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by dr pepper
Sat Aug 20, 2011 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 26481

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

I find it amusing how Safari is completely ignored. Even Opera (my Windows browser of choice) got one prior mention in this thread. It's a "default" browser and therefore people put it in the same category as IE. Firefox is also "default" because it's the default alternative to ...
by dr pepper
Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 201
Views: 73323

Re: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"

Hmm. I read a short story called "Ender's Game" back in the 70's, in Analog. When i first heard about the novel, i assumed that the author had made that story longer. But everytime i hear something about it, it sounds less and less like what i read back then. Now i wonder if the author did...
by dr pepper
Sat Jul 09, 2011 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 41460

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

I don't like what's happened to "impact" as a verb. It used to mean "significantly or seriously affect", now it just means "affect", the distinction has been lost.
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 22623

Re: 0916: Unpickable

15 minutes on average. This system is vulnerable to dumb luck. So is guessing the combination on a combination lock. With enough shoeboxes it becomes statistically very unlikely, though. Once it gets to the point that the burglar thinks "this is crazy, I'm never going to guess the right one&qu...
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0921: "Delivery Notification"
Replies: 93
Views: 12735

Re: 0921: "Delivery Notification"

I have to wait outside of my apt. building to get packages the day after it's due, because the shipping center is ~20 miles away (I don't drive), and because we don't have landlines (both cellphones, and Hawaii numbers no less (I live in Denver)), we can't link a phone to the buzzer like everyone e...
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 17863

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

Hey you self proclaimed Alphas: remember "A Gram is Better than a Damn".
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 51408

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

tit riot self referential joke One of the best punk bands to come out of Sacramento. Unfortunately, they had to go and do that song about themselves breaking up on stage while their fans flashed them-- and then they didn't. Slate Magazine denounced them as posers and that was it, they all had to go...
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 51408

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

For those who don't understand what meta means, this comic may help. ;) Yes, that's meta as i understand it: moving from one frame of reference to another that contains it. That's how you resolve the paradox of Escher's hands, by recognizing that there is no paradox because it is not each hand crea...
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0915: Connoisseur
Replies: 137
Views: 26944

Re: 0915: Connoisseur

Beardhammer wrote:
Otto wrote:Beer is much more diverse and palette enriching than wine.

#justsaying


Considering all wine is vile and overpriced, I absolutely agree.


I pay $3 a bottle and it's fine. Of course, i don't drink, i just use it in cooking and think of it as a fancy vinegar you have to boil the alcohol out of.
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 58313

Re: 0696: "Strip Games"

Strip Russian Roulette, the only one where you take off something each time you win.
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 21695

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

I name my computers for places or people in my own game world. I name my thumbdrives for the kind of content they carry. I have a very simple cellphone so it doesn't need a name. I have a picture frame with 2 usb ports, stereo speakers, wifi, Linux, and an app catalog-- i'm not sure how i want to na...
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 21695

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

There is a Loves truck stop nearby, so I though about changing the name of our new (long range) wireless router to, "Loves Free WiFi". But, I am afraid that will piss some people off enough to cause them to make a determined effort to hack the router. The default name out-of-the-box is, &...
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0910: "Permanence"
Replies: 121
Views: 21695

Re: 0910: "Permanence"

This reminds me of when I named my computer. I really should have consulted someone who knew Latin. I named it Machina Ex Deus, which, from what I understand, is just Deus Ex Machina with different emphasis. Anyone know how to say "the Machine from God"? I probably should have just called...
by dr pepper
Fri Jul 08, 2011 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 33501

Re: 0739: "Malamanteau"

Shhh! I think there's a squawk-dragon hiding in that bush. Remember, it always squawks three times before it pounces, so start running on the first one.
by dr pepper
Thu Jul 07, 2011 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 20000

