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by Ezbez
Mon Jun 18, 2012 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51754

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

Thank you, thank you. I will now redirect people here when they do my pet peeve of interpreting a couple to mean always and exactly 2 even in situations where it is clearly being used to indicate uncertainty. Also, a dozen can also be vague! Only when you're talking about things like eggs does it be...
by Ezbez
Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 37200

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

All these comments and no one has pointed out that a Mac IS a PC? Well this comment comes closest: The browsers are the same? Hell, the *hardware* is the same, too. The Apple marketing department has managed to brainwash the world into thinking a Mac isn't a PC and that PC=Windows. ...I'm a Linux u...
by Ezbez
Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0911: "Magic School Bus"
Replies: 116
Views: 29205

Re: 0911: "Magic School Bus"

tjunction wrote:Encarta 2005?! Wikipedia existed in 2005, and was better than Encarta even at that point.


That is the point. The alt-text is referencing a reoccurring joke in the show where one of the characters would compare their class to the normal class he used to attend.
by Ezbez
Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0909: "Worst-Case Shopping"
Replies: 56
Views: 13342

Re: 0909: "Worst-Case Shopping"

If you appreciate this comic, you will appreciate Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, particularly part 6 "The Planning Fallacy." I truly recommend it.
by Ezbez
Thu Apr 07, 2011 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85259

Re: 0882: "Significant"

A great read which is loosely correlated with this comic is the recent New Yorker article The Truth Wears Off. It's a scary article for all us science folks who place great weight on the findings of well-executed studies.
by Ezbez
Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0873: "FPS Mod"
Replies: 105
Views: 31142

Re: 0873: "FPS Mod"

This happens to me. Whenever I start playing a new FPS, I always get a bit apprehensive - "Is it okay to kill this guy? Wha -- what am I doing? Is this alright?" I think that's why I eventually stopped playing them. I wasted hours avoiding kills while playing Deus Ex I ... Deus Ex was the...
by Ezbez
Tue Feb 22, 2011 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0863: "Major in the Universe"
Replies: 108
Views: 25338

Re: 0863: "Major in the Universe"

Is that a crystal ball on her desk?
by Ezbez
Wed Nov 10, 2010 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28580

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

I'm mildly disappointed that so many people took my "proof" on page 1 to be serious.
by Ezbez
Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 28580

Re: 0816: Applied Math

SocialSceneRepairman wrote:Of course, hasn't it been proven that such a proof is impossible?


Assume such a proof exists. Then P and not P. Contradiction. Therefore, no such proof exists.
by Ezbez
Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 40433

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

My theory of the internet: as Google and our ability to use Google improves, the necessity for logical website layout diminishes to zero. Therefore, university websites are actually forward-looking and progressive - it's the users who have to catch up.
by Ezbez
Thu Dec 17, 2009 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0676: "Abstraction"
Replies: 88
Views: 21314

Re: "Abstraction" Discussion

Read I don't know, Timmy, being God is a big responsibility for a more literal take on this theme.
by Ezbez
Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0651: "Bag Check"
Replies: 206
Views: 54945

Re: "Bag Check" Discussion

I love how some big, fancy airports have those air-puffing machines that I guess sniff out chemicals or whatever. Of course, no one could go to a small airport without one of those and then take a conveniently located airplane ride right in past all the high tech security. Yeah, that definitely woul...
by Ezbez
Fri Oct 09, 2009 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 59181

Re: "Scary" Discussion

I like the subtle shading on "Uncle Rob"'s face.
by Ezbez
Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0640: "Tornado Hunter"
Replies: 91
Views: 21935

Re: "Tornado Hunter" Discussion

Solution to title text: write it as EF - #, but pronounce "EF" not as two characters but as "eff".
by Ezbez
Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35710

Re: "The Search" Discussion

The only problem I see with this comic is that we're told that the ant <i>colony</i> has become intelligent, but it is searching for <i>pheromones</i>. Seeing as ant colonies, to the absolute best of my knowledge, do not communicate with pheromones any more than we communicate with neural impulses, ...
by Ezbez
Tue Jul 21, 2009 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0612: "Estimation"
Replies: 109
Views: 27721

