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by x7eggert
Mon Dec 03, 2018 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 1890

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

As for all the SMAC jokes, I just have a question. So, the fungus being a neural network and all, where did that scifi concept originate? I know Avatar stole it from somewhere, but I'm sure it wasnt from SMAC. The fungus in our woods _does_ connect the trees, it's called "wood wide web". ...
by x7eggert
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5608

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

YTPrenewed wrote:I'd speculate as to what hypothetical circumstance might constitute all those hazards at the same time, but I'm not sure if it might count as NSFW.


Also either it's death (by hentai snu-snu) or superhero origin.
by x7eggert
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 1890

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

Before that happens I expect it'll be good for at least a few more announcements that it's finally left the solar system. Six or eight more boundaries, maybe.... 8-) It's not easy to tell when you finally left the wibbelly-wobbely timey-wimey ball of solar wind. It's like "I finally left the o...
by x7eggert
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 1890

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

J%r wrote:35 years? Wouldn't there be a risk of drone riots causing the probe to split up before arrival?

No, as long as they have Unimatrix 0, they are happy.
by x7eggert
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5608

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I made an SVG version of this that could be printed as a sign (attached as PNG, and the SVG code is inside the spoiler if someone feels like copying it into a text file, saving it as an SVG and opening it in inkscape or wherever). (see original posting) I created a 3D version: https://www.thingiver...
by x7eggert
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incentive...
by x7eggert
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. @ucim: If they work less or at more attractive (to them) times, the work cannot be obtained as easily. The minimum wage f...
by x7eggert
Sun Nov 11, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They are poor because of having long hours. So they can become rich by working less? This new learning amazes me - tell me again how sheep's bladders can be used to predict earthquakes. They are poor because the work they do is not valued enough by society the work that is not valued enough by soci...
by x7eggert
Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

That's why it's important to have Sabbath days. So your idea to help the poor is to cut their hours? They are poor because of having long hours. They are poor because of doing cheap labor on off days instead of better wages on work days. I'd suppose you're imagining that workers don't have the opti...
by x7eggert
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Even in old biblical times people would hire foreigners to do things. Also, I think only specific types of work were forbidden; which was most types of ancient work, but not all. Also, I'd say even a version of "as much of a sabbath as the modern world allows" is a bad idea, as it will ne...
by x7eggert
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 532
Views: 90399

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

The gas cookers I've interacted with have been 100% gas for heating (gas oven, gas hobs, gas grill) but use electric-sparks to ignite the gas. Why? Because gas is a cheaper heat source than electricity (at least in marginal cost) - which is also why we use gas for our central heating rather than el...
by x7eggert
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

- National holiday which is absolutely required for all but essential people like emergency personnel. So after you vote, what do you go do? Can't go shopping. Can't go to work. Can't go to an amusement park. Can't visit family (no gas stations open). Have a Sabbath. Do your necessary work on the d...
by x7eggert
Sun Nov 04, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

If a. person is in the voting booth with the curtain closed, how can anyone tell they are taking a selfie? If you are "discovered", your ballot sheet will be taken away to be destroyed and you'll give your cam to the clerk while filling out a fresh sheet. They will not erase tho picture ...
by x7eggert
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7083

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Pfhorrest wrote:I wonder if there is some clever way to make vote-by-mail more secret, without losing all of its benefits.


This is how it's done in Germany: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briefwahl#Durchführung
by x7eggert
Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 3851

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: 7143

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: 6481

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: 5268

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: 5268

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: 5268

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: 6208

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: 7922

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: 6456

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: 9111

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: 7782

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: 14575

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: 14575

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: 6396

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: 7003

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: 6396

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: 12012

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: 9712

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: 9712

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: 9712

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: 5544

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: 23650

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: 23650

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: 23650

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: 16985

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: 132
Views: 55767

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...

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