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by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1665: "City Talk Pages"
Replies: 75
Views: 14741

Re: 1665: "City Talk Pages"

Is this the talk page for Camden or Detroit? It's hard to say.

Found out some interesting things about my city, like it once holding the very noble title of Suicide Capital of the US for a brief period. I probably should have known that.
by CocoaNutCakery
Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1645: "Toasts"
Replies: 81
Views: 19882

Re: 1645: "Toasts"

CharlieP wrote:True love for my real friends, and real love for my true friends.

Not sure I've quite got the hang of this yet.


I like yours better anyway. :D
by CocoaNutCakery
Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 22909

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

Here's the robot butler of 2016:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51yGC3iytbY
by CocoaNutCakery
Wed May 20, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1527: "Humans"
Replies: 97
Views: 23817

Re: 1527: "Humans"

Feathers aren't cool? Ornithologists disagree. And I'll trust scientists on that issue any day.
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon May 04, 2015 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 29180

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Most deaths from "biological warfare" occured before biology developed as a science. Columbus initiated the greatest mass extinction of human beings the planet has ever seen, bringing diseases that wiped out hundreds of millions of people across the western hemisphere before 1650 CE. Scie...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jan 12, 2015 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1472: "Geography"
Replies: 88
Views: 17434

Re: 1472: "Geography"

There's mountains, a plain, an island, and a forest, but no swamp! Settlers of Catan doesn't have swamp either. (there's also no jungle, no tundra, no coral reef and numerous other biomes/terrain types) I, for one, want to list all of what's missing (from here on out, you only get one per post). My...
by CocoaNutCakery
Sat Dec 20, 2014 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 17304

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

I got the bold parts, which is why I mentioned thinking of a different setup: group 2 vs group 2 with sabotaged equipment. Of course this could not possibly be done for walking. ...So your argument is that they'd use resistance bands that don't offer any resistance. And nobody would notice. How abo...
by CocoaNutCakery
Sat Dec 20, 2014 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 17304

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

Originally, I was just going to post one of the many facepalm gifs that are out there, but you know, maybe it would help to educate you a little bit. Here is what a single -blind exercise study would look like. Group 1 will go walking for 30 minutes each day, but the people in the group won't know ...
by CocoaNutCakery
Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 17304

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

Any time I bring up a study where they test a particular proceedure or the efficacy of an exercise (with one group doing a comparable exercise) and someone essentially suggests this, just... Rage. Rage everywhere. The really sad part is that I actually had a doctor , an actual medical doctor, that ...
by CocoaNutCakery
Fri Dec 19, 2014 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1462: "Blind Trials"
Replies: 63
Views: 17304

Re: 1462: "Blind Trials"

Any time I bring up a study where they test a particular proceedure or the efficacy of an exercise (with one group doing a comparable exercise) and someone essentially suggests this, just... Rage. Rage everywhere. The really sad part is that I actually had a doctor , an actual medical doctor, that d...
by CocoaNutCakery
Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1456: "On the Moon"
Replies: 52
Views: 15555

Re: 1456: "On the Moon"

It's one panel. It's just a silly joke. The topic isn't even controversial.

And this thread is already starting to become a five page argument on a slightly related issue that some of us nerds find to be a pressing matter.

Good ol' XKCD threads.

Spoiler:
Countdown to meta-argument...
by CocoaNutCakery
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1423: "Conversation"
Replies: 33
Views: 8093

Re: 1423: "Conversation"

That's when you try to go with her.
by CocoaNutCakery
Wed Jun 11, 2014 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 20997

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

YES, The Ellimist Chronicles was one of my favorite books. Ijust loved the concepts in it and the idea of following the journey of such a person. Not sure I understand the meaning of this comic though. Is it about the intersocial relationships between the Animorphs? The mood of the books does becom...
by CocoaNutCakery
Wed Jun 11, 2014 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"
Replies: 107
Views: 20997

Re: 1380: "Manual for Civilization"

Excuse you, but what about The Ellimist Chronicles?

*Kat* wrote:And plenty that were better.


The Thoroughbred series was pretty good, but I think they want more urbanized civilization.
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

And now I'm tired and the discussion seems have wound down. Chenille, I would like to thank you for being one of the few people that replied to me that actually produced a rather good and intriguing argument. While I don't think that increasing CO2 levels have as much of an effect as you think they ...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Please, for the love of all that's good in this world, learn anything at all ... Yes, please do. Your linked article is ridiculous. That's your counter-proof, apparently. "This is true because I say it is." Please point to anything in there that is actually ridiculous. Provide any counter...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

About that absorption and radiation ... Your link both says the greenhouse effect is necessary to Earth-like temperatures <i>and that it's impossible</i> at the same time. Ugh. None of the charts in it support its conclusion, they're basically irrelevant to the topic of greenhouse effect - they're ...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Interesting that someone would compare an Earth with an atmosphere and climate that no human could survive 'normal'. What atmosphere and climate is that? How about this post http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=109136#p3602435 and perhaps the 'Cretaceous' like from the comic? It's kinda h...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

