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by BioTube
Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0877: "Beauty"
Replies: 91
Views: 21978

Re: 0877: "Beauty"

Unless you have a source to verify it, I'm just going to throw my word of mouth against yours and regurgitate what I've been told by the science section of a newspaper, of which I no longer possess the relevant article. The majority of our caloric intake actually came from foraging berries, edible ...
by BioTube
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0483: "Fiction Rule of Thumb"
Replies: 305
Views: 65182

Re: "Fiction Rule of Thumb" Discussion

Just, so wrong. Shakespeare - made up a shed load of new words in every play. hmmmm seems pretty good to me. duuuuh. Not necessarily - just because his plays are the first attestments of a number of words doesn't mean he made any of them up - it's likely they were already in currency. Besides, most...
by BioTube
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0553: "Pirate Bay"
Replies: 102
Views: 25455

Re: 0553: "Pirate Bay"

I normally seed to 1:1 unless I'm dealing with a private tracker. Helps keep the number of torrents from exploding.
by BioTube
Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0877: "Beauty"
Replies: 91
Views: 21978

Re: 0877: "Beauty"

Regarding chrth's comment on leaf color: here's something I've never been able to figure out: why do humans (at least Americans; I can't speak for all cultures) find such beauty when the leaves change color? If I'm hanging out as primitive man (i.e. before agriculture, and therefore before "ha...
by BioTube
Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 54083

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

So imagine you could transmit 3 words into the past. You can transmit them to anyone of your chosing, at any time in the past, but no more than 3 words. What would they be? "Cowpox-pus prevents smallpox" (possibly, due to Greek grammar, the entire sentence "Injecting the pus of cowpo...
by BioTube
Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0875: "2009 Called"
Replies: 111
Views: 54083

Re: 0875: "2009 Called"

And most importantly, did they ever release 'Duke Nukem Forever'? Maybe you missed the memo. After May 3, that meme can never be used again. You seem to be forgetting the fact that a last-minute delay is what started this whole mess - there's still plenty of time for 3D Realms to find a new engine ...
by BioTube
Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0874: "Time Management"
Replies: 56
Views: 14656

Re: 0874: "Time Management"

A_of_s_t wrote:And to think... I don't wake up until 11 on most days.
I can't sleep any later than nine - and that's when I'm sick and daylight savings time has just gone into effect.
by BioTube
Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0874: "Time Management"
Replies: 56
Views: 14656

Re: 0874: "Time Management"

It's because a lot of academics view real-world use of their theories as an abomination.
by BioTube
Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

Absolutely not. The definition only refers to the number of players in the market. Okay, time to cut the crap; I've told you several times that one specialized definition of monopoly refers solely to the coercive sort; the fact that other definitions exist doesn't make it wrong - it makes it jargon...
by BioTube
Mon Mar 14, 2011 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

The first two weren't mine, but I'll respond to you anyway. Disagreed. A restriction to act in any way is a restriction. You're conflating positive rights(the right to something, such as the oft-vaunted rights to education and healthcare) with negative rights(the right from something, such as aggres...
by BioTube
Sun Mar 13, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

How? You avoided the question. What is criminality? The state still has a monopoly on the justice system, does it not? The voluntarist view is the sole crime is aggression, which can take on many forms. There's no exception granted to states. Despite all the complex forces of the market, you still ...
by BioTube
Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24038

Re: 0871: "Charity"

As for the "Protips", well, you can use it to give actually useful information, in the same sense that you can make a Lolcat picture without a single grammar mistake: nobody will stop you from doing it. But if you're not extracting humour out of a meme, or if you're not making an interest...
by BioTube
Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24038

Re: 0871: "Charity"

"robbing"? "expropriation"? Do governments have no legitimity whatsoever, in your mind?? It doesn't matter; I was explaining the impression I got from Turing Machine's post. In any case, the guy earns his money. Just because he's employed by the state doesn't make it theft. TM s...
by BioTube
Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24038

Re: 0871: "Charity"

It seems positively rude, even if not quite asshole behavior, to rob Peter to pay Paul, but all right, moral-high-horseman. He works for a government-funded institution; thus by definition his income comes from taxpayers. Are you really suggesting everyone who works for government-funded institutio...
by BioTube
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

