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by Ronfar
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"
Replies: 93
Views: 27618

Re: 1489: "Fundamental Forces"

Of course, gravity doesn't actually follow an inverse square law, it follows general relativity, which can be approximated very well by an inverse square law...
by Ronfar
Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 20990

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

I found a counterexample to the claim that all things must someday die, but I don't know how to show it to anyone. I do, but you'll need a microscope. Consider any single-celled organism that reproduces asexually. When a bacterium divides into two daughter cells, did the original cell die? It seems...
by Ronfar
Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 32002

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

Here's something that you wouldn't expect humans to beat computers at, but they do: predicting protein structures.
by Ronfar
Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1067: "Pressures"
Replies: 75
Views: 166414

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Edison's greatest invention was the industrial research laboratory. I've made many jokes to the effect that the Singularity actually occurred in 1876, when Edison set up his facility in Menlo Park. Nothing has ever been the same since.
by Ronfar
Sat May 26, 2012 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23537

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Eliminating all middlemen would put easily half the country out of work. Indeed. I've heard it suggested lately that one of the biggest problems in transitioning to an actual post-scarcity society (in chunks, most likely, since these things never happen all at once) would be what to do with all of ...
by Ronfar
Sat May 26, 2012 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 23537

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Whys wrote:I've always said that the secret to making money is selling something you don't have. Infinite supply and no overhead.


I sense a parallel with religion.
by Ronfar
Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 30017

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

madprocess wrote:Hell hath no fury like a woman sconed.


Especially when it's for Sega.
by Ronfar
Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 82447

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Is there any more to this comic than Twilight bashing?

Anyway, if I ever have a daughter, I want to name her Flonne. :)
by Ronfar
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 31947

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

by Ronfar
Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 23172

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

by Ronfar
Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 33006

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

Wait Wait Don't Speak Its Name
Peter Sagal Wakes Eldrich Terror


Was he trying to get an interview with perennial U.S. presidential candidate Chthulu, or was he just Hastur Baiting?
by Ronfar
Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 19830

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

This is pretty much what happened to the space empire in Orson Scott Card's novel + story collection The Worthing Saga ... the more important and successful you were, the more time you got to spend in cryogenic stasis, so all the people who were the best at doing things effectively disappeared from ...
by Ronfar
Fri Nov 18, 2011 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"
Replies: 219
Views: 87518

Re: 0979: "Wisdom of the Ancients"

If that text on the left-hand side isn't a poem, it should be.
by Ronfar
Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0965: "Elements"
Replies: 161
Views: 40172

Re: 0965: "Elements"

If xenon benders can get their hands on enough, they could use it to suffocate people.

Xenon can also be used as an anesthetic.
by Ronfar
Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0908: "The Cloud"
Replies: 69
Views: 24307

Re: 0908: "The Cloud"

You're all wrong. This is the Cloud!
by Ronfar
Wed Jan 19, 2011 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 24622

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

Also, to answer your other question, imaginary numbers were invented in order to solve cubic equations - when you plug numbers into the cubic formula, you sometimes end up having to deal with imaginary terms in the process of getting your answer, even if all three roots are real. You don't even nee...
by Ronfar
Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"
Replies: 96
Views: 24622

Re: 0849: "Complex Conjugate"

I hate complex numbers. I mean, calculus was hard enough to begin with, why the hell did they have to go and invent imaginary numbers? Were they deprived of imaginary friends as children and now want to get back at the rest of the world? Amazingly enough, calculus actually gets easier when you intr...
by Ronfar
Wed Sep 15, 2010 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 41668

Re: "Physicists" Discussion (#793)

If the non-physicist wants to take revenge, all he has to do is mention turbulence. ;)
by Ronfar
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 38917

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Another trait of US road designers are using very wordy signs when a simple symbol would have done - the most infamous one in my mind is "Stop here on red". Seriously? Are drivers that dumb that they don't know they need to stop at a red light? "Stop here on red" means "sto...
by Ronfar
Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0677: "Asshole"
Replies: 84
Views: 21194

Re: "Asshole" Discussion

This comic reminds me of that time I heard about those two guys carrying a donkey on a pole...
by Ronfar
Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA responds to xkcd strip
Replies: 101
Views: 28387

Re: TSA responds to xkcd strip

EDIT: I may have mentioned this before, I forget, but I've also always wondered about whether, with whatever resources they have available, they could make guns out of nonmetallic components. Granted they couldn't make many, but you wouldn't need many to hijack a plane..... People have tried to mak...
by Ronfar
Mon Sep 07, 2009 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0633: "Blockbuster Mining"
Replies: 161
Views: 32175

Re: "Blockbuster Mining" Discussion

Felstaff wrote:
doctorpsycho1960 wrote:But then, making a feature film out of a picture book is pretty much always a bad idea.

