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by Copper Bezel
Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 25
Views: 11500

Re: Longest Name

Yeah, you're right, and even if there is any difference, it'd be nearly impossible to filter out from all of the other much less subtle factors like that.
by Copper Bezel
Thu Jul 06, 2017 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 25
Views: 11500

Re: Longest Name

It'll depend massively on cultural context. How much brevity in speech is valued, the structure of the language itself. In the West we presently abbreviate a fair bit more than we did a century ago in writing, and I think that's true to a lesser extent in speech as well. English has a lot of informa...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jul 05, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 9004

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

This is either the most boring xkcd in years or else it's Randall trolling the sportsfans amongst us nerds. I fail to see the humor in being proud and vocal about one's lack of knowledge in any field. Yeah, it's less dangerous when the field is sports rather than, say being POTUS, but still. I feel...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 7158

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

I think they're meant to be very knowingly celebrating independence from humans.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 7158

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

He's not confusing anything. That there are gaps in the reasoning is why this is a joke as opposed to a serious conjecture. Why do you believe that excuses are warranted? Humoring you is a big ask, don't take it for granted.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 7158

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

I thought robot civil wars usually started over limited energy resources.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 287086

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I vaguely recall training myself to say it as it's spelled thinking that the /ŋ/ was an error at the time. The latter is certainly still more natural to my ear.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1990
Views: 485204

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"It's all arbitrary anyway" doesn't mean that all possible solutions are equally useful. A system could consider Australia part of Asia and consider the UK a separate continent, and that would be only equally "arbitrary" in a strict sense but definitely less useful. The system yo...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jul 01, 2017 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 15577

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

W, V, and J would like to have a word with you.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 15577

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Fun fact: the German word "Umlaut" does not contain a single umlaut. And "eszett" or "scharfes S" as names for ß don't contain ß either. Well, from a nation with a mostly unadorned alphabet (a № of naïve encyclopædic fœcundities of archæa, aside), I shall add that &quo...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

I haven't tried it (not on Windows enough) but I've heard the system, despite being a full and real Ubuntu system running on top of NT + WSL instead of Linux, is limited in terms of what it can do back to the Windows system. There's Fedora and openSUSE coming as well, though. One thing I don't like ...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 8152

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Like maybe the "zero" in ones and zeroes isn't the real zero, and if just one server drops to a lower state by a random fluctuation, it'll propagate through the whole system and destroy all extant structure, and it could reboot with subtly different protocols, shifted constants, even the g...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jun 28, 2017 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

Got a point, though. If you are program can't handle spaces in paths, then you are program is bad.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

For whatever reason, I'm keeping zsh as my default login shell but have fish set as the default command for my terminal emulator (Tilix). It's ... really nice, with the suggestions and history and everything. I might have to actually start using some terminal apps.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

Will do! Thanks! = ]

Edit: Oh HELL yes

Edit again, having actually got my .zshrc configured to something I can live with that includes Ctrl+Backspace: Oh HELLS YES
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jun 25, 2017 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

Hmm, anyone know a way to get that style of tab completion in Bash? (Or something similar to Bash?)

Edit: Not the spaces, the paging-through-possibilities-with-tab.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jun 25, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1990
Views: 485204

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

They're all arbitrary, but any system that separates Eurasia but not the Americas is just being obtuse for obtuseness' sake.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 8152

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Cached images that have since been removed continue to appear in pages for me after a refresh in Chrome on Linux. I haven't used Firefox enough to be sure of the behavior there. I notice that in Epiphany, which is currently my default browser and also just Webkit with a headerbar, Ctrl+Shift+R works...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 17516

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

Yeah, if you just treat it as a new coinage instead of a new sense, it's natural. But I actively appreciate the reduced ambiguity of "insure" in writing and "DAY-mun" in speech, too, so.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1819: "Sweet 16"
Replies: 49
Views: 13551

Re: 1819: "Sweet 16"

What if they were just pants?
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

I don't know if this is a Bash thing, but I notice that if I type a leading quote mark, tab completion can include spaces. It'll handily close the quote before the slash and I can keep drilling down from there.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Re: Spaces in paths & filenames

