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« Reply #80 on: December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM »

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM

<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.

Was that so wrong?  icon_cry

Other than it isn't funny?
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« Reply #81 on: December 31, 2009, 03:19:23 PM »

Humor is a harsh mistress - she'll take all you've got and ask for more.




I thought it was pretty hilarious, but then again, I have a Security+, so I knew the terminology. YMMV.
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« Reply #82 on: December 31, 2009, 05:56:16 PM »

Quote from: Wargus on December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM

<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.

Was that so wrong?  icon_cry

Other than it isn't funny?
Alice, Bob, and Eve are all standard names used to describe cryptography problems.  In every security article or security textbook Eve is always portrayed as an evildoer trying to break Alice and Bob's communications.
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« Reply #83 on: December 31, 2009, 06:03:16 PM »

Quote from: ydejin on December 31, 2009, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: Wargus on December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM

<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.

Was that so wrong?  icon_cry

Other than it isn't funny?
Alice, Bob, and Eve are all standard names used to describe cryptography problems.  In every security article or security textbook Eve is always portrayed as an evildoer trying to break Alice and Bob's communications.

Quote from: coopasonic on December 30, 2009, 02:45:44 PM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 02:40:12 PM

I <3 this one.

I'm not 100% sure, but this may be the first xkcd that has me at a total loss.  saywhat

Spoiler for explanation from xkcd forums:
As a quick explanation, in discussions of cryptography and encodings, etc, Bob is the standard name of the party sending information, and Alice is the standard name of the party receiving information. If there's a passive listener on the line, eavesdropping on the call, we call her Eve (get it, Eavesdropping = Eve?). If Eve fiddles with the information, she's called Mallory, and if there's a trusted third party, he's called Trent. We just use names instead of letters or roles because it's easier to say "Bob's message is read by Eve" than "The outgoing message sent by the first party was intercepted and read by a passive third party listener who's not trusted".

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« Reply #84 on: December 31, 2009, 07:36:29 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 31, 2009, 06:03:16 PM

Quote from: ydejin on December 31, 2009, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: Wargus on December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM

<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.

Was that so wrong?  icon_cry

Other than it isn't funny?
Alice, Bob, and Eve are all standard names used to describe cryptography problems.  In every security article or security textbook Eve is always portrayed as an evildoer trying to break Alice and Bob's communications.

Quote from: coopasonic on December 30, 2009, 02:45:44 PM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 02:40:12 PM

I <3 this one.

I'm not 100% sure, but this may be the first xkcd that has me at a total loss.  saywhat

Spoiler for explanation from xkcd forums:
As a quick explanation, in discussions of cryptography and encodings, etc, Bob is the standard name of the party sending information, and Alice is the standard name of the party receiving information. If there's a passive listener on the line, eavesdropping on the call, we call her Eve (get it, Eavesdropping = Eve?). If Eve fiddles with the information, she's called Mallory, and if there's a trusted third party, he's called Trent. We just use names instead of letters or roles because it's easier to say "Bob's message is read by Eve" than "The outgoing message sent by the first party was intercepted and read by a passive third party listener who's not trusted".

Sorry, missed the spoiler.
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« Reply #85 on: December 31, 2009, 07:43:58 PM »

Alice is a bitch. Poor Eve.
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« Reply #86 on: December 31, 2009, 08:24:19 PM »

Quote from: ydejin on December 31, 2009, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: Wargus on December 31, 2009, 02:41:52 AM

Quote from: Default on December 30, 2009, 08:54:19 PM

<sigh> Bob was cheating on Eve with Alice, so of course she HAD to crack the encryption. Bob is such a cheating bastard.

Was that so wrong?  icon_cry

Other than it isn't funny?
Alice, Bob, and Eve are all standard names used to describe cryptography problems.  In every security article or security textbook Eve is always portrayed as an evildoer trying to break Alice and Bob's communications.

