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by Afrael
Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 12534

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

And don't forget the Discordian Popes.
by Afrael
Wed Jan 08, 2014 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1314: "Photos"
Replies: 194
Views: 36424

Re: 1314: "Photos"

While the whole point is, that the shitty image has much less quality than the real thing, and so it is impossible to enjoy it just as much. That’s a just basic physics. Technically speaking, I'm pretty sure that 99.99% of images have less quality than the real thing. Thus, we shouldn't take photos...
by Afrael
Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21039

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Hm. I interpreted it differently. The way I see it, the fact that the parameter is called "program", not "program text" suggests that a program is passed to the function, which would presumably have already run (and halted). I thus interpret the method to be roughly equivalent to...
by Afrael
Wed Jul 03, 2013 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1233: "Relativity"
Replies: 46
Views: 19314

Re: 1233: "Relativity"

I'm german and I have no idea what Randall meant with "Gedankedank". "Gedanke" means "thought". "Dank" means "gratitude". So "thoughtgratitude"? Maybe he meant "Gedankengang" (train of thought)? But that still wouldn't be funny ,...
by Afrael
Fri Apr 26, 2013 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1204: "Detail"
Replies: 76
Views: 17227

Re: 1204: "Detail"

Pardon my question.

Does the fact that Randall is using a log scale mean he is projecting an exponential growth of precision? Is that anywhere close to realistic?
by Afrael
Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 54537

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Speaking of that, I was wondering - when is the next mass end-of-the-world panic scheduled? I vote for : "At 03:14:08 UTC on 19 January 2038, 32-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work,..." We need to come up with a flashy name for it, like Y2K. But according to Vernor Ving...
by Afrael
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The truthteller and the politician
Replies: 65
Views: 26208

Re: The truthteller and the politician

Depending on the implementation of the problem, you could multiply two large primes and ask both for the factorization of the result, whichever can answer instantly is the truthteller. Thanks. That was what I meant in my post saying It becomes even more easier if the politician is not omniscient. B...
by Afrael
Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23044

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Indeed — a broken HDMI cable is two HDMI cables!


Only if the HDMI cable in question is a perfect sphere. Then you can invoke Banach-Tarski.
by Afrael
Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The truthteller and the politician
Replies: 65
Views: 26208

Re: The truthteller and the politician

This is not a real contradiction, because it may well be the case that there is no solution, i.e. finite sequence of questions that forces them to reveal enough information for you to deduce the correct road, but that the politician has revealed some information anyway. Okay, I get it. But i think ...
by Afrael
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The truthteller and the politician
Replies: 65
Views: 26208

Re: The truthteller and the politician

Okay, guys, I think I have found a solution which should work without the "as few questions as you can" clause, and on the presumption that the truthteller is omniscient. Ask both of them: 0) Is this puzzle solvable? If both say no, that means that the truthteller told you it is not po...
by Afrael
Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36629

Re: 1166: "Argument"

What I took from that explanation is that if I have buttered toast, I should always carry it buttered side down or only on a roof. Is that correct?
by Afrael
Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36629

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Icalasari wrote:
However, toast does not have the ability to right itself.[citation needed]


Oh Wikipedia



That sentence was added three days ago. :lol:
by Afrael
Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 29088

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from having a brain.
by Afrael
Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 31689

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

cellocgw wrote:According to my HS English teacher, Romeo was more likely to be in his late 20s. Juliet was jail-bait, though


Jailbait doesn't quite cover it by today's standards. Juliet on Wikipedia.
by Afrael
Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0945: "I'm Sorry"
Replies: 120
Views: 29139

Re: 945: "I'm Sorry"

Oh my gosh, I can already foresee the discussion I am going to have with my ex-girlfriend about this :x It adds to the complexity of the problem that English is our third language, but the single word "sorry" is used quite much around here. I keep insisting I have never heard it to mean an...
by Afrael
Fri Aug 26, 2011 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 27717

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

The next day, the guy meets a girl and hears a choir of angels.
by Afrael
Wed Aug 24, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 22647

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

There was some bonus content on the Matrix DVDs I borrowed from a friend a while ago. It was a short anime-style movie about an area in the Matrix where the gravity was not quite right and children used to play with it until it got fixed eventually.
by Afrael
Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0939: "Arrow"
Replies: 87
Views: 23148

Re: 0939: "Arrow"

So let's assume a time vulture locks onto a boomerang...


