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by orthogon
Tue May 22, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning
Replies: 17
Views: 5126

Re: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning

Is curve fitting really distinct from causal reasoning? I would argue that it is not; it's just several layers deeper. On one hand, "X causes Y" can be rephrased as "the idea that X causes Y is positively associated with good results in problems that involve X and Y". Now it's j...
by orthogon
Tue May 22, 2018 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3851

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Sir,

If ee cummings can do it, so can I (letter, 21st May).

orthogon, London.
by orthogon
Mon May 21, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974284

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So in effect he didn't get to not serve some of the time that he might otherwise have not had to serve, as it were. Wut. Also, no, that's not a justification to the arrest. No, absolutely not. Doesn't sound like they had grounds to arrest him. But the parole situation magnified the effect of the un...
by orthogon
Mon May 21, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974284

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If he was on probation, presumably that means he was released before the end of a prison term to which he was sentenced for a previous real offence? So in effect he didn't get to not serve some of the time that he might otherwise have not had to serve, as it were. Sure, it sucks, but he didn't stric...
by orthogon
Mon May 21, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3851

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Twitter reactions in the story versus a couple pages of Letters to the Editor, usually written by the same group of busybodies and nutjobs. Not seeing the worseness. Sir: I respectfully disagree with your correspondent pkcommando. Letters to the Editor are hand-picked from thousands of candidates: ...
by orthogon
Sat May 19, 2018 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 5238

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

"MC Hammer Age" - I guess that's the total elapsed Hammertime, right?
by orthogon
Tue May 15, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8778

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Make a farting sound?!? Doesn't embouchure come from some foreign word for "puckering up for a kiss" in one of those romantic languages where they take an hour for lunch, drink wine and nibble on tartes aux cerises by the river? Any idea whether a dent in one of the joints spoils the note...
by orthogon
Tue May 15, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8778

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Pfhorrest wrote:Razz = raspberry = see discussion above

Wow, thanks, and what a strange bit of synchronicity. I thought it represented sticking your tongue out; I didn't realise it also involved making the noise. Not sure whether I need to reconsider my use of it or not now...
by orthogon
Tue May 15, 2018 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8778

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

As a saxophonist, I sympathise. In our case, it's the non-hilarious similarity between the word "sax" and the word "sex", that somebody, somewhere in the world discovers every five seconds [[citation needed]] . Sound like you ought to promote academic outreach in an attempt to i...
by orthogon
Tue May 15, 2018 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1967: "Violin Plots"
Replies: 36
Views: 8778

Re: 1967: "Violin Plots"

Trombone, you say? I've heard about you . The Merry Wives of Windsor seem very nice. I am not familiar with their song, The Fellow Who Played the Trombone . I am also unfamiliar with such reverence for trombonists. We are usually portrayed as clownish, or in the case of the movie Brassed Off , lite...
by orthogon
Sat May 12, 2018 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614659

Re: Trump presidency

People tend to get confused about 4x4s, though, and think that they're somehow magically better at cornering. I guess the differentials give you extra weight close to the ground, which ought to help a bit... That "if you can read this..." notice is a bit odd. Was it photoshopped on, or di...
by orthogon
Fri May 11, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12585

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

...you don't actually own the thing you have, if you own it on borrowed money (using it as collateral). Jose Sorry, that is not correct. The Lender does not own the asset. The Borrower owns it. Then Lender will have some lien against it, and may foreclose and take ownership in event of default, but...
by orthogon
Thu May 10, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4406

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Similarly, I believe that sub and super are cognates, as if, until those Roman engineers came along, people didn't need to bother too much whether something was above or below something else. The Germanic tribes, by contrast, apparently wanted to know what (or who) was on top. Except, "over&qu...
by orthogon
Thu May 10, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4406

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

Also, xeno- also can mean "guest" or "host". Which doesn't help. It's like those languages that don't distinguish pairs like lend / borrow or rent / let , which makes the words almost autoantonyms. The distinction is often overlooked in careless speech, too, which suggests that ...
by orthogon
Thu May 10, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614659

Re: Trump presidency

I'm wondering whether the UK will (despite current overtones) cosy up to the Trump madness or move even closer back to the EU in staying in the Deal-supporting club. Wasn't it May who said "No deal is better than a bad deal"? Different context, but similar to Trump's apparent position on ...
by orthogon
Thu May 10, 2018 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12585

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

The important difference is that under the third scheme there cannot be such a thing as an interest-only loan or usual property rent, where you pay and pay and pay and pay forever without end, because infinity is not a number and so cannot be a price. Does k have to be realistic, though? Otherwise ...
by orthogon
Wed May 09, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"
Replies: 30
Views: 4406

Re: 1991: "Research Areas by Size and Countedness"

(a small instance of buggy spelling: there is only one "Y" in "ENTOMOLOGY") Alternatively, there's no "N" in etymology . It's hard to believe Randall did this by mistake, after devoting at least one whole comic to those particular confusables. And there's a potential j...
by orthogon
Mon May 07, 2018 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 16173

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

GIF should be pronounced like Gift, the closest word in the English language to how it is spelled. "Gin" and "gift" are equally close to "gif." Soft gee is if anything the standard before an i, and when I encounter names that start Gi-, I usually first assume the G wil...
by orthogon
Sun May 06, 2018 8:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2390368

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

Most importantly, airplane dont dump their waste. The first two I figured on, but this last kind of surprises me to hear, given that when you flush an airplane toilet it feels like you get about 50% of the way to reliving the explosive-decompression scene from Total Recall. Do they just take advant...
by orthogon
Sun May 06, 2018 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24158

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Of course, that's more for people who go there in their own car (not truck), and not for people trying to use light rail to buy a twenty-foot extension ladder. You still gotta get the truck back. So you drive the truck back to the store, and then take {your car | light rail | the bus | shoes} to ge...
by orthogon
Sat May 05, 2018 7:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24158

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

You don't have to go to the US to find retail centers based on the assumption that people get there by vehicle - the Metrocentre in Gateshead has the A1 running alongside, other major roads along the other sides, and no real pedestrian access - getting from the main shopping center to the other nea...
by orthogon
Fri May 04, 2018 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

YellowYeti wrote:Camra has been fairly successful in getting decent beers into most pubs, [...] but the focus has tended to be on cask/keg beers, rather than bottled.


