you that spinning punches is purely biomechanics. It's easier to throw a spinning punch than a non-spinning one, especially when the rest of your body is spinning. And the rest of your body should be spinning, so you can get all that extra momentum behind it. Um, ...
by cphite
Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Two basic physics questions
Replies: 26
Views: 2986

Re: Two basic physics questions

1. In martial arts, it's considered more effective to add torque to your punches than to straight-out punch. Is there any mechanical benefit to this? It's more a matter of form and aesthetics than anything. Having the palm up allows you to keep your arm in tighter at the beginning of the punch, and...
by cphite
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting a country to a libertarian state
Replies: 46
Views: 7293

Re: Converting a country to a libertarian state

The assumption that is made by most libertarians is that private enterprise is more efficient than government, but I don't think it's that simple. It's just generally true. Case in point, the post office, and Waste Management (the company). For the post office, I'm trying to find out why they are c...
by cphite
Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 15925

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

Only .5% (half of a percent, not 50%) of Canadians even got healthcare in the US and 75% of that .5% only got it here because they were already in America when something happened or the closest hospital to where they live happened to be right across the border (in America). The rest specifically ca...
by cphite
Fri Aug 19, 2011 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0940: "Oversight"
Replies: 103
Views: 38106

Re: 0940: "Oversight"

Wow! Email addresses exposed in a public forum, and completely unobscured. I would recommend putting a picture of a red bow over those addresses, but harvest bots probably wouldnt understand the gesture. Anyway, I didnt expect that from xkcd members. Yeah, really... they'd better be careful or they...
by cphite
Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 15925

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

Statistically, the United States has higher survival rates for trauma care, serious illness, long-term illness, you name it, than nearly anyplace else in the world. We also enjoy shorter wait times for both emergency and non-emergency medical care. There is a reason that people come here from aroun...
by cphite
Thu Aug 18, 2011 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 15925

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

Item : Other nations have better outcome health care that costs much, much less. Item : None of these nations have menus at their emergency room with prices on them. Item : Health insurance companies have little to no incentive to drive costs down in general. They have lots of incentive to drive co...
by cphite
Wed Aug 17, 2011 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Controlling healthcare costs.
Replies: 117
Views: 15925

Re: Controlling healthcare costs.

If hospitals had to post prices for services, even though they are largely in flux, then hospitals would have to compete with eachother based on not only service but price. This. The main reason that healthcare costs keep rising is exactly what you are alluding to above. People have no idea what th...
by cphite
Tue Aug 16, 2011 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Secrets
Replies: 46
Views: 5969

Re: Secrets

Yes you know the troop movements, but you do not know what the person is planning... If we are still talking about the original hypothetical scenario, then you WOULD know what the other person is planning. THERE. ARE. NO. SECRETS. Well, that really depends on what you mean by "no secrets"...
by cphite
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: PC doesn't POST - PSU problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 2292

Re: PC doesn't POST - PSU problem?

Power supply seems most likely... and it's easy enough to replace. I'd be just as concerned about what caused it to happen. Are you in a place where power fluctuations are common? If you don't already have one, check into getting a good UPS before investing any more money into the PC. It's entirely ...
by cphite
Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Video card killed my keyboard?
Replies: 3
Views: 936

Re: Video card killed my keyboard?

I suppose it's possible that your receiver was fried during the install, but that'd be pretty unlikely... is there another machine you can test it out on? Have you tried removing the video card? If you do and it works, it might be a power issue. If the new card is using more power than the previous ...
by cphite
Fri Aug 12, 2011 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Banning Social Media in the Context of Rioting
Replies: 30
Views: 5863

Re: Banning Social Media in the Context of Rioting

It would likely cause even more rioting and lead to a more volatile situation. Removing rights from people when those people are asking for more rights/equality doesn't seem like it'll lead to the people being any happier. I'm curious about how the riots will end. I need to read more about riots in...
by cphite
Thu Aug 11, 2011 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An ethical discussion on the price of private lessons.
Replies: 80
Views: 7564

Re: An ethical discussion on the price of private lessons.

