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Re: Random natterings

Postby Alex Lee » Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:04 am UTC

Really not sure where to leave this, and I really did spend some time looking so please hold off on the crucifixion if I goofed it up:

Does Randall have a known mailing address? Now I don't mean e-mail which is listed clearly a couple different places on the base comic site, I mean some good old fashioned snail-mail.

I'm not trying to send the guy anthrax, don't worry. Just a fan hoping to communicate in my own preference.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Felstaff » Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:23 am UTC

With good reason Randall doesn't give out his home address under any circumstances, unless he's having a sweet bachelor party, and Courtney-Ann's totally gonna be there, bro.

So you'll have to send it to his public mailbox, instead:

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Link » Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:36 am UTC

Does anyone know why Kali Linux is so popular all of a sudden? 30 seconds on DuckDuckGo tells me it's a rather specialised distro aimed at penetration testing, and yet for some reason everybody and their grandmother appears to be using it now. i is confus.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby eran_rathan » Thu Jul 21, 2016 12:18 pm UTC

Ubik wrote:Who is this Randall Monroe, and what is their relation to Randall Munroe's webcomic?



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Re: Random natterings

Postby doogly » Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:07 pm UTC

Link wrote:Does anyone know why Kali Linux is so popular all of a sudden? 30 seconds on DuckDuckGo tells me it's a rather specialised distro aimed at penetration testing, and yet for some reason everybody and their grandmother appears to be using it now. i is confus.

I think you hang out with a different crowd of grandmothers.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Flumble » Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:20 pm UTC

Link wrote:Does anyone know why Kali Linux is so popular all of a sudden? 30 seconds on DuckDuckGo tells me it's a rather specialised distro aimed at penetration testing, and yet for some reason everybody and their grandmother appears to be using it now. i is confus.

Is it actually popular?

I've heard of it for the first time about a week ago when one of my peers was trying it out (and having trouble with package repositories). And they're doing a (CS) security master, so they're within the actual target audience.

*looks up kali*
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Link » Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:13 pm UTC

doogly wrote:
I think you hang out with a different crowd of grandmothers.
:lol:

Flumble wrote:
Is it actually popular?
Well, not as popular as, say, Ubuntu, but over the past few weeks I've seen quite a lot of posts around the interblag mentioning it. Those posts are often about stuff that doesn't have any immediate relation to security, e.g. stuff like getting video acceleration to work (other than using CUDA to do some embarrassingly parallel brute-forcing, I frankly don't see why you'd need anything more than (u)vesafb/fbdev on such a distro), installing games, etcetera. Some people even mention using Kali as their main or only OS, which sounds fairly odd to me.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby SecondTalon » Thu Jul 21, 2016 4:31 pm UTC

Maybe they're all porn addicts and misunderstood the penetration thing?
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Re: Random natterings

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Re: Random natterings

Postby The EGE » Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:41 pm UTC

pseudoidiot wrote:
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I would totally drink a lemon margarita, that sounds delicious.


Isn't that a lemon drop?
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Re: Random natterings

Postby PM 2Ring » Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:45 pm UTC

Link wrote:Does anyone know why Kali Linux is so popular all of a sudden? [...]


Kali Linux is popular with wannabe hackers. (In the break-into-systems sense, not good coders).

FWIW, the vast majority of questions from Kali users on the Stack Exchange Unix & Linux site are so abysmal that they get rapidly downvoted and closed.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby pseudoidiot » Thu Jul 21, 2016 5:54 pm UTC

The EGE wrote:
pseudoidiot wrote:
poxic wrote:One more vote for "context matters". I do not want lime meringue pie, and I do not want a lemon margarita.
I would totally drink a lemon margarita, that sounds delicious.


Isn't that a lemon drop?
Those are usually made with vodka. But I bet it'd be good with tequila. I should try it soon.

I'm pretty much a sucker* for anything with lemon in it.


