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by philip1201
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1775: "Things You Learn"
Replies: 47
Views: 10553

Re: 1775: Things You Learn

Usually if you forget to pay taxes, you get a few warning letters explaining the concept to you before things go too wrong. I'd put it to the left of 'how to ride a bike', but I'm Dutch so I'm biased.
by philip1201
Wed May 18, 2016 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1682: "Bun"
Replies: 57
Views: 10922

Re: 1682: "Bun"

Sheesh, "we will be learning about the bun", this is just annoying misuse of language. Look, teacher, there are about a dozen genera and sixty species of Leporidae. There is no one thing that is the bun , they are all different buns . Dropping the distinction between rabbits and hares, on...
by philip1201
Sat Apr 02, 2016 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 20826

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

Maybe the well was dug by an army for their fort, which is on top of a hill because the first lesson taught in Military Tactics 101 is 'take the high ground'. Castle wells are actually a common feature of English (and European in general) fortifications, so that seems like the most plausible explan...
by philip1201
Mon May 04, 2015 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 27607

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Has anyone actually plotted deaths by war (per capita) versus time? I'm fairly sure that those physicists did not create a new horseman, but 'slew' war by realising Nobel's dream of a weapon so terrible that we refuse to use it.
by philip1201
Fri Nov 28, 2014 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 60111

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Dmytry: I'ld like to see that (the losing sleep thing). Got a link?
by philip1201
Mon Sep 22, 2014 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1424: "En Garde"
Replies: 29
Views: 8171

1424: "En Garde"

Image

'Touch!' 'Nope, I sighed and stared at you with resignation, so I regained emotional right-of-way.'


I hope I did this correctly...

Reminds me of Diode.
by philip1201
Fri Sep 12, 2014 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 18681

Re: 1420: "Watches"

I don't understand this comic. I only took off my analogue wristwatch to occasionally clean in slightly, and then a final time to replace it with my new Pebble. So what's the gap in the comic about? I'm sure they still made and sold watches throughout all that time too. As always, it's about the mo...
by philip1201
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1410 - California Droughts
Replies: 69
Views: 13764

Re: 1410 - California Droughts

So... the top edge of the graph is northern California, and the bottom edge is south? As a non-American, I'm not in the habit of remembering the shape of US states. Not exactly. California is rotated with respect to a world map to maximise the length in the graph. The straight border on the upper r...
by philip1201
Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1401: "New"
Replies: 61
Views: 13541

Re: 1401: "New"

Randall seems to be a fan of cueball saying "augh" lately.
by philip1201
Mon Jun 09, 2014 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 138837

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

The data is falling out of the bottom end of their confidence intervals, Source? I tried to google, but all I found was a host of articles built around this one image , which doesn't reference the models themselves. If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the precipitate. Get off your b...
by philip1201
Thu Jun 05, 2014 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 38157

Re: 1377: "Fish"

Most of them will be ethically advanced far beyond our level, which means they won't threaten their neighbours for no reason. Sometimes I really hate star trek for this. There is no way a hyper-advanced, ethically good being can't find a way to make earth less horrible than it is now. A billion peo...
by philip1201
Mon May 05, 2014 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"
Replies: 59
Views: 20557

Re: 1364 - "Like I'm Five"

You know how people say "If you can't explain it to your grandmother, you don't truly understand it"? I've always suspected that what they really mean is, "If you can't explain it to your grandmother, then either you don't truly understand it, or it's something I lack the capacity to...
by philip1201
Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106563
Views: 41890536

Re: 1190: "Time"

Quantum mechanics/human mind discussion: It is a simple physical fact that every conceivable combination of occupations of quantum fields in 4D spacetime has a finite non-zero probability within the laws of physics, and that includes groups of bosons forming neural nets which encode the belief that ...
by philip1201
Thu Jul 25, 2013 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106563
Views: 41890536

Re: 1190: "Time"

It is a simple physical fact that every conceivable combination of occupations of quantum fields in 4D spacetime has a finite non-zero probability within the laws of physics, and that includes groups of bosons forming neural nets which encode the belief that library books are supposed to be empty. ...
by philip1201
Wed Jul 24, 2013 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106563
Views: 41890536

