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by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 7671

Re: Blade Runner 2049

Surprisingly, I think I'm actually going to see this. I've been extremely skeptical about it for a few reasons, not least that the modern movie industry mostly just doesn't do any of the things that made the original so great these days (I mean, try to imagine modern Hollywood turning out anything s...
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 27, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

Though DOSBox isn't a perfect solution itself; it's good for games up through the early 486 era running on the standard VGA/Sound Blaster combo, but its VESA/SVGA compatibility is a lot spottier and its emulated horsepower becomes noticeably inadequate if you're running anything more CPU-intensive t...
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Automatic updates
Replies: 9
Views: 2811

Re: Automatic updates

I don't care if they're a default as long as I have the ability to turn them off. I'm good with updating software when it constitutes a meaningful improvement and doesn't ruin the usability, but even when I go with the updates, I want to be the one to decide when that happens - especially when it's ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 3878

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

"Thing" units are fine for smaller items, but when dealing with amounts that you will probably finance, it's best to convert money units into time units. "years of salary", "years of net savings", "years of working a second job"... stuff like that. Of course ...
by commodorejohn
Sat Sep 23, 2017 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 6545

Re: 1893: "Thread"

That's a matter of preference and a tricky thing to balance in either direction - too vaguely mystical, and you end up with a story where a bunch of crucial things only happen "because magic;" too definitively rationalist, and you can end up being not so much "fantasy story" as &...
by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 22, 2017 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6409

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

Another missing one: "Works on one of two identical devices, but not the other."
by commodorejohn
Thu Sep 21, 2017 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

Hah, yes, that'd skew the average even more...
by commodorejohn
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

The PDP-8's an adventure in constructing the operations you want out of the much more limited set of operations that are actually available. It's weird (but I suppose it has to do with the system's intentional minimalism) but definitely good mental exercise. The -11 is much more straightforward and ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

The 68xx series is definitely nice in terms of features, particularly for an 8-bitter. I'm not crazy about the average number of cycles per instruction, though. It's not Z80 bad, but when you're coming from 6502-land where most instructions are in the 2-5 range, you're kinda spoiled for the rest. PD...
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1763875

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yeah, swfexport was already spotty back in the days when Flash MX was new, I can't imagine it copes well with newer versions.

This takes me back to the days of extracting random J-pop tracks from animutations because they never credited the original source and I had no idea what to Google...
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1763875

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I'd like to know how you propose to have all the clicky Easter eggs in YouTube format, you fool!
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9862
Views: 1763875

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Hey, those Homestar Runner cartoons aren't gonna play themselves.
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

I like to think that, as the Data General engineer famously did, they'll end up moving to a commune and "deal with no unit of time shorter than a season."
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

If you're in a line of work where you're at a disadvantage because someone is conducting human affairs microseconds faster than you, I think the solution is to find a less silly line of work.
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 19, 2017 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

I've recently been working with a certain still-manufactured CPU, whose hard, deterministic timings have been coming in pretty handy. Though some younglings might argue that a 65C02 is not, in fact, "actually" a CPU. ;) Indeed, 65xx is the goods :D Though there's a few gotchas timing-wise...
by commodorejohn
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

That, and racing to "fix" something before you have a good solution is a terrible idea. See also the Ontario nuclear plant that was in the news a few years back when they decided to continue with their maintainable and well-tested PDP-11 based solution until 2050 because it, y'know, just ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8713

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

Is there any scenario left for which MS DOS is an adequate OS? I use graphics-less linuxen all the time, but they're up to date and the kernel is still being maintained. As wumpus says, applications where realtime response is critical are not a great fit for most "modern" operating system...
by commodorejohn
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 638610

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

It does. A guy should probably get around to that at some point.
by commodorejohn
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 638610

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Hmm, that's an interesting comparison. But what I'm noticing (if, again, it's not purely perceptual/brain weirdness) is on the order of a good octave or more total change over time.
by commodorejohn
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 638610

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

I'm pretty sure it's not just a weird perceptual glitch, because A. I've repeatedly tested this and got the same results, and B. I've verified it with other people. Tried it with coffee (cream & sugar) and got the same result. Though I admit I've never recorded the audio and analyzed the pitch t...
by commodorejohn
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 638610

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Okay, explain this to me, all you lay physicists (or, um, even any professional physicists, you're cool too): ⋅ Make a nice steaming mug of hot cocoa. Use a reasonably sturdy mug. ⋅ Put a spoon in the glass and begin steadily tapping at the bottom. The sound of the tapping will r...
by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Equifax is hacked
Replies: 27
Views: 6803

Re: Equifax is hacked

And this would be exhibit #4,677 in the case for Why "Big Data" Needs to Die. It won't, of course, but God fucking dammit does it need to.

