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by HES
Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 79
Views: 22692

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Your boarding pass tells you which entrance to use. This is quite a common thing for shorthaul european flights, especially when you access the plane via the tarmac and steps.
by HES
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 2553

Re: Aquaman

OP Tipping wrote:Not allowing for inflation.

Yeah... a cursory google suggests you need to be bumping that up by almost 30% since The Dark Knight
by HES
Sat Jan 26, 2019 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107147
Views: 48820543

Re: bOTTeriada goes ONG

SBN] wrote:The thing in the middle is a clamp (Specifically I'd call it a C clamp.)

There's a regional difference I wasn't aware of. It's a G clamp round these parts.
by HES
Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107147
Views: 48820543

Re: 1190: "Time"

Wouldn't a flat disc also cast a round shadow?
by HES
Tue Jan 22, 2019 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1394
Views: 232457

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Quercus wrote:It's a bit of a problem.

Quite so.
by HES
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1394
Views: 232457

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Now that the deal is defeated and assuming tonight's vote doesn't lead to a General Election, what other option is there but a referendum? There is growing cross party support and even the hardliners might support it for their own reasons - the argument would be about the question, including remain,...
by HES
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 131
Views: 60674

Re: 1335: "Now"

c.xkcd.com, which provides the functionality for dynamic comics like this one, has been having intermittent issues for several months now.
by HES
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90163
Views: 8915881

Re: Thoughts for ships

pogrmman wrote:But plenty would rather spend their money on trying to spread the religion.

After all, what's the point in helping them in this life if they're screwed in the next :roll:
by HES
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107147
Views: 48820543

Re: 1190: "Time"

lmjb1964 wrote:No snowpeople.

Not even a snowmolpy?
by HES
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load
Replies: 9
Views: 2439

Re: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load

Have you tried m.xkcd.com?
by HES
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Bicycle hand-signals
Replies: 4
Views: 3370

Re: Bicycle hand-signals

British rules, for reference.

Is it not the left side that controls the rear (and primary) brake? My main aversion to hand signals in general is that I'd rather be in full control (still make my intent clear when necessary, of course).
by HES
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 5316

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

In my defense, I never intend for those scripts to be used by anyone but me. Because yeah, web sites and servers change, and the script needs to be updated. I'm just... the guy who is in charge of getting that data, and I automate it. And even if the script needs fixing once or twice a year, I stil...
by HES
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: AI learning sites
Replies: 4
Views: 15042

Re: AI learning sites

Why does a computer need to learn numbers? Unlike image recognition or language, it's already way better than us.
by HES
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107147
Views: 48820543

Re: 1190: "Time"

Dixie :cry:
by HES
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 7076

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

fluffysheap wrote:five sons
one of his daughters
six other daughters

I suppose at this point you can be forgiven for running out of names
by HES
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 219161

Re: Controversial opinions about food

You can heat bread in Towcester
by HES
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3424842

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Flashing amber is a unique case at Pelican crossings, though (you can go, unless there are still pedestrians in the road). All other traffic lights including other types of crossing have the red+amber "put your manual transmission car in gear now" phase.
by HES
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28601
Views: 3424842

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Either the intergreen isn't long enough or some asshole drove through a red light.
by HES
Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107147
Views: 48820543

Re: 1190: "Time for Hotdog Musics"

Eternal Density wrote:(Also due to a mod that adds a new radio station I've discovered electroswing music so that's fun.)

On first read I missed the part where you mentioned the hotdog vendor, and still knew exactly which you were talking about. I've recently crossed a kilonewpix in that one :oops:

(oh, and hi!)
by HES
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 9606

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

I can't remember in which of Terry Pratchett's books it was that he suggested that dark matter was just all the polystyrene packaging around the expensive electronic gizmos the astronomers ordered to look for the dark matter ... Wasn't it Douglas Adams? For a long period of time there was much spec...
by HES
Mon Aug 20, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)
Replies: 13
Views: 4028

Re: Reuse of common variables (A B C X Y α ß µ σ)

Zamfir wrote:eurocodes are not written by mathematicians, and are not aimed at mathematicians.

