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by typo
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 9560

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

I know a few who like to call themselves Mainiacs. The only former-Bostonian I've worked with called himself a Masshole. Kinda makes me wish there was a good self-deprecating term for "Minnesotan". Other than "Canadian". HEY! What's so self-deprecating about "Canadian"...
by typo
Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 6320

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

DavidSh wrote:"Strawberry Rhubarb" can serve as pie filling, but is not stable as a standalone fruit.

The Bumbleberry is said to have similar properties. Research is ongoing.
by typo
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 8483

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

At a glance a negative sign might be missed more easily than you might not see whether a number has a 3 or 2 in it. Here in Canada (Toronto) the Official weather.gc.ca forecast puts "plus" in front of temperatures from 1 to 5, presumably to emphasize the difference from their "minus&...
by typo
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 7846

Re: 1913: "A �"

And as of the next major Firefox release (whose mobile counterpart has already rolled out, strangely enough), there will be no dedicated search bar. This used to worry me, but I think I'm ready for it. Chrome on my tablet has only one bar. It displays a magnifying glass icon if it's about to search...
by typo
Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 6594

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

My phone only charges if the cord is bent up. My tablet only charges if the cord is bent down, and then sometimes it claims to be charging, and shows charging on the battery history graph, but turns out not to have been actually charging. Very annoying. I also have a Palm sync/charge cable, but I no...
by typo
Sun Sep 17, 2017 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 4995

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

the Burns Clean Coal feature has me wondering about the possibility of having a phone/mobile device powered by burning coal. I mean, my phone was effectively powered by petrol for three weeks on my last road trip. There's a steam tourist train near here (South Simcoe Railway) and the conductor and ...
by typo
Thu Jul 27, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"
Replies: 31
Views: 5059

Re: 1868: "Eclipse Flights"

Maybe this WILL be the end times. ... Presuming we will be stuck in Idaho during the Tribulation, I would appreciate suggestions for good books about Mormon eschatology . I think you are confusing Idaho with Utah, but then I guess no place is a good place during the Tribulation. Google says: 52.51%...
by typo
Thu Nov 17, 2016 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 34081

Re: 1759: "British Map"

orthogon wrote:How did AP react to that Tyson Homosexual story?.

Unfortunately the Buttociated Press could not be reached for comment.
by typo
Sat Jun 04, 2016 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 35117

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

I didn't realise $2 bills were so remarkable, but just spotted this: http://boingboing.net/2016/05/05/texas-police-tell-little-girl.html The story on reason.com, linked from the boingboing page, says the problem was that the note was from 1953 and so old that the school's counterfeit-detecting pen ...
by typo
Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 130764

Re: 1663: "Garden"

I pruned back the tangle of branches from yesterday (and the deer) and found a strange little flower that looks something like the one in Little Shop of Horrors. That's easily as good as more tulips. feed-me.png Then I changed that last light to orange and let it run all day, fully expecting an inva...
by typo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1666: "Brain Upload"
Replies: 38
Views: 7480

Re: 1666: "Brain Upload"

Rombobjörn wrote:Encrypted data is uncompressable, so if you're going to compress you need to do it before you encrypt. Then you must decrypt it before you can see whether it's compressed or not.

Aren't you over-generalizing? Rot13 is a form of encryption and the result is as compressible as the clear text.
by typo
Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 130764

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Pursuing BlitzGirl's suggestion I lit the right-hand half of my garden with two orange lamps. I put a blue lamp on the left to see what that would bring. Then I left it overnight, forgot about it, and left it all day. Result: one bird. Count 'em. One stinkin' bird, with an ipod, not even very close ...
by typo
Mon Apr 11, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 130764

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Today my garden grew a truffula tree. No more tulips on the trestle, though. And I still haven't grown any birds or balloons or flying Megans.
truffula.png

( I dragged the lights off to the corners while making the screenshot, for clarity.)
by typo
Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 130764

Re: 1663: "Garden"

I just want to know how the heck she got up there on those stilts. Also, is the snake for sale, or is the snake selling something? I suppose it could be selling snake oil... I'm not sure how she would get up there without stilts. I think it's snake oil for sale down by the creek and turtle soup on ...
by typo
Sat Apr 09, 2016 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 671
Views: 130764

Re: 1663: "Garden"

I was hoping for birds and balloons, instead I got a very precarious ponytail-on-stilts who's waving in the wind and about to fall into the creek.
ponytail-stilts.png
by typo
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 15262

