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by cellocgw
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2229

Re: 2077: "Heist"

First shake his hand. That way, you can at least make sure...

that it isn't a heist by a geist.
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2501

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

rmsgrey wrote:
xtifr wrote:if anyone can push the technology to the point where space manufacturing becomes economically feasible, China can


And the first major industrial accident in orbit is liable to trigger Kessler Kessel (Run) syndrome...

FTFY
by cellocgw
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5545

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

How many bitcoins per kg?
by cellocgw
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2855

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Collecting as many stupid /. memes as possible...

Put a laser^H^H^H^H^H camera on a frickin' shark and viola![sic] Sharknado
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2855

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Ummm,... folks... dunno how to break it to you, but us Big Mean Countries have at our disposal wicked big, high-flying drones (Raptor) which can pretty much do the same thing Hurricane aircraft do.

Not all drones are cute little [malevolent, spying, noisy, destructive] contraptions.
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 3188

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

I've seen some bad posts *on Facebook, and I've since put the account in hibernation. Unfortunately, I won't be able to tell which one of my friends are truly awful anymore. *Bad crime stories that creates sympathy for cops, Trump memes, etc etc. You left out vaginal rocks, drinking urine, essentia...
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2960

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Why is there discussion of gerrymandering in this thread? Did I miss a layer of the comic? cellocgw posted in the wrong thread? Clearly, any strangely-shaped districts in Super Smash Brothers should be considered charmandering. I was obsessing with the fact that Randall put, presumably as an obitua...
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2960

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Archgeek wrote:Because I can't help myself:

"Lot's wife -- brings the salt!"


... brings the Salt FTFY :mrgreen:
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2960

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

It occurs to me that there's unending, and valid, fights over Gerrymandering the House Districts, but nobody even notices how absurdly Gerrymandered the Senate "districts" are. Stat found at CNN, but not created by CNN: Each California senator represents nearly 19.8 million people, over 68...
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 3101

What needle?

I rarely watch E.N. video coverage. What is this needle thing they're referring to?
by cellocgw
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5918

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

https://xkcd.com/2067/asset/imgs/polls.png This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but cl...
by cellocgw
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5918

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

LtPowers wrote:
orthogon wrote:
da Doctah wrote:How do you zoom with a mouse?

One word: Scroll wheel.


That's two words.


Not in German: scrollrad
Not in Estonian: kerimisratast
Finnish: vierityspyörä
Khmer: កង់រមូរ (I can't tell if that's a single word...)
Somali: gawaarida
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7456

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Title text: ... Which raises a question:...


Thrilled to notice that Randall did not misuse "begs the question" there. I'll be happy all day.
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 2660

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

I assume you have to register your car with the DMV and your county voter registrar. If you skip the DMV, the car will have tobe transported to the polling place. Not all polling places have disabled car parking. Parsing fun: So, not all polling places have reserved locations for disabled cars, or ...
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 2660

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

Mother? Is that you?
by cellocgw
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 3831

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Pronounced properly, it sounds to this Beavis&Butthead accolyte like "Carnal Cycle" :oops:
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 10207

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

And there's the ongoing organ performance of a certain John Cage piece. The composer marked the score "As Slowly as Possible"
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 3317

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

sociotard wrote:My I interest you in this book of poetry in Iambic Pentameter?


well, ... not really
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 17, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 3317

2060: "Hygrometer"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/hygrometer.png Title Text: "I'm working on assembling a combination declinometer, sclerometer, viscometer, aleurometer, stalagmometer, and hypsometer. I'm making good progress according to my ometerometer, a device which shows the rate at which I&am...
by cellocgw
Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 3146

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It's intuitively obvious (and therefore almost certainly incorrect!) that the set of possible events has a larger cardinality than the reals * . In a finite universe, with finite total energy, and finite granularity, the total number of ways of distributing that energy in the form of a finite numbe...
by cellocgw
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 3146

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It occurs to me that one way to use Bayesian stats incorrectly is to set P(C) = 42 . You'll get some spectacular results. Near-infinite improbability or something.
by cellocgw
Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 3146

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

rhhardin wrote:The thing can't be right because the P(C) ought to be applied only the first time. It's not independent from iteration to iteration. The metastatistic can't be buried in the statistic.


