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by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1321
Views: 160840

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

freezeblade wrote:I'm not sure how it will do, as even humans seem to not be able to drive in SF due to density of pedestrians, complicated streets, verticality, etc. The future is now!

Fortunately, due to Bay area traffic, we can rest assured that no resulting accidents will take place at greater than 5 MPH.
by commodorejohn
Tue Dec 13, 2016 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 5192

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

I like narrow-shouldered slouchy Vader. He looks like he should be the hapless protagonist in an office sitcom.
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the best battery cell?
Replies: 17
Views: 1497

Re: What's the best battery cell?

What, no dedicated option for the Baghdad battery? This poll is nonsense.
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1581401

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

Apologies, I guess I misread your post.
by commodorejohn
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1581401

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

Depends how you measure it I guess. The people of 500 years ago were no more capable of creating a self-driving car or putting a man on the moon than those of 100,000 years ago. I'm trying not to read too much into this statement, but taken as read it's an absurdly dismissive viewpoint. The advance...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 5109

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Idk, I initially interpreted it as being sympathetic to the complaints. Like, yeah, those both seem like generally unpleasant things. I'd be willing to extend that benefit of the doubt if we didn't already have other comics like the "Workflow" one posted above wherein Randall smarms about...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 5109

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Oh joy, another comic smarming about how people who dislike terrible UI are just a bunch of fuddy-duddies. Getting old sucks, but at least you don't wake up one morning to find that somebody has changed the size and placement of your fingers to be proportional to their most common use cases across a...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 09, 2016 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 5483

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

FOARP wrote:And ZX Spectrum over the C64 every time. To even question this is to create some kind of black-hole of wrongness through assembling so much wrongness in one place.

Silence, heathen!
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1321
Views: 160840

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

elasto wrote:It's a good idea for the same reason that all efficiency gains are good ideas: They make the world richer.

That makes us all richer just so long as the gains are shared out equally - eg. through a citizen's wage.

Unless you're a checkout clerk...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2459
Views: 251459

Re: The Darker Side of the News

An article saying economic inequality tends to increase makes you consider a dystopian novel describing a society where all wealth and power are held by a very small elite to be less plausible? Yet another entry for my "everybody reads into 1984 whatever point they wish it was actually making&...
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 5483

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

Of course, if you watch them in numeric order it's more "Oh, right. He wouldn't know that, would he?" Yeah, that's a bit of an awkward changeup. I did like the solution I read about where some guy took his kids through in the order of I-II-IV-V-III-VI, but I've always found it simpler to ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1321
Views: 160840

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I mean, presumably the idea is that you wouldn't be able to get in the store without swiping in, but if anybody seriously buys that I've got a bridge they might be interested in.
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 5483

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I've also been on the other side of the discussion, when I attempted to chat with English speakers about old anime shows like Heidi, Girl of the Alps, that were insanely popular in Latin America but haven't seen a decent English dub... Hah, oh man. Around here stuff like that is kind of the exact i...
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 5483

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

This is just beyond comprehension to me.

On the other hand, I've never seen a single episode of Seinfeld and only one of The Simpsons, so there's that.
by commodorejohn
Tue Dec 06, 2016 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 76
Views: 4092

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Eh, really? When I saw it in the theater it had the ending with them kissing, I'm pretty sure... Weird that they would do an alternate cut like that...I mean, it was definitely less overt than a lot of movies, but it was pretty clear what they were getting at over the course of the movie.
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1581401

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

It's not the engineers that make those decisions. It's the suits that run the geegaw manufacturers that employ them.
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1581401

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

Because then you'd only be able to sell people a replacement battery as opposed to a whole replacement phone when it finally died, obviously.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5963

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

freezeblade wrote:
Sableagle wrote:Pink Pearl. I shall find it, and I shall eat it! :roll:

You're welcome to. It's an awesome apple. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_Pearl_(apple)

Lord, even the photo is hilarious in this context.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 02, 2016 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5963

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I almost clicked that link, then I saw the URL and thought better of it.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9546
Views: 1341243

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

If you generate the same sequence of machine instructions for the same machine language, yes, you'll get the same output for the same input. That's the entire point of having them. And if you use an optimizing assembler that generates some other sequence of machine instructions than what you specifi...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9546
Views: 1341243

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Any individual machine language is canonical, there are just a lot of them. And optimizations occur between different CPU models/revisions.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9546
Views: 1341243

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Solution: A language that has a standardized canonical encoding format that encodes all functions in a unique fashion so that two functions that differ only in superficial ways will be encoded identically. You then hash the function, and have each program reference functions by their hash. There is...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5963

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

All_¥our_Bass wrote:I was hoping that there would be a joke about Apple the company in addition to the edible variety.

