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by Teaspoon
Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 30783

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

The comic says that Adobe "misused" Block-mode 3DES encryption. What does that mean? The "right" (or at least, "currently considered to be good enough") way to store passwords is by encrypting them using an algorithm that is not designed to be decryptable even by the p...
by Teaspoon
Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 29252

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Having to tediously type all those  's in HTML converted me to single spaces. I'd never even heard of double spaces after periods before this comic, but if I were a long-standing double-spacer and writing HTML I'd just type my double spaces without  ing them. The browser does what...
by Teaspoon
Fri Nov 01, 2013 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 29252

1285: "Third Way"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/third_way.png Title text: "'The monospaced-typewriter-font story is a COMPLETE FABRICATION! WAKE UP, SHEEPLE' 'It doesn't matter! Studies support single spaces!' 'Those results weren't statistically significant!' 'Fine, you win. I'm using double spaces right now!' '...
by Teaspoon
Mon Apr 25, 2011 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 26626

Re: 0890: Etymology

This tubing is relevant to this discussion.

Also, hi everybody!

/wave

I wonder how many of you remember me from my forum-active period in 2006-2007.
by Teaspoon
Thu Aug 09, 2007 5:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help, I'm a borderline hypochondriac!
Replies: 14
Views: 1876

Hypochondria? That's the only ailment I don't have!
by Teaspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: What happened to the alternate address?
Replies: 3
Views: 1854

What happened to the alternate address?

I've been using http://fora.xkcd.com to get to these fora for months, but that address has recently started just loading the front page (same content as http://xkcd.com/ ) instead. What happened? I liked using the fora address. I think "fora" is a cooler word than "forums", and i...
by Teaspoon
Wed Aug 01, 2007 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 45703

Yeah, the horrible vacuum of space is a great thing to clean the house with. I never liked having air or floors in my house anyway.
by Teaspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0244: "Tabletop Roleplaying"
Replies: 212
Views: 45703

I've occasionally pondered the idea of a D20-recursion game where your characters were modern people who were playing fantasy D&D. I'll refer to the real people who are playing as "players", characters that the group of real people are playing as as "playing characters" and t...
by Teaspoon
Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"
Replies: 51
Views: 38270

Ghona, you just won at forums. You haven't won at the internet yet, but your victory at forums guarantees you a place in the internet tournament.
by Teaspoon
Mon Jun 18, 2007 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Can anybody write me a little DirectSound app?
Replies: 0
Views: 1621

Can anybody write me a little DirectSound app?

After a little more thought about this, I've realised that I don't need anything quite so complex as a virtual audio device. For those who didn't read the dead thread I posted last week, I'm attempting to sort out a friend's sound problem. She has a USB headset with its own USB audio device as well ...
by Teaspoon
Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Virtual sound pass-through device?
Replies: 2
Views: 3330

Virtual sound pass-through device?

Sound under Windows can be silly. It has a "preferred playback device" setting in the audio options and the standard behaviour for pretty much every application is to just grab a connection to the preferred playback device on startup and play all sounds through that. What if you have two p...
by Teaspoon
Thu May 24, 2007 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0267: "Choices: Part 4"
Replies: 137
Views: 37305

I used to argue long and hard that nothing we can do is truly random, and that coin flips, die rolls and the like aren't random either. I mean, given all the data on a situation (coefficients of friction, weight, air resistance, angle thrown at, power, etc you could predict a die roll.) I also like...
by Teaspoon
Thu May 24, 2007 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes
Replies: 331
Views: 43642

I was watching the final episode with someone who'd never seen any of the show before. I explained what Sylar does to people to get their powers... ... then during the fight, he asked me "So he cut out Darth Vader's brain, huh?", followed moments later by "he got Neo too?" That f...
by Teaspoon
Thu May 03, 2007 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Heisenberg and the Tree Falling in the Forest
Replies: 31
Views: 6345

We only become aware of something at the point in a chain of events where our neurons actually receive stimulation as a result. It might be that an event occurs which causes a photon to be emitted and then that photon hits a receptor in my eyeball, triggering the receptor to send a signal along my o...
by Teaspoon
Mon Apr 23, 2007 4:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do you pronounce your username?
Replies: 268
Views: 25557

