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by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 23084

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

Couldn't at least some of the worlds problems be solved by a) having a massive international project that has nothing to do with killing each other, and b) shipping a bunch of the population off to other planets? b) would do nothing to the vast majority remaining on earth and instead export our pro...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032051

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

The Amiga OS had little in the way of memory protection, so it was fairly easy for a rogue process to corrupt memory that was being used by other processes. You misspelled "mandatory." Hope this helps. Seriously, did anyone ever manage to use an Amiga 1000 for more than half an hour witho...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jul 05, 2013 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"
Replies: 31
Views: 12425

Re: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Unlike, say, Ayn Rand, I recognize that not everyone can become one of the greats, and that failure to do so does not automatically make one a burden on society.


Hooray for willful mediocrity!
by AlexTheSeal
Sun Jun 30, 2013 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36575

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Well, the joke was that classification is often not the most important thing to say about a work of fiction, but there's a real point in there: we can argue about language, but taxonomy doesn't have edge cases. I think Wittgenstein * would disagree with you; taxonomy and language are inseparable, a...
by AlexTheSeal
Thu Jun 27, 2013 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032051

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is this right? I already don't like this style. The var statements should be the first statements in the function body. It is preferred that each variable be given its own line and comment. They should be listed in alphabetical order. What don't you like, the first part or the second? The second is...
by AlexTheSeal
Sun Jun 23, 2013 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 44249

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

I work as a programmer; if I only worked 20 hours a week (a little less than half), I would take (at least) twice the days to accomplish the same tasks, which wouldn't be accepted by many of our clients, since we have competition. On the other hand, he can't just throw more developers at the task, ...
by AlexTheSeal
Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Family and Friends: Dealing with conspiracy theorists
Replies: 50
Views: 34118

Re: Family and Friends: Dealing with conspiracy theorists

I also found Occums razor to be more useful when it came to things like the Bilderbur... forgot spelling... group. The problem with Occam's razor is that when the theories being proposed reach a certain level of intricacy, it's very hard to tell who's "multiplying entities beyond necessity&quo...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 59320

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

so my good friend with a kawasaki 1000 police bike messed up his forks pretty good, they won't travel up or down any more. we suspect the fork seals are all f'ed up, hes going to get parts and im gonna help him with it possibly this weekend. That's a fairly easy and very satisfying job. Enjoy. I su...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1228: "Prometheus"
Replies: 66
Views: 17537

Re: 1228: "Prometheus"

This reminds me of how I once heard someone describe polyamory. Mono people view intimate love like a cup of water; if you give to more than one person, each person gets less water than they would if there was only one. For the poly heart, however, all love is like fire. When you light a third cand...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2653
Views: 560679

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

Felstaff wrote:Everything on GOG is ridiculously cheap for 24 hours.


Every Ultima game for $9 total. Hope the next month or so is open on your calendar. This is what RPGs are all about, kids.

(Or you can get the best of the series, Ultima IV, for free here.)
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"
Replies: 93
Views: 77907

Re: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"

He wasn't enough of an Anglophile (something that used to be an essential part of computer geekery) to be familiar with the word from Monty Python , Douglas Adams, Blackadder , etc.... In his defense, being a fan of Douglas Adams would probably not have helped (it's still only reading), and even if...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032051

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Just don't use unicode variable names. I don't intend to, but I don't want anyone else to, either. I think I just want there to be a realtime style checker installed in all text editors that flags JavaScript code that violates Douglas Crockford's rules for good JS programming from JavaScript: The G...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"
Replies: 93
Views: 77907

Re: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"

Perhaps some of you who have strong feelings one way or the other in this thread would be willing to put aside your differences in order to come and slap around politely correct the guy I just heard in the cube behind me talking about the cool new version-control system called "jit." To b...
by AlexTheSeal
Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"
Replies: 93
Views: 77907

Re: The One True Pronunciation of ".GIF"

