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by Your.Master
Wed May 02, 2012 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 87962

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

This is one of those comics that makes me wonder if I'm living in an alternate universe. I have heard the same arguments against music, speaking a foreign language, etc.. i kind of think math got it relatively light compared to some other subjects. As for cooking, I have to assume the comic means so...
by Your.Master
Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0947: “Investing”
Replies: 148
Views: 34937

Re: 0947: “Investing”

If you found a way to evade having to pay taxes on the jackpot, it even would have been economically justified (and you used to hear stories about consortiums buying up 14 million tickets thinking that they were tax-exempt), but with the taxes it's a sucker bet even under the best of circumstances....
by Your.Master
Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:36 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Internet Explorer 9
Replies: 79
Views: 15803

Re: Internet Explorer 9

tabs can be moved between windows / moved to their own window / aero snap'd, which is something the IE guys must have been kicking themselves about when chrome came out (ie already used separate processes for tabs like chrome for security/stability reasons long before chrome came out, so it wasn't ...
by Your.Master
Wed Oct 06, 2010 7:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 74950

Re: "Online Communities 2" Discussion (#802)

Massively Multiplayer Online need not refer only to MMORPGs. Starcraft II was built with online play comprising its core, and the social interactions (friends list and all) are a big part of that. It's very much an MMO. MMORTS, maybe, rather than MMORPG, but it's an MMO. No, it's not at all an MMO....
by Your.Master
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0694: "Retro Virus"
Replies: 164
Views: 42675

Re: Viruses on Unix systems?

Ok, I'll explain it as simply as possible: On any REAL operating system you have a filesystem, with directories that have different permissions. DIfferent directories serve different purposes. You have a unified, secure login mechanism. When logged in, you are one user and one user only belonging t...
by Your.Master
Sun Apr 12, 2009 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0567: "Urgent Mission"
Replies: 129
Views: 33742

Re: WHY SHOULD ELECTRONS BE POSITIVE?

In other words, the people who want to make electrons positive are the same sort of people who want to force the sci/math communities to redefine Pi as 3. That's ridiculously unfair. Redefining Pi to 3 is very imprecise at the very best and extremely wrong in general. You don't even have to leave h...
by Your.Master
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0562: "Parking"
Replies: 193
Views: 79499

Re: "Parking" Discussion

We got no end of shit from somebody after parking an SUV over two spaces in a parking lot with plenty of extra space. We were parking at the fucking dialysis place. My grandma needed dialysis, and is wheelchair-bound; we couldn't really reschedule this based on the parking situation. There was a god...
by Your.Master
Wed Mar 18, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0557: "Students"
Replies: 223
Views: 68288

Re: "Students" Discussion

I don't think I've ever had a stereotypical dream. Well, except the "having sex with somebody very attractive" dream, and even that only a couple times. My dreams are all very surreal. The Don Quixote vs. windmills one would be too predictable for my dreams. Also, I almost always dream fro...
by Your.Master
Sat Mar 07, 2009 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0552: "Correlation"
Replies: 154
Views: 52128

Re: "Correlation" Discussion

Joseph Stalin: 10-20 million Mao Zedong: 20-43 million Pol Pot: 1-2 million Kim Il-sung: ~4 million Now obviously, this isn't killing in the name of atheism, but that's the point. It shows the effects of atheism and a lack of moral control over a person. No, it shows that atheism gives you the skil...
by Your.Master
Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0541: "TED Talk"
Replies: 221
Views: 53298

Re: "TED Talk" Discussion

I never thought too much about it (doing this, that is :)). Then again, I'm not a frequent user of emoticons in contexts that don't automatically transform them into real smilies. The one exception is in a bug's regression history or in code review comments, both of which involve a lot of parenthese...
by Your.Master
Sun Dec 21, 2008 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0519: "11th Grade"
Replies: 204
Views: 45629

Re: "11th Grade" Discussion

In my case it was a weekend of messing around with C in grade 10 (I made an ASCII Pac-man program...still runs just fine on Vista :)). Technically that was homework, but I think I could have done a much lesser project in-class and still got perfect marks. I'm absolutely certain I had nowhere near 40...
by Your.Master
Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0488: "Steal This Comic"
Replies: 347
Views: 54524

Re: Steal This Comic

I think probably the best way to get rid of modern DRM schemes is to think about a real solution to the root problems. 1) We have scare labour for Content Creation. 2) We have an economic system based on scarcity. 3) We have recently come to replicate perfectly and nearly-costlessly any Content 3.a)...
by Your.Master
Mon Sep 22, 2008 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 40942

Re: "Tones" Discussion

Can't agree with this one. I always have some soundbite that functions as an audible call-display, saving me one step. Sure, I could abstractly associate rings with people, but that's painful. Not that I chose music appropriate to the specific person. Quite the opposite. I choose the most inappropri...
by Your.Master
Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0463: "Voting Machines"
Replies: 108
Views: 33074

Re: "Voting Machines" discussion

fyjham wrote:I love the cartoon, cracked up big time, but to be honest I can't see any reason why you shouldn't put an anti-virus on a voting box PC...


