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by netsplit
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 4095

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

cellocgw wrote:I'm thinking that, other than the death part, viewing a supernova up close would be a whole lot more dramatic, not to mention extremely rare, event.

Maybe if one watches while translated just a bit in the 4th (spatial) dimension, it'd be safe.


Even just a bit of a super nova is quite dangerous
by netsplit
Fri Aug 18, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 4216

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

The prolapse in the heavens
by netsplit
Mon Aug 14, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 3340

1876: Eclipse Searches

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/eclipse_searches.png Alt Text: There were traffic jams for the eclipses in 1970 and 1979, and that was *before* we had the potential for overnight viral social media frenzies. Thank you for the PSA Randall! Planning to use a telescope to get a really good shot of the ec...
by netsplit
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 2376

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

I know I'm not a hipster because there's this band I like that used be obscure, then one day I heard them in the radio, and was excited that were becoming popular.
by netsplit
Wed Jul 19, 2017 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 4609

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

This is why you need to build your house in a Faraday cage. Good fences make good neighbors (never mind other problems the fcage will cause)
by netsplit
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8764

Re: 1790: "Sad"

The best solution? Get congress and the states involved and have them wrest power back from the president. Reduce the power of the federal government and return it to the states and local governments. Government is best when it is accountable, and it is most accountable at the local and state level...
by netsplit
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4857

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I fucking hate voice mail. Google voice lets me read it, which gets it over quick. Note that cell phone providers have similar voicemail transcription services, albeit they usually have an additional fee. I know T-Mobile had a free demo period a couple years back, and it actually did OK. Unfortunat...
by netsplit
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4857

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

Occasionally somehow someone will get real number and then add it to their contacts. That is the worst fate, because then they leave voice mails, the stupid kind you have to listen to. I might have taken advantage of an unlocked phone or two to remove my real cell number and replace it with the gvo...
by netsplit
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8764

Re: 1790: "Sad"

As an IT worker, this comic is a major GOMHR moment for me.
by netsplit
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8764

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Context? Looks like a muddy river. Lots of rivers are muddy sometimes. The vivid color of the river suggests mine pollution. The picture url suggests the Animas River, which was apparently polluted by EPA workers in 2015 when they removed a plug holding back mine waste (arsenic, cadmium, lead, alum...
by netsplit
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1789: "Phone Numbers"
Replies: 27
Views: 4857

Re: 1789: "Phone Numbers"

I have a google voice number. That's the only number I give people. I use gvoice forwarding so my google voice number shows up in caller ID, and all for one simple reason. I fucking hate voice mail. Google voice lets me read it, which gets it over quick. It's not a perfect transcription, but it's go...
by netsplit
Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19102

Re: 1761: "Blame"

If your family voted for Trump despite all the hateful things he says and does, they are deeply defective people, and you SHOULD be ashamed of them. What awful people they must be. Putin thanks them for their treason assistance too. Learn what treason is. Then read Common Sense , the Federalist Pap...
by netsplit
Sat Nov 19, 2016 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19102

Re: 1761: "Blame"

I don't go to parties full of shitty people who vote for rapists and homophobes, so actually I'm pretty okay at parties. Not as far as you know, but with an attitude like that, I can see why you'd be left in the dark. More like, a high enough portion of my friends are queer and/or rape survivors an...
by netsplit
Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19102

Re: 1761: "Blame"

This comic was a GOMHR moment for me. I let the Trump voters have it on Facebook. It wasn't pretty, and I'm a little embarrassed about it. Still he is going to hurt a lot of people, and his voters need to understand the evil they voted for, out of selfishness or stupidity. The question becomes, wha...
by netsplit
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 19102

Re: 1761: "Blame"

This comic was a GOMHR moment for me. I let the Trump voters have it on Facebook. It wasn't pretty, and I'm a little embarrassed about it. Still he is going to hurt a lot of people, and his voters need to understand the evil they voted for, out of selfishness or stupidity. The question becomes, what...
by netsplit
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25825

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

With proper grammar, that low level of ambiguity maintains a finite range of reasonable interpretations of what was said. People can't meaningfully use interpretations outside that range to backpedal; even if they misspoke, it's their own fault. Likewise, everyone else can't reasonably claim to kno...
by netsplit
Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 25825

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I love encountering new forms of grammar and dialects. Since which rules are used requires both creativity and logic, and very rarely does a single person create it, it's like a work of form and function created by a group! Some forms do sound less intelligent than others to me, even though I know s...
by netsplit
Tue Jun 07, 2016 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 11906

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

Also free will isn't absolute. You can't choose to imagine an 8 dimensional object, or to see sound, except with drugs or tools. When you said "You can't choose to imagine an 8 dimensional object" I thought that was wise, for someone who goes and imagines an 8-dimensional object does so o...
by netsplit
Mon Jun 06, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 11906

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

Also free will isn't absolute. You can't choose to imagine an 8 dimensional object, or to see sound, except with drugs or tools.
by netsplit
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 11906

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

Oh my goodness, it looks like I accidentally nerd sniped. Free will is the ability to independently choose an action, or inaction? Correct? If so, and you don't believe in magic, then you have to accept free will functions using the functions the laws of the universe provide. I don't really get why ...
by netsplit
Mon Jun 06, 2016 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 11906

