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by jc
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 33
Views: 3250

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Contracts like that just force me to switch providers all the time. Totally annoying. Of course, for a large part of the US population, "switch providers" is another way of saying "move somewhere else, where a different provider has the local monopoly". And in most of the US, th...
by jc
Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1860: "Communicating"
Replies: 60
Views: 4532

Re: 1860: "Communicating"

Well, at least he pays the words to mean whatever he wants them to. But what does he pay them? Well, if he's consistent, he'd pay in money that he printed himself, and would insist that it was worth whatever he says it's worth. That'd probably work with money about as well as it works with language...
by jc
Wed Jun 28, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1856: "Existence Proof"
Replies: 38
Views: 3118

Re: 1856: "Existence Proof"

Is she suffering from existential angst? You'd expect that to be an occupational hazard of mathematicians. After all, their work deals mostly with things that have no actual physical existence, in this universe or any other. OTOH, there are a number of common jokes among mathematicians about a coll...
by jc
Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1846: "Drone Problems"
Replies: 14
Views: 2069

Re: 1846: "Drone Problems"

rmsgrey wrote:So we should expect to see ARAD drones?


Associate of the Royal Academy of Dance?
Association Rwandaise pour les Actions de Developpement?
Adana Radyo Amatörleri Derneði?
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Department (UK)?
Abnormal Right Axis Deviation?

There are others, but they're more obscure. ;-)
by jc
Fri May 26, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"
Replies: 13
Views: 2015

Re: 1842: "Anti-Drone Eagles"

The old pattern of ever-escalating countermeasures continues... Yeah, that's a fun story. But it mostly illustrates why, in reality, that sort of escalation is marketed differently. Rather than personally presenting the various escalations to the government leaders directly, the "ingenious pat...
by jc
Tue May 23, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 2674

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Billions of years? His ancestors are dinosaurs? Omnis cellula e cellula. By definition, we did not come from anything that went extinct. How so? All of my ancestral species except modern humans appear to be extinct. This includes at least a few thousand species, all of them utterly gone by the time...
by jc
Mon May 22, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 2674

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Billions of years? His ancestors are dinosaurs? Um, there were no dinosaurs around even one billion years ago. They were late developments on the Tree of Life. We're an even later twig. I think the doctor was talking about our single-cell ancestors, who have a much longer history than the small bra...
by jc
Fri May 12, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 3218

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

10 Live Chats You Don't Want To Miss.. Thanks, thank you. I was a fool, and you fooled me. Thank you for reminding me that I'm just another fool. Sir, well played. Though I should check it out -- and I LOL'd, of course. That's gotta be one of the longest-lasting of the InterWeb's memes. I also noti...
by jc
Fri Apr 28, 2017 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 3105

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

If a space station crashes in space, and there's no air in which sound can propagate , does it make a comic-book "Fwoosh"? If it's crashing into the sun, there's a LOT of atmosphere to carry sounds. But it's mostly hydrogen and helium, so the "Fwoosh" would be much higher pitche...
by jc
Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1829: "Geochronology"
Replies: 26
Views: 3305

Re: 1829: "Geochronology"

I thought I could tell whether an era is real or not, but this comic proved me wrong. The "Upper Pomeranian" era sounds legit to me.. The fun part of this is that there is a (linguistic) connection. The names in the comic (and most of the comments) are derived from place names. Dalmatia i...
by jc
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 4088

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

In other related weirdness, ... After all that "training", we still could always read faster/better if the strip showed an entire line at a time. No idea if they tried training the next class with the "line at a time" method or just gave up. I haven't heard of many people gettin...
by jc
Sat Apr 01, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 12168

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

I thought leaves are green because they're chock full of chlorophyll, which is green. Why is chlorophyll green? Doesn't matter; what matters is that chlorophyll can drive photosynthesis, and when you've found a chemical with such an awesome superpower, you're not going to gripe about its color. Goo...
by jc
Fri Mar 24, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5044

Re: 1815: "Flag"

Title text: "There's a compromise bill to keep the notification bar but at least charge the battery." Maybe the "batter charge" value should be the percent of the population that voted for the current Fearless/Glorious/Whatever Leader in the last election. But does the notificat...
by jc
Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1814: "Color Pattern"
Replies: 61
Views: 6773

Re: 1814: "Color Pattern"

