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by orthogon
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7671

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Oh, I know. I was just responding to orthogon's comment about "instructions for doing something on a computer". But yes, it is a tiny subset of tasks that are done on computers where video is helpful, as you're both saying, and nothing to do with the news. And to be fair, even orthogon we...
by orthogon
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 17876

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Shouldn't stop at Alexa. Go all the way up to "Watson: This element was used in the Trinity and Fat Man bombs," to see what happens. ("...and I would like ten deliveries of 1kg each, for overnight delivery...") That Jeopardy! format really bugs me. The so-called "answer&quo...
by orthogon
Sat Mar 04, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7498

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

The main use of Caps Lock is that you can toggle it and check that the light goes on and off as a basic sign-of-life. However I'm no longer sure what it proves these days, when the keyboard itself is probably running Linux. It proves that the LED works and you haven't gone blind. Indeed, and it als...
by orthogon
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7498

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

My boss has the infuriating habit of turning off numlock whenever he uses a computer, even if it's only for a few seconds. Apparently, that little light bothers him. Also, he insists on using 4-8-6-2 instead of the actual arrow keys. Is it not just possible that the two might be related? If he want...
by orthogon
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 7498

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I always screw up when I try to use Fn. Key combinations like Ctrl-End, Ctrl-Shift-Right have become internalised to the point that I no longer consciously know what they are. When I try to do editing on the laptop I have to think about which key I need and work out whether I need to press Fn, and s...
by orthogon
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"
Replies: 15
Views: 2886

Re: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"

duodecimus wrote:So, have you tried just taking screenshots of it, then putting those into an online image-to-pdf converter?

You need to paste the screenshot into an Excel spreadsheet first.
by orthogon
Wed Mar 01, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7671

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

My head doesn't have a voice. Am I weird for that reason? What about your normal mouth ? I prefer written to video, though if you read some of a certain leader's transcripts, they are even more unintelligible than the video. It makes it easier to catch up on information while at work, without havin...
by orthogon
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7671

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Then there's the custom, i don't know whether British, American or generally English writing, to start every paragraph in a multi paragraph quote with quotation marks, but only closing the last of them, which is just as bad as unbalanced parentheses. I'd go as far as to say that I like that convent...
by orthogon
Sat Feb 25, 2017 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 4932

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Google Maps asks me things like "Does this place have a laid-back atmosphere?" and "Does this place appeal to a younger crowd?". I guess that's a definite "no" to the first question... I would hope that the answer would be Yes to "Does this place have a laid-back ...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 4932

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

I feel like this is a phenomenon I should have been aware of previously, and also that the joke is a bit lost for me as a result. Time for messing around with Google Maps. Google Maps asks me things like "Does this place have a laid-back atmosphere?" and "Does this place appeal to a ...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 4449

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

Traction control? Unless you suck at driving, Traction control is a negative, not a positive. Just ask Jeremy Clarkson! There may be a significant correlation between tendency to decision paralysis and sucking at driving. Driving requires you to make arbitrary or near-arbitrary decisions all the ti...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 4449

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

I see two cars and two people. Seems there's a clear optimal approach :-). Unless only one of them knows how to defuse the bomb (and, based on previous answers, only the other one knows how to disarm the bomb :mrgreen: ). Or only one of them knows how to drive? (Not being able to drive is totally a...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 20, 2017 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 6460

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

It's feasible to draw out the entire game tree Here's my favorite: https://xkcd.com/832/ Yeah, it's cool, but aiui it's not the entire game tree: it just tells you one optimal move to make at each stage. It doesn't show you alternative optimal moves and it doesn't show non-optimal moves.
by orthogon
Fri Feb 17, 2017 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8476

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

ETA: I think it's just surprising how far east South America is, with the westernmost part level with the east coast of the USA. It's probably the fault of the Mercator projection, making North America look like its centre of mass is further east than it is. I don't see how this can be blamed on th...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8476

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

I wonder what the political situation in southern South America led all those other countries to shift into UTC-3. Funnily enough, according to this map , southern Brazil ventures even further for some crazy reason, into UTC-2. I wonder if that's a mistake or if Wikipedia is wrong. It's all there i...
by orthogon
Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8476

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

The former was an Obama policy I believe, and the latter is an EU directive, so both must be on borrowed time (if you'll excuse the pun) as far as the anglosphere is concerned. Funny definition of anglosphere, even if many mainland-Europeans do speak English better than "da yoot". I meant...
by orthogon
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8476

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

What would be interesting is two more maps that take daylight saving into account, six months apart. Remembering that northern and southern hemispheres do daylight saving at different times of the year, and not all parts of the world use daylight saving at all. Even within a hemisphere, different c...
by orthogon
Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8476

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

Time zones are stupid anyway. Everyone should just use UTC all the time. There's no international law that says the start of the working day has to be 09:00. This is indeed the logical consequence of the argument that Daylight Saving Time is stupid. As such it constitutes a reductio ad absurdum dis...
by orthogon
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 8476

Re: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"

Exercise for the reader: animated gif showing how the countries move around during the year as daylight saving comes and goes. I have the vaguest feeling that we had this idea on this forum a while back. Anyone else remember? ETA: well I sort of mentioned the idea here , since people seemed to be as...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 3435

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

Native wrote:The plot thickens...

