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by Wee Red Bird
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 2852

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: 3014

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: 3014

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: 4386

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: 4386

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: 4386

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: 5896

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: 1628

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: 4206

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: 3817

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: 7752

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: 7752

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: 7752

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: 7633

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: 7164

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: 7633

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: 4963

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: 4963

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: 9244

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: 7709

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: 9244

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.
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 3623

Re: 1783: "Emails"

HES wrote:I can't deal with unread emails. Even "Inbox (1)" is sacrilege.

There is, however, distinction between read and "read".


Just think of those old Read Receipt flags set on them. Your 8 year old email has just been read.
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 3623

Re: 1783: "Emails"

Should be easier as you get closer to the present. Most people keep up via Facebook and Twitter. You can delete the email notifications and trim that box down.
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Dec 09, 2016 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 10937

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

And now we're going to discover that a whole bunch of people have never seen The IT Crowd . And many of them may even be unaware that they should see it. Which makes this all a bit meta! :D (For those who are confused: Wee Red Bird and SecondTalon are quoting from a television show. Quoting charact...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 10937

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

Reminds me of the old Green Eggs and Ham.
"Not in a boat, not with a goat. No means no you crazy weirdo, I'm a f***ing vegan."
Some people just can't take no for an answer.
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 10937

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

SecondTalon wrote:The thing about Arsenal is that they always try to walk it in.

Hooray. He's kicked the ball. Now the ball's over there. That man has it now. That's an interesting development. Maybe he'll kick the ball. He has indeed and apparently that deserves a round of applause.
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Dec 07, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19139

Re: 1761: "Blame"

* Yes, it was a high turnout, compared to general elections**, but compared with the next most comparable case on a like-for-like basis, the Scottish referendum, it was lacking. One (of the many things) that get of the nerves of the remainers are the leavers crowing that the majority of the country...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Dec 07, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 10937

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

Through persistence, I have slowly made it locally socially acceptable to express an absence of interest in twenty-two foreigners kicking an artificial pig-bladder around a plastic lawn. It's taken years . For the sake of trying to fit in, I have tried to watch it. I have sat with friends in the pu...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19139

Re: 1761: "Blame"

The Brexit may not happen. No one really wants it. Sort of the Emperor's new clothes, but when someone in charge admits the guy is naked, everyone else will deny it and try to score points from them. There was a half hearted attempt to by-pass a vote in parliament, which is needed to start the exit...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 10937

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I can relate for many things other than Star Wars...but at the same time, making the guy refusing to try something the more reasonable one seems really off-xkcd. I guess " hooray for friendship! " was only for indulging friends about a sport you know you don't enjoy, not giving something ...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 23993

Re: 1759: "British Map"

And it's even worse on the west coast, where "the midwest" is slightly to the east, "the west" is even further to the east, and "the middle east" is somewhat further west of "the east" which, as you've noted, is to the west. Being in Scotland, we are forever ...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 9066

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

In my last move, I had a box marked The decapitated heads of my enemies Garage Stuff. Was left in the middle of the garage.
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19139

Re: 1761: "Blame"

In Scotland, we had a referendum on Scottish independence. Then we had a vote for Brexit. I said no to both. But, according to people on Facebook, I'm in the wrong and the one to blame for all the trouble we were going to get anyway no matter what the result was. My friend list is now considerably ...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19139

Re: 1761: "Blame"

In Scotland, we had a referendum on Scottish independence. Then we had a vote for Brexit. I said no to both. But, according to people on Facebook, I'm in the wrong and the one to blame for all the trouble we were going to get anyway no matter what the result was. My friend list is now considerably s...
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1753: "Thumb War"
Replies: 16
Views: 3679

Re: 1753: "Thumb War"

The second verse I heard was:

Five, Six, Seven, Eight.
With this hand I masturbate.
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 7451

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

bazza wrote:The Grenadier Guards, a regiment in the British Army, has had a band for over 330 years, and has been playing whatever the monarch wishes all that time. iPod? Pah, 300 years too late.

One requests some Iron Maiden.
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 10439

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

What's so difficult? Step 1: put filter in coffee maker Step 2: put coffee grounds in filter Step 3: fill carafe with cold water Step 4: pour water over grounds (Followed, of course, by cleaning cold wet coffee grounds off of everything on the table and letting the programmers make the coffee.) Or ...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8745

Re: 1741: "Work"

I really like those lamps that turn on and off just by touching them. It is like magic. My friends have one on their dining table. When I help pull the thing out, I grab the lamp to steady it, followed by the odd "bugger" as I tap it a few times to turn it back off. If I get up in the mid...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Oct 04, 2016 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 4971

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Both OPs failed to add any of their own commentary This begs the question: why aren't the posters (hilariously) banned for their impotence and the threads closed/removed/merged every time? On the oter hand, we have a multitude of users who'd like to run (or are running) a bot that queries the main ...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 10614

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

The only way I can imagine this making sense is as part of a general replacement strategy. If you want to continually modernize your datacenter by throwing away the X oldest servers and buying Y new current-generation servers each year (thus increasing performance, efficiency and density), then the...

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