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by ps.02
Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1672: "Women on 20s"
Replies: 218
Views: 40389

Re: 1672: "Women on 20s"

When I was a kid I wanted them to mint a six cent piece I have a ridiculous idea drawing partial inspiration from the Brits I see what you did there - unintentionally perhaps. The Obama penny could have the McDonalds logo on the back, the Clinton nickel would have an ad for Trojans, Toyota would bu...
by ps.02
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1674: "Adult"
Replies: 40
Views: 11105

Re: 1674: "Adult"

I mean yeah, I have a job making more money than 75% of individual Americans and I'm the "head of a department" and I technically own the building I live in and have been dating the same woman for four years... but that pay is still less than the median household in my home state, my &quo...
by ps.02
Wed Apr 27, 2016 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 16243

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

I'd be more likely to draw a bike pointing to the right so that the drivetrain is in the foreground. And I suspect the drivetrain is usually on the right so that: a) The freewheel can use normal (clockwise-to-tighten) machine threading; and/or b) The higher torque (for a majority of riders) comes f...
by ps.02
Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”
Replies: 69
Views: 16243

Re: 1673: “Timeline of Bicycle Design”

ETA: Interesting that the majority (34/50) of the original sketches on Velocipedia have the bike pointing to the left, whereas his renderings all have the bike pointing to the right. I'm pretty sure I'd naturally draw a bike pointing to the right on the basis of speaking a LTR language I'd be more ...
by ps.02
Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 13207

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. Also, all the traffic explaining why something with a ...
by ps.02
Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 15114

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

1. Move this page to [City], [State], add disambiguation page for [City] 1.1. But traditionally we've never said it that way, our identity has always been just [City] 1.2. But there's a lot of other cities with the same name, and not everyone even knows which one we are 2. Should mention the many sa...
by ps.02
Fri Apr 01, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1663: "Garden"
Replies: 673
Views: 175070

Re: 1663: ???

He couldn't just say "Wait for it"?
by ps.02
Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24962

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Wait, what? What percentage is "most of the world" to you? Slightly hyperbolic, but by geographical area it's not far off: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/80/Indo-European-speaking_world.png That map is interesting but (of course) misleading. With its country boundaries, ...
by ps.02
Fri Apr 01, 2016 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 24962

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Taken back far enough, most of the world would be speaking some dialect of the same Indo-European language. Wait, what? What percentage is "most of the world" to you? I guess you must be counting people whose second or third language might be English or Spanish? Because if you really just...
by ps.02
Tue Mar 29, 2016 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1660: "Captain Speaking"
Replies: 26
Views: 6318

Re: 1660: "Captain Speaking"

So Captain Oveur asks everyone for a wifi password in order to find out where they're going instead of, I dunno, just asking everyone where they're going? I guess this is like turning on the TV to check whether it's raining outside.

Also, is there no copilot? Is that not a thing anymore?
by ps.02
Tue Mar 29, 2016 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1661: "Podium"
Replies: 30
Views: 6312

Re: 1661: "Podium"

Sure, sure. A podium is so named because you stand on it. A lectern is so named because it holds whatever you're reading from. So, Dear Prescriptivist, what do you call a lectern-shaped mic stand that you don't read from, e.g. because you're using a TelePrompTer?
by ps.02
Wed Mar 16, 2016 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15981

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Neil_Boekend wrote:
DavidSh wrote:Before the advent of mechanical clocks

I see one major problem: Cooking an egg would have taken more minutes in the winter than in the summer.

What are these "minutes" of which you speak? Is there a fixed number of them in an hour?
by ps.02
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1656: "It Begins"
Replies: 22
Views: 6953

Re: 1656: "It Begins"

by ps.02
Wed Mar 16, 2016 1:32 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"
Replies: 40
Views: 29775

Re: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"

slinches wrote:What's with the Google maps link to Lexington KY?

