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by Archgeek
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 24
Views: 1139

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

(So, 3770 more comics, 1256+ more weeks, 24+ more years until we approach the current Hebrew calendar year, and thus then two more months to equal that HCY. By my quick-and-dirty calculations. Meanwhile the Islamic contingent had their coincidence approx 2.5 years ago, give or take a few months due...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 1807

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

This got me curious if I could generate 200TB of nines. Well, I think I can: perl -e 'for($i=0; $i < 200*1024; $i++) { print "9"x(1024*1024*1024); print STDERR "$i GB so far\n" }' Then the next question would be how to submit it? Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 a...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 19
Views: 1107

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

I like how the estimated launch date trend line goes past the intersection; as if after the 2026 launch, in 2030 the launch will be estimated for 2028. :D I think the implication is that it'll have such a history of delays that future recollections of when it did launch will wander forward by way o...
by Archgeek
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 41
Views: 2249

Re: 2013: "Rock"

I think the art is equally interpretable as her being a left or a righty, them being stick figures and all. Since we can't tell the orientation of her shoulders or hips or anything. consider the motion lines. for her to be using her right hand, they would mean she used a backhand throw, which seems...
by Archgeek
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 1182

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

The diagram is wrong, anyway. With an angled-up canon firing out, a freefall canonball will never enter a stable circular orbit like that. Even the others seem to inherit a side-wind or something. Perhaps the gun is on the equator and we are observing from above one of the poles? [genuine-puzzlemen...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 1749

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Muswell wrote:Why is Great A'Tuin not on here?

Heck, where's Eärendil with his silmaril aboard Vingilótë? 'Not sure where an elven spaceship falls thermally, but the silmarils were widely known for their luminosity.
by Archgeek
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 1464

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Oooh, that takes possession of my caprine, it does.

What'd be truly ironic would be if BHG started choking on the title text, before my hands could begin their work.
by Archgeek
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 39
Views: 2192

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

... the recent NBA playoffs ... It's still gonna take them decades to catch up to NASCAR. I wonder how their carbon footprints compare. NASCAR actually produces much less carbon than other sports, just because they drive between events (40 cars is a lot of checked baggage fees), while other sports ...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 3564

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

The most dramatic example of "thicker than it is wide": https://img.labnol.org/di/wikipedia-book.jpg Yes, that is apparently a real book , though I assumed it was a photoshop job when I first saw it. I don't know what kind of binding it has, but I'd guess it's literally impossible to read...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 3564

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

(if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they're actually going for) "Of" and "'ve" are homophones, so this is only an issue in writing. You can't say "couldn't of" instead...
by Archgeek
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 39
Views: 2192

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… Oh our sales taxes are layer...
by Archgeek
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 3564

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Heheh, the lingual bent this has taken renders me curious... what's the take on compound contractions, like "couldn't've", "wouldn't've" (if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they'...
by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 2187

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

To me there's a certain standard that one holds oneself to if what you're writing is going into print to be preserved more or less for all time, or at least in such a way as can't be edited later. Is the news totally up-to-date? No. Is that fine? Yup. The rush to be first creates errors, misconcept...
by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 2187

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Twitter reactions in the story versus a couple pages of Letters to the Editor, usually written by the same group of busybodies and nutjobs. Not seeing the worseness. Sir: I respectfully disagree with your correspondent pkcommando. Letters to the Editor are hand-picked from thousands of candidates: ...
by Archgeek
Mon May 21, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 2932

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

The Electric Light Orchestra was the music I grew up with and the head of ELO, Jeff Lynne is 70 years old now. https://i2-prod.birminghampost.co.uk/incoming/article12466897.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/O2-Silver-Clef-Awards-2016-London.jpg Surprisingly, he doesn't look that old. That's just unnatural for 70...
by Archgeek
Wed May 16, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 110
Views: 7502

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I think of DH as Designated Hitter. I originally read this as "... Designated Hitler", which might be a useful thing to have on the internet. Jose I think that's a character class in the new top-down open-world-PVP MMORPG "GoatScape". For my part, I read it as "Donkey Hat&q...
by Archgeek
Fri May 11, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 11437

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by Archgeek
Fri May 11, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 11437

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by Archgeek
Wed May 02, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15471

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

what precisely is local sync? Perhaps I should have said "direct sync". It means synchronizing with a local machine, locally, without going through the cloud. The Palm does that; you connect the Palm physically (or optically, or bluetoothly) with a computer and copy the information across...
by Archgeek
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 15471

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

We are, for example, inviting 24-7 surveillance machines into our homes , and telling them all our secrets. Echo, Alexa, Nest, all of them are "ooh, shiny" ways to give control of our data to the companies behind them; it's a land grab that's happening before we realize there's land to gr...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 8685

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Having spent a fair amount of time in San Francisco in the summer, I can attest to the truth of that (supposed) Mark Twain quote. Is weather not correlating with the season something that happens in all coastal areas, or is it specific to northern California? You can have fog and rain one day and b...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6695

Re: 1913: "A �"