I get the terminology, I still don't think that one was funny.  Clever yes, funny no.  Its like any industry specific humor in that it is only really funny to those in the know.

xkcd is still awesome

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« Reply #87 on: December 31, 2009, 08:37:04 PM »

This reminds me of one of my favorite Steve Martin bits:

 
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« Reply #88 on: January 09, 2010, 04:22:00 AM »

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Damn, this is me. I just played through Portal in December....
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« Reply #89 on: February 15, 2010, 05:25:38 AM »

Everybody is taking pot shots at Toyota.



Alt text: I suppose that's more accurately a hare dryer.
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« Reply #90 on: February 15, 2010, 07:12:18 AM »

Well, it has Moose and Squirrel, so  thumbsup

(2 Calvin & Hobbes references don't hurt)
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« Reply #91 on: February 16, 2010, 01:37:31 AM »

I'm disappointed in myself that I had to look up what the knight one meant.
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« Reply #92 on: March 10, 2010, 06:40:40 AM »

been a while since i've posted one of these, but today is too awesome not to share...


Using a ring to bind someone you covet into your dark and twisted world? Wow, just got the subtext there. Also, the apparently eager Beyonce would've made one badass Nazgul.
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« Reply #93 on: March 10, 2010, 05:38:27 PM »

That strip reminded me of this past Monday's Big Bang Theory with the One Ring.

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« Reply #94 on: March 10, 2010, 05:44:49 PM »

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Big Band Theory

Yeah, I loved the Glenn Miller skit, although the Duke ellington bit was good as well.
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« Reply #95 on: May 10, 2010, 04:06:04 AM »


At one point, by force of childhood habit, the doctor accidentally removed three or four organs
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« Reply #96 on: May 19, 2010, 03:42:52 PM »

Getting the joke on an XKCD comic always makes me feel smarter.



Alt text: 100 years later, this story remains terrifying--not because it's the local network block, but because the killer is still on IPv4.
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« Reply #97 on: May 19, 2010, 04:46:55 PM »

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At one point, by force of childhood habit, the doctor accidentally removed three or four organs

And then this just happened on Fringe.
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« Reply #98 on: May 20, 2010, 03:09:13 AM »

Quote from: Moliere on May 19, 2010, 03:42:52 PM

Getting the joke on an XKCD comic always makes me feel smarter.



Alt text: 100 years later, this story remains terrifying--not because it's the local network block, but because the killer is still on IPv4.

the alt text on this one is perfect. Surprised he didn't go with 127 instead.
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« Reply #99 on: June 07, 2010, 10:29:59 AM »


Of course, because their cautionary tale was reported in a print newspaper, no one read it
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« Reply #100 on: July 17, 2010, 02:31:46 AM »

not the usual xkcd strip, but still awesome in its own way...



Mr. Rogers projected an air of genuine, unwavering, almost saintly pure-hearted decency.  But when you look deeper, at the person behind the image...that's exactly what you find there too.  He's exactly what he appears to be.
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« Reply #101 on: July 17, 2010, 10:06:08 PM »

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I'm disappointed in myself that I had to look up what the knight one meant.
I'm disappointed that you didn't share. frown
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« Reply #102 on: July 18, 2010, 03:48:04 AM »

Quote from: Purge on July 17, 2010, 10:06:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 16, 2010, 01:37:31 AM

I'm disappointed in myself that I had to look up what the knight one meant.
I'm disappointed that you didn't share. frown
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« Reply #103 on: July 18, 2010, 07:47:09 AM »

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Quote from: Purge on July 17, 2010, 10:06:08 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 16, 2010, 01:37:31 AM

I'm disappointed in myself that I had to look up what the knight one meant.
I'm disappointed that you didn't share. frown


I too am disappointed in you that you needed to look it up.
I take solace by pointing out that I did not actually ASK you to share it, so I am not missing anything. slywink
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« Reply #104 on: October 15, 2010, 04:26:32 AM »

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« Reply #105 on: October 15, 2010, 04:46:04 AM »

pure genius icon_cool
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« Reply #106 on: October 15, 2010, 05:01:24 AM »

"a poster of some bearded dude with swords"? My first thought was Highlander, but everyone in that movie is mostly clean shaven.

