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by astrosteve
Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 45736

Re: 1168: Tar

Do we know what version of tar that bomb is using? I'd be paranoid about that, and probably use something very basic, which is this: tar -xvf saveusall.tar No z or j, just try to extract an actual tar file. (Reminds me of when I first started using *nix and would manually unzip the file then untar i...
by astrosteve
Tue Jun 19, 2012 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51598

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

This comic reminds me of my mother. A couple is always 2, no matter what. If she asks you for a couple of something and you give her more than two, she'll start lecturing you about not knowing what words mean. Strangely, it's only the word "couple." She doesn't lecture on any other word. (...
by astrosteve
Tue May 22, 2012 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21691

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

"I've been on the Internet since the BBS days" makes my old man right eyeball twitch. We had BBS's because we couldn't get on the damn internet! Not necessarily. I got on the Internet in 1993. Well, I had constant access as of 1993. (Though sporadic Internet access since 1988. and by &quo...
by astrosteve
Mon Feb 20, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 21424

Re: 1019: "First Post"

I've always wondered why news stories even have user comments. The easiest way to fix such a problem is to just not have comments. It's a news story, not an opinion piece.
by astrosteve
Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1017: "Backwards in Time"
Replies: 75
Views: 21130

Re: 1017: "Backwards in Time"

I want to make this as a browser plug in, so when I download things time flies by. I spent way too much time thinking about how it'd have to work to be perfect. For one thing, you'd need an incredibly huge database of events so you're very unlikely to see the same thing more than once or twice a mon...
by astrosteve
Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 39098

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

This is possibly my favorite xkcd ever. I don't know exactly why I like it so much, but I do. I want there to be more comics about the Sheeple.
by astrosteve
Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 22135

Re: 1004: "Batman"

At first I was thinking this was some kind of reference to Batman becoming aware of how ridiculous comics are. Like, he realizes he's in a comic and then breaks into the real world to kill all those responsible for the inherent silliness of comics. I don't know what was in this cold medicine, but it...
by astrosteve
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 36812

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

the alt text, in my opinion, is about ten times better than the comic. The comic was all right, though.

Surely Randall's idea is the first step towards cyborgs.
by astrosteve
Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22669

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

Wait...so there are machines that, for a certain amount of money put in, give you less money back with no product or service provided other than a different denomination of said money? And people do this willingly ? Yes. My theory is it's a psychological thing. $40 in bills feels useful. A lot of p...
by astrosteve
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 69872

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

It took me a second to really understand this. I think it's a great idea. Not necessarily funny, but a legitimately good idea. Though I found the roll over text to be funny as well.
by astrosteve
Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 67141

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

I laughed for a good 30 seconds over the Planets mnemonic. The others were okay. Order of Operations, though, makes me remember Algebra in High School. Our teacher was absolutely insistent you had to do multiplication before division, no matter what. He was the kind where you had to show every singl...
by astrosteve
Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Well, this could change things (neutrinos)
Replies: 289
Views: 45729

Re: Well, this could change things

Maybe my college professor was wrong, maybe I'm misremembering since this was in 1995 (and I'm not a physics major), but I always understood Relativity allows for faster than light particles. Relativity, I was taught, was a barrier, not a universal speed limit. If something comes into existence movi...
by astrosteve
Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36816

Re: 0951: "Working"

I feel like this comic is about my mother, I really do. The _only_ thing that matters to her is how much money comes out of her pocket. Time, travel expenses, etc. are meaningless to her. She's extremely short sighted in that sense. She recently got a coupon for $10 off any item at some store around...
by astrosteve
Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34884

Re: 0947: “Investing”

This comic (and also several of the replies in my thread) reminds me so much of my mother. She's probably the most stubborn person I've ever met in my life when it comes to investing. She'll only put her money in something that's guaranteed to not lose money. (Right now she has roughly 15k in a savi...
by astrosteve
Wed Aug 24, 2011 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 23028

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

Honestly, I was expecting a boomerang to make an appearance. But there's no boomerang to be found.

Still, I like this comic.
by astrosteve
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 168993

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

Wow, would this really work? the biggest problem I see is isolating one eye from the other. I just tried holding my iphone in front of my eyes and couldn't find a spot where my eyes didn't see the entire screen.
by astrosteve
Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37141

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

Or write your own browser. Or, if you're a lisp hacker, write a browser-generator. Takes a few minutes to start up, but you have a new browser every time! It's quite a bit late to be responding to this... but now I'm imagining procedurally generated browsers with different names, version numbers, e...
by astrosteve
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46802

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

I knew there had to be more than injecting them with HIV (I knew it would have to modified in some way), but I still had to fight not to literally lol at this. (Mainly because I was on the phone in a very serious conversation. Why I was reading xkcd during a serious phone conversation is another mat...
by astrosteve
Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37141

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

I think this comic is probably spot on for 'average' users. (The kind who think "the Internet" is their web browser.) But I think it still isn't true for a lot of other people. Like me, for example. I use TweetDeck to keep up with Twitter/Facebook (and really can't remember the last time I...
by astrosteve
Tue Aug 02, 2011 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 66012

Re: 0932: "CIA"

And if somebody figures out what my facebook password is, I have been hacked! THE HACKERS ARE EVERYWHERE I had a similar incident to that happen, but it was with my gmail account. Someone (from Macedonia, according to the IP) got into the account and sent a bunch of pointless stupid spam for bootle...
by astrosteve
Fri Jun 10, 2011 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 34279

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

My current network is named after Norse mythology. (server, before it burned itself out, was Vanaheimr, desktop is Loki, router is Yggdrasil. Laptop is Enkidu... hey... that's MESOPOTAMIAN! I'm apparently not good at sticking to themes...) Though I'm wondering if it's time to change themes. My route...
by astrosteve
Wed Apr 27, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39799

Re: 891: Movie Ages

Apparently I don't realize how long ago Finding Nemo came out because when I read it, I thought, "I can't believe Randall got the Finding Nemo date totally wrong, it hasn't even been out for five years yet."

No, I'm the one who was totally wrong. doh.

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