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by Isaac
Fri May 25, 2012 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23834

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Without any government interference, we'd get free competition and nothing bad could happen, right? I've heard it argued that the only thing that ever lets middlemen collect all the profits and not let anybody else have any, is government interference. Do you believe that? markets aren't perfect, t...
by Isaac
Fri May 25, 2012 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23834

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Even when middlemen provide value, do not produce wealth. They may facilitate the creation of wealth, but do not create it themselves. Which makes it desirable to remove them when possible but it doesn't make them parasitic. Ahh, "when possible". That part makes it possible to fudge your ...
by Isaac
Fri May 25, 2012 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23834

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Ah, middlemen. Extracting cash without adding wealth. Yum. I believe you've just demonstrated a greater understanding of basic economics than either Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner or Paul Krugman possess. Except that's almost always not true. If middlemen were valueless nobody would use them, unless th...
by Isaac
Fri May 25, 2012 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23834

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Qaanol wrote:Ah, middlemen. Extracting cash without adding wealth. Yum.


I believe you've just demonstrated a greater understanding of basic economics than either Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner or Paul Krugman possess.
by Isaac
Fri May 18, 2012 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1057: "Klout"
Replies: 84
Views: 47197

Re: 1057: "Klout"

... If you take it as given that people will try and get into positions above other people... I don't know if that is a give-in..... I suppose it is a give-in that /some people/ will seek control over others, but I think the most effective solution to that problem is to not accept that control. (wh...
by Isaac
Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0149: "Sandwich"
Replies: 74
Views: 67149

Re:

(*) Yes, I can't spell this word. Typically I google for the word to fix it up. But now that that has happened easily over 5 times, I don't think I will ever learn how. So, now I'm trying to change the spelling of the word, to something I can manage... and now google won't think less of me for miss...
by Isaac
Fri Nov 11, 2011 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0976: "Sail"
Replies: 61
Views: 16594

Re: 0976: "Sail"

I think both the boat and sail get smaller in the last panel, sort of a "zoom out" to be able to catch both the bubble and the ship. So... in a frictionless surface, or a frozen ocean (lake?) would the wind be able to move the boat before forming a bubble? depends on the inertia of the bo...
by Isaac
Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0940: "Oversight"
Replies: 103
Views: 43603

Re: 0940: "Oversight"

Isaac20 wrote:....


I beat you.

:D
by Isaac
Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: #### "Five-Minute Comics: Part 4"
Replies: 22
Views: 7090

Re: 0940: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 4"

Image

:-/
by Isaac
Mon Aug 15, 2011 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46916

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

Now if we could only use carcinogens (like nicotine) Technically, nicotine is not a known carcinogen. There are 19 known carcinogens in tobacco smoke, but nicotine is not one of them. While dispelling nicotine myths, it, on its own, is less addictive than caffeine. What makes tobacco addictive is t...
by Isaac
Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321583

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Or you can just think of one, perfect, amazing password, and use LastPass for everything else. You can have a fifty-digit stream of random characters for your bank account password if you want. :D dude, facebook wanted my gmail password so that it could find friends for me in my address book...... ...
by Isaac
Mon Jul 25, 2011 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22770

Re: 929: "Speculation"

arthurd006_5 wrote:I haven't decided what to do about it yet, but I've temporarily changed search-engine to DuckDuckGo..


I use Scroogle.org, it's a google proxy so it is a pretty easy transition.
by Isaac
Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0929: "Speculation"
Replies: 86
Views: 22770

Re: 929: "Speculation"

Randall must really want us to join Google+. Not the first comic about it. Personally, I don't want Google to have any more power over me than it already does. On the other hand, I don't want Mark Zuckerberg to have any more power over me than he does. Gah! Which to choose? You could try... and I k...
by Isaac
Fri May 20, 2011 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 19864

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

which is fine if the new winner is the party defending itself. Unless that country is doing something you don't like. Iraq, NaziG, Afghanistan, Libya, Rawanda, Somalia, Confederate US, British occupied wherever, Falklands, Vietnam, Palestine. I'm sure there's a someone in there you disagree with. o...
by Isaac
Fri May 20, 2011 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it right to design weapons?
Replies: 134
Views: 19864

Re: Is it right to design weapons?

