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by jpvlsmv
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1339: "When You Assume"
Replies: 50
Views: 13021

Re: 1339: "When You Assume"

I prefer the BOFH response--

PHB: You know what happens when you assume
BOFH: Yes, it makes an ass of you...
PHB: ... And me
BOFH: I said you already.

--Joe
by jpvlsmv
Wed Mar 05, 2014 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 168
Views: 55382

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

If every goat was made of TNT and detonated them all at once, you'd have the equivalent of a Tsar bomba.
by jpvlsmv
Thu Feb 27, 2014 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"
Replies: 52
Views: 16576

Re: What-If 0085: "Rocket Golf"

As an above-par + golfer myself, I found this What-If to be highly enjoyable. But wouldn't it be easier to just stand on the surface (or event horizon) of the planetary-scale bag of golf balls and rotate it until you get to the moon? A spherical, solid space elevator kinda? --Joe [+] I'm far above p...
by jpvlsmv
Tue Feb 25, 2014 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22337

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

I don't get it. If the slope is slippery why not just put some sand or rock salt on it? :D If you put sand or rock salt on this slope, you'll have to put sand or salt on all slippery slopes, ... ... and the Winter Olympics would have been a lot less interesting. (I suppose you'd still have had the ...
by jpvlsmv
Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"
Replies: 47
Views: 18820

Re: What-If 0084: "Paint the Earth"

I don't follow the Star Trek votey either. I and II and III should all be I, shouldn't they? If not, then why do the others round to X? II and III's rationale escapes me as well. The 1979 movie and the 2009 one weren' t titled "Star Trek <number>" As for the 2013 movie, http://xkcd.com/11...
by jpvlsmv
Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 40118

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

Next to "someone's pet cat kills a mockingbird" should be the much slower-rate "someone's pet cat kills a mockingbird that didn't have it coming". Oh, wait, you said decades-long loops didn't work. This made me cackle until my husband asked what the heck I was reading. There is ...
by jpvlsmv
Wed Feb 19, 2014 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22337

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

San Fran Sam wrote:I don't get it. If the slope is slippery why not just put some sand or rock salt on it? :D

If you put sand or rock salt on this slope, you'll have to put sand or salt on all slippery slopes, and where will it end? One big, flat place made up entirely of sand and/or rock salt...
by jpvlsmv
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 113952

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Whatever you call it, I am arguing that it is generally unhealthy and unproductive to remain close friends with someone to whom you are strongly romantically attracted. It clouds your judgment and makes you feel lousy, so my answer to that was always "Get away from the situation." Is it p...
by jpvlsmv
Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0081: "Catch"
Replies: 54
Views: 14582

Re: What-if 0081: "Catch"

If you throw a (loaded) .22LR gun off Mt Thor with a timer to pull the trigger just before it hits the ground, how high does the bullet go? Is it easier to catch the bullet that way?
by jpvlsmv
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1317: "Theft"
Replies: 60
Views: 12403

Re: 1317: Theft

BlitzGirl wrote:
gladiolas wrote:And what is reverse heresy?

It's the name of my next band, that's what it is.

Reverse Heresy dottumblerdotcom?
by jpvlsmv
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures
Replies: 65
Views: 15537

Re: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures

Not to be confused with the [Rube] Goldberg Conjecture, which takes several hundred pages of text to assert that 2 is even.
by jpvlsmv
Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1301: "File Extensions"
Replies: 102
Views: 31122

Re: 1301: "File Extensions"

this statement is false YOUR MOVE, LOGIC. Easy enough. Statements has 4 possible truth values. 'true', 'false', 'paradoxical' and 'self-fulfilling'. (And "this statement is true" is an example of the latter.) The given statement is only a problem for those with the old-fashioned view that...
by jpvlsmv
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1282: "Monty Hall"
Replies: 251
Views: 38097

Re: 1282: "Monty Hall"

Or think of it like this, you have two boxes, one has 1/3 chocolates and 2/3 something you don't want and the other box the other way around (and they are labelled which one has how much). Would you say it doesn't matter whether you put your hand into box A or box B because it's "it's either o...
by jpvlsmv
Thu Oct 03, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23247

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Copper Bezel wrote:So, I mean, as far as English is concerned, the carpentry tool is the original use of the word, not the geometric shape (and the verb and adjective are only attested later.)


