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by Wee Red Bird
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 23
Views: 1330

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

HowRiddikulus wrote:The social network is "Mastodon", not "Mastadon". (I browse it very frequently, and I'm really happy it got name-checked!)

Is there a form or something for reporting typos? Does Randall look at these threads?

He must have heard you. He's fixed it.
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 2859

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

I've node idea what you are talking about.
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Aug 16, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 2682

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

Everything used to be repairable at home. Ok, you'd have a mate who specialised in the area for tricky things, but on the whole it was home repair. You open the bonnet (hood) of a car and all the men in the street would swarm round to see how they could help fix the problem. There was always one wit...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 3475

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

One of 3-2-1's amazing clues explained by Ted Rogers: (Dusty Bin is the booby prize of a new dustbin) A wishbone brought on by Sonny Hayes came with the clue "Take one that never changes, add a pub and a precious stone, bring them all up-to-date, and now, you're on your own.", which the co...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Aug 14, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 3475

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

From today's RL crossword: Vessels of the Royal Navy in America (4). "Royal Navy" is used for the letters "RN", America (in this case) is "US". RN in US would be "URNS", which are… vessels. I'm sorry, but that's just infuriatingly and disgustingly obtuse. (No...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3316

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

I remember, as a kid, being told the number of seconds between the flash and rumble is the number of miles away it is.
In reality, one second is a fifth of a mile away. The lightning strike is closer than you think.
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9165

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

It might also be a low probability of a heavy downpour but a high probability of light showers. Throw in the likely hood of the heavy storm that may hit at 2pm is the same storm that will be at 3 and 4, but could be diverted away by a change in wind any any point before 2, then you'd need a 3d graph...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 8744

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

It puts me in mind of "If you meet one asshole, you've met an asshole. If all you meet all day is assholes, you're probably the asshole." Or, as a Pierson's Puppeteer might put it: "The majority is always sane." Try mentioning the need for gun control on twitter. People you've n...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 8744

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

I had someone ranting at me a few days ago during a discussion of aeroplane oxygen masks. They posted such gems as telling me to read their previous reply over and over, which I had to do anyway as that post was an incoherent word spew. They demanded that I wasn't listening rather then considering t...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0200: "Bill Nye"
Replies: 61
Views: 25227

Re: 0200: "Bill Nye"

Now I've got the theme tune from The Great Egg Race stuck in my head.
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 16173

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Showsni wrote:Does anyone snap their bananas in half in the middle, then eat down towards both ends separately?

That's how I do it when I have a handy knife.
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 16173

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

That survey reminds me: I still need to track down a 100W incandescent bulb, or find a dimmer-compatible alternative from the newer lot. Either that or replace the dimming wall-switch (so it doesn't get used) and go with the option of replacing the bulb in there now with a full-voltage LED one with...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5598

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Sheep are slightly more "Aberystwyth" than "Aberdeen", though, in my mind. The Celtic tribes as a whole (and Kiwis?) might all reputedly gain enjoyment from the use of the velcro gloves, but mind your Ps and Qs! (Stags and grouse and various eagles and red squirrels and pine mar...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 14266

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

quiche rarely disappoints. Slightly undercooked supermarket quiche served cold. The only reason it doesn't disappoint is if experience has already lowered your expectations far enough... I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness. Quiche is pie . Pie...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5598

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

I'm from Scotland, so unlikely to be in three figures. Aye, but all those three figures are definitely marinaded in Iron Bru, deep-fried, coloured half blue with stripes, served with a claymore-sliced haggis on a tartan-patterned pewter plate atop a curling stone, to the sound Proclaimers songs bei...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 5909

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." As good a course of action today as it was two thousand years ago. "When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of chil...
by Wee Red Bird
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 5909

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

The classic battle between Bible and Pedo. You make that sound like an "either or" when many, including those teaching how to follow the former, have chosen both. I suppose it comes down to some believing in the old line that to have morals you have to follow a particular religion. And th...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5598

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

I'm from Scotland, so unlikely to be in three figures.
Unless you count cider (the UK definition, that is)
by Wee Red Bird
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 5584

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

And if anyone slept on my sofa, they don't get to turn off my Sky box as it records during the night, nor do they turn off my NAS. (Neither do they get to unplug your devices, but if they can flick the socket-switch they can unplug the plug unless you've really shoved the furniture up across it.) A...
by Wee Red Bird
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 5584

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Designers, can you either put an easy to find setting to disable all the standby lights on your devices or put in a light detector so they auto power the LED off in the dark? There's a handy switch on the wall that will turn the lights off on any device. (Though saying that, outlet switches aren't ...
by Wee Red Bird
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 5584

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Sometimes the status lights are helpful. I can, if I lean to the side from my usual sofa position, see the lights on the router to know if the delay in a web page loading is at the other end or if my connection to the outside world has dropped (again). But if that was located in a bedroom, I'd want ...
by Wee Red Bird
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5158

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: 8077

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: 9718

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: 8077

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: 9718

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: 3297

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: 147
Views: 20595

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: 147
Views: 20595

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: 147
Views: 20595

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: 147
Views: 20595

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: 3756

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: 6579

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: 6720

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: 4137

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: 6720

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: 5007

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: 12909

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: 3881

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: 6173

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...

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