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by BrianB
Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 16618

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I was going to take issue with "Capable of intentionally releasing poop mid-flight" being no for planes, but the wikipedia article for blue ice says planes can't do so deliberately, <snip> There are many news reports that suggest otherwise, for example: http://metro.co.uk/2017/01/07/woman...
by BrianB
Wed Jan 18, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1787: "Voice Commands"
Replies: 54
Views: 14142

Re: 1787: "Voice Commands"

Burton wrote:It's an "S". He's saying "Okay Google Send a Text". (If you press the corresponding Qwerty key on a Dvorak keyboard).


Aha! I tried it the other way around at first (Dvorak to QWERTY key). I thought to myself WTH does ";.af f;;frh zpj a vhnv" mean?
by BrianB
Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 12499

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

There is really one and only one appropriate forum comment for this comic:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fit99l6kHyA
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by BrianB
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1281: "Minifigs"
Replies: 108
Views: 22039

Re: 1281: "Minifigs"

Where'd the data for this comic come from? By the way -- there are already more minifigs now then there were people alive in 1978 when the minifig was introduced. I think people are making a basic, but flawed, assumption. While we can estimate the number of people in the world with some confidence ...
by BrianB
Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0056: "Restraining an Airplane"
Replies: 39
Views: 20199

Re: What-If 0056: "Restraining an Airplane"

I think that Randall makes an error in regards to the human hair portion... Shown in his graphic are 20 people with their hair attached to the plane. While the tensile strength of the combined strands of hair may be able to withstand the pulling force of the jet engines, most certainly the body weig...
by BrianB
Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0039: "Hockey Puck"
Replies: 36
Views: 17704

Re: What-If 0039: "Hockey Puck"

How hard would a puck have to be shot to be able to knock the goalie himself backwards into the net?


How hard would it be to have the What-If show up on Tuesday morning?

Comics have been late as of lately also.

I'm cancelling my subscription and asking for a refund :?
by BrianB
Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37380

Re: 1166: "Argument"

I maintain that the topic referenced in the comic cannot exist in real life. Why? Because it used the word "you're" instead of "your".

Everyone knows that nobody on the internet knows the correct usage of these two words.
by BrianB
Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25651

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

speising wrote:i have trouble believing that russians would post an english joke in their vehicle.


I really don't think you were supposed to believe it. Funny and believable are two different sets (though they sometimes overlap).
by BrianB
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30194

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

Not sure on the math here, but they appear to be offset by figuratively closer to 181 pixels. You "literally" mis-understood. Take the middle two frames, overlay them on each other on different layers, and do a difference. They are exact same images with a slight sub-pixel shift to one si...
by BrianB
Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 34248

Re: 1103: "Nine"

bmonk wrote:Besides, 2:00 is an odd time--you have to find the 0 after hitting 2. going 1:59 has the numbers all in a row.


Actually they are in a diagonal line, which is different from either a row or column.
by BrianB
Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55733

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

Technically it isn't where Shelob lurks(it's the nearby watchtower), but close enough I suppose. I'm just happy for a LoTR reference! At first, I actually thought that the comic was the drawing, rather than a joke(I didn't see the writing on the web). Funny punchline as well, though, when I saw the...
by BrianB
Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 63142

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

... OTOH, the atomic bomb was almost immediately leaked to the Russians. ... I don't know that "leaked" is the correct word. I just happened to watch a show on The Military Channel last night as a matter of fact. During a meeting of the big 3 (Truman, Churchill, Stalin), Truman and the US...
by BrianB
Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1079: "United Shapes"
Replies: 169
Views: 45607

Re: 1079: "United Shapes"

Randall really missed it on Louisiana. That state is shaped like a household toilet. And when you think of it what goes down a toilet, and where the Mississippi River goes, and where New Orleans is, it really makes sense. Also, my history teacher taught us that New York was the "flashlight stat...
by BrianB
Tue Jul 03, 2012 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1076: "Groundhog Day"
Replies: 107
Views: 26975

Re: 1072: "Groundhog Day"

You do realize that knowing this much about the subject and discussing it in public is enough to get you banned from the Michigan state House of Representatives? I didn't even realize anybody actually still lived in Michigan. I thought you all moved to China to build cars like the mom in that poor ...
by BrianB
Fri Jun 29, 2012 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1075: "Warning"
Replies: 112
Views: 30716

Re: Image did not show

DoNotFoldSpindleOrMutilate wrote:Image did not show in Firefox. Had to right click and "show image".


Image did show in Firefox without right-clicking.

I fail to see your point.... are you asking us to fix your computer?
by BrianB
Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1074: "Moon Landing"
Replies: 164
Views: 36726

Re: 1074: "Moon Landing"

philip1201 wrote:I heard this from my cosmology professor, so it's not a primary source, but she said the lander wasn't filled with fuel exactly to prevent this from happening. Wikipedia concurs.


You spelled cosmetology wrong. And anyway, what would a hair stylist know about lunar landings?
by BrianB
Fri Jun 22, 2012 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 30255

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

I still have such a thing at home, and you can just "dial" whatever number instead of "pressing" it, so he could have left a message. That only works when dialing the number before the circuit connection has been made. Once the circuit is connected to the other end, that voicema...
by BrianB
Wed Jun 20, 2012 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51177

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

You know what really gets me is everytime the mainstream media reports on some new planet(s) found, they always refer to them as "new solar systems". Umm, no. Our's is the only "solar system", because it is named after our star, Sol. The correct term is more like "planetary ...
by BrianB
Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51683

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Rotherian wrote:
SpringLoaded12 wrote:Fuck a handful.


I don't need to do that. I have a wife.


If you have a wife, then maybe you do "fuck a handful".

