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by RanCorp
Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

So does the rock-computer simulate the consciousnesses of the people in the simulation or just the particles in their brains that make them do things? Is the fact that they are "experiencing" the universe part of the universe's programming? Randall, please solve religious philosophy and e...
by RanCorp
Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 510
Views: 62621

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Eikinkloster wrote:Why else do you think that seeking truth through confrontation is not rational?

Because confrontation is how one person attempts to impose their will on another. It has nothing to do with finding the truth.

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by RanCorp
Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 510
Views: 62621

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Rationalism is about seeking truth through confrontation. If that is so, it has an extremely misleading name. I guess you would rather use "rationalism" to simply denote your own general worldview, i.e., your conclusions rather than your seemingly oracular attitude, and that's why you fin...
by RanCorp
Sun Jul 19, 2009 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 510
Views: 62621

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

Eikinkloster wrote:Rationalism is about seeking truth through confrontation.

If that is so, it has an extremely misleading name. Hmm... Now that I think of it, just as with Libertarianism, which would be acurately referred to as Amoral Economic Anarchism.

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by RanCorp
Sat Jul 18, 2009 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 510
Views: 62621

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

What is Randall's worldview?


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by RanCorp
Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 510
Views: 62621

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

To revisit the quantum physics aspect:

"Libertarians are fermionic, humanists are bosonic."



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by RanCorp
Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0600: "Android Boyfriend"
Replies: 136
Views: 36852

Re: "Android Boyfriend" Discussion

... 404 was a comic (and an error message). Are you referring to http://xkcd.com/404/ ? Because it is not an HTML document crafted to appear like a 404 error page, it really is the HTTP server that handles xkcd.com returning the HTTP 404 error code. You can see this using a tool such as wget: % wge...
by RanCorp
Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0600: "Android Boyfriend"
Replies: 136
Views: 36852

Re: "Android Boyfriend" Discussion

Ryalyn wrote:Has anyone read the short story The Little Worker by Paul Di Filippo? This is seriously giving me story flashbacks to parts of the story.

Escape Pod did a reading of it here.

There appears to be an echo in here.

Look back at the second-to-last post on page two of this thread.


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by RanCorp
Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0600: "Android Boyfriend"
Replies: 136
Views: 36852

Re: "Android Boyfriend" Discussion

This reminded me of a scene from the science fiction story "Little Worker," which I encountered in spoken form via Escape Pod. In this story there are genetically engineered, sentient (though not terribly intelligent) animals that serve, among other things, as sex slaves for their human ke...
by RanCorp
Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0568: "Well 2"
Replies: 105
Views: 19861

Re: Discussion of "Well 2"

Here's the problem with permanently aging, rather than dying, from an old Norse myth featured in a book called Mythology: A goddess loves a mortal man, but he will die in a short time based on her lifetime (compare it to the lifetime of a fly and a person), so she asks the king of the gods(Thor?) t...
by RanCorp
Fri Mar 27, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 43206

Re: "Well" Discussion

No fair editing the ALT text...

And I say this as a hard-core Vi user...


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by RanCorp
Thu Feb 26, 2009 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0548: "Kindle"
Replies: 122
Views: 26026

Re: "Kindle" Discussion

.... Also, Jon Stewart was talking about the Kindle yesterday on the Daily Show (I believe he made a joke about being able to read with one hand and the *ahem* advantages it had). ... Actually, it was Bezos who remarked, apparently without catching the possible double entendre before he said it, th...
by RanCorp
Mon Feb 16, 2009 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 26789

Life v. Art

Hi,

ZDNet blogger Oliver Marks is apparently an xkcd afficionado: http://blogs.zdnet.com/collaboration/?p=334


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by RanCorp
Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 70822

Re: Predictions for Next Year at MIT

Where did you see / find that? When I refresh the xkcd main page, I still see Cover-Up.