Ok, so are all of you squares (Definition ca 1950s) square with this explanation?
by jpvlsmv
Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 23247

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Really? Nobody's going to comment on the fact that Randall has changed the title of the comic, the RSS feed, and the descriptive text below it to "highlighting" but has left "hilight" in the bottom of the box? Tut. It compounds the evilness of disabling highlighting with the evi...
by jpvlsmv
Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 25378

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

So Data (although fictional) has a bacon number of no greater than 4. (Also, if you go through Stephen Hawking's guest appearance on ST:TNG, his bacon number is exactly 4) Therefore Stephen Hawking is imaginary, unlike a burrito. Quite possible. Or maybe Stephen Hawking is a burrito. I mean, have y...
by jpvlsmv
Mon Sep 30, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 25378

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

Of course beret guy meant data are imaginary, not data is imaginary. Grammar, grammar über alles... Data, being a fictional character, is imaginary. That he has been portrayed in live action by an actor does not change this. Data is the plural of datum , the neuter form of the participle of the ver...
by jpvlsmv
Mon Sep 09, 2013 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1262: "Unquote"
Replies: 100
Views: 19804

Re: 1262: "Unquote"

I thought THE quote from the LOTR was "All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.", or is that yet another quote that was only on the movie but you could not find it in the book? No, I'm pretty sure THE quote from LOTR was http://i.imgur.com/9IvAT.jpg --Joe
by jpvlsmv
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 18579

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

And of course, there's the rediculous sign "END CONSTRUCTION"... I never know if it's put there as a protest, or if the guys running the machinery would keep fixing the road past that point. (Hey Bob, we passed the sign. Oh s***, back up the steamroller) The "END CONSTRUCTION" s...
by jpvlsmv
Tue Sep 03, 2013 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 18579

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

Perhaps it's a US thing. You guys are rather weird when it comes to naming roads. You park on a driveway. You drive on a parkway. You do your high-speed driving on a freeway, which may or may not be free-access You do your free-access driving on a highway, which may or may not be high-speed. There ...
by jpvlsmv
Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1258: First
Replies: 72
Views: 21766

Re: 1258: First

I think it's basically as a result of comments often being sorted by voting other than chronological order these days. People get out of the habit of it because on a lot of major sites these days you'll end up getting down voted or removed rather than having prominence. Voting creates its own probl...
by jpvlsmv
Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 38396

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

dalcde wrote:If you could teleport to a random position on Earth, what are the chances that the nearest philosopher believes that you are the same person before and after the teleportation?

The chances are 1 in 2.

The probablity depends on if you and your philosopher are frequentists or baysians.

--Joe
by jpvlsmv
Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 24484

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

What I love about that misconception is that there are plenty of man-made objects visible from space, and the Great Wall of China isn't one of them. What's the smallest man-made object visible from space? We can take "visible from space" to mean "visible to the naked eye from the ISS...
by jpvlsmv
Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 37241

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

I think they should name a planet "After You". Can you think of a better Pick-Up-Astronomy line? "Wanna go to this planet? I named it after you?" We could also have fun naming planets "Where", "Here", "That", and "What"... What is the name...
by jpvlsmv
Mon Aug 19, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 37241

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

I think they should name a planet "After You". Can you think of a better Pick-Up-Astronomy line? "Wanna go to this planet? I named it after you?" We could also have fun naming planets "Where", "Here", "That", and "What"... What is the name ...
by jpvlsmv
Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1239: "Social Media"
Replies: 34
Views: 11141

Re: 1239: "Social Media"

Is the asteroid rotating smoothly, or is it a Tumblr?
by jpvlsmv
Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 22542

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

I agree that it's an exaggeration to say that there should be no spending on space exploration until we've solved all problems on Earth, but I also think it's irresponsible to spend too much money and effort on space exploration of limited expected practical benefit if the same money and effort cou...
by jpvlsmv
Mon Jul 01, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"
Replies: 104
Views: 22542

Re: 1232: "Realistic Criteria"

