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by airdrik
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 37
Views: 1583

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

This pretty accurately describes our house too - somewhere around 10-15 different cables lying around a couple of "charging station" places in our house. Somewhere between 0 and 2 at a given station actually work (depending in part on the device you are trying to use with it). We don't car...
by airdrik
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 61
Views: 2429

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

For a modern MS-DOS replacement there is http://www.freedos.org/ which is regularly updated and maintained. It looks like it is mostly intended for perpetuating the playing of classic DOS games and enabling the use of other DOS software now that MS no longer supports MS-DOS. In one of the projects ...
by airdrik
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 61
Views: 2429

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

For a modern MS-DOS replacement there is http://www.freedos.org/ which is regularly updated and maintained. It looks like it is mostly intended for perpetuating the playing of classic DOS games and enabling the use of other DOS software now that MS no longer supports MS-DOS. Another note: the comic ...
by airdrik
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 1807

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

the Burns Clean Coal feature has me wondering about the possibility of having a phone/mobile device powered by burning coal. Probably not practical due to all of the mechanics and physics of turning the heat energy produced by the coal into electrical energy. But, assuming you had all of that figure...
by airdrik
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1881: "Drone Training"
Replies: 12
Views: 1123

Re: 1881: "Drone Training"

I saw the title text as being ((un)intentionally?) ambiguous about which *HG is thinking that about the other's Roomba. In each case it still fits with the character of the *HG that is thinking it (after all, these implements certainly aren't for BHG's own drones/roomba, right?)
by airdrik
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 2735

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

Looks like the eclipse searches aren't going to make it (though there may still be a chance as it is still proceeding across the US):
https://trends.google.com/trends/explor ... e,election
by airdrik
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM
Replies: 4
Views: 2954

Re: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM

The book presents it as the most reasonable definition of earth vs. air; that is the earth and every solid or liquid object on its surface. Going beyond that you then need to define what is "part of the earth" and what is not? Do you count animals and people as part of the earth? What abou...
by airdrik
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 5500

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

A fact that I should have assumed and included in my clause about languages not having an equivalent to "the".
by airdrik
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 5500

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

That's probably the least interesting map possible: "Here's the most commonly-used word by state (including words normally omitted from these kinds of things because they just flood the results with uninteresting data)" (sorry, I'm too lazy to throw together a map where all states have the...
by airdrik
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 3983

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

Also keep in mind that even with that moral argument, it is still important to take time out for yourself (once a day). Even Superman couldn't turn the crank 24/7 forever; he needs to sleep, he needs to eat, on a higher level he needs close personal relationships, vacations, a chance to recharge and...
by airdrik
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 3075

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

As you can see, there is a warm front moving in from the Northwest. However it is encountering some resistance from the established cold air masses in the South and East, resulting in some stormy weather in this region here.
by airdrik
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 6734

Re: 1849: "Decades"

100 years ago people were too busy with global conflicts to bother with music, fashion, movies or culture. When the conflicts ended that's when all the culture and everything started, hence the phrase "roaring 20's". Actually I think more likely is advances in communication, transportation...
by airdrik
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 10857

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

UTC isn't even a proper abbreviation/initialism, strictly speaking. It doesn't even stand for what most people think it stands for... ;) It stands for Universal Coordinated Time, except in French where the last two words are swapped. In much the same way ISO stands for International Organization of...
by airdrik
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 4211

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: If we wait long enough, the Earth will eventually be consumed by the sun WORKAROUND: I'm not going to live long enough to see that happen ISSUE: I'm not going to live long enough to see the Earth be consumed by the sun WORKAROUND: Decelerate the Earth sufficiently that it falls into the sun....
by airdrik
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 12373

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Compare 435: Purity . As you move from right to left, it is emergent properties from the field to the right that form the basis of the field to the left. Physics forms the baseline of Chemistry, but nothing in Physics defines anything about the materials and reactions described in Chemistry. Thus Ch...
by airdrik
Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 12373

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Virgin Atlantic must have been reading XKCD when they came up with http://www.virginatlantic.com/global/en ... nergy.html on Saturday (I'm kind of surprised it wasn't brought up before)
by airdrik
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 13548

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

For the longest time I'd heard used this word Fe-CEE-shus which I never had to spell. Later I came across the word facetious in writing, which of course should be pronounced as though describing a gem with many facets. It took quite a while for me to figure out that they were the same word. P.s. I o...
by airdrik
Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 8684

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

But that little UI change really is making things better, I promise. Just ask our team of design specialists who spent the last 3 months deliberating over just that very element 1 . Or: While I hear and understand your complaints, I invite you to contact the numerous users who complained about the p...
by airdrik
Mon Nov 21, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 8322

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

And here I thought the mislabeling was an intentional obfuscation to reduce the likelihood that the moving company might "accidentally" lose the one with all of the valuables, and that the destination room could be determined by taking the last character from the hash of the label, using a...
by airdrik
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0005: "Blown Apart"
Replies: 7
Views: 4198

Re: 0005: "Blown apart"

I think most of these first several "comics" are (based on) sketches that he'd done growing up before he started xkcd, and are imho decidedly more imaginative (and surreal). Certainly not all of his comics are intended to be funny or make the reader laugh, especially his first initial effo...
by airdrik
Tue Oct 11, 2016 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 35330

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

A quick google search reveals, among other things, a [url="https://www.reddit.com/r/history/comments/3rcy6m/has_there_ever_been_a_us_president_who_had_no/"]reddit thread[/url] which asks that very question, yielding Grant and Eisenhower (both US Army generals). A couple of other close cont...
by airdrik
Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"
Replies: 55
Views: 8936

