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by jgh
Fri May 10, 2019 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2143: "Disk Usage"
Replies: 26
Views: 4669

Re: 2143: "Disk Usage"

At university I kept loads of stuff in my mailbox, which was outside the space accounting system. I then forgot to copy everything out when I left.
by jgh
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 5941

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

I need to grab a spare keyboard and see if it can work in the TV's USB port. I am prepared to be disappointed in the letters only working only in places where you don't need to type much, but maybe I can at least use the arrow keys? Writing keyboard drivers is one of my fave bits of coding. I'm cur...
by jgh
Tue Apr 16, 2019 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2136: "Election Commentary"
Replies: 13
Views: 3850

Re: 2136: "Election Commentary"

The UK also doesn't have political parties in law, other than as legal corporate entities and for registration to prevent other people using your party description and logos. In law, a political party is a fan club of their leader. In Parliament or a local council, the council leader is whoever can ...
by jgh
Sun Apr 14, 2019 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2136: "Election Commentary"
Replies: 13
Views: 3850

Re: 2136: "Election Commentary"

Aaarrrghhh! It's my election here in three weeks, and I'm jittery enough as it is with nine people on the ballot and the mental effort needed to do my count tallying accurately.
by jgh
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2132: "Percentage Styles"
Replies: 39
Views: 5624

Re: 2132: "Percentage Styles"

What about the people who put the percent sign in front of the number, i.e. "%65"? I assume that's so far off the bottom of the chart it doesn't show up? They are wrong. Same as those who put the currency sign in front of the price. Wait, do you mean "those who put the currency sign ...
by jgh
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proportional Minimum Wage
Replies: 24
Views: 5702

Re: Proportional Minimum Wage

What you're almost proposing is the John Lewis Partnership. All employees are partners in the business, and on top of their wages they get a share of the profits. This year partners got 5% on top of their wages from profit sharing.
by jgh
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 11901

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

GlassHouses wrote:Even professional YouTubers shoot on smartphones sometimes -- but they know to hold the phone sideways when they do. Vertical video is a sure sign of a n00b.

They're not holding their phone sideways, they're hold them the right way around!
by jgh
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 10809

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

You've made me feel really old here, I use *bold* /italics/ _underline_.
by jgh
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 11319

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

Now I challenge you to map the names of a circular item of bread often sliced horizontally to make a sandwich.

After that I can teach you what a fishcake is. :D
by jgh
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 8144

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Wow and LOL! My job is *literally* going to a customer support counter with a tool trolley and asking "hello, where's the staff entrance?", and being shown to it, and there asking "hello, where's the server room, I'm here to replace the routers" and being shown to it *and* *left...
by jgh
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 8144

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Wow and LOL! My job is *literally* going to a customer support counter with a tool trolley and asking "hello, where's the staff entrance?", and being shown to it, and there asking "hello, where's the server room, I'm here to replace the routers" and being shown to it *and* *left*...
by jgh
Mon Nov 05, 2018 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 6808

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Oh, this gets better. The rest of the front page of the 30 October issue includes: "MUST CARRY SMALL SATCHELS: New Rule Limiting Amount of Baggage in Wagner Cars. New York Oct 29. In the eyes of the travelling man the crime of '73 has been outdone by the crime of the Wagner Palace Car company ...
by jgh
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20360

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

water_moon wrote:Now I did like how Nevada did their voting machines:
(snip description)

Yea gods, what's wrong with a stubby pencil on a string and physical piece of paper?
by jgh
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20360

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

With US absent voting, how long does the "home" election district wait for possible absent ballots arriving before totting up the votes and declaring the result? In the UK the deadline for absent ballots is exactly the same as for in-person ballots, 10pm election day. All and every ballot ...
by jgh
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 11307

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Argh! I'm now stuck worrying about cat food and baby food!
by jgh
Wed Sep 12, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 6904

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

It's like with Lex Luthooooooorrrrrr. Surely any normal person would pronounce that Lex Luther. It makes him sound like a Sontarian.
by jgh
Sun Sep 02, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 11448

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

To do this properly you need Cantonese.
Image
by jgh
Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 24780

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Careful with that snake, it's poisonous. Try the fish instead.
by jgh
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 11334

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

My theory is that the rubber sheet of space-time isn't infinitely elastic, and so after the passing of a mass through spacetime the indentation does not perfectly rebound, leaving a groove in the mass's wake. And as we perceive dips in space-time as a gravity well, and declare that a gravity well is...
by jgh
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 4390