Perhaps some of you who have strong feelings one way or the other in this thread would be willing to put aside your differences in order to come and slap around politely correct the guy I just heard in the cube behind me talking about the cool new version-control system called "jit."
by AlexTheSeal
Thu Jun 20, 2013 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineering)
Replies: 110
Views: 59320

Re: Gearheads united! (kludges, motor enthusiasts, engineeri

I have always wondered how people can tell the year of a car just by looking at it. I can understand narrowing it down to a decade or so, but a specific year seems impossible, especially with restorations that add parts from different years. This is a cultural thing that IMHO is most prevalent in t...
by AlexTheSeal
Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can anyone explain this New Yorker cartoon?
Replies: 4
Views: 5110

Re: Can anyone explain this New Yorker cartoon?

Lenoxus wrote: "New Yorker cartoons are never funny"


Who says that? </genuinely baffled>
by AlexTheSeal
Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2032051

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

There are lots of strange and alarming things about JavaScript, but the fact that almost any Unicode character is permissible in variable names has got to be way up there on the list.
by AlexTheSeal
Thu Jun 20, 2013 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 44249

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

You know what the time was called when nothing advanced and man was forced to play the same role his father played? The Dark Ages. Life strives for advancement and improvement. Resist this at your peril. Maybe before we rush to advance we should stop to consider the consequences of blithely giving ...
by AlexTheSeal
Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1226: "Balloon Internet"
Replies: 66
Views: 18641

Re: 1226: "Balloon Internet"

I seem to recall that there was a plan several years ago in some state in the north central US (Wyoming?). I think it was believed that nine balloons could go from west to east and then driven back west. But, my memory is rather fuzzy. I know they probably didn't envision it that way, but this just...
by AlexTheSeal
Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 31264

Re: 1217: "Cells"

bmonk wrote:
Dr. Diaphanous wrote:Soap soap soap soap soap.

Are you singing about five bars?


He's a one-man barbershop quintet.
by AlexTheSeal
Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"
Replies: 69
Views: 24238

Re: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"

I have seen plausible arguments that quines can't exist based on some idea that a subset of an object can't contain enough information to describe the entire object in full detail... That sounds fallacious to me. First, a quine isn't a subset of anything. It implicitly contains the entire programmi...
by AlexTheSeal
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"
Replies: 42
Views: 31829

Re: What-If 0047: "Alien Astronomers"

Does this mean that the Golden Age SF story about old geezers paying for passage on the first FTL flight from Earth so that they can rewatch live broadcasts of The Howdy Doody Show from their youth won't come true after all?
by AlexTheSeal
Tue Jun 04, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 31264

Re: 1217: "Cells"

I'm seriously just playing. BumpyCaps' argument doesn't hold much water for me, soapy or otherwise. (The soap reduces surface tension, so it'd need to be an even more airtight argument. But I guess we don't need to talk about holding air on top of everything, despite the soap bubbles. = ) ) Who's B...
by AlexTheSeal
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36575

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

you seem to argue that ultimately, it's all just some kind of fantasy. And this might even be true on the most general of levels, but that's a bit like saying "all fiction is a form of lying", or "all music is a form of mathematics". It somehow misses the point in my opinion. Th...
by AlexTheSeal
Tue Jun 04, 2013 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1220: Hipsters
Replies: 33
Views: 9864

Re: 1220: Hipsters

Whizbang wrote:I don't understand... What's wrong with hipsters?


Danger, Will Robinson! That link's NSFW (if your W is particularly prudish).
by AlexTheSeal
Fri May 31, 2013 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36575

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Frank Herbert was educated in biology and took pains to make the ecology of the planet Arrakis seem internally consistent and plausible. I guess you are saying ecological realism is characteristic of hard SF, but not of fantasy? I have to wonder what fantasy books you're thinking of. The ones I can...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri May 31, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36575

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Kit. wrote:As an example, this is a short story by PKD that I personally consider the best of his work. Is it fantasy?