Idly curious, does a debit card count as a "credit card" for the purposes of this discussion?
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3166

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Man, I don't even care if developers don't want to bother putting time and effort into supporting my choice of browser - I'd just appreciate it if they didn't go out of their way to screw me over for it.
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3166

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

What have you been smoking? :shock: Most 'web designers' use tons of frameworks to make a site look the same in a large variety of browsers and versions, including shitty, broken, insecure browsers like Internet Explorer 8. That used to be the case. Now the trend (as far as I'm observing) is toward...
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3166

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Maybe this is only my personal ideal, but I always kind of figured the goal would be to make your site accessible to as many people as practical. Hahaha, if web designers did that, who would they look down their noses at while sipping their gluten-free mocha chai soy milk lattes over their Macbooks...
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3166

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Encryption is basically just a way for browser vendors to strong-arm people into upgrading, when you get right down to it.
by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 185
Views: 22443

Re: Look away from your monitor.

The re-wired control array for my bass, which is going to require a bit of routing before it'll fit back in...
by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: View XKCD from a terminal.
Replies: 5
Views: 4691

Re: View XKCD from a terminal.

Well it's hardly "from a terminal" if you're just launching a graphical image viewer! What we really need here...is there a convenient command-line interface for something like aalib?
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500925

Re: Trump presidency

Anyway: http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/08/28/republicans-pull-desperate-last-attempt-to-shut-down-muellers-investigation/ DeSantis’ amendment would stop Mueller from being able to probe farther into “matters occurring before June 2015” which, surprise surprise, was the month the Trump announced hi...
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500925

Re: Trump presidency

sardia wrote:Here's a picture of Trump's potential appointees based on predicted openings across 4 years. It's snipped from the article. It shows Trump will probably get around 38% of all federal judiciary positions.

That is, of course, assuming that he can be assed to fill them.
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 5185

Re: Use of mythological referents

It's a fair point as far as the practical reality of writing educational material goes, but I do stand by my assertion that striving to avoid ever exposing students to terms they're unfamiliar with is an excellent way of ensuring that they never become familiar with them in the first place. (And I d...
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 5185

Re: Use of mythological referents

There comes a point when adding more unfamiliar things they'll have to ask about becomes counterproductive, because the explanation is beyond the scope of the present endeavor and will amount to a waste of time that could be better spent teaching the science. This is very true! I just think that, w...
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 5185

Re: Use of mythological referents

See, there's this thing where if students don't know something, they can ask or look it up? It's kind of an integral part of education?
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 5185

Re: Use of mythological referents

Contrariwise, you can't teach them if you're unwilling to introduce them to information they don't already know.
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 5185

Re: Use of mythological referents

Nonsense. "Accessible language" is a self-defeating goal (no words are inherently known, all language must be acquired, and the younger the better,) especially over such a trivial point as an unfamiliar metaphor.
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 5185

Re: Use of mythological referents

Keep it. If it teaches kids to use a dictionary, so much the better. No sense impoverishing the language for the sake of the lowest common denominator.
by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530827

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I dunno, anybody who hates Britart can't be all bad.
by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6458
Views: 500925

Re: Trump presidency

Nazis, like anyone else, have the right to speak their mind, no matter how abhorrent their ideas. Nazis, like anyone else, have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and pursuant to that, the expectation of not being physically assaulted for offenses short of physical assault. Wh...
by commodorejohn
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Why Are Subs Better than Dubs?
Replies: 22
Views: 4613

Re: Why Are Subs Better than Dubs?

There are good dubs ( Cowboy Bebop being the canonical example, but Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is also really good, Slayers is fun in that same cartoony way as the Pokemon dub, and Lost Universe is much funnier in English.) They're just vastly outweighed by the mediocre ( Lucky Star, Azumanga D...
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 86061

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Random question: if you form a black hole out of iron, is it subject to magnetic attraction? (Obviously, hard to test, I'm just curious if there's any operating theory on this.)

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