The homesteading principle is a claim to ownership. I point out the only true claim to ownership of an unowned territory is when you fight for it (compete with others) and defend it. When you realize that property owners today don't have to do that, the complaints of "oh, but they aren't letti...
by BioTube
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

This should be obvious. Free market theory relies on all players to be rational - rational means doing what's best for themself, i.e. being selfish. For producers, it means maximizing profits, for consumers, it means maximizing value. At no point in any free market theory (monopoly or not), do we e...
by BioTube
Fri Mar 11, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 24038

Re: 0871: "Charity"

"If you really cared, you'd give that money to kids whose employers just got shut down"


But who wants to think about economics?
by BioTube
Fri Mar 11, 2011 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

I find the idea of homesteading repulsive. So whoever is the first one to piss on the territory owns it? Fantastic. So you can just claim a natural resource for free, by contributing nothing, simply by using it! By the way, I'm fully aware that this is pretty much how nations decided their borders....
by BioTube
Fri Mar 11, 2011 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30925

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

You haven't talked to many supreme minarchy-hardon libertarians at length, have you? A common libertarian position is that independent certification authorities (like, say, Consumer Reports, or the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval or whatnot) are sufficient. This is supposed to hold even when the...
by BioTube
Tue Mar 08, 2011 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26085

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

Heh. What most people fail to realize is that all websites act the same way. :shock: You're always opening connections to ask for documents; closing them as they are loaded. Not true; modern versions of HTTP feature keep-alive, which reuses connections rather than going off and making new ones. Sti...
by BioTube
Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

I have long considered myself a socialist; one reason is that it has always seemed to me that the distinction between states and corporations is an arbitrary one The comparison between states and corporations is odd - the latter have to produce something people vaguely want and generally don't make...
by BioTube
Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0869: "Server Attention Span"
Replies: 90
Views: 26085

Re: 0869: "Server Attention Span"

What's really fun is when the server decides you need the mobile site ON A NORMAL BLOODY COMPUTER. Well, the good part about them thinking Konqueror is a mobile browser is that CNN doesn't pound me with garbage. The one site that did this to me I cared about got fixed after I fired off an email to ...
by BioTube
Sun Mar 06, 2011 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177670

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

Most interesting is his "modest proposal" It is really interesting. I agree that the original questions are not completely neutral and free of local and cultural context (which makes it a bit more difficult for non-americans to answer relevantly), but this "modest proposal" is m...
by BioTube
Mon Feb 28, 2011 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24594

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

To me, "Where's my flying car?" sounds like a metaphor for "Why can't I do whatever the hell I like?". Until everyone can follow all existing traffic laws perfectly, we'll never be ready for flying cars. As I mentioned before, most traffic laws don't contribute anything to traff...
by BioTube
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30571

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

If the nanobots are _eating_ the Earth, each one might not be able to eat its own volume--I certainly can't. They don't eat so much as disassemble and reassemble. A nanobot would reassemble matter into a copy of itself, i.e. the same volume. But there would be leftover waste material as there would...
by BioTube
Mon Feb 28, 2011 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"
Replies: 94
Views: 22627

Re: 0866: "Compass and Straightedge"

BrianB wrote:
tudza wrote:Squarely? Can you square a circle with just a compass and a straight edge? I forget.


Yes. Yes you can.
This just proves you didn't even bother to look up Lindemann.
by BioTube
Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24594

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

TO hell with flying cars. I want reasonable, not ridiculously loud and energy inefficient hovercraft. Mostly because I hate parallel parking and hydroplaning... At least one flying car design would have the ability to parallel land(think "Osprey", only with jets instead of propellers). It...
by BioTube
Fri Feb 25, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0865: "Nanobots"
Replies: 90
Views: 30571

Re: 0865: "Nanobots"

Regarding xkcd.com having an IPv6 address:
The text under the logo wrote:xkcd.com now has IPv6 connectivity. If you can't reach it, you or your
ISP have misconfigured equipment. Sadly, I now have no way to tell you.
by BioTube
Thu Feb 24, 2011 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24594

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

We humans have been slack when it comes to domesticating animals in the past several thousand years, if our ancient ancestors could do it, why the hell can't we? The Soviets domesticated the gray fox(getting behavior that matched dogs' by a surprising amount), but I believe that line's died out. Ba...
by BioTube
Wed Feb 23, 2011 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0864: "Flying Cars"
Replies: 117
Views: 24594

