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by Archgeek
Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"
Replies: 21
Views: 5735

Re: 2098: "Magnetic Pole"

I worry that one of the mini-poles that models indicate are liable to form during a reversal event (which go on for centuries, if I recall) will manifest under a major metropolitan area, funneling energetic particles near to surface level and increasing the rate of various cancers significantly.
by Archgeek
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 9071

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

I'm trying to picture how a jackhammer would work without electricity or other power. Like this . I was expecting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMLrAcW3lUw . Considering who he is, methinks Thor's got the whole electricity angle covered. What's disturbing is the thought of a thrown, operating jac...
by Archgeek
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 10481

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

My favorite description of short selling is inverted Wimpy - "I will gladly pay you today for a hamburger on Thursday". Huh? I thought I knew pretty much what short-selling was, but I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how this describes the same thing. It sounds more like a futures ...
by Archgeek
Thu Jan 10, 2019 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 6831

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

Mixing Martian into English is an even worse idea. I don't grok that. Even though I wasn't directly quoted, probably a reference to my earlier suggestion of "Barsoomiforming". :whoosh: "Grok" is a Martian word. I thought it was Vulcan for "to fully understand and grasp all ...
by Archgeek
Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 7219

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

You know, if you hiss back at the goose it tends to back down. [...] If you think of a vehicle from the goose's perspective, it can't communicate that same message the same way, although I suspect if you tried to act a little bit aggressive instead of just stopping -- like edging forward a little b...
by Archgeek
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 8265

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

"Majestic" seems to have roots directly related to greatness; so, yes, it seems totally fair to say that's proportional to physical size, and inversely proportional to cuteness. I don't know, I personally know a rather large tabby who tends to look quite regal in his bearing, but can also...
by Archgeek
Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 6835

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

Why do we insert magnitude qualifiers into numbers anyway? Like 12,548,207 is pronounced "twelve million five hundred and forty eight thousand two hundred and seven". That's four orders of magnitudes sprinkled throughout the number. Why not say the magnitude followed by the (most signific...
by Archgeek
Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 8554

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

xtifr wrote:Extrapolating a little farther, your greati grandfather would be your grandparent's sibling. And so on...

Now you're just exacerbating the complexity of the topic by imagining things.
by Archgeek
Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 8265

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

I'm going to assume based on the name that is only applies directly to non-rotating fuzzballs with no net electric charge.

What of critically-sized cats with a moment of rotation (Kerr Kats?), a net electric charge (Reissner–Nordström Cats?), or both (Kerr-Newman Kats?)
by Archgeek
Thu Dec 13, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 6911

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

The laptop cannot be destroyed by any means we here possess. It must be destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom. Wouldn't it be simpler just to set it up to dual boot BSD? Dave The power of the Laptop can corrupt even the purest UNIX implementation. No, we must not think of using it, but instead bear ...
by Archgeek
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 6911

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

Things Very Wrong with That Laptop - by Symptom ⋅ Laptop is killing batteries -- minor short in or very leaky cap in PSU ⋅ Files get corrupted on the first day of every month even when clean -- FS has fencepost errors in its dating system?! ⋅ Static shocks from plumbing...
by Archgeek
Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 2916

Re: 0042: "Geico"

((* - Alt is the only wrong term there, given that the Alt is not the Title param revealed by Hovering, but old terminologies die hard. ;))) m.xkcd.com says ”alt-text” so I would say it's an alt-text of the comic saved in the html title-attribute. Not quite. The alt-text a-quoted says simply "...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 28, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 9609

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Yes, well, given that "great literature" is stuff that is supposed to have already gone through a crap filter, you wouldn't expect Sturgeon to apply. While Sturgeon did say "90% of everything is crap", I don't think me meant that to be applied recursively--if it were, you could ...
by Archgeek
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 9137

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

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by Archgeek
Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 9137

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!! Wht gd wld tht d? Nt mch. 'm mzd b wht psss fr spllng. Kds ths ds. D . knw f th lttr "" nl dspprs whn t s bng sd s . vwl lxclly? 'Cs tht wld b sm prtt...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 9137

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

Also, is it correct that in one possible interpretation of this comic Randall puts himself on a pedestal? 'Seems less on a pedestal and more somewhat adjacent to a ditch, or next door to some folk who have a hobby of looking at cess pools so they can come home and compose rants about the gross thin...
by Archgeek
Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 7493

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

I never got the name "InstallShield". Even after reading the Wikipedia page it's not that clear. For some reason that always annoyed me. I'm easily annoyed, I guess... I always thought it had something to do with "shielding" a system against random encroachments that could not b...
by Archgeek
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20191

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I hadn't considered the ability-to-prove-how-you-voted angle of it, but that aside, I am super in favor of voting by mail and think that should be the normal default way of voting for everyone. From what I understand, countries that introduced digital remote voting as the default actually have seen...
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 7493

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

cellocgw wrote:
Archgeek wrote:Because I can't help myself:

"Lot's wife -- brings the salt!"


