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by Stereo
Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106319
Views: 39121349

Re: 1190: "Time"

Spoiler:
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Just my thoughts on the Beanish font. The repeated string is most interesting thing I've found (marked in cyan). Splitting it up this way gives an alphabet of (approximate) 16 symbols + 6 quarter-circles (top/bottom and quadrants) + the dot.
by Stereo
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106319
Views: 39121349

Re: 1190: "Time"

Helper wrote:Where does that come from, any way? I haven't seen it on any twitter feeds or anything... Even if Randall actually did say that, he's hardly the most reliable source :twisted: .

It's from a personal communication, as in, he asked me to post it.
by Stereo
Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106319
Views: 39121349

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hi guys, Randall says "oops, sorry about the brief wrong-frame update; there was a disagreement between servers about time zones. it's being sorted out and the normal timeline should resume momentarily."
by Stereo
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Alt-Text a la Wondermark
Replies: 10
Views: 6316

Re: Alt-Text a la Wondermark

The separate address frequently allows the site to serve not just the same content in a different packaging, but a subset or simplification of the content, reducing the strain on possibly more expensive mobile data plans. If I load up http://cnn.com, it takes about 700KB and some redirects for ad co...
by Stereo
Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1591225

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

RoadieRich wrote:Image is... broken here.

Don't know what happened there. Hopefully it works better as a forum attachment?
by Stereo
Tue Mar 01, 2011 4:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1591225

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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I HAVE BEEN PROGRAMMED TO REGRET NOTHING

Source: 866
by Stereo
Tue Sep 02, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 316
Views: 187844

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

I think my favourite is Feet of Clay , with least favourite being Reaper Man . It's not that any of them were written badly, I just don't really want to read Reaper Man again. Still need to get my hands on Making Money though, I was still waiting for a paperback edition when my birthday came and pas...
by Stereo
Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.
Replies: 189
Views: 32661

Re: Books You Believe Every Book Reader Should Read.

In light of people mentioning Ender's Game, I would most definitely suggest A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge. Pretty much epic sci fi. Give it a chance, it starts slowly.

Samuel R. Delany bears mention, almost any of his books are good reads.
by Stereo
Tue Aug 26, 2008 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 654
Views: 237174

Re: Things you remember reading -Merged: Searching for a...

Might as well try here. The book revolves around a strange artifact, a stone cube with a hole in the side, found in ancient ruins (possibly Greek?) Further investigation reveals that there's a constant negative pressure at the hole, and it is somehow determined that there's a small black hole someho...
by Stereo
Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I'd like to know the name of this book/short story/comic
Replies: 654
Views: 237174

Re: Things you remember reading, but can't remeber the name of

I read this story in grade school, about a couple of boys, one white and the other Native American, who get stranded/sent up into the northern wastes of Canada for a year, and have to survive on their own. Have to do stuff like make their own house, at one point a bear almost kills one of them and ...
by Stereo
Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 316
Views: 187844

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

I find it easier to choose least favourites... I don't really like the early Death books (Mort & Reaper Man). Maybe I was just introduced in the wrong order, or I don't understand the farm culture, they just don't mean much to me like the other ones do. I don't really like how the more recent bo...
by Stereo
Mon Apr 21, 2008 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
Replies: 251
Views: 55120

Re: "New Pet" Discussion

If you could somehow mount this inside a basketball and use non-visual navigation methods it would look neat, and you could hook up an exhaust valve with a generator in it so that to charge the ball you just had to pump air into it and let the computer release air to create electricity until it was ...
by Stereo
Mon Apr 21, 2008 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
Replies: 251
Views: 55120

Re: "New Pet" Discussion

As far as power, battery pack seems the way to go. Passing the current through the ball in any form is a lovely and novel idea, but seems extremely inefficient. You might as well power it with a laser-guided Tesla coil. Someone suggested having the (internal components of the) unit self-charge via ...
by Stereo
Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Principle of Restricted Choice
Replies: 7
Views: 2315

Re: Principle of Restricted Choice

Note that if East has both of the remaining cards, it doesn't matter which way you play, East will win his Queen at some point. So this is the case where East started with QJx and figured his J will lose to the A or K anyway (I'm assuming he can see North), might as well start early? I know the con...
by Stereo
Thu Apr 10, 2008 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Princess Bride variant [solution]
Replies: 26
Views: 9636

