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by Hiferator
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 2370

2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/unfulfilling_toys.png Title text: We were going to do a falling-apart Rubik's cube that was just 27 independent blocks stuck together with magnets, but then we realized it was actually really cool and even kind of worked, so we cut that one. Now I want one of those magn...
by Hiferator
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 2238

2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/sandboxing_cycle.png Title text: All I want is a secure system where it's easy to do anything I want. Is that so much to ask? Last time I had this problem, was when I wanted cups-PDF to post-process a "printed" file to send it to a server and run a print comma...
by Hiferator
Sat Sep 08, 2018 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4446

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Hiferator said that in Southern India that would be called a co-brother-in-law and now I feel an unexpected kinship with that region as in my mother tongue (Bulgarian) we also have a separate word for that relative, a word for which I had hitherto been unable to find a translation into any other la...
by Hiferator
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2041: "Frontiers"
Replies: 11
Views: 1674

2041: "Frontiers"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/frontiers.png Title text: Star Trek V is a small part of the space frontier, but it's been a while since that movie came out so I assume we've finished exploring it by now. I am very interested in the corner points of this graphic. The Oceans-Alaska point seems straight...
by Hiferator
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4446

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Apparently the second level is called co-siblings-in-law in Southern India (where the local language makes that distinction). If you want to be boring, you could also just call them nth order siblings-in-law and most people could probably figure out what you mean. On the other hand, if you're ambiti...
by Hiferator
Fri Jun 22, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2010: "Update Notes"
Replies: 13
Views: 2664

2010: "Update Notes"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/update_notes.png Title text: v3.0.2: Hey, if anyone still using this app is headed to the beach, can you stop at 4th and River St and grab the sunscreen from my car? Trunk should be unlocked. Thanks! Hm, that way of communicating seems terribly inefficient. The title te...
by Hiferator
Mon Mar 12, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2897

1966: "Smart Home Security"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/smart_home_security.png Title text: If they're getting valuable enough stuff from you, at least the organized crime folks have an incentive to issue regular updates to keep the appliance working after the manufacturer discontinues support. I'm not quite sure about the b...
by Hiferator
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 7195

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

Pfhorrest wrote:What caused the reversal?


The ability/desire to display things other than numbers and contact names.

But yes, some phablets are ridiculous.
by Hiferator
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 7195

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

There was a similar development with laptop screen sizes and "subnotebooks" that snuck in between netbooks and ever growing notebooks.
by Hiferator
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 5968

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Pfhorrest wrote:I fail to see what moral dilemmas like the Trolley Problem have to do with speculative execution.

I think he just liked the phantom trolleys armed with hammers image.
by Hiferator
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 4789

1931: "Virtual Assistant"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/virtual_assistant.png Title text: If you ask it to please turn off that feature, it apologizes a whole bunch and promises to try to be quieter, then switches to a slightly lower-volume version of the clip with "sorry!" after the louder sounds. I love this idea...
by Hiferator
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 2497

1929: "Argument Timing"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/argument_timing.png Title text: Of course, everyone has their own profile. There are morning arguers, hangry arguers, meal-time arguers, late-night arguers, and people who get in a meta-argument over what their argument timing is, dredge up examples of past arguments, a...
by Hiferator
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 13234

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

You forgot the title text: [hair in face] "SEVVVENNN YEEEARRRSSS"
by Hiferator
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 4090

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

I was just watching this video about the trolley problem that started with an application to self driving cars. Some coincidence.
by Hiferator
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6574

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

I think there is an implied filter that restricts input to places in which solar panels could operate and not obstruct anything else.
by Hiferator
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 4485

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

I might print this one up and put it on my cube for our Cisco rep to see. Need to find some way of getting the alt-text in the printout. You could look into Humor Sans if you want to keep it in style with the comic. (The Download link on the blogpost is dead, but I'm sure it can still be found some...
by Hiferator
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"
Replies: 8
Views: 2448

Re: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"

Lake Nasser is visible from the moon (in an earthrise photo taken by the LRO). I would presume multiple other man made lakes are, as well. Cities, as a unit, are visible on the night side. Ah, you're right, you would have gotten me there, but luckily, I did not write " all man-made stuff you c...
by Hiferator
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"
Replies: 8
Views: 2448

1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_moon_and_the_great_wall.png Title text: And arguably sunspots, on rare occasions. But even if they count, it takes ideal conditions and you might hurt your eyes. The great wall is not on it, but here's a list of man-made stuff you can actually see from the moon: Lin...
by Hiferator
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 4485

1918: "NEXUS"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/nexus.png Title text: You also refuse to buy Cisco products because you hate the Thong Song, O. Henry, Deep Space Nine, freshwater whitefish, teenaged Incan emperors, Brak's brother, and vegetable-based shortening. I am assuming this is referring to the villain Hexxus. ...
by Hiferator
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 13349

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Cygnwulf wrote:[...] I don't have to hold on to it with one pan while stirring with the other.


Thanks for the hilarious mental image, Edward Panhands.
by Hiferator
Fri Sep 01, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 6961

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: 3027

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: 6183

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: 5314

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: 5314

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: 8719

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: 8102

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: 8719

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: 8719

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: 7187

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: 9145

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: 9145

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: 9145

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: 11641

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: 11641

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: 11641

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: 6496

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: 62
Views: 15660

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: 10999

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: 6393

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

@mfb: But what if one's a left-hand drive and the other's a right-hand drive?

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