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by Mikeski
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 1483

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Heimhenge wrote:That narrow isthmus in Panama screws it up for the Americas.


Yup. Never mind crossing both Americas; there's no straight line across land from one end of Panama to the other. It's S-shaped. And that's ignoring the canal's existence.
by Mikeski
Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2110: "Error Bars"
Replies: 14
Views: 1120

Re: 2110: "Error Bars"

This comic explains a lot.

Well, maybe not a lot, but at least it explains political polls.
by Mikeski
Thu Feb 07, 2019 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 49
Views: 2356

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

The real map would be mostly "Soda" or "Pop", with small enclaves of "Coke" and "Sodapop", I would presume. Soft drink. Doesn't "soft drink" include non-carbonated drinks? As the opposite of "hard drink" (i.e. alcoholic stuff), it should. ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 2046

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

Is there anyone other than IT professionals in that cohort? I have never worked in IT, nor had a software job. I took some Computer Science courses in college, and know some OSI mumbo-jumbo from there. Enough to understand " Seven " without looking it up, anyway. My current job involves t...
by Mikeski
Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"
Replies: 28
Views: 2269

Re: 2103: "Midcontinent Rift System"

Hat slogan: Make the Great Lakes Greater! ...again.
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 2863

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

"Technical analysis" in the stock market is a literal case of "if you believe it, it's true." If enough people* trade based on the technical analysis, the stock will be priced as though the technical analysis were correct, regardless of actual market reality. Right up to the poin...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2099: "Missal of Silos"
Replies: 26
Views: 2703

Re: 2099: "Missal of Silos"

Ages ago, you could put plus and minus signs in front of words to guarantee they'd be in the results, or not in the results. Now, that behaves badly, unless you get google to do it for you by scrolling to the bottom, picking "advanced search", and putting the words on the appropriate lines...
by Mikeski
Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 2849

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

On the other hand, making Mars and Earth match exactly only requires smacking them together into one combined planet. Life on the molten Mearsth will be a wee bit challenging for a few megayears, but freeze-dried microbes returning on far-flung ejecta will eventually prosper there, in an etymologic...
by Mikeski
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 3512

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I once freaked out an Australian friend for a moment when he made some comment about black crows, and I replied "Oh yeah, your crows are black down there, like your swans. That's weird." and for a brief shining moment his world was turned upside-down (or would that be right-side-up since ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 3512

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

rmsgrey wrote:and definitely much more if it was written instructions...

On the Internet, nobody knows you're a crow.

(Though those new touchscreen things don't work at all with beaks. Old-fashioned keyboards it is. peck, peck, peck...)
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 3691

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Are eves additive or multiplicative? Would Dec 26th be better written as "Christmas 364*eve" or "Christmas eve364 "?
by Mikeski
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 3512

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I don't remember ever hearing of this kind of operation back home in the Netherlands. Maybe because I lived in a more densely populated area there? There definitely were geese out and about, but I never heard of any efforts to chase them away. Maybe because they were more easygoing, being feral des...
by Mikeski
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 208915

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Peanuts are terrible [...] I hate anything with peanuts — peanut butter, peanut sauces (like in Thai food), the nuts themselves. Nothing is more disappointing than biting into something and tasting peanut. I rate this opinion as "semi-controversial". Hating peanut butter is a bit odd. (I ...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 3452

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Soupspoon wrote:What we need is to have a year when nothing happens.


They tried that back in 1752; took a week or so off in September.

They're still behind.
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 4454

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

With the exception of the last one, since I have no idea how a laptop would go about generating any real amount of X-ray or gamma radiation, all of those sound plausible. I hope this comic wasn't based on a true story. Depending on how you define "laptop"--or on how big your lap is--the o...
by Mikeski
Tue Dec 11, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 4454

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

qvxb wrote:Tech Support hasn't noticed that the only music videos YouTube plays on the laptop is Sympathy for the Devil.

That's not bad.

Mine only plays media files backwards, looking for the satanic messages.
by Mikeski
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 4803

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

ijuin wrote:Yes, but it means a different thing for a star to be Class M than for a planet to be Class M.

Thankfully. "Not on fire" is an excellent feature for a planet to have, from my perspective.
by Mikeski
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 4803

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

x7eggert wrote:The fungus in our woods _does_ connect the trees, it's called "wood wide web". (un?)forunately it's over-hyped, it's mostly pr0n.

That's what really happened to the entwives? They all left because the ents were just watching dryad pr0n all day?
by Mikeski
Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4070

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

The answer to "the address of my home changed" is to send a GPS device to the previous address, and move to wherever it's delivered to.
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 5417

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

If you are ok with only getting your video from a fixed altitude, then it may be more expedient to mount cameras to metal poles sufficiently well-anchored to the ground in the tornado’s likely path. Except that... Most tornadoes [...] are about 250 feet (80 m) across, and travel a few miles (severa...
by Mikeski
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 12139

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

yakkoTDI wrote:Reminds me of this.

