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by sotanaht
Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"
Replies: 200
Views: 59065

Re: 1450: "AI-Box Experiment"

Isn't everyone at Less Wrong supposed to be all intellectual or something? Why do so many of you keep double posting? As a regular *chan-er, I am beginning to question the logic of the prejudice against "double posting" myself. There is nothing really detrimental to the function of a foru...
by sotanaht
Mon Nov 10, 2014 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1445: "Efficiency"
Replies: 40
Views: 11667

Re: 1445: "Efficiency"

The fact that stategies A and B are equally worthwhile reminded me of Buridan's ass . They aren't equal. B takes very, very slightly longer than A. Not slightly at all. I would estimate about a 20% difference, it's just hard to see because the time is so small in comparison to the third bar. You sh...
by sotanaht
Wed Nov 05, 2014 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"
Replies: 48
Views: 16165

Re: What-If 0118: "Physical Salary"

Given that minimum wage of $7.25/hour averages out to a penny per 20 seconds, a penny per second is obviously 20 times that, which is $145/hour (for the same regular full-time work hours) What? $7.25/hour is 725 pennies per hour, or just over 12 pennies per minute, or just over 0.2 pennies per seco...
by sotanaht
Tue Oct 28, 2014 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1439: "Rack Unit"
Replies: 63
Views: 18088

Re: 1439: Rack Unit

I believe it's a reference to the movie Air Bud . Select quote: "Ain't no rules says a dog can't play basketball." Compare that to the title text: "There's also nothing in the TOSes that says you can't let a dog play baseball in the server room!" Also referenced in comic 115: ht...
by sotanaht
Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1432: "The Sake of Argument"
Replies: 203
Views: 33734

Re: 1432: "The Sake of Argument

Is it just me, or is Randall starting to exhibit the symptoms of the SJW-plague? I don't want XKCD to go in the direction of Sinfest... Yeah, because if there's one thing plaguing the Internet these days, it's definitely a desire for too much justice . Like, do you not get how much it sounds like y...
by sotanaht
Thu Oct 02, 2014 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"
Replies: 32
Views: 11130

Re: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"

I was going to post that this motto was probably fine when Facebook was a cutting-edge startup made up of a few guys working out of a rented house, but less so when it's a multi-billion dollar public company with investors who are likely to be somewhat unimpressed if you break stuff. Anyway, it see...
by sotanaht
Wed Oct 01, 2014 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"
Replies: 32
Views: 11130

Re: 1428: "Move Fast and Break Things"

JeromeWest wrote:I don't understand why he'd be fired as a Fedex driver.


Certainly wouldn't be fired as a package handler. Move fast and break things sounds exactly like my job description, unofficially anyway.
by sotanaht
Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1421: "Future self"
Replies: 74
Views: 15637

Re: 1421: "Future self"

[ïmg] http://xkcd.com/ [/ïmg] "Maybe I haven't been to Iceland because I'm busy dealing with YOUR crummy code." Dear past self: Why did you write it in a way that you KNEW was going to break? Nice work, putting broken BBCode in a post about broken code! On topic: if it never breaks, the m...
by sotanaht
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 17877

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

If that's true someone explain to me why I see "you're/your" used wrong EVERY DAY. That's not an abbreviation, it's a chronic mistake. Sure, I'll accept that we're on average better than we used to be... but that just makes me sick over just HOW ILLITERATE people used to be on average. We...
by sotanaht
Fri Aug 22, 2014 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1411: "Loop"
Replies: 45
Views: 13648

Re: 1411: "Loop"

I don't even bother with the phone since it's too slow, and I have little use for other devices besides that and my PC. My loop is to open my webcomics folder (all at once), mindlessly tab through them looking for updates, and then repeat it again as soon as I get to the end. Come to think of it tha...
by sotanaht
Mon Aug 18, 2014 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1409: "Query"
Replies: 66
Views: 18186

Re: 1409: "Query"

How could dropping "People" remove herself if she was loaded separately from the table?
by sotanaht
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"
Replies: 151
Views: 82488

Re: What-If 0108: "Expensive Shoebox"

Although, if you were to fill the shoebox with plutonium, it would not in fact cause a gigantic nuclear explosion, but rather only a small one, just enough to eject the plutonium ingots out and away from each other, ready for the next person to try it. I think your mistake was where you assumed it ...
by sotanaht
Mon Aug 11, 2014 11:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"
Replies: 162
Views: 36869

Re: 1406: "Universal Converter Box"

