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by bigjeff5
Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 40644

Re: 1235: "Settled"

The cameras everywhere bit has also settled El Chupacabra... on the "Yes" side! Dun, dun, duuuunnnnn! :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYemBLuou90 Alright, so maybe not. But it does look like a terrible cellphone video, showing that, as my serious point was, we will never actually convin...
by bigjeff5
Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38934

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

As at least one other poster noted, monopolies themselves are not illegal in the US, and I doubt they actually are illegal as well in the EU (just about every business has some kind of monopoly if you segment things properly - even if it's just a monopoly on your own time. Where does the monopoly st...
by bigjeff5
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 39852

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

Pffft. Is that pentagram thing based on anything older than a century? I don't trust New Agers and their ilk, they abuse both myth and science. with you on that one. in terms of pentagrams and their usage by western culture, well... how do you like them apples You should note that the paragraph sug...
by bigjeff5
Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1029: "Drawing Stars"
Replies: 135
Views: 39852

Re: 1029: "Drawing Stars"

Fire-banisher this whole time. And yet I'm a Leo, which is a fire sign. I feel like my whole life is a lie ... As a fellow Leo fire banisher, I say don't be ashamed! Instead, revel your mastery over fire, such that it must flee when you are near! Without us and our power over fire to keep it in che...
by bigjeff5
Mon Feb 27, 2012 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 26989

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Ahh, constellations. I have literally stared at some for minutes trying to see that warrior, lion, dog, or whatever that I was supposed to see there. I guess I am not imaginative enough or something. I find that usually someone has to point it out and connect the dots for you the first time for it ...
by bigjeff5
Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1022: "So It Has Come To The Claw"
Replies: 96
Views: 27847

Re: 1022: "So It Has Come To This"

Also, for the record: Randall misused "protip" AGAIN. I'm not sure I follow, was the comment not snarky enough to be a protip? Perhaps the advice was too helpful? Or maybe you just don't understand the meme? "Protip:" is used to convey snarky, sarcastic, and/or generally unhelpf...
by bigjeff5
Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 92084

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

First of all, your example here is not "No True Scotsman" fallacy. Check by yourself: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman It looks exactly like the No True Scotsman fallacy to me. Ok, then I will do it for you: "When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim, rather ...
by bigjeff5
Fri Feb 24, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 38241

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

but I think that even then if the priniciples of mathematics and logic are universal (something that seems likely but I haven't had time to think through), we could eventually translate that language. I hate it when I need to explain my jokes. Let me just say that the HHGTTG's 42 is a nice illustra...
by bigjeff5
Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 26989

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

I like a good dong joke like the rest, but was a little concerned that our revered artist - known for his interest in sciencey stuff - wrongly refers to Orion as a nebula... it's a constellation. The nebula's a bit fuzzy & located near the dong - perhaps it's "Orion's pubes"? Really? ...
by bigjeff5
Fri Feb 24, 2012 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 38241

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

DEBATE: Is an impossible-to-translate language even possible ? 42 But is that a language? A language is something that carries meaning, so you can't post arbitrary strings of characters and call it an untranslatable language. In fact, I think I can translate from your particular language: "Yep...
by bigjeff5
Thu Feb 23, 2012 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 38241

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

I think we had this link before. It's funny to see that version of the FAQ posted twice, and yet not to see this one, which I thought was much more well known: http://www.anarchistfaq.org/ (Or alternatively www.anarchismfaq.org ) This is the same Anarchist FAQ that you get if you type "apt-get...
by bigjeff5
Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 21176

Re: 1019: "First Post"

endolith wrote:Especially if it's a static IP. Knowing my company's IP, for instance, I know which Wikipedia edits were made by my coworkers.


Even if it isn't a permanent IP, most ISP's don't change a customer's IP address regularly. A person often has the same temporary IP address for months at a time.
by bigjeff5
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 21176

Re: 1019: "First Post"

If someone thinks their IP address identifies them in any way, perhaps we're better off without their comments. lol wut? It's late and I'm not going to bother referencing it but IP address has been found to be about as accurate at identifying a person as a psychic. It might identify a computer , if...
by bigjeff5
Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 38241

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

Overall, I wished that it would become a more common practice in this forum for people to say what they think about the comics' merits. I honestly don't care about analyzing the comics merits. I find most of the comics funny, and that's plenty for me. If the comic's "merits" were all the ...
by bigjeff5
Sat Feb 18, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27400

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

accoyle wrote:pardon the bland link, I just joined to share this with fellow xkcdians and it seems my BBC iwg f(x) is off...


