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by Math_Mage
Sun Nov 11, 2012 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 46786

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

I'm not sure if anyone has pointed this out yet, but it doesn't matter which side of the Earth they're on. If the Sun goes nova, all corners of the Earth will find out at about the same time. Science fiction lovers should check out Larry Niven's short story "Inconstant Moon". That was the ...
by Math_Mage
Fri May 21, 2010 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 57269

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

There has to be a better way to introduce the problem than receiving an essay in .doc format.
by Math_Mage
Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 20924

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

clanders wrote:C'mon, guys, be patient. In a few hundred more mepls, Randy's comic algorithm should catch up to existing humor standards and start to optimize.

Middle Earth Programming Language Seminars? No, not feeling it.
by Math_Mage
Mon Mar 29, 2010 7:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0720: "Recipes"
Replies: 88
Views: 20924

Re: "Recipes" Discussion

The CS guys seem to be starting with random recipes for their initial population, which seems impractical when there is a whole ecosystem of existing recipes to work from.
by Math_Mage
Fri Mar 19, 2010 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0716: "Time Machine"
Replies: 112
Views: 21040

Re: "Time Machine" Discussion

An amusing twist on Niven's Law of Time Travel. There is no time travel because the only stable universe is...one where people who would discover time travel get murdered with baseball bats. Also, re: the displacement issue, he could just send the body and whatever time machine he used back into the...
by Math_Mage
Fri Nov 20, 2009 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0665: "Prudence"
Replies: 123
Views: 33070

Re: "Prudence" Discussion

Erm, because of the decoupled time streams, I don't know if the data would travel properly through the wire. Safer just to take a handheld.
by Math_Mage
Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 25411

Re: "Static" Discussion

rubber314chicken wrote:Yea, but on his wrist, covering his hand, or properly used?

Is there a proper way to use a condom while changing RAM?
by Math_Mage
Tue Aug 18, 2009 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Guy_At_A_Keyboard wrote:...Did we get ditched?

What, feeling sad that we're not getting our daily dosage of smug superiority?
by Math_Mage
Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

@alt-text I watched a three hour documentary on the falsehoods of global warming. Let' say you and me, Randall, place a bet. If we all die in the next 20 years (And those geniuses say we'll be gone a good deal before that,) I owe you 50 bucks. If we all live, you gotta pay up. Sound fair? :) Here's...
by Math_Mage
Wed Aug 05, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

as much as I agree about how ridiculous it is when the whole world freaks out every other day about a new destruction fad, I have to agree with the message idiocracy is trying to get across. I came back to my home town after my first year at college and I can feel myself getting dumber every single...
by Math_Mage
Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 47057

Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Okay, now the number of people posting to say that they didn't get it without looking it up is getting annoying. The Little Prince is a classic of literature that's fit for kids. Blech. About as suitable for kids as Catcher in the Rye: that is, not at all. Angsty suicidalness just plain doesn't bel...
by Math_Mage
Sun Aug 02, 2009 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0616: "Lease"
Replies: 124
Views: 22744

Re: "Lease" Discussion

On an unrelated note, did you know that 616 is the actual number of the beast? British quiz show QI (Quite Interesting, presented by Stephen Fry ) said so, apparently 666 was a mistranslaton. No, it's actually 6^{6^6} . Haven't you read The Number of the Beast ? (Actually, I don't blame you if you ...
by Math_Mage
Sat Aug 01, 2009 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 115118

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

But then I finally made the connection to movies. And found this: Roesch vs Willi Schlage (1910) "I can't let you do that, Dave." That's correct! ;-) You win "Shakleton's Medal of honour, fourth rank" for proven extensive knowingery of chess! :wink: And of course your cookie! ht...
by Math_Mage
Sat Aug 01, 2009 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 115118

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

And its opponent is lying facedown in a field, dead, with a backpack on. Rrrgh... :wink: Actually no. But he's drifting dead in space. C'mon, that's gotta do it. ;-) Hehe, at first I googled "chess in space" and found an amusing tale about an astronaut playing chess with various ground co...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 115118

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

Somehow, it is less than 50 years old. But somehow it also isn't. There is a computer involved, but it's not Deep Blue. And its opponent is lying facedown in a field, dead, with a backpack on. Rrrgh... :wink: Maybe I should go back to Go, where the computers are still lots better than me, but aren'...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 20020

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

Munzapoppa wrote:Thank you for linking to Fox News... now I can laugh that they have "Fair & Balanced" as the slogan on their website.


No, see, they're balancing the quality, not the political slant. :D
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 115118

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

I don't recognize the game, but I want to. Is that a rook sacrifice I see? Time to go look up famous rook sacrifices... Hint: It was an actual game but was seen on TV as well. So, famous rook sacrifices less than 50 years old, and probably quite a bit more recent...in championship matches, maybe? O...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: log x
Replies: 36
Views: 3985

Re: log x

L-N, lawn, lin, and lan all saw play at my high school. Personally, I think it would be quite amusing to pronounce it with the Mandarin pinyin lun, which sounds like "lwin".
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0249: "Chess Photo"
Replies: 254
Views: 115118

Re: "Chess Photo" Discussion

Shakleton wrote:Hey there!

I hope you don't mind me digging this thread out again but I now finally have something of my own to contribiute!
(Childhood dream number 11.... check!)


