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by AlexanderRM
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1389: "Surface Area"
Replies: 125
Views: 38192

Re: 1389: "Surface Area"

That's what evolution is for. That's what eugenics is for. It's evolution minus 99.9999% of the misery. *genetic engineering. *100%. I really can't see much reason to go to all the trouble of adjusting breeding rates at all unless you didn't have any way to directly manipulate the genes. Which of c...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26397

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

Sept. 11, 1973: a CIA-backed coup assassinates Chilean President Salvador Allende in the Moneda Palace, Santiago. Resulting in the deaths of, if I recall, more than 10 times as many people as the destruction of the twin towers during to the political repression that followed it? I'm *sure* that's w...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 22015

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

...So why is San Antonio on the furry porn map but not either of the other two? I'm pretty sure it's because all 3 maps are hand-drawn. The point is that the company is trying to claim that two or more demographics correlate, when the maps actually show nothing. One can use a cartogram, based on po...
by AlexanderRM
Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"
Replies: 70
Views: 25646

Re: 1125: "Objects In Mirror"

Hubble was American, so cars would be overtaking on the other side anyway. Not if you live in Massachusetts... Is that a fact or a joke? It's a joke. Drivers in Massachusetts are famous for all driving in the left lane (which is supposed to be the passing lane but people often think of as the "...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1065: "Shoes"
Replies: 107
Views: 44774

Re: 1065: "Shoes"

Could have been worse, it could have been the Segway of Immortality. So you'd be forced to stay on a Segway forever to stay immortal? I'd much prefer the shoes, yeah. Although socks might be nicer. Especially since that would let you take off your shoes. Certainly, actually, I'd much prefer to wear...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Sep 02, 2011 4:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 169055

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

Jared the Great wrote:
echoechoecho wrote:He should have the stream available to the public...


Seconded.


Thirded, or however far we've gotten... I'm sure someone else has already thirded this but w/e.
by AlexanderRM
Fri May 27, 2011 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186714

Re: #903: Extended MInd

The alt text is incorrect. There are several articles ( "computer software" and "oral history" for instance) that will trap you in loops. Eh? I went to Oral History and got to Philosophy quite quickly. Oral History -> History -> Information -> Sequence -> Mathematics -> Quantity...
by AlexanderRM
Tue Feb 22, 2011 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0859: "("
Replies: 216
Views: 59177

Re: 0859: "("

I hate it when people do that, but this would have been more effective if he had preceded it with something, so the parenthetical statement actually flowed from a line of thought. For example: Punctuation is a vital part of written language. From the humble comma to the stately ampersand, punctuati...
by AlexanderRM
Tue Jan 25, 2011 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0851: "Na"
Replies: 207
Views: 51480

Re: 0851: "Na"

Yeah, but I think there should be twice as many "Na"s for the batman theme... Yeah, I also thought so. I wonder if there are parts later in the theme where it has fewer "Na"s between each "Batman!" This comic I found to be hilarious, though at fist glance, I thought &q...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Sep 25, 2010 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 43839

Re: Gr"o"und zero mosque

First, I'd like to confirm that the statement about the U.S. having more blood on it's hands that Al-Quaeda as being, not only 100% true, but a ridiculous understatement. I imagine nobody has denied this, but that it's also been completely ignored. 3000 Americans died in 9/11, how many people have d...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0787: "Orbiter"
Replies: 86
Views: 25994

Re: "Orbiter" discussion (#787)

This is the map of Israel as it should be, everything inside the red border lines: 'http://img294.imageshack.us/f/greaterisraelmap.jpg Anyone who says anything else is either a defeatist, or an enemy. Probably both. Or maybe someone with basic knowledge of geography who realizes that rivers like th...
by AlexanderRM
Wed Aug 25, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0780: "Sample"
Replies: 135
Views: 25117

Re: Sample (#780) discussion

Sorta reminds me of Overlord- this incredibly awesome game with occasional unspeakably frustrating bits which you can't get to the rest of the game without completing. So I really, really, REALLY want to play the rest of the game but just CAN'T get past this one part. Arrrggghhh... except not quite,...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0775: "Savannah Ancestry"
Replies: 461
Views: 83502

Re: "Savannah Ancestry" discussion (#775)

Google reveals through Wikipedia that there once was a great quarterback named Nile Kinnick. Ah, OK... that makes sense, in a joking way. I was going to say "what rivers in Egypt are there besides the Nile" (seriously... the Nile is the only river in Egypt long enough to warrant naming, u...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Jul 02, 2010 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0761: "DFS"
Replies: 77
Views: 20134

Re: "DFS" Discussion

Very surprised "Velociraptor attack" didn't make it into the list of emergencies... Yeah, now that you mention it, highly surprising. Randall must have been replaced with a robot impostor. :0 Anyone who has tried to code a GO ai, you feel this one. You feel it deep inside. Not if you use ...
by AlexanderRM
Mon Jun 21, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 59908

