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by DragonHawk
Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 148575

Re: 1193: Externalities

Reading this thrеad on April first made my brain hurt.
by DragonHawk
Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 78271

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Cool comic. I love things that help us grok scale. I am wondering if "The Abyss" in the comic, aside from referencing Nietzsche and oceanic depths, is a reference to The Abyss , another James Cameron production. Lots of cool underwater cinematography. But I don't see any NTIs... I don't ge...
by DragonHawk
Mon Mar 12, 2012 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1028: "Communication"
Replies: 107
Views: 44622

Re: 1028: "Communication"

I, tоо, find it ironic that this comic iѕ unusually difficult tо understand, when it'ѕ apparently trying tо make a point about communications difficulties. I don't hang out on the forums much these days, so let ⅿe ask: Obviously some text replacement games arе in effect. Have they bееn in place for ...
by DragonHawk
Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 29292

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

IMNSHO: Comic was crap. Title text was laugh-out-loud funny. ----- Raise your hand if you have been in a situation where the proper solution to a problem was "Run like hell" and someone was wasting their breath about trivial details like the comic. ... another tech is wondering what the bi...
by DragonHawk
Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 37246

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

alun009 wrote:But Star Wars... it's bad art. If you disagree, you are wrong.

Please explain to me how art can be "good" or "bad".
by DragonHawk
Wed Dec 21, 2011 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 67809

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

While I agree that Walmart ketchup probably tastes like Hunts ketchup, I haven't seen any evidence that they're getting them from the same factory. Heh. In many cases, the products actually do come from the same factory, but that doesn't mean they're identical. Sometimes it's just as simple as the ...
by DragonHawk
Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 67809

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

but Walmart pretty much already does this with their "Great Value" products: Great Value's products -- and most other store brands, for that matter -- tend to be *much* more decorated than this, though. Not just black lettering on plain white backgrounds. They typically feature a store lo...
by DragonHawk
Wed Dec 21, 2011 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 67809

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

This has been done. There was a brand called, IIRC, "No Frills Products", which did exactly this. Their packages which plain white, with a large black sans serif generic product names on their labels. The only decoration was a red and blue pinstripe. They stood out like crazy because of th...
by DragonHawk
Mon Dec 19, 2011 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 37246

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

I rewatched the entire series again, and I must say I found the original trilogy incredibly boring. Time has not been kind to it — the amazing special effects are now laughable, all the tropes they employed have been so stereotyped as to be predictable, the acting of that age just feels ghastly to ...
by DragonHawk
Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 37246

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

Glad someone explained the comic, because I sure didn't get it. And I still don't think it's funny. Oh well, win some, lose some. ----- controversial opinion- Darth Maul is not badass. No seriously he's not. At least he has moves. Boba Fett is the most overrated villain of the series. Agreed that Bo...
by DragonHawk
Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 37806

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

At first I was wondering why the blank-book-owner wasn't wearing a beret. Then I read the title text.
by DragonHawk
Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 29406

Re: 0916: Unpickable

On the Kaba Mas? I've been in love with that lock since back when it was the Mas Hamilton X-07 and I've heard that there may be/is an X-10 out now? Anyway, the lock is fantastic. It's an example of a perfect or near-perfect seal. What we're getting at $WORK is still the X09. There may be an X10 in ...
by DragonHawk
Mon Jun 27, 2011 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 29406

Re: 0916: Unpickable

There are some absolutely brilliant locks out there. Check out the Abloy Protec or Fichet 3D for example. Beautiful locks. I don't know much about actual locks, so I Googled those. I was amused that the first hit for " Abloy Protec " was " How to open Abloy Protec cylinder lock "...
by DragonHawk
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 53072

Re: 0914: "Ice"

Ctrl-F5 for force refresh, which I assume is still valid. Historically, F5 only checked the local host for updates, Ctrl-F5 goes back to the original host. Er, no. A regular refresh (F5 or Ctrl+R) causes the browser to make an HTTP request with the "If-Modified-Since" header. The date is ...
by DragonHawk
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 29406

Re: 0916: Unpickable

There is a school of thought that a safes main purpose is to keep sensitive materials safe long enough so a human, either through an alarm or routine patrol can interrupt the person trying to break in before the break is successful. That is indeed the usual thinking, from what I've seen. "Ther...
by DragonHawk
Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 53072

Re: 0914: "Ice"

Lorenz wrote:
Economica wrote:How does one procure a bathtub full of kidneys? And who does that?

As to the How I have no answer, but the who certainly sounds like black hat guy.

Maybe the girl in this one is BHG's girlfriend?
by DragonHawk
Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 181187

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Sweet Zombie Jesus, I can't believe people are *still* posting about this. OH MY GOD I GOT FROM POINT A TO POINT B!! Next I'll go make potty like a big boy...
by DragonHawk
Mon Jun 20, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 53072

Re: 0914: "Ice"

BrianB wrote:Apparently this comic is so awesome that even [...] can't find anything bad to say about it.

Shhhh! Nothing attracts a troll more than mentioning it by name. It's like saying "Candlejack", you're just asking for
by DragonHawk
Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0914: "Ice"
Replies: 92
Views: 53072

Re: 0914: "Ice"

kasmeneo wrote:The lack of transplant organs and the whole black market around that is still a serious issue.

