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by jonat
Wed Apr 22, 2015 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 12507

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

"Basketball is a peaceful planet!"

https://youtu.be/0ymFxkFfIhU?t=405
by jonat
Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 19620

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

PL/C was an "error correcting" implementation of PL/I from Cornell University that always gave you a compilable program no matter how badly you screwed up the syntax. Unfortunately, its corrections were rarely "correct' - while it could add missing semicolons and insert a * if you typ...
by jonat
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1347: "t Distribution"
Replies: 65
Views: 24780

Re: 1347: "t Distribution"

When I saw the comic, I was reminded of this story: http://deedy.quora.com/Hacking-into-the ... ion-System
by jonat
Mon Mar 17, 2014 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1343: "Manuals"
Replies: 34
Views: 15201

Re: 1343: "Manuals"

ysth wrote:The B stands for Bacchus - a clue as to what state you should be in to continue reading?


Er, Backus. As in Extended Backus-Naur Form.
by jonat
Fri Jan 03, 2014 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1312: "Haskell"
Replies: 70
Views: 21140

Re: 1312: "Haskell"

Bah! It can't hold a candle to INTERCAL.
by jonat
Tue Nov 05, 2013 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 32128

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

by jonat
Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107158
Views: 48956871

Re: 1190: "Time"

I really don't understand this. It's not offensive to anyone but a select few people, it seems - "guys" is just another way of saying "you people" in less syllables. Does it really matter that much? No, not really. I think "folks" is a perfectly good gender-neutral sub...
by jonat
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107158
Views: 48956871

Re: 1190: "Time"

The fact that Ayriannah is miffed at being called "guy" narrows the options a bit. My wife and I hate it when a restaurant server refers to us as "guys". I mentally deduct from the tip each time it occurs (but tend not to reflect it in the actual tip.) I think Ayriannah needs a ...
by jonat
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1191: "The Past"
Replies: 85
Views: 17042

Re: 1191: "The Past"

And going back a bit further, H. Beam Piper's Paratime series (forum won't let me link to Wikipedia's page on it), starting in 1948. The Paratime series written by H. Beam Piper consists of several short stories, one novella, and one novel; they deal with an advanced civilization that is able to tra...
by jonat
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1191: "The Past"
Replies: 85
Views: 17042

Re: 1191: "The Past"

Bruce Sterling wrote a short story in the 80ies about people travelling to other timelines to obtain resources (among other things - oil). I think he may have been first. It is called "Mozart in Mirrorshades". Not first by several decades. This has been an oft-occurring theme in science f...

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