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by GlassHouses
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 76
Views: 2480

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

The_Alchemist wrote:I keep thinking it would be nice to redefine the second so that there are 10 hours/day, 100 minutes/hour and 100 seconds/min.

Small is small, right? What could possibly go wrong? :P

It's been tried. Didn't catch on.
by GlassHouses
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 34
Views: 1714

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Assuming the turbulence and wind shear around the tornado doesn't destroy the drone before its gets inside the funnel, it probably wouldn't see anything. Those funnels are usually opaque, which suggests that inside, visibility is going to be close to zero. That's certainly what it looks like in this...
by GlassHouses
Wed Nov 14, 2018 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2071: "Indirect Detection"
Replies: 18
Views: 1545

Re: 2071: "Indirect Detection"

Two of my friends on Facebook frequently post self-affirming memes about how other people can't tear you down and cut those people out of your life and you're better than all those drama queens. One of them, I know the other side all too well. I know that SHE is the drama in everyone else's life, a...
by GlassHouses
Fri Oct 05, 2018 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 4288

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

This entire post boils down to "it's OK because the private sector does it worse." Given that I was replying to your post, which boiled down to "the private sector always does everything better," that shouldn't come as a huge surprise. If I had agreed with that point, I wouldn't...
by GlassHouses
Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 4288

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

but there are also a vast number of things that the government does with absurd inefficiency, and the root of that is in the bureaucracy rather than the legislative branch. Government just isn't good at most of what it tries to do and it has a natural tendency to grow. If there really is such a &qu...
by GlassHouses
Mon Oct 01, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 4288

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

Libertarianism, or, I suppose, anti-Statism, comes from a distrust of government in general, not the dysfunction of a particular branch. Paranoia appears to be a wide-spread condition, but as a basis for rational discourse, I rather prefer evidence. Some people are pretty reactionary and have more ...
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 4288

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

The thing you're ignoring there is that if the Free Market, or the Wisdom Of The Crowd, or whatever other Invisible Hand, were effective at dealing with issues like the ones mentioned in that Pelosi quite, there wouldn't be so much support for government activity on those issues. Of course politicia...
by GlassHouses
Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2051: "Bad Opinions"
Replies: 46
Views: 4288

Re: 2051: "Bad Opinions"

This strip is funny to me because I just did that today. I read about the distinction between "strong" and "weak" emergence, and I immediately thought, "Strong emergence = denial of material reductionism". Denial of material reductionism is done by people who want to c...
by GlassHouses
Mon Sep 24, 2018 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 4258

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

There’s also an amount of linguistic snobbery in refusing to use phonetic conventions from outside of the language being spoken. Remember, French is a language that has its own official institute for the preservation of linguistic purity, dedicated to the prevention of the adoption of foreign-isms....
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 4258

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

As someone who occasionally glances at French newspapers, it amuses me to no end that the French spell the Russian president's last name "Poutine." The reason for this is that, if it were spelled Putin, it would be pronounced like 'putain', which is french for whore. Calling him Poutine i...
by GlassHouses
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2046: "Trum-"
Replies: 38
Views: 4258

Re: 2046: "Trum-"

da Doctah wrote:I find it amusing that the current presidents of the US and Russia both have surnames that so readily lend themselves to fart jokes.

As someone who occasionally glances at French newspapers, it amuses me to no end that the French spell the Russian president's last name "Poutine."
by GlassHouses
Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats
Replies: 47
Views: 5487

Re: 2043: Boathouses and Houseboats

This nomenclature should be extended even further.

