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by petercooperjr
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 7965

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

But if you want to, like, actually write a real paper, with useable index entries, style control, bibliographies, and -- dare I say it -- mathematical typesetting, Word fails harder than a chunk of granite trying to solve differential equations while performing Hamilton. LaTeX FTW Though Word is fl...
by petercooperjr
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 4601

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

It reminds me of this graph, showing the predicted and actual release-to-manufacturing date of Windows 95 (23 years ago this month!): https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20150824-00/?p=91751/ “Management fairly consistently underestimated the number of days until RTM by a factor of 2.3.” En...
by petercooperjr
Mon May 07, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 13419

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

What, you mean people in the US don't have to take a mandated number of driving lessons even before being allowed to take the exam? Driving laws in the US are generally regulated by the state level, not the federal level, though likely there are a lot of standards that the federal government requir...
by petercooperjr
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 13229

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

For what it's worth, the National Weather Service does have a page on the meaning of "Probability of Precipitation": https://www.weather.gov/ffc/pop What does this "40 percent" mean? ...will it rain 40 percent of of the time? ...will it rain over 40 percent of the area? The "...
by petercooperjr
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 13434

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

This looks more evenly distributed than I would have guessed. Even though we seem to be divided to the extreme ends of the left/right spectrum these days, as least we're not completely isolated physically. I think that this really does give a better picture of the distribution. There are certainly ...
by petercooperjr
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 11259

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

The main advantage of the zero point of Fahrenheit is that it's around "When water freezes even with salt" (as that's related to how the scale was developed). It's useful when driving to know that if it's around zero or below, even though the roads are salted it may still be rather icy. Kn...
by petercooperjr
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 10145

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Everybody should know and heed lessons from the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project. ⋅  Wikipedia ⋅  Official site ⋅  Wired article They had all these tapes from the Apollo program, and to actually get the data off they needed to find and restore old tape drives, inclu...
by petercooperjr
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1883: Supervillain Plan
Replies: 60
Views: 9999

Re: 1883: Supervillain Plan

As for Daylight Savings Time, no, it really doesn't serve the purpose people thought it would, and it's become sort of arbitrary, and I don't give a damn at all because I like that the sun sets really late in the summer. As do lots of people, I expect. Sure, but you can have "local time is rou...
by petercooperjr
Wed Aug 23, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 9215

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I have to say, a total lunar eclipse both sounds cooler and is cooler to see in person than a partial solar eclipse. (Just based on my experience here, where we had a total lunar a few years back which was amazing, and Monday's partial solar here was not nearly as great.)
by petercooperjr
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 9986

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

Noticed that Randall ranked poker as easier than Go. Wondering if he even plays. At the time that comic was made over 5 years ago, I believe the general consensus was that Go was expected to be significantly more challenging, due to the huge number of game states. AlphaGo was absolutely shocking wh...
by petercooperjr
Fri Aug 11, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 9986

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

This comic caused me to speculate about what game AI really would solve next. I knew about chess and Go. Decided poker would surely be tough for AI w/o utilizing the "reads" and "bluffs" component of the game. I was wrong. According to the Official XKCD List , remaining difficul...
by petercooperjr
Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 14438

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

I wonder how well a short documentary on the attempt to get Klingon encoded in Unicode would work? I certainly enjoyed reading Michael Kaplan's "Every Character has a Story" series. (I found an archive of his blog, so you may be able to find them with a search if you're interested, but his...
by petercooperjr
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 8110

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

Ah, now I understand why US election reporting appears to use the colours the other way around to Europe. Does everywhere in Europe use consistent colors? The US didn't have consistency before 2000, when the contentious presidential election caused the coining of the term "red states" and...

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