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by Phasma Felis
Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 11494

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Digital preservation is a fascinating and criminally undervalued field. There's detailed standards out there for ways for digital information to survive (and remain readable) many years after the deaths of both the individuals and the institutions that maintained them--just for one example, by peri...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Dec 02, 2016 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 21671

Re: My little apple

freezeblade wrote:
Mike Rosoft wrote:People most certainly have mentioned Braeburns and Granny Smiths, did you not read the thread?

Try the links.
by Phasma Felis
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 21671

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I just realized I've never eaten a Honeycrisp apple by itself; I've only ever used them for cooking. Gotta correct that next chance I get. How in God's name did you manage to chop up and cook multiple apples without any of the bits winding up in your mouth? I think you just failed the Turing test. ...
by Phasma Felis
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 21671

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

If I were trapped on a desert island, and could have an unlimited supply of any one type of apple, I would point my unlimited apple supply at the ocean and continue summoning them until someone came to investigate the gigantic apple-colored stain on the globe.

Also, Honeycrisp. Obviously.
by Phasma Felis
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Where to find interview-style coding problems?
Replies: 9
Views: 9317

Re: Where to find interview-style coding problems?

I should have said, it's a week-long group interview. I don't think it's for any specific position. Thanks!
by Phasma Felis
Tue Oct 18, 2016 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Where to find interview-style coding problems?
Replies: 9
Views: 9317

Where to find interview-style coding problems?

(Not sure if this should go here or in Coding...) I'm going to be interviewing with a major tech company soon. I'm excited and nervous, obviously. It sounds like the focus will be on coding ability. From the preliminary tests, I feel like I know this stuff but I'm rusty; I've been out of work for a ...
by Phasma Felis
Sat Apr 18, 2015 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 20822

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

The problem with vi isn't its user interface, it's the lack of documentation. The old masters would probably say I've been spoiled by GUIs, but I feel like a lack of documentation/signposting is a user interface failure. A reasonably competent person should be able to sit down with a new app and us...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 20822

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

David Robinson wrote a post about this comic, A Million Lines of Bad Code . I'm inclined to agree with him. If someone asks you to look at their code, and admits that it's probably not great, then launching directly into insults makes you a useless human being. I realize Randall intended to be hyper...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 20822

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

Interestingly, I hadn't heard or read the word emoji until perhaps a month ago, but now suddenly everyone is using it as though they'd always known it. I presume it was coined in Japanese some time ago - when and why did it suddenly make the leap into English? I assume it's the same reason people s...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Apr 17, 2015 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 20822

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

Mental Mouse wrote:TECO: That was actually an editor. IIRC, "vi" was developed to be more comprehensible and less modal.

I am equally fascinated and terrified by the concept of an interface less comprehensible than vi.
by Phasma Felis
Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy
Replies: 39
Views: 9255

Recommend some non-depressing sci-fi/fantasy

I am feeling pretty rough lately, and I need some escapism that won't kick me in the teeth. It's historically difficult for me to explain what I'm looking for without sounding like I demand Saturday-morning-cartoon pap. I don't mind characters with some darkness to them, but I don't want to be made ...
by Phasma Felis
Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:00 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Locking down and speeding up Chrome
Replies: 6
Views: 4257

Re: Locking down and speeding up Chrome

Because when you closed Chrome you released all that memory; and when you open it up again with all the same tabs you're opening them up fresh. The problem isn't purely the number of tabs; the problem is the number of tabs over time. A lot of those tabs are running scripts and pushing and pulling d...
by Phasma Felis
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Selecting a license
Replies: 10
Views: 5205

Re: Selecting a license

Is "no license" a good default state, then, before you've decided where you're going with a project? Why does she want to make the code public? Mostly because she needs some sort of version control, and I recommended Git with GitHub because I like them and can help her out with them, and ...
by Phasma Felis
Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:06 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Locking down and speeding up Chrome
Replies: 6
Views: 4257

Re: Locking down and speeding up Chrome

I know cookies don't affect performance. I'm looking both speed and privacy control, as I said in the second paragraph. I will check out NoScript, thanks.
by Phasma Felis
Sun Aug 10, 2014 5:31 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Locking down and speeding up Chrome
Replies: 6
Views: 4257

Locking down and speeding up Chrome

I've got a reasonably powerful PC with 6GB of RAM, and I tend to have quite a lot of tabs open at once (a couple of dozen or more). I'm getting tired of Chrome suddenly grinding to a near-complete halt for no obvious reason. Sometimes I check the Chrome task manager and find that some bloody webcomi...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Aug 08, 2014 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Selecting a license
Replies: 10
Views: 5205

