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by danix
Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earthquake in Mexico: 09/19/17
Replies: 8
Views: 6144

Re: Earthquake in Mexico: 09/19/17

Oh hai there. I'm from Mexico City. Didn't log in here because I had some more pressing issues for the last couple of weeks. I gotta say, we've got an awesome Early Earthquake Warning System which does work as advertised ... when the earthquakes are originating in the subduction zone. It basically o...
by danix
Wed May 27, 2015 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1517: "Spectroscopy"
Replies: 31
Views: 7448

Re: 1517: "Spectroscopy"

Either way, the two words are typically used to describe forces arising in circular motion: centripetal motion , as referred to by Ms Hill, would be a less interesting phenomenon. Duhhhh... I forgot the song mentioned motion , not force . :lol: Yes, I've also read the related xkcd on reference fram...
by danix
Wed May 27, 2015 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 19469

Re: 1508: “Operating Systems”

No operating systems IN MY HOUSE prior to AmigaOS, which did everything I could desire from 1986-nearly 2000. Need something from *nix, or later X terminal? Someone had already ported it over. That OS and hardware is SO efficient, and with a 24bit graphics card still browsed smoothly. But C= shot t...
by danix
Wed May 27, 2015 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1517: "Spectroscopy"
Replies: 31
Views: 7448

Re: 1517: "Spectroscopy"

title="Although right now I'mm more excited about ESPRESSO's radial velocity measurements, so I'm listening to This Kiss, her song about measuring "centrifugal motion" on "a rooftop under the sky"." This is funny, because This Kiss is one of those rare songs where the ...
by danix
Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1508: “Operating Systems”
Replies: 83
Views: 19469

Re: 1508: “beehives”

hahahaha. Noticed that there's a distinct lack of *BSD. :twisted:
Is the GNU/HURD joke along the lines that it's the OS equivalent of Half Life 3?
by danix
Wed Jan 21, 2015 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 38700

Re: 1474: "Screws"

One of my major gripes on Phillips screws is precisely how easy it is to "cam out" (I didn't know there was an official term to that) or how easily it turns into the pic's "Phillips -1 cursed" head. Now I find out that this was made so by design? Ow, I'm using Torx screws from no...
by danix
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 38700

Re: 1474: "Screws"

Ah, the Allen Key. Fond memories of my Meccano set. :lol:
by danix
Thu Oct 09, 2014 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 19757

Re: 1420: "Watches"

The iWatch is far from the first smart watch to come out. You know what happened to all the other smartwatch designs before it? They died because the smart watch is a TERRIBLE idea. Smart devices are too heavy to put on a wrist watch and smart phones can do pretty much anything a smart watch can do...
by danix
Tue Mar 04, 2014 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 97165

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Okay. So I've known for quite some time that Japan uses the ISO 8601 system, which makes sense. But the Mt. Gox site now has a disclaimer written in Japanese (and translated to English) showing something that is indeed an ISO 8601 format date … but the year is off. 平成26年2月28日 Huh? Did the Japanese r...
by danix
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1229: "Screensaver"
Replies: 51
Views: 18530

Re: 1229:Screensaver

Can someone explain this comic? Looked up starfield screensaver, but I'm still unsure what's going on. Is it showing you flying into a supernova? It's one of the standard screensavers in After Dark, which I guess is what Randall is referencing (especially given the alt-text). Incidentally, I have i...
by danix
Fri Jun 14, 2013 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 60813

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Heh, awesome! Randall didn't just manage to put in the Mexico City subway system right, he put in the updated map showing newly-opened line 12 (it's the one that goes from Mixcoac to Tlahuac). According to this, I should be able to get on Line 7 and go ... all the way to Atlanta :shock: , line B to ...
by danix
Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 23519

Re: 1152: "Communion"

The best joke to be taken from all of this is: Catholics getting offended by this particular strip have been trolled . You guys have shown you don't know about your own religion: Catholic Christmas mass does not perform communion. :lol: The same applies for the Holy Week mass for Thursday, Friday an...
by danix
Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 24431

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Other double-initials that would make me think of a particular place include KL (Kuala Lumpur), HK (Hong Kong), NY (New York, although NYC is more common) and DC (Washington D.C.), and also country ones like NZ, UK, etc... MX always conjures Mexico for me. Which made me crosseyed when Macromedia st...
by danix
Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 24431

