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by airdrik
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 7299

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

And, of course, the question arises: who's more related to you? Your cousin's spouse, or your sibling's spouse's sibling's spouse? Well, given the numbering scheme I proposed above, both would be considered 4s (unless you count siblings as 2s, in which case it would be 5 and 6). However, a more pra...
by airdrik
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 7299

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

How about we come up with a numbering system in the style of Erdos or Bacon numbers which identifies people based on how many indirections it takes to get to them? For example: my parents, wife and children would have 1s being the most directly related to me. I think I'd also use 1 for siblings, tho...
by airdrik
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 5065

2033: "Repair or Replace"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/repair_or_replace.png Title text: Just make sure all your friends and family are out of the car, or that you've made backup friends and family at home. The economics might make sense for the producer, but I'd like to see some math on how it makes sense for the consumer....
by airdrik
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 6183

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Am I the only one who thinks that drill guy is the one in the wrong here? My experience as a software engineer has been seeing far too much time wasted building fancy tools and options that no one wants or needs. All he had to do was build a cannonball and he could have moved on to the next project...
by airdrik
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 6183

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

All too often, a lot of time and effort is spent making the individual components assuming they are supposed to work together to solve a problem, without taking a step back and looking at the big picture and realizing that there are simpler ways of solving the problem as a whole. Alternatively, a lo...
by airdrik
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2004: "Sun and Earth"
Replies: 7
Views: 2658

Re: 2004: "Sun and Earth"

It is a nice day, today 8-) It's days like today that make me glad that there is sufficient stability and (to an extent predictability) between the two that I can carve out a (to me at least) meaningful/enjoyable existence during the several dozen passes around the larger one that I get to experienc...
by airdrik
Tue May 08, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12547

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Or you could emulate rent more directly by using interest-only loans: The non-rent payment amount is converted to some fixed interest rate on a loan from the non-landlord for the present value of the property. The non-rent payments don't affect the principal of the loan, which reduces the non-rent p...
by airdrik
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 6523

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

Kids don't help, unless you call it "help" when they shorten this graph down to fit inside a month, week or even day :( (kids come home from school; dump shoes, backpack, books and/or papers randomly around the house; pull out toys, books, papers, food, etc. and distribute that in similar ...
by airdrik
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Do I need permission
Replies: 2
Views: 1679

Re: Do I need permission

Again, not official advice; just the way I'd interpret it: Are you intending to make money off of one or more of his comics or off of some work derived from one or more of his comics? (e.g. selling printed copies (as-is or in some publication), selling t-shirts with a collage of some of your favorit...
by airdrik
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 73732

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

The depth of the hole where the disaster occurred was at 5,600 m below the surface, but the record set by that rig (mentioned on this page) was 10,685 m below the surface in 1,259 m of water. So only off by a few hundred meters (should be the 11 km line instead of below it)
by airdrik
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 3888

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

Yeah, I don't think this support group is helping me any. Well, it is good to know that there are plenty of us out there, but it's not helping me develop any of these supposedly basic social protocols.
by airdrik
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 7926

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

I think the Apple vulnerabilities are less about poking fun at the random top-dog-du-jure and more about poking fun at some of the vulnerabilities or bugs we've seen from Apple in recent years which amount to receiving a text with certain URLs, images or even characters (or combinations thereof) cau...
by airdrik
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 7888

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

It has a Tungsten Mesh, so it's fire proof and melt proof - that is everything inside the backpack will combust and/or melt before the backpack will. On the other hand, that seems a bit like overkill. I occasionally find myself deliberating extensively over certain relatively trivial things. Somethi...
by airdrik
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1947: "Night Sky"
Replies: 8
Views: 3407

1947: "Night Sky"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/night_sky.png Title text: There's a mountain lion nearby, but it didn't notice you because it's reading Facebook. Seeing the star-filled sky in the second panel while reading about being overwhelmed by the internet, was expecting commentary upon looking up, possibly fol...
by airdrik
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 5162

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

In a bad combination of mild paranoia (meaning I don't use online password managers), aversion to password reuse (thanks at least in part to https://xkcd.com/792/, meaning I try not to reuse passwords), the acquisition of a new home computer and the retirement of the old computer without setting any...
by airdrik
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 4661

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

<snipped quotes> I love the idea of graph paper. Sadly my handwriting looks like crap unless it is tiny and those graph boxes are just too big. :( How big is too big? You can (could) get (print) graph paper in a wide variety of sizes. Most "standard" graph paper you get has sizes akin to ...
by airdrik
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 9376

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

At least -40 is the same for all three. I like that Fahrenheit has 180 degrees of liquid water. It makes Degrees seem like a reasonable term to use. I hate "degrees Celsius " Centigrade is a much better word (meaning measured in hundredths), "degrees Celsius" make me think that ...
by airdrik
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 10580

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

As a long-time resident of Idaho I have to say: Yay, Yellowstone! Except that given his new border Idaho only gets about 1/3 of it (but hey, that's a lot more than the sliver we get currently - who drew that up like that anyway) Now a problem with how he drew that new border is that the Idaho-Montan...
by airdrik
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 4110

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

"Just think, the light from that star was emitted before the start of the 2016 election." Well, the light we see now from most stars was emitted before any of us were born. hmm.. I wonder how many stars are close enough that the light they emitted when I was born has already reached here?...
by airdrik
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6983

