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by sotanaht
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 41
Views: 2093

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

I'm that guy who hates using text. As far as I'm concerned if you need to send a bit of one-way information like a phone number or a date/time/address text is great (especially something the other person might want to write down anyway), If you expect any more than a yes/no response you should just ...
by sotanaht
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 2971

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wha...
by sotanaht
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3473

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

I'd like to suggest that Banana phones are in a different system of "X of Y" altogether. This is "X that holds Y". Banana phones belong to the "X that looks like Y" group instead. Now, whether we are talking about a phone that looks like a banana or a banana that looks ...
by sotanaht
Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 3694

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

(Much as per Sableagle, I suppose, ) I last year¹ saw various planes descending along an approach-slope towards an airport² and they clearly passed through an unvapoury vapour-layer, at which point each would (in each's own turn at the passage) sport prominent vapour-vortices, much as per the archi...
by sotanaht
Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 3694

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

Funny how so many people seem to have the wrong idea about the word "edgelord" (outside of comic context). The core use of the word has almost exclusively violent connotations. Look up the character Reaper from Overwatch, he's an edgelord played to a deliberately comic degree of seriousnes...
by sotanaht
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4647

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Pfhorrest wrote:Dyson spheres would emit black body radiation of the average temperature of themselves and their contents, and so glow detectably and not be dark.

So we think. Anyone advanced enough to actually build a Dyson Sphere though might have technology that effectively "cloaks" them
by sotanaht
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 3513

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

Yeah, it's tech that he's talking about and the car is just a good metaphor. I can identify with that ... been skipping every other Windows OS since Workgroups 3.11. As long as they work for my apps I feel no need to upgrade. But eventually the apps get so much outa sync with the OS that I am force...
by sotanaht
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 2461

Re: 2029: "Disaster Movie"

Archaologists: http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/8351546107a5b71114adc3725b1d4c2316a25f2b.jpg vs https://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tomb-raider-lara-croft-statue-gaming-heads-silo-903481.png …and… http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/resources/images/965386/?type=responsive-gallery...
by sotanaht
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 2695

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

What I'm unclear on is what the (supposed) pros are of building your Dyson Sphere inside an existing one. The cons of literally casting shade at a more (technologically, not necessarily ethically) advanced civilisation are pretty obvious... Well you wouldn't have to build a scaffold for one. Also i...
by sotanaht
Mon Jul 16, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2020: "Negative Results"
Replies: 15
Views: 2081

Re: 2020: "Negative Results"

What I don't understand about this comic is why he would seem to be suggesting that negative results aren't important to know. If you try study the correlation between a thing, and you can't find any correlation, that's pretty damn important. Even more so when one in twenty similar tests might find ...
by sotanaht
Sat Jul 14, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 6508

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

When I was there in 2002-3, Australia had abandoned anything smaller than 5c - prices were still in any integer number of cents, but, at point of sale, if paying cash, the customer got to keep the odd cents (or the shop gave a few extra cents in change) to get to a multiple of 5c. I've heard someth...
by sotanaht
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 6508

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Yes, the idea that in the US the price on the shelf isn't what you pay is still really weird to me. If you don't have much money on you, it must be hard to work out if you have enough. I think when this has come up before, the reason has been that there are a few different levels (county, state, fe...
by sotanaht
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 2909

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Assuming his statement is literally ironic, BHG is sad and his friend does not know the meaning of irony. Every detail in a phrase doesn't need to be ironic for the phrase to be or express irony. His statement in the comic is ironic enough if you take it at face value. The implication is "you ...
by sotanaht
Fri Jun 01, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3037

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

(And the phrase "one weird trick" is proved the most effective placebo of all time.)
Most effective placebo? So you are saying that clickbait writers think it works, so in spite of not actually doing anything it still produces better clickbait?
by sotanaht
Fri May 11, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4050

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

What was asked is if there's a difference between what the words refer to, which generally there isn't. Well, maybe. Exo, meaning outside, usually refers to the location, whereas xeno, meaning foreign, usually refers to the origin. So if life from Earth traveled to another planet, studying it would...
by sotanaht
Wed May 09, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4050

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Marsh'n P.S. Hey sotanaht, is death backwards "birth"? Or is it what happens when Chronos and Thanatos get together and start mucking with the rules? Hey someone who actually gets it! It's not meant to have a specific meaning, the idea is that writing it backwards opens it up to a wide ra...
by sotanaht
Wed May 09, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4050

1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/research_areas_by_size_and_countedness.png Title text: Mathematicians give a third answer on the vertical axis, "That question is poorly defined, but we have a sub-field devoted to every plausible version of it." I think a few of these are in the wrong place. ...
by sotanaht
Sun May 06, 2018 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14313

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 sotanaht
Sat May 05, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14313

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

smh tbh fam
by sotanaht
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 5734

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: 13215

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: 13215

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: 10261

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: 9646

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: 5441

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: 4985

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: 5948

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: 4135

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: 3869

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: 4762

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: 4058

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: 6518

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: 6518

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: 8504

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: 8504

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: 5317

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: 7258

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: 6031

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: 8058

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: 4005

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...

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