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by xtifr
Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17681

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

WHAT other users? Hey, not EVERYONE can afford their own computer... I think what he was actually forgetting is that not everyone is an asocial loner; that some percentage of people in this world actually have family. And not just mom upstairs, but a wife and kids. eta: Anyway, anyone who steals my...
by xtifr
Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 45006

Re: 1168: Tar

By the way, the shortest valid tar command is: tar x Which reads a tarball from standard input. And unpacks is to the current working directory. Correct on the shortest valid command. Incorrect on what it does. With traditional tar, this will try to extract from the tape device . With GNU tar, it w...
by xtifr
Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1164: "Home Alone"
Replies: 34
Views: 9842

Re: 1164: "Home Alone"

The first strip in a while to legitimately make me laugh out loud. Best part? The small details: the man's clenched fist of triumph as he watches the suffering unfold. Wow, I was expecting to come here to see lots of comments about how Randall is losing it, or "they can't all be winners"....
by xtifr
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 69823

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

"Raleigh scattering" is still a horsecrap answer. "Why is my shirt blue?" "Well, you see, certain chemicals interact with photons of different frequencies, because of the sizes of the gaps between the atoms. Longer freqencies don't resonate with the atoms as well, and are mo...
by xtifr
Thu Nov 01, 2012 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1128: "Fifty Shades"
Replies: 41
Views: 12956

Re: 1128: "Fifty Shades"

I read Ivanhoe when I was quite young, because it was referenced in an excellent kids book I'd read. (Something by Edward Eager, IIRC.) I quite enjoyed it (Ivanhoe), possibly because I was too young at the time to really be bothered by things like plot holes or one-dimensional characters. :) Honestl...
by xtifr
Wed Oct 24, 2012 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25456

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

Ah, OK, I now see that the real-world message “Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear.” is only mandated for passenger side mirrors, because driver side mirrors aren't convex. But red- or blue-shifting would surely apply equally on both sides? Red- or blue-shifting would apply on both sides,...
by xtifr
Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1120: "Blurring the Line"
Replies: 74
Views: 20844

Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

Hm, the comic was ok, but the mouseover text made me laugh out loud. On the topic of "meta" movies, one I love is Sherman's March . It's basically a documentary about how being a documentary filmmaker can help you get laid. Oh, and there's something in there about Sherman's March to the Se...
by xtifr
Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 35311

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

Kit. wrote:Is it only me who thinks that someone needs to review his spending habits?


Nope, that was exactly my reaction as well.
by xtifr
Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29759

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

Man, if we accept that "literally" has been used in two different ways, even in formal writing, for over 250 years, and almost no one has ever been confused by it, any more than by any other word with more than one meaning, then we're condoning the mutilation of children? I think there's a...
by xtifr
Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29759

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

We'll give up the fight about 'literally' when you give up the fight about "well, outside Earth's atmosphere there's nothing to push against, so rockets can't go anywhere" and "Sure we can go faster than light...we just need bigger engines." What you fail to realize is that you'...
by xtifr
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29759

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

The point still holds, at least as far as fictional works. We shouldn't be surveying novels, even novels of the highest quality, to prescribe the rules of interpersonal communication. Fine, here's an article from Language Log (a much more reliable source than Slate), showing widespread use in non-f...
by xtifr
Tue May 29, 2012 12:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45022

Re: 1061: "EST"

The biggest problem is trying to link our time system to astronomical events as viewed from a single planet. That's just silly. Decimal time becomes so much easier if you stop trying to cram in the cycles of the Earth and Moon. Why should Earth be special and all the other planets suffer? Just becau...
by xtifr
Tue May 22, 2012 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21252

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

"I've been on the Internet since the BBS days" makes my old man right eyeball twitch. We had BBS's because we couldn't get on the damn internet! Actually, I got on the Internet when most people were still using BBSes (back when Netcom was still a regional service). I also kept up with the...
by xtifr
Tue May 22, 2012 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21252

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

Though I am disappoint about the typing onomatopoeia. Everyone knows it should be "toc toc." Really? I love descriptive pseudo-onomatopoeic sound effects, like " Spankies! " I wish people would use it more. The guy swings his fist and hits with an audible "Punch!" The ...
by xtifr
Tue May 08, 2012 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 64978

