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by pscottdv
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 14835

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

How far to the right do you put those weirdos who insist on having their toilet paper hanging down on the back side of the roll, in the Under position? Wait, there's an argument about this? If you have cats or small children and don't like a huge pile of toilet paper lurking beneath an empty cardbo...
by pscottdv
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5397

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Ragnarokio wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M895sFqgSwg


That might be the best instructional video on how to meet people I've ever seen.

It even explains how to not ask questions like, "How many apples have you eaten?"
by pscottdv
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5137

Re: 1962: “Generations”

speising wrote:
dtobias wrote:Hitler was born 20 April 1889, so one of the 1892-1909 generation was not in fact Hitler.

in fact, no one of those was.


Hmm. I wonder which one was not Hitler.
by pscottdv
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 5713

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

But how does it explain the Durian fruit? Looks like a big spikey cannonball of doom (can weigh more than 7 pounds), smells like death (or baby diapers, after eating nothing but tropical fruit for a week), and has an consumptive experience much like chowing down on a big (spiky) bowl of almond flav...
by pscottdv
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 5515

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

The Ben Eater computer https://eater.net/ is immune.
by pscottdv
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 4346

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

I just want my phone to be in a bad mood from time to time. "Ok, Google-" "What the actual fuck do you need from me that's soooo urgent that you can't just type?" My Daughter and I decided we wanted a GPS that sounded like Snape talking to Harry Potter, "Missed the turn did...
by pscottdv
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 8600

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

jewish_scientist wrote:Maybe instead of giving a badge to people who have been verified, they should ban the accounts of anyone who is discovered to not be who they claim.


I wonder how big a bite that policy would take off their user base.
by pscottdv
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7524

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

He missed off the most worrying group of scientists that could be interviewed in "Breaking News!" stories: exobiologists . I don't see how that would be worrying, unless you believe in No Biochemical Barriers . Personally, I'd be glued to the TV, but wouldn't be at all worried. If you thi...
by pscottdv
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 11625

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Relatives in Europe always think we must live in a totally wild/rural area, because we complain about the deer, rabbits, and bushy-tailed tree rats squirrels, but the mid-Atlantic East Coast is actually among the most densely-populated areas of the US. The whole of the UK is less dense than Connect...
by pscottdv
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 6710

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

"Queen of the West" just sounds stupid. I much prefer the St. Louis alternative "Gateway to the West" I love it because it reminds me of "Riders Radio Theater" which came to me "Live, from the queen city of the West, Cin cinnati, Ohiooooo" every Sunday night....
by pscottdv
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 8049

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Weird to think back then it was seen as a cool thing to say that you were never going to get a phone because you didn't want to be at people's beck and call all the time or some-such. Everyone I know who said that eventually caved and bought one. Those people figured out that cellular phones can be...
by pscottdv
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8550

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. Sure, but Randall gets the order right i...
by pscottdv
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8550

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I am permanently annoyed that Messr.s J and 2Dope are slightly more right about magnets than I'm comfortable with. You see, in a university engineering program, you take electronics and physics classes and wind up thinking about EM fields in terms of the right-hand-rule and Maxwell's equations -- t...
by pscottdv
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8550

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Ok, first question of the thread: What does ICP stand for? Whether it's right or not, it made me think of this - http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b42/Throbert/cartoons/then_a_miracle_occurs.jpg [/quote] Ha! We had that comic on the door to the senior physics lab all four years of my undergraduate ...
by pscottdv
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8550

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Wow you guys are bad at Google. The ICP (Insane Clown Posse) song "Miracles" includes the line, "Fucking magnets, how do they work?" So are you saying that the responsibility for avoiding miscommunication lies entirely with the listener? Personally, I find that figuring out the ...
by pscottdv
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 12737

Re: 1849: "Decades"

jozwa wrote:
How did they deal with the decade names 100 years ago?


I don't know about 100 years ago, but a little later everything from 1900 up to "the great war" was called "turn of the century". Then you had "the great war" and then "the roaring 20s".
by pscottdv
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 9258

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

I always play winning numbers in lotteries. Ok, so they were previously winning numbers, but they've got just as much chance of (re-)winning next time round as any other set, the people who once won with them probably aren't going to be continuing (to split the jackpot) and how many other new peopl...
by pscottdv
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 21281

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

3. An interesting question would be: Why are children interested in the color of sky and trees, but not in the color of other things, like tomatoes, or anything else? Why are they content with some answers, but not others? Why are so many people puzzled by magneticism but not by gravity? I find the...
by pscottdv
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 21281

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

3. An interesting question would be: Why are children interested in the color of sky and trees, but not in the color of other things, like tomatoes, or anything else? Why are they content with some answers, but not others? (sorry, if this becomes a double post) Here's another, possibly rela...
by pscottdv
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 21930

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Quantized wrote:Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious.


Salt and butter are delicious. Popcorn is a vehicle.
by pscottdv
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 10545

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I just discovered that if I hold down shift, my scroll wheel already goes through time. Although the directions are the opposite of what I was expecting. Have the same thing, except my scroll wheel always goes forward through time regardless of which way I spin the wheel. Or whether I hold down the...
by pscottdv
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 10545

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

rhomboidal wrote:It'd probably be a red flag if the spacebar was labeled "spacetimebar."


My daughters labelled the spacebar on their computer, "The Final Frontier".
by pscottdv
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 12953

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

In the US, they blocked entry from a bunch of countries because "terrorism", despite the fact that no one from those countries has ever killed any American citizen in any kind of terrorist attack. Ah, this must be the famous "singular they ", right? Kind of appropriate for someb...
by pscottdv
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 12397

Re: 1790: "Sad"

It would actually quite an interesting study to see if, and how much, productivity in the US has changed since the election.
by pscottdv
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14004

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. Anyway, the depicted refractor does seem to have a mirror, not a prism. How do you figure that...
by pscottdv
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 10663

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: 13792

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: 7924

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: 10790

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: 10790

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: 128627

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: 11307

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: 7390

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: 23845

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: 366
Views: 114087

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: 128
Views: 35573

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: 30519

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: 14162

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: 14162

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: 68563

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.

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