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by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 31, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 4564

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

We are somewhere around 20 years worth of human history where internet has been readily available. Maybe it takes 30 years for the REALLY bad stuff to happen ... I mean, we already had Facebook Live turn into Videodrome, and things on the Internet are bad enough that the only thing that was at all ...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386460

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

You remind me of a troll who would purposely buy a shell of a new car, (do the extra work to fit it over an old polluting engine), just so he could continue driving without pollution controls. An act of rebellion, but ultimately pointless in the grand scheme of automobiles. Why do that? I just driv...
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386460

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

ABS is indeed a serious improvement as far as stopping power in bad conditions, but it is true that it can be hard to adjust to, particularly if you don't live in a climate where you regularly have to deal with slick pavement where it activates with some frequency.
by commodorejohn
Fri Mar 23, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386460

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Choosing to be in a highly lethal device in public in order to get somewhere faster makes you responsible to not kill anyone with it. Goddamn right. I'd certainly appreciate it if pedestrians made it easier for me to see and avoid them, but when I'm driving a car, it is my problem and not anyone el...
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 20, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 16
Views: 9761

Re: What language should I learn?

I actually see a fair number of job postings listing Python as a desired or bonus language, but okay, gotcha. In that case, the hot one these days that you haven't already learned is probably C#. Other .NET languages come up fairly often as well. Or one of the billion JS web frameworks, but I gather...
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386460

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Yep. I mean, I'll rag on autonomous driving from sunup to sundown, but in fairness, the number of drivers who actually travel at the speed limit and not 5-over is just plain statistically insignificant.
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 16
Views: 9761

Re: What language should I learn?

Honestly, I do most of my messing-around in FreeBasic. Structured enough to allow clean design, unstructured enough to let you do what you like, quick-'n-easy access to a graphics window on both Windows and *nix targets, and it doesn't have friggin' literal whitespace. Just don't go to it for high-p...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386460

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

"...but the theory is sound!"
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 698093

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Really, we need to work on the Singularity happening sooner, rather than later. That's not going to help matters. Just picture the inevitable: Clippy asking "It looks like you're trying to foment political unrest and destabilization in rival nations. I have some templates that may help..."
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 18, 2018 8:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4532
Views: 698093

Re: The Darker Side of the News

And this is why Facebook needs to burn and die.

I mean, I fucking knew it was all a scam to get you to sign away your personal information when it started, but they certainly went my predictions one better by selling it out to those fuckers.
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845954

Re: Trump presidency

Well, since trying to revive Hillary as the all-purpose bogey(wo)man of the fringe right didn't go anywhere the last half-dozen times they tried it, they might as well try digging up another old bogeyman. I mean, they have to come up with some way to distract themselves from the fact that we've reac...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why does XKCD not have ads?
Replies: 25
Views: 5202

Re: Why does XKCD not have ads?

jperezov wrote:I think that's a little unfair to say.

Just because lots of websites choose to degrade the user experience, doesn't mean ads inherently do.

This is a good example of a statement that is arguably true in theory but almost never in practice.
by commodorejohn
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 58
Views: 10638

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

55. The laws of Gravity do not apply to ghosts. The dinosaurs got bored of us a long time ago, and left Earth to go haunt another planet currently going through its jurassic period. I'm not playing the game, but it strikes me that something like this could make for an awesome science-fantasy settin...
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I'm...um, I'm struggling to figure out how one could trap their junk in a box wrench (that is what they mean by "ring spanner," correct?) and be unable to remove it without engaging someone else to cut the metal. Did he just have the mother of all awkwardly-timed erections?
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 5810

Re: 1955: "Robots"

I'm waaaaaay less concerned about artificial intelligences usurping humanity than I am about humanity entrusting important things to artificial "intelligence," frankly.
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9979
Views: 1976653

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Arrays considered harmful...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 07, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 225805

Re: Controversial opinions about food

My somewhat controversial opinion is that beef is overrated. I haven't kicked mammals and birds out of my diet, but beef is a meat that I would be fine with never eating again. It's OK in tacos, but I prefer tacos made with chicken. Steaks are OK but pork chops are just as good, and fried chicken i...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 225805

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Marinate in soy sauce and garlic.

Cook until it's not actively goddamn bleeding out like it was just sliced out of the cow.

Enjoy.

Do not mutilate with any God-damned "sauce."

