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by grkvlt
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 8370

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

And then you multiply by 8/5 to get the distance in km, if you're among the 95% of the population who uses SI units. or rather, take the seconds times 3, which is closer to reality. Interestingly, if you time the *duration of the thunder sound* as well, and multiply by 3, you get the *length of the...
by grkvlt
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 9132

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

So I decided to try bzip2 on it again. It works quite well. Surely this shouldn't happen? It would mean bzip2 isn't a very good compression algorithm, since the entropy of its output should be maximised and therefore uncompressible? EDIT: Oh, there are repeated blocks in the output, so recursive co...
by grkvlt
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 37
Views: 12247

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

You can also just mash the keyboard at random, but you might end up with a gibberish name no one can pronounce. I'm not sure what this means. A reference to the name of the comic (xkcd)? More like how I chose my username, i.e. grkvlt . It looks like keyboard mashings, but is actually an unpronounce...
by grkvlt
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 40509

Re: 1759: "British Map"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mountains_of_the_British_Isles_by_relative_height There are 120 in total: 82 in Scotland, 24 in Ireland, eight in Wales, four in England and one each in Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man. Of these, the top 110 are above 2000 feet (610 m). For a longer list, ...
by grkvlt
Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 11963

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

This is absolutely ridiculous. Everyone knows the probability of code running successfully depends on the phase of Venus , not the Moon. yee gads, I feel old, I understand the 'phase of the moon' bug reference. The phrase 'depends on the phase of the moon' is in fairly common usage among engineers ...
by grkvlt
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 16431

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

For real coffee, though, I have my awesome Gaggia Classic espresso machine. Makes a perfect espresso, every time. Just curious how different is the results from say a 20+ year old De'Longhi that may or may not be stolen from ones father asking for a friend. Oh and would any such differences be noti...
by grkvlt
Sat Oct 08, 2016 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1742: "Will It Work"
Replies: 50
Views: 11963

Re: 1742: "Will It Work"

Because it's not working for you . It's working for the plutocrats who gave you a closed platform that you don't control. You bought it. Now it's working. You're working. You're working for them . No, it works because of that first step there - you *bought* the app. And, some of that money went tow...
by grkvlt
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1743: "Coffee"
Replies: 77
Views: 16431

Re: 1743: "Coffee"

Meh. I actually quite like the taste of instant, Nescafe original is a reasonable slug-down-a-mug-full-before-cycling-to-the-office drink. Then there's Kenco millicano and other similar brands, which is an instant coffee mixed with finely ground coffee beans, which makes a very appealing cup, that t...
by grkvlt
Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1702: "Home Itch Remedies"
Replies: 33
Views: 6920

Re: Home Itch Remedies

Some ducks, apparently, at least in their aquatic stages. What do ducks become after their aquatic stage? I'm imagining they build a sort of cocoon out of twigs in the winter, then in the spring they emerge as a land-based animal that looks like a sort-of cross between a duck-billed platypus and a ...
by grkvlt
Sun Jun 05, 2016 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"
Replies: 67
Views: 17046

Re: 1689: "My Friend Catherine"

My problem with this bit of sed is that it sounds really awkward when used to talk about male friends named Catherine. My friend Catherine is actually called Biggles, and although the vet took care of his external maleness issues, he's still a tomcat. However, I can't think of a male gendered name s...
by grkvlt
Fri Apr 15, 2016 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1668: "Singularity"
Replies: 26
Views: 7971

1668: "Singularity"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/singularity.png URL: http://xkcd.com/1668/ Title Text: I figured that now that society has collapsed, I wouldn't need to wear clothes anymore, but apparently that violates some weird rule of quantum gravity. So Roko's Basilisk is really just a huge prude that can't stand...
by grkvlt
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 9207

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. Couldn't you say that about any sweet-tasting fruit as well, really? They taste good, therefore they encourage you to eat them, and (if animal) excrete the seeds elsewhere or (if h...
by grkvlt
Wed Apr 06, 2016 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 9207

