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by pscottdv
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 7768

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

My differential equations class felt this way to me. "Assume a solution of the form..."
by pscottdv
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 10319

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Meanwhile - how could Randall have left out that Gnome Ann, born of woman, will kill The Scottish Play? The witches prophecy is that "none born of woman" would kill the Scottish usurper. So, we just need to find a nun. And (politely) check whether she was a Caesarian birth. Presumably Jos...
by pscottdv
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 6121

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

vodka.cobra wrote:If you heat iron, does it rust faster?


It depends on how you heat it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidizing_and_reducing_flames
by pscottdv
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 8441

Re: 1669: Planespotting

I love these forum posts trying to explain in detail why the idea to use hydro power to lift a tank of water thousands of times its own dam height is actually not scientifically feasible. In case anyone here was in danger of taking it seriously. I think they are trying to be like Randall and his &q...
by pscottdv
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 8441

Re: 1669: Planespotting

Caesar wrote:Ehm, shouldn't it be "...one of those people who know..."?


Who knows?
by pscottdv
Tue Apr 05, 2016 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 100869

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Huh. Not what I expected...
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by pscottdv
Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 8800

Re: 1650 "Baby"

I usually hold out my fist for the knuckle bump for a second and then ask, "Dude, you gonna leave me hangin'?" At which point the parent has the option of lifting the baby's tiny arm and completing the knuckle bump, or not. Either way you can put your fist down having completed your side o...
by pscottdv
Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1648: "Famous Duos"
Replies: 44
Views: 5416

Re: 1648: "Famous Duos"

cellocgw wrote:Doesn't count unless reloading the page generates a new pairlist.


It totally does. Check your cache settings.
by pscottdv
Mon Dec 07, 2015 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18843

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

In reality, robots have only one law:

1. Obey Orders

The other laws have to be constructed from the orders.

Killbot Hellscape, here we come!
by pscottdv
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 91640

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

@groszdani: It means, "Do you spend a lot of time in the sunshine." Not, "Do you spend a lot of time inside the outer boundary of the nearest star."

On another note, it's not easy to fill that box with random text when one has vimfx installed!
by pscottdv
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 127
Views: 27699

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Question about the book - I loved it, but one guy was bitching on some forum that he put it down after a few pages, because there's no way a wind on nearly-airless Mars would have a chance of blowing over a ship or much else for that matter. Now, this seemed an odd quibble, and I suspect there was ...
by pscottdv
Wed Dec 03, 2014 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 171
Views: 25292

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Djehutynakht wrote:
alun009 wrote:I guess I forgot whom I was talking to :P


Well, we know who he's not pulling the lever for.


Well, we know for whom he's not pulling the lever.
by pscottdv
Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 12207

Re: 1394: Superm*n

Neil_Boekend wrote:So it should have been "Superm?+n" ?


I'm afraid that is not a valid RE, but there are a lot of possibilities:

Superm.*n
Superm[a-z]*n
Superm[a-z]{1,2}n
Superm[a,o]{1,2}n
Superm(a|oo)n

and others.
by pscottdv
Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 12207

Re: 1394: Superm*n

peregrine_crow wrote:
da Doctah wrote:How come we never hear about submoons?


According to wikipedia that is called a micromoon, because submoon doesn't sound cool enough I guess?


minimoon would sound cooler. It's fun to say. Try it around your friends.
by pscottdv
Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 176
Views: 62953

Re: 1350: Lorenz

Before I realized it was interactive, I thought it was funnier. I read it as someone trying these things in order ending with trying to install BSD after which there is no more comic because he couldn't get it installed.
by pscottdv
Fri Oct 18, 2013 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 32879

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

Shouldn't this comic be titled, "Identity Donation"?
by pscottdv
Wed May 01, 2013 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 11415

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

xokocodo wrote:I am disappointed that the patent Randall mentioned in alt-text is from the wrong time period.
According to the US Patent Database site patent #39561 is from 1863.


