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by Workaphobia
Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"
Replies: 203
Views: 27872

Re: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"

Today's comic seems to clash with http://xkcd.com/169/
by Workaphobia
Wed Sep 08, 2010 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0790: "Control"
Replies: 57
Views: 13120

Re: "Control" discussion (#790)

Eh, this seems implausible to me. Why isn't the experiment double-blind?
by Workaphobia
Wed Dec 09, 2009 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0673: "The Sun"
Replies: 157
Views: 28336

Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Pxtl wrote:The science in sunshine was pretty absurd in some places (the final scene with the "bomb" was kinda silly)...


You mean how when the sun "reignited", instead of it suddenly getting brighter on Earth, they had a second dawn over the horizon instead?
by Workaphobia
Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 38891

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

I was always an addict for Chip's Challenge, but that yeti does hold a special place in my heart too.

Since nobody has mentioned it so far, episode 207 of South Park (kids are trapped on a bus teetering over a cliff) has a great moment, that I'm absolutely certain is based on the SkiFree yeti.
by Workaphobia
Thu Mar 19, 2009 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 222
Views: 43262

Re: "Students" Discussion

So many people having this dream is fascinating, but dreamers who haven't even attended traditional school experiencing this dream is even more fascinating. Is a traditional school setting linked with anxiety and fear subconsciously in all people? Is it a product of how the concept of school is dev...
by Workaphobia
Wed Mar 18, 2009 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 222
Views: 43262

Re: "Students" Discussion

God damn it Randall, get out of my head. I get the Academic Anxiety Dream about twice a semester. Normally it consists of me being overwhelmed by my course load in the second or third week of classes, followed by my recovering almost completely a few weeks later, only to realize that I've completely...
by Workaphobia
Mon Oct 06, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 27519

Re: "Depth" Discussion

I don't know why the inside of the computer has sperm and ova, but I'm thrilled to see the label "fork();" pointing to it. It's a nod to Andrew Tanenbaum and the cover of his operating systems book.
by Workaphobia
Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: WTF, program segfaulting before even starting...
Replies: 17
Views: 2119

Re: WTF, program segfaulting before even starting...

Curses is a little heavy for this I would thing. My rule is that unless the program is supposed to act like a GUI, I don't use it. You might want to check out... http://www.databeast.com/datacomet/Documents/1.1._VT100_Command_Set.txt Great and easy to understand documentation. At any rate it looks ...
by Workaphobia
Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0389: "Keeping Time"
Replies: 213
Views: 46478

Re: "Keeping Time" Discussion

With regards to the tool tip - wow, he knows us alright. I actually do stop for a moment when I change songs on my DAP, just to realign myself with the beat, leading on left. I guess eight years of marching band does that to you.

Damnit, now I got Klaxon stuck in my head again.
by Workaphobia
Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Getting Malware
Replies: 10
Views: 1481

Re: Getting Malware

Or just placing it onto your comp from knowing your IP? Not if you have a router or a firewall. Of course, if you open ports in your router/firewall unwisely, then the possibility arises again. It is very important to have a router or firewall; you WILL get nailed if you don't. I always object to t...
by Workaphobia
Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0379: "Forgetting"
Replies: 111
Views: 17070

Re: "Forgetting" Discussion

The data structure not being a doubly-linked list kind of ruins my attachment to the character. I guess I have little empathy for people who only want to traverse a sequence forwards. *shrug* Methinks Randall needs a hug. Yeah. This reminds me of the song "Hide and seek" by Imogen Heap. Th...
by Workaphobia
Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I have a question about the future of cryptography.
Replies: 43
Views: 7703

Re: I have a question about the future of cryptography.

I said public key, and I meant public key. As for how to get it, it is public, I'm willing to tell it to anyone. The trick is that figuring out the private key from the public key is difficult enough that I don't think that anyone can do it. I brought up brute-force originally as an example of an a...
by Workaphobia
Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I have a question about the future of cryptography.
Replies: 43
Views: 7703

Re: I have a question about the future of cryptography.

Nobody is talking about brute force. We're talking about breaking public key cryptography. Which is theoretically much simpler - after all the attacker can get the public key. Huh? You mean private key? Well yeah, same applies for symmetric cryptography. It's very easy to break a code if you *have*...
by Workaphobia
Sun Jan 20, 2008 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I have a question about the future of cryptography.
Replies: 43
Views: 7703

Re: I have a question about the future of cryptography.

Nobody is talking about brute force. We're talking about breaking public key cryptography. Which is theoretically much simpler - after all the attacker can get the public key. Huh? You mean private key? Well yeah, same applies for symmetric cryptography. It's very easy to break a code if you *have*...
by Workaphobia
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I have a question about the future of cryptography.
Replies: 43
Views: 7703

Re: I have a question about the future of cryptography.

