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by TimXCampbell
Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1274: Open Letter
Replies: 162
Views: 41295

Re: 1274: Open Letter

I don't believe in secret conspiracies involving the required participation of large groups of support staff making low wages. I also don't believe in successful conspiracies (secret or not) of more than 3 people with large egos. (You can occasionally get tight groups of conspirators to cooperate i...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21402

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

It seems kind of strange to think so, but the original cell isn't there to be killed later, and it also doesn't make sense to think of the two daughter cells, along with their eventual descendants, as the same "thing" as the original parent cell. It doesn't strike me as strange. You're no...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21402

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Or am I missing something? Maybe. If the acceleration of the universe is, in fact, an illusion, and the universe will go back to a Big Crunch, which is followed by an identical universe (or a return to the same time), then the program will stutter but never actually halt. I guess we'll just have to...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21402

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Code: Select all

While Not DoesItHalt(Do While True) Print 'Not Yet'
Print 'It halted!'

I guess I'd need a really, really big UPS for the program above to make some kind of statement.
by TimXCampbell
Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1265: "Juicer"
Replies: 35
Views: 14052

Re: 1265: "Juicer"

I had a juicer, once. I used it to make carrot juice, which I love. I'd spend 10 minutes peeling the carrots, one minute juicing them, then 9 minutes cleaning the juicer. So in return for 20 minutes of work, I had a full, glorious minute of enjoying carrot juice. Somehow it didn't seem like a good d...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Sep 13, 2013 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 24144

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

Occasionally, on Cracked.com's "LinkStorm" collection (links to funny stuff on other sites) they'll link to a particular site (whose name I've deliberately forgotten) that will have an item named, for example, "100 Cats With Funny Hats." And EVERY time you click the "Next&qu...
by TimXCampbell
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 38778

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

What? No Planet Bob?! Fans of the group The B-52's may have noted the absence of Planet Clair . Mind you, the cartoon does seem to indicate that we're seeing only a portion of the list, so everybody's favorites might be just beyond the bottom edge. You know, if there were ever a strip that could ju...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 38778

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

I now have a new favorite xkcd comic. I think I changed my favorite as recently as last week or so. Randall's on a roll! Only funny ones were PILF and DROP TABLE PLANETS. Rest of them were lame. Apparently our experiences of the strip differed. Two of my feral cat colony are called "Mac" a...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 29804

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

Given a very low power laser with a stabilization unit (like they use on those air-borne lasers, but much smaller) could you not (A) detect Google Glass the old-fashioned way ("Oh, I see that guy's wearing one") and then (B) aim your device (head-mounted?) at the Glass? Why? Read on. First...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1249: "Meteor Showers"
Replies: 49
Views: 53798

Re: 1249: "Meteor Showers"

Today's strip has (for me) the highest number of chuckles per pixel of any strip I've ever seen Randall do.

P.S. My experience with meteor showers: "Oh, over there, was that one?" (Swivels head) "Oh, I think I just missed one over there!" (10 minute wait, repeat.)
by TimXCampbell
Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

Jackpot777 wrote:... as luck would have it ... that chapter was slightly amended and printed in the New York Times as an article.

Thanks for the link and all the helpful comments!
by TimXCampbell
Thu Aug 01, 2013 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"
Replies: 58
Views: 23815

Re: 1245: "10-Day Forecast"

TEN day forecast? The weather dot com website can't even manage consistent predictions for three HOURS in advance. At least, not where I live, which is a mountainous region in the Appalachians, so okay, that's pretty difficult. Even so, I have to laugh when I see weather forecasts extending 7 days i...
by TimXCampbell
Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1229: "Screensaver"
Replies: 51
Views: 19468

Re: 1229:Screensaver

Long ago, before Facebook, but after dinosaurs, a friend showed me the Flying Toasters screensaver. I was impressed but puzzled. I asked, "Where are they going in such a hurry?" My friend replied, "Perhaps a better question is: What are they running away from ?" Have you ever lau...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Jun 24, 2013 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1229: "Screensaver"
Replies: 51
Views: 19468

