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by scarletmanuka
Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 28178

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

bigjeff5 wrote:I lol'd.

I lol'd more at "Note how the numbers go up in numerical order. This is why we have the numbers. So we can order them. Numerically."
by scarletmanuka
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 28178

Re: 0943 Emperical

I'm also curious. Why did you create a new thread instead of posting in the existing one? Why didn't you get the thread title format right? Why couldn't you even spell the name of the comic correctly?
by scarletmanuka
Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 86132

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

Anyone else notice that Opera actually downloads torrents now? Seriously, with the prolonged stability, the multi-tab loading start times, the torrenting feature Opera has built in, and whatever this "Unite" webserver thing is, (Not to mention how well it handles CSS most of the time) sho...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0946: “Family Decals”
Replies: 195
Views: 87618

Re: 0946: “Family Decals”

They're fairly common in Australia. I find them weird. They sometimes include pets. What if it dies? Or the parents split up? Where do you get them? One moment there were none, the next they were all over everyone's cars. I've never seen them in shops. Was there a memo or something that was sent ou...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Sep 02, 2011 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321625

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Just out of interest, what would be the strength of a password made of four random Latin words? The same as for English words, assuming a similarly sized word list. Once again - the strength is determined by assuming that the attacker knows the system you are using to choose your password . So for ...
by scarletmanuka
Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27824

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

The posit of a hurricane at every point on Earth is impossible. You'd need at *least* two. You're completely misunderstanding the posit. Not that the posit is any more possible. :) The posit is not a single hurricane covering all the earth's surface (otherwise there'd be no name shortage), but for ...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27824

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

We already solved this problem! http://www.xkcd.com/936/ If we have 1000 hurricanes per second, we don't double up on Hurricane CorrectHorseBatteryStaple for 550 years. Also, if we start having 1000 hurricanes per second, I don't want to live on this planet anymore. Of course, that assumes that som...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0898: "Chain of Command"
Replies: 73
Views: 20716

Re: 0898: "Chain of Command"

jaycee wrote:There's four launch switches (one of which requires a key to turn) so you'd need four arms to send a launch command by yourself.

Or a trained octopus.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27824

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

By my reason, a (theoretical) hurricane at every point on the earth's surface would be total calm: We can define the strength of a hurricane by the circulation at the eye wall. An ideal hurricane, a pure spinning storm, has calm at its centre. For any hurricane in such a system, every point at the ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0944: "Hurricane Names"
Replies: 101
Views: 27824

Re: 0944: "Hurricane Names"

If hurricanes are becoming THAT common, maybe they should just be assigned serial numbers unless they do enough damage/become big enough to become noteworthy. According to the comic's {alt|title} text, they tried that. It worked until an uncountably infinite number of hurricanes appeared... Wouldn'...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 28178

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

Hello Scarlet Manuka *waves* Hi espy! *waves back* Are we going to do a joee/glasnt kind of thing now? I read it as you have just got engaged... What is with all the people assuming that this particular comic must somehow be the latest news bulletin from Randall's life? It's certainly not the first...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Aug 26, 2011 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0943: "Empirical"
Replies: 80
Views: 28178

Re: 0943: "Empirical"

But how are you going to repeat the experiment, for verifiability? I mean, it could have just been an outlier.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Aug 24, 2011 5:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0942: "Juggling"
Replies: 63
Views: 23128

Re: 0942: "Juggling"

Perhaps he needs to get his boomerang out to try to knock them down. I'm sure this couldn't have any unintended side effects.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321625

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Yeah, someone has already mentioned in this thread how easy it would be to set up a "free password generation" website and then store all the passwords to hack people's accounts at random. I'm sure I must have read that, but with several hundred posts on this thread it's easy to forget wh...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0940: "Oversight"
Replies: 103
Views: 43611

Re: 0940: "Oversight"

Gigano wrote:I really like the subtle reference to the Joni Mitchell song, "Both sides now".

Pity you posted in the wrong thread, then.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0184: "Matrix Transformation"
Replies: 50
Views: 22348

Re: 0184: "Matrix Transformation"

Kallikanzarid wrote:I'm not sure if it was already mentioned, but shouldn't this matrix rotate counterclockwise?

No.
by scarletmanuka
Tue Aug 23, 2011 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46923

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

Why, in this discussion of grammar, has nobody yet linked to the appropriate xkcd strip?
by scarletmanuka
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 321625

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

My standard disclaimer about the strength of passwords is that no matter how strong it may be algorithmically, a password is immediately weak once it's used as an example of a strong password. For instance, this one . MY bank introduced stricter passwords, and I cried fowl - now I have to write dow...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37243

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

MarkGyver wrote:Maybe I should switch to Opera to avoid using a default browser, but then I run into the problem of it being the default non-default browser.

