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by orthogon
Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188535

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

When I saw this headline, I had to double check to see that I was browsing a real news site. 'I Don't Believe In Science,' Says Flat-Earther Set To Launch Himself In Own Rocket the man's no Flat-Earther, he just panders to Flat-Earthers for the money. anyway, 500m is obviously a laughable height fo...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188535

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

As far as it goes, its as accurate as most other types of utility location (+/- 1 meter). I don't believe in it at all, but I've seen enough different people do it on enough sites that I have to shrug and say maybe? Earth in general has water if you dig straight down anywhere. That's why divining s...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188535

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

As far as it goes, its as accurate as most other types of utility location (+/- 1 meter). I don't believe in it at all, but I've seen enough different people do it on enough sites that I have to shrug and say maybe? Earth in general has water if you dig straight down anywhere. That's why divining s...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 21, 2017 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 3871

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Isn't a Nexus some kind of Android phone? Or is it one of those hybrid cars?
by orthogon
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188535

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I have heard this before, and it really gets on my nerves. Any justification of any law ultimately rests on morality. There's overlap, but it's not total. Cheating on your spouse is immoral, but most democracies don't make it illegal; driving on the left is illegal in the US, but isn't immoral in i...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 8484

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Quito must be way up in the mountains or something, considering it's the capital of a country literally named after its equatorial location. I've never been there, but have been to Bogotá, which is only 4.7° N, and 2,640m above sea level. The climate feels very much like England in the springtime: ...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6554

Re: 1913: "A �"

What's your desired behaviour in this situation? When I used Verizon as my ISP I found it annoying that whenever I made some little typo in an URL, which would only take me a second to correct -- NOOOOOOOOO! I can't correct it, because Verizon helpfully whisked me off to some Verizon search engine ...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 16, 2017 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 7778

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

I don't think there are any banned words. I think insulting users is banned, which Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch technically did by calling him "you dummy" in all caps. Obviously the system as applied here is godawful, but it isn't necessarily delibera...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 7778

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

speising wrote:i guess the ban simply reacts to trigger words like fucking and dummy? notice how madbringer avoided any objectionable words...

I had replied to this seriously but I think it must have been meant as a joke, so I deleted my reply.
by orthogon
Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 3875

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

Around here, it is usually the hour that is dropped. "Ten to", or "Quarter past", where the hour being referred to was mentioned earlier in the conversation. Elsewise, it will be a straight-forward "Twelve-fourty-two". The cost/benefit ratio between a syllable or two v...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 14, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"
Replies: 20
Views: 3176

Re: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"

If you really want the person to reply quickly, obviously you want the Jeopardy music playing. Just looked this up. Seems so sedate, with no actual jeopardy! Countdown , however... I was thinking of the Countdown music too. It jumps automatically to mind in any circumstances in which somebody has t...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6554

Re: 1913: "A �"

balthasar_s wrote:
orthogon wrote:We also need some kind of 'badging" for websites, to indicate that the site really belongs to the well-known entity that it purports to belong to.
Seems familiar... :)

Quite so - actually I thought this was the thread for that comic, otherwise I'd have linked it myself!
by orthogon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6554

Re: 1913: "A �"

And as of the next major Firefox release (whose mobile counterpart has already rolled out, strangely enough), there will be no dedicated search bar. All this talk of search bars vs address bars seemed a bit odd to me: I don't think Chrome and IE have had them for years; I'm not even sure that Chrom...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1773
Views: 268755

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I comic book I really did not like actually explains why we do not have to worry about biological warfare as much as people do. It said something along the lines of "The reason biological warfare has never been a used a lot is 'cause your own army is **** as soon as the wind changes directions...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5221
Views: 404040

Re: Trump presidency

A Point of View: Is the US president an elected monarch? But ironically, when the leaders of the American Revolution tried to work out what powers they should give to the newly created American presidency, the only models available were those of contemporary European monarchies, and especially the ...
by orthogon
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 7778

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Instead they verified him (which as a bunch of other people have said, if you'd bothered to read the thread more closely before sharing your ignorant opinion, confers a bunch of benefits besides simply verifying that a Twitter account belongs to a particular person). I do not use twitter so I am in...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 10, 2017 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 5095

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

(I chortled, at the misunderstanding.) Best guess, on my part, is that a question about making a news article obviously should be in News & Articles, one might imagine… why the h**k is this in N&A Because he's asking about an article? Most of the discussions in this sub-forum are about arti...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 10, 2017 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 7778

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

why is anyone anranged about it when twitter confirms that an acount really belongs to a person, even if it is a nazi? it's not a "most valuable member" badge or anything. For those cases they could flip it and have a "not that arsehole" badge for all the other users unfortunate...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5221
Views: 404040

Re: Trump presidency


I think y'all should concentrate on getting the impeachment for now. The execution can come later. But I might have lost track of what we're discussing..
by orthogon
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476882

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not sure what the Overton window is. A handgun ban, or in reality, very heavy restrictions where being able to own a handgun is like being a doctor that prescribes cocaine, is about as far as I'm willing to go in terms of restricting guns. Wikipedia's eponymous article . Your statement just made me...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476882

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:A handgun ban is extreme [...]

