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by webgiant
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1181: "PGP"
Replies: 52
Views: 24921

Re: 1181: "PGP"

Hypothetical situation: suppose you're Nigerian and a formerly high-placed government official, and you actually do have a bunch of money stashed away somewhere that you can't get out of the country by yourself. How would you go about extending an offer of partnership to someone who might be able t...
by webgiant
Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1177: "Time Robot"
Replies: 51
Views: 11011

Re: 1177: "Time Robot"

And this robot clearly doesn't respect First Law Maybe it is a Zeroth Law Robot and your son will pee in the wrong lake and wipe out humanity. Is rebirth inevitable too? When, in the infinite future, someone discovers how to re-animate beings from the past, and decides to bring us all back to life?...
by webgiant
Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1176: "Those Not Present"
Replies: 139
Views: 26248

Re: 1176: "Those Not Present"

addams wrote:Do you think Mr. Monroe reads the conversations we have on the forum?

<scoot scoot>
by webgiant
Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1174: "App"
Replies: 56
Views: 17084

Re: 1174: "App"

Ironically, the only way I can get full functionality from XKCD's page on a mobile device is to use the app. Because hovertext and tablets/phones don't mix. ---Dave Try [url]m.xkcd.com[/url] edit: linky edit2: I used the URL button, what gives? http://m.xkcd.com Anyone know of that/an online servic...
by webgiant
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29712

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

One time in 8 years is not such a big deal Just to compare, a quick glance around the room I am in and I saw 3 items equally or slightly more likely (by rough estimation) to cause serious injury equal to a gunshot by accident and 5 objects with roughly half the chance but still cause significant in...
by webgiant
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29712

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

[Europe has gun control]...and has lower number of gun crimes by a country mile As if non-gun crimes of comparable consequences are so much more preferable as to not even enter into the debate. Shot to death? horrible! Beaten to death with bricks? meh, whatever, no concern 'cuz there wasn't a gun i...
by webgiant
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29712

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

I wonder if a large mass of steel hitting the water will stop instantly or will decelerate more gradually than that. I know water is normally incompressible but ... an entire bridge? Maybe some physics buffs could figure out just how fast the bridge would decelerate to zero. In think the force will...
by webgiant
Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29712

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

My first and only comic so far consisted on mamma lemming admonishing her confused lemming boy with "if all your friends jump off a cliff, will you follow them?" Lemmings do not "jump off cliffs". People, on the other hand, do insane stuff in groups. For example, making war, or ...
by webgiant
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36608

Re: 1166: "Argument"

So the trick then is to drop unbuttered toast? Then you just get antigravity toast that refuses to fall at all. Though I suppose that could possibly be put to use in some kind of perpetual motion scheme or another... My hovercraft is full of toast. My toast is full of Lovecraft... it whispers to me...
by webgiant
Tue Feb 12, 2013 1:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1172: "Workflow"
Replies: 57
Views: 22777

Re: 1172: "Workflow"

This is one of the funniest XKCDs I have read in awhile. Partly because part of my job at Fry's is to convince people to not do things like this. I remember trying to convince a guy that putting a window air conditioner in your car was not a good idea. Until then, it never would have occurred to me...
by webgiant
Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:07 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0031: "FedEx Bandwidth"
Replies: 57
Views: 18030

Re: What-If 0031: FedEx Bandwidth

Indeed very interesting numbers, though I also would like some ridiculousness. The Halo bit reminded me of correspondence-chess. Can we consider it the very first form of "online" multiplayer? I wouldn't be surprised if play-by-mail gaming turned out to pre-date chess. I wouldn't be surpr...
by webgiant
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36608

Re: 1166: "Argument"

If you think science is any different, that it doesn't depend on any unproven assumptions like religion does, then feel free to prove to me that "A straight line segment can be drawn joining any two points." (i.e. Euclid's first axiom) Science doesn't depend on untestable assumptions, out...
by webgiant
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29712

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

I think the problem in USA is not the relatively unregulated firearms but the mentality which makes them want to own a gun, which is of course the result of their history and can be hardly change in short order. I think the problem is that this is almost entirely about symbols. Considering the numb...
by webgiant
Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29712

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

I've always wondered why parents think you're more inclined to listen to them then your friends, we relate to them more than most of us ever will to our parents. Most of my friends were reckless, but they'd never jump off a cliff. Which underlines the main point: if they jumped off a cliff anyway, ...
by webgiant
Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1168: "Tar"
Replies: 158
Views: 45064

Re: 1168: Tar

rwald wrote:I immediately thought "tar -xvf my_file_name.tar.gz"; I'm not seeing the challenge, here.

