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by gcgcgcgc
Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2061

Re: 2077: "Heist"

"I'm from the building" has to be ambiguous statement of the week.
by gcgcgcgc
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 5293

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out what was going on until I realized this wasn't a collection of curves but rather one of those stacked-count charts that are impossible to interpret. This sort of chart is the absolute best way to represent proportions over time. Why do you find it hard to inte...
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 5592

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Given the complexity of many formulae in modern physics, mathematics, etc. and the wide availability of Unicode I'm surprised we haven't gone beyond the standard greek/latin alphabet yet, instead choosing to use diacritics, typeface styles such as blackletter etc. There are plenty of characters avai...
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 5233

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

cellocgw wrote:It occurs to me there's one , ahem, sport in which most of the famous players have names describing their, um, skills.
NSFW


WWE Wrestling?
Oh sorry, you said sport...
by gcgcgcgc
Sun Jul 15, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 13141

Re: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

Just a thought but what if, instead of a straight pole, as you approached the Earth's atmosphere it curved to propel you in the direction of the Earth's rotation so by the time the atmosphere was significant you were already significantly slowed down relative to the ground? OK that still means slidi...
by gcgcgcgc
Fri May 11, 2018 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 16118

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I thought IMHO = In My Haunted Orphanage.
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1956: ‘Unification’
Replies: 25
Views: 4561

Re: 1956: ‘Unification’

The unification of PAL, NTSC and SECAM would lead to a new standard called PANTSCAMEL
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 10904

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Does this codepoint combine with the modifier from comic 1813 to form vomiting lobster emoji?
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 10904

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

The great news is that all other problems in Maine must have been solved or gone away, to leave their Senators with nothing better to do but concern themselves with such trivial matters. Maine: the ideal no-crime, no-poverty state, now with Unicodes! And Emoji(s?) (I like also the "across the c...
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 7900

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Evolution had to find a way to grind up food. The choices were teeth, bony plates (similar to teeth), or gizzards. I think it would be weirder if we had gizzards. But then, you've spent a long time getting used to having teeth. For an alternate perspective you can see how babies feel about them, wh...
by gcgcgcgc
Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 7900

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Am I alone in interpreting "people with all six of these names" to mean people called "Brian Sarah Logan Brooklyn Jaxon Harper"? [Or permutations thereof]
by gcgcgcgc
Mon Jul 31, 2017 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 4686

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

The red- or blue-shift of the stars in the review will tell you how fast the poster was moving towards or away from the site.
by gcgcgcgc
Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 6936

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Magnetohydrodynamics: The Gathering.
Now there's a card game that never caught on.
by gcgcgcgc
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 7548

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: If we wait long enough, the Earth will eventually be consumed by the Sun


Cannot reproduce; Issue closed.
by gcgcgcgc
Mon Mar 27, 2017 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25932

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Ken_g6 wrote:I pronounce "epitome" like e-pit o' me. And this would seem to be the e-pit o' Randall. ;)


Did you have an epiphany about epitome?
by gcgcgcgc
Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 13443

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Questioner: "What if the entire continental US was on a decreasing slope from West to East." Randall: "[...] To travel the roughly 2,500 miles from New York to LA," I was about to post that the North-South element of the vector would make the slope effectively shallower, then I n...
by gcgcgcgc
Tue May 17, 2016 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1681: "Laser Products"
Replies: 30
Views: 6592

Re: 1681: "Laser Products"

What's worse is printing your hair in landscape instead of portrait. Now it's all down one side of my face.
by gcgcgcgc
Thu May 05, 2016 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"
Replies: 64
Views: 16358

Re: 1676: "Full-Width Justification"

Just pad out the words on the shorter line with extra vowels

On the relationship
Beeeeeeetweeeeen
Deindustrialization

Etc
by gcgcgcgc
Sun Apr 24, 2016 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1670: "Laws of Physics"
Replies: 46
Views: 11641

Re: 1670: "Laws of Physics"

If you really believe in the laws of physics, you both will and won't flinch, simultaneously.
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 136908

Re: 1663: ???

