Search found 37 matches

by Murderbot
Tue Nov 07, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1912: "Thermostat"
Replies: 18
Views: 6637

Re: 1912: "Thermostat"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/thermostat.png Title text: Your problem is so terrible, I worry that, if I help you, I risk drawing the attention of whatever god of technology inflicted it on you. GOOMHR Speaking of bizarre technical problems, anyone want to help me with this one? https://superuser.co...
by Murderbot
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 10000

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

I see 4 patches of lens-flare in that picture, which could plausibly be the four Galilean moons. They are. I checked their positions that night after I took it and they correspond. I forget which one's which now. Camera is one of these , which drinks batteries and has no manual focus but does prett...
by Murderbot
Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 10000

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Ensign Worf look to the left. Everybody lean to the right? Can you feel that, yeah? We're phasing for love tonight! This is how I remember the Federation-Cardassian war too. We can see Jupiter's moons ... http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn9/Sableagle/Pretty%20stuff/P4221360_zpswo98hrri.jpg ... f...
by Murderbot
Fri Oct 20, 2017 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 10834

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

netsplit wrote:(never mind other problems the fcage will cause)

Like being immune from lightning?
by Murderbot
Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 10000

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

If you think that diseases are the only thing we'd have to worry about from an alien invasion, well, I hope you're not in charge if it happens. If their intent is hostile, it wouldn't matter who's in charge. Perhaps. The aliens will be dealing with the ultimate long supply-line problem. Not really....
by Murderbot
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 14149

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

The obvious solution for the condition mentioned in the title text is to use a giant catapult to launch the launch-vehicle into space. The even more obvious solution is to get another space agency to launch it for you. ETA: in other words, as POTUS#43 put it: it depends what the meaning of "is...
by Murderbot
Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 8152

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Better opt for decision paralysis, wherein you fail to decide which of the similarly bad options of disabling antisocial network accounts or not, is better. I prefer to spend my walks chatting with my dogs, or with the folks who stop to interact w/ my dogs (if not with me :oops: ) . Are you a ghost?...
by Murderbot
Mon Dec 19, 2016 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 15418

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

orthogon wrote:
HES wrote:
Murderbot wrote:What's PEOTUS?

Given that POTUS is President Of The United States, I'd assume PEOTUS refers to the power hungry President Elect.

Power Hungry Arrogant Lecherous Loudmouth of the United States, or PHALLUS?

So, Bill?
Image
by Murderbot
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 15418

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Aw, c'mon! In a galaxy where there are people who talk like Yoda and others who talk like Jar-Jar Binks, and nobody says boo to either of them, you're going to make a big deal about this ? I think we should hold the Emperor of the Free World to a higher standard than a bumbling buffoon and a mystic...
by Murderbot
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 15418

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

Is the Emperor sitting on a talking chair, like Stephen Hawking? Aw, c'mon! In a galaxy where there are people who talk like Yoda and others who talk like Jar-Jar Binks, and nobody says boo to either of them, you're going to make a big deal about this ? I think we should hold the Emperor of the Free...
by Murderbot
Wed Nov 09, 2016 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 94596

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I keep seeing people seemingly misinterpreting Reka here. At least, I read them as saying "Be thankful that you are outside the US and don't have to directly deal with the consequences of this shit". That makes sense. Although most of us have to deal with the consequences of slightly diff...
by Murderbot
Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 94596

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Reka wrote:For those outside the US who have no idea what to make of this, (1) be very, very thankful...

No thanks.
by Murderbot
Mon Jul 11, 2016 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 15820

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Soupspoon wrote:She's a little short for a stormtrooper, so do you want to crush all her dreams..?

Is she really? But yes, I do.
by Murderbot
Fri Jul 08, 2016 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 15820

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Isn't she a little tall to be a gnome?
by Murderbot
Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1694: "Phishing License"
Replies: 35
Views: 6244

Re: 1694: "Phishing License"

rmsgrey wrote:Pretty sure applying for a license isn't illegal - it may be evidence of intent to commit a crime, but it's not evidence of having ever committed one.

