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by wolfticket
Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1843: "Opening Crawl"
Replies: 19
Views: 4417

Re: 1843: "Opening Crawl"

See how long Star Wars fans will watch normal credits with rapt interest before they realise the projectionist has forgotten to turn on keystone correction
by wolfticket
Sat Apr 09, 2016 12:45 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 19341

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

...An African or European Swallow?
by wolfticket
Sat Nov 14, 2015 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 17235

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

I recently upgraded my front bike light from "vaguely know there's a cyclist there" to "this path is daylight now". ... Bright bike lights are great, but once you get to a certain point you really need a "dip" facility. I've cycled towards people blasting out massive a...
by wolfticket
Mon Nov 02, 2015 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1598: "Salvage"
Replies: 103
Views: 14379

Re: 1598: "Salvage"

Well, no wonder that technique has never worked in my experience. What about those "Do not eat" packets? Those are supposed to be super absorbent, right? I shove wet stuff in a sealed bag with a load of either silica gel or other mineral desiccant (whatever comes in those moisture absorbe...
by wolfticket
Wed Mar 18, 2015 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 21587

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

Some thing along the lines of: In any system there will be potential to play the system for personal gain without breaking any rules. However, if too many people do this the whole system breaks down without anyone having technically done anything wrong. The only way to preserve the system is actuall...
by wolfticket
Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"
Replies: 203
Views: 32696

Re: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"

It feels like the alt-text would normally be the punchline.
by wolfticket
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"
Replies: 87
Views: 30413

Re: What-If 0113: "Visit Every State"

I think the fastest way to physically visit every state in a conventional sense of the word would be a supersonic VTOL aircraft. Maybe the F-35B. That way you remove the limitation of having to approach and land at airports. Also you can hop over close borders without having to gain much altitude or...
by wolfticket
Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1421: "Future self"
Replies: 74
Views: 15396

Re: 1421: "Future self"

fibonacci wrote:#If it ain't Bjork, don't fix it.

It's not pronounced like that you Björk :)
by wolfticket
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 17749

Re: 1420: "Watches"

I kept wearing a watch because there are often times I want to quickly know the time where getting my phone out of my pocket and switching on the screen would be inconvenient/slow/rude. Indeed some of those issues could still be a problem with current smart watches, so I may be about to move in to t...
by wolfticket
Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 36609

Re: 1377: "Fish"

I think the thing is that not only is the universe is big, also time is long. Any civilization can exist almost anywhere within either. It's like a game of hide and seek that takes place in a huge area, that starts at a random point and only lasts a very short period of time. Even if there are a lot...
by wolfticket
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:07 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"
Replies: 36
Views: 10014

Re: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"

c) Also it didn't address the issue of where the free energy comes from (ie. the pumping station). It wasn't a question of "free energy" in the way that term is usually used. It was a question of free electricity under the terms of the tenancy. I did realise there was no implication the i...
by wolfticket
Thu Apr 10, 2014 12:57 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"
Replies: 36
Views: 10014

Re: What-If 0091: "Faucet Power"

This didn't go where I was expecting: a) Like others I though it would at least address the hot water issue. b) The whole principle of damming anything and pressure relating to the level of the dam affecting the amount of electricity generated seems somewhat moot. Assuming you can harness the direct...
by wolfticket
Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 13145

Re: 1334: "Second"

The true answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is on the 3rd page (there are rumours that the question is on the 4th).
by wolfticket
Wed Jan 08, 2014 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 31943

Re: 1314: "Photos"

Why I care: A) People holding up loads of screens in front of what I'm trying to look at is annoying, especially if the screens are brighter than what I'm looking at. B) I've been through the sense that something should be recorded rather than just looked at, because it is somehow too important or b...
by wolfticket
Fri Dec 27, 2013 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 17550

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

Reminds me of TV tropes. Where of course massive pages are collapsed into alphabetical subfolders, which of course recollapse as soon as you click on a link or navigate away from the page. This has the fun effect of not only meaning you lose your place, but you also can't even scan through and find ...
by wolfticket
Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1290: "Syllable Planning"
Replies: 64
Views: 13932

Re: 1290: "Syllable Planning"

QI did a bit on Tmesis: http://youtu.be/D67KR6BhbaI?t=13m59s
"Scunthorpe" :D
by wolfticket
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 34782

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Do you know if the host was always going to offer you the switch? Because if the host knows where the prize is then he could only offer you the switch if the host knows you are already on the prize, in the knowledge that a smart player will always switch. Other than that, this has been seriously hel...
by wolfticket
Mon Sep 30, 2013 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 19892

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Ah, I'm not alone in doing this :) Although it's probably not a good thing. I fear all the extra unnecessary right forefinger action might give me early onset RSI. I sometimes wish I could just read. Also, everyone else has a large armoury of tools to deal with any site that has the nerve to prevent...
by wolfticket
Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 28742

