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Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13412
Views: 1605226

### Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

They may all be he's or she's. There's a whole world of plant sexes , so, even assuming they're cis-gendered, chances are your plants are neither/both he's nor she's. :) Next week is going to be so cold in the Netherlands that we'll have natural ice on which we can go skating. It's a pity global cl...
Sat Feb 24, 2018 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Decitauths
Replies: 16
Views: 5103

### Re: Decitauths

Tau is dumb. no u conveniently-factorable Hmm, how is τ conveniently factored? I'd rather suggest working with the "turn", i.e. τ rad or 360°. It's easily factored, since dividing the circle into n pieces gives you angles of 1/n turn. And it's less arbitrary than degrees or decitauths bec...
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:06 pm UTC
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 12381

### Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Forget emojis; why in Dickens's deuce is this a thing?! You know what the "uni" in unicode stands for, right? Egyptian hieroglyphs have (allegedly) been used as a script by a whole civilization. It makes much more sense for those to be included in unicode than, say, emoji ...let alone thi...
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:02 am UTC
Topic: 1959: "The Simpsons"
Replies: 24
Views: 4878

### Re: 1959: "The Simpsons"

Mouseover caption: In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter. This makes so much sense. Now I understand why we don't know which state the t...
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 4933

### Re: 1955: "Robots"

On the wikipedia page most of the prototypes they show are listed as "products". Some of those are more easily considered products, like PETMAN , whereas things like Spot are probably only considered "products" in the sense that some military division paid for research and got th...
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 8882

### Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

I'm fine with celebrating e every month. It's less controversial than ½τ day and celebrating math monthly rather than yearly sounds good. Although I don't know how one would celebrate e. Put snakes on a tree trunk?
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:00 am UTC
Topic: 1955: "Robots"
Replies: 25
Views: 4933

### Re: 1955: "Robots"

I watched the video and thought they were cute. Yes I said it. Cute . What is wrong with me? Nothing. Well, maybe a false impression that the robots were cooperating and had a preference for going through that door. At least, I'm pretty certain that the actions at that level were programmed. Howeve...
Thu Feb 15, 2018 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1882663

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Assuming that cells are either alive or dead, I'd go with sets. Sets are simple things that hold a bunch of items. For example, a set in which each item is the coordinate of a live cell. So the question "is the cell at (x,y,z) alive or dead?" becomes "does the coordinate (x,y,z) exist...
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:28 pm UTC
Topic: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"
Replies: 38
Views: 8882

### Re: 1952: "Backpack Decisions"

Good thing I don't have to decide on a backpack for the next ~20 years. That is, it's showing no significant wear over the past decade and I'm using it less and less, so it should work for at least another decade. And if it doesn't, I'll simply go and find the same backpack since it holds up for at ...
Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1882663

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Ok: get the thing itself working. Then add cool stuff. Note that, as long as you don't have more than a couple of tens of thousands of live cells, you could use the dictionary/set approach suggested earlier: put the coordinates of live cells in a tuple (x,y,z) and add it to the set and remove it if...
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 8936

### Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

There's a vaccine for it now? It was news to me too, and it turns out that it isn't given in the UK, for rather cool reasons . Essentially, chickenpox is unpleasant but isn't very serious when contracted in childhood, whereas it can be harmful in adulthood and particularly in later life or during p...
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Elevator problem
Replies: 14
Views: 5241

### Re: Elevator problem

How often does it stop at floor 9¾?
Tue Feb 06, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1882663

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Transitivity holds when you use a true equality operator instead of == . :roll: Anyway, I got 42 (that can't be a coincidence; then again I didn't remove trivial 'duplicates') scenarios for which a = b, b = c, a ≠ c happens: 1 "0" false "" 2 "0" false [] 3 "0"...
Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1882663

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

If I generate a 250x250x250 list-of-lists in the python shell, it starts consuming around 500MB. (which would imply some 32 bytes per element) So don't expect a playing area that's 1000 times as small to have a problematic impact on memory.
Mon Feb 05, 2018 11:56 am UTC
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 8936

### Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Shave 20 minutes off of your daily routine with this new tooth shaver! Includes diamond-reinforced blades for durability and a polishing tool on the back so you never accidentally bite your tongue again!
Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1882663

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Oh haha, I didn't expect you to ask about array list literals. Indeed, you can write those wherever you want however you want and with whatever you want inside (including more lists).
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1882663

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

What kind of change are you thinking of? If you want to build a different "3D list" out of blueprint (i.e. functional style: you don't change data, you make a copy with differences), you can map over all three dimensions and change elements where needed: myPrint = [ [ [ value+1 for value i...
Fri Feb 02, 2018 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1882663

### Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Since your first and second dimension stay the same, you keep the pattern

Code: Select all

`blueprint = [ [somethingSomething for _ in range(5)] for _ in range(3)]`

But instead of [0]*3 (a list of 3 zeroes) you want a list of [1,0,0].
Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 712867

### Re: Doctor Whom

Also, on an unrelated note: When was Testimony!Bill supposed to be from? She wasn't actually technically dead the last we saw of her, and this Bill remembers the events that prevented her death, and those events had the potential for her to live indefinitely after that. Is Testimony!Bill built ...
Thu Jan 18, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatorics with minimum "distance"
Replies: 3
Views: 3291

### Re: Combinatorics with minimum "distance"

Can you clarify what you mean by "combinations" and "distance"? If, rather than in Eebster's case, only (1,1,0,0) , (1,0,1,0) , (1,0,0,1) , (0,1,1,0) , (0,1,0,1) and (0,0,1,1) are allowed (for orderings of 2+2 indistinguishable items) and "distance" is indeed the hammin...
Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Video on the Definition of Species
Replies: 4
Views: 2538