Pretty sure the license issuer wasn't a real law enforcer.
by Murderbot
Wed Jun 01, 2016 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8176

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

http://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/images/f/fc/world_war_iii.png Alt text: I hate how the media only ever uses the first part of this quote, stripping it of its important context. Why didn't he say anything about WW XIII? If only we fought our world wars with rocks, paper, and scissors. World War II w...
by Murderbot
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 9087

Re: 1664: Mycology

Tobacco is a parasite that controls people's brains with nicotine, making them want to grow it or pay others to do so.
by Murderbot
Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 11551

Re: 1647: Diacritics

I'll get the Zalgo reference over with. Ḩ̹̼̝̏̄͗̄ͥͨ̇̉͌̓ͩͥ̆ͫ͠͠ͅḚ̞̱̏͋ͤͮ͑̔̒ͫ̾͛̀͌̅̋̍̈́̚͘͝ ̴̶̡̟̫̪̘̣͓̜̪̲͕̺̼͈̏͋ͦ̊͒̉̉̉͋̇ͥͫͬ͢C̸̝̭̲̝͔̞͎ͣ̽̇ͯ̈́͛̓̅̏̓ͬ̅̄̚͟Ǫ̧͈̻̞̩̘͓̟͉͉̹̙̓̅ͣ̏̐́M̶̫͕͖̟͍͚̜̙͕ͮͭ̃̔ͩ̄ͣ͞͝ͅE̷̝̝͍̩̤͙̟̠͎͉̘̖̗ͨ̐͌̅̎̅̾͑̀ͨ̑͋ͦͥ͋̀͝Š̥̩͓̹͍̰̝̪̘̓̈́ͣͦͬ̌̍͡͞ . Behold, the BehemỎ̷͖͈̞̩͎̻̫̫̜͉̠̫͕̭̭̫̫̹̗̹͈̼̠̖͍͚̥͈̮̼͕̠̤̯̻̥̬̗̼̳̤̳̬̪̹...
by Murderbot
Thu Feb 25, 2016 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 11551

Re: 1647: Diacritics

How is it a Zalgo reference though? According to meme databases, "he comes" is a common phrase referring to Zalgo as well [for when people are too lazy to copy the incantation or when brevity is required]. But does Zalgo have anything to do with diacritical mayhem? It's as if OP thought t...
by Murderbot
Wed Feb 24, 2016 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 11551

Re: 1647: Diacritics

I'll get the Zalgo reference over with. Ḩ̹̼̝̏̄͗̄ͥͨ̇̉͌̓ͩͥ̆ͫ͠͠ͅḚ̞̱̏͋ͤͮ͑̔̒ͫ̾͛̀͌̅̋̍̈́̚͘͝ ̴̶̡̟̫̪̘̣͓̜̪̲͕̺̼͈̏͋ͦ̊͒̉̉̉͋̇ͥͫͬ͢C̸̝̭̲̝͔̞͎ͣ̽̇ͯ̈́͛̓̅̏̓ͬ̅̄̚͟Ǫ̧͈̻̞̩̘͓̟͉͉̹̙̓̅ͣ̏̐́M̶̫͕͖̟͍͚̜̙͕ͮͭ̃̔ͩ̄ͣ͞͝ͅE̷̝̝͍̩̤͙̟̠͎͉̘̖̗ͨ̐͌̅̎̅̾͑̀ͨ̑͋ͦͥ͋̀͝Š̥̩͓̹͍̰̝̪̘̓̈́ͣͦͬ̌̍͡͞ . I was hoping somebody would write something like this. How is it...
by Murderbot
Tue Feb 02, 2016 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 12270

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

Tonyo wrote:My first guess was "quark flavors". Maybe they use salt to enhance them...

Maybe they're eating hashes or bombs.
david.windsor wrote:oh yah, quark, thats a potato chip flavour in Canada

Quark is a kind of cottage cheese. Salt is a potato chip flavor in many places.
by Murderbot
Mon Feb 01, 2016 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 12270

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

No, sadly, I actually meant "baryons". Thanks for the catch. It was late, and I had obviously forgotten the fundamental rule that one should not write, much less publish, in the absence of brain activity above the brain stem. I just corrected two other typos also. Perhaps it was all that ...
by Murderbot
Mon Feb 01, 2016 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1637: "Salt Mine"
Replies: 57
Views: 12270

Re: 1637: "Salt Mine"

Please explain? I don't get this one at all It's actually a group of people who made a suicide pact. They're killing themselves by eating a lethal amount of salt. Hey, maybe protons only decay when they want to. Oooohhh. Consciousness among the bosons. But protons are fermions. Or do you mean the h...
by Murderbot
Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1579: "Tech Loops"
Replies: 35
Views: 7459

