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by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 78
Views: 2524

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The unquoted half of what I said is what's relevant there. The raw math of satellite signal differences doesn't inherently require a specific display format. I'm pretty sure GPS gives you a specific location in all 4 dimensions, given the minimum number of simultaneous satellite signals. (3?) How t...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 3239

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Dude! What if, like, everything BUT the universe is a black hole?
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 78
Views: 2524

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

I'm pretty sure GPS gives you a specific location in all 4 dimensions That's not really an answer to my question about which coordinate system is being used. Lots of coordinate systems use 4 dimensions. After looking it up, GPS uses modified spherical coordinates. So a GPS latitude unit is indeed s...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 78
Views: 2524

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

hmmm... GPS gives you your actual latitude, right? As in not adjusted for the Earth's oblateness? In which case it would seem to make sense to use the latitude minute definitions for both nautical and aeronautical purposes. (while also using longitude minutes so we can talk about all travel across t...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25814
Views: 2125218

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, the Necroregents sure love their rivers of blood, and their love drives them to conquer the world.

I wish for a cup or tea: Earl Grey, hot.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 78
Views: 2524

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

To understand all of the English distance units, use this handy-dandy chart . My little cousin says 3*2*100*10 ≠ 8060, but surely an entire country knows better than someone who just learned long multiplication. :roll: (also I hate the cubit. It has "cube" in the name but isn't a unit of ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 78
Views: 2524

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

yakkoTDI wrote:Reminds me of this.
To understand all of the English distance units, use this handy-dandy chart.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 78
Views: 2524

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

But which kind of pound? Avoirdupois, Roman, Troy, Tower, Merchant, American, or London?
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 34
Views: 1723

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Also, I'd imagine anybody's plan who is serious about getting video form within the eye of a Tornado probably includes trying many times (possibly with several drones).
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 34
Views: 1723

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

NOT COOL RANDAL! I had a friend whose imaginary gauge was too close to his head and when he heard about fire whorls the needle went right past "haha, cool!", pierced the thought bubble, and went right into his skull. I object to this scale due to the fact that both ends are not mutually ex...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 337
Views: 131699

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

No, I'd say the words have nothing in common pronunciation-wise. I would pronounce "thought" to rhyme exactly with "thought" and for "broad" I would put the vowel about 2/3rds of the way from "Brought" to "Brad".
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 1851

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

Also, I'd say Mario Kart has better characters, even if the game you're playing doesn't develop them. But yes, I miss the feeling of making of right angle turn at 500 kph; I may dust of my wii tonight (gigidy).
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2069: "Wishlist"
Replies: 35
Views: 1851

Re: 2069: "Wishlist"

⋅ Ivan Tetris (Tetris) ⋅ Error (Zelda II) ⋅ Ancient Impa (Zelda) ⋅ Paperboy (paperboy) ⋅ Abbra (Pokemon) ⋅ Abba (the band) ⋅ Chocbo sage (FF7) ⋅ Beardmaiden the Boatmurderer (dwarf fortress) ⋅ Librarian (castl...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 4540

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Even in old biblical times people would hire foreigners to do things. Also, I think only specific types of work were forbidden; which was most types of ancient work, but not all. Also, I'd say even a version of "as much of a sabbath as the modern world allows" is a bad idea, as it will nec...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Nov 06, 2018 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 3239

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Our universe is clearly not evaporating. <BS>That's happens to photons when they red-shift to be longer than the Hubble length</BS> Is there any school of thought that says "Look, we currently have very-little-to-no idea what it is like inside a black hole, in physical reality, so the question...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Nov 05, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 4540

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Archgeek wrote:Worse, it might even coat them in zinc.

Funny you mention that, I keep having to clean the zinc out of my pockets every time I go to the store.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Nov 05, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 4540

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

establishing new ones requires a lot of effort and high level collusion of the major political parties. Good thing the major political parties don't spend much effort or explore many avenues trying to gain or stay in power. I'm not saying it won't happen (or hasn't already happen), just that it's a...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 4540

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

How does the US enforce secrecy for mail-in ballots? I don't think it's possible. Not a big deal so long as mail-ins are a small enough minority, but if we go 100% mail-in, the entire idea of secrecy can be tossed. We don't. We enforce secrecy on on-site voting and we restrict mail-in voting to tho...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 109
Views: 4540

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I wonder if there is some clever way to make vote-by-mail more secret, without losing all of its benefits. This is how it's done in Germany: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Briefwahl#Durchführung We mean mandatory secrecy, the voter has no option to vote publicly. As far as I understand the German sy...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25814
Views: 2125218

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, the president is appointed directly and solely by the senate majority whip, on the exact same schedule we have now.

