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by tjunction
Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1442: "Chemistry"
Replies: 63
Views: 20938

Re: 1442: "Chemistry"

Aw, I was looking for a reference to the Helvetica Scenario.
by tjunction
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 20277

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

iain_benson wrote:Possibly in the US, but 'legos' has never been a word in the UK. Nobody would have ever considered pluralising LEGO until the internet happened!


Yes, the plural of lego is lego, like sheep.

There is no need to capitalize it though, unless you are a trademark geek.
by tjunction
Fri Oct 18, 2013 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 39491

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

Yes. I am <initial><initial><surname>@gmail.com and I live in the UK. I get emails for people who are not me on a more-or-less weekly basis. I think partly they are the result of typos. They have included circulars from fraternity groups at US universities, scout groups, bible reading groups, people...
by tjunction
Mon Feb 18, 2013 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 20827

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

Right... it'd be more like going 24mph and hitting someone's stationary hand, not going 24mph and hitting something more solid like a tree Why? The belts are moving towards the person, not away from them - so it is more akin to running on a treadmill. You just have to outrun each treadmill section ...
by tjunction
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 47633

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I forget, that despite being the world's largest western civilisation, you Americans still can't get simple things like traffic lights and road signs right. Four-way stops too. Electricity plugs are another thing. Comics like this make me love living in Britain, where things like traffic lights and ...
by tjunction
Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1098: "Star Ratings"
Replies: 77
Views: 18700

Re: 1098: "Star Ratings"

Depends what the website is. For instance, with TripAdvisor, generally few people write online reviews for something that met their expectations, but people will write reviews when they have a complaint. So you have to take the ratings there with a big pinch of salt. Generally I find if the reviews ...
by tjunction
Wed Jun 06, 2012 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 43605

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Fivefingers *are* really comfortable. I don't run in mine (they're presently used mainly in the gym for weights etc) but walking in them normally (heel strike) is no problem. I've walked a good few miles on city streets in them in the past with no problems. (Isn't heel strike how you walk barefoot o...
by tjunction
Fri May 04, 2012 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1051: "Visited"
Replies: 66
Views: 21595

Re: 1051: "Visited"

This comic is all the evidence you need to prove that the Firefox devs were stupid to remove the option to auto-expire history after a certain period of time. (Now you can clear your recent history, but not say "keep history X days and no longer".)
by tjunction
Wed May 02, 2012 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 84640

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

As for math, I'm an engineer and I can safely say that, while I use higher math almost non-stop, its the arithmetic that is pointless. I spent all of 3rd and 4th grades learning multiplication tables and long division, neither of which I have found to be useful what-so-ever. I feel like if elementa...
by tjunction
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 67735

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

Oh and the cartoon only works because all the products are set against a dark grey background. If the background were white, the plain white boxes might not stand out so much...
by tjunction
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 67735

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

This is definitely not uncommon in the UK. All major supermarkets have a value/basic line with simple packaging. As someone pointed out, the simple packaging is probably more so the product looks like it meets your expectations of a value product, rather than any real cost saving in packaging produc...
by tjunction
Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64297

Re: 988: "Tradition"

dragondave wrote:Most played Christmas hits, according to the PRS (UK)
source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7754712.stm
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Where did you get that chart from? Carey was only 5 years old in 1975! That song was released in 1994.
by tjunction
Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 64297

Re: 988: "Tradition"

the UK list is "All I Want for Christmas Is You" – Mariah Carey (90s) "Last Christmas" – Wham! (80s) "Fairytale of New York" – The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl (80s) "Do They Know It’s Christmas?" – Band Aid (80s) "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade (70s) ...
by tjunction
Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 85261

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Also incredibly frustrating are threads where the only responses are like: Q: How do I fix this issue I'm having in (insert the particular Linux flavour you happen to be using here)? A: If you were using (insert another competing Linux flavour), you wouldn't have that problem. I DON'T CARE. I'M USIN...
by tjunction
Fri Oct 28, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 39463

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

"Check" is the correct spelling. Brits by their own admission don't use checks (because their banking system is all wack and charges them money to write or cash one, or something like that), so they don't get to vote on how it's spelled. *ahem* We don't use cheques much anymore because th...
by tjunction
Fri Oct 28, 2011 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 39463

