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by dtilque
Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86308

Re: 1127: "Congress"

While i knew that the Democrats were the party of slavery during the 1800s, I was shocked to learn that all major wars prior to the Bushes (i.e., prior to the 1990s) were begun under Democrat-led administrations. Add in the pseudo-wars of Kosovo/Balkans and Somalia in the 90s under Clinton, and the...
by dtilque
Mon Oct 29, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 86308

Re: 1127: "Congress"

While i knew that the Democrats were the party of slavery during the 1800s, I was shocked to learn that all major wars prior to the Bushes (i.e., prior to the 1990s) were begun under Democrat-led administrations. Add in the pseudo-wars of Kosovo/Balkans and Somalia in the 90s under Clinton, and the...
by dtilque
Fri Oct 19, 2012 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46492

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Not a bad list but many of those are wrong: Lincoln was only 6'4" Did it get changed, like the 1800 one did? I've only seen it say "no one over 6'3" can get elected", so it's correct. Why are you claiming it's wrong? (Note: Washington was 6'3", so he couldn't use a lower he...
by dtilque
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 31121

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

Ooh, childhood geekhood confession time - when I was a kid and I would read my World Book Encyclopedia for fun, I seriously did think it was strange that there were articles on Malcolm I, Malcolm II, Malcolm III, and Malcolm IV (all Kings of Scotland), followed by the article on Malcolm X, but not ...
by dtilque
Thu Oct 18, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46492

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

The 1856 one is true only because same-sex marriage hadn't been invented yet.
by dtilque
Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 45707

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Although Hawaii was a single theme. Hawaii is a thrown snowball (Big Island) with the other islands being bits that have come off it when thrown. The snowflakes in the ocean are to make sure we got the idea that it is snow. No love for DC? Probably just too small to fit a picture in it. Even in the...
by dtilque
Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 45707

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

I'm a little bit annoyed by this one because the second i saw it i said to myself "PLEASE don't go with the obvious! it's overdone!" but no. Louisiana is a boot. again... You would prefer the alternative mentioned upthread? Note that he also went with the obvious for Oklahoma. Virginia? V...
by dtilque
Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 45707

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

I would say Illinois is a blues musician, not 'a shady guy with a violin"... Looks to me like a mobster. The prison garb adds to that image, as does Chicago's history as a hub for organized crime. The violin case is likely holding a gun. Indeed, it looks like a Mafia enforcer. But he's wearing...
by dtilque
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 81559

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

ckbryant wrote:Who is Burt Khalifa?


That's a lettering error. It's Burj Khalifa, but the R and J are run together and makes the J look like a T.
by dtilque
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 27436

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Kisama wrote:That is clearly neither a penis, nor a belt, nor a sporren - it's a tail. Orion was a furry!


Since we're discussing Latin terms, take a wild guess what the Latin word for "tail" is...
by dtilque
Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 27436

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Never really noticed that here in Oz, but I guess I'll have to look up tonight. He'll be standing on his head, from Down Underish point of view. Or you could stand on your head and he'll be right side up. Also: the dong seems to be... the Nebula? ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula ) Gives ...
by dtilque
Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 51233

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:
kurkosdr wrote:With SI having defined 1Megabyte=1000Kilobyte, 1000 is now the round number (not 1024).

That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard! I'm reverting to Imperial units.


Ever hear of a kibibyte? I think it's some kind of dog food...
by dtilque
Tue Dec 20, 2011 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 67278

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

He forgot the classic stellar classification mnemonic. O, B, A, F, G, K, M, and later R, N, S were added. Traditional: Oh, be a fine girl/guy, kiss me right now honey. R,N,S? The next two are L and T... O_o R N S are types of carbon stars. Carbon stars are M type that are redder than normal because...
by dtilque
Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36915

Re: 0951: "Working"

Don't forget about the inevitable wait at the other gas station as there will probably be a ridiculous line if it's 10 cents a gallon cheaper, mostly because people don't understand this. Drives me up the freaking wall when people don't understand this. Furthermore, most people sit with their car i...
by dtilque
Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0935: “Missed Connections”
Replies: 80
Views: 27948

Re: 0935: “Missed Connections”

by dtilque
Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"
Replies: 137
Views: 49562

Re: 0886: "Craigslist Apartments"

I thought the klein stairs might be from Heinlein's "--And he Built a Crooked House--". But the "running water, in a sense. free heat in short intense bursts" doesn't fit.

