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by synp
Sun Nov 18, 2018 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 15716

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Wasn’t the original basis of the kilogram equal to the mass of one thousand cubic centimeters of pure water at one gravity under standard atmospheric conditions? Sort of. That's the motivation for a relationship between the meter and the kilogram. But the official definition was never that. It was ...
by synp
Thu May 24, 2018 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 5869

Re: 1997: Business Update

Exempt from GDPR? I wish. I've been sticking labels on envelopes all week so our small charity can tell everyone who has donated to us in the past seven years what we're doing with their data... (Not a lot.) Sounds as irritating as those incessant pop-up messages on websites telling you that the we...
by synp
Thu Apr 12, 2018 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12681

Re: 1979: "History"

They're not giving presidents interesting middle names these days like they used to. When was the last time you met someone with a name like Burchard, Milhous, or Gamaliel? I agree that "John" is a little disappointing, but what's wrong with Hussein, Walker or Jefferson? Still, giving a k...
by synp
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12681

Re: 1979: "History"

Jorpho wrote:So, are Americans typically familiar with Garfield at all? I could barely tell you anything about him.

Garfield... Garfield... Was he the lazy, orange one who eats junk food?
by synp
Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 8643

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

Hate to be Captain Obvious, but this seems wrong in both cases... 1. Sun filter = not direct sunlight. 2. Reflected from moon surface = not direct sunlight. 1. Sun filter just filters out non-visible light. For visible light it should be ND so it doesn't affect white balance. That said, taking a pi...
by synp
Sun Jan 29, 2017 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 17796

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Expensive? You can get refractor telescopes on Amazon for under $40. Good luck finding a reflector for significantly under $200.
by synp
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 17184

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

I'm assuming that this is hyperbole taking off from some kind of actual practice, but I'm a bit stumped to imagine what that actual practice might be. In the scenario in the first panel: OK, so maybe RAID is pointless because of higher-level redundancy between different machines, but if it comes do...
by synp
Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 26573

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Kentucky is not a synonym for Indiana
by synp
Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 26573

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Hey, I think we can turn this into a guessing game. Here are three Synonym Movie Titles I have at home... 1. Woodchuck Date 2. Adult Male Chronometers 3. Boron Can you guess what they are? (Put your answers in spoilers, so people who respond later can play too.) 1. Groundhog day 2. Watchmen 3. The ...
by synp
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 60639

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Wow, those guys are seriously drinking the wrong kind of beer. The kind with hops in it? Because that's what makes beer taste so bad, and it's pretty much required by most definitions of "beer". It's not the hops. It's the alcohol. That's why malt beer tastes great - it has the hops, but ...
by synp
Mon May 25, 2015 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 49993

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Dr. Fever
by synp
Wed May 20, 2015 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 23576

Re: 1527: "Humans"

I'm beat and a bit brainless now. What movie has/had pink humans?* And what's the reference to metal crowns poking through the skin? Helmets? No. Piercings? Doesn't seem to fit. *I'd guess porn, but porn movies where the "actors" wear crowns? Say what? You are way over-thinking this. They...
by synp
Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"
Replies: 60
Views: 14883

Re: 1427: "iOS Keyboard"

Windows Phone version: Say hello to my little [sister is a good day] Toto, I've a feeling we're not [going to be a good day] Bond. James Bond [with the same time] I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch [the game is on the phone] Goonies never say [never and is not a good day] You have my sword. And my bow. A...
by synp
Fri Jul 11, 2014 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1393: Timeghost
Replies: 77
Views: 19535

Re: 1393: Timeghost

Eminem got big with the Slim Shady LP in 1999. The 10-year-olds of them are now 25. Some 25-year-olds are having children, (also some 14-year-olds) but for the most part, people are waiting to at least 28 and more commonly 30 to have kids.
by synp
Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Cities can be rebuilt again and again. Example: Charleston, South Carolina. It was leveled by the Civil War (1864?), drowned by a hurricane (1868?), and flattened by an earthquake (1886). From the ashes it rose again. Similar stories can be told about Galveston, Chicago, San Francisco and New Orlea...
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I wonder, do you anti-science bigots have message board where you coordinate that kind of action? Is this some kind of paid campaign by lobbyists to make it look like climate change is not a near universally accepted fact? And there we go again- calling someone who might disagree with you a "b...
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Let's be clear - I'm not saying that Global Warming isn't happening (I just don't have the data), I'm asking that if it is happening, and its happened before, what makes us so sure that humans are the most responsible for the current trend rather that some natural phenomenon? And please, don't slam...
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

It's not that Climate science is invalid. It's just too young to inform policy the way it is doing now. On the other hand, I can understand the politicians. Having scientists predicting doom and doing nothing is against the bias for action that executives have. As a wise man once said, "We hav...
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

commodorejohn wrote:Palm trees at the poles? An end to pretentious glacial-runoff bottled water iconography? Dislocating those smug bastards on the coasts? I'm not seeing the downside, here.

