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by kernelpanic
Mon Sep 27, 2010 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63896

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

Interfacing with an alien computer would be highly nontrivial, even if they use electrical, binary systems. (And they might be using light based, trinary systems or something equally strange) Basically, it's like I have an Nintendo 64, you have a modern Apache webserver or something, and I want to ...
by kernelpanic
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Headphone wires that will not break.
Replies: 33
Views: 44836

Re: Headphone wires that will not break.

I've got a pair of fake Sony (Or ZONY as the box states) in-ear earphones for 120 pesos, about 10 US dollars, and surprisingly, they are just as good quality as ones in the USD $70-80 price range (very good bass), and the wires are very resistant (I've used them a lot, and treated them like you woul...
by kernelpanic
Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:21 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Front Panel Audio not working properly (Windows 7/Fedora 13)
Replies: 4
Views: 2301

Re: Front Panel Audio not working properly (Windows 7/Fedora

When connected to the rear panel, it works perfectly, so I know it isn't a problem with the headset. This means it isn't a software, but a hardware problem, because there is usually no or very little difference in the OS between front- and rear-panel audio (maybe mute one when the other is connecte...
by kernelpanic
Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I... think the sound is generated in the piece that connects the separate tubes... and travels up the "hollow air tube" to the earpiece. Which would also explain the poor sound quality reviews... That's actually a good idea, carried out stupidly. Why not use a denser fluid for better qual...
by kernelpanic
Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I... think the sound is generated in the piece that connects the separate tubes... and travels up the "hollow air tube" to the earpiece. Which would also explain the poor sound quality reviews... That's actually a good idea, carried out stupidly. Why not use a denser fluid for better qual...
by kernelpanic
Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

TaintedDeity wrote:Apparently the wires in headphones act as aerials and amplify the harmful radiation so by doing away with wires the harmful radiation is reduced! Whooo!

So why not use a wireless headset? I mean, this is one if there are no cables, but why stick a hose to it?
by kernelpanic
Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SATA 6 Gb/s vs 3 Gb/s compatability? [ANSWERED]
Replies: 2
Views: 1934

Re: SATA 6 Gb/s vs 3 Gb/s compatability

Yes. SATA is backwards- and forwards-compatible, meaning you can put a SATA II drive in a SATA III port, or a SATA II drive in a SATA I port, etc.
by kernelpanic
Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: First/Last buttons are way too big
Replies: 5
Views: 1887

Re: First/Last buttons are way too big

Not that he will give a damn, or change anything, but you should contact davean directly at davean@xkcd.com.
by kernelpanic
Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

And just how is attaching a hose to your earphones supposed to work? Also, if you want it to "block harmful radiation", then you'll get no signal.
How is this not regulated?
by kernelpanic
Fri Sep 17, 2010 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 379142

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Giant Speck wrote:I've started to avoid this thread altogether because the pedantry is starting to give me a headache.

*ahem* I think you mean pedanticness.

Don't kill me!
by kernelpanic
Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pope compares atheists to nazis
Replies: 84
Views: 10282

Re: Pope compares atheists to nazis

Atheist extremists are just as bad as any other extremist And how many of those are there? I've never heard of any. The most extreme thing I've seen atheists do is stage protest rallys. Plutarco Elías Calles . Led the Mexican Army against the Catholic opposition in the Cristero war. Of course, both...
by kernelpanic
Thu Sep 09, 2010 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Hard work vs. Smartishness
Replies: 247
Views: 39695

Re: Hard work vs. Smartishness

I usually get A/A+ in maths, physics, chem & co., and B- to A- in languages and SS, C/D in anything arts-related (But my last art class was 4 years ago. Yay!), and I never brag about the grades, but it does feel bad that in maths and sciences some people study their asses off and I usually wake ...
by kernelpanic
Fri Sep 03, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216158

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

Lo importante no es la gramática sino el estilo. Pequeños detalles como expresiones, vocabulario, etc. que sólo puedes aprender practicando mucho con hablantes nativos. Es difícil de explicar. Un inglés diría: "Yo pienso que hace mucho calor. Fuera se está más fresco. Deberíamos ir a fuera&quo...
by kernelpanic
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)
Replies: 483
Views: 216158

Re: ¡Hablamos español! (Spanish Practice)

userxp wrote:Viendo como los ingleses hablan español me doy cuenta de lo mal que debo hablar el inglés. (no os ofendáis :oops: )

No creo que se note tanto, porque el inglés es mucho más fácil de aprender que el español.
by kernelpanic
Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:06 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Windows 7 users and cryptologists - I could use some help!
Replies: 10
Views: 2971

Re: Windows 7 users and cryptologists - I could use some hel

It's definitely (read: extremely likely) not encrypted-the codes differ by 10 characters out of 140, and assuming it only uses letters and numbers, it means there's a chance of about 1 in 62^130 that two will match that closely, let alone three.
by kernelpanic
Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Oregonaut wrote:They decrease payments to a manageable amount, and tack on interest rates that make it so you are basically only paying interest plus a marginal amount off the base debt. Something along a 90%/10% Interest/Base ratio.

How is that even allowed?
by kernelpanic
Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153222

Re: public misconceptions

in a related note, when people say DNA when speaking in Spanish. It's ADN, idiot This is true. Spanish already has a perfectly serviceable acronym, which is what should be used when speaking in Spanish. You don't go around randomly swapping words for foreign ones, so why this one? This, however, is...
by kernelpanic
Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153222

Re: public misconceptions

It bugs me when people say "It's in your DNA/genes"* to mean you're good at something ("Football is in your genes!"), and in a related note, when people say DNA when speaking in Spanish. It's ADN, idiot, You don't go around randomly swapping words for foreign ones, so why this on...
by kernelpanic
Tue Aug 31, 2010 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

uncivlengr wrote: at least pick a series of events that aren't completely fictional

And at least tangentially related to what you're selling.
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Whelan wrote:I thought your last election was '08? You're surely not due another one just yet are you?

