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by zAlbee
Tue May 29, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1061: "EST"
Replies: 128
Views: 45630

Re: 1061: "EST"

To boost economic output and the education system, the new calendar moves from 7 day weeks to (mostly) six days weeks. This works out nicely with the 36 or 37 day months: Six weeks of six days each, and the weekdays don't shift around -- the 1st is always a Monday, for example. The days of the week...
by zAlbee
Wed May 23, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1059: "Bel-Air"
Replies: 51
Views: 20461

Re: 1059: "Bel-Air"

You guys are hard to please. This is the first comic I've laughed at in a week... IMHO, it's the first good one since the Every Major's Terrible comic.
by zAlbee
Wed Feb 01, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 83529

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

Monika nailed it. All of it.

After reading the 4th mention of "a-a" and the second "stupid names come from poor people" comment, thank you.

Don't forget, every name was a made-up name when it was first used.
by zAlbee
Fri Oct 07, 2011 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32730

Re: 0948 - "AI"

It's very difficult to have a discussion where one side has so much more knowledge than the other, and the conclusions reached by the ignorant side will be in such error. I agree. For someone with the name "Turing Machine", you have a surprisingly poor understanding of AI. </snide> The th...
by zAlbee
Fri May 27, 2011 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

Relevant article I came across about Guaranteed Income experiment

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editoria ... ut#article

I don't know enough about it to know if it will work or not.
by zAlbee
Fri May 27, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

No, it would not be nice if everyone's work was valued equally. That's called Communism*, and it failed. Some jobs are simply tougher to do, demeaning, require years of investment/risk, and the pay needs to reflect that, or else. My Quote: "accounting for people that expend the same amount of ...
by zAlbee
Fri May 27, 2011 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0904: "Sports"
Replies: 128
Views: 30183

Re: 904: "Sports"

Excellent comic. Esp re: financial analysis.
by zAlbee
Wed May 25, 2011 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186916

Re: #903: Extended MInd

arotenbe wrote:I want to post a link to a graph I made, but I can't because of the post count restriction, so, for anyone who wants a graph visualization:

<python code>

Just copy and paste any number of the lists in this thread into the input file.

Aw. Can't you just paste the URL?
by zAlbee
Wed May 25, 2011 7:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

My point being that increasing nominal wages doesn't help if it does nothing to increase production (or worse, decreases it). A society will never be able to consume more than it produced, no matter how much the numbers are adjusted. Yeah, I'm actually agreeing with you there. But I was criticising...
by zAlbee
Wed May 25, 2011 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186916

Re: #903: Extended MInd

...I have just wasted 20 minutes trying to find a counterexample which is not a loop. Yep, that was a waste of time, because the only way not to reach a word is to have a loop (or reach a dead-end, but let's assume there are none). Additionally, every path must either be a loop or reach a dead end....
by zAlbee
Tue May 24, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

Consider the dystopia. 1 million minimum wage workers, 1 fat overlord on top. Everyone works in the overlord's factories, producing 5 widgets, and is paid $.8/day. The overlord sells each widget for 20 cents, selling 4 million and consuming the rest for himself; a 20% profit margin. For some reason...
by zAlbee
Mon May 23, 2011 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176272

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Regardless, higher taxes do not equate to higher revenues for the government (as shown by the Laffer Curve). It is not a linear relationship, and peaks around 30% as the highest tax rates, with approximately 20% of GDP in revenue (slightly higher or lower depending on the particulars of the economy...
by zAlbee
Sun May 22, 2011 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176272

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

If you disagree, we have to force you to do what we want. Like armed robbers. And how long until that becomes a mandate to not disagree at all, and speech and thought only become free if they are in agreement? This could also be an argument against laws of any kind. "What if I don't agree with...
by zAlbee
Sun May 22, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

The canonical form is 'Hitler was a vegetarian'. Also, Hitler loved puppies. Suppose someone argued that vegetarians, as they are more caring, are incapable of the horrors that non-vegetarians commit. Then, "Hitler was a vegetarian" would be a counterexample. zAlbee suggested that the low...
by zAlbee
Sun May 22, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 176272

