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by Mikeski
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1880

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Archgeek wrote:Half? Blades, is Matt talking about Yeshua of Nazareth or dang ol' Thanos?!

All you really know from reading that is that at least two will be taken, and at least two will be left behind; one of each sex in both cases.

In addition to knowing not the hour, you know not the grading curve.
by Mikeski
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1880

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

The important part of timing lightning is: "Did the lights in your house go out in time with the flash"? Then you need to call the power company. If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your r...
by Mikeski
Tue Jul 31, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Posting a comic thread is "soul crushing"? I don't even think "first-world problems" covers that. ... I think they should use "heat index" effects at the low end, too. 20 degrees F feels colder than 5 degrees F, just because there's still some humidity in the atmosphere...
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 2394

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

gladiolas wrote:Did Babe Ruth play baseball "Ruthlessly"?

Or start as a toddler?
by Mikeski
Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2027

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

keldor wrote:And by diagonal, I present to you the most misleading graph ever:


It could be more misleading. The vertical lines could be error bars, zoomed in too close to see where they start and end.

(Unless they are error bars, in which case: good show.)
by Mikeski
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 2394

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

The NFL has seen the aptly named cornerbacks Reggie Corner (obviously) and Quentin Jammer (for the uninitiated, "jamming" is a technique in which a defender tries to disrupt a receiver at the start of a play). He missed the whole first season with an injury from his last college bowl game...
by Mikeski
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 2528

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Solra Bizna wrote:The team was given a requirement

...and Conway's Law shaped the result.
by Mikeski
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 3671

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

To be charitable, I could see the cashier thinking "I already recorded the receipt of exactly $10 on this machine, I'm not going to fuck around accepting a different amount and making whatever change would make that work out and getting fired because I punched in that the customer gave me $10 ...
by Mikeski
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 3671

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

What's the problem there? Would the cashier not be able to work out how that affects the change? That's not been my experience here, usually their reaction is "oh good". Define "here"... I live in suburban Minneapolis. About as "Lake Wobegon" as you get, nowadays. (&qu...
by Mikeski
Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 83340

Re: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"

Hi. It is 2018, and I just wanted to say that sometimes I'm haunted by how mistaken this comic seems to have been in the long run (though it might be too soon to tell). The headlines in the comic are "Russian Aggression", "Trade Policy", and some unknown issue with "China&q...
by Mikeski
Sun Jul 08, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 3152

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Everything was Created on Tuesday. Even this comic, and our memories of previously having read it… Splitter. It was last Thursday . I thought everyone knew that the world came into being when I gained consciousness most recently and will last until I next lose consciousness. I've known about solips...
by Mikeski
Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 1818

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

"The time from now until the completion of the project tends to become constant." --Douglas Hartree
by Mikeski
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 1684

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

in which the projectile is fired straight up and the cannoneer has to run to get out of the way before it comes down (and maybe even the Buster-Keatonesque outcome where Coriolis force makes dodging your own vertical fire unnecessary). And thus your attempts to dodge land you directly in the line o...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4389
Views: 781975

Re: Today I Made:

pogrmman wrote:It’s simple to make: take a whole mess of garlic, cook it down in some salted butter until it’s soft. Add some garlic powder and pepper. Add any herbs you want, then add a whole bunch more butter. Pour it over some pasta and eat!

I gained two pounds just reading this.
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 22, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 167
Views: 20462

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

[citation needed], I suppose, but the mac absorbs some of the water you cook it in, and it winds up in the end product that you eat. I vote "ingredient".
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 3525

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

... the recent NBA playoffs ... It's still gonna take them decades to catch up to NASCAR. I wonder how their carbon footprints compare. NASCAR actually produces much less carbon than other sports, just because they drive between events (40 cars is a lot of checked baggage fees), while other sports ...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 5765

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

[...]I once had a roofer who was apparently London born-and-bred, who couldn't pronounce "joists": it came out more like "joisties".[...] "Joisties" sounds like a school-yard game at a construction yard. Pretty sure it's either British food (probably some combo of saus...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 3525

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

No idea how long this has been going on, but during the recent NBA playoffs I noticed that every team had a Nike swoosh on the right side of their jerseys, and some other corporate logo on the right side (Coca Cola, United Airlines, IBM, etc.). But not all. Houston only had the right side Nike and ...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 3525

Re: 2006: "Customer Rewards"

Second time I've miscopied the title. Is there an easier way to do this right than opening four windows, (page, page source, example template, post reply window), cut and paste text, or write it all down first ... or remember, which is becoming a problem? You can edit the 1st post and change the ti...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 3525

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… You have no idea. Here in Mi...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 5765

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

(if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they're actually going for) "Of" and "'ve" are homophones, so this is only an issue in writing. You can't say "couldn't of" instead...
by Mikeski
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4389
Views: 781975

Re: Today I Made:

I have no rational reason but something about boiling water in the microwave seems wrong. There's the urban legend about superheated water from a microwave exploding, but you need near-perfect conditions to make it happen: pure distilled water, not tap water, and a perfectly-smooth container, so th...
by Mikeski
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 6374

