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by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1514
Views: 325018

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I'll throw in Terraria (I'm currently at 354 hours played on Steam, with 84/88 achievements) - it's kinda a 2D side-on Minecraft with a bit more action-adventure. You start out with some very basic equipment - sword, pickaxe, axe - and a nearby NPC (the "Guide") - and have until nightfall ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 5054

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

64% of occupied dwellings are occupied by an owner. That's not the same thing. If you have a better estimate, then I'd be happy to hear it and will start to use that number instead. If you don't have a better estimate then I'd be very interested to hear how you feel this fact contributes in any way...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 5054

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

64% of occupied dwellings are occupied by an owner. That's not the same thing. If you have a better estimate, then I'd be happy to hear it and will start to use that number instead. If you don't have a better estimate then I'd be very interested to hear how you feel this fact contributes in any way...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 23, 2018 1:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 5054

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

It's very important to pay your taxis if you want to get anywhere in life.
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 22, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1662: "Jack and Jill"
Replies: 106
Views: 16790

Re: 1662: "Jack and Jill"

ekwisner wrote:Does going uphill to fetch water still sound counter-intuitive?


Yes. Doesn't mean it's wrong, just that it sounds counter-intuitive.
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1895
Views: 458666

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Sounds like a Molyneuxed version of an RPG. I'm not saying that you absolutely couldn't make a worthwhile game using physical stats rather than jumping straight to derived/summary stats for weapons, but without some significant gameplay effect, which may, in turn, require more in-depth mechanics and...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 21, 2018 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 3793

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

The best thing about long shots is that eventually you get one right and everyone thinks you're a genius. It depends how accessible your history is - if you post a thousand predictions to the same site at the same time, and one pays off, people are likely to notice the other 999 and be less impress...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

My shortlist of most important films to have seen before Infinity War: - Captain America Civil War: establishes the current situation with the Avengers, introduces Black Panther and Spiderman, and establishes most of what's going on on Earth. May want to watch Avengers 1 and 2 first, and the non-Hul...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 3793

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

This comment is not available in this thread.

(I'm surprised no-one else got here first)
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 3296

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Okay, if you prefer, my observation so far has consistently been that when I double-click an icon on the desktop [...] and I have a private detective on retainer... You have the detective because of what I said. And yes, desktop computers seem to behave this way. Smartphones don't. Apps are far les...
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 25
Views: 7554

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

What a neat theory! Though wasnt the reason Zaphod was so obsessed of finding Magrathea because of the idea being placed in his mind by (correct me if I remember incorrectly) the mice? Didn't Zaphod put the idea into his own mind? I recall a scene where he excitedly tells Ford someone had cut off a...
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 3296

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Right now, my computer does what I tell it to do - if I double-click on an icon on my desktop, my computer "runs" whatever the icon represents. No. When you double click an icon, the computer does whatever the authors of that application tell it to do. And that application, behind the sce...
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 3296

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Charlie! pictured: Someone builds an AI that does what you tell it to do. that's crazy, they already there, all the machines. But nobody talks the right language. Yeah, it's not AI that does what we tell it that's needed, but AI that ignores what we actually say, and does what we mean instead. Or e...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 3296

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Charlie! pictured: Someone build an AI that does what you toll it to do. Hi guys, that's crazy, they already there, all the machines. But nobody talks the right language. 8-) Yeah, it's not AI that does what we tell it that's needed, but AI that ignores what we actually say, and does what we mean i...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 3296

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

Humans have evolved for thousands of years to be good at getting other humans to not kill us. Our history of getting robots to not kill us is much shorter, and our history of getting self-aware robots to not kill us is nonexistent. We've got a fairly solid grasp of the risk involved in dealing with ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

Pfhorrest wrote:At least Steve and Tony's moms didn't have the same name.

No, that's their sidekicks, James and James...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 14, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

I guess magic metallurgy and suits of flying armor are things I'm okay with, but the idea that intelligence can be so easily compared and graded isn't. I'm fine with nebulous super genius as a power, but I get leery when the writers start talking about how that super-genius falls into neat little h...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 913
Views: 198774

Re: Board games anyone?

I played Vast once and it didn't feel very interactive. The mechanics are interesting and it's well-designed, but I'm not sure how it works over multiple plays. Typically, you'd expect someone's first game of Vast to be spent getting their head around how their role works, so a first game can feel ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:13 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 913
Views: 198774

Re: Board games anyone?

How many different roles are there? Six, although one of them (the Cave) you can't play solo. The idea is that each role plays very differently - different win conditions and different play rules. Which is cool, and it's the reason I wanted it, but it's also a hindrance to learning the game because...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1965: "Background Apps"
Replies: 33
Views: 6444

Re: 1965: "Background Apps"

(Most dashboard navigational aids that I've seen tend to boot up into "Your destination?" mode, then 'wait for you', rather than "Calculating…" mode where it admits ignorance of its current location. That would always be the smart thing to do, for such a device, of course, given...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 913
Views: 198774

Re: Board games anyone?

