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by rmsgrey
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 7459

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

Amazed that a thread still wasn't up this late in the day. It's vanishingly rare for threads to go up before the comic does. The later the comic goes up, the later the comic thread does. As for the comic itself: if P(C)=1 (and the small 'x' is multiplication) then it reduces to the unmodified Bayes...
by rmsgrey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 9498

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'm somewhat irritated that "plants get their biomass through photosynthesis" is considered to be this field-specific botany knowledge. Yes, "made of" does not mean the same as "made from", but the comic doesn't appear to be saying "this is some secret knowledge t...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 6657

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Pretty sure the frustration level is pretty high for big bang cosmology too - I guess there's less of the "but it's right there" factor, but, on the other hand, it's also a lot harder to test models or do experiments - at least a mantle geologist can study seismic events...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 249510

Re: Board games anyone?

I don't know if this group will be interested in playing season 2. They were a bit overwhelmed by the constantly changing rules and map, and the massive consequences of each round on future plays. It led to a lot of anxiety. I might play it on my own, or if I find another group to play with. I'm no...
by rmsgrey
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 249510

Re: Board games anyone?

We finally, finally finished going through Pandemic Season 1 with my in-laws. I'm guessing you want a break before moving on, but Season 2 is good fun too. It's different enough from vanilla Pandemic that it's worth taking the recommendation to play a couple of practice games first, just to get you...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 388254

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I'm tempted to suggest The World Ends With You, which is also freakin' sweet, though I dumped a heck of a lot of time into that one in order to get 100% completion. It ought to go pretty quick if you're going for Any%. Depends - my last playthrough was pretty quick except for That One Boss, which m...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751990

Re: Doctor Whom

Yeah, we've accounted for 13 lives, so him having been her previously would be a genuine retcon, rather than just a revelation of a previously unmentioned part of the past. Him having cross-dressed in the past would not be a retcon (or even terribly surprising). But we also know he had a family and ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 760
Views: 283250

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of

This trope about adults being useless is very strong because this is what children and teenagers want to see (or rather, their age being better). It's not even that - rather than children and teenagers want stories about children and teenagers rather than about adults. So you get the classic childr...
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 53215

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Flumble wrote:By the way, would you pronounce "old git" with a gooney or a genie G?


Definitely a hard 'g' as in 'gilt' rather than a soft 'g' as in 'gin'.
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11371

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We already HAVE a universal time—it’s UTC—“Universal Time, Coordinated. However, most people like to use their own time zone for daily activities, and only use UTC for record keeping or deliberate international coordination. So the Brits and a few African nations get to be on normal time? Bah! Temp...
by rmsgrey
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11371

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Everyone knows their own availability relative to "the time", but why would it ever be considered easier to look up someone else's availability than to simply look up a time zone? It's not easier, but it is better, because scheduling a call ensures that the person you want to talk to is a...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 9825

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I have one bluetooth enabled device. At some point, I'll no doubt get a second, and be able to actually experience the wonders of bluetooth functionality... Personally, I don't understand the appeal of wireless technology that is popular because it's "newer" or "cooler." I have t...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 121094

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

Say; what are the rules in the situation where the umpires are unable to make a call, and the instant replay video equipment is not available/sufficient? Yes, but they're in a different rule book. Based on the available evidence in the aftermath of a massive nuclear event in the infield, investigat...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 5696

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

So long as you plan for the scripts to break periodically, there's nothing wrong with the basic idea. The trick is planning for them to break and keeping the conglomeration robust rather than having everything collapse when something weird comes in...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11371

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

If I recall some university lessons from a long time ago, there were some gnostic/jewish/babylonian sects who had a year of 12 months of 30 days each and the 4 or 5 remaining days for a full solar year were beyond time(keeping) or out of time. And after those days, the ordered year did start again....
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 4178

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

qvxb wrote:The film "War Games" was released in 1983.


The movie WarGames was released in June 1983, several months before this incident.
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 23230

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I'm now waiting for something to be declared "the wrongeresterest".
by rmsgrey
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 11371

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We should just fix reality to be more convenient for timekeeping. Make days/months/years the same ratio (24 days a month, 24 months a year? years about 1.5x longer than they are now so days stay the same) and each always the same length. Divide days, hours, and minutes by that same ratio too, so a ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 52
Views: 8457

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

lgw wrote:Edit: aren't group theorists required by law and custom to have a cube on their desks at all times?


Not necessarily a group theorist, but I have two within arms reach...
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 52
Views: 8457

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Showsni wrote:The all spherical building blocks.
The all cuboid marbles.

