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by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 38037

Re: 1377: "Fish"

I agree that uranium is bad. I have always agreed that uranium is bad. Far earlier in the thread than you I was acknowledging that uranium is a dangerously toxic chemical in addition to being radioactive. I know that uranium is dangerous. I know that it's excreted quickly. I disagree that quick exc...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18831

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

I wonder how much money Randall would pledge to a crowdfunding campaign to adapt Animorphs into a movie series... And I feel like there's a fundamental point being missed here: Is it even possible to teach a dead language by just feeding them a bunch of writing in it? The fact that we were totally ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18831

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

The previous reference to Animorphs in xkcd was deleting them from a hard drive. This makes me wonder: does Randall love Animorphs, hate Animorphs, or hate that he loves Animorphs? He was deleting his old fanfic, which was probably an embarrassingly bad attempt at giving the series an actual ending...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 12, 2014 11:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: XKCD Textbook/Workbook
Replies: 2
Views: 7786

XKCD Textbook/Workbook

I hated math in school. Absolutely detested it. Zoned out during class, had no patience for my homework, and couldn't stand most of my teachers in the subject. Recently, I realized that if "XKCD: What If?" had existed when I was a kid*, I probably would have been at least somewhat more ent...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 12, 2014 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 18831

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

The previous reference to Animorphs in xkcd was deleting them from a hard drive. This makes me wonder: does Randall love Animorphs, hate Animorphs, or hate that he loves Animorphs?
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 05, 2014 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1376: "Jump"
Replies: 62
Views: 12323

Re: 1376: "Jump"

My flying dreams inevitably ended up involving flying away from FBI agents because the government wants to confine me and do a bunch of tests on me. Every single one of them.

Fortunately, I like action movies, so I still enjoyed a good flying dream.
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 38037

Re: 1377: "Fish"

My favorite solution to the Fermi paradox: Interstellar travel is a difficult problem to solve. It requires a high level of intelligence to solve the problem. Any intelligence sufficient to solve this problem is quite sufficient to recognize that the dominant human culture is pretty much the Maury P...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 12, 2013 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 291646

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Eebster the Great wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:There are probably more book choices than that

Yes, but the choice of books is (generally) hardly random.

It can, however, be obscure.

In the interest of random obscurity: how obscure would a chapter from A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates be? How secure?
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue Jun 11, 2013 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 291646

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

And then what if my twitter-post password includes a couple of my favorite words in French, a couple in Arabic, and a couple of German curse words? Most people know a little bit of a bunch of different languages.
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 291646

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

A site with a maximum password length is a warning to me that the password might be transmitted in plaintext. No, it is an indication that after a certain point (based on the size of the resulting hash), longer passwords do not provide more security, they just increase the number of collisions. Jos...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 42281

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

gmalivuk wrote:Then you evidently don't read the BBC website.

Why would I read the BBC website?
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 291646

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I don't think it was meant to be a counter to the comic, but rather a confirmation of the point made therein. A lot of the "hard" ones these guys cracked were of the mangled "trebuchet" variety; none were like "correcthorsebatterystaple". Also, using a 4000-word list i...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 42281

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Acronyms that are used as proper names, such as the NATO example, tend to retain their all-capitals rendition, but acronyms that are used as common nouns tend to lose it--for example, laser and radar. Except, that's not actually the case in British English, or at least with the BBC. The norm there ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

It took me a while to catch on. They'll get it eventually.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 42281

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

I'll put it this way: when I read Chaucer, I laugh at most of the jokes. But if you heard Chaucer, you would probably have a lot of trouble understanding him. Probably, if for no other reason than accent and my own poor hearing. No, because all the long vowels sounded very different in the 1300s , ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 42281

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

goofy wrote:
WriteBrainedJR wrote:I'll put it this way: when I read Chaucer, I laugh at most of the jokes.


But if you heard Chaucer, you would probably have a lot of trouble understanding him.