Re: "Estimation" Discussion

10nitro: He stated that calculating time left not calculating amount done. Amount complete is usually quite accurate. (Though there are some counter examples, like Gametap which often tells me I am 101% of the way done and am downloading something like 7 billion gigabytes.)
by Ezbez
Mon Jul 20, 2009 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0612: "Estimation"
Replies: 109
Views: 27721

Re: "Estimation" Discussion

My favorite is watching other people look at those progress bars. "Well now it says 5 minutes. It used to say 1 minute. The speed has been decreasing. I think it will be done in about 10 minutes." Now if we just recurse and have someone watching them, making estimates based off their estim...
by Ezbez
Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Die roll averages - with a twist
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Re: Die roll averages - with a twist

Thanks for the solutions, everyone! This is a good example [bibliography]of a problem where the most obvious way isn't the easiest - that recursive definition makes it straight-forward. Also, [url="http://www27.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=sum+from+i+%3D+0+to+infinity+of+(2*i%2B1)*(n-1)%2F(2*n^i)&...
by Ezbez
Thu Jun 11, 2009 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Die roll averages - with a twist
Replies: 13
Views: 1836

Die roll averages - with a twist

I have recently started playing the pencil and paper role playing game Savage Worlds with some friends. In this setting, you roll dies with various amounts of faces for your skills, attacks, etc. However, for all die rolls, if you get the highest possible roll for that die, you roll again and add th...
by Ezbez
Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0546: "Music DRM"
Replies: 77
Views: 15815

Re: "Music DRM" Discussion

Somewhat off-topic, but it's related to DRM and Guitar Hero. If I own a video game, do I own the use of music in the game? For example, sometimes games have good soundtracks and I go and find the files (whether they're just sitting there in some folders or require the extracting of some zip-style pa...
by Ezbez
Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0501: "Faust 2.0"
Replies: 96
Views: 20945

Re: "Faust 2.0" Discussion

For anyone who has ever cut themselves on bad packaging, Amazon is now offering "Frustration Free (tm)" packaging for certain items. I love the idea, and hope that it catches on.
by Ezbez
Mon Nov 03, 2008 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0499: "Scantron"
Replies: 173
Views: 41122

Re: "Scantron" Discussion

Bubble tests were always hard for me because I'd look for patterns in the answers. And if I found *any*, I'd assume that it was wrong, because it's supposed to be random. Then I learned statistics. Actually, I just took the SATs on Saturday. I was very confused at the part saying that you couldn't w...
by Ezbez
Sun Nov 02, 2008 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0498: "Secretary: Part 5"
Replies: 139
Views: 22879

Re: Secretary: Part 5

Chfan wrote:I don't know...that would probably get us all arrested and sent to Guantanamo Bay.


Which is a shame, since the trial would have been hilarious to watch. :)
by Ezbez
Mon Sep 22, 2008 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0024: "Godel, Escher, Kurt Halsey"
Replies: 31
Views: 17809

Re: "Godel, Escher, Kurt Halsey" discussion

Clearly he was referring to Michael Palin of Monty Python fame.
by Ezbez
Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0477: "Typewriter"
Replies: 86
Views: 15653

Re: "Typewriter" Discussion

I used to play on my dad's mechanical typewriter, but I have never had the pleasure of using a Selectric, which often tells me is "one of the few technologies to ever reach perfection." However, I'm pretty sure there's one in my high school office that just sits there with a deflated smile...
by Ezbez
Fri Aug 29, 2008 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0469: "Improvised"
Replies: 89
Views: 24367

Re: Improvised Discussion

GodShapedBullet wrote:The last one is my favorite.

To me, it also calls into attention how racist Leia is for saying that in the first place.


Please, it's "speciesist."
by Ezbez
Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the genus of this surface?
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

Re: What's the genus of this surface?

Oh, right! I knew there would be a simple explanation. Thanks!
by Ezbez
Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What's the genus of this surface?
Replies: 6
Views: 1396

What's the genus of this surface?

