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by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 9564

Re: 1834: "Lunch Order"

Ah, yeah, I missed the reference entirely there. I do vaguely remember some level of multiplication tables stopping somewhere around there for me in the US, and I still have the vague feeling that the dozen and gross have something to do with it; I don't seem even now to have a reflex response for m...
by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 15741

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

We'd call that a breaded chicken sandwich. The -burger is reserved for sandwiches containing a ground [thing] patty. Turkey burgers and tofu burgers and bison burgers exist, but the implication is that the meat (or meat substitute) is ground (or has a "ground" consistency). Edit: Like &quo...
by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 15741

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

So following this pattern, a hamburger patty on toasted, sliced bread is no longer a hamburger, but a hamsandwich. Not a ham sandwich, of course, which is an entirely different thing, because it's only ham[delete space] that signifies ground beef. Rolls and buns are fucking bread, Australia. Is it t...
by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 15741

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Honestly, it's nice to have an explanation of what could possibly make a hamburger not a sandwich. However, in the US, there are many sandwiches that come in buns, and only some of them are hamburgers. A grilled chicken sandwich is certainly not a hamburger in any sense. (However, we only indirectly...
by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 9564

Re: 1834: "Lunch Order"

A peeking-out of the much-suppressed but fundamental human preference for dozenal systems, I'd presume.
by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 25922

Re: Free Will

"Screw those guys" is definitely my general feeling there. My philosophy minor in undergrad taught me that philosophy is the study of malformed questions. Figure out what you're actually doing, whether that be art theory, history, literary criticism, semiotics, sociology, or theoretical ph...
by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 25922

Re: Free Will

Except that I think we can definitively say that neither beauty nor free will can be reduced to a particular physical property. They're both subjectively experienced, emergent things made up of many complex parts that are not themselves. There's no one part that's irreducibly the thing we're talking...
by Copper Bezel
Thu May 11, 2017 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 15741

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

I think Randall is greatly overestimating the legs on this one. My guess is that it's more likely to last about as long as "what color is this dress?" I think that's probably accurate - another in the same tier and vein is the "if a dog wore pants" question. The image that start...
by Copper Bezel
Wed May 10, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 10081

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Valid point. It's entirely possible that a lot of what I assume is cultural or abstract about the sense of superiority isn't, and is built into the underlying emotional perception.
by Copper Bezel
Wed May 10, 2017 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 19035

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Agreed, the problem for both was simple inability to break into the established market. But to my understanding, some of these services really were set to tailor webapps for the platforms - or specifically, I remember discussion of Facebook planning an Ubuntu Phone webapp if the platform materialize...
by Copper Bezel
Wed May 10, 2017 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 15741

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Just had a thread about it on the other major forum I frequent. I didn't realize it was a thing, but this makes some sense now. Edit: Correction, not a proper thread, but a couple pages of discussion in the random image dump thread. I basically killed it, and I think it might have gone further other...
by Copper Bezel
Tue May 09, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 10081

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Superiority seems like a very abstract concept, though. Except when it's connected with dominance, which it isn't in this case. Dogs definitely recognize that human members of their pack have different abilities, including ones they don't have, like turning doorknobs and refilling the food bowl. I d...
by Copper Bezel
Tue May 09, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 19035

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Well, they're dead for a reason, but Ubuntu Phone used a lot of contained webapps that got their own app icons, and Firefox OS was basically all cached webapps to my understanding. Ubuntu Phone's were like Electron apps in that they still needed to be installed, where I think Firefox OS was like lit...
by Copper Bezel
Tue May 09, 2017 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 19035

Re: 1367: "Installing"

Huh? There are quite a lot of webapps out there, they definitely "caught on". They're a great middle position between offering and not offering a product. = P
by Copper Bezel
Mon May 08, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 9564

Re: 1834: Lunch Order

inverted commas This usage will never not be weird to me. "Don't forget to end your statement with a half colon." As opposed to a "semi-colon"? They actually say "full stop", which at least is function-based rather than appearance-based like "inverted commas"...
by Copper Bezel
Mon May 08, 2017 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1834: "Lunch Order"
Replies: 37
Views: 9564

Re: 1834: Lunch Order

niauropsaka wrote:inverted commas

This usage will never not be weird to me.