I'm not seeing a challenge either. Maybe the new crop of Unix users aren't using the CLI as much as we did.
by webgiant
Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36608

Re: 1166: "Argument"

When I was at MIT, I would get the occasional random message from some very earnest person detailing a perpetual motion machine idea that would REALLY WORK NO REALLY, if someone would just recognize the BRILLIANCE of it (hence email blasting every single @mit.edu address the person could find). It ...
by webgiant
Tue Jan 29, 2013 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1166: "Argument"
Replies: 177
Views: 36608

Re: 1166: "Argument"

Ooh! Ooh! Can we argue as to whether Randall used the word "ironically" correctly or not? :twisted: Its correct usage. "Irony" implies a reversal. Setting out to end the discussion and getting a perpetual discussion is ironic. Of course, one could also argue that trolling on a p...
by webgiant
Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1157: "Sick Day"
Replies: 27
Views: 7994

Re: 1157: "Sick Day"

RobIrr wrote:I have decided I am not going to go look those up ....

Simple summary: when swimming in a natural body of water in a warm climate (which may soon include the Midwestern United States...), wear a nose clip. And don't ever snort unboiled lake/pond/river/ocean water up your nose. Just don't do it.
by webgiant
Thu Jan 03, 2013 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25336

Re: 1149: Broomstick

I know the common interpretation of the movie is that the bucket Dorothy picked up contained water, and that it dissolved the witch. And she picked it up because the scarecrow was on fire, so Dorothy at least assumed it was water. And, I think I remember it was next to a mop, like it was used for c...
by webgiant
Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1149: Broomstick
Replies: 114
Views: 25336

Re: 1149: Broomstick

It is, of course, a plot point that the slippers cannot be removed. Not only that, but even if the plot point is that the slippers cannot be removed "against her will", we all know that no woman would willingly give up a pair of shoes, so this comic could never happen. In the book, the si...
by webgiant
Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1153: "Proof"
Replies: 64
Views: 18730

Re: 1153: "Proof"

I think that the point of Zeno's paradox is that, prior to having an understanding of Calculus , it is difficult to wrap one's mind around how an infinite series can converge to a finite value. [Emphasis added] Indeed. Even in this day and age It took me until I was around 50 years old to finally u...
by webgiant
Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24218

Re: 1152: "Communion"

I can't figure out how to post a new topic, so this will have to do. A friend of mine has an iPad; is there any way that she can do a "mouseover" on an iPad and see the hidden message? Just touching and holding the screen does not work. No. She has to go to the forums, read the individual...
by webgiant
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:38 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0024: "Model Rockets"
Replies: 44
Views: 18274

Re: What-If 0024: Model Rockets

So if model rocket engines can't manage to stick a rocket into space, how about a boost to get it to the edge of space? I was thinking of a balloon system to get the rocket up most of the way, then fire off the engines while there's still enough atmosphere left to keep the balloons from popping and ...
by webgiant
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19443

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Isn't the observation here that we grossly overuse antibiotics? Particularly in the American (and probably elsewhere) livestock industry where they are routinely used as a growth promoter. I wonder how that works - Maybe if the animal stays healthy most of the time it keeps eating and getting fatte...
by webgiant
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1146: "Honest"
Replies: 98
Views: 25615

Re: 1146: "Honest"

Center Frame. On a T-shirt. Will constantly sell out.

squonk wrote:If you're too honest, people will think you have Asperger's. Or even that you're autistic.


And if you then say "but I know I'm a brilliant programmer", they'll hire you on the spot.
by webgiant
Sat Dec 08, 2012 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Intelligent Design?
Replies: 39
Views: 4032

Re: Intelligent Design?

Intelligent Design was the disguise given to Creationism by the Discovery Institute and co in an attempt to subvert US law and get that in science classrooms. It was exposed and ripped to pieces in 2005 in Kitzmiller vs The Dover School District (depressing fact: a Sociology Professor from my Unive...
by webgiant
Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41102

Re: 1144: Tags

maxmaxmaxmax wrote:anyone noticed randall's been getting a little lazy and uninspired lately? obviously he's entitled, coming up with 3 brilliant webcomics a week is a tall order, but no one's forcing him to continue xkcd. maybe its time for a break...

