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by orthogon
Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5457

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

I think when people say "my six-year-old could do that", they don't mean specifically that , as a faithful reproduction; they mean that what the artist has produced requires only the artistic abilities of a six-year-old, and are therefore disappointed. The problem with this so-called art ...
by orthogon
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 2695

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

And it is strange that a country that fought a war* to get away from hereditary rulership has had, among its 45 Presidents**, two father-son pairs, one grandfather-grandson pair, one pair of shirttail cousins, and a 5th pair with the same last name but no relation. (Adams, Bush, Harrison, Roosevelt...
by orthogon
Mon Sep 17, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7226
Views: 539501

Re: Trump presidency

[...] the Trumpster Fire is skilled at one thing if nothing else: managing PR disasters. You can propose gas chambers and work camps for immigrants, the Trumpster Fire will not only take the heat off you, but manage the disaster in such a way that it mitigates the public image problems. This is a h...
by orthogon
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4119
Views: 548504

Re: The Darker Side of the News

3) Agents of the Russian government (non-civilians, approved killing is not a crime). That's an interesting question in its own right. Whilst it may not be a crime under Russian law, the Wiltshire Constabulary and the Metropolitan Police would probably take a different view. So, too, might the Inte...
by orthogon
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4119
Views: 548504

Re: The Darker Side of the News

[troll]Of course they are. They're Russian.[/troll] In Soviet Russia, crime commit you. :D In Putin's Russia, middle excludes you. In Putin's Russia, consequent affirms you. (Putinesque ad hominem is similar to the conventional fallacy: you still attack the person rather than the argument. But you ...
by orthogon
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4119
Views: 548504

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Skripal poisoning: Putin says suspects 'civilians, not criminals'

One internet to the first person who can tell me what logical fallacy is being committed here.
by orthogon
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Dictionaries are not rulebooks; they just document actual usage. That depends on the dictionary; some, including in particular [the] OED take a rigorously descriptivist approach. Others such as the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language are more prescriptivist in nature. But even that...
by orthogon
Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 2095

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Data Security, I have always maintained, is both stopping those who should not have it from having it and making sure that those who should have it are not deprived of it. In practice, more often than not, it's the exact opposite: make access difficult or impossible for those who should have access...
by orthogon
Tue Sep 11, 2018 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

"Assuming the consequent" is a formal fallacy. It is a syllogism of the form "If A then B, B, therefore A" or "All A are B, P is B, therefore P is A." That's not what's going on in the informal fallacy of begging the question. That's bizarre: I could have sworn that I'...
by orthogon
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5457

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

So how many centuries does one have to spend meditating in a cave on a mountaintop before one can prove that 1 = 1, or have we still not accomplished that? That one's pure definition - a thing always equals itself. You could get into the concept of equivalence relations if you want (an equivalence ...
by orthogon
Fri Sep 07, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5457

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

This reminds me of some experiments we did in GCSE science. The idea was to explore the equation of motion (s=ut+1/2at 2 , type of thing) for various conditions, by rolling a ball down a slope, and the conditions were (a) constant speed and (b) constant acceleration. I was flummoxed as to how you co...
by orthogon
Thu Sep 06, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I don't so much mind the folks who claim that the new usage is a synonym for "raises the question". That's wrong, but it merely shows a tin ear for language and nuance. Not actual stupidity, like the people who claim the new usage is "wrong". Are you saying it's not a perfect sy...
by orthogon
Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

and arguably, "butterfly" (which used to be "flutterby"). Metathesis is nothing new and gave us words like bird, but while people sometimes assume this is an example, Old English butorflēoge doesn't seem to play so well with the idea. Also, The Great Wiki article on metathesis s...
by orthogon
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5457

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

What about the Gas Laws ? They relate pressure, temperature and volume of an ideal gas. I'm pretty sure that any one is a corollary of the other two, so one of Boyle, Charles or Gay-Lussac was freeloading. When Boyle was working in the very infancy of chemistry, there was no rigid concept of temper...
by orthogon
Thu Sep 06, 2018 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5457

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

What about the Gas Laws? They relate pressure, temperature and volume of an ideal gas. I'm pretty sure that any one is a corollary of the other two, so one of Boyle, Charles or Gay-Lussac was freeloading.
by orthogon
Thu Sep 06, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1201
Views: 172251

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

Well ... yes one of my colleagues said he was going to vote Leave because he didn't like it that Southall station had a sign in Bengali. I didn't realise Bangladesh was even a candidate for EU membership, but then reporting of EU matters hasn't been all it could be.
by orthogon
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5457

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

This takes me back to 9th grade Geometry. I was definitely the kid saying "I knew that when I was 6. What's the point of proving it?" Now I get the point about hard proofs of simple things, but I wish it could have been explained back then. Instead, I came out thinking "I love math, ...
by orthogon
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I have found myself identifying non-native English-speakers by their flawless use of English about as often as I have been able to identify a native speaker of a Germanic of Slavic language by distinctive grammar slipping through into their English. Honestly, the moment when you finally figure out ...
by orthogon
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Y'all are apparently strangers to the concept of the tactical chunder. Perhaps not a case so much of wanting to, but certainly of choosing to...
by orthogon
Tue Sep 04, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Sableagle wrote:"Oh, jesus fucking christ on a lemon-yellow pogo-stick."

