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by markfiend
Mon Aug 24, 2015 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: laptop for home Linux administration and python coding
Replies: 2
Views: 5842

Re: laptop for home Linux administration and python coding

I know it doesn't exactly fit your hardware requirements but I have an old EeePC 701 that I use for almost exactly the same use-case—python scripting and ssh to other boxen. I run Arch Linux on mine and I've never heard of any machine that would take an Arch install but not Debian. I have used xfce ...
by markfiend
Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

Thanks Copper Bezel, and for what it's worth I apologise for saying that you were accusing me of lying.

The whole of the UK is a "severely sports-saturated community", or at least it seems that way to me. I'm going to (try to) leave this thread alone now; I've said my piece.
by markfiend
Thu Feb 05, 2015 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

Aye you might be right, I'm probably being over-sensitive.
by markfiend
Thu Feb 05, 2015 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

No, you don't get to do that - someone not answering your questions is an indication that they either don't want to or haven't got round to answering your questions, nothing more. It's a valid reductio ad absurdum of his stance; I think I'm entitled to make a conclusion from the fact he doesn't cha...
by markfiend
Thu Feb 05, 2015 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

I'll take your failure to answer my questions... Are there roving gangs of movie fans in London threatening to kick your head in because you happen to innocently be wearing a scarf with the wrong director's colours? Pitched street battles between Directioneers and Beliebers? ...as an admission that ...
by markfiend
Wed Feb 04, 2015 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

Oh good, it's an anti-sports snob - hooray! It deserves to be reviled? Get off your high horse. You could trot out half this stuff about the movie and music industries (both horribly exploitative and responsible for some unpleasant people), but nobody suggests we all stop watching movies or listeni...
by markfiend
Mon Feb 02, 2015 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Pronunciation of Sudo
Replies: 90
Views: 54424

Re: The Pronunciation of Sudo

Just to throw some more grit into this discussion, I pronounce the Unix command su like "sue", not like "ess you". :mrgreen:
by markfiend
Mon Feb 02, 2015 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

I think Randall has got this one dead wrong. Professional sports tend to generate sports "stars" who are entitled, privileged arseholes, and fans who indulge in petty, violent tribalism. Not to mention the fact that American Football players are expected to undergo repeated brain-injury fo...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Lost space on external harddrive
Replies: 2
Views: 4307

Re: Lost space on external harddrive

reformat?
by markfiend
Thu Dec 04, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 41762

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

...reminds me of people in the US who refuse to mark down their race on surveys from our Census Bureau. They usually object claiming that it's racist for the government to ask... I understand that—in the UK at least—such refusal is not usually uniform, and by cross-referencing, it can be establishe...
by markfiend
Fri Nov 28, 2014 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Braces vs indent vs "end ..." syntax preference
Replies: 49
Views: 19489

Re: Braces vs indent vs "end ..." syntax preference

I'm agnostic about the other two options but I cordially detest "end..." syntax.
by markfiend
Fri Aug 22, 2014 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Looking for a "Premium" (branded?) Micro USB Cable
Replies: 10
Views: 8780

Re: Looking for a "Premium" Micro USB Cable

Zamfir wrote: I have heard that Raspberry Pis have regular USB power problems

Yeah they do. :evil:
by markfiend
Fri Aug 15, 2014 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 107
Views: 45216

Re: stop walking on the escalators

I hope no-one tries Mordae's ideas on the London Underground. They'd get shot. :mrgreen:
by markfiend
Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Pronunciation of Sudo
Replies: 90
Views: 54424

Re: The Pronunciation of Sudo

Ess-You-do :P

Actually, I pronounce it the same as pseudo.
by markfiend
Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 113720

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

THAT'S probably the thing the "Nice Guy" movement is complaining about, and really, can you blame them? Oh, let's be friends, you get to listen to me complain about my problems and get pretty much nothing in return (except misguided false hope, if you're not experienced enough to recogniz...
by markfiend
Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 113720

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

The stupid is strong in this thread. white knight The very fact that you use this phrase betrays you, and is quite frankly insulting to those of us who don't buy into the PUA/MRA mythology. if you ask them, especially young women, what they want, by far the most will first say things like “I don’t k...
by markfiend
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 113720

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Oh dear. Randall insulted the "friendzoners" again. EVERYONE, BATTLESTATIONS! Be on the lookout for rehashed MRA talking points and trilbies! I wish people like you, who have nothing to contribute but arrogant-while-ignorant asshattery, would have the intelligence to realize they have not...
by markfiend
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What OS do you use?
Replies: 321
Views: 151369

Re: What OS do you use?

Interesting that my answers of "Debian" and "other Linux" still stand, even though which "other Linux" it is has probably changed since I answered. I run Arch on my home computers and on my work desktop machine. The servers at work are RHEL (although the most I do on th...
by markfiend
Wed Jan 29, 2014 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 91178

Re: 1321: "Cold"

Neither. I am joining others in labeling this proposal as racist and a form of eugenics, deciding which people get to have children and which do not. There is no depths to which the climate denialists will not sink in their attempts to discredit Al Gore. The idea is to give people access to birth c...
by markfiend
Fri Jan 24, 2014 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 91178

Re: 1321: "Cold"

And while an argument behind the question might be stupid, the question itself is perfectly valid. When we say "A came from B", we suggest that either A is no longer B or that B does not exist anymore. If A belongs to a monophyletic group B (such as apes or simians for humans) and...
by markfiend
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1319: "Automation"
Replies: 58
Views: 17083

Re: 1319: "Automation"

My job is basically people telling me "We spend a lot of time on this task. You should write a program automating it!"
by markfiend
Mon Jan 13, 2014 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Best anti-virus program?
Replies: 20
Views: 11060

Re: Best anti-virus program?