"Don't forget to end your statement with a half colon."
by Copper Bezel
Sun May 07, 2017 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 124341

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

For me, that'd be the most likely case - it's unspecified because it's unknown. If I knew of a person's brother and sister and was referring to them, I'd say "brother and sister", not "siblings". And like Angua, if I have a mixed-gender set of siblings and was stating the fact of...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 124341

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

A part of me would have believed "tufted mindy", enough that I looked it up, and I might just need to use that somewhere.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 8908

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

That is exactly the joke. Interpreting the menu item in a different context than it was intended, yet within a still plausibly common use case for the device. Also, his interpretation is more literal than the intended one, which helps, because people reading things literally is inherently funny. Edi...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 124341

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I refute that idea. Should we decimate the language, irregardless, as our pregenitors should of proscribed? Like, literally like putting the car before the horse. Sounds like a damp squid, and a mute point, so I'm adverse to it and include me out . ┻━┻︵ヽ(`Д´)ノ︵ ┻━┻ edit after some thought: I ha...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Apr 24, 2017 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 124341

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

This will never be unambiguous until we add a year zero and reshuffle everything. I no longer care that it's wrong, it'd just be consistent and unambiguous. Like banning the sense of "infer" that doesn't mean "imply". I'd cringe but know what people meant.
by Copper Bezel
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 11647

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

What we need is a long term study of a random sampling of (initially) babies, large enough such that a statistically studyable population of motivational speakers will be statistically likely to be included in the set.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 11647

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

Yeah, under most circumstances, treating probability fractionally can be at least a guide, but I don't think this is one of those situations. If you make a bomb with half a critical mass of uranium, it doesn't kill half as many people. = .
by Copper Bezel
Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 24837

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Ha! My usual approach is to give my local time, and enquire the other party's local time, then give future times as "my time" or "your time" (which is fine until they move or clocks change in one or other location) That's my habit as well in practice. I'm on Chicago time, but ano...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 24837

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

My usual approach is to give my local time, and enquire the other party's local time, then give future times as "my time" or "your time" (which is fine until they move or clocks change in one or other location) That's my habit as well in practice. I'm on Chicago time, but anothe...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 20, 2017 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 24837

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

I'd definitely find it a weird cognitive shift to start describing my time zone in terms of what the offset presently is as opposed to what actual time zone I'm in. Suppose I could compromise and say "UTC minus five or six."
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 20, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 16600

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Fungo4 wrote:The second guy in the strip, who contributes nothing,

He has a cute hat!
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 16600

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Well if this was it, that was a pretty lame joke. Way below XKCD norms. I think it was a play on magnified sizes that backfired. And speaking of magnified ... at the angle Cueball is holding his camera, if the bird is "a mile up" then it's gotta be like 2-3 miles away. And that doesn't lo...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 16600

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

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Well done, sir or madam XD
by Copper Bezel
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 16600

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Seems unlikely that this was accidental, if you look in the page source the path to the uploaded image is: //imgs.xkcd.com/comics/birdwatching_huge.png it would seem that it was intended to be "huge" for some reason. Yeah, explainxkcd's theory seems right that it's meant to resemble looki...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Apr 16, 2017 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 73981

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

One would assume. "Forums" broadly in the existing map is about the land area of Google Buzz, or maybe three Reddits.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 15811

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Google search tells me that this is an obscure Linux-based text editor meant to bring the functionality of Emacs to the interface of Wordstar, a text editor that is as old as Emacs, but died in the 80s.

...

Yes, yes you may indeed be the only one using that.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 132304

Re: Science-based what-if questions

There's a section for that? I have lots of shipping thoughts! = O
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 10081

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Perhaps so, and perhaps the usage communicates or reinforces our illusory separation from the animal kingdom. I don't think that's the cause of the usage, at the very least. On your aside, I'd have every reason to believe that at the very least H. neanderthalensis would be very difficult to think of...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 10081

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Egocentrism on this level of abstraction is just practical, though. In an everyday context, when we need to invoke the concept of "animals", it's rarely useful to include human beings. God, the vast majority of people rarely think of birds as dinosaurs most or any of the time and birds are...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 35
Views: 10081

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

Needn't be anything philosophical or hierarchical. "Non-human animals" is a commonly useful category of things. We usually exclude animals and people from the category "objects" and so on as well. We know what is referred to. At a basic level, the way in which conspecifics are us...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 15811

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

To be clear, since there always seems to be a lucky-10,000-aire on this, gedit is also available on Windows, but I can see why it wouldn't place in this ranking! Well, you're spot on that I didn't know this. However, should anyone know this? :P For people like me who are the apparent target audienc...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 15811

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

What about inserting grep into your eyes?
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 15811

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

If I happen to be on a (random) debianesk system and have to edit a couple of files, I'll probably use gedit. Well, unless there's already a terminal pointing at the right folder, then I'll use nano. But I'm mostly on windows, so my options are Atom, Sublime, VSCode and Brackets, which are pretty m...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 132304

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Perhaps a variation on "Richie Rich"?

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