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by scarletmanuka
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0772: "Frogger"
Replies: 64
Views: 25196

Re: "Frogger" Discussion (#772)

Me321 wrote:I wonder how many other games could be made more realistic?

The idea of making Risk more realistic was pretty much abandoned after the 1939-1945 game...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26863

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

I now intend to formulate all my opinions from the double-hearsay of strangers. Anyone out there that wants to phone-a-friend and ask them who I should vote for in the upcoming Australian federal election? I know the political landscape is pretty depressing at the moment. (If you can find a party w...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jul 28, 2010 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56681

Re: "1996" Discussion

Well, I already mentioned a bit about my first computer, but apparently it's detail time now. :lol: It was a Dick Smith VZ-200, which ran off a Z80A chip at 3.85 MHz. It had a text mode with a 32x16 character screen and a 128x64 "high-resolution graphics" mode. In the text mode you could a...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 29379

Re: "All the Girls" 770

HighSpeedFallingObjects wrote:She's like a foot shorter than him.

I'm slightly more than a foot taller than my wife. What's your point? :)

On average, men are a bit taller than women. So why shouldn't Randall draw them that way, especially when a height difference works better for the layout?
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0771: "Period Speech"
Replies: 107
Views: 40567

Re: "Period Speech" discussion (#771)

Reminds me: in The Lord of the Rings , somewhere in there (not sure where it actually mentions this, in an actual chapter or in an appendix) it says that everyone is surprised when Pippin uses "you" when speaking to Lord Denethor, when (in this book) "thou" represents the formal...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0769: "War"
Replies: 100
Views: 30028

Re: "War" discussion (#769)

Anomander wrote:What popped into my head was Cordelia Naismith from Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold. Thats certainely both a war and romance reference at least :-)

I'm glad other people thought of this too. But I agree with the posters who've said that there's no particular reference intended.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 27, 2010 7:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0768: "1996"
Replies: 190
Views: 56681

Re: "1996" Discussion

Some of this stuff makes me remember that computers used to be very basic...an audio board? The only reason I can think of that being there is that I'm guessing older computers DIDN'T HAVE SOUND. That just blows my mind. Even my fucking Amiga had sound. Also, who still used a 386 in the 90s? Honest...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 27, 2010 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0767: "Temper"
Replies: 159
Views: 44546

Re: "Temper" Discussion (#767)

Really, Randall, did you REALLY have to continue your trend with making the alt text more and more obvious? The alt text for this comic EXPLAINS THE JOKE IN THE PANEL What the fuck? Please bear in mind that not everybody is in the USA. Those of us overseas, who've heard occasional references to the...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0311: "Action Movies"
Replies: 196
Views: 65424

Re: "Action Movies" Discussion

Litof wrote:did someone from the fora make the video?

The references to "a Stickman Figure film" and "www.xkcd.com/311" could have been from any reader, but "echochamber productions" has to be from the fora. And yes, I expect it was Max2009 who made it.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 27, 2010 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0766: "Green Flash"
Replies: 82
Views: 24821

Re: "Green Flash" Discussion

jacog wrote:If Nikola Tesla had built it, it would not need wheels, would go twice around the planet on a single charge, and come equipped with a particle cannon to vaporise offensive motorists.

Ooooh. I want one of those.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jul 14, 2010 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73954

Re: Self-Referential 1 2 many sentences

Self-referential ``this sentence has'' sentences in one, two, many, exhaustive list - there are no others: Not true, in fact. Consider the optional components: one b / f / g / j / k / l / p / q / r / u / v / x / z There are 13 of these, so there are (at least) 2^13 = 8192 possible sentences. Your l...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73954

Re: " One Two" Discussion

I feel that Randall is deliberately trolling the forums with the title text.

