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by musashi1600
Mon Feb 08, 2016 4:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"
Replies: 18
Views: 14665

Re: What-If 0144: "Saliva Pool"

It would take a long time, sure. But it would all be worth it, because at the end of it all, you'd have an Olympic-size swimming pool full of saliva. And isn't that, deep down, all any of us really want?


Somebody has been reading Mysterious Girlfriend X.
by musashi1600
Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1536: "The Martian"
Replies: 128
Views: 40500

Re: 1536: "The Martian"

Amazon is showing the paperback edition on backorder. That was fast. >_>

(They still have the hardcover edition, and Powell's still has both paperback and hardcover editions as of this post.)
by musashi1600
Wed May 06, 2015 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 20598

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

If you get England, does Queen Elizabeth II get to keep Scotland/Wales/Northern Ireland/Canada/Australia/New Zealand/the-rest-of-the-Commonwealth-realms?
by musashi1600
Mon Dec 29, 2014 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1466: "Phone Checking"
Replies: 23
Views: 7505

Re: 1466: "Phone Checking"

Riding the bus in a city that provides real-time arrival information is how this behavior gets started and reinforced … "Your bus is estimated to arrive in 10 minutes." *refresh* "Your bus is estimated to arrive in 10 minutes." *refresh* "Your bus is estimated to arrive in 1...
by musashi1600
Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1294: "Telescope Names"
Replies: 89
Views: 23196

Re: 1294: "Telescope Names"

"The Thirty Meter Telescope will be renamed The Flesh-Searing Eye on the Volcano." Alternatively, some Native Hawaiians would call it "One Telescope Too Many." (IMO, this LiveScience op-ed does a good job of explaining why there are people on Big Island who are unhappy with the ...
by musashi1600
Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1278: "Giraffes"
Replies: 67
Views: 21587

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 chemic...
by musashi1600
Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Axis & Allies dice probability
Replies: 9
Views: 6091

Re: Axis & Allies dice probability

Yes, that's exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks!
by musashi1600
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Axis & Allies dice probability
Replies: 9
Views: 6091

Re: Axis & Allies dice probability

No, I'm trying to figure out the probability where success is determined by two consecutive rolls instead of a single roll. For example, someone has to roll a 4, 5, or 6 followed by a 6 in order to have a success.
by musashi1600
Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Axis & Allies dice probability
Replies: 9
Views: 6091

Axis & Allies dice probability

I've been thinking about probability in Axis & Allies dice rolls, where a single d6 roll is used to determine a successful hit or miss (such as a torpedo attack in Naval Miniatures, where 1-5 count as a miss and a 6 counts as a successful hit.) http://mathurl.com/jvoq534.png I know based on read...
by musashi1600
Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 45767

Re: 1056: "Felidae"

Apple announced today their solution to the problem.

They're changing to surf breaks now.
by musashi1600
Sat May 18, 2013 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Director's Cut Y/N)
Replies: 6
Views: 6475

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Director's Cut Y/N)

I'd like to watch Star Trek VI, but iTunes has two versions of the film, and I'm trying to figure out which one I should watch. There's the basic version and there's a Director's Cut.
by musashi1600
Sun Apr 28, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 33001

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

I haven't seen this yet, so just to get it out there:

"Wait Wait, Don't Bomb Me: Peter Sagal talks the Boston Marathon"
by musashi1600
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62230

Re: 1196: "Subways"

And San Francisco's BART is certainly a subway, but Caltrain is commuter rail (and it runs *very* infrequently off-peak), and the MUNI Metro is only a subway on Market Street, after which the trains transform (literally transform, the steps change and everything!) into streetcars. These all are ver...
by musashi1600
Mon Apr 08, 2013 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62230

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Wow. I need this as a full-size poster. Now. Just name your price Randall Munroe, AND I WILL PAY IT. I have no idea how to read this map. I'm guessing it reads something like a traditional subway map, but if it does I wouldn't know how to read that either, I don't live in a city with a subway. What ...
by musashi1600
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 51317

Re: 0918: "Google+"

Resurrecting this up since I'm debating whether or not to join Google+ right now. I'm someone who has zero trust in Facebook and has stayed far away from that site, although I do use several of Google's services (email, calendar, contacts, maps, Android, and a couple others.) In particular, I've hea...
by musashi1600
Fri Dec 14, 2012 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19439

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

slimjim8094 wrote:Should have held 'B'


Should've used a species that needs an evolution stone or a trade to evolve; no need to press B there.
by musashi1600
Mon Nov 12, 2012 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why/how does odd/even gas rationing help?
Replies: 21
Views: 4602

Re: Why/how does odd/even gas rationing help?

