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by ManaUser
Tue Jan 19, 2016 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 8742

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

"Well this is embarrassing" seems to refer to Firefox's message when you restart after a crash. (As well as a typical reaction to problems in bed.)
by ManaUser
Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47491

Re: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

So obviously it's true that some books cost more than some guns, but if that's all he's saying, I'm really not sure what possible point he's making. You could make that claim about practically any two items. It's cheaper to be a house than a meal. (If it's a desert shack and a white house fundraiser...
by ManaUser
Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.
Replies: 186
Views: 47491

Obama says it's easier to get a gun than a book.

Specifically he said "There are neighborhoods around the country where it is easier for 12- or 13-year-olds to purchase a gun, and cheaper, than it is for them to get a book." http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Obama-Gun-Control-CNN-Town-Hall-NY-Times-Opinion-364597281.h...
by ManaUser
Thu Dec 24, 2015 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1618: "Cold Medicine"
Replies: 32
Views: 8772

Re: 1618: "Cold Medicine"

Heroin was created to be less addictive and have less side effects than straight-up natural opiates, but it's still pretty addictive, which is why we have now moved to using Morphine, which is less addictive than Heroin though still addictive enough to stay prescription-only. Apparently heroin (und...
by ManaUser
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1620: "Christmas Settings"
Replies: 36
Views: 9709

Re: 1620: "Christmas Settings"

Assuming "click click" means she turned it two spaces, and assuming she remembers this and turned it two spaces, guessing which way it went, and since it is now on chimneys, since everyone knows that is the case, then the true setting before this event is actually bathroom mirror, or toil...
by ManaUser
Tue Oct 06, 2015 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"
Replies: 61
Views: 11691

Re: 1586: "Keyboard Problems"

Let me see if I got this: a Windows OS could not find the drivers for a Microsoft keyboard? That might seem strange on the face of it, but remember, Microsoft is the only company who has a disincentive to make hardware that works with older versions of Windows. So on unless orthogon was using Win10...
by ManaUser
Fri Sep 18, 2015 4:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 50814

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

It's a perfectly valid phrase, as long as you mean that you could care less.
by ManaUser
Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 16736

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

Jesus must have had tons of experience walking on sand, and it's well known he could walk on water... How ironic it as that he couldn't handle a combination of the two.
by ManaUser
Tue May 05, 2015 1:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 29076

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Alright, so we've got claims of defeating Pestilence, Famine and even War. Who's going to take on the big guy?
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by ManaUser
Fri Apr 17, 2015 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1513: "Code Quality"
Replies: 81
Views: 20455

Re: 1513: "Code Quality"

The reason is that .COM files have no header or validation information - they're simply a binary dump of a program. DOS loads the entire file into a single 64KB segment starting at address 0x100 within that segment, then calls the procedure that it assumes must start at address 0x100. (This is a ho...
by ManaUser
Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1501: Mysteries
Replies: 94
Views: 26190

Re: 1501: Mysteries

It seems like there's some redundancy between the axes. I mean a lost plane isn't particularly weird. It's only weird because it still haven't been found a year later.
by ManaUser
Sat Feb 21, 2015 4:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0130: "Snow Removal"
Replies: 51
Views: 21805

Re: What-If 0130: "Snow Removal"

I don't live any place where I need to worry about this, but if I did, melting 17x9x1' snow will a gallon of gas actually sounds pretty tempting. That would be just right for clearing driveways. And gas is still pretty cheap right now...
by ManaUser
Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:07 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0127: "Tug of War"
Replies: 61
Views: 24223

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

Could someone explain the error in the initial version (or why the current one is correct)? I'm having a hard time understanding why two teams pulling in opposite directions doesn't create double the stress. Is it because (as Randal points out) the limiting factor is usually traction, not strength, ...
by ManaUser
Fri Jan 16, 2015 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1474: "Screws"
Replies: 96
Views: 40574

Re: 1474: "Screws"

