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by Mirkwood
Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 8834

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

I want a make a guess at how Randall made this. First, he set a lower bound: the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. Then he consulted each of Wikipedia's annual articles in the range 1805-2016, writing down map-changing events for each year (or year range if necessary) until the whole domain was ...
by Mirkwood
Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 11288

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

I think this is the third time I've seen XKCD treat the Hyperloop concept as some sort of joke or punchline. What exactly does Randall have against it? Given his clearly-expressed pro-science, pro-progress biases, I'd have thought he'd be enthusiastically in favor of it... "Hyperloop" is ...
by Mirkwood
Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 11890

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

I have found the best solution is to take off the casing and disassemble the phone as far as practical, then using paper towels or the like to dry the components (with some air drying for good measure). It seems to be more effective than trying to cast some sort of rice-based spell for drawing out w...
by Mirkwood
Wed Sep 09, 2015 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 12593

1575: "Footprints"

Image
title=""There's one set of foot-p's cause I was totes carrying you, bro!" said Jesus seconds before I punched him."

How does Jesus figure into this?
by Mirkwood
Tue May 05, 2015 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 22380

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Political Science: We helped create institutions that have preserved redefined war such that we can say that we've had " world peace " despite there being war-like "armed conflicts" almost continually for the longest time in modern history! And we're pretty sure it'll all collap...
by Mirkwood
Mon May 04, 2015 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 22380

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Political Science: We helped create institutions that have preserved world peace for the longest time in modern history! And we're pretty sure it'll all collapse some day, but we're not sure when, so until then we call it a victory.
by Mirkwood
Fri Apr 17, 2015 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 12199

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

I'm actually really intrigued by the last panel. Anyone feel like solving that problem? For an arbitrary "transcript" of bytes of length N, if you repeatedly change a random byte and recompile, how many attempts will you expect it to take before it runs? I guess you can get the worst case...
by Mirkwood
Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1453: "fMRI"
Replies: 28
Views: 7418

Re: 1453: "fMRI"

It has often struck me that it is a truly ingenious triumph of marketing that they managed to call it MRI and not nuclear MRI, which is what it really is. No chance anyone would have used it otherwise. The way I remember it, they were called NMR scanners for a while, then they suddenly became MRI o...
by Mirkwood
Fri Sep 19, 2014 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0112: "Balloon Car"
Replies: 31
Views: 6897

Re: What-If 0112: "Balloon Car"

The writing style for this What-If was, surprisingly, quite patronizing.
by Mirkwood
Wed Sep 10, 2014 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1419: "On The Phone"
Replies: 45
Views: 8280

Re: 1419: "On The Phone"

I'm not sure I've ever heard an English "why" question (or "how" for that matter) that amounts to an inquiry into the material cause of something. I'd say that questions about the qualities of an object tend to imply questions about material cause in English. For example, why is...
by Mirkwood
Sat Aug 30, 2014 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 14134

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

I think criticism of "texting" language, and slang for that matter, tends to miss the bigger picture. Writing and speaking skills are all about adapting to your audience in a way you find desirable. If you're a politician having a talk at an inner city school, it might be very useful to ad...
by Mirkwood
Wed Aug 27, 2014 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 30806

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

A tangent off of a tangent, but I was surprised, when I started learning Spanish, to find that the accent marking stress is known as a tilde, whereas the squiggle known to nerds as a tilde may or may not have a name, because an "n" adorned with one is considered a separate letter ("e...
by Mirkwood
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 30806

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

What bothers me is when foreign city names are adapted into a language with the same spelling, and the locals attempt the foreign pronunciation but are unable to do so due to their native language. It occurs most often when the offenders profess an understanding of a foreign language, but only a rud...
by Mirkwood
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 56086

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

Wouldn't an SD card filled with RSA keys for all current bitcoins be like 7 billion dollars (and not even fill up the sd card)? and then you could put something else on top of it? I feel like there was a lot of opportunity to mix and match things that are small, and extremely valuable. I like that ...
by Mirkwood
Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 56086

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

The labor theory of value suggests the most expensive way to fill a shoebox is to spend a lot of time doing so. As things stand, the shoebox is probably appreciating in value quite nicely.
by Mirkwood
Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:00 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"
Replies: 44
Views: 9176

Re: What-If 107: "Letter to Mom"

Those are very good points, Pfhorrest. Although it is worth noting that when using USPS, you only use half an hour each way to get there, and USPS does the rest for you--if you drive yourself, that's 12 hours of your own time . It may be most cost-efficient to pay someone who is heading that way a m...
by Mirkwood
Fri Aug 01, 2014 6:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"
Replies: 44
Views: 9176

Re: What-If 107: "Letter to Mom"

I think it's unfortunate that Randall only thought about the speed of travel, and not the delivery time as a whole. After all, while a missile may be very fast, it will take some time to transport the letter to the closest launch site and prepare a missile for letter delivery. Bribing the right peop...
by Mirkwood
Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 27532

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

As it happens, I had to switch to using Google DNS servers just yesterday, because my University (which is also my landlord) has started to implement censorship on the campus networks' default OpenDNS servers. Not that I'm overly fond of Google, but I will take a lack of trust with known functionali...
by Mirkwood
Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 15301

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

Most books have an undocumented place recovery feature. What you do is close the book, rotate it so the spine faces down then slowly open it without touching the pages. That will usually open the last page you were reading. Talk about unintuitive ways to invoke a basic navigation command! Who comes...
by Mirkwood
Fri Dec 27, 2013 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 15301

