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by GlassHouses
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 3894

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: 2653

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: 114
Views: 5433

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: 5722

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: 5722

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

speising wrote:
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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: 4043

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: 3373

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: 2885

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: 79870

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: 4136

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...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 2534

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

While the inheritance-with-strings attached idea can lead to very amusing scenatios (Brewster's Millions!), how realistic are they? I have this idea that if someone leaves me something, I get it (minus applicable taxes), and that's that. In my non-expert opinion, conditions would be unenforceable. T...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 4171

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

Also applies to cars. According to a Wikipedia, the basic model of that series weighed 790 kg, while the basic model of the current [VW Golf]series (the seventh) weighs 1351 kg, a 71% increase. How much bigger will it have to get before they start to feel the need to introduce a new, smaller model ...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 4171

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

Also applies to cars. As in "Jay Leno owns several Ferrari" vs. "my dentist just bought a Ferraro"... Speaking of cars, I used to own a 1980 VW Golf, the one that was sold as the Rabbit in the U.S., i.e. the first series. According to a Wikipedia, the basic model of that series ...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 3201

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

I guess I have to be the cynic here... Was this a sponsored comic? Could be. I thought the name was odd -- why not "Desert Golf," without the ing? But there it is, in $MY_SMARTPHONES_APP_STORE, with exactly that name, and very similar looking screen shots. I just might fall for it. Could ...
by GlassHouses
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5076

Re: 1935: "2018"

1900 and 2100 are divisible by 4 but not leap years. (Googles) Ah of course 3/4 of every '00 year breaks the rule. Because being off by 0.75 days a century would have been horrible come the year 3000. "Winter came a week early, noooo" Why do you think the Gregorian calendar reform happene...
by GlassHouses
Fri Dec 29, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 2747

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

(D.2) GPS by itself takes 12.5 minutes if it hasn't had a signal in 30 days, it is only less if it had a signal more recently. Since when? I've used TomTom navigation devices that had no connectivity whatsoever except for the GPS receiver. You updated maps over a USB link from a PC, if indeed you e...
by GlassHouses
Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 2747

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

Steve the Pocket wrote:The main caveats I can think of are (A) constructing a homemade EMP might be illegal

How do you even create an EMP, other than by detonating a nuclear bomb?
by GlassHouses
Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 1547

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

Do people really do stuff in bed after waking up but before getting up? Other than slamming the snooze button on the alarm, that is? I read the news and do crossword puzzles between waking up and getting up. You used to have to get up to get the newspaper first, and even then, newspapers aren't bed...
by GlassHouses
Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 5803

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I think the better compromise is to use 0 for the freezing point of water and 200 for the boiling point. The Fahrenheit people get to keep their body temperature and "nice" weather numbers. The Celsius people get to keep "negative == ice" and scientifically supported definition....
by GlassHouses
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10156

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Also 0.008 hassles a year. Conservatively, it's probably a lot lower. So, your break-even point is 125 times being cautious vs. 1 time dealing with a fire. OK then, but I really hope my downstairs neighbors don't think like that! I'm also not sure about your definition of "conservative." ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10156

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Also 0.008 hassles a year. Conservatively, it's probably a lot lower. So, your break-even point is 125 times being cautious vs. 1 time dealing with a fire. OK then, but I really hope my downstairs neighbors don't think like that! I'm also not sure about your definition of "conservative." ...
by GlassHouses
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10156

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Now, what if the sprinklers are faulty and catastrophically dampen running appliances? :) Between the choices 1. Appliance started a fire, but insurance covered the damage 2. Appliance started a fire, but sprinklers put it out. Now I have water damage, but let's say for the sake of argument that th...
by GlassHouses
Wed Oct 25, 2017 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10156

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Don't leave a dumb pan unattended. Smart pan, crockpot, heck rice cooker, no worries. Anything automatic is fine. It's fine as long as it doesn't fail. True story: a guy I know once turned on his dishwasher and then went out. The dishwasher got stuck in the post-rinse heating cycle. The heating ele...
by GlassHouses
Tue Oct 24, 2017 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10156

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Don't leave a dumb pan unattended. Smart pan, crockpot, heck rice cooker, no worries. Anything automatic is fine. It's fine as long as it doesn't fail. True story: a guy I know once turned on his dishwasher and then went out. The dishwasher got stuck in the post-rinse heating cycle. The heating ele...
by GlassHouses
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 5146

Re: 1904: Research Risks

xtifr wrote:In fact, some of the linguistic battles currently going on in East Asia suggest that there are some people in power who most definitely do not know (or won't admit) that humans don't work this way.

