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by orthogon
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1773: "Negativity"
Replies: 25
Views: 3973

Re: 1773: "Negativity"

The Internet of Things is going to be awful. I already suspect that my fridge is trolling me, and it isn't even IP connected.
by orthogon
Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 24573

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

If a suitable emergency system exists in the vehicle, it's entirely possible for the car to start driving you there, notify a dispatcher, and have an ambulance meet your vehicle. Even without the self driving part, having a system that can tell the dispatcher exactly where you are is a massive boos...
by orthogon
Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 6160

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

HES wrote:
Murderbot wrote:What's PEOTUS?

Given that POTUS is President Of The United States, I'd assume PEOTUS refers to the power hungry President Elect.

Power Hungry Arrogant Lecherous Loudmouth of the United States, or PHALLUS?
by orthogon
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 6160

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

The construction "it is I"/"it is me" isn't referring to the speaker as "it"; the construction is using "it" as a dummy pronoun, similar to both "it"'s in "it seems like it's raining". I thought of those as being impersonal rather than dum...
by orthogon
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 6160

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Alternatively, substitute somebody for who : - Somebody said that. (subj.: somebody ) - *Somebody is you. (subj: somebody ) - You are somebody. (subj: you ) Damn right, I'm somebody ! EDIT: linkified, for those who've yet to discover Fred Wesley and the J.B.s. ETA: I'd forgotten about the massive v...
by orthogon
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 6160

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

The rule [that a pronoun serving as the complement of be must be in nominative case] is a product of the usual three confusions: English with Latin, informal style with incorrect grammar, and syntax with semantics. I wonder whether Randall has been reading A Sense of Style ... Linguistics and Star ...
by orthogon
Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13054

Re: 1761: "Blame"

If you ask people for advice and then ignore that advice, people, quite reasonably, stop giving advice... If you ask people for advice, and they give an unclear answer, you can quite reasonably stop and reconsider. Also, there was a list floating around of other referenda in the EU that have been r...
by orthogon
Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 6692

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

railways ("So, the 60052 restoration, great eh?" Dunno, I'm interested in *railways*, not trains.) I'm probably misunderstanding your distinction, but maybe this is similar to what I get with music. I've heard fellow sax players going on at length about their Selmer Mark VI with the doubl...
by orthogon
Wed Dec 07, 2016 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 6692

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I like the phrase "it was quite literally the default option". You don't do something unless you do it, and Cue simply hasn't seen Star Wars. There are so wonderfully many things to do in the world that most people will have missed out some of them. I've never seen 2001: ASO , I hadn't bee...
by orthogon
Wed Dec 07, 2016 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 6692

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

If you haven't seen Star Wars, you find yourself forced to smile and nod whenever anyone says: ⋅ Aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper? ⋅ That's no moon! ⋅ You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. ⋅ I've got a very bad feeling abo...
by orthogon
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 5987

Re: 1768: "Settling"

This is more or less the Secretary Problem , isn't it? ETA: Actually it's a bit different, in that the decision at each stage is is how long to stay with each candidate (not whether to stop or not), and the cost function being optimised is something like the time-integral of the quality of the candi...
by orthogon
Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 7057

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Steve the Pocket wrote:I just realized. What part of the world is it where "rubbers" means rain boots, anyway? It can't be the UK, because that's where it means erasers, but the US is where rain boots are called galoshes.

... and rubbers are condoms in some parts of the US, aren't they?
by orthogon
Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 6160

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

markfiend wrote:Fun fact: I only recently (last few months or so) noticed the second letter C in Connecticut. For years I had thought it was Conneticut.

I learnt that when it came up in a cryptic crossword. You know, something like "Unite and divide around one US state" (but probably better).
by orthogon
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 7057

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Red Delicious apples, the generic 'hothouse' tomatoes (and what most grocery stores pass off as a 'Roma'), Iceberg Lettuce, and many other picture perfect varieties of produce have been bred for abundance, appearance, shelf life, and durability for transport, and flavor has always been low on the l...
by orthogon
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Or, until 2009, you could ride the Circle line Eastbound from Euston Square for 27 stops and find yourself back where you started (I've just learned that they changed the line in 2009 so you have to change trains at Paddington or Edgeware Road to continue around the loop). To be fair, ending back w...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 7057

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I could never really see the point of apples: they taste OK but i couldn't understand why people considered them good enough to be worth the swollen lips, itchy throat and general discomfort for half an hour or more afterwards. I was, I kid you not, in my twenties before i realised that what I had, ...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Or, until 2009, you could ride the Circle line Eastbound from Euston Square for 27 stops and find yourself back where you started (I've just learned that they changed the line in 2009 so you have to change trains at Paddington or Edgeware Road to continue around the loop). To be fair, ending back w...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Done well, the use of local place names can be a useful trope: it can give the reader a flavour of the geography and, as the work progresses, help them get to know what the various neighbourhoods are like either by showing what happens there or by the reactions of the characters (a whistle for the u...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I recently found out that "Tijuana" has three syllables. Kinda embarrassing. Were you pronouncing the "juan" bit "joo-an"? Yoo-wan, mostly. "tee-hwan" is not a pair of syllables that English speakers deal with easily. I always hear it pronounced "tee-uh-...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6011

