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by ManaUser
Fri Feb 15, 2013 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian court says vaccines cause autism
Replies: 110
Views: 12650

Re: Italian court says vaccines cause autism

I suppose it's the fact that this relates to children that gets normally level headed people so up in arms. I think it's counter-productive though. When you hear someone effectively say "we're right and they're evil", it's extremely off-putting unless you're firmly in their camp already. W...
by ManaUser
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian court says vaccines cause autism
Replies: 110
Views: 12650

Re: Italian court says vaccines cause autism

You know, equating turning down vaccines with murder, implying that anything less than blind faith in the system is some kind of failing, etc. Normally I associate that kind of firebrand rhetoric with fringe groups rather than people who are pretty much backed by the establishment (one Italian court...
by ManaUser
Fri Feb 15, 2013 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Italian court says vaccines cause autism
Replies: 110
Views: 12650

Re: Italian court says vaccines cause autism

How come the pro-vaccine people here are the ones acting like crazed fanatics?
by ManaUser
Fri Jan 18, 2013 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1162: "Log Scale"
Replies: 135
Views: 30730

Re: 1162: "Log Scale"

this comparison was bad, because the energy density in uranium is due to nuclear fission, while the others are due to chemical reaction. You are free to compare the amount of energy that is able to be obtained by nuclear fission of fat, coal, gasoline, etc. Surely it would be easier to work out the...
by ManaUser
Tue Jan 08, 2013 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0027: "Death Rates"
Replies: 64
Views: 19596

Re: What-if 0027: Death Rates

Surely a small, but significant, number of the one-per-second extra deaths will be pregnant women? This violates the one-per-second rule, so would those who are pregnant be subject to exemption, at least for the nine months? Assuming the unborn count at all for this, that would just be another coll...
by ManaUser
Fri Dec 28, 2012 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1152: "Communion"
Replies: 124
Views: 24220

Re: 1152: "Communion"

I didn't read this as saying Catholics or Christians in general murder babies and drink their blood. I thought the joke was that the particular church this woman goes to (denomination not stated) is doing it very, very wrong. Nevertheless, I was a little surprised to see it, since I knew right away ...
by ManaUser
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41104

Re: 1144: Tags

Why? Because they're fools, I imagine. Renaming the attribute would make it rather less silly, but since I don't know XHTML I don't know what might make a good name. Well, to be fair, if they changed the name it wouldn't be compatible with traditional HTML. But disabled="1" or checked=&qu...
by ManaUser
Sat Dec 08, 2012 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41104

Re: 1144: Tags

Regarding XHTML, why does anybody think readonly="readonly" is better than just readonly ? If you want to be anal about attributes having explicit values I could see a case for readonly="1" or readonly="true" , but assigning it to itself makes no sense and looks stupid....
by ManaUser
Sat Dec 08, 2012 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 41104

Re: 1144: Tags

So, unless everyone here is committed to DELIBERATELY keeping the punchline from those who dont get it, can someone take the time to actually EXPLAIN this joke? in terms a nonprogrammer can understand? I thought this answer was pretty complete: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=99162#p...
by ManaUser
Mon Sep 03, 2012 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1103: "Nine"
Replies: 138
Views: 33745

Re: 1103: "Nine"

I've found that (in my particular microwave) 99 seconds a good length of time to heat a mug of water.
by ManaUser
Sat Aug 18, 2012 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 24296

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

endolith's article references arsenic products at 1X, which means 10% of the medication is the arsenic stuff. I'm pretty sure that product would not fly in the US. In one sense you're right, they wouldn't get away with it in the long term, and I could easily see selling so clearly unsafe as 10% ars...
by ManaUser
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 75342

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

Well a head tax is unconstitutional I believe. However seeing that the original intent was to provide subsidy to those who can't afford insurance such that if they didn't have insurance they wouldn't pay a fine, (Otherwise we are fining poor people for being poor. Something I believe democrats are ...
by ManaUser
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 75342

