## Search found 47 matches

Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13401

### Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

Next time, have the depth measured in fathoms .
Tue May 22, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Topic: 1057: "Klout"
Replies: 84
Views: 46816

### Re: 1057: "Klout"

Why is everyone being such a sour-klout?

[ducks to dodge thrown laptop, doesn't see the thrown CRT coming from behind...]
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:20 pm UTC
Replies: 175
Views: 65256

I'm surprised that The Twelve Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers in 1988 didn't make the list. I remember that getting and still getting massive radio airplay since I was a teenager (right up there with "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". Bob Rivers has multiple entire albums mocking Xmas ...
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:10 pm UTC
Replies: 175
Views: 65256

Here's an ancient Xmas song from the Old Ones:

Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:56 pm UTC
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 106506

### Re: 0980: "Money"

Lathe, suppose you take 1000\$ in paper currency each year and put it in a mattress. 30 years from now, how much paper currency (as in, numbers printed on bills) is there in the mattress? ( A: 30,000\$ , right?) If there is 3% inflation per year, how much purchasing power will 30,000\$ in paper curren...
Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:53 am UTC
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 106506

### Re: 0980: "Money"

On the "Value of an investment of \$1000/year" section, which I stumbled over at first too: The "Real Value: \$27,370" is counterintuitive but correct. The catch is that the \$30k investment is not all invested in present-day dollars, so f you calculate it out, the real cost of thi...
Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:32 am UTC
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 106506

### Re: 0980: "Money"

A step by step model of investing 1000\$ (in paper dollars) per year, for 30 years. We start the plan tonight, and the first payment is deposited 1 year from today. We'll calculate the "paper dollar" value of the investment (ie, how much physical cash you could turn it into, as opposed to ...
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 106506

### Re: 0980: "Money"

This chart is awesome. I have a calculation challenge, rather than a typo: Under THOUSANDS, "Value of an investment of \$1,000/year", the value after 30 years, after accounting for the cost of 3% annual inflation, is listed as \$27,370. I don't think this is right. It seems that the calcula...
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:07 pm UTC
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 106506

### Re: 0980: "Money"

Investing \$1000 a year for 30 years at 5% interest with 3% inflation will not give you a real value of \$27K. Your real interest rate is 2% so the real value after 30 years will be around \$41K (depending on how often the interest is compounded). The figure on putting your money in your mattress for ...
Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Topic: 0956: "Sharing"
Replies: 82
Views: 26272

### Re: 0956: "Sharing"

mooncow wrote:The moral is that if you give unconditionally you will end up as a cut-down stump, but if you don't then you will end up on the receiving end of the anti-DRM anti-copyright brigade's sententious posturing.

+1
Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55997

### Re: "1996" Discussion

For the HP 48SX, here some photos from the same Fall 1992 edition of EduCALC. Wow! A printer (infrared) and a floppy drive for a mere \$295! http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4077/4816161414_c8a334ef23_o.jpg 128KB of RAM, a steal at \$125 . http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4121/4815537967_74d16470c2_o.jpg ...
Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55997

### Re: "1996" Discussion

Here's some TI-81 photos from the Fall 1992 edition of the EduCALC catalog. Anyone remember the projector version of the TI-81? My math teacher had one of those. Here's the TI-81 for \$90 . http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4140/4815537885_9d51b9cd14_o.jpg Here's the TI-81 projector version I was mentio...
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55997

### Re: "1996" Discussion

Even seemingly quite basic stuff like magnitude converters (e.g. 500ns = 0.5ms = 2000Hz) or plug-in RMS calculation don't seem to be very common. ... In fact, why is there no app store? At the moment the best option seems to be to just write an Android app. Good comments. The HP 48SX has magnitude ...
Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55997

### Re: "1996" Discussion

Wow, most of you guys missed a TERRIBLE graphing calculator from TI: the TI-81 . My school got into these things so entire math classes had the sea of blue going on. They did basic things very well (ex: graphing, calculations, etc), but the flaws were: ⋅ They could only hold around 2.4KB o...
Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:26 pm UTC
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 55997

### Re: "1996" Discussion

Back in the very early 1990s, HP was better than TI, Sharp, or Casio by miles. They had: ⋅ more processing power ⋅ more memory ⋅ the ability to connect to a computer ⋅ better programming languages ⋅ the ability to perform symbolic math (ex: find the ...
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40972

### Re: "Workaround" discussion

I still have a plug in to usb floppy disk drive for my laptop. And I also have old CD's which have their own cyclic error redundancy errors. I have a old desktop that has an internal floppy drive, but the drive hasn't been used in a loooooooong time. I still have a few floppies in a container that ...
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:40 pm UTC
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 40972

### Re: "Workaround" discussion

I downloaded a blu-ray movie that's nearly 4 gigs in size. I didn't want my friend to have to spend 8 hours torrenting it, so I was trying to think of a way to get it there because I don't have a dvd burner (that's big even for dvd standards). Is it bad that the first thought that entered my head w...
Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:07 pm UTC
Topic: 0761: "DFS"
Replies: 77
Views: 19915

### Re: "DFS" Discussion

skeptical scientist wrote:So, how many panels did people make it through before figuring out the acronym DFS?

I was expecting Distributed File System (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_file_system). I was about 3 panels in before my mind went to Depth First Search.
Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 43330

### Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

FWIW, that's the International Phonetic Alphabet . The reason it's used is that Wikipedia is supposed to be global and as language neutral as possible. The pronunciation conventions used in dictionaries vary widely. Worst of all, pronunciation itself varies widely. "Correct pronunciation"...
Fri May 21, 2010 3:34 pm UTC
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 63694

### Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

[quote="10nitroWhen we "troll": "help, I have X computer problem." "[Okay|I'm busy], but you wouldn't have that problem if you used X free software that I recommended instead." "I use software that works, give the free software thing a rest already!" &quo...
Fri May 21, 2010 3:26 pm UTC
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 63694

### Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

Kalos wrote:... it created a rift of despair and woe into the very fabric of the universe that was so strong it actually created Detroit.

