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by Archgeek
Wed May 08, 2019 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2146: "Waiting for the But"
Replies: 27
Views: 1717

Re: 2146: "Waiting for the But"

rmsgrey wrote:I find myself compelled to say that, unlike Cueball in the comic, I prefer it the more the preamble stretches on because...
Spoiler:
I like big "but"s and I cannot lie.

Are your siblings able to gainsay this?
by Archgeek
Wed May 08, 2019 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 3523

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

[...]if the collection could have been named (in English) "Brandenburg Concertivitis", a person referencing would generally repeat this stupidity. "Concertivitis" sounds like some kind of made up disease of the orchestra pit used to sell strange tinctures to concert hall buildin...
by Archgeek
Wed May 08, 2019 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2143: "Disk Usage"
Replies: 26
Views: 1820

Re: 2143: "Disk Usage"

And don't forget about stuff.txt, stuff.txt.bak, stuff.old, stuff.bak.old, stuff.bak.2, and stuff.bak-20160328. stuff.txt I feel somehow personally attacked here. Throw in TODO.txt, TODO_TODAY.txt, TODO_SOON.txt, TODO_CAREER.txt, and TODO_FUN.txt, and I'd be sure of it. Anyone else keep short-term ...
by Archgeek
Mon May 06, 2019 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2146: "Waiting for the But"
Replies: 27
Views: 1717

Re: 2146: "Waiting for the But"

But it's milk before cereal/tea/jam on a scone. Is milk before cereal an actual thing? Some people must have very large cereal bowls or very splashy floors. Some flake-form cereals can be predisposed to acts of lactic treachery: you pour the milk on a flake whose geometry sends a portion of the cal...
by Archgeek
Fri May 03, 2019 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 3523

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

emojii (emojen/emeji?) It's a Japanese loanword, so "emoji" is both the singular and the plural form. English doesn't (exactly) work that way. When we "borrow" a word*, we may or may not borrow its pluralization rules as well. Thus "radiuses" and "radii" are ...
by Archgeek
Fri May 03, 2019 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"
Replies: 18
Views: 1441

Re: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"

solune wrote:Back on the chair business: my chair has several knobs that adjust the rigidity (or the freedomness) of other degrees of freedom.

Would you say those knobs are abridgments of the chair's freedoms? Possibly in violation of the Conschairstution?
by Archgeek
Thu May 02, 2019 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2143: "Disk Usage"
Replies: 26
Views: 1820

Re: 2143: "Disk Usage"

herbstschweigen wrote:And don't forget about stuff.txt, stuff.txt.bak, stuff.old, stuff.bak.old, stuff.bak.2, and stuff.bak-20160328.

stuff.txt

I feel somehow personally attacked here. Throw in TODO.txt, TODO_TODAY.txt, TODO_SOON.txt, TODO_CAREER.txt, and TODO_FUN.txt, and I'd be sure of it.
by Archgeek
Thu Apr 25, 2019 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 3523

Re: Why use top post or bottom post, when you can put everything you want to say into the subject line?

These days the problem already starts with different operating systems / programs having different image sets for emojis, where a message sent as a friendly smile might arrive looking creepy on another OS. Which hopefully isn't relevant for professional communication... HEH, and indeed for some mig...
by Archgeek
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 3523

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

Justin Lardinois wrote:Title text: What are all these less-than signs? What's an HREF? Look, we know you live in a fancy futuristic tech world, but not all of us have upgraded to the latest from Sun Microsystems.

No "Sent from my Sun Microsystems" signature?

An email from a brighter timeline wrote:-Sent from my Sun UltraSPARC IX
by Archgeek
Wed Apr 17, 2019 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 112
Views: 23558

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

People say that here in California we don't have any seasons, but that's not true at all! We have four seasons just like everywhere else: Sunny, Hot, Flooding, and On Fire. Maybe it's because I'm in Northern California, but my version of that joke is, "Spring, Summer, Indian Summer, Cold Spell...
by Archgeek
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison
Replies: 42
Views: 3854

Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

The telescope's astronomers proposed to name the black hole Pōwehi, meaning "embellished dark source of unending creation" in the Hawaiian language. What terrible calamities befell you, what horrible darkness fills your history, for that to be conveyed in three syllables ? English "G...
by Archgeek
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2134: Too Much Talking
Replies: 13
Views: 1629

Re: 2134: Too Much Talking

We need anti-social occasions. A-party where people stay apart-y. Maybe that's why Quiplash is so fun? HEH, 'reminds me a friend's birthday party I went to where everyone quietly read books and enjoyed party snacks. There was a little chatting (including several incidents where I had to ask permiss...
by Archgeek
Wed Mar 27, 2019 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2128: "New Robot"
Replies: 40
Views: 3650

Re: 2128: "New Robot"

PM 2Ring wrote:Also see Vacuum Zeppelin.

