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by dotancohen
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Suggestive lactose
Replies: 12
Views: 6672

Suggestive lactose

Take a look at the chemical structure of lactose, shown at the top of the Wikipedia page for Carbohydrates:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbohydrates

Does that not look like an XKCD orgy, or am I a sicko who needs to get offline for a short while?
by dotancohen
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29020

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

The path of the Mars followers sure reminds me of the openSUSE UI for picking package updates:
http://linuxhaters.blogspot.co.il/2009/ ... lease.html
by dotancohen
Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 68638

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Clearly the sky is blue because it's moving towards us. Of course, it reverses direction every night, as can be briefly seen at sunset or dawn. This is the best comic that we've seen in a long time, and here is the best comment that I've seen in ages. I will certainly use this line in conversation....
by dotancohen
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 40511

Re: 1144: Tags

Drooling Iguana wrote:I\'d say that there are at least a few techniques that haven\'t been covered.


I like to write like that when I'm writing with a pen.
by dotancohen
Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 25087

Re: 1137: "LTR/RTL"

Istaro wrote:I just tried Googling for a single RLO character . . .

Your search - .stnemucod yna hctam ton did -

Suggestions:
• Try different keywords.


I've written about this. You can copy the RTL / LTR and related non-printing characters easily from here:
http://dotancohen.com/howto/rtl_right_to_left.html
by dotancohen
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0018: "B.B. Gun"
Replies: 59
Views: 17712

Re: What-If 0017: BB Gun

Red Hal wrote:(10 * 30,000 * 2) / 3 = 200,000. You're off by an order of magnitude.


Hey, you're right! I hope that my faulty math hasn't found its way into any of my cod###----NO CARRIER----####
by dotancohen
Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0018: "B.B. Gun"
Replies: 59
Views: 17712

Re: What-If 0017: BB Gun

At t=0, 30,000 people open fire. The AK-47 typically has a 30-round magazine and fires 10 shots per second. Within a third of a second, a quarter of a million bullets are in the air. 10 bullets per second * 30,000 people * 2 rifles per person * 1/3 second = 20,000 bullets. That's off by an order of...
by dotancohen
Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0011: "Droppings"
Replies: 68
Views: 31135

Re: What-If 0011: Droppings

> If you took all the gas you burned on a trip and stretched it out into a thin tube along > your route, 0.1 square millimeters would be the cross-sectional area of that tube. It seems to me that is rather close to the cross section of the fuel line actually going from the tank to the engine. Anybod...
by dotancohen
Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 38659

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

I'm still waiting for the follow up to this comic. Obviously we will see the fruit of Mr. General Problem's labor some future day. I was disappointed when a month went by with no follow up. I'll be disappointed if a year goes by without. Maybe a decade? I've sure used General Solution code written a...
by dotancohen
Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Folding condiments
Replies: 4
Views: 3150

Re: Folding condiments

You could have also spun the packet. Then all the salt and all the pepper would have been pushed into opposite corners, no no overlap when folded.
by dotancohen
Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 44214

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

Actually, none of the glasses were half empty until the left one broke. They were all half-full.

Empty:0% content
Full: 100% content

Half empty: 0/2 = 0% content
Half full: 100/2 = 50% content

Only the broken glass, which held no content, was half empty.
by dotancohen
Fri May 04, 2012 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1051: "Visited"
Replies: 66
Views: 21758

Re: 1051: "Visited"

MonkeyBoy wrote:For her, this meant that if she browsed and clicked long enough, she would invariably end up reading another article about either communism or anal sex.


Fixed that for us. Interestingly, one of those links seems to be followed already in my Firefox.
by dotancohen
Fri Mar 02, 2012 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41074

Re: 1024: "Error Code"

Chris G wrote:Am I the only one who noticed that this is comic #10000000000?


I just came to post the same thing. A nice, round number for a nice, well-rounded topic.
by dotancohen
Wed Feb 22, 2012 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 26471

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

How about the fact that some constellations, such as Cancer and Pisces don't even exist. I have been looking at the stars almost every night for decades and I still don't see anything between the Twins and the Lion.
by dotancohen
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 26483

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

What they, and you, don't seem to understand, is that there is no image processing software that doesn't compress and distort your image. So you end up with detail turning into blur, patterns turning into digi-fuzz, and subtle variations of hue turning into blotches. You're happy to ignore it becau...
by dotancohen
Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 31358

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

I'd bet that the problem isn't entirely on IBM mainframes, though. After all, Americans continue to insist on writing 2-digit years in dates. I've even seen dates like 07/12/09 in articles that were clearly about the early 20th century, with no way to be sure that the "09" meant 1909 or 2...
by dotancohen
Tue Jan 24, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 31358

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

I don't know about comfort, but there seems to have been an interesting blip in the use of the word 'internet' centred around the year 1900... http://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=internet&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=0&smoothing=3 That is due to the Second Boer War,...
by dotancohen
Mon Nov 21, 2011 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 105532

Re: 0980: "Money"

I hate to say it, but this infograph is terrible. It _could_ be informative but it is filled with so much junk that the good parts are completely diluted. Half the information inside is beyond redundant, and removing it would make the entire graph much more accessible. If someone would take the time...
by dotancohen
Fri Nov 18, 2011 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 86389

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

suso wrote:What pisses me off now is that its 2011 and there are still new service websites not putting dates or useful dates on things


How about the blogs that state the month and day of the post, but not the year? That seems borderline malicious to me.
by dotancohen
Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 38659

