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by Lenoxus
Fri Sep 25, 2015 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 49414

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Modern use? "Every day with me is literally another yesterday for it is exactly the same." —Alexander Pope, 1708 I think that after more than three centuries we can stop calling it "newfangled" and whining about "kids these days". I shouldn't have said "modern&quo...
by Lenoxus
Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 49414

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I'm sorry I missed out on this at the beginning, because this is one of my biggest grammar-peeve-peeves, alongside my annoyance at the bogus argument that it's incorrect to modify "unique". (I actually do sort of agree with the pedants about "literal", simply because I think it's...
by Lenoxus
Wed Feb 11, 2015 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"
Replies: 45
Views: 13586

Re: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"

The "absconding" one made me think of this sketch (warning: lots of NSFW language).
by Lenoxus
Tue Jan 13, 2015 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 37516

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

That cover's okay, I guess. I had speculated/fantasized about what sort of super-Charlie-Hebdo-ish cover could be extrapolated, both from the magazine's tendancy for multi-directional controversy and from a comment from one of the staff who said he "vomits" on all of the magazine's "n...
by Lenoxus
Mon Jan 12, 2015 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 37516

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

Lucrece: You seem to be arguing in two directions: that American liberals are wrong about Muslims because they have lots of power around the world, and also because, in Europe, they are at "the lowest places in the socioeconomic ladder and isolated in cultural ghettos". Huh? Maybe you're s...
by Lenoxus
Sat Jan 10, 2015 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Charlie Hebdo attack
Replies: 164
Views: 37516

Re: Charlie Hebdo attack

I’m with those who have pointed out the problems of bigotry here. The principle of not being a jerk remains in place even when the potential exists for something as horrific as murder in response to jerkiness. (If someone went around murdering all surgeons who didn’t wash their hands, this wouldn’t ...
by Lenoxus
Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1445: "Efficiency"
Replies: 40
Views: 12632

1445: "Efficiency"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/efficiency.png Title/alt text: I need an extension for my research project because I spent all month trying to figure out whether learning Dvorak would help me type it faster. (EDITED to put title text in quote rather than spoiler. Sorry to get to it so late.) The fact t...
by Lenoxus
Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1435: "Presidential Alert"
Replies: 59
Views: 13107

Re: 1435: "Presidential Alert"

Ok I get the comic but I do not get the title text. This is probably because I'm an ignorant foreigner. Someone explain please. The quote in the title text is how the President typically ends all of his speeches. Edit: Not necessarily that exact quote, but usually along those lines. In fact, it's h...
by Lenoxus
Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 25107

Re: 1425: "Tasks"

Here are 10 words ripe for exploitation, with "Luftmensch" and "Tsundoku" immediately applicable. I wonder what English words are considered similarly idiosyncratic, in the sense that foreign speakers would think "Huh, they have a word for that ." I know that "oka...
by Lenoxus
Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 25107

Re: 1425: "Tasks"

Just feed its quantum wavefunction into a regular expression! Won't work. You need to run it through an "enhance" filter first. In addition to the assumption that one can "enhance" any image to any resolution, a far-too-common request of photo-manipulators is to "turn it ar...
by Lenoxus
Tue Jul 15, 2014 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Text message "sent time": Can it still be seen these days?
Replies: 2
Views: 2924

Text message "sent time": Can it still be seen these days?

For as long as I can remember, my current Sprint phone has had a problem with text messages and SMS: I only see a timestamp for the message's receipt, not when it was sent. That means if my phone was off for a while and I turn it on at noon, I soon see several messages with the times 12:00 and 12:01...
by Lenoxus
Tue Jul 08, 2014 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 17440

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

People probably wouldn't have made as much of a fuss if the experiment consisted entirely of biasing certain feeds to positive stories, letting negative ones be more frequently buried. Make of that what you will. I'm reminded of some "turn that frown upside down" ad campaign where the comp...
by Lenoxus
Wed May 28, 2014 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1374: "Urn"
Replies: 91
Views: 17421

Re: 1374: "Urn"

EDIT: It looks like a more-correct version of the problem has been posted.

