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by Thorbard9
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 14732

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

JGeezer wrote:Methinks you guys didn't "get it".

Vampires do not reflect in mirrors. If there was one out there, this would in fact be true.


There is a mirror in the eyepiece of the refractor...
by Thorbard9
Fri May 15, 2015 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 12876

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

Z dimension, or forward-backward: the dimension of your motion vector Y dimension, or up-down: the dimension your motion vector is curving in X dimension, or left-right: the dimension perpendicular to the plane of the other two True for optics; false for aircraft (where X is the direction of motion...
by Thorbard9
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 23318

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

Usually, Randall Munroe is good at using SI units, but this time he failed with the butter (a stick of four fluid ounces isn't standard in my part of the world). So here's a conversion for you all: daily dietary allowance of 2000 calories: 3 sticks = 323 grams Which makes the "stick" seem...
by Thorbard9
Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1392: "Dominant Players"
Replies: 187
Views: 35334

Re: 1392: "Dominant Players"

Interesting discussion on the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on the roads. As someone who walks more than drives and hasn't cycled in many years, I find that cyclists seem to pose more of a risk to me during my day to day life than cars. Are these cyclists rising on the pavement (sidewalk) or t...
by Thorbard9
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1392: "Dominant Players"
Replies: 187
Views: 35334

Re: 1392: "Dominant Players"

Interesting discussion on the safety of cyclists and pedestrians on the roads. As someone who walks more than drives and hasn't cycled in many years, I find that cyclists seem to pose more of a risk to me during my day to day life than cars. I also noted this bit; I remember reading about a report t...
by Thorbard9
Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"
Replies: 46
Views: 9093

Re: 1387: "Clumsy Foreshadowing"

I've been paying absolutely no attention: just what is it about whatever movie that has North Korea all whiney (this time)? I would guess that North Korea aren't too happy about a comedy about journalists assassinating their dear leader. On the other hand, maybe they just disagree with the casting?
by Thorbard9
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"
Replies: 77
Views: 21159

Re: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"

Before it melts, vaporizes, etc., it will glow. We know this is what it does when it gets hot, because it has been used for filaments in incandescent light bulbs. This raises a bizarre point. To conserve electricity, the U.S. government has prohibited incandescent lighting over a certain wattage. D...
by Thorbard9
Tue Mar 11, 2014 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 34783

Re: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"

http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/87/radar_aircraft.png I have always thought that my town should use signs like this during the annual seafront air show. When accompanied by military aircraft overhead I think the effect would be greatly enhanced. Of course, with the population of the town doubling ov...
by Thorbard9
Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1317: "Theft"
Replies: 60
Views: 11419

Re: 1317: "Theft"

Thank you, first poster, I wasted half an hour trying to figure out how to see the mousover text in the original pic on my smartphone's touchscreen! You're welcome? Did you not see the spoiler with the text in it? Anyway, I made the image a link to the comic page. Conveniently, there's no way to se...
by Thorbard9
Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 24521

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

Who are engineers? The faculty of art and design printing service? I'd expect them to be artists (albeit probably technically adept ones if they're operating the print tech). The university print office? I'd expect them to be... office drones who'd be lucky to find their asses with both hands, whic...
by Thorbard9
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 24521

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

I sometimes receive bug reports in the form of a screenshot inside a .docx file. Maybe they're trying to dress up their .png as something slightly more trustworthy. I work a graphic design job where I often have to receive preexisting art from customers, such as a logo or an idea sketch or somethin...
by Thorbard9
Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"
Replies: 71
Views: 36979

Re: What-If 0071: "Stirring Tea"

Interesting that this article became available at about morning tea time (not to be confused with teatime, which is a different time of day from the other end of the country). Also, the dictionary of numbers wrote that the 700 wa . tts is "approximately the amount of sunshine falling on a squar...
by Thorbard9
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0070: "The Constant Groundskeeper"
Replies: 26
Views: 7687

Re: What-If 0070: "The Constant Groundskeeper"

The bridge in question, I think, is the Forth Bridge, in Scotland. The task was recently completed with a new coat of paint with an expected life of 25 to 40 years.

