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by Cougar Allen
Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 4435

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Gaffer tape isn't supposed to leave any residue but it costs more. For this application, it doesn't seem likely anyone would ever want to remove it.... Anyway, changing the LED certainly works and probably looks prettier (although you can get duck tape in all kinds of colors and patterns these days).
by Cougar Allen
Mon Apr 09, 2018 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 4435

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

With that many status LEDs, there's bound to be one device with an unreasonably bright one lighting up the entire room, thus torpedoing any attempt ato sleep. You must be talking about the light on my Panamax power conditioner. People who stayed over and slept on the couch complained how bright it ...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Mar 19, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 3735

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

The part I worry about is off to the left on that timeline - the period when there's no AI; it's still just people playing video games and controlling drones to kill other people, but it will no longer be only people in other parts of the world who are getting killed. It's cheap, easily available te...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 5553

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

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by Cougar Allen
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 4811

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

What happens if you combine a lime and a coconut?
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3225

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

Old Bruce wrote:
Cougar Allen wrote:
Old Bruce wrote:
da Doctah wrote:In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it.

Let me know how it works out,

Um ...

Sure I don't know either of them but it could be a story worth hearing.

Um ... Do you have a Ouija board?
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 13, 2018 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3225

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

Old Bruce wrote:
da Doctah wrote:In my will, I plan on leaving my brother a bunch of stuff I don't actually have. Let him drive himself nuts looking for it.

Let me know how it works out,

Um ...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 3225

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

In my non-expert opinion, conditions would be unenforceable. You write something like this: "I leave one third of my fortune to you, provided you keep my 30-foot Foucalt pendulum swinging. If it ever stops the inheritance goes to the Home for Unwed Mothers." That is enforced by the Home f...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 5340

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

cheweytoo wrote:This inflation certainly seems to apply to pizza sizes around here:
A "large pizza" is now routinely bigger than the plate it is being served on.
I'm not aware of any newly popular, smaller, pizza-replacing food item though…

They sell pizza by the slice nowadays.
by Cougar Allen
Fri Jan 05, 2018 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 6302

Re: 1935: "2018"

Simple solution to this nonsense: Strap rockets onto the Earth and push it into a slightly lower orbit, so a year is exactly 365 days. In fact, lets push it even closer so it's 360 days so it's easily dividable. Ackkkkkkkkkk! Global warming! Let's push it out to make the year 400 days. Then we can ...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 6587

Re: 1913: "A �"

What's your desired behaviour in this situation? When I used Verizon as my ISP I found it annoying that whenever I made some little typo in an URL, which would only take me a second to correct -- NOOOOOOOOO! I can't correct it, because Verizon helpfully whisked me off to some Verizon search engine ...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1910: Sky Spotters
Replies: 21
Views: 2952

Re: 1910: Sky Spotters

In all seriousness, knowing that there are (enemy) surveillance tools operating nearby is a VeryGoodThingToKnow(TM) . You want your own supersecret plans for World Domination to remain secret. Heck, the US Armed Services keeps track of the location of every foreign satellite so that any, ahem, outd...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 3127

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

That first hour after your needs are paid off can't be so crazy valuable that you wouldn't work it for any amount. Rarely would anyone even refuse the +50%. Where did you get that statistic? It's not at all rare in my experience; in fact I think the majority of workers choose not to work overtime a...
by Cougar Allen
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 3127

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

I never understood considering your time as being worth as much as you can make per hour. If you have a set work schedule, it's not like you could work more hours and get paid more money, so your time is basically worthless as far as money is concerned. When I was a boy whenever I bought something ...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 3299

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

So. Those of us in the "I just don't understand what the Bun comics are getting at" camp have another data point. I'm not sure it helps. I think there are at least two ways to enjoy the bun comics: A) Oh me yarm there are other people who are as obsessed with bun sightings as I am! That i...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 6083

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

RandomMarius wrote:I found this today : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=catchpower.gogo.mediavolumeonly

Simple small app that locks volume to media only.

Thank you! :D
by Cougar Allen
Tue Oct 10, 2017 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 6083

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

Ad-Block for Android Firefox works without root (though it doesn't block as thoroughly as the Windows version.) Does Verizon have some way to keep that from working?
by Cougar Allen
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 3396

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

This is a fundamentally flawed analysis. The US government owes money to the bond holders, and debt repayment can be delayed by borrowing money to rebuy the bond. Now why would someone want to pay off their debts within a short or medium time frame? Because they're afraid their income might decline...
by Cougar Allen
Thu Jul 27, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 17982

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Sleeping cats don't purr. Purring is not really a sign of feeling happy; it's a sign of feeling sociable. Cats who are in pain purr. If snow is very cold skis don't work. The friction isn't enough to melt it and it's like trying to ski on sand. I'm not sure that applies to ice skates. That might req...
by Cougar Allen
Mon Jul 24, 2017 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 8441

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

The political meaning of the word is irrelevant. People who imagine evolution is progress from "lower" to "higher" forms, with themselves as the highest, often also imagine organisms can also degenerate or "devolve" to a "lower" form (less like themselves).
by Cougar Allen
Fri Apr 07, 2017 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 7855

