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by Alltat
Wed Mar 05, 2014 7:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1338: "Land Mammals"
Replies: 168
Views: 56924

Re: 1338: "Land Mammals"

Steve the Pocket wrote:I don't understand the decision to break the unlabeled groups into random chunks. Are they meant to represent anything?

They presumably follow the same pattern as the rest, minus the labels. There are some fairly large groups of domesticated mammals that are unaccounted for: dogs, camels, etc.
by Alltat
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 116756

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Women do like nice guys, it's just that thinking of yourself as "nice" is not the same as actually being nice. If you're only kind to someone because of their gender, you're just as bad as the "assholes" and a lot less honest about it. What women really want is ice cream. I assum...
by Alltat
Fri May 31, 2013 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1219: "Reports"
Replies: 30
Views: 7316

Re: 1219: "Reports"

Alt-text: "If that fails, just multiply every number by a thousand. 'The 2nd St speed limit were set at 2,500 mph, it would likely have prevented 1,000 of the intersection's 3,000 serious accidents last month.'" Original text: "The .002nd St speed limit were set at 2½ mph, it would l...
by Alltat
Thu May 09, 2013 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 22662

Re: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer

The problem with this course of logic is that, with equal inaction, the dumber, ignorant person is more moral. Only if you assume that our capacity for doing good things is unlimited. In practice, there are lots of moral things that you could do right now. You cannot realistically be expected to do...
by Alltat
Wed May 08, 2013 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1207: "AirAware"
Replies: 39
Views: 9842

Re: 1207: "AirAware"

Xantix wrote:Of course, a 2nd BHG might just ask the following:

"Hey drone, this sentence is inaccurate"

Knowing who built it, I assume it has a built in taser for people who ask such questions.
by Alltat
Wed May 08, 2013 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 22662

Re: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer

I'd argue in favor of non-intervention on the basis of the morality not being clear enough. It's a fuzzy area, as evidenced by the fact that the question is being asked. I would rather remain passive than do something simply because it might be immoral not to. Remaining passive can reasonably only b...
by Alltat
Mon Dec 10, 2012 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1145: "Sky Color"
Replies: 211
Views: 69903

Re: 1145: "Sky Color"

For that matter, the reason why the "visible spectrum" is what it is is another of those chicken-and-egg things: our vision is, understandably enough, optimized to see by the wavelengths emitted by this star that penetrate this atmosphere. Alien life would similarly be optimized to see wh...
by Alltat
Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1130: "Poll Watching"
Replies: 87
Views: 17286

Re: 1130: "Poll Watching"

It is sad, that even supposedly intelligent and educated people, like Randall, or Jon Steward, completely fall for that utterly meaningless distraction. As if it was in any way relevant to their lives. Like CD jumping, they just never ever seem to get it. PROTIP: THE DEMS WILL ENACT THE REP CHANGES...
by Alltat
Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0012: "Raindrop"
Replies: 91
Views: 25449

Re: What-if 0012: Raindrop

niky wrote:But... But... Water is incompressible! That's why we use it to put out singularities!

...and fires.

But what if the singularity is on fire?
by Alltat
Fri Jul 20, 2012 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 51697

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

Eutychus wrote:Actually, the "black goat" explanation worked fine for me, but now I have another problem.

What's a turducken?

Wikipedia to the rescue.
by Alltat
Wed Jul 11, 2012 7:06 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0002: "SAT Guessing"
Replies: 62
Views: 20653

Re: What It: SAT Guessing – wrong basic assumptions

Exactly. My point is it's not certain that no-one will get all the questions right by any strict definition of certain . Therefore "statistical certainty" must be something else, and I'd like to know what it is. Does it mean "more likely to happen than not"? That would make a lo...
by Alltat
Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1077: "Home Organization"
Replies: 107
Views: 29117

Re: 1076: "Home Organization"

Except for socks. You're screwed when it comes to socks; doesn't matter who you are. The sock issue is solvable, or at least you can get around the problem if you resort to overkill. Step 1: Throw out all the socks you own. All of them. Step 2: Buy 40 or more pairs of identical socks. Step 3: Put a...
by Alltat
Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 50649

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

A couple is 2-3. If you know something to be exactly two, you should be using the word "two" to avoid ambiguities. Since "a couple" evidently isn't a clearly defined term, or at least not one where there's a clear consensus on what that definition is, people you talk to can't ass...
by Alltat
Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 41621

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

That would be NeBisCo, and it would be pretty obviously suspect since it would be a compound including neon... O_O I've encountered plenty of abbreviations in chemistry that cared little for such things. So long as it's reasonably obvious (in context) what you mean, it's not really a problem. As an...
by Alltat
Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1028: "Communication"
Replies: 107
Views: 45160

Re: 1028: "Communication"

Where did beret guy and the guy he warns come from? There's a hole at either end! They arrived by parachute, obviously. One or more of them may also be responsible for one or more of the holes. EDIT: What the hell? I wrote "HULK WANT ATTENTITOOONN!!" and it says "HULK WANT ATTENTITOO...
by Alltat
Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1024: "Error Code Monkey"
Replies: 99
Views: 41315

Re: 1024: Error Code

I'd say they are Yellow Water Lilies, or Nuphar lutea, a different species than that one in the picture, and they are instantaneously recognizable if you are used to seeing them. Only found in Europe, Asia and Africa though. I was just about to say that. The pictured water lilies are definitely a n...
by Alltat
Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 39739

Re: 0990: “Plastic Bags”

