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by DaBigCheez
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4821
Views: 460905

Re: EVE Online

Spooky space is best space.
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2893
Views: 139217

Re: Trump presidency

Another for the "why to oppose Trump" bandwagon: Pence has views and policies that I view as very harmful to myself and those I care about, and that I think are misguided and not the right direction for the nation. I would prefer him not to be President. However, Trump is that *and* an emb...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2893
Views: 139217

Re: Trump presidency

So that means under the Republican Plan, we would be responsible for building up a savings account for unexpected emergencies... especially to buy an "interim" health-care plan while in between jobs. I do realize that not everyone has a personal emergency fund, but pushing some responsibi...
by DaBigCheez
Wed May 24, 2017 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 579
Views: 56488

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I still miss Planetside 1. :(
by DaBigCheez
Wed May 24, 2017 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2548
Views: 382745

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

GOG.com is apparently doing a "RPG Week" sale through the 28th, to correspond with the release of Gwent. Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, Legend of Grimrock 2, and Shadowrun Returns are probably the most notable ones, plus a smattering of classics (Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Vampire: The Masq...
by DaBigCheez
Fri May 19, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2893
Views: 139217

Re: Trump presidency

Had to double-check the link to make sure it wasn't the Onion.
by DaBigCheez
Fri May 19, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Wars galaxy of heroes
Replies: 6
Views: 1034

Re: Star Wars galaxy of heroes

Played this game for several months, had fun with it, but eventually burned out on it as I became tired of the relentless progression treadmill and the tendency for newly released units to power-creep older ones - and, most of the time, to become available only for cash initially. As such, I'd alway...
by DaBigCheez
Fri May 05, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 162
Views: 10756

Re: Breaking Up the United States

One could also argue that the disproportionate representation of smaller-population/rural states in the Senate is a sufficient mechanism to address this without needing to carry that over into the Presidential elections as well.
by DaBigCheez
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 5606

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Can confirm that even using very well-vetted launch systems for relatively routine tasks (taking satellites to GEO), the accident rate is *very* non-trivial. A quick glance at the insurance rates for orbital launches can tell you that much - or, for that matter, the fact that insurance is a part of ...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 5606

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Ah, my mistake - I think I was primarily thinking of radiation sickness rather than long-term cancer risk (as referenced in Issues Of Weighty Importance such as "is the decay from potassium in bananas a health risk"). Overall decays seems like a reasonable way to calculate it under LNT mod...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 5606

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Even if we completely ignore the historical decays and suddenly stop all coal power plants, we'll get the radioactivity of all nuclear accidents together from coal in 40 years. I completely agree on the health-and-safety merits of nuclear power relative to coal, but this statistic feels slightly di...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2893
Views: 139217

Re: Trump presidency

Ah. The place I was hearing that seemed to have things...somewhat backwards, then.
by DaBigCheez
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2893
Views: 139217

Re: Trump presidency

Commentary: Donald Trump's wiretap tweets raise his risk of impeachment by Noah Feldman I saw an alternate argument which came at this from a somewhat different angle: let's assume the allegation is true, and Obama placed a wiretap on Trump. With a classified FISA warrant, which Trump now has the p...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 18256

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

My own thoughts have occasionally wandered down this road from the reverse direction: "can an act of charity really be called 'good', if I receive benefit in the form of a pleasant feeling from having contributed? am I not then only seeking to benefit myself?" In the end, it seems to be ab...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1487
Views: 193666

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Scroll farther down in the article. Of course. But what happens if you feed it, say, the 8x8 fireball sprite from Super Mario Bros. ? The letter A from the Commodore 64 character set? 64 pixels of random colors? They say the algorithm "hallucinates" the missing data; I want to see what ha...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Very hot coffee ?
Replies: 10
Views: 1810

Re: Very hot coffee ?

20K is a very cold ambient for sea level... ;) There's a few assumptions that would need to be made. How is the temperature of the coffee cup maintained - does it magically stay at 5800K indefinitely, or does the coffee start at 5800K and gradually cool, giving off its energy to its surroundings? Ca...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]
Replies: 611
Views: 65881

Re: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]

From my incomplete remembrance of my EE classes back in college (though it was never my strongest subject), they tend to show up a lot in phase calculations and frequency-domain analysis, such as Fourier/Laplace transforms. Usually somewhere in the exponent of e, next to a pi.
by DaBigCheez
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 579
Views: 56488

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

On the plus side, if you find a good gas cloud, you can make back ten times the value of your ship in one run. (Note, however, that wormhole gas sites have very powerful "Sleeper" enemies that spawn after about twenty minutes - be careful how far you press your luck!) Exploration can be a ...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1769225

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I think the quote about "standing on the shoulders of giants" applies. You need to build the tools to build the tools to build the tools to build the tools... in order to have modern technology. The same applies to the knowledge that goes into it, I think. It all builds up over time, and c...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 579
Views: 56488

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Tyndmyr wrote:Eve online is cool, but in my experience, the grand battles tend to be less about strategy, and more about giant zergs.

