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by Unforgiven
Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54995

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

as it is in their interest not to allow their customers/employees to be killed/threatened or to have their property (planes) destroyed. Depends. Preventing people from taking laptops on board would be very unpopular, and unless it's a universally applied rule would drive customers away from the air...
by Unforgiven
Mon Oct 19, 2009 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54995

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

For some reason airport security can also make a fuss if you're carrying approach plates or other charts related to the airport you're flying to (if they find them, which they usually don't). What do they think I'm going to do? Hijack the plane and then land it safely at our destination? :lol:
by Unforgiven
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54995

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

we could render airport security obsolete by simply installing a panic button in the cockpit which turned over control of the plane to a remote operator on the ground Brilliant idea! Now the terrorists have a way to hijack an aircraft without even being on it! :? They'd still have to get someone on...
by Unforgiven
Mon Oct 19, 2009 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54995

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

It seems to me I could take a large laptop (17 inch), and reconfigure it to be genuinely lethal weapon carrier. Take an extended battery and remove all but 1 cell, and fill the space with explosives. Remove the hard drive and replace with a SD/CF card with a bootable flavour of linux, and replace t...
by Unforgiven
Mon Mar 23, 2009 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 40220

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

Re the whole 'dammit' thing.... Wouldn't it have originated from: damn it - as in "God damn it" - which makes damnit simply lacking a space.... hrm. Maybe we need an apostrophe added! dam'it! You mean it isn't derived from "dam it", as in "let's build a dam here"? Damm...
by Unforgiven
Fri Jan 23, 2009 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0534: "Genetic Algorithms"
Replies: 99
Views: 37800

Re: "Genetic Algorithms" Discussion

Imagine the carnage if someone accidentally goes overboard, and sets the value too high for its data type so that it wraps around to a negative number.

Instant SkyNet! :)
by Unforgiven
Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0519: "11th Grade"
Replies: 204
Views: 45737

Re: "11th Grade" Discussion

This comic seems to have been created for the purpose of describing my life. I started in GW-BASIC when I was 10. Well, I typed sequences of letters that sometimes executed, I would hardly call it programming. :P Single-letter variables, no structure whatsoever. It didn't get much better for quite ...
by Unforgiven
Fri Dec 12, 2008 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0516: "Wood Chips"
Replies: 70
Views: 13485

Re: "Wood Chips" Discussion

Geogriffith wrote:
aion7 wrote:What new questions could arise?
Perhaps they fit together forming the shape of the Virgin Mary.

That's silly. There was never any wood in the Virgin Mary. :wink:

Bad pun... draining... life force...
by Unforgiven
Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0510: "Egg Drop Failure"
Replies: 124
Views: 52343

Re: "Egg Drop Failure" Discussion

So I gather from this thread an "egg drop" is some sort of contest at school where you have to design a contraption to safely drop an egg from some height?

Because this is the first I've ever heard of it.
by Unforgiven
Mon Nov 24, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0508: "Drapes"
Replies: 196
Views: 62483

Re: "Drapes" Discussion

As a math major, I can say that the tilde sign (~) is perfectly acceptable as a logical operator and means pretty much the same thing as a bang (!) for you computer science people. In C-derived languages, ~ means bitwise NOT as opposed to logical NOT. It is important to note the difference, because...
by Unforgiven
Wed Nov 12, 2008 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 48630

Re: Terminology

It's always worked fine for me, having lived both in western Europe (the Netherlands) and east Asia (Japan).

At least the Netherlands are aptly named: you can't get any lower than that without going underground. :)
by Unforgiven
Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 54800

Re: Steal This Comic

I have a Napster subscription over here in Japan. I pay a fixed fee and can download all the music I want. Sure, it stops working when I stop paying, but that's something you know beforehand. Considering the monthly subscription is less than a single CD, I think it's worth it. DRM is problematic. I ...
by Unforgiven
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 41105

Re: "Tones" Discussion

Not using silent mode in Japan (or "manner mode" as it's called here) is a huge social faux-pas. So mine never makes a sound. I have at some point considered making a ringtone out of the Whoop-Whoop PULL UP sound used by an aircraft's Ground Proximity Warning System. It'd be really annoyin...
by Unforgiven
Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0475: "Further Boomerang Difficulties"
Replies: 128
Views: 42440

Re: "Further Boomerang Difficulties" Discussion

Didn't seem very funny until the last panel. Way to twist the old "broken panel" joke. :)
by Unforgiven
Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 41757

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

You're all wrong!

