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by RCT Bob
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 4821

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

In all seriousness though, it honestly baffles me that we as mankind still haven't solved the issue of content availability between countries despite the age of the internet by now, especially when considering content availability differs between various EU countries between which you would expect f...
by RCT Bob
Wed Oct 04, 2017 7:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/914497877543735296 http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=55675&t=1 He continues to surprise me with how low... Rex works for you. He is literally your diplomatic arm...WTF Makes you wonder if Trump actually realises that North Korea has had diffe...
by RCT Bob
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

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by RCT Bob
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/24/jared-kushner-ignorant-trump-russia-senate-intelligence Kushner's defense against Russia collusion is "I can't be guilty, because I'm utterly incompetent and Trump should have never hired me". Glancing at his statement now. He's already guil...
by RCT Bob
Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

I don't think Trump is getting impeached (maybe in his second term), but if he were to be, Pence would just pardon him. I doubt that. I don't think Pence would have a need to keep Trump as an ally in that case, I'd consider it likely Pence would just throw Trump under the bus in that case in an att...
by RCT Bob
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

Sean Spicer resigns. And I say best of luck to him. This man did not seem to be happy in his position. I do think that Spicer was better for the country than anyone else in Team Trump. But its clear that Huckabee-Sanders works better with Trump's style of governance (lying out the ass and spinning ...
by RCT Bob
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

trpmb6 wrote:
cphite wrote:
My best guess is that he heard about "Coyotes" involved in smuggling and then did research by watching some old Roadrunner cartoons...


Those were the best Looney Toons. Anyone know where I can watch old Coyote vs Road Runner skits?


Try Youtube. I'm sure a lot of them are on there.
by RCT Bob
Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

If you put the panels directly north of the wall, wouldn't they be in the shadow of the wall in the winter and as a result have a lower energy output? Unless of course he stands by the transparent wall idea, although even if you use glass you're going to lose power because glass isn't transparent to...
by RCT Bob
Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

Wut? (And is he using the same "transparent" as when defending his "open" family member? Really, I don't think Trump can substantiate his claim to "know the best words"...) And I'll give you an example. As horrible as it sounds, when they throw the large sacks of drugs...
by RCT Bob
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1862: "Particle Properties"
Replies: 35
Views: 4590

Re: 1862: "Particle Properties"

Particle physics is quite long ago for me, I don't remember everything anymore and I only took an introductory course on it. But wasn't there also something with up, down, charm, and beauty and stuff? I recall the naming schemes in particle physics being particularly weird.
by RCT Bob
Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1851: "Magnetohydrodynamics"
Replies: 30
Views: 5539

Re: 1851: Magnetohydrodynamics

Navier-Stokes equations are so weird in that they are basically just Newton's Laws of motion (time derivative of momentum equals force) applied to a gas, which is among the most elementary of all mechanics, yet combined with conservation of mass and energy they're coupled non-linear partial differen...
by RCT Bob
Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20154

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

Torture data enough and it will confess to anything. A lot of "raw data" from the pollsters actually indicated a very close election (Conservative and Labour vote shares being similar, at most a 4-5 point Tory lead). But then they do their "adjustments", over fit the data, and r...
by RCT Bob
Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

I just wonder if Trump realises how risky this move is, Any time this question is asked, it's a safe bet that the answer is "no." Now, about those tapes he publically implied he had... If those tapes actually exist and Comey is actually telling the truth, Trump is really insane. I mean, I...
by RCT Bob
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Snap Election - Theresa, Meh; Corbyn near-win; So long, Farron, auf wiedersehen goodbyeee
Replies: 127
Views: 20154

Re: British Snap Election - not a re-referendum?

Looks like the Netherlands is not the only country with strange parties. We've had parties whose main campaign promise was to reveal all 'government-held secrets concerning extraterrestrial life', we've had extremely religious parties wishing to ban abortion, same-sex marriage, and euthanasia (good ...
by RCT Bob
Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

When my father acts like that I always worry he's had another mini-stroke. How old is McCain? He's 80. His story now is that "he shouldn’t stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games." On a more important note than McCain's night games, Trump has stated he's willing to testify unde...
by RCT Bob
Thu May 25, 2017 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

I really wonder whether Trump actually has a goal in his foreign affairs, the way he treats foreign leaders is so strange. I also found it strange how he acted in Saudi, clearly picking Saudi over Iran. I'm not saying Iran is a flowery paradise of human rights, but it's not like they're any worse t...
by RCT Bob
Thu May 25, 2017 6:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

The Turkey thing reminded me a bit on the situation about six weeks ago in the Netherlands, when the Turkish foreign minister didn't get a landing clearance to go to the Netherlands and the Turkish minister of family affairs was declared unwanted citizen and was not allowed into the Turkish consulat...
by RCT Bob
Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

Looks like there's more bombing going on.
by RCT Bob
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 7926

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

The way Facebook split out their messanger app from the main app is really annoying. My droid is constantly whinging about not having enough space and both apps are well over 150MB. (Seriously, wtf?) They really really want you to use the app, and have hobbled the mobile site so it redirects you to...
by RCT Bob
Wed Mar 01, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help with a 9 Variable Equation
Replies: 6
Views: 2273

Re: Help with a 9 Variable Equation

That's the pokémon damage equation right? The true answer is, it depends. For high enough L and H, you can pretty much assume H to be proportional to A and P, and inversely proportional to D. In earlier game at lower levels the approximation goes off. What I mean is that at high levels, when pokémon...
by RCT Bob
Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 10467

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

speising wrote:
orthogon wrote:we're very likely to forget that we're "in" a double-quoted passage at all


Never. Isn't your head voice talking with a different voice while in a direct speech?


