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by kodiac
Sun Mar 05, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 14675

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

...[the toaster] would hardly notice...[f]rom the toaster's point of view... Me: Hm, does Randall have a sentient toaster? Like this one? If Talkie Toaster was operating in either compartment of a smart fridge, would the fridge go insane? Or perhaps TT would use the fridge's internet connection to ...
by kodiac
Thu Jul 28, 2016 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 7368

Re: 1712: Politifact

I had never heard of PolitiFact before seeing this comic, but I'm glad I checked Wikipedia before viewing the comic's title text. It cracked me up. Is PolitiFact Lady claiming that "I lit the smoke bomb and rolled it under the bed" is a lie, or did the smoke bomb set her pants on fire? (Or...
by kodiac
Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 10683

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

Undocumented behaviour: -e -i -e -i -o causes the computer to sing, unless -q is also used. I just tried this with the -q switch. Is that really the best ASCII Art Bacon the developers were able to create? You got bacon? Mine looks like beef steak, which I suspect may have been blue (i.e. still moo...
by kodiac
Sat Jun 11, 2016 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 10683

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

-A Starts an argument between the arguments. That's not an argument! They're just contradicting each other. :P An argument can be just contradiction. In case you weren't aware, I was paraphrasing part of a sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_Clinic And ...
by kodiac
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 10683

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

rmsgrey wrote:
kodiac wrote:
ThemePark wrote:-A Starts an argument between the arguments.

That's not an argument! They're just contradicting each other. :P

An argument can be just contradiction.

In case you weren't aware, I was paraphrasing part of a sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_Clinic
by kodiac
Fri Jun 10, 2016 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 10683

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

ThemePark wrote:-A Starts an argument between the arguments.

That's not an argument! They're just contradicting each other. :P
by kodiac
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 10683

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

sfmans wrote:And as for what happens when any of -i -o, -I -o, -i -O, -I-O, -i -0, or -I -0 are specified ...


Undocumented behaviour:
-e -i -e -i -o
causes the computer to sing, unless -q is also used.
by kodiac
Thu May 19, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1682: "Bun"
Replies: 57
Views: 10547

Re: 1682: "Bun"

Here's a picture featuring my favourite bun:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sam_%26_Max_3D.png
This particular bun is also sometimes referred to as a "hyperkinetic rabbity thing".
by kodiac
Tue May 03, 2016 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"
Replies: 15
Views: 3893

Re: 1675: "Message in a Bottle"

You shouldn't send "unsubscribe" message bottles.
They just give the message-bottle-net spammers confirmation that your shoreline address is valid, and may lead to more spam. :)
by kodiac
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 10458

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

Something that occurred to me late last night: where on the complexity scale should the algorithm mentioned (in fine print) on the XKCD front page sit? We did not invent the algorithm. The algorithm consistently finds Jesus. The algorithm killed Jeeves. The algorithm is banned in China. The algorith...
by kodiac
Fri Apr 08, 2016 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 8101

Re: 1664: Mycology

I can't help think that the other half of this joke is how frequently mycology articles end up Featured on Wikipedia. There is a lot of mycology on Wikipedia. Today's featured article is about a fungus, only about 2 days after this comic was posted. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calostoma_cinnabari...
by kodiac
Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1628: Magnus
Replies: 27
Views: 6112

Re: 1628: Magnus

Who/what is Secretariat?
Before this comic, I was only aware of the word "Secretariat" being used for various government agencies.

Wikipedia's disambiguation page suggests it may be a racehorse, or a character on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.
by kodiac
Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 8769

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

When the Amazon delivery dogs inevitably crap on the footpath, who's responsible for cleaning up the mess?
by kodiac
Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 14637

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

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

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like Hitler?
Now that makes me think of the movie Being John Malkovich (the part where John Malkovich enters his own head and sees many people looking like himself).
by kodiac
Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1614: "Kites"
Replies: 28
Views: 7581

Re: 1614: "Kites"

In the title text, is Beret Guy perhaps being carried by this kind of kite?
by kodiac
Thu Dec 03, 2015 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"
Replies: 43
Views: 9742

Re: 1611: "Baking Soda and Vinegar"

Echo244 wrote:Though I maintain that anyone who puts vinegar on either crisps or chips is utterly, utterly wrong.