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

I haven't actually seen this City-centricity exhibited in the LA area, but imagine someone from there assuming that a mention of "Ontario" on the internet, without further geographical identifiers, referred to the relatively small city of Ontario, CA, rather than to the huge province of O...
by danix
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 24431

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Reminds me of that one Dilbert strip where he gives the cashier a weird amount that's higher than the total of his items because, to his engineer mind, it's simpler to make change for it. The cashier is totally stumped as to what he's supposed to do (this was, I guess, before cash registers that co...
by danix
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0026: "Leap Seconds"
Replies: 79
Views: 27580

Re: What-If 0026: Leap Seconds

I was surprised that Randall didn't go and propose "nuke the moon". That's what supposedly happens in the Time Machine 2002 movie, I do wonder if the effects shown in that movie would be real though.
by danix
Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 28598

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

The lack of a year zero is not a blooper when you realize the year numbers are not labeling points but rather intervals. Take an unusual yard stick marked from -18" on the left to 18" on the right. Find the zero mark on it. Highlight the first inch-long segment to the right of that zero m...
by danix
Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:13 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 28598

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Why did Randall use December 25th as the birth date of Jesus? That's just when his birth is celebrated. It's common knowledge that his birth was somewhere in the spring or summer. Kind of off topic, but I was always glad watching BTTF that the last date Doc Brown typed into the DeLorean before Mart...
by danix
Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:08 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 28598

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Hm. The post says that the assumed birthdate for Jesus is Dec 25, 1 AD.

No it isn't, it's Dec 25, 1 BC. Which is why the zero-less calendar looks stupid! So it's actually 0000-12-25 using the astronomical calendar...
by danix
Thu Oct 04, 2012 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 47311

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I thought "hook turns" were a standard way of driving here in Seattle... Of course, we do it without signaling and without warning. Try Mexico City. :lol: Ah, the mastery of not giving a schnit and even backing up on the hook turn street ... so that it "looks" like you were on t...
by danix
Mon Apr 02, 2012 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1036: "Reviews"
Replies: 74
Views: 20028

Re: 1036: "Reviews"

Secondary joke: I plugged in this lamp and my dog went rigid, spoke a sentence of perfect Akkadian, and then was hurled sideways through the picture window. Even worse, it's one of those lamps where the switch is on the cord. Long-time reader but I HAD to register to say that they already made that...
by danix
Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 26431

Re: 0723: "Seismic Waves"

Heh. Quake just struck Mexico City 2 hours ago. I got proof on this very topic ... after reaching our safe zone, I opened up tweeter and found "QUAKE!" tweets from 2 minutes earlier. The dudes from Acapulco managed to tweet before we felt the shaking in Mexico City! Note: We also have an e...
by danix
Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 52186

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

seems like a better use would be to use it to break falls, by putting the wardrobe horizontal at the base of a building, then your velocity is slowed WAY down and you're fine but now I'm just thinking about portal physics... You'd land in the snow, though your vertical speed would turn into horizon...
by danix
Wed Oct 26, 2011 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 52186

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

The mental image of Aslan with the Space Core is hilarious. "Son of Adam" "Space Adam?" SPAAAAAACE! :lol: :lol: Also, GLaDOS might get the White Witch by promising her ... ... cake. :shock: On the whole Narnia series, the last book "Final Battle" actually ups the Chris...
by danix
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 38622

Re: 0965: "Elements"

I think the worst atrocity he committed (because I haven't actually seen the movie, just previews enough to see his ultimate sin) was taking away Zuko's scar and the whole backstory behind it. That is a (surprisingly) VERY big point to the overall plot of the series. Zuko receiving his scar is the ...
by danix
Mon Oct 17, 2011 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 38622

Re: 0965: "Elements"

I wonder if Redcloak will call Mr. Jones and Mr. Phil Rodriguez or just be happy that he isn't the only one listened his chemistry classes. The first thing I thought after this particular comic was also Redcloak's Titanium and Chlorine Elementals as well. Even had a fun argument about "why sti...
by danix
Fri Oct 14, 2011 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 41586

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Mr. Timms wrote:I'm kind of disappointed that he did a memorial comic for Steve Jobs and not for Dennis Ritchie. Now there was an indisputable pioneer.

