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by orthogon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 82
Views: 7825

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I quite enjoy shopping at the local (large) Supermarché at 2am on Monday Morning. Just remember, Britain is more than just (little) England... It's 2am on Sunday (and obviously in the morning, if it is "am" :P) [...] Well, technically it's the morning, but it's also the night. This is one...
by orthogon
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 82
Views: 7825

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

DST stands for Daylight Standard Time? Those two states don't change between Daylight Savings and Standard Time like everybody else. Obviously you don't play Kingdom of Loathing. DST stands for Daylight Saving Time. N.B. Saving , not Saving s . It's vexatious that standard , saving and summer all s...
by orthogon
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5506

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Personally I never got what was so good about Notepad++. I mean, it's ok, but for a long time it didn't support multiple windows (perhaps it still doesn't) and the default behaviour to open every file you've ever touched on startup is a bit annoying. Basically there's a clue in the name: it set itse...
by orthogon
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

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 orthogon
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Something similar to the "French Hauppauge" thing is common around here: I'm in the German-speaking part of Switzerland, and since we have a significant francophone region in the country, we tend to use quite a few French loan words - far more than your average German speaker from Germany...
by orthogon
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 3368

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Some synchronicity here between Randall and Zach: http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/efficient-sorting That's a bit like the sleepsort. O(1) in terms of the length of the input but ... actually i suppose it's better than sleepsort: it's O(1) whatever way you look at it. Unfathomably slow for any real...
by orthogon
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

What about "Hauppauge"? For some reason I thought the company was French, and went for something like /hɔpɔʒ/ (hoe-pohzh). Then I thought maybe I'd mis-remembered and in fact they were Belgian, and it should be /haʊ̯paʊ̯ɡə/ (how-powguh). Eventually somebody pointed out that on their websi...
by orthogon
Tue Apr 11, 2017 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Edit to add: oh, and I keep wanting to pronounce Nginx (the web server) as /ŋiŋks/ (rhymes with links and starts with the ng sound like in sing ). Relatedly, I keep wanting to pronounce "Varnish Cache Server" (which I often see in error messages) as a verb phrase ("Hey! The website's...
by orthogon
Sun Apr 09, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9943

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Air is a colored material, but it's not a pigmented material. Air is indeed not a pigmented material, but it is also not a colored material. Not any more than you can say a CD is made of colored material, just because you can see colors on it when you light it in a particular way. Under diffuse whi...
by orthogon
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1099
Views: 86026

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

It is a nice example of the British attitude towards the EU. For someone from a smaller EU member state (like me) such harmonization sounds good. Yes, exactly. Once again someone managed to paint a key benefit as a 'drawback' based on some vague, feel-good notion of jingoism. Heck, even as no longe...
by orthogon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9943

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Do children really ask "Why is the sky blue?"? I mean, sure this sounds like a typical question a precocious child might ask, and my own personal children are probably too young to wonder something like that, but in my experience, children generally accept things you tell them, until thin...
by orthogon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 3875

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

cellocgw wrote: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]
by orthogon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9943

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Compare 435: Purity . As you move from right to left, it is emergent properties from the field to the right that form the basis of the field to the left. [...] Wow. This describes succinctly how everything is physics, and yet at the same time everything isn't physics. I'd never thought of emergent ...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

The best one was when I learned that the American tribe is not pronounced "Syowks". Um, what? I can't decode that into a tribe name I'm familiar with. Yup, "Sioux", like Mutex said. How is an non-French-speaker supposed to know that "Sioux" is pronounced like "Sue...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 5245

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

somitomi wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:
somitomi wrote:
hetas wrote:2K17

*screams internally*

That's two kiloseventeens, i.e. 34,000. (Case dismissed!)

Wouldn't that be a 2.17 kOhm resistor?

Exactly what i was thinking: 2K17 = 2170, not 2017.
by orthogon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9943

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

What is an "emergent property"? Can you define that? Is maybe any physical property "emergent"? That is an actual question. I'm not claiming to be an expert. (In object oriented programming there are attributes and methods. Is an emergent property like a method? But we can't kno...
by orthogon
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9943

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Why are people assuming Randall is siding with Blue Air Woman? I mean there's something in what she says but it's basically wrong. The whole idea that a colour inheres in an object, that the object is a particular colour, applies only to things that reflect diffusely, with roughly the same spectrum ...
by orthogon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 10560

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

At least we can all agree a red package must include ready salted crisps. (why is it "ready" in english? why not just salted?) The way my mum tells it, "crisps" used to be a by-product of the deep-frying process in fish and chip shops - there would be bits of crispy potato (and ...
by orthogon
Thu Mar 30, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

