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by Archgeek
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 2633

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...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 44
Views: 4148

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

I voted on a paper ballot yesterday...and then slid that piece of paper into a scanner that detects the bubbles I filled in, looks for over/under votes (informs me of those if I want to declare my ballot spoiled and try again), tabulates the votes on a memory card, and finally stores the piece of p...
by Archgeek
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 2165

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

So disappointed that this wasn't about comparing functional masonry linear harbour extensions with timber recreational perpendicular promenades. And is a breakwater that isn't attached to anything at either end allowed in? No no no, that's "Pier Review" you're thinking of. Totally differe...
by Archgeek
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3198

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Ohm y God. Okay, fine. Let's amp up the puns. Current puns? Mmmm... Another thing everybody knows about lightning is that it doesn't strike twice in the same place. So that helps a bit by telling you where it isn't . (Actually I think we're back to the nonblack nonravens, aren't we?) Between the &q...
by Archgeek
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3198

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

... if you are decent, you'll behave according to the bible anyway. What, all of it?!? Many people would be more decent if they behaved according to the sermon on the mount at least sometimes. Oh, that part. Right. Not that bit about setting your beard on fire and beating your own chest with it, th...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 3198

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

If you're in a situation like the comic, where the lightning bolt persists long enough to have an entire conversation about it, a call to your religious professional may be required, to see if there was an Armageddon scheduled . You don't need to, as the bible says that nobody but the father knows ...
by Archgeek
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2101

Re: 2026: Heat Index

It's not a thing in Europe. And it shouldn't be a thing in the US either because it's pseudo-scientific statistical bullshit. The only reason for silly heat index and wind chill factor "values" is to give weather reporters an extra 10-30 seconds of talking time in the 24-hour news cycle a...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 30, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2101

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Wait. The Heat Index can be lower than the dry-bulb temperature according to the NOAA.gov website . (The “It’s a dry heat” phenomenon.) [...] The Heat Index is assuredly not always higher than the dry-bulb temperature any more than pH’s are always above zero! Fluoroantimonic acid can have a pH of -...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2860

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I am sooooo going to start using the semi-semi-log graph, just to see if anyone at work is paying attention to my reports. Fun True Fact: in high school AlgebraII/preCalc, I once hand-drew (this was long before fancy toys like calculators or desktop computers existed) a graph of y = 2*x that looked...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 2860

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I am sooooo going to start using the semi-semi-log graph, just to see if anyone at work is paying attention to my reports. Fun True Fact: in high school AlgebraII/preCalc, I once hand-drew (this was long before fancy toys like calculators or desktop computers existed) a graph of y = 2*x that looked...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5665

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

supermarket self-serve tills [...] act like a commissionless-Coinstar as it returns as few coins back as it needs to Really? The ones in our local supermarket (Asda) only seem to contain pennies, 5p pieces and pound coins, judging by the change I usually get. My local Tesco's self-service machines ...
by Archgeek
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 5665

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

… which is why I ended up with a huge pile of shrapnel when on holiday in Florida. The only time I managed to pay with the right money was when I was in the cafeteria in one of the theme parks; I just dumped all the smash onto the tray and handed over what the cashier asked for. Pretty much how it ...
by Archgeek
Thu Jul 12, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2781

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

(So, 3770 more comics, 1256+ more weeks, 24+ more years until we approach the current Hebrew calendar year, and thus then two more months to equal that HCY. By my quick-and-dirty calculations. Meanwhile the Islamic contingent had their coincidence approx 2.5 years ago, give or take a few months due...
by Archgeek
Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 3624

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

This got me curious if I could generate 200TB of nines. Well, I think I can: perl -e 'for($i=0; $i < 200*1024; $i++) { print "9"x(1024*1024*1024); print STDERR "$i GB so far\n" }' Then the next question would be how to submit it? Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 a...
by Archgeek
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 2531

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

I like how the estimated launch date trend line goes past the intersection; as if after the 2026 launch, in 2030 the launch will be estimated for 2028. :D I think the implication is that it'll have such a history of delays that future recollections of when it did launch will wander forward by way o...
by Archgeek
Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4302

Re: 2013: "Rock"

I think the art is equally interpretable as her being a left or a righty, them being stick figures and all. Since we can't tell the orientation of her shoulders or hips or anything. consider the motion lines. for her to be using her right hand, they would mean she used a backhand throw, which seems...
by Archgeek
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 2073

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

The diagram is wrong, anyway. With an angled-up canon firing out, a freefall canonball will never enter a stable circular orbit like that. Even the others seem to inherit a side-wind or something. Perhaps the gun is on the equator and we are observing from above one of the poles? [genuine-puzzlemen...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 3702

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

Muswell wrote:Why is Great A'Tuin not on here?

Heck, where's Eärendil with his silmaril aboard Vingilótë? 'Not sure where an elven spaceship falls thermally, but the silmarils were widely known for their luminosity.
by Archgeek
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 2669

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

Oooh, that takes possession of my caprine, it does.

