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by xkcd_n00bz
Thu May 22, 2008 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical issues of cloning - offspring
Replies: 5
Views: 1195

Ethical issues of cloning - offspring

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?no_d2=1&sid=08/05/22/0238224 This article got me to thinking. There was a string on there about "clones are soulless Things That Should Not Be". I understand that, and have a tendancy to agree, but what about the offspring of clones? Are they inhe...
by xkcd_n00bz
Fri Feb 08, 2008 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0381: "Mobius Battle"
Replies: 122
Views: 32344

Re: "Mobius Battle" Discussion

So am I the only one wishing I had a few extra million lying around that could fund a feature length animated Mobius movie? Think of it, you could constantly sell tickets, there would be no need for start and end times. Patrons could enter the theater at any time during the show, stay for a while an...
by xkcd_n00bz
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: AC as Heater More Efficient?
Replies: 28
Views: 3134

Re: AC as Heater More Efficient?

So.. is it more efficient or no? Mebbe I should have made a poll of this.
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reflections in a mirror
Replies: 23
Views: 2768

Re: Reflections in a mirror

Interesting observation. Now put down the lsd. :P j/k Don't forget that it has to do with the type of mirror you are using. If you looked at a mirror convex only along the y axis (and properly focused), you would see a reflection of yourself just as others see you. Use a mirror only convex along the...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: LED Lighting
Replies: 36
Views: 4664

Re: LED Lighting

Before they are ready for prime time, they need to be able to produce multiple light wavelengths. Fluorescents are hard enough on the eyes; the white LED flashlites I have been sent for testing all make everything look as lifeless as a robot in a morgue.
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lolita: The Bed for Six-Year-Old Girls
Replies: 74
Views: 11700

Re: Lolita: The Bed for Six-Year-Old Girls

Being in sales and marketing myself, I feel the need to come to the defense of the marketing dep't: I consider myself relatively well educated and intelligent and worldly. I own my own business, have worked in the high-tech field, have been to 2/3 of the states in this country and a few foreign coun...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Feb 05, 2008 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: AC as Heater More Efficient?
Replies: 28
Views: 3134

AC as Heater More Efficient?

So I was in the garage this weekend freezing my butt off, huddling around a little electric radiator heater. There on the workbench sat the window air conditioning unit removed for winter, and I got to noodling. Uh oh. Wouldn't an electric air conditioner mounted backwards in a window be more effici...
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Feb 04, 2008 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Switches 1, 2, 3 and Lights A, B, C
Replies: 4
Views: 2042

Re: Switches 1, 2, 3 and Lights A, B, C

Sorry about the spoiler, I didn't bother to search to see if the puzzle had already been posted. This place is so on top of it, I figured it was already. Plus, this wasn't really a puzzle post, but more of a meta-post about interview logic puzzles in general. I should have named the thread better. :...
by xkcd_n00bz
Fri Feb 01, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: XKCD wins at Google
Replies: 114
Views: 24805

Re: XKCD wins at Google

Is it possible that there exists a person with deep enough access at Google to directly affect search results on a term level basis who is also a fan of xkcd? I believe this is possible. Randall, you certainly do not have to answer publicly, but have you checked your ip logs to see if a significant ...
by xkcd_n00bz
Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: XKCD wins at Google
Replies: 114
Views: 24805

Re: XKCD wins at Google

Only the Google shall know for sure. One of many reasons the company is worth $175 billion.
by xkcd_n00bz
Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft to buy Yahoo
Replies: 37
Views: 2868

Re: Microsoft to buy Yahoo

I wish I owned Yahoo stock. Up ~50% on the news today.

