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by marsilies
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 6663

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

Yeah, it's tech that he's talking about and the car is just a good metaphor. I can identify with that ... been skipping every other Windows OS since Workgroups 3.11. As long as they work for my apps I feel no need to upgrade. But eventually the apps get so much outa sync with the OS that I am force...
by marsilies
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 6663

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

To be fair, in terms of repair/replace a defective electronic item still under warranty, when the manufacturer gives you a replacement, they're typically taking your defective unit and refurbishing it to become someone else's replacement, or to sell off at a discount. They're not typically just toss...
by marsilies
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 12569

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

To be fair, airplanes and elevators had a lot of safety issues at first, which they've been able to iron out in the intervening decades, and "computerized voting" is an entirely new field. We tend to thing of "software" as this conglomerate, when in reality each piece of software...
by marsilies
Fri Dec 18, 2015 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 8661

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

Yeah, but the problem is that it stops working once you know it's just a placebo. Actually, it may keep working even after you know it's a placebo: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn19904-placebos-can-work-even-when-you-know-theyre-fakes/ http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/placebos-...
by marsilies
Fri Jan 23, 2015 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 24912

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

The most calorie dense food is lard at ~256 calories per ounce with butter coming in at a paltry 203 calories per ounce. Most liquid oils (olive, canola, etc... ) also have higher calorie densities than butter. Not that I would want to eat pure lard, or even butter for that matter. Thank you. I fig...
by marsilies
Wed Dec 03, 2014 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 37018

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

The trolley problem became reality some years ago in Oslo (lookup Sjursøya train accident on Wikipedia) Traffic control directed the runaway cars to a cargo terminal at the fjord, avoiding them to hit directly into the crowded central station. Three people died in the tragical accident Actually, th...
by marsilies
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1411: "Loop"
Replies: 45
Views: 14462

Re: 1411: "Loop"

The only problem I can think of with this comic is the implication that you need multiple devices to continue this loop. I can get bored and cycle through windows on my desktop just fine without a smartphone or any smaller devices, thank you very much. Yeah, the way it's currently written, it seems...
by marsilies
Fri Aug 15, 2014 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 24783

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

Interesting case of nomenclature here. Kristi Trautenhahn (who died when swept by the flood into an elevator) and the entire Texas Medical Center would say that Ike was not the worst storm to hit Houston... Which is probably why the map of the worst Hurricanes. If you try to factor in all storms, t...
by marsilies
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 24783

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

So did someone (or several someones) actually do a survey to learn what storms are "memorable" across this area? My wife is highly skeptical. She thinks that the "anyone in your town remembers" is just a journalistic attention-getter, and the map actually only shows the worst (p...
by marsilies
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"
Replies: 92
Views: 24783

Re: 1407: "Worst Hurricane"

Shouldn't this just be a map of the entire contiguous United States with the word "Katrina" stretching across it in huge letters? It's basically a map of what was the worst hurricane that hit that particular area that people alive could remember. Katrina may have been the worst overall, b...
by marsilies
Mon Sep 23, 2013 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 32339

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

Title-text: "[...] and the thing where some of you occasionally change your clocks for some reason." No takers? There are very good and well-documented reasons some of us change our clocks occasionally. To avoid boring anybody I will spoilerise the following summary. 1. Clocks eventually ...
by marsilies
Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 19406

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

It gets worse: I think most of the ancient literature that is still with us today in some nearly complete form is either Greek, Chinese or Indian (there may be some more cultures with surviving literature). I don't think any ancient American or African literature remains: I think even Mayan, Aztec,...
by marsilies
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0059: "Updating a Printed Wikipedia"
Replies: 34
Views: 27820

Re: What-If 0059: "Updating a Printed Wikipedia"

According to the link what you can see represents 4.3 billion characters of punchcard data, so less than one DVD's worth :shock: That character is most likely an EBCDIC character, for a a total of a little over 32GiB. Fits nicely on a modern thumb drive. :P Actually, EDCDIC wasn't invented until 19...
by marsilies
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"
Replies: 106
Views: 65078

Re: What-If 0058: "Orbital Speed"

Here's a question: If it takes such a high speed (and so much energy to reach that speed) to stay in low-earth orbit, why don't we simply go into a higher orbit?
by marsilies
Wed Jun 05, 2013 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 44627

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

The Doctor has been called "Doctor Who" on screen once. In The War Machines, the computer WOTAN says "Doctor Who is required. Bring him here." He was also called "Dr. Who" in the early comics. There's another mention; towards the end of the Second Doctor serial Fury fr...
by marsilies
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 28574

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

The claim cannot today be made for the US, as there's no permanent US settlement between Guam and the US Virgin Islands. I assumed you mean travelling east to west (i.e. the area west of Guam and east of US Virgin Islands), because going west to east, all of US territory is between Guam and the US ...
by marsilies
Thu May 10, 2012 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 40286

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

One of the things this comic doesn't cover is that there's new information that's discovered/created every day that potentially becomes part of this "common knowledge" For example, the Mentos + Coke reaction wasn't widely known until the Youtube video went viral in 2006, meaning there were...

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