My head doesn't have a voice. Am I weird for that reason?
by RCT Bob
Tue Feb 28, 2017 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 10467

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

I already replaced parts of it by single quotation marks now. I'm not going back, even if only because changing it from single to double is a lot more annoying than from double to single, due to find-and-replace not working for the single-to-double transition (also capturing all the don'ts, isn'ts, ...
by RCT Bob
Tue Feb 28, 2017 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 10467

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

There's also some parts of information that can be conveyed much faster through podcasts or video formats. In a written format, there's no tonal shift, no emphasis on certain parts of sentences apart from writing parts in italics , boldfaced , or rudely in CAPS. When it is about conveying dry factua...
by RCT Bob
Mon Feb 27, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 10467

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

The comma being inside the quotation marks for 'Mouth Content' in the title text bothers me for some reason, I think the comma should be outside the quotation marks. Punctuation punctuality aside, I've never heard of Neil Cicierega, but I wouldn't mind it if news organisations started to experiment ...
by RCT Bob
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

Another issue is that we've seem to have entered an age where polls determine the number of people who come out for an election. In effect, Clinton's edge may have spurred Trump supporters to vote ("all or nothing") and make Clinton supporters stay at home (she's gonna win anyway, no poin...
by RCT Bob
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 6337

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Yep: I have a couple neighbors who, when walking their respective dogs, spend the entire walk yakking on their phone. I prefer to spend my walks chatting with my dogs, or with the folks who stop to interact w/ my dogs (if not with me :oops: ) . But really, why isn't this fellow wearing his GoogleGl...
by RCT Bob
Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Escape the Frictionless Circle
Replies: 156
Views: 44180

Re: Escape the Frictionless Circle

⋅ Push the gold away from you. You'll move in the opposite direction. ⋅ Eventually the rope pulls you and the gold back, you'll meet again in the middle. ⋅ Jump over the block of gold, bounce off of it and push it in its direction of motion with your feet to ac...
by RCT Bob
Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:48 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 9704

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

I'm quite sure that those curves are without friction. Friction removes energy from the system and turns it into heat. For the energy removed by rolling resistance, the most energetically favourable way is travelling in a straight line, because rolling resistance is fairly independent of speed. So t...
by RCT Bob
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Pi vs Tau
Replies: 19
Views: 7875

Re: Pi vs Tau

I definitely prefer pi. tau is already used for other variables in physics and engineering, primarily shear stress, as well as some time constants, while pi is pretty much never used for variables because pi is more generally implied as the constant. And I'm strictly of the opinion that duplicate sy...
by RCT Bob
Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

This stuff scares me too and I'm not even living in the US. If this bullshit keeps on going I'm genuinely scared it's going to escalate into a civil war. And a civil war in a country where everybody (stereotypically) has firearms cannot end well.If Europe already has troubles dealing with refugees ...
by RCT Bob
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

Also, people of Mexico and Australia, I am sorry our idiot in chief was very rude to your President/Prime Minister. We still love you and hope you can forgive us someday. Dear Australia: not all Americans are Drumpf. Please remember that. Please buy us plane tickets so we can leave. It's scary here...
by RCT Bob
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

[edit] So apparently Trump yesterday had phone calls with the president of Mexico and the PM of Australia. If Dutch news is to be believed, he insulted and then hung up on the latter, and threatened the former with invasion. Just a normal day in America under Trump. I saw that too. NOS is basing th...
by RCT Bob
Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 8734

Re: What is the past tense of swing?

Thanks a lot for the help, I'll go with swung :)
by RCT Bob
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3745
Views: 477373

Re: The Darker Side of the News

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/us/politics/executive-order-leaked-draft-national-security-trump-administration.html A leaked draft shows Trump is seriously considering bringing back the infamous CIA "Black Sites" where extraordinary rendition took place, aka kidnapping and torture. I ...
by RCT Bob
Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14675
Views: 2188981

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

So this is apparently a thing now. The video they're talking about has been #1 trending in the Netherlands on Youtube for a couple of days now.
by RCT Bob
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

That's not new, is it? That's the standard relation between journalists and people in power. If the journalists get overly critical, they get cut off and become one of the loonies. The Trump administration is perhaps a tad unexperienced, so the game leaks out to the public.But they'll learn fast en...
by RCT Bob
Sun Jan 22, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

The most concerning thing for me isn't even that they tell falsehoods, the most concerning thing is that Sean Spicer talked about 'holding the press accountable' for 'fake news'. That right there is a thinly veiled threat at free independent press and opens the gateways to much more sinister propaga...
by RCT Bob
Sun Jan 22, 2017 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5273
Views: 405396

Re: Trump presidency

It's indeed not professional of them to do this. I think it's scary and endangering to free press. And although the CNN might be biased (they probably are a little bit after the whole 'fake news' stuff), the BBC also basically claims Sean Spicer is full of bs, and showcase their concern. http://www....
by RCT Bob
Wed Jan 11, 2017 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"
Replies: 58
Views: 9833

Re: 1784: "Bad Map Projection: Liquid Resize"

Iceland is completely missing isn't it?
by RCT Bob
Wed Dec 28, 2016 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What is the past tense of swing?
Replies: 32
Views: 8734

What is the past tense of swing?

A simple google search reveals that some people think it is swang, while others say it is swung. There are results that are divided in their answers link another link , there are results that say it's definitely swung yet another link more links final link for this one , and there are results saying...

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