Anybody ever worked for a big company that had an unsolicited offer from another big company to buy them, and you found out by reading the news like everybody else?
by xkcd_n00bz
Fri Feb 01, 2008 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Switches 1, 2, 3 and Lights A, B, C
Replies: 4
Views: 2042

Switches 1, 2, 3 and Lights A, B, C

Had an interview, couple of ex-Microsoft guys interviewing. They had some of those fancy logic questions for me. The first was the how to find the heavy stone with a balance scale. Thanks to reading xkcd boards, I knew the answer. w00t! :D Puzzle the Second: Three switches in a room, three light bul...
by xkcd_n00bz
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 692771

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

I use Old Spice body wash. (Specifically because of the commercial that said "Of course your father wore Old Spice. If he didn't, you probably wouldn't be here." I love that.) The bottle says "3 Times Clean!". Nowhere does it state cleaner than what; not their previous formula, c...
by xkcd_n00bz
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Bypassing Websense
Replies: 18
Views: 4781

Re: Bypassing Websense

I just wanted to say that I have nothing constructive to add either.
by xkcd_n00bz
Thu Jan 31, 2008 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Oneupmanship
Replies: 695
Views: 31854

Re: Oneupmanship

I command the power of metal-tumors.
by xkcd_n00bz
Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: the most epic book debate ever conceived (Bookmarks)
Replies: 277
Views: 33961

Re: the most epic book debate ever conceived

bigglesworth wrote:My latest bookmark is a dollar note. It's only about 50p, and I can't spend it, so it marks my page.


I do the same thing. Used a dollar bill ever since I was old enough to start reading books I couldn't finish in one sitting.
by xkcd_n00bz
Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Reverse Lightbulb Jokes
Replies: 215
Views: 18257

Re: Reverse Lightbulb Jokes

Sadly, My secretary. She must change light bulbs daily.


Fourty thousand. One to stand on stage and sing, the rest to sit in the audience and clap in the dark.
by xkcd_n00bz
Thu Jan 31, 2008 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Oneupmanship
Replies: 695
Views: 31854

Re: Oneupmanship

The Architect works for me. On contract. Seriously, I have him 1099'd. I can let him go without cause.
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Logic Poll
Replies: 46
Views: 9402

Re: Logic Poll

Elegant post/riddle/contest/prisoners dilemma clone. I love it. Good work, sir.
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Getting your fair share
Replies: 49
Views: 10260

Re: Getting your fair share

The problem lies in that addresses the real world- there are no rulers, no protractors, no CNC cake-cutting machines to insure that each slice is precisely equal. One piece is going to be bigger, have more frosting, or otherwise be more desirable. That's why the 2 person solution is so elegant. The ...
by xkcd_n00bz
Wed Jan 16, 2008 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0371: "Compiler Complaint"
Replies: 76
Views: 18665

Re: "Compiler Complaint" Discussion

Remember folks, it's not anthropomorphism if the computer really does have feelings.
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gizmodo's Stunt at CES
Replies: 22
Views: 2424

Re: Gizmodo's Stunt at CES

Has anybody here ever worked a tradeshow as an exhibitor? How about being the guy responsible for your company's exhibit? I have. It's stressfull as hell. More so than putting together advertising in a magazine or on tv- that is removed, you have plenty of time to check it over, if something goes wr...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematical Busking
Replies: 50
Views: 4510

Re: Mathematical Busking

That's why God invented sidewalks. Genius. If I saw someone solving equations in chalk on the sidewalk, I would drop a dollar in their cup*. As we are probably in different cities, if you post up a picture of yourself solving an equation in chalk on a sidewalk, I will mail you a dollar in an envelo...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: random element from a set of unknown (finite) cardinality
Replies: 23
Views: 2221

Re: choosing a random element from a set of unknown cardinality

Contrived Practical Application: I work at a plant that makes wigits. Some days people call in sick, some days people come in late, sometimes they take ill and leave early, thus production varies greatly day to day and during the day. No way to know how many we're going to make until quitting time. ...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Real ID
Replies: 56
Views: 5925

Re: Real ID

Can't we just tattoo a barcode on everybody's arm? I don't have a problem with a national ID card. Aside from the fact that the Fed Gov't doesn't really do anything all that efficiently, I don't think that anybody else really has a problem with a national ID either. I do not care that the gov't know...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Now with spoilers!)
Replies: 341
Views: 36543

Re: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Now with spoilers!)

