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by arthurd006_5
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1254: "Preferred Chat System"
Replies: 48
Views: 14032

Re: 1254: "Preferred Chat System"

What really annoys me is when I know I discussed something but have to comb through email, Skype, Facebook, another email account, MSN, sms, sms on another phone and the other email account, then finally realise that it was an old-fashioned face-to-face conversation. Seriously, the archive and sear...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"
Replies: 123
Views: 38714

Re: 1253: "Exoplanet Names"

Andromeda321 wrote:I've gotta say, I feel really sorry for whatever intern has to man that email address today...

+1, but I've stopped doing google.
by arthurd006_5
Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1252:"Increased Risk"
Replies: 45
Views: 11987

Re: 1252:"Increased Risk"

Newspaper headlines that scream "eating <random healthy food> triples risk of <rare dread disease>" really really annoy me. It scares people unnecessarily. Well, if they didn't, people might eat it and stop eating the profitable junk-food, and that would cause an economic and a longevity ...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Aug 17, 2013 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1252:"Increased Risk"
Replies: 45
Views: 11987

Re: 1252:"Increased Risk"

Newspaper headlines that scream "eating <random healthy food> triples risk of <rare dread disease>" really really annoy me. It scares people unnecessarily. Well, if they didn't, people might eat it and stop eating the profitable junk-food, and that would cause an economic and a longevity ...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1250: "Old Accounts"
Replies: 54
Views: 51221

Re: 1250: "Old Accounts"

BlitzGirl wrote:
orthogon wrote:Is that what y'all are doing now? I fled the OTT while I still could.

A-ha! A stray OTTer! To the basement with ye!

Exhibiting my ignorance, which OTT is this?
(Yes, I tried a search engine first, but Ottawa and over-the-top media content don't seem to make sense in context.)
by arthurd006_5
Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1250: "Old Accounts"
Replies: 54
Views: 51221

Re: 1250: "Old Accounts"

There's also that "Log in thru Facebook" thing that a lot of sites are doing now, but then you'd have to use your real name everywhere, and it allows Facebook to spy on all your Internet activity. (Then again, I'm convinced it's able to magically do this anyway....) My personal firewall b...
by arthurd006_5
Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"
Replies: 70
Views: 33898

Re: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"

MrPotatoJunior wrote:
chridd wrote:It's an exe. I don't have to worry about it since I have a Mac.


Funny how you feel like you're safe from malware when you're using an OS that is malware by itself.

But it's *my* natural marxist dictator malware.
by arthurd006_5
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"
Replies: 72
Views: 19767

Re: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"

We do know we have lots to learn, and we must be fiendishly clever, not merely write big government checks. Maybe we can't be that clever. Maybe we will keep using our inadequate cleverness to destroy the planet and each other. But we won't do something else until we try something else. The traditi...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 29431

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

And you're telling us about a disaster that killed 3 people where the damage was about the worst-case scenario? There's things to be said about nuclear power, but accidents kill 3 people in the US every 13 minutes; using SL-1 as a justification for avoiding nuclear power is silly. Probably guilty a...
by arthurd006_5
Sat Aug 03, 2013 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"
Replies: 72
Views: 19767

Re: 1246: "Pale Blue Dot"

orthogon wrote:What if they're both right? Maybe the Earth really is just a stuck pixel in the great cosmic simulator?

Stuck something, maybe. One pixel, no.

More like the records marked for deletion in "The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect".
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1242: "Scary Names"
Replies: 111
Views: 29431

Re: 1242: "Scary Names"

I might put "demon core" a shade to the right of "criticality incident", given that it implies a string of criticality incidents. In case anyone's feeling relaxed about fission power, they could look up what happened to SL-1, and marvel that the damage wasn't worse. Edit: Mutual[...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 46415

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

MWI is, consequently, completely worthless as an interpretation of a scientific theory; after all, it's the ability to make predictions about experiments that really counts in science. I'm wondering where the boundary lies, between a theory and an interpretation. This footnote implies that good int...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 46415

