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by NiteClerk
Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1469: "UV"
Replies: 60
Views: 13342

Re: 1469: "UV"

....I guess their intelligence evaporated along with their morality, given that they've forgotten that you need to buy insurance *before* your house is destroyed :P I've lived in the rural country in the U.S. A lot of rural communities have volunteer fire departments. Every year you have to buy a f...
by NiteClerk
Fri Aug 08, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1405: "Meteor"
Replies: 41
Views: 11420

Re: 1405: "Meteor"

So, to recap: ...... Meteoroid: A (small) rock floating in outer space Asteroid: A bigger rock floating around in outer space Planetoid: An even bigger rock floating around in outer space, generally used as a synonym for dwarf planet Once this is resolved can we debate the difference between a pond...
by NiteClerk
Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 35635

Re: 1337: "Hack"

I found a picture of the probe:

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by NiteClerk
Sun Jan 26, 2014 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 92779

Re: 1321: "Cold"

I am disappointed. I live in St. Louis. I thought for sure that Randall had set the code so that everyone had their own location used as the example in the comic, but it seems from reading the forum that everyone got St. Louis. Is that right? I wondered about that also. Then I got to thinking that ...
by NiteClerk
Wed Jan 08, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0078: "T-Rex Calories"
Replies: 54
Views: 14574

Re: What-If # 0078 T-Rex Calories

The shirt link worked for me at http://www.topatoco.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=TO&Product_Code=QW-PERSON&Category_Code=QW I did notice that the shirt says ..."contains about 39 million sperm cells and/or 500 thousand egg cells..." I wonder about the "and".
by NiteClerk
Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81520

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Herman Cain, a colored person The term "colored" has been racist and offensive in the US for decades. If the person is black, say "black" or "African-American". If the person is non-white, but also not black, you can say "person of color" (works also for ...
by NiteClerk
Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81520

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I would say that there should be some rational criteria for scholarship. Such as decent grades in high school, the ACT or SAT. I don't support paying for people to go to college who could barely finish high school. Also we should take the major into account. I would want the money to go towards som...
by NiteClerk
Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81520

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

If taking your phone and laptop would do the same, I would happily take them from you -- even by applying some considerable quantity of force. This is the same rational that muggers and thieves use. Sometimes, I think the difference between children and adults is that children see these problems as...
by NiteClerk
Wed Oct 16, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81520

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

.. I disagree with this. Should the state (meaning taxpayers) support a healthy 18 year old who chooses to not work? Does scholarship count? I would say that there should be some rational criteria for scholarship. Such as decent grades in high school, the ACT or SAT. I don't support paying for peop...
by NiteClerk
Wed Oct 16, 2013 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81520

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

..... People who dislike Rand and Rand fans and the tea party and most aspects of the Republican Party: You, Rand and Rand fans and co are uncaring animals. The state not only has the right, but the obligation to provide welfare. Money to buy food and pay rent and other essential stuff. Free health...
by NiteClerk
Mon Oct 14, 2013 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 81520

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

The prisoner's dilemma is the dumbest thing to ever be imagined by pseudo-intellectuals. It ignores all real influences, sets up a hypothetical scenario which is baseless, manipulates the variables to come to a predetermined conclusion, and then pretends that it has deep meaning in reality. = is a ...
by NiteClerk
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23684

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Ditto a lot of the comments and one new one. I had a cow-orker who asked for a highlighter. I gave her a black marker. She actually started using it before exclaiming "Wait a minute. This doesn't work." One of my major work accomplishments is that I talked this person out of voting one yea...
by NiteClerk
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 87955

Re: 0806: "Tech Support"

A long time ago I was tech support at a startup ISP. We had one customer that we all hated. He had built his own computer and was a computer genius. Yet, all his connection problems were our fault. 1 The owner of the company got tired of the customer complaining and gave us permission to be rude to ...
by NiteClerk
Tue Aug 13, 2013 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1250: "Old Accounts"
Replies: 54
Views: 50865

