Search found 50 matches

by Ehsanit
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"
Replies: 57
Views: 32494

Re: What-If 0149: "Pizza Bird"

In the first note we find the most reassuring thing ever written:
I usually steer clear of experimental science in these articles.
by Ehsanit
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1490: "Atoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 20193

Re: 1490: "Atoms"

Combined with http://xkcd.com/452/, this raises very serious questions about the composition of scones.
by Ehsanit
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1478: "P-Values"
Replies: 34
Views: 12283

Re: 1478: "P-Values"

Science shows coincidences can happen. P > 0.0%, maybe.
by Ehsanit
Mon Oct 06, 2014 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 18269

Re: 1430: Proteins

And then, once I know the beautiful intricacy of each kind of protein, I'll incinerate, masticate, and bathe them in acid.
Just don't put paper in this recycling bin.
by Ehsanit
Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 27681

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

No president's name hasn't matched with...
by Ehsanit
Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0077: "Growth Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 10983

Re: What-if 0077: "Growth Rate"

The reference to the square-cube law is probably not apropos for a supertall but "healthy" human being. The reference to Robert Wadlow points to an unfortunate gentleman who looks rather skinny, weighed 399 pounds, and was 8 feet 11.1 inches tall. His body mass index (BMI) was 27, making ...
by Ehsanit
Wed Nov 27, 2013 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75079

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

brenok wrote:
PolakoVoador wrote:
Xenomortis wrote:But I would also like people not to encourage stars to explode.


Why not? As long as it is not our star...

A supernova can kill us from thousands of lightyears away

Meh, not for thousands of years. :twisted:
by Ehsanit
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"
Replies: 102
Views: 39471

Re: What-If 0065: "Twitter Timeline Height"

Citations 12 and 13 are a tad brief.
I wonder what that kind of mistake would do to the stats problems.
by Ehsanit
Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0056: "Restraining an Airplane"
Replies: 39
Views: 20218

Re: What-If 0056: "Restraining an Airplane"

This is a very important question.
If someone drops an aeroplane, they might never hear it hit the bottom!
by Ehsanit
Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1243: "Snare"
Replies: 40
Views: 11593

Re: 1243: "Snare"

Give me but a large enough net and a place from which to launch it...
by Ehsanit
Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0054: "Drain the Oceans: Part II"
Replies: 60
Views: 49954

Re: What-If 0054: "Drain the Oceans: Part II"

Woah woah woah, Okay, so I get MOST of the water on mars freezes after some time (ignoring dutch attempts to keep it warm) But on earth, the portal is still open. Even if the water level equalizes on earth, leaving some water in the challenger deep, heat transfer from earth to mars...shouldn't it k...
by Ehsanit
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17907

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

No-one can impersonate him to his friends without first exclaiming the many benefits of public-private key identity verification.
by Ehsanit
Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 12452

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

TortoiseWrath wrote:Yes, there is: herpetology—this is clearly a tortoise.

That says nothing about Randal, only that the turtle thinks he's a turtle. Apparently I think he's a he.
Also, tortoises are turtles.
by Ehsanit
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67316

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Isaac5 wrote:I'm nerdier than a lot of people and I understand I large portion of xkcd's but... I have no idea what is going on right now.

I'll go cry in the corner.

Mr. Munroe is just trying to increase the stock of code that doesn't work on the internet.
by Ehsanit
Wed Mar 13, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67316

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I wonder for what kind of list length Panic Sort would actually return the correct list. It's basically a bogosort, but it "cuts" instead of "shuffles" the deck at each iteration. I imagine that the average case running time would still be n!, so it should handle 7 elements corre...
by Ehsanit
Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 45882

Re: 1168: Tar

sudo /etc/init.d bombd stop Password: _ (Also, joke’s on you. It’s compiled into the kernel, SELinux is active, and the batteries are the only thing keeping the bomb from exploding right away.) The batteries are keeping it from exploding? I really can't think of any effective method of detonating a...
by Ehsanit
Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 37516

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Working Perpetual motion machine design:
Hamster wheel with the a sign telling folks there's a PPM at the top.
by Ehsanit
Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 29711

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

Klear wrote:Time to shift into hedonism! (though tastes may vary... you might as well descent into extreme scepticism, nihilism or whatever. Just stay clear of existentialism. Nothing good ever comes from that.)

