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by cphite
Tue Jul 19, 2011 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 36723

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: 7680

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: 16891

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: 16891

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: 16891

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: 1127

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: 48466

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 ...
by cphite
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Network Printer Hack
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Network Printer Hack

More likely it will be a bit of flash memory or RAM. Not going to be so straightforward. You would be surprised how many of them actually have hard drives, especially the MFC business units. edit: after a bit of research it probably does have a hard drive (not 100%) but it doesn't save to it by def...
by cphite
Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The CERN LHC Blackhole debacle!
Replies: 18
Views: 2879

Re: The CERN LHC Blackhole debacle!

Supposing that the first time they got the LHC up to full power and slammed some atoms together at speeds that most would consider to be "a bit quick" and to the scientists dismay, this reaction produced a micro-singularity that DIDN'T evaporate more or less instantly, but was instead rel...
by cphite
Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Network Printer Hack
Replies: 8
Views: 1507

Re: Network Printer Hack

In my many years of working with digital security, I've always assumed any recent jobs printed, copied, or scanned from a network-based multifunction device to be recoverable. This is one of the fundamental tenants of NSA Security Protocols. Someone finally put me to the challenge to actually recov...
by cphite
Thu Jun 23, 2011 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bizarre problem [SOLVED]
Replies: 15
Views: 1743

Re: Bizarre problem

The computer did boot and automatically connect when here in the office. It still had the network configured from 3 years ago when I set the thing up. Also, how can the card try to authenticate with a network before the computer has booted? We are not even making it to a log in screen here, even us...
by cphite
Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 7 won't start
Replies: 21
Views: 2119

Re: Windows 7 won't start

Artifacts do suggest a heat problem, so that is a good place to start. They could also indicate a bad connection somewhere. Try removing and reseating your video card and RAM, and make sure all of the plugs are tight, etc. If you're still having issues, I'd suggest downloading a copy of Memtest + an...
by cphite
Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows update trouble
Replies: 6
Views: 1127

Re: Windows update trouble

'EUP.EXE' seems to be malware, based on what I see on Google. You could try running another AV program; Microsoft Security Essentials and Avast are both free, and are both very good. Note that if you install one of these, it's best to uninstall Comodo, as AV programs can interfere with one another. ...
by cphite
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0912: "Manual Override"
Replies: 104
Views: 24601

Re: 0912: "Manual Override"

as for the "30 feet over my head" thing, yeah, I just have to accept the fact that Randall doesn't write XKCD simply for my reading pleasure... What's with this masochism on the part of some xkcd fans? It's as if they feel pleasure in acknowledging that Randall is way smarter, way superio...
by cphite
Tue Jun 14, 2011 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 5579

Re: Brain entrainment

Did you try the download link that I provided earlier in this topic? I know there are alot of them that don't work that well on youtube. When searching on youtube try to focus on videos that have a high frequency sound (hertz, hz) because those tend to work better. Sometimes you have to listen to t...
by cphite
Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 5579

Re: Brain entrainment

That's sort of an argument, when lacking experimental basis, is pathological and can be applied to virtually every real or fictitious effect. In other words, it's a good hypothesis, but not an argument on it's own. If you want to do real research on the effects of binaural sounds then by all means ...
by cphite
Mon Jun 13, 2011 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Brain entrainment
Replies: 50
Views: 5579

Re: Brain entrainment

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainwave_entrainment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_brainwave_entrainment_software http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrainment http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entrainment_(physics) Entrainment is something in physics that happens when 2 things synchronize just by...
by cphite
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 21384

Re: 0907: "Ages"

And for the record, while I generally enjoy xkcd, it's definitely on the list of webcomics that (IMO, once again) should avoid children, babies and the raising thereof as topics. But if anyone has anything useful to say on the subject, I'll cheerfully listen and respond, and not even smarmily quote...
by cphite
Mon Jun 06, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 21384

Re: 0907: "Ages"

My take is that he was simply poking fun at the fact that kids that age spend most of their time staring into space and drooling on themselves, in-between bouts of screaming and pooping. Yeah, see, people who think this tend not to have spent time with babies. I don't say that as judgment, just not...
by cphite
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 21384

Re: 0907: "Ages"

I realized it was a cartoon and therefore looked past any technically incorrect information. Yeah, I get that. I guess I just draw a distinction (and maybe it's unfair of me) between getting stages of childhood development wrong (which is technical) and recognizing that they exist at all. Saying th...
by cphite
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 21384

Re: 0907: "Ages"

When Randall says something right, he's better than God. When he says something wrong, "it's just a cartoon". Lovers gonna love. It's always just a cartoon. Some of them are funny; others are sad. Some of them are witty; others just goofy. A few have been brilliant; a few others have been...
by cphite
Fri Jun 03, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Completely erase a laptop's harddrive
Replies: 15
Views: 3992

