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by Comic JK
Mon May 02, 2011 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 210
Views: 51661

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

I think the only think that would stop us is global nuclear war...

In which case those life bars will drop off rather more sharply.
by Comic JK
Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 20987

Re: 0890: Etymology

Sure, there may be falcon-equivalents in the Star Wars Galaxy that the ship is named for....but how likely is LUKE to know what one is? I mean, he comes from a freaking desert planet! If you're going to use the standard of "what Luke could reasonably know" then what about the fact that he...
by Comic JK
Wed Apr 20, 2011 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0888: "Heaven"
Replies: 131
Views: 27906

Re: 0888: Heaven

Programming your own games gives you this. I remember staying up all night with a friend trying to beat a fighting game which I had made, and could have made myself win at any time.

I guess that's how God feels?
by Comic JK
Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The effectiveness of evangelism
Replies: 11
Views: 3661

Re: The effectiveness of evangelism

I think part of the problem is that most people can't evangelize very well, just like most people can't sing well or write books well. But a lot of people think they can. The barriers to entry are low, too (much lower than for putting out a record or a published novel) so many people will try. I'm s...
by Comic JK
Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why always dig up the Founding Fathers?
Replies: 49
Views: 4269

Re: Why always dig up the Founding Fathers?

The founding fathers did a truly awesome thing - set up a government based on the most up-to-date Enlightenment philosophy of the time. They were mistaken about many things (the intrinsic abilities of women and non-white men, the effects of monetary policy, etc) and they used kludges to get it passe...
by Comic JK
Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 194
Views: 46557

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

I'll bet after this, people will add their projections just to fill in those lonely missing years.

Why no love for 2042? That's when we'll learn the meaning of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 39845

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

Also awful: people outside of city areas (I'm looking at YOU, Ithaca NY) who have no idea what common rental terms mean. Heads up: "a 1 bedroom" is a whole house/apartment which contains a bedroom, and a bathroom, and a kitchen. It isn't sharing a house with five other people and having on...
by Comic JK
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0885: "Recycling"
Replies: 59
Views: 12560

Re: 0885: "Recycling"

The more I've learned about chemical engineering separation techniques, the more blasé I've become about recycling, because I know that to remove (X) they can just do (Y). It's gotten to the point where I don't clean the peanut butter off the inside of the jars. tl;dr: Chemical engineering education...
by Comic JK
Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Most efficient way to approach a red traffic light.
Replies: 16
Views: 2259

Re: Most efficient way to approach a red traffic light.

I'd say the most efficient way to approach a red light is on a bicycle.
by Comic JK
Sun Apr 10, 2011 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is heat?
Replies: 6
Views: 1281

Re: What is heat?

In my field (chemical engineering), heat means the internal energy that a substance has due to its temperature. I can see how one might confuse this with entropy (an increase in temperature is also an increase in entropy) but changing the definition would be a huge problem for people who already kno...
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 08, 2011 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Talks about megawatt class nuclear spacecraft
Replies: 13
Views: 2700

Re: Talks about megawatt class nuclear spacecraft

I wonder where the orbit will go... I'm not sure I would want what is essentially a nuclear bomb, (or at least a widespread source of quite nasty isotopes if it fails and re-enters) floating around above me. Several points here: 1) If you haven't turned the reactor on yet, the core is just U 235 an...
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: fusion scramjet
Replies: 13
Views: 1665

Re: fusion scramjet

For scoop drives to work on interstellar ships, you HAVE to do the fusion within the moving stream.

Otherwise the scoop acts as a huge drag and the net effect is to lose energy.
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 08, 2011 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Businesses Gain From Desperate States
Replies: 4
Views: 887

Re: How Businesses Gain From Desperate States

Competition between the states is one of the biggest advantages of doing business within the US. If you're an international business looking to build, like say Toyota, you get 50 choices of the tax and regulatory structure you want. Of course, for companies that were never considering any other coun...
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0883: "Pain Rating"
Replies: 136
Views: 40140

Re: 0883: "Pain Rating"

Or do it empirically, like with hearing tests.

Does it hurt as much as this?
ouch. No.
Does it hurt as much as this?
Ow! No.
Does it hurt as much as this?
YEAH. RIGHT ABOUT THERE.
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 08, 2011 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0883: "Pain Rating"
Replies: 136
Views: 40140

0883: "Pain Rating"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/pain_rating.png "If it were a two or above I wouldn't be able to answer because it would mean a pause in the screaming." (Compared to having all your brain's incoming nerves wired to a malicious arbitrary waveform generator, I guess you're fine.)
by Comic JK
Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 20030

Re: "Moria" Discussion

Haven't they ever heard of "when you find yourself in a hole, stop digging?"

There's probably something similar about dread Balrogs and 'stop burning'.
by Comic JK
Wed Jun 23, 2010 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0757: "Toot"
Replies: 103
Views: 17691

Re: "Toot" discussion (#757)

A mighty airhorn indeed! Knocks a man off his feet by pure air with no noticeable recoil...

I think those genius brains made him top-heavy.
by Comic JK
Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 20392

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

I guess you'll need to use more .h files. That or switch to a semi-reasonable language. Digital Mars D, anyone? Or perhaps Go if you're feeling exciting.
by Comic JK
Fri May 28, 2010 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0746: "Birth"
Replies: 68
Views: 20122

Re: "Birth" Discussion

I think she was eating too much iron to prevent birth defects.

Also lead and saltpeter. Really, it was an interesting diet.
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0722: "Computer Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 28042

Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

What motivates me is changing the pattern of lights on other peoples' metal boxes.