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

Is this comic a reference to this? gah, why can't i post links?....well, google "ziblee-beverage-pleasure-enhancer" I presume that you mean this: http://brookstonbeerbulletin.com/the-ziblee-beverage-pleasure-enhancer/ Links: because you haven't read the forum rules. Wrt specifying a searc...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jul 22, 2013 7:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1239: "Social Media"
Replies: 34
Views: 11473

Re: 1239: "Social Media"

In short, we're overly dependent on the status quo, .... Including the political (liberal democracy) and economic (capitalism) status quo. I don't really understand the figure-8 diagram in section 2 of this page: http://www.resalliance.org/index.php/key_concepts If someone does, I'm open to a conve...
by arthurd006_5
Fri Jul 19, 2013 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 46415

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

Schrodinger's cat knows very well if it is dead or alive. Only true if it has a soul.... or at least if we can prove cats are self-aware. Heck, how do you know you're alive? You have no comparison state that you can recall (deadness). I am satisfied that our pet cat, when I was a child, did not hav...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1239: "Social Media"
Replies: 34
Views: 11473

Re: 1239: "Social Media"

I seem to recall seeing a recent comic where an asteroid is inevitably going to collide with earth, and a man with a "Dislike" tshirt comes up with a last ditch plan to stop the asteroid, consisting of a campaign to get everyone on facebook to change their profile picture to a picture of ...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jul 17, 2013 11:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 39473

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

I once wrote a request to the IT helpdesk that said something like: Please could you assign an IP address for my PC, whose MAC address is 01:23:45:67:89:AB? When I chased up whether it had been done, the guy said "No, you didn't seem too sure of the MAC address so I was waiting for you to conf...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jul 17, 2013 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 39473

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

I get the twitch when "!"and "?" are overused and I think I am not the only one. Still, it feels like I am fighting windmills when I point this out to other people. They just don't understand (or dont want to). I know at least one person who uses exclamation marks to paper over ...
by arthurd006_5
Tue Jul 16, 2013 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 39473

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

But it begs the question: is there anyway it could get worse? The thing is, "begging the question" was either a terrible translation into English, or a terrible translation into Latin, or a terrible way of saying it in Greek in the first place... I think I've worked out how it could comfo...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jul 15, 2013 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 39473

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

In my recent experience, the most-common misspelling of "definitely" is actually "defiantly", thanks to the proliferation of spill-chuckers and AutoCorrect. While extremely annoying, it at least opens the door to unintended humour... Thank you. I expect to remember that noun phr...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1238: "Enlightenment"
Replies: 171
Views: 39473

Re: 1238: "Enlightenment"

LoopyChew wrote:i herd yore idea's n their defiantly *explodes*

i herd yore idea's n their defiantly </explodes>
by arthurd006_5
Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1237: "QR Code"
Replies: 64
Views: 24081

Re: 1237: "QR Code"

Kit. wrote:But will it be any better if they put the same garbage into a desktop application installer?

<sarcasm>Yes. It will provide a more consistent(ly horible) experience for the (l)user.</sarcasm>
by arthurd006_5
Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1236: "Seashell"
Replies: 40
Views: 15511

Re: 1236: "Seashell"

garaden wrote:... why coulombs etc. are so friggin' huge is beyond me...

Because it's set sensibly for current electricity (an ampere-second); and current electricity is very different from static electricity.
by arthurd006_5
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 41475

Re: 1235: "Settled"

Scott Auld wrote:And yet, we can't get any video footage of a plane crash happening at noontime on a Saturday in the most tech-savvy city in the US?

