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by Benson
Wed Jun 09, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 30769

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

*Michael takes my laptop, and attempts to go to google.com, however in his hast his left hand was down a row on the keyboard.* Luke: See, the page isn't loading. Now close that window before it does. Um, that'd be "boobld. om" -- the space will make most browsers do a search, I think? If ...
by Benson
Fri May 07, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 19720

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

This is funny as written. Of course, yogurt rarely lasts more than a week in my fridge -- one of the few healthy foods so eminently snackable I don't have to worry about it (cf. bacon ). However, I find it even funnier if one presumes the character in panels 1 and 2 is Sam Axe, and panel 3 is Michae...
by Benson
Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0718: "The Flake Equation"
Replies: 102
Views: 27496

Re: "The Flake Equation" Discussion

The only real reason to come here would be for Anthropology research or to wipe us out before we are a threat. It'd be cheaper to simply send a robot instead of going in person, so the most we'd ever see from an alien is their machinery. Aliens would have the same manned (well. not man ned...) vs. ...
by Benson
Wed Mar 17, 2010 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 51894

Re: Numbers

Results for "I can bench x pounds" 50 lbs: 2,570 100 lbs: 10,200 200 lbs: 18,700 300 lbs: 35,200 400 lbs: 439 500 lbs: 9 Almost nothing after this First, searching on "I can bench $x pounds" is a poor choice. "I can bench press $x pounds" is much more popular, and with...
by Benson
Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0712: "Single Ladies"
Replies: 109
Views: 31801

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

Wow! How'd you guys travel 3 minutes into the future? Anyways, I like all the random connections Randall's been making lately. Well, actually only the last 2 were like that, so I hope the next one is too! Well, you see, I had a brother that died, and when he did, I felt the pain in my heart instant...
by Benson
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 77421

Re: "Strip Games" Discussion

I guess Randall fixed the fraction, because it's right now...
by Benson
Thu Jan 28, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42075

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're all referring to as "Linux" is in fact GNU Linux, or as I've recently taken to calling it, GNU plus Linux. Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by ...
by Benson
Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42075

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

Everyone seems to think this is about Linux. Maybe I'm stupid, but I thought the joke was something to do with Windows 7 no longer getting viruses... Note win32 (where everyone these days uses 64-bit, but 64-bit XP was a horrendous mess), and the alt-text implication that "year-of-desktop-linux...
by Benson
Fri Dec 04, 2009 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0671: "Stephen and Me"
Replies: 84
Views: 16471

Re: "Stephen and Me" Discussion

If "volvo" is "I roll" in Latin, then what's the Latin word for vulva? "volvo" = "I roll" "vulva" = "jelly roll" 8) Actually, "vulva" or "volva" is Latin for uterus, and "cunnus" is Latin for vulva. At least t...
by Benson
Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0671: "Stephen and Me"
Replies: 84
Views: 16471

Re: "Stephen and Me" Discussion

'; DROP DATABASE;-- wrote:
pgn674 wrote:Did anyone else notice that camera girl lost her backpack in the last panel?
Something vanished from the desk as well.

She stuffed it in her backpack and threw it out the window to a waiting accomplice. The whole documentary thing was just a ruse to get in there.
by Benson
Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0670: "Spinal Tap Amps"
Replies: 110
Views: 31880

Re: "Spinal Tap Amps" Discussion

Also, you mean F as in hexadecimal? If so shouldn't it be 15? In any case, it is probably a bad idea to use letters A-F for volume on a musical device. "Sorry, this song is in the key of G and my amp only goes to F." Good point. If you start counting a 1, 15 would be "F," and 16...
by Benson
Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0656: "October 30th"
Replies: 62
Views: 16180

Re: "October 30th" Discussion

Randall speaks of impossible things. You can't hit the block at thirty-year intervals till 2300, because the internets told me the world will end in 2012. Duh. :wink: But Randall can, because he is That Awesome. It's like the Dukes theme, "someday the raptors might get him but the end-of-the-w...
by Benson
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0654: "Nachos"
Replies: 96
Views: 26114

Re: "Nachos" Discussion

The reason microwave ovens disrupt WiFi is that they both use the same unlicensed 2.4GHz spectrum. The reason that spectrum is unlicensed is that it is absorbed by water, so does not travel far. Not really, although that misconception is very common. The licensed bands above and below the 2.4GHz IS...
by Benson
Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 28966

Re: "Static" Discussion

I'd venture to say that the vast majority of sex occurs between one male and one female. You guys must have very active imaginations to assume that the comic depicts male/male, female/female or greater than two partners. What about less than 2? Could be masturbation + MPD/DID. :lol: (Yes, a condom ...
by Benson
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 28966

