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by Benson
Thu Feb 05, 2009 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0539: "Boyfriend"
Replies: 145
Views: 41419

Re: "Boyfriend" Discussion

But if the time counts with anybody of the opposite sex (or same if you're gay and whatnot), then does that mean I have a statistically significant other despite the fact I'm not trying to date anybody? Well, that depends: is one of them statistically significant, i.e., not from the same distributi...
by Benson
Mon Feb 02, 2009 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 37603

Re: "Security" discussion

One time pad! Hard drive contains the key. USB drive contains the data. (or other way around, doesn't matter) Just to be safe there's also conventional encryption on top of the one time pad. In a disaster scenario you start the hard-drive wipe sequence then smash the USB drive with a hammer and flu...
by Benson
Wed Jan 28, 2009 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0536: "Space Elevators"
Replies: 114
Views: 22521

Re: "Space Elevators" Discussion

questions about space elevator economics: currently the bottleneck in deploying space elevators is we don't have a fiber light/strong enough. the focus mostly is on better carbon nanotube. say you had some of this stuff, maybe not good enough for space elevator use but better than what we've got no...
by Benson
Tue Jan 06, 2009 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92136

Re: Converting to Metric

In any case, I have no idea how much force a newton is, and I don't have a very good idea of how much a pound of force is either. Anyone care to enlighten me? Easy, 1 Newton will accelerate a mass of 1kg (yes I know Kg isn't a unit of mass) at 1m/s/s (metre per second per second) SI units are easy ...
by Benson
Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92136

Re: Converting to Metric

In any case, I have no idea how much force a newton is, and I don't have a very good idea of how much a pound of force is either. Anyone care to enlighten me? Easy, 1 Newton will accelerate a mass of 1kg (yes I know Kg isn't a unit of mass) at 1m/s/s (metre per second per second) SI units are easy ...
by Benson
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92136

Re: Converting to Metric

One neat trick I learned for converting from miles to kilometers: because 1 mile is approximate Phi kilometers, you can just take the number of miles, find the closest member of the Fibonacci sequence , and then the next consecutive Fibonacci number is the distance in kilometers. So you can know th...
by Benson
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92136

Re: Converting to Metric

3L : 2-Liter Bottle Can someone explain that one to me? Someone's obviously tired here and it's either me or Randall. Certainly. There are 2-liter bottles, and there are 3-liter bottles. And some morons around here indiscriminately call them all 2-liter; evidently what I'd considered independent st...
by Benson
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0525: "I Know You're Listening"
Replies: 201
Views: 31389

Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

Well. Depends on how confused you make the raptor. If you make it confused enough that you can get your shotgun untaped from the bottom of your desk, you're good. Everyone has a shotgun taped under their desk, right? Right? Yeah, but I wouldn't trust a shotgun to take down a raptor. Not on my life,...
by Benson
Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 92136

Re: Converting to Metric

From the volume table, the snot glass is disturbing (as intended), but I find the implication that one could snort the blood of ten fieldmice even more disturbing. Especially given my innate bent to the scientific method. On a more serious note, those temperatures seem all wrong. A cold day in India...
by Benson
Mon Dec 22, 2008 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 37933

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

Well, I'm not really supposed to talk about this, but we aerospace engineers have already joined with the physics majors on our own little project.
by Benson
Fri Dec 19, 2008 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0519: "11th Grade"
Replies: 204
Views: 45567

Re: "11th Grade" Discussion

When did all you big programmers start to program? I figured my time had passed, but I am a sophomore in college, so maybe I can learn something. Homeschooled all the way, though in a (very loose) traditional model rather than unschooling or the like; it included a computer class most years, which ...
by Benson
Mon Dec 15, 2008 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0517: "Marshmallow Gun"
Replies: 118
Views: 29156

Re: "Marshmallow Gun" Discussion

Hmm... is Randall a wooter? (I narrowly escaped buying one a week ago...)
by Benson
Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 31148

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

I mean I saw a question once . .. i think it was from some sort of personality test I never took . . ..and it asked if you would rather rape or murder someone. You couldn't say "neither" or "i dont know". Most would say they would rather murder. Well, if one takes legal (rather ...
by Benson
Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0508: "Drapes"
Replies: 196
Views: 62370

Re: "Drapes" Discussion

Beautiful. I need to think of more shit like that to confuse people. I came up with something the other day. You ask a girl in a seriuos way and lowering your voice "Erm, don't you think that cleveage is a bit too deep?" .. Then they look down to check what you're talking about, and then ...
by Benson
Fri Oct 31, 2008 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0498: "Secretary: Part 5"
Replies: 139
Views: 22778

Re: Secretary: Part 5

Epic. Probably even worth reloading an hour and a half for...

