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by ucim
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 408
Views: 131308

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

No. It's "persibling-years".

Jose
by ucim
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 408
Views: 131308

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

“1 percent” is the unitless number 1/100 “1 degree” is the unitless number π/180 “1 percent” literally means "one per hundred", which is a ratio, which is a (rational) number, and therefore is the unitless number 1/100. “1 degree” literally means "one (specific) part of a(n understoo...
by ucim
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652184

Re: Trump presidency

... and everything you need to know about Trump's construction savvy. On another note, it really irritates me to see the press acting as if Trump is actually trying to govern, and wondering why {foo} or how {bar}, when the answers are drop-dead obvious if you substitute the premise that he is not tr...
by ucim
Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

Basically, acceleration can change the plane of your orbit, but it can't possibly change it to a plane that doesn't actually include your own position. Yes, so that last bit of acceleration must occur as you cross the equator (if you want an equatorial orbit). I suppose the launch itself doesn't th...
by ucim
Fri Jan 11, 2019 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

It is worth mentioning that it is impossible to launch directly from a planetary (or other) surface into an orbit around that body that has a LOWER inclination than the latitude of the launch site. [It can] only be accomplished either by [...] or by expending delta-v in order to accelerate equatorw...
by ucim
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

You mean, by using alternative facts? :)

Jose
by ucim
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. They are tattooed on.

I wish I could remember my password.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652184

Re: Trump presidency

Another pretty bad case - a hostile power attacks the US (for real, an actual shooting war on US soil), Trump declares his emergency, Congress does not disagree, we go to war, and Trump suspends the 2020 elections because of the war.

Can he do this? Yes, of course, if Congress lets him.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. xkcd's Time comic is made into a major motion picture. Lauded by critics, it's a box office smash (unusual for both things to happen!) and this leads to film versions of all the other Time after Time stories. People flock to them, abandoning facebook, twitter, youtube, email, food, sleep, m...
by ucim
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

Equatorial off the Earth to equatorial around the Moon requires very little course correction. To change that to a polar orbit would cost energy. Well, not really. Once you've left the earth and are heading for the moon, you're not "equatorial" any more. You're just ballistic. If you happ...
by ucim
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2030

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

but it's not so complicated (like the formalism of relativity) that you can despair explaining it in one conversation. The key idea is that you are borrowing stock (and then selling that borrowed stock to somebody else). Once you get your head around the idea of borrowing stock (it's more like borr...
by ucim
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Your wish is the Democratic candidate for US president, 2020. I wonder who it will run against, and whether or not it will actually become corrupted.

I wish the last two years of politics were just a bad movie.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

Heimhenge wrote:Unlikely distant galaxies would be visible through a beginner's scope.
He wasn't looking through a beginner's scope. He was looking through a magazine. And while magazines often have stars, if you can afFord it, you can also find pictures of galaxies there.

Jose
I'll just leave now. :)
by ucim
Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It is a treasured heirloom that goes back to your great great grandmother and also happens to be worth a ch*rpin' fortune.

Your wife loses it on her wedding night and it is never found again.

I wish batteries were not needed to power things that now require batteries.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2030

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

You do, in theory, lose voting rights. However, the borrower of the shares is responsible for paying you any missed dividends. So you don't lose any money there. In addition, the borrower does pay some interest on the loan (not much), so you get a little bit of income from it. In practice, almost a...
by ucim
Sat Jan 05, 2019 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2030

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

A simplistic example would be you loaning 100 shares to someone so he can sell short, he makes some money on a dip you were just going to ride out and gives you 110 shares back. Well, no. He gives you 100 shares back and pockets the difference. You however can borrow money against those shares you ...
by ucim
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 5307

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

There's a world of difference between accidents and murder. Indeed there is. When a teacher shoots a student because they didn't do their homework, that's murder. When a classroom is under attack by another shooter, kids are being shot left and right, and the teacher gets three shots at that other ...
by ucim
Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2030

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

somitomi wrote:...and one for the road
Ah. A programmer. Careful not to hit a fencepost.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Not granted.

But you are on that council too. Those other hooded individuals do not want peace or prosperity. Enjoy your tenure!

