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by sotanaht
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 3884

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: 2109

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: 2531

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: 2531

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: 2531

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: 9030

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: 5936

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: 5786

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: 2287

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: 7754

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: 6066

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: 7498

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: 6281

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: 7986

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: 7680

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...
by sotanaht
Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7613

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Thanks for the replies, you two. I just read up recently about the proposed state of Sequoyah, which was about half of Oklahoma. It was not approved by the Republican congress because it would have been a Democratic state. Therefore it was combined with the proposed Oklahoma state.... Politics. Ign...
by sotanaht
Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7613

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

The Carolina and Dakota splits can basically be summed up as infighting. North Dakota had "problems" with the capitol being too far away and it looks like the people running the Carolinas were just an incompetent and mostly criminal mess. Both of those were essentially split down the midd...
by sotanaht
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7613

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

I don't get the reasons these names were chosen. Like someone said, if it was on a theme there you'd go... This feels very random. But, back to official state names...Why do some states share a name? I'm pretty sure that when some states split they got new names (was it Tennessee?) but when Carolin...
by sotanaht
Fri Dec 02, 2016 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 7613

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Funnily enough, I can easily name all the states, but I don't think I can correctly locate more than about half to 2/3rds.

Memorized in alphabetical order even, but no one bothered to involve a map in that part of my education.
by sotanaht
Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 54706

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Trump got about 60 million votes, so there are 30 million KKK members in the USA? ' Trump got 60 million votes. Some of his voters would be the first to tell you that this doesn't mean he has 60 million supporters. What about the people who didn't vote though (over 50% of the eligable population)? ...
by sotanaht
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 54706

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I just feel like bringing up that Trump's win has in all likelihood killed the TPP (according to senators backing trump), which is a HUGE win for freedom of information everywhere. Clinton officially opposed it as a candidate, but she was one of the supporters helping to coordinate the whole thing a...
by sotanaht
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 54706

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Except that's not even a prediction, it's something she's already doing. The Emails are in themselves enough cause for them to go to war with us, Gun control and anti-free speech are the bread and butter of her policy, and her authoritarianism knows no bounds. The country under Hillary would no dou...
by sotanaht
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 54706

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Trump is merely inadequate. If you think he's going to be institutionalizing racism or something to that degree you are wrong. I really hope you're right. Hilary on the other hand is Evil. She would be using the pretense of a war with Russia that she herself created to strip away the first and seco...
by sotanaht
Wed Nov 09, 2016 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 54706

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

The reason I keep hammering on this is that too many people are treating Hillary as an imperfect but perfectly reasonable candidate. She isn't. Imperfect is putting it lightly. She's a horrible candidate. And yet, Trump is much, much worse. I believe what you're seeing are people who are so worried...
by sotanaht
Fri Sep 30, 2016 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 4355

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Both OPs failed to add any of their own commentary This begs the question: why aren't the posters (hilariously) banned for their impotence and the threads closed/removed/merged every time? On the oter hand, we have a multitude of users who'd like to run (or are running) a bot that queries the main ...
by sotanaht
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 22192

1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/fashion_police_and_grammar_police.png Alt text: "* Mad about jorts" So apparently the ability to speak and write at a (public) high school level is indicative of race or social class. I would have thought it to be intelligence or effort, unless he's saying thos...
by sotanaht
Mon May 30, 2016 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 5474

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

The media only uses the first two lines of that... the alt text is complaining that it doesn't include the other six lines. I been racking my brain for a way for Einstein to be right about this, but... I'm pretty sure he wasn't. World War 3 won't eliminate the technology used to fight it, unless th...
by sotanaht
Wed May 11, 2016 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 6111

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

I like that changing "cautiously optimistic" doesn't actually change the meaning in the slightest.
by sotanaht
Sun May 08, 2016 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 10842

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

I just don't see the point in full-justified at all. Left-justified only looks "bad" in extreme cases where the line-length is especially tiny, and with the exception of print mediums tiny line-lengths are usually the result of extremely variable devices (eg cell phones). Attempting to fix...
by sotanaht
Wed Apr 13, 2016 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 7306

