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by TheEngineer
Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 11403

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Not all changes in usage make language easier to understand. My pet peeve is the mixing of tenses, especially replacing the past or past continuous with the present continuous - "Yesterday I am watching TV and I am seeing ...". Now I get this when it's used sparingly as a literary device t...
by TheEngineer
Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8207

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

I'm not sure which is more disturbing - the rectangular aperture or the light at the end of the tunnel.
by TheEngineer
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 3914

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

If you were Brian Griffin's age (7) during the first season of Family Guy, you would now be 26 and most probably dead (assuming you are a dog).
by TheEngineer
Sun Feb 18, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 4268

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

dtilque wrote:Things still won't be unified until they get Google, Facebook and Twitter together. At which point, we're all screwed.

That won't happen until the 24th century when they'll be known as the Borg Collective.
by TheEngineer
Wed Nov 29, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 4505

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

And if a large dog runs into a herd of sheep, several smaller dogs will emerge on the other side (for sufficiently large values of Planck's constant). This effect is known as Beauceron Diffraction.
by TheEngineer
Fri Jun 02, 2017 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 10331

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

The word "pornography" originated from the literal Greek "writing about prostitutes." Originated, schmoriginated. It's what the word means now, in English, that matters. Anyway, it only really got going in the 20th Century, presumably influenced by sharing the "-ography&quo...
by TheEngineer
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1829: "Geochronology"
Replies: 26
Views: 5964

Re: 1829: "Geochronology"

I hear that the Himalayan Sheepdog was formed when the deep Shih-Tzu was subducted under the shallow Water Spaniel.
by TheEngineer
Fri Mar 10, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 7264

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

The toll booths for the Dartford Crossing (down somewhere in England) no longer uses cash or electronic passes. It uses your numberplate and bills you later. If you don't sign in to their website and pay your toll within a few weeks, they issue you with a fine. The phone itself needs more ports. Or...
by TheEngineer
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 5186

Re: 1794: "Fire"

Breaking News :-
Zero-alarm burglary at intruder alarm factory.
by TheEngineer
Wed Oct 26, 2016 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 10092

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

m1el wrote:Titanic XCVIII?

I preferred it to "Titanic, Millennium Edition"
by TheEngineer
Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 8445

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

So I was stupid keeping my Centronics 101 printer was I?
Who's looking stupid now!

btw, anyone have any fanfold paper?
by TheEngineer
Fri Jun 03, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 15100

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

Just tried an "undo" macro and apparently my friend Catherine teaches English to high-school students (which is quite plausible - from the look of the examination results).
by TheEngineer
Wed May 04, 2016 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 16032

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

Note to Programmers
Don't use pythons in python or you will corrupt the indentation level.
You can of course use adders to concatenate text but they play havoc with integers.
In 'C' you should always use the 'C' snake.
by TheEngineer
Mon Apr 11, 2016 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1666: "Brain Upload"
Replies: 38
Views: 7540

Re: 1666: "Brain Upload"

I made sure I encrypted my consciousness before uploading it. Strange thing is the uploaded data makes more sense than the original ...
by TheEngineer
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1614: "Kites"
Replies: 28
Views: 7704

Re: 1614: "Kites"

If I get a dog I think I'll call him Archimedes. Just need to remember not to stand too close to trees or street lights.
by TheEngineer
Mon Nov 16, 2015 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12157

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

This is another one where I assumed I understood the cartoon, then came here and realised I'd missed half the point. Living as I do in a realm where we only have one type of venomous snake which isn't a threat to human life, I didn't know about the rhyme/practical spotting guide, and just assumed i...
by TheEngineer
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1537: "Types"
Replies: 55
Views: 14205

Re: 1537: "Types"

rdnetto wrote:Is it just me, or does this remind other people of Javascript?

I was thinking the same. Made me think of of Gary Bernhardt's talk at Codemash 2012.
by TheEngineer
Wed Apr 29, 2015 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 17392

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

Eternal Density wrote:My vent is in the ceiling. Ha!

Then please don't install Helium on your phone.
by TheEngineer
Mon Feb 09, 2015 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"
Replies: 45
Views: 12755

Re: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"

"There are still unanswered questions - why were Armstrong & Aldrin not in the Command Module? How did Collins sustain that horrific stomach injury? What are the strange scurrying noises now heard at night on the USS Orion and what is the cause of the molecular acid burns to it's superstru...
by TheEngineer
Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1470: "Kix"
Replies: 112
Views: 19964

Re: 1470: "Kix"

What's a Kix?? I think the closest UK equivalent would be Nestlé's Golden Nuggets. This is based on them looking similar on the cereal boxes and limited ingredients description on Wikipedia. Golden Nuggets They taste ⋅  presumptuous ⋅  OK ⋅  salty ⋅  of swan ...
by TheEngineer
Mon Dec 08, 2014 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1457:"Feedback"
Replies: 23
Views: 7624

Re: 1457:"Feedback"

RIM suggest that holding an apple works best with their products.
by TheEngineer
Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1429: "Data"
Replies: 81
Views: 18728

Re: 1429: Data

Plasma Mongoose wrote:Where's the love for Sisko and Janeway?

