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by Archgeek
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 2287

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

All conifers sucked. I believe the best odds were with some type of ash. Wow, not ever-vertical, fairly narrow birch? Been awhile, but I think birch [edit from beech] was also up there. Thing is, we're talking about hitting through a tree ... not between them. Narrow? OH. I thought you meant like t...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 2287

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Heimhenge wrote:All conifers sucked. I believe the best odds were with some type of ash.

Wow, not ever-vertical, fairly narrow birch?
by Archgeek
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2604

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

The book Lord of the Flies just baffled me when I read it in ninth grade, but maybe I would like it better if I gave it a second try. I'll probably never know. It certainly doesn't represent the way people actually behave when in these types of situations (which actually happen occasionally in the ...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 2287

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'd say "trees are (made of) air" is a bit of a stretch: most of their building blocks and energy [citation needed] come from the ground. Right? Right? I have never given it much thought or looked it up, but right now I'm having a hard time believing trees get all that mas...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 2287

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Trees, I think, are mostly made up of air and water. At least, cellulose and lignin are carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen derived from those. And water happens to be a major component of air, coming in #3 after N2 and O2, if I recall correctly, and beating out argon by a decent margin. 'Certainly more w...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 41613

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

And I'm quite sure the forum was more fun back when the comic was still fresh to both Randall and us readers (definitely me because I only jumped in and when it was still buzzing with activity. Now the forum is so empty the mods don't even feel like celebrating Madness. Alas, poor Madness. I think ...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 2129

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

But that's no good if you need it to connect to a smartwatch. I was paid to write an app that connected to some custom hardware over Bluetooth. I spent a lot of time finding different ways the Bluetooth stack could get wedged. Then more time figuring out how to unwedge the stack. .... I spent an in...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 1853

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

A supermarket chain over here failed to include "check the input makes sense" lines and someone added a new product to their system with volume 1 litre and mass 350 kg. 350 kg/L? Your supermarket sells dark matter? or Liquid black holes? Nah, even common electron degenerate matter in whit...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 2561

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

My default telco Frontier was awful, getting worse and increasing rates about a percent per month. Frontier does not provide "simultaneous ring" to connect to a phone-spam filter service. That is one way to filter out spammers; a good option for better local telephone service providers. T...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 1668

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

The stuff tasted like if La Croix came in vanilla, and had been mixed into a vat of liquid chalk. I can beat that. I've had a technetium swallow test, when they were looking for signs of "Meckels diverticulitis" (the zebra they look for when they hear the hoofbeats of bleeding ulcers and ...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 1668

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Look up Barium Swallow Tests. You can basically see this comic IRL. They're pretty freaky. Oooh, I've done one of those before. They were checking the extent of a gastric fistula (remnant of a neo-natal feeding tube) that had opened up enough to become a middle-school annoyance. The stuff tasted li...
by Archgeek
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 2418

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

You want fiddly? My brother has a Rubik's Cube he made out of paper! It's fully functional, but very delicate. Not completely unfulfilling, but definitely a case of being more fun to make than to use. (Or so he assures me.) You want even more fiddly? Someone a while back on the Kerbal Space Program...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 2418

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Insert dildo joke here. *raucous laughter* *applause* Those are very filling though. I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those. You haven't been watching the right lesbian fem-dom videos. Who says it has to be lesbian fem-dom? Men can eat dildos too. TIL: There exist dildos either intended fo...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 1668

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Why are there two disconnected parts to the right of the stomach? Better question: why is there no disconnect between mouth and stomach? How does he swallow? I think that's either meant to represent the technique known as guzzling , wherein one makes to hold their epiglottis firmly to their trachea...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 2418

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Flumble wrote:
Weeks wrote:Insert dildo joke here.

*raucous laughter* *applause*

Those are very filling though.

I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those.
by Archgeek
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2942

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Old Bruce wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:(Now try plotting their years of death. Right now!)

That is what the NSA and Secret Service people see. Nice talking with you. [wicked-smiley-face emoticon]

Bladelamps, they must have to filter out a lot of false-positives from the actuarial community.
by Archgeek
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 2719

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

Ah, the eternal source of statistics jokes. https://algotrading101.com/blog/1543426/what-is-curve-fitting-overfitting-in-trading-optimization http://ucanalytics.com/blogs/machine-learning-non-linear-regression-regularization-cross-validation-simplified-part-1/ https://xkcd.com/1347/ https://xkcd.co...
by Archgeek
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 2271

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

Kit. wrote:I wonder if it's correct to call a professional network "social media".

