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by orthogon
Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12672

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Don't leave a dumb pan unattended. Smart pan, crockpot, heck rice cooker, no worries. Anything automatic is fine. It's fine as long as it doesn't fail. True story: a guy I know once turned on his dishwasher and then went out. The dishwasher got stuck in the post-rinse heating cycle. The heating ele...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12672

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

The lesson is clear: never leave the house. Anything else is recklessly leaving live electricity unattended (sure, you can flip the circuit-breakers, but what if the fusebox shorts?). Just remove all the electrons from the house before you leave, and take them with you: they're pretty small and don...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 4600

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

{by qvxb » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:24 pm America/Chicago} The chemists are happy. They're celebrating Mole Day. You almost got it twice. I was surprised to see that N A has units of mol -1 , since I always think of it as Avagadro's Number , and "Number" implies a dimensionless quantity. Think...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 24, 2017 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12672

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

Don't leave a dumb pan unattended. Smart pan, crockpot, heck rice cooker, no worries. Anything automatic is fine. It's fine as long as it doesn't fail. True story: a guy I know once turned on his dishwasher and then went out. The dishwasher got stuck in the post-rinse heating cycle. The heating ele...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12672

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

With all the cast iron back-and-forth, no one's getting upset about the equinox comment? That seems like such a simple non-Randall oversight... What oversight? If you're at the North pole a few days after the spring equinox, you get 24 hour sun. And the same if you go a few days before the fall equ...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12672

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

ericgrau wrote: It automatically controls the heat and a monkey could cook with it. Unattended.

But, kids, don't ever leave cooking unattended, mkay? :wink:
by orthogon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 10500

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

In fact, I would bet a great deal of money that if you were to run Monty Carlo simulations where districts were formed by randomly grouping contiguous census tracts based solely on population, you would find states that are very unlikely to pass the proposed test without gerymandering. Would you ex...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 23, 2017 11:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 7715

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Sableagle wrote:We can see Jupiter's moons ... [pic] ... from here with a good camera.

<obligatory>That's no moon...</obligatory>
by orthogon
Sat Oct 21, 2017 9:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 529954

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The issue is the 35 total. Black people represent 3% of the UK population, and the 35 appears to be around 1.5% of successful applicants, so black students are represented in about half the numbers that would be expected if everything were equal. Expressing it in terms of colleges with no black stud...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 12672

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

I assume that cast iron pans are some kind of fresh hipster hell that had passed me by. Is high-maintenance medieval cookware the new thing, in the same way that not having gears on a bike is the new having gears on a bike?
by orthogon
Thu Oct 19, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 6908

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I had to wonder if "RISK" meant "DAMAGE" or if it meant "LIKELIHOOD" or "PROBABILITY". In standard risk assessments, risk is the (Cartesian?) product of likelihood and seriousness. So getting hit by a pillow in a pillow-fight and getting hit by a dinosaur-kil...
by orthogon
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 6908

Re: 1904: Research Risks

I don't get the lower right quadrant of this. It seems that anything that could escape and wreak "local" havoc of its own accord could also be put to use by a supervillain. Also what is the shark tank, standard issue for any Bond villain, but a bit of well-controlled applied marine biology...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 3796

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

geomike wrote:
Eternal Density wrote:What is it with GLR and this running joke which wasn't that funny to begin with?


Are you hopping mad about this?

We just want to know what Randall's rabbiting on about.
by orthogon
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 529954

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The cure is in ourselves, but more than ever it is all ourselves. So in other words, we're fucked. Okay, perhaps I exaggerate, but in all seriousness, a system that relies on the awareness, vigilance and thoughtfulness of everyone is doomed to failure. This isn't a "ha ha, people are stupid&qu...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6443
Views: 499039

Re: Trump presidency

Trump lies so obviously and outlandishly that the only purpose I can see for them is to undermine the very idea of truth. It sends the message "truth doesn't matter, I'm doing it anyway and you can't stop me", and this message is being lapped up by the American people. This is what I thou...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 16, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 3796

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

So. Those of us in the "I just don't understand what the Bun comics are getting at" camp have another data point. I'm not sure it helps.

However, the last panel is funny in a standalone way.
by orthogon
Sun Oct 15, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6443
Views: 499039

Re: Trump presidency

FACEPALM ALERT Trump taps climate skeptic to lead White House environment office That is some top-tier sophistry going on. To call her a "climate change skeptic" is way too flattering. Even most climate change deniers have at least familiarised themselves with the basic outline of the AGW...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 224
Views: 53764

Re: News in brief

SDK wrote:
ObsessoMom wrote:the second-largest referendum victory in state history

ivnja wrote:the referendum only passed 52-48


Has Maine had, like, two referendums in its history? That's pretty disingenuous reporting to write it that way.

52-48 is a clear and overwhelming mandate - according to the UK govt, anyway.
by orthogon
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2284718

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

Violence erupts at anti-white nationalist rally in Portland +3 Nerd points to first person to explain why this is funny. It’s the hyphen placement isn’t it I think so, but the whole article is pretty unclear. The picture caption definitely implies that two different anti-(white nationalist) groups ...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 9457

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

cellocgw wrote:
hamjudo wrote:If Wisconsin gets ... Toledo, can we get people to pronounce it "Too Lee Due"? That pronunciation is more fun than the one they use now.


Depends -- how do you pronounce "sudo" ?