In principle, yeah, it's trivial no matter what size you use. The algorithm for encrypting and decrypting using the key scale well with its size, or else the system would be unusable. I see no reason why DES and similar iterated ciphers wouldn't simply scale linearly. Algorithms like RSA scale a lit...
by Workaphobia
Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:23 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: AIM/ICQ (maybe) moving to Jabber/XMPP
Replies: 2
Views: 1007

Re: AIM/ICQ (maybe) moving to Jabber/XMPP

I've been meaning to learn to use jabber for a while now. I'm kind of disappointed that I didn't beat the curve by doing so before this announcement; now I may lose my motivation to try to take charge of my IMing technology.
by Workaphobia
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C Compiler Recommendation
Replies: 26
Views: 3112

Re: C Compiler Recommendation

One thing to keep in mind for Cygwin, is that it is licensed under the GPL, not LGPL. This means that you are not legally able to distribute non GPL programs that you compile in Cygwin (correct me if I'm wrong), since they use the Cygwin libraries. I didn't realize this when I first started using it...
by Workaphobia
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: I have a question about the future of cryptography.
Replies: 43
Views: 7703

Re: I have a question about the future of cryptography.

First of all, as Daemonic said, the strength of a keysize depends on the algorithm you're talking about. For instance, RSA uses the product of two prime numbers as part of its keys, but not all bitstrings of the required length are valid numbers in this sense. Symmetric algorithms in contrast can of...
by Workaphobia
Thu Jan 10, 2008 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Character encodings: UTF-8 vs iso-8859-1(5)
Replies: 8
Views: 3942

Re: Character encodings: UTF-8 vs iso-8859-1(5)

I had to learn something about unicode for some work I did with XML and CJK languages. It's a bit of a pain, but made a lot more sense after I actually had to research the subject rather than just leaving phrases like "unicode", "utf8", and "encoding" vague and poorly d...
by Workaphobia
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C Program returning a string.
Replies: 5
Views: 3243

Re: C Program returning a string.

if your main returns the char *, it would be returning the address as a number (i would guess, and taking into consideration that main returns a char * if it can even do that). Main has to return an integer, if it returns a value at all. In C the "int" return type part of the declaration ...
by Workaphobia
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0367: "Fandom"
Replies: 158
Views: 20629

Re: "Fandom" Discussion

I'm being a bit lazy by not reading the thread up to this point, but quick question: Is the Ronpaul a meme? I see his name mentioned in odd places here and there, and part of me sees it as some sort of joke - based on form, not bias, since I know very little about his platform - but the rest of me d...
by Workaphobia
Tue Jan 08, 2008 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 21350

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

I interpreted it as he was going to use it to send messages (or data) to his friends. If he encrypted two different messages and sent it to two different friends, it would be trivial (as in you could probably do it with pen and paper) to extract the key and ruin his whole system. Hence why having a...
by Workaphobia
Sat Jan 05, 2008 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0366: "Your Mom"
Replies: 125
Views: 25285

Re: Discussion about Your Mom

That was awesome. This comic made my existence. (Your MOM made my existence!) I'm going to need a printout of this. I was holding off on plastering my door with xkcd, but this is the straw that broke the camel's back. (Broke your MOM's camel!) Unfortunately, I have a feeling that this is the climax ...
by Workaphobia
Thu Jan 03, 2008 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 21350

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

Out of curiosity, how many of you folks actually use PGP/similar on regular basis? I do. it DOES only make sense if it is regularly used... So, in lieu of actually doing the research myself, how well does it integrate with your desktop experience? I never really experimented with it beyond some fro...
by Workaphobia
Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: So I'm just starting C++...
Replies: 47
Views: 4576

Re: So I'm just starting C++...

Well, I'm starting C++ too in my school and I'm pretty interested in it and I wanted to start doing some stuff at home and I would like to know which program you guys would recommend. Right now I'm using Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 Express Edition . It works okay for my basic program stuff but if I w...
by Workaphobia
Wed Jan 02, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 21350

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

Unless it's work related, gotta be illegal subterfuge going on. No! Bad user! No cookie! Then again, since they're spying on everyone these days, I'm inclined to do it just to fuck with them. ;) I'm inclined to generate 700 MB of one time pad data, burn it to a CD to share with my friends, and encr...
by Workaphobia
Wed Jan 02, 2008 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Lightweight way to parse non-ascii encodings
Replies: 2
Views: 1091

Re: Lightweight way to parse non-ascii encodings

After giving that section of the article a much more careful read through, I see you're correct, it really is as simple as incrementing in pairs. I didn't realize that the surrogate pairs couldn't be arranged in a more complicated fashion. For example, IIRC UTF-8 allows up to six or so bytes to repr...
by Workaphobia
Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Lightweight way to parse non-ascii encodings
Replies: 2
Views: 1091

