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by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1403: "Thesis Defense"
Replies: 52
Views: 19197

Re: 1403: "Thesis Defense"

Not the most tasteful comic Randall has ever posted.

But maybe it's just part of the snake fight.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1388: "Subduction License"
Replies: 59
Views: 14700

Re: 1388: "Subduction License"

Beret guy is an earthbender?
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Feb 14, 2014 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 18480

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

This is a terrible plan. Demons can swim through both water and lava, and giving them access to the ocean would be disastrous.

Instead, you need to vitrify Hell, or at least have a collapsible tunnel to reseal it.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Dec 30, 2013 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures
Replies: 65
Views: 15163

Re: 1310: Goldbach Conjectures

Gödel, Escher, Bach has a joke about "Goldbach variations" which is somewhat similar to this. For example, "every even number is the difference of two primes".
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Nov 13, 2013 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1290: "Syllable Planning"
Replies: 64
Views: 14876

Re: 1290: "Syllable Planning"

I amend my statement; the only real requirement is that at least one unstressed syllable precede the infix. DAH-duh-fucking-duh-DAH works. The paper I linked proposes that, more or less, the word should be parsed into metrical feet according to certain rules, and the expletive must be inserted on f...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Nov 13, 2013 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1290: "Syllable Planning"
Replies: 64
Views: 14876

Re: 1290: "Syllable Planning"

Prosody, shmosody—
Foul-mouthed phonologists
Ought to learn how to act
More like adults:
"Expletive infix" be-
longs in the Journal of
Irreproducible
Fucking Results
.

-- Aaron Dinkin
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon May 27, 2013 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 28017

Re: 1217: "Cells"

uaswell wrote:"Kills 99.9% of bacteria" - sure, so does soapy water.


Only if it's antibacterial soap. Regular soapy water is good at washing bacteria away, but not great at killing them. At least, that's what I read on the internet somewhere.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon May 27, 2013 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 28017

Re: 1217: "Cells"

Handgun rounds kill cancer cells in vivo, too. But like most promising cancer drugs, they're also pretty bad for the patient.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Feb 18, 2013 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"
Replies: 78
Views: 20490

Re: 1175:"Moving Sidewalks"

... and this is why I like Robo Rally.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jan 18, 2013 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Knights, Knaves and Normals. [solution]
Replies: 16
Views: 8072

Re:

The problem is stated as "a Knight always tells the truth, a Knave always lies, and a Normal can do either". It's not stated that a Normal must either lie or tell the truth, but if this is the case, the problem is solvable. This isn't very much like a "normal" person in this worl...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Nov 12, 2012 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1133: "Up Goer Five"
Replies: 228
Views: 91118

Re: 1133: "Up Goer Five"

Interesting. Randall's clearly using a very different list from http://www.rupert.id.au/resources/1000-words.php, as that list contains "thousand", "liquid", "gas" (though probably in the sense of "gasoline"), "common", "can" (once again, t...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"
Replies: 45
Views: 13688

Re: 1097: "A Hypochrondiac's Nightmare"

He wouldn't have been in front of the plane in the first place if he didn't have compulsive avionotropism.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Sat Aug 04, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0005: "Robot Apocalypse"
Replies: 65
Views: 52609

Re: What-if 0005: Robot Apocalypse

Retuning the radio transmitter and overriding the power control circuitry could result in a phone creating a lethal pulse of microwave radiation. That, in combination with an active conversation would kill at least 2 people by microwaving their brains (too few people use Bluetooth headsets to matte...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:58 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 19719

Re: What-If 0002: SAT Guessing

I was pretty disappointed by this entry for exactly these reasons. I believe SAT scores are scaled such that 500 is the average score and 100 is the standard deviation. I don't think it's perfect (perhaps intentionally so), but some effort is made toward that effect. Assuming the College Board woul...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 48021

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

My take: A couple: almost always exactly two, except in phrases "a couple of minutes" and the like. Comes from a verb meaning to bind exactly two things together. A couple three: two or more likely three, rather than six. A few: usually three, or perhaps slightly more. Originally means &qu...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed May 09, 2012 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 40016

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

Seems like a missed opportunity to use a ‱ sign.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 67051

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

Also, e^(pi * sqrt(163)) ~ 640320^3 + 744. But that one is famous. And was found by a method other than brute force.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Apr 25, 2012 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 67051

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

Spoiler:
[math]cos(\pi / 7) + cos(3\pi/7) + cos(5\pi/7)
= -\Re(\zeta_7+\zeta_7^2+\zeta_7^3)
= \frac12 - \frac12(1 + \zeta_7 + \zeta_7 ^2 + \zeta_7^3 + \zeta_7^4 + \zeta_7^5 + \zeta_7^6)
= \frac12[/math]
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 88125

