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by Archgeek
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 2961

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

I remember there was some urban legend (not sure if that's quite the right term for this) in the 80s or 90s about a guy on UseNet who claimed to be a time traveller from the not-too-distant future, whose mission was simply to recover some old piece of technology because some important records in th...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 1902

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

In my younger single days, I used to go to bed between 1am and 2am, and get up for work at half 7, during the week. Then at the weekend I slept until between noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, which seemed to balance out the lack of sleep in the previous 5 days. A quarter of a century later I thi...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 1723

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

"Just think, the light from that star was emitted before the start of the 2016 election." Well, the light we see now from most stars was emitted before any of us were born. hmm.. I wonder how many stars are close enough that the light they emitted when I was born has already reached here?...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 1723

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

How is Facebook itself even seven years old yet? I still treat it as a flash in the pan. It won't last much beyond Christmas. Then all those kids will move on to the next trivial thing. Definitely. Those kids? Are you, like, 87? Didn't you get the memo that facebook is now for old people? Kids move...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 3350

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

I frequently fail at the Türing test when I typically get "Click on the images that contain a car" and have to try over and over. /Jon The Türing test, named after Ålan Türing Türiñ. Well that just sounds like a test to find out if someone's an actual Dwarf and not a human with dwarfism -...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 3350

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Like the way beginners and professional electricians will strip wire using a pair of pliers, whilst people with some skills will use the proper tool for the job. The pros don't need one; the beginners don't have one, and might not even know they exist. Is there a word for this phenomenon of non-mon...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 3350

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

(1) You solve a problem. (2) Someone breaks it. (3) You fix (4) Goto (2) Come now, Goto is for noob-lords. I fix. while(3){ You solve a problem. Someone breaks it. You fix } I'm not sure whether the "while (3)" is intentional. Anyway, functional style is hot nowadays: mfix (solveProblem >...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 3350

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

jonhaug wrote:(1) You solve a problem.
(2) Someone breaks it.
(3) You fix
(4) Goto (2)

Come now, Goto is for noob-lords. I fix.

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while(3){
   You solve a problem.
   Someone breaks it.
   You fix
}
by Archgeek
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 2272

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I wonder what will replace jerrycans on the back of off-road vehicles once electric cars become the norm... I'm currently looking at a hybrid petrol/electric car, and my decision (when I eventually need it) will be flavoured according to a) What permanent solar panels I can mount on my garage roof ...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 6174

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Cueball is trying to settle the teapot argument by actually launching a teapot into space... but how would doing this settle the argument? The comic is funny, but logically it's not changing anything. I wonder what "Cueball" thought this mission would proof... Well, it would at least prov...
by Archgeek
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4565

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

It might be a generational thing. I 'learnt' my TLAs, ETLAs, VETLAs, etc, back two or three decades ago. 1337 5p34k, before there was even SMS and thus TXTSPK. Not so much LOL (and lolcats) as ROFL (and ROFLcopter). And I also find "ur" (your/you're, not that anybody knows which of the lo...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4565

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I am permanently annoyed that Messr.s J and 2Dope are slightly more right about magnets than I'm comfortable with. You see, in a university engineering program, you take electronics and physics classes and wind up thinking about EM fields in terms of the right-hand-rule and Maxwell's equations -- th...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 5386

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Speaking of series, I always wanted The Matrix to be followed by such films as The Vector, The Determinant, The Jacobian, and The Gaussian Elimination. I always thought "The Trace" and "The Determinant" would be apt titles for the sequels. In which the hero takes on the dreaded ...
by Archgeek
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 3850

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Like maybe the "zero" in ones and zeroes isn't the real zero, and if just one server drops to a lower state by a random fluctuation, it'll propagate through the whole system and destroy all extant structure, and it could reboot with subtly different protocols, shifted constants, even the ...
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 7000

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

On my terminal (Mac OS 10.9): • putting a combining mark on a tab character puts the mark over the last space • putting a combining mark on a carriage return puts the mark over the first character on the line • putting a combining mark on a bell puts the mark over the character before the bell • pu...
by Archgeek
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 7511

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Who takes screenshots using a camera anyway? Or do they think the 'print screen' button would make their screen print on a printer? Doesn't work on various boot-sequence failures, BSODs and the like. Nor can it show dead pixels or other monitor-end problems/cable-interference/video card failure mod...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 14532

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious. Salt and butter are delicious. Popcorn is a vehicle. Recently discovered that Trader Joes sells a potato chip seasoned with salt, butter, and honey, and just that. It's like sweet popcorn without the nasty kernels. Sweet popcorn ...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 5760

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I just have to add the wonkiest chat I've ever done. This was more than 15 years ago, me and my cousin who lived in different towns wanted to play a networked game in multiplayer but it only had LAN support and no online. Our solution ended up being using a LAN tunnel over the internet, doing this ...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 5759

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

Anyone got a link to that tamagotchi exploit? I created an account here just to share, but new users can't post links, so you'll have to find it yourself. Search for PoC || GTFO issues 0x02 and 0x04. PoC || GTFO describes itself as, A friendly little collection of articles for ladies and gentlemen ...
by Archgeek
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 17769

Re: 1807: "Listening"

speising wrote:Aka "telemetry to improve your customer experience"

Telemetry. In case your device starts moving rapidly up and to the east?

