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by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1907: "Immune System"
Replies: 11
Views: 1441

1907: "Immune System"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/immune_system.png Mouseover caption: It also helps with negotiation. "Look, if it were up to me, *I'd* accept your offer, but my swarm of autonomous killer cells literally can't be reasoned with. It's out of my hands!" Oh, it's worse than that. Its only method...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Oct 18, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 3622

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Two interesting and currently relevant facts about the Great Molasses Flood: 1. The company that owned the tank was aware that it was leaking, and dealt with local complaints that it was causing a hazard by painting the tank brown so that people wouldn't see the leaks, and would stop complaining. 2...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Oct 13, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 5242

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Didn't the whole "fifty-four forty or fight" business come from this very kind of pedantry in the first place? Also why not just give all of Alaska to Canada? Let them spend the rest of eternity debating whether to do anything with the oil or not. http://mentalfloss.com/sites/default/files...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 2491

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Yeah... I don't need a scientific study for every idea I have, I can have hunches, right? The problem is when I keep going by my hunch even though I am now aware that there are studies showing the OPOSITE. Yes? Otherwise how did anyone know ANYTHING before the scientific method was invented? This s...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6507

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

I guess it's handy for people who know their English history. To me it might as well be on the same level as King Philip's alleged fondness for grilled shrimp—useful only as a combination of words that technically forms a sentence.
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6507

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Soupspoon wrote:"Richard Of York Gave Cattle In Vain"? Naw. Doesn't work.

:P


Could be "gave chase in vain". Actually makes more sense for people who would not consider "gave battle" to be appropriate grammar.
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 4016

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

(I have a counter-theory: my incisors play the role of the snare drum in my internal drumkit with which I accompany my humming. Anybody else do this?) I have too severe of an overbite for that, so I use my back teeth for all of it. Bite down for kick/tom, grind laterally for snare. I can do both si...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Oct 07, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 2525

Re: 1899: "Ears"

I've never tried earbuds. Nothing I own came with a pair, and I've heard they're bad for your hearing, so I've never bothered to spend money getting any when I can just buy headphones instead. No, my problem is the exact opposite: Those "over the ear" headphones with the huge cups. I can't...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Oct 05, 2017 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 2133

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

What a random approach to the "wanna feel old" thing. One, was the release of The Social Network really that much of a cultural milestone that the length of time since then matters to anyone? Two, I feel like if you're going to talk about someone breaking a mirror seven years ago, it would...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 2450

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

I wonder if everyone is ultimately like this, and that's a big factor in why people can get away with charging so much for some things. And, conversely, an expectation that almost everything worth buying ought to be within the "not staggeringly huge amount of money" range is why some compa...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6507

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

I think the problem with embedded color profiles is that what they're designed to do and what they actually do are two completely different things. Their purpose is to override the limitations of the monitor. But they don't. In fact, most of the time they do the exact opposite. If I've adjusted my m...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 4241

Re: 1893: "Thread"

Pern is actually one of my favorite examples of why it's a total waste of time to try to categorize speculative fiction into these exclusive categories. The first six books or so, there's very little science - if you want to read it as a fantasy with teleporting telepathic dragons, you totally can....
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 3481

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

I believe it's a 'thing people do' nowadays when presenting lists of things: ask others with which of the entries they identify most. I'm "carries data but no power". And like most "things people do" nowadays, it almost immediately devolved into self-parody in a way that's not i...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 3991

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

"You need administrator access to perform this action." "I AM THE ADMINISTRATOR." "..." "You need administrator access..." Ugh, yes. You'd think this would be covered by UAC and just pop up one of those windows that black out the rest of the screen. That's wh...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 2800

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

Dishwasher safe isn't that far fetched of a feature; how hot do those things get? We've already got ones that are waterproof.
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 3991

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

I wonder how many degrees of separation Randall is from the Windows user who serves as the inspiration for these comics.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6507

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

See also: this video from Vox explaining how this phenomenon tends to happen in the early stages of any civilization.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6507

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

127,255,63 and Pantone 360 C are completely different concepts. One is a coordinate in a colour space, and thus completely meaningless without defining that space. The other defines a specific colour. Well, the assumption is that it means the amount of "pure" red, green, and blue received...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6507

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

In my past jobs as a web developer (I do graphic design now instead), and searching for further work in it, my soul has been somewhat crushed by the overwhelming impression that nobody I would ever work for gave a flying fuck about any of that, and basically wanted me to make everything pixel-perfe...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 17650

