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by GlassHouses
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 59
Views: 2021

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Everyone I know has a "coin jar" where coins are summarily tossed when returning from the store, etc. Huh! I just make exact change whenever I can. I have a wallet with a built-in coin compartment, which no one in America seems to have, but is perfectly normal in Europe. Makes it really e...
by GlassHouses
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 1919

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

cellocgw wrote:
Ken_g6 wrote:Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 and xz.

Strangely enough, :lol: :lol: :lol: I can zip 200TB of "9" into a rather smaller file.

How? Don't zip and gzip use the same compression algorithm?
by GlassHouses
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 1919

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Over on Reddit, it's a running joke that everything you can possibly imagine, and most of the things you can't, have their own subreddits. To the point where the running joke itself has its own subreddit just for posting links to the weirdest ones you've found . My point is, this is the first time ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 2447

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Agreed... and Mr. Munroe doesn't abide by nonsensical Biblical creationist concepts of Earth/time like Mr. Schultz did. I acknowledge that Schulz was not a stranger to the Bible, albeit nowhere remotely as heavy-handed as the likes of Johnny Hart. Nonetheless, I assumed 4,000 was an arbitrary numbe...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 2447

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Agreed... and Mr. Munroe doesn't abide by nonsensical Biblical creationist concepts of Earth/time like Mr. Schultz did. I acknowledge that Schulz was not a stranger to the Bible, albeit nowhere remotely as heavy-handed as the likes of Johnny Hart. Nonetheless, I assumed 4,000 was an arbitrary numbe...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2318

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

"Mý fone ïs çaeñsoaring wat eye taip. My Brave 'Mobile Pro 3' is like something from a wholly New World. " Wonder which of those three methods would work? Unicode, fonetik substitoosion, or thinly veiled references? The first can be defeated by stripping accents before analyzing the text....
by GlassHouses
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 2896

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

JPatten wrote:[Are you arguing that] the idea of a limited Federal Government is solely the result of caving to southern slave owners

Well, duh.
JPatten wrote:and that Real freedom can only be found in a Strong Central Government that can assume any power it deems necessary?

False dichotomy alert!
by GlassHouses
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 39
Views: 2263

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… I think what's weird about s...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 3702

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I like that in this comic, the phrase "just saying" is followed by an actual statement. Although it makes me a bit meta-sad that this makes me happy, sort of like when I see "as far as" and there actually is an "is concerned" or at least "goes" at the end of t...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 31283

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

Time to necrothread... Is it wrong for me to want to edit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuBisCO to put a "References in popular culture" section, linking it to the xkcd? I believe there's a specific Wikipedia policy that tells you to not add xkcd references to "popular culture" ...
by GlassHouses
Thu May 17, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 110
Views: 7560

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

... if there's something strange in you neighborhood, who you gonna call? GB! Is that George Bush senior or junior? Oh, and what is the number. It used to be 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Perhaps now it's Pennsylvania 6500 ! Could be. Several years ago, a relative of mine visited New York City, and whe...
by GlassHouses
Wed May 09, 2018 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 6280

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Not sure about what I' m arguing here, though, I just thought the quote quoted (in the midst of a hilking big wall of text) didn't quite ring true and needed investigation. Obviously you'd get different results in Cuba to those in Monte Carlo or Bahrain, and I don't know where the US strictly lies ...
by GlassHouses
Tue May 08, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 6280

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

What, you mean people in the US don't have to take a mandated number of driving lessons even before being allowed to take a driving exam? When I got my driver's license in the Netherlands, in 1984, there was no mandated minimum number of lessons, as far as I recall. However, the driving test was pr...
by GlassHouses
Tue May 08, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 110
Views: 7560

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

To add a descriptive angle to the heretofore prescriptive gif vs. jif debate: Before coming to America in 1998, I had never heard anyone say "gif" in English; I'd only heard it in Dutch, where it is pronounced just like the Dutch word "gif" (which means "poison," but th...
by GlassHouses
Sun May 06, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 110
Views: 7560

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I don't know in what language 'ÿ' is pronounced /o/, but in Greek (at least Ancient Greek, not sure about modern) 'Y' was pronounced like German 'ö', and that's the reason that sound is represented in IPA as /ʏ/ No, the German vowel that sounds like Ancient Greek υ is the ü. Incidentally, the Germa...
by GlassHouses
Sat May 05, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 110
Views: 7560

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I've also heard of people pronounce JPEG as, "jay-peg," like Joint Potographic Experts Group. Are you saying there are people who don't pronounce JPEG as "jay-peg"? :shock: SMH (and for that matter ‘fam’) make the speaker sound like an obnoxious kid to me What's "fam"?
by GlassHouses
Sat May 05, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15600

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I managed to get a tall bathroom cupboard home from IKEA in Croydon once, via tram, train, bus and on foot (for the first and last 200m or so). It started off seeming quite do-able, but by the end, I was having to put it down every 10 metres to rest my hands. I tried renting a van a couple of times...
by GlassHouses
Fri May 04, 2018 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 10378

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

But then as far as American beer goes, the trick is to ignore all products of the multi-headed monopoly that dominates the market and get pretty much literally anything else from any smaller brewery in the country. There's some damn good beer here, InBev just doesn't want you to know about it. So t...
by GlassHouses
Wed May 02, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 6663

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

(I do hope I'm not boring you!) Not at all! I was able to watch BBC TV in the Netherlands only between when it first became available on cable in my area, in the mid-'80s, and when I moved to America, less than 15 years later, so I have a rather timeless memory of what BBC weather forecasts were li...
by GlassHouses
Wed May 02, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 6663

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

who got to predict GOF, sunshine at night and hurricanes not happening. "GOF"? http://www.tvcream.co.uk/bric-a-brac/a-m-bric-a-brac/m-is-for-bric-a-brac/magnetic-weather-maps-on-the-bbc/ Srettel eht esrever: tnih! Ah, I see. :) I don't remember that kind of, um, interactive weather map on...
by GlassHouses
Wed May 02, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 6663

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Soupspoon wrote:who got to predict GOF, sunshine at night and hurricanes not happening.