If it were just mine, I'd stick to crayons.
by Comic JK
Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0722: "Computer Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 28042

Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

What motivates me is changing the pattern of lights on _other_ peoples' metal boxes. If it were just mine, I'd stick to crayons.
by Comic JK
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP senators refuse to work past two
Replies: 123
Views: 9009

Re: GOP senators refuse to work past two

Having a Republican minority as hard-core as this one is teaching me a lot about the Senate's procedural rules.

In related news: we really have to change the Senate's procedural rules.
by Comic JK
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: £500 home-brew space photography
Replies: 7
Views: 1045

Re: £500 home-brew space photography

This is really quite impressive. NASA and ESA could do with finding more people like this and backing them. If there's one thing the space program needs in hard economic climes, it's innovative people like this guy. I would think getting things into orbit is the real challenge, no? Unless you mean ...
by Comic JK
Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 22269

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

Darn, now I feel foolish for living in Manhattan. Do the worms have any dreams about the 6 train?
by Comic JK
Fri Feb 26, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0707: "Joshing"
Replies: 63
Views: 15637

Re: "Joshing" Discussion

Are we near seven billion already? Geez, I'll have to update my Fermi problems from 6.5...
by Comic JK
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 121
Views: 16972

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

This is how people with vertigo feel. "Sure, I'm safe as long as I don't fling myself over the edge like a crazy person. But what if I did?"
by Comic JK
Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0702: "Snow Tracking"
Replies: 135
Views: 32226

Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Get out of my head, Randall! I'm in a speeding, out of control Toyota right now.
by Comic JK
Wed Feb 10, 2010 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0700: "Complexion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26225

Re: "Complexion" Discussion

This is a good comic about a huge problem! The inability to see progress makes using acne medicine (not to mention a lot of other things in life) much harder.

I was sold on this comic even before the last panel. The last panel, incidentally, which makes it awesome.
by Comic JK
Fri Feb 05, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0698: "You Hang Up First"
Replies: 61
Views: 11840

Re: "You Hang Up First" Discussion

I agree, this is a phenomenon I've seen.

I've also seen a lot of 'You hang up first' jokes.
by Comic JK
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 30553

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

One would think they would use redundant cables...?

Then again, nothing could stop Mr Hat.
by Comic JK
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 61687

Re: Strip Games Discussion

by Comic JK
Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Osama bin Laden stops all hope of fixing climate change
Replies: 23
Views: 2551

Re: Osama bin Laden stops all hope of fixing climate change

I wouldn't be surprised if this were an attempt to influence US politics--like his endorsement of John Kerry back in 2004, but a little more suave. Reverse psychology on a national scale. Osama's power is dependent on America being the prime international jerk and bully, so getting conservatives in ...
by Comic JK
Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google phases out IE6 support.
Replies: 39
Views: 3244

Re: Google phases out IE6 support.

ianf wrote:That's fine for that set of people, but it's the Fortune 500 companies which are the big problem.


With that kind of inertia, we may sincerely hope that they won't be Fortune 500 companies much longer.
by Comic JK
Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Steve Jobs admits Macs crash. Amongst other things.
Replies: 32
Views: 2589

Re: Steve Jobs admits Macs crash. Amongst other things.

Wow. That sound you heard was my opinion of Steve Jobs plunging off a cliff. So he's really a monopolistic jerk like everyone else? I wouldn't say that his products suck--far from it--but if he says that competition with them is evil, then he's a hypocrite and a fool. Is it evil for him to compete w...
by Comic JK
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Space Cannon
Replies: 29
Views: 2501

Re: Space Cannon

Just getting things into orbit is the main problem--from orbit to Mars is low-energy by comparison. So a space cannon would be an awesome way to get the materials in place and build the spacecraft, before a traditional rocket brought up the squishy human passengers. I'd rather see it as a rail or ga...
by Comic JK
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fair and Balanced gets Palinized
Replies: 85
Views: 5500

Re: Fair and Balanced gets Palinized

So, if Fox news is so far out of line, where do I go for news on TV? Why get your news on TV? It takes too long to say anything, the intellectual tone is lowest-common-denominator, and the commercials are a dead loss. My method: read the Economist for news (international, so you get perspective) an...
by Comic JK
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring
Replies: 73
Views: 6656

Re: Google Drops "Islam is " Suggestion Censoring

My question is:

What does Google give for an image search of the prophet Muhammad?

O_O

(The answer is Arabic calligraphy, political cartoons, and Victorian sketches of a man in a turban.)
by Comic JK
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 201507

Re: "Spirit" Discussion

sourmìlk wrote:Oy, Randal, that was very depressing.
Not cool, not funny, not a good comic. :(

Depressing? Perhaps. Sweet, and poignant? That too. In fact, I'd call it the best in several weeks.

My only gripe is that it was late...but then, these things often run longer than you expect :wink:
by Comic JK
Fri Jan 29, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: D&D Outlawed in Prison!?
Replies: 39
Views: 2986

Re: D&D Outlawed in Prison!?

How do they think they can stop people from playing D&D? I learned 2nd Edition D&D at summer camp, and we never used books or dice or character sheets. As long as you have a good DM, words and a few coin flips are more than enough to approximate the game. You could easily do the same in pris...
by Comic JK
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Impact of XKCD comics on Google searches
Replies: 8
Views: 1371

Re: Impact of XKCD comics on Google searches

nbonaparte wrote:I like how it's just a massive spike which immediately dies down. All the readers search it once, never to search it again.

That is how learning usually works, yes... If they had to keep searching it repeatedly, now that would be a little weird.

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