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by Arancaytar
Thu May 17, 2012 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1049: "Bookshelf"
Replies: 867
Views: 132165

Re: 1049: "Bookshelf"

StClair wrote:
stardek wrote:All I can think is that if "therefore, be a huge asshole to everyone" represents 10% of each sentence then she probably has a problem with run-on sentences.

You have no idea.
The infamous rant goes on for pages.


The infamous Rand?
by Arancaytar
Wed May 16, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1056: "Felidae"
Replies: 170
Views: 45640

Re: 1056: Felidae

dbmag9 wrote:I guess 'Cougar' is no longer an option thanks to its more recent slang meaning, but it can't just be me who thinks the word 'ocelot' is awesome. Also ocelots are awesome. :D


Ubuntu took that one last year (and Lynx the year before), likely on purpose to troll the marketing people at Apple. :P
by Arancaytar
Mon May 14, 2012 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 13-Year-Old Invents Lollipops That May Cure Hiccups
Replies: 18
Views: 3763

Re: 13-Year-Old Invents Lollipops That May Cure Hiccups

I can't help but be amused that I'm about to post this as a first post, but here goes: There's already a free solution to this problem. Digital Rectal Massage. Terminates hiccups immediately apparently. Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2299306 I'll just let that sink in for a while, and I w...
by Arancaytar
Sun May 13, 2012 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law
Replies: 114
Views: 12624

Re: Argentina passes awesome gender identity law

No judge or anyone else needs to sign off on an adult who wants a gender change. And people under 18 can get one with a guardian's approval. It's all also covered under medical plans, public or private, and they treat it as any other medical procedure and aren't allowed to charge extra. That's sex,...
by Arancaytar
Wed Apr 25, 2012 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1046: "Skynet"
Replies: 86
Views: 28019

Re: 1046: "Skynet"

I just tried so hard not to breathe manually that I started gasping for air. :lol:
by Arancaytar
Tue Apr 24, 2012 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Planned Parenthood Concerned About Suspicious Visits
Replies: 81
Views: 13427

Re: Planned Parenthood Concerned About Suspicious Visits

CorruptUser wrote:Wait, would this be the same crap by that guy that did those doctored ACORN films? Because that guy is a walking argument for post-third trimester abortions.


Isn't he dead?

(Wait, never mind; the films were created by O'Keefe, not Breitbart.)
by Arancaytar
Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"
Replies: 68
Views: 20495

Re: 1041: "Whites of Their Eyes"

-KF- wrote:Kinda hoping Tricorn Guy will be a recurring character.


Actually, I was wondering if he's wearing a beret under that hat.
by Arancaytar
Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1030: "Keyed"
Replies: 108
Views: 29990

Re: 1030: "Keyed"

Then he mailed me a scone


Well at least it wasn't a bobcat.

(Though that'd be more up BHG's than Beret's alley.)
by Arancaytar
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised
Replies: 319
Views: 37224

Re: People choose emotions over reason, no one is surprised

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-gay-marriage-20120304,0,1129155.story Apparently, trying to provide evidence that gay marriage isn't harmful doesn't work, but a handful of emotional stories can change everything. That is indeed unsurprising. Humans form opinions based on emotio...
by Arancaytar
Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Textbook publishing ills
Replies: 68
Views: 11353

Re: Textbook publishing ills

Assume all programmers are equally skilled. If a programmer can make a game in 3 years, how many programmers do you need to get the game made in at most 3 months? Three months is way too long. With 95 million programmers, that game will be done in under a second. And yes, the textbook industry is c...
by Arancaytar
Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The God Wars
Replies: 29
Views: 4531

Re: The God Wars

Becoming even more confused, Dawkins exclaimed in his response: "Oh, God!" “Immediately he was out of control, he said, 'Oh, God!'" Warsi recalls, "so even the most self-confessed secular fundamentalist at this moment of need needed to turn to the Almighty. It kind of defeats hi...
by Arancaytar
Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ubuntu power indicator fails to update after suspend
Replies: 1
Views: 1237

Ubuntu power indicator fails to update after suspend

If I unplug my laptop while it is in suspended mode, then switch it on while it is unplugged, the system doesn't notice the AC is gone. This is annoying since it will not display the battery level nor show any warnings as long as it believes itself to be charging. It won't even automatically suspend...
by Arancaytar
Fri Feb 17, 2012 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 38190

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

DEBATE: Is an impossible-to-translate language even possible ? It seems to me could make a bunch of nonsense noises, but either those noises don't correspond to anything (and fails to tells where the money is/fails to be anything we could properly call a language) or those noises correspond to some...
by Arancaytar
Mon Feb 13, 2012 6:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 27361

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

Jared the Great wrote:Title Text: "The worst resolution to the Valentine Prisoner's Dilemma when YOU decide not to get your partner a present but your PARTNER decides to testify against you in the armed robbery case."


