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by sotanaht
Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 21938

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

snowyowl wrote:
Primis wrote:On one hand, The NSA is stealing our data.

It's not stealing if they made a copy and left the original. It's piracy. You mean the NSA is pirating our data.

(this post brought to you by the letter sarcasm)


So I suppose Censorship is the equivalent of theft then?
by sotanaht
Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 29527

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Also, one generation's peasant food becoming a later generation's delicacy (as a couple of people noted about Maine lobsters) happened with oysters. Victorian middens excavated in London are full of oyster shells. It's not just coincidence in either case. Lobsters taste _awful_ if you don't eat the...
by sotanaht
Mon Sep 23, 2013 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 29527

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

I may or may not have ingested spiders at some point in my life. What is undeniable is that a spider once tried to ingest me . Never saw her, either, just woke up one morning with a row of five equally-spaced (and incredibly itchy) welts in a perfectly straight line down my forearm. I figure she wa...
by sotanaht
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 29527

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

I also sometimes feel like I come from a place where things are slightly different; where I come from, for example, this comic would be titled "Alternative Universe". Oh, hang on, I do come from such a place. It's called the UK. Also, I love lobster. Do they still do the lobster burrito i...
by sotanaht
Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 29527

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

I should assume Randall doesn't eat Crayfish either? Or shrimp? Or Crab? They are all practically identical except for size (shape for crab but put the meat side by side and tell me they aren't as related as chicken and turkey). Personally I don't eat mollusks, I find them slimy and I can't get past...
by sotanaht
Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 17707

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

Given the fact that we're still quoting literature and religious books that are several millennia old, and given the impact that Star Wars has left in this time compared to that of other works released since quite a while, I don't think it's going to be unquoted any time soon. Same with: - The Lord...
by sotanaht
Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 37167

Re: 1235: "Settled"

The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence , and for those looking for the terminology this comic makes an argumentum ad ignorantiam, argument from ignorance. In this case, the absence of evidence does not even suggest a reduced probability of these phenomena existing. If someone were to ta...
by sotanaht
Fri Jul 05, 2013 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"
Replies: 31
Views: 11511

Re: 1234: "Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013)"

Another cat is saying YOLNT. My mind reels to imagine what Engelbart would've invented with nine lives. First thing that came to my mind was You Only Live Not Today. I guess I've been watching too much asdf At first glance I thought "You Only Live Not Twice", since that's still technicall...
by sotanaht
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32193

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

Ugh. I see no point in trying to slice up genres. I just didn't really get the joke. Is the door slamming shut because someone said "frenemy" and "frenemies" are bad? Is it because "frenemies" are something of a "goth" concept (!?) so "mellogoth" is...
by sotanaht
Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 32193

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

I know ppl were complaining about frame rates, but isn't slowing the sequal down this far a bit of an overreaction? :moray: ah if only. And for the record, give me allllll the fps please. The controversy was all "HURF DURF higher framerate makes things not blurry enough so it looks like shit&q...
by sotanaht
Fri May 17, 2013 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 61294

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

YellowYeti wrote:
sotanaht wrote:Is anyone else annoyed by that single out of place 2? Why is it there?


decimal point. That would make it a single number ( with 2 digits ): 4.2

It's too low to be a decimal, and there's really no reason for it to be one. If it were interpreted as such the comic would make even less sense.
by sotanaht
Fri May 17, 2013 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 61294

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

Is anyone else annoyed by that single out of place 2? Why is it there?
by sotanaht
Wed May 15, 2013 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 17324

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

What would it require to actually translate the signal? Assuming some alien race intercepted earth broadcasts intact, would it even be possible to turn those broadcasts into something watchable without direct knowledge of earth electronic systems or languages?
by sotanaht
Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 58521

Re: 1196: "Subways"

I have no idea how to read this map. I'm guessing it reads something like a traditional subway map, but if it does I wouldn't know how to read that either, I don't live in a city with a subway. What does position even mean on this map, since it's obviously not geographic judging from the relative lo...
by sotanaht
Thu Mar 28, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106453
Views: 40914371

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh no! Megan looks depressed! Discuss. She's just contemplating the next step. I think there is a correlation between the distance between Cueball and Megan and the nature of their relationship. I maintain that the first castle (the first world they built together) crumbled because she left and Cue...
by sotanaht
Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 20679

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Why is it that whenever I hear some strange new urban legend for the first time, it's always in the course of someone saying it isn't true? The explanation I have heard is that people tend to remember assertions rather than denials. In other words, if you repeat an urban legend and then say "i...
by sotanaht
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 89912

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

YYYYMMDD certainly makes the most sense for a file name. DD mmm YYYY (e.g. 27 FEB 2013) is a handy format for shorthand dates in shared notes, to avoid confusion if there's a chance those notes might be picked up by either an American or a somebody else. It's also closer to how we talk about dates ...
by sotanaht
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 89912

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

The justification for Month/Day/Year is that the year is inconsequential. In most day to day use, only the month and day are of any importance, and are thus written big to small, with the year often left off entirely. When the year is added, it's more of an afterthought, think of it more like month/...
by sotanaht
Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 53005

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

What bothers me most about the title is that there should be a damn colon in there, unless "to star trek" is a verb or "a star trek" is a common noun, and the title is an imperative ("Star trek into darkness. Do it now! Start star trekking into the darkness!") or a com...
by sotanaht
Wed Jan 30, 2013 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 156
Views: 53005

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

ech wrote:This is nothing compared to the debate about whether it should be "Mexican-American War" or "Mexican–American War".


