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by jgh
Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2176: "How Hacking Works"
Replies: 23
Views: 2202

Re: 2176: "How Hacking Works"

and seeing questions like "If bang she-bang could walla walla, ducks crossing midnight?" and realizing that past-them is an asshole because they don't have the first clue as to what that means. Clearly it's UEUAR ting tang walla walla bing bang For me that hint would suggest "515 YY&...
by jgh
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2176: "How Hacking Works"
Replies: 23
Views: 2202

Re: 2176: "How Hacking Works"

SecondTalon wrote:and seeing questions like "If bang she-bang could walla walla, ducks crossing midnight?" and realizing that past-them is an asshole because they don't have the first clue as to what that means.

Clearly it's UEUAR
ting tang walla walla bing bang
by jgh
Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2176: "How Hacking Works"
Replies: 23
Views: 2202

Re: 2176: "How Hacking Works"

The project is finished, so I can use real words... I had to set up an admin account for a Win10 rollout project. It needed 15+ characters along with all the nonsense. I couldn't think of anything I could remember, so ended up using the title on the cover page of the engineer script. So, every five ...
by jgh
Fri Jul 19, 2019 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"
Replies: 53
Views: 3082

Re: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"

Does medicine count? Last year I found some post-op meds from 1997 which will have expired around 1998. That gives me 40.81.
by jgh
Sun Jul 14, 2019 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2175: "Flag Interpretation"
Replies: 24
Views: 1886

Re: 2175: "Flag Interpretation"

When John Harrison died he left dozens of experimental clocks, watches and chronometers. It took months to wind up his estate.
by jgh
Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2174: "First News Memory"
Replies: 72
Views: 3721

Re: 2174: "First News Memory"

Yea gods, you whipper-snappers (waves newly-acquired walking stick*)

The news remarking that Margaret Thatcher would be the first female prime minister, and I remember thinking: oo, that will be interesting.

*I'm turning more and more into Gregory House every day.
by jgh
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2172: "Lunar Cycles"
Replies: 19
Views: 2409

Re: 2172: "Lunar Cycles"

Reminds me of when every computer came with a Biorythms demo program.
by jgh
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6030

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

Also, this kind of grouping is where OO shines: rather than just grouping by name, or module, you assign the operations to their actual subject; so instead of: data = disk_read(source_disk, 42); disk_write(target_disk, data); You can be less repetitive, and say: data = source_disk.read(42); target_...
by jgh
Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6030

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

dskInit dskRd dskWr dskOp lcdInit lcdRd lcdWr sktOpen sktTest sktRead sktClose Wts w ll th mssng lttrs? Habit. Sometimes externally imposed. If it's private to a chunk of code I use biggieLittler, if it's something visible externally I use Module_FunctionSubfunction. Net_Open(), Net_Read(), Net_Clo...
by jgh
Thu Jul 04, 2019 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6030

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

Systems Hungarian is certainly annoying, and mostly useless. But Apps Hungarian can be useful. Joel Spolsky wrote a nice article about its benefits, although not everyone agrees with him. Making Wrong Code Look Wrong . I do the make-the-variable-explain-itself thing, but do it the biggest-to-little...
by jgh
Wed Jul 03, 2019 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2169: Predictive Models
Replies: 21
Views: 3271

Re: 2169: Predictive Models

When I was working in licensing, 24:00 is legally the end of the specified day, 00:00 is legally the start of the specified day. So an operating consent of 00:00 to 20:00 is from the midnight of the specified day to 8pm of the specified day, an operating consent of 16:00 to 24:00 is from 4pm to midn...
by jgh
Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6030

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

Which would mean the definition of a meter would be good to 18+ digits. So sometime around 2030 it might make sense to use 18 digits for some linear measurements as performed by NIST and comparable labs in other countries. Wonderful, and then we can redefine the metre and second to be 3.000000000 x...
by jgh
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 7316

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

Right, and 2/3 of a millimeter or so would be the adjustment. Which, again, is intolerably large for modern purposes. So, squidge the length of the metre and the length of the second in opposite directions to split the difference. Good enough for government work. When surveying fields I use flat pl...
by jgh
Tue Jul 02, 2019 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6030

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

Nah, you want proper metric cartesian coordinates.

NZ 897325 114500
by jgh
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 7316

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

The only reason the current definitions of the second, kilogram and metre are "arbitrary" numbers of oscillations of caesium and whatnot is so that the values match the old definitions so no-one needs to remember a whole new set of constants and buy new scientific calculators. :)I suppose...
by jgh
Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2165: "Millennials"
Replies: 36
Views: 4060

Re: 2165: "Millennials"

Given that all of my grandparents died before I was born, my initial reaction to hearing about people having an adult grandchild is “how have you not died of old age yet?” My great-grandmother died when I was 15, and her youngest sister (known universally in the family as plain "auntie" L...
by jgh
Thu Jun 20, 2019 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 7316

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

The only reason the current definitions of the second, kilogram and metre are "arbitrary" numbers of oscillations of caesium and whatnot is so that the values match the old definitions so no-one needs to remember a whole new set of constants and buy new scientific calculators. :)I suppose...
by jgh
Thu Jun 20, 2019 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2165: "Millennials"
Replies: 36
Views: 4060

Re: 2165: "Millennials"

Millennials have got adult children? 18-year-olds 18 years ago were having children? I thought people nowadays typically started breeding in their mid- to late-20s, with a significant number not getting around to it until their late 30s, so most Millennials are actually more likely to be taking thei...
by jgh
Tue May 28, 2019 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 7316

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

I don't remember how many feet there are in a mile, I remember that 64K is 65536, and the number of inches in a mile, and so the scale of a one-inch map is something a bit less than that, 63-something, and divide 65536 by 12(foot)*3(yard) to get the right looking integer that looks "12-ish"...
by jgh
Tue May 28, 2019 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2154: "Motivation"
Replies: 13
Views: 2740

Re: 2154: "Motivation"

I'm supposed to be repeat { updating, testing } electorate data processing code. Instead, I've been collecting and processing electoral data.

