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by Bridge Troll
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 10546

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

It's a bit alarming, honestly. Do we really need to train AI to replace human-to-human communication? Sure, right now it's far too terrible to come close and the suggestions are just worthless clutter, but why are we on this path anyways?
by Bridge Troll
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"
Replies: 37
Views: 6272

Re: 2122: "Size Venn Diagram"

Too many of these are too obscure, methinks. "Little circle"? "Little room"? "Small blue"? "Great league"? I would not have expected these to be things. But it's a pretty neat shape, at least. Given the great number of items in this diagram, it should be expe...
by Bridge Troll
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 7977

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

How did the comic titled "Plutonium", which discusses exclusively plutonium and plutonium's plutoniumness, end you up taking about Japanese pronunciation?! Well, that's an easy mystery to solve, as far as forum diversions go! In Sailor Moon, “Pu” is the nickname Chibi-Usa gives to Sailor ...
by Bridge Troll
Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 7977

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

Ehh, not really. First of all, although there might be a conscious decision made about how to transliterate a word by the person or people who first imported it, it's not something that's consciously thought of every time the word is used thereafter. For comparison, English speakers who pronounce &q...
by Bridge Troll
Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 7977

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

Additionally, Japanese people don't "have difficulty" transliterating "l" sounds into the language, and there is by no means any attempt at avoiding words with it. To the Japanese ear, when Japanese people speak Japanese with each other, there isn't a concept of a difference betw...
by Bridge Troll
Wed Feb 13, 2019 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"
Replies: 15
Views: 4729

Re: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"

This is the first time I've disliked an XKCD comic. The idea that 'share' is good -- when it invariably means "I am showing off" -- is deeply, profoundly, unpleasant. Yes, it is great that those photos are available to many (although not all). But they would be just as valuable if only on...
by Bridge Troll
Sat Feb 02, 2019 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 4990

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Perhaps more pertinent than giving your information to hostile foreign governments: also giving your information to a hostile domestic government, which tends to be in a stronger position to exploit it.
by Bridge Troll
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 11183

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Wouldn't the person you borrowed them from be annoyed that their stocks are now worth less than they were? What's in it for them? What's in it for them is that the stocks can go up in price, not just down in price. You've made a promise to buy back the shares within a given time period, so if the s...
by Bridge Troll
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 11183

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

It seems everyone wants to show off their overwhelming intelligence by demonstrating how easy to understand the concept is, so let me take a shot at making it even simpler: shorting is just reversing the adage "buy low, sell high" into "sell high, buy low". If you expect a share ...
by Bridge Troll
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 5429

Re: 2078: "Popper"

Fuck you.* Be honest. Climate science is the most tested and scrutinized area of science in history. You just don't like its conclusions. *Climate science deniers don't deserve civility. None at all. I rarely log in to post, but I am glad someone said it. I was left incredulous that an XKCD reader,...
by Bridge Troll
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5957

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

I'm off the graph to the right. I wouldn't even have a texting feature available if not for the handful of people who can't think of any other way to communicate. (That goes for the guy who I contacted to repair my gate after it got pulled off the hinges, whose first response was "text me a pi...
by Bridge Troll
Thu Aug 23, 2018 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 8600

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

Funny how so many people seem to have the wrong idea about the word "edgelord" (outside of comic context). The core use of the word has almost exclusively violent connotations. Look up the character Reaper from Overwatch, he's an edgelord played to a deliberately comic degree of seriousne...
by Bridge Troll
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 8600

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

I don't think you're wrong there at all. Boiling it down (forgive me as I'm largely restating your post in a way that's easier for me to wrap my head around), historically crazy ideas mostly died with individual crazies. Sometimes a small group of crazies would accumulate and the crazy would bounce ...
by Bridge Troll
Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 8600

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

i saw a video the other day of some guy confronted at a white supremacist rally who literally took off his costume (stripped down to his pants) and put his hands up and claimed not to be "really a white supremacist", and when pressed on what he was doing there said that "it's just ki...
by Bridge Troll
Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 8600

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

but when you make up a new word for something we already had a perfectly good word for, then you're just being an edgelord. Well, for starters, this is a completely incorrect usage of the word (and would also be incorrect usage of "trolling"). To be honest, I'm not sure how you got the id...

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