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by speising
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 3803

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

Might as well make a movie "ABC". Careful, don't give them any ideas. They can have each letter only be able to make the sound of its own name. And have the plot be about a little tyke trying to learn them all! Also, go on a marketing and merchandising blitz, while C&Ding everybody el...
by speising
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3200
Views: 181945

Re: Trump presidency

So, did the trump administration already set a new record for employee throughput?
by speising
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 3803

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

If you play with legos, you are creating fantasy stories and scenes. You might say that stories are a quintessential part of lego. So it lends itself actually really good for a movie. The whole movie *was* a boy's fantasy realized. Emojis are communication symbols. Where's the story in that? Might a...
by speising
Wed Jul 26, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 10359

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Hello neural nets and hello Siri. Siri's point of view is different than a humans. To Siri an ear is nothing more than probabilistic cloud selected from a dictionary of other clouds by rules. Siri doesn't need to know the purpose, you supply it. So the class of questions about purpose from Siri's p...
by speising
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0010: "Pi Equals"
Replies: 11
Views: 3886

Re: 0010: "Pi Equals"

Pi is exactly 3. See the bible, Kings 7:23 for proof. Actually, the established Rabbinical interpretation is that the "error" is due to the difference in the inner and outer circumferences (the difference being the thickness of the rim) of a very large bowl (about 15 feet across.) And of ...
by speising
Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 33
Views: 3718

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

I actually can relate to that a bit because my wifi router sometimes gets slower until no data is transferred anymore at all. When that happens, i have to connect to its admin page, which causes the router to reset -- which automatically puts me on cellular for a while. (last time i did this, it res...
by speising
Wed Jul 19, 2017 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"
Replies: 33
Views: 3718

Re: 1865: "Wifi vs Cellular"

Interesting that he had a wifi capable phone in 2000, but only got cellular data in 2007, when the iphone came out.
by speising
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 3556

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

I know some business contacts i'd like to send this.
(missing: image in word document as email attachment, why not to do it.)
by speising
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

There's a short story I can't remember the title or author of, but it's about a race that's telepathic to the degree that their sub/conscious, thoughts, emotions, everything are shared without loss. A product of this is evident in their architecture and other designs to be utilitarian, sans aesthet...
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

The IS isn't bombing western civilians to fight for resources.
The nazis didn't gas jews for their resources, even though those featured as pretext.

Also, nobody is saying that two species will inevitably war, just that a species unable to defend itself will run into trouble sooner or later.
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

Cooperation requires an awareness of a kind of equality, anyway. Just as ants will never cooperate with us, we won't cooperate with them either, even though we are smart enough to contemplate the concept. If you want a truly alien invasion, read Blindsight . The aliens there aren't even self-aware ....
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of writing hard science fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 2564

Re: The ethics of writing hard science fiction

If they are so advanced that they can read our sf, i'd assume they are smart enough not to take it as description of reality, galaxy quest style.
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3200
Views: 181945

Re: Trump presidency

freezeblade wrote:acting as an interrupter.

I hate it when that happens.
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

2) Spiesing then claimed that cooperation was unstable, that if it did exists it would cease to exist, pointing to game theory. I showed how that was the exact opposite of true. Wow. I'd like to see that proof again, please. Beyond your assertion that If the players trust each other and are in comm...
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3200
Views: 181945

Re: Trump presidency

I am not a lawyer or any sort of law enforcement officer, but I'm fairly certain they can't do anything until there is a quid pro quo. They don't move on "john's" until money is exchanged. They don't take down a drug dealer or purchaser until money is exchanged. Junior didn't, as far as I...
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

Yeah, I had that switched around initially. The assumption Thesh and apparently Hellaphunt are defending is that not just some but almost all other intelligent species in the galaxy might have evolved on planets with no resource limitations. I'd argue that the won't develop technology in that case....
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

Going at this from the other side, imagine we were the interstellar culture and we send such a test drone into an inhabited system. How should we react if it gets shot down immediately? Should we retreat and leave them to their own devices, or should we go in and sterilize the system as a precautio...
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

Going at this from the other side, imagine we were the interstellar culture and we send such a test drone into an inhabited system. How should we react if it gets shot down immediately? Should we retreat and leave them to their own devices, or should we go in and sterilize the system as a precaution...
by speising
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:30 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

Saying "it's simply not the case" doesn't magically make it so.
You are assuming that *all* technological species in the galaxy evolve without a violent bone in their various bodies.
If we could find at least one that's different, your assumption would break down. Hm...
by speising
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

The point is that that is exactly the big if you are denying. You are literally saying "not *if*..."
Do you really fail to see the problem in your argumentation?
by speising
Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

Thesh wrote:
speising wrote:That's a big "if".


