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by endolith
Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Instant Runoff vs. Approval Voting
Replies: 10
Views: 5803

Re: Instant Runoff vs. Approval Voting

(2) If a candidate would win every head-to-head contest, it is the winner. That's Condorcet's criterion, which a dozen different voting methods meet (IRV doesn't) allowing for declaring subsets of options as equivalent, as: A, B, {C, D, E}, F Some Condorcet methods allow this, such as Schulze . Man...
by endolith
Wed Jan 03, 2018 1:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Instant Runoff vs. Approval Voting
Replies: 10
Views: 5803

Re: Instant Runoff vs. Approval Voting

IRV is crap and the only reason people advocate it is because they haven't heard of any of the much better alternatives: http://electology.org/sites/default/files/comparing_voting_methods_simplicity_group_satisfaction.png https://electology.github.io/vse-sim/5vse.png What arguments are there against...
by endolith
Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 61070

Re: 1534: "Beer"

I thought I was the only one! (who thought everyone was faking it about liking beer)
by endolith
Tue Oct 28, 2014 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizations?
Replies: 56
Views: 36268

Re: How could aquatic aliens become space-faring civilizatio

Why would dolphins plow? Why would spaceships require metals? Underwater technology would be far different from ours. How would a spaceship/rocket made like a giant calcium carbonate seashell fare? Considering oceans are so good at shielding from radiation, and atmospheres are so fragile and easy to...
by endolith
Wed Oct 30, 2013 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"
Replies: 38
Views: 14344

Re: What-If 0069: "Facebook of the Dead"

What if we figure out how to stop dying by 2100?
by endolith
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80482

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Kit. wrote:
endolith wrote:or because you're showing off to potential mates that you have a surplus of fitness and natural resources at your disposal

Which is not necessarily in your best interests as of a rationally-minded person.

huh?
by endolith
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80482

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

The only place communism was ever tested was in tribal societies, which were quite successful. Acts 4:32-35 New International Version (NIV) The Believers Share Their Possessions All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared...
by endolith
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80482

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Being altruistic is in your own self-interest, whether that's because you're a Very Nice Guy who feels all warm & fuzzy when he donates to charity (and that may have other psychosomatic health benefits beyond what you could gain spending that money on yourself), or because you're a Big Weiner H...
by endolith
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80482

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Gedatsu wrote:Why should I, as an individual actor, care more about the global minimum than my own rational self interest?


because humans are a social species and evolved to care about the well-being of other humans?
by endolith
Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80482

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

ghanburighan wrote:popularity of authoritarian governments among mathematicians and art majors


o_O
by endolith
Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 38492

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

MartianInvader wrote:the fact that all horizontal slices have the same area?

o_O
by endolith
Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 38492

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

Me and a couple of friends have such "what if" discussions all the time. In one of those my theory was that if you have Earth and Parallel-Earth - the same, but without humans - if you were to be teleported at a random place on one of them, it would be impossible to tell which one is it w...
by endolith
Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"
Replies: 71
Views: 38492

Re: What-if 0060: "Signs of Life"

I wonder what uncontacted tribes or even contacted hunter-gatherer tribes think of satellites. Surely they've noticed them, and that they didn't exist in the relatively recent past. Do missionaries explain it to them? Do they understand through the language barrier?
by endolith
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1251: "Anti-Glass"
Replies: 147
Views: 28776

Re: 1251: "Anti-Glass"

by endolith
Sat Jul 13, 2013 5:31 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

I think it's more that the dense surface below it will be more 'reflective' of the momentum being fired at it than the sparse non-surface above it, resulting in a net upward force. This sounds like the old misconception about how rockets work, though. " In space, what do rockets push against? ...
by endolith
Tue Jul 09, 2013 12:05 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Well, I should say, it's not my claim; I don't know the maths. The blog doesn't specify water, and neither does Mikeski. The blog says this: The box is now soaring through the air. Each time it nears the ground, it superheats the surface, and the plume of expanding air hurls it back into the sky. W...
by endolith
Mon Jul 08, 2013 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

