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by GlassHouses
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 3611

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

One thing that probably tends to rein in the nastiness of plants (or living things in general) is that making all those toxins and thorns and whatnot requires energy, which takes away from the budget for growth and reproduction. The optimum appears not to be "maximum nastiness." Of course ...
by GlassHouses
Mon Mar 11, 2019 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 2711

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

(IMHO, "little end" is plausible enough that "end" should be with moved to the area where "world" and "one" currently are. Maybe not "end", but, given the readership demographic, "endian" should have featured. But the terms little-endian a...
by GlassHouses
Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 3611

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

da Doctah wrote:"It was so clear you could see the epicycles and deferents."

I went walking in the woods one night with some friends, all of us under the influence of some kind of mushroom, and I could see dotted lines connecting the stars, like the constellations in a star chart.
by GlassHouses
Wed Mar 06, 2019 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 43
Views: 4698

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Even professional YouTubers shoot on smartphones sometimes -- but they know to hold the phone sideways when they do. Vertical video is a sure sign of a n00b.
by GlassHouses
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 4638

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

Chips contain plenty of oxide, though. The wafer-thin slices of hilariously pure silicon crystal are very commonly doped with its oxide in order to provide the p-n and n-p junctions that make useful diodes and transistors happen. So at the very least, they certainly contain sand. Are you sure? This...
by GlassHouses
Fri Mar 01, 2019 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 4638

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

Pfhorrest wrote:Silicon dioxide has no "ish" about it, that's straight up what most of most stones are made of.

It's not what computer chips are made of, though. That would be highly pure silicon, and silicon is a metalloid, not a rock.
by GlassHouses
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7332

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

But if food can't be verbed, can "feed" be popularized in the intransitive/reflexive sense? It's noon here, so I'm about to feed anyway. "Feed" in that sense is an established usage, although usually used referring to animals. See https://www.dictionary.com/browse/feed sense #11.
by GlassHouses
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4067

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Also, water doesn't get blown across from one ocean to the other just anywhere. This is only a significant effect where the land it's being blown across is narrow, i.e. Central America... and that's in the tropics, where prevailing winds blow east to west.
by GlassHouses
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4067

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Since prime numbers are usually understood to be real numbers, i can't be prime in the usual sense. It's also not a Gaussian Prime. Rather, it is one of the four units in the ring of Gaussian Integers (complex numbers where the real and imaginary parts are both integers). Fun fact: 2 is also not a G...
by GlassHouses
Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7332

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

toni2068 wrote:
DavidSh wrote:The real map would be mostly "Soda" or "Pop", with small enclaves of "Coke" and "Sodapop", I would presume.

Soft drink.

Doesn't "soft drink" include non-carbonated drinks?
by GlassHouses
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 4395

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

Is OSI Jenga a thing? Can you try removing different components until the entire system collapses? Kind of: going by the 7-layer OSI model and the ubiquity of HTTP/HTTPS traffic, you can safely take out layers 5 and 6. Because for some reason everything from encrypting a connection to request/respo...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 6815

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

A lot of podcasts are sponsored by mattress companies. I have no idea why. But there's a burgeoning industry of a whole bunch of different online-storefront mattress retailers, and they all advertise heavily on podcasts. Interesting. I don't listen to podcasts, but I still have a newspaper subscrip...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 5337

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

mixing Latin and Greek is always a bad idea It could be worse. Consider, for example, " megatsunami ". :) If you follow that link and then use the language switcher thingy to jump to the equivalent Japanese page, you find 巨大津波, pronounced "kyodai tsunami," meaning: "giganti...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 2848

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

The birthday thing was solved ages ago. I still know people who have birthday calendars in their bathrooms. All it takes is one glance whenever you're sitting down to do your business, and you'll be reminded of all upcoming birthdays. Are these things going out of style? I have to admit I don't hav...
by GlassHouses
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 2848

2093: "Reminders"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/reminders.png Title text: The good news is that if the number of work and friend relationships you have exceeds your willingness to do the bare minimum to keep up with everyone's life events and stuff, one way or another that problem eventually solves itself. The birthd...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5252

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

But if metric units are involved, you can just use prefixes properly and say "the Earth is 150 gigameters from the Sun" instead of nonsense like "million kilometers" How would you express the volume of the observable universe in metric units using prefixes properly? Four hundred...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 5175

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

Showing timezones in a graph and not labeling the time axis in UTC? That's a paddlin' Randall chose the time zone he himself lives in. As someone who lives in that time zone as well, I feel that this is an entirely reasonable choice. :D Speaking of time zones, the third largest jump in the graph, a...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 5175

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

I also keep forgetting that most of South America is farther east than most of North America, so even in the Eastern U.S., we're really pretty late to the party.
by GlassHouses
Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5252

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

jeanrenaud wrote:This is why we begin to see "M$, G$" in some publications. With the computer era, most people will understand these terms and their signification is the same in every language.

