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by PinkShinyRose
Sat May 19, 2018 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 4133

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

Why should Randall sum the probability at all in either direction? It's a plot of the probability of being in a crash that year. If you want cumulative past or future probabilities, you can add them up yourself. I think you're right about what it is, but the title of the graph suggests estimated li...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Mar 24, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11803

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

At the same time, I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen in a democracy to become informed on important issues. Democracy only works with an educated electorate, and we should never be complacent with shortcomings in our own knowledge (of which we all have, btw). You mean on issues YOU...
by PinkShinyRose
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 6595

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Reka wrote:Wait, you mean pomegranates aren't filled with grapes?

Of course not, they're filled with apples, hence their name.
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 4638

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

In my non-expert opinion, conditions would be unenforceable. You write something like this: "I leave one third of my fortune to you, provided you keep my 30-foot Foucalt pendulum swinging. If it ever stops the inheritance goes to the Home for Unwed Mothers." That is enforced by the Home f...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 4252

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

If you are worried some random thief is going to steal your computer from your house and take it to their house, this system works great. Even then it only works assuming they live in a wooden house. If they live in a brick/stone/ concrete/metal house or an apartment it won't work consistently (exc...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Dec 26, 2017 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1933: "Santa Facts"
Replies: 18
Views: 4101

Re: 1933: "Santa Facts"

Santa is now a Pokémon! Someone needs to write out the rest of his stat block. (Also his movelist.) It's just Lugia I think HP: 130 Attack: 90 Defense: 110 Sp.Atk: 90 Sp.Def: 110 Speed: 160 Only Jolly nature, luckily this works well to boost his speed higher. Also means he likes dry sweets, informs...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Dec 03, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8757

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Celsius are too “big” for stuff like weather, IMO. 95° and 100° certainly feel quite different — for me, the former is on the very upper edge of OK, but the latter crosses into hot (for sake of honesty, the heat index at home usually runs 3-5 degrees warmer than temperature and has a bigger effect ...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 5484

1920: "Emoji Sports"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/emoji_sports.png Title text: No horse has yet managed the elusive Quadruple Crown—winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, the Belmont Stakes, and the Missouri Horse Hole. There's a lot of animal abuse in there. But is was still funny :oops: :evil:. I'm also curious a...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 11124

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

And if you walk on eggshells to avoid warm summers and UV rays alike, you're either limited to the coasts; which are known to be vulnerable to either earthquakes, tsunamis, or hurricanes, depending on the coast; or will have to go so far from the tropics that the winters are blistering cold... for ...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 9764

1914: "Twitter Verification"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/twitter_verification.png Titletext: When we started distributing special status tokens that signify which people are important enough to join an elite group, we never could have imagined we might be creating some problems down the line. I agree with Randall here, in hin...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 6924

Re: 1893: "Thread"

You say that as if fantasy is somehow inferior to science fiction. At the time , there was a definite stigma to fantasy in fandom. This is the reason that (for example), the World Fantasy Awards were created: even though the rules for the Hugos and Nebulas and other genre awards allowed fantasy, no...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Aug 06, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 8953

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Also, most people who aren't nerds like me leave their WiFi control channels configured for the default (1, 6, or 11 in the 2.4GHz space), Isn't that good, though? Those channels have no overlap. If you use other (2.4GHz-) channels you always have overlap and while you might get a better connection...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20334

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Potatoes are dubious as a vegetable, they're mainly a source of carbohydrates. And containing a vegetable does not make it a vegetable, especially if it's wrapped in a carbohydrate heavy source. It would be more adequate to count it as a complete meal (although with too little vegetable and lacking...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 4508

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

When I look at the product reviews on, say, Amazon, I like to look at some of the top ratings as well as a few of the bad ratings. Gives me a sense of scale. Almost invariably the worst ratings seem to be coming from someone who did not RTFM. I do that too. What drives me insane is the number of ba...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 8953

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

I wonder no one so far commented on the hilarious business model pun in the title text. I mean, how greedy and stupid are people that they agree on a 24-month contract for mobile/DSL/whatever, that costs,say, 15€/month in the first year and 35€ after that? Is it a sign of me being old that I expect...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 11737

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

If you know which plane the teapot's orbiting in, you can just sweep the orbit twice (once each way) and guarantee to see any teapot that's there, whatever speed it's orbiting at. Searching the surface of a sphere is going to be significantly more difficult, depending on what your resources are, bu...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Jul 17, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 7438

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

My nearest major city is Mamchester and I have no idea whatsoever what the current civic slogan/motto/tagline for there is, for example ... Well, there's currently the vogue for something to do with Bees. And nice typo, referencing back to Manchester's original name. ;) It is among the places calle...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7445

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Drag and drop exists. If there's an image editor that doesn't support dropping an image from the file manager into an existing document as a layer, it needs to be fired. Like, you seem to be turning the sub-one-second key combo Ctrl+PrntScr; Alt+Tab; Ctrl+Shift+N (for new layer); Ctrl+V into PrntSc...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 5569

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

So the market doesn't correct bad assumptions? Not a very conservative idea there. Did I ever claim to be a conservative? But I do think "the market" will probably correct such mistakes in time, it just might take a few failures before the suits figure it out. This still has the fundament...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20334

