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by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40211

Re: 1235: "Settled"

If you want to go down that route, it's not conclusively settled that there isn't an undetectable spider-web filling my doorway. Hold on there. You're applying the undetectability thing about ghosts to the rest; that's not what I was saying. Nobody (well, probably some handful of ultra-fringe kooks...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40211

Re: 1235: "Settled"

I actually play sax, which I'm pleased to note appears to defy convincing synthesis so far - do I take it from your revulsion that the same is true of the harmonica? I suppose this is all dependent on your standards for "convincing," and as a non-saxophonist I probably don't have the same...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40211

Re: 1235: "Settled"

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, but negative evidence is - and the onus is on the believers to produce the evidence to support their extraordinary claims rather than on the skeptics to provide evidence that these things don't exist - any more than to disprove the existence of the to...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40211

Re: 1235: "Settled"

This is obviously some strange usage of the word 'conclusive' that I wasn't previously aware of. Because reading here the common usage, of which I am aware, would imply that A. none of these things are alleged to exist outside of areas with significant daily traffic, B. it's impossible for a thing t...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 42919

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Anybody who thinks that modern society isn't too demanding and impersonal hasn't tried to get a job with an Associate's degree in the last five years.
by commodorejohn
Mon May 13, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63778

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

I'm sorry, Randall, but no matter how often you repeat the idea that birds being the descendants of dinosaurs is cool, that won't actually make it cool...
by commodorejohn
Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?
Replies: 3
Views: 7700

Re: Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?

I come from a percussion background. So far as I know, there aren't any cheats. You just have to practice a lot until you get it. Yeah...as in many areas of life, I'm not surprised that's how it works, I was just curious. Still, even what practice I have been getting in has been making a little dif...
by commodorejohn
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?
Replies: 3
Views: 7700

Hints for "breaking sync" on piano/keyboard?

Lately I've been trying to get back into playing piano, after a solid 9-10 years of only really doing music in tracker format. (Well, piano-keyboard driving MIDI synthesizer modules, but there's no great difference on the hands-and-fingers front, aside from the keys on my keyboard being unweighted.)...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 98679

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I say we start dating by Roman emperors again.
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1172: "Workflow"
Replies: 57
Views: 22441

Re: 1172: "Workflow"

"Every change breaks someone's workflow, so make all design decisions based on technical wankery and ignore the wails of your users!"
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 26, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0013: "Laser Pointer"
Replies: 76
Views: 58063

Re: What-if 0013: Laser Pointer

The moral of the What-if series seems to be that the more hypothetical questions you ask, the closer you bring the world to (un)natural disaster or outright apocalypse. It's kinda fascinating, really.
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670036

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I liked the infinite canvas better when it was viewable in any browser.
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:04 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 1456

Re: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles

Well, I've looked everywhere the XFree86 documentation says it should look for the config file, and I still can't find it...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 1456

Re: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles

Looks from the DSL site like it's XFree86 4.2.1-3. Addendum: it's not an Xorg-based version, so there's no xorg.conf; it gets its configuration from a file called .xserverrc, which seems to be just a script that passes some pre-selected command-line arguments to xvesa - and for the life of me I can'...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles
Replies: 6
Views: 1456

Damn Small Linux and PS/2 mouse troubles

I've got a somewhat Frankensteined PC from the early 2000s that I'm trying to set up as a workable, if not especially powerful, system. It's an HP Pavilion 6635 (Intel 810 chipset) with 256MB of RAM and a few extras (an old Diamond video card, an SB-compatible sound card; pretty much whatever I had ...

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