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by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 275
Views: 17564

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Ah, I know what a squib is and get what "damp squib" must mean, but I guess I don't hear that one frequently enough to have made the connection.
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 275
Views: 17564

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Soupspoon wrote:Sounds like a damp squid
What was this one supposed to be?
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 275
Views: 17564

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Except it sounds weird to say that 1990 was the '80s (for example). People logic doesn't always follow math logic. It wasn't in the 1980s, but it was in the 199th decade, just like 1981-1989. Similarly, the year 1900 was in the 1900s even though it was still in the 19th century. Yeah, people logic ...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 36
Views: 1750

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

First time I ever played roulette at a real casino in Vegas I was gonna try the double-up strategy where you keep betting on one color, or odd or even, high low, any of the bets with (nearly) even odds. If you lose, you double your next bet and just stay with your choice. Eventually, after many dou...
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 20, 2017 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Seriously people put the damn link in your post
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Re: Seriously people put the damn link in your post

svenman wrote:
gmalivuk wrote:RULES FOR POSTING A NEW COMIC'S THREAD

[...] where ### is the three-digit number of the comic, at least until Randall reaches comic #1000. [...]

Not that it's particularly important, but this bit could do with a little update.

Updated by an order of magnitude.
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Seriously people put the damn link in your post
Replies: 6
Views: 611

Seriously people put the damn link in your post

It's getting fairly annoying to fix comic threads about once a week because they don't adhere to the pretty basic requirements for new comic threads, especially from users with single-digit posts who seem to exist almost solely to post new comic threads. Make sure your post has the image, a link to ...
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1777
Views: 353790

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

Lode Runner: The Lost Labyrinth looks like it matches the color scheme, though it obviously wasn't designed for Windows 98.
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1777
Views: 353790

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

I think that's meant to be the same picture, but yeah, just use imgur like everyone else.
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 112
Views: 3512

Re: Logon

And, y'know, Detroit.

Hence the response about our media sensationalizing it.
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 153
Views: 17208

Re: Let's Talk Money

if you couldn't afford a dentist, how did you pay for that electric brush? A dentist visit for cleaning costs around as much (without insurance) as an expensive electric toothbrush. If the brush allows you to skip one dentist visit over the course of its lifetime, you break even. If it allows you t...
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 112
Views: 3512

Re: Logon

The facility was explicitly said to be in Mexico City, and the opening scene was explicitly said to be in Texas.
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 18, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 153
Views: 17208

Re: Let's Talk Money

if you couldn't afford a dentist, how did you pay for that electric brush? A dentist visit for cleaning costs around as much (without insurance) as an expensive electric toothbrush. If the brush allows you to skip one dentist visit over the course of its lifetime, you break even. If it allows you t...
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Induction Question
Replies: 8
Views: 491

Re: Induction Question

Since it's not clear whether the OP got it: I still don't see how to get the algebra to work out? I seem to get 2^(k+1) + 2^(k+1) = 2^(k+2). How are those equal? I don't know any laws for the addition/subtraction of exponents. 2^(k+1)+2^(k+1)=2*2^(k+1)=2^(k+2) a^b + a^b = 2*a^b, and for arbitrary va...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: will every mandelbrot zoom end in a black point?
Replies: 3
Views: 211

Re: will every mandelbrot zoom end in a black point?

Every point on the boundary of the Mandelbrot set is near something interesting, so you don't need to pick "special" points except to the extent that you need to pick boundary points (because obviously zooming into the center or someplace well outside the set isn't going to be interesting)...
by gmalivuk
Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 275
Views: 17564

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Which suggests that the others may come from "sweet'art", which is itself probably just a way to spell the h-dropped pronunciation of "sweetheart".
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 275
Views: 17564

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Yeah, I'd looked at ngrams but I didn't link to it for some reason.

The oldest result for "sweetard" is a book claiming it was the origin of "sweetheart", meaning the myth is apparently just as old as the allegedly original word itself.
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 1290

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Of course, dude. Bromosexuality is so totally not gay even if it does include the occasional bro job. I haven't seen the movie, and it sounds like you haven't either. Maybe she does discuss Paul Elam's issues, maybe she doesn't. Its hard to say unless we watch the movie. I've read two reviews of the...
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 275
Views: 17564

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

The Google Books corpus has "sweetheart" long before "sweetard", so I've fixed Wiktionary to reflect this.
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 1290

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Lots of people can be convinced to believe in bullshit (or can be convinced to claim they were convinced, if there's money in it).
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 275
Views: 17564

Re: Was the word "sweetheart" originally "sweetard"?

Mega85 wrote:Was the word "sweetheart" originally "sweetard"?

No.

