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by FOARP
Wed Mar 29, 2017 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 13519

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

[*]Patent "pay-tent" when referring to the IP right. 99% of all people who work with patents say "pat-ent" regardless of where they are from and have for decades. Yes, it is not reasonable for people in the business to get angry at people outside for not knowing this, but on the...
by FOARP
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 13519

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

The pronounciation of epitome is "Epitowm". Sheesh, it's not nucular physics! My unjustifiable pet peeves: ⋅ Pronouncing Tortoise "tortoyse". ⋅ Sous vide "Sous Viday". ⋅ The American pronunciation of route. It just sounds so ugly next to th...
by FOARP
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1799: "Bad Map Projection: Time Zones"
Replies: 70
Views: 7486

Re: 1799: Bad Map Projection: Time Zones

Map doesn't look too bad - Russia and Greenland are the only ones that really come off badly. Not sure why Russia looks the way it does but my guess is it's the way its time-zones extend to the north and south of each other. Greenwich Mean Time FTW BTW. I assume the bits sticking east out of Greenla...
by FOARP
Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 12664

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

What I'm getting from this, is, instead of all that crappy fizzy soda I could be feasting on Cadbury's Cream Eggs (those are a thing in the US as well?) and Skittles.
by FOARP
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 3216

Re: 1783: "Emails"

So I literally just spent the last day clearing away spam emails in my inbox, and my mining turned up exactly three emails of relevance. Good work all things considered.
by FOARP
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 3216

Re: 1783: "Emails"

Remember when email was a new thing? Remember how excited you felt to receive them and communicate with people you hadn't heard of for a long time? I still curse the inbox limits of that era which meant I had to delete emails as some of them were awesome. The emails i exchanged with my wife when we ...
by FOARP
Wed Jan 11, 2017 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 6508

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Hmmm . . either the algorithm favours stuff towards the centre, or the projection used maximised detail of stuff in the centre so the algorithm didn't want to mess with it. Either way, if you were towards the centre of the plot you got away relatively lightly.
by FOARP
Tue Jan 03, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0153: "Peptides" [removed]
Replies: 22
Views: 7729

Re: What-If 0153: "Peptides"

kugo2006 wrote:so like.... did this what-if disappear?


Yeah, and since it happened right after my post pointing out the patent law issues with it I'm going to imagine that it was my fault.
by FOARP
Fri Dec 09, 2016 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 9796

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I get this with early/mid-80s computer games ("Chuckie Egg or Stryker's Run? Which one?" Chuckie Egg hands down. Surprised anyone even had to ask that question. And ZX Spectrum over the C64 every time. To even question this is to create some kind of black-hole of wrongness through assembl...
by FOARP
Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0153: "Peptides" [removed]
Replies: 22
Views: 7729

Re: What-If 0153: "Peptides"

In 1995, researchers isolated several proteins produced during these infections, looking for possible targets for antibodies. One of the proteins they found was WYSLNGKIRAVDVPK, or GKIRAV for short. ...The bad news is that the researchers filed a patent which includes this sequence. The patent, pub...
by FOARP
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22076

Re: 1759: "British Map"

I'm reminded of reading the original War of the Worlds not so long ago. The story does not hold up very well at all, not in the least because of the names of all these obscure places in the English countryside (i.e. which are slowly being overrun by the invading alien hordes) are quite meaningless ...
by FOARP
Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"
Replies: 43
Views: 10727

Re: What-If 0151: "Sun Bug"

Three months and no post, huh? Well, given that this is a free blog and all I guess we can't complain, but it's sad to see this feature die.
by FOARP
Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 9616

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Already in my mid-30's and headed towards middle age, and no, that "I am basically a fake adult" feeling never seems to fade. Not even when you are a parent and own a house.
by FOARP
Fri Sep 02, 2016 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1728: "Cron Mail"
Replies: 21
Views: 5690

Re: 1782: "Cron Mail"

To quote Barney Gumble from the Simpsons: "Hahahahaha . . . . I don't get it".

