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by RebeccaRGB
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1229: "Screensaver"
Replies: 51
Views: 19226

Re: 1229:Screensaver

It's one of the standard screensavers in After Dark, which I guess is what Randall is referencing (especially given the alt-text). I don't know if it was in After Dark first, but the starfield screensaver is in Windows XP. I think it was also in 95 and 98, but truthfully I don't remember. The years...
by RebeccaRGB
Thu May 09, 2013 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11221

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

Or did anyone come across a comma-cedille lately? One comma-cedilla,̧ coming up!̂̂̂̂̂ Reading about it just now, I've learned that there is no actual "all-in-one Unicode font", which rather surprises me. I know that 2^16 is a big number, but if the Unicode consortium has the ability to as...
by RebeccaRGB
Wed May 08, 2013 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11221

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

Ño, thẽ c̃om̃bining̃ diacr̃itics̃ go 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 th̃e ĩnt̃er̃rõb̃añg̃‽̃
by RebeccaRGB
Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you choose to mispronounce
Replies: 242
Views: 92777

Re: Words you choose to mispronounce

I've always pronounced the word "template" as /ˈtɛmˌplət/ (TEM-plet), but recently I've noticed everyone around me pronouncing it /ˌtɛmˈpleɪt/ (tem-PLATE). This is bugging me.
by RebeccaRGB
Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

They weren't sent a C&D for copyright infringement, though; they were sent a C&D for trademark infringement (using the name of the show and the names of the characters). Copyright has exemptions for fair use. Trademark does not. Which sucks majorly.
by RebeccaRGB
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

piwakawaka42 wrote:epsiodes that I consider to be absolute rubbish ... Lesson Zero

Someone who agrees with me that Lesson Zero is a terrible episode? YES! :D
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

The Scyphozoa wrote:Am I supposed to recognize that OC?

Nope. My OC is doomed to obscurity just as I am.
by RebeccaRGB
Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Vaniver wrote:
Spoiler:
mouth-deleted Pinkie

Spoiler:
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by RebeccaRGB
Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Spoiler:
I thought it was an OK episode, but I didn't believe Babs's sudden turnaround. Bullies don't suddenly stop being bullies, no matter what you do for them, from personal experience.
by RebeccaRGB
Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Why does no one know how to spell Fluttershy?
by RebeccaRGB
Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 33774

Re: 1103: "Nine"

Also, it drives me crazy if there is any time left on the microwave when it's done, so I am forever hitting the "Cancel" or "Clear" button, which my parents still tease me about. Gee Willikers, me too! I'm always finding time left on the microwave whenever I'm at my parents' hou...
by RebeccaRGB
Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 33774

Re: 1103: "Nine"

My mom uses repdigits (1:11, 2:22, 3:33, 11:11, etc.) for microwave times all the time, and I think it's weird. So I'll use times like 4:22, 6:33, 11:55, etc. because I find myself copying my mom's weirdness against my will, and I might as well put a spin on it.
by RebeccaRGB
Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Has anyone had any luck getting the Favorites Collection (the one with Nightmare Moon and Trixie)? I thought it wasn't supposed to be out until this week, but apparently they've been out for a couple weeks and I can't find them at any of the Toys R Us within two hours of me. I preordered mine, and ...
by RebeccaRGB
Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What does XKCD stand for?
Replies: 31
Views: 9151

Re: What does XKCD stand for?

xkcd is the X11-native backport of the KDE program for changing directories. Duh.
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: The Oxford Comma
Replies: 26
Views: 15404

Re: The Oxford Comma

I am very much pro-Oxford comma as well. I find sentences without them to be ambiguous at best, annoying at worst.
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 197615

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

Where? There. When? Then. What? That.
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python
Replies: 21
Views: 14724

Re: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python

Oooh, generators are awesome! (I am a software engineer, so I know the DRY principle, but I write Java all day, so I'm not used to all the awesome features Python has. :) ) Using a generator makes the code the slightest bit slower, but it allows me to remove the factor_out function with its returnin...
by RebeccaRGB
Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python
Replies: 21
Views: 14724

Re: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python

Awesome, I've implemented Xanthir's suggestion of [2, 3, 5, 30n + [7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31]]. Factoring 88888888888888888 is down from 0.6s to 0.4s. Factoring 12345678901234567 is down from 11.7s to 7.1s. Running the test up to 200000 is down from 24s to 21s. Here's what I have now: #!/usr/bin...
by RebeccaRGB
Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 502412

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Monika wrote:
PolakoVoador wrote:
Surfer wrote:But he missed out on that happiness, because he wouldn't listen is crazy.

FTFY.

Ableist. Don't.

