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by toysbfun
Wed Aug 11, 2010 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 46443

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

This sounds like a porno gone horribly fantastically wrong.
by toysbfun
Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 97753

Re: Sheeple

That line of thought sounds more symptomatic of a psychopath than a Randian.
by toysbfun
Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49054

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

And I also like how people wave off all the earmarks going towards worthless things because "It's less than 2% of the total spending money." Who cares how much it is? It's still there! And 2% of a billion dollars--er, sorry--$1,000,000,000 is still $20,000,000. That's more than most Ameri...
by toysbfun
Fri Mar 20, 2009 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49054

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

There's still the issue of, "If you ran your company into the ground and now require a bailout to avoid crashing the world economy, you do not deserve any sort of bonus."
by toysbfun
Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0548: "Kindle"
Replies: 122
Views: 30355

Re: "Kindle" Discussion

Hooray for the Guide reference! Hmm, the Earth article has been locked. Darn ;-) Interesting about the Kindle being able to access wikipedia; I didn't know that. I'd better research the price.... Edit: hmm, $400. Not really worth it for that much money..... AT&T MediaNet is $20/month. The Kindl...
by toysbfun
Wed Feb 25, 2009 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0548: "Kindle"
Replies: 122
Views: 30355

Re: "Kindle" Discussion

Wait, really? Free mobile internet browsing? For serious? And to think I was considering getting an iPhone, Wikipedia everywhere was its one and only selling point. ... oh right, I live in Canada... .... What? Why? It doesn't work in Canada? Maybe because it uses Sprint. A shame that a guide to the...
by toysbfun
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0545: "Neutrality Schmeutrality"
Replies: 137
Views: 51758

Re: "Neutrality Schmeutrality" discussion

I'd like to make a pre-emptive request* - please, can people not make any edits to Wikipedia related to this? The whole "<INSERT COMEDIAN, TV SHOW HOST OR WEBCOMIC AUTHOR HERE> references Wikipedia so let's vandalise an article based on their comment!" thing got old somewhere around Steph...
by toysbfun
Mon Feb 02, 2009 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 37006

Re: "Security" discussion

Crypto's like vaccination. It doesn't really work as well when only a handful of people use it. Raise your hands if you use PGP on a regular basis. Now look at all the people that didn't raise their hands. You might as well be holding up a sign that says, "Look at me! I've got something to hid...
by toysbfun
Mon Feb 02, 2009 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0538: "Security"
Replies: 145
Views: 37006

Re: "Security" discussion

Crypto's like vaccination. It doesn't really work as well when only a handful of people use it. Raise your hands if you use PGP on a regular basis. Now look at all the people that didn't raise their hands. You might as well be holding up a sign that says, "Look at me! I've got something to hide...
by toysbfun
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Binary blobs
Replies: 12
Views: 3271

Binary blobs

According to Ars Technica, the Debian developers have voted to keep binary firmware blobs in Debian 5. For those that understand what binary blobs are, it can be a controversial subject. For those that don't, Blue-Gnu has an article explaining them.
by toysbfun
Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0527: "Keynote"
Replies: 52
Views: 11635

Re: "Keynote"

Unfortunately, I think Cory isn't planning to get rid of his Steve Jobs voodoo doll anytime soon: http://www.boingboing.net/2009/01/06/apple-dropping-drm-f.html I don't get it -- if DRM is so foul that it can't be borne when it comes to music sales, why is it acceptable for other kinds of media in ...
by toysbfun
Mon Dec 22, 2008 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0520: "Cuttlefish"
Replies: 202
Views: 37159

Re: "Cuttlefish" Discussion

The more I learn about DNA, the more amazed I am at how similar it is to machine code. I'm really surprised some CS people haven't gotten on making an assembly language for DNA. Or at least writing straight machine code / base pairs like Woz did for the Apple II... Start from scratch, just make a b...
by toysbfun
Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is a B.S. in CompSci easier than one in biology?
Replies: 17
Views: 2348

Re: Is a B.S. in CompSci hard? (take 2)

I put forth that a B.S in any discipline is hard. This is a general theme in higher education. Fair enough. I think I'll change it to "easier than". As for comp sci, I'd say start by looking at some of the topic mentioned at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_science#Fields_of_computer...
by toysbfun
Sat Dec 06, 2008 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Is a B.S. in CompSci easier than one in biology?
Replies: 17
Views: 2348

Is a B.S. in CompSci easier than one in biology?