It doesn't actually make gas last longer, but it does mean only half the people are sitting in line on any given day. Over the same two day time frame, just as many people are getting gas(assuming saturation, as is the case here), but people sitting in line does suck... It might help by reducing th...
by musashi1600
Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 21244

Re: 1082: “Geology”

I work for structural engineers. There's always talk of erections and members and so on. Highly amusing. As a structural engineer myself I would concur. With such terms as erection sequence, member, stiffness, flexural rigidity, column, tension rod, shear stud (note the spelling of shear to avoid c...
by musashi1600
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: First-time builder needing a reality check
Replies: 15
Views: 4275

Re: First-time builder needing a reality check

Thanks for the advice. I will wait another month or so before buying since Intel just launched their new processors today; Iʻll probably bump this thread with a new part list when Iʻm ready. - You probably want to double the RAM to 8 GB. Yeah, I meant to mention that I was buying two 4 GB sticks in ...
by musashi1600
Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: First-time builder needing a reality check
Replies: 15
Views: 4275

First-time builder needing a reality check

Iʻm looking to build a new $2,000 gaming rig, and hereʻs what Iʻve specʻd out through Newegg: ⋅ CPU: Intel Core i7-2700K Sandy Bridge 3.5GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623i72700K ⋅ Mobo: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 LGA 1155 Int...
by musashi1600
Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1037: "Umwelt"
Replies: 478
Views: 313676

Re: 1037(?): Umwelt

Nyerguds wrote:Amazing. It even changes based on referrer; try following the link from the xkcd Wikipedia article.


Thereʻs an NSFW version of a guy taking a baseball bat to a beehive filled with some *unusual* bees for people from 4chan.

(Using the RefControl add-on for Firefox to experiment.)
by musashi1600
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 30973

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

Remember that until 2004, there weren't any clear photos or videos of tsunamis Is that really true? It seems like such a short time ago... Not of them actually happening . Remember, you have almost no forewarning of a tsunami, and before 2004 not everyone was walking around with a camcorder in thei...
by musashi1600
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25123

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

atrahasis wrote:
Schadenfreude wrote:Holy Crap that's a lot of alt-text.

Hey, would anyone be willing to make a graph of alt-text length vs Xkcd comic number?


Comic 404 is set to -1 as it doesn't exist.


The highest spike is 862, right?
by musashi1600
Thu Oct 13, 2011 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Matching a name & address to a DOB & SSN?
Replies: 4
Views: 1705

Re: Matching a name & address to a DOB & SSN?

What, need access to someone else's bank account, and can't remember their mother's maiden name? Maybe. :twisted: I do wonder how that information is treated, especially considering that there are a significant number of people who post half of the latter information on Facebook for friends (if not...
by musashi1600
Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Matching a name & address to a DOB & SSN?
Replies: 4
Views: 1705

Matching a name & address to a DOB & SSN?

Just wondering, but is it possible for a non-governmental organization to match a living individual's name and home address with a date-of-birth and Social Security number using legally acquired information, and if so, how is it possible? I know that matching names to a physical address is easy (wit...
by musashi1600
Fri Sep 16, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0952: "Stud Finder"
Replies: 98
Views: 32860

Re: 0952: "Stud Finder"

Can't the guy just knock on the wall to figure out where the studs are? It's easy to tell the difference between the sound of knocking on a hollow space and the sound of knocking on a stud.
by musashi1600
Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23653

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

Alt text: ". . . the Franklin Expedition reached the Pacific in 2009 when the Northwest Passage opened . . . "


