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by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15407

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Rolle's Theorum, not to be confused closely related Richard Rolle's Theorem
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 46
Views: 17272

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I made an SVG version of this that could be printed as a sign (attached as PNG, and the SVG code is inside the spoiler if someone feels like copying it into a text file, saving it as an SVG and opening it in inkscape or wherever). <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone=&...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 13209

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

Plus, airplane and elevator engineers don't have to deal with people deliberately trying to tamper and break them from thousands of miles away. I can't remember who said it, but I have heard of airplanes being described as flying Solaris boxes... and with onboard internet connectivity... it's only ...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 13209

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

mishka wrote:https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/10/22/doctors-disabled-wireless-in-dick-cheneys-pacemaker-to-thwart-hacking/

I suppose it could be worse.


What? A politician making an informed and rational technology decision?
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 5366

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

StClair wrote:Kill it. While you can.
If you can.


Reminds me of a nightmare I once had where my cell phone, of its own volition, was texting into a Radio talk show contributing to a rather complex political debate. Then I took the battery out and it still wouldn't stop...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 25015

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Privacy issues aside, it always annoys me how many of these voice recognition systems seem to *REQUIRE* the internet in order to work, even if you are otherwise not using web based services with them. The way I see it, I was running free voice recognition software on my 1Ghz 385MB Windows ME Wunderm...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon Feb 06, 2017 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1795: "All You Can Eat"
Replies: 15
Views: 4366

Re: 1795: "All You Can Eat"

What?? No Sportsball comic today?? Here you go. I wonder how often Randal posts these comics secretly hoping that someone will do what is depicted. I imagine it going something like "Wouldn't it be funny if... hmm... but that would technically be illegal... but I still want to see it happen......
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon May 30, 2016 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8188

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

The media only uses the first two lines of that... the alt text is complaining that it doesn't include the other six lines. I been racking my brain for a way for Einstein to be right about this, but... I'm pretty sure he wasn't. World War 3 won't eliminate the technology used to fight it, unless th...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri May 06, 2016 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 19592

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

Yeah; the main problem with trying to distinguish "British English" from "American English" is that both of them are piles of dialects with long lists of incompatibilities. Trying to deal with those linguistic compatibility (and occasional circular dependency) issues used to be ...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Sep 09, 2015 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16579

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Another riff on the footprints poem (one with, I think, some theological import. Also includes the original poem at the top): http://adam4d.com/footprints-sand/
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 18209

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

grkvlt wrote:
nowhereman wrote:
Pi is exactly three wrote:Is "Kevin Kostner" a typo, or a joke I'm not getting?


Joke you're not getting. Kevin Kostner [...]


Or rather, typo, and maybe joke I'm not getting, since the actor's name is Kevin Costner.


Perhaps this was the version of Kevin Costner that comes bundled with KDE.
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Jul 24, 2015 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 18209

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

RDMgryphon wrote:What, no "Bob (Earth II)" ?


I was thinking the exact same thing!
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40058

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

alt text sums up the explanation for why there are no reality shows about engineers. Mythbusters is the closest I can think of. Speaking of "Mythbusters" and "The Martian"... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXmhMygDGwA Quite funny, in a somewhat postmodernist sort of way ;) It w...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Jun 10, 2015 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40058

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

I don't know what your native language is, Plutarch - knowing that you live in the same great city as me doesn't help at all! - but you've reminded me of the phrase "shitting bricks", meaning "feeling extremely afraid". This was common in my youth in Northwest England, and was o...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Jan 21, 2015 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1476: Ceres
Replies: 54
Views: 17730

Re: 1476: Ceres

I thought no one else outside of NASA cared about Ceres. Thanks for proving me wrong, Randall! I'm not sure Randall, as a former NASA employee, really qualifies as "outside of NASA". Well, I for one as a civilian am looking forward to seeing more of Ceres. Seeing close up images of strang...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon Jan 05, 2015 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1469: "UV"
Replies: 60
Views: 13126

Re: 1469: "UV"

