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by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat May 01, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0734: "Outbreak"
Replies: 126
Views: 28706

Re: "Outbreak" Discussion

By any standard by which this joke is taken from SMBC, that joke was taken from the very premise of Shaun of the Dead.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0734: "Outbreak"
Replies: 126
Views: 28706

Re: "Outbreak" Discussion

Such a meet cute... Of course, the predictable climax will be them taking out a prison yard full of zombies created by a hilarious misstep from the zany yet unlikable romantic rival, together in a key-yoot pink helicopter! (I've always thought " Love Actually in the Nakatomi Towers" would...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Apr 26, 2010 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0732: "HDTV"
Replies: 222
Views: 78987

Re: "HDTV" Discussion

Holy crap. Is it really that small? I never really noticed a difference, and if that's the resolution, for a screen that large, I can see why... Well, off to George Takei's great technological marvel. One of these days I'm going to run the math and see how different the errors actually are for 4 vs....
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Apr 21, 2010 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0730: "Circuit Diagram"
Replies: 254
Views: 101058

Re: "Circuit Diagram" Discussion

...I think this one deserves my first "meh."

Just a bunch of half-assed "I've taken circuit design" in-jokes illogically strung together.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Apr 10, 2010 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35783

Re: "Literally" Discussion

Compare: "She literally had a heart attack on the roller coaster." "She had a heart attack on the roller coaster." Language is weird. The second is factual... no emotion. The first would have an emotional tone to it: SHE LITERALLY HAD A HEART ATTACK ON THE ROLLER COASTER!!!!! OM...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Apr 09, 2010 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35783

Re: "Literally" Discussion

How would one use literally "correctly"? I can't seem to think of any example where such usage would not be misunderstood as an intensifier. It's to be misunderstood as an intensifier because it is , in most cases, an intensifier, since the main purpose is to stress that a statement that ...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Apr 09, 2010 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35783

Re: " Literally " Discussion

I'm literally disappointed in literally relatively-non-crazy guy. Literally seriously, it's literally not very hard.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 52612

Re: Numbers

I think having an IQ >= 125 is convenient, just so you can make enough sense of the world to be able to avoid some of the common pitfalls, get a reasonably interesting job and friends, and create a decent life for yourself. But anything >= 140 may lead to thinking too much, being "different&qu...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0715: "Numbers"
Replies: 185
Views: 52612

Re: Numbers

"There are four lights" is one of those moments that I expected hit me harder than anyone else, and then slowly kept finding more and more references to it and realized that other people had picked it out the same way I did; I'd just thought it would be a throwaway midseason episode for mo...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0713: "GeoIP"
Replies: 166
Views: 48925

Re: "GeoIP" Discussion

I didn't see it as an elegantly-phrased rebuttal at all. The idea that female "hysteria" is caused by the influence of those mysterious female-parts on the otherwise rational mind is, thankfully, a very much out-dated one. To point out that, due to cultural reasons, ads like the one parod...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71992

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

This made me laugh: Paul Erdős said about the Collatz conjecture: "Mathematics is not yet ready for such confusing, troubling, and hard problems." He offered $500 for its solution. (Emphasis added) Congratulations, you've just ensured this thread two pages of invalid proofs. (Well, let's ...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 71992

Re: Collatz Conjecture

(Looks at timestamp)...is my computer's clock slow?

This would have been better if the numbers had been purely 1 to some N and incident numbers, although it might not have been as neat looking.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0704: "Principle of Explosion"
Replies: 104
Views: 32542

Re: "Principle of Explosion" Discussion

I don't have anything close to the math expertise to understand the joke here. Can someone translate for the laypeople? It's really pretty simple. If you can come up with a coherent statement, no matter how blatantly false, in a formal discourse, you can prove it, rigorously, by starting from any c...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Feb 03, 2010 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0697: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength"
Replies: 136
Views: 37956

Re: "Tensile vs. Shear Strength" Discussion

And thus they begin again.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 78648

Re: Strip Games Discussion

Siguy wrote:I was looking up Conway's Game of Life literally just a couple minutes ago.


This is only valid if you were imagining some college kids/developmentally arrested twenty-somethings/mid-life-crisis-victims stripping to it.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 78648

Re: Strip Games Discussion

http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=9457 Win. I thought that was inspired by a QC strip, although I don't remember exactly what happened, just that someone made a comment that it would be hard to...um...something. Play? Understand? Remain clothed throughout? I don't know. I don't care e...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 78648

"Strip Games" Discussion

Behold my apathetic merging skills: The following 20 posts or so will not make much sense, but whatevs ~~Falstaff Nice QC ref. All right folks, who's gonna be the one to start strip Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma? How about me, Western Mass. (42, -72) geohash, next Saturday at four? EDIT: DAMMIT. I th...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 34235

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

Necandum wrote:I actually heard somebody claim that the first Apollo landing was a fake, but that every other moonlanding wasn't.


