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by Quey
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 6514

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

I've used Google verbatim search as my default for years now because of Google's often overzealous fuzzy matching. It is especially annoying given the number of technologies and companies I have to search whose names are close misspellings of common words. It's really annoying that, by default, Goog...
by Quey
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 13713

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Good advice, and interesting example! Indeed, in my original paper I tried to assert the situation as well as make a comparison,but for some reason the latter stuck out, just without the negation. Describing the situation in a "positive" way sounds odd when talking about the Holocaust, but...
by Quey
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 13713

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

I totally agree with the premise of the comic, but I have to say that the opposite side is quite often shirking its responsibility. For example, I had an English teacher in high school who thought a paper I wrote contained "Neo-Nazi propaganda" (she said as much in her feedback), while in ...
by Quey
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 15052

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

Many people seem to think that everywhere in England is in London, and the airports aren’t helping ... England is only about a quarter the size of my state, and I regularly travel the length of England for work. That's actually quite surprising to me, that the tiny, local, 15-person company I work ...
by Quey
Thu Jan 04, 2018 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 15052

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

xaintly wrote:SWF Sherwood Forest [Not a real airport, London- LHR] > Sacramento Metro

Sacramento Metro is SMF. SWF is Stewart Int'l in New York.

cellocgw wrote:Obligatory: I bet you're real fun at parties.

Well that was horrifyingly rude. Was your meme worth it?
by Quey
Tue Jan 02, 2018 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 7142

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

I guess I have to be the cynic here... Was this a sponsored comic?
by Quey
Sat Oct 28, 2017 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 4798

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

I never understood considering your time as being worth as much as you can make per hour. If you have a set work schedule, it's not like you could work more hours and get paid more money, so your time is basically worthless as far as money is concerned. The comic doesn't seem to be valuing time by ...
by Quey
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 15897

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Agreed, I had this one pot lid in college that I always thought would serve well as a buckler. Alas, my fencing coach viewed such improvised fighting implements as more of a liability than anything else, legally, if not practically in a bout.
by Quey
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 15431

Re: 1790: "Sad"

The title of this comic should have been "Sad!" I expect most folks on this forum already know about Scott Adams' blog, but just in case: http://blog.dilbert.com/post/153559105081/a-lesson-in-cognitive-dissonance pull quote: As Trump continues to demonstrate that he was never the incompet...
by Quey
Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1722: "Debugging"
Replies: 22
Views: 5991

Re: 1722: Debugging

Ah, a Redwall reference. The books can be fun to read, but they're also a little formulaic. The story always seems to more-or-less follow the same pattern of events. Plus the bad guys are always "vermin" species, which makes me suspect that there is something a little crypto-racist about ...
by Quey
Tue May 03, 2016 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39078

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

By "hipsterism" I meant any attempt to frame it's disuse as a virtue. You want to argue for plastic or antiseptic bills? Fine. You want to use obscure, fiat, existent instruments to avoid germs? That's your prerogative. The dirtiness of cash is a direct consequence of it's use as cash, an...
by Quey
Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39078

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

$2 bills are so rarely circulated that fairly frequently cashiers are so unfamiliar with them as to be inable to tell genuine from counterfeit, often to the point of assuming that it is "obviously" counterfeit because they had never seen one before. I've seen cashiers argue that "the...
by Quey
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39078

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

In fairness, $2 bills are rare enough that seeing one will pretty much inevitably lead to a comment. That's a shame, imo, as the denomination would both be useful and has the best artwork of all the US bills. Again, in my opinion. At this very moment all the paper money I have in my wallet are $2 b...
by Quey
Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 39078

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

If you look at a current $20, the obverse (the side with the White House) shows a pattern of very small, faint '20"s printed all over the blank areas in yellow ink. They actually fall into a specific pattern which is recognized by color copiers and some image editing software. The '0's form wh...
by Quey
Wed Feb 10, 2016 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 10887

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

I always thought a "hot dog" was the entire "sandwich", sausage+bun. Tread lightly. The debate over whether a hot dog is a sandwich rages on, even after some hot dog industry group said last November that it is not a sandwich, due to some critical USDA classification or some suc...
by Quey
Fri Feb 05, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 9057

