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by rmsgrey
Mon Apr 22, 2019 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2139: "Email Settings"
Replies: 29
Views: 1343

Re: Subject line abuse

Or reply without quoting, assuming that everyone else will immediately identify the context and know what they're responding to.
by rmsgrey
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 1688

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

What happens if there are titles beginning "An", but no "Ab", "Ah", "Am", "Ao", "Ap", "Aq", "Ar", "At", "Az", or "A6"? How would you then navigate to 'N'? I suspect a cursoring would take y...
by rmsgrey
Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2137: "Text Entry"
Replies: 34
Views: 1688

Re: 2137: "Text Entry"

My cable box has the text entry field set up like: ABCDEF GHIJKL MNOPQR STUVWX YZ1234 567890 space It's used to search for show titles. Only valid letters are highlighted/used. Say there are no titles beginning with "Ag", but there are titles starting with "Am". Entering "A...
by rmsgrey
Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"
Replies: 7
Views: 812

Re: 2138: "Wanna see the code?"

So what's really being asked is "would you mind peer-reviewing my code?"
by rmsgrey
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: ... the Kingdom Hearts thread
Replies: 97
Views: 13813

Re: ... the Kingdom Hearts thread

So, Kingdom Hearts III has been out for a while. I have somewhat mixed feelings about it. I had a lot of hopes that weren't satisfied, but there were also some things that weren't even on my radar, and the story does do the one thing that was consistently promised - it wraps up Xehanort's story. On ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 165
Views: 30990

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

but the moment someone pierces the veil, they become a specific target, and are actively attacked Sure, any single individual who learns of the underworld may become a target, but if you inform the public at large you're back to no one being a specific target. However, now everyone is protected aga...
by rmsgrey
Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 165
Views: 30990

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

but the moment someone pierces the veil, they become a specific target, and are actively attacked Sure, any single individual who learns of the underworld may become a target, but if you inform the public at large you're back to no one being a specific target. However, now everyone is protected aga...
by rmsgrey
Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 165
Views: 30990

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

So, I'm sure there's a Supernatural thread around here somewhere, but this gripe applies to a lot of similar shows. They always talk about how regular people not in the know are at more risk because they'll end up dying or whatever trying to fight x monsters. However, this completely disregards all...
by rmsgrey
Fri Apr 12, 2019 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2134: Too Much Talking
Replies: 13
Views: 876

Re: 2134: Too Much Talking

For example, I like contra dancing... except for the whole dancing with people thing. you're the first person i've seen around here who contra dances! i do too! ...and yes...I usually make it halfway through the night because...peopleeee and noiseeee but it is fun I do English Country Dance mostly,...
by rmsgrey
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2132: "Percentage Styles"
Replies: 39
Views: 1711

Re: 2132: "Percentage Styles"

13/20
by rmsgrey
Wed Apr 03, 2019 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2131: “Emojidome”
Replies: 119
Views: 6992

Re: 2131: “Emojidome”

I'd also like to see the unique voter count throughout the entire Emojidome competition. Recognizing that I personally voted from three unique devices during the competition, I guess it would really only be the number of unique devices participating during Emojidome. It's a great opportunity for a ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Lego Movie
Replies: 31
Views: 7751

Re: Lego Movie

Yeah, LEGO 2 has the usual problem that afflicts sequels to movies that came out of nowhere and blew everyone away - people go into it with higher expectations, so aren't going to be as blown away unless the new movie is much, much better than the original. As Flumble says, Everything is Awesome is ...
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2832

Re: Captain Marvel

Also I've been thinking about how the Skrull's shapeshifting is on the one hand potentially for a covert attack, but can also just be for defence. Most animals that have camouflage use it to avoid being eaten, it's only really humans that use it for war. There are relatively few animals that hold w...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 20, 2019 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2832

