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by fluffysheap
Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 7667

2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/schwarzschilds_cat.png Title Text: " Cats can be smaller than the critical limit, but they're unobservable. If one shrinks enough that it crosses the limit, it just appears to get cuter and cuter as it slowly fades from view. " The smallest possible cat is know...
by fluffysheap
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 4220

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

Maybe this is accurate for rockets launched from Florida. Rockets launching from California instead have to avoid hitting Pegasus ponies as they fly through the Cloudsdale zone.
by fluffysheap
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2084: "FDR"
Replies: 49
Views: 10543

Re: 2084: "FDR"

April191774 wrote:April 19, 1775
Hardly a man is left alive
That remembers that famous date and year....


Who is killing everyone that remembers that date? What do they know?

In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

In the year 1492, Columbus got us a day off school.
by fluffysheap
Fri Oct 26, 2018 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 4871

2064: "I'm a Car"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/im_a_car.png Title Text: "I'm the proud parent of an honor student, and the person driving me is proud, too!" Of course, only those cars built on or before November 6, 2000 are eligible. I have too many cars, and they're all eligible to vote this year. For conv...
by fluffysheap
Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 10506

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Parades are about getting a big crowd together to watch people go past in garishly decorated vehicles. It's basically the same as NASCAR. Also, in both cases, most of the crowd is bored and secretly hoping there will be a horrible accident.
by fluffysheap
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 5695

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

That's only 18 times the density of tungsten. No unproven dark-matter physics required, just get the delivery van up to 0.998c. A black hole of that mass would have a volume about 70 orders of magnitude smaller than 1 liter. I was actually wondering about that. Tungsten, osmium, gold, or whatever c...
by fluffysheap
Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 4178

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

For some reason this holiday is mostly celebrated in Hawaii...
by fluffysheap
Wed Sep 19, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 7598

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

All of George Foreman's kids are named George Foreman. Including his daughter. Apparently that was a myth that I just fact-checked and found false. His five sons are all named George, and one of his daughters is named Georgetta. So it's not far off. He has six other daughters (two adopted) with...
by fluffysheap
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 7598

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

It's currently stuck on "John Garcia Kennedy-Reagan"... the algorithm finds both last names together to be bad, but dropping either one to be worse. I nominate "Clinton Reagan Kennedy-Bush." I think the Johnson presidents (Andrew and Lyndon) make a better claim for being unrelat...
by fluffysheap
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 7598

2046: "Trum-"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/trum.png Title Text: "Excited to vote for future presidents Bill Eisenhamper, Amy Forb, Ethan Obample, and Abigail Washingtoast." Not as weird as the two totally unrelated presidents whose last names were both Roosevelt, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, ...
by fluffysheap
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4456

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

Godzilla and Megalon weren't eliminated, but they were excluded because of the lack of a court* that could contain them.

* either kind
by fluffysheap
Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:03 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 18478

Re: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

While it might be considered less than sporting to point out how a what-if could be made more practical, you could have better results by just doing away with the pole entirely once you reach Earth's atmosphere. While you'd still be moving at about 450 m/sec relative to the Earth's surface, once you...
by fluffysheap
Fri May 11, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 5734

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

What was asked is if there's a difference between what the words refer to, which generally there isn't. Well, maybe. Exo, meaning outside, usually refers to the location, whereas xeno, meaning foreign, usually refers to the origin. So if life from Earth traveled to another planet, studying it would...
by fluffysheap
Mon May 07, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 14161

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Loophole. A student pilot's cert is only required for solo flight, trainees can be younger. The only restrictions on age come in if you are trying to set records or engaged in competition, as a result of the crash/death of Jessica Dubroff in 1996. As far as I know the setting records thing isn't a ...
by fluffysheap
Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 22006

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Count me as one of the "baklava but covered in honey" group. Being American I've never had the real thing, but we do have a candy called "spicettes" which is a sort of sugary gum-gelatin blob flavored with not particularly candy-ish flavors like clove and spearmint. Also comes in...
by fluffysheap
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 8266

Re: 1962: “Generations”

It's always useful to refer to the book which coined the term "Millenials": https://www.amazon.com/dp/0688119123 "Generations" is an interesting work of pseudoscience which, despite its lack of rigor, nevertheless makes predictions about the "future" (but since it's ove...
by fluffysheap
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 8266

Re: 1962: “Generations”

To be fair, most of the 1874-1891 generation wasn't Hitler either.

I'm more worried about the 2126-2143 generation, which, shortly after the perfection of human cloning and due to a bug in the procedure, will all be Hitler.
by fluffysheap
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1941: "Dying Gift"
Replies: 25
Views: 6681

Re: 1941: "Dying Gift"

That's right: anyone can walk in, but they can never leave. Well, that song makes slightly more sense now. Ordinary banks have pretty strange properties anyway. Like, they can contain the same money more than once. That's some mind-bending topology right there. It's just an emergent property of a q...
by fluffysheap
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 8537

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

I think this, like rowhammer, shows mostly that we are getting sufficiently good at software security that attackers have to exploit the hardware. The problem of course is that hardware isn't quite as easy to fix as software. Sometimes you can, like meltdown, and sometimes you can't, like rowhammer....
by fluffysheap
Sat Dec 16, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 3573

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

What worries me is there is a non-zero amplitude for arguments after falling asleep. Be careful with your sleep-talking, people! I think it means you sent a message, then fell asleep, and only then your friend read it and got angry. That's why there's a higher chance of it after smartphones than be...
by fluffysheap
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 16441

