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by Steve the Pocket
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 9026

Re: 1893: "Thread"

Pern is actually one of my favorite examples of why it's a total waste of time to try to categorize speculative fiction into these exclusive categories. The first six books or so, there's very little science - if you want to read it as a fantasy with teleporting telepathic dragons, you totally can....
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 8760

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

I believe it's a 'thing people do' nowadays when presenting lists of things: ask others with which of the entries they identify most. I'm "carries data but no power". And like most "things people do" nowadays, it almost immediately devolved into self-parody in a way that's not i...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 8202

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

"You need administrator access to perform this action." "I AM THE ADMINISTRATOR." "..." "You need administrator access..." Ugh, yes. You'd think this would be covered by UAC and just pop up one of those windows that black out the rest of the screen. That's wh...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 6621

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

Dishwasher safe isn't that far fetched of a feature; how hot do those things get? We've already got ones that are waterproof.
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 8202

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

I wonder how many degrees of separation Randall is from the Windows user who serves as the inspiration for these comics.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 14477

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

See also: this video from Vox explaining how this phenomenon tends to happen in the early stages of any civilization.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 14477

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

127,255,63 and Pantone 360 C are completely different concepts. One is a coordinate in a colour space, and thus completely meaningless without defining that space. The other defines a specific colour. Well, the assumption is that it means the amount of "pure" red, green, and blue received...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 14477

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

In my past jobs as a web developer (I do graphic design now instead), and searching for further work in it, my soul has been somewhat crushed by the overwhelming impression that nobody I would ever work for gave a flying fuck about any of that, and basically wanted me to make everything pixel-perfe...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Aug 29, 2017 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 25499

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

I must have completely missed this comic when it was first posted; I sure don't remember it. Anyway, I feel like there was some big hurricane in the '90s that's completely missing from the list. Andrew and Fran are names I remember, but wasn't there another one? Whatever it was, most likely it's mis...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 25499

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

I must have completely missed this comic when it was first posted; I sure don't remember it. Anyway, I feel like there was some big hurricane in the '90s that's completely missing from the list. Andrew and Fran are names I remember, but wasn't there another one? Whatever it was, most likely it's mis...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 14477

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

I hate the concept of color profiles, and I especially hate that we invoke them at every single step of the process between the file's raw RGB data and what actually reaches our eyes. The file itself, the program that displays it, the video driver, the monitor—they all have color profiles that disto...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 7673

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

OP Tipping wrote:I bet that WAPO link is great but it's paywalled. I'll just close my eyes and imagine it.

Weird. It worked for me. Why would they put a paywall up that only affects some people? It can't be because I've exceeded a limit or something because I've been reading articles from them all weekend.
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 7161

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I have one of those "emergency radios" that you hand-crank to run a generator. In theory you can crank it while connecting your phone to the USB port to charge the phone. It's a lot of work They should design crank chargers so you can hold the end of the crank and spin the whole thing aro...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 31, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 10989

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

The Lego Movie was arguably 100% product placement since you can technically buy everything that exists in it, or at least the parts to build it. One could even make the argument that Disney movies are all essentially product placement for the tons of merchandise they'll inevitably be selling . What...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 9675

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

Oh, and: Who else here actually knows more of "We Built This City" than the chorus? There's a bit in there with a fake radio announcer who says he's coming from "the city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps!" just to further muddy the question of what city...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 9911

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

TIL in Windows 10 you can press Win+PrtSc to save a screenshot to a file and you can use Ctrl+PrtSc when the snipping tool is open to make a rectangular selection of the screen, both without affecting the clipboard with the snipping tool set to "copy snips to clipboard" by default. Just h...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 27, 2017 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 6478

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Where I am I will experience 95% of the eclipse, I could drive a few short hours but traffic is going to be so miserable. My family has a friend that has his own little plane. Maybe I can convince him to take me up and go watch it in the sky. I mean, you should do that anyway, because getting to ri...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 17, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 9675

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

orthogon wrote:Reminds me of a joke, whose author and origin I forget:

"Ah, Cambridge. The city of dreaming spires."
"Actually, that's Oxford. Cambridge is the city of perspiring dreams."

Could be worse. Could be the city of expiring dreams.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 14, 2017 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 9911

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Just a few hours ago I discovered how to take an iPad screenshot by accident. GOOMHR
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 12154

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Speaking as one of the people who immediately knew what ICP was, this is an excellent example of why I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. Google is useful for a lot of things, but...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 12154

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Speaking as one of the people who immediately knew what ICP was, this is an excellent example of why I hate this habit the Internet has gotten into of shortening every single goddamn proper name to its initials, regardless of who they're in the presence of. Google is useful for a lot of things, but ...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 15578

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

My favorite beat combo is right, up, up, square. Mine is up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B. They tell me they'll stop me from 'cheating', but I just taunt them back with "You and whose Konami..?" And then they point out that the canonical version ends "B, A"? Do...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 12873

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Reka wrote:I AM GROOT!

