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by ps.02
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137884

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

That being said, I suspect within a year or so, definitely within a decade, we will have practical, high density, ultra-long life batteries that are suitable for 24-7 house hold solar installations. Furthermore, that the complete system will cost less to install (inflation adjusted) than a current ...
by ps.02
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137884

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

edit: How the hell could cutting carbon emissions be a mistake? At the very worst, it's reversing the impact the industrial revolution has had on the environment. Can you possibly envision a world better off with us emitting even MORE CARBON? If you're going to do a cost-benefit analysis of somethi...
by ps.02
Wed Sep 07, 2016 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 12973

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

No, but there are currently quite a few people still alive who, in their youth, knew people who were born 160-180 years ago. So unless Grandpa is lying about HIS grandpa, we have at least secondhand witnesses. And just how accurate do you suppose this information channel would be? "So, ma'am, ...
by ps.02
Tue Sep 06, 2016 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1729: "Migrating Geese"
Replies: 33
Views: 8809

Re: 1729: "Migrating Geese"

But this comic still does not answer the age old question; "Why is one side of the "V" longer than the other?". Because they are not flying in V formation. They are flying in check mark formation. :mrgreen: No, no. The lopsidedness of the V shape is a measure of their maneuverab...
by ps.02
Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 10017

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

Wee Red Bird wrote:Not forgetting the immortal line: "The Simpsons did it."

Can we now nest this joke one deep, by referring to any act of quoting that line as a moment of "South Park did it"?
by ps.02
Thu Aug 11, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 9251

Re: 1718: "Backups"

Bruce Schneier doesn't keep backups. Every night he just invents a stream cipher that, when fed endless nulls as ciphertext and his own name as the key, spits out all of his important data.

Occasionally he screws it up and what comes out instead is the complete works of Shakespeare.
by ps.02
Fri Aug 05, 2016 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 21280

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

Definitely mansplaining. [...] Assuming that he isn't employing such paralinguistic techniques and really is just lecturing, then this example, and the one in what may have been the original coinage by Solnit , strike me as egregious to the point of being strawmen. I mean, if you don't listen to yo...
by ps.02
Fri Aug 05, 2016 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 21280

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

A bit unlike Randall to make fun of a Wikipedia dilettante. I like it.
Also, of all the ways to get away from Well Actually Guy, this one seems pretty handy.
by ps.02
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 45666

Re: What-If 0150: Tatooine Rainbow

I suggest that "the other type" be called a Nightfall binary, after Asimov's story. That would be a strange name, because "nightfall" doesn't happen on such a planet, when it's between the two stars. That's why the classic story is named that: it's set on a planet with a complex...
by ps.02
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 8563

Re: 1712: Politifact

trpmb6 wrote:Sigh. I yearn for a day that aliens attack and unify us all once and for all.

OTOH, a recent fear of alien threats in the UK resulted in a "Brexit" vote which may, in fact, have done the opposite of unifying them once and for all.
by ps.02
Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1711: "Snapchat"
Replies: 21
Views: 4946

Re: 1711: "Snapchat"

Snapchat : your picture is deleted after a few seconds I...I... what? I've never gotten around to looking into Snapchat, but... huh? If that isn't the ultimate in farting-into-the-wind Social Cloud Media nonsense... I dunno, but I've always had the impression that the niche Snapchat fills is allowi...
by ps.02
Mon Jul 25, 2016 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 6721

Re: 1703: "Juno"

Based on my experience with public transport, the only thing you can ever be sure about is arriving sometime after departure. Sometime usually being longer than expected. I don't think even that's a certainty. It's not unknown to give up completely on a journey if it's clear that you aren't going t...
by ps.02
Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 28624

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

Image
Alt alt-text: "Zarro Boogs found."
by ps.02
Wed Jul 20, 2016 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1709: "Inflection"
Replies: 32
Views: 7102

