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by Keyman
Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 122
Views: 4623

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I see some arguments online consist solely of trying to name the fallacies used by the opponent and suggesting they "look it up." Nah, that's just the fallacy of nomen nomina. Check it out - it's a thing. Don't feel bad; lots of people fall for it. Jose I have a new favorite. I didn't eve...
by Keyman
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 2852

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

http://www.metrolyrics.com/im-my-own-grandpa-lyrics-ray-stevens.html Many, many years ago when I was 23 I was married to a widow who was pretty as can be This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed This made my dad my son-in-law ...
by Keyman
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3335

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Wee Red Bird wrote: The lightning strike is closer than you think.
Pshaw! You're just timing it in your ear view mirror.
by Keyman
Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2204

Re: 2026: Heat Index

I'm not sure heat index is a thing here in the UK - we get wind chill, but not standardised humidity adjustments... Really?!?!?! Then how do your TV "weather terrorists" earn their living in the summer? Showing weather-related (scenic) pictures sent in by the public? Yep, OK...that's a th...
by Keyman
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2204

Re: 2026: Heat Index

rmsgrey wrote:I'm not sure heat index is a thing here in the UK - we get wind chill, but not standardised humidity adjustments...

Really?!?!?! Then how do your TV "weather terrorists" earn their living in the summer?
by Keyman
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 2194

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!" We have a similar family saying for picture taking. "Zoom with your fee...
by Keyman
Thu Jul 19, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5821

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Let me back up a bit and apologize for sounding like an arse. I did not mean that to sound as if it was a funny trick to purposefully play on unsuspecting cashiers. I am one, and have been for nigh on 19 years now. I meant 'fun' more like the eye-rolling, sarcastic emoji. Mikeski's story shortly aft...
by Keyman
Tue Jul 17, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5821

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

You'd think that wouldn't you? But once registers starting telling cashiers what the change is.... Nobody 'counts back' change anymore.
by Keyman
Mon Jul 16, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5821

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

In order to reduce the amount of coins you have, take out 9 ¢ to pay the last digit. (4 ¢ might be a good value, too.) If you can't do that, take out one dollar / euro in {10,20,25,50}-¢-pieces. Pay the last two digits using that (possibly slightly more). If you can't do that, Europeans need to con...
by Keyman
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2876

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

I 'hear' the title text as a much more Beret Guy kinda thing to say.
by Keyman
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 4864

Re: 2006: "Customer Rewards"

To whoever is reading this forum *and* on the "Refund the tax to the visiting foreigners when they get back home" committee...thank you.

Credits hit my account yesterday. :D
by Keyman
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 4864

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

There are circumstances (though rare (and now, even moreso)) where sales tax may be deductible from your gross income when computing your Federal Income tax liability. There are hoops to jump through and "proof" of how much you paid to which entity is one of them. A receipt itemizing the ...
by Keyman
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 4864

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… I think what's weird about s...
by Keyman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6667

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I wont¹ complain. But I'm just a passenger on this ship, more likely in the f'o'csle than at the wheel. ¹ Or "won't", but I was always advised that, as that isn't a proper contraction of " wi ll n o t ", it cannot be anything other than a separate word, or at best an irregular o...
by Keyman
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6667

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I never encounter that "the reason being is" construction, and I really don't see why anyone would use it when they could just leave the "is" out and have something grammatically correct and shorter. E.g. "Unlike most people around here, Alice goes shopping every single day...
by Keyman
Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6667

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I never encounter that "the reason being is" construction, and I really don't see why anyone would use it when they could just leave the "is" out and have something grammatically correct and shorter. E.g. "Unlike most people around here, Alice goes shopping every single day...
by Keyman
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6667

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Sunidesus wrote:.... haven't managed to make it through Battlefield Earth.

You say that as if you're thinking "And someday I really should." If it helps you decide, wherever you are in the book, the rest is pretty much just like that. :roll:
by Keyman
Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 8429

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

High level overview of the commission report The full report RECOMMENDATION: A reordering of the Presidential line of succession to: Vice President, Secretary of State, Secretary of the Treasury, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, followed by four or five newly appointed individuals residing o...
by Keyman
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5315

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

If "When Net is Within 15° of Magnetic North" refers to 72.62° W, I'm struggling to figure out how that list could be right. Why would it mean 72.62° W? And the list is probably not right because it was probably invented out of whole cloth by Randall (which seems a lot more likely than ac...
by Keyman
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5315

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

Eebster the Great wrote:This comic is funny (especially the Cavs' apgar scores), but I don't understand the part about magnetic north.
Whew!! At least I'm in good company.
by Keyman
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5315

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

If "When Net is Within 15° of Magnetic North" refers to 72.62° W, I'm struggling to figure out how that list could be right. And I'm pretty sure this: The note about the alignment with Magnetic North is possibly a reference to Foxes. Artic and Red Foxes both have a distinctive hunting meth...
by Keyman
Tue May 29, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1999: "Selection Effect"
Replies: 11
Views: 2812

Re: 1999: "Selection Effect"

Title text: fMRI testing showed that subjects who don't agree to participate are much more likely to escape from the machine mid-scan.

