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by HES
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14725
Views: 2252859

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Soupspoon wrote:I'm gonna say this is humorous

Because of the snow at the weekend, one of the temporary yellow-on-black signs leading to the local theatre venue only had the first word visible.
by HES
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 52
Views: 12606

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

Previously on xkcd:
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Five more big years. Yay!
by HES
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106221
Views: 37975211

Re: 1190: "Time"

ggh wrote:I'm toying with the notion of starting a reversed ketchup of undefined length.

?words the just or sdrawkcab srettel eht daer uoy oD
by HES
Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468733

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr wrote:Trump simply doesn't care about the downside(media hubbub, possible negative attention)

...security threat to embassy staff and their families
by HES
Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6008

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Around here, what it would be replacing is "the road is damaged, add another layer of asphalt." Older roads here are almost a whole meter above the sidewalks, driveways, and gutters beside them due to repeated "repair". A solution where you replace tiles instead wouldn't have th...
by HES
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6008

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

It should be noted that the cost of a road surface can vary wildly depending on what you want to get out of it. Durability, loading, weathering, skid resistance, noise, colour, surface water, ice, constructability, maintainability, thermal properties, construction thickness, material source... Shoul...
by HES
Tue Dec 05, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6008

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

One of the arguments for pavers is that they let water seep down to the soil underneath them, reducing runoff. Some pavers are even specifically designed to maximize the amount of water that flows through them. A downside is that they often have worse ride quality because of the joints between pave...
by HES
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6008

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

I've been seeing a lot of ads recently for a "smart road" that lights up red green or white in suitable patterns to indicate hazards and create impromptu crossing points. The one I've seen is an advertising gimmick by an insurance company. I am reassured that the comments below are laypeo...
by HES
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists
Replies: 12
Views: 1895

Re: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists

p1t1o wrote:Or an obscure numerical system.

In this forum, that's exactly what I was expecting this to be.
by HES
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 6008

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

I'm glad the whole solar roads thing died away. This is the crux of that issue:
xkcd wrote:Is there an empty space nearby where it would be easier to put them
by HES
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1161
Views: 158683

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

Mutex wrote:2. Customs border between Ireland and NI

Catastrophically awful outcome. And at this rate the most likely...
by HES
Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 469954

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

I don't think you can gift bundles since they introduced that thing where the bundle adapts to what games you already own.
by HES
Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4393
Views: 782358

Re: Today I Made:

Mac n cheese as a side is something I have only ever experienced in the States. It is very firmly a meal of it's own this side of the pond.
by HES
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 230543

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I think all of these are as I was taught in school (and as is fairly usual in the UK as I understand it) Yeah, exceptions excepted I was taught the same. I print because my "joined up writing" is illegible. I blame left-handedness. I've taken to crossing my z's, 7's and 0's because if I'm...
by HES
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A Fun Math "Puzzle" [Solution]
Replies: 2
Views: 1807

Re: A "Fun" Math "Puzzle" [Solution]

Which is ultimately the problem that these sorts of viral puzzles have: they're deliberately vague with no real verifiable solution and intentionally open to debate to encourage people to "impress their friends" by solving and sharing them. It's the puzzle-equivalent of the "Share th...
by HES
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 230543

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Also, do kids really use fountain pens in some UK schools, or are you just one hundred years old? They sound like a pain to use, and they are rather expensive. I've never seen one used in my life, nor have I seen an inkwell with actual ink in it. What we refer to as fountain pens, or cartridge pens...
by HES
Thu Nov 23, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106221
Views: 37975211

Re: 1190: "Time"

The lifts in my office are broken...
by HES
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14725
Views: 2252859

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

orthogon wrote:Is it for digging wells? I assumed that, industrially, it was for finding water pipes.

elasto wrote:
Water companies are using divining rods to find underground pipes
by HES
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 78544

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Wild guess, that it relates to organ grinders where you would pay a small fee for a song? So not particularly insulting?
by HES
Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14725
Views: 2252859

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

This Sally Le Page, presumably?
by HES
Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14725
Views: 2252859

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

LaserGuy wrote:There's lots of good ones here

Ah, it had been a while since I tripped the company internet filter...
by HES
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0345: "1337: Part 5"
Replies: 136
Views: 30321