What is a structural engineer but an applied mathematician?
by HES
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 105869

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

You can have a "personalised number plate" but it's just one that occurred in the sequence that happens to read like a word or name. And often badly. I do however know a William with a three-letter surname and an early 2011 car, who really hit the jackpot of coincidentally convenient plat...
by HES
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 105869

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

I'm sure there are stories of people registering Il1!II|l| and the like in a bid to avoid tickets
by HES
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 105869

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

speising wrote:is that really legal in NC? having special characters in licence plates aught to make life for the police a lot more complicated.

It's legal in a few states. It would completely trip up ANPR over here, but the US isn't so big on automated surveillance.
by HES
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2591614

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Boater accidentally drains Kennet and Avon Canal

A step up from leaving the iron on...
by HES
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2591614

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Mutex wrote:It's unfortunate that pretty much the most logical shape of a building to maximise windows is the swastika.

I hope no fascist group ever uses the triangle as their symbol. All our bridges would collapse.


The Illuminati wouldn't let that happen
by HES
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8562
Views: 805997

Re: Trump presidency

Mutex wrote:Can tell Trump will be here in a couple of days, multiple literal black helicopters hovering over London.

Who in their right mind let him come the same weekend as two major sporting events? We do not have enough police for this.
by HES
Tue Jul 10, 2018 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?
Replies: 4
Views: 3579

Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

(Hes would know I bet) Dunno, y'all take a fairly different approach over there. Generally though, it's as likely to be down to a lack of joined up thinking than any engineering reason. Over here, we only use stop signs where visibility is extremely limited, most junctions have give way (yield) sig...
by HES
Mon Jul 09, 2018 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1394
Views: 232457

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

On the plus side, Hunt is no longer Health Secretary. He was... not liked by NHS staff.
by HES
Mon Jul 09, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 679022

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I wonder how significant the proximity is of these events to Porton Down. Certainly makes Russia's lie an easier sell.
by HES
Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4502
Views: 679022

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The drug contamination angle, how lovely. I am imagining the discussion between the principles of the first case... I don't think there's any suggestion that the exposure was via drugs. The initial paramedic response suspected contaminated drugs based on the symptoms, because the presence of nerve ...
by HES
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2639
Views: 531628

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

For fully controller supported titles I use a 360 controller, but where the steam controller comes into it's own is managing partial support or mouse-heavy titles. The drawback is that it does need calibrating to each game, which can take a while to get right. It's not really made for FPS.
by HES
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2639
Views: 531628

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

rmsgrey wrote:The Steam Link is currently at 95% off, making it £2 + shipping.

I guess it's a fairly niche bit of hardware, as it often ends up ludicrously reduced - I think I picked mine up for something similar. But shipping is still £7 or so - Amazon Prime has spoiled me.
by HES
Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 377327

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Combined with voice sampling, we're almost at a point where very convincing fake videos can be produced with minimal effort. We're going to need a new method of verification.
by HES
Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2010: "Update Notes"
Replies: 13
Views: 3709

Re: 2010: "Update Notes"

It's 94% empty.
by HES
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2639
Views: 531628

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Ranbot wrote:The deals change daily during the sales, so I try to check in once a day.

They haven't done that in a while since there was a backlash. Discouraged people from buying in case the price dropped further, and 8-hour sales upset people in the wrong timezones.
by HES
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107147
Views: 48820543

Re: 1190: "Time"

Ah, the colourisation that adorns my fridge :D
by HES
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 445562

Re: Questions For The World

Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction

No idea what was up with yours. Had the same issue with a quoted/pasted copy... it wouldn't work until I retyped it letter-for-letter.
by HES
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 12107

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

No issue with compound contractions. I do have issue with overzealous spellcheckers that fail to recognise non-contracted "cant" as a perfectly valid word - and I'm sure that's not the only one.

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