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by Solra Bizna
Sat Oct 14, 2017 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 53
Views: 3607

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

My wrists are aching just imagining trying to hold a pot from the end of that handle. For those who are lucky enough not to see me on FB, here's a sketch I did of a proposed USA wall. Were you hoping to keep Mormons away by walling Utah in? If so, you should know that Idaho actually has a greater M...
by Solra Bizna
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 1961

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

The obvious solution is to wake up early AND stay up late. AND get a full night's sleep so that you're at your best during the day. "Impossible" is no excuse. The real solution is non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder . If you're interested, you may be able to semi-permanently induce it in your...
by Solra Bizna
Sat Oct 07, 2017 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 2117

Re: 1899: "Ears"

(Next question: Why can't I get L-shaped plugs, at the other end, as much as I want to? Apart from anything else, the barrel of thr straight 3.5mm plugs tend to catch on clothing, when in a pocket and I'm walking, and ratchett the end round to introduce a twist and eventually a doubling-up twist on...
by Solra Bizna
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 3962

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

Hey! I'm still writing PDP11 code. Was doing some last week, before the chunk of 6809 debugging I'm in the middle of now. I'm envious. Though the other cultists will probably defenestrate me for saying this, a 6809 is much nicer to develop on than the 65C02 I've been saddled with. As for real-time ...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 3962

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

There's gotta be some managers still around who think that the world runs on MS/DOS ... My high school programming teacher swore up and down that Linux must be built on top of MS-DOS, and therefore must be violating Microsoft's copyrights. Up to that point, I'd thought that was a joke rumor nobody ...
by Solra Bizna
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11382

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Well, I, for one, now know more about the triboelectric effect. (In hindsight, I could have gotten most of this knowledge if I'd read the middle of the Wikipedia article instead of the beginning and end. :oops:) I'd be interested if anyone would elaborate on the ice-skate problem. Why did physicists...
by Solra Bizna
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11382

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

We do have a good answer for the hair/balloon/lightning thing ... it's called the tribolectric effect. What's wrong with that? Too empirical? The fact that we have a name for it doesn't help on its own. "Why does an ice skate on ice have almost no friction in the direction parallel to the skat...
by Solra Bizna
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11382

1867: "Physics Confession"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/physics_confession.png "You know lightning, right? When electric charge builds up in a cloud and then discharges in a giant spark? Ask me why that happens." "Why does tha--" "No clue. We think it's related to the hair thing." When I was you...
by Solra Bizna
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4582

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

When I hear someone make an analogy using Heisenberg, I conclude two things: ⋅ That person has never taken a course in quantum mechanics. Otherwise, they would know that such an arcane subject cannot provide a helpful analogy in ordinary conversation. (snip) As someone who has attempted t...
by Solra Bizna
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3595

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

cellocgw wrote:I fail to see the humor in being proud and vocal about one's lack of knowledge in any field.


I read it as a joke at Randall's own expense, rather than an expression of pride.
by Solra Bizna
Sun May 07, 2017 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 3392

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

Am I the only one who was expecting an asm.js joke?
by Solra Bizna
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 14601

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

In terms of light, white is the sum of all the other colours. In terms of food, brown is the sum of all the other colours. Chocolate is brown. Therefore Chocolate is equal to the sum of all other foods, and so is proved scientifically to be the best tasting. Shit is also brown. The difference is in...
by Solra Bizna
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7442

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

On my previous laptop, I rearranged the keycaps so they were arranged as Dvorak instead of QWERTY. I didn't change the actual keyboard layout, I only rearranged the keycaps. I did it to confuse non-touch-typists when they tried to use my laptop. Even though it only came up once, I wasn't disappointe...
by Solra Bizna
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 3262

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

So, if the professor turns the knob on the projector fast enough, would the Lorentz contraction change the apparent curvature of the lens, and thus correct the focal length while still getting a bigger picture? Yes, but then nuclear fusion will start doing things that render the projector, projecti...
by Solra Bizna
Mon Jan 16, 2017 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 5037

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

Appropriately, I spent all day today fixing the wireless in my fiancée's new laptop. Turns out whoever designed its board connected the antenna to the wrong pin. It worked on Windows, naturally, presumably by using the same hack very recent Linux drivers have.
by Solra Bizna
Sat Jan 07, 2017 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 10035

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

I use screen+irssi :mrgreen: GOOMHR I used to. I switched to tmux yesterday . Souspoon, are you trying to say XMPP ? I'm glad I wasn't the only one who thought of that! When XML got mentioned I really started feeling like I was in an episode of Twilight Zone where XMPP never happened and I'm the on...
by Solra Bizna
Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1773: "Negativity"
Replies: 25
Views: 5022

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: 2770

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: 4790

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: 7516

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: 4963

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: 25707

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: 25707

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: 6284

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: 6284

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: 6000

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: 6000

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: 3729

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: 11891

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: 4855

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: 4855

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: 4855

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: 63
Views: 9170

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: 8088

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: 8088

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: 8088

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: 9548

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: 6741

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: 9371

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: 9371

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...

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