I've tried this thread before but failed...because my ego went off the fucking map (seriously it was very sad): IS IT OK TO DESIGN WEAPONS? "ok" is defined as morality, or religion, or humility, whatever your most parsimonious definition of "is" is: And I'm not just talking abou...
by Isaac
Fri May 20, 2011 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39598

Re: 0900: "Religions"

(Which means I guess UBL isn't saved, even according to Islam, as he was all watching porn and ordering Coke up in his Pakistani mansion.) no proof of death, no evidence that he lived to see New Years Day 2002. Wow. Just...you throw a tirade at Christians for being incapable of critical thought, an...
by Isaac
Fri May 20, 2011 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 65638

Re: Firearms

I am assuming that you are only supporting the disarmament of mere "civilians" and not the police and military? If so the police and military will just become thieves, murderers and rapist (even more so then they are already), and gun control will serve no purpose other than to make sure ...
by Isaac
Thu May 19, 2011 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 65638

Re: Firearms

Honestly, there are two approaches to gun control laws, in my perspective: 1. Let everyone have guns. Just like nuclear bombs, if everyone has an equal advantage, then no one will abuse the advantage. 2. Control gun availability tightly. If no one has a weapon, no one can use a weapon. The problem ...
by Isaac
Thu May 19, 2011 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39598

Re: 0900: "Religions"

I've never understood how people can combine religions when each religion clearly states that they are the only one. That being said, it would be awesome if the whole world would decide on some Islamic Judeo-Christian faith so we can focus on more important things. but we wouldn't be able to focus ...
by Isaac
Fri Mar 18, 2011 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0874: "Time Management"
Replies: 56
Views: 14734

Re: 0874: "Time Management"

jalohones wrote:* EDT - adjust for appropriate time zone


hm? what is the appropriate time zone? UTC I am pretty sure would be 0400, and Randall's local time would be 0000.
by Isaac
Fri Feb 25, 2011 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30629

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

why do the nanobots need to be individually addressable? Why do they need to be addressable at all? Can you even store 128 bits of data in "a few microns"?
by Isaac
Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 35941

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

Eternal Density wrote:Give me liberty, or I'll give you death.


I always thought that that was the spirit of the phrase anyway.
by Isaac
Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176454

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

if this map was drawn up by a typical inbred USian, I'd be impressed.... but for people whos' claim to fame is knowledge of geography, this map really sucks..... I guess we can give them that political boundaries really are not geography, but still pretty sucky.
by Isaac
Mon Jan 17, 2011 11:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0848: "3D"
Replies: 107
Views: 19854

Re: 0848: "3D"

I read the first panel, got a little distracted by something, and still started laughing before I finished the comic. And since this looks like it's going into an actual string theory discussion, I'll link a fun video. Maybe not entirely related, but it's all I've got to add, and it seems somewhat ...
by Isaac
Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0846: "Dental Nerve"
Replies: 135
Views: 37135

Re: 0846: "Dental Nerve"

I can't believe I'm registering to post about Kesha, but.. Apparently, she was quite a smart student. NPR says her 1500 was only math and reading of the SAT, and she was in an IB school. Coincidentally, my favorite remix of this song is done by IB students (Do Tok on youtube, for those interested) ...
by Isaac
Sat Jan 17, 2009 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0413: "New Pet"
Replies: 251
Views: 61885

Re: "New Pet" Discussion

I was thinking, you take a rubberized ball with full nobby treads (externally, some other tread pattern internally..... ), and replace 8 of the nobbys (such that all 8 where 90, 180 or 270 degree's from all other's) with hardened clear plastic/glass nobbys that contained a camera. Then program the c...

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