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Re: Random natterings

Postby Link » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:12 pm UTC

PM 2Ring wrote:
Link wrote:Does anyone know why Kali Linux is so popular all of a sudden? [...]


Kali Linux is popular with wannabe hackers. (In the break-into-systems sense, not good coders).

FWIW, the vast majority of questions from Kali users on the Stack Exchange Unix & Linux site are so abysmal that they get rapidly downvoted and closed.

Ah, that makes sense. Gorram script kiddies.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:14 pm UTC

Why is sushi so filling? It does not look like a lot of food... but it is. :oops:
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Re: Random natterings

Postby pseudoidiot » Thu Jul 21, 2016 8:17 pm UTC

Do you usually have rolls or nigiri? Rice can be pretty filling.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Quercus » Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:06 pm UTC

speising wrote:
ucim wrote:Just a note - there are things in the Dominican Republic (and presumably other Caribbean islands which are called lemons, but are green, much sweeter than (US) lemons, and are in most ways more like limes. There are limes down there too - but they are not the same.

So, maybe your relativistic theory is correct; it just needs a correction for the difference in gravity from being closer to the equator.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Flumble » Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:26 pm UTC

Now what if I do this: [)}”«>?

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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:00 pm UTC



Check mate, atheists.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Sableagle » Fri Jul 22, 2016 4:53 pm UTC

The Sheikh can be as maet as you want him, pal. I'm no royalist, either.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Flumble » Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:30 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:

Check mate, atheists.

Does any of ∩, ¬, ∖ or <mathematical script capital u> counter it?

"Your message contains the following unsupported characters: <mathematical script capital u>"
What the hell, forum? It's just a unicode character https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%F0%9D%92%B0

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Re: Random natterings

Postby You, sir, name? » Fri Jul 22, 2016 5:49 pm UTC

Flumble wrote:
You, sir, name? wrote:

Check mate, atheists.

Does any of ∩, ¬, ∖ or <mathematical script capital u> counter it?

"Your message contains the following unsupported characters: <mathematical script capital u>"
What the hell, forum? It's just a unicode character https://duckduckgo.com/?q=%F0%9D%92%B0


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Re: Random natterings

Postby Felstaff » Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:20 am UTC

Flumble wrote:
Now what if I do this: [)}”«>?

If you click the left "[", it will either remove a dud password from the Termlink or reset your attempts.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby PAstrychef » Wed Jul 27, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

I know many of you eat, and cook your own foods. I wish more of you would post over in the food sub forum, so it's less of an echo chamber.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Angua » Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:45 pm UTC

I always feel intimidated by the food forum.

All of your food sounds so impressive in the 'Today I made' thread, and here I am, having stirfry again.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby doogly » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:00 pm UTC

basically every food I make is a stir fry, unless it has enough tomatoes cut up in there to be a sauce
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Re: Random natterings

Postby bentheimmigrant » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:01 pm UTC

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:29 pm UTC

doogly wrote:basically every food I make is a stir fry, unless it has enough tomatoes cut up in there to be a sauce

Most of my sauces start as a stir fry untill I toss the tomatoes in to make it sauce- like.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby olliver » Wed Jul 27, 2016 11:03 pm UTC

Angua wrote:I always feel intimidated by the food forum.

All of your food sounds so impressive in the 'Today I made' thread, and here I am, having stirfry again.


No shame, there's nothing wrong with stir-fry. It's just a preparation like any other and certainly no one would say that all roasted or all baked foods are the same. It's not super, super easy to get right (soggy vegetables, oil-to-food ratio too high, etc.) either so if you're working on it already, you're probably pretty close. Just mix up the ingredients a bit; stir-fry noodles instead of rice (or vice versa), add some sprouts, try out some Korean marinades, different veggies.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby thunk » Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:33 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:I know many of you eat, and cook your own foods. I wish more of you would post over in the food sub forum, so it's less of an echo chamber.


