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by Stargazer71
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 7834

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Reminds me of [url=https://xkcd.com/1028/]1028 . Or, more specifically, the alt-text of 1028: "Anyone who says that they're great at communicating but 'people are bad at listening' is confused about how communication works." 1028 ranks up there with some of my more favored XKCD comics, fo...
by Stargazer71
Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3014

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

I'm reminded of the fact that in every single generation for which we have written records, people have been bemoaning the delinquency of modern youth. No offense, but this is the thing everyone says when they have no counter-argument to offer to an opinion about the state of the world but want to ...
by Stargazer71
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3014

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

We are somewhere around 20 years worth of human history where internet has been readily available. Maybe it takes 30 years for the REALLY bad stuff to happen ... I mean, don’t get me wrong—what you’re saying sounds halfway reasonable. But it also lacks any specifics and lacks any falsifiable timelin...
by Stargazer71
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3014

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

To me that means that we will not see anything on earth that we haven't seen already. Bad s--- will happen, but look at human history; it's like one giant never ending list of bad s--- happening.
by Stargazer71
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 3014

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

I think the interconnectedness of the web, for all the good it can do, has enabled the memetic equivalent of that. Craziness that normally could only spread from one nutjob at the bar to an unfortunate gullible sucker sitting next to him at the bar, can now spread like wildfire far and wide to ever...
by Stargazer71
Thu Mar 29, 2018 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

You can think of the end result as something like this: everything is like we have it now, except after spending enough time paying rent you end up owning, when moving from a rental property you might (depending on various factors) be able to recover some of what you've spent on rent, and nobody ca...
by Stargazer71
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

... rental property should not exist, and you shouldn't have to build up funds to start buying a place, and the existence of rent is what causes you to have to by artificially distorting the housing market. I'm very happy about two things. 1) I'm happy that you gave a description of how you see thi...
by Stargazer71
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

We're talking about "most people". If something applies to 2/3 of the population or 1/4 is kind of an important distinction. But first you asked for a better estimate and now that you have one you're arguing that the difference (of up to 120 million people) is irrelevant and pedantic, so ...
by Stargazer71
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

64% of occupied dwellings are occupied by an owner. That's not the same thing. If you have a better estimate, then I'd be happy to hear it and will start to use that number instead. If you don't have a better estimate then I'd be very interested to hear how you feel this fact contributes in any way...
by Stargazer71
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

It contributes to the discussion whether or not I have a precise estimate, because any possible better estimate is definitely going to be lower than that number. Your number is only true if all the people in an owner-occupied dwelling are in fact owners, which considering the average household size...
by Stargazer71
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

64% of occupied dwellings are occupied by an owner. That's not the same thing. If you have a better estimate, then I'd be happy to hear it and will start to use that number instead. If you don't have a better estimate then I'd be very interested to hear how you feel this fact contributes in any way...
by Stargazer71
Sun Mar 25, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Neutral for homeowners, perhaps. If you're living in a home, you're living in that home. The cost of a different home rises, but then so should yours (differentials in area popularity aside, meaning an upgrade-potential/downgrade-necessity may exist in partnership with other factors). ... There are...
by Stargazer71
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

At the same time, I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen in a democracy to become informed on important issues. Democracy only works with an educated electorate, and we should never be complacent with shortcomings in our own knowledge (of which we all have, btw). You mean on issues YOU...
by Stargazer71
Sun Mar 25, 2018 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

likewise I hate how rising house prices are treated as a good thing economically when it’s only good for real estate investors and bad for everyone who, yknow, wants to live somewhere. Yeah, good for real estate investors ... and ... y’know ... homeowners ... which is something like 64% of the Amer...
by Stargazer71
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

So I’m pretty sure that Randall is being sarcastic about the limits of his own knowledge in the second panel ... ... but my overwhelming feeling on the second panel is still, “Ok, wait, you definitely need to learn about that one ... especially if you’re planning on another comic telling people how...
by Stargazer71
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 10090

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

So I’m pretty sure that Randall is being sarcastic about the limits of his own knowledge in the second panel ... ... but my overwhelming feeling on the second panel is still, “Ok, wait, you definitely need to learn about that one ... especially if you’re planning on another comic telling people how ...
by Stargazer71
Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 3180

Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

This is probably somewhat more of a surprise to Randall, since he doesn't have kids (that I'm aware of). Seeing as how I have a 7 year old at home ... meh. Not much of a surprise.
by Stargazer71
Wed Feb 07, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 5244

Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

I'm really surprised by this. I thought he would have a comic about the Falcon Heavy for sure.

Maybe he drew a comic depicting it blowing up and had to quickly figure something else out instead.
by Stargazer71
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 4296

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

I recognize that Randall is as, errr...., bemused as any of us over the Hawaii EWS Charlie Foxtrot, but given that there are ongoing flame wars in any number of fora about GUI design, Fail-Safe, Twitter, and Gullible People, I fail to see the redeeming social value of this particular drawing. Actin...
by Stargazer71
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 4296

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

The warning triggered panic among residents, who gathered family members, ran out onto the streets and desperately sought shelter as they awaited the attack. At least there is a silver lining; we now know that Hawaii is not prepared to protect citizens form a ballistic missile. Or is prepared to wa...
by Stargazer71
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7808

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Relevant map today as North Carolina's redistrcting has been struck down by a Federal judge. Representatives are 3 Democrats/10 Republicans but it's pretty easy to see that the blue/red ratio on the map is 10/9. Gee golly gosh, I wonder how such a thing may have happened???? Yes, because such behav...
by Stargazer71
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7808

