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by Willl
Wed Sep 20, 2017 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 8979

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

Right-angle connectors are a seriously underrated "weird shape". If you want to rest a device on the side that has its USB port (e.g. using most phones in portrait mode while charging) a conventional cable will support the weight of the device on top of the emerging cable, compressing a ro...
by Willl
Wed Nov 25, 2015 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1608: "Hoverboard"
Replies: 141
Views: 85429

Re: 1608: "Hoverboard"

I had no idea my laptop had an accelerometer that could be accessed like a smartphone's, so being told to tilt was very confusing. I assumed it was part of the joke until it started moving when I moved the laptop.
by Willl
Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax
Replies: 32
Views: 13085

Re: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax

No, because journalists, even exactly the same ones that were "burned" will continue to do this. And there's nothing that scientists and science communicators can do about it. Not true. They can educate the consumers of this media about these practices. A better-informed reader is less vu...
by Willl
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1271: Hilighting
Replies: 120
Views: 24041

Re: 1271: Hilighting

Does anyone want to stand up and admit that they don't do this? Like many of the others here I've always assumed it was a weird neurotic thing that only I did. Obviously finding out Randall and at least a few xkcders also do it is pretty cool, but would be interesting to know if this is just positiv...
by Willl
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:16 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 29688

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

No one mentions The Lion King reference... ;-; I got it and appreciated it, but is nobody else concerned about that sailboat? http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/48/empire_simba.png The centre of pressure of the sail is well aft of the hull's centroid. By all rights that should be a nightmare to keep on...
by Willl
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"
Replies: 75
Views: 29688

Re: What-If 0048: "Sunset on the British Empire"

No one mentions The Lion King reference... ;-; I got it and appreciated it, but is nobody else concerned about that sailboat? http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/48/empire_simba.png The centre of pressure of the sail is well aft of the hull's centroid. By all rights that should be a nightmare to keep on...
by Willl
Sat Feb 16, 2013 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1174: "App"
Replies: 56
Views: 17315

Re: 1174: "App"

Ideally, an app should be programmed such that you don't need to zoom the way you have to with some sites. Assuming Randall has been inside my head when coming up with this comic (and I'm pretty sure he was) he's talking about sites serving content that always benefits from zooming - most notably, ...
by Willl
Wed Jan 16, 2013 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0028: "Steak Drop"
Replies: 82
Views: 60228

Re: What-If 28: Steak Drop

there is also à l'anglais in French, which means 'like the English' I've never heard of à l'Anglaise applied to steak, but trust me: it wouldn't mean rare. If any nation has their steak rarer than us, it's the French. All the closest literal translations of different terms will get you the equivale...
by Willl
Tue Jan 15, 2013 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0028: "Steak Drop"
Replies: 82
Views: 60228

Re: What-If 28: Steak Drop

The anchor link bought me some valuable reaction time, but just a word of warning for anyone who might need it: the ads at the top of the 4chan archive page are NOT safe for work.
by Willl
Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1136: "Broken Mirror"
Replies: 45
Views: 12054

Re: 1136: "Broken Mirror"

Obligatory xkcd:

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by Willl
Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1119: "Undoing"
Replies: 121
Views: 24215

Re: 1119: "Undoing"

Re: Driverless cars Driverless cars would be able to sense most objects on or near the road in enough time to be able to slow, stop, or change lanes to avoid. Never mind "would", Google's cars already do this. They just haven't been tested on millions of miles of data yet, and there's sti...
by Willl
Thu Oct 11, 2012 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1119: "Undoing"
Replies: 121
Views: 24215

Re: 1119: "Undoing"

Seriously-the drunk driving problem disappears completely if the cars are driven by computers, because computers don't drink/text and drive Of course we would see a new definition of "Computer Crash" Whose fault is it if your driverless car runs thru a group of children crossing the road?...
by Willl
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 70862

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

bjornart wrote:You forgot to divide by g.
How embarrassing. Right you are.
by Willl
Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 70862

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

The stated accuracy of g is about an order of magnitude off - it's accurate to about 1 in 80,000, not 750,000. I don't know about the others, but I was surprised to learn that an international standard was actually defined to that precision, given that it varies by more than 1 in 200, hence I ended ...
by Willl
Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 92
Views: 31963

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

Last time I checked, TPM, DailyKos, RedState, HuffPo, Little Green Footballs, Matt Yglesias, Andrew Sullivan, Crooks & Liars, the Daily Brief, Wonkette, and AMERICAblog still aren't tumblrs. When they say Blogosphere, they still mean Blogosphere. That's who they're talking about. I've scarcely ...
by Willl
Tue Apr 10, 2012 1:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 81449

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Air density at pressure of 800 atm is 570.4 kg per cubic meter. * Since water density is 1000 kg per cubic meter, the supercondensed air bubble will float. According to Wolfram Alpha, you need a pressure of about 5090 atm to compress air enough for it not to float in water. Not quite... At 5090 atm...
by Willl
Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83378

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Am I REALLY the first person to feel like this comic has the same significance as #943?

If so, this is awesome. Go Randall!

