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by orthogon
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224663

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Well ... yes one of my colleagues said he was going to vote Leave because he didn't like it that Southall station had a sign in Bengali. I didn't realise Bangladesh was even a candidate for EU membership, but then reporting of EU matters hasn't been all it could be.
by orthogon
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 14007

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

This takes me back to 9th grade Geometry. I was definitely the kid saying "I knew that when I was 6. What's the point of proving it?" Now I get the point about hard proofs of simple things, but I wish it could have been explained back then. Instead, I came out thinking "I love math, ...
by orthogon
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 20997

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 orthogon
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 20997

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Y'all are apparently strangers to the concept of the tactical chunder. Perhaps not a case so much of wanting to, but certainly of choosing to...
by orthogon
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 20997

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Sableagle wrote:"Oh, jesus fucking christ on a lemon-yellow pogo-stick."

I am so keeping that one up my sleeve for the next team meeting.
by orthogon
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 9649

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

da Doctah wrote:
orthogon wrote:Whatever the word is, the guy is definitely a cross cousin.


Is that anything like a trans parent?

More like a trans sister, I think.

ETA: Also, your post suddenly reminded me that Gay Dad were a thing.
by orthogon
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 9649

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

To do this properly you need Cantonese. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/29512256_1502849993157077_1429751131823326588_n.png?_nc_cat=0&oh=1da30e0c52342bfa612527de7f0e3124&oe=5C2EE846 I guess if you live in a culture with strong extended families, where people tend to have speci...
by orthogon
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 9649

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I mean not everything has to have a separate word. You can just say wife's brother's wife, or brother in law's wife. If that seems long, just form portmanteaus from the first syllables. Wibrowi. Wibrowifasihu. Wibrowi and Fasihu: aren't they Chelsea's front two this season? Also, is there a term fo...
by orthogon
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 9649

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Where I'm from (as opposed to where I live -> for which see the post concerning Southern Germany, but put it into a Swiss German dialect...) my wife's sister is my sister-in-law, but her husband is just my wife's brother-in-law. That's the formulation I use for my wife's sister's husband. It doesn'...
by orthogon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 20997

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 orthogon
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 20997

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

to know what people are trying to say, but to still be aggravated that they're saying it in this weird, jarring, wrong way. Did you use that word on purpose? :wink: I basically agree with you. There's a sliding scale of changing usage: ⋅  just ignorantly or carelessly using the wrong word...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15124
Views: 2565937

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

On a related issue: what do people here think is the optimal size for a lottery prize? The thrill is that you can imagine what you'd do with the money, and be excited while the possibility is in the air. On the other hand, the higher the prize the smaller the chance, and this reduces excitement bec...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 46
Views: 13897

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

This reminds me of our Fire Assembly Point, which is about 3 metres away from our building and next to a door on the adjacent building that's plastered with the full-house of Hazchem labels. At the last fire drill, I asked our Facilities guy to remind me why it was ok for that to be the assembly poi...
by orthogon
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15124
Views: 2565937

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

sardia wrote:You still shouldn't buy a lottery ticket,

Citation needed.
by orthogon
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 4092

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

TIL1: "Roe" wasn't the plaintiff's real name.
TIL2: The "John Doe" naming convention is one of those things that started in England but was discontinued and now seems excitingly transatlantic to us Brits.
by orthogon
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 6999

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

I'm glad the discussion turned to more serious matters. With all those Graph Theory in-jokes, it was getting a bit cliquey.
by orthogon
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8513
Views: 776866

Re: Trump presidency

Honestly, with all the actual actions that Trump's done, between the toddler concentration camps, bringing back asbestos, screwing over Puerto Rico and thus 'encouraging' them to secede, massive tax cut for the rich causing the return of the trillion dollar deficit, end of net neutrality, why is it...
by orthogon
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 324
Views: 94999

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Kofi Annan … I always thought that one of the selection criteria for UN Secretaries General was having a great name. Kofi Annan is an OK name, but, with all due respect for the recently departed, it's not a patch on Javier Pérez de Cuéllar or Ban Ki-moon and well behind the unassailable all-time ch...
by orthogon
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 9305

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

It's made up of various things: biros, Allen keys, M3 nuts, car keys, Mrs orthogon's missing passport, flashdrives, F-to-BNC adapters and Amelia Earhart's plane.
by orthogon
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 6450

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

And the new devices would have completely new 'unfixable' problems that I'd have to get used to, even if they stopped the old stuff from happening in the newer iterations.) This. I'm seriously thinking of giving up on my current phone, on which I can't pull down the notifications bar any more, on w...
by orthogon
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 8686

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

Y'all's discussion reminds me of something I call the "penicillin effect": just as Fleming saw a region on his Petri dish where there were no bacteria, sometimes you see a word in a partially completed crossword grid that's surrounded by a suspicious amount of white, when the rest of the g...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 8686

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

The advantage of "straight" crossword clues is that they're direct and to the point, but it's often ambiguous whether you've got the intended answer until you've got sufficient cross-checks in place, and if you don't know the answer, there's nothing you can do about it except look it up s...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 8686