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by RanCorp
Tue Feb 10, 2009 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0541: "TED Talk"
Replies: 220
Views: 35275

Re: "TED Talk" Discussion

I think using -- is a reasonable solution whereever dashes are not easily available. I am certainly not going to drag out the charachter map to create a dash on a forum or e-mail. Alt-0151 Doesn't work on Linux. And I am not going to write a custom keyboard layout. -- is just fine. Even - is okay. ...
by RanCorp
Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0541: "TED Talk"
Replies: 220
Views: 35275

Re: "TED Talk" Discussion

athelas wrote:<3 TED talks. That is all.

(They're free! And online!)

When I saw the title here in the forums before going to look at the comic, I'd guessed it was going to be about the absurd volume of TED Talks podcasts that daily flood into my iPod.

I mean, does TED run continuously? 24/7/365?


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by RanCorp
Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0539: "Boyfriend"
Replies: 145
Views: 34307

Re: "Boyfriend" Discussion

Ayelis wrote:Box? Whisker? Am I the only one who didn't get the memo that such a graph even existed?

Who can say?

But a simple Web search for "box-and-whisker plot" suggests it's neither Randall's nor Wikipedia's invention.

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by RanCorp
Tue Feb 03, 2009 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 26789

Re: "Security" discussion

Well, you're free to dislike or like whomever. ... Why don't you take issue with the quotes I posted if you think there's something wrong with them instead of just ranting about the author. Logic is irrelevant to someone who thinks "A = A" is the basis for a philosophy. We call that a tau...
by RanCorp
Tue Feb 03, 2009 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 26789

Re: "Security" discussion

I was reading Ayn Rand the other day and a couple quotes come to mind... (And no, I don't agree with everything she says, but it is thought provoking). Ayn Rand was not only a mental defective, but she proved insanity can be contagious. She was also quite the hypocrite, decrying having the tables t...
by RanCorp
Tue Feb 03, 2009 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 26789

Re: "Security" discussion

Wow.

You really gotta' love all these fantasies of having data so valuable that someone—anyone—would go to such lengths to get it.

Or are criminals disproportionately represented among the denizens of this forum?


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by RanCorp
Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 26789

Re: "Security" discussion

lanicita wrote:Wow... not only did they find a $5 wrench, but they found a $5 wrench that looks like a big penis.

A penis from what species?

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by RanCorp
Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 26789

And Now For Something Completely Different

Check it out: http://cryptome.info/0001/manchu-chip.htm

I still think it's a premature April Fool's story...


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by RanCorp
Tue Dec 16, 2008 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

tricky77puzzle wrote:
nupanick wrote:What is "the xkcd number?"

A(g_64, g_64).

If you don't know what A(m,n) is, try checking out Wikipedia. ...

Which does make one wonder what is the definition of the three-argument form of said function?

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by RanCorp
Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

ethraax wrote:If I were that guy I'd write a program to simulate someone being lost in the desert making a computer out of rocks that would simulate someone being lost in the desert making a computer out of rocks that would (...)

Or maybe just draw an ouroboros in the sand and call it a day.
by RanCorp
Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

... While the algorithm and the results might be the same mathematically in the two contexts, pi is a physical ratio which could quite possibly be different elsewhere. Pi has a geometrical interpretation, sure, but as a physical value, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, it ...
by RanCorp
Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

While sitting in my 3 hour Sociology class. (Same time next week...) it's comforting to know that there is a rockman taking untold millenniums to program the professor prattle on about the illusion of Democracy in the USA. Oh, great. Simulations of illusions. Simulations of simulators. Simulations ...
by RanCorp
Sat Nov 29, 2008 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

... but you have to account for the fact that real numbers are abstract and the universe is not infinitely complex like the real numbers. ... "God created the integers. All else is the work of man." —Leopold Kronecker See also http://www.idsia.ch/~juergen/toesv2/node45.html (which I found...
by RanCorp
Fri Nov 28, 2008 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0509: "Induced Current"
Replies: 86
Views: 12734

Re: "Induced Current" Discussion

Jamaican Castle wrote:... Actual odds of losing approximately 1:google. ...

