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by gmalivuk
Sat Jan 06, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790985

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If house arrest doesn't get counted in the US or in Sweden as incarceration, then why do we need to be careful about the comparison? It shows how many more people are in jail or prison in the US, which it seems is exactly what the comparison is supposed to do.
by gmalivuk
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 3394

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Kludgy wrote:
MarkGyver wrote:
Kludgy wrote:I don't think my computer's affected, though

Are there any symptoms shown with computers?

No.
by gmalivuk
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 4136

Re: 1935: "2018"

Or it's one of those "16-month" calendars they sell in mall kiosks, that start in September. Many have pictures of cats on each page, grumpy and otherwise. 16-month calendars are a lie: they only ever have 13 pages, never 16. September-December of the first year are all smooshed together ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

You can suck water up a wide pipe just like a straw if you lower the pressure above it. It won't flow the same way (due to surface tension), but the level will still rise. What's stopping air from rushing in is the fact that the bottom end is submerged. Obviously if you take it out of the reservoir ...
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy: Mexican Standoff Edition!
Replies: 73
Views: 8814

Re: Thread Necromancy: Mexican Standoff Edition!

5th place
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy SlowMode
Replies: 311
Views: 145899

Re: Thread Necromancy SlowMode

Technically this also represents a 50% score increase
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The "Thread Necromancy" Game
Replies: 17115
Views: 1354369

Re: The "Thread Necromancy" Game

50% seems a reasonable portion to add to my score
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

I never said the surface tension was doing the lifting, though. Whatever surface tension is doing, that effect is part of the explanation for why water in a couple-mm-wide crazy straw wouldn't behave the same way as in Pfhorrest's enormous weird bucket. Picture a 4mm straw with a single loop in it a...
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

The fact that you can hold water in a straw by covering only the top end tells me surface tension is doing something important. Would that work in a vacuum? Hold a straw like cylinder full of water, pump out the air, and then rotate the cylinder. Does the water come out? Assuming it doesn't boil or...
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 4136

Re: 1935: "2018"

The Gregorian fix included the 2nd and 3rd orders together, amounting to a correction (compared to the Julian calendar) of 3 days every 4 centuries. Compared to the vernal equinox year mentioned above, that correction improves from a Julian error of one day every 131 years to a Gregorian error of on...
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

Who said anything about friction?
by gmalivuk
Tue Jan 02, 2018 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

The fact that you can hold water in a straw by covering only the top end tells me surface tension is doing something important.
by gmalivuk
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

"This sentence is true" is true but "This sentence is not true" has no consistent truth value.

Also arguably most statements as well as their negations have no truth value because they're things like "Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."
by gmalivuk
Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 4136

Re: 1935: "2018"

↶ Um, "Except only every 4th '00 is a leap year" is easier to remember. 400,800,1200,1600,2000,2400 are still leap years. So we really dodged a bullet in the year 2000. I might have had to waste time learning about the exception. Except I just did... dammit. Something tells me this still ...
by gmalivuk
Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Publishing Unpopular Research
Replies: 21
Views: 1035

Re: Publishing Unpopular Research

We absolutely 100% for sure are all descended from common ancestors, and if you want to pick a mated pair, pick a random common ancestor and consider that person's biological parents. There's a man and a woman from whom every living human is descended. (It's true that we have to all be descended fr...
by gmalivuk
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Publishing Unpopular Research
Replies: 21
Views: 1035

Re: Publishing Unpopular Research

Y-Adam and m-Eve are just a particular pair of common ancestors that are interesting because they correspond to a completely patrilineal and matrilineal line, respectively. We absolutely 100% for sure are all descended from common ancestors, and if you want to pick a mated pair, pick a random common...
by gmalivuk
Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 4136

Re: 1935: "2018"

↶ Wait, so everyone can't do 2018/4 in their heads? I guess arithmetic isn't that big of a thing. You don't need to do any arithmetic to work out leap years. You just have to look at the digits of the year and follow a checklist. Like this... ⋅ If the final two digits of the year are zero...
by gmalivuk
Sat Dec 30, 2017 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy: Non-cumulative edition
Replies: 30
Views: 4371

Re: Thread Necromancy: Non-cumulative edition

boop
by gmalivuk
Fri Dec 29, 2017 2:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Five letters
Replies: 1077
Views: 62153

Re: Five letters

Let's play some Milton Bradley.

YAUUM
by gmalivuk
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790985

Re: Police misbehavior thread

jewish_scientist wrote:
natraj wrote:police kill a six year old child when they start a shootout in a trailer park (in otder to shoot an unarmed fleeing suspect, who they also killed) and shoot through the wall of his mobile home.

