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by Crosshair
Thu Oct 09, 2014 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1431: "Marriage"
Replies: 442
Views: 74203

Re: 1431: Marriage

Late to the party as usual, but I would like to pose a question that will tell just how much people REALLY support gay marriage. (A question that will probably get lots of hate thrown at me without bothering to understand what is being asked.) Question: Is buying and selling human beings right or wr...
by Crosshair
Sat Sep 13, 2014 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1420: "Watches"
Replies: 88
Views: 20616

Re: 1420: "Watches"

The iWatch is far from the first smart watch to come out. You know what happened to all the other smartwatch designs before it? They died because the smart watch is a TERRIBLE idea. Smart devices are too heavy to put on a wrist watch and smart phones can do pretty much anything a smart watch can do...
by Crosshair
Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 41561

Re: 1377: "Fish"

This sounds like pretty standard Creationist rhetoric. You completely misunderstand how RNA translation works. The question is not about the code itself (the code is arbitrary; we can create tRNA for any genetic code we want) but the proteins' primary sequences. Even highly conserved proteins like ...
by Crosshair
Fri Jun 06, 2014 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 41561

Re: 1377: "Fish"

Look up the "RNA world" hypothesis for one way to get around the necessity of DNA synthase and other enzymes. I have looked into that and actually have a folder of bookmarks that goes over the pro/con of RNA world and I personally consider RNA world as a theory of the origin of life to be...
by Crosshair
Wed Jun 04, 2014 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1377: "Fish"
Replies: 288
Views: 41561

Re: 1377: "Fish"

Abiogenesis is probably the one we have the best grasp on; it appears to have happened quite quickly on Earth, which suggests (but does not prove) it is probably pretty likely in an environment condusive to it. If we discover independent life on another body in the solar system (probably Mars), ext...
by Crosshair
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 181577

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

A key difference between "homophobe" and sexuality-based slurs is that sexuality is not a choice, and your views on other's sexuality are. Similarly, having a particular sexuality is not a restriction of the rights of others, whereas preventing same-sex or -gender marriage is. This is the...
by Crosshair
Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"
Replies: 71
Views: 18086

Re: 1298: "It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood!"

Good point (doing some actual research brings up that Venus is as well (barely) (and Ceres if you want to count dwarf planets)). Perhaps he excluded those because we know that they are known to be uninhabited/able? Venus touches the habital zone, but most of the time is well outside it. Mars is wel...
by Crosshair
Mon May 27, 2013 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 30637

Re: 1217: "Cells"

Handgun rounds kill cancer cells in vivo, too. But like most promising cancer drugs, they're also pretty bad for the patient. Just wait until politicians, who don't know anything about guns or medicine, start funding research. You'll start to see all sorts of papers showing how guns cure disease. :...
by Crosshair
Mon May 27, 2013 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 30637

Re: 1217: "Cells"

addams wrote:
teelo wrote:
Crosshair wrote:I think we have the beginning of a new meme here.

Drugs dont kill cancer, guns do.

Goofy and true.
You shoot, embalm and bury a man or petri dish and you will kill the cancer.]

Nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
by Crosshair
Mon May 27, 2013 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1217: "Cells"
Replies: 57
Views: 30637

Re: 1217: "Cells"

I think we have the beginning of a new meme here.

rhomboidal wrote:That cancer lab really needs to get the funding for proton guns instead of handguns.

Have you ever tried to carry a proton pack all day? Those buggers weigh 30-35 pounds? handguns are far easier to carry on a daily basis.
by Crosshair
Fri May 24, 2013 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"
Replies: 73
Views: 18450

Re: 1216: "Sticks and Stones"

The comic makes me wonder if Randall has been reading Leo Tolstoy's "The Gospel in Brief" where he goes over the despair he felt when he was an Atheist, to the point where he became quite suicidal, realizing the utter purposelessness and absurdity of life under an Atheistic worldview. For ...
by Crosshair
Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 12298

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

The point is, we don't know what might have been around 4.5 billion years ago, because all of the evidence was destroyed by subduction. There might have been life of some form, there might have been bizarre fascinating geological formations, there might have been time travellers who drastically ove...
by Crosshair
Wed Apr 03, 2013 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"
Replies: 53
Views: 12298

Re: 1194: "Stratigraphic Record"

I figured the implication was that Earth could have possibly born life that long ago, and we can never know anything about it because any fossil record has been melted down and recycled into new continents. But I'm not seeing why this is such a big deal, we know that for several billion years all w...
by Crosshair
Sat Jan 19, 2013 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30715

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Yes, but energy density actually means means very little if you actually know what you are taking about. Unfortunately for you, I do. What's important is how much of that energy can be turned into useful work. The vast majority of the energy in those big hydrocarbon bars on your graph is going to b...
by Crosshair
Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30715

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

Couldn't this be negated by some kind of short-term energy storage just powerful enough to get the vehicle up to speed but not drive it for long, which would be mostly recharged by the reclaimative braking and only need gas power to make up for the inevitable inefficiencies of that? (I've always li...
by Crosshair
Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30715

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

I try to do the same thing when I try to point out the people why electric cars have been dead for 100 years ...snip... http://www.toyota.com.hk/Images/oil_alternative_fuels_01_tcm306-207778.jpg I don't get what you mean when you say you try to do the same thing; sure, you're presenting it without ...
by Crosshair
Fri Jan 18, 2013 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30715

