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by rcox1
Wed Jul 02, 2014 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 37574

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

I'm almost positive Saturn and Jupiter have a small,rocky core. I wonder why they aren't represented... I am ok with leaving Jupiter and Saturn out because the intent of the comic was to depict solid surfaces. Earth has a lot of solid surfaces, including mostly underneath the water. On the other ha...
by rcox1
Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1382: Rocket Packs
Replies: 36
Views: 8183

Re: 1382: Rocket Packs

"my backpack got jets, I'm Bobba the Fett.'

The burning of the body is the second thing I think of, and one chalks it up to just not thinking about it. The first is simple fuel consumption. I think that my back would probably fall off it I used a jet pack.
by rcox1
Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 181380

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

I think there are some exceptions to the title text. E.g. If you say something, and someone responds "You should be arrested/killed for saying that", and you respond with something about freedom of speech, as a retort to their statement, I think that would be relatively valid. However, I ...
by rcox1
Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1288: "Substitutions"
Replies: 147
Views: 42929

Re: 1288: "Substitutions"

Wooloomooloo wrote:I clearly take issue with "smart phone -> pokedex":


Wolfram Alpha, one of the apps I use on my smartphone, is the greatest Pokédex. I don't see the problem.
by rcox1
Wed Jun 19, 2013 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 43569

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

I do not think that "people become less moral or less polite" but I do think that life hes been getting faster and faster especially after the industrial revolution. I would say that post war life did get much faster, and the baby boomers, 'The Happy Days Gang" was in fact less moral...
by rcox1
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1201: "Integration by parts"
Replies: 81
Views: 25825

Re: 1201: "Integration by parts"

So, I'm a bit confused at all the comments about it not being easy to teach people what, generally, they should use/identify for this technique. When I teach it, especially for beginning calculus problems, there are pretty much exactly two cases you'll use it. In both cases, its freaking obvious wh...
by rcox1
Fri Apr 19, 2013 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1201: "Integration by parts"
Replies: 81
Views: 25825

Re: 1201: "Integration by parts"

This is making fun of half-assed thinking about doing integrals. If the functions u and v are chosen so that u is a simple function of v, that makes the integration relatively easy. But the half-ass explainer disappears before teaching how to select the functions, or what they mean. (edit) And inte...
by rcox1
Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62175

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Sountheastern pedant here. Miami's "system" doesn't have a single footlong underground. I think there is bit excessive use of creative license here. I couldn't believe that Floridas geology would allow underground anything, and I can't find any reference to any 'subway' in miami, just lig...
by rcox1
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196408

Re: 0435: "Purity"

I attended a presentation by Dr. Hawkins and this strip was featured prominently when he was talking about what and why he majored in college.
by rcox1
Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1171:"Perl Problems"
Replies: 43
Views: 20854

Re: 1171:"Perl Problems"

Just a generally funny comic. Haven't had one of these in a while
by rcox1
Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36567

Re: 1166: "Argument"

This is a good test of someone who is trying to talk to you about physics, be it an acceptance, teacher, or whatever. If there is a long complicated explanation of type 1 and type 2 perpetual machines, and how the first is impossible but the second is not, and all that handwaving, be very scared. I ...
by rcox1
Fri Jan 18, 2013 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30617

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

So should I be driving a nuclear powered car or an electric car whose power comes from nuclear power. I can certainly imagine a business model in which the former is leased to the end user and then returned. The advantage would be that fuel and maintenance of the power plant would be covered by warr...
by rcox1
Wed Jan 16, 2013 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 23107

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

What's do you call a germ that kills everyone it infects? Extinct. ... Ebola has such a hard time spreading, it kills too fast. And yet, it persists... Correct me if I'm wrong, but Plague bacteria kill rats, fleas, everything, and were quite a "success" before the rise of antibiotics and ...
by rcox1
Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1159: "Countdown"
Replies: 77
Views: 21285

Re: #1159: Countdown

For all we know, the odds are in our favor. If you estimate the odds using Benford's law , we are still doomed. Look, I freely admit I suck at math in general and statistics in particular, but why would that be? The "problematic" case is the one when all the invisible digits are zeros, wh...
by rcox1
Thu Dec 20, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 29565

