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by PinkShinyRose
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 4656

1914: "Twitter Verification"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/twitter_verification.png Titletext: When we started distributing special status tokens that signify which people are important enough to join an elite group, we never could have imagined we might be creating some problems down the line. I agree with Randall here, in hin...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 4147

Re: 1893: "Thread"

You say that as if fantasy is somehow inferior to science fiction. At the time , there was a definite stigma to fantasy in fandom. This is the reason that (for example), the World Fantasy Awards were created: even though the rules for the Hugos and Nebulas and other genre awards allowed fantasy, no...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 4940

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Also, most people who aren't nerds like me leave their WiFi control channels configured for the default (1, 6, or 11 in the 2.4GHz space), Isn't that good, though? Those channels have no overlap. If you use other (2.4GHz-) channels you always have overlap and while you might get a better connection...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12924

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Potatoes are dubious as a vegetable, they're mainly a source of carbohydrates. And containing a vegetable does not make it a vegetable, especially if it's wrapped in a carbohydrate heavy source. It would be more adequate to count it as a complete meal (although with too little vegetable and lacking...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 2369

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM. I do that too. What drives me insane is the number of ba...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 4940

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

I wonder no one so far commented on the hilarious business model pun in the title text. I mean, how greedy and stupid are people that they agree on a 24-month contract for mobile/DSL/whatever, that costs,say, 15€/month in the first year and 35€ after that? Is it a sign of me being old that I expect...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 6529

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

If you know which plane the teapot's orbiting in, you can just sweep the orbit twice (once each way) and guarantee to see any teapot that's there, whatever speed it's orbiting at. Searching the surface of a sphere is going to be significantly more difficult, depending on what your resources are, bu...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 3899

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

My nearest major city is Mamchester and I have no idea whatsoever what the current civic slogan/motto/tagline for there is, for example ... Well, there's currently the vogue for something to do with Bees. And nice typo, referencing back to Manchester's original name. ;) It is among the places calle...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 4110

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Drag and drop exists. If there's an image editor that doesn't support dropping an image from the file manager into an existing document as a layer, it needs to be fired. Like, you seem to be turning the sub-one-second key combo Ctrl+PrntScr; Alt+Tab; Ctrl+Shift+N (for new layer); Ctrl+V into PrntSc...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 3629

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

So the market doesn't correct bad assumptions? Not a very conservative idea there. Did I ever claim to be a conservative? But I do think "the market" will probably correct such mistakes in time, it just might take a few failures before the suits figure it out. This still has the fundament...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12924

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Oh, wait. 7/11 doesn't have any fruits and vegetables. Ours sells bananas (a dollar a banana!) and samosas, which I guess are vegetableish. But this probably varies by region. Samosa as in deep fried pastry? You count that as almost a vegetable? Umm, yes? They have vegetables in them. Potatoes and ...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 7745

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

D Green gets 60% (and yellow 40%) of their way for each topic on average with a bias favouring the electorate directly affected by the topic at hand. How would this work? For an issue like: "It shall be unlawful to sell, purchase, or use {substance} within the borders of {town}" [_] YES [...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 7745

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

Indepenedent of the magic used to achieve the result , what best represents the will of the people? A: High wins every time B: High wins 60% of the time C: 60% of the years, high wins all the time D: Something else (tell me) D Green gets 60% (and yellow 40%) of their way for each topic on average w...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 7745

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

I like the mixed-member proportional representation system (probably with a condorcet district component) for any multi-seat councils. For single person offices I would say a condorcet method or a single transferable vote is fine, but I would consider the most important part to be the absence of dis...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat May 20, 2017 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12924

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

mathmannix wrote:
keithl wrote:Oh, wait. 7/11 doesn't have any fruits and vegetables.


Ours sells bananas (a dollar a banana!) and samosas, which I guess are vegetableish. But this probably varies by region.

Samosa as in deep fried pastry? You count that as almost a vegetable?
by PinkShinyRose
Sun May 14, 2017 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 4071

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

During the 2012 London Olympics, I didn't want to wait for the US networks to broadcast the opening ceremony, so I went online to find an unofficial live stream. I found it on one of those sketchy ad- and malware-ridden sites that embed pirated TV show episodes, but this particular site seemed to s...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12924

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

My usual approach is to give my local time, and enquire the other party's local time, then give future times as "my time" or "your time" (which is fine until they move or clocks change in one or other location) That's my habit as well in practice. I'm on Chicago time, but anothe...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12924

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I'd definitely find it a weird cognitive shift to start describing my time zone in terms of what the offset presently is as opposed to what actual time zone I'm in. Suppose I could compromise and say "UTC minus five or six." You usually only need to note the timezone on the relevant date ...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12924

