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by orthogon
Thu Jan 24, 2019 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Vo2max wrote:[...] there's not much of a democratic mechanism for coalescing around least worst.

Well, there are mechanisms, but as you point out, instant runoff probably isn't one of them in this case. May's deal might conceivably be the Condorcet winner if the other two options are Remain and No Deal.
by orthogon
Thu Jan 24, 2019 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2102: "Internet Archive"
Replies: 17
Views: 3449

Re: 2102: "Internet Archive"

When I first learned about the "+" string operator in Sinclair BASIC, I thought that the other operators ought to exist, too. In particular you should be able to say LET x$= "foo"*4 to get "foofoofoofoo". Pseudo-edit: Ruby has exactly this , but I thought of it a couple...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

HES wrote:
Quercus wrote:It's a bit of a problem.

Quite so.

It's the kind of pickle that would previously have been resolved by a Civil War.
by orthogon
Thu Jan 17, 2019 8:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

** - As both Labour and the Conservatives were pro-Brexit at their head (in Corbyn's head, May not so much but nailing her colours to thatmast anyway) the other favourite comparison was to say that voters in 2017 voted overwhelmingly for pro-Brexit parties. Except that many constituency battlegroun...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Similar votes in Switzerland would usually present the options in an either/or manner, so: Should we leave or remain? If the above is leave, should we give the government one additional year to negotiate? If no additional time is granted, should we take the current deal or leave without a deal? Tha...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Hopefully, this time the referendum won't be coded as something like "Do your prefer Cameron or Johnson?". Which it basically was for some people. That's another point - the options ought to be fully defined options: May's deal, or membership under current terms, or the exact same status ...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Now that the deal is defeated and assuming tonight's vote doesn't lead to a General Election, what other option is there but a referendum? There is growing cross party support and even the hardliners might support it for their own reasons - the argument would be about the question, including remain...
by orthogon
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8463
Views: 770148

Re: Trump presidency

A stone wall is subject to acid. A steel wall can be cut through with a saw. Why not an imaginary wall? It's impossible to damage it. Much cheaper. Congress would approve of it. It's see through just as requested. Never rusts. Construction time is very short. No issues with land property rights. It...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8463
Views: 770148

Re: Trump presidency

And you would trust anything that came out of Obama's, Bush's, Clinton's, Bush's, or Reagan's mouths at face value? Probably not, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were telling the truth, or at least had a grasp of nuance in how they answer the question. Trump's been notable for the ... blitherin...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 8015

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

My favorite description of short selling is inverted Wimpy - "I will gladly pay you today for a hamburger on Thursday". Huh? I thought I knew pretty much what short-selling was, but I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how this describes the same thing. It sounds more like a futures ...
by orthogon
Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2095: "Marsiforming"
Replies: 31
Views: 5334

Re: 2095: "Marsiforming"

I may have mentioned this before, but this comic has randomly reminded me of one of my favourite words: infundibuliform.

That is all; please carry on.
by orthogon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5251

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

Archgeek wrote:SI prefix festival
There's an SI prefix festival? Where is it? How do I get tickets? Who's headlining this year?
by orthogon
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2092: "Consensus New Year"
Replies: 28
Views: 5173

Re: 2092: "Consensus New Year"

Showing timezones in a graph and not labeling the time axis in UTC? That's a paddlin' "Consensus" means all, or nearly all. It means that everyone "consents," even if they have minor quibbles. So a "Consensus New Year" would happen as soon as the last time zone passes ...
by orthogon
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"
Replies: 31
Views: 5251

Re: 2091: "Million, Billion, Trillion"

Soupspoon wrote:If you want to rename million to unillion, then make the thousand (d|h|s)emillion.

I thought a semillion was half a Chardonnay, or something?
by orthogon
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5058

Re: 2086: "History Department"

May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful , but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively. Powers &8^] On Good Friday 1930, the BBC reported that there was "no news" in it's bulletin and played music instead. That was indeed what I was referring to, but the BBC a...
by orthogon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 5058

Re: 2086: "History Department"

LtPowers wrote:May 16, 2001, was fairly uneventful, but it must have taken some extensive research to prove that definitively.


Powers &8^]

We have a reliable source that nothing happened on 18th April 1930, either.
by orthogon
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 5570

2082: "Mercator Projection"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/mercator_projection.png Title text: The other great lakes are just water on the far side of Canada Island. If you drive north from the Pacific northwest you actually cross directly into Alaska, although a few officials--confused by the Mercator distortion--have put up b...
by orthogon
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2081: Middle Latitudes
Replies: 27
Views: 4703

Re: 2081: Middle Latitudes

The Earth is spinning along its axis at a rate of once per day, obviously *PEDANT KLAXON* Actually the Earth spins around its axis once every 23 hours, 56 minutes, 4.0905 seconds, with the motion of the Earth around the Sun making up for the rest of the Earth's rotation relative to the sun. Well, a...
by orthogon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"
Replies: 19
Views: 4252

Re: 2080: "Cohort and Age Effects"

I hear people born in the 2010s have smaller feet than the national average in their home country. on a related note: I have more than the average number of legs (and I will guess that most of you reading this do too) With probability one , everyone has either more or less than the average number o...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 46
Views: 13684

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I made an SVG version of this that could be printed as a sign (attached as PNG, and the SVG code is inside the spoiler if someone feels like copying it into a text file, saving it as an SVG and opening it in inkscape or wherever). (see original posting) I created a 3D version: https://www.thingiver...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15123
Views: 2559566

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

Sableagle wrote:
Thesh wrote:Why not do a call for case studies, surveys of parents, etc?
Parents don't start a stopwatch at the moment the child swallows the coin or lego brick.