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

If you only consider certain parts of it to be literal, how do you decide which parts? The idea is to try to determine what genre something is, what influenced it, who wrote/told it and why, in order to figure out how to interpret it. For example, up through the flood at least is "myth" -...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 88125

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

There is a difference. It is still God's creation. Whereas when we clone it is not. Of course, I just couldn't resist the Asimov reference. Also, I'm Christian, and I don't hold that part of the Bible to be literal. In defense of those who do, I'd like to point out that it's not stated by whom Adam...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 88125

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

... unlike Adam and Eve themselves, of whom it is written:

Oh give me a clone,
of my own flesh and bone,
with the Y-chromosome changed to X...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 19546

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

Randall's theory is wrong. I never had this problem in college.

... wait a minute...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 35594

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

You would be able to tell by whether she said ten or one-zero. No, you can say "ten", and it's still valid in binary (as equal to decimal 2). I see no reason you have to call it "one-zero". Ten is a number, not a notation that needs to be parsed through a base system. It is alwa...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Aug 26, 2011 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 26635

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

Arguably, the question answered here is better expressed "shall you marry me?".
by bitwiseshiftleft
Thu Aug 11, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 307198

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

The goal isn't perfect security, which is impossible. It's more like harm reduction -- or vulnerability reduction, to be more accurate. Lots of people use ridiculously obvious passwords -- look at an analysis of hacked password databases . I've read several, and they're all similar. You could just ...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 66544

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Auliya wrote:BTW is "out of the woods" a Firefly reference?


"Out of the woods" is just a standard phrase.

Also, shouldn't it be a 40% chance that some cancer cells slip by?
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Jul 18, 2011 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0926: "Time Vulture"
Replies: 85
Views: 20444

Re: 0926: "Time Vulture"

With such slow internal clocks, they'd better have quick reflexes. Otherwise, they'll always get beaten to the punch. Like Brian-M.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 28618

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

The ones that always get me are statements like: "The new version is three times smaller than the old one." Ergargleblarg that's not possible ! It can be "67% smaller" or "1/3 the original size," but saying something is "twice as slow" is about as useful as s...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0853: "Consecutive Vowels"
Replies: 159
Views: 42121

Re: 0852: "Consecutive Vowels"

Not sure how the x-axis on that scatterplot manages to be continuous.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 169044

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Uzbekistan is also the world's only stan-locked country, bordering Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Dec 24, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0838 : "Incident"
Replies: 59
Views: 15720

Re: 0838 : "Incident"

The other column is for people who reduce the CPU priority of their batch jobs.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 91563

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

The curses actually work, but their military applications are classified.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Sep 22, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 19970

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

NotAllThere wrote:
Siguy wrote:California also bans flamethrowers and "assault weapons", which is absurd. Well, actually the former is a bit debatable...

How the heck do they fight aliens then?


We douse them with chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. Such as water.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 37341

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Turns left? No!
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Jul 23, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 28030

Re: "All the Girls" (#770)

Come on, Randall, you know the condition is more complicated than that.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Jul 19, 2010 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 54463

Re: "1996" Discussion

Too true. I think they've improved slightly (16MHz M68k, 256k ram and 2MB flash in the TI-89, sez Wikipedia), but not exponentially. My favorite TI exploit was a TI-86 program which ran continuously in the background (like one of those old DOS TSR programs...). It made it so that if you tried to cle...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Mon Jul 05, 2010 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0762: "Analogies"
Replies: 144
Views: 25605

Re: "Analogies" Discussion

I don't think "a simile is like a metaphor" is a simile, or at least is not a very good one It is a simile, but you have piqued my interest. How does one determine the quality of a simile? It isn't a simile. I think Wikipedia's definition of a simile is accurate: A simile is a figure of s...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri May 07, 2010 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0737: "Yogurt"
Replies: 97
Views: 18850

Re: "Yogurt" Discussion

I don't understand the calendar thing. If it's May 7, 2010 according to the Gregorian calendar, isn't it April 24, 2010 according to the Julian calendar? So if the mediaeval yogurtsmiths set the expiration at May 12, 2010 (Julian Calendar) it should be good for an extra 13 days...
by bitwiseshiftleft
Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 97181

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

Good comic, but it needs one of these switches.
by bitwiseshiftleft
Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 34213

Re: " Literally " Discussion

... unlike the SS Grandcamp, which littorally exploded.

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