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by ThirdParty
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1222 contains a working (if very primitive) ansible. Both ends of it, unfortunately; they're bulky and have to be kept at a temperature near absolute zero, so can't be moved from Floor 1222. And the bandwidth is 0.5 baud. But still: if you want to communicate a very short message to someone st...
by ThirdParty
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1217 contains a real-life version of Life , the cellular automaton. If you've got fewer than two or more than three people standing next to you, you pop out of existence. If there's an empty space with exactly three people next to it, a new person pops into existence, complete with memories th...
by ThirdParty
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 102
Views: 2101

Re: Ideal immigration policy

It seems like we ought to be able to enforce our immigration laws more effectively than we do. I've never quite understood the Libertarian objection to issuing a photo ID to all citizens and legal residents and requiring them to keep it with them and display it on request. (Bonus: it would make it ...
by ThirdParty
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 102
Views: 2101

Re: Ideal immigration policy

I don't think there's going to be a perfect solution, but here are some thoughts. 1. I'm not willing to accept a permanent underclass. That's the exact opposite of what America is meant to be. So anybody who's been here long enough, regardless of how they got here, should be able to become a full ci...
by ThirdParty
Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?
Replies: 42
Views: 1456

Re: How did a discontinued foreign coin end up in my car?

I've seen the kind of shopping carts you're describing, here in the US. Except here they take quarters (25¢-pieces) rather than euros. ... But I've only seen them at Aldi, which I think is a German supermarket chain trying to expand to the US. (Or rather, one that has succeeded in expanding to the U...
by ThirdParty
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 103
Views: 25034

Re: stop walking on the escalators

The whole idea of an escalator is for people not to have to walk up/down stairs on their own. If you're not into that, use the emergency stairs. The main place I encounter escalators is in airports, and I feel like usually there aren't stairs available as alternatives, or at least not without havin...
by ThirdParty
Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1213 is an abacus repair and refurbishment shop, set up by a deserter from the first Floor 1210 and getting most of its clients from Floor 1205.
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 103
Views: 25034

Re: stop walking on the escalators

You've left a very important item out of the algorithm: - If there is no traffic in front of you, proceed forward at the maximum speed that you can safely travel. Without this addition, your algorithm would allow people to park on the highway and cause severe traffic jams. True for traffic, not sur...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 08, 2018 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: stop walking on the escalators
Replies: 103
Views: 25034

Re: stop walking on the escalators

The obvious solution to this conundrum is just to apply the usual traffic rule "keep right unless passing" correctly . Algorithmically, that rule means: - If there is no traffic to your right, move right, unless there's nowhere right to move. - If there is slower traffic in front of you, ...
by ThirdParty
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Elevator problem
Replies: 14
Views: 1063

Re: Elevator problem

If the building is empty, other than him, the elevator will never stop and that combination, as stated, will turn up, ever. This is patently false. Sometimes (especially now that this thread exists) he will push those the buttons for those specific floors out of sheer perversity. Other times he wil...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor MCCI has the same problem but has adopted a different solution.
by ThirdParty
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 13326

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I wonder why repetitive/unwanted body gestures or speech patterns are called, "Tics?" That's a weird, strange name for unwanted repetitive behaviors or speeches.... Interesting question. I tried Googling it and got a bunch of different answers. The most authoritative seemed to be Dictionn...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1193 is a server farm for the popular MMORPG known as "World of Warcraft". The virtual world within the servers looks suspiciously similar to the real contents of some nearby floors of the Skyscraper, as if fiction were "bleeding over" into reality. However, physicists have...
by ThirdParty
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I've never heard of the word "Bayer" before They're a corporation. You'd probably recognize the names of some of their products: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/79/BayerHeroin.png But I've always made the same assumption to (Anglicised) pronunciation as you. I'm a big fan...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Do you guys rhyme "Bayer" with "bear"? How about Layer/lair and payer/pear? For me, "Bayer" and "bear" are both /bɛɚ/, while "payer" and "pear" are quite different: /ˈpeɪ.ɚ/ and /pɛɚ/. For "layer" and "lair," they sound...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 4345

Re: Winfrey presidency

What does qualify someone to be a good president? What do you want to see on their resume? Okay, I'll take a stab at that. 1. I expect the candidate to have experience as a State Governor. Why would any sane electorate put someone in charge of the entire U.S. without first seeing how he did at runn...
by ThirdParty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1160 is a pig farm. Probably. The meat tastes a little off.
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

OTOH, you call your 1¢ pieces 'pennies' and hold onto Imperial (ironic!) weights that includes the lb (such a quantity of most things invariably costing >$0.01), so maybe you can still make your own internal senses of the phrase I've always thought of "in for a penny, in for a pound" as a...
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why does a song mean "a small sum of money"? I used it in a pun today, and then realised its a little bizzare. Or insulting to musicians? Google says that a sheet containing a printed song was a very cheap item one could buy from a street vendor. It also offers a quote from All's Well Tha...
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Future Invention card game
Replies: 8
Views: 1355

