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by doomvox
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 18382

lost decades

I've got mixed feelings about Randall's thesis here: I think it's true that when you're moving through the zero decade, you're perception is "here we are in a new millenia", so the decade-name issue doesn't come up But the political thesis that some here have brought up has some merit: Per...
by doomvox
Tue Aug 30, 2016 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 9993

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

Chinese ideograms are far, far, far more numerous. Actually, that used to matter a lot back when they were trying to squeeze everything into 64k characters, but now that they've upped the ceiling to 21bits, making the Han-derived languages all share codepoints isn't really necessary... it's just a ...
by doomvox
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 9993

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

So, basically, their response to someone saying that corresponding Chinese and Japanese characters should be treated as separate character codes is "Not our problem. Don't use a Japanese font on a Chinese document and this won't be an issue." What I'd really like to know though is why the...
by doomvox
Wed May 14, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 22148

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

The point here is that hedging when you don't need to hedge isn't a sign of being reasonable, it's a sign of trying to sound reasonable-- making a statement that's weaker than it needs to be isn't being more precise, but less. And if this bugs you, you should forget about writing for wikipedia, wher...
by doomvox
Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1311: "2014"
Replies: 40
Views: 11251

Re: 1311: "2014"

"No doubt a day will come when a private library and writing-desk of the year A.D. 1919 will seem quaintly clumsy and difficult; but, measured by the standards of Alexandria, they are astonishingly quick, efficient, and economical of nervous and mental energy." -- H.G. Wells,"The Outl...
by doomvox
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 62328

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

"There's a firefox plugin that somewhat addresses the problem"

But it broke immediately after the next upgrade, and everyone forgot about it.

(Someone should tell those guys about the "stable API" concept.)
by doomvox
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 62328

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

"This is hardly a problem that Wikipedia are unaware of. All Randall's done is flag a problem that we knew about anyway and fail to propose a solution. I know he is a comic writer and not a journalist but for some reason that irks me even more." Have the wikipedians ("Wikipedia" ...
by doomvox
Wed Nov 02, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 57135

Re: 0972: "November"

My first thought was that this was a bit stolen from "How to Speak Hip" (https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/How_to_Speak_Hip), an "album by Del Close and John Brent, released by Mercury Records in 1959", in which, as an example of a "hang-up" our beatnik ins...
by doomvox
Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177697

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

I'm more interested in triangular political diagrams these days. Like, "Where do you place <pundit> in the stupid-evil-crazy triangle? I used to think he was stupid, but now I think he might just be evil and just faking being stupid."
by doomvox
Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96405

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

And there's no point in public funding for technical research, because if there were any value in it large corporations would be doing it already. And there's no point in starting any new businesses, because if it were worth doing it would've been done already. And Britney Spears must be a great mus...

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