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by Garnasha
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 11672

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Europeans continue to be amazed that in the US, VAT is a tax on goods bought rather than a tax on goods sold. And that all levels of government seem to add their own, causing it to vary on very small distances.

jozwa wrote:I did the math: 0.4608 * 2.17 = 0.999936
I'd like 0.46082949308 apples please.
by Garnasha
Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2015: New Phone Thread
Replies: 20
Views: 5323

Re: 2015: New Phone Thread

"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?
by Garnasha
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"
Replies: 94
Views: 22274

Re: 1623: "2016 Conversation Guide"

True self-driving is probably AI-hard; understanding the world enough to be safe on the road might effectively require/imply being a true artificial intelligence (though not necessarily self-aware). We're not there yet.
by Garnasha
Mon Dec 07, 2015 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 27696

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

I, robot teaches us that "do not harm " and "through inaction, allow to come to harm" are different directives, which should not run at the same priority level. That, or it's missing a rule "A robot may not limit the freedom of any human being". With a possible exceptio...
by Garnasha
Mon May 04, 2015 7:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 28750

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

Nah, population follows food supply. That's what you'd think, and what common sense would suggest, but in the wealthiest countries (i.e. the entire western world afaik), birth rates are below long-term renewal: at this rate, our population will drop while food is abundant(ignoring immigration for a...
by Garnasha
Mon May 04, 2015 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1520: Degree-Off
Replies: 110
Views: 28750

Re: 1520: Degree-Off

In principle, they also slew Famine (with some help from the chemists), except we're really bad at distributing food(and wealth in general, but the point here is food), dangerously overfeeding some, and starving others. As a biology student turned mathematician/computer scientist, I'm bookmarking th...
by Garnasha
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29487

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

I mean, you can map this to a matrix with finitely many (two, in fact) countably infinite axes. I think that necessarily makes it a countably infinite set, doesn't it...? You can with the rationals, where the numerator and denominator can be the axes. You can't do the same with the reals, because y...
by Garnasha
Mon Apr 27, 2015 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29487

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

The number of pikas remains countably infinite. You are correct that the number of infinite paths through the tree is uncountably infinite, but none of those paths describes an actual Pikachu. The actual pikachus are described by those sequences of 0's and 1's which terminate at some point (althoug...
by Garnasha
Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29487

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

How many pika does this yield? Well, at least one for each unique path through the tree(I suspect this might take Choice, but it's easily seen from the properties of a tree). How many paths are there? Each path is effectively equivalent to a sequence of "left" and "right" instru...
by Garnasha
Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29487

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

Fluffysheap is right though, aren't they? You can label each pikachu with a pair of naturals (which generation and how many splits), and the cardinality of the set of pairs of naturals is the same as the cardinality of the naturals because you can map each pair (x,y) to 2 x 3 y . It's the same reas...
by Garnasha
Fri Apr 24, 2015 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 29487

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

Don't pokemon have to wait a turn after summoning before they can act? So far the only thing about this I understand is that the explainxkcd is wrong, because if occasionally you get two pikachus instead of one, they're still countably infinite. Start the first pikachu with an empty set. One the fi...
by Garnasha
Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain time?
Replies: 84
Views: 54279

Re: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain tim

Theoretically, I'm inclined to favour the repeated hashing solutions. Of course, they do require the intended recipient to spend an ungodly amount of resources legitimately decrypting your message... Using several independent trusted parties to pass One Time Pads sounds a lot more reasonable, so in ...
by Garnasha
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"
Replies: 94
Views: 41702

Re: What-If 0120: "Alternate Universe What Ifs"

This week: What if Randall started sharing his nightmares (and/or bad trips) with us.
by Garnasha
Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1439: "Rack Unit"
Replies: 63
Views: 19619

Re: 1439: Rack Unit

People are still using CDs/DVDs/BRs? This. Software (and any other data, really) distribution is internet-based, personal storage and data transfer through a physical medium (say, handing someone a .ppt, or projector-aspect-ratio .pdf if you want to do things properly) are best accomplished with us...
by Garnasha
Wed Oct 29, 2014 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1440: Geese
Replies: 52
Views: 11863

