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by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 35260

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses). And why is that a problem when it's not public-facing? You're not giving the website any information they aren't getting already (and you ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 7252

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

I know someone who was widowed and remarried, and some of his first wife's family refer to themselves as his family "out-law". There appears to be some uncertainty as to exactly what constitutes an "in-law" - in Italian law, your spouse's blood relatives are your relatives in-law...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 35260

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Sigh at this whole thread. The reason you are required to type your password twice is that it is obscured and so you can't tell if you mistyped it. Requiring you to type an email address, which is generally not obscured and you can see if you mistype, is just idiotic. I have seen websites with regi...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15794

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

ucim wrote:Such an affect can effect some good arguments.


I find I affect an affect of affection for that sentence.
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 35260

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Sigh at this whole thread. The reason you are required to type your password twice is that it is obscured and so you can't tell if you mistyped it. Requiring you to type an email address, which is generally not obscured and you can see if you mistype, is just idiotic. I have seen websites with regi...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cyber Tank - please help !!!!
Replies: 20
Views: 1979

Re: Cyber Tank - please help !!!!

This thread does not show up in New Posts or Your Posts for no obvious reason. Yeah, there's something up with Your Posts, where it only occasionally updates the list of threads you've posted in - give it a month or two and this thread should show up (possibly much sooner - I've no idea what trigge...
by rmsgrey
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15794

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Just think: another 40 years of this and nobody'll be able to read The Lord of the Rings without a translation guide. Meh. It was better in the original Elvish. Elvish? Bilbo (and Frodo) wrote in Westron - hence the existence of three volumes of "Translations from the Elvish by B. Baggins"...
by rmsgrey
Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome
Replies: 37
Views: 7267

Re: Stanley Kubrick: Because He is Awesome

Arthur C. Clarke's version was headtrippy but comprehensible, while Kubrick's version was almost David Lynch levels of resolutely baffling at the end. What do you mean? They both worked together on the script, as far as I recall. Novels have to explain the visuals rather than being free to just dis...
by rmsgrey
Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 7032

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Why? Supposing it's possible to cool the outer surfaces of all those Dyson spheres to near absolute zero, why would they? Just to fool Earthlings into thinking there's some kind of nonbaryonic dark matter? I also doubt the "space is big" argument. If there are enough stars hidden inside D...
by rmsgrey
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5163

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

On the good news side, antibodies are transferrable. "... and airliners, with whatever that stuff is that they spray out that lingers in the air for however long ..." "Contrails? That's just water." "Water?" "Yes. They burn hydrocarbons and make CO 2 and H 2 O, wa...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 21, 2018 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"
Replies: 35
Views: 5869

Re: 2009: "Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram"

there's an error on there, right? the arrow in the x-axis should be pointing to the left. Hello fellow 1-poster. Yep. I came here to point out the same thing. I was at first confused about why the hydrogen bomb was on the far left at 100e6K. The short answer is "tradition". The H-R diagra...
by rmsgrey
Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 7032

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

I presume "space cows" because we think terrestrial cows would be unable to survive away from the earth; "bees" without such qualification because we think they may be the same, given our bees' penchant for recognizing galactic royalty. But I wonder about "no-see-ums"....
by rmsgrey
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 5569

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Aleph is Hebrew, not Arabic. So is bet. All the standard numerals are Arabic, though. (Unless you ask an actual Arab, then they're Indian). Good point. The first two letters of the Arabic alphabet are also called "aleph" and "beth" (both with a variety of transliterations), but ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Aug 18, 2018 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2034: "Equations"
Replies: 30
Views: 5569

Re: 2034: "Equations"

Given the complexity of many formulae in modern physics, mathematics, etc. and the wide availability of Unicode I'm surprised we haven't gone beyond the standard greek/latin alphabet yet, instead choosing to use diacritics, typeface styles such as blackletter etc. There are plenty of characters ava...
by rmsgrey
Thu Aug 16, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2033: "Repair or Replace"
Replies: 36
Views: 5031

Re: 2033: "Repair or Replace"

