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by MadH
Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 20577

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

I write with fountain pens all the time. Classy as hell :) Furthermore, in Belgium, almost anyone can write cursive. Sad evolution in the US... Why is that sad? Cursive serves no practical purpose and is generally speaking more difficult for other people to read, to the point of being impossible fo...
by MadH
Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 32753

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

It was bound to happen eventually. This data theft will enable almost limitless [xkcd.com/792]-style password reuse attacks in the coming weeks. There's only one group that comes out of this looking smart: Everyone who pirated Photoshop. Wouldn't that be most amateur photoshop users? I can't figure...
by MadH
Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 40524

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

I have a yahoo address as opposed to gmail, so I have never gotten any email going to the wrong recipient. And I only have firstinitial lastname, even! So my chances are higher than a full firstname lastname. Another mark against gmail I guess. I always felt iffy about putting all my internet eggs (...
by MadH
Thu May 30, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 36081

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

So, if all these "sci-fi" epics are, in fact, fantasies, what defines a sci-fi from fantasy? By the arguments going on here I would actually place sci-fi as a subset of fantasy. All science-fictions are fantasy, but not all fantasies are science-fictions. What was that quote about how if t...
by MadH
Sun May 26, 2013 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18483

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

I always disliked the "Sticks and stones..." phrase because it implies that verbal/emotional abuse is not as damaging as physical abuse. That's not particularly true at all. We have suicides to prove it. You don't get that saying at all. It's not something people say to other people. It's...
by MadH
Fri May 24, 2013 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18483

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

I always disliked the "Sticks and stones..." phrase because it implies that verbal/emotional abuse is not as damaging as physical abuse. That's not particularly true at all. We have suicides to prove it. There's also the people that say "you only feel bad if you let people make you fe...
by MadH
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"
Replies: 76
Views: 26779

Re: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"

I really can't think of any routine task that I do 5 times per day and which has the potential of being shortened by one hour. Can anyone? Well, imagine applying this to invention. I started out by equating this chart to computer tasks, but randall could very well mean anything. So, the invention o...
by MadH
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 41052

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

Nope. I didn’t. I'm an autodidact and didn't need college to get more knowledge. Nor any other bad outdated and primitive form of "education" Like most people, I went there, to meet friends, girls, and ultimately to fuck my brains out. Which is the ignorantly neglected main point of colle...
by MadH
Wed Apr 17, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17749

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

Wnderer wrote:...
It's like Microsoft's attitude to what wrong with their operating system is the user.


If tech support call centers have anything to say about it, the problem with modern computers is usually the user.
by MadH
Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 26097

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

I require at least 4 programs of the adobe suite for my job. So not installing them is not an option for me. And I am certainly never going back to Quark or CorelDRAW or any of those clunky programs. See, the easy fix for the adobe download manager is to simply...turn it off. If your programs work ...
by MadH
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 26097

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

I require at least 4 programs of the adobe suite for my job. So not installing them is not an option for me. And I am certainly never going back to Quark or CorelDRAW or any of those clunky programs. See, the easy fix for the adobe download manager is to simply...turn it off. If your programs work f...
by MadH
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20910

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

While I also hate stretching or squishing video outside of its intended format... I was always under the impression that many video uploaders on youtube squished or stretched the videos to get around youtube automatically detecting the content and pulling the video for copyright reasons. I know some...
by MadH
Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 32331

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

True, the majority of what I learned from rsd (the name of the group tyler runs) could have been gained from self help guru's unrelated to pickup, but I didn't know that until after I learned it. Their marketing works based around the idea that there are a great many lonely men that wish they had t...
by MadH
Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 32331

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

Learning Pickup changed my life, helped me see my own faults in logic and selfishness when it came to relationships. Leave everything better than when you found it. What I'm trying to get at is anything good in PUA can be gleaned from elsewhere in the world, so we don't need PUA. What you happened ...
by MadH
Mon Feb 25, 2013 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 32331

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

I've noticed that when these topics come up, there's always a few guys who say that they used the self-growth side of PUA to learn to be a better person, and they don't have anything in common with the "seedy PUA" side. I can see how that might happen. If that's the case, why even associat...
by MadH
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34468

