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by Mjb
Sat May 11, 2019 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2148: "Cubesat Launch"
Replies: 11
Views: 3658

Re: 2148: "Cubesat Launch"

I figured the purpose of the fishing line was that the drone had insufficient carrying capacity to lift the cubesat, so they were leaving the cubesat in their hands, using the drone to attach a line to the rocket, and then reeling in the line to pull the cubesat to the rocket. Cubesats are supposed...
by Mjb
Fri May 10, 2019 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2148: "Cubesat Launch"
Replies: 11
Views: 3658

Re: 2148: "Cubesat Launch"

In case we needed more examples of waiting for the but . 1. Used to be that rocket launches took place under a microscope, watching for lightning, clouds, small changes in temperature and nearby sailboats. With the growing number of launches, maybe standards are lowered? Maybe everyone is constantly...
by Mjb
Tue May 07, 2019 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2146: "Waiting for the But"
Replies: 28
Views: 6289

Re: 2146: "Waiting for the But"

... but the board has rejected your funding request / expense report / thesis proposal. ... now get out of the way or I will be forced to make an exception. ... but ratings are down, so you will drive this overladen carriage while chased by this fire-breathing komodo dragon. Don't worry, the dragon ...
by Mjb
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2141: "UI vs UX"
Replies: 17
Views: 3831

Re: 2141: "UI vs UX"

Since many businesses really do mix psychology and marketing together, I'm starting to think we need to make UZ-design an official term. Business as usual for startups. "People don't want to buy a quarter-inch drill. They want a quarter-inch hole!" Maslow's Hierarchy of Startups theoretic...
by Mjb
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2128: "New Robot"
Replies: 40
Views: 7036

Re: 2128: "New Robot"

An image search for search and rescue robot confirms that this is true. More broadly, how wealthy countries tend to deploy their armed forces most of the time. Natural disaster? State of emergency? Major sporting event? All valid occasions to send in the troops. Anything meant for navigating an acti...
by Mjb
Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 8468

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

Wait what. They think the Excel file is too "sensitive" to share, so instead they print out the entire contents of the file and share that instead? What do they think they are protecting by printing the file out? The edit cursor? The formulas that produce those values? Other sheets with s...
by Mjb
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 8162

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

This puts the rejection of older mythologies in new context, and makes one wonder what the moon-orbiting astronauts might know.
by Mjb
Sat Mar 02, 2019 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 8468

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

Get Out of Microsoft's Head Randall!

Props to them though. Throw enough AI at the problem and we can automate the parsing-related data loss. Access 2030 will save everyone loads of time by compressing 10GB .norm files into crying emojis.
by Mjb
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 11472

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

I once found a reasonable-seeming estimate of the butterfly effect. It started with the temporary cancellation of the gravitational effect of one electron at the edge of the known universe. That is a smaller effect than adding a whole Biff right here on earth. [...] Presumably, the games in an alma...
by Mjb
Sat Oct 20, 2018 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 16940

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Journey to Alpha Centauri which just displays a static pattern of dots on the screen for 4 years until one at the center of the screen enlarges into a circle and fills the screen, then a text message comes up "congratulating" you for making the trip and then telling you to go home... Or a...
by Mjb
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 8213

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

Is this one a math joke? I never get the math jokes. Yes. The joke is that people misuse Bayesian statistics (which is currently applied in cognitive science, cosmology, social policy, and who knows where else) to draw questionable conclusions from inadequate evidence and that their work should the...
by Mjb
Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 7179

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Crust thickness is cited at 3-44 miles in general, though they found a 1-mile area a while back . No surprise then that the geologists have been trying to take advantage of the underwater thin spots for decades. The Chikyu was designed to drill into the mantle yet is still only "planning" ...
by Mjb
Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 4481

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

cellocgw wrote:For no good reason whatsovever:
Partisans Love Tv
...

Missed opportunity:

Stop V Alert Savin' (5 missiles)
Averts Vast Nil Op
Avert Salvo in PST (for those of us on the West Coast)
by Mjb
Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 7137

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

Ah, the eternal source of statistics jokes. https://algotrading101.com/blog/1543426/what-is-curve-fitting-overfitting-in-trading-optimization http://ucanalytics.com/blogs/machine-learning-non-linear-regression-regularization-cross-validation-simplified-part-1/ https://xkcd.com/1347/ https://xkcd.com...
by Mjb
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 11818

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Now that's begging the question . Germanic noun-as-adjective is a major contributor to the relative flexibility and brevity of English. <x><x> works for inherently relational <x> - the closest that comes to mind is Scandinavian farfar/mormor - paternal grandfather / maternal grandmother. Otherwise, ...
by Mjb
Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 10869

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/04/-_panoramio_-_Basa_Roland.jpg/240px--_panoramio_-_Basa_Roland.jpg (Not showing as an image. Not sure if it's because it's a slightly off-standard image URL, or if it's because in thr last couple of hours my (completely up-to-date browser, SF...
by Mjb
Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 10869

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

(I only picked this paper up an hour ago, so I'm wondering what bird matches "T_U__N", knowing that it's probably a kick-myself moment when it clicks (TRU…? THU? TAU?), wondering if I have the correct letters for "Quotes (5)" being "_I_ES".. scratch that, just ...
by Mjb
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 9846

