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by cellocgw
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 2438

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Imaginary numbers are pretty theoretical until you get to calculating lag-lead times on power transmission. Then they're a huge pain in the ass. Well, one can go way down the tree that way. Irrationals are theoretical, since we can't write them out in any finite decimal notation. Integers are theor...
by cellocgw
Wed Aug 01, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1886

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your religious professional may be required, to see if there was an Armageddon scheduled. That's a paranoid conclusion. I think it's much more likely that you've...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 31, 2018 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 1298

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Yeah, yeah, yeah, complain all you want about heat index calculations.

Here in New England we're just a few short months away from the dreaded "Wind Chill Index" "It's 25 Fahrenheit today, but with a wind of 5 mph it feels like -7000 Fahrenheit" .
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!" We have a similar family saying for picture taking. "Zoom with your fee...
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 1502

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

I seem to have managed to avoid forums and feeds and web pages that talk about "life hacks" in the first place. Thus I need to ask: What's the difference between a life hack and a life crack? Are there White Hat and Black Hat life hackers? Do I need Kaspersky to protect my life from being ...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2032

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

Personally, I think the best thing to do would be to put the important information on the Z-axis, but keep the viewing angle straight dead-on with the X-Y plane. See, this is an arguement for everyone to have a VR headset. Yeah, well, I'm gonna put my data on the 8th dimension! You won't be able to...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 23, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2032

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I am sooooo going to start using the semi-semi-log graph, just to see if anyone at work is paying attention to my reports. Fun True Fact: in high school AlgebraII/preCalc, I once hand-drew (this was long before fancy toys like calculators or desktop computers existed) a graph of y = 2*x that looked ...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 2398

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

It occurs to me there's one , ahem, sport in which most of the famous players have names describing their, um, skills.
NSFW
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 2398

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Some candidates for ice hockey. All these have at least one Stanley Cup win.

Bladon, Tom – Philadelphia Flyers 1974-75 {2
Frost, Harry – Boston Bruins 1939 {1}

I'm guessing there's a curling champ somewhere named "Rock," but haven't looked.
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 2537

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Am I the only one who thinks that drill guy is the one in the wrong here? My experience as a software engineer has been seeing far too much time wasted building fancy tools and options that no one wants or needs. All he had to do was build a cannonball and he could have moved on to the next project...
by cellocgw
Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 2537

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

I don't get command-line fetishism / GUI bashing. MS Word is hard to use? What alternatives have similar capabilities but are easier to use? It's easy to type text into MSWord and to let MSWord apply all sorts of really ugly, counterproductive formatting and styling. But if you want to, like, actua...
by cellocgw
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 2537

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

I expect this will get a lot of "Yep! That happens." replies. I'm hoping some of them will have stories to tell. Sort of, but not (in my experience) the way shown in the comic. What has a bad habit of happening is that an initial design is laid out, and various teams/people are assigned a...
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2005

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

heuristically_alone wrote:Then get a new child after that.


Grandchild, please! :o
by cellocgw
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2005

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

zaphodbeebledoc wrote:I wonder if one of the detectives was wearing an implausibly long scarf?


No that was a dancer
by cellocgw
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2005

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Title text: At first, I moved from pokémon posters to regular oil paintings, but then these really grumpy and unreasonable detectives from the Louvre showed up and took them all. They wouldn't even give me back my thumbtacks! Hey, I go for watercolors {you insensitive clod} Also, happy Convenience ...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 2503

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 and xz. Strangely enough, :lol: :lol: :lol: I can zip 200TB of "9" into a rather smaller file. How? Don't zip and gzip use the same compression algorithm? But if I don't include all the comment strings, I have nothing but '9's, a zero-inform...
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 2503

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

GlassHouses wrote:
cellocgw wrote:
Ken_g6 wrote:Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 and xz.

Strangely enough, :lol: :lol: :lol: I can zip 200TB of "9" into a rather smaller file.

How? Don't zip and gzip use the same compression algorithm?


I dunno, but I do know duplicate replies occasionally sneak into threads.
by cellocgw
Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2017: "Stargazing 2"
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: 2017: "Stargazing 2"

And if you limit the triangles to just the really bright stars, say magnitude <+2.5, (maybe 46 at a time), then you get 15,180 triangles. So triangles are easy. She should be looking for squares or pentagons. Problem with that is: any 3 noncollinear points make a triangle. To make a square or highe...
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 28
Views: 2503

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

This got me curious if I could generate 200TB of nines. Well, I think I can: perl -e 'for($i=0; $i < 200*1024; $i++) { print "9"x(1024*1024*1024); print STDERR "$i GB so far\n" }' Then the next question would be how to submit it? Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 a...
by cellocgw
Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 2760

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

qvxb wrote:It's not really a phone if it doesn't have a dial.


Here You Go
by cellocgw
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 1826

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: 1826

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: 3174

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: 33
Views: 2539

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: 33
Views: 2539

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: 33
Views: 2539

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: 2180

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: 2180

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: 3447

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: 5819

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: 5819

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: 5819

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: 1962

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: 6418

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: 4318

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: 3744

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: 3744

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: 9305

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: 3403

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: 3403

Re: 1997: Business Update

This is the most confusing thing I've seen since the IRS instructions for the AMT.

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