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by NumberFourtyThree
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 6391

Re: 1962: “Generations”

This comic caused me to look up "paperclip machine", and a mention in the Wikipedia article caused me to waste several hours on this browser based game turning the universe into paperclips:

http://www.decisionproblem.com/paperclips/
by NumberFourtyThree
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 7548

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

In the end, all things come to nothing.
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 118801

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I'm sure "42" showed up a lot, but I wonder how many people typed "pi" on one of the "enter a number between 1 and 100" boxes.
by NumberFourtyThree
Sat Aug 24, 2013 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 23388

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

C'mon, "round" is just a lazy way to say "spherical" 1 1 Technically speaking, ball-shaped Really technically speaking, it's an oblate spheroid. With 3 nipples to rain milk down on the turtles holding the planet up. (It's turtles all the way down, you know.) I remember once I sa...
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 35497

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

One thing bugs me, though. There weren't any sheep 10 thousand years ago, were there? There were wild goats that might have been in the process of being domesticated, and would eventually be bred into what we know as sheep today, right? What? :shock: No! Goats didn't become domesticated into sheep,...
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 35497

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

One thing bugs me, though. There weren't any sheep 10 thousand years ago, were there? There were wild goats that might have been in the process of being domesticated, and would eventually be bred into what we know as sheep today, right? Sheep are not descended from goats. Their wild ancestor is som...
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 53557

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

Predictions from 1900. Scary accurate - they predicted real-time worldwide color/sound video, central heating/cooling, prepackaged factory-cooked meals, and... snowmobiles. Not all of them are accurate, of course. Right after ubiquitous automobiles comes the prediction that anyone who can't walk te...
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Apr 11, 2011 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 65556

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

I'm surprised on one pointed out this isn't the first xkcd strip to reference Mr. Rogers:
http://www.xkcd.com/767/
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 65556

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Mine would be really, really odd:

Crabby Water Tower
by NumberFourtyThree
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 80439

Re: 0882: "Significant"

I once read something saying this is a problem for genetic studies where they test hundreds of genes to find if one of them is linked to something.
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 32436

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day, teach a group of men to fish and in 20 years their favorite kind of fish will be fished to extinction.
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 32436

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day, but give a fish a man and he'll eat for weeks. I don't know if I get it... Does the humour exist because he took a common conditional phrase, and added a dramatic conclusion that you don't expect? Yes - violation of expectations is a standard humour source....
by NumberFourtyThree
Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 40026

Re: 0855: "1999"

Zombocom has been around surprisingly long, and Facebook seems to be enduring, but what are the chances anyone will remember them 10,000 years from now. There will simply be too many other internet things in history competing for attention. Remember, the greatest works may outlive their makers, but ...
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Jan 20, 2011 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 22668

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

The maths involved here is way beyond me abd if the strip is anything to go by, is way beyond even many maths geeks, am I right? I'm pretty sure I learned enough to get this joke in Algebra II in ninth grade. You don't even have to know what a wavefunction is, as the important part is that anything...
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Jan 20, 2011 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 17681

Re: 0848: "3D"

For those questioning whether 3D movies add enough to a movie experience to be worthwhile, does it seem to have good applications in video games? How will people feel about 3D in a couple months when the Nintendo 3DS comes out (which has the added benefit of not needing glasses). yes but 0 as an ave...
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Nov 09, 2010 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 26745

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

Um, I haven't studied this much, but it seems obvious to me that you can prove a system of logic to be inconsistent. Take ordinary logic and add the axiom "P ^ ~P". Done. No? That'll just prove that your extended system of logic is inconsistent, not your starting system :( I just meant th...
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Nov 09, 2010 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 26745

Re: 0816: Applied Math

Of course, hasn't it been proven that such a proof is impossible? Assume such a proof exists. Then P and not P. Contradiction. Therefore, no such proof exists. No, because if such a proof exists then contradictions are allowed and do not disprove things. You are begging the question by using reason...
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Nov 08, 2010 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 26745

Re: 0816: Applied Math

Of course, hasn't it been proven that such a proof is impossible? You forget the subject. If logic itself is inconsistent, then an apparently solid proof that something can't be proven might be also provably false, as you could prove contradictory and false things. By the very nature of the questio...
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 554256

Re: Religion: The Deuce

2) In the New Testament, Jesus preaches that the synagogues, churches and etc are no longer necessary because God now dwells within each believer individually. This is why the New testament preaches that at Jesus' death, the curtain in the synagogue cordoning off the holy of holies ripped in half. ...
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Apr 15, 2010 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 19478

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

Shopping at small businesses instead of large national ones won't hinder the formation of a wealth gap. Large national companies aren't owned by a single extremely wealthy people, but by a large number of shareholders, some of which won't be much richer than someone who owns their own business. Besi...
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Pep talk for the Nihilist
Replies: 22
Views: 3377

Pep talk for the Nihilist

Have you ever thought that if you logically consider everything there is no reasonable basis to believe in any religion or any other philosophy that claims there is any purpose to life or any overall meaning to the universe? Some people who think such things may come to be depressed and mope around ...
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: the random image thread!
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

Re: the random image thread!