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Just out of curiosity, do you pronounce it 'dik*shun*ree' like in "Look Around You"? Many of us Brits do, yes. I guess the Received Pronunciation (the "Queen's English") might ennunciate the "ary" bit more clearly but many of us common folk would pronounce "tion&q...
by tjunction
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 33614

Re: 0960: "Subliminal"

This was an excellent logo double-entendre:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/1901656 ... faces.html

That government department no longer exists...
by tjunction
Mon Sep 19, 2011 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 35955

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

This comic probably gets the same response as I do when I point out that it's possible to count to 1023 on your fingers (and thumbs).
by tjunction
Wed Aug 03, 2011 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 42941

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

I just want to point out here that "bicep" is not a word; "biceps" is singular. Oh, one dictionary does list it as a back-formation (1955-60) from "biceps"; another one just says "false sing. of biceps (q.v.)." If you're being really picky, you have biceps mu...
by tjunction
Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 67175

Re: 931: Lanes

After my 6th round of chemo for Leukemia was looking like it had done the job, the Doc gave me the little speech about how "You're not really cured, you're in remission." I asked "But If I die from something else, without having relapsed, I guess you could say I was cured, eh?" ...
by tjunction
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0927: "Standards"
Replies: 157
Views: 34330

Re: 0927: "Standards"

Micro USB replaced Mini USB as a standard - Mini USB is now obsolete. (Micro USB is mechanically superior - rated for a greater number of insertion cycles and designed so the contacts that are more likely to wear out are in the (cheap) cable not the (expensive) device). And yeah, these are now stand...
by tjunction
Fri Jun 24, 2011 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 29379

Re: 0916: Unpickable

15 minutes on average. This system is vulnerable to dumb luck. So is guessing the combination on a combination lock. With enough shoeboxes it becomes statistically very unlikely, though. Once it gets to the point that the burglar thinks "this is crazy, I'm never going to guess the right one&qu...
by tjunction
Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 27850

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

That is the point. The alt-text is referencing a reoccurring joke in the show where one of the characters would compare their class to the normal class he used to attend. Yes, but it might have worked better if it was plausible that ANYBODY used Encarta 2005. Nobody did, because Wikipedia was alrea...
by tjunction
Mon Jun 13, 2011 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 27850

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

Encarta 2005?! Wikipedia existed in 2005, and was better than Encarta even at that point. (I was introduced to Wikipedia by a maths lecturer in my first year at uni - autumn 2003 - and I don't think my degree studies would have been quite the same without it).

It was Encarta 97 when I was at school.
by tjunction
Fri Jun 10, 2011 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 32559

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

You have all read RFC 1178, right?

I use rivers, usually ones local to where I live. The names of my devices show how I've moved around the country over the years...
by tjunction
Mon May 16, 2011 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 79737

Re: 899: "Number Line"

Largest even prime number to be 8!!! You got me there, For a second I was like wait 4X2 is 8 what is going on here. Huh. So it is. When I read it my immediate thought process was "8 is 2^3, so clearly not prime". That's what you get for being a computer scientist. At the gym I tend to use...
by tjunction
Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 40987

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

Wikipedia is The Problem.

It's a really useful reference for a lot of my work, which saves lots of time.

It's also a really bad way to waste time reading interesting but pointless stuff.

How do you solve that one?
by tjunction
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 57183

Re: 0859: "("

Code: Select all

error: expected ‘)’ before ‘;’ token


My brain can cope with that...
by tjunction
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 24687

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

People always moan that cooking is expensive. It's not. It can't be more expensive than takeaways or buying pre-made. The economics don't work out. Any restaurant or food manufacturer has to make a profit, so any manufactured food you buy has to include the cost of the ingredients, plus labour costs...
by tjunction
Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 24687

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

If you'd rather work 30 minutes longer in the day to pay for a takeaway, rather than cook, then either: - You have an absolutely amazing job, which to be honest I doubt, given that you'd rather be reading XKCD than doing it or - You've deluded yourself that your job is more important than enjoying a...
by tjunction
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 37805

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

The rest of the world copes just fine without roads and roadsigns as wordy as those you Americans have. As has already been said, at junctions we use arrows to indicate which way you may or may not go (a "left or straight on" lane will have an arrow that splits into two heads, one carrying...

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