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by ps.02
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 27627

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

He's wrong. I give you Exhibit A: original Starburst. Red > orange >> pink > yellow. Obviously. Exhibit B: original Skittles. Red > orange >> purple > yellow > green. Also, as artificial flavors go, Pepto Strawberry is the worst (and pink), not the best (and red). Also a fact. The only strawberry yo...
by ps.02
Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 37
Views: 10610

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

TRWTF is that this guy has over 50 people with whom he communicates in real-time chat. That seems absolutely bonkers to me. Not counting work, I have like a dozen. Active within the past week, about 5.
by ps.02
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 8940

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Yeah, but is this thing tempting enough to buy this instead of health insurance?
(Insert outdated joke about nerd gear obviating affordable prescription contraception.)
I dunno, that Model M home button sounds pretty sweet.
by ps.02
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 25313

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Transmitting only after a wake-word is detected seems like a purely technical decision to me. Having all the Echo devices transmitting constantly would consume way too much expensive bandwidth. From a privacy point of view I don't see how it matters much. If Amazon – or a rogue Amazon employee – wa...
by ps.02
Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 25313

Re: 1807: "Listening"

As usual, Trump got it wrong. It was actually Jeff Bezos who wiretapped Trump Tower.
by ps.02
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 13654

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

If you want to borrow my computer, it helps if you can touch type.
Spoiler:
ps.02.keyboard.jpg

Oh, also, CapsLock is Ctrl, as Sun intended.
by ps.02
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 13097

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Then there's the custom, i don't know whether British, American or generally English writing, to start every paragraph in a multi paragraph quote with quotation marks, but only closing the last of them, which is just as bad as unbalanced parentheses. Funny you should mention parentheses, exactly th...
by ps.02
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 8490

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Oh c'mon! Nobody's yet said "I'm not really into Pokémon"?? Why bother? The comic isn't about Pokemon, or Ubuntu. I'm here to discuss the comic. When someone talks about something I'm not really into, usually it's easier (and more polite) to just not reply, than to point out that I'm not ...
by ps.02
Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 8490

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Social media are great for keeping in touch with your extended family and your not-very-close friends. But if you're using them as news sources, you're missing the distinction between anecdotes and data. Yeah, and thanks so much to all those people 10 years ago who kept saying bloggers could or sho...
by ps.02
Thu Feb 23, 2017 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 8490

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Oh c'mon! Nobody's yet said "I'm not really into Pokémon"?? Why bother? The comic isn't about Pokemon, or Ubuntu. I'm here to discuss the comic. When someone talks about something I'm not really into, usually it's easier (and more polite) to just not reply, than to point out that I'm not ...
by ps.02
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 17110

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

Time must be metricized, so appointments must be made in seconds since the unix epoch ( no leap seconds allowed!), which is what digital calendars are doing anyway. "What digital calendars are doing anyway"? No, the timekeeping on your local computers right now, which I think count as &qu...
by ps.02
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 26261

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Now do one for the fat content in daily peanut butter sandwiches, measured in funnel cakes. Or in Cadbury eggs.

Also, what size scale model of a limestone courthouse building could you build with the calcium from 1000 glasses of milk?
by ps.02
Sat Jan 28, 2017 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 18357

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

point a 6 inch F/15 refractor at a good star cluster and the view is magical, diagonal or straight through. If vampires could shimmer like that they'd have a much higher public opinion. So, you're saying vampires would be more popular if they sparkled? But that's ridiculous. Who ever heard of such ...
by ps.02
Thu Jan 19, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 13918

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

Hmmm, is it weird if I can read cyrillic letters despite not speaking any language that uses it? I mean I know why I can read Greek letters (thanks, engineering school), but I had to actually bother learning cyrillic ones. Well, and to be fair, once you pick up the Greek alphabet, you're already ha...
by ps.02
Thu Jan 19, 2017 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 13918

