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by YTPrenewed
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 3152

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Reminds me of the "Canada's too cold" thing. People who say that don't always specify whether it's the mild summers or cold winters that deter them (though I'm guessing it's the latter) but Osoyoos has hot summers and the west coast of BC has mild winters... how much warmer do they want? T...
by YTPrenewed
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25992

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I am arguing against the idea of privileging any variety of a language as the single universal standard, against which all utterances in that language will be judged for "correctness". By that standard we may as well stop trying to convince Americans to use the metric system. The same app...
by YTPrenewed
Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 10638

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Is this by any chance a parody of the increasing popularity of "it is beyond saving" reasoning used in the context of politics? (Britain abandoning the EU instead of trying to fix it comes to mind...)
by YTPrenewed
Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25992

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Sure, there are ambiguities possible in nonstandard uses that can be clarified by using proper grammar, but there are also ambiguities in standard grammar that could be cleared up by using something nonstandard. That may constitute a reason for making a presently non-standard form of grammar the ne...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25992

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

The types of rules grammar police harp on about generally aren't the sort that can lead to real ambiguity, though. Or when they can, it's with no higher probability than formally correct grammar can be ambiguous. There will always be some bare minimum level of ambiguity. With proper grammar, that l...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25992

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

*It can help ensure that they don't engender confusion in a future conversation where there *is* real ambiguity, perhaps, but a) that's still unlikely to be the primary purpose in the instances I'm thinking of and b) that warrants at most a brief parenthetical aside, not bringing a conversation to ...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25992

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Clearly, for successful communication to occur, it is important above all else that we know who to blame. Yes. Yes it is. Otherwise, people could deliberately undermine successful communication with impunity. Your semicolon abuse made me twitch, but in precisely the same way as encountering someone...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 4065

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

What kind of sunglasses block nothing more than single-digit percentages* of the visible wavelengths anyway? *Maybe less than that, since I based that on looking at this comic in MS Paint, and I doubt the spectral line widths shown in this comic are meant to represent the actual spectral line width....
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25992

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

If anything, fashion police and grammar police are opposites. Fashion police are putting their views on style ahead of pragmatism. The time and money spent on things that are considered fashionable can come at the expense of more practical things. (Not to say there can't be value in wearing them on ...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 18599

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Talking of radians, why do we still use degrees when measuring angles? Do they offer any advantages over radians? Couldn't we do away with them entirely and just teach radians at school? I mean sure, whole numbers are nice and all... But pi! I figure if they're far enough along to learn geometry, t...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 19974

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

It's up to those arguing there's a pattern to make the case for why it's a meaningful one No, it's up to the people making today's dire predictions to make the case for why their dire predictions are more trustworthy than the similarly dire predictions people have been making for centuries. Depends...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 19974

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Particularly since that's what the previous one that touched on this subject was about? Previous one that "touched on this subject?" You mean the one linked to earlier in the thread or something else? I don't doubt that such comparisons are a worthwhile point to bring up, but they aren't ...
by YTPrenewed
Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 19974

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

If I tried a lighter for two centuries, yes, I'm pretty sure I could come to the conclusion it didn't work, at least for the purposes I was putting it to. And if you only tried it once every few decades? It's up to those arguing there's a pattern to make the case for why it's a meaningful one, and ...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 99210

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

I was brought here today because of this story. There's more to limits on breeding than just genetics. There's harm that can be done in the womb itself (though the text version doesn't mention it, the broadcast version said she was a drug addict) and taking away the kids after they're born does noth...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 19974

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Indeed, one of the reasons that I still like paper books is that walking down the street reading a paper book doesn't seem to have the social stigma that walking down the street with a phone does. In fact, oddly, I still get people who inquire, "how can you read while walking?" despite th...
by YTPrenewed
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 36816

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I think this ties in rather well with the point I made in this post. It's not enough to call language "glorious chaos," we need to fix that if only to know who is logically at fault for a miscommunication. Which in this case would be those who shift the goalposts on what a given phrase mea...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Replies: 3
Views: 4277

Re: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

I haven't gotten around to Neil Degrasse Tyson's series yet, but I did like Carl Sagan's series. Enough to have marked the day it would be the 35th anniversary (a couple days ago) of the premiere, and made a YTP about it on that day accordingly . Do you think we could make this a general thread abou...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2026
Views: 574557

Re: Something on Youtube

I don't typically link to my own Youtube videos on this site (nor typically post in this thread in the first place) but I figured I may as well this time since this one has (relatively) more reason to be of interest to people on this site than my other ones. [YTP] Cosmos, 35th Anniversary Essentiall...
by YTPrenewed
Fri May 15, 2015 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 23697

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Is it really physicists' fault they were assigned to weapons production? That's typically what gets funding. If some of that military money was shifted toward green energy physicists' knowledge could come in handy there too. Sounds to me like it's less so the fault of physics and more so the fault m...
by YTPrenewed
Fri May 15, 2015 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 15466

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

I noticed this was posted the day before the British election; couldn't help but wonder if that was to avoid giving the impression that they were commenting on the results...
by YTPrenewed
Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 9589

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Are squirrels supposed to be attracted to bright lights or something, or is the joke simply about the concept in television or video games of valuable items shining? My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal. There should be more metal subgenres with chemical metal types a...
by YTPrenewed
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"
Replies: 51
Views: 36109

Re: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"

Bumping because an incident on another website (under another pseudonym, though) made me think about this comic. I previously endorsed applying its message across the Internet. My current opinion now flies in the face of that. First off, the guy in the comic wasn't just "communicating badly,&qu...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Nov 07, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Popular vote compared to US cities...
Replies: 15
Views: 2450

Popular vote compared to US cities...

