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by zerox
Wed Oct 11, 2017 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 2042

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

I usually get up at midnight and sleep at 4pm. This is easy because I have no friends. Sleeping in (i.e., getting up at 3am) is nice in the summer because the sun is up. I don't understand why people get jetlagged, or rather I do, it's because they refuse to go to sleep at a sensible time (even if y...
by zerox
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4889

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

This is me. I live in the UK and Hong Kong. I have a UK landline at home which is the cheapest way for me to get broadband (£18 per month), but I don't use it to call out as it costs a lot (about 50p per call plus 15p per minute). I don't use a phone for calls and texts sufficiently to make subscrib...
by zerox
Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 17840

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

i like this clear image helpful: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LcwSDPC22ks/TbQe_7Mfm5I/AAAAAAAAAKI/YsG19FZchLI/s1600/British_Isles_Euler_diagram.png especially the hilarious difference between "British Islands" and "British Isles". Wouldn't "British Islands" include, oh I ...
by zerox
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:04 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0079: "Lake Tea"
Replies: 59
Views: 13315

Re: What-if# 0079: Lake Tea

Asking Britain to go without electricity for 20 days just to fill one of their lakes with tea seems like it might be a hard sell. You, sir, do not understand the British. 8-) If the current energy policy continues, Britain will be without electricity for a lot more than 20 days in a decade's time.
by zerox
Mon May 20, 2013 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 26929

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

DrZiro wrote:The example is a bit odd. The one in Denmark is the original, so that kind of proves the opposite of the point.


Which American is going to believe that?
by zerox
Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 34992

Re: 1168: Tar

Yeah, my usage of *nix is so minimal right now I'd be dead unless "man tar" counted. :P The title text does bring up a good point though. I mean, on the PC side we're still mucking around with ZIP and RAR which came out in 1989 and 1993 respectively. That's 20+ year old compression techno...
by zerox
Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 24562

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

So basically in the US (and Canada/North America?), recipient pays makes sense because nobody knows whether a given number is landline or cell. In most of the rest of the world, caller pays as it's (relatively) easy to tell how much a given number will cost to call. [quote=Carlington]This system jus...
by zerox
Mon Jun 18, 2012 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 36026

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I thought we were all nerds here. Obviously a couple = 2±0.5

Now I'd like to know the numerical definitions (in percentages) of most, many, frequent, often, common, occasional, sometimes, uncommon, seldom, and rare.
by zerox
Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 49740

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

I had even seen the Burns parody already (and found it mildly amusing), and fell completely flat on this one until someone reported the Burns parody. I was thinking "I barely follow politics and even I can tell the obvious difference"... which evidently was the point, but if even people w...
by zerox
Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SSD advice
Replies: 8
Views: 2340

SSD advice

I'm currently in Asia and found some good deals on SSDs. My newest hardware is from 2008 so I am a complete noob. They don't even sell SATA II any more, and SATA III is cheaper than SATA II stuff back in the UK/Canada where I live. Hope you guys can help with the following: 1) I have a 2.5" ext...
by zerox
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 87744

Re: 0980: "Money"

$1 per US citizen should be millions not billions [Millions] $1 and $10 per US citizen second largest digits don't match [Millions] I was going to point this out as well, but even corrected the figures (312,620,000) seem to be for the US population rather than US citizens . It is very hard to find ...
by zerox
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 27388

Re: 0951: "Working"

[quote=philip1201]That said, accepting the woman's advice would mean you (1) have an extra minimum-wage job through no effort of your own and (2) are more likely to force the other gas station to compete in price, so it's both a good way to "earn" money in the current economy and a way to ...
by zerox
Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 193
Views: 63303

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

[quote=izomiac]Seriously, there should be some simple, 100 KB program that lets two people exchange public IP addresses, one selects a file/folder and clicks send, the other clicks receive, UDP packets get bounced off NATs until they traverse them, and the file is transferred at maximal speed withou...
by zerox
Wed May 25, 2011 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 665
Views: 144820

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Doesn't work on the Chinese wikipedia. For most places or people it goes to a loop between "sun" and "solar system", otherwise it goes to a loop between "time" and "matter". Some things end up on disambiguation pages which means you can't follow Randall's inst...

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