God no. Red hot is way too cold. The comic clearly demonstrates the "white-hot" (a visible description of UV-hot) state happening before anything funky happens with convection pressure. The ball would need to be well into UV-hot before anything interesting happened. Red hot is sufficient ...
by endolith
Mon Jul 08, 2013 3:52 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

It doesn't depend on the density of the box... consider a rocket with thrusters pointing in every direction... it will push off against the earth or the ocean's surface if it's near them and move away into the ocean/air until it's far enough away that it's effectively just surrounded by air (or wat...
by endolith
Thu May 09, 2013 2:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11063

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

I don't know, but it seems to me that Unicode got it wrong. E with an accent is not a distinct letter from E without an accent, and therefore should not be a distinct character. Searching for one should pull up the other. Characters should have been encoded as base characters with modifications, an...
by endolith
Wed May 08, 2013 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1209:"Encoding"
Replies: 52
Views: 11063

Re: 1209:"Encoding"

☠☠☠☠☠☠☠☠ I̴̻̮̜̠̼̺̘̙̙̲̖̫̝̲̯͔̒̅̊ͬͬ̊̚̕͢͢ͅ ̢̛ͫ̋ͭͧ̑ͦ̈́̇ͬ̃́̔ͥ̒̀̓̋͆͘҉̜͍̦̣ľ̡͛̂ͣ̈́͂͌̽̅̈́ͦͫ͑ͪ̾ͪͬ́ͮ͢͏͖̞̫͙̬̜̤̺̦̝̦͇̰͍͕͉͍͙́͜ͅǐ̶͖̫̥̖̪̹̾̐̏̒̃͊͐̏͂̍͒̐ͨͣ͡ͅkͫ͌̓̅͂́҉͕̝̤̪͚͍̳̥̰̠͢e̡̡̱͉͉̮ͧͭͤ̓͢͟͠ ͭ̾ͨͣ̏́͛͢҉̬̬̱̬̦͙̻̖͚̭Ų̶̛̯̥͙̥̰̞̰̩̫̣̥̰͍͇͒̌̀̐̔̈̅͞͞ͅņ̷̤̪̩̱̟̲̳̀́̅͑́̌į̟̖̗̗̜͔̤̖̙̩̝ͫ̈́̾̉ͬͤ͊ͫͯ͆͋̄͌̈́́́̕c̵̮̙͇̦̹͇̮̣͍͖͇̟̲̞̞͎̱͉̳̾̎̊̔ͨ̐̓͌ͣ̓͐̚͢o̧͖̱̯...
by endolith
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1204: "Detail"
Replies: 76
Views: 16813

Re: 1204: "Detail"

That paper is right that you need to think of pixels as point samples rather than small rectangles if you do image processing (including various rescaling etc.); which is nitpicking inasmuch that more mundane tasks involving images - like displaying them in a piece of software (copying / laying out...
by endolith
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1204: "Detail"
Replies: 76
Views: 16813

Re: 1204: "Detail"

Pardon my question. Does the fact that Randall is using a log scale mean he is projecting an exponential growth of precision? Is that anywhere close to realistic? PROTIP: Usually, exponential growth is just the first stage of logistic growth, which does not increase without bound or result in "...
by endolith
Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 33791

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Marty: Wait a minute, wait a minute, Doc, are you telling me that you built a time machine out of a DeLorean. Doc: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car why not do it with some style. Besides, the stainless, steel construction made the flux dispersal- look out. Marty: Wh...
by endolith
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 40305

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

Nope. I didn’t. I'm an autodidact and didn't need college to get more knowledge. Nor any other bad outdated and primitive form of "education" Like most people, I went there, to meet friends, girls, and ultimately to fuck my brains out. Which is the ignorantly neglected main point of colle...
by endolith
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 40305

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

No, they don't. They send robots in their place, to look around for them. (To get more knowledge.) But they don't go themselves. I was born in the middle of the Apollo program. I might live to see people on the Moon again. Doesn't seem likely at this rate, though. Assuming you'll live to be 60-65, ...
by endolith
Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"
Replies: 117
Views: 58152

Re: What-If 0040: "Pressure Cooker"

and the shredded remains of a black hat? The second suspect, sometimes referred to as the "white-hat suspect",[87] is "still at large", according to law enforcement officials.[88] Police have identified Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, as the "black hat" bombing suspect, killed ...
by endolith
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 25724

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

Steve the Pocket wrote:Windows could sure as hell do with a centralized third-party update center, though.