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Oh, wait. 7/11 doesn't have any fruits and vegetables. Ours sells bananas (a dollar a banana!) and samosas, which I guess are vegetableish. But this probably varies by region. Samosa as in deep fried pastry? You count that as almost a vegetable? Umm, yes? They have vegetables in them. Potatoes and ...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11514

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

D Green gets 60% (and yellow 40%) of their way for each topic on average with a bias favouring the electorate directly affected by the topic at hand. How would this work? For an issue like: "It shall be unlawful to sell, purchase, or use {substance} within the borders of {town}" [_] YES [...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Jun 10, 2017 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11514

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

Indepenedent of the magic used to achieve the result , what best represents the will of the people? A: High wins every time B: High wins 60% of the time C: 60% of the years, high wins all the time D: Something else (tell me) D Green gets 60% (and yellow 40%) of their way for each topic on average w...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Jun 01, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11514

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

I like the mixed-member proportional representation system (probably with a condorcet district component) for any multi-seat councils. For single person offices I would say a condorcet method or a single transferable vote is fine, but I would consider the most important part to be the absence of dis...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat May 20, 2017 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20334

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

mathmannix wrote:
keithl wrote:Oh, wait. 7/11 doesn't have any fruits and vegetables.


Ours sells bananas (a dollar a banana!) and samosas, which I guess are vegetableish. But this probably varies by region.

Samosa as in deep fried pastry? You count that as almost a vegetable?
by PinkShinyRose
Sun May 14, 2017 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 6099

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

During the 2012 London Olympics, I didn't want to wait for the US networks to broadcast the opening ceremony, so I went online to find an unofficial live stream. I found it on one of those sketchy ad- and malware-ridden sites that embed pirated TV show episodes, but this particular site seemed to s...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20334

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

My usual approach is to give my local time, and enquire the other party's local time, then give future times as "my time" or "your time" (which is fine until they move or clocks change in one or other location) That's my habit as well in practice. I'm on Chicago time, but anothe...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20334

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I'd definitely find it a weird cognitive shift to start describing my time zone in terms of what the offset presently is as opposed to what actual time zone I'm in. Suppose I could compromise and say "UTC minus five or six." You usually only need to note the timezone on the relevant date ...
by PinkShinyRose
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20334

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20334

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

ETA: Another issue with the city-based timezone identifier is that it can seem metrocentric. Why should a company proudly based in, say, Liverpool organise its meetings in the "Europe/London" timezone? And where are "Europe/Edinburgh" and "Europe/Cardiff" for that matt...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Apr 14, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 12807

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Using it to insert gfp into your eyes is still a ways off. Inserting mCherry seems more entertaining to me. Sadly, I suspect either would significantly interfere with overall vision. I'm not sure if I'd like either, I don't want phototoxicity in my non-regenerating central nervous system cells. Alt...
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Apr 08, 2017 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 11187

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

Matchup 2: Boxers Playing Basketball vs. A Team Playing on Segways The team of boxers, enthusiastic though they may be, are still having trouble performing actions that require such dexterity while wearing massive gloves meant for another sport. The Segwayers meanwhile have had a number of games to...
by PinkShinyRose
Wed Apr 05, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 22879

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

3. An interesting question would be: Why are children interested in the color of sky and trees, but not in the color of other things, like tomatoes, or anything else? Why are they content with some answers, but not others? (sorry, if this becomes a double post) Here's another, possibly rela...
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Apr 04, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25365

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Turns out that Sioux is still pronounced Syoo in French; the Soo pronunciation is an Anglophone thing. I wonder where that comes from? Probably because the "sy" cluster doesn't exist in (most dialects of) American English. ("Sue" is also pronounced "soo".) I thought th...
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Apr 03, 2017 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 22879

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

What is an "emergent property"? Can you define that? Is maybe any physical property "emergent"? That is an actual question. I'm not claiming to be an expert. (In object oriented programming there are attributes and methods. Is an emergent property like a method? But we can't kno...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 22879

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Believing that air is colorless, where the blue color must have some other origin, that's the same basic mistake as believing that bluejay feathers are colorless, or that Morpho butterflies are colorless, or aerogel or opals are colorless. All of those other examples you cited do appear colored und...
by PinkShinyRose
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25365

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

speising wrote:Also, Windows N(ew)T(echnology)

Except that newer releases of windows are essentially new versions of NT, and the kernel is still named the NT kernel. So while it's not really new, it's still the latest.
by PinkShinyRose
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25365

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

[*]Patent "pay-tent" when referring to the IP right. 99% of all people who work with patents say "pat-ent" regardless of where they are from and have for decades. Yes, it is not reasonable for people in the business to get angry at people outside for not knowing this, but on the...
by PinkShinyRose
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 62
Views: 15884

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Couldn't you just fix this by unevenly distributing the pixels on the chip.

EDIT: and shouldn't you get this when you rotate a photo less than a 90° interval in paint/gimp/photoshop?
by PinkShinyRose
Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 23230

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Am I the only one who thought: "huh, blue raspberry?!?". Also, 'creamsicle' sounds like butter on a stick with some layer of artificial flavouring to make it palatable to humans.
by PinkShinyRose
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 22980

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Why creamed corn when the Official Internet Nerd /. Meme is hot grits? Personally, if I were going to make use of someone else's Alexa & Amazon account, I'd at least go for the OtherOfficialInternetNerd/.Meme : hookers and blow. Obviously, if it were some meme, it would have been bobcats. This ...

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