We played S1 September yesterday, the one with the big twist. We decided to have four funding for the game. We're generally pretty casual about things with this group, and also my sister-in-law and her husband are going on their honeymoon at the end of the month for seven weeks so it would be great...
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

The Pope is a High Priest , but no one would call him that. That Zuri is not explicitly named High Priest does not stop him from holding the role. There’s pretty clearly religious overtones to everything he does, and he seems to run the show. Part of running the show is delegation of things, like d...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 913
Views: 198774

Re: Board games anyone?

@rmsgrey, no actual spoilers, but just in case you don't want *any* information about the thing you're talking about: We were really scared of it too and barely used it, having been burned by Season 1's "good stuff", but don't worry - it doesn't hurt. Yeah, if you're talki...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 913
Views: 198774

Re: Board games anyone?

We're playing pandemic season 2 following the actual months of the year again (more or less). We've played up to march now and managed to win each month on the first try so far. The pre-game debate for our next game could take a while though: We got a new character that will help us with our dimini...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

According to that same Wikipedia article, the US and Canada, and the territories that became the US and Canada, accounted for some 20% of the slave trade over its lifetime, while other English/British holdings accounted for a further 20%, and Portuguese colonies for 38.5% (The Danish West Indies ac...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

There's a reason why "receiving stolen goods" and "conspiracy to commit robbery" are specific crimes rather than just being included as forms of the one crime of robbery. Or, more directly, the difference between kidnapping and trafficking as separate crimes. And responsibility ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 08, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

According to that same Wikipedia article, the US and Canada, and the territories that became the US and Canada, accounted for some 20% of the slave trade over its lifetime, while other English/British holdings accounted for a further 20%, and Portuguese colonies for 38.5% (The Danish West Indies ac...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 6275

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

There's one set of directions I give from time to time, which goes something like "Starting from [landmark], head east, go past [minor landmark] and keep going, up the spiral staircase, over the rooftops, across the motorway, past [minor landmark] to the south and turn north at the lights. It's...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

In general, if "nothing will" is the answer, then you're probably not approaching it rationally. I note that while your standard is short of this, you do set out some very tight requirements. For instance, the restriction of "transatlantic" sort of excludes However, wikipedia li...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

No argument on the main point of the spoiler. On the secondary point: Killmonger wasn't just looking for access to Wakanda - he could have killed Klaue and turned up with his head any time in the last decade or so - and been met by a strong King T'Chaka and shuffled off somewhere where he&#...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

What hypothetical evidence would convince you that the British were more responsible for slavery than for ending it? I'm having trouble parsing this question. What do you mean by "responsible for slavery"? And what do you mean by "ending slavery"? If, by the former you mean &quo...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 07, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

But yeah, most teachers teach history that's correct...from a certain point of view. Lots of very interesting bits might get left out because they're inconvenient to a particular worldview. Not necessarily lied about or what not, just...not given space. I happened to get a home schooled education w...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

That made absolutely zero sense to me. What possible reason do you have for not immediately shooting Klaue? At best - you kill him and you have the gratitude of your partner, and if you want to off her you still have the chance to do so while she's grateful and not considering protecting hersel...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

↶ That made absolutely zero sense to me. What possible reason do you have for not immediately shooting Klaue? At best - you kill him and you have the gratitude of your partner, and if you want to off her you still have the chance to do so while she's grateful and not considering protecting hers...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 199
Views: 12601

Re: Black Panther

What was the origin of "planet is actually a giant brain with all creatures connected"? I definitely played that in Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri, but it probably came from something earlier. Stupid blue mindworm people. There's an Asimov short story first published in 1950 under the title &q...
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

gmalivuk wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:
unilaterally shutting down the slave trade
They what now?

Stopped shipping slaves and started sending naval ships to stop other people shipping them, over the protests of the people selling slaves to British slave traders.
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

Like I said, receiving stolen goods, rather than burglary. Still a crime (and generally more profitable for an established fence) but a different crime. Britain didn't set up the slave trade - that had been being run to the east by Arab nations for centuries (with organisation and expansion coming f...
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

It's ok, rms. You personally didn't kidnap and enslave people. Being descended from the people that did doesn't make you the problem, but denying what your ancestors did does. I take it you know something about my ancestry that I don't - one branch was farming sheep in Wales at the time; another br...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 03, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 4446

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

Well-meaning Victorian-Era busybodies did their best to "help" Aborigines by taking the children away from their parents and raising them in a "civilised" fashion. I don't think any more needs to be said about that - apparently the response was "ingratitude"... The Sto...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 03, 2018 1:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 3644

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Sprocket wrote:A lot of things say 1980 is a millennial. I feel pretty solidly millennial. I am definitely not gen x.


I think at least part of it for people near the borders is who you were raised with/by - as the eldest in a family of millennials, I also identify as such rather than Gen X.

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