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by SEE
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"
Replies: 85
Views: 18609

Re: 1555: "Exoplanet Names 2"

The IAU says to be a planet, it has to orbit The Sun. So if KEPLER-452b was named Pluto, Pluto would still not be classified as a planet by them. Absolutely correct. This needs to be pointed out again and again until it gets fixed. The IAU created an extremely stupid definition of "planet"...
by SEE
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 41699

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

I was born in the middle of the Apollo program. I might live to see people on the Moon again. Doesn't seem likely at this rate, though. Assuming you'll live to be 60-65, I assure you that you'll see not only a lunar landing, but a Mars landing. If NASA won't wake up, it will be someone in the priva...
by SEE
Sun Mar 17, 2013 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23454

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

But sociologists can't explain anything . West and Zimmerman have done what strikes me as a good job of explaining how gender really works. It only took them 10 years to get it published, and I'm fairly sure that there are publicly available copies on the web :-) I read it quite a while ago. “Your ...
by SEE
Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23454

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

But sociologists can't explain anything.
by SEE
Tue Mar 05, 2013 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 25313

Re: 1181: "PGP"

And that is why the method suggested in the comic is actually as reliable as PGP in practice. It isn't used enough for there to be more than occasional locally-robust webs.
by SEE
Mon Dec 10, 2012 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 71191

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

The trick on the mirror one is that there is no such reversal.

(Doubt me? Write something on clear plastic, then hold it up to a mirror.)

(Alternatively, hold a piece of paper horizontally, top of the text closest to a vertical mirror. Hey, now the letters are all upside-down!)
by SEE
Sat Oct 20, 2012 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 23618

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

rmsgrey wrote:Ingredients (by mass): Hydrogen (75%), Helium (25%).


Hmm? No.

Ingredients (by mass): Dark Matter (84%), Hydrogen (12%), Helium (4%), Less than 1% Other Elements.
by SEE
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1121: "Identity"
Replies: 63
Views: 15338

Re: 1121: "Identity"

Quicksilver wrote:That's why you have a custom question,


Assuming your bank is sensible enough to allow a custom question—mine isn't. (Worse, they used to be, but they brought in a new system . . .)
by SEE
Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 31074

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

Most synthetic diamonds are likewise great for practical use due to their hardness but not flawlessly transparent enough for jewelry. Most, sure. But processes at places like Gemesis and Scio have reached the point where, if your standards really are color, clarity, and carat, synthetics are equal ...
by SEE
Wed Jul 25, 2012 7:57 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0003: "Yoda"
Replies: 122
Views: 81964

Re: What-If 0003: Yoda

"But with world electricity consumption pushing 2 terawatts," You should clarify 2TWh. No, he shouldn't, because that would be wrong. When looking at electrical consumption, most global data reports it on TWh per yr (over 20,000 TWh/yr if anyone is interested). Right. Now, convert TWh int...
by SEE
Tue Jul 10, 2012 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 45612

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Maine: The Vulcan Michigan.

(Of course, Michigan has Romulans.)
by SEE
Wed May 16, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 46547

Re: 1056: Felidae

OS X Pussy.

Or should that be OS NC-17 Pussy?
by SEE
Wed Apr 11, 2012 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 81481

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

I presume the Russians stopped drilling their hole through the center of the Earth because they realized they would emerge not in China, but in the middle of the Southern Ocean. I know I was disappointed when I found out that only South Americans could make it to China that way. http://www.freemapt...
by SEE
Wed Feb 01, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83480

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Lukeonia1 wrote:These names sound a lot like what my babymama had on her list of possible names for our daughter. I remember "February" was on it


Well? April, May, June, Julie, Augusta . . .
by SEE
Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 67187

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

For some actual pedantry, the Great Lakes west-to-east is not the same as the paddle-to-the-sea order. If you start on Superior, you go on St. Mary's River directly to Lake Huron, skipping Lake Michigan entirely. (Michigan and Huron are hydrologically and hydrodynamically one two-lobed lake, while N...
by SEE
Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 45148

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

There are problems with tachyons. They allow you to communicate, in principle at least, instantaneously with anyone else moving below c. This fact combined with special relativity can cause major problems with causality. You may determine that some kind of event always "causes" a differen...
by SEE
Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34933

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Does this mean that Douglas Adams was wrong, and I won't be able to afford my dinner at Milliways? No, because the end of the universe is more than 2,000 years distant. Assuming no confounding factors (bankruptcies, inflation and revaluations, bank rounding/minimum balances, etc.), mere 1% interest...
by SEE
Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34933

Re: 0947: “Investing”

The key, of course, is to find a gold-standard bank that'll still be operating in 1,000 years, and a way to skip ahead to then. Then your half-ounce of gold today will be redeemable for just under 200 million ounces.
by SEE
Fri Jul 08, 2011 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 26181

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

There was plenty of opportunity to guess the answer in Fight Club. At least for me, since I did guess it.
by SEE
Thu Jun 30, 2011 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52182

Re: 0918: "Google+"

For instance, it can be argued that advertising, especially of the targeted variety, is in itself evil, as it constitutes manipulation. Well, see, the problem with getting people to believe persuasion is evil is that, well, you have to persuade them of that idea. But if you do so openly, they come ...
by SEE
Wed May 18, 2011 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39532

Re: 0900: "Religions"

vastbluesky wrote:If the error bar were greater would that indicate the possibility of negative gods?

Toam wrote:364 days in a leap year.
??


