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by squall_line
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 2151

1906: "Making Progress"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/making_progress.png Alt-text: "I started off with countless problems. But now I know, thanks to COUNT(), that I have '#REF! ERROR: Circular dependency detected' problems." And that spreadsheet probably belongs in a database. Much like that artifact belongs in ...
by squall_line
Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 2091

Re: 1901: "Logical"

"It's like I've always said--people just need more common sense. But not the kind of common sense that lets them figure out that they're being condescended to by someone who thinks they're stupid, because then I'll be in trouble." To be honest, I would love people to have at least that ki...
by squall_line
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 2091

1901: "Logical"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/logical.png Alt-text: "It's like I've always said--people just need more common sense. But not the kind of common sense that lets them figure out that they're being condescended to by someone who thinks they're stupid, because then I'll be in trouble." QFT. I ...
by squall_line
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 2009

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

Reminds me of The Problem with Wikipedia , which was one of the first XKCDs I remember reading. Also, I think it should be 1900, rather than 1990. Which reminds me of the time I got knocked out of my classroom spelling bee by spelling "bankroll" as "b-a-n-k-r-o-o-l". Double-lette...
by squall_line
Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 3841

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

... given the prevalence of interviews with astronomers leading up to The Eclipse, I'm not sure I agree with their placement on the scale. I think those wouldn't be considered part of a "breaking news story". Unless it was an unexpected eclipse, in which case that might indeed be pretty w...
by squall_line
Wed Sep 27, 2017 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 3841

1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/worrying_scientist_interviews.png Alt-text: "They always try to explain that they're called 'solar physicists', but the reporters interrupt with 'NEVER MIND THAT, TELL US WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE SUN!'" Shouldn't that be archaeologist? Also, given the prevalence ...
by squall_line
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 2385

1875: Computers vs Humans

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/computers_vs_humans.png Title-text: "It's hard to train deep learning algorithms when most of the positive feedback they get is sarcastic." "Being too cool to care about stuff" is one of the less redeeming traits of some groups of people. Doing thing...
by squall_line
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

1855: "Telephoto"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/telephoto.png Alt-text: "I was banned from the airliners.net photography forum by concerned moderators after the end of my lens started brushing against planes as they flew by." The webcam wired back to the main body is the best part of the whole diagram. :) B...
by squall_line
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 4507

1853: "Once Per Day"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/once_per_day.png Alt-text: "I'm not totally locked into my routine—twice a year, I take a break to change the batteries in my smoke detectors." That doesn't sound like that bad of a routine, actually. ETA: I'm still quite dubious of the idea of changing smoke ...
by squall_line
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 7713

Re: 1849: "Decades"

And while we are at it, can we all stop using 'K' in the date. Ok back in Y2K and, at a pinch, 2k4 for 2004, but some are using 2K17 for 2017. You aren't saving any characters. It isn't shorthand. Stop doing it. The only thing that immediately jumps to my mind when I hear "2K17" is in rel...
by squall_line
Fri May 05, 2017 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 3404

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

I'm going back through some of my old code from 3 years ago and updating it and commenting it. In some cases, I'm completely re-writing it because I can't make any sense of what I originally did. In other cases, I'm writing it more efficiently (or in a more consistent style). I am also adding much, ...
by squall_line
Mon May 01, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 16
Views: 4352

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

I'm guilty of being Algorithm Guy. Success in that regard tends to ebb and flow, but my success rate is slightly above 50%. Fortunately, I'm experienced enough at this point to temper my enthusiasm and try not to intervene nearly as much as I used to. It's almost as bad as having managers who see so...
by squall_line
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12352

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Really, the only honest 24-hour stores are the ones in places like Arizona and Hawaii (sic), and many of them are still wrong in certain years Why Arizona and Hawaii? I am missing something about the alt text. DST. Why did OP add “(sic)” though? The spelling is correct. For reference, the OP is a p...
by squall_line
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12352

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Open 24 hours? Shouldn't an honest Seven-Eleven be open 16 hours a day? (Or just four hours?) The original 7-Elevens WERE open 16 hours a day. Depending on how you break out the Seven and Eleven, it could also be open daily from 8 AM to 7 PM (or any other combination of eleven hours a day, using th...
by squall_line
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12352

1825: "7 Eleven"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/7_eleven.png Title-text: "Really, the only honest 24-hour stores are the ones in places like Arizona and Hawaii (sic), and many of them are still wrong in certain years." Including as recently as 2016 . I suppose one could change them to "Always open.&quo...
by squall_line
Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 4669

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

Where's the Warthog? It hits harder than any of these! BTW you want this in your post: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/identification_chart.png Title text: Be careful—it's breeding season, and some of these can be *extremely* defensive of their nests. You probably also want [url=https://xkcd.com/1824/...
by squall_line
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1817: "Incognito Mode"
Replies: 11
Views: 2593

Re: 1817: "Incognito Mode"

If you're browsing in Incognito Mode seeking medical attention, you have done something you shouldn't. Or are about to. Just qualify it with "Asking for a friend", amirite? (I think that's how that works) Based on currently debated legislation and the news stories about how it will allow ...
by squall_line
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 5202

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

I just do not understand why the government does not fix our (in some cases literally) crumbling infrastructure. Do you know the one thing people hate more than bad roads? Road construction. Constituent complaints are one of the biggest impediments to infrastructure upkeep, quite honestly; it's one...
by squall_line
Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5682

1815: "Flag"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/flag.png Title text: "There's a compromise bill to keep the notification bar but at least charge the battery." But does the notification bar auto-shift to the short side of the flag when hung vertically instead of flown horizontally? And only 3G? Not a country...
by squall_line
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 17864

