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by orthogon
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9297

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Quiche is pie . No lid, though. So it's as much a pie as pumpkin pie, lemon pie, or pecan pie. Quite so. What those things are, is tarts. Are tarts. "Art tarts." If thou must stick with 17th century definitions of words, thou should conjugate thy verbs like a proper Elizabethan. :P Haha. ...
by orthogon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 3586

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

The 100 Item Challenge seems to me to be a thing people do to feel superior to people who just want to get on with their lives... like bicycling or all the people who think that going gluten free means I should as well. Yeah, the gluten thing. But some of us bicycle as a convenient means of getting...
by orthogon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 5982

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

This probably explains some bizarre features of the BBC weather forecast. The summary for the day often seems completely at odds with the hour-by-hour forecast. The day summary can be "overcast" when every individual hour is "sunny". And the minimum temperature for the day is som...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479239

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, I get why countries have to be careful about produce crossing borders, but is it necessary to be an asshole about it? It doesn't help that they (i.e. all countries' customs forms) ask questions like "are you bringing food products into the country," when they really mean stuff like ...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 10275

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Steve the Pocket wrote:And no, manually setting your units to inches won't help, because its the definition of an "inch" has changed to mean "exactly 2.54 centimeters".

You were using Photoshop before 1959? :-P
by orthogon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 4895

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Perhaps each seat has a designated cubic volume of luggage. Brought more than that? Tough. Check it, or keep it on your lap. That's both inefficient and unsafe. Unused space from one passenger can reasonably be used by another. In general, nothing can be on people's laps during takeoff and landing ...
by orthogon
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9297

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

HES wrote:
orthogon wrote:Quite so. What those things are, is tarts.

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?

Tart. A pie requires totality in the liddage department. Plus there's the alliteration.
by orthogon
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9297

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Quiche is pie . No lid, though. So it's as much a pie as pumpkin pie, lemon pie, or pecan pie. Quite so. What those things are, is tarts. Are tarts. It's tempting to let the ontology slide in the case of pumpkin and pecan, for the sake of the alliteration. But such temptation, like the tasty confec...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9297

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness. Quiche is pie . No lid, though. That puts it halfway to shepherd's pie in terms of platonic pie-ishness. OTOH, it's more platonically pie-ish than the so-called "pies" that have a lid but no sides...
by orthogon
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 5482

Re: 1979: "History"

jonhaug wrote:[He succeeded Rutherford Hayes and preceded Chester Arthur (a prez without a proper last name).
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Well, Rutherford Hayes didn't have a proper first name, so I suppose they averaged out.
by orthogon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 4730

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

"While Jack is now a proper name in its own right, in English it was traditionally used as a diminutive form of John" [1] I actually wasn't aware of that myself, interesting. Yeah, I'm fond of saying "Jack is short for John" to highlight the insanity of it. I once watched a docu...
by orthogon
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479239

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As far as targeted advertising goes, I'm not just OK about it, I'm actually somewhat in favour of it. As I used to be fond of saying, most TV advertising is for cars and feminine hygiene products, neither of which I'm in the market for. Replace that with adverts for saxophones and cycling gear and ...
by orthogon
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479239

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I've also been struggling to work out what specifically has gone on here and why it's so bad. It seems to be that a third party obtained data under some kind of academic/research cover and then used it for commercial purposes. As far as targeted advertising goes, I'm not just OK about it, I'm actual...
by orthogon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 225
Views: 40726

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Stephen Hawking died today :cry: Since his a Brief History of Time introduced me to the concept, I'd have said "Stephen Hawking lost his lifelong battle against entropy today". In recent months, he'd become an increasingly vocal advocate on the NHS, so it's a loss not just to astrophysics...
by orthogon
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 7845

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

imagine you're on the London Underground ( map ) Sure, but that map is geographically nonsense anyway. Maybe, but topologically it's perfect. My point is that, if you're using that kind of map, you need to identify lines and directions in a way that's consistent with the schematic nature of the map...
by orthogon
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 7845

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I remember visiting southeast US and I was so delighted that highway signs said "north", "south" etc. That is much more helpful when driving around a country than the name of some city you only roughly know where it is, or maybe even don't know at all. OK, I've complained about ...
by orthogon
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 4238

Re: 1962: “Generations”

May just be a common root. It's a fairly universal schoolboy joke to f ay thing f u f ing Eff f in f tead of E f se f . For a long time I was staring at this. The "-ay" made me think you were writing in Igpay Atinlay, and from the limited information I know about you, I hope you don't min...
by orthogon
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 4238

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Pfhorrest wrote:Why?

Sorry, that was a late night post that, in the cold light of day, didn't really work. I was thinking how Apple stopped incrementing the number after OS-X. (Microsoft are also stopping at 10, I heard).
by orthogon
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 4238

Re: 1962: “Generations”

According to Apple, we should have stopped at Generation X.
by orthogon
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479239

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Chen wrote:So how much of that is bluster and how much is actually real?

