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by HES
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 5754

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Try mentioning the need for gun control on twitter. People you've never heard of will try to dismiss any argument you make and start making personal comments about you. You could even say that you have been surrounded by assholes. Doesn't make them the sane ones. Yeah, I pretty much assumed that Tw...
by HES
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 9956

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

somitomi wrote:It's entirely about what people are used to anyway.

FTFY
by HES
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870887

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The whole idea of de-arresting seems very wrong to me. Theoretically, a person could be arrested 50 times for domestic abuse, but if he is de-arrested before processing then none of those incidents would go on their criminal record. The flip side is people getting criminal records over nothing. A t...
by HES
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 9956

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Vroomfundel wrote:Well, guess what, the UK did it

...sort of. Partly. Ish.
by HES
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 9032

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

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

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?
by HES
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6231
Views: 870887

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In the UK you can certainly be "de-arrested". If that's not a thing in the US, it's a waste of police time let alone the civil liberty issue.
by HES
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14676
Views: 2189158

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

LaserGuy wrote:(although from my reading, more collisions are actually caused by drivers swerving out of their lanes to avoid a moose rather than actually hitting a moose).

Given the previous sentence, that's probably not a bad thing
by HES
Fri Apr 13, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14676
Views: 2189158

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

To be fair, j_s didn't say smaller things can't kill you; just that all larger things can. Which, given the right circumstances, is almost certainly true.
by HES
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89903
Views: 7469256

Re: Thoughts for ships

Sableagle wrote:They're building new housing estates upstream of me. I think I should be unhappy about this.

Nah. Planning regs these days force them to have pretty decent attenuation. May even improve things.
by HES
Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28370
Views: 2900237

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

In the US, pavement is the substance laid down on the ground (asphalt or concrete), not any particular kind of path thus covered. Technically, that's also the case in the UK, just not colloquially. Carriageway, cycleways, bridleways, and footways, if paved, are pavements. Does cause problems with p...
by HES
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 4297

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Designers, can you either put an easy to find setting to disable all the standby lights on your devices or put in a light detector so they auto power the LED off in the dark? There's a handy switch on the wall that will turn the lights off on any device. (Though saying that, outlet switches aren't ...
by HES
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14676
Views: 2189158

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

speising wrote:Eminem has proven that gravity affects light.

How I read that.
by HES
Tue Mar 27, 2018 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: xkcd Browser App for Android
Replies: 2
Views: 1083

Re: xkcd Browser App for Android

What xkcd app? Whatever you're using is unofficial so it's down to the relevant author to deal with.

In any case, what's wrong with m.xkcd.com?
by HES
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14676
Views: 2189158

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

(Bonus points, as we had every right to use blue passports whilst within the EU)
by HES
Fri Mar 23, 2018 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 6934

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

I'm so happy PAYE is a thing over here.
by HES
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1784
Views: 269233

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Have you ever heard the phrase 'blaming the victim'. In traffic collisions it is often the case that both parties have some culpability. Your comparison doesn't apply here. Wearing dark clothing on a road at night =/= wearing a miniskirt to a party Explain to me the difference between a dusty wind ...
by HES
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1784
Views: 269233

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The BBC, and I presume most other news sites, have the video.
by HES
Wed Mar 21, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1784
Views: 269233

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I had in my head that "EU noise regulations prevent artificial noise being added to electric vehicles", but upon finally getting round to check if that's just Brexit propaganda, it turns out that the opposite is true - they have to make enough noise for pedestrian safety. (Not that the inc...
by HES
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1784
Views: 269233

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

or have traffic lights that give all red lights so pedestrians can cross without cars trying to turn right. Given low turning speeds, I'd be curious to see how many pedestrian collisions, particularly KSI's, actually happen in this scenario. In the UK we have strictly separated phasings - if a pede...
by HES
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1784
Views: 269233

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

35 is "around 40"
by HES
Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 7739

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

orthogon wrote:imagine you're on the London Underground (map)
Sure, but that map is geographically nonsense anyway.
by HES
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36566442

Re: 1190: "Time"

Not that I wasn't already, but this Wintergatan talk is making me eager to give it a listen once I escape the clutches of this FFS mustard...
by HES
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 201
Views: 16111

Re: Black Panther

gmalivuk wrote:It's Dances with Wolves but with aliens, yeah.

I recall it being referred to as "Dances with Smurfs" when it came out.
by HES
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 4285

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

I've never successfully grabbed this name anywhere else, but there's usually a character minimum greater than three.

heuristically_alone wrote:How long until we start seeing people on the fora with these usernames?

Given what we already have?
by HES
Fri Mar 02, 2018 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13937

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

riker1384 wrote:Personally I think putting yourself in a self-driving car is insane. You're putting yourself in a death-box that can kill you at the whim of its software.

Do you ever get in a taxi?
by HES
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1413699

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Mutex wrote:I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity

Oh! I got a static shock from someone earlier which hasn't happened in ages, but that puts some context to it.
by HES
Mon Feb 26, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 222638

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

FWIW, I'm with flicky. But given our geographic proximity that should be no surprise.
by HES
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13937

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

It will have to be regulated and standardised. Which, knowing how great governments are with technology, will not happen fast enough. So I wouldn't invest in any Mk.I hardware...
by HES
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13937

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Ninja'd, posting anyway. Problems I'm seeing in Aberdeen/Blackdog at the moment, which may confuse machine vision over humans. Out of date mapping is laziness - when accurate digital mapping becomes a necessity, more emphasis will be placed on ensuring it is updated. It's not like we don't have the ...
by HES
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5305
Views: 406310

Re: Trump presidency


If enacted, I give it a week before that policy enables a school shooting.
by HES
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36566442

Re: 1190: "Time"

There's ten of us on the map, but many names I haven't seen in a very long time.
by HES
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1413699

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Southern England generally means South-East England.

And for me, hailing from Southern England, pass, parse and farce all rhyme.
by HES
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14676
Views: 2189158

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

I can't see how a diversion route from the M4 Eastbound would take you there. Motorway closed > forced to take exit > sat-nav re-routes down inappropriate road. Happens all the fucking time. We get a ton of complaints every time we close a road because suddenly there's a load of heavy traffic going...
by HES
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 221
Views: 66901

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

So far we're consistently one death behind... which one of them was secretly replaced by a robot?
by HES
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does the skin on my fingers wrinkle when I am in the bath too long? /answered
Replies: 2
Views: 1317

Re: Why does the skin on my fingers wrinkle when I am in the bath too long? /answered

Interesting to see there's a recent study that didn't support the wet-grip evolutionary advantage idea.
by HES
Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6845

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

London Luton (LTN), too.
by HES
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6845

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

Pfhorrest wrote:Something in viewtopic.php?p=4289998#p4289974 seems to be breaking formatting on this page.

It's what happens when you get [spoiler] and [quote] tags crossed
by HES
Sat Dec 30, 2017 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4917
Views: 636279

Re: Doctor Whom

Soupspoon wrote:whenever Reboot Season 11 is actually scheduled to start (Easterish?).

That's a big ish. Autumn.
by HES
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 2873

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

9th in line for which presidency, though?
by HES
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106038
Views: 36566442

Re: 1190: "Time"

ED, Yappo, Zooman, CD, Lu... have I tripped back in Time? Hi Y'all!

ChronosDragon wrote:i realized also a while ago that my image attachments, hosted on dropbox, have likely been holes in this thread's valiant history for a while now.

Mine, too. This thread has outlived dropbox sharing policy.

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