"Alexa, look up flight path of the ISS."
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 9002

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

This reminds me intensely of what I'll write on such boxes -- "Live Scorpions (250 ct.)" "Ans. Machine + Grenade" (in my defense that box actually contained an answering machine and a hollowed-out grenade). The difference being I label things as such intentionally. What, no Bobca...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8671

Re: 1741: "Work"

If I get up in the middle of the night I leave the lights off ... I leave the bedroom light off, as not to disturb the other half, but put the hall and bathroom ones on. I use the old pirate trick and keep one eye shut so I still have night vision when I return to the darkened bedroom. That PirateE...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8671

Re: 1741: "Work"

Yes, but you aren't installing those, are you. And the stupid flashlights, I guess that's what you mean by "TV remote", pulse to much to be useful. Why would you want (near/short/middle/long) IR lighting in the first place? IANAIRV, but I estimate most objects, including walls, have enoug...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8671

Re: 1741: "Work"

Amusingly, IR LEDs are pretty efficient too. The entertainingly small voltage drop needed for an IR LED is a portion of why TV remote batteries can last long enough for you to forget what kind of batteries a given remote takes without opening the cover. Yes, but you aren't installing those, are you...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8671

Re: 1741: "Work"

Heat is yet another reason to buy LED bulbs. Although it is actually the same reason as the main reason: LEDs are efficient. Sure. For those of you who see with what you laughably call visible light. For those of us who see in the IR... Oh wait. Forget you read that. The invasion isn't until next w...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 7837

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

And its mostly self service, You'll find many a Scotsman draining the hose and shaking the last drop off the end. You see plenty of farmers in the US doing that, too. Come to think of it, lots of them have Scottish surnames... Oklahoman, here, not a farmer, and I only do that to avoid dripping gas ...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 03, 2016 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 9026

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

They're very common in Eastern U.S. also. Most modern ones have aluminum frames (or aluminum, as you guys call it), and are well sealed with rubber/silicon and soft fabric-ey gaskets and such. No counterweights, just possibly spring-loaded or they latch in place, or sometimes just are held in place...
by Archgeek
Tue May 31, 2016 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SSL Shenanigans
Replies: 4
Views: 4359

Re: SSL Shenanigans

Whew, I've been on a number of other things since I last messed with this, and have recently solved my problem. However... Google suggests to set SSLEnabled="true" SSLCertificateFile="/usr/local/ssl/server.crt" SSLCertificateKeyFile="/usr/local/ssl/server.pem" on the Co...
by Archgeek
Thu May 26, 2016 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 7518

Re: 1685 : Patch

Dear crud that system is complete insanity. Source doesn't solely reside on the sole build machine. Barring some security-related reason that would seemingly preclude PDFs of the code, I also struggle to think of a *good* reason for source to exist only on a single machine. But it's been my consider...
by Archgeek
Sat Apr 30, 2016 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 7475

Re: 1674: "Adult"

I'm pretty sure the gag is just a reference to the weird epidemic of younger adults, in the US at least, (including my self, 31 years and a significant portion of my psyche's pretty sure it's still '03) suffering from a strange, accomplishment-immune sense of infantalization. I read some rogue artic...
by Archgeek
Wed Apr 27, 2016 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 12067

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

I love how what is defintely a boxcar2d-based gag has promptly veered into disucssions of actual bike design, complete with technical terms. This community is genuinely great. XD I think the actual gag is something else: among all those wacky designs from today's comic, the one labelled "1875&...
by Archgeek
Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 12067

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

I love how what is defintely a boxcar2d-based gag has promptly veered into disucssions of actual bike design, complete with technical terms. This community is genuinely great. XD
by Archgeek
Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SSL Shenanigans
Replies: 4
Views: 4359

Re: SSL Shenanigans

Okay, this question was poorly constructed, it turns out. The DN thing was a smoked herring used to confuse hounds, and openssl verify was hanging because it was wanting CAchain to verify the server cert against. However, even that's barking up a lamp-post instead of the correct tree, as it turns ou...
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 18, 2016 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It has Endginned. (Mod Madness 2016)
Replies: 220
Views: 57110

Re: It Begends. (Chocolate chips year of the drunk bobcat)

Woot! I can't wait to see what absurd effects this has on tomfoolery in Coding and the like.
I hope the 2016 Madness has less injury of the buttocks than had 2015.
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SSL Shenanigans
Replies: 4
Views: 4359

SSL Shenanigans

So because I'm trying to get a PHP CAS client to trust a CAS server, I'm learning all about SSL now, and am trying to find a way to make an internal-use cert that doesn't read as being self-signed. To this end, I've gone as far as to gin up my own private key infrastructure, here seen with password ...
by Archgeek
Mon Feb 22, 2016 8:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"
Replies: 60
Views: 13947

Re: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"

Did anybody else notice the tennis ball says Pen 15 (penis)? http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/146/truck.png Actually, that looks to say "Penn 15", Penn being a common brand of tennis ball (leastways, here in the states). The 15 of course, is for the ancient schoolyard wangerdoodle joke. See...
by Archgeek
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 18518

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

To be fair, I've heard it argued that round numbers in metric are pretty good ballpark figures for how humans perceive temperatures too: 0 = freezing 10 = cold 20 = comfortable 30 = hot 40 = way too hot Perhaps, however degrees F can be more nuanced. Perspective from a northern Californian: <32 = f...
by Archgeek
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 18518

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Remember kids, like my HS physics teacher always said: if no unit is listed, it's always radians.
by Archgeek
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 6739

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

Microsoft Bob Server

Utterly reeling in horror at that one. Well played, Randal.

I'll bet it's really dragging down the performance of that Minecraft processor, too.
by Archgeek
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 10870

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

da Doctah wrote:You know what's really a great combination? Bell peppers and a catapult.

Mmmm, ranged peppers.

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