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by Mikeski
Sat May 12, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 12672

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

For highway traffic, this should be trivial to compute by determining the spacing of cars possible by a human, and the spacing of cars possible by a human. For US highway traffic, assuming 70mph traffic (sorry about imperial units, but metric units are only used to repair cars in the USA): 4 second...
by Mikeski
Fri May 11, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 20002

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I think of DH as Designated Hitter. I originally read this as "... Designated Hitler", which might be a useful thing to have on the internet. Pretty sure Designated Hitler is defined as whoever is (or is closest to becoming) the Republican PotUS. The current DH is sort-of special since ha...
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4706
Views: 896779

Re: Today I Made:

But, how mildly?

Please express your answer in Scoville units, as this is the Food forum.
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 12672

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I'd recommend comparing crash data to crash data not "disengagement events" to crash data. That requires data on fully-autonomous cars, as a "disengagement" with a human to take over usually does not result in a crash... but it's also not a crash that the computer avoided, it wa...
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 14945

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Ok, so I own {thing} and you want to buy it. I'll sell it to you for $x, but you don't have $x. So, no sale. Sux to be you. Or I own a {thing} and you want to buy it. I'll sell it to you for $x, but you don't have $x. I can rent you $x if you agree to pay interest too. You don't believe in interest...
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 12672

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I think your numbers are ridiculously low. I've never owned a vehicle less than 10 years old and can assure you they are generally still very reliable at that age. I think age (of the driver, not the car) has a lot to do with it. If you grew up with crappy cars from the 70s and 80s, you might have ...
by Mikeski
Tue May 08, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 12672

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

If every automaker came out right now with complete and total self-driving capacity and perfect total connectivity and put it on every single model tomorrow, it'd be 20-30 years before they became ubiquitous enough for the benefits of the full-autonomy world you describe. You'll also need fully-aut...
by Mikeski
Tue May 08, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 12672

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I do suspect that if at the time cars were first invented everybody knew how many injuries and fatalities they would cause, they'd never have been allowed. Somehow it all came upon everybody slowly enough that it's considered acceptable risk to drive now, and of course cars have been getting safer ...
by Mikeski
Sun May 06, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 20002

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Why not just use real words instead? Originally (Usenet era), because the average person didn't know how to type, so any shortcut was worthwhile. It sounds strange to the generation who were born with facebook accounts, but "unable to touch-type" was the default. I'm "only" 44, ...
by Mikeski
Sun May 06, 2018 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 20002

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I've also heard of people pronounce JPEG as, "jay-peg," like Joint Potographic Experts Group. Are you saying there are people who don't pronounce JPEG as "jay-peg"? :shock: [explaining the joke] The "Gif-instead-of-Jif" argument is often made by alluding to the element...
by Mikeski
Sun May 06, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 28783

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I managed to get a tall bathroom cupboard home from IKEA in Croydon once, via tram, train, bus and on foot (for the first and last 200m or so). It started off seeming quite do-able, but by the end, I was having to put it down every 10 metres to rest my hands. I tried renting a van a couple of times...
by Mikeski
Sat May 05, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4706
Views: 896779

Re: Today I Made:

This is the Internet! Stop being reasonable!!
by Mikeski
Sat May 05, 2018 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 20002

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

The band Green Jello had to change their name to Green Jelly (with an umlaut over the y) because the people who make Jell-O didn't want to be associated with them. One of the band members was a guest on an MTV game show. The host said something about the umlaut meaning it was pronounced like an O. ...
by Mikeski
Thu May 03, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 20196

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 br...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 7801

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

gmalivuk wrote:Hundred item folks (or people trying to minimalize in general) tend not to have much overlap with book hoarders.

Hm. I would have thought that a large number of them lived in public libraries.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 6444

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

StCredZero wrote:
rhhardin wrote:Favorite filenames

harmless.sh


What if you have to make a derivative of the code? Would it be "Mostly Harmless?"


I'm trying to decide if that file is required to have a "goto" in it, or if it's required not to.
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 20196

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

orthogon wrote:Why would you even think of putting a third person singular verb ending on a blooming adverb?


