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by 80-watt Hamster
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2118: "Normal Distribution"
Replies: 15
Views: 2633

Re: 2118: "Normal Distribution"

Much fewer than 50% of the pixels are gray, and more than 80% are white. Is that for the whole image? To the eye, the distribution looks much more even under the curve. Any input as to what about this, exactly, would this annoy statisticians? As a non-statistician, it confuses me because I don't kn...
by 80-watt Hamster
Wed Feb 27, 2019 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 4618

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

And also none of these people know about Alt-Print-Screen to only screenshot the relevant message. Confession time: I, someone who is apprentice-level at best in this group but generally considered "computer-savvy" by GenPop, did not know about Alt-PrtScr until this exact moment. Now I do...
by 80-watt Hamster
Fri May 12, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 14755

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Now that the Double Down has been brought up, I'm rethinking the application of the word "sandwich" in regard to its history. Delving into "as you know..." territory, we have the popular origin as something the Earl of Sandwich's cook dreamed up so said Earl could eat while playi...
by 80-watt Hamster
Wed May 10, 2017 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 14755

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

This is a widespread argument/meme? Weird. But now that the subject has been raised, I can't seem to help contributing my take. It seems like anything largely resembling the apocryphal "original" sandwich should qualify. Is it contained by bread (or other raised dough product) and able to ...
by 80-watt Hamster
Fri Dec 11, 2015 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 14504

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

As a person who's been into cars most of my life, the "sports car as compensation" thing always bothered me, even as a kid. I wanted a cool car but couldn't have one, and rationalized that the middle-aged guys that did were finally in a financial position that allowed an extraneous purchas...
by 80-watt Hamster
Wed Feb 11, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1485: "Friendship"
Replies: 78
Views: 16739

Re: 1485: "Friendship"

I can't believe nobody has brought up the problem with this word-substitution: it suggests that "friendship" can only exist between males. I don't read it that way. It's trying to reframe the (implied to be) unnecessary term "bromance" as simple frienship. It would work equally ...
by 80-watt Hamster
Fri Feb 06, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1483: "Quotative Like"
Replies: 83
Views: 14660

Re: 1483: "Quotative Like"

There are also people like ... er, such as myself who grew up during the ascendancy of "like" as conversational filler, caught themselves using it and other stopgaps such as "um" (Yes, I realize they're not exactly the same thing, and that I used the equivalent at the beginning o...
by 80-watt Hamster
Fri Oct 10, 2014 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"
Replies: 203
Views: 36648

Re: 1432: "The Sake of Argument

the same way people who say "for all intensive purposes" and "it's a mute point" do. Who says "for all intensive purposes"? Isn't it "for all intents and purposes"? People who aren't great with words, like my otherwise quite intelligent wife. Drives me batty....
by 80-watt Hamster
Wed Jun 25, 2014 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 44827

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

People are stupid in general inasmuch as people, ALL people at some point or another, do stupid things. And as previously noted, those things tend to stick out in our memory. But "People do dumb stuff sometimes", while more accurate and less cynical, doesn't roll off the tongue as nicely.
by 80-watt Hamster
Mon May 19, 2014 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 17493

Re: 1370: "President"

The internet will likely be so different 18 years from now that what today's teenagers post may be irrelevant more for technical reasons than otherwise.
by 80-watt Hamster
Tue May 13, 2014 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 18313

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Red Hal wrote:
Or ... Nokia 6310i? (Still the best business phone ever made.)


In a search to find out what the 6310 was, I ran across a post on Nokia's website about the 3310 being remade into a Windows phone with a 41 Mp camera. Honestly, it looks pretty nifty.

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