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by RogueCynic
Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1597: "Git"
Replies: 51
Views: 12992

Re: 1597: "Git"

Were there two comics today? http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=112941&p=3875038#p3875038 Or is Randall linking polio with GIT?
by RogueCynic
Sat Oct 31, 2015 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 76592

Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

by RogueCynic
Thu Oct 29, 2015 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 6024

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

SpaceX hopes for a rocket that can land for re-use. NASA launch engineers study birds because they hope to develop a rocket that can perch in a tree, build a nest, and lay rocket eggs. Great idea. They could then test the fledglings for flying ability, and select the best, thus evolving a good spac...
by RogueCynic
Fri Oct 23, 2015 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 12180

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

What's the weirdest actual rule in a sport that you know of? Not so much a rule, more of a naming thing, but penalties in rugby always throw me, as they seem to be part of the game rather than a punishment for bad behaviour. As to the strangest rule part, I'm not sure this one is true. One American...
by RogueCynic
Thu Oct 22, 2015 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 12180

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

Thank you Jackpot777. I know enough about sports to mix the rules. One question I ask during American football games is "Why don't they call traveling?". As to the"Back to the Future" reference, the Halloween comet is going to crush the earth to fix the paradox of the Cubs not wi...
by RogueCynic
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1592: "Overthinking"
Replies: 26
Views: 5850

Re: 1592: "Overthinking"

I remember some years ago a study was done that suggested red meat was a carcinogen. Within months (or weeks?) another study showed it was healthy.
by RogueCynic
Fri Oct 16, 2015 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 12200

Re: 1590: "The Source"

My office has an HPHG, but it's labeled as an HP Laserjet M551. Typical HP printers. They aren't to be trusted. I had an HP 3055 printer/copier in my office. It ran (presumably) quite a few years before I got the job and two years later. It was so old we could not find toner in our ordering system....
by RogueCynic
Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 12200

Re: 1590: "The Source"

I was just demonstrating an example of this to some of my coworkers on Monday. I have pretty standard led displays, but when I have a spreadsheet open (in LibreOffice) something about the pattern of white cells and dark grid lines causes a (vibrating) high-pitched noise. Upon experimentation, it on...
by RogueCynic
Tue Oct 13, 2015 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 15407

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

Perhaps he's "The Doctor" in his universe, but "Doctor Who" in ours. :D As for the famous monster, he may have been nameless in the original book, but the monster is Frankenstein in many adaptations. Those adaptations may be low quality (and usually low budget), but within the c...
by RogueCynic
Sat Oct 10, 2015 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"
Replies: 32
Views: 7985

Re: 1588: "Hardware Reductionism"

Title/Alt: "My MRI research shows a clear correlation between the size of the parietal lobe--the part of the brain that handles spatial reasoning--and enjoyment of 3D Doritos®." Please tell me this was published. I'd like to know why they they are having the triathlon events simultaneously.
by RogueCynic
Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 10815

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Keyboards and mice still seem to be bleeding-edge peripherals with only piecemeal support from most BIOSes and OSes. I plugged a Microsoft keyboard into a PC the other day, and it spent like 25 minutes searching Windows for a driver, before finally giving up. How can Google search the entire intern...
by RogueCynic
Thu Oct 01, 2015 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 9006

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

Otto Hann may have pelted Lise Meitner with tennis balls, and later taken the credit and the Nobel for discovering nuclear fusion, but he did save her life. That's got to count for something. (Confession: I hadn't heard of Meitner until today). Don't feel bad. I still haven't heard of her. REPLYING...
by RogueCynic
Sat Sep 26, 2015 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 16661

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

"Whoops, where'd it go?" Your imaginary friend left you? That is sad.
by RogueCynic
Tue Sep 22, 2015 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 7973

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

"Bike ghost". Makes me think of ghost bikes * . If you're unfamiliar with that rather morbid phenomenon: when a cyclist gets killed by a car, members of the cycling community often spray the bike white (or if the bike is still serviceable, procure instead a suitably disposable bicycle) an...
by RogueCynic
Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 6969

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

That comic perfectly describes my relation ship to emacs. I started using it because a lecturer recommended it. After a year of CUA, I began to realize the power of the “dated” concepts of mark/point, kill, yank, and I had come to love the dabbrev-expand as a way to avoid typos and speed up typing....
by RogueCynic
Sat Sep 19, 2015 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 6969

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

slinches wrote:This is true for the people who create the tools. That seemingly useless loop produces things the rest of us use to productively pursue meaningful goals.

Thanks.

By "productively pursue meaningful goals." you mean watching videos of cats doing cute things, right?
by RogueCynic
Thu Sep 17, 2015 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1578: Squirrelphone
Replies: 38
Views: 8511

Re: 1578: Squirrelphone

BHG is working on integrating the ringing gene into squirrels even as we speak. I wonder if Randall saw this: http://web.media.mit.edu/~stefanm/phd/cellularsquirrel/ Frakking awesome! If he could make that in a molpy model, or even better, a Shrike version. Fun fact: back when cellphones first becam...
by RogueCynic
Sat Sep 05, 2015 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"
Replies: 31
Views: 6653

Re: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"

orthogon wrote:The organisational unit to which I belong was recently rebranded "Digital", thus declaring to the world that we have stepped boldly and fearlessly into the 1990s.
Wait until they start talking about ISO9001 certification.
by RogueCynic
Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 116239