Which if bought together get you what you presumably wanted after all...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 52
Views: 8457

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

I'm not sure whether a simple set of 27 cubes would work - a lot of the magic of a Rubik's Cube is in the action of scrambling it, which is lost if you have to be careful to keep it together and simulate the constraints the Rubik's Cube enforces automatically. On the other hand, if there's a way to...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 52
Views: 8457

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

I'm not sure whether a simple set of 27 cubes would work - a lot of the magic of a Rubik's Cube is in the action of scrambling it, which is lost if you have to be careful to keep it together and simulate the constraints the Rubik's Cube enforces automatically. On the other hand, if there's a way to ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15505

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Soupspoon wrote:(In architecture, at a minimum buildings¹ should stand on their own. ;))

¹ Yes, even mid-terrace rebuilds, because what if each next-door needs to be rebuilt!


What about the party walls?
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 6365

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I have a Facebook account. Every few days, I reply to/comment on someone else's post. I have never posted an image of my meal. I can't help but feel either I'm doing social media wrongly, or social media is failing to do me correctly...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 25626

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Firstly, there's a continuum of threats, so it's not like there's a natural cut-off - for example, aliens invading downtown New York is only a little up from aliens invading a small town in New Mexico - better call in Captain Marvel for that one too. It's just a variation of "why don't they ca...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 5691

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Title text: All I want is a secure system where it's easy to do anything I want. Is that so much to ask?[ /quote] DWIM [Do What I Mean] 1. adj. Able to guess, sometimes even correctly, what result was intended when provided with bogus input. Often suggested in jest as a desired feature for a comple...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 25626

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Firstly, there's a continuum of threats, so it's not like there's a natural cut-off - for example, aliens invading downtown New York is only a little up from aliens invading a small town in New Mexico - better call in Captain Marvel for that one too. It's just a variation of "why don't they cal...
by rmsgrey
Mon Sep 10, 2018 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 388254

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15505

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

So how many centuries does one have to spend meditating in a cave on a mountaintop before one can prove that 1 = 1, or have we still not accomplished that? That one's pure definition - a thing always equals itself. You could get into the concept of equivalence relations if you want (an equivalence ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15505

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

... And I'm still not quite sure what the proper mathematical description for such a discontinuity would be. Except that there'd be various output (distance reached) values that are undefined for given inputs (initial speed), and likewise certain initial speeds that remain undefined as the solution...
by rmsgrey
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15505

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

... And I'm still not quite sure what the proper mathematical description for such a discontinuity would be. Except that there'd be various output (distance reached) values that are undefined for given inputs (initial speed), and likewise certain initial speeds that remain undefined as the solution...
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 05, 2018 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 23230

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I have found myself identifying non-native English-speakers by their flawless use of English about as often as I have been able to identify a native speaker of a Germanic of Slavic language by distinctive grammar slipping through into their English. Honestly, the moment when you finally figure out ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 15505

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Yeah, the point about the theorem is not the result, but the proof of it. The more obvious the theorem's statement, the harder it is to prove it without assuming the consequent - a lot of the things you'd want to invoke in the process of, say, proving that any straight line passing through the cente...
by rmsgrey
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10691

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Also, is there a term for a word like that made up of the first syllable or the first few letters of each word (e.g. BoJo for Boris Johnson) ? It's not quite an acronym, and it's quite a recent development. Apparently (in other words, I've only got a single source, but they seem to know what they'r...
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 01, 2018 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10691

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Second: on The Dick Van Dyke Show, it was mentioned fairly often that Mel Cooley was Alan Brady's brother-in-law (with strong implications that this was the only reason he had become the show's producer). What was not often made clear was whether Mel was married to Alan's sister, or Alan married to...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 23230

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I think there is a genuine point about misunderstanding. It's true that most of the time, you know what the person means, but on the basis that the average utterance has more listeners than speakers, and all the more so for writers and readers, the onus ought to be on the speaker/writer to make the...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10691

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Ultimately, I think the most significant point is that, for general use, you only need a term for how someone is connected to you through some combination of blood and marriage if that's their most significant connection to you. If they live next door, then "neighbour" is probably more rel...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 40618

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses). And why is that a problem when it's not public-facing? You're not giving the website any information they aren't getting already (and you ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 40618

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses). And why is that a problem when it's not public-facing? You're not giving the website any information they aren't getting already (and you ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 10691

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I know someone who was widowed and remarried, and some of his first wife's family refer to themselves as his family "out-law". There appears to be some uncertainty as to exactly what constitutes an "in-law" - in Italian law, your spouse's blood relatives are your relatives in-law...

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