1709: "Inflection"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/inflection.png Alt-text: "Or maybe, because we're suddenly having so many conversations through written text, we'll start relying MORE on altered spelling to indicate meaning!" "Wat." Man, I hope not. I simply cannot get on board with emojies. I use a...
by ps.02
Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 17810

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

There are two main ways your body uses up water: sweat, for cooling, and urine, for eliminating waste products from your bloodstream. You forgot a third vector which, Uncle Google suggests, is just as significant as sweating. This may not affect the main thrust of your opinions below, but it does a...
by ps.02
Sat Jul 16, 2016 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 10825

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

I remember reading that article and seeing that "The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active stopped working after being put in a tank that simulated the effect of being about 5ft (1.5m) underwater." I was trying to work out how they could be 'simulating the effect of being five feet 1 underwater' excep...
by ps.02
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 10825

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

Flumble wrote:Something tells me those wings aren't for flight

Maybe. Really makes me wonder, though, if it has airplane mode.
by ps.02
Fri Jul 15, 2016 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1341: "Types of Editors"
Replies: 88
Views: 26114

Re: 1341: "Types of Editors"

bluefoxicy wrote:WYSIYSB
When You See It You'll Shit Bricks

STSYWBWSG
(She Typed Something; You Won't Believe What She Got)

TITYMG (IYUAWP)
(The Insane Thing You Might Get (If You Use A Word Processor))

OWDETGT
(Office Worker Didn't Expect To Get THIS)
by ps.02
Mon Jul 11, 2016 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 14683

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

HES wrote:I'm not really into Pokémon. Though I'm not sure that works as a condescending dismissal when the topic actually is Pokémon.

This. So much this. And what's an ubuntu release? I'm not really into ubuntues, either.
by ps.02
Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 18128

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

Sometimes written '&c', but I consider that pretentious and confusingly code-like... The thing I noticed far too recently is that & not only means "et", it is actually a ligature for it. That realisation was as fun as the time I saw a street sign in Berlin whose font made it obvio...
by ps.02
Thu Jun 30, 2016 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 25011

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

I once saw a post titled "credit to the original creator", which is either profoundly pointless, or quite insolent. The one that gets me is the serious lectures and outrage you occasionally see on Tumblr about posting animated GIFs without crediting the "creator". By which, it s...
by ps.02
Wed Jun 29, 2016 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 8882

Re: 1700: "New Bug"

re: alt text, would that really solve three issues? No, he miscounted. It solves 2 issues. Unless you count as a third issue the desire for the senior dev to destroy the project with fire. The salty emojies ought to change his plan more toward putting up razor wire around the whole shop and having ...
by ps.02
Wed Jun 29, 2016 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 8882

1700: "New Bug"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/new_bug.png Alt-text: There's also a unicode-handling bug in the URL request library, and we're storing the passwords unsalted ... so if we salt them with emoji, we can close three issues at once! A pretty horrifying bug! Racking my brain a bit to come up with a plausibl...
by ps.02
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"
Replies: 21
Views: 5854

Re: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"

Copper Bezel wrote:Aw, I was hoping for Rick Astley.

Oh man, we the Internet are never gonna give that up, are we?
by ps.02
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 11317

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

gormster wrote:I was certain that "meh" predated the Simpsons, and it does, but not by much.

So Randall might have gotten it wrong? Doh!
by ps.02
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 12872

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

kodiac wrote:In case you weren't aware, I was paraphrasing part of a sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.

I don't always agree with Randall on these kinds of things, but in this case, I think his opinion is spot on. "Enough," indeed.
by ps.02
Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 12872

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

leifbk wrote:"-d pipes output to debug.exe" - wtf? Real man page readers don't run .exe files.

