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by Copper Bezel
Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 7336

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Wow. Kinda "fuck Fitts's Law", kinda "Asteroids", kinda magical.
by Copper Bezel
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 7083

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Plus, I actually don't think your math works on the first place. If it's "I am Fred" but "Fred is me", it would never be "Whom are" in the first place. If "who" were the subject, it would be "Who is you?" The "are" indicates that "you...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 7083

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

I don't want to live in a world where the object of "to be" gets an accusative pronoun, because that gives us "Whom are you?" Lucky that "whom" is disappearing entirely, then.... Plus, I actually don't think your math works on the first place. If it's "I am Fred&q...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 7336

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

miket wrote:Its bad when we get both the strange UI changes and the getting old.

Thanks to incompetent vendor hacking, my phone lost silent mode but didn't gain Do Not Disturb when Google moved it.
by Copper Bezel
Thu Dec 08, 2016 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4783

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

Ouch. I haven't used Kubuntu much, although for touchpad gestures I've generally used Touchégg. (What other touchpad tweaks have to be handled through synclient in a script notwithstanding.)

And again, the forever question of why this shit isn't baked in and GUI controlled.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 523604

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I'll definitely look into it when I get a chance. It really does sound like required reading and doesn't look to be hard to find.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 523604

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Gotcha. I mean, I don't get it get it, but it does answer my original question, and now I can go look up something on quantization in magnetic fields etc. to see if I can follow that better than previously.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 523604

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

It's not wavicles I don't understand, it's fields. So the static, uninteresting, can-do-no-work EM fields that hold my molecules together and hold magnets to fridges are themselves mediated by photons?
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 523604

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Xanthir wrote:Light is literally an EM wave.

I don't know how dumb I sound that you feel the need to clarify that, but it is a good sign that now is a good time to give up.
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 28, 2016 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 523604

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Not in the form of radiation. A magnetic field of a massy object doesn't spend any of its time interacting as a particle. Edit: I did say "field" and not "wave". I can't figure out what you're talking about. Light has an EM field.... Edit again: Let me rephrase this in the form o...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18147

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Mutex wrote:
Copper Bezel wrote:I recently found out that "Tijuana" has three syllables. Kinda embarrassing.


Were you pronouncing the "juan" bit "joo-an"?

Yoo-wan, mostly.
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2835
Views: 523604

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

Also implies that, say, gravitational and EM fields would propagate ever so very unmeasurably slightly faster than actual light.
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18147

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I recently found out that "Tijuana" has three syllables. Kinda embarrassing.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4783

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

I never could understand the lack of built-in gesture support on Windows touchpads. Nor why the same touchpad would often be fussier and less predictable on Windows with the appropriate Synaptics driver software installed than it was on Linux. (Still with, of course, much less useful gesture actions...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4783

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

God, no. Touchpads make more sense with touch-style scrolling, but inherited scroll-wheel scrolling because that's what was around. That's why Apple uses it by default now. It's only confusing that some Windows laptops don't.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 26, 2016 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4783

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

The touchpad on this laptop is configured to move the scrollbar in the same direction as your fingers: downwards means you go further into the document. Or the gesture I'm always using: rotating clockwise means you go further, counter-clockwise means you go back —it's not mathematically just, but a...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4783

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

I'm not sure if I'm following. It sounds similar to the two possible ways to interpret scrolling input in any modern GUI (pushing down pushes the document down and navigates up, like a touchscreen, or pushing down makes the view go down, like most mouse scroll wheels.) but I feel like you might be t...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 4783

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

Explains the ambiguous meaning of "down". In VMs and dreams, "down" is the next layer of construct, depending on a substrate (etymology intended) "above". In "turtles all the way down", the "lower" layer is the substrate for the one above it.
by Copper Bezel
Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18147

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Yes, and none of those are vulnerable groups, because they're all either comfortably a part of the majority or long dead.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 10128

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Kudos for the troll work, ... So... given your current avatar*, catcalling would cause you to be attracted to the caller? * in a universe in which there is a convenient terminal with an immense assortment of obscure settings (or the ability to invent settings) to configure, it's not unthinkable tha...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 2374

Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

Is it about locomotion, though? I feel like you'd need to know what traits or aspects you're considering to determine the top-most divisions, and other attributes that you can use to create the categories below that. A conch's method of locomotion seems like it has to be a variation on a broader the...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 18147

Re: 1759: "British Map"

[Nod to the troll, and] For quite a lot of my life, I'd only heard Somerset referred to in American places named for it, and assumed it was a Native American name until I found out about the British original.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 10128

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

By the way, dictionaries list catcalling as far broader than 'harasses women' —are they outdated or is it an american thing or is it a temporary focus? Hey, stop mansplaining the term "catcalling"! It means just what feminists choose it to mean—neither more nor less! (mansplain v. To expl...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 2374

Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

Sorry, I don't mean to be quite such a downer on this. It is an interesting project. I think that if you're treating structural members as those systems that clearly perform almost exclusively a structural role, as opposed to only elements that are mineralized or polymerized with something like chit...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6971

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Water hooves? ♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫ I don't think that seaponies (or mermares) have hooves. :-) Seaponies don't, but "mermare" implies they would, if only on the front end, and most of the G4-based seapony fanart I've seen interprets them that way. Edit: Oh, and, duh, the Sir...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 21, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6971

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

It's in a superposition with the one full of circus peanuts.
by Copper Bezel
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 6971

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

deskjethp wrote:Water hooves?

♫♪ Shoo be do. Shoo shoo be do. ♪♫

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by Copper Bezel
Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 8501

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Ah, yeah, that'd explain it a bit.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 14722

Re: 1761: "Blame"

I don't think anyone was happy with that solution.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 14722

Re: 1761: "Blame"

It will not "be okay to torture LGBT people until they say they're cishet". Women will not "be forced to hold funerals for their miscarriages". There will not be "a Muslim registry". He never said they would. The things you think you were responding to there weren't pr...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 19, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 8501

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

A result of genuinely not understanding why personal names are rendered that way on the references page and applying it to everything. I've seen students do that before.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 14722

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Well, requisite reminder that the US can only have two real candidates , in case anyone hasn't encountered that part. But if you mean something else - I honestly can't find it surprising that few voters felt it was a perfect tossup between the two and would rather abstain from voting. But in part, t...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 19, 2016 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 2374

Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

Yeah, the one that came to mind for me was cuttlefish, since they have a hard "skeletal" element that's really a specialized organ and nothing to do with structure. Another would be echinoderms - sea stars are kinda built like the chitons in that the hard parts and the structure aren't the...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure
Replies: 18
Views: 2374

Re: Classifing Organism by Mechanical Structure

My system has multiple layers just like binomial nomenclature, so multi-celled and single-celled organisms have been set apart already. And yet you say plants are a problem? And very oddly specifically oysters? I think you may have a very specific sense in mind for what "how a thing is mechani...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 14722

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Yeah. Social media enables social interaction. That can't not be worthy of blame.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 14722

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Yeah, I'm sure that's exactly what's going through his head.

But no, really, scared and upset people tend to lash out. It's a thing that people do. There's a lot of that going on at the moment in some circles and he's making a PSA reminder that this is a thing.
by Copper Bezel
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Inventing The Intelligence
Replies: 5
Views: 1742

Re: Inventing The Intelligence

I just like that it's about inventing "the" intelligence. Not intelligence broadly, a specific one.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 5614

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Yeah, that's ... actually much worse. = .
by Copper Bezel
Tue Nov 15, 2016 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0055: "Useless"
Replies: 74
Views: 34651

Re: 0055: "Useless"

It's really sweet that you think love is a constant, but I also kinda feel bad.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 5614

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

What I got from this is that Netflix has been around way longer than I thought, and Rickrolling and saying silly thing about Charles Norris way less time that I thought. Seriously, I would have put Rickrolling as older than Netflix, and both of them somewhere in the vicinity of "those X-Men mo...

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