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by herbstschweigen
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 120
Views: 106921

Re: What-if: chat thread

What if somewhere else a question and answer pops up that would have made a great What-If?
https://aleph.se/andart2/uncategorized/blueberry-earth/
by herbstschweigen
Thu Jun 07, 2018 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 10015

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

From a european perspective, I really wonder why the simple solution of just scheduling a new election seems completely unthinkable to you US guys? Your 4-year term seems really written in rock.
by herbstschweigen
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 4345

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

... "You humans and your one-dimensional time. ..." I am developer for a software that uses two-dimensional time. Item validity time is one dimension and update timestamps the other. Add to that user permissions, status workflows, and links between data entities and you have real fun dete...
by herbstschweigen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10274

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Can you tell left/right people from n/s/e/w people by the way they set up their map on their phone? (or in their car, on their garmin/tomtom GPS device, etc.?) left/right people set it so the map rotates, so the top is the way they're facing. n/s/e/w people set it so the map doesn't rotate, and the...
by herbstschweigen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10274

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I remember visiting southeast US and I was so delighted that highway signs said "north", "south" etc. That is much more helpful when driving around a country than the name of some city you only roughly know where it is, or maybe even don't know at all. OK, I've complained about ...
by herbstschweigen
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10274

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Well, I am convinced I screw up left and right because I am a lefty and the world is broken. No, I'm not a lefty and also keep screwing them up. Funny sidenote: I have a half-sister (we did not grow up together and don't meet often) and once she visited and we talked about something on aphoto, and ...
by herbstschweigen
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10274

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When someone asks me for directions the first thing I assess is whether I should use "turn left" or "turn north" (or whatever direction). Some people handle the former better, and others prefer compass directions. Not sure exactly how I make that assessment ... might have someth...
by herbstschweigen
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 5585

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

HES wrote:I've never successfully grabbed this name anywhere else, but there's usually a character minimum greater than three.


Funny, my ex used to have that name in various online forums in the early 2000's. (wait... N, is that you??? :shock: )
by herbstschweigen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 4624

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

The point of 1==x rather than x==1 is to avoid bugs of the "oops, I typed = rather than ==" variety. x=1 will compile (it's an assignment). 1=x will not. (You can't assign to an immutable). So, it catches a particular kind of common bug. Jose Ah. I'd not encountered that reason before. Re...
by herbstschweigen
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 4624

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Reverse Regular Golf, is that standing with your putter next to the hole and waiting for the ball to jump out? And, shouldn't he start at hole 18 then? (or 9, depending on the course.) I suspect you're Golf-trolling, but for those who are mercifully ignorant of this horrible "game," [mean...
by herbstschweigen
Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 4624

1960: "Code Golf"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/code_golf.png Title text: "I also enjoy Reverse Regular Golf. I've been playing for years all across the country and I'm still on the first hole." Reverse Regular Golf, is that standing with your putter next to the hole and waiting for the ball to jump out? And...
by herbstschweigen
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 4393

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

This was so beautiful. We need more Beret Guy. In the comic as well as in real life.
by herbstschweigen
Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 4475

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

Isn't it the name of that trans-dimensional place in Star Trek 7, Generations? (That was my association and I was completely lost with the comic.)
by herbstschweigen
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 10679

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

... my point is that it's possible to like heat when it's dry (or wind when it's warm), but absolutely hate humid heat (or cold wind). Or humid cold. Or hot wind. I also don't get the choice of axes. Average Humidity vs. Yearly Tempature Amplitude would make a better choice IMHO. Apart from that, I...
by herbstschweigen
Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 7917

Re: 1913: "A �"

Eternal Density wrote:Could someone please explain this to an Android user?

