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by tahrey
Wed Sep 14, 2011 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36908

Re: 0951: "Working"

What of the money spent vs time using a web / smartphone service that shows you the cheapest prices within a certain radius of a point you choose (home, work, current location), and either a/ the cost of the app, and/or b/ the extra spam you get from providing your email even if the service is "...
by tahrey
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321400

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I take issue with this comic i'm afraid.... hopefully the points have been raised already but i've had this tab open 2 hours without having chance to log in, so not really the time to read 7+ pages 1/ pretty vulnerable to dictionary attacks. OK, they have to stack multiple words, but that still make...
by tahrey
Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 44380

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

Wow... I already thought radiotherapy machines were pretty kickass, but this has got to be the most awesome description of what they do that I've yet seen. Way to take the tragedy and misery and bring something more positive out of it. 8) Plasma man: Seriously, if you ever need to find something to ...
by tahrey
Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 69750

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

All I feel qualified to put here is: Having previously been the guy who runs the machine which detects the metastatic tumours that have grown large enough to actually be picked up by current technology (by which point, unless you're lucky enough for them to show up in a place that's treatable by che...
by tahrey
Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 34418

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Psh. Trivial. Coming up with THEMES for a group of servers is the tricky part. That's easy. Last place I was had obscure elements (e.g. cobalt, bismuth). Current place is nautical. CTHULHU! That's what we've done here - except we have so many servers on the go at once we're just working through the...
by tahrey
Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 29222

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

Do you have my Encarta '95 CD-ROM? I've got a bootleg copy of it I had off a friend, if you like, and 96 too. I'm not sure how readable a 12 year old CDR made in a 4x burner will be, but it IS a gold disc at least... Or I can dupe you up my original copy of '94 instead. And if I can get some kid to...
by tahrey
Mon May 16, 2011 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81844

Re: 899: "Number Line"

thoughts on reading this: hurr durr I'll make a series of jokes that are actually jokes I've made before. the people love graphs with math jokes, right? Oh, bore off. I got a rise out of it. Maybe they have been done before but some of us don't have eidetic schizophrenia. Regarding http://www.stran...
by tahrey
Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26604

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

I'm loving all this but I have to dispute a couple of points... "Tee-NAGE Mew-TANT Nin-JA Turrr-DLES" (or for my fellow UK viewers, "Hee-RO Turrr-TLES") is clearly an iamb, at least the way it's sung in the title song. But it's still sort of within the bounds of this surprising a...
by tahrey
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0700: "Complexion"
Replies: 93
Views: 32159

Re: "Complexion" Discussion

If you don't want to get acne, then wash your pillowcase twice a week. Toss it in with your whites when you do the laundry, and use plenty of bleach . If your pillowcase is a dark color (meaning you can't throw it in with your whites), then go buy a couple of white pillowcases, they're cheap and yo...
by tahrey
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0700: "Complexion"
Replies: 93
Views: 32159

Re: "Complexion" Discussion

The science of acne. Love it. Batman / Two Face reference. Really love it. Hie thee to your nearest local method of extracting stuff from the BBC iPlayer then. Currently there's a program on there called "Revealed: How To Beat Spots". Can't remember if I've snagged it myself but it does s...
by tahrey
Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0700: "Complexion"
Replies: 93
Views: 32159

Re: "Complexion" Discussion

(yeah I know it's been said a few times already, but I'm still grinning, so..) PFFFT! Baaaahahaha, now that I did NOT expect. Well played :D And, damn it all, where were you 12 years ago when I could have USED this information, or at least inspiration? :roll: And and and... is Batman's next target.....
by tahrey
Fri Jan 29, 2010 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 222125

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

BAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW :cry: :cry: :cry: Damn you, man! It was bad enough letting go of my first car (which was a bit like Spirit itself :D) This is just.... gulp... oh heck :( "And what is at the end of the desert?" JUDGEMENT. Brutha considered this. "Which end?" Death grinne...
by tahrey
Wed Jan 20, 2010 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 37722

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

^^^ Also I'm doing my damnest to force echochamber to upgrade to a bigger disk. What I originally wanted to do was run the maths on floppies vs 16gb micro SD vs iTunes. One floppy disk = 1.39Mb... assuming the typical 3.5", high density, MSDOS formatted type. One "16Gb" µSD card = abo...
by tahrey
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 37722

