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by Istaro
Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 6263

Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

Is three weeks enough for something to be considered a necro? If so, sorry. But I couldn't believe no one had mentioned that this (i.e. the subject matter of the comic) basically happens in A Fire Upon the Deep. I wonder if Randall read or reread it recently.
by Istaro
Fri Dec 19, 2014 8:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"
Replies: 34
Views: 15443

What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"

Lava Lamp

Image

So many lava videos!*

I'm sad that there's no title text, though. But the interesting MetaFilter link about the appeal of arcana made up for it for me.
by Istaro
Mon Oct 13, 2014 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1433: "Lightsaber"
Replies: 49
Views: 16409

Re: 1433: "Luminogladial"

Upper bound on the physical size of the present universe, roughly 1 ×10 113 m 3 . I can't find a reference but the cross-section of a lightsaber beam is likely less than 0.0625 m 2 . Multliply the area by c to get 18,737,028.6 m 3 / s so in the order of 10 7 m 3 / s So if it never retraced itself, ...
by Istaro
Wed Oct 08, 2014 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 75418

Re: 1431: Marriage

Have we officially switched to no quotation marks around comic titles in thread subjects?
by Istaro
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:09 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"
Replies: 52
Views: 39418

Re: What-If 0110: "Walking New York"

If I wanted to place my feet on every bit of ground I could, it would take a lot longer. Yeah, that's where I thought this was going. By increasing the resolution with which you're trying to "walk New York", you could increase the required amount of time indefinitely. (If you need to walk...
by Istaro
Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 42086

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

What's to rectify? As I see it, 4 morae in 3 syllables means each syllable includes one or 2 morae, as Pidgeot said. The times when one mora is pronounced as multiple syllables as in "kyo", the pronunciation is actually different in the two cases. Are there morae that, within Japanese , a...
by Istaro
Tue Aug 26, 2014 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 42086

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

Anglophones pretty much all slaughter the pronunciation of Tokyo. Which takes us back to my original point—how could it possibly be the case that "Anglophones pretty much all slaughter the pronunciation of Tokyo" (assuming we're talking about "in English")? The way that Anglopho...
by Istaro
Mon Aug 25, 2014 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 42086

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I couldn't make "San Diego City Council" fit, until I realized English speakers can't pronounce "Diego" properly. It's Die-go, not Di-e-go. Hmm. It sounds like you mean "English speakers, when speaking English, pronounce 'Diego' in English". Which is true, albeit prett...
by Istaro
Mon Aug 11, 2014 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 42198

1406: "Universal Converter Box"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/universal_converter_box.png Title text: "Comes with a 50-lb sack of gender changers, and also an add-on device with a voltage selector and a zillion circular center pin DC adapter tips so you can power any of those devices from the 90s." Totally worth it just f...
by Istaro
Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 38182

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

Patteroast wrote:As for Mars colonization, keep in mind that there aren't oceans covering 70% of its surface. For dry land area we end up about equal.


Ah, right, thanks.
by Istaro
Wed Jul 02, 2014 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 38182

1389: "Surface Area"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/surface_area.png Title text: "This isn't an informational illustration; this is a thing I think we should do. First, we'll need a gigantic spool of thread. Next, we'll need some kind of ... hmm, time to head to Seattle." Huh. I must admit this makes Mars coloni...
by Istaro
Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 21096

Re: 1383: Magic Words

rhomboidal wrote:I assume they're using the rhythm method.


Well done indeed.
by Istaro
Mon May 26, 2014 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1373: "Screenshot"
Replies: 31
Views: 19215

Re: 1373: "Screenshot"

I think today's comic is supposed to be a screenshot of a phone*, but I couldn't get past the black bar because the 85% battery was triggering my OCD. Top that sucker up! * Can anyone confirm or deny? For reference, here's the comic again, as it appeared on my phone: http://i.imgur.com/2QmSMxU.png?1
by Istaro
Fri May 02, 2014 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"
Replies: 78
Views: 29754

Re: 1363 - "xkcd Phone"

orthogon wrote:
OP Tipping wrote:
Do not submerge in water; phone will drown.