More like Van der Graff Zeppelin. :D
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2126: "Google Trends Maps"
Replies: 18
Views: 2906

Re: 2126: "Google Trends Maps"

Do the answers to Randall's twelve questions uniquely identify every state? I spent a few minutes trying and failing to find a pair that were the same on every map, but I can't claim there isn't one. By the math, 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 * 2 * 4 * 3 (accounting for gray) * 2 *3 (gray again) * 2 * 2 = 18,4...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 21, 2019 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2126: "Google Trends Maps"
Replies: 18
Views: 2906

Re: 2126: "Google Trends Maps"

Raidri wrote:More unsettling is the projection *shivers*

*Greenland intensifies*
by Archgeek
Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2125: "Luna 2"
Replies: 9
Views: 2022

Re: 2125: "Luna 2"

We'll be sending better stuff soon ... https://interestingengineering.com/nonprofit-wants-to-send-wikipedia-archive-to-the-moon-by-2020 It's like we're drunk and spoiling for a fight. "Here is our location, these are our weaknesses, come and have a go if you think you're hard enough" This...
by Archgeek
Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2124: "Space Mission Hearing"
Replies: 22
Views: 3282

Re: 2123: "Space Mission Hearing"

I vaguely recall some sci-fi show explaining that the "space noises" heard therein are artificially generated by one's own ship so as to provide auditory information about one's surroundings. The ship is just scanning stuff with light, but it can tell how that stuff is vibrating through t...
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 3771

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

Title text: Terms I'm going to start using: The Large Dipper, great potatoes, the Big Hadron Collider, and Large Orphan Annie. My personal choice for future use: "Great Hadron Collider!" That is permitted, but only if you use it as a swear word. "Great Hadron Collider, that driver sh...
by Archgeek
Wed Mar 13, 2019 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 3771

Re:

Bo Lindbergh wrote:But what about "grand"?

"Enchilada"?
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"
Replies: 16
Views: 3333

Re: 2120: "Brain Hemispheres"

He just can't give up on the Horizontal vs. Vertical thing, can he? He does seem to be having great fun with it, yes. I'm just glad he's not on Rectangular vs. Polar. Or arguably worse, time domain vs. frequency domain. Last time he touched near that can of hornets something weird happened to a cat.
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 01, 2019 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 6183

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

Chips contain plenty of oxide, though. The wafer-thin slices of hilariously pure silicon crystal are very commonly doped with its oxide in order to provide the p-n and n-p junctions that make useful diodes and transistors happen. So at the very least, they certainly contain sand. Are you sure? This...
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 01, 2019 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 6183

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

Silicon dioxide has no "ish" about it, that's straight up what most of most stones are made of. It's not what computer chips are made of, though. That would be highly pure silicon, and silicon is a metalloid, not a rock. Then all of the jokes about computers being made out of sand fall ap...
by Archgeek
Thu Feb 28, 2019 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 6183

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

A block is missing from the Integration half: "Consult Gradstheyn & Ryzhik". I know, I know, its a 'book' and thus totally uncool. Even though it is also available as a CD. No, it's not an audio CD, although, come to think of it, an audio CD of G&R would be excellent for evening l...
by Archgeek
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 5755

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

Mikeski wrote:Though they're probably reviewing the rules, given those new bluetooth-enabled self-tying sneakers from Nike. (Living in the future is nothing like what I was expecting.)

"Left shoe won't connect" has been one of the most surreal things I've read this month.
by Archgeek
Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 6183

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

HeHEhEehe, you think integration is bad? Wait until you encounter differential equations, A.K.A. forensic integration. You start with a horrible crime scene of related rates, and try an absurd cookbook of techniques including polynomial roots and too much application of Euler's theorem and leaps of ...
by Archgeek
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2114: "Launch Conditions"
Replies: 12
Views: 3411

Re: 2114: "Launch Conditions"

The humidifier will need a place for dry ice or something else for cooling so the humid air will form a fog that hugs the floor, or other "launch" surface. If you use some sort of refrigeration system, you can even dump the excess heat into the water reservoir to make it evaporate more ea...
by Archgeek
Wed Feb 20, 2019 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 8750

