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by sotanaht
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 2322

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

When I first moved out of my dad's shack, I was proud of the fact that all my worldly possessions fit into my car. That means I wasn't a clutterbug like my mom, I was lean and clean and spartan. Now the fact that there are a lot of pretty ordinary things that I can't own because my home is too tiny...
by sotanaht
Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 9257

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

Awesome! Another interactive one! I haven’t even scratched the surface, but you get a link to a YouTube video if you cast enhance ability as a Druid... I haven’t tried most of the spells. LOTS of links go to youtube videos. More than a few link to some channel that creates deliberately ugly charact...
by sotanaht
Mon Apr 02, 2018 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 9257

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

If you beat Advent.exe you get an option to save the image. I'm not sure of any way to link directly to the result, so I'm going to imgur this. This is the image you get when you save. https://i.imgur.com/3W8IMBB.png As for completing the game, here's how First, go to the castle, then the Well. Wish...
by sotanaht
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 6513

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When someone asks me for directions the first thing I assess is whether I should use "turn left" or "turn north" (or whatever direction). Some people handle the former better, and others prefer compass directions. Not sure exactly how I make that assessment ... might have someth...
by sotanaht
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 6698

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Most of these emoji don't display on my PC, and I'm happy with that result.
by sotanaht
Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 3867

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

I'd vote for the "I will lead the fight" guy.
by sotanaht
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 3392

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

I find it odd that most of my school related dreams seem to have happened after I finished school. I don't really remember having dreams about exams, or getting lost in the hallways, or what have you, until I entered the workforce, though they are still rare for me. My school-related dreams are onl...
by sotanaht
Fri Jan 05, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 4503

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

I'd love to see how someone uses a hammer to exploit a server vulnerability. You can destroy the server, but that doesn't get you any access at any level. Hammers might be effective in exploiting the human element though. Besides, there's the old adage "physical access is total access". If...
by sotanaht
Thu Dec 28, 2017 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 3080

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

The main caveats I can think of are (A) constructing a homemade EMP might be illegal How do you even create an EMP, other than by detonating a nuclear bomb? Some quick googling suggests an explosive charge wrapped in an electromagnetic coil. It seems the explosion disrupts the magnetic field in suc...
by sotanaht
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 2610

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

I could actually believe there are (at least) 5 active warrants for his arrest. I mean he does a LOT of breaking in entering and maybe some stalking too, it's just a question of whether any jurisdictions have chosen to take the reports seriously enough.
by sotanaht
Thu Dec 21, 2017 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 3258

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

"Ok, Google-" Sound of gunshot and body hitting the floor. In voice of Alexa or Siri: "What can she do for you that I can't?" Yes, my mind took that somewhere dark. I want to take this moment to express my extreme displeasure that trying "Ok, Google" on Siri gets a hum...
by sotanaht
Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 2916

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

I'm wondering how self driving cars will react to a "Honk iff you don't honk based on bumper stickers" bumper sticker. I was thinking of something similar. However, in your case they simply wouldn't honk. If they don't honk they just don't honk at all, regardless of what the sticker says....
by sotanaht
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 4810

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Around here, what it would be replacing is "the road is damaged, add another layer of asphalt." Older roads here are almost a whole meter above the sidewalks, driveways, and gutters beside them due to repeated "repair". A solution where you replace tiles instead wouldn't have th...
by sotanaht
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 4810

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

At present they're substantially more expensive. In the long run, I seriously doubt that. Yes, they need to be able to take varying compressive loads, and they have a wear surface. But they also don't need mounts, foundations, and face no meaningful wind loads (adhesive bound to the substrate). Yea...
by sotanaht
Sat Dec 02, 2017 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 6588

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Or just round off after two or three decimal points. I can rationalize using rational numbers with the fact that I've already written a Rational class in JavaScript that I've used elsewhere. (Also, done. Hope I didn't introduce too many new bugs...) https://i.imgur.com/HTisMpC.jpg
by sotanaht
Sat Dec 02, 2017 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 6588

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Fahrenheit for weather, Celsius for water. It's what they were made for and what they are good at. Think about the usable portion of the scale. Where I live 0°F and 100°F are about equally common. We very very rarely use numbers above 100 or below 0, but they do happen occasionally. In Celsius that ...
by sotanaht
Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 4258

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

-The cruelty free version of Tinkerball is, of course, badminton -The first recorded game of Hell Escape was written in 1320. Snake Shaming made me chuckle; but on reflection it sounds more like some Judeo-Christian ritual than a sport. Practiced by some small groups of Pentecostals. Hell escape on...
by sotanaht
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 5613

Re: 1904: Research Risks

The residents of central Oklahoma (and Max Zorin) might argue that geology should be moved up and to the right a bit... The comic isn't about whether or not the subject of research could be dangerous, it's about whether the product of research is. Lots of people die in geology-based disasters, but ...
by sotanaht
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 4741

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

Mutex wrote:Presumably it wouldn't be pills, just a box of loose powder.

