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by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 2012

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I have a Facebook account. Every few days, I reply to/comment on someone else's post. I have never posted an image of my meal. I can't help but feel either I'm doing social media wrongly, or social media is failing to do me correctly...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 11003

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Firstly, there's a continuum of threats, so it's not like there's a natural cut-off - for example, aliens invading downtown New York is only a little up from aliens invading a small town in New Mexico - better call in Captain Marvel for that one too. It's just a variation of "why don't they ca...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 2048

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Title text: All I want is a secure system where it's easy to do anything I want. Is that so much to ask?[ /quote] DWIM [Do What I Mean] 1. adj. Able to guess, sometimes even correctly, what result was intended when provided with bogus input. Often suggested in jest as a desired feature for a comple...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 11003

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Firstly, there's a continuum of threats, so it's not like there's a natural cut-off - for example, aliens invading downtown New York is only a little up from aliens invading a small town in New Mexico - better call in Captain Marvel for that one too. It's just a variation of "why don't they cal...
by rmsgrey
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 346402

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5370

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

So how many centuries does one have to spend meditating in a cave on a mountaintop before one can prove that 1 = 1, or have we still not accomplished that? That one's pure definition - a thing always equals itself. You could get into the concept of equivalence relations if you want (an equivalence ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5370

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

... And I'm still not quite sure what the proper mathematical description for such a discontinuity would be. Except that there'd be various output (distance reached) values that are undefined for given inputs (initial speed), and likewise certain initial speeds that remain undefined as the solution...
by rmsgrey
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5370

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

... And I'm still not quite sure what the proper mathematical description for such a discontinuity would be. Except that there'd be various output (distance reached) values that are undefined for given inputs (initial speed), and likewise certain initial speeds that remain undefined as the solution...
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7705

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I have found myself identifying non-native English-speakers by their flawless use of English about as often as I have been able to identify a native speaker of a Germanic of Slavic language by distinctive grammar slipping through into their English. Honestly, the moment when you finally figure out ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5370

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Yeah, the point about the theorem is not the result, but the proof of it. The more obvious the theorem's statement, the harder it is to prove it without assuming the consequent - a lot of the things you'd want to invoke in the process of, say, proving that any straight line passing through the cente...
by rmsgrey
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4024

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Also, is there a term for a word like that made up of the first syllable or the first few letters of each word (e.g. BoJo for Boris Johnson) ? It's not quite an acronym, and it's quite a recent development. Apparently (in other words, I've only got a single source, but they seem to know what they'r...
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4024

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Second: on The Dick Van Dyke Show, it was mentioned fairly often that Mel Cooley was Alan Brady's brother-in-law (with strong implications that this was the only reason he had become the show's producer). What was not often made clear was whether Mel was married to Alan's sister, or Alan married to...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7705

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I think there is a genuine point about misunderstanding. It's true that most of the time, you know what the person means, but on the basis that the average utterance has more listeners than speakers, and all the more so for writers and readers, the onus ought to be on the speaker/writer to make the...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4024

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Ultimately, I think the most significant point is that, for general use, you only need a term for how someone is connected to you through some combination of blood and marriage if that's their most significant connection to you. If they live next door, then "neighbour" is probably more rel...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 30316

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses). And why is that a problem when it's not public-facing? You're not giving the website any information they aren't getting already (and you ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 30316

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses). And why is that a problem when it's not public-facing? You're not giving the website any information they aren't getting already (and you ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4024

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I know someone who was widowed and remarried, and some of his first wife's family refer to themselves as his family "out-law". There appears to be some uncertainty as to exactly what constitutes an "in-law" - in Italian law, your spouse's blood relatives are your relatives in-law...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 30316

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Sigh at this whole thread. The reason you are required to type your password twice is that it is obscured and so you can't tell if you mistyped it. Requiring you to type an email address, which is generally not obscured and you can see if you mistype, is just idiotic. I have seen websites with regi...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7705

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

ucim wrote:Such an affect can effect some good arguments.


I find I affect an affect of affection for that sentence.
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 30316

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Sigh at this whole thread. The reason you are required to type your password twice is that it is obscured and so you can't tell if you mistyped it. Requiring you to type an email address, which is generally not obscured and you can see if you mistype, is just idiotic. I have seen websites with regi...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cyber Tank - please help !!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 966

Re: Cyber Tank - please help !!!!

