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by Philbert
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1486: "Vacuum"
Replies: 44
Views: 10884

Re: 1486: "Vacuum"

Do vacuum cleaners actually look like that in the USA? I have never seen a vacuum cleaner like that.
In the Netherlands, it is usually a low box on wheels with a long air hose attached to it, that ends in a long metal tube. Like the one in the Teletubbies.
by Philbert
Fri Dec 19, 2014 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 17298

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

If they have some of these sugar pills left that can make you think you are having sex, I'm willing to take them off their hands.
by Philbert
Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1442: "Chemistry"
Replies: 63
Views: 21782

Re: 1442: "Chemistry"

meat.paste wrote:As a chemist, this drives me crazy. It's funny AND maddening.


Same here, fellow chemist. It highly confused me until the word 'typographic' sunk in. I love how this affected me until I got it.
by Philbert
Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 74305

Re: 1431: Marriage

by Philbert
Wed Oct 01, 2014 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"
Replies: 32
Views: 12138

Re: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"

Rombobjörn wrote:And then he became a software developer, and found that he was finally in the right place.

Actually, he sounds more like a tester.
by Philbert
Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1425: "Tasks"
Replies: 85
Views: 25872

Re: 1425: "Tasks"

Since when does it take 5 years to make an image captcha server? Or easier still, send the images to a click farm. Brings to mind the earliest meaning of the word computer. Typical minute of work in the click farm: *click* bird *click* bird *click* cat *click* bird *click* penis *click* bird *click...
by Philbert
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0111: "All the Money"
Replies: 65
Views: 20915

Re: What-if 0111: "All the Money"

Yes, yes, yes, but what about the economy? Wouldn't the world economy take a huge hit? Or is that not something that can be estimated? There'd be a hit with the loss of that much cash from circulation, but it would be hard to calculate since as Randall pointed out all the cash in the world wouldn't...
by Philbert
Mon Aug 25, 2014 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 41475

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I couldn't make "San Diego City Council" fit, until I realized English speakers can't pronounce "Diego" properly. It's Die-go, not Di-e-go. You make it seem like it should be "Dye-Go" while it would be closer to "Jay-go", I think? (I'm not a Spanish speaker) ...
by Philbert
Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1384: Krypton
Replies: 118
Views: 23018

Re: 1384: Krypton

I have been near a cry-baby (mine), but still this strip puts me off on a deep instinctive level. I immediately got that this was about Superman, I just don't think sending away babies to exploding stars is funny. It's also an impractical and expensive way of achieving what you want. I hope I'm miss...
by Philbert
Fri May 23, 2014 8:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0097:" Burning Pollen"
Replies: 39
Views: 13580

Re: What-If 0097: Burning Pollen

Okay: First post. On any forum ever. I usually actively avoid fora, but something from this "What if?" was bugging me. The post wraps up by stating that if all the pollen in the air were gathered into one pile and set alight, then the resulting explosion. . . But doesn't the act of gather...
by Philbert
Wed May 21, 2014 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0097:" Burning Pollen"
Replies: 39
Views: 13580

Re: What-If 0097: Burning Pollen

So fire requires fuel, oxygen and heat. I think the problem with burning actual pollen (as opposed to the kind in the video) is that the particles are too far dispersed for the heat generated by one burning particle to ignite the next one. So a sustained reaction would only be possible right after i...
by Philbert
Thu May 15, 2014 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1368: "One Of The"
Replies: 91
Views: 21876

Re: 1368: "One Of The"

"One of the best" is not clearly objective.
If I say "George W. Bush" is one of the best presidents of all time, is that an objective statement?
by Philbert
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 32489

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

Does anyone understand why this protocol has the string and redundantly the size of the string in this request in the first place? P.S., I personally credit StankyJim, who graciously answered my question about this bug in the previous comic thread: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=1085...
by Philbert
Fri Apr 11, 2014 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32083

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

wouldn't an attacker still need command line access on the web server? Getting such access should be hard, right? Doesn't that make this problem less severe than it is drummed up to be? Security expert here! Nope command line access is not needed, after a connection is established and TLS encryptio...
by Philbert
Wed Apr 09, 2014 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32083

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

I am not a security expert. But if Heartbleed makes stuff readable from server memory, wouldn't an attacker still need command line access on the web server? Getting such access should be hard, right? Doesn't that make this problem less severe than it is drummed up to be?
by Philbert
Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:00 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 39898

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

capefeather wrote:Yeah, am I weird for using my left hand for b, or is Randall weird for using his right?