I'm wondering if it's still correct to call LinkedIn's spam vortex a "professional network".
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3865

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

As deeply amusing as is "boatboat", and as much as I support all future use of "carboat" and "carhouse" (just shy of a Szyslak, that), I must contend that "housecar" is giving mobile homes too much credit. Maybe an RV instead? Likewise "househouse" e...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 6000

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Heh, nothing like crazed, convoluted proofs that take a class period or more for concepts that look blazingly obvious to the student. I remember a doopy one from Linear Algebra, wherein the professor spent the whole class period proving on the board that if you had n orthogonal vectors in an n-dimen...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 8712

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Nauseous" came to mean "having or feeling nausea" by analogy with other words formed the same way. "Beg the question" came to mean "ask the question" because people already know what "beg" means. "Could care less" and "literally"...
by Archgeek
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 3454

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Still safer than chlorine trifluoride ! I find it amusing/horrifying that the NFPA "fire diamond" gives ClF 3 a zero out of four for flammability. Technically, yes, the ClF 3 itself doesn't burn. It just makes everything else burn. Water, people, sand, concrete, asbestos ... (It does get ...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 3968

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

Soupspoon wrote:As a compromise, the meat of the response is now hidden in here.

Now that's some tantalizing meat information.
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 3968

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

On the good news side, antibodies are transferrable. "... and airliners, with whatever that stuff is that they spray out that lingers in the air for however long ..." "Contrails? That's just water." "Water?" "Yes. They burn hydrocarbons and make CO 2 and H 2 O, wa...
by Archgeek
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 5070

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

SuicideJunkie wrote:Unfortunately there's almost no air in the bag to protect them, and someone went and broke all the space-time chips into 10-35m fragments.

Mmmm, Planck chips.
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 3902

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

One big problem is that electronics don't really have much in the way of human servicable parts. Lots of teeny things soldered directly to the circuit board, beyond the capability of human hands. Unless it's a major component like the display or the battery, forget it. Another consideration is that...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 44
Views: 5851

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

I voted on a paper ballot yesterday...and then slid that piece of paper into a scanner that detects the bubbles I filled in, looks for over/under votes (informs me of those if I want to declare my ballot spoiled and try again), tabulates the votes on a memory card, and finally stores the piece of p...
by Archgeek
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 2789

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

So disappointed that this wasn't about comparing functional masonry linear harbour extensions with timber recreational perpendicular promenades. And is a breakwater that isn't attached to anything at either end allowed in? No no no, that's "Pier Review" you're thinking of. Totally differe...
by Archgeek
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 4397

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Ohm y God. Okay, fine. Let's amp up the puns. Current puns? Mmmm... Another thing everybody knows about lightning is that it doesn't strike twice in the same place. So that helps a bit by telling you where it isn't . (Actually I think we're back to the nonblack nonravens, aren't we?) Between the &q...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 4397

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

... if you are decent, you'll behave according to the bible anyway. What, all of it?!? Many people would be more decent if they behaved according to the sermon on the mount at least sometimes. Oh, that part. Right. Not that bit about setting your beard on fire and beating your own chest with it, th...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 4397

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 . You don't need to, as the bible says that nobody but the father knows ...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2921

Re: 2026: Heat Index

It's not a thing in Europe. And it shouldn't be a thing in the US either because it's pseudo-scientific statistical bullshit. The only reason for silly heat index and wind chill factor "values" is to give weather reporters an extra 10-30 seconds of talking time in the 24-hour news cycle a...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2921

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Wait. The Heat Index can be lower than the dry-bulb temperature according to the NOAA.gov website . (The “It’s a dry heat” phenomenon.) [...] The Heat Index is assuredly not always higher than the dry-bulb temperature any more than pH’s are always above zero! Fluoroantimonic acid can have a pH of -...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 3963

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 Archgeek
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 3963

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 Archgeek
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 6541

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

supermarket self-serve tills [...] act like a commissionless-Coinstar as it returns as few coins back as it needs to Really? The ones in our local supermarket (Asda) only seem to contain pennies, 5p pieces and pound coins, judging by the change I usually get. My local Tesco's self-service machines ...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 6541

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

… which is why I ended up with a huge pile of shrapnel when on holiday in Florida. The only time I managed to pay with the right money was when I was in the cafeteria in one of the theme parks; I just dumped all the smash onto the tray and handed over what the cashier asked for. Pretty much how it ...
by Archgeek
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 3216

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

(So, 3770 more comics, 1256+ more weeks, 24+ more years until we approach the current Hebrew calendar year, and thus then two more months to equal that HCY. By my quick-and-dirty calculations. Meanwhile the Islamic contingent had their coincidence approx 2.5 years ago, give or take a few months due...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 4905

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 Archgeek
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 3085

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

I like how the estimated launch date trend line goes past the intersection; as if after the 2026 launch, in 2030 the launch will be estimated for 2028. :D I think the implication is that it'll have such a history of delays that future recollections of when it did launch will wander forward by way o...

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