Re: 1190: "Time"

<snip>"Infinitely long" does not mean "contains every possibility". For example, the number 0.121121112111121111121111112... does not repeat, but doesn't contain every combination of numbers; it doesn't even contain a 3. Thank you! Once again an otter has helped me fix a...
by philip1201
Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106563
Views: 41890536

Re: 1190: "Time"

DescendONG http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/6fd2ad93aff816f89cd7433adbf8d77467c37b680c1e2aeb0b7870b08074a31a.png I thought Pricklymolp might be hiding in the shadows, but upon further examination that's just the rocks from the previous Pricklymolp encounter. Looks like there's a mysterious molpy di...
by philip1201
Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106563
Views: 41890536

Re: 1190: "Time"

Here's something that is heartening when thinking about the fate of the Cuegan 40. In the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Sea, a small group of about 50 stone age people survived completely intact because they picked up their babies and baskets and climbed to higher ground at the first sign of danger. I...
by philip1201
Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 28679

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

If a lot of pregnancies went to term from this, then it might matter for evolution. Given efficient contraception and abortion, it's more just going through the motions. Evolution does not work that way. We don't contain an explicit imperative to maximize genetic payload, we just execute behaviors ...
by philip1201
Mon Feb 25, 2013 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1178: "Pickup Artists"
Replies: 142
Views: 28679

Re: 1178: "Pickup Artists"

I don't get why people think pickup artistry is so creepy. All it serves is to teach men how to be more attractive to women. Which really ends up just being self help that uses success with women as a lure. Which makes sense, because being a happy, confident, well adjusted person makes you more att...
by philip1201
Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 41013

Re: 1168: Tar

Or just bash the thing to bits with a chainsaw and/or electromagnetic pulse "Hang on, I'm gonna use this chainsaw on that atomic bomb over there unless you happen to have a smaller atomic bomb handy to EMP it?" ... http://nerdjunkies.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/brilliant.jpg Well, the ...
by philip1201
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 28634

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Uranium is for quitters who can't find enough antimatter to power a Kardeshev Type V civilization properly. Antimatter? Antimatter is for quitters who can't maintain a stable Hawking radiating black hole. (100% mass -> radiation conversion) Black holes? Black holes are for quitters who can't harves...
by philip1201
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 18041

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

by philip1201
Sat Nov 24, 2012 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 28954

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

Hey, who says we'll remain limited to the Earth's resources? In an infinite universe, infinite resources are "out there"... Empirically, every time our society has run into "resource exhaustion" we've managed to find a work-around - a replacement resource, a new supply, or a way...
by philip1201
Mon Nov 19, 2012 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1136: "Broken Mirror"
Replies: 45
Views: 10893

Re: 1136: "Broken Mirror"

I'm not so sure about that. The one and only thing we can confirm about BHG is that he's unpredictable. He will never retire. So you're saying that he's unpredictable, and you're predicting that he'll never retire? Retirement is uncharacteristically low-entropy. BHG's micro-state (i.e. his particul...
by philip1201
Mon Oct 15, 2012 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 450301

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Put it this way. Suppose you own a bar in Tulsa, OK. You put a plaque on the bar that says "This is the exact center of the universe." Science currently has no way to determine what the center of the universe is, or whether there is a center, of even what it means to be the center of the ...
by philip1201
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 450301

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

If I got it right, if between the events there is a space-like interval there is no place in the whole universe where you could see them happening in the same place, but there is a place where you could see it happen at the same time or in reverse order. If there is a time-like interval there is no...
by philip1201
Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1111: "Premiere"
Replies: 69
Views: 17562

Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Only 800 million years? It seems like just last century that we had 5 billion years left... The sun has 5 billion years or so before it starts expanding and gobbles up the inner planets. But the sun is very slowly warming. The 800 billion years is an estimate of how long it'll take for it to get ho...
by philip1201
Tue Sep 11, 2012 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0011: "Droppings"
Replies: 68
Views: 29590

