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by gmalivuk
Wed Dec 13, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 440
Views: 39573

Re: What happened to my duck?

If me and my pet duck, who weighs next to nothing, were placed far away from any gravity source and in such a way that our mutual attraction was negligible, would I see my duck accelerate away from me? If so, how fast? You mean because of the accelerating expansion of the universe? The duck would h...
by gmalivuk
Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 214
Views: 5025

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The Great Hippo wrote:
"Thanks, Alabama. I'm glad you managed to just barely not elect the guy who sexually abuses children."
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 12, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 214
Views: 5025

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Not screw all men (or perhaps screw #notallmen), just the ones who think anything short of coddling their feelings and irrational fears is not sufficiently respectful to be listened to at all. But in any case your comment doesn't make sense to begin with. There's an "if" in the quote that ...
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 12, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 214
Views: 5025

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Re: eggshells I still feel a bit foolish about the time I watched a woman hit the tarmac in front of me. I'd seen her sway and knew she was about to fall. I started to catch her. Then the idea that I'd be touching her without her consent and while in uniform if I did so and could get into a heap of...
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 440
Views: 39573

Re: Science-based what-if questions

If you want it to be safe for human consumption, make it out of cake.

The parts in the middle will get sort of squished together, though.
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1902: "State Borders"
Replies: 61
Views: 4948

Re: 1902: "State Borders"

EngrStudent wrote:A very interesting plot is state of the US by area by senators.

Here's a map of the US with each state scaled according to the average land area per senator.
Image

What's it supposed to demonstrate?
by gmalivuk
Sun Dec 10, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 49
Views: 1912

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

↶ I think all the Chinese Room shows is that it's possible for something to converse convincingly without needing to be conscious. No, the Chinese Room argument more or less assumes that (and then concludes that therefore passing a linguistic Turing test isn't sufficient to demonstrate consciousnes...
by gmalivuk
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5413
Views: 741143

Re: Police misbehavior thread

CorruptUser wrote:
California also shouldn't get any sympathy for the other states sending them their homeless.

Was anyone whining about homeless people in CA the way you were about Florida though?
by gmalivuk
Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5413
Views: 741143

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So what would be the correct way to distinguish people for the purpose of determining the homeless problem that's a result of Florida's economic situation and social services, versus other states dumping their responsibilities onto Florida because they can? Most of Florida's tax revenue already com...
by gmalivuk
Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5413
Views: 741143

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't want to remove freedom of movement. I just want Minnesota to pay for all the homeless Minnesotans in Florida. How about Florida enact any kind of social welfare policy that might help some of those people people not be homeless any more? I always thought the homeless vets was exaggerated. A...
by gmalivuk
Thu Dec 07, 2017 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

Yeah, a lot of cities have official records and reports that come from their airports, which frequently have different weather conditions than other places in the city. (For example BOS is on perfectly flat reclaimed land sticking out into the harbor, which tends to make it cooler in the summer, war...
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 05, 2017 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

↶ (so like 10% or less for cold ones and anything from 10% - 100% for the hot ones) You sure about that? Cold air holds a lot less water, so a given amount of water accounts for a higher percentage of what the air could hold. 10% RH on a 90ºF day means the dewpoint is 26ºF, which means that same am...
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 05, 2017 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

At a glance a negative sign might be missed more easily than you might not see whether a number has a 3 or 2 in it.
by gmalivuk
Tue Dec 05, 2017 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

↶ I guess I could go with 26+, 18-26, 15-18, 10-15, 4-10, and "sub-4," but that just seems awkward. Of course it's awkward, but those would only make any sense as "natural" temperature ranges because you've already decided the Fahrenheit ranges on which they're based. I've only ...
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

How much harder is it for a functioning adult to determine whether a number is below 32 than to determine whether a number is below 0, though?
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

If there are differences regardless of the temperature scale (i.e. we don't use a scale where a "degree" is the same size as a typical capricious weather change), then the argument for precision pretty much goes away completely. Else why not use millikelvins? 10 degrees being either a chan...
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

I guess I could go with 26+, 18-26, 15-18, 10-15, 4-10, and "sub-4," but that just seems awkward. Of course it's awkward, but those would only make any sense as "natural" temperature ranges because you've already decided the Fahrenheit ranges on which they're based. And my point...
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 43
Views: 1191

Re: Quantum Question

Ixtellor wrote:Just not sure what constitutes observation.
Interacting with something classical.

Anything with lots of particles moving and interacting a lot tends to be classical, and our brains definitely have a lot of particles interacting a lot, but so do cats and, for that matter, boxes.
by gmalivuk
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

If it's in the 20s in Celsius, that is multiple types of days and it doesn't really line up well with low/mid/high. They only don't line up to your Fahrenheit-conditioned mind because you know for example that the "low 20s" in Celsius correspond to 68-73 in Fahrenheit, and you think of &q...
by gmalivuk
Sat Dec 02, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

↶ By the way, I just added Felsius here (under "less serious"), so now you can convert between Felsius and every other temperature system I could find when I first made that page. Holy floating point errors, Batman! Curious what specific floating point errors you're seeing? (I know there ...
by gmalivuk
Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

chridd wrote:
By the way, I just added Felsius here (under "less serious"), so now you can convert between Felsius and every other temperature system I could find when I first made that page.

