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by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74643

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Eebster the Great wrote:Ah yes, the famous aardvark skiing in a vacuum.

Noone [siic] would cooperate with that kind of preemptive zoology...
by Soupspoon
Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 7957

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

Oh my! (It is ugly anyway.) I'll fix, but I cannot do so? Find the <pencil> icon button on the top right (by the ! icon reporting button and the " icon for quoting). Following on from your content, though, I recall having to give a modified form of advice regarding password changing. Our serve...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 7957

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

⋅  Backup your emails before opening attachments Why restrict it to emails? Remember to run XCOPY C:\*.* A: /S /E /Y /C /Q every morning and evening. Isn't A: typically reserved for floppy drives? Yes. Which is why you have a set of four floppy disks (one in the drive, one in the fireproo...
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150783

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

But, remember that the UK is the 5th largest world economy, as Leave kept telling us.

(Note: Germany is at 4th, and the EU as a whole would current jostle competitively with the US for 1st, if counted only as a whole, and thus crumble several of the arguments.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74643

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

"Skied" is correct but typically confusing. See also "skiing". (Earlier today I went off on a totally unnecessary search for various strange double(-but-separate)-vowel words. Coincidentally.)
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 7957

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

a9s wrote:
  • Backup your emails before opening attachments

Why restrict it to emails? Remember to run XCOPY C:\*.* A: /S /E /Y /C /Q every morning and evening.
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: assassins creed
Replies: 40
Views: 2550

Re: assassins creed

Interest will come and go in phases, due to many random patterns of constructive/destructive interference. Thanks for trying, and hopefully I'll pick up on it again next time round!
by Soupspoon
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 5150

Re: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?

The steps (NantiPI!) you'd need to take to produce, say, an elephant on wheels would definitely indicate a directed evolution of some kind. If not a downright misguided one.

(For elephants, I'd suggest tracks...)
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the avatar above you
Replies: 3914
Views: 323216

Re: Rate the avatar above you

2/10: Overused. :P

(As I've just put an avatar up, and also received a cool bonus title that I appreciate, might as well post here.)
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6019
Views: 436608

Re: Trump presidency

Usually, you need to root the phone if you want to remove pre-installed apps. So I suspect. That one's just my "main device" because it is my 4G Hotspot for my Wifi-only everyday (but ancient) tablet with the serious stuff on it, anyway, which has gained a few additional apps just so that...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6019
Views: 436608

Re: Trump presidency

The Twitter app came pre-installed on my main device. Don't know if, like Deezer or Google Play Newsstand, it can't even be uninstalled (having never been used), merely rolled back to then continually pester me as an App that needs updating... Actually, looks like I also have Google+ on it (may or m...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6019
Views: 436608

Re: Trump presidency

What's the difference between me not handing over my Facebook/Twitter/whatever password because I don't have one and me not handing it over because I say that I don't have one. This is going to be even more unworkable than any number of the other problematic policies. Or cause far more collateral di...
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1246
Views: 74101

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1090 houses the Europa Water Siphon Company, secretly controlled by <redacted>. There is a monolith in reception.
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150783

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

Diadem wrote:So I think it's only fair if you guys give us back New York Nieuw Amsterdam.

You mistyped Nouvelle-Angouleme (as did I, because there's an e-circumflex in there somewhere), as the 'original' name... :P
by Soupspoon
Tue Apr 04, 2017 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 22553

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

GlassHouses wrote:the Soo pronunciation is an Anglophone thing. I wonder where that comes from?
According to Johnny Cash, it was a boy...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150783

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

elasto wrote:Since when was government saving money a bad thing..?

When it also helps the French? ;)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 21314

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

pogrmman wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:Huh, thought it was radiation. On further inspection, yup, ethylene gas.


To be fair, some fruits are irradiated for pest control. I'm not sure if bananas are or not.


Well, they can clearly irradiate themselves... ;)

(And lookee there at the chart on that page... :D)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 10430

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

somitomi wrote:
hetas wrote:2K17

*screams internally*

That's two kiloseventeens, i.e. 34,000. (Case dismissed!)
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What is log² x?
Replies: 11
Views: 5161

Re: What is log² x?

Apart from differentiating log (n²) from (log n)² in "log en squared", that at least makes sense without overloading the superscript-2's meaning. You cannot "square" a function (rather than the result of a function) and whilst I acknowledge that trig functions are so notated (at ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 10430

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

The Baseball Team Playing Basketball and the Boxers Playing Basketball are the most definite suggestion that the competition is basketball, but given that many of the other are going to be variously mismatched to the game ( whatever sport is being played) those teams may just not be taking part corr...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1156
Views: 150783

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

I'm not young, but (as far as I'm concerned) my vision of a UK passport has always been of a... burgandy..? ..yes, I think so... dignified-looking red passport. Looking it up, it looks like I may have misremembered this, though, as I travelled abroad (in Europe) prior to '88. But blue... makes me th...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 21314

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Actually, bananas are eaten pretty soon after being picked; cargo ships are much faster than they were back in the 1920's. It's surprisingly a problem for bananas, since they have to be treated with radiation so they turn yellow sooner. Radiation? That's new. When I was young, it was ethylene (or s...
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Help me create a mini-timeline
Replies: 3
Views: 2659

Re: Help me create a mini-timeline

2050: The One-Year Time Machine
2049: The One-Year Time Machine
2048: The One-Year Time Machine...

*cough*

How scientific/fictional? Arbitrary-length nanofilaments? Room-temperature superconductors? Portal technology?
by Soupspoon
Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 20445

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

After your students accept the idea that no "sky surface" exists, and that the color is coming from the air itself, then we can go to the next level, And then after all that, Truman Burbank, you find out the truth ... https://media.licdn.com/mpr/mpr/AAEAAQAAAAAAAAYwAAAAJGM4MWIzMGQ1LTRhNWQ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74643

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

On a more serious note, I learned a while back that it's called "útátjáró" (~"road crossing") in railroad jargon. It does make sense, but it didn't occur to me before that railroad worker's wouldn't call it a railroad crossing. Related, if not quite the same, there's a canal bri...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 20445

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Why are people assuming Randall is siding with Blue Air Woman? I don't know about people, but I'm assuming that because he made the same argument himself in What-if 141. I think Simpler Explanation Woman is a stopped clock (with no minute hand!) in a similar vein to #1717 's "am I sure I want ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Apr 01, 2017 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 20445

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Yeah, you can't ignore that Blue Air Woman is also Tiny Birds In Wings Woman. The first explanation is like Electrical Fluid, as a better explanation than diving straight in to Cooper Pairs or somesuch. The second (at the very best) explains why longer wings have more lift (all else being equal, whi...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 93
Views: 20329

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

There was a conversation at the hospital, the other day, whether a door sign saying "dietitian" was wrong, and should it have been "dietician". It turns out both are right. But (to me, as well as the relative concerned) the latter (irregularly formed) version looks more correct t...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 19520

Re: Logan

Prexactly.

(Thus the horror. Impending, at least.)

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