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by orthogon
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 9836

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: 9836

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: 9836

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: 14348

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: 9836

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: 9836

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: 302
Views: 81388

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: 14348

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: 14348

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: 4509

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: 4509

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: 5421

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: 32764

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: 302
Views: 81388

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: 8369
Views: 702456

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: 15072
Views: 2485189

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: 4822

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: 8369
Views: 702456

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: 1880
Views: 347157

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: 5362

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: 5362

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: 6555
Views: 1028548

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: 302
Views: 81388

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: 7455

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: 50299

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: 8470

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: 15072
Views: 2485189

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: 50299

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: 32
Views: 6140

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: 32
Views: 6140

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: 7628

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: 1296
Views: 206726

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: 1296
Views: 206726

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...
by orthogon
Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 7518

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Hint: The opinion is political and angers both Rush Limbaugh and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. I hadn't heard of her before, but that name ... It just sounds like the technical term for a part of the brain that isn't used very often. I haven't googled enough to work out whether that's nominative determ...
by orthogon
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 18993

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

But there's a bit of tribalism to it too. Yeah, that's what I worry about. Do I like these words simply because I'm an educated, white person with a middle-class upbringing, and a particular use of language is a group identifier for that demographic? I would say that being white and middle class is...
by orthogon
Tue Sep 25, 2018 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 18993

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

The symmetry of "effect" is a bit odd, though. The most common sense of the noun effect goes with the verb affect . (To affect something is to have an effect on it). The verb effect presumably relates to the sense "come into effect" of the noun. And the noun affect is kind of on ...
by orthogon
Mon Sep 24, 2018 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 9207

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

ETA: I just tried realised how it's strange that you Leftpondians call them "quarter notes" but you call the fraction "one fourth". We use both, I'd say. And not in any particularly organized or systemic fashion. Ah, that's interesting. Maybe I don't notice "quarter" w...
by orthogon
Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 9207

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

You call it six/six time; I call it [half a dozen]/[half a dozen] time... Oh, and BTW, 6/6 is not "4/4 with triplets" . At best, 6/6 would be 2/4 with triplets. But I don't know how to draw a "1/6 note" . Given that the flags are binary (one for 1/8, two for 1/16, etc.), I would...
by orthogon
Mon Sep 24, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 9207

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Isn't this just what the Romans did?

Also, I came here expecting a music joke. (6/6 time is just 4/4 time but with triplets).
by orthogon
Fri Sep 21, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702456

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah... no. Politicians are not normal people. Oh, they are made of flesh and blood and get squeezed head first out of someone's vagina like everyone else, Not everyone else. Although, the Internets being what they are, there is actually some debate about whether somebody born by C-section could be...

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