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by Apeiron
Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15926

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

We have different words because they have different meanings. We think in language. We use language to communicate with each other in the present. We use language to speak to future. We use language to listen to the past. Language is too important to be left to the whims of its least competent users.
by Apeiron
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 6422

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Fallout Boy George Michael Jackson Five Star
by Apeiron
Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6929

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Randall Monroe is better than you. Offense is only offered, it's up to you to take it or reject it. You don't have to be offended. People are usually most offended by things they fear are true... or that are true. Would you like this fresh squeezed turd? a) Yes. I must seize it and keep it forever! ...
by Apeiron
Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 10189

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Hmm. What will the army of descriptivists here feel about this comic? We think in language. We retrieve information from the past through language. We transmit information to the future in language. We communicate ideas, feelings and information in the present through language. Therefore language is...
by Apeiron
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 5661

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

Drones are remotely controlled so they are about as intelligent as a doorstop. Randall might be confusing drones (controlled by a person outside the machine) and robots (controlled by software). He's also confusing sentient (aware of surroundings) with sapient (self aware). We have different words b...
by Apeiron
Mon Apr 17, 2017 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20806

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

"Really, the only honest 24-hour stores are the ones in places like Arizona and Hawaii (sic), and many of them are still wrong in certain years." "Really, the only honest 24-hour stores are the ones those in places like Arizona and Hawaii (sic), and many of them are still wrong in cer...
by Apeiron
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25952

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

This comic and thread are why English should have diacritics. Then we wouldn't have to go to fonetik spelling AND don't have to deal with people referring to pecans as pisscans.
by Apeiron
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 11432

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

The scrollwheel undo/redo is a bloody brilliant idea.
by Apeiron
Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 13337

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Gotten. Have gotten.

SMH.
by Apeiron
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 35247

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

1735: "Randall Monroe is Virtue Signalling Again"
by Apeiron
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 35247

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

So apparently the ability to speak and write at a (public) high school level is indicative of race or social class. Yes, we've now graduated from "anybody who cares about spelling/grammar is just a dirty prescriptivist!" to "anybody who cares about spelling/grammar is a closet racist...
by Apeiron
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1710: "Walking Into Things"
Replies: 22
Views: 4749

Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

UFE: Unintelligible Font Error

This is ONE of the reason shoutcase is a bad idea.
by Apeiron
Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 7439

Re: 1700: "New Bug"

Ones... the plural of ONE.
by Apeiron
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 10020

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

F's and V's what? Or do you mean "F is" or "F has"?
by Apeiron
Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 8455

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

Ones... the plural of one. Think about that for a moment.
by Apeiron
Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 5797

Re: 1661: "Podium"

The professor lect ured from behind the lect ern. The pod iatrist, who won the foot race, stood upon the pod ium. The usage isn't changing, people are just ignorant about the difference. We have different words because they have different meanings. When we misuse words in this way we lose the distin...
by Apeiron
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12181

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

dp2 wrote:Can you stop being so pedantic?
Yes, I can, anytime I want.
by Apeiron
Mon Mar 07, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 12181

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

I'll be in your city. Do you want to hang out?

Calling someone pedantic, a grammar snob/nazi reminds me of people using the accusation of racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamaphobe to shutdown conversation.
by Apeiron
Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1626: "Judgment Day"
Replies: 63
Views: 10974

Re: 1626: "Judgment Day"

Sentience wouldn't be enough for a decision like that. My cats are sentient and have no opinions on nuclear weapons. They could never understand what they do. A SAPIENT entity might be smart enough to realize the folly of mutually assured destruction. We have different words because they have differ...
by Apeiron
Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 25132

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

This, like most discussions of Asimov's Laws, is missing the ZEROTH law: Don't harm humanity.
by Apeiron
Fri Nov 06, 2015 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1600: "MarketWatch"
Replies: 17
Views: 4667

Re: 1600: "MarketWatch"

I've studied stock and ForEx charts extensively so I found this particularly funny. This comic does kinda represent how the market works. Everyone is looking for patterns. For the same patterns. This affects the bets they make. These bets tend to make the predictions come true. If everyone is watchi...
by Apeiron
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1594: "Human Subjects"
Replies: 33
Views: 6635

Re: 1594: "Human Subjects"

Sneak is a regular verb. Fuck is not the past tense of feak. Squck is not the past tense of squeak. Puck is not the past tense of peak. Cruck is not the past tense of creak. Luck is not the past tense of leak. Cluck is not the past tense of cleak. Duck is not the past tense of deak. Huck is not the ...
by Apeiron
Mon Oct 05, 2015 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 11071

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Skynet would probably send robots, not drones.

