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by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1081
Views: 28302

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1077 is keeping out of the argument...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: assassins creed
Replies: 14
Views: 140

Re: assassins creed

It won't be "everyone targets the person before them on the list", but it's as good a guess as anything, and could be funny to see a whole chain of people doing nothing useful, if anybody else thinks the same as me...

Sabrar, I choose you!
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two secrets
Replies: 7
Views: 149

Re: Two secrets

Far non-optimal solution (not even sure it needs a spoiler, but here it is) might be to: Ask about set {a,b} and then {1..N}\{a,b} for every distinct a,b pairing (loop-within-loop as: a=1..N-1; b=a+1..N), until you get the answer to the first question to be identical to the answer to the sec...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1849

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

For me, "boh-nah-fie-di" is the pronnciation I'm most used to. The trailing voiced vowel (less 'pretentious' than an 'æ'-like ending), but otherwise anglicised away from the "classical scholar" style of presumed 1 Latin. And "Can I see your bonafides?" (i.e. identity do...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1849

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I don't think I did that with epitome, but I did with foreign and aisle. Remember the mantra, passed down from mother to daughter as the latter is about to go through the ceremony of marriage... Just so she knows what to do. "Aisle. Alter. Hymn" (The joke doesn't work when you kno...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1081
Views: 28302

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1070 is home for Harry, from the North.
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 362

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

I once worked in a helium factory. It wasn't a very nice job, because of the leaks, but the owner was very sympathetic and we all spoke highly of her.
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1849

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Mutex wrote:Rule of thumb with pronunciation - If two people pronounce a word differently, and one way is the most obvious way to pronounce it, the other one is probably correct.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyQvjKqXA0Y

(And, IRL, Cholmondley-Featherstonehough...)
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 26
Views: 1264

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

I DARE you to name 1 place that does not contribute to the global ecosystem in someway. It may not be obvious and the effects may not be immediate, but doing anything anywhere on this planet affects everything everywhere else. Stripped of the few simple caveats I gave (and that you can go back and ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1849

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

*double checks that he isn't doubleposting again, but if I try to ETA anything, someone will post first...*

@Orthogon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Quixo ... nunciation
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1849

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Zinho wrote:tear vs tyre - no reason I can think of other than history
German influence? (i.e. based on the second vowel of the digraph.)
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1849

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Better yet, come to Massachusetts, where Dorchester is "Door Chest - er" but Worcester is "woooster" , It's like that (give or take an elongated vowel) in the Motherland, so you're not mangling the language (much!) on your own account. Do you have any "Leicester"s near...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1849

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I never know what to make of words like "tier", "caveat" and "inventory". Why pronounce them as tear, cavee-at , inVENtory, rather than tyre, caf-feet, INventory? I probably do pronounce it more as INV-ent-ory than in-VENT-ory (actually, the ory is more like 'ry ), alt...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 339

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

(LED headlights are probably creating more dangers than they are overcoming. Like letting people drive around in indestructium shells, and bugger anyone they'll 'safely' crash into.)
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 26, 2017 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 2707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

(Ninjaed by a reply more succinct, in part... Ah well.) Couldn't you just fix this by unevenly distributing the pixels on the chip. It'd take some designing to do that. An efficient packing like squares-in-a-strict-grid, with minimal boundaries between them, works best with something that you want t...
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 26
Views: 1264

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

It still seems like an inferior solution to simply burying the waste in a mountain. Apparently that is also politically difficult. Mountains wear down. Bury it in an oceanic trench! (Might be awkward if the associated volcanic arc starts spewing >trace amounts of material in VEI 2+ plumes. Check yo...
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 32
Views: 2030

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

I don't think chicken was a luxury product. Chickens are the easiest animal to raise, and while they weren't eaten every day they'd be eaten once a week. Cows and sheep, on the other hand, well, butchers weren't stocked the way they are now so when a cow was slaughtered it was pretty much big news ...
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10822
Views: 1684146

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Monika wrote:There are no official welcomers as far as I am aware.

