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by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 982

Re: A Truly Massive Star

I think it would have to be a question of how dark energy/ cosmic expansion would work. No expansion, and it would collapse whatever parameters you pick. The much throny-er issue is how is this universe radiating? It's obviously not radiating into Minkowski space (aka space as relativity talks about...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90033
Views: 7939718

Re: Thoughts for ships

I'm a contractor being converted to a direct employee on literally my last day as a contractor.

Today is the day the contracting company's time tracking software makes me change my password.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2261

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

They also will not see or enjoy the movie (in the theater) without paying for a ticket, but the experience of doing so is not why they go either. If you make the movie free people will enjoy it. If you remove the bad things, people won't enjoy the movie, no matter what other things you change. You'...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2261

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Didn't say you don't need the bad things, but I do say that's not what people mainly enjoy or the reason they go see the movie. Do you have a definition of "reason" that's separate from "cause"? Because they will not see or enjoy the movie without the bad things. True, it' s not...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2261

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

It doesn't have to be. Bad things are necessary, but often not sufficient. Drama can have happiness contrast the sadness, and that can be very satisfying, but it's a contrast. Comedy can be holistically intelligent, and that's done by finding novel or subtle ways to make the characters do/ say idio...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

granted, prisons focus more an helping inmates reintegrate into society How's that a corruption? i wish asylums to be brought back so people have somewhere to go if they feel an urge to be violent Granted, but since violent and mentally ill aren't really correlated, the only way that makes sense is...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 2261

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

This is just one of the oldest questions in aesthetics: Why do we enjoy watching bad things? Horror is watching scary things, drama is watching sad things, comedy is watching stupid things, mystery is watching things that don't make sense, action is watching dangerous things. There are some horror m...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

I finished my great wall. It's releasing to actually have the area between my concerns were I'm sure there aren't nests. I spent a long time optimizing around the wrong things (which I'll insist is half the point of the game) so there's a very large density outside of my walls, and I get regular col...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 08, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, they can be forgiven after spending a period atonement in the oubliette of forcible rectal entry.

I wish for prison reform.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

I think Kovarex enrichment may have actually been a bad design choice. For my planned goal of 160 MW usage, two uranium miners and without reprocessing or enrichment is enough. But I'm going to be tempted to be cheap and refine much of my 238, even though I have literal tons of it sitting around.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

My first setup is going to be 1 reactor, 4 exchangers, 4 steam tanks and 4 turbines. Fuel triggered when steam is below 4,000. My second setup will be a 2X2 grid of reactors, 48 heat exchanges, 48 steam tanks, and 32 turbines. All four reactors input triggered by steam below 180,000. I definitely ha...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted: Friendly's ice cream shop now hosts popular death-ball tournaments.

I wish there was professional wrestling, but with Wuxia instead of wrestling.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

One thing the wiki is seems confused on:

When a nuclear reactor overproduces, does it reach 900C and explode, or does it reach 1000C and waste output?
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 02, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

I'm already placing ghosts of laser turrets around the wall. Once the wall it stable (I have clearing out convex indentations were I'll need to clear out an area to smooth out) and have my new power source I'll probably make them real. I'd have to seriously expand my power network to support that ma...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 02, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549234

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I don't dislike the woman. I loathe her husband. She chose him. She chose him knowing what kind of person he was. That says plenty about her. I feel that (in a way) the mere question of "is she a good person?" is illegitimate. 99% of the time we're only asking it by virtue of association....
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 01, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you are now constantly thinking about basic chores.

I wish for infinite airline miles.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549234

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Soupspoon wrote:
eran_rathan wrote:Caesar Salad (Roman)
Waldorf Salad (16th century German)

FTFY. :P

Raw salads are generally fine, but never eat a raw waldorf.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

I quickly learned that the sushi belt it's terrible for some high throughput items (like simple circuits). Now that I know everything I might produce, I'd probably limit myself to a sushi belt for the labs. Launched my rocket, figure I'm going to try and aim for having all the finite technologies re...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 15964

Re: Firearms Regulations

I've been thinking that maybe there should be a federal law that says that state and local governments can make gun registries, but that a registered gun is legal (for that owner) and is grandfathered past any future regulations. Basically saying that states can't confiscate guns if they registered ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but there is a clause in your insurance contract the means you don't get any money if the fire is the result of a wish in a forum game. You are, however, liable for damage to your neighbors' properties and you still have to pay your mortgage off. I wish my neighbors and I would get along (o...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549234

