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by YTPrenewed
Sun Sep 23, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 5301

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

"Rolle's" theorem?

Now there's a name to on-the-nose for Legend of Everfree.
by YTPrenewed
Thu May 10, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 9422

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

This. This is why I didn't actually get a driver's license until I was 24 even when the legal driving age in my state is 16. I wasn't quite 24, but I didn't bother with the beginner's permit until I was 19, or the full license until I was 22, because I figured I could just take public transit, and ...
by YTPrenewed
Thu May 10, 2018 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21586

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Perhaps this is a sign that you are reacting rather than responding, which is a danger in any political discussion. I very much doubt it. The line between emotion and reason can be a little blurred, but when there is that strong a pattern, it's easy to get used to it. It sounds good, and I'm not su...
by YTPrenewed
Sun May 06, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 14232

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

Why not just use real words instead?
by YTPrenewed
Sun May 06, 2018 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21586

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Huh? What's this about "the usual libertarian-style 'none of your business'"? I'm just so used to that catch phrase; or logical equivalents to it; being invoked that I've almost come to expect it. It's been used when I've been mistaken for wanting to protect those who want several childre...
by YTPrenewed
Thu May 03, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21586

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

those drivers can't all be doing this out of necessity. Why not? Seriously - don't confuse incredulity with reason. It might be the case that some people choose to drive to (say) visit a friend, which is not something that's absolutely necessary. But I don't see how you can justify the statement th...
by YTPrenewed
Thu May 03, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17049

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Difference is, the effects on scientific progress of imperial vs. metric are (relatively) more trivial, while the harm done by religious opposition to embryonic stem cell research is much more severe. There's also the issue that religion legitimizes superstition, but it's unclear the extent to which...
by YTPrenewed
Thu May 03, 2018 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21586

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Curious, then, that libertarians to centrists are more likely to dismiss such concerns with "none of your business" (pollution and car crashes are everyone's business) than with "some people have good reasons to drive." (They can be compensated.) Just look at the highways you can...
by YTPrenewed
Thu May 03, 2018 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21586

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I'd rather we dispensed with the half-measures, and taxed carbon until people had no choice but to take public transit. That'd save lives AND the environment. But if there isn't the political will for that, self-driving cars can provide a way to cater to people's indulgent desire to not have to sha...
by YTPrenewed
Wed May 02, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21586

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

except that people take a perverse joy out of trying to prove that computers are worse than humans at a task, and delight in exploring their failure modes - which are often very different than human ones. There were tests showing that miniscule markings in the environment, which a human wouldn't ev...
by YTPrenewed
Tue May 01, 2018 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9565

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Soupspoon wrote:SFAIUI

...?

Neither Google nor Urban Dictionary turn up anything.
by YTPrenewed
Tue May 01, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0438: "Internet Argument"
Replies: 118
Views: 37031

Re: 0438: "Internet Argument"

This comic reminds me of Twitch. When they can actually see the face and hear the voice of the chatroom's host, they're a little more civil to each other, even though they themselves are anonymous. There's another factor worth considering, though. The "publish first, scrutinize later" tend...
by YTPrenewed
Tue May 01, 2018 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 99265

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/rejection.png Title text: "Perhaps you need a crash course in taking hints. Here's your first lesson: We're not actually walking somewhere together; I'm trying to leave this conversation and you're following me." I was recently thinking about this old comic. It...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9565

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

UK weather presenters have tended to be dedicated Met Office employees, at least historically upon the BBC (TV and radio set pieces). That... kind of feels like it's going too far in the other direction. I'd rather just give the shy ones their Met Office jobs so the attention-craving ones can focus...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 9565

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

"Probability of precip" is based on what's known as ensemble forecasts. Basically, you use a computer model to simulate the physics of weather, and you experiment with the effects of various likely inputs for weather variable (temperature, wind speed, etc...) to reflect the uncertainty in ...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9089

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Try mentioning the need for gun control on twitter. People you've never heard of will try to dismiss any argument you make and start making personal comments about you. You could even say that you have been surrounded by assholes. Doesn't make them the sane ones. The people on Twitter really cover ...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9089

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Is there any one-word equivalent of "either misinterpreted or misrepresented" that doesn't imply any assumptions about which it was? Yes the word is "miscommunication" That... hardly seems satisfactory. It sounds just as biased in favour of the idea that it was by accident as mi...
by YTPrenewed
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 9089

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Both explanations assume that no one is deliberately misrepresenting what is being said. Bit of a false dichotomy there. "Everyone else" believed all kinds of ridiculous crap. They believed that Iraq had WMDs or that those alleged witches were actual witches. It's almost as if we need a mo...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 10583

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Reminds me of the "Canada's too cold" thing. People who say that don't always specify whether it's the mild summers or cold winters that deter them (though I'm guessing it's the latter) but Osoyoos has hot summers and the west coast of BC has mild winters... how much warmer do they want? T...
by YTPrenewed
Sun Sep 25, 2016 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 34449

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

I am arguing against the idea of privileging any variety of a language as the single universal standard, against which all utterances in that language will be judged for "correctness". By that standard we may as well stop trying to convince Americans to use the metric system. The same app...
by YTPrenewed
Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 14662

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

Is this by any chance a parody of the increasing popularity of "it is beyond saving" reasoning used in the context of politics? (Britain abandoning the EU instead of trying to fix it comes to mind...)
by YTPrenewed
Fri Sep 23, 2016 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 34449