This thread does not show up in New Posts or Your Posts for no obvious reason. Yeah, there's something up with Your Posts, where it only occasionally updates the list of threads you've posted in - give it a month or two and this thread should show up (possibly much sooner - I've no idea what trigge...
by rmsgrey
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7705

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Just think: another 40 years of this and nobody'll be able to read The Lord of the Rings without a translation guide. Meh. It was better in the original Elvish. Elvish? Bilbo (and Frodo) wrote in Westron - hence the existence of three volumes of "Translations from the Elvish by B. Baggins"...
by rmsgrey
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 37
Views: 6084

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

Arthur C. Clarke's version was headtrippy but comprehensible, while Kubrick's version was almost David Lynch levels of resolutely baffling at the end. What do you mean? They both worked together on the script, as far as I recall. Novels have to explain the visuals rather than being free to just dis...
by rmsgrey
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4608

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Why? Supposing it's possible to cool the outer surfaces of all those Dyson spheres to near absolute zero, why would they? Just to fool Earthlings into thinking there's some kind of nonbaryonic dark matter? I also doubt the "space is big" argument. If there are enough stars hidden inside D...
by rmsgrey
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 3670

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

On the good news side, antibodies are transferrable. "... and airliners, with whatever that stuff is that they spray out that lingers in the air for however long ..." "Contrails? That's just water." "Water?" "Yes. They burn hydrocarbons and make CO 2 and H 2 O, wa...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 4557

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

there's an error on there, right? the arrow in the x-axis should be pointing to the left. Hello fellow 1-poster. Yep. I came here to point out the same thing. I was at first confused about why the hydrogen bomb was on the far left at 100e6K. The short answer is "tradition". The H-R diagra...
by rmsgrey
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4608

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

I presume "space cows" because we think terrestrial cows would be unable to survive away from the earth; "bees" without such qualification because we think they may be the same, given our bees' penchant for recognizing galactic royalty. But I wonder about "no-see-ums"....
by rmsgrey
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 4076

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Aleph is Hebrew, not Arabic. So is bet. All the standard numerals are Arabic, though. (Unless you ask an actual Arab, then they're Indian). Good point. The first two letters of the Arabic alphabet are also called "aleph" and "beth" (both with a variety of transliterations), but ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 4076

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Given the complexity of many formulae in modern physics, mathematics, etc. and the wide availability of Unicode I'm surprised we haven't gone beyond the standard greek/latin alphabet yet, instead choosing to use diacritics, typeface styles such as blackletter etc. There are plenty of characters ava...
by rmsgrey
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 3487

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

Computer hardware problems mostly come in two categories: Simple mechanical issues can be fixed by dusting inside the case, unplugging and reinserting components, and making sure you've got adequate cooling. Problems with chips or PCBs are occasionally possible to repair with nothing more than a fin...
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4684

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

Possibly SATURN - though I'm not sold on it. Well, it is . That's official. Once I'd checked 17 across, instead of mistakenly looking at 17 down! ;) But still not sure why. Backing off by taking the two letters I thought were indicated gives nothing I can relate to the rest of the wordplay, nor any...
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4684

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

Though right now I'm still trying to justify my answer to "Rocket an astronomical distance from the Earth (6)" (¿ PARSEC ?) because it answers one possible definition I can extract from the clue but doesn't seem to be an answer to the rest of it. I suspect I'll instead discover "LY&q...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4684

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

The advantage of "straight" crossword clues is that they're direct and to the point, but it's often ambiguous whether you've got the intended answer until you've got sufficient cross-checks in place, and if you don't know the answer, there's nothing you can do about it except look it up so...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25255

Re: Black Panther

Black Panther is a weird outlier in terms of MCU movies in that it's domestic gross is a fair chunk higher than its international gross. I'm not really sure what exactly is driving that. Was it not shown in some countries for some reason? The movie directly addresses things which are live political...
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 2436

Re: 2029: "Disaster Movie"

SuicideJunkie wrote:
gd1 wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:Hollywood would still demand that the scientists update their data sets while shooting at lava monsters.

To be fair, games have unrealistic expectations of scientists too:
Publish or Perish is taken to the extreme at Black Mesa.

When did Freeman ever publish anything?
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 4914

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Are there any interesting features of transcendental numbers, other than the fact that they are hard to write down? That's a pretty good summary of it. Their most interesting feature is that almost every number is transcendental, but very few of the numbers we use are. In fact, the vast majority of...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: A Series to be Named Later
Replies: 10
Views: 1554

Re: Star Truck: A Series to be Named Later

I don't know, it seems like Star Trek has been all downhill since DS9. Voyager and Enterprise at least tried to keep to canon, but it's like everything they made since is about bringing the widest audience with a complete disregard for the existing universe. Star Trek: Andromeda was Ok… ;) To me it...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 2436

Re: 2029: "Disaster Movie"

Archaologists: http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/8351546107a5b71114adc3725b1d4c2316a25f2b.jpg vs https://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tomb-raider-lara-croft-statue-gaming-heads-silo-903481.png …and… http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/resources/images/965386/?type=responsive-gallery...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 4914

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

If you want to get into it, for quite a while, one wasn't a number either. Or, alternatively, people talked about "mutliplicities" where we would talk about numbers - it's a question of translation and whether you translate the term used as "number" because it's used where we wou...
by rmsgrey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 4914

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Of course, another is the idea of negative numbers. Once you have negative numbers, complex numbers are a fairly small step... Yeah ... negative numbers have to be introduced in order for all linear equations to have solutions. Complex numbers are needed for quadratics to have solutions, but weirdl...

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