As someone who regularly has to go through several iterations of "okay, did you type that into the URL field, or the search field?" on support calls I would like to fire these people into the Sun. Unfortunately, the URL field and the search field are trying to become the same thing these ...
by Archgeek
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 6568

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

I remember there was some urban legend (not sure if that's quite the right term for this) in the 80s or 90s about a guy on UseNet who claimed to be a time traveller from the not-too-distant future, whose mission was simply to recover some old piece of technology because some important records in th...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 4061

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

In my younger single days, I used to go to bed between 1am and 2am, and get up for work at half 7, during the week. Then at the weekend I slept until between noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, which seemed to balance out the lack of sleep in the previous 5 days. A quarter of a century later I thi...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3173

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

"Just think, the light from that star was emitted before the start of the 2016 election." Well, the light we see now from most stars was emitted before any of us were born. hmm.. I wonder how many stars are close enough that the light they emitted when I was born has already reached here?...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3173

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

How is Facebook itself even seven years old yet? I still treat it as a flash in the pan. It won't last much beyond Christmas. Then all those kids will move on to the next trivial thing. Definitely. Those kids? Are you, like, 87? Didn't you get the memo that facebook is now for old people? Kids move...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8646

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

I frequently fail at the Türing test when I typically get "Click on the images that contain a car" and have to try over and over. /Jon The Türing test, named after Ålan Türing Türiñ. Well that just sounds like a test to find out if someone's an actual Dwarf and not a human with dwarfism -...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8646

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Like the way beginners and professional electricians will strip wire using a pair of pliers, whilst people with some skills will use the proper tool for the job. The pros don't need one; the beginners don't have one, and might not even know they exist. Is there a word for this phenomenon of non-mon...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8646

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

(1) You solve a problem. (2) Someone breaks it. (3) You fix (4) Goto (2) Come now, Goto is for noob-lords. I fix. while(3){ You solve a problem. Someone breaks it. You fix } I'm not sure whether the "while (3)" is intentional. Anyway, functional style is hot nowadays: mfix (solveProblem >...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 8646

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

jonhaug wrote:(1) You solve a problem.
(2) Someone breaks it.
(3) You fix
(4) Goto (2)

Come now, Goto is for noob-lords. I fix.

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while(3){
   You solve a problem.
   Someone breaks it.
   You fix
}
by Archgeek
Sun Aug 06, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1872: "Backup Batteries"
Replies: 27
Views: 4141

Re: 1872: "Backup Batteries"

I wonder what will replace jerrycans on the back of off-road vehicles once electric cars become the norm... I'm currently looking at a hybrid petrol/electric car, and my decision (when I eventually need it) will be flavoured according to a) What permanent solar panels I can mount on my garage roof ...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 21, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 10054

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Cueball is trying to settle the teapot argument by actually launching a teapot into space... but how would doing this settle the argument? The comic is funny, but logically it's not changing anything. I wonder what "Cueball" thought this mission would proof... Well, it would at least prov...
by Archgeek
Thu Jul 13, 2017 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8073

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

It might be a generational thing. I 'learnt' my TLAs, ETLAs, VETLAs, etc, back two or three decades ago. 1337 5p34k, before there was even SMS and thus TXTSPK. Not so much LOL (and lolcats) as ROFL (and ROFLcopter). And I also find "ur" (your/you're, not that anybody knows which of the lo...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 8073

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 -- th...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 11, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 10187

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Speaking of series, I always wanted The Matrix to be followed by such films as The Vector, The Determinant, The Jacobian, and The Gaussian Elimination. I always thought "The Trace" and "The Determinant" would be apt titles for the sequels. In which the hero takes on the dreaded ...
by Archgeek
Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 5876

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Like maybe the "zero" in ones and zeroes isn't the real zero, and if just one server drops to a lower state by a random fluctuation, it'll propagate through the whole system and destroy all extant structure, and it could reboot with subtly different protocols, shifted constants, even the ...
by Archgeek
Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 9956

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

On my terminal (Mac OS 10.9): • putting a combining mark on a tab character puts the mark over the last space • putting a combining mark on a carriage return puts the mark over the first character on the line • putting a combining mark on a bell puts the mark over the character before the bell • pu...
by Archgeek
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 62
Views: 13016

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

Who takes screenshots using a camera anyway? Or do they think the 'print screen' button would make their screen print on a printer? Doesn't work on various boot-sequence failures, BSODs and the like. Nor can it show dead pixels or other monitor-end problems/cable-interference/video card failure mod...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 21289

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious. Salt and butter are delicious. Popcorn is a vehicle. Recently discovered that Trader Joes sells a potato chip seasoned with salt, butter, and honey, and just that. It's like sweet popcorn without the nasty kernels. Sweet popcorn ...
by Archgeek
Thu Mar 16, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 8011

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I just have to add the wonkiest chat I've ever done. This was more than 15 years ago, me and my cousin who lived in different towns wanted to play a networked game in multiplayer but it only had LAN support and no online. Our solution ended up being using a LAN tunnel over the internet, doing this ...

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