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by jc
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 6925

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Yeah, good for real estate investors ... and ... y’know ... homeowners ... which is something like 64% of the American population. 64% of occupied dwellings are occupied by an owner. That's not the same thing. If you have a better estimate, then I'd be happy to hear it and will start to use that nu...
by jc
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7447

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 jc
Fri Feb 16, 2018 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 3016

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

I was a bit disappointed that the West/East Germany union isn't shown merging into the EU. Of course, the timeline is a bit different from the others, since West Germany was in the EU before East Germany threw off their Soviet masters. So it's not clear how to draw the merging lines.
by jc
Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7447

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Godsguy wrote:While the rest of the country might spell/pronounce it "Mainer", the true name is closer to "Mainah".

You people and your R's. Leave em at the bordah.....


But an R seems to have crept in somehow. It should be "boadah".
by jc
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7447

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Soupspoon wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:(What's the word for people who live in Maine?)

Mainekind?

I know a few who like to call themselves Mainiacs.
by jc
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5385

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Evolution had to find a way to grind up food. The choices were teeth, bony plates (similar to teeth), or gizzards. I think it would be weirder if we had gizzards. Nah; we'd just think gizzards are normal. And we might also pity the critters that have teeth, since it's so much easier to replace worn...
by jc
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 4208

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

... because of ... libation? Lessee; is there anything in the next set of choices that's also (part of) the name of something drinkable, or at least liquid?
by jc
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 3659

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

I wonder if Randall will fix the punctuation in the first panel. I'm not sure the word "Interferometry" needs to stand alone as its own sentence... Well, it could if you add a letter to the second sentence: Interferometry. Its so cool! (And I just know someone's going to object to that, t...
by jc
Tue Oct 03, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8445

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Reminded me of a serious (?) paper I read some time ago about "democratic self-driving buses" where the all passengers would have keypads for entering their desired destination. The bus then processes that data and computes the optimal route for its current riders. Wasn't so much "AI...
by jc
Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 7445

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

For a modern MS-DOS replacement there is http://www.freedos.org/ which is regularly updated and maintained. It looks like it is mostly intended for perpetuating the playing of classic DOS games and enabling the use of other DOS software now that MS no longer supports MS-DOS. In one of the projects ...
by jc
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 7445

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

I think we're overcoming the stigma/stereotype of the command line being obsolete. The general public now associates that black window with text in it mostly with "hacking" due to the media portrayals. I guess this is fine as long as they don't think of it as old and I don't get kicked of...
by jc
Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 5733

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

Huh, I still have that first problem from time to time on a Mac. It's not often, but often enough that I keep the command to force-empty the trash in a text file, which I can copy-paste into the Terminal whenever I need it. I'll leave it here in case someone finds it useful: rm -rf ~/.Trash/* You m...
by jc
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1886: Typing Notifications
Replies: 18
Views: 2991

Re: 1886: Typing Notifications

Off and on, I check in with my facebook or quora account to see if any friends or acquaintances have said anything interesting, fun, or even relevant to me. When I decide it's time to move on, and try to close the window, it often tells me that I have an incomplete reply, and do I want to delete it?...
by jc
Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 6037

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

... That brings be me neatly to the insane amount of bloatware on my phone, that I cannot get rid of without jailbreaking. Because I can't have an root user on a computer that I own . The simple explanation of this is that, while you may own the phone, you don't own the software. The actual owners ...
by jc
Wed Aug 30, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 7064

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Actually, as a long-time network programmer, I'd say that the experienced ones don't consider it a big deal. You just make sure that the "internal" date/time format is always the POSIX seconds-since-19700101000000Z. There are open-source libraries available just about everywhere that can c...
by jc
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 5292

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

You mean to tell me the "eclipse" searches have eclipsed the election searches? *badum-tiss* It's obviously because most Americans are such model citizens that they knew and understood everything they needed to know well before the election. Huh? What's that laughter I hear in the backgro...
by jc
Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 10518

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Soupspoon wrote:But not Rabs?

:P

People might think you're talking about rabbis. ;-)
by jc
Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 10518

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

He also shoots "buns" that mess with his garden. Not for protein, just for eradication. Seems a waste, but that's the reality of hunting in the US. I wouldn't say "the reality of hunting." ... If I knew your BIL I'd call him out straight to his face for not fully utilizing the r...
by jc
Fri Jul 28, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 17877

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

... I'm a biology undergrad in Germany (and yes, I would prefer to think I am "competent" in biology) and during my undergrad educationI have never encountered this semantic issue with so badly wanting to avoid phrasings that could even potentially imply intent. So I'm wondering if it has...
by jc
Wed Jul 26, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 17877

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Taking the argument to its conclusion, the desk is also a product of evolution. Genes chosen by natural selection built the person who built the desk. You're going to have to define sentience if you want trees on one side and desks on the other. It truly is a multi-faceted topic. I just found mysel...
by jc
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 7354

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Contracts like that just force me to switch providers all the time. Totally annoying. Of course, for a large part of the US population, "switch providers" is another way of saying "move somewhere else, where a different provider has the local monopoly". And in most of the US, th...
by jc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 8412

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Well, at least he pays the words to mean whatever he wants them to. But what does he pay them? Well, if he's consistent, he'd pay in money that he printed himself, and would insist that it was worth whatever he says it's worth. That'd probably work with money about as well as it works with language...
by jc
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 5232

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Is she suffering from existential angst? You'd expect that to be an occupational hazard of mathematicians. After all, their work deals mostly with things that have no actual physical existence, in this universe or any other. OTOH, there are a number of common jokes among mathematicians about a coll...
by jc
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1846: "Drone Problems"
Replies: 14
Views: 3382

Re: 1846: "Drone Problems"

rmsgrey wrote:So we should expect to see ARAD drones?


Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance?
Association Rwandaise pour les Actions de Developpement?
Adana Radyo Amatörleri Derneði?
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Department (UK)?
Abnormal Right Axis Deviation?

There are others, but they're more obscure. ;-)
by jc
Fri May 26, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"
Replies: 13
Views: 3289

Re: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"

The old pattern of ever-escalating countermeasures continues... Yeah, that's a fun story. But it mostly illustrates why, in reality, that sort of escalation is marketed differently. Rather than personally presenting the various escalations to the government leaders directly, the "ingenious pat...
by jc
Tue May 23, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 4398

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Billions of years? His ancestors are dinosaurs? Omnis cellula e cellula. By definition, we did not come from anything that went extinct. How so? All of my ancestral species except modern humans appear to be extinct. This includes at least a few thousand species, all of them utterly gone by the time...
by jc
Mon May 22, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 4398

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Billions of years? His ancestors are dinosaurs? Um, there were no dinosaurs around even one billion years ago. They were late developments on the Tree of Life. We're an even later twig. I think the doctor was talking about our single-cell ancestors, who have a much longer history than the small bra...
by jc
Fri May 12, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 5599

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

10 Live Chats You Don't Want To Miss.. Thanks, thank you. I was a fool, and you fooled me. Thank you for reminding me that I'm just another fool. Sir, well played. Though I should check it out -- and I LOL'd, of course. That's gotta be one of the longest-lasting of the InterWeb's memes. I also noti...
by jc
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 4964

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

If a space station crashes in space, and there's no air in which sound can propagate , does it make a comic-book "Fwoosh"? If it's crashing into the sun, there's a LOT of atmosphere to carry sounds. But it's mostly hydrogen and helium, so the "Fwoosh" would be much higher pitche...
by jc
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1829: "Geochronology"
Replies: 26
Views: 5471

Re: 1829: "Geochronology"

I thought I could tell whether an era is real or not, but this comic proved me wrong. The "Upper Pomeranian" era sounds legit to me.. The fun part of this is that there is a (linguistic) connection. The names in the comic (and most of the comments) are derived from place names. Dalmatia i...
by jc
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 6442

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

In other related weirdness, ... After all that "training", we still could always read faster/better if the strip showed an entire line at a time. No idea if they tried training the next class with the "line at a time" method or just gave up. I haven't heard of many people gettin...
by jc
Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 20161

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

I thought leaves are green because they're chock full of chlorophyll, which is green. Why is chlorophyll green? Doesn't matter; what matters is that chlorophyll can drive photosynthesis, and when you've found a chemical with such an awesome superpower, you're not going to gripe about its color. Goo...
by jc
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 8281

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Title text: "There's a compromise bill to keep the notification bar but at least charge the battery." Maybe the "batter charge" value should be the percent of the population that voted for the current Fearless/Glorious/Whatever Leader in the last election. But does the notificat...
by jc
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 62
Views: 12257

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

When you swim in a creek and an eel bites your cheek it's a moray... Nah probably not. Morays are salt-water fish, and only make brief forays into brackish or fresh water looking for prey. Actually, I was curious, and decided to look this up. I did find references to "fresh-water morays" ...
by jc
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 7926

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

This is an exaggeration, but not by a huge amount. On my phone I've got and use to talk with people: Skype Line WeChat Slack Messenger SMS WhatsApp It is kinda ridiculous. So you don't use the old "phone" system interface at all? (Actually, neither do I, muchly. I've made only one "p...
by jc
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 12356

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

In India, they created a fine for planes which intentionally dump their waste, which I doubt they would have bothered to do if it weren't possible and didn't happen regularly. In the US, they blocked entry from a bunch of countries because "terrorism", despite the fact that no one from th...
by jc
Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 11077

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

(because someone has to say it) It's all Greek to me... And it's all Chinese to the Greeks. ;-) Anyway, I've been disappointed that nobody has tried to divert the discussion to the question of whether the claims for the Dvorak layout have any statistical validity. I've read a number of comments fro...
by jc
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 9834

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

well, it's better than Mercator Better at what? We all love to mock the Mercator projection, of course, but fact is that it had a very practical use in the days before computerized navigation systems. A straight line on the map was based on "lines of constant course", which was a good too...
by jc
Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 9397

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Anyone have some examples of real products that are close to being adjective foods? One historical example is the "hamburger", which originated as a (German) adjective to describe a kind of "sandwich" (whose history is also interesting and well documented). Supposedly the restau...
by jc
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1773: "Negativity"
Replies: 25
Views: 6260

Re: 1773: "Negativity"

SerialTroll wrote:Better alt: "Crab Grass"

Hey, if people kept lopping off your top,and stomping on you with their hard shoes, you'd be crabby, too.

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