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by Yosarian2
Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 9940

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I'm thinking that AI research wasn't shown just because it would be so far above and off to the right of the whole chart that you wouldn't even be able to see it.
by Yosarian2
Mon Jul 20, 2015 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1553: "Public Key"
Replies: 19
Views: 7482

Re: 1553: "Public Key"

They can't possibly make worse decisions about my money than the ones I'm making on my own. ...bitcoins? Greek bonds? Magic beans? I remember back when I was in college, my sister was making fun of me for buying magic cars while she was investing in stocks. My response was "My magic cards actu...
by Yosarian2
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For those of us in non-swing states
Replies: 23
Views: 8136

Re: For those of us in non-swing states

Note I don't mind things like "the two major parties have failed to successfully addresses issues surrounding X". Like drone strikes or the war on drugs? They Obama and Romney haven't even talked about climate change in the debates. They haven't directly talked about it, but Romney has ma...
by Yosarian2
Fri Oct 26, 2012 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 315994

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

Max: Actually, you're right that water vapor does cause global warming. That's part of the problem, actually. Warmer air can contain more humidity. This is especially true over the ocean, but is really true everywhere in the world; as air gets colder, it loses humidity, and as it gets warmer, it gai...
by Yosarian2
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warming?
Replies: 1714
Views: 315994

Re: Is it possible to have a rational debate on global warmi

If the heatwave was due to global warming, wouldn't that make this due to global warming as well? If this is just weather, then isn't the heatwave just weather as well? Where's the freaking out over it hitting 61 last night in Memphis? Climate change deals with the average tempature of the entire w...
by Yosarian2
Fri Oct 26, 2012 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 32660

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

They'd still need a digestive system (though maybe a lower-power one) since the cow has to be made out of something , and photosynthesis doesn't convert directly to matter, it just lets the organism build stuff out of the the water and nutrients it gets from "digesting" its environment (r...
by Yosarian2
Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:42 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0017: "Green cows"
Replies: 87
Views: 32660

Re: What-if 0017: Green cows

They'd still need a digestive system (though maybe a lower-power one) since the cow has to be made out of something , and photosynthesis doesn't convert directly to matter, it just lets the organism build stuff out of the the water and nutrients it gets from "digesting" its environment (r...
by Yosarian2
Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:30 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0015: "Mariana Trench Explosion"
Replies: 55
Views: 18466

Re: What-if 0015: Mariana Trench Explosion

Man. I got about 2/3ds of the way through this one and I was really hoping we would get through *one* what-if without destroying the world. Oh well. :lol:
by Yosarian2
Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38914

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Monopolies aren't illegal. Using a monopoly to invade a separate market and kill your competition is illegal. Yes they are. At least in the EU. And I would need proof before I trust that it’s legal in the US. There are anti-trust laws in the US against monopolies. The courts do make a distinction b...
by Yosarian2
Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38914

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

I'm probably just bitter because I was a big BeOS fan back in the day, but it seems to me that today's behemoths (Apple, Google, Amazon, etc) aren't problematic in quite the same way that Microsoft was in the '90s. In particular, today's tech companies generally compete by developing and selling be...
by Yosarian2
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1114: "Metallurgy"
Replies: 138
Views: 30520

Re: 1114: "Metallurgy"

At first I thought this was a bad joke about how all metals come from the heart of other stars. These are both common fantasy tropes ("sword forged from the metal from a meteorite" and "sword that glows blue (especially when near orcs"). The second one was in Tolken, so like eve...
by Yosarian2
Sat Sep 22, 2012 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1111: "Premiere"
Replies: 69
Views: 18724

Re: 1111: "Premiere"

Only 800 million years? It seems like just last century that we had 5 billion years left... Well, we have billions of years before the sun runs out of hydrogen, but it is true that it will gradually heat up before then. I wouldn't worry about this, though. We've got 800 million years to find a solu...
by Yosarian2
Fri Sep 14, 2012 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 29757

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

Neither one of those futures look all that great.

How do I get the future where everyone is flying around in jetpacks? Do I have to win the fight about the meaning of the word "ironic" to get that one?
by Yosarian2
Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 33724

Re: 1103: "Nine"

davidhbrown wrote:I like entering "99" when I want about a minute and a half. Probably doesn't work on all microwaves, but it's a bit faster to type.


Yeah, I always do this
by Yosarian2
Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1095: "Crazy Straws"
Replies: 95
Views: 29148

Re: 1095: "Crazy Straws"

The Scyphozoa wrote:
cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:You forgot the part where most of the drama starts being people complaining about people acknowledging their hobby in real life or caring too much about it.

