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by Cervisiae Amatorem
Thu Jun 01, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Optimal Strategy for a new twist on Rock/Paper/Scissors
Replies: 4
Views: 1501

Optimal Strategy for a new twist on Rock/Paper/Scissors

You are playing an opponent for a large but indeterminate number of rounds. Standard Rochambeau hand throw rankings apply, except your opponent is told before the game starts whether his goal is to win the most rounds, or to lose the most, determined by a fair coin toss. You are not told in advance ...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 23
Views: 9930

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

Did anyone notice that this article http://electrofishing.net/2016/01/23/535/ really demonized the alligator gar fish? The article made sure we knew they were cannibals (and that means just the worst sort!) so we don't feel bad about how they were shocking the hell out of them. I'm surprised they di...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Jan 13, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 5073

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

Even further to the right, the line dips to negative as the guest manages to knock out the wifi router for everyone else as well..
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8945

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

I read xkcd for intelligent humor and biting satire. Making fun of state names? What? It not even on a consistent theme; like what if the states were renamed after computer lingo, or had Sci-Fi sounding names, or made fun of the stereotypes about the state. The North/South Dakota to Dakota / More Da...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 7552

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

I wonder what Randall is working on right now. Of the last 4 comics, only "Rosetta" was non-related to working on something. Especially with "Fixing Problems" and this one... On another note, package managers can be great. The key word is "can". The packages are rarely...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 4707

Re: 1661: "Podium"

If the word "podium" wasn't already in use, it would make a great name for a pharmaceutical.

"Ask your doctor if Podium™ is right for you. Side effects include scrivener's palsy, restless molars, quivering rectum, and asymmetrical brows."
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 12590

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

Does the pipe for honey looks too big by a couple orders of magnitude? Everything else seems reasonable. It must be counting honey used by bees as well, or my household uses waaay under the average. I needed some honey for a new recipe over the weekend actually and asked my wife if we had any, and t...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 8292

Re: 1647: Diacritics

This comic has something we haven't seen in a very long time:
Spoiler:
Hand-drawn lowercase
Extra credit pop quiz: When was the last time a comic included it?
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 7581

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

Is it possible to purposefully encode information in gravitational waves and really send messages like this?
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Thu Jan 07, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Best coding scheme for emailing error message
Replies: 3
Views: 3188

Best coding scheme for emailing error message

This is a dot net web app, where on a minor error it emails the team. It's not fatal or halting, just interesting. But I'm getting hundreds of emails a day and I need to fix that. It coded several different ways elsewhere in the code that all look clunky and kludgy, and I can't remember the "ri...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Mon Dec 14, 2015 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 14733

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

Did you know your girlfriend is 2/3 hydrogen, 1/4 oxygen, and 1/10 carbon? That's the same ratio of atoms that are in feces! You like kissing poop! na na na boo boo, you're in love with doo doo!
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 15110

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

I like those candlepowerforums.com guys. I'm a multicopter geek, and those flashlight geeks have done some excellent research on lithium batteries that we both use, specifically all the flavors of 18650's that are available.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Oct 28, 2015 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 5107

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

rhomboidal wrote:"THE POSSIBLE EAGLE HAS LANDED! THE POSSIBLE EAGLE HAS LANDED!"


A more perfect alt text than the original I have never seen. Good show!
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Oct 23, 2015 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 10190

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

I think the "I don't know even the most basic rules of the most popular sport in my country" bit is a little played out. Agreed. It reminds me of the people who think it's funny to tweet/FB post something to the effect of "Oh, is there some sort of sportsball match being played today...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 10190

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

I think the "I don't know even the most basic rules of the most popular sport in my country" bit is a little played out.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"
Replies: 46
Views: 8254

Re: 1591: "Bell's Theorem"

This comic was over my head, so I went to ExplainXKCD. That's over my head as well, so now I need ExplainExplainXKCD.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Sep 16, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1578: Squirrelphone
Replies: 38
Views: 7468

Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

I took it as an evolution joke. By random mutation, squirrels eventually acquired the ability to mimic the sound of a telephone. In a few million years, the reason will become obvious to anthropologists looking the adaptation who then wistfully surmise "oh nature, you so clever!"
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 11711

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

orthogon wrote:This is classic xkcd. Language, mathematics and knob gags in one comic.


I was thinking the exact same thing and came here to post about it. I hope Randall stays on this path.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 11922

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

I kept reading this as "I met a traveler from an antique store.." I didn't get the joke.

I read it correctly now. I still don't get the joke.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1552: "Rulebook"
Replies: 43
Views: 7743

Re: 1552: "Rulebook"

Just stopping by to see if anybody else thought this comic was rather lame.

Put the caption on this comic however, comedy gold!

http://joshreads.com/images/13/08/i130816famcirc.jpg
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1533: "Antique Factory"
Replies: 24
Views: 4882

Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

I like how he just sat there for the last two panels, patiently waiting for me to get the joke. Which I did by the last panel.

