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by speising
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 5370

Re: 2013: "Rock"

I think the art is equally interpretable as her being a left or a righty, them being stick figures and all. Since we can't tell the orientation of her shoulders or hips or anything. consider the motion lines. for her to be using her right hand, they would mean she used a backhand throw, which seems...
by speising
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 565859

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Trump can always pardon him.
by speising
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"
Replies: 15
Views: 2460

2012: "Thorough Analysis"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/thorough_analysis.png Title text: The likely shape of the bells was determined through consultation with several bellringing experts at the Tower of London. Transcripts of those interviews are available in Appendix VII. That sure reminds me of the typical forum thread h...
by speising
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 312930

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Deep Video Portraits

this is quite chilling. they can indistinguishably transfer facial and upper body movements of a source to a target video.
Do not trust your eyes.
OTOH, it could be nice for dubbed movies. i always wondered how Star Trek's universal translator did lip-sync.
by speising
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 5537

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

maybe there are safety concerns for the humans working there? because N is really dangerous since you don't even notice you're dying. (see STS-1 pre-lauch accident)
by speising
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 5537

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

Traditionally, one of the largest sources of food grade CO2 in Europe has been from ammonia plants. While in the past decade, other sources of CO2 have been invested in – including raw gas streams from chemical operations and bi-ethanol plants – ammonia still remains one of the largest sources, esp...
by speising
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Oxford comma query
Replies: 26
Views: 6803

Re: Oxford comma query

I believe getting more and more certain the joke is that he removed an "oxford comma" that was actually the comma to end a subclause(?): There are two types of people: (those who like the oxford comma, morons,) and (pedants). so those who like the oc are morons, and all others are pedants...
by speising
Tue Jun 26, 2018 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Oxford comma query
Replies: 26
Views: 6803

Re: Oxford comma query

Ok, the current SMBC features this line:

SMBC wrote:There are two types of people: those who like the oxford comma, morons and pedants.


Please help me parsing that: which are the two types (where would i have to place the parentheses?)
by speising
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 2449

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

The diagram is wrong, anyway. With an angled-up canon firing out, a freefall canonball will never enter a stable circular orbit like that. Even the others seem to inherit a side-wind or something. Perhaps the gun is on the equator and we are observing from above one of the poles? [genuine-puzzlemen...
by speising
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 119
Views: 19194

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Death Proof was (I think) less violent than other movies of his, and it was a commercial failure. Also I like the idea that strongish authors do whatever they want, instead of the same old thing that is dictated by big companies. did you *see* Death Proof? i like QT's movies, but the ending of that...
by speising
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 5543

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Surely an LED bulb has a lower effective temperature than a normal (incandescent) light bulb. They have about the same surface area, but an LED bulb emits less total EM radiation. LEDs only look "hot" because their spectrum is so different to that of a black body. Not clear what you mean ...
by speising
Thu Jun 21, 2018 8:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 312930

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

While the humans had better delivery, the group agreed, the machine offered greater substance in its arguments. “It is very easy to say that there are more important things to spend money on, and I do not dispute this. No one is claiming that this is the only item on our expense list. But that is b...
by speising
Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7891
Views: 580651

Re: Trump presidency

Separate but equal. Trump evokes good old times of racial segreggation and star wars in one statement.
by speising
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1229
Views: 179488

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Soupspoon wrote:I'm shocked. Shocked I tell you. And I also sure am surprised what I just found that bear doing in the woods.

shocked by what?
by speising
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 4577

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

SuicideJunkie wrote:
speising wrote:shouldn't those be gold for cash stores?

They're trying to save money by rapidly selling their used gold.

oh, i interpreted them as RHIC operated stores.
by speising
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 4577

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

shouldn't those be gold for cash stores?
by speising
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:04 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Updating an old smartphone with a custom Android ROM?
Replies: 6
Views: 2729

Re: Updating an old smartphone with a custom Android ROM?

your phone has a removeable sd card. probably a good idea to remove it / swap it before doing brain surgery.
by speising
Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 7019

Re: 2006: "Customer Rewards"

Is there a reason this thread title is incorrect? Title from the last comic bleeding into this one, or something? Now where are my rewards?? Second time I've miscopied the title. Is there an easier way to do this right than opening four windows, (page, page source, example template, post reply wind...
by speising
Wed Jun 13, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 20
Views: 3943

Re: "Cactus plant"

to avoid discussion of the plural of cactus?
by speising
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7891
Views: 580651

Re: Trump presidency

I'm failing to see how anything about NK can be attributed to Trump. As i see it, everything runs according to Kims plans. He threatened the world with nukes which he never could have used anyway (not and surviving, that is), now he mimes the generous statesman and promises to destroy the program wh...
by speising
Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7891
Views: 580651

