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by ps.02
Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 9353

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

I don't generally drink (hot) tea, but even I would find it weird to do so out of a coffee mug. Who came up with that design? Do they really not know the difference? What difference? I don't have "coffee mugs" or "tea mugs" or whatever; I have a bunch of "mugs" that I ...
by ps.02
Mon Feb 08, 2016 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1624: 2016
Replies: 82
Views: 15925

Re: 1624: 2016

Thanks: charming and I could listen to the guy's voice all day. The guy who produced the video, or the guy who does most of the talking? Either way, you can listen to them all day on the podcast that was once about their careers in Youtube video production, but these days is mostly just about itsel...
by ps.02
Sat Feb 06, 2016 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1639: "To Taste"
Replies: 55
Views: 9353

Re: 1639: "To Taste"

Eternal Density wrote:Image

I don't generally drink (hot) tea, but even I would find it weird to do so out of a coffee mug. Who came up with that design? Do they really not know the difference?
by ps.02
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 13220

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

The other, similar, way it arises is if I'm doing something to a big file, as I'm testing I'll use head (or tail) in place of cat , so I'll build up head file.txt | grep something | cut .. | sort or whatever (and you can't replace that head with any shell thing I know of). Not a shell thing per se,...
by ps.02
Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 13220

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Not got a Bash shell handy, ATM, but I went to the old faithful Perl. There might well be differences. Indeed there might. Given the subject of this comic, it's worth noting that the most obvious differences in regex syntax between POSIX (grep) and Perl seem to revolve around the handling of, you g...
by ps.02
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 47450

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Presumably they can't see the ray coming as it's light; by the time you see it, it's already there. Well, if they can detect all those famous FTL neutrinos CERN found, maybe they get a little advance warning. Oh wait, that wasn't real, was it. (And come to think of it, the neutrino flux would extre...
by ps.02
Wed Feb 03, 2016 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 13220

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

I'm pretty sure that Randall was searching for MathJax equations. Ah, good catch. I heard that if you run that particular regex backwards on the text of a particular What-If column, it returns the sentence "Paul is dead." Nice. (: Isn't this all irrelevant because he forgot the -E flag to...
by ps.02
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 13220

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Breakdown of \\\[[(].*\\\[\])][^)\]]*$ Ah but that's not the real regex. Randall did this in the context of a Unix (well, I'm assuming Unix) shell, quoting the whole thing with "", so first you have to let the shell interpret the "" expression: Original: "\\\[[(].*\\\[\])][...
by ps.02
Wed Feb 03, 2016 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 13220

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

cat out.txt | Looks like someone needs a little demoggification? I hadn't heard it called that - in comp.unix.shell Randal Schwartz used to give out UUOC (Useless Use of Cat) awards, so that's the term I think of. But hey! At least Randall M. didn't call "/" a backslash, as some are wont ...
by ps.02
Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 10193

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

Interesting. No one else thought of Undertale I get 518,000 results for a Google search of "the sun is shining, the birds are singing". Results are from all over the place. Randall has set, in short, a deliberately generic scene. That's the joke - subverting a cliché. Not everything in li...
by ps.02
Fri Jan 29, 2016 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 53
Views: 35948

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

But matrix hydration (e.g. wet clays) theoretically could be considered to preserve the water molecules in the X · n H 2 O matrix for the duration between the soaking and the drying (depending on how it dried!). Ah, if that's what you were thinking of, I can see why you would say "barring thes...
by ps.02
Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"
Replies: 53
Views: 35948

Re: What-If 0143: "Europa Water Siphon"

But how much typical water is actually older than the Earth? Barring some chemical transitions back and forth between water and various hydrated/hydrolised forms (and perhaps some mass re-association of O-H bonds in masses of water and water-based solutions), a good proportion of basic H 2 O molecu...
by ps.02
Thu Jan 28, 2016 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 10193

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

There's been some confusion. What was it about the comic that screamed "I don't know what music notation actually looks like"? Two things. The one I harped on first was the inverted eighth note: (Inverted 8th note) This is a 180° rotation of a reasonable-looking 8th note. The reason it loo...
by ps.02
Thu Jan 28, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 10193

