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by RogerB
Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 8276

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

Freedom 35 wrote:Did you see that ludicrous display last night?


What was Wenger thinking sending Walcott on that early?

My only regret is that http://www.bluffball.co.uk/ isn't a real website.
by RogerB
Wed Jan 15, 2014 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 17448

Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

Computers have always been haunted; as documented in the Jargon File.

I'm kind of surprised the Jargon File hasn't been mentioned yet. Or is it just that I'm so old I'm the only one who remembers it.
by RogerB
Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106993
Views: 47254856

Re: 1190: "Time"

During the summer, Bristol had Gromits: https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQwX28UuvzSQIb-CDPyTVRcXP736SLHJB4rI4LAwkSECaImHXKY_g And Colchester had giraffes http://www.colchester-zoo.com/images/uploaded/Stand%20Tall%20new.jpg and Norwich had gorillas http://news.images.itv.com/ima...
by RogerB
Mon Sep 09, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 35740

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

The Great Wall of China is too skinny and snaky to see from space. Though, I've heard that Tiananmen Square around June of 1989 is even harder to catch sight of in China. This is true, or at least it was when I was there in 2007. The English language bookshop in Beijing had shelves and shelves of L...
by RogerB
Mon Feb 18, 2013 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 32745

Re: 1173: Steriods

Yup, road cycling is doping insanity at it's highest. I don't know why weightlifting is poster boy for chemically augmented bodies, while cyclist just take everything that is possible. Osteoporosis medicine, anabolic steroids, corticosteroids analogues, nsaids by buckets, strong stimulants and drug...
by RogerB
Fri Feb 15, 2013 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 32745

Re: 1173: Steriods

I can't believe we've got to page three of this topic without a mention of cycling or Lance Armstrong.

Anyway I just thought I'd mention that David Millar's book gives a really good account of the pressures athletes find themselves under.
by RogerB
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 37175

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Microsoft aren't even allowed to include Windows Media Player in the European release (marked as N). Microsoft is allowed to include Windows Media Player in the European release, I know because I live in Greece and I 've bought the OEM DSP version of Win7 Home Premium and a friend of mine has bough...
by RogerB
Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 37175

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Microsoft aren't even allowed to include Windows Media Player in the European release (marked as N). This is not so. I'm not saying that there is no such thing as the N versions of Windows; but I bought a new laptop last month with Win7 Home Premium and it came with Media Player installed. I'm in t...
by RogerB
Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 667439

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I found a whale in the sky. Now to find the Petunias! Well, there *is* something else falling in 6n5w, but I don't know what it's supposed to be. Can anyone help me with the references in 18s3e (rectangular thing chasing woman with pickaxe), 1n18e ("stupid freebsd") and 1n36e ("don't...
by RogerB
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 23417

More marketing bs

I once worked for a company that made scientific instruments. These had to be tested to see if they met radio emission standards. (Incidentally, that was an interesting day out as the testing was done 300 feet underground in a worked out chamber in a salt mine; to avoid picking up Radio1.) Anyway, t...
by RogerB
Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1032: "Networking"
Replies: 123
Views: 38151

Re: 1032: "Networking"

A little levity in the sometimes serious world of business is a desirable thing, though less so in some of the more traditionally sober professions; undertakers for example. Not all undertakers. There's one near here where all the hearses have personalised number plates "MIB 123", "M...
by RogerB
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37352

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

... No! Don't link to TV Tropes! That will cause a huge eruption of Cleverness By Golfing links with wacky titles pointing to Random Articles Of Awesome , and everyone will go Smash The Window With Your Face as the world turns to I Didn't Know Breathing Was An Option . Thanks to you, the Dirty Tamp...
by RogerB
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 37352

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

... No! Don't link to TV Tropes! That will cause a huge eruption of Cleverness By Golfing links with wacky titles pointing to Random Articles Of Awesome , and everyone will go Smash The Window With Your Face as the world turns to I Didn't Know Breathing Was An Option . Thanks to you, the Dirty Tamp...
by RogerB
Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 63871

Re: 988: "Tradition"

I'd also like to add another interesting factoid:

In 2009 the Christmas Number 1 in the UK was Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name", following a great Facebook campaign to stop Simon Cowell's X-Factor winner taking the Christmas Number 1 slot for the fifth year running.
by RogerB
Wed Nov 30, 2011 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0984: "Space Launch System"
Replies: 94
Views: 24389

Re: 0984: "Space Launch System"

Turns out that stereotypical German efficiency is actually Nazi efficiency. I spent a week visiting a German group in Heilbronn in the 1980's. It was unbelievably disorganised, something simple like going to the pub took about 15 phone calls between everybody to organise it and then we still ended ...
by RogerB
Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 84502

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Worst of all is when you get a result but it's on Yahoo Answers. You just know there'll be no point in clicking it, but you have to anyway, just in case.
by RogerB
Thu Nov 10, 2011 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 38029

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

This This is such a wonderful comic that I had to print it out to hang it on the wall. As I took about 30 seconds to copy and paste the image and alt text into Word, my initial instinct was to write a script that will parse XKCD comics and automatically generate a Word doc, formatted with layouts an...
by RogerB
Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0960: "Subliminal"
Replies: 81
Views: 33228

The power of XKCD (or maybe not)

I don't know if this strip has caused this or not (probably not) but if you go to Google Image search and search for "tostitos logo" guess what the fourth result is

Spoiler:
the FedEx logo!