I used to do that too, until I bought one of those ergonomic, broken keyboards that were the fad a few years ago. As the B was on the left side, I typed my name suddenly as 'Philnert'.
by Philbert
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:38 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 20032

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

I think it means that it is more about language and culture than science. Another grey example: the shared ancestor of chimpanzees and humans would by most people be considered an ape. Does that make us an ape too? I personally don't have a problem with that, but many people will. So the answer is m...
by Philbert
Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"
Replies: 38
Views: 14660

Re: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"

I'm pretty sure that LinkedIn has a much higher percentage of dead people, since its target demographic is professionals and therefore older than Facebook's. I already have 2 dead people in my LinkedIn contacts and probably more in the contacts surrounding them. I plan to make a 'oh when I die' plan...
by Philbert
Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"
Replies: 61
Views: 15550

Re: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"

Does NASA actually print the name on each asteroid?
by Philbert
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23673

Re: 1271: Hilighting

I always do this while reading text. It just helps cement the text in my head by putting emphasis where I think it's needed. I learned that I do this when I started working with Jira. You can't do this in Jira because when you click the text it immediately switches to edit mode. This is highly annoy...
by Philbert
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 21008

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

I wonder if Google really has data centers in Groningen _and_ Eemshaven in the Netherlands. Note that Groningen is not only a town, but also a province. A province that includes Eemshaven: http://goo.gl/maps/bgE3g There might be data centers in both locations, or it may be a mistake. Update: Apparen...
by Philbert
Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1260: "LD50"
Replies: 46
Views: 12854

Re: 1260: "LD50"

To me, the slightly obnoxious reason I like this comic is that I knew without having to look it up what 'LD50' means. Is that really such a common term that Randall can just throw it around? Did most people here have to wiki it? I knew what it means because I studied chemistry, which was really a ra...
by Philbert
Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 21806

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

This one reminds me of Asimov's The Caves of Steel , where moving walkways are a primary form of high-speed public transportation. I came to the forum to say just that. I read it a long time ago and I'm pretty vague on the story of the book in general, but those walkways always stuck in my head. I ...
by Philbert
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 21806

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

This one reminds me of Asimov's The Caves of Steel , where moving walkways are a primary form of high-speed public transportation. I came to the forum to say just that. I read it a long time ago and I'm pretty vague on the story of the book in general, but those walkways always stuck in my head. I ...
by Philbert
Fri Feb 15, 2013 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1174: "App"
Replies: 56
Views: 17090

Re: 1174: "App"

The Slate app is a gruelling example. When linking to another article on Slate, it will not fetch the other article within the app but open the browser, only to show a full screen message telling me to install the app. Grrrrr. Also, whenever I open the app, it will say "Article currently unavai...
by Philbert
Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1068: "Swiftkey"
Replies: 88
Views: 46032

Re: 1068: "Swiftkey"

Mine says:
I am a beautiful person... "," chrome : /

I have no clue what this says about me...
by Philbert
Wed Oct 26, 2011 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0968: "Everything"
Replies: 100
Views: 34075

Re: 0968: "Everything"

I love it how the tiny nudges on the back of her head tell us it is a woman.
by Philbert
Fri May 13, 2011 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 20266

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

You know, I can totally live with that, because Dora the Explorer is cool. I watch it with my kids every morning.
by Philbert
Fri Feb 04, 2011 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26288

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

Since I learned this stuff in Latin class, I always loved the fact that Trochee isn't itself one. In fact, it is a 'iamb' which has the stress on the second syllable. In Dutch a 'iamb' is called 'Jambe' which in fact is a trochee!
by Philbert
Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 21661

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

Amen! I hate it when Oprah implies that cancer patients only have themselves to blame because they're negative minded.
by Philbert
Fri Jun 19, 2009 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 56591

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Now, a few years back, someone defined the Erdos-Bacon number as the sum of your Erdos number and your Bacon number (if both are defined). The set of people who a finite Erdos-Bacon number is very tiny. Erdos himself, Andrew Wiles are a few. The only actor or actress of the top of my head who has f...
by Philbert
Fri Apr 10, 2009 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0567: "Urgent Mission"
Replies: 129
Views: 33247

Re: "Urgent Mission" Discussion

This belongs in this thread:
http://www.abyssandapex.com/200710-wikihistory.html

Also about time travel and slaying tyrants, and acutely funny.

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