While I've never put vinegar on chips myself, one of my favourite flavours of packet chips is "salt and vinegar". In Australia, various major brands have had that flavour for many years.
by kodiac
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 66286

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

I'm amazed to find it works in IE (11 - I haven't tried any earlier version), but there's a strange bug (feature?) that I only see in that browser.
Changing direction between left and right causes the player character to somersault.
by kodiac
Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 12014

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

I don't know much about baseball, but enough to understand the comic.
I'd like to see Beret Guy commentating a cricket match.

Is Beret Guy sticking to the ten hundred most common words, as per Thing Explainer?
by kodiac
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:16 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0138: "Jupiter Submarine"
Replies: 33
Views: 19880

Re: What-If 0138: Jupiter Submarine

THERE IS NO FOOTNOTE FOUR!!! My OCD is going berserk... Does Randall either have tetraphobia, or is he trying to avoid upsetting tetraphobic people? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetraphobia With the reference to Sir Terry Pratchett, it occurs to me that the Discworld character Leonard da Quirm wou...
by kodiac
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 14139

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

Upon seeing this strip, I went straight to Wikipedia to find out what it referred to. I wasn't aware of either the poems or the Egyptian pharaoh of that name.
The Ozymandias Wikipedia article had already been edited to mention this XKCD strip, even before this forum thread had been created. :o
by kodiac
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 29507

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

"Nova" no more means "no go" in Spanish than "notable" means "without tables" in English. I don't know Spanish, but I expect "no va" could have a different meaning to "nova". Google Translate agrees with Sableagle, and says that Spanish &q...
by kodiac
Fri Jul 17, 2015 4:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 29507

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

rhomboidal wrote:If it went that far off course, it'd be fitting if New Horizons hit a Saturn Astra.

The impact would change the car model to a Nova.

Here in Australia, "Astra" and "Nova" are both Holden-branded models. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holden_Astra
by kodiac
Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"
Replies: 40
Views: 7836

Re: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"

The wristband appears to be broken. Am I expected to use the holes in it to attach a non-broken wristband?
by kodiac
Tue Jun 30, 2015 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1544: "Margaret"
Replies: 80
Views: 14589

Re: 1544: "Margaret"

I'm almost certain that I've never heard of the referenced books.

Something about Margaret's hair makes me think of the ghost girl in the movie "The Ring", though now I can't remember whether I've seen the original, or only the 2002 remake.
Has God watched a mysterious video-tape recently?
by kodiac
Thu Apr 09, 2015 4:57 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0135: "Digging Downward"
Replies: 18
Views: 12765

Re: What-If 135: Digging Downward

I thought there was impenetrable bedrock around 63 to 64 metres below sea level. :)
There's always a danger of digging into a lava lake or monster-filled cave, but at least death-by-creeper is quick.
by kodiac
Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 32968

Re: 1474: "Screws"

Is there a functional difference between the flathead and the "uranium" one? The slot in a uranium screw goes all the way across. This allows it to be used with a wider variety of flathead screw drivers, which is helpful since it means you don't have to stand around getting exposed to the...
by kodiac
Fri Jan 09, 2015 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1471: "Gut Fauna"
Replies: 61
Views: 15286

Re: 1471: "Gut Fauna"

My question to the doctor:
Could I have a stick-wolf instead?
by kodiac
Wed Aug 20, 2014 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1410 - California Droughts
Replies: 69
Views: 13510

Re: 1410 - California Droughts

So... the top edge of the graph is northern California, and the bottom edge is south? As a non-American, I'm not in the habit of remembering the shape of US states. I now have a desire to watch Spaceballs again. Forget government mind control. We need aluminium (a.k.a. "tinfoil") eye-masks...
by kodiac
Tue Aug 12, 2014 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 36329

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

I registered just to say: Is there no-one else who wants a game-port plug on this thing? I have two old Microsoft joysticks at home. Both were undamaged and fully functional last time I used them, but they require a game port. I had to stop using the Sidewinder Force Feedback and buy another joystic...

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