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by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Dec 15, 2010 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 43720

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

Um... isn't the point of Anonymous that it's a constantly rotating membership? People who participate in one raid might not participate in or even support others, just as long as enough people show up for it to be noticeable? What, has he put up a list of everyone who's ever posted to /b/? Seems lik...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 08, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 23208

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

Ha, ha, guys. I meant that it's been proven that the set that would be made by such a proof breaks some fundamental principle of sets, so any proof that could show this wouldn't be recognizable as a valid proof as it's usually understood. I think Gödel himself proved that, actually? Should probably ...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 08, 2010 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 23208

Re: 0816: Applied Math

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dialetheism/ seriously not terribly high-level logic here, guy The point is that it could be derived from an arbitrary P with the bare minimum of assumptions used in most useful problems, thus proving any P impossible. Of course, hasn't it been proven that such a p...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Nov 05, 2010 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 71440

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

I don't know about your doctor and his apparently rather effective supernatural method of predicting the future of any action he takes (to make up for his total lack of any relationship with you, his patient), but if I don't have a good sharing relationship between myself and my doctor I'm going to...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 71440

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Finally, it explains why Randi got negative results. His tests were conducted over a false wooden floor, exactly designed to remove any chance of the dowser picking up hints from ground disturbance. No. There is a fair more simpler reason that has been tested for a long time that is actually far mo...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0811: "Starlight"
Replies: 130
Views: 21907

Re: 0811: "Starlight"

More or less, light can travel in any path, and only travels in a straight line because the integral of all possible paths cancel each-other out due to interference, except in a straight line. But near a flat, non-absorbent surface, the path integrals do funny things and the photon takes a sharp tu...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 71440

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

NO ONE is talking about using homeopathy to kill parasites or dangerous bacteria... or acupuncture to cure cancer for dawkin's sake, and I NEVER MADE THAT POINT. I'm talking about more common stuff where the hard stuff ain't necessary... just btw.... if that makes ANY difference... No, you're talki...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sun Oct 24, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 71440

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Okay, did anyone actually read the title-text? Just because a lot of people seem to be saying "X should be ticked because people in power fall for the woomeisters' claims!"
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Oct 20, 2010 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 71440

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

Hell, you don't need to get even as esoteric as semiconductor design. Precision magnets rely on quantum electrodynamics, don't they?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Oct 15, 2010 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 72349

Re: 0806: Tech Support

"Bearded dude with swords."

XKCD: Dangerously meta.

Also, wasn't Shibbolet (instead of "Shibboleth") the one that would get you executed? Or was that "Sibbolet(h)"?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 32283

Re: 0805: Paradise City

"It doesn't really matter / you better play guitar yourself / no, it doesn't really matter / DNF will soon be on the shelf."
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Oct 11, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0804: "Pumpkin Carving"
Replies: 81
Views: 20804

Re: 0804: Pumpkin Carving

Don't take the Axiom of Choice? You won't tell me how to carve my pumpkins, Andrew Schafley!
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Oct 07, 2010 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 288
Views: 43779

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

You know, this almost seems like officially bookending his "reign," like an acknowledgment that the "RANDALL GET OUT OF MY HEAD" days are over. Does anyone else get that (almost certainly unintended) feeling?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 26700

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

Nothing! That's the point ! Inside jokes aren't funny unless you're privy to something personal ! That's what an inside joke is ! Presumably, something funny happened in the past involving a monk, a ladder, a price of nine silvers, and/or a ham. It's nothing we know of, because these are people who ...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 26700

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

...instead, they just do predictable situational humor and slapstick. Not sure this is the best source.

And as I-can't-remember-who-but-I-remember-thinking-how-appropriate-it-was-to-his-career said, "it's not who does it first, it's who does it second."
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 26700

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

"My Old Ways" by Dr. Dog - Like Steely Dan, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, and Abe Vigoda, not one person. "Snookered" by Dan Deacon "Also Frightened" by Animal Collective - Yes, that album cover is a still image. "Just Got to Be" by the Black Keys &q...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0792: "Password Reuse"
Replies: 184
Views: 72074

Re: "Password Reuse" discussion (#792)

Congratulations. You've A: Given millions of your lower bracket of readers ideas (which they'll just use to make money, of course), B: Established Black-Hat-Foil as ignorant of a basic computer security measure.

I'm pretty sure this has happened plenty of times, actually...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0785: "Open Mic Night"
Replies: 89
Views: 15951

Re: "Open Mic Night" discussion (#785)

The XKCDsucks gang is going to have a field day with this one... not because it's bad, but because there are just so many ways to make fun of it. It's like "this is your brain on drugs" in webcomic form.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Aug 27, 2010 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Admittedly (obviously), it's not my subject, but this is what I learned. Then you've learned a shit ton of wrong information. For one thing, what about all the egg-laying species? The only biological difference between male and female that's universal across all species that have male and female is...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Who said anything about self-replicating?