EDIT: though I'm sure all will become clear soon with XKCD explained.
by FOARP
Tue Aug 30, 2016 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 70126

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

I have this problem with video games. It SUCKS. :x Napoleon: Total War, Steam version, right? Because that totally sucked. Game simply wouldn't load (You'd click on the start game icon and nothing would happen, the Steam timer would show ~1 second of game-play time though), I went through 100 diffe...
by FOARP
Wed Aug 24, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 12620

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

FWIW - If either party in the conversation is behaving awkwardly, then the only party that is "wrong" is the party that takes offence, since adults know that there are socially awkward people in the world and that they do not actually intend to offend you but are simply being awkward becau...
by FOARP
Wed Aug 24, 2016 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 7780

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

Here's where I have to be honest and say that, despite making it all the way to the end of my degree in physics and astrophysics, I never actually understood anything by looking at the mathematical proofs. I always understood it terms of the underlying logic and viewed the mathematical proof as just...
by FOARP
Wed May 25, 2016 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 7153

Re: 1685 : Patch

I don't use Photoshop, but I assume this is related to a patch tool it has that creates the effect you see in the picture?
by FOARP
Mon May 23, 2016 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 5737

Re: 1684: Rainbow

Ah . . . happy days of repeatedly clicking on "air crash", "Godzilla attack" and slowly reducing a city to rubble, then rebuilding it.

Only ever played the original, could you do this in the sequels?
by FOARP
Fri May 13, 2016 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1680: "Black Hole"
Replies: 31
Views: 4969

Re: 1680: "Black Hole"

OK, so over-thinking this one totally: 1) The Schwarzschild radius of this black hole can be estimated from the radius of the black dot at its centre. This appears to be roughly 0.5cm (i.e., the diameter appears roughly 1cm) assuming the characters are of average height. 2) The mass of this particul...
by FOARP
Fri May 13, 2016 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1680: "Black Hole"
Replies: 31
Views: 4969

Re: 1680: "Black Hole"

Hmm . . I realise that I am guilty both of pedantry and of taking a comic statement seriously, but wouldn't it actually blow the room apart? Small black holes are unstable.
by FOARP
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 8819

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Never mind. Once you actually have a kid you'll pretty much get it.

And then the weirdness that Randall engages in here will just seem strange to you.
by FOARP
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 31015

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

As I said a while back, I call BS on the thermodynamics argument that it is impossible per se to concentrate the energy of moonlight to generate a temperature hotter than the surface of the moon as it is clearly possible to collect the energy of moonlight (using, e.g., photovoltaics) and concentrate...
by FOARP
Sat Feb 13, 2016 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 31015

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

A battery charged by a solar panel is impossible? That's outside the scope of the 'zero work' lens setup, though. Energy is used (there is inefficiency) in the non-reversible photovoltaic process. There is inefficiency in anything - the lens will absorb light rather than focus it, for example - her...
by FOARP
Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:47 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 31015

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

I think I see the problem here. If you have a box that reflects all photons originating inside of it back into it, but can allow photons from outside of it into it, you have a unidirectionally permeable membrane and anything of that nature can be used to violate the second law (and is thus impossib...
by FOARP
Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:03 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"
Replies: 157
Views: 31015

Re: What-If 0145: "Fire From Moonlight"

Yeah, have a (somewhat old) physics degree, still not really seeing the difference between concentrating moon light with an arrangement of mirrors and using "lunar panels" (i.e., solar panels collect moon-light) to power a frickin' laser that creates hot temperatures. Entropy is not decrea...
by FOARP
Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18866

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

The problem with not having "do not harm humans" first is that any particular order given to a robot might have unintended consequences that harm humans. For instance, I build a stock-trading AI to help invest savings for my pension and tell it to maximise my return. It goes and buys up a...
by FOARP
Mon Dec 07, 2015 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18866

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

Probably better to give each robot a set kill-limit . . . .

