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by orthogon
Thu Nov 08, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 6006

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

I don't know what this is about - I'm not really into Pokémon - but I never got the name "InstallShield". Even after reading the Wikipedia page it's not that clear. For some reason that always annoyed me. I'm easily annoyed, I guess...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8501
Views: 775635

Re: Trump presidency

The BBC News website story has this intriguing passage: The press secretary later shared a zoomed in clip of the incident, which observers say is a doctored video originally posted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Paul Joseph Watson. What are they getting at here? Who are these unnamed "observ...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 41109

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

You're misreading the grammar. The dems are now in charge of both House projects and , separately, CNN projects. I've mentioned this before, but over here, headline writers never use a comma to stand for "and". I always do a double-take when I see that in a US paper. You get that I (and o...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 41109

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

You're misreading the grammar. The dems are now in charge of both House projects and , separately, CNN projects. I've mentioned this before, but over here, headline writers never use a comma to stand for "and". I always do a double-take when I see that in a US paper. This seems to be one ...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8501
Views: 775635

Re: Trump presidency

The fact is that -- again -- literally every denomination of Judaism (as well as Jewish organizations!) rejects Messianic Jews as spiritually Jewish. I can't comment on the facts of the debate (except that it sounds outrageous, ridiculous, deliberately inflammatory, incredible, and hence fairly une...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 5684

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

Chicago Tribune wrote:Blue to indicate [Republican] McKinley's election, red to indicate [Democrat] Bryan's election

At least they got the colours the right way round back then.
by orthogon
Sat Nov 03, 2018 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11084

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

But on the topic of elections in general and predictions influencing how people vote: I can understand that the closeness or foregone-ness of a particular race might encourage or discourage people to vote at all, but one thing I've never understood is predicted outcome influencing how people vote. ...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11084

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but clearly informally it's easy to see that elec...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11084

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

https://xkcd.com/2067/asset/imgs/polls.png This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but cl...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11084

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I think this is cool, but I question some of its accuracy. If I'm interpreting it correctly, it shows only the name of the candidate likely to win in each race, and a larger size of the name indicates a greater chance of success. I suppose it depends on whose data and models you trust, but an elect...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16519

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

** With suitable measures in place to prevent individuals using slight-of-hand. I suggest oversized tubs of coloured balls that can be fed singly, from the tub of one's choice, into an inspection chamber/optic. The optic has a lever to drop the choice into the ballot-bottle below (vote done, mechan...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11084

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

da Doctah wrote:How do you zoom with a mouse?

One word: Scroll wheel.
by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11084

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

I don't see anything, and I'm not sure if that's intended; it could be meant to show results as they come in, but wouldn't that be Monday's comic? In any case, Americans, you can also edit the map by voting early/absentee. Works ok on Chrome for 'droid, but on Windows it falls foul of a Cross-Origi...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 320
Views: 92695

Re: News in brief

This was forwarded to me by another member of the League of Women Voters, who knows the member who was quoted in the story. LA Times Publishes Completely Different Political Endorsements in English and Spanish Whoa. That's...whoa. I'd be more concerned if they reported different facts . In the end,...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16519

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

First thing I'd do if I were in charge is move election day to a weekend. That would privilege people with white-collar, M-F jobs. It would make it easier for them to vote while not making it any easier for the working poor who often have multiple jobs, with weekend hours. Powers &8^] I was thi...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16519

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

When I'm king: - US voting would take place on Election Day only. - National holiday which is absolutely required for all but essential people like emergency personnel. - Polls open 24 hours, from 12 midnight to 12 midnight Eastern, 9 PM to 9 PM Pacific. (Or fiddle with the times a bit if there's s...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5014

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

How does this graphic deal with group chats? It doesn't. I am waiting for that one device where you "speak" but you don't actually make a sound. This was probably meant jokingly, but this exact device was actually recently presented at microsoft research! Try google for SilentVoice: Unnot...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5014

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

I sort of wish my texting app showed the percentage next to each person The difficulty in implementing this would be in deciding the timeout after which a conversation is considered to have finished and any further texts will be the "first" of a new conversation. Some text-based conversat...
by orthogon
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 6026

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

xkcd-style hyphenation

ETA: Stage 3 appears to owe more to Carney than to Carnot.
by orthogon
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 41109

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Example the times posts headline that Tester is at risk of losing Montana. "Once considered a solid favorite, is now genuinely at risk". 538 has him+6 in the polls, +7 with fundamentals and expert opinions. Translation: 80%+odds of winning. 20% chance of losing feels like "genuinely ...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 320
Views: 92695

Re: News in brief

Soupspoon wrote:And if there's an exomoon (as suspected) orbiting Kepler-1625b, this proposed Neptunesque gas-giant moon orbiting the much larger gas-giant we know about maybe has room-for-a-moon of it's own.