Pluto is a dog!
by Unforgiven
Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 41757

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

Here's another one: if an airplane were to land on a treadmill going in the opposite direction, would this reduce the length of the landing roll?

(the answer I guess would be "yes it would" because airplanes do use wheel braking so the treadmill can affect it then)
by Unforgiven
Mon Sep 08, 2008 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 41757

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

Actually, I hadn't heard of the "airplane on a treadmill" problem until now. Not to start an physics debate, but it would take off, wouldn't it, unless the plane was designed to reach it's takeoff speed by using it's wheels for propulsion. (I'm just looking for a straightforward explanati...
by Unforgiven
Fri Jun 27, 2008 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0442: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel"
Replies: 372
Views: 89530

Re: "xkcd Loves the Discovery Channel" discussion

I love this ad (even though I hadn't seen it before checking out this thread), and I love this comic.

... but National Geographic is better. :P
by Unforgiven
Sat Jun 21, 2008 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0439: "Thinking Ahead"
Replies: 164
Views: 29359

Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

By the way, I did, in fact, go to Safeway today, and for the vindication of every helpless person who has posted in this discussion, I said in someone's hearing "This food is problematic." I got the strangest look I have pretty much ever gotten and a prompt walking-away-from-me. I guess h...
by Unforgiven
Fri Jun 20, 2008 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0439: "Thinking Ahead"
Replies: 164
Views: 29359

Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Unfortunately, there aren't always windows to jump out of. My brain always stalls when I do this and I start to spew this unintelligible rambling that only makes sense in my head. "Did you know that elephants are the only animals that can't jump? Yeah, and the myth that an elephant never forge...
by Unforgiven
Wed Jun 18, 2008 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0438: "Internet Argument"
Replies: 118
Views: 42264

Re: Internet Argument Discussion

My solution to this problem is simply to not be an ass on the Internet either.
by Unforgiven
Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 30169

Re: "SUV" Discussion

If you want cheap fuel, you should go to Venezuela. Gas there costs in the order of US$0.15 per gallon (US$0.04 per liter). It's apparently cheaper than water over there.
by Unforgiven
Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 30169

Re: "SUV" Discussion

Trains ain't perfect, but since I live in Tokyo I can't think of a single reason to get a car. Cars are expensive to buy and maintain. The fuel is expensive. Tokyo streets are narrow, traffic is murder, and parking is impossible and expensive. Sure, trains are crowded, but they're cheaper, they're n...
by Unforgiven
Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0434: "xkcd Goes to the Airport"
Replies: 107
Views: 31421

Re: xkcd Goes to the Airport Discussion

If he needs iwconfig to switch off his wireless, that might take a while. :)

My laptop has a switch on the side to disable the wireless adapter. I'm not entirely sure if it's software or hardware based though, so it might not work under Linux. I never tried.
by Unforgiven
Thu May 29, 2008 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0429: "Fantasy"
Replies: 81
Views: 19003

Re: "Fantasy" Discussion

I wonder how many people here have fantasies that wave off in a completely unexpected tangent. I would wager a lot. I know I have. As a kid, I would often fantasize about something, have it head off in a weird direction, and not be able to fantasize about it being otherwise ! For example I would be ...
by Unforgiven
Wed May 21, 2008 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0426: "Geohashing"
Replies: 224
Views: 40245

Re: "Geohashing" discussion

I did it with my location and yesterday's date, and got a car park in Yamato.