Re: 1440: Geese

Related observation: Light is slow enough that in just the time it takes for light from your monitor to reach your eyes, your computer has executed about a dozen instructions. Similarly, CPU cache needs to be on-chip because even at light speed (or at least light speed through copper), signals woul...
by Garnasha
Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1440: Geese
Replies: 52
Views: 11863

Re: 1440: Geese

Yes. That misconception is a bit of a pet peeve. Kinda funny that, given how big the universe is, that people would actually over estimate the distance between things. Actually, I have another theory about that. What if their sense of distance isn't off, having quite accurately grasped that the dis...
by Garnasha
Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1437: "Higgs Boson"
Replies: 31
Views: 13528

Re: 1437: "Higgs Boson"

... energy storage and transmission ineffiencies ... no big deep valleys to fill with water south of British Columbia ... 10% to 20% resistive losses ... How about this proposal I heard somewhere some time ago, which boiled down to "let's have the whole War of Currents again, only this time ha...
by Garnasha
Wed Oct 22, 2014 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1437: "Higgs Boson"
Replies: 31
Views: 13528

Re: 1437: "Higgs Boson"

So this is not a reference to some proposal I missed to build a HBFSC (harder, better, faster, stronger collider) to better characterize the exact properties of the Higgs boson? (I don't know how much they know about its properties, or whether there's anything left to discover about it) Bummer. In u...
by Garnasha
Tue Oct 07, 2014 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17599

Re: 1430: Proteins

huge wall of text Please, repost this in a separate thread and invite everyone discussing it here to discuss it there (final post here or PM all participants). I'm already sorry for rising to the bait in this thread. Actually, could a moderator please perform some kind of thread split? As for prote...
by Garnasha
Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17599

Re: 1430: Proteins

<post> Thank you. Can you take over from here? I just spent my monthly allotment of time arguing religion. I should go back to arguing science. Or rather, being amazed by its beauty. If God does exist, he's a physicist. Or a mathematician, quotespace hasn't decided yet. Not a biologist though, too ...
by Garnasha
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17599

Re: 1430: Proteins

<post ending in worm-food> I have nothing about following those parts of a religious morality which can stand on their own merits, including the Golden Rule and "be excellent to each other". I do object to "you shall keep such-and-so day holy" and "if any man lies with anot...
by Garnasha
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17599

Re: 1430: Proteins

<post before my previous> As you correctly nuanced yourself, not all atheists (or even most, or even a significant minority) become Ayn Rand. There's someone I wish had never become literate. Ideological toxin. Also, I find it insulting to be told my morality must be imposed on me outside my knowle...
by Garnasha
Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17599

Re: 1430: Proteins

If something exists, nobody knows anything about it, and probably nobody can know anything about it. Except that it has either 1. no power over us or 2. no interest in us or 3. acts predictably enough to build a science called "physics" around its behaviour, since for all practical purpos...
by Garnasha
Mon Oct 06, 2014 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1430: "Proteins"
Replies: 81
Views: 17599

Re: 1430: Proteins

If you want an easier challenge, try to pretend that the existance of our universe and the intelligent life within it was a total fluke. (I've heard a lot of people are pretty good at this.) Yeah, those folks are clearly delusional. Those who say that given a high enough number of universes we were...
by Garnasha
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1421: "Future self"
Replies: 74
Views: 16639

Re: 1421: "Future self"

Actually, I've had some spreadsheets (not excel though, I think it was just google spreadsheet) that were really really useful. Then again, I've played EVE for a short while and had to distribute profit from a mining operation. There's more in that list though... actually, I think you can make a lis...
by Garnasha
Mon Sep 15, 2014 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1421: "Future self"
Replies: 74
Views: 16639

Re: 1421: "Future self"

That's also an option, yes. Although the fact that he knew quite exactly what was going to break and how badly, I expect it broke on a bug that he already knew about and deemed unfixable.

