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by cellocgw
Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 3491

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: 3491

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: 1919

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: 3421

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: 3421

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: 4536

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: 7902

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: 7902

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: 3002

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: 4325

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: 4325

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: 2824

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: 6099

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: 2048

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: 3938

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: 10843

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: 5618

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: 5618

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: 3163

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: 8018

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: 8018

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: 3482

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: 3713

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: 2983

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: 2983

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: 8050

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: 8050

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: 4745

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: 4745

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: 5441

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 ...
by cellocgw
Tue Sep 26, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Could there still be new hat puzzles?
Replies: 12
Views: 5441

Re: Could there still be new hat puzzles?

I'm just starting out the cheap way: generating different strategies and running stochastic simulations. The "pick majority seen" method is confirmed to be around 73%. An absurd strategy where the prime-numbered players (2,3,5,7) pick the minority color and the other players pick t...
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 25, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 3246

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

Some of my unit equivalents:

pizzas , usually for amounts under $1000
Subaru Foresters, when considering luxury cars (plead guilty to owning a Model S90D)
My parents' first house, as a unit for any and all real estate purchases. Wow did $30k go a long way back then.
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 5450

Re: 1893: "Thread"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/thread.png Titled Text: "Since the current Twitter threadfall kicked off in early 2016, we can expect it to continue until the mid 2060s when the next Interval begins." Well, I don't quite get what this comic is about. Does that mean I'm too old? If anything, ...
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 22, 2017 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 5292

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

commodorejohn wrote:Another missing one: "Works on one of two identical devices, but not the other."


That's clearly because you have two Fermionic devices. If they were Bos[e]ons, you'd be all set.
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 5292

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

How come he left out the 4 or 5 huge odd-shaped connectors that showed up in the early days, not to mention leaving out the various "mini" but not "micro" connectors that were briefly in vogue? My problem, as you might have guessed, is not finding a USB cable with the right far-e...
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 7060

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

I vote this comic as the all-time winner in the XKCD-Sarcasm category.

Plus it drastically improved my mood on this Monday.

Other technologies that people prefer not to use:

automated driving
condoms
[flame war items follow]
digital audio vs. tube amps
GMO foods
gas grills vs. charcoal
by cellocgw
Fri Sep 15, 2017 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 9576

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Waiting impatiently for the artists out there to add row/column entries for

-- light saber
-- velociraptor
-- sharks with frickin lasers
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 3965

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

Or just put a bright red LED next to the camera lens. Everyone will stare at that. (only partly kidding -- look at the "hot camera" light on studio TV camera rigs)
by cellocgw
Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 5525

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

Yeah, I can relate to that a bit. I keep my mails that I probably won't need anymore, but who knows? in the trash. Everything which I know I won't need get deleted right away. A year after I started in my current company I noticed that we have a system policy that deletes everything in the trash th...
by cellocgw
Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 5525

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

I was thinking more "Throw the whole house into the trash and rebuild a new one with free Open Source tools and materials"

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