I have one as well, but it's primarily for hunting scorpions. Makes it really easy since they fluoresce rather brightly. I guess their intelligence evaporated along with their morality, given that they've forgotten that you need to buy insurance *before* your house is destroyed :P I can understand ...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1465: "xkcd Phone 2"
Replies: 32
Views: 8704

Re: 1465: "xkcd Phone 2"

I think paying my phone bill via coin slot might take a while. I'd actually welcome it. Especially if I figured out a way to get the coins out of the phone afterwards. So this is meant to be an actual physical slot for coins? To those of us who remember Windows 3, "coin slot" was the comm...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon Dec 22, 2014 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1461: "Payloads"
Replies: 64
Views: 17921

Re: 1461: "Payloads"

Klear wrote:
Sir Lunch-a-lot wrote:"Lift more payload into orbit in just three weeks with this one weird trick!"


Image


That's awesome!
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon Dec 22, 2014 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1461: "Payloads"
Replies: 64
Views: 17921

Re: 1461: "Payloads"

The Sea Dragon rocket didn't get very far in development, but it was about 5 saturn V's, about 1212 horses to low earth orbit. And they would have been sea horses to get to the launch site. I can't seem to put in a wikipedia link without this failing as a spam post, but it's there if you search for...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1461: "Payloads"
Replies: 64
Views: 17921

Re: 1461: "Payloads"

They all have labels. Here, take this crudely imgur editor'd image: ... Copper Bezel is right, the one at the bottom between the H-11A and the Delta IV-H (2000s) has no label at all. Also, the caption of Keyhole 3 (40 horses) only says "spy satellite" without giving th...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Dec 10, 2014 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1458: Small Moon
Replies: 61
Views: 12535

Re: 1458: Small Moon

The original text said "220,000 pounds", which is a unit of force, not mass. The arm can exert 220,000 pounds of force, which is enough to lift the space shuttle orbiter, on Earth. In space that just means it's capable of moving the orbiter at 9.8 m/s^2. I am pretty sure that the Canada A...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Thu Aug 21, 2014 5:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"
Replies: 74
Views: 20866

Re: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"

nowhereman wrote:http://what-if.xkcd.com/109/

Image

This is probably the funniest way I can imagine ending this debate.


:shock: But what planet DID she hit??!!
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1408: "March of the Penguins"
Replies: 25
Views: 9524

Re: 1408: "March of the Penguins"

OK, so how did they die? Someone please tell me. Well you see, black hat guy □□□□□ □□□ □□□□□ □□□□□□□ □□ □ □□□□ □□□□□ □□□ □□□□□ □□□□ □□□ □□□, and THAT is why the penguins are all dead. Tragic, really. I hope that was of some help. :D As I was just reading about Markov chains the other day (in regard...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1408: "March of the Penguins"
Replies: 25
Views: 9524

Re: 1408: "March of the Penguins"

rhomboidal wrote:Man. First, the asteroid, and now Black Hat Guy. Dinosaurs can't catch a break.


Maybe if we are quick, we can splice penguin DNA with frog DNA and open our very own Jurassic Park.
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1408: "March of the Penguins"
Replies: 25
Views: 9524

Re: 1408: "March of the Penguins"

alvinhochun wrote:OK, so how did they die? Someone please tell me.


Well you see, black hat guy □□□□□ □□□ □□□□□ □□□□□□□ □□ □ □□□□ □□□□□ □□□ □□□□□ □□□□ □□□ □□□, and THAT is why the penguins are all dead. Tragic, really. I hope that was of some help. :D
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Aug 08, 2014 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1405: "Meteor"
Replies: 41
Views: 11286

Re: 1405: "Meteor"

While it's still just floating around in outer space, it's a meteoroid. Huh. After watching an episode of Nova on asteroids recently, I had been under the impression that pretty much all of the rocks floating around in space were classified as ASTEROIDS. (Though, I might have misunderstood, or they...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Fri Jul 25, 2014 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1399: "Chaos"
Replies: 41
Views: 13576

Re: 1399: "Chaos"

owneroperator wrote:what weird laugh?

