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by zjxs
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 2863

Re: 1874: "Geologic faults"

Depending on where you live, My Fault or Your Fault are usually the most common faults.

The rifts they cause are usually quite low on the Mercali Intensity Scale. Don't build your house on one, however.
by zjxs
Thu Aug 03, 2017 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 6302

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Cinnamon buns are delicious.
by zjxs
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 2680

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Particle physics is quite long ago for me, I don't remember everything anymore and I only took an introductory course on it. But wasn't there also something with up, down, charm, and beauty and stuff? I recall the naming schemes in particle physics being particularly weird. It's in there with flavo...
by zjxs
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 2680

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Of these properties, scientific proof is least attainable.

Fool proof on the other hand is regularly seen.
by zjxs
Thu Jun 29, 2017 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 3503

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Calculators, mount up!
by zjxs
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1854: "Refresh Types"
Replies: 32
Views: 3850

Re: 1854: "Refresh Types"

Refresh Hard: With a Vengeance.
by zjxs
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 3732

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Any sufficiently advanced sun is indistinguishable from magic.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 23
Views: 9755

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

Bigger fish get larger voltages across their length? That's my guess as to size/response differentials. Off the top of my head. Probably debunked in some of those references, but I might as well mention it. (Just like it's not so good an idea to lay stretched/splayed out flat on the ground in a thu...
by zjxs
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8711

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Those aren't tears, that's cheese running down my face.
by zjxs
Wed Jan 11, 2017 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 7213

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

It's better than Mercator.

Interestingly Libya and Algeria are almost untouched, as is the KSA. Must be a lot of detail in that sand.
by zjxs
Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 2411

Re: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

zjxs wrote:I'm excited about trucknet, railnet, and shipnet.



Oh, and skynet. Turns out it's just a bunch of 777s with hard drives.
by zjxs
Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 2411

The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

“The internet is not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes.” Senator Ted Stevens, in 2006. As Randall explained in 2013 (What-If? 0031), sneakernet has higher bandwidth than the internet. It's only logical that Amazon has realised this and is exploiting it with 100 petabyte trucks. The lag is phenome...
by zjxs
Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 9151

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

chridd wrote:I not familiar with the construction "it me". It confusing at first. It dialectal, or some sort of meme (like lolspeak or I accidentally), or reference to some work, or something made up for the comic?


It meme.
by zjxs
Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 61889

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

romance,
sarcasm, math, and language


Choosing the next President will have a substantial effect on all of those things, and will also affect science, rationality, wit, and kindness.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 24, 2016 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1659: Tire Swing
Replies: 11
Views: 2764

Re: 1659: Tire Swing

Soupspoon wrote:Yeah, I'm British. I find it difficult to use Americanisations.


It's tiring.
by zjxs
Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 9321

Re: 1650 "Baby"

How is babby formed?
by zjxs
Mon Oct 12, 2015 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 12718

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Isn't copyright 70 years plus the life of the Frankenstein?
by zjxs
Fri Oct 09, 2015 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 7192

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

Triothalon is a very difficult sport, and should not be attempted by people with more than 10% of a brain.
by zjxs
Tue Sep 08, 2015 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1574: "Trouble for Science"
Replies: 41
Views: 9290

Re: 1574: "Trouble for Science"

This cheese bunsen burner is burning me.
by zjxs
Tue Apr 07, 2015 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0135: "Digging Downward"
Replies: 18
Views: 10739

Re: What-If 135: Going to give an elephant a nasty shock

It really does depend on where you're digging, and the season. {{citations needed}} It's quite possible that before they reached the water-table heat stroke would kill this person, within several minutes. As exercise reaches 100% of aerobic capacity, muscle temperatures reach 41C. The person would b...
by zjxs
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117593

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

"The amount of energy needed to refute bullshit is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it." - Alberto Brandolini Climate change denial is the creationism of the 2010s, a veritable gish-gallop. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Gish_Gallop There's a lot of science out there folks. I'm o...
by zjxs
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 117593

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I have to say, the science behind "man-caused" global warming is dubious, at best. No, it is not. Science denying cretin. The science behind carbon dioxide (and the six or so major greenhouse gases) warming the planet is extremely well established. It is established physics, it is establi...
by zjxs
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 12017

Re: 1334: "Second"

I thought that setting results to display 100 to a page was common practice.
by zjxs
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 514
Views: 71614

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Oh, the humanity.

