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by Hiferator
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 4146

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

I feel Randall's pain; inside my ears. They are still ringing. There should be an option for all media to start on low volume.

@Eutychus: You have a mute button on your phone? I want one!
by Hiferator
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1881: "Drone Training"
Replies: 12
Views: 1634

1881: "Drone Training"

Image

Title text: "The joke will be on him in a few weeks when animal control shows up and takes custody of his Roomba."

A possible loss (even just alluded to in the title text) for Black Hat Guy? Unthinkable!
by Hiferator
Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 3448

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

You mean to tell me the "eclipse" searches have eclipsed the election searches? *badum-tiss*
by Hiferator
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 2977

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Oh shit, I looked at this again realized I imagined splint er fault and just kept reading that instead of splint ed fault. Total tunnel-vision on my part. So, yeah you're right.... splinted fault (#6) is all fake. Sorry for that. Hah, I didn't notice the difference in your first post either. Funny ...
by Hiferator
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 2977

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

I was expecting a joke like "your fault" or "The fault in our stars". 1, 2, 3, and 4 are real geologic faults 5 can represent geologic deformation, but the term given is fake 6 is a fake diagram with a real geologic fault term 7, 8, and 9 are fake Thanks for the list. So what is ...
by Hiferator
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:01 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 Hiferator
Mon Jul 31, 2017 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 4346

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

The thing with the LEGO Movie is, that you can get away with 80% product placement, if the product placement is interesting, and happens to also be the main characters. As opposed to the Emoji movie, where the product placement is boring background stuff. (I have not seen the Emoji Movie.)
by Hiferator
Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 4940

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

It is really only a problem in one particular place at the university I go to, all other places have fine Wifi coverage. One of the buildings has a large entrance hall like place on the first floor with an enormous number of tables, chairs and electrical outlets. The student body uses this place to...
by Hiferator
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 4940

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

[...]TL;DR: Cellular is town planning in an expensive neighbourhood. WiFi is the Wild West. I've noticed this phenomenon a lot while living in an apartment complex where everyone and their mom had to have their own Wifi and all the frequencies were overcrowded. On the other hand: This is known to m...
by Hiferator
Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 3899

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

I am assuming most of them are variations of titles of existing or fictional cities. Let's find them all! So far I've only got: ⋅  Moebius Strip : maths joke ⋅  The Empty Set : maths joke ⋅  The Meta-City : play on Mega-City ⋅  Big Mauve : play on Big Apple (N...
by Hiferator
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4962

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Wow you guys are bad at Google. Objection! I am pretty sure none of the posters above you have used google to come up with their suggestions. I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. ...
by Hiferator
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4962

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

retrojest wrote:Sounds like Insane Clown Posse (who had a song called "Miracles"), but I don't see how that makes any sense in an XKCD context.


I'm assuming he's insinuating the phenomena described in that song would all be located on that diagonal.
by Hiferator
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4962

1861: "Quantum"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/quantum.png Title text: "If you draw a diagonal line from lower left to upper right, that's the ICP 'Miracles' axis." Ok, first question of the thread: What does ICP stand for? Wikipedia was inconclusive to me. My attempt at process of elimination ended with &...
by Hiferator
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 5826

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

The vertical bar can indicate a long vowel and is also used in old-fashioned handwritings to differentiate a u from an n. And to designate a double letter in even older handwritings, from the middle ages up to Sütterlin script. [...]The diacritic may be overloaded on a global or historical level, b...
by Hiferator
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 5826

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

3. We were told that the mark was properly a pair of short vertical lines, not a pair of dots (i.e. not a diaeresis). Is that really how Germans hand-write them? Looking back I suspect it was to make the mark unambiguous for marking purposes - so you couldn't claim later that you'd written an umlau...
by Hiferator
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 5826

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

mfb wrote:And "eszett" or "scharfes S" as names for ß don't contain ß either.


Speaking of ß, just yesterday, they accepted ß's big brother, formerly known from the Eastern German bootleg version, into Unicode Cinematic Universe canon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_%E1%BA%9E.
by Hiferator
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 4111

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Ctrl-Shift should be Ctrl-Shift-R for Hard Refresh.
by Hiferator
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 8056

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

As a non-native speaker, I would like to know what is the song this is a reference to.
by Hiferator
Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7742

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

Most of the time when someone tries something on my laptop I forget that I need to tell them Fn and left control are switched until they try and fail repeatedly to copy and paste something. I already keep a separate "normal" browser profile for guests, but the Ctrl/Fn-switch is a bios thin...
by Hiferator
Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 4572

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

@mfb: But what if one's a left-hand drive and the other's a right-hand drive?
by Hiferator
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 4572

1801: "Decision Paralysis"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/decision_paralysis.png Title text: "Good point--making no decision is itself a decision. So that's a THIRD option I have to research!" When I read the title I knew this comic would feature a situation I could see myself in. I do this over-thinking decisions-thi...
by Hiferator
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 8170

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Vroomfundel wrote:I didn't mean that the Earth might be hollow in this universe. If it were then indeed our observations would be quite different


I was thinking of this type of theory that adjusts the laws of physics, so it still matches our observations.
by Hiferator
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 8170

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Vroomfundel wrote:And don't get me started on the hollow Earth scenario - that would be plain weird, no privacy anywhere.

