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by nlitchfield
Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1592: "Overthinking"
Replies: 26
Views: 6341

Re:

As to the lateness in the literature in drawing a connection between smoking and lung cancer, I present a source from more than four hundred years ago. While his understanding of physiology was still stuck in the framework of the four humours, King James I was very emphatic* in pointing out that sm...
by nlitchfield
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 20518

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

This TED talk has something interesting and related to say about texting, writing and language.

I entirely agree about cursive, mine was so bad 35 years ago they wondered if I was in fact left handed and mistaught, I wasn't.
by nlitchfield
Thu Apr 10, 2014 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31972

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

I like how the people that found it created not only a catchy name, but a matching logo. Not many people take the time to do that anymore... actually has anyone taken the time to do that before? I like how they created a catchy name and a logo, but apparently couldn't be bothered to notify major OS...
by nlitchfield
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 28068

Re: 1333: First Date

BlitzGirl wrote:
sonicspin wrote:it has spawned a culture in days
where in the internet normally it takes months, even years

Depends where in the internet you are.

Indeed.

All your base are belong to us.
by nlitchfield
Fri Feb 21, 2014 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 28068

Re: 1333: First Date

The rest of us are smart enough to go off and goog an unfamiliar reference. Heck, for some of us, that's one of the great things about xkcd: we get introduced to all sorts of stuff (useful or not :) ) that we'd never heard of before. I did search for TPP using Google. Not in the first hundred hits....
by nlitchfield
Tue Feb 18, 2014 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0083: "Star Sand"
Replies: 44
Views: 12823

Re: What-If 0083: "Star Sand"

It's much worse than that. I actually crunched the numbers a while back. If you were to take all the matter in the entire observable universe, every star, every planet, every nebula, comet, moon, and asteroid, every last speck of space dust, and pile it all together with the same density as water, ...
by nlitchfield
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1293: Job Interview
Replies: 25
Views: 10678

Re: 1293: Job Interview

That's a bit old school. I get my soup via WiFi. It's best to use TCP so that the flow of soup can be controlled. Dropped packets of soup can be messy. That's a bad idea, you don't want to just wander into the canteen and help yourself to the public WiFi soup and then find you've been grabbing it f...
by nlitchfield
Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107330
Views: 51403202

Re: Trapped in the past all of the sudden...

BTW, I've discovered that someone has been adding some dumb redirects to the wiki. This is very annoying and inconvenient. :evil: I'm afraid I don't have time to fix it now and will have to later unless someone can now, but following half the links now redirects to the newly improved home page. I l...
by nlitchfield
Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1184: "Circumference Formula"
Replies: 102
Views: 37739

Re: 1184: "Circumference Formula"

Desperately needs a citation - Google only turns up this discussion for that one. Mind you I'd be more interested in the Astronomer who *didn't* believe there were as many as 31023 stars in the Universe. Lately I've been seeing a lot of news articles on the web saying inane things like "Astrono...
by nlitchfield
Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 29030

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

What interests me is not so much that we don't know how the brain/mind works, but that we know it to be unreliable (for higher reasoning), but still make use of it. At the same time we caveat sales of much more reliable hardware and software with "not to be used in safety critical applications&...
by nlitchfield
Wed Jan 09, 2013 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"
Replies: 50
Views: 13307

Re: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"

creaothceann wrote:
Randall wrote:It IS about physics. It ALL is.
Randall wrote:http://xkcd.com/435/

Mmmh...


I've always been annoyed by that one partly because it's missing the mathematics is just applied philosophy part, but mostly because it's a surprising demonstration of ignorance and reductionism for this comic.
by nlitchfield
Fri Oct 05, 2012 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 16345

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

ijuin wrote:Thus, you should never keep your only copy of a file in the cloud


For stuff you care about the words "in the cloud" in that sentence are redundant. Who runs the infrastructure is irrelevant to the problem of only having one copy.
by nlitchfield
Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1113: "Killed In Action"
Replies: 78
Views: 19680

Re: 1113: "Killed In Action"

We should call it Zeno's safe room
by nlitchfield
Mon Jun 11, 2012 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1067: "Pressures"
Replies: 75
Views: 166379

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I don't know if I get it. I mean, I have some ideas, but none has struck me as the right one. It's your hair. You need to grow it out longer. And stick your tongue out. and have an affair with your cousin and in general behave abhorrently towards women. eg http://www.fembio.org/english/biography.ph...
by nlitchfield
Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34020

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Better off finding a nice fund that averages around 8% Umm... I must presume that you stopped looking at actual market returns 5+ years ago, and/or you are seeking to restart Bernie Madoff's fund. While I'm at it, you might want to look at companies like Berkshire Hathaway who knew what they were d...
by nlitchfield
Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 25723

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

This sort of thing happens all the time because designers and developers, firstly underestimate how hard it is to predict human behaviour in an interface. Intelligence is a hard thing to code, automatic redirects and autocomplete aren't nearly enough, and secondly because it development tends to ass...

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