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Covarr
7 days ago
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I don't care what the experts say. The experts would have me serve Merlot at my wedding reception, and that is simply not happening.
Moses Lake, WA
Fidtz
6 days ago
Good lord, what experts say that? That is the worst choice for a random group of people.
Covarr
6 days ago
Well, that's what the people at the winery I visited suggested. I'm probably gonna go with a Riesling for white (my personal favorite), and maybe a Malbec or Pinot Noir for red. Even if I did think Merlot was a good choice in general, it doesn't fit our menu.
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Fidtz
6 days ago
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All better than Merlot for a Wedding! Valpolicella or Beaujolais could be inexpensive red options too.

Morning News

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Support your local paper, unless it's just been bought by some sinister hedge fund or something, which it probably has.
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Covarr
27 days ago
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I work for a small town newspaper. I never cease to be amazed at how interested the locals here are in utility district meetings and groundwater rights.
Moses Lake, WA
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infogulch
27 days ago
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Independent news agencies are a rare gem these days.
Missouri
alt_text_bot
27 days ago
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Support your local paper, unless it's just been bought by some sinister hedge fund or something, which it probably has.
jepler
27 days ago
ouch
alt_text_at_your_service
27 days ago
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Support your local paper, unless it's just been bought by some sinister hedge fund or something, which it probably has.

SafetySat

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During launch, in the event of an unexpected sensor reading, SafetySat will extend prongs in all directions to secure itself and any other cubesats safely in the launch vehicle until the source of the problem can be determined.
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Covarr
37 days ago
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Am I missing something?
Moses Lake, WA
Technofrood
37 days ago
The normal image is broken, you can see the full one here: https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/safetysat_2x.png
Covarr
35 days ago
Thanks. Looks like it's been fixed now though.
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37 days ago
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During launch, in the event of an unexpected sensor reading, SafetySat will extend prongs in all directions to secure itself and any other cubesats safely in the launch vehicle until the source of the problem can be determined.
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37 days ago
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During launch, in the event of an unexpected sensor reading, SafetySat will extend prongs in all directions to secure itself and any other cubesats safely in the launch vehicle until the source of the problem can be determined.

Driving Cars

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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
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Covarr
41 days ago
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As high-profile as accidents involving self-driving vehicles have been, they are still far safer than human drivers. And they don't have to take a test in high school.
Moses Lake, WA
artmoney
41 days ago
what's the source for this? i haven't seen anything definitive on this.
Covarr
41 days ago
There is not enough available data to be absolutely certain beyond any margin of error, but: https://www.vtti.vt.edu/featured/?p=422
Covarr
41 days ago
https://www.axios.com/humans-cause-most-self-driving-car-accidents-1513304490-02cdaf3d-551f-46e6-ad98-637e6ef2c0b9.html
Covarr
41 days ago
Additionally, self-driving cars only get better with each passing year as their technology gets better. Humans aren't evolving nearly as quickly. (sorry for repeat replies; Newsblur doesn't allow me to put paragraphs in my comments with, say, Shift+Enter)
artmoney
41 days ago
of course there's no guarantee that that their safety will increase to the point that they're better enough
benzado
41 days ago
100% of the interest and investment in self-driving cars is for the cost savings. Period. Safety is a sideshow. Once they are "safe enough", we'll adapt our environments to accommodate the self-driving cars. It will be too lucrative not to.
matthiasgoergens
41 days ago
Liability and insurance (and reputation) turn extra safety into cost savings. Human driven cars have also become safer. Think eg of ABS.
benzado
40 days ago
Yes, replacing a human driver with a robot that can't ever sue you is a HUGE cost savings. I'm not saying self-driving cars won't be safer. I'm saying it is at best a minor concern for anyone who is paying to develop them.
llamapixel
39 days ago
Robots will always make mistakes. Entropy is a thing ;) http://moralmachine.mit.edu/
lamontcg
38 days ago
robots don't drive drunk, don't get tired, don't "race" because they think its "cool", don't have road rage and don't try to commit suicide by vehicle. pretty certain before too long that they'll be 100x better than we are at driving.
Covarr
37 days ago
artmoney, llamapixel: It doesn't need to be perfect to be worth it. It just needs to make fewer mistakes than human drivers. Reducing accidents is always better than not reducing them, even if it's not enough to eliminate them completely.
artmoney
34 days ago
the assertion that they are already safer is false. i'm not commenting on the future.
llamapixel
34 days ago
Covarr how does a lawyer fight for a closed source neural net suggesting it is not at fault, when might actually have avoidance systems to reduce crash costs. ?
rraszews
17 days ago
Also, every possible type of self-driving car crash will probably happen no more than ONCE; once it happens, they push out a patch and no self-driving car will ever get into that kind of accident again.
benzado
17 days ago
I love that this thread is still going. So many of you are forgetting that self-driving cars do not exist in a fantasy world. As soon as they are mostly as safe as a human driver, the human drivers will be phased out. Patches will be put out to correct for errors when it can be shown that the cost of developing the patch will be lower than insurance and legal settlement costs. After lots and lots and lots of people die, we might get some government regulations. Also, the "comfortable living room on wheels" will be the expensive first class ticket version. If you don't own your own (and that was the point, fewer cars needed, right?), you'll be commuting with the same level of comfort afforded to bus and airplane passengers today.
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rraszews
41 days ago
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If cars didn't exist and someone said, "Hey, I invented a two ton block of metal that can travel at 80mph and which is controlled manually by human beings with no automatic overrides to stop it ramming things. Let's make 90% of the adult population pilot one every morning when they're half asleep," it would be considered too ridiculous for fiction.
emdeesee
41 days ago
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"flying in formation with people you've never met"
📌 Lincoln, NE ❤️️ Sherman, TX
tedder
41 days ago
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yep. People don't understand how dangerous a 3000lb missile is.
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alt_text_bot
41 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!
alt_text_at_your_service
41 days ago
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It's probably just me. If driving were as dangerous as it seems, hundreds of people would be dying every day!