The situational dependency makes an awful lot of sense to me. I don't remember the exact details now, but I've definitely had cases in the past where I'd avoid using spaces within (or anywhere above, obviously) a particular directory where I'm using tools that might be confused by them. If I can ste...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 17516

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

I think in that direction it's particularly inconsequential, since that person is "hung" in both of those senses. It'd be weirder to refer to a picture on the wall as "hanged". It seems similar to me to "mouses" being sometimes accepted for the computer input device but...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 8152

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Does Shift+Tab make someone else pay for it?
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 24, 2017 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Spaces in paths & filenames
Replies: 45
Views: 18057

Spaces in paths & filenames

Just this. Had a bit of a tiff break out on Reddit recently in a thread about hyphens vs. underscores regarding which inferior substitute was superior instead of just using spaces between the words in the name of a file or folder. (Hyphens, obviously, but this is quite beside the point.) I don't fin...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 171631

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

Wiktionary suggests a combination of two suffixes in Proto-Germanic, one of which is indeed related to progeny.
by Copper Bezel
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 9735

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

Pfhorrest wrote:or ignoring peer pressure like to drink or do drugs.

I dunno, man, at this point, drinking might well help....
by Copper Bezel
Thu Jun 22, 2017 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 9735

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

At least the six glasses of water a day and the dark chocolate. The dark chocolate one specifically was manufactured as an illustration of how bullshit the others were (from a paper that knowingly used p-hacking) though it appears there have been enough other, similar studies and ensuing press about...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 9735

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

Shit, Pfhorrest, I had no idea. I'm sorry. = o
by Copper Bezel
Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1990
Views: 485204

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

I don't honestly think it's any more or less weird either way regardless. I mean, to my knowledge, there's basically always been a North America and a South America, which were the Americas, so no singular just-America, and then the name became closely associated with the biggest economy in said Ame...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Telescope amplification with laser medium?
Replies: 18
Views: 5267

Re: Telescope amplification with laser medium?

I think the conceit is that the phenomenon is unexplained and unexplained phenomena are impossible in (theoretical) physics. The latter is technically true as an ironic statement in reminder of our limitations, but yeah, if there's any truth to the former at all, I'm not aware of it, either.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Tabs vs Spaces
Replies: 209
Views: 150010

Re: Tabs vs Spaces

Do you think it's like a hair shirt thing, that by making things more difficult for themselves and others, they actually grow to be stronger people?
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 12983

Re: Superconducting CPU?

Eebster the Great wrote:Usually people use it that way when they think "et cetera" is one word.

Usually spelled "eccetra". XD
by Copper Bezel
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 12983

Re: Superconducting CPU?

It's thanks to this site that I learned to write it as &c., and I will never stop doing this because it's ridiculously cute.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jun 14, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Telescope amplification with laser medium?
Replies: 18
Views: 5267

Re: Telescope amplification with laser medium?

There are details of that explanation that match events I didn't know about that happened in this universe. I'm still not quite sure which bits are exclusive to the parallel one said text came from.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6330

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

Yeah, that'd explain a lot. One thing to bear in mind is that this was pre-Crisis - Lex Luthor as a cartoonish villain, Superman as the primary persona, Clark Kent as a mask to give Superman time off, etc. Another thing is that the effects were, at the time, ground-breaking. If you remember what it ...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6330

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

I have this vague perception that the Reeves Superman movies were appreciated on some level, so much so that the franchise was considered something that could be "ruined" by the third and the (truly spectacular, but do see the hour of deleted footage for the full experience) fourth. I ... ...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jun 10, 2017 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6330

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

Honestly, though, I can't say the screaming goat isn't an improvement.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 590
Views: 122888

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Calling soda a soft drink sounds like calling a bathroom a restroom to me. Just not something you do inside someone's house, it's a word that only exists in public and commercial spaces.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 6330

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

Oof. So it holds up just until you actually try to read it. Duplicates like the more northerly of the 145s doubtless represent missing items, but beyond "which?", I wonder how many items are just flat wrong.

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