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by Pfhorrest
Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1773: "Negativity"
Replies: 25
Views: 4706

Re: 1773: "Negativity"

a long time ago, i fell in love with the internet because it was a refuge from the bullshit i had to put up with in real life. a place mostly populated by intelligent college educated people with norms of rational discourse and civility (which were still transgressed plenty often, there were still t...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 8607

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

speising wrote:And then there are configurations with more than one monitor and you don't have a "border" or "corner" to bump your cursor on there.

You still have borders and corners of the overall desktop shape, even if it's spread across several monitors.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 8607

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Per Fitt's Law, menus (or anything to be clicked really) directly under your mouse (contextual ['right-click'] menus, gimp menus, etc) are objectively the best. Menus in the corners of the screen are next-best, and menus on the edges of the screen (like a top-of-screen menubar as in Mac OS) are next...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8165

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Interesting. I would think they could have more elegantly solved the split-vote problem by reducing the ballot to a single option, the direct mandate candidate, and then inferring what would have been the second option, the party, from the direct mandate candidate's party. This kind of mixed represe...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17707

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Moreover, asking someone "Are you sure?" isn't ignoring their advice.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 9732

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I'd expect R1 to come before IV, since that's where it's set chronologically and, unlike II and III, it doesn't really serve as a flashback of anything between V and VI. Kinda weird to start a series off with characters you're never going to see again, though.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8165

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

It would probably be good to remember that republican states are typically large producers, whereas democratic cities are huge consumers. Really? Wyoming produces more than California? California is the leading producer of all sorts of agricultural products, in addition to entertainment, technology...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8165

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

DC is not technically a state, but other than that and the e.g. lack of representation it entails, it's basically a state, in that it's a reasonably-sized part of continental United States territory where people live and isn't part of another state and has a name and all of that. And Indiana could b...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 01, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 10333

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I definitely saw McIntosh and Golden Delicious mentioned too.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 01, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12264

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Yeah I guess the whistles that I was mimicking from the parrots were probably them mimicking human whistles they had learned elsewhere. Whistling doesn't seem to be their native mode of vocalization, which is more of a creaking sound (that I can also mimic, but only while inhaling, oddly).
by Pfhorrest
Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12264

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Is there a name for the two-tone whistle that's opposite the order of the wolf whistle? Someone earlier transcribed the wolf whistle as "whit-woo"; I'm wondering what you call the whistle that'd be "woo-whit", like to call someone's attention. I found a super short (0:09) YouTube...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 10333

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I was hoping the joke here would be something like a spectrum from Red Delicious through Golden Delicious through Green Delicious, then like Cyan Delicious and Blue Delicious and I dunno maybe an Indigo or Violet Delicious depending on what spectrum terminology you really want to use. Possibly with ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 25, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1764: "XKCDE"
Replies: 37
Views: 5555

Re: 1764: "XKCDE"

Given a VM capable of running another VM inside of it, there are likely a nearly-infinite stack of nested VMs, and thus the odds that our supposed "real" hardware is actually just another VM approach unity.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12264

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Nothing in that website or in your earlier disagreement with Monika was about just feminism, though, which was the narrowness of the definition doogly and I were talking about. It is about related topics though; that site seems to use it to mean specifically avoiding letting marginalized people spe...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12264

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Derail I have never seen reserved in the way you describe. This is not a strong rebuttal, but the first non-dictionary result I get on Google for "derail" is this site which seems to be at least in the ballpark of what I'm thinking of. FWIW I think it was Monika who objected to my use of ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 12264

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

This reminds me of a meaning-shift of "derail" that someone on this very forum first illustrated for me. In older internet usage, it meant to change the subject of any conversation away from whatever it was about before to anything else. But apparently now it means "to avoid talking a...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 21915

Re: 1759: "British Map"

ps.02 wrote:(Is it fair if, in return, I choose to assume that the US east and west coasts can pretty much be summed up as NYC, LA and Portland?)

Yeah that's about right except what's a Portland? Do we have a third coast somewhere I didn't know about?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 21915

Re: 1759: "British Map"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/terminology.png And it's even worse on the west coast, where "the midwest" is slightly to the east, "the west" is even further to the east, and "the middle east" is somewhat further west of "the east" which, as you've noted, is to...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17707

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Not sure who "us" is for you, but for me it's California. Scotland is cool, I wouldn't mind hanging out with them over at Hawaii's place.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17707

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Maybe California and Scotland can go off into an ocean somewhere and hang out together.