This cheese is moderately lukewarm.
by zjxs
Sat Jan 25, 2014 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 74529

Re: 1321: "Cold"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/beliefs.jpg Physics does not care what you think. I'm not impressed with the horrific slander of scientists upthread. It's not what I expect here. This film is an excellent grounder on the people who do this work (ie., scientists). http://thiniceclimate.org/trailer
by zjxs
Tue Sep 03, 2013 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 22055

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

And yet all I can think is, "this will make for a great Livejournal entry Facebook post."
by zjxs
Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 77258

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Star Trek Into Darkness will be released on 2013-05-15 in large format theaters in the USA.
by zjxs
Thu Jan 31, 2013 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"
Replies: 147
Views: 43851

Re: 1167: "Star Trek into Darkness"

Usefully enough, R-Bloggers just published this script for visualising conversational intensity on Wikipedia talk threads http://www.r-bloggers.com/visualizing-threaded-conversation-volume-and-intensity/ . I used to go in for geographical naming disputes. For a very long time 'China' didn't direct y...
by zjxs
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 641458

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I'm going for a walk. Outside.
by zjxs
Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1104: "Feathers"
Replies: 50
Views: 15573

Re: 1104: "Feathers"

My first thought: PLOS ONE comes in book form?

As for scary birds, I challenge you to beat the Marabou Stork. A monstrous 1.5m high and 4m wide, it eats children if given the chance. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marabou_Stork
by zjxs
Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 23413

Re: 0967: Prairie

Australia, the world's 5th largest wheat exporter, already condenses grain waves into packets. We're getting very good at sending them over distances. Watch out.
by zjxs
Tue Aug 09, 2011 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0935: “Missed Connections”
Replies: 80
Views: 22823

Re: 0935: “Missed Connections”

10. What's a Wienermobile?
11. If I just stole it, why am I on the hood instead of driving it the normal way?
12. What's a Juggalo?
13. Who's Nancy Pelosi?
14. Who's George Herman Babe Ruth?


15. What is love?
by zjxs
Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0933: "Tattoo"
Replies: 156
Views: 37675

Re: 0933: "Tattoo"

I dig this. All my body modifications have occurred in hospitals. I had some pretty heavy metal in my arm for a while after a double compound fracture, but they took it out and left me with some long scars. Has anyone had a metal plate left in and had TSA issues? Also, fuck cancer. I study epidemiol...
by zjxs
Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 36698

Re: 0855: "1999"

You know what's cool?

Circles.


Goddamnit, he was right!
https://plus.google.com/
by zjxs
Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 27625

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

"I believe the truth always lies halfway between the most extreme claims." I believe this fallacy is known as Occam's Shaving Foam. Usually applied to climate change in this form: scientists say changes will be severe, others say nothing is happening, so therefore changes will happen but t...
by zjxs
Fri Nov 27, 2009 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0668: "Pandora"
Replies: 93
Views: 25870

Re: "Pandora" Discussion

For some reason I thought Pandora was a deeply embarrassing prog-rock band. That seemed like the most rational explanation. It took me coming here to figure out the comic.

Yet another site/service/technology restricted to the US. Damn you, internets!!
by zjxs
Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0663: "Sagan-Man"
Replies: 107
Views: 19782

Re: "Sagan-Man" Discussion

To quote a reliable source...
You don't seriously believe we landed on the moon, do you?



So obviously faked its unbilevable, why are people so gullible??? Morons
by zjxs
Mon Nov 16, 2009 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0663: "Sagan-Man"
Replies: 107
Views: 19782

Re: "Sagan-Man" Discussion

Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, e...
by zjxs
Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK: Brown gets pissed
Replies: 44
Views: 2730

Re: UK: Brown gets pissed

What country do you think has a good electoral system?


MMP, the electoral system of Germany, New Zealand, and the Scots is pretty good. You get 21% of the votes, you get 21% of the seats in Parliament.
by zjxs
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK: Brown gets pissed
Replies: 44
Views: 2730

Re: UK: Brown gets pissed

Well excuse us for having democratically elected political parties. Do you have an alternate proposal? Firstly, your upper house is not democratically elected. It is a vestige of middle-ages aristocracy. You don't have democratically elected political parties. Democracy comes demos and -cracy, mean...

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