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by Flumble
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7414

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

TIL in Windows 10 you can press Win+PrtSc to save a screenshot to a file and you can use Ctrl+PrtSc when the snipping tool is open to make a rectangular selection of the screen, both without affecting the clipboard with the snipping tool set to "copy snips to clipboard" by default.
by Flumble
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4948
Views: 673715

Re: Doctor Whom

Does she have large etheric beam locators? :roll:
by Flumble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Graph theory terminology
Replies: 16
Views: 7515

Re: Graph theory terminology

Vertices are the 0-dimensional attributes of 3D models and 3D models only, so the endpoints of edges in graphs are nodes. Also node is easier to type a thousand times when programming something that uses graphs (or their sub-types). Towns and roads . Because those words definitely make sense for dir...
by Flumble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 9301

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Since we have gathered so much abbreviation knowledge in here, what does the AYY stand for in ayy lmao? :mrgreen:


I'm still happy to see "lol" floating around the blogosphere, because the letters form a word for "fun" in dutch.
by Flumble
Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 5554

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

The unit of entropy is J/K, i.e. "Joules per Kelvin", the corresponding physical quantities being energy and temperature. It would seem you are the one having difficulty with the various kinds of entropy. :wink: The general shape of entropy is dimensionless -physicists like to multiply it...
by Flumble
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 5554

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

It's no fun if you keep including "civilised world": that immediately implies one of those weird british games that's played in only two countries. :roll: (with a bat in this case, because it has a batting average) I don't know what Randall's problem with entropy is: just like the hit poin...
by Flumble
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 12493

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

... one day you *will* meet someone who doesn't want to cooperate with you. That someone could be us. The argument is that such a non-violent species gets destroyed by the first violent species it encounters, whereas a violent species can continue to exist regardless of whether it meets violent or ...
by Flumble
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9873
Views: 1794942

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

If I understand correctly, push notifications and other events that may repeat for all eternity do require user permission? Then it's all good with me. (It came across to me as if SWs were as free as OS services/daemons in that they could run indefinitely or continuously request new events, like set...
by Flumble
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 12493

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

Their mode of travel may dwarf anything we have, by centuries, but it's possible they don't know violence like we do. It's possible they don't know how to defend themselves because they've never had to. Hmm, how likely would that be? I think it would require either no scarcity, a single entity or n...
by Flumble
Tue Jul 11, 2017 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9873
Views: 1794942

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I take it the browser will ask the user "do you want this site to drain your battery, waste your bandwidth and track you forever?" before running a service worker. Right? :roll:
by Flumble
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 9890

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

I take it you interpreted chris' joke as self-depreciating? (namely him being the egg and the long-haired one being a woman) Otherwise, how do you get to the assumption that chris is thinking the stick figure is a girl? Self deprecating? I don't believe so. The cartoon is gender neutral other than ...
by Flumble
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 9534

Re: chess under duress

Your friend is aware of what you're trying to do, right? So they'll do everything in their power to keep the board open for you to send information, right? Your friend is not the one you're playing against - that's why it's relevant that the game is televised, so that your friend can see the messag...
by Flumble
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 9890

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

It was the first such comment on the thread Not just that, sexism jokes (even ones as bad as yours) are a rare sight on the whole forum. And looking at gmalivuk's reactions, I can imagine why. Putting aside the trollish nature of the response, sexual stereotypes are so powerful, you didn't bother t...
by Flumble
Sun Jul 09, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 273
Views: 43789

Re: Enjoyably shitty films

I swear there's a guilty pleasures topic around more recent than this one . :shock: Valerian: City of a Thousand Planets is coming out soon and I'm SUPER EXCITED for it. It looks exactly like the sort of terrible film I'd be really into. Is anyone else looking forward to it? Yes, I was tricked by im...
by Flumble
Sun Jul 09, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: chess under duress
Replies: 27
Views: 9534

Re: chess under duress

How how long do you need your message to be? "51 30 26N 0 7 39W" is nice, if you know the information. 17 letters = 85 bits. "BUCKETVILLE, MAIN STREET 27, BASEMENT" is a bit long, but maybe "BKTVL MAIN 27 BASEM" will suffice. 19 letters, 95 bits. "NOT SURE BUT I H...
by Flumble
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 5435

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

Third thought (my first): beautiful depiction of the scenario on that rock afterwards.
by Flumble
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1958
Views: 518225

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

That doesn't send an email tough. Are you sure you want to produce a mailto link that may or may not open the user's prefered email client with the prepared email when they click submit? Anyway, you can do it by changing the submission method to GET and using some input fields with "subject&quo...
by Flumble
Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4948
Views: 673715

Re: Doctor Whom

I was half-expecting... The Doctor to discover Missy's body and realise the only way to save her was to regenerate himself and use the energy to trigger her regeneration too. I'm still expecting him to go to Missy's body and use the power of grayskull regeneration to revive her. And the...
by Flumble
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 11883

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Acapela and google are at odds here. Neither of them says "Skeeter", but they can't decide whether the ä should be pronounced as äu (google) or as e (acapela). I'm with acapela: [yːmlɛ(ɪ̯)yt]
by Flumble
Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nounal and pronomial
Replies: 6
Views: 3192

Re: Nounal and prenomial

Blame the English for bastardizing "nom"/"name" to "noun" ...and doing a half-assed job at that.
by Flumble
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 10300

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

die, der, das, den, dem, des Oh right, I forgot how complicated German really is sometimes... Eh, they understand you just fine if you only use "die". (added bonus for "die": it "works" for dutch and english too) You may get looked down on, though, but who's counting...
by Flumble
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:34 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8010284

Re: Thoughts for ships

Stop it. We've reached the lowest point already. :oops:
by Flumble
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What version of php?
Replies: 4
Views: 2266

Re: What version of php?

