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by gmalivuk
Thu Jun 15, 2017 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

(You know that the "et" in "et cetera" already means "and", right? Seems weird to see "and etc.")
by gmalivuk
Tue Jun 13, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 80
Views: 2975

Re: 1849: "Decades"

I'd argue it takes 8-12 years following the close of a decade before everyone has settled on that decade's identity, and that this comic is a bit premature. Aughts and teens are awkward terms (compared to 70s, 80s, 90s), but I posit we're not yet far enough out of the aughts for the nostalgia to ha...
by gmalivuk
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 80
Views: 2975

Re: 1849: "Decades"

2000-2010 = "the twenty-hundreds" Is this format used for numbers divisible by one thousand though? All you need to make this work is simple analogy: 1899 = "eighteen ninety-nine" 1900 = "nineteen hundred" 1901 = "nineteen oh-one" Therefore: 1999 = "nine...
by gmalivuk
Tue Jun 13, 2017 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 80
Views: 2975

Re: 1849: "Decades"

No
by gmalivuk
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Very, very, very SLOW meteoroids.
Replies: 14
Views: 2562

Re: Very, very, very SLOW meteoroids.

greenlimejuice wrote:I used this website and it showed my location in red (second place for worst light pollution)
http://darksitefinder.com/maps/world.html

North Korea is so fucking creepy on light level maps.
by gmalivuk
Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 80
Views: 2975

Re: 1849: "Decades"

Did people actually say "the ${decade}s" during that decade? (I was too young during the 90s to remember :oops: ) I thought people only referred to previous decades as such. Yes, they do start to refer to it during that decade, but it usually increases a lot more afterwards. (Though inter...
by gmalivuk
Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"
Replies: 23
Views: 1483

Re: 1848: "Glacial Erratic"

DanAxtell wrote:My guess is that there really are no glacial erratics south of the equator
New Zealand would disagree (and is in addition a place where the comic's English conversation might happen).
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by gmalivuk
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2708
Views: 285864

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Banning hardly counts as a whole language, though. Every post is just three clicks away from a permaban for the person who wrote it.
by gmalivuk
Sun Jun 11, 2017 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26215

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Yeah, I guess the pronunciation difference is in tone more than stress, which italics don't convey.

I can...not win.

That may do it less ambiguously.
by gmalivuk
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26215

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Just writing with the space doesn't necessarily change the meaning, but it would be clear from pronunciation or even just italicizing "not".
by gmalivuk
Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 7288

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

It's generally safe to ignore a lot of what CorruptUser posts, but please try to avoid posting multiple times in a row. You can edit your last post if you need to add anything before someone else posts.
by gmalivuk
Sat Jun 10, 2017 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 3351

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

This seems like a false dichotomy to me. It is. I was abbreviating. Yes, the question of "ownership" (your words) is important; for the moment I"m considering questions for which ownership has already been decided and belongs to the voters. (In a democracy, "ownership" issu...
by gmalivuk
Thu Jun 08, 2017 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 3351

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

↶ The population is 60% green, 40% yellow. Green wants high (100% of the time), Yellow wants low (100% of the time). There are five issues that come up each year, choosing between "high" and "low". Indepenedent of the magic used to achieve the result , what best represents the w...
by gmalivuk
Thu Jun 08, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 3351

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

If you cannot (or will not) answer the question, then trying to decide on a voting system is just partisan politics, designed to promote whatever agenda you have at the moment. No, because the reason I will not answer the question is that you've sucked out all of the relevant details and oversimpli...
by gmalivuk
Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 3351

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

For the record the automatic filtering of links from the first five posts no longer exists, so your very next post could link to the article.

It's just the first post, that has to be approved by a moderator, that generally can't have a link.
by gmalivuk
Sat Jun 03, 2017 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 41
Views: 2737

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Today's strip brought to us by Randall throwing a tantrum that he didn't think of it first. Yes, I'm sure the middle of 2017 is when Randall decided to "throw a tantrum" about not being able to start a trend back in 2014 or so. Okay then, you explain the artless, hamfistedly smug approach...
by gmalivuk
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 41
Views: 2737

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Zylon wrote:
Today's strip brought to us by Randall throwing a tantrum that he didn't think of it first.

Yes, I'm sure the middle of 2017 is when Randall decided to "throw a tantrum" about not being able to start a trend back in 2014 or so.
by gmalivuk
Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 3351

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

Eternal Density wrote:Arrow got better with season 5, but I'm mad about the cliffhanger ending.

Seasons should never end on cliffhangers, for reasons Sense8 most recently illustrated.
by gmalivuk
Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 41
Views: 2737

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

I'd only seen one of these passed around recently, but it wasn't that one . So I think this is an ongoing low-visibility meme like sandwiches. I think it's only low-visibility if you're not a map and data nerd. (Which is to say, yes probably low overall, but pretty common in Randall's own circles.)
by gmalivuk
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26215

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I have no difficulty hearing "how how" in a dog's bark, and consonants in animal sound onomatopoeia tend to be fairly arbitrary. It's not exact but it's nothing like saying a snake says "meow".
by gmalivuk
Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

Yeah if something is drawing 800W and is quieter than a machine gun, it's losing around 1% or less of that power to sound.
by gmalivuk
Wed May 31, 2017 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Cantor diagonalization, exponentials and speed table
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Cantor diagonalization, exponentials and speed table

Yeah, starting with one specific list of sequences isn't particularly helpful, because the proof depends on the fact that you could do the same thing for *any* such list.
by gmalivuk
Wed May 31, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Cantor diagonalization, exponentials and speed table
Replies: 11
Views: 533

Re: Cantor diagonalization, exponentials and speed table

I don't understand what's motivating that choice of sequences, or how you get 2x from the diagonal.