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

This pretty accurately describes our house too - somewhere around 10-15 different cables lying around a couple of "charging station" places in our house. Somewhere between 0 and 2 at a given station actually work (depending in part on the device you are trying to use with it). We don't car...
by airdrik
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 9699

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

For a modern MS-DOS replacement there is http://www.freedos.org/ which is regularly updated and maintained. It looks like it is mostly intended for perpetuating the playing of classic DOS games and enabling the use of other DOS software now that MS no longer supports MS-DOS. In one of the projects ...
by airdrik
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 9699

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

For a modern MS-DOS replacement there is http://www.freedos.org/ which is regularly updated and maintained. It looks like it is mostly intended for perpetuating the playing of classic DOS games and enabling the use of other DOS software now that MS no longer supports MS-DOS. Another note: the comic ...
by airdrik
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 5313

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

the Burns Clean Coal feature has me wondering about the possibility of having a phone/mobile device powered by burning coal. Probably not practical due to all of the mechanics and physics of turning the heat energy produced by the coal into electrical energy. But, assuming you had all of that figure...
by airdrik
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1881: "Drone Training"
Replies: 12
Views: 3209

Re: 1881: "Drone Training"

I saw the title text as being ((un)intentionally?) ambiguous about which *HG is thinking that about the other's Roomba. In each case it still fits with the character of the *HG that is thinking it (after all, these implements certainly aren't for BHG's own drones/roomba, right?)
by airdrik
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 6422

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

Looks like the eclipse searches aren't going to make it (though there may still be a chance as it is still proceeding across the US):
https://trends.google.com/trends/explor ... e,election
by airdrik
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM
Replies: 4
Views: 6518

Re: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM

The book presents it as the most reasonable definition of earth vs. air; that is the earth and every solid or liquid object on its surface. Going beyond that you then need to define what is "part of the earth" and what is not? Do you count animals and people as part of the earth? What abou...
by airdrik
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 10534

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

A fact that I should have assumed and included in my clause about languages not having an equivalent to "the".
by airdrik
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 10534

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

That's probably the least interesting map possible: "Here's the most commonly-used word by state (including words normally omitted from these kinds of things because they just flood the results with uninteresting data)" (sorry, I'm too lazy to throw together a map where all states have the...
by airdrik
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 7896

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

Also keep in mind that even with that moral argument, it is still important to take time out for yourself (once a day). Even Superman couldn't turn the crank 24/7 forever; he needs to sleep, he needs to eat, on a higher level he needs close personal relationships, vacations, a chance to recharge and...
by airdrik
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 7149

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

As you can see, there is a warm front moving in from the Northwest. However it is encountering some resistance from the established cold air masses in the South and East, resulting in some stormy weather in this region here.
by airdrik
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 14490

Re: 1849: "Decades"

100 years ago people were too busy with global conflicts to bother with music, fashion, movies or culture. When the conflicts ended that's when all the culture and everything started, hence the phrase "roaring 20's". Actually I think more likely is advances in communication, transportation...
by airdrik
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 20788

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

UTC isn't even a proper abbreviation/initialism, strictly speaking. It doesn't even stand for what most people think it stands for... ;) It stands for Universal Coordinated Time, except in French where the last two words are swapped. In much the same way ISO stands for International Organization of...
by airdrik
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 7548

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: If we wait long enough, the Earth will eventually be consumed by the sun WORKAROUND: I'm not going to live long enough to see that happen ISSUE: I'm not going to live long enough to see the Earth be consumed by the sun WORKAROUND: Decelerate the Earth sufficiently that it falls into the sun....
by airdrik
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 23625

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Compare 435: Purity . As you move from right to left, it is emergent properties from the field to the right that form the basis of the field to the left. Physics forms the baseline of Chemistry, but nothing in Physics defines anything about the materials and reactions described in Chemistry. Thus Ch...
by airdrik
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 23625

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Virgin Atlantic must have been reading XKCD when they came up with http://www.virginatlantic.com/global/en ... nergy.html on Saturday (I'm kind of surprised it wasn't brought up before)
by airdrik
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25932

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

For the longest time I'd heard used this word Fe-CEE-shus which I never had to spell. Later I came across the word facetious in writing, which of course should be pronounced as though describing a gem with many facets. It took quite a while for me to figure out that they were the same word. P.s. I o...
by airdrik
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 14298

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

But that little UI change really is making things better, I promise. Just ask our team of design specialists who spent the last 3 months deliberating over just that very element 1 . Or: While I hear and understand your complaints, I invite you to contact the numerous users who complained about the p...
by airdrik
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 13341

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

And here I thought the mislabeling was an intentional obfuscation to reduce the likelihood that the moving company might "accidentally" lose the one with all of the valuables, and that the destination room could be determined by taking the last character from the hash of the label, using a...
by airdrik
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0005: "Blown Apart"
Replies: 7
Views: 4848

Re: 0005: "Blown apart"

I think most of these first several "comics" are (based on) sketches that he'd done growing up before he started xkcd, and are imho decidedly more imaginative (and surreal). Certainly not all of his comics are intended to be funny or make the reader laugh, especially his first initial effo...
by airdrik
Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 42306

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

A quick google search reveals, among other things, a [url="https://www.reddit.com/r/history/comments/3rcy6m/has_there_ever_been_a_us_president_who_had_no/"]reddit thread[/url] which asks that very question, yielding Grant and Eisenhower (both US Army generals). A couple of other close cont...

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