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by TheoGB
Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"
Replies: 144
Views: 38891

Re: 1279: "Reverse Identity Theft"

I did this, once (before gmail was around). I didn't have an email address of my own, and needed to put one down, so I just guessed at what would be available and related to my name. I guessed incorrectly. You what? I mean I love that there are replies in this thread of people going "I didn't ...
by TheoGB
Mon Oct 07, 2013 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 37925

Re: 1274: Open Letter

Great work, guys. An opening post that gets all Comic Book Guy about the strip's accuracy, and someone crazy enough to be a Scientologist who adds evidence to the assumption that being involved in a cult probably means you need to have some sense of humour deficiencies. I enjoyed it more than the st...
by TheoGB
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1268: "Alternate Universe"
Replies: 200
Views: 31604

Re: 1268: "Alternate Universe"

I am pretty sure that spiders-crawling-into-your-mouth-while-you're-sleeping thing is a myth. Feel free to prove me wrong. If I remember correctly (and if Cracked can be believed), it was originally from a list of intentionally-ridiculous "factoids" that was compiled to mock the kind of r...
by TheoGB
Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 27499

Re: 1150: Instagram

There is a huge fallacy in that comic, that is just like going to the north pole, and then at that exact place, saying “I will now go north!”: Just like the above statement in that context, saying “property” in the context of information makes no sense. It is not related to reality. In reality, the...
by TheoGB
Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1129: "Cell Number"
Replies: 96
Views: 27179

Re: 1129: "Cell Number"

UK Landlines certainly used the letters for the exchange, in London at least. Old London numbers were "area name"-4 digits when you spoke to the operator. Once they got rid of the operators you got the 3 digit exchange based on the area. Where I live in North London is Archway - 272 (ARC)....
by TheoGB
Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 81356

Re: 1127: "Congress"

I'd imagine anyone from Europe will have had a little chuckle at the use of the term 'Far Left' in the key, frankly. US political 'far Left' probably barely makes it centerist politics over here. :D Right and left are purely relative terms. There is nothing absolute about them. This specific sample...
by TheoGB
Mon Oct 29, 2012 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 81356

Re: 1127: "Congress"

I'd imagine anyone from Europe will have had a little chuckle at the use of the term 'Far Left' in the key, frankly. US political 'far Left' probably barely makes it centerist politics over here. :D
by TheoGB
Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"
Replies: 45
Views: 13546

Re: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"

I'm sure I remember reading that being sucked into a jet engine either hasn't ever happened on the ground or that it turns out it's very far from fatal because a human's mass destroys the delicate innards.
by TheoGB
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 53497

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Hmm, actually
Spoiler:
Sam did put the ring round his neck after, didn't he? It's been so long since I read it. It was mainly that he was on his own that made me assume it must be Sam.
by TheoGB
Fri Jul 27, 2012 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 53497

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

I'm not convinced that Shelob would be writing on her web in English. Still less convinced that Frodo would be able to read it. (Major bad moment in LOTR movies: the party notice on Bilbo's gate being written in English). To be poindexter-like in accuracy, that would be Sam not Frodo. And there's e...
by TheoGB
Fri Jul 27, 2012 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 53497

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

I *really* want to post a great Wikipedia ambiguity, but if I do, it'll get fixed, which would make the world a lesser place. So I'll just sit here and let you imagine what a terrific joke you're missing. I *still* want to know what Gaiman is referring to here: http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2010/05...
by TheoGB
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 53497

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

I'm not convinced that Shelob would be writing on her web in English. Still less convinced that Frodo would be able to read it. (Major bad moment in LOTR movies: the party notice on Bilbo's gate being written in English). To be poindexter-like in accuracy, that would be Sam not Frodo. And there's e...
by TheoGB
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 66602

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

I don't think I've ever seen accuracy used like that in this sort of context. Does someone want to explain what it means? I had a quick look at the seconds in a year but I't not really any clearer to me. In context of a fluid 1 part in 400 would make sense to me but I've been too long away from Uni ...
by TheoGB
Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 33401

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

The biggest revelation of this comic is that they have Cadbury's (Creme) Eggs outside the UK... I kinda thought that Cadbury's was unheard of in the rest of the world! Britain had that Empire; Cadbury still ship to it! (Although, I didn't think the US had European-style chocolate much so I was surp...
by TheoGB
Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 33401

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

therita wrote:You're doing it wrong if you eat Cadbury made anywhere other then Australia.


