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by thret
Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 35742

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

Why do chemists need safewords? The only context I have heard of the term being used in is sadomasochistic sex games. Safe words are useful for regular sex too. Particularly for things that are usually fine but sometimes not, like cunnilingus. Safe words are also used in a non-sexual context for fl...
by thret
Wed Dec 14, 2011 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 34686

Re: 0990: "Plastic Bags"

The whole 'reusable bag' phenomenon irritates me. I use the plastic shopping bags to line my bins. Without them I have to buy bin bags. Nothing is saved. Every fucking item in the store is already wrapped in plastic. You are just inconveniencing people without changing anything, and people who get s...
by thret
Fri Oct 14, 2011 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Dennis Ritchie
Replies: 21
Views: 4322

Re: RIP Dennis Ritchie

by thret
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Dennis Ritchie
Replies: 21
Views: 4322

Re: RIP Dennis Ritchie

RIP dmr. Perhaps the closest thing programming has to Jesus? He changed everything forever and we all carry a debt of gratitude for his pioneering work.

K&R is always worth re-reading too, great book.
by thret
Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"
Replies: 62
Views: 19010

Re: 0962: "The Corliss Resolution"

Randomness wrote:That is an interesting assumption, that things that CAN fly still dream of flight. Wouldn't they dream of something they couldn't do?


I imagine it's like sex, so much fun that you think about it even when you're not doing it.
by thret
Mon Jun 27, 2011 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 59860

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

This may be the best XKCD ever.

Anyone who hasn't read GEB is of course, living in sin.
by thret
Wed May 25, 2011 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 169259

Re: #903: Extended MInd

wigglyworm91 wrote:This is like a child playing the "WHY" game. When they ask WHY enough you have to answer "JUST BECAUSE".

Hence, philosophy.


Pretty sure you just won this game. WP.
by thret
Wed Apr 20, 2011 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0888: "Heaven"
Replies: 131
Views: 32262

Re: 0888: Heaven

Plasma Mongoose wrote:Whose idea pf heaven is this? Not mine that's for sure.


The point is that heaven is a moment of perfection.
by thret
Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 64593

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Sigh, Bimbo Walker. We were too young to know what bimbo meant, and our parents let us name the cat.
by thret
Fri Dec 17, 2010 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0835: "Tree"
Replies: 126
Views: 27218

Re: 0835: "Tree"

Someone explain. Tree: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tree_data_structure Heap: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heap_data_structure I assumed it was a poorly formed red-black tree. Not sure what to make of the red-green ball though. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-black_tree I guess it doesn't matter m...
by thret
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 65652

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

Kinda happy 2+2 made it in. Maybe online poker should have also, over 50 billion hands have been played on pokerstars alone.

The facebook farm thing is out of control. How many millions of man-years are wasted on that trash?
by thret
Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 187
Views: 84028

Re: "Password Reuse" Discussion (#792)

I have the same username everywhere, but a different random 10-digit password. I went old-school and used dice to churn out a bunch of truly random passwords, they aren't that hard to memorise when you use them all the time.
by thret
Mon Aug 02, 2010 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 169490

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U58wgn-9Y3c John Safran vs God: Atheists vs Mormons IMO the following: a) The Drake equation suggests that sufficiently advanced, godlike aliens should exist in our universe. b) The size of the universe makes it essentially impossible that we have had any direct contac...
by thret
Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 41129

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

My conductor, Dr. John Sinclair knew him. He once bought him a really nice pair of cuff-links. Rogers objected, I forget why, but I think it was on the grounds that they were too expensive. Over the years, it became a sort of game between the two of them to try to find new ways to "return them...
by thret
Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Newtons Three Laws Of Graduation & Quantum Gradnamics
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

Re: Newtons Three Laws Of Graduation & Quantum Gradnamics

Possibly this post is not in the right section.
by thret
Wed Jun 09, 2010 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Newtons Three Laws Of Graduation & Quantum Gradnamics
Replies: 2
Views: 1337

Newtons Three Laws Of Graduation & Quantum Gradnamics

Had to share, can't believe I haven't seen this strip before. http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd030801s.gif http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd031001s.gif http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd031301s.gif http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive/phd102407s.gif http://www.phdcomi...
by thret
Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 23931

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion

Hehe, I always enjoy worst-case scenarios too. My default answer if someone askes "what's the worst thing that could happen" is always "A meteor could strike earth, killing all life". I don't think this is accurate anymore. Life has plenty of time to re-evolve on Earth. Worst ca...
by thret
Mon May 31, 2010 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0747: "Geeks and Nerds"
Replies: 130
Views: 31779

Re: "Geeks and Nerds" Discussion

I always thought a nerd was a wannabe geek? Socially inept but not actually brilliant at anything. Not according to wiki though so I *must* be wrong. Most Australians if asked would probably think that 'nerd' is American for 'geek'. Geek is overused here, I am not sure I ever heard someone say nerd ...
by thret
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0708: "Sex Dice"
Replies: 93
Views: 33279

Re: "Sex Dice" discusion

Your cousin was probably thinking of Onyx, the Game of Sexual Exploration . For up to six players! :-D Also, I call foul on the last panel. There is clearly a GIRL playing that D&D game! I haven't seen a girl playing D&D since... the girl I lost my virginity to... http://www.weregeek.com/ A...
by thret
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0702: "Snow Tracking"
Replies: 135
Views: 36001

Re: “Snow Tracking” discussion

Yep, the Knight square is what made me el oh el. Also, XKCD could use some Monty references now that someone mentioned it.
by thret
Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0673: "The Sun"
Replies: 157
Views: 32465

Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Sunshine ... it was not good. Certainly makes my worst 10 movies ever made list. I spent the whole movie going wtf? How dumb is this? They were trying to make Event Horizon and didn't. Oooh, BURN. Come on, Paul WS Anderson would give his right cranial lobe to have made a movie as good as Sunshine. ...
by thret
Wed Dec 09, 2009 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0673: "The Sun"
Replies: 157
Views: 32465

Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Invisible_Insane wrote:Sunshine... it was not good.