---

I need a ruling. Should that be a colon?

Yes: "do not submerge in a colon".
Ouch.


FTFY ;)
by Istaro
Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"
Replies: 41
Views: 13851

Re: What-if 0092: "One-Second Day"

This centrifugal force isn't strong enough to overcome gravity and tear the Earth apart, but it's enough to flatten the Earth slightly and make it so you weigh almost a pound more at the Equator than you do at the poles [emphasis mine].


Isn't that supposed to be the other way around?
by Istaro
Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44762

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

We watched DAYTIME TV. Do you realize how soul-crushing it was? I'd rather eat an iPad than go back to watching daytime TV.


I don't understand—is that character illiterate? But then how does she use the Internet now?
by Istaro
Tue Mar 25, 2014 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1346: "Career"
Replies: 55
Views: 16061

Re: 1346: "Career"

Something I can't completely decide on: by "dream job" does he mean the usual meaning, i.e. his ideal job, or does he mean the kind of job you might have in a dream, i.e. a bizarre nonsensical one? [ïmg] thats_the_joke.jpg [/ïmg] ...note he says "how realistic to be" and not &qu...
by Istaro
Mon Mar 24, 2014 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1346: "Career"
Replies: 55
Views: 16061

1346: "Career"

Image

Title text: "They'd convince me to come out of retirement for one last job: biting into a giant lump of slightly soft wax a couple of times."

I don't know, I'd hire him. A fellow dryer-lint aficionado couldn't be all that bad.
by Istaro
Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 19119

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

Wait, did . . . did Randall just change the comic, removing the third bishop?
by Istaro
Fri Nov 01, 2013 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32514

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Seriously, how can anyone be still arguing for two spaces? I understand if people say "I like it" or "It is how I am used to do it", but don't you think that if we needed more space at the end of the sentence we could just make the space after the period longer? There's no argum...
by Istaro
Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"
Replies: 38
Views: 14854

Re: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"

cornish2 wrote:
The average Facebook user has gotten older over the last few years

Surely every Facebook user has gotten older?


Just in case you're not kidding—I think "the average Facebook user has gotten older" is shorthand for "the mean age of all Facebook users has increased".
by Istaro
Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 47557

Re: 1270: Functional

Hey, I'm as solipsistic as the next guy. I can understand how any problem that you can solve with procedural programming, you can also solve with OOP. What I'll probably never understand is why . I thought we were talking about functional programming vs. imperative/procedural programming—what does ...
by Istaro
Wed Sep 18, 2013 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21332

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Demki wrote:What about while(true){}?


Well . . . heat death of the universe?

Edit: Interesting. When I posted this, it was the second post, and it still was an hour or so later when I refreshed, but when I came back again many hours later, an intervening post had appeared.
by Istaro
Wed Sep 04, 2013 5:37 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"
Replies: 72
Views: 19358

Re: What-if 0061: "Speed Bump"

"High street" was the common term before highway, and remains the most common street name in America. Wait, really? America as in the U.S.? I thought "high street" was the BrE equivalent of the AmE term "main street". I've definitely never heard of a street named "...
by Istaro
Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:03 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 40491

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

I believe most kinds of monoculture are a sign of human influence. This is what ruined the opening fight in the forest in Gladiator for my brother-in-law. Poor guy! I'd guess that ruins a lot of otherwise perfectly good [citation needed] movies for him. So what's site who's source code is in all ca...
by Istaro
Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 41372

Re: 1235: "Settled"

Quicksilver wrote:If my camera can send text messages too, it's a shit camera. Not to mention the data charges for uploading images to facebook when there's no wi-fi.


Sounds like it's your phone plan that's the problem. I can't remember the last time I've paid any sort of amount-based data charge.
by Istaro
Wed May 15, 2013 9:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0045: "ISS Music Video"
Replies: 35
Views: 15231

Re: What-If 0045: "ISS Music Video"

Extragorey wrote:On a side note, nice use of the "[citation needed]" tag.