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

so 31495 men and 8436 women murdered per year . In the US in 2015, 1,373,404 men and 1,339,226 women died, and 14,274 and 3,519 of those deaths were from murder, respectively. [Source] The factor-of-two+ difference between those numbers means either the source data is different (but I don't think t...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 6374

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Should just jump straight to the jousting tournament, and make them all a fight to the death. Will solve all the worlds problems. "Anyone who wants to rule the world should be knocked off a horse, hacked and battered with a war axe and decapitated," then? I believe she said, "it woul...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 6374

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

I think we can get by with only a 28-round tournament, given that we exclude everyone under the age of 35. Also, I hope I get a first-round bye. I did the calculations and got only 0.5 people after the 29th round. Then realized that the US population was probably much bigger than when I last checke...
by Mikeski
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 4290

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

Soupspoon wrote:
DavidSh wrote:The second of these is within 900 nautical miles of more of northern Canadian islands. Possibly a few more amateur basketball courts. If the Inuit play basketball.
I believe they have 50 words for "moving violation".

Well, you do need a few when you play basketball on ice skates.
by Mikeski
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 6374

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Then the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champion. That title clearly deserves a much higher spot on the list. On the premise that "no one who wants that much power should be allowed to have it", I think "hot dog champ" and "5 people not in D.C." should be way up on the list. ...
by Mikeski
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 6374

2003: "Presidential Succession"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/presidential_succession.png Alt-text: Ties are broken by whoever was closest to the surface of Europa when they were born. I think we can get by with only a 28-round tournament, given that we exclude everyone under the age of 35. Also, I hope I get a first-round bye.
by Mikeski
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 4290

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

gmalivuk wrote:Magnetic north is a direction. 15 degrees is an angle from that direction.

And if it was referring to the location of the magnetic north pole, I think you'd have to go 15 degrees in both latitude and longitude... and I don't think there are many basketball courts in that area.
by Mikeski
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

Eebster the Great wrote:There is no meaningful way to deal with this formula as long as it produces probabilities greater than one.

Sure there is. If an event that happens with P=1.0 always happens, then an event with P=2.0 always happens twice. Simple.
by Mikeski
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

sotanaht wrote:Most effective placebo? So you are saying that clickbait writers think it works, so in spite of not actually doing anything it still produces better clickbait?


Something like that. Real-world drug placebos are getting better at treating pain, so why not clickbait placebos?
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 2605

2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/clickbait_corrected_p_value.png Alt-text: When comparing hypotheses with Bayesian methods, the similar clickbayes factor can account for some harder-to-quantify priors. In related news, all scientific advancements in 2019 are predicted to center around Donald Trump and/...
by Mikeski
Thu May 31, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 3720

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Would that front pop-out grip double as joystick? How else are you going to move the mouse cursor? The cursor stays where it is, as you move the whole phone behind it… Clever. Is it something like "Pokemon Go", then? Can you find other mouse cursors elsewhere in the world if you have to m...
by Mikeski
Wed May 30, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 3720

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

J%r wrote:Would that front pop-out grip double as joystick?

How else are you going to move the mouse cursor?
by Mikeski
Wed May 30, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 6559

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

But like, if you don't want tracking cookies, write legislation about tracking cookies. Requiring a declaration regarding cookies on every single website is clearly useless. It does the exact opposite of the intended purpose. That assumes the laws were written strictly for the protection of the end...
by Mikeski
Fri May 25, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 6559

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

Morgan Freeman, Al Franken, Anthony Weiner, Roman Polanski, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Eric Schneiderman have updated their privates' policies.

Would you like to see the updates (y/n)?
by Mikeski
Wed May 23, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3386

Re: 1997: Business Update

I'll be honest: I have no odea what just happened. I get some of the references, but overall the comic looks entirely random to me. Or is that the point about business updates? That's the point of any comic with the guy in the white beret. He exudes surrealism. This is less surreal than most of his...
by Mikeski
Tue May 22, 2018 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3143

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Newspapers!? The "news" in those could be hours old. Almost a day old, even!

This is 2018. (If you're reading this then. If not, "hi, person from the future!"). If it's more than 5 minutes old, it's not "news" anymore. It's "history".
by Mikeski
Tue May 22, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 8749

Re: 1986: River Border

The Midwest also isn’t really a well defined region. Until I started going to school there, I didn’t really have a conception of exactly what counted and what didn’t count. I knew Chicago, Des Moines, and Minneapolis counted, but beyond that “triangle”, I wasn’t really sure. I’m still not! I was us...
by Mikeski
Fri May 18, 2018 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 8749

Re: 1986: River Border

*reads tooltip* What on earth does pie have to do with pizza? *thinks for a bit* Oh, right - Randall is American from New England , and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies". ftfy. I never heard a pizza called a pie growing up in the Midwest. Interesting, as an Old Worlder I assume...

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