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    That's good to know.

    Now, lets say I've got both a main computer, and I use firefox and chrome. And then, I've got an iphone, that only knows safari. And I need to use a chromebook at times.

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    Missing States.

    Alaska and Hawaii are obvious. Anyone else able to spot the other 7 missing states without singing "Fifty Nifty United States"? I confess I almost got through the whole list of states before figuring out the last missing state.

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    The Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas were the first ones I noticed were missing. Delaware, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania were the ones I needed to song for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Torath View Post
    Missing States.

    Alaska and Hawaii are obvious. Anyone else able to spot the other 7 missing states without singing "Fifty Nifty United States"? I confess I almost got through the whole list of states before figuring out the last missing state.

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    The Dakotas, Nebraska, and Kansas were the first ones I noticed were missing. Delaware, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania were the ones I needed to song for.
    I had to check ExplainXkcd to get the joke at all; I didn't notice any of the missing states at first.
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    Pennsylvania
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    Both Dakotas
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    Nebraska


    I found them by comparing the map to what the map should look like. I actually spent a good 5 minutes trying to make sure I had found them all.
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    I noticed Delaware, New Mexico, and the Dakota. I had to pull up a real map for comparison before I remembered Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Kansas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Glyphstone View Post
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    I noticed Delaware, New Mexico, and the Dakota. I had to pull up a real map for comparison before I remembered Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and Kansas.
    Cheater! I didn't even think to pull out a real map.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    https://xkcd.com/2407/
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    The #2 cause of astronomer hand injuries is trying to do vector math when the second axis points off to the right.
    I want to give that joke a thumbs-down.
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    I want to give that joke a thumbs-down.
    I do my math in left handed systems: I give it a thumbs up.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    Except that the direction of vector products is defined by the right hand rule.
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    It's a completely arbitrary convention, just like the convention to measure angles counterclockwise from the positive X-axis. Rockphed uses a left-handed system, meaning they follow the opposite convention for cross products from what most people do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by keybounce View Post
    Except that the direction of vector products is defined by the right hand rule.
    In right handed coordinate systems, which are more common because many physical systems follow them. Apocryphally, there was a dispute between the Americans and the British because they had defined circular polarization handedness oppositely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kato View Post
    16th? We do it on the 6th. Weird, never knew we were a week early on that,too.
    You're not. Although many Dutch people would argue you're about half a day late.
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    https://xkcd.com/2425/

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    This is a good one. Real-life virus explanation based on silly fanfic style Starwars.
    Not "fire at". I never used the word "at"
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    I'm super dubious about the resistance's construction crew B being able to build a Death Star.
    Especially without having to report about need of funds, material or people at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quild View Post
    I'm super dubious about the resistance's construction crew B being able to build a Death Star.
    Especially without having to report about need of funds, material or people at some point.
    Keep in mind, the plans were more about building an empty Death Star-y empty shell than a fully operational battlestation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgie_leech View Post
    Keep in mind, the plans were more about building an empty Death Star-y empty shell than a fully operational battlestation.
    A Death-Star-like empty shell wouldn't stand up nearly as well to bombardment, though, would it?

    I guess this is where the analogy breaks down - the surface proteins are the virus's way in to host cells, and immunity is about preventing and mitigating that rather than just blowing things up.
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    New April 1st comic is up :)

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    Well, call me stumped. The only answers I've gotten out of it are "HUH," "WHAT," an "EIEIO." I think one of us is failing the Turing test, but I'm not sure which.

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    I'd give it a try, but my knowledge of Morse code...
    Let's just say there's a more than even chance I mess up SOS even after looking it up.
    Three long, three short, three long? Other way around?
    No idea, and I only looked it up a few hours ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maat Mons View Post
    Well, call me stumped. The only answers I've gotten out of it are "HUH," "WHAT," an "EIEIO." I think one of us is failing the Turing test, but I'm not sure which.
    Are you fluent in Morse Code?

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    Okay, I confess to looking up explainxkcd to see what was on offer, but after that I did get by okay using headphones and these two:
    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Intcode.png
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morse_...code_tree3.png

    Also, using the keyboard helped - my mouse has an annoying tendency to double-click when I least want it to.

    If you don't want any spoilers, start with "HI" and assume you're talking to some"one".
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    Oh no. I don't know Morse code at all. But I had a table in front of me because I'd tried to cheat. I went into the page source looking for a JavaScript file that might shed light on things. But all I found was this, which just seems to be converting between Morse code and plain text.

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    Try opening up the Javascript console while on the page (Ctrl-Shift-J); it makes things a lot easier.
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    I openly admit I had to look for a explanation for this one.

    And even with the explanation I can't really tell what that is. I mean, I've probably seen one of those toys before- at least I knew what it is after looking it up- but just from the image? Not a clue.
    (My first thought was "How is making popcorn supposed to launch that capsule?")
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    Yeah, it's pretty much an XKCD equivalent of one of those articles on image aggregator sites titled 'only ____ <specific decade> kids will understand.'

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    It took me a while, but I got it without having to look it up. My first though was "That doesn't look anything like the thingy in the Pop-O-Matic die roller." But once I got myself off that... Troublesome train of thought, I landed on the correct poppy toy.

    As an aside, recently, while trying to place some 404 LEDs on a board for a school project, it went flying out of the tweezers. I said something about tiny components being "like Tiddlywinks," and then had to explain what Tiddlywinks is. I wonder what decade you're supposed to have been born in to know that game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maat Mons View Post
    ... Tiddlywinks .... I wonder what decade you're supposed to have been born in to know that game.
    That game dates back to 1888, so there is a fairly broad range of decades. I remember a reference to Tiddlywinks in a movie from 1934. (No, I didn't see it in the first run.)

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    That game dates back to 1888, so there is a fairly broad range of decades. I remember a reference to Tiddlywinks in a movie from 1934. (No, I didn't see it in the first run.)
    The quiet man starring John Wayne and Maureen o'hara is where I know it from.
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