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by jgh
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 43
Views: 4362

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: 5172

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: 5767

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: 5767

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: 5359

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: 15532

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: 15532

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: 8883

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: 5256

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: 9170

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: 19967

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: 8719

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: 3685

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: 103772

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: 103772

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

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

Image
by jgh
Sat May 26, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 10930

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: 19241

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: 12353

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: 19241

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: 14396

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: 19241

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: 14396

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: 7519

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: 12353

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: 88018

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: 23078

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: 11178

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: 13201

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: 10712

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: 11601

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: 4606

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: 4606

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: 4606

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.
by jgh
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 10849

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

Hey! I'm still writing PDP11 code. Was doing some last week, before the chunk of 6809 debugging I'm in the middle of now.
by jgh
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

yellow is the traditional colour of liberalism... Here in the UK, the "Liberal Democrats" - the moderate/center party, insofar as the left-right continuum makes sense - are yellow/orange ... Insofar as the LibDems are a single party they are actually a merger of yellow liberals on the lef...
by jgh
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 9516

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Glods, the worst bit of date de-mangling code I ever wrote had to cope with the years 19A0 onwards....
At one point I found a set of mangled dates that only occured once or twice in the source data set and just edited the damn things out.
by jgh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 7810

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Ah, now I understand why US election reporting appears to use the colours the other way around to Europe. Does everywhere in Europe use consistent colors? (...) I don't know for sure, but red has been the colour of the political left since at least the Russian Revolution. Blue is the obvious primar...
by jgh
Mon May 01, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 21
Views: 9636

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

I can solve your problem!...... with Pattern Matching!
....
....
Yes. It's two bald men standing next to each other.
by jgh
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 28138

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I can't remember what the story was, but in school I read out from a story about two sisters: Eve-Line and Peen-Lope.

Some years later I encountered what must have been their cousin, Percy-Fone.
by jgh
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 37
Views: 9627

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I use TALK wot I rote back in 1985. ;)

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