Meanwhile… how does she know the ashes are her grandfather's? :?
by Lenoxus
Tue May 27, 2014 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1373: "Screenshot"
Replies: 31
Views: 18879

Re: 1373: "Screenshot"

I love it when people take a screen capture of an image they are viewing so they can share it on Facebook or whatever. Really? You know how to do a screen capture but not a copy/paste or Save? My guess is that people with less computer experience have been taught the screen-capture trick by tech su...
by Lenoxus
Sun May 25, 2014 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Does any major phone OS have this contacts-related feature?
Replies: 1
Views: 2523

Does any major phone OS have this contacts-related feature?

Cell phone contacts can be complicated, even if all we care about is "names" and "numbers", because that's a many-to-many relationship. One person usually has multiple numbers, at least "mobile" and "home", and one number (typically "home") can corre...
by Lenoxus
Thu May 01, 2014 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

But, now that I know it's written out in the contract that that is a consequence, well, I wouldn't be surprised that all of these "rawr, free speech, no consequences" people are also "rawr, freedom of contract NO MATTER WHAT" people. I do think a reasonable argument has been mad...
by Lenoxus
Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

You can almost always trade off false positives against false negatives without increasing the complexity of the system, simply by adjusting the thresholds. To improve one whilst keeping the other constant is usually more difficult. For example, you could ensure zero false positives by always givin...
by Lenoxus
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Nobody is trying to excuse racism here. What's being asked is if he even agrees with what he said. If not, then why punish a man for an idea he doesn't even own? In vino veritas . And anger, like alcohol, doesn't insert novel ideas in our minds. If racism is Sterling's back-pocket tool for expressi...
by Lenoxus
Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Using the word "punishment" feels incorrect anyway, on a number of levels. One is that there is no actual person or organization with relevant law-like power. Who is doing the "punishing", and how does that work? Those organizations which, in some cases, choose to dismiss their p...
by Lenoxus
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

How So you support boycotts then? Because those are certainly speech. Getting someone fired? No, I don't support that. If the company itself decides it's in their best interests to let them go, that's fine. But people actively working from outside the company to get someone punished for an opinion? ...
by Lenoxus
Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

For one thing, we're not denying employers the right to fire anyone for any reason (though some classes are protected and more probably should be). If I'm reading that correctly, and the anyone in question is LGBT employees, then you may want to check your notes. For a third, firing someone for sup...
by Lenoxus
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Honest question which I hope isn't a derail: Can a person be a Zionist while supporting a two-state solution?
by Lenoxus
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

It might be helpful to rank one's opinion of the acceptability of actions along more than just two categories, legal/illegal, because I think that's causing confusion. Here's one possible scheme: Level 1: That action should be illegal. Most people agree that some level-1 type actions exist, such as ...
by Lenoxus
Sun Apr 27, 2014 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

So some of the anti-boycott posters have philosophically bitten the bullet and clarified their position on equivalent situations involving other sorts of (arguably) bigoted actions. The varied positions include something like the following: ⋅ It doesn't matter whether a CEO is an outright ...
by Lenoxus
Sun Apr 27, 2014 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Silencing one bigot doesn't reduce bigotry, it hides it. Giving him enough rope to hang himself might reduce it... How do you imagine his "hanging himself" to work, if not by something like what he already did, which leads to a media firestorm like we're seeing? Your argument sort of amou...
by Lenoxus
Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I did not vote for Obama in either election, and I never considered doing so. He's a crook and a coward, just like most of the rest of Washington. His cowardly position on gay equality - and his convenient revelation that he was wrong only once it became clear that the right side of history was goi...
by Lenoxus
Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Do you suppose that some fence-leaning anti-marriage type looks at this and says "ah, I see the error of my ways! I shall henceforth support marriage equality for all!"? That seems unlikely. Almost nothing ever causes such a dramatic or sudden change in an individual, so to put it that wa...
by Lenoxus
Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Is this a joke? There is a party being ganged up upon here, but it's not rich, straight white guys like Eich. People standing up for gays and demanding they be acknowledged as human is a reaction to centuries of gays being "ganged up on." Oh, please. Nobody was standing up for anyone here...
by Lenoxus
Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 176437

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Unless Eich identifies as a corporation, I'm pretty sure donating money doesn't fall under free speech. I see that you later explained this was worded wrong, but I read it as a funny political commentary on the famous Citizens United case, since (if I'm not mistaken) that decision involved two non-...
by Lenoxus
Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why are iOS updates near-simultaneous?
Replies: 6
Views: 6142

Re: Why are iOS updates near-simultaneous?

