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by beinsane
Sun Jan 24, 2010 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The MIT Mystery Hunt '10 Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 2275

Re: The MIT Mystery Hunt '10 Thread

Seeking Scotchy also has some trivia. Can someone help me on "Bond's Bet"? It is not falling before my fearsome Google-fu like the rest. (Well, except the one everyone knows, of course.) My team had some trouble with that too. It's a roulette bet, if that helps you narrow ...
by beinsane
Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The MIT Mystery Hunt '10 Thread
Replies: 5
Views: 2275

The MIT Mystery Hunt '10 Thread

I was at the annual puzzle-a-thon and noted the following items of local interest. From the "pure logic" department: The Prodigious Riddle of Juno Side by Side by Side (though there's a trivia component, the logic portion is independent of it) From the Nikoli-type grid logic department: Li...
by beinsane
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0627: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 182
Views: 56289

Re: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet" Discussion

Returning from oblivion to say: yes. This is exactly why when giving computer instructions over the phone, my first instinct is to tell the other party "look, it'd be faster to fly me out there and let me fix it myself."
by beinsane
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 107708

Re: "Helping.png" Discussion

You're gonna carry that weight.
by beinsane
Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0277: "Long Light"
Replies: 119
Views: 32391

And then there are the cases where they actually admit to trying to slow you down.
by beinsane
Mon May 28, 2007 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0269: "TCMP"
Replies: 66
Views: 23743

The problem with TCMP is that it is impossible to distinguish an actual connection to the outside from a hallucination thereof. This is why it has not yet had a successful non-hallucinatory implementation. This is only a problem until one wakes up so it isn't that big an issue. But waking up ends t...
by beinsane
Mon May 28, 2007 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0269: "TCMP"
Replies: 66
Views: 23743

The problem with TCMP is that it is impossible to distinguish an actual connection to the outside from a hallucination thereof. This is why it has not yet had a successful non-hallucinatory implementation.

If there's ever a workaround to this, I'd love to read the RFC.
by beinsane
Wed May 09, 2007 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0259: "Cliched Exchanges"
Replies: 74
Views: 25982

Best -er variant evars: "Jack Abramoff? But I hardly know Abram!"

...sorry.
by beinsane
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0246: "Labyrinth Puzzle"
Replies: 98
Views: 33088

One book of puzzles I had contained a puzzle in which you visit a desert island whose natives belong to various tribes, one of which always tells the truth, one of which always lies, one of which alternates, one of which doesn't speak at all except to chime in with a sarcastic aside, etc. You're at ...
by beinsane
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0240: "Dream Girl"
Replies: 207
Views: 115382

Was this meant to be a sequel to Frame?
by beinsane
Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0237: "Keyboards are Disgusting"
Replies: 73
Views: 25704

Bah, Dvorak. It messes with all my carefully memorized Emacs key combos, so I say nay!

Furthermore I hate Dvorak's columns in PC Magazine, and his musical compositions were highly overrated!

Yes, I know they were three different Dvoraks. It's like the Czech equivalent of "Smith".
by beinsane
Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0234: "Escape Artist"
Replies: 35
Views: 14524

No conversation on regexes is complete without the one from Mail::RFC822::Address, which speaks for itself. (And yes, you really need all that for a fully compliant email address parser, and even it's not totally compliant by itself.)
by beinsane
Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0229: "Graffiti"
Replies: 223
Views: 64916

I vaguely recall having seen some bathroom graffiti reading "no graffiti, please!"

I found it to be very Magritte.
by beinsane
Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0224: "LISP"
Replies: 74
Views: 32601

So uh... how does one relate regexes to quantum mechanics? I think God must've messed up escaping a character somewhere, because of all that wave/particle duality mess. If the universe were open-source, I would make light either one or the other, but not both. Some Perl for you: $a = 1; $b = $a x 3...
by beinsane
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0222: "Small Talk"
Replies: 131
Views: 32348

When people ask me "how are things", I tend to say, "things are things."

I have also been known to ask, "how's the go going?" in the past. Most people go on and answer, not realizing that the question makes no sense.
by beinsane
Sat Feb 10, 2007 5:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Show the world your desktop! [Mommy, what's 56K?]
Replies: 2356
Views: 443323

To prove to you all how perverse I am:

Before.

After.
by beinsane
Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0221: "Random Number"
Replies: 167
Views: 26408

kakos wrote:

Code: Select all

++++.


Firstly, I had brainfuck code back on page 1, and secondly, that prints out a Ctrl-D, which is probably not what you want.

The code to print out '4' is:

Code: Select all

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++.


To return 4, it's

Code: Select all

++++
as I had before.
by beinsane
Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0221: "Random Number"
Replies: 167
Views: 26408

Lack of "public"/"private" implies it's meant to be /(Objective-)?C(\+\+)?/. But it's common enough syntax that it gets out of the way of the joke. Easy enough to port to other languages, too: package XKCD::Random; sub getRandomNumber { 4; # chosen by fair dice roll, guarant...
by beinsane
Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0216: "Romantic Drama Equation"
Replies: 90
Views: 30278

There are always n(n-1) possible pairings. Everyone's potentially bi. [1]

References
1. Any slashfic-writing fangirl.
by beinsane
Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0215: "Letting Go"
Replies: 141
Views: 44674

Dear sir: Root prompts end in an octothorpe, not a dollar sign. --Mike (This in response to the original version of the comic, which had a dollar sign in place of the octothorpe. It was changed shortly thereafter.) Actually, prompts can end in any character whatsoever. The convention is dollar for ...
by beinsane
Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0214: "The Problem with Wikipedia"
Replies: 139
Views: 60184

