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by cellocgw
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 3012

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

It reminds me of this graph, showing the predicted and actual release-to-manufacturing date of Windows 95 (23 years ago this month!): https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20150824-00/?p=91751/ “Management fairly consistently underestimated the number of days until RTM by a factor of 2.3.” E...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 3012

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

Wonder what a 3rd-order polynomial fit predicts.
And how much worse it gets if you apply a decaying weight series (older data gets less weight)
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4858

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 cellocgw
Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 4526

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Surely an LED bulb has a lower effective temperature than a normal (incandescent) light bulb. They have about the same surface area, but an LED bulb emits less total EM radiation. LEDs only look "hot" because their spectrum is so different to that of a black body. Not clear what you mean ...
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 4526

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

da Doctah wrote:Where on this diagram would you place Dr Manhattan?


Just below Dr. Bronx .
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 4526

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Disappointed that a few things didn't make the chart.

-- nice cold bottle of beer
-- bucket of liquid nitrogen
-- your mama
by cellocgw
Tue Jun 19, 2018 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 2892

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

somitomi wrote:...huh.
I literally have no idea what the joke's supposed to be.

How ironic.
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 2892

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

richP wrote:"Irony" and "literally" are frequent candidates for the "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means" award.


It's literally ironic that...[fill in here, best response wins something]
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 4369

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

Don't cross the beams.
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7114

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Sunidesus wrote:I'm not at home so I can't actually measure but I'm thinking my paperback of Les Mis might get the closest. That thing is a brick. Or maybe Battlefield Earth, which is similarly brick shaped.
.


So you're saying that those books are....

... wait for it ...


Thick as Brick?
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 11, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7114

Re: 2005: Attention Span

Personally, what I want to know is what the book is - I don't own any books that are thicker than they are wide, and I don't think I own any that have a dragon holding a sword in its teeth (neither by the handle nor by the blade) on the cover (which, with certainty approaching 1, doesn't contain an...
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7114

Re: 2005: Attention Span

TL;DR
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 08, 2018 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2004: "Sun and Earth"
Replies: 7
Views: 2361

Re: 2004: "Sun and Earth"

It could be worse. To my knowledge1, the sun has yet to eject a mass of coronal zombies our way.


[1] admittedly limited
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 9812

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Oh, come on already. How could Randall have left out Colossus ? Or these days, I suppose some self-replicating AI?
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5590

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

ucim wrote:
somitomi wrote:It still baffles me the US doesn't have an ID you can expect all people to have over a certain age, but I do live in a post-communist illiberal democracy, so what do I know about freedom?
We do. It's called a facebook id.

Jose


Dang, I thought it was our /. ID . sigh.
by cellocgw
Wed May 30, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 5404

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Alphonse wrote:
pogrmman wrote:Admittedly, I was kinda expecting something different from this for comic 2k, but it's still a good one.


2000 isn't really important. We're still 48 comics away from a relevant comic number.


depends: was the first comic number 0 or number 1 ? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
by cellocgw
Wed May 30, 2018 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 5404

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

As an opticker with a strong hobby-interest in eyeball-related medicine, the alt-text did it for me. Excellent joke + sarcastic dig.
by cellocgw
Fri May 25, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 11268

Re: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

Randall posits a space elevator ("fire pole") hanging to the Earth from our Moon, and describes many things that can go wrong (even with an unobtainium "pole"). However, there's a fix for the variable-distance and the bottom-end-velocity problem. Taper it, make a compound pendul...
by cellocgw
Thu May 24, 2018 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3840

Re: 1997: Business Update

I’m happy that my birthyear comic is one of beret guy’s business strips. They always crack me up. I was particularly pleased by the biggest expense bit. I want to work there. Can I get a job there? My birthyear was me trying to ask a pretty girl out on a date , so you've got me beaten on coolness. ...
by cellocgw
Wed May 23, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 3840

Re: 1997: Business Update

This is the most confusing thing I've seen since the IRS instructions for the AMT.
by cellocgw
Fri May 18, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4693

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

Randall needs more honest work and fewer hobbies. :lol:
by cellocgw
Mon May 14, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 3919

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

Apparently, fire trucks are too inconspicuous for Teslas. We've still got some ways to go before we reach that point. Somewhere around 2027, where Randall seems to put it (including the "widely adopted" bit!), looks rather optimistic to me. Please don't rabble-rouse. We don't know yet whe...
by cellocgw
Mon May 14, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 3919

