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by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1815: "Flag"
Replies: 49
Views: 2079

Re: 1815: "Flag"

What I want to know is what the flag manufacture process is - is it all printed now, or do they still stitch together different coloured fabrics?
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 539
Views: 39007

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I still remember when my PC-owning friend upgraded and put his old hard drive into his older machine and could fit every game he owned that the machine could run on it at once - an entire shoebox of floppies all installed onto one 400MB drive...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 2400

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

Whatever that movie will be, it is completely irrelevant. The world was beyond repair the moment this movie made it past the elevator pitch. That it has Patrick Stewart in it, in the role he will have... must mean something. :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :arrow: :| It means Stewart loves the ganj. Or he want...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0977: "Map Projections"
Replies: 353
Views: 101110

Re: 0977: "Map Projections"

Open University assignment: What you need to do Take a grapefruit and draw a number of shapes on its peel with a pen (e.g. circles and squares). Make sure your shapes cover at least a third of the surface of the grapefruit. The shapes represent the land masses on Earth. Carefully peel the grapefrui...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 539
Views: 39007

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Lost in Hyrule. Send more fairies.
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 96
Views: 3303

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Old Bruce wrote:When you eat your Smarties do you eat the red ones last?


I create a colour histogram and eat rows from the bottom up, so which I eat last depends on the actual frequency (usually finishing with some of the most common colour unless it got wider columns...
by rmsgrey
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1810: "Chat Systems"
Replies: 38
Views: 2403

Re: 1810: "Chat Systems"

I've used Pidgin since the days when it was called Gaim - at its peak, it supported every major chat system at the time - between the introduction of new systems, and certain major players "upgrading" to block third-party clients, it's no longer a panacea for chat-system overload.
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?
Replies: 9
Views: 943

Re: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?

In general, the limit of a property is not the property of the limit. Not if it's undefined, it's not. Why not define it to be so? Because it tends to lead to weirder consequences than just saying you can't do it. If you want, you could define 1/0 to be equal to 3 - nothing's stopping you - but I'd...
by rmsgrey
Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?
Replies: 9
Views: 943

Re: What happens if you de-discretize time in the blue eyes riddle?

Instead of allowing an opportunity to leave every day, allow one every hour. Then every minute, every second, every nanosecond... approaching the continuous case as a limit. The implication is that everyone with blue eyes deduces so and leaves instantaneously. Could this idea be made rigorous? In g...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 42
Views: 2457

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

Two things to remember:

1) Millions of people share their homes with wolves and it's extremely rare for there to be incidents.

2) Wolves in the wild are descended from the wolves who weren't interested in living with humans peacefully...
by rmsgrey
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:52 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 539
Views: 39007

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Magnanimous wrote:
Koa wrote:Torment Tides of Numenera quietly released.
I backed the Kickstarter, and I'll be playing it once I get some free time.


Similar position here - launching around the same time as Breath of the Wild is not a good way to get lots of play-time...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1807: "Listening"
Replies: 45
Views: 7362

Re: 1807: "Listening"

What bugs me is that nobody ever takes advantage of the "form of a question" dodge when the "answer" already is a question; you shouldn't have to say "What is 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit?'?" or (a recent Final Jeopardy) "What is 'what did you give up for Lent?'?"...
by rmsgrey
Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logan
Replies: 46
Views: 1525

Re: Logan

Saw it on Thursday - while waiting for the Switch release - possibly as many f-bombs as 4 Weddings, but more evenly spread. Some reviews have been calling it the best X-Men movie (and possibly the best comic book movie) - me, I'd say it's a contender for best movie this year.
by rmsgrey
Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 3066

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

A new-ish thing that I hate is when an article has a video at the top, and if you scroll down past it to the text, the video shrinks and moves down to the lower right of the screen. What's worse, I've had it happen that I've loaded a page, clicked "pause" on the video because all I'm inte...
by rmsgrey
Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 42
Views: 2457

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

Soupspoon wrote:
yan wrote:
Randall wrote:...[the toaster] would hardly notice...[f]rom the toaster's point of view...

Me: Hm, does Randall have a sentient toaster?

Like this one?

Well, it is cold outside...
by rmsgrey
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"
Replies: 42
Views: 2457

Re: What-If 0155: "Toaster vs. Freezer"

The effect of freezers on bread turns out to be something everyone on the internet has an opinion on, so I try to avoid the subject by just eating all my bread as soon as I get it. I just popped in to share my opinion on the effect of freezers on bread: they ruin it. No matter what you do to defros...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 28, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 3066

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

There's also some parts of information that can be conveyed much faster through podcasts or video formats. In a written format, there's no tonal shift, no emphasis on certain parts of sentences apart from writing parts in italics , boldfaced , or rudely in CAPS. When it is about conveying dry factu...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 28, 2017 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 3066

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

Most people talk faster than they can type (or write). Most people read faster than they can listen. Podcasts/video/etc. which are delivering information that does not require the video component, then, have authors who feel "my time is more valuable than yours." (Or, assuming multitaskin...
by rmsgrey
Mon Feb 27, 2017 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1804: "Video Content"
Replies: 64
Views: 3066

Re: 1804: "Video Content"

When I go to a news site to read a story, CNN for instance, and there's a video at the top, and the story written underneath, I always stop the video and read the text instead. I find the video slightly irritating. But I've no idea if my reaction is common, uncommon, or an age thing, or if there is...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1802: "Phone"
Replies: 33
Views: 2196

Re: 1802: "Phone"

Reading or texting from a phone while walking is endemic in my part of London these days. People striding along the pavement, not looking where they're going, head down, reading their screen. Seems insane to me, but I suppose that's just the way things are, and will continue to be, until technology...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2505
Views: 349465

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

I picked up Life is Strange Episode 1 for free the other day on Steam. Kind of wondering why I've never heard of this game before... I'm extremely impressed so far. Whole series is on for $22, which I expect I'll probably grab as well. The last episode's a bit of an anticlimax, but up to that point...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: 1801: "Decision Paralysis"

Whizbang wrote:To which the cure is the old adage "Shit or get off the pot."

