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by Mikeski
Thu Mar 30, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10174

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: 10174

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: 10174

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: 10174

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: 4115

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: 4115

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: 4115

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: 4115

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: 5602

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: 978

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: 4405

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: 10248

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: 13827

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: 10248

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: 10248

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: 5377

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: 3537

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: 3537

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: 4360

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: 5483

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: 47
Views: 14286

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: 47
Views: 14286

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: 5619

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: 5619

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: 5483

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: 5536

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.
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 5536

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

Can anyone confirm? My family traveled to Winnipeg twice when I was a child. So either we were lucky enough to miss the big segment of that pie chart both times, or my mom and dad are very effective wolf-fighters. (We're from Minnesota--giving us a racial +5 bonus to exposure vs cold--so I don't th...
by Mikeski
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 3948

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Copper Bezel wrote:Putting that silliness aside, though, I have to assume that at least some of the reviews are in comparison to other palindromes.


Threadwinner!
by Mikeski
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 5483

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Most people talk faster than they can type (or write). Most people read faster than they can listen. Podcasts/video/etc. which are delivering information that does not require the video component, then, have authors who feel "my time is more valuable than yours." (Or, assuming multitasking...
by Mikeski
Mon Feb 27, 2017 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 3948

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

I wonder what some of the starred reviews are comparing things to? I assume a three-star-reviewed Chinese restaurant is being compared to other Chinese restaurants, or to other restaurants in general, but not to home cooking or movie theaters. Are the 93 reviews of the Panama Canal comparisons to ot...
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 4720

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Wind resistance can be a boon... Prevailing winds are generally from West to East and could significantly help, True. particularly if the bicycle is equipped with a suitable kite. I'm not sure intentionally utilizing wind power would count as "coasting". All the ways a kitesailed bike cou...
by Mikeski
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 2663

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

cellocgw wrote:What if this fellow got hold of a violin plot ?

That's the first time I've heard of a violin plot.

Which is proof that there is not too much violins in the media.
by Mikeski
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10954

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

HES wrote:Looks like the car on top came from outside the carpark, caught some air on a barrier or something on the way in, and clipped the top of the red one which rolled it over and wedged against the ceiling.


Got it in one.
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 11, 2017 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 4720

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Ok so given the requirement for monotonous descrease in elevation I overlooked and the difference now explained between a brachistochrone and a tautochrone, would a tautochrone be what we actually want to get the greatest speed boost early on and so a lower maximum elevation requirement? Because of...
by Mikeski
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:38 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 4720

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Isn't what we really want a brachistochrone curved ramp? Possibly, but the question was "What if the entire continental US was on a decreasing slope from West to East. [...]", and that solution does not meet the requirement, with the low point somewhere in the middle. That's not true, a b...
by Mikeski
Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 4720

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Pfhorrest wrote:Isn't what we really want a brachistochrone curved ramp?


Possibly, but the question was "What if the entire continental US was on a decreasing slope from West to East. [...]", and that solution does not meet the requirement, with the low point somewhere in the middle.
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10954

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

somitomi wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:Where can you buy skittles by the gallon?

Dunno, but your avatar always makes me laugh. SpeSays a lot about the state of railways here...

I thought it was just a real-world shot of the "multitrack drifting" meme.
by Mikeski
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 2557

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

thunk wrote:There seems to be no option for "utter lack of focus".


There's another knob for that, ranging from "Millennial" to "manic-depressive".

Then a toggle switch for the high end of that knob.
by Mikeski
Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 8422

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

Why would someone in New Mexico care if you messed with Texas? (If anything, I would think they would approve.) Obviously, that's a traveling Texan returning home: "WE specifically requested..." Had he been there when the excavation began, you would have had to mess with him, first. So th...
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 10954

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Since I'm getting out in the weeds on this anyhow, can any of the "pop" drinkers in the audience comment on whether their idea of "pop" also includes harder carbonated beverages such as beer? I've heard my friends from Milwaukee call beer "barley pop", and I'm not sure...

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