Buzz would punch that guy with only one knuckle.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104172

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

I registered on this forum, a somewhat laborious process, simply so I could say that this comic might be the worst xkcd comic ever. And it has some competition. Remember, folks, our anti-fans come from the group of people who consider registering on a standard phpbb forum to be "a somewhat lab...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104172

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

All right, clearly in panel 3 of the mini-comic in panel 3 there's another comic...and you can make it out well enough in that mini-comic...but what's in that mini-comic? We're getting close to the resolution, so is it just an approximation? It looks like kind of a grey smudge... two hundred and for...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Jan 13, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104172

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

Edit: I was ninja'd, feel free to skip this post Wait, isn't the middle one impossible? Because to show the amount of ink that were in the first two, you would have to add more ink. Adding more ink would cause you to have to add even more ink to the #2 comic, therefore increasing the size of the ba...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jan 11, 2010 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64138

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

This bugs me because when I tutor people in fizzix I tell them that if the units cancel then the equation is always going to be correct. :) I guess it'll still work in Phys 1 & 2 homework problems. I don't know, even in Physics 1 & 2 that led me to be off by factors of 2 and/or pi pretty of...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64138

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

Of course, he really ought to be using SI units anyway.

(137th post!)

Although there is one minor problem, in that most countries measure fuel economy in volume per unit distance (i.e. L/100km), not the other way around. So it should be on the denominator.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Dec 28, 2009 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0680: "December 25th"
Replies: 148
Views: 25576

Re: "December 25th" Discussion

You know, reading this little crazy-off, I can't resist posting this.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Dec 21, 2009 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0678: "Researcher Translation"
Replies: 74
Views: 19911

Re: "Researcher Translation" Discussion

It only works when the researcher's wild, informed speculation happens to meet the businessman's haphazard, uninformed speculation. Then - miracles!

Or EPIC FAIL. More often that. But occasionally - miracles!
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0676: "Abstraction"
Replies: 88
Views: 21314

Re: "Abstraction" Discussion

Okay, my turn...you. Randall. Head. Out. Now. Seriously, ever since the QC "wireless internet" strip, I've been thinking about the physical principles of all the things around us...waves, everywhere I could go, right now, containing access info that could get me roughly anywhere in the wor...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0671: "Stephen and Me"
Replies: 84
Views: 16736

Re: "Stephen and Me" Discussion

Also, there is margarine in the UK. They just don't call it that.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 48297

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

TheHand wrote:They should make a skifree movie.

Lord knows they've made scripts out of less.


Look on in horror.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Tue Dec 01, 2009 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0669: "Experiment"
Replies: 99
Views: 26465

Re: "Experiment" Discussion

I have to ask, why won't pressurised bodies with a relatively thin skin (like a plant/human) explode in a vacuum? Our bodies are really only fit for a pressure of 1atm (101.325 kPa). I was sure this pressure differential across the surface of our body would be sufficient to cause capillary and cell...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 30, 2009 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0669: "Experiment"
Replies: 99
Views: 26465

Re: "Experiment" Discussion

All right, I've defended some of the others, but this one is going to be 100% lost on anyone who hasn't taken Physics I. And we love you for it. Also, good to see those crazy kids have found some common ground! ...actually, common ground involving murder has already been found, hasn't it? But this o...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 48297

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

XerxesQados wrote:It's legal in Randall's home state of Massachusetts, and they don't have a residency requirement.


...wellll...um...it depends.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 48297

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

1800yolk wrote:Randall I wish gay marriage were legal because I LOVE YOU MAN


Pop quiz: where does Randall live?
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47274

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

I've got to say, though, now that I think about it, I strongly doubt that the NP problem is undecidable, because that would imply that it would be impossible to find a fast solution to the satisfiability problem (since that would decide it), which would imply P != NP (which would decide it). I can't...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0179: "E to the Pi times I"
Replies: 161
Views: 55038

Re: "e to pi times i" Discussion

Well, real numbers are complex numbers. There's nothing less "real" about the number you get from a complex formula. In fact, complex formulas that cancel are the backbone of a lot of physics.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0666: "Silent Hammer"
Replies: 113
Views: 26666

Re: "Silent Hammer" Discussion

You know he's gotten used to Black Hat Guy when his reaction to a silent hammer is "nice prank, I guess."
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sun Nov 22, 2009 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0665: "Prudence"
Replies: 123
Views: 37581

Re: "Prudence" Discussion

You're just wrong, here, Frankie. What you're bringing up is an excuse, nothing more. As an Athiest-Jewish third grader I figured it out-and hated CS Lewis ever after. If someone who knows a lot about a certain subject says he's not writing about this aforementioned "certain subject" (or ...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47274

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

I'd guess it's the sum of the falling powers of all the axioms and definitions in your system. (e.g., if there were 100 in all, 100 + 9900 + 98*9900 + ... + 100!)
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47274

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Why is that? What would it allow us to do? Well, if nothing else, those other five Millennium Prize Problems would just fall into place, because we'd be able to prove or disprove theorems by computer. (Also, somehow I got it in my head that "linear time" rather unintuitively meant "c...
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0665: "Prudence"
Replies: 123
Views: 37581

Re: "Prudence" Discussion

So your Prudence is in the closet?

Pfft. Been done.

By SMBC.
by SocialSceneRepairman
Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47274

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Oh. Hmm. Well, going from this line in the Wikipedia entry "In a 2002 poll of 100 researchers, 61 believed the answer is no, 9 believed the answer is yes, 22 were unsure, and 8 believed the question may be independent of the currently accepted axioms, and so impossible to prove or disprove&quo...

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