Hawaii can come too.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 21915

Re: 1759: "British Map"

In some parts of southern California, the US-101 Northbound freeway will see you driving into the sunset, and the Southbound likewise into the sunrise.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3238
Views: 546348

Re: What were your dreams last night?

There was a period of my life where I had recurring dreams of a (better) alternate life in which my only real problem was suffering from recurring nightmares that were of my real life.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Nov 21, 2016 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 8267

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Label every box after some niche genre of porn, and keep a translation key for yourself, e.g. fisting = dishes, double penetration = linens, etc.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Nov 19, 2016 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17707

Re: 1761: "Blame"

As I said in an earlier thread: you don't personally have to want to gas the Jews to make voting for Hitler a black mark on your character. It's bad enough that you find his desire to do so not terrible enough to oppose him.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17707

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Alice and Bob are nominally friends. Alice is always a super nice person who doesn't do anything to attack or hurt people. Bob thus far hasn't really done much of exceptional note against Alice, so Alice, nice person that she is, is friendly with Bob. Then one day Bob reveals himself to be a jackass...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 23673

Re: Re:

One thing I've noticed about myself is that I'm more likely to run up stairs than to run on the level. I've no idea why I do this. I've noticed that I tend to walk harder or sometimes run uphill than downhill. I think it's because I'm expending effort to counter the direction the hill wants to push...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"
Replies: 272
Views: 68451

Re: 0258: "Conspiracy Theories"

My dad has been building One Conspiracy Theory To Rule Them All since he got internet access a half dozen years ago. It started with 9/11 Trutherism. 9/11 was an inside job. Then he read about some kind of convention that happened just before 9/11, where a bunch of supposedly authoritative people ca...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Exactly. She knows what her reasons are. Pfhorrest is accurately reporting what her reasons are. Stop trying to insist you know the "true heart" of a woman you've never met better than she and her actual family do, especially when you're doing it because it paints an embarassing picture. ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 17707

Re: 1761: "Blame"

I feel sad. Bad things are happening. If I were a better person bad things wouldn't be happening to me. A good person could deal with these things and make them not bad, or else not perceive these things as bad because they really aren't, I just wrongly think they are. I am a monster.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

If you were treating them as a rational moral agent, you'd be taking their self-stated desires (getting rid of Muslims/Mexicans/etc.) seriously and engaging them on those terms. I was assuming their stated reasons for wanting to "get getting rid of Muslims/Mexicans/et" would have some fac...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Nov 16, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 2547

Re: 1760: "TV Problems"

I sometimes like to say "tech support hates me". Not because I'm a difficult clueless moron customer who can't follow their directions, but because by the time I'm calling tech support, I've already gone through all the things they would normally walk customers through to try to fix it, an...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 11, 2016 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

You did read the part about "Hillary is literally a Satan-worshiping Illuminati", right? That is the crazy part. If she had some kind of actual reason that she thought outweighed the threat to her survival, that's something I could just agree to disagree. But when I raised that concern, sh...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

a bunch of idiots voting against their own best interests out of some kind of confused stupor The mistake you make here is that you are defining someone else's "own best interests" for them. I gave a specific, very personal example of that. My mother is disabled and survives entirely off ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

A defense treaty with our neighbour to the north would help. I kinda don't think Oregon's going to bring much defense to the table, especially if they're still part of the USA themselves. ;) I think leaving in a peaceful manner could work, like what gets proposed in the U.K. with its countries. It ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 10, 2016 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

From my perspective (a left-wing European) it appears that many Americans want the freedom to impinge on the rights of others. To me that doesn't appear to be freedom as it restricts one, or, usually, more people to increase the benefit to another, so is, in fact, a reduction in freedom. If everyon...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I'm just saying. If this is your method of coming to terms with yesterday's outcome, then all the more power to you. But just know--it ain't gonna happen. Period. I didn't bring the topic up, I was just commenting on the ongoing conversation about it. I did conclude by saying that California leavin...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

And now that I've compared Trump to Hitler a couple of times, I want to share some thoughts slightly in the other direction. Earlier tonight I read this list of things Trump plans to do in his first 100 days , and aside from a few things that I already knew and still find as inexcusable as ever (his...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I've never been one to call anyone who supports Trump a racist/misogynist/etc. No, you haven't, which is why I haven' taken issue with anything you've written, as far as I can recall. Sorry, I didn't mean that to be something personal about you and me. What I meant was: as someone who harbors stron...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Merry Pizzamas?
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 58281

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Today, my hope is that some people will come to realize that they have slandered those who conditionally supported Donald Trump. I don't expect him to Make America Great , but I do expect him to Probably Not Make America The Hunger Games . I've never been one to call anyone who supports Trump a rac...

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