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by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 306
Views: 51162

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

... I thought for a moment that Japan had come up with a clever way to reduce costs by miniaturising the probe. Seeing that it was a 1:8 scale model of Chang'e-4 was disappointing. On that subject, does anyone know what the limiting factor is on making space probes smaller? Putting the same functio...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, however using "performance enhancing djinn" is considered cheating.

I wish pandas didn't suck at being animals so much.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 9657

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

DavCrav wrote:A reasonable profit margin is about 10% of revnue. Tesla does better than that, at about 15%. Unfortunately it has a minus sign in front of it.

And Tesla's capital expenditures are 27%, they would already be profitable if they weren't investing so much in expanding operations/ new technologies.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 9657

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Absolutely, four magic beans are useful, the fifth just leaves you in a sate of "has bean".
Old saying wrote:Four magic beans in a row:

One for the roc,
one for the anti-crow,
one to wither,
one to super-grow.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 9657

2094: "Short Selling"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/short_selling.png Title Text: "I'm selling all my analogies at auction tomorrow, and that witch over there will give you 20 beans if you promise on pain of death to win them for her." "What if SEVERAL people promised witches they'd win, creating some kind...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, a mysterious council of 13 hooded individuals votes for all government offices via approval voting.

I wish to be on this council.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 7683

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Yes, I got that backwards.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 8945

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

@CorruptUser I don't know by foot, but the town in the article is about $869 per person, or $2,099 per household (using 2010 census figures). Which seems fairly comparable to google fiber's start up costs. Xfninty's (Comcast's cable internet division) 2017 revenue was $52.52 billion and their capita...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 7683

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

"Majestic" seems to have roots directly related to greatness; so, yes, it seems totally fair to say that's proportional to physical size, and inversely proportional to cuteness.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6743

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I'd phrase it differently, which is more impressive: ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows come up with the idea independently. ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows learn from watching TV. On both cases: crows have a ca...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, it's a utilitarian loves that equally values all creatures. Logically, each vertebrate's happiness is compromised to allow for the thriving of a multitude of nematodes.

I wish for the elimination of all human parasites.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711938

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

We reached the present from the previous moment, which we reached from the one before that. Each moment is the start of everything after, and has it's start in the moments before. There're plenty of starts, just not a start to all of the infinite starts (although, there are starts to all finite sets...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711938

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

tomandlu wrote:The universe cannot be infinitely old, since if it was, it could never have reached the present moment - true or false?

I really don't see how B follows from A, and people taking guesses seem to be thinking very differently from you.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711938

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

So a "Hypercarnivore" is any species of animal whose natural diet is 70% or more meat. In order for this not to be a stupid name/categorization, I'd expect two things to be true: 1) this category is especially carnivorous 2) A large proportion of members of this category are in the 70-99% ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6743

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I don't remember ever hearing of this kind of operation back home in the Netherlands. Maybe because I lived in a more densely populated area there? There definitely were geese out and about, but I never heard of any efforts to chase them away. Maybe because they were more easygoing, being feral des...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 7683

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Do they fade from view, or do they just get better at hiding until they're impossible to spot? So if the Schwarzchild's cat just fades from view, how do you tell it from a Cheshire's cat? Cheshire's cat is always smiling, even when it's not a cat. I disproved this with a cat and a band saw. On the r...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6743

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

It's really surprising at how little fear some birds demonstrate. I've read that sometimes specially trained dogs are used to chase geese away; I have trouble picturing that (and I just tried youtubing it and it still looks fake to me). I've seen geese readily face down Semis rather than walk a litt...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 6743

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I feel like the authoritative category should be "people who have been attacked by ostriches, or observed them fighting as a non-participant" as I seriously doubt the judgement of anybody who tries to fight an ostrich (even ignoring how powerful their talons are); any plan that involves fi...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you can scry half-way down the Mariana's trench with tea leaves, the dark side of the moon (yes, I know that's not a constant location) with smoke, or the Earth's core with fire. You can't however, watch people, animals, or robots.