Or is that a myth?
Is it? I've never heard it suggested before.
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 1290

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

Unless you have the specific methodology used in the survey on how they classified 'rape victims', I'm not sure you should trust that data set for argumentative purposes. Unless you have specific evidence against the claim, I'm not sure we should trust your gut just because you don't like the (fair...
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 52
Views: 3128

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Sex discrimination gets less scrutiny than race discrimination because it's generally accepted, rightly or wrongly, that there are some sex differences that are relevant in ways that racial differences aren't.
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 1290

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

HES wrote:Rape can be seriously harmful to women (and men) in college.
And is at least a couple orders of magnitude more common than false reports of rape.
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 12, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 529
Views: 148091

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Even people who rhyme it with "set" often pronounce it a little like "gyet", so it's not surprising that this sometimes goes further and results in "git" or something like it.
by gmalivuk
Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Misogyny Kool-Aid
Replies: 56
Views: 1290

Re: The Misogyny Kool-Aid

I'll add this to my list of things to watch in case I ever find myself with a bit too much faith in humanity, and need to remind myself that many humans are in fact garbage.
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 53
Views: 2541

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Ooh, one whole data point to show that launching waste into space might be safe! I'm impressed! No. Thousands of rocket launches show that. Those thousands of launches haven't all been successful, though. And a failure with nuclear waste is rather more significant than a typical failure, even if we...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 10, 2017 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Date for a comic?
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Date for a comic?

by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 10, 2017 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Beauty and the Beast
Replies: 6
Views: 3067

Re: Beauty and the Beast

I liked it quite a bit as an adaptation. I thought the love story was better developed, plus the urgency of breaking the curse was better justified. (In every version of the story, the beast form has some obvious advantages, and in the animation the castle staff were basically immortal housewares ca...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 10, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

People might find that numerator easier because those numbers are usually the ones given directly, but you're right that the general definition is probably the most widely useful one to remember.
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

I'm a fan of the odds ratio formulation of Bayes, precisely because I can never quite remember which probabilities to use in the conditional probability formulation. Whereas you just multiply the prior odds by the likelihood ratio to get the posterior odds, and a bit of intuition about the direction...
by gmalivuk
Sun Apr 09, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Tongue Cleaning Myth?
Replies: 14
Views: 513

Re: Tongue Cleaning Myth?

I don't understand how that paper is concluding that you should do both. It feels like they meant to evaluate the efficacy of only tongue cleaning, and then concluded that you still need to brush your teeth because tongue cleaning on its own doesn't do much, but they never said as much and seem to ...
by gmalivuk
Sun Apr 09, 2017 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 833

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

She had a 50% chance of getting the gene. But now you want to say, did she actually get it? You can update the prior because you have new information. This is a job for Bayes' Theorem! p(A|B) = p(B|A) * P(A) / P(B) P(A|B) = probability that helena has the gene given that we know one son does not P(...
by gmalivuk
Sun Apr 09, 2017 1:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 53
Views: 2541

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Ooh, one whole data point to show that launching waste into space might be safe! I'm impressed!
by gmalivuk
Sat Apr 08, 2017 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 2203

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

I think the Twitter explanation is more likely, since the comic says "anyone", suggesting people rather than websites.
by gmalivuk
Fri Apr 07, 2017 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 2203

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

Always use a random line out of a Shakespearean sonnet to use as your password, interspersed with three two-digit numbers. ButBeautysWaste19HathInThe75WorldAnEnd33 Come to think of it, that's not really all that bad as such advice goes... I mean, it's better than most, anyway... be a bongo to type ...
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 71
Views: 1792

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

KnightExemplar wrote:Stitched leather gets added to a phone not because its easy to do... but because its hard for a robot to do.
Well sure. Like I said before, there will probably always be a market for prestige symbols that are made by human workers, just like there is now for handmade things.
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 3416

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

It varies by culture; was just explaining why it's not on the menu in most places. I know that's what you were trying to do. But if your explanation doesn't actually have any explanatory power, such as because it doesn't line up with which cultures actually do or don't eat horse meat, then it's a s...
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 06, 2017 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?
Replies: 60
Views: 3416

Re: Why is dog fighting morally wrong?

Horse isn't off the menu in many places, though?

Like, you pay lipservice to cultural relativism, and then promptly act like everyone is as opposed to eating horse as most Americans are.
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 06, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 2203

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

I still do know that exact password (and several other decades-old ones, though not necessarily which systems they might have once unlocked), despite it being an alphanumeric mishmash (not even 1337!), and I have used versions of it since. Not so that it'd be useful to anyone, and not on this forum...
by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 06, 2017 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1820: "Security Advice"
Replies: 36
Views: 2203

Re: 1820: "Security Advice"

For the password I need to remember and change regularly (as opposed to the ones I can change with a hasher or manager and not bother remembering), I just use one I know has good entropy and append digits for yymm at the end.

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