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Wed Aug 20, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 24519

### Re: Quantum Teleportation

*Wants* And that Russian dog experiment freaked me the hell out. 'Twas creepy. Headlines about the "Invisibility fabric" are pretty nifty though. EDIT: The dog video is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rSrIkUXwsNk It is worrying that the first thing I thought was "Awesome, soon I...
Fri Jun 20, 2008 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0439: "Thinking Ahead"
Replies: 164
Views: 27890

### Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Get out of my head, Randal!
Mon Jun 09, 2008 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0434: "xkcd Goes to the Airport"
Replies: 107
Views: 30418

### Re: xkcd Goes to the Airport Discussion

I was on a flight last year, where my friend accidentally put a set of lockpicks in his hand luggage, got through the security checks in the UK, which are supposed to be oh-so-strict, without them even showing up, then we changed flight in Qatar, where they did show up on the scanner, but he got thr...
Wed May 07, 2008 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is -1 a prime?
Replies: 34
Views: 4216

### Re: Is -1 a prime?

Fixed. I accept that -1 isn't a prime, I am just unclear on why. Is there a mathematical reason for numbers less than one not being prime, as with 1, or is it purely historical?
Wed May 07, 2008 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is -1 a prime?
Replies: 34
Views: 4216

### Is -1 a prime?

Is there any reason that primes can only be greater than 1? While almost all negative numbers must have at least 3 factors, themselves, 1 and -1, the number -1 only has itself and 1 as factors, which would seem to qualify it as a prime. Can someone explain why -1 isn't prime?
Sun May 04, 2008 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0418: "Stove Ownership"
Replies: 148
Views: 29510

### Re: "Stove Ownership" Discussion

R.K. wrote:Stuffed with, or wrapped in?

Both. In bacon gravy.
Sun May 04, 2008 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0418: "Stove Ownership"
Replies: 148
Views: 29510

### Re: "Stove Ownership" Discussion

I just had this experience, when I learned the recipe for Dumplings, and realised that I could make a dumpling the size of my head ANY TIME I WANTED TO. Now I just need to add bacon!
Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0407: "Cheap GPS"
Replies: 99
Views: 23339

### Re: "Cheap GPS" Discussion

On one trip, using Google maps, I found that Google had given me contradictory instructions: "Take 1st exit at roundabout", immediately followed by: "Take 2nd exit at (the same) roundabout"... It was... odd.
Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0401: "Large Hadron Collider"
Replies: 215
Views: 64082

### Re: "Large Hadron Collider" Discussion

I don't know why they called it "Large" (other than that it is really, really big), but according to Wikipedia, the Super Large Hadron Collider is in the pipeline... or rather will be in 2015. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Large_Hadron_Collider edit: also, see http://en.wikipedia.org/...
Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0401: "Large Hadron Collider"
Replies: 215
Views: 64082

### Re: "Large Hadron Collider" Discussion

In order to try and hit a pigeon with the proton beam, surely the bird would have to be within the particle accelerator, since the idea is that the proton beam is intended to remain within the tubes... Also, the whole idea of the LHC goes against everything ghostbusters has ever taught us! Surely cr...
Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 49635

### Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

Also, Opera can go either way... I'm thinking anything by Wagner as a positive example, particularly Die Walküre, and The Barber of Seville as a negative... From other Genres: Katamari Damacy Monty Python's 'Finland' Anything which requires air guitar/drums etc... I'm sure you can think of an exampl...
Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0400: "Important Life Lesson"
Replies: 242
Views: 49635

### Re: "Important Life Lesson" Discussion

Far worse for me would be all the random soundfiles I have... One of which is HAL saying "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that..."

Well, that or the a cappella remix of the Timewarp...
Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0392: "Making Rules"
Replies: 157
Views: 25707

### Re: Making Rules

The "no punch back" rule is flawed, in that I can just deal out punches to whoever tried it, without needing a motivation.
Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0388: "Fuck Grapefruit"
Replies: 412
Views: 96255

### Re: "Fuck Grapefruit" Discussion

Banana fills me with nothing but disgust and loathing.
Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Base 12 kicks all your asses
Replies: 88
Views: 23548

### Re: Base 12 kicks all your asses

Clearly, the best base to use is base infinity! No more worries, as every integer has it's own symbol! I'll leave it up to someone else to devise all those symbols, however.
Mon Jan 14, 2008 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0370: "Redwall"
Replies: 155
Views: 33870

### Re: "Redwall" discussion

I loved Redwall at some point in my younger life, but, like most people, I slowly started to notice that every story was almost exactly the same. And I felt slightly bad for all the rats, weasels, foxes, ferrets, stoats etc. I always wondered why an entire set of species was automatically evil, then...
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: High and low point of your day
Replies: 3315
Views: 242492

### Re: High and low point of your day

High point: Computing class

Low point: Realising that that was my high point of the day.
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star wars stormtrooper.
Replies: 35
Views: 4404

### Re: Star wars stormtrooper.

1) Storm troopers did not make up the majority of the empire's force Fair point, but whether or not their opponents were stormtroopers, the rebel army still had a large number of opponents to defeat, the figures I used for the army only included the US army, and not the air force or navy, but I ass...
Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star wars stormtrooper.
Replies: 35
Views: 4404

### Re: Star wars stormtrooper.

I had considered the species issue, and it was part of the reason that I only put the average population per planet at 1 billion, whereas I believe it would probably be higher, especially considering planets such as Corascant, which is believed to be somewhere between a trillion and a quadrillion. I...
Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star wars stormtrooper.
Replies: 35
Views: 4404

