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by Soupspoon
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Formal definition of genetic fitness
Replies: 8
Views: 277

Re: Formal definition of genetic fitness

I'm not going to drill down into the whole wikipedia article, right now, but the words "the proportional change in the abundance of that genotype over one generation attributable to selection", as they stand, seem pretty clear to me whether or not they are clearly the right words to use to...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 144
Views: 1934

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Welcome (back) Patzer!
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 1091

Re: 2029: "Disaster Movie"

Archaologists: http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/8351546107a5b71114adc3725b1d4c2316a25f2b.jpg vs https://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tomb-raider-lara-croft-statue-gaming-heads-silo-903481.png …and… http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/resources/images/965386/?type=responsive-gallery-...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14723
Views: 2252424

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I always hope that a speed camera will be active when somebody goes too fast past one, this guy was the unlucky¹ one

¹ Albeit author of his own fortune, or future lack thereof.
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 1091

2029: "Disaster Movie"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/disaster_movie.png Title text: Really, they'd be rushing around collecting revisions to go into the next scheduled quarterly public data update, not publishing them immediately, but you have to embellish things a little for Hollywood. "…and somebody tell OpenStreetM...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3995
Views: 512370

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia wrote:But a supervillain whose plan is to save billions on his taxes is boring,
Well, if you must run a game so closely based upon reality…
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 250
Views: 48994

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

The late Ken Dodd, barely paraphrased: Everyone's got a chuckle-muscle, but you have to exercise it every day or it wastes away. I didn't watch too much Chucklevision/etc, aimed at children at an age when I was neither a child nor watching ironically as a student, but I do know they were the consumm...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: A Series to be Named Later
Replies: 10
Views: 732

Re: Star Truck: A Series to be Named Later

Thesh wrote:I don't know, it seems like Star Trek has been all downhill since DS9. Voyager and Enterprise at least tried to keep to canon, but it's like everything they made since is about bringing the widest audience with a complete disregard for the existing universe.

Star Trek: Andromeda was Ok… ;)
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6180
Views: 468091

Re: Trump presidency

Yesterday, Trump put up a truly idiotic tweet about the California wildfires. Seemed like a policy-position upon damming rivers and clearcutting. Which at least shows he knows about the problem that he hasn't even posted "thoughts and prayers" for the victims of. (Hey, Cal didn't vote for ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 854
Views: 23732

Re: A Game of Commitment

¡
by Soupspoon
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 854
Views: 23732

Re: A Game of Commitment

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by Soupspoon
Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 144
Views: 1934

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

What's the accepted way of handling drop-outs? Apart from waitlists¹, I can see them just vanishing from play or (say) the counters reallocated (dewizarded, if necessary) by a paused round of horse-trading or just random lot. Various problems with each method, but also some interesting results. Thou...
by Soupspoon
Sat Aug 04, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 2433

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Have you tried logarithms?
by Soupspoon
Sat Aug 04, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 854
Views: 23732

Re: A Game of Commitment

Prod-Prod
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 854
Views: 23732

Re: A Game of Commitment

Prod
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2025: "Peer Review"
Replies: 13
Views: 1589

Re: 2025: "Peer Review"

If you're assessing the relative worth of members of the House Of Lords, however…
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

Uranus is tilted by 98 degrees (by common convention - you might also say that it's tilted by 82 degrees and spinning backwards) so its magnetic field being 60 degrees off is the least of the irregularities, maybe. Earth's is tilted 11 degrees, with Earth itself (spinwise) 23°. Maybe there's a tende...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 89745

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

Intentially or unintentially making/allowing your car number plate to appear to display a registration sequence different to its actual one has been illegal in the UK for a couple of decades. The rule were tightened up with the new format, but you still see a few irregularly-spaced new-style ones (...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

If you don't follow the standard set by Earth then what does your definition of "East" even mean? Get an (Earth-calibrated) compass. If it gives you a North, then East is 90 a quarter turn to the right. Probably 50% likelihood that any planet that isn't terribly tilted (or the magetospher...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6180
Views: 468091

Re: Trump presidency

I'd seen it mentioned before, various places, though knowing its origins upon 4chan had paid it little heed. The latest thing I saw about it was in https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-45040614 just yesterday, and seems to be no saner than expected. The investigation that is supposed to be look...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

For any random planet that doesn't actually rotate sideways, for whatever reason (like Uranus), after all the various necessary decisions get added together it's 50:50 that the star (that is the sun, though not the Sun) does rise in the East. Or 100% chance if sunrise is chosen to indicate E/W (rega...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 38
Views: 9698