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

Awww, looks like philosofinch beat me to it. Another perspective is to consider splitting the globe to evenly divide the population, rather than physical area. I'm guessing Kennedy used "the Southern half" to mean the developing countries, not those south of the equator. See: http://en.wi...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Apr 02, 2010 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd.com/unixkcd
Replies: 292
Views: 115820

Re: April Fools 2010 Discussion

I love this "prank". It's even better than Youtube's. Actually, I wouldn't mind if the site stayed this way indefinitely. I'd CERTAINLY love if it stayed up as a separate/optional thing... a sub-thing within XKCD.com would probably be best. Like, as an apparatus for going to the comics, b...
by AlexanderRM
Mon Mar 22, 2010 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0713: "GeoIP"
Replies: 166
Views: 48875

Re: "GeoIP" Discussion

Wow. Four frickin' pages and we moved from geolocation based on IP to economics class. And there, students is what not to do to a thread. You should be taking notes, goth dude in the back. We meet next Thorsday! Yeah, my thoughts exactly. This really does need a split. I was hoping to, y'know, disc...
by AlexanderRM
Mon Mar 22, 2010 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0711: "Seismograph"
Replies: 83
Views: 19598

Re: "Seismograph" Discussion

HI GUYS, I THINK YOU ARE, IN FACT, LARGELY MISUNDERSTANDING THIS: So wait, what if he answers "yes", but is ALSO YOU GUYS: lying? Then the polygraph line would show the opposite of what the seismograph would say. No, thats the great part - if an earthquake is happening then the machine is ...
by AlexanderRM
Tue Feb 23, 2010 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0705: "Devotion to Duty"
Replies: 99
Views: 27127

Re: "Devotion to Duty" discussion

This reminds me of "When sysadmins ruled the world", a short story in Overclocked by Cory Doctorow. That sounds interesting, I wish I had time to look for that. (assuming that's an online story) Also, the impression I get is that a world ruled by sysadmins would be a very... interesting (...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Feb 19, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104096

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

This sentence has three a's, two c's, two d's, twenty four e's, five f's, one g, six h's, ten i's, one l, thirteen n's, seven o's, five r's, twenty seven s's, sixteen t's, two u's, six v's, six w's, five x's and three y's. Best sentence I've seen all week. Now do one that includes spaces, apostroph...
by AlexanderRM
Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0688: "Self-Description"
Replies: 200
Views: 104096

Re: "Self-Description" Discussion

That's kind of cool. What kind of algorithm or system was used to create the images? Yeah, I'm wondering how this was done, assuming Randall actually did the specific values. Given the fact that recursion in panel 3 is infinite, wouldn't, theoretically, the amount of blank ink used in panel 3 be in...
by AlexanderRM
Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0689: "First Design"
Replies: 141
Views: 52213

Re: "First Design" Discussion

Heh, I love this! Unfortunately, having already had a quiz on the rules for this year's game in robotics, I have a couple of issues to point out: 1) Nothing may intentionally detach from the robot ("intentionally" is determined by the referees, not the teams). 2) That is WAY above the hei...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0435: "Purity"
Replies: 649
Views: 199123

Re: "Purity" Discussion

Math is just applied language arts. Using our powers of semantic representation to add stuff together. And language arts is just applied English, and English is just applied psychology... (or, really, what made me say that is that at least in my schooling system, after 6th grade language arts and r...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 52758

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

I think Pfhorrest answered the question well. Movement away from each other is not enough to cause time dilation. Two objects in constant motion away from each other will have clocks running at the same pace. The object that changes its velocity relative to the other is the one that experiences the...
by AlexanderRM
Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0686: "Admin Mourning"
Replies: 104
Views: 34478

Re: "Admin Mourning" Discussion

On a somewhat more philosophical note, it's interesting how much of a data shadow we leave behind these days. It'll definitely be creepier still when each of us has AI agents that keep working long after we're gone, because no one told them to stop .. (But seriously. There needs to be a "this ...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Jan 08, 2010 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 52758

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

I know its weird, because we still want to believe that there is a "God's frame of reference" above these frames of reference, but special relativity teaches us that there is not. Um, my whole question there was based on there NOT being a "God's frame of reference". I was noting...
by AlexanderRM
Mon Dec 28, 2009 2:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Play Facebook! Okay, not really
Replies: 35
Views: 3950

Re: Let's Play Facebook! Okay, not really

From the beginning it recommended one friend. Lorem Ipsum. Facebook just knows. Wait... it knew you were a testing account, so it suggested you friend someone who named their account after a type-testing thingy? Any day now the Facebook app for iPhones, Blackberries, etc will update itself. Everyon...
by AlexanderRM
Sun Dec 27, 2009 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0673: "The Sun"
Replies: 157
Views: 36310

