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by commodorejohn
Thu May 21, 2015 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22113

Re: 1527: "Humans"

rmsgrey wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:Anybody who thinks scientific accuracy should take precedence over entertainment shouldn't be allowed anywhere near entertainment.

Why shouldn't they be allowed to go see a movie?

Because they'd be too busy getting their panties in a twist over all the inaccuracies to enjoy it anyway?
by commodorejohn
Wed May 20, 2015 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22113

Re: 1527: "Humans"

Anybody who thinks scientific accuracy should take precedence over entertainment shouldn't be allowed anywhere near entertainment.
by commodorejohn
Sat May 02, 2015 12:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread
Replies: 158
Views: 103873

Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

Holy cow, I was way off.

Thanks!
by commodorejohn
Fri May 01, 2015 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread
Replies: 158
Views: 103873

Re: The "I can't find a particular XKCD comic" thread

I've been trying to find a comic that ends in a pun about "multiplying a vector by The Matrix." I swear this was an xkcd comic, unless maybe it was a FoxTrot strip doing xkcd. Anybody know whether I'm just misremembering this or not?
by commodorejohn
Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple bans Pebble Smartwatch App "SeaNav" from its app store
Replies: 85
Views: 10122

Re: Apple bans Pebble Smartwatch App "SeaNav" from its app s

Apple Won’t Always Rule. Just Look at IBM . I found this amusing. The IBM comparison is instructive, too, because they too: ⋅ ...employed excellent engineers and developed a product that realigned the entire market around itself and influenced nearly every competitor's subsequent designs,...
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14867
Views: 2319823

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Air Straight Story Bud.
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 984961

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yes, several. Seems like a sensible approach to me.

The thing about primaries is that if you do away with them, you'd presumably have to pick the vice-president separately, but I'm not sure that's a bad thing.
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What are your "core" programs?
Replies: 55
Views: 12998

Re: What are your "core" programs?

⋅ Programmer's Notepad (really, any lighter-weight MDI text editor with syntax highlighting and smart indentation, but this is my go-to.) ⋅ FreeBasic (laugh if you want, but for hacking together quick utilities and testing algorithms, I'll take it over Python any day.) ⋅&nb...
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 984961

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yeah, no kidding. Romney didn't offer much of a vision apart from he'd be better than the other guy... which, while certainly true in my opinion, isn't enough to get people excited about voting. Even that wasn't terribly clear at the time (Obama played it far more centrist-moderate in his first ter...
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 21, 2015 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 984961

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

They stopped making serious noises about being a real third party a while ago, anyway.
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14867
Views: 2319823

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

I wouldn't say "a lot." In my observation, at least, it's more a particularly outspoken few.
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14867
Views: 2319823

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Well that's a theologically innovative take on it.
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 20, 2015 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 984961

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I was done worrying about "electability" after 2004. If my choices are to vote for a guy I want and have no effect whatsoever or vote for a guy I don't want and have a negligible effect, I might as well go with the one that doesn't make me feel disgusted with myself. The complete buy-in of...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17268

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

I'll take it over emacs, that's for sure.
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17268

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

I am equally fascinated and terrified by the concept of an interface less comprehensible than vi. Oh, by the standards of antique text editors, vi is downright sensible. (I'll take Wordstar-alikes any day, though.) Even before you descend into the maelstrom of insanity that is TECO, you've got clun...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17268

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

Methinks the correlation between clean code and experience might just have to do with the fact that I've actually opened and nitpicked that code enough times to get it right. Personal experience is part of it, but I think a LOT of it is just the same as with prose: if you want it to be clean, clear...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 17, 2015 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17268

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

The reason is that .COM files have no header or validation information - they're simply a binary dump of a program. DOS loads the entire file into a single 64KB segment starting at address 0x100 within that segment, then calls the procedure that it assumes must start at address 0x100. (This is a hol...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17268

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

I've heard rumors of languages that, given valid ASCII, would run no matter what. That all input was valid and produced some kind of output. Since I couldn't find such a language, I started writing one. I don't think it actually accepts every character in the ASCII set since it predates ASCII, but ...
by commodorejohn
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17268

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

Ugh, I don't know how I feel about this one. The implication that being self-taught leads to messy code bothers me. Maybe you can guess that I'm self-taught. But in all my years of programming, and working with many other engineers, I have yet to see a significant correlation between code quality a...
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 16, 2015 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 984961

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm writing in for Lee Mercer Junior. I meant to do this in 2008 and I never did, so 2016 is my year to remedy that. Because if the major parties aren't going to give us hilarious, wonderful figures like Dan Quayle anymore, I'll just have to take the ones the Internet has given us instead.
by commodorejohn
Sat Apr 11, 2015 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18203

Re: 1508: “Operating Systems”

pault151, you are a man after my own heart.
by commodorejohn
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18203

Re: 1508: “beehives”

Xenomortis wrote:Ok, that was a little mean.

