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by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 50
Views: 2391

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

We're talking about "most people". If something applies to 2/3 of the population or 1/4 is kind of an important distinction. But first you asked for a better estimate and now that you have one you're arguing that the difference (of up to 120 million people) is irrelevant and pedantic, so I...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 50
Views: 2391

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

↶ 64% of occupied dwellings are occupied by an owner. That's not the same thing. If you have a better estimate, then I'd be happy to hear it and will start to use that number instead. If you don't have a better estimate then I'd be very interested to hear how you feel this fact contributes in any w...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5952
Views: 819428

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They are "armed" with all the equipment necessary for euthanasia, though, so you kinda just disproved your own claim.
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 249947

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I think you're off by a couple orders of magnitude there.
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5952
Views: 819428

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I challenge you to find a paramedic who hasn't had (repeated) experience with aggressive, agitated patients who wish to do them harm.
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5952
Views: 819428

Re: Police misbehavior thread

There's also the fact that other professions who similarly see some of the worst of the worst don't go around shooting a thousand people a year.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1742
Views: 249947

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

jewish_scientist wrote:It is completely reasonable to think that a human driver could have done better than the car*, yet they directly state that we should dismiss this as a possibility.
No, they don't. It's just a reframing of the question.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 50
Views: 2391

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

↶ At the same time, I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen in a democracy to become informed on important issues. Democracy only works with an educated electorate, and we should never be complacent with shortcomings in our own knowledge (of which we all have, btw). You mean on issues Y...
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 25, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 2514

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

Someone might eventually invent a refrigerator, but but it's a lot more complex than simply applying a cold spell to food. Unless you're suggesting a change to the underlying worldbuilding.
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 50
Views: 2391

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

As someone who knows a little about economics, I don't like this association of the stock market with "the economy." The stock market is its own thing. If the stock market goes down a lot, that may mean something is macroeconomically very wrong. But if the stock market goes up a lot, that...
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 24, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 440971

Re: The Darker Side of the News

(That'd be an acronym.)
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free floating "gas dwarf"?
Replies: 8
Views: 621

Re: Free floating "gas dwarf"?

jewish_scientist wrote:
You should look into the Roche Limit, which is how close a body held together only by gravity can get to a given body without being torn apart by the given body's gravity.
The Roche limit isn't going to play any part in this, if you're talking about something 1 AU from the Sun.
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5952
Views: 819428

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yeah in 7% of cases the victims were so obviously unarmed that even the cops were forced to admit it.
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5952
Views: 819428

Re: Police misbehavior thread

We all knew what the intent was, because we can all read the first post.

It was a shitty intent and shitty execution of said intent, and your continuing to defend it is pretty shitty too.
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 440971

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So anyway it's sure interesting how mainstream media is mostly trying to humanize that terrorist suicide bomber. I wonder what factor could possibly play a role in how different that coverage is from the coverage of every other suicide bomber...
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free floating "gas dwarf"?
Replies: 8
Views: 621

Re: Free floating "gas dwarf"?

Considering that the surface of Venus is already far too hot and pressurized for habitation, I don't think habitability questions really depend on whether there's a solid core or not. The habitable zone is going to be up somewhere near the top of the atmosphere regardless.
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1969: "Not Available"
Replies: 38
Views: 2415

Re: 1969: "Not Available"

Whether or not it's true, I guarantee Nazdar doesn't know.
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 21, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 5773

Re: Quantum Question

Treating entropy as a measure of disorder is a pretty typical convention in physics. A maximal entropy system is "uniform" only at a macroscopic (anthropic) level. If every particle has a random position and velocity, that's not very ordered at all on a microscopic level.
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A probability question
Replies: 5
Views: 974

Re: A probability question

It's a partition of the real line, including everything above the highest mi in one interval and everything below the lowest in the other.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 19, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 5773

Re: Quantum Question

The language might have been sloppy, but it seems pretty clear that tomandlu was asking whether the properties of one particle can carry information about the entropy of the whole universe.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 19, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 3219

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

I definitely checked when I saw where this thread was going. (It doesn't seem to be.)
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Radioactive Decay
Replies: 27
Views: 3333

Re: Radioactive Decay

Please don't post three times in a row. You can edit your most recent post to add more if you want to.