This is the Overton Window we've been hearing about, isn't it?
by orthogon
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 476882

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Interesting debate following the resignation of 'Sir' Michael Fallon for behaviour he believes was appropriate ten years ago, but is not appropriate now. I beg to differ. It may have been more tolerated , but it was never appropriate. I remember in the days ten to twenty years ago, when I would wal...
by orthogon
Sat Nov 04, 2017 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 5382

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Why do people think this? Why on earth would anyone choose to be offended by something? It's a bad feeling. It's like those people who tell depressed people to "just cheer up" and "you're choosing to be miserable". Motherfucker I cannot control how I feel, that's almost the defi...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 5382

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

Given that it doesn't seem so uncontroversial here (so far) to admit that there exist some people who are too easily offended [...] I'm having trouble parsing that - do you mean that we broadly agree that such people exist? If so, I think there might be an extra negative, but it's Friday evening an...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5221
Views: 404040

Re: Trump presidency

Is there actually a current person called Pocahontas, or is this some form of racial epithet? According to the independent it's a racist slur against Elizabeth Warren, who has (possibly rather distant) Native American heritage. Apparently calling her Pocohontas is a recurring thing for Trump. For t...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188535

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Attractive 21 year-old woman posts naked photos to "prove that nudity isn't sexual" . NSFW, or alternatively, SFW, depending what you think of her "proof". I'm not convinced, personally, that it's QED, but your mileage will obviously vary. By the way, this is from the website th...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188535

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Attractive 21 year-old woman posts naked photos to "prove that nudity isn't sexual" . NSFW, or alternatively, SFW, depending what you think of her "proof". I'm not convinced, personally, that it's QED, but your mileage will obviously vary. By the way, this is from the website th...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6365

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

How long will it take to get a pdf variant that won't include javascript (or flash and EXE exploit holes)? I've been fond of the format since .ps were available on ftp, but can't recommend an Adobe format for "digital resource lifespan". PS: what does it take to replace microfilm lamps wi...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 11095

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

ericgrau wrote:It is crazy how many chemicals there are everywhere though.

It's true. Literally everything has chemicals in it.
by orthogon
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6365

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

That best practice doesn't rely on continual maintenance. It more works towards spreading the bets so that any unforseen pause in the process will still leave various mirroring versions of archival material around (and probably around in different places, each differently vulnerable to the vicisitu...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 221
Views: 42387

Re: News in brief

Isn't normal cheeseburger construction, from top to bottom: tomato, lettuce, cheese, meat? They both look wrong to me. There might be an argument for putting the lettuce on top of the tomato on the basis that it would protect the bun from becoming ensoggied by the water in the tomato. The cheese on...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 4069

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

Question: are things actually better organised nowadays in business etc. that use spreadsheet etc. than they were before the introduction of computers? My working theory is that all this spread-sheet making you find in many businesses for tasks to be done is little more than an aide-memoire and doe...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 30, 2017 9:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files Released: 10/26/17
Replies: 8
Views: 2205

Re: Newly Declassified JFK Assassination Files Released: 10/26/17

Or of compromising methods that are still in use-the information is outdated but how we got it would key someone into that we've got a specific design for bugs, eg. Indeed - whilst modern bugs are smaller, harder to detect or intercept and have longer battery life, discerning agents prefer that war...
by orthogon
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 3109

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

The thing is, for most people, money has a very non-linear utility function. There's a large chunk of utility associated with the ability to pay rent/mortgage, utility bills and food costs, a rather shallower curve associated with increasing access to luxuries, and then more jumps associated with b...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 11095

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Also 0.008 hassles a year. Conservatively, it's probably a lot lower. So, your break-even point is 125 times being cautious vs. 1 time dealing with a fire. OK then, but I really hope my downstairs neighbors don't think like that! I'm also not sure about your definition of "conservative." ...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 11095

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Also 0.008 hassles a year. Conservatively, it's probably a lot lower. So, your break-even point is 125 times being cautious vs. 1 time dealing with a fire. OK then, but I really hope my downstairs neighbors don't think like that! I'm also not sure about your definition of "conservative." ...
by orthogon
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Equifax is hacked
Replies: 27
Views: 4596

Re: Equifax is hacked

Plasma_Wolf wrote:Luckily, to prevent this, Equifax bought all the relevant urls and set up a proper help website.

http://equifaxfraudprevention.com

Oh wait :)


I guess I'm missing the point, but surely a company can never buy "all the relevant urls"? There's a combinatorial explosion problem.
by orthogon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5221
Views: 404040

Re: Trump presidency

Mutex wrote:
Jumble wrote:You have a problem with that?

Spoken like a true diplomat.

These fora are where Jumble lets off steam anonymously. He specifically doesn't speak like a diplomat on here. I find this gives a fascinating and often reassuring insight into the UK govt's real position on international matters.
by orthogon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 11095

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I have to look at Grenfell Tower from my office every day - I'm horrified and haunted by what happened, and angry, and am just waiting for the enquiry to report so that I can figure out whom I should direct that anger at. Of course I don't think it's OK, or an acceptable risk. I'm not in any way as...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 11095

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Don't leave a dumb pan unattended. Smart pan, crockpot, heck rice cooker, no worries. Anything automatic is fine. It's fine as long as it doesn't fail. True story: a guy I know once turned on his dishwasher and then went out. The dishwasher got stuck in the post-rinse heating cycle. The heating ele...

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