Re: "Static" Discussion

I'm a little confused about who's talking since it seems like the people might be switching places, but I can't tell. I don't think so -- the girl's * word balloon is on top in the first panel, and they seem to me to be following the same orientation throughout. He's wearing a wrist-strap, guesses ...
by Benson
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 28966

Re: "Static" Discussion

So did he change his RAM in the nude or what? I believe the joke was he changed the RAM while he was wearing a condom. If I'm wrong though I feel awfully silly :oops: Yea, but on his wrist, covering his hand, or properly used? But unless he had the wrist-thing on his genitals, I'd assume the latter...
by Benson
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 28966

Re: "Static" Discussion

rubber314chicken wrote:So did he change his RAM in the nude or what?

Not entirely -- it seems he had a condom on, at least.

Oops, ninjaed.
by Benson
Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 51079

Re: "RPS" Discussion

To re-iterate some posts I've already made, graphing calculators are a colossal scam, and a monopoly. Definitely a monopoly. The Faculty of Engineering at my university only certifies specific calculators (we have to get them stickered) for us to be able to use in tests, and they're all Texas Instr...
by Benson
Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0644: "Surgery"
Replies: 110
Views: 27193

Re: "Surgery" Discussion

Alt text (suck it purists!): Damn. Not only did he not install it, he sutured a 'Vista-Ready' sticker onto my arm. If Vista makes him stop attempting to modify his bodies.....software (errrr.......what happens when you get a Trojan in your brain anyway?) then I'm all for it. Then again......Vista *...
by Benson
Wed Sep 30, 2009 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 84977

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

As I have said above, assuming only that you value friendship and relationships equally; Most people have enough friends. 100 + 1 is 101. The marginal value of another friendship is small. The comparitive marginal value of a relationship (sexual, romantic, whatever) is large. 0 + 100 is 100. I thin...
by Benson
Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0639: "Lincoln-Douglas"
Replies: 94
Views: 17847

Re: "Lincoln-Douglas" Discussion

Your mom jokes in and of themselves are not inherently funny - it's the way they're set. I can't say I've ever heard one thrown at Lincoln before, so points for that? I concur. I find the way this was done to be clever indeed, because it's more than just a your mom joke, but it also turns a histori...
by Benson
Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0633: "Blockbuster Mining"
Replies: 161
Views: 32197

Re: "Blockbuster Mining" Discussion

Ok, I completely didn't get this until the Harriet-readers explained it. Thanks, all!

But I love the way stick figures seem to contain more blood than their body volume -- makes me wonder how fast they can be drained of blood, given adequate vacuuming systems.
by Benson
Fri Aug 07, 2009 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0620: "Wings"
Replies: 141
Views: 36115

Re: "Wings" Discussion

What one needs to do this effectively is a modified "auto-belay". Otherwise as soon as he flaps his wings the effect the bricks are having on him will change. Ok..more to the point.. it won't be consistant like atmospheric pressure and gravity. With the autobelay, one simply adjusts the s...
by Benson
Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 33689

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

I have to pint out that macs are based on linux (I cound bsd as linux) they just happen to have all the pitfalls of both Linux and Windows Please don't (count *BSD as Linux). Linux isn't what makes my Linux & NetBSD boxen so much more pleasant to work with than my one XP box. Nor (despite what ...
by Benson
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 22771

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

"Different types of alcohol"? I assure you, methanol has very different effects from ethanol. Ask your grad student friend to chug some wood alcohol if he disagrees.

Different types of alcoholic beverages all generally have the same type of alcohol.
by Benson
Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0608: "Form"
Replies: 94
Views: 28403

Re: "Form" discussion

This is what a blank tab looks like on my browser. How odd. What browser (it's definitely NOT firefox as-released) and what OS (looks like windows, if so what shell customizations) are that? I'd hazard a guess that this is responsible for the text: http://userstyles.org/styles/1441 The sleekness of...
by Benson
Fri Jul 10, 2009 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0607: "2038"
Replies: 108
Views: 27322

Re: "2038" Discussion

The correct thing to say would be it's Y2K for real this time. Then go on to explain how people who thought 2000 would be an issue had no idea how shit works*, and 1970 + 2^32 seconds is in 2038, and how 2^32 corresponds to 2 digits (0, 1) and 32-bit. By then they should be either panicked or compl...
by Benson
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0605: "Extrapolating"
Replies: 100
Views: 26470

