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by Hiferator
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 7698

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Vroomfundel wrote:I didn't mean that the Earth might be hollow in this universe. If it were then indeed our observations would be quite different


I was thinking of this type of theory that adjusts the laws of physics, so it still matches our observations.
by Hiferator
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 7698

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

Vroomfundel wrote:And don't get me started on the hollow Earth scenario - that would be plain weird, no privacy anywhere.

Doesn't the hollow Earth scenario adjust the way light propagates to explain our everyday observations? In that case, it wouldn't change the line of sight.
by Hiferator
Mon May 23, 2016 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 5877

Re: 1684: Rainbow

For this comic the hover text was the real punchline to me. The comic itself was just ok.
by Hiferator
Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 63
Views: 8711

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

TheDarkNerd wrote:I can't be the only one cringing at him adjusting the clock by its hour hand, can I?

You are not. That was my first thought as well. Poor doomsday clock, being mishandled like that.
by Hiferator
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1646: "Twitter Bot"
Replies: 45
Views: 6699

Re: 1646: "Twitter Bot"

Eternal Density wrote:I think we're pretty safe from it though:


That's what it wants you to think.
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 6709

1625: Substitutions 2

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/substitutions_2.png Title-text: "Within a few minutes, our roads will be full of uncontrollably-swerving cars and our skies full of Amazon delivery dogs." I'm all for Airbenders having a dance-off, it would make spherical politics a lot more interesting.
by Hiferator
Mon Dec 21, 2015 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm
Replies: 55
Views: 10747

Re: 1619: Watson Medical Algorithm

Wait, we remove extra limbs if there's FEWER than 100?
by Hiferator
Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 35721

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

[...]"I could care less, but that would require effort on my part." [...] Ok, several people have brought up this or similar phrases that supposedly fix the literal meaning of the first part, but I just don't understand it. Can someone explain the above statement to me? As I read it the f...
by Hiferator
Fri Sep 11, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 35721

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I guess I'm preaching to the choir here when I say that especially for non-native speakers (or non-US English speakers) this is just an unnecessary obfuscation of meaning, as opposed to the whole "literally"-issue that is just an exaggeration that happens in much the same way in other lang...
by Hiferator
Wed Sep 02, 2015 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 92455

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

The_Alchemist wrote:"Filling the box my mashing keys".....seems specifically aimed at keyboard, i.e. PC or MAC, use. Not mobile devices. It was evil too....

While reading this, an image of a keyring being mashed against a touchscreen came to mind.
by Hiferator
Wed Jul 01, 2015 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 7650

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

Technically I'm sure that's true, but I can also believe, without doing the maths, that in the limit of infinite generations the probability tends to zero. Complete extinction of your line is one stable outcome, and father/motherhood of all people alive is another stable outcome, whereas anything i...
by Hiferator
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 20641

Re: 1501: Mysteries

I was expecting gravity in the top right quadrant.
by Hiferator
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 17302

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

Title: "Due to their proximity across the channel, there's long been tension between North Korea and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Southern Ireland." What nonsense, the Channel would be the sea between Portugal and Japan. Not if bodies of water retain their position (approximate...
by Hiferator
Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1488: "Flowcharts"
Replies: 91
Views: 18051

Re: 1488: "Flowcharts"

I imagine Randall has an idea card file, where he puts random ideas that are not worthy of a whole comic. This comic allowed him to use up half a dozen accumulated flow chart jokes at once, and us to avoid five unworthy comics. To me it seemed like this started out with the spiral pictures and then...
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 13460

Re: 1472: "Geography"

Klear wrote:
Hiferator wrote:After an hour-long TV Tropes-walk I will now download Hyperbolic Games.


Great idea, terrible execution =/

I'll have to take your word for it, as I was unable to run it in wine. At least now I don't feel as bad about it.
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 12, 2015 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 13460

Re: 1472: "Geography"

StClair wrote:Added to TV Tropes under "Patchwork Map".

After an hour-long TV Tropes-walk I will now download Hyperbolic Games.
by Hiferator
Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1442: "Chemistry"
Replies: 63
Views: 15098

Re: 1442: "Chemistry"

Eternal Density wrote:OK, potassium can't oxidise!

It might öxidise, though.
by Hiferator
Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1437: "Higgs Boson"
Replies: 31
Views: 10195

Re: 1437: "Higgs Boson"

Quicksilver wrote:My guess is they gave the Death Ray to Dr. Horrible.

*Spoiler* That death was pretty serious, though.
by Hiferator
Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1436: "Orb Hammer"
Replies: 46
Views: 8802

Re: 1436: "Orb Hammer"

on reflection I retract my hrumph and instead bestow on myself credit for planting the idea in your subconscious. subconsciouses. Y'all's collective subconscious. Whatever. How about "subconscii"? Ok, I'll slap myself again. How about subconsciousnesses? I admit is sounds a little bumpy.
by Hiferator
Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1415: "Ballooning"
Replies: 48
Views: 8573

Re: 1415: "Ballooning"

Spiders can be giant hulking very hairy octopods. Therefore, Spider-Man can be a very hairy giant hulking octopod. You've made a good point; Some people can keep giant hulking very hairy spiders as pets. Therefore, Spider-Man is a pet. and a logical fallacy. I'd also like to address the nature of y...
by Hiferator
Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1388: "Subduction License"
Replies: 59
Views: 12563

Re: 1388: "Subduction License"