Three point one-four-one-five-nine-two-six-five......... Also pronounced "The ratio of a circles circumference to its diameter" Really? I always just called you "Three-and-a-bit". Oh, and I'd never looked at yy2bggggs' name with the intent of finding meaning in it before. Lookin...
by Teaspoon
Fri Apr 20, 2007 4:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are Linux and Mac really safer from hacking?
Replies: 43
Views: 9302

One of the things that's keeping Linux on the secure side is that nearly all the Linux machines out there have at least a semi-competent administrator. If it's running at a business there's someone there who has to keep that machine up as part of his job , while a home machine was almost certainly i...
by Teaspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2007 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Australians! Hear me!
Replies: 66
Views: 9822

As the Wiki article stated, Meat Pie Floaters are real, but we've managed to get them more-or-less confined to one Australian state. I'd be interested in trying one. I believe I've enjoyed one of the pea-pies mentioned in the Wiki, with a healthy layer of pea-mush betwixt meat and pastry. I got it i...
by Teaspoon
Thu Apr 19, 2007 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 240
Views: 71976

The hypothetical of the schoolyard where everybody has a gun and a bully's victim uses their gun for revenge seems to me to be poorly thought out. Who bullies someone that they know has a gun? Who decides to wreak gun-based vengeance on somebody who they know has a) a gun and b) friends with guns? A...
by Teaspoon
Wed Apr 18, 2007 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's between you and your computer?
Replies: 61
Views: 8677

At home I have a Logitech G15 keyboard, G5 mouse, Hyundai ImageQuest P910+ monitor (19" curvy-screen CRT, capable of 85Hz at 1600x1200, but I use it at 1280x960 because it's too fuzzy in the details at 1600x1200) and an Altec Lansing 5.1 speaker system that had a horrible hum from the sub at my...
by Teaspoon
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: If you could be a robot, what type of robot would you be?
Replies: 89
Views: 10670

I would be...

A BEE-HIVE!

I get to be a hive-mind consisting of hundreds of rocket-powered death-bees at my disposal.
by Teaspoon
Wed Apr 18, 2007 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Australians! Hear me!
Replies: 66
Views: 9822

Never heard of it. Scott's weird.
by Teaspoon
Wed Apr 18, 2007 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0250: "Snopes"
Replies: 47
Views: 17197

Snopes have already fabricated and falsely confirmed a bunch of nasty little legends of their own, which they list here. They basically did it to highlight the silliness of the chunk of their audience who give complete trust to the snopes writers, who we know virtually nothing about.
by Teaspoon
Tue Apr 17, 2007 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Geek humor
Replies: 51
Views: 7630

I was looking for a g r eek joke, but god damn, there just aren't any. What's a Greek urn? The traditional version of this joke has the punchline "Twenty drachmas a week", with more modern versions saying things like "Eighteen dollars an hour". There's also the Goon show variant...
by Teaspoon
Tue Apr 17, 2007 5:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do you lean conservative or liberal?
Replies: 105
Views: 14333

I'm finding "conservative" and "liberal" to be confusing labels, especially because there's an Australian political party calling themselves Liberal that is pretty damn conservative in some ways. I took the ozpolitics quiz and the best party for me was AusDem on about 65%. This m...
by Teaspoon
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:21 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2324

Warriorness already answered your question, but just in case you miss it or you're running an older Windows... To access Command Prompt in Windows 2000 or XP: Click Start, select Run and type "cmd" To access Command Prompt in Windows 95, 98 or ME: Click Start, select Run and type "com...
by Teaspoon
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Geek humor
Replies: 51
Views: 7630

Stuck, that may be because everything in WoW is a reference to something real-world. You're probably just viewing it from the wrong angle.
by Teaspoon
Tue Apr 17, 2007 4:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help!!!!
Replies: 14
Views: 2324

Sounds to me like DNS silliness. I'll assume that you're using Windows on both computers and they're on the same happy little home network. I'm also assuming that you have something on your home network (probably the modem/router) that runs DHCP so that your network settings are all auto-configured....
by Teaspoon
Tue Apr 03, 2007 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Mainstream Media and media bias
Replies: 53
Views: 10850

