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by Yu_p
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106446
Views: 40817527

Re: 1190: "Time"

I am shocked. This thread is at nearly 106k replies, and over 36M views.

Is it even physically possible for anyone to have read all those posts?

And how many people before me wondered about this?

And how is the Forum not yet down under the load?
by Yu_p
Wed May 23, 2018 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 4020

Re: 1997: Business Update

I'll be honest: I have no odea what just happened.

I get some of the references, but overall the comic looks entirely random to me. Or is that the point about business updates?
by Yu_p
Fri May 11, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 5442

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

SuicideJunkie wrote:
GreatLimmick wrote:In this context, what is the minimum threshold for "high" resolution?

420p
When I tried, I displayed the image on a 1920x1080 display, maximized window, 125% zoom, and saw the broken image. Now it is fixed though.
by Yu_p
Mon Mar 12, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 8597

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

madaco wrote:Ok, but what if I have about 200 Firefox tabs open on my iOS device? Does that use battery faster?


Probably depends on the browser used. Normally unused tabs get closed (RAM? Timer?) But thanks to popups I noticed that Chrome (iOS) sometimes reloads background tabs when using the tab grid view.
by Yu_p
Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 4401

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

Linearisation is essentially the opposite of what you want for (3), since the whole point there is to see whether the curve flattens off, asymptotes, peaks, where it's steepest, etc. Showing that some function of the variables results in a straight line literally removes all the interesting feature...
by Yu_p
Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 4401

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

In other words, my explanation for the phenomenon (which I'm not convinced exists, but whatever) isn't that graphing became too easy, but too hard. I still can't use gnuplot without a bottle of Valium. Likely a matter of education likely . I haven't really learned doing proper graphs by hand to beg...
by Yu_p
Tue Jan 23, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 4401

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

I can't help but notice the decrease in quality started BEFORE the powerpoint/ms-paint era. It seems clear to me the quality decline wasn't MSFT made. I'm a "graph quality change" denier. There is a very real chance, that the decline was started simply by using software instead of drawing...
by Yu_p
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 8114

Re: 1913: "A �"

I can still remember when software came with a user manual. Nowadays it's supposed to be so intuitive that nobody needs a manual. Not true. Depends. If you have technical experience, most software now works without a manual, and if there was one, it would be thick enough for that alone to make it u...
by Yu_p
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 8114

Re: 1913: "A �"

There's been some Macdonalds billboard-posters featuring generic-looking Search Engine front page with a couple of letters filled in ("bi", in the first case) and a couple of autocomplete answers ("bigmac" and another word I forget). Seemed risque, to me, given the words that co...
by Yu_p
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8080

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

And why does Randall think that the PDF format will be eternal? I'm pretty sure he's just saying they currently still work, not that anything listed there will necessarily be eternal. I was interpreting his right-facing arrow to mean "forever into the future" as he implied with books and ...
by Yu_p
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 10123

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Until some time ago, such forms were predictable. The always came up, I entered a captcha, and was done with it. Then came the smart ones. Sometimes they figure they don't have to verify me, sometimes I need several rounds until they consider me human. The lack of consistency really gets me :/ [OFFT...
by Yu_p
Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 5148

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

I liked the "screen goes past the edge" part the most. Given my experience with the Galaxy S7, where whenever I use it outside the bumper I keep acidentially triggering border-tap actions in apps while typing, I have come to seriously doubt that full-width displays make sense. Same with th...
by Yu_p
Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 6766

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

I used to use unlocker.exe, which was great for a while, but it gradually got less effective. My guess is that Microsoft has a department devoted to thwarting attempts to workaround their bugs. As I understand, it force-closes file descriptors, which may have VERY unexpected side effects, when anot...
by Yu_p
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"
Replies: 23
Views: 2896

Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

I read the "time is upon us" and "blood cauldron" lines as being human voices intermingled among the bird ones, although explainxkcd disagrees with me. But sure, if the birds are sacrificing people, count me in. :P I had the same interpretation. I also interpreted the "Hey!...
by Yu_p
Sat May 20, 2017 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: var == 'value' vs 'value' == var
Replies: 20
Views: 9565

var == 'value' vs 'value' == var

Another webcomic [ 1 ] brought up a little convention-ambiguity, that I was thinking about sometimes when writing emacs lisp; So I wondered what you prefer :) Personally, for the simple "variable equals value" case I always use the variant with variable name first, since in most cases this...
by Yu_p
Wed May 10, 2017 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 17114

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Well, they're dead for a reason [...] I suppose the reason mostly comes down to "app gap". iOS was first to the party, Android filled the market with cheap and/or fiddling-enabled phones. Even Microsoft failed to get back into that market. Meanwhile, the successful platform owners have li...
by Yu_p
Tue May 09, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 17114

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Huh? There are quite a lot of webapps out there, they definitely "caught on". They're a great middle position between offering and not offering a product. = P Good point (after all I am using Gmail since years ^^). However, I am barely using any webapps on mobile devices, unless they have...
by Yu_p
Tue May 09, 2017 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 17114

Re: 1367: "Installing"

This is several years later, but I was browsing through random xkcd and saw this one. This is literally Android Instant Apps now :p Sure, limited to a small amount of apps atm, but seems it has the potential to spread and become more used. I wonder what are the reasons, why "webpage as an app&...
by Yu_p
Fri May 05, 2017 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 4488

Re: 1833: Code Quality 3

Ugh... just ran into the issue myself today, when I showed someone a five-line bookmarklet for reformatting an inconvenient website. Needless to say that being hacked together quickly, with lines added as based on interactive use in the javascript console, resulted in somewhat obscure code. Obviousl...
by Yu_p
Fri May 05, 2017 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1833: "Code Quality 3"
Replies: 19
Views: 4488

