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by MrRubix
Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 26253

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

I think people are taking things a little too seriously, here. It seems pretty clear that this comic is meant to be a knock against people that pretty much do nothing but gossip. If you've ever been in those situations (e.g. a dinner) where the entire discussion is centered around talking shit / tal...
by MrRubix
Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 26253

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

I used to hang out with a group of "friends" where everyone spent most of their time bitching about others. I distanced myself from it all because odds are they're bitching about you, too, when you're not around. The whole thing is just a vortex of negativity, and ain't nobody got time for...
by MrRubix
Mon Jul 16, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62194

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

My favorite feature of conspiracy theories is that evidence to the contrary is actually supporting evidence, as it indicates a cover-up, and the absence of evidence is evidence in and of itself. I think what's even funnier is that all counter-evidence, no matter how much is present or how overwhelm...
by MrRubix
Wed May 09, 2012 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 41014

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

There's no real point in making fun of others for their ignorance, because we're all ignorant about many things.
by MrRubix
Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 59383

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

Arrrrgggghh, All you haters! Just because I might not be an expert on say, Biochemistry, doesn't mean I declare a good Biochem joke to be "the worst xkcd ever written". This is extremely funny for people who follow politics regularly. These sort of "pick who said what" quizzes a...
by MrRubix
Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 87516

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

I think most people say "NVM figured it out" without much more elaboration simply because they're pissed. When you post for help on a forum and either get no responses/unhelpful responses, the instinct is sometimes to just say "You know what, screw you guys" and let them know you...
by MrRubix
Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238757

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Legitimate movement unfortunately tarnished by the counterproductive douchebaggery of a select minority
by MrRubix
Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 61550

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

If I had to guess: Gladwell, Pinker, or Kaku.

But it seems far too generalized XD

Almost all pop-science books, ultimately, trace back to esoteric sources.
by MrRubix
Tue Nov 01, 2011 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Project Euler issue
Replies: 21
Views: 3483

Re: Project Euler issue

I'm currently stuck on 356 -- seems to involve modulus math but it's not really my specialty, haha.
by MrRubix
Fri Oct 07, 2011 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32035

Re: 0948 - "AI"

sup zAlbee
by MrRubix
Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63666

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

I think part of it may be the fact that in the past, BHG's largely just full of funny threats. Yes, we see him drag a body bag, but we never actually see the act itself, and the scope of the comic falls into the "obviously not a common occurrence" category. We know someone's joking when th...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63666

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

Even if you're one of those guys who thinks it's funny to line a toilet seat with hard-to-see super glue, or make crank calls to 911 on April Fool's Day, or splatter a touch of 3-million-plus-Scoville-rated hot pepper liquid into someone's food -- at least you're not (hopefully) dumb enough to pull ...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63666

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

The comic by itself I'd normally find humorous, but the humor drained itself when I thought about how many idiots would seriously consider trying it IRL.
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 21, 2011 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63666

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

I personally didn't find the comic to be in good taste. No, I am not some stickler, either (lord knows I've laughed at horrible things and have played more violent games than I care to name). People who are bringing up examples of slapstick and dynamite are missing the point. A bunny armed with a ri...
by MrRubix
Fri Sep 16, 2011 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317403

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

It's not easier to crack. It's the same difficulty to crack as another password with the same entropy, even if that other password is a string of 10 words from the diceware list. It might seem on the face of it that this latter one has less randomness, especially if you also add in grammar words to...
by MrRubix
Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317403

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

No, it doesn't come down to that notion? You can have lots of entropy with structure that makes it easy to remember. The "pass phrase of random words, which you then connect with additional words of your choice" generates easy to remember pass phrases that have more than enough entropy. @...
by MrRubix
Fri Sep 16, 2011 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

But realistically, what are you missing out on from this added time? Doing this won't take anything away from you bar ten minutes of your life, during which you would have achieved very little anyway. However, saving that dollar will give you a real positive gain, and as someone said earlier, over ...
by MrRubix
Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317403

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Ultimately, it comes down to the notion that easily-memorable passwords have some sort of non-random structure to it, and that non-random structure makes a password easier to crack, even if it's high-entropy. The true power of high-entropy comes into play when you expand your keyspace and lack any d...
by MrRubix
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

All activities I can come up with are extremely flexible (going to the park, playing video games, browsing XKCD, etc), such that 5 minutes does not represent any kind of lost opportunity. Thus, the actual value of that 5 minutes is extremely low, since taking that time won't cost me any amount of f...
by MrRubix
Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

With a 20 gallon tank, a 10c per gallon savings is $2.00 saved. For a mile driven that's about $1.70 (my gas mileage sucks!). For 5 minutes spent that's about $10/hour. Not a whole lot of money, but I have have so much free time it is essentially worthless (I have two weeks off at a time - not doin...
by MrRubix
Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

tl;dr: I'll put it this way: When you work for minimum-wage value, you are effectively incurring huge opportunity costs (both known and unknown types) and wasting your time.
by MrRubix
Thu Sep 15, 2011 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

