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by Harry Voyager
Sat Apr 19, 2014 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185135

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

The fascinating thing about it is, it works both ways.

Bye bye!
by Harry Voyager
Wed Apr 09, 2014 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"
Replies: 87
Views: 25300

Re: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"

I see what's happened: she's confused a tire swing with a tyre swing . A tire swing is one that keeps on swinging faster and faster; if your kids have too much energy, you put them on one to tire them out. Not to be confused with a tyre swing, which is made out of one of those pneumatic wheel softe...
by Harry Voyager
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118064

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Of course then there is the faction that calls a pox on both your houses, but in this case it's redundant, doubly.
by Harry Voyager
Thu Jan 30, 2014 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1323: "Protocol"
Replies: 37
Views: 12698

Re: 1323: "Protocol"

"...try only making friends with people named Alice, Bob, Carol, etc." - but that's a recipe for disaster! I mean, what you gonna do if Eve sends the message to Alice, and Bob overhears it? You'll be running for your life from a lynch mob with pitchforks if you ever try to tell that story...
by Harry Voyager
Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 16660

Re: 1318: "Actually"

Ironically enough, we assume that it is both flat, and at the center of the universe when doing near earth space navigation. You do, however, need to remember that the height is measured from the center of the earth, rather than mean sea level, as is common in more conventional navigation schemes. O...
by Harry Voyager
Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 27647

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

To quote Skin Horse,
"And if I solve this cunning riddle, what boon do I win?"
"This is real life. You just win more confusion."
by Harry Voyager
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1275: "int(pi)"
Replies: 95
Views: 29411

Re: 1275: "int(pi)"

This code doesn't work correctly. Because of the parens around (4/int(pi)) the expression will be evaluated as an integer, yielding 1 instead of 1.3333... Only after the division does the result get promoted to float for the rest of the operations. If it read 4/int(pi)*pi*r^int(pi) then it would wo...
by Harry Voyager
Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21358

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

My understanding was the real problem of the halting problem was understanding how long it would take the process to reach a natural conclusion. Halting a problem by hitting it with a baseball bat is more the trivial solution. Granted, sufficient force will solve most problems, but the side effects ...
by Harry Voyager
Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 13034

Re: 1260: "LD50"

Would have thought it would have been higher. Perhaps one builds up an immunity from exposure?
by Harry Voyager
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45317

Re: 1256: "Questions"

'why is arwen dying' That one I actually did eventually figure out. See, sure Aragorn is dead, but their son is still around, so why doesn't he go haul mom back when she heads back to the ruins of Rivendell to mourn until she keals over? Well, he does. Then he dies, and the grandkids periodically go...
by Harry Voyager
Fri Aug 16, 2013 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1252:"Increased Risk"
Replies: 45
Views: 11973

Re: 1252:"Increased Risk"

Of course, a 15% increase in a 90% resistance turns a really big number into a significantly bigger number.
by Harry Voyager
Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 29399

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

CorruptUser wrote:Kessler syndrome, IMO, is scarier than a demon core. Grey goo should also be scariest. Although when you think about it, the Earth already had a grey goo scenario; all living organisms are biological Von Neumann machines.


The answer to Kessler Syndrome is big lasers, which we import from China.
by Harry Voyager
Mon Jun 10, 2013 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"
Replies: 35
Views: 12588

Re: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"

So wait, does this mean we're living out a real life versions of boatmurdered?

That does explain the ammo shortages...
by Harry Voyager
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 41710

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

No, they don't. They send robots in their place, to look around for them. (To get more knowledge.) But they don't go themselves. I was born in the middle of the Apollo program. I might live to see people on the Moon again. Doesn't seem likely at this rate, though. I'm not sure how much the plans ha...
by Harry Voyager
Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23455

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

The way I heard the bumblebee story was some lecturer asked an aircraft engineer in the 20's or 30's if then modern engineering could explain how bumblebees flew. The engineer did a back of the napkin calculation, assumed that the wings were fixed and rigid bodies and some other approximations that ...
by Harry Voyager
Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35108

Re: 1173: Steriods

Yea. The big problem with Steroids is, they will kill you. Even those of us who are kept alive by them are slowly being killed by them; it's more a question of, would you rather drop dead in the next few weeks, or would you rather lose a decade or two off of your otherwise natural life.
by Harry Voyager
Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37398

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Personally I like the buttered cat school of perpetual motion. And this design , probably inspired by all YouTube videos of perpetual machines that have to be pushed by hand. Clearly the people who developed the buttered cat experiment have never actually seen a real cat in action. The cat will lan...
by Harry Voyager
Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71237

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

What I would like to know is why we perceive violet and purple as mostly the same, even when they are, in fact, significantly different colours.