I don't know, but the translator was apparently going for "make him sound like Trump". "A very big operational depth"?
by orthogon
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2672

Re: 1961: Interaction

Small talk is hard. Yep, it is hard to believably fake my interest in the weather, traffic, someone's spawn, or sports; nor do I believe the fake interest from the other person. :roll: That's why it's an effective signaling behavior: it's expensive. You're not supposed to believe they are intereste...
by orthogon
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410622

Re: Trump presidency

There are plenty of small towns that don't get big box stores who also have seen similar declines in their small business sector(this is particularly true of the rust belt, WV, and parts of the south. Why consumers in these areas have moved away from small business is an open question but it doesn'...
by orthogon
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Yes, Pascal's ":=" is my favourite. "<=" is nice visually but it already means something else, and "<-" looks rubbish in Courier-like fonts because the minus is too small and doesn't line up with the middle of the "<". And again, the minus sign could be miscon...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 3697

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Is "return 1+thing" another Yoda-style idiom like the stupid "if 1==x" nonsense?
by orthogon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7482

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

So yes, why does the forum block random unicode characters like Egyptian Hieroglyphs? I can understand blocking things like the bidi control characters, and I can maybe understand blocking the penis hieroglyph (and the ejaculating penis heiroglyph), but the whole code block? That's just bizarre. In...
by orthogon
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2193262

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

box wrench (that is what they mean by "ring spanner," correct?) I'd put it that when you say "box wrench", you mean "ring spanner". I like to pride myself on being pretty internationalist, I'm well into the descriptivist thing and I generally enjoy English in all its v...
by orthogon
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 4369

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

Rigorous, that list is not. A pedant would have multiple edits to make. I think you meant to write, " Multiple edits to make, would have a pedant" Signed, Yoda's 5th-grade teacher. I would have gone for "Multiple edits to make, a pedant would have". I base this on my favourite u...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 4369

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

You can factorise primes in O(1) if you know they're primes. Non-primes are trickier to factorise. Well, a prime number n has O(log(n)) bits. If numpy makes a copy somewhere, then the algorithm is O(log(n)) as stated in the comic. IIRC, last time we discussed big-O notation, it got nastier quicker ...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 4369

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

You can factorise primes in O(1) if you know they're primes. Non-primes are trickier to factorise.
by orthogon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5419
Views: 410622

Re: Trump presidency

CorruptUser wrote:Stormy Daniels?

I love the way she actually used her porn-star name as her porn-star name. What do we reckon her first pet was?
by orthogon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: Impostor Syndrome
Replies: 13
Views: 4059

Re: 1954: Impostor Syndrome

And now Wikipedia gets a sudden uptick in hits for the article on the Dunning-Kruger effect. I recognized this immediately and refused to cooperate. I will remain ignorant (so far as anyone peeking at my Google history knows!) I suspect you are deliberately underestimating your understanding of the...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 32318

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

...or literally saying that the guilt or innocence of those accused of sexual harassment is irrelevant , because someone--it doesn't matter who--must pay for the sexual victimization of vulnerable people...well, that's when we're wandering from justifiable outrage into unhealthier mental territory....
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7482

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Mmmm... Lobster...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4800

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

My bad - I responded to your first paragraph and clearly didn't read the parenthetical addition properly. I can well imagine that it's one of those things that seems easy but rapidly gets difficult, like filling in a blank crossword grid with random words. I'm glad that you warned me before I starte...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4800

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

I have that on my wall. (A reproduction, thereof.) I see it pretty much every day, and i think the same as you. But there are meeting points that don't seem to have obvious crossover (Planets and Sinologues => Mars?) and I am left wondering what Saintly Journalistic Explorer would reside at Hammers...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4800

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

This comic made me ask if there isn't a periodic table of fruit elements. I wonder how you would sort that? And which elemental fruits could you put on it? Like only mandarin and grapefruit but not orange, because it's a mix of the first two. Ask and ye shall receive I spent an inordinately long ti...
by orthogon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5416

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

There's a vaccine for it now? It was news to me too, and it turns out that it isn't given in the UK, for rather cool reasons . Essentially, chickenpox is unpleasant but isn't very serious when contracted in childhood, whereas it can be harmful in adulthood and particularly in later life or during p...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2193262

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I'm not sure I understand. The network has computers "vote" on whether or not a transaction occurs, or something, but that shouldn't require enough computers running to power a moderately sized country. As I understand it, the idea is that the bad guys are unlikely to control more than 50...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn. (blown away from News & Articles)
Replies: 72
Views: 4360

Re: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn.

There's definitely prehistoric porn. According to Pinker at least, there are pornographic cave paintings.

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