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by Jorpho
Sun Apr 16, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4419

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

AnnaBee wrote:Bismuth is not a metal. Its a semi-metal.
That's something of a stretch. It would be like saying aluminum isn't a metal.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_metalloids
by Jorpho
Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What sites do you go on when you're bored?
Replies: 106
Views: 93700

Re: What sites do you go on when you're bored?

Did you know there is an xkcd equivalent of bash.org at http://www.xkcdb.com ? I only learned of it recently in one of the comic threads.
by Jorpho
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 5126

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

(Inability to dribble? Who cares? Stand still and pass. It'll look like " ultimate frisbee ", except no frisbees, and the other team is too short to do anything about it.) I've tried stilt-walking before and I get dizzy just thinking about what that might look like. All that passing and c...
by Jorpho
Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1792
Views: 376534

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

I recall reading a "best of 2016" list which included some kind of fast-paced two-player variant of MAME, wherein players would have to quickly perform a certain task in a game (complete a lap, defeat your opponent, etc), after which the emulation would immediately switch to a different ga...
by Jorpho
Fri Mar 31, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 9603

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Oh, and it's the oxygen that is blue (look at its liquid form ;-) I'm not sure if you're being serious. As per http://chemed.chem.purdue.edu/demos/main_pages/14.2.html , liquid oxygen is blue because the dramatically lower volume of liquid oxygen enables a three-body excitation process that is comp...
by Jorpho
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1817: "Incognito Mode"
Replies: 11
Views: 1915

1817: "Incognito Mode"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/incognito_mode.png Title text: They're really the worst tech support team. And their solutions are always the same. "This OS X update broke something." "LET'S INFILTRATE APPLE BY MORPHING APPLES!" Goodness, 15:11 GMT and no thread yet. Oh well. If yo...
by Jorpho
Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5637

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Anybody got any more verses for the it's a moiré? The communicators from the original Star Trek used moire patterns assembled from a specific kit. http://www.herocomm.com/Details/MoireStory.htm Unfortunately "communicator" is a darn difficult word to work into the verse. But If you recall...
by Jorpho
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5637

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Looks like the hover text got fixed at some point. We may rest easy knowing that unicode support for title text is not broken.
by Jorpho
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5637

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

When you swim in a creek and an eel bites your cheek it's a moray... Nah probably not. Morays are salt-water fish, and only make brief forays into brackish or fresh water looking for prey. When you swim in the sea and an eel bites your knee that's a moray... Spider Robinson did a lot of That's Amor...
by Jorpho
Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 5637

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Well, geez, all this time I've been pronouncing it "mwar". And yes, the title text is messed up here in Windows 7 with both Firefox and Chrome – both the music notes and the accented "e". Internet Explorer 11 fares slightly better in that it manages to come up with Chinese charac...
by Jorpho
Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 5147

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

͏͏ I'm more inclined to say that emojis were a mistake, because A) most fonts don't support a significant part of the range and B) most people are only exposed to one or two emoji fonts anyway, which defeats the point of Unicode. Remember around ten years ago, when there were all those obnoxious ban...
by Jorpho
Fri Mar 17, 2017 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 4419

1812: "Onboarding"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/onboarding.png Title Text: 'So we just have a steady flow of metal piling up in our server room? Isn't that a problem?' 'Yeah, you should bring that up at our next bismuth meeting.' "We do business here and we'll turn into dirt later." Good $deity, that's some...
by Jorpho
Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Linuxifying my PC?
Replies: 11
Views: 1808

Re: Linuxifying my PC?

somitomi wrote:it has some inputs my laptop doesn't.
Perhaps you should offer some clarification here? Those inputs might be much more usable in XP than in Linux.
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2542
Views: 374541

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Ah, merde. I finally decided to buy Shovel Knight at full price, as I heard they were going to be increasing the price shortly, in conjunction with the whackload of new DLC the creators would be introducing. "It probably won't go on sale again," I thought. And of course it did. (And of cou...
by Jorpho
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 422
Views: 131423