Re: 1173: Steriods

I've always thought they should just have two contests... one for regular athletes, and one for "all natural" athletes... just like in body-building. Next thing you know, they'll be banning surgical modification. Of course, if that prevents tennis players from getting breast reductions, I...
by MadH
Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29730

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

[Europe has gun control]...and has lower number of gun crimes by a country mile As if non-gun crimes of comparable consequences are so much more preferable as to not even enter into the debate. Shot to death? horrible! Beaten to death with bricks? meh, whatever, no concern 'cuz there wasn't a gun i...
by MadH
Wed Dec 12, 2012 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25670

Re: 1146: "Honest"

My mind switched over in a single gigantic wrench of thought and stayed on this new track ever since. It took a small personal crisis to do so; it may not be easy for you. I had a similar experience. It was like a scab falling off a wound and suddenly I could feel things that I had been numb to bef...
by MadH
Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25670

Re: 1146: "Honest"

Just fake it until you make it. You're only who you present yourself to be. Not necessarily. I used to be who I really was, and I understood everything just fine without being confused or scared because everything was easy without really trying and bad times were temporary and everything was inevit...
by MadH
Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 69913

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

The way I think of a mirror is this. (This is essentially a more complicated way to explain "reverses front and back" to a person who may not be able to interpret that) Imagine you are standing in front of a piece of glass. Then, imagine your body flying forward and through the glass. As y...
by MadH
Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 35441

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

I always felt that the replicators were very good at following implied constraints. When Picard asks for "tea, Earl Grey, hot", how does it know he also prefers "brewed in water, presented in a cup, less than fifty litres"? I wonder if the replicators had some kind of "pers...
by MadH
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 35441

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

"I have no idea what this is supposed to taste like" "Not like this" Chef, "Rice and Peas" Yuuuup. It's why I feel a little lost if I get a recipe that doesn't come with a picture. Also, plenty of bacteria is already growing in food while it still looks, smells, and ta...
by MadH
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 35441

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

Is there even the beginnings of a science to testing food edibility by testing the ambient air around a particular food item? The current date method is flawed, and possibly even manipulated to encourage more frequent buying (although food is already sush a consumable item, this seems a bit silly),...
by MadH
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29796

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

In all the years I've been talking about this, I think I've seen one real world example that is unclear. I'm not convinced there is any real problem. Well, I run into this problem all the time when speaking about unlikely events, as I have mentioned before. People I am not friends with do not belie...
by MadH
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29796

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

To all the people who say "it's a useful word and we have nothing to replace it with" - I'd be more inclined to believe you if I saw real evidence that the "non-figuratively" meaning was useful or necessary, or real evidence that the ambiguity in the word causes any confusion. B...
by MadH
Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29796

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

To all the people who say "it's a useful word and we have nothing to replace it with" - I'd be more inclined to believe you if I saw real evidence that the "non-figuratively" meaning was useful or necessary, or real evidence that the ambiguity in the word causes any confusion. B...
by MadH
Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29796

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

I like "literally". I tend to tack it on the end of descriptions about events where it serves as a punctuation that I am not stretching the truth or that whatever I just said was not hyperbole. It really works rather well in making an impression, especially since putting it as an afterthou...
by MadH
Mon Sep 10, 2012 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 30878

Re: 1106: "ADD"

I have a friend with ADHD. Several times he's told me it's a great thing and doesn't see why anyone should be medicated for it. He sees it as the ultimate form of multitasking - he seriously gets shit done because he's grabbing all the balloons at once apparently, and when he's popped all of those a...
by MadH
Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 31128

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

Delaware: where we only use digits on our license plates, and we can keep the plates forever. When I moved to NY I kept my DE plate because if I ever move back I can slap that sucker on a new car without having to pay for new plates (this is also why, whenever you see vanity purses and notebooks mad...
by MadH
Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1089:"Internal Monologue"
Replies: 89
Views: 25061

Re: 1089:"Internal Monologue"

I run on a set of internal rules and definitions for the "polite rules of conversation" so I don't really internal monologue all this so much as be aware of what I am doing. This only happens with strangers, really, because who needs to care with people you know? See, the thing about most ...

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