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by chalkie
Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 6052

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

I write in VHDL, and that uses <= for signal assignment. Because that won't get anyone confused :)
by chalkie
Mon May 15, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Seriously people put the damn link in your post
Replies: 11
Views: 32935

Re: Seriously people put the damn link in your post

Flumble wrote:You probably dunk them in tea. Silly Brits.


I don't believe that's really a thing, no. I use them for this:
https://www.meilleurduchef.com/en/recip ... -cake.html
by chalkie
Fri May 12, 2017 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 6937

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

cellocgw wrote:10 Live Chats You Don't Want To Miss..

Thanks, thank you. I was a fool, and you fooled me. Thank you for reminding me that I'm just another fool. Sir, well played.
by chalkie
Fri May 12, 2017 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 6937

1836: "Okeanos"

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Title Text: WHEN I WAS ON A BOAT I DROPPED MY PHONE CAN U LOOK FOR IT

And here is the link itself: Live view
by chalkie
Fri Jul 01, 2016 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 6676

Re: 1699: "Local News"

The only problem with the Hadrian's Wall plan is that it doesn't follow the current border This is Chalkie calling. Chalkie calling all Ordnance fish, Chalkie calling all Ordnance fish, Chalkie here. Come in Ordnance fish. Slight change of plans - bit of a cock-up on the border route I'm afraid. Ap...
by chalkie
Thu Jun 30, 2016 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 6676

Re: 1699: "Local News"

...I reckon there's enough space for Australia in the North Atlantic... England being much smaller, it's make more sense to float that over to the Indian Ocean, maybe somewhere west of Melbourne? It looks like there's loads of space there. We could fire the charges we already have set all along Had...
by chalkie
Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 10619

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

I for one welcome our new alien Dutch overlords. Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. All the Dutch folk I've met have been pretty chill.I think their take-over would be simply by getting voted in. As each country sees how life as part of Global Netherlands would allow us all to just relax, the vot...
by chalkie
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 16305

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

<snip> O my friend Catherine, the complex levels of behavior you display Connote a fairly well-developed cognitive array. And though you are not sentient , my friend Catherine, and do not comprehend, I nonetheless consider you a true and valued friend. Maybe this a religious standpoint (I wouldn't ...
by chalkie
Thu Mar 24, 2016 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1658: "Estimating Time"
Replies: 25
Views: 5939

Re: 1658: "Estimating Time"

Back when I worked in large transactional systems in COBOL and a hierachical database, we could use some handy "rules of thumb" for estimation. The BA would do a Function Point Analysis, and each FP is a day. Each form/screen format is a day. each database table involved is a day. If the p...
by chalkie
Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 18741

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

CharlieP wrote:True love for my real friends, and real love for my true friends.

Not sure I've quite got the hang of this yet.


A tasty beer for my real friends and testy bear for my mean friends.

Yeah, it's harder than you'd think
by chalkie
Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 26591

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Within the last few days I happened to watch a repeat on "Dave" (A UK TV channel) of the Dave Gorman item about (almost) exactly this. I've had a quick look and can't find it on youtube, but luckily there's a pretty good explanation on his blog here: http://gormano.blogspot.co.uk/2008/01/p...
by chalkie
Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1581: "Birthday"
Replies: 59
Views: 12375

Re: 1581: "Birthday"

orthogon wrote:It's the kind of thing John Cage might come up with.


He was played by Peter MacNicol wasn't he? What a great character. I always enjoyed the shortness of Calista Flockhart's skirts.

(I really hope i got the apostrophes and esses right in my possessives and plurals given the previous discussion!)
by chalkie
Mon Jun 08, 2015 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1535: "Words for Pets"
Replies: 40
Views: 12248

Re: 1535: "Words for Pets"

“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.”


― Winston S. Churchill
by chalkie
Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 19409

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

Damn - just tried emoji in VHDL and C#, neither seem to support it :( On the Elite:Dangerous forums the game is often referred to as E:D. This renders as E :D, which I have to say I kind of like. I wonder what the correlation between XKCD readers and Elite:Dangerous players is? (Using the sample set...
by chalkie
Mon Mar 16, 2015 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 24223

1499: "Arbitrage"

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Title: “The invisible hand of the market never texts me back.”

This is something which troubles me too. I generally avoid free buffets, because I don't know what's socially acceptable.
by chalkie
Mon Mar 09, 2015 8:10 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0132: "Hotter than Average"
Replies: 25
Views: 19873

Re: What-If 0132: "Hotter than Average"

As a surface-dweller, any sign which told me "YOU ARE LEAVING THE DOMAIN OF THE SUN" would certainly make me sit up and think "crap - this is serious now". I live in a narrow temperature band of around -5°C to 30°C*, and in my house I can easily tell the difference between 19°C a...
by chalkie
Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1482: "#NowPlaying"
Replies: 89
Views: 15474

Re: 1482: "#NowPlaying"

Klear wrote:I think you're all taking it from the wrong end. Can someone figure out if this sequence of notes fits anywhere in "Never Gonna Give You Up"?

Wow, that reference made me shiver.

+1 :-)

That is how he rolls, after all.
by chalkie
Fri Jan 16, 2015 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 38494

Re: 1474: "Screws"

Regular torx, as much as some people here don't seem to like them, are enormously useful. Compared to flat head, cross, or phillips, they're much less likely to have the head slip out, and far less likely that allen key heads to round off if they're stuck when you're trying to undo them. If you've ...
by chalkie
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 17800

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

IS that the joke? It's not stated anywhere. Maybe it's something similar. Doesn't the Principle only apply at the atomic level? Cell phones aren't atomic. Actually I felt that in this comic the website represents scientists, the girl represents science itself, and the phone represents reality. The ...
by chalkie
Wed Jan 14, 2015 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 17800

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

FTFY:
cellocgw wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:Hehe, I just turn on my phone's Heisenberg setting to take care of this for me.