I've been trying to figure out what the genus of this surface would be. Take a torus, and then "punch" a hole from the side into the middle hole. Now you've got a T-shaped hole. I can't see any way to make this into a genus 1, 2, or 3 surface, so I'm a little baffled. What's the answer? I ...
by Ezbez
Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0462: "Freemanic Paracusia"
Replies: 122
Views: 31452

Re: "Freemanic Paracusia" Discussion

kurennia wrote:I misread “Morgan” as “Gordon” and thought for a second, “Wait, he doesn’t say anything….”


Well, that certainly would improve YouTube comments.
by Ezbez
Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0461: "Google Maps"
Replies: 146
Views: 38198

Re: "Google Maps" Discussion

The only thing that Google Maps has done that has been "wrong" for me is telling me to turn left and go < .1 miles, then turn right when the two streets were literally 5 feet apart from each other and all you needed to do was go straight.
by Ezbez
Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 41058

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

Also, what's the deal with capitalized He? I mean, come on. Is it a sin not to? I just get annoyed, I guess. That is why I always refer to God as he. I agree, why must "they" do this? I just had to write about a book about a preacher for English class, and I had no idea whether to say &qu...
by Ezbez
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0458: "Regrets"
Replies: 130
Views: 31108

Re: "Regrets" Discussion

Just yesterday I was over at IMDB.com and looking at movies when I came across the link "100 worst movies" or something like that. I clicked it, and noticed that "Epic Movie" was one of the very few that I actually had heard of. Glad I never saw it, now! When comparing shoulds/sh...
by Ezbez
Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0456: "Cautionary"
Replies: 160
Views: 27195

Re: "Cautionary" Discussion

I've been using Windows my whole life (aside from a slight adventure in virtual machine land), but when I heard about the latest version of Ubuntu, I thought it was worth giving a whirl. I was very pleased! The installation couldn't have been easier if someone came to my house and installed it for m...
by Ezbez
Sun Jul 20, 2008 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121410

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Cnoocy's list of benefits: Is the ability to discuss the cultural allusions in Don McLean's "American Pie" a benefit? Not in and of itself, no. Is the existence of movies like Adaptation , Scream , and Airplane a benefit? What about books like The Princess Bride , If on a winter's night a ...
by Ezbez
Sun Jul 20, 2008 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121410

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

I admit that my school is rather unusual (read: hippie), but all those things (excluding, maybe, sculpture) are taught fairly prominently. And I hate it. I wasn't thrilled about math class, either. A student's feelings on a class are often tangential to their necessity. No, no, no. It wasn't whethe...
by Ezbez
Sat Jul 19, 2008 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121410

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Literature: Knowing what certain people thought about helps you um, think more like them? And they're famous so that's good? Ok, so literature is art. I'm not saying art is without value, it has its place, but what makes literature have so much more apparent academic credence than theater, or paint...
by Ezbez
Sat Jul 19, 2008 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121410

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Well, Ezbez that would depend on how you define worthwhile benefits . How would you define what is worthwhile? Just give me some benefit, even if it's fairly minor. It's just that for most people, there's no noticeable benefit whatsoever for literary criticism, and I'm asking you (or anyone) to sup...
by Ezbez
Sat Jul 19, 2008 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121410

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

So can you explain to me how finding connections of "character, theme, motif, etc." between nine stories by the same author illuminates how it works and what it does? To start with, high school exercises are not the same as actual work in the field. This is a very good point, and probably...
by Ezbez
Sat Jul 19, 2008 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121410

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

An interpretation can be a good interpretation without being the intent of the author. The task of literary analysis is not to figure out what the author is thinking. The task is to look at what a text does and how it works, much as the task of Physics is to discover how the universe works, not to ...
by Ezbez
Fri Jul 18, 2008 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0451: "Impostor"
Replies: 381
Views: 121410

Re: "Impostor" Discussion

Sounds like a very Feynman-inspired hobby. Reminds me of this story . Thanks for the link. That's a good read. As for the comic, I, too, agree with the last panel. I've just been doing summer work for AP English, and this has certainly applied to my work. I'm given a book of short stories, and I mu...

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