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

The rhyme only seems to work if you mispronounce "comparable"... That's depends on which dialect of English you speak. This is actually an example of an interesting bit of English grammar that is rarely taught in schools: There are a lot of (mostly) 2-syllable words that have [...lots of ...
by xtifr
Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 80634

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

I'm not sure I get the door James Cameron opened reference. I can't find any article about an actual door, and I can't get what he's talking about otherwise. Hints? I believe it's a reference to this comic: http://xkcd.com/969/ I thought it was a reference to this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt00967...
by xtifr
Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 26879

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

The IAU? Those are the idiots who keep trying to convince us that Mercury is more like Jupiter than it is like Ceres, right? :) As for "the galaxy on Orion's Belt": I'm pretty sure that if you look deeply enough in the region of space delineated by the three-star asterism called Orion's Be...
by xtifr
Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27198

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

You could argue that there are currently an infinite number of hurricanes covering the earth's surface, but most of them are of sufficiently equal stature to counterbalance the others and render them ineffective and undetectable. (This ignores the fact that some of them should properly be called typ...
by xtifr
Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"
Replies: 69
Views: 16419

Re: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"

Humour is highly subjective Not if you're an xkcd forum troll. They all seem to be convinced that if they just analyze the comic carefully enough, they can prove to you that you didn't find it funny, and anyway, the Simpsons did it and Family Guy isn't funny (which I suppose suggests that most of t...
by xtifr
Fri May 20, 2011 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0901: "Temperature"
Replies: 114
Views: 28609

Re: 0901: "Temperature"

Anyway, on the gender issue, it is naive to claim that gender is only an issue of langue. No more naive than to claim that "decimate" can only refer to killing one in ten. It may not be true, but at least there's some historical basis to the claim. Note that the Collin's online dictionary...
by xtifr
Thu Apr 07, 2011 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 84196

Re: 0882: "Significant"

A lot of people complain that Family Guy often just references pop culture items for comedic effect, instead of creating actual substance . Yes, but they don't usually do it day after day after day after day after day. Some people like Family Guy, others don't. The ones that don't usually go do som...
by xtifr
Thu Aug 12, 2010 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 46444

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

Kalos wrote:Is there some weird aspect about the board game that makes this joke funny?

Yes. Sort of. The alt text only works with this game. Or maybe Dungeon Lords, which has the "happy room" where you can send two imps and spend a food and get a new imp, but that's even more obscure.
by xtifr
Sat May 22, 2010 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 63494

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

I see them around at the store. They're usually still branded as `MP3 players', but ogg is increasingly on the supported formats list. Also, apparently there's a list , I have no idea how comprehensive it is. From my testing, it seems like most generic mp3 players that offer multi-format support (m...
by xtifr
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 51691

Re: "Numbers" Discussion

Unless I'm misreading the charts, I'd say the "average" Internet user (using Randall's apparent criteria) has an A cup, not a 9" penis. Also: what's an "inch"? Isn't that one of those weird medieval measurements like a furlong or a hogshead? I have a 23cm penis, thank you ve...
by xtifr
Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54187

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

Nowhere in the world will you get a bottle of water onboard. Yes, they figured out that liquids can be explosives. Once they figure out that solids and gases can also be explosives, the only thing you'll be allowed to carry onto a plane will be plasmas, neutronium, and maybe a black hole. :D If you...
by xtifr
Fri May 29, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0590: "Papyrus"
Replies: 242
Views: 57393

Re: "Papyrus" Discussion

Code: Select all

lappy:~ $ apt-cache search papyrus
lappy:~ $ xlsfonts |grep papyrus
lappy:~ $

I'm sure this comic was about something, but I have no idea what. :twisted:
by xtifr
Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 64343

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

Man, everyone's so focused on the right-hand side of this graph--my problem is with the left! No one who has been stuck in a room with nothing to read but a collection of Harlequin Romances could possibly suggest that the absence of made-up words increases the chance that a book is good! :) On a com...

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