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by arthurd006_5
Sat May 18, 2013 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 65237

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

I liked the joke. But synesthesia of course doesn't work like that. The exact associations are different for different people, and it seems unlikely that colour blindness would actually matter. There's some evidence to support the last part of this; in the Reith lectures one year, Ramachandran repo...
by arthurd006_5
Tue May 14, 2013 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 64617

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Yes, and the average dinosaur? You see why I'm having trouble with this - talking abut "the average dinosaur" seems to me on a par with not labeling your axes... To determine the mode we'd need to line up all the dinosaurs that ever lived and determine which measurement occurred most ofte...
by arthurd006_5
Mon May 13, 2013 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 64617

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

Djehutynakht wrote:The world is crazy when you look at it the right way. Which is good.

Blessed are the cracked, for they let in the light.
- maybe Groucho Marx, Spike Milligan or Francis the monk on TV
by arthurd006_5
Mon May 13, 2013 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 40137

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

[Arguments about the word 'random'] sound[s] like yet another case where the "science types" are unfamiliar with their own subjects' history. This is especially true in mathematics, where there's a history of taking insults and turning them into technical jargon. One of the best-known exa...
by arthurd006_5
Sun May 12, 2013 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1210: "I'm so random"
Replies: 242
Views: 40137

Re: 1210: "I'm so random"

Pfhorrest wrote:"Ungulates are the only clade of mammals which can metabolize cellulose"

I can't find the study anymore, which involved feeding cardboard to MIT students. I half-remember that about half of them could digest it.
by arthurd006_5
Wed May 08, 2013 10:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 63907

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

For some reason, it really bugs me when I see radix sort described as O(n). It's better to think of it this way: Given n elements from a set of size k distinct choices, radix sort works in O(n * log(k)). O(n+k) - k for clearing and reading the array, and n for inserting the elements in the middle, ...
by arthurd006_5
Sun May 05, 2013 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1207: "AirAware"
Replies: 39
Views: 9797

Re: 1207: "AirAware"

moody7277 wrote:
Linux0s wrote:Eventually a national "Do not WRONG!" registry is created.


Which you have to pay BHG's company to get on.

!!!BUSINESS MODEL!!!
by arthurd006_5
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1204: "Detail"
Replies: 76
Views: 17221

Re: 1204: "Detail"

Chances are* that there is an algorithm that can store that piece of information in less bits that piece itself amounts. This algorithm might be useless on another random configuration of Earth's particles, as on average no algorithm can achieve a compression ratio better than 1.0, but for a single...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Apr 27, 2013 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1204: "Detail"
Replies: 76
Views: 17221

Re: 1204: "Detail"

When the map covers the whole territory, something like the principle of reality disappears. Brace yourselves, the age of simulacra is coming ... My mother has been walking around Christchurch-before-the-earthquakes in street view, and only sort-of knows that the material world is now quite differe...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 26038

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

shiling wrote:Too bad I can't do anything about the Flash Player updates... :(

Elmedia player, but it doesn't do tabbed browsing.
by arthurd006_5
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 54530

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

What I find amazing is that a machine built on a US Federal Government contract with 1970s technology is still functioning after forty-five years of 24/7/365 service with zero maintenance or refueling, and is expected to continue for up to a decade more. It was built for the old NASA, whose startin...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Mar 23, 2013 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0206: "Reno Rhymes"
Replies: 217
Views: 74607

Re: Reno Rhymes: Offensive / respectless re My Lai?

For those who arrive confused, this thread is in reference to http://xkcd.com/206/.

Having regard to that comic, I agree with Curtis; we're done because our non-black-hatted protagonist has reached his point of critically-offended, but is choosing isolation over violence.
by arthurd006_5
Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20891

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

If it helps, try thinking of the support script as the equivalent of a NASA pre-flight checklist: "rebooted?" "check" "all plugs secure?" "check" "power to all components?" "check" "tried running task manager to check whether the serv...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1186: "Bumblebees"
Replies: 90
Views: 23041

Re: 1186: "Bumblebees"

SEE wrote:But sociologists can't explain anything.

