Search found 49 matches

by gimmespamnow
Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 59
Views: 5705

Re: 2139: "Email Settings"

Does anyone actually ever use suggested replies in e-mails? They seem kind of awful to me. I have a coworker who responds right away everytime you e-mail him, but he doesn't actually say anything useful until you ask him the third or fourth time: most of the time his responses are how he is going t...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2123: "Meta Collecting"
Replies: 17
Views: 3332

Re: 2123: "Meta Collecting"

I race a "yacht" weekly. It was built in the 70s, you can tow it behind a small car and boat by itself it worth less than $2k, (but the trailer and an outboard motor basically double the value.) Of course, the real cost in this isn't the purchase price, it is the maintenance... So what qu...
by gimmespamnow
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2123: "Meta Collecting"
Replies: 17
Views: 3332

Re: 2123: "Meta Collecting"

I race a "yacht" weekly. It was built in the 70s, you can tow it behind a small car and boat by itself it worth less than $2k, (but the trailer and an outboard motor basically double the value.) Of course, the real cost in this isn't the purchase price, it is the maintenance...
by gimmespamnow
Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 8220

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

To someone like me, perfectly happy with their king size IKEA bed with king size mattress that cost somewhere between $200 and $300 (the mattress, not the bed!), all this does sound insane at first, but the article mentions mattresses costing well over $1000, and review sites pocketing $50 or more ...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6627

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

You know, if you hiss back at the goose it tends to back down. At the end of the day you're still bigger and stronger than it is and no one goose has enough of a pack mentality to want to take you on if you show it in no uncertain terms that you're actually ready to fight back. And just... don't as...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 6859

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Shouldn't the "Now" be inside the left bracket?

Since this was 9 years ago: Image
by gimmespamnow
Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 10850

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

A sextillion tons of gold. You could bankrupt every country on Earth a million times over by dumping that amount into the economy. Only because the physical weight of all that gold is enough to _crush_ the economy. And everything else on Earth. And even if one were to deliver a fraction of the gold...
by gimmespamnow
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 5704

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

The main caveats I can think of are (A) constructing a homemade EMP might be illegal, and (B) it almost definitely would require more power than a typical power supply can put out, let alone provide from one eight-pin connector. (C) the not uncommon (enough) GPS glitch where you can get a blip in t...
by gimmespamnow
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 5704

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

So normally when you google xkcd the preview text is the comic from today or yesterday. Today the preview text is, special... "xkcd: Phone Security https://xkcd.com/ xkcd.com is best viewed with Netscape Navigator 4.0 or below on a Pentium 3±1 emulated in Javascript on an Apple IIGS at a screen...
by gimmespamnow
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 12873

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

I sat in on a meeting* where the presenters were some blind people using my company's software with a screen reader. Compared to normal talking, the screen reader was like 10 times faster: they'd press the Alt key and the screen reader would say "File Edit View..." as fast as sighted peopl...
by gimmespamnow
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1798: "Box Plot"
Replies: 15
Views: 5091

Re: 1798: "Box Plot"

Shouldn't this be beret guy?
by gimmespamnow
Sat Jan 14, 2017 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8432

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

I am not rightly able to apprehend the confusion of ideas which would provoke such a setup. ⋅ If they provide wifi so that guests can access the Internet, then there is no use for link-layer encryption. ⋅ If there is some insecure service on the local network that needs to be pr...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Jan 13, 2017 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1785: "Wifi"
Replies: 42
Views: 8432

Re: 1785: "Wifi"

So I'm staying in this AirBnb and the listing said it has WiFi... -I have good signal for a secured network -Password isn't posted anywhere -Owner isn't here, we could call him but doesn't seem like that big of a deal. -Finally find the network info, (and general house details,) on the fridge of the...
by gimmespamnow
Mon Apr 25, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 12582

Re: 1669: Planespotting

I really only have a layman's understanding of physics and engineering in general, but in the event that the engines fail, wouldn't an airplane with the hydroelectric system be able to generate power by gliding upward? Or downward for that matter? Or even just turning? A gliding plane with engine f...
by gimmespamnow
Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 8637

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

I once used mapquest(I think) to plan a route. It told me to go the wrong way down what I knew was a one way street. Do gps systems take them into account? It depends on whether the source of that section of the map included the information. All the map sites get part of their data from local stree...
by gimmespamnow
Tue Aug 04, 2015 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 21218

Re: 1559: "Driving"

So why do I own a car? Simple answer: Girls. If you say "I don't own a car" to most middle class woman in my city, they assume you have too many drunk driving arrests, (nope, they won't let you rent those cars if you have any,) or are really poor, or something else is "wrong" wi...
by gimmespamnow
Mon Aug 03, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 21218

Re: 1559: "Driving"

Also, before long, community vehicles will become a wide-spread thing, at least for city dwellers. Why buy a car when a simple call/text can have one come pick you up and deliver you to your destination at any time? More rural communities will likely continue to see car owners, however, as needing ...
by gimmespamnow
Mon Aug 03, 2015 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 21218

Re: 1559: "Driving"

I'd love to be able to get out in the middle of a city and tell my car "Find some place to park and pick me up again at 6". That would be awesome . And at 6 you find out, that it drove 200km to another city and back to find a parking spot. You're right. There is no way that the programmer...
by gimmespamnow
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1553: "Public Key"
Replies: 19
Views: 7360

Re: 1553: "Public Key"

So I work for the technical support department of a software/hardware company, and sometimes customers call us up and are having trouble connecting our devices to their WPA2-Enterprise WiFi network... The problem is usually that they need to load a X.509 certificate onto the device, and I explain ho...
by gimmespamnow
Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 24972

