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by Bernkastel
Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 19598

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

This is one of the myriad of problems I've experienced with "smart"phones or tablets. - The device can decide to clear running app X from memory without asking. - If you zoom in the browser, you might end up in a completely different place. - When scrolling, the device can decide to sudden...
by Bernkastel
Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 31686

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 Bernkastel
Fri Jul 19, 2013 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45038

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

Magic is quantum mechanics.
by Bernkastel
Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:57 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0039: "Hockey Puck"
Replies: 36
Views: 17358

Re: What-If 0039: "Hockey Puck"

What if the puck is a hundred times bigger? And how will things change if we vary the distance from where the puck is shot?
by Bernkastel
Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20566

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

Carspect ratio: how much you respect your car.

Fortunately, I don't remember seeing or being annoyed at improper letterboxing and aspect ratios.

Then again, it would be at least slightly funny to see this happen to their car.
by Bernkastel
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:56 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"
Replies: 36
Views: 16552

Re: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"

No, the local officials would not shut off your water, or anything like that. After all, it's not unpleasant; it's fun!

It really only starts when you get outside the house.
by Bernkastel
Wed Feb 27, 2013 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 98654

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

I like how Randall is subtly suggesting in the alt-text that they changed the date standard 24 years after first publishing it. This would be a huge irony because dates are used everywhere and changing the standard would be very difficult, even moreso if you wait two decades to change it.
by Bernkastel
Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1165: "Amazon"
Replies: 37
Views: 11426

Re: 1165: "Amazon"

So what were the results for 'Time required to get rocket to space' or 'Ability to light up the moon'?

(The comic seems to appear just fine for me. I even tried a hard-refresh.)
by Bernkastel
Fri Jan 18, 2013 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30302

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Graphical representations are for quitters who can't comprehend number sizes.
by Bernkastel
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"
Replies: 93
Views: 23615

Re: 1148: "Nothing to Offer"

Wait - how could anyone NOT know that quote? It was one of the most stirring calls to the defense of Western Civilization of the 20th century. If there's something I've learned, then it's that there will always be someone who doesn't know. I not recognize the quote. I didn't even realize it was a q...
by Bernkastel
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:41 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 17937

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

Oh well, a big explosion is always good. As long as no-one gets hurt.

peewee_RotA wrote:I have to say that:
"Rockets work best when their thrust is several times greater than the force of gravity."

May be the best quote from what if? ever.

Too bad its ingenuity may not be immediately obvious to everyone.
by Bernkastel
Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 68598

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

Another comic where the alt-text turns out to be way more interesting than the rest of the comic... Even knowing that mirrors flip front and back, it still took me a lot of thinking, and me reading through most of the page 1 posts to understand it. The text in a book appears mirrored because you mir...
by Bernkastel
Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0022: "Cost of Pennies"
Replies: 101
Views: 28064

Re: What-If 0022: Cost of Pennies

And then you realize how little time it actually is, compared to waiting idly at the bus stop or queueing at the supermarket.

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