Is there a functional difference between the flathead and the "uranium" one? The slot in a uranium screw goes all the way across. This allows it to be used with a wider variety of flathead screw drivers, which is helpful since it means you don't have to stand around getting exposed to the...
by ManaUser
Sun Jan 04, 2015 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1468: "Worrying"
Replies: 50
Views: 12699

Re: 1468: "Worrying"

Or means something hit your rib cage and got stopped - which is, after all, the entire point of ribs - to avoid taking damage to the organs we really, really can't do without... I think most of us were kind of assuming wounds from bullets (which aren't usually stopped by ribs) but the chart doesn't...
by ManaUser
Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1465: "xkcd Phone 2"
Replies: 32
Views: 8828

Re: 1465: "xkcd Phone 2"

If I raise the density on my xkcd Phone 2 far enough but keep the volume the same, will it turn to gold? Give me 5,000. Careful. There's a known issue where once you go past 12g/ml the spring can no longer overcome the weight of the button, which may cause it to become stuck in the Density+ position.
by ManaUser
Sun Dec 21, 2014 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 17277

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

aerion111 wrote:Clearly the solution is to develop a method of 'writing' memories.

I was thinking along the same lines, but in reverse. Instead you give both sets of patients drugs that cause amnesia. One group would have sex during the forgotten period, the other would only be told they had done so.
by ManaUser
Sun Dec 14, 2014 12:17 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0121: "Frozen Rivers"
Replies: 45
Views: 18461

Re: 121: "Frozen Rivers"

If the water really froze "instantly" isn't it likely that the expansion could cause some dramatic effects even in a natural waterway?
by ManaUser
Sun Dec 07, 2014 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1456: "On the Moon"
Replies: 52
Views: 15528

Re: 1456: "On the Moon"

277Gm
by ManaUser
Tue Dec 02, 2014 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1454: "Done"
Replies: 48
Views: 14248

Re: 1454: "Done"

I just wish I could have made my teenage sister and her boyfriend understand that. He was planning on making life-altering decisions, crossing the country to attend an unnotable local university, to pursue a relationship with her. He flew over at his expense to briefly visit, they spent a day toget...
by ManaUser
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156958

Re: Gamergate

Because when I see someone doxxed on 8chan, I usually see this kind of response: Since, as you point out, screenshot are easy to fake, I thought I'd chime in to say I've personally seen that thread as well. I've been watching this whole thing unfold for a while (though not by any means from the beg...
by ManaUser
Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mental support for pedophiles
Replies: 51
Views: 25880

Re: Mental support for pedophiles

One pitfall related to this is that coercion and support are not very compatible (to put it mildly). So we've got a situation where criminals have to be punished (barring some really major redesign of the justice system) but at the same time we want to help them become better people. In a way the go...
by ManaUser
Sat Sep 27, 2014 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1426: "Reduce your payment"
Replies: 35
Views: 13690

Re: 1426: "Reduce your payment"

BrianK wrote:If he wants to oxidize the mortgage statement, maybe he should use chlorine trifluoride.

Not dioxygen difluoride?
by ManaUser
Wed Sep 17, 2014 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"
Replies: 32
Views: 8128

Re: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"

Okay, why would charging it make it die faster? I assume there's an astrophysics parallel, but I'm not thinking what that would be.
by ManaUser
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 41464

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

Eternal Density wrote:"a 50-lb sack of gender changers"
That's the polite name for them.

Are you implying there might be an alternate, rude way to describe this?

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by ManaUser
Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Fix your blink tags!
Replies: 2
Views: 5989

Fix your blink tags!

Screw all the anti-gay, pro-DRM, anti-blink jerks at Mozilla! @keyframes blink { 33% {opacity: 1;} 34% {opacity: 0;} 66% {opacity: 0;} 67% {opacity: 1;} } blink { animation: blink 1s infinite; } This does cause weird double-blinking in Firefox versions 16-22 but other than that it works well.
by ManaUser
Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"
Replies: 44
Views: 13351

Re: What-If 107: "Letter to Mom"

On the other hand, if having the letter arrive physically is a requirement, but arriving intact and readable is not (as suggested by the ICBM solution), might there be some some way convert a the letter to neutrinos so it reaches (and passes through) Mom at the speed of light? I assume the most expe...
by ManaUser
Thu Jul 31, 2014 7:04 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"
Replies: 44
Views: 13351