### Re: Star wars stormtrooper.

Hoth was the location of the largest Rebel outpost, so there would have been other locations where they were hiding, but still not in anything even close to the Imperial numbers, and admittedly most of the stormtroopers would be guarding other planets, but even if 1% of the Imperial army was employe...
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star wars stormtrooper.
Replies: 35
Views: 4404

### Star wars stormtrooper.

I was doing a quick calculation, based on data found on Wikipedia, on the approximate number of stormtroopers which the Empire would have at their disposal, and I came up with this: According to this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_Empire_%28Star_Wars%29, the empire at it's height con...
Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Rocky Horror Picture Show
Replies: 40
Views: 6378

### Re: Rocky Horror Picture Show

Last year I went to the RHS at my local theatre with a group of friends (in drag, naturally), it was the most fun ever :p... Particularly when we walked back through town in-costume... Sadly, someone lost my camera with all the photos on.
Fri Sep 28, 2007 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0322: "Pix plz"
Replies: 392
Views: 95701

### Re: "Pix plz" Discussion

podbaydoor wrote:I do notice that guys will refuse to speak to me/acknowledge my existence in my comp sci classes, though.

Somewhat scarily, while my college has something like 2 girls to every guy, my computing class is entirely male...
Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 46216
I thought sarcasm was the lowest form... In my thighs, puns are quite high up the humour scale.
Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0321: "Thighs"
Replies: 194
Views: 46216
When I saw this discussion I immediately thought of Swastika Thighs by Primal Scream...

I need to keep my thighs peeled for some more songs though...

Eww...
Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0087: "Velociraptors"
Replies: 94
Views: 27676
Would zombies attack raptors? would raptors eat zombies? These issues need to be given more thought!
Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Periodic Plurals?
Replies: 14
Views: 3188

### Re: Periodic Plurals?

If anyone insisted on saying "helia" as the plural, I would in turn insist that they fully decline the noun for all 5 major latin cases (*"the helia's valence electrons", "the heliorum valence electrons"). If you're going to be pretentious about knowing latin plurals I...
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Minimum population question
Replies: 50
Views: 17881
Cloning might not create diversity, but you could make out with yourself...
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Periodic Plurals?
Replies: 14
Views: 3188
Yeah, I couldn't think of a situation where it would be used, I just thought it was quite interesting...
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Nucular
Replies: 106
Views: 11878
Some of these are quite annoying when they are used, but in some cases, it is more down to the original meaning being lost from the language, and the new one taking over, and they make a perverse sort of sense... What really annoys me is something which has taken over in my part of Britain (North Ea...
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Avoidance of rhyme
Replies: 32
Views: 7401
I sometimes speak in partial rhyme when I get bored. And encourage other people to change serious pieces of work to promote rhyme... I got someone to rewrite the first paragraph of a creative writing piece full of internal rhyme... still don't know how it was received...
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Periodic Plurals?
Replies: 14
Views: 3188

### Periodic Plurals?

As I was sitting today, I embarked on a mental tangent while gazing at a copy of the periodic table. I was thinking, many of the elements have the suffix -um or -ium. I was wondering if there would ever be a situation where the name of an element would ever take the seemingly logical plural suffix -...
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words that are fun to mispronounce
Replies: 169
Views: 26819
After a childhood containing the singing kettle, I sometimes pronounce whole sentences with all the vowel sounds replaced with one particular vowel sound, for example, the original singing kettle example 'I like to eat, eat, eat, eat, I like to eat apples and bananas' becoming, for example, 'I like ...
Tue Sep 25, 2007 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Calculus should be mandatory.
Replies: 89
Views: 10180
I think that people who WANT to learn calculus etc at high school should be allowed to. I know that I could have done something more useful in the six or so months we spent going over all the easy stuff so the people who didn't get it the first time round can.
Mon Sep 24, 2007 7:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0087: "Velociraptors"
Replies: 94
Views: 27676
Excuse me, but I think that the larger threat of zombie velociraptors is being ignored! And what about radioactive ninja robot zombie velociraptors? They are real, I swear!
Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Mafia: I AM OVER WITH THIS GAME... GAME OVER... FIN... DONE!
Replies: 146
Views: 20511
Well damn, normally you have to work pretty hard to lose both the doctor AND the detective in the first round... Normally those guys survive the whole game...
Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Mafia: I AM OVER WITH THIS GAME... GAME OVER... FIN... DONE!
Replies: 146
Views: 20511
You know, with this being XKCD, i'm somewhat surprised that there isn't a disguised raptor role...

If you want, I will volunteer to help G.M. if the offer still stands?
Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Mafia: I AM OVER WITH THIS GAME... GAME OVER... FIN... DONE!
Replies: 146
Views: 20511
Typical... Seriously, if I knew who you are, I would haunt you so bad.
Mon Sep 17, 2007 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mafia
Topic: Mafia: I AM OVER WITH THIS GAME... GAME OVER... FIN... DONE!
Replies: 146
Views: 20511
Hey, i'm in if someone can tell me what the times are in GMT
Sun Sep 16, 2007 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bullets but not Rocks?
Replies: 47
Views: 6315
Still, if the bullet can travel at 0.6c, then it is to be assumed that it is possible to get ships to similarly large speeds, where the loss of speed from firing will not throw the ship backwards.

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