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by Darekun
Fri May 27, 2016 3:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8631
Views: 1504593

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

SW first-timer, let's see how many mistakes I make:

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Title: Seriously, detecting dematerialized undead is the hard part. I have spare rubber chickens I can sacrifice.

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by Darekun
Tue Feb 09, 2016 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"
Replies: 43
Views: 6501

Re: 1640: "Super Bowl Context"

Wow. There is now one person I would enjoy discussing the Super Bowl with. So I take it the super-advertising-bowl took place recently? This morning, I noticed the radio's mindless Super Bowl chatter had switched to the past tense, so I think so! the proportion of adverts to actual game was staggeri...
by Darekun
Thu May 07, 2015 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 10168

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Are squirrels supposed to be attracted to bright lights or something, or is the joke simply about the concept in television or video games of valuable items shining? I think it's more like G'Kar's speech about shining a light and god . The squirrels are using the primal uneducated thoughts they sha...
by Darekun
Sat Jun 14, 2014 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 35270

Re: 1377: "Fish"

Now that you mention evolution: is there an optimum level of mutagenesis where genetic diversity is sufficiently induced while avoiding waste of resources (lack of reproduction or death while offspring needs protection)? Well, mutagenesis is rapidly evolved, and very different species in the same a...
by Darekun
Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 35270

Re: 1377: "Fish"

As for RNA and proteins, that is the exact opposite from my understanding. The sequencing is highly specific. You can have one, sometimes two out of place proteins and usually not degrade it too much but more than that and you begin to have loss of function. In the case of hemoglobin, you have sick...
by Darekun
Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 35270

Re: 1377: "Fish"

I have looked into that and actually have a folder of bookmarks that goes over the pro/con of RNA world and I personally consider RNA world as a theory of the origin of life to be dead given the current evidence. There might be some interesting things that can be done in a lab with it, but as a the...
by Darekun
Thu Jun 05, 2014 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 35270

Re: 1377: "Fish"

My favorite solution to the Fermi paradox is that any life out there is communicating amongst themselves in a far more energy-efficient fashion than just broadcasting everything they say every which way. Planet-to-planet radio lasers for a start. We wouldn't hear them unless they were trying to tal...
by Darekun
Sat Mar 29, 2014 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 15010

Re: 1345: Answers

Weirdly, based on fMRI it looks like this is more of a half-life thing :J The ability to act is lost quickly… but it takes about two weeks after being killed in the normal sense for a rat brain to really shut down. Is that actual thought, or just neurons firing without meaning? Well, there's three ...
by Darekun
Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 15010

Re: 1345: Answers

Generally speaking, sleeping is fairly safe. A creature finds a place to hide, and nothing finds it. The danger is in moving to collect more energy. When you're out hunting food (plants or other animals), you're moving around, and that puts you at risk for being killed yourself. Energy acquisition ...
by Darekun
Sat Mar 22, 2014 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 15010

Re: 1345: Answers

We sleep because garbage collection. http://www.nih.gov/news/health/oct2013/ninds-17.htm Hunh, with that setup I thought it was going to be the neural net thing… It's a raptor-or-egg problem, though. Maybe GC happens while we sleep because there's nothing better to do, but we sleep because it's dar...
by Darekun
Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1313: "Regex Golf"
Replies: 64
Views: 24413

Re: 1313: "Regex Golf"

I'd like to start a dedicated Regex Golf thread here on xkcd forums, where people can post their spoiler-tagged solutions and custom problems, but I'm not sure where to put it. Can anyone help me, please? I don't know whether to put it in Logic Puzzles, Computer Science, Coding, or heck, even Mathe...
by Darekun
Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Representative democracy without elections
Replies: 29
Views: 10000

Re: Representative democracy without elections

Here's a suggestion for casting votes: Assign people to blocs. A certain percentage of the population will be voting on rotation, say each quarter year. So over two years you have 8 blocs voting until the cycle resets. (hmm actually this doesn't really solve the anonymity issue. As recasts required...
by Darekun
Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Representative democracy without elections
Replies: 29
Views: 10000