Maybe


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« Reply #107 on: October 25, 2010, 04:11:36 AM »


And what about all the people who won't be able to join the community because they're terrible at making helpful and constructive co-- ...oh...
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« Reply #108 on: October 25, 2010, 04:54:57 AM »

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And what about all the people who won't be able to join the community because they're terrible at making helpful and constructive co-- ...oh...

Is this a warning to the programmer of CeeKay?
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« Reply #109 on: November 13, 2010, 01:35:35 AM »

as someone who looks forward to reading the latest xkcd three times a week, this is a bit of a bummer...

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« Reply #110 on: November 24, 2010, 05:34:31 AM »

Guest artist: Bill Amend (FoxTrot)



Alt text: Guest comic by Bill Amend of FoxTrot, an inspiration to all us nerdy-physics-majors-turned-cartoonists, of which there are an oddly large number.
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« Reply #111 on: November 24, 2010, 07:50:25 AM »

that makes me sad on two levels, knowing that xkcd is slowing and that foxtrot isn't regular daily. 
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« Reply #112 on: November 25, 2010, 02:11:08 AM »

today's strip brilliantly combined two of my favorite comic strips...awesome bit of work by Amend icon_cool
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« Reply #113 on: November 25, 2010, 02:40:53 AM »

What is "Sudo" in the second panel referring to? Sudoku?
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« Reply #114 on: November 25, 2010, 02:46:31 AM »

sudo basically means "do as a super user" in Unix/Linux.  Super users can do everything and anything on a Unix/Linux system.  Kind of like every user in Windows smile  So it would be a command that could not be resisted.  You put it before the command like "sudo del file"

It has actually been used before by XKCD in a way that pretty much explains what it means to use the awesome power of "sudo"



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« Reply #115 on: November 25, 2010, 02:50:18 AM »

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sudo basically means "do as a super user" in Unix/Linux.  Super users can do everything and anything on a Unix/Linux system.  Kind of like every user in Windows smile  So it would be a command that could not be resisted.  You put it before the command like "sudo del file"

Thanks! Apparently I am only geeky enough to understand the bottom three jokes.
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« Reply #116 on: November 25, 2010, 03:17:41 AM »

Quote from: Moliere on November 25, 2010, 02:50:18 AM

Quote from: farley2k on November 25, 2010, 02:46:31 AM

sudo basically means "do as a super user" in Unix/Linux.  Super users can do everything and anything on a Unix/Linux system.  Kind of like every user in Windows smile  So it would be a command that could not be resisted.  You put it before the command like "sudo del file"

Thanks! Apparently I am only geeky enough to understand the bottom three jokes.
I was geeky enough to understand all 4!!!!!  Oh wait....that isn't a good thing.
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« Reply #117 on: November 25, 2010, 03:24:15 AM »

Quote from: Moliere on November 25, 2010, 02:50:18 AM

Quote from: farley2k on November 25, 2010, 02:46:31 AM

sudo basically means "do as a super user" in Unix/Linux.  Super users can do everything and anything on a Unix/Linux system.  Kind of like every user in Windows smile  So it would be a command that could not be resisted.  You put it before the command like "sudo del file"

Thanks! Apparently I am only geeky enough to understand the bottom three jokes.

i only understood today's 'sudo' reference because of the previous xkcd strip...learned what it meant when it showed up the first time, so i thought it was pretty cool to see Amend reference it today icon_cool
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« Reply #118 on: January 05, 2011, 06:00:39 AM »



'Grandpa, what was it like in the Before time?' 'It was hell. People went around saying glass was a slow-flowing liquid. You folks these days don't know how good you have it.'
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