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

heuristically_alone wrote:Looking for volunteers who have never suffered to test their nervous system! Lunch will be provided


Oddly enough there was a Star Trek TNG episode who had aliens that had no previous experience of antagonism.
by netsplit
Sat Jun 04, 2016 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 11906

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

Ode to my friend Catherine, by Mr. Data. (if you allow the liberty of alsoreplacing the cat's name) Felis my friend Catherinus is your taxonomic nomenclature, An endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature; Your visual, olfactory, and auditory senses Contribute to your hunting skills and natural de...
by netsplit
Fri Jan 15, 2016 6:34 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 19983

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

The answer I find most satisfying is that the air is iridescent like a hummingbird feather and translucent, color depends on the angle relative to the light source. That's not really accurate though, because it's not as though the sky near the sun is red and the sky far from the sun is blue. Two pe...
by netsplit
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:29 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 19983

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

How about this very simple definition of color? Color: the wave length of photons leaving an object by means of radiation or reflection as perceived by human eyes Perceived is a key word, it neatly avoids the violet/purple issue where red and blue photons look like violet due to how people see them....
by netsplit
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1628: Magnus
Replies: 27
Views: 5160

1628: Magnus

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/magnus.png Alt: "In the latest round, 9-year-old Muhammad Ali beat 10-year-old JFK at air hockey, while Secretariat lost the hot-dog-eating crown to 12-year-old Ken Jennings. Meanwhile, in a huge upset, 11-year-old Martha Stewart knocked out the adult Ronda Rousey.&...
by netsplit
Wed Dec 23, 2015 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm
Replies: 55
Views: 10954

Re: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm

Hiferator wrote:Wait, we remove extra limbs if there's FEWER than 100?


Maybe Watson has a typo, and was intending to remove extra limbs if greater than 4, and 100b == 4d
by netsplit
Sat May 18, 2013 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 50373

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

To be a classhole, I'll point out that while the we still have dinosaurs thing is amazing, that likewise there is no reasonable definition of fish that includes lobe finned fish, but doesn't include mammals such as people. The conclusion of this is you're unarguable scientific proof that your mom mo...
by netsplit
Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 49682

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

But yeah I mostly don't get it because US politics as seen from a British perspective is completely confusing. [snip] Normally I can see both sides of any confrontation, but it's difficult for anyone with any intelligence at all to understand Republicans as anything other than ego-centric, anti-sci...
by netsplit
Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 49682

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

But yeah I mostly don't get it because US politics as seen from a British perspective is completely confusing. [snip] Normally I can see both sides of any confrontation, but it's difficult for anyone with any intelligence at all to understand Republicans as anything other than ego-centric, anti-sci...
by netsplit
Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 25922

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

I think Randal knows the true danger! Behold! https://www.google.com/search?q=died+in+a+blogging+accident = About 390,000 results (0.14 seconds) vs https://www.google.com/search?q=died+in+a+tumbling+accident = About 14,900,000 results (0.24 seconds) Clearly tumblr is going to kill us all if it conti...
by netsplit
Fri Nov 04, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 48744

Re: 0972: "November"

I'm just glad Blinking Awareness Month is over.
by netsplit
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 49130

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

My reaction was similar to a couple of people above me here: Creating a mass panic and disabeling emergency-measurements? In the best case it's like lighting smoke-bombs in a filled stadium and in the worst case it's a creative form of terrorism. I actually found it horrible. Anyone care to explain...
by netsplit
Fri Oct 09, 2009 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 49561

Re: "Scary" Discussion

You've done what the worst of /b/ couldn't dream of.


Thanks Randel. I'll never be the same. :cry:
by netsplit
Sat Jun 13, 2009 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0596: "Latitude"
Replies: 84
Views: 18806

Re: "Latitude" Discussion

I have a G1! Latitude is cool but I'm the only one in my social group with a G1. It's kinda sucky to remotely stalk myself. :(
by netsplit
Sun Jan 25, 2009 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 42941

Re: "Steal This Comic" Discussion

"If you want a collection you can count on, pirate it" = the same thing as saying "go out and pirate what you want". No it's factually accurate in many cases. CDs are potentially root kit infested hazards. DRMed stuff is easily lost. About the safest music available these days i...
by netsplit
Sun Nov 16, 2008 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Bad op thread merge
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: Bad op thread merge

Yea the mod in question PMed me a very thoughtful PM, and I understand his reasoning completely. Would it be okay to request this thread be closed?
by netsplit
Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Bad op thread merge
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Bad op thread merge

I tried the alert thingy already. posted a thread in the lsr forum a day or two ago. Well I mentioned kissing and distance in the thread title and one of the mods made some comment I bet they thought was cute and merged that thread * into the kissing thread. Now I know mods can be busy and might not...
by netsplit
Sat Nov 15, 2008 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 71585

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

in after the game word filters to something even better XD
by netsplit
Fri Nov 14, 2008 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 71585

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

It was the thread's Eternal Destiny, Eternal Density.


(say that three times fast while you lose twenty dollars and my self respect)
by netsplit
Fri Nov 14, 2008 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0391: "Anti-Mindvirus"
Replies: 377
Views: 71585

Re: "Anti-Mindvirus" Discussion

So remember that time you lose twenty dollars and my self respect? Because I sure do.

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