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by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 13238

Re: Firearms Regulations

I've been thinking that maybe there should be a federal law that says that state and local governments can make gun registries, but that a registered gun is legal (for that owner) and is grandfathered past any future regulations. Basically saying that states can't confiscate guns if they registered ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but there is a clause in your insurance contract the means you don't get any money if the fire is the result of a wish in a forum game. You are, however, liable for damage to your neighbors' properties and you still have to pay your mortgage off. I wish my neighbors and I would get along (o...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 13, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533515

Re: The Darker Side of the News

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 International Criminal Court. Other parties might regard the killing as a crime, but that still leaves the question of if the executors are...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 130
Views: 84414

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

There are a lot of trees around, maybe an abnormal amount. I did find enemies while looking for oil. There's a base of nine nests (and I've destroyed a few) right by the nearest oil field, with a worm that seems immune to shotgun damage. I think I may have made a mistake setting up radar as earlier ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533515

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. Going by the qouted text within the article, Putin made two separate statements (my paraphrasing): "The accused are civilians" a...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Factorio - automate ALL the things!
Replies: 130
Views: 84414

Re: Factorio - automate ALL the things!

Just started playing a few days ago. Just rebuilt my factory to run off a memory sushi belt configured to produce whatever is in short supply. I'm glad I read the wiki, because I was about to attempt that before researching circuits (only filter feeders) which is a more involved solution. I have yet...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Sep 11, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, in one hundred years you will be happy, then die one hundred seconds later form oldageitis.

I wish that we beat this "hundred years" response to death.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 44
Views: 2264

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Only it it's commercially successful, which is to say if the ship-shipping ship ships shipper-y ships.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1541
Views: 343069

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Parsed text as input is the key thing as well as traditional read text as output. I'd say rule of thumb is that is that most of the game should be playable by a blind amputee with speech-to-text and text-to-speech set up on the computer. I wouldn't say it would need to be "pure"; one ascii...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Sep 10, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you suffocate.

I wish for a Hyperloop system connecting all major American cities.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 07, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1541
Views: 343069

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Text only RPGs: I've always been aware of them, but I'm not sure I've ever played one that wasn't a parody (i.e. Thy Dungeonman) or written on a friends calculator. I'm kind of curious to see what they greatest achievements in this strictly limited medium are like.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 44
Views: 2264

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

Related question: what separates a <T>-house from a mere <T>-container? My first answer would be that the house needs to be able to serve as store and some kind of maintenance function on the <T>. So if an object only stores a thing it is a mere container. If it stores and maintains them it is a hou...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Sep 07, 2018 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 44
Views: 2264

2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/boathouses_and_houseboats.png Title text: The <x> that is held by <y> is also a <y><x>, so if you go to a food truck, the stuff you buy is truck food. A phone that's in your car is a carphone, and a car equipped with a phone is a phonecar. When you play a mobile racing ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 78
Views: 3622

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

As far as his complaint, I'd guess that's a mathematical case of "Hamlet is Cliched". I'd say a better comparison would be Plutarch's lives ; people did stuff, Plutarch wrote it down (or copied or people's writing it down), and Plutarch became know for the stories. Looking at the history ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, the games played are ET, Dessert Bus, Zelda: faces of evil, and Kabuki Warriors. These replace 100 meter dash, floor gymnatics, curling, and (the planned addition of) pistol dueling. I wish that somebody would make a Mario Brothers: the movie: the game, and that I would be free to play it o...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 2915

2040: Sibling-in-law

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/sibling_in_law.png Title text: FYI, it turns out "...because I haven't figured out whether he would be my brother-in-law or not" does NOT qualify as a "reason why these two should not be wed." This reminds me of that O'Henry short story where that sn...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning
Replies: 17
Views: 2959

Re: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning

Sure, they might arrive at novel conclusions more slowly in some sense than otherwise, but if they reason a million times faster than us then they still win the race. If we want a well defined question, I think it would be: "Can causal reasoning solve any problems with a better availability th...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you receive seven times the value of a penny.

I wish that Ucim was not Jose.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533515

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The thing about the mental health screening comments, is that they were made before the shooter was named.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning
Replies: 17
Views: 2959

Re: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning

He's underwhelmed that AI can "master ancient games" and learn to play at super-human levels (more or less) on their own... and this is just curve fitting? AFAIK Mr Pearl never commented on the Go program, and was possible not even aware of it. The The Atlantic article (that Jewish Scient...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4080
Views: 533515

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As a resident of Jacksonville I've found the coverage particularly interesting. (Not so much the event itself because I don't remotely know anyone involved and this event is an outlier on so many levels) One of the first things that struck me is a headline included the phrase "Jacksonville hots...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 3362

Re: 2034: "Equations"

It depends on who you are defining things and which axioms you pick. Within ZFC that's wrong, but it's probably true in some formulations of set theory which don't assume an excluded middle (P doesn't necessarily equal ~~P).
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Aug 22, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 20
Views: 3130

Re: "Cactus plant"

gd1 wrote:No one ever gave you one as a free gift?
I visually see what you did there!
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 3387

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

And as we perceive dips in space-time as a gravity well, and declare that a gravity well is due to mass pushing down the rubber sheet, we see a dip in the rubber sheet with no mass and declare that there must be some invisible mass there instead. The wiser response to perceiving dips in space-time ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Why do starship captains say "you've got x/4 hours" when the engineers ask for x?
Replies: 10
Views: 1039

Re: Why do starship captains say "you've got x/4 hours" when the engineers ask for x?

