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by Steve the Pocket
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2139

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: 1962

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: 5315

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: 3093

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: 7228

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: 7228

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: 7228

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: 32
Views: 4430

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: 5332

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: 7351

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: 8705

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: 7351

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: 6717

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: 5090

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: 6717

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: 6689

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: 6689

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: 6017

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: 8614

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: 6464

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: 4506

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: 16169

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: 16169

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: 19686

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: 16918

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: 19686

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: 6541

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: 10476

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: 9484

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: 16918

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: 14655

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: 14655

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: 6771

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...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 9101

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

The issue is that a lot if apps do behave badly in the background, but at least Android O is cracking down on them. Sadly, another lot of apps have been designed so that even their backgrounding service which runs independently is an awful battery drain, Facebook mobile chief amongst them (often a ...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24132

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Clearly the optimal solution is to implement computer-controlled pedestrians as well.
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 6264

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

On a related note, I wonder how long before .egg and .muffin are available.
by Steve the Pocket
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24132

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Michael of VSauce tackles the Trolley Problem Upon further reflection, I think I hate that they did this? They spent all this time, money and effort setting up this experiment on just six test subjects, after which they presumably tore everything down again. So they've actually learned nothing usef...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 10933

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Forget emojis; why in Dickens's deuce is this a thing?! You know what the "uni" in unicode stands for, right? Egyptian hieroglyphs have (allegedly) been used as a script by a whole civilization. A dead civilization. It's not like we're leaving modern-day ancient Egyptians without a way to...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 4284

1959: "The Simpsons"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/the_simpsons.png Mouseover caption: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter. I'm guessing this was inspired b...
by Steve the Pocket
Fri Feb 23, 2018 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 10933

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

So yes, why does the forum block random unicode characters like Egyptian Hieroglyphs? I can understand blocking things like the bidi control characters, and I can maybe understand blocking the penis hieroglyph (and the ejaculating penis heiroglyph), but the whole code block? That's just bizarre. In...

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