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by VanI
Thu May 09, 2013 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11045

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

I don't know, but it seems to me that Unicode got it wrong. E with an accent is not a distinct letter from E without an accent, and therefore should not be a distinct character. Searching for one should pull up the other. Characters should have been encoded as base characters with modifications, an...
by VanI
Wed May 08, 2013 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11045

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

Anyone else notice that "C0" is not the name of a Unicode block? It's actually the "C0 Controls and Basic Latin" block. Wonder how long till Randall fixes it...
by VanI
Wed May 08, 2013 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11045

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

Some combining diacritics go b̥e̦ņęa̩t̪h̫ the modified character. Some of them even o̴ver strike!⃠
by VanI
Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1172: "Workflow"
Replies: 57
Views: 22448

Re: 1172: "Workflow"

peshmg wrote:I think a more pressing question is this: why this person's control key is hard to reach? Where exactly are his hands all the time?

Unfortunately, he has no pinkies.
by VanI
Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25377

Re: 1146: "Honest"

david_h wrote:I had to force a reload (Ctrl-F5) to get today's comic to show up - before that I just kept seeing Monday's. Anyone know why that would be? Not behind a proxy here. A bad cache setting last time I looked at it?

Happens to me sometimes, too. It's just the cache.
by VanI
Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 25349

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

I think that it's interesting that March 21 (first day of spring) gets some notoriety, but that winter solstice/first day of summer/fall do not. I guess in cold places, people get really excited over spring. March 21st is not just an equinox, but a traditional new year's date in a lot of cultures. ...
by VanI
Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25085

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL" The Joke Explained

The UTF code in the comic, "U+202e" Actually, "UTF" is one of the Unicode Transformation Formats - the binary encodings of a Unicode scalar value (ie, character code point). "U+202E" is the scalar value. The UTF-8 code for this character and its scalar value is E2 80 A...
by VanI
Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1136: "Broken Mirror"
Replies: 45
Views: 11638

Re: 1136: "Broken Mirror"

I have no idea how the black hat guy broke the mirror. He was either in pursuit of an end result significantly more anarchic when the mirror was inadvertently broken, or there is a long-term effect of breaking the mirror that only he knows. Either way, we are in the dark right now, and only time wi...
by VanI
Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 25719

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

I think Klear's point is that infinite doesn't mean random. The decimal expansion of 1/33 is infinite, but follows a definite pattern, and you can be sure you'll never find a 7 in there anywhere. Yup. My point exactly. Thanks for clearing that up for me. I was hoping that the 32-bit floating point ...
by VanI
Tue Nov 06, 2012 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 16853

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Once the electoral compact is in force, then my vote will matter. and if Romney wins the popular vote and loses the electoral college all those whiny red states will sign on so fast that it will be in place by 2016. The irony is that a lot of voters are like you, and a popular vote/electoral vote s...
by VanI
Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 16853

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

Then based on your statement, statistics are never wrong, but they're also essentially pointless, since we can't be certain which portion of the percentage the outcome will actually fall within (the 86.3% or the 13.6%). If it can fall in either place, it's essentially 50/50, since any given instanc...
by VanI
Fri Nov 02, 2012 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 27711

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

I live in a rural area, and the first six digits tell me if someone's from here.
by VanI
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1124: "Law of Drama"
Replies: 67
Views: 18412

Re: 1124: "Law of Drama"

I'm just looking for some units.
by VanI
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1119: "Undoing"
Replies: 121
Views: 23630

Re: 1119: "Undoing"

tomintx wrote:Whose fault is it if your driverless car runs thru a group of children crossing the road?

The children's, of course.
by VanI
Sun Oct 07, 2012 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 48001

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

Anyone arguing in favor of traffic lights or speed limit changes rather than some way to reduce the spread of speeds in traffic is misguided. Except that there are a few cases where the actual speed of vehicles is irrelevant, only the limit, such as retirement communities where streets with <35 or ...
by VanI
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 48001

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

Re: Michigan Left: A better way to do that, is the Jughandle . Rather than creating a middle lane that does Weird Shit, it's like a standard freeway exit and overpass, only minus the overpass and plus a stoplight. Except for the fact that it takes up lots of extra land, and you need four of them to...
by VanI
Thu Oct 04, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 48001

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

Seriously, in DC, the roundabouts are at 8 way intersections, with some frontage roads thrown in on top, just to add to the confusion. Anytime I'm near one while in a car one I feel like digging Pierre L'Enfant up and desecrating the body in some way. DC has very few roundabouts, most are traffic c...
by VanI
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 30042

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

It's not about sticking it together so much as it is the fact that to remain at hyper density it has to remain constantly under pressure several times greater than that at the center of the Earth. Several time greater? The pressure at the centre of the Earth is around 10 11 pascals, and the electro...
by VanI
Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 55812

Re: 0681: "Gravity Wells"

I went to the XKCD store and saw the poster for this comic. So I started looking at the comic again for the first time in years, and saw the text that "If you dropped a few dozen more Jupiters into Jupiter, the pressure would ignite fusion and make it a star." To me, this would be an awes...
by VanI
Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 41640

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

XKCD ended at strip 1111. What is this impostor comic? Yes, I'm an XKCD-vacantist. I will meet with you in conclave, and we can elect our own XKCD pope. Just make sure you also elect an XKCD antipope, and keep them far enough apart, for symmetry. I did a little research just now, and found that the...
by VanI
Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

(First-timer) Anyone else think the barn's weathervane is the woodpecker: http://xkcd.com/614/ Tom It's a pretty distinct possibility, isn't it? I have a feeling that there are going to be a number of small realizations like this for the next few weeks. It would not surprise me if there were around...
by VanI
Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 41640

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

Envelope Generator wrote:XKCD ended at strip 1111. What is this impostor comic?

