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by MSTK
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 16261

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

Pretty sure this is the start of a huge XKCD ARG. Anyone find any clues?
by MSTK
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107282
Views: 50392487

Re: 1190: "Time"

did we end up cracking the hash or are we just waiting for it the slow way Not possible. The hashes for each image are being revealed by a server, not calculated by the client. The hashes are probably just random and are being used specifically to prevent people from finding images in advance of th...
by MSTK
Wed Mar 27, 2013 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107282
Views: 50392487

Re: 1190: "Time"

did we end up cracking the hash or are we just waiting for it the slow way
by MSTK
Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 50094

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

XKCD should be officially renamed "Me So Smart". This strip can be amusing at times but for the most part it's just incredibly pretentious. Some say it used to be better. Maybe. All I know is that now it seems like the purpose of most of the strips is for the author to let us all know how...
by MSTK
Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1072: " Seventies"
Replies: 117
Views: 29451

Re: 1072: " Seventies"

it's funny reading through this topic and seeing people misunderstand the usage of the different forms of the s.
by MSTK
Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1046: "Skynet"
Replies: 86
Views: 27905

Re: 1046: Skynet

Wow, SirM, you old softy. Never can tell. When this happens to me it's less about the word not feeling like a word anymore, but rather looking like a jumble of letters that looks totally spelled wrong. Somehow this always happens with "school." Does that look like it's spelled wrong to an...
by MSTK
Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1038: "Fountain"
Replies: 78
Views: 21659

Re: 1038: "Fountain"

(Also, he's a stick figure, so it doesn't take too much force to lift him :D ) Oh! Wait! Is this like freshman physics? Stick figures have no thickness, and are not impacted by friction, air resistance, or any other physical process that applies force that changes with velocity... He should have ai...
by MSTK
Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1023: "Late-Night BS"
Replies: 73
Views: 19622

Re: 1023: "Late-Night PBS"

Do you guys really need to leave the quotation marks in the messages?
by MSTK
Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1008: “Suckville”
Replies: 99
Views: 40162

Re: 1008: “Suckville”

Yeah, what the heck is going on with the number of limbs in panel 3?
by MSTK
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 22633

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Elipongo wrote:Comic 999, so very cool, just one away from an "odometer moment"! ...Or maybe not considering comic 404?


I'm personally looking forward more to comic 1024 myself. or 1023?
by MSTK
Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"
Replies: 69
Views: 16246

Re: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"

Apparently Randall's on another Wikipedia-obsessed phase... not that I'm complaining. The Wiki-related ones are some of the most hilarious. Name three. I can think of Wikipedia Protestor and that's about it. Numbers okay? 906, 903, and 899 (hence the comment). Do I really need to go all the way bac...
by MSTK
Fri May 06, 2011 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0895: "Teaching Physics"
Replies: 112
Views: 30642

Re: 0895: "Teaching Physics"

Ok, I'm going to chime in, because sometimes I'm "that guy". It's not because I'm a wiseguy or trying to cause trouble. It's that I'm trying to *understand*, and the problems in your analogy mean I don't actually understand the situation better than before the analogy. I've seen that spac...
by MSTK
Mon Mar 14, 2011 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0872: "Fairy Tales"
Replies: 74
Views: 22357

Re: 0872: "Fairy Tales"

Shouldn't the comic morph "Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs" into "Inductive White and the n+1 Dwarfs", instead of "n - 1 Dwarfs"? "n+1" is a critical phrase in inductive reasoning; if something is true for a certain "n", and is logically equivalent with...
by MSTK
Wed Mar 09, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 29614

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Of course, not all graphs will be functions or graphs over time or over naturally ordered values. But I would venture to say that the majority of all graphs are. As for the minority of graphs that have no preference, wouldn't it be better to establish a convention? So there is never ambiguity? Econ...
by MSTK
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 29614

