## xkcd outside of xkcd.com

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### Re: xkcd Guest Dinosaur comic

GodShapedBullet wrote:I was a bit disappointed to see that Randall Munroe didn't re-draw T-Rex and co. in his own style like the other guest artists did, but the comic was pretty good and I thought Ryan North's title text was especially funny.

He did for his parody, however.

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Is Randall correct about the songs on shuffle thing? 2 / (n^2)?

Say you have a massive 10-song playlist on random. The odds of any single song getting selected is 1/10, so wouldn't they multiply together? The odds for two 10% chances to occur is 1%, right?

Really it'd be less anyways, especially because the second song is (n-1) because most shufflers don't allow the current song as part of the next pick >_>.
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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

philsov wrote:Is Randall correct about the songs on shuffle thing? 2 / (n^2)?

Say you have a massive 10-song playlist on random. The odds of any single song getting selected is 1/10, so wouldn't they multiply together? The odds for two 10% chances to occur is 1%, right?

The point is that isn't _really_ what you're looking at the probability of.

The probability of the first song being song A and the second song being song B, is 1%. This is the event you have considered.
The probability of the first song being song B and the second song being song A, is... also 1%.
Guess what 1%+1% is?*

Really it'd be less anyways, especially because the second song is (n-1) because most shufflers don't allow the current song as part of the next pick >_>.

You have a strange definition of 'less', since 1/(n-1) is not generally less than 1/n for positive n.

*2/n^2

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

ah, forgot about the B to A thing. Thanks
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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

In which a guy who is pretty much definitely Randall appears in today's QC:
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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

michaelandjimi wrote:In which a guy who is pretty much definitely Randall appears in today's QC:
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I immediate thought so too, with the shirt and all, but then I realised it couldn't me, as that would have been about the 18th characteristic of Marigold that is exactly like me :\$

I'd pretty much spurt some highpitched fast gibberish then flee. Not before trying to Hammertime away or ask about kites :\$

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Do we sense an homage to Thinking Ahead?

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Hi, first post so hello y'all.

This is an SOS(anity) call. I'm desperately looking for an xkcd (possibly guest) comic about how porn wasnt the same to neo after The Misogyny Kool-Aid (because he sees everything in code soon after that). The strip (pun not intended for a change) features an image of a sparingly clad girl lying down but rendered in Matrix style green symbols. I thought it was slashdotted but google and slashdot searches haven't helped. I've looked at about a hundred recent xkcd comics afresh. I've read all the comic titles under the /archives and read anything remotely connected but no joy.

Now I'm starting to wonder if I've just witnessed some sort of multiverse anomaly. Yelp!

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Take the "blue pill," Neo, and we'll see just how deep this... Heh heh... RABBIT HOLE goes.

Nope, don't think I've ever seen such a thing, and I've read all of the on-site comics several times. Though, the above text should definitely be combined with the "That's what SHE said" strip.

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

I think the comic you're thinking of is : http://abstrusegoose.com/251
nothing to do with xkcd really, though the comic's writer does a lot of similar humor.

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Speaking of Abstruse Goose,
http://abstrusegoose.com/16

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

michaelandjimi wrote:In which a guy who is pretty much definitely Randall appears in today's QC:
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Since in a later series of strips, Marigold is clearly wearing an xkcd t-shirt, and the first of those strips is even titled "It's her favorite webcomic, of course," it seems likely that the webcomic creator who freaked her out in that earlier strip is indeed Randall.

Of course, since xkcd and QC have played collaborative April Fool's Day jokes, it's also likely that the xkcd within the QC 'verse isn't the same xkcd we're reading.

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Thank you so much, jschulter. A cookie for you next time we meet!

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

rwald wrote:Of course, since xkcd and QC have played collaborative April Fool's Day jokes, it's also likely that the xkcd within the QC 'verse isn't the same xkcd we're reading.

On the other hand, xkcd has never, as far as I know, contained any direct references to QC. That april fools day prank could have just been done with some other comic in the QC verse, with no other modification.

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Pretty much the only proof I need that it is Lord Munroe is the sketch pad in front of him on the table.

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### Re: Guest Comics! xkcd outside of xkcd.com

Jimothy wrote:
Found this one while looking at his articles. Very true, too.

This could easily be a criticism of Galileo's Dialogue Concerning Two New Sciences. Well, if you swap webcomic for play.

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### Re: "Squirrels" Discussion (asmarterplanet.com)

I don't get it.
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### Re: Randall Munroe outside of xkcd.com

Someone in here was wondering whether Randall ever made any references to Questionable Content. The answer is yes. Hannelore from 574 is a QC-character.

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### Re: Randall Munroe outside of xkcd.com

Somehow, I thought this thread might be full of, "Oi! Randall! Remember Phoenix? The guy who bought you your first Sex on the Beach? (was it goth night, or was it eighties night?) Yeah, dude, he misses you. You should look him up sometime. Or go to the CNU homecoming, or something."
But, alas, no. It's just not that kind of outside xkcd.com.

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### Re: "Squirrels" Discussion (asmarterplanet.com)

black_hat_guy wrote:I don't get it.

