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by herbys
Thu Aug 21, 2014 6:11 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"
Replies: 74
Views: 21373

Re: What-If 0109: "Into the Blue"

That is no moon. It is a space station. And it has a powerful laser aiming at us.
by herbys
Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1335: "Now"
Replies: 131
Views: 63588

Re: 1335: "Now"

So it is OK to call Antarctica at any time?
by herbys
Wed Feb 19, 2014 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1332: "Slippery Slope"
Replies: 119
Views: 22534

Re: 1332: "Slippery Slope"

I am always amazed how for some people the world is entirely composed of flat ground, cliffs and slippery slopes. Especially in politics, there doesn't seem to be anything like a grassy hill, a staircase or a well-cemented ramp. Any departure from the horizontal has to end in certain death.
by herbys
Tue Nov 05, 2013 5:01 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"
Replies: 38
Views: 14665

Re: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"

Randall is assuming that people will continue to die of natural causes, which might be reasonable for fifty years or so, but not beyond that. By 2060 we will almost certainly have advanced life extension technologies that will change the math significantly (think basic stuff such as telomere extensi...
by herbys
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0652: "More Accurate"
Replies: 131
Views: 40026

Re: "More Accurate" Discussion

the only weapon carrying robots in existence are all ground-bound and remotely operated. I'm not sure what "ground-bound" means, but if it means non flying, you're missing the Predator. It carries missiles. You can see one dogfighting a Mig-25 (and losing) here: http://www.youtube.com/wat...
by herbys
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185816

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

The rest of us get to enjoy the deep irony that these sworn, mortal enemies are actually very, very similar. Both are annoying, but that and the fact that both think they are right (duh, tell me about someone that think he or she is wrong) are the only thing in which they are similar. Their fundame...
by herbys
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0809: "Los Alamos"
Replies: 181
Views: 47981

Re: 0809: Los Alamos

It's unfortunate that the Psychlos were better at math than Steve.
by herbys
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32105

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

Seriously, how can anyone be still arguing for two spaces? I understand if people say "I like it" or "It is how I am used to do it", but don't you think that if we needed more space at the end of the sentence we could just make the space after the period longer? There's no argume...
by herbys
Sat Sep 21, 2013 8:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1263: "Reassuring"
Replies: 152
Views: 32018

Re: 1263: "Reassuring"

Back in the 1960's, when AI research was just beginning, researchers predicted that within the next 20 years we would have machines as intelligent as humans. I remember reading some of these predictions in the 1970's and wondering... Back in the 1980's, I read Douglas Hofstadter's brilliant book &q...
by herbys
Wed Feb 06, 2013 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1170: "Bridge"
Replies: 135
Views: 29724

Re: 1170: "Bridge"

My first and only comic so far consisted on mamma lemming admonishing her confused lemming boy with "if all your friends jump off a cliff, will you follow them?". Drawn in a "far side" style.
by herbys
Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26024

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

I did a N-gram search for meaning less dates, the breakdown is as follow 31% June 31st 17% September 31st 16% April 31st 16% November 31st 14% February 30th 6% February 31st I'm new to using N-gram, but it looks like September 31st had a big spike in 1893, and November 31st in 1770. I also searched...
by herbys
Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"
Replies: 152
Views: 26024

Re: 1140: "Calendar of Meaningful Dates"

I think that it's interesting that March 21 (first day of spring) gets some notoriety, but that winter solstice/first day of summer/fall do not. I guess in cold places, people get really excited over spring. March 21st is not just an equinox, but a traditional new year's date in a lot of cultures. ...
by herbys
Thu Jun 14, 2012 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1068: "Swiftkey"
Replies: 88
Views: 46038

Re: 1068: "Swiftkey"

Well, it doesn't really give you a "typical sentence". It will give you a construct build of frequent triplets starting with your most frequent beginning word. But it most likely will be a phrase you never used.
by herbys
Wed May 02, 2012 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"
Replies: 360
Views: 86870

Re: 1050: "Forgot Algebra"

