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by fr00t
Mon Jan 21, 2019 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2101: Technical Analysis
Replies: 31
Views: 7050

Re: 2101: Technical Analysis

The suggestion is that since equities trading is zero sum, sophisticated trading mechanisms merely waste resources in the aggregate. But if that's true, why does such economic activity proliferate? I don't think the market is some magical omniscient force for good or anything, but I do think it push...
by fr00t
Fri Mar 21, 2014 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1345: "Answers"
Replies: 61
Views: 17201

Re: 1345: "Answers"

I don't think it makes much sense to talk about one particular reason for sleep, other than the general fact that evolution would have satisficed our sleeping habits given our ecological niche (being diurnal).
by fr00t
Wed Sep 18, 2013 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 21398

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

I'm apparently not nerdy enough to know what a "big picture solution" is. Well theoretically there is no general solution to the halting problem, but that refers to computations which are not limited by practical considerations such as finite memory (as in physics: http://xkcd.com/669/ )....
by fr00t
Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 34736

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

So, the joke is that altering the flow of time in a physical system is meaningless for an agent whose own cognition is a subsystem of that same system?
by fr00t
Thu Feb 14, 2013 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 35174

Re: 1173: Steriods

See, you can actually do this with pretty much everything we humans make a big fuss over, and make it seem absurd. It is true after all that this whole thing is "just" a big physical system of some sort. But if you gave that external observer a complete context: history of sports competiti...
by fr00t
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 50978

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

I guess I'm not often exposed to the world of academic mathematics all that much but I always get the impression that so called frequentists are just these make-believe strawmen that people bash to feel good about themselves.
by fr00t
Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"
Replies: 238
Views: 51808

Re: 1070: "Words for Small Sets"

This reminds me of a time in my childhood when someone corrected my use of a "couple" for 3, I thought about it for a little and realized it was ''technically" correct but that was how some people used it anyways - the lesson being that words have no intrinsic value. I didn't realize ...
by fr00t
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bereitschaftspotential and free will
Replies: 11
Views: 3918

Re: Bereitschaftspotential and free will

It would be an interesting experiment, but not because of what it would tell us about free will (one way or the other). From what I recall, there was a pretty significant amount of time between readiness potential and the action itself, like on the order of a second. I lost the book but I seem to al...
by fr00t
Tue May 29, 2012 9:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Do fourth wall breaks in xkcd comics have significance?
Replies: 14
Views: 4386

Re: Do fourth wall breaks in xkcd comics have significance?

Speaking directly to or otherwise acknowledging the audience through the camera in a film or television program, or through this imaginary wall in a play, is referred to as "breaking the fourth wall" and is considered a technique of metafiction, as it deconstructs the boundaries normally ...
by fr00t
Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Potential Consequences of AGI
Replies: 17
Views: 5253

Re: Potential Consequences of AGI

Honestly, your question assumes/glosses over so much that there isn't a meaningful answer. Or maybe "depending on implementation, anything conceivable and some things that aren't". What does obedient mean? Why can't it have emotions? What if they program it to have its own agency, desires,...
by fr00t
Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution
Replies: 39
Views: 8505

Re: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution

When you ask me to try to get people thinking, well all I can do is speak from my own personal experience, and smoking pot proved to be my number one method of STOPPING thinking. Today I just don't have marijuana legalization as a priority, politically. There are other much more important issues, s...
by fr00t
Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 28209

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

A more general version of the iron law of wages makes me dubious that such a term can be meaningfully applied to anything like our current society. The only way to maintain non-scarcity would be voluntary or enforced population control - likely as an implied part of the social contract. Unless an AI...
by fr00t
Wed Nov 02, 2011 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0971: "Alternative Literature"
Replies: 180
Views: 39221

Re: 0971: "Alternative Literature"

How many people actually believe in and utilize homeopathy?

It just seems like one of those topics that internet intellectuals rally around, beating some imaginary strawman to death.

But if they are really selling it at CVS next to real medicine... why aren't there laws against such a practice?
by fr00t
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0969: "Delta-P"
Replies: 181
Views: 54524

Re: 0969: "Delta-P"

I am strongly pleased by this comic. I remember narnia so fondly; I'm afraid to go back lest the religiosity ruin good memories. Though, even as a child the ending was incredibly bad. In my interpretation the whole thing casts faith in a negative light, as the metaphor of lion-jesus pushing the win ...
by fr00t
Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fat children => child maltreatment?
Replies: 43
Views: 8123

Re: Fat children => child maltreatment?