Thus the certainty that I am not one. ;)

(Though your fact was in there, originally, but did not survive my editing-to-conciseness process... Now, shush. I don't want to scare anyone off... :P)
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 2707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

The communicators from the original Star Trek used moire patterns assembled from a specific kit. http://www.herocomm.com/Details/MoireStory.htm Some people are far too obsessed. I shall have to add the details of this person to my master catalogue of people who are far too obsessed over irrelevant ...
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 32
Views: 2030

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

There's something, in the back of my mind, that here in historic Britain the eating of chicken was something we did not do for a long time after the use of domesticated poultry for their eggs, even whilst our continental neighbours (or masters, if it was the Roman British era) had clearly adopted th...
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 26, 2017 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 1997

Re: 1815: "Flag"

1 Do moose and squirrel have emojis? Nope! Two more for the "I can't believe they left this out" list, alongside raccoons and kangaroos. "Font did not contain bobcat, would not download again"... Good grief, another red and blue flag, this one with white stars and white stripes....
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 2707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

If there are three independent (albeit coperiodic, by various complicated factors) relationships of red-sensor on red-pixel, blue-sensor on blue-pixel and green-sensor on green-pixel and all sensors most tightly record "only FOO-ranged pixel brightness", by design, then you'll have three m...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: assassins creed
Replies: 14
Views: 140

Re: assassins creed

I volunteer to be the n00b at this game. Or am I??? Why, yes, I am. Are you sure? Somewhat, by why would you even trust me on this? I don't know... Umm Am I perhaps just trying to confuse the issue? Well, you could be, but by highlighting the fact, it seems like you're obfuscating the issue. Obfusca...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count that resets after an hour of inactivity
Replies: 1820
Views: 5743

Re: Count that resets after an hour of inactivity

1.999…
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10822
Views: 1684146

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hello everybody! I've loved the comic for a long time, and I had no idea there was a forum! I'm exited to talk to you people about all sorts of fun stuff! I don't know much about computers, I'm more of an art person, but maybe I'll learn something by hanging out here. I am not an official welcomer,...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count that resets after an hour of inactivity
Replies: 1820
Views: 5743

Re: Count that resets after an hour of inactivity

0? I seem to have lost an hour... Where did 5 o'clock to 6 o'clock go? DST isn't until tonight/tomorrow morning...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1808

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

You have to admire Paul Ryan here. It's quite an achievement to spend seven years talking about doing something without ever coming up for a plan to do it, scramble at the last minute to get something together, manage to craft a bill that alienates half of the Republican party by slashing too much ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count that resets after an hour of inactivity
Replies: 1820
Views: 5743

Re: Count that resets after an hour of inactivity

2 (nearly caught out by the over-the-page, again)
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 339

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

Also, try looking at a Nissan's windscreen, because those show really pretty rainbow patterns when viewed through polarised sunglasses. Just Nissan's? It's been a long time since I had clip-on lenses (polarised), rather than the second pair of specs of tinted lenses (no polarising), but I'm sure it...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 1997

Re: 1815: "Flag"

somitomi wrote:At least that makes mathematical sense. Imagine if soemone from a zero-star-flag country gave it three stars.

If it were a flag like Switzerland's, that would definitely be a big plus.
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 1997

Re: 1815: "Flag"

We in the breakaway Democratic Republic Of* Southern Flagtopia (*And, Just Because It Says "Democratic Republic", It Doesn't Mean Our Government Is Hyper-Authoritarian Communist, Honest) wish to thoroughly distance ourselves from that unrepresentative Northernist flag, that reflects nothin...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 24, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 2707

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Could just be not focussing on the right thing. If you're directed to look towards a meshed doorway that is (under normal circumstances intended to be visually unimpeding) you might look through it, the doorway itself thus outside your assumed - necessary focal depth.

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