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by RogueCynic
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1592: "Overthinking"
Replies: 26
Views: 5746

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: 11871

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: 11871

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: 15146

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: 7875

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: 10614

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: 8941

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: 16469

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: 7661

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: 6763

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: 6763

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: 8371

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: 6566

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: 114059

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: 13540

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: 12017

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: 24918

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: 24918

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: 5707

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: 7245

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: 22462

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: 22462

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: 13772

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: 6842

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: 18555

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: 4881

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: 16566

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: 10273

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: 10273

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: 7748

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: 17386

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: 7343

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: 14487

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: 23632

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: 6351

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...
by RogueCynic
Tue Apr 28, 2015 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1517: "Spectroscopy"
Replies: 31
Views: 7058

Re: 1517: "Spectroscopy"

This reminds me of an Alanis Morrisette song that I try to live by when working on live electrical equipment, to minimize the risk of the current going through the heart: "What it all comes down to Is that everything's gonna be fine fine fine 'cause I've got one hand in my pocket..." That...
by RogueCynic
Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 28001

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

Reminds me of a bug I found when playing "Baldur's Gate" on linux with Cedega. (That's what it was called then, so many years ago.) I used a cheat to create several bags of holding, then added items to one. When I opened the next bag, the items I stored in the first bag were already in the...
by RogueCynic
Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1511: "Spice Girl
Replies: 70
Views: 13530

Re: 1511: "Spice Girl

I did think Dune myself, as well. Dune is often well looked-upon as an Scientifiction Epic- it's got a lot in it. Bastards both magnificent and despicable, deserts, desperation, double crosses, free will, genetic memory, huge worms, knife fights, laserguns, predestination, secret sinister societies...
by RogueCynic
Fri Apr 17, 2015 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 16696

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

Code is like shit. It only smells if it isn't yours. Good comic though.
by RogueCynic
Thu Apr 16, 2015 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1512:"Horoscopes"
Replies: 43
Views: 8089

Re: 1512:"Horoscopes"

Two of my nieces were born May 21. Their mother is Norwegian. Benny Hill had a joke: First you have Father's Day, nine months later, you have Mother's Day. Father obviously had his. Also, there is New Year's Day, then nine months later, you have Labor Day.

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