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by spekkeh
Fri Sep 09, 2011 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 86066

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

I had this the other day (get out of my head etc). I finished my dissertation and wanted to send the file to my supervisor/copromotor, but it turned out to be 11mb, 1mb too large for the mail server. Ack. He already went home and wouldn't be back for a couple of days so a USB stick wouldn't work. Wh...
by spekkeh
Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52217

Re: 0918: "Google+"

Google already owns my e-mail conversations (gmail), my phone communication (android), my interests and preferences (google search), the websites I visit (google ads) and the places I go to (Maps). Until now I at least had the illusion that all of this was all decontextualized data, but I'm sure as ...
by spekkeh
Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0891: "Movie Ages"
Replies: 158
Views: 39892

Re: 891: Movie Ages

This didn't phase me at all. Feeling excited about a Star Wars movie coming out actually feels like a lifetime ago. Or an alternate life in a galaxy far away for that matter.
by spekkeh
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0882: "Significant"
Replies: 166
Views: 85260

Re: 0882: "Significant"

Unfortunately, this is exactly how many scientists (not all, luckily, but too many) do statistics. They really do tests on dozens of variables at once, with several different statistical tests, and then publish the ones that are interesting. For a single experiment you should always divide your all...
by spekkeh
Wed Feb 09, 2011 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40271

Re: 0858: "Milk"

He's thinking about boobs 50% of the time. The only reason you could think that's fucked up is because you miss testes. Or think it's too conservative but not yet ironically so. If you want an intelligent meta-narrative out of this, you could see it as a pun on the fact that Beavis and Butthead are ...
by spekkeh
Wed Feb 09, 2011 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0858: "Milk"
Replies: 182
Views: 40271

Re: 0858: "Milk"

Really? I'm the first one?

GET OUT OF MY HEAD RANDALL
by spekkeh
Wed Feb 02, 2011 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0855: "1999"
Replies: 111
Views: 42497

Re: 0855: "1999"

Shit, one day in 1997 I had 17 people on my website. It had nothing of value except this very long list of ways to troll people IRL (of course it wasn't generally called trolling back then), which I copy pasted from an e-mail that would go around the few offices that actually had e-mail. Oh, and an ...
by spekkeh
Fri Oct 08, 2010 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0803: "Airfoil"
Replies: 243
Views: 102182

Re: 0803: "Airfoil"

Airplanes can fly upside down because if you change the pitch, the angle of attack at which the wings fly at result in the same pressure difference capable of lifting the plane. If you look at fighter planes and stunt planes, they have nearly symmetrical airfoil shapes, and it's just the wings angl...
by spekkeh
Wed Sep 15, 2010 12:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 42339

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

Also, I think you underestimate these solutions. You seem to think that we (myself being one of those modeling types) toss out anything that is a little too complex for our tastes. Oh I was just talking about the guy in the cartoon, and maybe even my own constructed strawman version of the guy in t...
by spekkeh
Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 42339

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

Are you being sarcastic? Because you are doing a great job of hiding it in the non-sense that is your post. Not at all. Modeling complex systems as preexisting simple systems with secondary terms is, albeit convenient, epistemologically wrong because it makes synthetic a priori assumptions about th...
by spekkeh
Wed Sep 15, 2010 8:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0793: "Physicists"
Replies: 158
Views: 42339

Re: "Physicists" discussion (#793)

Being a smug computer scientist going into a psychology PhD (psh, what do they know about hard science, bunch of social pussies), I had to rethink much of my smugness. I now think computer science should perhaps not be called science at all. Nor the theoretical physics as this cartoon shows. Fitting...
by spekkeh
Thu Jun 10, 2010 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 31033

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

Regarding desensitization, a while ago it was on the news that Belgian railway personnel operating the tracks were having sex orgies at work. And these orgies could well have been the reason they were not paying attention the day two trains crashed into each other, killing 20 people. I couldn't sto...
by spekkeh
Wed Jun 09, 2010 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0751: "Swimsuit Issue"
Replies: 119
Views: 31033

Re: "Swimsuit Issue" Discussion

Great comic, and oh so true. Will I get lynched by the angry forum mob if I really want a facebook 'like' button for this? Regarding desensitization, a while ago it was on the news that Belgian railway personnel operating the tracks were having sex orgies at work. And these orgies could well have be...
by spekkeh
Fri Jun 04, 2010 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0749: "Study"
Replies: 79
Views: 30754

Re: "Study" discussion

Looking at the number of strips that have been torn off, apparently kidney harvesting scams are a lot more popular than my games experiment :|
by spekkeh
Fri May 21, 2010 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0743: "Infrastructures"
Replies: 269
Views: 64665

Re: "Infrastructures" discussion

As long as it's not postscript / LaTeX. Seriously, give THAT a rest. It's very popular under business students now, because they found out everybody's only been using it to look smug anyway. Contemporary word processors can handle math equations just fine, and the rest even better. Hell Office 2010 ...
by spekkeh
Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0687: "Dimensional Analysis"
Replies: 159
Views: 64138

Re: "Dimensional Analysis" discussion

I never believed much of the global warming bubble, but if buying a new Prius means more sea in between us decent people and the Britons, then I'm ordering one this instant.
by spekkeh
Wed Nov 18, 2009 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0664: "Academia vs. Business"
Replies: 121
Views: 47273

Re: "Academia vs. Business" Discussion

Being a computer scientist who publishes papers, I do feel inclined to add a bit of realism to this cartoon academic "My god.. this will mean a half-dozen papers, a thesis or two, and a paragraph in every textbook on queuing theory!... which nobody reads and even less people give a shit about&q...

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