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by Moonfish
Fri Aug 25, 2017 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1881: "Drone Training"
Replies: 12
Views: 3008

1881:"Drone Training"

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Title text: The joke will be on him in a few weeks when animal control shows up and takes custody of his Roomba.

The kernel trick which drones use to navigate is sort of a machine learning thing.
by Moonfish
Sun Apr 16, 2017 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85546
Views: 6031217

Re: Count to a Million

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by Moonfish
Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85546
Views: 6031217

Re: Count to a Million

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by Moonfish
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85546
Views: 6031217

Re: Count to a Million

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by Moonfish
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85546
Views: 6031217

Re: Count to a Million

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by Moonfish
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 5075

Re: 1794: "Fire"

Soupspoon wrote:I believe that there may be many dark buildings, in the middle-distance, fully obscuring the view of the whole cities aflame that represnt the balance you seek.

Are you sure it isn't just an asymmetry in the decay rate of fire and anti-fire particles?
by Moonfish
Sun Feb 12, 2017 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 5075

Re: 1794: "Fire"

If you think about the basic physics of these things, it isn't too surprising: To make extinguishers, they use a lot of energy to form fire/antifire pairs and collect the antifire into tanks. With all that left over fire, its a miracle of engineering and safety regulations that the buildings aren't...
by Moonfish
Mon Feb 06, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 13963

Re: 1577: Advent

I've been trying to come up with a modified version of it using six seasons / holidays instead, to match an internationalized six-element system (combining the western four and the eastern five) that I came up with while writing a (still unfinished) sequel to The Last Airbender and The Legend of Ko...
by Moonfish
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85546
Views: 6031217

Re: Count to a Million

68970
2*3*5*11*11*19 = 68970
by Moonfish
Mon Feb 06, 2017 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 14655

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

I don't think this is true: the remaining lifetime for a working bulb currently in a fixture is the the same as the total lifetime for a new bulb that could be installed in the fixture. They definitely age. You can see the dimming by installing a new tube next to an old tube. My kill-a-watt meter t...
by Moonfish
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85546
Views: 6031217

Re: Count to a Million

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by Moonfish
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 5075

Re: 1794: "Fire"

RogueCynic wrote:
Thank you Randall and Moonfish. I needed a good laugh.


I'm glad I could brighten your day!
by Moonfish
Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 5075

Re: 1794: "Fire"

Today's comic reminds me of a 2015 Not the Onion Award winner: Fire extinguisher factory destroyed in massive blaze Not the Onion is a reddit community for finding real life news stories which one would expect to see in a comedy news site. http://a57.foxnews.com/images.foxnews.com/content/fox-news/u...
by Moonfish
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 14655

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

It turns out that replacing single failed bulbs wasn't time- or cost-effective. When one tube fails, chances are that more of the same type and age will also soon fail. So if you're sending a team with tubes and ladders to replace a failing tube, it's more practical to replace all of them in the sa...
by Moonfish
Thu Sep 17, 2015 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 85546
Views: 6031217

Re: Count to a Million

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by Moonfish
Mon Sep 14, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 5
Views: 4195

Re: "Bee Orchid"

Welcome to the forum Professor Haraway! (Go Slugs!) It’s so wonderful to have more scientists and authors among us. In answer to your question: On the XKCD license page Randal specifically says: “I'm also okay with people reprinting occasional comics (with clear attribution) in publications like boo...
by Moonfish
Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 13963

Re: 1577: Advent

Is there a special calcium enriched chocolate treat for me the day I hit menopause?
by Moonfish
Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 13963

Re: 1577: Advent

I hope the calendar is going left to right bottom to top. I’m not sure I’ll be able to bend over to reach the bottom row every day when I’m 68 to 74 years old.
by Moonfish
Mon Sep 14, 2015 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 13963

Re: 1577: Advent

I’ve only got 30 or 40 years left on this planet. I need to find other people interested in the same problems I am so we can solve as many as possible.
by Moonfish
Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 15343

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Today’s comic is a bit irreverent. Randal is challenging the comfort many Americans find in religion but he does it in a way that doesn’t alienate people who disagree with him. I doubt very much that's what Randal is trying, and I'm certain that's not what he's accomplishing. It's an embellishment ...
by Moonfish
Thu Sep 10, 2015 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 15343

Re: Can Randal's judgment for challenging content be learned

Weeks wrote:Why don't we ask him?

Randall? Can you hear me? How can I be more like you?


I'm pretty sure He doesn't read the forum.
For one thing, He removed the forum link from His webpage a year or two ago.
by Moonfish
Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 15343

Can Randal's judgment for challenging content be learned?