And UNSCHEDULED BURN. Actually one of my favorite xkcd jokes in quite a while, despite being a total throwaway.
by Istaro
Tue May 07, 2013 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"
Replies: 50
Views: 15477

Re: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"

Oops, I stand corrected. And I don't see any problems with your proposed set of assignments—nicely done!
by Istaro
Tue May 07, 2013 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"
Replies: 50
Views: 15477

Re: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"

If 6 is "actually a 1", that means that "(actually a 1)^(2^2)" = "(actually a 1)^4" = "(actually a 1)^3" is equal to "actually a 1"; i.e., 3 is "true". If 3 is "true", the original text says "no^true", i.e. "no&quo...
by Istaro
Mon May 06, 2013 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"
Replies: 50
Views: 15477

Re: 1208: "Footnote Labyrinths"

Since nested footnotes are right-associative for the same reason that exponentiation is right-associative, note that footnote 6 says "actually a 1^4", i.e. "actually a 1^3". Also note that since 3 relates to truth, not numerical value, it must be applying to the entire preceding ...
by Istaro
Fri May 03, 2013 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1207: "AirAware"
Replies: 39
Views: 9936

Re: 1207: "AirAware"

I guess the business plan could be to get people to pay to have the drones ignore them.
by Istaro
Wed May 01, 2013 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1206: "Einstein"
Replies: 76
Views: 15864

Re: 1206: "Einstein"

Einstein's quote is "It's impossible to find a good sandwich in this town." Not "...today" or "...these days" or anything. But isn't the "it's" in "it's impossible" a contraction for "it is", as in present tense, as in at the time and date...
by Istaro
Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34673

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

I find it pretty cool that Randall can make it so obvious that a stick figure with no facial features is looking at its hands.
by Istaro
Fri Mar 15, 2013 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23435

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

keithl wrote:Because all the currently popular urban legends are accepted as fact, not yet exposed as urban legends. We have more than ever, and if I listed a dozen here you would call me insulting names.


Aww, come on, that's like telling a joke minus the punch line.
by Istaro
Fri Mar 01, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"
Replies: 82
Views: 21579

Re: 1180: "Virus Venn Diagram"

If this is supposed to be a semantics thing, I'd just like to say that insisting people use "malware" instead of "virus" is similar to insisting they use "tortoise" instead of "turtle". It's already evident what they're talking about, there's no need to force...
by Istaro
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 26649

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

Covane wrote:Criticizing the lack of humor in a strip which gives all indication of not trying to be funny is superfluous.


Really? I thought that at least half the point of the comic was setting up the title text joke.
by Istaro
Mon Feb 18, 2013 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 22312

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

What kind of sick person high fives with their left hand? ... They're not? Right, surely they're not, which serves as further confirmation that It may just be the perspective, but each person seems to be ready to jump onto an arrow facing back at them. Does anyone think this is intentional or an ov...
by Istaro
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 23523

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

Quicksilver wrote:Web Designers always told us that 99% of uptime on servers wasn't impressive for this reason. That 0.01% always adds up.


Or 1%, even?
by Istaro
Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 22373

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

Using the pattern (c?vc?)*, all stars could be named in 19 characters, instead or Randal's 24. That regex would allow star names like "Uuuuuuuuu", though, and I'm not sure how to pronounce that so as to differentiate it from "Uuuuuuuuuu". Not to mention the null name 8-) Inciden...
by Istaro
Mon Dec 03, 2012 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1142: "Coverage"
Replies: 62
Views: 19404

Re: 1142: "Coverage"

It's a pun based on a Faraday Cage (which blocks signals) and a cage match. It's a before-and-after pun. Not a complex joke, but nonetheless very funny. Before and after? You mean there are only two people in this strip? That might explain my confusion. I thought the little panel was kind of a wind...

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