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by scarletmanuka
Tue May 24, 2011 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0901: "Temperature"
Replies: 114
Views: 29193

Re: 0901: "Temperature"

joee wrote:Wait, do thermometers with LCD displays exist? Or did I just make that up?

Ours has an LCD display. But you could only put three characters on it.
by scarletmanuka
Thu May 05, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 243
Views: 96378

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

"The dinosaurs are extinct because they didn't have a space program." -- Larry Niven Seems to me to be begging the question. If the dinosaurs did have a space program and managed to establish extra-solar colonies, what evidence would we have at this point of either? I wonder if the inters...
by scarletmanuka
Thu May 05, 2011 9:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39861

Re: 891: Movie Ages

A better way to make someone over the age of 21-22 feel old is point them to a 11 year old kid and tell them that kid wasn't alive when 9/11 happened. That's already been done in xkcd , as has been mentioned a few times already in the thread. This one is specifically about how to make people old &q...
by scarletmanuka
Mon May 02, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 61096

Re: 0889: Turtles

Zalde Ocga wrote:I have a friend that doesn't read xkcd, but all the time he'll randomly say, " I am a turtle." so immediately after reading this I txted him and said he had to read it. In short, we laughed our butts off!

But does he have it figured out, man?
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 30474

Re: 0890: Etymology

Sure, there may be falcon-equivalents in the Star Wars Galaxy that the ship is named for....but how likely is LUKE to know what one is? I mean, he comes from a freaking desert planet! Perhaps Millennium Vulture didn't sound as good? A parsec is actually defined as the distance that subtends a paral...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"
Replies: 376
Views: 173302

Re: 0356: "Nerd Sniping"

The limit of a finite grid is not necessarily going to be the value for an infinite grid. In this case I don't know whether it is or not.

If you want to know the answer, read the thread. It's been given many times.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0055: "Useless"
Replies: 74
Views: 40733

Re: 0055: "Useless"

sirKris wrote:What about using a cardoid function, a set of parametric functions, or an implicit curve to represent the heart? :D

Congratulations on totally missing the point.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 27, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0487: "Numerical Sex Positions"
Replies: 152
Views: 70061

Re: 0487: "Numerical Sex Positions"

The girl must be in a bit of pain from her broken elbows bending the wrong way.
by scarletmanuka
Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0887: "Future Timeline"
Replies: 192
Views: 58311

Re: 0887: "Future Timeline"

chris857 wrote:Why, though, does the future always end in war?

Because it's like the present.
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85238

Re: 0882: "Significant"

I wonder if this takes the prize for most panels in an XKCD comic (I know there have been comics larger than this, but I am refering specifically to the number of panels) The 2008 Christmas Special had more panels, though a lot of them were just black. XKCD Loves the Discovery Channel had the same ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 72054

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Paradukes wrote:If I went by the rules, I'd get Hook Ross, but if I bent them a little I'd end up with Sinclair Kings... Neither is terribly appropriate I guess.

Surely you can combine them to get Hook Kings...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 11, 2011 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71946

Re: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"

Assuming that you mean "all numbers except powers of 2", then yes, that would certainly work, because it's equivalent to the Collatz Conjecture itself. For any number that reaches 1, reversing the chain will give us a sequence of powers of 2 (possibly only the number 1), optionally followe...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 06, 2011 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85238

Re: 0882: "Significant"

I wonder if this takes the prize for most panels in an XKCD comic (I know there have been comics larger than this, but I am refering specifically to the number of panels) The 2008 Christmas Special had more panels, though a lot of them were just black. XKCD Loves the Discovery Channel had the same ...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 54162

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

There's a japanese TV series in that year that tells the story of earthquake in tokyo in the year 2012. talk about prophetic... Except not. Earthquakes happen all the time, and that's not even the right year. How do you know it's not the right year? It's not the right year for zukenft's claim (the ...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Apr 05, 2011 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 29039

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

Hey Mustapha! Looks like it might be Reasonable Conversation Time again. The problem is that software developers and engineers often think they have the whole control of the situation, and they don't understand that the requirements often change over time, that the client doesn't have a 100% perfect...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 04, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 54162

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

Gamer_2k4 wrote:
zukenft wrote:There's a japanese TV series in that year that tells the story of earthquake in tokyo in the year 2012. talk about prophetic...
Except not. Earthquakes happen all the time, and that's not even the right year.

How do you know it's not the right year?
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 04, 2011 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71946

Re: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"

Just nitpicking about probabilities here, but if you've proved that there is zero probability that a group of numbers don't converge to 1 then you've proved that there isn't some small group of numbers that don't converge to 1. That's what zero probability means. Zero probability means that as the ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 04, 2011 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0844: "Good Code"
Replies: 100
Views: 29039

Re: 0844: "Good Code"

Pretty sure you're just trolling now, Mustapha, but in case you aren't -- The difference is that I, as a developer, don't assume that neurosurgery is easy. Or that general practice is easy, for that matter. Or, for example, plumbing. And if I get a tradesman to quote on a particular job, and he come...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Mar 17, 2011 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 24409

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

murphy42 wrote:I should assume that Inductive White had a first name of "k" ?

