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by Rombobjörn
Mon Feb 15, 2016 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 26217

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

"When I told the people of Northern Ireland that I was an atheist, a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?" - Quentin Crisp Well that's a problem we don't have in Sweden. We know perfectly...
by Rombobjörn
Tue Dec 29, 2015 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1622: "Henge"
Replies: 28
Views: 8244

Re: 1622: "Henge"

in the northern summer the sun sets in the Northwest. Except when it doesn't set at all, north of the Arctic Circle. Even 800 km south of the Arctic Circle it never gets really dark in the weeks around the summer solstice. Dusk transitions into dawn without any real night in between, and at midnigh...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Dec 28, 2015 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1622: "Henge"
Replies: 28
Views: 8244

Re: 1622: "Henge"

It'll just burn through the bag.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Dec 07, 2015 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 28624

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

I'm not getting why scenario 6 is not the Frustrating world as well. Its the mars scenario all over again. That scenario seems more likely to result in robotic overlords who don't care much for humans but leave them alone as long as they don't threaten the robots. For me, the fundamental problem wi...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 11754

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Some days it seems like everything breaks at the same time.
by Rombobjörn
Sun Sep 20, 2015 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0140: "Proton Earth, Electron Moon"
Replies: 50
Views: 44392

Re: What-If 0140: Proton Earth, Electron Moon

Wow, the repulsive force is so great that the potential energy causes an even greater attractive force that overpowers the repulsive force! The electric repulsion sort of prevents itself from working. Weird, but interesting. So the proton Earth isn't charged enough to neutralize the electron Moon, b...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 7587

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

commodorejohn wrote:
That would work pretty well if security holes didn't exist.

If you don't give it an Internet connection, that's completely irrelevant.

And never exchange data with another computer in any other way either.
by Rombobjörn
Fri Sep 18, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 7587

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

Update and learn an entirely new workflow because they completely broke the old one! Yeah, that annoys me immensely . Fortunately I've been able to find alternatives in the most disruptive cases. When Gnome was replaced with Gnome 3 I quickly concluded that I'm not the kind of user that Gnome 3 was...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Sep 11, 2015 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 51006

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Seems Randall has a problem with language wise-guys. I'm not sure what Randall wants to say here. "You never know how you're interpreted so you shouldn't even try to be understandable."? I get that Randall is mocking people for caring about this [...] You seem to assume that a character's...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Sep 09, 2015 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16879

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

by Rombobjörn
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16879

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

There's some (noncanonical) parable about someone walking down the beach with Jesus (a metaphor for his life) and he looks back and sees that in the hardest parts of it, there was only one set of footprints in the sand, so he asks Jesus where he was then, and Jesus says "that was when I carrie...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 28830

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

speising wrote:If you're anything like me, you desperately wait for the promised better way to make ice.

I'm like you then. Do you think we'll find out on Monday? Cliffhangers are otherwise fairly rare in XKCD.
by Rombobjörn
Fri Aug 14, 2015 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1564: "Every Seven Seconds"
Replies: 35
Views: 8483

Re: 1564: "Every Seven Seconds"

Who did read your thoughts? Is there a machine so powerful as to be able to record and analyze every thought of a single human being? There are scanners that can make crude, blurry maps of how active different regions in the brain are at a certain instant. It's very far from reading thoughts but it...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Aug 10, 2015 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1562: "I in Team"
Replies: 43
Views: 11526

Re: 1562: "I in Team"

So I am not part of the team? Fine by me.
by Rombobjörn
Sat Aug 08, 2015 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 15847

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

Seeing how "vanilla" is used in the sense "ordinary", "plain" or "unmodified", I think ice Ih should be the vanilla ice.
by Rombobjörn
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0138: "Jupiter Submarine"
Replies: 33
Views: 26339

What-If 0138: "Jupiter Submarine"

Jupiter Submarine

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Assuming that the submarine is made of metal, I expect that it would be not only crushed and molten but also dissolved in the metallic hydrogen.
by Rombobjörn
Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1554: "Spice Girls"
Replies: 69
Views: 11373

Re: 1554: "Spice Girls"

karhell wrote:
Rombobjörn wrote:Five spices? Those would be parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and pepper.
What about laurel ? Did she leave the band before it became famous ?

She must have, because I can't find any connection between those words that doesn't also include countless other spices.
by Rombobjörn
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1554: "Spice Girls"
Replies: 69
Views: 11373

Re: 1554: "Spice Girls"

Five spices? Those would be parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme and pepper. The Scary Extinction must be scary indeed if it's scarier than the Baby Extinction. Earth, Fire, Water, Metal, and Wood, surely. Wood, bronze, iron, water, fire, stone. Five will return, and one go alone. Titania, Oberon, Umbriel...
by Rombobjörn
Tue Jul 07, 2015 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 19336

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

There was a story including a nude Olympic hundred-meter dash in vacuum on the moon, but I don' t remember the name of the story or the author, and Google isn't helping me on this. You may be thinking of The Hammer of God by Arthur C. Clarke, but the race mentioned there is a marathon, not just a h...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 62926

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I kinda like hops – as plants in gardens.
by Rombobjörn
Fri May 15, 2015 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29773

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

"yum install google-android-emoji-fonts" improved the situation in Fedora. I still lack at least one of the characters it generates, but it works well enough now that I can conclude that this thing is rather boring.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Apr 13, 2015 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"
Replies: 89
Views: 43720

