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by xtifr
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 118
Views: 4474

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Claiming the new usage is wrong is not necessarily a manifestation of the etymological fallacy; it may be based on unrepresentative sample i.e. you deal mostly with people who use the traditional meaning, therefore assume the new one to be wrong, even though it might turn out that the populate at l...
by xtifr
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 118
Views: 4474

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

This phrase drives me a little bonkers. It isn't that someone is using it wrong that bothers me. What bothers me is that when I hear someone use it incorrectly, I instantly think them a little less intelligent. Interesting. In my case, it's a complaint about the supposed "misuse" that mak...
by xtifr
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 118
Views: 4474

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

This phrase drives me a little bonkers. It isn't that someone is using it wrong that bothers me. What bothers me is that when I hear someone use it incorrectly, I instantly think them a little less intelligent. Interesting. In my case, it's a complaint about the supposed "misuse" that mak...
by xtifr
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2839

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Also, happy Convenience Store Day. (USA only; Euro calendar order doesn't work) It's actually International Convenience Store Day. Remember, there is only one correct way to write dates . The fact that most of the US and much of the EU continue to ignore this in favor of their own stupid methods do...
by xtifr
Fri May 11, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 3919

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Although I think there's no practical distinction, I think it is theoretically possible for xenobiology to cover Earth-native non-DNA/RNA-based life forms--if such a thing were discovered to exist--but such creatures would not fall under exobiology. Likewise, if DNA/RNA-based life forms were discove...
by xtifr
Wed May 09, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 12995

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I've always used IMO, but I guess my opinion is neither humble nor honest. I used to use IMAO ("arrogant"), just to avoid the image of annoying false humility I associate with the standard version, but I got tired of explaining it, and just went to IMO. Hey let's have a more interesting c...
by xtifr
Fri Apr 27, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 14255

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

orthogon wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:
orthogon wrote:
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
by xtifr
Tue Apr 03, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12782

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

It seems to be somewhat confused about whether I'm running Windows or Unix. I wonder if it would be differently confused if I were running Windows (or Mac) instead of Linux? (In other words, is there any OS-sniffing code involved?)
by xtifr
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 5873

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

If you REALLY want to piss people off, use https. If you really want to piss people off, don't use https! I think you'll find there's a whole lot more people (especially smart people) who would like to kill unencryted http for once and for all than there are people stuck with insecure and un-upgrad...
by xtifr
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 8064

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

The ones that tend to use up your battery in the background also have a distressing tendency to do so whether or not you try to shut them down. The FB app and Kindle have both been banished from my phone for their non-stop CPU-hogging and incessant battery draining. It is a source of constant amazem...
by xtifr
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 9691

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When giving directions, I tend to only use n/s/e/w with locals--people I know--since I can be fairly sure they know which direction the local streets run. With passing strangers, I'll start by pointing and use left/right beyond that. As a west-coast boy, I instinctively think of downhill as west, wh...
by xtifr
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 9056

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

You know what the "uni" in unicode stands for, right? Egyptian hieroglyphs have (allegedly) been used as a script by a whole civilization. A dead civilization. A dead civilization which is the subject of tons of research and which regularly generates scholarly papers. The fact that you ma...
by xtifr
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 9056

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 xtifr
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 6416

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

In general us nerds celebrate pi day, e day, and tau day without regard for the year, but at the exact time of day when the hh:mm:ss help. Thus March 14 at 1:59 and 26.536 seconds (AM or PM as you will) That doesn't work either. ISO 8601 covers times as well as dates, and that would be written as: ...
by xtifr
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 6416

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

I'm terribly disappointed to see that Randal Munroe did not make a comic for e-Day. It was even the e-Day of the century! 2.718 ==> 2/7/18. Sheesh! Why does pi get it's own day but e is forgotten about? :cry: What are you on about? e-day is in late July, as all good little-endians know! The Interna...
by xtifr
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 6626

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

I took the liberty of relabeling the time axis as (birth) years so it doesn't depend on being viewed in 2018. But now it looks like the "1995" point on the graph happens in 1990.... Maybe this comic was meant for the year 2023? Vaccines are not given at birth, and I can easily imagine a b...
by xtifr
Wed Jan 24, 2018 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 4095

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

One thing I noticed is that at just about the same time that TeX came along and made the fonts and layouts of papers look much nicer, gnuplot came along and made the fonts and labels on graphs look much worse.
by xtifr
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6700

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

For some reason, I'm reminded of the Shepard scale, an auditory illusion where a sequence of chords appears to rise (or fall) indefinitely. It uses a similar mechanism.
by xtifr
Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 7767

Re: 1935: "2018"

Why do we assume that it's easy to determine if it's divisible by 4 if it's odd? People have been using supercomputers to go through all the odd numbers to test the conjecture that none of them are divisible by four. After *mumble* computation time, we now know that if there's an odd number divisib...
by xtifr
Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 9515

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

A very interesting plot is state of the US by area by senators. Each new state had substantially less per-capita or per-area power than the last. It was and is a pyramid scheme giving greatest power to the original 13 colonies. Montana has a smaller population than Rhode Island! (1.04M vs. 1.05M.) ...
by xtifr
Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 3868

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

It seems odd to me to see "self driving car" and "fuel" in the same sentence. Electric cars are already sufficiently mature for widespread use, fully autonomous driving is not So, to your mind, "fuel" requires hadrons? (Even if you're correct, I think people will conti...
by xtifr
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8188

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I don't know what the reference for 100 °F is supposed to be, though. I believe it was supposed to be body temperature, originally. But if that's true, I'm not entirely sure how it ended up being off, slightly. (Checking Wikipedia: oh, it's much worse than that. Apparently he was was basing it on b...
by xtifr
Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5587

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

When it comes to making friends, I think Pygmalion beat Victor Von Frankenstein by many centuries.

