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by iabervon
Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 6184

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Half a mark below ton, I was expecting James K Polk. But I think the real answer is that the physics engine released with some bugs, and fixing them now would make all the galaxies fly apart, so we're stuck with them.
by iabervon
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 3081

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

It's literally ironic that the best response is literally ironic. With that prompt, you had to be looking for some irritating exaggeration, but there's a perfectly good answer that unexpectedly meets the basic definitions of both words.
by iabervon
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5982

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

One thousand, two hundred, and... wait, do you mean to ask how many individual apples I've eaten any of, or apples I've eaten all of, or apples that I ate all of that anyone ate, or should I be pro-rating apples by how much of the edible part of them I've eaten? I assume I shouldn't consider apples ...
by iabervon
Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 7225

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

Why is he surprised by this? Everybody knows the Backpack Decision Problem is NP-complete, and Randall isn't one to accept an approximate solution. All those other decisions can be made exactly in polynomial time. The only thing hard about any of them is deciding which order to visit colleges in.
by iabervon
Thu Oct 05, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3937

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

"Just think, the light from that star was emitted before the start of the 2016 election."
by iabervon
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6753

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

I read this comic at work (compiling). Then I thought about which one I am. Then I noticed that I was stretching my shoulder without thinking about it before fixing the next test failure. Observation demonstrates that I'm "Needs to be twisted to keep working."
by iabervon
Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 4364

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

I think Netflix should have a series about meteorologists from alternate universes, with an ensemble cast. That is, all of the principal actors are playing the same character, with slight variations to initial conditions.
by iabervon
Wed Jul 05, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 7277

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

The extra joke if you know sports is that the Lakers are actually more likely than average to be fans of the team Mike Trout plays for. He managed to pick the right city the first time, while getting the wrong sport.
by iabervon
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 7246

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

Personally, I'm holding out for one with a dome-switch touch screen.
by iabervon
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 22952

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Surely the correct thing to say is, "Alexa, buy the MP3 album 'Whenever You Need Somebody'. Alexa, confirm purchase. Alexa, play it."

Why wait for shipping?
by iabervon
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 11111

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

Using shift-shift to switch between Qwerty and Dvorak is nuts. That's obviously supposed to be maximize or horizontal window shade, depending on whether you do it left-to-right or right-to-left.
by iabervon
Mon Feb 27, 2017 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 6597

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Fukoshima Dai-ichi: (5 stars) The new hot spot!

Weirdly, some of the rescue workers from Fukoshima Dai-ichi seem to be keeping in touch with each other in English in the google reviews. And rating it higher than I would expect, considering.
by iabervon
Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 8720

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

"I'll just leave this here; there's no rush+"

Want me to make a comic of that? (=)
by iabervon
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 10078

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

da Doctah wrote:And I'm the guy who sat through The Fifth Element waiting for anything at all about boron.


It was an allegory for the use of boron in nuclear control rods, due to its large neutron capture cross section and ability to absorb many neutrons without undergoing fission. Obviously.
by iabervon
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 10078

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

I want to see Lorem Ipsum: the Movie. I'm imagining a generic romantic comedy, except that all of the dialogue consists of appropriate-length consecutive fragments of the script of Trois couleurs: Bleu, read as if it were English text and not French.
by iabervon
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 14148

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

What's so difficult?

Step 1: put filter in coffee maker
Step 2: put coffee grounds in filter
Step 3: fill carafe with cold water
Step 4: pour water over grounds

(Followed, of course, by cleaning cold wet coffee grounds off of everything on the table and letting the programmers make the coffee.)
by iabervon
Wed Feb 24, 2016 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 16487

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

Falstaff for my real friends, and a real staff for my false friends. Cattails for my real friends, and real tails for my friend Catherine friends. Consignment for my real friends, and realignment for my con friends. UMass for my real friends, and real ass for my UM... friends. (or, Queen Dido's vers...
by iabervon
Wed Feb 03, 2016 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 11737

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Find and print: a backslash, then an open bracket or open parenthesis, then anything, then a backslash, then a close bracket or close parenthesis, then anything that's not close brackets or close parentheses, at the end of the line. I'm leaning toward "switched to a different method after that ...
by iabervon
Mon Nov 23, 2015 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1607: "Supreme Court"
Replies: 65
Views: 12812

Re: 1607: "Supreme Court"

Well, he's certainly not Thomas...
by iabervon
Tue Nov 17, 2015 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12146

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

I don't think snakes come in 24Ω. That snake's probably actually 2.40MΩ. Then it would be banded red-yellow-green. The snake in question (whether king or coral) is red, yellow, and black. It could be banded red-yellow-black-yellow-red, since 2% resistors get another band. Of course, it's not a stan...
by iabervon
Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12146

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

I don't think snakes come in 24Ω. That snake's probably actually 2.40MΩ.
by iabervon
Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:40 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0138: "Jupiter Submarine"
Replies: 33
Views: 20982

Re: What-If 0138: Jupiter Submarine

"Song stuck in head" should be a phase diagram.
by iabervon
Wed May 06, 2015 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 18489

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

She knows better than to accept seating from unseen parties. "Would not ascend again"
by iabervon
Wed Nov 12, 2014 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 191093

Re: 1446: "???"

