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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 ...
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...
Mon Aug 24, 2009 6:05 am UTC
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."
Wed Feb 13, 2008 5:50 am UTC
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 107708

### Re: "Helping.png" Discussion

You're gonna carry that weight.
Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:08 pm UTC
Topic: 0277: "Long Light"
Replies: 119
Views: 32391
And then there are the cases where they actually admit to trying to slow you down.
Mon May 28, 2007 5:03 am UTC
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...
Mon May 28, 2007 4:23 am UTC
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.
Wed May 09, 2007 4:23 pm UTC
Topic: 0259: "Cliched Exchanges"
Replies: 74
Views: 25982
Best -er variant evars: "Jack Abramoff? But I hardly know Abram!"

...sorry.
Mon Apr 09, 2007 4:42 am UTC
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 ...
Mon Mar 26, 2007 5:30 pm UTC
Topic: 0240: "Dream Girl"
Replies: 207
Views: 115382
Mon Mar 19, 2007 7:24 am UTC
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".
Tue Mar 13, 2007 8:12 am UTC
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.)
Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:49 am UTC
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.
Fri Feb 16, 2007 6:51 am UTC
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...
Mon Feb 12, 2007 7:09 pm UTC
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.
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.
Sat Feb 10, 2007 4:22 am UTC
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

`++++`
Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:49 am UTC
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...
Mon Jan 29, 2007 4:28 pm UTC
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.
Fri Jan 26, 2007 8:28 pm UTC
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 ...
Fri Jan 26, 2007 7:17 am UTC
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...
Fri Jan 26, 2007 5:08 am UTC
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.
Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:15 pm UTC
Topic: 0200: "Bill Nye"
Replies: 61
Views: 29007
Nowadays, he prefers to be known as William Nye, the Scientific Gentleman.
Mon Dec 18, 2006 8:28 am UTC
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...
Mon Dec 11, 2006 6:49 pm UTC
Topic: 0195: "Map of the Internet"
Replies: 160
Views: 51337
18, represent!
Mon Dec 04, 2006 5:13 am UTC
Replies: 65
Views: 25503

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
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.
Sat Dec 02, 2006 12:57 am UTC
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...
Fri Dec 01, 2006 8:30 pm UTC
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...
Fri Dec 01, 2006 5:38 pm UTC
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.
Mon Nov 20, 2006 8:20 am UTC
Topic: 0186: "Console Lines"
Replies: 69
Views: 39104
Avenger wrote:I mentally connect the Wii to this commercial:

Beat me to it, but I can still link this.
Sun Nov 19, 2006 6:28 pm UTC
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...
Sat Nov 18, 2006 7:56 am UTC
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.)
Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:35 am UTC
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
Wed Nov 08, 2006 7:42 am UTC
Topic: 0181: "Interblag"
Replies: 54
Views: 19662
Where's "intarwebs"? (good lord, I hate myself just for typing that)
Mon Nov 06, 2006 5:32 pm UTC
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...
Thu Nov 02, 2006 9:39 pm UTC
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.
Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
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.
Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:37 pm UTC