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Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8654
Views: 1724813

### Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

"As a token of our new relation, I will take your hand in friendship."
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 13351

### Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

If we today found, say, a buried civilization with a technology level that does not concord with what we know of the progress of human development, and had reason to suspect that either we might be a post-apocalyptic civilization (post someone else's apocalypse) or that like, aliens or something ha...
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What does this MATLAB code do?
Replies: 4
Views: 2767

### Re: What does this MATLAB code do?

Could you make some 3D plots of kill for a chosen n with negative=[0..n] (best be integers) and confidence=[-0.9..0.9]? I have no idea. All I can see is that for large values of z (confidence approaching 1) kill approaches 1 (0 for large negative values) and for values near 0 kill approaches negativ...
Wed Oct 24, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Asimov's 3 laws
Replies: 17
Views: 4851

### Re: Asimov's 3 laws

[pedantic]There's nothing to stop someone from shouting that the robots should self-destruct, but the question is whether they will obey.[/pedantic] :P It's handy to provide the three laws here: ⋅ A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to har...
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 13351

### Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Can I still be an idiot graverobber and explore the place (with a piece of string starting at the entrance—I know my classics!) and take some loot that looks precious (and can be carried in a hand bag)? If so, I want to do that and afterwards get a plane ticket to France.
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5110

### Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

Sableagle wrote:I have a large collection of nanometers I'd be willing to share.

I bet they go off the charts in an elderly home.
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5110

### Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

killometer
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9943
Views: 1905088

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Hmph, I've been messing with mounting an NTFS partition for an hour. Turns out ntfs-3g wasn't installed, while the builtin kernel module reports the mount as "rw" despite being read-only.
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: write a C++ please
Replies: 18
Views: 6223

### Re: write a C++ please

All I can find on endl boils down to "Inserts a newline character into the output sequence os and flushes it as if by calling os.put(os.widen('\n')) followed by os.flush()." The stream is then supposed to convert '\n' to the appropriate byte sequence. (I could change the code to say "...
Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 721357

### Re: Doctor Whom

"I don't like sand. It's coarse and rough and irritating and it gets everywhere." ...is one of the lines that unfortunately didn't make it into this week's episode set in space San Helios. Are the Stenza going to be the new big bad? So far they feel amateurish if you compare their introduc...
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: vvitch
Replies: 9
Views: 5888

### Re: vvitch

*hugs Izawwlgood two-and-a-half years later* Ah, no, they're pretty fuckin' real. Not a whole lot of grey area going on there. Pretty cut and dry. Well yeah, but you don't know that until halfway into the film, IIRC. And the bulk of the film can be explained through non-supernatural evil —in fact I ...
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: write a C++ please
Replies: 18
Views: 6223

### Re: write a C++ please

Did I do good? :mrgreen: #include <iostream> #include <fstream> #include <cstdlib> using namespace std; void make_temp_file(string fileName) { ofstream tmp(fileName.c_str()); tmp << "x = read()" << endl << "y = read()" << endl << "p = x*y" << endl << "s = x + y&quo...
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 6344

### Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I just need explanations for all the other things found in them. Well, you see, when a person and an object like each other very much, they play doctor and give each other a health checkup, including a thorough search for hemorrhoids. Or maybe I'm mixing things up... I could've sworn it involved a ...
Thu Oct 11, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9943
Views: 1905088

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Thanks, I never knew virtually all shells support emacs/vi-style editing (I guess the thought has never occurred because windows shells don't have it). I couldn't find anything with a preliminary search for "shell with selection", obvious in hindsight because the jargon is mark, yank, regi...
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9943
Views: 1905088

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is there any shell out there that supports selecting and copying text on the line? (with support for sensible keybindings like home to go to the start of a line, ctrl+shift+left to select the word to the left) Most of the time I'm working from within screen, so I can copy anything with ctrl+a,[ but ...
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 7766

### Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

anonymouscat wrote:Somehow I'm disappointed there's no internal monologue for Mathematics...

They're too abstract to put into words.
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 7766

### Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Or maybe the architect hates people who enjoy views or the architect is very pragmatic and doesn't want people standing still staring and blocking the hallway.

Are those hallways wide enough to line with chairs and/or small desks along the windows?
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 7766

### Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'd say "trees are (made of) air" is a bit of a stretch: most of their building blocks and energy [citation needed] come from the ground. Right? Right? I have never given it much thought or looked it up, but right now I'm having a hard time believing trees get all that mas...
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 50757

### Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Alas, poor Madness. I think it sadly fell to a vocal minority of mud-borne sticks a couple years back, who admonished the mods for being jerk-faces for locking the Time thread (strange ritual surrounds that place, which the lock prevented the observance of) and because a word-filter caused some unf...
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 721357

### Re: Doctor Whom

And I hope only 1 or 2 of 3 companions remain by the end of the second episode. All three are companions for the whole season. Sorry. (It's not the first time we've had three - the original line-up had three companions, Fifth Doctor started out with three, etc.) Aww, bollocks, that means less Docto...
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 721357

### Re: Doctor Whom

I nearly saw it live; it never stops amazing me how quickly a torrent is (highly) available after the broadcast. It had a bit much going on, or, rather, it had much going on during several parts of the episode and didn't have clear climaxes (climaces? climates?), but more like smooth hills with a gr...
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 50757

### Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Not spoilered because this forum is as dead as a 150-year old tortoise* and going off-topic shifting topics in the comic threads is familiar territory: Glancing back it seems I was more prone to arguing before. And I was significantly less informed and subtle, so when I look back I see some smug sma...
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 8812

### Re: 2056: Horror Movies

I'd call the feeling "exhilarated": with both roller coasters and horror films you know there's no real* danger to you, there's just a (sympathetic) fear of the unknown for a moment that is resolved** the next. They don't compare to things I'm actually afraid of. Parades are about getting ...
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 40395

### Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I always seem to get to the stage (after maybe the first fifty or hundred iterations of feeling that the tongue-twister of F(…v)-F-Th(r…) and the shape of the mouth over Eye-Ore-Eee suggests that Three does not follow Four, but that there's a more correct transitional digit between them that I'm sk...
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106818
Views: 45843615

### Re: 1190: "Time"

Sorry for barging in like this, but I just realized that the OTC will be 1000 comics old around New Year's. Double party! I just realized I can't count: it'll be 900 comics old. Still, double party! Can an OTTologer give the exact date of the nonacentennium? And the millenium that will take plac...
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 4813

### Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

I once stumbled on the following, written by some seemingly sane and highly respected venture capital guy: ... But really, that monthly PowerPoint status report should be a live SaaS dashboard ... That part of the quote absolutely makes sense to me: do all the information processing on the server a...
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8677537

### Re: Thoughts for ships

I'm inclined to say "they had to build protocols for keyless entry themselves, while they can use off-the-shelf HTTPS for secure internet connections", but I guess they could've used off-the-shelf secure bluetooth for keyless entry too. And they can easily mess up the internet connection b...
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90128
Views: 8677537

### Re: Thoughts for ships

No spies in my house is what I told my future girlfriend. The nature of the internet makes the internet of things a giant liability. My phone and browsing habits are already being tracked, but at least I have control over security updates on them. Not so much with a bunch of random wifi devices tha...
Wed Oct 03, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is is better to think of methods as active (X does Y to Z) or passive (Y is done to Z by X)?
Replies: 4
Views: 2585

### Re: Is is better to think of methods as active (X does Y to Z) or passive (Y is done to Z by X)?

If it has no visualisations, at what level do you simulate a game? Do you have like a simulation loop with 24 objects moving around on a football field or do you generate a list of game events (tackles, touchdowns, maybe passes) with some probability? What are the effects of a tackle? Since I agree ...
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 4813

### Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

Write a one-line shell command (80 char or less) using all of grep, sed, and awk that actually does something recognizable. Prizes will be given on the basis of both style and output. Points taken off if the output is useful. Judges' determination of "useful" is final. echo "'awk!' s...
Wed Sep 26, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 7845

### Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

A haystack argument? With lots of needles in it?
Wed Sep 26, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 7845

### Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I hadn't heard of her before, but that name ... It just sounds like the technical term for a part of the brain that isn't used very often. what? Took me some time, but look at that last name. :roll:  ninja'd I see Anyway, the title text sounds a lot like trolling: yo...
Mon Sep 24, 2018 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28593
Views: 3339113

### Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Aren't you supposed to scream at the world in this thread rather than scream at each other?
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 5643

### Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Oh hehehe, I was completely oblivious that I repeated the joke. While reading Weeks' reply, I was fully in the mindset of "children's toys", for whom dildos are just useless* toys, making it a far more innocent joke. :oops: *well, you can always play catch with them, or, if it's one with ...
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9415
Views: 1452695

### Re: Minecraft

My bad, I hadn't realised that there's no delay on the sleep machine. I'll just turn it off for the moment. If we ever get to 4 concurrent players again, I'll insert a (resettable) delay that takes slightly longer than falling asleep.
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 5643

### Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

(That's the joke). Oh hehehe, I was completely oblivious that I repeated the joke. While reading Weeks' reply, I was fully in the mindset of "children's toys", for whom dildos are just useless* toys, making it a far more innocent joke. :oops: *well, you can always play catch with them, or...
Fri Sep 21, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 5643

### Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Weeks wrote:Insert dildo joke here.

*raucous laughter* *applause*

Those are very filling though.
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28593
Views: 3339113

### Re: Blistering blue barnacles

cephalopod9 wrote:it's like 5 of the worst things at once. hhhhghhkhghhghhhhkghhh.

- top text+bottom text
- US flags
- women
- blond hair

what's 5? the backlighting?
Thu Sep 20, 2018 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9415
Views: 1452695

### Re: Minecraft

When were you planning on doing it? If no one's planning on playing in the next 4 hours, I'll start right now. :) Are you planning on taking care of the duplicate mob UUIDs before/after/during the upgrade? I'll take some more time to find out which mobs are duplicated, where and whether they're car...
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 5508

### Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

I'm loving Sableagle's interpretation of the datas. :lol: The "house of cards" diagram reminds me of when I first learned about polynomial interpolation. Despite some occasional overshooting they result in nice smooth motion ...until you try and see what prediction power it has and *BLAM* ...

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