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by SuicideJunkie
Fri Feb 09, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1613
Views: 234002

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It is definitely a good thing it was a Tesla put up there. Can you imagine how hard it would be to have to change the oil every 15000km?

Also keep an eye out for ads which will soon be able to mention that their cars, on average, have a very impressive range on a single charge.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Feb 07, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1613
Views: 234002

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Wasn't it supposed to go towards Mars, but is now en route to the asteroid belt?

They'll need to have a fix for the car's SatNav before the next launch.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Elevator problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1008

Re: Elevator problem

Also, is this one of those buildings that mislabel every floor above 12, so you've actually got 20 choose 5 chances?
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 2126

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

Like a forum thread; I do agree it'd be madness to not sort chronologically there. You'd end up having to read each post top-down (with rather few exceptions; Even when languages are written vertically, it's still usually top-down), but then go between posts bottom-up to follow the sequence. Years ...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1946: "Hawaii"
Replies: 28
Views: 2354

Re: 1946: "Hawaii"

Also lol'd at "Presidential Alert". Yeah. My country totally has a president. Uh huh. That sounds like a very important thing to be alerted about. "Presidential Alert! An incoming president has been detected. This is not a test; seek shelter immediately!" The USA already has a p...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 2091

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

Surely almost everyone has a variant on the "gotta pee, but can't because of reasons which are totally not because you're still asleep in bed" thing.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"
Replies: 52
Views: 2855

Re: 1940: "The Food Size Cycle"

This is one of the advantages of food where size names are measured amounts, like sub sandwiches or beer in some cases.
The price will notch up with inflation, but they're at least being held honest as to the size.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 109
Views: 5893

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Delivery of standard commodities like water and electricity work quite well in most places. The byte tubes don't seem to be much different. As long as humans don't have to touch the thing being transported, it works. Buses, cars, and government buildings on the other hand, are inherently infested wi...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 4376

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

Gamifying it sounds neat. I had the idea of a simple quiz to learn the other side. But what are the answers? Would I be curating them? (that sounds like a can of worms) Would they be generated by polling users? There are some party games where you have to guess what answer the other person would gi...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"
Replies: 36
Views: 3241

Re: 1938: "Meltdown and Spectre"

Calling the Trolley Problem an execution seems a little over the top to me.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1934: "Phone Security"
Replies: 22
Views: 2263

Re: 1934: "Phone Security"

(C) the not uncommon (enough) GPS glitch where you can get a blip in the position that temporarily locates you maybe a hundred miles from where you actually legitimately are. :P While debouncing the readings and retrying the location, the device will draw and store an extra 120 watts from the power...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 2183

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

There is a camera setup station in the lab at work that is begging for a startup sound.

Does anybody happen to know where I could find a Mass effect/Kool and the Gang mashup clip?
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 63
Views: 4007

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

I'm pretty sure that a lot of people would take the trade fairly easily. People give their lives for their children all the time. And an option where they still get to have you around, (although you don't get to have them around) is even better than that. My interpretation of chridd's description, w...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 7697

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Sableagle wrote:It was going quite well until I ran out of peanut butter sandwiches.
Don't panic, just reach for the stars, and use the teeter-totter to launch your smaller friend at the ones highest up.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 23
Views: 2895

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

I'm pretty much emoji-blind (eighty percent of them look alike to me). But I'd still like to see how you'd render my favorite made-up sport: cross-country bowling. {bowlingball} {Canadian flag} {ellipsis} {Mexican flag} {pin}{pin}{pin}{pin} Personally I feel that Alpine bowling packs more entertain...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 4376

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

Marketing it similar to how they push sour candy and suicide hot sauce might work.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Future Invention card game
Replies: 8
Views: 1328

Re: My Future Invention card game

Stasis field Human level AI (H/V 1+) Fission suppression field Dark matter manipulator Matter inverter (convert particles to their antimatter equivalents) Neutronium stabilization Gravity gun / projector Cloaking device Full-body cyberization (which goes great with the brain simulation and a mind up...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 14133

Re: Wealth taxation

There is risk, as I noted originally, but the whole operation has positive expected value and compounds. I'm not suggesting that it should be taxed 100%, or even necessarily a higher % for the median investor. I'm suggesting a steeper slope that exceeds normal income on the high end, to put some lim...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 120
Views: 14133

Re: Wealth taxation

I've got some investments, and I see them mostly as free money although I probably shouldn't.\ On reflection, I suppose it is about trading risk for effort. My job is no risk/high effort, my investments are variable risk / no effort. In that light, I'd say capital gains ought to be taxed more progre...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 2943

