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by Solra Bizna
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1773: "Negativity"
Replies: 25
Views: 5935

Re: 1773: "Negativity"

a long time ago, i fell in love with the internet because it was a refuge from the bullshit i had to put up with in real life. a place mostly populated by intelligent college educated people with norms of rational discourse and civility (which were still transgressed plenty often, there were still ...
by Solra Bizna
Wed Nov 16, 2016 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 3312

Re: 1760: "TV Problems"

This comic reminds me of both times I tried to upgrade live Debian Jessie installs to Debian Stretch. (In both cases, I eventually succeeded, but on one of those machines I'm still running into basic packages I removed and forgot to replace...)
by Solra Bizna
Sun Nov 06, 2016 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6013

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

In a related vein, a lot of youngsters today don't realise that there was a period, between punched cards and the introduction of text terminals, when code was entered using magnetic alphanumeric characters. Unfortunately this method was short-lived: too many programmers started taking the characte...
by Solra Bizna
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 9233

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Hello, I'm Solra, and I'm a Gentooholic. I was a fervent Gentoo/portage user. I didn't mind spending days compiling things. (One of my main computers was a 100MHz Power Mac.) Then, one day, I decided it was time to update. Unbeknownst to me, a major package (expat) had been changed in a messy, non-...
by Solra Bizna
Fri Sep 30, 2016 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1736: "Manhattan Project"
Replies: 29
Views: 5904

Re: 1736: "Manhattan Project"

Aren't there some species that are known to be immune to cancer? What is their mechanism, and with recent advances like CRISPR now available, what are the (technological) hurdles to just copying that for our own use? To my knowledge, there aren't any long-lived species that are completely immune to...
by Solra Bizna
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 31355

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Is she likely do do manoeuvres that are not legal? "That manoeuvre was illegal." "What makes you say that?" "Other than the bouncing from going down stairs and the screaming pedestrians hurling themselves out of our way? I'd say the No Entry sign." It's not uncommon fo...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 31355

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

The only thing I ever have trouble with is the double negative. When people use it, say: "he ain't got no apples". What they mean is: "he lacks apples (and I'm encoding the negating condition redundantly so you're less likely to mishear me and be mislead to believe he has apples)&quo...
by Solra Bizna
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 7632

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

Let me answer that with a quote from a great essay from The Grumpy Programmer : I do, you know, find Unicode to be truly frustrating. For a long time I've wanted to write a long loud flame about everything I dislike about Unicode. But, I can't. You see, every time I run across something that frustr...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Aug 30, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 7632

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

So, basically, their response to someone saying that corresponding Chinese and Japanese characters should be treated as separate character codes is "Not our problem. Don't use a Japanese font on a Chinese document and this won't be an issue." ...which is a bit weird, considering that clos...
by Solra Bizna
Thu Aug 11, 2016 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 7083

Re: 1718: "Backups"

I trust cloud services as far as I can throw them.

Which, since they are massless, should actually be quite far. (But isn't.)
by Solra Bizna
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 7083

Re: 1718: "Backups"

nooooo! If you delete the copies on your computer, then the "backups" are not backups. They're the only existing copy. If you want to wipe your PC (god knows why...) then you need to make two backups on separate media. About eight years ago, my backup disk failed. I had a replacement on-h...
by Solra Bizna
Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1706: "Genetic Testing"
Replies: 23
Views: 4459

Re: 1706: "Genetic Testing"

More than four out of five furries do not have a fursuit. The only common aspect of "being a furry" that is widely agreed upon by furries seems to be interest in anthropomorphic animals. The definitions of "interest" and "anthropomorphic" alone are sources of great cont...
by Solra Bizna
Sun Jun 05, 2016 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 13760

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

<snip> O my friend Catherine, the complex levels of behavior you display Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array. And though you are not sentient , my friend Catherine, and do not comprehend, I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend. Maybe this a religious standpoint (I wouldn't ...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Mar 22, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1657: "Insanity"
Replies: 36
Views: 5515

Re: 1657: "Insanity"

How ironic, the previous writer's y key seems to suffer an intermittent malfunction.... I tell y ou, it was the Chocolate chips ingredients! The Chocolate chips ingredients I say! I'm not a lunatic! My keyboard has an intermittent mechanical fault that manifests as certain keys failing to register ...
by Solra Bizna
Mon Mar 21, 2016 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1657: "Insanity"
Replies: 36
Views: 5515