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

I'd like to see the developing of these functions: please pass me the salt pass me the [any condiment] pass me [anything] [any verb] me [anything] [any verb] [anyone] [anything] You should refactor that to anyVerb. I do not know any language that accepts spaces in method arguments (unless it is a q...
by dotancohen
Mon Nov 07, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 38659

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

The appropriate time for building said machine is when there is nobody waiting urgently for you to remove a bullet, not when someone has just asked you to do so. Accordingly, the appropriate time to build a machine for passing the salt is when there is nobody waiting on you to pass the salt right t...
by dotancohen
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 40534

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

(and, by the way, passwords were case-sensitive and obscured for a hell of a long time before html was even plausible... this is just common sense, not some device to torment the weak...) Logging into a server via SSH, there aren't even any stars! No visual feedback whatsoever. It is a fun game to ...
by dotancohen
Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 42525

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

"Fixed that for you"? I don't see anything wrong with physics in the original poster. It would have been funny if the original poster had some physics mistake and the second fixed it, but I don't think this is the case... The light should have started separating into different colours on ...
by dotancohen
Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 28760

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

I agree with this comic! My usual response is: "I'm sorry , I'm not guilty ." This stems from confusion caused by conflation of sorry and apology. "I'm sorry" is an expression of sympathy. "I apologize" is to accept responsibility. THERE IS NO AMBIGUITY HERE. It's a ma...
by dotancohen
Wed Aug 31, 2011 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 28760

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

Sorry: Meaning "wretched, worthless, poor"
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=sorry

Apparently the word means neither admission of guilt nor empathy. Next time I'm simply going to say "I'm worthless". We'll see how that works out.
by dotancohen
Fri Aug 26, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: RSS plugin for topics, not posts
Replies: 1
Views: 1773

RSS plugin for topics, not posts

Could the fine mods install an RSS plugin for new topics in any particular forum? There are currently RSS feeds for all posts of a particular forum but none for new topics only.

Thanks!
by dotancohen
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 45856

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

My first reaction when reading about this was, "Does this mean scientists might be able to use HIV to cure HIV?" Interestingly, there's someone in this Fark thread who replied "Yes" with an explanation. There was a decent thread on slashdot about this: http://science.slashdot.or...
by dotancohen
Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 28686

Re: 930: Days of the Week

Fair enough... but perhaps you're missing (what I see as) the point of this sort of effort in xkcd... to create art out of mildly interesting information. Part of what makes it interesting is the challenge figuring out how to access the data. I can think of probably 5 ways of presenting the data qu...
by dotancohen
Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 29671

Re: 0916: Unpickable

The safe is downstairs in the basement, embedded in the foundation of my house. The shoe boxes are upstairs, with at least one in every closet and a dozen in the attic. An encrypted document in my filing cabinet contains somewhat clear but not-too obvious clues to the first shoebox, in which anothe...
by dotancohen
Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 29671

Re: 0916: Unpickable

cgalant wrote:I... actually do this. Almost exactly, except for the 'unpickable' bit. I have a large, heavy fireproof combination safe on the floor in my closet - I keep my valuables in a nondescript box on the top shelf.


Where's your place?
by dotancohen
Fri Jun 24, 2011 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 29671

Re: 0916: Unpickable

ariana wrote:I keep my money inside my piano. And in the inserts in an old push-up bra.

of course, if I meet a particularly musical burglar there's a problem.

...or a horny one.


Where's your place?
by dotancohen
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 33085

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

DragonHawk wrote:They're used by a lot of the Linux OS installers, either as an alternative for when X (GUI) won't work, or as their only option (Debian was that way for long time).


When I saw the comic I immediately said "Debian"!
by dotancohen
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 33085

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Psh. Trivial. Coming up with THEMES for a group of servers is the tricky part. Here are some of mine: Solar System moons: Ganymede, Phobes, Titan, ... Planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, ... Monty Python people: Chapman, Idle, ... Famous comedians: Eddie, James, Adam, ... Streets near the house: Rambam...
by dotancohen
Wed Apr 06, 2011 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 83520

Re: 0882: "Significant"

I can't believe that nobody* has mentioned this yet:
http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?f=1174

* Alright, I only read the first page, so it might be buried on the second or third.
by dotancohen
Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 41363

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

Mavrisa wrote:Where is Oman?!

Where is Ontario?
by dotancohen
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 32245

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Wait, what? Bill doing XKCD?!? This is like having Solidworks running on Linux. Like having a redhead hit on me in front of friends. Like having an antisocial network call faceshmuck.com. What other two things could go this well together?!? And it certainly lends quite a bit of credibility to XKCD, ...
by dotancohen
Tue Nov 23, 2010 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0823: "Guest Week: David Troupes (Buttercup Festival)"
Replies: 26
Views: 14339

Re: 0823: "Guest Week: David Troupes (Buttercup Festival)"

black_hat_guy wrote:So, if the moon is a bacterium, what would that make the planet it's orbiting?


It sounds to me that you are suggesting that the moon is question is Oberon, not Luna.
by dotancohen
Fri May 23, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0427: "Bad Timing"
Replies: 94
Views: 23676

Re: Bad Timing

I seriously do not think that this is the same species of spider as was seen in earlier comics. These spiders are a slightly different colour, they have shorter legs, and plumper bodies. That said, I hope that this is not a graceful method of folding up the comic. Randall comes full circle, reintrod...
by dotancohen
Fri May 09, 2008 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0421: "Making Hash Browns"
Replies: 122
Views: 36238

Re: "Making Hash Browns" Discussion

I thought the caption said "hash brownies" and I had imagined my own interpretation of the comic. Try it. On hash brownies.

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