Wish granted!
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5963

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

da Doctah wrote:And then for the real foody-techy guys, Radio Delicious, Micro Delicious, X Delicious, Gamma Delicious and Cosmic Delicious.

All of which, pace Dave Barry, would be good names for rock bands.

Yep, Radio Delicious is absolutely the name of my new band I just decided to form at some point.
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5963

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Darkhand wrote:Braeburn master race represent!

I used to love Braeburns, but it seems like I can never buy any anymore that aren't terribly mealy...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5963

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Re: the Red Delicious, it's not that people's tastes have changed, it's that they've been bred for so long to look like the picture-perfect ideal apple (which is, presumably, what most people buy for) that such things as any noticeable amount of flavor or a texture that isn't mealy mush have fallen ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 5963

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I'm sorry, I have to object to Honeycrisp being the "good" endpoint in a world where SweeTango/Minneiska (another U of M production!) and Pink Lady/Cripps Pink both exist.
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2459
Views: 251459

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A computer that's been taught to do it properly can do it very well indeed, but the only people who ever let the computer control the trains are model railway enthusiasts. Their warehouse-sized models of Britain with every rail line and station that ever existed faithfully replicated and trains run...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 463660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:President Paul Ryan?

Seems possible, but I wonder how many House members would be willing to rile up their base by voting for a candidate that they didn't vote for...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 463660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

38 electoral votes would bring him under 270, though, which would mean kicking the decision over to the House. God only knows how that would play out.
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 463660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

No, automated call centers are pure shit. It's like playing twenty questions with a person who is both infuriatingly dense and obvious conspiring to keep you from reaching your goal (talking to a live human being,) and on top of that they always use the most condescending robo-voice possible.
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 463660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Dark567 wrote:Not to mention his weird erotic fiction etc. which I am sure would be highlighted.

Finally, a President I can relate to!
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 463660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm far less concerned with Trump's private personal beliefs (about anything) than with what he's willing to say and do to gain and maintain power. This. Anybody who looks at a patently untrustworthy, amoral scoundrel in a position of power and thinks "well, at least he's kind of aligned with ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 6184

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

No direct advice here, just...be careful. It's easy to let yourself get all fired up and decide that you want to sacrifice family relationships for the sake of ideology, but that's a fine way to wind up saying and doing things you're going to regret later, the damage from which may not be easy to re...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 463660

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I voted for a man who may not be a saint or even have strong Christian values, but who is still much closer to Christian than Hillary. What Christian values does he hold? I thought the Christians were pretty sensitive to sexual sins, for example. Trump has had several wives and been unfaithful to t...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1581401

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

Email clients really need to have a trigger lock on the "reply all" button.
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:09 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 1506

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

Yeah, I figured, but since the compatibility mode was there I thought it might provide at least a trapped, OS-intermediated form of access to certain ports. But if it blocks direct access to the UART I doubt it'd allow direct access to the gameport.
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 1506

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

Actually there were dedicated game-port cards, but they pretty much stopped making 'em after sound cards became popular and everybody already had a game port on their SB-compatible somethingorother. Also, I haven't messed around with this as I don't run post-XP Windows at home, but does the "co...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 36234

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I wasn't going to vote for Clinton anyway, but now I additionally resent her for getting in the way of an actual new xkcd comic.
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What xkcd Comic has been the most useful to you?
Replies: 3
Views: 1041

Re: What xkcd Comic has been the most useful to you?

Well, "Success" struck enough of a chord that my entire immediate family is now using sharks as a metaphor for the difficulties of most any complex project.

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