Search found 21419 matches

by gmalivuk
Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 604

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

Even if we could objectively define (and measure) all of those things, we'd still only end up with a probability. And in this case, even if they were independent of each other (which they aren't), the probability of one person randomly ending up with all five traits is about 10^-40, which is still f...
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 01, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 604

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

This is one of those discussions where you need a really rigorous definition of "blessed". To me, blessed and lucky mean the exact same thing. You would also need a specific definition of what counts as "lucky". But if you have both definitions in terms of probabilities, then yo...
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 01, 2017 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Really Lucky's statistic
Replies: 13
Views: 604

Re: Really Lucky's statistic

You could never really know, you could only ever just state the statistics.

Without a prior probability of being blessed (i.e. "A randomly selected person has a 1 in N chance of being truly blessed"), we can't even say, "This lucky person has an M in N chance of being blessed."
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 01, 2017 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 2957

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

Please do not double (or sextuple) post.
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"
Replies: 61
Views: 2957

Re: 1909:"Digital Resource Lifespan"

This is why we need more monks majoring in computer science. Not the monks! They destroyed more classical works of science for their stupid fairy stories than fire and flood. OK, probably not that many, but many. Some Greek works only survive because the monk involved wasn't very good at washing th...
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 1584

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

Also, if for example it takes me an hour to get to and from work on a Saturday, then I might want at least double time to make one lone hour of work worthwhile. (Quite apart from the simple fact that even when people aren't tired they may have other plans that conflict with working additional hours ...
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1908: Credit Card Rewards
Replies: 22
Views: 1584

Re: 1908: Credit Card Rewards

The Synologist wrote:If you have a set work schedule, it's not like you could work more hours and get paid more money
Because as we all know it's totally impossible to get a second job or even to hypothesize about whether you'd want to get a second job?
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35534

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Sableagle wrote:1923946413407821 N.
You probably don't need quite so many significant digits when the end result is eleven orders of magnitude greater than what you're comparing it to.
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy SlowMode
Replies: 297
Views: 140263

Re: Thread Necromancy SlowMode

+1
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35534

Re: Science-based what-if questions

andykhang wrote:Well, thing kinda get to this point, as I wondered...So what would happen if you swing a normal sword at that speed anyway?
It would quickly break apart because no part of it is strong enough to handle those forces.
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35534

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Yeah, it would probably be easier to follow (and more scientific) if the question had just been, "What would happen if we somehow broke all the molecular bonds in an apple?" instead of bringing a magical sword into the mix. (Sure, the mechanism by which the bonds are broken is still handwa...
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35534

Re: Science-based what-if questions

What do you mean "vacuum blade"?
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35534

Re: Science-based what-if questions

↶ Even 35 kPa overpressure is enough to demolish many fortified structures, and this is more than 70,000 times that, so the immediate area around the apple is going to have problems. I'm not sure whether there is not enough energy in the blast to compare to a nuke, but it sure looks like it. Not ev...
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35534

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Even 35 kPa overpressure is enough to demolish many fortified structures, and this is more than 70,000 times that, so the immediate area around the apple is going to have problems. I'm not sure whether there is not enough energy in the blast to compare to a nuke, but it sure looks like it. Not even...
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 24, 2017 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?
Replies: 29
Views: 1081

Re: Why do they ship with dry ice instead of salted ice?

Just yesterday I ate some frozen shrimp cakes that the package said to store at -18ºC, which requires 260 g/kg for saltwater. ↶ Specific Heat of Carbon Dioxide 800ish... but effectively zero because it gets vented out of the package. By what mechanism does CO 2 get vented out of the package? And if ...
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 16, 2017 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 53
Views: 3526

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

Align to grid: in general, I'm less concerned about drawing neat lines than ease of administration and cultural unity. I wonder what Randall's graphic designers would make of Europe You mean what would happen if someone drew Europe's borders the way Europe drew Africa's? europemap.png Regarding sta...
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 11726
Views: 779191

Re: Every hour, on the hour

points
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

Tchedatche.
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?
Replies: 8
Views: 676

Re: Was the Moon Lander or Space Shuttle harder to fly?

jewish_scientist wrote:
because computers were doing all the flying
He does know it happened almost 50 years ago, right? Like, you can now wear more computing power on your wrist than existed in all of NASA at that time. How much does he think the computers were really capable of?
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 15, 2017 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

Tso churely the chells che tsells are tsea chore chells.
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

don't start that again
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 53
Views: 3526

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

I wanted to see what the corrected version looked like. Looks like Two new states are created, but it does clean up the east coast https://i.imgur.com/0iJvC35.png Aligning to grid isn't supposed to create any new states, because the original borders are eliminated, so Utah and Kansas just extend fa...
by gmalivuk
Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

it seems like
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy: Exponential edition
Replies: 1
Views: 523

Re: Thread Necromancy: Exponential edition

Bump to let people know I'm only going to count by minutes, and to call attention to the fact that double posts do in fact count.

Also to get 2^(35565/1440) points (rounded down minus one): 27215337
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

Yeah, but on the other hand not having one gives me an excuse for not being terribly good at any of the games I play.
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

Yeah I often think I posted in this thread when actually I only caught up on the every hour or every day thread or something.
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 11726
Views: 779191

Re: Every hour, on the hour

point
by gmalivuk
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

my damn phone wasn't loading the page earlier so I let you get away with almost 12 hours
by gmalivuk
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

late afternoon
by gmalivuk
Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 11726
Views: 779191

Re: Every hour, on the hour

points
by gmalivuk
Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

Yeah it's just whatever font the forum always uses.
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

w͍͓̻̖̲̹͉͉͂́͊̈́̕͡h͍̼͕͉̳͎͇͚̘̣͈̦̻͗̂̃͂̇ͪ̅̉ͪͥ͌ͦ͋͌̃̕͟͜ą̡͎̞̣̘̮͔̲͉̲̤̭̘̲̜̫̳̰̭͗̋͆̈͑͊̔̍̀̄͒͒ͭ̏͢͞t̹̬̼͕̬̹̱̣ͣͮ̀̀ͦ͐̋̿̂̏ͬ̚͘͜?̲̞̮̞̰ͪ̌̿̓ͧ̔ͯ͒͂ͪ̈́ͨ͟͝
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

...
by gmalivuk
Tue Oct 10, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 11726
Views: 779191

Re: Every hour, on the hour

post
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 2074

Re: 1899: "Ears"

No, but I often find myself wondering why I seem to be the only person on earth who gets ear infections if I wear headphones. I have occasionally gotten outer-ear infections after binging a new game for many hours several days in a row. Luckily where I live now I have space for my computer to be se...
by gmalivuk
Mon Oct 09, 2017 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

:-)
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

dunno about coding but I know about stopping your points
by gmalivuk
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

It's not even 10/11 now

edit: that was in response to the post on the last page about not remembering 9/11
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 07, 2017 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

Rex Tillerson's balls
by gmalivuk
Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Longest time as the last post
Replies: 20847
Views: 719494

Re: Longest time as the last post

is what she came in like a

Go to advanced search