Since 'maltreatment' is almost entirely a society-defined metric, childhood obesity really has to be weighed against how other behaviors are categorized. And it doesn't seem to cross that bar. So maltreatment is defined as "parenting that is sufficiently negligent to warrant legal action"...
by fr00t
Wed Oct 12, 2011 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41442

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Not sure that has been mentioned, as I didn't read the whole 6 pages, but I guess a good idea would be to adopt the opt-out system, with all people that choose not to give their organs being forbidden from recieving one. You get what you give, after all... I feel compelled to mention this; I though...
by fr00t
Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0918: "Google+"
Replies: 158
Views: 52248

Re: 0918: "Google+"

I really like it. Alot. I never really used facebook, but recognize the utility. Having it tied in with my gmail account makes it very accessible for me. Plus, like everything google does, it's aesthetically superior in every way. Also, I haven't heard many people talk about it, but the "hangou...
by fr00t
Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0922: "Fight Club"
Replies: 124
Views: 26254

Re: 0922: "Fight Club"

I still think it's one of the best movies ever. I don't give a shit about the message (though I once heard Palahniuk say his primary goal was to get the reader to feel something, which I'd say he does successfully), it's just actually an entertaining movie in a sea of boring and trite shit. Alternat...
by fr00t
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 98714

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

It doesn't matter if she strips off and says 'take me now I want you'; if she then turns around and says 'no wait, I'm joking, I don't' and you continue, that's rape. It doesn't make her a particularly nice person, but that doesn't justify the rape. And as far as I can tell, sigsfried's friend's ul...
by fr00t
Wed Jun 08, 2011 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 98714

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Now the details, he (I'll call him A and her B) was at a pub, it was a year since his father died and he was wearing his fathers war medals in memory of him. His girlfriend had left him only an hour before and he was drunk enough to only know the outline of the story. B turns up and according to he...
by fr00t
Wed Jun 08, 2011 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34834

Re: Animal Rights?

It's okay for humans to torture (most) animals, but not because we're more sapient than them. It's okay because (most) animals lack the cognitive development to think logically and come to reasoned decisions, which is the standard by which we judge intelligence. This isn't about comparisons: the al...
by fr00t
Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 178873

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

I'm not sure If I fully understand the concept. Fiat currency issued by governments is at least backed by that governments word; it's infrastructure, or whatever. But what is propping up the value of bitcoins (or, why do people trust it)? The fact that the idea is novel and it is the first kid on th...
by fr00t
Tue May 31, 2011 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New Male Birth Control Method
Replies: 50
Views: 6755

Re: New Male Birth Control Method

By the time this thing gets through R&D, then clinical trials, and lead time for production, it will probably be 2020 (hey we may not have a colony on mars but at least we have male birth control) and I'll be past my philandering years. Like with everything else, I was born some 25+ years too so...
by fr00t
Tue May 31, 2011 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts
Replies: 88
Views: 11785

Re: My Proposal For A New Law; The Home Religious Acts

This morning I thought of a new idea for a law, the Home Religious Acts, I shall call it. It would respect people's freedom of religion, but absolutely kill off any control religion still has. It would allow religious worship, but only in one's own home. It would eliminate the display of religion i...
by fr00t
Tue May 31, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation
Replies: 40
Views: 4505

Re: Rise in anti-Hookah legislation

Except the staff. Smoking is usually banned in workplaces, and not elsewhere, even if those workplaces are normally associated with tobacco consumption. Slice it whatever way you like, it should never be legal to employ people in a carcinogenic atmosphere. There are safety standards in place to pro...
by fr00t
Fri May 27, 2011 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tornado damage
Replies: 37
Views: 5800

Re: Tornado damage

The odds of getting hit by a powerful tornado are so infinitesimal that any significant concession in the way of expenditure is stupid.
by fr00t
Thu May 26, 2011 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23591

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

By the time a child is able to definitively and certainly say they that they feel that they are <foo> gender, they are going to be aware of the "typical" attributes of that gender. The parents aren't hiding any facts from the children , just from others outside of their family. You're pro...
by fr00t
Thu May 26, 2011 2:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23591