As a Pratchett fan, of course, I was disappointed that it wasn't "One, two, three, many". And I agree with CorruptUser that "Lots" should have made an appearance somewhere. :D
by scarletmanuka
Thu Jul 08, 2010 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0759: "3x9"
Replies: 135
Views: 42604

Re: "3x9" Discussion (#759)

When I was an honours / postgrad mathematics student, I used to run some tutorials for first-year students. I always checked line by line and made sure they didn't try anything like this. And yes, I checked carefully across page boundaries too. :) If there seemed to be an unsupported jump in the log...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0761: "DFS"
Replies: 77
Views: 20169

Re: "DFS" Discussion

SirMustapha, I don't really see how you can justify making this comment: "I'm here to pick you up. You're not dressed?"... WHO TALKS LIKE THAT? That's not "quirkiness"; that's just bad writing. in the very same post that you also write this: What do you mean, "everyone talks...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0760: "Moria"
Replies: 113
Views: 26490

Re: "Moria" Discussion

You want a boast? Last time I read the books, I did it in a month. That's 48 times faster than the average person. There's a boast. And no, it wasn't accomplished by sitting at home reading all day either. It took you a month? I re-read them recently: The Hobbit, LotR, and The Silmarillion (actuall...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 25, 2010 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0758: "Raptor Fences"
Replies: 72
Views: 16355

Re: "Raptor Fences" discussion (#758)

What came to mind for me in this comic was that in the book, Hammond raised venture capital by, among other things, demonstrating an extreme dwarf elephant to potential investors.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 31050

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

Maybe the other student just meant "No, I don't care if you see my horse porn collection".
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0009: "Serenity is Coming Out Tomorrow"
Replies: 24
Views: 10932

Re: "Serenity is coming out tomorrow" discussion (#9)

To be fair, the first time I came across this strip I hadn't even heard of Firefly and I assumed that the names mentioned were just some of Randall's friends or something.

LucasBrown: This.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0010: "Pi Equals"
Replies: 11
Views: 6188

Re: "Pi Equals" discussion (#10)

Well, they had to include all the introductory mathematics, physics, grammar etc so that the following string could be translated. I think they actually did pretty well getting all of that into less than 14 million digits.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0011: "Barrel - Part 2"
Replies: 2
Views: 1995

Re: "Barrel - Part 2" discussion (#11)

I think you're missing the point of the comic.

Also, it's not necessary to create a thread for every single comic if you don't have anything substantial to say.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0003: "Island (Sketch)"
Replies: 2
Views: 1403

Re: "Island (sketch)" discussion (#3)

A web search reveals that the painter was in fact Georges Seurat.

Here is a copy on the web.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0756: "Public Opinion"
Replies: 93
Views: 26863

Re: "Public Opinion" discussion (#756)

Recently we had a commercial for the "7PM Project" in Australia, saying "This laptop is waterproof, indestructable, solar powered and free. And we'll show you how YOU can get one." If you watched the actual show, you'd find out that the government was giving them to poor Aborigi...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0748: "Worst-Case Scenario"
Replies: 92
Views: 26168

Re: "Worst-Case Scenario" discussion (#748)

Surey any real worst-case scenario must include these elements?
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0754: "Dependencies"
Replies: 76
Views: 26019

Re: "Dependencies" discussion(#754)

deadline wrote:Can anyone make out what the cut-off course listing at the bottom of the image reads?

I'm pretty sure it's "Advanced Compiler Design".

I agree, it does appear that Phil 101 is a prerequisite; this makes me wonder just how advanced the compiler will be...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jun 22, 2010 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0723: "Seismic Waves"
Replies: 94
Views: 27579

Re: "Seismic Waves" Discussion

Now if all those Wii boxes that sit around could be hooked up to a earthquake system and the play and start of play noise filtered out, then you would have a serious world class earthquake detection system. Otter The remotes have rumble motors built into them already; it must be destiny. For the ad...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0752: "Phobia"
Replies: 90
Views: 26006

Re: "Phobia" discussion (#752)

ysth wrote:I'm probably the only one who thought of The Vortex Blaster

Wrong comic. This guy is the Vortex Blaster. (A few other people have linked to that comic, but none yet in reference to your post.)
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jun 15, 2010 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0750: "Book Burning"
Replies: 121
Views: 28135

Re: "Book Burning" discussion

I've been thinking about this for a long time as well ( book and record burning, that is. Not necessarily kindle burning). By burning media, you are supporting that media in one way or another. Even if you buy it used, you are still supporting the sale of whatever it is you deem "heresy" ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon May 31, 2010 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0746: "Birth"
Replies: 68
Views: 24874

Re: "Birth" Discussion

For those people wondering how the gun got in there, I'm pretty sure this comic is the end result of this one.
by scarletmanuka
Mon May 31, 2010 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0385: "How It Works"
Replies: 830
Views: 153750

Re: "How It Works" Discussion

Passerby25 wrote:Now, umm, I'm sure someone else has pointed this out, but why does it say in the mousover text that it is pi + C, when the answer is, as far as I can tell, (x^3)/3 +C?

