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by Steve the Pocket
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 4157

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

Anyone else remember the radial input mode Steam tried pushing? You'd push the left stick in one of eight directions and then press a face button, for a total of 32 available characters. I found it to be surprisingly quick and intuitive because the groups of letters were arranged alphabetically, clo...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2123: "Meta Collecting"
Replies: 17
Views: 3332

Re: 2123: "Meta Collecting"

You can get a vintage car for a reasonable price if you're not picky about which kind or what condition it's in. Just ask Tyler Hoover.

And before I got to the caption, I thought this comic was somehow related to the I Spy books.
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 9659

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

I have long wished that type styles operated similarly to capitalization. Not in terms of data storage under the hood—I'm not suggesting that bold letters should be an entirely different unicode sequence—but in terms of... if caps lock isn't enabled, and I'm not holding down shift, my word processo...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 6434

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

Zounds, in what installment are they hat-like? vaguely hat shaped. like the ones in ocarina are conical, imagine the whirling blades as the brim. You'd have to turn it upside down for that, wouldn't you? Either that or we have different ideas of what "brim" means. This illustration makes ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Jan 19, 2019 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 5251

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

SuicideJunkie wrote:
da Doctah wrote:
qvxb wrote:Wandering magnetic pole - Lech Walesa on vacation.

Alexander Graham Kowalski - inventor of the telephone Pole.

Not to mention the honorable Sir Veigh, inventor of the Telephone Poll.

Who served under Lord Duvall, master of ally Sir Veigh.

OK, this has gone on too far already.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jan 18, 2019 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 6434

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

I recently learned that there's a vaguely hat-shaped enemy in the Legend of Zelda series called "peahats", and decided to find out if any crafty people out there had made an actual hat based on one. It was then that I learned that search engines have no idea what to do with the string &quo...
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 6389

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

I was going to say that Mercator would make for an easy UV map if you're making a CG model of a globe, so long as you remember to scale the text up accordingly. But then I remembered the unavoidable distortion you get when you map trapezoids to squares and then try to split them into triangles.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 7294

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Easy solution: Let him in, but then stay in there to make sure he's actually doing what he said he was there to do until he's done and leaves. Or grab one of the security guards and have them do it for you, if you have work you need to be getting back to.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 5465

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Updating email addresses can be even more of a pain, if the only way to verify your identity for account changes is to have a message sent to your email. Oh, you used the address your ISP provided for you, and then changed ISPs? Sucks to be you; you're now locked out of the system forever.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 15853

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Ironically, pints are one unit of measurement us yanks don't much bother with. The standard unit of measurement for beer in America is the beer.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 8276

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

Honestly, this sounds more like https://xkcd.com/2051/ except without bothering to search. I don't know why people would go out of their way to find stuff to be outraged about in this day and age. Even if you're that type of person, if legitimate reasons to be outraged aren't landing at your feet o...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18650

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Plus, schools are very common voting locations and a week off school might make all the munchkins happy, but not the taxpayers paying to educate the munchkins. Or parents. Replacing the schools with new polling locations would be tough. For what it's worth, in my town they used the elementary schoo...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18650

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Having a day, even just one day, when literally everyone is off work all day is simply not possible in our modern world. This isn't the Old Testament where the only thing people had to worry about was whether they had enough flour and oil in the house, and even doctors could take off because nobody ...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18650

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

That's the kind we have in Ohio, too, last I checked (which would have to have been 2014 at the latest; in 2016 they used paper ballots because of an un-elaborated-on "security issue"). Thing is, that's not stopping people from hacking them (or just rigging them at the factory, depending o...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 9475

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

Personally, I don't understand the appeal of wireless technology that is popular because it's "newer" or "cooler." I have the same problem with touch screens. They're less reliable than the tech they replaced. They make things more difficult. Physical inputs work . Wires work . ...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Oct 02, 2018 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 9834

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

Shit like this is one of the big reasons I believe our whole telecom system needs to be rebuilt from scratch. If it's not physically impossible to contact someone, without their consent, without valid proof of identity—to the people running the system if not necessarily to the recipient—something ha...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Sep 17, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10620

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I mean not everything has to have a separate word. You can just say wife's brother's wife, or brother in law's wife. If that seems long, just form portmanteaus from the first syllables. Wibrowi. Wibrowifasihu. Wibrowi and Fasihu: aren't they Chelsea's front two this season? Also, is there a term fo...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 21
Views: 10320

Re: 1831: "Here to Help"

Judging by the direction most silicon valley companies are heading, the guy probably aimed to "solve" the "problem" of having human employees who needed to be paid at all.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10620

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I always thought it was weird that my dad's sister's husband is my uncle, not my uncle-in-law. How is he an in-law to my dad but not to me, even though I'm one more degree removed from him? Also, my cousin's son should be my "second nephew". There's no good reason for that not to be the ca...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 9698

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

ECK138 wrote:
But if you solve it, you'll inherit Randall's vast fortune!


That could be interesting or not, depending if ended up with a bunch of 1950"s stars in a mad, mad, mad dash to Los Angeles, or a Mary-Sue retread of 80's pop culture.