There's a rumour on RNZ in New Zealand that the delay was caused by commercial negotiations.
by arthurd006_5
Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1235: "Settled"
Replies: 233
Views: 41475

Re: 1235: "Settled"

The cameras everywhere bit has also settled El Chupacabra... on the "Yes" side! Dun, dun, duuuunnnnn! :D http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYemBLuou90 Alright, so maybe not. But it does look like a terrible cellphone video, showing that, as my serious point was, we will never actually convin...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13544

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

We only have twenty years to figure out what to do about the Asteroid that is on its way. We can't seem to agree on Anything! How will we face a Real Threat? Not very well, is my guess. Unfortunately, the subsystem for detecting distant threats is still in beta: http://old.richarddawkins.net/articl...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13544

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

But we're not talking about 500 degree weather, here. There are people currently living in the kind of climates we'd be facing. Humans actually evolved in those climates, but migrated to colder climates. So... no. The planet would actually be more suited to us. I'm picking that the last of us will ...
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jun 19, 2013 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 13544

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

LazyMonk wrote:I gotta say those building have withstood the pressure surprisingly well. compliments to the builders.

And the horizontal forces.
by arthurd006_5
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"
Replies: 144
Views: 44341

Re: 1227: "The Pace of Modern Life"

Variation precedes shift, which precedes complaining.
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1222: "Pastime"
Replies: 31
Views: 9446

Re: 1222: "Pastime"

For centuries there has been a pattern of people getting excited about how glorious a war would be and signing up in droves, worried that the war might end before they get into it. What do you suppose is going on inside those people? Assume that they came from low mobility societies. They got the p...
by arthurd006_5
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1222: "Pastime"
Replies: 31
Views: 9446

Re: 1222: "Pastime"

Have you ever been smart? Have you ever been stupid? ... It was only in retrospect that each state of being gained the Label. This strongly reminds me of rumours that I've heard, probably including LSE and RSA podcasts, about Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz. They started with "what does being w...
by arthurd006_5
Tue May 28, 2013 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 31317

Re: 1217: "Cells"

What sucks worse than cancer... well, I take that back, there's not a lot that sucks worse than cancer, but what makes cancer's suckage even worse is false hope raised by researchers looking to make bank by issuing optimistic-sounding - but actually meaningless - press releases. Umm... One count of...
by arthurd006_5
Mon May 27, 2013 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 31317

Re: 1217: "Cells"

To be serious for a moment, I'd like to know if all of these "kills cancer cells in petri dishes" studies are using the substance(s) in question in concentrations that are reasonable to achieve inside a human body. It does very little good to cancer patients if the necessary quantity woul...
by arthurd006_5
Mon May 27, 2013 10:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 31317

Re: 1217: "Cells"

uaswell wrote:Something tells me Randall is a bit sick and tired of hearing about "miracle cures" and the like.

Probably from people who mean well, but believe things.
by arthurd006_5
Sun May 26, 2013 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1215: Insight
Replies: 112
Views: 22619

Re: 1215: Insight

Why do we simply accept the imbecilic premise of the comic, to begin with, and when did we decide that there's simply no point in thinking about things that we can't change, and how did we decide that thinking about things can't change the way we use them anyway? I think two things are going on, th...
by arthurd006_5
Sun May 26, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1215: Insight
Replies: 112
Views: 22619

Re: 1215: Insight

People don't fear efficiency, they fear weapons , for crying out loud. If there were some element unobtainium that had all the efficient properties of uranium but without uranium's nuclear waste byproducts or tendency to occasionally create nuclear meltdowns, it would be embraced. It's not efficien...
by arthurd006_5
Mon May 20, 2013 11:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 34265

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

This is cheating. You are not supposed to walk around. So, you are not supposed to walk around though the feature is available in the game, but you are supposed to use google (or more generic: the rest of the internet) to get hints though the feature is not available inside the game? Nobody invited...
by arthurd006_5
Sun May 19, 2013 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 65869

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

O-Deka-K wrote:I've hypothesized that everyone has superpowers, but most people don't know it.

My superpower is that problems like me, and come to me for care.
by arthurd006_5
Sat May 18, 2013 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 65869

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

Sir Dancelot wrote:If I rotate the image just right I see Jesus.

In case the rest of us want to share, please specify the angle O
by arthurd006_5
Sat May 18, 2013 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1213: "Combination Vision Test"
Replies: 159
Views: 65869

Re: 1213: "Combination Vision"

cellocgw wrote:You guys are all refusing to admit the truth: the first thing every one of us sees is, naturally, boobies. :oops:

It seems that I'm not "one of us".

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