Except in financial jargon, M means thousand and MM means million...
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5651

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I don't remember ever hearing of this kind of operation back home in the Netherlands. Maybe because I lived in a more densely populated area there? There definitely were geese out and about, but I never heard of any efforts to chase them away. Maybe because they were more easygoing, being feral des...
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5651

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I've read that sometimes specially trained dogs are used to chase geese away; I have trouble picturing that It's definitely a thing . I used to work in an office park in New Jersey where I'd sometimes see signs saying "Border Collies at work," though I have never actually seen the dogs. T...
by GlassHouses
Wed Dec 26, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 6442

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

xtifr wrote:Anyone who disagrees is welcome to explain why they no longer write or speak like the author of Beowulf.

That's easy: because everyone sucks at English nowadays.

Also, Italy is a country full of people who speak really, really terrible Latin. :D
by GlassHouses
Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5062

Re: 2086: "History Department"

when the thing that you were 99.9999% sure was going to happen, happens, that's not news. Dog bites man, and all that. It's News if Her Maj decides to sod the speech and goes down the pub instead. True, but if you're setting aside 30 minutes a day for broadcasting the news, and there is no news, yo...
by GlassHouses
Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5062

Re: 2086: "History Department"

LtPowers wrote:May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful, but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively.


Powers &8^]

Mulholland Drive premiered at the Cannes Film Festival? Sorry, that was clearly not an uneventful day. Try again. :D
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 4704

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

I've often thought middle latitudes were the best. You get actual seasons, and you don't have to deal with 24 hours of daylight or 24 hours of sunlight. I tend to agree, but this time of year, when the trees have mostly shed their leaves and winter is about to begin in earnest, does get a lot of pe...
by GlassHouses
Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 4253

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country. on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too) Everyone has either more or fewer than the average number of legs. That depends o...
by GlassHouses
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 6170

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Wow and LOL! My job is *literally* going to a customer support counter with a tool trolley and asking "hello, where's the staff entrance?", and being shown to it, and there asking "hello, where's the server room, I'm here to replace the routers" and being shown to it *and* *left...
by GlassHouses
Mon Nov 26, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 7949

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Lately I've found myself watching sports movies, despite having no interest whatsoever in any sports, and I find some of the stories pretty engaging aside from the sports angle. In that case, take a look at Bull Durham , if you haven't already. I found it highly enjoyable, despite not giving a fig ...
by GlassHouses
Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 7949

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Meh, literature awards have nothing to do with how entertaining the story is and everything to do with whatever the literary critics consider to be “high art”. Sometimes they get it right. Example: one birthday many years ago, a relative gave me One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márqu...
by GlassHouses
Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13964

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I've honestly always been annoyed that kg is the SI unit for mass. Shouldn't the Gram be the unit we're defining with our arbitrary nonsense? The cgs system was tried for a while, but that of course has the same problem with centimetre. As normal human activities go, m and kg fit a wider range of a...
by GlassHouses
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13964

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The_Alchemist wrote:I keep thinking it would be nice to redefine the second so that there are 10 hours/day, 100 minutes/hour and 100 seconds/min.

Small is small, right? What could possibly go wrong? :P

It's been tried. Didn't catch on.
by GlassHouses
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 6255

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Assuming the turbulence and wind shear around the tornado doesn't destroy the drone before its gets inside the funnel, it probably wouldn't see anything. Those funnels are usually opaque, which suggests that inside, visibility is going to be close to zero. That's certainly what it looks like in this...
by GlassHouses
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 7149

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

Two of my friends on Facebook frequently post self-affirming memes about how other people can't tear you down and cut those people out of your life and you're better than all those drama queens. One of them, I know the other side all too well. I know that SHE is the drama in everyone else's life, a...
by GlassHouses
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8268

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

This entire post boils down to "it's OK because the private sector does it worse." Given that I was replying to your post, which boiled down to "the private sector always does everything better," that shouldn't come as a huge surprise. If I had agreed with that point, I wouldn't...
by GlassHouses
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8268

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

but there are also a vast number of things that the government does with absurd inefficiency, and the root of that is in the bureaucracy rather than the legislative branch. Government just isn't good at most of what it tries to do and it has a natural tendency to grow. If there really is such a &qu...
by GlassHouses
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8268

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Libertarianism, or, I suppose, anti-Statism, comes from a distrust of government in general, not the dysfunction of a particular branch. Paranoia appears to be a wide-spread condition, but as a basis for rational discourse, I rather prefer evidence. Some people are pretty reactionary and have more ...
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8268

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

The thing you're ignoring there is that if the Free Market, or the Wisdom Of The Crowd, or whatever other Invisible Hand, were effective at dealing with issues like the ones mentioned in that Pelosi quite, there wouldn't be so much support for government activity on those issues. Of course politicia...
by GlassHouses
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8268

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

This strip is funny to me because I just did that today. I read about the distinction between "strong" and "weak" emergence, and I immediately thought, "Strong emergence = denial of material reductionism". Denial of material reductionism is done by people who want to c...
by GlassHouses
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 6746

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

There’s also an amount of linguistic snobbery in refusing to use phonetic conventions from outside of the language being spoken. Remember, French is a language that has its own official institute for the preservation of linguistic purity, dedicated to the prevention of the adoption of foreign-isms....
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 6746

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

As someone who occasionally glances at French newspapers, it amuses me to no end that the French spell the Russian president's last name "Poutine." The reason for this is that, if it were spelled Putin, it would be pronounced like 'putain', which is french for whore. Calling him Poutine i...

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