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

We're still better at creating things that are better than us at doing other things.
by wolfticket
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1258: First
Replies: 72
Views: 19163

Re: 1258: First

I think it's basically as a result of comments often being sorted by voting other than chronological order these days. People get out of the habit of it because on a lot of major sites these days you'll end up getting down voted or removed rather than having prominence. Voting creates its own probl...
by wolfticket
Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1258: First
Replies: 72
Views: 19163

Re: 1258: First

I think it's basically as a result of comments often being sorted by voting other than chronological order these days. People get out of the habit of it because on a lot of major sites these days you'll end up getting down voted or removed rather than having prominence.
by wolfticket
Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0059: "Updating a Printed Wikipedia"
Replies: 34
Views: 21027

Re: What-If 0059: "Updating a Printed Wikipedia"

Surely it would make sense to use some sort of large scale continuous ink supply system.

I actually think collation would be the biggest issue :)
by wolfticket
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 145
Views: 38072

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

The only thing that doesn't change is that things are always changing... Oh, and people thinking things aren't a good as they used to be.
by wolfticket
Fri Mar 01, 2013 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 19030

Re: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram

I like to accept that language changes and evolves over time.

I now take "virus" to be synonymous with "every piece of pointless and malicious software I've misguidedly installed in the last few years all running at once in the background".
by wolfticket
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0032: "Hubble"
Replies: 35
Views: 11313

Re: What-If 0032: Hubble

So, in conclusion: Spysats can probably see me mooning them, but not flipping the bird. Useful to know.
by wolfticket
Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 16905

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

One wonders whether the arbitrary nature of the one death per second across all age ranges would have a greater effect on population growth than normal deaths, which presumably are generally skewed massively towards people who have already passed through childbearing age. Would this not lower birth ...
by wolfticket
Mon May 07, 2012 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 58881

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

babble wrote:Is anyone offended by the Sophie's Choice reference, btw? Bit irreverent towards anyone who's lost a child?

The well known TV show Friends made the same irreverent comparison. Twice.
by wolfticket
Fri Mar 30, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1453386

Re: Today I Learned

Bjork used one live on her Biophilia tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQnFzcuL83o (Although it really shouldn't be a surprise if you know her work)
by wolfticket
Mon Nov 21, 2011 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 97210

Re: 0980: "Money"

Wow.
Just wow.
by wolfticket
Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 28474

Re: 0948 - "AI"

I bet the computers could hold a brilliantly productive conversation in a fraction of a second if they weren't distracted trying to simulate all that human crap we talk. The idea that AI should aspire to human interaction is interesting, but deeply flawed as a benchmark for intelligence.
by wolfticket
Fri Aug 12, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0937: "TornadoGuard"
Replies: 62
Views: 22602

Re: 0937: TornadoGuard

This is why voting systems need more stars. Ten at least. Out of a hundred would be ideal I reckon.
by wolfticket
Wed Jul 27, 2011 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 24873

Re: 0930: "Days of the Week"

The font isn't very legible either. How about changing it to Garamond? :roll:
by wolfticket
Fri May 27, 2011 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 166157

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Fixed the loop between "deficit" and "primary deficit" by changing the regular text "money" in the "deficit" article to a link. It now leads to "Philosophy." I think you may have missed the point. The interesting thing is that is happens naturally. ...
by wolfticket
Thu May 26, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 166157

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

It works! I clicked "Random Article" and it took me to "Infinite divisibility", I clicked the first link and then BOOM! "Philosophy" :D As far as I can see, the crux seems to be that the most common first links are: -Science/Maths, or a branch thereof. -A nation, or nat...
by wolfticket
Thu Dec 09, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: A coin as likely to land on it's edge.
Replies: 9
Views: 3422

A coin as likely to land on it's edge.

Simple question:

How thick would a circular coin have to be in order that it would be equally likely to land on it's edge as either of it's two sides?
by wolfticket
Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 19995

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

.cheeseofdoom. wrote:Damn, Gorden Freeman is a wild one..... or at least that's who I'm assuming that is. :P

Heh, someone else already said that....

Wait.... is the guy on the podium supposed to be the president? Because there is no way the president would go to jail....... or would he?

See Nixon.
by wolfticket
Thu Jul 23, 2009 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 83516

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Off discussion but on topic:
Image
Everyone reads xkcd these days, right?
by wolfticket
Wed Oct 08, 2008 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 30086

Re: "Depth" Discussion

Image
by wolfticket
Tue Oct 07, 2008 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 30086

Re: "Depth" Discussion

I've only scanned the backlog, so I apologise if this is superfluous, but here is height and depth crudly cut-pasta-ed together in one loooooooooooooooooooooong image
Image
by wolfticket
Mon Sep 08, 2008 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 36042

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

If the wheel bearings are frictionless, then the plane takes off. If there is any friction at all and the speed of the treadmill always matches the speed of the wheels , the speed of the treadmill will increase very rapidly to the point that the friction matches the forward trust. In "real life...

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