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by StClair
Mon Apr 17, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 81
Views: 6138

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

But what I hate is "24/7/365",as a 'motto' or directive. The latter number should be more like 52, or thereabouts. Right, or just 24/365 Closed on Feb 29, then? They need 37 minutes per day to replace all the freeze dried and vacuum dessicated fruits and vegetables. Just potatoes. Lots an...
by StClair
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 2966

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Damnit, (several) someone(s) beat me to my "meaningful answer" joke.

( :) )
by StClair
Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 6259

Re: 1790: "Sad"

I've been going through the motions myself. Putting in a lot of MMO time - escapism. Trying to pretend everything is normal and it's going to be, if not okay, not completely awful.
Because the alternative is to switch from working on my resume to my suicide note.
(not kidding at all.)
by StClair
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 3265

Re: 1786: "Trash"

To elaborate a bit on the plot of "Litterbug", now that I've re-read it: As noted, it's very much in the aforementioned mid-20th-century vein of "plucky inventor does the impossible", and many learned scientists, some from the government and/or military, do tell him it's impossib...
by StClair
Mon Jan 16, 2017 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1786: "Trash"
Replies: 29
Views: 3265

Re: 1786: "Trash"

Dumping your trash in a different space-time continuum: Dubious. Actually , it's a non uncommon thing in SciFi. I recall a short story in which a fellow comes up with a razor-blade disposal system which turns out to send the blades 100 years into the future. That makes a mess in the future for a br...
by StClair
Fri Jan 06, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 7237

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

"Can entropy be reversed?"

LOOK, I'M NOT ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION UNTIL YOU SUBMIT IT IN A MODERN PROTOCOL.
by StClair
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 6891

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

God, this is (has been and will be) my life.
by StClair
Thu Oct 13, 2016 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 5504

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

Actually, that WAS the point. We use a record scratch as a social marker in TV/Film (See the TVTropes linked in the post above), but the Majority of people don't have a meaningful personal connection to records. I'm not sure I buy that assertion. Are there more people alive under the age of, say, 2...
by StClair
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 3679

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

ps.02 wrote:He tried installing BSD again, didn't he?


Thanks for finding it so I didn't have to.
by StClair
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1736: "Manhattan Project"
Replies: 29
Views: 3931

Re: 1736: "Manhattan Project"

So, create Dr. Manhattan and get him to fix the problem?
Wait, no, Veidt he ends up giving people cancer...
by StClair
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 44747

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

How many others told themselves "wait for it" when they saw Meghan and Cueball, and "there it is" when Oregon flooded? Mostly, it was Washington that was flooded. On a Thursday... https://www.amazon.com/Bretzs-Flood-Remarkable-Geologist-Greatest/dp/1570616310/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&...
by StClair
Fri Sep 09, 2016 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 6296

Re: 1731: "Wrong"

Someone is wrong on the internet.

... and it's not me.
by StClair
Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 5930

Re: 1720: "Horses"

... without landing on the gearshift?
by StClair
Sat Aug 13, 2016 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 6559

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Pro tip: You can get around that 14m minimum focusing distance by zooming in on the reflection in the subject's eyes and then zoom into the reflection in your own camera lens, and repeat until you reach the required distance and the image comes into focus. Yeah, but you have to keep repeating "...
by StClair
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 8894

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

I am confident that, by tomorrow, every WOW server/shard will have at least one character named "Gnomeann". Possibly several, with variations in spelling.
by StClair
Mon Jun 13, 2016 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 5311

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

creaothceann wrote:
StClair wrote:So, the blonde is a catalyst, then?

No, because she's also oxydizing.

Ah, true. I suppose that moves her into the realm of accelerants.
by StClair
Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 5311

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

So, the blonde is a catalyst, then?
by StClair
Sat May 14, 2016 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1680: "Black Hole"
Replies: 31
Views: 4208

Re: 1680: "Black Hole"

cellocgw wrote:
StClair wrote:It can repel you, but I'd have to reverse its charge.
(Or possibly its spin.)

Duuuuuude get your memes straight: you have to reverse the polarity.