You Aussies are so wrong about your Cadbury. That crap they put in so it doesn't melt as much in your ridiculously high temperatures KILLS it dead. If it's not made in Bournville it's not Cadbury's. :P
by TheoGB
Wed Dec 21, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 66811

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

FINALLY, a reference to the film REPO MAN!
by TheoGB
Mon May 02, 2011 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 221
Views: 82359

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

Pretty sure astronaut life expectancy is lower due to the extra radiation they receive outside the atmosphere. Unless we cure cancer, obviously.
by TheoGB
Mon Apr 11, 2011 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 67911

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Yeah, in the UK it's more commonly "Pet name plus mother's maiden name". I prefer this version, it makes me Cleo Berry. :lol: (I'm not posting my mother's maiden name as I do use it in a security question) I suppose technically, Cleo was my mum's cat, so I should be Dylan Berry, which is ...
by TheoGB
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 67911

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Is Randall aware of the British slang "To Roger", as in "gave her a right rogering"? I wouldn't be so sure about Rogers St... Britishism or not, it's difficult to maintain any sort of arousal when all you can picture is this . Indeed (and thanks for the explanation). But the pro...
by TheoGB
Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 40919

Re: 0855: "1999"

I've never heard of Zombo.com. When I go there I just get a multicoloured 'Zombo.com' on the page and a flickering Flash of several coloured circles (no sound on my computer today so maybe it's making noises). Looking at the source there's also 15footstick.com which is no more illuminating. Is that ...
by TheoGB
Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 167769

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Ha! They missed out the Welsh-speaking bit of South America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y_Wladfa
by TheoGB
Mon Jan 17, 2011 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 18449

Re: 0848: "3D"

3D films are basically a waste of time. Avatar failed to give me anything particularly from its 3D aspect and Alice in Wonderland similarly failed to impress. I'm just hoping this craze collapses for films like it did in the 80s. Now when it comes to games it's a different matter because you can act...
by TheoGB
Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0837: "Coupon Code"
Replies: 86
Views: 27296

Re: 0837: Coupon Code

@from canada: if all you have about his recent comics is complaints, why do you continue reading & posting about them? Hey, Felstaff! Do you feel the same about posts like that? About the "get out of my head!"s too? It's so ironic, it's like rain on your wedding day. Or is it more lik...
by TheoGB
Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 55674

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

That blows my mind a bit. Surely the best opening move in Noughts and Crosses is to start in the centre? The only way to win is if the other player lets you set up two winning positions, much like Connect-4, and that's surely easier from the middle?
by TheoGB
Fri Jul 23, 2010 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 27824

Re: "All the Girls" (#770)

StClair wrote:
from canada wrote:This is just fucking creepy

Whereas I was going to say "creepy as fuck."


I was going to go with from canada's version I think. Either way: creepy + expletive = this comic.
by TheoGB
Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0769: "War"
Replies: 100
Views: 28842

Re: "War" discussion (#769)

(incidentally, it never ceases to amaze me how well the "we'll win the war whoever wins, we'll just switch allegiances accordingly, it's not like anyone will react" tactics worked for the Soviets. Now that's a win-win situation) What was the other quote? Something about how France, having...
by TheoGB
Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 95100

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

theparappa wrote:i love fruit, but do not like grapefruit. i do believe it's one of those rare fruits that burns more calories from digesting than what it contains.