To follow up on finding out what the problem is: If the admin(s) of that other site don't know what the issue is, you can help them and/or us by doing the following: ⋅  go to a page with a Select All ⋅  press F12 (to open the browser's debugging tools) ⋅  go to the Cons...
by Flumble
Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 6112

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

mathematicians have just discovered that the number they thought was i may in fact have been i 's evil twin, − i , all along. Oh no! Not em-dash i! Anticipating such a comment, I deliberately copied and pasted it from the Wikipedia page for "Plus and minus signs". :( I shouldn't have assu...
by Flumble
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 6112

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Does an x with x^2=-1 really exist? Yeah, but it's not unique. What do we have? i , - i , j , - j , k , and - k ? We can do better than that. mathematicians have just discovered that the number they thought was i may in fact have been i 's evil twin, − i , all along. Oh no! Not em-dash i!
by Flumble
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 6112

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Looks more like complex analysis to me. And I'm not sure which part is real and which is imaginary ... Find its conjugate, bring them together and the real part comes out twice. It's a happy little family. Or find Euler's constant (probably buried with him) and raise it to an x. Once it's grown up,...
by Flumble
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1100521

Re: What are you listening to?

Ghost in the Shell OST - Nightstalker but seamlessly looped for 10 minutes so I have background noise for about half a day. :roll:

That is the old GitS of course –from what I've read there's no scene in the 2017 film where this track would fit.
by Flumble
Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 6619

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

In lots of places the 'physical' zero is a negative already. Or both the 'one' and the 'zero' are sequences of on/off.


Anyway, please reinvent websockets as simply a binary stream. :oops:
by Flumble
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4948
Views: 673715

Re: Doctor Whom

* Missy seems to have gone full Deadpool. I liked it —was half hoping the whole episode would be "doctor who does doctor who", half glad that it turned to serious business after the first couple of minutes. It's a bummer we only got to see the top and bottom level really: a time-dilated c...
by Flumble
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 7714

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

Bloody hell, doctors want me to smile every day? :shock:
by Flumble
Mon Jun 26, 2017 11:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 837362

Re: Most excellent times

Blitzing will take you only slightly less time than 90 years. I fear you might not have ~170 years to spare.

svenman wrote:and it doesn't help that on the whole the popularity of rail modelling is declining.

Who needs a physical model railway when you can make infinite virtual model railways? :mrgreen:
by Flumble
Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 6619

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

2hard2refresh: Electric Boogaloo
by Flumble
Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 10851

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

I often do not trust programs to correctly interpret paths/names with spaces, so I try to put all files that are to be used by a program in a spaceless path. Documents (spreadsheets and stuff) can go where ever. What are you doing with those spreadsheets that doesn't involve them being used by any ...
by Flumble
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 10851

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

I often do not trust programs to correctly interpret paths/names with spaces, so I try to put all files that are to be used by a program in a spaceless path. Documents (spreadsheets and stuff) can go where ever.
by Flumble
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 6619

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

If we do the "Hardest", will we all have to create new log ins for this site? :evil: Surely we get to keep all databases. We just have to reinvent DNS and HTTP —and do it right this time. ( right this day and age that is; the current setup was "right" back when people were writi...
by Flumble
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9873
Views: 1794942

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xeio wrote:

Code: Select all

startDate.ToString() == "1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM"
WHY IS THIS A STRING COMPARISON.

It's to check whether the system is set to the right locale. :mrgreen:

I feel sorry for your eyes.
by Flumble
Wed Jun 21, 2017 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: 1037: Umwelt
Replies: 4
Views: 4804

Re: 1037: Umwelt

Unfortunately, umwelt.xkcd.com is broken. You can find some scraped replies at the wayback machine to piece together images using http://imgs.xkcd.com/a1panels/ followed by any of the "url" fields in a reply. If someone (davean?) is to fix umwelt.xkcd.com , please make sure it's available ...
by Flumble
Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 128045

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

The whole survey is obviously rigged. Tabs are superior for indentation because you're free to set your own tab size locally and the best-paid coders know this.
by Flumble
Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 92768

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Why do you think the temperature matters? If the speed of the blade is high enough you can cut nearly anything in half. Well, at a high enough speed the impact becomes more of an explosion (see what-if 1 ) that does leave a burn mark. (Then again, can you speak of a burn mark if there's nothing left...

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