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by HES
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2933

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

fluffysheap wrote:five sons
one of his daughters
six other daughters

I suppose at this point you can be forgiven for running out of names
by HES
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 190783

Re: Controversial opinions about food

You can heat bread in Towcester
by HES
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28505
Views: 3068721

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Flashing amber is a unique case at Pelican crossings, though (you can go, unless there are still pedestrians in the road). All other traffic lights including other types of crossing have the red+amber "put your manual transmission car in gear now" phase.
by HES
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28505
Views: 3068721

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Either the intergreen isn't long enough or some asshole drove through a red light.
by HES
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106390
Views: 40013763

Re: 1190: "Time for Hotdog Musics"

Eternal Density wrote:(Also due to a mod that adds a new radio station I've discovered electroswing music so that's fun.)

On first read I missed the part where you mentioned the hotdog vendor, and still knew exactly which you were talking about. I've recently crossed a kilonewpix in that one :oops:

(oh, and hi!)
by HES
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 5058

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

I can't remember in which of Terry Pratchett's books it was that he suggested that dark matter was just all the polystyrene packaging around the expensive electronic gizmos the astronomers ordered to look for the dark matter ... Wasn't it Douglas Adams? For a long period of time there was much spec...
by HES
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)
Replies: 13
Views: 1364

Re: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)

Zamfir wrote:eurocodes are not written by mathematicians, and are not aimed at mathematicians.

What is a structural engineer but an applied mathematician?
by HES
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 96810

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

You can have a "personalised number plate" but it's just one that occurred in the sequence that happens to read like a word or name. And often badly. I do however know a William with a three-letter surname and an early 2011 car, who really hit the jackpot of coincidentally convenient plat...
by HES
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 96810

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

I'm sure there are stories of people registering Il1!II|l| and the like in a bid to avoid tickets
by HES
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 96810

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

speising wrote:is that really legal in NC? having special characters in licence plates aught to make life for the police a lot more complicated.

It's legal in a few states. It would completely trip up ANPR over here, but the US isn't so big on automated surveillance.
by HES
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14876
Views: 2326376

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Boater accidentally drains Kennet and Avon Canal

A step up from leaving the iron on...
by HES
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14876
Views: 2326376

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Mutex wrote:It's unfortunate that pretty much the most logical shape of a building to maximise windows is the swastika.

I hope no fascist group ever uses the triangle as their symbol. All our bridges would collapse.


The Illuminati wouldn't let that happen
by HES
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7287
Views: 543879

Re: Trump presidency

Mutex wrote:Can tell Trump will be here in a couple of days, multiple literal black helicopters hovering over London.

Who in their right mind let him come the same weekend as two major sporting events? We do not have enough police for this.
by HES
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

(Hes would know I bet) Dunno, y'all take a fairly different approach over there. Generally though, it's as likely to be down to a lack of joined up thinking than any engineering reason. Over here, we only use stop signs where visibility is extremely limited, most junctions have give way (yield) sig...
by HES
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1201
Views: 173253

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

On the plus side, Hunt is no longer Health Secretary. He was... not liked by NHS staff.
by HES
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4127
Views: 551136

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I wonder how significant the proximity is of these events to Porton Down. Certainly makes Russia's lie an easier sell.
by HES
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4127
Views: 551136

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The drug contamination angle, how lovely. I am imagining the discussion between the principles of the first case... I don't think there's any suggestion that the exposure was via drugs. The initial paramedic response suspected contaminated drugs based on the symptoms, because the presence of nerve ...
by HES
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2633
Views: 480134

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

For fully controller supported titles I use a 360 controller, but where the steam controller comes into it's own is managing partial support or mouse-heavy titles. The drawback is that it does need calibrating to each game, which can take a while to get right. It's not really made for FPS.
by HES
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2633
Views: 480134

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

rmsgrey wrote:The Steam Link is currently at 95% off, making it £2 + shipping.

I guess it's a fairly niche bit of hardware, as it often ends up ludicrously reduced - I think I picked mine up for something similar. But shipping is still £7 or so - Amazon Prime has spoiled me.
by HES
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 305088

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Combined with voice sampling, we're almost at a point where very convincing fake videos can be produced with minimal effort. We're going to need a new method of verification.
by HES
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2010: "Update Notes"
Replies: 13
Views: 2668

Re: 2010: "Update Notes"

It's 94% empty.
by HES
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2633
Views: 480134

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Ranbot wrote:The deals change daily during the sales, so I try to check in once a day.

They haven't done that in a while since there was a backlash. Discouraged people from buying in case the price dropped further, and 8-hour sales upset people in the wrong timezones.
by HES
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106390
Views: 40013763

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ah, the colourisation that adorns my fridge :D
by HES
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 409888

Re: Questions For The World

Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction

No idea what was up with yours. Had the same issue with a quoted/pasted copy... it wouldn't work until I retyped it letter-for-letter.
by HES
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7381

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

No issue with compound contractions. I do have issue with overzealous spellcheckers that fail to recognise non-contracted "cant" as a perfectly valid word - and I'm sure that's not the only one.
by HES
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14876
Views: 2326376

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/business/energy-environment/china-solar-roads-renewables.html Holy shit, solar roads, I thought this was deemed really stupid? "Solar freakin' roadways" was bullshit from the start. There have been other small scale trials of more sensible concepts on lo...
by HES
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7381

Re: 2005: Attention Span

And now the Thomas the Tank Engine theme tune is stuck in my head.
by HES
Thu May 24, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 305088

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The vehicle operator is relied on to intervene and take action. The system is not designed to alert the operator.

Bit of a disconnect between these two sentences.
by HES
Thu May 24, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14876
Views: 2326376

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Until Nov 2016, apparently. Took me this long to notice.
by HES
Thu May 24, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7287
Views: 543879

Re: Trump presidency

by HES
Wed May 23, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 16286

Re: Firearms Regulations

Firearm accessories generally don't have much of a causal reason, though. The vegas shooting is the only time the accessory has been relevant to crime in general, and even then, fewer than half the guns involved had them. Nobody is turning them in for the bans. I think the idea that this actually m...
by HES
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9302

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Try mentioning the need for gun control on twitter. People you've never heard of will try to dismiss any argument you make and start making personal comments about you. You could even say that you have been surrounded by assholes. Doesn't make them the sane ones. Yeah, I pretty much assumed that Tw...
by HES
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17492

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

somitomi wrote:It's entirely about what people are used to anyway.

FTFY
by HES
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 941505

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The whole idea of de-arresting seems very wrong to me. Theoretically, a person could be arrested 50 times for domestic abuse, but if he is de-arrested before processing then none of those incidents would go on their criminal record. The flip side is people getting criminal records over nothing. A t...
by HES
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17492

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Vroomfundel wrote:Well, guess what, the UK did it

...sort of. Partly. Ish.
by HES
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 15088

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

orthogon wrote:Quite so. What those things are, is tarts.

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?
by HES
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 941505

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In the UK you can certainly be "de-arrested". If that's not a thing in the US, it's a waste of police time let alone the civil liberty issue.
by HES
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14876
Views: 2326376

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

LaserGuy wrote:(although from my reading, more collisions are actually caused by drivers swerving out of their lanes to avoid a moose rather than actually hitting a moose).

Given the previous sentence, that's probably not a bad thing
by HES
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14876
Views: 2326376

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

To be fair, j_s didn't say smaller things can't kill you; just that all larger things can. Which, given the right circumstances, is almost certainly true.

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