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by orthogon
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 19
Views: 932

2082: "Mercator Projection"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/mercator_projection.png Title text: The other great lakes are just water on the far side of Canada Island. If you drive north from the Pacific northwest you actually cross directly into Alaska, although a few officials--confused by the Mercator distortion--have put up b...
by orthogon
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 1171

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

The Earth is spinning along its axis at a rate of once per day, obviously *PEDANT KLAXON* Actually the Earth spins around its axis once every 23 hours, 56 minutes, 4.0905 seconds, with the motion of the Earth around the Sun making up for the rest of the Earth's rotation relative to the sun. Well, a...
by orthogon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 1184

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country. on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too) With probability one , everyone has either more or less than the average number o...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 44
Views: 5437

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I made an SVG version of this that could be printed as a sign (attached as PNG, and the SVG code is inside the spoiler if someone feels like copying it into a text file, saving it as an SVG and opening it in inkscape or wherever). (see original posting) I created a 3D version: https://www.thingiver...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381617

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Sableagle wrote:
Thesh wrote:Why not do a call for case studies, surveys of parents, etc?
Parents don't start a stopwatch at the moment the child swallows the coin or lego brick.

No, but soon every Lego [block] will have its own IPv6 address, so it can time its own transit through the digestive tract and upload it to the cloud.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 1562

Re: 2078: "Popper"

Ray Kremer wrote:I had to look up the name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper

Of course, he's better known for the discovery of amyl nitrate.
by orthogon
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 1982

Re: 2077: "Heist"

There is never any thought about being caught. Never comes up at any stage of planning a heist, or any other nefarious scheme. That is why a calm cool collected wheel man is so important and also why Uber will never truly succeed as a getaway service. A self-driving Uber getaway car, on the other h...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 1982

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Tatsächlich ist es eines der wenigen englischen wörter, die so ausgesprchen werden, wie man sie schreibt. :p All our words are pronounced as they're written. It's just that the rules for pronunciation are highly complex. :P It occurs to me that you could quantify the phoneticity of a language's wri...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday
Replies: 4
Views: 365

Re: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday

Multiple timestamps, same video. "Telemetry lock" ... "to be dead nuts-on as it hits the top of the atmosphere" ... "Regiscience reports drop in power as expected" "Both MarCOs have telemetry." ... "Sudden change in Doppler" ... "The radar has ...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603925

Re: Trump presidency

Sableagle wrote:secret Saudi?

That sounds like a really fucked-up version of Secret Santa ;-)
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 1823

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Old Bruce wrote:Quick poll: is it Keen-Ya or Ken-Yah?

That semolina stuff? Keen-wah.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4953

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I think that to the best of our knowledge there are a finite number of dimensions, be it 4, 10 or 26. Sure there are an infinite number of coordinate systems, but only (let's say) 4 coordinates are required to specify an "event" (4D point) and these can be converted to any other coordinate...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2227

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

There will be passenger spaceships when there are casinos (and hookers) on Mars and Venus. Just watch out for the probes around Uranus. This is anachronistic. By the time they install casinos and hookers on Mars, they will have changed the 7th planet's name to "Urectum," thereby eliminati...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4953

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

...the standard kilogram is known to have changed mass over time (exactly how much is unclear) Well no, the standard kilogram has always stayed at exactly the same mass. Everything else in the universe has slightly changed mass over time. :D Well, kind of. I mean, there's the physical concept of ma...
by orthogon
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4953

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I would just like to say that this comic made me viscerally shudder. But I did enjoy learning from this thread that the kilogram is finally receiving a makeover. Bit disappointed that it had to come from fudging some other constants (they're supposed to be universal constants, can they even do that...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 4953

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

that really does make things easier now 1 kilogram is exactly equal to 0.45359237 kilograms Or €1.12. Maybe after the new definition kicks in, the French will sell us "le grand K" cheap. We could then saw it up to make two British Standard Pounds and have nearly a hundred grams of platinu...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1231
Views: 185111

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

The fact the Irish border is such a spanner in the works for brexit, and the fact that brexiters simply didn't mention it during the referendum and the way they continued to brush it off and ignore it whenever it came up since, is a fascinating and depressing insight into the way humans work. They ...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603925

Re: Trump presidency

If the police are replaced with something that functions completely differently from any existing police force, it's reasonable to call that abolition. Well, but it could function like the body that lots of other countries call "the police" (or its appropriate cognate). So it's not differ...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1231
Views: 185111

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

It's a game of two halves, though, at the end of the day. She's gone out there and given 110%. She'll be gutted not to come away with a result.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6764

