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Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6449

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Imaginary numbers are pretty theoretical until you get to calculating lag-lead times on power transmission. Then they're a huge pain in the ass. Well, one can go way down the tree that way. Irrationals are theoretical, since we can't write them out in any finite decimal notation. Integers are theor...
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6449

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Still I have seen them used in cases where you basically only do care about R 2 , like for 2-D graphics, which is kind of annoying because they have no 3-D equivalent so they're obviously not what you mean. Well, if you need to rotate an object in 2D then it's a bit of a pain, unless you write R 2 ...
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6449

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Moonfish, cannot any ordered pair of reals be mapped one-to-one to a complex number just by turning (x,y) into (x + yi)? With such a one-to-one mapping, how are the sets not identical, i.e. from whence come the differences you describe? Complex numbers have arithmetic operations defined on them tha...
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 5237

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Sableagle wrote:It could hit another planet in the same place.

But, considering the size of space, and how much of it is planet, the odds are, quite literally, astronomical...
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 5237

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

Ohm y God. Okay, fine. Let's amp up the puns. Current puns? Mmmm... Another thing everybody knows about lightning is that it doesn't strike twice in the same place. So that helps a bit by telling you where it isn't . (Actually I think we're back to the nonblack nonravens, aren't we?) Between the &q...
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks
Replies: 16
Views: 3887

Re: Thoughts on Goa'uld: population growth and similarity to Yeerks

I wouldn't be surprised if the creators had read Animorphs as it was a pretty popular series back in the day. At the very least the yeerks could have influenced subconsciously the creation of the goa'uld due to all the similarities. Animorphs publication - June 1996–May 2001 Stargate SG-1 (1997–200...
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 3525

Re: 2026: Heat Index

Shouldn't the comic title be quoted?

I'm not sure heat index is a thing here in the UK - we get wind chill, but not standardised humidity adjustments...
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 3190

Re: 2024: "Light Hacks"

What I'm unclear on is what the (supposed) pros are of building your Dyson Sphere inside an existing one. The cons of literally casting shade at a more (technologically, not necessarily ethically) advanced civilisation are pretty obvious...
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 5225

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Isn't it common for people with a profession in their surname to actually do it for a living? https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/8967602/A-persons-surname-can-influence-their-career-experts-claim.html I remember there was a hitman called 'The Shooter', that would certainly make i...
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7890

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

supermarket self-serve tills [...] act like a commissionless-Coinstar as it returns as few coins back as it needs to Really? The ones in our local supermarket (Asda) only seem to contain pennies, 5p pieces and pound coins, judging by the change I usually get. My local Tesco's self-service machines ...
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7890

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

What I sometimes do is pick coins out of my wallet for the remainder and then a note to overshoot the required amount: "Here's 13 pence. And £10." - often poking the mass of coins to estimate whether I can reach the required total or not before grabbing the note. Sometimes I'll also go &qu...
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:48 am UTC
Topic: 2020: "Negative Results"
Replies: 15
Views: 2499

Re: 2020: "Negative Results"

That game is overrated. I enjoyed skyward sword more. De gustibus non est disputandum. That said, Skyward Sword had its moments, just interspersed with a whole lot of tedium - flying isn't soothing the same way sailing in Wind Waker is, but isn't as engaging as traversal in Breath of the Wild; and ...
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7890

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

When I was there in 2002-3, Australia had abandoned anything smaller than 5c - prices were still in any integer number of cents, but, at point of sale, if paying cash, the customer got to keep the odd cents (or the shop gave a few extra cents in change) to get to a multiple of 5c.
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 4610

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Walls? Aren't those just things to fix bookshelves to?
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:05 pm UTC
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 89556

Re: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"

Hi. It is 2018, and I just wanted to say that sometimes I'm haunted by how mistaken this comic seems to have been in the long run (though it might be too soon to tell). The headlines in the comic are "Russian Aggression", "Trade Policy", and some unknown issue with "China&q...
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 5914

Re: 2013: "Rock"

PM 2Ring wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:Everything was Created on Tuesday. Even this comic, and our memories of previously having read it…

Splitter. It was last Thursday.

I thought everyone knew that the world came into being when I gained consciousness most recently and will last until I next lose consciousness.
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Replies: 20
Views: 4069

"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? My technological telecommunications device malefically substitutes verbia...
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 3475

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

moody7277 wrote:
heuristically_alone wrote:Because if the slope was one it would mean no progress is being made haha. At least the slope isnt greater than one.

I think the slope for implementing nuclear fusion power plants is greater than one.

It was very close to 1 for quite a long time, but it seems to have been dropping recently.
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2634
Views: 493414

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

80 Days: That's new to me, checking out now EDIT: 80 Days for sale for \$3.49, 93% user review? Just might get... I have 32 hours logged by Steam. Each run takes something like 2 hours, so I've done 10-15 runs at least. Things are considerably easier than the challenges faced in the original Verne n...
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Topic: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"
Replies: 15
Views: 2615

Re: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"

See also "I need a topic for my PhD and people are more interested in whether I can display suitable academic rigour than in whether the topic itself is intrinsically worthy".
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2634
Views: 493414

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Quite the decent proportion of my wishlist is on sale, but my backlog is just so massive right now, and bundles are just so inevitable. Likewise - 12 of 16 games on my wishlist are on sale (and one of the remainder is free-to-play, so 12 of 15 is probably a better count), but none of them at compel...
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 2596

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

I can't believe I'm the first to post it. What's happening to these fora? You were the first to post it, but you posted wrong. (Also, it probably hadn't been posted already because the comic hadn't gone up yet.) Explainxkcd had the page up at ~0400 (either UTC or UTC+1) more than 12 hours before th...
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120477

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Sableagle wrote:So we don't get the portal gun, then, or can we count all of Portal until the final fight as the tutorial?