Re: Selecting a license

Thanks, this is very helpful! There's a lot I didn't fully understand about licenses. Is "no license" a good default state, then, before you've decided where you're going with a project?
by Phasma Felis
Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Selecting a license
Replies: 10
Views: 5205

Selecting a license

A friend of mine is getting into game design--probably as a hobby, but she might consider trying to sell something later. She'd like to have the code she's working on now available on GitHub, with the option of forking into closed development later if she decided to work toward a commercial release....
by Phasma Felis
Wed Jun 11, 2014 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 7 or 8.1?
Replies: 1
Views: 2316

Windows 7 or 8.1?

I skipped the original Windows 8 release and stuck with 7, but I've heard that 8.1 is a real improvement, and I've got a brief opportunity to upgrade my home machine to 8.1 for $10. (Employee discount, and yes, I'm allowed to use it at home with no limitations.) Should I do it? My main concerns are:...
by Phasma Felis
Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dealing with ebook DRM
Replies: 4
Views: 4088

Re: Dealing with ebook DRM

The humble e-book bundles are drm-free in ePub, mobi, PDF and it looks like it's going to be a new one fortnightly from now on. Sure, and there's always Project Gutenberg and various other ways to get free+libre books. Right now, though, I'm mainly looking for a solution to "I want to read boo...
by Phasma Felis
Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dealing with ebook DRM
Replies: 4
Views: 4088

Dealing with ebook DRM

(Maybe this should go in Help Desk? I'm really not sure.) I like reading books on my phone. It's always in my pocket, it's smaller even than a small paperback, and I can read it on a park bench at night. I'm grown-up enough and well-paid enough that I don't mind paying for books, either. And yet I s...
by Phasma Felis
Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:12 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Auto-switching Google accounts (in Chrome)
Replies: 1
Views: 2099

Auto-switching Google accounts (in Chrome)

Has anyone found a plugin to automatically switch Google accounts depending on which Google service you're using? My Gmail account has my real name on it, which I have no interest in exposing to the harpies of YouTube. This wasn't a problem before Google bludgeoned everything into G+, but but now th...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Tracking down an unwanted process in Android
Replies: 0
Views: 2350

Tracking down an unwanted process in Android

I have a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, not rooted, running Android 4.2.2. In the last few weeks, it's started getting noticeably warm from time to time while sitting in my pocket. Not surprisingly, the battery also seems to be running down quicker. It's never done this before, and I've been using Juic...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Dec 06, 2013 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1300: "Galilean Moons"
Replies: 34
Views: 22150

Re: 1300: "Galilean Moons"

Ganymede might possibly be a Wondermark reference.

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by Phasma Felis
Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for 9/11 news clips
Replies: 6
Views: 5934

Re: Looking for 9/11 news clips

Those are a great start, thanks!

Something else I should've asked in the first place--anyone know a good, free, easy-to-use Windows (or possibly Mac) audio editor suitable for converting, clipping, splicing, and fading out? We shouldn't need much more than that.
by Phasma Felis
Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Looking for 9/11 news clips
Replies: 6
Views: 5934

Looking for 9/11 news clips

A drama-student friend of mine is directing a play set in New York, shortly after 9/11. I'm trying to help her assemble audio clips for two purposes: 1. A collection of news reports during and immediately after the attacks, which we'll splice together into a scene-setting montage. 2. There's a scene...
by Phasma Felis
Thu Nov 14, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Why don't USB input devices work instantly?
Replies: 10
Views: 3499

Re: Why don't USB input devices work instantly?

It's basically a driver thing. When you're running Windows, you typically have specific drivers for mice and keyboards to handle things like pointer movement smoothing, acceleration, double-click speed, special key combinations, etc. So when you plug in a mouse for example, it takes a moment for Wi...
by Phasma Felis
Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Why don't USB input devices work instantly?
Replies: 10
Views: 3499

Re: Why don't USB input devices work instantly?

Jorpho wrote:Perhaps a software KVM like Synergy would be a solution?
http://synergy-foss.org/

Huh. Didn't know there was such a thing. That's worth looking into. Thanks.
by Phasma Felis
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:05 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Why don't USB input devices work instantly?
Replies: 10
Views: 3499

Why don't USB input devices work instantly?

