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by Wooloomooloo
Fri Nov 03, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 8284

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

I must have a different locale set - my translation reads "I have 99 problems, but you getting offended by something I said is never going to be one of them. Deal with it. Your problem. Not mine."...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 11791

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

Okay, this is ridiculous. Not to claim that cat bites are "harmless" - I don't think the bite of any animal can be guaranteed to be "safe", so yes having it checked & treated is always better than not - but if they were as frighteningly dangerous as insinuated, absolutely req...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Apr 04, 2016 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 168911

Re: 1663: "Garden"

My new zip-line course is now open for business...!

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by Wooloomooloo
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 27710

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

For me, the fundamental problem with Asimov's laws - as awesome as they are - was that they always ultimately and necessarily need a subjective interpretation on the part of whoever attempts to obey them. What "if you have an obstacle at less than 1m in front of you, avoid it" means is une...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"
Replies: 115
Views: 23368

Re: 1606: "Five-Day Forecast"

Typical useless short-term forecasts. What if I need reliable data for the next five big bangs?!?
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Oct 26, 2015 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 27791

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I still dont understand why we havent implemented the 13 month / 28 day calendar yet ?? i dont get it... whyyyy do we keep this shitty Gregorian calendar ? Not that I'm entirely opposed to the idea, but why don't you try starting with something much simpler - like abolishing daylight savings time.....
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Sep 11, 2015 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 50147

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Well, no, sorry but you don't get a free pass on this one Randall, irregardless of what your actual intention was there. Language is supposed to let us communicate so many things so flexibly precisely because meaning in a sentence is meant to be derived from the specific relation and meaning of the ...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jul 03, 2015 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1546: "Tamagotchi Hive"
Replies: 19
Views: 8152

Re: 1546: "Tamagotchi Hive"

RogueCynic wrote:Do people still play with Tamagotchis?

Of course not - now we have Farmville & co. for the same thing...
by Wooloomooloo
Thu Jul 02, 2015 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Replies: 50
Views: 10351

Re: 1545: "Strengths and Weaknesses"

"What would you say is your biggest weakness?" I have ZERO TOLERANCE for idiotic questions. Also, absofuckiglutely none of your goddamn business. Cool? Cool. "Biggest strength?" Not taking a big-ass axe to people asking them (not right away, anyway). "Where do you see yourse...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jun 19, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1540: "Hemingway"
Replies: 71
Views: 14876

Re: 1537: "Hemingway"

Is Randall using some sort of slow-propagation content delivery network? I can see a new comic coming up in the RSS, I can see it posted here, but the server replies 404-Not Found when I try to look at it on xkcd.com... I call shenanigans!
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Jun 15, 2015 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 26621

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

sfmans wrote:This is such a Grumpy Old Man cartoon.

Wow, projecting much...? Mishearing lyrics is a truly universal and timeless issue if there ever was one.
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 26621

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Ah, but mondegreens are such fun! How else could we get such entertaining gems like Nightwish's "hard porn will find a way"...? :lol: Anyway, looking up lyrics is also somewhat pointless, due to the lyrics-equivalent of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle - you can always find any number ...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jun 12, 2015 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1537: "Types"
Replies: 55
Views: 14985

Re: 1537: "Types"

Neat, but definitely not an Adams-complete language unless it can do this:

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by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 60939

Re: 1534: "Beer"

This comic baffled me, until I remembered it comes from the other side of the pond - that explains it though, it's well known their beer is like making love in a canoe...
by Wooloomooloo
Tue Apr 14, 2015 9:02 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"
Replies: 89
Views: 43086

Re: What-If 0136: "Spiders vs. the Sun"

I still think the article missed a few corners - see, the trouble with spiders (and I'm talking in an academic sense - I'm very much an arachnophobe myself so any other way I'd be talking terrified-to-death nonsense right now) is that even the biggest one isn't big enough to scare you proper (even i...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 25877

Re: 1501: Mysteries

Well, this is clearly an intimately personal thing - I for one would put most of those in entirely different quadrants. Beyond what one considers weird, it goes to show how fragile our concept of "thing being explained" is - nothing more than blind faith either accepting or rejecting some ...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Feb 18, 2015 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1488: "Flowcharts"
Replies: 91
Views: 22078

Re: 1488: "Flowcharts"

keithl wrote:Non-electronics folk may not notice the diodes are all connected anode to cathode;

I'm telling you, OCD is serious business. I kept looking at that chart feeling the urge to keep yelling "but that's not how bridges work!!!" at it all day... :D
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1480: "Super Bowl"
Replies: 102
Views: 17192

Re: 1480: "Super Bowl"

Yeah, well, my hobby is not bothering to bore people who pretend to listen to what I like for the sole reason of getting their turn to tell me all about stuff I don't care one damn bit about. If you can't find anyone with matching interests around, you're, well, boned. Welcome to the club, life is g...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1479: "Troubleshooting"
Replies: 53
Views: 16145

Re: 1479: "Troubleshooting"

Ctl-Shift-Esc for Task Manager, search and destroy. I'm still feeling a little bit sad every time I realise that my extensive knowledge of twerking autoexec.bat and config.sys is probably never going to get used ever again ... Well, this is one case where it's totally appropriate to say "I've ...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Oct 06, 2014 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17619

Re: 1430: Proteins

If you want an easier challenge, try to pretend that the existance of our universe and the intelligent life within it was a total fluke. (I've heard a lot of people are pretty good at this.) Yeah, those folks are clearly delusional. Those who say that given a high enough number of universes we were...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1423: "Conversation"
Replies: 33
Views: 7910

Re: 1423: "Conversation"

Conversation is kinda like a car's engine being started - it's either inert and stops dead the moment you let go of the key, or it just springs to life and revs itself up; there's not really a middle ground to it...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 20272

Re: 1420: "Watches"

So what's the gap in the comic about? Apparently there are people who gleefully flung their wristwatches as far as they could manage the instant mobile phones became ubiquitous so they could tell time occasionally without having to rely on a watch (as far as I'm concerned, they just regressed to th...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 20272

Re: 1420: "Watches"

Don't know about you whipper-snappers but I never saw any valid reason to remove my timepiece from my wrist ever since I was old enough to wear one; the exact technology powering it is not important. And before you object, sorry but "whipping out my phone" to check the time is several orde...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1418: "Horse"
Replies: 101
Views: 26899

Re: 1418: "Horse"

cellocgw wrote:Horse of Evil?