Not necessarily "loose". Packaging isn't an "ingredient" inactive or otherwise, so they can be done like BC powders. That does make me wonder what the inactive ingredients in those are for.
by sotanaht
Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 6432

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Living in a University town, I wouldn't consider any of these particularly worrying, since I'd assume the local angle was the scientist, not the discovery. A lot of these are likely to vary depending on where you live. For example, local breaking news coverage of a vulcanologist is probably routine...
by sotanaht
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 3243

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 comp...
by sotanaht
Sat Sep 23, 2017 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 5448

Re: 1893: "Thread"

I actually haven't read the Pern stuff myself (that part of the joke had just already been explained), though from this discussion I'm thinking maybe I should some time, since my own Chronicles of Quelouva I'm slowly writing is explicitly science-fantasy or science-mythology in genre: two of the th...
by sotanaht
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 6750

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

I thought BHG was better at this whole "supervillian" thing. Getting rid of California? That's downright Heroic.
by sotanaht
Thu Aug 24, 2017 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 6224

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

My city was at 97% but I forgot to go outside in time. Look over at my clock thinking "the eclipse should be soon... oh that was 20 minutes ago, oops"
by sotanaht
Wed Aug 23, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 6224

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Dammit Randall, I bet we wouldn't have a fourth comic about eclipses! "The ISS" is very nearby "Total Solar Eclipse". Also what are the axes' units? It would probably be pretty fucking cool to see a total solar eclipse from orbit. Or maybe not, without all the stuff in the way i...
by sotanaht
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 8103

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

The egg is saying that when he uses a word, it means what he wants it to mean, but the listener is hearing, when I hear a word, it means what I want it to mean. I'm not sure whether this is irony or not, but it's amusing. If a word means whatever you want it to mean, then it could theoretically mea...
by sotanaht
Tue Jul 04, 2017 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 4433

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

2018 — Competitions to hit drones with fireworks 2019 — Teams compete to shoot down each other's fireworks-armed drones Not only does that sound possible, it actually follows a logical progression. And on top of that, it would undoubtedly be more interesting than some of the other things we've done...
by sotanaht
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 4836

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

It's really not, and you're just appealing to the golden mean fallacy. Not true, I never said that the middle position (between conservative and liberal) was correct, merely that both sides ignore the other and any evidence in favor of their own beliefs, The truth could easily lie with either at le...
by sotanaht
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 4836

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

Copper Bezel wrote:Yes, reality has a well-known liberal bias.


That's just what the liberal media want you to believe.
by sotanaht
Thu Jun 08, 2017 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 4836

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

Founder Joseph Zanga has described it as a group "with Judeo-Christian, traditional values that is open to pediatric medical professionals of all religions" provided that they "hold true to the group's core beliefs: that life begins at conception; and that the traditional family unit...
by sotanaht
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 17640

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Meanwhile I always end up at the 24 hour McDonalds while they are "updating their systems", that, or just not even acknowledging the drive thru, no explanation given.
by sotanaht
Mon Apr 03, 2017 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 10101

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

I think the team on stilts might have something of a height advantage.
by sotanaht
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 9551

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

The vomiting modifier is weirdly apropos, given that's more or less my reaction to the use of emoji in general.
by sotanaht
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1795: "All You Can Eat"
Replies: 15
Views: 3360

Re: 1795: "All You Can Eat"

The "All you can eat pet store" made me think of Schlock from the webcomic Schlock Mercenary. He's been known to refer to kittens as "comfort food".
by sotanaht
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 11945

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

If you think a bird can't take a punch, you clearly haven't spent time in Australia. If there was a category for "Capable of killing lots of people at a time" , only planes and Superman will get tics as even the infamous Australian murder-bird AKA cassowary can only kill one person at a t...
by sotanaht
Thu Jan 12, 2017 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 9476

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

So what projection did he start with? Photoshop is 2d, so whatever map he started with to be resized would also have to be 2d, and hence a projection of some kind.
by sotanaht
Sat Dec 31, 2016 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 10739

Re: 1779: "2017"

each of us will die Please elaborate. I accept that statement in the sense of "today's me will be dead by tomorrow", but the colloquial meaning of "dying" has only happened to about 95% of humanity. You can't even p-hack that to certainty. :P It's at times like this that I refle...
by sotanaht
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 9159

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

While looking for images, I noticed that in the US it's labeled as "cream cheese", but by EU regulations they're not allowed to call it cheese, so it's just labeled with the brand "Philadelphia" and then the text "fresh and creamy taste". That's odd, in the UK it's des...
by sotanaht
Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 12434

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Worse when not only does the UI change drastically, but features are removed in the process. In my own recent experience Nvidia's Shadowplay feature has been in oscillating between "broken" "mostly broken" and "not implemented" every version change and when OBS changed ...
by sotanaht
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 11808

Re: 1768: "Settling"

I think the statistics here are misleading. Yes its rare that where you are now is the best you are going to get, but once you've been at the best you can by definition never hope to get as good or better. Basically if you leave something good it's far, far worse than staying at something not-as-goo...

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