And now that Basic Human Decency gone awry has invaded this thread, I must raegquaat.
by RebeccaRGB
Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python
Replies: 21
Views: 14724

Re: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python

I've only had a quick look at your code, and it mostly looks ok, but you might consider changing the prime factor list to a list of tuples rather than a list of lists. Always use tuples for immutable sequences - they are more efficient than lists, both the interpreter and anyone reading your code w...
by RebeccaRGB
Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python
Replies: 21
Views: 14724

Re: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python

Project euler has a lot of problems along these lines. Yes, I have heard of this, but I haven't done it before. I feel I'll have to now. :) 1. Can I be sure that the answer it gives is correct? Yes! You can explicitly test it. I've added this little bit, and now I can feel confident that the progra...
by RebeccaRGB
Thu Aug 09, 2012 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python
Replies: 21
Views: 14724

Re: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python

I've implemented troyp's two obvious optimizations: divisor * divisor <= n instead of divisor <= isqrt(n) (I am recalculating on each iteration, because n may have gotten smaller, so this is worth it), and testing only odd numbers (with 2 a separate case). This has gotten the time for factoring 8888...
by RebeccaRGB
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 502412

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Steve Waterman came to xkcd
To debate x' = x - vt.
But he never could care
To admit to his error:
He'd mistaken the map for the territory.
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python
Replies: 21
Views: 14724

Prime Factors and Proper Divisors in Python

For my own personal use, I wrote a Python script that, given an integer, will give me its prime factorization as well as a list of its proper divisors. I'm interested in two things here: 1. Can I be sure that the answer it gives is correct? 2. Are there any obvious optimizations I'm missing? First I...
by RebeccaRGB
Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 30294

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

Is this about how natural language grammars tend to defy formalization? Did I win the comic?

Alt text burned my cheese.
by RebeccaRGB
Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 502412

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

As for steve, it goes back farther than wikipedia, remember that wbabin site I linked when I first showed up? 8 All light has mass. 11 Simultaneous time can be established at multiple locations. 14 If you consider one location to be at rest, then at that instant, all other locations must also be co...
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

Soralin wrote:This is a rather impressively done animation: Picture Perfect Pony :)

Wow, that is amazing! Practically show-quality. Fan animation has come a long way.

Also, I need to make friends with somepony who does fan animation. Why can't my OC be in a PMV? :P
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Aug 01, 2012 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1089:"Internal Monologue"
Replies: 89
Views: 25061

Re: 1089:"Internal Monologue"

This must be what my subconscious is doing all the time.
by RebeccaRGB
Sat Jul 28, 2012 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nonsensical English...
Replies: 131
Views: 36064

Re: Nonsensical English...

The auto-antonym I've always heard as an example is cleave , which can mean either to split apart or to stick together. I'm surprised it hasn't been brought up yet, because I've heard it enough to get tired of it being used as an example. :) Table is another one, meaning either to present or to with...
by RebeccaRGB
Sat Jul 28, 2012 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55222

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Wnderer wrote:So Ungol Benn is spiderman and Spiderman had an Uncle Ben ...

Mind blown.
by RebeccaRGB
Mon Jul 23, 2012 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

I don't care that much about pony porn. It doesn't bother me that it exists ('cause I know r34 is inevitable), and it's easy to ignore ('cause of the U.S.'s history of censoring sex). What I'm so sick and tired of is pony violence . When I think of "the dark side of the fandom," I think of...
by RebeccaRGB
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 26114

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

J Thomas wrote:Justice noun
justise verb

When I was little I thought there was a verb "verbose" (pronounced /ˌvɹ̩ˈboz/) that meant "to make verbose" (pronounced /ˌvɹ̩ˈbos/). I saw it in the man page for PKZIP.EXE (-v = verbose output).
by RebeccaRGB
Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!
Replies: 1371
Views: 336793

Re: My Little Pony: Friendship is MAGIC!

eSOANEM wrote:Given the apparent trend for FiW things to become canon

Oh please god no.
by RebeccaRGB
Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62288

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

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by RebeccaRGB
Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are more people attracted to men or to women?
Replies: 21
Views: 4284

Re: Are more people attracted to men or to women?

I know ~52% of the population is female, ~48% is male, ~1% is intersex; ~2-10% is gay/lesbian/bi; and somewhere between 1/100 and 1/30,000 is trans. But no sources or further breakdown. :/ One problem with finding an answer to this question is that while statistics for male and female are very easy ...
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 31180

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Turns out it's called Chromatic Abberation and it is, as I thought, the result of my glasses. It's probably more pronounced for me because of the extreme curvature of my lenses. So *that's* what's happening. I get that too, especially against a black background. On an LCD display, different colors ...
by RebeccaRGB
Wed Jul 11, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 45828

Re: 1056: Felidae

20andHeartless wrote:OS Housecat

I once saw Housecat being used to refer to Mac OS 9 (unofficially, of course).
by RebeccaRGB
Tue Jul 10, 2012 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 488009

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Adding -age to any unit of measure does not give you the general property that the unit of measure is used to describe. No, but it does give a handy noun for the specific number of those units under consideration. "Wattage" is the number of Watts, while "power" is the quantity o...
by RebeccaRGB
Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 197615

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread

"Integer" and the mathematical meaning of "integral" is related to the everyday meaning of "integral" and "integrated" and "integrity" because an integer is a "whole," complete number without any little fractional parts. Such a simple conne...

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