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by eviloatmeal
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 3868

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Odds are, there's some old mainframe forgotten in a basement somewhere, happily holding together the critical layers of the internet, and anyone could telnet in and issue the hardest reset at any time.
by eviloatmeal
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 6408

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

I'm curious if anyone ever did any large-scale analysis of self-help / motivational media like this. There are of course some obvious correlations, such as luck, confidence, perseverance, making up a system at sticking to it, and a propensity for writing books telling other people how they should li...
by eviloatmeal
Thu Mar 30, 2017 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1817: "Incognito Mode"
Replies: 11
Views: 2583

Re: 1817: "Incognito Mode"

If you log in to a session that never expires in incognito mode and close the window before logging out, you'll be logged in through that session forever.
by eviloatmeal
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 4820

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

"Reductionism, n.
If you wish to define a word from scratch, you must first invent the universe."
by eviloatmeal
Mon Aug 01, 2016 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 6059

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

Turing complete?! That's good news. I've yet to prove my current telephone is Turing complete. I've yet to manage to wade through all the boilerplate to make my telephone do anything at all to completion, let alone everything.
by eviloatmeal
Thu Apr 14, 2016 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 8014

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

I guess I need to rename my Excel workbook "Ceci n'est pas un Excel Faire-Livre" (with huge apologies to everyone who actually speaks French) French, like Icelandic, tends to take the xenophobic approach to language: "If there's a perfectly good loan word or transliteration available...
by eviloatmeal
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 8014

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

sotanaht wrote:What, you've never heard of Eve Online?

EVE is actually written in Python.

Spoiler:

Code: Select all

#!/usr/bin/python

import antigravity

...

# I also sampled everything in the booster cabinet.
by eviloatmeal
Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66492

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

You, sir, name? wrote:I also played with a BKS, which has an attack wind up time longer than the expected lifespan of a labrador retriever and required a carefully timed anticipation attack when they were barely on screen :P

Ah, the 'gotcha bitch' sword.
by eviloatmeal
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66492

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

wheel skeleton. https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/70/One_wheel_motorcycle_Goventosa.jpg Excepting Garfield & Odie, I've find some sort of technique for dealing with any enemy eventually. In the case of skeleton wheels, the solution i've found is to just run past them.
by eviloatmeal
Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1387527

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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Now THIS is podracing!
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by eviloatmeal
Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1656: "It Begins"
Replies: 22
Views: 4733

Re: 1656: "It Begins"

When I want to jump straight into the second half of a flame war, I go with "This is what humanity deserves." "Seagull steals phone, drops it in ocean." This is what humanity deserves. Another one I enjoy is the shortcut to arguing about semantics with a humorous quip about spell...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 12560

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

OK, I claim first go on the vanilla and maple syrup pipes. Maple syrup I understand - that stuff is delicious right out of the bottle. But the vanilla pipeline? (Liquid) vanilla usually comes in a solution of like 30% ethanol (in fact, in the US, it has to , for some reason ), it's not very nice on...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 12560

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

Wee Red Bird wrote:It does say 'consumed'.

'Produced or consumed' is what it says.
by eviloatmeal
Tue Mar 01, 2016 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 12560

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

Surprising result: we use more cement than beer? (More cement than all drinkable alcohols combined, apparently?) Makes sense to me. Cement presumably has a much lower alcohol content, so you have to drink a lot more of it for the same effect. Also, can we use the saliva pipe to fill up a swimming p...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1491
Views: 293619

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Hello forum, I want to play a tabletop/board game with some friends over. I have no experience with these things and am currently imagining something like "you enter a room and see 2 goblins that have not spotted you yet". What would you recommend? Sounds like Munchkin, to me. It's a ligh...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66492

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I did quite well playing poker in Eve, if memory serves. I play a bit in real life too. The element of skill appeals to me, even if luck still plays a large part. Does it, though? Between the game of deciphering your opponent's behavior, the battle you're fighting with the wagering, and calculating...
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 7021

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

orthogon wrote:machine

Ah, yes, machine, the feminine form of machin.
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 5824

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

da Doctah wrote:I used to do this with TV shows at a time when there seemed to be a lot of them with that format: Scarecrow and Allie, Dempsey and the Fat Man, Rizzoli and Stimpy....

Will and Recreation
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: *almost* the best superpower in the world
Replies: 562
Views: 69544

Re: *almost* the best superpower in the world

But the ingredients you have to use to make the food taste that good are completely off-putting to everyone, including yourself.

