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by Kit.
Fri Jan 19, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 2862

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

Mutex wrote:Yes, we have milliard etc. I guess that would be more logical then.

One can have milliard[s] and still use short scale, like in Russia.

Billiard[s], though, is a slightly different thing.
by Kit.
Mon Jan 08, 2018 8:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 3391

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

rmsgrey wrote:A system designed from the start to not do things it shouldn't rather than to do things it should is going to be less efficient at doing things generally

I'd say it's simply impossible. There is no way to guaranteedly protect a system against side-channel attacks not known in advance.
by Kit.
Sat Jan 06, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 3391

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Humans a freaking awesome, but we've created things, by working together, that none of us can fully understand. I'd say this is true for any social animal, because it's a prerequisite of an evolutionarily stable society. ...well, it might be not true for societies that develop so fast that they nev...
by Kit.
Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 3391

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

I think this, like rowhammer, shows mostly that we are getting sufficiently good at software security that attackers have to exploit the hardware. Actually, Heartbleed is only about 2 months older than rowhammer. The problem of course is that hardware isn't quite as easy to fix as software. Sometim...
by Kit.
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 3391

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Pfhorrest wrote:I fail to see what moral dilemmas like the Trolley Problem have to do with speculative execution.

That depends on the approach.

Philosophically, it has nothing. Practically, it has a lot. Humans have a kind of speculative execution, too, and that can also be hacked by timing.
by Kit.
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1936: "Desert Golfing"
Replies: 23
Views: 2256

Re: 1936: "Desert Golfing"

Reminded me of this.

I wonder if it's intentional.
by Kit.
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 4324

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Mikeski wrote:On the Devil's Advocate side, I offer the very existence of the term "microaggression".

Is the term "cooties" also the Devil's invention?
by Kit.
Sun Nov 05, 2017 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 4681

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Is now a good time to point out that the BBC hates Doctor Who because they destroyed a bunch of episodes from the 60s and 70s? Never mind that they did that to every show at the time, and Doctor Who is the second most preserved show of the era - it's clearly all part of a deliberate conspiracy by t...
by Kit.
Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 4681

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

What "writing style"? Disgusting. Made of hateful rant. Gosh. My article barely rises about wry disdain for people who don't check their facts and those who distort history to fit an ideological agenda. That's not true. You resort to name calling ("New Atheists"), although, as y...
by Kit.
Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 4324

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

Why do people think this? Why on earth would anyone choose to be offended by something? It's a bad feeling. It's like those people who tell depressed people to "just cheer up" and "you're choosing to be miserable". Motherfucker I cannot control how I feel, that's almost the defi...
by Kit.
Sat Nov 04, 2017 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 4681

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

What "writing style"? Disgusting. Made of hateful rant. It seems you didn't read my article very carefully at all. That's what I said. Firstly, I detail several scholars in the sixth century, one probably Christian and the others definitely so, who who were not just "interested in Ar...
by Kit.
Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 4681

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

He can be overly polemical at times, First of all, I found there no justification for your "Not true". Granted, that writing style didn't encourage me to try very hard... ...but still, mentioning that one possibly Christian guy paid attention to Archimedes in the 5th century (or whenever,...
by Kit.
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 4681

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"


Do you enjoy reading that crap?
by Kit.
Fri Nov 03, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 4324

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

I don't understand a lot of things, but I don't need to convince myself that's OK, so I don't put such silly stuff in my profiles.
by Kit.
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 4681

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Isn't it more a problem of abundance of digital information potentially worth keeping than of longevity of digital media?
by Kit.
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 3279

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

FOARP wrote:1) Boss gets idea that a list of tasks related to subject X maintained on a shared server would be a good idea.

That's what an ITS is for. Install Redmine.

Spreadsheets are a good visuospatial tool, and should be used as such.
by Kit.
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 3279

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

My working theory is that all this spread-sheet making you find in many businesses for tasks to be done is little more than an aide-memoire and doesn't actually increase the level of organisation in anyway above that which a hand-written list would. Spreadsheet is for handling numbers. I'd say an o...
by Kit.
Sun Oct 29, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 3279

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

MakingProgress wrote:Maybe your wife ? :twisted:

My wife would also benefit from it.

Right now, I'm trying a personal Redmine instance on AWS free tier. Looks promising so far.
by Kit.
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 3279

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

By the way., does anyone know a good personal issue tracker system?
by Kit.
Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 4389

Re: 1904: Research Risks

xtifr wrote:I think anyone who has read 1984 would argue that linguistics should be higher on the chart.

But that was speculative fiction. Humans don't work this way.
by Kit.
Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 4389

Re: 1904: Research Risks

wgrandbois wrote:Either Randall has a pretty narrow definition of paleontology, or he's never seen / read "Jurassic Park."

Isn't that technically "Genetic Engineering"?
by Kit.
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 2903

Re: 1901: "Logical"

udqbpn wrote:Yeah... I don't need a scientific study for every idea I have, I can have hunches, right?