If not, fun comic nonetheless.
by Willl
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 51040

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

2^10 isn't really any more puristic than 2^9... so I guess we'll have to wait until comic 65536 (= 2^2^2^2) for the next major milestone.
by Willl
Mon Nov 21, 2011 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0980: "Money"
Replies: 375
Views: 107619

Re: 0980: "Money"

Yes, he did cite a source for Hogwarts' annual cost ( link ). However, I'm rather peeved that he cited a Daily Mail article rather than the original source —a post on a blog run by Lehigh University's Economics Society . Brilliant! Yes, it shows Randall up for citing the DM, but also shows just how...
by Willl
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 57091

Re: 0972: "November"

I hadn't seen the Peanuts strip, but I thought this was almost self-evidently a joke about Movember... yet nobody seems to have touched on this? I assumed the joke was that every time Stick Man sees someone who's growing a ridiculous moustache, instead of becoming more aware of prostate cancer he wi...
by Willl
Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Facebook "Like" Button
Replies: 18
Views: 5484

Re: Facebook "Like" Button

Yeah, considering xkcd has no ads, why would Randall even care about traffic? Besides I'd say it's already popular enough, and making it more popular wouldn't really achieve anything. http://store.xkcd.com/ i guess you're right, but does randall really care how much merch he sells? or is it just a ...
by Willl
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Facebook "Like" Button
Replies: 18
Views: 5484

Re: Facebook "Like" Button

Bandcamp actually added a facebook like button and it was a good decision for them. I'm not sure xkcd is quite similar enough for the analogy to work, but I could see some potential benefit to doing it. Support your assertion that it was a good decision? http://blog.bandcamp.com/2010/11/02/facebook...
by Willl
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 78281

Re: Discussion

Orborde wrote:That equation really doesn't make any sense. At least, not in relation to those n values given. I'll bet we see a correction soon.

Yes, fraction is definitely upside down :/
by Willl
Mon Dec 07, 2009 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0672: "Suggestions"
Replies: 90
Views: 22729

Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

CollegeHumor did it. http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1794382 That's not even the same joke--just commenting on the same feature. Ah, c'mon. The only difference is that the friend is a lonely old high school friend rather than ex-girlfriend. Neither plot is part of the joke. In both cases it's &...
by Willl
Mon Nov 02, 2009 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151467

Re: "Movie Narrative Charts" Discussion

At the beginning of the movie wasn't Gollum still chilling with Sauron?
by Willl
Wed Aug 05, 2009 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 34089

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

By the way, I think what people here are missing is that the comic is not a direct jibe at the kernel developers, more at the state of Linux and perhaps by proxy those who advocate its adoption. It's all very well saying it's not a particular group's fault, that it's a closed platform. But if someth...
by Willl
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 34089

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

Hmm, strange, nobody's said it yet...

MY INTEL CARD AND I
by Willl
Fri May 08, 2009 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0581: "The Race: Part 5"
Replies: 89
Views: 19104

Re: "The Race: Part 5" Discussion

Durandal wrote:Thank god, it's finally over.

Glad it's not just me. I tried to enjoy it. I really did. But romance? No. Sarcasm? No. Math? No. Language? No. I didn't even bother checking Thursday's.
by Willl
Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 99513

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

I love how usually every comic is followed by a hoarde of people proclaiming how it absolutely mirrors their thoughts/experiences/perspective on life... yet not one person seems to be like-minded with Monroe when it comes down to fruit.
by Willl
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mirror Site?
Replies: 42
Views: 12881

Re: Mirror Site?

.... So.. yeah, while checking the DNS registration and e-mailing Randal and all that gives you a definite answer... am I the only one who's first instinct was to ping the two and see if the IP is the same? ...which it is, in case you're curious. ... Goddamnit... stupid necromancy. That's no guaran...
by Willl
Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Mirror Site?
Replies: 42
Views: 12881

Re: Mirror Site?

Somebody brought up the domain again in today's comic thread, so I just found this thread. The notion that there are more of these domains infuriates me, because there should be a way to find them! Eager for a treasure hunt, I had a go, but all I found was what appears to be another xkcd easter egg,...
by Willl
Wed Feb 13, 2008 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 107672

Re: "Helping.png" Discussion

PREVIOUSLY UNKNOWN REVELATION: LIFE DOES NOT SUCK. IT IS, IN FACT, QUITE GOOD. I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU PEOPLE ARE BITCHING ABOUT ALL THE TIME. A statement like that is simply naive, losing a loved one to suicide/a psychiatric hospital is not "quite good", it is in fact rather terrible. In t...
by Willl
Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 283
Views: 76399

Re: "Dangers" discussion

xkcd existence is messing with all the interwebs... "died in a blogging accident" has 1070 results now! (unfortunately a lot of them are spam) And even the (then with zero results) "snake charming accident" and "haberdashery accident" have now 10 results each! Damnit, ...
by Willl
Tue Dec 18, 2007 12:07 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Five Thumbnails
Replies: 17
Views: 2867

The Five Thumbnails

Hey everybody... I really hope this hasn't already been done because I gave it a pretty good seach... Ever since xkcd became an organised archive, some time between publishing Counter-Red Spiders and publishing Super Bowl (as close as I can pinpoint it with archive.org), there have been five thumbna...

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