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by jgh
Sat May 26, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8202

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

As an interesting side effects some American sites are now blocked themselves from Europe because they don't have their gdpr stuff ready. At the time of writing instapaper.com is unavailable. Some more sites listed here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-44248448 Fog in the Atlantic, America cut ...
by jgh
Mon May 07, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14344

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

GIF should be pronounced like Gift, the closest word in the English language to how it is spelled. "Gin" and "gift" are equally close to "gif." No they're not. Gin shares the first two letters, gift shares the first three letters, gift is 50% closer to GIF than gin, an...
by jgh
Sat May 05, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9757

Re: 1986: River Border

eviloatmeal wrote:So what you're saying is that before serving, a pizza is just a really messy focaccia.

Pizza is just expensive cheese on toast.
by jgh
Sat May 05, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14344

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

pareidolon wrote:Hey let's have a more interesting conversation. How do all of you pronounce GNU?

I cite Flanders and Swann.
by jgh
Fri May 04, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11398

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

And I'd quite like my gas and electricity bills to be the same as they were in 1992. Varying costs of material goods that you consume more of over time are quite a different thing than someone just deciding that you owe them more money to keep possession of the same thing you already have. I think ...
by jgh
Fri May 04, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14344

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

By myself and others mostly who got online in the early 90s and Steve Wilhite, who is the guy who wrote the damn format, it's pronounced Jif, because that's the way he intended it ("Choosy developers choose GIF", parodying the Jif peanut butter commercial). Ah yes, Jaffics Interchange For...
by jgh
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11398

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Pfhorrest wrote:...and nobody can raise your monthly rent or force you to move for any reason besides nonpayment.

Ooo, wonderful, will you also ban my bank from increasing my mortgage payments?
And I'd quite like my gas and electricity bills to be the same as they were in 1992.
by jgh
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 5805

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

100 items??? That wouldn't even get to the end of one bookshelf.
by jgh
Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 9757

Re: 1986: River Border

What gets me about these polyps is the orphaned border joins the border running along the new river course at a right angle. I would expect it to join with a smooth curve along the line of the old river course. Following the river downstream shows an example just north of Rula and highway 159 of wha...
by jgh
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Underscores vs CamelCase
Replies: 107
Views: 63197

Re: Underscores vs CamelCase

Typically sitting on the liberal fence, I use both:
net_Tx
net_TxCount
net_RxOpen
net_RxRead
phone_FromStr
phone_ToStr
reg_RdInt
reg_RdStr
etc.
Consistantly (component)_(subfunction)
by jgh
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17226

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Vroomfundel wrote:Well, guess what, the UK did it - and only half want to reverse it post brexit....

Arghh!!! Post-X is a prepositional adjective.
by jgh
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 8405

Re: 1979: "History"

As a Brit I remember the US presidents from that jaunty Simpsons ditty. Surely that's all they had? :)
by jgh
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 63
Views: 10343

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

Conversely, our corporate air travel provider now offers international rail tickets too, and has invented bogus pseudo-IATA codes for the railway stations. Last year I got a through train ticket from Sheffield to Dublin. It was nice having a ticket that said SHF-DUB. Unfortunately, DUB doesn't conn...
by jgh
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8511

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I hate "degrees Celsius " Centigrade is a much better word (meaning measured in hundredths), "degrees Celsius" make me think that someone hasn't really considered how this works, and are just parroting down a long line of parrots. But isn't it supposed to be "Celsius" ...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9914

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

For the past few days, now, I've been trying to ID a comedy sketch (could be anything from Monty Python to Little & Large, as far as my memory goes for what show it was on) which had a bus where every seat had a steering wheel (and implied accelerator/brake?), so that everybody had an input. Pe...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3855

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have. I was (I think) the second cohort to do GCSEs, but left a couple of years before they renumbered the school years. So anyone saying "when I was in year x" seems like...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3855

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have. Galactic Cosmological Stellar Events? :P :lol: To go with the humour: Q: What's the American equivalent of GCSEs? A: A four-year bachelor's degree. GCSEs (General Certificate ...
by jgh
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3855