Re: 1717: "Pyramid Honey"

LIQUID HONEY DOES NOT MELT GRANITE AND LIMESTONE! ISIS DID 8/12! ACTIUM WAS AN INSIDE JOB! Now can anyone tell me why black hat is being so tame? He's supposed to build a time machine, rig the pyramids with honey traps and fill the tombs with bee carcasses. Or replace the sarcophagus with a cryogen...
by airdrik
Tue Jul 26, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 10366

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

I fear this thread is diverging into a discussion of the Time thread that Gnome Ann would approve of.
by airdrik
Wed Jul 20, 2016 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 5665

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

A few more features of the "Brexit phone": - Liberated phone! (no longer complies with any of the EU standards) - Detachable camera! (may detach at any moment and return to factory) - Literal firewall (upon intrusion detection will light networking module on fire) - Doesn't currently have ...
by airdrik
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 5665

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

1 Or rather 'about 5ft' or 1.5m for those that prefer metric, which looks like a sloppy way of describing an actual regulatory specification of ' exactly 1.5m', or about five feet for those that prefer imperial. That's one of my many pet hates - media sources converting an approximate figure with r...
by airdrik
Fri Jun 17, 2016 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 38564

Re: 1270: Functional

Well, just because you don't write the recursion as part of you code which processes the stream of data doesn't mean there isn't recursion involved. It's just hidden behind layers of higher-order functions.
by airdrik
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 8183

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

ManaUser wrote:What happens if you use both -i and -I? Does it ignore all the letters?

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by airdrik
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 8183

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

Each utility has its own arrangement of parameters, arguments, options, futures, derivatives, candidates and procedures; so if one doesn't have the behavior that you need then check the others. For instance, those desiring options for testing other papacies, please see the related utility blirb. Or ...
by airdrik
Wed Jun 08, 2016 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1691: "Optimization"
Replies: 53
Views: 7051

Re: 1691: "Optimization"

... and the placeholder will end up in the final product... All too true! How many times does the prototype become the final version "because you've already written it, just ship it as-is" (despite the fact that with software prototypes, the code is intentionally bug-ridden and unmaintain...
by airdrik
Fri Apr 29, 2016 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 101028

Re: 1663: "Garden"

My garden which I had been tending for some time, but can no longer tend due to touching an ill-fated button to refresh firefox: MyGarden.png http://xkcd.com/1663/#e144f31c-faa1-11e5-8002-42010a8e0014 I have a pair of Megans who are set to defend my garden from invaders (like excessive branches on t...
by airdrik
Mon Feb 29, 2016 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 11947

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

With al those liquids pumping through those pipelines, I was half expecting one for pee... Maybe I'm wierd, but I think it would be interesting to see how the public water size compares to the public sewer size. I was similarly disappointed that there wasn't a 3rd level for larger-scale things that...
by airdrik
Mon Feb 15, 2016 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 17752

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Talking of radians, why do we still use degrees when measuring angles? Do they offer any advantages over radians? Couldn't we do away with them entirely and just teach radians at school? I mean sure, whole numbers are nice and all... But pi! If you want an angle revolution at all, make the new stan...
by airdrik
Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1612: "Colds"
Replies: 41
Views: 6923

Re: 1612: "Colds"

So I see "Skin Crawling", "Sore Throat", "Aching", "Cough" and "Hoarseness" under the X-axis, but where's "Constant Mucus Expulsion Requiring Thousands of Tissues"? +1 My usual pattern of cold symptoms is: "Mucus Mucus Mucus" whi...
by airdrik
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 57730

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

This is fun. :) I wonder which world is bigger - the Click and Drag world or the Hoverboard one? I feel like it took longer to get to the sides of Click & Drag. That's just a guess, though. Click & drag was significantly bigger at 165888x79872 pixels, vs. 93366x23598 for this one. This one ...
by airdrik
Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 19728

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I just remember that every other month has 31 days, skipping of course Nerus, the month named after the tyrant Nero and inserted between the months of July and August, but was removed from all calendars.
by airdrik
Wed Oct 14, 2015 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 9386

Re: 1590: "The Source"

I was just demonstrating an example of this to some of my coworkers on Monday. I have pretty standard led displays, but when I have a spreadsheet open (in LibreOffice) something about the pattern of white cells and dark grid lines causes a (vibrating) high-pitched noise. Upon experimentation, it onl...
by airdrik
Fri Oct 02, 2015 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 8018

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

I can't understand why Randall of all people seems to have drawn a crescent moon with the crescent tilted upward. This implies that the Sun is also above the horizon, and a crescent Moon is almost impossible to see under such circumstances. This is the sort of mistake Gary Trudeau commonly makes, b...
by airdrik
Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 14142

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Being from the States doesn't prevent one from associating OED with the Oxford English Dictionary, as that is how I've always expanded it (and honestly I didn't realize that it was also associated with Online Etymology Dictionary until reading this conversation). Of course someone from the States wo...
by airdrik
Wed Sep 02, 2015 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 91742

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

did no one else type 'five random words' when it said to type five random words? Guess it was just me then. :oops: You probably weren't. On the second Pick a number one, I put (a new instance of) the same number as I put the first one. It was sufficiently random the first time, I saw no reason not ...
by airdrik
Fri Aug 21, 2015 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 20674

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

If you're anything like me, you shut down your computer by unplugging it from the wall outlet. You can instead shut it down much quicker by either pushing the big button on the front of the case, or selecting Shut Down from the menu (location dependent on operating system). This also avoids the anno...

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