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by Ghona
Tue Aug 11, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0621: "Superlative"
Replies: 136
Views: 31612

Re: "Superlative" discussion

Wait, it's a take on a commercial?
by Ghona
Fri Jul 31, 2009 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0617: "Understocked"
Replies: 115
Views: 23019

Re: "Understocked" Discussion

Dudes, we can't tell the skin color. It's probably Biden.
by Ghona
Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 99222

Re: Sheeple

Yet another ad-hominem attack against Objectivists... I'd feel bad, but I know that people only do it because there's no REAL argument to be made against Objectivism, so this is the kind of thing I've come to expect. ...except the fact that there is no objective reality, or at least not one that we...
by Ghona
Wed Jul 01, 2009 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88497

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

Perhaps I should have said, any transition from 100 to 99 cannot be a defection, since your opponent will also make the same transition. You can't move from 100-100 to 99-100, only from 100-100 to 99-99. 99-99 is a worse strategy that 100-100. If you know that all strategies must be autostrategies, ...
by Ghona
Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88497

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

I think the issue here is the halting problem, actually. No, really. Let's ignore probabilistic strategies for the moment (assume they don't have dice or something) As I am defining perfectly rational to only come to one conclusion, I am making it an axiom that there is only one possible strategy. T...
by Ghona
Wed Jul 01, 2009 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88497

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

Puck wrote:I think we can agree on that. Do you disagree that such a rational actor, if he were able to determine with 100% certainty that his opponent would play 100, would respond by playing 99?

Assuming that playing 99 would not result in his opponent playing anything other than 100, no.
by Ghona
Tue Jun 30, 2009 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88497

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

My definition of a rational actor is one that always comes to the strategy with the highest expected return for him/herself, given the knowledge available.

Is there any other one?
by Ghona
Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88497

Re: Traveler's Dilemma

Here's my question: Given the same information and motivations, will a perfectly rational person always come to the same decision making strategy? If the answer is yes, it seems obvious that a perfectly rational person would be aware of this, and pick 100. Your opponent will always end up at the sam...
by Ghona
Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127462

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Well, if polywell fusion research stays on schedule, it looks pretty probable that climate will turn out fine as well. Net energy hydrogen-boron fusion would basically solve everything*. *Well, many things.** **Probably. Assuming there isn't something stupidly expensive about it*** ***And that organ...
by Ghona
Thu Jun 04, 2009 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 40050

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

Actually, after you said that I looked them up to see if they were words :P By virtue of the fact that a collection of letters are being used to represent an idea, damnit is a word, just not an official English word. That makes me wonder, who decides if it's an official word? The people that write ...
by Ghona
Thu May 28, 2009 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favourite Erroneous "Proofs"
Replies: 194
Views: 43776

Re: Favourite Erroneous "Proofs"

How about this one?

Image
by Ghona
Tue May 26, 2009 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0588: "Pep Rally"
Replies: 184
Views: 35946

Re: "Pep Rally" Discussion

EnderSword wrote:I guess I feel bad that you all had such sad, cynical childhoods where cheering or participating in something was so terrible and oppresive.


I like my sense of hearing. I see no reason to lose it for so trivial a reason.
by Ghona
Mon May 25, 2009 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0588: "Pep Rally"
Replies: 184
Views: 35946

Re: "Pep Rally" Discussion

Ahh, junior high pep rallies. If I recall correctly, the punishment for not having all your homework turned in up-to-date by that point was missing them and being stuck in In School Suspension for the two-hour duration. Oddly enough, after the first time I always "forgot" to turn in someth...
by Ghona
Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0567: "Urgent Mission"
Replies: 129
Views: 33673

Re: "Urgent Mission" Discussion

Gava wrote:we could change the meter so that the speed of light would be a round number then...
prevent the lack of use of metric system in the US....

Just change the foot so the speed of light is exactly 10^9 feet/second.
by Ghona
Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 40050

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

I internalized your girlfriend's attitudes.

LAST NIGHT.




I'm going to be reading "no pun intended" as "last night" from now on.
by Ghona
Fri Mar 20, 2009 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49646

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

BlastOButter42 wrote:How is that dishonest? Do you really think most people don't realize that a million is 1/1000 of a billion?

Not here in England.
by Ghona
Wed Feb 18, 2009 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0545: "Neutrality Schmeutrality"
Replies: 137
Views: 52552

Re: "Neutrality Schmeutrality" discussion

So, fun fact, there's a page "celebrities who have vandalized wikipedia". I vote that Randall adds his name to the list. If they remove it, it's vandalism and should have stayed. If they don't remove it, it isn't vandalism, and should have been removed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikiped...
by Ghona
Thu Feb 12, 2009 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0542: "Cover-Up"
Replies: 113
Views: 25164

Re: "Cover-Up" Discussion

KoDeN wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:I guess they accidentally the whole ceiling.


... what?