More likely to actually escape, or try to escpae.... BWAH-HA-Ha-ha-ha!!
by Keyman
Wed May 23, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3688

Re: 1997: Business Update

Yu_p wrote:I'll be honest: I have no odea what just happened.

I get some of the references, but overall the comic looks entirely random to me. Or is that the point about business updates?

I was in this meeting. Twice this week. And it's only Wednesday. Except for The Ring girl.
by Keyman
Wed May 16, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 7761

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

5th: "Oh gawd, I hope this is about right. Is a Gb really necessary here?" I'll be damned. You really are a trombone player aren't you? For me it's the Db...'cuz then you've got 2nd to forget an 8va up. We could use another player in my Community band this summer. Strict audition policy -...
by Keyman
Fri May 11, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 187725

Re: 1446: "Landing"

Philae science results: Comet 67P is crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside What is the surface of a comet like? That's one of the main questions that motivated Philae's mission to the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. That question now has an answer, at least for the spot immediately...
by Keyman
Thu May 10, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10984

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

The important difference is that under the third scheme there cannot be such a thing as an interest-only loan or usual property rent, where you pay and pay and pay and pay forever without end, because infinity is not a number and so cannot be a price. Does k have to be realistic, though? Otherwise ...
by Keyman
Tue May 08, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10984

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

↶ a person can own only the living unit which they personally inhabit. That's not quite what's being proposed, but even if it were, is it really that you can't wrap your head around it, or is it just that you don't like the idea of being unable to turn quite so much profit as a landlord? Yeah that'...
by Keyman
Tue May 08, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10984

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Just to clarify what seems to be a misunderstanding of language here, still don't want to get into a long debate: If someone has purchased a property as an investment, not for their own use, and they are unable to rent out that property, then the only way they have available to get any return on th...
by Keyman
Tue May 08, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10984

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

↶ a person can own only the living unit which they personally inhabit. That's not quite what's being proposed, but even if it were, is it really that you can't wrap your head around it, or is it just that you don't like the idea of being unable to turn quite so much profit as a landlord? Yeah that'...
by Keyman
Mon May 07, 2018 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10984

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

the payments you're making are going toward your purchase of the property Do they give up "ownership" of the place where you now live? They don't "give up" anything, except in the sense that the prior owner always "gives up" things upon selling them. Either I'm not und...
by Keyman
Mon May 07, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10984

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

...you don't actually own the thing you have, if you own it on borrowed money (using it as collateral). Jose Sorry, that is not correct. The Lender does not own the asset. The Borrower owns it. Then Lender will have some lien against it, and may foreclose and take ownership in event of default, but...
by Keyman
Thu May 03, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 14280

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

While we cannot apologize enough for inflicting Budweiser and its ilk on the rest of the world... "Beer" is having a renaissance in the US. The Brewer's Association said there were 6372 breweries in the USA in 2017. Up 16% from 2016. And way up from a post-Prohibition minimum of only 89 b...
by Keyman
Thu May 03, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 20622

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Curious, then, that libertarians to centrists are more likely to dismiss such concerns with "none of your business" (pollution and car crashes are everyone's business) than with "some people have good reasons to drive." (They can be compensated.) Who gets to decide when the &quo...
by Keyman
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9389

Re: 1986: River Border

I *knew* there was a book in my past....

Heartily recomended. The Rift - Walter Jon Williams
by Keyman
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9389

Re: 1986: River Border

Guess I agree it's a crime, even if it's not illegal.

But quite a long way to go to use "marinaritime". :wink:
by Keyman
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 5673

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Chris Evans=>Topher Grace=>Chris Pratt

I guess if I'd have thought about it....
by Keyman
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 9741

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I'm going to see Stonehenge next month. It always looked bigger than pocket-sized in pictures...
by Keyman
Tue Mar 06, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 5269

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

ANONYMOUS is always a great grab. Beware that apparently some services won't accept some names like that as usernames, even if they're real functional email addresses. I don't have a Facebook account, but for a dev project a few years back I needed to have one because the thing I was helping build ...
by Keyman
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 20622

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

[ Or (possibly American-centric perspective here) football games? 100,000 people all leaving a game at once is a pain in the butt every time, but the problem is mitigated somewhat by the fact that they filter out to their various parking spaces at different paces. Pitching the idea that you can jus...
by Keyman
Fri Feb 16, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 3814

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

If actual gravity worked the way it does in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity you could unify them all easily. Just make it up as you go along.

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