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by FOARP
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 8689

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

You realise the line from the person out of frame is meant to be sarcastic, right? And if that wasn't enough, the alt-text made it plenty clear he's not saying the speaker is at fault if *anyone* misinterprets them. If most people misinterpret the speaker, the speaker is probably at fault. That doe...
by FOARP
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 8689

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

It puts me in mind of "If you meet one asshole, you've met an asshole. If all you meet all day is assholes, you're probably the asshole." Or, as a Pierson's Puppeteer might put it: "The majority is always sane." Try mentioning the need for gun control on twitter. People you've n...
by FOARP
Tue Apr 24, 2018 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 8689

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Oh my, looks like Randall's feeling preachy again. Not even trying for a joke. Yeah, pretty much. Thing is, I don't think I've ever had this kind of thing happen to me on social media - I mean a massive number of people being hurt/offended by what I've said when it is intended to be perfectly logic...
by FOARP
Fri Apr 06, 2018 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5578

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Is it just me or are there more of these "I find ordinary human beings confusing" posts nowadays? I used to be a big one for striking up conversations with strangers. In my defence I was living in China and trying to improve my Chinese, and travelling in taxis quite often where talking to ...
by FOARP
Fri Apr 06, 2018 7:40 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 120
Views: 103717

Re: What-if: chat thread

Still deeply bitter that my question about the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man never got answered ("which planet/moon would he be able to stand up on?").
by FOARP
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 3253

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

There was a time in which I was terrible at basic social interactions, but at that time I didn't know how terrible at them I was. Almost immediately upon becoming aware that that was something I needed to improve upon, I got much better much more quickly. So I've never really had this phase where I...
by FOARP
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6081

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

FOARP/Mikeski —hope you don't mind me replying to you both together. :) First—my reply was a tad flip. :wink: The post I replied to made an assertion which I consider to be counterfactual and implied rather more besides. Really? Have you taken a look at Twitter or the average tabloid newspaper? The...
by FOARP
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6081

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

People are usually most offended by things they fear are true... or that are true. In my experience, people are usually most offended by things that are really offensive. Really? Have you taken a look at Twitter or the average tabloid newspaper? Why do people think this? Why on earth would anyone c...
by FOARP
Sat Nov 04, 2017 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6081

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Offense is only offered, it's up to you to take it or reject it. You don't have to be offended. Why do people think this? Why on earth would anyone choose to be offended by something? It's a bad feeling. It's like those people who tell depressed people to "just cheer up" and "you're ...
by FOARP
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6081

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

JudeMorrigan wrote:
Apeiron wrote:Randall Monroe is better than you.

Well, he's better than assholes who think that lack of empathy is a virtue.


But clearly having too much empathy would be debilitating.
by FOARP
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6081

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

Stuff like this I usually take as meaning the same thing as "I don't suffer fools gladly", which translates as "People think I'm a colossal asshole and they're probably right". However: 1) There are people who are easily offended 2) If you spend your life worrying about what easi...
by FOARP
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 4597

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

The main reason I ask is my experience of spreadsheets used for task-lists in business is often as follows: 1) Boss gets idea that a list of tasks related to subject X maintained on a shared server would be a good idea. 2) Gets subordinate to draft one. 3) No-one ever uses or updates the spreadsheet...
by FOARP
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 4597

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

Question: are things actually better organised nowadays in business etc. that use spreadsheet etc. than they were before the introduction of computers? My working theory is that all this spread-sheet making you find in many businesses for tasks to be done is little more than an aide-memoire and does...
by FOARP
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7709

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

whole lot of space to hide in How exactly do you hide in open space? Hiding normally involves obstacles between you and your opponent. Unless you can cool your ship to ambient temperature, you'll shine like a lighthouse in IR, particularly when you fire up your thrusters. Super-cooling the exterior...
by FOARP
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7709

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

whole lot of space to hide in How exactly do you hide in open space? Hiding normally involves obstacles between you and your opponent. Unless you can cool your ship to ambient temperature, you'll shine like a lighthouse in IR, particularly when you fire up your thrusters. Super-cooling the exterior...
by FOARP
Mon Oct 23, 2017 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7709

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Ship-to-ship combat in space is probably much trickier than the way it's usually portrayed in SF, but yeah, it's not inherently illogical or anything. In any case, fiction allows for artistic license, and SF has a set of what are often referred to as "acceptable breaks from reality". Thin...
by FOARP
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 6904

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Disagree, researching history can quite often be dangerous when the local population find out about what you're researching and don't like it (which I guess can be kinda-sorta shoehorned into "breaking lose from your facility") and psychology is one of the primary weapons of real-world sup...
by FOARP
Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 11773

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

OK, the vague humour of an app for spotting bunny-rabbits is for me outweighed by my annoyance at the idea that "bun" in a nick-name for them when I've never heard it used that way (likely due to the obvious potential for confusion). But hey, there's no rule that says that I have to like ...
by FOARP
Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 11773

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

OK, the vague humour of an app for spotting bunny-rabbits is for me outweighed by my annoyance at the idea that "bun" in a nick-name for them when I've never heard it used that way (likely due to the obvious potential for confusion). But hey, there's no rule that says that I have to like e...
by FOARP
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 8243

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Interesting that he had a wifi capable phone in 2000, but only got cellular data in 2007, when the iphone came out. Interesting that he had Wifi in 2000 at all. "Wifi" as an actual name was only launched in 1999, though the standard had been around for a few years before then. First time ...
by FOARP
Wed Jul 19, 2017 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 6879