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

The whole m!/(m-n)! thing always bothered me, since it's just a notational trick for writing "the product of the integers between (m-n+1) and n" (actually you could use big-pi notation, which would be better). ...or is it? You can also derive it as: get all the permutations of m items, th...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6011

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

The whole m!/(m-n)! thing always bothered me, since it's just a notational trick for writing "the product of the integers between (m-n+1) and n" (actually you could use big-pi notation, which would be better). It's not as though calculating the factorials and dividing them is more efficien...
by orthogon
Sat Nov 26, 2016 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Car brands, like place names, have a different pronunciation in each language. To switch into a foreign phonology in mid sentence, even if you can pull it off, sounds awkward, pretentious and affected 1 , and makes you less likely to be understood by a compatriot. It might help if taking to a native...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 25, 2016 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4316

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

I had a similar thought, but I don't think this is quite right. What you have to do in step 3 is to migrate the first VM so that it's running on the second VM, at which point there's nothing running on the metal; only then can you unplug the physical machine. The other way of doing it is to have VMs...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 24, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Speaking of Native-American-derived place names, a source of serious confusion for us is Hauppauge, the NY town that gave its name to the computer hardware company. For some reason I thought for a long time that it was a Belgian company, and vaccilated between a Francophone "hoh-pohzh" and...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 23, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 8929

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

I assumed catcalling referred to something like what we call wolf whistling. If that's a different thing, it could have its own corresponding animal-attraction setting...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13054

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Obviously I can't speak for WRB, but the idea that Brexit has materially changed the situation with regard to Scottish independence is very much on the agenda. A second independence referendum is definitely being talked about.

Edit: initialisation fail
by orthogon
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6011

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

ps.02 wrote: [...] CLOCKS (FAST) [...]

If the removal van travels fast enough, that might partially correct the problem. If you mean that the clocks gain time, a good GR-aware removal company will put them in the attic of the new house. (Or is it the basement?)
by orthogon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6011

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Ah, I see: are you suggesting that "Dark" and "Matter" are two separate things that the box on the bottom row contains? Seems like all the boxes could be labeled with "dark" and "matter" and still be correctly labeled, even if empty and devoid of bobcats. Is ...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6011

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

This reminds me of Ursula K. LeGuin's short story The Darkness Box in the collection The Wind’s Twelve Quarters , and especially the anecdote of how the story came to be: When my daughter Caroline was three she came to me with a small wooden box in her small hands and said, “Guess fwat is in this b...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6011

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Putting membranes in the same box as shards seems extremely unwise.

At least his new house isn't going to be full of traps. Just one boxful.
by orthogon
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13054

Re: 1761: "Blame"

"Friend" is just a friendlier word. "Acquaintance" means you know someone, and does not imply friendship, or in other words, it does not imply that you want to share that person's company. I am acquainted with my friends, as well as my enemies. But actually denying a friend-requ...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13054

Re: 1761: "Blame"

"Friend" is just a friendlier word. "Acquaintance" means you know someone, and does not imply friendship, or in other words, it does not imply that you want to share that person's company. I am acquainted with my friends, as well as my enemies. Not just that: because acquaintanc...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 13054

Re: 1761: "Blame"

*shrug* Gotta blame it on something. And the rain is an unlikely culprit in this case. So to be clear, you're not blaming it on the rain. What measure of culpability do you ascribe to solar radiation? Lunar illumination? etc. Damn, that song is fucking awesome. Just listening to it makes me feel be...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 22631

Re: Re:

(As this is being necroed by Monox, along with many of the other threads that I am resisting adding to, why not..?) Has anyone here walked down an escalator when it has been turned off? It feels so weird, I think it has something to do with the depth of the steps and the gradient..... I prefer the ...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

How did AP react to that Tyson Homosexual story? It potentially did them reputational damage. I imagine there's quite a lot of freedom on what customers are allowed to do with agency copy, but changing the meaning like that, albeit inadvertently, whilst still attributing it to the agency is surely b...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 16, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: 1760: "TV Problems"

I found it to be more of a "just because you're a computer expert, it doesn't mean you can magically and instantly fix everything" kind of comic. Taking into account the title text, I thought it was more that if you're a computer expert, you're more likely to try more elaborate, sophistic...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I'm totally fine with names of towns being reused, but it feels wrong when the name of a county is used for a town. It's a kind of category error or something, rather like the trend (also more common Stateside but becoming more of a thing over here) of using a surname (like Taylor) as a first name....
by orthogon
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What's with the title? A normal native speaker would say "Map of Britain". Was he trying to avoid the whole England/Britain/UK minefield? I say again, did he accidentally invent real place names? The real Cadbury is pretty small, but Braintree, Essex is a place I was well aware of. I coul...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

What's with the title? A normal native speaker would say "Map of Britain". Was he trying to avoid the whole England/Britain/UK minefield? I say again, did he accidentally invent real place names? The real Cadbury is pretty small, but Braintree, Essex is a place I was well aware of. I could...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 14, 2016 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 16053

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Whizbang wrote:
alanbbent wrote:Also, how do the locals pronounce Oughghough?

Oh-ff-Ow

A lot of tourists make that mistake, but actually it's more like "Bahn-sta-pull".

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