The whole ceiling.

what should they do... is this dangerous?
by Ghona
Wed Sep 10, 2008 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0474: "Turn-On"
Replies: 178
Views: 35088

Re: "Turn-On" Discussion

I'm surprised the girl asked for whiskey sours instead of two pints.
We're supposed to be making puns about quarts, after all.
by Ghona
Mon Sep 08, 2008 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 41624

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

I have maintained that Pluto should never have been a planet for a few years now. Pluto is really not at all like a planet. More like a comet. If you brought it closer to the sun, it would have a tail. Why kind of planet has a tail? It was never a planet. That's a definition. How can people argue t...
by Ghona
Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 41624

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

So, my question is as follows... Pluto's orbit intersects Neptunes, right? Doesn't this disqualify Neptune from the "clearing its orbit" part of the definition. To quote them "A “planet” is an object in orbit around the Sun that is large enough (massive enough) to have its self-gravit...
by Ghona
Tue Sep 02, 2008 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0470: "The End Is Not For A While"
Replies: 140
Views: 28400

Re: "The End is Not for a While"

DOWN WITH GRAVITY!
by Ghona
Wed Aug 13, 2008 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0462: "Freemanic Paracusia"
Replies: 122
Views: 31417

Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

aju227 wrote:I have Rickmanic Paracusia (Alan Rickman). Narrates my textbooks.

Better than my variant of Rickmanic. It's Rick Astley.
by Ghona
Mon Jul 14, 2008 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Three princesses
Replies: 446
Views: 206864

Re: Three princesses

The optimal solution is simple.

Ask the prettiest sister "if I said you had a nice body, would you hold it against me?"

win/win.
by Ghona
Sun Jul 13, 2008 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0368: "Bass"
Replies: 132
Views: 37683

Re: "Bass" discussion

1. Under road EMP device. Carefully tunnel under the road, or perhaps enter the storm drains, and install an EMP device in this location. Rather than trying to use sound waves to blow the offending systems, use an invisible silent EMP. (Electro Magnetic Pulse.) The goal would be to use a strong eno...
by Ghona
Tue Jun 10, 2008 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0434: "xkcd Goes to the Airport"
Replies: 107
Views: 31333

Re: xkcd Goes to the Airport Discussion

Turtle_ wrote:We'd still notice the crimes, and the fact that they're unsolved though, so I believe that it's mostly the less intelligent people who become criminals.

A truly intelligent criminal commits a crime nobody notices.
by Ghona
Mon May 19, 2008 4:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ants eating Electronics
Replies: 38
Views: 4805

Re: Ants eating Electronics

What, people on these fora didn't know that ants are attracted to electrical wires? When they get zapped other ants like the smell.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/IS/pr/2000/001006.htm
by Ghona
Mon May 12, 2008 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Way to go, Open Office
Replies: 14
Views: 2993

Re: Way to go, Open Office

Open office's spreadsheet program has horrible (and impossible-to-deactivate) autoformat options, which convert copied and pasted text without letting you tell it not to (1-42 is NOT January 1942.). The most recent update for OpenOffice writer deleted the autospellcheck dictionary for every dialect ...
by Ghona
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Internet culture IQ test
Replies: 69
Views: 6724

Re: Internet culture IQ test

I love how they use "you're IQ" instead of "your IQ" as they congratulate me on my intelligence. "Congratulations, you're IQ is HIGHER than the average person taking this quiz!"... Note: "Make fun of someone else's spelling"-buggy blue, no correct-backs. Appa...
by Ghona
Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mummified Dinosaur Found
Replies: 102
Views: 5961

Re: Mummified Dinosaur Found

So... like Leonardo, then.
by Ghona
Sun Mar 16, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0396: "The Ring"
Replies: 90
Views: 22764

Re: "The Ring" Discussion

crodragn wrote:Gotta make you wonder though: can evil survive lossy compression?

Sort of. The video is no longer fatal. It does, however, cause a sudden upswing in your weight and cholesterol levels.

You will diet in seven days
by Ghona
Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0390: "Nightmares"
Replies: 214
Views: 45552

Re: "Nightmares" Discussion

I generally wake up with the impression that I've truly understood some important (possibly mathematical?) concept. Of course, once I am actually awake, I have no idea what it was. This makes me want to stay in bed, so I can keep that feeling for a while. I do the same, but it's usually that I've h...
by Ghona
Thu Feb 14, 2008 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0383: "Helping"
Replies: 358
Views: 107682

Re: "Helping" Discussion

So, if you give someone pills to try to make them happy, they'll end up in the hospital?
by Ghona
Mon Jan 21, 2008 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44111

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I have the ability to control physical forces and matter with my mind.
by Ghona
Thu Jan 17, 2008 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Default theme has changed - prosilver vs subsilver2
Replies: 59
Views: 7741

Re: Default theme has changed - prosilver vs subsilver2

Personally, I much preferred it the old way. I tend to identify people who are posting by their avatars first and their names second, and it's very awkward to have the avatars a screenwidth away from the start of a post.
by Ghona
Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0357: "Flies"
Replies: 105
Views: 22571

Re: "Flies" Discussion

The real question is "Who wants flies?"
by Ghona
Mon Sep 10, 2007 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Prints of 2000 from 1910
Replies: 23
Views: 3601

jestingrabbit wrote:edit2: and what I find really interesting is what he didn't change, ladies fashion, surely one of the most changeable aspects of culture.


Because he knew that however ridiculous he made it it would still be weirder?
by Ghona
Mon Sep 10, 2007 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The Son's Square
Replies: 16
Views: 4799

Bring a black hole really near to the Earth. This will stretch space-time from being almost Euclidean to decidedly non-euclidean. Once you have that, it's fairly simple to sell off some of the land.


Or abuse the curvature of the earth, and remove the tiny hump. Whatever.
by Ghona
Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0311: "Action Movies"
Replies: 196
Views: 65333

bbctol wrote:
Ghona wrote:Who the heck is River Tam?


Sacrilege! Blasphemy! You could at least Google it before profaning these fora.


Oh, a Firefly reference. How original. :roll:

I watched a couple episodes. I didn't find it particularly entertaining.

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