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by Archgeek
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

I never got the name "InstallShield". Even after reading the Wikipedia page it's not that clear. For some reason that always annoyed me. I'm easily annoyed, I guess... I always thought it had something to do with "shielding" a system against random encroachments that could not b...
by Archgeek
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 3813

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I hadn't considered the ability-to-prove-how-you-voted angle of it, but that aside, I am super in favor of voting by mail and think that should be the normal default way of voting for everyone. From what I understand, countries that introduced digital remote voting as the default actually have seen...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

cellocgw wrote:
Archgeek wrote:Because I can't help myself:

"Lot's wife -- brings the salt!"


... brings the Salt FTFY :mrgreen:

BAhAHHAHAHa, no no, nothing to do with that tale. I was going for a much worse reference. Older, too.
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 1601

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Because I can't help myself:

"Lot's wife -- brings the salt!"
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 1800

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

We aren't backwards about it. We also burn effigies of broadband providers … That is glorious. We in the states should blatantly start doing that to Comcast, Cox, and friends. A golden poo is one thing, but seeing your company vans burn in effigy? THAT sends a message. (Off-topic: I'm getting awful...
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 3813

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

There's no friggin' way this kind of thing should be out before Election Day, clearly influencing those who haven't voted yet. I could come up with reasons either way that it'd energize one side or the other, but any kind of influence that early voters might have on later voters is plain wrong. Wor...
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 1800

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Having a hard time believing this one. I'm sure someone will pull up the Tribune pages. I was going to... but you have to pay for content that is in the public domain. :evil: Wait until you find out that even the people who make those documents available online have to pay for hosting them. I know,...
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 65
Views: 3445

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

All this political talk and I'm just wondering how Randall picked which landmarks to include. :P I happen to be pumped because he included Hatcher Pass and Summit Lake (north of Wasilla, AK) because that happens to be my favorite few square miles on the planet. I'm amused that he included Oklahoma'...
by Archgeek
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 3813

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

College residency always confused me, because they would ask for "current address" and "permanent address". Like... what is a "permanent address"? People move all the fucking time. Do you want my parents' address? I don't live with my parents. I can't live with my pare...
by Archgeek
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 2586

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car. Is this a truck loaded with butts, or donkeys? Or is it a truck in the shape of a donkey, or that of a butt? While of course percent milkfat in the Lagrangian frame remains constant, cream advection from surface inflow may lead to eye ...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 7818

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Flumble wrote:Can I still be an idiot graverobber and explore the place (with a piece of string starting at the entrance—I know my classics!) and take some loot that looks precious (and can be carried in a hand bag)? If so, I want to do that and afterwards get a plane ticket to France.

Patient Zero, everyone!
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 3114

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

...I'd probably be using my Steam Controller wirelessly ... Now that is Old School meets "2.0" Oh, hang on. I think I am out of touch just enough so I don't understand the world anymore. Ah yes, wireless pressure regulators. I for one don't much care for the thought of rogue galvanic curr...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 2062

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

Barnard's Star wrote:AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!

Why are Randal's celestial objects always screaming? Does it hurt to be a light in the galaxy, or to orbit Jupiter?
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 1994

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

(I guess British English is unusual in having distinct spellings. Other languages tend to go for -er or -re for both the unit and the instrument. It's almost as though we want to be both in and out of Europe at the same time...). You put your left wing in; you put your right wing out; in; out; in; ...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3461

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

All conifers sucked. I believe the best odds were with some type of ash. Wow, not ever-vertical, fairly narrow birch? Been awhile, but I think birch [edit from beech] was also up there. Thing is, we're talking about hitting through a tree ... not between them. Narrow? OH. I thought you meant like t...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3461

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Heimhenge wrote:All conifers sucked. I believe the best odds were with some type of ash.

Wow, not ever-vertical, fairly narrow birch?
by Archgeek
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 4149

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

The book Lord of the Flies just baffled me when I read it in ninth grade, but maybe I would like it better if I gave it a second try. I'll probably never know. It certainly doesn't represent the way people actually behave when in these types of situations (which actually happen occasionally in the ...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3461

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'd say "trees are (made of) air" is a bit of a stretch: most of their building blocks and energy [citation needed] come from the ground. Right? Right? I have never given it much thought or looked it up, but right now I'm having a hard time believing trees get all that mas...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 3461

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Trees, I think, are mostly made up of air and water. At least, cellulose and lignin are carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen derived from those. And water happens to be a major component of air, coming in #3 after N2 and O2, if I recall correctly, and beating out argon by a decent margin. 'Certainly more w...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 43318

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

And I'm quite sure the forum was more fun back when the comic was still fresh to both Randall and us readers (definitely me because I only jumped in and when it was still buzzing with activity. Now the forum is so empty the mods don't even feel like celebrating Madness. Alas, poor Madness. I think ...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 32
Views: 3114

