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Old 11-02-2019, 01:59 AM
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Since as far as I can tell the comments boards for XKCD is more or less permanently down, how about we discuss it here?

https://xkcd.com/2223/ Friday Nov. 1 2019

IMHO, an app for tracking how much time you spend looking at the screen is sort of like methadone: if you're using it you're not really kicking the habit.
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Old 11-02-2019, 08:15 AM
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This one reminds me of my days as a prof reviewing papers for journals.

I'd find a flaw (many times quite obvious) in an algorithm. Recommend the paper be rejected. The authors would oftentimes respond "But I have a 35 page proof that the algorithm is correct! If you can't find the flaw in the proof, then you are wrong."

"Nope, see where the algorithm goes wrong in this simple situation. End of discussion."

Some people didn't get it. One was one of the founders of formal program proofs. Pulled the same stunt. Was also the editor of the journal (which is actually a conflict of interest) so it was just little ol' me against this Big Shot. But the algorithm fell apart in two different ways. (Turned out that the proof was how the author thought it worked vs. how it was actually written down.)

"Proof" doesn't always mean "proof", folks.
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Old 11-02-2019, 10:17 AM
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[sarc] Thanks, [/sarc] Lumpy. I just spent half an hour catching up on XKCD.

I loved Cell Phone Functions, but I can't believe Randall didn't at least try to put actual dates on the X axis.

Anyone here want to try?

And add any other functions they used to use a standalone device for. I've got a few old Popular Mechanics magazines and came across a Radio Shack ad, where every device on the (very crowded) page was included in my phone.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:04 AM
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Wednesday's "Terminator: Dark Fate" had me cracking up.

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[sarc] Thanks, [/sarc] Lumpy. I just spent half an hour catching up on XKCD.
Yeah, I tend to forget about it for months at a time, then binge-read it.
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Old 11-02-2019, 06:29 PM
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Wednesday's "Terminator: Dark Fate" had me cracking up.
XKCD is usually pretty unique, but in this case the comic was reminiscent of Stewie upsets the Timeline from The Family Guy.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:12 PM
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XKCD is usually pretty unique, but in this case the comic was reminiscent of Stewie upsets the Timeline from The Family Guy.
Too much time travel and you usually end up with an infinite regression of people clasping their predecessor on the shoulder and announcing they're from Scotland Yard.
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Old 11-03-2019, 08:41 AM
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Too much time travel and you usually end up with an infinite regression of people clasping their predecessor on the shoulder and announcing they're from Scotland Yard.
It's a fair cop.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:01 PM
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Well, I -did- have plans for my Sunday afternoon. Now I'm stuck in XKCD hell. It's a good kind of hell, though.
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Is there an archive of Matt Groening’s old strips anywhere? I could live through a “Life in Hell” hell...
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Is there an archive of Matt Groening’s old strips anywhere? I could live through a “Life in Hell” hell...
Here's a limited archive. It doesn't seem to have my fave on Grad Student Hell. A must gift for those who just got accepted into grad school.

Hey, you didn't really want to do anything else the rest of today, did you?
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So, is anyone else still seeing Friday's strip? This is very unlike Munroe, to be this late with the new one.
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Finally update.
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True dat. Task manager can't end task for individual hung explorer tabs anymore. No use for task manager anymore.
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https://xkcd.com/2230/ Versus Bracket

Is this supposed to be played as a game in some manner?

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https://xkcd.com/2230/ Versus Bracket

Is this supposed to be played as a game in some manner?
I don't think so; it just takes movie titles (or a few classic fan arguments) that have "versus" in them, and imagines them as a NCAA-basketball-type bracket. Not that I wouldn't like to see Scott Pilgrim versus Batman...
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https://xkcd.com/2230/ Versus Bracket

Is this supposed to be played as a game in some manner?
I don't think so-- it's just a parody of a NCAA basketball tournament bracket, with lots of classic or amusing 'versus' matchups randomly arranged.
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Had a good chuckle with Machine Learning Captcha, but then started to worry.

A lot.
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Had a good chuckle with Machine Learning Captcha, but then started to worry.

A lot.
I wouldn't be surprised if half the captchas are there to help crack the other half. The AI Apocalypse won't be Skynet, it'll be the first intelligent spam bot.
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A similar, older XKCD. My money's on Madison winning it all.
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I wouldn't be surprised if half the captchas are there to help crack the other half. The AI Apocalypse won't be Skynet, it'll be the first intelligent spam bot.
That's right, keep on cheering me up.
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A similar, older XKCD. My money's on Madison winning it all.
That's why I wondered if this is related to some online discussion somewhere I'm unfamiliar with.
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I don't think so-- it's just a parody of a NCAA basketball tournament bracket, with lots of classic or amusing 'versus' matchups randomly arranged.
Each bracket is also a title.

Kramer vs Kramer
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Aliens vs Predator
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