Re: What-If 0011: Droppings

I am now imagining a long, thin strand of bird poop trailing out of everyone's cars. Congratulations, Randall. The poop goes into the car. What comes out is, in the case of gasoline, (720 (kg/L)/1.98 (kg/L)^(2/3)*(32+12)u/12u*0.335 mm^2=62 mm^2 of CO2, neglecting the mass contribution of non-carbon...
by philip1201
Fri Sep 07, 2012 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1105: "License Plate"
Replies: 91
Views: 29286

Re: 1105: "License Plate"

Assuming the guy's left no other evidence on the scene of the crimes, wouldn't the fact that his friend also has an indistinguishable license plate prevent his conviction in any of the crimes? Without the uniqueness of the license plate, the prosecution's case is merely that the same tactic was used...
by philip1201
Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1099: "Tuesdays"
Replies: 71
Views: 16478

Re: 1099: "Tuesdays"

Next week's what-if: What happens when you spill that bottomless drink? A bottomless drink is a tube. Attempting to fill it with liquid will result it falling out of the absent bottom. If you have an infinitely deep drink, it'll pass through the earth, back into space on the other side, and out bey...
by philip1201
Tue Aug 07, 2012 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 450301

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

That's the first on-topic non-sequitur I think I've ever seen, bravo! Einstein was a German-born Swiss German patent clerk working in Switzerland, btw. ftfy. ftfy 2 (Einstein resigned his German citizenship in 1896 in order to avoid military service, and was granted a Swiss passport in 1901).
by philip1201
Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0005: "Robot Apocalypse"
Replies: 65
Views: 47169

Re: What-if 0005: Robot Apocalypse

Most of us appear to have very different ideas of what constitutes a "robot apocalypse". Randall's robots are not clever or capable of secrecy for the sake of a tactical advantage, they acquire those goals regardless of their actual processing capabilities, and their goal is a blind rage t...
by philip1201
Wed Aug 01, 2012 5:55 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0005: "Robot Apocalypse"
Replies: 65
Views: 47169

Re: What-if 0005: Robot Apocalypse

I agree with Randall in general on every point, except one (because he forgot to mention something important): Humans win! This is a reasonable conclusion to draw from the facts presented, except for one thing: the variety of the malevolent intelligences that could exist. If they blindly attack us,...
by philip1201
Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 48701

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

The singularity is the moment when AIs become intelligent enough to work out how to make themselves smarter, thus increasing the AI's intelligence exponentially and (in theory) infinitely. Including the "(in theory) infinitely" statement, singularities are categorically impossible because...
by philip1201
Sat Jul 21, 2012 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 48701

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

IIRC, the singularity is the moment in time when computers become smarter than humans. [the singularity] is the point where humans supposedly can’t keep up with the technological progress anymore. A singularity is a point beyond which predictions can not be made. I thought [the singularity] was whe...
by philip1201
Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 58379

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

It's good to also keep the following principle in mind, for those "they're watching me/everyone" sorts of theories: It takes at least one fully-dedicated person, usually more, to keep tabs on one individual. Do the math. That may be true if you want to keep tabs on one individual, but tha...
by philip1201
Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 46509

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

The problem for Galileo was that there were two fatal scientific objections to the theory that had to be dealt with and he could answer neither. The first, the lack of perceived planetary motion, was answered when Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica in 1687. Do you mean the...
by philip1201
Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1076: "Groundhog Day"
Replies: 107
Views: 24381

Re: 1072: "Groundhog Day"

So I see, nobody has caught the Lovecraft reference yet? But nothing is forever. Not even forever. … reminds me of… That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die. So Cthulhu can go crazy, just from looking at the horrible outworldly monstrosity that is Bill Murra...
by philip1201
Sat Jun 30, 2012 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 46509

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

The problem for Galileo was that there were two fatal scientific objections to the theory that had to be dealt with and he could answer neither. The first, the lack of perceived planetary motion, was answered when Newton published Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica in 1687. Do you mean the...
by philip1201
Sat Jun 30, 2012 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 450301

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

'save draft'...if I do...where is it?...how would i retrieve it ? It's stored in the database of the forum. As long as you don't delete your account it should be fine. If you have a draft saved, there is an additional button to the left of "Save draft" which says "Load draft". C...

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