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Consensus New Year

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The biggest jump is at 11:00am EST (4:00pm UTC) when midnight reaches the UTC+8 time zone. That time zone, which includes China, is home to a quarter of the world's population. India and Sri Lanka (UTC+5:30) put us over the 50% mark soon after.
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thelem
18 days ago
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Seems odd to have times in Eastern rather than UTC, given timezones are always quoted relative to UTC.

Is there a mistake in the caption or alt text? The caption implies consensus new year happens at 6:30 UTC, but the alt text says 5:30
Brighton, UK
HandEFood
17 days ago
It says UTC+5:30 which is a time zone that has midnight at 18:30 UTC+0:00.
thelem
16 days ago
Thanks. It's obvious when you put it like that.
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jepler
18 days ago
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Note: the line appears to reach 100% but some of us will continue living in the past.
Earth, Sol system, Western spiral arm
francisga
18 days ago
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TIL that one time zone has a quarter of the world's population.
Lafayette, LA, USA
alt_text_at_your_service
18 days ago
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The biggest jump is at 11:00am EST (4:00pm UTC) when midnight reaches the UTC+8 time zone. That time zone, which includes China, is home to a quarter of the world's population. India and Sri Lanka (UTC+5:30) put us over the 50% mark soon after.
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18 days ago
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The biggest jump is at 11:00am EST (4:00pm UTC) when midnight reaches the UTC+8 time zone. That time zone, which includes China, is home to a quarter of the world's population. India and Sri Lanka (UTC+5:30) put us over the 50% mark soon after.

An Apple for a Dollar

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I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.
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thelem
186 days ago
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In Europe we just include the sales tax in the price on the shelf. If the label says £1, I hand over £1. When I'm buying something I don't really care how much of that £1 is tax, how much is going to the shop, how much is going to the producer etc.
Brighton, UK
zippy72
185 days ago
Actually in the entire EU it’s criminal to advertise the price without taxes to domestic consumers, although receipts must display both the net and gross prices.
satadru
182 days ago
Bravo EU!
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tedder
189 days ago
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one of a million reasons I love living in Oregon. Though sales tax is slightly progressive..
Uranus
dukeofwulf
189 days ago
Sales tax is a regressive tax.
188 days ago
The constitutional ban on sales tax is about the only good thing about living in Oregon. Though sales tax is *entirely* regressive, so kind of amazing it flies in the state that gave us Branch Dildonians, Stormfront and kept putting anti-GLBT measures on the ballot for decades.
fxer
188 days ago
we also have a tree
olliejones
188 days ago
In MA, we have a sales tax. But food and clothing aren't taxable. That makes the tax a little more progressive and means we can buy apples for a buck exactly at expensive stores.
188 days ago
Not having a sales tax on food and clothes doesn't make a general sales tax more progressive. A general sales tax is always just as regressive whether or not there's a food and clothes exception.
mburch42
189 days ago
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This happens to me all the time in Oregon. (no sales tax)
alt_text_bot
189 days ago
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I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.
jepler
189 days ago
what? How am I supposed to make you change of 73/15625 dollars?
alt_text_at_your_service
189 days ago
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I'd like 0.4608 apples, please.

Birdwatching

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No, tell the park rangers to calm down, it's fine--I put a screen on the front. I just want to get the birds a little closer.
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thelem
639 days ago
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Click through and you'll see that this comic is meant to be shown much larger than normal size.
Brighton, UK
tsuckow
639 days ago
I see no difference on mobile. :(
ruffin
639 days ago
it was just a bug for a few hours. normal size now.
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alt_text_bot
639 days ago
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No, tell the park rangers to calm down, it's fine--I put a screen on the front. I just want to get the birds a little closer.

Meteorite Identification

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Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.
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thelem
879 days ago
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The site it links to is down, but the flowchart is accessible at https://web.archive.org/web/20160110210954/http://meteorites.wustl.edu/check-list.htm
Brighton, UK
lahosken
879 days ago
Thanks to this, I can see that "Did someone see it fall?" has no "No" option. This is obviously part of the conspiracy to hide the existence of aliens.
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chrisrosa
878 days ago
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how to identify a meteorite (be sure to check the mouse-over).
San Francisco, CA
manderay
879 days ago
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I used to work in a lab in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington U, therefore I am (extremely) tangentially related to this xkcd and feeling very pleased with myself. (also I wonder if they've figured out why their site is crashing this morning...)
Chicago
hananc
879 days ago
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https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/regmaglypt
alt_text_bot
879 days ago
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Click for an actual flowchart for identifying a meteorite. My favorite part is how 'Did someone see it fall? -> Yes' points to 'NOT A METEORITE.' This is not a mistake.

Degrees

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"Radians Fahrenheit or radians Celsius?" "Uh, sorry, gotta go!"
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thelem
1061 days ago
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As a non-American, Farenheit points 2, 5 and 6 don't make sense to me. Celsius is easy to approximate, and my friends expect me to talk Celsius.
Brighton, UK
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infini
1067 days ago
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Arctic weather
Asia, EU, Africa
kbrint
1067 days ago
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Kelvin.
minderella
1068 days ago
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We just don't have enough ascot weather days here in Sacramento.
jimwise
1068 days ago
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Yup.
satadru
1068 days ago
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The Apollo Guidance Computers used metric units internally, and converted to "English" units for display... so really there was no excuse for losing the Mars Climate Orbiter over this crap 30 years later. Source: http://www.doneyles.com/LM/Tales.html
New York, NY
zippy72
1068 days ago
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I seriously don't understand why people don't want their temperature in degrees Reamur any more... :-P
FourSquare, qv
Covarr
1068 days ago
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I'm the friend that does this on purpose.
Moses Lake, WA
alt_text_bot
1068 days ago
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"Radians Fahrenheit or radians Celsius?" "Uh, sorry, gotta go!"
eraycollins
1068 days ago
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t-shirt weather, sweatshirt weather, parka weather, umbrella weather, rain suit weather, galoshes weather, waders weather, ad infinitum
tdarby
1068 days ago
ascot weather, jodhpurs weather, hennin weather, morphsuit weather, shako weather, brogues weather, crinoline weather, havelock weather...
fxer
1068 days ago
I'm going to guess you own more than one cape, tdarby
austinstorm
1061 days ago
@tdarby this is amazing.

Planning

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[10 years later] Man, why are people so comfortable handing Google and Facebook control over our nuclear weapons?
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thelem
1311 days ago
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I'd prefer to live in a world where Google / Facebook had nuclear weapons than one where people like Putin and Bush control them.
Brighton, UK
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alt_text_bot
1311 days ago
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[10 years later] Man, why are people so comfortable handing Google and Facebook control over our nuclear weapons?
rickhensley
1311 days ago
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It's only a matter of time, really...
Ohio
astw56
1311 days ago
Heck, it's safer to let FB and Google control them... Their users are all across the globe. Why destroy their own user base?
timdiggerm
1311 days ago
sometimes there's only one way to stop a ddos attack
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