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

Yeah, aside from having a few notes not quite how they sound in my head (which is probably just my faulty memory, or maybe I never did play it correctly in the first place), the Chopin looks fine.
by ps.02
Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 10193

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

I like Keith's theory, but yeah, this is very annoying. [...] In the picture you can see a key signature with a single E#, and elsewhere on my mug there are notes on leger lines where the leger lines fall midway through spaces on the actual stave. Indeed - that's worse than Randall's notes, by far....
by ps.02
Wed Jan 27, 2016 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 10193

1635: "Birdsong"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/birdsong.png Title text: Maybe if I put it in a box for a while with a speaker playing some pleasant pastoral music, I can reprogram it. Argh. I don't think I quite get this comic (yes, I did recognise "Smooth"), but man oh man is it annoying when someone who i...
by ps.02
Tue Jan 26, 2016 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 18021

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

I should grow a thicker skin; I'm not sure why I'm so touchy about this name and not, say, Lich or Dagon. I think it's something to do with the fact that I really want Pluto to stay the 9th planet, and I don't want to see it displaced. You have to admit though, it's hardly the Plutonic ideal of a p...
by ps.02
Sat Jan 23, 2016 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 18021

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

rmsgrey wrote:Anyone else notice that Jupiter is closer than Mars?

That's not what I'm seeing:
planets.png

Did I get them wrong?
by ps.02
Thu Jan 21, 2016 5:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 47450

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

david.windsor wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:
david.windsor wrote:how long till it hits lightspeed?

∞s.

ok ok, 99% then. :lol:

In what reference frame? I mean, it's already going 0.99c in some reference frame.
by ps.02
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 14890

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Eebster the Great wrote:Wait so the entire palindrome is lifted? The only original part of the comic is the title text?

Well, you know, plus the artistic depiction of two stick figures in motion, one with hair and one without. And they are creepy because they don't have eyebrows.
by ps.02
Wed Jan 20, 2016 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 8848

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

At least it's not Bugzilla, which, to report an empty set of search results, tells you there are "zarro boogs found". It looks like a weak attempt at humor, but I've never figured out how, in any circumstance, it could be construed as funny. I imagine it's a developer in-joke and you "...
by ps.02
Fri Jan 15, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1630: "Quadcopter"
Replies: 34
Views: 7520

Re: 1630: "Quadcopter"

So this comic is set in Soviet Russia, where quadcopters fly you?

Also, that seems like a lot of payload, but then, stick figures probably don't actually weigh much.
by ps.02
Mon Jan 11, 2016 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1628: Magnus
Replies: 27
Views: 7227

Re: 1628: Magnus

Well done. Best comic in quite awhile, to my taste. There's a fine line between absurdity that is funny and absurdity that is just dumb. and to me this is the first kind. Who/what is Secretariat? The racehorse. The joke is that, unlike a 2-year-old or even 12-year-old human, a 2-year-old horse is fu...
by ps.02
Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1627: "Woosh"
Replies: 26
Views: 8104

Re: 1627: "Woosh"

cellocgw wrote:Does Randall deliberately misspelling "Whoosh" count as whooshing all of us, or is it the other way around?

I just assumed that's how it was spelled on the forums Randall frequents. It's like if he wanted his bot to say "First!", he'd need to misspell that.
by ps.02
Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1627: "Woosh"
Replies: 26
Views: 8104

Re: 1627: "Woosh"

Who would've guessed that Internet comment systems would eventually lead to making the Turing Test really easy?
by ps.02
Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 15194

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

In addition to the absurdity of the already mentioned 'No car' => 'Infinite Penis' extrapolation Just as well that the extrapolation doesn't hold up. Not owning a car, I ride a bicycle everywhere. A correspondingly enormous endowment could make the bicycle option pretty ... inconvenient. (No, I don...
by ps.02
Wed Dec 30, 2015 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 23376

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

A fallacy people in this thread seem to be falling for is the idea that autonomous cars need to be perfect. They do not. They just need to be better than people. A lot better than people, though. Like most life skills, driving is subject to the Dunning-Kruger effect, so most people believe they are...
by ps.02
Wed Dec 23, 2015 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 9838

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

No dial setting for quantum tunneling? Or the more old-fashioned kind of tunneling?

