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by david.windsor
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 12355

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

Reka wrote:I beg to differ about the carrying people part: the eagles carried people in both LotR and The Hobbit.

depends if people=humans, wizards, dwarves and hobbits are not human.
by david.windsor
Tue Jan 31, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 46
Views: 15587

Re: What-if 0153: Hide the Atmosphere

So what is the texas request reference? (Yes, I know, try for yourself first; but this specific question doesn't seem particularly googlable.) "Don't Mess With Texas." (356,000 hits on Bing.) It started as an anti-littering slogan, but it went viral, about 30 years before memes were said ...
by david.windsor
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"
Replies: 43
Views: 19215

Re: What-If 0152: "Flood Death Valley"

The 'WMO Signal' is called a Ceiling Projector
by david.windsor
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 15936

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Ambrosia, yummy.
by david.windsor
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 15936

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

cucio wrote:When I saw this comic title appear on my RSS reader, the first thing I thought was: "but the Spectrum was made by Sinclair, not Apple!" :wink:


damn I'm old, I got that reference...
by david.windsor
Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 11722

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Alright! He dropped some Canada in there
by david.windsor
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 9699

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Eebster the Great wrote:This is absolutely ridiculous. Everyone knows the probability of code running successfully depends on the phase of Venus, not the Moon.

yee gads, I feel old, I understand the 'phase of the moon' bug reference.
by david.windsor
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1740: "Rosetta"
Replies: 35
Views: 6372

Re: 1740: "Rosetta"

Yes, they successfully deflected Rosetta and it won't hit Earth. Unfortunately, the MEMS accelerometer and the MAD (magnetic anomaly detector, for all you who never read The Hunt For Red October) inside Rosetta registered the momentum and metallicity (Hey! new word!) of the probe, triggering an ale...
by david.windsor
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 32384

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

For some reason I read it as " should not refer to Lords in that way", or something of a similar sense. Apologies. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forms_of_address_in_the_United_Kingdom all those titles and forms of address are still in use and actively encouraged. But I'm from...
by david.windsor
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1736: "Manhattan Project"
Replies: 29
Views: 6292

Re: 1736: "Manhattan Project"

What have the Romans ever done for us? sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health Well yes of course, but besides all of that, what have the Romans ever done for us ? (Someone already delivered the punchline earlier, so this feel...
by david.windsor
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 13577

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Your comparison is apples and oranges, fluorescent tubes and incandescent bulbs do not 'age' the same way. Your prof is right about incandescent bulbs, but that does not apply to fluorescent tubes, entire batches of tubes will age and die around the same time.
by david.windsor
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 7185

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

Various Varieties wrote:Relevant Malcolm in the Middle:
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oh god... that's my life......
by david.windsor
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1736: "Manhattan Project"
Replies: 29
Views: 6292

Re: 1736: "Manhattan Project"

speising wrote:What have the Romans ever done for us?


sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health
by david.windsor
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1736: "Manhattan Project"
Replies: 29
Views: 6292

Re: 1736: "Manhattan Project"

Plasma Mongoose wrote:The only sure way to cure cancer is to nuke it from orbit.

Only way to be sure.
by david.windsor
Thu Sep 29, 2016 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 32384

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Hold on a moment! Fashion police? I thought it was established that; unless clothes were explicitly drawn, all xkcd people were nude.
by david.windsor
Mon Aug 29, 2016 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 16867

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

Neil_Boekend wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:If my future self turned up to intervene whilst I was stumbling through my thesis on time-travel, would that be enough proof that I was right?
It should be, although it is more probable that you have an identical twin.


or a clone
by david.windsor
Fri Feb 12, 2016 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 8740

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

The next generation of gravity wave detectors will examine much longer wavelengths; eventually they hope to detect the waves from the Big Bang. Just hope it's a voice saying "Let there be Light" in Hebrew, and not Brahma saying "OK, Vishnu, you can play with this for a while but then...
by david.windsor
Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8636
Views: 1544896

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

teelo wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:There is something even worse:
Spoiler:

(

There are two kinds of people in this world; those who don't need closure,
by david.windsor
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1641: "Hot Dogs"
Replies: 49
Views: 9452

Re: 1641: "Hot Dogs"

brandbarth wrote:[...]

you said it man.
by david.windsor
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 8740

Re: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"

Wait... nobody is using it to send porn?
by david.windsor
Thu Feb 04, 2016 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 36612

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

I used to get email that was for a Mason from the UK. I never corrected them because the emails very strange/interesting. :lol:
by david.windsor
Mon Feb 01, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 8428

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

peteispo wrote:Does the bird do the guitar breaks too?