What about the potential for it to cause voting machine errors in Ohio?
by Your.Master
Mon May 05, 2008 4:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0419: "Forks and Spoons"
Replies: 146
Views: 30757

Re: "Forks and Spoons" Discussion

Tell me more of this baby that is taller than its mother.
by Your.Master
Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0399: "Travelling Salesman Problem"
Replies: 115
Views: 29135

Re: "Travelling Salesman Problem" Discussion

Because none of the Greek capital letters could ever be confused with Latin ones. Hell, even the latin letters are internally confusing -- I don't even bother trying to differentiate k and K when I'm writing. And then lowercase l (L) looks just like 1 unless you stick the serif and/or base on there...
by Your.Master
Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0398: "Tap That Ass"
Replies: 108
Views: 39058

Re: "Tap That Ass" Discussion

Also, if Randall had to fall back on a weak pun on the word "tap" without even managing a "Magic: the Gathering" reference, I worry for the future of XKCD. This comic wasn't actually that funny. I always thought of tap in the sense of the first panel as being an idiomatic metaph...
by Your.Master
Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0394: "Kilobyte"
Replies: 138
Views: 41253

Re: "Kilobyte" Discussion

Why can't they have both measures, one for people who want bits, and one for people who want bytes?


Because there is no measure in bytes.
by Your.Master
Sat Mar 08, 2008 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0393: "Ultimate Game"
Replies: 165
Views: 45695

Re: Ultimate Game

What if death is an advanced but ultimately unthinking AI that is not even capable of thinking of "the game" but nevertheless capable of understanding your challenge?
by Your.Master
Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 99560

Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Ask a farmer about the difficulty ratings. Watch as strawberries & tomatoes slide way left while apples, pears, & peaches zoom off the charts to the right. Oranges are in fact incredibly easy to peel, though not as easy as bananas. You don't need fingernails at all; I have very short fingern...
by Your.Master
Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0386: "Duty Calls"
Replies: 202
Views: 69548

Re: "Duty Calls" Discussion

Maybe I'm horribly out of date with the comic books world, but it's my impression that spidey's agility (and reflexes and balance) is far superhuman while catwoman is just an ordinary, albeit particularly agile, woman. So I don't think that's comparable. Also, ability to beat a character who has jus...
by Your.Master
Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0376: "Bug"
Replies: 97
Views: 36022

Re: 'Bug' discussion

Certainly... as long as you don't use -1 to indicate failure anywhere. *barf* My god...wow...ugh. Forgot about that idiom. I beg of all of you good people, if you're going to use the return value as an error code, use it as an error code and pass in a reference to your return value. On standard C, ...
by Your.Master
Mon Jan 28, 2008 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0376: "Bug"
Replies: 97
Views: 36022

Re: 'Bug' discussion

Is he using unsigned variables? Normally a 32-bit signed time_t can take you back to the end of 1901.
by Your.Master
Sat Jan 26, 2008 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0375: "Pod Bay Doors"
Replies: 123
Views: 38922

Re: "Pod Bay Doors" Discussion

I have trouble not seeing this as a conversation between a sperm and an egg.
by Your.Master
Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0374: "Journal"
Replies: 178
Views: 33755

Re: Journal Discussion

I choose to believe that the shy girl on the train is so upset that she doesn't look where she's going and bumps into a nice guy on the way out of the station. He happens to be reading the same book as her, and they live happily ever afterwards. What? It could happen in the xkcd universe, and proba...
by Your.Master
Thu Jan 17, 2008 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 75064

Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

I just thought of this.