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

On discarding the prize, or claiming the one at the end, the host would rip through the cryptic clue at speed, making it almost impossible to follow, and the prize would be something almost unrelated to the first read through of the clue. The thing is, cryptic crosswords can be solved. The steps in...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 8686

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

... ... a singularly unsatisfying way to vent one's ire Now there is a clue for the ages. Let's see ... "way" could be "ST" (street) ... "one's" is probably "IS" ... "singularly" ought to indicate a word that's in the singular rather than the plural...
by orthogon
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15124
Views: 2565937

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

CorruptUser wrote:XKCD comic in news

Interesting that they interpret it as Randall taking a side in the debate. I see it more as the self-deprecating opinion of his characters.
by orthogon
Fri Aug 10, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224663

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

"Will of the People", etc, etc, yada yada yada… Complete mess. Exactly. It's a horrible train-wreck of a political situation. It's the kind of mess I was exploring with my "green/yellow, high/low" scenario here and here . In general though, people didn't want to discuss it witho...
by orthogon
Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224663

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Hey, looks like the referendum, run again today might still be 52:48 split . (But the other way!) As a result, the UK is divided into the under-45s who, on balance, favour staying in the EU, and the over-45s, who want to leave. This black-and-white reporting is starting to really bug me. The UK is ...
by orthogon
Thu Aug 09, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8513
Views: 776866

Re: Trump presidency

Another large factor is that asbestos deaths often come with a significant delay. At some point later in your life, bam, your lungs are shit. Not a lot anyone can do to fix it. So, yeah, you can get some time in which the numbers look great before the health bill comes due. I was assuming that 2004...
by orthogon
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 12368

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

Do I take it that the pairs-programming paradigm also extends to press interviews?
by orthogon
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8513
Views: 776866

Re: Trump presidency

As an aside, I thought I'd read somewhere that asbestos was a net benefit overall, i.e. it has been responsible for more lives saved in fires than lives lost from asbestos-related diseases. I can't remember where I read it, and can't find any statement like it on the Intertubes. From what I have fou...
by orthogon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 324
Views: 94999

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Something from that article I didn't know: Two older brothers, Jimmy and Brian, also formed a double-act, the Patton Brothers, and have appeared on ChuckleVision Gee I wonder why the "Patton Brothers" were less successful than the Chuckle Brothers. Patton vision, Patton vision *tank crash...
by orthogon
Mon Aug 06, 2018 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 8181

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Of course, another is the idea of negative numbers. Once you have negative numbers, complex numbers are a fairly small step... Yeah ... negative numbers have to be introduced in order for all linear equations to have solutions. Complex numbers are needed for quadratics to have solutions, but weirdl...
by orthogon
Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 8181

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Seems like some people in this thread aren't quite familiar with the idea of a "structured set". Statements like "the multiplication operation means that complex numbers are not vectors" are somewhat missing the point. The complex numbers are R² with a multiplication operator de...
by orthogon
Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 8181

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

If I'm not mistaken, the multiplication operation means that complex numbers are not vectors. The product of two complex numbers has an angle which is the sum of the angles of the the two original numbers relative to a fixed frame of reference . Rotating the reference frame gives a different result....
by orthogon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 6942

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Ohm y God. Okay, fine. Let's amp up the puns. Current puns? Mmmm... Another thing everybody knows about lightning is that it doesn't strike twice in the same place. So that helps a bit by telling you where it isn't . (Actually I think we're back to the nonblack nonravens, aren't we?) Between the &q...
by orthogon
Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 105043

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

These are all reasons why the UK doesn't allow you to just make up a registration. Instead they issue the plates in a strict sequence (currently two letters for location + two digits for the year and half-year + three letters). You can have a "personalised number plate" but it's just one t...
by orthogon
Thu Aug 02, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 6942

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

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

Current puns? Mmmm...

Another thing everybody knows about lightning is that it doesn't strike twice in the same place. So that helps a bit by telling you where it isn't. (Actually I think we're back to the nonblack nonravens, aren't we?)
by orthogon
Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 4169

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

Is he suggesting they have small Dyson spheres at Ikea, or just describing reflective lampshades? I don't know about Dyson Spheres (I didn't see any, on my first visit to one, just a couple of weeks ago), but they've definitely got a Hilbert Curve! You were probably looking in the Lighting section ...
by orthogon
Wed Jul 25, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 4169

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

The Viz has been publishing lifehacks for decades, known as "Top Tips". One of my all-time favourites was "Don't waste money on expensive binoculars. Simply stand closer to the object you wish to view!"
by orthogon
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2023: "Y-Axis"
Replies: 24
Views: 6066

Re: 2023: "Y-Axis"

I could actually see the semi-semi log graph, adequately labeled, as being useful for some things, where you're tracking something that's exponential over time, but you need more detail in the present. Of course, you could also just add a second graph. It's perfectly OK to have split scales: for ex...

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