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by New User
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 623
Views: 86770

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Yeah, I was never into the real time part of real time strategy. It adds a layer of multitasking that, in my opinion, reduces the strategy part. I can handle real time strategy games if they have the pause-and-queue-commands interface.
by New User
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 938
Views: 211755

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

On is a word I have heard pronounced many different ways, just in the region I live in. One pronunciation sounds like "own". The rest are variations of the vowel sound that is in words like "gone", "fawn", "dawn", etc. These are all words I've heard pronounced...
by New User
Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: Impostor Syndrome
Replies: 13
Views: 3197

Re: 1954: Impostor Syndrome

And now Wikipedia gets a sudden uptick in hits for the article on the Dunning-Kruger effect.
by New User
Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 171603

Re: Controversial opinions about food

The mac and cheese one sounds good and I might try it sometime. I think soy sauce is pretty tasty but I haven't tried it with a lot of foods.
by New User
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 171603

Re: Controversial opinions about food

My somewhat controversial opinion is that beef is overrated. I haven't kicked mammals and birds out of my diet, but beef is a meat that I would be fine with never eating again. It's OK in tacos, but I prefer tacos made with chicken. Steaks are OK but pork chops are just as good, and fried chicken is...
by New User
Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 171603

Re: Controversial opinions about food

If that etymology is true, then why is it that when I do something impressive, a witness might say, "Well done!"
by New User
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 623
Views: 86770

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I was amused by the HUGE controversy that arose when people found out about the dummied sex minigame in San Andreas, which became known as the "hot coffee" controversy. But then about a year later, there was a non-dummied sex minigame in God of War that was remarkably similar (all action t...
by New User
Tue Jan 30, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3303
Views: 618209

Dream

I decided to play Baldur's Gate, a video game that I'd often heard was good but which I had never played (also true in real life). During character creation, by luck you'd sometimes get an item called "bagt of skill". This was a typo, and it was supposed to be spelled "bags of skill&q...
by New User
Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Your video game ideas
Replies: 73
Views: 19401

Re: Your video game ideas

Basically, my vague idea is Dwarf Fortress but on a galleon. How much realism are you going for? You mentioned krakens and dwarf fortress so I'm guessing fine realistic detail, plus mythical stuff in detail and completely different geography and nations? I'd recommend not historical route unless yo...
by New User
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I'm looking for a device for drawing.
Replies: 11
Views: 5627

Re: I'm looking for a device for drawing.

Thanks. I got Wacom Intuos Draw a few months ago. It seemed like a beginner-tier tablet. I find it difficult to use. I think I can still draw just as good and maybe a little faster with a computer mouse. I haven't heard of Krita, but I'll try to remember to check that out when I have time.
by New User
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Your video game ideas
Replies: 73
Views: 19401

Re: Your video game ideas

My video game idea is a management simulator that takes place on a ship in the Age of Sail. You would need to choose supplies before the voyage, hire crew, manage crew shifts, and deal with situations as they arise after embarking, such as storms, piracy, krakens, scurvy, repairing the damaged ship,...
by New User
Mon Jan 08, 2018 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 171603

Re: Controversial opinions about food

That septum in between the halves of a pecan nut is very bitter. When I think of pure bitter flavor, I think of that thing. I don't know anyone who enjoys it. But I also don't consider it food, since humans typically eat the nut, which is tasty. I think some beers are too bitter. I especially avoid ...
by New User
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13359
Views: 1371343

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Oh, right, because of buoyancy. Of course. I was imagining someone drowning in a bucket, not in a swimming pool. But that's why CorruptUser wrote "diving". I should pay more attention to words. I heard that words have meanings.
by New User
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13359
Views: 1371343

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

CorruptUser wrote:TIL that it's super easy to drown in gasoline. Oil is lighter than water, but gasoline is even lighter than oil, so yeah, don't go diving in gasoline.

What does that mean? Does a lighter liquid make it harder to clear out of your lungs or something?
by New User
Sat Jan 06, 2018 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3303
Views: 618209

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was traveling from town to town, staying in hotels. I stayed in a hotel in a town near the one I live in. The next day, I got in my car and left. A little ways down the road, I decided to turn back because I had forgotten some personal belongings, and also because I hadn't checked out. I realized ...
by New User
Wed Jan 03, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4097
Views: 444874

Re: Non-Sequitur Showdown.

