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by Wee Red Bird
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 2736

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

Long before the gold layer is a millimeter thick, the waste heat from the mining system will boil away the oceans, unless the mining process is slow enough to get the heat off planet without killing us. Even a micron per year would probably be deadly. Do you really want to vent the heat off from th...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 2894

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

2) No one will ever change the standard 12oz/355ml aluminum can, in either volume or dimensions, since that will obsolete approximately 6.3 trillion vending machines. Wait, do they sell beer in 355ml cans over there? Here beer cans are the taller 500ml variant and I've never seen a vending machine ...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 1844

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

If you are going to stuff it into storage, you probably aren't going to worry about the wish that it doesn't stop swinging or (in the case of the sculpture) not melt.
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Jan 11, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 2894

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

Soupspoon wrote:
somitomi wrote:someday I will come up with a shorthand for "portable computer" and will use it for everything from smartphones to laptops from that day.

P.C.

8-)

"What's a computer?" - Annoying kid in an Apple advert shortly before being beaten to death with the keyboard attached to her iPad
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 2905

Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

163,800 facts in one comic! (ignoring title text) I keep getting 156,000. Where am I going wrong? 20 in node 1, 13 in node 2, 50 in node 3 and 12 in node 4. I can't figure out where we differ. 163,800 = 21*13*50*12, so I'm guessing they miscounted the first node. I make it 20 in node 1 too. Could y...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Dec 14, 2017 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1928: "Seven Years"
Replies: 51
Views: 7453

Re: 1928: "Seven Years"

I'm not crying.

I'm just chopping onions.

Nothing to see here.

*waves fist as the sky* There better be another happy one in 2024.
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Dec 12, 2017 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 2061

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

seanbrockest wrote:For all the SDC's that might be reading this forum.

I might have a bit of goose in my ancestry, but I rarely honk.
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 3848

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Someone needs to tell them that their substrate material can't be white, at least. Lane-departure sensors and (potentially) self-driving cars will go nuts with those extra white lines everywhere. Heck, human drivers might go nuts with them in weather conditions worse than those in the pic. Or at ni...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 3848

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Areas you probably shouldn't put solar panels - Scotland.
Today sunrise is at 8:31 and sunset at 15:28.
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Dec 05, 2017 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 3848

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

One of the selling points was (is?) that in such a situation, you cheaply remove the tile(s) that are in the way of repairing the pipe, repair the pipe, then cheaply replace the tiles. Way easier than going at concrete/asphalt with a jackhammer and then putting it back together afterward. Just don'...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 5838

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Maybe instead of giving a badge to people who have been verified, they should ban the accounts of anyone who is discovered to not be who they claim. You mean I'd have to prove I am a real red bird? Trouble with working the way you suggest is, and lets take Adam Savage as an example again, how do yo...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Nov 13, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"
Replies: 20
Views: 2418

Re: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"

Almost everything else lets the other user know you've opened their message, so pulling the "I just noticed..." trick doesn't work.
Emails were the first of them and had read receipts, but I always turn them off.
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 5838

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

You can change your username at any time, but that loses you the blue tick and need reverification, so Bob could not rename that account as Adam Savage and keep the blue tick. Is that true? What about all the verified people who change their name to something spooky for Halloween for example? They'...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 5838

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

but it's irrelevant who the person really is. the messages are important, if anything. if some random "naziguy23452" posts shit, it's as bad as from a verified member, isn't it? and conversely, if the known nazi only posts civil and polite messages, why shouldn't he remain? There in lies ...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 5838

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

why is anyone anranged about it when twitter confirms that an acount really belongs to a person, even if it is a nazi? it's not a "most valuable member" badge or anything. The implication is they know that is the genuine person and letting them remain to use the platform to spread their m...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 5838

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

I don't know whar the sudden fuss is all about I might be a bit out of the loop here... What fuss? Twitter created a verification badge (Instagram and Facebook have similar) to let you know that you are looking at the real account of a famous person and not a parody account. It makes it easier to t...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Nov 06, 2017 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 3693

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

cellocgw wrote:Moral: if you move into a house with wifi devices (aka "IoT stuff"), it's probably easier to throw them out and start over with new widgets.

From a security viewpoint, you probably want to do that anyway. You might never be able to tell what firmware the devices have been flashed with.
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 2303

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

What you see in the sky varies from area to area. Most of the UK stare upwards when they see a chopper. Usually sign of something wrong in the form of a police chase, air ambulance or even just a traffic copter. Aberdeen, because of the flights to oil rigs making them more common sight than the loca...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 2303

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

wermet wrote:It's a bird!
It's a plane!
It's superman!
...
No wait! It's just a drone masquerading as superman. Which on-line community tracks superman-drones?