Re: 1250: "Old Accounts"

Long ago I posted on CompuServe that the Western Hemisphere Internet Authority was going to conduct the yearly purging of the internet of all outdated pointers (links) and advertisements. People were advised to turn off their computers and unplug them from the phone lines on April 1st so that their ...
by NiteClerk
Fri Aug 02, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"
Replies: 72
Views: 19459

Re: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"

Oh, it should be trivial to decide which one is earth... just zoom in and enhance, no...? *runs away and hides* This low quality image from an outdated webcam cannot be enhanced further. Alleged sightings of intelligent life in the Sol system can not be confirmed by the techs at CSI: Tau Ceti. Not ...
by NiteClerk
Wed Jul 10, 2013 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"
Replies: 121
Views: 79118

Re: What-If 0053: "Drain the Oceans"

I claim Doggerland.
-- I can't finish loading the Drain page on my computer, so I don't know if this was noted or not.
by NiteClerk
Wed Jun 19, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 43673

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

This seemed interesting, but it's too long for me to read now. Is there a summary somewhere?
8-)
by NiteClerk
Mon Jun 17, 2013 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1226: "Balloon Internet"
Replies: 66
Views: 18358

Re: 1226: "Balloon Internet"

At first I thought the balloon was a metaphore for the ache a lot of people get when they're not on the net for more than half an hour but then the alt text got me confused. (yay, twenty consecutive words of four characters or less) Uh, nope. Seventeen consecutive words of four characters or less.
by NiteClerk
Fri Jun 14, 2013 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13405

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

We don't need to worry about this happening in the future as most cities have a law that you must shovel your sidewalks.
by NiteClerk
Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"
Replies: 69
Views: 24008

Re: What-If 0049: "Sunless Earth"

I would save a lot of time not mowing my yard.
by NiteClerk
Mon Apr 29, 2013 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"
Replies: 76
Views: 26773

Re: 1205: "Is It Worth the Time?"

As Bill Gates said, "I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it." At my job we have a lot of reports we send. They take a long time to format. Most of my cow-orkers have never heard of Macros, or are afraid of them. I've taken over a lot o...
by NiteClerk
Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1198: "Geologist"
Replies: 44
Views: 11529

Re: 1198: "Geologist"

This really bugs me. I'm the one who shot the earth. A couple of years ago I was angry because it would let my tomatoes grow. Now some scavenger else comes along and mounts the head on their wall. I didn't bother to claim the trophy because it was such an easy kill. I'll admit that I missed the firs...
by NiteClerk
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 54547

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Speaking of that, I was wondering - when is the next mass end-of-the-world panic scheduled? I vote for : "At 03:14:08 UTC on 19 January 2038, 32-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work,..." We need to come up with a flashy name for it, like Y2K. But according to Vernor Ving...
by NiteClerk
Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 24939

Re: 1181: "PGP"

Someguy945 wrote:... In other words, http://xkcd.com/1121/ all over again.


Just for fun, text your spouse and ask what the P.I.N. is. (Or ask what the PIN number is for the ATM machine.) See if they just automatically send it to you. :roll:
by NiteClerk
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 40023

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

"To a normal English speaker, “Hi, I’m Mxyztplk” is basically indistinguishable from “Hi, I’m Mxzkqklt” " ...how many English speakers have to recognize something before it becomes "normal"? In the 1970's Americans learned to recognize and say Zbigniew Brzezinski. (Hah. Spell ch...
by NiteClerk
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1177: "Time Robot"
Replies: 51
Views: 11018

Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

Yeah, I noticed that. Is there a reason for that? Also, I like how the clock shows 10:10 (one of the most common times to show up on a clock in ads, media, etc.). Most brand names are centered between the 12 and center of the clock. Setting the hands at 10:10 frames the name in a nice symmetrical m...
by NiteClerk
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 21820

