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by DVC
Fri Jun 22, 2012 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51148

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Yes, I know, I work in the field. My point, and not all my colleagues agree, is that being able to infer with a good degree of certainty that the objects have cleared their orbit is not the same as knowing that they have, and that for some objects that we might label exoplanets confirming the orbit ...
by DVC
Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51148

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

50 of of the Kepler objects have been confirmed, there are another 2000 odd that have the status of candidates.
by DVC
Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51148

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

So I guess we have another linguistically strange situation where, like dwarf planets, exoplanets aren't actually a kind of planet, despite being called "planet" right there in the name. You want weird? What happens if we find a Jovian planet that hasn't cleared its orbit? Is it a Giant d...
by DVC
Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51148

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Things to consider: 1) The IAU's definition of a planet does not include any exoplanets, because it says that for a body to be a planet it has to orbit the Sun (not a star). 2) Even if if the definition was changed to say orbit a star, we'd have no idea if these bodies had 'cleared their orbits of d...
by DVC
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51603

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

VectorZero wrote:If you have three pairs of pants, how long can you avoid doing laundry?


Depends on how many legs you have.
by DVC
Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51603

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

To finally answer this question someone should go through this thread and record the values (with errors) that everyone gave, and then give us the value of each term with a 95% CI. I'd do it myself but am no longer a PhD student and so can't spare the time.
by DVC
Mon Jun 18, 2012 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51603

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

A couple always means two. They are a lovely couple. Are you thinking of a threesome when I write that? A few means ~3. Some means a small number, but it is relative. Can I have some hundreds and thousands? Do you expect to get more than 5? Several means 4, 5, 6 or 7 (sometimes, but rarely 8), more ...
by DVC
Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21401

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

On XKCD it's called an alt-text. It’s only you, mate. There is an alt text. It’s “Front Door”. And there is a title text. But it’s empty. Here’s the code: <img src="http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/front_door.png" title="" alt="Front Door" /> People said “alt text” instead ...
by DVC
Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1064: "Front Door"
Replies: 80
Views: 21401

Re: 1064: "Front Door"

Even if Randall releases a Wolf fear wouldn't be reasonable. Reasonable fear would be fear that was statistically justified, and one Wolf won't do it.
by DVC
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 43468

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Yay!

I've been resisting becoming another of those academics who posts xkcd comics on their door, but I use a version of this joke all the time, so I might just have to post this one up.
by DVC
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"
Replies: 60
Views: 17654

Re: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"

(The despicable character being the person with the penis) Good rule for life there folks: Person possessing a penis=despicable lol i wasn't being sexist, I swear. It's just that the guys all seem to be on steroids and they don't even show the faces half the time. It's hard to love such a character...
by DVC
Fri Jan 20, 2012 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"
Replies: 60
Views: 17654

Re: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"

Well, I was completely confused. The title had me thinking of Stranger than Fiction which was simply brilliant, and Will Ferrel was great in it. It seemed like Randal and I had watched two different films. Turns out we had.
by DVC
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25619

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

Holy Crap that's a lot of alt-text. Hey, would anyone be willing to make a graph of alt-text length vs Xkcd comic number? http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2136/titletext.png http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/2136/titletext.png Comic 404 is set to -1 as it doesn't exist. IDL?
by DVC
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 110532

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

I had to look up seven minutes in heaven.
by DVC
Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29722

Re: 0967: Prairie

I like the artwork.
by DVC
Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 20484

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

I must be unique in not wanting to fly. It just strikes me as about the most frightening, horrifying thing ever. Flying in a plane? OK, I have no problem there. It's very safe, nicely enclosed, nothing to worry about. Flying by myself? Tenuously soaring as gravity tries its best to smash me into th...
by DVC
Tue Oct 11, 2011 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 20484

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

Last and First Men was the first thing I thought of. Anyone else have that reaction? The Fermi paradox assumes facts not in evidence. You've heard the joke about the biologist, the physicist, and the mathematician, right? They take a vacation together and visit Scotland, and while riding the shuttl...
by DVC
Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 58308

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

What's this stuff about if you are a bad artist you should try harder or just stop? I will defend my right to produce bad art whenever I like. I sing badly, I don't have time to get better at it, but I damn well enjoy it. Some people don't like me singing, so I don't sing so much around them, but ot...
by DVC
Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 58308

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

Our Club website has had the beachball when loading for years: http://www.morcc.com.au/ I don't know why. On some very rare occasions when the page won't load it just sits there spinning. So, I didn't get the Mac reference initially, but thought it was funny. I think like most of Randall's best stuf...
by DVC
Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32680

Re: 0948 - "AI"

I just tried cleverbot. It's nonsensical. Eliza was way better in 1990 when I last conversed with it.
by DVC
Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 23028

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

So, what is the juggling notation for that?
by DVC
Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40143

Re: 0858: "Milk"