The original fact may also be an urban legend, although the bridge did have its own permanent maintenance crew when it was first built.
by Thorbard9
Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1276: "Angular Size"
Replies: 98
Views: 23796

Re: 1276: "Angular Size"

I find it amusing that London is indicated as a tiny dot at the centre of the image, despite the fact that the urban area most think of as London fills a huge portion of the area enclosed by the M25.
by Thorbard9
Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1259: "Bee Orchid"
Replies: 96
Views: 25115

Re: 1259: "Bee Orchid"

First of all, what do they mean by female bees? As far as I know, males (drones) only try to mate with the queen. Female worker bees aren't able to sexually reproduce. Actually a supposed majority of bees are what are known as solitary bees, where all females are fertile and mating is somewhat more...
by Thorbard9
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106458
Views: 40923694

Re: 1190: "Time"

I wonder if the flags are made out of sand. They can't be: we saw Megan carrying them around in 163. And so they cannot be made from sand? She could just have made them somewhere else and carried them there. I'd expect good sand to stick together well enough to be able to do something like that (th...
by Thorbard9
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106458
Views: 40923694

Re: 1190: "Time"

I find it amusing that, despite having only skimmed this thread and not actively participated before, I've still started thinking of time in terms of newpix.

I wonder when it will stop...
by Thorbard9
Mon Mar 11, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 19401

Re: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"

How would you prove the case actually came empty, as opposed to removing the disk from the case and trying to get your money back? How would they prove it didn't have missing parts? Most shops would rather take complaints at face value and accept the occasional scammer (note that repeat offenders a...
by Thorbard9
Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 17534

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

One thing that wasn't taken into account is the fact that people dying in certain circumstances will kill others shortly after their own death, for example a person driving a car at speed may crash into a solid object, killing those travelling in the car with them, or may crash into another vehicle...
by Thorbard9
Tue Jan 08, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 17534

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

One thing that wasn't taken into account is the fact that people dying in certain circumstances will kill others shortly after their own death, for example a person driving a car at speed may crash into a solid object, killing those travelling in the car with them, or may crash into another vehicle...
by Thorbard9
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:45 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 17534

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

One thing that wasn't taken into account is the fact that people dying in certain circumstances will kill others shortly after their own death, for example a person driving a car at speed may crash into a solid object, killing those travelling in the car with them, or may crash into another vehicle....
by Thorbard9
Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 23288

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

(I'm curious, for the person who said Alberta, Canada; is that ever written with the periods like that? I would expect it to always be "AL"). Honestly hadn't thought of that when I looked at it and no idea if that is correct or not. I would assume that I'm actually wrong here, but that is...
by Thorbard9
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 23288

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Would you count pairs like York UK and New York USA? (This particular pair wouldn't work anyway, York's still smaller than St Petersberg.) Also - I'm from England, and the initials L.A., spoken without even the context to make apparent that I should expect a geographical location would still instan...
by Thorbard9
Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 45081

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I've not seen an appliance sold in the UK without a plug in the last 15 years, at least.

Some plugs are serviceable, although I'm not sure if these are still supposed to be sold, most are now moulded/fitted, the same as US plugs.
by Thorbard9
Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0021: "Machine Gun Jetpack"
Replies: 93
Views: 43791

Re: What-If 0021: Machine Gun Jetpack

AK-47.
A-10 Warthog.
5" Artillery.
MetalStorm.
Nuclear Bombs.

Yep, that's a pretty terrifying arms race right there.
by Thorbard9
Mon Nov 19, 2012 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 83988

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

>I am an person who draws things so that people can make the things that other people can use.