Example?
by GlassHouses
Sat Oct 21, 2017 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 10156

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I assume that cast iron pans are some kind of fresh hipster hell that had passed me by. Is high-maintenance medieval cookware the new thing, in the same way that not having gears on a bike is the new having gears on a bike? Funny, I hadn't heard of a rise in popularity of velocipedes, boneshakers a...
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 02, 2017 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 6306

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Imagine that a government would decree the following: “Starting this specified day, everybody in this country must get up one hour earlier than usual. You must all go to work an hour earlier, go out to lunch an hour earlier, go home an hour earlier, blah blah blah blah Imagine that a government wou...
by GlassHouses
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 6306

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

As the first commenter, I posted this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5wpm-gesOY&t=345s I'think you'd like it. Excellent rant, thanks! I didn't click on it in your first post, fearing it would be another anti -DST rant, and I didn't want to jack up my blood pressure so early in the morning. :...
by GlassHouses
Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 6306

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

And I'll say it once more: abolish not only DST (and friends), but all timezones except UTC. Local time has no bearing to the position of the Sun anyway *groan* I'll probably never live to see a year go by without hearing some badly-thought-out DST hating. One day, I'm sure the DST-o-phobes will ge...
by GlassHouses
Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 5687

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I will have to agree that it is one of the coolest things I have ever seen. Even with the clouds getting mostly in the way. We viewed from the NorthEast corner of Georgia I flew down to Charleston, SC, because I wanted to see the totality, not just the 70% or so we would see in the NY metro area. I...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 18312

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

Couldn't stop thinking of this cartoon when i saw the following map also printed in a recent new scientist issue: https://www.theguardian.com/news/datablog/interactive/2013/feb/15/meteorite-fall-map what a coincidence most meteorites fall down in europe & north america :p must be the weight of ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 5559

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

The Equinox or Solstice are the same thing in different places. Umm, no? Or maybe I just got whooshed , before I even got round to being critical of the rest. The equinox is a place in an orbit. He didn't didn't mention the season. You could have inferred that because it means two different things,...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 5289

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

I knew flawlessly which words go with der, die, or das, long before anyone alerted me to this strange concept of "grammatical gender." lol like, good job. I wasn't bragging. This is simply normal when you're growing up with a language. If remembering things like gender, or case, or mood, ...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 5289

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

Grammatical gender is supposed to be obvious. If there's any pattern, in German, as to which nouns have which gender, I've never noticed it -- apart from the obvious ones, i.e. words that specifically mean male or female people or animals. (And even there you have the exception, pointed out by spei...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 6042

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

[referring to Kanji] a writing system based on thousands of similar-looking tiny pictures that might or might not look a bit like the thing they're supposed to represent More "might not" than "might," if you ask me. I started studying Japanese recently, and my first impression i...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 3277

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Sounds like a closed circuit: One-star reviewers are picking up empties from landfill, drinking the product puking the product into the bottles , and selling the resulting full bottles to the shop, to be bought by the forwardly living. This reminds me of a scene in a book, I think it was Slaughterh...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 15990

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Why is the rubbing necessary? What does that do? Provide opportunities for electrons to jump? Both of the objects are insulators, so charge cannot simply flow from hair to balloon etc. through a small contact area. In order to transfer a lot of charge, a lot of molecules of object A need to be brou...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 7449

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

This is how I find absolutely every public discussion of religion, for example. Every side has some point to prove and never takes a moment to try to understand a religion. They only want to assert their own understanding, and will twist and break everything that ever comes about to make sure that ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jun 02, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 8314

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

My beef with the original map is that it doesn't actually show which words are most commonly misspelled, but which words people aren't sure about. The words that are most commonly misspelled are the ones where people think they know the correct spelling, but don't. Like: loser, whose, their, etc.
by GlassHouses
Fri May 19, 2017 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 4266

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

Googling 'body made from dissolved bread' leads to lots of pages about the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, which I'm suspecting isn't quite the reference ... can anyone enlighten a mere Arts graduate? I'm guessing it's in reference to the fact that bread is the main source of calories, or ...

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