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by Mikeski
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4514
Views: 818972

Re: Today I Made:

I have no rational reason but something about boiling water in the microwave seems wrong. There's the urban legend about superheated water from a microwave exploding, but you need near-perfect conditions to make it happen: pure distilled water, not tap water, and a perfectly-smooth container, so th...
by Mikeski
Sun Jun 10, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11048

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

so 31495 men and 8436 women murdered per year . In the US in 2015, 1,373,404 men and 1,339,226 women died, and 14,274 and 3,519 of those deaths were from murder, respectively. [Source] The factor-of-two+ difference between those numbers means either the source data is different (but I don't think t...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11048

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Should just jump straight to the jousting tournament, and make them all a fight to the death. Will solve all the worlds problems. "Anyone who wants to rule the world should be knocked off a horse, hacked and battered with a war axe and decapitated," then? I believe she said, "it woul...
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11048

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

I think we can get by with only a 28-round tournament, given that we exclude everyone under the age of 35. Also, I hope I get a first-round bye. I did the calculations and got only 0.5 people after the 29th round. Then realized that the US population was probably much bigger than when I last checke...
by Mikeski
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5873

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

Soupspoon wrote:
DavidSh wrote:The second of these is within 900 nautical miles of more of northern Canadian islands. Possibly a few more amateur basketball courts. If the Inuit play basketball.
I believe they have 50 words for "moving violation".

Well, you do need a few when you play basketball on ice skates.
by Mikeski
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11048

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

Then the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Champion. That title clearly deserves a much higher spot on the list. On the premise that "no one who wants that much power should be allowed to have it", I think "hot dog champ" and "5 people not in D.C." should be way up on the list. ...
by Mikeski
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 11048

2003: "Presidential Succession"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/presidential_succession.png Alt-text: Ties are broken by whoever was closest to the surface of Europa when they were born. I think we can get by with only a 28-round tournament, given that we exclude everyone under the age of 35. Also, I hope I get a first-round bye.
by Mikeski
Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5873

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

gmalivuk wrote:Magnetic north is a direction. 15 degrees is an angle from that direction.

And if it was referring to the location of the magnetic north pole, I think you'd have to go 15 degrees in both latitude and longitude... and I don't think there are many basketball courts in that area.
by Mikeski
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3121

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

Eebster the Great wrote:There is no meaningful way to deal with this formula as long as it produces probabilities greater than one.

Sure there is. If an event that happens with P=1.0 always happens, then an event with P=2.0 always happens twice. Simple.
by Mikeski
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3121

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

sotanaht wrote:Most effective placebo? So you are saying that clickbait writers think it works, so in spite of not actually doing anything it still produces better clickbait?


Something like that. Real-world drug placebos are getting better at treating pain, so why not clickbait placebos?
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3121

2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/clickbait_corrected_p_value.png Alt-text: When comparing hypotheses with Bayesian methods, the similar clickbayes factor can account for some harder-to-quantify priors. In related news, all scientific advancements in 2019 are predicted to center around Donald Trump and/...
by Mikeski
Thu May 31, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 6019

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

Would that front pop-out grip double as joystick? How else are you going to move the mouse cursor? The cursor stays where it is, as you move the whole phone behind it… Clever. Is it something like "Pokemon Go", then? Can you find other mouse cursors elsewhere in the world if you have to m...
by Mikeski
Wed May 30, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 6019

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

J%r wrote:Would that front pop-out grip double as joystick?

How else are you going to move the mouse cursor?
by Mikeski
Wed May 30, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8536

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

But like, if you don't want tracking cookies, write legislation about tracking cookies. Requiring a declaration regarding cookies on every single website is clearly useless. It does the exact opposite of the intended purpose. That assumes the laws were written strictly for the protection of the end...
by Mikeski
Fri May 25, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8536

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

Morgan Freeman, Al Franken, Anthony Weiner, Roman Polanski, Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, and Eric Schneiderman have updated their privates' policies.

Would you like to see the updates (y/n)?
by Mikeski
Wed May 23, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 4032

Re: 1997: Business Update

I'll be honest: I have no odea what just happened. I get some of the references, but overall the comic looks entirely random to me. Or is that the point about business updates? That's the point of any comic with the guy in the white beret. He exudes surrealism. This is less surreal than most of his...
by Mikeski
Tue May 22, 2018 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3640

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Newspapers!? The "news" in those could be hours old. Almost a day old, even!

This is 2018. (If you're reading this then. If not, "hi, person from the future!"). If it's more than 5 minutes old, it's not "news" anymore. It's "history".
by Mikeski
Tue May 22, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10016

Re: 1986: River Border

The Midwest also isn’t really a well defined region. Until I started going to school there, I didn’t really have a conception of exactly what counted and what didn’t count. I knew Chicago, Des Moines, and Minneapolis counted, but beyond that “triangle”, I wasn’t really sure. I’m still not! I was us...
by Mikeski
Fri May 18, 2018 9:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10016

Re: 1986: River Border

*reads tooltip* What on earth does pie have to do with pizza? *thinks for a bit* Oh, right - Randall is American from New England , and for some reason they talk about "pizza pies". ftfy. I never heard a pizza called a pie growing up in the Midwest. Interesting, as an Old Worlder I assume...
by Mikeski
Mon May 14, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 4105

Re: 1993: Fatal Crash Rate

commodorejohn wrote:Anyway, I move we rename xkcd to Randall Doesn't Like Cars: The Comic.