Well, what do you expect when you give me an extra bonus nation-wide election? :)
by jgh
Fri May 10, 2019 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2143: "Disk Usage"
Replies: 26
Views: 5476

Re: 2143: "Disk Usage"

At university I kept loads of stuff in my mailbox, which was outside the space accounting system. I then forgot to copy everything out when I left.
by jgh
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 6573

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

I need to grab a spare keyboard and see if it can work in the TV's USB port. I am prepared to be disappointed in the letters only working only in places where you don't need to type much, but maybe I can at least use the arrow keys? Writing keyboard drivers is one of my fave bits of coding. I'm cur...
by jgh
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2136: "Election Commentary"
Replies: 13
Views: 4247

Re: 2136: "Election Commentary"

The UK also doesn't have political parties in law, other than as legal corporate entities and for registration to prevent other people using your party description and logos. In law, a political party is a fan club of their leader. In Parliament or a local council, the council leader is whoever can ...
by jgh
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2136: "Election Commentary"
Replies: 13
Views: 4247

Re: 2136: "Election Commentary"

Aaarrrghhh! It's my election here in three weeks, and I'm jittery enough as it is with nine people on the ballot and the mental effort needed to do my count tallying accurately.
by jgh
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2132: "Percentage Styles"
Replies: 39
Views: 5823

Re: 2132: "Percentage Styles"

What about the people who put the percent sign in front of the number, i.e. "%65"? I assume that's so far off the bottom of the chart it doesn't show up? They are wrong. Same as those who put the currency sign in front of the price. Wait, do you mean "those who put the currency sign ...
by jgh
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 6069

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

What you're almost proposing is the John Lewis Partnership. All employees are partners in the business, and on top of their wages they get a share of the profits. This year partners got 5% on top of their wages from profit sharing.
by jgh
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 12961

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

GlassHouses wrote:Even professional YouTubers shoot on smartphones sometimes -- but they know to hold the phone sideways when they do. Vertical video is a sure sign of a n00b.

They're not holding their phone sideways, they're hold them the right way around!
by jgh
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 11046

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

You've made me feel really old here, I use *bold* /italics/ _underline_.
by jgh
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 11713

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

Now I challenge you to map the names of a circular item of bread often sliced horizontally to make a sandwich.

After that I can teach you what a fishcake is. :D
by jgh
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 8575

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Wow and LOL! My job is *literally* going to a customer support counter with a tool trolley and asking "hello, where's the staff entrance?", and being shown to it, and there asking "hello, where's the server room, I'm here to replace the routers" and being shown to it *and* *left...
by jgh
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 8575

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Wow and LOL! My job is *literally* going to a customer support counter with a tool trolley and asking "hello, where's the staff entrance?", and being shown to it, and there asking "hello, where's the server room, I'm here to replace the routers" and being shown to it *and* *left*...
by jgh
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 7073

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Oh, this gets better. The rest of the front page of the 30 October issue includes: "MUST CARRY SMALL SATCHELS: New Rule Limiting Amount of Baggage in Wagner Cars. New York Oct 29. In the eyes of the travelling man the crime of '73 has been outdone by the crime of the Wagner Palace Car company ...
by jgh
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20954

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

water_moon wrote:Now I did like how Nevada did their voting machines:
(snip description)

Yea gods, what's wrong with a stubby pencil on a string and physical piece of paper?
by jgh
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20954

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

With US absent voting, how long does the "home" election district wait for possible absent ballots arriving before totting up the votes and declaring the result? In the UK the deadline for absent ballots is exactly the same as for in-person ballots, 10pm election day. All and every ballot ...
by jgh
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 11761

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Argh! I'm now stuck worrying about cat food and baby food!
by jgh
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 7243

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

It's like with Lex Luthooooooorrrrrr. Surely any normal person would pronounce that Lex Luther. It makes him sound like a Sontarian.
by jgh
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 11798

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

To do this properly you need Cantonese.
Image
by jgh
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 25429

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Careful with that snake, it's poisonous. Try the fish instead.
by jgh
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 11813

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

My theory is that the rubber sheet of space-time isn't infinitely elastic, and so after the passing of a mass through spacetime the indentation does not perfectly rebound, leaving a groove in the mass's wake. And as we perceive dips in space-time as a gravity well, and declare that a gravity well is...
by jgh
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 4503

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

So disappointed that this wasn't about comparing functional masonry linear harbour extensions with timber recreational perpendicular promenades. And is a breakwater that isn't attached to anything at either end allowed in?

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