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by chernobyl
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 32844

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

Nice explanation. I'm glad that for once Eve is the admin, and not the villain.
by chernobyl
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 20038

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

I wish all web pages that use infinite scrolling would do the following: 1) Include a button to convert to a paged form 2) Indicate where each new page starts and give the page number 3) Have a "jump to page" feature 4) Buy me infinite RAM. Seriously, these pages are the only reason I get...
by chernobyl
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 32984

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Every option has its pros and cons, and given the state and history of technology, losing backward compatibility with ASCII would be worse than anything else. UTF8 was probably the best solution. I'm saying that even though I'm a bit ticked about having to pay extra for sending SMS in my language (w...
by chernobyl
Mon Nov 04, 2013 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 32984

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

I used a disposable email forwarding address to register with Adobe. I got spam on it a few days ago. Even without cracking the passwords, they've monetized the data anyway.
by chernobyl
Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"
Replies: 70
Views: 33841

Re: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"

Envelope Generator wrote:Eh. Lame. When you've seen one screenshot of a tar file of a self-extracting exe that contains an xvid-encoded cam release that was shot from a bluray of the 1995 movie Hackers, you've seen them all.


Yeah, but apparently now it's available as a screensaver!
by chernobyl
Mon Aug 05, 2013 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"
Replies: 70
Views: 33841

Re: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"

Cool, I'm going to use this name for all my email attachments!
by chernobyl
Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 94058

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

rockym93 wrote:I made this into a wallpaper! Mostly by turning it sideways. I hope that's okay?


It doesn't point to space. You're having a bad problem.
by chernobyl
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 40276

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

My printer came in a reusable bag instead of the usual plastic wrap. I now use it for shopping. Good move, HP!
by chernobyl
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32574

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

It's quite interesting how modern economics theory relies, mostly, on the assumption that everyone's a dick. I think it's because the assumption has been pretty well validated historically. Genuine concern for one's neighbor may be a pretty rare thing, but any theory that doesn't account for its ex...
by chernobyl
Fri Sep 30, 2011 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32574

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

It's quite interesting how modern economics theory relies, mostly, on the assumption that everyone's a dick. SMBC did a comic on that yesterday, now xkcd.
by chernobyl
Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26144

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

I admit I'm guilty of coding a couple of such half-assed mobile implementations myself.
In this world of deadlines, budgets and priorities, more often than not, stuff isn't being done properly.
by chernobyl
Fri Oct 15, 2010 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88602

Re: 0806: Tech Support

This comic made me feel nostalgic about the good old days when my ISP was a small start-up with only a few hundred clients. 1 hour after I had signed the contract, the guys pulled the cable up to my house and I was online! They only had two customer support guys and they actually knew their system, ...
by chernobyl
Thu Jan 21, 2010 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 37684

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

5 years ago, I had a Sony discman -- quite easy to find when I needed it. Now I have a 3rd generation iPod shuffle. It weighs 10 grams. And I always forget where I left it. Same goes for MicroSD cards. They're too easy to lose... On the other hand, if I had an iTunes soda can (iCan for short), I'd b...
by chernobyl
Mon Dec 21, 2009 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 19886

Re: "Researcher Translation" Discussion

Laptop fuel cells are a typical example. Every year a different company shows us some cool new prototype and assures us that it's ready to market very, very soon... then nothing happens. All I want is a computer that runs on alcohol so it can be my drinking buddy!
by chernobyl
Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0598: "Porn"
Replies: 83
Views: 42913

Re: "Porn" Discussion

wing wrote:2) During the age of dialup-and-x10-ads porn, there sure as hell wasn't any video.

A fetish for static images could be fun too.
"Can you try to... stay perfectly still?"
by chernobyl
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0571: "Can't Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 29630

Re: "Can't Sleep" Discussion

1... 2... 3... 4... A Suffusion of Yellow.
by chernobyl
Fri Mar 20, 2009 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49685

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

Talking about math fails... I read this story yesterday. I don't know if it's true, but it's hilarious :) (translated from Russian) F...ing Microsoft! (My experience of working in the U.S.) I work as a programmer in an American small business, about 30 employees, making various parts for press machi...
by chernobyl
Sun Jan 25, 2009 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0534: "Genetic Algorithms"
Replies: 99
Views: 37760

Re: "Genetic Algorithms" Discussion

MichaelKarnerfors wrote:No, you don't use some ficticous huge number... you make a real estimate of what you think things might cost. Anything else is false reasoning.


Touché :)
by chernobyl
Sun Jan 25, 2009 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0534: "Genetic Algorithms"
Replies: 99
Views: 37760

Re: "Genetic Algorithms" Discussion

Well, we wouldn't all be dead if Skynet evolved either; but we'd still be in deep ****. I hope we're not going too much off-topic here, but you'd also have to consider the costs to the economy. TMI cleanup cost about $1 billion. On Chernobyl, about $13 billion had to be spent, and there are also ind...
by chernobyl
Mon Jan 19, 2009 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0532: "Piano"
Replies: 224
Views: 81029

Re: "Piano" Discussion

xkcdpasta wrote:Platypodes: Там подобная шутка в Pусском?


In Russian, "penis" rhymes with "tennis", so in their version of the joke the guy gets a miniature tennis court.
by chernobyl
Mon Nov 03, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0499: "Scantron"
Replies: 173
Views: 41080

Re: "Scantron" Discussion

A teacher once had us do an accompanying essay section inside the area marked "DO NOT WRITE IN THIS BOX" in big, threatening, non-serifed letters. It really fucked with my head the first time. Apparently the scantron had no trouble grading it. Scantron can grade an essay? :shock: :mrgreen:
by chernobyl
Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0282: "Organic Fuel"
Replies: 142
Views: 39292

I don't know about Mussolini, but in modern Italy there are no trains that run on thyme. :P

As for bio-fuels, potheads advocate the use of hemp. :) They may have a point, it's one of the fastest-growing cultures on Earth, so in theory it should be way more efficient than corn...

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