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by Lathe
Fri Jun 14, 2013 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13401

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

Next time, have the depth measured in fathoms .
:mrgreen:
by Lathe
Tue May 22, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...]
by Lathe
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65256

Re: 988: "Tradition"

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 ...
by Lathe
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65256

Re: 988: "Tradition"

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptP0OR-e7rI
by Lathe
Tue Nov 29, 2011 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Sun Nov 27, 2011 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 ...
by Lathe
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Tue Nov 22, 2011 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 ...
by Lathe
Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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
by Lathe
Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 ...
by Lathe
Wed Jul 21, 2010 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 ...
by Lathe
Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 ...
by Lathe
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 ...
by Lathe
Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Fri Jul 02, 2010 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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. :)
by Lathe
Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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"...
by Lathe
Fri May 21, 2010 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Fri May 21, 2010 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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
by Lathe
Wed May 12, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Wed Apr 01, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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.
by Lathe
Sat Feb 28, 2009 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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.
by Lathe
Fri Feb 06, 2009 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 :D

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". :oops:
by Lathe
Mon Oct 13, 2008 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Tue Oct 07, 2008 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 32860

Re: "Depth" Discussion

A PS/2 Mouse, how embarrassing. :P
by Lathe
Wed Feb 06, 2008 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Mon Feb 04, 2008 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Mon Feb 04, 2008 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Fri Feb 01, 2008 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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.

:twisted:
by Lathe
Tue Jan 15, 2008 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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...
by Lathe
Fri Dec 28, 2007 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0362: "Blade Runner"
Replies: 105
Views: 20387

Re: Blade Runner

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 ...
by Lathe
Wed Dec 26, 2007 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0362: "Blade Runner"
Replies: 105
Views: 20387

Re: Blade Runner

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?&...
by Lathe
Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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 ...
by Lathe
Mon Dec 17, 2007 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
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?
by Lathe
Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 56034

Re: "Python" discussion

Unforgiven wrote: ... without knowing one iota about the underlying mechanics.

In C, that would have been "...without knowing one itoa..."

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