Re: 1657: "Insanity"

When I switch from my desktop to my laptop, I am switching between a Model M keyboard & a (dirty) rubber dome keyboard. It's maddening . That doesn't bear on predictability, though, unless I'm misunderstanding Solra Bizna's comment. I guess that there are laptop keyboards that are cheap & g...
by Solra Bizna
Fri Mar 18, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1657: "Insanity"
Replies: 36
Views: 5515

Re: 1657: "Insanity"

It's getting so that even clickable keys are showing this behavior. I find that with a lot of laptops and other portable gadgets, I more and more have to check the screen after typing a few characters, to make sure that they're all there. It's easier and faster to do this than to wait until there's...
by Solra Bizna
Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 11624

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

This was supposed to be an energy-saving measure. Does it actually save energy? I have no idea. I doubt it changes my energy use significantly. The last time I looked into this, I found a paper that showed that it did far more harm (in the form of disrupted sleep schedules and the like) than good (...
by Solra Bizna
Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 9343

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

Actually, without `set -e` it will chug forward in spite of any command failures.
by Solra Bizna
Sat Mar 12, 2016 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 9343

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

vkuzkokov wrote:Why no emerge?

The idea is to include only commands that have a chance of working. ;)

(Sorry, my last Gentoo experience was right in the middle of the expat fiasco...)
by Solra Bizna
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 9343

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

Without parentheses, the second-to-last line doesn't do what Randall wants.
by Solra Bizna
Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 10604

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

I actually found a directory named \ in my home directory today, next to another named " and a file named -.d (as in hyphen period d). It's doubly redundant since grep actually accepts a list of input files.. I had some bad experiences with `sed` once. Since then, I've defensively used pipeline...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 7722

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

Soupspoon wrote:Ran out of spare Invaders, willing to run backwards and forwards across the relevant pressure plates that controls the fluid logic and gear-and-axle-and-pump elements.

Memories... such Fun memories...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 10562

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

I heard from people that went through some hazing ritual that if you keep the salt too long in your mouth it starts bleeding. That's why in college hazings you drink the beer immediately after getting spoonful of salt in your mouth. Not sure if it's true as I brush my teeth with some very salty too...
by Solra Bizna
Mon Feb 01, 2016 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 10562

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

I used to crave salt so much that I would eat it directly, in shocking quantities. Turns out this happens to some people who get a lot of purified "table salt" in their diet but are also deficient in minerals that are found in natural sources of salt (like magnesium). If I eat sea salt, ev...
by Solra Bizna
Sun Jan 31, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 7722

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

Hey, I recognize your usename. Not sure if from here or possibly a Marathon forum you also used it on? I am Forrest of Bungie.org, creator of Eternal, and I feel like I remember your name in connection to some other mod project. Possibly also Slashdot? I've been intermittently active in the Maratho...
by Solra Bizna
Sun Jan 31, 2016 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 7722

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

I was excited that Hypercard.js was actually a thing until I got to QBasic on Rails and realized it probably isn't. My eye was instantly drawn to the HyperCard reference as well. Props to Randall for that. Two consecutive posts by different people with Marathon-themed names who fondly remember Hype...
by Solra Bizna
Fri Dec 25, 2015 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1621: "Fixion"
Replies: 19
Views: 5820

Re: 1621: "Fixion"

A friend of mine thought the bottom right one was a Minitel joke.
by Solra Bizna
Wed Dec 16, 2015 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 15717

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

Perfectly reasonable behaviour. Tomato sauce/soup/ketchup/juice/passata/puree are all tasty, but tomatoes are disgusting. I once believed as you did. Then I tried a locally-grown heirloom tomato, and I learned that they aren't supposed to be indistinguishable from wet paper. I don't know if it's th...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 22447

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

Ech, we really just need to stop allowing people to own cars. Because outlawing a kind of private property and making everybody dependent on a centralized government-controlled service doesn't present any kind of ethical problems of its own. But it slightly simplifies the engineering of the self-dr...
by Solra Bizna
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1612: "Colds"
Replies: 41
Views: 8028

Re: 1612: "Colds"

This is probably the biggest GOOMHR of my life. Just last Tuesday I nearly had to go the ER because of complications of a cold. It suddenly stopped getting worse when I (figuratively) got one foot out the door. Up until that scare, people mostly just laughed at me because my congestion made me sound...

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