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by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 8842

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: 8842

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: 9777

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: 18642

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: 138457

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: 23500

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: 36527

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: 17401

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: 27015

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: 16671

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: 16671

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.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 16671

Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

Anybody who believes in a deterministic universe just hasn't worked with computers long enough.
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 60138

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

Also once I got to 'Nobody' I started feeling deeply sad. And then when it ended with a video ads joke I felt disappointed. I don't like the world at the moment. I think I need more chocolate. Just remember this: whatever you do, no matter if it's forgotten or remembered, even after you and everyon...
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 18379

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

This theory completely fails to take into account the astronomical smugness of Netflix subscribers.
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1280: "Mystery News"
Replies: 42
Views: 10531

Re: 1280: "Mystery News"

Yep, between FlashBlock, Trueblock Plus, and NoScript, it's like I'm browsing a whole other Internet from most people!

Well, except for all the damn sites where you have to enable Javascript to dynamically display static page content. Luckily most of those aren't worth going to anyway.
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 29667

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

At least humans are still better at freaking out over the idea that they could ever be rendered obsolete by a form of existence that requires an advanced industrial manufacturing infrastructure simply to come into being. http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/advanced_technology.png (That's right, computers! W...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 37551

Re: 1235: "Settled"

But if they are so good at evading detection, that means that none of the people claiming to have seen a UFO have actually seen one. Not really. There are plenty of alternate hypotheses to explain it, from "they' re just the outliers" to "UFOs didn't used to be as good at evading det...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 37551

Re: 1235: "Settled"

True, but people are saying that Bigfoot is secretive, reclusive, and good at not being caught on camera, that UFOs have upgraded their stealth technology, and that Nessie has a clever hiding place - the upshot is that, after the fact, it's predictable that it was impossible to observe them - that ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 37551

Re: 1235: "Settled"

If you want to go down that route, it's not conclusively settled that there isn't an undetectable spider-web filling my doorway. Hold on there. You're applying the undetectability thing about ghosts to the rest; that's not what I was saying. Nobody (well, probably some handful of ultra-fringe kooks...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 37551

Re: 1235: "Settled"

I actually play sax, which I'm pleased to note appears to defy convincing synthesis so far - do I take it from your revulsion that the same is true of the harmonica? I suppose this is all dependent on your standards for "convincing," and as a non-saxophonist I probably don't have the same...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 37551

Re: 1235: "Settled"

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, but negative evidence is - and the onus is on the believers to produce the evidence to support their extraordinary claims rather than on the skeptics to provide evidence that these things don't exist - any more than to disprove the existence of the to...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 37551

Re: 1235: "Settled"

This is obviously some strange usage of the word 'conclusive' that I wasn't previously aware of. Because reading here the common usage, of which I am aware, would imply that A. none of these things are alleged to exist outside of areas with significant daily traffic, B. it's impossible for a thing t...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 39444

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Anybody who thinks that modern society isn't too demanding and impersonal hasn't tried to get a job with an Associate's degree in the last five years.
by commodorejohn
Mon May 13, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 59697

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

I'm sorry, Randall, but no matter how often you repeat the idea that birds being the descendants of dinosaurs is cool, that won't actually make it cool...
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?
Replies: 3
Views: 7450

Re: Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?

I come from a percussion background. So far as I know, there aren't any cheats. You just have to practice a lot until you get it. Yeah...as in many areas of life, I'm not surprised that's how it works, I was just curious. Still, even what practice I have been getting in has been making a little dif...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?
Replies: 3
Views: 7450

Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?

Lately I've been trying to get back into playing piano, after a solid 9-10 years of only really doing music in tracker format. (Well, piano-keyboard driving MIDI synthesizer modules, but there's no great difference on the hands-and-fingers front, aside from the keys on my keyboard being unweighted.)...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 91480

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I say we start dating by Roman emperors again.
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1172: "Workflow"
Replies: 57
Views: 20843

Re: 1172: "Workflow"

"Every change breaks someone's workflow, so make all design decisions based on technical wankery and ignore the wails of your users!"
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0013: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 76
Views: 49447

Re: What-if 0013: Laser Pointer

The moral of the What-if series seems to be that the more hypothetical questions you ask, the closer you bring the world to (un)natural disaster or outright apocalypse. It's kinda fascinating, really.
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 660593

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I liked the infinite canvas better when it was viewable in any browser.
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:04 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

Re: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles

Well, I've looked everywhere the XFree86 documentation says it should look for the config file, and I still can't find it...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

Re: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles

Looks from the DSL site like it's XFree86 4.2.1-3. Addendum: it's not an Xorg-based version, so there's no xorg.conf; it gets its configuration from a file called .xserverrc, which seems to be just a script that passes some pre-selected command-line arguments to xvesa - and for the life of me I can'...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles

I've got a somewhat Frankensteined PC from the early 2000s that I'm trying to set up as a workable, if not especially powerful, system. It's an HP Pavilion 6635 (Intel 810 chipset) with 256MB of RAM and a few extras (an old Diamond video card, an SB-compatible sound card; pretty much whatever I had ...

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