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by GalFisk
Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2158: "Qualifiers"
Replies: 21
Views: 2357

Re: 2158: "Qualifiers"

One of the most difficult things about speaking a foreign language is not having access to these kinds of paralinguistic phrases, meaning that you're completely tongue-tied while you try to work out what to say. Conversely, if you learn an extensive enough repertoire, you can sound fluent even if y...
by GalFisk
Fri May 24, 2019 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"
Replies: 56
Views: 5408

Re: 2153: "Effects of High Altitude"

I like Fahrenheit because the 0-100 perfectly measures the range of reasonably livable temperatures. 0 is very cold and 100 is very hot, and anything outside of that range is extremely notable. In Celsius, 0 is kind of cold and 100 is very lethal. That 0 and 100 are both arbitrary relative to water...
by GalFisk
Thu Jan 31, 2019 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 6022

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

The genius thing about layers, is that anyone working to create a layer, only need to know how to speak with the adjacent layers. This means the manufacturer of the network card doesn't need to care about what protocol is being used or what information will be transmitted, they only need to make it ...
by GalFisk
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 7983

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

if anyone can push the technology to the point where space manufacturing becomes economically feasible, China can And the first major industrial accident in orbit is liable to trigger Kessler syndrome... Major industry will likely stay in the gravity wells where their raw materials are. Shipments c...
by GalFisk
Wed Oct 24, 2018 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 4756

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

Archgeek wrote:

Why are Randal's celestial objects always screaming? Does it hurt to be a light in the galaxy, or to orbit Jupiter?

They scream because no one can hear them.
by GalFisk
Wed May 16, 2018 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 9815

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

Fix it 'til it's broke. Then take it apart and leave the pieces around with the intention to use them for something cool. Then throw it all out when your better half gets sick of seeing it. Pretty much. Though I actually do use parts for something cool on occasion. Such as a potato cannon ignition ...
by GalFisk
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 8806

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 GalFisk
Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 12350

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

But I'm curious about those nuclear fireworks. Is there a downside besides the radiation that would kill us all? Unless you don't mind EMPing the entire tri-state area, you'd need a nice, long sight line to the display location (assuming you rather like your football stadium or what-have-you.) Also...
by GalFisk
Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 7159

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

qvxb wrote:Will the drones fight a civil war over involuntary servomechanisimtude?
Will they have an electoral college?

They will have an electrical college.
by GalFisk
Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 24405

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

You're not nuking it on the full setting, are you? Even though lesser 'powers' of microwaving are done by PWM (e.g. a few seconds of radiating, several seconds of idling, even while still pirouetting in the light of the internal lamp), it's amazing the actual difference the Defrost setting actually...
by GalFisk
Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1761: "Blame"
Replies: 138
Views: 29974

Re: 1761: "Blame"

Not everyone who votes for evil is evil or intends to be, but calling them evil pushes them further in that direction. Only if you preserve the emotional connection to them do you have power to sway them. If you sever the connection as punishment, you throw away your best, perhaps only, tool. I'm ve...
by GalFisk
Wed Nov 16, 2016 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1760: "TV Problems"
Replies: 9
Views: 4150

Re: 1760: "TV Problems"

I found it to be more of a "just because you're a computer expert, it doesn't mean you can magically and instantly fix everything" kind of comic. I'm both a computer expert and a certified skydiving instructor, so I got a kick out of this comic. As a skydiver I do a lot of work to minimize...
by GalFisk
Mon Oct 03, 2016 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 12616

Re: 1741: "Work"

I've nurtured a related thought: if you look around you in our modern society, nearly every little thing you see began its existence as an idea inside a human mind. That is the immense power of our species that we oftentimes take for granted.

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