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by Jamaican Castle
Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 30216

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

Re: nitrogen in elevators: does it matter at all if the elevator isn't airtight? (I can't imagine most are, what with doors and fixtures and so forth.) It seems like a small amount of nitrogen would be cycled out of the car. A large breach in a pressurized nitrogen container, meanwhile, would be a m...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"
Replies: 60
Views: 17350

Re: 1006: "Sloppier Than Fiction"

Well, I was completely confused. The title had me thinking of Stranger than Fiction which was simply brilliant, and Will Ferrel was great in it. It seemed like Randal and I had watched two different films. Turns out we had. Um, the comic isn't about that movie, I think it's just the comic's title t...
by Jamaican Castle
Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 90880

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

A troubling bit of logic: It's well known that Cain invented murder (presumably with a rock, since I don't think drive-bys were invented yet). And as Randall posits, Abel invented sleeping with another man's wife (presumably before getting killed, or this comic just got a fair bit creepier). Therefo...
by Jamaican Castle
Sun Dec 04, 2011 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 24791

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

The saddest part is that the misinterpretation is likely the correct interpretation. The journalist almost certainly intends to say percentage points, but only says percent. The drooling masses then misinterpret the misstatement for the same reason the journalist made the mistake in the first place...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 60791

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

jpk wrote:but he is in fact citing a paper published in 1990, in a book published in about 1970, and it's entirely legitimate.


Or maybe Knuth can see the future - it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest.
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Sep 28, 2011 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 23858

Re: 0957: "Development"

Why is the logo the EA Origin logo? I am confuse. I think the question you ought to be asking is, "why is the logo for Origin the hurricane symbol?" As regards the comic: aren't hurricanes measured in categories? As in, a Category 3 hurricane or whatever? (Or am I thinking of tornadoes?) ...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 23858

Re: 0957: "Development"

I know a few of the comics lately have taken a turn for the didactic, but I honestly don't think this was one of them. It was just one of those "wait, what?" ideas that Randall has from time to time. A bit like Highway Engineering Pranks.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Sep 22, 2011 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 62674

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

I think the moral of the story is, use the stairs. It's all part of Randall's insidious fitness-based conspiracy.
by Jamaican Castle
Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 84051

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

You mean there are still people who don't run an HTTP server on their local machine, which runs *nix continuously and has an uncrippled Internet connection? I do hope this is sarcasm... Remember, the point of the comic isn't that there's no solution for the tech-savvy, it's that there's no solution...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 84051

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

That said, I'd still like to have instant transfer via quantum tunneling/entanglement. It might be offered as a premium service. It wouldn't be practical. You'd need a separate quantum link to each recipient, unless you want to route it through a middleman. But if you wanted to do that, you wouldn'...
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 31746

Re: 0948 - "AI"

Cleverbot: Are you skynet?

User: Yes.

Cleverbot: Uh oh.


It's official: even other robots are afraid of Terminators.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 31746

Re: 0948 - "AI"

Gatchaman wrote:Cleverbot keeps trying to convince me that I'm the robot/computer program! xD


Of course it does, that's worth extra credit.
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 31746

Re: 0948 - "AI"

Invisiblemoose wrote:Computers have not mastered chess.


Neither have humans, but they can still play it.
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Sep 07, 2011 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 31746

Re: 0948 - "AI"

We can't seem to be capable of getting a computer to understand concepts and what they mean. Instead, they emulate actions we give them. That's more a limitation of computers than anything we're doing wrong. Just about all a computer can do is math. Math, and storing information (although that does...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 315151

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

I'm kind of surprised that nobody has suggested this before, but the method I always use is: A1! (to deal with systems that require capitol letters, numbers, and punctuation) plus Sir, your ton ton will freeze before you reach the first marker! => A1!syttwfbyrtfm Is this a good time to point out th...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 315151

