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by jules.LT
Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11781

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

You are taking the Compromise case as a given; but it isn't. It requires that people think of it, and decide that they can live with it, and are willing to give up their shot at winning in exchange for it. Whether this happens depends strongly on the voting method (and thus campaign strategy) chose...
by jules.LT
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11781

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

What if you make a rule that if they cannot come up with something garnering the support of 90% of members the council will default to using the lottery scheme macado proposed within said council. That should make them scramble to come up with a compromise (especially if the outlook for the lottery...
by jules.LT
Fri Jun 02, 2017 12:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1844: "Voting Systems"
Replies: 83
Views: 11781

Re: 1844: "Voting Systems"

I'm rather partial to the newish Majority Judgement system, these days. It's basically grade-voting where you take the median rather than the average grade, in order to remove the disproportionate impact of extreme grading and incentivize people to grade how they actually feel. They also insist on u...
by jules.LT
Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"
Replies: 269
Views: 35143

Re: 1735: "Fashion Police and Grammar Police"

cellocgw wrote:I would hope, for Randall's sake and the sake of our respect for him,
that he's referring to that subdivision of the Grammar Police who jump on errors used in casual speech.

I'll assume that those are the only ones he's actually calling "Grammar Police"
by jules.LT
Mon Aug 29, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 8678

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

What's actually going on is a bit more abstract than that. The unified-Hanzi thing is one aspect of it; it also affects Cyrillic Italics and a number of the Brahmic scripts. Basically, the Unicode Consortium's position is that a character is a character, not a glyph, and it's up to the font designe...
by jules.LT
Mon Aug 29, 2016 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1726: "Unicode"
Replies: 37
Views: 8678

Re: 1726: "Unicode"

Is Unicode that unsuccessful? From the wikipedia article , it seems that it is only being criticised for simplifying the vast variety of Asian characters by concentrating on the most common dialects. That sounds more like they effectively mostly redirected the river, it's just that there's a signifi...
by jules.LT
Wed Dec 16, 2015 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hannibal (NBC T.V. series)
Replies: 32
Views: 18003

Re: Hannibal (NBC T.V. series)

I actually preferred the first half of the season. It was so pretty and had lovely depth. Me too, but more. Seriously, I found that Red Dragon booooring, as compared to the actual cast of the show. Looking back, the thing I am most uncomfortable about in this show is how little actual agency Alana ...
by jules.LT
Thu Dec 10, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 121618

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

The services essentially offer bundling to circumvent this. But that requires a scale where the bundling makes sense. Do I wanna deposit $20 into a micropayment system that's only used by one service I care about? Not really. That's why it's so encouraging that so many publishers from the countries...
by jules.LT
Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 121618

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Ads are mind pollution. Paywalls are usually overpriced for anything that you don't go to every single day (and even then...) because the paying customers have to bear the cost for all the non-paying ones too. I can't wait for a micropayment solution that allows me to pay by the article for a reason...
by jules.LT
Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Ooooh, I really want to read it, now :-)
by jules.LT
Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Obviously, the Stone was covered in Bahl's Stupefaction.
by jules.LT
Mon Mar 16, 2015 9:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

The Mighty Thesaurus wrote:
Jorpho wrote:Well, I'm satistfied.

I am not. I didn't really care what happened to the characters; I want to know how magic works in this universe.

EY's answer is that it would take too much research to happen in Harry's first year (and he hasn't decided on exact rules anyway).
by jules.LT
Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm glad to learn that I've been misinformed :)
by jules.LT
Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Apparently, the number of words for the next chapters has been posted, and they arent't any longer :(
by jules.LT
Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

and the next thing you know the boy is lying in the lap of this beautiful woman whose eyes are burning with a dreadful light, only she doesn't understand anything about being human so the boy always has to stop her eating people. That bit was actually a reference to an existing webcomic: http://owm...
by jules.LT
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I think that we'll get one or two "15 years later" episodes or suchlike
by jules.LT
Tue Mar 03, 2015 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Spoiler:
@Yakk: I really like your idea of saving Lucius.
@Gwydion: Using someone else's time-turner he can have almost the full six hours back on his hands.
by jules.LT
Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

He's judged, quite reasonably given what he knows, that this risk is low enough to be an acceptable indulgence. Leaving him his glasses and his limbs is an acceptable indulgence. But he expects Harry to have other cards up his sleeve, and probably knows about partial transfiguration*, therefore it ...
by jules.LT
Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

The many people coming at the same time were V's backup plans, whom he manipulated into wanting to grab the stone for different reasons, he said it in the mirror room.

