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by babble
Tue Apr 23, 2013 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1200: "Authorization"
Replies: 46
Views: 10263

Re: 1200: "Authorization"

It's a good idea to use Gmail's phone verification system, whereby it sends you a text with a code to input after your password when you log in. I suppose the putative thief is bound to have stolen your phone too, but, in general. You'd be really stupid if you were logged into your bank account when...
by babble
Tue Mar 26, 2013 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 104560
Views: 28547176

Re: 1190: "Time"

A broken image is all I see.
by babble
Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 637888

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

This is great.

Looked through the thread and didn't see this, apologies if someone did post it, but I wanted to preserve this little bit as I'll probably never find it again...

http://www.dropmocks.com/mBk891
by babble
Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1085: "ContextBot"
Replies: 39
Views: 13934

Re: 1085: "ContextBot"

The caption, though, and the title text, both completely unnecessary. this comic would be SO much funnier without them. The words 'context bot' do ALL the work already. It's so frustrating. for God's sake have the confidence in your material and in your audience that they will understand what you're...
by babble
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1063: "Kill Hitler"
Replies: 278
Views: 57607

Re: 1063: "Kill Hitler"

This is some kind of misguided attempt to make up for all that 'studying history is pointless' stuff from a while back, isn't it? 1/10 for the effort if so. And didn't this comic do this already with the September 11th attack?
by babble
Fri May 25, 2012 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”
Replies: 115
Views: 18744

Re: 1060: “Crowdsourcing”

Even when middlemen provide value, do not produce wealth. They may facilitate the creation of wealth, but do not create it themselves. Which makes it desirable to remove them when possible but it doesn't make them parasitic. Ahh, "when possible". That part makes it possible to fudge your ...
by babble
Fri May 18, 2012 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1057: "Klout"
Replies: 83
Views: 32835

Re: 1057: "Klout"

Seems an OTT reaction to something that looks on the surface to be yet another stupid frivolous facebook app, but maybe there's more to it than that. Benefit of the doubt time, maybe. the perks thing makes it clear it's all about advertising, anyway. Ugly, sure, but no more sinister than facebook it...
by babble
Wed May 16, 2012 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 35210

Re: 1056: Felidae

I guess I'm the only one bothered by him using "genuses" and not "genera." No, you are not. Just the first to - rightly - complain about it; just as I am the first to - again rightly - complain about split infinitives. There's nothing wrong with splitting infinitives, especially...
by babble
Sat May 12, 2012 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 51861

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Not really. The criticism isn't that literature and history aren't worth knowing about, it's that the job prospects in those fields are pretty dismal (or have that reputation, anyway). Yeah and the comic about maths depicted people who say 'i've never used maths so it was pointless'. it then equate...
by babble
Wed May 09, 2012 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1053: “Ten Thousand”
Replies: 127
Views: 33061

Re: 1053: “Ten Thousand”

sharing cool stuff like the value of literature & history? I am on board with that. thank goodness xkcd takes the view that all knowledge is valuable and that describing college courses' worth in terms of how good they are as job training and how 'useful' they are and nothing more would be a ter...
by babble
Mon May 07, 2012 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 51861

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Is anyone offended by the Sophie's Choice reference, btw? Bit irreverent towards anyone who's lost a child?
by babble
Mon May 07, 2012 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 51861

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

the anti-literature & history panels are weirdly proud of not learning things aren't they. maybe if the writer weren't so proud of not knowing anything about culture, they wouldn't have to refer to well-known operas by way of terrible parodies. lit is short for literature. it's saying that it's ...
by babble
Sat May 05, 2012 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 355
Views: 58848

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Well, the person who says they haven't used algebra in their life isn't inconsistent with that interpretation either. Comic 519 is saying 'in your face' to 11th-grade teachers. The person in this new comic might well follow theirs up with 'my self-taught expertise in art history has been so much mor...
by babble
Sat May 05, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 355
Views: 58848

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Comic 519 is a good example of being proud of not having learned anything at school. Perhaps it's more common than I thought.
by babble
Thu May 03, 2012 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 355
Views: 58848

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

Fascinating. Did you consider the possibility that if the "sort of person" the comic mocks doesn't fit you very well, that it might not be aimed at you? I did, yes, that's why I wrote the bit immediately below it: I know xkcd is aimed at maths and science people. that's cool. but it's als...
by babble
Wed May 02, 2012 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 355
Views: 58848

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

This comic is a troll, right? Like, a massive straw man troll on the whole world? Which is cool, just checking. Because then although I really really want to spend time defending people who aren't good at maths, or didn't enjoy maths, or have jobs that don't involve very much (if any) maths, but at ...
by babble
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 99221

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

If you think Randall is doing a terrible job, make your own webcomic and do a better job. I think xkcd is not as good as it used to be, and I think that everyone who writes, however brilliant, benefits from using an editor. Absolutely everyone. I guess, yes, it is a failing on his part not to reali...
by babble
Mon Apr 30, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 99221

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'm confused. In the last panel, is he putting it back and escaping the critical room, or is someone else on the other side locking him in the room in a BHG-esque attempt at getting rid of everyone who doesn't share his literary tastes? doesn't BHG live by the maxim 'be an arsehole to everyone' all...
by babble
Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 44282

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

While it's obviously not true for most of the people posting, some of us *have* hung out with him (and his wife) in social situations. So the odd phenomenon for those of us who have actually talked with both of them about cancer is to see folks like you and Mustapha and such ascribing various goals...
by babble
Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1048: "Emotion"
Replies: 252
Views: 44282

Re: 1048: "Emotion"

