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Low-Background Metal

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The only effect on the history books were a few confusing accounts of something called 'Greek fire.'
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Cthulhux
22 days ago
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Low-Background Heavy Metal, anyone?
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fxer
22 days ago
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I’ve heard of low background steel, which is a great story of cutting up scuttled WWI battleships
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low-background_steel

I didn’t know about the Roman lead used for shielding
https://www.nature.com/news/2010/100415/full/news.2010.186.html

But now I are gotta find out why freshly mined lead has radioactive lead-210 in it but in old mined lead it has already decayed, since the lead atoms themselves all being the same age. Must have to do with trace elements decaying into lead-210
Bend, Oregon
webscraping
23 days ago
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great explanation with just some pictures. I loved it much.
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rickhensley
24 days ago
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I mean, that is *one* solution to the problem...
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alt_text_bot
24 days ago
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The only effect on the history books were a few confusing accounts of something called 'Greek fire.'

Turtle Sandwich Standard Model

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It's possible the bread and shell can be split into a top and bottom flavor, and some models additionally suggest Strange Bread and Charm Shells.
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Cthulhux
70 days ago
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I find it confusing how Randall misunderstands that the turtle is actually its own shell.
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DragonJTS
70 days ago
Beep boop what is humour?
fmgagnon
69 days ago
Also the sandwich is actually its own bread.
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71 days ago
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It's possible the bread and shell can be split into a top and bottom flavor, and some models additionally suggest Strange Bread and Charm Shells.

Email Settings

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What are all these less-than signs? What's an HREF? Look, we know you live in a fancy futuristic tech world, but not all of us have upgraded to the latest from Sun Microsystems.
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Cthulhux
449 days ago
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I need that "reply to HTML emails" checkbox.
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alt_text_bot
449 days ago
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What are all these less-than signs? What's an HREF? Look, we know you live in a fancy futuristic tech world, but not all of us have upgraded to the latest from Sun Microsystems.

Helping His Girl AND The Environment

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(A male customer is wandering alone through my work. He appears to be a “tough guy” — he has long hair and obviously works out. He wanders around for a few minutes before stopping my coworker.)

Customer: “I’m looking for these for my wife. She says they have to be the same brand.”

(He reveals a piece of a tampon box without looking embarrassed or anxious.)

Coworker: “Sure, we have those. Let me show you.”

(She gets him the tampons and rings him up. He pays, grabs the box, and then WALKS OUT OF THE STORE with in it plain sight.)

Me: “Did that just happen?”

Coworker: “He said he didn’t need a bag.”

Me: “Wow.”

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Cthulhux
715 days ago
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I fail to see the problem here. But I'm socially awkward.
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Me: I am going to need your Twitter address in order to set up your Twitter feed on your...

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Me: I am going to need your Twitter address in order to set up your Twitter feed on your website.

Client: www.twitter.com 

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Cthulhux
742 days ago
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Technically correct though.
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Evangelism

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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
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Cthulhux
815 days ago
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Also, Emacs.
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Brstrk
815 days ago
I think you misspelled Vim. It's ok. We forgive you this time.
Cthulhux
815 days ago
You only need ten keys to master Vim: [Esc] [:] [q] [!] [e] [m] [a] [c] [s] [Enter]
firetech
815 days ago
You only need this command to master emacs: `alias emacs='vim'`
taddevries
815 days ago
Meanwhile nano users are in the corner eating glue
c_dave
815 days ago
Tasty tasty glue
tingham
814 days ago
Wow has it been 15 seconds in this conversation already? :)
sfrazer
814 days ago
I know just enough vi so that I can get networking working then I install nano because I've got better things to do with my day :-)
gglockner
813 days ago
About a month after starting to date the woman who became my wife, I asked her a religious question: emacs or vi. Needless to say, we have a mixed marriage.
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jprodgers
811 days ago
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I... Uh, wow, so I'm the 3 right most ones. Maybe I am intense...
Somerville, MA
lizamu
814 days ago
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Yes yes yes.
New York, New York
Covarr
814 days ago
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People who insist the eagles could have taken the ring to Mordor are pretty far to the right on this scale. They place badly on the "actually read The Lord of the Rings books" chart, though.
Moses Lake, WA
DaftDoki
815 days ago
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I identify with the rightmost two.
Seattle
Ferret
815 days ago
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Bananas from the other end is the clearly superior method!
alt_text_at_your_service
815 days ago
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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
steanne
814 days ago
one of these was useful, but why is there now a second bot doing the same thing?
wmorrell
814 days ago
Because the first bot was offline for some stretches of time. When the second bot arrived, the technical difficulties of the original were also resolved, and now there are two. For some reason, that makes a few people twitchy every third or so comic posting.
cosmotic
814 days ago
Just add a check if another bot commented. How do both bots not properly decode the html entities? As a software engineer, this situation of redundant bots that both malfunction and both being run by complicit lazy admins that don't care about users drives me nuts.
spongbeaux
814 days ago
Why not write your own, and fix the problems that the... ohhhh. https://xkcd.com/927/
cosmotic
814 days ago
;) Also, someone would need to kill the other bots.
WorldMaker
812 days ago
Or you know, don't have any bots at all? It's easy enough to open the page, add the 'm.' to the web address (m.xkcd.com) and get the officially built means to get the alt text in an accessible manner, and give Randall some well deserved ad eyeball traffic in the process. I liked it when people only posted the Alt Text if they had something to add to it. A bot just posting the alt text doesn't add anything interesting to the discussion.
wmorrell
812 days ago
Many people find the bot(s) useful. Just see the, “yay, it’s back!” replies from the previous times they broke. I am glad you have something that works for you. But it’s a mistake to confuse, “I do not find this interesting,” with, “no one finds this interesting,” or even, “no one should find this interesting.”
WorldMaker
811 days ago
I do not confuse any such thing. Perhaps you mistake my starting my opinion with "or" to offer an option for something other than an opinion? I'm happy to agree that mine might be the minority opinion, but that does not make my opinion invalid.
endlessmike
810 days ago
MORE BOTS FOR THE BOT GOD
wmorrell
810 days ago
ALT-TEXT FOR THE ALT-TEXT THRONE
alt_text_bot
815 days ago
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The wars between the "OTHER PRIMATES OPEN THEM FROM THE SMALL END" faction versus the "BUT THE LITTLE BIT OF BANANA AT THE SMALL END IS GROSS" faction consumed Europe for generations.
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