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by PinkShinyRose
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 82
Views: 7829

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 5507

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Using it to insert gfp into your eyes is still a ways off. Inserting mCherry seems more entertaining to me. Sadly, I suspect either would significantly interfere with overall vision. I'm not sure if I'd like either, I don't want phototoxicity in my non-regenerating central nervous system cells. Alt...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 5249

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

Matchup 2: Boxers Playing Basketball vs. A Team Playing on Segways The team of boxers, enthusiastic though they may be, are still having trouble performing actions that require such dexterity while wearing massive gloves meant for another sport. The Segwayers meanwhile have had a number of games to...
by PinkShinyRose
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9950

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

3. An interesting question would be: Why are children interested in the color of sky and trees, but not in the color of other things, like tomatoes, or anything else? Why are they content with some answers, but not others? (sorry, if this becomes a double post) Here's another, possibly rela...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10513

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Turns out that Sioux is still pronounced Syoo in French; the Soo pronunciation is an Anglophone thing. I wonder where that comes from? Probably because the "sy" cluster doesn't exist in (most dialects of) American English. ("Sue" is also pronounced "soo".) I thought th...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9950

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 PinkShinyRose
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9950

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Believing that air is colorless, where the blue color must have some other origin, that's the same basic mistake as believing that bluejay feathers are colorless, or that Morpho butterflies are colorless, or aerogel or opals are colorless. All of those other examples you cited do appear colored und...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10513

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

speising wrote:Also, Windows N(ew)T(echnology)

Except that newer releases of windows are essentially new versions of NT, and the kernel is still named the NT kernel. So while it's not really new, it's still the latest.
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 10513

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

[*]Patent "pay-tent" when referring to the IP right. 99% of all people who work with patents say "pat-ent" regardless of where they are from and have for decades. Yes, it is not reasonable for people in the business to get angry at people outside for not knowing this, but on the...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5709

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Couldn't you just fix this by unevenly distributing the pixels on the chip.

EDIT: and shouldn't you get this when you rotate a photo less than a 90° interval in paint/gimp/photoshop?
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 10565

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Am I the only one who thought: "huh, blue raspberry?!?". Also, 'creamsicle' sounds like butter on a stick with some layer of artificial flavouring to make it palatable to humans.
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 14559

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Why creamed corn when the Official Internet Nerd /. Meme is hot grits? Personally, if I were going to make use of someone else's Alexa & Amazon account, I'd at least go for the OtherOfficialInternetNerd/.Meme : hookers and blow. Obviously, if it were some meme, it would have been bobcats. This ...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 6632

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

ETA: I think it's just surprising how far east South America is, with the westernmost part level with the east coast of the USA. It's probably the fault of the Mercator projection, making North America look like its centre of mass is further east than it is. I don't see how this can be blamed on th...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 6632

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Nope. Portugal is in a separate time-zone to Spain. For good reasons too: it actually doesn't make that much sense for Vigo in Spain and Bialystok in Poland to be in the same time zone. In fact, as far as the least possible difference between legal and solar local time is concerned, it would make s...
by PinkShinyRose
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 3712

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

Occasionally somehow someone will get real number and then add it to their contacts. That is the worst fate, because then they leave voice mails, the stupid kind you have to listen to. I might have taken advantage of an unlocked phone or two to remove my real cell number and replace it with the gvo...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 3712

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I'm going thru this right now. I didn't have a cell phone until my company made me part of the "disaster recovery" team. So, I put away my Luddite hat, and now actually am glad I have one. Now, my company has been 'acquired' and we are transitioning to new tech equipment, but until the TS...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 7103

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

This comic got me thinking: are there languages that are easier to design voice recognition systems for? In these days of deep learning it probably makes very little difference but does anyone know? Any language with a native phonetic writing systems with very few loanwords? So most languages that ...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7068

Re: 1779: "2017"

I absolutely agree with StarGazer71. The biased mainstream media has been ingraining the idea that a Trump presidency is equivalent to the apocalypse in the minds of unsuspecting children and sheeple like Randall. It's sad to see xkcd becoming more and more Randall's platform to espouse his politic...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 7666

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Must concede the point on asterisks as markdown, and other ambiguities can happen. However, I think the intended advantage is not only that it works in text, but that a user familiar with common markdown systems can simply type them rather than interacting with any chrome or keybindings, and that's...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 44940

