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by Velo Steve
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 7517

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Oh no. I once thought I understood the Carnot cycle (I was T.A. for a thermo class, after all). Now I'm confused and I'll never get it right again.
by Velo Steve
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 17277

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

This takes me back to 9th grade Geometry. I was definitely the kid saying "I knew that when I was 6. What's the point of proving it?" Now I get the point about hard proofs of simple things, but I wish it could have been explained back then. Instead, I came out thinking "I love math, b...
by Velo Steve
Tue May 15, 2018 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 6686

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

Or maybe just an interruption (I hope) to their texting. Adults are just as likely as teens to have texted while driving and are substantially more likely to have talked on the phone while driving. Perhaps an unwarranted jab at teens on my part, but I stand by my observation that driving is less ap...
by Velo Steve
Mon May 14, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 6686

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

I wonder if this idea has any merit, or if there's any data to quantify it. I have the impression that for every auto accident which happens there are many more averted when an alert driver avoids the crash nearly caused by another. You could even say that most accidents take two mistakes, not one. ...
by Velo Steve
Mon May 14, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 6686

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

Has Randall acquired high levels of feline estrogenic compounds? He does seem a little over-worried. Maybe it's generational. When I was 15, everyone wanted to get their hands on a car as quickly as possible, and with as big an engine as possible. Death was for other people. Now lots of young peopl...
by Velo Steve
Mon May 14, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 6686

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

"But in general, the more likely I think a crash is, the less likely one becomes"

Until you start hitting the brakes at every unexpected motion, or driving so slowly that people are dodging around you, at which point the risk goes way up.
by Velo Steve
Fri May 11, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1992: "SafetySat"
Replies: 28
Views: 7661

Re: 1992: "SafetySat"

I downloaded the image link in the HTML and it has lots of detail, unlike what's seen on the main page. Maybe the message is "this comic simultaneously violates every rule of web design"?

See https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/safetysat_2x.png
by Velo Steve
Sun Apr 22, 2018 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 22859

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

I was really expecting

Code: Select all

conda install "$1" &

I guess conda has grown a lot in popularity over the last two years, though it existed well before the comic.

Or am I missing some reason it doesn't belong in that list? [Yeah, I know it's an ancient thread.]
by Velo Steve
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 28315

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

And what's with the new dimmer switches? They don't have an actual "no current" position. What good is a switch that won't switch off? The (old) dimmer switch in this particular case is a rotary knob with a 'click'-bump from the fully off position into the rotation from lowest to full bri...
by Velo Steve
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 28315

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

... That survey reminds me: I still need to track down a 100W incandescent bulb, or find a dimmer-compatible alternative from the newer lot. Either that or replace the dimming wall-switch (so it doesn't get used) and go with the option of replacing the bulb in there now with a full-voltage LED one ...
by Velo Steve
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: "Impostor Syndrome"
Replies: 13
Views: 7432

Re: 1954: Impostor Syndrome

Thanks, Randall, for ruining my whole morning's productivity! Comic -> Dunning–Kruger on Wikipedia they won an Ig-Nobel? -> reviewing the whole history of Ig-Nobel prize recipients cat a liquid or solid? -> Rheology Bulletin, On the Rheology of Cats links crediting article images -> one of those stu...
by Velo Steve
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 14942

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Very interesting, but I'm disappointed. So will be one man in twelve, and one woman in two hundred. That's how many people share my imperfect colour vision. When I zoomed the image as far as possible I could finally see that the figures were actually in three different colours, but then I couldn't ...
by Velo Steve
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 14942

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

... This is meaningful because voters from non-swing states have less incentive to vote than those in highly competitive states. With all else being equal, *both* candidates will receive more votes from a swing state than they will from a non-swing state of equal population. ... And non-swing state...
by Velo Steve
Mon Jan 08, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 14942

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

This looks more evenly distributed than I would have guessed. Even though we seem to be divided to the extreme ends of the left/right spectrum these days, as least we're not completely isolated physically. I agree about cartograms and chloropleths (I didn't look that up so my spelling could be like ...
by Velo Steve
Fri Oct 20, 2017 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 19186

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Is high-maintenance medieval cookware the new thing...? Cast iron cookware isn't actually medieval (it's post-industrial-revolution), and it's not actually all that high-maintenance, despite the widespread urban myths that this comic is making fun of. It's odd that the sellers of these things perpe...
by Velo Steve
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 10360

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Marine biology may look low-threat today, but don't forget that a lot of the carbon going into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean in compounds that lower the pH. When barnacles and clams have trouble building calcium carbonate shells but find that they can use acid to drill homes in steel structure...
by Velo Steve
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 9030

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

I'm a USB C - "can't tell which way is up".

