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by Ken_g6
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 7653

2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/differentiation_and_integration_2x.png Title text: '"Symbolic integration" is when you theatrically go through the motions of finding integrals, but the actual result you get doesn't matter because it's purely symbolic.' I went looking for a real integration f...
by Ken_g6
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 7637

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

I do contract software development and, among other things, act as both the developer and support for one software product in one government department. It's very common for people to email me full-screen screenshots embedded in Word documents, when the only thing relevant is a small error message ...
by Ken_g6
Mon Feb 25, 2019 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 7637

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

Did anybody notice the link?

https://twitter.com/openelex/status/853977391747801088

Also, for once, I want to respond to an XKCD with an XKCD:

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by Ken_g6
Mon Dec 03, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 6468

Re: 2079: Alpha Centauri

Himself wrote:It's still a lot better than our system. Only one star.

Ooh, good point! Although Jupiter is close enough to being a star that it's more like one-and-a-half stars. :mrgreen:

Maybe when we get fusion reactors going we'll be considered to have more stars? :P
by Ken_g6
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 10486

2056: Horror Movies

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/horror_movies.png Title Text: "Isn't the original Jurassic Park your favorite movie of all time?" "Yes, but that's because I like dinosaurs and I WANT there to be an island full of them. If John Hammond's lab had been breeding serial killers in creepy mas...
by Ken_g6
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15466

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Sounds like something good to use on a cop sometime.

"Officer, I Rolle'd up to the stop sign. Because I was on a hill I Rolle'd back. Therefore, by Rolle's Theorem, I stopped at least twice."
by Ken_g6
Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 8710

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

If you zip it, is it still 200TBs of 9s? Hm. If each "9" is a byte, then I think it's still 200TBs of 9s. But maybe not. 270 billion 9s took 5088 bytes. Then, 200TB of double-bzipped 9s would be...about 10 sextillion 9s! :shock: psst… use a run-length encoder first. I didn't think they co...
by Ken_g6
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Why is there no link to these forums from the main site?
Replies: 3
Views: 4380

Why is there no link to these forums from the main site?

I remember, once upon a time, there was a link to these forums in the list of links at the top left corner of the main site. Then it got replaced by "What If?". I thought that would be temporary, but it's been years. I just checked, and there is still no link to this site anywhere on the m...
by Ken_g6
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 8710

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

This got me curious if I could generate 200TB of nines. Well, I think I can: perl -e 'for($i=0; $i < 200*1024; $i++) { print "9"x(1024*1024*1024); print STDERR "$i GB so far\n" }' Then the next question would be how to submit it? Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 an...
by Ken_g6
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 10694

1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/chicken_pox_and_name_statistics.png Title text: 'People with all six of those names agree that it's weird that we have teeth, when you think about it for too long. Just about everyone agrees on that, except—in a still-unexplained statistical anomaly—people named "T...
by Ken_g6
Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 10910

Re: 1935: "2018"

No, see, if 2018 were a leap year, we'd get a chance to elect a better President than our current one. But we don't, so it's not. :cry:
by Ken_g6
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 6886

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

The sound effect ought to change for some holidays. For instance, the first time the assistant is used on the morning after Valentine's Day, it could say, "Mmmm...good morning, lover. What can I do for you this morning?" It could sound disappointed if the query doesn't violate a Safe Searc...
by Ken_g6
Wed Aug 23, 2017 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1880: "Eclipse Review"
Replies: 51
Views: 9575

Re: 1880: "Eclipse Review"

I have a feeling that once space travel outside cis-lunar space becomes commonplace, we'll have scheduled total eclipse-viewing ships every day.
by Ken_g6
Mon Aug 07, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1873: "Email Reply"
Replies: 46
Views: 8150

Re: 1873: "Email Reply"

Between the last comic and this one, I'm starting to think Randall needs a vacation. Without technology.
by Ken_g6
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 29963

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I pronounce "epitome" like e-pit o' me. And this would seem to be the e-pit o' Randall. ;)
by Ken_g6
Wed Mar 15, 2017 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 26702

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

You think mint < pistachio < green apple? Your nuts!
Spoiler:
There must be something wrong with them. Get better pistachios.
by Ken_g6
Fri Feb 24, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 7568

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

I'm guessing that next-to-last review ("How do I preorder?") came from one Donald J. Trump in 2014. :shock:
by Ken_g6
Mon Dec 19, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1774: "Adjective Foods"
Replies: 64
Views: 12148

Re: 1774: "Adjective Foods"

Hm, if the thing in the bag is "bespoke", then it can be anything I want it to be, right? As long as it's something that can be "stone-ground" and "cage-free". If there's a single price listed for it, I'll take mine full of gold dust, please!
by Ken_g6
Mon Nov 07, 2016 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 94956

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Really? You could have used your power to promote a 3rd party ( any third party!) making a push to actually change this broken 2-party system. And instead you give us a boring endorsement for the usual lesser of two evils? Sad, sad, sad. The American election system is really broken. If any third-p...
by Ken_g6
Wed Sep 07, 2016 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1730: "Starshade"
Replies: 18
Views: 5762

Re: 1730: "Starshade"

Some people just wanna throw shade on NASA. :roll:
by Ken_g6
Fri May 06, 2016 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1677: "Contrails"
Replies: 110
Views: 19626

Re: 1677: "Contrails"

Later: "My astrological observing last night was blocked by all the chemtrails."
by Ken_g6
Fri Dec 25, 2015 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1621: "Fixion"
Replies: 19
Views: 6824

Re: 1621: "Fixion"

When a fixion is collided with a strange quark, it produces a top quark. (Also known as a "truth" quark.)