Dammit, why does this keep coming back to things that are so EASILY applied to the MLP fandom?


because this applies to EVERY subculture
by Yosarian2
Sat Aug 04, 2012 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 30259

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

I've heard of a rule about not splitting infinitives . I've also heard of a rule about not ending a sentence with a preposition . I might add that both these so-called rules are actually not based on real usage; they aren't part of any natural "formal" register. Both these rules are hold-...
by Yosarian2
Fri Jul 20, 2012 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 26058

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

But Ron_Paul has not said he would shut down the government in four years, any more than Reagan said he would bomb the USSR or eliminate Welfare Everybody knew he wanted to do those things, but he didn't say he would and he didn't. Instead he did what he said he would do -- he gave a whole lot of m...
by Yosarian2
Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 26058

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

All he would have to do is say "I'm not going to sign any budget that has any deficit or any income tax in it". That would shut down the government pretty fast. Yeah, a big majority in Congress could over-ride him, but I have trouble seeing the tea-party dominated house overriding a veto ...
by Yosarian2
Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 26058

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

There is nothing weird about this. The Ron Paul quote sounds like a teenager not because of the grammar, but because of the (perceived, I guess) naivety and ignorance of the comment. The author seems to imply that he expects all good grammar to come from adults, and all poor grammar to come from ki...
by Yosarian2
Fri Jul 20, 2012 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 51661

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

IIRC, the singularity is the moment in time when computers become smarter than humans. Not correct. It is the point where humans supposedly can’t keep up with the technological progress anymore. Which is nonsense, since, as I explained above, there will never be such a point. Unless of course I hav...
by Yosarian2
Thu Jul 19, 2012 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 26058

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

There is nothing weird about this. The Ron Paul quote sounds like a teenager not because of the grammar, but because of the (perceived, I guess) naivety and ignorance of the comment. The author seems to imply that he expects all good grammar to come from adults, and all poor grammar to come from ki...
by Yosarian2
Wed May 09, 2012 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 40999

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

I totally agree with the overall message of the comic, but imo the argument is a bit goofy. It's completely ignoring the fact that sometimes nine out of those ten thousand are <5 years old. Eh, not necessarily. If there's one thing I've figured out as a teacher, it's that everyone, no matter how sm...
by Yosarian2
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132298

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I understand that this is a comic, but "you have terrible taste" seems to be unnecessarily harsh. Eh. Whatever your opinion of the book, I thought it was actually pretty funny that someone built an entire old-school mystery novel revolving-bookcase secret room that opens up only when you ...
by Yosarian2
Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 57570

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

We're glad to hear the good news about your fiance.

As for SirMustapha: I'm glad you decided to try to help things get back to normal by being so very, very wrong on the internet, that was thoughtful of you. ;)
by Yosarian2
Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0992: "Mnemonics"
Replies: 278
Views: 66147

Re: 0992: "Mnemonics"

I hate to be a pedant (but then this IS XKCD), but none of the mnemonics for oreders of operations actually work. The order is PEDMAS (or BODMAS for British readers {brackets, orders, divide, multipy, add, subtract}). All of the mnemonics in the strip read as PE MD AS - multiply and divide have bee...
by Yosarian2
Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36024

Re: 0951: "Working"

Recently discovered fact: Americans don't walk. I have a friend who's travelling the world by motorcyle. His GPS broke/was lost on the first month of the 1-year trip. He only felt the need for buying another one after crossing more than a dozen countries and I dont know how many km/mi when he enter...
by Yosarian2
Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36024

Re: 0951: "Working"

Whether the time spent in the detour would have been used to make you money is beside the point. Look at it this way: my boss wants some work done, and to convince me to do it, he offers me a certain amount of money. I accept the deal, hence, I call him "my boss". In order to get me to do...
by Yosarian2
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0950: "Mystery Solved"
Replies: 80
Views: 23642

Re: 0950: "Mystery Solved"

What if she was travelling at relativistic speeds? If she was going around the earth more than once, then the time-dilation could explain the apparent time jump, and also, you wouldn't really be able to see an object moving at near light speed at the altitude she was likely flying at, thus explaini...
by Yosarian2
Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36024

Re: 0951: "Working"

It's worth mentioning that the fact that people are willing to go out of their way to get cheaper gas provides a much higher competitive incentive for gas stations to lower their prices. If everyone just bought gas wherever it was continent and ignored the price, then logically speaking the price th...

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