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

Clocks don't strike thirteen. Best and worst of times, simultaneously? If just one person doesn't agree what a fortunate single man must be wanting, then it aint universal! Eighty-four days without catching a fish? Eleventyfirst is not a properly formed ordinal! Nor is a milage a viable measure of t...
by Soupspoon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 89745

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

as long as the car they're registered to is no older than would be implied by the number plate Slip of the keyboard, I assume. No newer than the car. edit: nope, slip of my eye . I read the above aboutface, it seems. But rather than delete the rest of the info, let it stand anyway as evidence to my...
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1884

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

orthogon wrote:
Sableagle wrote:Ohm y God. Okay, fine. Let's amp up the puns.

Current puns? Mmmm...

Watt?
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1884

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

hamjudo wrote:Always assume that you are at the end of the lightning strike. It will make many many issues moot.
Adopt a more positive attitude?
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 144
Views: 1934

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)

Could do. Especially as I've similarly separately spoilered stuff recently. (I'm a bit worried I'm just doing it more for self-aggrandisement, but it may entertain everyone else, and you lot after it's all done.)

First though, gotta get feedback on those modprods!
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6180
Views: 468091

Re: Trump presidency

(Qanon is like this "wanne be Deep Throat figure" made up as a 'dank meme' or more likely the face of the Internet Research Institute, isn't it?) I read a Trump tweet just now: "Join me tomorrow night at 7pmE in Wilkes-Barre Township, Pennsylvania for a MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN RALLY!...
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1884

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Mikeski wrote:In addition to knowing not the hour, you know not the grading curve.

It's "most recent posters to the OTT", isn't it? Only I'm not sure which way the cut is, on that.
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: HEXATTACK 4.0 (now moderated by emlightened)
Replies: 144
Views: 1934

Re: HEXATTACK 4.0 (Turn 6)

announcement: emlightened is taking over from me as mod of this game due to me having mental health problems thanks. All the best. Do what's necessary to be well/better/happier/back to your old self/onto your new self, whatever it is that it is in your case. And thanks for starting this. (I'll stop...
by Soupspoon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 854
Views: 23732

Re: A Game of Commitment

In solidarity!

Or something.
by Soupspoon
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 1884

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

If you count the time between hearing the flash and seeing the rumble, it tells you how synaesthesic you are.
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14723
Views: 2252424

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Good job it was nae but a wee fire, or he could have run out of steam.
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3995
Views: 512370

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not that I expect it to be solved by any of the current creatures in government, but the US healthcare (and auxiliary) systems just are clearly unfit for purpose.
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Where are all the balls?
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: Where are all the balls?

As far as the sequences go, I observe that the second half (rounded up) of the current used range of numbers run alternately through the present 'occupied' set, against a 'shuffled' set of the first half (rounded down), the exact manner of shuffling surely having a good description. (Is p 2ω necess...
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Travel advice/questions
Replies: 32
Views: 1140

Re: Travel advice/questions

Sounds like a bridge too far. (Arnhem, anyone?)
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 1296

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Keyman wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:I'm not sure heat index is a thing here in the UK - we get wind chill, but not standardised humidity adjustments...

Really?!?!?! Then how do your TV "weather terrorists" earn their living in the summer?

Showing weather-related (scenic) pictures sent in by the public?
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: A Game of Commitment
Replies: 854
Views: 23732

Re: A Game of Commitment

Nes?
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 1296

Re: 2026: Heat Index

If the air is more humid than the actual liquid-exuding sweaty skin, and hotter too, it could be worse (though, stationary, it'd at least reach equilibrium in all ways) but then you're probably being broiled and far from comfort regardless. If air is capable of taking up moisture by evaporation, how...
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Why do starship captains say "you've got x/4 hours" when the engineers ask for x?
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Why do starship captains say "you've got x/4 hours" when the engineers ask for x?

http://projectmanagementhacks.com/project-management-skills/ (That may just look like a spam-link, but honestl that's got some of the relevant quotes in it, which'll help tie you in on Youtube Vids if you prefer.) More obviously relevant, just from the URL: http://wiki.c2.com/?ScottyFactor - which ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Jul 31, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Where are all the balls?
Replies: 13
Views: 1301

Re: Where are all the balls?

It's the opposite of Xeno's Paradox. There, an event that finishes is redefined to never quite end, mathematically. Here, an event that does not end is portrayed as doing so only through mathematical trickery. As far as the sequences go, I observe that the second half (rounded up) of the current use...

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