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by hailthefish
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"
Replies: 31
Views: 12452

Re: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"

You Only Live N Times.
by hailthefish
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 44380

1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_pace_of_modern_life.png Title text: 'Unfortunately, the notion of marriage which prevails ... at the present time ... regards the institution as simply a convenient arrangement or formal contract ... This disregard of the sanctity of marriage marriage and contempt fo...
by hailthefish
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"
Replies: 35
Views: 12614

Re: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"

The real question is how long the NSA has known about the cat-sized dwarves bug and kept it hidden.
by hailthefish
Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 40012

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

As always when English orthography comes up, the Zompist is quite relevant here. It's helpful to know the current rules before trying to make new ones. And without knowing those current rules, you can waste time trying to fix what isn't broken. Sometimes I forget how much awesome stuff is on Mark's...
by hailthefish
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 110801

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Glad to see there ACTUALLY ARE other human beings who have played Mao.



And other than the rule generation portion, a computer that could beat top humans at Mao wouldn't be THAT hard. It just wouldn't be fair because computers don't randomly have the urge to talk.
by hailthefish
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88754

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Moderator: DON'T BUMP OLD THREADS MAKE A NEW ONE *LOCKS THREAD* If there's one thing about online forums I hate, it's when the policy is to always start new threads rather than to bump old ones even if the subject would be exactly the same. And of course you make a new thread which gets immediately...
by hailthefish
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88754

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Whats worse it when there is a complete solution for ALMOST the same problem. "I already tried that, this is something different. IT'S NOT THE FROBNICATOR" Or when EVERYONE had a similar problem 3 versions ago. For chistsakes, upgrade to version 2 I'M USING VERSION 5!! If it's either of t...
by hailthefish
Wed Oct 12, 2011 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 29313

0963: "X11"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/x11.png Hovertext: Thomas Jefferson thought that every law and every constitution should be torn down and rewritten from scratch every nineteen years--which means X is overdue. Not sure I get the hovertext, or the specific reference of the comic, but god do I hate having...
by hailthefish
Thu Jul 07, 2011 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20649

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

We had the same UPS guy for like 10 years and he was amazing, but we have a new guy now and he's either really lazy or really clueless (or moderately both), the problems we've had here only started with the new UPS guy. Though the first UPS guy was also a fucking ninja, he was just a package-leaving...
by hailthefish
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20649

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

Yeah, they're little paper forms with a strip of adhesive on the back, like post-it notes, and they stick them on the door when they can't deliver the package for whatever reason. A few months ago I had pretty much the same thing happen as the comic (minus the elves and sword and quest, clearly). Or...
by hailthefish
Wed May 25, 2011 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 187112

Re: #903: Extended MInd

I was on the page for "Oral History," which linked to "Oral History Society" and then back to "Oral History." I checked it again, and it has been edited so the first link is "Information." Randall Munroe's mindless lackeys are on a crusade to do his bidding! ...
by hailthefish
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 31093

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

The image name was changed to "mathematically_annoying.png" which no longer trips up the ad blockers.
by hailthefish
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 31093

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Before you get to work on that business plan of yours, consider that for a large number of products, the packaging is almost as expensive (if not more so) than the contents (for the company that sells the product).
by hailthefish
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 31093

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

It might be because he named it "Advertising.png", I'm not sure.
by hailthefish
Wed Mar 09, 2011 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 31093

0870: "Advertising"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/advertising.png Alt text: "I remember the exact moment in my childhood when I realized, while reading a flyer, that nobody would ever spend money solely to tell me they wanted to give me something for nothing. It's a much more vivid memory than the (related) parenta...
by hailthefish
Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26233

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

Sounds like Kotaku!
by hailthefish
Thu Feb 03, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 42527

Re: 0855: "1999"

It was never a social anything, poorly or proto or anything. All it is, all it was, and all it will be is multicolored letters, some flashing flash circles, and a deep voice chanting the following: Welcome to Zombocom This is Zombocom Welcome This is Zombocom Welcome to Zombocom You can do anything ...
by hailthefish
Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 42527

Re: 0855: "1999"

I found Zombocom in 5th or 6th grade, so 2000 or 2001
by hailthefish
Sun Jan 23, 2011 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Christian Bashing
Replies: 253
Views: 24862

Re: Christian Bashing

The consensus seems split between three general responses "There is none of this 'christian bashing', shut up and go away you stupid bible-thumping whiners", "There is a bit of 'christian bashing' and it's perfectly allowable because christians are the majority out in the real world&q...
by hailthefish
Mon Jan 17, 2011 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 14099

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

I have two purebred Australian Cattle Dogs, purchased from a responsible breeder for ~$800 each as puppies. The process of dealing with the breeder was about 6 months, the full process of researching breeds in general and ACDs in particular took well over 5 years. Not hard research every day, mind y...
by hailthefish
Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52787

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

I'm not an audiophile but my feelings on the apple iTunes formats are "WHY CAN'T I PLAY THESE ON ANYTHING BUT A GODDAMN IPOD"
by hailthefish
Sat Jan 01, 2011 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52787

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

Male RCA is the audio out option on every 360 breakout cable (except HDMI). I'm in a similar situation to the man in the comic, I use that VGA cable to connect my 360 to a monitor that doesn't have speakers (and sometimes one that has terrible speakers). That VGA cable comes with a female RCA to mal...
by hailthefish
Fri Nov 05, 2010 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0815: "Mu"
Replies: 80
Views: 18605

Re: 0815: "Mu"

Q: What's the coefficient of friction of a cat on a hot tin roof?

A: μ
by hailthefish
Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88762

Re: 0806: Tech Support

This is pretty much my life as far as Crapcast tech support. The tier 1 residential tech support people could be replaced with a tape recorder or a coma patient and nobody would know the difference. I get intermittent problems with ridiculous packet loss, and my modem likes to devour itself from tim...
by hailthefish
Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26951

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

"This pornstar's jugs are Kafkaesque as shit?"
by hailthefish
Mon Sep 27, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26951

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

jc wrote:I wonder, is there a word meaning "a word that's defined (or discussed) more often than it's used"?


Malamanteau.
by hailthefish
Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 44601

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

I miss when the History Channel had shows that were actually about history. Now it's all paranormal crap half the time.
by hailthefish
Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 26501

Re: "Moria" Discussion

Long time reader, mid-time lurker, first time poster. Dwarf Fortress is heavy with LOTR homage, so the comic goes both ways, like a b-C-x*! Balrog = HFS, digging too deep and greedy will put an end to Urist just as easily as it did Balin. And the situation proposed in the comic happens all the time ...

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