Lightweight way to parse non-ascii encodings

I'm trying to figure out a good way to search for a particular (ascii-range) delimiter character in a stream of UTF-16 data. The most straightforward way would be to just look for the octet one by one and pray that it doesn't appear as part of another character sequence, but that's obviously a lousy...
by Workaphobia
Tue Jan 01, 2008 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: NVIDIA versus ATI on Linux
Replies: 23
Views: 6480

Re: NVIDIA versus ATI on Linux

How about 6 months from now, when I might actually upgrade after years of talking about it? Do you think ATI will have stable, decent open source drivers by then, or will the landscape stay more or less the same?
by Workaphobia
Tue Jan 01, 2008 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 21350

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

Technically, you're not supposed to bring computers to key signing parties Oh? What's the theory behind that? According to Wikipedia , Although PGP keys are generally used with personal computers for Internet-related applications, key signing parties themselves generally don't involve computers, si...
by Workaphobia
Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0364: "Responsible Behavior"
Replies: 79
Views: 21350

Re: "Responsible Behavior" Discussion

Technically, you're not supposed to bring computers to key signing parties, so you'd think that if he was really that drunk he would've gone home and collapsed rather than boot up his machine, interact with a graphical or command line interface, read the public key fingerprint, obtain the proper key...
by Workaphobia
Sat Dec 29, 2007 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HD vs Blu-Ray?
Replies: 54
Views: 9891

Re: HD vs Blu-Ray?

I'm not saying don't buy a PS3 as a cheap bluray player (after all, Sony loses money on each sale in the short term). I'm just saying that between their arrogance, their established position as both a music and movie studio, and their extreme DRM stances, they go above and beyond the transgressions ...
by Workaphobia
Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Networking in C++?
Replies: 24
Views: 2102

Re: Networking in C++?

That C++ is not intended to be a complete system is also a reason why there's no built in library for a number of other things. I thought Bjarne said he'd like to see a GUI system built into the standard library. If he'd consider something that complicated, you'd think this wouldn't be a big step. ...
by Workaphobia
Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HD vs Blu-Ray?
Replies: 54
Views: 9891

Re: HD vs Blu-Ray?

Give a damn is a member of the open Minimal Direct Object class of NPI's, like lift a finger, drink a drop, do a thing, eat a bite, etc. The implication of all of them is that, if one can't even Verb a Minimal Direct Object, why, then, one couldn't Verb any Direct Object at all. Thus it's an idioma...
by Workaphobia
Thu Dec 27, 2007 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pet Peeves
Replies: 234
Views: 36670

Re: Pet Peeves

I have a certain respect for advertising, particularly television ads, when they are high-budget and well-designed. It's like, I'm at odds with the advertiser, I'm on the other side of the table, but we both know why the other person's there and there's a professional courtesy of some sort. I don't ...
by Workaphobia
Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: To scan or not to scan?
Replies: 50
Views: 10563

Re: To scan or not to scan?

I don't know much about this, but if a rootkit that messes with ls is made badly so the functionality isn't completely like ls, couldn't the same apply to a Windows GUI program? And what would you look for in *nix if the rootkit doesn't go for userspace command line apps? I'm not quite sure about t...
by Workaphobia
Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: To scan or not to scan?
Replies: 50
Views: 10563

Re: To scan or not to scan?

Under Linux, one might detect a rootkit by noticing deviations in the behavior of command line programs, or the loss of custom-compiled features. What would you look for under Windows? Windows has a command line too :| Yes, but somehow I doubt the average piece of windows malware will be primarily ...
by Workaphobia
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Recursion
Replies: 123
Views: 20157

Re: Recursion

I disagree. Ten minutes with Uncyclopedia is enough time to cure anyone of an interest in self-referential and self-linked definitions of recursion and related topics.
by Workaphobia
Tue Dec 25, 2007 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: To scan or not to scan?
Replies: 50
Views: 10563

Re: To scan or not to scan?

In my experience, anti-virus tools have done far more damage to my own and my family's computers than any actual virus. I just don't worry about malware unless something on my machine behaves suspiciously; I can't remember the last time I ran a scan and came up with anything legitimately dangerous (...
by Workaphobia
Tue Dec 25, 2007 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Base 12 kicks all your asses
Replies: 88
Views: 21270

Re: Base 12 kicks all your asses

if the base is not a power of 2 its useless. I tend to agree with this. I've always suspected that if we were trained in base 16 right from the start, rather than base 10, that all arithmetic would be much cleaner and significantly easier to rapidly see patterns in our heads. Everything would "...

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