We know how CO2 absorbs and emits EM radiation. Therefore we know that increasing CO2 will causally lead to higher temperatures. The fact that we can't pin down exactly the extent that this effect should have comes from the fact that the atmosphere and global climate are extraordinarily complex, an...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Science 101: Correlation does not prove causation. A>B, B>A, C>A&B, and A<>B are all possible explanations (">" being "causes" and "<>" being "has no effect"). Sure, if we have literally no other information or theories whatsoever, those are all viable po...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

You know, with the debate about the reality and magnitude of global warming, we've kind of drawn attention away from cooler topics, like alternative energy sources. What about wireless power? Fusion? Solar roadways? Impractical on a large scale, perhaps, but would it be possible for roadways to be r...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Edit: Do you think you could find something from a climate source rather than a geology website, that's maybe less than 6 years old? Here's a post by Bob Tisdale . He also has monthly updates in regards to SST anomalies. The Antarctic region in particular tends to cool quite a bit. This is Climate ...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Except that's not what's happening here. You're dismissing issues that Watts had with the methodology in favor of attacking his motives. I was dismissing Watts's later concerns, admittedly somewhat flippantly, because I don't think they say anything about your claim that studies only get funding if...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Listing off a handful of individual names who agree with you doesn't make your argument look stronger, it makes your argument look more cherry-picked and fallacious, and like anecdotal arguments from authority are the only ones you can make. Except that I pointed out specific examples of where this...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_Roadways This is really interesting if perhaps overambitious. Thanks Cocoa! Tell us more about fusion? :) I'm not current on fusion research, sadly. The last time I read anything about it was at least 5 years ago, but what I did read was pretty positive and the re...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Except I pointed to specific examples of when politics has enforced a consensus and when scientists have been at a loss for funds because the government wouldn't fund research that called into question the "consensus." But a handful of specific examples from one political climate don't be...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Protip: We are currently in an ice age . Historical cyclical temperature change (per Antarctic core samples, with modern sensors filling in at the end): http://donath.org/Photos/TempChange.PNG These claims are contradictory. *Big gasp* No. In fact, hell no. An ice age is pretty much defined by perm...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

The government, unfortunately, creates scientific consensus by way of not funding studies that they think are a waste of time. Since the official government stance is that global warming is real and man-made, the only studies that get funded are ones whose applications indicate that they're going t...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

If you want a source for that data, I can provide one . That is a valid source for your first graph, and for none of your zooms. 1. They aren't my graphs 2. Go to the "digital data" section. You can actually make graphs yourself, if you didn't know. Granted, this doesn't cover the 10 year...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

mel_env_eng: I'm curious about Randall's source for [200m sea level rise]. For the record, the 80m sea level rise which I mentioned is from http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/fs2-00/ , where this is given as the result of complete melting of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. I've seen other estimates closer...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

If you don't mind, we're trying to have a proper science discussion here. The Earth's climate doesn't care what political party in your corner of the world you follow. If you want a source for that data, I can provide one . The real problem is that ice core measurements are flimsy at best. Surface ...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

@CocoaNutCakery: I reject your assertion as it applies to the U.K. government. I do not have sufficient knowledge to comment on the U.S. government, though I found the following link interesting: http://arstechnica.com/science/2012/05/accusations-that-climate-science-is-money-driven-reveal-ignoranc...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

2) There is no scientific consensus on global warming. - well if you define consensus as 100% of those polled then fair enough, but 98% in favour vs 2% against is a pretty damn strong consensus by any realistic definition of the word. Honestly, any time anyone brings up "scientific consensus,&...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Interesting on the parks but now do the same thing with cities. I put in Chicago, New York, London, Moscow, Los Angeles. Put in cities on your own and tell me the trend that you find. Not sure why the discrepancy. Wolfram did not have data for the couple of African National Parks I entered as my fi...
by CocoaNutCakery
Mon Jun 09, 2014 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 152169

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

Ugh. So much wrong with this. Just saying, "the last ice age" calls his knowledge about anything related to climate into question. Protip: We are currently in an ice age . Having polar ice caps is not a normal thing for the planet. Since the Triassic, 1% of the Earth's history has involved...
by CocoaNutCakery
Thu Apr 10, 2014 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32147

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

Fun fact: hotmail used to plop your username and password right on the url created on login, not obscured in any way (IIRC the url read something like 'hotmail.com/uid=<username>&pwd=<password>' or something equally as absurd). I could actually tell when my mom was lying about triple-checking t...
by CocoaNutCakery
Wed Apr 09, 2014 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32147

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

The third Google result for heartbleed is a testing service. The sixth is this comic. What do you have to do? Google, Facebook etc are secure, but if you used the same password on them as on a small site that's vulnerable, you're wide open. Supposedly, Google is actually only secure now . It was ac...
by CocoaNutCakery
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1353: "Heartbleed"
Replies: 99
Views: 32147

Re: 1353: "Heartbleed"

Does anyone have a link to the data dumps or a list of affected sites? I'd like to know if any of the sites I use were affected.

Edit: Found this. Anyone have an updated version?

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