Holy floating point errors, Batman!
by gmalivuk
Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1923: "Felsius"
Replies: 78
Views: 2923

Re: 1923: "Felsius"

↶ I think the better compromise is to use 0 for the freezing point of water and 200 for the boiling point. The Fahrenheit people get to keep their body temperature and "nice" weather numbers. The Celsius people get to keep "negative == ice" and scientifically supported definitio...
by gmalivuk
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1071: "Exoplanets"
Replies: 162
Views: 35909

Re: 1071: "Exoplanets"

The maximum kinetic energy for that trip would be ~2 * 10^11 mega-joules/ kilogram. For comparison, the strongest nuclear bomb ever detonated, the Tzar Bomba, had a yield of ~2 * 10^11 mega-joules/ kilogram. How much fuel were these ships planning to take with them? Tsar Bomba had a yield of 2e11 M...
by gmalivuk
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 49
Views: 1912

Re: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment

many people, especially children, do exactly what you describe while sleeping. They flail their limbs in terror, even shout and scream. Quite often, they will not wake up, and are even difficult to rouse during the night terrors. If people have such agonizing, seemingly painful episodes during the ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 33
Views: 1131

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Evidence of something causes the human mind to go looking for proof of it, whether it's souls, Bigfoot, or the Higgs boson. That may be a true fact about evidence, but it's not in any way a definition of evidence. Evidence may cause the mind to look for proof, but random baseless ideas with no evid...
by gmalivuk
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49350

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Actually it looks like in British English "in for a penny" is more common than "in for a pound", while in the US the counts are pretty similar (possibly because Americans are less familiar with the full expression and so often say the whole thing).
by gmalivuk
Tue Nov 28, 2017 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49350

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Most four-word phrases aren't actually that common, though, and "happy as a clam" shows up as frequently as "in for a pound" in that corpus.
by gmalivuk
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49350

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

How often should an idiom be used to be considered "remotely common"?

Is "happy as a clam" remotely common?
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49350

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

It's certainly known, but I'm not sure "ordinary" is the way I'd describe it. I can't remember ever hearing anyone say it in person. I mean, you also say you'd never heard "for a song", so I'm not sure your remembered experience of idioms is typical. According to the BYU web-bas...
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2861
Views: 567627

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

For larger animals (such as reptiles that reproduce through parthogenesis) scientists generally refer to all of them as females, because they lay eggs or give birth.
by gmalivuk
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 2017

1919: Interstellar Asteroid

Image
Alt-Text: Every time we detect an asteroid from outside the Solar System, we should immediately launch a mission to fling one of our asteroids back in the direction it came from.

The person who lost first-post recognition for failing to include a link to the comic wrote:Waited for the dick joke. Was disappointed.
by gmalivuk
Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 1862

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

Then people will cheat regardless of the method you use, including in person.
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 20, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 1862

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

Again, the fact that people can completely sabotage the game if they want to isn't a weakness of any particular method of assigning roles, because someone could refuse to play in any system.
by gmalivuk
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 1862

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

It looks like that's a difference between Derek's description and Xanthir's. (But yeah, in Xanthir's description, Bob doesn't get to make any choices. Everyone knows the full cycle as soon as it's posted, they just don't know which real people correspond to which secret email address until their tar...
by gmalivuk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 1862

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

Yeah, there's some mixing up of the direction targeting goes in that explanation, but in any case if you're worried about people sharing information they shouldn't be sharing, that's something they could do in any arrangement (including the in-person version), so I'm not sure it counts as a weak poi...
by gmalivuk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Maximizing 2 Variables
Replies: 19
Views: 866

Re: Maximizing 2 Variables

↶ If an objective function can find the value that maximizes variables weighted by their importance, then what does Hardin's quote mean? Maximizing variables weighted by importance maximizes something like a*x+b*y. In other words, it maximizes something like the sum of two variables. The quote mean...
by gmalivuk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 1862

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

I see.

(When I read the forums via mobile data on my phone, I never watch videos.)
by gmalivuk
Sun Nov 19, 2017 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 1862

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

As for doing this remotely (over the internet) as Eebster requested, I haven't found a solution that doesn't involve some trusted third party. Eebster did not request that; I did in the OP. The Assassin Problem has already been solved for in person play. This is objectively the best solution. Is th...
by gmalivuk
Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Maximizing 2 Variables
Replies: 19
Views: 866

Re: Maximizing 2 Variables

My MSPaint masterpiece wasn't meant to show a global maximum, just what a local maximum (of two variables at the same time) would look like.

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