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by Zinho
Fri Dec 22, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 2219

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

My startup/shutdown sounds for Windows were Information Society clips: startup- <footsteps in empty hallway> (child's voice) "Mommy, when are we going home?" shutdown- (rabid/demonic-sounding male voice) "I can make you ALL go away, ANY TIME I WANT TO!!!!" Taken from the Hack alb...
by Zinho
Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 4275

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Not that someone being intentionally offensive will admit it, I obviously can't speak for anyone but myself, but on the odd occasion that I intentionally try to offend someone, I have no qualms about admitting it either, because in that case they have done something to anger me and I am intentional...
by Zinho
Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 4275

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

Offense is only offered, it's up to you to take it or reject it. I try not to take a fence if I don't have to; the one around my yard is already long enough. Silliness aside, my favorite quote on this subject goes: He who takes offense when no offense is intended is a fool, and he who takes offense...
by Zinho
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 4363

Re: 1904: Research Risks

For your consideration, along those lines: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crack_in_the_World (Note the credulity by the stated reviewers... I don't think I took it so seriously when I watched it, though.) I love that movie! It has some of worst science I've ever seen on screen! My favorite bits: &sd...
by Zinho
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 8840

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I assume that cast iron pans are some kind of fresh hipster hell that had passed me by. Is high-maintenance medieval cookware the new thing, in the same way that not having gears on a bike is the new having gears on a bike? I can't speak to hipsters, other than to note that you can purchase cast ir...
by Zinho
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 5692

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

I found a comic that has WHG and BHG together! yay! Here I feel compelled to reiterate my previous warning against trying anything BHG casually suggests. He's totally into murdering people by suggesting they engage in suicidal behavior. Regarding Daylight Saving Time, when the U.S. changed its date...
by Zinho
Fri Aug 11, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 3028

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/computers_vs_humans.png Title-text: "It's hard to train deep learning algorithms when most of the positive feedback they get is sarcastic." "Being too cool to care about stuff" is one of the less redeeming traits of some groups of people. Doing thing...
by Zinho
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14502

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

I have always wondered why people don't just answer truthfully that they don't know, or even better, that humanity in general does not know yet, but the kid can try to find out the answer if they like. Is it because too many people are convinced they have to pretend to be all-knowing and all-powerf...
by Zinho
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14502

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

. . . it seems to me that the word "purpose" inherently implies there is a concerted effort to achieve whatever that purpose is. Ie. for something to have purpose, it must first have been given a defining role by something sentient. I think there's room in the definition of "purpose&...
by Zinho
Mon Jul 24, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14502

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

The purpose of something is what it's good for. I don't see it that way. To me, the purpose of something is what it's made for (or pressed upon to do). Intent is essential for something to have "purpose", though that intent need not be conscious. A hammer's purpose is to drive nails - it ...
by Zinho
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 3473

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Obligatory QNTM link: An Admin Password For The Universe It's now headcanon for me that Randall's list of particle properties were on Ed's list of "properties I haven't heard of" in the Universe documentation. Isn't your link exactly where Stevenson leaves you with "In the Beginning ...
by Zinho
Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 3473

1862: "Particle Properties"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/particle_properties.png Title Text: Each particle also has a password which allows its properties to be changed, but the cosmic censorship hypothesis suggests we can never observe the password itself—only its secure hash. Obligatory QNTM link: An Admin Password For The ...
by Zinho
Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 4150

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

cellocgw wrote:On the internet, nobody knows your co-author is a dog.*




*No, really, some guy has been listing his dog as co-author or co-reviewer.


What's his dog's Erdős number?
by Zinho
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 15177

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Open 24 hours? Shouldn't an honest Seven-Eleven be open 16 hours a day? (Or just four hours?) Yes, it should. According to their website, that's exactly where the name came from. 1946 A New Name The name changes from Tote’m Stores to 7-Eleven to reflect the new extended hours – 7am to 11pm, seven d...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 17033

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

often and misleadingly to the exclusion of saying that "air is blue", as if that weren't a true statement Is it a true statement, though? I thought that around here we knew that the sky's color is actually violet! We just don't see it that way because of how our eyes work. Transmitted and...
by Zinho
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 18977

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

For me, "boh-nah-fie-di" is the pronnciation I'm most used to. The trailing voiced vowel (less 'pretentious' than an 'æ'-like ending), but otherwise anglicised away from the "classical scholar" style of presumed 1 Latin. And "Can I see your bonafides?" (i.e. identity d...
by Zinho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 18977

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

speising wrote:
Zinho wrote:too much

Code of the Lifemaker

Yes! Thank you, that's one down and one to go.
by Zinho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 18977

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken? I probably went five or ten years before I realized that "debacle" was not pronounced similarly to "spectacle" and "miracle". (Tha...
by Zinho
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 18977

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I never know what to make of words like "tier", "caveat" and "inventory". Why pronounce them as tear, cavee-at, inVENtory, rather than tyre, caf-feet, INventory? tear vs tyre - no reason I can think of other than history cavee-at vs caf-feet - my wife the Linguist woul...
by Zinho
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 8229

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

I'm holding out for U+1F52B U+1F93F vomiting gun

I have to wonder, though, if it'll have different significance on the iPhone when Apple turns it into a vomiting squirt gun...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 13006