Did you mistype something or were those supposed to be identical?
by sotanaht
Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 17411

Re: 1153: "Proof"

ubikuberalles wrote:To save time the judge should have told the lawyer to go to a point twice the distance as the judge's bench. When the lawyer reaches the halfway point, he's at the judge's bench!

But before he can reach that halfway point he first needs to go a quarter of the way...
by sotanaht
Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 16700

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

I'm having a hard time understanding how something "pancake shaped" wouldn't be able to stand up under it's own weight. The load at any given point would be fairly minimal except near the middle of the center spire which doesn't really sound THAT structurally unstable, being basically a py...
by sotanaht
Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"
Replies: 55
Views: 27363

Re: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"

Could someone explain this "I'm rubber you're glue"-thing to a foreignor? All I know is that it was a good weapon in Monkey Island insult fight. I'd rather hear it from you than from Wikipedia. "I'm rubber and you're glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you" is...
by sotanaht
Fri Nov 02, 2012 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 26450

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

Probably better to have a random number rather than one you choose. Sure, it might be interesting to have you're number recognized, but it also means more people dialing your number at "random" if it's anything recognizable.
by sotanaht
Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 26651

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

Ok, so we all clearly agree this is a very sketchy comic. But what would it take to complete the sentence non-sketch-like? "Hey baby, wanna come back to my sex ed class?" ^^^ still sketchy I'm pretty sure it would be sketchy even if you removed the "sex" part, no matter what wor...
by sotanaht
Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1098: "Star Ratings"
Replies: 77
Views: 17360

Re: 1098: "Star Ratings"

Huh. That would be a wierd cemetary. How would we determine peoples' ratings upon death? And what effects would this have on the cemetary, I wonder? Actually, I was thinking that those were the ratings the people interred there gave the cemetery. After making that connection it isn't that much of a...
by sotanaht
Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1092: "Michael Phelps"
Replies: 38
Views: 10321

Re: 1092: "Michael Phelps"

A professor and grad student from the U of Minnesota won the Ig Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2005 for showing that the viscosity of a fluid has almost no effect on the speed of a body moving through it. They filled a swimming pool with guar gum and compared lap times. There's more drag but you can p...
by sotanaht
Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1091: "Curiosity"
Replies: 70
Views: 17671

Re: 1091: "Curiosity"

*Adding "rocket" in front of inanimate common nouns makes that object a million times awesomer - the same way adding "wizard" does for people's occupation. If your hypothesis is correct, then Rocket Wizard must be the coolest combination of words in the english language. We must...
by sotanaht
Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 51611

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Quicksilver wrote:A panda eats, shoots and leaves?


That's not ambiguous at all in text form since we can see the comma or lack thereof.
by sotanaht
Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 23693

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

Yeah, it's just a very broad and unqualified claim. The only candidate? The only real choice? There have been, presumably, other candidates who would also have done things differently regarding things that people consider major issues. Is and Offers are both present tense. He isn't saying the Ronpa...
by sotanaht
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 27828

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Im guessing those first two "low light" images closest to the center are supposed to be equally visible compared to the third one if not the center (center is 0 or zeroth in context). I'm guessing my contrast or brightness or whatever is set wrong for this comic since for me they are just ...
by sotanaht
Mon May 07, 2012 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 60204

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

I seem to be having problems with the rhythm in panels 1 and 7. 1 seems too long, it kind of works if you shorten practicality to just practically, not that that makes any sense. It's harder to put my finger on exactly why 7 is wrong.
by sotanaht
Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 290533

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Don't see it mentioned anywhere, but I'm getting a hurricane variant of the earthquake comic (as opposed to the blizzard) for North Carolina. On Chrome with W7.
by sotanaht
Fri Mar 30, 2012 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1036: "Reviews"
Replies: 74
Views: 18662

Re: 1036: "Reviews"

Maybe not for a lamp, but some things. Especially to know if something is likely to break in 8 months, something that's a little hard to tell even if you are touching/seeing it with your own eyes or hands. I can think of nothing at all that I would ever consider buying that fits that description. N...
by sotanaht
Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1036: "Reviews"
Replies: 74
Views: 18662

Re: 1036: "Reviews"

The alt-text reminds me of something from Pratchett's "Making Money": "He’ll be like this for fifteen seconds, then he’ll throw the knife straight ahead of him, and then he’ll speak in fluent Quirmian for about four seconds, and then he’ll be fine." Yes, yes again, then oui, the...
by sotanaht
Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 36234

Re: 1032: "Networking"

If it was bobcat, I'd say that it came in the mail. Since it's a polecat, I'm guessing it was found on a pole. For the benefit of non-Americans here, "polecat" is a common nickname for the American Skunk (yes, those guys who spray horrible stinky stuff on you when frightened). Judging fro...
by sotanaht
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 19706

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

I can't be the only one who immediately thought of the OTHER kind of cougar after reading the title. The wikipedia "personal appeal" screengrab meme certainly doesn't help, just go to the page for "Cougar" (the animal) with the current picture of a somewhat older woman.
by sotanaht
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0998: "2012"
Replies: 63
Views: 15769

Re: 0998: "2012"

It's the second now, which makes the comic correct. If it were the first, then there would be a missing day (356 days from dec 31, 355 after jan 1, and 354 more from jan 2)
by sotanaht
Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 33235

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

RAGBRAIvet wrote:Am I detecting a shade of green in that hat? First time I can recall seeing a color other than black (or red).


Either you haven't been paying attention or you are talking about JUST hats, since the previous page is in full color, and I don't remember there being any red hats.
by sotanaht
Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 54975

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

The comic is suitably tasteful and mournful, but at the same time also a subtle dig at apple/mac. It's basically perfect.

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