It's not your fault, you need five or ten posts or some such before you can create a link, so just posting the URL is A-OK.
by bigjeff5
Mon Jan 30, 2012 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 38795

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

I'd never heard of that song, so I YouTubed it. ...ow, my eyes. I love all the trashy/shitty techno-pop, like LMFAO and Ke$ha, and it drives my roommate, a techno DJ, absolutely nuts. Well, if "techno DJ" is indeed how your roommate refers to himself, then he's got no place to complain. T...
by bigjeff5
Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 38795

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

Okay, let's say "Anglo-Saxon-only" instead of "US-only". (Although I do consider the UK to be 51st state. Not sure about AU though, haven't spent enough time there.) You mean that the comics main relation is to English speakers :shock: :shock: :shock: !!!??? Even more incredible...
by bigjeff5
Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 66633

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

A more fitting analogy is to think of SOPA in terms of the H1N1 scare: it became very interesting and profitable to go "you're gonna ALL DIE!" instead of displaying all the facts. It's a scare tactic: you frighten the hell out of people to justify overpriced medicine and all that. SOPA is...
by bigjeff5
Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1005: "SOPA"
Replies: 128
Views: 66633

Re: 1005: "SOPA"

They already are illegal. Fox haven't given you permission to play around with something they invested thousands if not millions of dollars in developing. You can't make that blanket statement, because there are in fact a number of uses which Fox absolutely despises and would never condone, yet are...
by bigjeff5
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 38795

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

San Fran Sam wrote:Is that the one that goes...
Just wondering.


Not quite. You should probably just watch the video, since the image really enhances the satire. It's worth it, IMHO.
by bigjeff5
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 38795

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

Being a hipster is fun and all, but that doesn't stop this comic from being really funny. I guess you have to know the song. It's nice to actually burst out laughing again from an xkcd strip. Good work, Randall. Ditto! I do "the wiggle dance" whenever I can, so Sexy And I Know It is prett...
by bigjeff5
Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 85243

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

It's an entirely personal decision, as are pretty much all decisions surrounding spending one's own money. I don't personally value most songs very high, so I'm simply not willing to pay that much for a song. I am perfectly willing to spend $0.15-$0.20 to put songs I like on my MP3 player, though, ...
by bigjeff5
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 85243

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

Out of curiosity, based on what standard do you draw the conclusion that $1 is unreasonable? It's an entirely personal decision, as are pretty much all decisions surrounding spending one's own money. I don't personally value most songs very high, so I'm simply not willing to pay that much for a son...
by bigjeff5
Thu Jan 26, 2012 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial
Replies: 713
Views: 85243

Re: Major website shutdown by US govt without trial

Right, so this occurred on the very first post and seems to be a source of confusion, and I haven't seen anybody address it directly (though I did skim a lot of the 9 pages of posts). Copyright is a civil matter, and should never have become criminal law. The allegations of copyright violation shoul...
by bigjeff5
Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 33004

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

If there are any aspects of European culture you care to know about, I am most happy to help if I can. If there are any aspects of European culture I care to know about, I'll google them first. Then, if I don't find it helpful, I'll ask someone. It's just common internet courtesy. Because back in t...
by bigjeff5
Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 36480

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Is that just a plastic bead necklace? Mardi Gras beads, yes. So a few minutes after I read this, I decided that the joke is that women get felt up at Mardi Gras? Is that the joke, or am I missing something else? Girls (and women I suppose) flashing tits to "earn" their beads is a Mardi Gr...
by bigjeff5
Mon Dec 26, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0994: "Advent Calendar"
Replies: 74
Views: 22621

Re: 0994: "Advent Calendar"

so you can't be too hard on the guy But YOU can be. You seem to have missed the entire point of a paradox. A series of statements that are acknowledged as true leading to a contradiction or impossibility. Zeno was undoubtedly of great intelligence. Far from being the most embarrassing problem, it w...
by bigjeff5
Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 38074

