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by Xanthir
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Aerogel
Replies: 28
Views: 6488

Re: Aerogel

By definition, a subtractive method must leave an open-cell skeleton.
by Xanthir
Sat Apr 15, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yeah, don't do this. You want the error as close to the code that caused it as possible; it helps with debugging. The only time you should group errors like this is when you're outputting information to application users in a human-friendly way; app users don't like repetitious errors, and it's best...
by Xanthir
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?
Replies: 34
Views: 3640

Re: Why do humans see themselves as different from animals?

We're the only animal that has invented message boards, obviously.
by Xanthir
Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 53148

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

A niggling annoyance is just how *quickly* Ryder tries to get her bone on with everyone. Like, first personal convo with a new crewmember, and you already have a heart option, which is often Ryder just being *super* inept at flirting. This isn't how people flirt! Let us have a few conversations wher...
by Xanthir
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 172072

Re: Board games anyone?

And we *have* done so - our first run-thru was with another couple, for a 4-player game; we then bought a second copy to play thru by ourselves, and have just been waiting for our knowledge to fade sufficiently so that we still have a reasonable amount of surprise about when things happen.
by Xanthir
Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5148

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Sexual assault that targets men is laughed off not because of feminism, but because of toxic masculinity - (a) men are strong and women are weak, so it's impossible for a man to be raped by a woman, and (b) men always want sex, so anyone claiming they didn't want it is joking or a weirdo - which is ...
by Xanthir
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5148

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Some years back I had some interest in what the MRA movement was up to. I think there are definitely some specific issues where they have legitimate grievances that are probably worthwhile causes to deal with (eg. the prevalence of prison rape and how seriously it is treated, the preferential treat...
by Xanthir
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 172072

Re: Board games anyone?

Yes, definitely do it. It was one of the singular best boardgaming experiences of my life.
by Xanthir
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 5148

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Re: the app (Callisto), I know two people personally who are working on that. It's a really good thing - it keeps things secret until it gets *more* reports about the same person (and it's definitely not limited to "women reporting men"; that just happens to be the common case because peop...
by Xanthir
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?
Replies: 22
Views: 2832

Re: Why haven't any animals evolved wheels?

Yeah, we've developed plenty of those already, just crammed into the wetwork. An exposed one has the significant problem of cushioning and lubrication - internally, we can just use cartilage for that purpose.
by Xanthir
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2270

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

Yeah, the ratio formulation is super easy to remember - P(A)/P(A) (one of them conditional) = P(B)/P(B) (the same one conditional).

Then remembering that P(A|B) is done by "canceling out" the B in P(A&B)/P(B) is also fairly easy, and you're good with a bit of moving things around.
by Xanthir
Sat Apr 08, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1795
Views: 392376

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

Yeah, pseudo's game is 100% one of the .hacks.
by Xanthir
Sat Apr 08, 2017 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 53148

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

Can confirm: significantly less bug-eye since the patch. Everyone looks much more human now.
by Xanthir
Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 53148

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

I was trying to come up with a clever set of names for twins, so I looked back at an old MBMBAM sketch about twin names, and got bit by the first pair they mentioned. So I'm now the proud controller of Jam Ryder. Then I learned I can't actually change my twin's name to Ham, which is fucking bullshit...
by Xanthir
Tue Apr 04, 2017 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 53148

Re: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck

I ended up finding a pretty nice face amongst all the monsters in there. I'm actually quite happy with it, because it got me into a different face-space than I usually go for. My wife forbade me from just making my Shepard again, since I'd played that Shep thru all of ME, then thru DA:I, then Fallou...
by Xanthir
Tue Apr 04, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So water is blue. Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 2185

Re: So water is blue. Why?

I didn't "want to leave it at that"; plenty of preceding posters had already given technical explanations, and I didn't disagree with them. Maybe chill for a minute, yo. As I explained, most people reach for the physics explanations *immediately*, when there's a simpler answer - that blue ...
by Xanthir
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So water is blue. Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 2185

Re: So water is blue. Why?

Right, but as Randall said in his comic afterwards, the physics-based explanations are interesting, but they're the same level of interesting as asking why anything else is the color it is. For some reason we tend to elevate the question of water's/air's color to a special place, tho, where "it...
by Xanthir
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 23
Views: 3194

Re: Consequences of climate change

Yeah, we forget so quickly that before weather satellites, we could predict weather, like, a day in advance. None of this 10-day advance forecast bullshit you get now. And yeah, uh, most big cities in the world are port cities, and most of them have a big chunk of their land only slightly above sea ...
by Xanthir
Wed Mar 29, 2017 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution
Replies: 3
Views: 1429

Re: behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution

The best estimator depends on the distribution in question. Mixed distributions aren't either of the input distributions, so it has to have a different best estimator.
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Don't know official words, but those are reasonable terms imo.

