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by kdb
Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2102: "Internet Archive"
Replies: 17
Views: 3905

Re: 2102: "Internet Archive"

I told a younger colleague about leftward just today XD

Incidentally, Kik also also the name of a cheap clothing chain.
by kdb
Tue Jan 22, 2019 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 6178

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

If anyone is curious, the value of a stock is the present value of all the earnings it will ever have. Or, what is the same, the present value of all the dividends it will ever pay. It's a little uncertain what the future earnings will be, and how to discount them to the present. But if you can do ...
by kdb
Tue Jan 22, 2019 9:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 6178

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

The suggestion is that since equities trading is zero sum, sophisticated trading mechanisms merely waste resources in the aggregate. But if that's true, why does such economic activity proliferate? I don't think the market is some magical omniscient force for good or anything, but I do think it pus...
by kdb
Sun Dec 30, 2018 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 6348

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

For years now I've been trying to get people to accept Thousiard as another name for 10^6. Here's one I foisted upon a trivia contest a few years back: what's the next number in the series 3, 9, 27, 2, 0, ...? When everyone announced they were stuck, I offered the first hint that I would accept an ...
by kdb
Wed Dec 19, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2087: "Rocket Launch"
Replies: 14
Views: 4229

Re: 2087: "Rocket Launch"

Thanks to this comic I finally found out what "care bear" means. Turns out it's the English name of what German TV called "Glücksbärchi" (lit. "Happyness Bears" or, less fitting outside Las Vegas, "Lucky Bears"). Ah good times as a child... There's actually ev...
by kdb
Tue Nov 13, 2018 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18791

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

you take money from people who have too much of it and give it to people who don't have enough, while still leaving enough difference that it's still worth the effort trying to work your way into the first group and out of the last Except that those who have REALLY a lot, have ways around this. Suc...
by kdb
Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18791

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

They will work less for the same amount of money. Or they will work at more attractive times if it's work that does not go away by postponing it, and more people will find a job. What’s to say they will work less for the same amount of money? There’s lots and lots of hourly workers — what incentive...
by kdb
Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18791

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

On mail-in-voting: In our Austrian hair-thin far-right against liberal-with-far-left-influence presidental election, the far-right candidate won with 35 to 20 in the primaries, and lost by a miniscule margin in the run-off vote. Since in Austria nothing is ever done quite by the book, they found a r...
by kdb
Thu Nov 08, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18791

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I hadn't considered the ability-to-prove-how-you-voted angle of it, but that aside, I am super in favor of voting by mail and think that should be the normal default way of voting for everyone. From what I understand, countries that introduced digital remote voting as the default actually have seen...
by kdb
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 7349

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

So, I'm considering spending a few hundred more to get a new washing machine and junking one that would work perfectly well if the UI could take commands. I'll probably end up just fiddling with the control ring as long as the washing machine works OK otherwise, which is neither repair nor replace....
by kdb
Thu Aug 16, 2018 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 8396

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

As one final example, consider people who do quick mathematical calculations using Google search . Just think about that for a good long time. If it doesn't strike you as absurd, you're probably not a programmer. (NB: It's perfectly fine that Google makes this functionality available to its users. ...

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