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by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics and Photography
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Physics and Photography

It's presumably entirely knowable by the camera, but I don't believe it's typically stored in image metadata.
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics and Photography
Replies: 4
Views: 446

Re: Physics and Photography

In particular, the problem is that the focal length is related to the actual distances by the equation 1/s 1 + 1/s 2 = 1/f, where s 1 is the distance (from the front nodal point) to the in-focus object and s 2 is the distance (from the rear nodal point) to the film or sensor. If f = 50mm and s 2 = 5...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 441120

Re: The Darker Side of the News

↶ Of course, this ain't exactly a hill I intend to die on, so if you have any suggestions as to how I should alter the numbers I plug in... You're counting from all (non-drug-related) murders, but how many of those 6k murders every year are done with bombs? How many terrorism-related murders are do...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 441120

Re: The Darker Side of the News

↶ I'm not sure a couple of bombings is enough to draw conclusions about motives from. Being black isn't particularly uncommon; if 3 men were killed most wouldn't assume it was the work of a mysandrist. Being black is more uncommon than being male, and unlike misandrist terrorism, anti-minority terr...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 12, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: FAO ExplainXKCD wiki
Replies: 5
Views: 1679

Re: FAO ExplainXKCD wiki

If there is overlap that you wanted to inform, do it in General, as it's not an xkcd site/forum issue.
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

According to that same Wikipedia article, the US and Canada, and the territories that became the US and Canada, accounted for some 20% of the slave trade over its lifetime, while other English/British holdings accounted for a further 20%, and Portuguese colonies for 38.5% (The Danish West Indies ac...
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 569
Views: 59523

Re: Science-based what-if questions

And if it is infinitely dense, then what you have is an actual black hole, not a "completely solid object", and it would behave the ways black holes behave.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

According to that same Wikipedia article, the US and Canada, and the territories that became the US and Canada, accounted for some 20% of the slave trade over its lifetime, while other English/British holdings accounted for a further 20%, and Portuguese colonies for 38.5% (The Danish West Indies ac...
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

↶ And people didn't seem too interested when I mentioned child labour in the coal mines... What people weren't interested in was your justifying the lack of acknowledgement of the British slaving industry with "but we learned about child labor and that's much more significant so it's fine we j...
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Also just a general protip: If you don't want to have discussions about race that may include feeling uncomfortable because people call on you to face the fact that you are as capable as anyone else of being racist even without intending to, then don't pick Black Panther of all things to be whitely ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

You're just reinforcing the point that people give Stark slack on this. Shuri is the manager of perhaps the most technologically advanced R&D lab in the world, why would people think she's not as good at her job? Yeah like I said before, she is apparently canonically the smartest person in the ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

I saw a lot of comments about that to the effect of, What can I break that MBJ will then personally offer to replace?
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 07, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Welp, nevermind, guess we can't have that conversation. Yeah, if you publicly state a racist/sexist double standard and you shut down when attention is called to that, it's true that you've made the conversation impossible. Indeed, that's not what I stated at all. Hence my point. You didn't explici...
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

But yeah, most teachers teach history that's correct...from a certain point of view. Lots of very interesting bits might get left out because they're inconvenient to a particular worldview. Not necessarily lied about or what not, just...not given space. I happened to get a home schooled education w...
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

If you've never heard Steve Jobs described as the person who created each iPhone until his death, you've been living so deeply under a rock that it's hard to understand how you can even breathe. Welp, nevermind, guess we can't have that conversation. Yeah, if you publicly state a racist/sexist doubl...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Shuri is canonically the smartest (human) character in the MCU, plus she's making stuff in a state-of-the art lab in the most technologically advanced country in the world, rather than a cave in the desert. If they succumbed to the usual trope that new tech often fails spectacularly and comically, t...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

I was recently there. Those rides had wait times up to four hours, nothing else broke 90 minutes that I saw. It was also one of the busier areas of the park aside from that, but not by as much of a margin.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"
Replies: 36
Views: 2676

Re: 1963: "Namespace Land Rush"

HES wrote:I've never successfully grabbed this name anywhere else, but there's usually a character minimum greater than three.

heuristically_alone wrote:How long until we start seeing people on the fora with these usernames?

Given what we already have?