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

You know, if the Earth is carried through space by a giant turtle and four elephants, then what is carrying the Sun? What's to say it's not a giant spider? http://hyperbate.fr/finsdumonde/files/2011/08/etoilemysterieuse1.jpg the Back (not Black) River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Oh. But "Black ...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0135: "Digging Downward"
Replies: 18
Views: 13896

Re: What-If 135: Digging Downward

Take care not to dig too deep in northwest Wyoming, so you don't awake the Yellowstone superbalrog.
by Rombobjörn
Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1506: "xkcloud"
Replies: 101
Views: 28767

Re: 1506: "xkcloud"

Nope. Not gonna click on that button.
by Rombobjörn
Sun Mar 08, 2015 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0132: "Hotter than Average"
Replies: 25
Views: 21913

Re: What-If 0132: "Hotter than Average"

The questioner asked about water at the Earth's surface, not in the depths. So how deep into oceans, lakes and rivers does "the surface" go? Should we calculate an average of the actual surface temperature? The questioner wanted to compare the average to the 39 °C of the hot springs tub, ...
by Rombobjörn
Sat Mar 07, 2015 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0132: "Hotter than Average"
Replies: 25
Views: 21913

What-If 0132: "Hotter than Average"

Hotter than Average
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... and entering the domain of the underworld. :-D
by Rombobjörn
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27646

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Also, one of these forces is extremely weak compared to the others, and it's not the weak force. It's gravity, the one that overwhelms all the others in black holes.
by Rombobjörn
Sat Feb 07, 2015 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0128: "Zippo Phone"
Replies: 24
Views: 11972

Re: What-If 0128: "Zippo Phone"

It's relevant in this context to mention one fundamental reason why a fuel tank of hydrocarbon contains so much more energy than a battery of a similar size. It's because the fuel tank contains only one of the reactants. The other reactant is oxygen from the air. Chemical energy becomes available on...
by Rombobjörn
Sat Jan 31, 2015 12:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 24260

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

The way to do this safely, for very large teams with an a super strong rope, is by interleaving the members of both teams. Say 10 persons from each team, facing off in groups of 20, repeated for the length of the rope. The rope would slacken between the groups and you would get a number of independ...
by Rombobjörn
Tue Jan 27, 2015 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 25606

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

A normal person uses around 1500.000 kalories per day, that's why you normally use kcal as a unit. Problem is, that a lot of people say "calories" when they acutally mean "kilo calories". That has become so pervasive that I think we just have to accept that a food calorie is a k...
by Rombobjörn
Sun Jan 25, 2015 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 25606

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

"If you made an elevator that would go to space (like the one you mentioned in the billion-story building) and built a staircase up..." you wouldn't need to carry the butter up with you on the stairs. You could send it up on the elevator. Well, what if you can't? Why are you climbing the ...
by Rombobjörn
Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 25606

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

Normally humans don't get enough water from the food, so we need to drink. Eating that much more would also get you more water, both the water content of the butter and the additional water that is produced when you burn the fat. On the other hand it would be difficult to work that hard without losi...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 25606

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

This what-if answers the wrong question. Ethan didn't ask about a staircase in a tower to the border of space. He asked about a staircase as high as the elevator to space that is mentioned in Billion-Story Building . That what-if has a couple of paragraphs discussing a scalability problem with eleva...
by Rombobjörn
Fri Jan 16, 2015 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"
Replies: 46
Views: 19265

Re: What-If 0125: "Bowling Ball"

An aircraft carrier (or even the Titanic, for that matter) is a behemoth of a thing constructed out of steel and weighs so much that if you asked anyone, "Would something made of steel that weighs 100,000 tons sink in water?" the answer would resoundingly be, "Yes!" What a funny...
by Rombobjörn
Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1470: "Kix"
Replies: 112
Views: 22463

Re: 1470: "Kix"

I hear the committee of mothers that approved the kid testing of Kix required that care should be taken to minimize the pain, suffering and distress inflicted on the kids used.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Nov 03, 2014 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1442: "Chemistry"
Replies: 63
Views: 21802

Re: 1442: "Chemistry"

There is one small but serious error: Those are sans-serif elements, not compounds. The only compound shown is mydrane. Except for that the science is faultless.
by Rombobjörn
Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1433: "Lightsaber"
Replies: 49
Views: 16128

Re: 1433: "Luminogladial"

da Doctah wrote:They're called light sabers because they have fewer calories.

They must have a whole freaking lot of energy, seeing how they cut through pretty much anything. If that counts as light, then I'm afraid to even ask what an ordinary saber can do.
by Rombobjörn
Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17868

Re: 1430: Proteins

Anyone up to explaining the alt text to those of us who are biology and/or origami impaired? I think I can do better than this . The two ends of the long chain of amino acids that a protein is made of are called the N-terminus and the C-terminus. The N-terminus is built first and the C-terminus las...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17868

Re: 1430: Proteins

In that vein, "I break software" 71 "I fix software" 56 or.... "I make hardware" 241 000 "I write hardware" 40 Please no "in Soviet Russia" jokes No "in Soviet Russia". OK. In 1984 you controlled your software. In 2014 your software contro...
by Rombobjörn
Mon Oct 06, 2014 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17868

Re: 1430: Proteins

The very air we breathe is the result of an early lifeform coming up with an ultimate weapon and using it to exterminate nearly all other life. Not really. They came up with a new energy source that allowed them to grow and reproduce faster. This new energy source produced some highly toxic waste, ...

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