Voyager was never as popular as TNG.
Data must be worth at least two Neelices.
by TheEngineer
Wed Oct 01, 2014 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"
Replies: 32
Views: 11132

Re: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"

Having just finished reading Randall's book "What If?" I now find that I can walk out through my front door so much better prepared to face the world. But now I keep asking "Just how fast would I have to be moving to literally walk through my front door?". Perhaps Cueball has the...
by TheEngineer
Wed Oct 01, 2014 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"
Replies: 32
Views: 11132

Re: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"

That motto hasn't done Usain Bolt any harm.
by TheEngineer
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 36893

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

If it had an ODB2 automotive diagnostic connector, presumably you could download the 93 octane fuel from your car and convert it to diesel at the same time. I smell profit!
by TheEngineer
Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1400: "D. B. Cooper"
Replies: 25
Views: 9673

Re: 1400: "D. B. Cooper"

Neil_Boekend wrote:
HES wrote:
PayasYouDraw wrote:I don't think I've ever seen an xkcd with a photograph in it.

Good point. Not a real one, at least.

Much more better. It is a *drawing* of a key photograph.

"Much more better" ... You're not D. B. Cooper, are you?
by TheEngineer
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1324:"Weather"
Replies: 76
Views: 17064

Re: 1324:"Weather"

960MB of weather? That's nearly 1GB. There hasn't been that much weather since the 1970s.
by TheEngineer
Wed Jul 31, 2013 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"
Replies: 58
Views: 20970

Re: 1245: 10-Day Forecast

Judging from Sunday's forecast, he typed the UK postcode DL2 3UG ... which is in Killerby, County Durham.
by TheEngineer
Wed Mar 20, 2013 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 23537

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

Public Announcement - Bonding.Net 1.0 Released Today! using System; namespace Bonding { class Ball : Exception{} class P { public P Target{ get; set; } public P( P target ) { this.Target = target; } void Aim( Ball ball ) { try { throw ball; } catch( Ball B ) { Target.Aim( B ); } } public static voi...
by TheEngineer
Mon Mar 11, 2013 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 35325

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

I get a smug feeling now I know that the area of my land is πr22
by TheEngineer
Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"
Replies: 58
Views: 12648

Re: 1182:"Rembrandt Photo"

Eutychus wrote:This joke does not work in UK English, which prefers "artist's impression".

OK then, "Hey, look - Rembrandt falling from a great height and landing on soft ground"
... etc, etc, etc ...
"It's an artists impression".
by TheEngineer
Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 41797

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

I read the penultimate panel as "All iterative tickets ..".

"Is this some weird aspect of the US election system", I wondered.
"Do they have recursive tickets too?" I pondered.

After I had rebooted my brain from it's cerebral stack crash I read it correctly.
by TheEngineer
Wed Mar 28, 2012 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 31663

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

I'm unimpressed. There are 170 calories in a cadbury egg and 150 calories in a 12 oz can of Dr. pepper. Singling out soda as particularly unhealthy has been going on for a while, and doesn't really have much science behind it. Drinking a Dr. Pepper with dinner and not having dessert is roughly the ...
by TheEngineer
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1031: "s/keyboard/leopard"
Replies: 97
Views: 34402

Re: 0131: "s/keyboard/leopard"

Def Keyboard Current Members :- ⋅ Joe Elliott – lead vocals, additional guitars, additional leopards (1977–present) ⋅ Phil Collen – guitars, backing vocals (1982–present) ⋅ Vivian Campbell – guitars, backing vocals (1992–present) ⋅ Rick Savage – bass guitar, ...
by TheEngineer
Fri Mar 16, 2012 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 28018

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

webdude wrote:It could have been worse. He could have driven her car to the western end of Florida and left it there.


Or painted the key and driven the car into a Scottish loch.
by TheEngineer
Wed Feb 01, 2012 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 75672

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Many diseases would make okay names (well, if you were in Ancient Rome)... Chlamydia, Septicaemia, and so on... We were going to call our daughter Mimble after the Moomintroll character, but we chickened out and gave that name to the cat instead... If Goneril was acceptable for Shakespeare to name ...
by TheEngineer
Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 241
Views: 80926

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

What about Cow Tipping
by TheEngineer
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 33194

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

"But I don't know the target's email address ... Oh, silly me! ... my email address and the target's coordinaaaaaaaaaagh!"
by TheEngineer
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 25482

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

sjorford wrote:
james_a_craig wrote:
glasnt wrote:So.. are you supposed to say "May you marry me?"


No, the right question is "Would you like to marry me?".


No, the right thing is to use proof by contradiction. "Marry me."


... or "Would you like to test the null hypothesis that you and I will not marry?

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