It's okay. Stick figure kidneys aren't compatible with human kidneys.
by DragonHawk
Sun Jun 12, 2011 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 32600

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Am I the only one thinking that server name selection window looks kinda DOS-like? Pretty sure Randall's trying for either dialog or newt . Both are UI libraries for text terminals, and are vaguely interoperable. They're used by a lot of the Linux OS installers, either as an alternative for when X ...
by DragonHawk
Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 32600

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

I've done the same thing with my home server since around 2002. It's been "hiroshige" through three complete hardware replacements, about 3 total distro changes (redhat -> suse -> fedora -> centos), and three moves (different homes). Yah, I had a whitebox PC like that. It began life circa...
by DragonHawk
Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 32600

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

One shop I worked at, we used Simpsons characters. Home dirs and other corp files were on homer, firewall was quimby, nameservers itchy and scratchy, web server bart. Each machine had a printed image of the character taped to it. University had a bunch of boxes named after Tolkien characters, but al...
by DragonHawk
Fri May 27, 2011 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 181187

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Hey, wow, I just discovered something: If you pick a random Wikipedia article, and click the first link in it, and keep doing that, you'll eventually get to "Philosophy"!
by DragonHawk
Fri May 27, 2011 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 181187

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Hey, wow, I just discovered something: If you pick a random Wikipedia article, and click the first link in it, and keep doing that, you'll eventually get to "Philosophy"!
by DragonHawk
Thu May 26, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 181187

Re: #903: Extended MInd

That's funny, because I know several people with actual lives and none of them have ever referred to Randallism. I'd never heard it before, either, but I do love the term, and have suggested on Wikipedia that it be adopted as standard terminology for xkcd-related vandalism. Also, just like the peop...
by DragonHawk
Wed May 25, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 181187

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

You guys have way too much free time.

;-)
by DragonHawk
Wed May 25, 2011 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 181187

Re: #903: Extended MInd

This really isn't that surprising. As phlip alludes to, a fairly common linguistic pattern in explanatory text is to identify the class something belongs to early on, thus leading one in the direction of more general topics. Eventually you're going to get into some fundamental branch of learning, li...
by DragonHawk
Mon May 02, 2011 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 221
Views: 84886

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

"The dinosaurs are extinct because they didn't have a space program." -- Larry Niven
by DragonHawk
Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52162

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

I don't think I'm going to dignify that with a reaction. Too late. Good point. I had thought about that before posting. I decided that it wouldn't count as the type of "reaction" böaldas meant, and that it would be better than not doing anything and hoping people would just get the messag...
by DragonHawk
Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52162

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

You are perfectly entitled to your own views, of course, but please don't try to make generalizations about them to everyone who believes in a God. I apologize. Thank you, most people don't have the courage to do that. In truth most people are just too annoyed by such pathetic pedantry to dignify y...
by DragonHawk
Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52162

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

See, now, I think those "macro" pics of irises and pupils are *cool*. Somewhat weird looking, to be sure, but cool. Fascinating. Wondrous. To quote a certain advertising campaign, "The world is just awesome", and I find joy in its myriad ways of being. Beauty is in the eye of the...
by DragonHawk
Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52162

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

A friend of mine had me look at some magnified images of human eyes. The pupil, as it turns out, is not a part of the eye that is black, but actually a hole in the eyeball that lets light in, like the shutter of a camera. I already knew that, and think the pictures you describe sound cool, and am d...
by DragonHawk
Mon Feb 14, 2011 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52162

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

colovelo wrote:P.S. Why can't I use the [url] tag in the forums?

Your account is considered too new. It's an anti-spam measure.
by DragonHawk
Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52162

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

That people think bacteria categorically are equivalent to "dirty" or "harmful" is itself an ignorant conceit. There are more microorganisms in every human being than human cells. Not that I disagree with your basic premise, but that second sentence there seems dubious. Unless h...
by DragonHawk
Mon Feb 14, 2011 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52162

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

At work, we got a UV lamp (blacklight) in order to identify CRTs with residual images (burn-in). On a whim, I took it into one of the bathrooms to see if I could spot any "body fluids" like on TV. Never, *EVER* do that. I was not surprised to find that I could. I was somewhat surprised at ...
by DragonHawk
Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: How many forum members does it take to change a lightbulb?
Replies: 47
Views: 6450

Re: How many forum members does it take to change a lightbul

sillybear25 wrote:
DragonHawk wrote:- One newbie to bump the topic six monthsthree-and-a-quarter years from now and start it all over again


http://xkcd.com/363/

http://sign.sagittarius.hu/
by DragonHawk
Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 50380

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

I wonder if when you start to get distortion in the bass and highs if it is really a matter of personal preference, though. I suppose one could simply not mind that. People tend to like what they're used to. A lot of tube gear that people were used to made the music "sound warmer", i.e., ...
by DragonHawk
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 50380

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

I have a question related to all the Nyquist theory stuff. It seems to deal only with sine waves. Where are people getting this from? I've seen nothing to suggest it. Most of the stuff I've read doesn't even *mention* sine waves. Granted, I'm using the Internet, but if it's on the Internet it has t...
by DragonHawk
Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 50380

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

I really didn't explain it well. By "mathematically reconstruct", I mean this: get a sine wave of 48Hz, and take samples at 100Hz. If you try to reconstruct the original signal from the samples by "smoothing" the transitions, i.e. putting the points in a time graph and interpola...
by DragonHawk
Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 50380

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

With a sampling frequency of 100 Hz, for example, a 48Hz signal would be terribly reproduced, even though it could be recovered mathematically from the samples. I would be more credulous, if not for the second part. If you can "recovery mathematically" the original waveform, by definition...

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