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by airdrik
Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 6695

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

Similarly disappointing is with our "Smart" TV which can be controlled using an app on our phone, which said app even has a button which brings up an input box and the phone's keyboard presumably to allow entering the text using the phone's keyboard does nothing. Perhaps there's something ...
by airdrik
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2132: "Percentage Styles"
Replies: 39
Views: 5861

Re: 2132: "Percentage Styles"

... I agree with this 650‰! And I agree with this 6500‱! Alternatively, reading through the Great Wiki page on Permyriad , one could conceivably also use 6.5 GigaBips. Expecting that being listed on that Great Wiki page would imply its being used out in the wild, a quick DDG search only yielded use...
by airdrik
Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 123
Views: 23109

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

This was underwhelming, I thought there'd be some kind of award ceremony or at least a solitaire animation. Stay tuned. I think the OOTers know the right approach to this: find something to do until he posts something final :wink:. At the very least I'm expecting him to update the brackets at https...
by airdrik
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 6590

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

Actually yes, though I don't know how much of it would be attributed to this effect, but The Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level (which sounds like they are trying to be important) says the Pacific side is 20 cm higher than the Atlantic side with explanations and stuff.
by airdrik
Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 6590

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

I like the premise. A lot of time is wasted reading other people's strong opinions on various subjects which likely contributes to increasing the likeliness you will keep reading additional opinions, resulting in more time spent staring at a phone screen instead of trying to sleep. Additionally the ...
by airdrik
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 7059

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

"Technical Analysis" in the financial industry means basically this: https://vangogh.teespring.com/shirt_pic ... 2-13-04-12 but using more random number generators.

It's a good thing we have Quantitative Analysis Robin Hood working with us on this!
by airdrik
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 11852

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

And, of course, the question arises: who's more related to you? Your cousin's spouse, or your sibling's spouse's sibling's spouse? Well, given the numbering scheme I proposed above, both would be considered 4s (unless you count siblings as 2s, in which case it would be 5 and 6). However, a more pra...
by airdrik
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 11852

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

How about we come up with a numbering system in the style of Erdos or Bacon numbers which identifies people based on how many indirections it takes to get to them? For example: my parents, wife and children would have 1s being the most directly related to me. I think I'd also use 1 for siblings, tho...
by airdrik
Wed Aug 15, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 8133

2033: "Repair or Replace"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/repair_or_replace.png Title text: Just make sure all your friends and family are out of the car, or that you've made backup friends and family at home. The economics might make sense for the producer, but I'd like to see some math on how it makes sense for the consumer....
by airdrik
Thu Jul 19, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 9122

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Am I the only one who thinks that drill guy is the one in the wrong here? My experience as a software engineer has been seeing far too much time wasted building fancy tools and options that no one wants or needs. All he had to do was build a cannonball and he could have moved on to the next project...
by airdrik
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 9122

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

All too often, a lot of time and effort is spent making the individual components assuming they are supposed to work together to solve a problem, without taking a step back and looking at the big picture and realizing that there are simpler ways of solving the problem as a whole. Alternatively, a lo...
by airdrik
Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2004: "Sun and Earth"
Replies: 7
Views: 3994

Re: 2004: "Sun and Earth"

It is a nice day, today 8-) It's days like today that make me glad that there is sufficient stability and (to an extent predictability) between the two that I can carve out a (to me at least) meaningful/enjoyable existence during the several dozen passes around the larger one that I get to experienc...
by airdrik
Tue May 08, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 17791

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Or you could emulate rent more directly by using interest-only loans: The non-rent payment amount is converted to some fixed interest rate on a loan from the non-landlord for the present value of the property. The non-rent payments don't affect the principal of the loan, which reduces the non-rent p...
by airdrik
Fri Apr 20, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 9164

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

Kids don't help, unless you call it "help" when they shorten this graph down to fit inside a month, week or even day :( (kids come home from school; dump shoes, backpack, books and/or papers randomly around the house; pull out toys, books, papers, food, etc. and distribute that in similar ...
by airdrik
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Do I need permission
Replies: 2
Views: 2298

Re: Do I need permission

Again, not official advice; just the way I'd interpret it: Are you intending to make money off of one or more of his comics or off of some work derived from one or more of his comics? (e.g. selling printed copies (as-is or in some publication), selling t-shirts with a collage of some of your favorit...
by airdrik
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 81609

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

The depth of the hole where the disaster occurred was at 5,600 m below the surface, but the record set by that rig (mentioned on this page) was 10,685 m below the surface in 1,259 m of water. So only off by a few hundred meters (should be the 11 km line instead of below it)
by airdrik
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 5584

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

Yeah, I don't think this support group is helping me any. Well, it is good to know that there are plenty of us out there, but it's not helping me develop any of these supposedly basic social protocols.
by airdrik
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 12763

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

I think the Apple vulnerabilities are less about poking fun at the random top-dog-du-jure and more about poking fun at some of the vulnerabilities or bugs we've seen from Apple in recent years which amount to receiving a text with certain URLs, images or even characters (or combinations thereof) cau...
by airdrik
Wed Feb 07, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 11965

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

It has a Tungsten Mesh, so it's fire proof and melt proof - that is everything inside the backpack will combust and/or melt before the backpack will. On the other hand, that seems a bit like overkill. I occasionally find myself deliberating extensively over certain relatively trivial things. Somethi...
by airdrik
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1947: "Night Sky"
Replies: 8
Views: 4910

1947: "Night Sky"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/night_sky.png Title text: There's a mountain lion nearby, but it didn't notice you because it's reading Facebook. Seeing the star-filled sky in the second panel while reading about being overwhelmed by the internet, was expecting commentary upon looking up, possibly fol...
by airdrik
Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 6816

