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by Titanium Dragon
Wed Oct 08, 2014 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 75445

Re: 1431: Marriage

(Quick question: It feels weird to capitalize African American when I'm not capitalizing white. But not capitalizing African American also feels weird. Which one is correct?) African-American is capitalized because the words are derived from proper nouns (Africa and America); white is not, because ...
by Titanium Dragon
Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 47980

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

To be fair, this all depends on how you define "stupid". To be stupid is to lack intelligence, but to be lacking intelligence is not necessarily a relative thing; it can be seen as an absolute. Simply because we are unable to directly measure intelligence quantifiable does not mean that do...
by Titanium Dragon
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 42357

Re: 1377: "Fish"

We already guessed that planets were pretty common a long time ago; now we've merely had confirmation of it. The fact that our solar system has eight major planets and several pretty big moons already suggested it, but, well... Anyway, so we know the star formation rate and how many planets there ar...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon May 20, 2013 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 34154

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

You can really do it two ways: "pro-mode" - you have to figure it out based on only the knowledge in your head, apparently of international botany, geology, landmarks and language. I can't get much over 9000 that way. Then there's "My really odd kidnappers left me with a smart phone ...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon May 20, 2013 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 34154

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

Everyone has their own way of doing it. Obviously if you just stand and look around, and don't use Google, you're going to get a lower score than those who walk around, or use Google, and in turn the highest scoring people will be the people who wander around AND use Google. But really, I find a lot...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon May 20, 2013 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"
Replies: 298
Views: 65374

Re: 1211: "Birds and Dinosaurs"

The real problem with seperating out dinosaurs from birds is that it seems fairly likely that some things which we see as "dinosaurs" are, in fact, birds. Primitive birds, perhaps, but birds nonetheless. The truth is that for most practical intents and purposes it is largely irrelevant; bi...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon May 20, 2013 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 34154

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

Second try: 31974 points http://www.geoguessr.com?v=eyJ0b3RhbFBvaW50cyI6MzE5NzQsInZlcnNpb24iOjEsInJvdW5kcyI6W1sicm91bmQiLCJsYXQiLCJsbmciLCJnTGF0IiwiZ0xuZyIsImNMYXQiLFtudWxsXSwiY0xuZyIsW251bGxdLCJwb2ludHMiXSxbMSwtMzIuMzY5MDg4LDE0OS4yNDQyNTcwMDAwMDAwNiwtMzIuMzY3OTI4MDk4ODc0OTU1LDE0OS4yNTA2NDA4NjkxNDA2...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon May 20, 2013 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1214: "Geoguessr"
Replies: 102
Views: 34154

Re: 1214: "Geoguessr"

http://www.geoguessr.com?v=eyJ0b3RhbFBvaW50cyI6MTg3NzAsInZlcnNpb24iOjEsInJvdW5kcyI6W1sicm91bmQiLCJsYXQiLCJsbmciLCJnTGF0IiwiZ0xuZyIsImNMYXQiLFtudWxsXSwiY0xuZyIsW251bGxdLCJwb2ludHMiXSxbMSwzNi4yNTUzODMsLTEyMC4wODk2MTE5OTk5OTk5OSwzNy43MTg1OTAzMjU1ODgxNiwtMTEzLjIwMzEyNSwwLDAsMjM0Nl0sWzIsNDkuMTE1MjAyLC05...
by Titanium Dragon
Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 33080

Re: 1131: "Math"

That being said, I'm increasingly frustrated with how hard it is to actually find truth. Politicians lie constantly, and there's no way for normal folks to know the truth. Absolutely no way. Every last news source is biased. Even xkcd, which tends to appeal to knowledge-seekers, is biased. (I didn'...
by Titanium Dragon
Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 33080

Re: 1131: "Math"

All of the media networks had a great deal of incentive to misrepresent the race as being "too close to call" or a tossup because it puts butts in the seats. I predicted last night that we would know who would be the next president of the United States at 8pm PST - and moreover, that it wo...
by Titanium Dragon
Wed Aug 05, 2009 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 34103

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

I enjoy Windows and really am not a big fan of Linux. XP works for me, so what do I care, really? This is why 80%+ of people use Windows - we just don't care as long as it works. "But Windows is really unstable/crashes constantly/has viruses/ect.!" In order: 1) Viruses are really much less...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0609: "Tab Explosion"
Replies: 176
Views: 56854

Re: "Tab Explosion" Discussion

This is what a lot of the internet is like, but I do agree this is something of a retread of the Wikipedia comic. It is just as true, though; Wikipedia, TVTropes, and Cracked are all hideous time sinks due to the many links they offer. But awesome ones!
by Titanium Dragon
Sun Jul 05, 2009 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127501

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

But they were also the best allies at some point. It was Russia, in fact, who armed and supported Nazi Germany. And on the other hand, communists hated and killed huge numbers of other communists as well, so "hating and killing communists" is hardly an excuse for even from being a communi...
by Titanium Dragon
Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127501

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

So you see, people that don't like people having such ways of life, have to show those people that enjoy it why that energy being cheap and accessible by pretty much anyone is a BAD thing. The way they have chosen to do this is to scare the uneducated into thinking that cheap energy will destroy th...
by Titanium Dragon
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127501

Sorry for the double post, I exceeded the 60,000 character l

I think such a thing is impossible though. I'm sure it's already been pointed out ITT that intelligence is not a single number, unlike Dungeons and Dragons would have you believe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_(factor) People do claim that intelligence isn't just one number, but one of the (if not...
by Titanium Dragon
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127501

Warning: really long post

There are other problems as well. Genetic engineering on a large scale is likely to significantly reduce human genetic diversity - if people are tailoring their babies to order, then only a very few gene varients are going to be wanted - whichever ones are considered to be "best" for a gi...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127501

