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by YellowYeti
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 4630

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

orthogon wrote:
Archgeek wrote:SI prefix festival
There's an SI prefix festival? Where is it? How do I get tickets? Who's headlining this year?


That'll be The Killers.

With Megadeth as the support.
by YellowYeti
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 5695

Re: 2077: "Heist"

As a non-native speaker, I'm one of today's lucky 10000 (hmmm... being non-American, probably way more) who heard (or rather, read) the word "heist" for the first time. As a German, I wonder how you pronounce it, as we have a ton of words that would rhyme with it. heist rhymes with zeitge...
by YellowYeti
Wed Oct 24, 2018 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1969
Views: 458022

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Maybe he meant to say "rating of speed," because your speed is rated on a scale from 1 to 10 along with accuracy and level of difficulty. "rate of speed" refers to the motion of motor vehicles in every instance I've heard it used, including this one. rate of speed sounds wrong, ...
by YellowYeti
Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 9546

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

But why bother with such complicated concepts as AM or PM? The 6/6 standard is not simple enough. i offer you a much better 6/6 standard. in my standard there is no AM/PM, just the value. And the sun still rises at 6 and sets at 6. ... Because it's always 6. 6 all the time. Think of it: just the 6,...
by YellowYeti
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 8685

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Soupspoon wrote:It's teapots that only exist where no teapot can exist.


Teapots all the way down?
by YellowYeti
Fri May 04, 2018 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 19431

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

While we cannot apologize enough for inflicting Budweiser and its ilk on the rest of the world... "Beer" is having a renaissance in the US. The Brewer's Association said there were 6372 breweries in the USA in 2017. Up 16% from 2016. And way up from a post-Prohibition minimum of only 89 b...
by YellowYeti
Thu May 03, 2018 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 19431

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

A far better question is what the deuce Budweiser thinks they're playing at trying to sell that crap in the UK. The only reason Americans even drink it is that it tastes like the fake beer their great-grandparents got used to the taste of during Prohibition, which of course never happened in any ot...
by YellowYeti
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 12177

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I remember reading an article on just this in the mathematical gazette some years back: http://www.people.hbs.edu/dbell/walk%20or%20run%20in%20the%20rain.pdf TL;DR " keep pace with the wind if it is from behind; otherwise, run for it." Yay for maths! I remember, when very young, trying to ...
by YellowYeti
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 22988

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Only about a half of us (who voted, about a third of us who could vote and maybe around a quarter of everyone who would have to live with the result) voted for Brexit, so 'just' half of everyone these lot asked wanting to work with pounds and ounces isn't too far off matching the entire Leave camp ...
by YellowYeti
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 19431

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Given that the children discovered Narnia during the war, and sweet rationing was in place https://www.cocoaandheart.co.uk/blog/read_167823/list-of-wartime-sweets.html betraying your family for Turkish Delight is maybe understandable. If chocolate had been involved, the witch might have won the day!
by YellowYeti
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 9456

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Proof that if all children were called Logan, chickenpox would be eliminated from the globe.

I wonder if we can do the same for Malaria, and what the optimum name would be? More funding for research!
by YellowYeti
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 3188

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

Reka wrote:Do people really do stuff in bed after waking up but before getting up? Other than slamming the snooze button on the alarm, that is?


Yes, yes.. doing stuff in that time and space is definitely a thing :wink:
by YellowYeti
Fri Sep 01, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"
Replies: 38
Views: 8182

Re: 1884: "Ringer Volume/Media Volume"

I don't know if it's App-specific, but iPlayer Radio seems to do that (or else incorprates the "volume change reverter" function) on this device. I'll sometimes line-out it to record to another device It sounds like you may need to be introduced to get_iplayer? https://squarepenguin.co.uk
by YellowYeti
Thu Aug 31, 2017 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 9492

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

Sure, but you can have "local time is roughly 1PM when Sun is highest in the sky" without changing time zones partly through the year. Wikipedia tells me the whole concept of time zones was brought in to sychronise people with machines https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Railway_time Maybe now ...
by YellowYeti
Thu May 04, 2017 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 6086

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

... it seems was a bad assumption. I thought the "More megapixels! Look, it's a bigger number! It must be better!" variety of specmanship had come to a halt. As I understand it the physics places a limit on how many megapixels you need: "Need" gets mixed up with "want"...
by YellowYeti
Wed Mar 15, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 25218

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

In terms of light, white is the sum of all the other colours.

