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by x7eggert
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 1525

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

The problem with sandboxing is a couple of times a week you have to clean out the cat poop. In many cases, you can configure your load balancer to automatically delete and replace the defecative clusters as they drop out of service. The out-of-service clusters are those that do not drop through the...
by x7eggert
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 3414

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

There is neither dark matter nor dark energy; our model of spacetime is simply incorrect on intergalactic scales because we mistakenly assume the speed of light is constant for all observers. In actuality, the speed of light simply appears to change as you get further away. So if it only "appe...
by x7eggert
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 3812

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Irrationals are theoretical, since we can't write them out in any finite decimal notation. You can write down an algorithm to create pi. But you can't write down the decimal representation of ⅑. Integers are theoretical: you can't show me "two." You can show me two objects, and you can ma...
by x7eggert
Sun Aug 05, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3425

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Another thing everybody knows about lightning is that it doesn't strike twice in the same place. So that helps a bit by telling you where it isn't . (Actually I think we're back to the nonblack nonravens, aren't we?) Between the "giant ball rolling over the landscape" model for where it c...
by x7eggert
Thu Aug 02, 2018 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3425

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Half? Blades, is Matt talking about Yeshua of Nazareth or dang ol' Thanos?! All you really know from reading that is that at least two will be taken, and at least two will be left behind; one of each sex in both cases. In addition to knowing not the hour, you know not the grading curve. Daniel, Hio...
by x7eggert
Wed Aug 01, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3425

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your religious professional may be required, to see if there was an Armageddon scheduled . You don't need to, as the bible says that nobody but the father knows ...
by x7eggert
Wed Jul 25, 2018 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 3678

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

How about the concept of the GUI instead of command line. That was a beautiful and powerful idea that has since been bastardized by GUIs that are difficult to use and interface. Think MS Word. I don't get command-line fetishism / GUI bashing. MS Word is hard to use? What alternatives have similar c...
by x7eggert
Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5875

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

In order to reduce the amount of coins you have, take out 9 ¢ to pay the last digit. (4 ¢ might be a good value, too.) If you can't do that, take out one dollar / euro in {10,20,25,50}-¢-pieces. Pay the last two digits using that (possibly slightly more). If you can't do that, Europeans need to cons...
by x7eggert
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 4710

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Would that front pop-out grip double as joystick? How else are you going to move the mouse cursor? By using a track ball. BTDT. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BlackBerry_Curve I like the idea of a big, squishy, water proof case. You might use a package sealing device. Maybe you already have one, too.
by x7eggert
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 7788

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

But like, if you don't want tracking cookies, write legislation about tracking cookies. Requiring a declaration regarding cookies on every single website is clearly useless. It does the exact opposite of the intended purpose. That's what's in the law: You may not set cookies for tracking users, als...
by x7eggert
Fri Jan 19, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 6629

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

Well, it's more consistent yes, I'd argue it's less generally useful since "thousand million" is more of a mouthful than "billion". And we use billions in day-to-day life more than we use heptillions or whatever, and should probably just use standard notation at that point. Ther...
by x7eggert
Sat Oct 28, 2017 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12867

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I have scratched my head many times about the supposed coolness of "fixie," i.e. one-speed, bicycles. My former neighbor had one in order to force himself to train using a specific cadence. It wasn't a fixie though, but single-speed, you didn't need to keep pedaling and you had to have a ...
by x7eggert
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12867

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I assume that cast iron pans are some kind of fresh hipster hell that had passed me by. Is high-maintenance medieval cookware the new thing, in the same way that not having gears on a bike is the new having gears on a bike? I don't own one, but cast iron behaves differently from other materials. If...
by x7eggert
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 5859

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

Well, it doesn't work for me since I read that Wiki page; now it won't work for you either. Sorry. Fortunately knowing that it's a Placebo doesn't reduce it's effect. Sort of by definition, placebos don't "work" at all in the sense that you mean. I believe x7eggert was trying to solve the...
by x7eggert
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6446

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

HES wrote: the one that stays in the phone securely falls out at the other end, because it's one of those silly "stylish" USB-A's that doesn't have the outer bit.


Use scotch tape on the non-conducting side to add friction.
by x7eggert
Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 5859

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

* Well, it doesn't work for me since I read that Wiki page; now it won't work for you either. Sorry. Fortunately knowing that it's a Placebo doesn't reduce it's effect. If you are out of pain killers, take jelly beans. Now that I said this, they will work ... as long as a placebo does work for your...
by x7eggert
Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 10970

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Aha Xanthir we are getting on the same page nearly now. Where is the amazing monitor that can handle both right, traditional desktop defined in virtual sRGB and wide-gamut HDR files, simultaneously? It's the OS' task to transform sRGB and HDR to "that's what I need to send to the monitor in or...
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8771

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

I think the light bulbs are the perfect case in point. Part of the reason you don't see a major impact is because it turns out CFLs in the real world have nowhere near the lifespan they do in the lab. The tests that determined lifespan just involved leaving the damn things on til they burned out, w...
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8771

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

Any case where "real time" means real time . That said, I don't think anyone has manufactured a CPU with the same realtime controls for almost as long. Anything 486-based (assuming you could lock down the cache) would allow predictable cycle counts [I'm assuming you don't need the MMU unl...
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8771

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

Flumble wrote:Is there any scenario left for which MS DOS is an adequate OS? I use graphics-less linuxen all the time, but they're up to date and the kernel is still being maintained.