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Am I really stupid and missing something, or is all this brute force discussion made moot by the fact that most websites lock you out for 5 - 60 minutes after ~5 failed password attempts? If a hacker gets access to a database containing your password, then those time-based protections won't help yo...
by Jamaican Castle
Sun Aug 07, 2011 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 36091

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

If someone could just bang together a browser that has what most people can agree are the best features of every existing browser, plus actual support for the CSS 3 standards instead of Frankencodes like -moz-this and -webkit-that, it would become the new gold standard over-freaking-NIGHT. And I be...
by Jamaican Castle
Sat Aug 06, 2011 5:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 36091

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

dysprog wrote:
soren121 wrote:Linux is the tomboyish girl with an ever-expanding wardrobe. And she has way too many plastic surgeries.


And she behaves differently for every task. And for some tasks, she only takes instructions in writing. And she randomly stabs you if get the spelling wrong...


Linux is River Tam?
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Aug 01, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 65400

Re: 0932: "CIA"

The potential to post misinformation on the official site of a government agency is less dangerous than the ability to post misinformation on a webcomic site (even an awesome one)? It's even easier to post misinformation on Wikipedia and the world has yet to end (as far as I can tell). Also, I imag...
by Jamaican Castle
Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0928: "Mimic Octopus"
Replies: 166
Views: 47632

Re: 0928: Mimic Octopus

I can honestly say I never considered this, if only because I don't often have to refer to octopi. Octopae. Octopice. Animals, ye ken well what I mean.
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 25407

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

So this is what the "connection to the server reset while your page was loading" error means... there must be a lot of short-attention-span servers out there. I guess it comes with the clock speed.
by Jamaican Castle
Fri Apr 09, 2010 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 34890

Re: " Literally " Discussion

So, it seems like I'm in the minority of not really finding this comic amusing. I mean, hell, didn't SNL and/or Mad TV have skits like this? I seem to recall one had a couple of individuals that would drop "literally" into every sentence a time or two. It was probably the other one that h...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 83347

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

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by Jamaican Castle
Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 50698

Re: "RPS" Discussion

XKCD wrote:Comic today's you confuses here click if.


I can't be the only one who read this and said "...Yoda?"
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 96205

Re: "Locke and Demosthenes" Discussion

Babamthegrunt wrote:Can't all of you just enjoy, or not enjoy the damn book?

Sure, but if you don't have some deep mystical literary criticism of it, there doesn't seem to be much point in posting.
by Jamaican Castle
Sat Sep 12, 2009 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 96205

Re: "Locke and Demosthenes" Discussion

All of Ender's Game is a little dated--the "Russia takes over the world" bit is a lot more of a sticking point for me than a simplified idea of the internet. Actually, I think that at least in the later Shadow books China was the main villain. Still, what I notice is the whole World War s...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Sep 09, 2009 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0634: "Date"
Replies: 102
Views: 18488

Re: "Date" Discussion

Tell me I'm not the only girl that sits home at night and maps out the genetics of my ideal mate. i hope that you are the only girl who does this, and that i am the only guy who does this. then there is no question as to who we belong with... ...but what if you're genetically, um... unideal? :shock:
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0633: "Blockbuster Mining"
Replies: 161
Views: 31792

Re: "Blockbuster Mining" Discussion

Not only did I confuse the dark-haired girl with River Tam, I thought this was a production of River Tam Beats Up Everyone . (Although her dialogue's too coherent to be consistent with River's normal characterization.) It should have been. ...I want someone to make that movie. Seriously. Also, and ...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 78922

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go weep in the corner with a tube of soothing cream. Is that like ice cream? Ice cream makes everything better (except maybe your hips) but I wouldn't recommend it coming in tubes. Or crying on it, salty ice cream is disgusting. Mmm, ice cream. Gorramit, now I'm hu...
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Sep 02, 2009 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0631: "Anatomy Text"
Replies: 270
Views: 78922

