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by scarletmanuka
Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 13861

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

OK, so how can you know that some file was derived from some other file? I could just tell you that's the case, perhaps even arguing that "I should know since I'm the one who did it", but then I would be instantly contradicted by countless other people whose interests in the matter differ...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 5029

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

Murderbot wrote:Why didn't he say anything about WW XIII?

Due to superstition, world war numbering skipped from XII directly to XIV.

Personally, I've always felt that if you're having a world war, numbering it 13 probably couldn't make things much worse, but that's people for you.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 25080

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

The story on reason.com, linked from the boingboing page, says the problem was that the note was from 1953 and so old that the school's counterfeit-detecting pen didn't work on it. The kid was accused of passing a fake $2 bill, not a non-existent denomination. But threatening her with "big tro...
by scarletmanuka
Mon May 09, 2016 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1792
Views: 370879

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Ah! I think it was Ring Cycle . Looks like it was actually a DOS game, from 1995 or 1996. Have to wait till I get home to check it out a bit more but based on the Youtube clip that looks like the one. (So I guess it was German mythology rather than Norse.) Found it through a Google Books search resu...
by scarletmanuka
Thu May 05, 2016 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1792
Views: 370879

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Background: Medieval fantasy / Norse mythology kind of game. I seem to remember mostly exploration but may have been combat as well. System: PC, probably Windows 95 Year: probably late 1990s Perspective: pretty sure it was first person Art style: unsure Environment: I seem to remember a lot of open ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 18, 2016 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 90536

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Oh no! I have a competitor! Buy my cacti instead! I also have turtles, lots of turtles. Edit to add: Just noticed I have a linsang on the right. Ha. You think you have lots of turtles? (Well, OK, you do.) I'm now offering a free turtle or linsang with every cactus sold. I've actually repositioned m...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 90536

Re: 1663: "Garden"

My garden was pretty tame: a tree, a few bushes and minor scrub, a birdbath, a nice selection of animals along the ground (and one duck in the birdbath), and a sales sign off in the left. Then I decided to raise the lights a bit higher and apparently there's some sort of cactus sale display happenin...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 15566

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Dimensional lumber products will continue to be produced in Imperial sizes just because it would be prohibitively expensive and difficult to suddenly stop making 2x4's and start making 38x89's, to say nothing of the standardized 2438mm lengths. What exactly would be difficult about it? You don't ha...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 16932

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

His short story "Sally", which dealt with self-driving (and, as it turns out, self-aware) cars, comes awfully close. Mentioning that this story is not connected to the Three Laws may give some hints as to how things turned out for a museum group that wanted to deactivate a few of these ca...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Dec 15, 2015 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 13149

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

my main response is that if you eat just cheese+tomato pizzas, even made with good ingredients they rapidly get downright boring. Tell that to my son, who refuses to eat any other sort - and by "tomato" is only meant "tomato sauce", no actual pieces of tomato are allowed. He won...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1609: "Food Combinations"
Replies: 57
Views: 9635

Re: 1609: "Food Combinations"

Um. Ketchup and avocado? Relish and cupcakes? No. (To be fair, I'm not a big fan of avocado, so that may be influencing the first one.) On the other hand I now feel like making some pancakes topped with ham, cheese, and eggs, accompanied by a hot chocolate with an ice cream float. Pity I'm stuck at ...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 54529

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

Flumble wrote:I find it more surprising if you discover the floating island.

Really? I only got 140 coins in my (unassisted, and before visiting the forums) bash at it but I found both the floating island and the birds. I didn't think they were that hard.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Nov 25, 2015 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 54529

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

140 coins in 2889 seconds. "Undefined" for the message though.

All I wanted was a quick comic to read at work while I waited for an application to start!
by scarletmanuka
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 15380

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Apparently I'm the only one who came to this thread to post that the alien attack should have been in a five-century forecast, since we know from Futurama that it happens (twice) before the year 3000. Somehow this disappoints me. (And yes, I realise there could be another one three million years fro...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Oct 12, 2015 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 10936

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

When do Frankenstein and The Doctor hop in the TARDIS? Possibly more than you want to know here . Shelley was inspired by seeing the Eighth Doctor — under the alias "Dr Frankenstein" — revived and turned into a similar creature. A younger Eighth Doctor, as the two left for adventures in t...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Dec 09, 2013 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 17588

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

Just wanted to say that the reliability score given for .xls/.xlsx is way too high.
by scarletmanuka
Wed May 16, 2012 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 20812

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

Daimon wrote:Wait, "T'u" be able to?

"I'll".
by scarletmanuka
Tue May 08, 2012 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 41745

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

I'm pretty sure that "YMMV" is a TV Tropes invention. [citation needed] Yeah, it comes from the EPA estimated mileage for vehicles (and subsequent reporting requirements for manufacturers) - which, if I recall correctly, began in the late 70s or early 80s. That's definitely where the phra...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 15487

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

I think you mean affect ... Or maybe meat.paste just has a hobby, and is going "tee hee hee" now. http://xkcd.com/326/ No. 326 was about using the less common correct meanings of "affect" and "effect" (the noun form of "affect", the verb form of "effect&...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Apr 13, 2012 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 26974

Re: #1042: "Never"

I agree on the first two, but I thought Wasteland was different. I thought Stick Figure was trying to forget about someone he loved/cared about, not some one who he wanted to forget because he disliked them. I thought Wasteland was more like "Forgetting" Fair enough. I think Wasteland is ...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 26974