...and just like that, "Dark Horse Comics" suddenly makes sense...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Sep 08, 2014 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1418: "Horse"
Replies: 101
Views: 26899

Re: 1418: "Horse"

Somehow I'm not quite convinced a horse-field would offer much protection from anything...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Aug 15, 2014 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1408: "March of the Penguins"
Replies: 25
Views: 9524

Re: 1408: "March of the Penguins"

Tsk, tsk, tsk BHG, what did you do this time...? Bomb a Linux convention?!?
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1403: "Thesis Defense"
Replies: 52
Views: 19694

Re: 1403: "Thesis Defense"

Hmmm, this kinda looks like the Kikuchiyo offense to me...
by Wooloomooloo
Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1402: "Harpoons"
Replies: 41
Views: 22228

Re: 1402: "Harpoons"

"To motivate it to fire its harpoons hard enough, Rosetta's Philae lander has been programmed to believe it is trying to kill the comet."

Horrible, horrible idea! What if it decides to throw a scuba tank at it instead, then try to shoot it with a shotgun?!?
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jul 25, 2014 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1399: "Chaos"
Replies: 41
Views: 13576

Re: 1399: "Chaos"

This actually took some time to sink in before the lightbulb lit up. Anyway - if that thing is so old, how come we still don't have fancy 3D OSes?!? Totally unacceptable!
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 46545

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

eviloatmeal wrote:Being stupid is the first step to learning!

"Being stupid is the first step to learning, but for most people, also the last one!" - There, FTFY.
by Wooloomooloo
Tue Jun 10, 2014 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150097

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_Roadways This is really interesting if perhaps overambitious. Thanks Cocoa! Tell us more about fusion? :) Sorry to cut in uninvited but since it came up (especially in relation to solar roadways, with which it was compared only days ago in a rather heated reddit t...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 41055

Re: 1377: "Fish"

Somehow every other first contact in science fiction starts with the "nice" aliens screaming at us to shut up (turn off all those broadcast emissions) before the big bads come... Well, maybe we should (not that I know of us purposefully sending out beacons anywhere), and keep a towel hand...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri May 16, 2014 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1369: TMI
Replies: 51
Views: 17771

Re: 1369: TMI

Why of course, we are indeed bombarded with too much information. Which is why I use an ad blocker and a PVR that can skip ads.. :twisted:
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Apr 18, 2014 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 179061

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Oh, this one is going to come in handy in so many discussions... On the other hand I find myself giving less and less of a flying f##k when people are wrong on the internet - there comes a time when one can't avoid realizing that arguing IS JUST NOT - and never was - a way to change anyone's opinion...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Apr 04, 2014 8:25 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0090: "Great Tree, Great Axe"
Replies: 55
Views: 12442

Re: What-If 0090: "Great Tree, Great Axe"

But if all the people are this one lumberjack, where do the cops come from? Cops are people too! Well there's your mistake right there - they're clearly all soulless hellspawn and not human at all, as anyone who ever drove a vehicle full well knows; I bet one could even directly prove it with one o...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1349: "Shouldn't Be Hard"
Replies: 22
Views: 10052

Re: 1349: "Shouldn't Be Hard"

Dude's got a point though. It shouldn't be hard - not by now. We have had computers for decades now and I find it quite unacceptable there still isn't a simple, widely accessible way to make them do whatever we want that literally anyone can use. It's just sad...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Mar 14, 2014 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1342: "Ancient Stars"
Replies: 76
Views: 17312

Re: 1342: "Ancient Stars"

The point this comic makes is an interesting one, but I find it exceedingly hard to agree with the sentiment /conclusion. FFS, the Milky Way alone is 100Kly in diameter, and other galaxies MILLIONS of ly away are visible with the naked eye! Sure, the odds of the first thing you see up there being wi...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1323: "Protocol"
Replies: 37
Views: 12322

Re: 1323: "Protocol"

"...try only making friends with people named Alice, Bob, Carol, etc." - but that's a recipe for disaster! I mean, what you gonna do if Eve sends the message to Alice, and Bob overhears it? You'll be running for your life from a lynch mob with pitchforks if you ever try to tell that story....
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 15894

Re: 1318: "Actually"

I do wonder though - if something looks like a sphere but it's in a part of space curved by its own gravity, what would it look like in a perfectly flat space (unmodified by gravity)...? Symmetry would suggest it would still be a sphere, I guess...? And how about a geoid? Or, as Lem might ask, a... ...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1316: "Inexplicable"
Replies: 99
Views: 17889

Re: 1316: "Inexplicable"

I'm just going to postulate that any sufficiently advanced (complex) logic is indistinguishable from randomness. Unfortunately, computers are way beyond that point for us by now... :(

EDIT: modern car engines come in as a close second. Thanks exclusively to... yup... computers.

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