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

I've been having the same conversation with people at all the dollar stores here lately, in service of my looking for bottled iced teas. At some point I mention that I want the unsweetened types (always in short supply on the shelves) and sweeten them myself, leading to my having to explain that wh...
by Quey
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 12691

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Code: Select all

cat out.txt |

Looks like someone needs a little demoggification? But who am I kidding? I do the same thing fairly often.
by Quey
Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 10187

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

Given the rare, isolationist and peaceful nature of Airbenders, it doesn't seem like a fitting replacement. Perhaps if "candidate" was a generic "bender" and the parties were the tribes ("Republican " to "Fire", " Democratic " to "Water", ...
by Quey
Tue Dec 22, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm
Replies: 55
Views: 13401

Re: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm

And I am not complaining. I think it is a reasonable trade. The current complexity of software gives rise to awesome features and I wouldn't want to go back to a commodore 64. I'm not so sure. What I would like to go back to is 1980s levels of responsiveness. Electronic stuff used to respond in the...
by Quey
Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 27780

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

After reading the thread, it seems a lot of this discussion is coming from people who haven't read any of the source material. The laws were not literally their English representations, and they did not have a need for an implied 0th law to obey laws. They were written into the hardware. One of the ...
by Quey
Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 86576

Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Shouldn't Polio be protected from hunting at this point, since it's an endangered species? If it were a plant or animal we'd be trying to reintroduce it to the environments that it had been eradicated from. Outside of sapient, intelligent beings, what makes one form of life less valuable than anoth...
by Quey
Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 86576

Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Shouldn't Polio be protected from hunting at this point, since it's an endangered species? If it were a plant or animal we'd be trying to reintroduce it to the environments that it had been eradicated from. Outside of sapient, intelligent beings, what makes one form of life less valuable than anoth...
by Quey
Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 6415

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

Meanwhile -- I know rather a lot of people who would do exactly what's going on in the comic. Heck, I risk a multicar pileup on major highways by staring at hawks, vultures, eagles, osprey, and anything that might turn out to be a (literal) rara avis when I should be steering the car. So far I'm al...
by Quey
Mon Sep 28, 2015 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"
Replies: 43
Views: 10593

Re: 1583: "NASA Press Conference"

Yes, you, from... it just says "the news"? That's a statement, not a question. Question marks mark questions. Bad: "This is a question?" It's a statement with the wrong punctuation. Good: "Is this a question?" It's a question because IT ASKS SOMETHING. Derpling excusin...
by Quey
Sat Sep 12, 2015 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record
Replies: 53
Views: 11000

Re: American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record

I've heard the economic argument for the crown; I don't buy it. There's an oft-quoted gov't statistic that the royal family only costs each subject .67 pounds. But that is every adult and child, taxpayer and otherwise all counted in that. And it doesn't even take into account the secret security bud...
by Quey
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record
Replies: 53
Views: 11000

American Media Obsessed With British Queen's Record

There's been a lot of news here in the US on Queen Liz for holding down the job longer than her predecessors and whatnot. Why is this important? Why is this international news? Apparently it's good enough to be reported as interesting in itself, not in the context of "this is a new record in th...
by Quey
Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1569: "Magic Tree"
Replies: 56
Views: 12500

Re: 1569: "Magic Tree"

Imagine if the alt text had said they evolved over trillions of years; would you consider it pedantry to blink at such a glaringly out-of-place value? Well, maybe you would, but I doubt I'm the only person who would have tripped on it before getting to the punchline. Yes I would, in fact. Such a, d...
by Quey
Thu Aug 27, 2015 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1569: "Magic Tree"
Replies: 56
Views: 12500

Re: 1569: "Magic Tree"

On my first reading of the title text I had assumed it meant cell phone towers and trees converged on the metal trunk with branches design. It specifically says that they both started taking on the characteristics of each other to find some optimum in the middle. It's a joke, so it's safe to assume ...
by Quey
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1424: "En Garde"
Replies: 29
Views: 9199

Re: 1424: "En Garde"

Nobody says "touch" / "touched". I'm offended. I'm not nobody, nor are my friends at my university, local club, nor a couple of directors I met at NCIFL and Tucson nationals... "Touch right". "Attack, parry, riposte, touch." "Halt! This is the attack. To...

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