That'd be a veritable Valentine's Day massacre.
by Arancaytar
Fri Feb 03, 2012 12:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Tennessee Senator says mind numbingly stupid things
Replies: 26
Views: 5833

Re: Tennessee Senator says mind numbingly stupid things

Campfield said Friday that his point on the radio show was valid in that, within the United States, heterosexual encounters almost never result in AIDS "unless you're having sex with someone from Africa or an IV drug user." So, heterosexual encounters don't transmit the disease, unless a ...
by Arancaytar
Sat Jan 28, 2012 6:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racists, social conservatives are dumb, according to SCIENCE
Replies: 21
Views: 5255

Re: Racists, social conservatives are dumb, according to SCI

Now all this study is really doing is taking multiple other studies and finding correlations, like a lot of research and studies that make headlines these days I know, we can link this one with the "smart people party harder" study and we can determine that people are racist and socially ...
by Arancaytar
Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1001: "AAAAAA"
Replies: 92
Views: 23019

Re: 1001: "AAAAAA"

For SCIENCE!
by Arancaytar
Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smaller US military (yay!)
Replies: 114
Views: 12587

Re: Smaller US military (yay!)

You end up having to adopt the "Mad Bomber" stance that both Nixon and Eisenhower flirted with: "Don't mess with Uncle Sam, 'cause he's a crazy motherf**ker who'll nuke the hell out of you over the tiniest slight, even if it means millions of his citizens die in retaliation." No...
by Arancaytar
Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0993: "Brand Awareness"
Replies: 232
Views: 68987

Re: 0993: "Brand Awareness"

It's almost been done, though not quite that minimalistic. The German REWE chain sells its own products (alongside other brands) in a plain white carton, with the name of the product, but they also include a picture and a brand name "ja!" ("yes!"). http://www.lalelu-media.de/blog...
by Arancaytar
Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Study Reveals Shocking High Incidences of Rape [Trigger]
Replies: 65
Views: 11058

Re: New Study Reveals Shocking High Incidences of Rape [Trig

Also, and this regards domestic violence rather than rape, but according to Purple Berets , police officers are about four times more likely than others to commit domestic violence. “In two separate studies, 40% of police officers self-report that they have used violence against their domestic part...
by Arancaytar
Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted
Replies: 43
Views: 6510

Re: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted

There's been research that democracies need a sizeable population of ignorant people to function properly without falling into minor factions warring over inconsequential issues or minor parties forcing their agenda to form a coalition. Does this imply that current democracy functions properly, or ...
by Arancaytar
Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies
Replies: 205
Views: 22121

Re: N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

From the BBC Any hope that this will change anything in North Korea? You mean, any hope that Kim Jong-un is any less of a psycho? Who can tell; the man is a complete enigma. Nobody even knew what he looks like until a year ago. Given his upbringing, it wouldn't be surprising if he is all but litera...
by Arancaytar
Sun Dec 18, 2011 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Facebook Threatens to Sue Mark Zuckerberg.
Replies: 17
Views: 3456

Re: Facebook Threatens to Sue Mark Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg said in an email that he thinks highly of Zuckerberg


Sentences like that make my head hurt.

(Though I suppose each of the Zuckerbergs thinks highly of himself, making the sentence true.)
by Arancaytar
Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0990: “Plastic Bags”
Replies: 183
Views: 39613

Re: 0990: "Plastic Bags"

They actually put the stuff in the bags for you in the States? Neat...

(I hope they also let you do it yourself if you want to avoid stuff like this?)
by Arancaytar
Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another reason to dislike PayPal
Replies: 30
Views: 4339

Re: Another reason to dislike PayPal

In fact, I think that the fact that PayPal is almost free and still survives would prove that. Paypal isn't nearly free, it charges about 3% of every transaction. If you got your wages through paypal and paid most of your expenses through it, you would easily spend a 4-digit amount a year to paypal...
by Arancaytar
Fri Dec 09, 2011 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Another reason to dislike PayPal
Replies: 30
Views: 4339

Re: Another reason to dislike PayPal



"And they're hanging their stockings!" he snarled with a sneer. "Tomorrow is Christmas! It's practically here!" Then he growled, with his grinch fingers nervously drumming, "I MUST find a way to keep Christmas from coming!" :P
by Arancaytar
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Think About The Children Watch: Teacher Writes Erotic Novels
Replies: 136
Views: 17029

Re: Think About The Children Watch: Teacher Writes Erotic No

The mindset increasingly ingrained in parents appears to be that teachers should be mindless automatons who work for free, obey the judgement of parents in all their decisions, and have no lives of their own.