I wish I could read the thoughts of animals.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 24
Views: 7147

Re: The MITT Cult

My parents are controlling and I don't have a good relationship with them, so I kind of want to get rid of the "being forced" part and try this myself. It sounds...strangely cathartic. I'm pretty sure that's a thing with non-cult therapists. Generally when you look at cults and there's on...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 21, 2018 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 174
Views: 64373

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

But maybe that's also what you're saying, coming from a different perspective. More or less. I would say that the only usual language I'm using is that I wouldn't call things "capitalism" that have superficial hallmarks of capitalism (freedom to use property, freedom to accrue wealth) whe...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Dec 20, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 174
Views: 64373

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Huh? By that logic, capitalism breaks capitalism, because the only agents that can apply capital are the ones that have it. But that's how it works. The set of people who have capital (in, for example america) contains multiple groups with explicitly competing or contradictory interests, so this re...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Dec 20, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Spanish etymology question
Replies: 5
Views: 6735

Re: Obscure Spanish etymology question

The step doesn't use the proper spelling/pronunciation, it uses a regional variant.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 174
Views: 64373

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Well, yes I would say private ownership is a key aspect. I intended that to be implied by "presuming the market is smarter than any specific people", but alas, I gave too much duty to too few words. A capitalistic market requires competition, which requires diverse agents being able to use...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but there is now the added (perfectly clear) repeating signal of the record scratch sound.

I wish people instinctively made the record scratch sound when surprised.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 174
Views: 64373

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Theoretically, it should be a marketplace where anyone with a great idea can get access to wealth (i.e. investor money) and use it to grow wealth for himself as well as his investors. The problems emerge when human biases enter the picture. So instead of anyone , investors tend to favor, say, a Har...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 8930

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

A room full of unarmed people can beat a lone shooter, but they in fact often don't. A fight is (basically by definition) non-consensual and the fact that one party is not trying to fight or attack doesn't change the fact that a fight is occurring. One of the wolves biggest advantages is how little ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, he sends a bill for corrupting the wish and does nothing else.

I wish for a freeze ray (not an ice ray; that's so Johnny snow).
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 57
Views: 11325

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

Those are a lot easier to take, all you need to do is demonstrate that it's in your power to take them. And if they've taken the axiom of choice they always think anybody has the power to take them (incidentally, this is Princess Peach's problem: she's actually just as tough as Mario or Bowser, she ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Dec 13, 2018 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 57
Views: 11325

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

@OP: ⋅ We're not because we assume a priori we're not. If we live in a real universe, we benefit from acting like we live in a real universe. If we're Boltzmann brains we can't benefit from believing that fact. Therefore believing the universe is real is strictly better than not believing ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Dec 13, 2018 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 8930

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

I'd say the situation needs to be specified more. Both wolves and humans are thinking animals and need a reason to fight. Humans are planners and so will plan if they have any foreknowledge, or may even have taken precautions without being aware of the specific threat. So questions: Is it daytime? H...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 12, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, he corrupts the wishes so well that he sends us all into a black hole of nihilistic despair.

I wish for us all to be sent out of a white hole of nihilistic despair; whatever that means.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 306
Views: 51162

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Oh, right you are.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Dec 11, 2018 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 306
Views: 51162

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

But Avogadro's constant is silly because it does not relate two units, just one: the mole. So instead of defining everything in terms of the second and physical constants, we define almost everything in terms of the second and constants and one thing as an integer. Avogadro's constant is not an int...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you are given job teaching Socratic philosophy, on the grounds of "wisest is he who knows he does not know". However, you become a national symbol for frivolous academics.

phillip1882 wrote:my wish is to take pleasure in the little things
I wish this to be interpreted as a masturbation joke.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 4224

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

The prions are more resilient than anything you'd recognize as beef. To simplify, beef is made mostly of protein and is no longer beef after you destroy a major fraction of the proteins. Prions are also proteins, and to destroy an infectious agent you want to destroy basically all of the proteins. N...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Nov 28, 2018 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26070
Views: 2445128

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, if you want unsolicited advice: you get it. If you don't want advice: you get it. Not that people are any more capable of giving good advice. I wish a poorly written law to accidentally require all barristers to be able to make a proper latte and a proper Cuba libre, and to do gymnastics on...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Nov 21, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 15994

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

[ I don't know of any published standards for the computation by consumer client devices -- The reference coordinate system is WGA 84 , which is spherical coordinates on an oblate spheroid with some corrections for altitude based on local conditions. I don't think it's a fiat standard or anything, ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 15994

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The unquoted half of what I said is what's relevant there. The raw math of satellite signal differences doesn't inherently require a specific display format. I'm pretty sure GPS gives you a specific location in all 4 dimensions, given the minimum number of simultaneous satellite signals. (3?) How t...

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