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by Mikeski
Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2179: "NWS Warnings"
Replies: 30
Views: 1872

Re: 2179: "NWS Warnings"

These are the same people who make it illegal to text while driving, defining texting to include receiving messages, and then send out Amber Alerts to every phone in a 400-mile radius. Oh come now. You're not expected to look at the alert while driving your car. But the alerts always tell you about...
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"
Replies: 53
Views: 3264

Re: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"

I still have sugar from the war, WWII that is. Not sure if that ever expires. But if it does it would be score 225, though I didn't purchase it. If you're trying to break the system, you'll have to fight the owners of commercially-packaged Himalayan salt . Age = 600,000,000 years. Expiration = appr...
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"
Replies: 53
Views: 3264

Re: 2178: "Expiration Date High Score"

Ah, a public-service comic.

Randall just got most of the XKCD readers to clean out their pantries and medicine cabinets.

Nerd sniping can be used for good.
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2176: "How Hacking Works"
Replies: 23
Views: 2370

Re: 2176: "How Hacking Works"

yeah, I remember getting a security question like "where is the ball?" and being like... I have no idea what I meant by that and why I was trying to be so clever. Answers like "There is no ball" or "Fuck you too" were strong possibilities but in the end, I had to call ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 77
Views: 6335

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

For an actually interesting statistics, from memory at least, around 75% of Americans make less than the mean income, and 67% of those or 50% of all Americans make less than half the mean income. Which is why we assume all rich people are buttholes; they get multiple times the mean income, and have...
by Mikeski
Thu Jul 18, 2019 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2177: "Gastroenterology"
Replies: 22
Views: 1899

Re: 2177: "Gastroenterology"

ijuin wrote:I think that we are meant to imagine that, as “opposite” materials, they would react violently to being mixed together, like when one mixes strong acid and alkaline solutions.

And the folks who thought it should explode immediately were thinking more of (pro)-matter and anti-matter.
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2175: "Flag Interpretation"
Replies: 24
Views: 2081

Re: 2175: "Flag Interpretation"

I believe Randall created this one programmatically.

He used some Flag Code.
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2173: "Trained a Neural Net"
Replies: 7
Views: 1877

Re: 2173: "Trained a Neural Net"

SuicideJunkie wrote:Is there any standard procedure to solve the issue of neural nets self-training on pointless trivia to an extreme degree?

Eventual starvation works, outside of the random Jeopardy! champion.
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 27, 2019 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2167: "Motivated Reasoning Olympics"
Replies: 7
Views: 2340

Re: 2167: "Motivated Reasoning Olympics"

It's rationalization applied to itself.

When you don't want to admit you're rationalizing, you call it "motivated reasoning", instead.
by Mikeski
Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2163: "Chernobyl"
Replies: 26
Views: 4326

Re: 2163: "Chernobyl"

I'd just say "that Chernobyl series", then it won't sound like a small rodent has nibbled on my undercarriage mid-sentence. :) Exactly. Keep up with this "making spoken language match the text form" and we'll all have to turn our heads sideways to smile. Er, wait, we have emoji ...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2166: "Stack"
Replies: 9
Views: 2506

2166: "Stack"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/stack.png Title text: Gotta feel kind of bad for nation-state hackers who spend years implanting and cultivating some hardware exploit, only to discover the entire target database is already exposed to anyone with a web browser. The "O" in " OSI " doe...
by Mikeski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2158: "Qualifiers"
Replies: 21
Views: 3524

Re: 2158: "Qualifiers"

I call dibs on "do-support" as a political policy. I'm not sure what it means yet, but like it's connotation, which makes it perfect for politics. It means "bureaucracy", doesn't it? We support do-ing, but don't actually do? (And would prefer that it never gets done, so our jobs...
by Mikeski
Tue Jun 18, 2019 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2164: "Glacier"
Replies: 15
Views: 2968

Re: 2164: "Glacier"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:hmm.. I wonder if the lady of the lack is a lady in the glacier in the Norwegian version?