You've become evangelical though, trying to convert everyone. If only they could see the light right? I don't know, it worked with me... though in my case, I fell on the "xkcd sucks" camp by my own will, but took some time for me to move from "gaaah you're all so stupid YOU DON'T GET...
by DVC
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30918

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

This is almost a GOOMHR moment. I've been thinking all week about an article I read: http://www.zdnet.com.au/unlimited-war-just-pedantic-semantics-339310389.htm It's about the Australian Competition and Comsumer Commission's mission to go after Internet providers misleadingly using the word 'Unlimit...
by DVC
Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199096

Re: 0435: "Purity"

I couldn't resist... http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/8706/puritytwo.png An alternative definition of 'purity'. The worst part is, "No time for that, I've got a lab report due!" is a genuine quote (in the same context) from a second-year biochemist I know. Needless to say, his girlfrien...
by DVC
Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40143

Re: 0858: "Milk"

Why would you ever think that "Randall couldn't possibly do any wrong"? That's ridiculous. Indeed it is! And I was just like that. When I came to xkcd , I always came here expecting something amazing and great. I always thought Randall was at an all time high and nothing he put out was me...
by DVC
Tue Feb 22, 2011 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25289

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Major in the Universe: it's called Physics.
by DVC
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40143

Re: 0858: "Milk"

I didn't like this one. I thought it was in poor taste. It feeds into the stereotype that men are sick perverts. This stereotype it seems I have to disprove every time I become newly acquainted with a woman. Not funny. Not a good comic. Meh. Men are perverts, women are perverts, everyone has dirty/...
by DVC
Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40143

Re: 0858: "Milk"

I didn't like this one. I thought it was in poor taste. It feeds into the stereotype that men are sick perverts. This stereotype it seems I have to disprove every time I become newly acquainted with a woman. Not funny. Not a good comic.
by DVC
Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 35833

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

If I have seen further than those who have come before me it is because I have poked out their eyes. -- Newton
by DVC
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176041

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

He used more than 4 colours to do the map!
by DVC
Thu Dec 23, 2010 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0837: "Coupon Code"
Replies: 86
Views: 28745

Re: 0837: Coupon Code

@from canada: if all you have about his recent comics is complaints, why do you continue reading & posting about them? Hey, Felstaff! Do you feel the same about posts like that? About the "get out of my head!"s too? It's so ironic, it's like rain on your wedding day. Or is it more lik...
by DVC
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0813: "One-Liners"
Replies: 93
Views: 30431

Re: 0813: "One-Liners"

The last panel bears a remarkable resemblance to the most remembered one-liner from the Die Hard movie: "Yippee-ki-yay Motherf***er ."
by DVC
Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88570

Re: 0806: Tech Support

I've been in this situation. The Tech support guy was getting really annoyed, because I wouldn't perform the same thing he'd told me to do 3 times already (and I'd tried before calling him). He says, "Mr DVC,please do as I say," in a really forced voice. To which I reply "It's Dr actu...
by DVC
Thu Oct 07, 2010 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: ⋘ Rules for 'Individual XKCD Comic Threads' ⋙
Replies: 15
Views: 164806

Re: ⇱ Rules for "Individual XKCD Comic Threads"

Each comic is correctly numbered, and all duplicates are removed. Threads for all comics above ~113 already exist and are easily searchable . Do not create new threads for any old comics >100. All comics under 100... probably don't deserve a new thread, but if you must... just don't spam the forums...
by DVC
Tue Aug 31, 2010 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0786: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 82
Views: 24635

Re: "Exoplanets" Discussion (#786)

Well, I genuinely liked this one. It felt like a classic to me.

Maybe that's because I'm a visiting fellow with a group that actually do exoplanet research, but I feel like the guy in the comic.
by DVC
Fri Aug 20, 2010 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 25503

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

OMGWTF this comic sucks, there's a typo, xkcd is going downhill, this isn't funny, I don't get it, it's too obscure, it's too obvious, and the borders of the panels are too thick. (Did I miss anything?) Apparently the heads are not on the stick figures properly too: Heh, amusing, but after going th...
by DVC
Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 25503

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

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by DVC
Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0782: "Desecration"
Replies: 101
Views: 25503

Re: "Desecration" discussion (#782)

Heh, amusing, but after going through all the old comics and noticing that heads are often completely detached from their possessors' bodies, the last panel really bugs the crap out of me. Thanks a lot . I truly do not get this joke. They desecrated something, and they should have known better. Thi...
by DVC
Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 83482

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

It seems fairly obvious to me that if one group of people have a strength advantage over another they would use that to get into power, and then begin to set up social conventions that would keep them and their type in power. Even after society has changed such that physical strength is no longer a...
by DVC
Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 83482

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

It seems fairly obvious to me that if one group of people have a strength advantage over another they would use that to get into power, and then begin to set up social conventions that would keep them and their type in power. Even after society has changed such that physical strength is no longer a...

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