Because there's no such thing as bad publicity.
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 12717

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

This probably explains some bizarre features of the BBC weather forecast. [...] And the minimum temperature for the day is sometimes 2°C lower than any of the hourly values. That's similar to one of my favorites. When the weather is changing rapidly, you'll see Monday's forecast high temp at 20°F, ...
by Mikeski
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 12717

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Up next, the conspiracy theorist, who will scale the forecast according to his car-washing, lawn-watering, and/or picnic-hosting plans.
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 12660

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

People sometimes feel personally attacked by Randall's sarcastic observations and then complain that those comics are just preachy and contain no humor whatsoever. So you're saying all 7 billion of us need to find sarcasm universally funny? I agree! There is nothing subjective about humor. But real...
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 21728

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

As a California resident (of the more wilderly variety of areas in origin), cougars are my favorite dangerous animal around these parts. Why? Because they're the only dangerous animal for which the recommended response is to fight back. Everything else, like bears and wolves and anything like that,...
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 23933

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

zjxs wrote:
Samik wrote:0 = freezing
10 = chilly
20 = spring
30 = summer
40 = hot
50+ = Death Valley


-10 = Canada
-20 = Canada
-30 = Canada


-40 = "hey, did you know this is the same in both F and C?"... also, Canada
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 23933

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

This comic is missing "conspiracy theorists". They're a whole spectrum of their own, not a point on this chart. "Facebook is a front for the FBI" ... "9/11 was an inside job" ... "Jews control the weather" ... "The Illuminatic Tripartite Masonry Commissi...
by Mikeski
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 23933

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Currently, I have 4 different sets of black socks. [...] Laundry now takes some extra time to group the socks. And modern detergents whiten your clothes by adding blue color with "optical brightening agents", since white clothes tend to wear yellowish rather than bluish. (Actually cleanin...
by Mikeski
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 23933

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

How far to the right do you put those weirdos who insist on having their toilet paper hanging down on the back side of the roll, in the Under position? That depends. If they own cats, they're making a logical choice, in that their pet will be much less likely to unroll the whole thing onto the floo...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 8658

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." As good a course of action today as it was two thousand years ago. "When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of chil...
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 5772

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony regarding Best Terminator"

Eternal Density wrote:I'm surprised we lasted this long discussing Terminator and No-Cameron reality without anyone signing their post "-Summer Glau".

We know she doesn't have time to post here. She's busy beating up everyone.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 8401

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

I do know that there is a type of tape used for hockey sticks but don't know what it is called. Maybe Hockey Stick Tape ? That one is "sticky tape". I was going to ask "as compared to all the non-sticky tape?" ... but then: tape measures, fish tape, thread-sealing tape, Vetrap T...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 11708

Re: 1979: "History"

It's hard to keep up with history. Every day there's more of it!
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 5772

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

I am about to receive a message from Zog, the transdimensional explorer. He will have said, "You humans and your one-dimensional time. It is so easy to keep track of things then."
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 07, 2018 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1977: "Paperwork"
Replies: 7
Views: 3335

Re: 1977: "Paperwork"

Do not do your taxes in the nude.

There are places you do not want a paper cut.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 02, 2018 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 18268

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

The Sunday update makes sense.

It's the perfect comic for April Fools Day.

And for Easter; it's all easter eggs.
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 01, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 4215

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

One significant change the internet has made over earlier mass media is the two way nature of it. With broadcast media, enough powerful people have to get behind a crazy idea before it had a chance of spreading to all the gullible rubes out there. But with the internet, the first gullible rube to f...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 14945

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Children (and spouses) of homeowners benefit from rising home prices as much as the homeowners do, though. Eventually that equity gets passed to next-of-kin, unless it all gets spent by the homeowner. And if my parents sell their home of 30+ years and wind up spending it all on trips to Hawaii and h...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 14945

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Pfhorrest wrote:and I'm not interested in having this conversation at length yet again; but yes

Wishes respected. Thank you for answering.
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 28, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 14945

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

It's only helpful to people who own homes for their investment value rather than for their own use, who can all go fuck themselves for profiting at the expense of literally almost everyone else. Fucking leeches. I don't know if you're cussing out property-flippers and slumlords and caught a few oth...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 6692

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

This is why I had to go into electrical engineering. Y'all mechanical engineers just can't keep yourselves from breaking the rules. Like Newton's Third. As opposed to electrical, where the first thing you learn is that everything is backwards, and it gets more confusing from there. :wink: But we're...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 6692

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

OK, I had to go read about these on Wikipedia. Third sentence: "While similar to a helicopter rotor in appearance, the autogyro's rotor must have air flowing across the rotor disc to generate rotation, and the air flows upwards through the rotor disc rather than down." So the thing pushes ...
by Mikeski
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 14023

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I was thinking about this comic the other day while having a bit of a toke on a doobie. I got as far as "I'm facing west, so the Earth's spin is carrying me backwards" and then I fell over. I was on my feet , and the earth carried me backwards . Now I'm on my back , and the earth is carry...
by Mikeski
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 7807

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

keithl wrote:I prefer to bounce my traffic off my own private Moon.

I assume "private moon" is a euphemism for a lap dance.

I don't want to know what "bounce my traffic off" is a euphemism for.

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