Re: 0345: "1337: Part 5"

Well, in terms of music DRM, the right side won . iTunes stopped using DRM for music in 2009, and I believe Amazon had already stopped. It's evolved a bit beyond that, though. Yes, purchased music is DRM free, but the majority of the music on my phone is in a proprietary format and locked down - be...
by HES
Tue Nov 14, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106221
Views: 37975211

Re: 1190: "Time": Re: 1190: "Time": Re: 1190: "Time"

Friendly reminder to append Re: 1190: "Time" to the subject line if you're doing anything fancy with it, as it is now the post subject and not the thread title that shows up in the "latest post" sections elsewhere in the fora. Been causing an amount of confusion.
by HES
Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 7162

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

The problem is that these article are written after the event. If they came out before, then I would understand. After that event. But many conventions happen multiple times a year, and experiences will be similar. Even the ones that happen once a year, will happen next year. Even the ones that are...
by HES
Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 7162

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

ike, why would I care if so-and-so was signed autographs or if the art section was poorly organized considering that I cannot go back in time to purchase tickets? Because I might want to purchase tickets for next year' s event, but if the organisation is bad or they can't attract the right so-and-s...
by HES
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 3278

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

I used to live under a military flightpath used by Chinooks (or else another tandem-rotor craft, if there is any, I didn't look too far into it) There's the Sea Knight, but given your locale they were almost certainly Chinooks. Noisy beasts. I've been up in a fixed wing powered glider. Didn't turn ...
by HES
Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 3278

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

The skies will be full of pizza delivery drones soon enough. Who would blink at an emergency delivery from Flowers By Irene?
by HES
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is it possible to aperiodically tile a sphere?
Replies: 31
Views: 12398

Re: Is it possible to aperiodically tile a sphere?

We have strictly defined symbols to ensure consistency across the country, which in turn enhances readability. It's a lot of effort for the payoff, but British road signs are generally able to be read faster than those elsewhere. Same reason we use mixed-case rather than all-caps, so that you can re...
by HES
Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is it possible to aperiodically tile a sphere?
Replies: 31
Views: 12398

Re: Is it possible to aperiodically tile a sphere?

But since Matt isn't advocating replacing existing signs and just that whenever they put new signs up, they use a more accurate picture, I'm all for it. This would, however, require an amendment to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016, which would have to be voted through parli...
by HES
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7680544

Re: Thoughts for ships

Quercus wrote:(and then check out the rest of Tom Scott's stuff, because it's great).

I second this.
by HES
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 620
Views: 81611

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Should a razor blade be "very sharp"? I want it to be sharp enough to easily cut hair, but blunt enough that I don't constantly cut myself.
by HES
Mon Oct 30, 2017 10:27 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89986
Views: 7680544

Re: Thoughts for ships

I deliberately set my alarms earlier because I've been tending to get to work later than I'd like, and this is a handy reset.

We'll see how long it lasts, though.
by HES
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12337

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

But does the monkey have bluetooth?
by HES
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 9291

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

*Everything* looks like a deformed seahorse, for sufficient values of "deformed".
by HES
Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 6607

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

I don't know what black magic Verizon are using, or why they care about other people's ads.
by HES
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 3700

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

How many people actually refer to rabbits as "Buns"? Bunny, sure, but I've only come across this form in Randall's comics.
by HES
Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 78544

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

That is not British. It's American to my ear but is probably a weird mix as:
Wikipedia wrote:He was born in Italy In 1961, but grew up in the USA and East Africa.
by HES
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 4505

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

ucim wrote:to me "half 7" should mean "halfway to seven", or 6:30.

It does, in German.
by HES
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6184
Views: 468733

Re: Trump presidency

You hallucinated the part about it being interesting. It's been moved over here.
by HES
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:00 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Computer Dying Randomly [Seems it was the PSU]
Replies: 12
Views: 5238

Re: Computer Dying Randomly

completely power down without warning only occurs when I'm sitting at the PC doing stuff it will only power back up again after I leave it unplugged for about thirty seconds I'm no expert, but sounds a lot like it's overheating. Most systems will shut down at a threshold to protect the hardware. Mi...

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