Re: Representative democracy without elections

Hm. I've been thinking of a "proxy voting system", which is basically delegative democracy used as a voting system, within the greater context of USA-style representative democracy(election day takes a snapshot of the proxies, etc). One of its advantages — recursion — may be useful here, b...
by Darekun
Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 79248

Re: 1321: "Cold"

Well, it seems obvious to put 0° at absolute zero; It may seem obvious, but in the grand scheme of things it's just plain wrong . It's much more sensible to put "absolute zero" at one of the infinities for a "fundamental" scale to measure temperatures. I dunno, I don't think suc...
by Darekun
Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1321: "Cold"
Replies: 517
Views: 79248

Re: 1321: "Cold"

if (test = 1) then Really, the compiler asssumming that the coder's intention is to see whether test can be assigned a value of 1. Where does this make sense? Worse — the if isn't checking whether test can be set to 1, the if is checking the 1. "if (test = 0) then" would never go in. Ther...
by Darekun
Tue Jan 21, 2014 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1319: "Automation"
Replies: 58
Views: 14207

Re: 1319: "Automation"

Maybe I'm stupid, but I don't understand the 1st graph. Shouldn't the automation curve fall down to zero in order to save time, or at least represent less work than the original task? Shouldn't the two curves cross somewhere? If automation isn't worth it in theory, it sure won't in reality. Top gra...
by Darekun
Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 19495

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

Summarizing my argument as "If Jesus is one of multiple ways to God, then God is unnecessarily cruel" could look like appeal to consequences if the possibility of God being unnecessarily cruel is merely something that's undesirable. If on the other hand God being unnecessarily cruel is si...
by Darekun
Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 19495

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

Eternal Density wrote:Here's a reason why you can't reasonably say that Jesus is one of multiple ways to God: if there were other ways to God it would have been both stupid and cruel for Jesus to have been crucified.

Wow. That's like appeal to consequences fallacy in a nutshell.
by Darekun
Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1315: "Questions for God"
Replies: 120
Views: 19495

Re: 1315: "Questions for God"

I guess you think I just picked the number three out of a hat. To me, it seems kind of a weird place to stop. It can be useful to take a broad view, wherein the various Abrahamics are lumped into one(the "same exact origin point" view), or to take a view that splits based on large scriptu...
by Darekun
Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 16920

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

Guys, practically every infinite-scrolling site also has a pagination option, with links to jump direct to any page. They're right there at the bottom, I don't know how you could miss them. But isn't the entire point that the page gets longer when you scroll down, so you can never get to things on ...
by Darekun
Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 16920

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

Is 'right click' -> 'open in a new tab' too cliche? This :) The title text is right, but not as a side effect, as a fix; send all links to a new tab. (I also use a custom skin that makes the back button bright red, because if it's not greyed out, there has been an error.) As for finding the "n...
by Darekun
Thu Nov 21, 2013 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1293: Job Interview
Replies: 25
Views: 9814

Re: 1293: Job Interview

LtPowers wrote:I would really like to know how, exactly, Beret Guy discovered that the outlet was a soup outlet.

I figure if you combine the phrase "write on our computers", the soup outlet label, and the zeppelin elevator strip… you get a really sweet business model.
by Darekun
Thu Nov 07, 2013 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 16099

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

You know, for all the Saturday morning cartoons I've seen where kids play some weird made-up game that involves pieces from a bunch of different games, I have yet to see come up with a real, coherent game you can play that way. You'd think with there being such a vibrant community of tabletop gamin...
by Darekun
Tue Oct 15, 2013 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 68937

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

My point is simply that the phrase "acting in self interest" is not useful in the context of coming up with models of human behavior, whether actual or ideal. To decide whether someone is "acting in self interest" when they go on a bender, or go to bed with a bozo, or ride their...
by Darekun
Tue Oct 15, 2013 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 28037