The link text says "Citation needed" so the link is to Citation Blvd.
by ps.02
Tue Mar 15, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"
Replies: 40
Views: 29775

What-If 0148: "Eat the Sun"

What percentage of the Sun's heat (per day) does the population of Earth eat in calories per year? What changes could be made to our diets for the amount of calories to equal the energy of the Sun? http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/148/snakemeat.png I feel like he kinda skimmed this one. He didn't go ...
by ps.02
Tue Mar 15, 2016 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15981

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

If the whole world connected this way, with tribes and affiliations scattered everywhere around the planet, then geographic nationalism vanishes, along with the possibility of geographically-focused weapons of mass destruction. I don't think this follows. Your al-Qaeda model did seem to be getting ...
by ps.02
Tue Mar 15, 2016 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15981

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Does it actually save energy? I have no idea. I doubt it changes my energy use significantly. Saves energy insofar as that as soon as it is practical to darken the mornings a little bit again (by making 'getting up time' happen closer to dawn without poking too much into pre-dawn night) you can lig...
by ps.02
Mon Mar 14, 2016 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15981

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

This was supposed to be an energy-saving measure. Does it actually save energy? I have no idea. I doubt it changes my energy use significantly. The last time I looked into this, I found a paper that showed that it did far more harm (in the form of disrupted sleep schedules and the like) than good (...
by ps.02
Mon Mar 14, 2016 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15981

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Hm, this comic is coming two weeks too early… Not in the US. I think we used to have our DST at the same time as Europe, but about 10 years ago the government changed the rules, so we now change our clocks in March (this past weekend) and November: $ zdump -v America/New_York | grep -e 2006 -e 2007...
by ps.02
Mon Mar 14, 2016 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"
Replies: 64
Views: 15981

Re: 1655: "Doomsday Clock"

Huh, who knew the Doomsday Clock was in US Eastern time? Does this mean the Clock is properly understood to be at or near 4:57 AM UTC?
by ps.02
Mon Mar 14, 2016 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 22865

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

(It also took quite a while after it became Ok again, to remember that I could use something roughly Lempel-Ziv-Welch-ish, publicly, without fear of treading on the toes of the apparent patent, given those ten years or so of uncertainty from '94 to '04. Surely this explains the explosion in popular...
by ps.02
Sun Mar 13, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 22865

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

...an overview of a directory contents is made that little easier to comprehend when given some sort of immediate context. This assumes that there's any utility in knowing what language a given executable is written in. That's what I challenge. If I write a script and name it do-a-thing , I or anyo...
by ps.02
Sun Mar 13, 2016 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 22865

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

Writing a bash script and giving it a ".sh" extension as if it were a Bourne script always strikes me as slightly wrong. I do it anyway, because ".bash" as a file extension seems wronger, although I don't know why (too many characters?) What is this "extension" of whic...
by ps.02
Sat Mar 12, 2016 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1654: "Universal Install Script"
Replies: 57
Views: 22865

Re: 1654: "Universal Install Script"

Lucia wrote:I thought the point was the script tries to bribe people $1 to install the script for you.
Actually, I like that version better. :lol:

Yeah but notice the scare quotes around the $1 each time. I think that means it's a Canadian dollar.
by ps.02
Thu Mar 10, 2016 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 21137

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

clearly 47 out of 50 states have infinitely long borders when measured precisely. They all follow, at least for part of their borders, geographical features such as rivers, mountain ranges, or coastlines. Yes, but a rounding or moving-average function can be applied to these borders, making them fi...
by ps.02
Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 21137

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Aha. Found it! Wikipedia Twelve-Mile Circle. Yup. As a bonus, the circle combined with conflicting surveying techniques and claims created a small patch of land called The Wedge, which was disputed among three states for way too long. And to think I learned about this surveying oddity in the same b...
by ps.02
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 21137

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

- State that traveled the least: Probably Utah? California still partially overlaps its old position. Like all of SoCal is still Cal, just... WesCal now? Yeah it does overlap, but its CG moved further than several of the others. Speaking of which, would you call the middle of your state MezCal? and...
by ps.02
Wed Mar 09, 2016 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 21137

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

Many bits of cleverness in there. Random notes: - Montana's and Utah's labels are upside down - State that traveled the furthest: Georgia, I guess - State that traveled the least: Probably Utah? Fairly close to home: Wisconsin, Delaware, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota - State that traveled the furthest ...
by ps.02
Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1652 "Conditionals"
Replies: 77
Views: 13815

Re: 1652 "Conditionals"

Neil_Boekend wrote:Terry Pratchett book spoiler:
Spoiler:
It was one of the many jokes in the Gnome (or Bromeliad) Triology.

