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by Mikeski
Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6474

Re: 1911: Defensive Profile

What part of jordan's post is at odds with the fact "microaggression" is in the dictionary? The reading-between-the-lines part. jordan: "People are usually offended by really offensive things" Unless you think his purpose was to make a pointlessly tautological statement along th...
by Mikeski
Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1911: Defensive Profile
Replies: 47
Views: 6474

Re: 1911: Virtue Signalling Volume 7

In my experience, people are usually most offended by things that are really offensive. On the Devil's Advocate side, I offer the very existence of the term "microaggression". I further offer the fact that the term "microaggression" has made it into both Merriam-Webster and The ...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 24, 2017 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1905: "Cast Iron Pan"
Replies: 108
Views: 13608

Re: 1905: Cast Iron Pan

But does the monkey have bluetooth? If you feed it blueberries, sure. The lesson is clear: never leave the house. Anything else is recklessly leaving live electricity unattended (sure, you can flip the circuit-breakers, but what if the fusebox shorts?). But most accidents happen at home! You should...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1906: "Making Progress"
Replies: 21
Views: 4884

Re: 1906: "Making Progress"

I've got =SUM(A1:A99) problems, but a list ain't one.

Actually, I guess that list is one.

I've got =SUM(A1:A100) problems...
by Mikeski
Tue Oct 24, 2017 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8236

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Super-cooling the exterior of the ship (as proposed for the Skylon) should give you a pretty good start. Supercooling the exterior of the ship sounds cool, but you've got to do something with the heat - you can't just reduce entropy across a region without having a greater increase in entropy assoc...
by Mikeski
Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 7438

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Mikeski wrote:(A rogue AI developed by a rogue AI is a danger to us and the original AI, one developed by that is a danger to us and both previous AI's...)

Crap!
by Mikeski
Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 10033

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

I noticed the least populated areas were in the midwest (around Wyoming-Utah-Colorado and surrounding areas) and wondered why this was. Then I looked at another map and noticed this area was brown while everywhere else was green. On a satellite it was also mountainous. I checked a weather map and t...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1904: Research Risks
Replies: 62
Views: 7438

Re: 1904: Research Risks

Isn't astronautical engineering missing from somewhere far in the top right? Ignoring the destructive potential rockets have under the control of either a supervillain or a rogue onboard computer is a serious oversight from someone previously employed by NASA. We have ICBMs already; no need to rese...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 18, 2017 6:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1903: "Bun Trend"
Replies: 24
Views: 4095

Re: 1903: "Bun Trend"

Pfhorrest wrote:I just don't get why he insists that smaller is better.

I mean, maybe it's just me, but I like big buns, and I cannot lie.

ROUS? LOUS?
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 04, 2017 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 10121

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

Shipping companies might run into a version of this a lot, where customers are constantly sending in new requests, while the fleet's drivers are driving along whatever routes the company controllers last sent them, and they're probably used to getting route changes at many stops. Actually, that's u...
by Mikeski
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 10121

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

It's also harder than the traveling salesman problem since, with today's tech, the passengers probably expect the system to be intelligent w.r.t. traffic/construction/accidents/etc, choosing a route that minimizes time at the possible expense of distance. So not only is the list of destinations chan...
by Mikeski
Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 6148

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

or are you saying there is no such thing as the Placebo Effect? He shouldn't say that! Placebos are getting better all the time, even though drugs aren't... " We find that placebo responses have increased considerably over this period , but drug responses have remained stable, leading to dimin...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 12194

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

It would be effective to bring water to a gun fight if they are using black powder. One shot with an inaccurate weapon at melee range is likely to miss, anyway. Either way, "bring water to a black-powder gunfight" reduces to a knife fight. Or maybe a "bucket, used as club" vs. &...
by Mikeski
Fri Sep 29, 2017 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 6148

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

Imagine the list of side effects on the back of the box. In fact, I think they're gonna need a bigger box.

"Constipation and explosive diarrhea? That's gonna hurt..."
by Mikeski
Thu Sep 28, 2017 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8236

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Diseases, we might be able to do something about. Any aliens coming to exploit the planet, our best bet is to co-operate if they're inclined to let us live, and do our best to trash the planet on our way down if they aren't. Come to think of it, trashing the planet is what we already seem to be doi...
by Mikeski
Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"
Replies: 64
Views: 8236

Re: 1895: "Worrying Scientist Interviews"

Or, generalized:


More worried ----->

Scientist who studies things about the size of a human .... Scientist who studies things an order of magnitude larger/smaller than a human ...... more orders of magnitude .... more yet .....
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 4050

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

sardia wrote:This is a fundamentally flawed analysis. [...]

This is a fundamentally flawed correction.

I measured a rounding error of a rounding error of the national debt in units of pizza, and you called it an "analysis". :mrgreen:
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 202
Views: 30604

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

AS I sit here nibbling on some blue cheese, it’s makign me thing about the concept of it in general. It’s pretty odd. I mean, cheese is an odd concept in the first place. Let’s take some milk, and let it sit out, collect the solid bits, and let them sit out even more. For blue cheese, you do that, ...
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 26, 2017 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 4050

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

And thus the (US) national debt. Twenty trillion dollars. (Doctor Evil pinky pose.) $20,000,000,000,000 ? There are about 120,000,000 households in the USA, so they each owe about $166,000. Or 12,500 pizzas. And I rounded down the debt, to the tune of about 175 billion. A rounding error of about 13 ...
by Mikeski
Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 11425

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

da Doctah wrote:chartreuse is a liqueur

Two liqueurs: Green Chartreuse and Yellow Chartreuse. Per wikipedia, the color is named for the green one.