It won't be. I'm pretty sure talk about that sort of thing is a myth.
by TheoGB
Mon Jun 28, 2010 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 40880

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

On a physics exam, a friend of mine couldn't remember whether a particular equation had "squared" or "times two" in it, so he decided to pick a number and try it both ways and see which one looked right. Unfortunately, he realized later, the number he picked was 2. 2^2 = 2*2 Rem...
by TheoGB
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0758: "Raptor Fences"
Replies: 72
Views: 15603

Re: "Raptor Fences" discussion (#758)

Today's comic prompted me to google dromaeosaurids, whereupon I learned that velociraptors are in fact much smaller than depicted in Jurassic Park. They actually about the size of turkeys, and had rather modern feathers. So mouse-sized dromaeosaurids are not really all that far-fetched. "The B...
by TheoGB
Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 96507

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

I don't really get it. But I like the UK-centric 240V AC.

That's all I've got.
by TheoGB
Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 42981

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

I was working at a call center and sat near a guy who kept saying "frontslash" every time he would read out a URL. It drove me absolutely nuts. I've never heard any announcer (actually anyone at all) in this country use 'backslash' in a URL. However, broadcasters are always saying 'forwar...
by TheoGB
Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0721: "Flatland"
Replies: 125
Views: 49376

Re: "Flatland" Discussion

Technically no computer game could be truly 4D given the third dimension is always simulated.

However, you'd have to be an unlikely person to have never played a genuine 4D game: draughts, monopoly, cards, football, etc.
by TheoGB
Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0718: "The Flake Equation"
Replies: 102
Views: 26305

Re: "The Flake Equation" Discussion

Imperial units (though I think Freedomville refer to them as British) are 'natural' for want of a better term, based on body measurements and using bases that are easy to divide, i.e. 12 splits into integers if divided by 2,3,4 and 6. And of course the Fahrenheit scale is using salt water and blood...
by TheoGB
Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0718: "The Flake Equation"
Replies: 102
Views: 26305

Re: "The Flake Equation" Discussion

TONNES not TONS . I don't care that they are actually roughly the same amount no one should approach spiritual analysis with anything less than SI units. Because units not born out of French revolutionary politics are inherently unscientific. Did I mention it's 518 degrees outside? Mainly because w...
by TheoGB
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0718: "The Flake Equation"
Replies: 102
Views: 26305

Re: "The Flake Equation" Discussion



Cheers. Fucked up...

On the McNinja forum Brian Blessed is always parsed out in CAPITAL LETTERS. I liked that.
by TheoGB
Wed Mar 24, 2010 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0718: "The Flake Equation"
Replies: 102
Views: 26305

Re: "The Flake Equation" Discussion

TONNES not TONS . I don't care that they are actually roughly the same amount no one should approach scientific analysis with anything less than SI units. :D EDIT: why does the word 's c i e n t i f i c' come out as 'scientific'? Also why does E D I T : come out as EDIT: - it's not a mistake, it's ...
by TheoGB
Fri Mar 12, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0713: "GeoIP"
Replies: 166
Views: 46994

Re: "GeoIP" Discussion

Felstaff wrote:Also, black is technically achromatic, so 6 colours.

Or 9928 for you picky people

Argument about whether black is a colour starting ...now.


We're not getting picky until we're expressing it in wavelength ranges with errors for different display outputs.
by TheoGB
Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0713: "GeoIP"
Replies: 166
Views: 46994

Re: "GeoIP" Discussion

That sound you heard was this one going over my head and impacting on the terminal behind me.

Hmm...
by TheoGB
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 35471

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

It looks like with data there's a tendency for it to be 'singular' for computing but 'plural' for science so I guess we're seeing a program/programme split occurring but without a direct spelling difference. It's not singular - it's uncountable(like 'blood', 'wood' and 'juice'). The OED implies we'...
by TheoGB
Mon Mar 01, 2010 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 35471

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

Treating 'data' as plural instead of uncountable always bugs me, even more so than treating 'she' as generic(which shows a clear ignorance of basic grammar). I've learned to live with 'dice' as singular, though. Though you're being contradictory there in the sense that technically data is plural (a...

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