The Purple Shirted Eye-Stabber is a (semi-, not-any-more-) recurring character in Cyanide & Happiness. Just one example:
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It was a crossover/tribute by Doghouse Diaries.

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### XKCD: World Polio Day

No Title/Alt text.

Ooh! I know! We can genetically engineer cancer to attack the polio virus!

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Fuck Bill Gates, but fuck polio more.
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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Pfhorrest wrote:Fuck Bill Gates,

Wait, why? Is he the guy suggesting all these things?

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Flumble wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:Fuck Bill Gates,

Wait, why? Is he the guy suggesting all these things?

This comic was posted in a blog post by Bill Gates: http://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/XKCD-Marks-the-Spot is the link in the OP.

I think Pfhorrest's issues with Bill Gates are unrelated to this comic.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

RogueCynic wrote:Were there two comics today? http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=112937

Actually, the World Polio Day one went up a few days ago - it just didn't get a thread for a while.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Shouldn't Polio be protected from hunting at this point, since it's an endangered species? If it were a plant or animal we'd be trying to reintroduce it to the environments that it had been eradicated from. Outside of sapient, intelligent beings, what makes one form of life less valuable than another? There's nothing about the Polio virus that makes it less worth saving than the bison.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

It is less delicious.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Only because we haven't had a chance to develop and good Polio recipes due to how scarce it is.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

You can't shoot Polio for sport, though, so what's the use in saving it?
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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

LockeZ wrote:Shouldn't Polio be protected from hunting at this point, since it's an endangered species? If it were a plant or animal we'd be trying to reintroduce it to the environments that it had been eradicated from. Outside of sapient, intelligent beings, what makes one form of life less valuable than another? There's nothing about the Polio virus that makes it less worth saving than the bison.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Eradicating parasites is generally considered okay. Look at guinea worm for a more macro example.
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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

SDK wrote:Eradicating parasites is generally considered okay. Look at guinea worm for a more macro example.

As long as they keep backup copies of it saved in a lab. (Which they will.) In case we need the polio to fight another disease. Or, you know, space polio sends a probe to destroy us in a few hundred years if it can't communicate with its polio brethren.
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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

The polio virus can survive, but not in humans.

Just like although we want to save the Bison, we won't tolerate them stampeding down Main Street.

We'll let it survive in Petri Dish reserves. Hunters will be able to apply for permits once the population has grown big enough, as it will be useful in culling the population.

I, for one, look forward to mounting the polio virus up on my wall. I think I'm going to put it right between Ebola and Smallpox.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Djehutynakht wrote:The polio virus can survive, but not in humans.

Just like although we want to save the Bison, we won't tolerate them stampeding down Main Street.

Not quite as true as one would hope.

One would think that "save the gray wolf" would include "not tolerating them killing livestock", but the ranchers around Yellowstone National Park have found out otherwise. Maybe the ranchers need to build some main streets...

So, to get back to where this started, we are letting conservation get in the way of deliciousness.

(Conservation of a non-endangered animal, even... the gray wolf scores "Least Concern" conservation status, which is as un-endangered as it gets. Humans are a "least concern" species. Bison are one rank worse off, at "Near Threatened", but I can still have one for dinner tonight.)

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

SDK wrote:Eradicating parasites is generally considered okay. Look at guinea worm for a more macro example.

There are theories that we could safely wipe out mosquitoes, as well. I imagine we'll have figured out whether or not for sure by the time we figure out a safe way to pull it off.
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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

LockeZ wrote:Shouldn't Polio be protected from hunting at this point, since it's an endangered species? If it were a plant or animal we'd be trying to reintroduce it to the environments that it had been eradicated from. Outside of sapient, intelligent beings, what makes one form of life less valuable than another? There's nothing about the Polio virus that makes it less worth saving than the bison.

Well isn't that the argument with viruses, that they are not a form of life? Bison have cells, metabolism, and the ability to replicate on their own, whereas viruses don't.

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Djehutynakht wrote:The polio virus can survive, but not in humans.

Just like although we want to save the Bison, we won't tolerate them stampeding down Main Street.

We'll let it survive in Petri Dish reserves. Hunters will be able to apply for permits once the population has grown big enough, as it will be useful in culling the population.

I, for one, look forward to mounting the polio virus up on my wall. I think I'm going to put it right between Ebola and Smallpox.

(I'm this guy in Virus/Bacteria/Parasite form)

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### Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Quey wrote:
LockeZ wrote:Shouldn't Polio be protected from hunting at this point, since it's an endangered species? If it were a plant or animal we'd be trying to reintroduce it to the environments that it had been eradicated from. Outside of sapient, intelligent beings, what makes one form of life less valuable than another? There's nothing about the Polio virus that makes it less worth saving than the bison.

Well isn't that the argument with viruses, that they are not a form of life? Bison have cells, metabolism, and the ability to replicate on their own, whereas viruses don't.

Eh, everything in that definition is either on a grade or incidental. Cells are just the structure used to do the other two, and nothing is truly on its own. Stromatolites, maybe.
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