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by Maurits
Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 19160

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

With that pawn formation, I'm surprised to see a Knight on c3 and a Bishop on d2. It would be more usual to push the c-pawn (usually to c4), develop the Knight to d2, and either let the Bishop sit on c1 or potentially fianchetto it to b2.
by Maurits
Tue May 07, 2013 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0044: "High Throw"
Replies: 58
Views: 24572

Re: What-If 0044: "High Throw"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/44/high_throw_16.png If you hover over this image in the What-If, it says "two more giraffes high and you've got a team" What does that refer to? This doesn't appear to be a Sierpinski triangle unless I am completely misreading it. There are currently 87 gir...
by Maurits
Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 38154

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

The autocorrect referred to in "Summer of '42" is that some editors try to autoconvert the ' in '42 into an opening single quote. Word seems to special-case numbers, which can be a problem if you're actually trying to single-quote something that starts with a number. Either way, you can us...
by Maurits
Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 40376

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

by Maurits
Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1076: "Groundhog Day"
Replies: 107
Views: 27042

Re: 1072: Groundhog Day

I know it's implied that he remembers from day to day, but the human memory can not hold that much data, so at some point he himself would have to be rebooted Does not follow. He could pick certain (important) things to remember from a very sparse subset of the whole time span. Intermediate results...
by Maurits
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 70996

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

The approximation for G is listed as "accurate to one part in 25000." But the actual value of G is only known to one part in 8000. CODATA Value: Newtonian constant of gravitation "Relative standard uncertainty = 1.2 x 10^-4" Closer to ... ±1:8300 Compared to ... within One part ...
by Maurits
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 70996

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

The approximation for G is listed as "accurate to one part in 25000." But the actual value of G is only known to one part in 8000.
by Maurits
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0956: "Sharing"
Replies: 82
Views: 26754

Re: 0956: "Sharing"

I consider The Giving Tree a horror story. This. It's not just depressing, it is sick sick sick, teaching a lesson no one should learn. Not sure what lesson you're learning here. Moral of the original is the old saying "it is better to give than to receive." Something no one has mentioned...
by Maurits
Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0956: "Sharing"
Replies: 82
Views: 26754

Re: 0956: "Sharing"

I consider The Giving Tree a horror story.
by Maurits
Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85303

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Continuing the "wrong color" meme, "grey" is more usually spelled "gray" in the US.
by Maurits
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 31210

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

People in suits sit down and discuss how bad FPSes are for the development of youths because they teach them how to kill, objectify living people etcpp.; then a major international catastrophy occurs and everybody forgets about computer games until the next killing spree. And yet, nothing about how...
by Maurits
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24691

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

The "where's my flying car" reference was used in one of the 2000-era IBM commercials. Paraphrasing from memory: It's the year 2000. Where's my flying car? I was promised flying cars. In the year 2000 we have the internet. We have cell phones. We have IBM custom business solutions. We don'...
by Maurits
Mon Jan 24, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 51681

Re: 0851: "Na"

As I count things the "Batman" branch is <del>one</del><ins>five</ins> "Na"<ins>s</ins> too early. IIRC the song goes like this: (instrumental) Batman (instrumental) Batman ... Na na na na Na na na na Na na na na Na: Batman! (EDIT: after visiting Youtube, added four more "Na...
by Maurits
Sat Jan 01, 2011 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52786

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

> why does he need a female-RCA to female-3.5mm connection We're given that the monitor has no speakers. We can probably infer that the speakers being purchased terminate in a male 3.5mm plug. So the question becomes "what kind of XBOX connector terminates in male RCA jacks?" This one: htt...
by Maurits
Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0839: "Explorers"
Replies: 90
Views: 28295

Re: 0839: "Explorers"

Re: "But a3 is a black square" There are three prevailing rules. Rule A: a1 should be a black square. Rule B: the bottom right corner of the square should be white (necessary to orient the board correctly in OTB chess.) Rule C: an n x n board should be coordinatized as { a, b, c, ... n } x...
by Maurits
Mon Dec 27, 2010 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0839: "Explorers"
Replies: 90
Views: 28295

Re: 0839: Explorers

lewikee wrote:
SexyTalon wrote:
lewikee wrote:In English....
American, Canadian, UK, Irish, Kiwi, or Oz?


I stand by my statement even in regards to those dialects.


To outline the problem we're dealing with more concretely:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Algebraic_chess_notation#Naming_the_pieces_in_various_languages
by Maurits
Mon Dec 27, 2010 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0839: "Explorers"
Replies: 90
Views: 28295

Re: 0839: Explorers

I also like the fact that Knight's callsign is "N" rather than "K" - obviously, "K" would be the King, and you would therefore assign him the next letter. Randall thinks of (nearly) everything. Are you being sarcastic? It's hard to tell on the Internet. The reason I as...

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