Yes, currently™ I'm playing X-COM - Terror From The Deep.
by x7eggert
Wed Aug 09, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1874: "Geologic faults"
Replies: 30
Views: 5242

Re:

About those faults in the potato-chip-bag category: What's up with the manufacturers of cereals, crackers, granola bars, and the like? It happens way too often that the seams are way too strong, that the bag breaks well before the seam comes unseamed. Macbeth unseamed Macdonwald from nave to chops....
by x7eggert
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 21907

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Air is a colored material, but it's not a pigmented material. Air is indeed not a pigmented material, but it is also not a colored material. Not any more than you can say a CD is made of colored material, just because you can see colors on it when you light it in a particular way. Under diffuse whi...
by x7eggert
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 21907

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Not nececelery. There's a ton of IR re-emitted by warm things, and many insects (and snakes w/ 'thermalsensor pits') take advantage of this. Further, while the total wattage of solar IR is low-ish, the retina is a quantum detector (sorry, comic-woman figure!), and there are brazilions of IR photons...
by x7eggert
Sat Apr 01, 2017 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 21907

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

So apparently plants reflect green light because there's more green light than any other color in sun's radiation, and so it would be too easy to get sunburnt if a pigment absorbed it. I heard (unconfirmed) that the plants are the second to use photosynthesis, before that there were organisms using...
by x7eggert
Sat Mar 18, 2017 12:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 23
Views: 15288

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

Sandor wrote:Traditionally, you grab your bootstraps if you want to pull your feet off the ground, not your ankles.

For that you'd grab your own beard, just like you do when pulling yourself out of a swamp.
by x7eggert
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:44 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 128
Views: 49321

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

You are thinking much too complicatedly. Just throw the supernova into the black hole before it goes boom. :-) That's a terrible idea. Most of the star's mass wouldn't fall into the black hole and instead produce an accretion disk. Now, accretion disks are fantastically efficient at converting matt...
by x7eggert
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1783: "Emails"
Replies: 26
Views: 4891

Re: 1783: "Emails"

But you know what's worse than the e-mail provider filtering out what they think is spam? The e-mail provider sending you spam, because apparently somewhere along the line you agreed to it while registering on their (otherwise pretty unsophisticated) service. When I saw the first one I thougth they...
by x7eggert
Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 11228

Re: 1779: "2017"

Edit: Anyway, I though that according to various right-wing-arseholes, saying this sort of carp online is just freezepeach, not violence. The real violence is the Trumpists kicking seven shades of shit out of people at his rallies. Off cause it is - if _they_ do it. Their lies and hate crimes are &...
by x7eggert
Thu Jan 05, 2017 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1781: "Artifacts"
Replies: 35
Views: 6179

Re: 1781: "Artifacts"

Carteeg_Struve wrote:
Title text "I didn't even realize you could HAVE a data set made up entirely of outliers."


Of course. It's usually called "propaganda".


Usually people don't know what "propaganda" means.
by x7eggert
Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 13437

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

So you like toolbars instead of ribbons? How do you even? No. It takes half a minute to hide/show all the toolbars and they usually contain only a set of ambiguous 16x16 icons. As a bonus the ribbon is the same across all installations, instead of being a mess of toolbars wherever you go. Toolbar i...
by x7eggert
Sat Dec 10, 2016 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 13437

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

I like ribbons. In the programs where they belong of course, like the office programs that just have a tremendous set of buttons —the ones in file explorer and paint are clealy bugs that the guys at MS refuse to fix. The best part is indeed that you can (auto) hide the contents of the ribbon with a...
by x7eggert
Fri Dec 09, 2016 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 128
Views: 49321

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

You are thinking much too complicatedly. Just throw the supernova into the black hole before it goes boom. :-)
by x7eggert
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 8310

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

The explainxkcd entry for this comic mentions the variation of the Mercurian daytime temperature, from exceedingly hot at the equator (and other latitudes) to very cold at the poles. So I figured that there must be a latitude at which the temperature is a comfortable room temperature. I found this ...
by x7eggert
Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"
Replies: 47
Views: 8310

Re: 1752: "Interplanetary Experience"

I saw the dreamy Prof Cox dropping a feather and cannonball in there on one of his series. It was a bit disappointing somehow - they showed it only in slow motion or something, so the feather didn't seem to drop like a stone. ETA: yes, that's exactly what they did . I guess the director thought it ...
by x7eggert
Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 9850

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

The subtractive convention in Roman numerals always seemed pointless. You save a tiny amount of space on the page and writing time and increase learning difficulty and reading time. It's way easier to learn and to read that you start with big values and add successive smaller ones, and worst case s...
by x7eggert
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12745

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

(I say "probably" because I'm not totally sure how the human visual system responds to only one photoreceptor being stimulated). A photon hitting a receptive cell is either perceived as white or as a pure color. Color-sensitive receptors may signal their color or white, depending on where...
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1738:"Moon Shapes"
Replies: 66
Views: 12745

Re: 1738:"Moon Shapes"

(I say "probably" because I'm not totally sure how the human visual system responds to only one photoreceptor being stimulated). A photon hitting a receptive cell is either perceived as white or as a pure color. Color-sensitive receptors may signal their color or white, depending on where...
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79601

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

What surprises me is that nobody has questioned why freight in the US train system is driven by diesel. Which drives electric motors. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel-electric_transmission "Diesel-electric powerplants became popular because they greatly simplified the way motive power was ...
by x7eggert
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79601

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Tyndmyr wrote:If you start with accepting A as a premise, and conclude with !A, logically, you done fucked up.


Didi you ever disprove something by contradiction?
by x7eggert
Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 79601

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

He also believes that animals consuming plants negates their carbon-sequestration. Because only dead plants, and not dead animals, contain carbon? The carbon content of animal dung is also zero, apparently. The 'skeptics' love to go on about how complex all the modeling is and how we can't make any...

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