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

3. AMOLCD is totally real and for sale, see attached. Ah, AliExpress. If it exists, they have it. If it doesn't exist, they'll find someone to fix that. If it can't exist, they'll probably sell it to you anyway for the right price. Wonder if they have a listing for beachfront property in Arizona. R...
by Mjb
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 5718

Re: 2029: "Disaster Movie"

More broadly, since any change disrupts an ordered system and simultaneously produces diverse data - every funnel cloud has a scientific lining. Supernova or impact? Astronomers take note. Economy crashes? Hyperinflation? New fodder for the rival schools. Starvation? Diet research. Plague? Human cli...
by Mjb
Mon Jul 02, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 5449

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

Does anyone have the source numbers compiled? A second-order regression might point closer, maybe late 2024. Either way, I hope we get as much extended life from it as from the Hubble.
by Mjb
Thu May 31, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 9846

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

1. Dry erase sharpie. Who knew? The phone's absorbance also makes it perfect for safe ink disposal. 2 . Finally, a Swiss Army ___ still relevant to its namesake. 3. AMOLCD is totally real and for sale, see attached. 4. If hollow-ground describes a way of grinding knives, then the long sides must be ...
by Mjb
Sat May 26, 2018 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 14917

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

I've noticed that a whole bunch of sites have all sent me email or messages about their policy update, and their reasons for gathering my information. Did something huge happen while I was away? You mean "away" like in "in outer space"? Vacation. Came back to a ton of emails. Th...
by Mjb
Fri Dec 22, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Replies: 12
Views: 4706

Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

My cynical answer is that is the true meaning, along with "co-opting, re-branding and assimilating pagan Winter Solstice holidays like Yule, Saturnalia, etc into Christianity." That's it. That covers two eras. In another case of excellent timing, a short article on several centuries in-be...
by Mjb
Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 16594

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

I find it fascinating that other places have to deal with invasive species just as much as much (well I presume to be so if you're dealing with rabbits) invasive species as we deal with in the united states. Australia and Canada in particular - the number of introduced species seems proportional to...
by Mjb
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1768: "Settling"
Replies: 50
Views: 15523

Re: 1768: "Settling"

The sample size is too small. Everyone start recording your stay/leave decisions, preferably categorized as career/relationship/other, and meet back here in five years.
by Mjb
Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1767: "US State Names"
Replies: 59
Views: 15021

Re: 1767: "US State Names"

Did I get them all? Ctrl+f tells me there were 51 instances of "=>" on the page (before I wrote this), so apparently yes. Many of the ones that do not reduce the name to its original meaning (George, Louisa, etc.) actually make decent mnemonics. I don't get the reasoning in some cases - w...
by Mjb
Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1563: "Synonym Movies"
Replies: 112
Views: 28224

Re: 1563: "Synonym Movies"

Sandy Hill
Between Stars
Cosmic Spheres
160-Million-Year-Old Reserve (including its sequel, The Misplaced Planet)
by Mjb
Mon May 04, 2015 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 29546

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Has anyone actually plotted deaths by war (per capita) versus time? I'm fairly sure that those physicists did not create a new horseman, but 'slew' war by realising Nobel's dream of a weapon so terrible that we refuse to use it. Yes, absolutely. Pinker's book mentioned above focuses on it, but the ...
by Mjb
Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1273: "Tall Infographics"
Replies: 55
Views: 17005

Re: 1273: "Tall Infographics"

A good infographic should lend information a sense of scale or pattern that is absent in text form. A sufficient increase in understanding can justify devoting 2-3 times more space. Natural text is fragmented and 1D, and and deals poorly with long sequences (lists) or 2+D arrangements (multi-variabl...
by Mjb
Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"
Replies: 36
Views: 16902

Re: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"

There are two probabilities: Pr( polar | curve ) and Pr ( Cartesian | curve ). The sum of the two probabilities must be less than one. Which Pr is the Y-axis? It's a "certainty" graph, so it can reach 1 for a given definition of "sure". For both systems, the vertical axis is &qu...
by Mjb
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"
Replies: 36
Views: 16902

Re: 1230: "Polar/Cartesian"

Wow that is cool. Is there a reason I've never heard of polar graphs despite having gone through school and gotten a Comp Sci degree? The idea usually shows up somewhere between geometry and precalculus. Standard 2nd-semester calculus includes function integrals for the polar graph's 3D cousins, sp...
by Mjb
Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 29117

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

Oh, and the horror survival one. Just one? Those used to be a staple for me. Werewolves could be fought, generally beaten. Vampires, not so much. For some reason, horror dreams have centered entirely around those two. More surprising, it's all blood-free. I've had maybe three, four dreams where I r...
by Mjb
Wed Feb 24, 2010 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY
Replies: 741
Views: 331039

Re: HARDCORE PORNOGRAPHY

Truly, a stunning achievement.
by Mjb
Thu Jan 01, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: One space or two?
Replies: 94
Views: 17433

Re: One space or two?

I once heard "two spaces", but it was a keyboarding class in elementary school. I've always doe one space. Two might be correct, but I always felt that it was a length padder, like widening the margin.

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