I wish the year began on March 25, and there were great celebrations worldwide on that date.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 2030

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Wouldn't the person you borrowed them from be annoyed that their stocks are now worth less than they were? What's in it for them? You win some, you lose some. There isn't always a "fixed time" where you have to return the shares. In some cases the short can be open ended. But to answer yo...
by ucim
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 1486

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

rmsgrey wrote:When talking about something with a natural ordering, "between X and Y" should be said such that X comes before Y.
Between you and me, should isn't is.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106656
Views: 43171672

Re: 1190: "Time"

Just stopping in to point out that didn't follow my own decree. Of course, by stopping in to do that, I'm now following my decree. It's a holy paradox? Truth is not contradiction, though contradiction can be truth. If a contradiction is poorly supported, it is of course a holey contradiction. If a ...
by ucim
Thu Jan 03, 2019 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2093: "Reminders"
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: 2093: "Reminders"

qvxb wrote:If people require so much effort, they're not worth having as friends.
What is a friend if not someone for whom you're willing to put out some effort?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

i wish, meh i'm good enough as is, i don't wish for anything. Granted. You become president of the United States. Because we desperately need somebody who's good enough. The job is way harder than you thought however, and you become hated by half the country. I wish voting for government offices we...
by ucim
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. This is accomplished by the elimination of all humans. (Hmmm. Maybe that's not even a corruption. :) I wish that when searching for information on human parasites (and other related topics), it was easy to get results that are not merely consumer-grade, but actual research papers from the o...
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. But you can only concentrate on one thing, ever. Choose wisely.

I wish for forty LSD NiMH (AA and AAA) batteries and a smart charger for them.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106656
Views: 43171672

Re: 1190: "Time"

SilentTimer wrote:It seems I was too subtle again ...
That's not a punsaw.
[pulls out giant whirring instrument of paronomasical death]
That's a punsaw. :)

Jose
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652184

Re: Trump presidency

3) People aren't (mostly) moral, we just want to believe we are. People aren't completely moral, but I do think that most people are mostly moral. Locally at least. Humans are social creatures; that wouldn't work if most people were mostly immoral. Nonetheless, the lack of perfection (and the fact ...
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1536

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

jewish_scientist wrote:I am really hopeful that this becomes a trend that spreads everywhere.
Be careful what you wish for. It's not like politics is immune from evil influence. And lately, politics isn't even immune from evil influence based on the pecuniary interests of a single individual.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 667016

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Basically you would have two sets of years. But there's only one universe. How would you meaningfully connect the universe that existed in the first set of years with the universe that existed in the second set of years? And sure, by symmetry, it looks like the same question as a universe that (may...
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8215
Views: 652184

Re: Trump presidency

If the partial shutdown lasts for, say, half a year... ...then it's not just on the president, but on Congress, which can overrule the president with a (two thirds?) majority. It would only take one third of the republicans to repudiate the president for this to happen. Say what you want, while he ...
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106656
Views: 43171672

Re: 1190: "Time"

Rumor has it that there are people who celebrate the second or third dix of Summit with noise, fizzy molpyberry wine, organized wiggling, and other strange paeans to the heretical idea that it is some sort of beginning... not realizing that the True Beginning of Time (TBOT) is still a few mips away....
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106656
Views: 43171672

Re: 1190: "Time"

and what does everything consist of? Redundakitties? That would be a molpish universe, where everything was fundamentally formed of redundakitties. But it brings to mind that maybe it's true, though a little less cute. Electrons (for example) are indistinguishable particles; if you put two electron...
by ucim
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: In sympathy for those with snail-like email, tortuously tortoise-like?
Replies: 4
Views: 1711

Re: In sympathy for those with snail-like email, tortuously tortoise-like?

and the web-based email client is too bloaty More than that, and more than just email. The net is only useful if you can connect to things. In the intervening times, the things you can connect to have bloatified. And fundamentally, this is the result of the surveillance-based intrusive marketing mo...
by ucim
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106656
Views: 43171672

Re: 1190: "Time"

yappobiscuits wrote:I found a bunch of tupperware containers in the fridge all labelled "redundant". I was curious and opened them...
OMR! That's where BlitzGirl went! Which one of them is her?

Jose
by ucim
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

[_] Granted [_] Not granted [X] OTTer/Duck You enter the One True Thread and begin the most awefulsome Quest. Beware the green safety hats and the cookie clicker, but rather, follow the First Commandment, say your prayers and build sandcastles , and be molpish. Don't panic at the Voldeframe , but kn...
by ucim
Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 682

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

offsky wrote: I paused to look at the random background stars scattered around the picture.
Are you sure those are stars? If they are, they are in the foreground, yes. But could also be entire galaxies.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106656
Views: 43171672

Re: 1190: "Time"

Just popping in for some heresy; for those who celebrate 24 Mystery, I wish you the best of all possible dix!. And as for the present Time, happy BlitzDix MistyCat!

I still have ketchup to do; keep calm and wait for it. :)

((()))

Jose
by ucim
Mon Dec 24, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2167

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Nah. That's just how the NSA spies on our electronic Christmas cards.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Dec 23, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25884
Views: 2204278

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It's the rule, but not the common behavior. Consequently, most people are in jail for violating the rule. They do however get generous sentences.

I wish that email encryption were commonplace rather than the exception.

Jose

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