... brings the Salt FTFY :mrgreen:

BAhAHHAHAHa, no no, nothing to do with that tale. I was going for a much worse reference. Older, too.
by Archgeek
Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 7493

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Because I can't help myself:

"Lot's wife -- brings the salt!"
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 6747

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

We aren't backwards about it. We also burn effigies of broadband providers … That is glorious. We in the states should blatantly start doing that to Comcast, Cox, and friends. A golden poo is one thing, but seeing your company vans burn in effigy? THAT sends a message. (Off-topic: I'm getting awful...
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20191

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

There's no friggin' way this kind of thing should be out before Election Day, clearly influencing those who haven't voted yet. I could come up with reasons either way that it'd energize one side or the other, but any kind of influence that early voters might have on later voters is plain wrong. Wor...
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 6747

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Having a hard time believing this one. I'm sure someone will pull up the Tribune pages. I was going to... but you have to pay for content that is in the public domain. :evil: Wait until you find out that even the people who make those documents available online have to pay for hosting them. I know,...
by Archgeek
Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 13234

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

All this political talk and I'm just wondering how Randall picked which landmarks to include. :P I happen to be pumped because he included Hatcher Pass and Summit Lake (north of Wasilla, AK) because that happens to be my favorite few square miles on the planet. I'm amused that he included Oklahoma'...
by Archgeek
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 20191

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

College residency always confused me, because they would ask for "current address" and "permanent address". Like... what is a "permanent address"? People move all the fucking time. Do you want my parents' address? I don't live with my parents. I can't live with my pare...
by Archgeek
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 7194

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car. Is this a truck loaded with butts, or donkeys? Or is it a truck in the shape of a donkey, or that of a butt? While of course percent milkfat in the Lagrangian frame remains constant, cream advection from surface inflow may lead to eye ...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 24, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 16243

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Flumble wrote:Can I still be an idiot graverobber and explore the place (with a piece of string starting at the entrance—I know my classics!) and take some loot that looks precious (and can be carried in a hand bag)? If so, I want to do that and afterwards get a plane ticket to France.

Patient Zero, everyone!
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 11169

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

...I'd probably be using my Steam Controller wirelessly ... Now that is Old School meets "2.0" Oh, hang on. I think I am out of touch just enough so I don't understand the world anymore. Ah yes, wireless pressure regulators. I for one don't much care for the thought of rogue galvanic curr...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 22, 2018 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 4761

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

Barnard's Star wrote:AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!

Why are Randal's celestial objects always screaming? Does it hurt to be a light in the galaxy, or to orbit Jupiter?
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 6776

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

(I guess British English is unusual in having distinct spellings. Other languages tend to go for -er or -re for both the unit and the instrument. It's almost as though we want to be both in and out of Europe at the same time...). You put your left wing in; you put your right wing out; in; out; in; ...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 10138

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

All conifers sucked. I believe the best odds were with some type of ash. Wow, not ever-vertical, fairly narrow birch? Been awhile, but I think birch [edit from beech] was also up there. Thing is, we're talking about hitting through a tree ... not between them. Narrow? OH. I thought you meant like t...
by Archgeek
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 10138

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Heimhenge wrote:All conifers sucked. I believe the best odds were with some type of ash.

Wow, not ever-vertical, fairly narrow birch?
by Archgeek
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 11104

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

The book Lord of the Flies just baffled me when I read it in ninth grade, but maybe I would like it better if I gave it a second try. I'll probably never know. It certainly doesn't represent the way people actually behave when in these types of situations (which actually happen occasionally in the ...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 10138

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'd say "trees are (made of) air" is a bit of a stretch: most of their building blocks and energy [citation needed] come from the ground. Right? Right? I have never given it much thought or looked it up, but right now I'm having a hard time believing trees get all that mas...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 10138

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Trees, I think, are mostly made up of air and water. At least, cellulose and lignin are carbon, oxygen, and hydrogen derived from those. And water happens to be a major component of air, coming in #3 after N2 and O2, if I recall correctly, and beating out argon by a decent margin. 'Certainly more w...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 54372

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

And I'm quite sure the forum was more fun back when the comic was still fresh to both Randall and us readers (definitely me because I only jumped in and when it was still buzzing with activity. Now the forum is so empty the mods don't even feel like celebrating Madness. Alas, poor Madness. I think ...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 11169

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

But that's no good if you need it to connect to a smartwatch. I was paid to write an app that connected to some custom hardware over Bluetooth. I spent a lot of time finding different ways the Bluetooth stack could get wedged. Then more time figuring out how to unwedge the stack. .... I spent an in...
by Archgeek
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 6059

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

A supermarket chain over here failed to include "check the input makes sense" lines and someone added a new product to their system with volume 1 litre and mass 350 kg. 350 kg/L? Your supermarket sells dark matter? or Liquid black holes? Nah, even common electron degenerate matter in whit...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 10478

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

My default telco Frontier was awful, getting worse and increasing rates about a percent per month. Frontier does not provide "simultaneous ring" to connect to a phone-spam filter service. That is one way to filter out spammers; a good option for better local telephone service providers. T...
by Archgeek
Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 4615

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

The stuff tasted like if La Croix came in vanilla, and had been mixed into a vat of liquid chalk. I can beat that. I've had a technetium swallow test, when they were looking for signs of "Meckels diverticulitis" (the zebra they look for when they hear the hoofbeats of bleeding ulcers and ...

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