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

...Hypothesis: Mrs. Frizzle, Mary Poppins, and Mrs. Jewls are all different regenerations of the same Time Lady. Discuss. You missed out Susan Death. Naw, we all know that Susan Sto Helit is actually the same person as the First Doctor's granddaughter, who is also the same person as David Tennant a...
by dr pepper
Thu Jul 07, 2011 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"
Replies: 74
Views: 11932

Re: 0847: "Stingray Nebula"

After the Heat Death, Illuvatar will gather all that is good and wholesome back to himself. Then he will hold another concert. Morgoth will attempt to inject a few unscheduled solos. Tom Bombadil will light up a joint and listen to the music while watching The Wizard of Oz on a palantir.
by dr pepper
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 199
Views: 59743

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

Armadillo Al wrote:
Splarka wrote:When is "This sentence is spoken with [0-9]* syllables" true?

This sentence is spoken with (five plus five plus five) syllables.


A$="This string has len(A$) characters"
by dr pepper
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 21229

Re: 0904: "Sports"

Really now, a dungeon master who shows up with no material and expects random dice rolls alone to completely plan out a session for him is going to be a rather boring dungeon master indeed. You must have had some really bad ones. Go to the edge of my map and jump off a cliff and by the time you hit...
by dr pepper
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 28241

Re: 0900: "Religions"

Here is a question for all of you: While we know that something like the actual Second Coming of Christ would kinda prove once and for all that Christianity was the real deal after all, what sort of absolute proof would be needed to be able to say to all the Christains that their religion is false?...
by dr pepper
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0878: "Model Rail"
Replies: 98
Views: 25509

Re: 0878: "Model Rail"

PS. Also this comic reminded me of a Steven Wright joke. "I own a map of the entire country that's life size. In the corner it says 1mile = 1mile. When people ask me where I live I say E5. Last summer I folded it." I'm surprised that no one has yet mentioned Gulliver's Travels. In the fir...
by dr pepper
Thu May 26, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 657
Views: 124723

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

I find myself wanting to see more analysis of this phenomenon. Clusterings, mean path lengths, logarithmic path lengths, etc, to see if anything surprising falls out. But not here.

This is a job for Language Log!
by dr pepper
Thu May 26, 2011 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 657
Views: 124723

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

halcyon1234 wrote:"Star Trek", 18 hops to Philosophy-- but there was a stopover at Mammary Glands, so it wasn't all that bad...


You can depend on Kirk!
by dr pepper
Wed May 25, 2011 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 657
Views: 124723

Re: #903: Extended MInd

Ok, now we need a topologist to figure out the class of connectedness of Wikipedia
by dr pepper
Wed May 25, 2011 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 657
Views: 124723

Re: #903: Extended MInd

01. Fred Flintstone 02. Protagonist 03. Character 04. Representation 05. Aesthetics 06. Ascetic 07. Acetic Acid 08. Organic Acid 09. Organic Compound 10. Gaseous 11. Three Classical States of Matter 12. Solid 13. State of Matter (top of same page as 11) 14. Phase (Matter) 15. Outline of Physical Sci...
by dr pepper
Tue May 24, 2011 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 26683

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

melladh wrote:
Vaskafdt wrote:also.. Randell is overdue for a Doctor who Joke. (or was there already a who strip that I somehow missed?)


The fanboi (fangrrl?) in me agrees


If you aren't sure which you are, it's time to write some fanfic.
by dr pepper
Tue May 24, 2011 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 26683

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

Aren't there single-word "metaphors" for common concepts even in the english language? According to one show i heard, the word "metaphor", which come from greek, originally meant only "carry/move/transport", refering to purely physical action, and that in fact, it's st...
by dr pepper
Tue May 24, 2011 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 26683

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

Eternal Density wrote:A Serpent Guard, a Horus Guard and a Setesh Guard, on a neutral planet.