Being willing to pay for your service because they think you're that awesome is not the same as a monopoly. If you charge somebody more than you normally would, you are relying on 1) having a monopoly, 2) having some quality advantage over your competitors (convenience, or maybe prestige) that prev...
by cphite
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An ethical discussion on the price of private lessons.
Replies: 80
Views: 7564

Re: An ethical discussion on the price of private lessons.

As long as you're being up front about what you're charging, it's really up to you. Name your price. If they're willing to pay it, they'll pay it - if they're not, they'll go find someone else. What you happen to be charging some other family for the same type of service is frankly none of their bus...
by cphite
Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Strange Connection Problem
Replies: 9
Views: 1425

Re: Strange Connection Problem

This still makes no sense. I've given up and blamed the hardware/drivers because there's no good reason why two clients behind the same router should get different behavior, even though both are fine on pretty much every other network. On the bright side, I'm getting internet fine by going through ...
by cphite
Fri Aug 05, 2011 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: DVD drive isn't recognised once in a while
Replies: 4
Views: 841

Re: DVD drive isn't recognised once in a while

So the the drive which I have on one of my boxes isn't being recognised at all right now. If I open up the box and plug the SATA cable into a different port on the the motherboard it works fine again. It goes back to being not detected in a while (weeks/months). Why? Can't be a defective SATA port ...
by cphite
Fri Aug 05, 2011 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 32149

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

Yup, they're pretty much indistinguishable now except for two things. 1) Mac's cost 2-3 times more for the same hardware. 2) Macs have the better media software. Ironically, the only reason they have better media software is because companies make their media software for the Mac OS. The only reaso...
by cphite
Thu Aug 04, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: More questions on network security
Replies: 19
Views: 1960

Re: More questions on network security

I'll say it again because people keep recommending this solution: MAC address filtering is totally worthless and not something anyone should spend time configuring. Anyone who is going to take the time to "hack" your wireless network is going to be able to bypass it in seconds. It's a pai...
by cphite
Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: More questions on network security
Replies: 19
Views: 1960

Re: More questions on network security

I'm further beefing things up, but as with everything technology, pitfalls abound that only people with experience know. So here I ask you! - I'm using a WPA2-AES network. As far as I've researched, even people with the passcode can't sniff my packets - is this true? They can sniff your packets but...
by cphite
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Kinda solved?] This is silly now. WinXP "serious error".
Replies: 16
Views: 3529

Re: Right, this is silly now. WinXP "serious error".

Chances are pretty good that you either have bad drivers, or a bad video card. If it's drivers, you may need to remove them completely - not just update - because updating doesn't necessarily replace every file. If it's a bad card, you may just have to face up to buying a new one. Cards go bad. They...
by cphite
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are these recognized visual phenomena?
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

Re: Are these recognized visual phenomena?

Whenever I look askew of a hard light source, be it the sun or a lamp, if I just stare and let my vision sort of "lock" and lose focus, I see these little transparent circles flutter across my vision. This is just the brownian motion of like, microscopic bacteria or something floating acr...
by cphite
Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 63010

Re: 0932: "CIA"

They could change the contact information, and so let's say you stumble upon a plot by Luxembourg to take over the world, and you contact the CIA to report it... the guy who answers the phone claims to be a CIA representative, but is actually a Luxembourgian operative who only pretends to take down...
by cphite
Mon Aug 01, 2011 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 63010

Re: 0932: "CIA"

If there's a need to protect the CIA website more so than, say, xkcd.com then they've done something terribly wrong. In fact they can probably protect it less than xkcd since their livelyhoods aren't based on its activity. The potential to post misinformation on the official site of a government ag...
by cphite
Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 37388

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

either of these systems [mandatory or opt-out] removes inherent choice and bodily autonomy. someone dies before they got around to filling out the paperwork and their right to bodily autonomy (applied during life to what they'd like to have happen after death) is removed. You could use the exact sa...
by cphite
Tue Jul 26, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 37388