...honestly, I have no idea where I was going with this.
by Afrael
Mon Jul 18, 2011 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 21318

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

What if a Time Vulture locks on time itself?
by Afrael
Sat Jul 16, 2011 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27883

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

For the sake of completeness: That one guy with a popular webcomic already commented on that issue years ago. >click<
by Afrael
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 64021

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Meta information is the stuff that is not said explicitly. Take a person behind a podium and mic. He/she says nothing, but the meta information tells most of the story: the sex of the person, the clothes they wear, the color of their skin, the expression on their face, their stance, the powerpoint ...
by Afrael
Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 53792

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

Hello, this is the Future talking. To anybody who may read that message: DO NOT BUY THE LAWNMOWER. It is very important that's you don't buy the lawnmower when it arrives. Do not trust the cuckmandoo. He will tell you that you need the lawnmower, but he is lying. The lawnmower will NOT grant you an ...
by Afrael
Thu Mar 17, 2011 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 30837

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

And yet, nothing about how practically all the committers of the crimes in question were habitual dihydrogen-monoxide consumers. I now feel smart for getting the joke :P In other news, recent scientific studies have shown almost every single terrorist consumed bread within 48 hours before an attack.
by Afrael
Wed Mar 16, 2011 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 30837

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

The problem, though, is that FPSes and actually shooting people are perceived to be virtually the same thing. Only by the incredibly dumb. Clearly, you have never heard about discussions in media when somebody goes on a killing spree and someone discovers they had played CS, Half-Life, COD or the s...
by Afrael
Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 23030

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

I bet Newton wished he was Goldilock's derivative so that he could tangent her curves.
by Afrael
Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 23765

Re: 0871: "Charity"

Whys wrote:Let people think they are better than they are, and they just might accidentally be.


Remdinds me of the description of a WoW item (the yellow part).
by Afrael
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30204

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Whether you find it funny or not depends on your personal sense of humour. Some people find a joke amusing if it presents a known fact, but in an unexpected/funny way . I cannot think of an example off top of my head, so I will take one from a book I am currently reading, Ptolemy's Gate (quote from ...
by Afrael
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pedophilephobia
Replies: 87
Views: 12394

Re: Pedophilephobia

I'll post this here jest because it is the thread I was on that I remembered my idea and was relevant. I think there should be some type of objective-at-it-gets aptitude test that grants things like the right to consent and the ability to vote, etc… That way we don't have to calcify certain arbitra...
by Afrael
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 58519

Re: 0859: "("

As with most most modern artists, there was a lot of criticism of his works being indistinguishable from a 6 year old messing with MS paint for a few minutes. However, history remembers these people as barbaric assholes*. Do you want to be a barbaric asshole, or accept the fact that the quality of ...
by Afrael
Mon Jan 03, 2011 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0842: "Mark"
Replies: 108
Views: 45101

Re: 0842: "Mark"

Seriously? People had to Google pen15? Instead of thinking for about 6 seconds people automatically check google. What's the world coming to... To my defense, that joke is completely unknown where I am from (most likely because we don't talk English at school.) Also, I have been awake for just abou...
by Afrael
Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"
Replies: 96
Views: 26328

Re: 0830: "Genetic Analysis"

I know I am quite late to ask, but what exactly did they find in his mom's yearbooks? That she was already pregnant in highschool?


Also, my parents are messily divorced, so the probability of them having had sex within the last year is pretty much zero.
by Afrael
Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter (Spoilers, naturally)
Replies: 80
Views: 13659

Re: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter (Spoilers, natura

Something that bothers me a lot more than the technology stuff is the fact that they have a few hundred pubescents running around who apparently never received sex ed :|
by Afrael
Sun Oct 10, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 87137

Re: Randall Munroe outside of xkcd.com

Someone in here was wondering whether Randall ever made any references to Questionable Content. The answer is yes. Hannelore from 574 is a QC-character.
by Afrael
Wed Oct 06, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 73983

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

So am I the only one whose first thought at seeing this was "Too freaking LARGE to read"?
by Afrael
Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39813

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

My sister came by the other day and she talked about what people called "teapot agnostics". Basically, there MAY be a teapot orbiting Saturn. For reference, that would be Russell's teapot . See also the article about the only true goddess , may her hooves never be shod. My favorite part i...
by Afrael
Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0795: "Conditional Risk"
Replies: 89
Views: 23185

Re: "Conditional Risk" Discussion (#795)

Let's assume I was American and had already known that statistic before reading that comic. Would that mean that since I now know it twice, I have a 1 in 36 chance of surviving the next year?

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