"GOF"?
by GlassHouses
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15600

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

The thing that irks me though, is that devices nowadays do not permit local sync. Sure, you can sync to the computer that is right next to you, but you have to use an app, and go through the internet, where the app authors can collect the info for their own purposes and sell their conclusions to an...
by GlassHouses
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 8027

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Rising home prices don't help the homeowners at all, or their descendants. If houses cost $10k when Mom & Pop bought theirs, and $100k when their kids inherit their paid-off house, then their two kids each inherit half the value of a house and have to pay the other half of their own houses off ...
by GlassHouses
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 6668

Re: 1986: River Border

Someone is a little confused, but its cute she cares. In my home town the border is derived from where the river was in 1830. So we have lots of little loops that are the jurisdiction of the city across the river and I always wondered how much of a pain it must be to need to cross a bridge and driv...
by GlassHouses
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 11572

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

People throw away the ends of bananas? Because they're "gross"? ?!?!?!? I was completely unaware of this phenomenon. I open bananas from the stem end, because it's easier (duh), and then I eat the whole thing and leave only the empty peel. If that last bit tastes any different from the res...
by GlassHouses
Fri Apr 13, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 10378

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

The only baklava I've ever had was from Greek restaurants and bakeries (I didn't know it came otherwise), and yes, I was still disappointed. I think it's the nuts turning me off, because buttery dough and honey sounds like it should be delicious. It must be because of the nuts, then. Because baklav...
by GlassHouses
Thu Apr 12, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 3624

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

herbstschweigen wrote:
Mikeski wrote: ... "You humans and your one-dimensional time. ..."

I am developer for a software that uses two-dimensional time.

You mean git?
by GlassHouses
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 6046

Re: 1979: "History"

By the way, I guess being an American president is one of the most dangerous occupations you can have. (I have crossed it out of my list.) I once read somewhere that, up until then (early 1980s if I remember correctly), all the U.S. presidents who had been elected in years ending in 0 had died whil...
by GlassHouses
Mon Mar 26, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 4570

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

somitomi wrote: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.
by GlassHouses
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 8027

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

likewise I hate how rising house prices are treated as a good thing economically when it’s only good for real estate investors and bad for everyone who, yknow, wants to live somewhere. But even that can be sold with an appeal to greed: OK, sure, you're paying a million $CURRENCY_UNIT for what your ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 8250

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I'm one of those who never learned "left" and "right" - I mean, I know which side is which, I just don't know which word goes with which side. Growing up in Southern California, I was pretty good about west=north vs. south=east, just based on "the ocean's that-a-way".....
by GlassHouses
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 4538

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

[...] if you did a two-handed keyboard mash, it's conceivable that you'd end up with "xkcd". But I thought that Randall specifically came up with that sequence of letters because it doesn't spell anything and doesn't look like an abbreviation or acronym for anything. For the longest time,...
by GlassHouses
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15600

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Personally I think putting yourself in a self-driving car is insane. You're putting yourself in a death-box that can kill you at the whim of its software. Do you ever get in a taxi? That's different. The taxi driver is trying to stay alive, just like you are. Unless you find yourself with a suicide...
by GlassHouses
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7758

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

xtifr wrote:So far, the Unicode Consortium have balked at accepting any made-up languages

What about emoji, though?

N.B. I'm not one of those people who disapprove of emoji in Unicode. There are plenty of code points available to have some fun with... But I am curious, what's the official rationale there?
by GlassHouses
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7758

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

speising wrote:
image1.jpeg
image1.jpeg (15.06 KiB) Viewed 3371 times

I tried looking up that character. It appears to be 糇, which is Chinese (didn't find it in my Japanese dictionary), meaning "dried rice" or "dry goods / provisions," U+7CC7.
by GlassHouses
Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5566

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

What's really weird is that a zillion years of evolution hasn't come up with an immune-system mod to protect [teeth]. They're the only body part where your body says "protect those? Nah, screw em, they can rot and die decades before the rest of you." I guess the "having two sets of t...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 3950

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

I recognize that Randall is as, errr...., bemused as any of us You use that word , but I do not think it means what you think it means. You mean "ceemused" isn't the same thing only even more so? Shall I demuse you all? That'd be quite eemusing. I'm quite femused to find out what's next -...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 23, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 3585

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

I can't help but notice the decrease in quality started BEFORE the powerpoint/ms-paint era. There is a very real chance, that the decline was started simply by using software instead of drawing graphs by hand, as lowering the entry barrier to something typically results in more people doing it, wit...
by GlassHouses
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 81587

Re: 0792: "Password Reuse"

What happened during March 1997 which made him don't believe anything? You may want to acquaint yourself with Explain Xkcd: https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/792:_Password_Reuse You won't always find conclusive answers there to every xkcd-related question, including this one, but you may f...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 5485

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

A sextillion tons of gold. You could bankrupt every country on Earth a million times over by dumping that amount into the economy. Only because the physical weight of all that gold is enough to _crush_ the economy. And everything else on Earth. And even if one were to deliver a fraction of the gold...

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