So a color is named for something that requires a different color's name as a descriptor.
by Mikeski
Tue Sep 05, 2017 6:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1885: "Ensemble Model"
Replies: 28
Views: 4366

Re: 1885: "Ensemble Model"

Gosh.... am I really the first to suggest that "ensemble model" means a tall beautiful woman wearing a skirt, blouse, vest, pearl necklace, tennis bracelet, Manolo Blahnik spike heels and a Gucci handbag? I thought it was a small-ish collection of classical MIDI instruments. Wow! TIL that...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 10302

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

I'd only seen one of these passed around recently, but it wasn't that one . So I think this is an ongoing low-visibility meme like sandwiches. buh... Kansas: "How to find Kansas?" wha? look around you: there's kansas! They're asking preventatively; once they find their way out, they don't...
by Mikeski
Fri Jun 02, 2017 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1845: "State Word Map"
Replies: 53
Views: 10302

Re: 1845: "State Word Map"

Wyoming and Utah might be correct.
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1046: "Skynet"
Replies: 86
Views: 26118

Re: 1046: Skynet

orthogon wrote:
chetofuor wrote:Social cognition student reporting in!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semantic_satiation

Is there an opposite of Semantic Satiation? I only ask because covfefe totally started seeming like a real word.

Even if it has a name already, it should be called Carrolling.
by Mikeski
Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11448

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

Flumble wrote:There are about 10^12 stars in our galaxy, so if we want to be prepared for a galactic federation, we need to be accustomed to voting with 10^12 stars.

As though those damn one-percenters around the 10^10 best stars will let us have any say in things...
by Mikeski
Wed May 31, 2017 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11448

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

But how many stars is the optimal maximum score for a voting system?

I give 5 stars 4 stars.
I give 4 stars 5 stars.
I give 3 stars 3 stars.
I give 7 and 10 stars each 2 stars.
And I give 100 stars pi stars.
by Mikeski
Mon May 29, 2017 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1843: "Opening Crawl"
Replies: 19
Views: 4624

Re: 1843: "Opening Crawl"

Soupspoon wrote:But do they notice the point where it changes to Fifty Shades Of Grey?

Of course. The darker shades are hard to read on that black background.
by Mikeski
Tue May 23, 2017 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"
Replies: 37
Views: 5021

Re: 1840: "Genetic Testing Results"

"Additionally, I've found a person with the initials M.R.C.A., and through them, you are directly related to every other living human on the planet!"
by Mikeski
Thu May 18, 2017 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1838: "Machine Learning"
Replies: 22
Views: 6233

Re: 1838: "Machine Learning"

Yeah, this is a character who completely misses the mark on machine learning and has come up with this ridiculous thing as a result. People responding as though Randall is criticizing machine learning as a whole are in turn completely missing the mark on the comic. The guy with the shovel should pr...
by Mikeski
Wed May 17, 2017 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 5502

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

Pfhorrest wrote:That would contradict "most", so probably not. Most don't; maybe only one in six do, the other five out of six are fine.

It must be a Lada.
by Mikeski
Tue May 16, 2017 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 5502

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

Soupspoon wrote:Things will never improve until we collapse all spacial dimensions to a point to allow everyone to be able to do everything without any movement at all.

The next step involves doing the same with time. Simultaneity for all!


Didn't we try that already? It caused quite a bang.
by Mikeski
Tue May 16, 2017 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1837: "Rental Car"
Replies: 29
Views: 5502

Re: 1837: "Rental Car"

RogueCynic wrote:My advice, telecommute.

I'm still waiting for teleport. C'mon, science fiction, get on with it.
by Mikeski
Mon May 15, 2017 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 13107

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

... is the sandwich thing that major? I hardly hear about it any more. Probably about as major as pirates vs. ninjas, anyway. Saw this on imgur a couple days ago: https://i.imgur.com/5yzsKJ5.jpg That's pretty good. It makes a lot more sense than most D&D-alignment-parody meme images I've seen. ...
by Mikeski
Wed May 03, 2017 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1832: "Photo Library Management"
Replies: 23
Views: 5551

Re: 1832: "Photo Library Management"

jonbly wrote:The left hand side seems odd to me - if I'm not taking any photos, but I spend all day going through my photos... I think I've got a problem.

Someday, someone will solve that problem for you by throwing your precious photo album into Mount Doom.
by Mikeski
Mon May 01, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4511
Views: 818008

Re: Today I Made:

If you have not had Japanese curry, you should know it's a very different dish than Indian curry. Yup, being the Japanese version of the British version of the Indian version makes for a quite different meal. (Pastrychef beat me to it.) Exhibit one: the default meat ingredient in Japanese curry is ...
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1826: "Birdwatching"
Replies: 44
Views: 13903

Re: 1826: "Birdwatching"

See, the problem is Cueball is Cueball.

If it had been white-beret-guy, the shop-vac trick would have worked.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 22796

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

somitomi wrote:I choose to believe we were both intentionally referencing that piece of art.

You must have been, because it's the first thing your conversation made me think of.
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 155
Views: 25318

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I've heard there's a similar thing in Japan where they assume European loanwords are probably from English, leading to shops with English translations on their signs selling "pain" (since they use the French word for bread). The Japanese actually use the Portuguese word for "bread&qu...
by Mikeski
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 7296

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

Copper Bezel wrote:oxymorons, like "failed success"

...a Pyrrhic Victory?
by Mikeski
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"
Replies: 35
Views: 7296

Re: 1822: "Existential Bug Report"

ISSUE: cultural references are not universal.

WORKAROUND: invent the borg.

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