P.S. Everything is also a wave.
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 17, 2018 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ordering a real interval with countable predecessors - possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Re: Ordering a real interval with countable predecessors - possible?

↶ If you take all the ordinals with at most ℵ 0 predecessors, you have ℵ 1 of them (the next larger cardinal). This was the unintuitive part for me. Here's a proof I tried to put together, although I've never worked with ordinal numbers before. Suppose the cardinality of the set X of all ordinals w...
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 17, 2018 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Ordering a real interval with countable predecessors - possible?
Replies: 3
Views: 552

Re: Ordering a real interval with countable predecessors - possible?

If you take all the ordinals with finitely many predecessors, you end up with ℵ 0 of them. (That is, all integers have finitely many predecessors, but there are infinitely many integers.) If you take all the ordinals with at most ℵ 0 predecessors, you have ℵ 1 of them (the next larger cardinal). If ...
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 16, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1968: "Robot Future"
Replies: 31
Views: 2196

Re: 1968: "Robot Future"

kiochi wrote:*whom

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by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 3219

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Yeah the alternative to a universe we can describe with math is a universe that is internally inconsistent and inherently unpredictable. We assume it's not like that for the sake of being able to do anything at all. If it's predictable, then we can use math to figure out how to make predictions abou...
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Delicious Martian Salt
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Delicious Martian Salt

I mean there is a soil composition graph right up there.
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 16, 2018 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 3940

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Eternal Density wrote:
Lately I've been wondering how our view of the Milky Way galaxy in the night sky relates to images showing what the Milky Way would look like from an outside perspective. I'd like to see an animation showing how the points of view relate.
Try Celestia.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Delicious Martian Salt
Replies: 10
Views: 724

Re: Delicious Martian Salt

I would assume raw materials because if you're bringing stuff just bring salt.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 5773

Re: Quantum Question

I think sending a message back in time qualifies as spooky in the same sense.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Yet another FTL question...
Replies: 21
Views: 1954

Re: Yet another FTL question...

More like the other way around. SR says spacetime behaves a certain way and from that you can derive what happens with space and what happens with time.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Thread Necromancy: Mexican Standoff Edition!
Replies: 77
Views: 10019

Re: Thread Necromancy: Mexican Standoff Edition!

Third
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 13763
Views: 913268

Re: Every hour, on the hour

another because that messed up my on-hour ratio
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 13763
Views: 913268

Re: Every hour, on the hour

or this one
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Every hour, on the hour
Replies: 13763
Views: 913268

Re: Every hour, on the hour

boop
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics and Photography
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Physics and Photography

It's presumably entirely knowable by the camera, but I don't believe it's typically stored in image metadata.
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics and Photography
Replies: 4
Views: 442

Re: Physics and Photography

In particular, the problem is that the focal length is related to the actual distances by the equation 1/s 1 + 1/s 2 = 1/f, where s 1 is the distance (from the front nodal point) to the in-focus object and s 2 is the distance (from the rear nodal point) to the film or sensor. If f = 50mm and s 2 = 5...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 440971

Re: The Darker Side of the News

↶ Of course, this ain't exactly a hill I intend to die on, so if you have any suggestions as to how I should alter the numbers I plug in... You're counting from all (non-drug-related) murders, but how many of those 6k murders every year are done with bombs? How many terrorism-related murders are do...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 13, 2018 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 440971

Re: The Darker Side of the News

↶ I'm not sure a couple of bombings is enough to draw conclusions about motives from. Being black isn't particularly uncommon; if 3 men were killed most wouldn't assume it was the work of a mysandrist. Being black is more uncommon than being male, and unlike misandrist terrorism, anti-minority terr...

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