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by Xanthir
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 323
Views: 110914

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

In the US wasps are called yellow jackets, but it looks like "wasp" is also used for some other flying insect? Which one? I (from the U.S.) use "wasp" as a general term for a large number of flying insects - pretty much everything in the order Hymenoptera except for bees and ant...
by Xanthir
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Suppletion of "good"
Replies: 32
Views: 8967

Re: Suppletion of "good"

Well, there's a difference between having a specific meaning and a high information content. "I" means something very specific in context, but it's commonness undermines it's information value. Consider what would happen if one dropped the subjects from sentences, how many statements abou...
by Xanthir
Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Wanted: "Layered/tiered" password manager
Replies: 15
Views: 6181

Re: Wanted: "Layered/tiered" password manager

Hey there, I've been using LastPass for a few years now, and something bothers me. I have a nice, secure master password - but if someone gets that, all of my passwords are fair game. I can partially mitigate this by using Two Factor Authentication (2FA) everywhere that I can. But what I'd really l...
by Xanthir
Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Dropping a Cloud Nine From Orbit
Replies: 38
Views: 5229

Re: Dropping a Cloud Nine From Orbit

Yeah, and we don't actually generate all that much of it. Stick some alpha-shedding nuclear rods in a gasproof chamber and you'll get helium, sure, but *very* slowly. And most of what is generated naturally leaks into the atmosphere, and from there to space as it's too light to be held onto. I don't...
by Xanthir
Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math without calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 18702

Re: Math without calculators

mathmannix wrote:using Yakk's example, 27 times 33 is pretty easy to do in your head if you know difference of squares, but even if you don't, or you have something slightly more difficult (and/or realistic) like 27.5 times 32.4

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* - I totally didn't plan that it would be the same answer!

Burn the witch!
by Xanthir
Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 68735

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Assassin's Creed Black Flag might be a fun pirate game if they ever let you get to the pirate game instead of their shitty tutorial wall missions and incomprehensibly bad combat mechanics. Need to counter guy, okay I have to hold e. Doesn't do a damn thing. If your quick time events don't even work...
by Xanthir
Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How do satellites not crash into each other?
Replies: 94
Views: 12092

Re: How do satellites not crash into each other?

Especially since the red ones make them go so much faster!
by Xanthir
Tue Jul 12, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18622

Re: Pokemon Go

I finally took a gym last night! Wooo! The hospital right next to us is a gym, but it's been owned by some strong Valor players for quite a while. I checked it on a whim last night, and noticed it was suddenly way down, a level 1 with a single 350 Fearow guarding it. Wife and I hurried to put pants ...
by Xanthir
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18622

Re: Pokemon Go

Wife had a teensy 100cp Magnemite totally wreck a 500cp pidgey - at least sometimes, "super effective" staggers the victim, so she kept it stunlocked until it died. (Then the game locked up, but we confirmed that she did indeed successfully defeat the gym.) And I read the postmortem about ...
by Xanthir
Tue Jul 12, 2016 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Trisecting an angle
Replies: 63
Views: 9050

Re: Trisecting an angle

No, the difference between "can trisect any angle" and "can trisect these specific angles that I know about" is huge. That's literally the entire point of the angle-trisection problem. And adding more abilities is also irrelevant - the angle-trisection problem is about trisecting...
by Xanthir
Mon Jul 11, 2016 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18622

Re: Pokemon Go

Yeah, that's some *basic-ass shit* to deal with. It's disappointing, because we maintain shitty networks on campus for testing purposes; I think Niantic lives separately from our SF office, BUT STILL. Failing to test these conditions is inexcusable, piled on top of the shitty coding that causes the ...
by Xanthir
Mon Jul 11, 2016 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18622

Re: Pokemon Go

I have a real hard time taking down gyms. Most of the time they bug out and I can't KO the last Pokemon defending, and the rest of the time GPS is wonky and says I'm not close enough even though I'm standing on the place where the gym is. When it bugs out on the last pokemon, if you actually won (b...
by Xanthir
Sat Jul 09, 2016 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18622

Re: Pokemon Go

DaBigCheez wrote:(Fun fact: not only were their servers down, the third-party sites that you could use to check if the servers were down were *themselves* DDoSed by the sheer number of people trying to check if the Pokemon Go servers were back up yet.)

