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by Steeler
Mon Nov 18, 2013 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 32202

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

by Steeler
Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100524

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

To hell with numerical dates. I write DD<three letter month abbreviation>YYYY on anything I have any control over. Completely unambiguous. Web forms generally tell you explicitly what they want, so they're not a big issue either.
by Steeler
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1171:"Perl Problems"
Replies: 43
Views: 20876

Re: 1171:"Perl Problems"

xkcd's been on a roll ever since Debugger, but this one is the best yet! I think a lot of the feel of the older comics is back.
by Steeler
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132465

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

My problem with Rand is not her villains nor her heroes; those people exist, and she carves them out in all their disturbing truth. No, the problem is she has virtually no one in between. Either you are the paragon of pure introverted goodness, or you are a parasite determined to destroy the world....
by Steeler
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132465

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'm not concerned about the accuracy of the critique right now, I'm just tired of seeing the same 3 jokes about Rand that lack any sort of good commentary even if you agree with them. xkcd seems consistently phoned in recently, and this is just part of that pattern. It's kind of sad. Romney Quiz an...
by Steeler
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132465

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

When did xkcd become a repeat of the most tired cliche of Rand that exists? Yeah, I want some concrete examples of this supposed asshole behavior in the Rand novels. The closest thing I can think of is blowing up Cortlandt, but there's an actual non-asshole motive behind that, which is very clearly...
by Steeler
Fri Dec 23, 2011 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Song Identification!
Replies: 458
Views: 200885

Re: Song Identification!

One time I heard a classic rock (probably 70s, possibly 80s) song pretty late on the radio that had the following features: -Cleanish electric guitars -Clapping -A main riff that sounded sort of roughly like the old 3:10 to Yuma theme, but more syncopated -A singer that sounded sort of like Triumph'...
by Steeler
Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38477

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

I had a different takeaway than homeopathy. The comic can be taken as a pretty good dig at snobs who criticize certain artistic mediums for their full expression, mediums which don't require you to read between the lines. I didn't see anyone bring this up on pages 1 or 3, but I didn't read page 2, s...
by Steeler
Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22317

Re: 929: "Speculation"

Is there anything in the world more thoroughly antisocial than a social networking site? In a given day, you have a limited amount of time that you could be either talking to people or doing things that are worth talking to people about - you're going to spend it on facebook? Yeah, whatever. Pardon...
by Steeler
Mon May 30, 2011 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0905: "Homeownership"
Replies: 84
Views: 20573

Re: 0905: "Homeownership"

I like the joke here, I seriously do. But I can't help it, Randall still doesn't know how to write a joke. Did anyone else notice that EVERY SINGLE LINE OF DIALOGUE after "My house has a... problem" is ENTIRELY UNNECESSARY ? It explicitly tells exactly what the reader has to figure out on...
by Steeler
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 106934

Re: 0881: "Probability"

Seriously, Randall. Nobody cares about your personal life, we just want entertaining comics. Please keep it professional. That is probably the most dick-ish thing I have ever seen someone say. The only excuse you have is if you have a disorder that renders you incapable of any sort of empathy with ...
by Steeler
Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 22895

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

Shouldn't the comic morph "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" into "Inductive White and the n+1 Dwarfs", instead of "n - 1 Dwarfs"? "n+1" is a critical phrase in inductive reasoning; if something is true for a certain "n", and is logically equivalent with...
by Steeler
Wed Mar 09, 2011 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30090

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

I don't recall the commercial you are talking about, but after the initial doubling, you would no longer have a single-patty hamburger. Even if it was worded in such a way you could double repeatedly, they would refuse to sell once you exhaust the stock in the store. This would likely happen before...
by Steeler
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30090

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Then there was the Wendy's commercial where they had two things for one price. The two things were half a salad and either a drink or a hamburger or fries or something, and the one price was five bucks. That's worse than almost every value meal or dollar menu out there. Wendy's used to have a "...
by Steeler
Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AP bias
Replies: 48
Views: 4141

Re: AP bias

The thing is, if the reporter is a Fair Witness, why is she writing an article about scientists' comments about celebrities in the first place? My buddy Joe has an opinion on the celebrities' actions too. If he is not quoted in the article, the Fair Witness would be in dereliction of duty -- after ...
by Steeler
Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AP bias
Replies: 48
Views: 4141

Re: AP bias

The thing is, it doesn't matter what the celebrities say at all, so why should hte journalists quote them? Let's say that the celebrities in question are marketing some kind of woo-woo based on a misunderstanding (or misrepresentation) of quantum mechanics. The journalists should not be quoting the...
by Steeler
Mon Feb 28, 2011 1:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AP bias
Replies: 48
Views: 4141

Re: AP bias

I think the problem with this "let's give everyone a say" behavior is that it's often conflated with objectivity. I also think neutrality in journalism has been treated as such a holy grail, any journalist asking tough questions is soon called out as too biased to take seriously. Sorry, y...
by Steeler
Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AP bias
Replies: 48
Views: 4141

Re: AP bias

I don't think bias has to have distortion, necessarily. ... I was using it to mean a point of view that, while not necessarily deceptive, was out of place in a news article. As I said in the very first reply, bias doesn't mean what you think it means. Can you point out any media outlets that cover ...
by Steeler
Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AP bias
Replies: 48
Views: 4141