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

Унфортунателъ, фор Църиллиц ъоу хаже то гет а нон-стандард лаъоут то гет сометхинг тхат тъпес лике ЯВЕРТЪ. Фор еьампле, тхис ис тхе "Булгариан традитионал пхонетиц лаъоут". Huh, interesting. This "Bulgarian standard phonetic" does work pretty well for this purpose, doesn't it? (...
by ps.02
Wed Jan 18, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 13918

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

Τηατ'σ νοτ ηος τηισ ςορκσ! Τηατ'σ νοτ ηος ανυ οφ τηισ ςορκσ! Wow - is there really a Greek keyboard layout so close to QWERTY? I mean, that's impressively close to direct transliteration. (Mainly, ς should be ω . And of course there are things no simple keyboard layout change will get right, like Θ...
by ps.02
Sun Jan 15, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8659

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

If MAC addresses were not (easily?) spoofable Anything that isn't cryptographically authenticated is easily spoofable, including MAC addresses. Or, to put it in the most confusing way possible, anything is easily spoofable unless it's cryptographically authenticated, e.g., with a MAC. (: ETA: Serio...
by ps.02
Thu Jan 12, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 5865

Re: 1783: "Emails"

Hmmm I should do a cleanup sometime. I'm sure if I tried, I could delete at least 30000 emails off my private server. You suppose the FBI would notice?
by ps.02
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 14193

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Anyone know how Randall does these maps (here and in other comics, like those in Drain the Swamp )? They look hand-drawn, but if he's putting it through Photoshop (or, in the case of that What-If, maybe a Python program), does that mean he starts with a hand-drawn projection and then runs it through...
by ps.02
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 17545

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

: ) [without the space - phpBB sometimes does the same thing] There's a "disable smilies" option below the submit button :) Yes, well, in a post complaining about software mangling text too aggressively, I didn't want to take the chance on whether that checkbox meant don't mangle text at ...
by ps.02
Tue Jan 10, 2017 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 17545

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Your friend can turn off the punctuation-to-emoji conversion if they like (Preferences > Messages & Media > Convert Emoticons), but there's no reverse-translation from emoji to punctuation. I don't know exactly why that is, but if I had to guess I'd say it's because that's only even possible in...
by ps.02
Tue Jan 10, 2017 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 17545

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

1999 is newfangled to you? Thanks for making me feel young again. Yes. You're welcome. Well, so, XMPP was birthed by open-source people who didn't like that ICQ, AIM and MSN Messenger were all beholden to corporate overlords, so XMPP is federated just like SMTP: your chat handle is formatted as an ...
by ps.02
Tue Jan 10, 2017 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 17545

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

You can also just turn off the damn emoji if you hate them that much. Still don't see any such setting. A little help here? Preferences > Messages & Media > Emoji Style > None: plain text only Thanks! I didn't think to check the prefs of the Slack web app. It didn't occur to me that the web UI ...
by ps.02
Mon Jan 09, 2017 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 17545

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

ahammel wrote:You can also just turn off the damn emoji if you hate them that much.

Well, when I configured Slack I didn't see that option. I'll check again, thanks.

ETA: Still don't see any such setting. A little help here?
by ps.02
Sun Jan 08, 2017 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 17545

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

2051 is awfully optimistic for the dawn and dominance of a galactic singularity. The Milky Way is 100K light years across, so even if the singularity propagates at c it's still going to take at least 50,000 years to encompass the galaxy. Until we discover intelligent life that does not live on Eart...
by ps.02
Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 7312

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

I'm not yet convinced "big data" isn't just a buzzword. Oh, it is. Even buzzwords have actual meanings, though, sometimes even fairly specific meanings. What makes them buzzwords is that many or most people who use one don't really grasp its meaning. Anyway, let's move on to yuge data, tr...
by ps.02
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 7312

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

I thought "big data" was a marketing term for large databases with data collected and analysed by computers for patterns and random significance. Yeah, seems to me "big data" means data viewed and analyzed only in the aggregate, where the individual data almost don't matter at a...
by ps.02
Thu Dec 29, 2016 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 6139

Re: 1778: "Interest Timescales"