And the way I remember it, "life" has to meet a rather narrow definition of "self-replicating."
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Why does this bullshit always come in the form of unfalsiable claims about other people's consciouses or thoughts or opinions? It's even worse when those unfalsifiable claims are claimed to then be the direct cause of the emergent property of a chaotic system. "You have this revelation" &...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Males and females exist in a complex relationship wherein both are required for reproduction, and both work together to perpetuate each other's genetic material--both sides are integral, both sets of DNA get something out of it. Aha, I fucking get it now, I think. I understand how this fucking idio...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

(because referring to men as robots and women as life itself is not at all a value assessment) You're right. It isn't. To think it is is the Naturalistic Fallacy writ large. Oh, and how does male homosexuality fit into this narrative of yours? Oh, shit! The robots are fucking each other! Where does...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

If you consider any part of that the Naturalistic Fallacy, you were sleepwalking through. You mean the part where you assign women elevated status (and define men as robots) on the utterly arbitrary point that women can bare children? That's pretty much a standard example of the Naturalistic Fallac...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

While fairly well-written from a technical perspective, your narrative remains vague and incoherent, involving meaningless moral platitudes, arbitrary labels, and craven examples of the Naturalistic Fallacy. If you consider any part of that the Naturalistic Fallacy, you were picking out keywords, n...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 26, 2010 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

I'm sorry it's been so long, but I was wondering how to put this best. Yes, I do mean to deny women agency, because it was wrested from them. What I'm saying has some similarities to Engels' Origin , which, with some correction for what more is known of biology and anthropology, I understand to stil...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 28659

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Never mind that - they were humming the Star Wars theme in 1973?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 35305

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

Wait, the daughter hired a stripper... while the father's mistress (possibly an actual housekeeper?) has come as a French maid... while... um... not sure about that last one. Same story as the father, only either he's an actual plumber making a hamhanded double entendre, or he's picked a much less f...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?
Replies: 413
Views: 34963

Re: Meat. Eating it. Is it alright to?

I would say no. Nothing to do with animal rights; I have little empathy for animals, although I'd be concerned about the psyche of someone who went out of his or her way to harm one. Rather, the animals we're talking about, I'd like to see mostly die off, at least the long-extinct, resource-intensiv...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Part of me wonders whether society itself isn't misogynistic, since it's a set of constructions to have males stop killing each other, which Gaia tells us is our duty, while the women are, by and large, and in a way only increased in more recent, more egalitarian societies, protected to have the nex...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Aug 09, 2010 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0179: "E to the Pi times I"
Replies: 161
Views: 47516

Re: Reproduction in xkcd: vol 0

This comic is reproduced in the xkcd book, the formula "corrected" to erroneously assert: e^{\pi\sqrt{-1}} = 1 appearing with a note from Randall explaining he received forty emails telling him the sign was wrong in the online edition ( it wasn't ). Shame. Thank you cocky fervid pedants w...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

How hard is it to understand that Savannah was chosen because it sounds like savannah? It was, of course, and it could have been anywhere in the South or Midwest, but it couldn't have worked with a "Savannah, Massachusetts" or a "Savannah, Rhode Island." It might have worked wit...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Aug 04, 2010 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 62512

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Just to point out: humans evolved in the Sahara , or possibly in Southwest Asia or even Southern Europe. Chimps, our closest modern relatives, are mostly found further south, but that's because of the mass deforestation in the Sahara around the 7th millenium BCE (we didn't invent it; we just do it f...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Jun 18, 2010 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0755: "Interdisciplinary"
Replies: 102
Views: 14423

0755: "Interdisciplinary"

Image

Alt-text: "Replace the pendulums with history students and you'll qualify for a grant!"

I fantasize about this course every time I hear the word "culture" from a humanities student.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon May 31, 2010 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0747: "Geeks and Nerds"
Replies: 129
Views: 22686

Re: "Geeks and Nerds" Discussion

...perfect. Just perfect. When I was that close to joining the dark side, Randall pulls through.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed May 12, 2010 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 34029

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

The sad thing about Wikipedia is that sometimes I look up a term of art, have no idea what they're talking about, then find a much clearer definition, of the same length, in some textbook, then look back at Wikipedia and realize they're saying the exact same thing. Very, very rarely, the Wikipedia d...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed May 12, 2010 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 34029

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

I think the actual joke is that the word "malamanteau" is itself a malamanteau. No, the actual joke is that "Wikipedia," although no one remembers due to its prominence, was originally a neologism made of a portmanteau of "wiki," a general term for websites that could ...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed May 12, 2010 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 34029

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

...holy crap, the real joke just occurred to me. Wiki + encyclopedia... dammit. I'm an idiot.

...well, the alt-text was stupid. Ish, maybe.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed May 12, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 34029

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

Okay, I'm going to go make some posts in the General Discussion forum at some point so that I don't turn into one of the anticuddlefish, but I hate this update. It's the single worst I've ever seen. If the article existed, it would be mildly unfunny, but as it is, it strikes me as an invitation to v...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon May 03, 2010 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0734: "Outbreak"
Replies: 126
Views: 22030

Re: "Outbreak" Discussion

Would 90 minutes of filling in incident reports, accident reports, health and safety forms, and expenses claims (for the bullet/shell) make a good romantic comedy? I'm guessing "no"... Yes. Especially if it goes to trial. And if he/she/both fall in love with one of the health and safety o...

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