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by Ghona
Fri May 25, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23540

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

I've worked in restaurants (Wendy's and Carl's Jr), and I'd like to know what restaurants you go to. If you can make a sandwich that isn't a pbj you know as much about cooking as most non-immigrant restaurant employees..... and the supply chain consists heavily of ingredients that have half-lives o...
by Ghona
Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 59398

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

I don't get it.
by Ghona
Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11786

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

Eh, it's not like the IAU has the authority to declare that sort of stuff. And even if they did, the vote was only attended by 4% of the IAU since votes were conducted in person at the Prague meeting. Of the thousands of people who were present at the conference, only a few hundred were left on the ...
by Ghona
Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40208

Re: 0965: "Elements"

Bah, hellbenders are better
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by Ghona
Sun Oct 02, 2011 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32182

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Seisachtheia wrote: The best way to achieve a given goal within a set of constraints is a scientific problem


No it isn't.

It's an engineering problem.
by Ghona
Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 22649

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

Most juggling books have step 1: drop the ball.

Needless to say, skipping to the middle is a bad idea.
by Ghona
Thu Aug 11, 2011 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317718

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I just use str2num on the URL, take the solution mod 240 and mod 19, and type in the corresponding page and line # from the Voynich manuscript.

Best of all, when I sticky it to my monitor it still isn't a security hazard.
by Ghona
Sat Jul 02, 2011 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1991
Views: 487509

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"fro yo"
by Ghona
Mon Jun 27, 2011 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64029

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

I sent Hofstadter a letter pointing out an oversight in Godel Escher Bach.

He never got back to me. :(


The index for self referential really needs to list itself.
by Ghona
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:
Replies: 134
Views: 15381

Re: CNN article: are whites racially oppressed? :facepalm:

I'll just leave this here.
by Ghona
Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30209

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

It certainly is possible to be more vague than "save up to 15% or more". You could say "there exist points that fit into the set of allowable savings", for instance. Or saying "the set of possible savings includes 15%" would give you slightly less information (you would...
by Ghona
Sat Mar 05, 2011 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177379

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

Instead of "other", the bottom square should be labeled "cubic zirconia"
by Ghona
Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 173798

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

For a political structure more important than a US state, the European nation seems to be an ephemeral thing. [...] But don't worry. We'll get around to learning the map of Europe once the paint dries on the thing. You're not implying that US States are more important political structures than Euro...
by Ghona
Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"
Replies: 100
Views: 20761

Re: 0829: "Arsenic-Based Life"

The implications of this ARE pretty cool, because they imply that every bit of phosphorous was replaced by arsenic. DNA with arsenic. ATA (adenosine triarsenate), arsenolipids, arsenolation. It's one thing to replace one of these components with arsenic, and use the rest of the cell's machinery to ...
by Ghona
Wed Nov 17, 2010 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 18182

Re: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"

Wait a second. The canonical sect corresponding to the Jedi is the Presbyterian church.

I think that Randall's going to feel a lot of backstroke because of this comic. A reaction he certainly do not want.
by Ghona
Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 26751

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

The number of results from google once you use a few common sense filters (IE: remove the wikipedia duplicates, and any result with "Palin") suggest that it's an uncommon term at best.

It's the same kind of coincidence as "sambo" creating a watermelon in scribblenauts.
by Ghona
Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28247

Re: 0816: Applied Math

Try counting from 1 to apple orchard. I don't know how you're going to move from numbers to concepts without a willful (mis)interpretation. Do I have to explain everything to you nitwits? It's the simplest possible thing imaginable. First, convert from base 10 to base apple orchard. Second, start c...
by Ghona
Mon Oct 25, 2010 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 44958

Re: 0810: Constructive

Unfortunately, all the spammers have to do is outnumber the humans and upvote themselves. And many spammers possess millions of IP addresses, thereby guaranteeing themselves positive votes. Any vote-based system is susceptible to this sort of manipulation. Which assumes that there exists an automat...
by Ghona
Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 94942

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Well, there are markets that move in a yearly cycle. You could probably reverse engineer a working astrological market predictor.

And everyone knows that more expensive placebos are the best, so after a fashion homeopathy does work.
by Ghona
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0777: "Pore Strips"
Replies: 71
Views: 23162

Re: "Pore Strips" discussion (#777)

THIS COMIC SUCKS SO MUCH BALLS randall has disappointed me again and again fail epic fail his humor is slacking oh lets point out something slightly funny and NOT HAVE A FUCKINGPUNCHLINE ABOUT IT YEAA!!!! IM A Genius! excuse my anger i used to care for xkcd, now its just disappointment again and ag...
by Ghona
Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 39730

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

That, and the proliferation of old versions of the same course, or courses named the same thing make the search functions far less useful than they should be.
by Ghona
Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 39730

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

Know what pisses me off? When I walk in the front door of our office every morning, my desk isn't right there in front of me. There's not even a sign telling me how to get to my desk. There's a reception area with some chairs and plants and photos of projects we've worked on - what the hell, that's...
by Ghona
Mon Jul 19, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 72764

Re: " One Two" Discussion

SuperfluousFluteMusic wrote:One cannot draw a distinction between ranking cultures, and viewing them as unequal.