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

cyanyoshi wrote:Aaaand today I learned there are video games made in Excel. I know what I'm doing this weekend! :wink:


What, you've never heard of Eve Online?
by sotanaht
Thu Apr 07, 2016 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 5712

Re: 1664: Mycology

Same with cows, pigs and chickens. Their tastiness has become an evolutionary advantage. Hmmmm. Within the species? Cheap, quick-growing individuals probably have an advantage over the more delicious ones, while still needing to pass a minimum taste-test. Species level. The taste of cows over the t...
by sotanaht
Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 7664

Re: 1647: Diacritics

I'll get the Zalgo reference over with. Ḩ̹̼̝̏̄͗̄ͥͨ̇̉͌̓ͩͥ̆ͫ͠͠ͅḚ̞̱̏͋ͤͮ͑̔̒ͫ̾͛̀͌̅̋̍̈́̚͘͝ ̴̶̡̟̫̪̘̣͓̜̪̲͕̺̼͈̏͋ͦ̊͒̉̉̉͋̇ͥͫͬ͢C̸̝̭̲̝͔̞͎ͣ̽̇ͯ̈́͛̓̅̏̓ͬ̅̄̚͟Ǫ̧͈̻̞̩̘͓̟͉͉̹̙̓̅ͣ̏̐́M̶̫͕͖̟͍͚̜̙͕ͮͭ̃̔ͩ̄ͣ͞͝ͅE̷̝̝͍̩̤͙̟̠͎͉̘̖̗ͨ̐͌̅̎̅̾͑̀ͨ̑͋ͦͥ͋̀͝Š̥̩͓̹͍̰̝̪̘̓̈́ͣͦͬ̌̍͡͞ . Behold, the BehemỎ̷͖͈̞̩͎̻̫̫̜͉̠̫͕̭̭̫̫̹̗̹͈̼̠̖͍͚̥͈̮̼͕̠̤̯̻̥̬̗̼̳̤̳̬̪̹...
by sotanaht
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 17186

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

PinkShinyRose wrote:I still don't get the rounding thing, why not use a unit with a useful granulation to begin with? You can just round to the whole number...


So are you proposing a system of °C*3?
by sotanaht
Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7336

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

It could be worse -- what if hot dogs came in packages of 10 but hot dog buns came in packages of 4*π ? Then you could never buy enough packages to match all hot dogs to a bun. I can eat 8-12, but only if they are burnt and smothered in chili. I hate the actual taste of hotdog. But now there's the ...
by sotanaht
Mon Feb 08, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"
Replies: 43
Views: 5452

Re: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"

I live in the 'states and I don't even know who was playing. I know one of the teams because they come from my state and I can't walk into a store without seeing their crap all over the place, but I have no idea who the other is, or who won.
by sotanaht
Sat Jan 23, 2016 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 12844

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

cyanyoshi wrote:I'm so proud that Randall resisted the urge to make a "your mom" joke in there somewhere.

Clearly she should be somewhere to the left of "earth"
by sotanaht
Mon Jan 18, 2016 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 6946

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

Had a similar incident happen last night. I decided to purchase three games last night on the PS4 store. One was a small one, so I figured I'd play that first while the others were downloading. When I decided to change titles, neither of the others were done, so I tried to pause one to finish the o...
by sotanaht
Fri Jan 01, 2016 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 14528

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Self Driving Cars A self driving car doesn't exist unless the manufacturer forever accepts full legal liability for its performance and safe operation under all road conditions on all road types with any type of passenger (or indeed no passengers) on board. So far only Volvo are volunteering to tak...
by sotanaht
Sun Dec 20, 2015 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 6742

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

I wonder if meth in small amounts works on colds? It's in the same family as everything else that helps, so it very well might. Yes, in fact it's "a powerful decongestant", according to the Hai and Hakkenshit paper cited above. The problem, in their view, is the side effects I was going t...
by sotanaht
Mon Dec 07, 2015 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18335

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

The basic premise is that if "Obey orders" is above "don't kill humans", then robots can be ordered to kill humans.

I fail to really see the problem with this ordering however; it effectively makes robots no different than any other tool that humans can use to kill each other.

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