Sometimes, a mod should step in and close a thread on the basis that the last post isn't going to be improved upon.
by orthogon
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14211

Re: 1793: "Make Memes Real Again"

Sableagle wrote:Good question. How DID they manage that?

Maybe there was a third (large?) vehicle involved which had subsequently been removed? But yeah, it's still difficult to imagine.
by orthogon
Fri Feb 10, 2017 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1797: "Stardew Valley"
Replies: 16
Views: 4081

Re: 1797: "Stardew Valley"

I'm not really into Pokémon.
by orthogon
Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14211

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I've known forever the ditty "A litre of water's a pint and three quarters". I guess it was important to note that a litre is less than two pints to avoid getting short-changed. (In fact I'm in Paris at the moment, and bars here offer a "pinte" which is actually 500ml). I haven't...
by orthogon
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14211

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

This has been in my drafts folder for a while, but here goes... The other rows are just an application of the principle that multiplying a number by an integer greater than one gives you a number that's several times bigger than the original number. It's a shoddy journalistic/political technique... ...
by orthogon
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14211

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I was raised a "pop" guy (in the "Duck, duck, grey duck" state next door), but spent several years out east, and "soda" does still/again occasionally creep back into conversation. I've been aware of duck duck grey duck for 15 years now, and it still sounds completely f...
by orthogon
Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14211

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Oh, and in the UK we call them "Cadbury's creme eggs". "Cream" is pronounced like "cream". The"creme" is central to the egg, both literally and figuratively.
by orthogon
Wed Feb 01, 2017 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 14211

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I have some issues with this one. The first row is the most shocking result - I've heard statements like it before, but it's still a striking comparison because I'm sure people don't typically think of drinking a can or bottle of drink in the same way that they think of eating a chocolate bar. The o...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9518

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

OK, I've now reversed my position on refraction of moving objects crossing a boundary between surfaces at an angle.. <poe>Wait, so you're changed your position by rotating 180 degrees or by reflecting across, the boundary, or by reflecting across the line perpendicular to the boundary?</poe> Yes.
by orthogon
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9518

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

God, I'd forgotten all about curling. Now I remember having gone through a similar thought process when the Winter Olympics was on, without ever fully coming to terms with it.
by orthogon
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9518

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

OK, I've now reversed my position on refraction of moving objects crossing a boundary between surfaces at an angle. For the hockey puck, the friction should be directed exactly opposing the movement, so shouldn't have the lateral component required to be able to cause a change of direction. However,...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 31, 2017 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9229

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Can't believe no-one has mentioned the planes having occasional mid-air sex thing yet!? https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-c7a5d206c746454116b1bc0ff2aca6b9-c?convert_to_webp=true How safe is planesex? It looks extremely dodgy to me. (Sure, I could just Google, but I'd rather riff on it here for ...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 9229

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

In the US, they blocked entry from a bunch of countries because "terrorism", despite the fact that no one from those countries has ever killed any American citizen in any kind of terrorist attack. Ah, this must be the famous "singular they ", right? Kind of appropriate for someb...
by orthogon
Sat Jan 28, 2017 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9518

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Hmm. Bullets are pretty much moving particles, but do they refract like waves when entering a move dense medium? Yes. And wheels rolling diagonally across a boundary between surfaces with different friction refract too. Basically anything moving across a boundary that causes a change in speed. [Ice...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 27, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9518

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

And one last jab at vampires: the canon is that they're impure and so the purity of silver won't hold their reflection. But unless they automagically transfer impurity to their clothes, how come we can't see their outfits? That aspect of vampire lore has always bothered me. I know the whole concept...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 27, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 9518

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Are you positing that vampires can still be totally internally reflected? Maybe it's just the silver in traditional mirrors that prevents their reflection... That's the lore in at least some stories, yes. That raises a whole load of questions. Can they be photographed? Chemical photography uses sil...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8771

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Would the title be referencing S easonal A ffective D isorder? This time of year, that's a thing. :( I assumed so, given Cue says "the past few months", though I wonder why he didn't go for all caps. My SAD hasn't been so bad this year: maybe I've just had a couple of conveniently timed t...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4860

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I have one phone number. The only folk I know with multiple numbers are "purveyors of rare herbs and proscribed chemicals". I always thought it was "prescribed chemicals". Pseudo-edit: The Internets agree with me. That's a stupid pair of words though: almost identical pronunciat...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4860

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I have one phone number. The only folk I know with multiple numbers are "purveyors of rare herbs and proscribed chemicals". I always thought it was "prescribed chemicals". Pseudo-edit: The Internets agree with me. That's a stupid pair of words though: almost identical pronunciat...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7274

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Mercator is pretty much the best map projection there is, if what you want from a map projection is to be able to navigate ships across large distances. There is no such thing as "bad" map projections, only map projections that are better or worse suited to particular purposes. That's sor...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 13, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 5073

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

The leftmost "works fine" arrow is actually pointing to the neighbor's unsecured wifi. Something like that happened to me. I was trying to get my laptop online at a different site (actually my company's site but with a different WiFi setup), and I couldn't manage to get onto either of the...

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