Yeah, that's why you use the Twitter account instead. ^_^
by Xanthir
Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:36 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18622

Pokemon Go

In case you aren't aware, Pokemon Go is basically Ingress with a Pokémon skin. It's kinda AR - you walk around in the real world looking for Pokemon, at which point it displays it against what your camera sees, and you fling pokeballs at it until you catch it. There are "Pokespots" scatter...
by Xanthir
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

After upgrading to Ore7 and Iron6, I now fit the *entire* Engine assembly into the small Megafactory block under your starting zone. (Don't remember if it was C1 or C3.) I'm absurdly happy about this. Now I think I'll let it run on my work computer over the weekend so I don't have to worry about it,...
by Xanthir
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

I'm at 20k research in my Kilofactory, but that's with a bought x3 boost (I like kicking money to people when I play a game any non-trivial amount of time), so it sounds like we're right about the same - I've got 7 perfect-output analytics centers at 1/7/6 upgrade levels. I'm running almost double y...
by Xanthir
Thu Jul 07, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

Sounds like you're just ahead of me - I'm at Ore5/Iron4/Steel3, so my steel lines are 2/2/1 at the moment. Currently saving up the 350T or so I need to do a full ore/iron/steel upgrade; the 3 ore lines will be annoying, but it'll still take up way less space overall - I might be able to get two full...
by Xanthir
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

Interesting, you just play a lot differently than I do. ^_^ I carefully control my upgrades; I might not rebuild constantly, but I'll at least only buy upgrades if getting back to perfection requires only deleting or very minor rearranging, and I try to always run everything at 100% efficiency. Tank...
by Xanthir
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

Re: sorters go back to doing things "correctly", ok, sure, I hadn't considered that. Your scenario, tho, just doesn't make sense to me. Why would you upgrade part of your production line without either upgrading everything necessary, or rebuilding to get a proper ratio? It tells you what t...
by Xanthir
Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

I have, in fact, never used a single sorter. I'm still confused by them. The clockwise rule is all you ever need to know. Only if you can keep things balanced so the belts never back up past the filter point (whether that's a fork, or multiple belts leaving the same device). I've had layouts that r...
by Xanthir
Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Algorithm for Areas Under Normal Curve
Replies: 4
Views: 1988

Re: Algorithm for Areas Under Normal Curve

Don't feel like searching out algos at the moment, but what you're looking for is high-precision algorithms for the CDF of the normal distribution. That's usually stated as the area between -∞ and your z-score, but that's just (1 - your-thing).
by Xanthir
Mon Jul 04, 2016 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

Oh jeezus, *that's* what those numbers mean on the conveyers. Why not just label them top/middle/bottom or left/middle/right? I thought it was just "the zeroth output, the first output, the second output", so I could attach conveyers wherever and it would just output in order. Good lord, t...
by Xanthir
Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

I have, in fact, never used a single sorter. I'm still confused by them. The clockwise rule is all you ever need to know. I'm not sure what you mean by "click every single thing". If you hold down the right mouse button and just sweep with it (or shift+left mouse), you'll delete everything...
by Xanthir
Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9764
Views: 1573345

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Okay, then you're probably doing okay. I'm still not 100% clear on your code, but do you recursively await for the *entire* tree before starting to work on the first node? That can be improved, if so - kick off the requests asyncly, then do as much work as you can, only awaiting when you actually ne...
by Xanthir
Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9764
Views: 1573345

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I started teaching myself Rust this afternoon, and plan to spend some time next week doing more. Starter project is to write a spider that tracks all cross-spec links within the set of web specs, to help figure out what will break if someone changes/removes a definition.
by Xanthir
Sat Jul 02, 2016 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9764
Views: 1573345

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I'm nowhere near experienced in this kind of thing, but I think that systems tend to have a double-fault handler, and even a triple-fault (which is usually just a system crash, as your double-fault handler should *not* be faulting).
by Xanthir
Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9764
Views: 1573345

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

On the one hand, await is amazing, on the other hand writing stuff like this I'm not sure if I'm "Doing it right". Especially recursive awaiting to build a tree seems... I dunno, weird and probably not optimal. There's nothing wrong with recursively awaiting in principle , but often it'll...
by Xanthir
Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?
Replies: 10
Views: 3249

Re: What do you think about Truespel and Fanetik?