*SNORT*
by dr pepper
Tue May 24, 2011 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"
Replies: 125
Views: 26683

Re: 0902: "Darmok and Jalad"

I just always thought that those aliens would never have actually been able to develop a warp capable society with a language where trying to describe even the most basic concept took a fifteen minute story, at best. Electric circuits, mater/anti-mater reactors, warp fields, yeah right. They'd be l...
by dr pepper
Sat May 21, 2011 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 64588

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

Hurray for mathematicians who appreciate philosophy! :D Almost as rare as philosophers who appreciate mathematics. Says the philosopher who thinks logic should be taught alongside elementary algebra to schoolchildren, and philosophy degrees should have higher math requirements. (Algebra was actuall...
by dr pepper
Sat May 21, 2011 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 28241

Re: 0900: "Religions"

vodka.cobra wrote:On May 21, I'm going to run out onto the streets excitedly and see if all the religious nuts are gone. That would be a wonderful day. Then me and the sane people (religious or not) can move on with out lives.


And loot the possessions of the ascended!
by dr pepper
Sat May 21, 2011 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0901: "Temperature"
Replies: 114
Views: 19364

Re: 0901: "Temperature"

I wonder if you could hack a normal thermometer (with the LCD displays) to do that, and then give it to a male, and watch his reaction. Wait, do thermometers with LCD displays exist? Or did I just make that up? I have one. They've been around for a long time. But i'm pretty sure they hhave a very s...
by dr pepper
Sat May 21, 2011 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 31794

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

So back to the earlier question. Where do tentacled monsters first appear in fiction? There's a famous japanese print from, i think, the 18th century, in which a woman dreams of a close encounter with an octopus. That's supposedly the ancestor of the tentacle rape mangas. In the Odyssey, one of the...
by dr pepper
Wed May 18, 2011 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 28241

Re: 0900: "Religions"

What Hinduism doesn't even get a mention in the religion salad. :( You can make fun of us too, we have feelings and when you don't mock us like the others it hurts. :cry: :wink: But in Hinduism, there is one supreme power in the universe. Except when it manifests as the Trimurti. Except when it man...
by dr pepper
Wed May 18, 2011 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 111
Views: 15946

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

Even Einstein couldn't tell you what gravity was, he simply came up with an absolutely brilliant way to describe it with incredible (thus far perfect) accuracy. That still doesn't mean anybody knows what it actually is. According to Riemann's metric tensor formulation, the warping of space-time is ...
by dr pepper
Tue May 17, 2011 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 64588

Re: 899: "Number Line"

Pfhorrest wrote:I find the easier way of making this obvious to people is to rephrase the question:

Is 0.000...[infinitely-many-zeroes]...0001 = 0?


<homeopathy> No-- it would be infinitely greater! </homeopathy>
by dr pepper
Tue May 17, 2011 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 64588

Re: 899: "Number Line"

I feel like I'm really missing something by not understanding why 8 is the largest even prime... Also, is the 2.9299372 supposed to be implying that pi and e had a kid? It's making fun of calendar practices. There are actual dates and "observed" dates. For instance there's Washington's bi...
by dr pepper
Tue May 17, 2011 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 31794

Re: 0805: "Paradise City"

Take me down to the Paradise Forum
Where the topics get zombied
But it's ok to ignore em
by dr pepper
Mon May 16, 2011 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 14517

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

This strip is pretty naive, and full of that geeks rule the world BS, MAKE™ built a (modest) fortune upon. Oddly enough, I've heard enough to convince me that all it takes to wipe a good sized country off the map is two sailors, one of which knows some minimal details of the equipment in his boat*....
by dr pepper
Mon May 16, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 22598

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

Meem1029 wrote:I disagree about code being good XOR fast. I think it should be good NAND fast. Anything I've tried to code so far is proof of this.


That's pessimistic. The truth table would pass Neither.
by dr pepper
Sat Dec 18, 2010 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 21710

Re: 0835: "Tree"

I'm probably not the first to say this, but in many families presents are opened one at a time, with one member handing thhem out. "Oh, here's one for Bobby!" and so on. In such a case, it might be better to arrange the presents in a stack.

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