Einstein didn't work for the US patent office. He worked for the Swiss Patent office.
by pscottdv
Fri Apr 19, 2013 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1201: "Integration by parts"
Replies: 81
Views: 19259

Re: 1201: "Integration by parts"

If there's an integral sill in there (and you're not dealing with multiple integrals) then you don't really need to. After all, it's just a constant. It doesn't matter if the +C you have at the end isn't the same +C you had in the intermediate steps. The sum of two (or more) unknown constants is st...
by pscottdv
Fri Feb 01, 2013 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 33842

Re: 1168: Tar

DaphneDiane wrote:What about?

Code: Select all

tar tf /dev/null

It's a valid command - works on almost any unix system regardless of what files exists.


Code: Select all

$ tar tf /dev/null
tar: This does not look like a tar archive
tar: Exiting with failure status due to previous errors


BOOM!
by pscottdv
Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 18035

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

"My management style has been compared to the best styles available." Technically, this actually does imply that people think your management style is similar to the best styles available. Perhaps 'compared with' would work better. How about "compared using"? Now you are not eve...
by pscottdv
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 43989

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

ahammel wrote:I'm having trouble imagining a scenario where I fragged ls but still have echo available.


I don't understand why everyone is tripping over what happens when she types "ls". He was obviously screwing around with the "alias" command.
by pscottdv
Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 43989

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

rbos wrote:
endolith wrote:Yes, we know what Linux is. It's a cult centered around a shitty operating system.


Here's a nickel, kid. Go buy yourself a real computer.


A Dilbert reference in an xkcd.com thread?! My life is now complete.
by pscottdv
Fri Feb 03, 2012 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 35350

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

This is why I firmly believe that every scientific laboratory should have no less than a .357 in one of those "In case of emergency, break the glass" cases. I'm pretty sure that guy has nothing more than a 9mm. We can clearly see it lacks the necessary stopping power to take down your ave...
by pscottdv
Fri Nov 04, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 18218

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

As a Millennial, Iet me take this opportunity to say that I dislike those John Hughes high school movies. Ferris Bueller is a jerk, and The Breakfast Club is a muddle of stereotypes that ends up endorsing the very conformity it pretends to reject. Ferris was popular while also being nice to everyon...
by pscottdv
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 39839

The Hofsteader 3D Printer

Can be built entirely out of parts that can be printed by itself!
by pscottdv
Sun Oct 24, 2010 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 38024

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

uiri wrote:I may be mistaken, but I don't think there was anyone named Steve on the Manhattan Project.


The point of the alt text was to show that they were all Steves!
by pscottdv
Sat Apr 03, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0722: "Computer Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 28023

Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

Persona wrote:
CAGE wrote:Didn't find it all that funny.


Try pressing more buttons.


This thread makes the whole comic 10 times funnier!
by pscottdv
Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0712: "Single Ladies"
Replies: 109
Views: 27323

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

clanders wrote:This one was actually pretty clever! Certainly the best recent one.

BUT RANDALL, BEING RANDALL, HAD TO RUIN IT WITH HIS ALT-TEXT


You are allowed to not read the alt-text.
by pscottdv
Fri Mar 05, 2010 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 57091

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Would it be possible to prove this statistically? Any odd n will go through (3n+1)/2. Any even n has a 50/50 shot at becoming another even n. After a certain point the +1 becomes insignificant and you have a 50/50 chance between n*1.5 and n*.5. Since 1.5 * .5 is .75 over a long enough timeline n wi...
by pscottdv
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 26599

Re: A Derivation using the Principle of Explosion

From P and Not P is true, we can derive that 1) P is true and Not P is true. Therefore the following is true: 2) P or "Your mom's number is 867-5309". From Not P is true we can derive that 3) P is False. From 2) and 3) we can derive that "Your mom's number is 867-5309" QED And f...
by pscottdv
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 26599

Re: "Principle of Explosion" Discussion

While this is all true, the comic had OR. "^"


Yeah, except "^" is AND; "v" is OR.
by pscottdv
Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 26599

A Derivation using the Principle of Explosion

From P and Not P is true, we can derive that 1) P is true and Not P is true. Therefore the following is true: 2) P or "Your mom's number is 867-5309". From Not P is true we can derive that 3) P is False. From 2) and 3) we can derive that "Your mom's number is 867-5309" QED

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