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by Uzh
Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 30485

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

I sometimes receive bug reports in the form of a screenshot inside a .docx file. Maybe they're trying to dress up their .png as something slightly more trustworthy. Oh lordy, this is what my father does sometimes with photos and other images that he wants to save for later. Well, WordPerfect instea...
by Uzh
Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1302: "Year in Review"
Replies: 31
Views: 7578

Re: 1302: "Year in Review"

There were no aurora visible from my house Shouldn’t that be “aurora e ”? I used to annoy a friend of mine by pluralising conga (the drum) as congae when labelling multitrack recordings. It always gives me a headache when people around me use "stati" for the plural of "status", ...
by Uzh
Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 37604

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

I always had my problems with the goat in the Monty Hall Problem, since in the german show "Geh auf's Ganze!" there was an actual ZONK http://www.paw-mc.de/ebay/2011Juni/11.06./Zonk1.JPG , which was a red-greyish plush mouse. You actually won this mouse. Once a big Zonk (about 1.5 m high) ...
by Uzh
Wed Oct 23, 2013 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 20271

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

Clearly the time has come for preemptive measures. From on, before going to bed, pop the legs off of your minifigs and store them in a separate (sealable) container. And maybe a third for either the arms, or the heads. I'm not worried. Not only do they lack opposable thumbs; they can only pick up o...
by Uzh
Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 39470

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

Oh yes. I know a guy who's nickname (due to his last name) was Pi. He got one of his first email addresses as 3.14@example.com (or was it .edu?). He used to make fun of the mail clients in the early nineties that assumed a email address formatted word1.word2@something.com as to be resolved as to be ...
by Uzh
Fri Oct 18, 2013 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 39470

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

That reminds me of a friend of mine, who owns several domains (amongst them mine...). One of the domains is very close to the one of quite a big grocery store chain. The last letter is an 'e' instead of an 'a'. He very frequently gets quite a lot of mail of varying sorts to the chain. Since he's got...
by Uzh
Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 12351

Re: 1260: "LD50"

Why is the weight of the toxin twice as high as the weight of the contaminated subject? I once calculated the weight of a single sheet of paper at my night job. It was more fun than what I was doing at the moment. A friend of mine, a chemist, used to do her integer-calculation by sketching the grap...
by Uzh
Sat Aug 31, 2013 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 42813

Re: 1256: "Questions"

I don't follow. Are you suggesting the purpose of a basement is to have a place to store things? That doesn't answer my question. Why do things need to be stored underground? (Unless you're in a pre-industrial society and that's the closest to refrigeration you can get). Why is one floor of use spa...
by Uzh
Mon Aug 19, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 36366

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

I strongly recommend

Pale Blue Dot

Georg
by Uzh
Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107134
Views: 48645466

Re: 11

Eternal Density wrote:
BlitzGirl wrote:
Image
TimeFrames with raptorcat (including am-bush): 23
TimeFrames of aftermath (up until now anyway): 26

It doesn't feel nearly that long!


Funny, how fast time goes when you enjoy yourself, isn't it?

Georg
by Uzh
Fri Jun 07, 2013 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 28472

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

nigenet wrote:But an eclipse isn't the sun setting, it just goes dark for a bit


But every sun setting is an eclipse. The earth stands in the way between the sun and you.

And - of course - the sunset was meant for the spanish empire of Charles V. I think...

Georg
by Uzh
Mon May 13, 2013 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63192

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Djehutynakht wrote:I wonder what a Pegasus with bat wings would look like...
The world is crazy when you look at it the right way. Which is good.


This one made me look after Pegasus and I found this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pegasidae.

Thank you.

Georg
by Uzh
Sat May 04, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15016

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

madaco wrote:wasn't he just saying that there were none in that town?
he could have just eaten the sandwich elsewhere, and then came there, and have found a shocking lack of good sandwiches.


Good point.