Re: #1042: "Never"

Similar theme and tone to some others we've seen before: Why Do You Love Me? In The Trees I had a feeling there were more recent ones as well; still looking :) Edit: Ah! Wasteland Nowhere is also related, but let's face it, riding on a dinosaur would be pretty awesome. Falling Asleep Finished going ...
by scarletmanuka
Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"
Replies: 18
Views: 16329

Re: 0095: "The Sierpinski Penis Game"

If you search for Sierpinski, the first several results you get will tell you about the Sierpinski Triangle.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Mar 27, 2012 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 29746

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

DEBATE: Is an impossible-to-translate language even possible ? There was that bit in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: Miss Pearce sighed. ‘It's a lot of meaningless squiggles done in blue felt tip on a piece of typing paper,’ she said. ‘It looks like you did them yourself.’ ‘No!’ barked Dir...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Dec 22, 2011 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 53088

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

I was planning to mention something about the value brands in Australia, but was beaten to it by a swarm of other people (though nobody seems to have mentioned the Coles Smart Buy and You'll Love Coles brands); though as pbjones said, they've actually fancied up their packaging in recent years. I'm ...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 48491

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

I agree it should be avoided, but BODMAS gives us a definite order or precendence for it. Except that it doesn't. This is demonstrated by replacing division with multiplication and vice versa. 10 / 5 * 2 --> 10 * .2 / .5 If division took precedence over multiplication, the result would be 1 instead...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 14654

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

Why do they have to remove the head for cryonic prep? Apparently they don't have to. From the Wikipedia article on cryonics: Neuropreservation Neuropreservation is cryopreservation of the brain, often within the head, with surgical removal and disposal (usually cremation) of the rest of the body. N...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 48491

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

I seem to be the only one who was taught BIMDAS for the order of operations (again, with the condition that M/D and A/S are at the same precedence and are performed in left to right order). I'm not really big on using mnemonics; but they help some people, so that's cool. The only other one I can rem...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 26629

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

I read on the homepage for The Swedish Plastics and Chemicals Federation that a standard plastic bag weighing less than 30 g could carry 20 kg. Are the American bags of lesser quality or is he buying some heavy stuff? Maybe all circles are kettlebells without handles? Australian bags, like the US o...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 26629

Re: 0990: "Plastic Bags"

Around here (Western Australia), if you want to use your own bags it's usually just a matter of putting them on the conveyor along with your items, or of letting the checkout operator know that you have your own bags and putting them in the bagging area so they can use them. (And yes, usually having...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0935: “Missed Connections”
Replies: 80
Views: 21503

Re: 0935: “Missed Connections”

I kept wondering about the weird, weird world where all of the YOU's in the strip actually refer to the same YOU. Well... if you exclude the one with the UDP packet and the Cisco router... and if you also assume the MEs are all the same... then you find that Babe Ruth and Nancy Pelosi's relationshi...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 14654

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

I just want to skip winters. Can I do that? Yes, but only by freezing yourself alive, which may or may not miss the point depending on why you want to do so. Um, there's existing technology to do that. Just Google "ryanair Rome" or "Southwest airlines Orlando". For a fee, you ca...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 174
Views: 48469

Re: 988: "Tradition"

On the whole, the history of music so far can be divided into two eras: the period leading up to 1750, when the overall level of quality of the music being written was getting better, and the time since 1750, when the overall level of quality of the music being written has been steadily getting wor...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 17106

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

Actually, the situation in the comic doesn't bother me that much. What does annoy me is when journalists go off into a long report about why someone's popularity has gone down, when the changes are less than the margin of error in the poll.
by scarletmanuka
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 14446

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

"Roommate in Raid" First thought -> What level RAID? Nice to know I wasn't the only one. Took me a while to re-parse it. Around here, while the university I went to has a small amount of housing, and there's some shared rental housing in the nearby suburbs, most students just commute. The...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0982: "Set Theory"
Replies: 55
Views: 11480

Re: 0982: "Set Theory"

LogicalMostly wrote:I'm obviously going to have to rethink my lesson plan. Profoundly.
I'm pretty sure I can't get the chipper-shredder into the classroom.

The occasional lesson outdoors is always nice. As long as you're not the one standing next to the chipper-shredder.
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 72322

Re: 0806: "Tech Support"

scarletmanuka wrote:Who runs XP? About 35% of users, and the given instructions are also applicable for Windows Vista and 7, bringing the total up to around 78% of users.

tmesis wrote:35% is not a majority. By a long way.

78% is a majority. By a long way.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 66891

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Several days ago my co-worker asked me for help with an error he could just not fix. After trying a few solutions he didn't think of we relented and Googled it. The only result was a forum post from 2002 with the same error. There was a single reply that made my co almost break down in tears "...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 72322

Re: 0806: "Tech Support"

I realise this comic's over a year old but I'm experiencing this problem at the minute and have just had the BEST tech support reply. I'm absolutely dumbfounded by its irrelevance. My issue is that there's a fault on the line somewhere between my house and my ISP. And you determined this how? Users...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 66891

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

It's even worse when you're running localized software and all the error messages are in Norwegian. How the fsck are you supposed to google that and find a decent answer? Google Translate? - getting hits to that silly "expert s-ex change" site, which is not helpful anyway; Used to be you ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 107195

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Capt. Jon wrote:Now people have explored projections i reckon it is time to post some of Layla Curtis' work:

Awesome. I imagine using a map like that as reference material would make history very confusing. :D

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