Re: Captain Marvel

Wait, how is "Most Controversial" determined? I'm thinking specifically of Tabletop RPGs here (and I know the book was focusing on computer games) but ... there's stuff that's controversial because it causes divisions in groups (D&D 4th Edition - controversial in that many people like...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2124: "Space Mission Hearing"
Replies: 22
Views: 2284

Re: 2123: "Space Mission Hearing"

I forget how I first came across the idea of artificial soundscapes in space - even whether I came up with it independently, or encountered it from someone else - but however I originally encountered it, I immediately adopted it. Anyone who's ever played a videogame is familiar with the idea of usin...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 16, 2019 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2832

Re: Captain Marvel

For that matter, just the interstellar space phones raise a whole bunch of questions, that only get worse if you start contemplating the physics. Ultimately, the answer to a lot of this is "movie writers don't care about physics" so digging into it gets into things not addressed onscreen ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 15, 2019 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2124: "Space Mission Hearing"
Replies: 22
Views: 2284

Re: 2123: "Space Mission Hearing"

speising wrote:why is this numbered 2123 and also links to that page?

Probably someone copy-pasting the previous post?

On topic, I'd suggest, rather than spaceship noises, you use a card that plays Thus Spake Zarathustra (runner-up: Blue Danube)
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 14, 2019 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2832

Re: Captain Marvel

As for FTL communication - as long as you are relatively close to a cluster of jump points (that are close to other jump points that are close to other jump points...) AND assuming communication use them as easily as a ship does AND assuming it uses some sort of more or less speed of light transmis...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2832

Re: Captain Marvel

In the Endgame trailer, Tony appears to be on some kind of ship slowly making its way through space, too slowly for his survival odds according to the narration. Perhaps his ship just has a broken jump drive, so he's stranded in empty space somewhere? But if Titan really is just our own Titan, and ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 12, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 48
Views: 2832

Re: Captain Marvel

Saw the movie this afternoon. I enjoyed it, though I had a nagging sense of puzzlement about why people were saying Brie is "wooden". I mean it makes sense, but I don't think it's explicit enough in the movie. We've never seen anyone have a substantial problem moving around in space in...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2121:"Light Pollution"
Replies: 41
Views: 3695

Re: 2121:"Light Pollution"

I have a street lamp right outside my bedroom window. If it looks dark out, that means it's daytime, and heavily overcast...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 04, 2019 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Worse (animated feature)
Replies: 5
Views: 1119

Re: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Worse (animated feature)

Sadly, I don't think they can get away with pulling the same tricks a second time, but they'll probably try anyway. I hear the Lego Movie has pulled it off for a second time, so maybe spider-entity can, too. LEGO 2 isn't a surprise hit that came out of nowhere like the first, so it doesn't live up ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 02, 2019 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Shazam
Replies: 24
Views: 1377

Re: Shazam

I've never read the comics so this might be a stupid question but can he say Shazam without transforming? It would be kind of hilarious if a journalist asks him who he is, he says "I'm Shazam " and transforms into a kid in front of the cameras. Apparently, in his latest origin story, when...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2118: "Normal Distribution"
Replies: 15
Views: 2687

Re: 2118: "Normal Distribution"

keithl wrote:I've learned that, with enough data, no distributions are exactly Gaussian


Something I've learned is that, with enough processing and discarding of outliers, all distributions are Gaussian to within any reasonable margin of error...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 4729

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

This is probably my biggest gap in my calculus instruction: when to actually use these techniques. In class you lean heavily on "we were just taught this technique, so we should probably use it". As my calculus teacher in high school told us, multiple times: “you can teach a monkey to dif...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 4713

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

CharonPDX wrote:Yup, even a standard pen couldn't leave the secure area of the datacenter.


Makes you wonder about clothing...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"
Replies: 45
Views: 4729

Re: 2117: "Differentiation and Integration"

This comic strikes me as a little anti-anti-derivative...