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Whilst it may not be a crime under Russian law, the Wiltshire Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police would probably take a different view. So, too, might the International Criminal Court. Other parties might regard the killing as a crime, but that still leaves the question of if the executors are...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

There are a lot of trees around, maybe an abnormal amount. I did find enemies while looking for oil. There's a base of nine nests (and I've destroyed a few) right by the nearest oil field, with a worm that seems immune to shotgun damage. I think I may have made a mistake setting up radar as earlier ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549234

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Skripal poisoning: Putin says suspects 'civilians, not criminals' One internet to the first person who can tell me what logical fallacy is being committed here. Going by the qouted text within the article, Putin made two separate statements (my paraphrasing): "The accused are civilians" a...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 86479

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

Just started playing a few days ago. Just rebuilt my factory to run off a memory sushi belt configured to produce whatever is in short supply. I'm glad I read the wiki, because I was about to attempt that before researching circuits (only filter feeders) which is a more involved solution. I have yet...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, in one hundred years you will be happy, then die one hundred seconds later form oldageitis.

I wish that we beat this "hundred years" response to death.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3569

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Only it it's commercially successful, which is to say if the ship-shipping ship ships shipper-y ships.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 346914

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Parsed text as input is the key thing as well as traditional read text as output. I'd say rule of thumb is that is that most of the game should be playable by a blind amputee with speech-to-text and text-to-speech set up on the computer. I wouldn't say it would need to be "pure"; one ascii...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you suffocate.

I wish for a Hyperloop system connecting all major American cities.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 346914

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Text only RPGs: I've always been aware of them, but I'm not sure I've ever played one that wasn't a parody (i.e. Thy Dungeonman) or written on a friends calculator. I'm kind of curious to see what they greatest achievements in this strictly limited medium are like.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3569

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Related question: what separates a <T>-house from a mere <T>-container? My first answer would be that the house needs to be able to serve as store and some kind of maintenance function on the <T>. So if an object only stores a thing it is a mere container. If it stores and maintains them it is a hou...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 3569

2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/boathouses_and_houseboats.png Title text: The <x> that is held by <y> is also a <y><x>, so if you go to a food truck, the stuff you buy is truck food. A phone that's in your car is a carphone, and a car equipped with a phone is a phonecar. When you play a mobile racing ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5528

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

As far as his complaint, I'd guess that's a mathematical case of "Hamlet is Cliched". I'd say a better comparison would be Plutarch's lives ; people did stuff, Plutarch wrote it down (or copied or people's writing it down), and Plutarch became know for the stories. Looking at the history ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, the games played are ET, Dessert Bus, Zelda: faces of evil, and Kabuki Warriors. These replace 100 meter dash, floor gymnatics, curling, and (the planned addition of) pistol dueling. I wish that somebody would make a Mario Brothers: the movie: the game, and that I would be free to play it o...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4212

2040: Sibling-in-law

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/sibling_in_law.png Title text: FYI, it turns out "...because I haven't figured out whether he would be my brother-in-law or not" does NOT qualify as a "reason why these two should not be wed." This reminds me of that O'Henry short story where that sn...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning
Replies: 17
Views: 3581

Re: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning

Sure, they might arrive at novel conclusions more slowly in some sense than otherwise, but if they reason a million times faster than us then they still win the race. If we want a well defined question, I think it would be: "Can causal reasoning solve any problems with a better availability th...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25802
Views: 2105608

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you receive seven times the value of a penny.

I wish that Ucim was not Jose.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549234

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The thing about the mental health screening comments, is that they were made before the shooter was named.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning
Replies: 17
Views: 3581

Re: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning

He's underwhelmed that AI can "master ancient games" and learn to play at super-human levels (more or less) on their own... and this is just curve fitting? AFAIK Mr Pearl never commented on the Go program, and was possible not even aware of it. The The Atlantic article (that Jewish Scient...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4124
Views: 549234

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As a resident of Jacksonville I've found the coverage particularly interesting. (Not so much the event itself because I don't remotely know anyone involved and this event is an outlier on so many levels) One of the first things that struck me is a headline included the phrase "Jacksonville hots...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 4168

Re: 2034: "Equations"

It depends on who you are defining things and which axioms you pick. Within ZFC that's wrong, but it's probably true in some formulations of set theory which don't assume an excluded middle (P doesn't necessarily equal ~~P).

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