Re: 1579: "Tech Loops"

Did you just coin the phrase "period software"? (Google didn't find any hits that weren't coincidental occurrences of the two words in different sentences or phrases like "trial period software"). If so, you totally win the internets. Given that current computers in fiction use ...
by Murderbot
Tue Sep 08, 2015 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"
Replies: 31
Views: 6936

Re: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"

I would suppose that when Cybermen first appeared on TV screens in 1966, most people were unfamiliar with the suffix and hence associated mostly with that fictional race. Some 30 years after that, cyber- really took off in mainstream speech and suddenly the term Cyberman had a glimmer of its intend...
by Murderbot
Wed Dec 10, 2014 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1458: Small Moon
Replies: 61
Views: 12524

Re: 1458: Small Moon

Behold! It is a Satellite. There. A satellite is an objects that orbits a planet. The Death Star moves from one star system to another at superluminal speeds, making it a starship. Officers aboard it refer to it as a "battle station", if I'm not mistaken, which is close to what Carl Sagan...
by Murderbot
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 16755

Re: 1345: Answers

That's not a touche. It is more of an agreement. The fact that we don't know why we sleep doesn't diminish our hunger to know why we sleep. Millions are spent in sleep research. Hard questions take time to answer. That we still search for those answers is a testament to our hunger. Not a proof of i...
by Murderbot
Fri May 25, 2012 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23389

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Even when middlemen provide value, do not produce wealth. They may facilitate the creation of wealth, but do not create it themselves. Which makes it desirable to remove them when possible but it doesn't make them parasitic. Ahh, "when possible". That part makes it possible to fudge your ...
by Murderbot
Wed May 02, 2012 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 130864

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Flynn777 wrote:Randall, I defy you to name another philosopher that you agree with 90% of the time. If you reply "Aristotle" then you haven't read enough of his material.

"You have terrible taste" is a disappointingly lazy reply.
Just a wild step: Bertrand Russell, Immanuel Kant.
by Murderbot
Wed May 02, 2012 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 130864

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Flynn777 wrote:Randall, I defy you to name another philosopher that you agree with 90% of the time. If you reply "Aristotle" then you haven't read enough of his material.

"You have terrible taste" is a disappointingly lazy reply.
Just a wild step: Bertrand Russell.
by Murderbot
Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 309913

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

This is the one I get in Germany: http://imgs.xkcd.com/a1panels/d10086f32b80c1b992f916c9c0054abcc5af93b8cd08990e49277c9bbc28eee4.png In Firefox and Chrome. With IE8 and Opera 11 there is this mobile picture of a white hole... There was no Soviet blockade of East Germany. There was a Soviet blockade...
by Murderbot
Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 271975

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

No, I'm saying that the pick up artists are conmen. I thought that was pretty clear. I think the analogy to money is a useful one. There is nothing wrong with wanting to pursue money. There is something wrong with pursuing money by scamming other people out of theirs. Or outright stealing it, of co...
by Murderbot
Fri Mar 09, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 271975

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

Image
Image
by Murderbot
Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0982: "Set Theory"
Replies: 55
Views: 14898

Re: 0982: "Set Theory"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/set_theory.png Rollover text: Proof of Zermelo's well-ordering theorem given the Axiom of Choice: 1: Take S to be any set. 2: When I reach step three, if S hasn't managed to find a well-ordering relation for itself, I'll feed it into this wood chipper. 3: Hey, look, S is...
by Murderbot
Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 105503

Re: 0980: "Money"

I find it both hilarious and sad that there are two types of people on this thread: those who praise Randall for his effort to work his tail off and provide us with all this fascinating info, usually without questioning any of the data, and those who slam him for being a servant of the "leftis...
by Murderbot
Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 105503

Re: 0980: "Money"

Hi Guys, I read the money comic and I really enjoyed the perspective. Wrapping your mind around the volume of the world economy is tough and the comic certainly helped. I manage a group of bond analysts in the research division of Citi and I wanted to make a point about the size of the derivatives ...
by Murderbot
Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 93805

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Multiple people in this thread have claimed that drowsing is used in the oil exploration industry.

Is there any evidence though that it works nearly as well as seismic sounding or whatever other black arts those shadowy companies use?

Go to advanced search