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12924

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 8229

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Using it to insert gfp into your eyes is still a ways off. Inserting mCherry seems more entertaining to me. Sadly, I suspect either would significantly interfere with overall vision. I'm not sure if I'd like either, I don't want phototoxicity in my non-regenerating central nervous system cells. Alt...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 7807

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

Matchup 2: Boxers Playing Basketball vs. A Team Playing on Segways The team of boxers, enthusiastic though they may be, are still having trouble performing actions that require such dexterity while wearing massive gloves meant for another sport. The Segwayers meanwhile have had a number of games to...
by PinkShinyRose
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14632

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

3. An interesting question would be: Why are children interested in the color of sky and trees, but not in the color of other things, like tomatoes, or anything else? Why are they content with some answers, but not others? (sorry, if this becomes a double post) Here's another, possibly rela...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 16162

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Turns out that Sioux is still pronounced Syoo in French; the Soo pronunciation is an Anglophone thing. I wonder where that comes from? Probably because the "sy" cluster doesn't exist in (most dialects of) American English. ("Sue" is also pronounced "soo".) I thought th...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14632

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

What is an "emergent property"? Can you define that? Is maybe any physical property "emergent"? That is an actual question. I'm not claiming to be an expert. (In object oriented programming there are attributes and methods. Is an emergent property like a method? But we can't kno...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14632

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Believing that air is colorless, where the blue color must have some other origin, that's the same basic mistake as believing that bluejay feathers are colorless, or that Morpho butterflies are colorless, or aerogel or opals are colorless. All of those other examples you cited do appear colored und...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 16162

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

speising wrote:Also, Windows N(ew)T(echnology)

Except that newer releases of windows are essentially new versions of NT, and the kernel is still named the NT kernel. So while it's not really new, it's still the latest.
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 16162

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 PinkShinyRose
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 8056

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Couldn't you just fix this by unevenly distributing the pixels on the chip.

EDIT: and shouldn't you get this when you rotate a photo less than a 90° interval in paint/gimp/photoshop?
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 15458

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Am I the only one who thought: "huh, blue raspberry?!?". Also, 'creamsicle' sounds like butter on a stick with some layer of artificial flavouring to make it palatable to humans.
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 18222

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Why creamed corn when the Official Internet Nerd /. Meme is hot grits? Personally, if I were going to make use of someone else's Alexa & Amazon account, I'd at least go for the OtherOfficialInternetNerd/.Meme : hookers and blow. Obviously, if it were some meme, it would have been bobcats. This ...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8734

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

ETA: I think it's just surprising how far east South America is, with the westernmost part level with the east coast of the USA. It's probably the fault of the Mercator projection, making North America look like its centre of mass is further east than it is. I don't see how this can be blamed on th...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8734

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Nope. Portugal is in a separate time-zone to Spain. For good reasons too: it actually doesn't make that much sense for Vigo in Spain and Bialystok in Poland to be in the same time zone. In fact, as far as the least possible difference between legal and solar local time is concerned, it would make s...
by PinkShinyRose
Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 5082

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

Occasionally somehow someone will get real number and then add it to their contacts. That is the worst fate, because then they leave voice mails, the stupid kind you have to listen to. I might have taken advantage of an unlocked phone or two to remove my real cell number and replace it with the gvo...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 5082

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I'm going thru this right now. I didn't have a cell phone until my company made me part of the "disaster recovery" team. So, I put away my Luddite hat, and now actually am glad I have one. Now, my company has been 'acquired' and we are transitioning to new tech equipment, but until the TS...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Jan 20, 2017 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8870

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

This comic got me thinking: are there languages that are easier to design voice recognition systems for? In these days of deep learning it probably makes very little difference but does anyone know? Any language with a native phonetic writing systems with very few loanwords? So most languages that ...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 8847

Re: 1779: "2017"

I absolutely agree with StarGazer71. The biased mainstream media has been ingraining the idea that a Trump presidency is equivalent to the apocalypse in the minds of unsuspecting children and sheeple like Randall. It's sad to see xkcd becoming more and more Randall's platform to espouse his politic...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 10258

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Must concede the point on asterisks as markdown, and other ambiguities can happen. However, I think the intended advantage is not only that it works in text, but that a user familiar with common markdown systems can simply type them rather than interacting with any chrome or keybindings, and that's...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Jan 05, 2017 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 47008

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

Hi, 2017 here; you'll have to excuse the screaming, you'dn't believe me if I told you who's gonna be president.. to be fair (and without really wanting to drag a political debate into this), there was going to be a whole lot of screaming either way. It's a lot louder when the side that controls alm...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 4820

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

The convergence arises now we have Big Data, in which, broadly speaking, computer data is treated as experimental data. The two senses, which have been coexisting harmoniously despite their difference in grammatical number, are likely to come into conflict. My money is on mass noun. I thought "...

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