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by jspenguin
Wed Jul 31, 2013 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: [Fixed] What-If Feed Problems
Replies: 17
Views: 53000

Re: What-if RSS feed links all lead to what-if.xkcd.com (no

Even worse, since the <id> is the same for all entries, most RSS readers will ignore all but the first one assuming that they are different versions of the same entry.
by jspenguin
Wed Nov 21, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1137: "LTR/RTL"
Replies: 63
Views: 21924

Re: 1136: "LTR/RTL"

It even screws up the title bar.

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by jspenguin
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 162
Views: 35935

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

I first thought this was a color-blindness test...
by jspenguin
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 27814

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

Code: Select all

SELECT count(*) FROM ways WHERE thee LIKE summer_day;
by jspenguin
Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 31020

Re: 0965: "Elements"

Actually, I think the Hydrogen benders would be the least dangerous. And perhaps the Radium benders would be led by zombie Marie Curie. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. I don't know how bending works on the show (I've never seen it), but being able to control it means you have...
by jspenguin
Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 18052

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

Akinera wrote:I might just be experiencing a really weird déjà vu, but does anyone else feel like they've seen this comic before?


I think it was part of the comic that got posted last friday for 10 minutes.
by jspenguin
Fri Jun 10, 2011 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 24927

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Name the server GLaDOS, then Caroline can be a virtual machine running on it.
by jspenguin
Wed May 25, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 665
Views: 145959

Re: #903: Extended MInd

I happened to have "List of Doctor Who Episodes" open, so I tried it:
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by jspenguin
Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0888: "Heaven"
Replies: 131
Views: 28837

Re: 0888: Heaven

Did anyone else think of The Scary Door?
"A casino where I always win! Wow, I must be in heaven!"
"Wait a minute... A casino where I always win... that's boring! I must be in hell!"
by jspenguin
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 24960

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

(Mass of Earth * 0.4) / 2**128 = (5.974e27 g * 0.4) / 2**128 = 7.0224e-12 g

So, each bot weighs 7 picograms.
by jspenguin
Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0838 : "Incident"
Replies: 59
Views: 13812

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

ABCD wrote:What distro is he using? Everyone knows that root’s mail is stored in /var/mail/root (not /var/spool/mail/root), as defined by the FHS.

/var/spool/mail works just fine:

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$ ls -l /var/spool/mail
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 7 2009-10-29 21:39 /var/spool/mail -> ../mail
by jspenguin
Mon Dec 20, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: xkcd.com refusing connections on port 80
Replies: 1
Views: 995

xkcd.com refusing connections on port 80

I can't load xkcd.com at the moment. Firefox says the connection is reset, and wget says it's refusing connections.

Is this happening for anyone else?
by jspenguin
Wed Oct 27, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 23924

0811: "Starlight"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/starlight.png alt:"Don't worry! From the light's point of view, home and your eye are in the same place, and the journey takes no time at all! Relativity saves the day again." Interesting question: when a photon hits a mirror, does the original photon bounce or...
by jspenguin
Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 35209

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

It's so simple! You don't have to be the smartest person in [subject hometown here] to figure it out.
by jspenguin
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 31358

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Forth users should feel right at home.

FORTH LOVE IF HONK THEN
by jspenguin
Wed Jul 28, 2010 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0772: "Frogger"
Replies: 63
Views: 15742

Re: "Frogger" Discussion (#772)

by jspenguin
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 40376

Re: "Homeopathy" Discussion

Dear Randall Munroe: I have two small corrections in your July 12 issue. One, it's spelled "C," and means a 100x factor of dilution, and two, homeopaths would never read a comic as erudite as xkcd and thus won't learn the error of their ways no matter how obvious you make it. Well, I have...
by jspenguin
Wed Jul 07, 2010 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0763: "Workaround"
Replies: 166
Views: 33783

0763: "Workaround"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/workaround.png title text: "I once worked on a friend's dad's computer. He had the hard drive divided into eight partitions, C: through H:, with a 'Documents' directory tree on each one. Each new file appeared to be saved to a partition at random. I knew enough not ...
by jspenguin
Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 22156

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

Surprised nobody posted this yet:
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by jspenguin
Fri May 14, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"
Replies: 115
Views: 28424

Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Just last night, I was looking on Youtube for Mozart's Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish Rondo), and was surprised at how many techno remixes there are of classical songs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbbAcbNjlxk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XHiLONJ-feo
by jspenguin
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 85595

