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by rmsgrey
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 12456

Re: Logon

I also very much dislike for some reason Wolverine is suddenly ailing and sick? Presumably from... his adamentium? Or... stuff in the water? It's the adamantium; he explicitly mentions it when he talks to the doctor ("He's the one who put this poison in me!"). You could ta...
by rmsgrey
Sun Apr 16, 2017 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 559607

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm hoping Heather will recur, and I'm generally taking a "wait-see" approach to Bill.
by rmsgrey
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177490

Re: Board games anyone?

I join the choir of pandemic legacy fans. I probably won't replay the first season but I'll insta-buy the second. Meanwhile, Vast is pretty good - an asymmetric game where up to five players attempt to fulfill their goal first - the Goblins want to kill the Knight who's hunting the Dragon who just ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1824: "Identification Chart"
Replies: 27
Views: 4665

Re: 1824: Identification Chart

In other related weirdness, in junior high we had a somewhat irregular class mixed with our shop class were we were in some sort of speed-reading training. Basically a whole class of (not academically sorted) boys watched a filmstrip that only showed a word at a time as it opened a narrow window fr...
by rmsgrey
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177490

Re: Board games anyone?

We didn't use equipment cards very much until the last few games, but relationship stuff definitely helped a ton. We didn't actually use equipment cards much, but we abused the Soldier's ability to make Searches easy by recycling equipment cards... Meanwhile, Vast is pretty good - an asymmetric gam...
by rmsgrey
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 4722

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

The work around for the sun expanding in about 4 billion years is to move the earth further away. By then we will be able to to just that. All it would take is a slight speed up for several years. I think regarding the Sun's eventual expansion as a problem is a very optimistic view - if "expan...
by rmsgrey
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Beauty and the Beast
Replies: 6
Views: 4384

Re: Beauty and the Beast

I was struck by how well the falling-in-love was presented.
by rmsgrey
Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 5333

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

Always use a random line out of a Shakespearean sonnet to use as your password, interspersed with three two-digit numbers. For extra security, suggest this method to other people but use Philip Sidney yourself. ... So is the blue checkmark a reference to anything specific, other than the idea of ke...
by rmsgrey
Sat Apr 01, 2017 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14058

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Well it's pretty weird argument. Since when has the answer to "why is x y-coloured" being "because x is made of y-coloured stuff". That's a paradigmatically bad (or joke) answer. If you're asking why X is Y colour, then it's hard to come up with an answer that differs significan...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 14058

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

Transmitted and reflected light are equally distinct phenomena. "It's because of the color of air, but air is actually dichromatic" is certainly a possibly reasonable answer. I think it's also more honest than the received and rarely understood soundbite. . . . I definitely think people s...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 5670

Re: 1815: "Flag"

What I want to know is what the flag manufacture process is - is it all printed now, or do they still stitch together different coloured fabrics?
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66630

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I still remember when my PC-owning friend upgraded and put his old hard drive into his older machine and could fit every game he owned that the machine could run on it at once - an entire shoebox of floppies all installed onto one 400MB drive...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 7087

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

Whatever that movie will be, it is completely irrelevant. The world was beyond repair the moment this movie made it past the elevator pitch. That it has Patrick Stewart in it, in the role he will have... must mean something. :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :arrow: :| It means Stewart loves the ganj. Or he want...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 115197

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Open University assignment: What you need to do Take a grapefruit and draw a number of shapes on its peel with a pen (e.g. circles and squares). Make sure your shapes cover at least a third of the surface of the grapefruit. The shapes represent the land masses on Earth. Carefully peel the grapefrui...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66630

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Lost in Hyrule. Send more fairies.
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 14675

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Old Bruce wrote:When you eat your Smarties do you eat the red ones last?


I create a colour histogram and eat rows from the bottom up, so which I eat last depends on the actual frequency (usually finishing with some of the most common colour unless it got wider columns...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 5813

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I've used Pidgin since the days when it was called Gaim - at its peak, it supported every major chat system at the time - between the introduction of new systems, and certain major players "upgrading" to block third-party clients, it's no longer a panacea for chat-system overload.
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?
Replies: 9
Views: 2598

Re: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?

In general, the limit of a property is not the property of the limit. Not if it's undefined, it's not. Why not define it to be so? Because it tends to lead to weirder consequences than just saying you can't do it. If you want, you could define 1/0 to be equal to 3 - nothing's stopping you - but I'd...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?
Replies: 9
Views: 2598

Re: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?

Instead of allowing an opportunity to leave every day, allow one every hour. Then every minute, every second, every nanosecond... approaching the continuous case as a limit. The implication is that everyone with blue eyes deduces so and leaves instantaneously. Could this idea be made rigorous? In g...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 7907

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

Two things to remember:

1) Millions of people share their homes with wolves and it's extremely rare for there to be incidents.

