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by Old Bruce
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7450

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

Counterpoint: "u ppl" Apparently American youth are only too lazy to type, not to speak aloud? Not just the youth, but a veritable vortex of creatures I used to call adults when I was younger. It disturbs me intensely that so many of the adults have both taken to rejecting science and rea...
by Old Bruce
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2114: "Launch Conditions"
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Re: 2114: "Launch Conditions"

The humidifier will need a place for dry ice or something else for cooling so the humid air will form a fog that hugs the floor, or other "launch" surface. If you use some sort of refrigeration system, you can even dump the excess heat into the water reservoir to make it evaporate more ea...
by Old Bruce
Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"
Replies: 15
Views: 3257

Re: 2111: "Opportunity Rover"

When I heard the news I figured it would be in today's xkcd because I am certain there is someone at jpl or nasa who has Randal's phone number and gave him a heads up. The alternative is that Randal drew the comic and then the folks at nasa or jpl saw it and shut the poor little guy down. I prefer t...
by Old Bruce
Sat Feb 02, 2019 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 3679

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Pfhorrest wrote:Thag? Thag Simmons the paleontologist? I thought he was dead.

Deader than a Dodo bird.
by Old Bruce
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 8087

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Flumble wrote:Short selling is quickly giving lard in return for money to someone who's no taller than 1.50m (5ft).

Would the person have to be a non vegetarian?
by Old Bruce
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 2866

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

She includes how old the individual will be and/or which anniversary of what event. They are religiously transferred to the next year's calendar in the November time frame, with the numbers advanced appropriately (though deaths and divorces are not moved). mindless repetitive tasks like this are ex...
by Old Bruce
Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 5232

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

In honor of the complete lack of interest in this comic (seeing as I'm creating the thread after 2019 has started in most of the world), I'm not even going to post the comic or the alt-text. Go ahead and sue me. The statute of limitations ran out in 2018 You misspelled statue , don't worry I won't ...
by Old Bruce
Sat Dec 22, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 6540

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Ranbot wrote:Where would Schrödinger's cat plot?

A couple of places...
by Old Bruce
Tue Dec 04, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 5609

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

Ken_g6 wrote:
Himself wrote:It's still a lot better than our system. Only one star.

Ooh, good point! Although Jupiter is close enough to being a star that it's more like one-and-a-half stars. :mrgreen:

Maybe when we get fusion reactors going we'll be considered to have more stars? :P

What about all those H bomb tests?
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 4149

Re: 2078: "Popper"

orthogon wrote:
Ray Kremer wrote:I had to look up the name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper

Of course, he's better known for the discovery of amyl nitrate.

Huh. I didn't know... Oh, I see what you did there.
I hereby award you 1 (one) internets.
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 6206

Re: 2077: "Heist"

There is never any thought about being caught. Never comes up at any stage of planning a heist, or any other nefarious scheme. I beg to differ. The Impossible Missions Force used to not only account for the possibility but often rely on it … That's not including the ones where they'd be 'caught' by...
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 6206

Re: 2077: "Heist"

There is never any thought about being caught. Never comes up at any stage of planning a heist, or any other nefarious scheme. That is why a calm cool collected wheel man is so important and also why Uber will never truly succeed as a getaway service. A self-driving Uber getaway car, on the other h...
by Old Bruce
Tue Nov 27, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 6206

Re: 2077: "Heist"

At least it's one of the nicer heists and they didn't just kill/incapacitate him outright to get his key(card). This isn't just a matter of being nice, it's the correct strategic decision . Getting anyone who isn't security to let you in drastically lengthens the amount of time it will take before ...
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4738

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Quick poll: is it Keen-Ya or Ken-Yah?
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 14029

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

America is a country where the normal serving size for beer is neither one glass nor one bottle, but rather the pack of bottles in which they are sold. Drinking six to twelve bottles or tins at once is quite common among enthusiasts. But it is American beer and thus your 'enthusiasts' are mere amat...
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 7209

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

rmsgrey wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!!

Wht gd wld tht d?

Nt mch. 'm mzd b wht psss fr spllng. Kds ths ds.
by Old Bruce
Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 14029

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

So why define the unit of mass, the gram, to be something so small? Why define it as the mass of one cubic centimeter of water, and not a cubic decimeter? ...and not a cubic meter? Probably because it is more convenient for cooking . And stuff is cheaper by the gram than the kilogram if you are doi...
by Old Bruce
Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 4556

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Soupspoon wrote:
Heimhenge wrote:And don't get me started on that three stroke ÷ abomination.

I agree with you 1000‰ on that.