PS - Wouldn't scenario 5 just result in the wiping out of all man-kind? I mean the other kill-bot hellscapes would be hellscapes for both robots and humans, but not #5.
by FOARP
Tue Nov 24, 2015 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1607: "Supreme Court"
Replies: 65
Views: 10955

Re: 1607: "Supreme Court"

So, predictably, a joke about someone sneaking into the US Supreme Court became a spring-board for people to complain about decisions they don't like. The thing that annoys me about these discussions on the US Supreme Court is that often the decisions people disagree with are reasoned in the same wa...
by FOARP
Wed Nov 11, 2015 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 16607

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

da Doctah wrote:
faubiguy wrote:I think sesquihebdomadal meetings would occur at a more useful frequency.

Approximately once every megasecond.


10,000 PicoHertz? Or approximately 1.85 grams of hire-car?
by FOARP
Wed Sep 09, 2015 11:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0139: "Jupiter Descending"
Replies: 30
Views: 13550

Re: What-if 0139: Jupiter Descending

It's been more than a month since the last What If - is Randall nuking this feature? I mean, since this is a comic we read for free I guess we have no right to make demands or anything, but its a pity he has to go out like this.
by FOARP
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 18958

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

PS - just looked up the lyrics to "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight" by REM, a song I must have heard hundreds of times: "Call me when you try to wake her up"? WTF? As I understand it, that's just one candidate for what he sings. I believe REM are one of those bands who refuse to d...
by FOARP
Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 18958

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

PS - just looked up the lyrics to "The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight" by REM, a song I must have heard hundreds of times: "Call me when you try to wake her up"? WTF?
by FOARP
Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 18958

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Meh, another "get off my lawn" piece. Like most people I've gone decades with the wrong lyrics to a song stuck in my head, but none as wrong as my sister, who on her 23rd birthday (an entirely boozy affair spent in an outdoor karaoke place in rural Taiwan) asked whether any of us knew &quo...
by FOARP
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30452

Re: 1534: "Beer"

focusing one's attention elsewhere is not lazyness. Problem: many of the people who say this kind of thing aren't doing this. Instead they're sticking to their old range of choices. Plus, in reality, taking Randall's example, we're not talking about spending time to appreciate the differences withi...
by FOARP
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30452

Re: 1534: "Beer"

"BTW - I'm going to claim that no-one actually likes art, but merely pretends to out of peer pressure. Art is red, and I don't like red. Same goes for music. Music contains bass, and I don't like bass." - How people who claim that they don't like beer because its bitter sound to someone w...
by FOARP
Fri Jun 05, 2015 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30452

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Assuming this is Randall's actual opinion on beer, for me this puts him the category of people who say that they don't like wine/whisky/tea/coffee/curries etc. Whilst there's a legit reason to say you don't like it, there's always the suspicion that they just haven't spent the time and effort necess...
by FOARP
Tue May 19, 2015 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 8557

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

You know I just figured something, it must really suck to be on a trial for an experimental drug to cure your terminal autoimmune problem or something, only to find you've wound up in the placebo group :| My mother-in-law does human trials for pharmaceuticals companies, and yes, something like this...
by FOARP
Tue May 19, 2015 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 8557

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

One pill makes you larger And the other makes you small; and the ones the researcher gives you Don't do anything at all.... Why didn't you just ask Alice about it? Pfft. You think she'll know? When logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead? .sdrawkcab gniklat s'eh tub ,thgink etihw eht ksa dluow I
by FOARP
Fri Aug 22, 2014 8:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"
Replies: 74
Views: 14864

Re: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"

What I'm getting from this is that the What If is basically 'wrong', at least in as much as it misses some very important results of an infinitely-powerful laser. Including:

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[*]Kugelblitz effect

[*]self-pinching[/list]

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