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by higgs-boson
Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 8142

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

Sadly, no option for the Coptic papacy. Seriously, I understand it's the standard to assume users are operating under Roman Catholicism, but to not even provide the option to set the ruling church to even Eastern Orthodox ? I have numerous test samples I need to run under each and every Patriarch, ...
by higgs-boson
Wed Jan 20, 2016 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1632: "Palindrome"
Replies: 55
Views: 10489

Re: 1632: "Palindrome"

Coincidentally, Panamax is also the brand name for a painkiller, which you might need after deploying the aforementioned sex toy. (Paracetamol, the active ingredient, can also be taken anally, so you could conceivably have a panamax Panamax suppository). You better don't panamax-OD on Paracetamol, ...
by higgs-boson
Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1625: Substitutions 2
Replies: 33
Views: 6565

Re: 1625: Substitutions 2

Hiferator wrote:Title-text: "Within a few minutes, our roads will be full of uncontrollably-swerving cars and our skies full of Amazon delivery dogs."


That should be "uncontrollably swerving cats".
by higgs-boson
Thu Dec 17, 2015 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 13488

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

higgs-boson wrote:Where else has he been before?

Second thoughts:

When else has he been before?
When else will he have had been before?
by higgs-boson
Thu Dec 17, 2015 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1617: "Time Capsule"
Replies: 26
Views: 13488

Re: 1617: "Time Capsule"

Is that me or ... I mean, time-travelling to kill Hitler, okay, one could justify that more or less easily, but... coming from the past ? Where else has he been before? Who has he met? What does he know about Hitler what has not been written down in the history books? Are there, on a time-travelling...
by higgs-boson
Wed Dec 16, 2015 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18813

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"


Fun fact: Almost all cars are self-diving.


(sorry for the late delivery, got busy)
by higgs-boson
Tue Dec 08, 2015 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18813

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

hat sort of question always drives me nuts. Human law as applied to human drivers is pretty clear about this. in the event of an unavoidable acccident which is not the drivers fault, the priority list is as follows: 1. Protect the driver and his passengers. 2. protect everyone else. 3. obey traffic...
by higgs-boson
Mon Dec 07, 2015 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 18813

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

The movie I, Robot wrapped the whole main character trauma around a robot's dilemma (or the fact that, to the machine, there was no dilemma) of which human to save - the little girl (low chance of survival) or the middle-aged guy (medium chance of survival). I'd say, for all google/amazon/facebook/m...
by higgs-boson
Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 140
Views: 57627

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

I .... I ... I still have one of those ... *watery eyes* *gulp* Almost 40 years old.
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by higgs-boson
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9532

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

If red touching yellow = dangerous and red touching black = safe... I guess that means Germany is both deadly and innocuous. Sounds about right. Whereas there's nothing at all safe about Belgium. No prophet points for this one, buddy. :? We know that already. Hell, a major news portal already title...
by higgs-boson
Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1604: "Snakes"
Replies: 66
Views: 9532

Re: 1604: "Snakes"

Since I consider it as a fail-safe approach not to get bitten at all, knowing the biter is for the chain of survival in case of the fail-safe approach has not been performed successfully. The only venomous snakes here are Vipera berus . The are more into camouflage than into signal colours, but they...
by higgs-boson
Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1603: "Flashlights"
Replies: 64
Views: 14394

Re: 1603: "Flashlights"

I've enough mobile lightpower to literally call it a day at any given nighttime. So my latest problem was about having minimum enlightment. Wandering around in the moonlight does not need artificial light support, but the occational forest kept me in the dark despite full moon and clear sky. Turning...
by higgs-boson
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 16569

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

And the first rule of the Tautology Club is the Tautology Club's first rule.
by higgs-boson
Mon Nov 09, 2015 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 19659

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

gmalivuk wrote:F is the note after E, but the key of F is the key after C (or I guess after Bb if you're going the other direction).