Wrong meme; I was riffing on the song lyric in the alt text. "have to" and "charge" need to be in there.
by StClair
Fri May 13, 2016 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1680: "Black Hole"
Replies: 31
Views: 4208

Re: 1680: "Black Hole"

It can repel you, but I'd have to reverse its charge.
(Or possibly its spin.)
by StClair
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 10082

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

Psykar wrote:I kept expecting a reference to http://boxcar2d.com/


Same, and came here to link it if it hadn't been already.
by StClair
Thu Apr 21, 2016 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1670: "Laws of Physics"
Replies: 46
Views: 8365

Re: 1670: "Laws of Physics"

There's a part of me that thinks that if the guy can't figure out what's going to happen when the anchor point is almost directly above him, he deserves what he's about to get.
(That part probably wears a black hat.)
by StClair
Fri Apr 15, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1668: "Singularity"
Replies: 26
Views: 5102

Re: 1668: "Singularity"

Most of the people who think they'll be Raptured tend to be very smug about it to the "heathens", so that part is authentic, IMO.
by StClair
Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 7832

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

1. Climate - city's climate not actually just like [much bigger city in same state]. Also, use this chart format instead. 2. Economy - [company I've never heard of] is also important to the local economy and its diversity, no really. 3. Anarchy - still relevant, or just kids acting out? "Reboot...
by StClair
Wed Mar 30, 2016 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 104
Views: 10143

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Maybe they have a wind trap to collect water on the hill. Or a vaporator. A side question, I thought that Poseidon was god of the seas. So should you be thanking Poseidon for that luck or a different god? I think Hades was the god of the underground (and underworld). It is important to thank the pr...
by StClair
Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1657: "Insanity"
Replies: 36
Views: 4228

Re: 1657: "Insanity"

"It's not about convincing anyone, it's about me being right."

i.e., the (actual) reason behind a great deal of human debate, past and present.
by StClair
Mon Mar 14, 2016 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 63
Views: 7343

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

If the time is now eleven hours to doomsday Apologies if a joke has gone straight over my head, but I read the clock as showing three minutes to midnight or noon, with either being a metaphor for ZOMGapokalipsday. Now, if it were a stopwatch rather than a clock... For the original, see Doomsday Clo...
by StClair
Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 63
Views: 7343

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

By 0100, most of the weapons would have reached their targets, detonated, and the firestorm(s) would be well under way.
by StClair
Wed Mar 02, 2016 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 7941

Re: 1650 "Baby"

1. "You're a baby!" \o/

2. I have compared the process to a self-extracting archive, which takes several years and considerable resources to fully unpack itself into a functioning human.
by StClair
Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 4727

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

*checks current time vs. posting*

So, I'm assuming that someone out there has already coded up a page that randomly pairs this list every time you click?
by StClair
Mon Feb 22, 2016 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 5754

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

"Yeah, yeah, but you were so preoccupied with whether you could that you didn't stop to think if you should."
by StClair
Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 6405

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

the ... music of the spheres.
by StClair
Tue Feb 02, 2016 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 8053

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

Reecer6 wrote:Personally, I think we should measure blood pressure in atmospheres. You don't want to know how much blood is stuffed into my veins.


"The human body contains over 12 gallons of blood, sometimes more, under high pressure."
-- Rules of Anime, #18
by StClair
Thu Jan 21, 2016 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 9781

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

What's Ace got to do with this?

... actually, never mind, I don't think I want to know.
by StClair
Mon Dec 28, 2015 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1622: "Henge"
Replies: 28
Views: 5261

Re: 1622: "Henge"

I've read the stories.
There is no possible way that this goes well, until someone puts it back where they found it.
by StClair
Mon Dec 21, 2015 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm
Replies: 55
Views: 9714

Re: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm

"Surgically adjust patient to match" (standard height/weight chart) - ah, Procrustes' sign.
by StClair
Tue Dec 15, 2015 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 13149

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

Big difference between drinking to get drunk and, essentially, adding just enough alcohol to the solution to act as a disinfectant. Which was often the only practical means, back in those *cough* "natural and unspoiled" days before sanitation and germ theory, of making your water supply (l...
by StClair
Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 13149

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

England built a world-spanning empire searing for food with actual flavo(u)r. And when they finally arrived in "Inja", the skies opened and angels sang, and the LORD said, "Behold, for I have led you to the Promised Food." (And they loaded it all up and sailed home and declared t...
by StClair
Wed Dec 09, 2015 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 16932

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

Ech, we really just need to stop allowing people to own cars. Because outlawing a kind of private property and making everybody dependent on a centralized government-controlled service doesn't present any kind of ethical problems of its own. But it slightly simplifies the engineering of the self-dr...
by StClair
Tue Dec 08, 2015 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 16932

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

Part of the problem, of course, is that "a consensus of rational people" is of the same order as "a perfectly identical series of frictionless objects". If you're suggesting that it's impossible in practice for rational people to come to a consensus, I'd counter that a defining ...
by StClair
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 16932

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

Jewish Scientist's suggestion is close to my own long-standing solution to this problem. The first thing we do with AI should be to task it to solve ethics, in the sense of participating in the ethical discourse humans are already engaged it, getting up to speed on that and then using its super-int...

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