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by richP
Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 3628

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Time to update this comic? Now that NASA put a seismometer on Mars, the most frustrating field has to be Martian mantle geology. Still trapped on this side of a rock wall, but now you live many many miles away from the wall (so far away that nobody has yet visited the wall in person).
by richP
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2685

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

On my internal scale, "This raises big questions about technology and society" and "HAHA, Cool!" are on orthogonal axes. Um "axes" as in more than one axis, not more than one axe, more than one ax, or the third person present form of the verb "ax" (as in "...
by richP
Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

2070: "Trig Identities"

Image
Title text: ARCTANGENT THETA = ENCHANT AT TARGET

Your move, explainxkcd.
I've been here too long... I saw the banana joke coming.
by richP
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5556

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I have a general question, if anyone might know. I recall in a past election (may have been 2000) districts were declaring their winner and stopping the count before counting absentee votes, write-ins, and/or paper ballots and/or early votes. This has made me apprehensive about voting any other way...
by richP
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 2859

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

ucim wrote:.... Kids these days! Maybe somebody will invent a device you could speak into, and it would turn your speech into a text... wouldn't that be mongo cool!

Sweet idea! and then, let's invent something that will turn the text back into speech at the other end, that would be uber cool!
by richP
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 2529

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

Burned by the fine print in the "Motor Voter" law.
by richP
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 5135

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Forgot to include one other profession: "recently un-cryogenically frozen International Man of Mystery". Oh wait, because of the unfreezing process he has no inner monologue.
by richP
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 4388

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

... I was paid to write an app that connected to some custom hardware over Bluetooth. I spent a lot of time finding different ways the Bluetooth stack could get wedged. Then more time figuring out how to unwedge the stack. Since the company that was paying me was selling both the tablet and the rem...
by richP
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 3747

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

Sableagle wrote: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?
by richP
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 3747

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

... Is this a reference to some specific example? (Created with chridd's xkcd thread formatter .) No universal example, but most of us have an example in our past. I always thought of the process as less "house of cards" and more "meat grinder to sausage stuffer". Of course, my ...
by richP
Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 6912

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Calling a lifeboat a boatboat is incorrect, though. What we really want is the big boat that is carrying the life boat, but I don't think there's a proper term for this. That really bothered me, likewise with apartment. A househouse would better be named a "highrise" or "apartment co...
by richP
Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5574

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

On a recent road trip I passed a semi-trailer that had more than a dozen hazardous material flip-card placards on each side. The only one that was in use was a flammable cargo warning. Some of the closed ones were the 4 digit number style similar to https://www.flipplacards.com/digi-lock-placards ,...
by richP
Fri Aug 17, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 5580

Re: 2034: "Equations"

I think I'm going to wait for the explainXKCD article to come up, then I'm going to re-enroll in college to see if Fluids, Thermodynamics, and Fields classes get any easier.
by richP
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 8917

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

I voted on a paper ballot yesterday...and then slid that piece of paper into a scanner that detects the bubbles I filled in, looks for over/under votes (informs me of those if I want to declare my ballot spoiled and try again), tabulates the votes on a memory card, and finally stores the piece of p...
by richP
Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 5216

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Don't forget Mr. James Teacher... the Gym Teacher (among other subjects).
by richP
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 6152

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Randall's been hanging around thedailywtf?
by richP
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 3375

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

"Irony" and "literally" are frequent candidates for the "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means" award.
by richP
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 6255

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

What? No Erdos numbers in the calculation?
by richP
Fri May 11, 2018 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 5709

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

Does it have a re-entry system modeled on lawn darts?
by richP
Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 14508

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

Well, xkcd finally jumped the shark, they did a clip show.

Spoiler:
Seriously, this is a pretty epic comic.
by richP
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5749

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

Forgot one other key advantage: you can get around after the apocalypse.
by richP
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 9071

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

... and deny the option of the Location Services prompt every time the GPS is switched on (yes, I know it could help the cold start get up to speed quicker... Add in an app that allows you to force AGPS updates and most of the cold-start waiting goes away (assuming you have data, not always the cas...
by richP
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 9071

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

pkcommando wrote:
richP wrote:Do people really tow banners with an SR22? At least one of the images seems to be a Cirrus.

