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by hermitian
Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 9125

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

↶ Very rarely do I not understand an XKCD or think that it doesn't apply to me............. but I have no experiences of mattresses, underwear or post offices in either online adverts or podcasts? Is this an American-only thing, or am I misunderstanding the comic? A lot of podcasts are sponsored by...
by hermitian
Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 18995

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

What is all this tecno-babble in here?

I came to boast that I have done the bike ride down Mount Haleakala. It was fantastic. The only thing really breaking up your coasting is stopping to take photos of the beautiful scenery. I never expected to see it in a What if.
by hermitian
Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 21173

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

by hermitian
Wed May 06, 2015 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 20603

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

I've haven't seen it used before, and some cursory Googling suggested "lede" is a US spelling. Where I'm from the opening lines of a news article would be spelt "lead" in common use. Unless it's journalist jargon? It's not in my gigantic Random House dictionary, anyway. Accordin...
by hermitian
Fri Nov 22, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1294: "Telescope Names"
Replies: 89
Views: 23204

Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

Reminds me of radio frequencies: High Frequency Very High Frequency Ultra High Frequency Super High Frequency Extremely High Frequency Tremendously High Frequency* *While it is called THF, I am not sure if the "tremendously" part is official. In my opinion, it is not immediately obvious is...
by hermitian
Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 21004

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

I was wondering why Schlumberger or Chevron was on the short list for possibly larger server/data farms compared to Google, anyone have any insight? I'd think that Microsoft should've been at least above those guys. I can imagine those guys having a lot of data for sure, but I wouldn't have imagine...
by hermitian
Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1229: "Screensaver"
Replies: 51
Views: 19212

Re: 1229:Screensaver

It's one of the standard screensavers in After Dark, which I guess is what Randall is referencing (especially given the alt-text). I don't know if it was in After Dark first, but the starfield screensaver is in Windows XP. I think it was also in 95 and 98, but truthfully I don't remember. The years...
by hermitian
Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1224: "Council of 300"
Replies: 18
Views: 9786

Re: 1224: "Council of 300"

When a recently uploaded video gets lots of views very quickly, youtube disable the views for a short period of time at 301 views. Is this common knowledge*? I have never seen this before. Apparently I have been asleep at the youtube wheel. *I guess that has never been a requirement for an XKCD com...
by hermitian
Wed Apr 24, 2013 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34328

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

try thinking of it this way, forgetting everything else about time machines from other movies/tv/print/etc. I think this is the key part that I struggled with. From all other media (movies, etc) the entire premise of a "time machine" is that it affects time for everything/everyone, with t...
by hermitian
Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 30977

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

About the "same level of detail" on the right side... If I look at the image appropriately, I can tell that the "level of detail" picture in the center is of two stick figures, the one on the right has more hair (or what appears to be dark blotting around the head). Now, if I con...

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