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

This is sarcasm, right? In Minnesota, we have a large population of Swedes. (Whether they fit in Mikeski's "Puppy Bowl" voting theory, I don't know.) But there are many ways one might 'ineligible to vote'. Assuming Convicted Felons are not 28% of the populace and/or non compos mentis ,we ...
by Stargazer71
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7808

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Great idea, but it doesn't really tell the story. The people who did not vote at all should be represented, as well. Great idea. I'd love to see ghost icons for eligible voters who didn't vote. And for the even more ghostly ineligible voters : minors, felons, illegal immigrants, aliens in area-51 c...
by Stargazer71
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7808

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

... In California, I voted for a hopeless candidate in a futile attempt to send a message to both parties that they could have done better. In a state where my vote might actually make a difference, I would have chosen between the two who had a chance. I've heard that Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck g...
by Stargazer71
Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1939: "2016 Election Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7808

Re: 1939: "2016 Election Map"

Once again, a map that only shows half the picture. An interesting aspect of US elections is that the makeup of the electoral college is determined by total population, while the popular vote is based on voter turnout. This is meaningful because voters from non-swing states have less incentive to vo...
by Stargazer71
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 8995

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

A very interesting plot is state of the US by area by senators. Each new state had substantially less per-capita or per-area power than the last. It was and is a pyramid scheme giving greatest power to the original 13 colonies. Per- AREA power? Since when do we care whether dirt gets a vote? Sounds...
by Stargazer71
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1917: "How to Make Friends"
Replies: 35
Views: 5281

Re: 1917: "How to Make Friends"

da Doctah wrote:Worst advice anyone ever gave anyone, in any context: "Just be yourself".


I think I remember reading about a baseball pitcher this year (might have been Kershaw) who wore a shirt that said:

> Just be yourself. If that doesn't work, then panic and change everything.
by Stargazer71
Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 9446

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

I'm curious what motivated his city selection.

I mean, seriously, a few cities from the US that are included:

Lubbock
Casper
Flagstaff


A few cities that aren't included:

Denver
Seattle
San Diego
Phoenix


What?
by Stargazer71
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 8494

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Looking at Jason Kessler's Wikipedia page, I see him described as a white nationalist, an alt-right activist, a prominent organizer of the Unite the Right rally... And following those first three links it says that white nationalism takes "ideas from social Darwinism and Nazism"; that alt...
by Stargazer71
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 8494

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

So you don't know how Twitter works and you don't know anything about the Nazi in question but you didn't see how either of those big fat chunks of relevant ignorance should perhaps give you pause before sharing your wisdom with us? Is there anyone you don't refer to as a Nazi anymore? Looking at J...
by Stargazer71
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 8494

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

duodecimus wrote:I wonder why they combined a benefits system with the verified system.


They're stupid.

duodecimus wrote:If they hadn't done that they could just sell the benefits system ala Reddit gold.


Unlikely.

duodecimus wrote:How does twitter make money? Are they pure ads and userdata sales?


Yes.
by Stargazer71
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1914: "Twitter Verification"
Replies: 61
Views: 8494

Re: 1914: "Twitter Verification"

Am I the only one who read this and thought, "Gee, Randall's taking it personally that he doens't have a blue check ... "?
by Stargazer71
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 8995

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

As long as we're moving Long Island to Connecticut, can we move Staten Island to New Jersey too? Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill are ~1/3 the width of the Verrazzano Narrows. I'm also in favor of combining tiny population states. My senate neutral proposal: Wyoming-Montana-Idaho Vermont-New Hampshire...
by Stargazer71
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 8995

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

My wrists are aching just imagining trying to hold a pot from the end of that handle. For those who are lucky enough not to see me on FB, here's a sketch I did of a proposed USA wall. wallmap1.jpg I'm sure there are several jokes in there, but I can't make out any of them. Obviously the wall around...
by Stargazer71
Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 8290

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If it is broke, fix it only as much as is necessary. Unfortunately, this attitude can lead to situations where people are complacent and don't realize that something actually is broken, but not in an obvious way. Case in point: Light bulbs. For their primary functio...
by Stargazer71
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 10675

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Nope, no good. consider the volume of space you are looking at. You can't look everywhere at once. All that would tell you is that it isn't where you were looking. Depends on how you approach the problem. If you had a telescope that could actually see such a thing (a stretch for sure) and if you we...
by Stargazer71
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 10675

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

You know, the Falcon Heavy is going to launch soon and Elon Musk has already said that they're going to launch it with some absurd payload. This would be surprisingly doable. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people (including some who have already posted in this thread) would take it seriously instea...
by Stargazer71
Tue May 23, 2017 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 4702

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Billions of years? His ancestors are dinosaurs? Omnis cellula e cellula. By definition, we did not come from anything that went extinct. How so? All of my ancestral species except modern humans appear to be extinct. This includes at least a few thousand species, all of them utterly gone by the time...
by Stargazer71
Tue May 23, 2017 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 4702

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

Billions of years? His ancestors are dinosaurs? Omnis cellula e cellula. By definition, we did not come from anything that went extinct. Kindof a cool thing to think about though. Your lineage has managed to survive every single mass extinction in the history of Earth. Congratulations on your succe...
by Stargazer71
Thu May 18, 2017 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1838: "Machine Learning"
Replies: 22
Views: 5946

Re: 1838: "Machine Learning"

Do I dare to say that this is basically climate models in a nutshell? I think I will. Not only because I love watching doomsday evangelists' heads explode, but also because it makes this joke eerily similar to Sunday's Dilbert (which also made doomsday evangelists' heads explode): http://dilbert.com...

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