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

You could take EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR from the rich, and not solve the problem. Taxes are not an infinite source of revenue, and each increase in tax rates and regulation further decreases the profit motive by making it less of a good idea to make more money. /facepalm Until you take "EVERY SINGL...
by zAlbee
Fri May 20, 2011 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

And it should be everyone else's responsibility to insure that they can? Everyone else gets punished because somebody decides to have a child? Who is being punished? Aren't these people punished enough for having the misfortune of having skills that are in high supply and low demand such that it wa...
by zAlbee
Fri May 20, 2011 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

mmmcannibalism wrote:Ever considered the possibility that people having children while earning such a salary are the ones doing something wrong?

No? Ever consider that they may never move beyond their minimum wage pay and so what you're suggesting is that the lower castes of society shouldn't be able to breed?
by zAlbee
Thu May 19, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81808

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

Damn it. I just wanted to post this and got sidetracked.

http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db ... 2249#comic
by zAlbee
Thu May 19, 2011 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81808

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

Lemma: The next fraction after \frac{3}{4} is not \frac{3}{4}+\frac{1}{\infty} . well that's weird. I never said I had all the kinks worked out. I suspect you can't divide 1/infinity by 2. By doing so you came up with a number which is essentially 0.5/infinity. We already had a definition of infini...
by zAlbee
Wed May 18, 2011 11:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Debt Ceiling reached
Replies: 61
Views: 5206

Re: US Debt Ceiling reached

and then we need to work on widening the income gap so that the best among us can look down on the worst, and get people to buy big TVs and big vehicles so they can divorce themselves from the world, and support things like NASCAR so that the good ol' boys can feel that they're better that those sn...
by zAlbee
Wed May 18, 2011 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More fake, tainted food in China
Replies: 4
Views: 3261

More fake, tainted food in China

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/08/world/asia/08food.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all Also see: how to make fake eggs This may not be big news here, but it serves as a reminder of why regulations are needed. This seems obvious, but I have heard some people want to disband neutral services like the FDA an...
by zAlbee
Wed May 18, 2011 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.
Replies: 101
Views: 10859

Re: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.

For some reason, omitted from that story, but linked: He woke up fast, directed his wife to hide in a closet with their four year old son, grabbed an AR-15 rifle, and headed out to defend his family. So here we have two parties who have armed themselves with guns, confronting each other. Did you thi...
by zAlbee
Wed May 18, 2011 9:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.
Replies: 101
Views: 10859

Re: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.

Your country and its obsession with guns scare the fuck out of me. the department now says it was a misfire by one of the deputies that caused this deadly group panic inside a home containing a woman and a toddler: A deputy's bullet struck the side of the doorway, causing chips of wood to fall on hi...
by zAlbee
Tue May 17, 2011 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81808

Re: 0899: "Number Line"

Pfhorrest wrote:
  • In the case of a nonzero a, no n satisfies a/0=n, so we cannot say what n is, and it is thus undefined.
  • In the case of a zero a, no n fails to satisfy a/0=n, so we cannot say what n is not, and it is thus indeterminate.

Fix'd. :)
by zAlbee
Tue May 17, 2011 9:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

I tl;dr'd most of this, but Regarding why people aren't moving up the wage ladder: because that's not the way life works. It's not like an RPG where eventually you'll get enough points to level up. If it were, you'd end up with a whole lot of people running around at max level, whereas that's obviou...
by zAlbee
Tue May 17, 2011 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81808

Re: 899: "Number Line"

Fixblor wrote:1 0.9bar
...unnecessary steps...
1 0.9bar

Well that was pointless. Way to start with what you're trying to prove.
by zAlbee
Fri May 13, 2011 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should we care about the minimum wage?
Replies: 207
Views: 14651

Re: Should we care about the minimum wage?

