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by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 7246

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

somitomi wrote:I choose to believe we were both intentionally referencing that piece of art.

You must have been, because it's the first thing your conversation made me think of.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I've heard there's a similar thing in Japan where they assume European loanwords are probably from English, leading to shops with English translations on their signs selling "pain" (since they use the French word for bread). The Japanese actually use the Portuguese word for "bread&qu...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 2484

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Copper Bezel wrote:oxymorons, like "failed success"

...a Pyrrhic Victory?
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 2484

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: cultural references are not universal.

WORKAROUND: invent the borg.
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 2002

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

qvxb wrote:The new incinerator plays "Light My Fire", "Burnin' for You", and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" when it's operating.

And, when the firmware determines the pilot light is out, "We Didn't Start the Fire".
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I think the team on stilts might have something of a height advantage. I see lots of goaltending calls in their future. It would be interesting watching them try to protect the dribble. Dunno - I'd put only one guy on stilts. He wouldn't play defense, but just hang out near the paint at the offensi...
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

chridd wrote:("Hey! The website's down! Go varnish the cache server so it'll come back up!").

"While you're back there, empty the bit bucket and clean the spam filters. And sweep up the dropped packets."
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

Regarding the stilt team: I believe there's nothing in the rule book saying that it's a foul to hit a player's stilts? I would assume there's something about contact with "equipment" or "clothing"... you obviously can't hang on to another player's jersey. Whatever rule covers &q...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 2893

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

I occasionally have prime numbers in passwords, if you count single-digits. Not 7, I hope? 3 and especially 7 have much less entropy than the other single digits. [citation needed] That's why I prefer to use perfect squares in my passwords. No digits; those are hard to touch-type, way up there in t...
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I’ve assumed that all non-specified human team members are skilled enough that they’d make, but not start on a competitive college team. Matchup 1: ... A lot of good calls in this run down. I totally overestimated the ability of digital players to manifest in the real world. Regardless, here's the ...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 03, 2017 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

orthogon wrote: Did the Syoo live in Illinwa?

(Taking the joking question seriously...) Northwest of there. They lived as close as Iowa.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 47
Views: 3697

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

They'll end up committing numerous technical fouls for kicking their opponents and losing. "number 48, two minutes for slashing." "number 6, two minutes for high-sticking." (Inability to dribble? Who cares? Stand still and pass. It'll look like " ultimate frisbee ", ex...
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 7382

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Interesting. I thought "transportability over flavor" was a thing with almost all produce. I guess it still is with bananas, it's just that "Cavendish bananas are naturally tough", and not "breeders are making them tougher".
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 02, 2017 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 7382

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Artificial banana I kinda like. That's because artificial banana actually tastes like banana; it's banana that doesn't taste like banana. So in the early in the 20th century, scientists created the artificial banana flavor that was almost identical to the Gros Michel cultivar of banana. But then, m...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:
Mikeski wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:nutrition and.... delicion."
Delicions are the elementary particles that carry flavor, right?
Nice, after only an hour and two minutes we already have conflicting pronunciations: de-lish-un vs de-lish-ee-on

What you're saying is, "we're completely on-topic."
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Pfhorrest wrote:nutrition and.... delicion."

Delicions are the elementary particles that carry flavor, right?
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

jgh wrote:Peen-Lope.

I made the same mistake with "calliope", though I read about the steam-whistle instrument before the Greek myth that named it. Reading sure can make you dumb...
by Mikeski
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 7855

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken? I probably went five or ten years before I realized that "debacle" was not pronounced similarly to "spectacle" and "miracle". (That...
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 26, 2017 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 3491

Re: 1815: "Flag"

GlassHouses wrote:Then again, in Australia, there's the Glass House Mountains. Not sure what to make of that...

They're avalanche-proof and non-volcanic, apparently.

Not that they're any safer than other mountains, since 98% of the critters there are poisonous, and the rest are crocodiles.
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 3491

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Whizbang wrote:I was waiting for the Swiss flag joke.

+1
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 3491

Re: 1815: "Flag"

I give this flag three stars. Three out of HOW MANY!? Whizbang is from the USA, so three out of fifty, apparently. Pretty harsh. It would be better to be rated a three by someone from Australia (3/6) or Micronesia (3/4). Still better than Morocco; a rating of three out of a possible one is hard to ...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 3491

Re: 1815: "Flag"

It looks like the New York/California view of the USA, as a flag. Blue on the coasts, red in the middle, not to scale. Sort of like this classic New Yorker cover . If this new nation goes isolationist, politically, does a little crescent-moon icon appear? And a little airplane if they really mean it...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 4602

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

What do you mean "real"? Not an illusion. Something that can be photographed. Something that math works on. Something that's used in science and technology (moire strain gauges, electron microscopy). Sure, the intersection of grid patterns in overlaid screens is real. But the "wavy b...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 642

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

Google tells me that the empty volume of the human stomach is about one liter, and the fully expanded volume about four liters. I don't think anyone would eat more than three stomach-filling meals a day (although I have been on a cruise ship...), so a reasonable upper bound is 12 liters of food. (H...
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 3446

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

qvxb wrote:Bismuth from what?