You're kidding, right?
Water fights come of it!
by Ehsanit
Sun Jan 20, 2013 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 31135

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

In a galaxy not unlike ours, in a time far far into the future, the Foundation Federation shall power their consumer products with nuclear reactors the size of a walnut. I think the premise was that it is our galaxy. There's meant to be a loose link (albeit little more than references) with the Rob...
by Ehsanit
Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0026: "Leap Seconds"
Replies: 79
Views: 29032

Re: What-If 0026: Leap Seconds

What about the additional mass of the Baobab trees?
by Ehsanit
Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 30017

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

And lastly you have hints of a conspiracy theory poking out, insinuations that it was not really Matthew and Luke (and Mark and John) who authored their respective Gospels. Is there any actual evidence that they were forged, or are you just making things up? There is actual evidence that they were ...
by Ehsanit
Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 30017

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Go back to the sources people: the gospels themselves. The nativity stories come solely from Matthew and Luke*, but their two stories don't reconcile with each other. The Shepherds are in Luke but not Matthew, the Magi are in Matthew but not Luke. Herod's "slaughter of the innocents" (a s...
by Ehsanit
Fri Dec 21, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 30017

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

Buddhism can be practiced as a sort of life philosophy or system of ethics without religious connotations, sure; but much of its institutionalized practice is laden with supernatural concepts, such as the common interpretations of samsara and karma. This is why I elaborated on supernatural claims b...
by Ehsanit
Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:49 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 30017

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

It's not just belief in God, because there are and have been religions with anywhere from zero to many gods. It's likewise not defined by any of the other claims any particular religion makes either, because you can always find another religion that doesn't make those claims and yet is still a reli...
by Ehsanit
Tue Dec 18, 2012 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 30017

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

He's actually not. He even says so himself, when he says something to the effect of "I cannot act against my nature" An omnipotent being could. God cannot. God is not omnipotent. An omnipotent being couldn't act against his nature, because his nature/will/character/soul/whatever you want ...
by Ehsanit
Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 23677

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

Oh dear.
I'm allergic to time. Exposure causes chronic genetic degradation and ultimate death!
by Ehsanit
Wed May 16, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 46611

Re: 1056: Felidae

I vote for OS ΔΙ Chimera.
by Ehsanit
Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 58472

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

I understood the ?? to represent some sort of emotional emptyness; not knowing quite what to feel as the overwhelming terror/rage/sorrow about the cancer starts to subside.
by Ehsanit
Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0994: "Advent Calendar"
Replies: 74
Views: 22973

Re: 0994: "Advent Calendar"

If you round everything to the second than it would be posible to turn this into an actual calendar. There would be 7 chocolates in the last min, and 5 chocolates in the last 10sec. See the jpg for the prototype. Good, except that advent is only 4 weeks long. And that's the point of the paradox, yo...
by Ehsanit
Sat Nov 19, 2011 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88922

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Just to say, there is a rationale behind the "Don't Bump ancient threads" rule. As time goes on, both the original poster and the helpers will tend to get bored and move on, possibly leaving the forum completely. Most late posts are of the form "I too have this problem" with or w...
by Ehsanit
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39290

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

On a vaguely related note, I came across this a while back and it's very interesting. Now I'm sure that giving someone a drug with no molecules of the actual stuff isn't going to help in the same way as giving them the proper dose of the actual stuff. Even so, the placebo effect is far more powerful...
by Ehsanit
Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 65482

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

Now we all know why Randal persists in his desire to try running up the down escalator...
by Ehsanit
Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 86133

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

I have actually emailed files to transfer them to the same physical machine! I was just starting out with VirtualBox running Ubuntu, and hadn't sorted out the shared folders yet but I did have Internet. It worked out faster and simpler to log into my own email on the physical and virtual box and sen...
by Ehsanit
Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 20753

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

The internet controls the World.
The Geeks control the Internet.
XKCD controls the Geeks.
Randal Munroe controls xkcd.

What incredible power!
by Ehsanit
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321630

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

On the other hand, that 11 character vaguely-word-like but mixed-case, mixed-digits, mixed-punctuation passwords has more like 70^11 possibilities or roughly 67 bits of entropy. I don't have a program to convert dictionary words into weird things like that - do you? You mean a typical hybrid dictio...
by Ehsanit
Wed Aug 10, 2011 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321630

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Of course you can increase the number of words to improve that value still further, and it is true that tricks which take it out of the dictionary realm suddenly smash the value up even further.

So the best possible password should be
Correct Horse battery Tr0ub4dor&3 staple. :twisted:
by Ehsanit
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321630

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

No matter what your password is, anyone could hire a couple of thugs to beat it out of you with a wrench (I think this was an XKCD comic). The ONLY way to have true security is to select a complicated passphrase that not even you can remember. Or maintain plausible denyability. Truecrypt does this ...
by Ehsanit
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321630

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

4) I bet as much as you want that "shoulder surfing attack" is responsible for less than 1% of password steals around the work. Way less. Depends on who your "attacker" is. If some criminal who wants your bank details, certainly he's not going to be watching you type it in on yo...
by Ehsanit
Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321630

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I'd say a good yet easy to remember password is something like: bbbbbhunter2cccccddddd entropy (in the sense generally used) is not really necessary, as long as most "bruteforcers" aren't trying to do of course, if it gets common to repeat many letters in a password, bruteforcers will sta...
by Ehsanit
Sat Aug 06, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37244

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

jpk wrote:(I don't know of any OS for which Chrome is the default, so that part isn't working for me, I admit)


OK, I'll give you a clue. Two clues in fact.
The OS has exactly the same name as the browser.
And the OS, for all intents and purposes, is the browser.

Go to advanced search