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by orthogon
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 4982

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

It's not what you're attenuated to. It is fewer and less arcane steps than all of that nonsense with your image editor, which you've been trained into by bad design and time. It is objectively, inherently, fundamentally more convenient. The file system, though, is a pretty rubbish way of doing lots...
by orthogon
Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 6187

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Anyway, sliced bread was introduced in 1928. Joseph Fourier did his stuff over a century earlier. So if anything, sliced bread was the best thing since Fourier Transforms.
by orthogon
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 6187

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Next you'll tell us you don't know what PEBCAK, BOFH, SCUBA, IANAL, and LASER mean either :twisted: Interestingly, laser is kind of the opposite of common bugbears like "PIN number" or "PAT testing" in that if you expand the acronym in context, there's something missing, because...
by orthogon
Tue Jul 11, 2017 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 6187

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

pscottdv wrote: "My mistake was going into cosmology for the money."

The salaries are astronomical.
by orthogon
Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 6425

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

The egg is saying that when he uses a word, it means what he wants it to mean, but the listener is hearing "when I hear a word, it means what I want it to mean". I'm not sure whether this is irony or not, but it's amusing. [slightly re-punctuated] This, but also: isn't there a problem of ...
by orthogon
Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4173
Views: 285694

Re: Trump presidency

On a side note: just remember that Trump asked for all the names, addresses, and the (last four) social security numbers of every voter in the previous election . An aside on that aside: I'd missed that he wanted the names and addresses, and was wondering what the last four digits of the social sec...
by orthogon
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 4748

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

I don't even know how to intone the words. Is "on-base" a verb? Is it a noun like "home base" in base-ball? What does it mean to "slug"? It is trickier to parse than "the gostak distims the doshes", but I'll have a go. We have: Mike Trout's on-base plus slugg...
by orthogon
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3408
Views: 405802

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Even if the insulation is intrinsically totally unlike guncotton, if there's an air-gap (or the backing material is frangible to sufficient heat effects) then the problem can be the structural one of having created a near-perfect chimney effect between floors - if there's no firestop layer keyed in...
by orthogon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3408
Views: 405802

Re: The Darker Side of the News

In updates on Grenfell Tower , the bad news is that the "rush around the country frantically replacing all that flammable cladding with the non-flammable kind we should have used in the first place" doesn't include replacing the flammable insulation behind the cladding ... and the good ne...
by orthogon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 9477

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Yeah, I guess it's unfair to expect people to be familiar with limitations from outside their field, but still, the idea of bandwidth being limited is surely something that online games developers have always had to contend with. These limitation they had were always artificial, namely the price th...
by orthogon
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 7230

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Ümläüt. :shock: :shock: :shock: you know, when you write something like this, we Germans start to warp our tongues trying to pronounce it? A few peripherally related observations: 1. I have a colleague who will not accept, despite all evidence to the contrary, that "umlaut" can cromulentl...
by orthogon
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 7230

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Curious, since German has no subjunctive. Also, "Meine Lieblingsgruppe is Motörhead." "Dein Lieblingssänger ist Yusuf Islam.". Really? I thought it had two , but as she never followed through on the threat, I never found out. She also taught French, which I'm pretty certain has ...
by orthogon
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 7230

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Also, "Meine Lieblingsgruppe ist Motörhead." "Dein Lieblingssänger ist Yusuf Islam.". The gender reassignment was my bad, but I'm 99% sure it was "Lieblingsgruppe," and it definitely predated his changing his name ;-) I suspect that whoever wrote the book didn't realis...
by orthogon
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 7230

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Curious, since German has no subjunctive. Also, "Meine Lieblingsgruppe is Motörhead." "Dein Lieblingssänger ist Yusuf Islam.". Really? I thought it had two , but as she never followed through on the threat, I never found out. She also taught French, which I'm pretty certain has ...
by orthogon
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 7230

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Ümläüt. :shock: :shock: :shock: you know, when you write something like this, we Germans start to warp our tongues trying to pronounce it? A few peripherally related observations: 1. I have a colleague who will not accept, despite all evidence to the contrary, that "umlaut" can cromulentl...
by orthogon
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 7669

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Someone has be wrong on the internet. Today, I am proud to be that person. die, der, das, den, dem, des Oh right, I forgot how complicated German really is sometimes... That damned 4x4 matrix was what finally made me give up on German. The same words are reused in different columns on different rows...
by orthogon
Sat Jul 01, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 9477

Re: 1849: "Decades"

"Lets just give each car a unique radio channel," you may be naively saying. There are 3 reasons this is impossible. 1) AM radio gets a lot of noise in some situations. 2) FM radio signals disperse quickly. 3) There is an inherent limitation on how much information can be sent through a m...
by orthogon
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 7230

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

I imagine a whodunit where DEGREE_SIGN turns out to have been given a false alibi by his accomplice, MASCULINE_ORDINAL_INDICATOR.
by orthogon
Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4173
Views: 285694

Re: Trump presidency

I'd like to ask the anti-Trumpers what they think they'd actually gain by either having Trump removed from office or having him step down. What do you really think would be different with Pence running things instead? First, while Trump is a problem, he isn't the problem. The problem is that somebo...
by orthogon
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 7669

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

A similar map of the world with most common word by country would be slightly more interesting, but still end up being a map with "the" translated into each country's primary/most used language I don't know, some languages are structured differently enough that the local equivalent of &qu...
by orthogon
Fri Jun 30, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 4259

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

The way I have read it, "eff of x and Gee of <whatever the eff of zero is> both equals one". In and of itself, this is an open-ended equation that is easily satisfied by any f() or G() functions you might wish 1 . We just don't know how we got to this point in the lesson, with prior equat...
by orthogon
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 4259

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

So math me up... She's saying that there should be a number x that simultaneously equals 0 and 1 when the gravitational constant and this mystery function are involved? Really they're two separate equations: f(x)=1 and G(f(0))=1. However, only the former says anything about x. The latter isn't itse...
by orthogon
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 4259

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Flumble wrote:
orthogon wrote:mathematicians have just discovered that the number they thought was i may in fact have been i's evil twin, −i, all along.

