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by Wooloomooloo
Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34305

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Time machines work (as we all know) by transporting 'something' as it is at the point of the operation of the machine, unchanged, to a different point in time (and also by accommodating all the tricksy problems of making sure that move doesn't cause two objects to try filling the same space in a pr...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34305

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Ok, we're clearly not getting far with this one. Here's something else instead: who else finds Hawking's "proof" of perpetual infeasibility of time travel (announcing a party for time travelers on a fixed date then waiting for them to show up from the future) seriously disingenuous? He sur...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34305

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Ok, have to admit, this one is baffling me completely again. What happened after turn-on? What was expected to happen? Why is it a problem? Otherwise, this is one of those subjects with potential to spark a rather lengthy discussion, I'd expect. We just have to define how exactly a time machine is s...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 40831

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

Nope. I didn’t. I'm an autodidact and didn't need college to get more knowledge. Nor any other bad outdated and primitive form of "education" Like most people, I went there, to meet friends, girls, and ultimately to fuck my brains out. Which is the ignorantly neglected main point of colle...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Apr 22, 2013 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 40831

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

slaufer wrote:jupiter is a gas giant, it has no surface to go to.

boys and girls have made a poor decision

Yeah right... Next you gonna tell me I. R. Baboon didn't land on the Sun either, for the same reason...? Psh...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17677

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

Falls falt, feels as if written by someone tech-ignorant. What happens in a user account is that user's responsibility. What may cause trouble for other users, like installing potentially buggy drivers, requires admin privileges. How big potential troubles are doesn't enter the picture, just whom t...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Apr 17, 2013 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 47
Views: 17677

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

I feel amused by a feature Gmail has - to notify you with a mail when your password gets changed. I keep wondering how are you supposed to GET that mail considering your next attempt to poll for new mail will fail since you're still trying to use the old password to do it (not to mention what the he...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1196: "Subways"
Replies: 147
Views: 62196

Re: 1196: "Subways"

Ok, this has to be a new low of me feeling unspeakably stupid - I can't make any sense of this (and it isn't even a math / programmer in-joke...). Yes, this resembles the subway map of a city. Since there are no such things as inter-city subways, what the @$#% am I looking at here , exactly? Actual ...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Mar 29, 2013 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Things that are on my side for 600, Alex!"

I got fiendishly distracted by the Outside for roughly 48 newpix only to return and find that the thread has been renamed to something I have not a clue about, I cannot read the majority of the posts since they seem to be in an unrecognizable mix of old English / Jamaican / pirate-talk, and none of ...
by Wooloomooloo
Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

mojacardave wrote:I humbly disagree:
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What the... *collects jaw from the floor* ...what is that thing reinforced with? Superglue?!?
by Wooloomooloo
Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

Sarius1997 wrote:BTW, did anyone already see this text?

Cyclic thread is cyclic. This has already been discussed...
by Wooloomooloo
Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

I wonder if the two different castles represent styles of fortification either from different times or different parts of the world so if the new castle is Neuschwanstein (BAN THE LETTER S FROM GERMAN) the initial castle has a middle-eastern feel to it like the Templar/Assassin ones whose names I m...
by Wooloomooloo
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

One does wonder though when exactly does what we are doing right now become disturbingly similar to watching the "parlor walls" of Fahrenheit 451... granted, doing it with the understanding that this is to end sometime soon is obviously not the same as doing it routinely.
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/time/6489605b6f6755c712c8aaaefe668066e36eccaffa0cc9a6f5b3859e43a4ec99.png Latest frame has this song stuck in my head http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSJ-oT2ZBa0 I'm sad that it may be ending :( As a theme song for "Time", I see your Perry Como and raise with a ...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

I shudder to think what would happen if it were to somehow transpire that a time-machine is standing just outside the frame, and whenever Megan / Cueball leave, they go back to replace random past comics with brand new ones... :lol:
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Mar 27, 2013 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

This is much bigger than all of us now... For the love of god, people - the ad/marketing industry MUST NEVER KNOW WHAT HAPPENED HERE, or we are all DOOMED!!! Therefore, for humanity's sake - the first rule of "Time": You don't talk about "Time"... </sarcasm>
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

...Am I the only one who keeps hearing "must be a reason why I'm king of my castle" (from the Wamdue Project) looping in my head when I'm looking at "Time" lately...? Surely not? Well, not anymore, anyway... :))
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Mar 27, 2013 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

Oh, please let the tide not come in right after he finishes repairing the castle! The sea water level has not changed by even a pixel since frame one. That may be - on the other hand, there's a full upper half of the frame that has not been used at all so far. If that's not a Checkov's Gun... So - ...
by Wooloomooloo
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

This is clearly an elaborate setup meant to mislead us into thinking they are on the beach. Any moment now, the shot will widen revealing a children's playground (possibly with a puddle) and a laid-back PSY singing "oppan gangnam style"...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Mar 25, 2013 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

Okay, new work hypothesis: they are simply trying to catch a glimpse of the Loch Ness monster... ;)
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107333
Views: 51484430

Re: 1190: "Time"

RunasSudo wrote:Anyone feel like cracking a never-before-cracked hashing algorithm?

