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by dtilque
Tue Sep 19, 2017 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 3251

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

As of 2012, the state of the art neutrino communications link operated at 1/10 bits per second. http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2012/mar/19/neutrino-based-communication-is-a-first . That's pretty bad through-put, even if the rate has doubled every year since then. There was a recent advanc...
by dtilque
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 16562

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

Looks like the Planetary Protection Officer position is open. Now don't everyone jump up and apply; please note you will have severe competition . Personally, I'm going to wait for the Mars Czar position to open up. My first act, of course, will be to change the position's name. I think I'll go with...
by dtilque
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 2080

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

Keyman wrote:Use my invention, and you'll never have to worry about batteries for your phone ever again!!
Spoiler:
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I used your invention and then started worrying about running out of string.
by dtilque
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 5622

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

You're not one of those "Cher never walked on the Moon" people, are you? Sheesh... I'm more of a "Cher never did a Moonwalk" people, myself. And no, don't show me a utube of her doing one. Utube is a known repository of fake videos. It probably has a video of Russell launching a...
by dtilque
Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1855: "Telephoto"
Replies: 14
Views: 1983

Re: 1855: "Telephoto"

somitomi wrote:I hope this guy doesn't get into astrophotography, I don't want him scratching Saturns rings.

But it'd be convenient if Uranus gets itchy...
by dtilque
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 3633

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

RogueCynic wrote:
SDK wrote:I'd rather have a shortcut for hard refreshment.



What about the tab key?

A diet soda doesn't quite count as "hard".
by dtilque
Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1821: "Incinerator"
Replies: 25
Views: 3435

Re: 1821: "Incinerator"

The new incinerator plays "Light My Fire", "Burnin' for You", and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" when it's operating. And, when the firmware determines the pilot light is out, "We Didn't Start the Fire". Could it be upgraded to a "churnin' urn of burnin' funk...
by dtilque
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5275

Re: 1815: "Flag"

How about we allow the stars to be dynamically changed? Perhaps different emojis to reflect the latest tweets by our Fearless Leader 1 . Or one emoji for the tweets, one for a reply by the opposition, and the last for ... not sure... maybe the stock market movement... foreign reaction... what the Po...
by dtilque
Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 4633

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Marianas Trench:

1/10 Been there just once. In 1960. For 20 minutes. Would not buy again.

Yeah, I'm posting an SDMB in-joke to a different MB. So what?
by dtilque
Mon Dec 26, 2016 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 7075

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Rombobjörn wrote:If I would buy something labeled just "Philadelphia" I would expect to get 367 km² of land with a city on it.


Would you care for some Philadelphia lite? Only 27 km².
by dtilque
Fri Nov 18, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22676

Re: 1759: "British Map"

RAGBRAIvet wrote:Title-text: West Norsussex is east of East Norwessex, but they're both far north of Middlesex and West Norwex.
So where is Gaysex?


At Three Cocks
by dtilque
Thu Nov 17, 2016 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22676

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Scunthorpe frequently falls foul of naughty word filters, as do Penistone, Shitterton[1] and, occasionally, Clitheroe. And as fans of Julian Lennon discovered, "Saltwater". How about the two Twatt's (one in Orkney, one in the Shetlands)? OK, kind of obscure. Do they ever get mentioned oth...
by dtilque
Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22676

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Traditional British definition is that a mountain is something rising past 2000ft. All three mainland nations have >3000ft peaks (Northern Ireland's highest spot is around 2750ft), which makes them plenty above that limit, and more so sbove the poultry United States semi-informal definition of 1000...
by dtilque
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22676

Re: 1759: "British Map"

There's a section of Massachusetts where there's a Northborough to the west, a Westborough to the south, a Southborough to the east, and to the north, where (il)logically there should be Eastborough, there's Marlborough.
by dtilque
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4570

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Great Bit Shortage of '78 (or was that '77?). One of those years, anyway. Programmers were scavanging used chads from punch card machines just to get their programs to compile. Man things got really ugly when you'd try to use a modem and found that all its bauds...
by dtilque
Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4570

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

I'm surprised no one's mentioned the Great Bit Shortage of '78 (or was that '77?). One of those years, anyway. Programmers were scavanging used chads from punch card machines just to get their programs to compile. Man things got really ugly when you'd try to use a modem and found that all its bauds ...
by dtilque
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 55753

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

How many others told themselves "wait for it" when they saw Meghan and Cueball, and "there it is" when Oregon flooded? Mostly, it was Washington that was flooded. On a Thursday... https://www.amazon.com/Bretzs-Flood-Remarkable-Geologist-Greatest/dp/1570616310/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&...
by dtilque
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 5661

Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

2010, the book, was a sequel to the movie, and it's at Jupiter. As I recall (and it's been quite while since I read it), there's one monolith in orbit and a bunch in Jupiter's atmosphere modifying it so that it ignites.
by dtilque
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 5661

Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

Do monoliths count in this contest? Weren't there a number of them actually on Jupiter?

How about HAL? I forget what happened to his hardware, so perhaps he doesn't.
by dtilque
Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9238

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

ThirdParty wrote:
dtilque wrote:But Kessel is at Gliese 1132, not Alpha C.
Where Kessel is at rather depends on how many parsecs one makes the run. See orthogon's comment above.