Do you mean counting in binary (but with numerals reversed)? Because that's not clear from your post.

If that's the case, then sd isn't 11111..., it's 11000...
by gmalivuk
Wed May 31, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

Yeah, what's the point of an IoT device that doesn't have gaping security holes?
by gmalivuk
Tue May 30, 2017 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

Sure, but ucim's claim didn't refer to differences in the questions. In any case, however much entropy it has, the arrangement of bits in a computer's memory can only account for up to some constant amount of energy. Asymptotically, then, the average heat output over time equals the electrical input...
by gmalivuk
Tue May 30, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

If every arrangement of cards is the answer to such a question, then according to you they all have the same entropy.
by gmalivuk
Tue May 30, 2017 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

↶ Can you clarify what any of this has to do with my question? Sure, but I can't guarantee that it answers it. Your question sounds like: "what has greater entropy, a shuffled deck or a brand new card deck in numeric and suit order?", to which the obvious answer is the shuffled deck. I'm ...
by gmalivuk
Mon May 29, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

↶ But whether a configuration is "the" answer depends on what question was asked. Do all answers to possible questions you can ask a computer have equal minimum entropy? Is there anything special about round numbers? The number line doesn't care - a point is a point is a point. Entropy is...
by gmalivuk
Mon May 29, 2017 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Superconducting CPU?
Replies: 66
Views: 1902

Re: Superconducting CPU?

ucim wrote:that answer will have lower entropy than any other value, simply by virtue of its being the answer.
But whether a configuration is "the" answer depends on what question was asked. Do all answers to possible questions you can ask a computer have equal minimum entropy?
by gmalivuk
Thu May 25, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals
Replies: 9
Views: 656

Re: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals

Right, dividing everything by sqrt(2) does make it easier to work with as well as quite a bit more obviously convergent, at least to my eyes.
by gmalivuk
Thu May 25, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: 1841: "Who?"

If it's a conversation that doesn't matter, I'm just letting them talk and I don't care what the words coming out of their mouth may mean. If suddenly it should happen that the conversation does matter, then I can ask questions. If they're offended that I need to, fuck them, maybe this conversation...
by gmalivuk
Wed May 24, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: American gods
Replies: 13
Views: 1045

Re: American gods

freezeblade wrote:it seems this show, even more so than GoT, is more explicit with sex scenes than I prefer
Is there anything other than the portrayal of penises that makes this more explicit than GoT?
by gmalivuk
Wed May 24, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals
Replies: 9
Views: 656

Re: Interesting question regarding Fermat nested radicals

It does converge, since F_k = sqrt(F_(k+1)) ... That right there is false, though. F k = 2^(2 k )+1 F k 2 = 2^(2 k+1 )+2^(2 k +1)+1 = F k+1 + 2^(2 k +1) You'd need to show that 2^(2 k +1) is less than or equal to the whole rest of the nested radical chain for the rest of your sketch to work at all.
by gmalivuk
Tue May 23, 2017 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 376
Views: 26215

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Mega85 wrote:Why are humans referred to as "human beings"? Dogs aren't called "dog beings", cats aren't called "cat beings", sharks aren't called "shark beings" etc.
Could be because "dog", "cat", and "shark" were never adjectives.
by gmalivuk
Tue May 23, 2017 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Percentage of numbers that are prime
Replies: 37
Views: 5565

Re: Percentage of numbers that are prime

All the interest is in formulas and algorithms that tell us something about primes *without* first needing to count all of them one by one.

What you've produced, if it's accurate, may be interesting to you, but it is not a groundbreaking new contribution to the field of number theory.
by gmalivuk
Mon May 22, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 1676

Re: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?

Also, humans can run down pretty much any other animal, even if we can't outrun them over short distances. More importantly, even if it were a better body plan, evolution finds local maxima, but there's no reason to expect it to jump to a global maximum if there are all sorts of low-fitness body pla...
by gmalivuk
Sun May 21, 2017 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 5358

Re: Free Will

↶ False positives are exactly the thing, I mean, sensitivity is false vs. true positives, and there are no true positives. No, sensitivity is true positives vs. false negatives. That is, it's the proportion of actual positives that the test identifies as positives. Glancing at the Wikipedia page , ...
by gmalivuk
Sun May 21, 2017 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 5358

Re: Free Will

No, you meant specificity, and I know that was the idea and I explained why I think you're wrong. You're talking about false positives, which are so far exactly zero unless there's been some new development I don't know about. False negatives are much more common because as you pointed out before, t...
by gmalivuk
Sun May 21, 2017 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 5358

Re: Free Will

I would dispute that the Turing Test would be all that specific, though I suppose it depends on the population under study. The problem is that we may simply become skilled at creating AIs that can pass the test long before we become skilled at creating conscious AIs, which in practice would mean t...
by gmalivuk
Sat May 20, 2017 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 161
Views: 5358

Re: Free Will

I don't think it's fair to say it's a bad test on the basis that it's testing for something so unlikely. A test with 99.9% specificity and sensitivity seems like it would be a pretty good test, even if we used it to test something with such low prior probability that most positive results are still ...

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