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by airdrik
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 71
Views: 2676

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: 1724

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: 97
Views: 4953

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: 97
Views: 4953

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: 154
Views: 5621

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: 5671

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: 5462

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: 3835

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: 32112

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...
by airdrik
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 5968

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

LIQUID HONEY DOES NOT MELT GRANITE AND LIMESTONE! ISIS DID 8/12! ACTIUM WAS AN INSIDE JOB! Now can anyone tell me why black hat is being so tame? He's supposed to build a time machine, rig the pyramids with honey traps and fill the tombs with bee carcasses. Or replace the sarcophagus with a cryogen...
by airdrik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 8180

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

I fear this thread is diverging into a discussion of the Time thread that Gnome Ann would approve of.
by airdrik
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 4340

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

A few more features of the "Brexit phone": - Liberated phone! (no longer complies with any of the EU standards) - Detachable camera! (may detach at any moment and return to factory) - Literal firewall (upon intrusion detection will light networking module on fire) - Doesn't currently have ...
by airdrik
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 4340

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

1 Or rather 'about 5ft' or 1.5m for those that prefer metric, which looks like a sloppy way of describing an actual regulatory specification of ' exactly 1.5m', or about five feet for those that prefer imperial. That's one of my many pet hates - media sources converting an approximate figure with r...
by airdrik
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 35996

Re: 1270: Functional

Well, just because you don't write the recursion as part of you code which processes the stream of data doesn't mean there isn't recursion involved. It's just hidden behind layers of higher-order functions.
by airdrik
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 6596

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

ManaUser wrote:What happens if you use both -i and -I? Does it ignore all the letters?

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by airdrik
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 6596

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

Each utility has its own arrangement of parameters, arguments, options, futures, derivatives, candidates and procedures; so if one doesn't have the behavior that you need then check the others. For instance, those desiring options for testing other papacies, please see the related utility blirb. Or ...
by airdrik
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1691: "Optimization"
Replies: 53
Views: 5344

Re: 1691: "Optimization"

... and the placeholder will end up in the final product... All too true! How many times does the prototype become the final version "because you've already written it, just ship it as-is" (despite the fact that with software prototypes, the code is intentionally bug-ridden and unmaintain...
by airdrik
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 84754

Re: 1663: "Garden"

My garden which I had been tending for some time, but can no longer tend due to touching an ill-fated button to refresh firefox: MyGarden.png http://xkcd.com/1663/#e144f31c-faa1-11e5-8002-42010a8e0014 I have a pair of Megans who are set to defend my garden from invaders (like excessive branches on t...
by airdrik
Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 9727

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

With al those liquids pumping through those pipelines, I was half expecting one for pee... Maybe I'm wierd, but I think it would be interesting to see how the public water size compares to the public sewer size. I was similarly disappointed that there wasn't a 3rd level for larger-scale things that...
by airdrik
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 14515

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Talking of radians, why do we still use degrees when measuring angles? Do they offer any advantages over radians? Couldn't we do away with them entirely and just teach radians at school? I mean sure, whole numbers are nice and all... But pi! If you want an angle revolution at all, make the new stan...
by airdrik
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1612: "Colds"
Replies: 41
Views: 5711

Re: 1612: "Colds"

So I see "Skin Crawling", "Sore Throat", "Aching", "Cough" and "Hoarseness" under the X-axis, but where's "Constant Mucus Expulsion Requiring Thousands of Tissues"? +1 My usual pattern of cold symptoms is: "Mucus Mucus Mucus" whi...
by airdrik
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 52243

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

This is fun. :) I wonder which world is bigger - the Click and Drag world or the Hoverboard one? I feel like it took longer to get to the sides of Click & Drag. That's just a guess, though. Click & drag was significantly bigger at 165888x79872 pixels, vs. 93366x23598 for this one. This one ...
by airdrik
Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 16526

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I just remember that every other month has 31 days, skipping of course Nerus, the month named after the tyrant Nero and inserted between the months of July and August, but was removed from all calendars.
by airdrik
Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 7810

Re: 1590: "The Source"

I was just demonstrating an example of this to some of my coworkers on Monday. I have pretty standard led displays, but when I have a spreadsheet open (in LibreOffice) something about the pattern of white cells and dark grid lines causes a (vibrating) high-pitched noise. Upon experimentation, it onl...
by airdrik
Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 7212