Re: 1229:Screensaver

Why look at a screensaver when you can see the real thing? Check this out:

ARKYD: A Space Telescope for Everyone

Only six days left to invest! (And if you can't do that, don't worry, because they've already raised their target goal and then some.)
by TimXCampbell
Wed Jun 19, 2013 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 44390

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Confession: I skipped some of the long posts in this thread.
by TimXCampbell
Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1226: "Balloon Internet"
Replies: 66
Views: 18693

Re: 1226: "Balloon Internet"

filecore wrote:You're probably missing this if you don't really get the joke: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-22905199

Thank you!
by TimXCampbell
Mon Jun 10, 2013 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"
Replies: 35
Views: 12616

Re: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"

snowyowl wrote:TimXCampbell: Seems like overkill when you could just use Wizard Mode. That's what it's for.

I have never heard of Wizard Mode before. I wonder if it was added after I started playing NetHack in the early 80's.
by TimXCampbell
Mon Jun 10, 2013 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"
Replies: 35
Views: 12616

Re: 1223: "Dwarf Fortress"

I'd like to confess something ... I don't like games where I die and die and die . But I love games with dynamically-generated content. So every time I've played NetHack, I would hack the save file . Was that cheating? Or did the game's name encourage that approach? P.S. Hacking the NetHack save fil...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1222: "Pastime"
Replies: 31
Views: 9454

Re: 1222: "Pastime"

I think the sorts of people that tend to start wars probably aren't the sorts of people that are "uselessly frustrated with [themselves]". They probably assume they're doing the right thing. Interesting point. The people who send in the troops are generally pretty sure of their own magnif...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1222: "Pastime"
Replies: 31
Views: 9454

Re: 1222: "Pastime"

I'm intrigued by that phrase “uselessly frustrated with ourselves”. Once upon a time I tried to quit smoking. I tried and tried. And I tried some more. I did become frustrated with the situation: — One part of my mind repeatedly told me to stop. — No part of my mind presented compelling arguments to...
by TimXCampbell
Wed May 22, 2013 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1215: Insight
Replies: 112
Views: 22636

Re: 1215: Insight

I'm waiting until they develop NeoCortiGoogle (i.e. an interface direct to the neocortex). That's just a few steps away from a global hive mind and the end of war ... and privacy, of course. Apes don't need privacy, do they? Well, dead ones don't, surely. Meh .... Google Glass specifically doesn't a...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34743

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

It seems to me that if the time machine displaces itself in time, the electrical connection (via the plug) will be lost. Thus, the machine will go back in time maybe one unit of Planck time, and then it's back where it started.

My explanation is probably wrong.
by TimXCampbell
Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 55118

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Someone care to explain... everything? When a man and a lady love one another, they get together and produce smaller copies of themselves; these are called babies. You were one of these. In this particular instance, you descended from other apes that have acquired language. This lets you interface ...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67303

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I am not a big enough nerd for this webcomic. I have no idea what any of this is. I was a computer consultant for 25 years who used to code 6809 machine language directly in hex.(Translation: I'm a nerd.) But even I sort of sighed when I realized that I had to work my way through the jokes. I reall...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52257

Re: 0918: "Google+"

Resurrecting this up since I'm debating whether or not to join Google+ right now. Here is the entirety of my logic for the services I use: I use Google rather than Bing because Microsoft is already big enough. I use Facebook rather than Google+ because Google is already big enough. That's it. Googl...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1183: "Rose Petals"
Replies: 51
Views: 16594

Re: 1184: "Rose Petals"

I don't see the humor, and it leaves me asking - Why did the Roomba begin in a seemingly random doorway? Where is the Roomba going? Would that design of rose petal distributor furnish such a uniform and long path of petals? Why did the Roomba make three 90-degree turns? Why does the path not have l...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 25359

Re: 1181: "PGP"

Jamaican Castle wrote:We know they're invisible because we can't see them.