### Re: Video on the Definition of Species

I believe you're referring to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fOfFlMe6ek (since I've also seen that video because of the forum) Just in case, this video may also have been linked on the forum in that same context. But that's about the history of (biological) taxonomy, so probably not what you're as...
Sun Dec 31, 2017 4:54 pm UTC
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 9577

### Re: 1935: "2018"

Yes, yes; when I say "really hard", I just mean that it feels way harder than it ought to be, and that's the point I interpreted the comic as making. Yes, yes, we're on the same page regarding that. I mean that it won't feel hard anymore when you internalize "tens are odd, check if u...
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)
Replies: 121
Views: 24168

### Re: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)

Let's add En man som heter Ove (A man called Ove) to the list. Sweet tears.
Fri Dec 29, 2017 10:44 pm UTC
Topic: 1935: "2018"
Replies: 66
Views: 9577

### Re: 1935: "2018"

orthogon wrote:ETA: but, yeah, this stuff is really hard in odd decades.

If it's odd, subtract 2 years and then do the same test as for the even decades. I wouldn't call that really hard –it just takes time to internalize.
Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Topic: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"
Replies: 12
Views: 3710

### Re: 1932: "The True Meaning of Christmas"

Do not take Autometalogolex when taking Autometalogolex.
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Site security certificate invalid
Replies: 4
Views: 5728

### Re: Site security certificate invalid

I've been getting the error, it might be because my bookmark happened to be xckd.com rather than xkcd.com. I'll know tomorrow if that was the issue. Ah, that makes sense. xckd.com, xkcd.org and xkcd.net do have a certificate that was valid until Monday , which makes my browser scream it's dangerous...
Mon Dec 18, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Topic: 1930: "Calendar Facts"
Replies: 32
Views: 6268

### Re: 1930: "Calendar Facts"

Did you know Comic #1930 will only happen one time ever? And come Friday it will never be the newest comic again? I hope to see a Wednesday comic –one that will be the newest from Wednesday until Friday– too. Also, Randall accidentally left the pair of lines merging the international date and Mason...
Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Site security certificate invalid
Replies: 4
Views: 5728

### Re: Site security certificate invalid

I don't see a warning when I open https://xkcd.com/ (it uses a certificate valid until March 2018).
Moreover, I don't see any certificates that expire today on certificate logs.
Tue Dec 05, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists
Replies: 12
Views: 2516

### Re: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists

Is Big Fish Boss in there too? He definitely has a base.
Sat Dec 02, 2017 6:20 pm UTC
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 10234

### Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Forget the compromise, superior temperature scale passing through: Fiddled around with possibilities for a bit. I thought milli-electron volts per molecule (of an ideal perfect gas) looked pretty handy for everyday purposes. The unit turns out to be just under 8ºC and almost exactly 14ºF, so it's no...
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1430955

### Re: Minecraft

It seems the server is restarting/responding badly for the past 10 hours and will continue to do so. Posting here in case _infina_ gets a notification about the topic and can do something about it soon. Otherwise I'll have a look tomorrow. Solved. The minecraft server was just in agony and need...
Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:42 pm UTC
Topic: 1922: "Interferometry"
Replies: 22
Views: 5232

### Re: 1922: "Interferometry"

What about parentheses? If an opening one and a closing one are sufficiently far apart, do they form a really big ellipsis? Or would they cancel each other because of being each others antiparticle? )
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)
Replies: 121
Views: 24168

### Re: Tear-jerkers (merged: Fictional Tears)

Time to beat a dead horse back to life. So far (I can recall) 3 films have managed to make me tear up: The Tale of Princess Kaguya , Intouchables and Big Fish . The former two were sad tears (with Kaguya it was unjustice, with Intouchables it was losing interest in life) whereas with Big Fish they w...
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 412
Views: 915566

### Re: Forum Migration

If you're in for using a user style , this should do: @-moz-document domain("forums.xkcd.com"), domain("fora.xkcd.com"), domain("echochamber.me") { @media(min-width: 701px) { .postprofile { float: left; border-width: 0 1px 0 0; } .postbody { float: right } .postprofile ...
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 412
Views: 915566

### Re: Forum Migration

I would suggest a dark mode browser plugin like Night Reader for that –it works on most other sites too, so you don't need dark themes separately for everything.

[edited for more clarification]
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9414
Views: 1430955

### Re: Minecraft

I dunno, given the age of the XKCD server it might be a good idea to stop updating the MC version at some point? Nah, that ship has sailed long ago: we'll keep updating and shit will keep breaking. :D In any case, most of the stuff that can break is broken already and that's mostly around Spawn ......
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:03 am UTC
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 13742

### Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

so... where on that chart is my preference? It's a subset of the right side of the chart, of course. I'd agree the chart is wrong in stating "temperature preferences" in the subtitle while having "heat index" on the horizontal axis (and possibly the vertical axis too), but heat ...
Sat Nov 11, 2017 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kubo and the Two Strings
Replies: 61
Views: 13898

### Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

Finally seen it and it matched my expectations on average. Unfortunately the dialogue/verbal exposition was obnoxious at some points* (to me as an adult at least; it may be interesting for kids), but the story was good and the animation gorgeous. And the interaction between the monkey and the beetle...
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 7278

### Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

How come Randall ends up on that side of the internet? I'm not a facebook or google person, yet I'm in a happy little internet bubble where this type of writing doesn't exist.
Sat Oct 28, 2017 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Rick and Morty forever and forever a hundred years
Replies: 42
Views: 11107

### Re: Rick and Morty forever and forever a hundred years

Also Rick knows he's in a cartoon show, so he'd better have some interesting inventions and adventures or the show will be canceled and he won't exist anymore.