You may want to work on this, speak it out rhythmically and to a nice piano tune and have a 2nd carreer as a musician.
by higgs-boson
Thu Oct 29, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 19659

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

In my language we have three different endings for the names of the months. One for all the months with 31 days, another one for 30 days, and a unique one for February. Once you remember the month names and the simple rule, you're set. I never imagined that people speaking other languages would nee...
by higgs-boson
Thu Oct 29, 2015 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 4935

Re: 1596: "Launch Status Check"

Image
This scenario feels more realistic.
Wait.
Did I really ....?



(redundant)
Spoiler:
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by higgs-boson
Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1596: "Launch Status Check"
Replies: 26
Views: 4935

1596: "Launch Status Check"

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"Visual checks suggest the cool bird has exited the launch zone. Tip the rocket sideways and resume the countdown--we're gonna go find it!"

And we all thought that thing a year ago was a tragic accident.
by higgs-boson
Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 19659

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Primes less than 1²: none. Primes less than 2²: 2,3. Two of them. Two = February. Primes less than 3²: 2,3,5,7. Four of them. Four = April. Primes less than 4²: 2,3,5,7,11,13. Six of them. Six = June. Primes less than 5²: 2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23. Nine of them. Nine = September. Primes less than 6²: ...
by higgs-boson
Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 19659

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I still catch myself from time to time tipping knuckles * , but since I broke a metacarpal bone (which did not adhere straight), May's day #31 is highly contested. * For each month tip a knuckle or a gap. Turn back on the last knuckle, tipping it twice. Every knuckle marks a month with 31 days, ever...
by higgs-boson
Fri Oct 23, 2015 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 9675

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

* Why can we deprecate API functions easily but fail to dump next-to-last century's nonsensical laws and regulations?! It's like enhancing yesterday's .view(void) method with ten mandatory and sixty optional arguments, seven intentional (and two hundred eighty-one non-intentional) side-effects and ...
by higgs-boson
Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 9675

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

Does not meet requirements for a thing-explainer thing. ⋅ bat ⋅ shelves (shelf) ⋅ wow ⋅ rude ⋅ teammates (teammate) ⋅ pillow ⋅ rules (rule) ⋅ yikes ⋅ hopefully (hopeful) This lifts my spirits: In such a world f...
by higgs-boson
Thu Oct 22, 2015 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 9675

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

This reminds me of that reporter who live blogged a football press conference without knowing German. I presume said conference was in German? Yes. Sadly I can't remember enough to find it. Someone posted it in the Other news thread. Jürgen Klopp, (at this time) famous coach of the German soccer cl...
by higgs-boson
Wed Oct 21, 2015 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 9675

1593: "Play by Play"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/play_by_play.png "The thrower started hitting the bats too much, so the king of the game told him to leave and brought out another thrower from thrower jail." In my country, a TV station, target audience "typical house-wife", won (for whatever reason)...
by higgs-boson
Tue Aug 25, 2015 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"
Replies: 50
Views: 17549

Re: 1568: "Synonym Movies 2"

You know, I think he missed the best option for Harry Potter. He should have gone with "Potboy", a boy who makes pots. That would make Oldboy , as the boy who makes old, Interstellar , at least from Cooper's POV. No wait, I got it the wrong way, it should be motherfu... no, wait, not moth...
by higgs-boson
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1542: "Scheduling Conflict"
Replies: 29
Views: 5277

Re: 1542: "Scheduling Conflict"

Surprise: National Scheduling Conflict Championships were held after all, due to a scheduling conflict that prevented the administrators from cancelling it. But we weren't noticed, because the extraordinary administration meeting for elaboration of the press release was scheduled on a time slot and...
by higgs-boson
Wed Jun 24, 2015 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1542: "Scheduling Conflict"
Replies: 29
Views: 5277

1542: "Scheduling Conflict"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/scheduling_conflict.png ALT: Neither a spokesperson for the organization nor the current world champion could be reached for comment. I wanted to apply for the events "meeting room speed overbooking" and "redundant car pool vehicle jigsaw puzzle redundance...
by higgs-boson
Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 9004

Re: 1539: "Planning"