When you swim in a creek and an eel bites your cheek it's a moray... Nah probably not. Morays are salt-water fish, and only make brief forays into brackish or fresh water looking for prey. Actually, I was curious, and decided to look this up. I did find references to "fresh-water morays" ...
by jc
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 5105

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

This is an exaggeration, but not by a huge amount. On my phone I've got and use to talk with people: Skype Line WeChat Slack Messenger SMS WhatsApp It is kinda ridiculous. So you don't use the old "phone" system interface at all? (Actually, neither do I, muchly. I've made only one "p...
by jc
Tue Jan 31, 2017 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 8243

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

In India, they created a fine for planes which intentionally dump their waste, which I doubt they would have bothered to do if it weren't possible and didn't happen regularly. In the US, they blocked entry from a bunch of countries because "terrorism", despite the fact that no one from th...
by jc
Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 7907

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

(because someone has to say it) It's all Greek to me... And it's all Chinese to the Greeks. ;-) Anyway, I've been disappointed that nobody has tried to divert the discussion to the question of whether the claims for the Dvorak layout have any statistical validity. I've read a number of comments fro...
by jc
Thu Jan 12, 2017 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 6451

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

well, it's better than Mercator Better at what? We all love to mock the Mercator projection, of course, but fact is that it had a very practical use in the days before computerized navigation systems. A straight line on the map was based on "lines of constant course", which was a good too...
by jc
Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 6743

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Anyone have some examples of real products that are close to being adjective foods? One historical example is the "hamburger", which originated as a (German) adjective to describe a kind of "sandwich" (whose history is also interesting and well documented). Supposedly the restau...
by jc
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1773: "Negativity"
Replies: 25
Views: 4697

Re: 1773: "Negativity"

SerialTroll wrote:Better alt: "Crab Grass"

Hey, if people kept lopping off your top,and stomping on you with their hard shoes, you'd be crabby, too.
by jc
Thu Dec 08, 2016 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"
Replies: 85
Views: 9720

Re: 1769: "Never seen Star Wars"

I remember we had issues with the translation, but I don't remember the particulars other than the subtitles totally failed to get the point of the "He's my brother " scene.) Das Boot had a problem with translation too. German version: "Wieso? GIBRALTAR! Es ist wie eine Jungfrau! Wir...
by jc
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 10311

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

Mrs. Drazen gets Fuji apples. Are they considered "regular apples" for the purposes of this exercise, or, as a hybrid, are they half way down the line to red delicious? Or is it a Schröedinger's Apple situation? I've seen Fuji apples described as "average in all measurable properties...
by jc
Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 10311

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I've always wondered: why do people still grow red delicious apples? Is there anyone in this universe who likes them? Well, stores keep stocking them, and they wouldn't do that if nobody bought them. So there must be a good number of people in your vicinity who like them. They just aren't the sort ...
by jc
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 4417

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

Eternal Density wrote:That's not how any of this worked.

Shhh!! Don't tell them. We want the younger generation to think this really was what it was like.
by jc
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1749: "Mushrooms"
Replies: 47
Views: 5805

Re: 1749: "Mushrooms"

"Evolutionarily"??  Is that even a word? I guess it is now.... It's a perfectly cromulent word. Yup; it's just a case of a well-known English word with added suffixes that turn it into an adverb. First you take the Latin word "evolutio(n)", which has a complex structure that mad...
by jc
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1744: "Metabolism"
Replies: 28
Views: 4409

Re: 1744: "Metabolism"

I have one of those metabolisms where I get a strong reaction from eating anything containing rat poison, nuclear fuel rods, molten rock or mussels. Who ever came up with the idea that mussels are edible? Actually, as omnivores, pretty much anything organic material is "edible". Whether i...
by jc
Fri Sep 23, 2016 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 9672

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

I'm assuming that this is hyperbole taking off from some kind of actual practice, but I'm a bit stumped to imagine what that actual practice might be. ... There's a lot of precedent for this sort of approach. A simpler example: As an undergrad, one of the "temp" jobs I had was with the fa...
by jc
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1734: "Reductionism"
Replies: 27
Views: 4520

Re: 1734: "Reductionism"

You know you've been doing too much programming when you get annoyed seeing double quotes around a single letter... Unless you're programming in C, where 'x' is a constant of type char (or unsigned char ), and "x" is a pointer of type char* . If you don't understand the difference without...
by jc
Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 53778