Yup. midterm elections.
by kernelpanic
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153222

Re: public misconceptions

tuseroni wrote:well, except people on the other side of the world...

*facepalm*
It was a joke, dammit.
by kernelpanic
Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Turn shitty pop into awesome 35-minute epics
Replies: 19
Views: 4950

Re: Turn shitty pop into awesome 35-minute epics

vaguelyhumanoid wrote:I want to try this with GOOD pop music, i.e. Lady Gaga.

My first thought was "Nice. Now let's try it with music."
by kernelpanic
Sun Aug 22, 2010 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153222

Re: public misconceptions

PumpkinKing wrote:Ha, no it's both my families misconception coupled with the public's penchant for using the term "The Sciences" in the same context.

And what context would that be?
by kernelpanic
Sun Aug 22, 2010 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Turn shitty pop into awesome 35-minute epics
Replies: 19
Views: 4950

Re: Turn shitty pop into awesome 35-minute epics

Just did it with Eruption by Eddie Van Halen. Sounds awesome.
by kernelpanic
Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153222

Re: public misconceptions

Also apparently a common misconception: that the sun isn't a star. I don't know what the hell else it could be (a magic glowing God-orb, maybe), but some people still don't seem to realise it's a rather non-unique kind of star. Objectively not unique; falls pretty neatly into the main sequence. Sub...
by kernelpanic
Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: public misconceptions
Replies: 1073
Views: 153222

Re: public misconceptions

yeah i am always at a loss on what to say when someone says "you must be smart" to me it seems like they are just using it as an excuse to not have to listen to me or think about anything im saying. it feels more like im being dismissed than complimented. For me it's the same. So far it h...
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 18, 2010 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 169129

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

Yay for Vikings vs Saints game! I'm already looking forward to it. And Favre said yes! Favre is revealing himself to be a mediawhoring douchebag. How much does it have to suck being Tavaris Jackson? Basically everyone says if you start the Vikings have no chance. It has to be tough on the psyche. O...
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 169129

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

sir2you wrote:Yay for Vikings vs Saints game! I'm already looking forward to it.

And Favre said yes!
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread
Replies: 1141
Views: 199903

Re: The "How Have I Never Noticed That Before?" thread?

Today I noticed that "sweetarts" is a pun on "sweet hearts". wow.
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 368096

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

In my opinion the reason there are so many hops in American IPAs is the same reason there are so many hot chilli peppers in chilli; a misplaced sense of machismo. Look at this: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/8/86/Habanero_closeup_edit2.jpg/356px-Habanero_closeup_edit2.jpg Now tell m...
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong
Replies: 553
Views: 63896

Re: Facepalm TV / Doing It Wrong

The Scyphozoa wrote:But she did put the thing that made the sound in front of a microphone to amplify it.

That makes perfect sense if the microphone is connected to an amplifier.
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: cycling
Replies: 199
Views: 155883

Re: cycling

Go on the right side. Cars will avoid you. Yes, maybe that's a valid argument in places where drivers, you know, do that kind of stuff. Not here, so I'd rather avoid them than have them not avoid me. Plus it's fun going faster than them! Very fun, but on the rare occasions I do that I do go on the ...
by kernelpanic
Tue Aug 17, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: cycling
Replies: 199
Views: 155883

Re: cycling

I have a question for those of you who ride in streets: are you supposed to go against traffic or not? I've been told (by people who know this kind of thing, and in magazines) that you should go against, like I do (because you go much slower than cars, you can see them coming and get out of the way)...
by kernelpanic
Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

And I've never seen a beer ad that doesn't say "beer" somewhere.
by kernelpanic
Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: High Courts: All Mexican states must recognize gay marriages
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: High Courts: All Mexican states must recognize gay marri

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Oh?

Right. I guess I was confused with proposals, as there have been several, but apparently all were voted down. Another way in which Mexico City is vastly superior to all other states.
by kernelpanic
Thu Aug 12, 2010 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: High Courts: All Mexican states must recognize gay marriages
Replies: 7
Views: 1238

Re: High Courts: All Mexican states must recognize gay marri

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:Gay couples can't actually get married anywhere outside of Mexico City.

And a few other states.
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761720

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I just got a no-break surge protector that proudly says on the box "Internet Enabled!"
by kernelpanic
Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: So many new posters
Replies: 100
Views: 11602

Re: So many new posters

I kind of want to make a spambot that lurks for a few months, finally decides to register, then nervously posts in the Introductions thread. It'd blend in seamlessly. I always liked Bucket in #xkcd. I thought it was cool that we allow one bot account hang around to make an occasional one-liner or a...
by kernelpanic
Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1994
Views: 494515

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Oh dear Light, Beijing, Shanghai, Xianggang, Xianjin, I can keep going. Pretty much every Chinese city gets absolutely butchered by anyone not from China. And practically all Nahuatl names were butchered by the Spanish when they conquered Mexico. Some without reason: Motecuhzoma is easier to pronou...
by kernelpanic
Sat Aug 07, 2010 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6609
Views: 940793

Re: *geek-gasm* IT'S OFFICIAL!! (Starcraft 2)

Got the game yesterday, I'm installing it now. If someone wants one of the free trials for this game of WoW, PM me and I'll give you the code.

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