Quick, someone write a distributed client we can all run seti@home-style! I can almost see the headlines: "Uncrackable encryption defeated by impatient fans of popular webcomic"...! :D
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 26046

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

For all the obscure topics xkcd covers, why is it programming, one of the most basic geek activities, that evokes such virulent whining about not getting the joke? Because, I suppose, humor is an extremely subjective thing - I suppose there is stuff a lot of people tend to find funny and other stuf...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20865

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

In other words: I can’t stand zombies… the passive drones that ask you if you want fries with that or go through a fixed list of support hotline questions, because they can’t think outside their fixed-function programming. Those that you can replace with a very small shell script. I despise them. Y...
by Wooloomooloo
Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:20 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33670

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Regarding the nuclear-potato-manhole-cover: I think no amount of debate would conclusively settle the actual fate of that poor manhole cover, so the unescapable next step is clear as daylight: WE MUST DO IT AGAIN! FOR SCIENCE! This time with a proper high-speed camera, of course. I propose submittin...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 100444

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

There should be an annex to that standard specifying that nothing less than the full year-qualified date is mandatory everywhere on the internet, and non-compliant sites shall be nuked from orbit: one of my "favorites" is landing on a blog/forum/whatever coming from a search query only hav...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 26224

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

Well, as with (mostly) everything, I find the truth is somewhere in the middle. In a company where the main subject is slamming non-present people I would feel awkward and "scootish" too. I'm certainly not in the habit of starting such discussions myself. On the other hand when some of my ...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1159: "Countdown"
Replies: 77
Views: 21295

Re: #1159: Countdown

For all we know, the odds are in our favor. If you estimate the odds using Benford's law , we are still doomed. Look, I freely admit I suck at math in general and statistics in particular, but why would that be? The "problematic" case is the one when all the invisible digits are zeros, wh...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Dec 31, 2012 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1154: Resolution
Replies: 32
Views: 7662

Re: 1154: Resolution

My last resolution was to stop making new-year resolutions once and for all. So far it's working out great, and it's the first one I actually kept! :D
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18706

Re: 1153: "Proof"

In such matters, perspective is quite important... A mathematician and and engineer are taking a walk when they suddenly see a beautiful woman some distance away and a voice booms down from above: "there is the woman of your dreams, but you are cursed to always only be able to halve the remaini...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1150: Instagram
Replies: 104
Views: 28707

Re: 1150: Instagram

Google has spoiled us all. It gives so much stuff for free that we accept is as a rule, and expect it can (and should) work everywhere. Nonsense. Google did not invent free search. Google did not invent free email. Google did not invent free web hosting. Those actually used to be the norm on the in...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Aug 13, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1094: "Interview"
Replies: 59
Views: 21142

Re: 1094: "Interview"

It looks like the briefcase fell through the hole along with the interviewer. How did it manage that? I suspect it simply turned itself inside out (in the topological sense), then it proceeded falling after the now-on-the-outside interviewer. Remember the joke about how the topologist catches lions...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Aug 03, 2012 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1089:"Internal Monologue"
Replies: 89
Views: 24971

Re: 1089:"Internal Monologue"

Sometimes if I'm deep enough in my internal monologue it will start to turn into a meta-internal monologue where I try to think about what I am/was thinking and why I was thinking it Yeah ok, Randall arguably just made this worse. Now we socially handicapped can add to our internal monologue meta s...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1089:"Internal Monologue"
Replies: 89
Views: 24971

Re: 1089:"Internal Monologue"

Max TM 's Law: Any sufficiently advanced cat is indistinguishable from a human, and vice versa. Nonsense! Sufficiently advanced cats are space-faring [1], while humans are quite clearly not (anymore). Also, I definitely do this (to a variable degree, depending on the current amount of alcohol on-bo...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 29087

Re: 1077: "Home Organization"

I have a theory about mess: like energy, it cannot be created or destroyed, and can only change forms / concentrations. Every time I tidy up a room a little, one drawer becomes highly chaotic. If I organize my drawers and closets, my car explodes. Actually, there is a rather well-known principle of...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50446

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

As far as my mother is concerned, she's always right about everything even when she's wrong. Wait, that sounds _really_ familiar. Could it be...? ...naaaaah. :wink: Yay for people with non-malleable viewpoints? I think there's nothing wrong with people with non-malleable viewpoints (at least on sub...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50446

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

A couple means two. I will fight you on that. I don't care about the others. No. The word for that exists, and it's "two". There's even a redundant backup for that, and it should be used whenever you would like to use "a couple" to mean exactly two: "a pair". That's th...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50446

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

There are much better sources for these units. A "handful" is a unit of volume, not of quantity. A "handful" of marshmallows could be 5-7 (large) or 15-20 (small). The difference between "a few" and "several" around 4, and is based on the number of objects th...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50446

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

I watch metric fucktons of Discovery Channel these days (subtitled in my country), which consists mostly of various reality-style shows these days, meaning it's featuring mostly regular folks instead of Carl Sagan style academic types. And the thing is, these people obviously use "a couple"...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon May 14, 2012 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1055: "Kickstarter"
Replies: 72
Views: 26816

Re: 1055: "Kickstarter"

Whys wrote:You have to click the video twice. The first time just opens a LiveJasmine window.

...which is why one should simply copy the URL instead of clicking on it, decode it base64 and go to the site directly. ...Oh, wait. Nevermind, I have no idea what I'm talking about, yes? Good.
by Wooloomooloo
Fri May 04, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86685

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

As a substitute teacher in math class (during a break in my career as a software engineer), a seventh grader asked when he'd ever use any of this stuff; after all, he was going to go into his father's business paving driveways. I pointed out that one needs math to figure out areas to pave, quantiti...

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