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

fibonacci wrote:"If a border guard asks to examine your laptop, you have a legal right to challenge them to a chess game for your soul."
Or ping pong, as the case may be.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lsWeBNb_eI


Death plays with a nunchaku.
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 12556

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

Winnipegger here. The cold has a stronger effect than Randall seems to think. We ran the comparison between indoor (18C) and outdoor (-14C) tonight. http://imgur.com/a/iwpLM How much wind was there? In my experience of camp cooking wind has a lot more effect than cold. Testing a camp stove indoors ...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:24 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 9822

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

So what would the ratio be (distance over drop) to keep a bike going fast enough where it could self-stabilize? 500/1 gets you moving but it does not keep you from falling over. Is it 250/1? Less? With a little practice you can learn to balance a bicycle even if you're holding still. https://www.yo...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 6357

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Oh c'mon! Nobody's yet said "I'm not really into Pokémon"?? Why bother? The comic isn't about Pokemon, or Ubuntu. I'm here to discuss the comic. When someone talks about something I'm not really into, usually it's easier (and more polite) to just not reply, than to point out that I'm not ...
by Cougar Allen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 12411

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

sonar1313 wrote:
StCredZero wrote:Superman, as portrayed in various Justice League animated shows, is often seen flying in groups of superheroes.


Yeah, but that would be like a flock of birds consisting of a goose, a duck, a swan, a robin, a blue jay, a mockingbird, etc.


Birds frequently fly (and feed) in mixed species flocks.
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 13351

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Reflecting telescopes actually have two mirrors. What if the effects cancel out?
by Cougar Allen
Sat Jan 28, 2017 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 13351

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

OK, assume a spherical and totally naked vampire placed at the center of a perfectly reflecting, perfectly evacuated, and non-silvered spherical mirror with a radius of one light year. Question: Would he really give a shit? If he is a Western vampire who drinks blood, yes, he will have to excrete. ...
by Cougar Allen
Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 12692

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

x7eggert wrote:Off cause if you change things, they aren't the same as the default, but that's why you do it.


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Redundant Cats are redundant
by Cougar Allen
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 40465

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

No major party candidate with orange skin has ever been defeated! We're about to make history. :D
by Cougar Allen
Thu Oct 06, 2016 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 75235

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Sails don't scale indefinitely. That's why we stopped using them. For what it's worth, we stopped using sails because wages for the crew of a sailing ship cost more than coal for a steamship. That doesn't necessarily apply any more; now we could automate most of the work. The shipping industry has ...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 32615

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

the war crime known as the "skort" It took only a little bit of googling to find out you didn't literally mean a war crime (never encountered the word "skort" before) but now I am stuck with some indignation and no real atrocity to direct it at. When you're looking for a new war...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 32615

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Here's the thing. You said "a grammar cop is a pedant". Is it in the same family? Yes. No one's arguing that. As someone who is a scientist who studies pedants, I am telling you, specifically, in science, no one calls grammar cops pedants. If you want to be "specific" like you s...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 32615

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

ucim wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:Fuck every kind of police, basically.
Won't that generate... like, more police?

Jose


Hmm ... what if the police gene is recessive?
by Cougar Allen
Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 75235

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

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Thank you; that answers my question. I am quite surprised. :shock:
by Cougar Allen
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 75235

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Be fair. A major reason utility companies aren't crazy about net metering is that they're being asked to buy electricity at retail , not wholesale , rates. This is not a trivial difference - I think it's like a factor of 3 or 4. Of course there's more to it - net metering encourages distributed gen...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Sep 18, 2016 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 75235

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I wonder how people even find this forum anymore since there's no link on the XKCD page. Google I guess. I poked around trying to find the link for a few minutes, then punched in forum.xkcd.com in the address bar, and when that failed, tried forums.xkcd.com, and here I am. Yeah, but you knew there ...
by Cougar Allen
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 9258

Re: 1731: "Wrong"

rmsgrey wrote:But most "empty" space is only half-empty...


Only the pessimists say that.
by Cougar Allen
Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1727: "Number of Computers"
Replies: 35
Views: 6893

Re: 1727: "Number of Computers"

I mean, it was just as radioactive overall before you took it out of the ground in the first place, wasn't it? The problem is fission is random. We have no control of where the atom will split. So we're taking uranium (which does happen to be mildly radioactive in the first place, but that's irrele...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1719: "Superzoom"
Replies: 41
Views: 10023

Re: 1719: "Superzoom"

And don't get me started on the hollow Earth scenario - that would be plain weird, no privacy anywhere. Doesn't the hollow Earth scenario adjust the way light propagates to explain our everyday observations? In that case, it wouldn't change the line of sight. There's more than one hollow Earth theo...
by Cougar Allen
Tue Aug 30, 2016 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 9894

Re: 1720: "Horses"

In real life people welcomed the advent of the automobile age because they thought automobiles would be so much safer - no more runaway horses! They also thought cities would smell much better - fresh air, just like being out in the country! No more horse manure all over the streets....

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