On the contrary.

On the double contrary. ('way more political than Watchmen', Felstaff says aside)


On the triple contrary.
by Ronfar
Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0627: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 182
Views: 55724

Re: "Tech Support Cheat Sheet" Discussion

I think we need a poster-sized version.
by Ronfar
Wed Jul 15, 2009 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 97806

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

What's the singular of "sheeple", anyway?
by Ronfar
Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0605: "Extrapolating"
Replies: 100
Views: 26453

Re: "Extrapolating" discussion

Obviously, the problem is that the extrapolation has left out many data points: all the between yesterday and the bride's date of birth in which the bride also had zero husbands. After a number of years equal to her current age, she'll have husband number #2.
by Ronfar
Mon Jun 08, 2009 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0594: "Period"
Replies: 133
Views: 86294

Re: "Period" Discussion

That is a really, really horrible pun. David Morgan-Mar would be proud.
by Ronfar
Mon May 25, 2009 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0588: "Pep Rally"
Replies: 184
Views: 35413

Re: "Pep Rally" Discussion

Does anyone truly miss High School? I miss my high school friends and many of the activities I participated in. (I don't miss schoolwork and getting up early, though.) Somehow, seemingly by accident, I ended up popular - many people seemed to think that I was some kind of super-genius who was going...
by Ronfar
Fri Feb 27, 2009 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0549: "Westley's a Dick"
Replies: 126
Views: 33880

Re: "Westley's a Dick" discussion

The TV Tropes people are going to have a field day with this.
by Ronfar
Wed Jan 28, 2009 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0536: "Space Elevators"
Replies: 114
Views: 22151

Re: "Space Elevators" Discussion

::threadjack:: I think Bill Watterson would be pleased by the webcomic format and what people have been doing with it. A webcomic by Watterson would be really something, and he wouldn't have to fight the syndicates any more. Who knows, maybe he is publishing something on the Web under a pseudonym? ;)
by Ronfar
Sat Dec 20, 2008 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0519: "11th Grade"
Replies: 204
Views: 44835

Re: "11th Grade" Discussion

The purpose of modern education is to separate productive workers from non-productive workers. In other words, to weed out both idiots and those who are inclined to question the social norms that they are presented. Actual learning is incidental. Google "signaling model of education" for m...
by Ronfar
Fri Dec 12, 2008 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you were a NPC, what would you say
Replies: 77
Views: 6474

Re: If you were a NPC, what would you say

Hmmm...

Me: "How many NPCs does it take to change a lightbulb?"
PC: I don't know, how many?
Me: "How many NPCs does it take to change a lightbulb?"

Alternatively:

"If you'd like to know how to keep an idiot busy, talk to me again."
by Ronfar
Thu Dec 11, 2008 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0515: "No One Must Know"
Replies: 169
Views: 30797

Re: "No One Must Know " Discussion

markfiend wrote:I'm disappointed in the classhole couple. Just a simple burial?


Thirded.
by Ronfar
Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0472: "House of Pancakes"
Replies: 185
Views: 42699

Re: "House of Pancakes" Discussion

I know of House of Leaves because of TV Tropes.
by Ronfar
Mon Sep 01, 2008 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0470: "The End Is Not For A While"
Replies: 140
Views: 28018

Re: "The End is Not for a While"

For some reason, I'm reminded of a Far Side cartoon. There's a guy in a shop selling signs that say "The End Is Near". He sees a nuclear explosion in the distance, and says "Dang. There goes the market for these things."
by Ronfar
Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0457: "Frustration"
Replies: 195
Views: 38166

Re: "Frustration" Discussion

sir_abyr wrote:Meanwhile Alexander with his more direct approach gets the girl. :)


You stole my joke!

Anyway, there's one thing that nobody else here has mentioned.

The bra in the picture is already off. They must be trying to put it on.
by Ronfar
Wed Jul 23, 2008 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0452: "Upcoming Hurricanes"
Replies: 192
Views: 45789

Re: 'Upcoming Hurricanes' discussion

Unlike many other cities, New York has absolutely no natural disasters. All of its disasters are entirely man-made.
by Ronfar
Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0439: "Thinking Ahead"
Replies: 164
Views: 28744

Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Reminds me of Hamlet, who also had the habit of overthinking everything and never actually getting anything done...
by Ronfar
Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32287

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

Good old rubber-hose cryptanalysis. Works every time.

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