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

In case somebody impersonates you, they can fish out the impostor's ballot at the count ...which implies that they can also fish out your legitimate ballot and see how you, personally, voted. Jose Indeed; I believe this is the case. However, they could destroy the record in the polling station when...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6764

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Yes, you only get given one ballot paper. I believe the number on the ballot is recorded against your entry on the register. In case somebody impersonates you, they can fish out the impostor's ballot at the count and replace with yours, but they never need to do that unless the margin is tight. Perh...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2117

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. Would be okay with Einstein index notation x b a if it was being used to represent the Vandermonde matrix ? Ha! Maybe, although no doubt the dimension with the increasing powers turns out to correspond to the lower index... ...
by orthogon
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2117

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. Would be okay with Einstein index notation x b a if it was being used to represent the Vandermonde matrix ? Ha! Maybe, although no doubt the dimension with the increasing powers turns out to correspond to the lower index... ...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2117

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation.
by orthogon
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 2695

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

I don't know what this is about - I'm not really into Pokémon - but I never got the name "InstallShield". Even after reading the Wikipedia page it's not that clear. For some reason that always annoyed me. I'm easily annoyed, I guess...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603925

Re: Trump presidency

The BBC News website story has this intriguing passage: The press secretary later shared a zoomed in clip of the incident, which observers say is a doctored video originally posted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson. What are they getting at here? Who are these unnamed "observ...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 21735

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

You're misreading the grammar. The dems are now in charge of both House projects and , separately, CNN projects. I've mentioned this before, but over here, headline writers never use a comma to stand for "and". I always do a double-take when I see that in a US paper. You get that I (and o...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 21735

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

You're misreading the grammar. The dems are now in charge of both House projects and , separately, CNN projects. I've mentioned this before, but over here, headline writers never use a comma to stand for "and". I always do a double-take when I see that in a US paper. This seems to be one ...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603925

Re: Trump presidency

The fact is that -- again -- literally every denomination of Judaism (as well as Jewish organizations!) rejects Messianic Jews as spiritually Jewish. I can't comment on the facts of the debate (except that it sounds outrageous, ridiculous, deliberately inflammatory, incredible, and hence fairly une...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 2860

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Chicago Tribune wrote:Blue to indicate [Republican] McKinley's election, red to indicate [Democrat] Bryan's election

At least they got the colours the right way round back then.
by orthogon
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5432

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

But on the topic of elections in general and predictions influencing how people vote: I can understand that the closeness or foregone-ness of a particular race might encourage or discourage people to vote at all, but one thing I've never understood is predicted outcome influencing how people vote. ...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5432

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but clearly informally it's easy to see that elec...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5432

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

https://xkcd.com/2067/asset/imgs/polls.png This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but cl...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5432

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I think this is cool, but I question some of its accuracy. If I'm interpreting it correctly, it shows only the name of the candidate likely to win in each race, and a larger size of the name indicates a greater chance of success. I suppose it depends on whose data and models you trust, but an elect...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6764

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

** With suitable measures in place to prevent individuals using slight-of-hand. I suggest oversized tubs of coloured balls that can be fed singly, from the tub of one's choice, into an inspection chamber/optic. The optic has a lever to drop the choice into the ballot-bottle below (vote done, mechan...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5432

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

da Doctah wrote:How do you zoom with a mouse?

One word: Scroll wheel.
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5432

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I don't see anything, and I'm not sure if that's intended; it could be meant to show results as they come in, but wouldn't that be Monday's comic? In any case, Americans, you can also edit the map by voting early/absentee. Works ok on Chrome for 'droid, but on Windows it falls foul of a Cross-Origi...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 275
Views: 68319

Re: News in brief

This was forwarded to me by another member of the League of Women Voters, who knows the member who was quoted in the story. LA Times Publishes Completely Different Political Endorsements in English and Spanish Whoa. That's...whoa. I'd be more concerned if they reported different facts . In the end,...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6764

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

First thing I'd do if I were in charge is move election day to a weekend. That would privilege people with white-collar, M-F jobs. It would make it easier for them to vote while not making it any easier for the working poor who often have multiple jobs, with weekend hours. Powers &8^] I was thi...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 6764

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

When I'm king: - US voting would take place on Election Day only. - National holiday which is absolutely required for all but essential people like emergency personnel. - Polls open 24 hours, from 12 midnight to 12 midnight Eastern, 9 PM to 9 PM Pacific. (Or fiddle with the times a bit if there's s...

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