My suggestion is that if we had a year 0, then April 1, 2016 would actually be a Saturday (because April 1, 2017 is a Saturday, and if we had a year 0, every year would be pushed back by 1). Perhaps Randall set this whole thing up to point out to xkcd fans how weird the lack of a year 0 is. quote] ...
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 20610

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

(phew) Vice Grips . I know that tool as a Vice Grip. No. I have no idea how a such a useful tool became associated with 'vice'. I have no idea Why a person would associate that tool with a Mole, either. Locking pliers is a name that makes sense. I will call those locking pliers from now forward. &q...
by gcgcgcgc
Fri Mar 18, 2016 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1656: "It Begins"
Replies: 22
Views: 5902

Re: 1656: "It Begins"

Well, here we are...
by gcgcgcgc
Thu Mar 17, 2016 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"
Replies: 40
Views: 22624

Re: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"

Where did footnote [4] go?
by gcgcgcgc
Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 10743

Re: 1647: Diacritics

I seem to remember the word "risumi" being coined accidentally as a side-effect of the character é being mangled by old 7-bit-ASCII mailservers...
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Feb 20, 2016 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 17060

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

Cotton buds for my real friends, cotton reels for my buddy-friends?
Geisha for my she-friends, shisha for my gay friends?
...nah
by gcgcgcgc
Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 19952

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Why would anyone want a jetpack anyway, when we already have powered paragliders? I'm not sure what advantage the jetpack is realistically expected to provide. Edit: I suppose the jetpack has the ability to hover in one spot and take off or land vertically. This might be an advantage for certain use...
by gcgcgcgc
Fri Aug 21, 2015 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1566: "Board Game"
Replies: 30
Views: 7499

Re: 1566: "Board Game"

"Every year I trick my national government into doing my taxes." Might as well since I'm sure they calculate all this anyway, just in case you give a wrong answer...
by gcgcgcgc
Thu Aug 20, 2015 6:48 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Question about "artificial intelligence"
Replies: 15
Views: 12783

Re: Question about "artificial intelligence"

We humans can't even stop our largest organizations (Governments and corporations) from exhibiting strongly sociopathic behaviour. These organizations are undoubtedly the ones which will be funding and building these giant artificial intelligences. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
by gcgcgcgc
Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 19531

Re: 1559: "Driving"

I think the biggest problem will be convincing border controls to allow self-driving cars through without a responsible human present to violate the rights of extort bribes from check the passport of*. The technical problems of automated refuelling and (dis)embarcation (given gas stations and ferrie...
by gcgcgcgc
Wed Aug 05, 2015 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 19531

Re: 1559: "Driving"

Hmm, two new ones: (In mid to late May, if the vehicle can refuel itself): "Point Thomson, Alaska" (it's connected by an ice road across Prudhoe Bay, which generally melts around the end of May and doesn't reopen until late in the year). An even worse one might be "Jericho Diamond Mi...
by gcgcgcgc
Wed Jul 15, 2015 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: In-brain PRNG
Replies: 8
Views: 6062

Re: In-brain PRNG

You could probably get four bits at a time from a short LFSR in your head, in a few seconds; say 15 bits with polynomial x^15+x^14+1; you'd need to remember four hex digits of "state" as you go along and then apply a fairly simple rule to get the next hex digit. It wouldn't really matter i...
by gcgcgcgc
Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 10562

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

If the kessle run is measured in distance as a factor of how fast a ship is.... 1) catch a moving target : "we overtook the lightspeed target drone in the last kessle run competition after it had only covered 12 parsecs..." 2) a dangerous shortcut: : "from the kessle black hole obser...
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Jul 11, 2015 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"
Replies: 40
Views: 8088

Re: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"

"Nokia (they had two extra pins in their charging micro USB. Without those extra pins the phone wouldn't charge, but it wouldn't interfere with other phones charging off a Nokia charger.)" It's a bit of topic, but this is the first time I heard of it and isn't this exactly the kind of bul...
by gcgcgcgc
Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1537: "Types"
Replies: 55
Views: 14306

Re: 1537: "Types"

Surprised no-one's mentioned http://wtfjs.com/ yet... this comic won't seem so far-fetched afterwards...
by gcgcgcgc
Mon May 11, 2015 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1523: Microdrones
Replies: 30
Views: 6570

Re: 1523: Microdrones

Or a flock of well-trained hawks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhDG_WBIQgc
by gcgcgcgc
Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Mind Blowing Algorithms
Replies: 76
Views: 27679

Re: Mind Blowing Algorithms

Bzip and the Burrows-Wheeler Transform, in particular the decode (along with the whole idea of a reversible sort!)
by gcgcgcgc
Sat Jan 18, 2014 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0078: "T-Rex Calories"
Replies: 54
Views: 13104

Re: What-If # 0078 T-Rex Calories

An 80kg human actually contains about 1.718 x 10^15 kcal of energy. But luckily, however unlikely it is you'll be eaten by a T.Rex, being thrown by one into a black hole is considerably less likely again, I assume.
by gcgcgcgc
Sun Nov 10, 2013 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 17453

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

If it's ChessGoBoxing, you could always still win with a knockout.

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