They hate us and our way of life A journalist was interviewing an old man whose village in Afghanistan was destroyed by a drone attack. The journalist asked him "Why do you think the US destroyed your village?". The man answered "They hate our way of life". It never ceases to am...
by higgs-boson
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1539: "Planning"
Replies: 56
Views: 9004

Re: 1539: "Planning"

The Bomb has much in common with common blackmail. It is a bullet you can fire only once. Although having it helps a lot (at the very least because you cannot be brought to justice easily), you are not allowed to boast about it, and the day-to-day domination has to be supported by other means. The p...
by higgs-boson
Tue Jun 16, 2015 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 18933

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

Metal* - do they really use actual words? And if they do, would it matter? Someone's trying to get me in trouble there - I didn't say that about metal... And thinking of one particular coworker, yeah, that'd get me in trouble... Hahaha... I'll help you out with that. It was me. Metal* - do they rea...
by higgs-boson
Tue Jun 16, 2015 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30381

Re: 1534: "Beer"

[...]I happened to be in Köln Germany at the height of Karnival and while there were tons of costumes everywhere, I don't remember noticing lederhosen. Lots of beer drinking though. And people could dress in animal costumes without it being weird. The stereotypolyticalistic Bavarian would object to...
by higgs-boson
Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 18933

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

I think it's a problem for everyone, native language or no. Artistic license gives way to altered pronunciations, and lyrics suddenly are incomprehensible. There are songs I've listened to hundreds of times, and I still can't figure out all of the lyrics on my own. This depends heavily on the genre...
by higgs-boson
Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30381

Re: 1534: "Beer"

... Dunno if they are available in other countries ... In Germany, "Clausthaler" would be the best-known non-alcohol beer (claiming to have 'full taste'), there is no "Clausthaler" brew non-non-alcohol*. Maybe visitors interested in alcohol-free brews should start with that one....
by higgs-boson
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 248
Views: 30381

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Hi, I am Higgs-Boson and I don't like tea. No, it is not just "I am not fond of the taste.". It is a "I don't like it." spelled u-u-a-a-r-g-h . My friends, starting in school ('college' for U.S. people) followed the line of the Brasilian Encounter described a few posts prior to t...
by higgs-boson
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1535: "Words for Pets"
Replies: 40
Views: 8791

Re: 1535: "Words for Pets"

I'd tend to disagree. It is not about addressing the pet; it is about refering - so the cat model may be just as fine, since if you could teach my cats their names and even to say yes and no, they would most certainly still just ignore me. For me, the graph works. At first, it was the cats' names, e...
by higgs-boson
Mon May 25, 2015 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 37627

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

"I'm staring at the "doctor" section, and I can't help but feel like I've forgotten someone."
- "Who?"
"Exactly!"

This feels a great deal like Abbot & Costello and would make The Doctor indeed being the Voyager's EMH. I'd like that.
by higgs-boson
Thu May 07, 2015 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 14849

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

[...] I don't think there's a particular reason why living in modern Britain should qualify somebody to know more about a particular story than somebody living elsewhere in the English-speaking world. I, for one, know naff-all about it. I was left under the impression that educational systems usual...
by higgs-boson
Thu May 07, 2015 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 14849

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Began to feel quite dizzy reading all these Americans correcting each other regarding the ancient British history and Arthuran legend. Maybe that's because I've drunk a lot of win this Election-day Eve. Despite being from continental Europe, despite having visited England (and Wales, and Scotland) ...
by higgs-boson
Wed May 06, 2015 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 14849

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Arthur is kind of like a mythological founding figure, [...] ... which makes fact-lapidation a bit difficult, indeed. More fun! If someone finds that stone with that Sword still stuck into it, it would imply that Arthur, son of Uther, missed his entry. Look at the whole mess with the Romans and chr...
by higgs-boson
Wed May 06, 2015 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 14849

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

Driven by (somewhat rudimentary) education I'd like to correct "England" to "Britain".
If that's being the case, it would imply that...

  • ... the voices you are hearing might be wrong.
  • ... now there's whisky included. Keep the damn sword!
by higgs-boson
Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 12397

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

If your control group members get pregnant, you really should check your placebo.

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