I've never been mistaken for Superman. *chirp*
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 4348

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Surely prosthetics should be on the right edge and not the left. With all the intelligence being built in to arms and legs (eg when to grab a can or when to bend the knee when walking) all it takes is for them to be tired of being walked all over and decide to kick off. It will be an arms race that ...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 4195

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

HES wrote:
herbstschweigen wrote:USB OTOH is not an EU standard.

Micro USB as the standardised phone charger, is.

It's USB C now. Unless you are an Apple.
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 4195

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

Power without data is helpful when charging at work (some places check for plugged in USB devices and complain when you do) or when charging off an unknown source (eg a friend's PC that could be virus ridden, or a USB charging port at an airport that could be set up to do something nasty to your pho...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 5687

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

*Though would that be when the Sun is at its "most opposite" point or the midpoint between sunset and sunrise or the midpoint between the last and next time the Sun will be at its highest point in the sky? Why bother working off the middle of the night. Kids (and most adults) see a day as...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 5687

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Keyman wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:https://xkcd.com/1335/
Ummm...this one seems to be ignoring DST.

Will be tricky as not everywhere does daylight saving or does it at the same time. It ends in the UK on October 29th but November 5th in America.
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Aug 30, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 5687

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

We could make things a whole lot easier and dump daylight savings. It is difficult to reprogram sundials twice a year.
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 7871

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Alt text: What if what *I* see as blue, *you* see as a slightly different blue because you're using Chrome instead of Firefox and despite a decade of messing with profiles we STILL can't get this right somehow. Or when you have a second screen attached to your laptop and your Excel spreadsheet look...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Aug 21, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"
Replies: 23
Views: 2025

Re: 1879: "Eclipse Birds"

Us birds will be fine.
*readies human sacrifice*
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 5396

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

The big difference here seems to be that, outside of people who love LEGO's, most people probably have some experience with LEGO's and think they're a rather neat idea, Outside of the "legos (plural) / lego (uncountable)" argument (or more strict "Lego™ (brand)" usage) , can I j...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 4947

Re: 1852: Election Map

Wouldn't it be green around the axis of rotation?
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 9472

Re: 1849: "Decades"

And while we are at it, can we all stop using 'K' in the date. Ok back in Y2K and, at a pinch, 2k4 for 2004, but some are using 2K17 for 2017. You aren't saving any characters. It isn't shorthand. Stop doing it. The only thing that immediately jumps to my mind when I hear "2K17" is in rel...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 9472

Re: 1849: "Decades"

morerokk wrote:So, is nobody gonna talk about the fact that Randall snuck a second instance of the word "and" into the comic (second line)?

The first rule of And club is no one talks about And club. And
and the second rule of And club is no one talks about And club.
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 9472

Re: 1849: "Decades"

How did they deal with the decade names 100 years ago? They called them the Nineteen Hundreds and Nineteen Tens before going to the Twenties. You could go with Two Thousands and Two Thousand Tens. And while we are at it, can we all stop using 'K' in the date. Ok back in Y2K and, at a pinch, 2k4 for...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 9257

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Znirk wrote:Wikipedia suggests they do, although they don't go as far as going silent on the <é>:

/mwɑːrˈeɪ/; French: [mwaˈʁe]


The audio on the OED site sounds like she is loudly air kissing.
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 8215

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

Still waiting on a bird emoji that works well with a colour modifier to make it red.
The current one (U+1F426) is different colours on different systems and can even look like a pigeon. We aren't all pigeons. It's racist.
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Mar 23, 2017 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 9257

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Jorpho wrote:Well, geez, all this time I've been pronouncing it "mwar".

There will be lots of confused XKCD fans pronouncing it wrong after reading this strip.
Unless it is one of those words that you pronounce differently in America, even though it is French.
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Mar 13, 2017 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 5641

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

TheEngineer wrote:A few WEEKS! .... You have until midnight the following day!


I've avoided the area for quite a few years now, though I did have a DartTag at one point.
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 5641

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

The toll booths for the Dartford Crossing (down somewhere in England) no longer uses cash or electronic passes. It uses your numberplate and bills you later. If you don't sign in to their website and pay your toll within a few weeks, they issue you with a fine. The phone itself needs more ports. Or ...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 10843

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

While I've never been mistaken for Superman (or a plane for that matter) I do run a little superhero thingie on Twitter for writers called #SuperheroSat

Well, when I say "run" it is mostly me talking to myself, but given time, it will grow.

Apologies for the shameless plug.
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 9258

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

I prefer written to video, though if you read some of a certain leader's transcripts, they are even more unintelligible than the video. It makes it easier to catch up on information while at work, without having to pull out my headphones and listen to it. And it isn't just news that is better in tex...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Jan 31, 2017 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 10843

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Does Superman crap on cars too?
I prefer it when they are freshly washed. Add a little something to the sparkle.

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