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

Time for a bit of one-downmanship. First memory card? TWO MEGABYTES. Smartmedia, supplied with the first digital camera I ever saw, a big-ass 1.3 megapixel Fuji with picture quality best described as "appalingly crap", which my mother's workplace (special school) bought for about £700. It ...
by tahrey
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64152

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

Isn't "mpg" really a "distance per unit energy" term if you're strict about what it is representing, rather than a "distance per unit volume"? It's a measure of how far you'll move the vehicle with the potentially available energy from a given volume of fuel, or therea...
by tahrey
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64152

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

England drifted out to sea... And nothing of value was lost. ouch, that's cold man Just like England. As a resident of one of the slightly darker grey patches in the middle of that mottled white polygon, having lazily drifted my way into work perpendicular to the direction of travel on summer tyres...
by tahrey
Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34506

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

Guys, the thing you're looking for is called "dead man's handle". For the more paranoid of us (or those who actually live life on the ragged edge) it can be set to require a passcode entered on a quite frequent basis... say once every 12 hours, even. You don't enter the password (even by t...
by tahrey
Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0676: "Abstraction"
Replies: 88
Views: 21321

Re: "Abstraction" Discussion

If automobiles had experienced a similar rate of improvement in performance since their invention, then today's cars would drive faster than light and travel light-years on a tank of fuel, and have enough engine power to alter the Earth's orbit. And, for no reason whatsoever, they'd crash twice a d...
by tahrey
Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 48307

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

ibm-derived machines (erroneously refered to as 'PCs') Would you prefer IBM PC compatible? :roll: Which they're slowly accelerating from being, anyway. You wanna tell me if you can access your MFM hard disk, 5.25" SSDD, COM/LPT ports (WITHOUT drivers) or ISA expansion cards all so easily with ...
by tahrey
Fri Nov 20, 2009 7:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I've been shown the meaning of xkcd...
Replies: 3
Views: 1542

I've been shown the meaning of xkcd...

Via some news site's short URL links.
Apparently, it's Moomins.

http://is.gd/4XKCD

... I wonder what we get by changing the number and/or the capitalisation?
by tahrey
Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47283

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

But anyway. What I really wanted to ask, before seeing the thread and brewing up the steam I had to blow off. Is. Can anyone explain this inverse square magic number thing to me and the other curious, yet unwashed non-math-genius masses WITHOUT it descending into an inpenetrable fucking mess of alge...
by tahrey
Wed Nov 18, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47283

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

business "My god.. this will sell by the bucketload, make us a fortune and every household in the world will get this machine and thereby make use of your code , though they won't give a shit about your code either because nobody will ever actually see the code, much less reuse it, since we're...
by tahrey
Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 84849

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

[html][head title="Sad, but inspired" embed="NVRGNAGV.MID"][/head][body textcolor=#FFEE77 bgcolor=#001122 background="kaleido.gif" link=33EE00] [h1][marquee][blink] I'd just like to offer my own note of thanks for that thoughtful little tribute, R a n d a ll. [/blni...
by tahrey
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59202

Re: "Scary" Discussion

Tryptych post: One way I've pulled this on my mother is in "inheriting" (read: saving-from-rotting-in-her-garage) a stack of vinyl from her on having got myself (read: intercepted it on the way to the dumpster at work) a fully working turntable and amp. Discovering a copy of Joan Baez's fi...
by tahrey
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59202

Re: "Scary" Discussion

SirMustapha: I think what you have there, and what can be used to sum up a lot of this thread is.... Shit! I can get nostalgic as well as older people! Am I old? Time seems to be passing faster. Must be getting old, then. There's kids younger than me, that never used to happen, last thing I knew I w...
by tahrey
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59202

Re: "Scary" Discussion

You've done what the worst of /b/ couldn't dream of. Wait... did he rule 34 Yotsuba when we weren't looking? (love the name btw, that immediately puts you in a prior era unless you've been doing your research i think?) Anyone feeling this kind of time displacement needs to be watching the BBC's cur...
by tahrey
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eBay Sniping: Why does it even exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 8092

Re: eBay Sniping: Why does it even exist?

The question is what eBay wants to accomplish. To some extent, ebay bidding is an amusing game. I once got a weird tick to buy neckties on eBay, and I bought 6 or so just for fun. I even wear some of them, so the money wasn't entirely wasted, but the process of looking for potential bargains, biddi...
by tahrey
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: eBay Sniping: Why does it even exist?
Replies: 29
Views: 8092

Re: eBay Sniping: Why does it even exist?