Today’s comic is a bit irreverent. Randal is challenging the comfort many Americans find in religion but he does it in a way that doesn’t alienate people who disagree with him. Convincing people of something requires that those who disagree with you will listen. He knows his audience and he has a go...
by Moonfish
Fri May 30, 2014 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"
Replies: 76
Views: 17572

Re: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"

The sign should factor in its elevation above sea level, but then the joke wouldn't be as funny. I don't have the software ready to triangulate the possible locations of the sign, so I’ll just use Google maps for a quick guess. I like either Tupelo Mississippi, which is a 106 Mile drive from Jackso...
by Moonfish
Fri May 30, 2014 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"
Replies: 76
Views: 17572

Re: 1375: "Astronaut Vandalism"

Isn't that 22.0641062 meters short?

Edit: In my rush to get my post near the top I misplaced the decimal point. It should have been 220.641062 meters. Thanks CharlieP.
by Moonfish
Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28745

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

The compromise should be the Chinese symbol for Rooster: 酉. I've seen this before, but those charts are sorta baffling. 酉 isn't the Chinese symbol for rooster; it's pronounced yóu in Mandarin, and is a radical that means wine. (More often you'd see 酒.) I did my best with the chart. However while I'...
by Moonfish
Mon Nov 18, 2013 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28745

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

The compromise should be the Chinese symbol for Rooster: 酉. Here are the numbers to go with the traditional symbols. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CsoSwfT17TI/UonLj7RSFmI/AAAAAAAA3YI/pLfUo-boH60/w512-h347-no/angle+table.png Notice how the rat pushes the cat off the ox. Shouldn't sin(tau) = cos...
by Moonfish
Mon Nov 18, 2013 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28745

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

The compromise should be the Chinese symbol for Rooster: 酉. Math is always running out of symbols and it should be more culturally inclusive anyway. There is a wonderful story about animals racing across a river that helps people remember the order. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-N8atX80yCGE/Uo...
by Moonfish
Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1258: First
Replies: 72
Views: 19356

Re: 1258: First

Do people still do the “Speak now or forever hold your peace” thing at weddings or is the opportunity of free attention just too hard to pass up for a modern crowd?
by Moonfish
Fri Jun 14, 2013 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 11977

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

Would the burj khalifa pearce the ice 21,000 years ago?
Was there even much of an ice age in Dubai at that time?
by Moonfish
Thu Mar 21, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 23298

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

In my opinion, Java is one of the greatest jokes ever perpetrated. I agree, except I love Minecraft http://www.minecraftforum.net/uploads/av-1015566.png?_r=0 http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ls9fa0xurs1qmlx9j.jpg http://www.foolproofsystems.com/images/javalogo.jpg Java has never lived up to its promi...
by Moonfish
Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 23298

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

There must be someone around here who’s up for a debate about the detrimental effects of Try-Catch blocks on single static assignment optimization or code flow. Some times I feel like the XKCD forum is filling up with people un-interested in lively discussions about either compiler theory or softwar...
by Moonfish
Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 23298

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

Just Let Yourself Goto Your Children Try catch statements fracture the structure of code body’s basic blocks . This whole notion of optimizing a relationship by throwing things around is an idealistic an unobtainable myth. Why can’t the parent and child work together in a stack based loop? Heaven f...
by Moonfish
Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:35 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Wondercon meetup
Replies: 1
Views: 12727

Re: Wondercon meetup

I'm making this happen: (Next Equinox + 256 hours) @ Latitude : 169/5, Longitude : (-2*2*11*67)/25 Unless someone has a better time and place. The best time and place will be edited in to the next line of this post around Friday, March 8th, 2013 at 3:00 AM ___________________________________________...
by Moonfish
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 61915

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Hi there Jorpho, Pfhorrest, domenox, addams and orthogon, The sub-topic about the joy of teaching children things is rather important to me. I was wondering if it would be acceptable for me to reintroduce it to the thread after the light and mirror sub-topics have played out? I’m going to tell him I...
by Moonfish
Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 61915

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

The sky isn't always blue, sometimes it's black with white speckles.
by Moonfish
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 35487

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

Use “Bananas”

Most people use “Bananas” because it’s easy to say even if you have something in your mouth.
As an engineer can you think of other optimal safe words?
  • Short
  • Not typical in erotic dialogue
  • Doesn’t require your tong to be free
by Moonfish
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 28982

Re: 0948 - "AI"

I generally hate posting on web forums because it’s a zero sum game where everyone is trying to get others to read and respond to their ideas more than they have to read and respond to the ideas of others. (I much prefer Wikipedia’s model) However, I love XKCD and I love Burning Man so a few days ag...
by Moonfish
Thu Sep 08, 2011 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 28982

Re: 0948 - "AI"

I just got back from Burning Man. I love it. It’s a fantastic opportunity for introspection and to reinvigorate a sense of wonder in day to day life. Still, I would have to acknowledge the conversational short comings today’s comic points out. I love the art but the biggest draw for me at Burning Ma...
by Moonfish
Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 83171

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

It reminds me of this comic:
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When I first saw Boing-Boing's Pac-man comic I was thinking about the pie chart of pie charts which resemble Pac-man.
Any opinions? Would that chart contain it'self?

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