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Shouldn't Wayne, NJ be the "Duke City" ? :mrgreen: or maybe Ellington, Missouri. No, that's Edinburgh (Scotland). There have been various attempts to get this sort of thing started in the UK but they never seem to popularly catch on: My nearest major city is Mamchester and I have no idea ...
by FOARP
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 6879

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

"The Meeting Place" is the city of Wroclaw in Poland, I only know this because I used to live there though - I was thinking these must all be fake until I saw that one and then started picking up on all the other potentially genuine ones.
by FOARP
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8676

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

So... You remember everything about your lecturer, but absolutely nothing of what he taught? 8-) (IGMCat) Pretty much. Turns out that at least my brain categorises "Guy was a total asshole who would refuse to help students having a hard time with the exam questions he set and therefore risked ...
by FOARP
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8676

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Hmm... in my experience most of the people who understand the maths of quantum physics don't really understand the philosophical consequences, and vice-versa. One lecturer I had would literally just walk into the lecture theatre, start writing on the chalk-board, finish and walk out virtually withou...
by FOARP
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 24079

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

[*]Patent "pay-tent" when referring to the IP right. 99% of all people who work with patents say "pat-ent" regardless of where they are from and have for decades. Yes, it is not reasonable for people in the business to get angry at people outside for not knowing this, but on the...
by FOARP
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 24079

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

The pronounciation of epitome is "Epitowm". Sheesh, it's not nucular physics! My unjustifiable pet peeves: ⋅ Pronouncing Tortoise "tortoyse". ⋅ Sous vide "Sous Viday". ⋅ The American pronunciation of route. It just sounds so ugly next to th...
by FOARP
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 12671

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Map doesn't look too bad - Russia and Greenland are the only ones that really come off badly. Not sure why Russia looks the way it does but my guess is it's the way its time-zones extend to the north and south of each other. Greenwich Mean Time FTW BTW. I assume the bits sticking east out of Greenla...
by FOARP
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 22366

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

What I'm getting from this, is, instead of all that crappy fizzy soda I could be feasting on Cadbury's Cream Eggs (those are a thing in the US as well?) and Skittles.
by FOARP
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 4878

Re: 1783: "Emails"

So I literally just spent the last day clearing away spam emails in my inbox, and my mining turned up exactly three emails of relevance. Good work all things considered.
by FOARP
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 4878

Re: 1783: "Emails"

Remember when email was a new thing? Remember how excited you felt to receive them and communicate with people you hadn't heard of for a long time? I still curse the inbox limits of that era which meant I had to delete emails as some of them were awesome. The emails i exchanged with my wife when we ...
by FOARP
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 10726

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Hmmm . . either the algorithm favours stuff towards the centre, or the projection used maximised detail of stuff in the centre so the algorithm didn't want to mess with it. Either way, if you were towards the centre of the plot you got away relatively lightly.
by FOARP
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0153: "Peptides" [removed]
Replies: 22
Views: 12803

Re: What-If 0153: "Peptides"

kugo2006 wrote:so like.... did this what-if disappear?


Yeah, and since it happened right after my post pointing out the patent law issues with it I'm going to imagine that it was my fault.
by FOARP
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 15671

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I get this with early/mid-80s computer games ("Chuckie Egg or Stryker's Run? Which one?" Chuckie Egg hands down. Surprised anyone even had to ask that question. And ZX Spectrum over the C64 every time. To even question this is to create some kind of black-hole of wrongness through assembl...
by FOARP
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0153: "Peptides" [removed]
Replies: 22
Views: 12803

Re: What-If 0153: "Peptides"

In 1995, researchers isolated several proteins produced during these infections, looking for possible targets for antibodies. One of the proteins they found was WYSLNGKIRAVDVPK, or GKIRAV for short. ...The bad news is that the researchers filed a patent which includes this sequence. The patent, pub...
by FOARP
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 33487

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I'm reminded of reading the original War of the Worlds not so long ago. The story does not hold up very well at all, not in the least because of the names of all these obscure places in the English countryside (i.e. which are slowly being overrun by the invading alien hordes) are quite meaningless ...
by FOARP
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 18238

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

Three months and no post, huh? Well, given that this is a free blog and all I guess we can't complain, but it's sad to see this feature die.
by FOARP
Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 13810

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Already in my mid-30's and headed towards middle age, and no, that "I am basically a fake adult" feeling never seems to fade. Not even when you are a parent and own a house.
by FOARP
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1728: "Cron Mail"
Replies: 21
Views: 7174

Re: 1782: "Cron Mail"

To quote Barney Gumble from the Simpsons: "Hahahahaha . . . . I don't get it".

EDIT: though I'm sure all will become clear soon with XKCD explained.
by FOARP
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 79113

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

I have this problem with video games. It SUCKS. :x Napoleon: Total War, Steam version, right? Because that totally sucked. Game simply wouldn't load (You'd click on the start game icon and nothing would happen, the Steam timer would show ~1 second of game-play time though), I went through 100 diffe...
by FOARP
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 17951

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

FWIW - If either party in the conversation is behaving awkwardly, then the only party that is "wrong" is the party that takes offence, since adults know that there are socially awkward people in the world and that they do not actually intend to offend you but are simply being awkward becau...

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