Unfortunately, looking that part up on Wikipedia reminded me why the name "John Torrington" freaked me out as a kid.
by musashi1600
Fri Sep 09, 2011 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34191

Re: 0947: “Investing”

Just wanted to mention that NPR's Planet Money blog put up this strip in a post.
by musashi1600
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hurricaine Irene: It's pretty big I guess
Replies: 40
Views: 6323

Re: Hurricaine Irene: It's pretty big I guess

II also put a bowl of water in my freezer so it'll freeze before the storm hits. If I lose power, I'll transfer the ice to the fridge, which will hopefully keep the fridge temp low for a while. BAD IDEA. Once your house loses power, the freezer and fridge will keep everything inside preserved for a...
by musashi1600
Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 165375

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

I figure the quote for the "Virtual World" project from Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri is apropos for this comic: "What do I care for your suffering? Pain, even agony, is no more than information before the senses, data fed to the computer of the mind. The lesson is simple: you have recei...
by musashi1600
Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46248

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

My first reaction when reading about this was, "Does this mean scientists might be able to use HIV to cure HIV?" Interestingly, there's someone in this Fark thread who replied "Yes" with an explanation.
by musashi1600
Wed Jul 06, 2011 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying a prebuilt comp and adding a graphics card
Replies: 5
Views: 2734

Re: Buying a prebuilt comp and adding a graphics card

So in short, the prebuilt option is technically feasible, but not as cost-effective as building a computer from scratch. That's more or less what I figured.
by musashi1600
Sun Jul 03, 2011 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying a prebuilt comp and adding a graphics card
Replies: 5
Views: 2734

Re: Buying a prebuilt comp and adding a graphics card

Point the first - that's an older dual-core PC. Not a good value, not a good buy. Look for a Sandy Bridge CPU; they're generally marketed as "Second Generation" CPUs and they have 4 digit model numbers (i3-2100, i5-2300, i7-2600, etc.) So something like this would be a better buy if I dec...
by musashi1600
Sun Jul 03, 2011 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying a prebuilt comp and adding a graphics card
Replies: 5
Views: 2734

Buying a prebuilt comp and adding a graphics card

I'd like to replace my current 5-year old gaming computer, and a plan I'm considering is buying a prebuilt computer (such as this ), dropping in a new graphics card (such as this ), and replacing the power supply to compensate (which I think should be about 700-800 W). I've never built a computer fr...
by musashi1600
Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21278

Re: 0913: "Core"

Reading about the Earth's interior leads to mentioning the Mohorovičić discontinuity , which always reminds me of this Alpha Centauri quote: "In the borehole pressure mines 100km beneath Planetsurface, at the Mohorovicic Discontinuity where crust gives way to mantle, temperatures often reach le...
by musashi1600
Thu May 12, 2011 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 646951

Re: EVE Online

Clone contracts don't expire due to time. If you have more SP than your clone, the most you'll lose will be 1 rank of your highest-SP skill. You'll still have 14 million SP. That's 7-8 months of training time, throwing it away would be magnificently foolish. Hmm. I was thinking for some reason that...
by musashi1600
Thu May 12, 2011 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 646951

Re: EVE Online

I'd be losing a ton of SP with the first option anyway, since my clone contract would've expired long ago. Not that much difference as I see it.
by musashi1600
Thu May 12, 2011 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 646951

Re: EVE Online

I've been away from Eve since since August of 2009, after trying to find a place for myself as a miner/industrialist, getting into a nullsec corp, then leaving it all because I wasn't enjoying it like I thought I would. I've recently been contemplating going back and starting from scratch (new acco...
by musashi1600
Wed May 11, 2011 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4828
Views: 646951

Re: EVE Online

I've been away from Eve since since August of 2009, after trying to find a place for myself as a miner/industrialist, getting into a nullsec corp, then leaving it all because I wasn't enjoying it like I thought I would. I've recently been contemplating going back and starting from scratch (new accou...
by musashi1600
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60083

Re: 0889: Turtles

This is one of the more stoner xkcd comics ever put up, man.

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