"call signature" is usually just "arguments" or "passed arguments", but "call signature" works as a contrast with "function signature" for clarity.
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yup. Technically, Python doesn't protect you against a call signature like "build_dict(default=3, a=1, b=2)", but most of the time you'll be okay.
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I already explained why I find the "frees up the argument" thing confusing - it means that passing a named arg to a function can do totally different things depending on whether you provided a positional arg or not. ...but shouldn't it? If I'm calling an argument with a positional in addi...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I already explained why I find the "frees up the argument" thing confusing - it means that passing a named arg to a function can do totally different things depending on whether you provided a positional arg or not. In particular, this can be confusing if you begin by passing all the expli...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Grouping things that way, tho, implies that named args *never* assign to explicit arguments, only ever to a kwargs dict. Which is a fine model, nothing wrong with it, but it's definitely not the Python model, where every explicit argument has both a position and a name. I'm trying to convince you th...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 53148

Re: Mass Effect

I have no idea, I haven't played it yet (wife is still finishing up FF, then it's my turn to play a game in the evenings). I was just reacting to mosc having bad opinions; it's gratifying to know they were in fact extremely bad.

(That said, same thing applies to, say, Dragon Age 2.)
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Mass Effect : Meet and Fuck
Replies: 274
Views: 53148

Re: Mass Effect

Isn't having a defined sexuality a significant part of a character's identity? I mean sure, have a bisexual character or two but just don't make EVERYONE bisexual. That's not being diverse, it's being lazy. Actually very few of them are bisexual. The game just switches everyone from gay/straight to...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: So water is blue. Why?
Replies: 10
Views: 2185

Re: So water is blue. Why?

Soupspoon said it, but with a lot of text preceding it, so I'll answer it simply: Water is blue because that's the color of water. Same as (red) apples are red because that's their color. All the same mechanisms that give other physical objects their color work on water too, and the details are such...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The Reverse of how colors work: how would it look?
Replies: 6
Views: 1873

Re: The Reverse of how colors work: how would it look?

Note that this "absorbs one color and reflects everything else" is the way that *most* objects in the real world operate. Reflecting only one color is relatively rare - that's a lot of energy to absorb, and molecules usually only have a small band of wavelengths they can absorb, so you nee...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution
Replies: 3
Views: 1429

Re: behavior of best estimator on some constructed mixture distribution

The best estimator stops being the sample mean as soon as you mix in any of the uniform. It stops being the max-thing as soon as you mix in any of the normal. The mixed distribution has some more complex best estimator. However, there are indeed limits *in practice* where you can still use the sampl...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

(I wouldn't have responded if I wasn't okay with a conversation. ^_^) Let's look at an alternative signature: def foo(a = 5, **kwargs): print a Now, what behavior do you expect out of "foo(0)", "foo(a=1)", and "foo(0, a=1)"? The first should obviously print 0 - you supp...
by Xanthir
Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9724
Views: 1503973

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I understand the problem you're running into, but I'm not sure I understand what you think the actual behavior should be. If you have def foo(a, b, **kwargs): return a foo(1, 2, a=0) what should that last line return? 1? 0? 0.5? choose one at random? It should return one. Hmm, I'm not sure why your...
by Xanthir
Wed Mar 15, 2017 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?
Replies: 16
Views: 2151

Re: Eternalism. Does it allow free will?

Yeah, last time this topic came up, we just circled round the definition of "free will" again. You're stuck with either defining it as "containing randomness" (which does not comport with our standard notions of "free will"), or going epiphenomenal, and asserting that t...
by Xanthir
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem

Ah, you're right. I can't just treat all the cities in a country as equally projecting.
by Xanthir
Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem
Replies: 5
Views: 1355

Re: vertex cut / graph / combinatorics problem

Just to remove the word-problem aspect: You have a list of sets, each of which contains an arbitrary number of arbitrary integers. Someone wants to select one number from each set, in list order, to form a monotonically decreasing sequence of integers, and you want to stop them by removing the minim...
by Xanthir
Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Pitfalls of a fantasy commodity currency
Replies: 3
Views: 1555

Re: Pitfalls of a fantasy commodity currency

In my own fantasy world I just have the god of commerce freely grant a cantrip that can convert between Basic Magical Currencies at a fixed rate. Gold/silver/copper are fixed to a precise 1:100:10k ratio by volume by this divine fiat, and the same cantrip can detect purity (and thus forgery); I assu...
by Xanthir
Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 341495

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Oh shit, I've just been saving all the UAs individually; this is awesome!

Oh, except that URL appears to be broken; there's nothing at the other end. :(
by Xanthir
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)
Replies: 17
Views: 3287

Re: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)

Yeah, the D&D 3e death mechanic is *really* narrow; in original 3e, you were unconscious and bleeding out from -1 to -10, and dead after that. 5e's mechanic is a lot better imo - once you drop to zero, you're unconscious and bleeding out (if the enemy was trying to deal lethal damage). You then ...
by Xanthir
Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 341495

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

I might be; I know that Mearls said *some* early supplement had Sorc subclasses that added bonus spells, and those were a mistake they weren't repeating.
by Xanthir
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: RimFortress! DwarfWorld!
Replies: 8
Views: 2186

Re: RimFortress! DwarfWorld!

I forget the details, but yeah, the relationship model for men and women is explicitly different, by designer fiat. It's really quite frustrating.
by Xanthir
Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)
Replies: 2086
Views: 341495

Re: Dungeons and Dragons (and other tabletop RPGs)

Note that Sword Coast's new Sorcerer subclasses are committing a sin that wotc's since stayed away from - they add more spells to the Sorcerer's Spells Known list. This has proven to be too powerful of a benefit, and so they don't do it any more.

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