West and Zimmerman have done what strikes me as a good job of explaining how gender really works. It only took them 10 years to get it published, and I'm fairly sure that there are publicly available copies on the web :-)
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 23171

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

mcdigman wrote:I have heard it said that if you were trying to breed antibiotic resistance on purpose, you would be hard pressed to do better than the current system of prophylactic antibiotics in pig/chicken farms, combined with use of antibacterial soap.

I'll buy that. What would have to happen, for us to stop?
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 23171

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

jiquera wrote:ah wait... I missed the '%' sign :P well my faith has been restored ;)

I also missed the % sign, until a later reading. There seems to be a systemic problem here.
by arthurd006_5
Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 671845

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Anyone got a link to the full Image yet? (I've been scrolling since it came out. No food, shower, or change of clothes. My manatee died, girlfriend became a lesbian, power and water supply got cut off, and there's something weird going on with my left toe. Still scrolling...) I felt rather like tha...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Dec 26, 2012 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 56367

Re: #836 Sickness

BlankN wrote:In comic #836, it says "We've groped for comfort..." is that a mistake, is it supposed to be grouped? or something?

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/grope
His word works for me.
by arthurd006_5
Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 28732

Re: 1150: Instagram

There are scripts that let you block the ads on Facebook and elsewhere. Do you block them? Or do you reason that you're getting the service for free so you must not block the ads? There are zero legal repercussions if you block them, just your conscience. To block or not to block? If an ad is an an...
by arthurd006_5
Tue Dec 18, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25620

Re: 1146: "Honest"

... But there's nothing to stop us from being honest with ourselves, always, except the counter-force of the memetic load... Hmmmm... It's a social load as well. If I stop practicing the conventional dishonesties, then I may be unable to perform them on demand, to avoid being punished by my flatmat...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41110

Re: 1144: Tags

The whole point of XHTML, being XML, was that it had proper validation, was clean and made from freaking sense . If you did something wrong, it showed an error and told you what the problem was. Just like with every other compiler or interpreter in the history of mankind . Ish. In first-year, we we...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Dec 08, 2012 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0316: "Loud Sex"
Replies: 139
Views: 178509

Re: 0316: "Loud Sex"

BytEfLUSh wrote:I am truly sorry for the necro, but did anyone else wonder why is this the most viewed topic in this subforum? Random hits from Google seems to be the only explanation to me... :)

What's the internet for? That's what the random hitters were looking for >:->
by arthurd006_5
Wed Dec 05, 2012 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1143:"Location"
Replies: 84
Views: 49871

Re: 1143:"Location"

Lukeonia1 wrote:... And it's probably bad that this comic is the first I've heard of this "Ingress" game.

Back under my rock I go?


Me too. I don't own an Android phone. Does anyone want to recommend one that's intended to be rootable and back-up-able?
by arthurd006_5
Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 85187

Re: 1127: "Congress"

If you assume the CEO has any influence on the company's performance, then paying them the same amount regardless of that performance minimises their incentive to do well at their job... The bidding-for-loyalty argument, which I've seen in this thread, I think is valid. This incentive-causes-result...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:28 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0020: "Diamond"
Replies: 75
Views: 35597

Re: What-If 0020: Diamond

... but ... why they haven’t slowed down more before they got here—is something of a mystery. X-rays are subject to the Bragg Peak, where they dump most of their energy right at the end of their journey. That's one of the reasons you can x-ray someone (mostly) without hurting them. Does it apply to...
by arthurd006_5
Tue Oct 30, 2012 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 85187

Re: 1127: "Congress"

I personally am of the opinion that there is no significant difference between the two major political parties in the US.... I only ask that we all remain civil and avoid personal attacks. Hmmm... Is a political party a person, for US legal purposes? If so, is describing it accurately, in ways that...
by arthurd006_5
Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25471

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

JustDoug wrote:In either case, I had to squint to resolve the punchline. It was mostly worth the effort.