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Since we all became terrified of the flu, my employer has started placing packs of sanitising wipes in all public spaces. The blurb on the one they use must be one of the most qualified statement's I've ever read; it claims that it "kills 99.99% of most common germs that may make you sick"...
by MSTK
Wed Mar 09, 2011 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 29614

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

Shouldn't "amount you spend" be on the x-axis in the third panel since it's the independent variable? I'm a long time reader and this is what finally prompts me to create a forum account... sad. Someone already answered this, but it's because economists are dumb and reverse them. It annoy...
by MSTK
Tue Nov 16, 2010 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"
Replies: 141
Views: 26239

Re: 0819: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 1"

I wish Randall would one day draw music notes with properly oriented stems. Regardless, his comics are consistently amazing.
by MSTK
Fri Oct 22, 2010 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 47412

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

I always disliked "soh cah toa". This is probably because I learned trig with the unit circle, and think 'sin = y/r; cos = x/r; tan = y/x'. Anyways, I read this as an actual experiment to try and open up the gates to heaven and grab hold of the fire. I think I like it better that way, ins...
by MSTK
Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0788: "The Carriage"
Replies: 105
Views: 31720

Re: "The Carriage" discussion (#788)

griffincat wrote:Yeah, it'll also fit to the Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling" and any settings of Amazing Grace.

With slight alteration, it will also fit the Mickey Mouse Club theme song.


this is amazing
are there any other songs that are in Common Meter?
by MSTK
Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0773: "University Website"
Replies: 177
Views: 39190

Re: "University Website" discussion (#773)

One of our student workers alerted me to this comic last week, so I built the page for our site that would hopefully satisfy those looking for it. University homepage: http://www.cui.edu/ Useful page: http://www.cui.edu/tsywlf/ P.S. "TSYWLF" stands for "The Site You Were Looking For&...
by MSTK
Tue Jun 08, 2010 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cypher written by insomnia.
Replies: 6
Views: 2165

Re: Cypher written by insomnia.

Are these all the same cypher, just varying difficulty of message?
by MSTK
Thu Apr 15, 2010 6:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?
Replies: 45
Views: 5473

Re: Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?

In other words, Occam's Razor is mostly just a rule of thumb to pick the hypotheses we're going to check when current data doesn't differentiate among them, or in other situations it's a shortcut for throwing out explanations that include all kinds of improbable premises (and which are therefore no...
by MSTK
Wed Apr 14, 2010 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?
Replies: 45
Views: 5473

Assumptions that the Scientific Method makes?

A friend and I were thinking about this earlier. I was curious to know what you guys thought. Here are the ones we could come up with ⋅  The laws governing the universe are consistent across time and space, or varying in a non-arbitrary way which we can understand. ⋅  The univers...
by MSTK
Fri Apr 02, 2010 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0722: "Computer Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 33462

Re: "Computer Problems" Discussion

the situation for your average windows user :D : "You know this metal rectangle full of little lights running windows?" "Yeah." "I spend most of my life pressing buttons to make the pattern of lights change however it feels like changing" "Sounds good." "...
by MSTK
Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0712: "Single Ladies"
Replies: 109
Views: 31530

Re: "Single Ladies" Discussion

narenh wrote:Eru didn't create the dwarves... Aulë did!


Is it sad that this was my first reaction?
by MSTK
Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0710: "Collatz Conjecture"
Replies: 278
Views: 70081

Re: "Collatz Conjecture" Discussion

I'm pretty sure there was a low-level Project Euler problem involving the Collatz Conjecture that involved searching every thread starting from the numbers one to maybe over a million and logging their length-to-1. It was pretty clear that, for efficiency, you eventually had to store "previousl...
by MSTK
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 36901

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

Valentines Day is the most depressing holiday anyway. I'd bet that more people break up on that day than any other. I don't know about that, but consider the following: Approximate number of Google results (Safesearch on, no omitted results displayed): 31,100 - "we got engaged on valentine's d...
by MSTK
Fri Feb 12, 2010 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 36901

