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by SamSam
Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 12451

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

Only after reading the comments do I realize what the joke was saying. I thought this was set in some time 4.5 b years in the future... I think it's the phrasing of "Nearly 4.5 billion years ago, Earth had liquid water." It sounds like it's over and done with. It might have been clearer if...
by SamSam
Wed Mar 20, 2013 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 26542

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

To those of you who are complaining that the code is wrong because the same person throws then catches the ball, I think you missed the funniest part of the joke. The parent aims at the child, throws the ball at the child, the ball hits the child in the head, bounces back, the parent catches the ba...
by SamSam
Wed Mar 13, 2013 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 67309

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

Ron told him that he could devise algorithms that were so bad they'd bring any conceivable hardware to its knees. Then he started to list some of them. Here's one he told me about: Sorting a list: 1) Is the list already sorted? If so, quit, you're done 2) Randomly exchange 2 elements in the list 3)...
by SamSam
Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 25360

Re: 1181: "PGP"

Is there a joke I'm not getting? Time for google to tell me. The method described in the comic is NOT sufficient to verify that an email is authentic. However, in practice so few people use PGP that as soon as you see it, you know it's some crazy security-obsessed person and therefore legit. In oth...
by SamSam
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51323

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Darwinism can't work until you get the first cell. Nonsense. "Darwinism," as you so dismissively call it, works on anything that is able to copy itself. Whether it's an organic polymer or a peptide structure, once it copies itself it's subject to evolutionary pressures. If you're going to...
by SamSam
Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51323

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

So I guess we have another linguistically strange situation where, like dwarf planets, exoplanets aren't actually a kind of planet, despite being called "planet" right there in the name. You want weird? What happens if we find a Jovian planet that hasn't cleared its orbit? Is it a Giant d...
by SamSam
Thu Jun 21, 2012 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51323

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Darwinism can't work until you get the first cell. Nonsense. "Darwinism," as you so dismissively call it, works on anything that is able to copy itself. Whether it's an organic polymer or a peptide structure, once it copies itself it's subject to evolutionary pressures. If you're going to...
by SamSam
Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 51323

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Observationall sciences amuse me with they'reterrible language skills. These are the 768 known planets. Planets are turning out to be so common that to show all the planets in our galaxy, this chart would have to be nested in itself--with each planet replaced by a copy of the chart--at least three ...
by SamSam
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135454

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

"Agreeing with 90 percent of every sentence" is not the same thing as "agreeing 90 percent of the time." It's not? Then what, pray tell, is it the same thing as? I don't know if some people are still confused by this, but agreeing with 90% of someone's sentences and then disagre...
by SamSam
Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 41273

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

and why statements like "There's coke in the fridge if you are thirsty" don't make sense You're the guy who still answers "can you pass the salt?" with "yes I can pass the salt" and then doesn't do anything, aren't you? Kids normally work out that there's a separation ...
by SamSam
Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 70174

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

False Prophet is right. It's definitely true that the low end products are often identical to a high end brand, with a different package. The only problem goes when the generic happens to be based on a high end brand that you don't like. A common one is Ketchup. Generic Ketchup is usually Hunts, no...
by SamSam
Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 70174

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

Actually, it's the reverse. Most No Frills/No Name/generic brands are actually higher-end brands with simplified packaging. It's a form of price discrimination: the distributors know that higher income shoppers will buy the name brand, but lower income shoppers will balk at the inflated price. So t...
by SamSam
Mon Nov 07, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25616

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

Snip... I think I'm finally starting to figure you out, SirMustapha. [...] The whole "That's the problem with the MTV Generation - no attention span" trope is a trope because it is so damn common . I still hear that nonsense, even though - as was pointed out in the comics - the MTV Genera...
by SamSam
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25616

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

I think the comic would have been more funny with the use of the alternate "they're", rather than "their". Then you're being condescending of all youth rather than just the progeny of a specific generation. B'oh! I'm glad you mentioned this as I actually thought it was the other...
by SamSam
Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25616

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

The real question is, how many of XKCD's core audience thinks of the "MTV generation" as referring to kids? That phrase has hardly been used in the past ten years. If you're under the age of 25, WHG's reaction isn't going to be a GOOMHR moment -- your reaction is going to be "huh?"
by SamSam
Fri Oct 21, 2011 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29870

Re: 0967: Prairie

SamSam: no. Planck length: ~e-35 meters Visible light: ~e-7 meters Human: ~e0 meters The subatomic world is ridiculously closer to human scales than Planck scales. Planck scales are really, really, really far down. Your just so story, while amusing, is not correct. I'm sorry, but it is correct. My ...
by SamSam
Fri Oct 21, 2011 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29870

Re: 0967: Prairie

No quantum interpretation does anything but obfuscate and dance around the fundamental question, which is why we are only aware of the classical world, and why there is an entire phenomenological substrate--the world described by classical physics--that obeys rules (causality, locality) that are no...
by SamSam
Tue Sep 20, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 37442

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

So they had a way of saying 20, but not a way of writing it. Interesting.. But actually, to go back to this, of course they had a way of saying 20, and they had a way of writing it. First, of course they had a way of saying it, since spoken language predates written language and people were almost ...
by SamSam
Tue Sep 20, 2011 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 37442

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

True, and the only reason I can think of is that it's shorter this way. However, to ease your furrowed brow, 19 is written and pronounced as '1 less than 20' (according to kiffers link). That said, further reading shows that 21 is pronounced as '1 and twenty' and not 'ten ten one'. So they had a wa...
by SamSam
Tue Jun 07, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0907: "Ages"
Replies: 87
Views: 24772

Re: 0907: "Ages"

@blackhatmatt: Just stop. You're sounding ridiculous. "Babies are dumb" is a basic stereotype. Jokes and comics deal in stereotypes. In case you hadn't realized, this whole comic was a chain of stereotypes. Why are you so focused on the one and not the others? "Woooo!! College!! Wooo!...
by SamSam
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42358

Re: 843: "Misconceptions"

Their insistence that Mary was perpetually a virgin "before, during, and after the birth" seems to indicate this physical aspect; otherwise "during birth" would have no meaning. It would. It's kind of freaky to even think of anal copulation during childbirth, but I don't see why...
by SamSam
Fri Apr 03, 2009 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0563: "Fermirotica"
Replies: 169
Views: 58158

Re: "Fermirotica" Discussion

Why does Google return a result for "1 teaspoon per meter", but not for "1 ml per meter" or "1 liter per meter." Is such a silly conversion just tacked in as an easter egg, and they didn't think of all the possibilities, or what?

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