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by pscottdv
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 10207

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Architect: "Why. Why would someone put a wall there. why." Architect's client: "Why. Why did they put a wall there. why." True story - Boehringer Ingelheim has a large office near me which I've had occasion to be in. The hallways are along the outside, and the offices are along ...
by pscottdv
Sat Oct 13, 2018 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 10207

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I've had that physics monologue. When I was a young kid I distinctly recall the first time my uncle gave me some magnets to play with, and how amazed I was that they affected each other w/o actually touching. Some time during my physics education it dawned on me that gravity does the same thing, ev...
by pscottdv
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 6098

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

Write a one-line shell command (80 char or less) using all of grep, sed, and awk that actually does something recognizable. Prizes will be given on the basis of both style and output. Points taken off if the output is useful. Judges' determination of "useful" is final. echo "'awk!' s...
by pscottdv
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 6098

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/data_pipeline.png Title text: "Is the pipeline literally running from your laptop?" "Don't be silly, my laptop disconnects far too often to host a service we rely on. It's running on my phone." Is this a reference to some specific example? (Created w...
by pscottdv
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 10545

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

Where the hell do you guys all live? And I thought the pre-recorded messages from politicians once or twice every election year are annoying. :lol: I'm in Arizona, and my telecom provider is CenturyLink. And of course they don't offer the "simultaneous ring" feature or I'd be using one of...
by pscottdv
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 10545

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

There needs to be more regulations on spoofing numbers. Sure, there are legitimate uses (like a business with multiple phone lines), but literally 90% of my calls are local numbers being spoofed by spammers. Heck, I know spammers have spoofed my number before as I’ve gotten multiple calls back from...
by pscottdv
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 13837

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

marsilies wrote:Plus, airplane and elevator engineers don't have to deal with people deliberately trying to tamper and break them from thousands of miles away.


Exactly. Imagine everyone in the world with a door had access to your front door. How long do you think your lock would stay unpicked?
by pscottdv
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 5689

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

Having a phone like that would be a real joy to behold.
by pscottdv
Wed May 09, 2018 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 14915

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I would say average Lifespan of a car, which would be middle of the road. I think it's Clark Howard who advocates that it takes 10 years to really get the worth out of a car. Usually, after 10 years repair costs start to add up and then instead of going down the cost of ownership starts rising agai...
by pscottdv
Wed May 09, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 14915

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

[quote="JPatten"]When I got my License there was no "required" driving time or drivers ed required. All I had to do was pass the written test and the driving test. Which in my case consisted of backing out of the parking lot, driving down to the town square, around the courthouse...
by pscottdv
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 27319

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

How far to the right do you put those weirdos who insist on having their toilet paper hanging down on the back side of the roll, in the Under position? Wait, there's an argument about this? If you have cats or small children and don't like a huge pile of toilet paper lurking beneath an empty cardbo...
by pscottdv
Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 9567

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Ragnarokio wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M895sFqgSwg


That might be the best instructional video on how to meet people I've ever seen.

It even explains how to not ask questions like, "How many apples have you eaten?"
by pscottdv
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 8557

Re: 1962: “Generations”

speising wrote:
dtobias wrote:Hitler was born 20 April 1889, so one of the 1892-1909 generation was not in fact Hitler.

in fact, no one of those was.


Hmm. I wonder which one was not Hitler.
by pscottdv
Thu Feb 08, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 10074

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

But how does it explain the Durian fruit? Looks like a big spikey cannonball of doom (can weigh more than 7 pounds), smells like death (or baby diapers, after eating nothing but tropical fruit for a week), and has an consumptive experience much like chowing down on a big (spiky) bowl of almond flav...
by pscottdv
Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 8825

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

The Ben Eater computer https://eater.net/ is immune.
by pscottdv
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 7126

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

I just want my phone to be in a bad mood from time to time. "Ok, Google-" "What the actual fuck do you need from me that's soooo urgent that you can't just type?" My Daughter and I decided we wanted a GPS that sounded like Snape talking to Harry Potter, "Missed the turn did...
by pscottdv
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 13755

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

jewish_scientist wrote:Maybe instead of giving a badge to people who have been verified, they should ban the accounts of anyone who is discovered to not be who they claim.


I wonder how big a bite that policy would take off their user base.
by pscottdv
Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 10431

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

He missed off the most worrying group of scientists that could be interviewed in "Breaking News!" stories: exobiologists . I don't see how that would be worrying, unless you believe in No Biochemical Barriers . Personally, I'd be glued to the TV, but wouldn't be at all worried. If you thi...
by pscottdv
Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 16032

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Relatives in Europe always think we must live in a totally wild/rural area, because we complain about the deer, rabbits, and bushy-tailed tree rats squirrels, but the mid-Atlantic East Coast is actually among the most densely-populated areas of the US. The whole of the UK is less dense than Connect...
by pscottdv
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1864: "City Nicknames"
Replies: 42
Views: 9693

Re: 1864: "City Nicknames"

"Queen of the West" just sounds stupid. I much prefer the St. Louis alternative "Gateway to the West" I love it because it reminds me of "Riders Radio Theater" which came to me "Live, from the queen city of the West, Cin cinnati, Ohiooooo" every Sunday night....
by pscottdv
Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 35
Views: 11261