It rhymes with "enum".
by orthogon
Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 4189

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Pfhorrest wrote:I would not be surprised if there were, in fact, studies showing that certain classes of problem are diminished when people make decisions based less on emotion and more on evidence and reason.


Daniel Kahneman and Vernon L. Smith's Nobel-prizewinning work was certainly in that area.
by orthogon
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 4799

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

Most Brits are familiar with the American language from movies and TV (or films and telly, as we call them), and are pretty much bilingual. But for some reason, it must be rare for people to discuss times in the movies, because it always confuses me when somebody says something like "five of s...
by orthogon
Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 4799

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

to me "half 7" should mean "halfway to seven", or 6:30. It does, in German. It's just short for "half past seven". With a half, it's always "past" (in English), so that can be elided. Note that we don't say "quarter seven", which would be ambiguous....
by orthogon
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6443
Views: 499039

Re: Trump presidency

Jumble wrote:In UK gov we regard Tillerson and Mattis as a ‘sanity shield’, filtering the worst of the stupidity shitstorm coming from the manchild before it does serious damage.

This sentence makes me oddly proud to be British.
by orthogon
Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 4189

Re: 1901: "Logical"

you can point to specific things that people believe, like that the UK sends £350m per week to the EU, which are simply not true... Fair enough, but speaking as a US citizen who probably would have voted to remain were I eligible to vote in the Brexit referendum, your specific example is an interes...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 11, 2017 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 4189

Re: 1901: "Logical"

Guaranteed flame-war comic. Let's get started, then! A conclusion can be logical and science-driven without necessarily referencing a particular study. It should be based on the scientific consensus, which, yes, ultimately goes back to studies, experiments and theories developed over the centuries....
by orthogon
Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 4799

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

The problem isn't with his[my] sleep cycle, it's with the fact that Earth has been taken over by Vile Morning People. They're the ones who call you lazy/messed up/bad if you don't like to get up in the morning, but consider it somehow virtuous to go to bed before it gets dark at night. What I need ...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6443
Views: 499039

Re: Trump presidency

Did I hallucinate an interesting discussion, albeit arguably somewhat off-topic, on the broader theme of left/right politics? Or did it get moved somewhere else? If so, where?
by orthogon
Sun Oct 08, 2017 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

(I have a counter-theory: my incisors play the role of the snare drum in my internal drumkit with which I accompany my humming. Anybody else do this?) I have too severe of an overbite for that, so I use my back teeth for all of it. Bite down for kick/tom, grind laterally for snare. I can do both si...
by orthogon
Fri Oct 06, 2017 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3663

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

Relevant xkcd.
Just think, the light emitted from Sirius on the day that comic was published is halfway to us now.

ETA: airdrik, I like the idea. :)
by orthogon
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1898: "October 2017"
Replies: 23
Views: 3663

Re: 1898: "October 2017"

I feel old whenever discussion goes on about GCSEs, or - worse - when a job application asks me how many/what GCSEs I have. I was (I think) the second cohort to do GCSEs, but left a couple of years before they renumbered the school years. So anyone saying "when I was in year x" seems like...
by orthogon
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Anyway, I have a hard time believing such a "democratic self-driving bus" could ever work, because a really really important part of the point of a bus is that it shows up in the same place, at the same time, every day. That's how it's been for buses (and other forms of public transport),...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Flumble wrote:Your government has an actual bus with 40 steers? I wish ours was as cool.

Well, actual buses and Brexit do go together...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Reminded me of a serious (?) paper I read some time ago about "democratic self-driving buses" where the all passengers would have keypads for entering their desired destination. For the past few days, now, I've been trying to ID a comedy sketch (could be anything from Monty Python to Litt...
by orthogon
Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Pssshht, pliers are so pro-ish noob. The real noobs strip wires with a pair of scissors or their teeth. Blimey, I'd forgotten about teeth. That was my preferred method for years. Did you stop when you were down to two teeth, or could you strip wire with the jagged remaining single tooth? edit: Seco...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 275
Views: 54632

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

ivnja wrote:There have been a couple big names over the past week or so, Monty Hall (96) for one, but seeing Tom Petty go really feels weird. Only 66.

I only know about Monty Hall via his eponymous problem. I wonder whether St Peter is offering him a choice of doors as we speak...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 9634

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

OP Envelope Generator said: " Crowdsourced steering" makes me think "Let Twitch drive you to work ". Reminded me of a serious (?) paper I read some time ago about "democratic self-driving buses" where the all passengers would have keypads for entering their desired des...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 10917

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

goddammit those zigzag pictures need a trigger warning. I guess one is supposed to be more "correct" than the other, but they both make my eyes hurt, not to mention inducing mild nausea... Not sure if this is hyperbole or not, but if not, can someone explain the psychology/physiology behi...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6443
Views: 499039

Re: Trump presidency

BBC Radio 4 has plenty of high quality topical satire, but the long-running show Just a Minute , which is famously broadcast around the world, is normally a blandly apolitical affair. And yet, such are the times we live in, that even this hardy perennial of Sunday lunchtimes managed to get in an imp...
by orthogon
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 10917

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Wait! Your own link earlier just showed me these I long since lost any comprehension of what y'all are talking about, but goddammit those zigzag pictures need a trigger warning. I guess one is supposed to be more "correct" than the other, but they both make my eyes hurt, not to mention in...

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