If you haven't solved for X at any point in the last few years, you most likely achieved sub-optimal solutions to almost every single problem you faced. I hope you are proud of your sub-optimal life.
by herbys
Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1036: "Reviews"
Replies: 74
Views: 20662

Re: 1036: "Reviews"

I don't mind lamps with the switch on the cord. What I HATE is lamps with the switch right under the bulb, the only place that is both invisible (as it is hidden by the tulip) and dangerous (at the very least, you can burn your fingers, at worst you could get electrocuted if the lamp is improperly d...
by herbys
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 21809

Re: 1004: "Batman"

I mean, honestly, when was the last bat attack on a human? Oh no! They are going to nest in your hair and lay eggs! "among the 19 naturally acquired cases of rabies in humans in the United States from 1997-2006, 17 were associated with bats" Thank you for the correction. I had forgotten a...
by herbys
Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 21809

Re: 1004: "Batman"

You should watch Batman in Italian to see how important a name is. When the Joker asks who he is and Batman responds "Io sono... il Huomo Pipistrello" I spilled my drink. BTW, a long time ago I started writing a comic about a masked bat that dressed as a man to fight crime in its cave. It ...
by herbys
Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 23250

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

> "If you're lying in bed tonight and you see yellow eyes glinting in your window, are you being stalked by a puma, a mountain lion, a panther, a catamount, or a cougar?

It could also be a raptor.
by herbys
Thu Nov 17, 2011 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0978: "Citogenesis"
Replies: 179
Views: 61588

Re: 0978: "Citogenesis"

One way to reduce the incidence of this sort of thing would be to mandate that cited sources NEED to be of a later date than the original edit for the piece of text referencing it. It looks to me like something difficult to automate though. But at least if there was a rule for citations that require...
by herbys
Tue Nov 01, 2011 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 38496

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

As others have said, what CVS is doing could be labeled as "evil" or "stupid". It would be evil if we were forced to buy there. But as I have stopped buying there since I discovered I will have to look twice before buying medicine from them, and I don't think I'm the only one, I ...
by herbys
Sat Oct 08, 2011 3:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 57942

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

Since no one laid it all out explicitly in one post and people still seem confused: The stick figures are standing at the (rather impressive) grave of Steve Jobs which in the comic has been equipped with an eternal flame that looks remarkably like the "wait" cursor in OSX. The joke, in so...
by herbys
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36064

Re: 0951: "Working"

Well, there IS of course the exception of the second gas station being on your route anyway. Not really an exception since this comic addresses going out of your way for a perceived savings. In my town, gas stations don't post their prices where they are visible from the road (something to do with ...
by herbys
Thu Sep 15, 2011 4:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0951: "Working"
Replies: 165
Views: 36064

Re: 0951: "Working"

I fully agree with the math and I always consider the cost of my time when investing it in doing purchases (for anything other than things that I enjoy buying). Even more so, it is funny that people will go across town to buy a pen at half the price, but not do the same to buy a car for 0.1% less, w...
by herbys
Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0941: "Depth Perception"
Replies: 214
Views: 165930

Re: 0941: "Depth Perception"

Regarding the stars thing, if you ever wander through the southern hemisphere on a cloudless, dark area during a moonless night, you can certainly experience the depth of space with just a few minutes of concentration. Just lay on your back looking at the sky for a while. Af first it will look flat ...
by herbys
Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317721

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

And really, how secure is Tr0ub4dor&3 when you use it for every site, like many people do? (http://xkcd.com/792/) (#792 actually made me decide to revise my passwords to all the sites I visit at least somewhat frequently. Now, I use a different password for almost every site, and they consist o...
by herbys
Fri Jul 29, 2011 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0931: "Lanes"
Replies: 253
Views: 68713

Re: 0931: "Lanes"

Randall, you omitted a big factor in your graph. Which is the truck that may, at any moment, hit you and kill you (and all your cancerous and non-cancerous cells). As well as the myriad of things that may kill you before Cancer (including old age if you survive long enough). Cancer sucks big time. E...
by herbys
Thu Apr 28, 2011 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39255