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

"Leave the driving to us" <-- Greyhound crashes are incredibly rare. Not so useful when you want to go down the road to the chemist, I suppose. But in all seriousness, local Assisted Living places have certified drivers to take residents shopping, movies, events, etc. Beats letting your ag...
by cellocgw
Wed May 09, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4047

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

[url=https://xkcd.com/1991/] I think a few of these are in the wrong place. "Geology" for example. Randal seems to be defining it as "the study of Earth", of which there is one. It's better defined as the study of the features of a planetary body, we don't know how many planets ...
by cellocgw
Mon May 07, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9424

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

If you want to get more scared, 1) there is no minimum age to get an aircraft pilot's license. (for personal use. Becoming a commercial pilot is another story) In the US, all of the FAA-generated certificates I can find have minimum ages. For example, §61.83 Eligibility requirements for student pil...
by cellocgw
Mon May 07, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9424

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

If you want to get more scared, 1) there is no minimum age to get an aircraft pilot's license. (for personal use. Becoming a commercial pilot is another story) 2) There is no minimum age, and not even a license requirement, to handle most all boats. (again, for personal use) 3) I wonder if there is ...
by cellocgw
Fri May 04, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14238

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Gone but not completely forgotten, at least for us aging Boston-area folks: IDKY -- I don't know yet TTTC - too tough to call Created and used liberally by Richard "Dicky" Alberts in his weather forecasts. In the interest of true confessions: the first time I saw meaniehead, it was out of ...
by cellocgw
Wed May 02, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1988: "Containers"
Replies: 17
Views: 4289

Re: 1988: "Containers"

I seem to remember some smartypants folks back in the early days of web browsers who set up a server that would split an image across as many devices as you had on hand. You had to browse to a common URL on all your toys, and click on some sort of map to identify the devices' screens' relative posit...
by cellocgw
Tue May 01, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 4913

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

orthogon wrote:It's ok, because usr/local is a symlink to /.


Wait... if I cd to /usr/local, I get sent to /. ? :twisted:
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 4913

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

Iv wrote:Oh... Someone is getting into deep learning...


s//learning//shit/ FTFY :mrgreen:
by cellocgw
Tue Apr 24, 2018 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9090

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

What we have here, is,a FAILURE to communicate!
by cellocgw
Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17054

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

serutan wrote:
fibonacci wrote:If you point a telescope out to the right off the edge of the chart, on a clear night you can spot "Vegans".


Standing next to MacIntosh owners.

Hey, why you dissing people who use the world's best raincoat?
by cellocgw
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17054

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Because someone had to add it,

vi vs. emacs

Maybe those proselytizers are both along the imaginary axis.
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 16, 2018 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 6401

Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

From now on I'm going to do the "Classical Rickroll" by linking to Pachelbel .
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 14851

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

da Doctah wrote:I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness.

Quiche is pie.

Pie with bacon!


I suspect that, at the time, manly men ate exclusively large bloody steaks with mashed potatoes to the exclusion of all else.
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 14851

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Soupspoon wrote:I like lemony things. (I even like to ask for "something lemony, please" after a blood donation, that I know will get me a lemon cordial, over and above tea, coffee, orange (cordial) or plain water.)


Does that include Snickets?
by cellocgw
Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 14851

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Because I can,

Follow in your book and repeat after me, as we learn three new words in Turkish.
Bath
Towel
Border

May I see your passport please?

All of which are arguably less tasty than Turkish Delight.
by cellocgw
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 8306

Re: 1979: "History"

I fear that just removing the even or the odd years is insufficient. I propose further simplifying things by removing all non-Leap Years (notice how I carefully kept my birth year in the 'retained' list). And since we all know how screwed up Time-Date functions are, add further exceptions that we wi...
by cellocgw
Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 4320

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

Reka wrote:I don't get it, and explainxkcd isn't being helpful. :(


Skynet has blocked explainxkcd from explaining anything to do with Skynet.
by cellocgw
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 5773

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Things Im thinking of from most important to least: ⋅ Do I really have to be on time to work every single day? ⋅ Is it too dangetous to practice card tricks while driving? ⋅ Forgot to charge my phone overnight ⋅ Is it weird to ask the younger sister on a date...

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