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by Mikeski
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 33
Views: 1487

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

Soupspoon wrote: emojii (emojen/emeji?)

It's a Japanese loanword, so "emoji" is both the singular and the plural form.
by Mikeski
Thu Apr 25, 2019 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2141: "UI vs UX"
Replies: 13
Views: 498

Re: 2141: "UI vs UX"

I'm interested in the cardinality of unprintability; why is the second glyph more unprintable than the first? Hm... Printable: A glyph used in 3-dimensional space, meant to attach to a 2-dimensional surface. Unprintable: A glyph in 4-space, meant to attach to a 3-dimensional "surface". (C...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 24, 2019 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel
Replies: 14
Views: 753

Re: 2140: Reinvent the Wheel

RogueCynic wrote:pinwheel.jpg

We should push this one to the top. It is wind powered and eco friendly.

Eco-friendly? Looks plastic to me. What do you have against whales?
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 20, 2019 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 33
Views: 1487

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

I'm sure it would be set on "top post"... and "bottom post" would be permanently grayed out.

cryptoengineer wrote:Where is the

* Top Post replies
* Bottom Post replies

toggle?

On this cartoon, I'd expect it to be on 'Top Post' (spit).

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by Mikeski
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 1750

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

When *I* was a boy... We had a huge 27" screen Zenith console TV, with a "space command" remote. You cold turn the channel, or volume up/down.... and watch the actual dial on the TV across the room turn, to a "ka-chunk, ka-chink, ka-chunk" sound, to get to one of the four c...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison
Replies: 42
Views: 2296

Re: 2135: M87 Black Hole Size Comparison

Heimhenge wrote:The radio data was measured in PETAbytes. There was so much data to correlate that, rather then delivering it over the internet, it was faster to just ship the physical hard drives to the correlation facility.

So the Internet hasn't caught up to FedEx yet.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2134: Too Much Talking
Replies: 13
Views: 914

Re: 2134: Too Much Talking

SDK wrote:Not enough talking? Took more than a day to get this thread posted!


That's the joke.

Or it was until you ruined it with your talking.
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2133: "EHT Black Hole PIcture"
Replies: 35
Views: 2340

Re: 2133: "EHT Black Hole PIcture"

The EHT website states that: The imaging algorithms we developed fill the gaps of data we are missing in order to reconstruct a picture of a black hole. The mind boggles at the opportunities: what will they fill the gaps with? Frog DNA. Aaaaaaannnd we have a WINNER Hmmm, what actually happens if yo...
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 02, 2019 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 122
Views: 7284

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

RAGBRAIvet wrote:And why didn't they include the eggplant?


Have you heard the tale of Boaty McBoatFace?

That's why the purple alien penis eggplant wasn't included.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 122
Views: 7284

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

Heh. I spammed one of the vote buttons for a few seconds, and the comment-bot's line changed to: "Fun fact: You can click more than once, although if you click too much it ignores you." Happenstance, or is that programmed in? ...and I see that Wolby got the same line. Were you multi-voting...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 1624

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

da Doctah wrote:
Muzhik wrote:However, I could REALLY get behind a war on behalf of Big Chocolate

I'm'a just leave this here....
[image of "big hunk" bar]

"Honey sweetened nougat with whole roasted peanuts".

I don't think Big Chocolate was involved.

Big Nuts, however...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"
Replies: 28
Views: 1624

Re: 2130: "Industry Nicknames"

The anti-recyclers in the waste-disposal industry.

Big Dump.

...and the really obvious timber industry.

Big Wood.
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2127: "Panama Canal"
Replies: 20
Views: 1723

Re: 2127: "Panama Canal"

Why would it need an aqueduct? Intersections work for automobile traffic. Just make a four-gated lock in the middle where they cross. But then you get into the argument about whether it should be a traditional intersection or a roundabout. With an overpass, it could be a cloverleaf interchange. A r...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2127: "Panama Canal"
Replies: 20
Views: 1723

Re: 2127: "Panama Canal"

Why would it need an aqueduct? Intersections work for automobile traffic. Just make a four-gated lock in the middle where they cross. Side benefit: now it's also an arctic-pacific, arctic-atlantic, antarctic-pacific, and antarctic-atlantic canal, too. No more long trips around Brazil or Canada. At l...
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 3770

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

freezeblade wrote:I submit the following for a "maximum nastiness" candidate

Hmm...

freezeblade wrote:romping though Australia

I found the problem!
by Mikeski
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4707
Views: 898313

Re: Today I Made:

Is rice and peas the same thing as Cajun red beans and rice? Or are you referencing something similar that's popular for your culture? As a member of neither culture, I think of "red beans and rice" as the Cajun thing (kidney beans and rice, some sort of pork, onion/celery/bell pepper, se...
by Mikeski
Sun Mar 10, 2019 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 3770

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

Meticulac wrote:I propose removing the need for outdoor lighting by giving everyone night vision goggles.

Skip the goggles, just give them night vision.