- Roger
by RogerB
Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23021

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

I think there's a Torchwood episode on this kind of event as well <_< That would be this one . You would think there would be something about this on the Torchwood part of the BBC website but it seems not, this is all you get . According to the Wikipedia article Amelia Earhart gets a mention in the...
by RogerB
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 26191

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

Uzh wrote:For those unfamiliar to exotic languages: "Schadenfreude" means glee.


A better definition is "taking pleasure from the misfortunes of others"
by RogerB
Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 26632

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

4. Last but certainly not least, I think you completely missed the point of the comment you called insensitive. RogerB's post was referencing the fact that too often, people sort of coast through life, thinking that they'll settle down with the person they love *after* they've finished their postgr...
by RogerB
Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 26632

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

And finally it's my turn: ⋅ Survive major life threatening illness. ⋅ Realise life's too short. ⋅ Get married. GOOMHR Or am I reading too much into this? Dude that post was very insensitive... You really should´nt talk that way about something so personal, even less he...
by RogerB
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 26632

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

And finally it's my turn:
  • Survive major life threatening illness.
  • Realise life's too short.
  • Get married.
GOOMHR

Or am I reading too much into this?
by RogerB
Tue Aug 02, 2011 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 66532

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

could I ask you to edit your post and put the actual statistics under a spoiler button, so that if Randall's fiancée has decided the same she doesn't accidentally stumble across the actual numbers whilst reading this. Thanks. I'm pretty sure they already know the statistics, on account of that bein...
by RogerB
Tue Aug 02, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 66532

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

After reading this, I, being the person I am, decided to see what the chances of survival are for the author's fiancée... I had leukaemia 14 years ago and I remember starting to research it on the internet and coming upon a page with detailed statistics of exactly how likely I was to die and decidi...
by RogerB
Mon Jun 13, 2011 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 27582

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

And just to complete the circle...

After wondering if Encarta still existed and if not, when it ceased to be; I have just looked up Encarta on Wikipedia.
by RogerB
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 32187

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

I use rivers, usually ones local to where I live. The names of my devices show how I've moved around the country over the years... We must have worked at the same place, though we had the added twist that the servers were named after seas (Red, Black, Caspian, you get the idea). Of course the compu...
by RogerB
Fri May 13, 2011 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A compilation of best programming practices ?
Replies: 17
Views: 4264

Re: A compilation of best programming practices ?

I suspect I'm not quite answering the original question as this is about best software engineering practice, not best programming practice but I I think that Steve McConnell's "Code Complete" is worth a mention.
by RogerB
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 55735

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

It seems that those who worry about overpopulation, and those who say it isn't a problem, are both driven by ideology. I hear a lot from the second group of people: You are a neo-Malthusian ! You hate humanity! Technological progress will always provide for however many people there are on the plan...
by RogerB
Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 55735

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

graudrakon wrote:http://www.neurosky.com/ controlling computers with your brain is already here, if rather limited. My friend wired up a nerf gun to fire by concentrating.


And these guys have moved a car by brain power. (Fast forward to 29:30)
by RogerB
Wed Apr 13, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 68631

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

karanj wrote:Is Randall aware of the British slang "To Roger", as in "gave her a right rogering"? I wouldn't be so sure about Rogers St...


I've never been very keen on that particular bit of British slang.
by RogerB
Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0766: "Green Flash"
Replies: 82
Views: 24013

Re: "Green Flash" Discussion

Unfortunately, upon waking up, the victim would find you sitting five meters from where you stole the Tesla, having run out of battery power. a) The only information I have about the Tesla's range is from its review on Top Gear . If this is your source then it's probably wrong. Don't believe anythi...
by RogerB
Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0699: "Trimester"
Replies: 86
Views: 25480

Re: "Trimester" discussion

The first customer comment for the uranium ore on Amazon is so good I'm amazed no-one has yet passed on. So here it is:

I purchased this product 4.47 Billion Years ago and when I opened it today, it was half empty.


- Roger
by RogerB
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 49893

Re: "RPS" Discussion

Eat well, my friends, then go Forth and spread the word. I thought the comic was very good, and I also appreciated that. I have travelled here from 1955 to: a) Claim my place on the Council of Elders. b) say how funny that was Theogrin; though I have to admit that I missed it until I saw orangepers...
by RogerB
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 223
Views: 63418

Re: "Students" Discussion

I'm not going to read all the posts here, so if there's been a lot of this sort of message, I apologise. I dreamt last night that I was so disorganised that I turned up 20 mins late for one of my Physics final exams (having spent ages trying to find out which room it was in). All I had with me was t...

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