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

I must have completely missed this comic when it was first posted; I sure don't remember it. Anyway, I feel like there was some big hurricane in the '90s that's completely missing from the list. Andrew and Fran are names I remember, but wasn't there another one? Whatever it was, most likely it's mis...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 17650

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

I must have completely missed this comic when it was first posted; I sure don't remember it. Anyway, I feel like there was some big hurricane in the '90s that's completely missing from the list. Andrew and Fran are names I remember, but wasn't there another one? Whatever it was, most likely it's mis...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 6507

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

I hate the concept of color profiles, and I especially hate that we invoke them at every single step of the process between the file's raw RGB data and what actually reaches our eyes. The file itself, the program that displays it, the video driver, the monitor—they all have color profiles that disto...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 3551

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

OP Tipping wrote:I bet that WAPO link is great but it's paywalled. I'll just close my eyes and imagine it.

Weird. It worked for me. Why would they put a paywall up that only affects some people? It can't be because I've exceeded a limit or something because I've been reading articles from them all weekend.
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 2531

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I have one of those "emergency radios" that you hand-crank to run a generator. In theory you can crank it while connecting your phone to the USB port to charge the phone. It's a lot of work They should design crank chargers so you can hold the end of the crank and spin the whole thing aro...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 4476

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

The Lego Movie was arguably 100% product placement since you can technically buy everything that exists in it, or at least the parts to build it. One could even make the argument that Disney movies are all essentially product placement for the tons of merchandise they'll inevitably be selling . What...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 4139

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Oh, and: Who else here actually knows more of "We Built This City" than the chorus? There's a bit in there with a fake radio announcer who says he's coming from "the city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps!" just to further muddy the question of what city...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 4308

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

TIL in Windows 10 you can press Win+PrtSc to save a screenshot to a file and you can use Ctrl+PrtSc when the snipping tool is open to make a rectangular selection of the screen, both without affecting the clipboard with the snipping tool set to "copy snips to clipboard" by default. Just h...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 2859

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Where I am I will experience 95% of the eclipse, I could drive a few short hours but traffic is going to be so miserable. My family has a friend that has his own little plane. Maybe I can convince him to take me up and go watch it in the sky. I mean, you should do that anyway, because getting to ri...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 4139

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

orthogon wrote:Reminds me of a joke, whose author and origin I forget:

"Ah, Cambridge. The city of dreaming spires."
"Actually, that's Oxford. Cambridge is the city of perspiring dreams."

Could be worse. Could be the city of expiring dreams.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 4308

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Just a few hours ago I discovered how to take an iPad screenshot by accident. GOOMHR
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 5197

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Speaking as one of the people who immediately knew what ICP was, this is an excellent example of why I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. Google is useful for a lot of things, but...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 5197

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Speaking as one of the people who immediately knew what ICP was, this is an excellent example of why I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. Google is useful for a lot of things, but ...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 6047

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

My favorite beat combo is right, up, up, square. Mine is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B. They tell me they'll stop me from 'cheating', but I just taunt them back with "You and whose Konami..?" And then they point out that the canonical version ends "B, A"? Do...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 5664

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Reka wrote:I AM GROOT!

STATION.

gmalivuk wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Strictly speaking, evolution does imply improvement

No, strictly speaking, it does not.

Does this mean the word "devolution" should not exist, since it is the antonym of a misdefinition?
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 6047

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Also, "Meine Lieblingsgruppe ist Motörhead." "Dein Lieblingssänger ist Yusuf Islam.". The gender reassignment was my bad, but I'm 99% sure it was "Lieblingsgruppe," and it definitely predated his changing his name ;-) I suspect that whoever wrote the book didn't realis...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 4004

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

I thought the LA Lakers were a women's team, because of the movie Bowfinger featuring the Laker Girls. I don't know if that's a joke or not, but for the record, the Laker Girls are their cheerleaders. Paula Abdul was one before she had a singing career, and that is basically all I know about them. ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 6047

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Fun fact: the German word "Umlaut" does not contain a single umlaut. And "eszett" or "scharfes S" as names for ß don't contain ß either. Well, from a nation with a mostly unadorned alphabet (a № of naïve encyclopædic fœcundities of archæa, aside), I shall add that &quo...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 3823

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

I like that "I think I'm in the wrong class" wasn't the last line in the comic. Once upon a time it might have been, but Randall knows his audience very well at this point, and knows that there would inevitably be someone like us in that class.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 2301

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

That's an awfully blasé bird.
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 4240

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Incidentally, for those outside the US who may not know, it's only been since disputed election of 2000 that the colors really got standardized. Since election coverage went on talking about "red states" and "blue states" for weeks, the terms really sunk in at that point. But ev...

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