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by scarletmanuka
Tue Dec 13, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65867

Re: 988: "Tradition"

On the whole, the history of music so far can be divided into two eras: the period leading up to 1750, when the overall level of quality of the music being written was getting better, and the time since 1750, when the overall level of quality of the music being written has been steadily getting wor...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25649

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

Actually, the situation in the comic doesn't bother me that much. What does annoy me is when journalists go off into a long report about why someone's popularity has gone down, when the changes are less than the margin of error in the poll.
by scarletmanuka
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20939

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

"Roommate in Raid" First thought -> What level RAID? Nice to know I wasn't the only one. Took me a while to re-parse it. Around here, while the university I went to has a small amount of housing, and there's some shared rental housing in the nearby suburbs, most students just commute. The...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0982: "Set Theory"
Replies: 55
Views: 15237

Re: 0982: "Set Theory"

LogicalMostly wrote:I'm obviously going to have to rethink my lesson plan. Profoundly.
I'm pretty sure I can't get the chipper-shredder into the classroom.

The occasional lesson outdoors is always nice. As long as you're not the one standing next to the chipper-shredder.
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 28, 2011 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88658

Re: 0806: "Tech Support"

scarletmanuka wrote:Who runs XP? About 35% of users, and the given instructions are also applicable for Windows Vista and 7, bringing the total up to around 78% of users.

tmesis wrote:35% is not a majority. By a long way.

78% is a majority. By a long way.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88634

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Several days ago my co-worker asked me for help with an error he could just not fix. After trying a few solutions he didn't think of we relented and Googled it. The only result was a forum post from 2002 with the same error. There was a single reply that made my co almost break down in tears "...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 25, 2011 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0806: "Tech Support"
Replies: 223
Views: 88658

Re: 0806: "Tech Support"

I realise this comic's over a year old but I'm experiencing this problem at the minute and have just had the BEST tech support reply. I'm absolutely dumbfounded by its irrelevance. My issue is that there's a fault on the line somewhere between my house and my ISP. And you determined this how? Users...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88634

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

It's even worse when you're running localized software and all the error messages are in Norwegian. How the fsck are you supposed to google that and find a decent answer? Google Translate? - getting hits to that silly "expert s-ex change" site, which is not helpful anyway; Used to be you ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 139712

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Capt. Jon wrote:Now people have explored projections i reckon it is time to post some of Layla Curtis' work:

Awesome. I imagine using a map like that as reference material would make history very confusing. :D
by scarletmanuka
Mon Nov 21, 2011 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 45175

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

steve waterman wrote:... assorted physics-like gibberish...

Mr Waterman, I believe you should stick to cartography.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0606: "Cutting Edge"
Replies: 187
Views: 68348

Re: 0606: "Cutting Edge"

18 November 2011, and I've just bought a copy of Portal. (No, not Portal 2.) I didn't really want the rest of the Orange Box, so I didn't want to pay $50 for it. I saw Portal on its own for $20 a couple of months ago, but when I came back a week later to buy it it had gone. I saw it again today for ...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 88634

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

Had this problem plenty of times myself. But last time I had a mysterious error cropping up that I had to track down, I actually found helpful links which gave me the solution. I was glad. Oh, and my favorite kind of forum post dating is the "March 13" type (even if it's clear the thread m...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 18, 2011 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 62338

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

rhomboidal wrote:I can just see Steven Chu's updated CV, listing in increasing order of importance: Secretary of Energy, Nobel Prize winner in Physics, and Existence Cited in an xkcd Strip.

And Inventor of the Scroll Lock Key! :D
by scarletmanuka
Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25443

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

kkn wrote:I have a question! Is http://xkcd.com/766/ WHG or BHG?
The behaviour seems more in keeping with BHG.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0973: "MTV Generation"
Replies: 101
Views: 25443

Re: 0973: "MTV Generation"

"There are three 2s in the English language." ...Huh? The words "to", "too" and "two", which have a common pronunciation - thus making, as Elirra said, a sentence that makes sense when you say it but not when you write it. One of Asimov's Black Widower storie...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0972: "November"
Replies: 131
Views: 57142

Re: 0972: "November"

In the spirit of Tongue Awareness Month, I'm posting this.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0310: "Commitment"
Replies: 119
Views: 33011

Re: 0310: "Commitment"

That's a heck of a de-lurk there, Yaranna.

Sounds like you've wound up where you need to be, even if the two of you seem to have picked the longest and hardest way to get there. So congratulations, and I hope it works out well for you.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39120

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

webgrunt wrote:I'm not sure what you mean by a homeopathic doctor. I know of no such thing.

Well, you take a normal doctor, put him or her in a tank with 7,000 L of water, shake it up....
by scarletmanuka
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29821

Re: 0967: Prairie

So a grain combine (ie, grain harvester) merely collapses the wave function of the (grain) field so that it is observed as particles of grain, instead of waves of grain? And so the particles of grain subsequently enter a particle smasher to be broken into sub-grain particles, which reassemble into ...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Nov 02, 2011 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 42261

Re: 970: The Important Field

Seriously, does nobody in here type moderately fast? My email address is 21 character's long and I can type it, tab, and type it again, faster than I can type it, highlight it with my mouse, Ctrl+C, click the other box, Ctrl+P , then click the next box. See, there's where you're going wrong. Of cou...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 41024

Re: 0965: "Elements"

Sir_Read-a-Lot wrote:The number of states of matter has gone far beyond five, and is now approaching absurd.