(I thought I asked this already, but it's not showing up under anywhere after the board came back up) Biology is hard. Or so several medical doctors and my transcript have told me. I was thinking of switching my major to computer science. People have remarked that I'm good with computers, but they'v...
by toysbfun
Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 223523

Re: Friends Discussion

This sounds familiar. I can't remember if it's because it seems to be how some other guys think or because I've recently found myself in the friend zone with a girl I was going to ask out. Of course, she turned out to be certifiable so it all kinda worked out for the best.
by toysbfun
Thu Nov 27, 2008 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GNU versus BSD
Replies: 145
Views: 41510

Re: GNU versus BSD

Here's what I don't understand about some BSD licensers. It seems to be, "Sure, you can take our BSD code and use it to make a proprietary version and not share the source code with us. It's free for everyone to use however he likes... Hey! GPL guys! What are you doing? We can't use those impro...
by toysbfun
Mon Jul 28, 2008 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0455: "Hats"
Replies: 163
Views: 43041

Re: "Hats" discussion

seconskin552 wrote:I do believe the hat is a trophy from killing another classhole.

Exactly what I was thinking. Like when Hal Jordan had multiple power rings when he killed all those other Green Lanterns.
by toysbfun
Thu Jul 24, 2008 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The future of ubiquitous memory
Replies: 33
Views: 3689

Re: The future of ubiquitous memory

I think it'll start with the young people in a Facebook-meets-Jennicam type way. After that, it's the death of privacy as we know it.
by toysbfun
Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 119596

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Reminds me of a paper Calvin wrote: The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane : A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes I'd love to do that. The problem is my hair, weight, and casual dress make me look more like a hacker from the 1970s than any sort of art crit...
by toysbfun
Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0440: "Road Rage"
Replies: 94
Views: 30685

Re: "Road Rage" Discussion

I had an idea for a web site, but I don't have the resources to host it. It would be called "You are an asshole", and you could post the license plate of someone you thought was an asshole on the road and tell them exactly how you feel. All the permutations I can think of for "You ar...
by toysbfun
Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0439: "Thinking Ahead"
Replies: 164
Views: 28735

Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

I don't know what's worse: that Munroe's in my head or that Munroe's in more than just my head. I spent about a month working through the various permutations the relationship might take before asking her out. Unfortunately, it's run longer than my projections showed it would, so I've been winging i...
by toysbfun
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196511

Re: "Purity" Discussion

I was reminded of a quote from bigdeadplace.com: " Four out of five biologists regard psychologists as jibbering baboons, and you should too. If other scientists had their way, Psychology would not be considered a "science" at all, but would be ranked somewhere above Creationism and ...
by toysbfun
Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196511

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Biology is only partly applied chemistry. The main part of it, evolution by natural selection, is not dependent on the physical nature of the replicators in question: it applies to any conceivable or inconceivable system of randomly varying replicators under non-random selective pressure. Indeed, g...
by toysbfun
Sun Jun 08, 2008 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If magic were to exist....
Replies: 56
Views: 7151

Re: If magic were to exist....

If magic exists, then there must be some consistent mechanism by which it operates that can thus be repeated, tested and observed. What if there isn't? What if we can consistently see the result, but there is no causal mechanism underlying it? James Randi has a one-million dollar offer to anyone th...
by toysbfun
Mon May 26, 2008 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0428: "Starwatching"
Replies: 63
Views: 11829

Re: "Starwatching" Discussion

So does he need to get out more or less? I think there should be a poll at the top. Or down here as we go along is good too.
by toysbfun
Fri May 23, 2008 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0427: "Bad Timing"
Replies: 94
Views: 23883

Re: Bad Timing

xkcd saves the day again.