Amateurs study tactics and strategy. Professionals study logistics. ;)
by DaBigCheez
Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1486
Views: 281267

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I want something player versus player with short matches (I don't want to have to commit to spending an hour when starting a match), as for genre ego shooter aren't really my preference (and better with a team of people you know but when I am playing with others we have games I am looking for somet...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 619276

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The whole e-mail thing mostly seems to me like much ado about nothing - and Weiner's laptop, with e-mails that might, possibly, be peripherally *related* to Clinton, seems more like getting excited about the gravitational lensing *around* nothing. I agree that it points to "Clinton's kinda slop...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weakening evidence for dark energy
Replies: 12
Views: 2469

Re: Weakening evidence for dark energy

The evidence for accelerating expansion in this study being "only" three sigma rather than five doesn't sound to me like a compelling evidence to say "it doesn't exist". I'm not sure if you can really stack standard deviations in this manner, but wouldn't a 95% CI around a "...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Atlas Reactor: So XCOM, Frozen Synapse, and Overwatch walk into a bar...
Replies: 0
Views: 3823

Atlas Reactor: So XCOM, Frozen Synapse, and Overwatch walk into a bar...

So Atlas Reactor was officially released on Steam a couple days ago. I'd been playing it during the beta for a while, and it seemed like good fun. It's simultaneous-turn-based, tactical combat using an ensemble cast of heroes and abilities resembling a MOBA or Overwatch or the like. All players lock...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Oct 07, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 619276

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

"I apologize if anyone was offended" is pretty much a textbook non-pology.

...But you're not wrong that it's still way more than you'd usually see out of Trump.
by DaBigCheez
Wed Oct 05, 2016 2:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 619276

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well, that lasted one and a half questions before devolving into a second-grade schoolyard shouting match :V
by DaBigCheez
Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 311624

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Think you've got the wrong link there, sardia.
by DaBigCheez
Thu Sep 22, 2016 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 22146

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

Most of the times I've seen complaints leveled at "grammar police", it's been cases where there *weren't* real and significant ambiguities in communication that needed to be cleared up to clarify what a person was saying. More often, it's a nitpick at some minor point that had no real impa...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Sep 20, 2016 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1487
Views: 193666

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Google is building a "Conversation AI" meant to detect abusive/harassing language and take the battle to trolls in real-time. They do note that, especially while the algorithm is still learning, it's best used as a "first-pass" filter to flag comments for human moderation. It ha...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Cat and mouse v.2
Replies: 2
Views: 2095

Re: Cat and mouse v.2

If I'm reading this correctly, it looks like it's identical to the original cat and mouse problem that you linked, with the exceptions that: 1) the movement of the mouse occurs simultaneously with/"before" the cat's paw, so the cat has to place its paw in the mouse's destination rather tha...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 51588

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I am...a little bemused at the arguments that "if we can't return to pre-1900 emissions levels, we might as well not try at all". It's not a binary, on/off, "we cause this event or we don't"; even if (as I believe is the case) we've long since passed the point where we could con...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 523
Views: 51588

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

I am...a little bemused at the arguments that "if we can't return to pre-1900 emissions levels, we might as well not try at all". It's not a binary, on/off, "we cause this event or we don't"; even if (as I believe is the case) we've long since passed the point where we could conc...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 16919

Re: Pokemon Go

And, notably, gives a path to get candies for powering up legendary pokemon if they're one-off "event" captures rather than random wild spawns.
by DaBigCheez
Mon Aug 22, 2016 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Goahead52's Math Posts
Replies: 148
Views: 10756

Re: Goahead52's Math Posts

Cauchy says it is an identity and the moderator said no on the same thread. Yes, that is an identity. Cauchy already explained why it's an identity. ...? Also, just looking at it from a Bayesian perspective, which of these things is more likely? A) You have completely overturned and revolutionized ...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Your video game ideas
Replies: 65
Views: 15946

Re: Your video game ideas

Hmm...I haven't played it yet, but I seem to recall hearing Renowned Explorers: International Society has something that feels vaguely similar to that. I think it might be more of an "alternate win condition" emotions system rather than "modifiers based on health", but I know the...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 619276

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

To which I suspect most Trump supporters would roll their eyes, grumble that obviously all those statements were taken out of context but what can you expect from this biased liberal media anyway, and move on without a second thought. (This effect is not unique to followers of any particular party o...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Jul 25, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 16919

Re: Pokemon Go

In addition to only tracking while the app's on-screen (or in battery-saver), it doesn't use a pedometer or anything - it just polls location on GPS about once every minute, and uses the distance between the two points, throwing it away if you've gone further than about 300m during that time (~10 mp...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Jul 21, 2016 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4583
Views: 505641

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.

Have been feeling the need to scratch the DF itch a bit lately. Does the new version have an LNP out yet (or any similar pack / replacement)?
by DaBigCheez
Thu Jul 21, 2016 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 171
Views: 18526

Re: Overwatch

Ah, probably changed it since when I played on PTR.
by DaBigCheez
Wed Jul 20, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Overwatch
Replies: 171
Views: 18526

Re: Overwatch

Her dart's 80 damage or 80 healing, and feels like it fires about once a second; that makes her single-target healing 60% stronger than Mercy's. If she can land all her shots, and neglecting reload time. So, in practice, substantially less. Her "duel" combo (dart -> sleep -> dart + nade) d...

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