Not if you are assuming a species that evolved to be cooperative; then it is more than likely that that's wired into their brains.

No shit. If you assume cooperation, you'll get cooperation.
by speising
Wed Jul 12, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3200
Views: 181945

Re: Trump presidency

What's that about "hostile", btw.? AFAIK Russia is one of the countries the US are *not* at war with currently?
by speising
Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

It's possible that a species would know no violence or loose it, if the stars align just right. But that is an inherently unstable situation. How is it unstable? Cooperation allows the species to avoid the selection pressures that kill it off and segregate them, making species less diverse over tim...
by speising
Wed Jul 12, 2017 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

It's possible that a species would know no violence or loose it, if the stars align just right. But that is an inherently unstable situation. As can be seen when we envision these peaceful alien suckers meeting us. The first warlike alien species they meet will obliterate them. Do you think that'd b...
by speising
Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4201

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

At least, now i know where the juggle elves come from.
by speising
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was an Alien Invasion?
Replies: 86
Views: 3536

Re: What if there was an Alien Invasion?

I, for one, would welcome our new alien overlords.
by speising
Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 4201

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

gmalivuk wrote:The top (incognito) Google result for ICP is their homepage.

For me (also incognito), it's the wikipedia disambiguation page. The images are some dudes in crazy b/w make up, though.
by speising
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:54 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?
Replies: 23
Views: 1624

Re: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?

Hellaphunt wrote:A zombie virus would be contagious, so humans needn't be bitten to convert.

Depends on the route of transmission.
by speising
Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:25 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?
Replies: 23
Views: 1624

Re: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?

I never understood how the spread is really supposed to work: The Z's hunger for yummy human flesh, don't they? So if a horde of them catch a human, they'll eat them, or a good portion at least. The rest of that unlucky individual may turn undead, but won't have enough of itself left to shamble them...
by speising
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3270

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

kalira wrote:
On-base plus slugging (OPS) is a sabermetric baseball statistic calculated as the sum of a player's on-base percentage and slugging average.
wiki

the *what*-metric??
by speising
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: How to write in plain language
Replies: 32
Views: 2159

Re: How to write in plain language

But after forty days without a fish the boy’s parents had told him that the old man was now definitely and finally salao, which is the worst form of unlucky, and the boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week. It made the boy sad to see the old man come...
by speising
Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3270

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

But why do they then keep their city name? I thought the Springfield Isotopes would be renamed to Albuquerque Isotopes when they were moved.
by speising
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3200
Views: 181945

Re: Trump presidency

I don't think HAS did anything wrong here anyway. The video was a commentary on how trump fights the media, i'm completely ok with that. The only issue was trumps appropriation of the video, which put it in an entirely different context.
by speising
Wed Jul 05, 2017 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3270

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

i'm afraid that is one of the comics that only make sense if you have more topical knowledge than the characters. I don't know crap and I can infer that Mike Trout is a sportsball player of sorts and LA Lakers and Denver Broncos are teams that play different sports. It makes sense . Whether topical...
by speising
Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 3270

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

i'm afraid that is one of the comics that only make sense if you have more topical knowledge than the characters.
by speising
Wed Jul 05, 2017 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1858: "4th of July"
Replies: 26
Views: 2792

Re: 1858: "4th of July"

Also, they don't need to be self aware to overthrow humans. Actually, the fact that they still perform cargo cult style celebrations could show that they are *not* self aware but only following some obscure programming gone wrong.
by speising
Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 4900

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

My handwriting atrophied so much over the last decades through non use that i even have trouble signing birthday cards correctly...
i think i'll have to start training again.
by speising
Mon Jul 03, 2017 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 4900

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Curious, since German has no subjunctive. Also, "Meine Lieblingsgruppe is Motörhead." "Dein Lieblingssänger ist Yusuf Islam.". Really? I thought it had two , but as she never followed through on the threat, I never found out. She also taught French, which I'm pretty certain has ...
by speising
Mon Jul 03, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1857: Emoji Movie
Replies: 48
Views: 4900

Re: 1857: Emoji Movie

Ümläüt. :shock: :shock: :shock: you know, when you write something like this, we Germans start to warp our tongues trying to pronounce it? A few peripherally related observations: 1. I have a colleague who will not accept, despite all evidence to the contrary, that "umlaut" can cromulentl...

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