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

So disappointed that this wasn't about comparing functional masonry linear harbour extensions with timber recreational perpendicular promenades. And is a breakwater that isn't attached to anything at either end allowed in?
by jgh
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 109445

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

Intentially or unintentially making/allowing your car number plate to appear to display a registration sequence different to its actual one has been illegal in the UK for a couple of decades.
by jgh
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 109445

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

Bobby has passed his driving test and registered his first car:

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by jgh
Sat May 26, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 14125

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

As an interesting side effects some American sites are now blocked themselves from Europe because they don't have their gdpr stuff ready. At the time of writing instapaper.com is unavailable. Some more sites listed here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44248448 Fog in the Atlantic, America cut ...
by jgh
Mon May 07, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 24225

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

GIF should be pronounced like Gift, the closest word in the English language to how it is spelled. "Gin" and "gift" are equally close to "gif." No they're not. Gin shares the first two letters, gift shares the first three letters, gift is 50% closer to GIF than gin, an...
by jgh
Sat May 05, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 14838

Re: 1986: River Border

eviloatmeal wrote:So what you're saying is that before serving, a pizza is just a really messy focaccia.

Pizza is just expensive cheese on toast.
by jgh
Sat May 05, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 24225

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

pareidolon wrote:Hey let's have a more interesting conversation. How do all of you pronounce GNU?

I cite Flanders and Swann.
by jgh
Fri May 04, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 17191

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

And I'd quite like my gas and electricity bills to be the same as they were in 1992. Varying costs of material goods that you consume more of over time are quite a different thing than someone just deciding that you owe them more money to keep possession of the same thing you already have. I think ...
by jgh
Fri May 04, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 24225

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

By myself and others mostly who got online in the early 90s and Steve Wilhite, who is the guy who wrote the damn format, it's pronounced Jif, because that's the way he intended it ("Choosy developers choose GIF", parodying the Jif peanut butter commercial). Ah yes, Jaffics Interchange For...
by jgh
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 17191

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Pfhorrest wrote:...and nobody can raise your monthly rent or force you to move for any reason besides nonpayment.

Ooo, wonderful, will you also ban my bank from increasing my mortgage payments?
And I'd quite like my gas and electricity bills to be the same as they were in 1992.
by jgh
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 8864

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

100 items??? That wouldn't even get to the end of one bookshelf.
by jgh
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 14838

Re: 1986: River Border

What gets me about these polyps is the orphaned border joins the border running along the new river course at a right angle. I would expect it to join with a smooth curve along the line of the old river course. Following the river downstream shows an example just north of Rula and highway 159 of wha...
by jgh
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Underscores vs CamelCase
Replies: 108
Views: 94345

Re: Underscores vs CamelCase

Typically sitting on the liberal fence, I use both:
net_Tx
net_TxCount
net_RxOpen
net_RxRead
phone_FromStr
phone_ToStr
reg_RdInt
reg_RdStr
etc.
Consistantly (component)_(subfunction)
by jgh
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 27454

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Vroomfundel wrote:Well, guess what, the UK did it - and only half want to reverse it post brexit....

Arghh!!! Post-X is a prepositional adjective.
by jgh
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 13586

Re: 1979: "History"

As a Brit I remember the US presidents from that jaunty Simpsons ditty. Surely that's all they had? :)
by jgh
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 15869

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

Conversely, our corporate air travel provider now offers international rail tickets too, and has invented bogus pseudo-IATA codes for the railway stations. Last year I got a through train ticket from Sheffield to Dublin. It was nice having a ticket that said SHF-DUB. Unfortunately, DUB doesn't conn...
by jgh
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 12424

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I hate "degrees Celsius " Centigrade is a much better word (meaning measured in hundredths), "degrees Celsius" make me think that someone hasn't really considered how this works, and are just parroting down a long line of parrots. But isn't it supposed to be "Celsius" ...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 13073

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

For the past few days, now, I've been trying to ID a comedy sketch (could be anything from Monty Python to Little & Large, as far as my memory goes for what show it was on) which had a bus where every seat had a steering wheel (and implied accelerator/brake?), so that everybody had an input. Pe...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 5222

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have. I was (I think) the second cohort to do GCSEs, but left a couple of years before they renumbered the school years. So anyone saying "when I was in year x" seems like...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 5222

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have. Galactic Cosmological Stellar Events? :P :lol: To go with the humour: Q: What's the American equivalent of GCSEs? A: A four-year bachelor's degree. GCSEs (General Certificate ...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 5222

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have.

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