More seriously though, it makes a depressingly valid point about the difficulty of integration - specifically, coming up with a suitable strategy for a given integral.
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"
Replies: 37
Views: 4713

Re: 2116: ".NORM Normal File Format"

crystalmeph wrote:I think even Hanlon would suggest that you take a very close look before declaring something like that the result of mere incompetence.


Never underestimate the ingenuity of fools...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1933
Views: 534394

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

I don't know the official term for this kind of puzzle. It doesn't appear to have a universally accepted name. I suppose it's mostly a derivative of the classic Knight's Tour puzzle. ⋅ TVTropes calls it a Hamiltonian path puzzle They also call it a Q*Bert Floor in another article
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 4857

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

On the "l" vs "r" thing: even in English, the distinction isn't always clear. Eg, the "l" in "walk" & "talk" is pretty close to a (non-rhotic) "r" sound, but I expect most native English speakers don't usually notice that "l"...
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2115: "Plutonium"
Replies: 34
Views: 4857

Re: 2115: "Plutonium"

The big factor the comic leaves out is that the energy output will decline appreciably over timescales of decades - with a half-life under a century (87.7 years) the power output will drop to 80% in less than three decades (28.2 years). Once you take account of the decay in output, it suddenly start...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2113: "Physics Suppression"
Replies: 23
Views: 3637

Re: 2113: "Physics Suppression"

That is the basic idea behind eternal inflation. Inflation wasn't just a weird thing that happened in the early universe, it's a thing that's always happening, to various degrees, across the "multiverse", if we count areas separated by inflation from ever communicating with each other as ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2113: "Physics Suppression"
Replies: 23
Views: 3637

Re: 2113: "Physics Suppression"

Yes, physicists are suppressing the theory, just like mathematicians suppress the theory that the alphabet only actually has 24 letters...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4155

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

None of those statements really seem given to inducing opinions in the first place. I mean, I either have or haven't been to Colorado; there's not much to have an opinion about. Talk to enough people who do enough traveling and strong opinions tend to result, about what exactly constitutes "ha...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 16, 2019 12:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2112: "Night Shift"
Replies: 33
Views: 4155

Re: 2112: "Night Shift"

unfortunately, since the definition of prime number starts with A prime number is a natural number greater than 1 there's not a lot to discuss... A definition of prime number starts that way. There are a number of definitions that all produce the same set of numbers, but not all of them specify &qu...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 5901

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

Ahh, c'mon guys: double-click FTW. Are there still people tech-savvy enough to find this forum yet don't know that a double-click automagically selects the entire word but not the white space around it? Yeah, like Chrome. Double clicking highlights the word AND the space to the right! But (of cours...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 09, 2019 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"
Replies: 44
Views: 5901

Re: 2109: "Invisible Formatting"

a double-click automagically selects the entire word but not the white space around it? I'm used to the selection including the whitespace on the right in, I think, predominantly Microsoft programs. This is sensible if you want to move or delete a (couple of) word(s) because it leaves the right amo...
by rmsgrey
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"
Replies: 56
Views: 7432

Re: 2108: "Carbonated Beverage Language Map"

(FOO)ade: Carbonated clear¹ drink of FOO 'flavour' (¹ - but, except for FOO=="lemon" being totally untinted, coloured to match the FOO) Lemonade can also just be carbonated water with artificial sweetener - or at least it could a couple of decades ago - I've not bothered keeping track. Th...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 99889

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Chess is a game that plays toward traditional AI strengths rather than human strengths. Show me an AI that's good at Codenames or Pictionary, and I'll be a lot more impressed than by one that's good at Go. Sure, but I'm old enough to have heard that argument many times over. AI gets good at X, peop...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 04, 2019 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 99889

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

How do humans learn to play a random game? It's via feedback/instruction from others who have already played it, typically ahead of time, and sometimes via a practice game. Mere hours after being told the rules of chess and nothing else, AlphaZero crushed a chess AI that had been refined over the c...

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