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Have you heard about this spectacular sh!tstorm?
http://www.criticalhit.net/tabletop/tra ... e-backers/
by Jorpho
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1792
Views: 376534

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

Here go guys: -It's literally a game just like Monument Valley for or old pc -Mid to late 90' -protagonist was a guy -I believe you had to obtain gems or something for a portal to open for you to move to next level. -the puzzles were set with a space/universe background. You can at least provide so...
by Jorpho
Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2542
Views: 374541

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

LaserGuy wrote:I'm extremely impressed so far. Whole series is on for $22, which I expect I'll probably grab as well.
The price has gone right down to $5.49 in the past.
https://isthereanydeal.com/#/page:game/ ... episodesiv
by Jorpho
Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 5015

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

Eh, I am left with the impression that Chess seems to come down to practice and memorization more than anything else. Cracked suggests that knowing a few quick plays will be enough to impress most people you play against. http://www.cracked.com/article_20214_5-so-called-signs-genius-that-any-idiot-c...
by Jorpho
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2542
Views: 374541

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Did you catch the news about the Humble Freedom Bundle? https://www.humblebundle.com/freedom $30 USD will get you a pretty solid collection of around 50 indie games, including The Witness and Stardew Valley. Alas, I have half the games in my library already and can't possibly justify the purchase – ...
by Jorpho
Sun Feb 12, 2017 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Moana
Replies: 34
Views: 4720

Re: Moana

With a 95% Tomatometer rating, I was expecting huge things from this film – but it is indeed so very generic most of the way. (The bits with the tattoos reeked of someone desperately trying to replicate Aladdin.) I'll take The Red Turtle or Kirikou and the Sorceress over this any day. By the way, a ...
by Jorpho
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 2572

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

Oh, it's another one of those "relatable" comics that are so big these days. (Seriously, I find this relatable.)

cellocgw wrote:And, yes, it took me a week to even check that there was one :oops:
Thank you for pointing that out; I was entirely oblivious until just now. :oops:
by Jorpho
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 422
Views: 131423

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Remember how excited everyone was about Armikrog? I guess it's something that it resulted in a finished product, at least. I never did get around to playing that. Otherwise, the only gaming products I've backed have been Torment and The Bard's Tale IV – the latter mostly because it came with Wastela...
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 5746

Re: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them

I too just saw the film at a second-run theater. I found it a bit hard to follow at points; I hope that doesn't just mean that I'm getting old. It was definitely more cohesive than most of the other Harry Potter films, at least. I took a look at the screenplay afterwards because I was thinking maybe...
by Jorpho
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4893
Views: 520126

Re: Doctor Whom

By the way, have any of you tuned into Class? Worth watching at all? Eight episodes is a low time commitment, at least.

I wound up watching part of an episode one night and it seemed suitably Who-ish.
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Unable to connect Lexmark x5270 printer to Win 10 computer
Replies: 2
Views: 920

Re: Unable to connect Lexmark x5270 printer to Win 10 computer

Was the old Vista installation 32-bit? 32-bit Windows drivers are fundamentally incompatible with 64-bit versions. If that's the case then the driver might still cooperate with the 32-bit version of Windows 10. (The principal disadvantage is that 32-bit versions are restricted to 3 GB of RAM.)
by Jorpho
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Whitelisting Instagram Videos on Flashblock
Replies: 1
Views: 874

Re: Whitelisting Instagram Videos on Flashblock

One hundred reads and no takers. Oh well.

Turns out www.instagram.com is distinct from instagram.com as far as the whitelist is concerned. Who would have thought?

Here's hoping someone else out there finds this useful.
by Jorpho
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Whitelisting Instagram Videos on Flashblock
Replies: 1
Views: 874

Whitelisting Instagram Videos on Flashblock

I'm not sure traffic here lately makes this the best place to post this, but I'm not quite sure where else to go. (Maybe someone can provide a suggestion..?) I'm using Flashblock in the latest version of Firefox, but Flashblock and Instagram don't seem to get along. If I click on an Instagram video ...
by Jorpho
Tue Jan 17, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help? Looking to mail a student's letter to Randall Munroe.
Replies: 11
Views: 1817

Re: Help? Looking to mail a student's letter to Randall Munroe.