This thread is truly erudicious eruditious.
by orthogon
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I've always had a sneaky fondness for neologism in this context, a word that started as self-referential and then stopped being so. Not quite the same thing, but I like the way that something with "new" in the name is probably the second oldest of its type, for reasons that become obvious...
by orthogon
Wed Mar 29, 2017 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

For the longest time I'd heard used this word Fe-CEE-shus which I never had to spell. Later I came across the word facetious in writing, which of course should be pronounced as though describing a gem with many facets. It took quite a while for me to figure out that they were the same word. P.s. I ...
by orthogon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

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". (Tha...
by orthogon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10509

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

semen/seminal For most people this sound change is probably a good thing: it makes it easier to talk about a "seminal work" without an unwanted mental picture of the pages being stuck together. Once you make the association it's hard to avoid the yuck factor. (I'd rather go to a lecture t...
by orthogon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

The "rainbow" thing is interesting. Presumably the camera's raster aligns with pixels of different individual primaries in the monitor as the Moiré pattern runs through. And/or vice versa. I saw some examples on the image search, but mainly alternating between two colours. Is it possible t...
by orthogon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 4263

Re: 1815: "Flag"

flicky1991 wrote:Can this be the official flag of the xkcd fandom now?

The wider fandom, sure. I'd be amazed if the OTTers didn't have their own flag already.
by orthogon
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Another point in favour of this, compared to the Moray ones, is that describing the Moiré phenomenon in a rhyming couplet comprising two pairs of anapests is a damned sight harder than doing it for an eel. Of course, it would be even better if you could describe the effect as well as the cause, but ...
by orthogon
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 5261

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

drachefly wrote:
The Snide Sniper wrote:Would this combining character affect characters other than emoji? I want to see a "vomiting Greek letter P".


Vomiting tab character.

Vomiting carriage return?

Vomiting terminal bell!


Vomiting RTL?
Urgh.
by orthogon
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

This is all very well, but we aren't getting any closer to answering the big question that's on all our minds: is a pizza, or isn't it, a type of pie?
by orthogon
Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

He stole this from a more common knockoff of "Amore," which goes something like When you swim by the reef, and see a snake with big teeth, that's a moray. I thought, when I posted my eel, that divers and marine biologists probably had a version of this already. Nevertheless, Randall's tak...
by orthogon
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

If anyone isn't sure what a moiré is, here's a picture illustrating it:
Spoiler:
Image
by orthogon
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

This is properly funny. I almost actually lolled out loud.
by orthogon
Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4506

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Znirk wrote:Wetware installation

This is brilliant, and once again shows the need for a "Like" button.

My biggest problem with the word "onboarding" is that it puts me in mind of "waterboarding".
by orthogon
Fri Mar 17, 2017 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4506

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

"Good: you got the message that we shake northernmost hands". (Avoiding the cross-body handshake promotes openness and also reduces wear and tear). How could you tell? :twisted: :mrgreen: That's some serious perspective-fu you got! (cue flame wars about assuming gender based on hair lengt...
by orthogon
Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4506

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

Copper Bezel wrote:She could also just be turned such that we're seeing her back....

Well, yeah, but Occam's Razor works differently when Beret Guy is involved ...
by orthogon
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4506

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

"Good: you got the message that we shake northernmost hands".

(Avoiding the cross-body handshake promotes openness and also reduces wear and tear).
by orthogon
Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 10560

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Nice to know there are still people out there who love black licorice. Black licorice is great in the context of a licorice allsort - it's the yin to the yang of the sugary outer (or inner) part. I never got on with the pure black one, though (bottom right in this pic). It's all shade, and no light...
by orthogon
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 10560

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

I guess we're all a bit synaesthetic between colour and taste. This reminds me of two separate gags from the British comedy canon. One is an episode of some 80's sitcom (I'm thinking something with Ronnie Corbett) where there's a tub of red substance labeled simply "jam". The protagonist p...
by orthogon
Wed Mar 15, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 4418

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

teelo wrote:Its missing a tiny empty circle for ICQ.

There is an ICQ circle. It contains only Ponytail, which is kind of sadder than it being completely empty! (Or do we assume that the author uses all of the systems?)
by orthogon
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 4418

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

The way Facebook split out their messanger app from the main app is really annoying. My droid is constantly whinging about not having enough space and both apps are well over 150MB. (Seriously, wtf?) They really really want you to use the app, and have hobbled the mobile site so it redirects you to ...
by orthogon
Fri Mar 10, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 3621

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

I thought "cot-caught" was something to do with fishing methods. "Yah, I only ever buy cot-caught sea bass. It's delicious served on a bed of quinoa".

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