Gotta say. Macro USB made me laugh. Yes, we are all familiar with Micro USB. But Macro USB is impossible and has never been observed. Just want to point out that he "forgot" Micro/Mini B. Apparently he doesn't know the "weird other end" Is USB B (with the standard flat end being...
by sotanaht
Mon Jul 28, 2014 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1399: "Chaos"
Replies: 41
Views: 12430

Re: 1399: "Chaos"

I always thought that of all the ways screenwriters misunderstand science, interpreting "chaos theory" as literally "the theory that chaos will likely ensue" was one of the most painfully obvious. Like, did anyone, regardless of their background, hear that and not think "OK...
by sotanaht
Mon Jul 07, 2014 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1391: "Darkness"
Replies: 81
Views: 14280

Re: 1391: "Darkness"

"Genie, I wish for all my wishes to come true." After that, you don't need the genie or his quota. "I wish all my wishes would come true within seconds " so you don't have to add "right now" to the end of every wish. Then you can start wishing for some interesting stuf...
by sotanaht
Wed Jun 18, 2014 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1383: Magic Words
Replies: 47
Views: 19431

Re: 1383: Magic Words

HES wrote:
ck.asdf wrote:Why do I gravitate toward "Correct Horse Battery Staple" when I read this?

They would make good passwords


They would have made good passwords, prior to appearing in such a public form. Now they are only slightly better than "password" as passwords.
by sotanaht
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 12819

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

" Missing the point is the best way to learn in games." -- Richard Bartle A good educational game isn't one where you actually have to do what you're expected to learn to play -- that makes an unfun game. It's one where what you learn is completely incidental to the gameplay and you learn...
by sotanaht
Wed Apr 02, 2014 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1350: "Lorenz"
Replies: 176
Views: 69111

Re: 1350: Lorenz

Seems to me that every panel with a second line is a dead end. Could be Randal trying to work out the bugs mentioned on the first page of this thread.

Anyway, favorite so far:
http://xkcd.com/1350/#p:d766df1a-ba05-1 ... 2590d77bdd
by sotanaht
Tue Mar 25, 2014 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"
Replies: 77
Views: 21150

Re: What-If 0089: "Tungsten Countertop"

So what IS with the Tungsten Countertop itself? I'm guessing the person saw/heard of a countertop with a tungsten color finish and thought the countertop was made of tungsten.
by sotanaht
Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 15814

Re: 1345: Answers

That's not a touche. It is more of an agreement. The fact that we don't know why we sleep doesn't diminish our hunger to know why we sleep. Millions are spent in sleep research. Hard questions take time to answer. That we still search for those answers is a testament to our hunger. Not a proof of i...
by sotanaht
Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:53 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"
Replies: 45
Views: 11561

Re: What-If 0086: "Far-Traveling Objects"

About that second alt text: "Fermi estimation problem for anthropologists: Which is more likely to have struck and killed someone: A random Oldowan stone tool, a random Voyager spacecraft, or a random 77 Plymouth Voyager? I'm guessing it's not the middle one. (Unless there was an accident durin...
by sotanaht
Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1334: "Second"
Replies: 47
Views: 13435

Re: 1334: "Second"

When I was doing my project to discover the most abundant element on the internet, I found it revealing that the top Google hit for the name of all but two or three of them was the Wikipedia page on that element. Accordingly, in my "reference" bookmarks tab I now have Wikipedia, then Goog...
by sotanaht
Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 25676

Re: 1333: First Date

I think TPP is actually an interesting experiment, they've got two big factors playing against them: - People flooding the chat with wrong directions on purpose - The 30-40 seconds delay on twitch Because of the delay, even players who are trying to beat the game have no clue what they're doing. So...
by sotanaht
Sat Feb 22, 2014 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 25676

Re: 1333: First Date

Speaking of dates, this may be the one XKCD strip that dates itself the fastest. Twitch Plays Pokemon isn't likely to be looked back on as some kind of cultural landmark or anything, and he didn't even bother to write out its full name. (I hate it when people do that. Just assume that everything is...
by sotanaht
Sat Feb 22, 2014 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 25676

Re: 1333: First Date

[...] And winning with Anarchy before the interest dies out? Improbable, almost impossible, and here's my reasoning: the ledge before Victory road. The Infinite Monkey Theorem might make one believe anything is possible with enough time, but we're not dealing with true randomness here. The entire T...
by sotanaht
Fri Feb 21, 2014 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1333: First Date
Replies: 117
Views: 25676

