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by gmalivuk
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1829: "Geochronology"
Replies: 26
Views: 1364

Re: 1829: "Geochronology"

That's just a myth. The effect is too small to be noticeable unless your car is a couple hundred miles across.
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Books
Replies: 376
Views: 208492

Re: Math Books

I put the middle of that post in [spoiler] tags to make the page a bit easier to read. Please do that whenever a post is going to be more than a couple of screen-heights to scroll through.
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"
Replies: 36
Views: 2025

Re: 1828: "ISS Solar Transit"

So the moon is totally a white rock lit by the sun. The moon's albedo is 0.136, which Wikipedia describes as "a reflectance just slightly higher than that of worn asphalt." So, more like a dark gray rock, (very brightly) lit by the sun. :) Worn asphalt is fairly white. Take a look at a se...
by gmalivuk
Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"
Replies: 42
Views: 2445

Re: 1827: "Survivorship Bias"

Yeah, the Martingale is, in many ways, the reverse of a lottery: rather than a steady stream of small losses, punctuated by the occasional big win, it's a steady stream of small wins punctuated by the occasional huge loss. Of course, the symmetry is imperfect - the losses always outweigh the wins i...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kubo and the Two Strings
Replies: 60
Views: 3604

Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

1) Japanese-Americans make up less than half a percent of the population. So no, not that many. So you're saying there are more than five times as many Americans with Japanese ancestry as there are Americans named Christopher, and yet they seem to have no problem coming up with multiple white Chris...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 290
Views: 18494

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

The Corpus of Global Web-Based English says "damp squib" about 10x more common in Great Britain than in the US or Canada. And again, I know what a "squib" is, and that was sufficient to understand the Harry Potter thing. As the Wikipedia article points out, "The word "...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kubo and the Two Strings
Replies: 60
Views: 3604

Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

I guarantee you that my snark is less annoying to you than your repeatedly positioning yourself as Grand Arbiter of Acceptable Sources in Internet Arguments is to everyone else.
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kubo and the Two Strings
Replies: 60
Views: 3604

Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

I only learned about the casting problems in Kubo from Japanese-American friends talking about how gross it was, but none of them are Certified Movie Reviewers with mainstream media articles to their names, so I doubt KE would deem them worthy as Reliable Primary Sources on the matter. But KE, you m...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Kubo and the Two Strings
Replies: 60
Views: 3604

Re: Kubo and the Two Strings

Japanese-Americans and the Japanese are two different groups of people, and one of them being mostly fine with something doesn't magically negate any and all concerns the other has with it. The Japanese aren't underrepresented in Japanese movies, and Japanese culture doesn't fetishize and exotify th...
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1296
Views: 56833

Re: Trump presidency

I can't be bothered to read through this thread and figure out exactly what the current tangent is about, but this thread was split off from the old Elections thread when people there got sidetracked into discussing how racist Trump and his supporters are.
by gmalivuk
Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 290
Views: 18494

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: 290
Views: 18494

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: 290
Views: 18494

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: 42
Views: 2445

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: 8
Views: 1107

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: 8
Views: 1107

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: 1778
Views: 355084

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: 1778
Views: 355084

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: 113
Views: 4009

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: 17312

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: 113
Views: 4009

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: 17312

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: 563

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: 244

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: 290
Views: 18494

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: 290
Views: 18494

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: 1371

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: 290
Views: 18494

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: 1371

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: 290
Views: 18494

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: 1371

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: 66
Views: 3566

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: 1371

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: 148642

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: 1371

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: 2631

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: 212

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: 3100

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: 922

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: 922

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...

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