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by cellocgw
Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 8716

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

Inquiring minds NEED to know: Did Randall use the true spelling, "fracturing" to avoid the negative frakking connotations associated with "fracking"? Next question concerns alternative fuels. How many electrons remain in the cable after topping off your Model S at a Supercharger ...
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 8699

Re: 1720: "Horses"

I suspect Randall is idealizing horses a little too much. Yes, horses can balk at conditions they see as unsafe, but they still have their limits, including that they are domesticated, and trained to obey human orders. An unwise human rider can certainly ride a horses into unsafe terrain, urge them...
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 8895

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

I'm missing the joke. Read explain xkcd. Didn't help. Anyone? Anyone? Dunno -- I interpreted it as just a nice lightweight bit of fun for a Friday. BTW, I tried to snap the Perseids with my new superzoom (Nikon P900, 2000mm equivalent) but the shower rate was disappointingly low, and all I got were...
by cellocgw
Fri Aug 12, 2016 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 15179

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

jeslek wrote: ... my advisor from my first year of grad school, Marlan Scully.

-mike


I suppose your next advisor was named Mulder?
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 6770

Re: 1718: "Backups"

nooooo! If you delete the copies on your computer, then the "backups" are not backups. They're the only existing copy. If you want to wipe your PC (god knows why...) then you need to make two backups on separate media. About eight years ago, my backup disk failed. I had a replacement on-h...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 10, 2016 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 6770

Re: 1718: "Backups"

HES wrote:
ucim wrote:
HES wrote:We don't need half the shit we keep.
True, but we don't know which half that is.

Jose

So get rid of both, just to be sure :wink:


Hey, it's all binary data. Delete the zeros and keep the ones.
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1718: "Backups"
Replies: 45
Views: 6770

Re: 1718: "Backups"

I think that's what I do. Sure, backup the super-important stuff, but give your computer a clean slate every now and again. nooooo! If you delete the copies on your computer, then the "backups" are not backups. They're the only existing copy. If you want to wipe your PC (god knows why...)...
by cellocgw
Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 10916

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Soupspoon wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:I wonder what their original destination was?

Just there, over to the top-right..


Ha ha ha ha "apiary" I get it.... who knew those old-timers included programming interfaces to their maps?
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 10916

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

orthogon wrote:
cellocgw wrote:Reference #1: Bees making the Kessel Run faster than humans.

Don't you mean "shorter"?


Depends on the meaning of "making" :P Don'tcha just love the English language's plethora of ambiguities?
(not to mention "Do Kessels run faster than humans can?' )
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 10916

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Honey can also (reversibly) crystallize. I don't know at what point it becomes inedible. Its a long time, but at a WAG I'd be pretty dubious of 100 year old honey. Bees evolved their honey production to create a food that could tide them over a single winter, not fuel a voyage to Alpha Centaurus. G...
by cellocgw
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 10916

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

Seems logical to me that honey would have an infinite shelf life. I mean, it'd be crystallized to hell and gone, but it's mostly sugar, and no bacteria can grow in sugar that concentrated - the osmotic pressure desiccates them too much(same way salt works as a preservative). As long as you keep the...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 10028

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

This one’s a direct quote from just about any owner's manual troubleshooting Q&A. And it's there for good reason... Appliance won’t turn on? Check to see if it is plugged in and switched on. Appliance still won't turn on? Check again. For reals this time. Which is the top item on every computer...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 29, 2016 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1713: "50 ccs"
Replies: 46
Views: 6407

Re: 1713: "50 ccs"

There's a contract in the hospital which limits the number of CCs a nurse is allowed to use.

Fortunately, a special clause was added for emergency situations such as this. It's known as the....


