0540: "Base System"

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0540: "Base System"

Postby Rhombix » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:01 am UTC

http://xkcd.com/540/

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Alt Text: I once got to second base with a basketball player. She was so confused.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Linux0s » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:02 am UTC

Well this explains something I've never found an answer for.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Sirobin » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:02 am UTC

Hahaha, the alt text is amazing!
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby joee » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:02 am UTC

OP: you're meant to add commentary.

I'm sitting in a class trying not to giggle. and trying to figure out what the binary says

Edit: It says "base 2". *groan*
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Iluvatar » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:03 am UTC

The binary reads, appropriately, "base 2"
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby athelas » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:03 am UTC

Literal eye contact? Is a lot tricker, and should be further along the bases.

Also, she's sitting on the top part of the couch.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby TheHand » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:04 am UTC

It's too complicated for me to keep track of.

Just play the game! Don't worry too much about the rules.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby BingsF » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:04 am UTC

joee wrote:OP: you're meant to add commentary.

I'm sitting in a class trying not to giggle. and trying to figure out what the binary says


Probably something to do with binary being "Base 2"

I didn't get the basketball reference... :(

Handy chart though!
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Enigma90825 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:05 am UTC

Hahahaha, wow, this was one of the better ones recently. I was having a conversation about this not five minutes ago!

Good, now I have my excuse to bring XKCD into the lives of others! :twisted:
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby aion7 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:06 am UTC

I love it. I was wondering about some of that for a little while. I'm afraid to Google 2outfielders1glove. Does someone else want to notify us at the time that this is created?

Also, I was all set to post a "foul ball" pun, but I then realized that I hadn't thought of any. My wit once again ruined by my lack of wit.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby auto123 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:06 am UTC

Sharing root passwords before sex? hahahahahaha no.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Eternal Density » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:08 am UTC

Who's on first.
That is all.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Iluvatar » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:09 am UTC

auto123 wrote:Sharing root passwords before sex? hahahahahaha no.
I hear that can lead to all sorts of nasty diseases, viruses, and child accounts.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Angrist » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:11 am UTC

Eternal Density wrote:Who's on first.
That is all.


Imagine the way the conversation would go:

Person 1: What base did you get to?
Person 2: I don't know.
Both: THIRD BASE!
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby explodingviolin » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:13 am UTC

Impressive! I think my favorite part is the Maginot Line and the "Sharing Root PW."

(That also probably speaks volumes about my success rate with girls.)
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Radth » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:13 am UTC

all your base are belong to me
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby dreamwalker007 » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:13 am UTC

Arg, discussion ninja'd.

Also ninja's on the "base 2" translation.

My interpretation is that "Your Base" next to home plate are belong to us.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby GuitarFreak » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:14 am UTC

This is one of the funniest ones I've seen in a while. Very good.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Kazuke » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:15 am UTC

Two Balls!
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Benson » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:17 am UTC

athelas wrote:Also, she's sitting on the top part of the couch.

Yes. Yes she is.

Is this abnormal? I don't do it much these days, but only because I don't have a couch. Couches are typically proportioned nicely for that, and are too low for sitting "normally".

Also, base2. <groan />

I'd hoped for something better (i.e. more obscure) than null-terminated ASCII, if only so my showing up 5 minutes late wouldn't guarantee someone else cracks it first....
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby joeframbach » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:18 am UTC

Randall listens to Peaches? Huh? What?

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It's fine all of the time
Like sex on the beaches,
What else is in the teaches of peaches? huh? what?
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Mr. Lostman » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:19 am UTC

So if I memorize all of this, I'll hit more home runs?
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby joeframbach » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:20 am UTC

Mr. Lostman wrote:So if I memorize all of this, I'll hit more home runs?

No, that requires paying off the refs ifyouknowwhatimean.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Brooklynxman » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:23 am UTC

Ahhh finally, a definitive chart explaining the bases
We figure out what all this means, then do something large and violent

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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby RogueA » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:28 am UTC

In before someone asks for Randall to put the chart on the store.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby dennisw » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:30 am UTC

This comic puts me in mind of Meatloaf's Paradise by the Dashboard Light.