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

So basically they've ruled that the government can for any reason, or no reason, force the American people to buy a commercial product. First Citizens United and now this. CEOs must be dancing in the streets. .... but that's exactly what they didn't do How is it not? They just renamed it as far as ...
by ManaUser
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 75342

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

So basically they've ruled that the government can for any reason, or no reason, force the American people to buy a commercial product. First Citizens United and now this. CEOs must be dancing in the streets. Im a conservitive and im ok with this, My only objection was being forced with the threat o...
by ManaUser
Wed May 16, 2012 4:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 45774

Re: 1056: Felidae

Arariel wrote:Well, there is the odd GUI called Bob...

That was a special case. They had to give it a ridiculous name, since everything else about it was ridiculous also.
by ManaUser
Mon May 07, 2012 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 64999

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

Did something weird happen? Google reader tells me today's comic is called "Ten Thousand" and I can find mirrors of a "Ten Thousand" comic that point to #1052, but #1052 is "Every Major's Terrible." Glad it wasn't just me. I actually saw it on this site though. The gis...
by ManaUser
Wed Mar 28, 2012 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”
Replies: 116
Views: 35451

Re: 1035: “Cadbury Eggs”

I think the point is that most people don't realize (at least consciously) that a soda is equivalent to a dessert. On a related note, it bugs me a little bit when people poke fun at anyone who drinks a "diet" soda with their otherwise unhealthy meal. Sure it would be better not to eat the ...
by ManaUser
Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1031: "s/keyboard/leopard"
Replies: 97
Views: 36695

Re: 0131: "s/keyboard/leopard"

My favourite has got to be replacing 'like' as in the facebook 'like' link with 'Don't give a crap.' Gives me the satisfaction of clicking 'Don't give a crap' on people's statuses and them the joy of thinking I like it. Win-Win. Or similarly, replace "I agree" with. "Screw the terms,...
by ManaUser
Tue Mar 13, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1028: "Communication"
Replies: 107
Views: 45056

Re: 1028: "Communication"

‎ Surely Randal (or whoever is behind this) will run out of patience before we run out of invisible Unicode characters.
by ManaUser
Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275181

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

ddxxdd wrote:You do this to a complete stranger. She ends up wanting to talk to you. You two talk. You two get married. You two have kids. You two live happily ever after. All because you went off to find another woman when she acted uninteresting. What exactly is the problem?

Has this happened to you?
by ManaUser
Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1027: "Pickup Artist"
Replies: 2030
Views: 275181

Re: 1027: Pickup Artist

I admit I haven't read every single post here, but I keep seeing things like "This guy is teaching me" or "I know someone who's really good at this", but can anyone here honestly say "PUA works really well for me"?
by ManaUser
Mon Feb 13, 2012 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27400

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

If this scenario perfectly satisfies the conditions of the prisoners dilemma something is wrong with the relationship. I can agree (not in all cases) that viewed as a whole neither partner getting any sort of gift may be the best total net result but the other condition of the prisoners dilemma req...
by ManaUser
Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1004: "Batman"
Replies: 81
Views: 21785

Re: 1004: "Batman"

I thought they were calling him The A Man Dressed Like A Bat nowadays.
by ManaUser
Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25134

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

You know he'd sell out and up being a pro-corporate centrist like every other politician.
by ManaUser
Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 92842

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

The most important thing is just to send something. Politicians don't have time to personally read all their mail. My understanding is they usually have staffers pick out a few interesting letters, and give them a summary of what the rest were about. So there's a place for detailed thoughtful messag...
by ManaUser
Fri Oct 28, 2011 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 41786

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

CorruptUser wrote:The primary language difference I agree with Brits about is "aluminium", as all other recent elements end in "ium". No one says "Helum", "Sodum", "Uranum", "Lithum", and so on.

