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by mojo-chan
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 86038

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

You can upload any file type to Google Docs now, including password protected 7zip archives. You then get an easy to share URL to pass on. Free accounts get 1GB of space, I pay $5/year for an extra 25GB. Microsoft's Live thing gives you 25GB of free space too, but you have to use a shitty Silvershit...
by mojo-chan
Sat Jul 02, 2011 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 53612

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

I must admit I enjoy trolling people when they say the opposite of what they mean. Irregardless is a double negative so means "regarding" or "taking into account". "I could care less" means you do care about it. Some people also pronounce "solder" without the ...
by mojo-chan
Sat Apr 09, 2011 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0883: "Pain Rating"
Replies: 136
Views: 49047

Re: 0883: "Pain Rating"

I have suffered from arthritis my whole life so I don't know what it feels like not to be aching all the time. I have literally no idea what normal is or how bad my pain would be if a normal person developed it. It might only be a 1, but then again it could be a 5. Having never been stabbed in the f...
by mojo-chan
Wed Mar 09, 2011 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30949

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

"Helps reduce the signs of ageing", just like jumping up and down helps flatten the surface of the earth. "Unlimited" in the sense of any amount below the "fair use" limit we decided on. "95% coverage in the UK" really means "95% of outdoor areas on a low...
by mojo-chan
Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 43236

Re: 0852: "Local g"

Altitude: Does the thinner air make any significant difference to air resistance? Of course you have the lower level of oxygen to contend with but over a short race like the 100m and with a suitable warm-up that might not matter. Temperature: How does it affect the length of the pole in the pole vau...
by mojo-chan
Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26912

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

It appears I have underestimated the number of scat fetishists on the internets. No wonder the tubes are clogged.
by mojo-chan
Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

Being an Apple product though you would need iTunes to "activate" it and there would be no way to program it yourself. You would get rounding errors if you held it wrong too. On the plus side it could read email and browse the web (just not at the same time), and there would be hundreds of...
by mojo-chan
Wed Jul 28, 2010 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

Sounds exactly like the ZX81 RAM expansion. At the time there wasn't really anything better than edge connectors I suppose, or at least not at a reasonable price. If they had made the case partially support the cartridge it would have been better though.
by mojo-chan
Tue Jul 27, 2010 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

Before Windows 95 came out, you could run an entire system in 4MB of RAM (though for later versions of Office you were well advised to have 8MB). (Yorkshireman accent) 4MB! Luxury! Back in my day we had 512Kb of RAM and we were happy! (Okay, enough of the accent) Seriously though, my first two comp...
by mojo-chan
Sun Jul 25, 2010 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

Eebster the Great wrote:There is no reason these should cost more than $40.


Except that people are forced to buy them at that price because they are what their school/college/university mandates.
by mojo-chan
Sun Jul 25, 2010 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

except there's already plenty of space to store copious notes and any program you could ever need to help you with any exam. there's not enough for more advanced things that people want to do, and the reason so often cited is to keep people from doing something they can already do quite easily. Let...
by mojo-chan
Sat Jul 24, 2010 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

Well colour screens do use more power than black and white ones. Most calcs don't even use a backlight which is pretty much essential for a colour screen. The lack of RAM and flash memory is probably seen as a good thing by people in education. No room to store copious notes or programs to assist in...
by mojo-chan
Fri Jul 23, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

It seems like the problem is the competing desires of teachers, engineers and mathematicians. Teachers want it locked down and simple to use in the "traditional" way that they already understand. Engineers want lots of useful but non-maths functions like unit conversions, table generators,...
by mojo-chan
Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

those systems usually run a single monolithic program, tho. just about any system that lets you run programs will load the code into ram before executing it. There are many that run multiple programs from flash. Particularly 80s microcomputers, for example, which often allowed for expansion ROMs. I...
by mojo-chan
Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

what do you think happens when you run a program on any other platform? Actually lots of embedded systems run code directly from flash. Well, even most PCs do when they boot up by running code from the BIOS directly. I'd say it's actually the norm in the embedded world though. Some microcontrollers...
by mojo-chan
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

Good comments. The HP 48SX has magnitude and units conversion (still use mine for quick S.I. <--> Metric conversions). There was an "HP 48 Goodies" BBS back in the early 90's for free apps. Those without a modem (or couldn't deal with long distance charges) could buy floppies with collect...
by mojo-chan
Mon Jul 19, 2010 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

For the price, these things could easily be running on a decent ARM chip with a larger, color, possibly touchscreen display. The resolution on graphing calculators is pathetic. I agree. It would be very useful to have not only a higher resolution graph but the ability to touch-scroll around it. Ful...
by mojo-chan
Mon Jul 19, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56638

Re: "1996" Discussion

I think the reason calcs are still so basic is that they sell them to the education market. Many of the teachers/lecturers are set in their ways and will only approve a calculator they can fully understand and trust for use in tests. As such they keep them as basic as possible while still performing...

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