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by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 27, 2015 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cars discussion, split from 'other news'
Replies: 448
Views: 44903

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

There are safety reasons for the requirement that in today's cars there must be direct, mechanical linkages between the steering and the wheels and the brakes and the wheels. If my driverless software suffers a glitch, then without any manual backup I'm roadkill, or someone else is. Big solar flare...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jun 27, 2015 6:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15072
Views: 2479519

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

I'll consider trusting Google to drive a car at some point after they learn to stop screwing around with their UI, worsening compatibility, and increasing system requirements with basically every revision of every one of their services this side of the 8.8.8.8 DNS server.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 25401

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

Consider who started XKCD and consider who posts here. This place can produce a subtle belief that everyone is as competent as the people here. Of course not everyone is as competent at Science X as everyone else. But you don't get to exclude them from discussion just because they don't have a degr...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 19, 2015 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12034

Re: 1539: "Planning"

That's interesting because the American understanding of schadenfreude is exactly the same as the original meaning you gave; I haven't looked in too many dictionaries, but it's odd that they would neglect that key point.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 19, 2015 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change
Replies: 131
Views: 25401

Re: A "Lukewarmer's" thoughts on climate change

Why? There's no special rite of initiation that grants one the right to do, understand and critique science*. Nullius in verba and all that. Sure, most "citizen scientists" are not going to have the depth of knowledge of someone with formal scientific training, but that's purely a functio...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1070640

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

4% may be achievable, I dunno. What's funny isn't the number so much as the idea that you can just say "okay, let's do some growing!" and whammo, it'll work out that way. I mean, that's not even a Trumpian "I have a plan for defeating ISIS, but I'm not going to tell you what it is, ju...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Where Is Your Source For New Music?
Replies: 29
Views: 52010

Re: Where Is Your Source For New Music?

Goodwill and other thrift stores. I go there, pick out any random records/tapes/CDs that look intriguing, and walk out with hours of music for a few bucks.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1070640

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So Bush demonstrated his economic prowess by stating we should target 4% growth. First off, ignoring the whole "no President since FDR has done what he says we should do" thing, what exactly is the point of a target for growth? I mean, either you are looking for stronger growth, or you ha...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 1070640

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yeah, Trump doesn't do anything for anybody except Trump.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 17, 2015 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12034

Re: 1539: "Planning"

In the interests of playing devil's advocate, in what sense is the initial premise true, that people are handing control of their lives to Facebook and Google? I mean, I have been known to post photos on FB, and I have a Gmail account, what else am I missing? Well, if you haven't noticed this, I en...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12034

Re: 1539: "Planning"

keithl wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:
Flumble wrote:For all we know, google and facebook aren't even after world domination.
We don't know that they're not, either.
I googled that, and was assured they are not.

Well of course they're not going to admit to it.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12034

Re: 1539: "Planning"

RGB-es wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:
Flumble wrote:For all we know, google and facebook aren't even after world domination.

We don't know that they're not, either.

The problem is that they suck at that (comic /792/, I can't post links yet, I think).

Maybe, but if "practice makes perfect" then it's only a matter of time...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: White house vs MIT
Replies: 3
Views: 1984

Re: White house vs MIT

The groundskeepers at MIT (working alone.)
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 12034

Re: 1539: "Planning"

Flumble wrote:For all we know, google and facebook aren't even after world domination.

We don't know that they're not, either.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1537: "Types"
Replies: 55
Views: 14503

Re: 1537: "Types"

TheEngineer wrote:
rdnetto wrote:Is it just me, or does this remind other people of Javascript?

I was thinking the same. Made me think of of Gary Bernhardt's talk at Codemash 2012.

I came here to make sure this got mentioned, because it is beautiful.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 38268

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

I just can't get over the fact that the guy who did Casey & Andy is getting a movie made by Ridley Scott. (Even latter-day Ridley Scott.) I need to start me a webcomic.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

higgs-boson wrote:Contrary to oversea's beliefs, Germany isn't a country full of beer-drinking lederhosn bumpkins and red-cheeked dirndl dressed beauty bunnies.

Well, it's that or Dieter of Sprockets for your national stereotype; personally, I'd go with the lederhosen and dirndls.
by commodorejohn
Mon Jun 08, 2015 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

(I like pizza, and I like beer; they just don't go together) I know it's a common refrain in this thread, but I find it's largely a matter of which pizza and which beer. Both come in so many different varieties that there's umpteen possible pairings, many of which aren't very good, but some of whic...
by commodorejohn
Sun Jun 07, 2015 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Combined with the fact that your own suite of psychosomatic effects are likely to be different, sure. But yes, there are most certainly behavioral effects, which differ in kind and in degree between individuals. Almost everyone experiences some reduction of inhibition and anxiety, though, because, ...
by commodorejohn
Sun Jun 07, 2015 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