I wish I had the additional option to challenge by combat trial.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430846

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Oh, you mean this cop? I forgot about him.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Spanish etymology question
Replies: 2
Views: 3997

Re: Obscure Spanish etymology question

Just in case anybody comes looking for this, I found the answer. There is a position called "enchufe" (as in socket, or pocket), which is a closed position, so that's a descriptive name; this position is of the dancers relative to each other. The term also came to be used for a position of...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25814
Views: 2125218

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but it can only dispense/be loaded with Crystal Pepsi.

I wish for a bottle of non-expired Crystal Pepsi.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430846

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Maybe he meant to say "rating of speed," because your speed is rated on a scale from 1 to 10 along with accuracy and level of difficulty.

"rate of speed" refers to the motion of motor vehicles in every instance I've heard it used, including this one.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 2215

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

RogueCynic wrote:Maybe we are in a bad part of the galaxy. Hold onto your wallets!
Actually, according to our best statistics, 100% of all crime happens in the Sol system.

Also, while I can't rob Barnard's star, and I don't know of anything there to steal, I totally would rob it blind.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 22, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2062: "Barnard's Star"
Replies: 14
Views: 2215

Re: 2062: "Barnard's Star"

I think they're screaming because they're moving so fast.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 22, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1963
Views: 430846

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

"rate of speed", it just sounds like somebody stupid is trying to sound smart by throwing in extra words. I reached a new level of irritation hearing it from a lawyer on a radio add. Which suggests 1) an educated person still made the mistake on and nobody editing it caught it. Or worse 2)...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 566264

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is there a point to saying the man citing a religious defense is part of a religious group? Two reasons: Firstly, while an individual religious belief is just in theory just as valid under the law as a group one, it is convenient to the judicial process to have objective criteria and subject matter...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 566264

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I'll be interested to see if, which, and how any religious leaders weigh in on this.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Oct 18, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31744

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I won't provide my own comments, just drop some wikipedia links.

Islamic (non-interest based) finance.

Adverse possession: a common law principle that limits landlord's rights.

Links defining what money actually is (in the modern sense) have already been provided early in the thread.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Oct 18, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25814
Views: 2125218

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, they don't police general thought, though they do still brutally police thoughs; not just most thoughs, allthoughs.

I wish for a ray gun.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: A Truly Massive Star

I took the wikipedia page on the types interstellar medium and multiplied the volume fraction of each by density by temperature then divided by the total mass of the "sample". Ignoring everything that's not gas and dust. This is, I realize, a very rough approximation. In the first place th...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 1624

Re: A Truly Massive Star

I think it would have to be a question of how dark energy/ cosmic expansion would work. No expansion, and it would collapse whatever parameters you pick. The much throny-er issue is how is this universe radiating? It's obviously not radiating into Minkowski space (aka space as relativity talks about...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90038
Views: 8017739

Re: Thoughts for ships

I'm a contractor being converted to a direct employee on literally my last day as a contractor.

Today is the day the contracting company's time tracking software makes me change my password.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 4565

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

They also will not see or enjoy the movie (in the theater) without paying for a ticket, but the experience of doing so is not why they go either. If you make the movie free people will enjoy it. If you remove the bad things, people won't enjoy the movie, no matter what other things you change. You'...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 4565

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Didn't say you don't need the bad things, but I do say that's not what people mainly enjoy or the reason they go see the movie. Do you have a definition of "reason" that's separate from "cause"? Because they will not see or enjoy the movie without the bad things. True, it' s not...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 4565

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

It doesn't have to be. Bad things are necessary, but often not sufficient. Drama can have happiness contrast the sadness, and that can be very satisfying, but it's a contrast. Comedy can be holistically intelligent, and that's done by finding novel or subtle ways to make the characters do/ say idio...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25814
Views: 2125218

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

granted, prisons focus more an helping inmates reintegrate into society How's that a corruption? i wish asylums to be brought back so people have somewhere to go if they feel an urge to be violent Granted, but since violent and mentally ill aren't really correlated, the only way that makes sense is...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 4565

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

This is just one of the oldest questions in aesthetics: Why do we enjoy watching bad things? Horror is watching scary things, drama is watching sad things, comedy is watching stupid things, mystery is watching things that don't make sense, action is watching dangerous things. There are some horror m...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 144
Views: 88997

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

I finished my great wall. It's releasing to actually have the area between my concerns were I'm sure there aren't nests. I spent a long time optimizing around the wrong things (which I'll insist is half the point of the game) so there's a very large density outside of my walls, and I get regular col...

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