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by Rossegacebes
Fri Feb 08, 2019 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 10982

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

Many years ago I had to debug a relatively fancy PowerPoint document (with graphs, formulas and pictures), with many collaborations, that could not be printed. After a lot of bisection I found the culprit: a single period in the middle of a paragraph. It was in Dutch.
by Rossegacebes
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 11795

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Dark matter is not dark at all. It's transparent. It's the most transparent matter in the universe.
by Rossegacebes
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 8040

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

The main reason of replacing being cheaper that repairing is that the externality of proper recycling is not paid. If to discard anything you would need to pay for proper disassembling and *full* recycling (this cost could be included in the original sale price), repairing would be far, far more pop...
by Rossegacebes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 26374

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Pfhorrest, I think that your are re-defining purpose, blending it into usefulness.

On the other hand, I find your explanation of the four versions of cause in ancient Greek philosophy quite enlightening.
by Rossegacebes
Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 26374

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Physics can be made a lot less scary if you replace all instances of "why" with "how." In general the "why" questions are much clearer if we replace "why" by "how come" or "what for", depending on the information required. Dictionaries exp...
by Rossegacebes
Wed Mar 29, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 32043

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

What about "symmetry" in William Blake's "The Tyger"?

"Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?"

To me it is evident that he intended the rhyme.
by Rossegacebes
Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 8644

1802: "Phone"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/phone.png Title-text: [*disables social networking accounts*] [*social isolation increases*] Wait, why does this ALSO feel bad? I can't avoid a subtle feeling of smugness as my phone does not use data networking (only phone calls, and WiFi at home) and I can sit a whole ...
by Rossegacebes
Fri Jan 27, 2017 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 18804

1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/telescopes_refractor_vs_reflector.png Title-text: On the other hand, the refractor's limited light-gathering means it's unable to make out shadow people or the dark god Chernabog. Even the refractor will miss the vampires... Edit: Drawing was updated. My comment does not...
by Rossegacebes
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 12316

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

Titanic XCVIII? I had a lot of trouble parsing the Roman Numerals, and even once y'all had translated it for me it felt like it violated some rule that I seemed to have imagined. My first thought was that you can't start a number with a "subtractive" element, but obviously I have no probl...
by Rossegacebes
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 540
Views: 137042

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

There is a way to significantly decrease CO2 emissions: go full-speed with nuclear power. Invest massively in nuclear power plants, shut down coal- and gas-burning plants, develop the thorium-based option (that allows to reprocess the radioactive waste). In a few years (let's say 10 or 20) all new v...
by Rossegacebes
Mon May 30, 2016 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1687: "World War III+"
Replies: 34
Views: 8463

Re: 1387: "World War III+"

Makes me think of Bertholt Brecht's poem that's quoted every so often. People usually only quote the first line. What if they gave a war and nobody came? Why, then, the war would come to you! .... Sorry, wrong quote. He never wrote that. The origin of the quote is explained here http://www.quotecou...
by Rossegacebes
Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 174530

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Nobody has mentioned the excellent handling of the swaying with the wind. Stems, trees and balloons move in a very natural way, corresponding to their different stiffness. Hats off.
by Rossegacebes
Wed Apr 13, 2016 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 12292

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

Farabor wrote:I have a compsci friend who's often griped about people misusing excel for things that it's not suited for :)


My main heterodox use of Excel is to print large pictures on more than one page. And I'd say it is quite suited for it.
by Rossegacebes
Thu Apr 07, 2016 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 174530

Re: 1663: "Garden"

Today I started a minimalist garden: just a default yellow light on the creek and a blue light near the right edge. The creek has some grass, and a giant octopus appeared in the blue region. I went away for a couple of hours, and when I came back the octopus had moved to the left and shrunk to norma...
by Rossegacebes
Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 25911

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

HES wrote:The one I struggle with:

How often is Bi-monthly?


Well, it depends on the parsing:

Bimonth-ly: every bimonth
Bi-monthly: twice every month

My inclination is for the second option, and using "bimestrial" for the first meaning.
by Rossegacebes
Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 29411

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

Whizbang wrote:In Excel, the 34th is a perfectly valid day of the month.

Enter "=Date(2015,10,34)" and see what happens. Also there is a Zero day and negative days.


I use the zeroth day of a month to specify the last day of the previous month.
by Rossegacebes
Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"
Replies: 132
Views: 29411

Re: 1595: "30 Days Hath September"

I am also a knuckle-counter. My grandmother taught me very early, and by the time a friend tried to impress me with the 'verbal help', I could show him that my method was far simpler, and robust.
by Rossegacebes
Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 17071

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

player_03 wrote:
Rossegacebes wrote:But... what is a "captured afst"?


AT-ST, actually.


Thanks. I would have missed it anyway (I'm not really into the Star Wars culture).
by Rossegacebes
Wed Sep 09, 2015 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1575: "Footprints"
Replies: 89
Views: 17071

Re: 1575: "Footprints"

I was completely unaware of this "Footprints" poem, and I gave up after carefully reading the whole thing twice, unable to make any sense.

Now I know.

But... what is a "captured afst"?
by Rossegacebes
Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1492: "Dress color"
Replies: 362
Views: 62323

Re: 1492: "Dress color"

The OP said the dress was blue/black in person, plus the dress is not available to purchase in white/gold []. The white/gold that many (most?) people are seeing is a contrivance of their minds. To me it's simpler: the real dress IS blue/black; in the picture it IS white(whitish)/gold. Bad photo, I'...
by Rossegacebes
Mon Dec 01, 2014 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1454: "Done"
Replies: 48
Views: 14520

Re: 1454: "Done"

Who's Randall's friend Emily? (Just under the logo) How can/has she been helped? I was also unsure, and didn't see any replies here, so I checked the News and Articles subforum and found this post from November 26th: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=110509 if you go to xkcd.com then i...
by Rossegacebes
Mon Dec 01, 2014 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1454: "Done"
Replies: 48
Views: 14520

Re: 1454: "Done"

Who's Randall's friend Emily? (Just under the logo) How can/has she been helped?
by Rossegacebes
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1449: "Red Rover"
Replies: 23
Views: 6036

Re: 1448: Red Rover

For readers of non-British heritage: Wikipedia Red_Rover.

The cartoon was just meaningless to me. Now I know.
by Rossegacebes
Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 42086

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

Although I'm a fan of retaining the native place name (at least where possible, given phonetic abilities--like rendering München in English as "Myoon-chen" instead of Munich), it's not as if Spanish speakers can claim superiority on this. Yeah, we ruin Diego as "Dee-yay-go" and ...
by Rossegacebes
Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:45 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. You make it seem like it should be "Dye-Go" while it would be closer to "Jay-go", I think? (I'm not a Spanish speaker) ...

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