I see what you did there and also agree 100%.
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 07, 2018 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5682

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

And it's ridiculous that one of the proponents for longer and longer copyright periods is Disney, whose iconic princess movies are mostly based on public domain stories and legends. One of the classic examples is the Jungle Book - which was out of copyright (in the US) less than a year when Disney ...
by Old Bruce
Tue Nov 06, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16512

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I came here to see photos of people playing chess in the voting booths. C'mon people!
by Old Bruce
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5682

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Having a hard time believing this one. I'm sure someone will pull up the Tribune pages. I was going to... but you have to pay for content that is in the public domain. :evil: Wait until you find out that even the people who make those documents available online have to pay for hosting them. I know,...
by Old Bruce
Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11080

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

That is still just because we doing the predicting are part of the system we are predicting. A computer program trying to predict the future state of the computer it is part of would face the same kind of problem. A meteorologist predicting the weather is also going to change the weather slightly b...
by Old Bruce
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11080

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

All this political talk and I'm just wondering how Randall picked which landmarks to include. :P I happen to be pumped because he included Hatcher Pass and Summit Lake (north of Wasilla, AK) because that happens to be my favorite few square miles on the planet. "Landmarks from Wikipedia."...
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16512

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Pfhorrest wrote:...
I wonder if there is some clever way to make vote-by-mail more secret, without losing all of its benefits.

Wear a blindfold.
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16512

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

...I can't come up with a reason to outlaw ballot selfies. Well, other than as fodder for a future generation's "look at the crazy laws they used to have" listicle. Slows the line down. And, I am only going to say this once, "Selfies are stupid" (says the guy with a face for rad...
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5012

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

... I was thinking it might work without you making any sound at all, just moving your (normal) mouth-parts, ... Wow, flashed back to one of Asimov's Foundation stories. Silently talking would send the words to a receiver who could talk to you through tiny speakers in your skull.... read it decades...
by Old Bruce
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5012

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

... I was thinking it might work without you making any sound at all, just moving your (normal) mouth-parts, ... Wow, flashed back to one of Asimov's Foundation stories. Silently talking would send the words to a receiver who could talk to you through tiny speakers in your skull.... read it decades...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 6024

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

That joke only works in British. Now that I think about it, a Car Knot sounds like some kind of UK euphemism for a traffic jam, or maybe one of those crazy compound roundabouts (but I repeat myself). It is pronounced Car Knot but is in fact a Car Nought a pedestrian only street, or pavement as they...
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 6024

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

RogueCynic wrote:That is a weird looking carrot.

It is just a schematic.
by Old Bruce
Mon Oct 22, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 6921

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

Steve the Pocket wrote:...I'd probably be using my Steam Controller wirelessly ...

Now that is Old School meets "2.0"

Oh, hang on. I think I am out of touch just enough so I don't understand the world anymore.
by Old Bruce
Mon Oct 22, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 4211

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

I think they're screaming because they're moving so fast. I figured it was a sort of weird Doppler thing, plus screaming to get my attention. on a related note, maybe Wobler should have written his game to travel to Barnard's Star instead of Alpha Centauri. http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&...
by Old Bruce
Mon Oct 22, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14179

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

You had electricity there in 1194? Wow, really ahead of the times. We also invented typos soon after that :wink: You had electricity there in 1194? Wow, really ahead of the times. And he is using the Jewish calendar. :?: AM 5779 began at sunset on 9 September 2018 and will end at sunset on 29 Septe...
by Old Bruce
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14179

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Pfhorrest wrote:You had electricity there in 1194? Wow, really ahead of the times.

And he is using the Jewish calendar.
by Old Bruce
Fri Oct 19, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14179

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Terry Pratchett's "Only You Can Save Mankind" (?) had a similar computer game written by one of the character, "Voyage to Sirius" the view of the star field would stay the same for decades. I was coming here to say exactly this. Being as this is the only part of the book I remem...
by Old Bruce
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14179

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Terry Pratchett's "Only You Can Save Mankind" (?) had a similar computer game written by one of the character, "Voyage to Sirius" the view of the star field would stay the same for decades.
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5607

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

Flumble wrote:
Sableagle wrote:I have a large collection of nanometers I'd be willing to share.

I bet they go off the charts in an elderly home.

Huh?
... unless you meant home for the aged in which case ... Groan.
by Old Bruce
Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 6168

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Uh, as far as I know volcanism usually involves lava consisting of molten rock that originates from within the earth's crust, not the mantle. But I'm not a geologist. A geologist would agree with that. (And FWIW, I am a geologist) Lava is not mantle, not physically, not mineralogically, not chemica...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 9472

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

The book Lord of the Flies just baffled me when I read it in ninth grade, but maybe I would like it better if I gave it a second try. I'll probably never know. It certainly doesn't represent the way people actually behave when in these types of situations (which actually happen occasionally in the ...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 6921

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

But that's no good if you need it to connect to a smartwatch. I was paid to write an app that connected to some custom hardware over Bluetooth. I spent a lot of time finding different ways the Bluetooth stack could get wedged. Then more time figuring out how to unwedge the stack. .... I spent an in...
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 8329

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

So if scale is the problem, it should for instance it should be possible to simultaneously give good health care to everyone on the west coast of the USA, to everyone on the east coast of the USA, and to everyone living in between. But it is impossible to give good health care to everyone in the wh...

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