Only three bathrooms on the entire Death Star? The lines are going to be long...
by dtilque
Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0842: "Mark"
Replies: 108
Views: 45493

Re: 0842: "Mark"

Leet is not my native language, but shouldn't it actually be p3n15? Or perhaps something else?
by dtilque
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 30172

Re: 0835: "Tree"

by dtilque
Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 26019

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

This doesn't have and recursion, but does a have a certain similarity. Some time in the late 80s or early 90s, there was a job posting which required the applicant have 20 years experience in Unix/C programming. Depending on the exact date of the posting, there were either no qualified applicants an...
by dtilque
Fri Jun 04, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 26166

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

jacog wrote:
dtilque wrote:If someone were bitten by a radioactive burning alligator, would they become Flaming Alligator Man? Or just dead?


Have you been reading Axe Cop?

http://axecop.com/

Never heard of it before now.
by dtilque
Wed Jun 02, 2010 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 26166

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

If someone were bitten by a radioactive burning alligator, would they become Flaming Alligator Man? Or just dead?
by dtilque
Thu Apr 08, 2010 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 27538

Re: Seismic Waves...

I recently heard about a "SETI@home" type project for the USGS. As most of us with modern lappys have halfway decent accelerometers built into our computers, it would be possible to build an earthquake detector/early warning device with some willing folks and some time. Thoughts? Download...
by dtilque
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 52669

Re: "Numbers" Discussion

The cup size graph is missing DD, DDD, EE, ... sizes. Doing my own googling, I get about 18K for DD, less than 10 for DDD, only 1 for EE (and that was in the alt.sex.stories.moderated archive) and none for EEE. I didn't check any higher sizes, but don't expect any for FF, FFF, etc.
by dtilque
Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 52321

Re: "First Design" Discussion

Heh, I love this! Unfortunately, having already had a quiz on the rules for this year's game in robotics, I have a couple of issues to point out: 1) Nothing may intentionally detach from the robot ("intentionally" is determined by the referees, not the teams). 2) That is WAY above the hei...
by dtilque
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64158

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

I thought it was California that would drift out to sea first. No fair, England... Nah, California is going to slide into the ocean, not drift out to sea. There's a difference. Seriously, the parts of CA west of the San Andreas Fault are moving northwest while the rest is moving west. The friction ...
by dtilque
Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 19926

Re: "Researcher Translation" Discussion

The 20 years bit is talking about two technologies that have been 20 years away for several decades: AI and fusion power. Apparently some people here are not familiar with the standard jokes about them.
by dtilque
Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0660: "Sympathy"
Replies: 95
Views: 19004

Re: "Sympathy" Discussion

This reminds me of a great quote from Terry Pratchett's Mort : The only things known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Weedle. He reasoned like this: you can't have more than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so when ...
by dtilque
Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0623: "Oregon"
Replies: 141
Views: 43046

Re: "Oregon" Discussion

I never played The Oregon Trail . 1 In fact, I can't recall ever seeing anyone else play the game. So no nostalgia here in the least. I had heard about the game through second hand sources, though, which allowed me to recognize that the comic was about the game when I first read it. Yet I thought th...
by dtilque
Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0607: "2038"
Replies: 108
Views: 27552

Re: "2038" Discussion

You need to be running a *nix system Windows uses the same 32-bit timestamps too... I think (but I could be wrong) that some of the newer ones might have handling for times post-2038, but I'd bet a large majority of programs running on top of it don't. Assuming Windows inherited the system clock fr...
by dtilque
Mon Apr 20, 2009 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0571: "Can't Sleep"
Replies: 141
Views: 29717

Re: "Can't Sleep" Discussion

I've seen 10000...0000 printed out as -0 (minus zero). If memory serves, it was an IBM mainframe, which means I was probably programing in FORTRAN 4.

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