No, but soon every Lego [block] will have its own IPv6 address, so it can time its own transit through the digestive tract and upload it to the cloud.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 4111

Re: 2078: "Popper"

Ray Kremer wrote:I had to look up the name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Popper

Of course, he's better known for the discovery of amyl nitrate.
by orthogon
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 6170

Re: 2077: "Heist"

There is never any thought about being caught. Never comes up at any stage of planning a heist, or any other nefarious scheme. That is why a calm cool collected wheel man is so important and also why Uber will never truly succeed as a getaway service. A self-driving Uber getaway car, on the other h...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 6170

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Tatsächlich ist es eines der wenigen englischen wörter, die so ausgesprchen werden, wie man sie schreibt. :p All our words are pronounced as they're written. It's just that the rules for pronunciation are highly complex. :P It occurs to me that you could quantify the phoneticity of a language's wri...
by orthogon
Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday
Replies: 4
Views: 2289

Re: NASA did an InSightful thing yesterday

Multiple timestamps, same video. "Telemetry lock" ... "to be dead nuts-on as it hits the top of the atmosphere" ... "Regiscience reports drop in power as expected" "Both MarCOs have telemetry." ... "Sudden change in Doppler" ... "The radar has ...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8463
Views: 770148

Re: Trump presidency

Sableagle wrote:secret Saudi?

That sounds like a really fucked-up version of Secret Santa ;-)
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2075: "Update Your Address"
Replies: 25
Views: 4715

Re: 2075: "Update Your Address"

Old Bruce wrote:Quick poll: is it Keen-Ya or Ken-Yah?

That semolina stuff? Keen-wah.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13964

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I think that to the best of our knowledge there are a finite number of dimensions, be it 4, 10 or 26. Sure there are an infinite number of coordinate systems, but only (let's say) 4 coordinates are required to specify an "event" (4D point) and these can be converted to any other coordinate...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 6448

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

There will be passenger spaceships when there are casinos (and hookers) on Mars and Venus. Just watch out for the probes around Uranus. This is anachronistic. By the time they install casinos and hookers on Mars, they will have changed the 7th planet's name to "Urectum," thereby eliminati...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13964

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 orthogon
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13964

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 orthogon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13964

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

that really does make things easier now 1 kilogram is exactly equal to 0.45359237 kilograms Or €1.12. Maybe after the new definition kicks in, the French will sell us "le grand K" cheap. We could then saw it up to make two British Standard Pounds and have nearly a hundred grams of platinu...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

The fact the Irish border is such a spanner in the works for brexit, and the fact that brexiters simply didn't mention it during the referendum and the way they continued to brush it off and ignore it whenever it came up since, is a fascinating and depressing insight into the way humans work. They ...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8463
Views: 770148

Re: Trump presidency

If the police are replaced with something that functions completely differently from any existing police force, it's reasonable to call that abolition. Well, but it could function like the body that lots of other countries call "the police" (or its appropriate cognate). So it's not differ...
by orthogon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 223825

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

It's a game of two halves, though, at the end of the day. She's gone out there and given 110%. She'll be gutted not to come away with a result.
by orthogon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16435

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

In case somebody impersonates you, they can fish out the impostor's ballot at the count ...which implies that they can also fish out your legitimate ballot and see how you, personally, voted. Jose Indeed; I believe this is the case. However, they could destroy the record in the polling station when...
by orthogon
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 16435

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Yes, you only get given one ballot paper. I believe the number on the ballot is recorded against your entry on the register. In case somebody impersonates you, they can fish out the impostor's ballot at the count and replace with yours, but they never need to do that unless the margin is tight. Perh...
by orthogon
Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 4502

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. Would be okay with Einstein index notation x b a if it was being used to represent the Vandermonde matrix ? Ha! Maybe, although no doubt the dimension with the increasing powers turns out to correspond to the lower index... ...
by orthogon
Sat Nov 10, 2018 9:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 4502

Re: 2070: "Trig Identities"

Personally I'm more disturbed by upper indices that aren't exponentiation. Would be okay with Einstein index notation x b a if it was being used to represent the Vandermonde matrix ? Ha! Maybe, although no doubt the dimension with the increasing powers turns out to correspond to the lower index... ...
by orthogon
Fri Nov 09, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2070: "Trig Identities"
Replies: 18
Views: 4502

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.

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