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Sure, there are ambiguities possible in nonstandard uses that can be clarified by using proper grammar, but there are also ambiguities in standard grammar that could be cleared up by using something nonstandard. That may constitute a reason for making a presently non-standard form of grammar the ne...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 34449

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

The types of rules grammar police harp on about generally aren't the sort that can lead to real ambiguity, though. Or when they can, it's with no higher probability than formally correct grammar can be ambiguous. There will always be some bare minimum level of ambiguity. With proper grammar, that l...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 34449

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

*It can help ensure that they don't engender confusion in a future conversation where there *is* real ambiguity, perhaps, but a) that's still unlikely to be the primary purpose in the instances I'm thinking of and b) that warrants at most a brief parenthetical aside, not bringing a conversation to ...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 34449

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Clearly, for successful communication to occur, it is important above all else that we know who to blame. Yes. Yes it is. Otherwise, people could deliberately undermine successful communication with impunity. Your semicolon abuse made me twitch, but in precisely the same way as encountering someone...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"
Replies: 16
Views: 5049

Re: 1733: "Solar Spectrum"

What kind of sunglasses block nothing more than single-digit percentages* of the visible wavelengths anyway? *Maybe less than that, since I based that on looking at this comic in MS Paint, and I doubt the spectral line widths shown in this comic are meant to represent the actual spectral line width....
by YTPrenewed
Thu Sep 22, 2016 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 34449

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

If anything, fashion police and grammar police are opposites. Fashion police are putting their views on style ahead of pragmatism. The time and money spent on things that are considered fashionable can come at the expense of more practical things. (Not to say there can't be value in wearing them on ...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Feb 24, 2016 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 23147

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

Talking of radians, why do we still use degrees when measuring angles? Do they offer any advantages over radians? Couldn't we do away with them entirely and just teach radians at school? I mean sure, whole numbers are nice and all... But pi! I figure if they're far enough along to learn geometry, t...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Nov 28, 2015 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 22670

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

It's up to those arguing there's a pattern to make the case for why it's a meaningful one No, it's up to the people making today's dire predictions to make the case for why their dire predictions are more trustworthy than the similarly dire predictions people have been making for centuries. Depends...
by YTPrenewed
Sat Nov 21, 2015 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 22670

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Particularly since that's what the previous one that touched on this subject was about? Previous one that "touched on this subject?" You mean the one linked to earlier in the thread or something else? I don't doubt that such comparisons are a worthwhile point to bring up, but they aren't ...
by YTPrenewed
Fri Nov 20, 2015 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 22670

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

If I tried a lighter for two centuries, yes, I'm pretty sure I could come to the conclusion it didn't work, at least for the purposes I was putting it to. And if you only tried it once every few decades? It's up to those arguing there's a pattern to make the case for why it's a meaningful one, and ...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0603: "Idiocracy"
Replies: 573
Views: 113069

Re: "Idiocracy" Discussion

I was brought here today because of this story. There's more to limits on breeding than just genetics. There's harm that can be done in the womb itself (though the text version doesn't mention it, the broadcast version said she was a drug addict) and taking away the kids after they're born does noth...
by YTPrenewed
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1601: "Isolation"
Replies: 103
Views: 22670

Re: 1601: "Isolation"

Indeed, one of the reasons that I still like paper books is that walking down the street reading a paper book doesn't seem to have the social stigma that walking down the street with a phone does. In fact, oddly, I still get people who inquire, "how can you read while walking?" despite th...
by YTPrenewed
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 44688

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I think this ties in rather well with the point I made in this post. It's not enough to call language "glorious chaos," we need to fix that if only to know who is logically at fault for a miscommunication. Which in this case would be those who shift the goalposts on what a given phrase mea...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Replies: 3
Views: 4636

Re: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

I haven't gotten around to Neil Degrasse Tyson's series yet, but I did like Carl Sagan's series. Enough to have marked the day it would be the 35th anniversary (a couple days ago) of the premiere, and made a YTP about it on that day accordingly . Do you think we could make this a general thread abou...
by YTPrenewed
Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2087
Views: 641395

Re: Something on Youtube

I don't typically link to my own Youtube videos on this site (nor typically post in this thread in the first place) but I figured I may as well this time since this one has (relatively) more reason to be of interest to people on this site than my other ones. [YTP] Cosmos, 35th Anniversary Essentiall...
by YTPrenewed
Fri May 15, 2015 11:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 27148

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Is it really physicists' fault they were assigned to weapons production? That's typically what gets funding. If some of that military money was shifted toward green energy physicists' knowledge could come in handy there too. Sounds to me like it's less so the fault of physics and more so the fault m...
by YTPrenewed
Fri May 15, 2015 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”
Replies: 96
Views: 18315

Re: 1521: “Sword in the Stone”

I noticed this was posted the day before the British election; couldn't help but wonder if that was to avoid giving the impression that they were commenting on the results...
by YTPrenewed
Sun Mar 29, 2015 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"
Replies: 41
Views: 10692

Re: 1503: "Squirrel Plan"

Are squirrels supposed to be attracted to bright lights or something, or is the joke simply about the concept in television or video games of valuable items shining? My new band is named Squirrel Hydrogen and it plays transition metal. There should be more metal subgenres with chemical metal types a...
by YTPrenewed
Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"
Replies: 51
Views: 38023

Re: 0169: "Words that End in GRY"

Bumping because an incident on another website (under another pseudonym, though) made me think about this comic. I previously endorsed applying its message across the Internet. My current opinion now flies in the face of that. First off, the guy in the comic wasn't just "communicating badly,&qu...

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