Opera Mini appears to be the default browser of choice on many mobile devices.
by scarletmanuka
Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0140: "Delicious"
Replies: 53
Views: 24027

Re: 0140: "Delicious"

I don't get how it is a copyright infringement, since the comic it is based on is not a chart, and since I gave the credit to xkcd. Randall's copyright on the original comic entitles him to control any derived works. You acknowledge that your shirt design is based on his comic, so it is a derived w...
by scarletmanuka
Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 26272

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

Maybe that was supposed to be in the "3D Printer" thread?
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 44408

Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

also, did the forum link disappear from xkcd.com? Yes, a few days ago. I wonder why. Did you know that "Individual XKCD Comic Threads" is not the only part of the forums? A short sojourn into "Site/Forum Issues" might very well prove enlightening, particularly such threads as &q...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0920: "Youtube Parties"
Replies: 45
Views: 15105

Re: 0920: "Youtube Parties"

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:Wait, musical Tesla coils?

Yes. They are quite popular.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jun 22, 2011 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0353: "Python"
Replies: 241
Views: 57167

Re: 0353: "Python"

I can understand not wading through six pages of years-old discussions, but reading the last page, at least... It's not that hard, is it? Have you tried reading the last page of this thread? Yes, it has a few people discovering the antigravity module, but 95% of the content is programming minutiae ...
by scarletmanuka
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21954

Re: 0913: "Core"

Well no, the deepest hole ever dug, my initial google query, turned out to be the kola superdeep borehole which is a mere 12 kilometers deep. Thats not even a tenth of a percent of the radius of the earth! Actually, the radius of the earth is roughly 6,400 km, so 12 km is well over 0.1% of the radi...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21954

Re: 0913: "Core"

After reading the title I was hoping the comic would be about that documentary they made a few years back where scientists traveled to the core of the Earth. Something like this one , you mean? Reading about the Earth's interior leads to mentioning the Mohorovičić discontinuity , which always remin...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0908: "The Cloud"
Replies: 69
Views: 24698

Re: 0908: "The Cloud"

Exactly what happens when you try to zip a .zip file? I'm scared to try. It gets bigger. Not always. I recall an example - I can't seem to find it now - of a layered .zip that someone had created which was a ridiculous size uncompressed (a dummy file, all 0s or something - and by "ridiculous s...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jun 08, 2011 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0908: "The Cloud"
Replies: 69
Views: 24698

Re: 0908: "The Cloud"

Rereading the comic, I was reminded of this quote from Greg Egan's novel Permutation City : "Do you know what it is that I'm offering my backers? The ones who've been funding your work?" "A sanctuary. A privately owned computer somewhere." "That's almost true. Depending on w...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176484

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

what's important is what gets made law and why, not who writes or enforces it. I don't want to jump into the main points of this discussion. But if you think that what gets made law is important but who enforces it is not, you are mistaken.The net effect of any law is a composition of what is made ...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 30238

Re: 904: "Sports"

I wasn't going to do it. But in the end I had to.

acablue wrote:People are more competent at sorting out fact from bullshit than we give them credit for.

[citation needed]
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104279

Re: 0688: "Self-Description"

Not really, because a circle inscribed in a square cannot get arbitrarily close to the area of the square. So you're missing the case where R is between \frac{\pi}{4} and 1. Yeah that's true, but at that point I was suggesting that you release the requirement that your pie be circular. I didn't rea...
by scarletmanuka
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"
Replies: 69
Views: 16787

Re: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"

mowdownjoe wrote:Weird... AdBlock only blocks the comic on page 1 of this topic. Not on the main page.

I would guess - I haven't checked - that the main page image has been renamed, as happened for another comic with "advertising" in the image name.
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39972

Re: 891: Movie Ages

For me, the biggest "man is time flying!" moment was seeing my cousin's daughter a couple months ago. She was the flower girl at my wedding, a very shy little 5 year old. Now she's a *very* "goth" teenager. Yeah, that'll do it. At our wedding, the flower girls were 2 1/2 and 3. ...
by scarletmanuka
Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104279

Re: 0688: "Self-Description"

Not really, because a circle inscribed in a square cannot get arbitrarily close to the area of the square. So you're missing the case where R is between [imath]\frac{\pi}{4}[/imath] and 1.
by scarletmanuka
Wed May 25, 2011 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 187174

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Canadian Human Rights Commission free speech controversy > Canadian Human Rights Act > Statute > Legislature > Deliberative assembly > Organization > Corporation > State (polity) > Social sciences > Umbrella term > Subset > Mathematics > ... Three Star Club > Nepal > Sovereign state > Sovereignty > ...
by scarletmanuka
Wed May 25, 2011 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"
Replies: 406
Views: 119064

Re: 0505: "A Bunch of Rocks"

Yes, he could arguably make the system more efficient.

But to what end? What difference would it ultimately make, other than forcing him to come up with new ways to pass the time more frequently?
by scarletmanuka
Wed May 25, 2011 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0695: "Spirit"
Replies: 337
Views: 222293

Re: 0695: "Spirit"

Farewell, Spirit.

You were a Really Useful Engine good rover.
by scarletmanuka
Tue May 24, 2011 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0900: "Religions"
Replies: 178
Views: 39609

Re: 0900: "Religions"

niky wrote:Whenever I hear the phrase: "May the Force be with you" in a movie house, I have to stifle the urge to shout out: "And also with you... AMEN!"

Win.
by scarletmanuka
Tue May 24, 2011 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 31109

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

http://www.google.com/search?q=%22save+up+to%22+%22or+more%22
You'll see quite a few applicable results, sadly.

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