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

This why logic is no substitute for critical observation, and a priori sucks. Basically you can logically achieve any result you want. In my recollection of the story, the star was used to mark the place where the new born king lay. This of course is where the story breaks down. It is perfectly reas...
by rcox1
Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0009: "Soul Mates"
Replies: 58
Views: 32341

Re: What-if 0009: Soul Mates

If we count every person who ever lived, then it only makes sense that we count everyone who ever is going to live. In that sense, the chance of finding a soul mate is infinitesimal. Likewise, even if we limit to souls living in the now, natural mortality would reduce the chances for finding a soul ...
by rcox1
Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1081: "Argument Victory"
Replies: 253
Views: 62076

Re: 1081: "Argument Victory"

My thing is that conspiracy theorist are sometimes those that say government is a waste of money because it is inefficient, incompetent, and filled with people who don't care. These same people then attribute superhuman organizational power to the same government. Power to build huge structures with...
by rcox1
Sun Jul 08, 2012 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55075

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Yeah after skimming that Wiki article, this battle was the first to make predominant use of longbowman. But ... so what? If there is something funny, insightful, or otherwise worthwhile about this comic, I'm not seeing it. Yeah, okay. But then it's not really a 'gambit' is it? It's sort of like the...
by rcox1
Sat Jul 07, 2012 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1078: "Knights"
Replies: 164
Views: 55075

Re: 1078: "Knights"

Yeah after skimming that Wiki article, this battle was the first to make predominant use of longbowman. But ... so what? If there is something funny, insightful, or otherwise worthwhile about this comic, I'm not seeing it. Yeah, okay. But then it's not really a 'gambit' is it? It's sort of like the...
by rcox1
Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1076: "Groundhog Day"
Replies: 107
Views: 26408

Re: 1072: "Groundhog Day"

40 weeks is counted from the start of the woman's last period, not from the moment of conception. Since ovulation typically occurs about halfway through the menstrual cycle, the average woman is pregnant 37-38 weeks. You do realize that knowing this much about the subject and discussing it in publi...
by rcox1
Mon Jul 02, 2012 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1076: "Groundhog Day"
Replies: 107
Views: 26408

Re: 1072: "Groundhog Day"

JetstreamGW wrote:
suso wrote:Something sounded fishy. 264 days / 7 days = 37 weeks. Pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. So you're saying the earth was born premature? Probably expains a lot.


40 weeks is closer to 10 months, mate.


Typically 9 1/2 months, which is a much better movie.
by rcox1
Fri Jun 22, 2012 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 29759

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

Rockford Files, 1974-1980 "This is Jim Rockford. At the tone, leave your name and message. I'll get back to you. [Beep]" Followed by a joke message. Despite what most kids think, we did not live in caves prior to their birth and then magically achieve civilization. I will also, as a public...
by rcox1
Wed Jun 06, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 44216

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

What's with all the "Gee Willikers freaky" stuff? Ok, FFs are unusual, but really, "freaky", "creepy" etc.? Are you weirded out by human feet or something? Most humans are intensely conservative, in the sense that they want tomorrow to be very much like today and the n...
by rcox1
Mon May 14, 2012 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 26810

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

It will be interesting to see how the various crowd funding projects launched through Kickstarter pan out. I'm not aware of any projects that were successfully funded and have already come to fruition (and I've not done a speck of research to find any), but it will be interesting to see what kind o...
by rcox1
Mon May 07, 2012 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 64905

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

The 1960s dabbled unsuccessfully with major-less colleges. Blame President James Garfield. In 1871, he said,"The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other," referring to the professor-later-president of Williams College. Walter Hendricks, founder of Marl...
by rcox1
Thu May 03, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86579

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

It amazes me how many technical people are hang onto their conviction that they cannot draw. I wonder why you are amazed that many people, technical or otherwise, are convinced they can not draw. I can't draw (except in a slightly shaky stick figure way) - I can't draw a straight line longer than s...
by rcox1
Thu May 03, 2012 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86579

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

This comic is a troll, right? Like, a massive straw man troll on the whole world? Which is cool, just checking. Because then although I really really want to spend time defending people who aren't good at maths, or didn't enjoy maths, or have jobs that don't involve very much (if any) maths, but at...
by rcox1
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1047: "Approximations"
Replies: 159
Views: 68864