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

I've heard that a person walks at an average of 2.5 miles per hour. Let's knock that down to 2 because of the concentration it would take to negotiate the speed changes. That means that at the High Five point both people will be travelling at 6x2=12 miles per hour, meaning that even if they keep th...
by NiteClerk
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30743

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Just take the number you wish to record and convert it to a fraction with one as the numerator. Take a metal bar of a known length, say one meter. Cut the bar to the exact length of the fraction. When you need to know the number, measure the bar and reverse the process. :twisted: Bob (who has a ver...
by NiteClerk
Fri Jan 18, 2013 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30743

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Just take the number you wish to record and convert it to a fraction with one as the numerator. Take a metal bar of a known length, say one meter. Cut the bar to the exact length of the fraction. When you need to know the number, measure the bar and reverse the process. :twisted: Bob (who has a very...
by NiteClerk
Mon Oct 29, 2012 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 85202

Re: 1127: "Congress"

... I personally am of the opinion that there is no significant difference between the two major political parties in the US. Each party is wholly owned and operated by big business and the ultra-rich, and the main goal of each party is the same: to transfer as much money and power as possible from...
by NiteClerk
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38960

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

I always wondered where the government was when Netscape controlled 80% of the browser market, and you had to buy Netscape for about $20. Maybe the gov was too busy suing IBM for being a monopoly. While everyone is vilifying Microsoft, remember that they at least brought some standards to the comput...
by NiteClerk
Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 16359

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

I've found the most optimal cloud storage is to condense the cloud down to water. I can then store the water in different forms ranging from tanks of hydrogen and oxygen to ice cubes.
by NiteClerk
Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"
Replies: 90
Views: 24943

Re: 1086: "Eyelash Wish Log"

Why not just wish for happiness? Or is that traditionally forbidden as well? It's been done: Steve Martin: If I had one wish that I could wish this holiday season, it would be for all the children of the world to join hands and sing together in the spirit of harmony and peace. If I had two wishes t...
by NiteClerk
Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36161

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

... Yeh, but the world isn't a frickin' basketball. It's the size of a planet. And people have been hundreds of thousands of kilometres from the surface. Damned analogies, makin' our species' achievements look small. Okay, for those of you who feel the need for feel-good analogies. If the Earth was...
by NiteClerk
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17630

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

Hell i'm not even in college anymore and my cycle is On Body > Floor > Washer & Dryer > Couch > On Body Yes...the bachelor cycle... Married life is nice. On Body > In or within 3 feet of the hamper > Hanging up on my valet washed and ironed. I really don't understand why people make such a big ...
by NiteClerk
Mon May 21, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21368

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

This made be wonder if there any other of us old-timers who went to UUNET and got their Usenet files from alt.binaries.*? There would be any number of separate binary files that you had to concatenate by hand. Hand concatenation was much better than copying and typing the coding from a magazine. On...
by NiteClerk
Thu May 03, 2012 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86871

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Here are two examples of when knowing algebra is useful. A long time ago I was buy birdseed for wild birds. (The actual numbers are long gone from my memory) Bags of pre-mixed bird see were about $3.50 per pound. I decided that I would only budget $2.00/lb to feed the birds. So I wanted to make my o...
by NiteClerk
Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 313874

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

I'm in Missouri. In Firefox I got the Northern lights/clouds. But in IE I get the Missouri earthquake/tornado. Funny thing is that I would not have know there was any difference if I hadn't checked the forums. So I wonder how many XKCD viewers just looked at the comic and thought "hmmm." T...
by NiteClerk
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 31088

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

Also also, liquid nitrogen being taken to a different floor in the science building for a class demonstration? Yep - the local university Physics building has a sign explicitly saying not to travel in the elevator with liquid nitrogen, but to send it up alone. They don't say why though - now I know...
by NiteClerk
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 138476

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

This reminds me of when one of my daughters was about 5 years old. We were looking at a globe for undiscovered islands. After about 5 minutes she figured out the contradiction of the search. My favorite map is from around 1910. A lot less fewer countries to keep track of. :) http://www.emersonkent.c...

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