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

But that's no good if you need it to connect to a smartwatch. I was paid to write an app that connected to some custom hardware over Bluetooth. I spent a lot of time finding different ways the Bluetooth stack could get wedged. Then more time figuring out how to unwedge the stack. .... I spent an in...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 2736

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

A supermarket chain over here failed to include "check the input makes sense" lines and someone added a new product to their system with volume 1 litre and mass 350 kg. 350 kg/L? Your supermarket sells dark matter? or Liquid black holes? Nah, even common electron degenerate matter in whit...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 3735

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

My default telco Frontier was awful, getting worse and increasing rates about a percent per month. Frontier does not provide "simultaneous ring" to connect to a phone-spam filter service. That is one way to filter out spammers; a good option for better local telephone service providers. T...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 2370

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

The stuff tasted like if La Croix came in vanilla, and had been mixed into a vat of liquid chalk. I can beat that. I've had a technetium swallow test, when they were looking for signs of "Meckels diverticulitis" (the zebra they look for when they hear the hoofbeats of bleeding ulcers and ...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 2370

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Look up Barium Swallow Tests. You can basically see this comic IRL. They're pretty freaky. Oooh, I've done one of those before. They were checking the extent of a gastric fistula (remnant of a neo-natal feeding tube) that had opened up enough to become a middle-school annoyance. The stuff tasted li...
by Archgeek
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 3218

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

You want fiddly? My brother has a Rubik's Cube he made out of paper! It's fully functional, but very delicate. Not completely unfulfilling, but definitely a case of being more fun to make than to use. (Or so he assures me.) You want even more fiddly? Someone a while back on the Kerbal Space Program...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 3218

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Insert dildo joke here. *raucous laughter* *applause* Those are very filling though. I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those. You haven't been watching the right lesbian fem-dom videos. Who says it has to be lesbian fem-dom? Men can eat dildos too. TIL: There exist dildos either intended fo...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 2370

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

Why are there two disconnected parts to the right of the stomach? Better question: why is there no disconnect between mouth and stomach? How does he swallow? I think that's either meant to represent the technique known as guzzling , wherein one makes to hold their epiglottis firmly to their trachea...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 36
Views: 3218

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Flumble wrote:
Weeks wrote:Insert dildo joke here.

*raucous laughter* *applause*

Those are very filling though.

I... I don't think you're supposed to eat those.
by Archgeek
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 3947

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

Old Bruce wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:(Now try plotting their years of death. Right now!)

That is what the NSA and Secret Service people see. Nice talking with you. [wicked-smiley-face emoticon]

Bladelamps, they must have to filter out a lot of false-positives from the actuarial community.
by Archgeek
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 3511

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

Ah, the eternal source of statistics jokes. https://algotrading101.com/blog/1543426/what-is-curve-fitting-overfitting-in-trading-optimization http://ucanalytics.com/blogs/machine-learning-non-linear-regression-regularization-cross-validation-simplified-part-1/ https://xkcd.com/1347/ https://xkcd.co...
by Archgeek
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 3057

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

Kit. wrote:I wonder if it's correct to call a professional network "social media".

I'm wondering if it's still correct to call LinkedIn's spam vortex a "professional network".
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 5107

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

As deeply amusing as is "boatboat", and as much as I support all future use of "carboat" and "carhouse" (just shy of a Szyslak, that), I must contend that "housecar" is giving mobile homes too much credit. Maybe an RV instead? Likewise "househouse" e...
by Archgeek
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 7830

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Heh, nothing like crazed, convoluted proofs that take a class period or more for concepts that look blazingly obvious to the student. I remember a doopy one from Linear Algebra, wherein the professor spent the whole class period proving on the board that if you had n orthogonal vectors in an n-dimen...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 11473

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Nauseous" came to mean "having or feeling nausea" by analogy with other words formed the same way. "Beg the question" came to mean "ask the question" because people already know what "beg" means. "Could care less" and "literally"...
by Archgeek
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 4373

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

Still safer than chlorine trifluoride ! I find it amusing/horrifying that the NFPA "fire diamond" gives ClF 3 a zero out of four for flammability. Technically, yes, the ClF 3 itself doesn't burn. It just makes everything else burn. Water, people, sand, concrete, asbestos ... (It does get ...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 4580

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

Soupspoon wrote:As a compromise, the meat of the response is now hidden in here.

Now that's some tantalizing meat information.
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 4580

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

On the good news side, antibodies are transferrable. "... and airliners, with whatever that stuff is that they spray out that lingers in the air for however long ..." "Contrails? That's just water." "Water?" "Yes. They burn hydrocarbons and make CO 2 and H 2 O, wa...
by Archgeek
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 6287

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

SuicideJunkie wrote:Unfortunately there's almost no air in the bag to protect them, and someone went and broke all the space-time chips into 10-35m fragments.

Mmmm, Planck chips.
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 4543

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

One big problem is that electronics don't really have much in the way of human servicable parts. Lots of teeny things soldered directly to the circuit board, beyond the capability of human hands. Unless it's a major component like the display or the battery, forget it. Another consideration is that...

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