Everyone knows that women stop putting out once they get you to marry them. Your statement would carry more believability had you said that you have a girlfriend.
by BrianB
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51683

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

A couple is 2, unless you're lucky enough to have a girlfriend who is bi. Then it's 3.
by BrianB
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17835

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

Quicksilver wrote:Alt Text: "During the second semester, the path is briefly routed through the dishwasher."


Title Text: "During the second semester, the path is briefly routed through the dishwasher."
by BrianB
Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 44789

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Alt Text: "I *do* hear that they're the most comfortable thing to wear on your feet since sliced bread." Actually, it's Title Text: .... The Alt Text is "Shoes" Here's the code from the page source: <div id="comic"> <img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/shoes.png&...
by BrianB
Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21413

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

On XKCD it's called an alt-text. It’s only you, mate. There is an alt text. It’s “Front Door”. And there is a title text. But it’s empty. Here’s the code: <img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/front_door.png" title="" alt="Front Door" /> People said “alt text” instead ...
by BrianB
Mon Jun 04, 2012 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21413

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

hypersapien wrote:There's no title-text.

BTW, everyone, alt-text is what displays when the the image doesn't load. The hoverover is called title-text.


+1

Oh wait, nevermind. I forgot that no one uses G+
by BrianB
Fri May 04, 2012 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1051: "Visited"
Replies: 66
Views: 22192

Re: 1051: "Visited"

Seems XKCD has spawned WikifitiTM & (C) (Wikipedia Grafitti - You heard it here first)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wingsuit_combat
by BrianB
Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 43486

Re: 1045: Constraints

itsa_wallaby wrote:Alt-text: [title-text similarly alphabetized]


Here, let me correct that for you...

Title-text: [title-text similarly alphabetized]

Even Randall told you what it's supposed to be called. Now, everyone get with the program!
by BrianB
Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 92
Views: 32158

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

So the Mayans were two and a fraction of a month off. Actually, it is my understanding that the Mayans had no concept of leap years and that if you subtract out all the leap days since that time, we are already past the end of the Mayan calendar. And yet the world is still here...... Does anyone re...
by BrianB
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 36312

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

...but you can easily buy potassium salt in the supermarket... That "Lite Salt" as they call it is actually an excellent fluxing agent when melting aluminum (yes, it is spelled correctly) in your garage at home. 2 Teaspoons per 4 pounds of scrap aluminum brings all the impurities right to...
by BrianB
Thu Feb 09, 2012 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 27702

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

Hey everybody - THE CAR IS ON FIRE!

Now shut up about your petty discussion of digital vs chemical photography.
by BrianB
Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83470

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Escapehatches wrote:My sister and brother-in-law just dubbed their baby girl "Linux Nasser."

.... AND they didn't even file a Sublicense Usage Request.



That is only required if they plan on using the Linux trademark in commerce. Are they planning on selling the baby?
by BrianB
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 51148

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

The WOPR from War Games is at the 11:00 position in the 2nd zero, and the stick figure Matthew Broderick next to it. I'm just wondering where the stick figure Ally Sheedy is...
by BrianB
Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 23471

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

*Title* text: "..... Trick question--in North America, they're all names for the same species, Puma concolor! ....."

Incorrect. In North America cougar is the name for an older woman pursuing a younger man.
by BrianB
Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65837

Re: 988: "Tradition"

... In any case, people under the age of forty use portable audio players, so radio is fairly irrelevant for us. ... B.S. You assume that because you are affluent enough to use MP3 players, that everyone in GenX, Millenials, etc. use MP3 players. There are a lot of people who listen to the radio, f...
by BrianB
Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Ancient PC Hardware (apparently) - aka I Need a 386 for Work
Replies: 7
Views: 3811

Re: Ancient PC Hardware (apparently) - aka I Need a 386 for

One problem could be that the serial port in Windows is set for HW flow control. Go to "Start Menu" -> "Settings" -> "Control Panel" -> "System" -> "Hardware" -> "Device Manager" -> "Ports" -> "Com1" -> "Port Settin...
by BrianB
Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0552: "Correlation"
Replies: 154
Views: 52119

Re: 0552: "Correlation"

Was reminded of xkcd with this morning's Dilbert comic:

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by BrianB
Mon Oct 31, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39085

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

Alt text: I just noticed CVS has started stocking homeopathic pills on the same shelves with--and labeled similarly to--their actual medicine. Telling someone who trusts you that you're giving them medicine, when you know you’re not, because you want their money, isn’t just lying--it’s like an exam...
by BrianB
Fri Oct 28, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 42226

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

ManaUser wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:The primary language difference I agree with Brits about is "aluminium", as all other recent elements end in "ium". No one says "Helum", "Sodum", "Uranum", "Lithum", and so on.

And platinium?


Lanthinum, Molybdenum, Tantalum
by BrianB
Wed Oct 26, 2011 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 54314

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

Vrishna wrote:BTW, "The Wizard of Oz" is not quite as popular in Germany as in the USA, but when we screened it at our university's cinema some years ago, I was surprised that I knew some of the songs/melodies in there.


BTW - This is "Chronicles of Narnia", not "Wizard of Oz".
by BrianB
Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32573

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Alt-text: "Rating: 1/5. Room filled to brim with semen, and when front desk clerk opened mouth to talk, bedbugs poured out." Alternate alt-text: "Rating: 1/5. Room filled to brim with bedbugs, and when front desk clerk opened mouth to talk, semen poured out." It's "Title-te...
by BrianB
Mon Sep 19, 2011 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 37255

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

Yeah, the C thing confused me too. Is it hex or a grade? Both kind of work. And we don't have that kind of grades where I live, so it's confusing. "There are ten kinds of people in the world, one that understands binary, and nine that don't." Here in the US, grade are generally converted ...

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