I was wondering the opposite: how many hundreds of thousands has he recently invested in stock in Uber/Waymo/Tesla/etc, planning to hit it big when self-driving cars take over?
by Mikeski
Sat May 12, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9686

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

For highway traffic, this should be trivial to compute by determining the spacing of cars possible by a human, and the spacing of cars possible by a human. For US highway traffic, assuming 70mph traffic (sorry about imperial units, but metric units are only used to repair cars in the USA): 4 second...
by Mikeski
Fri May 11, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14885

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I think of DH as Designated Hitter. I originally read this as "... Designated Hitler", which might be a useful thing to have on the internet. Pretty sure Designated Hitler is defined as whoever is (or is closest to becoming) the Republican PotUS. The current DH is sort-of special since ha...
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4514
Views: 818972

Re: Today I Made:

But, how mildly?

Please express your answer in Scoville units, as this is the Food forum.
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9686

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I'd recommend comparing crash data to crash data not "disengagement events" to crash data. That requires data on fully-autonomous cars, as a "disengagement" with a human to take over usually does not result in a crash... but it's also not a crash that the computer avoided, it wa...
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 11778

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Ok, so I own {thing} and you want to buy it. I'll sell it to you for $x, but you don't have $x. So, no sale. Sux to be you. Or I own a {thing} and you want to buy it. I'll sell it to you for $x, but you don't have $x. I can rent you $x if you agree to pay interest too. You don't believe in interest...
by Mikeski
Thu May 10, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9686

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I think your numbers are ridiculously low. I've never owned a vehicle less than 10 years old and can assure you they are generally still very reliable at that age. I think age (of the driver, not the car) has a lot to do with it. If you grew up with crappy cars from the 70s and 80s, you might have ...
by Mikeski
Tue May 08, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9686

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

If every automaker came out right now with complete and total self-driving capacity and perfect total connectivity and put it on every single model tomorrow, it'd be 20-30 years before they became ubiquitous enough for the benefits of the full-autonomy world you describe. You'll also need fully-aut...
by Mikeski
Tue May 08, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9686

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I do suspect that if at the time cars were first invented everybody knew how many injuries and fatalities they would cause, they'd never have been allowed. Somehow it all came upon everybody slowly enough that it's considered acceptable risk to drive now, and of course cars have been getting safer ...
by Mikeski
Sun May 06, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14885

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Why not just use real words instead? Originally (Usenet era), because the average person didn't know how to type, so any shortcut was worthwhile. It sounds strange to the generation who were born with facebook accounts, but "unable to touch-type" was the default. I'm "only" 44, ...
by Mikeski
Sun May 06, 2018 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14885

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

I've also heard of people pronounce JPEG as, "jay-peg," like Joint Potographic Experts Group. Are you saying there are people who don't pronounce JPEG as "jay-peg"? :shock: [explaining the joke] The "Gif-instead-of-Jif" argument is often made by alluding to the element...
by Mikeski
Sun May 06, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 22464

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I managed to get a tall bathroom cupboard home from IKEA in Croydon once, via tram, train, bus and on foot (for the first and last 200m or so). It started off seeming quite do-able, but by the end, I was having to put it down every 10 metres to rest my hands. I tried renting a van a couple of times...
by Mikeski
Sat May 05, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4514
Views: 818972

Re: Today I Made:

This is the Internet! Stop being reasonable!!
by Mikeski
Sat May 05, 2018 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14885

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

The band Green Jello had to change their name to Green Jelly (with an umlaut over the y) because the people who make Jell-O didn't want to be associated with them. One of the band members was a guest on an MTV game show. The host said something about the umlaut meaning it was pronounced like an O. ...
by Mikeski
Thu May 03, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 15556

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

While we cannot apologize enough for inflicting Budweiser and its ilk on the rest of the world... "Beer" is having a renaissance in the US. The Brewer's Association said there were 6372 breweries in the USA in 2017. Up 16% from 2016. And way up from a post-Prohibition minimum of only 89 br...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 6080

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

gmalivuk wrote:Hundred item folks (or people trying to minimalize in general) tend not to have much overlap with book hoarders.

Hm. I would have thought that a large number of them lived in public libraries.
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 5066

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

StCredZero wrote:
rhhardin wrote:Favorite filenames

harmless.sh


What if you have to make a derivative of the code? Would it be "Mostly Harmless?"


I'm trying to decide if that file is required to have a "goto" in it, or if it's required not to.
by Mikeski
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 15556

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

orthogon wrote:Why would you even think of putting a third person singular verb ending on a blooming adverb?


Because there's no such thing as bad publicity.
by Mikeski
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9949

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

This probably explains some bizarre features of the BBC weather forecast. [...] And the minimum temperature for the day is sometimes 2°C lower than any of the hourly values. That's similar to one of my favorites. When the weather is changing rapidly, you'll see Monday's forecast high temp at 20°F, ...
by Mikeski
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9949

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Up next, the conspiracy theorist, who will scale the forecast according to his car-washing, lawn-watering, and/or picnic-hosting plans.
by Mikeski
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9614

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

People sometimes feel personally attacked by Randall's sarcastic observations and then complain that those comics are just preachy and contain no humor whatsoever. So you're saying all 7 billion of us need to find sarcasm universally funny? I agree! There is nothing subjective about humor. But real...

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