Yay for ball pits!
by Benson
Fri Oct 31, 2008 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0497: "Secretary: Part 4"
Replies: 149
Views: 24341

Re: "Secretary: Part 4" Discussion

Think I'll go start the discussion thread for Secretary: Part 5 now... I know the image and comic URLs, and I can say Title-text: "The comic will be up shortly! (within the hour)"; should be good, right? :twisted: Why do I think the mods wouldn't stand for it... :| On the bright side, &quo...
by Benson
Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0496: "Secretary: Part 3"
Replies: 114
Views: 23657

Re: Secretary: Part 3

A balloon? I think Cory Doctorow is showing up soon...
by Benson
Mon Oct 06, 2008 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0485: "Depth"
Replies: 145
Views: 33312

Re: "Depth" Discussion

So do we get a poster of this one also? If we could have Height and Depht side by side on the wall (or one beneath the other for people with tall ceilings), then life would be complete. I think so. Did the 28" height of the Height poster seem... small to anyone else? I was hoping for about dou...
by Benson
Mon Sep 29, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0482: "Height"
Replies: 271
Views: 74610

Re: "Height" Discussion

exanimis wrote:
sje46 wrote:Welcome.

I think I know what video your talking about, and I think there is an xkcd parodying it already.


Thanks, I have spent a lot of time on here before but never had anything to really post.

Is there really an xkcd parodying it? I will need to look again.

http://xkcd.com/271/
by Benson
Mon Sep 29, 2008 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0482: "Height"
Replies: 271
Views: 74610

Re: "Height" Discussion

Title text: "Interestingly, on a true vertical log plot, I think the Eiffel Tower's sides really would be straight lines."

Wikipedia says that's wrong; there's two exponentials, so it'd be a sharply broken line.
by Benson
Fri Sep 26, 2008 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0481: "Listen to Yourself"
Replies: 173
Views: 36837

Re: "Listen to Yourself" Discussion

Hmmm... I'm totally loving the third frame. Holding the laptop down/trackpadding/whatever with one hand, and pounding the keyboard with the other. It's just what I envision when I read youtube comments. (I rarely watch youtube clips, anyway, but when I do (especially non-technical ones) I make sure ...
by Benson
Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 40897

Re: "Tones" Discussion

guyy wrote:I never changed the ringtone on my phone from the default one, and never will. Does that count?

Well, it totally depends on what your phone defaults to. Fortunately, few carriers preload their phones with punk rap metal ringtones, so you've probably avoided some of the worst abominations, anyway.
by Benson
Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 40897

Re: "Tones" Discussion

My phone is always, without fail, on vibrate. Period. I really don't care that much about my phone to waste my money on a sound bite that plays only a few seconds every day. OK, then don't waste money on it. I wouldn't consider a ringtone either, if it cost money. (If you can't put ringtones on you...
by Benson
Mon Sep 22, 2008 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 40897

Re: "Tones" Discussion

Mine does a boring non-ringing default sound, but only because it doesn't have a ringing sound, and I still haven't figured out whether to go with "Still Alive" (GLaDOS singing, not the radio version), some miscellaneous GLaDOS utterance, or the BFG9000... or maybe a BFG/portal gun mixup. ...
by Benson
Wed Sep 17, 2008 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15632

Re: "Typewriter" Discussion

I solve this problem by putting all of my most-frequently used sites in my bookmark toolbar with very abbreviated names, to maximize clickyspace. To type in the address bar is a rare phenomenon. Of course, this means that all of projects take about x 10 times longer than they ever would without the...
by Benson
Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15632

Re: "Typewriter" Discussion

But wouldn't the tabs cause the URLs (ok, FQDNs, which the browser is expected to complete to URLs) to be aligned?
by Benson
Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15632

Re: "Typewriter" Discussion

Alt Text: Somewhere in the world, my actual grandmothers are reading this and angrily exclaiming that I never write even malformed thank-you notes. DEAR GRANDMOMS: I AM SORRY! YOU ARE WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. LOVE reddit.com RANDALL.
by Benson
Fri Sep 12, 2008 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0475: "Further Boomerang Difficulties"
Replies: 128
Views: 42378

Re: "Further Boomerang Difficulties" Discussion

Get out of my head and write a mouse-over text, Randall!
by Benson
Wed Sep 10, 2008 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 35087

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

And now the comic is a link no more.
by Benson
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 35087

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

ATTN: The Charming Mr. Munroe Your colorful particle physics references have, as expected, come out on top. It's up in the air whether any more of it will go down in this thread, but I highly doubt it'll bottom out. Let's put a creative spin on things, shall we? Strangely, you seem to have forgotte...
by Benson
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 35087

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

roc314 wrote:Is the barkeep the existentialist? Why aren't they in a bakery?

You could have a bar in a bakery. Why not?
by Benson
Wed Sep 10, 2008 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 35087

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

Well, I finally signed up to point this out, and point it out I jolly well shall (though I know it's been pointed out about a page and a half ago; bloody EDGE connection!): What's up with that link to http://xkcd.com/None ? Besides that, I did get it (I'm a grad student in engineering, but a bit of ...

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