This is the Tao of Steak.
by commodorejohn
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 225805

Re: Controversial opinions about food

If I wanted raw meat I'd just eat raw meat, thanks. That said, "well done" is code for "industrial linoleum in the shape of muscle tissue," so I'll take it somewhere in the middle, thanks.
by commodorejohn
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Oh goody. It'll be just like Galt's Gulch, only based on bottlecaps!
by commodorejohn
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 225805

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Seaweed, like olives, seems to exist solely as a delivery vehicle for brine.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Yablo wrote:It seems like all this computing power and effort could be used for something actually productive and beneficial to society.

Well now you're just talking crazy.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?
Replies: 42
Views: 9386

Re: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?

It was planted there as a cryptic clue by a field agent for a shadowy organization opposing the world-conquering aims of another, shadowier organization, in a desperate attempt to draw you into a web of conspiracy, a life on the run, and maybe, just maybe, the love of a lifetime.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

ObsessoMom wrote:I'm not sure whether to laugh or gasp in horror:

U.S. soldiers are revealing sensitive and dangerous information by jogging

I'm really kind of boggled that the military didn't twig to this years ago when everybody suddenly decided that every device you own should have a GPS in it, frankly.
by commodorejohn
Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

But I'm willing to bet that at least 90% of bitcoin's electricity is NOT waste power, it's relocating in China next to the cheapest, dirtiest coal plants there are. Wait, wait, wait, you mean most Bitcoin miners probably aren't environmentally-conscious persons willing to shoulder the cost of using...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

It's almost like a currency linked to something that can vanish into the bit bucket at the drop of a hat is kind of stupid or something.
by commodorejohn
Thu Jan 25, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 386460

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Finally, my dream of an all-monkey Blade Runner can come to fruition!
by commodorejohn
Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

But self-driving cars will definitely be 140% reliable!
by commodorejohn
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 171
Views: 35276

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Yeah, framerate is a dead giveaway. It's also part of why "motion smoothing" on fancy HDTVs mostly just makes movies feel like cheap public-access TV shows. Color balance used to be a noticeable factor as well (at least in NTSC territory, dunno about PAL,) but these days half of everything...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

*trying real hard not to make a joke about "explosive orgasm"*
by commodorejohn
Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 43778

Re: Winfrey presidency

I'm of the opinion that America doesn't need anymore celebrity politicians. Admittedly, I think plenty of Americans would disagree with me here, so I'm also of the opinion that celebrities should stop running for political offices. This. If electing TV celebrities to high office becomes a regular t...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I mean, of course this is happening in Silicon Valley.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845954

Re: Trump presidency

ucim wrote:Clinton lied because Truth was important, and he wanted us to buy his version of it.

You, uh...you do understand that lies are, by definition, not the truth, right...?
by commodorejohn
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845954

Re: Trump presidency

He's not perfect, and I do wish he'd just shut up and be a President sometimes, but he is (so far) by far the best president we've had in 30 years. I especially like that he's one of the first presidents to talk about executing the families of military targets. Very Christian of him. Jesus would be...
by commodorejohn
Thu Jan 04, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845954

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/01/03/575295244/steve-bannon-is-quoted-saying-trump-tower-meeting-was-treasonous Going back over this, at first I thought this was mostly crap reporting. However, other journalists are covering it as real. Has anyone been able to find corroborating evide...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 03, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2626487

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

idonno wrote:I'm pretty sure there is no way a 30% CPU hit to this list of cloud services isn't going to substantially harm services that the average user is using.

That's a worst-case, of course, but yeah, this is a rather big deal.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jan 02, 2018 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Win 10: reading old hard drive w/USB to SATA cable
Replies: 8
Views: 7150

Re: Win 10: reading old hard drive w/USB to SATA cable

You do want to be cautious with those enclosures, as some of them will leave the disk constantly spinning at full throttle whether the drive's being accessed or not, and I had one hard disk die the death on me as a result of that. But for a one-time rescue operation they should be fine.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 190
Views: 31609

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Did we ever get to see how the Rebellion got from blowing up the first Death Star to being on a base on Hoth under attack by the Empire? Nope, the title crawl just told us that's what happened between movies. But the audience's ability to understand the movie is not meaningfully hampered by glossin...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845954

Re: Trump presidency

...There are just no words.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 845954

Re: Trump presidency

Hasn't Trump constantly maintained that the Russia investigation was basically a witch-hunt? Firing someone to shut down a witch-hunt is a perfectly legitimate action. I...I am sitting here trying to comprehend the theory of law enforcement where an authority figure can act to shut down an investig...

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