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by Jamaican Castle
Tue May 27, 2014 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1373: "Screenshot"
Replies: 31
Views: 19049

Re: 1373: "Screenshot"

I find unread Skype messages particularly hard to ignore, and yet some people are all "oh, I didn't notice that" when the window has been flashing orange on the taskbar for several minutes . They're probably just using the Mac client, where the notification is a small number on the tray i...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon May 19, 2014 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 17860

Re: 1370: "President"

Actually if we combine rmsgrey's law with Murphy's law, we conclude that all useful data on the Internet will be lost, and all embarrassing photos will persist. Isn't that Finagle's Law? Murphy's Law suggests that, given a choice between deleting the useful data and the embarrassing photos, someone...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon May 19, 2014 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 17860

Re: 1370: "President"

cellocgw wrote:Besides, you don't have any actual evidence suggesting that a president does a better job if he likes people, do you? :twisted:


If a President is elected who likes people, don't worry, the job will quickly take care of that oversight.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu May 15, 2014 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 20031

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

But then, if there's $132 trillion worth of oil, I wonder why there should be only $77 trillion worth of "sellable stuff in the world" (second image)... :? The "Money" chart mentions $77 trillion worth of liquid assets, but (afaik) liquid assets are only cash and things close to...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 13534

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

Now I'm curious... if you spun the Earth up over time, rather than instantaneously, how fast could it go before bits started flying off? (I guess I should clarify that I mean bits of the Earth, not trifling little things like cows and people. I imagine they're a lot easier to fling into the depths o...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Apr 15, 2014 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 21623

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

Sorry to say that changing a banner for airplane advertising would be dangerous and almost impossible. Every banner is thoroughly checked pre-flight. The airplane takes off first and picks up the banner in a (very) low pass. Nobody is allowed in the plane but the pilot, because it's more dangerous ...
by Jamaican Castle
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 32466

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

Heartbleed is kind of a big deal, *and* it's kinda urgent to fix things that might be vulnerable as a result, which I tnink explains the two consecutive comics. We had a whole bunch about cancer when his wife was going through that, because that was the most important thing going on at the time. I ...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31973

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

keldor wrote:Or they could just snoop your web traffic and see the URL request on its way to the server...


Or, better/worse yet, snoop on Hotmail's web traffic and see everybody's URL requests.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Apr 10, 2014 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31973

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

<tinfoil hat on> So, what's known about Heartbleed's provenance? By which I mean, how do we know the NSA didn't plant it intentionally? <tinfoil hat off> It doesn't seem like it achieves what the NSA would want in a backdoor. If you want to make a bunch of money (or make fraudulent purchases, etc.)...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31973

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

I don't know but, being an ultracrepidarian, I will answer anyway. I suspect it might have several uses. Although TCP/IP allows a Keep-Alive, it isn't widely used. There is otherwise no traffic at all on an idle TCP/IP connection. Thus, if a client computer crashes, the server may never discover th...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Apr 10, 2014 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31973

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

I'm curious why the people who initially designed the protocol allowed for clients to send arbitrary heartbeat requests in the first place, as opposed to making it a standardized message or at least of standard length. Was there a specific use they had in mind for that ability, or was it just an arb...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Apr 09, 2014 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31973

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

Devil N wrote:No amount of programming languages and frameworks is going to protect you from incompetent programmers.


Whenever you create a foolproof system, the universe just goes and makes a bigger fool to goof it up.
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31973

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

The superstitious among us might wonder what they expected when they made a security protocol with "open" in the name.
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1351: "Metamaterials"
Replies: 59
Views: 19981

Re: 1351: "Metamaterials"

Pfhorrest wrote:Roses are red,
Grasses are green,
I'm deuteranopic,
if you know what I mean.


If I don't know what you mean, does your problem clear up?
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1349: "Shouldn't Be Hard"
Replies: 22
Views: 10227

Re: 1349: "Shouldn't Be Hard"

When you combine the first and second panels, you arrive at the conclusion that someone should have made it easier already. Given some of the incredibly complex things made very, very easy in the history of computers, I can't argue with this logic. General Furious Doodling? Sounds like a fine descri...
by Jamaican Castle
Sat Mar 15, 2014 8:38 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 44358

Re: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"

There's probably a grain of truth to that. The Tornado's Sky Shadow pod could well have detected the police radar and emmited a signal to confuse it. The police radar gun could have shut down through getting confused about the signals it was now receiving. Now it's unlikely that a Tornado would hav...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"
Replies: 59
Views: 15795

Re: What-if 0082: "Hitting a Comet"

Why does the target switch from SF to LA for a paragraph or two? (Admittedly, it's not like one is an easier shot than the other, from New York). Also, does the probe really take such a circuitous path? Is it, indeed, possible to slingshot around oneself (my every instinct says "no", with ...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1323: "Protocol"
Replies: 37
Views: 12507

Re: 1323: "Protocol"

Another installment in the "Randall gets kicked out of cryptography conferences"* plot line?