Same here. I kind of expected neglect from the mainstream news, but Randall??? :shock:

Anyway, this joke is good anyway. :twisted:
by danix
Mon Mar 07, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 24896

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

Heh. What most people fail to realize is that all websites act the same way. :shock: You're always opening connections to ask for documents; closing them as they are loaded. Session state is preserved by cookies; it is a hackjob put into a protocol that was never meant to support stateful conversati...
by danix
Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 29550

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

Sorry, but if we have nanobots eating the earth, we're doomed. IPV6 limits won't stop them: it'll only take a second or two for them to upgrade to IPV40 and then where will we be? Where does the number 40 come from? Shouldn't they just move to IPv7? Careful, 7 might take over all on its own. (It'll...
by danix
Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 56768

Re: 0859: "("

I see this, and get reminded of LISP. In fact, LISP was mentioned in a discussion I was having shortly before reading this... aaagh! However, there's one thing that acts as a Brain Fuck to all programmers. What is it? The grammar requirement that all punctuation must go inside a paren (even when it ...
by danix
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0840: "Serious"
Replies: 69
Views: 16900

Re: 0840: "Serious"

I didn't know about silly putty, or more likely didn't remember it so much.

I was half expecting for an SSH term to come out of the can, though...
by danix
Fri Oct 15, 2010 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 41399

Re: 0805: Paradise City

Take me down
to the Mexico City
where the grass is gone
and the street lanes silly
by danix
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 41399

Re: 0805: Paradise City

hahaahahah

now that's a good spin on the Paradise City lyrics...
by danix
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 30446

Re: "Beautiful Dream" discussion (#800)

I think what we all want to know is, What happens if you play The Game by The Rules? I asked Joshua. He said that the only winning move is not to play. :lol: I didn't know about the Giving Tree until now; ditto with The Rules. Nice to see that the crazies following these rules won't call back. Even...
by danix
Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 54554

Re: "1996" Discussion

a ti-89 is just as much a computer as a ti-92 or even your blackberry. a ti-83+ can even run a modified version of cp/m. Yup. IIRC, it has the same processor that the first Macs had, so it might even be able to run Macintosh System 5 if I tinker with it enough. :D It doesn't really matter that much...
by danix
Fri Jul 23, 2010 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 54554

Re: "1996" Discussion

Sheesh. Am I the only one here that actually likes the fact that TI hasn't gone down the stupid path that desktop and mobile OSen have gone down? I had to get my dad to buy a TI-89 elsewhere because all of my local Office Depot shops carried the QWERTY keyboard "calculators" like the TI-92...
by danix
Mon May 11, 2009 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0582: "Brakes"
Replies: 103
Views: 29488

Re: "Brakes" Discussion

AcidPops wrote:Finally, a joke I don't need someone to explain to me :mrgreen: I love Car Talk...and I don't even have a car!
Hehe ... this is one of those few I didn't get until after reading the forums...
by danix
Mon May 11, 2009 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0574: "Swine Flu"
Replies: 166
Views: 38733

Re: "Swine Flu" Discussion

I've been getting the kicks out of all this "swine flu" thing. I live in Mexico City, and had something I would call an "extended vacation", as no one went to work between May 1 and May 5. I've got some pics I took those days that would look like something out of The Stand: most ...
by danix
Tue Jul 08, 2008 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0446: "In Popular Culture"
Replies: 144
Views: 44133

Re: In Popular Culture Discussion

Heh. More than the "In popular culture", I like to read the "Trivia" sections, which the Wiki-nazis love to delete because they don't like them. Hey, Wikipedia is all about the trivia sections!!
by danix
Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0437: "SUV"
Replies: 181
Views: 28637

Re: The reverse!

As for me, I like to rent an ethanol hybrid, drive it to impoverished regions, and laugh at their inability to pay for food . 400% increase in the price of tortillas ? Ha! Your human need for nourishment aint lookin' so pretty now, is it? (and before you spam "LOL YOU CAN'T EAT SWITCHGRASS!!11...

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