Obligatory:

There are two kinds of countries in the world. Those that have put a man on the moon, and those that use the metric system.
by Mikeski
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4625
Views: 870595

Re: Today I Made:

freezeblade wrote:Made something that is...nominally pizza, or PINO (Pizza in name only).

Extra credit if that's pronounced "Pie? No."
by Mikeski
Sun Nov 11, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 14362

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

In our Austrian [...] election [...] somehow the mail-in envelopes for the re-election had defective glue... ("gluegate"). As an American, I'd just like to say that I find it humorous that other nations also use "-gate" naming for their political scandals. The hotel break-in hea...
by Mikeski
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 5252

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Pfhorrest wrote:Why is there discussion of gerrymandering in this thread? Did I miss a layer of the comic?

cellocgw posted in the wrong thread?

Clearly, any strangely-shaped districts in Super Smash Brothers should be considered charmandering.
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 4825

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

Micrometers, nanometers, those I like. But Randall can have my picometer. It's too hard to use, since it measures how many times you've observed it measuring things.

It's like quantum mechanics in reverse; it's only in a known state when it's not being observed.
by Mikeski
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 7521

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Old Bruce wrote:We could call it Schrödinger's(-cat)-care.

I'd like that.

"We're about to simultaneously stab you with a needle and not stab you with a needle, depending on your observation of the event."
by Mikeski
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 6142

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

What else would you call it other than "twerking"? For those of us that have built USB HID devices into our chairs, we enter keyboard events by moving our butts. It seems to me that twerking is the most appropriate word for that style of coding. I now understand the crazy emergency room s...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 7459

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I am none of those professions, but I regularly have only one of these thoughts, the "trees = air" one. And air = trees. And people = air. And air = people. It's a big cycle. And based on those equalities, I can't argue if someone calls me a blockhead, because people = trees. Or, as the a...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 09, 2018 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 9210

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We already HAVE a universal time—it’s UTC—“Universal Time, Coordinated. However, most people like to use their own time zone for daily activities, and only use UTC for record keeping or deliberate international coordination. So the Brits and a few African nations get to be on normal time? Bah! Temp...
by Mikeski
Sat Oct 06, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 6142

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

MrT2 wrote:I have an android phone with bluetooth, I keep the bluetooth turned off, but every so often I'll notice the bluetooth icon in the corner and have to turn it off again. Absolutely no idea what is turning it on.

That's a frequent software bug. Nothing to be concerned about.

--The NSA
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 7635

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

Then, assuming the politicians aren't stupid*, they make "enough" that it's worth having an unpaid campaign volunteer calling people, versus having them do something else.

* - Objection! assumes facts not in evidence.
by Mikeski
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 7635

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

Even when it causes people not to pick up the phone when politicians call asking for more money or to robocall you? It goes both ways. How much money is really made from cold-calls by a politician's outreach team, compared to donations by big business or high-profile/budget organizations? Small don...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 4701

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

A supermarket chain over here failed to include "check the input makes sense" lines and someone added a new product to their system with volume 1 litre and mass 350 kg. 350 kg/L? Your supermarket sells dark matter? or Liquid black holes? That's only 18 times the density of tungsten. No un...
by Mikeski
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 7635

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

If you are unable to respond to a "hello" in 5 seconds, you get hung up on, as you're likely a telemarketer (I figure this is due to some sort of automated delay, but it's true nearly 100% of the time). Yes, that's an autodialer. A computer calls you, waits for you to say something, and t...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 7521

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Flumble wrote:Anyway, the title text sounds a lot like trolling: you write a hateable opinion and watch as everyone will argue, retweet and discuss their hatred for it.


Is there a term for a "strawman argument" where there was no original argument to make a scarecrow out of?

Straw-mannequin argument?
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 26, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4625
Views: 870595

Re: Today I Made:

https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2016/04/buttermilk-vanilla-waffles-recipe.html Making waffles substituting yogurt instead of buttermilk(excess yogurt can at least be eaten by someone). My question is why fake maple syrup is so thick. If you're going to cheap out making artificial syrup, why not...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 18997

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

rmsgrey wrote:I'm now waiting for something to be declared "the wrongeresterest".

That term has already been surpassed.
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 25, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 9210

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

ijuin wrote:Obviously we need to fully decouple our activity cycles from the solar cycle and instead wake and sleep at the same time worldwide.

Welcome to the life of the engineer.

Gotta work with people in the USA, Taiwan, Germany, and India? It helps to be non-24 to start with.
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 5336

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

How about a pre-assembled, fully glued, LEGO set? I think the LEGO equivalent would be a set that has no pieces with studs. So only pieces like these: https://www.lego.com/service/bricks/5/2/306801 https://www.lego.com/service/bricks/5/2/4504382 And none like these: https://www.lego.com/service/bri...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 8339

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Don't put candles around the circle, though. They have the opposite effect with babies vs. demons.

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