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

FLHerne wrote:Place-finding is why CTRL-F exists. :roll:


But you can't use CTRL-F because once you reload the page most of it is hidden; you have to scroll by it first. (And scrolling down a whole lot to load more of the page before using CTRL-F can't be more convenient to you than just using the back button.)
by Mirkwood
Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 15301

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

I don't like infinite scrolling, but at least they're not like those websites which are divided into pages, except you dynamically go from one to another, so the back button, history and other basic browser features don't work anyway. Whoever had the bold idea to dynamically display static content s...
by Mirkwood
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 25918

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

My biggest WTF: finding myself underwater, at a coral reef. Turned out to be a part of the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland. I once ended up inside a lighthouse. (Which had a picture of the country's queen I recognized hanging on the wall, and it was on an island, so identification w...
by Mirkwood
Wed Jul 24, 2013 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"
Replies: 68
Views: 18557

Re: 1241: "Annoying Ringtone Champion"

I'm 18 and I can't hear a lot of high-pitched sounds, including those ringtones. I also have a major tinnitus problem. It's really quite unfair because I've always taken good care of my hearing; I don't listen to music often, don't use earbuds or headphones, and tend to prefer the TV and whatnot at ...
by Mirkwood
Sun Jun 30, 2013 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1231: "Habitable Zone"
Replies: 51
Views: 10603

Re: 1231: "Habitable Zone"

teelo wrote:Wouldn't it be easier to just put a picture of earth on the lens?


No, it would be out of focus and you probably wouldn't see much of anything.
by Mirkwood
Wed May 08, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 8752

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

I'm of the imperialist school of encoding; we shouldn't need to support any diacritics not used in English!
by Mirkwood
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 32282

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

I found this comic very touching. It sets you up for old-fashioned shallowness, and then turns it around and lets the scientific ideal triumph. Bravo.
by Mirkwood
Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 20364

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

niky wrote:First thing I turn off when buying a new computer... Java and Adobe Download Management.


Instead of turning them off, why don't you avoid installing them in the first place :p
by Mirkwood
Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 110
Views: 34845

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

What I find amazing is that a machine built on a US Federal Government contract with 1970s technology is still functioning after forty-five years of 24/7/365 service with zero maintenance or refueling, and is expected to continue for up to a decade more. Well, they don't make 'em like they used to....
by Mirkwood
Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 15269

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

Ah, that brings back memories... I used to read one Animorphs book a day . The last book I did that with was No Easy Day , so yes, Animorphs got me just as excited as the death of Osama bin Laden. As for aspect ratios...I have long since given up on trying to find the setting on my TV that will show...
by Mirkwood
Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 28887

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Evolution is an observation. It is something we see in the physical world. That's why it's not falsifiable, any more than "objects fall" is falsifiable. What is falsifiable is the statement "Evolution happens due to..." or "objects fall because of..."
by Mirkwood
Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 33370

Re: 1168: Tar

Or just bash the thing to bits with a chainsaw and/or electromagnetic pulse "Hang on, I'm gonna use this chainsaw on that atomic bomb over there unless you happen to have a smaller atomic bomb handy to EMP it?" ... http://nerdjunkies.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/brilliant.jpg Well, the ...
by Mirkwood
Thu Jan 31, 2013 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 147
Views: 42393

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Write all words with capitals, except if it looks more aesthetically pleasing to leave a word uncapitalized. I call this the "aesthetics rule". The aesthetics rule is subject to the fromage corollary, though, in that if the title contains the name of a French dish involving cheese, any wor...
by Mirkwood
Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 23023

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Isn't the main problem with nuclear power that of safely storing the spent fuel for thousands of years? As others have noted, the fuel isn't really "spent"--we just can't properly harness the remaining energy yet. (Randall's graph is somewhat misleading in that we only extract a little bi...
by Mirkwood
Tue Jan 22, 2013 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 35721

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

These pool supervisors must be selectively bred to leap to correct conclusions from a standing start. If it had been me it would be something like: c'mon Bob, out you get, pass me that basket - hell, the alarms have gone off, quick, pass me that basket and get out of the pool. I'd have probably pan...
by Mirkwood
Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 18097

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

This would be more impressive if it weren't for the fact that the human body already contains several TRILLION bacteria... Oh dear. I hope that's the tiny American trillion (10 12 ), not the European trillion (10 18 ). "European trillion"? I was under the impression that the British didn'...
by Mirkwood
Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1156: "Conditioning"
Replies: 81
Views: 16682

Re: 1156: "Conditioning"

dalcde wrote:So, what if passing cars played a different song?


Well, this is just about the bass, which sounds pretty much the same for all songs that are routinely played loudly in cars with open windows.
by Mirkwood
Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 15440

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

This comic makes me wonder about something that maybe somebody here can explain. A certain mold creates penicillin, right? Okay. Why? I'm guessing it's a defense against certain micro-organisms which want to nom-nom on the mold, and the mold evolves a counter-chemical. Is that what's going on? If i...
by Mirkwood
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"
Replies: 55
Views: 22944

Re: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"

Our chemistry teacher showed us his 62nd edition copy of the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics today, and I was fascinated by it.

Randall. Head. Out.
by Mirkwood
Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 14210

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

Ok, so it's not just literally "well, there was no majority that time; everyone, please cast your vote again and lets see if it's different...". It's argument and persuasion and so on until a majority opinion arises. Not just an ongoing re-running of the poll, but a debate. The way it was...
by Mirkwood
Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 14210

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

Am I the only one who finds the concept of "deaths per second" hilarious?

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