And the utter rage Apple would get if they let people pay for the privilege is going to be insane; part of the selling point of iOS is that updates come free, fast and simultaneous for everyone. Fair enough, except they only get two out of three; unless you wait a couple days, it's not fast. Althou...
by Lenoxus
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why are iOS updates near-simultaneous?
Replies: 6
Views: 6142

Re: Why are iOS updates near-simultaneous?

Is is staggered, no? the notification announcing availability of the new iOS is staggered over a few days to help spread out the signaling load. http://www2.alcatel-lucent.com/blogs/corporate/2013/09/the-apple-loophole-ios-7-upgrade-impacts-on-mobile-networks/ Ah, that looks correct, but it only ta...
by Lenoxus
Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why are iOS updates near-simultaneous?
Replies: 6
Views: 6142

Why are iOS updates near-simultaneous?

My dad recently summoned my help with his iPhone, which was bugging him about agreeing to the new terms and conditions, but it couldn't actually connect to the iCloud server even within Safari, perhaps because the server is intermittently jammed. I'm tempted to blame the latest update being download...
by Lenoxus
Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why do "mobile-friendly" pages prohibit pinch-zooming?
Replies: 2
Views: 7556

Re: Why do "mobile-friendly" pages prohibit pinch-zooming?

EDIT: Ah, I think I just found the answer. Apparently, there's an option called 'user-scalable'. If it's on, zooming works but a small delay occurs with each tap / drag event as a result of the device waiting to see if it's a double-tap. So you turn it off to get a faster browsing experience. I gues...
by Lenoxus
Tue Sep 10, 2013 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why aren't cell providers using IPv6?
Replies: 12
Views: 7998

Re: Why aren't cell providers using IPv6?

Is it possible there's some kind of challenge in a phone being hybrid v6-v4, which it would have to be since people using their phones on wi-fi would need v4? The chicken-egg problem may be afoot here. That said, there has been [url="https://support.t-mobile.com/thread/27171?start=0&tstart=...
by Lenoxus
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Why do "mobile-friendly" pages prohibit pinch-zooming?
Replies: 2
Views: 7556

Why do "mobile-friendly" pages prohibit pinch-zooming?

I have an iPad and an LG Optimus S Android phone, love 'em both. Anyway, my question's right there in the title. This issue applies especially to the iPad, or at least seems most noticeable in that context (I don't use zooming as often on my phone). The iPad-intended versions of both Google and Bing...
by Lenoxus
Mon Sep 02, 2013 2:02 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 37115

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

It's a casio on a plastic beach, It's a casio on a plastic beach, It's styrofoam deep-sea landfill, It's styrofoam deep-sea landfill, It's a casio on a plastic beach, It's a casio on a plastic beach, It's styrofoam deep-sea landfill, It's styrofoam deep-sea landfill I've never heard this song in my...
by Lenoxus
Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:47 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can anyone explain this New Yorker cartoon?
Replies: 4
Views: 5067

Re: Can anyone explain this New Yorker cartoon?

A few associations pop up for me: - big-city apartments can be ridiculously small and close together - some people are ... a bit too interested in what's going on around them - sometimes people don't have much to talk about. In roughly descending order of relevance. Maybe. Okay. Yeah, the first one...
by Lenoxus
Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:37 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can anyone explain this New Yorker cartoon?
Replies: 4
Views: 5067

Can anyone explain this New Yorker cartoon?

Link. From about a month ago. Is the joke simply "The person speaking is kind of a voyeur." Surely there's more to it than that? Yeah, yeah, "New Yorker cartoons are never funny", except when they are. But they still follow the convention of attempting something like a joke, gen...
by Lenoxus
Fri Jun 07, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1220: Hipsters
Replies: 33
Views: 9435

Re: 1220: Hipsters

Another subculture that I've always heard more complaints and jokes about is emos. I'm starting to feel about hipsters and emos the way Josh Fruhlinger feels about fruitcake : I don’t believe that fruitcake actually exists. I suppose there are still physical fruitcakes here and there, but I think th...
by Lenoxus
Thu May 30, 2013 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35098

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

What always bugged me about this scene in the film is the way Ian McKellen puts an unusual emphasis on friend , almost as if Gandalf did already know what the enscription was realy saying all along (but stayed up all night brute-forcing the password anyway, just to waste time). I don't hear the comm...

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