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by cellocgw
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 7250

Re: 1935: "2018"

orthogon wrote:Also, it's the World Cup of Association Soccerball.

ETA: but, yeah, this stuff is really hard in odd decades.


And the current decade is certainly one of the oddest in ... well, decades.
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 3743

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

On the subject of security countermeasures on electronics, let me float this one by you: A PCI card for desktop computers that contains an EMP device and a GPS receiver. Within about ten seconds of powering on, it checks the current location, and if it's more than five miles in any direction from i...
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 3743

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

The car should inexorably drive at a constant 5mph. You can run, but you can't hide, and you can't ever settle down anywhere for more than 100 days at a time. (Get used to living on planes, trains and automobiles. Find out which have the best sleeper facilities…) Guess the car must be a ... wait fo...
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 4191

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

Long, Loooong ago, when home answering machines were a new thing (and ran analog, with cassette tapes...), I set the answer message to end with "...to leave a message, press STAR One now." And some people did.
by cellocgw
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 2180

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

Clearly I'm an outlier: I have arguments with a close friend who has trouble sleeping, and I tell her she has to wake me so I can cheer her up in the middle of the night, but she won't do so :P
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1927: "Tinder"
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Re: 1927: "Tinder"

rmsgrey wrote:
RogueCynic wrote:I have never seen Tinder. Do people still use it?


I think they mostly use lighter fluid nowadays...


reminds me of a terrible joke, so i"ll skip to the punch line "Madam, if I"m going down, I'm going down in flames"
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 13, 2017 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if: chat thread
Replies: 120
Views: 99601

Re: What-if: chat thread

somitomi wrote:Sooooo...
What's with the half-year hiatus?


[[attempting to get banned from all forums in one post]] Guess we'll just have to... Wait For It.
by cellocgw
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1927: "Tinder"
Replies: 18
Views: 2844

Re: 1927: "Tinder"

But the question is: is he looking for a LTR with a flight instructor, or just a one-off? Or, maybe it's a set up and he's got a Fear of Flying .
by cellocgw
Wed Dec 06, 2017 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"
Replies: 22
Views: 3526

Re: 1925: "Self-Driving Car Milestones"

My guess: Achieved: 1,2,3,5,6(limited routes), 12 (just ask Marvin) To be achieved soon: 4,7(limited routes),8,10 I really want: 11, 14 To be unfair: it wouldn't be too hard for someone to hack my Tesla so that a red light triggers a switch of audio input to my USB stick containing V-8 unmuffled eng...
by cellocgw
Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 7787

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I'd have named it "Celsenheit" .
Not to be confused with "Gesundheit"
Also not to be confused with "Celsenblue"
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 4022

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

TheEngineer wrote:And if a large dog runs into a herd of sheep, several smaller dogs will emerge on the other side (for sufficiently large values of Planck's constant). This effect is known as Beauceron Diffraction.


Better that than what happens if a large New Zealander runs into a herd of sheep.
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 4022

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

Gotta be an application of this to porn.

2 midgets?
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"
Replies: 8
Views: 2248

Re: 1921: "The Moon and the Great Wall"

Pfooey. Everyone knows that The Great Wall is actually a coded message to a marooned space alien.
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 4016

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

chenille wrote:My guess is a couple of Rama cylinders glued end-to-end.


That would suggest that ISRO is way ahead of us
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 22, 2017 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 4016

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

With apologies to Groucho,

sometimes an asteroid is just an asteroid.
by cellocgw
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5281

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

Face it: all of us are introverts and borderline Aspberger's or worse, so of course we're rotten at making friends. As long as you/we are comfortable with our limited social life, don't let normals who think they're helping make you feel guilty. It's the same thing I tell women who have no interest ...
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 15, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 9446

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Reykjavík calling! And yes, while our winters aren't that cold (though very windy and wet!), our summers are wonderful. Average daily high in July is something like 15-16°C (or, for Americans: 15-16°C also; come on, learn metric you guys...) Well.... I know that 15 C is approximately 288 K, but can...
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 9446

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Thanks, but I prefer chocolate.

Or, “Here lies W. C. Fields. I would rather be living in Philadelphia.”
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 13, 2017 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"
Replies: 20
Views: 3524

Re: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"

Better yet,
forward the email to a different account you own, forget to log on to that account, and thus respond very late.

