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by gerv
Tue May 22, 2018 6:50 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 11363

Re: What-If 0157 "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

The thing is - he didn't actually answer the question posed. How _long_ would it take? If He just said it takes "several years" to reach L1. If the rest is relatively quick then perhaps that's a good estimate for the whole thing but still, I was expecting more precision...
by gerv
Fri May 15, 2015 9:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”
Replies: 125
Views: 26439

Re: 1525: “Emojic 8 Ball”

It might have been a good idea if he'd used a downloadable font which had the emoji in it, then they would have worked for everyone...
by gerv
Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1505: "Ontological Argument"
Replies: 278
Views: 37786

Re: 1505: "Ontological Argument"

“[God's] omnipotence means power to do all that is intrinsically possible, not to do the intrinsically impossible. You may attribute miracles to Him, but not nonsense. There is no limit to His power. If you choose to say, 'God can give a creature free will and at the same time withhold free will fro...
by gerv
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 29963

Re: 1173: Steriods

Numbered responses: 1) If you are really interested in how living things are defined, it shouldn't be too hard to find it yourself. According to Wikipedia, Life vs Non-life is "a characteristic that distinguishes objects that have signaling and self-sustaining processes from those that do not&...
by gerv
Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 29963

Re: 1173: Steriods

Awesome, and absolutely true. So many of Randall's comics unintentionally point out the inconsistencies of those who believe in evolutionary abiogenesis. "We humans are sacks of chemicals which stay alive by finding other chemicals and putting them inside us." * If humans are just "sa...
by gerv
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1123: "The Universal Label"
Replies: 114
Views: 21299

Re: 1123: "The Universal Label"

Presumably this label could also be stuck on humans? If all you are is hydrogen and time, same as a star or a rock, then how can things like personality, morality, value or obligation have any real meaning? The big bag of fizzing chemicals which is me behaves one way; the other big bag which is you ...
by gerv
Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0781: "Ahead Stop"
Replies: 171
Views: 34931

Re: "Ahead Stop" discussion (#781)

"Have you considered that highway engineers might just know a few things about how people read road signs that you don't?" Well, turns out the highway engineers in quite a few other countries (including the UK) don't know it either, because they write on the roads in the other order - the ...

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