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Hippo Attacks

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It's cool how, when there's a number lots of people are curious about, but which isn't easy to measure, some random guess will get cited everywhere and become the universally quoted value. Unrelatedly, did you know there are 850 trillion waves in the ocean?
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DougK
553 days ago
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The detail in Randall's drawings! Check out Cueball's upturned palms.
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alt_text_bot
555 days ago
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It's cool how, when there's a number lots of people are curious about, but which isn't easy to measure, some random guess will get cited everywhere and become the universally quoted value. Unrelatedly, did you know there are 850 trillion waves in the ocean?
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cjheinz
555 days ago
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The cartoon is possibly the worst pun ever. Plus, the alt text bots "850 trillion waves in the ocean" is pretty cool.
jepler
555 days ago
well ACTUALLY it's not a HIPPO violation if you choose to tell someone about your hippo attack... It's a misnomer that the "P" in HIPPO is "privacy", or that the other one is either.
mareino
554 days ago
Randall Munroe is *dangerously* good at coming up with plausible estimates.
jepler
554 days ago
I think 2.35 waves per m2 of ocean surface is an over-estimate.
davelevy
554 days ago
Still think Randall is actually running a multi-year experiment on how to spread information and disinformation. Most effectively.

Exposure Models

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"Cumulative number of coronavirus spreadsheets created over time" is a spreadsheet I am coming dangerously close to creating.
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DougK
652 days ago
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What happened to Cueball's chair in the third panel? The back support vanished! Randall doesn't just do that, does he?
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alt_text_bot
652 days ago
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"Cumulative number of coronavirus spreadsheets created over time" is a spreadsheet I am coming dangerously close to creating.
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Millennium Problems

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The hard part about opening a hole in the proof of the Poincaré conjecture is that Grigori Perelman will come out of retirement to try to fix it by drawing a loop around the hole and contracting it to a point.
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DougK
906 days ago
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Okay, smarties, who can explain even one small piece of this one to me?
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alexanglin
906 days ago
Security?!
llucax
906 days ago
You are not alone... you were never alone: https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2320:_Millennium_Problems
DougK
905 days ago
Even our esteemed colleague alt_text_bot couldn't figure this one out.
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Disk Usage

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Menu -> Manage -> [Optimize space usage, Encrypt disk usage report, Convert photos to text-only, Delete temporary files, Delete permanent files, Delete all files currently in use, Optimize menu options, Download cloud, Optimize cloud , Upload unused space to cloud]
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alt_text_bot
1320 days ago
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Menu -> Manage -> [Optimize space usage, Encrypt disk usage report, Convert photos to text-only, Delete temporary files, Delete permanent files, Delete all files currently in use, Optimize menu options, Download cloud, Optimize cloud , Upload unused space to cloud]
DougK
1319 days ago
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Work in D.C., live in NoVA
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jepler
1320 days ago
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if the "good photos" wedge is big enough to see, you're doing something right.
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Amazon Gets Its TV Box Ready, Again

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Amazon is gearing up to take on Apple and Roku, again.

Industry sources say Amazon is getting ready to launch a Web TV box that would compete with Apple TV and Roku’s line of products, which make it easy to move video from the Internet onto your TV.

People I’ve talked to who are partnering with Amazon believe the company is aiming for a March rollout.

That won’t be a huge shock, since Amazon has been working on a box for much of last year. The company had planned on launching one in time for the Christmas shopping season, then shelved those plans.

A box is also a logical move for Amazon, which is investing heavily to build up a Web video catalog, and is starting to produce its own shows as well. An Amazon box will allow its customers to easily watch that stuff on their TVs; it should also give other content providers a chance to serve up their stuff via apps, in the way that Roku and Apple TV boxes do.

Sources tell me Amazon’s box is will be powered by Google’s Android operating system, which is also not a surprise — Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets use a “forked” version of Android.

What I don’t know is whether the device Amazon is producing will also function as a gaming hub. As my colleague Eric Johnson reported yesterday, Amazon has been hiring game developers. And a report from Web site VG 247 last month this year asserted that Amazon was building an Android-based box that would play games, similar to the crowd-funded Ouya console that debuted last year.

Amazon, as it almost always does, declined to comment.

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DougK
3213 days ago
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Should I buy an Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast? Or wait for this Amazon box to come out?
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kazriko
3213 days ago
Just wait for a VitaTV.
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