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by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 30, 2016 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 14995

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Darkhand wrote:Braeburn master race represent!

I used to love Braeburns, but it seems like I can never buy any anymore that aren't terribly mealy...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 14995

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Re: the Red Delicious, it's not that people's tastes have changed, it's that they've been bred for so long to look like the picture-perfect ideal apple (which is, presumably, what most people buy for) that such things as any noticeable amount of flavor or a texture that isn't mealy mush have fallen ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 30, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 14995

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I'm sorry, I have to object to Honeycrisp being the "good" endpoint in a world where SweeTango/Minneiska (another U of M production!) and Pink Lady/Cripps Pink both exist.
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3658
Views: 444198

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A computer that's been taught to do it properly can do it very well indeed, but the only people who ever let the computer control the trains are model railway enthusiasts. Their warehouse-sized models of Britain with every rail line and station that ever existed faithfully replicated and trains run...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 869793

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:President Paul Ryan?

Seems possible, but I wonder how many House members would be willing to rile up their base by voting for a candidate that they didn't vote for...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 869793

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

38 electoral votes would bring him under 270, though, which would mean kicking the decision over to the House. God only knows how that would play out.
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 869793

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

No, automated call centers are pure shit. It's like playing twenty questions with a person who is both infuriatingly dense and obvious conspiring to keep you from reaching your goal (talking to a live human being,) and on top of that they always use the most condescending robo-voice possible.
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 869793

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Dark567 wrote:Not to mention his weird erotic fiction etc. which I am sure would be highlighted.

Finally, a President I can relate to!
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 869793

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm far less concerned with Trump's private personal beliefs (about anything) than with what he's willing to say and do to gain and maintain power. This. Anybody who looks at a patently untrustworthy, amoral scoundrel in a position of power and thinks "well, at least he's kind of aligned with ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: family with morally reprehensible views
Replies: 65
Views: 16283

Re: family with morally reprehensible views

No direct advice here, just...be careful. It's easy to let yourself get all fired up and decide that you want to sacrifice family relationships for the sake of ideology, but that's a fine way to wind up saying and doing things you're going to regret later, the damage from which may not be easy to re...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 14, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 869793

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I voted for a man who may not be a saint or even have strong Christian values, but who is still much closer to Christian than Hillary. What Christian values does he hold? I thought the Christians were pretty sensitive to sexual sins, for example. Trump has had several wives and been unfaithful to t...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14463
Views: 2112508

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

Email clients really need to have a trigger lock on the "reply all" button.
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 12, 2016 2:09 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 5005

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

Yeah, I figured, but since the compatibility mode was there I thought it might provide at least a trapped, OS-intermediated form of access to certain ports. But if it blocks direct access to the UART I doubt it'd allow direct access to the gameport.
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 5005

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

Actually there were dedicated game-port cards, but they pretty much stopped making 'em after sound cards became popular and everybody already had a game port on their SB-compatible somethingorother. Also, I haven't messed around with this as I don't run post-XP Windows at home, but does the "co...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 07, 2016 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 75587

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I wasn't going to vote for Clinton anyway, but now I additionally resent her for getting in the way of an actual new xkcd comic.
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What xkcd Comic has been the most useful to you?
Replies: 3
Views: 1919

Re: What xkcd Comic has been the most useful to you?

Well, "Success" struck enough of a chord that my entire immediate family is now using sharks as a metaphor for the difficulties of most any complex project.
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6056

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

Back in my day we coded in rocks . Back in my day we modified the initial conditions of the universe so that it evolves to contain a hard drive with the code we want. It was tedious, especially because more complex programs required you to write a program to calculate the necessary modifications. T...
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 5005

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

Huh.
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 5005

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

Yeah, it was certainly an option. But I'd be surprised if they actually did that here - if they were (as the system requirements state) requiring DirectX 5, why would they not just use the facilities that DX already had in place?
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 5005

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

From memory, what we used to use was something I often called COM2 (looked like it!), but actually wasn't. A 15(?)-pin dual-row DSub that took either digital (platformer-level control) or analogue (flight yoke; better, if not entirely necessary, for flying) joystick input through, if necessary, an ...
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?
Replies: 30
Views: 9195

Re: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?

Yeah, I suppose if easy access to arbitrary snapshot dates is a requirement that would be a problem, but that's not really an issue for me; I just want to know that a copy of my data exists somewhere else if the worst should happen.
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?
Replies: 30
Views: 9195

Re: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?