Who are those smug bastards on the coasts of which you speak? Poor fishermen in Bangladesh?
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I'll say it again, slowly: There hasn't been any global warming since 1997. That means children graduating high school this year have never seen global warming. The trouble with hysterical predictions about the future based on pseudo-science is, eventually the future gets here and we can see that y...
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I'm not scientific enough to seriously understand everything behind climate change, but I will say this- It seems that entering a forum and calling someone you disagree with a "cretin" and a "scum feeder" doesn't seem the best way to engage in legitimate debate. Aren't we better...
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Crissa wrote:Interesting that someone would compare an Earth with an atmosphere and climate that no human could survive 'normal'.


What atmosphere and climate is that?
by synp
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 149903

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the precipitate Solution? Sorry, you have to pay a bit more attention. There is nothing that is going to happen to prevent this. The "urgent, immediate action" called for is not slowing the increase in emissions by some fraction, which i...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Boycotting businesses because they're owned by blacks or Jews and in some states gays is criminal. I'd be interested in a citation on this, if you have one. I'm not saying you're wrong - I'm honestly curious. I don't really understand how it would work. Nobody will come after you for not patronizin...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I don't want to change your constitution, because it means nothing to me. A society that boycotts people for expressing their opinions is not a free society, and no document can make it so. Under what circumstances may I refuse to conduct business with somebody? Never because you don't approve of t...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

A society that boycotts people for expressing their opinions is not a free society, and no document can make it so. A society that doesn't allow people to engage in boycotts for whatever reason they please is not a free society, and no internet screed can make it so. People who engage in boycotts a...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

And what about getting fired from your job** for things you say and do in your private life? Funny how that one is not mentioned. (**reading people's minds in advance: Fine. Being forced to resign under pressure...as though that is different.) Randal was quite clear about this in the first box. The...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

And what about getting fired from your job** for things you say and do in your private life? Funny how that one is not mentioned. (**reading people's minds in advance: Fine. Being forced to resign under pressure...as though that is different.) Randal was quite clear about this in the first box. The...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Another comic that elucidates the difference between silencing someone and simply removing them from their position of influence (to which they were not entitled in the first place) Nope, just another comic that fails to get the fact that a chilling effected by the government is no different from a...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

And what about getting fired from your job** for things you say and do in your private life? Funny how that one is not mentioned. (**reading people's minds in advance: Fine. Being forced to resign under pressure...as though that is different.) Randal was quite clear about this in the first box. The...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Another comic that elucidates the difference between silencing someone and simply removing them from their position of influence (to which they were not entitled in the first place) Nope, just another comic that fails to get the fact that a chilling effected by the government is no different from a...
by synp
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 178823

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

And what about getting fired from your job for things you say and do in your private life? Funny how that one is not mentioned. The government didn't kick you out of your job, your boss did, or the board of directors of that company did. Therefore it isn't a matter of "rights", it's a mat...
by synp
Wed Jan 11, 2012 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 106507

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

What about Bridge?

Seems like a computer should be able to win at Bridge, but I think they still lose to even enthusiast humans.
by synp
Wed May 25, 2011 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 182360

Re: #903: Extended MInd

The alt text is incorrect. There are several articles ( "computer software" and "oral history" for instance) that will trap you in loops. Well, it's Wikipedia. If you've found a problem, don't talk about it in a forum. Fix it. Besides, computer software --> computer program --> ...
by synp
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 29851

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

FYI, the IETF mailing list has a lively discussion on this issue.

Nanobots will not get /48 subnets. They will get /128 single addresses.

http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/ie ... 65614.html
by synp
Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 24950

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

It is referred to as the Fibonacci meal. Today's dinner is the sum of yesterday's leftovers and the day before's leftovers. :lol: Let's just hope that as the day before yesterday's and so on leftovers approach critical age, their percentage of your total meal approaches medical insignificance. The ...
by synp
Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 24950

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

dedwrekka wrote:The trick is to use the leftovers in whatever you make next. Chili alphredo casserole and venison cubes with spaghetti, mrrmmm.


It is referred to as the Fibonacci meal. Today's dinner is the sum of yesterday's leftovers and the day before's leftovers.
by synp
Mon Feb 08, 2010 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0699: "Trimester"
Replies: 86
Views: 25799

Re: "Trimester" discussion

This is an interesting social experiment, but I think the underlying point is really good: people take appearances to mean a lot. Try the following: get a lab coat, goggles, and some caution tape. Mark off a section of some popular public space (e.g. a park) and walk around holding a digital voltme...
by synp
Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0616: "Lease"
Replies: 124
Views: 25448

Re: Lease

I still live with my parents... I wonder if I would be able to handle a lease. Not that i was thinking about it before reading the comic. Randall has actually kept out of my head as I asked. (Though I have been thinking of related things, such as having just passed the point where I'm half of my da...
by synp
Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 36414

Re: "Security" discussion

Does such a mindblowing thing as a 4096 bit RSA even exist? Sure it does. RSA usually involves either 1024, 2048 or 4096 bits. 1024 is probably most common, but it's equivalent to 80 bits of regular encryption, so the US government is telling everyone to move to 2048 by next year. This probably mea...

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