Probably, if for no other reason than accent and my own poor hearing. I have trouble with the London accent as spoken today.
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 26888

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

Of course we all know the reason the sun never sets on the british empire; god wouldn't trust an englishman in the dark. Edit: OK, so typing drunk isn't as awesome as I thought. I wanted to write: That's a win if I ever saw one. Sorry for the inconvenience. I'm leaving the original post in code tag...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 42281

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Language evolves constantly. If we traveled back in time just a few hundred years to an English-speaking country, we would be unable to communicate, because pronunciations, vocabularies, types of slang, and so on all are constantly changing. Hell, even going back just 100 years would make communica...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 42281

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

Incidentally, it's also a point of pedantic significance that Randall didn't put a period after the "Mrs" in "Mrs Whatsit." It's a point a pedantic significance that "Mrs" is correctly written without a period. The period indicates omitted letters, and is correctly use...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 33140

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Now, my memory is closer to worthless than perfect, but nearly all of the fantasy worlds whose metaphysics I can recall off the top of my head fall into one of the four following categories: 1. There are no wizards. Thus, you cannot become a wizard. 2. Wizards are a different species from everybody...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 33140

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

I don't understand why you all think that becoming a wizard in a typical fantasy world is such a big deal. Because in most of the fantasy I recall reading, there is no "becoming" a wizard. Now, my memory is closer to worthless than perfect, but nearly all of the fantasy worlds whose metap...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

I have a laptop with no middle mouse button.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Find? Yes. Direct the cursor to? No.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 33140

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

And a sufficiently foolsafe helicopter is indistinguishable from an elevator. It has no pilot, it only has a passenger. If you need the full functionality of a helicopter, but don't want a fool to be killed by attempting to use it, you need a helicopter that won't start if a fool is at controls. Ca...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 33140

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Again, you can look at it from another angle: there's usually nothing inherently unique in fantasy events, nothing that couldn't be made in some other worlds at least. But the focus point of the story is not in the mediocrity of the event from the literary critic's perspective, but in the reaction ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Wed Jun 05, 2013 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Long pages & my fine motor skills make the scroll bar diffic

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

I'm up to 14 now.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

I'm actually just counting how many 'page downs' I have to p

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Ther's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Jun 03, 2013 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Re: Yeah, why post here if they don't have anything to say?

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Jun 03, 2013 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

That's not my idea of a party.

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Mon Jun 03, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1220: Hipsters
Replies: 33
Views: 8771

Re: 1220: Hipsters

The only thing that bothers me about hipsters is that a lot of them claim to be poets/writers, and hardly any of them actually write. I rarely encounter hipsters in settings other than literature classes and poetry readings, so I usually only deal with the ones who really are writing something. I wo...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Re: Caffeine! Now there's an idea!

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 33140

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Ugh. I see no point in trying to slice up genres. I just didn't really get the joke. Is the door slamming shut because someone said "frenemy" and "frenemies" are bad? Is it because "frenemies" are something of a "goth" concept (!?) so "mellogoth" is...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 31, 2013 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Re: And how's the weather wherever you are?

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 31, 2013 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1219: "Reports"
Replies: 30
Views: 6561

Re: 1219: "Reports"

As a Bible scholar I often wonder if that happened with some of the numbers in the Old Testament. If you apply it the other way to Genesis, the creation story becomes slightly more accurate. On the other hand, it would mean that Noah lived to be 950,000 years old; the disciples had to wait 3,000 da...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 31, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Re: Terrible. It keeps raining =(

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Fri May 31, 2013 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Re: There IS a meaning if you know where to look...

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu May 30, 2013 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Re: There IS a meaning if you know where to look...

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...
by WriteBrainedJR
Thu May 30, 2013 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 36559

Re: Oh, hey there, orthogon!

My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. Sell me the fish of your brother Raoul. Soon woodpeckers will encase the sea in plastic sails. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. My house is full of traps. There's a horse in aisle five. हमार मँ...

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