Image
by NumberFourtyThree
Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: multiplayer chess
Replies: 106
Views: 4917

Re: multiplayer chess

To make the sizes work like that, you just have to use the right character: ♜♞♝♛♚♝♞♜ ♟♟♟♟♟♟♟♟ \\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\ ♙♙♙♙♙♙♙♙ ♖♘♗♕♔♗♘♖ It can all be the same size, and it's easy to edit as all the empty spaces are the same. BLACK ♜ . . . ♚ . . . ♟ . . . . . . ♟ . . . . . ♖ ♟ . . . ♟ ♙ ....
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: the random image thread!
Replies: 6
Views: 1218

Re: the random image thread!

Image
by NumberFourtyThree
Wed Feb 24, 2010 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hitler Game
Replies: 193
Views: 29423

Re: Hitler Game

Orla wrote:1. Marah fabaceus
2. Insect
3. German Language
4. Nazism
5. Adolf Hitler

You can do that one in 3 clicks:
1. Marah fabaceus
2. Hebrew language
3. Jews
4. Adolf Hitler
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Feb 23, 2010 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2166974

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

vonKarma wrote:Granted, but you've just destroyed the bible. Enjoy God's wrath!

I wish I had a complete understanding of thermodynamics.

I don't have a bible on my bookshelf, and I have books larger than a normal bible...

Anyway:
Granted, you are now bald.

I wish for health, wealth, and fame.
by NumberFourtyThree
Tue Feb 23, 2010 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2166974

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, your body is switched with some other person who you don't know who happens to be doing very well in school. Unfortunately it can't be anything but a step down in life when you no longer know anyone who you are supposed to or the details of your own life. Also you new body was recently diag...
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hitler Game
Replies: 193
Views: 29423

Re: Hitler Game

Start: Moore State Park Historic District 1. National Register of Historic Places 2. United States government 3. United States 4. World War II 5. Hitler You can do that better: 1. Paxton, Massachusetts 2. United States 3. World War II 4. Hitler Start: Nabidae Biological Classification Charles Darwi...
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hit the person above you with a random object!
Replies: 1656
Views: 107789

Re: Hit the person above you with a random object!

*hits Kohilliah with a weakly hyper-Woodin cardinal.*
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2166974

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you are now a fish (and nowhere near a body of water).

I wish for all the powers of Superman as is most commonly depicted in comic books today, but without his weakness to kryptonite.
by NumberFourtyThree
Mon Feb 22, 2010 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 30211

Re: "Principle of Explosion" Discussion

Hadn't heard of the principle of explosion, so had to read the Wikipedia entry. Then I had to read the paraconsistent logic entry. Trying to figure out the difference between paraconsistent and classical logic is like trying to figure out the difference between bayesian and frequentist statistics, ...
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 30211

Re: "Principle of Explosion" Discussion

Consider this statement:

If this statement is true, then this statement is false.
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Wikiwalk Game
Replies: 23
Views: 3170

Re: The Wikiwalk Game

Try one: GOAL: Ford Motor Company 1. Peleco River 2. Chile 3. Category:Countries bordering the Atlantic Ocean 4. United States 5. Henry Ford 6. Ford Motor Company You do know there's a link to the United States on Chile's page? Anyway: Max Zwerb to Hammarland United States World War II Finland List...
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hit the person above you with a random object!
Replies: 1656
Views: 107789

Re: Hit the person above you with a random object!

*hits boring bore with the taint of respectability.*
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Random image thread
Replies: 0
Views: 644

Random image thread

The idea here is to post an image, any image, though preferably an interesting one, thus giving you a way to show off and spread the enjoyment for anything interesting you come across online. To start: http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/9/2010/02/500x_triforce_latte_2_0_by_monkdrew.jpg
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2166974

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you are now Trude Beiser. Have fun being an 82 year old Austrian woman who doesn't know anything that she's supposed to about her own life or speaking the right language.

I wish to have the power of attorney for Jesus.
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hit the person above you with a random object!
Replies: 1656
Views: 107789

Re: Hit the person above you with a random object!

*Hits Max2009 with a functor.*
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Hitler Game
Replies: 193
Views: 29423

Re: Hitler Game

Just did 10 random ones. I got seven cases of 3 clicks, two cases of 4 clicks, and one case of 2 clicks. You probably should have made the challenge 4 clicks. Abigail Hebrew language Jews Hitler Ryder Ripps Tumblr iPhone Germany Hitler Otto Krause Technical School Argentina Germany Hitler Kvitnu Ukr...
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Is This Even Possible?
Replies: 77
Views: 26736

Re: Is This Even Possible?

In any case, there is never a need to discover which word means yes and which word means no, as a self-referential question can essentially define a new yes and no. If you don't know what the words for yes and no are it will take an extra question to discover one of them. Once you know one of t...
by NumberFourtyThree
Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma: What would YOU do?
Replies: 166
Views: 18605

Re: Traveler's Dilemma: What would YOU do?

Here's an angle to the problem most of you haven't considered: Most of you are considering Lucy's main goal and motivation to get the most money possible (save a few who say she should be honest and say the real value.) What if Lucy and Pete really hate each other, so much that they'd be willing to ...

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