1833: "Code Quality 3"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/code_quality_3_2x.png Alt-Text It's like a half-solved cryptogram where the solution is a piece of FORTH code written by someone who doesn't know FORTH. Disappointing that I had to post the thread. I was really curious about people's "bad coding" anecdotes :( ...
by Yu_p
Mon Jan 23, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 7254

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

Curiously I can't relate to that problem with phone numbers. I do however get issues of that kind with Skype accounts, Email addresses, ...
by Yu_p
Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 11986

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

I just realized how I'm going to be "an old guy" to my grandkids. "Grandpa what is that rackety thing on your desk with all those letters?? You mean you actually have to touch the letters to make words???? Why not just let the voice module take over?" "I prefer the old clic...
by Yu_p
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 10317

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

You should be more cpncerned about man-bites. Those are really dangerous, I hear. (Also, for most people even less likely than deep cat bites.)
by Yu_p
Fri May 20, 2016 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1683: "Digital Data"
Replies: 122
Views: 20937

Re: 1683: "Digital Data"

I experienced data degredation by user error myself with tex files which I edited both on Windows and on Linux, without knowing about text encodings and that they are not detected automatically. Bye the way, can anyone thing of a file format suitable for long-term document storage? Postscript sounds...
by Yu_p
Sat May 07, 2016 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 15974

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

The Freda ebook reader for Windows 10 (here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfj43b ) now implements snake-justification. For ebooks, where outside of small-screen hostile PDFs, justification is never manually adjusted, what we really need is snakes that eat OCR errors. I am reading Drag...
by Yu_p
Fri May 06, 2016 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 15974

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

The Freda ebook reader for Windows 10 (here: https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9wzdncrfj43b ) now implements snake-justification. For ebooks, where outside of small-screen hostile PDFs, justification is never manually adjusted, what we really need is snakes that eat OCR errors. I am reading Drag...
by Yu_p
Wed May 04, 2016 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 15974

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

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by Yu_p
Fri Apr 15, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 10726

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

Not to mention that in computers, files and such are actually identified by inodes, and filenames merely point to the inode (which then points to the data). This has uses (in *nix) which Windows (and I think Mac) don't implement. Apple's Time Machine backup system uses that, actually; browsing the ...
by Yu_p
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 10726

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

Aaaand today I learned there are video games made in Excel. I know what I'm doing this weekend! :wink: What, you've never heard of Eve Online? That one is played in Excel. I found "6 Entertaining Games Made Entirely in Microsoft Excel" though. When I read cyanyoshi's post I honestly thoug...
by Yu_p
Wed Mar 02, 2016 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 11507

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Related: http://jenniferdrawscomics.com/sprinkle ... pe-babies/

Babies are social landmines.
by Yu_p
Thu Nov 05, 2015 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 13722

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

I'm somewhat surprised that this thread didn't turn into a shame-on-them thread about the role of food companies in making people think tap water was low quality (when often it is higher quality then bottled water) and making sure that it doesn't improve where it actually is low quality. As an Austr...
by Yu_p
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 10871

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

but it involves installing an entirely undocumented fourth-party configuration utility that will somehow install a search toolbar in Microsoft Word in the interests of changing a single otherwise hidden entry in the registry that only the person who wrote the "utility" knows about. No, I ...
by Yu_p
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 12293

1590: "The Source"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_source.png Alt text: “Why did we even have that thing?” ______________________________________ I always wonder about these devices. I also wonder, why my power cable is one of them. I'm pretty sure I know why my screen is one of them, once brightness is set to less t...
by Yu_p
Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 7013

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

That comic perfectly describes my relation ship to emacs. I started using it because a lecturer recommended it. After a year of CUA, I began to realize the power of the “dated” concepts of mark/point, kill, yank, and I had come to love the dabbrev-expand as a way to avoid typos and speed up typing. ...
by Yu_p
Mon May 04, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 27237

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

I am going to assume that there is a fade-out between panels 1 and 2; I am sure Randall knows that the "All science is either physics or stamp collecting" quote is not by Feynman, but by Ernest Rutherford... who then went and got a Nobel prize in stamp collecting Chemistry. I guess that b...
by Yu_p
Fri Apr 17, 2015 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 17677

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

I wonder how much time is lost in numerical science in various fields, because many scientists never bother about software-development aspects, as long as they can get their short-term numbers. (May directly affect my PhD thesis...) You often get the opposite effect if you try to paste MATLAB code i...
by Yu_p
Wed May 14, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 17114

Re: 1367: "Installing"

As for the etymology, I always figured it derived from some variation of (as you would tell a child), "Go talk to X and they'll give you a cookie." A small treat as a reward, or in this case, a token for performing a minor task. ... with the associated advice that you shouldn't accept swe...
by Yu_p
Tue May 13, 2014 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 17114

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Of course, if privacy is the real concern, then either Ubuntu, or a blackphone with PrivatOS is the way to go. Or ... Nokia 6310i? (Still the best business phone ever made.) It is always a matter of usability vs privacy. If privacy was the only concern, I'd just disable wireless data ;) Otherwise, ...
by Yu_p
Tue May 13, 2014 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 17114

Re: 1367: "Installing"

CyanogenMod's Privacy Guard and (in v11 built-in App Ops) [...] I know that it is possible. But the ecosystem needs an easy-to-use out-of-the-box solution. Its not enough to protect people who would dabble in rooting and custom roms (which for most devices, if doable without major pains at all, inc...
by Yu_p
Mon May 12, 2014 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 17114

Re: 1367: "Installing"

But, I like having things installed on my phone. I'd much rather play a game that does not use any data. It makes it easier when you can't get any wifi or are stuck in a deadzone. To my big, bad surprise, most of the games I usually play on my tablet did require allways-on internet connection, even...

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