I've gotten pretty good at remembering my reusable bags, simply because the plastic one-time bags would flood the house otherwise. We use them for garbage (as does everyone in countries where the plastic bags you get at stores are of decent quality), but since you by necessity get less garbage than ...
by Alltat
Mon Nov 28, 2011 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0983: "Privacy"
Replies: 70
Views: 20600

Re: 0983: "Privacy"

I would expect a random bathroom to be preferable to a number of those. Not that I ever ran into this problem; people don't share dorm rooms here. The kitchen was communal, but everything else was yours alone.
by Alltat
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0974: "The General Problem"
Replies: 113
Views: 39257

Re: 0974: "The General Problem"

More generally speaking, the utility of spending time to create an optimized solution depends on how urgent prompt action is. It's always possible to take out the one bullet now and then work on the general solution when you are not faced by a looming deadline--it all depends on how harsh the penal...
by Alltat
Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0968: "Everything"
Replies: 100
Views: 34093

Re: 0968: "Everything"

Swift ninja skills right there. That sounds like a sociopath's mind, I don't care about you, but you fascinate me. Sociopath? How? Sounds to me like pretty much every relationship I've had. A very fascinating addition to my life, rather than a replacement for it. Think of it more as having a more r...
by Alltat
Thu Oct 13, 2011 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28899

Re: 0963: "X11"

5 years ago... Installing dual monitors on windows xp 1) re boot 2) fiddle with some graphical configuration tools for 5 mins. Installing dual monitors in Windows 7: 1) Plug in both monitors 2) Pick a resolution for each (if you want different ones, otherwise skip this step). 3) Decide which one is...
by Alltat
Wed Sep 21, 2011 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63792

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

Interesting how many people don't see the suggested problem of the comic. A comic about BHG killing people is harmless. A comic about BHG pulling a practical joke is harmless. A comic about BHG pulling an obviously very dangerous practical joke that kills people is harmless. A comic about BHG pullin...
by Alltat
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 85032

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

I've switched to using an external hard drive to transfer files. Step 1: Wait until you have enough files you want to transfer to someone for all other alternatives to seem very slow or highly annoying (half a dozen DVDs usually does the trick). Step 2: Put all the stuff on the HDD. Step 3: Give it ...
by Alltat
Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32056

Re: 0948 - "AI"

I've found that when it comes to conversations, there are three kinds of people:

Those who can hold a normal conversation. Those who can't hold a normal conversation. Those who can hold a normal conversation but choose not to.

Only the third category are interesting for more than ten minutes.
by Alltat
Tue Aug 16, 2011 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 196646

Re: 0435: "Purity"

Except that the male to female ratio in physics is much worse than mathematics, so the majority of physicists have less chance to interact with the opposite sex and are therefore further to the right on your diagram. The whole point of the line is that how many people of the opposite gender you int...
by Alltat
Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0937: "TornadoGuard"
Replies: 62
Views: 25463

Re: 0937: TornadoGuard

This is why voting systems need more stars. Ten at least. Out of a hundred would be ideal I reckon. For user reviews, there's no point in even having five stars. How often do you see anyone actually rating something at 2 or 4? If people bother to write a review, it's usually because they either rea...
by Alltat
Fri Apr 29, 2011 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 33561

Re: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"

I wouldn't have appreciated it much a year ago, but I've studied so much statistics lately that it's hilarious.


If nothing else, it should shut up the "remember when xkcd was funny?" crowd. Assuming they're part of the target demographic of this particular one.
by Alltat
Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39302

Re: 891: Movie Ages

Fun fact: Star Wars came out seven years before I was born, yet I'm still old enough to be in the lower half of today's list. Second thought: Have there really been no good blockbusters for eight years? Inception is about the only movie worth seeing since Equilibrium back in 2002, so pretty much.
by Alltat
Mon Apr 11, 2011 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0884: "Rogers St."
Replies: 241
Views: 70990

Re: 0884: "Rogers St."

Growing up on what translates to "Big Rock Road", well...
by Alltat
Wed Mar 16, 2011 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 30850

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

I wonder what'll happen if you nuke the whole area? (10km radius, let's say.) In the middle of Virtual New York? Using real NYC's population density, about four days and eleven hours worth of cutscenes. Then again, one could realize the difference between reality, and a game/movie/fictional creatio...
by Alltat
Mon Feb 14, 2011 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0860: "Never Do This"
Replies: 110
Views: 52936

Re: 0860: "Never Do This"

najodleglejszy wrote:
KShrike wrote:(or however you spell it.



*twitch*

)

There you go! And I guess an extra one to cover for you quoting it:

)
by Alltat
Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26302

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

Power Level Kitteh Trolling Vista Kama Sutra I read that to the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious... I would have expected everyone to have the TMNT theme stuck in their brain by that point, and it fit nicely. I guess I was just the right age for the original airing of the show. Jetpack fe...
by Alltat
Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26302

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

and yes, trochee is a trochee. Most words are. My first name, my middle name, my last name, and my username. Four right there . It's a good thing I got several minutes of enjoyment out of the comic before reading this, because it took most of the fun out of it (but in an interesting way). I was ama...
by Alltat
Tue Feb 01, 2011 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25300

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

I was thinking of making pancakes with pancake mix recently, but little black bits came out of the box, and there is a fair chance that they were bugs considering the mix may have been 1 year old. Why would you need pancake mix to make pancakes? What's even in that mix? All you need for proper (Swe...
by Alltat
Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0854: "Learning to Cook"
Replies: 134
Views: 25300

Re: 0854: "Learning to Cook"

This comic just makes me sad. Most people who find that cooking yourself is expensive usually just buy the wrong things. In a household of three students, we often end up spending about the same amount of money on food for three people as others do on food for just themselves. And we still generally...

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