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Weird to think back then it was seen as a cool thing to say that you were never going to get a phone because you didn't want to be at people's beck and call all the time or some-such. Everyone I know who said that eventually caved and bought one. Those people figured out that cellular phones can be...
by pscottdv
Fri Jul 14, 2017 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 12222

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

The first thing I thought when I saw the comic was, "It takes *way* more years of mathematics to understand magnets than it does quantum mechanics!". IMHO it takes way more and difficult math to understand general relativity than quantum mechanics. Sure, but Randall gets the order right i...
by pscottdv
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 12222

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I am permanently annoyed that Messr.s J and 2Dope are slightly more right about magnets than I'm comfortable with. You see, in a university engineering program, you take electronics and physics classes and wind up thinking about EM fields in terms of the right-hand-rule and Maxwell's equations -- t...
by pscottdv
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 12222

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Ok, first question of the thread: What does ICP stand for? Whether it's right or not, it made me think of this - http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b42/Throbert/cartoons/then_a_miracle_occurs.jpg [/quote] Ha! We had that comic on the door to the senior physics lab all four years of my undergraduate ...
by pscottdv
Tue Jul 11, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 12222

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Wow you guys are bad at Google. The ICP (Insane Clown Posse) song "Miracles" includes the line, "Fucking magnets, how do they work?" So are you saying that the responsibility for avoiding miscommunication lies entirely with the listener? Personally, I find that figuring out the ...
by pscottdv
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 17902

Re: 1849: "Decades"

jozwa wrote:
How did they deal with the decade names 100 years ago?


I don't know about 100 years ago, but a little later everything from 1900 up to "the great war" was called "turn of the century". Then you had "the great war" and then "the roaring 20s".
by pscottdv
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 43
Views: 11640

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

I always play winning numbers in lotteries. Ok, so they were previously winning numbers, but they've got just as much chance of (re-)winning next time round as any other set, the people who once won with them probably aren't going to be continuing (to split the jackpot) and how many other new peopl...
by pscottdv
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 28818

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

3. An interesting question would be: Why are children interested in the color of sky and trees, but not in the color of other things, like tomatoes, or anything else? Why are they content with some answers, but not others? Why are so many people puzzled by magneticism but not by gravity? I find the...
by pscottdv
Wed Apr 05, 2017 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 28818

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

3. An interesting question would be: Why are children interested in the color of sky and trees, but not in the color of other things, like tomatoes, or anything else? Why are they content with some answers, but not others? (sorry, if this becomes a double post) Here's another, possibly rela...
by pscottdv
Thu Mar 16, 2017 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 27603

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Quantized wrote:Popcorn on the 'bad' end of the scale? Outrage. Popcorn is delicious.


Salt and butter are delicious. Popcorn is a vehicle.
by pscottdv
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 13641

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

I just discovered that if I hold down shift, my scroll wheel already goes through time. Although the directions are the opposite of what I was expecting. Have the same thing, except my scroll wheel always goes forward through time regardless of which way I spin the wheel. Or whether I hold down the...
by pscottdv
Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"
Replies: 57
Views: 13641

Re: 1806: "Borrow Your Laptop"

rhomboidal wrote:It'd probably be a red flag if the spacebar was labeled "spacetimebar."


My daughters labelled the spacebar on their computer, "The Final Frontier".
by pscottdv
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 16210

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

In the US, they blocked entry from a bunch of countries because "terrorism", despite the fact that no one from those countries has ever killed any American citizen in any kind of terrorist attack. Ah, this must be the famous "singular they ", right? Kind of appropriate for someb...
by pscottdv
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 15745

Re: 1790: "Sad"

It would actually quite an interesting study to see if, and how much, productivity in the US has changed since the election.
by pscottdv
Fri Jan 27, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"
Replies: 99
Views: 18343

Re: 1791: "Telescopes: Refractor vs Reflector"

Are you positing that vampires can still be totally internally reflected? Maybe it's just the silver in traditional mirrors that prevents their reflection... That's the lore in at least some stories, yes. Anyway, the depicted refractor does seem to have a mirror, not a prism. How do you figure that...
by pscottdv
Wed Aug 24, 2016 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1724: "Proofs"
Replies: 44
Views: 12035

Re: 1724: "Proofs"

My differential equations class felt this way to me. "Assume a solution of the form..."
by pscottdv
Sat Jul 09, 2016 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1704: "Gnome Ann"
Replies: 72
Views: 16176

Re: 1704: "Gnome Ann"

Meanwhile - how could Randall have left out that Gnome Ann, born of woman, will kill The Scottish Play? The witches prophecy is that "none born of woman" would kill the Scottish usurper. So, we just need to find a nun. And (politely) check whether she was a Caesarian birth. Presumably Jos...
by pscottdv
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1693: "Oxidation"
Replies: 46
Views: 9563

Re: 1693: "Oxidation"

vodka.cobra wrote:If you heat iron, does it rust faster?


It depends on how you heat it https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxidizing_and_reducing_flames
by pscottdv
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 12875

Re: 1669: Planespotting

I love these forum posts trying to explain in detail why the idea to use hydro power to lift a tank of water thousands of times its own dam height is actually not scientifically feasible. In case anyone here was in danger of taking it seriously. I think they are trying to be like Randall and his &q...
by pscottdv
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 12875

Re: 1669: Planespotting

Caesar wrote:Ehm, shouldn't it be "...one of those people who know..."?


Who knows?

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