This is why it's so important to do what you love -- you'll never work a day in your life. The problem with this is how quickly it turns into you hating the thing you love to do. You'll spend hours and hours on a hobby because you choose to do it and enjoy the time you put in. The problem occurs th...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 14, 2011 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317403

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Except writing the actual story would be a better password than the gibberish short form. Magic wand with velocity 2 times height makes fat zebras go... You'll note that I added connective words. These don't make the password worse (it makes it worse for the length, but worse than not having the wo...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317403

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

It really doesn't matter -- having longer passwords with larger keyspaces will be harder to crack even if the cracker knows your password is complex. It's always a good idea, though, to understand how most crackers work so you can avoid making common mistakes. An ideal password would be a complete m...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

The problem is that after a certain point, optimizing your time is needlessly difficult depending on what you want to get done and how far ahead you want to look. Depending on how adept your mind is naturally, there's a certain level of heuristic judgment that you are comfortable with with respect t...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 14, 2011 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

If you are really concerned about pinching pennies, go into investment banking and earn seven figures before you're 30. Of course, you'd have to survive the first few years where you're earning $100k+ but working 100-hour weeks, effectively selling your soul during your 20's. Unless you were lucky e...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 14, 2011 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

There are these things called a "salary" and "working hours" wherein any time spent outside of those times is effectively worth nothing, as there is no alternative to the income. It's not like I can choose between hourly labor and driving my car 4 extra minutes for cheaper gas. ...
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0628: "Psychic"
Replies: 186
Views: 48437

Re: 0628: "Psychic"

I just tried this on my girlfriend over GChat:

Me: Hey
GF: hey
what's up
Me: just curious
think of a random number from 1-100
GF: ok
Me: got it?
GF: ya
Me: is it 37?
GF: yes
haha
wtf
Me: trololololo
GF: I don't understand
how did you know?
haha
by MrRubix
Wed Sep 14, 2011 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36045

Re: 0951: "Working"

You'd be surprised how many people are willing to take on disproportionate effort/gain ratios for the sake of pinching pennies. But a lot of it comes down to certainty and implied efforts. I *know* that if I drive X miles out of the way, I will save Y amount of money, and that certainty has a partic...
by MrRubix
Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23662

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

the real mystery is how did Jimmy Hoffa end up buried under the Roanoke colony :) Actually, Hoffa is buried right here in Detroit under Home Plate at old Tiger Stadium. I know this because I knew a guy who knew a guy who knew the guys who burried the body. By the way, Obama did not come to power in...
by MrRubix
Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23662

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

Aelfyre wrote:the real mystery is how did Jimmy Hoffa end up buried under the Roanoke colony :)


I think it was probably Obama's fault after he came to power in the 1300's.
by MrRubix
Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23662

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

Common sense (I hate using that term, though) explanation for the comic: The alt-text talks about people who suddenly went missing, like Amelia Earhart (come on, no DB Cooper reference?), but just talking about them in present-tense as if they were still around, impossibly so. I don't think this is ...
by MrRubix
Wed Dec 31, 2008 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0524: "Party"
Replies: 141
Views: 30290

Re: "Party" Discussion

I was half-expecting a YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!
by MrRubix
Sat Dec 20, 2008 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0519: "11th Grade"
Replies: 204
Views: 44834

Re: "11th Grade" Discussion

You will always have those 4.0 GPA study-bots who sludge through the material and get into good schools, and you will also have the kids who never do any work because things "seem useless" to them. However, you need to be careful that the 4.0 GPA student is not JUST a study-bot with no rea...
by MrRubix
Mon Dec 08, 2008 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 29280

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Haha, I didn't catch on until I read the alt-text. At first I thought it was some sort of fake-orgasm joke or something, but the twin reference made it all make sense. Very nice :P
by MrRubix
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223572

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Nah, being a "nice guy" still works. Here's how you do it: 1. Become friends with the girl 2. Ask her out 3. She says "but I see you as just a friend! NO." 4. Go have sex with multiple girls more attractive than she is 5. Ask her out again 6. She says yes! 7. Profit! This is obv...
by MrRubix
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223572

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Regardless, I still stand behind my earlier points. The whole "friend zone" thing is actually not too hard to work around in many cases.
by MrRubix
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223572

Re: "Friends" Discussion

There's a good reason why you hear of these "nice guy/jerk" scenarios so often. It's called "fundamental attribution bias", isn't it? Well, what kind of other factors do you feel would play a more important role here? How much they can bench. Size/quality of junk/wallet. Face. H...
by MrRubix
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223572

Re: "Friends" Discussion

Sidescan wrote:
MrRubix wrote:There's a good reason why you hear of these "nice guy/jerk" scenarios so often.

It's called "fundamental attribution bias", isn't it?


Well, what kind of other factors do you feel would play a more important role here?
by MrRubix
Fri Dec 05, 2008 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223572

Re: "Friends" Discussion

The problem is, a lot of people seem to misinterpret where they fall along the spectrum from "nice guy" to "jerk." Nice guys tend to be doormats who have no boundaries, whereas jerks are very aggressive with their preferences. The healthy middle ground, obviously, is to be assert...

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