No, that would be the spiders.
by david.windsor
Mon Feb 01, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 10996

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

Tonyo wrote:My first guess was "quark flavors". Maybe they use salt to enhance them...

oh yah, quark, thats a potato chip flavour in Canada
by david.windsor
Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1636: "xkcd Stack"
Replies: 37
Views: 8190

Re: 1636: xkcd Stack

I'm honestly surprised the CPU wasn't running in Dwarf Fortress.
by david.windsor
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 15591

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

Raptor: 1.A bird of prey, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl. And... The Eurasian eagle-owl typically has a wingspan of [1.31 to 1.88 meters], with the largest specimens possibly attaining [2 meters]. The total length of the species can vary from [0.56 to 0.75 meters]. Even if you take the average of wi...
by david.windsor
Fri Jan 22, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 15591

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

Randall has 1m diameter birds in his house! :shock:

I think his house is over 70m long as well.
by david.windsor
Fri Jan 22, 2016 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 12553

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

ManaUser wrote:'Nam is sometimes consider the first war we ever lost (thought not strictly correct), so perhaps God's 'Nam refers to that incident with the iron chariots. Not sure how the tables fit in though.

First war you ever lost was in 1812 eh.
by david.windsor
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 26471

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Pfhorrest wrote:
david.windsor wrote:how long till it hits lightspeed?

∞s.

ok ok, 99% then. :lol:
by david.windsor
Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 26471

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

With the energies involved, after any trivial bit of mater in the path of this beam 'becomes physics', how long before the Sun starts to leave the local group and how long till it hits lightspeed?
by david.windsor
Thu Dec 31, 2015 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 18596

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Teleportation booths
by david.windsor
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 8245

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

Maybe Santa is actually bacteria. Their small size, and ability to multiply rapidly and to travel quickly through the water and sewerage system would explain much of the Christmas present distribution mystery. Also the epidemiology suggests that the incidence of Santa correlates well with the wides...
by david.windsor
Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 8245

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

Assuming "click click" means she turned it two spaces, and assuming she remembers this and turned it two spaces, guessing which way it went, and since it is now on chimneys, since everyone knows that is the case, then the true setting before this event is actually bathroom mirror, or toil...
by david.windsor
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 14516

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Fungo4 wrote:Am I to infer that he planned to kill Hitler with a hammer?

was either that or a spoon
by david.windsor
Wed Dec 16, 2015 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 14516

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Time travel - The long way round
by david.windsor
Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 23182

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

Jack Williamson's "The Humanoids" give an interesting twist on the three laws. "To Serve and Obey, And Guard Men from Harm" which wraps 1 and 2 together and tags on the zeroth at the end. "Guard Men from Harm", means you aren't alowed to drive, because thats might harm ...
by david.windsor
Wed Nov 25, 2015 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 22108

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Isobar = lines of equal pressure
Isolation = lines of equal ... lation?
by david.windsor
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 64709

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

poslundc wrote:166 coins in 3575 seconds.

I can't handle both this and Fallout 4.

FYI, there's a secret area at the bottom of the deepest lake section (to the left of where you start). Drop all the way down and head left. It was difficult to get back out.


Quick, someone check if pornhub took a 10% dip again.
by david.windsor
Wed Nov 18, 2015 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 11593

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

Too funny, I'd just sorted a bunch of loose resisters last week. :roll:
by david.windsor
Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 22108

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Tyndmyr wrote:
Flumble wrote:
orthogon wrote:What will happen when people start using biometrics en masse? What do we fill out memory with*?

Endless catchy pop songs and advertising jingles.


The entire script of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" with all required silly voices.
by david.windsor
Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 16901

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

Whizbang wrote:Fleshlight is the new goatse

TWITCH
Damn! Thought I'd purged that image...

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