Re: "The Sun" Discussion

Luckily if the fusion were failing near the center of the sun, we'd have millenia before we felt the effects of that, so we'd have plenty of time to prepare. Well, I suppose it depends how we tell that the sun is going out. If it's because it's getting dimmer, then those millenia have already passe...
by AlexanderRM
Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0674: "Natural Parenting"
Replies: 100
Views: 24108

Re: "Natural Parenting" Discussion

Oh my god, she gave birth to a new species of Pokemon! because the baby says "baby"? I think that's not the baby talking but Randall trying to tell us that it's not a midget...or maybe both I like how nine months became "soon." What did they do with the first kid in the meantime...
by AlexanderRM
Sun Dec 27, 2009 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0675: "Revolutionary"
Replies: 256
Views: 52758

Re: "Revolutionary" Discussion

Special relativity implies time dilation: moving clocks go slower than stationary clocks. Edit: Some people found this unclear, so let me draw a diagram in words. I am standing still. Relative to me, the train is moving left to right at .5c. Relative to the train, the racecar is moving right to lef...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Dec 25, 2009 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0672: "Suggestions"
Replies: 90
Views: 22733

Re: "Suggestions" Discussion

Well, if all you say is true, then the only reason I can think of is that she has been looking you up! If the Facebook "suggestion" feature takes that into account, it makes its choices of suggestions all the more ominous. Hmm... Huh... that might mean that it's actually useful for someth...
by AlexanderRM
Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Murder to keep your neighbourhood white: Not a hate crime
Replies: 43
Views: 4430

Re: Murder to keep your neighbourhood white: Not a hate crime

Um, you can apply that logic to almost any hate crime; every racist has a "reason" for their racism[1]. Killing a random member of group X because some other member of group X did something bad to you is pretty much the definition of a hate crime. Not to mention the definition of stupidit...
by AlexanderRM
Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0670: "Spinal Tap Amps"
Replies: 110
Views: 32135

Re: "Spinal Tap Amps" Discussion

Wow, 6 minutes to post a thread, thats pretty bad... I'm slightly biased, but I think this is one of the better comics I have seen in a while. I burnt my cheese. I'm sure there is some logic behind the system though, maybe 0-10 is the safe percentage and 11 is the overload safety factor? So while i...
by AlexanderRM
Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0669: "Experiment"
Replies: 99
Views: 26430

Re: "Experiment" Discussion

1) In my physics class, this place is known as ``physitopia''. I makes word problems way shorter. Wait, no. Physitopia has friction, but the air there is frictionless, the rope massless. 2) If he was smart he'd reach for the laptop and throw it in the opposite direction so he could reach the door b...
by AlexanderRM
Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0671: "Stephen and Me"
Replies: 84
Views: 16714

Re: "Stephen and Me" Discussion

Did anyone else notice that camera girl lost her backpack in the last panel? Something vanished from the desk as well. She stuffed it in her backpack and threw it out the window to a waiting accomplice. The whole documentary thing was just a ruse to get in there. That is the AMESOMEST explanation e...
by AlexanderRM
Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0659: "Lego"
Replies: 265
Views: 59617

Re: "Lego" Discussion

If it makes it clearer, imagine there's a second box that says "no, I'm a selfish prick" below the organ donor box, and it's blank. They totally should do that, seriously; that would massively increase the number of people who choose to become organ donors. Also, put this comic at the top...
by AlexanderRM
Thu Nov 12, 2009 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0661: "Two-Party System"
Replies: 102
Views: 16709

Re: "Two-Party System" Discussion

It still would be nice to have preferential ballots so you could judge the actual support level of those parties and not just their support after people bail to one of the big parties in fear of vote-splitting. That would be nice, definitely. But, really, I would argue that the current U.S. democra...
by AlexanderRM
Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0649: "Static"
Replies: 111
Views: 29508

Re: "Static" Discussion

he's wearing the wrist strap thing so she won't get pregnant right? How can you tell she's a she? Well, it's well-known that there are non-barrier methods for preventing pregnancy. However, there are no non-barrier methods of preventing STD transmission, and the reasons for this are pretty obvious....
by AlexanderRM
Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0638: "The Search"
Replies: 139
Views: 35670

Re: "The Search" Discussion

Don't they wonder what keeps dropping food and stepping on them? >_> Do you ever wonder what keeps dropping minerals and [insert verb for some natural disaster] on us? Indeed, I'd thought about something similar before, and came to the conclusion that the only way humans could be in a similar situa...
by AlexanderRM
Sun Sep 13, 2009 2:46 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: No more "classics" (xkcdsucks.com discussion)
Replies: 221
Views: 72868

Re: No more "classics" (xkcdsucks.com discussion)

I am backwards, I didn't enjoy most of his first ones. They were just odd doodles referencing stuff I didn't know about. Yeah, the really early ones were definitely not so good. Most of them weren't even intended as humorous. They were good in a sense, but they certainly weren't what made XKCD so p...

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