A yuki-onna that got really lost?
by Mikeski
Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2161: "An Apple a Day"
Replies: 26
Views: 3946

Re: 2161: "An Apple a Day"

commodorejohn wrote:Well this explains the sudden shortage of good Cripps Pink at the local Safeway some months ago. Clearly someone was stockpiling.

Nah, they just have frequent altercations with the Blood Oranges. Then all the damaged fruit has to be taken off the shelves.
by Mikeski
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2158: "Qualifiers"
Replies: 21
Views: 3524

Re: 2158: "Qualifiers"

Isn't "how you say" just a contraction of "[this is] how you say [something idiomatic]"? It's no more ungrammatical than the "look [at this from my perspective]" in the comic. I suppose it gets confused as a foreign phrase, since that's the only sort of conversation tha...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2157: "Diploma Legal Notes"
Replies: 27
Views: 3996

Re: 2157: "Diploma Legal Notes"

Tirear wrote:
cellocgw wrote: back in prehistoric times, ...our entire history class...

Did they call it future class back then?

"Current Events".
by Mikeski
Wed May 15, 2019 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"
Replies: 39
Views: 5826

Re: 2150: "XKeyboarCD"

Full set of toggles I'm imagining this keyboard has: caps lock num lock scroll lock unicode lock serif lock verbatim lock (blocks autocomplete and spelling and grammar checkers) pop lock (to keep your Tab in place) Schlage (because some people keep forgetting passwords, and fingerprints get on too ...
by Mikeski
Wed May 08, 2019 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2147: "Appendicitis"
Replies: 11
Views: 3922

Re: 2147: "Appendicitis"

I was going to say "those can't be fists; she's holding up vanquished organs from previous patients", but the current patient has them on the ends of his arms, too. And now I'm wondering why the pockets on her lab coat are so low, and whether previous lab-coated xkcdites have had the same ...
by Mikeski
Thu May 02, 2019 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2119: Video Orientation
Replies: 51
Views: 13122

Re: 2119: Video Orientation

Keyman wrote:Samsung built a vertical TV for (who else?) the millennials
Samsung's "Sero" is a 43-inch TV mounted on a rotating stand.

Ah, the vacation-picture slide-show-projector for the new generation.

Just, rather than pictures of the family, it's all pictures of the food they ate.
by Mikeski
Thu May 02, 2019 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"
Replies: 19
Views: 4544

Re: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"

Huh, I thought 'degrees of freedom' were diplomas from Independence University.
by Mikeski
Wed May 01, 2019 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2144: "Adjusting a Chair"
Replies: 19
Views: 4544

2144: "Adjusting a Chair"

Image

Title Text: When I was looking at the box, I should have thought more about what "360 degrees of freedom" meant.

Also, that "Cthair" might not be a typo.
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 6886

Re: Astronomy kills

My wife is in charge of the 3.5 meter telescope at Apache Point. Etched into the bottom of the mirror are the initials of an astronomy prof (I believe from U of A) who was killed at Kitt Peak (IIRC) shortly before the APO mirror was cast. It's the probability of being "killed by the thing you ...
by Mikeski
Sat Apr 27, 2019 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0831: "Weather Radar"
Replies: 112
Views: 34262

Re: 0831: "Weather Radar"

The classic seasons for [insert northern latitude place here] are "Almost Winter," "Winter," "Still Winter," and "Construction." We simplify it to "Winter, and Road Construction". If warm places can get by with two seasons (Rainy and Dry), there's n...
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 26, 2019 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"
Replies: 35
Views: 6886

Re: 2142: "Dangerous Fields"

Was done better back here. With entomology.
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 26, 2019 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 10647

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: 17
Views: 3818

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: 16
Views: 4316

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: 59
Views: 10647

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).

ce
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 6680

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: 10331

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: 3880

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: 6756

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: 123
Views: 23026

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: 123
Views: 23026

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: 5194

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: 5194

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: 4583

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: 4583

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: 8155

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: 4823
Views: 958667

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...

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