Re: AP bias

So, is this thread about the AP or the Tea Party? If it's about the AP, I don't think the word bias means what you think it means. That article is flippant, colloquial and lacks journalistic rigour, but it is mostly direct quotations without significant opinion form the journalist. It doesn't advan...
by Steeler
Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:25 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Gamepad mapping
Replies: 2
Views: 814

Re: Gamepad mapping

I prefer dual-stick to WASD too and thus use JoyToKey for this kind of thing. You can get it here . It does indeed work with the mouse as you want. It does not let you do the in-game thing, but it does let you save multiple mapping profiles to handle different games, so you don't have to redo your w...
by Steeler
Sat Feb 26, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AP bias
Replies: 48
Views: 4141

AP bias

There is a thread on this *issue* already, but I'd like to call attention to this particular article on it. The AP's been pretty biased for quite a while, but I can't remember seeing anything this overt... unless you count that hilarious article about what the pope "said" about condoms. :r...
by Steeler
Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding Competition OVER 9000: BF Joust
Replies: 11
Views: 2120

Re: Coding Competition OVER 9000: BF Joust

This sounds fascinating, but I've got a launch planned for the first of March, so my programming time'll be really filled until then... I'll see if I can make time for this, though.
by Steeler
Mon Feb 21, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 41828

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

And to think that Randall once made a comic complaining about people referencing Monty Python too much. ...the joke there was that Monty Python was originally something fresh and unorthodox, so tired references to it have a special irony. Star Wars was not all that original. Also, I find the number...
by Steeler
Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 27903

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

Am I the only person ever NOT to have had major discomfort and/or loopiness after having my wisdom teeth removed? I just got a local anesthetic, no laughing gas, the dentist yanked and pulled for while, then I went home with some painkillers I never needed - and hydrocodone just doesn't seem to get...
by Steeler
Fri Feb 11, 2011 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 58470

Re: 0859: "("

So in class whenever the teacher is showing us some function on our graphing calculator (like fnInt or somesuch for TI users), she never closes the parentheses, because the closing one is optional, and TIs don't complain. But it annoys the hell out of me. I'm going to show this to her tomorrow, and...
by Steeler
Wed Feb 09, 2011 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 39718

Re: 0858: "Milk"

Other than that, Mr. Munroe is officially on a roll. Go go Randall :D I find this phenomenon hilarious. Whenever xkcd is *really* terrible, I can always count on checking the thread here and finding someone who thinks it's one of the "best ones in a long time" or some such. It's not reall...
by Steeler
Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 35429

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

If I have seen further than those who have come before me it is because I have poked out their eyes. -- Newton Newton wouldn't do that. He'd just stick a needle between their eye and their eye socket for a little while. Also, my friend and I were just playing a mash-together-unrelated cliches/quote...
by Steeler
Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Skin Gun" to treat burn victims
Replies: 27
Views: 2741

Re: "Skin Gun" to treat burn victims

All I have to say is "Helvetica Scenario".
by Steeler
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 196506

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

That was actually my least favorite episode. It was good. But all the others were better. Heart of Gold or Jaynestown for my least favorite (still good, but not the best). I had forgotten about Heart of Gold. Yeah, that was way worse than Out of Gas. I also really liked War Stories, The Train Job, ...
by Steeler
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Chiptune anyone?
Replies: 20
Views: 4836

Re: Chiptune anyone?

Punch-Out!!'s chiptunes are the best I've heard. I can't think of any bad ones I've heard, actually, off the top of my head, but I don't seek them out outside of videogames.
by Steeler
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 196506

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

That was actually my least favorite episode. It was good. But all the others were better.
by Steeler
Sun Feb 06, 2011 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)
Replies: 918
Views: 196506

Re: Firefly & Serenity (Use Spoilers!)

Rather than read all 20 pages, I'll just ask:

Does anyone have a really convincing reason why Jaynestown was not the best episode? Or can we all agree on that point?
by Steeler
Sat Feb 05, 2011 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26241

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

First-person gamers, on the other hand, prefer one-syllable words. If two syllables must be used, it should be in the relatively rare spondee meter. If three syllables are used, at least two should be accented. Single syllable: DOOM Quake Thief Strife Myst Blood F.E.A.R. SiN Spondee: Half-Life Dead...
by Steeler
Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legality of TiVo and Beyond
Replies: 12
Views: 2108

Re: Legality of TiVo and Beyond

The main question is does the legality of things like TiVo and DVRs imply that recording streaming content from places like Hulu is also legal? If not where is the legal distinction drawn? If I remember correctly, there is a specific exception in U.S. copyright law for recording from TVs and radios...
by Steeler
Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Origins of the American Civil War
Replies: 91
Views: 12006

Re: Origins of the American Civil War

*N.B.: The South was the main aggressor against states' rights here. Free states restricted themselves to freeing slaves who managed to make it inside their borders, but the Fugitive Slave Act forced all of the states to actively enforce the institution of slavery, and the logic of Dred Scott would...
by Steeler
Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wishing death on others
Replies: 22
Views: 5648

Re: Wishing death on others

I would say so, in the case of murderers. In fact, ending the lives of murderers if a part of the legal system in both the US and Uganda. Although the last execution in Uganda was in 2003, while the last execution in the US was on Tuesday. Assuming you live in the US, you have the ability to influe...

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