Comic contains Beret Guy. Question invalid.

Soupspoon wrote:Surely we could touch base about this, to imagineer a forwardwise win-win resolution to this negatory attitudinal relationship with corporalingual terminoligisms?

Bingo!

...twice, actually.
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 7382

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Bottom end: Artificial banana Artificial cherry or grape Artificial banana I kinda like. Artificial grape is meh. Artificial cherry... you give it infinitely too much credit. I'd break the forums whole dang Internet if I made this post long enough to put it where it belonged, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay at t...
by Mikeski
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"
Replies: 35
Views: 13315

Re: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"

Flumble wrote:Like teelo says: you're supposed to be either teabagging/erotic roleplaying or shouting at the others that you hate them and that they're clearly hacking. Preferably both.

Oh, baby, right there. Although you're clearly using a fucking aimbot.
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 7382

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

SDK wrote:
Mikeski wrote:
Quantized wrote:Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious.

Just popcorn, with nothing on it? ...meh. Popcorn is salt substrate.

How dare you?! Salt mixed with dairy fat, please.

Well, duh, how else do you make the salt stick? :wink:
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 15, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 7382

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Quantized wrote:Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious.

Just popcorn, with nothing on it? ...meh. Popcorn is salt substrate.
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 20
Views: 4455

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

I was a bit taken aback by this one. It's rather dark. We started with vaporizing a city to play a game. We've since crushed a trillion trillion fuzzy things , destroyed the whole environment , killed most of humanity , destroyed the whole environment again , eaten most of humanity , destroyed the ...
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 2756

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

The retina storage tray is the best feature. We all know that password reuse is a big problem, but when it comes to biometrics, few people use a unique retina for each party they want to authenticate with. I feel this is mainly because carrying extra retinas has been such a hassle in the past. I'm ...
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 11, 2017 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 2756

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Would a Model-M style key on a smartphone have a short enough stroke length to allow for Morse as an input method? There should totally be an app for that :twisted: Not surprisingly, there are apps for that. Google "iphone morse code keyboard". Telekey, Morseboard, iDitDah... (I'm sure th...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 3549

1808: "Hacking"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hacking.png Title text: "The dump also contains a list of millions of prime factors, a 0-day Tamagotchi exploit, and a technique for getting gcc and bash to execute arbitrary code." The CIA got wikileaks to redact the part about the tool knowing what to do wit...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 4499

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

I notice Nautilus (the file manager I'm using) uses a four -bar icon for its "list mode" toggle button. For some reason, this icon is recognizably a "list" to me, but maybe that's simply because it's free of other associations. If you're an old enough geek, the four-bar version ...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 46
Views: 12451

Re: 1807: "Listening"

I think you overlooked this part: Also, there's little need to transmit in real time. Just wait for the next "Alexa" event and send a bolus of audio (or a transcription) then.) No, I just left it as an exercise for the reader. (It just takes another minute or two of work. Compare the pack...
by Mikeski
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 46
Views: 12451

Re: 1807: "Listening"

It's a testable hypothesis.

Turn on your WireShark (or similar), and start using the expected code phrases. Names of politicians, terrorism-related stuff, names of intelligence agencies, words related to drug trafficking, "Jeff Bezos is sexually attracted to soybeans", etc.
by Mikeski
Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 4555

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

pscottdv wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:It'd probably be a red flag if the spacebar was labeled "spacetimebar."


My daughters labelled the spacebar on their computer, "The Final Frontier".


But it's not just space, it's the space bar. "Ten Forward"?
by Mikeski
Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 4555

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

The main use of Caps Lock is that you can toggle it and check that the light goes on and off as a basic sign-of-life. It also identifies user-friendly websites; does the site give you a "hey, your password is going to be screwy!" message when you try to create/change a password with caps ...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 03, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 4499

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

And the comic started with news stories . Short of pre-announced events or precognitive reporters, you can't video the news as it happens. Of course a tutorial about disassembling antique Swiss watches can be better with video. Talking-head-delivered equivalent-to-the-daily-paper news stories? Not a...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 01, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 4464

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

gmalivuk wrote:If they weren't doing science experiments, they aren't anywhere in the pie chart.

"Can little kids tell southern Canada from the northern United States?"

...I don't think they ever published.

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