Thanks, I thought I was the only one. Explainxkcd is your friend, as always. http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1913
by herbstschweigen
Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 5117

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

Oh, that finally explains the last panel of this comic: https://www.xkcd.com/349/
by herbstschweigen
Fri Sep 22, 2017 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6634

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

USB OTOH is not an EU standard. Micro USB as the standardised phone charger, is. Oh, I wasn't aware of this. But do they still use proprietary chargers in other places of the world? Or has it become a de-facto worldwide standard now? BTW I don't understand the "plug don't fit through case"...
by herbstschweigen
Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6634

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

I can't relate to this. 90% of My USB cables are Good Ones. Even if they fall in the other categories, they are still good for some purpose. The short one is just perfect for attaching the external hdd that resides right behind my laptop. And the only frayed one I have is that of my headset, but it ...
by herbstschweigen
Fri Sep 15, 2017 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 11927

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Sploshing water on your opponent in a knife/gun fight might at least irritate or distract them for a precious second and give you the opportunity to run away. So maybe not green but yellow on those two. You could also swing the full bucket and use that as a weapon. Might even be more efficient. Just...
by herbstschweigen
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 8285

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

And of course: https://xkcd.com/1799/ But time zones are ok. The real PITA are calendar weeks. Especially those that span new year's day (ISO weeks always have 7 days, so they count for the year that has the bigger part of the week). And when you think you thought of everything, you get a bug report...
by herbstschweigen
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7587

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

The coolness of a solar eclipse as a function of distance is pretty much a delta function centered on totality. Totality is really an unbeatable experience; but that being said, I find partial solar eclipses also very impressive. Especially when more than half the sun is obscured and you really hav...
by herbstschweigen
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7587

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

Where should we place the mark for "lunar occultation of a planet or bright start"? Let's assume it's one that occurs at night-time, with the planet/star either disappearing behind the darkened limb of the crescent moon or emerging from behind same. It's cooler if the star/planet goes in ...
by herbstschweigen
Wed Aug 23, 2017 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 7587

1880: "Eclipse Review"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/eclipse_review.png Title text: "I watched from a beautiful nature reserve in central Missouri, and it was--without exaggeration--the coolest thing I've ever seen." I would add "Aurora borealis" slightly left-upwards of "Partial Solar Eclipse&quo...
by herbstschweigen
Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 6169

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

I wonder no one unscrambled the short link from the comic so far. It's: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/01/the-path-of-the-solar-eclipse-is-already-altering-real-world-behavior/?utm_term=.546e2d9b6ee8 I live in a 10k pop town in MO that's apparently expecting 100k people to show ...
by herbstschweigen
Thu Jul 20, 2017 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 8709

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

I wonder no one so far commented on the hilarious business model pun in the title text. I mean, how greedy and stupid are people that they agree on a 24-month contract for mobile/DSL/whatever, that costs,say, 15€/month in the first year and 35€ after that? Is it a sign of me being old that I expect ...
by herbstschweigen
Wed Jul 12, 2017 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 9135

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Yeah, HUP is almost always described in "accessible" texts as that tradeoff of the precise definition of a particle's momentum vs. position, sometimes and sometimes not with the oversimplification that that's the only information we can know rather than the only information there is, and ...
by herbstschweigen
Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 9135

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

The first thing I thought when I saw the comic was, "It takes *way* more years of mathematics to understand magnets than it does quantum mechanics!". IMHO it takes way more and difficult math to understand general relativity than quantum mechanics. I loved astronomy as a kid. I studied ph...
by herbstschweigen
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 11583

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

That differs in handwriting by inclination, some people also like to replace the two dots with one horizontal bar, is assume for ease of writing, i always use dots and i don't know a font that doesn't. I dislike indicating Umlauts with a horizontal bar, as this diacritic is already overloaded. The ...
by herbstschweigen
Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 11583

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

For some reason, I'm getting extreme deja vu on this comic. No, I'm not thinking of 1813: Vomiting Emoji, nor 1726, nor the rest. Good comic, but I'm very confused... I had to check that it was, indeed, today's release and not a necro/duplicate thread. (Not hinted at in a What-If, is it? Haven't ch...

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