Secondly: it would work best for whom, exactly? For you? Do you think Randall makes these comics for you? Near as I can tell, he pretty much still just makes them for himself, but since tons of other people tend to generally enjoy them, he also tries to come out with three new ones a week and gives...
by babble
Wed Apr 18, 2012 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 48065

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

The saddest thing of all in this disaster of a comic is that everyone is focusing on the (terrible) film adaptation(s) of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
by babble
Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 24465

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

In any individual case, it's a judgement call whether the writer is expressing his position reasonably or trying to offend. When the position itself is offensive, people are likely to decide he's trying to offend. So for example, if a white supremacist were to post here explaining why whites have s...
by babble
Tue Mar 20, 2012 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 24465

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

It would be polite to give you the benefit of the doubt. But you have a long history of stating opinions here that most people disagree with. I have noticed that when I do that, people start to think it's rude. Then they start getting rude back at me, and they stop giving me the benefit of the doub...
by babble
Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 24465

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

People here could learn a lot from "Liberal Arts Majors", it seems. I doubt it. If a Liberal Arts major tried to school me (a dyed in the wool nerd) I would walk away confused not understanding a word he said. not sure nerd means what you think it means. it's not restricted to science as ...
by babble
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 24465

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

P.S.: its saddening that in these forums Dadaism = Surrealism = Random Shit. People here could learn a lot from "Liberal Arts Majors", it seems. amen. also, after decades of kids' jokes replacing common words with 'fish' and pretending that this is 'surrealist', jokes that do this are the...
by babble
Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 200729

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

This thread is full of crazy. It might be helpful if people defined their terms a little more? it seems fairly obvious that words like seduction and skills and learning etc mean different things to the people saying 'all manipulation is EVIL' than they do to people saying 'what's wrong with learning...
by babble
Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 200729

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

XKCD Fan: Btw, never heard before of "The Game" (Wikipedia helped me with that) but you are not supposed to try that bullshit with BHG's girl, as someone else said before. And worse, with BHG just a few steps away. I know guys who know that and haven't even read XKCD. careful now. you mak...
by babble
Wed Feb 22, 2012 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 19594

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

This would have been funnier if he'd used the word "penis". There's no place for the word "dong" outside of bell-ringing. Hit random after viewing this and came up with #194 lol. haha. Suppose at least this comic is trying to weasel its way out of the 'but what about 194' obviou...
by babble
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 28948

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

yeah. The guy being the only one who never heard of the sheep monster isn't funny. so the last panel is still pointless & distracting. waking the monster would be equally as funny without its existence being common knowledge. it's slightly lamer, in fact, if he is the only one who's never heard ...
by babble
Mon Feb 06, 2012 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 28948

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

This would actually be funny if it wasn't for the terrible last panel. THIS is why the comic needs an editor. Someone to go, 'look. do you really need that? do you really need to treat your readers like they're so stupid they haven't understood the first four panels? relax. They'll get it. And it'll...
by babble
Wed Feb 01, 2012 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 65322

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Betsy is short for Elizabeth, not Margaret. Did you mean Peg/Peggy/Meg? Those are short for Margaret.
by babble
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1009: "Sigh"
Replies: 111
Views: 32265

Re: 1009: "Sigh"

Place names ending in -ton are often a corruption of 'tun' which is a farm or a hamlet. Down means a hill or maybe a fort on a hill. Downton could just refer to a farm on a hill.
by babble
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 67156

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Both? It's literally impossible that both are real. Either the triune god of the Christians (the Father, the Sun, and the Wholly Ghost) is real, or the Allah of the Musilims is real (both claim to be the only god)... or neither is real. Many Muslims will tell you that God - Allah - is the same as t...
by babble
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 67156

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

This might go slightly off topic, but even though i agree with you on your slug example and what you said before, i DO would let police search my house just like that, because i have nothing to hide. If i trust in the goverment, which at the moment i do(enough to trust police at least) i see no rea...
by babble
Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 17013

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

oh nonsense. there'd be no need to mention 'too fat 'or 'too thin' if that was all it was. Just saying 'guess they're both the same weight' would do, wouldn't it? And the whole point is about the stuff that's implicit in throwaway comments.
by babble
Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 26333

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

I think maybe an editor would suggest that most pun-based headlines have an extra dimension, be it a rhyme or a homophone or something, then the comic could have started with more realistic headlines and worked back. for example, 'don't tell me off' or 'don't sell/bell/gel/fell me' or 'don't Tell me...
by babble
Fri Dec 30, 2011 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 30388

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

eh. sorry for all the offence caused. I was just trying to explain why I found the comic unsettling. I don't think I dismissed the idea that there was a reasonable point to be made about dark humour, I just thought it didn't do a good job of making it. A longstanding relationship with a particular d...
by babble
Thu Dec 29, 2011 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 30388

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

Seriously? A comic that both infantilises his wife ('nuh-uh') and sexualises her cancer treatment? That's awful. Some people find it hard to cope with the embarrassment of having to undress for the doctor; the idea of linking medical examination with flashing your tits so a man will give you a prese...
by babble
Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 15631

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

As others have pointed out, the title is wrong. Is the correct usage of English words like Cryonics and Cryogenics considered 'liberal arts' & therefore beneath the 'advanced' and rarefied academic thinking of xkcd (oh look. being part of innovation is boring. how very science-minded), & not...
by babble
Thu Dec 15, 2011 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"
Replies: 115
Views: 18973

Re: 0986: "Drinking Fountains"

That, and the defensive rant about liberal arts majors kind of made my day, too. But mathematics is one of the 'liberal arts' and therefore the smug 'advanced mathematics makes it unsuitable' thing on the front page is infuriating. It's newly infuriating every single time. This must be the 78564th ...

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