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by dummy account
Thu Dec 06, 2012 5:52 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0023: "Short Answer Section II"
Replies: 80
Views: 22456

Re: What If 23: Short Answer Section II

I sort of question the effectiveness of a weapons system that blows up a C4-boomerang when it gets close to the target - realistically, switching from launch mode (throwing it) to detonate mode (pressing the button to blow it up) might take longer than it takes the boomerang to reach the target, and...
by dummy account
Fri Nov 18, 2011 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 62459

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

Oddly enough, a professor of mine recently told a story like this that predates Wikipedia. In 1979, he was working for the European Commission as an assistant to the Commissioner for the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs. The Commissioner needed information for a speech about the mix of power s...
by dummy account
Fri Feb 04, 2011 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"
Replies: 108
Views: 26621

Re: 0856: "Trochee Fixation"

pankakes, bacon, cornflakes (isnt it a trochee?), yogurt, (isnt porridge one too?), french-toast, waffles... I have to admit I usually skip breakfast, even though I know it is dreadfully non-healthy... Pancakes, cornflakes, and french toast are all spondaic (two long syllables). in German, "tr...
by dummy account
Mon Aug 16, 2010 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0778: "Scheduling"
Replies: 159
Views: 47317

Re: "Scheduling" discussion (#778)

The problem isn't that nobody gets the joke, it's that everybody gets the joke but it isn't funny. Then they assume that a fairly elaborate set-up such as this wouldn't be wasted on something that isn't funny, so there must be a "real" joke somewhere that is funny. Only... there isn't.
by dummy account
Wed May 12, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 44042

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

I agree with the simpler part. The people at Wikipedia seem to disagree with the "accent neutral" part: I don't know enough about languages and dialects to form my own opinion on the later. The link you posted (as of this moment, at least) actually ...
by dummy account
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0703: "Honor Societies"
Replies: 234
Views: 60414

Re: Honor Societies

I once started dating a girl over a tautology. Ah, the springtime of youth... I remember it like it was yesterday (it wasn't, though, so this isn't a tautology). I don't think Randall has the essence of tautology quite right No, he does. Statements of the form "If p then p" are tautologica...
by dummy account
Thu Nov 19, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47302

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Can anyone explain this inverse square magic number thing to me and the other curious, yet unwashed non-math-genius masses WITHOUT it descending into an inpenetrable fucking mess of algebra? Okay. Not to put too fine a point on it, floating point numbers on modern computers are represented by bit f...
by dummy account
Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: which asshat came up with infix?
Replies: 23
Views: 3411

Re: which asshat came up with infix?

It was probably some guy who got sick of having to draw up flow charts for every mistake he made typing things in. It's a lot easier to spot the error in 2.25+3.77+29.22+1.11++2.64+19.95+5.40 than in 2.25 3.77 29.22 1.11 2.64 19.95 5.40 +++++++ Actually, it was probably just mimicking the machine la...
by dummy account
Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again
Replies: 64
Views: 7032

Re: Scheme Makes Me Not Want to Code Ever Again

(Why is everything a list?) Everything is a list because lists are extremely useful base datatypes that usually require the author to clearly understand his (or her) intended data structures. You can implement most of python's data structures using lists without losing too much in the way of speed ...
by dummy account
Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199683

Re: "Purity" Discussion

gormster wrote:With the exception of sociology, you can apply Money Made in the opposite direction.

I would have said, "Human Utility," but whatever.
by dummy account
Tue Apr 01, 2008 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A
Replies: 1368
Views: 424890

Re: My write-up of the "Blue Eyes" solution (SPOILER A

There is a serious and (to my mind at least) intractable problem with this puzzle. How do the perfect logicians know that the others are also perfect logicians (the question doesn't specifically state this, but the given solution relies upon it)? They are not capable of establishing through direct o...

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