I walked.
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5960
Views: 822133

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You put out a lot of claims, have you ever read any studies on police misbehavior? Ex How few rotten apples there are, if this is an 1 off event, what typically happens when an officer does something wrong etc etc. Nope. Can you point me to something useful? I've heard of corruption, of course, but...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5960
Views: 822133

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No I don't, and I think you're taking what I say and stretching it into a hyperbole. Of course the officer has not suffered as much as the dead man, or his family. But this isn't a black-and-white situation where there is one victim only. Nobody is a victor, everybody suffers, we are all victims of ...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5960
Views: 822133

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I agree that this is an issue that is with the whole policing system. This discussion started because I said I don't think the police officers responding to that swatting incident misbehaved, and that's still my opinion. The situation would have ended much better if the system was different, but tho...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5960
Views: 822133

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You counted how many felonious police deaths occurred, but how many felonious police deaths were prevented? How many didn't occur because the police did their job properly? If the number of police fatalities has been decreasing, doesn't that tell us that police procedures are working to reduce polic...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5960
Views: 822133

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's certainly a dreary cultural situation. Just now I am seeing a headline of an armed man in Colorado who ambushed and killed one police officer and two civilians. I doubt police are shooting unarmed civilians any more than can be expected in the situations they find themselves in. It just seems t...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5960
Views: 822133

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I agree. That's what I meant by saying it's terrible that this kind of thing happens. Other countries don't have gun violence everywhere like the United States. The laws are warped in the United States because guns are everywhere, and the police and everybody else has to be extremely cautious due to...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5960
Views: 822133

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Looks like they've made an arrest of a suspect who they say called in the swat team. News reports say he made false 911 call, saying there was a hostage situation with an armed and dangerous suspect. In this case, I don't consider the police to have misbehaved. The reports say that, when they arrive...
by New User
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3303
Views: 618209

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I dreamed that a rocket was going to be launched into space with two astronauts. The higher ranked astronaut was Walter Koenig. Onlookers were impressed by his mentorship of the younger astronaut, but I thought it was odd for anyone his age to be launched into space.
by New User
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13359
Views: 1371343

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

xkcd forums are very inactive. There are like 15 regular posters, spread out over many subforums, so not every subforum is browsed by every user.
by New User
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 4009

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Let me give you another teeny example: Consider the design of a 7 segment LED display.... given a certain input (which you associate with the idea of threeness) the device should light up to resemble the digit "3". How would you do it? The (standard) answer is that each segment (top, top ...
by New User
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2582
Views: 442770

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

A game called Kingdom: Classic is free for a limited time on Steam.
by New User
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 4009

Re: Artificial Stupidity

[story...]Have I committed suicide? No, except in the sense that "noone steps in the same river twice", which isn't useful here. You've learned something. You've been changed . You didn't decide to believe something, you came to believe something. That's an important distinction. People d...
by New User
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 4009

Re: Artificial Stupidity

But if the AI is a computer program, it can "change its programming at will", by modifying it's source code, recompiling, and restarting itself, akin to digging a canal. That's more like committing suicide and hoping the seed takes root. Also, in order to do this, it would have to know (o...
by New User
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 4009

Re: Artificial Stupidity

That analogy makes sense until I imagine an AI that is capable of reprogramming itself. Your very first statement is that I like chocolate. I set a goal for myself to eat the chocolate. The reward for attaining this goal is the satisfaction of eating it, because I like the taste or whatever. If I ca...
by New User
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 4009

Re: Artificial Stupidity

It's odd to think that something that can be considered intelligent can be motivated to do anything if it has the capability to change its basis for motivation. Humans have a general baseline motivation to avoid situations that are painful and unpleasant, and to seek things that are pleasing. Not ev...
by New User
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 4009

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Instead of starting a new thread for it, I'll just include this question here. What would motivate an artificial intelligence? I don't even understand what motivates humans, so I'm stumped by trying to imagine what would motivate a man-made computer with intelligence that approaches that of humans. ...
by New User
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 250757

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The kinds of things they found cures for are infectious. I think the only cures we can hope to find for inherited disorders like Huntington's or hemophilia would be eugenics, stem cells, or gene replacement. All of these are banned on ethical grounds.

Or I could be wrong. I'm no doctor.
by New User
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 1561

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

What are hangry arguers? Is this a rare xkcd typo?
by New User
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2582
Views: 442770

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Grim Fandango Remastered is currently free on GOG.com.
by New User
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89854
Views: 7260445

Re: Thoughts for ships

I would call them "organizations", "non-profits", or "non-profit organizations" (NGO - non-governmental organization, is a more professional term that's not as much in common use). I would consider an organization "a charity" if it collects money/goods from t...
by New User
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89854
Views: 7260445

Re: Thoughts for ships

What is a term for a service that someone can receive for free, but they can choose to donate to? Examples might be Wikipedia or NPR. This is sometimes called the pay-what-you-want model of business. I wouldn't consider Wikipedia to be a charity, but it's not really a retail service because I can re...
by New User
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 171603

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Anything can be curried, but not necessarily should be.
by New User
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 36
Views: 2603

Re: Justice League

For example, we're told the Mother Boxes woke when Supes died, and that it's waking is what prompted whatzisface to use it on Victor, creating Cyborg. Yet BvS we see Wondy watching footage from some earlier time, prior to Supes dying as he wasn't dead when Wondy watched it, of a very active Motherb...
by New User
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 2129

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

Games have long had randomized loot leading to advancement. Would anyone play Diablo without the thrill of RNG running in the backround and spitting out junk item after junk item? Is that gambling? Their entire progression system is based on randomized loot. Take this too far and you remove randomi...

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