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by Reka
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"
Replies: 21
Views: 1748

Re: 1978: "Congressional Testimony"

I don't get it, and explainxkcd isn't being helpful. :(
by Reka
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 2062

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

This looks like a continuation of Interaction.
by Reka
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 5146

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

Amazon also has their own mobile platform (FireOS), so they have an incentive to make their apps on other OSes utter garbage in order to convince you to switch. See also iTunes for Windows since literally always. Except that's, like, utter nonsense. It's saying, "here, have a free taste of our...
by Reka
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 2694

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Jorpho wrote:Jack Ma and John Adams is a head-scratcher too.

Jack is a nickname for John. No scratching, head or otherwise, required.

I like the Jack White - Meg White - Meg Ryan - Jack Ryan square. And the Yo Yo Ma - Ma Rainey - Jack Ma - Ma Bell pinwheel.
by Reka
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 5146

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

Actually, somebody posted this to the comment section of explainxkcd: https://www.wired.com/2016/03/closing-apps-save-battery-makes-things-worse/ Basically, a truly-backgrounded ("suspended") app uses no power but can be restarted instantly, while starting an app from scratch is not instan...
by Reka
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 5146

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

markfiend wrote:"Closing background apps when you're not using them makes your battery drain faster" Is that true?

That's what I came here to ask. Explainxkcd is not being helpful (yet).
by Reka
Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 3981

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Considering that roads around here usually don't go in the direction they say they do (ie "west" on a certain highway might in fact be more north or south)... Same thing here where I live (Philadelphia suburbs); many of the roads go in a NE-SW or NW-SE directions. [...] just because the r...
by Reka
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 2685

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)? Explainxkcd thinks yes, the title text refers to "xkcd". I guess that's possible: x, c, and d are righ...
by Reka
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2052

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

Hey, Randall? While I do appreciate you including me in your latest strip, I do have more hair than that.
by Reka
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 2797

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

MYSQL SERVER 5.5.45 SECRETLY RUNS TWO PARALLEL DATABASES FOR PEOPLE WHO SAY "S-Q-L" AND "SEQUEL" But does one return results that are subtlety off? As opposed to turning "on" the SUBTLETY flag? Mmm, subtleties... https://i.pinimg.com/736x/72/0c/19/720c19ca873ad1fca544f...
by Reka
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 2111

Re: 1955: "Robots"

SuicideJunkie wrote:Wow, these high tech rubber triangles we have at the office have already been rendered completely obsolete!

I think I'm not getting some reference or other. Rubber triangles? Eh?
by Reka
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 37
Views: 2930

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

For my brother-in-law, every bar on the chart needs to go off to the right quite a bit more, to the point where you can't see their ends and can't tell which one took longer. Yeah, he probably spends more time deliberating about camera bags than the camera itself, but that doesn't mean he doesn't sp...
by Reka
Mon Feb 05, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 4092

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Ginger wrote:what the comic is even saying to me? Like, why bother linking Sarahs and chicken pox at all?

Because correlation might not equal causation, but it sure makes for some fun coincidences. :)
by Reka
Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 4092

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

AndrewGPaul wrote:The chicken pox incidence graph presumably doesn't quite go to 100% at the top of the curve; I'm 38, and didn't get chicken pox until a couple of years ago. :)

And I'm 46 and have never had chicken pox. Comes from not having friends when I was a kid. :)
by Reka
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 4092

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Logan? Brooklyn? Harper? It would be a kinder simpler world if David Beckham had been a fictional character just like Wolverine I don't know if you can really blame it on Beckham, though: his (and his wife's) name choices are a product of the times, same as all the other parents out there who think...
by Reka
Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 3618

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

The Strawberry-Banana was first created in stable form by scientists in Wellington, NZ using a tabletop accelerator. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwifruit#/media/File:Kiwi1.1.jpg Interesting theory, but I'm afraid it's easily disproven 1 : I quite dislike strawberry-bananas (probably because I do...
by Reka
Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 3618

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

DavidSh wrote:I have heard about "Strawberry Guavas"

When I lived in California, we had a pineapple guava tree. The fruit didn't explode, so I guess it's a stable combination, but they weren't particularly good.
by Reka
Wed Jan 31, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 3618

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

Wait, you mean pomegranates aren't filled with grapes?
by Reka
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1947: "Night Sky"
Replies: 8
Views: 1951

Re: 1947: "Night Sky"

airdrik wrote:The mountain lion might be occupied with Facebook, but be wary of the cougar which lurks nearby.

Is this a left-Twix/right-Twix thing?
by Reka
Wed Jan 24, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 3392

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

I recognize that Randall is as, errr...., bemused as any of us You use that word , but I do not think it means what you think it means. You mean "ceemused" isn't the same thing only even more so? Shall I demuse you all? That'd be quite eemusing. I'm quite femused to find out what's next -...
by Reka
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 3392

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

cellocgw wrote:The referenced flame wars are specifically about those topics as regards the Hawaii warning system design and implementation.