Oh no! Not em-dash i!

Anticipating such a comment, I deliberately copied and pasted it from the Wikipedia page for "Plus and minus signs". :(
by orthogon
Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 9477

Re: 1849: "Decades"

"Lets just give each car a unique radio channel," you may be naively saying. There are 3 reasons this is impossible. 1) AM radio gets a lot of noise in some situations. 2) FM radio signals disperse quickly. 3) There is an inherent limitation on how much information can be sent through a m...
by orthogon
Thu Jun 29, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 4259

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Does an x with x^2=-1 really exist? Yeah, but it's not unique. Breaking News: mathematicians have just discovered that the number they thought was i may in fact have been i 's evil twin, − i , all along. The two are not identical, although at the time of writing, nobody can tell which is which. A s...
by orthogon
Wed Jun 28, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 2500

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

I love the airliners.net reference. As an Aerospace Engineer I frequent it nearly daily. More so than these forums (evidenced by my low post count here). An interesting tidbit of information is the media likes to rush to airliners.net during a major air travel incident and cites forum posts as actu...
by orthogon
Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 4259

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Is she suffering from existential angst?
by orthogon
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 5514

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

One thing to note about this specific case of the Metropolitan Man is that it's explicitly spelled out that Superman doesn't actually need to eat or to sleep or anything like that. He likes to, he enjoys it, he feels a minor nagging sensation if he doesn't, but he's perfectly capable of continuing ...
by orthogon
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3408
Views: 405802

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It's entirely possible for a 14 year old and 40 year old to be in love. The issue is that in most such unions, or at least a large enough number of such unions, it's abusive rather than healthy. So society has made it illegal by statute. Sure, a few people who truly would be in a healthy relationsh...
by orthogon
Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 5514

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

To make this less about me personally, here are just some of things-responsible-people-are-supposed-to-do in the abstract ...snip... To thine own self be true. Chill, Winston. Yeah. Some of those things you can safely ignore. Anything mandated by a religion you don't belong to (if any); anything ba...
by orthogon
Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3408
Views: 405802

Re: The Darker Side of the News

However it occurred to me that we speak out of either sides of our mouths on culture. On one hand holding cultural identification in high regard while, while denigrating some parts of a culture, like arranged marriage. So it's okay to be a tribal Pakistani, to have that identity. But we just want t...
by orthogon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 4949

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Ah, now I understand why US election reporting appears to use the colours the other way around to Europe. Does everywhere in Europe use consistent colors? The US didn't have consistency before 2000, when the contentious presidential election caused the coining of the term "red states" and...
by orthogon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 4949

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Ah, now I understand why US election reporting appears to use the colours the other way around to Europe. It's because of Doppler shifts caused by the relative motion.
by orthogon
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4173
Views: 285694

Re: Trump presidency

Not all Trump news has to be bad. I suppose not, but... Aggressive deregulation programmes risk throwing out the baby with the bathwater. I read somewhere that last week's tragic fire at Grenfell Tower might have been prevented had it not been for a "one-in two-out" policy on new regulati...
by orthogon
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 4595

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

cellocgw wrote:
E_H wrote:Look for my forthcoming paper: "Magnetohydrodynamic Topological Invariants of Quantum-Relativistic Neutron-Gluon Superplasmas in Supernova / Black Hole Transitions"


You left out "... on an N-brane"


Insane in the N-brane.
by orthogon
Thu Jun 15, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 14067

Re: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee

It's odd, because Farron has consistently voted in favour of LGBT rights, so he doesn't seem to have had trouble separating his religious beliefs from his politics before. The question has still dogged him though, and he seems a pretty ineffective leader anyway so I'm fairly happy he's standing dow...
by orthogon
Thu Jun 15, 2017 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3408
Views: 405802

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It started on the 4th floor and went up. I can only imagine how high the number of casualties will be from that, the fire brigade are still putting it out. Apparently they were telling people on the upper floors to stay put while they worked to put it out... Edit: which is apparently SOP but still ...
by orthogon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 14067

Re: British Snap Election - Meh result

I was just about to say that I don't take responsibility for the thread title. It does lead to the Theresa Meh pun though. Ah, apologies. You had a post with the new topic after one with the old, so I thought it was you. In fairness I should say that I didn't get much sleep last night. And not in a...
by orthogon
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 14067

Re: British Snap Election - Meh result

Delayed reaction to Angua's topic change: should we start referring to the Prime Minister as Theresa Meh?
by orthogon
Mon Jun 12, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 9477

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Did the term 'the noughties' not stick in the US? Though I haven't heard anything for the '10s They don't say "nought" in US English. I realised this while working briefly in Silicon Valley, after I'd spent ten minutes discussing some aspect of an ASIC design and realised my colleague had...

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