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by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6807

Re: 1913: "A �"

Steve the Pocket wrote:We need to make a push for every legitimate website to get these, and switch to HTTPS as well.

Translation: "We need to push for every website that doesn't shell out to a certificate authority to be branded as illegitimate."
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6807

Re: 1913: "A �"

My desired behavior if I give the browser a malformed URL is for it to tell me I gave it a malformed URL. The most common scenario for this to happen is that I either mis-typed or I got ahead of the UI waiting for it to bring up the brower-history autocomplete dropdown and left just the first few le...
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 5569

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

Well, for starters, the very choice of words in that term implies that someone doing those things is an aggressor, i.e. acting with malicious intent, so it's hardly surprising that someone might take exception to that.
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 11, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6807

Re: 1913: "A �"

There are computer courses where people get taught to type the address of any website they want to look up into Google and then click on the first search result that isn't an advertisement. I know, because my parents (who were in their sixties at the time) have been to one of those courses. As some...
by commodorejohn
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6807

Re: 1913: "A �"

One would be a fool to let a � get away without retrieving the coin or powerup from it first.
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2221082

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

I've been wondering how the Paul thing could get any stranger. And...yuuuup.
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 4584

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

From a security viewpoint, there exist useful versions of devices that require neither firmware nor internet connectivity. As an added bonus, many of them continue to function after 2 years of use, or if a malfunction does happen the instruction manual along with the spare parts it came with are en...
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6035
Views: 437908

Re: Trump presidency

by commodorejohn
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2221082

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

I just want to point out that the pictures feature a thin white girl with long blond hair a.k.a. society's impractical ideal of beauty that causes thousands of young girls to starve themselves and become bulimic. What a very strange thing to say. Is she wrong for being svelte and blond? Should she ...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 01, 2017 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6035
Views: 437908

Re: Trump presidency

The indictment says the money laundering continued through 2016. At least 2016, in fact. And smart money says the Manafort/Gates indictment is more about pressuring them to flip and start cooperating on the main investigation, anyway. As far as the Papadopolous thing being "nothing," well...
by commodorejohn
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3850
Views: 492607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

orthogon wrote:A factor of two in under-representation is definitely bad news, but statistics ought to be expressed in a way that's meaningful and allows us to get a proper handle on the problem.

Well now you're just talking crazy.
by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?
Replies: 8
Views: 1809

Re: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?

If you want a neat read about the computer systems in the LEM, here is a pretty extensive article on it.
by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3850
Views: 492607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Same issue as those who keep rebuilding on floodplains. good luck getting people to stop doing that, too. Knowing how terrible building there is a start. Right now, everyone wants to rebuild exactly where it burned/flooded. It's a good chance to buy them out or get them to move. There's already mov...
by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3850
Views: 492607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia, have you been to north-central California? You have to drive for hours just to find a proper forest. The real issue with these fires is major grass growth from a very rainy winter coupled with sudden die-off and dry-up due to another dry, hot, drought-ey summer basically turning miles upon m...
by commodorejohn
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3850
Views: 492607

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Clickbait news has been an ever-growing plague for the last three decades and change. Network just keeps getting more prescient by the year.
by commodorejohn
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Automatic updates
Replies: 9
Views: 2371

Re: Automatic updates

Anyway, what john totally forgets in his doomsday scenario is that companies have a different way of getting updates to their machines: the computers can't download updates from microsoft, they have to be allowed and distributed by the company's servers . Yes, there are workarounds. However, if you...
by commodorejohn
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 3979

Re: 1899: "Ears"

Earbuds are the work of Satan.
by commodorejohn
Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The 2048th sequel to Blade Runner
Replies: 59
Views: 6807

Re: Blade Runner 2049

He's not even dead, fer cryin' out loud!
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: 6807

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: 7842

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: 2371

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: 3523

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: 5931

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: 5746

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: 7842

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: 7842

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: 7842

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: 9848
Views: 1733895

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: 9848
Views: 1733895

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: 9848
Views: 1733895

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: 7842

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: 7842

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: 7842

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: 7842

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: 7842

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: 2863
Views: 626695

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: 2863
Views: 626695

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: 2863
Views: 626695

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: 2863
Views: 626695

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...

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