Did you read the article or watch the video?

Did you think part of the article contradicted that take?
by gmalivuk
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy: Longest Time Edition
Replies: 23
Views: 3470

Re: Thread Necromancy: Longest Time Edition

Gives more points to somitomi
by gmalivuk
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy III: Electric Boogaloo II
Replies: 50
Views: 9731

Re: Thread Necromancy III: Electric Boogaloo II

According to chridd's page, double posts are fine.
by gmalivuk
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17357

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Yeah it turns out that when all of my most politically active friends and acquaintances are trans and/or sex workers, I encounter a lot fewer T(W)ERFs and SWERFs than I once did when I was younger, but I suppose that doesn't actually mean there are fewer such shitheads in existence.
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 26, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Multipath Crazy Straw
Replies: 24
Views: 1844

Re: Multipath Crazy Straw

↶ I would imagine that since there's actually no such thing as suction force, you would end up with the water continuing to find its own level as it's pushed up the straw by the greater water pressure below it. Basically, imagine you constructed your crazy straw at 100X scale, but the bottom end wa...
by gmalivuk
Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

why is "all absolute statements are wrong, including this one" distinguishable from "almost all absolute statements are wrong," since the former self-acknowledges its own fallibility. It's distinguishable because the first one says something about 100% of a set, and the second o...
by gmalivuk
Sat Dec 23, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

"All absolute statements are false" is false, because if it's true it's false, but if it's false then at least one absolute statement is true, but it need not be this one, so you avoid the "This sentence is false" paradox. I'm not sure "including this one" affects the m...
by gmalivuk
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 530
Views: 50265

Re: What happened to my duck?

If me and my pet duck, who weighs next to nothing, were placed far away from any gravity source and in such a way that our mutual attraction was negligible, would I see my duck accelerate away from me? If so, how fast? You mean because of the accelerating expansion of the universe? The duck would h...
by gmalivuk
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17357

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The Great Hippo wrote:
"Thanks, Alabama. I'm glad you managed to just barely not elect the guy who sexually abuses children."
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17357

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Not screw all men (or perhaps screw #notallmen), just the ones who think anything short of coddling their feelings and irrational fears is not sufficiently respectful to be listened to at all. But in any case your comment doesn't make sense to begin with. There's an "if" in the quote that ...
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 530
Views: 17357

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Re: eggshells I still feel a bit foolish about the time I watched a woman hit the tarmac in front of me. I'd seen her sway and knew she was about to fall. I started to catch her. Then the idea that I'd be touching her without her consent and while in uniform if I did so and could get into a heap of...
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 530
Views: 50265

Re: Science-based what-if questions

If you want it to be safe for human consumption, make it out of cake.

The parts in the middle will get sort of squished together, though.
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 6522

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

EngrStudent wrote:A very interesting plot is state of the US by area by senators.

Here's a map of the US with each state scaled according to the average land area per senator.
Image

What's it supposed to demonstrate?
by gmalivuk
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 63
Views: 4233

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

↶ I think all the Chinese Room shows is that it's possible for something to converse convincingly without needing to be conscious. No, the Chinese Room argument more or less assumes that (and then concludes that therefore passing a linguistic Turing test isn't sufficient to demonstrate consciousnes...
by gmalivuk
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790985

Re: Police misbehavior thread

CorruptUser wrote:
California also shouldn't get any sympathy for the other states sending them their homeless.

Was anyone whining about homeless people in CA the way you were about Florida though?
by gmalivuk
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790985

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So what would be the correct way to distinguish people for the purpose of determining the homeless problem that's a result of Florida's economic situation and social services, versus other states dumping their responsibilities onto Florida because they can? Most of Florida's tax revenue already com...
by gmalivuk
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5671
Views: 790985

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't want to remove freedom of movement. I just want Minnesota to pay for all the homeless Minnesotans in Florida. How about Florida enact any kind of social welfare policy that might help some of those people people not be homeless any more? I always thought the homeless vets was exaggerated. A...
by gmalivuk
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 4884

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Yeah, a lot of cities have official records and reports that come from their airports, which frequently have different weather conditions than other places in the city. (For example BOS is on perfectly flat reclaimed land sticking out into the harbor, which tends to make it cooler in the summer, war...
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 4884

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

↶ (so like 10% or less for cold ones and anything from 10% - 100% for the hot ones) You sure about that? Cold air holds a lot less water, so a given amount of water accounts for a higher percentage of what the air could hold. 10% RH on a 90ºF day means the dewpoint is 26ºF, which means that same am...
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 4884

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

At a glance a negative sign might be missed more easily than you might not see whether a number has a 3 or 2 in it.

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