My food would just depress all of you.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Echo244 » Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:41 am UTC

Posting all of this food talk outside the food forum is not helping... ;-P
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Re: Random natterings

Postby doogly » Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:02 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:
doogly wrote:basically every food I make is a stir fry, unless it has enough tomatoes cut up in there to be a sauce

Most of my sauces start as a stir fry untill I toss the tomatoes in to make it sauce- like.

Yeah that's what I'm saying, that is the sauce technique. There is no other sauce in my world.

I suppose it also is not trivial then that sauce implies tomato. You might have like bechamel or some other mother fuckers in your part of the world or whatever, which is just not happening.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Neil_Boekend » Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:39 pm UTC

doogly wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:
doogly wrote:basically every food I make is a stir fry, unless it has enough tomatoes cut up in there to be a sauce

Most of my sauces start as a stir fry untill I toss the tomatoes in to make it sauce- like.

Yeah that's what I'm saying, that is the sauce technique. There is no other sauce in my world.

I suppose it also is not trivial then that sauce implies tomato. You might have like bechamel or some other mother fuckers in your part of the world or whatever, which is just not happening.

I do make roux based gravy, but the unions and the mushrooms are usually stirr fried in the sauce pan because that makes them taste better. Boiled potatoes are a traditional dish here and I prefer them with a good gravy.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby PAstrychef » Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:35 pm UTC

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Sableagle » Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:44 am UTC

Sauces? The only sauces I've done lately have been plum and pear. I can't post them in the "today I made" thread because I can't be bothered with an hour's preparation and half an hour's washing up for a meal for one, so I haven't made them today.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby Neil_Boekend » Sat Jul 30, 2016 10:49 am UTC

PAstrychef wrote:Stamppot! A lovely thing indeed.

Yep. Although this is not quite the season I feel like making it this weekend.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby pogrmman » Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

doogly wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:
doogly wrote:basically every food I make is a stir fry, unless it has enough tomatoes cut up in there to be a sauce

Most of my sauces start as a stir fry untill I toss the tomatoes in to make it sauce- like.

Yeah that's what I'm saying, that is the sauce technique. There is no other sauce in my world.

I suppose it also is not trivial then that sauce implies tomato. You might have like bechamel or some other mother fuckers in your part of the world or whatever, which is just not happening.


You should try making some different sauces. Bechamel is really simple -- make a roux and add in milk. Whisk it until there aren't clumps. Then, add whatever flavoring you want!

A roux is just 1/2 fat, 1/2 flour. I use butter as the fat. For a bechamel, just cook it until it is light straw-colored. You just want to cook it enough that you can't taste flour in the finished sauce...

Once you make roux, you can use it to thicken just about any liquid you want into a sauce. The more you cook the roux, the stronger the flavor is and the less thick it makes the sauce.

Another sauce that is easy to make is after cooking something in a skillet (like chicken), deglaze the pan with some sort of liquid. This means add the liquid to the pan, and scrape up the bits of meat and stuff stuck to the pan. I like using stock and wine. Add this liquid to a roux, cook down a bit, and you've got a nice sauce!

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Re: Random natterings

Postby FierceContinent » Sat Jul 30, 2016 4:54 pm UTC

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Re: Random natterings

Postby doogly » Sun Jul 31, 2016 6:49 pm UTC

I've done more roux based shit before, but it's really quite heavy so they've just dropped out of the rotation.
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Re: Random natterings

Postby pogrmman » Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:46 pm UTC

doogly wrote:I've done more roux based shit before, but it's really quite heavy so they've just dropped out of the rotation.


Yeah, they can be a bit heavy. If you cook down the roux more, you'll get less thickening, but you need to balance that with the flavor of the roux.

Just plain butter can thicken sauces a little, and tastes good.

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Re: Random natterings

Postby Magnanimous » Mon Aug 01, 2016 3:53 am UTC

This conversation is becoming rather saucy.


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