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

I can't understand why Randall of all people seems to have drawn a crescent moon with the crescent tilted upward. This implies that the Sun is also above the horizon, and a crescent Moon is almost impossible to see under such circumstances. This is the sort of mistake Gary Trudeau commonly makes, b...
by airdrik
Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12334

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Being from the States doesn't prevent one from associating OED with the Oxford English Dictionary, as that is how I've always expanded it (and honestly I didn't realize that it was also associated with Online Etymology Dictionary until reading this conversation). Of course someone from the States wo...
by airdrik
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 83347

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

did no one else type 'five random words' when it said to type five random words? Guess it was just me then. :oops: You probably weren't. On the second Pick a number one, I put (a new instance of) the same number as I put the first one. It was sufficiently random the first time, I saw no reason not ...
by airdrik
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 17746

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

If you're anything like me, you shut down your computer by unplugging it from the wall outlet. You can instead shut it down much quicker by either pushing the big button on the front of the case, or selecting Shut Down from the menu (location dependent on operating system). This also avoids the anno...
by airdrik
Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 10145

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

If we are allowed to do such indefinite nesting of clauses, we could apply that to the buffalo buffalo buffalo ... sentence, such that each instance of the noun buffalo which hasn't already been qualified as being buffaloed by Buffalo buffalo is thus qualified, resulting in an infinite sequence of &...
by airdrik
Thu Jul 30, 2015 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 10145

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

Aren't the quotes in the strip angled so as to be close quotes? Which annoyingly makes it nonsense if you parse it as the closing part of something recursive. Anyway. Hooray for recursion! Boo for Ozymandias going on forever without getting to the bit about nothing else remaining! I don't know whic...
by airdrik
Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 10145

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

Aren't the quotes in the strip angled so as to be close quotes? Which annoyingly makes it nonsense if you parse it as the closing part of something recursive. Anyway. Hooray for recursion! Boo for Ozymandias going on forever without getting to the bit about nothing else remaining! I don't know whic...
by airdrik
Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1554: "Spice Girls"
Replies: 69
Views: 7696

Re: 1554: "Spice Girls"

It's also not exactly the same issue as 1417, because there are only four riders of the apocalypse. They are still in the set of comics where he mixes sets of things because they have become indistinguishable. Though this one does have the tone of being more intentional than 1417 was, perhaps takin...
by airdrik
Mon Jul 13, 2015 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"
Replies: 40
Views: 5206

Re: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"

rmsgrey wrote:What I want to know is how you preform the hotswap of the USB-E socket and what tools you need to do so...

It doesn't say anything about a USB-E socket, it has a USB E which can be hotswapped with other USB letters that you can produce using your 3D printer.
by airdrik
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 7649

Re: 1539: "Planning"

*Everyone's* planning to take over the world. To a greater or lesser extent. ;-D Strictly speaking, not everyone: " I don't want to work; I just want to bang on the drum all day..." or "Sitting on the dock of the bay, watching the tide roll away..." or "I don't want no job,...
by airdrik
Wed Jun 17, 2015 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 7649

Re: 1539: "Planning"

Nope; we're not after world domination at all. We just have to defend ourselves from all those people that populate the rest of the planet and want to hurt us. Because those people that populate the rest of the planet don't have our best interests in mind, unlike those who are in charge of defendin...
by airdrik
Mon May 04, 2015 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 20036

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Political Science: We helped create institutions that have preserved redefined war such that we can say that we've had " world peace " despite there being war-like "armed conflicts" almost continually for the longest time in modern history! And we're pretty sure it'll all collap...
by airdrik
Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 23308

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

In that case they can still produce the Win by Induction if beforehand they've prepared sufficiently many pikachim that once all are summoned they are guaranteed to overwhelm and defeat any opponent.
by airdrik
Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 23308

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

Win by Induction:
If each Pikachu summons one (or more) more Pikachu, then eventually they will produce enough static electricity to produce a large enough lightning strike to defeat any opponent.
by airdrik
Thu Jan 29, 2015 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 16944

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

The nylon ropes generally used in Tug-of-war will stretch as much as 30% before breaking. This stores an immense amount of potential energy, which is then converted to kinetic energy in the newly broken rope ends. I have heard that broken nylon rope recoils at 700 miles per hour [ citation needed ]...
by airdrik
Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1473: "Location Sharing"
Replies: 67
Views: 11273

Re: 1473: "Location Sharing"

The joke is a reference to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle : Heisenberg - Quantum Mechanics, 1925-1927: The Uncertainty Principle. The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa. IS that the joke? It's not stated anywhere. ...

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