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by ekolis
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"
Replies: 35
Views: 12605

Re: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"

Showsni wrote:New life goal: build a computer in Dwarf Fortress capable of emulating Minecraft, and then build a computer within that emulation capable of running Dwarf Fortress.


And run it in Wine... running in Cygwin in a Windows VM on your Linux box.
by ekolis
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"
Replies: 35
Views: 12605

Re: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"

Someday there should be an episode of The Simpsons where Homer gets addicted to a role-playing simulation game called "The Sim-Sims", in which you roleplay as a simulated person who is into playing roleplaying simulation games.
by ekolis
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17897

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

By the way, is it just me or does this comic remind anyone else of a heavily guarded female reproductive system? :P
by ekolis
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17897

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

Random832 wrote:WHAT other users?


Hey, not EVERYONE can afford their own computer...
by ekolis
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 59546

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

Great, now xkcd will be blamed for giving the terrorists an idea...
by ekolis
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: No link to forum from xkcd.com
Replies: 5
Views: 17697

No link to forum from xkcd.com

It's been missing for some time now. Are you trying to hide the forum?
by ekolis
Wed Apr 17, 2013 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: ARGH! What's your favorite coding horror story?
Replies: 18
Views: 14802

Re: ARGH! What's your favorite coding horror story?

I was once involved with project that had a legacy codebase/database. Said database contained this amazingly awesome table name: "tbCompetencyGroupModelCompetencyModel". You see, there were already two other tables, tbCompetencyGroupModel and tbCompetencyModel, and "The Big Honking Ta...
by ekolis
Wed Apr 17, 2013 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17897

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

What you need is a separate user account on your laptop for every online account you have.

Oh, wait, someone already built that. It's called "Android".
by ekolis
Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1199: "Silence"
Replies: 107
Views: 19665

Re: 1199: "Silence"

blowfishhootie wrote:Agreed, but art and music are not synonyms. You seem to be using them interchangeably.


They are not, but I would be hard pressed to find definitions that do not leave music defined as a subset of art.

edit: too many quote tags! at times like this I almost wish we used *gasp* Community Server...
by ekolis
Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1136: "Broken Mirror"
Replies: 45
Views: 12082

Re: 1136: "Broken Mirror"

Someone should start a business called "Ecclesiastes Bathroom Remodeling". Their slogan could be "Even Qoheleth would envy your new vanity!"
by ekolis
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 39884

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Do the citizens of Western civilization now owe Microsoft reparations for the harm inflicted on the company? Oh dear...
by ekolis
Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 66051

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

2) (Silly) The Earth's already unsuitable to live upon, right? (according to the "What If"). So why not use nukes to blast a chunk of the moon out of orbit, and then use the landed chunk (which will form a gigantic 1000 mile high mountain) to climb into space from there? Or just use the n...
by ekolis
Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Is there a What-If discussion forum?
Replies: 4
Views: 4378

Re: Is there a What-If discussion forum?

Oh, thanks! Guess the What-If threads were buried under all the comic threads...
by ekolis
Thu Aug 16, 2012 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Is there a What-If discussion forum?
Replies: 4
Views: 4378

Is there a What-If discussion forum?

I wanted to post a comment on the latest What-If, but there's no place for comments there. Is there a forum for discussion of these articles? (Yes, I tried searching, but apparently "what" and "if" are invalid search terms! :roll: )
by ekolis
Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29507

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

In the analogy, the Catholics are the professionals, with their own industry-standards, etc., while the Protestants are the hobbyists disagreeing with each other constantly and forming new subgroups as a result. Watch out for the Orthodox! So Catholics are Windows, Protestants are Linux, and Orthod...
by ekolis
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29507

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

By the way, this comic should have been saved for #1156, since that is 34 squared...

edit: oops, meant 1156, not 1136!
by ekolis
Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29507

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

Human subcultures are nested fractally I first noticed this when I started learning about the doctrinal disagreements between all the different Protestant churches. Ah yes, the classic joke about the guy about to jump off a bridge who was comforted by a fellow believer, only to be pushed off by sai...
by ekolis
Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26340

Re: 1093: "Forget"

Max™ wrote:Saw someone make a comment about future historians to the effect of "6000 years ago is when George Washington and Napoleon fought Hitler because he was throwing Italians into gas chambers", more or less.


Forsooth, dost thou grok mine jive?
by ekolis
Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Alternate probabilty models
Replies: 24
Views: 4938

Re: Alternate probabilty models

Interesting concept... :) I think some of these models have already been implemented, actually: * Doesn't Team Fortress 2 increase your chance to get a crit when you have recently gotten a crit? (This would be the "streak" mechanism.) Or is it just when you're dealing lots of damage? (Eith...
by ekolis
Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26340

Re: 1093: "Forget"

Hitler is not on the list?

OH GOD... We're doomed! :shock:
by ekolis
Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "How many X can Y survive" fallacy - is this common?
Replies: 4
Views: 3270

Re: "How many X can Y survive" fallacy - is this common?

Well, actually, this question was prompted by this post I made on reddit... I said that a sandwich can survive five bites from the Heavy in TF2, but later realized that after five bites, the sandwich is gone, so the sandwich could actually only survive four!
by ekolis
Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "How many X can Y survive" fallacy - is this common?
Replies: 4
Views: 3270

"How many X can Y survive" fallacy - is this common?