I can't find "absurd" on the Number Line. Is it somewhere in the unexplored region?
by scarletmanuka
Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29821

Re: 0967: Prairie

What I have never really understood in discussions about the wave/particle duality is why it is valid to treat a macroscopic object (say, a baseball) as a single "particle" when clearly it is composed of many tiny particles. So how can we speak about "the wave corresponding to the ba...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27784

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

But we were talking about a real system here. At the very extreme, the number of hurricanes could not exceed the number of atoms in the atmosphere; or maybe more properly, the number of atoms that exist at the "surface" of the Earth. Whichever, the number might never be counted , but it i...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Oct 03, 2011 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0959: "Caroling"
Replies: 69
Views: 28618

Re: 0959: "Caroling"

See, to my mind this is much funnier than "Chin-Up Bar". Especially with the title text. :) I'm just glad it isn't the actual carolling season yet, so this has some time to fade in my mind before I start hearing the song around the place. I do wonder, though, what BHG would do to other Chr...
by scarletmanuka
Sat Oct 01, 2011 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32593

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

hawkinsssable wrote:
chernobyl wrote:SMBC did a comic on that yesterday, now xkcd.

Anybody else think that comic would have been even better if they had cut out the last panel?

But then the extra panel on the vote button wouldn't make any sense.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32593

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Alternate alt-text: "Rating: 1/5. Room filled to brim with bedbugs, and when front desk clerk opened mouth to talk, semen poured out." Maybe I'm just tired, but this post and the one after it made me laugh so hard my eyes watered. What's the acronym for that? Ah - that would be TPATOAIMML...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32593

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

chernobyl wrote:It's quite interesting how modern economics theory relies, mostly, on the assumption that everyone's a dick.

I think it's because the assumption has been pretty well validated historically.
by scarletmanuka
Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0958: "Hotels"
Replies: 107
Views: 32593

Re: 0958: "Hotels"

Zunesis!!!! Get out of Randall's head!!!! Isn't this the wrong forum for that? Is the title text a reference that I should probably be grateful for not knowing, or is it just random? I do like the line: "That's not even the tragedy of the commons anymore. That's the tragedy of you're a dick.&q...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Sep 29, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0957: "Development"
Replies: 87
Views: 24613

Re: 0957: "Development"

In a rare turn of events, I find myself obligated to agree with SirMustapha's posts, which I found to be entirely reasonable and accurate. But really, is it so hard to understand the joke just because it's not about computers and maths and physics? Geez, I only had the slightest knowledge of who Pia...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Sep 28, 2011 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0956: "Sharing"
Replies: 82
Views: 26716

Re: 0956: "Sharing"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/sleet.png This is from, what? Three years ago? Not sure what your point is here. That one seemed to be to be a clear case of self-mockery, given all the other DRM comics over the years... Digital Rights Management Content Protection Steal This Comic Music DRM (another on...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36876

Re: 0951: "Working"

Ephemeron wrote:I hate JSMath too. It's like my browser has crashed or something.

The advice here may help.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 37298

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

I'm confused. Ignoring the question of which base we're talking about - it doesn't really matter - either you mean 1/10, in which case it's not between 1 and 10 and is not a valid response for a question that asks "On a scale from 1 to 10", or you just mean 1, in which case you should just...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32729

Re: 0948 - "AI"

To clarify, a question for scarlet: You are conceding that this kind of pre-calculated winning strategy would take less space than storing every single possible game (because you discard, at each of your turns, all the games which follow from moves that would end in failure), but saying that even t...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 37298

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

Sir Emeth wrote:I might be wrong, but wouldn't 1/10 be a valid answer in all possible bases, given that she used those two numbers in her riddle?

"On a scale of 1 to 10" implies that the answer must be between 1 and 10.
by scarletmanuka
Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186913

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

I don't understand. I've tried it on many words you people say it loops back, and it always gets to philosophy, I believe half of you aren't following exactly what the alt-text says. Quite possible, but not necessarily so. As was mentioned several times in the thread, there is one group of moronic ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32729

Re: 0948 - "AI"

I'm curious about the computational requirements thing, though. It may be impossible to compute and store every possible chess game together at the same time and select only the winning games from them, but surely it would be feasible to store the fact that there is a (say) 864-move winning strateg...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Sep 21, 2011 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 37298

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

Also, 1.111 is a pretty good answer to the question. Came here planning to post that. Though I'd have made it recurring, for improved accuracy in the binary case. :) wouldn't 1.111 recurring in binary be 1.999 recurring in decimal? that was what i would have figured anyway. Yes, it would. But what ...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Sep 21, 2011 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32729

Re: 0948 - "AI"

It seems that most people suspect that neither player has a winning strategy - or equivalently that either player can force (at least) a draw. In which case it is like tic-tac-toe, unlike I feared. A perfect defense is possible. Formulating that perfect defense is just computationally prohibitive, ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 37298

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

bitwiseshiftleft wrote:Also, 1.111 is a pretty good answer to the question.

Came here planning to post that. Though I'd have made it recurring, for improved accuracy in the binary case. :)
by scarletmanuka
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32729

Re: 0948 - "AI"

My impression was that there are a limited number of possible games of chess which can ever be played, which is huge by human memory standards but easily managed by a powerful modern computer (unlike, for example, Go, which has such a larger number of games that even computers can't manage them and...

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