Something clicked in my brain while I was reading Akula's post. Newspapers love getting letters back about their stories. It proves to advertisers that people really are reading and it gives them content to put in the paper for free. Not only do they get to put the content in for free, but the lette...
by Teaspoon
Mon Apr 02, 2007 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The difference between religion and mental illness.
Replies: 318
Views: 46777

Personally, I do not think that there is any other explanation for existance being as it is: there had to be someone there to formulate the intracacies of things such as DNA and so on. I believe that person to be God. I've never made this argument before, but I feel like I need to now. Who made God...
by Teaspoon
Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: C++ debugging....
Replies: 62
Views: 16504

typedef struct Link{ ... }; worries me. Aren't you meant to do "typedef <definition> <name>;"? typedef struct s_Link{ ... }Link; or summat. If you declare a struct without a typedef ("struct foobar{int bar;int foo;};) then you'll need to use "struct foobar&qu...
by Teaspoon
Tue Mar 27, 2007 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Mainstream Media and media bias
Replies: 53
Views: 10850

In Australia we have a TV/radio network called the ABC, which is government funded. They don't advertise so they don't have to worry about ratings when they make their broadcasting decisions. Their charter is interesting. The government is basically banned from influencing their content decisions. D...
by Teaspoon
Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Where has everyone gone?
Replies: 92
Views: 13414

Lookit me! I'm posting! They started making me do actual work at work, and I've been spending my home time either playing World of Warcraft or entertaining VannA's wife. Rachel, when are you coming to Australia? You promised! Alright, you probably didn't promise, but I'm still going to demand that i...
by Teaspoon
Fri Mar 16, 2007 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Banning of Private schools?
Replies: 184
Views: 41363

Can we scientifically prove justice? Mercy? Beauty? Freedom? Even logic? I suggest reading, a science book. Oh, and which science book demonstrates the existence of any of these? Not even logic can be proven without relying on logic, and that's no better than a religious person declaring that their...
by Teaspoon
Thu Mar 15, 2007 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communication
Replies: 75
Views: 20126

ok i think i have a nice example of a misspelling and abbreviation becoming an acceptable word. it comes from around 1830, so after spelling is standardised. It was a apparently a form of word play that boston newspapers indulged in. i think it is pretty analogous to common internet phrases such as...
by Teaspoon
Thu Mar 15, 2007 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Banning of Private schools?
Replies: 184
Views: 41363

3. Anything that is to be thought to children (who will easily believe alot of things) must be proven scientifically, if not then it should be reserved untill the postoperational stage of cognitive ability has developed. Can we scientifically prove justice? Mercy? Beauty? Freedom? Even logic? No. N...
by Teaspoon
Thu Mar 15, 2007 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Banning of Private schools?
Replies: 184
Views: 41363

The arguments against religious schools are quite frankly bullshit. As much as some of you may think it's wrong for religious parents to send their children to religious schools as a way of handing their beliefs to their children, those parents believe strongly that it would be wrong not to! You don...
by Teaspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Munroe totaly dissed Pi day!
Replies: 43
Views: 7796

Meh... we Brits don't get a pi day. Stupid sensible ordering of dates... Nonono, all we non-Americans get the 31st of april instead... I cannot believe two people have said this, unless I am missing some sarcasm here or something. April has 30 days, people. We don't get a pi day. Hey, she's right! ...
by Teaspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Holes in the theory of Evolution?
Replies: 132
Views: 36054

Theoretically, if God exists (which we *don't* really know if he does or not) then the Bible is true, no? We start of by ASSUMING evolution is true, (which I don't *accept* OR *entertain* on key issues) and we meet a conclusion regarding a premise that YOU don't accept. No! God can exist without th...
by Teaspoon
Wed Mar 14, 2007 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crime And Punishment.
Replies: 46
Views: 13774

Johnthemage wrote:... the punishment will prevent re-occurance.


You can also prevent re-occurrence by psychological reprogramming of the criminal to remove their tendency to crime. Reduces the total suffering caused by the crime too - unless, of course, the reprogramming is a really horrible process.
by Teaspoon
Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Robot Ethics?
Replies: 56
Views: 16054

Ah, but what about the people who are affected by the crime and want the criminal to suffer for it? Opinions are very divided as to whether our response should be to fix the criminal and remove their tendency to crime or to make them suffer so that their victims can feel better.

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