You're unwilling to use the best features of the most convenient geo-redundant provider of remote backups because you're worried about giving data away. You're simply not going to be getting 2x-geolocated with ZFS-sync'd snapshots through Duplicity. Period. You're not getting the feature set that i...
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14463
Views: 2112508

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

Well, let me see, there's all the Scandinavian-American cultures I grew up around (I'm of Norwegian-American extraction myself, though I've been known to show up at the Laskiainen festival for the sledding, cocoa, and food.) I also read Portuguese well enough that I used to be able to follow my cous...
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6056

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

Funnily enough, it turns out that you still have to compile things for different processors.
by commodorejohn
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?
Replies: 30
Views: 9195

Re: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?

But if he's worried about losing files to a wildfire, a NAS sitting inside of your house is not an adequate solution. I think low-end dedicated servers is the next cheapest option, as far as GB/month goes, but reliability is basically on you. Yeah, that's the thing. I'm much less worried about driv...
by commodorejohn
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?
Replies: 30
Views: 9195

Re: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?

Well, that's still a lot cheaper that using nearlyfreespeech.net for general-purpose storage (which would run me $1/GB/mo. - not bad for my light web hosting requirements, but pretty prohibitive for the couple dozen gigs of stuff that's either irreplaceable or would be a huge pain in the ass to dig ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Nov 03, 2016 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Cheap online storage with SFTP access?
Replies: 30
Views: 9195

Cheap online storage with SFTP access?

So I'm at the point where I'm feeling like I should set up an offsite backup of my files just in case (moving to a state where wildfires are a regular summer occurence has a way of doing that.) And what I'd like is to be able to just upload files using standard tools rather than having to use J. Ran...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 02, 2016 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58404

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Some places need to be run by skullcrackers... So I'm genuinely curious, have you ever lived under the rule of "skullcrackers?" Did you actually prefer it? Would you wish it on people you know and care about? Have you been paying attention to ANYTHING in the world in the past 15 years? At...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58404

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

CorruptUser wrote:Some places need to be run by skullcrackers...

So I'm genuinely curious, have you ever lived under the rule of "skullcrackers?" Did you actually prefer it? Would you wish it on people you know and care about?
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58404

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

If the outcome you want is one with the minimum potential for future attacks, then nonviolent-but-slow does *not* provide a better outcome. If you want fewer protests , then treating protests (legal or otherwise) as terrorist attacks and escalating to violence before the protesters do does not prov...
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58404

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Again, sardia, you're proposing that the solution for unjust brutality towards a minority is for the majority to be treated with equal unjust brutality . How do you not understand how utterly fucked up that is? How can I phrase this best... How idealistic are you about the world at large? I'm about...
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 01, 2016 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SATA performance with SSDs?
Replies: 5
Views: 2896

Re: SATA performance with SSDs?

Yeah, that's what I was hearing out of another forum.
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58404

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Again, sardia, you're proposing that the solution for unjust brutality towards a minority is for the majority to be treated with equal unjust brutality. How do you not understand how utterly fucked up that is?
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58404

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

I have a bone to pick with a government where people can be allowed to not only protest with guns, but point those guns at the police, and suffer no consequences. Yet unarmed people in the city can be gunned down. It just doesn't sit right with me. And after everything that's happened in both the c...
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SATA performance with SSDs?
Replies: 5
Views: 2896

SATA performance with SSDs?

So I'm looking at getting a new(-ish) laptop, and I thought I might finally try using an SSD, now that they're getting to a point where a reasonably large drive can be had fairly cheap. I picked up a 240GB SATA-III SSD on sale, so I've got that down, but I'm still trying to decide between a Thinkpad...
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bundyite militia seizes federal building
Replies: 414
Views: 58404

Re: Bundyite militia seizes federal building

Sometimes I wonder how terrible it'd actually be if the government went full Russian and simply razed that nature preserve with those protesters still inside. Would it have had better or worse long term consequences? Let's see, you murder a group of people staging a protest (when none of them had a...
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 31, 2016 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3658
Views: 444198

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Drinking age is maybe just slightly less controversial an issue than abortion.
by commodorejohn
Sat Oct 29, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14463
Views: 2112508

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

LaserGuy wrote:Pirate Party stands to take a leading role in the next government of Iceland.

Hmm...maybe I can just move to Iceland depending on how the US election goes...
by commodorejohn
Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8631
Views: 1506658

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

chridd wrote:will_it_work.cpp (Will It Work (1742)) [transcript]
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if(strcmp(SOURCE,"Programmer who compares char * values when they mean to perform a string comparison") == 0)
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by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 869793

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Can you defend Trump as a candidate *without* resorting to attacking Clinton? That's really the key thing here. I don't trust Clinton, and I'm not going to vote for her - but "voting against her" by voting for a compulsive liar whose professional history has primarily consisted of suckeri...

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