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by ubikuberalles
Mon Nov 23, 2015 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 110
Views: 69162

Re: What If updates are temporarily on hold

I don't know if I can take "What-if" being so spuroddic Google asked me: "Did you mean: sporadic ". I was hoping "spuroddic" was a new word I hadn't heard of before meaning "Will post, eh, whenever". I'll take sporadic (or even spuroddic) any day if it means ...
by ubikuberalles
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 95295

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

HES wrote:
orthogon wrote:Manoeuvre

No word should have that many vowels in a row.


Then you'll probably hate this page: https://www.wordnik.com/lists/words-wit ... ive-vowels

And the word "queueing" has five - I said FIVE - vowels in a row. Oh me yarm! ;)
by ubikuberalles
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 57616

Re: 1431: "Marriage"

I hear swamp coolers are still the thing in Salt Lake City, where the air is dry.) Pretty much true but less so now than in the past. I live in Albuquerque, where it is normally very dry (10-20% humidity) and we have lots and lots of swamp coolers. They are cheap (less than $1K for a large unit) an...
by ubikuberalles
Mon Jun 29, 2015 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 127
Views: 28600

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Aw man! I had the popcorn ready and everything! ;) Anyway, I loved the book and I can't wait until the movie comes out. While I was reading the book I knew it was bound to have all sorts of technical and scientific flaws. I didn't care. The writing was that good. Another big factor was, since Martia...
by ubikuberalles
Fri May 01, 2015 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"
Replies: 89
Views: 33812

Re: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"

ps.02 wrote:
ubikuberalles wrote:my question has now become a life-long obsession for Randall.
[...]
I'm afraid I might break the Internet. ;)

I'm just glad you're keeping perspective and humility through it all.


I try but it's very difficult.
by ubikuberalles
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"
Replies: 89
Views: 33812

Re: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"

Perhaps there is a delay because my What-If question requires a great deal of computation time on the servers in order to solve. Randall can't turn his attention on less intensive questions because my question has now become a life-long obsession for Randall. He MUST solve the problem! Normally, I w...
by ubikuberalles
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: The "What-If?" Book
Replies: 129
Views: 77052

Re: The "What-If?" Book

I was at Kinko's (now called the FedEx Office and Printe Center) the other day waiting for them to finish up binding a book for me when I spotted the book on a shelf. On a whim I bought a copy. At the time, I didn't know why since I've pretty much read every "What If?" on the website. Stil...
by ubikuberalles
Thu Feb 12, 2015 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"
Replies: 45
Views: 11243

Re: 1484:"Apollo Speeches"

My first thought was an announcement that the Apollo astronauts found a secret Nazi Moon Base that's been in place since WWII. In other words, the plot to Rocket Ship Galileo.
by ubikuberalles
Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"
Replies: 52
Views: 22389

Re: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"

Question: If it was a woman walking all those streets in New york, how many times would she be harrassed?
by ubikuberalles
Thu Oct 30, 2014 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"
Replies: 39
Views: 17394

Re: What-If 0117: "Distant Death"

Is the "Planetary Protection Officer" also accountable for moons, planetoids etc.? Or does she have "Minor Celestial Body Protection Officer" reporting to her? No doubt this "Minor Celestial Body Protection Officer" spends most of her time orbiting around her boss, the...
by ubikuberalles
Thu Aug 28, 2014 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 54357

Re: 0207: "What xkcd Means"

(You do use hjkl to move the cursor, I trust, not those unspeakable abominations in the bottom right corner...) Yes but only if I have to. I first learned vi back in college in the early 1980's and I had no choice but to use the hjkl keys. However, whenever I came across a terminal with arrow keys,...
by ubikuberalles
Wed Mar 19, 2014 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 31689

Re: 1337: "Hack"

There may be hope for ISEE yet:

But it looks like an 18-meter satellite dish at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory still has the right hardware. "And so NASA has given them the approval to be able to try that out," Green says.


From this article.
by ubikuberalles
Fri Dec 20, 2013 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"
Replies: 108
Views: 29341

Re: What-If 0030: "Interplanetary Cessna"

Uranus: Uranus is a strange, uniform bluish orb. There are high winds and it’s bitterly cold. It’s the friendliest of the gas giants to our Cessna, and you could probably fly for a little while. But given that it seems to be an almost completely featureless planet, why would you want to? Why fly ar...
by ubikuberalles
Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 15990

Re: 1153: "Proof"

To save time the judge should have told the lawyer to go to a point twice the distance as the judge's bench. When the lawyer reaches the halfway point, he's at the judge's bench!
by ubikuberalles
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 34019

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

standingwave wrote:I've been invoking Earth every time I draw a star and had no idea. Good for Earth, I guess. :roll:


And I've been banishing Spirit every time I drew a star without knowing it. Explains why there are no ghosts in my house, I guess.
by ubikuberalles
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 25340

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

SirMustapha wrote:People here could learn a lot from "Liberal Arts Majors", it seems.


I doubt it. If a Liberal Arts major tried to school me (a dyed in the wool nerd) I would walk away confused not understanding a word he said.
by ubikuberalles
Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 23920

Re: 0963: "X11"

I haven't had to hand-touch an xorg.conf or XF86Config file in over 5 years. Then I would argue that you don't use Linux much. ;) I have to deal with X11 issues about once a week. But, then again, I support over 200 Linux boxes. Thanks to NVDIA, however, my interaction with xorg.conf has been kept ...
by ubikuberalles
Wed Mar 30, 2011 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0879: "Lamp"
Replies: 151
Views: 29576

Re: 0879: "Lamp"

kbinferno wrote:This was the first comic that made me laugh out loud in a long time.


It was the first comic in a long time that made me say "Ewww!" out loud (after the ten seconds it took me to figure out the joke). /slow on the uptake.
by ubikuberalles
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 21794

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

When I break into marketing I'm going to advertise "98% fat free lard" and then sell containers that are only 2% full of lard. I'll make millions. Unfortunately, these things are measured by weight, not by volume... so you're going to need to ship a lot of empty space to make up 98% of th...
by ubikuberalles
Mon Mar 07, 2011 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 20326

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

And for God's sake, let me zoom on your mobile page! Agreed. I don't have tiny 11 year-old fingers (I got man-hands dammit!) and so I need to zoom in to tap a link without accidentally tapping a different link. BTW, not all servers have poor memory. At one restaurant our server took our order (ther...
by ubikuberalles
Fri Dec 17, 2010 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 24191

Re: 0835: "Tree"

That doesn't explain how all that stuff is floating or why the parents are pissed off. Perhaps he's using floating-point numbers? I figured he was using imaginary numbers since it's not a "real" tree. Randell should have used a 2-3 tree instead of a binary tree: the whole display would ha...
by ubikuberalles
Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 88934

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

Azkyroth wrote:Where do people live where they discuss physics at even this rudimentary level at an age where kids still believe in Santa?


The U.S. Air Force Academy? :P

Seriously, though, I was taught that in elementary school.
by ubikuberalles
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 61393

Re: "One Two" Discussion

spriteless wrote:Man, it is amazing how adding "Zing!" lightens the tone of anything.


Personally I prefer the term "Bazinga!"
by ubikuberalles
Mon Nov 16, 2009 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0663: "Sagan-Man"
Replies: 107
Views: 19980

Re: "Sagan-Man" Discussion

"If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the Universe." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc Meanwhile, in the "Sagan-Man" universe, thousands of Bakers - well known for their home-made apple pie - are scouring bookstores for cosmology books so...

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