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Meritocracy is a myth. How successful you are is determined almost exclusively by how successful your parents were. If you were born into a middle-class family, chances are very good that you will be middle-class. If you were born into an affluent family, chances are you will be affluent. If you we...
by cphite
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: You must initialize the disk before Logical Disk Manager can
Replies: 9
Views: 13076

Re: You must initialize the disk before Logical Disk Manager

The harddisk crashed for unknown reason. i tried to connect it and it undetectable by computer. when i go to disk management, it show up "You must initialize the disk before Logical Disk Manager can" message. There a lot of important data and i don't want to lost it. did some face the sam...
by cphite
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: You must initialize the disk before Logical Disk Manager can
Replies: 9
Views: 13076

Re: You must initialize the disk before Logical Disk Manager

Disclaimer: *I KNOW* that what I'm saying here is dumbed down to the point that it is almost incorrect. Please don't correct me. For purposes here, it is accurate enough. If you have something constructive to add, I welcome it, but please don't post just to correct me or criticize my explanation. I...
by cphite
Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 37388

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

and when you die, all of your possessions, monetary wealth, social security, 401k, etc.. etc.. etc.. should go to the poorest people, even if your family is in need. because the poorer people need your stuff more than your poor family. I know you are being facetious here, and this might be a topic ...
by cphite
Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 37388

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Actually, there is. Our bodies are our own. That is the default position. We shouldn't need to sign something to assert what should be a basic human right. How is having your body remain intact forever after death a "basic human right"? Nobody said anything about having ones body remain i...
by cphite
Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are these recognized visual phenomena?
Replies: 9
Views: 3314

Re: Are these recognized visual phenomena?

I think what I described as dots aren't floaters, but the blue field effect. Because that Wikipedia floaters page shows things that don't look like what I'm seeing; the first phenomenon I described isn't amorphous blobs, but perfect tiny circles (well, more hexagonal) and they dart around really fa...
by cphite
Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 37388

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

My body is my own, not the government's to do with as some beuraucrat sees fit. The government can encourage donation all they want, but when it says I will donate unless I go out of my way to opt out, they have gone too far. One could just as easily say: "The government can discourage donatio...
by cphite
Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Definition of a Perfect Society
Replies: 36
Views: 7835

Re: Definition of a Perfect Society

I think the only definition of a utopia that you can get most people to agree with would be the very vague "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt." There are just too many ideas of what is ideal and no one social/economic system is going to satisfy all of them for all people in all pa...
by cphite
Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 17551

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

This comic had me totally confused until I realized that the yellow thingies on the door were supposed to be those notifications. And not of delivery, but of failure of delivery. Is that an American thing? Them nailing those to the door? Here in NL we just use the mailbox for that. It's a sticky no...
by cphite
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 17551

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

"I want more personal service!" followed shortly by "What! UPS is so expensive!" You guys crack me up. As a side, if you ever really want to make sure you get a box and you've had issues in the past, have it delivered to your work, or to a UPS Store. I just want them to do their...
by cphite
Wed Jul 06, 2011 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 17551

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

Although I am amused by the LOTR tie in, I am currently wearing a UPS shirt because I work there. Hey Randall, how about a comic that shows a cartoonist in a bad light? You have to consider the fact that while most of his audience can relate to UPS guys doing cruddy things that ruin our days, most ...
by cphite
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows update trouble
Replies: 6
Views: 1139

Re: Windows update trouble

So I had other things on my mind than fixing weird computer problems the last few days, but I finally got around to looking at this issue. Running the system file checker did exactly nothing. I uninstalled comodo but that also did exactly nothing. The system file checker doesn't always find everyth...
by cphite
Fri Jul 01, 2011 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 49320

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

I think we're already beyond the point where the verb "to google" refers specifically to the Google search engine. really? what other uses are there for it? if someone said to me that they will google something i can only assume they mean they are going to search for it online via google ...

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