My favorite anti-virus program is Knoppix (on DVD-R). Malware has to re-attack it every time you reboot it (and it is typically pretty malware resistant). You could say the same thing about any LiveCD or LiveDVD distro though, and I don't think that Linux exactly counts as an anti-virus program. It...
by markfiend
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Just got a robotic vacuum...
Replies: 3
Views: 3696

Re: Just got a robotic vacuum...

Sounds excellent. I might stick one on my shopping-list then. Thanks.
by markfiend
Fri Jan 10, 2014 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Just got a robotic vacuum...
Replies: 3
Views: 3696

Re: Just got a robotic vacuum...

I see you have a wood floor; how does it cope with a rug?
by markfiend
Fri Jan 10, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22543

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

I knew about that phenomenon, but Wikipedia said that the footprints they left as they fled the tent showed that they were wearing only socks, a single shoe or barefoot. Also, you'd think it would have mentioned if all their clothes were found discarded around them. Still, even Cracked has taken a ...
by markfiend
Fri Jan 10, 2014 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 22543

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

When I was reading about the Dyatlov Pass incident for the first time, I thought that if I had only one question that could be answered, it would be about just what the heck happened up there. Some of what happened at the Dyatlov Pass could (at least partly) be explained by Paradoxical undressing ,...
by markfiend
Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: μTorrent pronunciation
Replies: 43
Views: 28982

Re: μTorrent pronunciation

I'm with troyp. It hadn't even occurred to me that people might call it "utorrent" until I saw this thread; I thought utorrent was a different client from μtorrent.
by markfiend
Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 318
Views: 205935

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

I'm guessing but I think he means a shovel-shaped leather change-purse. Something like this:
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by markfiend
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80410

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

baardvark wrote:This gets posted mere days after I have the sudden realization that Rand Paul was probably named after Ayn Rand.

Rand is short for Randal. So I would say not. It doesn't totally rule it out, obviously.
by markfiend
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80410

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Crivens the Ayn Rand fans are out in force already. There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged . One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted,...
by markfiend
Tue Sep 24, 2013 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 32945

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Heh. Replace "spiders" with "woodlice". Woodlice are the closest terrestrial relatives of the various "food" crustaceans that most of us are likely to encounter. The closest ones taxonomically or gastronomically? Taxonomically. I've no idea how to even go about measuri...
by markfiend
Mon Sep 23, 2013 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 32945

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Heh. Replace "spiders" with "woodlice". Woodlice are the closest terrestrial relatives of the various "food" crustaceans that most of us are likely to encounter. Also, one generation's peasant food becoming a later generation's delicacy (as a couple of people noted abou...
by markfiend
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Iain M. Banks
Replies: 124
Views: 172293

Re: Iain M. Banks

A couple of links re Consider Phlebas.

The novel is based, at least in part, on T S Eliot's The Waste Land. See here for an essay on the subject, and clicky for the poem itself.
by markfiend
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 33741

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

"Unless you want to double your work, you have to decide whether you want to support Ubuntu or generic Linux. We're the one with a defined leadership you can talk to and the corporate partnerships consumers care about, so you'd better choose us". I don't think Canonical can honestly claim...
by markfiend
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 21052

Re: 1267: "Mess"

To anyone who is going to play the sexism card.. #1 GO TO HELL, NOBODY LIKES PC-DOUCHETARDS Translation: "I am aware that I've said something incredibly stupid and offensive and I'm going to pre-emptively attempt to defuse the situation by labelling anyone who wants to call me out on it as a '...
by markfiend
Fri Sep 20, 2013 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1267: "Mess"
Replies: 110
Views: 21052

Re: 1267: "Mess"

Quentin Crisp - "There is no need to do any housework at all. After the first four years the dirt doesn't get any worse."
by markfiend
Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 22515

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

I feel like this is a reference to something I don't know. I think Randall is referring to the creaky old argument that says, "We shouldn't spend any money on space exploration until we've solved all of the problems here on earth." (Poverty, hunger, over-population, racism, reality shows,...
by markfiend
Mon Jun 17, 2013 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Debian VS Ubuntu
Replies: 49
Views: 33741

Re: Debian VS Ubuntu

But perhaps you only get free (as in unpaid-for) software because of the freedoms that rms et al care about.

Then again, I use Arch, which includes non-free stuff, so feel free to ignore me.
by markfiend
Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35445

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Kit. wrote:The problem is that we usually work with texts, not with authors, so we don't necessarily know what the author actually intended.
Paging Roland Barthes. Roland Barthes to the courtesy phone please.
by markfiend
Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35445

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

As it happens, Tolkien's "legendarium" is (or at least was for a long time) meant to be set in our universe. Ælfwine/Eriol, sailing west to the Lonely Island to be told the history of the Eldar, survived surprisingly late in the development of the Silmarillion as a whole. (Also IIRC there ...

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