I looked at the diagram, looked at the Wikipedia description which explains it clearly and objectively, and decided that that article is not worth reading. Min wage is a well-intentioned fix to the problem of low living standards, but it lowers the amount of people that can be hired, trivially becau...
by zAlbee
Thu May 12, 2011 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 33165

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

Sometimes I think that the best advice comes from people who don't exercise it... which is precisely the case here. Randall, Marie Curie, or me? GIven how lowly SirMustapha thinks of Randall, I'd say Randall. SM is no longer capable of judging any xkcd product objectively. Everything needs a subtex...
by zAlbee
Wed May 11, 2011 6:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US judge rules IP addresses are not people
Replies: 29
Views: 4965

Re: US judge rules IP addresses are not people

Usually, every article I read in this subforum makes me rage, depressed, or both. This is not one of those articles.

\o/
by zAlbee
Tue May 10, 2011 7:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex couples
Replies: 285
Views: 20292

Re: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex coup

Hell, even LA has this false perception of being gay friendly and Prop 8 got approved there. Thank ghetto subculture for that alongside religious organization by older evangelical (Catholic Hispanics rate highest alongside Asians on the pro-marriage equality scale) Hispanics took. San Francisco BAR...
by zAlbee
Tue May 10, 2011 6:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex couples
Replies: 285
Views: 20292

Re: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex coup

But in reality, doing this would actually FREE us from much of the christian stranglehold over marriage in the US. Both legally AND spiritually - they'd no longer have a rationale to limit the legal aspects, and they'd no longer have the legal power to limit the religious bits (since it would no lo...
by zAlbee
Tue May 10, 2011 5:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex couples
Replies: 285
Views: 20292

Re: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex coup

I've never heard of marriage and weddings implying a religious ceremony. When I ask people if they are married, I'm not asking if they are also religious. Do you question your atheist friends if they are going to get civil unioned? In every culture on this planet, marriage exists as a concept, regar...
by zAlbee
Tue May 10, 2011 1:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition
Replies: 57
Views: 5351

Re: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition

I'm not sure that consumers "lose" in any real sense of the word here. Ultimately, a consumer still chooses between Walmart and more unique suppliers; if people prize cheapness over diversity, it's their call (especially when you consider the average Walmart customer makes some $15,000 le...
by zAlbee
Mon May 09, 2011 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition
Replies: 57
Views: 5351

Re: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition

A monopoly means you prevent your competitors from existing, not that you're so much better than them that the competition is settled in your favor. Indeed, the only monopoly in the picture are incumbent stores that want to keep Wal-Mart out through political means. This again? People still trying ...
by zAlbee
Mon May 09, 2011 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition
Replies: 57
Views: 5351

Re: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition

Except that Wal-Mart expands in a way that completely saturates local markets- they put down a distribution center, and then open as many outlets around it until they've achieved a highly concentrated presence in the area. Combine this with economies of scale allowing you to sell goods more cheaply...
by zAlbee
Mon May 09, 2011 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 33165

Re: 0896: "Marie Curie"

For the people still wondering what SP1 is, here is the full name: xkcd Volume 0 Service Pack 1 It is a 13-comic booklet that was handed out and signed by Randy at a meetup in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco at the end of June 2010, as a "patch" to the full book. The location and time of ...
by zAlbee
Mon May 09, 2011 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0896: "ZOmbeis"
Replies: 125
Views: 33165

Re: 0896: Marie Curie

e^iπ+1=0 wrote:Just checked and it is indeed in SP1.


Is it a book?
by zAlbee
Fri Apr 29, 2011 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"
Replies: 58
Views: 33822

Re: 0892: "Null Hypothesis"

I lol'd. That is all.
by zAlbee
Fri Apr 08, 2011 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighing In on the Nolan chart
Replies: 145
Views: 18073

Re: Weighing In on the Nolan chart

(Re-ordered slightly) And I feel, if not nauseated, enraged by the opposite stance. But if I have food and you have none, and if you declare that you are entitled to food, and since God will not make it appear for you by magic you will take mine, either by direct theft or by taxing the income I use ...
by zAlbee
Fri Apr 08, 2011 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighing In on the Nolan chart
Replies: 145
Views: 18073

Re: Weighing In on the Nolan chart

If I work hard, and work intelligently, and work within the structure of the free association of my fellow men without physical compulsion and I become rich, I should be able to enjoy my riches even if it means another person starves. If I do not produce anything that I can eat or convince (again, ...

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