Re: Completely erase a laptop's harddrive

Use something like eraser I'm not sure what the consensus is on how many passes are necessary to ensure irrecoverability, but one or two passes should be enough for normal uses. If you're really paranoid, you can go with more. Edit: fixed link I tried using this, but I'm running into the problem wh...
by cphite
Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 21384

Re: 0907: "Ages"

Clearly the author has no experience with children, as he thinks 2-year-olds are "non-sentient". I think it could be fixed by a sub-category from ages 1 - 3: "Everything is edible". Or "I desperately want to communicate with you, but language is hard and arbitrary and my or...
by cphite
Wed Jun 01, 2011 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Completely erase a laptop's harddrive
Replies: 15
Views: 3992

Re: Completely erase a laptop's harddrive

Hello, I googled around abit, and was a little overwhelmed. I was wondering if anyone can recommend me a program that will completely erase my laptop's harddrive reasonably securely. I intend to sell the thing, and I have a lot of personal data I wouldn't want recovered. The laptop is currently run...
by cphite
Tue May 31, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: **Does anything interesting correlate with heart-rate?**
Replies: 18
Views: 2753

Re: **Does anything interesting correlate with heart-rate?**

DMalik wrote:Anything interesting you thought might correlate with heart-rate?


Life.
by cphite
Wed May 25, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: alternative mathematics
Replies: 128
Views: 12403

Re: alternative mathematics

So basically he's just adding a shape made of one or more lines to another shape made of one or more lines.
by cphite
Fri May 13, 2011 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1958
Views: 505728

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

Wait, so is this thing you're making some sort of admin tool for other developers who are making their own apps in their databases? Or is this a real app that's creating new tables on the fly for its users? That is, are the tables you searching for ones that the users have made themselves for other...
by cphite
Fri May 13, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 17761

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

One thing that's always bugged me about the whole big red button thing: if you push it, where would the missiles go? It seems like you'd need to specify. There isn't any red button. There is a briefcase full of multiple codes; each code represents a different launch scenario. For example, there is ...
by cphite
Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Can we truly prove anything?
Replies: 86
Views: 9784

Re: Can we truly prove anything?

So the most ridiculous option is that there is a supernatural power, and you make a straw man argument, creating a stupid scenario that virtually no one believes, of brains in a vat and an infinitely intelligent mad scientist? Since our argument is about logic, I'd expect a little more seriousness ...
by cphite
Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 25025

Re: 0890: Etymology

1. Han uses the term "parsec" because Lucas didn't do enough research; but in the grand scheme of things, using a scientific term incorrectly isn't that great of a sin when you think of all the other stuff that Hollywood gets wrong. That said, all of the various rationalizations about blac...
by cphite
Fri Apr 22, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 52130

Re: 0889: Turtles

aegiswings wrote:ok, enough arguing.

Can we all just agree that this is the worst. xkcd. ever?

If you don't agree, which one is worse?


Nope. I like this one.
by cphite
Fri Apr 22, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 52130

Re: 0889: Turtles

The turtle is going to be a turtle no matter how many files you delete; and will remain a turtle long after your deleted files are forgotten. The point is... well, one possible point is... that most of the everyday stuff that people get all worked up about is actually pretty irrelevant in the grand...
by cphite
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 52130

Re: 0889: Turtles

If xkcd gets too brainy, people don't like it. If it gets too simplistic, people don't like it. Incidentally, I think this is exactly what I like about this strip: The turtle (and yes, it is a turtle, especially in American English, according to Wikipedia, my Collins Dictionary and whatever you lik...
by cphite
Fri Apr 22, 2011 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 52130

Re: 0889: Turtles

Some of you are rather snobbish, uptight, prudish, and seem to think that anything other than an obscure reference with an intelligent spin is beneath you when it comes to these comics. Lighten the Hell up. xD No kidding! Personally, I think it's a great comic. Maybe if some of these people tried a...
by cphite
Tue Apr 12, 2011 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Got a virus - Most programs crash on launch
Replies: 4
Views: 1205

Re: Got a virus - Most programs crash on launch

The fact that McAfee is finding other programs to be infected could mean that those other programs are infected, or it could mean that whatever you installed managed to screw up McAfee... I would recommend downloading a copy of MalwareBytes and running that. Then, get yourself another AV program - M...
by cphite
Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 78026

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Erm.... Noticing and being bothered by a t-shirt worn by another person like that is a strong symptom of a certain subset of obsessive compulsive disorders and phobias. Unless you've had a traumatic experience involving XKCD, that kind of behavior isn't normal. Okay. If I complained that every time...
by cphite
Thu Apr 07, 2011 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Skydiver
Replies: 39
Views: 3659

Re: Skydiver

Water is bad because it hits you just as hard as land, and you'll probably drown. Assuming that neither chute opens, your best hope for survival is to present as much surface area as possible on the way down, and then at the last minute try to get your legs pointed down. Keep them bent, and - this i...

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