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

Anyone else here old enough to have thought the pip install was referring to this? Yes. Yes, I did. I first encountered PIP on RSX-11D circa 1974, and later on 'M and early VMS. I typed PIP to a VMS DCL prompt, to see if it was still lurking, and was quite surprised to receive a response. Turned ou...
by typo
Wed May 27, 2015 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 45157

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Am I the only one who's had Neil Diamond's "Done Too Soon" playing in his head for two days?
by typo
Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1403: "Thesis Defense"
Replies: 52
Views: 17935

Re: 1403: "Thesis Defense"

It looks to me like
The Evolution of Threat
Displays in Mammals.
by typo
Mon Nov 18, 2013 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1292: Pi vs. Tau
Replies: 124
Views: 28751

Re: 1292: Pi vs. Tau

The compromise should be the Chinese symbol for Rooster: 酉. Here are the numbers to go with the traditional symbols. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-CsoSwfT17TI/UonLj7RSFmI/AAAAAAAA3YI/pLfUo-boH60/w512-h347-no/angle+table.png Notice how the rat pushes the cat off the ox. Shouldn't sin(tau) = cos...
by typo
Fri Sep 07, 2012 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 28822

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

I'm pretty sure that, at least in many jurisdictions, one and I on license plates are deemed equivalent, as are zero and O. Checking if the requested plate is already issued would return True if the girl requested any 7-character combination of 1s and Is (also spaces and hyphens are ignored). So her...
by typo
Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 29936

Re: 1103: "Nine"

Our microwave growing up had a 12 second period of revolution for the turntable, so 96 or 84 seconds got used for things with a handle... Where I work the turntable goes round in ten seconds (handy) but keeps rotating for another four seconds after the counter reaches zero and the radar shuts off (...
by typo
Wed Aug 01, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0005: "Robot Apocalypse"
Replies: 65
Views: 43648

Re: What-if 0005: Robot Apocalypse

As for the calculation of number of cars on the road. It is total poppycock. It's a plain fact that the vehicles driving large distances over their lifetime average much higher than 30mph. But that's also meaningless. The average mph and the average driving distance are completely unrelated measure...
by typo
Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 26955

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

I have a classic Western Electric 500 rotary phone ... holy crap are rotary phones ever loud when they ring! Check the bottom for a metal adjusting wheel. If it's like the one we used to have, the ringer loudness control works by moving the two bells closer together (with the hammer between) so the...
by typo
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1017: "Backwards in Time"
Replies: 75
Views: 18762

Re: 1017: "Backwards in Time"

February 27, 1984 Reagan crushes Mondale, Macintosh introduced, I'm born So everyone make sure to spam Randal with "Happy Birthdays" in 12 days. There's a difference of 3 or 4 years between adjacent lines, so I don't think that date is very precise. (Or do I mean "accurate"?) Al...
by typo
Fri Feb 10, 2012 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 24357

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

It's amusing, it's a http://gallery.fanserviceftw.com/_images/aae9e1cea2c5faccea4fb43e0bd28b4a/9636%20-%20fight%20internet%20spiderman%20tagme.gif I don't have permission to view "fight-internet-spiderman". And the filename really doesn't provide much information about its content.
by typo
Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 63463

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

I can't see BHG on my Eee from any angle, and it doesn't have the Gimp installed. I loaded the image into Shotwell Viewer and turned Exposure down and Tint and Shadows up, and there he was in green. Very cool.

Oh, and death to SOPA.
by typo
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 26296

Re: 0967: Prairie

On The Colbert Report Stephen Colbert is currently using for his opening tagline "From C to silent T". This is another joke based on a line from the same song, which says "From sea to shining sea". Get out of Stephen's head, Randall.
by typo
Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 35068

Re: 0965: "Elements"

I'm sort of hoping Randall's doing a week of chem comics for Mole Day coming up on Sunday. :mrgreen:
by typo
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 18961

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

Speaking of flying and space colonization, "The Menace From Earth" is one of my favourite Heinlein stories. It's about a teenage girl who lives in the moon and whose hobby happens to be flying. It's possible because of the low gravity. Another reason to go back there, darn it!
by typo
Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 27093

Re: 0835: "Tree"

I hope Billy is planning to GC all the dereferenced wrappers later....
by typo
Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 34878

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

"Backwards words say to used I.
Again go I there.
Shit oh."

- George Carlin
by typo
Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 23225

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

In Gödel, Escher, Bach , the index entry for "chunked versions of this book" cites the page range of the index. Not strictly related, but in an old maths revision book I had the index entries for "lies" and "damned lies" pointed to the statistics section. While on the ...

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