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by nico
Mon Oct 31, 2011 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39239

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

As far as books, Post hoc ergo propter hoc. As far as medicine...well, doesn't that only count if homeopathic medicine doesn't work? I don't know if any of you have tried going to a Chinese doctor. But I lived in Taiwan for a year, and went to several Eastern (read: Homeopathic) doctors, and that s...
by nico
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46920

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

They are NOT infecting people with HIV. They injected one patient with its own T-cells, that were previously prelevated and treated with a self-inactivating lentiviral vector (which had been preclinically tested) containing, amongst many other things, a part of a sequence of the HIV genome. It worke...
by nico
Mon Aug 01, 2011 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0932: "CIA"
Replies: 79
Views: 66103

Re: 0932: "CIA"

Not to me. I hate both those terms. Alt-text for being inaccurate and nondescriptive, and title-text for being confusing and nondescriptive. (Anyone not versed in HTML is going to think "title text" means the actual title, at the top.) Mouseover text, rollover caption, hover text, tooltip...
by nico
Wed Apr 06, 2011 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85316

Re: 0882: "Significant"

So is the joke that the scientists, egged on by the annoying people, tested (all?) 20 flavors of jelly bean to conclusively show "no, there really isn't any link", but then made a typo with their inequality sign on one, and together with the number of other tests run that one (false, due ...
by nico
Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85316

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Say it with me kids: "The p-value represents the likelihood of the evidence given the null hypothesis, not the likelihood of the null hypothesis given the evidence." If you know, understand, and live that sentence, then you understand statistics better than most journalists and some scien...
by nico
Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0828: "Positive Attitude"
Replies: 92
Views: 22051

Re: 0828: "Positive Attitude"

It's even worse when mental health is involved. People who have never been depressed tell you to just cheer up and do what you're supposed to do. People who have never been abused tell you that life goes on. People who have never been bullied tell you just to ignore it. People who have never been m...
by nico
Wed May 19, 2010 6:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0742: "Campfire"
Replies: 59
Views: 21849

Re: "Campfire" Discussion

Is the kid on the right wearing a cape?
by nico
Wed Apr 14, 2010 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 45861

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

So why is it that so many freakin' browsers will just tell you you're wrong if you type http:\\ instead of just doing the sensible thing and automatically interpreting it as http:// ?! Because: 1) we don't really want to spread this disease even more 2) you can actually put a backslash in the name ...
by nico
Mon Dec 07, 2009 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0668: "Pandora"
Replies: 93
Views: 32004

Re: "Pandora" Discussion

People outside the US: Pandora + Firefox + FoxyProxy with pattern for http://www.pandora.com/* + Tor + StrictExitNodes + all US exit nodes ( harvested from Torstat using CC US and filtered on Fast, Exit, Stable, and Valid) = Pandora accessible anywhere. :) The good part is that they don't do IP geo...
by nico
Sun Nov 29, 2009 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0668: "Pandora"
Replies: 93
Views: 32004

Re: "Pandora" Discussion

I'm not sure what is funnier: the comic or the replies in the forum. I'm sure the "awful" mistakes in the Venn diagram were put on purpose to annoy a certain subset of the math-geek audience... :P

PS: 2 pages of reply and noone mentions this misterious thing called a proxy... ? :roll:
by nico
Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59403

Re: "Scary" Discussion

TheTedinator wrote:I've never been around at the birth of a discussion thread, so I'm surprised at how fast people post.


I wasn't around at the birth of this thread, and now I'm 28... scary!
by nico
Wed Aug 05, 2009 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0619: "Supported Features"
Replies: 157
Views: 34246

Re: "Supported Features" discussion

I love how people get all hot on a webcomic. Comments are actually funnier then the comic itself. I'm sure Randall is laughing a lot when looking at the hell he raised!

Btw, fullscreen Flash works perfectly here (Fedora 10 ... and with an ATI card!).
by nico
Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0618: "Asteroid"
Replies: 188
Views: 53236

Re: "Asteroid" discussion

I got the Prince immediately, but I've never heard of Deep whatsit. Do I still have to go? :P Good, I though I was alone. Little Prince is one of the best books I read as a kid. I always felt so sorry for the astronomer who wasn't believed because he was not dressed like the other scientists... and...
by nico
Fri Jul 24, 2009 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0614: "Woodpecker"
Replies: 163
Views: 32193

Re: "Woodpecker" Discussion

Angrist wrote:Monty Python references come to mind.

"Wait a minute! Supposing two woodpeckers carried it together!"
"No, they'd have to have it on a line..."
"Simple! Use the power cord!"


But were they African or European woodpeckers?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHFXG3r_0B8
by nico
Mon May 25, 2009 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0588: "Pep Rally"
Replies: 184
Views: 36178

Re: "Pep Rally" Discussion

Wow... not being American (I'm Italian) I had to look up on Wikipedia what a Pep Rally was... amazing... I guess if anything like that would have taken place in my high school essentially nobody would have shown up. I think it's a cultural difference which shows up also in other little things. I rem...
by nico
Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0466: "Moving"
Replies: 165
Views: 32653

Re: Moving

Well.... linksys is good, but usr9111 is even better (get a stronger signal from it).

Anyway
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantenna
and if you can read Italian
http://www.napoliwireless.net/doku/doku ... a:cantenna

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