Wisdom of the ancients, right there.


Congratulations, you get to face the next challenge - a decision which is very close, but might be possible to resolve without resorting to an arbitrary decision.
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 27
Views: 3070

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

It's feasible to draw out the entire game tree Here's my favorite: https://xkcd.com/832/ Yeah, it's cool, but aiui it's not the entire game tree: it just tells you one optimal move to make at each stage. It doesn't show you alternative optimal moves and it doesn't show non-optimal moves. Yeah, ther...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 27
Views: 3070

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

Eh, I am left with the impression that Chess seems to come down to practice and memorization more than anything else. Cracked suggests that knowing a few quick plays will be enough to impress most people you play against. http://www.cracked.com/article_20214_5-so-called-signs-genius-that-any-idiot-...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)
Replies: 23
Views: 1620

Re: Dungeons and Dragons Math (5th edition)

Necroing this thread for a D&D-related discussion that came up here : I'm aiming to have a system that streamlines damage/hitpoints with D&D's d20 check system (rather than having a completely separate sub-system). What I'm coming up with (and what I'd like feedback/criticism on) is based o...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 352
Views: 46084

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

And I finally beat it, on easy, with that Zoltan cruiser. By the end I used a chain ion cannon, that halberd thing, and a pulse laser. With defense and attack drones. Also a cloak and mind control device. Mind control is only useful to keep the enemy distracted and not repairing shield damage, bare...
by rmsgrey
Sun Feb 12, 2017 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 2984

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

WibblyWobbly wrote:
rmsgrey wrote:If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so ap and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference.

Forgive me, but isn't 6 not coprime to 9? They have a factor in common, but neither is a multiple of the other.

Last time I checked, 9 isn't a prime...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 3142

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

That's not true, a brachistochrone is always decreasing. Then someone should fix the picture on the wikipedia page, which shows... not that. Yes, they should. http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA1024A97/images/project2/fig2.gif http://www.math.wpi.edu/Course_Materials/MA1024A97/projects/proj...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 2984

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

If a is not coprime to p, then it's a multiple of p, so ap and a are also multiples of p, and so is their difference.
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:43 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"
Replies: 34
Views: 3142

Re: What-If 0154: "Coast-to-Coast Coasting"

Is a constant slope the best option? Can you combine a steep section and a shallow section to cover a horizontal distance with less change in elevation than you'd need to just barely move on a constant slope?
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:21 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"
Replies: 41
Views: 4636

Re: What-if 0153: "Hide the Atmosphere"

Or, going further, what if we allow multiple holes? I'm envisioning proton sized holes here—one for each oxygen atom in the atmosphere. Just one. Just enough to transmute our oxygen supply into asphyxiating nitrogen. Of course, once we start dealing with subatomic particles our sense of "size&...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 08, 2017 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 1860

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

He wasn't in an arts subject by any chance, was he? She was one of the Physics department, as I recall... Or possibly Mathematics, being that it was a cross-subject course module... There are applicable "A Mathematician, a Physicist and an Engineer encounter a humorous situation" jokes, w...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 1860

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

Focus Knob reminds me of the (surely not unique) experience of witnessing a university lecturer trying to get the grasp of operating a traditional (acetate-'slide' based) OverHead-Projector, once. Noting that the knob on the side of the OHP's reflector-head armature, turned one way, enlarged the im...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"
Replies: 57
Views: 6570

Re: 1737: "Datacenter Scale"

I don't think this is true: the remaining lifetime for a working bulb currently in a fixture is the the same as the total lifetime for a new bulb that could be installed in the fixture. They definitely age. You can see the dimming by installing a new tube next to an old tube. My kill-a-watt meter t...
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4816
Views: 474753

Re: Doctor Whom

I'm in favour of describing Class as "the closest we've yet come to a British Buffy".
by rmsgrey
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 420
Views: 123239

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

Looking at my Kickstarter history, I have 2 projects that failed to fund, 29 checked off as received, 7 with projected delivery dates from March this year, 7 with projected delivery dates in the past, and 2 that aren't checked off, because they've only partly been delivered. My 7 lates are 6 videoga...
by rmsgrey
Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6739

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

da Doctah wrote:Someone should probably point out that peacocks don't lay eggs.


They do, however, hatch from them.
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 03, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6739

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

Soupspoon wrote:* - I don't like eggs, fried, scrambled, poached, etc,


How do you feel about green with ham?
by rmsgrey
Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"
Replies: 132
Views: 6739

Re: 1793: "Soda Sugar Comparisons"

I've see recipes that call for, instead of the obvious "6 eggs", a "cup of eggs" (which just means I have to keep cracking eggs until it fills up the cup) or worse, something like "half a pound of eggs." And I have to google how many eggs in a pound ? Does this mean yo...
by rmsgrey
Wed Feb 01, 2017 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"
Replies: 76
Views: 4698

Re: 1792: "Bird/Plane/Superman"

I beg to differ about the carrying people part: the eagles carried people in both LotR and The Hobbit. depends if people=humans, wizards, dwarves and hobbits are not human. Well, Wizards and Dwarves aren't. The lore is less clear about Hobbits - whether or not Hobbits are human does depend on your ...

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