Trust me, it does.
by toysbfun
Tue May 13, 2008 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hypothetical post-actinide life
Replies: 11
Views: 1355

Hypothetical post-actinide life

I'm a bit fuzzy on the terminology, so bear with me. The heavy elements in the universe come from supernovas. Iron, gold, etc, only became "common" in the universe (IIRC) about six billion years ago. Post-actinide 1 elements don't have a long half-life. However, I read somewhere that some ...
by toysbfun
Thu May 08, 2008 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Spirituality: Another way to look at them
Replies: 19
Views: 3436

Re: Religion and Spirituality: Another way to look at them

Not sure I see your point. Without getting into the debate about whether or not we have free will (bleargh), well, I'm not sure I accept either of your premises (numbered above). TBH the second part sounds kind of like random guesses. But even if I did accept the premises, then if it is true that w...
by toysbfun
Thu May 08, 2008 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion and Spirituality: Another way to look at them
Replies: 19
Views: 3436

Re: Religion and Spirituality: Another way to look at them

Wait...the only situation I can think of in which believing something that we know is false can be useful is as a defense mechanism. You know, like you have a traumatized past and in order to keep yourself from breaking down you go into denial or you repress those memories. But that's not a state y...
by toysbfun
Thu May 08, 2008 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" + thoughts on privacy
Replies: 5
Views: 1985

Re: Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother" + thoughts on privacy

You mean The Transparent Society ? Sousveillance won't work. There's an asymmetry in information and power making it infeasible in the real world. What I find interesting is how the treatment of privacy in Little Brother contrasts Doctorow's short story Truncat , a semi-sequel to Down and Out . It'...
by toysbfun
Sun Apr 27, 2008 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Prostitution?
Replies: 91
Views: 13941

Re: Legal Prostitution?

Don't suppose one could open a brothel with a gift shop? If a pimp or madame adds the cost of a cheap digital camcorder and a blank DVD to the cost of business, there's the distribution vector.
by toysbfun
Sat Apr 26, 2008 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism and the 20th century
Replies: 42
Views: 4886

Re: Atheism and the 20th century

Today in European History AP, we covered Nihilism and Existentialism. One thing that kinda bothered me about how the teacher taught it, was how he looked at the different ways interpreting the events of the 20th century. On the board, he wrote: Holocaust, European settlement of Africa, Stalin's Pur...
by toysbfun
Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What do you want out of life?
Replies: 140
Views: 13293

Re: What do you want out of life?

To see the world, see the future, see them both become brighter. To do that, I suppose I'd need good health and great wealth.
by toysbfun
Fri Apr 25, 2008 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0415: "Restraining order"
Replies: 99
Views: 30951

Re: Restraining order

sean22190 wrote:I was hoping this would be an Ubuntu joke. :?


I thought it might be, then remembered one of the title texts complaining about how an Ubuntu upgrade screwed up his system.

What I want to know is what he was doing more than 600 yards away he couldn't do closer.
by toysbfun
Sun Apr 20, 2008 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Prostitution?
Replies: 91
Views: 13941

Re: Legal Prostitution?

I see it as like polygamy: one of those things that, in theory, should be legal in a liberal society. The reality is that an imbalance of power occurs too often to be tolerated, e.g., patriarchs taking their daughters as wives and women thought to be prostitutes are actually sex slaves.
by toysbfun
Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Please fill out questionnaire for my research project!
Replies: 88
Views: 8124

Re: Please fill out questionnaire for my research project!

What is your age? 22 Gender? Male Sexual orientation? Heterosexual Ethnicity? Caucasian Nationality & Location? American/Florida How would you describe your socioeconomic status? Middle class college student Do you ascribe to or are a member of any religion? Yes Did you ever read print comics be...
by toysbfun
Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"
Replies: 115
Views: 28700

Re: "Travelling Salesman Problem" Discussion

jmorgan3 wrote:
toysbfun wrote:Is that supposed to be 0*n! and 0*n2*2n? Wouldn't they both wind up being zero, like anything multiplied by zero would?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_O_notation


Ah. Thanks.
by toysbfun
Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"
Replies: 115
Views: 28700

Re: "Travelling Salesman Problem" Discussion

Is that supposed to be 0*n! and 0*n2*2n? Wouldn't they both wind up being zero, like anything multiplied by zero would?
by toysbfun
Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0387: "Advanced Technology"
Replies: 105
Views: 30927

Re: "Advanced Technology" Discussion

I find the idea that we're just collections of interlocking nanoscale Von Neumann machines a bit depressing. I know it's a fair description, but I still find being reminded of it depressing. Of course, it might only be seasonal depression coupled with having gone off my meds again.
by toysbfun
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0384: "The Drake Equation"
Replies: 117
Views: 27985

Re: "The Drake Equation" Discussion

Anyone ever wonder if other things are life (or contain life, or are product of life)... like Dark Matter, or the Four Forces? Depends on the definition of "life" you're using. As far as we know, Dark matter and the forces (Good name for a band) don't have any metabolic activity or reprod...

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