Thus proving that truth is stranger than fixion. :mrgreen:
by Ken_g6
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"
Replies: 31
Views: 6950

Re: 1573: "Cyberintelligence"

by Ken_g6
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 128170

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Am I the only one with a standard set of five really random words? It's what I think I remember the Klingon for accepting the role of cha'leech is. But I'm sure it's not right, since it's a very mixed metaphor. "Gelasnesh." (That one's right.) "Cree hol mek," (That's something Te...
by Ken_g6
Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1533: "Antique Factory"
Replies: 24
Views: 5852

Re: 1533: "Antique Factory"

Hey, somebody's gotta be the security guard at the warehouse, right? :wink:
by Ken_g6
Fri May 15, 2015 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29100

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

Oh, dear, looks like there are no good politicians left!

Q: Who will be the next President?
A: 👎
by Ken_g6
Fri May 15, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29100

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

If you ever wondered how (real) Magic 8 Balls work: http://xkcd.com/1525/#eyJxIjoiV2hhdCBhc ... YzQjI7Il19
by Ken_g6
Fri May 15, 2015 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 29100

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

You totally made that up! So, it looks like you've invented the Emoji-Turing Test: Can the reader distinguish between Randall's generator and a real person with bad intent? :twisted: Yeah, it looks like it could be fun to manipulate the results. Especially if you send them to people who don't know ...
by Ken_g6
Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1479: "Troubleshooting"
Replies: 53
Views: 16158

Re: 1479: "Troubleshooting"

Now that I think about it, my knowledge is definitely getting outdated with that Windows 8+ Metro sh-...tuff being actually out there. My Windows knowledge has been getting outdated since I went from WinXP to Linux when I built this computer in 2009. I'll probably upgrade my laptop from Win7 to Win...
by Ken_g6
Wed Dec 24, 2014 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"
Replies: 34
Views: 15049

Re: What-If 0122: "Lava Lamp"

Fun fact about sapphire: its chemical formula is Al2O3. Which means that if made without impurities it's probably the closest thing we'll ever get to...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSmGjB-G6v8&t=118
by Ken_g6
Tue Nov 18, 2014 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 216684

Re: 1446: "Landing"

...Wat Isn't the first thing to ask when you are designing something to be used in space, 'Does this work in space?" Apparently they only discovered that the propellant doesn't work in space last year... It may be that nobody had actually tried it ever until then . The chemistry looks OK for s...
by Ken_g6
Wed Nov 12, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1446: "Landing"
Replies: 1143
Views: 216684

Re: 1446: "Landing"

I'm on Firefox on Linux, and I'm getting Cross-Origin Request Blocked errors on the comic. Anyone else?
by Ken_g6
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"
Replies: 32
Views: 8079

Re: 1422: "My Phone is Dying"

Oh, now I see why my Android phone hasn't done this. Mine's so cheap and low-powered (single-core ARMv7) that it's basically a red dwarf. :wink:
by Ken_g6
Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0094: "Billion-Story Building"
Replies: 106
Views: 27323

Re: What-if #0094: Billion-Story Building

Arthur C. Clarke's 3001 includes the next step beyond a space elevator: a sort of space elevator tower made of diamond. Like a space elevator, it's supported from the top, so it's bigger at the top than at the bottom. But unlike a space elevator it has stories - lots of stories. But don't let your d...
by Ken_g6
Fri Apr 11, 2014 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"
Replies: 71
Views: 32123

Re: 1354: "Heartbleed Explanation"

So, obviously, there are a few ways to fix this bug. One is to limit what's sent to what's received. Meg: Server, are you still there? If so, reply "HAT" (50 letters.) Server: a connection. Jake requested pictures of deer. User Meg wants these 50 letters: HAT -hey, that's only 3 letters. E...
by Ken_g6
Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 31741

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

OpenSSL does its own memory caching, so most of the time it does not actually call the real malloc() and free(). So, most of the time the leaked memory contains something that was previously used by OpenSSL in the same process. This often includes remnants of previous HTTP requests, which is how pe...
by Ken_g6
Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 178
Views: 86482

Re: 1350: "Lorenz"

I fixed the https issue, but after clicking an option, Firebug in Firefox shows this error: Cross-Origin Request Blocked: The Same Origin Policy disallows reading the remote resource at http://c4.xkcd.com/graph/1/be7a3304-b685-11e3-8001-94de80a03a29. This can be fixed by moving the resource to the s...
by Ken_g6
Fri Feb 14, 2014 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 18889

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

So that's what Iceland's up to. :twisted:
by Ken_g6
Mon Feb 10, 2014 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1328: "Update"
Replies: 54
Views: 13594

Re: 1328: "Update"

Why does Windows require so many reboots, anyway? After all these years you'd think they could have fixed that. This also reminds me, remember when Dell recalled all those laptop batteries that were causing fires ? I had one of those, and got it replaced. But the new battery never worked nearly as w...

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