I am a Design Engineer.
by Thorbard9
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"
Replies: 70
Views: 23196

Re: 1126: "Epsilon and Zeta"

My question though is, how the hell did Randall end up reading them? Did he do a storm based wiki crawl and come across them, happen to read one of the stranger ones more closely, and then check the rest? I mean, this is not light reading, it's probably a solid hour of reports per storm. Randall ha...
by Thorbard9
Tue Sep 18, 2012 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 31671

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

Look in fridge, hmm, when did I buy that milk? Well, pasta's boiling gotta check later. oh right, the milk. Well, I'll check later. Lying in bed at night, oh... man... forgot to check the milk... I guess tomorrow. Also I'm not sure about those collard greens. Ok. How about this: Tuesday when I don'...
by Thorbard9
Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 31671

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

For the utmost efficiency just load the groceries straight into the Bad bin still in the bag. Not all of them. But for certain things (I'm thinking of milk in particular), there's no point even carrying them into the house. Just drop them in the dumpster as you come back from the store. I don't kno...
by Thorbard9
Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 28547

Re: 1106: "ADD"

Title Text: 20 balloons float away while I'm busy permanently tying one to a tree to deal with it for good. Unfortunately, that one balloon was 'land a rocket on the moon in Kerbal Space Program. Downloading that game was possibly the worst thing I've ever done. I don't think I'll be able to sleep ...
by Thorbard9
Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 30111

Re: 1103: "Nine"

This needs a microwave expert; I'm just speculating, but... I didn't think of permittivity specifically, but I did think of size/shape. It should be possible to satisfactorily approximate those, for cooking purposes, in the form of a surface-to-volume ratio. (This has to do with the overall thickne...
by Thorbard9
Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0010: "Cassini"
Replies: 74
Views: 21076

Re: What-if 0010: Cassini

I'm not getting why everything except North America is rotated 90 degrees. Are we, as Americans, that inflexible? It is, sort of. On the project North America is not rotated and Europe is rotated 180 degrees. The transformation in 3D is not the same as the transformation on the 2D projection of tha...
by Thorbard9
Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 28971

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

California is seven characters, which I think is the most common amount. There's no reason to really need that many though - assuming all 26 letters and the numbers one through nine are allowed in all spots, a six-digit plate allows for more than 1.8 billion combinations, while a seven-digit plate ...
by Thorbard9
Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0010: "Cassini"
Replies: 74
Views: 21076

Re: What-if 0010: Cassini

Food in London is bland? Since when? And to be fair all cultural norms associated with the UK do not apply to London, being full of angry commuters, as it is. To be honest, I've never found the food anywhere in the country bland anyway. Our cultural "contact" with other cultures has lead ...
by Thorbard9
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 45946

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

A fascinating scenario, as has been said elsewhere, the setup for the hypothetical situation is actually more interesting than the hypothetical situation itself.

Another thought; what if it wasn't Rhode Island but a state without coastline? Would that make it easier or harder for people to escape?
by Thorbard9
Tue Aug 14, 2012 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 58158

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

It is much more efficient to launch a (sub-orbital at least) craft from altitude by dropping from a conventional carrier aircraft before using rockets than it is to launch from the ground using rockets all the way. This is why the Virgin space ship one is so much smaller than the equivalent shuttle...
by Thorbard9
Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 58158

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

You heard it here first though. I dunno if it would work outside of theory, but if it did, it takes the space elevator idea out of the realms of pure fantasy and into just being very implausible - maybe it could be a nice monument to world peace, when we come to achieve it! I imagine that the momen...
by Thorbard9
Mon Aug 13, 2012 11:52 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 41687

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

This What-If is unique in that it provides a really cool end-result, while not being catastrophically destructive like the others. As such, I'd love to actually see this in real life, and I'm pondering how it could be done. So... Construct a glass that is segmented with a thin-but-vacuum-resistant ...
by Thorbard9
Wed Jun 20, 2012 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 45287

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

I first thought this was a color-blindness test... Dear colorblind, There is no hidden joke. Don't even worry about it. Love, Me But is there a hidden message that only the colourblind can see (easily)!?! Edit: Nevemind, set it to black and white in paint.net, there isn't You don't understand how c...
by Thorbard9
Wed Dec 21, 2011 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 63725

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

I came to say basically the same as everyone else; this has been done before, many many times. Although one thing I particularly like about Sainsbury's 'basics' here in the UK is that it also has a humorously phrased comment about why its cheaper. So biscuits might be 'a little broken but still tast...

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