Why does a USB keyboard or mouse sometimes take five seconds or more to become available after insertion? I realize that USB isn't just a matter of closing the circuit between the keys and the motherboard. There's a series of handshakes and negotiations to establish what sort of device it is, what i...
by Phasma Felis
Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: CryptoLocker and network backups
Replies: 0
Views: 1750

CryptoLocker and network backups

I've been meaning for ages to set up a dedicated Linux (probably Ubuntu) backup server on my home network, and the appearance of CryptoLocker makes it that much more urgent. (I'd like to think I'm savvy enough to avoid it, but famous last words, right? And my roommates are less technically-inclined....
by Phasma Felis
Mon Oct 07, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Which Scribblenauts should I play?
Replies: 4
Views: 2260

Re: Which Scribblenauts should I play?

FearoftheDomo-Kun wrote:Super Scribblenauts. It's the original but better. Original has terrible controls.

Does it literally have the same content? Or will I be missing some fun levels? :)
by Phasma Felis
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Which Scribblenauts should I play?
Replies: 4
Views: 2260

Which Scribblenauts should I play?

I've got a long flight coming up. I've got my laptop and my phone, but their batteries never last quite as long as I want, so I'm thinking of borrowing my roommate's old DS and buying a Scribblenauts game. I haven't played anything in the series yet. Should I start with the original Scribblenauts, o...
by Phasma Felis
Wed Sep 18, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Do you use your real name on GitHub?
Replies: 3
Views: 8211

Do you use your real name on GitHub?

I've gone by Phasma Felis pretty much everywhere on the internet for more than a decade. I've been using GitHub a lot at work lately, using a work account, but I have a few personal repos as well and I'm thinking of making a personal account to hold them. Only I can't decide what name to put on it. ...
by Phasma Felis
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Chapter RSS feeds for webcomics
Replies: 2
Views: 2233

Chapter RSS feeds for webcomics

Why can't I find any long-form webcomics that offer an RSS feed for complete chapters, instead of just pages? Not necessarily a whole chapter's worth of comics crammed into one RSS post, but just a link to the first page of a chapter that goes once the last page is posted. Do people actually enjoy f...
by Phasma Felis
Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:12 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows SSH client with decent palette/colorscheme handling?
Replies: 2
Views: 2308

Re: Windows SSH client with decent palette/colorscheme handl

why not just install cygwin and use whatever unix terminal emulator you like? Oh, Jesus, I tried. I love GNU Terminator, and I use Cygwin at work anyway. I gave up after a solid week of "almost sorta kinda works except for all the problems." I think the closest I got was a borderless, men...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows SSH client with decent palette/colorscheme handling?
Replies: 2
Views: 2308

Windows SSH client with decent palette/colorscheme handling?

I'm looking for a decent SSH client for Windows that lets me customize the terminal palette in some way other than Putty's "individually select each of 16 colors for each session." Basically, I would like a pull-down menu of selectable palettes (per session or for the entire client, either...
by Phasma Felis
Thu Aug 15, 2013 4:21 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Controlling terminal color scheme with bash
Replies: 4
Views: 5818

Re: Controlling terminal color scheme with bash

By "color scheme" I guess I mean "palette." E.G. Solarized , or just something as simple as "the default palette, only make the default text color green for that greenscreen look, and make Dark Blue brighter so you can actually see it on black." PuTTY allows you to spec...
by Phasma Felis
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:54 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Controlling terminal color scheme with bash
Replies: 4
Views: 5818

Controlling terminal color scheme with bash

Is there a straightforward way to control my terminal color scheme entirely within bash (overriding the terminal client's settings)? PuTTY makes changing color schemes across multiple sessions and computers a nightmare, whereas my dot-files are easily shared between boxes with this tasty little numb...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?
Replies: 77
Views: 110857

Re: Does anyone use the Vim HJKL cursor keys?

zenten wrote:I spend most of my text editing telnetting into SCO 5.0.7 boxes with vt220 term type so the arrow keys don't work for me anyway.

<shudder>
by Phasma Felis
Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:27 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Theming Pidgin
Replies: 2
Views: 2947

Re: Theming Pidgin

Update: I found these instructions to download a bunch of stuff, not install it, but instead copy various data and executables to various places in the Pidgin directory, so that every time you want to change themes, you can shut Pidgin down, run "C:\Program Files (x86)\Pidgin\Gtk\bin\gtk2_prefs...
by Phasma Felis
Fri Aug 09, 2013 5:57 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Theming Pidgin
Replies: 2
Views: 2947

Theming Pidgin

I'd like to change the color/layout theme for Pidgin on my Window 7 machines. The Pidgin-derived Mac client, Adium, makes this easy. Pidgin, as far as I can tell, makes it a nightmare. I've tried various conflicting instructions to install this or that GTK package, more executables around between di...

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