Re: 1807: "Listening"

This one fell a little bit flat for me because of the "always transmitting" part of the statement. I'm fairly confident that the "always listening != always transmitting" has already been proven by more than a few individuals. It's not very difficult, after all, to monitor the tr...
by squall_line
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7666

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Also, whoever decided to put the news into videos, and then, on top of that irritating stupidity, put autoplay ads on them that somehow always seem to bypass your settings to NEVER autoplay video, should be castrated, covered in poisonous radioactive cockroaches, lit on fire, and launched into the ...
by squall_line
Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7666

1804: "Video Content"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/video_content.png Title-text: "'So, like, sexy news videos?' 'No, people have tried that -- it's still just video content. We need to actually inform people THROUGH making out. I would call it 'Mouth Content,' but I think that's already the title of a Neil Ciciereg...
by squall_line
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 3434

1798: "Box Plot"

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Title-text: "You have to be careful doing this. Sometimes, when you push the whisker down, dynamite explodes."

Other times, a roadrunner bolts past you and a coyote pushes you out of the way.
by squall_line
Mon Feb 06, 2017 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1795: "All You Can Eat"
Replies: 15
Views: 2744

Re: 1795: "All You Can Eat"

Can anyone make out the first two original names? The only one I can discern is "Kevin's Pet Store" (and, obviously, Lumber and Flooring Depot)
by squall_line
Mon Feb 06, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1795: "All You Can Eat"
Replies: 15
Views: 2744

1795: "All You Can Eat"

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Title-text: "After my absent-mindedness resulted in a bad posterboard-related stomachache, I learned to do the sign-making place last."

Even better than "Actual Size!" stickers. :)
by squall_line
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4857

1789: "Phone Numbers"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/phone_numbers.png Title-text: "Texting should work. Unless the message is too long, in which case it gets converted to voicemails (sic), and I think I'm locked out of my voicemail." I have a few friends whose contacts look this way. I partially blame Google/And...
by squall_line
Fri Jan 20, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8689

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 squall_line
Fri Jan 20, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 4440

1788: "Barge"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/barge.png Title-text: "My life goal is to launch a barge into the air and have it land on one of Elon Musk's rockets." I'll go pedantic with my commentary and point out that the Space-X barges have their own positioning and communications gear to coordinate the...
by squall_line
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 4621

Re: 1786: "Trash"

Am I the only one who thought of VaPOOrize?
by squall_line
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8689

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

When I first looked at this forum page, there was no translation. :?: :?: :?: Unless there were two threads that were later merged, the original post contained the translation; it's the sole reason I took the time to create the post. Aha! I tried it the other way around at first (Dvorak to QWERTY k...
by squall_line
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8689

1787: "Voice Commands"

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Title text: "Dvorak words may sound hard to pronounce, but studies show they put less stress on the vocal chords"

"Okay Google, send a Text"
by squall_line
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 9042

Re: 1768: "Settling"

JudeMorrigan wrote:
Apeiron wrote:Gotten. Have gotten.

SMH.

It's perfectly cromulent American English.


Not only is it acceptable, but "I've gotten" is "I have gotten".

I may be misinterpreting Aperion, however. It's difficult to understand what he/she is trying to say with his/her post.
by squall_line
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 2782

Re: 1760: "TV Problems"

You have it backwards. A proper education doesn't so much teach facts as it does critical reasoning, problem solving, and so on. Then you can go on to do programming, or inorganic synthesis, or whatever. (Don't get me wrong: the more facts you know, and understand the interplay among them, the more...
by squall_line
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 2782

1760: "TV Problems"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/tv_problems.png Title text: "Certified skydiving instructors know way more about safely falling from planes than I do, and are way more likely to die that way." I'm not sure if the main comic is meant to be a trolling of Comp Sci students or not, but I DO belie...
by squall_line
Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 10408

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Doesn't every one know you just add the flakes from the jar to hot water and stir? Jesus Christ there are children reading this thread! You can't just say something like that without some kind of warning! Heh. Don't want to corrupt those youngsters, for sure. :) Although, as an adult, I will say th...
by squall_line
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8728

Re: 1741: "Work"

Do cups with fewer person-hours of design and debate tip more or less frequently than those designed in 'haste'? As far as the switch being on the cord, I'd hope that particular lamp is plugged in to a switched outlet. I, personally, wouldn't want a switched cord on a desk lamp where the switch was...
by squall_line
Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8728

Re: 1741: "Work"

Do cups with fewer person-hours of design and debate tip more or less frequently than those designed in 'haste'? As far as the switch being on the cord, I'd hope that particular lamp is plugged in to a switched outlet. I, personally, wouldn't want a switched cord on a desk lamp where the switch was ...
by squall_line
Fri Sep 30, 2016 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 4963

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

As far as asteroid disaster movies go, I've grown to prefer "Deep Impact" myself. The original, not any pr0n-related remakes. Also, my penchant for pedantry presses me to post: How to start a thread for individual comics . ETA: I see that forum rules for the OP mean that Rule III was impos...
by squall_line
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 10578

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Sell it to a company that wants a prebuilt data centre that doesn't have to be state of the art, or start ripping out the old kit to work on replacing the other data center in 5 years time. Or rip out the old kit and sell the hard drives on Amazon/Newegg/eBay as "new" with a steep discoun...
by squall_line
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9130

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

The last one reminds me of the pictures of Earth at night so that could, theoretically, be seen if we had colonies on the Moon (assuming those colonies were wasteful about light emissions and didn't care about light pollution). Would there be as much of a glow from light emissions on the moon as th...

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