What'd be truly ironic would be if BHG started choking on the title text, before my hands could begin their work.
by Archgeek
Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 4759

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

... the recent NBA playoffs ... It's still gonna take them decades to catch up to NASCAR. I wonder how their carbon footprints compare. NASCAR actually produces much less carbon than other sports, just because they drive between events (40 cars is a lot of checked baggage fees), while other sports ...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6583

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

The most dramatic example of "thicker than it is wide": https://img.labnol.org/di/wikipedia-book.jpg Yes, that is apparently a real book , though I assumed it was a photoshop job when I first saw it. I don't know what kind of binding it has, but I'd guess it's literally impossible to read...
by Archgeek
Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6583

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

(if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they're actually going for) "Of" and "'ve" are homophones, so this is only an issue in writing. You can't say "couldn't of" instead...
by Archgeek
Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 4759

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… Oh our sales taxes are layer...
by Archgeek
Wed Jun 13, 2018 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 6583

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

Heheh, the lingual bent this has taken renders me curious... what's the take on compound contractions, like "couldn't've", "wouldn't've" (if you've ever heard someone in the states say -- or worse, write -- "couldn't of", the compound contraction is closer to what they'...
by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3430

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

To me there's a certain standard that one holds oneself to if what you're writing is going into print to be preserved more or less for all time, or at least in such a way as can't be edited later. Is the news totally up-to-date? No. Is that fine? Yup. The rush to be first creates errors, misconcept...
by Archgeek
Tue May 22, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3430

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Twitter reactions in the story versus a couple pages of Letters to the Editor, usually written by the same group of busybodies and nutjobs. Not seeing the worseness. Sir: I respectfully disagree with your correspondent pkcommando. Letters to the Editor are hand-picked from thousands of candidates: ...
by Archgeek
Mon May 21, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 4436

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

The Electric Light Orchestra was the music I grew up with and the head of ELO, Jeff Lynne is 70 years old now. https://i2-prod.birminghampost.co.uk/incoming/article12466897.ece/ALTERNATES/s615/O2-Silver-Clef-Awards-2016-London.jpg Surprisingly, he doesn't look that old. That's just unnatural for 70...
by Archgeek
Wed May 16, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 12919

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I think of DH as Designated Hitter. I originally read this as "... Designated Hitler", which might be a useful thing to have on the internet. Jose I think that's a character class in the new top-down open-world-PVP MMORPG "GoatScape". For my part, I read it as "Donkey Hat&q...
by Archgeek
Fri May 11, 2018 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 16082

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by Archgeek
Fri May 11, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 16082

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by Archgeek
Wed May 02, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 20384

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

what precisely is local sync? Perhaps I should have said "direct sync". It means synchronizing with a local machine, locally, without going through the cloud. The Palm does that; you connect the Palm physically (or optically, or bluetoothly) with a computer and copy the information across...
by Archgeek
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 20384

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

We are, for example, inviting 24-7 surveillance machines into our homes , and telling them all our secrets. Echo, Alexa, Nest, all of them are "ooh, shiny" ways to give control of our data to the companies behind them; it's a land grab that's happening before we realize there's land to gr...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 9905

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Having spent a fair amount of time in San Francisco in the summer, I can attest to the truth of that (supposed) Mark Twain quote. Is weather not correlating with the season something that happens in all coastal areas, or is it specific to northern California? You can have fog and rain one day and b...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1913: "A �"
Replies: 65
Views: 7435

Re: 1913: "A �"

As someone who regularly has to go through several iterations of "okay, did you type that into the URL field, or the search field?" on support calls I would like to fire these people into the Sun. Unfortunately, the URL field and the search field are trying to become the same thing these ...
by Archgeek
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 7426

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

I remember there was some urban legend (not sure if that's quite the right term for this) in the 80s or 90s about a guy on UseNet who claimed to be a time traveller from the not-too-distant future, whose mission was simply to recover some old piece of technology because some important records in th...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 4799

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

In my younger single days, I used to go to bed between 1am and 2am, and get up for work at half 7, during the week. Then at the weekend I slept until between noon and 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, which seemed to balance out the lack of sleep in the previous 5 days. A quarter of a century later I thi...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3663

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

"Just think, the light from that star was emitted before the start of the 2016 election." Well, the light we see now from most stars was emitted before any of us were born. hmm.. I wonder how many stars are close enough that the light they emitted when I was born has already reached here?...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3663

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

How is Facebook itself even seven years old yet? I still treat it as a flash in the pan. It won't last much beyond Christmas. Then all those kids will move on to the next trivial thing. Definitely. Those kids? Are you, like, 87? Didn't you get the memo that facebook is now for old people? Kids move...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

I frequently fail at the Türing test when I typically get "Click on the images that contain a car" and have to try over and over. /Jon The Türing test, named after Ålan Türing Türiñ. Well that just sounds like a test to find out if someone's an actual Dwarf and not a human with dwarfism -...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Like the way beginners and professional electricians will strip wire using a pair of pliers, whilst people with some skills will use the proper tool for the job. The pros don't need one; the beginners don't have one, and might not even know they exist. Is there a word for this phenomenon of non-mon...

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