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by orthogon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 2759

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

"While Jack is now a proper name in its own right, in English it was traditionally used as a diminutive form of John" [1] I actually wasn't aware of that myself, interesting. Yeah, I'm fond of saying "Jack is short for John" to highlight the insanity of it. I once watched a docu...
by orthogon
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3656
Views: 443207

Re: The Darker Side of the News

As far as targeted advertising goes, I'm not just OK about it, I'm actually somewhat in favour of it. As I used to be fond of saying, most TV advertising is for cars and feminine hygiene products, neither of which I'm in the market for. Replace that with adverts for saxophones and cycling gear and ...
by orthogon
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3656
Views: 443207

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I've also been struggling to work out what specifically has gone on here and why it's so bad. It seems to be that a third party obtained data under some kind of academic/research cover and then used it for commercial purposes. As far as targeted advertising goes, I'm not just OK about it, I'm actual...
by orthogon
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 197
Views: 32310

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Stephen Hawking died today :cry: Since his a Brief History of Time introduced me to the concept, I'd have said "Stephen Hawking lost his lifelong battle against entropy today". In recent months, he'd become an increasingly vocal advocate on the NHS, so it's a loss not just to astrophysics...
by orthogon
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 4165

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

imagine you're on the London Underground ( map ) Sure, but that map is geographically nonsense anyway. Maybe, but topologically it's perfect. My point is that, if you're using that kind of map, you need to identify lines and directions in a way that's consistent with the schematic nature of the map...
by orthogon
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 4165

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

I remember visiting southeast US and I was so delighted that highway signs said "north", "south" etc. That is much more helpful when driving around a country than the name of some city you only roughly know where it is, or maybe even don't know at all. OK, I've complained about ...
by orthogon
Mon Mar 05, 2018 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: 1962: “Generations”

May just be a common root. It's a fairly universal schoolboy joke to f ay thing f u f ing Eff f in f tead of E f se f . For a long time I was staring at this. The "-ay" made me think you were writing in Igpay Atinlay, and from the limited information I know about you, I hope you don't min...
by orthogon
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: 1962: “Generations”

Pfhorrest wrote:Why?

Sorry, that was a late night post that, in the cold light of day, didn't really work. I was thinking how Apple stopped incrementing the number after OS-X. (Microsoft are also stopping at 10, I heard).
by orthogon
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 2559

Re: 1962: “Generations”

According to Apple, we should have stopped at Generation X.
by orthogon
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3656
Views: 443207

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Chen wrote:So how much of that is bluster and how much is actually real?

I don't know, but the translator was apparently going for "make him sound like Trump". "A very big operational depth"?
by orthogon
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2090

Re: 1961: Interaction

Small talk is hard. Yep, it is hard to believably fake my interest in the weather, traffic, someone's spawn, or sports; nor do I believe the fake interest from the other person. :roll: That's why it's an effective signaling behavior: it's expensive. You're not supposed to believe they are intereste...
by orthogon
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 342312

Re: Trump presidency

There are plenty of small towns that don't get big box stores who also have seen similar declines in their small business sector(this is particularly true of the rust belt, WV, and parts of the south. Why consumers in these areas have moved away from small business is an open question but it doesn'...
by orthogon
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 2854

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Yes, Pascal's ":=" is my favourite. "<=" is nice visually but it already means something else, and "<-" looks rubbish in Courier-like fonts because the minus is too small and doesn't line up with the middle of the "<". And again, the minus sign could be miscon...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 2854

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Is "return 1+thing" another Yoda-style idiom like the stupid "if 1==x" nonsense?
by orthogon
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 5849

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

So yes, why does the forum block random unicode characters like Egyptian Hieroglyphs? I can understand blocking things like the bidi control characters, and I can maybe understand blocking the penis hieroglyph (and the ejaculating penis heiroglyph), but the whole code block? That's just bizarre. In...
by orthogon
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14463
Views: 2110617

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

box wrench (that is what they mean by "ring spanner," correct?) I'd put it that when you say "box wrench", you mean "ring spanner". I like to pride myself on being pretty internationalist, I'm well into the descriptivist thing and I generally enjoy English in all its v...
by orthogon
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 2829

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

Rigorous, that list is not. A pedant would have multiple edits to make. I think you meant to write, " Multiple edits to make, would have a pedant" Signed, Yoda's 5th-grade teacher. I would have gone for "Multiple edits to make, a pedant would have". I base this on my favourite u...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 2829

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

You can factorise primes in O(1) if you know they're primes. Non-primes are trickier to factorise. Well, a prime number n has O(log(n)) bits. If numpy makes a copy somewhere, then the algorithm is O(log(n)) as stated in the comic. IIRC, last time we discussed big-O notation, it got nastier quicker ...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 2829

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

You can factorise primes in O(1) if you know they're primes. Non-primes are trickier to factorise.
by orthogon
Mon Feb 19, 2018 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 342312

Re: Trump presidency

CorruptUser wrote:Stormy Daniels?