I like the show. I don't love it yet, but I'll keep watching. I was both mildly amused and disappointed when the terminator girl said "come with me if you want to live." On the one hand, it is an economy of words that has be previously shown to be in the terminator lexicon, but she doesn't...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Growing organs and other stuff
Replies: 29
Views: 2159

Re: Growing organs and other stuff

Interesting stuff on the telomeres. My knowledge of biology ends with the last required class in high school. You should check out this thread: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=9953 I don't wanna. Those posts are loooooooooong . I was just trying to figure out what this thread was abou...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Help Me Cool My Office - (a design-a-device puzzle)
Replies: 19
Views: 3363

Re: Help Me Cool My Office - (a design-a-device puzzle)

You're from Tacoma, so what do you need AC for? :P I used to have the very office described above. I now have an office with the HVAC controls inches from my desk. :wink: Buy yourself a few hundred peltier pads. (This will be expensive.) Use thermal adhesive (not grease, not epoxy) to attach them t...
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Reverse Lightbulb Jokes
Replies: 215
Views: 18257

Re: Reverse Lightbulb Jokes

Unix weenies.

(I have never met a one of them that was worth a damn with hardware.)



Just one. But it will be late, over budget and done wrong.
by xkcd_n00bz
Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Production of Ricin question
Replies: 17
Views: 2887

Re: Production of Ricin question

Seems you could get the point across with water and lima beans, and not have to use all these deadly chemicals.



Supergrunch wrote:I hope this project doesn't involve an umbrella.


Nice reference. ;)
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Replies: 120
Views: 11653

Re: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

So has anyone been to the barber since seeing the movie? I have. My barber is the old timey sort who pulls out a strait razor to clean up the fuzz on the back of your neck. My heart skipped a beat when I saw him use it on the guy in front of me. I made it thru the experience with only a slightly dam...
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Growing organs and other stuff
Replies: 29
Views: 2159

Re: Growing organs and other stuff

Is this about the spiritual ramifications of playing God? Or the more practical problem of determining the age/identity of someone who eventually has all their "meat parts" replaced? Let's say I'm 50 and my heart goes out. I get a replacement, then my lungs go so I get them replaced. Prett...
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Five letters
Replies: 1097
Views: 78725

Re: Five letters

Quit Broiling Everything Really Tough

(cooking advice- get it?)


J E R K Y
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Can you make sense of this?
Replies: 14
Views: 1681

Re: Can you make sense of this?

Does anybody else giggle and think of the Bruces' Philosophers Song when someone mentions Heidegger? That's as far as I got in philosophy.



hehe "Heidegger"
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Bouncy balls
Replies: 9
Views: 2391

Re: Bouncy balls

What happens with more balls? Not sure. Going to bed.. ish, soon. I'll probably toss and turn thinking about it now, thank you very much! This is why I gave up research... It comes down to whether the product of two ergodic systems is ergodic. Don't think that's true in general. Hell, I can tell yo...
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Impprtant Notice: Stop Being Nice
Replies: 49
Views: 3973

Re: Impprtant Notice: Stop Being Nice

I will continue to render assistence to those who appear to be in need. If it costs me my life, then so be it. It is better than living is a world where people refuse to help each other.
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics of Car Tires...
Replies: 61
Views: 7142

Re: Physics of Car Tires...

A big part of the burnout is show. Everybody looks when a thousand horsepower spins drag slicks into smoke. That makes sponsors happy. It's also for non-tire safety; a little pre-test of the vehicle. It's better to blow apart a diff, tranny, or engine in the pit then when you are down track at 200 m...
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Five letters
Replies: 1097
Views: 78725

Re: Five letters

Frangible Ammunition Really Shoots Ineffectively.


NOOBZ
:D
by xkcd_n00bz
Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Most Amazing Videogame Accomplishments of all Time
Replies: 117
Views: 8787

Re: The Most Amazing Videogame Accomplishment of all Time

paraphrase= playing a game (whether it's video or baseball or whatever) is hard work and should be appreciated. I restate that this is the greatest single accomplishment in video game history. In playing video game history perhaps. I don't know, I'll leave it to you decide. The greatest accomplishm...
by xkcd_n00bz
Fri Jan 11, 2008 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: the magic/more magic story
Replies: 22
Views: 9327

Re: the magic/more magic story

nat42 wrote:I used to start my last PC by pushing a single wire to the metal chassis, ...


I have a cousin who can start cars that way. I'll see him in 5 to 10 with time off for good behavior now.

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