Planeplane:

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by GlassHouses
Tue Sep 04, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 12511

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Actually, the obsession with named logical fallacies is way more troubling than any particular linguistic pet peeve. I see some arguments online consist solely of trying to name the fallacies used by the opponent and suggesting they "look it up." Oh god yes. In particular, I cringe every ...
by GlassHouses
Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 6239

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

To do this properly you need Cantonese. https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/29512256_1502849993157077_1429751131823326588_n.png?_nc_cat=0&oh=1da30e0c52342bfa612527de7f0e3124&oe=5C2EE846 I guess if you live in a culture with strong extended families, where people tend to have speci...
by GlassHouses
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 12511

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Also, just because a fight will probably be lost doesn't mean it's not worth fighting. What could possibly be the value of this fight? If losing or surrendering means they're going to rape you to death, eat your flesh and sew your skins into their clothes, and if you're lucky they'll do it in that ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Aug 24, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 5244

Re: 2034: "Equations"

most important equation? My vote is for: U+2205 U+2260 U+2205 If you want that in a prose form... "everything can be divided into two categories - those things that can be divided into two categories, and those that can't". watch for inappropriate binaries. aljohnso So, ∅ ≠ ∅ My prose int...
by GlassHouses
Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 6365

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

There is neither dark matter nor dark energy; our model of spacetime is simply incorrect on intergalactic scales because we mistakenly assume the speed of light is constant for all observers. In actuality, the speed of light simply appears to change as you get further away. That may work as a way t...
by GlassHouses
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 6060

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

From today's RL crossword: Vessels of the Royal Navy in America (4). "Royal Navy" is used for the letters "RN", America (in this case) is "US". RN in US would be "URNS", which are… vessels. I'm sorry, but that's just infuriatingly and disgustingly obtuse. (No...
by GlassHouses
Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 45
Views: 7549

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

And the best-paid civil engineers have been designing nuclear reactors and skyscrapers for the possibility of "accidental" small- or medium plane crashes for a while now. Ever since the 1940's, I think. The Twin Towers could have been a lot worse, really. Definitely. When I look at 9/11 I...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

I was under the impression that people still defended constructivism today. Are they just crazy or are there legitimate arguments still ongoing? I couldn't say about number theory. Maybe someone will come up with a scheme that can construct all the transcendental numbers? Although I suspect that th...
by GlassHouses
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Are there any interesting features of transcendental numbers, other than the fact that they are hard to write down? No. Unless you're a mathematician. Maybe they don't seem special to me because I never really cared about fractions, and the details of "Fill in the gaps" to get real number...
by GlassHouses
Tue Aug 07, 2018 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Real numbers are also out there as soon as you start trying to deal with anything continuous... The real numbers were always out there, of course, but it took a long time before anyone started to realize that not all non-integers are rational, i.e. that irrational numbers exist, and it took even lo...
by GlassHouses
Mon Aug 06, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Of course, another is the idea of negative numbers. Once you have negative numbers, complex numbers are a fairly small step... Yeah ... negative numbers have to be introduced in order for all linear equations to have solutions. Complex numbers are needed for quadratics to have solutions, but weirdl...
by GlassHouses
Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 5962

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

edo wrote:Are scientists and engineers too cool for regular quaternions?

Absolutely. The really cool kids are into octonions.
by GlassHouses
Thu Aug 02, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 4756

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Sableagle wrote:Alternatively, you could go with the helicopter pilot's approximation: if it's close enough for you to hear the thunder, it's close enough for you to get hit by the lightning.

Considering how loud helicopters are, being able to hear the thunder over that racket must mean being very close!
by GlassHouses
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7054

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

The whole point is to make working out the correct change easier . I thought the whole point was to make giving the correct change easier. Paying $20.10 when the charge is $10.10 means that they can give you back a large bill, which they usually have plenty of, rather than singles and a bunch of co...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 31
Views: 5659

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

How about the concept of the GUI instead of command line. That was a beautiful and powerful idea that has since been bastardized by GUIs that are difficult to use and interface. Think MS Word. I don't get command-line fetishism / GUI bashing. MS Word is hard to use? What alternatives have similar c...
by GlassHouses
Sat Jul 14, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7054

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Everyone I know has a "coin jar" where coins are summarily tossed when returning from the store, etc. Huh! I just make exact change whenever I can. I have a wallet with a built-in coin compartment, which no one in America seems to have, but is perfectly normal in Europe. Makes it really e...
by GlassHouses
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 6158

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

cellocgw wrote:
Ken_g6 wrote:Gzip was too big to be practical. So were bzip2 and xz.