Yes, I'm an XKCD-vacantist.


I will meet with you in conclave, and we can elect our own XKCD pope.
by VanI
Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

OP Tipping wrote:Why are there _two_ whales?


So the one doesn't get lonely, of course.
by VanI
Fri Sep 21, 2012 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

1111 has been posted so we can all stop worrying. Has anyone considered that 1110 is extensible and that at some random interval Randall may add more tiles to the mosaic. That's a very good point. Someone should write a script that automatically checks for changes every week or so. And it actually ...
by VanI
Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Does anyone know what that is down at the bottom left of http://imgs.xkcd.com/clickdrag/17s1e.png?
by VanI
Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Well done. I am wondering though if the bridge is the Sydney Harbor Bridge? That was exactly my thought, although I don't remember there being a guy manning a canon at the end of the real Sydney Harbor Bridge. Wonder how many **rounds** that "cannon" [anti-sic] could fire. And, yes, I lov...
by VanI
Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

glen wrote:Anybody else find the Saturn V ?

It's in the sky!

I could give you the file coordinates, but that wouldn't be as fun.


Did you find the X-wing in the sky (not the one underground)?
by VanI
Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Torakoun wrote:Straight up from the intro area, found a hot air balloon, then up further, a whale. Hitchhikers anyone?


Unfortunately, I think the bowl of petunias is missing. Oh no, not again!
by VanI
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 670083

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Catprog wrote:Well done.

I am wondering though if the bridge is the Sydney Harbor Bridge?


That was exactly my thought, although I don't remember there being a guy manning a canon at the end of the real Sydney Harbor Bridge.
by VanI
Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 36070

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

BigglesPiP wrote:It has been suggested that Americans have limited knowledge of places that aren't America...

No, Americans have limited knowledge that there even are places that aren't America; there's a difference.
by VanI
Wed Sep 12, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 36070

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

Euler wrote:Canada:
February 16-24, curling.


Wait a minute, I thought the Scotties was in February; isn't the Brier in March?
by VanI
Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 18972

Re: 1100:" Vows"

I believe Randall is making a reference to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UIdI8khMkw which got pretty popular a year or so ago, except that the "wedding spoof play" is even more extreme than the fake-out walk. Thank you! But could somebody explain what's happening in the video? I don't u...
by VanI
Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 18972

Re: 1100:" Vows"

Crap! I've gotta run the scoreboard and clock at a game on Friday, and I have no idea if any of the rules have changed this year. Looks like I'll be doing some research tonight.
by VanI
Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1031: "s/keyboard/leopard"
Replies: 97
Views: 36390

Re: 1031: "s/keyboard/leopard"

feteru wrote:Am I the only preson who read the entire thing as Leopold, the mechanical keyboard, before realizing that they are an idiot?

Yes. Yes, you are.
by VanI
Wed Aug 08, 2012 10:12 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 44212

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, didn't they teleport whales from the ocean into a tank? Wouldn't that have caused an instantaneous vacuum within the ocean and what effects would that have caused? Also, aren't they causing vaccums in the air every time they teleport around? Are the shockwaves caus...
by VanI
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1089:"Internal Monologue"
Replies: 89
Views: 24637

Re: 1089:"Internal Monologue"

The Moomin wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:MaxTM's Law: Any sufficiently advanced cat is indistinguishable from a human, and vice versa.


The fur, tail and tendency to gently headbutt my shins is usually a good indicator if it's a cat or not.


That's not really a distinguishing set of features in my experience. I have some odd friends...
by VanI
Fri Aug 03, 2012 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 30055

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

Kit. wrote:Google: No results found for "context free grammar nazi". :cry:

This seems like an oversight in need of rectifying. :twisted:
by VanI
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:59 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0005: "Robot Apocalypse"
Replies: 65
Views: 55090

Re: What-if 0005: Robot Apocalypse

philip1201 wrote:So the humans win, unless the robots manage to find a random group of nerds who brainstorm about fictive scenarios for about 15 minutes each?

Yeah, isn't that basically what the internet is? What kind of sentient robots can't do a google search?
by VanI
Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:41 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 91077

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

brakos82 wrote:
VanI wrote:To a blind person, all voices are disembodied, and a disturbingly large number of them do, in fact, sound like a moose.

PS, I'm not actually blind.


Well I'm not actually a moose.


You certainly sound like one!
by VanI
Fri Jul 27, 2012 2:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0004: "A Mole of Moles"
Replies: 89
Views: 91077

Re: What-If 0004: A Mole of Moles

I think star-nosed moles are adorable. :( You are a moose, so your opinion on this matter is irrelevant. :mrgreen: Who are you talking to? :| Didn't you hear that disembodied voice that totally sounds like a moose? :shock: To a blind person, all voices are disembodied, and a disturbingly large numb...

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