Re: 0864: "Flying Cars"

ImTestingSleeping, New York had several viable mass transit systems, but then the city council decided the private owners were charging too much and put price ceilings on tickets until they were completely unprofitable, resulting in the city buying them all and turning them to crap. Also, the nation...
by BioTube
Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40156

Re: 0858: "Milk"

And breasts are logically erogenous zones, why ?; The gametes come out of the penis and need to be placed in the vagina for maximum effectiveness; "Logically" , the other erogenous zones are distractions. Seems to be vaguely related with making the bother put up with being milked; remembe...
by BioTube
Sat Feb 19, 2011 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40156

Re: 0858: "Milk"

The problem is not in "being arbitrary": the problem is not realising that lactation is a turn-off much more often than it is a turn-on. You don't need statistics for that, it's just common sense. But then again, Randall's comics seem completely detached from reality so often that it does...
by BioTube
Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"
Replies: 116
Views: 28273

Re: 0861: "Wisdom Teeth"

I did have some fun times with the meds I got after being hit by a van. They gave me some high-strength painkillers, naproxen, and a muscle relaxant. They had specific instructions not to take the muscle relaxant and strong painkillers at the same time, so my mom and I flipped coins to see which it...
by BioTube
Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40156

Re: 0858: "Milk"

Aic wrote:Which one doesn't seem well-founded, the idea of having sex with a pregnant woman or the idea that "sex with a pregnant woman = ewe"?
The latter(well, spelt "eww"; see below). Could just be the parts of the internet I flounder around, but they're not exactly fetish sites. TVTropes, for instance
(I am indeed not too fond of the idea to almost poke your baby's head with your dick's head.)
Because there's no barrier there to keep several pounds baby and amniotic fluid in that might need to break and let the water out before the kid can see the outside world. Also, I'm pretty sure most of the time in the womb is spent head-up.
The latter are of a different level of association and reasoning. But I think neither of us feels like discussing that.
The point is(well, seems to be) that you're overthinking it if lactation's a turnoff. Just remember that the fact that milk comes out of boobies is as far as you need to go.
Kisama wrote:I agree that the idea that sex with a pregnant women is equivalent to a sheep isn't well-founded.
For some reason I though shesheep was spelled differently. That's what I get for rarely using onomatopoeias.
by BioTube
Thu Feb 17, 2011 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40156

Re: 0858: "Milk"

For Heaven's sake, is it TOO ILLOGICAL to make the link that "lactation = babies" and "babies = not sexy"? That's the same kind of logic that sates "sex with pregnant woman = ewe", yet it seems to be becoming more common that that idea isn't well-founded. Yes, I know s...
by BioTube
Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0310: "Commitment"
Replies: 119
Views: 32988

Re: 0310: "Commitment"

And I like this comic because my beloved partner of five years is blonde, I'm a brunette, and she was dating a guy when I met her. (The three of us are all still close. No, not that kind of close, you pervs . We're invited to his June wedding, to a lovely auburn-haired girl). So it's that kind of c...
by BioTube
Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40156

Re: 0858: "Milk"

philip1201 wrote:This might be a bit of a curveball, but the comic got me thinking: does breast milk count as a bodily fluid, that is to say, one of which the transfer might carry STDs? If so, do babies get STDs from their mothers if they breastfeed (in which case You need to be worried, given Your Mom)?
Yes, though presumably the risk is the same as swapping spit(<insert preemptive strike at infantophiles here>). The major reason a child can be born without the mother's infections is the fact the placenta is such a damn good filter.
mannjess wrote:Boobs are a part of life absent sex

Not to men.
So manboobs are sexualized by default? Then I must be doing it wrong.
by BioTube
Mon Feb 07, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0857: "Archimedes"
Replies: 137
Views: 35843

Re: 0857: "Archimedes"

I see skies of blue
Red roses too
Why don't you
Have a seat
right over there
by BioTube
Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176078

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Fat Tony wrote:Actually, when I said Confederation, I was referring to the Confederate States of America (ie. Civil War)
Confederacy.
by BioTube
Tue Feb 01, 2011 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176078

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Of course, Texas hardly seems to exist to most Americans; from the media you'd think this was some backwater state with a crazy governor, not the second most populous with an economy that withstood the worst of the bust.

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