Where's a positronic brain when you need one?
by Arancaytar
Sat Dec 03, 2011 9:07 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Good portable media player for Linux?
Replies: 2
Views: 1897

Re: Good portable media player for Linux?

That article strikes a chord. My first player (also a TrekStor) was third-rate when I got it in 2005, has about 128MB, and I was constantly cursing it while using it, but I used it for 4 years. The successor model was awesome, had a lighted display, 64 times as much space, MTP, recording, the works....
by Arancaytar
Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AL reconsidering immigration law; rich white guy arrested
Replies: 62
Views: 8452

Re: AL reconsidering immigration law; rich white guy arreste

AL reconsidering immigration law; rich white guy arrested


Best headline ever.
by Arancaytar
Thu Dec 01, 2011 6:53 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Good portable media player for Linux?
Replies: 2
Views: 1897

Good portable media player for Linux?

Since my TrekStor player inexplicably bricked itself after two years, I'm now looking for a cheap media player that I can use a bit longer. Unfortunately, using Linux and .ogg rules out most devices right from the start, and the last time I tried asking a salesperson I got a blank look. - It has to ...
by Arancaytar
Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0948 - "AI"
Replies: 137
Views: 32005

Re: 0948 - "AI"

The question for me is whether computers can "play". When you establish that they can, we can then argue about what they can and can't play. Computers can certainly execute chess moves more effectively than humans. Is that what we mean by "play"? Well, we could obviously define ...
by Arancaytar
Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lighter than Air Solid
Replies: 53
Views: 7587

Re: Lighter than Air Solid

Wait, they're calculating the density excluding the air, but are they counting area that the air takes up in that density calculation? They...couldn't be, right? Assuming the air isn't trapped inside, this would get them the density (mass / occupied volume) the material would have in a vacuum. Howe...
by Arancaytar
Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Airlines Blackmail Passengers En Route for Extra Cash
Replies: 42
Views: 8071

Re: Airlines Blackmail Passengers En Route for Extra Cash

Could have been worse; they could have made them pay in order to land.

Yeah, facepalm.
by Arancaytar
Fri Nov 18, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Neutrinos continue blatant disregard for the law
Replies: 14
Views: 3479

Re: Neutrino's continue blatant disregard for the law

Funny, I was just wondering earlier today if there was any further news on their attempts to find errors. I wonder how long it will take to go through all the "logical" tests? Seems it might take years to find out, at this rate. I hope they eventually conclude that they did travel faster ...
by Arancaytar
Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alan Craig: "Confronting the Gaystapo"
Replies: 59
Views: 8472

Re: Alan Craig: "Confronting the Gaystapo"

(This post was published as an article in today’s edition of The Church of England Newspaper) Having forcibly – and understandably – rectified the Versailles-type injustices and humiliations foisted on the homosexual community, the UK’s victorious Gaystapo are now on a roll. Their gay-rights storm ...
by Arancaytar
Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"
Replies: 66
Views: 20348

Re: 0975: "Occulting Telescope"

Reminds me both of Asimov's Nightfall and, of course, of Krikkit.
by Arancaytar
Tue Nov 08, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment
Replies: 594
Views: 53775

Re: Mississippi's Personhood Amendment

Sockmonkey wrote:Silly people. A fetus ia a corporation. :mrgreen:


By importance, politics rank these groups thusly:

1. Corporation
2. Fetus
3. Others

(The first two may be swapped depending on where one falls on the religious<->capitalist spectrum of conservatism.)
by Arancaytar
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Propositional Logic
Replies: 10
Views: 3580

Re: Propositional Logic

He's 3. It's ok if he doesn't understand that." I replied, "No, he's 4. I can't let that kind of misinformation propagate." So if your age is less than or equal to three, you do not need to understand propositional logic. Clearly then, it follows that if your age is greater than thre...
by Arancaytar
Mon Nov 07, 2011 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Turing machine
Replies: 3
Views: 2066

Re: Turing machine

Remember: Extra tapes come free without loss of generality, even if the proof for that is somewhat messy. Here's a very nice idea that helped me find square lengths in my last complexity class (checking for validity of encoded square matrix) simultaneously calculating the root. It uses the equation ...
by Arancaytar
Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Tree decomposition of a small graph
Replies: 1
Views: 1281

Re: Tree decomposition of a small graph

Never mind, got it in k=3. Edit: Mh; the total problem has this as a subgraph, and the whole thing might be treewidth >= 4. Unfortunately, I haven't cracked that one yet. An interesting approach for an exhaustive search would be to deconstruct it as a partial k-tree in reverse: Pick any node with de...

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