I realized the other day that if I'm asked a question of the form "How many X can Y survive?" that I answer as if it were asked "How many X will it take to destroy Y?" - that is, one more than the answer to the original question! Is this a common mistake, or am I just crazy?
by ekolis
Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Internal/external vs. intra/inter
Replies: 3
Views: 5204

Internal/external vs. intra/inter

So the prefix "intra" means "within", while the prefix "inter" means "between" or "across"... but then we have "internal", which means "inside", as opposed to "external", which means "outside"! Why does "i...
by ekolis
Tue May 22, 2012 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Limited income
Replies: 3
Views: 1865

Limited income

Why is it we say that retirees and people on disability leave are on a "limited income"? Isn't everyone on a limited income? Not like everyone has money-printing machines around! :P
by ekolis
Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear fusion!
Replies: 64
Views: 13160

Re: Nuclear fusion!

You could build a reactor in a third world country, operate it very cheaply, and provide power to the citizens without any fear that the local government would attempt to use it to build a bomb. I'm actually curious - how is this true? Couldn't the local government pump ridiculously huge amounts of...
by ekolis
Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 494512

Re: Favorite math jokes

Q: What did (x + 1)(x + 2) say when it got multiplied out into x² + 3x + 2?

A: Rats! FOILed again!
by ekolis
Sat Mar 31, 2012 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Faster than light
Replies: 21
Views: 4680

Re: Faster than light

I was mainly confused about viewing, for example, a ship slowing down from FTL to just in front of the viewer. So would it be like the above image? You would see the ship appear as if from no where, then a copy/illusion of a second ship travelling back from it? Rather like the Star Trek warp effect...
by ekolis
Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1031: "s/keyboard/leopard"
Replies: 97
Views: 37152

Re: 1031: "s/keyboard/leopard"

At least it didn't replace "keyboard" with "cougar"...
by ekolis
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: THIS IS (not) REEEEEDDIIIIIIIT!
Replies: 16
Views: 3492

THIS IS (not) REEEEEDDIIIIIIIT!

Damn it. I keep wanting to upvote people's posts, but I can't. :evil:
by ekolis
Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 93568

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

For the first 17 years of my life I thought Minneapolis had another syllable, so I still commonly call it Minneanapolis. I mean, c'mon, we have Indianapolis and plain old Annapolis, and they go and think they're too good for the extra syllable. Psh. When I was a kid, I thought that "Wisconsin&...
by ekolis
Fri Mar 16, 2012 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 40418

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

WizenedEE wrote:This is my favorite way to draw stars (Tip: It really freaks people out if you do this to grade tests while they're watching)
drawingstar.gif


Ooh, looks extra satanic now, what with the elongated horns!
by ekolis
Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 93568

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

Oh, here's another one! For some reason pronouncing "eidolon" as "eye-DOLE-on" sounds wrong, so I say "IDOL-on"...
by ekolis
Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: If you could change the laws of physics...
Replies: 50
Views: 32725

Re: If you could change the laws of physics...

Timefly wrote:I'd lower the speed of light to 200mph.


You luddite! Now airplanes don't work :( Though I suppose it would also make nuclear weapons useless as well, seeing as E=mc2...
by ekolis
Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How we're going to kill ourselves
Replies: 3
Views: 3756

Re: How we're going to kill ourselves

Now comes the scary part, and that is that we continue to develop ever scarier and more powerful technology while how we govern ourselves, and consequently what this technology may be used for, falls ever further behind. Take nuclear weapons. About as glaring a thing as any sane human on the planet...
by ekolis
Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 40418

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

Or, if you'd rather not be Jewish, and would prefer the Hylian religion... http://imgur.com/mLLMh.png Side note: Anyone else remember the Nintendo DS RTS/RPG hybrid "Lost Magic"? Whoever can't draw a star is not going to do very well at that game... the third level light spell is a star! (...
by ekolis
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A good, portable C++ IDE
Replies: 8
Views: 5946

Re: A good, portable C++ IDE

How about Eclipse? It's primarily geared toward Java developers, but there's a C/C++ IDE as well.
by ekolis
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Think Before Naming Your Child
Replies: 1622
Views: 353065

Re: Think Before Naming you's Child

Tony Heh, that reminds me of my dad's stepmother... in her family, there were some rather strong Italian traditions! Pretty much one out of two men in the family was named Tony, due to the tradition of naming sons after their fathers, uncles, etc. I always knew her as "Grandma Rose", but ...
by ekolis
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 93568

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

Oh, yeah, I also pronounce "eclipse" with an accent on the "e". (The first one, of course - I'm not trying to turn it into French! :P)

Except when using it as a verb, for some reason...
by ekolis
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 93568

Re: loaves you choose to mispronounce

I prefer to pronounce "Thebes" (the ancient city) with two syllables, as if it rhymed with "Zebes" (the planet from the Metroid games)... (I wonder if I've been pronouncing "Zebes" wrong all along, too... I thought Samus' last name was pronounced "uh-RAN", not...
by ekolis
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability paradox?
Replies: 40
Views: 7731

Re: Probability paradox?

Well, this was supposed to be a hypothetical perfect RNG which can pick any negative, zero, or positive integer with equal probability... I didn't say it was a RNG that was actually able to be programmed in C or whatever :) I'm intrigued by the statement "there is no equal chance for each on th...

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