Don't worry, we have plenty of time. We're only ten years away from being able to say that it's not been conclusively proven impossible . And besides, are there any planets that we have a realistic chance of sending a manned exploration to by 2028? I think even the most ambitious Mars plan targets 2...
by jpvlsmv
Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1218: "Doors of Durin"
Replies: 172
Views: 35475

Re: 1218: "Doors of Durin"

But it'll have just as many edge cases as Pfhorrest's - just different ones. I'm not afraid of edge cases and mixed genres. It's the ambiguity of the definition itself that worries me. It's going to put the same stuff into different categories at different times depending on the reader's current mo...
by jpvlsmv
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 45114

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

well, judging by the line voulez vous coucher avec moi , that must be a more recent development. or canadian? That's a pretty unusual line; the best explanation I've heard of it is that it could be said by a high-class prostitute who addresses her potential clients rather formally. But apparently (...
by jpvlsmv
Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1221: "Nomenclature"
Replies: 162
Views: 45114

Re: 1221: "Nomenclature"

This reminds me of the whole " Hu is the president of China" routine that the Now Show did after the last-but-one Politburo reshuffle. The Prime Minister was Wen Jiabao , which doubled the comedic potential. ("The Chinese Prime Minister is coming to visit." "When?" &qu...
by jpvlsmv
Thu May 16, 2013 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"
Replies: 84
Views: 19131

Re: 1212: "Interstellar Memes"

Can we start a movement to reinstall the thorn (Þ) back in the English language as the "th" letter? At the very least, it'll get rid of the "ye olde shoppe" bollocks. As long as the movement also advocates eliminating the rediculous extra "e" and doubled-consonant at t...
by jpvlsmv
Thu May 16, 2013 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 63885

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

EgregiousCharles wrote:"Let's go to a (fish/sarcopterigian) restaurant"

Only if they also serve scallops, lobster, shrimp, and shark steak, as well as the properly (and scientifically)-named "Chilean Sea Bass"

--Joe
by jpvlsmv
Tue May 14, 2013 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15375

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

WriteBrainedJR wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:WRICK to WRITE is an unusual step...

Yes, it is. You can't even say, "but what if we're going by phonemes rather than letters?" Two phonemes changed, as well.

Not to mention the CLICK -> CHICK -> CRICK transition which doesn't require the middle step at all.
by jpvlsmv
Wed May 08, 2013 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15375

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

As Einstein himself said " us physicists believe that the separation of past, present, and future is an illusion, although a convincing one." Shouldn't it be "We physicists"? Woohoo, next up, I'll prove Hawking wrong about rolling friction! Or maybe I'll just go ahead and prove ...
by jpvlsmv
Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 25721

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

From the all so typical “not available for your platform”, I can infer that Randall probably uses Linux or something even less popular. Having recently tried to install an update on an "Enterprise" Oracle product (not Java, not the DB, but part of their Middleware Shuite), it does not hav...
by jpvlsmv
Wed Apr 03, 2013 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 150113

Re: 1193: Externalities

On a completely theoretical note, does anyone know of an eigenvalue for any common hash algorithm?

i.e. a 64-hexdigit string whose md5sum is that string?
by jpvlsmv
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: THE MADNESS GOES
Replies: 315
Views: 69425

Re: THE RECKONING COMES

I love it! be there a good way to preserve this after the RECKONING dies down? tin it be applied to just one small sequence of programmed instructions (you ken the one I mean) and have the naughty la ng ua ge wordy-writey-meaning-conveying-wibbly-wobbly stuff struck through and their replacements r...
by jpvlsmv
Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: THE MADNESS GOES
Replies: 315
Views: 69425

Re: THE RECKONING COMES

I love it! Is there a good way to preserve this after the madness dies down? Can it be applied to just one thread (you know the one I mean) and have the naughty la ng ua ge wordy-writey-meaning-conveying-wibbly-wobbly stuff struck through and their replacements remain? Or even better, only apply sta...
by jpvlsmv
Thu Mar 28, 2013 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107282
Views: 50380569

Re: 1190: "Time"

I'm haunted by guilt of not having posted to this thread earlier... I would love to go back and edit a page-1 post to say "I bet they build a sandcastle" just so I could say I knew it all the time.

If only I had invented a 21-use time machine.
--Joe
[1] a round-trip counts as one use.

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