One possibility is that they engineer genuinely doesn't know, like if they've never done that specific thing before. In such a situation,it makes sense to overestimate, as underestimation is more likely to cause problems than overestimation. When the engineer asks for four hours, they're really maki...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 3387

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

My money is on soft/cold neutrinos. I need to find a seedy bar where I can bet on astronomy. Space camouflage is way too expensive to use that much. As a resident of Florida, I'm skeptical of any suggestion that pollen has non-zero mass, as Florida has not collapsed into a black hole. Indeed, I susp...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Aug 17, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Trying to develop a hard sci fi magick system
Replies: 12
Views: 3014

Re: Trying to develop a hard sci fi magick system

@Dr34m(4+(h3r: I'm going to repeat/rephrase/infer a bunch or your original post to make sure I understand you (and maybe help others understand you). A person with a simulation of the past can pick between possible pasts, and thus cause themselves to be in a chosen possible present. For example it's...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Aug 17, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 3362

Re: 2034: "Equations"

I didn't realize we knew enough about quantum gravity to actually have equations for it. ...or is that just ((representative of) | (a parody of)) a string theory equation? We don't, at least not ones that belong to a generally accepted theory. SU(n) and U(n) each indicate a vector space (and certai...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Aug 16, 2018 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: neutrino question
Replies: 18
Views: 2196

Re: neutrino question

@p1t1o: Here is my explanation of neutrinos and neutrino oscillation for lay people. There are some reactions where electrons disappear (without a positron disappearing). There are some reactions where electrons appear. (without a positron appearing). We don't like the idea of appearing from nowhere...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri May 25, 2018 3:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: In depth information on natural human gaits
Replies: 2
Views: 966

In depth information on natural human gaits

I'm looking to do some in depth reading about natural human gaits. By in depth I mean "several times more than the Wikipedia articles" As in "what what things do people naturally do under what circumstances, under what instincts, and what are the effects/benefits of these actions? Cou...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue May 08, 2018 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, all seven humans get along just fine.

I wish to be one of the seven surviving humans.
by Quizatzhaderac
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, thing you can code bots to do well: ⋅ Kill all humans. ⋅ Advertise penis enlargement pills. ⋅ Autocomplete your payment information into websites. (Yours specifically, works the same for everyone) ⋅ Check javascript for fortran compile time errors. &s...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RPG without humans
Replies: 34
Views: 5460

Re: RPG without humans

Okay I think I'm done with developing the Posthuman setting. At least for now, and on the XKCD forum. History: Barycapa Here are stories of two people, these people are not real, but these things really happened to them. Umengin lived a simple life with lots of small problems: One of his children wo...
by Quizatzhaderac
Sat Mar 10, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RPG without humans
Replies: 34
Views: 5460

Re: RPG without humans

Fashsren mythical history Before this world We were created by the gods in out own world many ages ago. Our society grew advanced and peaceful and the races grew to be as one. For centuries there was no history, because nothing needed to change. But the gods do not make the material worlds to last f...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

I'm not sure what you mean by "passing periods", so I'm just going to assume. Granted, your periods are no longer temporary (as in "passing") and you and you are now bleeding permanently from your uterus. (If you're a man, you also gain a uterus). I wish for magical egshvie-style...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, your house is now infested by carpenter spiders, which are basically regular spiders, but instead of silk, their webs are made from paper.

I wish to blow up the world.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Feb 28, 2018 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, the failures are now constant.

I wish for a trip to Constantinople.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RPG without humans
Replies: 34
Views: 5460

Re: RPG without humans

Hafling's history The gods made the earth, the plant and animals. The gods taught us not to piss the carpet. We in turn taught a few of the animals not to piss the carpet. When all races first met we were terrible at first. We killed, and did all manner of things worse than pissing the carpet. Then ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:07 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25773
Views: 2081164

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

granted, it's dinner time when I post this.

I wish it was peanutbutter-jelly time.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RPG without humans
Replies: 34
Views: 5460

Re: RPG without humans

I was thinking that my original question could be split into two related questions: How much of a main race is there? and how much is the main race human-like? I just finished playing the new Zelda: while there are no humans, the Hylians are both very human-like (live in villages/cities, similar lif...

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