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by peteispo
Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"
Replies: 15
Views: 3839

Re: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"

stilettoblade wrote:
Sableagle wrote:
speising wrote:That sure reminds me of the typical forum thread here...
Does anybody else want to read that report now?

Was prepared to post the thread, if necessary, in order to say I want to read that paper.


I tried to scroll the image down to read more...
by peteispo
Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 14873

Re: 1986: River Border

Why not follow the example of Pheasant Island in the Bidasoa River between France and Spain, which switches nationality every six months: that's a proper (typically European) way of solving a problem...
by peteispo
Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 27525

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Doesn't opening a banana from the small end make you end up with banana peal underneath your fingernails?

No, you can squeeze the small end from the sides and it pops open. You still have to pull the gross bit off though...
by peteispo
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 8113

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

They are going to be some teeny-tiny little pills, although I guess 500mg of aspirin might be big enough to get hold of...
by peteispo
Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 8579

Re: 1824: "Identification Chart"

Kestrel could have the same outline as Harrier - the prototype for the Harrier was the P.1127 Kestrel...
We could also include Gannet (UK Royal Navy torpedo bomber), Merlin (Navy helicopter) and Raven (electronic-countermeasures variant of the FB111)
by peteispo
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"
Replies: 92
Views: 21224

Re: 1766: "Apple Spectrum"

I've never come across Honeycrisp over here, but I really like tart apples (Granny Smith FTW) so I probably wouldn't get that. Also, what's with the Red Delicious? Again, not much of that here, but Golden Delicious (another oxymoron) is what I think the tree in my garden produces. Pretty awful reall...
by peteispo
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 15674

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

What, no Bobcats?
by peteispo
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 40707

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Braintree belongs in the real-but-mislocated category - it should be in Essex (East and just north of London)
by peteispo
Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12939

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

The "78 RPM era" might be close to your Civil War, but not ours...
by peteispo
Wed Mar 02, 2016 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1649: "Pipelines"
Replies: 91
Views: 18060

Re: 1649: "Pipelines"

It's a bit disappointing that the "Donated Blood" pipe is not much bigger than an large artery...
I wonder how the same diagram would work for the UK. I suspect that the Tea pipe would need to be larger...
by peteispo
Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1635: "Birdsong"
Replies: 40
Views: 10008

Re: 1635: "Birdsong"

Does the bird do the guitar breaks too?
by peteispo
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1571: "Car Model Names"
Replies: 62
Views: 15530

Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

My Ford S-Max scores a modest hit at 0.72 - that seems about right considering how popular that model has been. Conversely my Fiat Panda is a miss at -1.89 - not quite right, since there have been over 2 million of those sold (rather more than the admittedly larger and more expensive S-Max) Both car...
by peteispo
Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"
Replies: 86
Views: 22282

Re: What-If 0103: "Vanishing Water"

I don't want to be pedantic, but as a long-standing HHGTTG fan, I'm pretty sure the whale is only on its second time around: it's the bowl of petunias that said "Oh no not again!" last time around (heading for Magrathea, of course, not Earth). I suppose someone out there could have a bowl ...
by peteispo
Wed May 01, 2013 8:51 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 13223

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

Most rollercoasters use some potential energy -> kinetic energy conversion to make a loop: i.e. they go downhill more than they go up, so attaining the speed should not be difficult if you drop into an underground loop (as suggested earlier). Doing this would also improve the prospects of the loop s...
by peteispo
Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26012

Re: 1093: "Forget"

Look, I don't really want to appear picky, but "Princess Diana" is incorrect - she was never correctly titled thus. She was "Diana, Princess of Wales", or "The Princess of Wales". Only those born as princesses get to use the form "Princess X" - that is daughte...
by peteispo
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 21313

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 peteispo
Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 66671

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

<not-really-serious>
Any chance of a real comic, for those of us outside the USA who don't really have a lot of influence over the US government?
</not-really-serious>
No - I'll take one for the team, that's fine.
by peteispo
Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0912: "Manual Override"
Replies: 104
Views: 28034

Re: 0912: "Manual Override"

Perhaps we could try and determine whether the plane in the cartoon is a Boeing or an Airbus? :twisted: No winglets - definitely not an Airbus. Two long underwing engines suggest an old B737, series 100 or 200 perhaps? http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2138/2271956009_130ffb53df.jpg
by peteispo
Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 33770

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Oh, I forgot about the suite of HP workstations called 'gordon', 'edward', 'james', 'henry' and 'thomas' - Gordon was the big one, of course. Back in the day, they had to be less than eight characters for the network we were on. These days, some of the Culture ship names would be nice, as long as yo...
by peteispo
Fri Jun 10, 2011 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 33770

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

Psh. Trivial. Coming up with THEMES for a group of servers is the tricky part. I worked in a company that named it's machines after bands: I had 'radiohead' for a while. My current site had Arthurian legend: Arthur, Morgana, Merlin... My workstations have been 'hammond' (small) and 'clarkson' (larg...
by peteispo
Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0838 : "Incident"
Replies: 59
Views: 16372

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

I'm very tempted to set up my mail server so that stuff to root gets copied to santa@northpole.com ...
by peteispo
Mon Sep 06, 2010 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0789: "Showdown"
Replies: 46
Views: 13150

Re: "Showdown" Discussion #789

The tumbleweed then tried to roll off into the sunset, but due to the Old West's placement north of the subtropical ridge, the prevailing winds were in the wrong direction Surely the show down was at high noon, so the tumbleweed has quite a long wait for the sunset! That would be one really dull fi...
by peteispo
Wed Jul 21, 2010 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0769: "War"
Replies: 100
Views: 29765

Re: "War" discussion (#769)

I went "huh?" until I remembered that by the time USA joined the war, the Soviet Union had already switched sides... seems today is my Stupid Day. What? Have you been reading American history books again? The USSR were fighting the Germans from the east while the Allies were landing in th...
by peteispo
Fri Jun 04, 2010 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0749: "Study"
Replies: 79
Views: 30338

Re: "Study" discussion

lsdigit wrote:I give it two days, tops, before some-one goes toooo far.


Yeah, swap the Urushiol with Sarin
by peteispo
Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 122
Views: 27727

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

This is how terrorism works - flying an airliner into a building is exactly the sort of thing that the normal rules of civilisation would preclude, but if you're prepared to break the rules then all hell can break loose...
by peteispo
Mon Feb 22, 2010 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0705: "Devotion to Duty"
Replies: 99
Views: 26962

Re: "Devotion to Duty" discussion

Hi, my name is peteispo, and I am a sysadmin. [applause] There used to be (maybe there still is) a news group called alt.sysadmin.recovery where sysadmins could get together and help each other to recover from being a sysadmin, and tell stories about the horrors of looking after the (l)users. I mana...
by peteispo
Wed Apr 08, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0566: "Matrix Revisited"
Replies: 201
Views: 33326

Re: "Matrix Revisited" Discussion

Can someone explain what the third row is about - I mean, I got the last two panels, but that security gate bit? I saw the first film in the front row of a fairly big theatre, and that "Hello Neo" up in the top left corner gave me some really bad flashbacks to all-nighters on vt100s. As fo...

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