I think it would be interesting to look at the popular vote breakdown in comparison to municipalities, and I would hope this gets mentioned in XKCD comics in the near future: 1. Obama won the popular vote by 2 million, 648 thousand and 349 votes; a number larger than the population of Houston, but s...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:24 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Keyboard changes which key does what...
Replies: 9
Views: 5189

Re: Keyboard changes which key does what...

I wonder if the keyboard layout (in the control panel) is set wrong, or if it's set up to be able to switch between multiple layouts. (I can't remember how to change it, but I found this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/258824 .) From what I remember when I had a Windows computer set up to use mult...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 06, 2012 4:18 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Keyboard changes which key does what...
Replies: 9
Views: 5189

Re: Keyboard changes which key does what...

Okay, so I'm presuming shift is meant to access the blue characters. Do you have a "Fn", "AltGr" or similar modifier key that is meant to be used to access the red characters? Fn is grey, and the only keys with grey functions are F1 to F12. I don't have "AltGr" but I d...
by YTPrenewed
Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Keyboard changes which key does what...
Replies: 9
Views: 5189

Keyboard changes which key does what...

So I have the kind of keyboard for which some of the keys have red functions and blue functions. For example, one key has a blue question mark and a red capital accented E. Sometimes I hold shift and press that key and get a question mark, sometimes I hold shift and press the same key, only to end u...
by YTPrenewed
Tue Sep 04, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Jobs with physics degree?
Replies: 7
Views: 1641

Jobs with physics degree?

I recently got an undergraduate degree in physics. I was originally going to go into meteorology but my grades aren't good enough for that. Anyone here know which kinds of jobs are looking for people with physics degrees?
by YTPrenewed
Sat Sep 01, 2012 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 24974

Re: 1075: "Warning"

I haven't posted here in a while, but I figured I'd like to ask people here why they're (generally) less critical of evolutionary reasoning in this context than in the context of gender issues...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 168513

Re: 0435: "Purity"

Physics isn't just applied math. It involves the USE of math, sure, in its more quantitative varieties, (so do economics and other fields not in the physical sciences) but also involves concepts that math in and of itself does not lead to. (Ie. Forces, energy, etc...) I think this scale would have b...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is the "hi joee" meme from?
Replies: 12
Views: 5172

What is the "hi joee" meme from?

For one thing, it's a phrase I see every now and then on these forums. What is it a reference to?
by YTPrenewed
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 150522

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/atheists.png I'm much into religious debates, and as someone who errs on the side of the anti-religious perspective, I've often noticed something along these lines about the "moderates" of the debate, but couldn't quite put my finger on what exactly it was unti...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 31111

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

"WAKE up in the MORning and my BREATH ain't PREtty / and noBODY'S gonna KISS me if my MOUTH smells SHItty / so I ALways brush my TEETH before I START on the JACK / sure, my DRINKing's out of HAND, but I'm conTROLLing my PLAQUE." Epic. Win. But why brush with toothpaste BEFORE brushing wit...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0714: "Porn For Women"
Replies: 298
Views: 57488

Re: "Porn For Women" Discussion

When we keep hearing about stereotypes about girls not liking porn... and it doesn't exactly help that SOME women express the stereotype (ie. anti-porn activists refuting guys who defend porn with "oh yeah that's easy for MEN to say" etc...) I find it hard to blame guys for thinking women ...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 31619

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

Couldn't love be demonstrated by concentration patterns of certain neurotransmitters? Is there any way to hook up one's brain to something that would analyze such patterns?

Bear in mind I'm not very familiar with neuroscience apart from at an introductory-psychology level, I'm just asking here. o.o
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 15, 2010 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0539: "Boyfriend"
Replies: 145
Views: 35123

Re: "Boyfriend" Discussion

Huh? Why would he break up with her over that?

Note that I'm not very familiar with relationship drama/casual dating/any kind of dating... at least not from any personal experience perspective. o.o
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"
Replies: 272
Views: 70183

Re: "Conspiracy Theories" Discussion

The praying guy is a bit of a hypocrite; it's not like there's much more evidence for "god" than for these conspiracies.

That said, good comic, it pretty much sums up the problems with most conspiracy theories in a nutshell.
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 184
Views: 75138

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

I don't know very much about Google but from what I've heard of them they really do seem to be a strange exception to the general rule that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Perhaps previously being an underdog to Microsoft taught them mercy or something. o.o
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"
Replies: 51
Views: 36109

Re: "Words that End in 'GRY'" Discussion

Postmodernists nothing, the fifth panel is a reminder that needs to be seen across the Internet...

... and probably in quite a few offline contexts as well. o.o
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 08, 2010 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 67633

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Also, that that astounding coincidence just happens to work in favor of attitudes the person presenting the "theory" likely already held. It's, again, not a scientific refutation (if you hadn't noticed, there are plenty of those too) , but it's a good indicator that something might not be...
by YTPrenewed
Tue Sep 07, 2010 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 67633

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

... I hate that argument. "Your interpretation of evolutionary psychology seems similar to some fragments of 50s gender stereotypes! Therefore, your interpretation of evolutionary psychology must be wrong!" Yeah, that is a stupid argument. Remind me, though: who was making that argument? ...

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