Doesn't the hollow Earth scenario adjust the way light propagates to explain our everyday observations? In that case, it wouldn't change the line of sight.
by Hiferator
Mon May 23, 2016 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 6305

Re: 1684: Rainbow

For this comic the hover text was the real punchline to me. The comic itself was just ok.
by Hiferator
Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 63
Views: 9402

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

TheDarkNerd wrote:I can't be the only one cringing at him adjusting the clock by its hour hand, can I?

You are not. That was my first thought as well. Poor doomsday clock, being mishandled like that.
by Hiferator
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 7212

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

Eternal Density wrote:I think we're pretty safe from it though:


That's what it wants you to think.
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 7078

1625: Substitutions 2

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/substitutions_2.png Title-text: "Within a few minutes, our roads will be full of uncontrollably-swerving cars and our skies full of Amazon delivery dogs." I'm all for Airbenders having a dance-off, it would make spherical politics a lot more interesting.
by Hiferator
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm
Replies: 55
Views: 11033

Re: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm

Wait, we remove extra limbs if there's FEWER than 100?
by Hiferator
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 37341

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

[...]"I could care less, but that would require effort on my part." [...] Ok, several people have brought up this or similar phrases that supposedly fix the literal meaning of the first part, but I just don't understand it. Can someone explain the above statement to me? As I read it the f...
by Hiferator
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 37341

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I guess I'm preaching to the choir here when I say that especially for non-native speakers (or non-US English speakers) this is just an unnecessary obfuscation of meaning, as opposed to the whole "literally"-issue that is just an exaggeration that happens in much the same way in other lang...
by Hiferator
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 95045

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

The_Alchemist wrote:"Filling the box my mashing keys".....seems specifically aimed at keyboard, i.e. PC or MAC, use. Not mobile devices. It was evil too....

While reading this, an image of a keyring being mashed against a touchscreen came to mind.
by Hiferator
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 8015

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

Technically I'm sure that's true, but I can also believe, without doing the maths, that in the limit of infinite generations the probability tends to zero. Complete extinction of your line is one stable outcome, and father/motherhood of all people alive is another stable outcome, whereas anything i...
by Hiferator
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 21307

Re: 1501: Mysteries

I was expecting gravity in the top right quadrant.
by Hiferator
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 18012

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

Title: "Due to their proximity across the channel, there's long been tension between North Korea and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland." What nonsense, the Channel would be the sea between Portugal and Japan. Not if bodies of water retain their position (approximate...
by Hiferator
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1488: "Flowcharts"
Replies: 91
Views: 18494

Re: 1488: "Flowcharts"

I imagine Randall has an idea card file, where he puts random ideas that are not worthy of a whole comic. This comic allowed him to use up half a dozen accumulated flow chart jokes at once, and us to avoid five unworthy comics. To me it seemed like this started out with the spiral pictures and then...
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 13722

Re: 1472: "Geography"

Klear wrote:
Hiferator wrote:After an hour-long TV Tropes-walk I will now download Hyperbolic Games.


Great idea, terrible execution =/

I'll have to take your word for it, as I was unable to run it in wine. At least now I don't feel as bad about it.
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 13722

Re: 1472: "Geography"

StClair wrote:Added to TV Tropes under "Patchwork Map".

After an hour-long TV Tropes-walk I will now download Hyperbolic Games.
by Hiferator
Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1442: "Chemistry"
Replies: 63
Views: 15533

Re: 1442: "Chemistry"

Eternal Density wrote:OK, potassium can't oxidise!

It might öxidise, though.
by Hiferator
Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1437: "Higgs Boson"
Replies: 31
Views: 10402

Re: 1437: "Higgs Boson"

Quicksilver wrote:My guess is they gave the Death Ray to Dr. Horrible.

*Spoiler* That death was pretty serious, though.
by Hiferator
Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1436: "Orb Hammer"
Replies: 46
Views: 9097

Re: 1436: "Orb Hammer"

on reflection I retract my hrumph and instead bestow on myself credit for planting the idea in your subconscious. subconsciouses. Y'all's collective subconscious. Whatever. How about "subconscii"? Ok, I'll slap myself again. How about subconsciousnesses? I admit is sounds a little bumpy.

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