Computer hardware problems mostly come in two categories: Simple mechanical issues can be fixed by dusting inside the case, unplugging and reinserting components, and making sure you've got adequate cooling. Problems with chips or PCBs are occasionally possible to repair with nothing more than a fin...
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 6661

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

Possibly SATURN - though I'm not sold on it. Well, it is . That's official. Once I'd checked 17 across, instead of mistakenly looking at 17 down! ;) But still not sure why. Backing off by taking the two letters I thought were indicated gives nothing I can relate to the rest of the wordplay, nor any...
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 6661

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

Though right now I'm still trying to justify my answer to "Rocket an astronomical distance from the Earth (6)" (¿ PARSEC ?) because it answers one possible definition I can extract from the clue but doesn't seem to be an answer to the rest of it. I suspect I'll instead discover "LY&q...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 6661

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

The advantage of "straight" crossword clues is that they're direct and to the point, but it's often ambiguous whether you've got the intended answer until you've got sufficient cross-checks in place, and if you don't know the answer, there's nothing you can do about it except look it up so...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 10, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 31366

Re: Black Panther

Black Panther is a weird outlier in terms of MCU movies in that it's domestic gross is a fair chunk higher than its international gross. I'm not really sure what exactly is driving that. Was it not shown in some countries for some reason? The movie directly addresses things which are live political...
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 3261

Re: 2029: "Disaster Movie"

SuicideJunkie wrote:
gd1 wrote:
rhomboidal wrote:Hollywood would still demand that the scientists update their data sets while shooting at lava monsters.

To be fair, games have unrealistic expectations of scientists too:
Publish or Perish is taken to the extreme at Black Mesa.

When did Freeman ever publish anything?
by rmsgrey
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6426

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Are there any interesting features of transcendental numbers, other than the fact that they are hard to write down? That's a pretty good summary of it. Their most interesting feature is that almost every number is transcendental, but very few of the numbers we use are. In fact, the vast majority of...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: A Series to be Named Later
Replies: 10
Views: 2454

Re: Star Truck: A Series to be Named Later

I don't know, it seems like Star Trek has been all downhill since DS9. Voyager and Enterprise at least tried to keep to canon, but it's like everything they made since is about bringing the widest audience with a complete disregard for the existing universe. Star Trek: Andromeda was Ok… ;) To me it...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2029: "Disaster Movie"
Replies: 21
Views: 3261

Re: 2029: "Disaster Movie"

Archaologists: http://www.bbc.co.uk/staticarchive/8351546107a5b71114adc3725b1d4c2316a25f2b.jpg vs https://www.sideshowtoy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/tomb-raider-lara-croft-statue-gaming-heads-silo-903481.png …and… http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/resources/images/965386/?type=responsive-gallery...
by rmsgrey
Tue Aug 07, 2018 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6426

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

If you want to get into it, for quite a while, one wasn't a number either. Or, alternatively, people talked about "mutliplicities" where we would talk about numbers - it's a question of translation and whether you translate the term used as "number" because it's used where we wou...
by rmsgrey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6426

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

Of course, another is the idea of negative numbers. Once you have negative numbers, complex numbers are a fairly small step... Yeah ... negative numbers have to be introduced in order for all linear equations to have solutions. Complex numbers are needed for quadratics to have solutions, but weirdl...
by rmsgrey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6426

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...
by rmsgrey
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6426

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 ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Aug 04, 2018 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 6426

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...
by rmsgrey
Fri Aug 03, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 5207

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...
by rmsgrey
Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 5207

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...
by rmsgrey
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: 3840

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...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jul 31, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 3500

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...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jul 25, 2018 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2024: "Light Hacks"
Replies: 18
Views: 3178

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...
by rmsgrey
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 5197

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...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7858

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 ...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7858

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...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2020: "Negative Results"
Replies: 15
Views: 2497

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 ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Jul 14, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 7858

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.
by rmsgrey
Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 32
Views: 4581

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

Walls? Aren't those just things to fix bookshelves to?
by rmsgrey
Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0635: "Locke and Demosthenes"
Replies: 204
Views: 89510

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...

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