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

In a bad combination of mild paranoia (meaning I don't use online password managers), aversion to password reuse (thanks at least in part to https://xkcd.com/792/, meaning I try not to reuse passwords), the acquisition of a new home computer and the retirement of the old computer without setting any...
by airdrik
Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 6579

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

<snipped quotes> I love the idea of graph paper. Sadly my handwriting looks like crap unless it is tiny and those graph boxes are just too big. :( How big is too big? You can (could) get (print) graph paper in a wide variety of sizes. Most "standard" graph paper you get has sizes akin to ...
by airdrik
Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 12984

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

At least -40 is the same for all three. I like that Fahrenheit has 180 degrees of liquid water. It makes Degrees seem like a reasonable term to use. I hate "degrees Celsius " Centigrade is a much better word (meaning measured in hundredths), "degrees Celsius" make me think that ...
by airdrik
Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 62
Views: 13808

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

As a long-time resident of Idaho I have to say: Yay, Yellowstone! Except that given his new border Idaho only gets about 1/3 of it (but hey, that's a lot more than the sliver we get currently - who drew that up like that anyway) Now a problem with how he drew that new border is that the Idaho-Montan...
by airdrik
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 5363

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

"Just think, the light from that star was emitted before the start of the 2016 election." Well, the light we see now from most stars was emitted before any of us were born. hmm.. I wonder how many stars are close enough that the light they emitted when I was born has already reached here?...
by airdrik
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 9039

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

This pretty accurately describes our house too - somewhere around 10-15 different cables lying around a couple of "charging station" places in our house. Somewhere between 0 and 2 at a given station actually work (depending in part on the device you are trying to use with it). We don't car...
by airdrik
Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 12778

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

For a modern MS-DOS replacement there is http://www.freedos.org/ which is regularly updated and maintained. It looks like it is mostly intended for perpetuating the playing of classic DOS games and enabling the use of other DOS software now that MS no longer supports MS-DOS. In one of the projects ...
by airdrik
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 12778

Re: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"

For a modern MS-DOS replacement there is http://www.freedos.org/ which is regularly updated and maintained. It looks like it is mostly intended for perpetuating the playing of classic DOS games and enabling the use of other DOS software now that MS no longer supports MS-DOS. Another note: the comic ...
by airdrik
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"
Replies: 31
Views: 6959

Re: 1889: "xkcd Phone 6"

the Burns Clean Coal feature has me wondering about the possibility of having a phone/mobile device powered by burning coal. Probably not practical due to all of the mechanics and physics of turning the heat energy produced by the coal into electrical energy. But, assuming you had all of that figure...
by airdrik
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1881: "Drone Training"
Replies: 12
Views: 4464

Re: 1881: "Drone Training"

I saw the title text as being ((un)intentionally?) ambiguous about which *HG is thinking that about the other's Roomba. In each case it still fits with the character of the *HG that is thinking it (after all, these implements certainly aren't for BHG's own drones/roomba, right?)
by airdrik
Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1876: Eclipse Searches
Replies: 35
Views: 7916

Re: 1876: Eclipse Searches

Looks like the eclipse searches aren't going to make it (though there may still be a chance as it is still proceeding across the US):
https://trends.google.com/trends/explor ... e,election
by airdrik
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM
Replies: 4
Views: 9010

Re: FEEDBACK: what if ? GLOBAL WINDSTORM

The book presents it as the most reasonable definition of earth vs. air; that is the earth and every solid or liquid object on its surface. Going beyond that you then need to define what is "part of the earth" and what is not? Do you count animals and people as part of the earth? What abou...
by airdrik
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 13292

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

A fact that I should have assumed and included in my clause about languages not having an equivalent to "the".
by airdrik
Fri Jun 30, 2017 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 13292

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

That's probably the least interesting map possible: "Here's the most commonly-used word by state (including words normally omitted from these kinds of things because they just flood the results with uninteresting data)" (sorry, I'm too lazy to throw together a map where all states have the...
by airdrik
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1853: "Once Per Day"
Replies: 50
Views: 10074

Re: 1853: "Once Per Day"

Also keep in mind that even with that moral argument, it is still important to take time out for yourself (once a day). Even Superman couldn't turn the crank 24/7 forever; he needs to sleep, he needs to eat, on a higher level he needs close personal relationships, vacations, a chance to recharge and...
by airdrik
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1852: "Election Map"
Replies: 30
Views: 9174

Re: 1852: "Election Map"

As you can see, there is a warm front moving in from the Northwest. However it is encountering some resistance from the established cold air masses in the South and East, resulting in some stormy weather in this region here.
by airdrik
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 18458

Re: 1849: "Decades"

100 years ago people were too busy with global conflicts to bother with music, fashion, movies or culture. When the conflicts ended that's when all the culture and everything started, hence the phrase "roaring 20's". Actually I think more likely is advances in communication, transportation...
by airdrik
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 25584

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

UTC isn't even a proper abbreviation/initialism, strictly speaking. It doesn't even stand for what most people think it stands for... ;) It stands for Universal Coordinated Time, except in French where the last two words are swapped. In much the same way ISO stands for International Organization of...
by airdrik
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 9236

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: If we wait long enough, the Earth will eventually be consumed by the sun WORKAROUND: I'm not going to live long enough to see that happen ISSUE: I'm not going to live long enough to see the Earth be consumed by the sun WORKAROUND: Decelerate the Earth sufficiently that it falls into the sun....
by airdrik
Tue Apr 04, 2017 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 29877

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Compare 435: Purity . As you move from right to left, it is emergent properties from the field to the right that form the basis of the field to the left. Physics forms the baseline of Chemistry, but nothing in Physics defines anything about the materials and reactions described in Chemistry. Thus Ch...

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