Yes it was.

Duke Nukem Forever actually showed promise at a couple points.
by commodorejohn
Tue Apr 07, 2015 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18203

Re: 1508: “beehives”

The first C64 I owned had been through a fire. The plastic was warped and bubbled in several places. It worked without so much as a glitch. Of the subsequent dozen or so I've picked up, cleaned up, and passed on, I've had all of one unit that didn't come right back up with a little TLC (press those ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 06, 2015 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18203

Re: 1508: “beehives”

SDK wrote:What does VMS mean? Thank you for your assimilation?

Virtual Memory System, the native operating system for DEC's VAX line of minicomputers (and later a few desktop systems as well.) Later ported to Alpha and then Itanium; supposedly an x86 (x64?) version is now in the cards.
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18203

Re: 1508: “beehives”

Clearly IronicDOS (which I will refer to as "iDOS" from now on) would incorrectly attempt to go for a vintange feel, and use an 8bit-style greenish terminal font, and a faded "authentic tube-style" non-black background. iDOS; because times used to be simpler. I'd use it. Hell, t...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18203

Re: 1508: “beehives”

Wonder how Haiku is doing these days... haven't checked on it in a while... Wait, that's a real OS? I assumed it only existed in Cueball's dream . Yes, it's an open-source reimplementation of BeOS. Unfortunately, last I checked development on a lot of it was stalled while the developers put most of...
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1502: “Wasted Time”
Replies: 21
Views: 5156

Re: 1502: “Wasted Time”

Of course, if they were really concerned about efficient typing, they'd use a computer with a real keyboard.
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 12, 2015 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 8597

Re: 1497: "New Products"

Count me amongst the camp that ridiculed or dismissed all of those at first and then eventually came around when the actual advantages became apparent (except for a tablet, I still haven't found a credible use case for those that isn't covered by my smartphone/laptop combo). I eventually got sick o...
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 8597

Re: 1497: "New Products"

No TV (analogue got switched off here as well, so the FCC could free up spectrum to sell to Google,) but I do have a CRT set I use for my game consoles, DVDs, videocassettes, and Laserdiscs.
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 11, 2015 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 8597

Re: 1497: "New Products"

Ah, "you'll get one anyway!", the laziest argument. Things which people have told me I'll inevitably wind up having that I still don't have: ⋅ A smartphone ⋅ A tablet ⋅ A Facebook account ⋅ Digital television Guess I can add "a smart watch"...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 02, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1493: “Meeting”
Replies: 29
Views: 9680

Re: 1493: “Meeting”

So that's how the dotcom boom happened.
by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 18229

Re: 1420: "Watches"

Old people used to write obnoxious thinkpieces about how people these days always wear watches and are slaves to the clock, but now they've switched to writing thinkpieces about how kids these days don't appreciate the benefits of an old-fashioned watch. My position is: The word 'thinkpiece' sounds...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 135615

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Palm trees at the poles? An end to pretentious glacial-runoff bottled water iconography? Dislocating those smug bastards on the coasts? I'm not seeing the downside, here.
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 12, 2014 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1341: "Types of Editors"
Replies: 88
Views: 23045

Re: Types of Editors

The HORSE is actually kind of a skittish weirdo, usually.
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 17, 2014 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 35730

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

Man, the shoe-to-condom ratio in Phoenix is impressive. Phoenicians love their footwear, I guess.
by commodorejohn
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 16864

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

Eutychus wrote:Randall needs to revise his theology. The Bible describes Hell as a place of punishment for the devil, not somewhere he rules over.

Blame Milton.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jan 27, 2014 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 26755

Re: 1322: Winter

There's a reason the English language has the largest vocabulary of any language in the world.  That's because we have a word, a *PROPER* word, for just every thing, action, feeling, or concept.  To call a bird a "flappy plane" or a tree a "stick tower" is being cynical and fals...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 16289

Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

There's a perfectly good reason for this. The only time you ever encounter inexplicable impossible-to-diagnose computer issues are on the computers of people who actually know how to fucking use computers, otherwise they would've diagnosed and fixed it already. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy. So i...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 15, 2014 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 16289

Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

I'd like to propose a new theorem: as the length of a discussion increases, the probability of it being turned into a lecture on the superiority of Linux approaches 1.

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