2) Wolves in the wild are descended from the wolves who weren't interested in living with humans peacefully...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 66630

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Magnanimous wrote:
Koa wrote:Torment Tides of Numenera quietly released.
I backed the Kickstarter, and I'll be playing it once I get some free time.


Similar position here - launching around the same time as Breath of the Wild is not a good way to get lots of play-time...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 47
Views: 17847

Re: 1807: "Listening"

What bugs me is that nobody ever takes advantage of the "form of a question" dodge when the "answer" already is a question; you shouldn't have to say "What is 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'?" or (a recent Final Jeopardy) "What is 'what did you give up for Lent?'?"...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 117
Views: 12456

Re: Logan

Saw it on Thursday - while waiting for the Switch release - possibly as many f-bombs as 4 Weddings, but more evenly spread. Some reviews have been calling it the best X-Men movie (and possibly the best comic book movie) - me, I'd say it's a contender for best movie this year.
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7646

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

A new-ish thing that I hate is when an article has a video at the top, and if you scroll down past it to the text, the video shrinks and moves down to the lower right of the screen. What's worse, I've had it happen that I've loaded a page, clicked "pause" on the video because all I'm inte...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 7907

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

Soupspoon wrote:
yan wrote:
Randall wrote:...[the toaster] would hardly notice...[f]rom the toaster's point of view...

Me: Hm, does Randall have a sentient toaster?

Like this one?

Well, it is cold outside...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 43
Views: 7907

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

The effect of freezers on bread turns out to be something everyone on the internet has an opinion on, so I try to avoid the subject by just eating all my bread as soon as I get it. I just popped in to share my opinion on the effect of freezers on bread: they ruin it. No matter what you do to defros...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7646

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

There's also some parts of information that can be conveyed much faster through podcasts or video formats. In a written format, there's no tonal shift, no emphasis on certain parts of sentences apart from writing parts in italics , boldfaced , or rudely in CAPS. When it is about conveying dry factu...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7646

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Most people talk faster than they can type (or write). Most people read faster than they can listen. Podcasts/video/etc. which are delivering information that does not require the video component, then, have authors who feel "my time is more valuable than yours." (Or, assuming multitaskin...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 7646

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

When I go to a news site to read a story, CNN for instance, and there's a video at the top, and the story written underneath, I always stop the video and read the text instead. I find the video slightly irritating. But I've no idea if my reaction is common, uncommon, or an age thing, or if there is...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 4554

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Reading or texting from a phone while walking is endemic in my part of London these days. People striding along the pavement, not looking where they're going, head down, reading their screen. Seems insane to me, but I suppose that's just the way things are, and will continue to be, until technology...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2550
Views: 404971

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

I picked up Life is Strange Episode 1 for free the other day on Steam. Kind of wondering why I've never heard of this game before... I'm extremely impressed so far. Whole series is on for $22, which I expect I'll probably grab as well. The last episode's a bit of an anticlimax, but up to that point...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 4430

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

Whizbang wrote:To which the cure is the old adage "Shit or get off the pot."

Wisdom of the ancients, right there.


Congratulations, you get to face the next challenge - a decision which is very close, but might be possible to resolve without resorting to an arbitrary decision.
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 6446

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

It's feasible to draw out the entire game tree Here's my favorite: https://xkcd.com/832/ Yeah, it's cool, but aiui it's not the entire game tree: it just tells you one optimal move to make at each stage. It doesn't show you alternative optimal moves and it doesn't show non-optimal moves. Yeah, ther...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 6446

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

Eh, I am left with the impression that Chess seems to come down to practice and memorization more than anything else. Cracked suggests that knowing a few quick plays will be enough to impress most people you play against. http://www.cracked.com/article_20214_5-so-called-signs-genius-that-any-idiot-...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)
Replies: 23
Views: 4965

Re: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)

Necroing this thread for a D&D-related discussion that came up here : I'm aiming to have a system that streamlines damage/hitpoints with D&D's d20 check system (rather than having a completely separate sub-system). What I'm coming up with (and what I'd like feedback/criticism on) is based o...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 352
Views: 58360

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

And I finally beat it, on easy, with that Zoltan cruiser. By the end I used a chain ion cannon, that halberd thing, and a pulse laser. With defense and attack drones. Also a cloak and mind control device. Mind control is only useful to keep the enemy distracted and not repairing shield damage, bare...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 5677

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

WibblyWobbly wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so ap and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference.

Forgive me, but isn't 6 not coprime to 9? They have a factor in common, but neither is a multiple of the other.

Last time I checked, 9 isn't a prime...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 6402

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

That's not true, a brachistochrone is always decreasing. Then someone should fix the picture on the wikipedia page, which shows... not that. Yes, they should. http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA1024A97/images/project2/fig2.gif http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA1024A97/projects/proj...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 5677

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so ap and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference.
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 6402

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Is a constant slope the best option? Can you combine a steep section and a shallow section to cover a horizontal distance with less change in elevation than you'd need to just barely move on a constant slope?

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