Isn't it 700000000km / c = ~39 minutes now? And is the ESA counting down to when the separation happens, or when they send the command?
by iabervon
Thu Oct 16, 2014 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"
Replies: 60
Views: 18724

Re: What-If 0116: "No-Rules NASCAR"

"A whole bunch of strange, extremely massive drivers were created by the collision, but all were extremely short-lived."

Sure it produced lots of strange drivers, but did it manage to produce the elusive top gear?
by iabervon
Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1426: "Reduce your payment"
Replies: 35
Views: 12427

Re: 1426: "Reduce your payment"

Actually, that's not a weird trick for reducing your mortgage payments; most people's mortgage payments are reduced with sodium borohydride.as part of the recycling process. Dithiothreitol would be a weird trick for reducing your mortgage payments.
by iabervon
Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1401: "New"
Replies: 61
Views: 13280

Re: 1401: "New"

Freiberg wrote:I'd love to see Black Hat Guy's take on shipping.


Instead of romance, fan fiction contained bobcat.
by iabervon
Wed Jul 30, 2014 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1401: "New"
Replies: 61
Views: 13280

Re: 1401: "New"

I would bet a tub of Dannon there isn't any three-n cannnon.
by iabervon
Wed May 14, 2014 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 20338

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

The xkcd store needs to sell "One of the world's greatest mothers" mugs.
by iabervon
Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1324:"Weather"
Replies: 76
Views: 17055

Re: 1324:"Weather"

The forecast for March 26th, 2014, as of 934 PM EDT Monday Mar 24 2014, is that, off the coast of Massachusetts, there will be a cold-core storm. Some of their models say that the center pressure will drop to 950mb by Wednesday afternoon. So this comic is totally realistic, and I may need a "Th...
by iabervon
Wed Dec 25, 2013 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1308: "Christmas Lights"
Replies: 42
Views: 18755

Re: 1308: "Christmas Lights"

Tree lights are red and green. Star on top is probably white. Fire is reddish. Star is warm-white LEDs, it's a pretty distinctive spectrum: http://led-brdf.wikispaces.com/Introduction+to+LEDs It's a cool white; the blue spike is more intense than the red-green bump (top spectrum from your link).
by iabervon
Wed Dec 25, 2013 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1308: "Christmas Lights"
Replies: 42
Views: 18755

Re: 1308: "Christmas Lights"

The "white" LEDs in that star would never convince a mantis shrimp.
by iabervon
Wed May 08, 2013 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 10223

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

Just remember, when you see U+202E, do not attempt to fly the plane backwards.
by iabervon
Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 83838

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

If you're talking about hydrogen, I guess he figured more people would relate to the H-bomb (at least I think that's what "big sky bag" is talking about) than to the composition of the sun. The stuff in this rocket wouldn't work in an H-bomb (not enough neutrons). Also, the bombs which ki...
by iabervon
Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 83838

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

I think "wet" isn't a very good description of high-pressure super-cooled liquids, because they don't have most of the properties that "wet" usually indicates. I'd say "moves like water", because that's the relevant feature. For that matter, I don't think I'd say that c...
by iabervon
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 40671

Re: 1045: Constraints

A bit contrived. Doesn't everybody find guidelines help ideas? Just keeping lengths minimized never opens possibilities. Quite reversely, since the users verily will Xerox your zeitgeist.
by iabervon
Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 40938

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

So, this group is actually trying to measure something entirely different from the speed of neutrinos (flavor-changing behavior, in particular). But they have to demonstrate that the neutrinos they detect were the ones that were emitted, so that they can tell they're not just seeing the neutrinos of...
by iabervon
Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 29426

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

I've replaced all of the hardware in my server at least once, got rid of Windows, changed the distro, switched MTAs twice, IP addresses twice, and domain name once. But the hostname is still the original hostname.
by iabervon
Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 50751

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

"I couldn't; I missed the call and didn't get the voicemail for like 2 years."
by iabervon
Wed Dec 22, 2010 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0837: "Coupon Code"
Replies: 86
Views: 26298

Re: 0837: Coupon Code

The black hat guy's coupon code is:
' or true or 'a'='a

"Instead of FedEx, package delivered by hit man. Could not refuse future offers."

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