CC-rider :P


I'll let someone else jump in with the jokes about c-lang compilers. :oops:
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 27, 2016 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1712: Politifact
Replies: 30
Views: 6473

Re: 1712: Politifact

I don't know which would be worst to have following you around, the Politifact lady, time ghost, or AirAware. Well, Politifact lady is kinda like the Furies -- really annoying. OTOH, BHG is capable of slicing your hand off , or destroying a space elevator , spamming your phone , or blockin an escal...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 25, 2016 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1711: "Snapchat"
Replies: 21
Views: 3882

Re: 1711: "Snapchat"

I didn't know about the "music" Pulitzer prize (and from the wikipedia article, it doesn't seem like many people treat it seriously) But Pulitzer prize photographs are basically a statement of US news and political culture. The prize is very prestigious for newscasters and reporters. Fun ...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 25, 2016 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1711: "Snapchat"
Replies: 21
Views: 3882

Re: 1711: "Snapchat"

To kill the buzz: Snapchat images are destructomatic. You blink and they're gone.


As always, should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions. This tape^H^H^H^H image will self-destruct in five seconds. Good luck, Jim
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1710: "Walking Into Things"
Replies: 22
Views: 4087

Re: 1710: "Walking Into Things"

What's an UFE? Is that an acronym? "Life", but the L walked into a post. *facepalms* ...I looked all over for the UFE in question, and couldn't find it. That'll teach me for reading everything with blurry morning eyes that obscured the obscuration. (Early, today, isn't it?) "UFE!&quo...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 13570

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

bhwrice wrote:What was that "8 ball, corner pocket." reference all about?


Well, an 8-ball is black.

Or maybe it's a sneaky quote from one of my favorite pins .
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 20, 2016 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 13570

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

The part about needing 3E31 fireflies certainly brings back memories of a mole of moles . We've got approximately fifty million moles of fireflies. Now, quoting same reference, An eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus) weighs about 75 grams, which means a mole of moles weighs (6.022×10^23)×75g≈4.52×10^22...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 19, 2016 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 12203

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

CharlieP wrote:
piratejohn wrote:Wear a stillsuit.


But what if you want to go somewhere?


No, no, no: it's a "stillsuit" because no matter what you do to it, it's still a suit.
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 12203

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Hydrated = Your urine is clear (with exceptions for 'electric neon yellow' vitamin B coloring, 'murder red' beet juice dye) Not enough people know this. Actually, this is by far the most common bit of pop hydration advice you will get from friends and strangers, and it is not based on a single bit ...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 18, 2016 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 12203

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

HES wrote:More likely it is Randall who is dehydrated, as new comics are regularly going up this late.


Very unlike him. I'm betting that BHG changed the TimeZone setting on the server and it's dishing out new comics at 7 AM Hawaii time.


Anyway, hydration rules: 4 beers per day.
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 15, 2016 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 6794

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

Subwoofer is right next to dog-whistle. Hoping the crossover network has very steep slope, or there's gonna be some wicked feedback. Now, before y'all get worried about the lack of stored energy (it does read "micro Amp-hr" :P ), maybe this phone only draws 1e-10 microAmps under normal use...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1706: "Genetic Testing"
Replies: 23
Views: 4241

Re: 1706: "Genetic Testing"

Neil_Boekend wrote:
cellocgw wrote:FRIST!!!! with "I'm 50% Vulcan and 50% human."

Disclaimer: I have no idea if there are Vulcan dogs.

There are Vulcan pets


Better that than a tribble.
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1706: "Genetic Testing"
Replies: 23
Views: 4241

Re: 1706: "Genetic Testing"

FRIST!!!! with "I'm 50% Vulcan and 50% human."