I wish this forum had a "Thumbs Up" button! :)
by TimXCampbell
Mon Mar 04, 2013 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 25359

Re: 1181: "PGP"

President Obama is secretly controlled by invisible cows from Jupiter!

This message has been scanned by Norton Fact-CheckerTM and has been rated 100% accurate.
by TimXCampbell
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 25359

Re: 1181: "PGP"

Use a GPU-based WinZIP cracker? It's been said that it's a LOT faster at doing that task. That'd be good, except I'm using an old steam-powered budget computer with graphics support on the motherboard: It's called ATI XPress 200 and it's really slow. If you've got access to a Blue Gene or something...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Mar 04, 2013 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 25359

Re: 1181: "PGP"

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by TimXCampbell
Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 25359

Re: 1181: "PGP"

I'm not surprised that most people avoid, misunderstand or misuse PGP. I had some sensitive discussion with somebody and we decided we should use PGP. I installed GnuPG and almost instantly realized that this was an application made for people who were 95% skilled enough to have written it themselve...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 33210

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

I have no idea why girls seem to want poorly-dressed assholes I'm pretty sure the technique of pick-uppity (is that a word?) involves dressing for success. If you have “no idea” why some women will fall for it, you're overlooking the fact that it's a con-job. These guys will work the mark just as s...
by TimXCampbell
Tue Feb 19, 2013 3:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 22480

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

Why do you assume that the first conveyor belt moves at the average human walking speed? My assumption was that the graphic had shrunk the conveyor belts to demonstrate the principle and that the notion was based upon those moving sidewalks at airports. Note that the first segment is labelled "...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 22480

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

I've heard that a person walks at an average of 2.5 miles per hour. Let's knock that down to 2 because of the concentration it would take to negotiate the speed changes. That means that at the High Five point both people will be travelling at 6x2=12 miles per hour, meaning that even if they keep the...
by TimXCampbell
Fri Feb 15, 2013 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1174: "App"
Replies: 56
Views: 17347

Re: 1174: "App"

exoren22 wrote:Try m.xkcd.com

Oddly enough, that's the page I always use and I'm using a tower PC, not a mobile. I just prefer the leaner presentation and the fact I can click open the hover text.
by TimXCampbell
Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35182

Re: 1173: Steriods

If humans are just "sacks of chemicals", what is this "alive" of which you speak? It's a judgment call. Is a virus alive? Some say yes, most say no. Is a thermostat alive? Some say yes, most say no. Are we sacks of chemicals? Many say yes, some say “No, there's something else, t...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 30384

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

... my guess would be that the bridge would travel about 8 times its thickness. Assuming a tensity of steel at 8000 kg/m 3 . Well, I'm assuming that the structure of the bridge is critical. A suspension bridge would tend to pancake into the water, but a bridge with trusses underneath the roadbed wo...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 30384

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

Maybe we could do a vegetarian version of "Steak Drop" where we try to steam some broccoli by dropping it into water from a great height? I'm pretty sure that if you get broccoli up to hypersonic speed it will simply turn into green mist. And that's why they don't build fighter jets out o...
by TimXCampbell
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 30384

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

I probably would not jump off the bridge. For various reasons I was brought up to not go with the average flow. This isn't something to boast about; it's just the way I was conditioned. Most people are conditioned to go with the average flow, though. It's amazing how strong this tendency is. For jus...
by TimXCampbell
Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1169: "Expedition"
Replies: 58
Views: 12702

Re: 1169: "Expedition"

Okay, I've hidden a sign , facing skyward, that says “ Hello, xkcd fans! ” in 10-foot-high letters. It is located somewhere on this planet . Ready to go find it? Good, good. 1 ... 2 ... 3 ... G O !!! Hint #1: It is not located within 15 miles of my home. Hint #2: It's possible I simply dreamed t...

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