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by mcv
Mon May 12, 2014 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"
Replies: 52
Views: 35523

Re: What-if 0095: "Pyramid Energy"

A similar joke is "I want my grandfather's bike back!". At the end of the war the Germans would confiscate bikes (and a Dutchman's bike is his pride) to be send back to Germany to be used as scrap metal in the war industry. Scrap metal? I thought it was about German soldiers who wanted to...
by mcv
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 31301

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

Google didn't, but TechCrunch did. [url=http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/24/google-is-walking-dead/] Interesting; my first thought was that it was about Google+'s bad reputation and possible demands to cancel it alltogether by people who probably wouldn't be happy to go without many of the other servi...
by mcv
Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 31301

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

If there's a special significance to the number 8, it's probably just it being a power of 2. Meaning, the base-2 representation of 8.8.8.8 is 0000 1000 0000 1000 0000 1000 0000 1000. I think that's pretty, but I'm a bit strange like that. Personally, I find the decimal representation more beautiful...
by mcv
Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 31301

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

i read it as a late response to the shutdown of google reader. or did they recently announce the end of yet another product? Google didn't, but TechCrunch did. They announced the end of Google+ , in complete absense of any supporting fact and counter to any information from anyone more knowledgeabl...
by mcv
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 31301

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

I don't get it. I understand it, but I don't get it. Google will just try to farm data by making their DNS server amazing? That's all I get. My guess is that it's simply mocking all the idiotic "news" reports that claim Google is going to end a rather major and successful Google service b...
by mcv
Tue Dec 24, 2013 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1307: "Buzzfeed Christmas"
Replies: 33
Views: 7196

Re: 1307: "Buzzfeed Christmas"

Flumble wrote:Ah, so I did miss out on the joke.

Man, Wikipedia really went nuts on the hyperlinks there.
by mcv
Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 16886

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

That's assuming a certain amount of technical competence on the part of your laptop thief, which most people who end up in the possession of stolen laptops probably don't have (unless you lot on the forums are planning something...). Not always, sure, but security by hoping for ignorance doesn't so...
by mcv
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 16886

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

Wait, bank? That others make sense, but bank? Does Randal's bank not have any kind of security? If so, then why does he still bank there?

Normal banks have a system of unique one-time codes to authorize individual payments. Knowing my login and password gets you my bank info, but still not my money.
by mcv
Fri Jul 06, 2012 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 54170

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Yeah after skimming that Wiki article, this battle was the first to make predominant use of longbowman. It's not. The Battle of Crecy, the opening battle of the Hundred Years War, was the first to make predominant use of the longbow. There, the French knights also got slaughtered. It was also one o...
by mcv
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 80531

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

John is a shortening of Jonathan. Are you really sure? I was under the impression that John was the English version of Johannes, as in the apostle. I never had the impression Johannes and Jonathan were the same name. Jack is the dimunitive of the archaic Jakin. Is it not short for James, which seem...
by mcv
Thu Feb 02, 2012 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 80531

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

There is a well-known (at least, in musical circles, in South Africa) conductor named Richard Cock . I don't know if that caused him distress growing up, but he's pretty successful now so I guess it's OK. South African names mostly come from the Netherlands, and "Cock" or "De Cock&qu...
by mcv
Thu Feb 02, 2012 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 80531

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I think the dumbest name would be "Name." Imagine all the scenarios, e.g. cop stops girl: What's your name? Name. Right. What is it? Name. I used to know a guy called Anders. Pretty normal Swedish name, I believe, but in Dutch it means "other" or "different" or "s...
by mcv
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 136206

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

In this electronic age, I don't think it makes a whole lot of sense to argue about which projection is the best choice for a classroom. School kids throughout much of the world can access all sorts of projections via computer. If you want a large map in the classroom, make it electronic so it can d...
by mcv
Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 136206

