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by Old Bruce
Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 3365

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

RogueCynic wrote:Why don't they just go at night?

<snark on>
And how are they going to see where they are going in the dark?
<snark off>
by Old Bruce
Mon Apr 24, 2017 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 8488

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

qvxb wrote:And other Byrds are eight miles high.

And Timothy Leary is outside (looking in).
by Old Bruce
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 5980

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

... that reminds me of a half-remembered, possibly-urban-legend, almost-certainly-exaggerated story about that one time the German jackpot was split so many ways that getting all 6 numbers right ended up paying out less per winner than having only 5 correct guesses. After some confused investigatio...
by Old Bruce
Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1823: "Hottest Editors"
Replies: 55
Views: 7217

Re: 1823: "Hottest Editors"

Pfhorrest wrote:BBEdit (Lite) -> TextWrangler

BBEdit has the best Search and Destroy... er Find and Replace feature.
by Old Bruce
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 4823

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

The SF publisher Tor is a little bemused;
http://www.tor.com/2017/04/05/xkcd-tor-com-joke/
by Old Bruce
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1812: "Onboarding"
Replies: 34
Views: 5594

Re: 1812: "Onboarding"

I just want to say, I really, really hate the term "onboarding". It started showing up at work about a year ago, and my reaction to it has not improved with time. There's no rational basis for this hate, mind you -- the term fills a niche that is otherwise hard to describe -- but neverthe...
by Old Bruce
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 13552

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

When you eat your Smarties do you eat the red ones last?
by Old Bruce
Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"
Replies: 29
Views: 4547

Re: 1809: "xkcd Phone 5"

The retina storage tray is the best feature. We all know that password reuse is a big problem, but when it comes to biometrics, few people use a unique retina for each party they want to authenticate with. I feel this is mainly because carrying extra retinas has been such a hassle in the past. I'm ...
by Old Bruce
Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 16868

Re: 1807: "Listening"

We used to tell that joke in the playground circa 1979 (with the punchline "You just said it!"). But it probably got forgotten as Doctor Who was off air for a decade or more, and then re-invented by someone. But the "joke" itself steps onto dangerous territory for Doctor Who fan...
by Old Bruce
Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 4570

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Google Maps asks me things like "Does this place have a laid-back atmosphere?" and "Does this place appeal to a younger crowd?". I guess that's a definite "no" to the first question... I would hope that the answer would be Yes to "Does this place have a laid-back ...
by Old Bruce
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 4570

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Google Maps asks me things like "Does this place have a laid-back atmosphere?" and "Does this place appeal to a younger crowd?". I guess that's a definite "no" to the first question... I would hope that the answer would be Yes to "Does this place have a laid-back ...
by Old Bruce
Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1794: "Fire"
Replies: 21
Views: 3518

Re: 1794: "Fire"

Soupspoon wrote:I believe that there may be many dark buildings, in the middle-distance, fully obscuring the view of the whole cities aflame that represnt the balance you seek.


hmmm... Makes sense, I believe it.
by Old Bruce
Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 8776

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Are you positing that vampires can still be totally internally reflected? Maybe it's just the silver in traditional mirrors that prevents their reflection... That's the lore in at least some stories, yes. That raises a whole load of questions. Can they be photographed? Chemical photography uses sil...
by Old Bruce
Sat Jan 21, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1788: "Barge"
Replies: 27
Views: 4174

Re: 1788: "Barge"

The Wile E. Coyoteness of this proposal is strong. ...which of course will mean that the SpaceX "Roadrunner" rocket will land fair and square on the "fake" deck, then the puzzled Wile E. Monroee will board the barge, walk up to the rocket, then promptly fall through the paper. A...
by Old Bruce
Wed Jan 18, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8203

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

That isn't how "GOOGLE" is spelt/spelled. How do you figure? Poorly. My mistake, I messed up with the "G"s in "Google". Everything else made sense, except I switched back to Dvorak to Qwerty (or do I mean the vice versa) for the Gs and only the Gs, just my Selective Dv...
by Old Bruce
Wed Jan 18, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 8203

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

That isn't how "GOOGLE" is spelt/spelled.
by Old Bruce
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 9354

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

I saw an episode of Elementary which had a scene in the police station, Sherlock is pinning a printout (Full Page sized) of a poop emoji on the bulletin board and he is asked why "Poo! I thought it was a chocolate."
by Old Bruce
Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1780: "Appliance Repair"
Replies: 34
Views: 3359

Re: 1780: "Appliance Repair"

The problem is that he needs a hammer, preferably a BIG one.
by Old Bruce
Fri Dec 16, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"
Replies: 13
Views: 3388

Re: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"

If you were really (like) beret guy, you would be happy to invite each other over for crumpet hunting. Sue can tag along. I don't know anything about law degrees though; do you need those for heating the crumpets? When the temperature is more than one law degree you can heat torts. Only in English ...
by Old Bruce
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"
Replies: 13
Views: 3388

Re: 1772: "Startup Opportunity"

Morgan Wick wrote:Is this the same company as this comic?