What-If 0107: "Letter to Mom"

Tim wrote:What’s the fastest way to get a hand-written letter from my place in Chicago to my mother in New Jersey?

http://what-if.xkcd.com/107/

I suppose hand-writing it on a tablet and emailing the result is out of the question.
by ManaUser
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 16302

Re: 1394: Superm*n

I was going to suggest that they may have decided using familiar words would make the whole thing catch on better, but now that I think about it, it's really only mega and micro, or the second level in either direction that they did that with. Kind of odd actually, you'd think if anything they would...
by ManaUser
Mon Jul 14, 2014 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1394: Superm*n
Replies: 82
Views: 16302

Re: 1394: Superm*n

I am going to try and understand them: Superm.*n which means "Superm" then one or more characters of any kind and then "n" Superm[a-z]*n which means "Superm" then one or more characters in the range a-z and then "n" The * means zero or more, so both of these ...
by ManaUser
Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 37591

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

Envelope Generator wrote:What's the Seattle reference?

Well, what do you need to sew space together aside from space thread?

The Space Needle.
by ManaUser
Mon Jun 30, 2014 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1388: "Subduction License"
Replies: 59
Views: 15206

Re: 1388: "Subduction License"

McBee wrote:To be fair, the mountain range appearing from the floor would only look like that after years (ages) of erosion - when fresh, it would be just a raised floor.

HES wrote:Where did the snow come from?

Evidently, he also has an Artistic License.
by ManaUser
Thu Jun 12, 2014 7:19 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"
Replies: 43
Views: 38910

Re: What-If 0100: "WWII Films"

Seventy-seven movies are tagged world-war-three. So that's at least a good three days of footage about a war, that lasted zero seconds (so far).
by ManaUser
Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 20047

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

So, at this particular moment in time, how many bitcoins can you mine per unit time per GHz? None. At least if you mean GHz on a CPU, or even a GPU. Bitcoin mining is now totally dominated specialized hardware (ASICs). As you can see here , the difficulty has escalated to a crazy extent in just the...
by ManaUser
Tue Jun 10, 2014 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 20047

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

Come come, don't limit your imagination thus! BHG would tell us to use current mining rates and extrapolate them forward apart from bitcoin limits. The bitcoin difficulty readjusts every 2016 blocks. Though you would get these blocks very fast. I suppose gradually increasing the computation power y...
by ManaUser
Tue Jun 10, 2014 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 20047

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

Hey guys, I finally figured out how we can pay him. An IP address must be worth at least a buck, right? So there's enough IPv6 addresses to pay him more than 170 times. And it's not like anybody was using them anyway.
by ManaUser
Fri May 16, 2014 5:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"
Replies: 65
Views: 20047

Re: What-If 0096: "$2 Undecillion Lawsuit"

Hmm.. what about if the energy isn't stored as texts made of quantum single-bit energy, but regular home electric power at ~3 cents per megajoule? [...] Using some fairly slapdash math and the first figures I could find for each of $/kWh*, energy/mass**, and the mass of the Earth***. I figured if t...
by ManaUser
Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1361: "Google Announcement"
Replies: 43
Views: 31819

Re: 1361: "Google Announcement"

In fact, if Google really discontinued all their other services, I'd be a whole lot more comfortable with them knowing every single domain I visit on the internet . Until then it's a handy number to keep in mind for emergencies but I usually stick with what my ISP provides, since they know what I'm ...
by ManaUser
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1360: "Old Files"
Replies: 108
Views: 26095

Re: 1360: "Old Files"

I'm glad I'm not the only person who does this. Although some old files are on external HDs now so I'm sure where all of it is. But I almost never delete that kind of stuff on purpose.
by ManaUser
Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 181485

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

This comic is technically incorrect about what the First Amendment requires. Private property owners are also required to allow people to speak freely on their property where that property has the character of a public space (like a shopping center). So, it's not just that the government can't arre...

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