SecondTalon wrote:His last Reddit post was two years ago, with the second and third most recent being three and four years ago respectively.

So i''m going to say no.
Seems to me he must surely be posting under an alias, so as not to be mobbed by fan mail and death threats.
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 12, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you identify this houseplant?
Replies: 12
Views: 1832

Re: Can you identify this houseplant?

Thank you for the suggestions. No flowers on this one. It never even occurred to me that it could flower. The leaves are not particularly symmetrical. It seems to me that the most prominent feature is that the leaves are connected by their centers and not by an edge. The stems are also thick and spo...
by Jorpho
Thu Jan 12, 2017 5:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you identify this houseplant?
Replies: 12
Views: 1832

Can you identify this houseplant?

Spoiler:
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It sure is entertaining. I've flipped through some lists and its identity eludes me. Any ideas?
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 29, 2016 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1792
Views: 376534

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

My riddle from Page 30 has been solved at last. I feel obliged to post about it rather than being a Denver Coder . * Background: A game from elementary school. * System: Apple IIe * Year: Late 80's early 90's. * Perspective: 2D overhead * Art style: Extremely basic This was an educational game that ...
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to calculate energy in humans?
Replies: 22
Views: 2445

Re: How to calculate energy in humans?

I find myself thinking of the end of Heaven Sent, from the previous season of Doctor Who. (What a smashing good episode that was. Didn't make a lot of sense, but smashing good.) As an aside, I don't see the point in trying to get physics half-right. Either get them right (but then it's going to be d...
by Jorpho
Wed Dec 28, 2016 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 731
Views: 202577

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of

Finding the names of animated shorts is a rather hopeless endeavor, isn't it? So there's this film I'm thinking of that, for the longest time, I was pretty sure was Tales of the Night . It is not Tales of the Night, nor does it appear to be another one of Michel Ocelot's short films or anything else...
by Jorpho
Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4893
Views: 520126

Re: Doctor Whom

So, was I the only one expecting the plot to be: You find out at the end that this whole world and mad scheme was a fantasy world made up by the gemstone which explained why no one recognised him, why no one noticed all the people with massive scars over their faces and why the journalist woman app...
by Jorpho
Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 5849

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

I've always been quite confused by the sale of "brown gravy". This is a thing you can buy. Apparently its sole attribute is that it is Brown. Also gravy. Not "savory", not "meat", not "old fashioned", just ... brown. Anyway, anyone else here watching "Two...
by Jorpho
Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:08 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mysterious Re-Formatting when Pasting in Word
Replies: 11
Views: 5380

Re: Mysterious Re-Formatting when Pasting in Word

I learned somewhere that the formatting instructions for a paragraph are contained inside the paragraph mark. The line break would therefore be a new paragraph mark that contains "no" formatting, for the text that is now the previous paragraph, but the text following that line break would...
by Jorpho
Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:07 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Mysterious Re-Formatting when Pasting in Word
Replies: 11
Views: 5380

Re: Mysterious Re-Formatting when Pasting in Word

Oh my gourd. Today I learned that you can take absolutely plain unformatted text, paste it into a left-justified paragraph, and – if the pasted text contains a line break – the paragraph will switch to full justification, for no reason at all . The "new" paragraph following the line break ...
by Jorpho
Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is up with the ASCII capital phi?
Replies: 6
Views: 2170

What is up with the ASCII capital phi?

Random question of the moment: Consider an extended ASCII character table. http://www.maxi-pedia.com/web_files/images/code_ASCII_OEM.png Row E consists of a somewhat random assortment of greek letters. Right after mu and tau, but before uppercase (?) theta and uppercase omega, we see what looks like...
by Jorpho
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Mister Doctor [Strange]
Replies: 77
Views: 6699

Re: Mister Doctor [Strange]

Did you catch that the end credits music was literally called "The Master of the Mystic End Credits" ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4uoNAFfvKg I was reminded of Monty on the Run for some reason. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEE8203hmBQ Am I the only one who didn't quite get how the ...

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