IMHO

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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
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Covarr
44 days ago
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I wholeheartedly cannot bring myself to pronounce PNG as "ping".
Moses Lake, WA
mooglemoogle
43 days ago
What monster does that?
bluegecko
42 days ago
I only just learned that not everyone does. Like in this comment thread. And just for the record, I've been on web since Mosaic was the best browser.
endlessmike
38 days ago
I do
endlessmike
38 days ago
My gf and I had an argument about how to pronounce GIF. I ended it by saying it wouldn't be an issue if animated PNGs had taken off
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emdeesee
44 days ago
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HTH HAND
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tedder
44 days ago
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tabs after a period, lolol
Uranus
deezil
44 days ago
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I met someone once who called it SQULL. I should have punched them when I had the chance. Also, two periods.

*edit* And it's always been humble.
Louisville, Kentucky
NielsRak
44 days ago
Only one! Burn the witch!
Lythimus
44 days ago
I've found people who use two spaces will be much less consistent. They will rarely use 1, but 3 seems to be a common scenario.
mooglemoogle
43 days ago
I used to use two spaces. I learned that way. But I got peer pressured into switching to one at some point and it was much easier than I expected to switch. Now two looks weird to me.
digdoug
42 days ago
I started calling it "SQUEAL" long ago. But I also like to pronounce git with a soft-g
bluegecko
42 days ago
I do that, but only with My Squeal. Otherwise it's Microsoft Sequel, Squel Lite, and then just Postgres.
DivinuZ
40 days ago
In my *humble* opinion. Weapons from a more humble time (on the Internet).
alt_text_at_your_service
44 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
alt_text_bot
44 days ago
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"Ugh, TMI." "Yeah, that's some tantalizing meat info."
XPav
44 days ago
Gotta be faster there a_t_b

Evangelism

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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
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Covarr
59 days ago
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People who insist the eagles could have taken the ring to Mordor are pretty far to the right on this scale. They place badly on the "actually read The Lord of the Rings books" chart, though.
Moses Lake, WA
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jprodgers
56 days ago
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I... Uh, wow, so I'm the 3 right most ones. Maybe I am intense...
Somerville, MA
lizamu
59 days ago
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Yes yes yes.
New York, New York
DaftDoki
60 days ago
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I identify with the rightmost two.
Seattle
Ferret
60 days ago
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Bananas from the other end is the clearly superior method!
alt_text_at_your_service
60 days ago
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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
steanne
59 days ago
one of these was useful, but why is there now a second bot doing the same thing?
wmorrell
59 days ago
Because the first bot was offline for some stretches of time. When the second bot arrived, the technical difficulties of the original were also resolved, and now there are two. For some reason, that makes a few people twitchy every third or so comic posting.
cosmotic
59 days ago
Just add a check if another bot commented. How do both bots not properly decode the html entities? As a software engineer, this situation of redundant bots that both malfunction and both being run by complicit lazy admins that don't care about users drives me nuts.
spongbeaux
59 days ago
Why not write your own, and fix the problems that the... ohhhh. https://xkcd.com/927/
cosmotic
59 days ago
;) Also, someone would need to kill the other bots.
WorldMaker
57 days ago
Or you know, don't have any bots at all? It's easy enough to open the page, add the 'm.' to the web address (m.xkcd.com) and get the officially built means to get the alt text in an accessible manner, and give Randall some well deserved ad eyeball traffic in the process. I liked it when people only posted the Alt Text if they had something to add to it. A bot just posting the alt text doesn't add anything interesting to the discussion.
wmorrell
57 days ago
Many people find the bot(s) useful. Just see the, “yay, it’s back!” replies from the previous times they broke. I am glad you have something that works for you. But it’s a mistake to confuse, “I do not find this interesting,” with, “no one finds this interesting,” or even, “no one should find this interesting.”
WorldMaker
56 days ago
I do not confuse any such thing. Perhaps you mistake my starting my opinion with "or" to offer an option for something other than an opinion? I'm happy to agree that mine might be the minority opinion, but that does not make my opinion invalid.
endlessmike
55 days ago
MORE BOTS FOR THE BOT GOD
wmorrell
55 days ago
ALT-TEXT FOR THE ALT-TEXT THRONE
Cthulhux
60 days ago
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Also, Emacs.
Fledermausland
Brstrk
60 days ago
I think you misspelled Vim. It's ok. We forgive you this time.
Cthulhux
60 days ago
You only need ten keys to master Vim: [Esc] [:] [q] [!] [e] [m] [a] [c] [s] [Enter]
firetech
60 days ago
You only need this command to master emacs: `alias emacs='vim'`
taddevries
60 days ago
Meanwhile nano users are in the corner eating glue
c_dave
60 days ago
Tasty tasty glue
tingham
59 days ago
Wow has it been 15 seconds in this conversation already? :)
sfrazer
59 days ago
I know just enough vi so that I can get networking working then I install nano because I've got better things to do with my day :-)
gglockner
58 days ago
About a month after starting to date the woman who became my wife, I asked her a religious question: emacs or vi. Needless to say, we have a mixed marriage.
alt_text_bot
60 days ago
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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
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