It's fairly pointless since my timezone is GMT+9. The Dow Jones opens at 9:30 EDT, so that corresponds to 22:30 local time. So I can't get today's coordinates until an hour and a half before today ends.
by Unforgiven
Wed Apr 30, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0417: "The Man Who Fell Sideways"
Replies: 174
Views: 44359

Re: "The Man Who Fell Sideways" Discussion

How come no one has mentioned this Don Rosa comic yet? It has the same concept (well the sideways gravity part at least) and it's always been one of my favorites. Or is it just that Don Rosa isn't such a big deal in the US as he is here in Finland? You... You have linked to a place where I can find...
by Unforgiven
Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0417: "The Man Who Fell Sideways"
Replies: 174
Views: 44359

Re: "The Man Who Fell Sideways" Discussion

Sorry Unforgiven, but ig0r beat you to it. (Ninja'd you in contemporal slang.) Crap, I searched the page for "Scrooge" to see if someone had mentioned it but didn't think to search for "Rosa". It's still a great comic. Both the Rosa one and this one. :) And isn't the term "...
by Unforgiven
Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0417: "The Man Who Fell Sideways"
Replies: 174
Views: 44359

Re: "The Man Who Fell Sideways" Discussion

Sorry Randall (and Jeph), but Don Rosa has beaten you to it. http://www.ookii.org/misc/gravity.jpg In the Scrooge McDuck story "A Matter of Some Gravity", Magica DeSpell puts a spell on Donald and Scrooge that makes gravity affect them sideways, to prevent them from chasing her after she s...
by Unforgiven
Mon Apr 07, 2008 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0406: "Venting"
Replies: 133
Views: 30319

Re: "Venting" Discussion

muteKi wrote:
Aglet wrote:Seems Randall has quite the crush on Summer Glau.

AS SHOULD WE ALL.


Sorry, I'm too busy having a crush on Morena Baccarin.

I have a crush on Alan Tudyk.

And I'm a guy. And I'm straight.

I know, I'm as confused as you are. :P
by Unforgiven
Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0407: "Cheap GPS"
Replies: 99
Views: 24458

Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

Re the title text, it sounds like Randall reinvented VOR navigation, only GPS based.

There's gotta be at least some people on this board who get that, I can't be the only aviation nerd here. :P
by Unforgiven
Sun Apr 06, 2008 6:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Childhood misconceptions
Replies: 868
Views: 109437

Re: Childhood misconceptions

If I write cursive it looks like a seismograph, even I can't read it back half of the time. Lots of people thought I would become a doctor because of my terrible handwriting. :P Misconceptions of my own... I can't really remember any. I know I read Disney as Disnep as mentioned on the first pages of...
by Unforgiven
Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0406: "Venting"
Replies: 133
Views: 30319

Re: "Venting" Discussion

River Tam beats up everyone... VERBALLY!
by Unforgiven
Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 51873

Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

This would be a real danger for me, since I always put my entire library on random when I listen to music by myself. Which means that on occasion, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy radio show will come on. Although the thing that would elicit the biggest WTF in my collection is probably the Ska r...
by Unforgiven
Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 57153

Re: "Python" discussion

But yeah, Python is for people who want to program but don't want to actually learn how to program. This is why I am able to use it. :-D Actually, one thing that I see that I dont like about python is that it brings about a breed of programmers that don't need to understand computers. That's rather...
by Unforgiven
Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0352: "Far Away"
Replies: 233
Views: 32610

Re: "Far Away" Discussion

The first, last and only girl I've had a long-distance relationship with lived in Germany (I lived in the Netherlands). I was 16, we'd met on holiday in Italy. At the time, Internet was in its infancy. My parents had ISDN, but she didn't have Internet at all. So no e-mail, no IM, no Skype, none of t...
by Unforgiven
Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0341: "1337: Part 1"
Replies: 89
Views: 22483

Re: "1337: Part 1" Discussion

Reminds me of this bash.org quote: (Mootar) morons. (Mootar) these people who live in my apartment complex are connected to my wireless (Mootar) they must think they're super-cool hackers by breaking into my completely unsecure network (Mootar) unfortunatly, the connection works both ways (Mootar) ...
by Unforgiven
Wed Nov 07, 2007 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0339: "Classic"
Replies: 271
Views: 43598

Re: "Classic" Discussion

by Unforgiven
Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0336: "Priorities"
Replies: 141
Views: 27911

Re: "Priorities" Discussion

I never understood this whole letter-based system. Isn't it much easier to just use percentages or a number between 1 and 10? Although you can get weird results there too. In the Netherlands at least, 6 and up is a pass and 5 and lower is a fail. So what's a 5.5? My highschool used the policy that 5...
by Unforgiven
Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0334: "Wasteland"
Replies: 199
Views: 29640

Re: "Wasteland" discussion


Love that song.

Comic was ok, not spectacular but ok.

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