In terms of food, brown is the sum of all the other colours.

Chocolate is brown. Therefore Chocolate is equal to the sum of all other foods, and so is proved scientifically to be the best tasting.
by YellowYeti
Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 24200

Re: 1807: "Listening"

Though the quip sounds familiar (if inaccurate!), I don't believe he has guest-hosted any JAM. But has indeed appeared on it... (QI, or something similar? Did he swap places with Fry at some point? I'm getting timeouts on wikipedia and other sites, now, so I can't even check... Will this post?) (I ...
by YellowYeti
Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 7670

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Murderbot wrote:Maybe Starfleet isn't the only work that's considered important.


Weren't there miners? Of the sort that were stranded on desolate planets and hadn't seen any slightly de-focussed women for several years?
by YellowYeti
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 16802

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Where did this lore about purity of silver come from? As far as I was aware, you can't see a vampire in a reflection because they don't have a soul. Does that mean stones have a soul? Because they totally have a reflection. Only things that had a soul and then lost it lose their reflection. It's li...
by YellowYeti
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 16802

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

That was a possibility that occurred to me, that light passes straight through them and the only way we can see vampires is that they implant their image in our minds. Which would mean they could turn completely invisible if they wanted to, so it's weird they don't make more use of that. That assum...
by YellowYeti
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 14432

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

Flumble wrote:
addams wrote:uh-oh....Is someone moving?
xkcd: Soon to be coming from Canada?

Given his express interest in the Netherlands in the past, maybe xkcd will be dutch soon? :mrgreen:


South Norwessex
by YellowYeti
Fri Jun 10, 2016 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 11682

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

Sadly, no option for the Coptic papacy. Seriously, I understand it's the standard to assume users are operating under Roman Catholicism, but to not even provide the option to set the ruling church to even Eastern Orthodox ? I have numerous test samples I need to run under each and every Patriarch, ...
by YellowYeti
Wed Nov 04, 2015 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1599: "Water Delivery"
Replies: 82
Views: 14359

Re: 1599: "Water Delivery"

In the Netherlands (and I presume Germany too) the water heaters must be rated for drinking water. They also must be set at a temperature of over 60°C to prevent legionella forming (and it kills lots of other bacteria too). Here in the Netherlands tap water needs to comply to the "Drinkwaterbe...
by YellowYeti
Tue Sep 22, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 8418

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

Reminds me of a manga I read a while back, where the protagonist develops the ability similar to the app described by the comic. She learns how to choose between a multiverse worth of alternative realities, see how her decisions affect the world, then discard the experiences with unfavorable outcom...
by YellowYeti
Tue Jun 16, 2015 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 25662

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

I like the part where he explains whose scarf was apricot, who was able to gavotte while watching himself in the mirror out of one eye, and who flew to Nova Scotia to see the total eclipse of the sun. There was a story that the name of the person in that song was revealed to the winner of a charity...
by YellowYeti
Wed May 13, 2015 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 13911

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

Considering my waistline, time isn't the only dimension I am being pushed inexorably forward through :(
by YellowYeti
Thu Mar 26, 2015 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 11191

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

RogueCynic wrote:
The only flaw in the plan I see is that the sun is really small. If you hold an acorn to it, the acorn would block it out. There can be only one nut in the sun then.