That's one of the problems of trying to be fully logical: which criteria would you use to study the relevance of the scientific method... and why these, and not something else?
by Kit.
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1901: "Logical"
Replies: 24
Views: 2903

Re: 1901: "Logical"

"It's like I've always said--people just need more common sense. But not the kind of common sense that lets them figure out that they're being condescended to by someone who thinks they're stupid, because then I'll be in trouble." To be honest, I would love people to have at least that ki...
by Kit.
Thu Oct 05, 2017 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 7906

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

The main problem with "linear gamma" is that linear operations on linearly encoded light intensity values do not look "linear" to a human eye. They introduce unintended visible artifacts. Wait! Your own link earlier just showed me these Yes, you are correct here. I was thinking ...
by Kit.
Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 7906

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Thanks to sRGB spec being written for CRT monitors and what we have today are almost always LCD monitors, the concept of safe color space has become a failed dream . This site requires JavaScript for no apparent reason. sRGB has never been "safe". It was too broad for cheap consumer-grade...
by Kit.
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 7906

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Aha Xanthir we are getting on the same page nearly now. Where is the amazing monitor that can handle both right, traditional desktop defined in virtual sRGB and wide-gamut HDR files, simultaneously? When you wrote "this isn't the fault of color spaces", it is similar to marxists saying &q...
by Kit.
Wed Sep 27, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 2684

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

by Kit.
Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 7906

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

I hate the concept of color profiles, and I especially hate that we invoke them at every single step of the process between the file's raw RGB data and what actually reaches our eyes. The file itself, the program that displays it, the video driver, the monitor—they all have color profiles that dist...
by Kit.
Mon Jul 31, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

I don't see how they could be good for anything when they could not be used for anything, as there was no one to use them. I would still consider the hammer at the back of the shelf in the hardware store good for hitting nails, even if nobody ever buys it and it eventually gets thrown away. Should ...
by Kit.
Sun Jul 30, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

It seems that at the moment you are speaking about a class of objects, not about one particular existing object. I'm talking about one object; an arbitrary member of a particular class of objects. Which means you are speaking not about the object, but about the class of objects. If you are going to...
by Kit.
Sun Jul 30, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

But sand and gravel also consist of individual objects. ...and if I were talking about a grain of sand , then that would be the one object we are talking about. I don't see what you are getting at. In any case I'm talking about one object; I'm not sure. It seems that at the moment you are speaking ...
by Kit.
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

What, if not a specific kind of human attention to an object that can be used as a tool, brings it into being "a rock"? The property of being one object. It happens to be the one object we are talking about, But sand and gravel also consist of individual objects. but do you really propose...
by Kit.
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

We could discuss what exactly we mean by "bring into being a rock ", but I think we digress. Magma cools, is pushed to the surface, part of it is scraped off by a glacier... the point being it's not part of a feedback loop that selects for "better" rocks But that's "rock&qu...
by Kit.
Sat Jul 29, 2017 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Yes. It is a question about the results of the attempts to shape rocks into different tools. I'm not talking about a shaped (by somebody) rock. I'm talking about a found-in-the-wild rock that just happened to be there. The chain of events that brought the rock to be involved plate tectonics, glacie...
by Kit.
Fri Jul 28, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

Pfhorrest explicitly states that he talks about the prescriptive sense. "Good for" is not prescriptive. Only if you have a weirdly narrow conception of "prescriptive". First of all, it seemed to me that your initial position was "purposes are prescriptive, and as for everyt...
by Kit.
Fri Jul 28, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

You seem very confused about what it is that I'm even saying. It seems to me that you have an idea that seems obvious to you, but looks plain wrong to me. Have you considered the possibility that it is indeed wrong? Have you? Why would I be asking otherwise? If you want to say that you have any que...
by Kit.
Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

You seem very confused about what it is that I'm even saying. It seems to me that you have an idea that seems obvious to you, but looks plain wrong to me. Have you considered the possibility that it is indeed wrong? Why do we need hammers? Why do we want hammers? Why have hammers? . Uhm... maybe to...
by Kit.
Thu Jul 27, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

people having opinions on what ought to be is as much as part of the natural sciences as people putting things to some purpose. there are natural facts about what people think and do and what they think about what they're doing and why. "People having opinions on what is natural sciences"...
by Kit.
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

I think you're on the wrong level of abstraction here. I'm not talking at all about finding out answers to specific questions about what ought or oughtn't happen, I'm talking about finding out answers to questions like the one you just asked: "what meaning does talk about 'oughts' have?" ...
by Kit.
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 14554

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

What do you exactly mean by "turns out to be" here? I'm writing this from a perspective of not yet having answers to foundational questions about ethics, because the answers to those questions are beside the core point I'm making right now. "Turns out to be" means when you finis...

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