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by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2456

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Yes, well, given that "great literature" is stuff that is supposed to have already gone through a crap filter, you wouldn't expect Sturgeon to apply. While Sturgeon did say "90% of everything is crap", I don't think me meant that to be applied recursively--if it were, you could ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4963
Views: 688459

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm slowly coming to the belief that the TARDIS not only translates spoken language, but also gives you the appearance of belonging - so, so long as you don't force someone to think too hard about you, they treat you as part of the crowd and, generally, ignore things like anachronistic clothing.
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2056

Re: 2077: "Heist"

sotanaht wrote:Title text: But he has a hat AND a toolbox! Where could someone planning a heist get THOSE?


They get them in a cut or as an unshown part of a planning/execution montage.
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 357177

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I third Keep Talking. It's as hectic as you want it to be (it's a good way to reflect on how you perform under time pressure) and it's good fun with two people ...and excellent when some people happen to come over. Also it's a real life-saver if you ever come across a bomb with five wires and a big...
by rmsgrey
Fri Nov 23, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2456

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

SDK wrote:I hate roller coasters too, but that's mostly just because they discriminate against tall people.


And short people.
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 4608

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Then I thought about the fact that every comic with the same number as a year of XKCD's existence was posted in 2018, and the first fact suddenly seemed a lot less cool to me :lol: Are you predicting that xkcd will not last 75 more years? Yes. I look forward to seeing you admit you were wrong! ;) D...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 1902

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Pfhorrest wrote:Then you secede from whatever the successor state is and declare yourself the sole surviving remnant of the old regime.

It worked for Taiwan. Kind of.


You mean the Republic of China?
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2312

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

xtifr wrote:if anyone can push the technology to the point where space manufacturing becomes economically feasible, China can


And the first major industrial accident in orbit is liable to trigger Kessler syndrome...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

So far as gravity exerts a force on an object based on its (gravitational) mass, the object's acceleration under that force is determined by its (inertial) mass. Under classical mechanics, the fact the two masses are in fixed proportion (numerically equal with appropriate units chosen) is an empiri...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 20, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 29
Views: 3013

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

Soupspoon wrote:They should lose their internet privileges! And remove the vowels from their keyboards so we can tell who they are if they sneak back on!!

Wht gd wld tht d?
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

and there's inertial mass - how a body responds to forces (including gravitational) You could say otherwise (than the parenthetical). A bigger (gravitational) mass in a gravitational field (of another mass) is feeling a bigger pull because it is more mass being pulled (and, in turn, pulling back, i...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2312

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

qvxb wrote:There will be passenger spaceships when there are casinos (and hookers) on Mars and Venus.

And vice versa.
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 19, 2018 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

...the standard kilogram is known to have changed mass over time (exactly how much is unclear) Well no, the standard kilogram has always stayed at exactly the same mass. Everything else in the universe has slightly changed mass over time. :D Well, kind of. I mean, there's the physical concept of ma...
by rmsgrey
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 222520

Re: Board games anyone?

I guess my end goal is to get my kids playing dungeons and dragons properly. I always viewed D&D as more of a gateway RPG than an end in itself. It's a perfectly serviceable system, and has a broad general appeal, but there are a lot of systems that do what they do better than D&D does, and...
by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

If by pi you don't mean a specific number defined as exactly what it is defined as (which therefore couldn't drift), but the measured ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference, then it's super easy to imagine what would make that drift across time and space, and we've seen it already: curva...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I would just like to say that this comic made me viscerally shudder. But I did enjoy learning from this thread that the kilogram is finally receiving a makeover. Bit disappointed that it had to come from fudging some other constants (they're supposed to be universal constants, can they even do that...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7021

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

A suitably amoral administration, acting in collusion Perhaps on election night, but what about afterwards? If the records still exist, then they can be opened. An argument could be made that it's important to preserve the records because {reasons}, without any reference to side effects. Once that'...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7021

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

However, they could destroy the record... ...or, a suitably amoral administration might choose to preserve the records, and avail themselves of the resulting voter profiles in the next campaign. I prefer that it be impossible to do this, as opposed to it being an integral part of the voting process...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21581

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Hey, it was mid-Season 2 that Andromeda started its decline (by firing the mainliner). And it never jumped channels; just sharks. Otherwise it sounds a lot like your fable of executive meddling gone mad. It's a good thing I only ever saw the first two seasons of Andromeda. Glossing over the season ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 15, 2018 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 222520

Re: Board games anyone?

pandemic season 2 strategy and choices, vague late game spoilers I think we have 3 upgrades on each character now. We ended up with most characters having double specialties. Radio operator became our 'medic' with the remote cube drop upgrade. Usually someone else would produce cubes and th...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21581

Re: In my universe...