Oh yeah, I'd forgotten that Meaux had changed her name to (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The "Thread Necromancy" Game
Replies: 17131
Views: 1393874

Re: The "Thread Necromancy" Game

I guess I could move up a few places in this one.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy: Longest Time Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 4069

Re: Thread Necromancy: Longest Time Edition

Back into second.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 2511

Re: 1962: “Generations”

I mean, what name are they going to give the generation after Z, now that they've reached the end of the alphabet? Generation &. The Sue Grafton Dilemma. Resolution found. She died before getting to Z, so not much of a dilemma really. Since I know Randall is a fan of House of Leaves, I was wond...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

It's Dances with Wolves but with aliens, yeah. The main thing it had going for it even at the time was being pretty.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Yeah, and that section of the park that Disney eventually "got around to putting up" has the most popular rides in the park by a significant margin.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 569
Views: 59523

Re: Science-based what-if questions

The point is that you're already breaking reality, so physics won't really tell you what happens as a result.

You're talking about magic, which is a fine thing to talk about but not a reasonable thing to expect reality-based science to tell you much about.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Apparently the first cut was like 4 hours. Hopefully we'll be able to see some of that when it comes out to buy. Or maybe you're so used to having movies targeted directly to your demographic that you can't understand what a relief this movie is to the millions of people who aren't. Perhaps I am mis...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Like, if you're drawing your conclusion from something besides the fact that you, personally, didn't enjoy the movie, please let us know what that other evidence is.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Jorpho wrote:I don't understand how paraphrasing works.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Didn't Avatar make heaps of money before being largely forgotten (except for being a movie that made heaps of money) ? "I didn't like this movie and I refuse to try to understand why it's unique and important to other people. Therefore I conclude that everyone will forget about it in a few yea...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 05, 2018 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

↶ It was only two years ago that people were talking about Ghostbusters as the Most! Important! Movie! because it featured women in prominent roles – or maybe no one was actually talking about it that way, and that's just what the marketers wanted people to believe. I expect two years from now that...
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 04, 2018 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

Plus, we're not actually talking about stolen goods, we're talking about stolen people.

The difference is kind of the entire fucking point, here.

rmsgrey wrote:
unilaterally shutting down the slave trade
They what now?
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 114
Views: 5508

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Personally I think putting yourself in a self-driving car is insane. You're putting yourself in a death-box that can kill you at the whim of its software. Would you be comfortable sitting in front of a loaded gun controlled by an application running on your Internet-connected desktop computer? I wo...
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Or maybe you're so used to having movies targeted directly to your demographic that you can't understand what a relief this movie is to the millions of people who aren't.
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

↶ And less than 5% of the British economy from the slave trade and the slave-holding colonies combined Cotton alone was 20% of British imports and cotton products were 50% of exports in the 1830s. The cotton industry was 8% of British GNP in 1812. [ source ] But cotton from what sources? Your docum...
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 186
Views: 8972

Re: Black Panther

Nope, that's the only medical center in all of Wakanda. Just like Q is the only person in the (Bond-verse) United Kingdom who makes gadgets and according to DC comics the only bats in the United States live in Bruce Wayne's cave, because we never see any other bats anywhere else.
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

↶ And less than 5% of the British economy from the slave trade and the slave-holding colonies combined Cotton alone was 20% of British imports and cotton products were 50% of exports in the 1830s. The cotton industry was 8% of British GNP in 1812. [ source ] Obviously all these numbers changed at d...
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 3228

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

A (sufficiently strong) system of logic can't prove itself consistent and in fact, if it is consistent, there must be many true statements that are not provable within the system. But another level of mathematical reasoning may be able to prove those lower level statements. You don't need to leave m...
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 2991

Re: rmsgrey continues to dig himself a hole about slavery

Ignorance of the atrocities us British have committed is entirely understandable but, well, this weirdly specific doubling down is just dealing with the cognitive dissonance by piling even more on top of it and hoping the weight holds it down. Yeah, that's the thing. Acknowledging that you were poo...
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 2525

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

But what I don't understand is that in the ideal gas law, PV = nRT, heat capacity (the part that controls the thermal energy for a given T) does not appear. Why would you expect it to appear directly? Energy isn't one of the terms of that equation, though both sides are in the same units as energy....
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 911
Views: 210451

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Angua wrote:Mairy (rhyme with hairy, fairy) (Mary) Long a

Ma (as in mama) ry. Marry. Short a

Typically I see "short a" to describe sound in mat/bad/pack, which is not the sound I'd think of for "Mama", but is for "marry".

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