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I tried submitting but for some reason it did not accept pi as a number between 1 and 100.
by RogueCynic
Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 13719

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

I'm sad. My name scores a -30.
by RogueCynic
Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1570: "Engineer Syllogism"
Replies: 41
Views: 12300

Re: 1570: "Engineer Syllogism"

...and then he spends the next few weeks trying to speed up the program, or adjust some of the rules slightly, in order to get it to make money, rather than revisiting the initial assumptions? It's never the initial assumption that is wrong. The person coming up with the idea is too smart for that....
by RogueCynic
Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 25547

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

And on boxes of frozen pizza, they actually print "Take the pizza out of the box & plastic before heating". It amazes me to imagine people who actually benefit from such advice. Urban myth(?): A woman bought a camper with cruise control. While driving down the highway, she set cruise ...
by RogueCynic
Sat Aug 22, 2015 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"
Replies: 175
Views: 25547

Re: 1567: "Kitchen Tips"

And on boxes of frozen pizza, they actually print "Take the pizza out of the box & plastic before heating". It amazes me to imagine people who actually benefit from such advice. Urban myth(?): A woman bought a camper with cruise control. While driving down the highway, she set cruise ...
by RogueCynic
Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1565: "Back Seat"
Replies: 20
Views: 5780

Re: 1565: "Back Seat"

chris857 wrote:
cellocgw wrote:My Maserati does 185...
You can't ride in the back seat 'cause there isn't one. (worst attempt at rewording a song ever)


My Maserati does 185
There is no back seat, you cannot ride

(Here's a better one)


My washing machine don't go anywhere. My clothes come out cleans so I don't care.
by RogueCynic
Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1566: "Board Game"
Replies: 30
Views: 7429

Re: 1566: "Board Game"

da Doctah wrote:"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?"
-- Joshua


Just like Rubik's Cube.
by RogueCynic
Fri Aug 14, 2015 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23020

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

I heard The Adult Catepillar Result wasn't that good. Moan's Mobile Keep was interesting.
by RogueCynic
Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 23020

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Ceramic Harold and the man who was stuck on an island


Ceramic Harold and the man who was stuck in Jail FTFY.

Above was good. The Unbelieveables definitely lived up to its name though.
by RogueCynic
Sat Aug 08, 2015 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 13993

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

Where dos Hoth fin in the diagram?
by RogueCynic
Thu Aug 06, 2015 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1560: "Bubblegum"
Replies: 28
Views: 7042

Re: 1560: "Bubblegum"

Bubblegum gives me nightmares. Thanks, Randall!
by RogueCynic
Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1559: "Driving"
Replies: 142
Views: 19050

Re: 1559: "Driving"

I'd love to be able to get out in the middle of a city and tell my car "Find some place to park and pick me up again at 6". That would be awesome . And at 6 you find out, that it drove 200km to another city and back to find a parking spot. You're right. There is no way that the programmer...
by RogueCynic
Sat Aug 01, 2015 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1558: "Vet"
Replies: 18
Views: 4911

Re: 1558: "Vet"

I enjoyed this one. Okay, I enjoy almost all of the work. Reminded me of my chihuahua. She took to licking the baseboards in the house clean. The result was to leave something akin to a foamy 'Brillo pads' around the house. We took her to the vet, described the unusual behavior, and the vet's respo...
by RogueCynic
Sat Jul 25, 2015 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 16736

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

Sir Lunch-a-lot wrote:
RDMgryphon wrote:What, no "Bob (Earth II)" ?


I was thinking the exact same thing!


https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Titan_AE Taken. I noticed Balderaan, but not Alderaan. Why not?
by RogueCynic
Wed Jul 15, 2015 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 10411

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

Harrison Ford recently crashed his plane. I guess he can fly an FTL ship across the galaxy with no problems but not a plane across a city. :D
by RogueCynic
Tue Jul 14, 2015 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 10411

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

Watch the Family Guy version of "Star Wars" (NO. I will NOT call it Episode IV!). Chris, as Luke, calls out Peter, as Han, on the Kessel run. As for the availability of "The Last Ringbearer", by Kirill Eskov in the west. We of the Westernesse have lost interest in the world of me...
by RogueCynic
Sat Jul 11, 2015 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"
Replies: 40
Views: 7923

Re: 1549: "XKCD Phone 3"

The only thing it needs is a device to unclasp a bra.
by RogueCynic
Tue Jul 07, 2015 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 17677

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

My question:

If Mars has a face on one side, does it have an ass on the other?
by RogueCynic
Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1546: "Tamagotchi Hive"
Replies: 19
Views: 7502

Re: 1546: "Tamagotchi Hive"

Do people still play with Tamagotchis?
by RogueCynic
Mon Jun 29, 2015 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1544: "Margaret"
Replies: 80
Views: 14759

Re: 1544: "Margaret"

Randall is obviously referring to this Margaret.

maggie_simpson.jpg
by RogueCynic
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 24305

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Because British English considers strings of consecutive prepositions an error: The Lettermen and Frankie Valli sang "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You". Kiki Dee and Englebert Humperdinck sang "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", with "off" as two syllables, descending in pitch....
by RogueCynic
Tue May 12, 2015 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1523: Microdrones
Replies: 30
Views: 6484

Re: 1523: Microdrones

Well, in America, the drone operators would respond to theft from de-regulation by arming the drones. And this future sounds AWESOME. Also, at least one tiny US town has (probably hilariously early) started issuing permits for hunting drones. http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-7891231...

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