Re: My Future Invention card game

Ansible Antigravity Pad Brain Simulator Cryonic Reversal Magnetic Monopole Matter Synthesizer Nanobot Swarm Neural Knowledge Implanter Personalized Microbiotic Ecosystem Room-Temperature Superconductor Venusian Balloon-City ZPE Power Generator Quantum Computer Don't we already have those? Admittedly...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 3860

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

A third party voter has no power to pick a person they want in power. ... If geographies are not important and generating a set of representatives that is proportionally similar to the voter base in the state is the goal, which is what this test is checking for, there is no reason to continue disen...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 3860

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

If this is a disenfranchisement of voters, the biggest victims aren't the democrats. Nearly 100% of third party voters are getting their votes thrown out. If you live in a district that's been drawn to be 90% Democrat, then any vote you cast—whether you vote for the Democrat, the Republican, or a t...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8626
Views: 1464193

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Loosely based on https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results/ : http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=55731&mode=view Most of the color names on the left are real, but the three two-word ones are references to the blog post, and a couple others are just ones I threw in as filler ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89839
Views: 6897514

Re: Thoughts for ships

There's a building in my city, which I pass by on my way to and from work, that feels a little ... anomalous. Google Maps says it's a radio station, but I wonder. The building is about fifty feet tall, fifty feet deep, and three hundred feet long: from the edge it looks like a cube, but then you try...
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 13326

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

How about the various types of clam called "duck"? e.g. Anatina and Anodonta . I assume they were named after the bird, given their Latin names. Was it because they looked like ducks, or tasted like ducks, or were eaten by ducks, or what? (By the way, I'm not including Panopea in the categ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 24
Views: 4042

Re: Longest Name

My two cents: I think longer names are primarily used in order to distinguish names that are the same when shorter. For what it's worth, I refer to " Sextus Empiricus " thus in regular conversations, even though his name is six syllables and there isn't anyone I refer to as simply "S...
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 13326

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Of course, that's not the only term where the mathematical use is different from the everyday use - "or", for instance ("or" in general English would be like mathematical "xor"). English "or" just does not necessarily expect simultaneity. It does depend on co...
by ThirdParty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

There's also a continuum between words that are English and words that are not English, but that doesn't mean it's completely arbitrary to include "hello" in an English dictionary but exclude "안녕하세요". Sure. But I think that if somebody says "English has exactly 171,476 word...
by ThirdParty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 4714

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

I almost never have this problem while trying to empty trash. Maybe because I'm on a Mac. I do, unfortunately, get it all the time while trying to eject disks. "The disk cannot be ejected because it might be in use. Would you like to force-eject? Warning: this may permanently damage your disk.&...
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

If I recall, I had a high school biology teacher who would say "an human" even though she pronounced "human" as starting with a /j/ rather than a vowel.
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

I wonder what the back end is named! Anyhow, floor 1130 contains a poorly-taxidermized creature that appears to have the head of a bird, the tail of a rodent, the feet of a weasel, and the torso of an anteater. It's unclear whether it's fake or whether such creatures actually exist somewhere in the ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

The letter "Q" has been in the English language as long as the language has existed and was in Middle English and even Old English before that. Its glyph cannot be produced by the combination of any other letters, and its pronunciation is no less distinctive than "k". It is feat...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

'If it doesn't make a sound on its own, it's not a letter' is a solid definition to start from, which kicks out the apostrophe, hyphen, and diacritics (in English). I think that a case could be made that the hyphen at least sometimes represents a /ʔ/ sound, most obviously in the word "uh-oh&qu...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Does any language other than English use exactly the 26 letter Latin alphabet? A browsing of Wikipedia suggests that Portuguese and Catalan do. French and Dutch are more arguable but also seem to be leaning that direction. Of course this somewhat depends on how a language defines a letter. Indeed. ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1238
Views: 61716

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1123 contains a very large integer (several million digits). Mathematicians have conjectured that this integer is also the lowest counterexample to something (that is, something more interesting than just "all integers are lower than the one found on Floor 1123"), but so far this con...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Except that these are very old words whose meanings have evolved since they split. Back in Proto-Germanic, when "gielpan" was invented as a modified form of the established word "gielan", "gielan" meant "to sing" (see "nightingale" = "night sin...
by ThirdParty
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Except that these are very old words whose meanings have evolved since they split. Back in Proto-Germanic, when "gielpan" was invented as a modified form of the established word "gielan" How do you know this? Cognates of "yell" appear all over the place in languages de...
by ThirdParty
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

"Yelp" probably counts Really? You think a lot of people say the word "yell" and then quickly close their mouths? I mean, it makes sense for "nope", "yep", and "welp" since "no", "yeah", and "well" are common words and ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 535
Views: 57532

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Hmm ... "yelp"? "Giddyap"? No, probably not... I wonder if an onomatopoeia like "humph" would count. It seems to describe the sound people make when rapidly closing the mouth in disdain after starting to make some sort of sound (e.g. "huh"). Maybe that's a str...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2203
Views: 286124

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I edit the note.

There are now 1 penny with a note saying "We don't accept a useless coin", a piece of chewing gum, and an omnidimensional vending machine in the pile.

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