And platinium?
by ManaUser
Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 41786

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

I do find that annoying, partly because I have a macro for typing the address, so there's actually no chance of me misspelling it. It seems like that was a fairly recent development to make us type that twice all the time. But I do see some logic in it. Like the password, your email address often ac...
by ManaUser
Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0961: "Eternal Flame"
Replies: 131
Views: 57922

Re: 0961: "Eternal Flame"

He's gone to the walled garden in the sky.
by ManaUser
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0949: "File Transfer"
Replies: 194
Views: 84992

Re: 0949: "File Transfer"

*There is no DRM-free, write-protectable, reasonably cheap, reasonably large floppy replacement. SD-Cards come close (but use CPRM with device revocation), as do USB sticks (few have a write-protect tab), as do CD-Rs/DVD+R (not re-writeable), as do CD-RW/DVD-RAM (no write protection), CF cards are ...
by ManaUser
Mon Aug 15, 2011 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0938: "T-Cells"
Replies: 125
Views: 46253

Re: 0938: "T-Cells"

Can't be a real doctor, he's got a little mirror thing strapped to his forehead.
by ManaUser
Fri Aug 05, 2011 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0934: "Mac/PC"
Replies: 157
Views: 36656

Re: 0934: "Mac/PC"

<div style="control-box: all; draggable: top">Emphasis on fumblingly . Whenever I see a site trying to simulate windows inside the web page itself, it's almost always terrible. But considering people insist on doing it, they should probably just go ahead at put in the next HTML spec so peo...
by ManaUser
Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 27824

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

If I recall correctly, an interesting aspect of the last study that showed a possible link was it only found a correlation in people those used cellphones heavily, while moderate users were actually at a reduced risk. Assuming that relationship generally holds true (whether causative or not), that w...
by ManaUser
Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 44079

Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

And they're starting to get affordable too, just a few thousand dollars. But unfortunately a replacement powder and resin cartridge costs slightly more.
by ManaUser
Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0924: "3D Printer"
Replies: 65
Views: 44079

Re: 0924: "3D Printer"

But... who prints their spam?
by ManaUser
Tue Jul 12, 2011 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0923: "Strunk and White"
Replies: 94
Views: 25373

Re: 0923: "Strunk and White"

Wait...there's fanfiction for this ? Who the hell writes "fanfiction" about what appears to be an English textbook? And what could the purpose and plot possibly be? It wouldn't be fan fiction about the book, it would be about the authors . And since it's slash fiction, no plot is required...
by ManaUser
Sat Jul 09, 2011 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 25703

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

If you had to follow one of those links, which would you choose? Insurance Archeology, because what they hell is that? It turns out it's the process of determining what insurance policies your company (or a company acquired by your company) had in the past, which is important to know if something t...
by ManaUser
Sun Jul 03, 2011 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 53069

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

Describing a vagina as a "taint" however does indeed strike me as pretty horrid. It looks like quite a few people misunderstood this. Possibly because the sentence would make (slightly) more sense if taint did mean vagina, but it doesn't. It means the skin between the genitals and the anu...
by ManaUser
Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0919: "Tween Bromance"
Replies: 147
Views: 53069

Re: 0919: "Tween Bromance"

Can someone please translate? I know it is a train wreck of the English language, but I would like to know what he is attempting to say. My attempt: Title: Close Friendship Between Preadolescent Boys* "By my low-confidence estimate, my rival fucked** so hard her damp perineum made her underwea...
by ManaUser
Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0916: Unpickable
Replies: 110
Views: 30027

Re: 0916: Unpickable

Brickmack wrote:Wouldn't a fused pin make it un-openable by key?

Sure, but that doesn't matter because it's just a decoy. Although I'm unclear on the exact logistics of getting the Rubik's Cube in there.
by ManaUser
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"
Replies: 69
Views: 16468

Re: 0906: "Advertising Discovery"

In fact, not only does wikipedia hate original research (understandable), but they also hate primary sources for almost every topic (???). Given a choice between a Nature or Science article describing a research finding, and a review article in some crappy journal describing the same thing, they'd ...

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