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by leifbk
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 37
Views: 10552

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

He forgot Web forums.
by leifbk
Fri Jun 10, 2016 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 12462

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

"-d pipes output to debug.exe" - wtf? Real man page readers don't run .exe files.
by leifbk
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 32563

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Silly me, but what idiot came up with UTF-8 anyway Ken Thompson . I mean: only ASCII characters are shorter than all other characters, it's ridiculous that someone came up with a standard to represent only unaccented Roman characters in the first place (especially coming from a country with a signi...
by leifbk
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 43618

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Anything that is in the world when you're born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that's invented between when you're fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after yo...
by leifbk
Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1171:"Perl Problems"
Replies: 43
Views: 20859

Re: 1171:"Perl Problems"

Coyne wrote:This can be used for almost anything:

I got 99 problems, so I used XML; now I have 100 problems.


«XML is like violence; if it doesn't work, then you're not using enough of it.»
by leifbk
Sat Feb 02, 2013 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 44985

Re: 1168: Tar

an interesting correlation here would be age bins of the posters vs. percentage using a hyphen before the options. Here's one data point: I'm 40 and I never use a hyphen before the options. Data point 2: I'm 19 and-wait, they're optional? Data point 3: a little under 30. I knew they're optional (pr...
by leifbk
Wed Jan 09, 2013 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"
Replies: 50
Views: 13308

Re: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"

Quicksilver wrote:Alt Text: "It IS about physics. It ALL is."


Some of us also do stamp collecting.
by leifbk
Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41075

Re: 1144: Tags

One way to really piss off a Web developer, is to take a hand-coded, beautifully formatted, validating XHTML 1.0 Strict document, and edit it in Microsoft Word. Happened to me.
by leifbk
Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29141

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

BRIAN: Are you the Judean People's Front? REG: Fuck off! BRIAN: What? REG: Judean People's Front. We're the People's Front of Judea! Judean People's Front. Cawk. FRANCIS: Wankers. BRIAN: Can I... join your group? REG: No. Piss off. BRIAN: I didn't want to sell this stuff. It's only a job. I hate th...
by leifbk
Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55138

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

I don't like this comic as much as most of you. « I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve . This was unexpected and rather difficult. There was some scattered clapping, but most of them were trying to work it out and see i...
by leifbk
Mon May 28, 2012 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45010

Re: 1061: "EST"

brakos82 wrote:For the sake of 1958, I protest this. Not funny Randall.


Agreed, on behalf of the Kate Bush fans of the world.
by leifbk
Tue May 22, 2012 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21231

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

Will the future old man chasing kids off his lawn be old man chasing kids off his homepage? I just had to chase a kid from Volgograd off my homepage. He tried to brute-force wp-login.php, and hit it 25000 times until I stopped him. And yes, I should have installed the "Limit Login Attempts&quo...
by leifbk
Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41261

Re: 1024: "Error Code"

I want that book :D
by leifbk
Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 50446

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

It's strange that no. 500 wasn't considered a milestone. But maybe Cueball experienced an Internal Server Error.
by leifbk
Fri Jan 06, 2012 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 50446

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

The wheelchair guy in the 1 looks like Stephen Hawking.
by leifbk
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 87373

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Noooo… I just came up with another just as annoying thing nobody here had posted about yet… And forgot it by the time I had clicked on “Reply” and entered “Another very annoying thing is when”… uuum… wait… GODFUCKINDAMMIT! I suppose that you thought of one of those appallingly annoying websites tha...
by leifbk
Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 87373

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

BTDT.

It's even worse when you're running localized software and all the error messages are in Norwegian. How the fsck are you supposed to google that and find a decent answer?