Yeah, that's the only bit of absurdity in an otherwise perfectly sensible list of options.
by ps.02
Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1691: "Optimization"
Replies: 53
Views: 10797

Re: 1691: "Optimization"

Anyway, what's so bad about premature optimization? Three reasons, really. These are good reasons, but I think the main thing is that it's really easy to incur the costs Jose describes without actually getting much benefit. Making something faster is only useful if that thing is noticeably slow in ...
by ps.02
Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"
Replies: 29
Views: 7956

Re: 1690: "Time-Tracking Software"

I don't get it. Why is this funny? All I'm getting is "I'm so quirky, even my procrastination is quirky! Much quirkier than Reddit or flash games! Those aren't be quirky at all, lol. Also, installing time-tracking software has wasted a bunch of my time! Soooo ironic! And Wikipedia has some quir...
by ps.02
Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 14965

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

Shouldn't it be "Germanies"? No, proper nouns like Germany or Becky don't decline like common nouns like eddy or molpy . I do like this comic. It stacks up nicely against his other infographics. But I have to say, I'm a little disappointed that he made no effort to date maps older than 18...
by ps.02
Wed Jun 01, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8522

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

"Intercontinental ballistic [projectile]" doesn't just mean "between any two continents at their closest points", otherwise almost all humans could take an intercontinental ballistic whiz across that Euro/Asia boundary. In fact, what does ballistic even mean in this context? I a...
by ps.02
Fri May 27, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 25011

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

So, I use the Noscript browser plugin, because I don't really trust my sandboxes. You're saying that, in your world, I would basically be unable to view any media ever? No, only that you would have to download the static content every time. But the better option would be to make the sandbox secure ...
by ps.02
Fri May 27, 2016 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 25011

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

OK, so I guess I must explicitly include the assumption that we have a content-addressed storage network at our disposal, which allows us to retrieve any chunk of data that has been made public (including code) based on the hash of its content. So, I use the Noscript browser plugin, because I don't...
by ps.02
Mon May 23, 2016 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 9297

Re: 1684: Rainbow

Also, it irks me how people have historically been wont to usurping natural objects and phenomena and using them as symbols for their flags and coats of arms Eh, why let it bother you? If a group is going to pick a symbol, why shouldn't it be inspired by the natural world? If any group tries to say...
by ps.02
Thu May 19, 2016 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"
Replies: 27
Views: 7093

Re: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"

- /usr: Could be just a legend, but I hear the reason the meat of a Unix installation is split between the root and /usr filesystems is that some early-70s installation had to split the OS across two disks, the designated system disk not being large enough on its own. That makes little sense to me....
by ps.02
Wed May 18, 2016 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"
Replies: 27
Views: 7093

Re: 1671: "Arcane Bullshit"

In the Unix world, arcane bullshit from the 80s and earlier regularly impinges on daily life. Think /usr, termcap, vi, "User is not a typewriter", /dev/tty*, and all sorts of other little oddities. Ouch. I'm guessing you really have to dig in from the programmer side (meaning C. Don't cou...
by ps.02
Wed May 11, 2016 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1679: "Substitutions 3"
Replies: 29
Views: 8589

Re: 1679: "Substitutions 3"

Boring. Though I can't blame Randall for doing these. If I were under pressure to come up with something funny 3 times a week, I'd keep a few of these kinds of things in my back pocket too, for times I can't find a better idea by deadline. But really? He decides to go from "War of Words" t...
by ps.02
Sat May 07, 2016 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 19556

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

Yu_p wrote:the OCR artifacts are becoming rediculous ("it is my plea sure").

Beware complaining of the mistakes of others, lest you subject yourself to redicule as well.
by ps.02
Tue May 03, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 40400

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

It does seem weird that twos would be less worn on average than ones, if indeed they get taken back out of circulation at the same level of wear. Even if twos don't circulate very much, they've certainly been around long enough to reach the same equilibrium. So where are all the nearly-worn-out two...
by ps.02
Mon May 02, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 40400

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

Quay indicated that they typically get fresher twos than other bills. I declared that to be a bad thing. This is what we're arguing about. If you want to make a claim of fact that the average two is just as worn as the average one, you can, but than you're just having a different conversation. It d...

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