I am so keeping that one up my sleeve for the next team meeting.
by orthogon
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4156

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

da Doctah wrote:
orthogon wrote:Whatever the word is, the guy is definitely a cross cousin.


Is that anything like a trans parent?

More like a trans sister, I think.

ETA: Also, your post suddenly reminded me that Gay Dad were a thing.
by orthogon
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4156

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

To do this properly you need Cantonese. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/29512256_1502849993157077_1429751131823326588_n.png?_nc_cat=0&oh=1da30e0c52342bfa612527de7f0e3124&oe=5C2EE846 I guess if you live in a culture with strong extended families, where people tend to have speci...
by orthogon
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4156

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I mean not everything has to have a separate word. You can just say wife's brother's wife, or brother in law's wife. If that seems long, just form portmanteaus from the first syllables. Wibrowi. Wibrowifasihu. Wibrowi and Fasihu: aren't they Chelsea's front two this season? Also, is there a term fo...
by orthogon
Sat Sep 01, 2018 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 4156

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Where I'm from (as opposed to where I live -> for which see the post concerning Southern Germany, but put it into a Swiss German dialect...) my wife's sister is my sister-in-law, but her husband is just my wife's brother-in-law. That's the formulation I use for my wife's sister's husband. It doesn'...
by orthogon
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I think there is a genuine point about misunderstanding. It's true that most of the time, you know what the person means, but on the basis that the average utterance has more listeners than speakers, and all the more so for writers and readers, the onus ought to be on the speaker/writer to make the...
by orthogon
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7853

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

to know what people are trying to say, but to still be aggravated that they're saying it in this weird, jarring, wrong way. Did you use that word on purpose? :wink: I basically agree with you. There's a sliding scale of changing usage: ⋅  just ignorantly or carelessly using the wrong word...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14869
Views: 2322143

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

On a related issue: what do people here think is the optimal size for a lottery prize? The thrill is that you can imagine what you'd do with the money, and be excited while the possibility is in the air. On the other hand, the higher the prize the smaller the chance, and this reduces excitement bec...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 3197

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

This reminds me of our Fire Assembly Point, which is about 3 metres away from our building and next to a door on the adjacent building that's plastered with the full-house of Hazchem labels. At the last fire drill, I asked our Facilities guy to remind me why it was ok for that to be the assembly poi...
by orthogon
Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14869
Views: 2322143

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

sardia wrote:You still shouldn't buy a lottery ticket,

Citation needed.
by orthogon
Fri Aug 24, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket
Replies: 15
Views: 2182

Re: 2037: "Supreme Court Bracket"

TIL1: "Roe" wasn't the plaintiff's real name.
TIL2: The "John Doe" naming convention is one of those things that started in England but was discontinued and now seems excitingly transatlantic to us Brits.
by orthogon
Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 3722

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

I'm glad the discussion turned to more serious matters. With all those Graph Theory in-jokes, it was getting a bit cliquey.
by orthogon
Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7226
Views: 539501

Re: Trump presidency

Honestly, with all the actual actions that Trump's done, between the toddler concentration camps, bringing back asbestos, screwing over Puerto Rico and thus 'encouraging' them to secede, massive tax cut for the rich causing the return of the trillion dollar deficit, end of net neutrality, why is it...
by orthogon
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 278
Views: 59213

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Kofi Annan … I always thought that one of the selection criteria for UN Secretaries General was having a great name. Kofi Annan is an OK name, but, with all due respect for the recently departed, it's not a patch on Javier Pérez de Cuéllar or Ban Ki-moon and well behind the unassailable all-time ch...
by orthogon
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4689

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

It's made up of various things: biros, Allen keys, M3 nuts, car keys, Mrs orthogon's missing passport, flashdrives, F-to-BNC adapters and Amelia Earhart's plane.
by orthogon
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 3579

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

And the new devices would have completely new 'unfixable' problems that I'd have to get used to, even if they stopped the old stuff from happening in the newer iterations.) This. I'm seriously thinking of giving up on my current phone, on which I can't pull down the notifications bar any more, on w...
by orthogon
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4816

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

Y'all's discussion reminds me of something I call the "penicillin effect": just as Fleming saw a region on his Petri dish where there were no bacteria, sometimes you see a word in a partially completed crossword grid that's surrounded by a suspicious amount of white, when the rest of the g...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 14, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4816

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

The advantage of "straight" crossword clues is that they're direct and to the point, but it's often ambiguous whether you've got the intended answer until you've got sufficient cross-checks in place, and if you don't know the answer, there's nothing you can do about it except look it up s...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4816

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

On discarding the prize, or claiming the one at the end, the host would rip through the cryptic clue at speed, making it almost impossible to follow, and the prize would be something almost unrelated to the first read through of the clue. The thing is, cryptic crosswords can be solved. The steps in...
by orthogon
Tue Aug 14, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 4816

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

... ... a singularly unsatisfying way to vent one's ire Now there is a clue for the ages. Let's see ... "way" could be "ST" (street) ... "one's" is probably "IS" ... "singularly" ought to indicate a word that's in the singular rather than the plural...
by orthogon
Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14869
Views: 2322143

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

CorruptUser wrote:XKCD comic in news

Interesting that they interpret it as Randall taking a side in the debate. I see it more as the self-deprecating opinion of his characters.

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