Re: 1664: Mycology

I expect this comic was inspired by the various Zombie-Ant Fungus species, with their disturbingly fascinating propagation mechanism. One of them is Ophiocordyceps unilateralis which causes infected ants to find a nice leaf and bite onto its underside until they die; the fungus then sprouts out of t...
by grkvlt
Wed Apr 06, 2016 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1664: "Mycology"
Replies: 47
Views: 9207

1664: "Mycology"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/mycology.png Title Text: "Conspiracy theory: There's no such thing as corn. Those fields you see are just the stalks of a fungus that's controlling our brains to make us want to spread it.." It turns out the earth's entire ecosystem is controlled by a space-fun...
by grkvlt
Mon Apr 04, 2016 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 172360

Re: 1663: "Garden"

First time poster, finally signed on. Hello. Hope I finally figured out the posting images thing okay. Wait, I always thought you're not supposed to be able to post images until your post count is over three (?) or similar, certainly not on your first post. Is this a change to the rules, or a bug i...
by grkvlt
Sun Jan 03, 2016 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 22889

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Right now, self-driving cars have a lot of obstacles to overcome, one huge one being that the only extensive testing done on them is in always-70-degrees Silicon Valley. Google isn't the only player in town for autonomous vehicles, though. In Europe, both BMW and Mercedes Benz have self-driving pro...
by grkvlt
Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 8779

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

I thought the cold & flu tablets I took a couple of weeks ago had a disappointing decongestant action. Now I know why: phenylephrine is not proven to be better than placebo. Nothing inherently wrong with using a placebo as a cold medicine. It's only a problem when there are side effects involve...
by grkvlt
Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 28585

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

Fun fact: Almost all cars are self-diving. (sorry for the late delivery, got busy) It's what "automobile" means. The "mobi-" part comes from Moby Dick? Maybe aquamobiles? And actually, most submersibles are self-diving, it being the un-diving part, coming to the surface, that's ...
by grkvlt
Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1616: "Lunch"
Replies: 71
Views: 17882

Re: 1616: "Lunch"

...how are the raw ingredients meant to be gross? [...] Good fresh bread, some fresh tomato sauce and a block of reasonably nice cheese, [...], sounds quite pleasant. Note the bolded words. For it to sound pleasant you have to make those extra stipulations. Ordinary bread, tomato sauce and cheese? ...
by grkvlt
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 41314

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

Literalism interruption: New Horizons is not and was not hopefully flying past Pluto. Unless New Horizons has achieved sentience, New Horizons never does anything in a hopeful way. It absolutely was hopefully flying past Pluto. What it hopefully was not doing was flying hopefully past Pluto... ;)
by grkvlt
Wed Jul 29, 2015 8:35 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0137: "New Horizons"
Replies: 62
Views: 41314

Re: What-If 0137: New Horizons

[...] also a myth Bearing that in mind; and also, moving further off topic, for which I apologise... That's an easy mistake to make [...] The English equivalent is the difference between "I am Danish" and "I am a Danish (pastry)." Would a better equivalent not be something like ...
by grkvlt
Fri Jul 24, 2015 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 18320

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

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 . EDIT: Ninja'd - posting anyway, because it's only my third time or something, and it's still excit...
by grkvlt
Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1541: "Voice"
Replies: 54
Views: 13627

Re: 1541: "Voice"

I think I've heard of that theory as well... [...] I don't remember who the author behind that idea was, do you? Sounds like Julian Jaynes: The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind . Also, the inspiration for Neal Stephenson's first book, The Big U. No, it was Snow Crash t...
by grkvlt
Fri Jun 05, 2015 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 62593

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I suspect you can divide people into two groups, in two different ways. One is Liking versus Disliking the taste of beer, the other is Geek, Scientist or Hacker types versus Normal people. The Liking beer segment is much bigger that Disliking, same for Normal versus Geek etc. So, in the Disliking be...

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