Georg
by Uzh
Sat May 04, 2013 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15016

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

Einstein's quote is "It's impossible to find a good sandwich in this town." Not "...today" or "...these days" or anything. But isn't the "it's" in "it's impossible" a contraction for "it is", as in present tense, as in at the time and date...
by Uzh
Wed May 01, 2013 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15016

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

Maybe, but a good sandwich should be prepared lovingly at home. Anything else just isn't the same. Ah, but properly proving Einstein wrong would involve proving that it was possible to find a good sandwich in that town in 1947 . Thus, any people who did not make sandwiches until after that date wou...
by Uzh
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107134
Views: 48645466

Re: 1190: "Time"

It strongly reminds me of a piece of music which will approximately take 639 years to perform. By now the first or second tune are played.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_Slow_as_Possible

Georg

EDIT: I reread the article. They have played ten or so notes...
by Uzh
Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 28688

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

Other places in the world have amazing bridges. Some of those places have earthquakes and high winds. I have seen long, high bridges. Stopping on a bridge is discouraged everywhere. Stopping on a bridge is not a good thing to do, anywhere. Is that so? How do you live or even shop there? http://en.w...
by Uzh
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 24588

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Vatican City has a population just over 800 ;) But at least they have the total of two popes per square kilometer... BTW: Before there were the electronic cashiers, they used to give the change as far as I remember the grocery store down the road like this: Price $5,24 given $10,00 So, that's ct 6 ...
by Uzh
Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 43527

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

So Massachusetts is a guy riding a tea barge with an elephant for a figurehead. Wierd, but awesome. Wonder why Randall chose that for his (and my) homestate. This was a beautiful and well done comic. I hope he comes out with one of the world shortly, or maybe different regions at a time. I would to...
by Uzh
Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 29625

Re: 1075: "Warning"

I'm perched above a 6e24 kg ball of rock and iron hurtling at 30 km/s around a giant thermonuclear reactor. Which passes through a minefield of 300 billion other reactors while circling a gigantic black hole at 220km/s. No steering wheel or brakes. If for some reason I stop moving for even 1 millis...
by Uzh
Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 48700

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Funnily enough "ein Paar Hosen" means one (since there are two legs), "ein paar Hosen" means some trousers. So when someone tells me, that he bought "ein paar Hosen" I have to ask, whether the "paar" is capitalized. Out of interest, whereabouts are you from? ...
by Uzh
Thu Jun 21, 2012 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 48700

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

...about the "couple"... We do have a similar problem in German, where we use the Word "ein Paar" for the married (or otherwise connected) couple. "Ein Paar" is therefore also a numeral for exactly two things, usually of the same kind and of such a kind, which usually c...
by Uzh
Mon May 28, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 20762

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

10 MB made sense as a limit fifteen to twenty years ago when people had connections running at 56 kb/s or less and had hard drives of a gigabyte or less. However, with today's connections typically running at 2-10 Mb/s and hard drives of a terabyte, a size limit closer to 1 GB would be more appropr...
by Uzh
Mon May 28, 2012 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 44283

Re: 1061: "EST"

Most of the calendars people introduce in this thread, remind me of the various revoutionary calenders. For instance the French Revolutionary calendar ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_Republican_Calendar ). It had ten days a week, ten hours a day, where the hour conisted of 100 minutes à 100 se...
by Uzh
Wed May 02, 2012 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 84585

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

1.) http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/That%27s-Mathematics-lyrics-Tom-Lehrer/AC7E631FD792651748256A7D0025D400 2.) Though Tom Lehrer would disagree, hearing his prefaces to "New Math", I think it's not the sin ß or something you'd need during your life. (There might be a kind of automa...
by Uzh
Wed Apr 04, 2012 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1038: "Fountain"
Replies: 78
Views: 21336

Re: 1038: "Fountain"

