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Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 6621

### 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.
Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:50 am UTC
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3469

### 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.
Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:10 am UTC
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3469

### 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?
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3469

### 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/...
Thu May 31, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 6842

### 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...
Wed May 30, 2018 11:05 pm UTC
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 6842

### 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?
Wed May 30, 2018 8:17 pm UTC
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 9618

### 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...
Fri May 25, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 9618

### 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)?
Wed May 23, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Replies: 21
Views: 4600

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...
Tue May 22, 2018 2:39 am UTC
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 4026

### 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".
Tue May 22, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 11240

### 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...
Fri May 18, 2018 9:54 am UTC
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 11240

### 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...
Mon May 14, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Topic: 1993: "Fatal Crash Rate"
Replies: 26
Views: 4767

### 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?
Sat May 12, 2018 3:55 am UTC
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10971

### 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...
Fri May 11, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 17085

### 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...
Thu May 10, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Replies: 4583
Views: 851352

But, how mildly?

Thu May 10, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10971

### 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...
Thu May 10, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 13228

### 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...
Thu May 10, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10971

### 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 ...
Tue May 08, 2018 10:47 pm UTC
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10971

### 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...
Tue May 08, 2018 9:41 am UTC
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10971

### 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 ...
Sun May 06, 2018 5:16 pm UTC
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 17085

### 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, ...
Sun May 06, 2018 4:06 am UTC
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 17085

### 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...
Sun May 06, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 25086

### 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...
Sat May 05, 2018 2:18 am UTC
Forum: Food
Replies: 4583
Views: 851352

This is the Internet! Stop being reasonable!!
Sat May 05, 2018 2:16 am UTC
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 17085

### 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. ...
Thu May 03, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 17752

### 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...
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 6848

### 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.
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 5584

### 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.
Sun Apr 29, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 17752

### 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.
Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:14 am UTC
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 11242

### 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, ...
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:54 am UTC
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 11242

### 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.
Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:23 am UTC
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 11065

### 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...
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 20598

### Re: 0999: "Cougars"

As a California resident (of the more wilderly variety of areas in origin), cougars are my favorite dangerous animal around these parts. Why? Because they're the only dangerous animal for which the recommended response is to fight back. Everything else, like bears and wolves and anything like that,...
Sat Apr 21, 2018 1:14 am UTC
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 21026

### Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

zjxs wrote:
Samik wrote:0 = freezing
10 = chilly
20 = spring
30 = summer
40 = hot
50+ = Death Valley

-40 = "hey, did you know this is the same in both F and C?"... also, Canada
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:32 am UTC
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 21026

### Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

This comic is missing "conspiracy theorists". They're a whole spectrum of their own, not a point on this chart. "Facebook is a front for the FBI" ... "9/11 was an inside job" ... "Jews control the weather" ... "The Illuminatic Tripartite Masonry Commissi...
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:08 am UTC
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 21026

### Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Currently, I have 4 different sets of black socks. [...] Laundry now takes some extra time to group the socks. And modern detergents whiten your clothes by adding blue color with "optical brightening agents", since white clothes tend to wear yellowish rather than bluish. (Actually cleanin...
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:34 am UTC
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 21026

### Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

How far to the right do you put those weirdos who insist on having their toilet paper hanging down on the back side of the roll, in the Under position? That depends. If they own cats, they're making a logical choice, in that their pet will be much less likely to unroll the whole thing onto the floo...
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:22 am UTC
Topic: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary
Replies: 27
Views: 7638

### Re: 1981: Rickrolling Anniversary

"When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things." As good a course of action today as it was two thousand years ago. "When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of chil...
Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:19 am UTC