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

I honestly think a lot of people fail to view the original Star Wars trilogy in context. Yes, today it is dated, the story is old hat, the special effects are not so spectacular compared to other movies, all of that is true. What people who didn't grow up in the 70's* often fail to recognize is the ...
by bigjeff5
Sat Dec 24, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0994: "Advent Calendar"
Replies: 74
Views: 22621

Re: 0994: "Advent Calendar"

Right, just so everyone who didn't know about Zeno understands, he was a greek philosopher back before most of the mathematical ideas relating to infinity were worked out. Also, in this time period the validity of a logical argument tended to be considered more important than the correctness of the ...
by bigjeff5
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 25359

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

I laughed, as I haven't thought of that particular potential loop in at least a decade and a half. *Pats self on back for disproving SirMustapha's theory that this comic is not funny* The point is, different people find different things funny. Just because you are not the intended audience doesn't m...
by bigjeff5
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65248

Re: 988: "Tradition"

... I'm not sure if I ever heard Weird Al's "Christmas at Ground Zero" or "The Night Santa Went Crazy" (which is newer) on the radio... "The Night Santa Went Crazy" is probably my favorite Christmas song of all time. It just makes so much sense. I mean really, he does ...
by bigjeff5
Sat Dec 03, 2011 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25130

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

So what's the subtext? Whatever issue spawned this, I must not have followed it too closely. Basically, 'Plunged by 19%' means that it went down to 1%. However, because of the wording, some people might interpret it as having lost 1%, and that now his popularity is at 19%. The point is, plunged by ...
by bigjeff5
Wed Nov 30, 2011 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20479

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

Hey, how did the squirrel get in the beaver lodge?? Yeah, there's almost nothing right about that beaver. Head, body, and ear shapes are all wrong, it's also too small overall for winter (I would think). Tail shape could be ok I guess, but there's no way to tell if it's round and fluffy like a squi...
by bigjeff5
Wed Nov 30, 2011 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0984: "Space Launch System"
Replies: 94
Views: 25048

Re: 0984: "Space Launch System"

The only circumstance that the word "one" should EVER have an S attached to it is if "one" is the name of things we are talking about. For instance, if we are calling one dollar bills ones. One, as a quantity, should never be plural. One is the definition of SINGULAR. Most of th...
by bigjeff5
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25045

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

As a 29-year-old who works with high schoolers and with other people (of all generations) who work with youth, I can say with confidence that I haven't heard the phrase in reference to kids in 10 years. So SirMustapha's "strawman" point was that Randall made fun of (or correcting) a senti...
by bigjeff5
Wed Nov 09, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 20370

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

I believe with probability ~ 25% that I missed at least 20% of the joke. Considering the number of people who got the joke, paired with your state of confusion, I would have put that number much, much higher. Unless, of course, the ratio of jokes you understand but don't find funny to jokes you don...
by bigjeff5
Wed Nov 09, 2011 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 20370

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

I lol'd. It reminded me of this Onion article. And, of course, Nightfall . I'd apparently forgotten the little* detail about Krikkit being dark, so it did not remind me of that, unfortunately. It fits better than Nightfall , even. *I mean, it's only central to that particular story, right? What's th...
by bigjeff5
Mon Nov 07, 2011 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 39231

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

It's may, not can. "May you pass the salt?" I'm thinking more along the lines of "will." Better is either "Pass me the salt, please?" or "Please pass me the salt." Even saying "Will you pass me the salt?" allows a "yes" answer without any ...
by bigjeff5
Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25045

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

TL;DR... Was I the only person in the whole damn thread that knew what this meant? People, legopelle isn't saying the comic was too long; he/she was indicating that the rest of the comment should be read as a sort of summary of the comic's meaning. I meant to say the same thing in my post, but I go...
by bigjeff5
Sat Nov 05, 2011 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25045

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

Snip... I think I'm finally starting to figure you out, SirMustapha. First off, I think you like to argue. There's nothing wrong with that, I like to argue too, but I think in particular you really get a kick out of people (trying to) rip your comments apart just so you can (try to) tear into their...

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