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

It depends on whether the AI actually gets more information. I was specifically talking about cases where they don't have an information advantage; in great part, this is because players will notice that kind of information advantage, and AAA can afford to do without it. Does the AI get more detail...
by Darekun
Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 20023

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

What about "we need to stay away from the half-mirror society, other than that I'm fine"? Hmmm ... I didn't know that phrase, Sorry, that seems to be a highly-local phrase for something there isn't really a phrase for: The normal counterpart to the transparent society. One in which people...
by Darekun
Thu Sep 26, 2013 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 18102

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

How about this: int main() { for ( byte I = 0; I < 200; ++I ) pConsole[I % 20][I / 20] = 0x0730 + (I % 10) ; return 0; } where byte ³ is signed¹, and pConsole points to volatile²? ¹ And therefore -128..127, to the presumed surprise of the programmer. ² Specifically, the VGA text-mode display. ³ Why ...
by Darekun
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 20023

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

What about "we need to stay away from the half-mirror society, other than that I'm fine"?
by Darekun
Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 28037

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

Look at all the PC games out there...all of them...there are very very few AIs that exist for games that cannot win without cheating. This isn't meaningful anymore; it's normal nowdays in AAA games for the AI to be developed to the point of utterly destroying most players, then toned back until it'...
by Darekun
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 19407

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

Right! I prefer to view still images that only change once per hour for which we have to create our own viewer in order to see in proper sequence. Yeah, I still don't get why (so many) people think that's better… Perhaps if you Wait for it, it will come to you in Time. :wink: Yeah, I got that part....
by Darekun
Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 28037

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

shapenaji wrote:The creation of MCMC codes led to a massive leap in computer strength, since it was the first time that anyone had managed to create a decent position evaluator.

Hm, that makes it sound like an evolutionary algorithm to find position evaluators is the next step…
by Darekun
Fri Sep 20, 2013 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1264: "Slideshow"
Replies: 79
Views: 19407

Re: 1264: "Slideshow"

I'm also not convinced that the weak attempts at copyright protection (as seen in such slideshows) are at all effective, since they are so easy to circumvent. Given that I usually find it easier to View Source, download the .SWF, and get the image URLs from there than to sit through the Ken Burns e...
by Darekun
Fri Sep 20, 2013 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 18102

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Visual Basic, C# and presumably other .NET languages allow you to pass shell commands to the Windows operating system - like "format c:" That's a… decidedly DOS-y way to do it under Windows. But, assuming you're using shell commands instead of IOCTLs, what about a program that has an edit...
by Darekun
Tue Jul 16, 2013 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 32367

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

I heard you're idea's and their definately good. Ekuzei! I'm still wondering whether the missing apostrophes in the last frame are deliberate or not. Reminds me of the Bob The Angry Flower comic about apostrophes, which asserts that if you don't know how to use the apostrophes, just don't use them :...
by Darekun
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 50244

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

The enigma that is sleepsort just keeps getting more interesting to me, and I'm not exactly sure why. The audacity, for this sorting algorithm to join together such different concepts. There's also a deliberate conceptual brutality to it — it's not just deoptimizing a sort, it's using the deoptimiz...
by Darekun
Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 50244

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

I'm not real sure why, but I optimized sleepsort: PBYTE OrdSort(PBYTE pBytesToSort, int Length) { BOOL bMember[256]; int iSrc, iDst = 0, iMember; //This part represents the spawning of the threads. PBYTE Result = (PBYTE)malloc(Length); //Not an in-place sort. for ( iMember = 0; iMember < 256; ++iMem...
by Darekun
Thu Jan 03, 2013 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"
Replies: 144
Views: 22157

Re: 1155: "Kolmogorov Directions"

Assuming Lexington Ave in NYC, or even Lexington, MA, seems parochial when there is the much more nationally prominent Lexington, KY to be the more obvious referent. I know little if anything about Lexington, KY; I recognize Lexington, MA once I see the pair, but wouldn't match it unpaired. I live ...

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