And why do I have all these B-connector cables lying around?
by Velo Steve
Fri Apr 28, 2017 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"
Replies: 25
Views: 6512

Re: 1830: "ISS Solar Transit 2"

If they timed it right, they could just go through the hole.
XKCD2.jpg


May 20, 2012, east of Reno (except for one detail).
by Velo Steve
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 9213

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

RAW, no color balance works for me.
by Velo Steve
Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 99700

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Can someone explain to me the appeal behind either third party candidate? ... Either? Depending on your state, you may have a very different number of choices. For better or worse, the options include: [1]You can only vote for candidates printed on your state's ballot. [2]You can also write in &quo...
by Velo Steve
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 99700

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

... I will vote, and I will respect the presidency even if I don't agree with the winner. Which means you'll vote for Hillary. We know what Trump said about accepting the outcome. ... Poor assumption. If I had to believe and act exactly the same as the person I vote for I would probably never vote ...
by Velo Steve
Tue Nov 08, 2016 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 99700

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Is there anyone else out there who would be a Democrat if they wouldn't try to run your economic life or a Republican if they wouldn't try to run your personal life? That describes most Libertarians. Yes - I always check out the libertarian candidates, but they are too extreme for me. The web site ...
by Velo Steve
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 99700

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I'm with nobody, it seems. I went to a web site which purports to match your opinions on 20 questions to the statements of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, including those in the primaries. [Not naming the site just because I have no idea how scientific or biased it may be.] My two...
by Velo Steve
Wed Oct 21, 2015 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1593: "Play by Play"
Replies: 66
Views: 14283

Re: 1593: "Play by Play"

Oh no. Does this mean that World Series thing is happening again soon? I usually realize it after about 3 games have been played already.
by Velo Steve
Fri May 08, 2015 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1522: "Astronomy"
Replies: 31
Views: 6915

Re: 1522: "Astronomy"

I was just reading about Foldscope. They are cheap and light enough to carry to the top of a ladder without fear of expensive breakage. Astrobiology, here I come.
by Velo Steve
Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1438: "Houston"
Replies: 58
Views: 20888

Re: 1438: "Houston"

I don't get how this is funny. And no, I don't really want anyone to explain it to me.
by Velo Steve
Thu Mar 13, 2014 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"
Replies: 51
Views: 45310

Re: What-If 0087: "Enforced by Radar"

I can't believe I didn't ask this question. Those signs bug me every time I see them.

Definitely buying the book...
by Velo Steve
Fri Apr 12, 2013 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1198: "Geologist"
Replies: 44
Views: 11743

Re: 1198: "Geologist"

Thanks for the thoughts so far. I've never felt quite so clueless about an XKCD comic before.
by Velo Steve
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67289

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

FastBogoSort was definitely my favorite, but I had a problem with PanicSort. I don't know the DOS command line very well any more, so I just typed RD /S /Q C:\* on my pc to see what would happen.

What now? I'm typing this from my tablet, of course.
by Velo Steve
Wed Sep 19, 2012 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674684

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Thanks, azt.tm!

I found most of this world by click-and-drag before starting to look at the code for a clue to what I was into. I'm really glad you did the work of putting those tiles together so I could find the rest without using the rest of my morning.

Great comic!

Steve
by Velo Steve
Sat Oct 22, 2011 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29851

Re: 0967: Prairie

This brought out the loudest laugh I have emitted in a while.

As a University of Colorado Ph.D. I can say that the amber wave laser is completely plausible - or at least the motivation is.
by Velo Steve
Thu May 05, 2011 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 243
Views: 96790

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

As one of those old enough to remember the first moon landing but young enough to likely outlive the Apollo astronauts, I found this especially sad. Is it possible that I have lived through the birth and death of humanity's best chance of getting beyond this planet? I hope the optimists here are rig...

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