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have.
by jgh
Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 9061

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

Hey! I'm still writing PDP11 code. Was doing some last week, before the chunk of 6809 debugging I'm in the middle of now.
by jgh
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 6823

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

yellow is the traditional colour of liberalism... Here in the UK, the "Liberal Democrats" - the moderate/center party, insofar as the left-right continuum makes sense - are yellow/orange ... Insofar as the LibDems are a single party they are actually a merger of yellow liberals on the lef...
by jgh
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8279

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Glods, the worst bit of date de-mangling code I ever wrote had to cope with the years 19A0 onwards....
At one point I found a set of mangled dates that only occured once or twice in the source data set and just edited the damn things out.
by jgh
Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 6823

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Ah, now I understand why US election reporting appears to use the colours the other way around to Europe. Does everywhere in Europe use consistent colors? (...) I don't know for sure, but red has been the colour of the political left since at least the Russian Revolution. Blue is the obvious primar...
by jgh
Mon May 01, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 21
Views: 7210

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

I can solve your problem!...... with Pattern Matching!
....
....
Yes. It's two bald men standing next to each other.
by jgh
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 24934

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I can't remember what the story was, but in school I read out from a story about two sisters: Eve-Line and Peen-Lope.

Some years later I encountered what must have been their cousin, Percy-Fone.
by jgh
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 8542

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I use TALK wot I rote back in 1985. ;)
by jgh
Thu Mar 09, 2017 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1808: "Hacking"
Replies: 32
Views: 7885

Re: 1808: "Hacking"

My email address on my CV is an image, which results in CV assessment services complaining there's no email address in my CV.
by jgh
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 96628

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

thevicente wrote:This comic is from 2007. Little Bobby Tables may be in colleg by now.

Actually, he's started his own company.
by jgh
Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 15941

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

railways ("So, the 60052 restoration, great eh?" Dunno, I'm interested in *railways*, not trains.) I'm probably misunderstanding your distinction, but maybe this is similar to what I get with music. I've heard fellow sax players going on at length about their Selmer Mark VI with the doubl...
by jgh
Wed Dec 07, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 15941

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I get this with early/mid-80s computer games ("Chuckie Egg or Stryker's Run? Which one?" Well, neither, I'm not a games person, I'm a programmer) and railways ("So, the 60052 restoration, great eh?" Dunno, I'm interested in *railways*, not trains.) Tho' I did give in and took my ...
by jgh
Wed Oct 26, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 43
Views: 22089

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

Flood The Dead Sea! is more practical as it connects to seas at both ends:

Image
by jgh
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 8534

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

The visible bit is just the reproductive organs, so Cueball is fondling the mushroom's... no I don't want to think about it.
by jgh
Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 6118

Re: 1699: "Local News"

City Council elections? Pah! We've just had a referendum to set government policy and apparently accidently triggered the Rapture.
by jgh
Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 14576

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

Surely the penny-farthing should be number 6....
by jgh
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:57 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 21211

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

Copper Bezel wrote:Still, I've never heard of criticizing someone for eating a slice of pizza correctly. It's not like the eagles used a fork and knife.

Fork and knife? What abomination is this? You mean a knife and fork.
by jgh
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 10589

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

I agree Excel is a very good product, I've heard it's mainly because the developers wall themselves off from the rest of Microsoft and refuse to be dragged down with them.
by jgh
Tue Mar 01, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 15450

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

Err... gasoline /is/ petroleum.
by jgh
Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 24976

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

I've tracked it down by doing some better research (I asked somebody else).
It's "Planting Time" by Pete Adams and Charles Nightingale
by jgh
Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 24976

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

There's a SciFi short story out there somewhere in which humans land on some new planet and the first explorer (it's one of those planets which happens to have breathable air) finds a really really hot woman resting in some shrubbery. He has his way with her, but when he comes back for more, she's ...
by jgh
Tue Feb 16, 2016 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 52431

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

I was so sure the discussion was introducing conservation of énnuie.
by jgh
Mon Feb 15, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 23178

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Minus ten reaumur?

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