STATION.

gmalivuk wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Strictly speaking, evolution does imply improvement

No, strictly speaking, it does not.

Does this mean the word "devolution" should not exist, since it is the antonym of a misdefinition?
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 15578

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Also, "Meine Lieblingsgruppe ist Motörhead." "Dein Lieblingssänger ist Yusuf Islam.". The gender reassignment was my bad, but I'm 99% sure it was "Lieblingsgruppe," and it definitely predated his changing his name ;-) I suspect that whoever wrote the book didn't realis...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 9005

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

I thought the LA Lakers were a women's team, because of the movie Bowfinger featuring the Laker Girls. I don't know if that's a joke or not, but for the record, the Laker Girls are their cheerleaders. Paula Abdul was one before she had a singing career, and that is basically all I know about them. ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 15578

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Fun fact: the German word "Umlaut" does not contain a single umlaut. And "eszett" or "scharfes S" as names for ß don't contain ß either. Well, from a nation with a mostly unadorned alphabet (a № of naïve encyclopædic fœcundities of archæa, aside), I shall add that &quo...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 7983

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

I like that "I think I'm in the wrong class" wasn't the last line in the comic. Once upon a time it might have been, but Randall knows his audience very well at this point, and knows that there would inevitably be someone like us in that class.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 4125

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

That's an awfully blasé bird.
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 8715

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Incidentally, for those outside the US who may not know, it's only been since disputed election of 2000 that the colors really got standardized. Since election coverage went on talking about "red states" and "blue states" for weeks, the terms really sunk in at that point. But ev...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jun 14, 2017 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 17861

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Regular Car Reviews once offhandedly referred to the 2000s as "the New Dumb", which pretty well sums up my memories of that decade. An era marked by Shrek and its even worse successors, ungodly-huge trucks masquerading as passenger vehicles, obnoxious overprocessed music, the Star Wars pre...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Jun 05, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1846: "Drone Problems"
Replies: 14
Views: 4649

Re: 1846: "Drone Problems"

I thought it was going to turn out that was her system. If you do your job well enough, etc.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 12945

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

HES wrote:Until you realise you're not in Kansas any more!

Heh, if someone wanted to just make an XKCD-esque fictionalized map of the most common searches by state, "how to get back home from Oz" would be a pretty good one for Kansas.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon May 22, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1838: "Machine Learning"
Replies: 22
Views: 7361

Re: 1838: "Machine Learning"

There's also a word-level rnn that generates clickbait: https://larseidnes.com/2015/10/13/auto-generating-clickbait-with-recurrent-neural-networks/ I'm fairly certain the infamous "Does Bruno Mars Is Gay?" article was produced by a computer of some kind. It sure as hell fails the Turing T...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon May 22, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 6576

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Soupspoon wrote:That's very exciting! The bad news is that it's a risk factor for lots of things.

"Dying, for one thing. So far as we know, beings in that gene pool have a 100% mortality rate."
by Steve the Pocket
Thu May 11, 2017 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 9517

Re: 1834: Lunch Order

US usage makes sense, though - we've always been more insistent about the use of the doubled mark as default, which makes the quotation mark even more its own thing and less a variation of something else. Yeah, I've never understood what was up with British rules regarding the two different types. ...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu May 11, 2017 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 15696

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

And that's assuming memes in general aren't getting much shorter-lived these days than they used to be. Since so many people are on some form of social network where susceptibility to memes is about equal, it takes them much less time to propagate from their point of origin to the general populace, ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Apr 29, 2017 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 6278

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

Sure hope there was at least a really noisy rock concert going on at the same time. Actually, that brings up a good question: The point of Disaster Area's stuntship was to cause a huge solar flare that would be visible to the concert's audience. But would it really? I would imagine things the size o...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 11528

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

I remember Thas K. Dye of Newshounds fame had a good rant about this, how people in showbiz practically make a religion out of the reckless abandon it takes to even try to make it in the entertainment industry. Meanwhile he never quit his day job and continues to treat his successful webcomic as a h...
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 15762

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Back in college, most of my programming classes were in Ubuntu because it had all the compilers and interpreters built-in, as well as the ability to run fake websites via localhost, so I got accustomed to coding in gedit. My understanding is that Notepad++ is just a cross-platform version of that, p...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 6980

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

The one time I've had to throw out a trash can, it was banjaxed enough to not really qualify as a trash can anymore, so nobody would have mistaken it for not part of the trash.

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