No, it's psychological fiction that plays with fantasy tropes. The protagonist is clearly schizophrenic. Cf. Donnie Darko.
by AlexTheSeal
Fri May 31, 2013 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 31264

Re: 1217: "Cells"

soapy water soapy water Ooh, you two hit one of my pet peeves right on the nerve. I started hearing "soapy water" used in a public-health context about five years ago and immediately formed the unshakable belief that it was a careless elision of "soap and water." That is, to me,...
by AlexTheSeal
Wed May 29, 2013 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36575

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Star Wars and Dune are fantasy too. Not sci-fi. Star Wars, I'll grant you; Dune (the book) I'll argue. Agreed. I think part of the reason for Dune's appeal is that it is an unusual mixture of hard SF with space opera elements. Frank Herbert was educated in biology and took pains to make the ecology...
by AlexTheSeal
Tue May 14, 2013 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 40823

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Silverfishes are about the only animals able to metabolize cellulose without the aid of any symbionts :) (I learnt that doing online research on whether it was worth to seriously fight their occasional presence in our home. Short answer, it isn't, as long as you don't mind them eating your wallpape...
by AlexTheSeal
Tue May 14, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 65373

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Misanthropic Scott wrote: Similarly, homo sapiens interbred with homo neanderthalensis.

Hot girls with pronounced supraorbital ridges want to meet you!
by AlexTheSeal
Fri May 10, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 40823

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Those digits aren't random. In fact, they're copied directly from this book . Wow... thanks for the link. The reviews are absolutely brilliant. I'm pretty disturbed by the "Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed" section, though. White face paint... The Best of David Hasselhoff ... an...
by AlexTheSeal
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 40308

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

"If a million monkeys were given a million typewriters, eventually one of them might produce the complete works of Shakespeare, but to reach it would it be worth wading through four hundred copies of 'Money' by Martin Amis?" - Simon Munnery I'm just a dumb American, and I don't know who S...
by AlexTheSeal
Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107474
Views: 53179622

Re: 1190: "Time"

DSDM wrote:a girl and a guy sitting on a black gnoll

That's pretty kinky. Especially considering your screen name.
by AlexTheSeal
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67188

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

webgiant wrote:Non-programmers could get away with taking one of those meta coding classes, where you never write software, only describe what your code would eventually do.

Doesn't this just describe any CS graduate program?

*rimshot*

*ducks*
by AlexTheSeal
Tue Mar 19, 2013 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 21316

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

I find pillarboxing to be much more distracting than letterboxing. The only thing even worse, as has been said before, is stretching or cutting it, Cinderella-like, until it fits, without any pillars at all. Heh. Cinderella definitely isn't the first reference I would have thought of there. I was t...
by AlexTheSeal
Mon Mar 18, 2013 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 21316

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

Here is a more elaborate rant on this topic that I was immediately reminded of when reading this comic. This man is very angry about black bars on his TV screen. I wish I could say that I stopped reading at "Sometimes movie buffs will notice things missing in a 4:3 transfer of a scope movie, b...
by AlexTheSeal
Sun Feb 10, 2013 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 59025

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Star Trekkin', across the universe Boldly going forward, because we can't find reverse! +1 Incontrovertible proof, from a descriptive linguist's point of view, that "to Star Trek" is a legitimate verb. (BTW, I just realized that the joke in the second line of the refrain is probably lost ...
by AlexTheSeal
Thu Mar 10, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25297

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Maskirovka repeatedly recommended reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in particular The Black Swan, as an antidote to Malcolm Gladwell. While I agree that Taleb is in fact the polymath/genius/persuasive-explicator-of-counterintuitive-Theories-of-Everything that Gladwell claims to be, the former is virtua...
by AlexTheSeal
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52662

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

A lot depends on the rest of the signal path. I'm not talking about $1,000 speaker-cable voodoo, but about your amplifier, speakers, and the signal source itself---CD player, DVD-Audio player, iPod, media PC streaming FLACs, whatever. If your amp and speakers suck, you're going to have a much harde...

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