Sometimes, parts of a slowly-rising mountain suddenly rises REALLY fast, which is extra interesting. One of those plurals needs to be a singular. in fact, rises is not a plural . Hold up. So if you remove the words in between "Parts... rises" that's correct? As would be "they rises?&...
by ps.02
Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 6139

Re: 1778: "Interest Timescales"

Sometimes, parts of a slowly-rising mountain suddenly rises REALLY fast, which is extra interesting. One of those plurals needs to be a singular. It turns out to be really hard to write a post nitpicking language without discrediting yourself with at least one error. It is known. Yours is that, in ...
by ps.02
Wed Dec 28, 2016 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1778: "Interest Timescales"
Replies: 34
Views: 6139

Re: 1778: "Interest Timescales"

Yes, yes, Randall, now tell us about the timescales of your compounding interest. The alt text is a volcano right? Probably, but relative to the usual speed of a mountain rising, I suspect a lot of geological events would be "REALLY fast" in comparison. ETA: Yes, it's 1778, but could you a...
by ps.02
Mon Dec 26, 2016 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1777: "Dear Diary"
Replies: 10
Views: 5275

Re: Dear Diary

qvxb wrote:What cabinet post will BHG hold in the Trump administration?

Even BHG was apparently with her, so he may not be welcome in the Trump clown car. Also, he may antagonize the Russians instead of, you know, Chy-ee-na.
by ps.02
Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"
Replies: 13
Views: 5754

1772: "Startup Opportunity"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/startup_opportunity.png Alt text: While there's no formal regulation, it turns out their industry group is NOT one you want mad at you. So, Beret Guy buys groceries from L-space, and this gives wiser heads the idea that L-space is a good segment for a startup to disrupt?...
by ps.02
Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 16098

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

"You" is the subject of "Who are you?". Therefore, if you say "It is me.", then you'd logically say "Whom are you?", if you are the kind of person who says "whom". Well... are there people who simultaneously want to reach for the formality of whom b...
by ps.02
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 16098

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

That works just as well if "who" is the subject though - "Who said that?" has exactly the same structure as "Who are you?" and has "who" as the subject... The apparent grammatical parallel doesn't hold up when you bring in semantics, though, nor for that matt...
by ps.02
Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0153: "Peptides" [removed]
Replies: 22
Views: 18742

What-If 0153: "Peptides" [removed]

What is the longest English word you can spell using the one letter abbreviations of the 20 genetic amino acids? What about the three letter abbreviations? What would the resultant peptides look like? http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/153/mostly.png There may not be a lot of real English words to be m...
by ps.02
Mon Dec 05, 2016 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 15155

Re: 1768: "Settling"

Also, can we rule out confirmation bias? What if Randall just happened to forget all those times he asked himself if he should stay committed to whatever situation but it turned out to be just a moment of doubt in what really was a good thing after all? I could see how YOLites might have this problem.
by ps.02
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 21203

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Yeah so, the SweeTango has a pretty good reputation, but what a godawful name. I'd almost refuse to buy one just on that principle. Is there another axis on the graph from boring or dumb name (Red D.), through reasonable brand (Gala, Braeburn, Honeycrisp), to cringeworthy (SweeTango)?
by ps.02
Wed Nov 23, 2016 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 40695

Re: 1759: "British Map"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/terminology.png Yeah, the Amerocentric Mercator always bugged me too, splitting the largest continent. That joke doesn't work nearly so well when you split the globe in the Pacific like a sane person. Count me as another US "midwest" resident who is bemused th...
by ps.02
Tue Nov 22, 2016 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15666

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

[...] CLOCKS (FAST) [...] If you mean that the clocks gain time, a good GR-aware removal company will put them in the attic of the new house. (Or is it the basement?) Attic, I think. It's really easy to confuse which direction the effect goes, for you and me both. (Note though: maximum gravity isn'...
by ps.02
Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15666

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Coyne wrote:Might take a chance on that one on the bottom labelled "DOUGH", just on the off chance...

He should've labeled it BEWARE OF DOUGH.

The random-label thing could be fun. ICE CREAM, maybe, or PROSTHETICS, or CLOCKS (FAST), or THE NOTEBOOK, or TAM, R.

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