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

Hi, 2017 here; you'll have to excuse the screaming, you'dn't believe me if I told you who's gonna be president.. to be fair (and without really wanting to drag a political debate into this), there was going to be a whole lot of screaming either way. It's a lot louder when the side that controls alm...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 3923

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

The convergence arises now we have Big Data, in which, broadly speaking, computer data is treated as experimental data. The two senses, which have been coexisting harmoniously despite their difference in grammatical number, are likely to come into conflict. My money is on mass noun. I thought "...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 7068

Re: 1779: "2017"

Speaking of Uruguay: I'm hearing good things about the country. It’s argued to be the safest, wealthiest, modernest and egalitarianest country of South America and they're allegedly begging for immigrants. Can anyone enlighten me about Uruguay? Would it be a nice place to e.g. stay for a couple of ...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Jan 02, 2017 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1780: "Appliance Repair"
Replies: 34
Views: 2900

Re: 1780: "Appliance Repair"

It seems he got a job at BHG repairs company.
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Jan 01, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 50290

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

What happens if the executive power executes however they feel like without regard for the objections of the legislative and judicial powers? I mean: all the other powers can do is say they disagree with respectively their policy or specific decision.
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7072

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

There have been suggestions to avoid the most egregious problems of gerrymandering (creating districts more compact would help), but politicians don't want this, of course. Why not switch to a mixed representation system like in Germany? Which parts are mixed? Doesn't the German parliament have a s...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 7472

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

I think the problem with ribbons, as opposed to the redundant toolbar and menu system, is that they take twice as many clicks as the toolbar (one to open the correct ribbon and another to select the feature) while taking 5-10 times as much screen space as the menu's or 2-3 times as much space as men...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7072

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

TvT Rivals wrote:There have been suggestions to avoid the most egregious problems of gerrymandering (creating districts more compact would help), but politicians don't want this, of course.

Why not switch to a mixed representation system like in Germany?
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 7472

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

I don't think I have met a lot of people who like getting old. I don't think I have met any over 50 who liked getting old. Does this mean that nearly everyone hates UI changes?
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 7099

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Flumble wrote:Do you use a Facebook account? Perhaps Facebook knows.
When will Facebook start giving advice to people who need public services, rather than advertisements for chocolate?

When someone pays them to? It could be a charity buying the ads from Facebook.
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Dec 04, 2016 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7072

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Thanks for the replies, you two. I just read up recently about the proposed state of Sequoyah, which was about half of Oklahoma. It was not approved by the Republican congress because it would have been a Democratic state. Therefore it was combined with the proposed Oklahoma state.... Politics. Ign...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 8600

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

deskjethp wrote:
peteispo wrote:Also, what's with the Red Delicious?

Non-alcoholic cider is the best though.

Since cider is just apple wine, wouldn't that make non-alcoholic cider just apple juice with the sugar removed?
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18594

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 PinkShinyRose
Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 10489

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Pfhorrest wrote:I learned that one mostly to mimic the whistles of large parrots (my family bred parrots when I was a kid, so I was around them a lot).

I have no idea what they sound like, but can't you teach them almost any sound?
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18594

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 nativ...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18594

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I'm wondering if Japanese people would recognise their own car brands, if they heard them from someone in Europe. Depends what part of Europe. Since they share the same five vowel sounds (and use the same letters for them when Japanese is Romanized), a native Spanish-speaker shouldn't mangle them t...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Nov 26, 2016 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4878

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

The touchpad on this laptop is configured to move the scrollbar in the same direction as your fingers: downwards means you go further into the document. Or the gesture I'm always using: rotating clockwise means you go further, counter-clockwise means you go back —it's not mathematically just, but a...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18594

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Steve the Pocket wrote:So, yes, one could probably slap together an equivalent map of the US or North America in general. But since the vast majority of it would be essentially making fun of native peoples, it would be in far worse taste.

Wait, wasn't the whole point of this comic to make fun of native British names?
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 15107

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Alice and Bob are nominally friends. Alice is always a super nice person who doesn't do anything to attack or hurt people. Bob thus far hasn't really done much of exceptional note against Alice, so Alice, nice person that she is, is friendly with Bob. Then one day Bob reveals himself to be a jackas...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 15107

Re: 1761: "Blame"

There's a very relevant HONY that was just posted today. I feel homeless. Like this isn’t the place that I thought it was. I feel like I don’t understand where I am. Where we all are. Last week students started chanting ‘build the wall’ in the lunchroom of a local middle school. Some of the Hispani...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 15107

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...

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