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

Or maybe they'll just do the things they want to do, and act the way they want to act, independent of what genders are. I mean, when you're figuring out what you want to do, or how you want to act, do you pull out a list of what specific genders are stereotyped to do, and pick something off of the ...
by fr00t
Thu May 26, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23591

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

People keep talking about "choice" like it is derived from some magical source, separate from the process of socialization. It isn't. I'm confused here. Are you saying that if they're trans (gender identity != genitalia), that they were wrong and should change their "choice" of g...
by fr00t
Thu May 26, 2011 1:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23591

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

In the absence of parental guidance, it seems to me like the child might, essentially at random, select one gender over the other. You say this as if they would be "locked in" to their choice. First of all - they aren't choosing. Perhaps I should have said "default to one gender over...
by fr00t
Thu May 26, 2011 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23591

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

fr00t, your concern that this is irresponsible parenting seems to depend on two assumptions that I'd be really surprised if you believed in. First, that gender identity is completely independent of any biology whatsoever, and second, that these parents will both try and succeed at sheltering their ...
by fr00t
Thu May 26, 2011 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gender
Replies: 289
Views: 23591

Re: Parents choose not to assign/disclose their baby's gende

At first I thought "good for them". Please can you just let Storm discover for him/herself what s (he) wants to be?!. Thinking about this quote, however, made me reconsider the wisdom of their decision. The problem is that "what he/she wants" in this case is meaningless. Our valu...
by fr00t
Fri May 13, 2011 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Prom=economic drain
Replies: 96
Views: 10382

Re: Prom=economic drain

Given your user name, choice of forum, and question, I'm guessing you don't have a date?

but srsly: you forgot about this thing called "fun"
by fr00t
Fri May 13, 2011 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can an objective metric for good and bad exist?
Replies: 128
Views: 17396

Re: Can an objective metric for good and bad exist?

Hedonic Treader wrote:What I'd be very interested in is a kind of abstract explanation of the informational nature of the implementation of the function.


Affective mental states are how utility functions feel from the inside C:
by fr00t
Wed May 11, 2011 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nice Robots Finish First
Replies: 6
Views: 1507

Re: Nice Robots Finish First

Altruism always made sense to me in the self-preservation, survival-of-the-fittest sense, as it's sort of like buying insurance: when you help other people out, it makes them more inclined to help you out when you need it. So long as you do not help someone out in a way that is incredibly detriment...
by fr00t
Mon May 09, 2011 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences
Replies: 266
Views: 34064

Re: Looking for evidence - Male/female differences

Regarding todays comic: I think it's in everyones interest to end the message of "look, girls can do it too!", because it ultimately reinforces the idea that women are inherently inferior in certain areas. But what is a desirable long-term outcome for the whole realm of gender equality? Sh...
by fr00t
Fri May 06, 2011 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A Fable of Science and Politics
Replies: 51
Views: 6247

Re: A Fable of Science and Politics

I find each response to get progressively better, (I think it was intended that way) but I can identify with Charles, Daria, Eddin, and Ferris. Aditya is reprehensible, and I feel pity for Barron. Ferris is hands-down the best. So if it's not a moral or ethical quandary, what kind of quandary is it?...
by fr00t
Fri May 06, 2011 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hypothetical FDA debate
Replies: 48
Views: 6954

Re: Hypothetical FDA debate

Suppose, for the sake of this argument only that the following statistics are true: That came from lesswrong, right? Just wondering. If It was, I read the article, I seem to recall it not having very much (any?) substantive justification for the claim, but it was just used to illustrate a point. An...
by fr00t
Thu May 05, 2011 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 126517

Re: Does God Exist?

And fortunately, Mormonism was the first religion I came across (being born into it), and I tested Moroni's promise, and I received a confirmation... which, of course, is personal and and noncontagious truth. :P But I can't communicate that into scientific evidence, so I can't defend my position. I...
by fr00t
Thu May 05, 2011 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does God Exist?
Replies: 1390
Views: 126517

Re: Does God Exist?

I will remind you that lack of evidence is not an evidence of lack. Yes it is. Provably so in fact. I know gmalivuk already said as much but that cliche really grinds my gears... If I'm wrong, and we cease to exist after death, it won't matter. I'll have lived my life the way I wanted to, just like...

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