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by Kemp
Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 151201

Re: 1193: Externalities

All the UK universities have disappeared, replaced with "ac.uk". Did someone submit as that and somehow collapse all the existing results into a single one?
by Kemp
Wed Jun 20, 2012 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I think there's nothing wrong with people with non-malleable viewpoints (at least on subjects not easily verifiable / supported by compelling evidence - I admit the flat earth thing is getting kinda old); I'm likely one myself (for various amounts of likely - depending on context). The actual probl...
by Kemp
Tue Jun 19, 2012 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

The English language (like most every language) is full of such: - You could use "walking down the street" or "going up the road" to describe the exact same scenario.... is it common usage? Yes. Does it mean that "up" or "down" are the same direction? Heck no...
by Kemp
Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

http://hyperdictionary.com/search.aspx?define=couple Meaning of COUPLE Pronunciation: 'kupul WordNet Dictionary Definition: [n] a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome" [n] a pair of people who live together; "a married couple fr...
by Kemp
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

So, like it or not, the usage of "couple" meaning a small indeterminate number is a couple of centuries old and well established. [citation needed] http://tinyurl.com/cqnzv9n In my mental image of you, you knew that reference off the top of your head. I like this image. Also, good answer....
by Kemp
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

When you couple a train, you're joining cars. Two at a time. Well, maybe. But train cars (even the engines) have "coupling" thingies at both ends. In normal use, all but the first and last items in a "train" are coupled to two other items. So "coupling" in this case no...
by Kemp
Mon Jun 18, 2012 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Asgar wrote:So, like it or not, the usage of "couple" meaning a small indeterminate number is a couple of centuries old and well established.[citation needed]
by Kemp
Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

orthogon wrote:BTW "few" is starting to suffer from that thing, you know: http://xkcd.com/1046/


I can't help turning "few" into a laser gun noise when I read it multiple times per sentence.
by Kemp
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50630

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Wikipedia says a couple is two, the dictionary says a couple is two, and I've never heard someone use a couple to mean anything other than two (though, strangely, some will insist it can mean more even if they never use it that way). I wonder if there is a regional preference for a particular meanin...
by Kemp
Mon May 14, 2012 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 26848

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

Surely I can't be the only one having difficulty not hearing that first sentence in Cap'n Mal's voice?

Edit:
That or Morgan Freeman doing a voiceover monologue.
by Kemp
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20233

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

Although I am amused by the LOTR tie in, I am currently wearing a UPS shirt because I work there. Hey Randall, how about a comic that shows a cartoonist in a bad light? I don't know the situation in the US, but over in the UK I've found UPS to generally be really good. Royal Fail/Parcelfarce are us...
by Kemp
Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 20233

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

It's like Randall is psychic or something, in terms of subject matter if not the details. I've been waiting for a parcel since Monday (estimated date from both the supplier and the delivery company), and each day the tracking shows it getting loaded onto the van and unloaded at the end of the day wi...
by Kemp
Mon Oct 13, 2008 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53225

Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

rishab wrote:am i the first person to notice the reference to Jamie King's "Steal this Film"? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steal_This_Film


Read the first couple of pages, you're the hundredth person to mention it I believe.
by Kemp
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53225

Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

3. Similarly, a number of small and medium sized music stores have gone out of business because of piracy. This includes Tower Records (was a chain) and MusicWerks (was a single Seattle store that specialized in obscure industrial music for many many years). My girlfriend lost her job of many years...
by Kemp
Mon Oct 13, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 53225

Re: Steal This Comic

As people before me have mentioned, you can use iTunes to burn purchased music to CDs that will remove the DRM. Normal audio CDs burned by iTunes (not MP3 CDs) are meant to work in normal players, the same as store-bought CDs, and will also have a lossless format. Converting a lossy encoded file to...

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