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by UltramaticOrange
Sat May 14, 2016 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 8377

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

If only the news itself were so easily verified as maleable code posted to the internet. I notice the article is missing at the moment. Does the feed cycle out stories so quickly? The page refreshes every 5min and stories are put in order according to the publish date provided in the RSS feed. Upda...
by UltramaticOrange
Sat May 14, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 8377

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

The sampling I took had 3 substitutions total out of the first 30 headline-plus-blurbs that loaded. So I'm wondering, is the purpose here to check the utility of just the substitutions provided? Or are you trying to get at the intention of the substitutions? Because as is, it was two "a bag of...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri May 13, 2016 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 8377

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

Updated my site to include the new substitutions: http://104.236.207.5/

Site updates every 5min via RSS feeds.

source code: https://github.com/UltramaticOrange/xkcd_news
by UltramaticOrange
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 10369

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

Cougar Allen wrote:hydrogen bomb ---> vinegar & baking soda volcano


Did you intentionally pick two items that reference Mike, the destroyer of worlds, or was that just crazy random happenstance?
bomb: https://youtu.be/VoDKLscOeuM?t=2m36s
baking soda and vinegar: https://youtu.be/SHQIgv03RC0?t=1m45s
by UltramaticOrange
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 10369

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

I got bored and threw together some python to muss up RSS feeds using Substitutions and Substitutions 2. https://github.com/UltramaticOrange/xkcd_news (requires flask) ...while the recent Republican Dance-off was entertaining, a Substitutions 3 is most certainly in order as the news is still quite d...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70805

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Glanced at some of the sample code ... not counting all the required stuff, this can easily be done in one line. #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { for(int num=21; (num-1); num=(num%2)? (num*3)+1:num/2, cout<<num<<endl){} return 0; } note that moving the cout into the curly braces...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 27343

Re: "iPhone or Droid" Discussion

What? Droid? Really? I know Endaget and other sites have been giving it a lot of hype, but I thought the underclocked processor would speak for itslef, especially when there's choices like the HTC Hero (super slick) and the Samsung Moment (can we say 800Mhz processor?). I've been waiting for some mo...
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Work safe
Replies: 7
Views: 2471

Re: Work safe

So you would like someone to reveiw all xkcd content, determine what portion of the content is safe for your particular work place, and set it up on a different sub domain? I guess all the comics that say "fuck" would be out, but what about the ones that say "ass". What if a com...
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Work safe
Replies: 7
Views: 2471

Work safe

At the risk of a flood of people saying, "well, just read it at home, then." I thought I'd suggest a "work.xkcd.com" sub-domain (and/or SSL) for those of use who read XKCD at work and don't want to get XKCD blocked by a corporate firewall only to find themselves facing management...
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 50863

Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

...been there...


...made that mistake...



Oh, and don't forget the, "You're fuckin' beautiful" fas paux.
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0382: "Trebuchet"
Replies: 103
Views: 24030

Re: Trebuchet

This strip is just BEGGING to have the two items stuck together.

auto-firing kilowatt-laser-sighted trebuchet. Anyone else wanna' take a stab?
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

Well, strictly speaking, if we're breaking into your place anyway, we don't need the root password. It's been a while since I've done it so I don't remember all the details, but you can stop grub/lilo from booting the os, tell it that the init script is "/bin/bash" (or in your case tsh or...
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

thats what the grub password is for You know, I forgot that's even there. Of course that presumes I have grub, lilo or a /proc filesystem. Also, my console in /etc/ttys is not marked secure, so no root logins, my /etc/boot.conf contains only "boot" so no dropping into single user. You mig...
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

This reminds me of the guy who, in response to my informing him his system had security problems that needed fixing, removed his root account. Not really the same, bash just never got installed as pdksh and csh work fine. I realised it would be unfamiliar territory for the bash script hacker to fin...
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

I've been called to help coworkers with a few of those. Typically, there is an actual problem somewhere above the line in question, but perl is able to work out the issue for the common case, so long as that blank line isn't there. Sometimes it's a quote mismatch, sometimes it's a missing semicolon...
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

tgape wrote:There's also the fact that everyone I know who has switched from Perl to Python has complained about problems with Perl that I just don't have...


I once wrote a Perl script that kept throwing the oddest error. The fix? Delete the blank line preceding the line throwing the error :roll:.
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

so never then? it's just as well, since I don't have bash installed. I'm tempted to quibble about who's machine Bash would be installed on, but I can't say I'm up to playing this kind of joking around all the way out. However, I will add that one of my professors back in my college days left one of...
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

space_raptor wrote:I say this: Screw the people who made ephedrine so hard to get. Goddamn methheads.


"In traditional Chinese medicines, the herb ma huang (Ephedra sinica) contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine as its principal active constituents."

Also, mmmm. Meat Heads.
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

I am sick of people thinking that python is for people who do not want to learn how to program! I started out in python, and I have worked with all the techniques that any C or Java programmer would employ. The fact of the matter is, you just have to have the will to learn more, instead of learning...
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

Seriously, though, every time I try to dive into phython I get annoyed that I can't put my indentations exactly where I want them. I'm very picky about that stuff. When I need a script to do something, I generally write a bash script that calls other intrepreted languages. I think I might still hav...
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Dec 05, 2007 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 55946

Re: "Python" discussion

Oh give me a break! LOLCODE is so much better than python. Seriously, though, every time I try to dive into phython I get annoyed that I can't put my indentations exactly where I want them. I'm very picky about that stuff. When I need a script to do something, I generally write a bash script that ca...
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0352: "Far Away"
Replies: 233
Views: 31796

Re: "Far Away" Discussion

ZeroStyle wrote:Or just an old version, like 5.9 (the last good one)


Reference: AIM at OldVersion
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Dec 03, 2007 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0352: "Far Away"
Replies: 233
Views: 31796

Re: "Far Away" Discussion

JPJ007 wrote:"Why the !@#$ is he using the official AIM client?"