That seems like the kind of question that can only be answered with more banners. To the plane banner company!


So the situation is the opposite of turtles, then? It's banners all the way up?
by richP
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 9071

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

Do people really tow banners with an SR22? At least one of the images seems to be a Cirrus.
by richP
Fri Feb 23, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 4261

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

I realized that I was approaching Homer's age a while back. My response can be summed up in one word: (annoyed grunt).
by richP
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 7061

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Tomatoes reconnoitre in force, as victims of killer tomatoes have learnt. A lone forward runner would be pasted quickly. And, if in retreat, slower examples would be encouraged to stay with the main crowd, or be smashed to pulp to the cries of. "Ketchup!" Sorry, I'm a little to petrified ...
by richP
Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 6402

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

"many quotes on the Internet are mis-attributed" -- Abraham Lincoln

Also, the quote with the editors note is missing a (sic) at the end.
by richP
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 8024

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

The word "phablet" itself is ridiculous. Which, along with the emergence of things that are both laptops and tablets is why someday I will come up with a shorthand for "portable computer" and will use it for everything from smartphones to laptops from that day. computini? comput...
by richP
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 8024

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

My graph-related OCD is going nuts... the graph rotation is off by ninety degrees. Time is the dependent variable gosh darn it!
by richP
Mon Jan 01, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 24
Views: 5343

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

I had a similar thought last night. I was driving home after the conclusion of the new year festivities. We're old and boring so we left immediately after the stroke of midnight. The thought was that if I was pulled over by law enforcement and asked if I had been drinking, I could answer "offic...
by richP
Wed Dec 27, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 4507

1934: "Phone Security"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/phone_security.png Title text: ...wait until they type in payment information, then use it to order yourself a replacement phone. Need to add an option to reverse left-swipe and right-swipe on dating apps. (to mods: sorry if I missed anything, I don't usually firstpost)
by richP
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Replies: 12
Views: 3293

Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

"it's the most meta time... of the year! With self-referencing iterating the holiday cheer.." (sung to the tune "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year")

So Autometalogolex will be the most (ab)used password for XKCD fans in 2018?
by richP
Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 6399

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

I'd say this is a GOOMHR comic, but it's more of a: "I'm glad you're in here with me Randall" comic. This is one of those that hits way too close, but will go over the heads of those that don't relate.
by richP
Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 14378

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I was reminded of this attitude yesterday when I used the restroom at a local health-food store. Big signs insisting that you wash your hands with soap under hot running water for a minimum of 25 seconds before returning to work. Right next to a faucet that shuts off automatically after five second...
by richP
Thu Sep 28, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8484

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

I grew up watching Scooby and the gang get chased by mummies often enough to push archeologist to the right at least a bit.
by richP
Fri Sep 15, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 12831

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

If you are facing an enemy that is unskilled in knife fighting, why would you assume that they are skilled without a knife, or whatever they had? Yea, that was the part that I had the most trouble with. It's not like you get to review a fighter's resume before a bar fight (or get a cut scene showin...
by richP
Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 12831

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Great comic, fodder for endless additional discussion. My random thoughts: Knife row: * bringing a knife to a knife fight might not even be optimal. I recall reading an old martial arts book years ago that suggested if you are proficient in hand to hand combat, have a knife available, and are facing...
by richP
Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 12115

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

rhomboidal wrote:Russell's teapot really raises a profound question: Will it make hot tea or iced tea?


According to Russell's cat, the tea exists in both a hot and iced state until you drink it.
by richP
Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7674

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Timely. I recently had to screenshot something for a customer. I re-cropped the screenshot to show that the smiling woman from the ad below the menubar (screenshot was from a free program that nags you to buy the full version) was *not* from a NSFW tab.

snipping tool FTW.
by richP
Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20780

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

cellocgw wrote:
Whizbang wrote:7 days a week, 11 weeks a year.


Or, only opens if you roll a 7 or 11 before crapping out.

There's a secret way to get in, you just have to solve the inscription which reads 'The Doors of Durin — Lord of Moria. Speak, friend, and enter.'


What's elvish for "slurpee"?

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