I believe you need the Heisenberg Compensator for maximum effect.
by chalkie
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 17800

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

Wait: Heisenberg was the cook, wasn't he?
by chalkie
Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 17800

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

I don't know why you can't know both. How else does GPS work when you lose the signal for a few? The joke is a reference to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle : Heisenberg - Quantum Mechanics, 1925-1927: The Uncertainty Principle. The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely th...
by chalkie
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1470: "Kix"
Replies: 112
Views: 21427

Re: 1470: "Kix"

Is kixtart a portmanteau of Kix and pop-tart ?

(Do they have pop-tarts in the USA?)
by chalkie
Wed Jan 07, 2015 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1470: "Kix"
Replies: 112
Views: 21427

Re: 1470: "Kix"

When I saw "Kix" I immediately thought it was a reference to kixtart, a popular windows scripting language.
I was wrong :-|
by chalkie
Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"
Replies: 48
Views: 17400

Re: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"

stoppedcaring wrote:Gaius Plinius Secundus, since known as Pliny the Elder, who died five years before the date you reference, disagrees. As he explained..


Don't recall meeting the fella, sorry.
by chalkie
Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"
Replies: 48
Views: 17400

Re: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"

Incidentally, when I first saw the title, I thought of a funnier idea: the root of the word "salary" is salt , as in NaCl (the stuff used in food). Essentially, it comes from some Romans at some point getting salt as their wage... no idea how that worked out specifically. We weren't liter...
by chalkie
Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

Another feature of peopleSQL is that the entire table contents are visible all of the time, and a select just causes the matching objects to fluoresce.
by chalkie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

Psydekick wrote:I want to see the results of a BEGIN and ROLLBACK (PostgreSQL syntax).


Noooooo - they'd be zombies :(
by chalkie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

FrobozzWizard wrote:Really, the final panel suggests the story of Bobby Tables rather morbid: One little prank, and a town's worth of teenagers is wiped out, including the son of the person who committed the prank.


Oh good grief! - I never saw that one coming either. Well played.
by chalkie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

And yet you don't mind the nonstevenicity being hard-coded? Clearly the anti-Steve movement is even more widespread than I feared. Its already started elsewhere: http://www.stevessence.com/2011/10/19/anti-steve-protests/ Eee gads - I just started reading that site, then I stopped pronto. "They...
by chalkie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

And that is why you need to back up your data and restrict permissions. Caching will likely also help with performance, or at least that's what she said. Personally, I'm just disappointed she didn't try an UPDATE command first. I still love the idea of being able to manipulate the physical world wi...
by chalkie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

ps.02 wrote:So based on that, clearly it is a view, not a table. But then, when she DROPs it, it actually seems to be the canonical data source. WTF?
?


Further than that even, the alt-text implies that dropping the "people" table moves the rows into the "ghosts" table.
by chalkie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

Meh. Who designed that schema? The age and hours_since_watching_porn fields, I guess, represent events in time but instead of being actual timestamps, they're intervals counting backward from NOW()? And, from context, it seems they use two different units, neither of them seconds. So based on that,...
by chalkie
Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 19721

Re: 1409: "Query"

So great to see another SQL joke again, it's how I originally found XKCD. Hmm, what was the first? I don't remember a joke specifically about SQL. Well, off the top of my head there's the (often quoted elsewhere) bobby tables entry http://xkcd.com/327/ I have to say, this was one of the few which a...
by chalkie
Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"
Replies: 37
Views: 7947

Re: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"

Then along came Academies and Free Schools, which are all about "autonomy", "freedom" and "independence". To try to reconcile those two things seems an exercise in doublethink. You give schools freedom and independence and then act all shocked when some of them decide ...
by chalkie
Mon Jun 23, 2014 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"
Replies: 37
Views: 7947

Re: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"

I sometimes find myself reading the comments on a news article, and I get this extra-persona things where I say "what the f*ck are you doing??". The comments are almost universally inane and/or ill-informed, although just occasionally there is a gem. And that's the problem; hoping to get t...
by chalkie
Fri May 23, 2014 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0386: "Duty Calls"
Replies: 202
Views: 67753

Re: 0386: "Duty Calls"

From Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing Mitchell sez, "On May 14 the California Court of Appeal issued an opinion [PDF] in Digital Music News v. Superior Court, relating to copyright infringement litigation over Grooveshark. The opinion, which held that website owners don't have to turn over the ident...
by chalkie
Tue Mar 11, 2014 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 40756

Re: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"

The last picture reminded me of an old story... Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident while checking for speeding motorists on the A1 Great North Road. One of the officers used a hand held radar device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching ...
by chalkie
Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 131
Views: 60037

Re: 1335: "Now"

Right. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that you live in the Netherlands... Yeah, you may want to think about that a bit, bearing in mind who's gonna be in charge when the water all drains away... http://what-if.xkcd.com/53/ Anyhow, I'd like to see this as an overlay to google earth, p...
by chalkie
Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1329: "Standing"
Replies: 66
Views: 11794

Re: 1329: "Standing"

Has anybody tried sitting on an exercise ball at a desk? I haven't yet, but the idea of working the core muscles appeals to me. I imagine that you'd have to work up to a full work day. My 12 year-old daughter was recommended by her physiotherapist to use an exercise ball while sitting at her desk a...

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