Why should cultures be equal?

East German culture, we can all agree, was pretty crappy.
by Ghona
Mon Jul 12, 2010 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 50716

Re: "Dilution" Discussion

Isn't this rather how humans build up immunities to things such as venoms? By giving someone very, very small doses of snake venom, they will eventually become immune to it? I guess it's true, even the most illogical of things come from logical backgrounds :mrgreen: Anyways, I was wondering how lon...
by Ghona
Mon Jul 12, 2010 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0765: "Dilution"
Replies: 211
Views: 50716

The placebo effect scales with cost; more expensive = better

Hey now, homeopathy has lots of scientific evidence showing it's much better than a normal sugar pill.


The more expensive the medicine, the better it works
by Ghona
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 42092

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

Having said that, I have a frighteningly clever friend who can look at a big pile of hideous algebra and say "oh that factorises by (x^3-x^2)" without doing any working. Sometimes I hate him. Well, that's pretty straightforward, right? I mean, factoring by x^2 is obvious at a moment's ins...
by Ghona
Mon Jun 21, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26416

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

Alt-text: "News networks giving a greater voice to viewers because the social web is so popular are like a chef on the Titanic who, seeing the looming iceberg and fleeing customers, figures ice is the future and starts making snow cones." ... but if you made snow cones fast enough, you co...
by Ghona
Fri Jun 18, 2010 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 18625

Re: "Interdisciplinary" discussion (#755)

Ok? I feel like maybe you had to be there. Although I do remember at my school they had the General Psych students volunteer for all of the random tests that the Psych grad students were running for their theses. Yeah, a very large proportion, if not the majority, of psychology studies have psych u...
by Ghona
Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0719: "Brain Worms"
Replies: 140
Views: 28655

Re: "Brain Worms" Discussion

Sounds like Randall has been browsing the SCP wiki.
by Ghona
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42075

Re: "Retro Virus" Discussion

Why no love for OS/2?
by Ghona
Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0693: "Children's Fantasy"
Replies: 139
Views: 34948

Re: "Children's Fantasy" Discussion

Yeah, what I would really want to see would be 1632 with magic.
by Ghona
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0691: "MicroSD"
Replies: 140
Views: 37135

Re: "MicroSD" Discussion

There is a title text; it's just too small to be seen.
by Ghona
Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 63597

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

I'm sure there's a difference between the the Dutch and the Belgians, but they're pretty much the same. No-one can name 3 famous Belgians, however. Except Poirot. Actually, it's pretty easy to name 3 famous Belgians - the problem is that many people would not recognise them as Belgian. For example ...
by Ghona
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 19709

Re: "Researcher Translation" Discussion

The 20 years bit is talking about two technologies that have been 20 years away for several decades: AI and fusion power. Apparently some people here are not familiar with the standard jokes about them. I immediately thought of fusion power when I saw this. The more I learn about the intricacies be...
by Ghona
Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 52060

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

We have lots of examples of this. Back in the 70s, a few radicals suggested that an asteroid impact was the cause of the major extinction event 65 million years ago. It was widely ignored, with the above "That's interesting ..." reaction. Here and there, field researchers tried to collect...
by Ghona
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 52060

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

Guys, you just don't understand. You're doing that math all wrong.


Here, try using the real pascal's triangle
by Ghona
Thu Sep 17, 2009 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0637: "Scribblenauts"
Replies: 108
Views: 24728

Re: "Scribblenauts" Discussion

Oh man. Large Steel Spike + Glue + Large Air Vent. Sure, it goes backwards of how physics would want it, but on the other hand... invincible moving death spike!
by Ghona
Thu Sep 17, 2009 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0637: "Scribblenauts"
Replies: 108
Views: 24728

Re: "Scribblenauts" Discussion

My only beef with scribblenauts is the game doesn't properly acknowledge when you clean up an oil spill using a tornado - the oil spill's gone, but it isn't recorded, and hence doesn't count towards victory goals.
by Ghona
Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 48474

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

Did this with a d20 recently. Got it on my first attempt. What are the odd- oh, right, one in twenty.

"Hey, I'm going to roll a twenty".
by Ghona
Sat Aug 22, 2009 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 58855

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

Archimedes: So it's all coming full circle.

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