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

Did anyone else find it odd that the graph shows values for "feelings for you" BEFORE they first met? Maybe his "heart" line is a measure of love excitement in his life, before meeting the person in question. That would explain the discontinuity (a break-up) and the dip in happi...
by MSTK
Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: AMC 10/12
Replies: 30
Views: 5106

Re: AMC 10/12

Is there any way I can take this test online? :(
by MSTK
Fri Feb 12, 2010 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0701: "Science Valentine"
Replies: 133
Views: 36901

Re: "Science Valentine" Discussion

That depends on the definition. I'm in the camp pf those saying it's over with the 31.12.10, with the next one starting at 01.01.11. The new decade starts at the zero year. It makes sense because we call it the time around 1925 the twenties. It would not make sense to have the last year of the twen...
by MSTK
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0696: "Strip Games"
Replies: 250
Views: 76268

Re: "Strip Games" Discussion

Ok, Seriously now, I want to know how strip Agricola and strip Settlers of Catan work. All I've got is "whenever you make a joke about wood or sheep, remove a piece of clothing" I guess in Agricola - "whenever anything on your farm reproduces or gets ploughed remove a piece of clothi...
by MSTK
Sat Jan 23, 2010 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 21005

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

Utilizing capacitors allow bursts of energy that are theoretically infinitely higher-voltage than the actual battery's normal output (given a decent amount of time to charge, and enough juice left in the battery, and other limiting factors that prevent us from having a laser gun today). Your explan...
by MSTK
Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0692: "Dirty Harry"
Replies: 93
Views: 21005

Re: "Dirty Harry" Discussion

I have never understood why beam weapons in Sci-Fi are firing "bursts" and not continuous beams that simply stay on target with a continuous line of destruction. There are a few exceptions where this concept gets used, but seriously, where when have you seen a laser in real life that need...
by MSTK
Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0690: "Semicontrolled Demolition"
Replies: 158
Views: 33209

Re: "Semicontrolled Demolition" Discussion

CivilSarah wrote: I guess being unaware that there were "paranoid idiots" who "invented stupid stories" has caused this joke to fall quite flat for me. [...] @phlip: For future reference, I don't have the time or energy to browse Wikipedia for topics I didn't even know existed. ...
by MSTK
Wed Jan 13, 2010 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 101642

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

Someone tell me if this is wrong: Because the third panel involves an infinite recursion, every value represented there has to be indeterminate. As long as we assume the third panel is accurate, it will involve an infinite addition of infinitely small values to the third bar of the bar graph (in dr...
by MSTK
Tue Jan 12, 2010 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 63255

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

This is clear support for Last Thursdayism
by MSTK
Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 33783

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

glasnt wrote:Alias, we declare that user has exited this shell, but we will not gawk at their demise, for they are with the mkdir, now.

Spoiler:
/bad attempt at shell puns


bravo. i just created an account to commend this post.
by MSTK
Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0679: "Christmas Plans"
Replies: 64
Views: 14437

Re: "Christmas Plans" Discussion

I don't understand! I thought that for one to "not" observe Christmas, it would then have a definite date... and for one "to" observe it, its date would be uncertain. Nobody's replied to me yet. Is there something I'm missing? the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states (in laym...
by MSTK
Thu Dec 10, 2009 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Triplanetary" -- interesting movement system
Replies: 32
Views: 3326

Re: "Triplanetary" -- interesting movement system

Managed to type up a really rough draft of my paper-pencil game on LaTeX. For the lack of a better name, i'm calling it Fleet . It's made to be compact -- three or four ships on the opposite sides of paper flying towards the center and trying to shoot each other out of the sky before the other team ...
by MSTK
Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Triplanetary" -- interesting movement system
Replies: 32
Views: 3326

Re: "Triplanetary" -- interesting movement system

gravity's acceleration increases as you get further away, instead of decreasing. However, I've found that it actually models things pretty adequately! Am I missing something or is that a typo? I like your system. It's very good and should work well for class. Perhaps a sun-sized gravity well would ...

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