I have perfect pitch (another for-reals superpower that I wish I really did have).
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 5824

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

Went to see the magic show of Ornstein & Teller the other day. The magic was flawless, but the part where he leaps out and impales a live member of the audience with his spear is absolutely terrifying!
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66492

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Well, it's not quite 50/50 because of the green squares. Ergo the word "roughly". The actual odds haven't gotten better, and over large sample sizes, you'll still lose. But you can have good short runs. Yes, it's true you would need several thousand dollars to keep up with 10+ streaks. Co...
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Incredible Changing Sentence
Replies: 5618
Views: 536327

Re: The Incredible Changing Sentence

Of chameleons' circadian Circassian Kardashians' Cardassians, Rapunzel McGuire was not convinced, but Empress Violentlyyeti, viewing my platinum clock, knew the rotten pancake could I then create is definitely Dirty Beatrix Potter.
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Incredible Changing Sentence
Replies: 5618
Views: 536327

Re: The Incredible Changing Sentence

Afraid of three circadian Circassian Kardashians' Cardassians, Rapunzel McGuire was not convinced, but Empress Violentlyyeti, viewing my platinum clock, knew the rotten pancake I then create is definitely Dirty Beatrix Potter.
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66492

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I started watching the boards and predicting numbers, and I found that if I were to bet $1 on each of the five most recent numbers, I would lose everything roughly four or five times, but then I'd get one. That's an interesting system. It reminds me of what David Choe talks about in this Howard Ste...
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 45419

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

Media.
by eviloatmeal
Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 7021

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

Editedit: Good news: making a Twitter bot is not that hard. Bad news: making a genocidal Twitter bot is not that hard. I can confirm that in the process of experimenting with developing (humorous) spambots, I may have accidentally, for a short while, caused a bot to generate for-reals, phishing spam...
by eviloatmeal
Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66492

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

The camera getting stuck behind things (and inability to walk up a 4-inch step) is something I'd class as poor interface rather than "fair" difficulty. YMMV Sure, the game is still glitchy and all that. I'm thinking more of, for instance, the spot where the floor (deliberately) collapses,...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Feb 23, 2016 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: IDEs and the death of the command line interface
Replies: 25
Views: 7188

Re: IDEs and the death of the command line interface

My impression is that people are fastest at using whatever they're used to, so people who have mostly used IDEs think there's something intrinsic to the IDE that makes them faster. I'm inclined to think of this such that, if you've learned the... "high-level" methodology of IDEs exclusive...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66492

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Blighttown, and to some extent The Depths, succeed in creating a mechanically uncomfortable atmosphere. Sen's Bar & Grill is really tense, and Spoopy Doghouse is quite... spooky. But Blighttown is genuinely uncomfortable, with its awkward footing and claustrophobic camera traps. I've started run...
by eviloatmeal
Tue Feb 23, 2016 10:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1387527

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

That gives me an idea...

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Some of you may be thinking, 'take the best orgasm you've ever had... multiply it by a thousand, and you're still nowhere near it.'
by eviloatmeal
Mon Feb 22, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 7021

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

But bots are fun! There are ebooks that do language stuff with other Twitter accounts as input, and even meta-ebooks that ebooks with other ebooks as input, and...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Feb 22, 2016 11:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1883328

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

As for the penny, I know a number is a number, but there's something unsettling about an economy that does not mint the lowest denomination of its own currency. Norway got rid of the 50 cent (equivalent of a nickel) coin a few years back, now everything is rounded to the nearest crown (or dime). Th...
by eviloatmeal
Mon Feb 22, 2016 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 7021

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

You create a tweet designed to get the most attention from different bots while still being a proper sentence, not just a list of words. How is "attention" defined? There are certain bots that will retweet / reply based on keywords. But there are tons of crawlers that will net you impress...
by eviloatmeal
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: *almost* the best superpower in the world
Replies: 562
Views: 69544

Re: *almost* the best superpower in the world

Uh Sue ming yew no watch ew wont too spell.

I can calculate the volume of an object by looking at it.
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Quarantine
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Quarantine

emlightened wrote:Shall we label Joe and the four other clean patients X1, X2 etc. then?

I don't know, we didn't deliberately infect those patients, I don't think they deserve such a cool codename.

I say we stick with Patient X, and title the other patients "Patient 1, Patient 2..." etc..
by eviloatmeal
Thu Feb 18, 2016 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Quarantine
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Quarantine

put four more people, who do not appear to be showing any symptoms, in two separate quarantined areas, like Joe is. Considering the move to isolate Mr. Joe was basically ignored, I'm guessing we don't have the tools necessary to individually quarantine anyone. My interpretation is that they're eith...
by eviloatmeal
Wed Feb 17, 2016 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1267
Views: 101264

Re: One Letter Word Game

flingers
by eviloatmeal
Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: One Letter Word Game
Replies: 1267
Views: 101264

Re: One Letter Word Game

fangers
by eviloatmeal
Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Good News, Bad News
Replies: 8730
Views: 693800

Re: Good News, Bad News

Bad news: The popcorn, however, is mouse droppings.
by eviloatmeal
Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Quarantine
Replies: 19
Views: 1377

Re: Quarantine

Clearly Mr. Joe also needs to be put in intellectual quarantine.

Isolate Mr. Joe not only medically, but also from speaking or otherwise interacting with anyone. I trust we have the equipment to remotely observe and assay Mr. Joe without having to interact with his thoughts.

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