And in a related video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM
Wed May 12, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 43330

### Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

Funny comic that addresses a failing of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is supposed to be an encyclopedia and encyclopedias are intended to educate people. The problem is that wikipedia sometimes gets massively over-technical or over-precise to the point that the average person has little hope of comprehending...
Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 57589

### Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

Of course, the problem with any equation is that the results are only as good as the data you put into it. Based on studies, X_f should be 52 events/year and X_d averages 15 minutes if you use USA averages (not as optimistic as the e.g. numbers in the comic :wink: ). Use more regionally accurate num...
Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:24 pm UTC
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 53354

### Re: "Well" Discussion

Emacs vs vi wars are like watching warring trailer parks.

The reason people get so militant about them is that the interfaces are so terrible that you have to invest a huge amount of time to get proficient at them. Worse, the knowledge does not transfer to other tools.
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:51 pm UTC
Topic: 0549: "Westley's a Dick"
Replies: 126
Views: 33888

### Re: "Westley's a Dick" discussion

Why didn't she go for the six fingered man? He always seemed like someone who's done well for himself and not cavorting around with unsavory pirate folk.
Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:14 pm UTC
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 69446

### Re: "Base System" discussion

Chonnawonga wrote:What? No reference to saddlebacking?

Someone's been reading his Dan Savage

On a separate note, I tried to show what a big smarty I was to myself by translating the binary in my head. Unfortunately, I got a few off-by-one errors. Thus, I came up with "care 2".
Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:07 pm UTC
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53119

### Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

3. Similarly, a number of small and medium sized music stores have gone out of business because of piracy. This includes Tower Records (was a chain) and MusicWerks (was a single Seattle store that specialized in obscure industrial music for many many years). My girlfriend lost her job of many years...
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:55 pm UTC
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53119

### Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

My biggest complaint about the new "download a song" sales model (DRM or not), is that it has mostly killed off the musical 'concept album'. For those of you too young to remember what these were, a some musicians created entire albums that were tied into a central theme or even had a stor...
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:46 pm UTC
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53119

### Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

Been already said, but I just buy the CDs and rip them for my music players. Lossless > Lossy As for piracy, I've got conflicting views on this. On one hand: 1. If a vendor is charging too much for a non-necessity, consumers can just choose to not buy. 2. A number of small and medium sized labels we...
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:31 pm UTC
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 32860

### Re: "Depth" Discussion

A PS/2 Mouse, how embarrassing.
Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:24 pm UTC
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57910

### Re: Real Programmers Discussion

REAL, ACTUAL PROGRAMMERS USE IDES BECAUSE THAT BIZARRE COMMAND LINE BULLSHIT TAKES WAY TOO MUCH TIME AND YOU GET FIRED thank you I'd like to you see you use your "fancy" ide faster than my prof can use vim... and he used emacs until a year ago. I've never seen code from a prof that I woul...
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57910

### Re: Real Programmers Discussion

REAL, ACTUAL PROGRAMMERS USE IDES BECAUSE THAT BIZARRE COMMAND LINE BULLSHIT TAKES WAY TOO MUCH TIME AND YOU GET FIRED thank you I'd like to you see you use your "fancy" ide faster than my prof can use vim... and he used emacs until a year ago. I've never seen code from a prof that I woul...
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:53 pm UTC
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57910

### Re: Real Programmers Discussion

So what do fake programmers use? visual basic That makes sense. I've heard VB wasn't designed as a programming but as a modeling language. I first learned visual basic 6 in first grade. I wasn't thinking whether some elitist dude years later would look down on me, I thought it would be fun to learn...
Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:38 am UTC
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 57910

### Re: Real Programmers Discussion

I've seen these debates before. The conclusion is:
The more 'real' a programmer is, the worse his tools are.

Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Topic: 0350: "Network"
Replies: 220
Views: 22239

### Re: "Network" Discussion

While Apache has had a lead over Microsoft for a very long time, the order of magnitude difference has been 0 for the past decade since the factor has been <3.6 that entire time. I think the point is that its had a larger market share for a long time so is a bigger target. also a large number of II...
Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:55 am UTC
Replies: 105
Views: 20387

As for the movie itself, I liked it but never thought it was great. The amusing thing is that BladeRunner comes in so many different versions: with voice-over narration and without, with tacked on happy ending and without, etc. I'm still waiting for "BladeRunner: It's a desert topping no it's ...
Wed Dec 26, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
Replies: 105
Views: 20387

Some friends of mine were at home of someone who loved BladeRunner and was showing off on his brand new stereo. When the movie started explaining the lack of emotions of replicants (I think they were "cold and unfeeling", its been a while), the visiting friends "oh, like Republicans?&...
Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:25 am UTC
Topic: 0358: "Loud Party"
Replies: 146
Views: 25160

### Re: "Loud Party" discussion

yeah, that makes more sense if they are at the party, dreaming about being in the tree. props to you. and now that I look at it, the thought bubbles get bigger as they go down (opposite of normal comic conventions), and the outline of the thought bubble curls towards the tree, not the other way as ...
Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:23 am UTC
Topic: 0358: "Loud Party"
Replies: 146
Views: 25160

### Re: "Loud Party" discussion

richlayers wrote:I really like that the cups are red.

You beat me to it.

Related, is this the first use of color or am I forgetting a comic?
Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:47 pm UTC