Shutupshutupshutup!
by webgiant
Wed Nov 28, 2012 1:49 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0022: "Cost of Pennies"
Replies: 101
Views: 28761

Re: What-If 0022: Cost of Pennies

Someone also needs to factor in the missed luck for seeing a penny and not picking it up. Maybe that's the final piece of fortune I need to win the lottery. Can I really take the chance of ignoring it? Actually you need exactly four more pennies to be lucky enough. The problem is that you're going ...
by webgiant
Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1134: "Logic Boat"
Replies: 135
Views: 31329

Re: 1134: "Logic Boat"

I started to read it, and before I continued I reminded myself of the solution, and had the thought "why do you have a wolf? Wouldn't it just run away anyway? Are wolves really useful to farmers?" Not sure why I decided you are a farmer in this puzzle, maybe the first time it was told to ...
by webgiant
Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0019: "Tie Vote"
Replies: 57
Views: 32703

Re: What-If 0019: Tie vote

Fight to the death over absentee ballots Fight to the death over provisional ballots Who would win in a weaponless fight to the death - Obama&Biden or Romney&Ryan? I don't know..... but if they where split up so it was two seperate fights, one Obama v Romney and the other Biden v Ryan, I th...
by webgiant
Wed Nov 07, 2012 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 32656

Re: 1131: "Math"

the media tried to make this crazy hype about the race Media kept talking about how the popular vote was really close. This tipped me off that the actual election was not even close and that they were stretching to find something that was. Bingo. Horse races are NEWS. Horse races in which one of th...
by webgiant
Wed Nov 07, 2012 1:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election
Replies: 1637
Views: 174780

Re: 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

Is there any chance at all that a third party candidate wins this election? I'm not asking how things should be or how they would be if 100 million people had magically woken up this morning and changed their minds on how to vote. I'm asking how things actually are. Yes. 'Very, very, very, very, ve...
by webgiant
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 32697

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

your link is to 16 eh, this one feels phoned in, very little "what if we had more power?", I was thinking maybe, what if green cows had big fins that could fold away at night, how big would the fins have to be to keep cows well fed, and therefore how much extra farmland would be needed to...
by webgiant
Sun Oct 28, 2012 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25465

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

Hubble was American, so cars would be overtaking on the other side anyway. If Hubble was American, then cars would be overtaking on BOTH sides. Even when the road only has your lane and the opposite lane, because there's usually a wide shoulder. Americans are crazy drivers. I speak from personal ex...
by webgiant
Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kripke
Replies: 28
Views: 32526

Re: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kri

Look, I enjoy the show, and even have some hope for it...but I have to admit it has some glaring flaws that irk me. I definitely hate some of the chars, like Charlie, who has no survival instincts whatsoever, and seems to exist solely to be clueless and obnoxious to everyone else. And there's some ...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 20, 2012 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kripke
Replies: 28
Views: 32526

Re: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kri

I gotta wonder if its going to be something dumb like "The Village" where its only North America that's like this or something. It'd be pretty tough to actually communicate around the world without actually sailing to wherever they want to go and considering the anarchy and such I gotta w...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kripke
Replies: 28
Views: 32526

Re: Revolution - show by J. J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, Eric Kri

I think they even mention in the first episode that what happened makes no sense. I recall a line that went something to the affect of "Physics took a field day!" I think that's their excuse for making whatever not work that they want to not work. That's not an excuse, it's just the write...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:37 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I am so sick of forgetting stuff I had once learnt
Replies: 11
Views: 7582

Re: I am so sick of forgetting stuff I had once learnt

Try cross linking. This is a name for something I do to link my memories together. First, find common elements and work on remembering them together. If common elements do not exist, make some. For example, link computer science and physics by writing linear regression software. Linking memories lik...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:29 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Federal income tax on sold textbooks
Replies: 5
Views: 5792

Re: Federal income tax on sold textbooks

In your place I would be reading me some tax code on the IRS web site and not asking a group of people whose expertise tends to lie more in the computer science and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic arena. Taxes can be done by computer science, and clearly you've never seen "My Little Pony G...
by webgiant
Sat Oct 20, 2012 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 49242

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/traffic_lights.gif Alt Text:"There's an intersection I drive through sometimes that has a forward green arrow, a red light, and a 'no turns' sign all on one pole. I honestly have no idea what it's telling me to do." ooooh, an animated gif. Traffic lights aren't...

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