What about a treasure chest buried in a national forest?
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Aug 17, 2018 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 7278

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

One exception to the "modern equipment is cheaper to replace" rule: The most common point of failure for flat-panel TVs and monitors is a dead capacitor, which is easy to spot because modern capacitors bulge when they go bad. For a few bucks to get a replacement from Fry's, and less than a...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Aug 13, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 9698

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

I'm not sure what kind of people present each other with word puzzles without saying up front that they are puzzles, but it sounds like the setup to one of those elaborate puns, like the ones Pearls Before Swine does roughly every other Sunday.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 8647

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Yerushalmi wrote:One of the sequences was approved: https://oeis.org/A316599

Being the sort of oddball that I am, I can't help but be amused that they changed it to Arial because Helvetica is "proprietary". Do they think Arial is in the public domain or something? 'Cuz it ain't.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jul 06, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 8647

2016: "OEIS Submissions"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/oeis_submissions.png Rollover caption: SUB[59]: The submission numbers for my accepted OEIS submissions in chronological order 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 t...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Jun 30, 2018 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 9011

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Dammit, Randall, stop making me feel bad for rocks!
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 13200

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I have weirdly arbitrary inabilities to be assed with my media consumption as well. I can spend all day watching Let's Plays while letting my own Steam library continue to lie dormant. To say nothing of the countless movies I still haven't gotten around to seeing, although that at least requires ext...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 8863

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Mjb wrote:3. AMOLCD is totally real and for sale, see attached.

Ah, AliExpress. If it exists, they have it. If it doesn't exist, they'll find someone to fix that. If it can't exist, they'll probably sell it to you anyway for the right price. Wonder if they have a listing for beachfront property in Arizona.
by Steve the Pocket
Wed May 16, 2018 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 5978

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

"But in general, the more likely I think a crash is, the less likely one becomes" Until you start hitting the brakes at every unexpected motion, or driving so slowly that people are dodging around you, at which point the risk goes way up. The latter being the main reason old people tend t...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri May 11, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 22393

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

What's "fam"? Short for "family", but seems to be used something like "dude" or "bro" or "mate"; a nonsexual term of endearment expressing closeness to the recipient. I have the impression that it comes from African American communities but I don't ...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri May 04, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 22393

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I knew a guy who liked to pronounce SQL as "squirrel" (American pronunciation). I guess it kind of works, since it's used to "squirrel away" data and then retrieve it—although I've heard it said that squirrels don't actually remember where they buried their own acorns, and just e...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu May 03, 2018 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 25777

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

What I meant was, everything is now internally defined in terms of pixels per centimeter rather than pixels per inch, precision be damned. So a page scanned at 400 dpi now gets "rounded" to 400 plus some decimal digits. At least, that's what I assume is the source of the problem, since the...
by Steve the Pocket
Thu May 03, 2018 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 21819

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

In related news (related, that is, to the completely off-topic matter of people trying to use archaic language but not doing the research), I keep seeing posters from this Bud Light campaign: http://www.fabnews.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Dilly-Dilly-1-570x320.jpg Why would you even think of pu...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 25777

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

As a computer person, many of my issues with metric stem from a deep-seated distaste for base ten itself, primarily the requirement to keep adding more decimal digits every time you want to cut something exactly in half—and the knowledge that even floats will eventually lose precision this way. And ...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 8365

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

My folks always said "three moves is a fire" (meaning after three moves all your old stuff was thrown or trashed and might as well be burned up). Digitally, I expect that means that three hard drive upgrades and I can't find my original files... I can vouch for that; even after just gradu...
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 13601

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Sounds like those people are bad at listening. :wink: Joking aside, though, that's a good example of how there are limits to this. See also: Why it's impossible to make an anti-war movie that doesn't "glamorize" war in the eyes of those who revel in senseless violence no matter how horrifi...
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12710

Re: 1979: "History"

Think about how much has been written about World War II. How many volumes of text, how many hours of documentary and fictionalised history, how many photographs, how much oral history... Then remember: That was six years of history. In case you've forgotten just how little time six years is, it's ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 21819

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

The way they were depicted in the BBC miniseries didn't help much to clarify their nature; their prop candies were covered in so much sugar that you couldn't make heads or tails of what was underneath it. The movie was a little clearer, I believe, with the red showing through, but even then it just ...
by Steve the Pocket
Sat Apr 07, 2018 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 19693

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

It seems to be somewhat confused about whether I'm running Windows or Unix. I wonder if it would be differently confused if I were running Windows (or Mac) instead of Linux? (In other words, is there any OS-sniffing code involved?) If you're asking about the two different filesystems referenced, no...
by Steve the Pocket
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 19693

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

Disappointed that they added "Hey Now" to the Na reference but left out "Hey Now > Hey Now, Na Na Na Now > Hey Now > Hey Now, Na Na Na > Frank's 2000 Inch TV".
by Steve the Pocket
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 9239

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

With that many status LEDs, there's bound to be one device with an unreasonably bright one lighting up the entire room, thus torpedoing any attempt ato sleep. It's called "literally all of the blue ones". Seriously, I've heard various explanations for why blue LEDs are so much brighter th...

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