...Warn is present, so I'd guess DeadAIM is involved.

Also, this'll teach me to read XKCD at work. Looks like a day for lunch with the wife.
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Switch problem
Replies: 22
Views: 12175

Re: Switch problem

I recently ran across this logic problem elsewhere and decided to write out the solution in C++ to see how long it would take. You may have seen this code in another (now locked) thread. Don't use it. There's a rather hefty memory leak (which is actually the only reason why I'm posting the correctio...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Oct 12, 2007 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Prisoners and a light switch
Replies: 5
Views: 9072

Re: 100 Prisoners and a light switch

two questions: Can the same prisoner be picked twice? When all 100 prisoners have entered the room, does prisoner # 100 have to guess correctly or does the game go on until someone guesses? 1. Yup 2. The person has to guess correctly or everyone is sentenced to death. This puzzle has been on the fo...
by UltramaticOrange
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Prisoners and a light switch [solutions]
Replies: 1
Views: 2137

100 Prisoners and a light switch [solutions]

Here's a trimmed version of a solution. Find the original here . Alice counts the times she finds the light on, and ensures that it is always off when she leaves the room. Everyone else turns on the light the first time they find it off, and then never touches it again. This way, between visits of A...
by UltramaticOrange
Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: 100 Prisoners and a light switch
Replies: 5
Views: 9072

100 Prisoners and a light switch

Some co-workers and I were discussing logic problems at work the other day and in the process of looking for details on one, we ran across one none of us had seen before. The original post is here (2nd post contains answer and a more thorough version of the answer is on page 3). Q: How can the priso...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Oct 05, 2007 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 68205

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

when looking for luggage to use on the honeymoon, my wife and I ran across this comment

"when i got it transformed into a boar and destroyed my house and family, i am now homeless :("
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Aug 20, 2007 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0305: "Rule 34"
Replies: 196
Views: 113436

Is wetriffs not 100% coded/debugged yet, or did that upload just go much faster than I expected and pictures are moderated?

mmmm. runon.
by UltramaticOrange
Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0302: "Names"
Replies: 131
Views: 31008

So ... this is exactly one month away (or as close as xkcd can get) from my own wedding, and my fiancée's name is Rachel.

...Uhmnn...


...yea...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44592

It's curious that everybody focus on the goto-part of the comic. Even though I'm a C/C++/Java/Ruby/Python/AndSoOn programmer, the first thing I thought of was that whenever somebody says something to the effect of, "Bah, what's the worst thing that can happen?", I always imagine a sudden ...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Jul 20, 2007 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44592

Blah GOTOs. I cannot thing of any times where I've resorted to using them. However, a couple years ago, I inherited a large VB project that was littered with them. As if trying to figure out the generic flow of a large program wasn't bad enough, they had to throw that in there too. Bastards. mmm. a...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44592

Blah GOTOs. I cannot thing of any times where I've resorted to using them. However, a couple years ago, I inherited a large VB project that was littered with them. As if trying to figure out the generic flow of a large program wasn't bad enough, they had to throw that in there too. Bastards. mmm. a...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Jul 20, 2007 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0292: "Goto"
Replies: 157
Views: 44592

Reminds me of a programming assignment I had to write in college as part of my Programming Languages class. In ANSI Standard C, I had to write quicksort (and subsequently, a stack) using nothing but goto statements. The only time I was allowed an 'if' statement was when it was immediately followed b...
by UltramaticOrange
Mon Jul 09, 2007 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: SOHCAHTOA
Replies: 51
Views: 14457

LE4dGOLEM wrote:
UltramaticOrange wrote:
Alpha Omicron wrote:
vrek wrote:cheater!! you used GOOGLE!!!


I knew that one.


Likewise ... my mom taught it to me. :shock:


Don't say that sort of thing around here, it's not safe.

(Eg, "Guess what your mom taught ME?")


Ah. Yea. Shrewd observation.
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Jul 06, 2007 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: SOHCAHTOA
Replies: 51
Views: 14457

Alpha Omicron wrote:
vrek wrote:cheater!! you used GOOGLE!!!


I knew that one.


Likewise ... my mom taught it to me. :shock:
by UltramaticOrange
Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: SOHCAHTOA
Replies: 51
Views: 14457

Marbas wrote:I just learned SOHCAHTOA pronounced phonetically. Worked well enough for me.


My family was so amused by the phrase I ended up memorizing it long before getting that far in my Geometry class. I don't really know if I needed the phrase or not as a result.
by UltramaticOrange
Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: SOHCAHTOA
Replies: 51
Views: 14457

SOHCAHTOA

SOHCAHTOA = Some Old Hippie Caught Another Hippie Tripping On Acid ... or at least that's what I was taught in school...
by UltramaticOrange
Thu Jun 28, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many digits of Pi do you know?
Replies: 445
Views: 107217

3.14159265358979323846264338327950288 I'm rather surprised this hasn't popped up in this thread yet: Pi Trainer In high school I'd recite pie as a way to deal stress. It distracted me enough from whatever was causing the stress to give me a moment to calm down. As my senior prank (2000), I considere...
by UltramaticOrange
Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0279: "Pickup Lines"
Replies: 148
Views: 47107

In my freshman year of college, a girl post-it noted my door and left bad pick up lines on a few of them. They inspired my to come up with this one:

Hey, baby. What's your Chinese zodiac? Mine's the cock.

...funny enough, My Chinese zodiac really IS the cock.

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