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by meerta
Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 8219

Re: 1712: Politifact

I like Politifact's hat.
by meerta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

to be honest I don't want to have to any work FTFY It's not about us demanding that you do work anyway, it's about you acting appalled that we wouldn't believe your claim without any evidence, insisting that we look up an article that you claim proves that point, and then not even pointing to an ar...
by meerta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

I think there was a bit more basis to my original assertion than that, and of course saying "it works" isn't the same as saying that "it works all the time." (e.g. Newton's laws). I've not met anyone who things it's magical by the way, but if it hadn't come from the source it di...
by meerta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Yes, if it is 100% humidity and you have dry white rice nearby and no other better desiccant and you want to dry out your phone and can't find anywhere dry to put it you can create a slightly drier place to put it by stuffing it in a bag with rice. That isn't the myth though. The myth is that rice ...
by meerta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

If I can just say "it can work, and often does", that's enough to support my objection to the strip, and I clearly can. You keep reporting anecdotal evidence, none of which apparently comes from a controlled study that compares rice to not using rice. And then based on that you're insisti...
by meerta
Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

If I can just say "it can work, and often does", that's enough to support my objection to the strip, and I clearly can. You keep reporting anecdotal evidence, none of which apparently comes from a controlled study that compares rice to not using rice. And then based on that you're insisti...
by meerta
Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

If I can just say "it can work, and often does", that's enough to support my objection to the strip, and I clearly can. You keep reporting anecdotal evidence, none of which apparently comes from a controlled study that compares rice to not using rice. And then based on that you're insisti...
by meerta
Tue Nov 03, 2015 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Gmalivuk: That reads like an unnecessarily extreme response to me. I don't see how you can have read my post carefully. For people living through wet weather, or don't have an airing cupboard, or don't happen to have specially made dessicants to hand, rice is clearly a good bet, and not just on the ...
by meerta
Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

In the study linked upthread, uncooked rice performed significantly better than nothing when left in a sealed container Exactly, and I have done my own Google search (inc. a Wired article) and found that it is not nearly as conclusive as the strip and the some of the rather patronsing comments have...
by meerta
Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Yes, and it helps to put it in rice. It's better than just leaving it on a shelf.

The "rice does not help" looks to be the new urban myth.
by meerta
Tue Nov 03, 2015 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Yes, that is precisely the part of this meme that works exactly like traditional medicine. If it works, praise Astarte. If it didn't, your phone was too far gone anyway. Couldn't hurt to try, right? But that's also true of all other arbitrary non-damaging actions you could take in the situation, li...
by meerta
Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 16566

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

But it works. It worked for me for a Samsung Galaxy I'd dropped in water. And I heard it from an employee of Carphone Warehouse (as a kind favour, not official company policy), who told me because she had had a lot of experience of it working for customers. So we shouldn't be discouraging people fro...
by meerta
Mon Oct 12, 2015 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 17172

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

I'm one of those people, and I'm very judgmental about people who call them "frankensteins". Although I guess it sounds better than saying "Help! I'm being relentlessly pursued by Adam!" The monster was deliberately left unnamed in the original novel. In later adaptations it is ...
by meerta
Thu May 07, 2015 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 20265

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Well, if you're interested, here's a 'guide to the British general election for non-Brits'.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/vid ... are_btn_tw
by meerta
Thu May 07, 2015 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 20265

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

In fact, King Arthur is standing for Salisbury. Here's his Party Election Broadcast:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-teqblYYKk

I for one would like to see him get in.
by meerta
Thu May 07, 2015 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 20265

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Began to feel quite dizzy reading all these Americans correcting each other regarding the ancient British history and Arthuran legend. Maybe that's because I've drunk a lot of win this Election-day Eve. It certainly seems a lot of coincidence if this wasn't put out with regard to the election, the m...
by meerta
Sat Jul 27, 2013 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

And, you know... the biggest question of all, at least for me: Why was it called "Time"? Was that a simple way of making sure people cottoned on to the fact that the frame would change? I expected something different. Metaphor, theme, allusion... just.. not nothing. I mean, it was a great...
by meerta
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

Well that seems to have been covered.
by meerta
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

So confusONG! http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/3ffc5ede969d976de3b6c4d2c528f7149c3d080ad557265cf980fbcda542a20e.png YOU AROSE HERE FROM THE (sand) DESERT BELOW? NOBOD Y (lives)TRANSPIRES THERE. Because it looks like people missed it, I think this is a pretty good reading. Yeah, that's because Sinus...
by meerta
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