Nome*
by ps.02
Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 12012

Re: 1647: Diacritics

ASCII has 95 printable characters ...yes, if restricting yourself to the 7-bit original. Although realistically most people would have been at least using their own system variation of 8-bit Extended ASCII Yes, well, the term "Extended ASCII" led to widespread misunderstandings, I think. ...
by ps.02
Sun Feb 28, 2016 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 12012

Re: 1647: Diacritics

When I was backpacking around Australia in 1997 I ended up travelling in a small group, amongst whose number was a young man from Portsmouth who pronounced 'th' as 'f' this way. When pushed it turned out he couldn't actually make the 'th' sound without genuine difficulty, as he'd never been taught ...
by ps.02
Sat Feb 27, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"
Replies: 26
Views: 18329

What-If 0147: "Niagara Straw"

What would happen if one tried to funnel Niagara Falls through a straw? http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/147/find.png I enjoyed this one. An obvious approach would be to freeze the water into slugs and fire them, to avoid the fluid dynamics problems? (Which is to say, the exact opposite of sending a ...
by ps.02
Thu Feb 25, 2016 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 12012

Re: 1647: Diacritics

What? You use Compose more often than Ctrl? Must be a vi user. Did you misread xtifr's post, or do you map Caps Lock to Ctrl instead? The latter. Something as easy to reach as the key above left shift is completely wasted on Caps Lock. xtifr uses it for Compose, I use it for Ctrl. Hence my next com...
by ps.02
Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1647: Diacritics
Replies: 82
Views: 12012

Re: 1647: Diacritics

Otherwise, I'd have to say that my en_US keyboard with Caps Lock mapped to Compose is the one with the advantage. :) What? You use Compose more often than Ctrl? Must be a vi user. (My Multi_key is below right shift. I don't see how a keyboard without Control_L on the home row can even be considered...
by ps.02
Tue Feb 23, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1638: "Backslashes"
Replies: 62
Views: 13242

Re: 1638: "Backslashes"

Oooh, look at me replying to an "I created an account just to say this" post. Feeding it, even. A backslash -- more commonly known as just a "slash" -- is this: / Since you don't know why, it's because it goes backwards on the page. What a bizarre argument. The direction of pen-s...
by ps.02
Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"
Replies: 60
Views: 33197

Re: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"

So, if the aliens want to crash Jupiter into the sun, I guess they're just interested in catching some cool gravitational waves? The most energy and mass efficient time to interact with Jupiter, will be the points in its orbit when it is traveling directly away from the alien launch point, and direc...
by ps.02
Thu Feb 18, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"
Replies: 60
Views: 33197

Re: What-If 0146: "Stop Jupiter"

Kyorinrin wrote:Now I'm curious could you tap Jupiter's magneto sphere for power and it's atmosphere for fuel and make an orbital thruster of sorts.

I liked Howard Tayler's explanation (text note below the comic) of how to move a gas giant.
by ps.02
Thu Feb 18, 2016 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1644: "Stargazing"
Replies: 40
Views: 11877

Re: 1644: "Stargazing"

What actually is the brightest star in the sky? "In the sky"? I guess you mean the one outputting the most lumens (if "brighest" implies visible light) ... but where? Is this restricted to stars we can see with the naked eye? See with some particular amateur, professional, or go...
by ps.02
Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 26687

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

So, I used to think the US was nearly alone in not having converted to metric. A big thanks to everyone in this thread for all the fun with UK motor vehicles! Also, regarding bicycle tires, there are a lot of inch-based standards for mountain and specialty bikes in the US, but road bikes have conver...
by ps.02
Tue Feb 09, 2016 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"
Replies: 43
Views: 7830

Re: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"

"I don't even know who's playing" is the new "I don't even own a TV". Quite. Perhaps "I don't even own a TV" has lost its snob cachet, because thanks to technology, it no longer implies you don't watch TV. I wonder if the day will come when the fashionable way to signa...

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