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by Adacore
Mon Nov 21, 2016 6:12 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fantastic Breasts and Where to Find Them
Replies: 49
Views: 7595

Re: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

You do have a point, Zohar, and I always thought that the memory modification was the most horrifying thing in the Harry Potter lore (the thing with Hermione's parents is the only part of the entire original book series that made me cry). The existing real-world lore on witches and wizards, upon whi...
by Adacore
Tue Nov 15, 2016 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 22484

Re: 1759: "British Map"

It's curious that, despite there being several real-world places that are incorrectly located on the map, the mislocation that irks me the most is Hogsmeade which, from the descriptions in the books, clearly cannot be in Kent.
by Adacore
Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Where on earth did I give you that impression? I think people are voting for Trump despite the fact that he said terrible things. And I want to understand how they reconcile that with their own values. My understanding, and I'm neither a Trump supporter nor even in the same continent as you, so I c...
by Adacore
Thu Nov 10, 2016 1:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

While the chart is misleading, I think the core point is very significant. At least insofar as it fits my personal interpretation of the result, and why the polling missed the result. Most people were expecting Obama's phenomenal ground game to transfer more significantly to Clinton, or to the post...
by Adacore
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 6649

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

If I were a year older this would make me feel positively young. I would've assumed that autotuned songs had been around for basically my entire life, probably since synthesizers became a big thing in the 80s (although only used obtrusively since the mid-late 90s).
by Adacore
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That chart is a poster child for how to deliberately mislead, also. Note how the y-axis doesn't start at zero... Most people wont notice and will think Dem voting is down by 1/2 or even 2/3rds when in fact it's down by about 1/7 - which is explained much more simply by how inspirational Obama was t...
by Adacore
Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And Spinoffs)
Replies: 125
Views: 22394

Re: Buffy The Vampire Slayer (And Spinoffs)

A number of episodes (if not whole character arcs) portray the straight dangers of substance abuse ... (Avoided expanding into spoilers too much stuff not based on the early seasons. One example... make that actually two... are past that cut-off and a bit seriously spoily, but if you're not near th...
by Adacore
Wed Oct 26, 2016 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1751: "Movie Folder"
Replies: 57
Views: 6530

Re: 1751: "Movie Folder"

ps.02 wrote:Well, while it's a "real thing," I believe Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is only a book, not a movie.

The movie came out this year.
by Adacore
Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1745: "Record Scratch"
Replies: 45
Views: 7041

Re: 1745: "Record Scratch"

The "78 RPM era" might be close to your Civil War, but not ours... Define "ours". If you are from Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Palestine, Paraguay, Spain, Sudan or Vietnam, then "the civil war" (...
by Adacore
Tue Oct 04, 2016 12:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 8361

Re: 1741: "Work"

This was something that didn't really fully hit me until I took an design engineering class. One of the first things covered was the fact that almost literally everything modern humans interact with has been designed, often with considerable effort, by numerous engineers. I mean, obviously my comput...
by Adacore
Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1494
Views: 204424

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Zamfir wrote:
Volvo ($23bn)
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I suspect that would be Volvo AB, that makes trucks and engines. Volvo the car company is nowadays a different company, owned by Chinese company Geely.

You're quite right. The valuation Google lists for Geely is around $7bn, and the car company was sold for around $2bn.
by Adacore
Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1494
Views: 204424

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I'm not saying running a successful taxi business is easy. But when it comes to 'self-driving taxis' the self-driving part isn't 50% of the battle; it's 99%. I don't know the details of the Volvo / Uber partnership. But I would expect that Volvo is the one doing the heavy lifting there. If you actu...
by Adacore
Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond
Replies: 57
Views: 8553

Re: Star Trek: To Infinity and Beyond

This only just came out in Korea, so I'm a little late to the party, but I enjoyed the movie a lot. I took Kirk's captain's log line about his life feeling very "episodic" near the start as a suggestion that the audience should imagine that the three years of their five year mission that h...
by Adacore
Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 174033

Re: Board games anyone?