Neil: out of curiosity, can I conclude from your reaction that you aren't a programmer?
by Garnasha
Mon Sep 15, 2014 8:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1421: "Future self"
Replies: 74
Views: 16639

Re: 1421: "Future self"

Dear past self: Why did you write it in a way that you KNEW was going to break? I was wondering about that as well, but there's eminently sensible reasons for doing this. I can't tell from this comment if you're a programmer or not, so let's say the variable can_program is True if you can program, ...
by Garnasha
Wed May 07, 2014 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1365: "Inflation"
Replies: 56
Views: 28282

Re: 1365: "Inflation"

speising wrote:which means the text should be mirrored! curiouser and curiouser.
... Did Randall read this and fix a previously non-mirrored Spalding before I checked the comic?
by Garnasha
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"
Replies: 87
Views: 24777

Re: 1352: "Cosmologist on a Tire Swing"

JudeMorrigan wrote:
HES wrote:
snowyowl wrote:And what's the skyhook attached to?

A rope, of course.

Which, I assume, is attached to a turtle.
No, to a tire with a cosmologist on it. Pay attention to the comic :P
by Garnasha
Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1324:"Weather"
Replies: 76
Views: 18402

Re: 1324:"Weather"

Could we change the subtitle to "x geeks have it tough" for any x where x is some subject most people have a casual interest in? For instance, once you start geeking out over detailed specs of smartphones (voltages, clocks, wiring details like cache size/speed or instruction sets) you get ...
by Garnasha
Wed Dec 04, 2013 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 20144

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

Call me old-fashioned, but I think there's something positive/character-building about sitting back and just watching things unfold. It's how we react to most events in real life, unless you butt into every conversation you hear, every activity you see. If you get bored the moment you aren't partic...
by Garnasha
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"
Replies: 99
Views: 20144

Re: 1299: "I Don't Own a TV"

Reminds me of that story of somebody’s 4-year-old daughter digging through the cables on the back of the TV… When asked what she’s doing, she said she’s trying to find the controller. (A TV channel was on.) Kids today expect that. They stop being passive-thinkers. And that’s a beautiful thing. Oh, ...
by Garnasha
Sun Dec 16, 2012 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19216

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Misrepair of damage doesn't have to have anything to do with cell division although very often it does. Each variety of variability doesn't come down to us from the distant past, lots of mutations happen this generation, in individual bacteria. The very short version of my first paragraph, about un...
by Garnasha
Sun Dec 16, 2012 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1147: "Evolving"
Replies: 82
Views: 19216

Re: 1147: "Evolving"

Or are you saying that mutation only happens during cell division? To be fair, that is roughly how it works in multicellular organisms, and to a far lesser extent in unicellular ones: while all living cells can gain mutations at any time, cell divisions involves copying the entire genome, which mea...
by Garnasha
Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 40497

Re: 1144: Tags

^- Either I don't get that you're joking, or you don't get that he was. Anyway, question: with all the grief about html, could someone explain to me why there isn't a TeX-based standard for web page markup? While I admit to not knowing a lot about that either, but it's something I'd like to learn so...
by Garnasha
Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 40497

Re: 1144: Tags

massive counter-rant Oh, I have been able to write html, and had to do so for a school project where, indeed, CSS would have been my friend had I or anyone I knew (including the teacher...) known how to use it. I should've expressed myself better: it isn't that I couldn't get pages functioning, it'...
by Garnasha
Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 40497

Re: 1144: Tags

[...] which flavors of HTML want uppercase tags, which lower, that XHTML wants <br/> to self-close, that HTML5 allows valueless Boolean attributes... This actually explains why I had so much trouble learning HTML I gave up. I had the feeling I was trying to reach a shifting target, and thought it w...
by Garnasha
Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"
Replies: 55
Views: 28414

Re: 1139: "Rubber and Glue"

There's something here that I'm missing. Maybe it'd help if I knew what the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics is ... maybe. You're one of today's lucky 10000. "CRC" originally stood for Chemical Rubber Company, and the book has been nicknamed the rubber bible. It's what I know as a &q...
by Garnasha
Fri Aug 03, 2012 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1090: "Formal Languages"
Replies: 90
Views: 30045

Re: 1090: "Formal Languages"

It's not an explanation, but a definition. If they started at the building blocks of formal language theory, the introduction would be far too long, and redundant across each class of grammar. They could do better than this, though. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Make_technical_articles_un...
by Garnasha
Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1084: "Server Problem"
Replies: 123
Views: 51074

Re: 1084: "Server Problem"

What does it say about me that this comic and thread have me thinking I really should throw out Ubuntu on my secondary computer and install some flavour of BSD (or another flavour of linux, someone irl recommended arch I think)?

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