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

Around here, it is usually the hour that is dropped. "Ten to", or "Quarter past", where the hour being referred to was mentioned earlier in the conversation. Elsewise, it will be a straight-forward "Twelve-fourty-two". The cost/benefit ratio between a syllable or two vs...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"
Replies: 20
Views: 2405

Re: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"

You obviously can't do that, since looking at your completed message for any more time than strictly necessary will make you doubt you chose the best possible phrasing and tone for your email. The only way to avoid rewriting your e-mail over and over eternally is the "no backsies" of havi...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 63
Views: 4007

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

You can hand an actual Chinese speaker a picture of a duck on a lake and ask them (in Chinese) "What kind of bird is on the water?" and he can answer; the room cannot, because while it contains a person with eyes that can see the picture, and that person (with his books) could tell you (t...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1613
Views: 234002

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I was wondering why it didn't simply say "caterpillar" or something more technical until I read it a third time.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Pronunciation of Sudo
Replies: 90
Views: 37315

Re: The Pronunciation of Sudo

I wanted to chip in that whenever I use "pseudo", it feels like I'm asking the computer to pretend I'm someone I'm not, and the situation is fake and temporary, in spite of the typically dramatic consequences.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the best battery cell?
Replies: 21
Views: 6267

Re: What's the best battery cell?

HES wrote:
Flumble wrote:Does converting electric energy to potential energy and back count as a type of battery?

Like pumped storage hydro plants? Sure.

Don't you need to combine multiple reservoirs into a single package in order for it to be a battery rather than just a cell?
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 29
Views: 12478

Re: Steering showdown

10 & 2 at the start, then approximately lowering by an hour per hour.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13287
Views: 1307000

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

There may be a backlog in clue shipments during the next fiscal quarter...

The entire office except for me and the engineer wearing the costume learned what a TARDIS looks like on Oct 31st.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 1343

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

It seems pretty logical to me. If the issue is at least partly in your mind* then changing your mind can help resolve the issue. You do still need to check that the problem isn't mechanical, chemical, or external in all manner of ways, and solve those types of problems in an appropriate way of cours...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 3841

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

The important part is knowing that you're taking this fake pill with the "m&m" logo against $DISEASE The other trick is knowing how to categorize the pills since they always give you a multipack and they tend to get jumbled. ⋅ Red = For sore throat ⋅ Yellow = For r...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 2932

Re: 1899: "Ears"

Human ears are a maze of twisty passages, all alike except for yours.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Underscores vs CamelCase
Replies: 103
Views: 52391

Re: Underscores vs CamelCase

If you regularly code in R, then you separate words with periods, to make.other.programmers.cry Is this what is known as "sentence structure"? The best is/was SE5 script style. Take your camel case, add underscores, and prefix almost everything with sys_ EG: Sys_Add_Two_Integers() I wrote...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 4270

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Why would you waste system resources making every single person you pass on the light rail or in the supermarket a fully conscious being? I'm not entirely convinced that the real world bothers allocating such system resources either. Upper management seems to consist of a random number generator th...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 4270

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

As for selling myself off to slavery or worse, I agree it would be like selling your child. In essence your child is just a copy of half your DNA. Doesn't even have your memories or personality. I would be making the conscious decision to sell and torture myself and I'm not entirely comfortable wit...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 3841

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

They would still feel better on average, (or at least claim to?) and isn't that generally considered part of the symptoms?
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 4729

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

These cars are trying to pass the Touring test. Which is both easier and harder in certain ways.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals
Replies: 14
Views: 2717

Re: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals

One thing is that if you're going to start up a new thread, you should use it more than once. At a cost of 10 quatloos, you'll need to run 20 queries before you break even on the second thread, and 60 to break even on the 3rd. On the upside, for algorithms where you know the total number of queries ...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 2671

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

The Snide Sniper wrote:
Farabor wrote:Or perhaps...a 747 FILLED with pizzas. Hmm, how many pizzas could a 747 carry? Quick, to the What if machine!

A 747 could carry a quarter million large pizzas.

What is the limiting factor on that number? The volume, the mass, the heat, or regulations on the air quality in the cabin?
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 4784

Re: 1893: "Thread"

PracticalM wrote:It's a Dragon Riders of Pern reference. (Auto correct tried to turn that into Perl which would be interesting Dragon Riders of Perl).

When the threads bind together into strings and begin to overwhelm civilization, a hero with the power of regular expressions appears to save the day!
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2863
Views: 588580

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Eebster the Great wrote:It does seem like this would be pretty easy to resolve with a cup of hot chocolate, a spoon, and a microphone.

It would probably be worth adding a metronome to consistently tap the spoon as well.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 4177

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

somitomi wrote:Speaking of that, this comic is missing the Proprietary cable you will inevitably lose.

That one has already been lost.

I carry power but not data.

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