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by crystalmeph
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 4854

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

Can NASA even control Voyager 1 or 2 anymore or just receive their signals? Even if you could, do either Voyagers have any delta V left at this point? The attitude control thrusters are still functioning, but Voyager 1's AC thrusters are not working as well as they used to, so NASA recently verifie...
by crystalmeph
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 4854

2079: "Alpha Centauri"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/alpha_centauri.png Alt-text: And let's be honest, it's more like two and a half stars. Proxima is barely a star and barely bound to the system. 0.1c is no joke. Make sure you've got a lot of shielding, or just lots of different probes so that you still have some left af...
by crystalmeph
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 14475

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Agree with cryptoengineer and DavidSh, allowing ballot selfies is a terrible idea that would eliminate the assurance that people can vote their conscience without undue persuasion.

I actually can't even figure out what "harm" Randall believes the laws are doing?
by crystalmeph
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 7114

Re: 2013: "Rock"

I feel the same way about 1I/2017 U1 (ʻOumuamua). Spending so long in the void that you no longer know whether you're an asteroid or a comet, cooling down to nearly the ambient temperature of the galaxy, then bam, you're right in the middle of a planetary system, nearly colliding with the system's s...
by crystalmeph
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: "Impostor Syndrome"
Replies: 13
Views: 6179

1954: "Impostor Syndrome"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/impostor_syndrome.png Title Text: It's actually worst in people who study the Dunning–Kruger effect. We tried to organize a conference on it, but the only people who would agree to give the keynote were random undergrads. I guess no-one else feels competent enough to po...
by crystalmeph
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 4057

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

I used to live under a military flightpath used by Chinooks ... Not frequent enough to make it unexceptional and that I never stopped guessing where the beat-frequencied "whoop-whoop" actually was coming from The beach we visit every year is right next to a Marine base with a helicopter w...
by crystalmeph
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 4899

Re: 1901: "Logical"

you can point to specific things that people believe, like that the UK sends £350m per week to the EU, which are simply not true... Fair enough, but speaking as a US citizen who probably would have voted to remain were I eligible to vote in the Brexit referendum, your specific example is an interes...
by crystalmeph
Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 9849

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

My problem isn't that the Wifi is less reliable/slower than the cellular connection, it's that my phone refuses to let go of the Wifi connection until the connection is beyond unusable. If I go out to my car in the parking lot at work, it shows 0-1 Wifi bars, but it still tries to use Wifi, and won'...
by crystalmeph
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 6906

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

That number's name is bleem. You will not find it so easy to defeat, I am afraid. It has learned to hide itself from those who would do it harm, and fight back against those who persist in hunting it.
by crystalmeph
Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 11261

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

I've been a programmer for many years, and its made me reconsider my own expertise since after seeing this comic, I'm left asking "wtf is leftpad?". After googling it, I now understand. Doesn't help that the xkcd font doesn't show lower/upper case. I just looked up leftpad. Reading about ...
by crystalmeph
Mon Apr 11, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 144509

Re: 1663: "Garden"

http://xkcd.com/1663/#d960ab04-fd9f-11e ... 010a8e0018
garden44.png


My first stilt-girl! She sways impressively in the wind. All of this was grown under default yellow light, I just changed it to orange now to change the course of fate.
by crystalmeph
Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 144509

Re: 1663: "Garden"

http://xkcd.com/1663/#98be72ca-fccd-11e5-8001-42010a8e0013 garden9.png Beret guy's lack of facial features make it difficult to determine his heading. I can't decide if he is nearing the end of an epic quest where he crossed a desert, a snake-infested market, and a swamp to reach the temple, or if h...
by crystalmeph
Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 9224

1620: "Christmas Settings"

Image

Title text: "SOUND DOGS MAKE: [BARKING] [HISSING] [LIGHTSABER NOISES] [FLUENT ENGLISH] [SWEARING]"

I really wanted this one to be interactive.
by crystalmeph
Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 33850

Re: 0951: "Working"

The gym is never cost-efficient compared to home exercise. The only thing a gym might have over home workouts is atmosphere. Now how much money are we all spending by being on this forum? Not if the gym has a pool for lap swimming. I wouldn't wager that owning your own pool that's at least 25 yards...
by crystalmeph
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 83686

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

Do the license plates mean anything? It looks like the family one is "I(E-|_|3" and the rich one starts "L(".
by crystalmeph
Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 46096

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

So Randall took a funny chart and made an unfunny version of it, and that's the joke? I will not feed the energy creature. I will not feed the energy creature. I will not feed the energy creature. I will not feed the energy creature. I will not feed the energy creature. ... So put him in your ignor...
by crystalmeph
Sun May 22, 2011 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Everything Must GO? Several months until the Rapture?
Replies: 301
Views: 28397

Re: Everything Must GO! One Week until the Rapture!

So, what's the over/under on the damages sought in the inevitable class action lawsuit against Harold Camping and Family Radio, and how soon said lawsuit will be filed? I'm betting damages north of $300 million, filed by Friday.
by crystalmeph
Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0862: "Let Go"
Replies: 146
Views: 39942

Re: 0862: "Let Go"

Me, I just use Stay focusd Is there something like that for Firefox? Yes, LeechBlock (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/leechblock/). I just installed it now. I'm just setting it up to limit my total time each day between 9:00AM and 4:00PM at first, while I try it out. It basically all...
by crystalmeph
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 26629

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

Am I the only person ever NOT to have had major discomfort and/or loopiness after having my wisdom teeth removed? I just got a local anesthetic, no laughing gas, the dentist yanked and pulled for while, then I went home with some painkillers I never needed - and hydrocodone just doesn't seem to get ...

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