Small... far away... ah forget it!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS12p0Zqlt0
by YellowYeti
Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1347: "t Distribution"
Replies: 65
Views: 24332

Re: 1347: "t Distribution"

While we're making statistics puns, I'm just about to go to the departmental tea & pastries. I intend to take pastries one at a time, with a probability based exponentially on the time since I last has one. It could be said that I'm sampling from a Croissant distribution. I am so sorry... There...
by YellowYeti
Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 30894

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

rhomboidal wrote:Coming soon: the Ti/Pau dispute.


No dispute - 'China in your hand' was definitely their best song.
by YellowYeti
Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 18061

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

Speicus wrote:
Mikeski wrote: [snip]
it won't get either of them closer to Mornington Crescent.


There's a new series coming up next week, I believe!


I hope they will be playing using XKCD rules this series.
by YellowYeti
Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 31686

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Just wanted to get in there and say that alpha , obvious and Michael Jackson are almost certainly abc or ABC. I don't know anything about encryption, so let me have this one and feel smart for five minutes. I'm submitting an entry for 'Sexy Earlobes', 'Best TOS episode' and 'Sugarland': my understa...
by YellowYeti
Tue Nov 05, 2013 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 31686

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

I'm submitting an entry for 'Sexy Earlobes', 'Best TOS episode' and 'Sugarland': my understanding is that Earlobes and TOS contain the same first 8 characters, and that TOS and Sugarland have a final string in common: Sexy Earlobes - Charlie Sheen ( Apparently there was some sitcom which had him do ...
by YellowYeti
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0070: "The Constant Groundskeeper"
Replies: 26
Views: 8142

Re: What-If 0070: "The Constant Groundskeeper"

The bridge in question, I think, is the Forth Bridge, in Scotland. The task was recently completed with a new coat of paint with an expected life of 25 to 40 years. The original fact may also be an urban legend, although the bridge did have its own permanent maintenance crew when it was first built...
by YellowYeti
Wed Oct 23, 2013 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 105
Views: 19876

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

stickler wrote:
I want to start up a secret organisation that no-one knows about, like in fight club. Except with a room LEGO instead of fighting. Being an adult is boring.


Shhh! You mean you didn't you get that e-mail? We were wondering why you hadn't turned up....
by YellowYeti
Thu Oct 17, 2013 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1278: "Giraffes"
Replies: 67
Views: 21038

Re: 1278: "Giraffes"

Relevant Alpha Centauri quote: Remember, genes are NOT blueprints. This means you can't, for example, insert "the genes for an elephant's trunk" into a giraffe and get a giraffe with a trunk. There are no genes for trunks. What you CAN do with genes is chemistry, since DNA codes for chemi...
by YellowYeti
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 77343

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

<Some snipped text > In any case, her books indicate that certain attributes are intrinsically good--such as those I listed above. People, on the other hand, can choose to assume those attributes or not. <Some snipped text > <Some snipped text> Rand was opposed to the idea that some things were int...
by YellowYeti
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 77343

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

For me, Objectivism has always fallen down at the stage of "first, find a perfectly rational and objective human being" - an entity which exists only in the same realm as the ideal gas, the frictionless surface, the perfect black body, etc etc. Which is, of course, pretty much exactly wha...
by YellowYeti
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 37903

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Given the obviously faked moon landings, I'm surprised NASA have been left off the list. The only possible reason could be that they are the ones really behind the global conspiracy, and somehow they are behind xkcd itself - though it's hard to see any connection between the two.
by YellowYeti
Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 22042

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Is it just me, or does this spelling (misspelling?) of "highlight" make anyone else cringe? Is this a regional thing? (Or did I miss something?) I'm guessing that you assiduously avoid reading anything before the late 1700s, or maybe even the early 1800s, when English spelling "stand...
by YellowYeti
Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 23756

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

Source I never got the national security argument in seemingly democratic countries. I get if for dictatorships, absolute monarchies and other countries where the government is somewhat open about its main purpose being the well-being of the ruling class. I don't think that's true. Totalitarian sta...

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