Downside: injected directly into the eyeball.
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 4788

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

Yup, even a standard pen couldn't leave the secure area of the datacenter. Makes you wonder about clothing... Most of it is okay, but socks aren't allowed after the Sandy Berger thing. Though they're probably reviewing the rules, given those new bluetooth-enabled self-tying sneakers from Nike. (Liv...
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 4820

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

The trouble with integration is that all the different sorts tend to move into their own neighbourhoods, lower your property prices when they move in next door, never mix with the natives, start to outnumber us, can't learn the local language, switch to their own tongue to make me feel uncomfortabl...
by Mikeski
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 4882

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

Also, "critical mass" to "mass nouns", an obvious logical step. (Around here, anyway.)

Invoking Sailor Moon to get there was just for style points.
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 259
Views: 45191

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

My recipe pet peeve: quantities listed as one unit in the ingredients list which are then used in smaller quantities in separate steps in the instructions.

"1 cup of vegetable oil". OK.

"1 onion, diced". OK.

"fry the onion in 1/4 cup of vegetable oil..." Argh!
by Mikeski
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 4882

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

It's not something a Japanese speaker is even conscious of, let alone struggling with or making decisions around. To a certain extent, yes. There are some conscious decisions made, though. Example: "fruit" and "flute" would transliterate to the same phonemes, so they change the ...
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2114: "Launch Conditions"
Replies: 12
Views: 2772

Re: 2114: "Launch Conditions"

jello34543 wrote:(seems like there should be a better word than evaporate, especially for non-steam humidification, but I can't think of it)

I propose 'dialesce', as the opposite of coalesce.
by Mikeski
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4215

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Heimhenge wrote:That narrow isthmus in Panama screws it up for the Americas.


Yup. Never mind crossing both Americas; there's no straight line across land from one end of Panama to the other. It's S-shaped. And that's ignoring the canal's existence.
by Mikeski
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2110: "Error Bars"
Replies: 14
Views: 2803

Re: 2110: "Error Bars"

This comic explains a lot.

Well, maybe not a lot, but at least it explains political polls.
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7524

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

The real map would be mostly "Soda" or "Pop", with small enclaves of "Coke" and "Sodapop", I would presume. Soft drink. Doesn't "soft drink" include non-carbonated drinks? As the opposite of "hard drink" (i.e. alcoholic stuff), it should. ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 4492

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

Is there anyone other than IT professionals in that cohort? I have never worked in IT, nor had a software job. I took some Computer Science courses in college, and know some OSI mumbo-jumbo from there. Enough to understand " Seven " without looking it up, anyway. My current job involves t...
by Mikeski
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 4793

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Hat slogan: Make the Great Lakes Greater! ...again.
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 5224

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

"Technical analysis" in the stock market is a literal case of "if you believe it, it's true." If enough people* trade based on the technical analysis, the stock will be priced as though the technical analysis were correct, regardless of actual market reality. Right up to the poin...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 5072

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

Ages ago, you could put plus and minus signs in front of words to guarantee they'd be in the results, or not in the results. Now, that behaves badly, unless you get google to do it for you by scrolling to the bottom, picking "advanced search", and putting the words on the appropriate lines...
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 5372

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

On the other hand, making Mars and Earth match exactly only requires smacking them together into one combined planet. Life on the molten Mearsth will be a wee bit challenging for a few megayears, but freeze-dried microbes returning on far-flung ejecta will eventually prosper there, in an etymologic...
by Mikeski
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5713

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I once freaked out an Australian friend for a moment when he made some comment about black crows, and I replied "Oh yeah, your crows are black down there, like your swans. That's weird." and for a brief shining moment his world was turned upside-down (or would that be right-side-up since ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5713

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

rmsgrey wrote:and definitely much more if it was written instructions...

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a crow.

(Though those new touchscreen things don't work at all with beaks. Old-fashioned keyboards it is. peck, peck, peck...)
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 6524

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Are eves additive or multiplicative? Would Dec 26th be better written as "Christmas 364*eve" or "Christmas eve364 "?
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5713

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I don't remember ever hearing of this kind of operation back home in the Netherlands. Maybe because I lived in a more densely populated area there? There definitely were geese out and about, but I never heard of any efforts to chase them away. Maybe because they were more easygoing, being feral des...
by Mikeski
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 216466

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Peanuts are terrible [...] I hate anything with peanuts — peanut butter, peanut sauces (like in Thai food), the nuts themselves. Nothing is more disappointing than biting into something and tasting peanut. I rate this opinion as "semi-controversial". Hating peanut butter is a bit odd. (I ...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5108

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Soupspoon wrote:What we need is to have a year when nothing happens.


They tried that back in 1752; took a week or so off in September.

They're still behind.
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 5578

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

With the exception of the last one, since I have no idea how a laptop would go about generating any real amount of X-ray or gamma radiation, all of those sound plausible. I hope this comic wasn't based on a true story. Depending on how you define "laptop"--or on how big your lap is--the o...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 5578

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

qvxb wrote:Tech Support hasn't noticed that the only music videos YouTube plays on the laptop is Sympathy for the Devil.

That's not bad.

Mine only plays media files backwards, looking for the satanic messages.
by Mikeski
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 5616

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

ijuin wrote:Yes, but it means a different thing for a star to be Class M than for a planet to be Class M.

Thankfully. "Not on fire" is an excellent feature for a planet to have, from my perspective.

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