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by larsh
Mon Aug 25, 2014 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
Replies: 150
Views: 42154

Re: 1412: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"

I'm wondering whether Randall came up with this list using a program, and if so, what he used to analyze the syllable stress pattern.
Seems like it would take a long time to find that many titles otherwise. But I guess if you have a trochee fixation...
by larsh
Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1270: Functional
Replies: 171
Views: 47644

Re: 1270: Functional

I'm still trying to figure out the punchline. explainxkcd says that "its own reward" is a pun on "its own reword". I don't think so ... that's a really long shot. So obscure as to be of dubious relevance. Instead, my guess as to what's intended to be funny is: "X being its o...
by larsh
Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 63210

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

I don't get the punchline.
The guy slides down a waterslide and it doesn't prove anything.
Is there a joke here?
Is he trying to make the point that the other guy's evidence is no more relevant than someone sliding down a waterslide?
by larsh
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 20747

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

I don't get it ... why is it funny that the scientist is freaked out by the number of stars? why does somebody else agree with him? ...
by larsh
Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0813: "One-Liners"
Replies: 93
Views: 30478

Re: 0813: One-Liners

phlip wrote:Because your cache is out of date. Do a hard-refresh.

Hey, that's almost a great one-liner. Or two.

"I'm afraid your cache is out of date, <dramatic term of address>!"

"Time for a hard refresh, <dramatic term of address>!"
by larsh
Tue Jul 07, 2009 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0605: "Extrapolating"
Replies: 100
Views: 26925

Re: "Extrapolating" discussion

And since we can observe small changes in finch beaks occurring through random mutation and natural selection, obviously such changes can accumulate over millions of years into large and complex new systems, new functions, new body plans, new phyla!
:roll:
by larsh
Tue Mar 03, 2009 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0550: "Density"
Replies: 184
Views: 66557

Re: "Density" Discussion

Is there a meme dictionary somewhere?
Besides Wikipedia?
by larsh
Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121417

Re: Books and Cats

This reminds me of an email signature I wrote and have been using ever since I deleted my English minor and went strictly into History: "Dissecting literature is a lot like dissecting a cat; it's a grisly, meticulous, and above all, tedious operation, at the conclusion of which one is left wit...
by larsh
Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0378: "Real Programmers"
Replies: 201
Views: 58998

Re: "Real Programmers" Discussion

Real programmers set the universal constants at the start such that the universe evolves to contain the disk with the data they want. Response 1: So, you're an intelligent design theorist after all. I knew you'd come around. Response 2: What does the debugging process look like? Are we in a debug r...
by larsh
Wed Jan 23, 2008 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44399

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

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Alt text: But THIS day, I might die for real!

The point:
Spoiler:
I certainly will die some day.* The experimental method is incapable of confirming or refuting some extremely important truths.

(*Unless certain supernatural claims are true.)
by larsh
Wed Jan 23, 2008 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44399

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Is that right bar supposed to reach 100%? Given the wording, its not even in percentage. That's not what I meant. Since the y axis isn't labeled, and the right bar reaches to about the top of the chart, I'm wondering whether the range of the graph is indeed all "claims of supernatural powers&q...
by larsh
Tue Jan 22, 2008 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44399

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

Is that right bar supposed to reach 100%? Somebody please cite the article showing by experiment that Jesus was not bodily resurrected. And the one showing by experiment that God did not create the universe ex nihilo. Also, if a claimed supernatural power were confirmed by experiment, by what criter...
by larsh
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 283
Views: 78299

Re: "Dangers" discussion

So does "Died in a died in a drumming accident :shock: This is going to be a new hobby for the week... link unsuspecting surfers to Google results pages in languages they don't expect. E.g. died in a cat - bathing accident . P.S. the above searches have no results, but this one gives two hits:...
by larsh
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0369: "Dangers"
Replies: 283
Views: 78299

Re: "Dangers" discussion

StarLite wrote:So does "Died in a died in a drumming accident :shock:
This is going to be a new hobby for the week... link unsuspecting surfers to Google results pages in languages they don't expect.
E.g. died in a cat-bathing accident.
by larsh
Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 37805

Fun. Has anybody tried sort of a genetic-algorithms approach? E.g. start with a random solution and mutate it, using artificial selection to weed out the less-fit attempts? (What would make a good fitness function though?) Start with the final value, subtract until you get a negative number, then s...
by larsh
Fri Jul 13, 2007 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 37805

Bleh. I decided (for some strange reason. I made this choice at 5am without any sleep) not to brute force it, more as to pick a random starting point, and then pick random items until the total was 15.05... However, while it might never find the seven mixed fruits, it did find the other solution of...
by larsh
Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 37805

Re: just because nobody has posted it yet

Given an arbitrary real number, you can tell if it is within epsilon of another real number, but you cannot , in general, tell if they are equal. Similarly, with floating point numbers, calculations accumulate relatively random error components. So testing two floating point numbers for equality is...
by larsh
Wed Jul 11, 2007 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD 2.0: INTRODUCE YOURSELF OR PERISH!
Replies: 2548
Views: 337493

Hi... I posted on a thread, so I guess I'd better introduce myself. I was a Comp Sci major in college, and continue to work as a software developer, so of course the topics here are interesting. I enjoy the obscure math/CS references. I don't like the occasional off-color language, but I can't compl...
by larsh
Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 37805

Re: knapsack problem

I thought the knapsack problem is maximizing utility subject to capacity constraints. The problem described here seems a bit different. To elaborate on what I wrote above... The general knapsack problem is maximizing value (utility) without exceeding a given cost limit (capacity constraint). When c...
by larsh
Wed Jul 11, 2007 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0287: "NP-Complete"
Replies: 191
Views: 37805

Re: knapsack problem

I thought the knapsack problem is maximizing utility subject to capacity constraints. The problem described here seems a bit different. Someone already pointed this out: the problem in the strip is SUBSET-SUM. According to Wikipedia , the knapsack problem is pretty general and has a number of speci...

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