Re: Trump presidency

I always hated the ending of War of the Worlds. It was far too sudden and realistic. It's a great story, but it's definitely one of his weaker ones. It's kind of a deus ex machina, yeah. I mean, it's absolutely realistic that invaders could fail for oversight entirely unrelated to the defender's ac...
by speising
Tue May 29, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 955858

Re: Police misbehavior thread

just because someone deems something indecent doesn't mean it is a sexual act . now you'd have to show that ripping open the bra was one. if JJ had bared her breast on her own, the "indecent act" would have been the same. yet, even you couldn't argue for any assault here. It wouldn't be a...
by speising
Tue May 29, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 955858

Re: Police misbehavior thread

just because someone deems something indecent doesn't mean it is a sexual act.
now you'd have to show that ripping open the bra was one.
if JJ had bared her breast on her own, the "indecent act" would have been the same. yet, even you couldn't argue for any assault here.
by speising
Sat May 26, 2018 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8562

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

YukoValis wrote:I've noticed that a whole bunch of sites have all sent me email or messages about their policy update, and their reasons for gathering my information. Did something huge happen while I was away?

You mean "away" like in "in outer space"?
by speising
Fri May 25, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8562

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

rhomboidal wrote:My mind spent half an hour just trying to guess what "GDPR" stood for. And failed.

German Democratic Peoples Republic, of course.
by speising
Fri May 25, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 955858

Re: Police misbehavior thread

only if it was done on purpose. do you have any indication that JJ didn't consent to it (not forgetting the convenient taping) *and* JT did it on purpose, instead of by accident as claimed?
by speising
Fri May 25, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 955858

Re: Police misbehavior thread

↶ it was clearly a choreographed movement of them both. You're an expert choreographer yourself, I take it, to be so sure of that? i'm not, but i've seen the scene. i don't know about your aquaintances, but the women i know do not regularly wear detachable breast flaps or tape of their nipples, whe...
by speising
Fri May 25, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 955858

Re: Police misbehavior thread

the problem with that is that there were any negative consequences at all to such an inconsequential thing. Oh me yarm, a bare tit, the world will end, we have to ban live TV so this can never happen again!! calling this "sexual assault" is absurd as well, and disparaging for every real vi...
by speising
Fri May 25, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 312930

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

the car had a whole six seconds of confusion, though. if it had pinged the driver, as in "i'm not sure what that thing is, could you please have a look?", there would have been ample time, even for a slow human, to step on the brakes. anyway, if you're not sure what that blob ahead is doin...
by speising
Fri May 18, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4926

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Ralph Macchio: Still the only 20-something who ever played a convincing teenager. I mean seriously. Michael J. Fox looked 30. Max Casella. I was shocked the first time I looked him up on imdb and found out he'd been 20-something during all of Doogie. Stacy Dash, who played a teenager alongside Alic...
by speising
Fri May 18, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4926

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.

you mean the kid from the movie playing in China, who learns kung-fu and chides his mother for calling it karate?
by speising
Tue May 15, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4514
Views: 819535

Re: Today I Made:

upwards pointing thumb emoticon!
by speising
Tue May 15, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4514
Views: 819535

Re: Today I Made:

interesting! doesn't that get rather soggy? my strawberry rhubarb pie last weekend came out quite runny, despite copious starch.
by speising
Tue May 15, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 5463

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

I still haven't figured out most of their zoom-defeating tricks, but by experimenting a bit, I've found how some of them work. I also learned that it's not just the web-site developer's doing; most browsers have lately adopted some sizing tricks that seem aimed at interfering with legibility. The s...
by speising
Mon May 14, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 4129

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

Apparently, fire trucks are too inconspicuous for Teslas.
We've still got some ways to go before we reach that point. Somewhere around 2027, where Randall seems to put it (including the "widely adopted" bit!), looks rather optimistic to me.
by speising
Wed May 09, 2018 6:25 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Email Bypass
Replies: 5
Views: 2525

Re: Email Bypass

download the technical term you're looking for is "install". doesn't the software have any offline registration option? seems rather shitty to me. install on a different computer temporarily? does it send the email directly or through your email client? in the latter case, you could save ...
by speising
Mon May 07, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 12662

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

oh yeah, that's a good theory, and let's not forget that "dream scene" near the end.
by speising
Mon May 07, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 12662

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

one word: flashbacks.
by speising
Mon May 07, 2018 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Relative Light Speed
Replies: 15
Views: 3452

Re: Relative Light Speed

the light would travel at the speed of light. always. that's kind of the point of it. you would observe it at c, an observer travelling 0.5c relative to you would see it at c, and an observer travelling 0.5c in the other direction would, too. what you three wouldn't agree on would be the width of th...
by speising
Fri May 04, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14950

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Pfhorrest wrote:What actually is the point of CC in modern email when you can have multiple recipients in To? BCC has obvious differences but CC just seems like "To too".

if i'm in "cc", i know i can ignore the mail. if i'm in "to", i feel obliged to read it, possibly even answer.

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