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by Rombobjörn
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 5132

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

When you play a mobile racing game, you're in your phonecar using your carphone to drive a different phonecar. Then the phone is a carphone because it's inside a car, and is also a carphone because it contains a car. That also means that the house on a houseboat is a boathouse, and a boat in a boat...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 5855

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

They are all siblings. Not siblings-in-law, just siblings. Because they're all children of the panel frame.
by Rombobjörn
Wed May 09, 2018 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4121

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Entymology must be the study of the origin of words in languages spoken by insects.

Unlike marine mammalogy, marine mammology is best practised using a rebreather at a nude beach.
by Rombobjörn
Tue May 01, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 5067

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

What the ...

/usr/local/opt?!

There is /opt, and there is /usr/local. What kind of confusion would cause someone to create /usr/local/opt?
by Rombobjörn
Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9949

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Most of the time, if you're out in the rain, you're not getting any significant evaporation - the air's already saturated with water vapour. If you're trying to decide whether you should run or walk through the rain, then you're probably aiming to get indoors, where the air is probably not saturated.
by Rombobjörn
Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9949

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Calculating the total amount of rain that will hit you is insufficient. You also need to consider how it will be distributed. Do you prefer to have your hair and shoulders soaked and the rest of your body mostly dry, or to have the same amount of water spread out over your entire front side so that ...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Apr 02, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1975: "Right Click"
Replies: 42
Views: 13720

Re: 1975: "Right Click"

Well, saving the image is easy. I just right-click and choose "Save image as...". Playing the game is a little annoying as I have to close the browser's right-click menu every time to get at the comic's right-click menu under it.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Mar 19, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 6219

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

That should definitely be the new flag of the USA.
by Rombobjörn
Tue Mar 13, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2955

Re: 1966: "Smart Home Security"

When we finally got some real IT people in and they discovered the hacking, they also discovered that the hackers had been installing system updates for us. I guess hosting sketchy porn on a hacked server requires top-quality performance. We were almost sad to kick them out. The intruder wanted to ...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1966: "Smart Home Security"
Replies: 9
Views: 2955

Re: 1966: "Smart Home Security"

Here's how I read it: In the very best case the manufacturer keeps your device secure for over ten years. In the best 30% of cases they keep it up-to-date for five years or more. Then they abandon it and the criminals take control. In the average case the manufacturer abandons you after two years. I...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Feb 16, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 4273

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

Is there a theory that unifies the Force and the One Power?
by Rombobjörn
Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 10106

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Mikeski wrote:A quick image search of "Japanese eggplant" confirms that; they've got more of a chili-pepper profile.

And Thai eggplants are small, spherical, and green with white stripes.

Are there eggplants that actually resemble eggs?
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 7235

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

But isn't rainbow the volume from which the light is reflected? Volume limited by two (almost) conical surfaces with cones' peak in observers eye and then extending indefinetly. Hence, the rainbow has only one end, the observers eye. Why indefinitely? It seems silly to extend the cone beyond the re...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 5987

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

The XKCD store should sell posters with the sunset quote. :-)
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 6075

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Humans just suck at computers. That sums up the entire industry rather well – both hardware and software.
by Rombobjörn
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8703

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

tempest69 wrote:I hate "degrees Celsius " Centigrade is a much better word

I think "funnygrade" is a much better word than "Fahrenheit".
by Rombobjörn
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8703

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

cellocgw wrote:I'd have named it "Celsenheit" .

Great, now we'll have an unresolvable schism between users of "Felsius" and users of "Celsenheit".
by Rombobjörn
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 8128

Re: 1913: "A �"

The question mark seems to call for something to be inserted. "A dishwasher took out the trash but the dishwasher still needs to be run." "A velociraptor took out the trash ..." "A questionable guy called Mark who lives in a box took out the trash ..." "A sniper to...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Nov 01, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 3653

1910: Sky Spotters

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/sky_spotters.png Title text: Where I live, one of the most common categories of sky object without a weird obsessive spotting community is "lost birthday party balloons," so that might be a good choice—although you risk angering the marine wildlife people, and...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8090

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Randall forgot my personal favorite: UTF-8 formatted .txt files. Since 1993 & counting, never had an issue opening one. I still have my first copy of The Anarchist's Cookbook, copied from a Kaypro II running CP/M on a 5-1/4" floppy to an 8088XT running MS-DOS on a 30mb hard drive to an IBM...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 8090

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Now that PDF is an open standard with multiple independent implementations it has a much better chance of being readable in the future than some corporation's proprietary file format. This is pure speculation, but if those older PDF files are from the time when PDF was a proprietary format, then per...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 3819