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Allow me to explain. Many of us do not think climate change is a myth, but we disagree with the conclusions that it can be prevented and that it will be an apocalypse. So when you propose spending trillions of tax-payer dollars and ask us to make significant changes to our lifestyles for what we se...
by jc
Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 53778

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

How many others told themselves "wait for it" when they saw Meghan and Cueball, and "there it is" when Oregon flooded? Mostly, it was Washington that was flooded. On a Thursday... https://www.amazon.com/Bretzs-Flood-Remarkable-Geologist-Greatest/dp/1570616310/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&...
by jc
Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1720: "Horses"
Replies: 55
Views: 7076

Re: 1720: "Horses"

Hmm, does a committee accumulate decisiveness for each additional member in it? I'm not sure.... There's an old theory that the intelligence of a group of humans is an inverse function of the number of members, though there's disagreement about the function. Some think it's just the number of peopl...
by jc
Tue Aug 09, 2016 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"
Replies: 119
Views: 12567

Re: 1716: "Time Travel Thesis"

I bet you say "point fifteen", too, for "(...) point one five", you monster!!! Oh my god NEVER! You probably have me voting for Trump too! :) Jose I've been known to say things like "... point one and a half", just to watch the confusion on some listeners' faces. ;-) B...
by jc
Thu Aug 04, 2016 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1715: "Household Tips"
Replies: 69
Views: 8372

Re: 1715: "Household Tips"

The North Pacific Coast does not have East Coast bug problems. A Dragon Fly flew in my the kitchen window and made me scream. Yeah, I grew up there, and everywhere I've lived since has had much more serious bug problems than I remember back then. So how did the dragon fly make you scream? I've alwa...
by jc
Wed Jul 20, 2016 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1709: "Inflection"
Replies: 32
Views: 4403

Re: 1709: "Inflection"

It reminds me of a linguistics prof I knew in college (back in the 70s) who remarked that linguists were discussing the idea of ejecting English from the Indo-European family, and applying for its acceptance in the Sino-Tibetan family. The argument was that English had lost most of the defining char...
by jc
Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1703: "Juno"
Replies: 38
Views: 4849

Re: 1703: "Juno"

I'd be a bit curious about such a claim. How exactly do you define "arrive"? Considering that the "orbital insertion" firing of engine lasted for about 35 minutes, and Juno didn't reach any well-defined surface (which Jupiter may not even have), it looks like they could simply cl...
by jc
Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1699: "Local News"
Replies: 27
Views: 4500

Re: 1699: "Local News"

City Council elections? Pah! We've just had a referendum to set government policy and apparently accidently triggered the Rapture. Yes, so now we will have to spend another heap of money on a referendum on whether to accept a newly independent Scotland to the EU. And, as sometimes happens, the US o...
by jc
Wed Jun 22, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"
Replies: 47
Views: 6997

Re: 1697: "Intervocalic Fortition"

Isn't that just having a German accent? I think you mean Welsh, not German. After all, in Welsh spelling, a single 'f' is normally pronounced like the English 'v', and to get the usual /f/ pronunciation, you need to spell it 'ff'. But I don't think the few native Welsh speakers I've known have ever...
by jc
Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1695: "Code Quality 2"
Replies: 15
Views: 3537

Re: 1695: "Code Quality 2"

I think we've lost track of which English words are the original words, and which are entirely original. That's OK; we have a long tradition of making up etymologies that "sound right". Even if the originator was just joking, others pick up the story and propagate it as established fact. ...
by jc
Wed Jun 01, 2016 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1688: Map Age Guide
Replies: 70
Views: 9196

I-25 in 1948 or 1952?

Umm ... The Interstate Highway System was authorized in 1956, so it's highly unlikely that you'd find a highway in New Mexico labelled "I-25" in 1952 or earlier. OK; maybe the map is from an alternate universe, with a more forward-looking US government than we have. Maybe it's from a unive...
by jc
Mon May 23, 2016 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1684: Rainbow
Replies: 43
Views: 5695

Re: 1684: Rainbow

dtilque wrote:
ThemePark wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:And here I thought the rainbows were a sign that God had brought his pre-teen daughter to work...

Nah, then there would've been unicorns as well.

But they got wiped out in the Flood.

My first thought was the Charles Addams cartoon on the topic.

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