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Hate heat. If it's cold, you can dress warmly. If it's hot, you... can be hot. I live in Denver, so that suits me fine. It's not on the chart, but Salt Lake City is, and the overall climate is similar. Also not on the chart are the weather swings inherent to semi-arid climates. Earlier this fall we ...
by fluffysheap
Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 8789

Re: 1893: "Thread"

Except that, twice in Pern's history, there's a "Long Interval" of 400 years, where the Red Star doesn't come close enough to leave Thread and there's no "Pass" The long intervals aren't because of wonky orbital mechanics , but because the future dragonriders have traveled back ...
by fluffysheap
Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 8476

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

Plug doesn't fit through case. But they always tell me I just haven't met the right person yet.
by fluffysheap
Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 15895

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

richP wrote:It's not like you get to review a fighter's resume before a bar fight (or get a cut scene showing his strengths/weaknesses before the battle).

Wouldn't any knife fight end up being a cut scene?
by fluffysheap
Sat Sep 02, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107280
Views: 50368081

Re: 1190: "Time"

The DeLorean has the engine in the rear, so if it crashed, there wouldn't be any steam/smoke coming from it.

(if you can't be pedantic here, where can you?)
by fluffysheap
Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 17271

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Liri wrote:The New Yorker has a much more rigorous and defined editorial policy on spelling and word use relative to most other publications


Does anyone know why they put umlauts everywhere? They are not metal enough to get away with it.
by fluffysheap
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 17271

Re: 1849: "Decades"

When identifying music, movies, clothes, or cars: 1967 vs. 1977: easy 1977 vs. 1987: easy 1987 vs. 1997: easy 1997 vs. 2007: fairly easy 2007 vs. 2017: hard For cars there's a good reason at least, fuel economy standards have forced every manufacturer to optimize for drag. Almost every car now has ...
by fluffysheap
Mon May 01, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1831: "Here to Help"
Replies: 21
Views: 10355

1831: "Here to Help"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/here_to_help.png Title Text: "We TOLD you it was hard." "Yeah, but now that I'VE tried, we KNOW it's hard." I've been trying for years to develop a reliable algorithm for being the first to make a new comic thread. Apparently, the solution is for nobo...
by fluffysheap
Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 25055

Re: 1807: "Listening"

What bugs me is that nobody ever takes advantage of the "form of a question" dodge when the "answer" already is a question This does happen occasionally, and it is acceptable, or at least it was the last time I saw someone do it, which was a few years ago. I even saw Alex once a...
by fluffysheap
Wed Nov 23, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1763: "Catcalling"
Replies: 91
Views: 20752

Re: 1763: "Catcalling"

Also, opening a can of tuna now harasses women.
by fluffysheap
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 12636

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

I guess it depends on your definition of the "78 RPM era." 78 RPM became standardized in 1925, 60 years from the end of the Civil War. It "ended" (in the sense of most popular music no longer being available in this format) around 1955, 61 years from today. However, 78 RPM record...
by fluffysheap
Fri Sep 30, 2016 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1739: "Fixing Problems"
Replies: 26
Views: 9078

Re: 1739: "Fixing Problems"

Eternal Density wrote:Eventually (hours of attempts later) I gave in and partly disassembled it to unplug the battery.

Then I busted the battery connector.

Sounds like just waiting for it to run down would have been a better option.
by fluffysheap
Mon Sep 14, 2015 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1577: "Advent"
Replies: 71
Views: 15572

Re: 1577: Advent

The unsettling part of this for me is that the grid formed by the calendar makes the guy look like just a bunch of disconnected lines.
by fluffysheap
Mon May 25, 2015 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 50168

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

The Doctor and The Doctor could easily be matched up. Why not match up ALL The Doctors?

I'm reminded of the song...

It's like Twisted Sister
Meets Mr Mister
Its like a rolling thunder meets a careless whisper
Its like Fleetwood Mac, Biggie and 2-pac in a game of Twister
la la la
by fluffysheap
Wed Apr 29, 2015 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"
Replies: 126
Views: 18844

Re: 1518: "Typical Morning Routine"

This happens to me all the time. It usually turns out that I can't shut the alarm off because I need to wake up first. Floor vents are a thing, yeah. I have a few, one in a similar position. Overall, I think they're better than wall vents. I find they tend to be in rooms where the wall you would wan...
by fluffysheap
Mon Apr 27, 2015 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29506

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

I had no idea my offhand comment would turn out to be so controversial. But then, it never occurred to me that the dress might look white and gold, either. Here is how I convinced myself originally that the Pikachus were countable. It's almost like a proof. Let K be the maximum branching factor of t...
by fluffysheap
Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29506

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

Image

So far the only thing about this I understand is that the explainxkcd is wrong, because if occasionally you get two pikachus instead of one, they're still countably infinite.
by fluffysheap
Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 12928

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

My interpretation of the squirt bottle is that she sprayed enough water onto the Earth that the ocean level rose and covered all the land, so now it's featureless. Although an Earth with no land would have some pretty gnarly waves.
by fluffysheap
Sun Mar 01, 2015 1:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 60012

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

The GIF is interesting, but the white balance is so far off it's hard to tell much from it. Look at the walls or the light coming in from the window, later in the sequence. Those are probably white or nearly white, but they look very yellow. As previously discussed, when the white balance is too yel...
by fluffysheap
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 60012

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

It's not all that rare to see white things with an unnatural blue tint in photographs, usually as a result of a camera white balance problem. If a crap camera with just a few white balance presets is set to incandescent, then white things will appear blue. This will also happen, to a lesser degree, ...

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