What? You're saying we can't learn from our mistakes? :P
by cellocgw
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 5380

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Flumble wrote:
anonymouscat wrote:Somehow I'm disappointed there's no internal monologue for Mathematics...

They're too abstract to put into words. :roll:

Actually, :oops: , this is just another manifestation of Godel's Incompleteness Theorem.
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 5380

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

In a sense, you could say that most of the ground is also made of air, inasmuch as oxygen is the greater portion by mass of the Earth. Granted it's all reacted with other elements (e.g. iron oxide, silicon oxide...) but so is the carbon in a tree, so if that's "made of air" then so are mo...
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6273

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

There are some horror movies that I like. But they are unconventional for that genre. I'd say that's a basic tenant of doing horror right; things don't work the way you feel they should. (emphasis added) I was going to chide you for using a word you've never seen in print, but then I thought, "...
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 6273

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Adrenaline junkies. 'nuff said.

Either that or they get off on watching youngsters get sliced up as punishment for having sex.
by cellocgw
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 3876

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

If it works, that would be fine. But it's going to break, like the comic says. And then it's a black box. Programming people underestimate this power of excel: regular people understand it. No, regular people think they understand it. In reality, they understand just enough to produce results which...
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 3876

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

... Is this a reference to some specific example? No universal example, but most of us have an example in our past. I always thought of the process as less "house of cards" and more "meat grinder to sausage stuffer". Of course, my process usually involved grep, sed, awk, and may...
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 5488

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out what was going on until I realized this wasn't a collection of curves but rather one of those stacked-count charts that are impossible to interpret. C'mon, Randall, you know better than to do that. And for FSM's sake, if you must post this kind of graph, at lea...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 3094

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

For no good reason whatsovever:

Partisans Love Tv

Lava Prints Stove

Latvia Porn Vests
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 5779

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

qvxb wrote:Hint: The opinion is political and angers both Rush Limbaugh and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Your opinion that that is a good hint is bad. You made a grue angry.
by cellocgw
Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 7148

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

I still don't see why we can't just have a single universal time. Sure 00:00 might be the middle of the day some places and the middle of the night others, but what's it matter? It's just a number. If "lunchtime" is about 04:00 because that's when the sun is at it's zenith for the day, wh...
by cellocgw
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 7148

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

There was a clock on the Berkeley campus at one point (until somebody stole it and graffitied "Time is running out!" on its plinth) that ran by getting an electric pulse once a minute from a master clock in another location. I'd have kept the clock and replaced its controller with a Geige...
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 24, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 7148

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

You call it six/six time; I call it [half a dozen]/[half a dozen] time... Oh, and BTW, 6/6 is not "4/4 with triplets" . At best, 6/6 would be 2/4 with triplets. But I don't know how to draw a "1/6 note" . Given that the flags are binary (one for 1/8, two for 1/16, etc.), I would ...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 4535

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Archgeek wrote:
Flumble wrote:
Weeks wrote:Insert dildo joke here.

*raucous laughter* *applause*

Those are very filling though.

I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those.


You haven't been watching the right lesbian fem-dom videos.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 4552

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

2048.png ..mmmpphhh guess you'll have to look back to see the image I tried to quote. It could be (and often is, these days) a lot worse: just imagine what the results would be if you tried to apply machine-learning to distinguish among those groupings. Also, as the local representative of The Worl...
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 4148

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

Relieved to find Randall did not include the OTT among social media he's leaving. (Then again, so far as we know, he never arrived there)
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 3888

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Reminds me of the parable of the inventor with many pockets, who starts by selling his king an invention for a bulletproof wall. Next pocket, he sells the king a new gun to pierce that wall. Then he tries to sell an invention for a better wall, ... and the king pays him one gold piece for each pocke...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 7007

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

bobdc wrote:A related question, asked by comedians for decades: why is it that we park on a driveway but drive on a parkway?


Water a horse and milk a cow.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 10615

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

In response to all the posts about the ball rolling to the top of a hill (Local maximum), here's why it can't happen. Gedankenerfahrung: [with zero friction, of course] Since all classical mechanics are fully reversible, consider a ball placed at the top of the hill with zero velocity. It doesn't mo...

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