No no no. The way it goes is Kessel is at Gliese 1132, 12 parsecs away. If you can get there by going less than 12 parsecs, then you're really fast.
by dtilque
Mon Aug 08, 2016 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 9238

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

cellocgw wrote:
cryptoengineer wrote:Bees evolved their honey production to create a food that could tide them over a single winter, not fuel a voyage to Alpha Centaurus.


Guess it depends on how fast the bees can get there.

Reference #1: Bees making the Kessel Run faster than humans.


But Kessel is at Gliese 1132, not Alpha C.
by dtilque
Fri Jul 29, 2016 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1713: "50 ccs"
Replies: 46
Views: 5574

Re: 1713: "50 ccs"

Let me get this straight: we take some corn chips, crumble them up into very small pieces, put them into 50 small cube-shaped containers each 1 centimeter on a side, and presto! we have a hiccup vaccine. Right?
by dtilque
Mon May 23, 2016 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 5903

Re: 1684: Rainbow

ThemePark wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:And here I thought the rainbows were a sign that God had brought his pre-teen daughter to work...

Nah, then there would've been unicorns as well.

But they got wiped out in the Flood.
by dtilque
Mon Apr 25, 2016 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 28543

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

@maniexx wrote:I like what the EU has done with our currency. Just some made up bridges. At least there's no way to make that political.


You underestimate the ability of Americans to politicize anything!

"We're putting the Bridge to Nowhere on the $100 bill."

"What!!!"
by dtilque
Thu Apr 07, 2016 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 6060

Re: 1664: Mycology

I suppose the comic is as good an explanation for lawns as we're likely to get.
by dtilque
Wed Mar 02, 2016 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 9075

Re: 1650 "Baby"

what OS is it running?

That's a nice child process you spawned.
by dtilque
Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:27 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"
Replies: 60
Views: 13376

Re: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"

It should be noted that New Horizons is not the first time we've stolen momentum from Jupiter. In fact, it's the 7th. Pioneer 10 and 11, Voyager 1 & 2, Ulysses, and Cassini all pulled that maneuver at Jupiter as well. So we're well on our way to tossing old Jove into the Sun. Just give us a few ...
by dtilque
Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 13534

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

That's only a problem if you think dwarf planet should define a particular range of sizes, rather than a set of objects with a particular property. Personally, I'm fine with the latter. Actually, I think they should get rid of the dwarf planet class entirely. It has no scientific use, nor even a bu...
by dtilque
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7755

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

Copper Bezel wrote:But that's ridiculous. How can one pizza contain two pie?


But I thought 2 are pi...
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7755

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

Eutychus wrote:Nope, that ain't me. I'm famous/infamous here, home to not a few xkcd fans.


OK. I hoped you enjoyed your fall out the window then.
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7755

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

Eutychus wrote:Well, thank you, that's cleared everything up nicely. Thread over?


Well, of course, Cecil always clears things up.


BTW, I assume you're the famous (infamous?) Eutychus from the SDMB, right? If so, it was a pleasure to have relieved your perplexity.
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 13534

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Meh, Ceres isn't "just big enough to be round on its own". Vesta is a better description of that boundary, sort of a half-equilibrium state with a differentiated core but some unrelaxed surface structure. Ceres is in clear indisputable equilibrium. :) Mmm. Fair point, but Vesta isn't roun...
by dtilque
Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 7755

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

It's a subversion of a classic conundrum
by dtilque
Sat Jan 30, 2016 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 13534

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

Does Betelguese fall in the "Bugs (not planets) category or the giant bugs category? Actually, it's a red supergiant star (photosphere diameter comparable to the orbit of Jupiter) about one hundred parsecs from Sol. I think RogueCynic was refering to the pronunciation of the name. Or possibly ...
by dtilque
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 15356

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

I_am_I wrote:Where's my hoverboard? You can order one, just Google "Arca board"


I mentioned those on the first page of this thread. But then no one reads entire threads anymore, so never mind...
by dtilque
Wed Dec 30, 2015 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 15356

Re: 1632: "2016 Conversation Guide"

San Fran Sam wrote:About this "hoverboard"-like thing... isn't just a Segway without the handles?


If you want a board that really hovers (no wheels) and have $20K to splurge: the real thing

(I expect Randall had that in mind when he drew this comic.)
by dtilque
Sun Dec 27, 2015 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1621: "Fixion"
Replies: 19
Views: 5076

Re: 1621: "Fixion"

orthogon wrote:I fear that the theory is still incomplete. Can it explain Donald Trump?


The anti-fixion is needed to explain him.
by dtilque
Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 20084

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Let's revert to the year starting in March - that way September, October, November and December mean something again, and the fiddly month is right at the end. :) When the calendar started in March, the first day of the year was March 25th. Is that what you want to revert to? There was a reason for...
by dtilque
Sun Jul 26, 2015 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 14753

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

ChurchSkiz wrote:Your Anus

Kepler-283 c (bottom left column)

If we ever discover a planet about 39 ly away, it needs to be named Kessel.
by dtilque
Sat Jul 18, 2015 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1552: "Rulebook"
Replies: 43
Views: 7582

Re: 1552: "Rulebook"

Well, there was the infamous Dave Winfield killing a seagull with a thrown baseball incident in Toronto way back in 1983. He was actually arrested for it, but the charges were later dropped. It wasn't a pitched ball; he was throwing it to the ballboy. Now there was a pitched baseball that killed a b...

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