*well, and any other conference he can find
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:54 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 17691

Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

Protip: if you ever find yourself consulting the label on your giant teabag to tell if you're making a good decision, disregard what it says - you're not. Asking Britain to go without electricity for 20 days just to fill one of their lakes with tea seems like it might be a hard sell. You, sir, do no...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 27420

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

I note that the Star Wars regex code does not work for The Clone Wars (Unless you count the space before the 'The', in which case it would match a heap of the Star Trek subtitles), but that's not one of the six main movies. Yeah, I think that would be considered a series and I think the comic is on...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1312: "Haskell"
Replies: 70
Views: 21529

Re: 1312: "Haskel"

SecondTalon wrote:The same way a kid at a birthday party hates eating another slice of cake.


Wait... there are kids who hate eating more cake? I never had those at my birthday parties...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Jan 03, 2014 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1312: "Haskell"
Replies: 70
Views: 21529

Re: 1312: "Haskell"

I've heard of indie musicians, and indie gamers, but this has to be the first time I've seen an indie programmer.

I have to say, it doesn't come off any better than the other two...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Aug 29, 2013 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 44401

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Having grown up in the midwest, I can say there are definitely basements there. Particularly nice during the summer.. or when there's a tornado.
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Aug 28, 2013 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 19628

Re: 1257: "Monster"

Diadem wrote:But is it bigger than a mole of moles?


I sure hope not. I'm not certain how to go about fighting moon-sized alien monsters.
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 44401

Re: 1256: "Questions"

Technically "until it has completely reacted" is a perfect escape clause (it will keep burning through things until... the reaction stops, however soon or late that may be), but yeah, 900kg to burn not even 1m down is not nearly on the scale that "the center of the Earth" should...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1257: "Monster"
Replies: 84
Views: 19628

Re: 1257: "Monster"

A nuclear weapon with the power of the Hiroshima Bomb? Pretty tiny by today's nuclear weapon standards... As long as we don't measure it in tons of TNT... One of these days I'd like to see a comedy sketch where an explosion is described as X kilotons, and then we see a picture of somebody actually ...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 44401

Re: 1256: "Questions"

I see a dalmatian in the Rorschach. A sad dalmatian.
by Jamaican Castle
Sun May 05, 2013 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1207: "AirAware"
Replies: 39
Views: 9742

Re: 1207: "AirAware"

I've got 15 rounds of .40 cal ammunition in my pistol that says that his UAVs would have a shorter than expected flight time... Correct this! :twisted: The 16th drone arrives with an invoice for using the previous 15 as skeet. If you refuse, it reminds you that not paying your outstanding debts is ...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu May 02, 2013 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15523

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

Whizbang wrote:
Spoiler:
Image


Sudo stop making me a sandwich?
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17669

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

What you're all forgetting is, if somebody steals your laptop, whether or not it's logged in, they have complete access to everything on it unless you use full disk encryption. Even in the case of some partial disk encryption schemes (like earlier versions of Apple's FileVault), you're only delayin...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0038: "Voyager"
Replies: 39
Views: 15769

Re: What-If 0038: "Voyager"

We'd have to be pretty foolish to go to all that effort and not remember to put reentry equipment on the recovery vehicle... I suppose it would be a lot easier to have a second recovery vehicle that links up with the original probe and the first RV at, say, a year before Earth impact that's carrying...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Mar 26, 2013 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107332
Views: 51428496

Re: 1190: "Time"

I dunno about "creepy", but it is getting into the territory of #799 - reading way too much into what's basically an innocuous reference. I mean, sometimes artists just have an idea that looks pretty, without it needed to stand for some kind of tangible trauma or joy. Sometimes a sand cast...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107332
Views: 51428496

Re: 1190: "Time"

crawlkill wrote:maybe this'll end up being a joke and not a meditation on death after all.


Who says it can't be both?
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 24901

Re: 1181: "PGP"

We know they're invisible because we can't see them.
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100413

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

What? "British Islands" is different from "British Isles"? These guys must be crazy. It's the distinction between the geographical feature known as "the British Isles", versus those islands which happen to be British, e.g. administered by the British government. The te...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100413

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I suspect that by the time anyone cared to devise a universal timekeeping schema, the current calendar and all its baggage were simply too widespread to be worth changing. A change in timekeeping would have to adjust billions of individual calendars and clocks to the new standard, not to mention all...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100413

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I sort of agree. But not really, because reality intercedes. Yes, it would be nice if software sorted correctly given DD-MM-YYYY or MM-DD-YYYY. But... it doesn't. Nautilus doesn't, Windows explorer doesn't, ls doesn't. I'd be surprised if any remotely-commonly used file tool did . (The most likely ...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100413

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Clearly the only solution is to build a complex programming module that holds all of your time information and can output it in whatever manner you want. For maximum annoyance, it should be programmed in something exceptionally dense that isn't widely taught any longer (or Basic).
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 44976

Re: 1168: Tar

Varriount wrote:Can't there be some sort of standardization?


At a guess, no.
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 24126

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

I, for one, intend to end all of my long lists with "... and gin" for the foreseeable future. I mean, c'mon. Gin is great for parties, family reunions, Christmas, New Years', old years, birthdays, death-days, bashes, balls, shindigs, court cases, revelry, revelations, revolutions, revivifi...

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