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by dragondave
Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 19574

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

There are about twenty countries with death rates below [average]... The death rate in all of these countries is going to go up. It has to, because of math. Not if there is net immigration of young, healthy workers and net emigration of slightly less young, healthy workers. Some of the countries li...
by dragondave
Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1043: “Ablogalypse”
Replies: 91
Views: 31062

Re: 1043: “Ablogalypse”

What intrigues me is the 2007 news reference volume for 'blog': Suddenly, at the start of 2007, the volume drops by about 60%; it remains at a roughly flat level before suddenly picking up at the end of the year back to where it left off... http://www.google.com/trends/viz?q=blog,+tumblr,&date=a...
by dragondave
Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109041

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Since its a game with luck it should be impossible for the computer to get a 100% win rate over. A over 50% win is still surprising to me. Tournament Scrabble has no probabilistic features* - everyone has exactly the same tiles and makes moves on exactly the same board; only the person who wins eac...
by dragondave
Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Nothing Beats Rock.
Replies: 81
Views: 13416

Re: Nothing Beats Rock.

Blackpool Rock.
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by dragondave
Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109041

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Sadly, I'm pretty sure autonomous combat drones win quite handily at both Calvinball and Seven minutes in heaven.
At least, the other players certainly lose.
by dragondave
Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 23145

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

Reason #58 I should never have children

Fixed.
by dragondave
Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0988: "Tradition"
Replies: 175
Views: 65206

Re: 988: "Tradition"

Most played Christmas hits, according to the PRS (UK)
source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/7754712.stm
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by dragondave
Wed Apr 13, 2011 5:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0885: "Recycling"
Replies: 59
Views: 15037

Re: 0885: "Recycling"

There's a couple of things that irritate me about recycling. 1) Items labelled: "Body: Plastic - widely recycled Cap: Plastic - check local recycling Liner: Plastic - not currently recycled" So, how am I supposed to tell whether the cap is recyclable or not? Just saying "plastic"...
by dragondave
Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"
Replies: 82
Views: 18070

Re: 0820: "Five-Minute Comics: Part 2"

Let's just say that blacklightsabers are far better than fleshlightsabers.
by dragondave
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 28565

Re: 0807: Connected

We romanticize love because it's one of the nicer things we experience in our lives, and we romanticize young love because it marks a period of intense and meaningful transition in our lives. Young people aren't jaded, and don't have the experience to understand that things aren't as rosy as they e...
by dragondave
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0807: "Connected"
Replies: 143
Views: 28565

Re: 0807: Connected

cjmcjmcjmcjm wrote:So, any hot ladies like "Fast Food Fuckin'" by the 1108 Thugz?

badmartialarts wrote:"Lenny Kravitz" by Electric Six? Anyone? Just me? :)

"Never Going To Give You Up", by Rick Astley? Obscure, I know, but...
by dragondave
Wed Oct 13, 2010 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0805: "Paradise City"
Replies: 144
Views: 42686

Re: 0805: Paradise City

Take me down to Paganitzu City
Where the grass ain't green
And the girls aren't pretty

Kind of a poor performance really, but that's what it makes me think of.

http://www.3drealms.com/paganitzu/index.html
by dragondave
Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0783: "I Don't Want Directions"
Replies: 193
Views: 38725

Re: "I Don't Want Directions" discussion (#783)

My usual approach is:
"Right, what's your postcode?"
Fifteen seconds later, in Google Street View, asking the housenumber and then: "Is that the one with the red door and the porch?"

It generally freaks people out :)

Dave.
by dragondave
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Counting rocks on Mars
Replies: 11
Views: 1657

Re: Counting rocks on Mars

Imagemagick might also be of use: it supports both jp2 and FITS. http://www.imagemagick.org/script/formats.php http://www.imagemagick.org/script/jp2.php and has commands to modify/crop/resize and adjust contrast and brightness. With a little work, it should be possible to automate the entire process...
by dragondave
Tue Feb 02, 2010 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry "typing"?
Replies: 14
Views: 2244

Re: Chemistry "typing"?

If you're not wanting to / able to install additional packages, abusing Word's autocorrect function is a godsend.
by dragondave
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google Chrome for Linux, including xkcd tribute
Replies: 16
Views: 2535

Google Chrome for Linux, including xkcd tribute

http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/w00t.html

Randall's lettering is far better, and there aren't any particularly interesting jokes, but people might be interested in seeing the website.

Also, it makes Wave significantly less painful on my netbook. :)

Dave.
by dragondave
Wed Dec 02, 2009 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0670: "Spinal Tap Amps"
Replies: 110
Views: 31837

Re: "Spinal Tap Amps" Discussion

I can't remember where I heard that the reason those amps went up to 11 was that it was a bel scale: i.e. the top end of the range was 110 decibels.

Sadly, can't find any evidence for this online. Another happy urban myth sadly shattered. :(
by dragondave
Sun Oct 04, 2009 4:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Westerwelle: "This is Germany, speak German"
Replies: 37
Views: 4584

Re: Westerwelle: "This is Germany, speak German"

Firstly, I haven't seen the original video, having never learnt German; at least I'll state that up-front so I can be dissed appropriately for commenting on something I haven't seen. 1) The BBC correspondent should be fluent in German. Germany is an important nation; I doubt the BBC correspondent ha...
by dragondave
Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0622: "Haiku Proof"
Replies: 126
Views: 42186

Re: "Haiku Proof" Discussion

Euler on maths: Elements, not hot but cold like ice or reason. Quantity, a thing that can be lesser or more; money, weight or length. Magnitude: same thing; Maths: science of quantity. Lets just call it 'size'. Compare two sizes second, known, the 'unit' measure first with it. Number, size expressed...
by dragondave
Thu Jul 23, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0613: "Threesome"
Replies: 87
Views: 32220

Re: "Threesome" Discussion

Presumably, looking at the source, to obfuscate the text.

Code: Select all

(su b silve r \   sti ll\ s uc ks )


Quite why is unknown; potentially to stop google indexing it as actual content.

Dave.
by dragondave
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0613: "Threesome"
Replies: 87
Views: 32220

Re: "Threesome" Discussion

Actually, there's a good reason not to get involved in the n-body orgy. When doing computational modelling of the n-body problem, there's an issue with the point particles getting so close to each other at the end of a time step since the particles attract each other with such force on the next time...
by dragondave
Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0554: "Not Enough Work"
Replies: 129
Views: 25913

Re: "Not Enough Work" Discussion

In python: # three, five, three # poetry escape! # your momma def haiku( autumn=None): return True """Wise coder feels winter's touch if no doc() """ Admittedly, this rather zen-like proceedure takes Bashō's motto to heart: 'Learn the rules; and then forget them.' It is...
by dragondave
Wed Mar 11, 2009 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0179: "E to the Pi times I"
Replies: 161
Views: 54645

Re: "e to pi times i" Discussion

Why should we define i = \sqrt{-1} ? There is nothing special about i ; j is also used in the literature, and there isn't anything preventing the use of \sqrt{-1} itself, other than it is a pain to write repeatedly. When trying to draw fractals it's often useful to not think about the fact that i is...

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