No, no. Her first name is One, and for each of her names that is the name of a number, her next name is the name of the number one higher.
by scarletmanuka
Mon Mar 14, 2011 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 24409

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

Shouldn't the comic morph "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" into "Inductive White and the n+1 Dwarfs", instead of "n - 1 Dwarfs"? "n+1" is a critical phrase in inductive reasoning; if something is true for a certain "n", and is logically equivalent with...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Mar 02, 2011 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24658

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

Not to mention the fact that Star Trek type transporters would allow a person to beam into any building that is not shielded against it, which makes most passive security measures such as doors, locks, fences, and walls obsolete. Unless transporter-blocking or tracing technology becomes available t...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 51522

Re: 0851: "Na"

Eternal Density wrote:(also NaCl = National Alliance of Christian Leaders, and they intentionally capitalise it that way too)

Why not? Jesus said they are the salt of the earth, after all.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 25, 2011 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24658

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

What we really need is a Rule 34 site about topless women in flying cars. Kinda like wet riffs but with less showers and more flying cars. I guess if you could get a topless women right out of the shower with a guitar in a flying car that would be OK too. <bender>In fact, forget the guitars and the...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 28329

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

Kartoffelkopf wrote:Ask me anything.

... I'm afraid to, now. :shock:
by scarletmanuka
Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24658

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

The problem with these assertions is that they could easily apply to regular cars ... back in the 1900s. 2. We certainly didn't have traffic control back then; that was as much of a problem then as flying cars are now.[...] 2B. "You mean we have to enforce our border"? But that's ... hund...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25323

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

I thought majoring in "The Universe" would turn out to be deep theoretical physics. Doesn't everyone want to do that? ;)
by scarletmanuka
Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 35866

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

"There are fewer things in heaven and earth than are on my list of demands." Works better for me as: "There are fewer things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in my list of demands." I'm undecided as to whether it is better to leave the third word as "more&qu...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Feb 21, 2011 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 53235

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

bmonk wrote:
cellocgw wrote:I don't use ancient technology like microscopes -- I always use my anopticon.


Nice Asimov reference.

+1; it was the high point of the thread for me :)
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 18, 2011 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"
Replies: 337
Views: 151600

Re: 0657: "Movie Narrative Charts"

I've probably got this all wrong (I haven't seen LoTR in a while), but didn't Gandalf possess the Ring for a brief period of time? Or does it not count, because he never wore it, or it was in the envelope the whole time... No, he didn't. Much like Galadriel, he refused to take it despite the tempta...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 51522

Re: 0851: "Na"

Philyphil wrote:I thought of a song by Roxette called 'She's got the look'. From tricky counting on my fingers though I think we need 29 Na'a to get to 'She's got the look'! But did that song ever make it out of Europe?...

It made it to Australia, at least.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0836: "Sickness"
Replies: 299
Views: 57492

Re: 0836: "Sickness"

I think this is the first time ever that I have gone to the comic thread, read SirMustapha's response to the comic, and mostly agreed with it.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188129

Re: 0774: "Atheists"

I really, really don't want to reopen the debate that has taken up most of this thread. (I read though the first 22 pages, then gave up and just skimmed the rest to make sure nobody had already posted what I have below.) But I did want to answer this question, which I found to be more interesting: K...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25786

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

Personally, I don't really mind cooking, but I don't particularly like it, either; it's just something that has to be done. And I do particularly hate doing the dishes :) My main difficulty is that we have three children, and they're all more or less fussy eaters, and their tastes don't agree. There...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 96381

Re: 0808: The Economic Argument

An idea which appeals to the human mind but this would imply that people who suffer from auto immune diseases would be almost totally immune to everything. Have any proof that autoimmune sufferers don't catch maleria, AIDs or polio? As someone who has relatively recently joined the ranks of the aut...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 11, 2011 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"
Replies: 35
Views: 18005

Re: 0074: "Binary Sudoku"

Resurrecting this again ... I'm not sure if I'm misinterpreting the hover text or if he was wrong (seems unlikely) ... but this puzzle is unsolvable. If you interpret it is a one section puzzle, you have duplicates (two zeros and two ones). If you interpret it as four sections, then every section i...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Feb 11, 2011 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0817: "Mutual"
Replies: 202
Views: 40603

Re: 0817: "Mutual"

jherico wrote:Looks like someone just finished Quarantine or Distress by Greg Egan.

I'd have thought Permutation City would be a better fit. Though I can see where you're coming from.
by scarletmanuka
Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0796: "Bad Ex"
Replies: 84
Views: 21078

Re: "Bad Ex" Discussion

link3000 wrote:White-Hat Dude: Black-Hat's nemesis? Brother? Both?

Evil twin?
by scarletmanuka
Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0256: "Online Communities"
Replies: 318
Views: 115804

Re: "Online Communities" Discussion

Pfhorrest wrote:If anything Google should be some vast seafaring empire with colonies along the shores of all the different continents

Did you notice the half-dozen areas labelled "Google Information Gathering Outpost"?

Your other points are well taken, however.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0390: "Nightmares"
Replies: 214
Views: 45596

Re: "Nightmares" Discussion

caseysousa wrote:Seriously, I think Randall saw Inception and went crazy with comics. Totally inspired.

Uh, yes, it's entirely plausible that a movie released in 2010 was the inspiration for a comic drawn in Feb 2008. I don't doubt it for a moment.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Aug 11, 2010 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0311: "Action Movies"
Replies: 196
Views: 65375

Re: "Action Movies" Discussion

Max2009 wrote:Now everybody knows I have a sense of humor and too much time on my hands.

However will you live it down?

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