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by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 2450

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Yerushalmi wrote:One of the sequences was approved: https://oeis.org/A316599

Being the sort of oddball that I am, I can't help but be amused that they changed it to Arial because Helvetica is "proprietary". Do they think Arial is in the public domain or something? 'Cuz it ain't.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 2450

2016: "OEIS Submissions"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/oeis_submissions.png Rollover caption: SUB[59]: The submission numbers for my accepted OEIS submissions in chronological order Over on Reddit, it's a running joke that everything you can possibly imagine, and most of the things you can't, have their own subreddits. To t...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 3045

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Dammit, Randall, stop making me feel bad for rocks!
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 5525

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I have weirdly arbitrary inabilities to be assed with my media consumption as well. I can spend all day watching Let's Plays while letting my own Steam library continue to lie dormant. To say nothing of the countless movies I still haven't gotten around to seeing, although that at least requires ext...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 3569

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Mjb wrote:3. AMOLCD is totally real and for sale, see attached.

Ah, AliExpress. If it exists, they have it. If it doesn't exist, they'll find someone to fix that. If it can't exist, they'll probably sell it to you anyway for the right price. Wonder if they have a listing for beachfront property in Arizona.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed May 16, 2018 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 3291

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

"But in general, the more likely I think a crash is, the less likely one becomes" Until you start hitting the brakes at every unexpected motion, or driving so slowly that people are dodging around you, at which point the risk goes way up. The latter being the main reason old people tend t...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri May 11, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 10283

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

What's "fam"? Short for "family", but seems to be used something like "dude" or "bro" or "mate"; a nonsexual term of endearment expressing closeness to the recipient. I have the impression that it comes from African American communities but I don't ...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri May 04, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 10283

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I knew a guy who liked to pronounce SQL as "squirrel" (American pronunciation). I guess it kind of works, since it's used to "squirrel away" data and then retrieve it—although I've heard it said that squirrels don't actually remember where they buried their own acorns, and just e...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu May 03, 2018 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14516

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

What I meant was, everything is now internally defined in terms of pixels per centimeter rather than pixels per inch, precision be damned. So a page scanned at 400 dpi now gets "rounded" to 400 plus some decimal digits. At least, that's what I assume is the source of the problem, since the...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu May 03, 2018 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 12998

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

In related news (related, that is, to the completely off-topic matter of people trying to use archaic language but not doing the research), I keep seeing posters from this Bud Light campaign: http://www.fabnews.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Dilly-Dilly-1-570x320.jpg Why would you even think of pu...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14516

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

As a computer person, many of my issues with metric stem from a deep-seated distaste for base ten itself, primarily the requirement to keep adding more decimal digits every time you want to cut something exactly in half—and the knowledge that even floats will eventually lose precision this way. And ...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 4885

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

My folks always said "three moves is a fire" (meaning after three moves all your old stuff was thrown or trashed and might as well be burned up). Digitally, I expect that means that three hard drive upgrades and I can't find my original files... I can vouch for that; even after just gradu...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 7834

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Sounds like those people are bad at listening. :wink: Joking aside, though, that's a good example of how there are limits to this. See also: Why it's impossible to make an anti-war movie that doesn't "glamorize" war in the eyes of those who revel in senseless violence no matter how horrifi...
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 7350

Re: 1979: "History"

Think about how much has been written about World War II. How many volumes of text, how many hours of documentary and fictionalised history, how many photographs, how much oral history... Then remember: That was six years of history. In case you've forgotten just how little time six years is, it's ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 12998

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

The way they were depicted in the BBC miniseries didn't help much to clarify their nature; their prop candies were covered in so much sugar that you couldn't make heads or tails of what was underneath it. The movie was a little clearer, I believe, with the red showing through, but even then it just ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12236

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

It seems to be somewhat confused about whether I'm running Windows or Unix. I wonder if it would be differently confused if I were running Windows (or Mac) instead of Linux? (In other words, is there any OS-sniffing code involved?) If you're asking about the two different filesystems referenced, no...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 12236

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

Disappointed that they added "Hey Now" to the Na reference but left out "Hey Now > Hey Now, Na Na Na Now > Hey Now > Hey Now, Na Na Na > Frank's 2000 Inch TV".
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 5282

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

With that many status LEDs, there's bound to be one device with an unreasonably bright one lighting up the entire room, thus torpedoing any attempt ato sleep. It's called "literally all of the blue ones". Seriously, I've heard various explanations for why blue LEDs are so much brighter th...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 7746

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

The issue is that a lot if apps do behave badly in the background, but at least Android O is cracking down on them. Sadly, another lot of apps have been designed so that even their backgrounding service which runs independently is an awful battery drain, Facebook mobile chief amongst them (often a ...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 19010