I don't recognize the game, but I want to. Is that a rook sacrifice I see? Time to go look up famous rook sacrifices...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

(...) and then you expect me to give a damn (...) Oh no. I don't expect anything from you. I write just for the record. Yeah, what was I thinking. You've already made up your mind that you and your chosen group of supermen are suffering monstrous indignities at the hands of the masses, and that you...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Are you suggesting we come up with other solutions to solve the problem of nerd oppression? If I haven't made it clear, I'm sorry. My solution is that there is no solution because the problem itself does not exist outside of Eikinkloster's imagination. So it is your view that being labeled a nerd i...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

It's a radically different effect. In one, she accuses me of wanting to live among jocks as a privileged group, protected by society from being bullied, and given free reign to bully. In the other I'm pointing towards means for the nerd to join the frail and fight with their own means to oppress ra...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Shortest way to calculate the half of a pie slice?
Replies: 5
Views: 1287

Re: Shortest way to calculate the half of a pie slice?

Let d be the distance the cut reaches up the radius of the pie, b be the length of the cut (and hence, the base of the isocoles triangle), and α the angle. The base angles of the isocoles triangle are then (90-α). If α is the angle of the apex of an isosceles triangle, then the base angles are (180...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Shortest way to calculate the half of a pie slice?
Replies: 5
Views: 1287

Re: Shortest way to calculate the half of a pie slice?

Well, let's cut the sector in half again, down r 1 . Then a = pi *r 2 /16; a 1 = a/2 = r 1 2 *tan( pi /8)/2 (the right triangle's base is equal to r 1 *tan( pi /8)). So 100* pi /8 = r 1 2 *tan( pi /8) By half-angle we have 25* pi /2 = r 1 2 *(1 - cos( pi /4))/(sin( pi /4) = r 1 2 *( sqrt (2) - 1) So...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 20020

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

Zorlin wrote:Alright, you get a cookie.

glasnt also does, because she is awesome and Internet cookies are in plentiful supply.

Yay cookie! *om nom nom Internet nom nom*
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 20020

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

Being an asshole in real life, however, will get you far! Touche. I would have laughed at my own joke if it wasn't so sadly true. Squeaky wheels and early birds; Assholes all, but the rest are turds. *sigh* +1 for rhyme, -1 for poor ending and incoherence. Maybe turn it around: Early birds and sque...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 20020

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

Zorlin wrote:Being an asshole in real life, however, will get you far!


Touche.
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 20020

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

Simon17 wrote:Did you know that the first person to create a new thread after a comic is made has the biggest dick?


Did you know that being an asshole on the Internet doesn't make you any cooler in real life?
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 20020

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

wooo comic comic comic Honestly, the comic feels a little too much like the wackiness is supposed to support it in place of, well, anything else that might be humorous in this situation. I don't expect realism or anything, but it feels too "wacky is funny, so let's do something wacky and not th...
by Math_Mage
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

In other words, "I don't think nerds should be exempted of hatred or bullying" is a lie. You wish to so exempt them by removing them from any arena where a jock might get at them. Because, you know, society is primarily comprised of a small number of nerds and a large number of jocks look...
by Math_Mage
Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

I don't think nerds should be exempted of hatred or bullying. I do believe physically bullying them is unwise, since they have a penchant for catastrophic retribution, but otherwise, I believe everyone should seek whom they love and avoid whom they hate. Jockstrap talks tough, jockstrap faces conse...
by Math_Mage
Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Continously adding digits to a number
Replies: 15
Views: 1403

Re: Continously adding digits to a number

This proof actually works for adding arbitrary sequences of digits which don't include 9, since it is simple to show that any such sequence which does not give a multiple of 2, 3, or 5 at any point will contain finitely many digits which aren't 3. It also works for adding arbitrary sequences of dig...
by Math_Mage
Thu Jul 30, 2009 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0256: "Online Communities"
Replies: 318
Views: 108201

Re: "Online Communities" Discussion

I have shown some of the webcomics to friends who speak English, and they seem fairly amused. Chinese would be a good language for your site. Hundreds of millions of hits waiting to be had... But speaking as someone with a passing knowledge of Chinese, translation would be a b****. ps. That's a nea...
by Math_Mage
Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

The reason why Eikinkloster irritates me so much is that he's an example one of an unfortunately large number of a hypocritical nerds who think that no one should hate or bully them, but that they have free license to hate and bully anyone they damn well please based on shallow stereotypes. A nerd ...
by Math_Mage
Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

A small aside: this is my evidence against anybody who has a boner for America: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9V1nmn2zRMc You wouldn't believe how many more people there are that are just like her. Hey, I object to that just as much as I object to the characterization of the US as America's utopia...
by Math_Mage
Thu Jul 30, 2009 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Also, the problem is not that you dismissed Guy's specific example as an outlier so much as that it's your answer to every counterexample. No, you did understand I had qualified Guy's experiences as an outlier. I didn't. I qualified Guy, as I qualify any person of high IQ, as an outliner. You made ...
by Math_Mage
Thu Jul 30, 2009 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Also, did it ever occur to you that dismissing any counterexamples as outliers is poor argumentation. No Guy, I didn't call your experience at transcending your nerd limitations an outlier to the general nerd condition. I called you an outlier to the general human condition, for fitting "both ...
by Math_Mage
Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

These are two recurring points in this thread: The first, that Eureka and eventually Elfheim would "rule over their subservient fellow men". That's not the purpose of either one, just as the purpose of Attilan isn't for the Inhumans to rule over the humans and the purpose of Israel is not...
by Math_Mage
Wed Jul 29, 2009 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 112053

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

My answer is that I'd rather be along with nerds than with anyone who thinks their quantifiable level of "sociability" makes them superior to much more intelligent people. Yes, the root problem dabigkid was addressing might be to consider yourself superior to someone else because whatever...
by Math_Mage
Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0616: "Lease"
Replies: 124
Views: 22744

Re: "Lease" Discussion

As I get ready to leave for college, I often have the same feeling. Which doesn't make sense, because that just means I'll be taking control of myself more fully.

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