Hey, it was mid-Season 2 that Andromeda started its decline (by firing the mainliner). And it never jumped channels; just sharks. Otherwise it sounds a lot like your fable of executive meddling gone mad.
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 222520

Re: Board games anyone?

Anybody have a recommendation for me and my two 10 year olds? Trying to move past Monopoly and Settlers was way way too much for them. I'll second Forbidden Island/Desert (and presumably Sky though I've no personal experience with that iteration) Carcassonne is rather more child-friendly than Catan...
by rmsgrey
Wed Nov 14, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 222520

Re: Board games anyone?

(no real spoilers, just strategy discussion that you might want to avoid if you're a purist) Did your group settle on four characters that you play repeatedly? I feel like the best game end upgrades are the character abilities, meaning that we've kind of decked out a four-person team. We're...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 953
Views: 222520

Re: Board games anyone?

We're still playing pandemic legacy season 2 and have been doing surprisingly well. My buddy made a spreadsheet to keep track of the infection deck and that's certainly helped. We also tend to do a lot of discussing about single actions or cubes and how they can be useful three turns later. We just...
by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 532
Views: 89990

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Yes, why burn the gas far away to produce electricity and then use the electricity to produce heat when you can get better efficiency by burning the gas for heat directly? An obvious potential reason is because it's easier to use the infrastructure already in place to distribute electricity that yo...
by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 11, 2018 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 10, 2018 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 2167

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Feynman complains in his book about the trig notation for exactly this reason: i.e. that it looks like multiplication. He invented his own notation for sin (a kind of sigma with a long top bit iirc). Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. I've always been a littl...
by rmsgrey
Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2068: "Election Night"
Replies: 28
Views: 2924

Re: 2068: "Election Night"

And it's ridiculous that one of the proponents for longer and longer copyright periods is Disney, whose iconic princess movies are mostly based on public domain stories and legends. One of the classic examples is the Jungle Book - which was out of copyright (in the US) less than a year when Disney ...
by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5556

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

That is still just because we doing the predicting are part of the system we are predicting. A computer program trying to predict the future state of the computer it is part of would face the same kind of problem. A meteorologist predicting the weather is also going to change the weather slightly b...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 5556

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but clearly informally it's easy to see that elec...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?

SecondTalon wrote:Okay, Point Break.


Which was Stark's assessment of them before Odin died and Thor got powered up. Before Ragnarok, Hulk was definitely the strongest Avenger, but things change...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?

4. Thor always was one of the most physically powerful superheros in the MCU. Hulk is the only one who is stronger, and Hulk didn't make it to that fight, and we've not seen Captain Marvel yet. Those three are basically the heavy hitters and only one of them was at that fight. It's debatable who's ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?
Replies: 7
Views: 895

Re: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?

Why was it so easy for thor to defeat thanos? It seems every other hero was just falling apart in front of him but thor could kill him in a couple of seconds. In their first encounter at the start of the movie, Thanos wrecked Thor. At the end of the movie, Thor was armed with a weapon specifically ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 3668

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car. As opposed to a huge-ass truck? No, No... I'm sure Flumble used that hyphen intentionally and he drives an ass-truck like this: My, the posters on here must be getting younger . Want to feel old? That comic's release is closer to the r...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9855

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Has anyone else seen the recent Tomb Raider movie? A minor plot point there is the difficulty of interpreting tomb inscriptions - the bad guys end up needing Lara because she can figure out the instructions on how to enter the tomb without being killed by the death traps...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120438

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I miss the days when Alphas were "Hey, the gun shoots! No, the monsters don't die, that's in the next update." and Betas were "Okay, so we're probably going to scrap all the graphics and we actually have no idea if the mechanics are fun yet so... let us know?" and demos were act...
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21581

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Venom's surprisingly good. Was expecting a dark and angsty entry, sort of adjacent to X-men: Apocalypse. It was pleasantly surprising instead, with bits of humor and a generally decent sense of pacing. I guess we got yet another marvel-verse superior to DC's average quality now. That's what, three?...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9855

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Now I want to know what it would take for a computer to remain powered and running for three thousand years. Mains power is pretty reliable - rough order of magnitude is one significant blackout per decade - and brown-outs or blackouts of less than a second (the sort you might not notice, except tha...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9855

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Terry Pratchett's "Only You Can Save Mankind" (?) had a similar computer game written by one of the character, "Voyage to Sirius" the view of the star field would stay the same for decades. I was coming here to say exactly this. Being as this is the only part of the book I remem...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 20
Views: 2940

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It's intuitively obvious (and therefore almost certainly incorrect!) that the set of possible events has a larger cardinality than the reals * . In a finite universe, with finite total energy, and finite granularity, the total number of ways of distributing that energy in the form of a finite numbe...

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