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by Zinho
Fri Apr 01, 2016 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 22383

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

A "wre nch " (lets you wrench nuts and bolts loose, or tight) is traditionally the US version of UK's "spanner" (I'm guessing because of the 'span' of the lever, that allows you to increasing torque force). . . Oh, we have spanners in the U.S. as well: http://assets2.merriam-web...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 16, 2016 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 172108

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Peter Tatchell being no-platformed . Without reading the rest of that article, I notice that it seems to start out with the same misunderstanding of freedom of speech that the comic is addressing. Well, ok, Tatchell himself wasn't strictly no-platformed, instead another speaker refused to share a p...
by Zinho
Fri Mar 11, 2016 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 20574

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

If Randall were more patient he could use && instead of & and the commands would be launched serially instead of in parallel. Not as much fun as watching all those background commands dumping their output in a jumbled heap to STDOUT, but the first one to return success (0 = false) would ...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1650 "Baby"
Replies: 75
Views: 12057

Re: 1650 "Baby"

Does it get taller first and then widen, or does it reach full width before getting taller, or alternate, or what? We've had a couple of partial answers, I'd like to fill in the gaps a bit. Newborns generally lose weight initially, due to the whole "figuring out how to digest their own food&qu...
by Zinho
Mon Feb 29, 2016 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"
Replies: 26
Views: 15504

LHC

GREAT. YOU GOT THE HIGGS BOSON WET AND IT DISSOLVED.


Does the Higgs boson get wet, or does the water get it instead?

Props to TMBG + Particle Man.
by Zinho
Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1642: "Gravitational Waves"
Replies: 43
Views: 10001

1642: "Gravitational Waves"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/gravitational_waves.png "That last LinkedIn request set a new record for the most energetic physical event ever observed. Maybe we should respond." "Nah." I read somewhere that if users aren't trading cat pictures on your system, the system is broken...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 16939

Re: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"

Lots of planets are named for myths. Going be the exoplanet name candidates, there are certainly worse ways to name planets. Although calling the planet Ix, was specifically called out in universe as being extremely lazy and unimaginative. The perfect rejoinder from the perfect poster! I should gro...
by Zinho
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1633: "Possible Undiscovered Planets"
Replies: 104
Views: 16939

Re: 1633: "Possible undiscovered planets"

Copper Bezel wrote:. . . I find the spelling "Ix" unbearably adorable. = ]

Unfortunately, the name "Ix" is already used in the Dune mythos, and whenever I hear it I think of the Butlerian Jihad. I can't say I'm anxious to use that as a name for one of our local planets.
by Zinho
Wed Jan 13, 2016 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"
Replies: 81
Views: 39851

Re: What-If 0141: "Sunbeam"

Following this idea wouldn't the answer to 'Why are sunsets orange?' be 'because that air over there is orange'? Doesn't seem all that convincing... Does it seem strange to you that a thing can look different colors when viewed from different angles? There are several metal coatings with that prope...
by Zinho
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 24459

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

The one I struggle with: How often is Bi-monthly? Well, it depends on the parsing: Bimonth-ly: every bimonth Bi-monthly: twice every month My inclination is for the second option, and using "bimestrial" for the first meaning. I learned a new word today! Thanks! I prefer to avoid "bim...
by Zinho
Wed Oct 28, 2015 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1594: "Human Subjects"
Replies: 33
Views: 6866

Re: 1594: "Human Subjects"

Funny, the OED seems to think you can use snuck. It does say it's mainly North American, but it is still a word. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/snuck And to people in regions where it's dominant, "sneaked" sounds exactly as unpleasant on the ear as "weeped"...
by Zinho
Wed Sep 30, 2015 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1584: Moments of Inspiration
Replies: 49
Views: 9276

Re: 1584: Moments of Inspiration

"I can't stand it any more! Every time you tear off a chunk of bread you end up taking most of the chewy middle, leaving me with nothing but crust. I want some of the chewy middle too!" "Yeah, but what can be done?" "I don't know, but if someone figures it out it will be th...
by Zinho
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1580: "Travel Ghost"
Replies: 38
Views: 8424

Re: 1580: "Travel Ghost"

Reminds me of a manga I read a while back, where the protagonist develops the ability similar to the app described by the comic. She learns how to choose between a multiverse worth of alternative realities, see how her decisions affect the world, then discard the experiences with unfavorable outcome...
by Zinho
Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 57216

Re: 1534: "Beer"