That was interesting, Deva. My ratings came out pretty much were I expected them - I'm heavily into strategic games, I don't mind conflict, but don't need it, the theme doesn't really matter to me, and I'm not particularly keen on social or party games. Although I did feel that, while I'm ambivalent...
by Adacore
Sun Jul 24, 2016 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 259670

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

I really liked the first seasons. But somewhere during season 4 I started to feel that the book and the show are drifting apart. Now they are so different that I hardly recognize anything. I don't like how they changed the books and who they kill and who they don't :P I suspect the other reason you...
by Adacore
Wed Jun 29, 2016 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101271

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

I don't think it's as simple as "people voted leave because of xenophobia". My impression is that immigration was a major reason people voted to leave, but this was not primarily because of racism, but because they were told by a substantial portion of the media that the main reason for th...
by Adacore
Tue Jun 28, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101271

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

The second scenario is where article 50 is invoked, talks to reach a favourable deal for Britain after leaving break down, the British economy tanks, the country spirals into a recession, leaving becomes deeply unpopular and 2 years down the line Britain comes back begging reentry. I don't think th...
by Adacore
Tue Jun 28, 2016 4:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 101271

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, Cameron to resign by October]

I've seen several commentators saying that, in the wake of the Tory leadership fiasco, there is almost certain to be a general election called within a year. What happens if the public overwhelmingly votes in that election for a party which has a strongly pro-EU platform? I can very easily see a nea...
by Adacore
Wed May 18, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones | Song of Fire and Ice | Combination Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 7742

Re: Game of Thrones | Song of Fire and Ice | Combination Thread

More on the theories various: I agree, Jaime and Cersei make much more sense as Aerys' children, if any of them are. That would lend significantly more depth to the characters (including Tyrion and Tywin) than the Tyrion version. I think the "excess of secret Targaryens" issue ...
by Adacore
Tue May 10, 2016 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones | Song of Fire and Ice | Combination Thread
Replies: 29
Views: 7742

Re: Game of Thrones | Song of Fire and Ice | Combination Thread

Season 6, Episode 3; Book 5: One thing this season is definitely doing is confirming a lot of the more widely accepted theories. With the extent of the foreshadowing and Bran's visions, R+L=J is almost completely confirmed now (although I've not known anyone who doubted it for a long tim...
by Adacore
Tue Apr 19, 2016 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1669: Planespotting
Replies: 51
Views: 8562

Re: 1669: Planespotting

I think the comic pretty clearly says 797, not 747. From the context it seems likely that this is intentional.
by Adacore
Fri Apr 15, 2016 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Hearthstone
Replies: 576
Views: 90938

Re: Hearthstone

I suspect the developers had the same concern over the cost of slow, late-game decks, and that's why they're making one of those new, slow decks (the C'Thun deck, which most people seem to be speculating will be competitively viable) free for everyone. It seems like C'Thun is intended to be the 'sta...
by Adacore
Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 403
Views: 483903

Re: Forum Migration

It seems like you can get better results by changing the search options (not just the time limit, changing the sorting options such as Author, Post Time, &c. seems to have a similar effect), but it's very erratic and there's clearly still something strange going on. With '1 year' selected, I fir...
by Adacore
Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13893
Views: 1843385

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

Going back to the theme of robots, this one seems to have forgotten Asimov's rules. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/03/24/microsofts-teen-girl-ai-turns-into-a-hitler-loving-sex-robot-wit/ . It was pretty amazing. Some of the stuff the bot posted was just mind-blowingly offensive. Worse t...
by Adacore
Sun Feb 14, 2016 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Wait, is anyone seriously arguing that Hillary Clinton is not an establishment candidate? Because that's an utterly absurd suggestion. Hell, I'd say having 'establishment credentials' (rephrasing it as 'relevant experience') is one of her major strengths.
by Adacore
Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5116
Views: 700966

Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

I passed the intermediate/advanced Korean language proficiency exam! I only got the lowest level passing grade (level 3 - lower-intermediate - while the exam covers levels 3, 4, 5 and 6), but it's such a huge step up from the beginner (level 1 and 2) exam to the intermediate/advanced one, and I'm su...
by Adacore
Tue Feb 02, 2016 9:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The GOP is at a four way crossroad. http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/four-roads-out-of-iowa-for-republicans/ Number 4 is what I'm looking for, because it tells me the US hasn't radically changed. Number 2 is the true nightmare scenario which calls into question everything we establishment types ...
by Adacore
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Bernie Sanders would be considered a moderate in much of the world, and certainly in Europe, but is definitely very left-wing as far as US politics is concerned. Since the presidential election is a US political event, it makes sense to look at his position from a US, rather than a global, perspecti...
by Adacore
Fri Jan 29, 2016 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's worth noting that, while I fully agree with the Rubio or Bust thesis, I believe that particular article on Fivethirtyeight was a guest feature, not written by the actual 538 team / Nate Silver. I'm not sure how much it actually represents the opinion of Fivethirtyeight's journalists/analysts.
by Adacore
Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13893
Views: 1843385

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

Intuitively, looking at a map, there should indeed be six continents, but the 'combination' would be Eurasia, rather than North and South America. The distinction between Europe and Asia has always seemed completely arbitrary to me - every other continental division is delimited by seas or oceans, b...
by Adacore
Mon Jan 11, 2016 12:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28290
Views: 2452508

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

The poster mentioned "(which I think people can get to because I put my car on the pavement)". Does this mean you're actually partially blocking the road itself (like its an extremely narrow street or something?) I can see in that case why someone would tell you to move it. The whole park...
by Adacore
Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 97295

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

Re: the fight at the end. The impression I got from that scene was that Ren was injured (from Chewie's crossbow), which was what gave Finn and Rey a chance at beating him in the duel. This is also the impression I had. Ren has been trained in lightsaber combat, and Rey/Finn are complete...
by Adacore
Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 97295

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

I liked the movie, but there was so much fan service and so many original trilogy references/parallels it got kinda ridiculous. My main complaints were on the treatment of lightsabers: there's no way Finn should be able to hold his own against Kylo Ren for as long as he did unless he's got ...
by Adacore
Tue Dec 22, 2015 1:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13893
Views: 1843385

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

From this BBC article about Blatter and Platini being banned from soccer for 8 years, Greg Dyke, the chairman of the English FA is quoted as saying: This story of corruption has been around for a long time, the weird thing about so many members of Fifa is that they were prepared to go along with it....
by Adacore
Wed Dec 16, 2015 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 675337

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The GOP right now seems like the current UK Labour Party. Every time they lose they pick someone even more unelectable as their leader. I guess it's not hugely inaccurate, but every Labour Party leader has, by definition, proven themselves electable, or they wouldn't be an MP. We don't vote for a p...
by Adacore
Mon Nov 30, 2015 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 71195

Re: Randall Munroe in today's WSJ

I love that piece. I'm going to assume it was edited down but there's enough there to see all sorts of interesting tangents and ideas developing. It says it was edited for length, so I'd say you're correct. I really would've liked it to be twice as long, though. They only really touched on a couple...
by Adacore
Tue Nov 24, 2015 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 71195

Re: Randall Munroe in today's WSJ

I'm not a subscriber, and I could read it just fine. A bit of a strange format, mostly just a trivia interview than anything serious, but still interesting.
by Adacore
Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1602: Linguistics Club
Replies: 117
Views: 16720

Re: 1602: Linguistics Club

ETA: Ah, I've got it! Prescriptivist Linguistics Club meets 1.5 times per year ("that's what it ought to mean!"), whilst Descriptivist Linguistics Club ("but this is how ordinary speakers use it") meets every 18 months. Every three years the meetings coincide and there's a big f...
by Adacore
Wed Nov 11, 2015 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 363
Views: 92404

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

I'm beginning to wonder if the data were significantly less interesting than he was expecting, and he just decided he couldn't find anything interesting or funny enough to be worth publishing. Or maybe the whole survey was some kind of performance art piece where the point of the work was the asking...
by Adacore
Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28290
Views: 2452508

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

I mean, the fridge question is fairly obviously a function of time. The temperature of the room will initially drop, then rise to a higher temperature than the previous steady state as heat is rejected by the refrigerator cooling system, assuming an adiabatic room, and perfectly insulated fridge. If...

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