You know what xkcd means? It means being that kid on the playground who figures out where to stand in "eenie meenie minie moe" selections in order to achieve optimal results, whether it is being picked first or last or adjacent to somebody.
by Your.Master
Mon Jan 14, 2008 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0370: "Redwall"
Replies: 155
Views: 35053

Re: "Redwall" discussion

I love how children's books escape people's notice here, but public key encryption is "oh yeah, except I got that. Obviously."
by Your.Master
Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)
Replies: 251
Views: 19642

Re: Sports Scholarships (Split from Politeness)

What an exhausting thread to read through. Some people on here have hypothesized that the fundamental problem is that some people are looking at it as primarily an educational institute, and some as primarily a business. And it's true that there is that thinking, and arguments back and forth that ba...
by Your.Master
Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Man Law
Replies: 259
Views: 30872

Re: Man Law

I am not understanding how you people can feel intimidated and get urinal-shy even with the walls. What if they were full partitions and you couldn't see the next guy's face? If there's a full partition then it's in fact a stall missing its door, regardless of the fact that there is a urinal rather...
by Your.Master
Mon Dec 24, 2007 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0207: "What xkcd Means"
Replies: 482
Views: 75064

Re: "What xkcd Means" Discussion

I used to have a habit of counting on my fingers the syllables of whatever someone was saying, or random bits of whatever I'd hear. Using just four fingers, not the thumb. OK, not always counting, but tapping out with my fingers. (Counting if it was less than, say, 24 syllables) I'd be inordinately...
by Your.Master
Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0360: "Writers Strike"
Replies: 125
Views: 23270

Re: "Writers Strike" Discussion

*Stands as far as possible from Domovoi*
by Your.Master
Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 173296

Re: "Nerd Sniping" Discussion

What scares me is that this same question showed up on a problem set once (about the same time as said aptitude test, I can't remember which came first but I suspect the problem set came first or the answer would have been Google-able), and I solved it, and I'm pretty sure I will never again in my l...
by Your.Master
Mon Nov 19, 2007 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: TL DR game (A reply to RTFT)
Replies: 132
Views: 13665

Re: TL DR game (A reply to RTFT)

* PAGE 14,999 The reward for defeating the ape is the opportunity to fight the ape anew. It is unclear if Mario is consciously aware of this; it may be that he has realized it, but buried the thought so that he could fight unburdened by it. The downfall of the villain does not restore the natural o...
by Your.Master
Thu Oct 04, 2007 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0324: "Tapping"
Replies: 85
Views: 17939

Re: "Tapping" discussion

Wow, not only do I do this, but Jurassic Park is probably the tune I try for most frequently. Having to play it on clarinet and piano for years during elementary school has imprinted the song into my mind more fully than just about any other set of noises, save perhaps the title songs of several TV ...
by Your.Master
Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0322: "Pix plz"
Replies: 392
Views: 98574

Re: "Pix plz" Discussion

Errm, is it just me, or do the rest of the guys here want to see examples of MS Paint breasts? :-)


So wait, is this legitimately ironic?
by Your.Master
Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0304: "Nighttime Stories"
Replies: 211
Views: 53881

I've found that in general, everything I've read by Orson Scott Card begins very interesting and ends crappy when the ideas he introduces start to contradict and he reconciles it with nonsense. Now, that applies at the overarching story level, not the individual book level. So, for instance, Treason...
by Your.Master
Thu Aug 09, 2007 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Traveler's Dilemma
Replies: 833
Views: 88544

This one really is messing with my head. I guess part of it is that there's a sort of cycle of preferable choices. To wit: To restate what has has previously been stated, $98 and $99 are in all cases superior to $100 bets. Therefore no good logician will bet $100. So the range is now 2-99. But $98 a...
by Your.Master
Mon Jun 04, 2007 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Solving the Halting Problem
Replies: 59
Views: 20664

"Also, both 1) and 2) are clear contradictions . . . you can flex your interpretation of the english all you like - but if there is something that an ALLpowerful being cant do then there is something outside the ability of its power i.e. it cant be ALLpowerful, in the plain old regular sense of...
by Your.Master
Mon Apr 23, 2007 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0252: "Escalators"
Replies: 101
Views: 28122

I'm afraid the urge has diminished for me (but not vanished). However, the urge to jump on an elevator, especially at the moments of initial acceleration and final deceleration, has been on a steady increase. Which is unfortunate, since as a kid I was light enough that the elevator sensors wouldn't ...
by Your.Master
Fri Apr 06, 2007 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0245: "Floor Tiles"
Replies: 252
Views: 71109

Does anyone else, say when they're riding in a car, lift up their toes every time the pillars at the edge of the windshield line up with a sign or something like that? I have my head tilted slightly left or right, and try to avoid "hitting" a pillar on my side. Transfer from one side to t...

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