Infographic idea: map of the world showing how acceptable it is to mix sweet and savoury flavours. . .) Ha! Good idea. I do know of a recipe for chicken tagliatelle with a raspberry based sauce that is pretty damn great, but I'm guessing it wasn't invented by an Italian. Pizza and orange juice - a ...
by Zinho
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 57216

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I happen to think that pineapple on pizza is delicious, but I also know enough Italians to know never to suggest the idea to one, except as a joke. In my experience it is usually viewed less as a disagreeable idea and more as a total non-sequitur , like suggesting that you would like a pizza topped...
by Zinho
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 57216

Re: 1534: "Beer"

It's the pudim (pronounced "poo-DJEEN") that causes me a problem socially. Every Brasiliana I meet insists that I must try it, since it's SO delicious. The conversation follows a predictable pattern: <snip> Dood, why are you trying so hard to not hook up with that brasiliana?!?! I'm a &qu...
by Zinho
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 57216

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I find it quite irritating to be told that I am either pretending or have been brainwashed into liking something that I genuinely enjoy. It's an acquired taste. Maybe you just haven't heard a GOOD accusation of disingenuity or impressionability. Nice, I think this is my favorite post so far in this...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 03, 2015 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0134: "Space Burial"
Replies: 16
Views: 11044

Re: What-If 134: "Space Burial"

I study this stuff because I am designing a new kind of "solid-state" satellite swarm . Lower orbits, not geostationary, but long term stability imposes constraints on orbits and operation. You're cooling space-based computers by radiation? :shock: OK, I mean, you don't have a choice. You...
by Zinho
Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1499: "Arbitrage"
Replies: 164
Views: 23891

Re: 1499: "Arbitrage"

Neil_Boekend wrote:100 gr (3.5 oz) every other day is quite sufficient to keep a godlike body s like mine in shape. . .
I am considered a large eater by those around me. My current avatar is a picture of me and it is recent.

ssarcasm

No need for sarcasm there; remember that Bacchus/Dionysus was also a god...
by Zinho
Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1497: "New Products"
Replies: 53
Views: 9192

Re: 1497: "New Products"

Counterexample: the :CueCat . Given the ubiquity of QR codes, is the :CueCat a counterexample, or is it simply an example of case 2: features show up years later in something successful? My memory of what techies were saying about it was, "most people probably don't need that, but it's hackabl...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 18, 2015 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 23088

Re: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"

OK, this "keeping the rope straight" question is bugging me, so I ran some numbers, back-of-the-envelope style. math spoilered because I'm going to ramble a bit... I made some assumptions, like a spherical earth w/ 6.37*10^6m radius, all participants having the same height, and participant...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1488: "Flowcharts"
Replies: 91
Views: 21471

Re: 1488: "Flowcharts"

The missing labels have arrived as of about 1400 UTC with the note "Uploaded the wrong file earlier! Sorry for the missing labels and lines." Except, apparently, for the label for DC on the rectifier bridge. I never saw the malformed diode array for the rectifier, and I'm still twitching ...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should we change the national anthem?
Replies: 115
Views: 35027

Re: Should we change the national anthem?

I'll weigh in on this; I've got some strong opinions on the topic and some historical tidbits that haven't been mentioned yet. (I'm pro-status quo, btw; let's get that out of the way first) So, the way I sing the song, I skip the objectionable third verse. Shortening the text considerably, the first...
by Zinho
Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0126: "Stairs"
Replies: 67
Views: 24519

Re: What-If 0126: "Stairs"

Why can't nutritionists just learn to use proper units, instead of abusing them until they become ambiguous? For language in general it's annoying, but for units it's ridiculous. Probably for the same reason that bathroom scales read kg instead of N but still are advertized as giving "weight&q...
by Zinho
Wed Oct 22, 2014 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1437: "Higgs Boson"
Replies: 31
Views: 12921

Re: 1437: "Higgs Boson"

I'd just like to point out that it is really difficult to find a picture of Death dressed as a clown due to the number of scary clowns that there are in different forms of media. And I hate scary clowns. So for my own sanity, please have this MS Paint drawing of a scary death clown. http://i.imgur....
by Zinho
Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1417: "Seven"
Replies: 130
Views: 29418

Re: 1417: "Seven"

Regarding "American", and all that, can't we just accept that "American" can refer to both the population of the entire two continents, and also - under different circumstances - citizens (or possibly residents) of the United States (including Hawaii)? And that this is because t...
by Zinho
Wed Aug 27, 2014 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"
Replies: 91
Views: 21673

Re: 1413: "Suddenly Popular"