Also, the written instructions in The Summer of '42 (in their complexity).

Also, the idea that guys "think of baseball" in order to "slow things down".

Benson wrote:I'd hoped for something better (i.e. more obscure) than null-terminated ASCII, if only so my showing up 5 minutes late wouldn't guarantee someone else cracks it first....

It's not null-terminated.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby JoshJ » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:32 am UTC

dennisw wrote:It's not null-terminated.

That implies that there's an opportunity for a buffer overflow. :wink:

And today's trending Twitter topic is a perfect match for this comic, too:
http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23nerdpickuplines
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby suso » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:33 am UTC

I just realized, starting point and home plate are in the same place. Makes the whole thing kinda recursive and metaphorically appropriate.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Krail » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:35 am UTC

Hmmm... The diagram is severely confused by the fact that the starting position (i.e. no sex/pre eye-contact) is the same point on the diagram as sex. Perhaps we could come up with some sort of clearer coordinate system here.

I also think there's some argument as to the proper location of the virginity line.

(Wait, so... Napoleon's forces crossed the orgasm line o_O?)
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Leonsbuddydave » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:36 am UTC

*tic*
Benson wrote:Also, base2. </groan>


*whew* Fixed. Failing to close a tag properly would create a temporal loop that could tear the ship apart.

In other news, I'm all for a poster of this. :D
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby WOTrombone » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:38 am UTC

Ohh man the base 2 thing cracked me up. These just make my week, And I'm glad that I now can pipe into a conversation with this, I might even print it out to better make my point.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Arc » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:40 am UTC

So, with the Napoleon thing in there, how long do we have before a pun is made involving the Alps and orgasms?
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby moxmallow » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:40 am UTC

sharing root PWs is a whole base of it's own :P

I laughed at the "base 2" joke, and I totally called it before I translated the binary!
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Benson » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:41 am UTC

dennisw wrote:
Benson wrote:I'd hoped for something better (i.e. more obscure) than null-terminated ASCII, if only so my showing up 5 minutes late wouldn't guarantee someone else cracks it first....

It's not null-terminated.

Ouch. My first guess was swapped byte order, because of the "obvious" null termination, and I somehow never realized the null termination was invalidated.
Such fail. :roll:

OTOH, using nul as sp is just so wrong...

Leonsbuddydave wrote:*tic*
Benson wrote:Also, base2. </groan>


*whew* Fixed. Failing to close a tag properly would create a temporal loop that could tear the ship apart.
You don't write much XHTML then? (And what of closing a tag that wasn't opened in the first place?)
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby matjoeman » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:44 am UTC

Is the Peaches spot a reference to Ken Park?

Or am I the only one that's seen that movie
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby photosinensis » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:45 am UTC

joee wrote:OP: you're meant to add commentary.

I'm sitting in a class trying not to giggle. and trying to figure out what the binary says

Edit: It says "base 2". *groan*


I knew someone would have translated that ASCII for me. I really didn't want to do it myself.

ETA: Red flag: on Shark Week? I'm just guessing here.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby poxic » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:46 am UTC

Peaches Geldof?

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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Leonsbuddydave » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:48 am UTC

Benson wrote:You don't write much XHTML then? (And what of closing a tag that wasn't opened in the first place?)

My apologies, I interpreted it as a misspelled HTML tag. Anyway, if I recall correctly, the "groan" tag is a standalone tag, so proper formatting would be:
Code: Select all
<groan reason="badjoke" />


^I'm tired, so forgive me if the above attempt at humor is nothing more than dumb.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby pathumx » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:48 am UTC

I finally understand the system. Thank you XKCD! I don't know what i would do without this comic.

and there have been some outstanding strips lately.
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Re: "Base System" discussion

Postby Cyantre » Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:53 am UTC

I cheered when I saw that this comic mentioned the retrograde wheelbarrow position again. http://xkcd.com/300/
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