I get that. What I fail to understand is what possible relevance they have to the interpretation or enjoyment of this comic.
by Reka
Wed Jan 24, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 3392

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

cellocgw wrote:[irrelevant-seeming details about who is ranting on the internet about what]... I fail to see the redeeming social value of this particular drawing.

Eh?
by Reka
Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 2904

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

I don't get where MSPaint enters into this: surely anyone who's using Powerpoint would have Excel available to them, and would use Excel to generate the charts?
by Reka
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 2942

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

Has anyone else ever dreamed that they woke up? I have that dream fairly frequently. It varies how far I get - sometimes I only dream I've physically gotten out of bed, but wake up (for real) before my dream-self makes it as far as the bathroom. Other times, my dream-self makes it all the way to wo...
by Reka
Wed Jan 17, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 3346

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

CorruptUser wrote:Dalmatian Cooking
Atlas Shrugged 2: The Sequel
Modern Eugenics.

Yup it's a haiku.

To be truly horrific, the first line needs to be Cooking Dalmatians. Otherwise, it's just an ethnic cookery book. (Even my revised version could just be about culinarily-talented dogs...)
by Reka
Wed Jan 17, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 2942

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

My school dreams tend to involve me being half-dressed (not naked, but not entirely decent either), and it's not that I didn't prepare for an exam, it's more that I don't know where my next class is. I'm pretty much resigned to most of my dreams taking place in the house I grew up in. Well, those th...
by Reka
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 4208

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

Wait, do they sell beer in 355ml cans over there? Here beer cans are the taller 500ml variant and I've never seen a vending machine selling beer. Yes, beer comes in the same size of can as soda. No, beer is not sold in vending machines, at least not in my memory. (When I was very little, they still...
by Reka
Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 3346

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

Pied typer wrote:This was, like, two minutes' effort on Canva. Why was I the first to make this?

That's not a script font.
by Reka
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 4208

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

There's gotta be something like this going on with the concentrations of detergents, too. Otherwise, we'd have doubled the strength of detergent so many times by now that it'd dissolve its container and be classified as a hazardous substance. Or something.
by Reka
Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 55
Views: 5982

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

There must be some "bleed" between the states on this map (the grey text implies there is), since the number of figures doesn't make sense on a per-state basis. Minnesota should have about 1.11 green people, 5.29 red people, and 5.47 blue people. It has 1, 5, and 6. Colorado should be 0.9...
by Reka
Wed Jan 03, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5099

Re: 1935: "2018"

I have also never understood the point of starting in September: I mean, who doesn't have a calendar already by that point? Are you from a place where the school year doesn't typically start in September? Does your existing calendar go "Oops, new academic year, must self-destruct"? (Also,...
by Reka
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 5099

Re: 1935: "2018"

Or it's one of those "16-month" calendars they sell in mall kiosks, that start in September. Many have pictures of cats on each page, grumpy and otherwise. 16-month calendars are a lie: they only ever have 13 pages, never 16. September-December of the first year are all smooshed together ...
by Reka
Wed Dec 27, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 2761

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

So normally when you google xkcd the preview text is the comic from today or yesterday. Today the preview text is, special... ...xkcd.com is best viewed with Netscape Navigator 4.0 or below... I believe that text is always there if you view the source. Whether it shows up in Google's preview depend...
by Reka
Wed Dec 20, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 2860

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

GOOMHZ: I made "I am fully operational and all my circuits are functioning." as the startup on a Win95 machine, at one time. Our Win95 startup sound was Karl Haas saying "Hello everyone" . Regarding today's comic, I hope the folks at Google are getting right on this. It needs to...
by Reka
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 1557

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

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?
by Reka
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1926: "Bad Code"
Replies: 10
Views: 2247

Re: 1926: "Bad Code"

Keyman wrote:...would: "Who does he think he is, Jon Skeet?" be an appropriate response?

Yes. Yes, it would.

:)
by Reka
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1926: "Bad Code"
Replies: 10
Views: 2247

Re: 1926: "Bad Code"

The load-bearing-wall analogy isn't quite apt: the problem (well, OK, one problem) with Cueball's "nothing depends on this" statement is that it's missing a "yet". Once you have a piece of code that does something, no matter how crappily, your boss *will* come up with some other ...
by Reka
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 4327

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

I don't see how the flowchart gives a result of "probably not" for highway surfaces, as the title text claims. Does it move around? No. Is there an empty space nearby where it would be easier to put them? Depends on the highway, but sometimes the answer is definitely No. Thus, the flowchar...
by Reka
Wed Nov 29, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 3190

1922: "Interferometry"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/interferometry.png Title text: It's important to note that while the effective size of the dog can be arbitrarily large, it's not any more of a good dog than the two original dogs. Definitely needed explainxkcd for this one. Also, I somehow think even Beret Guy would ha...
by Reka
Wed Nov 08, 2017 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 5624

Re: 1913: "A �"

The title is supposed to have the question-mark-in-a-box "unknown" character in it. If that's what you're seeing, it's actually correct.

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