Or the standard:
type up a response
print it out
place it on a wooden table and photograph it
scan the photo into an image
run OCR on the image
send the converted text
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 4778

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

I've heard that we all might be walking into the sea if something goes wrong with the planet's thermostat. I've heard that we have a modern convenience option whereby you don't need to go anywhere and the sea will come to you... You just have to ... wait for it ... I was rather hoping not to try to...
by cellocgw
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 4778

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

Well... I've got a "Sensi" wifi thermostat by Emerson. It's pretty straightforward to connect it to my lAN and register it at their server (so the remote apps can connect to it). But.. Turns out the world-class developers at Emerson never considered that someone might want to un-register a...
by cellocgw
Wed Nov 01, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 3210

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

I'm not entirely sure what you'd be secretly surveilling looking at the sky, however. In all seriousness, knowing that there are (enemy) surveillance tools operating nearby is a VeryGoodThingToKnow(TM) . You want your own supersecret plans for World Domination to remain secret. Heck, the US Armed S...
by cellocgw
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 7032

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

qvxb wrote:This is why we need more monks majoring in computer science.


And thus you have invented Anathem
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1907: "Immune System"
Replies: 11
Views: 2377

Re: 1907: "Immune System"

I call shenanigans. When was the last time you saw a meeting where everyone was not only paying attention to the presenter, but nary a tablet, laptop, or phone in sight? Fake News!
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 4407

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

As I say regularly at work,

Friends don't let friends use Excel



Tho' truth be told, I'll take Excel over Rational DOORS any day.
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 20, 2017 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12157

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

It's really not that hard. If the iron is not that hard, then something went wrong, obviously. Irons should be hard. heh heh heh he said "hard" aheh aheh. I've always used soap, since I hate residual oil&seasoning smells, but never any kind of harsh scrubbing thing. Rinse well, put on...
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 6522

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Disagree, researching history can quite often be dangerous when the local population find out about what you're researching and don't like it (which I guess can be kinda-sorta shoehorned into "breaking lose from your facility") and psychology is one of the primary weapons of real-world su...
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 6522

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Quoting our pal George, "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future." Therefore I propose that History should be pushed way up the Y-axis. Whether an entity known as 'history" could escape in a sociological sense is probably open to i...
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 3603

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

Saw the headline and first thought of this

Was almost as disappointed as if "Bun Trend" had been about bobcats.
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 8998

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

hamjudo wrote:If Wisconsin gets ... Toledo, can we get people to pronounce it "Too Lee Due"? That pronunciation is more fun than the one they use now.


Depends -- how do you pronounce "sudo" ?
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 8998

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

My wrists are aching just imagining trying to hold a pot from the end of that handle.

For those who are lucky enough not to see me on FB, here's a sketch I did of a proposed USA wall.

wallmap1.jpg
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 3953

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Guaranteed flame-war comic. It does bring to mind a couple sentences near the start of a short SciFi story from the late '60s about some neuro-scientists who find a way to bump up their intelligence by a couple thousand points. One of them is not-all-that-happily married, and the story goes that one...
by cellocgw
Fri Oct 06, 2017 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 4241

Re: 1899: "Ears"

A healthy application of superglue (cyanoacrylate ester) will solve the falling-out problem.
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3472

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

jgh wrote:I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have.


Galactic Cosmological Stellar Events? :P :lol:
by cellocgw
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3472

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

Yeah, well... I'm absolutely not telling you just which number high school reunion I'm going to this October. It's bad enough that I know who "Mr. October" is, and remember watching him do his thing on live TV. I mean, you do start your election campaigns way early. I officially started my...
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9258

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Wondering if the launch of perhaps the stupidest "We are hip to new technology" TV show since Scorpion, "Wisdom of the Crowd," triggered this drawing.
by cellocgw
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9258

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

It's a lot more fun than that. Being in the safety/automated driving field myself, I dig up various papes on ... interesting phenomena. It turns out that nobody really knows in advance what a neural-net or other deep learning algo chooses as criteria for identifying a Stop sign. But some clever hack...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 5534

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

You guys with the coughs and sore throats make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before posting. We don't want to get sick just by reading your messages.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 5534

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

I'm confused: is "Only" trademarked, or is it the entire "Active Ingredients Only" ?

ETA
But doesn't this mean there's a homeopathic dose of Inactive Ingredients ?
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Could there still be new hat puzzles?
Replies: 12
Views: 6237

Re: Could there still be new hat puzzles?

I'm just starting out the cheap way: generating different strategies and running stochastic simulations. No need to be stochastic (with deterministic strategies, anyway). There are only 128 different ways to place the hats, faster and more accurate to just test each of them once. Yeah, but where's ...

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