Disclaimer: I have no idea if there are Vulcan dogs.
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 13, 2016 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 11135

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Alt-text: Still waiting for the Pokémon Go update that lets you capture strangers' pets. I'd actually quite like that. Having a virtual pet always besides me in an augmented really fashion would be quite enjoyable. :3 Why stop with a virtual pet ? Why not add some virtual hookers and virtual blow?
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1705: "Pokémon Go"
Replies: 57
Views: 11135

Re: 1705: "Pokémon Go"

Yup, I'm officially an old fart. I've only heard of this game today and I already hate it. Me too! (copyright 1987, AOL chat rooms) Wasn't it bad enough that everyone walked around with their face embedded in their smartphone screen? Now they're going to be doing augmentedVR everywhere? I can't wai...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 12215

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

I don't have a pun. Let me just state that right away. The first panel, isn't it a little on the nose to put a clock on the beach? Hmm, she stopped time and tide... I wonder how that could be illustrated. I guess it is illustrated -- in a frozen moment. Clever. ;) Well, that sure explains why we ha...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 5537

Re: 1703: "Juno"

Flumble wrote:What if it arrived late? Would it get a stern talking-to? Would Jupiter close its time window? It's a bit harsh to be punished for being just a few seconds late after a journey of nearly 5 years.


Don't worry: there's no such thing as simultaneity anyway.
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 05, 2016 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 5310

Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

This old remedy really works. Get some birch tree branches with leaves on them. Heat a room up to 80 to 110 degrees celsius. Try to keep humidity high in the room. Go sit in the room. Beat yourself with the branches. Itch is removed. Hey, I'm allergic to birch leaves, you insensitive clod molpy!
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 5310

Re: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"

I just go straight to the "piss on it" remedy. That may not help with itches, but it sure works for enhancing Lead Selenide IR detectors Back when I was a college student, interning at a semiconductor house, an older engineer claimed he was told that the discovery of said treatment came a...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1701: "Speed and Danger"
Replies: 62
Views: 8253

1701: "Speed and Danger"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/speed_and_danger.png alt-text: NASCAR removed the passenger seats because the drivers hated how astronauts kept riding with them and saying "Ahh, what a nice relaxing drive" . <-- or something close to that. I bet I screwed up the fristpost rules. Just wonderin...
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 29, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 6345

Re: 1700: "New Bug"

And what should show up in today's thedailywtf article but

And we're not even going to go into how the tool mistook email addresses for websites it had to crawl.


Coincidence? Conspiracy?
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 6345

Re: 1700: "New Bug"

re: alt text, would that really solve three issues? wouldn't it be exploiting one issue to solve another issue as a byproduct of just normally solving the third? i.e. you solve the unsalted passwords by salting them, duh. if you salt them with emoji, then because of the unicode-handling bug for res...
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 29, 2016 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1700: "New Bug"
Replies: 30
Views: 6345

Re: 1700: "New Bug"

A pretty horrifying bug! Racking my brain a bit to come up with a plausible chain of requirements or circumstances in which this bug could ever arise. So far all I've got is someone using a JS framework with extreme incompetence, but even then.... Nice solution in the alt text, too. I was a bit WTF...
by cellocgw
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 5237

Re: 1699: "Local News"

Eternal Density wrote:I think Europe is outside the USA's jurisdiion.


So do I, but pretty clearly the White House, DoJ, CIA, NSA, and Pentagon disagree.
by cellocgw
Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 5237

Re: 1699: "Local News"

[quote="thunk" As everyone knows, all politics is non-local. Congresscritters now have to throw out random extra campaign promises to be sure at least some of them become violated.[/quote] Hah. Our (un)duly elected (non)representatives in both houses have a dang hard time **not** violating...
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"
Replies: 21
Views: 4978

Re: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"

Interesting variation on the Prisoner's Dilemma.

Tho' I happen to know a few gearheads who would drool at the chance to steal a wienermobile.

Now you'll have to excuse my while I set up https://nanoURL.net
by cellocgw
Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 8310

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

Ae7flux wrote:And of course this is already on Language Log. Sometimes the world just doesn't fail to disappoint.



Filed under "We may be seriously overthinking this" .
by cellocgw
Fri Jun 17, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1695: "Code Quality 2"
Replies: 15
Views: 3952

Re: 1695: "Code Quality 2"

This is pretty much how the English language got to be in its present form. Grab a bunch of words from this language, mispronounce a bunch of words from that language, incorporate slang from approved subclasses of citizens, ignore some long-standing grammar rules, ignore some words' definitions in f...

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