I think I’ll go with something ultra-lightweight but sturdy to sit in, with a bigger umbrella-like roof, and take that Geneva one in a nice deep lake. Add the parachute, and I’m good. :) Take the fountain in the Binnenalster http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binnenalster - it's only 40 m high and that w...
by Uzh
Thu Mar 29, 2012 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 34002

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

Anyway, talking of Cadbury, this is my new favourite thing http://img.thesun.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01444/cadburys_682_1444452a.jpg Oh. Greetings from the other side of the channel: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9db1_TbuIQc/Txfmvh59pCI/AAAAAAAAA1E/xsjy5Slcra8/s1600/philadelphia_milka.jpg I thought Mi...
by Uzh
Sun Feb 05, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 80408

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Also: Germany was until recently regulating what kind of names people could have? Man, and I thought the Nazis lost power there like 70+ years ago.... I was corrected by Monika and after that I looked it up. In Germany you have to register your child's name. The rules for the registration (which na...
by Uzh
Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 80408

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Sometimes I'm very glad to live in a country where you have to proove that the name you want to give already exists. And you are forbidden to give a name which can be used to make fun of the child. Plus the gender of the child should surely be recognised from the name. You're German? The last requi...
by Uzh
Wed Feb 01, 2012 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 80408

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Sometimes I'm very glad to live in a country where you have to proove that the name you want to give already exists. And you are forbidden to give a name which can be used to make fun of the child. Plus the gender of the child should surely be recognised from the name. That takes a lot of "Moon...
by Uzh
Thu Jan 26, 2012 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 30946

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

forbiddenSpell wrote:http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=PS3%2CXbox%2CWii&year_start=1800&year_end=2008&corpus=0&smoothing=5


The green line makes me wonder...

Georg
by Uzh
Mon Jan 23, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 30946

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

...sustainability... I think over here in Europe we are a lot further on the graph. Especially in Germany with all their Waldsterben and stuff "Sustainability" became a kind of buzzword which no-one really understands. Not because it's so rare but it's so overused. Recently a supermarket (...
by Uzh
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 21205

Re: 1004: "Batman"

...and I wonder what a obc is, because if the bat ate it it would be - uhm - quite xkcd.

Georg
by Uzh
Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 89122

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

AvatarIII wrote:
you never know, maybe this event was the motive for Cain's murder of his brother.

"you slept with mum? how could you! you must die!"


Or: "You slept with mum? She was mine! You must die!"
by Uzh
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 89122

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

... unlike Adam and Eve themselves, of whom it is written: Oh give me a clone, of my own flesh and bone, with the Y-chromosome changed to X... There is a difference. It is still God's creation. Whereas when we clone it is not. I tried to hum this in the same tune - it wouldn't fit. "... but he...
by Uzh
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 67706

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

I have a few things to say about this: First: Most of the non-brands shown here are brands as well, only with a minimalistic design. And by the way, it's not the cost of the inking or the designing this special label, but the cost of "building the brand", that takes the money. One thing mi...
by Uzh
Tue Dec 13, 2011 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 19211

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

I just want to skip winters. Can I do that? Yes, but only by freezing yourself alive, which may or may not miss the point depending on why you want to do so. Um, there's existing technology to do that. Just Google "ryanair Rome" or "Southwest airlines Orlando". For a fee, you ca...
by Uzh
Sat Nov 19, 2011 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 85220

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

adaviel wrote:Recently I've been finding search engines hits for questions but no answers. People have been polluting the search space with ad-laden nothing. It's not even useless solutions, it's just null. HATE... :(


That's what I meant by my 2nd paragraph...

Never mind, fixed it.

Georg
by Uzh
Sat Nov 19, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 85220

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

To me it sometimes looks like my specific fora have a mixture of http://xkcd.com/979 and http://xkcd.com/978. Very often I find a forum with the problem I've got and a reply: "Oh, visit this link" and it turns out that this link only refers to the original forum after some posts. Or someti...

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