I don't think I've succeeded yet, unless it's a reference to it being closed under gravity and looking like a sub-atomic particle from the outside.
by arthurd006_5
Thu Oct 25, 2012 5:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 31083

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

>-) wrote:Oh no...
It looks like they've bounced off each other.

http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q= ... 70m&cmpt=q
Yes, the future has been delayed, at least temporarily. In my copy of the report, label A suggests that this is an action by Twitter.
by arthurd006_5
Thu Oct 25, 2012 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 31083

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

da Doctah wrote:As posted, this doesn't account for the as-yet unnamed social network buzzword that will emerge some time in the next six months and eclipse all the others.

Either I'm not paying attention, or it's late.
by arthurd006_5
Mon Oct 08, 2012 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49367

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

On another note, you know those narrow 2-lane roads where the speed limit is about 50mph and everyone goes 60? You ever think about how close you are to the opposite lane? Its like 3 feet! A 120mph crash is 3 feet away from you! Youre 3ft from death! And when youre a pedestrian, thats like a foot a...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49367

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

J Thomas wrote:Sometimes I think it might be good to have a traffic system that's set up to encourage bad drivers to have big accidents with other bad drivers. A bit of built-in quality control. But it would be mean.

And also to the people whose jobs require them to hose off the mess.
by arthurd006_5
Mon Oct 08, 2012 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49367

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

American traffic engineers - going out of their way to engineer a complex traffic light solution when a good old British-style roundabout would have sufficed :D Have you been around the magic roundabout, north-west of the University of Essex? I found that the simplest way around it was to get into ...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38950

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

jfriesne wrote:... today's tech companies generally compete by developing and selling better products for cheaper ...

Ish. The US patent system will have gotten what it deserves when there is no smartphone that can lawfully be sold in the USA.
by arthurd006_5
Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1113: "Killed In Action"
Replies: 78
Views: 19707

Re: 1113: "Killed In Action"

Red Hal wrote:Ваша мать была хомяком и отец твой запах бузины.

I assure you that my brother has no hamsterish qualities at all.
by arthurd006_5
Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:08 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0012: "Raindrop"
Replies: 91
Views: 25441

Re: What-if 0012: Raindrop

Rotherian wrote:
Max™ wrote:I don't know that dubstep is terrible. I mean, I personally think it sounds like music for the tone-deaf, but I try not to judge other people's likes and dislikes by my standards.

Ear-plugs help, but only if you put them in at the beginning of the night.
by arthurd006_5
Sun Sep 23, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1111: "Premiere"
Replies: 69
Views: 18801

Re: 1111: "Premiere"

nich_chin wrote:Is the reporter on the red carpet a woman with short hair, or a hippie with a goatee?

And what happened to the anchor's hair-dresser?
by arthurd006_5
Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29777

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

How do I translate bokstavligen into English, i. e. what do I use when I want to literally say "literally" without the hyperboles and exaggerations? Any English word could become involved in an undeclared (and self-repudiating) sarcasm contest. You probably have to have personal knowledge...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1109: "Refrigerator"
Replies: 135
Views: 35391

Re: 1109: "Refrigerator"

Epitaph of Stevinus: ... Mine shows how the weight of a cable resting on a frictionless inclined plane matches the weight of a cable hanging vertically over the same height. This helps illustrate some aspects of dynamic structures such as the Launch Loop . So thanks, Randall! I now have an attribut...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Sep 15, 2012 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 55195

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

blowfishhootie wrote:simple googling

There's no such thing. Every page you see is part of an A/B test, and then there's the filter bubble.
by arthurd006_5
Sat Sep 15, 2012 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1106: "ADD"
Replies: 121
Views: 30870

Re: 1106: "ADD"

meeshyscarver wrote:moving is really really bad for the consistency of my habits (which is already severely compromised).

Wish me luck.

I wish you luck with working out what's right for you, and coping with the consequences of doing that.

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