A Moon with a View?
by orthogon
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8501
Views: 775635

Re: Trump presidency

As I recall, electoral reform was talked about more than just in passing by the Labour Party in the UK prior to the 1997 election (by which time the Labour party had been out of power for 18 years). Labour won that election by a landslide and the issue of electoral reform quietly got shelved - pres...
by orthogon
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15124
Views: 2564819

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

I remember being told, by the warden of a Youth Hostel deep in the countryside (mid-Wales IIRC, but not sure), that the hostel's 'resident' tabby had been known to drag swans into the building. Presumably ambushed well down the hill (from what I recall) in the valley bottom this place was perched h...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5613

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

I have a large collection of nanometers I'd be willing to share. I bet they go off the charts in an elderly home. :) Seriously, though, a micrometer is a thing (for measuring in the micrometre range), so why shouldn't there be a nanometer? (I guess British English is unusual in having distinct spel...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8501
Views: 775635

Re: Trump presidency

I could almost imagine a single-issue Third Party Party, whose only campaign promise is to change the voting system in that way 1: Who'd believe them, and why? 2: If you have an answer to #1, you could use that to run yourself, then break the promise and do whatever you wanted. 3: See #1. Jose We i...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 368435

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

Looks like bioreactor-grown meat is slowly but surely becoming a thing! well chicken nuggets are a very low bar to clear, considering that they aren't very chickeny in the first place. Yeah, chicken nuggets are a case where "it tastes a bit like chicken" isn't exactly a ringing endorsement.
by orthogon
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 6748

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It occurs to me that one way to use Bayesian stats incorrectly is to set P(C) = 42 . You'll get some spectacular results. Near-infinite improbability or something. This reminds me of something that bothered me when I first read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy but I wasn't able to express. Adam...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 6748

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 orthogon
Mon Oct 15, 2018 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6807
Views: 1072777

Re: Police misbehavior thread

One wonders how law enforcement would work if people could choose where their tax dollars went. Probably not very well, but then the same applies to many functions of government. Try replacing "law enforcement" with "environmental protection" or "scientific research". ...
by orthogon
Sun Oct 14, 2018 9:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 320
Views: 92695

Re: News in brief

Ashers 'gay cake' row: Bakers win Supreme Court appeal I have to say, this seems like the right decision. However much I disagree with the bakers' views (i.e. totally), I think they ought to have had the right to refuse an order to bake a cake bearing a message that they disagreed with. I don't kno...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 8465

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Re: the medicine one, I once heard some comic do a bit about being in an crowded elevator and thinking about the amount of blood, vomit, urine, and feces he was surrounded by. Now every time I'm in a crowded elevator I think the same thing. Hang on, surely it isn't vomit until it's outside the body...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 51605

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Indeed: it's pronounced the same as the version control system. (Originally I assumed that was an unfortunate choice of name, but it turns out that Linus T knew exactly what it meant).
by orthogon
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 9478

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Reine, reine, gueux éveille. Gomme à gaine, en horreur, taie. (Queen, queen, arouse the rabble, who use their girdles, horrors, as pillow-slips) Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames Pas de lieu Rhône que nous. (Again, literal translation is tricky, but it's kind of the equivalent of "there's no place...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15124
Views: 2564819

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

It said on the wireless today (1:42:25) that there were specific instructions not to remove the painting from the frame, which apparently is something that is often done in order to inspect the condition of the canvas etc. They had an auctioneer on the programme saying that he should have realised s...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 51605

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Spoilered for introspective meta-ness: Looking back at this page of this thread, it seems my posts were a lot more lighthearted five years ago. Is it just me who's becoming a miserable old git, or was the forum more fun in those days? Or is it just a sampling issue? I worry that the post-2016 wo...
by orthogon
Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 6964

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I guess I've just had 'good luck' with Bluetooth then. [...] [X is] a nonissue if you only turn on source device Bluetooth when you're using it anyway. I've seen this "workaround" suggested for a lot of issues (e.g. WiFi authentication fails if Bluetooth is turned on). But that's no good ...
by orthogon
Sat Oct 06, 2018 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 6964

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

This totally triggered my paranoia, so the last panel came as a huge relief. I'm constantly convinced that I have a worse time than most with this kind of stuff. My Sony phone, for example: the Bluetooth stops working after a couple of hours and needs a full restart of the phone to fix. (No doubt an...
by orthogon
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 8877

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

voicemail One thing about the UK is that you never have to pay for incoming calls (unless you're roaming outside the EU), whereas you often have to pay per-minute for voicemail. Consequently, you really don't want them to leave a voicemail, since if they do, the fuckers will cost you actual money, ...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224527

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

On the one hand, you can see how the Brexiteers see it as a relatively minor point in the bigger picture, If its such a minor point, then it can't be hard to give the EU a plan... but AFAICT tell, the plan is "we'll do something smart with cameras, and its going to work because we're British. ...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224527

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

"But did you threaten to overrule him?" The Northern Ireland border is an interesting issue. On the one hand, you can see how the Brexiteers see it as a relatively minor point in the bigger picture, being used by us Remoaners as a gambit to try to block the Will of the People. On the other...

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