Either way, the Long Fall Boots should be available, along with Chelle's uncanny cat-like ability to reorient with her feet toward the ground in moments.
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120477

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I thought of this elsewhere, but... I noticed that video game characters have many powers taken for granted. Megaman can fall any distance and never take damage. Some of them can come back to life and even choose where in a way (diablo 3). Games allow you to save, load, pause, etc. What if there wa...
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 3377

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

This reminds me of a conversation between Arthur Philip Dent and some guy whose name is unimportant:

"I'd far rather be happy than right any day."
"And are you?"
"No, that's where it all falls down, of course."
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:22 pm UTC
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 4807

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

[quote tree] And before that, it was probably all just fields! Don't forget the leptons. And the gauge and scalar bosons. If it weren't for the gluon, all those quarks would just fly apart. I hope the field has a fence around it. Jose How do you put a fence around the strong field? How else do you ...
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:15 am UTC
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 6714

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

I recently did a 20 minute repair on my PC, meaning I've (probably) identified the problem and have a workaround in place. Next step would be a sub-1 hour attempt to repair by laying on of hands (open the case, remove the offending part, reinsert the offending part, close the case), then if that fai...
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 4807

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

Alt text: "Buddy, you trying to pull something? I can't buy this gold--all the electrons are missing. I could face serious charges!" I love science puns. It is too early or I am just getting dumber, it took me three reads before I realized there was a pun. I admit I had to go to explainxk...
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 7409

Re: 2006: "Customer Rewards"

orthogon wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:post it into the true thread.

> implying that there can be more than one true thread (i.e. one per comic). I fear the comfy seats await you...

Someday I may catch up with the true thread. I lost track after the end of Time.
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thor: Ragnarok
Replies: 35
Views: 6903

Re: Thor: Ragnarok

It seems probable that, given what we know, Asguardians enjoy a ridiculous advantage over their enemies. Pretty much every one we've seen is obscenely overpowered. Um, like who? I am pretty sure every time we've seen an Asgardian other than Thor* fight, they've had their ass handed to them by just ...
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 8527

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

orthogon wrote:
heuristically_alone wrote:Can something be pure if it doesn't exist?

You are René Descartes and I claim my 5 francs.

Are you sure he's not Plato?
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120477

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

A strategy is a goal or purpose; a string of tactics is a sequence of actions taken in pursuit of some goal or purpose. It's like the Aristotelian distinction between formal cause and efficient cause. Selecting a group of Goliaths and moving them from the top of a choke-point ramp to a clifftop on t...
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 361
Views: 81781

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

I'm always a fan of Fire Bombs + Shield Bypass if you can get it. For the final boss, even if the crew is dead, it will start self-repairing like a drone ship, so as long as you can stay alive, then all you need to do is keep everything on fire and eventually repeatedly blowing up all the systems w...
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120477

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

It strikes me that, while you're saying "strategy", what you're actually talking about is tactics. Deciding to go all in on blocking/guarding the ramp rather than diverting some of your forces to guard against flanking air units is a strategic decision, but the individual positioning decis...
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 695
Views: 120477

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Koa wrote:Starcraft 2 has a million times more strategy than Civ V, I hope we can all agree.

A million is a pretty big number. If SC2 has a million times more strategy than Civ V, then what's the multiplier to get from Ludo/Parcheesi to Civ V?
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 8527

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I'm not at home so I can't actually measure but I'm thinking my paperback of Les Mis might get the closest. That thing is a brick. Or maybe Battlefield Earth, which is similarly brick shaped. I have managed to plow my way through Les Mis (by purposely only taking that one book on vacation, pre-erea...
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 361
Views: 81781

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

Yeah, any way to kill people without blowing up their ship is great - you get much more of a payout from a (mostly) intact ship than from a cloud of debris. The only catch is that you eventually need something to deal with the final boss...
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2634
Views: 493414

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Steam sometimes emails you to tell you that games on your wishlist are discounted. I've not figured out whether there's any rhyme or reason behind it, but it gives you a shot at finding out...
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 8527

Re: 2005: Attention Span

(Actual TitleText, taken from the page-source and de-SafeWebCharred, is I didn't even realize they MADE a novelization of "Surf Ninjas." How did you-- Oh my god, it's signed by the author?! - But I was so distracted by OP's apparent failure to find it¹ and my own need to find out that I r...
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14826

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

It only just now occurs to me that Thanos actually went backwards because of Loki's exploits on Earth. He gave Loki the scepter containing the Mind Stone so that he could fetch the Space Stone. Loki failed to secure the latter and lost the former! Given Ebony Maw's comments about there being conseq...