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by cphite
Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 24304

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: 24304

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: 24304

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: 24304

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: 4269

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: 24304

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: 4269

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: 3179

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: 15233

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: 1962
Views: 564270

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: 20234

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: 11610

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: 29818

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: 60009

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: 60009

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: 60009

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: 60009

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: 1367

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: 84187

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: 4198

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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