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by hwillis19
Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1435: "Presidential Alert"
Replies: 59
Views: 13606

Re: 1435: "Presidential Alert"

Hope I wasn't the only one expecting the title text to contain "and masturbate"...
by hwillis19
Mon Aug 05, 2013 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1247: "The Mother of All Suspicious Files"
Replies: 70
Views: 33822

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

Since when did malware developers code in LISP..?

Reminds me of the malware sharing service that was Kazaa. Rule #255 of the Internet: if you mash enough porn keywords into the filename, they won't notice the executable file extension...
by hwillis19
Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1161: "Hand Sanitizer"
Replies: 89
Views: 23525

Re: 1161 Hand Sanitizer

What's do you call a germ that kills everyone it infects? Extinct. ... Ebola has such a hard time spreading, it kills too fast. And yet, it persists... Ebola has a large animal reservoir, hence its persistance. Interestingly, Clostridium spores are not vulnerable to the 70% alcohol/2% chlorhexidine...
by hwillis19
Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"
Replies: 50
Views: 13543

Re: 1158: "Rubber Sheet"

The rubber sheet is the classic model for explaining the concepts of gravitational potential, particularly of large objects like planets.

I certainly remember being taught it at school in the context of gravitational fields, many moons ago...

enwiki/Gravity_well
by hwillis19
Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1156: "Conditioning"
Replies: 81
Views: 21146

Re: 1156: "Conditioning"

On a related note, I walked past a pub in Reading last week called the Pavlov's Dog.

Wonder what happens when they ring the bell for last orders...
by hwillis19
Sat Dec 15, 2012 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19646

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Klear wrote:What's that about the B button?

Pokémon in-joke: the B button inhibits a Pokémon's evolution. Certain moves/abilities can only be acquired by lesser-evolved Pokémon and not by their more advanced counterparts, so this can sometimes be advantageous.
by hwillis19
Sat Dec 15, 2012 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19646

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

I still can't help but twitch a bit at the implication than an individual SA bacterium is evolving in to MRSA; where of course the reality is that it was always that way as long as it's been a bacterium (it just happens that all of the non resistant bacteria die and so don't multiply and we only en...
by hwillis19
Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1045: "Constraints"
Replies: 86
Views: 43466

Re: 1045: Constraints

SpringLoaded12 wrote:Here's a fun one: http://bash.org/?406381.

(In case you didn't notice, each word is one letter longer than the previous one.)

And it has a far happier outcome than than http://xkcd.com/276/
by hwillis19
Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1042: "Never"
Replies: 82
Views: 32916

Re: #1042: "Never"

That's either a really small lake, or an alarmingly large rip in space-time.
by hwillis19
Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39056

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

On a slight aside, I just love how scathing the Homeopathy article intro is on enwiki: In the context of homeopathy, the term remedy is used to refer to a substance which has been prepared with a particular procedure and intended for patient use; it is not to be confused with the generally accepted ...
by hwillis19
Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39056

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

A story on NPR not so long back described the Placebo Effect taking hold even when the subject knew they were taking a placebo, and even self-administered: https://www.npr.org/2010/12/23/132276823/Even-Knowingly-Taking-A-Placebo-Seems-To-Help That would tend to discredit the notion that efficacy of...
by hwillis19
Mon Oct 31, 2011 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39056

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

I wonder if there are studies trying to find a correlation between magnitude of the placebo effect and perceived (by the test subject) monetary value of the pill. It is an axiom which I believe to be fairly widely accepted, although I'm struggling to find any papers on it at the moment. There are, ...
by hwillis19
Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39056

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

The number of times you hear, well I did it and my child turned out OK, is fascinating. Linked to the phenomenon of anti-vaccinationism, where one suburban parent thinks that their "informed" opinion based on an hour of magazine skim-reading is superior to the collective collaboration of ...

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