And then there's H2G2, which is something like Wikipedia, only not a wiki and with less of a stick up its ass. It's declined since Wikipedia entered the scene (and since Douglas Adams died), and is much harder to get edited. Hence obsolete articles like this. I remain a proponent of The Wiki What In...
by beinsane
Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0215: "Letting Go"
Replies: 141
Views: 44674

0215: "Letting Go"

Tough, man. If you'd reached the relationship stage of giving her an account, that must've been something special.
by beinsane
Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0200: "Bill Nye"
Replies: 61
Views: 29007

Nowadays, he prefers to be known as William Nye, the Scientific Gentleman.
by beinsane
Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0198: "Perspective"
Replies: 79
Views: 26758

Every time I hear someone bitch about IE not being standards-compliant, I want to start screaming about how any "standard" that the browser that 80% of the world uses won't handle properly is no standard at all, and if anything, IE is the standard and it's the W3C that isn't standards-comp...
by beinsane
Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0195: "Map of the Internet"
Replies: 160
Views: 51337

18, represent!
by beinsane
Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0192: "Working for Google"
Replies: 65
Views: 25503

0192: "Working for Google"

They turned me down too.

...Yeah, well, forget your stupid search engine! I'm gonna go make my own search engine! With blackjack, and hookers! In fact, forget the search engine!

I'm going to start hurting people who keep breaking the rules. Seriously.

http://www.xkcd.com/c192.html
by beinsane
Sun Dec 03, 2006 3:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: OS
Replies: 74
Views: 15559

All of the above, and some Solaris from time to time as well.
by beinsane
Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0191: "Lojban"
Replies: 85
Views: 38188

I'd like to learn Esperanto, then go around acting like it's my native language and I don't speak any English. ...I'm not entirely sure why, but I'd like to do it. Because you are a human and not a nationality? That is a reason i can respect :D Er, no. More to irritate people. (But if most Esperant...
by beinsane
Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0191: "Lojban"
Replies: 85
Views: 38188

I'd like to learn Esperanto, then go around acting like it's my native language and I don't speak any English. ...I'm not entirely sure why, but I'd like to do it. Because you are a human and not a nationality? That is a reason i can respect :D Er, no. More to irritate people. (But if most Esperant...
by beinsane
Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0191: "Lojban"
Replies: 85
Views: 38188

I'd like to learn Esperanto, then go around acting like it's my native language and I don't speak any English.

...I'm not entirely sure why, but I'd like to do it.
by beinsane
Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0186: "Console Lines"
Replies: 69
Views: 39104

Avenger wrote:I mentally connect the Wii to this commercial:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euZ0j7vtKEQ


Beat me to it, but I can still link this.
by beinsane
Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0185: "Wikifriends"
Replies: 121
Views: 29536

Note to the world: Wiki is not short for Wikipedia! The original was on c2.com and wasn't an encyclopedia at all, but a software development discussion site! It's been around since 1995! It's pseudonym, not pseudoname, NYM NYM NYM!!!! /me needs to cut back on the caffeine It's a greek word for name...
by beinsane
Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0185: "Wikifriends"
Replies: 121
Views: 29536

My vitriol is directed more at the blagoblag at large. There's a general feeling that "wiki implies pedia" that pervades most discussions of the topic and happens to be a pet peeve of mine.

(If you ask me, we could use more freewheeling c2-style wikis. But you didn't ask me.)
by beinsane
Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0185: "Wikifriends"
Replies: 121
Views: 29536

Note to the world: Wiki is not short for Wikipedia! The original was on c2.com and wasn't an encyclopedia at all, but a software development discussion site! It's been around since 1995! It's pseudonym, not pseudoname, NYM NYM NYM!!!!

/me needs to cut back on the caffeine
by beinsane
Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0181: "Interblag"
Replies: 54
Views: 19662

Where's "intarwebs"? (good lord, I hate myself just for typing that)
by beinsane
Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0180: "Canada"
Replies: 143
Views: 44925

Canada is America in a parallel universe. It's mostly the same, but there are all kinds of little things to throw you off. I don't just mean the obvious things like the -re and -our spellings, the metric system, or the beaver coinage. There are a lot of things they don't tell you about that are diff...
by beinsane
Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0178: "Not Really Into Pokemon"
Replies: 61
Views: 29399

And to add another layer onto the confusion, IIRC there's a fire fox Pokemon called Vulpix, which sounds like the name of a Linux distro.

My brain hurts.
by beinsane
Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRODUCTIONS THREAD
Replies: 3985
Views: 695458

21/M/Soviet Russia. I mean Cambridge, MA. (I keep getting those two confused.)

Grad student. US citizen despite that. No intention of marrying.
by beinsane
Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0178: "Not Really Into Pokemon"
Replies: 61
Views: 29399

Possibly the only time in my life when I was not embarrassed to have formerly been into Pokemon was when working on this item for the MIT Mystery Hunt puzzle thingy. Why are there so many typos on that page? It makes my brain hurt too much to continue reading. (And yet I attempt to claim that I'm n...
by beinsane
Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0178: "Not Really Into Pokemon"
Replies: 61
Views: 29399

Manic Sages, remotely in '04, on-site since '05. You? (ObOnTopic: Ubuntu is shipping "Firefox" in a break from its parent distribution Debian, who due to disagreements with Mozilla's trademark policy are shipping a browser called "Iceweasel". Now there's a Pokemon name for you.)

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