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

Anyone who laughs at the 666 timer is a nerd.
by jspenguin
Wed Apr 14, 2010 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 171
Views: 31345

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

Even worse is when the show an address with backslashes. I remember one ad for lifealert or some other product for seniors that contained a backslash. It made me wonder if any seniors were actually able to order their product online.
by jspenguin
Thu Apr 01, 2010 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd.com/unixkcd
Replies: 292
Views: 93523

Re: April Fools 2010 Discussion

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by jspenguin
Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0721: "Flatland"
Replies: 125
Views: 45279

Re: "Flatland" Discussion

I'm assuming the "lesbian orgy" thing is some reference to what different types of people look like in flatland and the shape of a stick person's body? I really need to read that book... Basically, social rank is based on how many lines a polygon has. Women are line segments, low-class ma...
by jspenguin
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 23237

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

Oh crap.. I've had both of those dreams. Time to call Dr. House!
by jspenguin
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 59469

Re: Collatz Conjecture

I actually drew a similar looking chart when I first came across the formula in Gödel, Escher, Bach. Although, mine was more of a table than a directed graph.
by jspenguin
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 121
Views: 17854

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

A legitimate GOOMHR moment. I frequently imagine what would happen if, for no reason, I just punched somebody I'm talking to. Especially if that person is boring.
by jspenguin
Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0698: "You Hang Up First"
Replies: 61
Views: 12255

Re: "You Hang Up First" Discussion

Is it me, or wasnt there another XKCD where she says "no you hang up" and he goes "ok" and just hangs up. And shes all flustered and calls back and asks why he hung up? According to OhNoRobot , the only other xkcd with the phrase "hang up" is this one . Maybe you're th...
by jspenguin
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 63606

Re: Strip Games Discussion

45 minutes after the comic is posted, the results are already inaccurate: "strip chess by mail" is already at 0.0052% (3/57200).

"No fair! You changed the outcome by observing it!"
by jspenguin
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 63606

Re: Discussion

According to the formula, the value will always be greater than 1 -- the hits for "$game" will generally be a strict superset of the hits for "strip $game". If there are no hits for "strip $game", this will result in division by zero. I think the formula is inverted. It...
by jspenguin
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 204083

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

rocketrat wrote:That was awesome and depressing.

Someone should rescue it.


Could happen sometime in the future... Apollo 12 brought back parts from the Surveyor 3 probe.
by jspenguin
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 204083

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

The comic is inaccurate: it shows Spirit driving forward after sol 779, when its right front wheel locked up. Since then, it's only been able to move backwards.
by jspenguin
Mon Dec 28, 2009 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 47923

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

"A thrown baseball could escape Phobos"
"You could escape Deimos with a bike and a ramp"

And yet, in the original Doom, set on Phobos and Deimos, you couldn't jump out of a 4-foot pit. That BFG must be incredibly massive.
by jspenguin
Fri Dec 11, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0674: "Natural Parenting"
Replies: 100
Views: 20083

Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

screech wrote:Judging from previous strips I would have thought the natural impulse would be to take it apart, not put another one together.


Maybe this is the more mature twin from this comic.

Also, it appears that the baby is autological - it describes itself.
by jspenguin
Fri Nov 13, 2009 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 21804

Re: iPhone or Droid Discussion

BiggAl wrote:N900 isn't Linux-y, it runs GNU/Linux. You can use the console on it, you can install whatever on it, it's an ultra-portable netboot with builtin 3g including voice...

I know what I'll be getting next week....


Next week? Damn you, it's not released here until the 30th...
by jspenguin
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 21804

Re: iPhone or Droid Discussion

JayK wrote:Can't believe no one's caught this yet. DPI, Randall, not "ppi," for Dots Per Inch.


Pixels per inch. What's wrong with that?
by jspenguin
Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0662: "iPhone or Droid"
Replies: 124
Views: 21804

Re: iPhone or Droid

I just pre-ordered my Nokia N900 , which has similar specs to the droid (800x480 screen, similar processor), but comes with 32GB built in (plus an optional microSD card). It also runs Maemo, which is a full Linux distribution, based on Debian -- it can even run some Debian packages unmodified, like ...
by jspenguin
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 15095

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

Monotonius wrote:So I guess the pairs have opposite spins too, otherwise they would be the same person?


Either that, or they would speed up or slow down the Earth's rotation.
by jspenguin
Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0654: "Nachos"
Replies: 96
Views: 22558

Re: "Nachos" Discussion

The new design broke gkcd. I can't even access the archive.

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