Luckily, in Gentoo I can always disable nls in the compiler options :mrgreen:
by leifbk
Wed Nov 16, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 61391

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

At least in genealogy it has been a well-known phenomenon since long before the Interweb. For instance, here in Norway, there are a lot of unsubstantiated lineage claims back to the old Viking kings, and a lot of «sources» just citing each other. Well, isn't the only requirement for cyclic referenc...
by leifbk
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 61391

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

One may wonder to what extent these things happened before Wikipedia (or, indeed, before the internet). Probably it was more rare, but fact invention and lazy reporting are hardly something new. It is beautifully explained in today's strip though. At least in genealogy it has been a well-known phen...
by leifbk
Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 34299

Re: 0960: "Subliminal"

This thread reminds me of the old logo of the Norwegian National Health Insurance. If you tilt your head to the right, you see a sad face.
by leifbk
Wed Apr 27, 2011 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39190

Re: 891: Movie Ages

I'm 58 and the first movies I can remember were reruns of Bambi and Snow White. But this one blew my mind: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052751/

BTW, I've never heard about Snakes on a plane. Is it any good?
by leifbk
Mon Feb 14, 2011 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52743

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

Rule 34 of the Internet, a meme which states that "If it exists, there is porn of it. No exceptions."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rule_34#In_other_fields
by leifbk
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 28856

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

I believe that reflection happens to the light in its wave-form. That said, that dual nature of light has always bothered me.
by leifbk
Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 45172

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

I've never heard 'backslash' on UK television – when I was a child they used to say 'forward slash' in web addresses to make sure people got it right, actually. How the time flies :shock: When I was a child, computers were called "Electron brains' and were surrounded by men in white coats. It ...
by leifbk
Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35095

Re: "Literally" Discussion

I'm glad that my native language doesn't permit this abuse. In Norwegian, «letter» in the sense of character, glyph is a bokstav . Thus, the equivalent of «literal» is bokstavelig . Even morons can't misuse that word. I guess it's the same in a lot of languages where there's a more immediate connect...
by leifbk
Sun Mar 07, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70530

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

hi! great comic, like most of yours! i've never heard about the collatz-probleme before reading the comic, but i had to wikipedia it. after writing a little java-program and testing every number up to 2147483647 (java-int-maximum) i'm still fascinated. Keep at it! sharky3112 If you wrote a Java pro...
by leifbk
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70530

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

I've been fiddling with my PostgreSQL implementation again, and now it really flies, gobbling 1000 numbers a second on my ancient P4@3GHz: CREATE TABLE collatz ( val BIGINT primary key, next_val BIGINT, max_val BIGINT, terms INTEGER ); CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION disp_seq(BIGINT) RETURNS TEXT AS doll...
by leifbk
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70530

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Here's my first stab at it in PostgreSQL: CREATE TABLE collatz ( val BIGINT primary key, next_val BIGINT ); CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION gen_collatz(BIGINT, BIGINT) RETURNS VOID AS DECLARE cnt BIGINT = $1; x BIGINT; n BIGINT; BEGIN WHILE cnt <= $2 LOOP x = cnt; WHILE x <> 1 OR x NOT IN (SELECT val FRO...
by leifbk
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70530

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

ePaul wrote:And did you run your script for all 32-bit numbers?


You can't run it for odd numbers larger than 1/3-1 of your max integer limit. You may even run into maxint long before that.
by leifbk
Fri Mar 05, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70530

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

As the numbers go up, more and more nodes will have two edges. Not the case - every number n has an edge from 2n, and every sixth number n (starting from 4, so 4, 10, 16, etc - every even number that's one more than a multiple of 3) has an edge from (n-1)/3. So no matter how high the numbers get, i...
by leifbk
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70530

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Shouldn't there be an arrow going from the (1) node to the (4) node? No. When you reach 1, it stops by definition. When I read GEB back in '85, I fiddled around with this problem on my first programmable pocket calculator. It was quite fun. I think I'll try to take it for a spin in PostgreSQL. The ...
by leifbk
Fri Dec 11, 2009 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0674: "Natural Parenting"
Replies: 100
Views: 23697

Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

On one hand, every single one of my ancestors going back billions of years has managed to figured it out. On the other hand, that's the mother of all sampling biases. This is Darwinism in a nutshell. Pure genius. Speaking as a genealogist, I have the same concern about pedigrees: They only show the...
by leifbk
Wed Nov 26, 2008 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0509: "Induced Current"
Replies: 86
Views: 16679

Re: "Induced Current" Discussion

My first post on this forum: If mankind ever decide to build a Space Elevator, the induction effect is probably one of the problems the engineers will have to overcome. The optimal type of building material (carbon fiber?) may even be super-leading, so I'd expect some very interesting electro-magnet...

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