In Formula 1, EVERY driver started saying "for sure" instead of "yes" a couple of years ago, and they're still going. I'm not sure if the F1 "for sure" is applicable to every situation where "yes" would do, but it is widespread as a term of agreement or confi...
by Zinho
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0104: "Global Snow"
Replies: 32
Views: 8659

Re: What-if 0104: "Global Snow"

I leave my fridge open when it's hot, and while people converge on my house from miles around to explain that I'm actually making my house WARMER, I slip out the back, sneak to their houses, and run their a/c units at full blast. I have a vent in the wall behind my fridge, so the warmth extracted f...
by Zinho
Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1388: "Subduction License"
Replies: 59
Views: 14595

Re: 1388: "Subduction License"

Why is he calling a sergeant "sir"? Because sergeants outrank privates? Context: Outside of basic training, it is not customary in the US military to use "sir" to refer to any enlisted, regardless of rank. To be fair, there is a U.S. military branch where Non-Commissioned Office...
by Zinho
Wed Jun 11, 2014 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 19747

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

Most likely I made an account fairly recently to post something (can't have been too long ago considering what password it's using) and then changed my mind at the last second. Maybe it was a preemptive strike after learning the bitter lesson that if you'd only bothered to create an account when yo...
by Zinho
Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 14207

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

I think you'd agree that you couldn't really have seen the bullets at either end if they were ordinary bits of steel/lead, yes? Agreed, I probably could not. To be honest, I have trouble tracking golf balls, although that may have something to do with my swing... Others with more rifle-shooting exp...
by Zinho
Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 14207

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

Or, consider the guy firing the gun. He knows where the bullet is going (he's looking at it the whole time, hopefully), and I don't think he can see the bullet. When I've fired rifles, even at significant ranges, I've not been able to watch the bullet travel. I've never fired a large-caliber "...
by Zinho
Tue Sep 24, 2013 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20074

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

That's not what the psuedo-code says at all. The "big picture solution" doesn't run the program. It simply returns true no matter what program is passed to it, because in the end all programs will halt. This was already explained by the second post in this thread. What you're proposing is...
by Zinho
Tue Sep 24, 2013 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20074

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

There are some programs whose outputs cannot be deduced even by running them (or a simulation of them, which is the same thing). Only ones that really don't halt. The ones that do halt, you just have to let them run long enough and eventually you'll know. The problem is in telling ahead of time whe...
by Zinho
Mon Sep 16, 2013 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1265: "Juicer"
Replies: 35
Views: 13030

Re: 1265: "Juicer"

The thing that made me giggle (enough that my kids came over demanding an explanation) was the solid colors in the juice bottles - not only is Randall juicing his candies, he's manually segregating them by color first. Adding OCD to the silliness gets extra nerd points from me.
by Zinho
Mon Aug 26, 2013 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 23987

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

C'mon, "round" is just a lazy way to say "spherical" 1 1 Technically speaking, ball-shaped Really technically speaking, it's an oblate spheroid. With 3 nipples to rain milk down on the turtles holding the planet up. (It's turtles all the way down, you know.) I remember once I sa...
by Zinho
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 39094

Re: 1235: "Settled"

The US has a fabled lake monster? EDIT: Oh, OK. There was me thinking that the Loch Ness monster was the only one of note, but lo-and-behold, there's tons of reported lake monsters in North America - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_reported_lake_monsters Time for some wiki editing! They totall...
by Zinho
Thu May 02, 2013 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"
Replies: 38
Views: 12656

Re: What-If 0043: "Train Loop"

Someday, I'll get around to working out the formula for a 'perfect' loop - that is, one where the train enters at speed V and where the rider experiences a constant acceleration G + A throughout. No spoilers, please! :D Fine, no spoilers, but if i may I'd like to suggest some additional parameters ...
by Zinho
Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1198: "Geologist"
Replies: 44
Views: 10993

Re: 1198: "Geologist"

SO, for those of you who are feeling lost, I'm surprised no one's explained yet - sometimes, geologists set up listening equipment along the ground, then shoot the earth with a gun to create a time-localized sound wave. It is the ping in underground sonar. I've heard of dropping weights on the grou...
by Zinho
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"
Replies: 36
Views: 16266

Re: What-If 0036: "Cornstarch"

@Vroomfundel: Was there an earlier version that I missed where a bass speaker is shown? I don't see one in this comic. Is snow a liquid or a solid? How is it different from an avalanche of molasses? That depends on what you mean by solid. The snow crystals at or below the freezing point of water are...

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