This weird laugh.
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1385: "Throwing Rocks"
Replies: 37
Views: 8045

1385: "Throwing Rocks"

Image

Alt Text: ::PLOOOOSH:: Looks like you won't be making it to Vinland today, Leaf Erikson.

I used to ride by a Leaf Erikson park on my way to work. For some reason, I kept thinking he was a hockey player or something.
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:15 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"
Replies: 43
Views: 37600

Re: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"

If we included all the footage shot during WWII (footage actually pertaining to the war, mind you: e.g. Battlefield Footage, Propoganda, etc), I wonder how that would change the ratio.
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Tue May 13, 2014 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 35315

Re: 1337: "Hack"

So it looks like this actually might be happening. The LOIRP team has started a crowdfunding campaign to help their efforts to contact ISEE-3 by next month. This is the same group that's extracting hi-res image data from the 1960's lunar orbiters working out of an abandoned McDonalds at NASA Ames (...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Tue May 13, 2014 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ISEE-3 Reboot
Replies: 2
Views: 1237

Re: ISEE-3 Reboot

:oops: Totally forgot about that one... (only searched in the "Science" Forum).
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Tue May 13, 2014 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: ISEE-3 Reboot
Replies: 2
Views: 1237

ISEE-3 Reboot

Not sure if you guys have heard about this, but there is a group (the same guys that have been recovering old lunar orbiter photos) that is working on trying to gain control of the ISEE-3 Spacecraft that is due to fly by Earth later this year and get it back into Earth orbit. Basically, NASA had thr...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 18985

Re: 1100:" Vows"

Pfft. The Brits never did understand real football. Well, I for one never understood why it was called football since you are primarily contacting the ball with your hands. What we call soccer, THAT makes more sense to be called football. As for American Football... I think American Handball would ...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1100: "Vows"
Replies: 53
Views: 18985

Re: 1100:" Vows"

dataxpress wrote:I believe Randall is making a reference to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UIdI8khMkw which got pretty popular a year or so ago, except that the "wedding spoof play" is even more extreme than the fake-out walk.

That's HILARIOUS!

orionll wrote:Bow ties are cool. :P

Fezzes are cool.
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 43981

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Apparently running barefoot is considered better by many, the argument being that the impact and transfer of force generated by striking the ground with the heel does not take advantage of the shape/configuration of the human body like more natural barefoot running does (since barefoot running does ...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 43981

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Alt Text: "I *do* hear that they're the most comfortable thing to wear on your feet since sliced bread."


Well, sliced bread WAS pretty darn comfortable on my feet... so I guess I'll have to give these a try.
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed Jun 06, 2012 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Transit of Venus.
Replies: 15
Views: 3249

Re: Transit of Venus.

Well, I tried to watch the transit today using a (approx.) 4 foot long pinhole camera I made at work (couldn't find/afford Shade #14 welding goggles, nor was I clever enough to order solar eclipse glasses on the internet ahead of time). I was able to see an image of the sun, but I couldn't see the b...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed May 23, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21058

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

Randall is illustrating an interesting concept. What becomes of us when we are no more than blue prints to be copied, transferred, and built when needed? What becomes of us when our blue prints are no longer needed? I copyrighted your ass, now you'll have to pay me every time you fart! Oh gods, the...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Wed May 23, 2012 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21058

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

So... has XKCD moved servers recently? For fun, I had bookmarked it using the IP address obtained from pinging the site (72.26.203.99). I still can access the site through that IP, but it is no longer up to date... as if Randal had moved servers (which, I seem to remember reading some talk about doi...
by Sir Lunch-a-lot
Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 79598

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

At least in my vsn of Chrome, can't get hi-res version of image. Just the small png; can't read the text. Links please? Here it is: http://xkcd.com/1040/large/ Sooo... what exactly is the difference between water rushing in and air rushing out? The air doesn't rush out. It gets compressed and pushe...

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