Re: 1047: "Approximations"

This reminds me of my applied physics class and error analysis. We would go through and work out the percentage errors assuming certain errors in our measurements. Of course we assumed the constants had no errors, and in fact the precision of the constants were much higher than the precision of the ...
by rcox1
Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 43099

Re: 1045: Constraints

A budding poet? Three frames were too many here, two would have sufficed. Constrained language rules, especially in prose, can unleash ideas. Of course economy of words is one aspect of poetry, though it is subservient to the creation of an image. A 140 character limit, or a three panel form, is th...
by rcox1
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 41436

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubisco For those who care, RuBisCO is the most abundant protein in most plants, as it is a key enzyme in photosynthesis. It's actually the most abundant protein in the world. The reason for that is that it is fundamentally flawed. That O at the end of the name shouldn'...
by rcox1
Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1033: "Formal Logic"
Replies: 132
Views: 40477

Re: 1033: "Formal Logic"

Why is 'if' spelled 'iff'? IFF is a logical construct that allows conclusions that would be invalid for if. For example, a parent might say that if you do your chores then you can go the concert. You may have told your friends this and, when they see at the concert, they may incorrectly conclude th...
by rcox1
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 274720

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

This is bullshit. So we are suppose to equate ANY AND ALL attempts to pick up, go out with, or otherwise "score" with a girl as misogyny against or objectification of women? Further, we are also suppose to believe that acting on these ideas is simply a mental defect in our brains complete...
by rcox1
Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1026: "Compare and Concave"
Replies: 74
Views: 31657

Re: 1026: "Compare and Contrast"

Now if only somebody could tell a non-native speaker, what the hell a “THEE” is… (And, does „A SUMMER’S EVE“ have a special meaning?) Shakespeare (the famous writer) once wrote a poem called Sonnet 18, and it is very well known. The most famous line is "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day&q...
by rcox1
Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1023: "Late-Night BS"
Replies: 73
Views: 19877

Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

What I remember about late night PBS was the number of scantily clad persons. I remember one show, A Very Peculiar Practice, that always delivered the goods. And in the days when many of us still had broadcast tv and VCRS were not everywhere, that was a good thing.
by rcox1
Fri Jan 06, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1000: "1000 Comics"
Replies: 147
Views: 50431

Re: 1000: "1000 Comics"

2^10 isn't really any more puristic than 2^9... so I guess we'll have to wait until comic 65536 (= 2^2^2^2) for the next major milestone. Also recall that 1024 is going to set a 10 bit counter to zero, and how uses 10 bit counters anyway. 0b111111111 is 1023 is 0x3FF which is not such a wonderful n...
by rcox1
Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0995: "Coin Star"
Replies: 105
Views: 22168

Re: 0995: "Coin Star"

Wait...so there are machines that, for a certain amount of money put in, give you less money back with no product or service provided other than a different denomination of said money? And people do this willingly ? I have not used Coinstar, but see it's appeal, certainly now that there is no fee i...
by rcox1
Tue Nov 01, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38440

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

What I see in the comic is that even intelligent allegedly educated people fall fallacy of false dilemma. That is, many people are happy to see the world as a series of binary choices, and further see people in terms of which choice they make. So we have blank books versus written books, pharmacy me...
by rcox1
Fri Oct 28, 2011 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 41568

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Obviously the only way to validate an email to have the user reply to an email. Typing an email address in twice and having the computer compare them thus gives the user feedback if they made a typo. Of course it does nothing if they intentionally or accidentally type a wrong address, which is why i...
by rcox1
Mon Oct 24, 2011 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0968: "Everything"
Replies: 100
Views: 34026

Re: 0968: "Everything"

Sounds like Shakespeare's Sonnet 130. ... I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground: And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare As any she belied with false compare. Every since I read the sonnets in high school this has been my favorite sonnet. I oft quot...
by rcox1
Fri Sep 30, 2011 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 31947

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

It's quite interesting how modern economics theory relies, mostly, on the assumption that everyone's a dick. SMBC did a comic on that yesterday, now xkcd. I think economic theory accepts that given the opportunity everyone will be dick, however it also shows that in many cases not being a dick is m...

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