Cask and keg beers are very different animals, and Camra do not promote the latter or consider it to be Real Ale.
by orthogon
Fri May 04, 2018 8:24 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 5411

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

I dont have any dogecoin to offer you, but if I did... hey why doesn't this forum have a dogecoin tipping thing? 1. Posters' cooperative: anyone can do the split, and we vote on whether we agree. 2. Benevolent dictatorship: power is concentrated in the hands of a few mods who act always fairly and ...
by orthogon
Thu May 03, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

I'm a fan of real ale myself, but on a hot day, a bland tasteless lager served ice-cold comes closest to providing pure unadulterated refreshment than anything else.
by orthogon
Thu May 03, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1988: "Containers"
Replies: 17
Views: 4593

Re: 1988: "Containers"

How many lines must a man code in, Before he should author a man(1)? How many Cs must K&R 'splain, Before you code your own rand(3)? Yes, and how many times must your sprintf(3) call, Before you background with an &? The answer, my friend, you find(1) in /usr/bin, The answer you find(1) in ...
by orthogon
Thu May 03, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 10665

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I have a memory of one windy day during the stick-on era when the presenter exclaimed "I've run out of isobars!". I can't believe that she was actually updating isobars on-air and exhausted her supply, which is how I've remembered it. Possibly she was saying she'd run out whilst preparing ...
by orthogon
Tue May 01, 2018 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 5367

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

cellocgw wrote:
orthogon wrote:It's ok, because usr/local is a symlink to /.


Wait... if I cd to /usr/local, I get sent to /. ? :twisted:

Your distro allows emoji in pathnames?
by orthogon
Tue May 01, 2018 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 5367

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

What the ... /usr/local/opt?! There is /opt, and there is /usr/local. What kind of confusion would cause someone to create /usr/local/opt? It's ok, because usr/local is a symlink to /. I knew I was in trouble when I started wondering if I had the wrong version of Ruby Version Manager, and whether t...
by orthogon
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Why would you even think of putting a third person singular verb ending on a blooming adverb ? Because there's no such thing as bad publicity. Almost certainly. I just noticed that in small text it says "the top doth twisteth off", which is almost right except they needed to choose betwee...
by orthogon
Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

In related news (related, that is, to the completely off-topic matter of people trying to use archaic language but not doing the research), I keep seeing posters from this Bud Light campaign: http://www.fabnews.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Dilly-Dilly-1-570x320.jpg Why would you even think of put...
by orthogon
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Quiche is pie . No lid, though. So it's as much a pie as pumpkin pie, lemon pie, or pecan pie. Quite so. What those things are, is tarts. Are tarts. "Art tarts." If thou must stick with 17th century definitions of words, thou should conjugate thy verbs like a proper Elizabethan. :P Haha. ...
by orthogon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 6542

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

The 100 Item Challenge seems to me to be a thing people do to feel superior to people who just want to get on with their lives... like bicycling or all the people who think that going gluten free means I should as well. Yeah, the gluten thing. But some of us bicycle as a convenient means of getting...
by orthogon
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 10665

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

This probably explains some bizarre features of the BBC weather forecast. The summary for the day often seems completely at odds with the hour-by-hour forecast. The day summary can be "overcast" when every individual hour is "sunny". And the minimum temperature for the day is som...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581446

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, I get why countries have to be careful about produce crossing borders, but is it necessary to be an asshole about it? It doesn't help that they (i.e. all countries' customs forms) ask questions like "are you bringing food products into the country," when they really mean stuff like ...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19690

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Steve the Pocket wrote:And no, manually setting your units to inches won't help, because its the definition of an "inch" has changed to mean "exactly 2.54 centimeters".

You were using Photoshop before 1959? :-P
by orthogon
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 11282

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Perhaps each seat has a designated cubic volume of luggage. Brought more than that? Tough. Check it, or keep it on your lap. That's both inefficient and unsafe. Unused space from one passenger can reasonably be used by another. In general, nothing can be on people's laps during takeoff and landing ...
by orthogon
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

HES wrote:
orthogon wrote:Quite so. What those things are, is tarts.

What about a treacle tart with a lattice lid?

Tart. A pie requires totality in the liddage department. Plus there's the alliteration.
by orthogon
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Quiche is pie . No lid, though. So it's as much a pie as pumpkin pie, lemon pie, or pecan pie. Quite so. What those things are, is tarts. Are tarts. It's tempting to let the ontology slide in the case of pumpkin and pecan, for the sake of the alliteration. But such temptation, like the tasty confec...
by orthogon
Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16926

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

I'll never understand how a liking for quiche was chosen as the litmus test for unmanliness. Quiche is pie . No lid, though. That puts it halfway to shepherd's pie in terms of platonic pie-ishness. OTOH, it's more platonically pie-ish than the so-called "pies" that have a lid but no sides...
by orthogon
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 9488

Re: 1979: "History"

jonhaug wrote:[He succeeded Rutherford Hayes and preceded Chester Arthur (a prez without a proper last name).
.

Well, Rutherford Hayes didn't have a proper first name, so I suppose they averaged out.

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