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

so issue 1 ...the shape of antarctica issue 2 ...the relative areas of land masses to one another and an issue 3 ...is the entire earth completely projected up through 90 degrees ? or issue 4 ...without projecting some portions twice ? These 4 issues all seem like individual deal breakers to me, fo...
by mcv
Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 136206

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

For all you Mercator fans - why not the August or Eisenlohr projections? Conformal map, but displays the whole world without infinite poles. http://www.quadibloc.com/maps/mcf0702.htm North is not up. Also lots of shape deformation on the sides. Each projection has its strong points and its weak poi...
by mcv
Tue Nov 15, 2011 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 136206

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

My projection is by the Michelin tire company. Somehow, it managed to have two New Zealands (and it's not in the mirror image area of the Robinson). I do not like it and am seriously considering one of those myriahedrals. Edit: Actually, it *is* in that area: http://www.betterworldbooks.com/micheli...
by mcv
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 136206

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

I have to admit I didn't know the names of these projections off the top of my head, other than Mercator and the globe, obviously. I did know many of these exist. But honestly, I think any map that deforms landmasses the way Hobo-Dyer, Gall-Peters, Plate-Caree and even Robinson and Winkel-Tripel do,...
by mcv
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 31389

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Most ratings systems on sites are pretty lousy. It costs the user nothing to post or to give any particular rating. i could give a 1 or a 5 with equal effort. True, but even if part of the ratings are random junk, as long as at least some percentage of visitors is honest and gives an honest review,...
by mcv
Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 83379

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

Anyone else notice that Opera actually downloads torrents now? Seriously, with the prolonged stability, the multi-tab loading start times, the torrenting feature Opera has built in, and whatever this "Unite" webserver thing is, (Not to mention how well it handles CSS most of the time) sho...
by mcv
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 83379

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

Many ISPs bar home servers, either by explicitly prohibiting it in the ToS or blocking all the useful ports. What are useful ports? Are there also useless ports? This happens to be the case for my provider. It ticks me off to no end. Then go to a different provider! If cool providers were to gain c...
by mcv
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 83379

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

My wife and I are trying to figure out how to get all my photos from my Android phone to her iPad. Emailing them all is the obviously stupid way to do it. Bluetooth should be perfect, but we can't seem to get it to work. I'm fundamentally opposed to anything that involves all the photos going over o...
by mcv
Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 62825

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Turnpin wrote:Seriously did anyone really finish reading GEB?

Skimming the last third doesn't count

I read all the dialogues. Does that count?
by mcv
Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 62825

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

thecowgoesmoo wrote:I thought acronyms are supposed to be read as single word?


My first thought was that "Acrostic" might have worked better.
by mcv
Sat May 21, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 38196

Re: 0900: "Religions"

I don't think it's that big of a stretch, but even suggesting that other religions may have merit gets me shunned at family gatherings sometimes. This, however, needs to be clarified, and that confusion may be causing your issue regarding your family. When you say 'merit', are you claiming that the...
by mcv
Thu May 19, 2011 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 38196

Re: 0900: "Religions"

One thing has always bothered me about the Holy Ghost , does it has a personality and a form like God and Jesus has or is it more of an abstract thing like the Force in Star Wars? Interesting question. I honestly have no idea. The Holy Ghost is obviously different from the Force in that it's part o...
by mcv
Wed May 18, 2011 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 38196

Re: 0900: "Religions"

In any case this was very funny. I believe all holy book are written by good, inspired, but ultimately fallible, and in terms of Christianity, sinful person. Therefore though the books may be good, inspired, and even mostly truthful, they are at the end of the day fallible. Attributing some fundame...
by mcv
Wed May 18, 2011 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 38196

Re: 0900: "Religions"

Judaism, Christianity and Islam are the same religion as far as I'm concerned. They have the same god, borrow from the same traditions, differences of belief are generally overshadowed by differences in culture and politics. They have common roots, but they have very different interpretations. Juda...
by mcv
Wed May 18, 2011 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 38196