I love the way she actually used her porn-star name as her porn-star name. What do we reckon her first pet was?
by orthogon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1954: Impostor Syndrome
Replies: 13
Views: 3188

Re: 1954: Impostor Syndrome

And now Wikipedia gets a sudden uptick in hits for the article on the Dunning-Kruger effect. I recognized this immediately and refused to cooperate. I will remain ignorant (so far as anyone peeking at my Google history knows!) I suspect you are deliberately underestimating your understanding of the...
by orthogon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23313

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

...or literally saying that the guilt or innocence of those accused of sexual harassment is irrelevant , because someone--it doesn't matter who--must pay for the sexual victimization of vulnerable people...well, that's when we're wandering from justifiable outrage into unhealthier mental territory....
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 5849

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Mmmm... Lobster...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 3631

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

My bad - I responded to your first paragraph and clearly didn't read the parenthetical addition properly. I can well imagine that it's one of those things that seems easy but rapidly gets difficult, like filling in a blank crossword grid with random words. I'm glad that you warned me before I starte...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 3631

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

I have that on my wall. (A reproduction, thereof.) I see it pretty much every day, and i think the same as you. But there are meeting points that don't seem to have obvious crossover (Planets and Sinologues => Mars?) and I am left wondering what Saintly Journalistic Explorer would reside at Hammers...
by orthogon
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1949: "Fruit Collider"
Replies: 54
Views: 3631

Re: 1949: "Fruit Collider"

This comic made me ask if there isn't a periodic table of fruit elements. I wonder how you would sort that? And which elemental fruits could you put on it? Like only mandarin and grapefruit but not orange, because it's a mix of the first two. Ask and ye shall receive I spent an inordinately long ti...
by orthogon
Tue Feb 06, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 4118

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

There's a vaccine for it now? It was news to me too, and it turns out that it isn't given in the UK, for rather cool reasons . Essentially, chickenpox is unpleasant but isn't very serious when contracted in childhood, whereas it can be harmful in adulthood and particularly in later life or during p...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14463
Views: 2110617

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

I'm not sure I understand. The network has computers "vote" on whether or not a transaction occurs, or something, but that shouldn't require enough computers running to power a moderately sized country. As I understand it, the idea is that the bad guys are unlikely to control more than 50...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn. (blown away from News & Articles)
Replies: 72
Views: 2300

Re: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn.

There's definitely prehistoric porn. According to Pinker at least, there are pornographic cave paintings.
by orthogon
Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 2918

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

The trick to hand-drawn graphs is that you linearize the data. Rather than plotting pH vs [HA] and trying to figure out where the middle of the S curve is (to get the pKa), you plot pH vs log([HA]/[A-]) and use a straightedge to get the line. Then finding the pKa is just a matter of seeing where th...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Porn, Ethical Porn, Use of Likenesses in Porn. (blown away from News & Articles)
Replies: 72
Views: 2300

Re: Face covering law passed in Quebec

CorruptUser wrote:I wouldn't mind more "ethical" porn, where simulated crimes, deception, extortion and incest are illegal.

How about a kind of "fairtrade" scheme?
by orthogon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 197
Views: 32310

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I was momentarily confused on hearing this on the radio this morning, since it sounded like they were announcing the death of an "Ursula Kayler-Guin". We read The Dispossessed in our book club, but I'm pretty sure that was under the name Ursula Le Guin. Did she start using the "K.&qu...
by orthogon
Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 197
Views: 32310

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I was momentarily confused on hearing this on the radio this morning, since it sounded like they were announcing the death of an "Ursula Kayler-Guin". We read The Dispossessed in our book club, but I'm pretty sure that was under the name Ursula Le Guin. Did she start using the "K.&quo...
by orthogon
Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"
Replies: 21
Views: 2918

Re: 1945:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"

balthasar_s wrote:"Scientific Paper Graph Quality"?

I'm more interested in the scientific graph paper quality.

OMY! Graph paper! That totally used to be a thing!
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 3327

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Changing established characters on a whim is just tokenism of the worst sort. Especially if there's no real indication of why such a change would take place. Why would Clark suddenly transition to Carla. There has been zero indication of any type of dysphoria or any inkling of him being transgender...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 342312

Re: Trump presidency

I'm uncomfortable with the idea that a company should be obliged to create political campaign material that its employees and owners don't agree with. Yeah, which is why my signs and banner company carefully reviews everything I print off and I definitely get involved with literally every piece of ...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4641
Views: 342312

Re: Trump presidency

Admittedly, I kind of confused things by bringing up the pharmacist example (where we deny service based on age); this is more comparable to the ER doctor example (where we deny service to everyone based on the nature of the service itself). For example, a heterosexual couple who wanted two grooms ...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 4172

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

A sextillion tons of gold. Is that 10 21 (1,000 N+1 for N-illion) or 10 36 (1,000,000 N )? Does anyone still use long scale? It is odd that you still get people saying "is that an American billion?". I assume that Soupspoon was being facetious, but you hear it a lot in the UK, and not jus...
by orthogon
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What do you want to know about a comic con?
Replies: 46
Views: 3327

Re: What do you want to know about a comic con?

Maybe I misinterpreted the thing about Clark Kent transforming into Wonder Woman, but I like the idea for a superhero character who is one sex in their ordinary secret identity life and another in their caped persona. I can see a lot of different ways it could be done, each with their own interesti...

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