Relative time

It has always surprised me how time scales feel different for different spaces. For example, time on music goes much slower than news, but technology goes faster and movies go in-between. For example, November Rain by Guns and Roses feels way more recent than the Operation Desert Storm. But Windows ...
by herbys
Mon Apr 25, 2011 6:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 29915

Re: 0890: Etymology

Maybe it's not about the bird, but about the Ford Falcon car.
by herbys
Fri Apr 22, 2011 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60181

Re: 0889: Turtles

I used to have a turtle, but it ran away. Seriously. I think they have this trick, when you stop looking at them they move much faster. You are looking at them and they move in slow motion and go nowhere. You face the other side for a minute and when you look back at where the turtle used to be it h...
by herbys
Wed Apr 06, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0881: "Probability"
Replies: 326
Views: 107062

Re: 0881: "Probability"

brinhe wrote:gooley's a clear troll.


No, he's not. He's a dark troll.
by herbys
Thu Mar 10, 2011 9:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30210

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

It certainly is possible to be more vague than "save up to 15% or more". You could say "there exist points that fit into the set of allowable savings", for instance. Or saying "the set of possible savings includes 15%" would give you slightly less information (you woul...
by herbys
Thu Mar 10, 2011 8:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0870: "Advertising"
Replies: 168
Views: 30210

Re: 0870: "Advertising"

If there is anything more annoying in advertising than mathematically misleading statements, it is when advertising makes up cutesy fake math-ish/science-ish sounding terms to describe their product/service, or applying math/science terms to something they cannot be applied to. Not only is it awful...
by herbys
Thu Feb 03, 2011 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 42111

Re: 0855: "1999"

But we like to dramatize such things because the reality of developing a site is actually really fucking unexciting and audiences would be bored by the real hurdles. So, yeah, you could make the story of pretty much any website into The Social Network if you didn't give a damn for accuracy or truth...
by herbys
Wed Jan 26, 2011 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0852: "Local g"
Replies: 159
Views: 42565

Re: 0852: "Local g"

He missed considering the direction in which the jumpers are running. If you run in the direction of the earth's rotation, you get an extra .0026% from your jump, whereas if you run in the opposite direction, you get dragged by the same amount. I wonder how many athletes got dinged by that.
by herbys
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 41582

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

The Americas Christopher Columbus's efforts to obtain support for his voyages were not hampered by a European belief in a flat Earth. Christopher Columbus was also the beginning of my list of common misconceptions. Yes, it always puzzled me why people glorify him, when all he did was bad math that ...
by herbys
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 41582

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

10. Science disproves religion Haha, no. Again, sick of explaining this one. Agree on this one. Science has had no problem in proving religion. Not only it can prove it, it can also provide quite satisfactory explanations for its existance. It disproves god though. No it doesn't. It proves/disprove...
by herbys
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 41582

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

Other apparently popular misconceptions: If one person finds a particular webcomic page to be not funny, then no one else will either. xkcd is purely a gag strip, and is never polemical. It is true, however, that most webcomic artist-authors will refund the fee you paid to read a particular page if...
by herbys
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 41582

Re: 843: "Misconceptions"

Their insistence that Mary was perpetually a virgin "before, during, and after the birth" seems to indicate this physical aspect; otherwise "during birth" would have no meaning. It would. It's kind of freaky to even think of anal copulation during childbirth, but I don't see why...
by herbys
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 41582

Re: 0843: "Misconceptions"

Agent4286 wrote:What i find hilarious is that Mr. munroe is actually guilty of the misconception crime,

The whole joke in Comic 282 "organic Fuel" is based on a misconception in the first twenty on the list of misconceptions page on wiki!


Wrong. The stick guy did it, not Randall.
by herbys
Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0843: "Misconceptions"
Replies: 186
Views: 41582

Re: 843: "Misconceptions"

It is a common misconception that seasons are caused by the Earth being closer to the Sun in the summer than in the winter. What. I'm sure you already knew this but it's because the different hemispheres are close to the sun at different times. For example right now the northern hemisphere is leani...

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