I think Avast antivirus is trying to do this. There's a centralized location to update all your java/flash/browsers and stuff for security reasons.
by endolith
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"
Replies: 86
Views: 25724

Re: 1197: "All Adobe Updates"

I am so happy that all of the operating systems I use have a central package manager that handles all updates for the entire system, and lets me install the updates when it's convenient for me. And then you play Tux Racer all day because the computer isn't capable of running any software that's act...
by endolith
Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1193: Externalities
Replies: 505
Views: 150121

Re: 1193: Externalities

ic'd like to ken hwæt maketh so eow angry, and hwæt maketh eow reckon the donations (currently an healthy amount of cash) woll not largely compensate the slight disruptions caused by today's comic to Wikipedia. Wikipedians have no sense of humor. They'll just protect articles and permaban everyone ...
by endolith
Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 20700

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

Checking Wolfram Alpha for sawtoothwave[-t] + sawtoothwave[t/3] will give you what a sawtooth looks like, and a sine wave, due to looking the same forward and backward, will just be the sum of one frequency and another at 1/3 frequency. (You can check Alpha for sin[-t] + sin[t/3], if you want to se...
by endolith
Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 20700

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

I wrote a sound processor that will let you hear what this would sound like (in fact, I broke my precious lurker status just for this.) It was tested using the TDM-gcc version of Dev-cpp. I wonder if the board will let me make such a large post yet. Anywho, this processor takes in a 16-bit MONO 44....
by endolith
Tue Mar 19, 2013 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 20700

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

This was a lackluster What If?. I think that if he knows they aren't that interesting he should just answer the question in short. Just stop at the yes. Time saved, life extended, pennies not picked up. Or some sort of strange cost of reading an article logic. Yeah, there's not even any graphs. I w...
by endolith
Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 20700

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

The second is that one the sound system passes you, you hear the sound from it at one third speed (and presumably an eleventh lower in pitch). An octave and a fifth, actually, or a 13th. A 1:3 ratio is a perfect twelfth , also called a tritave . And yeah, you hear each beat only once, but you hear ...
by endolith
Tue Mar 19, 2013 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 20700

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

The stereo is moving twice the speed of sound, so of course you won't hear it before it gets to you. Lets say it passes you at t=0. It's moving at speed 2v where v is the speed of sound. At a time t, you hear any sound emmited at times x such that I don't get it. The "satan" sound was onl...
by endolith
Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"
Replies: 61
Views: 20700

Re: What-If 0037: "Supersonic Stereo"

I don't understand why you'd hear the music both forward and reverse laid over each other, and, presumably, other sounds ("followed by several sounds played over one another, including both..."). What other sounds?
by endolith
Mon Mar 18, 2013 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"
Replies: 92
Views: 20644

Re: 1187: "Aspect Ratio"

jasc15 wrote:Here is a more elaborate rant on this topic that I was immediately reminded of when reading this comic.


This man is very angry about black bars on his TV screen.
by endolith
Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

The box is blasted upward because there is far more mass below the box getting superheated than above. Above the box is only the remainder of the atmosphere, while below the box is the entire surface and subsurface of the Earth. Thus, if the heat output is high enough, far more mass will be heated ...
by endolith
Sat Mar 09, 2013 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Move somewhere colder, then all the energy you're "wasting" by leaving chargers plugged in is subtracted from your heating bill. Yes, but then they'll argue that a heat pump can heat your home more efficiently than just dumping energy directly into it. my point is: i never get why people ...
by endolith
Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

speising wrote:what if i don't even own a dryer? do i have to buy one to save by not using it?


Cook a meal in a microwave instead of the oven? Wash a few loads of dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher? Turn off the air conditioning for a few hours?
by endolith
Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"
Replies: 100
Views: 33056

Re: What-if 0035: "Hair Dryer"

Space Shuttle's tiles once. You can heat them until they are glowing red ( the spectral radiant output is a function of temperature and all sorts of weird physics that get summarized into how much unlike a 'black body radiator' the material is) and hold them in your hands without injury Vid or it d...

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