See, one of my other hobbies is fountain pens, and I've run into this glorious violet ink, which, in person, is an extreme blue, and, on camera is poipul
by Harry Voyager
Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71237

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Yet another unnecessarily complex and long answer to "why is the sky blue", *sigh*... The answer is simply: Blue is the color of oxygen. (Yes, gaseous oxygen is very, very slightly blue, to a point it is sometimes incorrectly described as colorless.) The next obvious question then is, how...
by Harry Voyager
Mon Dec 10, 2012 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71237

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Yet another unnecessarily complex and long answer to "why is the sky blue", *sigh*... The answer is simply: Blue is the color of oxygen. (Yes, gaseous oxygen is very, very slightly blue, to a point it is sometimes incorrectly described as colorless.) Similarly, when a kid asks "why a...
by Harry Voyager
Tue Nov 06, 2012 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 17688

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

[...] Even if the Libertarian Party doesn't win, I hope they get at least 5% of the popular vote to guarantee federal funding for the 2016 elections. [...] Doesn't accepting federal funding defeat the entire premise of being a libertarian? I kind of thought the whole point of Libertarianism was to ...
by Harry Voyager
Mon Nov 05, 2012 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 17688

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

It is sad, that even supposedly intelligent and educated people, like Randall, or Jon Steward, completely fall for that utterly meaningless distraction. As if it was in any way relevant to their lives. Like CD jumping, they just never ever seem to get it. PROTIP: THE DEMS WILL ENACT THE REP CHANGES...
by Harry Voyager
Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 24592

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

as if a small amount of poison is good for you That is quite literally the principle behind homeopathic bullshit, if a little can kill you, then diluting it until there is nothing but water that "remembers" the substance will "inoculate" you against similar afflictions. http://d...
by Harry Voyager
Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 18081

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

You just have to wait longer for the liquid to flow back to the rim. Yeah... you'd have to face the cup downwards, and wait for the endlessly falling liquid in it to decelerate and start falling/flowing back towards you. Turning the cup upside down would require a large amount of energy, though. Su...
by Harry Voyager
Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 52321

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

[...] See? All it takes, is an average understanding of Linux, having seen Adobe software installed on Linux before, having used the Adobe documentation system before, knowing how to run a VM, and knowing a bit about Java. Ok… actually, it’s a lot. ;) But I though we’re among techies here, aren’t w...
by Harry Voyager
Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 41170

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

And for the military logicians out there: IFF iff you identify as friend, not foe. Technically a positive response only implies a high likelihood that it is friendly. There is nothing intrinsically preventing those who are not friendly also responding positively to an IFF query, only their ignoranc...
by Harry Voyager
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 38826

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

I always find it hard to reconcile anti-war and anarchisim. It's easy. An anarchist says, "You can't force your will upon me." An anti-war activist says, "I can't force my will upon you." This state lasts approximately 15 seconds until the local thug walks by, says "nice lu...
by Harry Voyager
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 38826

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

Duke Sigmund Igthorn wrote:I find it ironic. Wikipedia says "In addition to being anti-war, dada was also anti-bourgeois and anarchist in nature." I always find it hard to reconcile anti-war and anarchisim.


They aren't anti-violence, just anti-having-any-sort-of-rules-to-their-violence.
by Harry Voyager
Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27978

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

keithl wrote:I'm getting my sweetie a 32GB USB flash drive filled with "I love you". I'm also hiding all the staplers.


I take it for the day after valentines, you are cleaning her computer?
by Harry Voyager
Fri Feb 03, 2012 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43496

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

The irony is that I manged to look up the study of bugs the last time I was trying to find the study of languages.
by Harry Voyager
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 31565

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

Actually only some tsunamis are like an inrushing tide. The way they work is an event builds up a big stack of water that falls over. If the peak is falling towards you, you get the more commonly recorded outrush of water, followed by the wave, but if the crest falls away from you, you get the rapid...
by Harry Voyager
Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 32370

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

The trajectory of sustainable was unsustainable over the long run.
by Harry Voyager
Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 110611

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Personally I would not accept a computer winning a game of counterstrike/starcraft versus a human as fair unless it was interpreting the images and sending the appropriate mouse/keyboard commands, at a somewhat realistic speed. Particularly starcraft, it's just not "fair" that the compute...
by Harry Voyager
Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 19997

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

Of course, once you've frozen yourself, what do the future people gain from waking you up? They have no emotional attachment to you unless you were somebody famous or they are your personal descendants, and as far as money goes they could just get you declared dead and take your assets. Unless they...
by Harry Voyager
Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0981: "Porn Folder"
Replies: 72
Views: 31961

Re: 0981: "Porn Folder"

by Harry Voyager
Sun Nov 20, 2011 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139670

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

So, what projection do they use for world maps at Admundsen-Scott south pole station? With Mercator, the bathroom down the hall is about 100 kilometers away ... Since it is run by the US, and primarily served by the US armed forces, that I'm pretty sure they use the UTM, which has convenient polar ...
by Harry Voyager
Tue Nov 15, 2011 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139670

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I find myself unable to answer the question. When you are a map, you don't need projections. Although possibly a gps occasionally. I have a gps. Yes, but when you have a GPS, you now require coordinates, which require coordinate systems, and coordinate systems then require a map to relate to the wo...
by Harry Voyager
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139670

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

You know, I can't believe that you've all forgotten UTM.
by Harry Voyager
Fri Nov 04, 2011 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 57120

Re: 0972: "November"

whateveries wrote:
Eebster the Great wrote:Huh, I didn't know anybody pronounced the h in "homage." But I guess a lot of people do.


and we also pronounce the h in herb. wild times my friend, wild times.


But we don't pronounce the h in haute couture, for obvious reasons.
by Harry Voyager
Wed Nov 02, 2011 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 57120

Re: 0972: "November"

I'm a bit confused. Are some people not always aware of their tongues? I mean, I'm tasting the inside of my mouth at all times. Never a dull moment. No, most people do not think about their tongues all day every day. You might want to consult a psychiatrist. I'm not really sure how anybody could fa...

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