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by Wee Red Bird
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 2867

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

The fact I particularly like is that helicopters are also capable of "autorotating" allowing them to not plunge like a brick if the engine fails. Which also comes in handy when the tail rotor fails . The Super Pumas that were grounded in the UK had gearbox failures that prevented auto rot...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 5185

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

Add in an app that allows you to force AGPS updates and most of the cold-start waiting goes away (assuming you have data, not always the case in backcountry GPS, for instance). My old TomTom used to download (when plugged into the computer) a quick start to get a GPS lock. Probably a look up table ...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 4066

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

My first time using a satnav was travelling abroad. UK you drive on the left and the steering wheel is on the right. I was in Holland. They drive on the right, the steering wheel is on the left (so you have to align the car differently in the lane) and all their signs are difficult to pronounce for...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 5185

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

What about those background apps you havn't opened since the last reboot loading into memory? Surely the effort alone of the phone loading them uses power? If I spend the weekend driving around and using the map app on my phone, then reboot it on a Sunday night, and don't use it Monday to Friday, su...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 4066

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When looking at a map planning a journey, I keep the rotation fixed. When travelling (driving or walking) I have it on rotate. My first time using a satnav was travelling abroad. UK you drive on the left and the steering wheel is on the right. I was in Holland. They drive on the right, the steering ...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2081

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

Yea, that thing. *flies off back to tree*
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 115
Views: 5625

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Please only do that if you are a passenger [serious-and-concerned-for-everyone's-safe-commute-face emoticon] Don't worry, I have a dashcam in one of the cars. Unfortunately not the one I usually take through those road works. Though this weekend, it recorded it's fair share of crashed cars on my tr...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 115
Views: 5625

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Hand written signs Those shouldn't be a thing. I'd be curious to see an example. I'll have to get a photograph of one. The one I saw recently was a pre-made sign with a blank space for a name. Eg "FOR ACCESS TO _______ FOLLOW DIVERSIONS" A sign that they can easily stick a name on to with...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 115
Views: 5625

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Problems I'm seeing in Aberdeen/Blackdog at the moment, which may confuse machine vision over humans. New roads (so not covered by GPS) No lines on the road (both new and existing) Driving against lane markings (instead of having two lanes in each direction, we are all on one half of the road with a...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 115
Views: 5625

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Maybe because I've lived in areas where people move traffic cones for shits and giggles that I watch out for being fed into oncoming traffic, as do most locals in those areas. A human can generally spot a Wile E Coyote type painted on trap. Can the computer? I've also, with the recent roadworks in A...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2126

Re: 1955: "Robots"

When I saw this yesterday morning, I wanted to post that silly humans are quite gun crazy, especially with things they don't understand. If friendly aliens landed, it would be safer for them to land in almost any developed country except America. But there wasn't a thread for it. And later yesterday...
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: 4159

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: 4215

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: 2600

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: 4215

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: 3593

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: 52
Views: 9368

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: 2591

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: 4333

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: 4333

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: 4333

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: 6622

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: 2756

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: 6622

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: 6622

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: 6622

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: 6622

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: 4083

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: 2652

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: 2652

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: 5169

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: 4851

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: 4851

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: 6355

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: 6355

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: 6355

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: 8584

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: 2189

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: 6088

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: 5445

Re: 1852: Election Map

Wouldn't it be green around the axis of rotation?

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