Re: The Princess Bride variant [solution]

I think the mechanic of the poison is important too. eg. How long does it take to kill you? How quickly are you cured? - If it kills you immediately antidote can't be drunk - If it cures you immediately then you'll die of drinking the 2nd poison, or if you cure that, by the most powerful - If it doe...
by Stereo
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 69761

Re: Reno Rhymes

I'm a guy from reno; I hope I will not die.. PS> Reno sucks, but not as badly as Reno 911 makes it look. Besides, they shoot that show in California.. PPS> If you think there's no reason to live in Reno, think again. Ever dropped five feet in the air on skis into a double diamond? Didn't think so.....
by Stereo
Mon Apr 07, 2008 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0407: "Cheap GPS"
Replies: 99
Views: 20309

Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

So when it alternates between STRAIGHT and LEFT, you know its 'somewhere' along the diagonal... it could be worse, it could be INFRONT or BEHIND I guess. How general can you get before it becomes impossible to pick a direction? Consider hooking it up to your car speakers, and every time you shout &...
by Stereo
Mon Mar 31, 2008 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0402: "1,000 Miles North"
Replies: 84
Views: 16575

Re: "1,000 Miles North" Discussion

This is my new favorite xkcd comic yet! I am a grad student studying arctic climatology and do actually chase permafrost. It is the coolest science job there is. You get to fly around in a helicopter because there are no roads and you have to carry a rifle when you are in the field to guard against...
by Stereo
Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0396: "The Ring"
Replies: 90
Views: 20710

Re: "The Ring" Discussion

I hope for nothing and receive something.

Expected pleasure is much higher this way.



A little rickroll never hurt anyone. A lot of it, well... death in 7 days is too good for some people.
by Stereo
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Angels and Demons
Replies: 53
Views: 12010

Re:

I actually enjoyed Digital Fortress. Really? The instant he proposed that there can exist a cipher that can't be brute forced but that can run on conventional computers, especially since he describes it as using "rotating plaintext", I got this massive stabbing pain in the head and had to...
by Stereo
Wed Feb 27, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0389: "Keeping Time"
Replies: 213
Views: 50334

Re: "Keeping Time" Discussion

For the last eleven years, I have consciously walked in such a way that I do NOT sync with the people I'm walking with. If I don't think about it, I sync. That's not marching band or drill practise, that's humanity. Just observe two random people walking down a street, talking to one another. Chanc...
by Stereo
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What would you do if you hacked RSA?
Replies: 45
Views: 10022

Re: What would you do if you hacked RSA?

You might find that more difficult to achieve than you'd at first imagine. Depends what form the solution takes... If it's a cobbled together quantum computer, then yeah it might be hard to spread. If it's just a new method for factoring large numbers (etc.) then it shouldn't be hard to make a few ...
by Stereo
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Barak Obama on computer science.
Replies: 35
Views: 9601

Re: Barak Obama on computer science.

Basically, you just create a random permutation of the list then you check if the list is sorted (O(n)). Then if the list isn't sorted, you destroy the universe, leaving only the universe where the list was sorted correctly. What method of random permutation do you use? Unless you can guarantee the...
by Stereo
Mon Feb 25, 2008 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Ender Wiggin: Awesome or Whiny? (The Ender's Game Thread)
Replies: 118
Views: 227324

Re: Ender's Game / time frame

I always interpreted the MD Device as a missile (which you can't shoot around corners because you're in space and all). Or perhaps it's more of a bullet, with no fuel source, because that's unnecessary without air resistance. If anything I'd guess they just found a more usable version (rather than ...
by Stereo
Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: mechanic's test
Replies: 31
Views: 6749

Re: mechanic's test

Apparently they are the other way around. Now, I get how the two big gears could be called direct, but how the hell is the 3 gears reverse? It's just a convention with transmissions - there's an input axle, an output axle, each with a set of gears on them. The "forward" gears engage 2 at ...
by Stereo
Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I couldn't help noticing... (Semantics and Definitions)
Replies: 15
Views: 3605

The Role of Semantics in Arguments

Into near every argument I've seen, there comes a time where two or more people realize they only disagree upon the meaning of terms, and there is no kernel of conflicting views behind the words, just superficially related statements which at root are not relevant. Typically, while the meaning of a ...
by Stereo
Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2137439

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm Stereo and I have an irrational fear of introductions.

