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by darthbyu
Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 185627

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Here's another few votes for the list. Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card The Change Series (a.k.a. Emberverse II) - S. M. Stirling The Anubis Gates - Tim Powers Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series - Douglas Adams The Princess Bride - S. Morgenstern Seeker - Jack McDevitt The Engines of God - Jack M...
by darthbyu
Fri Jan 07, 2011 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52724

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

Twigshusband seems to be under the mistaken impression that different waveforms are different in nature or that the Nyquist-Shannon theorem only applies to signals of a single frequency. Any signal that is not a pure sine wave has multiple frequencies (of sinusoids) in it. So to say that a signal ra...
by darthbyu
Fri Jan 07, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52724

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

It's misleading to say that Nyquist applies to other waveforms because the frequency cut-off applies to the sine waves that make up those waveforms. You cannot reconstruct a sawtooth wave with a period of 1 second from a 2Hz signal.
by darthbyu
Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 42316

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

The quote pyramid has already been done. Take that sort of thing to Forum Games, please.

EDIT: I just re-read this and I decided I should apologize for playing forum police.
by darthbyu
Sat Jan 01, 2011 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0841: "Audiophiles"
Replies: 266
Views: 52724

Re: 0841: "Audiophiles"

Cell phone goes *Click!*?
by darthbyu
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 57540

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

Just remember that science also says that you are nothing more than a vat of chemicals and that there is no ultimate purpose to your life. Also remember that science says that there is no such thing as free will that your actions are a combination of your environment and your genetic programming. R...
by darthbyu
Fri Dec 10, 2010 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 58495

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

I can only assume that the working definition of "optimal" in the comic is maximizing the likelihood of winning with the assumption that all of your opponent's possible moves are equally likely. Or, equivalently, giving your opponent as many ways to screw up as possible (which fits well wi...
by darthbyu
Tue Oct 05, 2010 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Making the world a weirder place
Replies: 1920
Views: 180118

Re: Making the world a weirder place

Cool. I had thought of leaving burned CDs in various places, but with some music I had made myself. Mysterious anonymous music! Best. Idea. Ever. Second. Some of my favorite CDs have been random found mixes. I used to have one that a friend bought at a Lost and Found sale that was pretty cool. Then...
by darthbyu
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 37789

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

Valentines Day is the most depressing holiday anyway. I'd bet that more people break up on that day than any other. I don't know about that, but consider the following: Approximate number of Google results (Safesearch on, no omitted results displayed): 31,100 - "we got engaged on valentine's d...
by darthbyu
Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 57197

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

I am a bit curious why the full version links to an HTML page with nothing but an embedded image, instead of directly to the image. O.o This prevents Firefox from being able to scale it to the window size. Right-click image*, select "View Image" *The large version that doesn't scale in Fi...
by darthbyu
Fri Jun 19, 2009 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0599: "Apocalypse"
Replies: 158
Views: 57310

Re: "Apocalypse" Discussion

Heehee. The Kevin Bacon part was a nice hint for us non-nerds. On a semi-related note, my Bacon Number is five, through Ben Burtt . That website's BS. It won't link Sam Neill to Jeff Goldblum. wts?!! Works for me. Apparently, you just don't know what you're doing. Edit: Ironically, it seems I was t...
by darthbyu
Fri May 22, 2009 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0587: "Crime Scene"
Replies: 100
Views: 20589

Re: "Crime Scene" Discussion

Oh, now I find myself wishing TMBG had done even a single song for Square One. Wondering what glories could have been... Wonder no more: check it out ! You can find most of the videos on Youtube. "One Everything" is possibly my favorite. Incidentally, I never watched Square One. Don't kno...

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