Re: 1333: First Date

This phenomenon has reached xkcd? Man, my brother first casually referenced it earlier this week and I hadn't heard of it, and now pretty much every part of the internet I frequent has talked about it. I still have yet to actually watch the actual thing, but from what's been described it seems like...
by sotanaht
Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 20304

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

I tend to agree with this "white hat guy". When someone asks what does it cost to be nice I immediately start to think of the effective costs. But then I usually try to be nice anyway, I fail a lot, I'm not too good at people, but at least in my mind I'm trying.
by sotanaht
Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1331: "Frequency"
Replies: 148
Views: 36014

Re: 1331: "Frequency"

This would be a LOT more impressive as a single .gif. The length would have to be the lowest common denominator of all of them, and with the 91 minute timer on old faithful that would probably require several days of gif frames.
by sotanaht
Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1330: "Kola Borehole"
Replies: 88
Views: 17004

Re: 1330: "Kola Borehole"

That guy would make a very good Dwarf Fortress player :D No. This is a Dwarf Fortress player: This is a terrible plan. Demons can swim through both water and lava, and giving them access to the ocean would be disastrous. Instead, you need to vitrify Hell, or at least have a collapsible tunnel to re...
by sotanaht
Sun Jan 19, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 14154

Re: 1318: "Actually"

I make a conscious effort not to use "actually" in any post I write because it's among the most overused words on the Internet. It's the first thing that comes to mind when you want to refute something someone said, which is what most posts on the Internet are for (the ones that are inste...
by sotanaht
Fri Jan 17, 2014 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1318: "Actually"
Replies: 76
Views: 14154

Re: 1318: "Actually"

Okay, admit it. How many people physically turned their monitor/laptop upside down in order to read this in a circle? Too bad we didn't have someone like Beret Guy's input in this sphere. The humor would be nice. Actually if I wanted to do that I could just flip the orientation from the screen reso...
by sotanaht
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 17873

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

Maybe I'm just misunderstanding a less common use of the term, but "Ownership RATE" sounds wrong to me. I would have just said "TV ownership with respect to time". Anyway, I don't think the alt text is exactly accurate. Peak embarrassment in an individuals response should occur d...
by sotanaht
Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 16717

Re: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"

Envelope Generator wrote:My reaction to the alt text:

*twitch*


He usually just links it so that you get the big version when you click on the image. I wonder why he didn't do that this time...
by sotanaht
Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1286: "Encryptic"
Replies: 102
Views: 30524

Re: 1286: "Encryptic"

Just as a commentary on the alt-text: It's possible to have pirated Photoshop and have an Adobe.com password. My problem in protecting myself from "[xkcd.com/792]-style password reuse attacks" is I have no idea what my Adobe password was before the attack, nor which sites I use that may h...
by sotanaht
Fri Nov 01, 2013 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 28959

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Two spaces after every sentence. That's the proper method. (...) I could care less. I find it funny that since you have an opinion on which way is proper, you could literally care less. Shouldn't you have a comma between 'that' and 'since'? Is there a rule to put a comma before an introductory clau...
by sotanaht
Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 28959

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

I have to agree with the "feels vaguely offensive" part. Unless there is some dire technical need for sentences to appear to end in a single space, I believe that what I write should appear as I intended it to appear, regardless of the preference of whoever coded the software displaying m...
by sotanaht
Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 28959

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Two spaces after every sentence. That's the proper method. 'Taught that along with my 'ABC's, though I'll admit that many of the more complex concepts of sentence structure and grammar have escaped me. I do remember reading some version of Elements of Style that nullified the Oxford Comma. I also r...
by sotanaht
Fri Nov 01, 2013 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 28959

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

I always use double spaces.  What is the argument for single spacing anyway, wasting space?  Sentences are not words, there is no reason the same rules should need to apply to them. I remember that I was taught to double space in elementary school.  If nothing else, it probably made it easier to cou...
by sotanaht
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:27 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"
Replies: 61
Views: 13564

Re: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"

Finarfin wrote:404 on the second picture. I´m the only one?

Typo on the URL, he put a T on the end of it.
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by sotanaht
Wed Sep 25, 2013 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"
Replies: 118
Views: 21909

Re: 1269: "Privacy Opinions"

snowyowl wrote:
Primis wrote:On one hand, The NSA is stealing our data.

It's not stealing if they made a copy and left the original. It's piracy. You mean the NSA is pirating our data.

(this post brought to you by the letter sarcasm)


So I suppose Censorship is the equivalent of theft then?

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