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Clearly the optimal solution is to implement computer-controlled pedestrians as well.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 4973

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

On a related note, I wonder how long before .egg and .muffin are available.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 19010

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Michael of VSauce tackles the Trolley Problem Upon further reflection, I think I hate that they did this? They spent all this time, money and effort setting up this experiment on just six test subjects, after which they presumably tore everything down again. So they've actually learned nothing usef...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 8566

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Forget emojis; why in Dickens's deuce is this a thing?! You know what the "uni" in unicode stands for, right? Egyptian hieroglyphs have (allegedly) been used as a script by a whole civilization. A dead civilization. It's not like we're leaving modern-day ancient Egyptians without a way to...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 3180

1959: "The Simpsons"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_simpsons.png Mouseover caption: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter. I'm guessing this was inspired b...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 8566

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

So yes, why does the forum block random unicode characters like Egyptian Hieroglyphs? I can understand blocking things like the bidi control characters, and I can maybe understand blocking the penis hieroglyph (and the ejaculating penis heiroglyph), but the whole code block? That's just bizarre. In...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 19010

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

You may say you'll never hand over control of your vehicle to AI because you've seen how AI can go wrong... But when it comes to getting a car for your kids , would you trust their driving skills over an AI car? Those same teenagers who - no matter how much you might warn them - might still be show...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"
Replies: 23
Views: 4887

Re: 1951: "Super Bowl Watch Party"

I heard about it, but I wasn't made aware of the cause, so I thought maybe someone had deliberately made a commercial that consisted almost entirely of dead air. Turns out NBC just failed to cue the commercial break in time. No specific commercial had to be cut to make up for the lost time. Actually...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 6199

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

TIL there is actual gold inside the sun. Until now I assumed it was all just hydrogen and helium. But I guess if it's hot enough for fusion to happen, there's probably every element in there, including ones with super-high atomic numbers that we still haven't synthesized yet.
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6296

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

I'll make an exception if you want to explicitly call something a "knife and fork sandwich", because at least you're being honest even if it's kind of cheating. or "Open Face Sandwich?" Indeed. And at least most of those can still be eaten by hand as long as you don't tilt them.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3839

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

While the inheritance-with-strings attached idea can lead to very amusing scenatios (Brewster's Millions!), how realistic are they? I have this idea that if someone leaves me something, I get it (minus applicable taxes), and that's that. In my non-expert opinion, conditions would be unenforceable. ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 6296

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

"Too large to eat comfortably", and the illustration of a Dagwood accompanying it, is putting it mildly. More like, "so overstuffed that you can't even pick it up without half the ingredients spilling onto the plate." I got a chicken po' boy from Sheetz one time because I had a c...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7809

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

I had no idea there were that many "other" votes. A whole quarter of Utah? Holy moly. Out of curiosity I did some digging and also discovered there were a lot of dissenting electoral voters as well. This whole time I was thinking that "faithless electors" was just a hypothetical ...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 3743

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

On the subject of security countermeasures on electronics, let me float this one by you: A PCI card for desktop computers that contains an EMP device and a GPS receiver. Within about ten seconds of powering on, it checks the current location, and if it's more than five miles in any direction from it...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 3360

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

Actually, the mostly-reindeer diet might be responsible for more dietary deficiencies. The French term for malnutrition caused by too much protein and not enough fat is "mal de caribou". (We English speakers call it "rabbit starvation".) Which is pretty ironic; if you'd expect an...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 4190

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

My thing for a while was to use the turrets from Portal. Shutting down was "Shutting down..." and sleep was "Sleep mode activated." I don't recall if I had anything else remapped.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Dec 22, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Replies: 12
Views: 2699

Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Ask your doctor if Autometalogolex is right for you. The most common side effects are headache, delirium, and suddenly needing a good stiff drink.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 3524

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

Mouseover has the real punchline, once again. Although we'd have to first invent cars that are capable of having an opinion on the things bumper stickers say. Either that or have them honk (or not honk) on behalf of their owners.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 8494

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

For what it's worth, I immediately reported @madbringer and about 12 years later got a response of "Our investigation found this account in violation of the Twitter Rules". What exactly they did, I'm not sure, because he's still publicly posting. But something happened, at least.
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 7150

Re: 1913: "A �"

And as of the next major Firefox release (whose mobile counterpart has already rolled out, strangely enough), there will be no dedicated search bar. ...Or not? It seems to still be there, at least in the Ubuntu version. And also a considerable amount of empty space on either side of the bars. Maybe...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 9446

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Quito must be way up in the mountains or something, considering it's the capital of a country literally named after its equatorial location.

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