366 days, minus Christmas and Easter.
by SEE
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30457

Re: 0890: Etymology

The whole Kessel Run thing is the canonical example of why I hate the Expanded Universe. Their explanation is complex, unlikely, and to be frank, still doesn't make much sense if you think about it too hard. I much prefer the explanation where Han was trying to dazzle the local yokels with a bit of...
by SEE
Mon Apr 25, 2011 12:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 61077

Re: 0889: Turtles

Are turtles self aware? Well, I am. By the way, originally in English, "tortoise" was the group and "turtle" was the sub-group of ones that were in the sea; thus the OED defines turtle as a "sea tortoise" in its first definition. Then, over in the definition of tortois...
by SEE
Tue Apr 12, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 71904

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

blackhatmatt wrote:"Harry Deepwood." Awesome. That's, like, classic pron material.


Sounds like it would be a good pairing with a gal called "Freckles Woodgate".

However, I'm a guy.
by SEE
Mon Mar 07, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26153

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

Technical Ben wrote:Do you have a phone? You do realise they are practically all smart phones now? I guess yours could be an exception, but post your model just in case! :D

Okay, smartypants. Mine's a Motorola V170, Tracfone version.
by SEE
Sat Dec 11, 2010 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 58458

Re: 832 Tic-Tac-Toe

You're wrong. Checkers has been solved, draughts has not. Draughts and checkers are the same game, just as football and soccer are. I know people in different parts of the world sometimes refer to the same game by different names, and different games by different names, but generally checkers and d...
by SEE
Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 58458

Re: 832 Tic-Tac-Toe

You're wrong. Checkers has been solved, draughts has not. Draughts and checkers are the same game, just as football and soccer are. Anyway, anybody want to play a game of Fifteen? Players alternately select numbers from the pool of 1-9. Whomever first gets exactly three numbers that add up to 15 wi...
by SEE
Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 58458

Re: 832 Tic-Tac-Toe

Basically, if X knows what to do, he will never lose, only tie. Something everyone discovered when they were 8 and gave up playing tic-tac-toe. And then played draughts, where oops, person who went first always won if they knew what to do. Given the game wasn't solved until 2007, and it took twenty...
by SEE
Wed Nov 17, 2010 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 18403

Re: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"

Eternal Density wrote:I thought it was the Presbyterian Church...
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=backs ... ian+church


Nope, very definitely Episcopalian. He's even on an Episcopal cathedral: http://www.nationalcathedral.org/about/darthVader.shtml
by SEE
Sat Oct 23, 2010 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 48725

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

People who work trying to put an end to nuclear wars altogether are totally uncool. Nuclear war s ? Was there a second one (counting WWII as the first) I wasn't aware of? See, the thing about nuclear weapons is they stop wars, which is why they haven't been used in war once in sixty-five years. Wor...
by SEE
Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0787: "Orbiter"
Replies: 86
Views: 26015

Re: "Orbiter" discussion (#787)

What about Central America ( Mesoamérica )? I've been taught this concept at school, but it seems forgotten now, with Mexico etc. usually regarded as Southern North America. Geologically, Central America is the part of the Caribbean tectonic plate that forms an isthmus between the North American an...
by SEE
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0787: "Orbiter"
Replies: 86
Views: 26015

Re: "Orbiter" discussion (#787)

Other the other hand, much of New Mexico and Colorado is occupied North Texas, since Texas stole it fair and square from Mexico. Except - 1) Texas didn't actually steal most of it from Mexico. Texas claimed the land, sure, but the Mexican government had active occupation of large swathes of the ter...
by SEE
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39465

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

So when you're used to all that, it makes it really hard as a tourist in New York or wherever to figure out what a "LANE FIRE" is, or why on earth anyone would think that was better than writing "FIRE LANE", if indeed such a lane designation is necessary. Such a lane designation...
by SEE
Mon Aug 16, 2010 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54918

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

by SEE
Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 51485

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

The big uproar about anti-depressants vs. placebo is that in new trials with existing drugs, the rate of drug response to possible placebo response is so low that they would fail to be approved as treatments today. Either the earlier trials were biased (they were funded by pharmaceutical companies)...
by SEE
Tue Jul 13, 2010 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 51485

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

If those were anti-depressants, the placebos would still beat the actual drugs. http://www.newsweek.com/2010/01/28/the-depressing-news-about-antidepressants.html Your statement is contradicted by the actual text of your link, which never makes the claim placebos work better than antidepressants, an...
by SEE
Fri Apr 09, 2010 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35748

Re: " Literally " Discussion

Linguists commenting on the use of language are precisely as useful as nuclear physicists consulting on the use of nuclear weapons. That is, their expertise can inform us as to the facts, but the facts are not themselves value judgments, and their factual expertise does not entitle them to make the ...
by SEE
Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd.com/unixkcd
Replies: 292
Views: 115866

Re: April Fools 2010 Discussion

DVC wrote:I've noticed that if you go south, then there are exits to the north and south there, but every time I go south I get eaten by a grue. Does anyone know what I need to do to protect myself from the grue and continue south?

light lamp
by SEE
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71888

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

Guys, it's already been checked up to 5 × 2 60 . So you're going to have to use something bigger than 64-bit integers in your programming to find the disproving number. Get out the 128-bit or bignum libraries. Or join the BOINC project for it http://boinc.thesonntags.com/collatz/ , currently testing...
by SEE
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64072

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

gmalivuk wrote:So, the bigger island of the British Isles is "Great", right? That means Irish people wouldn't mind if I called their island "Lesser Britain"? :-)

The West Britons don't even like the terminology "British Isles".

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