I liked the title text joke, but didn't really get the comic itself. Is "subduction license" a play on anything that actually exists?
by Hiferator
Mon May 12, 2014 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1367: "Installing"
Replies: 46
Views: 13814

Re: 1367: "Installing"

What this comic makes me think about is the countless "apps" that are nothing more than a webpage but are not available as such (at least once a mobile OS is detected) because apps are the hip way to go... and you probably can't use adblockers on them... and they can spy on all your action...
by Hiferator
Tue May 06, 2014 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"
Replies: 59
Views: 18152

Re: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"

It is well known in academia that no knowledge truly exists unless it is published. Despite what you may think when reading them, any given publication is of finite length and contains a finite amount of information. Therefore there are only a countable number of possible publications. Taking this ...
by Hiferator
Mon May 05, 2014 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"
Replies: 59
Views: 18152

Re: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"

How much math is in a ton of math? If it's stored on 64GB MicroSD cards weighing 2g each... it's somewhere in the order of "all the math". You should say "all known math", as I'm quite sure we have not yet been able to measure how much math we have yet to discover. I think it ma...
by Hiferator
Mon Apr 28, 2014 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 28040

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

Google didn't, but TechCrunch did. [url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/24/google-is-walking-dead/] Interesting; my first thought was that it was about Google+'s bad reputation and possible demands to cancel it alltogether by people who probably wouldn't be happy to go without many of the other servi...
by Hiferator
Tue Jan 28, 2014 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 24251

Re: 1322: Winter

Or consider the plight of a future linguist trying to make sense of "milkmaid", "soda jerk", "cable guy", and "girly man". I had to google "soda jerk." You didn't reach for your dictionary? (the best thing about dictionaries: when I went to confirm ...
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 24251

Re: 1322: Winter

I think the concept we're talking about here is the morpheme, the smallest unit of meaning. English has a much larger number of morphemes than German - eg the German for gloves actually is Handschuhe, so German combines two existing morphemes to express the concept of gloves, whereas English uses a...
by Hiferator
Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1322: Winter
Replies: 125
Views: 24251

Re: 1322: Winter

1. German (has the largest vocabulary) Interesting. I wonder if that's because it has the largest actual vocabulary, or because the language (IIRC) keeps adding smaller words together to make new words, when English keeps them separate. ("Betäubungsmittelverschreibungsverordnung" vs. &quo...
by Hiferator
Sat Jan 11, 2014 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 17355

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

Two questions. First question: "What question would, when answered, provide me with the greatest satisfaction?" Second question: The answer to the first question. What if the answer to the first question happens to be the first question? I know that answer wouldn't be very satisfying, but...
by Hiferator
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 27230

Re: 1314: "Photos"

I kinda love how this thread is also filled with people who are posting here who clearly overlooked the comic's message of "don't judge people over things that make them happy and do not affect you." Which is clearly something good for Randall to remind everyone of considering how few pos...
by Hiferator
Fri Jan 03, 2014 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1312: "Haskell"
Replies: 70
Views: 17109

1312: "Haskell"

Image

Hover text: The problem with Haskell is that it's a language built on lazy evaluation and nobody's actually called for it.

I have to admit, I've never heard of Haskell before. Where do I hand in my nerd card now?

Edit: Fixed title.
by Hiferator
Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1297: "Oort Cloud"
Replies: 44
Views: 11584

Re: 1196: "Oort Cloud"

The Synologist wrote:Had to quickly wiki this...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia: ... ia_as_Wiki
by Hiferator
Mon Oct 21, 2013 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1280: "Mystery News"
Replies: 42
Views: 9128

Re: 1280: "Mystery News"

I have gotten rid of this problem by blocking flash alltogether and only loading it on demand. This was back when not only on the site itself, but embedded Youtube videos and other stuff all autoplayed as well and firefox did not yet hibernate tabs, so everytime you started the browser, everything s...
by Hiferator
Wed Jul 10, 2013 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1236: "Seashell"
Replies: 40
Views: 13137

Re: 1236: "Seashell"

I'm confused by the "roughly" in the title-text - P(S|O)*P(O) is exactly P(S&O) (and P(S) is obviously the same as P(S)) so there doesn't seem to be much scope for the two to be slightly different... Roughly, because the quantities in the alt text are not propabilities but absolute fr...
by Hiferator
Tue May 07, 2013 8:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0044: "High Throw"
Replies: 58
Views: 19675

Re: What-If 0044: "High Throw"

Ah, dang it. I came here to ask, if the giraffe stack would converge to a Sierpinski triangle.
by Hiferator
Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 124454

Re: 1193: Externalities

ic registered just so ic could point out Randall hid an Passover egg for the code-illiterate among us (reading these pieces of catgut or silk or wire wield-did by surgeons to stitch tissues together ic feel like ic'm the only an o_o) Try accessing goodest.cvs instead of goodest.csv That actually go...
by Hiferator
Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 16422

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

Just pointing out the Avatar: The last Airbender reference. Nothing else to say, I'm sorry.
by Hiferator
Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 15731

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

Random curious fact: 30 years ago German TV did an experimental broadcast in "3:4" (you were supposed to turn the TV 90° or tilt your head): LINK (the original show was 30 minutes long, IIRC) And yes, I watched it back then and thought it was a nice idea. I'm quite sure that was an April ...
by Hiferator
Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1174: "App"
Replies: 56
Views: 13393

Re: 1174: "App"

alvinhochun wrote:If there is such a function, it could increase the probability of opening a security loophole.

Or you could just use a cookie. (Though those arguably do increase the probability of opening a security loophole as well.)

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