Certainly makes my worst 10 movies ever made list. I spent the whole movie going wtf? How dumb is this? They were trying to make Event Horizon and didn't.
by thret
Wed Nov 18, 2009 10:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 44766

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Randall wrote "0x5f375a86", not "0x5f3759df" . . . Is this a mistake? See http://www.lomont.org/Math/Papers/2003/InvSqrt.pdf . Chris Lomont finds that 0x5f375a86 is better than 0x5f3759df. So, sounds like my original post was wrongish... From the wiki: It is not known precisely ...
by thret
Fri Nov 06, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 54036

Re: "Lego" Discussion

I think Randall just summarised the entire introduction to the 20th-anniversary Edition of Godel, Escher, Bach. Well, if he includes a strange-loop reference somewhere. Surely the idea that we are unique patterns rather than unique building-blocks is not going to shatter any major religions. It is a...
by thret
Wed Oct 14, 2009 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 26049

Re: "Static" Discussion

Who the hell has sex in the dark?
by thret
Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 77534

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

Just once I would like to pick up on public transport.
by thret
Mon Sep 07, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0633: "Blockbuster Mining"
Replies: 161
Views: 28756

Re: "Blockbuster Mining" Discussion

The Bridge to Terabithia wasn't completely horrible, but it wasn't great either. The book is still better, as it usually is. Well, except for I, Robot. That's like the only movie that I think stayed really well with the book. I can think of at least 3 more off the top of my head: BBC Pride and Prej...
by thret
Mon Aug 31, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 27362

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

May the schwartz be with you!
by thret
Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 44295

Re: "Psychic" Discussion

We call cards all the time in poker. Daniel once called two consecutive perfect cards, I think it is probably the only time it has happened on tv: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/820797/daniel_negreanu_poker_calls_his_last_two_running_cards/ Sexy when it happens but of course nobody is stupid enough t...
by thret
Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Human random numbers
Replies: 61
Views: 15440

Re: Human random numbers

The spacing of the choices makes a difference too. Studies have shown that people picking lottery numbers are less likely to choose numbers around the edge (the numbers are presented in a square grid). They 'randomly' select a number near the middle. Also of course people are prone to picking birthd...
by thret
Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 113792

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

What I'm wondering is, what ARE we selecting for right now? And what have we been selecting for over the last century or so? Willingness. I just read a good reply to this question, so I'll copy it verbatim: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn16587-first-draft-of-neanderthal-genome-is-unveiled.ht...
by thret
Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 113792

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

I'm okay with the climate thing. The industrial revolution was an important step forward, the negative implications were unavoidable, and the climate was going to screw us eventually. One way or another we were going to have to learn to modify the climate in order to survive, so the fact that we hav...
by thret
Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0601: "Game Theory"
Replies: 164
Views: 27259

Re: "Game Theory" Discussion

Hardly the same joke, just because they both refer to the climax in Wargames. Epic movie though, that and Sneakers are probably what got me into computers in the first place. Followed rapidly by Neuromancer and Hackers, of course.
by thret
Sat May 02, 2009 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0576: "Packages"
Replies: 127
Views: 39730

Re: "Packages" Duscussion

I think this would be more fun the more money you put into it. $1 gifts would be boring. $100 gifts OTOH might be very interesting.

That's probably out of reach for most people but somewhere in the $10-$20 range could really work.
by thret
Sun Mar 15, 2009 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0555: "Two Mirrors"
Replies: 134
Views: 34468

Re: "Two Mirrors"

GEB is one of the few books I read as a kid that changed how I thought about everything. It is well worth reading, even if some of the concepts it delves into seem kind of obvious now. As a kid of course, it was all new and fascinating. The fact that it is written so that kids can understand it is p...
by thret
Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0553: "Pirate Bay"
Replies: 102
Views: 23721

Re: "Pirate Bay" Discussion

On my old ISP, I couldn't really seed much (Telstra counts anything you upload towards your total bandwidth usage... and gives you minimum bandwidth in the first place). So the rare times I was able to download a torrent, my ratios were usually around 0.5, max. However with my new ISP, I can upload...
by thret
Sun Mar 01, 2009 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0549: "Westley's a Dick"
Replies: 126
Views: 30412

Re: "Westley's a Dick" discussion

I've always thought that Buttercup wasn't worthy of him, actually. I mean, consider what their love has driven each of them to. I know she's supposed to be a peasant, simply caught up in day-to-day existence and all, but has she done NOTHING in the 5 years he's been gone other than ride her horse? ...
by thret
Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 28536

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

To once again echo the get-out-of-my-head-Randall refrain, my University was giving away old books for free and I just finished reading http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_Belief:_A_Chronicle_of_Murder_and_its_Detection, about http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moors_murders. Random murders ftl. Worse tha...
by thret
Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 210437

Re: "Friends" Discussion

richlayers wrote:I can't decide if it's worse to be the guy or the girl in this situation. I think I'd prefer to be the jerk.


QFT.
by thret
Mon Nov 10, 2008 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0502: "Dark Flow"
Replies: 123
Views: 26685

Re: "Dark Flow" Discussion

I vaguely remembered reading about this several months ago, and I've found the link:

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1 ... rizon.html

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