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by Inkstain
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185461

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Counterargument: Freedom of speech is an idea that predates the U.S. Constitution* and is not always a simple reference to the first amendment protection from legal prosecution. Freedom of speech is the idea that society is better served by telling wrong people they're wrong rather than trying to pu...
by Inkstain
Fri Jun 03, 2011 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 30221

Re: 904: "Sports"

The difference here being that history tells us that baseball statistics are a very solid predictor of future performance, whereas your test answers are not. Take FIP, for instance: fielding-independent pitching. It's like ERA, but better. It answers the question, "In the absence of defensive ...
by Inkstain
Sun May 29, 2011 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 30221

Re: 904: "Sports"

Same with a baseball game. Both the pitcher and hitter are highly skilled, and the random elements like weather might affect how they approach something, but it's still their skill that is the driving factor. A batting average is fairly predictive over a large sample. So is an on base percentage, b...
by Inkstain
Sun May 29, 2011 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 30221

Re: 904: "Sports"

This comic really hits home because I am all of the following: 1) A professional sports reporter 2) A person with a layman's understanding of human cognitive biases 3) A person who enjoys arguing on the internet. My fellow sports journalists are especially difficult to persuade. They are people whos...
by Inkstain
Wed Dec 22, 2010 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0837: "Coupon Code"
Replies: 86
Views: 28796

Re: 0837: Coupon Code

Lame: I immediately wondered if the person on the other end of the coupon code was Lord Voldemort.

Lamer: Positing that as true, someone else is going to know off the top of their heads whether the 1987 date would make sense or not.
by Inkstain
Wed Oct 20, 2010 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96561

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

lly wrote:Prove they don't exist.


Logical fallacy of false burden of proof.
by Inkstain
Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96561

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

When was the last time you ran into a doctor, hospital or insurance company that was interested in cost reduction through treatment? Any treatment, scientific or otherwise? The last time I talked to a hospital executive, actually. I had an interview with the CEO of a local hospital about the future...
by Inkstain
Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26874

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

A second premise is that the News Media, more than the general public, are more apt to have factual reporting. They do not. Respectfully disagree. The third premise is that we, the public, should accept the well-informed, thoughtful opinions of talking heads, rather than the people that we actually...
by Inkstain
Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26874

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

As I read that comic, I was in the middle of writing an article for my newspaper "celebrating" a milestone in web hits for our web site, where we give the product away for free and wonder why paid circulation continues to dwindle and jobs are in danger. I was asked to include quotes from r...
by Inkstain
Fri Dec 05, 2008 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226667

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I think I'm going to force my kids to start asking out the opposite sex at the age of 13.

The lesson that you can't make someone love you, that you can only express attractedness and move on if rejected, is best learned early in life.
by Inkstain
Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 226667

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I'm having trouble believing any woman knows her interest in a man in the first five minutes, unless he opens the conversation with his income and bank account.

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