It's a joke, indicating that the person on the left also sucks at math.
by scarletmanuka
Fri May 28, 2010 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0745: "Dyslexics"
Replies: 143
Views: 49228

Re: "Dyslexics" Discussion

This reminds me of a great interview question to test whether somebody *really* knows MS Excel well. "What happens when you use the tilde in a lookup key for a vlookup or hlookup?". Of those people who list "proficient in Excel" on their resumes, 90% of their heads will explode ...
by scarletmanuka
Fri May 28, 2010 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 64703

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

My complaint isn't a single one, but rather the ten million things that Microsoft Office does which are not what I told it to do. I do not like it when a programmer thinks it's funny to be deliberately obstinate. Someone else a few posts up gave another excellent example; the fact that Microsoft Of...
by scarletmanuka
Fri May 14, 2010 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0740: "The Tell-Tale Beat"
Replies: 115
Views: 33708

Re: "The Tell-Tale Beat" Discussion

Color me confused...the Fall of the House of Usher is part of Tales of Mystery and Imagination...by the Alan Parsons Project. No Roderick or Daft Punk involved at all. I hope you're trolling and that you just got me. But in case you're not, the main comic is a reference to Edgar Allan Poe's story &...
by scarletmanuka
Fri May 07, 2010 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0055: "Useless"
Replies: 74
Views: 40759

Re: "Useless" Discussion

xyko wrote:Kinda... nope. [imath]cos \left( Love \right) = sin \left( Love - \frac{\pi}{2} \right)[/imath].


Another fail; you're out by a minus sign. [imath]cos \left(x\right) = sin \left(\frac{\pi}{2}-x\right)= -sin \left(x-\frac{\pi}{2}\right).[/imath]
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 101143

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

-.Mateo.- wrote:
HighSpeedFallingObjects wrote:
Doodle77 wrote:Anyone who gets the arena joke is definitely a nerd.

Someone fill me in.

Tron. Or at least that's what I got.

No. It may help to note that there are two diodes allowing current to go into the arena, but only one allowing it to leave.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0727: "Trade Expert"
Replies: 172
Views: 45838

Re: “Trade Expert” discussion

This reminded me of the old joke: How do you get to OJ Simpson's website? Slash, slash, backslash, escape. It always bugged me that wouldn't ever work in any web browser. I hadn't heard that variant before; the one which circulated to me at the time was simply http://////. I have seen people mentio...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Apr 12, 2010 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35835

Re: "Literally" Discussion

My hobby; Using the other definition of "literally" (of or related to writing) to trap (fellow) grammar-nazis. Wouldn't that be "literarily"? Granted, the OED definition quoted above did include this meaning, but it was marked as obsolete. Anyway, I should think plenty of entert...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0724: "Hell"
Replies: 184
Views: 75691

Re: "Hell" Discussion

Ghosts 'n Goblins From Wiki: The player can only be hit twice before losing a life. Not strictly true. If you have been hit once (and therefore have no armour), in certain spots you can get another suit of armour if you know what to do (usually jumping through a particular piece of air). You also g...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's wrong with this proof? (Complex Analysis)
Replies: 12
Views: 2294

Re: What's wrong with this proof? (Complex Analysis)

Sorry phlip; I think you have forgotten that dz is not the same as dt. MattHomes, I'm not sure about this step in your proof: (z-a)^n does not equal 0 for all z belonging to G. Thus f is analytic in the region enclosed by Y This is fine if G is convex, but if G is not convex then a may be in the reg...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 07, 2010 8:24 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Probability Question
Replies: 7
Views: 903

Re: Probability Question

I had a precal 40S test the other day, and i lost marks on this particular question: A 7 card hand is dealt from a standard deck of 52 cards. What is the probability that the hand will contain 5 black cards and 2 red cards? Now, the answer for the test was (26 nCr 5)(26 nCr 2) all divided by (52 nC...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Apr 07, 2010 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 72026

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

I think the point you are missing is that although there are infinitely many entry points to this loop, that doesn't mean that all numbers will reach the loop. You can take infinitely many numbers out of the pile and still have infinitely many left.

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