Please do not misuse trademarks. The word you're looking for is "googol."

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by RanCorp
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism
Replies: 99
Views: 6767

Re: Man blames son's suicide on Atheism

Amazing how people still disagree with a theory that is over 100 years old. At this point, it is the same as not believing in gravity. Lewis Black has a good explanation of how silly these people are. 149 years old today, in fact. If acknowledgement of the truth weeds people out of the gene pool (n...
by RanCorp
Mon Nov 24, 2008 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

The point of Bell's inequality is that there is a measurable difference between a random universe and a pseudorandom universe. We have done the experiment and have determined that the universe is random, not pseudorandom. Computers are not capable of simulating true randomness. Not only would a com...
by RanCorp
Wed Nov 19, 2008 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

I call Heisenberg on you. I hear they have compensators for that stuff... Inertial dampers, too (it's a little known fact that momentum and kinetic energy are actually the same thing). I'm writing a new textbook that will make Einstein entirely obsolete. I pieced it together from postings on sci.ph...
by RanCorp
Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

neurosci_queen wrote:...Why would this be bad?

The blasphemy?
:wink:

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by RanCorp
Wed Nov 19, 2008 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

... You would need a quantum computer the size of the universe. You see, the universe actually is a quantum computer, the question is: What is it calculating? The evolution of the quantum-mechanical wave function of this universe's physics with initial boundary conditions equal to those of this uni...
by RanCorp
Tue Nov 18, 2008 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

... For our universe, this is in fact needed. Communication is capped by the speed of light after all. And if our universe is discrete, then probably the speed of light translates to moving 1 cell each timestep :) Which is consistent with the values for the Planck time and distance (as given in the...
by RanCorp
Tue Nov 18, 2008 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

How do you get the conservation laws from a cellular automata model of the universe?

How do you get quantum entanglement from CA?


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by RanCorp
Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 95488

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

Can they [electrons] move continuously, or do they teleport in the "erase me here, draw me there" manner? No. I'm not sure we know enough to answer that so definitively. For all we know, space is quantized at the Planck scale and that means that in essence there is effectively an integer ...
by RanCorp
Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0504: "Legal Hacks"
Replies: 186
Views: 28265

Re: "Legal Hacks" Discussion

...Libertarian... Sorry. Greed is not a philosophy. Libertarians are the only political group does not want to take money from other people to spent on their own goals. How on earth does that equate to greed? It's in fact the opposite of greed! Are you seriously claiming that you are greedy if you ...
by RanCorp
Sat Nov 15, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0504: "Legal Hacks"
Replies: 186
Views: 28265

Re: "Legal Hacks" Discussion

...Libertarian... Sorry. Greed is not a philosophy. Libertarians are nothing but amoralistic economic anarchists. Nothing will lead to the demise of any given society faster than giving these YOYO barbarians what they want. RanCorp I love the derision you use when you have to describe things with w...
by RanCorp
Sat Nov 15, 2008 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0504: "Legal Hacks"
Replies: 186
Views: 28265

Re: "Legal Hacks" Discussion

...Libertarian... Sorry. Greed is not a philosophy. Libertarians are nothing but amoralistic economic anarchists. Nothing will lead to the demise of any given society faster than giving these YOYO barbarians what they want. So what do libertarians support that you don't? I'd imagine they prefer the...
by RanCorp
Sat Nov 15, 2008 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0504: "Legal Hacks"
Replies: 186
Views: 28265

Re: "Legal Hacks" Discussion

cyberblade wrote:...Libertarian...

Sorry. Greed is not a philosophy. Libertarians are nothing but amoralistic economic anarchists. Nothing will lead to the demise of any given society faster than giving these YOYO barbarians what they want.

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