I've been in the irc room for a while and descended upon the forums for a change of pace.

Dabbling is a good word for what I do, so far I haven't found anything important to waste my life on.
by Stereo
Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand
Replies: 778
Views: 200947

Re: Books you had to read for school that you could not stand

I'm sure Death of a Salesman makes some sense when performed as a play, but I did not enjoy reading (or 'analysing' it) in class. I was also recommended to read The Trial but I couldn't get through it. Though, in that case, I was going outside the bounds of what was expected in grade 12 English (the...
by Stereo
Sat Feb 23, 2008 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Halp! I need someone to check this answer for me.
Replies: 5
Views: 2107

Re: Halp! I need someone to check this answer for me.

EDIT: Everyone who has posted in this thread so far has an October 2007 join date. Due to time zone settings, I see your join date as Nov 1st, very early in the morning :P I haven't even thought about mixed fractions in years... I guess it's useful if you want a quick approximation of the decimal v...
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: If I don't understand it, it can't destroy my brain!
Replies: 37
Views: 5478

Re: If I don't understand it, it can't destroy my brain!

Belial wrote:It was in "Tales from the White Hart" wasn't it?

First printed in If, 1957. Collected in Tales from the White Hart indeed, as well as The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, which is what I have.
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb
Replies: 1035
Views: 190187

Re: Cool games on the interweb

Also, I got a disgustingly high score on winterbells, but have no proof, so doubt I'll be believed... orisinal.com has some really, really addictive stuff, doesn't it? I made somewhere in the vicinity of 27.6 million points, which ranges quite far ahead of my normal failure below 100k. Makes me fee...
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: mechanic's test
Replies: 31
Views: 6749

Re: mechanic's test

Apparently I don't understand electricity as well as spatial relations, I got everything right except 4 electric questions and that final question about the reason air enters the combustion chamber, for which I did not follow the scientific convention that a vacuum does not actually exert negative p...
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 141691

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Example: the physical attributes of women that men are sexually aroused by include breasts and hips. Both of these attributes translate directly to the ability to bear and rear healthy children. So when, as a male, I look at a woman and am turned on, technically what's turning me on is, "oh la...
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0387: "Advanced Technology"
Replies: 105
Views: 27054

Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

She's not self replicating exactly though, she needs one component to begin the process. That said, sexual von Neumann machines are nothing to scoff at. I would guess the von Neumann machine reference pertains to more than just a single person - the machine in question would be the sum of all compa...
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: If I don't understand it, it can't destroy my brain!
Replies: 37
Views: 5478

Re: If I don't understand it, it can't destroy my brain!

I believe Arthur C. Clarke wrote a story about a melody that had the same effect, though it only functioned on the musically literate. Oddly enough, it is called "The Ultimate Melody", it is based upon the idea that if there are so-called 'earworms' (songs that get stuck in your head), th...
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: people who are dead. but shouldn't be dead.
Replies: 58
Views: 6208

Re: people who are dead. but shouldn't be dead.

Perhaps not contributive to some sort of "elder gods of rock" band, but I definitely miss Shannon Hoon of Blind Melon.
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Foreign declensions of borrowed English words.
Replies: 26
Views: 3963

Re: one electron, many electra, TWO ELECTRÓ!

well I'm pretty sure english used to have dual most of the indo-european languages do It certainly has quite a collection of ways to indicate two of something. One that I came across & made a mental note of was "one half", which appears to have formed independently from "second&q...
by Stereo
Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: I dare you to solve this.
Replies: 82
Views: 34414

Re: I dare you to solve this.

Serious overthinking on 14, 18 and 19 :oops: They were the last 3 to fill in, and if I'd gone with instinct & ignored the whole "wrong answer" marker business it would have been done about 5 minutes sooner.
by Stereo
Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 117447

Re: Editors

I use Notepad for straight text content or simple modifications to code. Textpad in situations where I'd like to work with a larger number of files (often with code in a language I don't have an IDE set up for, or modifying stuff someone else made) I don't really use most of the features of IDEs, ju...
by Stereo
Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 141691

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

I'm actually inclined to disagree that there are significant biological differences that affect somebody's physical and mental abilities (assuming by biological you mean ethnicity or race, obviously a person with a severe mental handicap or something may have difficulties that affect their abilitie...

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