It seems a bit daft to have a sapient computer steering a drone.
by Apeiron
Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"
Replies: 43
Views: 10167

Re: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"

Yes, you, from... it just says "the news"? That's a statement, not a question. Question marks mark questions. Bad: "This is a question?" It's a statement with the wrong punctuation. Good: "Is this a question?" It's a question because IT ASKS SOMETHING. Derpling excusing...
by Apeiron
Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 46439

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

This should be called "Randall is a better person than you #7".
by Apeiron
Wed Apr 29, 2015 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 17622

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

"I think I fumbled it into airplane mode", is a statement, not a question.

Question marks mark questions.

If it doesn't ask something, it is not a question.
by Apeiron
Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1486: "Vacuum"
Replies: 44
Views: 9539

Re: 1486: "Vacuum"

Andries wrote:So does it suck up quantum foam?

Or does quantum foam suck?


Quantum foam man, quantum foam man....
by Apeiron
Fri Feb 06, 2015 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1483: "Quotative Like"
Replies: 83
Views: 13937

Re: 1483: "Quotative Like"

This use of "like" makes the statement less clear. My wife says this CONSTANTLY so i never know if she's telling the truth when she says it. "And I was like, 'what the hell?'." Did she say "what the hell?", or did she just think it? This is a problem with a simple solut...
by Apeiron
Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Using Thin Client/VMs for AV System Computers
Replies: 2
Views: 4039

Re: Using Thin Client/VMs for AV System Computers

Who said anything was wrong with WSUS? Or anything about it at all? Did you reply to the wrong thread or are there replies I can't see?
by Apeiron
Tue Dec 16, 2014 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Using Thin Client/VMs for AV System Computers
Replies: 2
Views: 4039

Using Thin Client/VMs for AV System Computers

My employer has many conference rooms with AV equipment and a PC in each. Yesterday I spent several hours running updates on just one of these PCs. Would it be possible to replace the PCs with a Thin Client that boots a centrally managed VM/Image? That way we could just run the updates on the VM/Ima...
by Apeiron
Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1460: "SMFW"
Replies: 106
Views: 30938

Re: 1460: "SMFW"

<Abbreviation: CIA, NSA... (Acronym: NASA, SCUBA, LASER, RAM)>
by Apeiron
Tue Oct 07, 2014 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?
Replies: 17
Views: 5136

Re: Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

...Then I'm quite impressed you've made it so far hoping to be able to think of things that could/should be done in which the doing thereof you could be uninvolved. This seems to be wholly at odds with my paradigm of how the world works. What exactly have you been doing, may I ask? Struggling to ge...
by Apeiron
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?
Replies: 17
Views: 5136

Re: Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

They are also generally speaking, pretty cool and informative fluff pieces. They're a starting point to go learn more, an engaging and impassioned means of getting people interested in something. Don't imagine for a second that A ) they're a primary source of information, or B ) that you know all t...
by Apeiron
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?
Replies: 17
Views: 5136

Re: Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

You seem young. Maybe if you're really lucky – in the form of being surrounded by really supportive people, perhaps, or more likely of being really really rich – you might be able to get away with that for long enough. But otherwise time and necessity will stuff you down a hole soon enough. It ain'...
by Apeiron
Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?
Replies: 17
Views: 5136

Are You a TEDhed? / What Should I Be When I Grow Up?

Hi, This will be a two issue thread. First, determining if people would be interested in a TED Talk Community. Second, if so, how involved should I/do I have to be involved in it. The latter is about a lifelong struggle with knowing what I want to be if I grow up. - - - In the tradition of Deadheads...
by Apeiron
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 19021

Re: 1429: Data

Where's the love for Sisko and Janeway? Love for a router manufacturer and a truck-towing company? :D Besides, the topic clearly begs the question of whether the grammar pedants group is comprised of very unique individuals who won't tow the line when it comes to spelling "anal-compulsive"...
by Apeiron
Fri Mar 01, 2013 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 19717

Re: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram

"Maybe it has a virus" is a statement not a question.

Question marks mark questions.

Idiot making excuses for the ignorant and lazy in 3... 2... 1....
by Apeiron
Wed Jan 30, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 54192

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

When writing a title: Capitalize the first word (no matter what part of speech) Capitalize every word that is NOT an article/determiner or preposition. The President of the United States When abbreviating: Capitalize every word that is not an article/determiner or preposition. PotUS The lower case l...
by Apeiron
Wed Oct 03, 2012 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 45508

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
I like traffic lights
but only when they're green
by Apeiron
Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 27607

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

Descriptivists make excuses for the ignorant and lazy. Monroe is on the wrong side of this. We think and communicate in language. Language is therefore too important to be left to whims of it's laziest and dumbest users. When someone uses a word incorrectly, tell them. Don't apologize. Some descript...

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