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

Important misconceptions include: 1. That it is the weapons/methods that define terrorism, rather than the targets (civilians) or the type of actor (by definition, non-state.) I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one. More than anything else, terrorism is defined by the method in which it...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 17799

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

How is vanilla white? Is he thinking of (artificially flavored) vanilla ice cream? Even this older comic shows it as black... Yep, raw vanilla extract is a dark brown (assuming you've gotten the good stuff). You know you've got the right stuff if it comes packaged in clear glass and the liquid insi...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 5645

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Would a Model-M style key on a smartphone have a short enough stroke length to allow for Morse as an input method? There should totally be an app for that :twisted:
by Zinho
Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 16735

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

. . . in my country, we have the usual fizzy drinks in: <sizes> do you have 3l bottles there, or that a US-only thing? ps: it's an endless source of confusion that the US(?) calls those drinks "soda", as a soda is just bubbly water for us. Which bugs me every time the characters in dubbed...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 30, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 12750

What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

Earth’s atmosphere is really thin compared to the radius of the Earth. How big a hole do I need to dig before people suffocate? —Sam Burke The excavation would be a near-impossible challenge. But if you somehow solved all the countless engineering problems, you could—in principle—fit the entire liq...
by Zinho
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 8945

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

Is it a coincident that this week a paper got published saying that gravity is an emergent property, similar to the Casimir effect? Almost a dead certainty it's not a coincidence. But it does remind me of one of my favorite lines. Extra bonus internetz to anyone who recognizes the source. " I ...
by Zinho
Fri Nov 11, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 8945

1758: "Astrophysics"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/astrophysics.png DEPARTMENT OF NEUROSCIENCE / Motto: "If I hear the phrase 'mirror neurons' I swear to God I will flip this table." Is it a coincident that this week a paper got published saying that gravity is an emergent property, similar to the Casimir effec...
by Zinho
Tue Oct 11, 2016 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 5461

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

Wait, what? There are people who specifically won't eat things that live in the water? . . . why exclude all water life? Having grown up near the Chesapeake Bay, I can speak to this. I've seen the Bay, smelled it, and washed it off after swimming in it, so I have little desire to eat anything that ...
by Zinho
Thu Jul 21, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 12226

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Rules of thumb: ⋅ 1 qt/hr is more than enough water unless you're performing hard labor in the sun ⋅ 2 qt/hr is pushing the limits of healthy water ingestion, and if you're working that hard outside you should break it up with 50% rest cycles in the shade ⋅ 1 gal/hr is...
by Zinho
Tue Jul 19, 2016 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 12226

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Just how much water is meant by the unit "glass" being used here? Eight ounces, but specifically served in a container made out of glass, as opposed to a cup made out of any other material. I couldn't have said it better myself :mrgreen: Don't know how big your "glass" is, but e...
by Zinho
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 12226

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Before anyone goes overboard on drinking water, read up on hyponatremia ; it's a real issue that causes many deaths each year in sports and military training. Rules of thumb: ⋅ 1 qt/hr is more than enough water unless you're performing hard labor in the sun ⋅ 2 qt/hr is pushing t...
by Zinho
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 11146

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Ingress has a "Speedlock" If your average speed goes above about 35 then you cannot access any game functions other than XM collection. That is to discourage you from DOING anything with the phone while driving, but if you leave the game running and just not touch it you can still collect...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 12981

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Does anyone still say or write or mean "God be with ye" or "ever each"? If not, then the point is moot; the mistakes that lead to that usage were made in the past, the language is now different, and they're not mistakes in the new language. They were still mistakes when they wer...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 12981

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

A "wre nch " (lets you wrench nuts and bolts loose, or tight) is traditionally the US version of UK's "spanner" (I'm guessing because of the 'span' of the lever, that allows you to increasing torque force). . . Oh, we have spanners in the U.S. as well: http://assets2.merriam-web...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 143589

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Peter Tatchell being no-platformed . Without reading the rest of that article, I notice that it seems to start out with the same misunderstanding of freedom of speech that the comic is addressing. Well, ok, Tatchell himself wasn't strictly no-platformed, instead another speaker refused to share a p...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 52
Views: 9010

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

If Randall were more patient he could use && instead of & and the commands would be launched serially instead of in parallel. Not as much fun as watching all those background commands dumping their output in a jumbled heap to STDOUT, but the first one to return success (0 = false) would ...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 10110

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Does it get taller first and then widen, or does it reach full width before getting taller, or alternate, or what? We've had a couple of partial answers, I'd like to fill in the gaps a bit. Newborns generally lose weight initially, due to the whole "figuring out how to digest their own food&qu...
by Zinho
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"
Replies: 26
Views: 9246

LHC

GREAT. YOU GOT THE HIGGS BOSON WET AND IT DISSOLVED.


Does the Higgs boson get wet, or does the water get it instead?

Props to TMBG + Particle Man.
by Zinho
Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 8213

1642: "Gravitational Waves"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/gravitational_waves.png "That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah." I read somewhere that if users aren't trading cat pictures on your system, the system is broken...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 14760

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Lots of planets are named for myths. Going be the exoplanet name candidates, there are certainly worse ways to name planets. Although calling the planet Ix, was specifically called out in universe as being extremely lazy and unimaginative. The perfect rejoinder from the perfect poster! I should gro...

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