And actually the quote at the start of chapter 1 seems to indicate that there will be dicing
by jules.LT
Mon Mar 02, 2015 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

While partial transfiguration seems to be his only available mode of action and buckytubes are very probably involved, mass dicing seems unlikely to be successful in preventing each and every one of these death eaters from reacting... Which is why my solution includes dicing their wands first. They...
by jules.LT
Mon Mar 02, 2015 10:52 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

While partial transfiguration seems to be his only available mode of action and buckytubes are very probably involved, mass dicing seems unlikely to be successful in preventing each and every one of these death eaters from reacting... It's good that they are in a semi circle, so my initial objection...
by jules.LT
Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I definitely agree that he was testing on Hermione improvements that he planned on applying to himself. I'm not certain that this was a horcrux 2.0, but it probably was. And it does seem like he just transferred his whole horcrux network to Hermione. Another reason for him to absolutely want to...
by jules.LT
Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

*(I'm reminded a bit of a scene from Stargate SG-1 that really bothered me. In an ancient trap set by the Ancients, aliens long predating the existence of humanity entirely, our human protagonists have to solve a puzzle of arranging some unknown symbols in the correct order to avert their imminent ...
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 24, 2015 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

If it wasn't Dumbledore, then why did the NotDumbledore throw the Elderwand and some stone rod (Sorcerer's Stone?)? Because V wasn't trapped anymore anyway, and that's what V would expect D to do anyway? The rod is not the stone (which looks like "an irregular chunk...
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Spoiler:
If that was actually Dumbledore showing such stupidity rather than Voldie's fantasy being shown by the mirror*, I'm going to be really disappointed indeed.

*along with the trap that D did actually set up
by jules.LT
Mon Feb 23, 2015 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

notzeb wrote:
Spoiler:
It was possible that Harry was the only person in the world against whom Professor Quirrell wouldn't be able to use a Killing Curse.

Spoiler:
True, but with their magic resonance he can't perform any magic on him anyway, and he has quite a few workarounds.
by jules.LT
Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

:shock:
Everything your loved ones do is not necessarily about you, you know...
But then again, in a world with immortality people would have more experience to appreciate that.
by jules.LT
Thu Feb 19, 2015 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I think this is because of the nature of Hermione's death. If I remember correctly, the troll ate her legs and she bled out. Her brain was still intact, as were her major organs. It seems like she could be saved by restoring her blood supply, restarting her heart, fixing the massive wounds, and...
by jules.LT
Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm guessing that he expected Harry to not bother to stop and think and just blunder on forward to the stone, thus not requiring him to reveal his secret identify and evil plot. After all, Harry hadn't figured it out earlier, and he already fell for the spoofed parchment. The text is rather...
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 17, 2015 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It's about how horcruxes work in hpmor
Spoiler:
He most likely overwrote HP's personality with his own (going around the problem of personalities mixing, since infants haven't formed much of a personality yet)
by jules.LT
Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I started going to the subreddit and found a gem about how we had all the pieces of the puzzle for how Quirrell got the troll into Hogwart undetected: "The Headmaster drew a circle, and told Hogwarts that he who stood within was the Defense Professor." "... The wards of Hogwarts recor...
by jules.LT
Wed Feb 04, 2015 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

It's been a while since I read the earlier chapters, but I remember him talking modestly about his own talent. To have him spend that much time talking up his own spell seemed to be one giant "I'm lying to you in ways that any overseers won't notice" sign for the students. Really? I finis...
by jules.LT
Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Of course he's insensitive, but what is his purpose in doing this?
by jules.LT
Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

HungryHobo wrote:
AND THE DARK LORD WILL MARK HIM AS HIS EQUAL

Nice catch! :D
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 03, 2015 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Legilimency requires looking the person in the eye, doesn't it? I read Yakk's comment as using an optical spell to read the paper over their shoulder, not their mind. Quirrell likes efficiency. I still think it's more likely he guessed exactly what the papers would be worth rather than judging the s...
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Possible, but I'd say less likely because the condition that makes him doze off a lot is real.
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What is your favourite book?
Replies: 808
Views: 292336

Re: What is your favourite book?

"Good Omens" by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.

And I'm not the only one, apparently :-P

Cheerfully disrespectful, full of silly stuff, kindness and intelligence.
If you haven't read it yet, you're really missing out.
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Yeah, that "spell" definitely doesn't work as advertised. Misdirection of that kind is absolutely in-character for Quirrell. I'd say that he either guessed in advance how well each student would do, or simply graded their overall performance for the year. More likely the former, becaus...
by jules.LT
Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 381974

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I suspect not, but this is Quirrell-Mort disrespecting both Hermione and the students, and probably Harry in particular. Plus he wanted to make the point that Battle Magic is really about life and death situations, where survival is the only measure of success. But mostly the disrespect thing, I im...
by jules.LT
Wed Dec 10, 2014 9:19 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [xkcd shop] Signed prints: alt text?
Replies: 3
Views: 2171

Re: [xkcd shop] Signed prints: alt text?

Thanks, guys.
I placed my order of T-shirt, prints, book and badge yesterday. It was high time I gave something back for all the enjoyment I got from xkcd :-P
(well, besides the "What If?" book, that is)

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