If it weren't for the discovery that mixing alcohol with caffeine actually does do something to me, I'd be halfway of the opinion that most of "drunkenness" is pure placebo effect: people think having consumed alcohol gives them an excuse to be uninhibited, and that belief lets them becom...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Don't get me wrong, some beers are quite enjoyable....but if not for the historical aspects of beer, I kind of doubt that we'd have hit upon this particular means of making a beverage. There's a good degree of acquired taste involved, and even if you're trying dozens of beers to find one you like.....
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 05, 2015 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Frankly, if I met a cute Brazilian girl who kept trying to give me pudding, marriage would be officially on the agenda, or at least on the table.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I've never found beer tasty, despite my friends bringing a number of different beers to try. I prefer cider and I thank the gluten free clamoring for cider to becoming more available. I saw the list of beers to try above and I might get around to trying those if I can find them. If you like hard ci...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

You are ignoring his point. "Domestic/American beer" is not the delicious "craft" beer you can find in the US, but the typical Miller, Coors, Bud ligth, water-piss like beer. Sure, it is kind of a beer "stereotype" but that is what people refer to as domestic. Certainl...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jun 05, 2015 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 56150

Re: 1534: "Beer"

As someone who thought for years that he just didn't like beer because all he'd had was crappy Anheiser-Busch swill, I have to agree with something a coworker once said to me: if you think you don't like beer, you just haven't found your beer. It's the domestic (USA) bottled/canned beer that is crud...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8652
Views: 1695968

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

I haven't read the comic, but having done a bit of googling, it would appear that Sythe (the brown one) is a "Keidran" (a race of canine- and feline-based animals), whereas Raine (the white one) is actually a human who's been cursed to appear as a Keidran. Thanks. To be pedantic, she has ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?
Replies: 21
Views: 3408

Re: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?

I Disagree. Well I disagree that the OS should mostly stay out of my way. I disagree with the implication that the UI has gotten worse than to the times of XP. My daily interactions with windows 8 with is barely different to my interaction with windows xp. The differences are : I don't use the star...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?
Replies: 21
Views: 3408

Re: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?

I just find these sorts of differences interesting. Oh, understood. But as far as staying out of the way, I'm not just referring to screen space (on today's increasingly high-resolution displays, I actually prefer wasting a little screen space to have frequently-used things stay immediately accessi...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?
Replies: 21
Views: 3408

Re: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?

I'm not dogmatically opposed to change, but I'm not a fan of change for change's sake, and especially not when it comes to UI; the way I think of it, the point of a user interface is to facilitate interaction between the user and the task they're actually trying to do and otherwise stay the hell out...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?
Replies: 21
Views: 3408

Re: Will you be upgrading to Windows 10?

I'm still on XP (and thank you in advance, I've heard all the "but, but, security! Updatedness!!!" arguments I could ever want,) and probably will be until either A. I can't get a laptop that will run it anymore, or B. one of the alternative free OSes gets usable enough that I can be happy...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 02, 2015 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Old programming language and databases
Replies: 4
Views: 4374

Re: Old programming language and databases

TCP/IP on DOS really isn't that hard - the main thing is getting a packet driver for your NIC. (Proptip: archive.org has a backup of the 3COM site before HP ruined it, with drivers for damn near every ISA/PCI NIC they ever made for DOS, OS/2, Netware, Win16, and Win32.)
by commodorejohn
Tue Jun 02, 2015 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22915

Re: 1527: "Humans"

Are we talking a Velociraptor Spielbergensis-sized lean-'n'mean wild turkey, or a Jennie-O butterball?
by commodorejohn
Sat May 30, 2015 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Useful applications of recursion?
Replies: 19
Views: 5068

Useful applications of recursion?

I was thinking today about this, partly from marveling over the (non)-performance of a naively-implemented Fibonacci-sequence function I did as I'm learning my way around Lisp, and partly from thinking about a recent job interview - what are some actually useful applications for recursive functions?...
by commodorejohn
Wed May 27, 2015 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 18980

Re: 1508: “Operating Systems”

Actually, MSX-DOS was a verswion of CP/M updated with MS-DOS-like features, such as the FAT12 filesystem and (eventually) subdirectories. Of course, MS-DOS itself started out as basically a clone of CP/M, so...
by commodorejohn
Fri May 22, 2015 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1528: "Vodka"
Replies: 29
Views: 7018

Re: 1528: "Vodka"

That's why I never really got the point of vodka. If I'm going to endanger my liver and take years off my life, I want the damn stuff to taste of something ! Precisely. A fine scotch, a nice wine, a good beer...hell, even white rum has more of a flavor than the vodka I've tried. As far as I can tel...
by commodorejohn
Thu May 21, 2015 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22915

Re: 1527: "Humans"

Velociraptor spielbergensis is the single most popular dinosaur now. You want dinosaurs in any pop media, they're more or less what you get. Fiction that features actual dinosaurs just doesn't exist . And that's frustrating, not for "scientific accuracy" or anything, but because there's a...
by commodorejohn
Thu May 21, 2015 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22915

Re: 1527: "Humans"

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? Yes, you're a...
by commodorejohn
Thu May 21, 2015 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 22915

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: 22915

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: 162
Views: 118202

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

Holy cow, I was way off.

Thanks!

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