Re: "Extrapolating" discussion

Y'know, fundamentally, it's not an extrapolation problem; it's just a bad choice of basis; the polynomial basis simply doesn't model what we know of the underlying system behavior. Since everyone's heard that if you've had one divorce, any further marriages are likely to end the same way * , let's m...
by Benson
Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0604: "Qwertial Aphasia"
Replies: 118
Views: 26790

Re: "Qwertial Aphasia" Discussion

Yeah, I'll do this sometimes, though more often what I'm thinking than what I'm saying. (Probably because I'm usually typing when I'm alone, and I only think aloud perhaps 25% of the time, so thinking something else much more than saying something else.) In fact, I had one earlier tonight. Was liste...
by Benson
Tue Jun 23, 2009 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0600: "Android Boyfriend"
Replies: 136
Views: 43499

Re: "Android Boyfriend" Discussion

Silly, Randall. Women would not buy android boyfriends. Just bigger and faster vibrators. Can a vibrator cook you dinner ;-)? Go rock-climbing? Kill anyone who bothers you with his bare hands? I think not. You would be surprised what vibrators can do these days. I saw one defy gravity for a few mom...
by Benson
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33312

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

Bluntly, I didn't excuse the whole humans = batteries bit because "it's sci-fi" (I'd never heard that reason for excusing it, and it makes negative sense), but because I can forgive a flubbed backstory explanation as long as the present is reasonably consistent, and they don't continually ...
by Benson
Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33312

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

Yeah, I thought the sequels were OK, too. (Although obviously not as good as the original.)

I watched the DVDs back-to-back, though, instead of seeing them in a theater as they came out -- I think the wait would have been rather annoying.


Oh, and purple-powder-snorting Neo is just awesome, BTW.
by Benson
Mon Apr 06, 2009 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0565: "Security Question"
Replies: 96
Views: 21810

Re: "Security Question" Discussion

Does anyone actually have a desk with a keyboard tray any more? And do they actually use it? You bet! Given that my appallingly shallow desktop is filled with my (appallingly?) deep 21" CRT and the shelf has 17" and 19" CRTs with the front faces aligned, the only place I could fit a ...
by Benson
Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0560: "Lithium Batteries"
Replies: 92
Views: 18018

Re: Lithium Batteries discussion

Technical nitpick: huge difference between Lithium batteries (pacemakers) and Lithium-ion batteries (the others).

It's still funny, if I don't think about it too hard.
by Benson
Fri Mar 13, 2009 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0555: "Two Mirrors"
Replies: 134
Views: 40824

Re: "Two Mirrors"

ahhahaha... That brings back memories. I honestly laughed out loud when I saw the comic, I'm sure Mary wasn't expecting that. However, what would happen if Mary tossed her knife? wouldn't the girl in the middle be sliced to death x infinity? I think you could do that with rockets on one Duke Nukem ...
by Benson
Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0553: "Pirate Bay"
Replies: 102
Views: 25174

Re: "Pirate Bay" Discussion

I seed OS images (slackware and Debian; not Vista, you pervert!) to a ratio of 10, weekly TV shows all week, and anything else to a ratio of at least 2. But I'll let things run over, until I need that upstream bandwidth for new stuff, so most "anything else" torrents end up with a ratio of...
by Benson
Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 69458

Re: "Base System" discussion

Ouch. My first guess was swapped byte order, because of the "obvious" null termination, and I somehow never realized the null termination was invalidated. Such fail. :roll: OTOH, using nul as sp is just so wrong... Huh? "Obvious"? "Invalidated"? "Null as space&quo...
by Benson
Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 69458

Re: "Base System" discussion

Not funny, Randall. One of my great-great-great-great grandfathers died in the Napoleanic wars. Not cool, not funny, not a good comic. I'm trying to remember (or envision) a comic so innocuous you couldn't pull this act. Ok, here's a few candidates: http://xkcd.com/201/ http://xkcd.com/355/ http://...
by Benson
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 69458

Re: "Base System" discussion

I'd hoped for something better (i.e. more obscure) than null-terminated ASCII, if only so my showing up 5 minutes late wouldn't guarantee someone else cracks it first.... It's not null-terminated. Ouch. My first guess was swapped byte order, because of the "obvious" null termination, and ...
by Benson
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0540: "Base System"
Replies: 220
Views: 69458

Re: "Base System" discussion

Also, she's sitting on the top part of the couch. Yes. Yes she is. Is this abnormal? I don't do it much these days, but only because I don't have a couch. Couches are typically proportioned nicely for that, and are too low for sitting "normally". Also, base2 . <groan /> I'd hoped for some...

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