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

Just go read the Bell Curve, if you're so interested. Or gain access to academic articles on the subject. The Bell Curve is not credible. To see you cite it as a credible source causes me to doubt the validity of other things you have said. I'm sorry, you apparently don't really know much about the...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127501

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

People are arguing a number of points, but no one seems to question the basic assumption that more smarter people = better. This seems dubious. Hitler, Mao, and Stalin were smart, but murdered millions. Today, smarter people tend to have the most money, consume the most resources and emit the most ...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Jun 29, 2009 10:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 127501

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

The phrase "dragged IQ scores [down]" or any variant insinuating that average IQ scores change has caused the destruction of more soda cans by me than any other statement. Someone didn't do the research. See the Flynn Effect, the gradual rise of IQ squares over the last century. While yes...
by Titanium Dragon
Fri Apr 03, 2009 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0564: "Crossbows"
Replies: 171
Views: 68882

Re: "Crossbows" Discussion

I'm not sure what people are confused about. The crossbow is incidental to the joke. Its a noodle implement/macguffin - it doesn't really matter what it is supposed to be used for. The joke is that he's so far behind his colleagues, what seems obvious to them hasn't even dawned on him yet. Either th...
by Titanium Dragon
Sat Mar 21, 2009 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49667

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

Consider, for a moment, that you are an employee of Acme Corporation, which has two divisions, Alpha and Beta. Indeed, you are a very important person at Beta division, so your contract says you get a bonus based on how much profit Beta division makes. It turns out that the executives above the div...
by Titanium Dragon
Fri Mar 20, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0558: "1000 Times"
Replies: 266
Views: 49667

Re: "1000 Times" discussion

I don't really see the two next to each other very often, so I don't really think of it as being an intentional deception. I mostly hear that they got bailout money, and paid out money in bonuses - the dollar amounts typically aren't juxtaposed in this manner. At least not in the print sources that ...
by Titanium Dragon
Fri Mar 06, 2009 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0552: "Correlation"
Replies: 154
Views: 52111

Re: "Correlation" Discussion

Oh man. That's awful.

I was getting on to say "This comic wasn't actually all that funny," then I realized why it was funny.

Well played.
by Titanium Dragon
Sat Dec 27, 2008 8:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0522: "Google Trends"
Replies: 131
Views: 25861

Re: "Google Trends" Discussion

Am I missing something here? A term is four years, so the next election would be in 2012... right? Or is 2010 when the smear campaigns for the 2012 election begin? It was actually a double joke, implying both that Palin is planning on running for president next cycle, and that she doesn't know that...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 118812

Re: "A Bunch of Rocks" Discussion

This isn't particularly profound, and I'm not sure why people are oohing so much over this comic. Maybe they want to sound deep, but... The reality is that this is a very ancient idea. The means of simulation has changed, but the idea has not. This is a very depression mode of it, though - laying ou...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Sep 08, 2008 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0473: "Still Raw"
Replies: 238
Views: 41634

Re: "Still Raw" Discussion

Really, words are only meaningful if we give them meanings. It is very clear that the inner planets (the Earth, Mars, Venus, and Mercury) are one group, and the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) are another. It is also clear that Pluto doesn't fit in either group, nor is it nearly...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0467: "X Girls Y Cups"
Replies: 217
Views: 63295

Re: X Girls Y Cups Discussion

I actually googled what 2 girls 1 cup was, as I had no clue. I think I've managed to throughly desensitize myself to imagery, so it really doesn't affect me anymore to see "shock sites" or similar.

It amazes me how many hits it has though.
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Probability puzzle... genetics based
Replies: 24
Views: 3899

Re: Probability puzzle... genetics based

The fact that the gene doesn't appear in the father's kids' DNA doesn't change the fact that one of his parent's had the gene. The probability is still 50%. The issue is that the variables here aren't independent; the probability of having two children without HD influences your probability of havi...
by Titanium Dragon
Sun Jul 27, 2008 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 424404

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

I spent about an hour writing down notes in notepad solving this. I have variations of "If there's only one person with blue eyes, he sees no one, and can leave on the first day" two or three times, but I spent ages convincing myself of the way it iterated. I iterated down, and got to that...
by Titanium Dragon
Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0384: "The Drake Equation"
Replies: 117
Views: 28418

Re: "The Drake Equation" Discussion

QFT. I think that SETI is as much a faith-based science as you can come up with, but I don't get the hate here for the formula or the mathematician. Euler's Equation is also true but of no practical value; why should one be shinola and the other, um, not? SETI isn't really faith-based; while a lot ...
by Titanium Dragon
Fri Feb 15, 2008 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0384: "The Drake Equation"
Replies: 117
Views: 28418

Re: "The Drake Equation" Discussion

The Drake Equation is both correct and useless; it is correct because it is a perfectly reasonable way to calculate the number of contactable societies in the galaxy and useless because we know virtually none of the numbers with any degree of certainty. How very mathematician. That said, it seems li...
by Titanium Dragon
Tue Jan 22, 2008 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44135

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

"You're telling me atoms are mostly hollow? Prove it." "It's been proven. Rutherford shot protons at gold foil..." "But I didn't see it. You telling me it happened is no more proof than the high priest saying his god is hiding behind the curtain." "We can't take e...
by Titanium Dragon
Mon Jan 21, 2008 11:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0373: "The Data So Far"
Replies: 243
Views: 44135

Re: The Data So Far Discussion

I think a lot of you need to really think about this, rather than think about what you -want- to believe. Look at reality. People aren't flying around under their own power; people don't toss other people around with their minds; people don't set things on fire with their minds. Randi has offered a ...

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