A wonderful contrast. The first needs a word for making as few assumptions as possible to be described, the second marvellously certain and direct, the third somewhere in between. I thought we would know how many days they'd been on the road, and assuming 8-12 miles a day... Thanks for the answers! ...
by meerta
Thu Jul 11, 2013 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

How many miles are they from their starting point?
by meerta
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

Think I chose the wrong time to post my astronomy question. It's all linguists now.
by meerta
Mon Jul 08, 2013 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

Having just read this: http://xkcd-time.wikia.com/wiki/Astronomy I wondered with regard to http://xkcd-time.wikia.com/wiki/Astronomy#Galactic_Location if it might be possible to know which planets (or other bodies) in the solar system might have the the corresponding difference with the angle of the...
by meerta
Fri May 17, 2013 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

It won't take long they said...

It'll be over by April they said..
by meerta
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

descor wrote:I quite like the idea of only being 0.8% the way through an epic movie. The lack of time to read the speech just adds to the challenge of watching the OTM (One True Movie ... clearly)


Agree. :)
by meerta
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

So this is looking like being a movie... Edit: Of sorts. I just realised how the speed of the speech bubbles appearing and disappearing might make it difficult to watch as an animation (even though it clearly is) Weeell, at 24fps for a 90 minute movie you're looking at 129600 frames. So we're only ...
by meerta
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

So this is looking like being a movie...

Edit: Of sorts. I just realised how the speed of the speech bubbles appearing and disappearing might make it difficult to watch as an animation (even though it clearly is)
by meerta
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

Just one thing. They didn't have the bags at the start.

An illusion of a loop?
by meerta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

Wednesday's comic due to go up soon...
by meerta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

Just looking at the most recent image when I thought that might be the whole comic, I thought it was a real work of art. Maybe it's possible for it to have this effect because of the whole context created by xkcd for itself?
by meerta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

I was watching at work this morning and it was going. Then I came home and the sequence has started over. Is it possible it is triggered per computer or per session? I think I saw a few people say it started over when they cleared their cache I just saw it for the first time and got the most recent...
by meerta
Tue Mar 26, 2013 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107235
Views: 50123874

Re: 1190: "Time"

I was watching at work this morning and it was going. Then I came home and the sequence has started over. Is it possible it is triggered per computer or per session? I think I saw a few people say it started over when they cleared their cache I just saw it for the first time and got the most recent...
by meerta
Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 42762

Re: 1045: Constraints

Two rather off-the-wall xkcds in a row. I like it.
by meerta
Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 106543

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

No.
by meerta
Sat Jan 14, 2012 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90613

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Brings up a very good point. Just like "Adam and Steve", "Abel and Eve" is also immoral, probably even more immoral. 'Just like...' - isn't this disgusting homophobia? Why aren't people calling this out? So I thought, but then KShrike challenged me to have sex with my mum to pro...
by meerta
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90613

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

This crosses a line and yet... Brings up a very good point. Just like "Adam and Steve", "Abel and Eve" is also immoral, probably even more immoral. I stand here right now and challenge every single atheist/agnostic in this thread to prove to me that incest is moral. Go! (No, I'm...
by meerta
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 106543

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

I think my point kind of got missed. My point about computers not "playing" chess was that playing chess doesn't mean making moves any more than, say, sparring in martial arts is about moving muscles. Sure, you could describe it that way, but martial arts are so much more complicated and ...
by meerta
Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Finnegans Wake
Replies: 5
Views: 3409

Re: Finnegans Wake

I'd love to read it but I'm scared. I found one page of it that somehow ended up in my mom's 50 year old copy of Dubliners, that I read a while ago, and it started with the sentence: "O joyoust rhine, was handled over spondaneously by me (and bundle end to my ill wishers' Miss Anders ! she woo...
by meerta
Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 106543

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Maybe, but your position is not that clear. There is a definition of the word “game,” and it is not defined in some kind of imaginary way — no, it is very real, and exists. Just like my position, there is no need to repeat it … but I will, anyway. It says: “a form of play or sport, esp. a competiti...
by meerta
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 106543

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Actually, playing a game is about having fun. Everything else, including the need for rules and win conditions is optional and subjective. Depends what your reason for playing the game is, a lot of people make their living from starcraft, especially in korea. I once watched an interview with Veseli...

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