(Although I am a bit surprised to discover that Victor beat Geppetto by about 60 years. For some reason, I thought it was the other way around.)
by xtifr
Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"
Replies: 8
Views: 2356

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

Did you know that if you're standing on the Great Wall of China, you can see the Great Wall of China?

Which is a man-made structure located on the third celestial body orbiting the star known as Sol. :)
by xtifr
Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12763

Re: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"

If it's well-seasoned, the inside surface should be just fine. You might get some rust on the outside, but that's really not a big deal. A quick scrub, then use the pan , and things should be fine. The heat from using the pan will drive out any remaining moisture. So rust really isn't a major proble...
by xtifr
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5587

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Of course, advances in AI should soon give us a whole new set of answers to the question "how do I make friends?" :)
by xtifr
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12763

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I'm saying it takes seconds for me to clean other pans. Yup, and that's how long it takes to clean cast iron. If your sources are telling you something else, then your sources are insane. Cast iron is as easy and quick to clean as teflon. And noticeably easier and quicker than stainless or copper. ...
by xtifr
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12763

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

The big problem with teflon is that it doesn't stick to the metal very well (not sticking to things is rather its selling point), and it's not very strong, so once you scratch or chip it, it tends to continue to disintegrate and add teflon chips to the things you cook in it. And it can't easily be ...
by xtifr
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5587

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Face it: all of us are introverts and borderline Aspberger's or worse, so of course we're rotten at making friends. Speak for yourself. While a lot of geeks are introverts or borderline aspie, a lot of us are definitely not . To assume we all are is to buy into ridiculous media stereotypes. Some ge...
by xtifr
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12763

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Best not. Plastic bubbles can kill you. :mrgreen:
by xtifr
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12763

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

The big problem with teflon is that it doesn't stick to the metal very well (not sticking to things is rather its selling point), and it's not very strong, so once you scratch or chip it, it tends to continue to disintegrate and add teflon chips to the things you cook in it. And it can't easily be r...
by xtifr
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12763

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Describing cast iron as "high maintenance" is a bit ridiculous as well. You do sort of have to know what you're doing to get the best out of it, but since you maintain it by adding oil and heating, and since you generally use it by...adding oil and heating... Compare to: * Stainless or cop...
by xtifr
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 5832

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

Nope, it does work in any case. Well, let's be precise. There were a couple of small-scale studies which suggested that placebos were more effective against irritable bowel syndrome and migraines than no treatment, even when people knew they were just taking sugar pills with no medicinal effect. Th...
by xtifr
Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 6944

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I think anyone who has read 1984 would argue that linguistics should be higher on the chart. But that was speculative fiction . Humans don't work this way. You know that and I know that, but, as has frequently been observed, a whole lot of people in power seem to treat 1984 as more of an guide book...
by xtifr
Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12763

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Herein lies the rift between the soap and no-soap cast iron users. Cast iron in its natural state is porous, and will trap soap and flavor your food with soap similar to those unsealed ceramic baking stones that were a fad a while back. People who take their cast iron camping and clean it by turnin...
by xtifr
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 6944

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I think anyone who has read 1984 would argue that linguistics should be higher on the chart. Possibly up near pharmacology (which we learned about from Brave New World).
by xtifr
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7743

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Ship-to-ship combat in space is probably much trickier than the way it's usually portrayed in SF, but yeah, it's not inherently illogical or anything. In any case, fiction allows for artistic license, and SF has a set of what are often referred to as "acceptable breaks from reality". Thing...
by xtifr
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 4435

Re: 1899: "Ears"

The solution is to have normal ears! :D Seriously, I've never had a problem with earbuds, and didn't even realize this was a problem for some people. On the other hand, I did once own a pair which came with hooks that wrap around behind the ear. I suppose I could have deduced the existence of a prob...
by xtifr
Fri Oct 06, 2017 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7743

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

This. It always amuses me how many hipsters have taken the ludicrously contrary view that alien contact could only ever be a good thing. My theory is that it is connected to the weird liberal tic whereby, in understandable moral rejection of cruel conservative racism, every single immigrant is asse...
by xtifr
Fri Sep 29, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7743

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

If you think that diseases are the only thing we'd have to worry about from an alien invasion, well, I hope you're not in charge if it happens. I'm not sure what sequence of events would lead to exobiologists being the first scientists to be interviewed in relation to a potential alien invasion. If...

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