Re: "Anatomy Text" Discussion

Me neither. Megan was lying on a table in the restaurant and her friend was taking pictures of her genitalia for Wikipedia anatomy pages because they are Wikipedians? Then the owner/a waiter/a visitor.. comes and sees them? Nah.. doesn't make sense. This is certainly the first time I fail to get a ...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Sep 01, 2009 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 29604

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Voices of a Distant Star by japanese director Makoto Shinkai? I don't know if it is inspired by some other similar story, but the description fits. very beautiful, very poetic, as the other works from the same director. That sounds about right... I've only heard of it, but it sure matches the descr...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0630: "Time Travel"
Replies: 147
Views: 29604

Re: "Time Travel" Discussion

Alt-Text: She also starts every letter with "Dear Future <your name>". I have traveled here from the year 1991 to hope that I wasn't the only one who thought of that story about a girl whose boyfriend went on a mission into space; since they had to use slower-than-light radio to keep in t...
by Jamaican Castle
Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0626: "Newton and Leibniz"
Replies: 213
Views: 58073

Re: "Newton and Leibniz" Discussion

For full disclosure, I am on the side of Leibniz, just because his method was much easier to use. I'm all for Liebniz because Newton is all busy with the physics and all. I mean, seriously. Isn't one field worth of innovations enough for that man? (Apparently not... according to DM Maus, he did a w...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Aug 03, 2009 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 51605

Re: "Asteroid" discussion

Wait. The Prince is wearing clothes, does that imply everyone in the xkcd world runs around naked? I mean, it has always been questionable before, but this would seem to confirm it... If memory serves, Calvin in the C&H homages had his distinctive getup, yes? My guess is that clothes are assume...
by Jamaican Castle
Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0609: "Tab Explosion"
Replies: 176
Views: 55686

Re: "Tab Explosion" Discussion

You know what's the worst? Today, TV tropes linked me to cracked. Both of which distract me from hacking. Ugh, I need to port a Windows app to Linux by the end of the week, and want to get tar importing coded on rvs... Arg, I hate it when they do that! You just can't escape! Also, speaking of hacki...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0597: "Addiction"
Replies: 122
Views: 20548

Re: "Addiction" Discussion

Monika wrote:I vaguely remember that. But seriously, what do you do with a computer without internet nowadays? Play Solitaire?


Well, as I recall, Starcraft has a fine skirmish function...

Remember, kids: once you enter the Internet, you never leave.
by Jamaican Castle
Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0595: "Android Girlfriend"
Replies: 120
Views: 26727

Re: "Android Girlfriend" Discussion

re: neutral-gender form of "android": isn't that what "robot" is there for? (Though I agree that current usage tends to equate "android" and "humanoid robot", not "android" and "robot that looks like a dude".) re: voices: I don't always &qu...
by Jamaican Castle
Thu May 07, 2009 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0580: "The Race: Part 4"
Replies: 54
Views: 13424

Re: "The Race: Part 4" Discussion

Personally, I'm disappointed. The last panel(s) in the fourth row would've been perfect for a giant HARK! from offscreen. Plus it would've given the non-flans something to laugh at. And if anyone could beat River it's a middle-aged hacker with a katana- wait...
by Jamaican Castle
Tue May 05, 2009 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0578: "The Race: Part 2"
Replies: 58
Views: 9503

Re: The Race: Part 2 Discussion

My problem with the comic is, as far as I can tell, none of Nathan's lines are Mal quotes. Does that seem right to you? Also, in order for this to end satisfactorily, at least two of the following need to feature: - Serenity -River Tam -Cameron (not necessarily mutually exclusive with above) -veloci...
by Jamaican Castle
Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0573: "Parental Trolling"
Replies: 78
Views: 19752

Re: "Parental Trolling" Discussion

In reality, it would be nearly impossible to condition this sort of thing, as it involves an extremely specific response to an extremely broad stimulus. Any attempt to produce a conditioned response such as the one shown here (shut-down of speech centers) would likely cause the child to associate t...

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