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by Soultaker~
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118218

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

What the comic is saying is that people who say B are automatically A. This does *not* imply that everyone in C is A, nor does it make the comic indirectly about C as a whole. Ok, I see what you are saying. I disagree that people who say B are automatically A, but I agree with your interpretation t...
by Soultaker~
Tue Feb 04, 2014 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118218

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

The kind of people who are criticized as responding to rejection by belittling women's judgment and self-awareness (A) are only guys who start sentences with, "Women say they want nice guys, but what they really want are--" (B) There is nothing in there about the people who realize that b...
by Soultaker~
Tue Feb 04, 2014 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118218

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

What rule is suggested by the comic, apart from that women don't want "guys who respond to rejection by belittling their judgment and self-awareness"? The comic is frustrating exactly because it implies that people who realize that being nice does not automatically make you attractive (wh...
by Soultaker~
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118218

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

They did something nice for the pretty girl, that's fine. Would they have done something equally kind if she'd been ugly, or an elderly man, or a homeless person? Did they expect anything beyond maybe gratitude? A lot of "nice guys" fail this test. I'm pretty sure a lot of guys that are s...
by Soultaker~
Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118218

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

A pot shot at sexually/romantically frustrated guys that just happens to highlight the author's own moral superiority: not my favourite kind of XKCD. In my experience, describing someone first as "nice" is like saying they mean well: perhaps there's no specific fatal flaw you could point t...
by Soultaker~
Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135291

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

Nobody's posted this yet? – There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adult...
by Soultaker~
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135291

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

On the actual topic of Ayn Rand though: is there any good reason to actually read Atlas shrugged or any of her books? Obviously nobody can answer this for you. You'll just have to take a chance. Personally I thought it was interesting even though I didn't agree with Rand everywhere. And I'd say tha...
by Soultaker~
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 135291

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

I'd actually love to know what people outside the US think of Ayn Rand. I would imagine she comes off as quite strange and a little psycho to most people. From a European that read The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged: I found Rand's moral views thought-provoking, although I ultimately didn't agree ...
by Soultaker~
Fri Apr 08, 2011 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0883: "Pain Rating"
Replies: 136
Views: 49069

Re: 0883: "Pain Rating"

assuming worst pain imaginable tends to infinity and no pain at all is obviously zero, an exponential curve is really the only way to comprehend such a scale, without falling into the trap of our xkcd guy, right? I think you mean asymptotic, rather than exponential. For example, if you could map va...
by Soultaker~
Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 58516

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

A number of people already pointed out that the ingenuity lies in the representation of the data, not the data itself, and that is what they are praising. I don't think Randall deserves credit for the representation, and the optimal strategy of Tic-tac-toe itself is not very interesting. The comic i...
by Soultaker~
Fri Dec 10, 2010 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"
Replies: 180
Views: 58516

Re: 0832: "Tic-Tac-Toe"

I am extremely disappointed by the fact that Randall Munroe found this online somewhere (like I did a while ago), blatantly copied it in its entirety, and then made no mention of the original source, but does reap the accolades for "his" ingenuity. For your reference, this book may have be...
by Soultaker~
Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 33011

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

sje46 wrote:"i" is the unit used to represent the imaginary number.

But I am an electrical engineer and a Python programmer, you insensitive clod!
by Soultaker~
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "
Replies: 127
Views: 33011

Re: 0824: "Guest Week: Bill Amend (FoxTrot) "

Max2009 wrote:This is the only one that made me smile, the others were groaners.

Funny, I thought that was the weakest of them all. But with four comics for the price of one, I can't complain.
by Soultaker~
Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0797: "Debian-Main"
Replies: 57
Views: 19119

Re: "Debian-Man" Discussion

I'm a Gentoo user - can you provide an .ebuild for this? sci-biology/locusts-9999.ebuild: # Copyright 1999-2010 Gentoo Foundation # Distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v2 # $Header: $ EAPI=2 DESCRIPTION="A swarm of locusts" HOMEPAGE="http://en.wikipedia.org/...
by Soultaker~
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39570

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Except it's easier to get used to reading things upside-down/reversed than it is to read something correctly that is blocked from view in some way. Wow, seriously? You think it's easy to get used to reading stuff bottom-to-top on the road while 99,99% (really!) of all other stuff that you read all ...
by Soultaker~
Wed Aug 18, 2010 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 39570

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

Sheesh, all the engineer bashing. It's just questioning the effectiveness of a common practice. How is that "engineer bashing"? Sure, if you are the only one on the road, it's easy to read the text top to bottom, and the reversed text is unnecessary. However, when there's any kind of dens...
by Soultaker~
Tue Aug 03, 2010 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188301

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

Oh my goodness, not at all! Let's say you flip a coin once, and it comes up heads. You then state 'I believe that whenever a coin is flipped, it comes up heads'. Is this belief 'justified'? But flipping heads 10 times in succession is no guarantee that the next flip will be heads too. So how many t...
by Soultaker~
Mon Aug 02, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 188301

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

Anonymous Dissident wrote:Debating passionately over an undecidable problem is clearly not intelligent.

I'll bite: whether or not the problem is decidable is entirely a question of epistemology. You seem to have decided for yourself that it's undecidable, but it's not to me and certainly not to the majority of theists.
by Soultaker~
Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73941

Re: "One Two" Discussion

To be honest, zero, one, two and many are the only quantities I consider as a computer scientist too. It's rather a good system actually, though you need to allow complex structures too. For example, counting in binary is nothing more than counting singles, pairs, pairs of pairs, et cetera. This co...
by Soultaker~
Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0764: "One Two"
Replies: 348
Views: 73941

Re: "One Two" Discussion

To be honest, zero, one, two and many are the only quantities I consider as a computer scientist too. It's rather a good system actually, though you need to allow complex structures too. For example, counting in binary is nothing more than counting singles, pairs, pairs of pairs, et cetera.
by Soultaker~
Wed Apr 21, 2010 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0725: "Literally"
Replies: 139
Views: 35784

Re: "Literally" Discussion

In Norwegian, «letter» in the sense of character, glyph is a bokstav . Thus, the equivalent of «literal» is bokstavelig . Even morons can't misuse that word. I guess it's the same in a lot of languages where there's a more immediate connection between «letter» (character, glyph) and «literal» than ...
by Soultaker~
Mon Mar 23, 2009 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 40141

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

I like it, but the author is actually saying that they care deeply whether the pun was intended or not, which sort of contradicts Soultaker~'s (wow putting an apostrophe after a tilde is weird) assertion that nobody cares. Hey, that's just Maddox's assertion, not mine, though I like to read his ran...
by Soultaker~
Mon Mar 23, 2009 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0559: "No Pun Intended"
Replies: 156
Views: 40141

Re: "No Pun Intended" Discussion

by Soultaker~
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0452: "Mission"
Replies: 88
Views: 19083

Re: "Mission" Discussion

snfredo wrote:I may be wrong, but this seems like a reference to "The Second Bakery Attack", by Haruki Murakami:

http://web.mit.edu/norvin/www/somethingelse/murakami.html

I don't think it was intentionally referenced, but that was a nice story!

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