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

I have no experience with credit card reward programs as I have so far managed to remain free from credit cards. However, I usually ignore coupons of various kinds because the little money I could save isn't worth all the trouble I'd have collecting coupons, remembering to bring them to the store an...
by Rombobjörn
Thu Oct 26, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1907: "Immune System"
Replies: 11
Views: 2718

Re: 1907: "Immune System"

DemonSlayer wrote:This guy is gonna come back again:
https://xkcd.com/725/

He might, but then he'd figuratively bark up the wrong tree, because Randall used "literally" literally.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Sep 04, 2017 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8397

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Imagine that a government would realize that a lot of people live according to schedules that follow a time standard, that is, according to clocks that are all kept synchronized; that during summer, the sun rises earlier and sets later; that half of the extra daylight time of summer days gets waste...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8397

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Imagine that a government would decree the following: “Starting this specified day, everybody in this country must get up one hour earlier than usual. You must all go to work an hour earlier, go out to lunch an hour earlier, go home an hour earlier, eat dinner an hour earlier and go to bed an hour e...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Aug 30, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8397

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Second about the alt-text, reminded me about the change over from Julian to Gregorian affecting such things as George Washington's birthday. Also that this change-over didn't happen at the same time everywhere. Favourite example: William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra both died on Apr...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8397

1883: Supervillain Plan

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/supervillain_plan.png Title text: Someday, some big historical event will happen during the DST changeover, and all the tick-tock articles chronicling how it unfolded will have to include a really annoying explanation next to their timelines. But during which country's ...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 11724

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

The obvious solution for the condition mentioned in the title text is to use a giant catapult to launch the launch-vehicle into space. The vehicle would have to be extremely aerodynamic to avoid losing all its speed to air resistance. I wonder whether it would be possible. It would certainly settle...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 5570

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

I think Randall just made a novel contribution to string theory with this distinction between bytestrings and charstrings. Coming full circle, I found this link in the comments while looking to spot author commentary: http://xkcd.com/10/ That in turn makes me think of both Contact by Carl Sagan, and...
by Rombobjörn
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 6632

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

The "hard refresh" is the normal refresh to me. When I press Ctrl-R my browser reloads everything on that page. On a Windows computer I've seen the behaviour that Randall calls "normal refresh": that the browser reloads only the HTML. I'm not sure whether that was all browsers on...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1829: "Geochronology"
Replies: 26
Views: 5964

Re: 1829: "Geochronology"

When one caninental plate slides on top of another they give rise to a litter of puplands.
by Rombobjörn
Fri Apr 21, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 9653

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

How much money is in those five small bags compared to the total sum that he "poured into tickets"?
by Rombobjörn
Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20323

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Open 24 hours? Shouldn't an honest Seven-Eleven be open 16 hours a day? (Or just four hours?)
by Rombobjörn
Wed Apr 05, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 8702

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

Secure font? People have designed fonts that were supposed to be difficult for character recognition algorithms to read from a screenshot. Presumably it was meant as a countermeasure against an intruder who has enough privileges to take screenshots but not enough to read another process' memory. Ma...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Mar 31, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 22848

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

So apparently plants reflect green light because there's more green light than any other color in sun's radiation, and so it would be too easy to get sunburnt if a pigment absorbed it. If that were the whole explanation, then we'd find black plants growing in low-light conditions, for example in th...
by Rombobjörn
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 22977

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Mikeski wrote:Heck, if they're transmitting raw unencrypted mp3/ogg/whatever, just capture and decode the stream yourself.)

If a vendor disregards your privacy so blatantly that they transmit unencrypted audio, then you should absolutely not trust any code, device or service from that vendor.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 22977

Re: 1807: "Listening"

It's a testable hypothesis. Turn on your WireShark (or similar), and start using the expected code phrases. Names of politicians, terrorism-related stuff, names of intelligence agencies, words related to drug trafficking, "Jeff Bezos is sexually attracted to soybeans", etc. I think you ov...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 22977

Re: 1807: "Listening"

A reasonable person might deduce from the comic that Echo devices are constantly transmitting audio to Amazon's servers. It is straightforward to examine Echo traffic with Wireshark, or similar, and show that audio is only transmitted after a wake-word is detected. This should help reduce one's tin...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 11136

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

My current laptop has a numpad where Num Lock switches between digits and cursor keys as usual. It also has four separate arrow keys crammed in – but there are no separate Page Up, Page Down, Home and End. Those are demoted to Fn-combinations on the arrow keys. This presented a problem as I use Shif...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Mar 01, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"
Replies: 15
Views: 3948

Re: 1805: "Unpublished Discoveries"

Although I usually encounter it in websites rather than email, it's true that some people manage to complicate things so much that it seems like an almost Nobel prize-worthy research project to perform a simple task that would have just worked if they had done it the obvious, simple way.

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