Re: 0900: "Religions"

Is obsession with the rapture a purely US thing? It's not something I've noticed much t'other side of the pond. As a European Christian, I've always had the impression that US Christianity is somewhat odd. At the very least. Some parts seem quite seriously deranged, and that includes the Rapture mo...
by mcv
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 170704

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

And how exactly does knowledge of the states/provinces of some random country equate with that of nations? I mean, if she asked you to list the provinces of the Netherlands, or of ANY European nation, I'm guessing u wouldn't have listed all that many. I think states are closer to small countries th...
by mcv
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 170704

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

dnbguy wrote:"Paupa" New Guinea?

It's right next to Posh New Guinea.
by mcv
Sat Dec 18, 2010 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 49604

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

But we have a Prisoner's Dilemma in this situation: Non-aggression leaves everyone better off, but it's in each country's best interest to be aggressive, whether or not the other country's being aggressive. The only Nash equilibrium is to for each and every country to be aggressive. In private life...
by mcv
Wed Dec 15, 2010 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 49604

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

black_hat_guy wrote:Anonymous is clearly a group of hypocrites.

Anonymous are script kiddies mostly. It's been called a mindless collective. Not sure what that is, but it's basically a mob. When they get upset, they wreak havoc, but they don't really think all that much about what they do.
by mcv
Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0812: "Glass"
Replies: 119
Views: 30546

Re: 0812: Glass

I've always thought of physics as quite stupid: you can't convince it to do anything differently from the way it has always done things, no matter how you try. And it claims all the "new discoveries" are really stuff physics has been doing all along, we just haven't noticed physics doing ...
by mcv
Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 99674

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

Airplanes can fly upside down because if you change the pitch, the angle of attack at which the wings fly at result in the same pressure difference capable of lifting the plane. If you look at fighter planes and stunt planes, they have nearly symmetrical airfoil shapes, and it's just the wings angl...
by mcv
Tue Oct 12, 2010 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0804: "Pumpkin Carving"
Replies: 81
Views: 25670

Re: 0804: Pumpkin Carving

You know, I wouldn't mind knowing what King Solomon has to do with that theorum... Two prostitutes were brought to King Solomon, both of who had given birth recently. One of the babies had died, and both women claimed to be the mother of the living baby. His solution was to cut the baby in half and...
by mcv
Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0798: "Adjectives"
Replies: 97
Views: 26196

Re: "Adjectives" Discussion (#798)

aeiss wrote:Yeah, delicious as shit? Sexy as shit? Really, people?

Some people just have different tastes, okay?
by mcv
Fri Sep 10, 2010 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality in Watchmen
Replies: 103
Views: 19922

Re: Morality in Watchmen

I'm not responding to anybody, but I want to point out that Rorschach killed himself at the end of the story. I agree. He knew he couldn't keep quiet. He knew he was a danger to the plan. He knew he was too principled to go along, and he knew the others couldn't possibly allow him to sabotage the p...
by mcv
Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Morality in Watchmen
Replies: 103
Views: 19922

Re: Morality in Watchmen

I'm not responding to anybody, but I want to point out that Rorschach killed himself at the end of the story. I agree. He knew he couldn't keep quiet. He knew he was a danger to the plan. He knew he was too principled to go along, and he knew the others couldn't possibly allow him to sabotage the p...
by mcv
Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 45765

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

(Fairly obvious porn set-up) Comments: Hey, that's not how you hold up a pizza box! (Continuation of porn) Comments: And that maid's uniform doesn't look realistic at all! (MORE PORN) Comments: And that's not even how you play Agricola... I don't see what's wrong with how they play Agricola. Also, ...
by mcv
Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 45765

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

I've got a pizza place right around the corner. They make absolutely wonderful pizza, but somehow their delivery guys always manage to turn them into a big mess. So usually I just go to pick them up myself. That's never ended in a porn situation so far.

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