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

Most of the time street parking is this way. A lot of people/companies/etc have tried to make money off this in various ways, ranging people literally selling those public parking spots to the highest bidder, ("MonkeyParking" is an app for that,) to valet services that just circle the bloc...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1471: "Gut Fauna"
Replies: 61
Views: 16489

Re: 1471: "Gut Fauna"

Randall's art is a lot better than when he started; that is a nice looking wolf.
by gimmespamnow
Sun Sep 07, 2014 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0111: "All the Money"
Replies: 65
Views: 20491

Re: What-if 0111: "All the Money"

I'm questioning the 5-10 degrees number too: If you made a wedge shaped pile of pennies by making a stack with 1 penny in a stack and then 2 pennies in the stack next to it, and then 3 pennies in the stack next to it, etc, you end up 4.5 degree slope... If you dropped a bunch of pennies yes, some wo...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 17565

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

OKCupid has a ton of fascinating data and they regularly do things with it... Their thought on it is "That’s how websites work." http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/we-experiment-on-human-beings/ On their third listed experiment you could easily imagine a situation where they told someone th...
by gimmespamnow
Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 17565

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

I think the requirements to get approval of an medical, psychology, animal ethics committee (whichever may be relevant) should be required regardless of what entity performs the research, it's completely irrelevant to the subjects who does the research (except insofar they, as members of society, b...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Jul 04, 2014 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1390: "Research Ethics"
Replies: 69
Views: 17565

Re: 1390: "Research Ethics"

Facebook conducts experiments all the time on its user base, this isn't new. Most of the experiments have to do with ad placement or sponsored content and so on, basically, they are trying to figure out the best way to manipulate users to make more money. I don't know of any medium to large company ...
by gimmespamnow
Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

If you look at climate change type impacts on historical societies you will find plenty of examples of civilization collapse and massive population lost for relatively minor changes. I'm well acquainted with historic records and climate changes, one reason I find so much of the current hysteria unb...
by gimmespamnow
Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Climate Change will probably kill more people than Hitler. See? And you can't argue with logic like that. Oh sure, you can try, but you will fail. Also, Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies, so there. Godwin was already called on page 4, I posted that on page 5 after that person had already "lost.&...
by gimmespamnow
Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"
Replies: 37
Views: 8040

Re: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"

Not only did I used to read the comments on news articles, (or YouTube,) but I'd reply to them, cause, well, you know:
Image
(I've since gotten old and bitter.)
by gimmespamnow
Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I wonder what James Hansen thinks when he looks out his window at the West Side Highway he promised would be under water by now. In 1988 he said it would take 40 years and a doubling of CO2: https://www.skepticalscience.com/Hansen-West-Side-Highway.htm Of course, the only message here is that you n...
by gimmespamnow
Mon Jun 16, 2014 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Being poor means you do not have much money. Under no circumstances, therefore, is it helpful to raise prices so you have even less than you would have otherwise. Poor people are not idiots. They know CFLs save money in the long run. They don't buy them because they're unaffordable in the short run...
by gimmespamnow
Sat Jun 14, 2014 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

The "consensus" in 1973 was that we were entering a new Ice Age. No, it wasn't. And this has already been discussed here: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=109136&p=3602621&hilit=global+cooling#p3602576 If you want more evidence, take a look at how ice is melting at a...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

this is obviously an opportunity to turn that into cash. That opportunity is there already. Is anyone buying up tons of future farmland in central Canada, or future shoreline real estate in Cali/Florida/Riviera/etc? I'd think anyone who has money and believes the climate models would be investing l...
by gimmespamnow
Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

How can a 4.5 degree change in average temperature cause an ice age when most places are usually more than 4.5 degrees above freezing? (That's not a rhetorical question, I know there's a good answer, I just want to know what it is) "Average" temperature. The 4.5 Degrees is averaged over t...
by gimmespamnow
Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

It's just a money problem, except for poor countries, but then again what's new? That's a pretty big exception. When people say that global warming is expected to cost millions of lives, who did you think they were talking about? Of course wealthy cities like New York and Tokyo should get walls no ...
by gimmespamnow
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

no one believes that a climate denier is also inherently a holocaust denier, but comparison is quite apropos. All the way to page 4 before Godwin showed up? All y'all need to up your game. :mrgreen: Climate Change will probably kill more people than Hitler. Unfortunately, they'll be hard to count; ...
by gimmespamnow
Tue Jun 10, 2014 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

But as a human, whenever I see the "deniers" slur (which echoes Holocaust deniers) it makes me less likely to listen to their arguments. If your goal is to convince people that AGW is real, insulting them isn't the best way of doing it. Nor is calling them stupid going to win any converts...
by gimmespamnow
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Interesting... When you type the word "s-h-r-i-l-l", it apparently comes out "justified".

(Not complaining, I like my comment better that way anyways. :-)
by gimmespamnow
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150074

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Part of the reasons that people want to do something about global warming sooner rather than later is because it will take a while to do something, we need to be working on solutions now. Some people complain about how "justified" Al Gore is, (he isn't, I see more justified people on the n...
by gimmespamnow
Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 91163

Re: 1321: "Cold"

It's just unfortunate that so many global warming enthusiasts have so much hidden agenda. Al Gore as worst offender. I'm worried that I might get hurt. As such, I have a first aid kit in my house and a band-aid in my wallet and health insurance. If I don't get hurt, then those are bad investments, ...
by gimmespamnow
Fri Jan 24, 2014 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 91163

Re: 1321: "Cold"

It's just unfortunate that so many global warming enthusiasts have so much hidden agenda. Al Gore as worst offender. I'm worried that I might get hurt. As such, I have a first aid kit in my house and a band-aid in my wallet and health insurance. If I don't get hurt, then those are bad investments, ...

Go to advanced search