Mikeski wrote:Accident at Universal Control causes "Santa Baby" song to become 764% creepier...

Well, it's not like he didn't already have an unsavory reputation. (Only maybe SFW.)
by ps.02
Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm
Replies: 55
Views: 13728

Re: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm

Very Kafkaesque. I like how recording the patient's name is lower priority than getting a blood sample. Or ... well, I assumed it was a blood sample ... but considering the rest of the chart, it seems more likely that the procedure is to extract all the blood. This would, after all, make several of ...
by ps.02
Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 18093

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

Basically the entire point of cooking is that the ingredients are far less appetizing than the final dish. This. Pizza is made of stuff that wouldn't be as good if you didn't make pizza out of it, lol. I get what Randall's going for here, but bread, cheese, and a glass of tomato juice actually soun...
by ps.02
Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 15194

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

Mikeski wrote:Since we're discussing omnipresent penii,

We are? I mean, I know what omnipresent means, but what's a penius?
by ps.02
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1615: "Red Car"
Replies: 73
Views: 15194

Re: 1615: "Red Car"

ijuin wrote:How would one apply all of this analysis if the owner/driver is a woman?

It doesn't, really, because women don't compensate so much anyway - 77% as much as men's rate of compensation. Or so I heard.
by ps.02
Tue Dec 08, 2015 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 29180

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

If we really have a superintelligent AI, we can just tell it to "solve ethics" and part of accomplishing that task will be to sort out what "solve" and "ethics" mean, the process of which may likely include taking feedback from us humans on what we mean. Of course the ...
by ps.02
Sun Dec 06, 2015 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1612: "Colds"
Replies: 41
Views: 10010

Re: 1612: "Colds"

"VI. Provide some commentary below. This is a discussion after all... No point in just posting what's on the front page of xkcd.com and providing nothing else of value" For starters, that rule is provably false due to its over-explanation. There is most definitely a point "just posti...
by ps.02
Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 10703

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

kodiac wrote:one of my favourite flavours of packet chips is "salt and vinegar".

Which is a curious name for it, no? I've never seen any other "salt and ________" chips. With the others, salt is an unspoken default.
by ps.02
Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1610: "Fire Ants"
Replies: 36
Views: 11288

Re: 1610: "Fire Ants"

This means the ants are not only exploiting scientists, they are controlling the minds of journalists and book readers, who will demand more government funding for myrmecological ethology. Oh man, ever since I met a myrmecologist, and thus learned the term, I've had a sort of smug impatience with p...
by ps.02
Tue Nov 24, 2015 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1607: "Supreme Court"
Replies: 65
Views: 14305

Re: 1607: "Supreme Court"

No, it really is framed in a conditional, and that conditional really does refer to circumstances that do not at present exist. Granting for the moment that it is a conditional (though grammatically it looks a lot more like an explanation), what circumstances do you claim "do not at present ex...
by ps.02
Tue Nov 24, 2015 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1607: "Supreme Court"
Replies: 65
Views: 14305

Re: 1607: "Supreme Court"

It's still being framed as conditional on a reasoning that no longer applies. You state this as a fact, but I think you know perfectly well that it's merely an opinion. Plenty of people argue that the existence of groups of armed citizens who do not directly answer to the government really is impor...
by ps.02
Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25949

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

xtifr wrote:While I'm at it, completely off-topic, but inspired by an earlier post:

Pneumonoultra-

I was gonna accuse you of plagiarism, then I looked it up in my fortune file to see whom you didn't credit ... and ... um, never mind.
by ps.02
Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 25248

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

My favorite "off my lawn" standby is this: "People are so dependent on technology that they can't even memorize phone numbers". Mine is learning travel routes. A couple years ago I visited a larger city and spent the weekend being driven around by a local I was staying with. Now...

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