That's no more awkward than "someone who sees" being spelled "seeer". (That is to say, super awkward.)
by Xanthir
Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49265

Re: We are in five.

Ah, yeah, at first I was like "what the hell is it even asking", but as soon as a context was provided (such as discussing room numbers), where "five" is an acceptable noun that you can be in, it makes total sense and is completely reasonable English.
by Xanthir
Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 323
Views: 110914

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

That is, "Me went to the beach" is always wrong, but pretty much anything more complex ("Me or you have to go the beach", "Me and you had a good time at the beach", etc) is fine to use "me". Has it really reached that level of acceptability now? :( I still ar...
by Xanthir
Mon Jun 27, 2016 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alkaline Food
Replies: 26
Views: 5259

Re: Alkaline Food

And to be more specific about blood, it keeps its pH stable by being a buffer solution with carbonic acid (H2CO3) / bicarbonate (HCO3-). Notice the lack of any exotic minerals; like almost everything else about your body, it's just CHON.
by Xanthir
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"
Replies: 21
Views: 4724

Re: 1698: "Theft Quadrants"

I blame early Twitter.
by Xanthir
Thu Jun 23, 2016 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Good books for learning to create proxy servers?
Replies: 18
Views: 6338

Re: Good books for learning to create proxy servers?

This sounds incredibly sketch and I'm no longer comfortable even helping with it.
by Xanthir
Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

Making my way there. I actually picked up T3 research yesterday afternoon, and went ahead and sent some money the dude's way to show my appreciation, so now I've got 4 fully-filled T3 research stations and a x3 boost on top of that. My science went up 10-fold! Only at 500mil research right now, so i...
by Xanthir
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: My wife and I's...
Replies: 30
Views: 6074

Re: My wife and I's...

Probably because the "I's" contraction (for "I is") is also associated with some "bad" dialects, so it's unconsciously biasing you against it.
by Xanthir
Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]
Replies: 323
Views: 110914

Re: English as She Is Spoke [English practice]

Hey guys, just stopping by to thank everyone who cleared my doubt. However, I have another, unrelated one : Is it ever OK to say, for example, "My friends and me" instead of "My friends and I" ? I understand that the correct way uses the I , but does it exist a case where "...
by Xanthir
Tue Jun 21, 2016 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 52757

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

They're not even that far - given that they think a set of inconsistent premises invalidates all of logic, a better analogy would be someone believing that if one hockey player cheats a single time, it means the rules of hockey are inconsistent everywhere.
by Xanthir
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:39 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Cool games on the interweb redux
Replies: 511
Views: 273639

Re: Cool games on the interweb redux

I should finally pick up my t3 research probably on Tuesday, if I can remember to play properly. I've got my factories set up similarly - Factory is packed full of gun, while Kilofactory is packed full of t2 research. Specializing is super-important, so you can tune your upgrades properly. No sense ...
by Xanthir
Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 52757

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

My deepest thanks to everyone in this thread and previous ones. Proof: The premises for this proof are the axioms/rules of propositional logic. That is, we assume that all the rules of propositional logic are true. The proof is intended to show that the axioms/rules of propositional logic are incon...
by Xanthir
Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Google Chrome keeps crashing
Replies: 8
Views: 4560

Re: Google Chrome keeps crashing

Or an *anti*virus. Chrome is *intentionally* pretty crashy in some circumstances; if it detects that its memory is getting fiddled with, it'll defensively crash rather than allow you to browse while owned. Unfortunately, a lot of antiviruses love to fiddle with memory, so they're one of the top cras...

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