I really like this comic. A return to the subtly clever, instead of intentionally bizarre.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed May 27, 2015 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"
Replies: 52
Views: 8161

Re: 1530: "Keyboard Mash"

Why is there no semicolon?
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed May 20, 2015 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 19420

Re: 1527: "Humans"

I think it is wonderful that entertainment and science diverge on the details. Art that follows science too closely becomes a documentary. Most importantly, we can quickly know if someone is an speaking knowledgeably or not on a topic we are well versed in based on if they parrot what they learned f...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Extension cord question. Is Jimmy right?
Replies: 21
Views: 4024

Extension cord question. Is Jimmy right?

So I'm working with a skilsaw, I don't have a single extension cord long enough so I join two together. One is thicker than the other. The guy I'm working with, Jimmy, has been doing construction longer than I have been alive. He tells me, "Make sure you put the thicker cord closer to the outle...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Sun Mar 29, 2015 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How tall will my dirt pile be?
Replies: 5
Views: 1336

How tall will my dirt pile be?

Finally, I have a real world problem that would make my high school maths teacher proud. Sadly, I can't figure out how to apply this in the real world. I'm having 5 cubic yards of soil delivered today. Wikipedia says the angle of repose of soil is 30-45 degrees. Actually I need the base diameter so ...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many ball sets would it take to build a matched set?
Replies: 2
Views: 2308

How many ball sets would it take to build a matched set?

Here are the weights of my set of pool balls. How many sets would I have to buy in order to piece together a full set with a Coefficient of Variation of less than 1%? The set doesn't have to be any particular weight, we can mix and match to build a set, but each set must have one of each numbered ba...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1384: Krypton
Replies: 118
Views: 18940

Re: 1384: Krypton

There's no describing the sadness of losing a baby. I'm grateful every time I hear my son's cry, because it fills the deafening silence where my daughter's should be.

Perhaps a comic about a fiancée dying of breast cancer would be equally as endearing.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Add column to SQLite for WP8 C# table in existing db?
Replies: 3
Views: 2505

Re: Add column to SQLite for WP8 C# table in existing db?

Yes, this is an upgrade, we are adding functionality to an already live app. The tables are implicitly created by magic I don't fully understand. There is a .cs files with declarations in it that looks like this: namespace MyProject.Models { using SQLite; using System; [Table("foos")] publ...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Add column to SQLite for WP8 C# table in existing db?
Replies: 3
Views: 2505

Add column to SQLite for WP8 C# table in existing db?

So I guess I'm a faking-it-till-I'm-making-it Windows Phone app dev. I have to add a column to a table that has already been created and deployed with live user data in it. What and where is the preferred place in code to do this? All my searching has turned up is instructions for ALTER TABLE which ...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Dec 04, 2013 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: WP8 Inline Vector Image ..? (I don't know the words)
Replies: 4
Views: 2656

Re: WP8 Inline Vector Image ..? (I don't know the words)

Thanks guys, I got it working!
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: WP8 Inline Vector Image ..? (I don't know the words)
Replies: 4
Views: 2656

Re: WP8 Inline Vector Image ..? (I don't know the words)

Thanks Xanthir. egads, the guys who came before me didn't make it easy did they? I can't find any reason to use this style over a standard image file.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: WP8 Inline Vector Image ..? (I don't know the words)
Replies: 4
Views: 2656

WP8 Inline Vector Image ..? (I don't know the words)

Well I have been tasked with maintenance of a new Windows Phone 8 app, and I need to add a little image. The way it has been coded in the DataTemplates.xaml file, one image is defined like this: <DataTemplate x:Key="namehere"> <Path Width="19" Height="19" Data="M45...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1297: "Oort Cloud"
Replies: 44
Views: 11711

Re: 1196: "Oort Cloud"

Hiferator wrote:
The Synologist wrote:Had to quickly wiki this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia: ... ia_as_Wiki


Who said it was Wikipedia?
Space Wiki
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 30842

Re: 1274: Open Letter

What makes you think this isn't exactly how we want it?
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Sep 06, 2013 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain time?
Replies: 84
Views: 46623

Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain time?

I apologize for not knowing the right words for this, so I don't even know what I would search for. Let's say I had a message that I wanted to send to the world (or anyone who cared) but I don't want anyone to read it before tomorrow morning. GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail have delayed email, but then I'm re...
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed May 22, 2013 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1215: Insight
Replies: 112
Views: 17435

Re: 1215: Insight

Well I had to google blithely.

The human tendency is to push everything as far as possible, to self destruction and beyond. Name one thing in the history of mankind that people kept in moderation. Weapons? Sex? Drugs? Alcohol? Video games? Religion? Imperialism? Food? Speed boats?
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Wed Apr 17, 2013 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 49203

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

You know that part where life imitates art? I don't like it anymore.

Have you seen the damage some sick bastard has done to our country?
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Fri Nov 30, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1141: "Two Years"
Replies: 267
Views: 50787

Re: 1141:"Two Years"

I have nothing to add but what has already been said. Congratulations and all the best to you and yours Randall.
by Cervisiae Amatorem
Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD Tie
Replies: 4
Views: 1680

XKCD Tie

I don't know how to say this without hurting feelings, but I find the tie.. lacking. http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0149/3544/products/xkcd-tie_1_1024x1024.jpg?6986 I am very much in the market for a seriously nerdy tie. An inside joke but not too inside. Something classy that I could wear to a jo...

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