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

I try to do the same thing when I try to point out the people why electric cars have been dead for 100 years and will still be dead in 100 years and that the time and money is better spent perusing Algae Diesel or other alternatives while continuing to develop current reserves. http://www.toyota.com...
by Crosshair
Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:34 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0026: "Leap Seconds"
Replies: 79
Views: 28536

Re: What-If 0026: Leap Seconds

I'm thinking a much easier way would be to get rid of the Moon. Maybe we could put some really big rockets on it and send it far, far away. We might have to make some minor adjustments to the Earth's spin rate afterwards, but tidal forces would no longer be a factor. Except then we destroy civiliza...
by Crosshair
Tue Jan 08, 2013 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1156: "Conditioning"
Replies: 81
Views: 20881

Re: 1156: "Conditioning"

Somewhere I read something about sentry guns mounted discretely on the sides of city buildings, with microphone arrays that would locate gunshots and shoot back at them. Maybe just an art concept project or something. Um, OBVIOUSLY "an art concept project or something". I really hope you ...
by Crosshair
Sat Dec 29, 2012 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24206

Re: 1152: "Communion"

#1. You wouldn't happen to have a direct link to that paper, would you? I found plenty of sites that referenced it (about an even number of those that use it to prove your stance and those that use it to disprove your stance), but I couldn't find the link to the actual paper (so that I can read it ...
by Crosshair
Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24206

Re: 1152: "Communion"

Noone's calling for persecution here. Never said that, was just adding some other historical nuggets to the thread. Sorry for the confusion. In fact, Christians are the largest well treated special interest group in the western world. Which explains the open hostility to it by so many. Ever been on...
by Crosshair
Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24206

Re: 1152: "Communion"

It's nice to have a comic about Dionysus! He's one of my favourite Greek Gods. The comic was not funny, but I laughed immediately at that. (Hey, it's part of the Dionysus story, at least one version of it.) This cartoon is just a reiteration of the despicable blood libel (see Wikipedia) that used t...
by Crosshair
Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19437

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Should've used a species that needs an evolution stone or a trade to evolve; no need to press B there. We did. S. Aureus needed the Antibiotic used on it to evolve, and we went and did that. But when you remove the Meticillin for long enough, the resistant strain will go extinct due to the fitness ...
by Crosshair
Wed Oct 10, 2012 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 38917

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Right, that's why every nearly damn PC OEM bundles Windows and basically cow-tow to MS demands. Which is why those same PC OEMs weren't able to put Microsoft in a sleeper hold and demand the ability to continue selling computers with XP after Vista came out. So there were other OS ... but none of t...
by Crosshair
Sat Jun 30, 2012 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 50595

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

Nonsense. "Darwinism," as you so dismissively call it, works on anything that is able to copy itself. Please elaborate on how is that dismissive? Natural selection acting on random mutation as an explanation for the wide diversity of life we see today is refereed to by almost everyone as ...
by Crosshair
Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 176
Views: 50595

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

So what i wonder is if there might be life on other planets but cause they are so far away it has yet to manifest itself in anyway. A better Hubble is needed. If there are habitable planets within 20 light years, we have the tech needed to send an unmanned probe to one with a trip time of less than...
by Crosshair
Mon Jan 30, 2012 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 30967

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

what kind of electronics room? it seems kind of strange there would be no backup lighting in an area with an inert gas fire system. It was the electronics room in a jail. I was working on the telephone equipment and the other guy worked for the company that serviced the video matrix switcher. It al...
by Crosshair
Mon Jan 30, 2012 6:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1010: "Etymology-Man"
Replies: 84
Views: 30967

Re: 1010: "Etymology-Man"

Raise your hand if you have been in a situation where the proper solution to a problem was "Run like hell" and someone was wasting their breath about trivial details like the comic. Mine was in an electronics room when a blackout hit. Several dozen alarms going off, I'm dropping everything...
by Crosshair
Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0871: "Charity"
Replies: 102
Views: 23655

Re: 0871: "Charity"

When it comes to charity, there is no too much and nothing is too little. -Donates a button- Africa begs to differ. Decades of foreign charity and many African countries are worse off than before. Charity prevented a domestic economy from forming because it undercut local producers. Charity is just...
by Crosshair
Wed Mar 09, 2011 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177267

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

Such "compass" are useless because they rely on loaded questions that present false dilemas. One example from one of the more "popular" ones. "If economic globalisation is inevitable, it should primarily serve humanity rather than the interests of trans-national corporations...
by Crosshair
Mon Oct 11, 2010 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0804: "Pumpkin Carving"
Replies: 81
Views: 26231

Re: 0804: Pumpkin Carving

I like the second frame the best. :twisted:

For something slightly more legal, just cover your pumpkins in peeper spray to "keep the squirrels off of them".
by Crosshair
Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0794: "Inside Joke"
Replies: 131
Views: 34149

Re: ''Inside Joke'' Discussion (#794)

Wow, a lot of you guys are having a lot of trouble discriminating between cultural references and inside jokes. Protip: If you post it on here and expect anyone to find it funny, it's a cultural reference and not an inside joke. Unless it's an inside joke to this forum. Yup, most of the ones here a...
by Crosshair
Mon Aug 02, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0774: "Atheists"
Replies: 1042
Views: 185426

Re: "Atheists" discussion (#774)

The "Problem" with atheism is that it requires more faith to believe than Theism when one looks at the SCIENTIFIC evidence. I used to be falling away from the Catholic church as a child. As I got older and learned more and more about how the Universe operated, the evidence clearly pointed ...

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