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

Counterpoint: "u ppl" Apparently American youth are only too lazy to type, not to speak aloud? Not just the youth, but a veritable vortex of creatures I used to call adults when I was younger. It disturbs me intensely that so many of the adults have both taken to rejecting science and rea...
by Archgeek
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 7345

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

Neat, 'glad they finally fixed that three years ago. Unfortunately, I've a G4S with Lollipop and no support for anything later (not even Marshmallow, so no charge-only connection type for me). So, phone too old and also not Apple. 'Droid should get on that, though, if they've not already. (In which...
by Archgeek
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 7345

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

I've absolutely zero idea why in the blazes mobile keypads don't have arrow keys (at the very least left/right) -- it is a complete monstrosity to try to get the cursor between a specific pair of characters on a phone. Tapping nearby and arrowing over for terminal approach would work great, but... ...
by Archgeek
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 7345

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

A trivial QoL feature would be, when you hover over any formatting toggle toolbar button, to highlight all occurrences within the document body. Dim+desaturate everything else, give it a significant background colour or something. Too bad touchscreens don't have a proper hover feature, and today's ...
by Archgeek
Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 8750

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

While I'm a bit regionally insulted by "sugar oil", I think I can work with "glug", "aether", and "sparkle fluid". Though in practice I oft go with "beverage", but pronounced "beh-və-rah-gei".
by Archgeek
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 4944

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

Is OSI Jenga a thing? I'd say as far as reality, i.e. the Internet, is concerned, layers 4 and 5 correspond to TCP, layer 6 is SSL/TLS, and layer 7 is HTTP. Of course SSL/TLS is a beast of a protocol with quite a bit of structure of its own. Aren't SSL and friends supposed to be layer in 4? I mean,...
by Archgeek
Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 8662

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Hill Valley Telegraph wrote:BiffCo to Build New Dioxin Plant

...the most disturbing part is the implication that it's a whole chemical plant that actually produces dioxins, as a product. No useful output, just deadly carcinogens, for no dang reason.
by Archgeek
Wed Jan 30, 2019 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 5131

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

jpers36 wrote:
SuicideJunkie wrote:
pkcommando wrote:Any plan endorsed by Lex Luthor is a plan I can get behind.

If you're going to grab a cartload, see if they have some black forest cake and make sure you get some variety.


Like forty cakes? 40 cakes? As many as four tens?

That sounds terrible!
by Archgeek
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2100: "Models of the Atom"
Replies: 34
Views: 5599

Re: 2100: "Models of the Atom"

I find what really weakens the argument for atomic structure being described is this bit here: And I summoned the very lowest ... and said: Let ... come forth hard, and [it] came forth hard from the invisible ... And [it] came forth, hard, heavy, and very red. ... and [it] came ... forth, very great...
by Archgeek
Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2102: "Internet Archive"
Replies: 17
Views: 3591

Re: 2102: "Internet Archive"

I was completely oblivious to this NPM left-pad thing. Sounds exciting! https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/23/npm_left_pad_chaos/ ... Strange, that such a simple piece of code wouldn't be a component of the base libraries or something. And it's disappointing that they just restored it, without f...
by Archgeek
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2100: "Models of the Atom"
Replies: 34
Views: 5599

Re: 2100: "Models of the Atom"

Took a minute for it to click that it's because the model lasted all the way from 1932 to 2008. The funky shapes of the s, p, and d orbitals were indeed all in textbooks well before 2008. I think the year of "2008" is thrown in there simply because that's when fivethirtyeight.com rose to ...
by Archgeek
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 5761

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

I recently learned that there's a vaguely hat-shaped enemy in the Legend of Zelda series called "peahats", and decided to find out if any crafty people out there had made an actual hat based on one. It was then that I learned that search engines have no idea what to do with the string &qu...
by Archgeek
Fri Jan 18, 2019 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 5761

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

Ages ago, you could put plus and minus signs in front of words to guarantee they'd be in the results, or not in the results. Now, that behaves badly, unless you get google to do it for you by scrolling to the bottom, picking "advanced search", and putting the words on the appropriate line...
by Archgeek
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 4738

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

Even during a field reversal there might be a residual field from the inner core that gives us some protection. This article a NatGeo speculates that core could be a "permanent magnet" of sorts ... like one giant crystal lattice with all the magnetic domains aligned: https://www.nationalg...

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