Strangely enough, :lol: :lol: :lol: I can zip 200TB of "9" into a rather smaller file.

How? Don't zip and gzip use the same compression algorithm?
by GlassHouses
Sat Jul 07, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"
Replies: 31
Views: 6158

Re: 2016: "OEIS Submissions"

Over on Reddit, it's a running joke that everything you can possibly imagine, and most of the things you can't, have their own subreddits. To the point where the running joke itself has its own subreddit just for posting links to the weirdest ones you've found . My point is, this is the first time ...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 5374

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Agreed... and Mr. Munroe doesn't abide by nonsensical Biblical creationist concepts of Earth/time like Mr. Schultz did. I acknowledge that Schulz was not a stranger to the Bible, albeit nowhere remotely as heavy-handed as the likes of Johnny Hart. Nonetheless, I assumed 4,000 was an arbitrary numbe...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 5374

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Agreed... and Mr. Munroe doesn't abide by nonsensical Biblical creationist concepts of Earth/time like Mr. Schultz did. I acknowledge that Schulz was not a stranger to the Bible, albeit nowhere remotely as heavy-handed as the likes of Johnny Hart. Nonetheless, I assumed 4,000 was an arbitrary numbe...
by GlassHouses
Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 3819

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

"Mý fone ïs çaeñsoaring wat eye taip. My Brave 'Mobile Pro 3' is like something from a wholly New World. " Wonder which of those three methods would work? Unicode, fonetik substitoosion, or thinly veiled references? The first can be defeated by stripping accents before analyzing the text....
by GlassHouses
Fri Jun 29, 2018 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5897

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

JPatten wrote:[Are you arguing that] the idea of a limited Federal Government is solely the result of caving to southern slave owners

Well, duh.
JPatten wrote:and that Real freedom can only be found in a Strong Central Government that can assume any power it deems necessary?

False dichotomy alert!
by GlassHouses
Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 7025

Re: 2006: "Customer Attention"

Given this is (presumedly) the US, those weird local sales taxes you have (and the even weirder final figure) must already be in the initial value (minus the things previously normally paid for by semi-involuntary participation in data-scraping anyway , giving $20.45?)… I think what's weird about s...
by GlassHouses
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 7704

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I like that in this comic, the phrase "just saying" is followed by an actual statement. Although it makes me a bit meta-sad that this makes me happy, sort of like when I see "as far as" and there actually is an "is concerned" or at least "goes" at the end of t...
by GlassHouses
Fri Jun 01, 2018 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1039: "RuBisCO"
Replies: 122
Views: 35758

Re: 1039: "RuBisCO"

Time to necrothread... Is it wrong for me to want to edit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RuBisCO to put a "References in popular culture" section, linking it to the xkcd? I believe there's a specific Wikipedia policy that tells you to not add xkcd references to "popular culture" ...
by GlassHouses
Thu May 17, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14960

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

... if there's something strange in you neighborhood, who you gonna call? GB! Is that George Bush senior or junior? Oh, and what is the number. It used to be 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Perhaps now it's Pennsylvania 6500 ! Could be. Several years ago, a relative of mine visited New York City, and whe...
by GlassHouses
Wed May 09, 2018 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9760

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

Not sure about what I' m arguing here, though, I just thought the quote quoted (in the midst of a hilking big wall of text) didn't quite ring true and needed investigation. Obviously you'd get different results in Cuba to those in Monte Carlo or Bahrain, and I don't know where the US strictly lies ...
by GlassHouses
Tue May 08, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9760

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

What, you mean people in the US don't have to take a mandated number of driving lessons even before being allowed to take a driving exam? When I got my driver's license in the Netherlands, in 1984, there was no mandated minimum number of lessons, as far as I recall. However, the driving test was pr...

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