Or for that matter, this one?


You missed this one, I include it because I figure I could handle the technology involved.
by Old Bruce
Wed Dec 07, 2016 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 10175

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

The thing about Arsenal is that they always try to walk it in. Hooray. He's kicked the ball. Now the ball's over there. That man has it now. That's an interesting development. Maybe he'll kick the ball. He has indeed and apparently that deserves a round of applause. I'm afraid they'll find out I do...
by Old Bruce
Sun Dec 04, 2016 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 8452

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Should it not be Some Dakota and More Dakota?
by Old Bruce
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 10801

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

In my family the apple of choice is the Gravenstein apple followed by the Newton apple. Yes these were grown in our back yard and I have only seen the Gravenstein apple for sale once several years ago.
by Old Bruce
Sun Nov 13, 2016 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7247

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

To the best of my knowledge, other than the original script, it's not written anywhere. Hint (probably useless :( ) King Biscuit Flower Hour. Pedant on: King Biscuit Flour Hour. An hour of live radio concerts presented by King Biscuit Flour mills. I don't know if it is Flour which is used to make K...
by Old Bruce
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 7247

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

To the best of my knowledge, other than the original script, it's not written anywhere. Hint (probably useless :( ) King Biscuit Flower Hour. Pedant on: King Biscuit Flour Hour. An hour of live radio concerts presented by King Biscuit Flour mills. I don't know if it is Flour which is used to make K...
by Old Bruce
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 59587

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

It just occurred to me: the arrow is pointing to the right. England is to the right of America. "Her" is referring to QE2. The voters actually want to return to being a British Colony, hence not voting for Republic ans. It all makes sense now. Okay, makes sense to me. I guess... Oops, I j...
by Old Bruce
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 59587

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

.... ... Ok. Everyone who's mad about this comic, line up over there, and we'll issue you your money back in triplicate . If I pretend about being mad can I get the money in Euros and Mexican Pesos? I have an extremely poorly thought out plan to short the GB Pound. Also where is the "over ther...
by Old Bruce
Tue Nov 08, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 59587

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

... Ok. Everyone who's mad about this comic, line up over there, and we'll issue you your money back in triplicate . If I pretend about being mad can I get the money in Euros and Mexican Pesos? I have an extremely poorly thought out plan to short the GB Pound. Also where is the "over there&quo...
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 26, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 6530

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

I am still waiting for Disney's "Oedipus Rex".
by Old Bruce
Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 7116

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

cellocgw wrote:
Old Bruce wrote:
colonel_hack wrote:
heuristically_alone wrote:One of my favorite things that comic cartoonists do is recurring elements.

Clams got hands!

Wasn't it originally "Clams got legs!" ?


Clams got legs...
And they know how to use them,


Well, there are worse songs to get stuck in my head. :>
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1748: "Future Archaeology"
Replies: 54
Views: 7116

Re: 1748: "Future Archaeology"

colonel_hack wrote:
heuristically_alone wrote:One of my favorite things that comic cartoonists do is recurring elements.

Clams got hands!

Wasn't it originally "Clams got legs!" ?
by Old Bruce
Tue Oct 18, 2016 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"
Replies: 43
Views: 5848

Re: 1747: "Spider Paleontology"

Alt-text: "Whenever you see a video of birds doing something weird, remember: Birds are a small subset of dinosaurs, so the weirdness of birds is a small subset of the weirdness of dinosaurs." I guess that means dinosaurs didn't stick their heads in the sand when startled or threatened. D...
by Old Bruce
Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 7043

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

The start of the Beatles recording career is closer to the start of WW I than today. Four years from now you will be able to say "the Beatles career is closer to World War One than it is to today".
by Old Bruce
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 7133

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Tyndmyr wrote:...
Just following some guide, that leaves out "obvious" twerking and hasn't been updated in several major releases, invariably results in heartburn.


I sure hope you meant tweeking.

damn that is hard spell.
by Old Bruce
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 55337

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I don't remember hearing about "anthropogenic climate forcing" in the early '00's. I remember hearing about Anthropogenic Global Warming, or AGW for short. And as far back as the 1980's, "the greenhouse effect." Yes, I am that old. I recall hearing about the "Greenhouse eff...
by Old Bruce
Sun Jul 10, 2016 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 10605

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme ... The only image I get for the Somme is a meat grinder filled with Tommys and run by English Officers, I always think of it as the first unpunished war crime by victors. But I too thought of no man's land as the strip of territory be...
by Old Bruce
Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"
Replies: 21
Views: 4551

Re: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"

Imagine two alternate worlds. The first has the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and the TinyURL.com Domain Name more difficult to steal than either the crown jewels or the launch codes. This is not an impossible to imagine world, it only requires one or more individuals with more money than Croesus and the...

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