In my own personal case... it's complicated. It helped me score my motorcycle for one thing. If items on there are somewhat of a commodity status, plenty of them, at a price where I don't much have to think about the purchase, there's no point (plus, they tend to be "buy it now" these days...
by tahrey
Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0641: "Free"
Replies: 168
Views: 43287

Re: "Free" Discussion

I have also seen adverts like "our new phone now has apps" where they are trying to copy the iphone. They then go on to list the web browser, and nothing else. That is not an app! Weirdly enough, I've been doing exactly the same thing with iPhone ads for the last couple of years. "No...
by tahrey
Fri Sep 18, 2009 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35723

Re: "The Search" Discussion

>westrim again

Welcome to XKCD, this kind of shit happens all the time here.
Also, well done on reposting the entire wall of my text just to add a one-line comment. New to usenet/discussion boards in general?
by tahrey
Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35723

Re: "The Search" Discussion

also, my own apologies for the wall of text ;) >westrim "each and every one also needs the software for, say, chewing" And each and every Mac II needed the software for displaying windows, accessing discs, etc. But there was enough redundant capacity to run a multitude of other programs, a...
by tahrey
Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35723

Re: "The Search" Discussion

Indeed, consider HEX in Discworld. A thinking machine whose limited AI arises out of innumerate ants rushing around and being blocked or routed by a series of gates, themselves manipulated by other ants... our idea of what constitutes a sapient/sentient being cannot afford to be so limited as "...
by tahrey
Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 43043

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Theres a new version of that game for Gameboy called Survival Kids. (Or at least, same generic plot line). It has 8 different endings. Yeah, I've seen that, it's an interesting idea... (GBC or GBA i think? and it has a built in realtime clock in the cartridge?) But it's not the same game by any cha...
by tahrey
Fri Aug 14, 2009 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 43043

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

Heh.... British, 27 years old, the Apple II wasn't deemed fit to go in our schools and so never really made it across the pond, let alone the rather ethnocentric teaching materials its host schools ran... (I have fairly vague memories of BBC Micros, Sinclair Spectrums, an Atari 800, a handful of Aco...
by tahrey
Sun Aug 09, 2009 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36585

Re: "Wings" Discussion

xeroxorex wrote:the same thing, but far more succinctly, and somehow three hours earlier but my browser didn't show it til after i wrote what i did


ah, CRAP :mrgreen:
by tahrey
Sun Aug 09, 2009 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36585

Re: "Wings" Discussion

Lemme think on a few things here... Falling at 9% of normal acceleration will mean you touch down more survivably, and it'll probably be more like 7-8% because of the loss of the wings (which would have to be very heavy and almost unflappable to make up even 9% of typical bodyweight) and the additio...
by tahrey
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0615: "Avoidance"
Replies: 75
Views: 16373

Re: "Avoidance" Discussion

Or it could be she realised he was a dick and gave him that number just so that she could fuck with him... maybe not even step one, in fact. Might be her own hobby. That, or just listening to his voice in those situations gets her off. No law saying its only guys who do prank calls (or in this case,...
by tahrey
Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0593: "Voynich Manuscript"
Replies: 111
Views: 37830

Re: "Voynich Manuscript" Discussion

On the author's defensive... Kalos: It's a joke, man. It doesn't need to infer absolute accuracy. We can assume it's the characters fucking up or being economical with the actual facts for the sake of a shared laugh, if you like. Other people on about spelling: Glossolatia ... may be a genuine mista...
by tahrey
Tue Jun 02, 2009 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0591: "Troll Slayer"
Replies: 178
Views: 187070

Re: "Troll Slayer" Discussion

oh, where to begin for starters the displayed threads seem to suggest 4chan uses avatars, like one of these boards. nuh-uh. /b/ was NEVER good. /b/ =/= 4chan, but it does make up a goodly part of it and there's reasonable cross pollination between the boards. there's enough retardness to go round. a...
by tahrey
Fri May 29, 2009 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 58336

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Don't you find it just a bit... cramped, though?
Never really used it much but I just copypasta'd my post into word and set it with Trebuchet. Seems even more crowded than originally, at any size. Setting the spacing to about +0.3pt looks a bit better, but you shouldn't have to do that.

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