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by jonhaug
Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 7512

Re: 1979: "History"

By the way, I guess being an American president is one of the most dangerous occupations you can have. (I have crossed it out of my list.)
by jonhaug
Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 7512

Re: 1979: "History"

So, are Americans typically familiar with Garfield at all? I could barely tell you anything about him. Two facts I, not an American, know: ⋅  He succeeded Rutherford Hayes and preceded Chester Arthur (a prez without a proper last name). ⋅  He is one of the Jameses, the most comm...
by jonhaug
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 5837

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

Too bad the text in blue isn't clickable.
by jonhaug
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 5303

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

Vnend wrote:
keithl wrote:Why are most backpacks black?


To melt your chocolate.



Norwegian backpacks are (or used to be) mostly red/orange so you can easily be spotted when lost in the mountains. (Or green/brown for you with more shady business in the same place.) https://tinyurl.com/y8r332rh

/Jon
by jonhaug
Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 4957

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

This comic really stumped me. WTF?
(The http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1920 didn't help much.)

/Jon
by jonhaug
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 3999

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Steve the Pocket wrote:See also: the XKCD comic about Mythbusters.


https://xkcd.com/397/
https://xkcd.com/250/
https://xkcd.com/509/

FTFY

/Jon
by jonhaug
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9371

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

. But some clever hacker-type guys have figured out how to change a few pixels in the image and get the algo to completely fail -- while not changing the image in a way noticeable to the human Mark-I eyeball. Well, this is just a typical game theoretical arms race. (1) You solve a problem. (2) Some...
by jonhaug
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9371

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

I frequently fail at the Türing test when I typically get "Click on the images that contain a car" and have to try over and over.

/Jon
by jonhaug
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 3786

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

Isn't comparing to your monthly salary a good rule of thumb? Big numbers are always hard. For national debt and trade deficit, I usually divide by population size getting something like "What's in it for me?" Remember Douglas Hofstadter (for those of you who are old enough)? "On Numbe...
by jonhaug
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8408

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

I think we're overcoming the stigma/stereotype of the command line being obsolete. The general public now associates that black window with text in it mostly with "hacking" due to the media portrayals. I guess this is fine as long as they don't think of it as old and I don't get kicked of...
by jonhaug
Mon Sep 11, 2017 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"
Replies: 20
Views: 3651

Re: 1887: "Two Down, One to Go"

Ah!
Visit Norway anyone, the northern part. It is impossible to not see the aurora at least a dusin times during the winter as my, ...uh, avatar? shows.

/Jon
by jonhaug
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 5815

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

I live in a 10k pop town in MO that's apparently expecting 100k people to show up for the eclipse (my house is about 3 miles from the center line of the totality plane). Kindly stay home. It's supposed to rain anyway. I'm going to be somewhere in rural Missouri for the eclipse -- it just so happens...
by jonhaug
Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 7118

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

tsarna wrote:Don't forget that you're also supposed to be testing those smoke detectors every week, and GFCI outlets every month, according to the manufacturers!


In Europe, we don't have GFCI outlets you insensitive clod! :-) (Ooops, sorry, wrong forum.)

/Jon
by jonhaug
Wed May 24, 2017 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 4721

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

I'll be the very first organism in my entire lineage, going back billions of years, who will have failed to continue the lineage. Ah, the advantages of being an identical twin: I have no kids, and at this point I'm unlikely to acquire any, but since I have a niece, the continuation of my lineage is...
by jonhaug
Sat May 20, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1839: "Doctor Visit"
Replies: 19
Views: 4979

Re: 1839: "Doctor Visit"

Googling 'body made from dissolved bread' leads to lots of pages about the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, which I'm suspecting isn't quite the reference ... can anyone enlighten a mere Arts graduate? I'm guessing it's in reference to the fact that bread is the main source of calories, or ...
by jonhaug
Fri Apr 07, 2017 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 8127

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

...and then immediately afterwards recalled the password I'd just had overwritten, and that I couldn't even reuse due to historic passwords being ineligible. I regularly try to change a forgotten password to the forgotten password. At least I can usually cancel the reset and log in with the freshly...
by jonhaug
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 8127

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

speising wrote:
jonhaug wrote:red text


please don't use red, that's the mod's prerogative.


Oh my! (It is ugly anyway.) I'll fix, but I cannot do so?
by jonhaug
Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 8127

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

Worst security advice? It must be "Passwords must be changed frequently and must contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number and one special character, and must never be written down." Bad: ⋅  The probability of guessing someone's password increases on...
by jonhaug
Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 10515

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I have actually never understood classic keyboard layout, at least not the Norwegian one. Why is the Alt key placed just below the X key? This makes it hard to use ordinary normal Emacs key sequences! Who needs the Caps Lock key anyway? And the Windows key? (What I dream of, is to have a URL http://...
by jonhaug
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6587

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/old_days.png Alt text: "Lot of drama in those days, including constant efforts to force the "Reflections on Trusting Trust" guy into retirement so we could stop being so paranoid about compilers." 300 baud, uphill in the snow both ways. In case someon...
by jonhaug
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 6587

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

serutan wrote:So that's how you modernize "When I was your age, I had to walk through 10 foot snowdrifts for 20 miles to get to school. Uphill each way."


Immortalized by Monty Python ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xe1a1wHxTyo
by jonhaug
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1750: "Life Goals"
Replies: 47
Views: 9202

Re: 1750: "Life Goals"

cellocgw wrote:He left out "xyzzy" oh, plugh him.


Is he old enough to know it?
by jonhaug
Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 10022

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Being a person who loves things like Lisp and simple window managing stuff, I have yet to see that the Sawfish window manager works out of the box in Ubuntu or Mint Linux distributions. Installing directly from the package manager "aptitude install sawfish" and is thus the "very likel...
by jonhaug
Thu Jun 02, 2016 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 12393

Re: 1688: Map Age Guide

Soupspoon wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:What else, besides Byzantium, Constantinople, and Istanbul, has there been there?
Lygos, Augusta Antonina and Basileuousia, among others, I think.


Miklagard

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Names_of_ ... #Old_Norse
by jonhaug
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 20941

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Isn't "forever entropy increase" yesterday's science? I reckon that there is an ever shiny future for all friendly intelligent beings.
by jonhaug
Thu Oct 15, 2015 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 11865

Re: 1590: "The Source"

A cup of sugar, added covertly to his fuel tank, will solve that problem. So anyway, all we have to do is convert from 50/60 Hz mains to 30kHz AC, and we won't be able to hear any humming :mrgreen: A well known myth. Have you ever tried this? (Reference to snopes dot com deleted as xkcd flagged it ...
by jonhaug
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1543: "Team Effort"
Replies: 23
Views: 5641

Re: 1543: "Team Effort"

I don't know if Randall had it in mind, but my own immediate reaction was the German PhD Giulia Enders bestseller Darm mit Charme ("Charming Bowels"). There is quite a lot of intelligent communication between the gut and the brain.
by jonhaug
Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1468: "Worrying"
Replies: 50
Views: 10976

Re: 1468: "Worrying"

I don't get the "chest wound" thing. Do movies worry differently between wounds on right and left side?

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