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by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 362

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

What happens to all the gas that gets blasted out of Uranus? Assuming there is solid land underneath, to make it habitable will we have to irrigate Uranus? And at that distance from the sun there is hardly any light, so why would anyone want to live on the cold, dark surface of Uranus? Even if it b...
by gmalivuk
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 18
Views: 593

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

It goes without saying (in the sense of being a tautology) that those philosophers thought behaving better (according to their definition of "better") would result in a better society (according to their definition of "better"). However, that isn't the same as saying "morals...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1848

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I pronounce epitome "EPPY-tome", but EpiPen "uh-PIE-pen". Heh, for years I had two words in my head, the spoken eh-pito-me and the written EPPY-tome-EH. They both meant the same thing, but I didn't associate them with one another. One day I was watching a video with subtitles on...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality
Replies: 18
Views: 593

Re: Society's Interest in Sexual Morality

This is in SB, not N&A, so when you're asked for sources you should probably skip the snark and just provide some.

Also, don't think we haven't noticed your No True Scotsman about consequentialism in ethics.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1848

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Although the inconsistency is still bugging me. If other words don't change, why does this one? The diphthong in "pronounce" has to be spelled with two letters, because we don't have any single letter that has that sound. The diphthongs in the other "long" vowels in English are ...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1848

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

So, does anyone else have any words that they (mentally) pronounced incorrectly because they read them long before they heard them spoken? Chimera. I've always pronounced it "SHIM-eh-rah", and wrote a play which used the word. The actor reading it was an architectural designer, ( it's use...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 26
Views: 1264

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Anything that happens anywhere in the solar system also affects everything everywhere else. The point is that some places have less of an effect than others, and you can't reasonably support your argument with an appeal to hypotheticals about the worst- and dumbest-case scenario.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1848

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

Yeah, welcome to the club, pal. I never know what to make of words like "tier", "caveat" and "inventory". Why pronounce them as tear, cavee-at, inVENtory, rather than tyre, caf-feet, INventory? Because the spelling of English words is a mess. I mean there's the word &q...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1816: "Mispronunciation"
Replies: 91
Views: 1848

Re: 1816: "Mispronunciation"

I never know what to make of words like "tier", "caveat" and "inventory". Why pronounce them as tear, cavee-at, inVENtory, rather than tyre, caf-feet, INventory? Americans do pronounce it INventory. (Also, we pronounce "tier" to be homophonous with "tear...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 362

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

Well you'd try to move it in a way that doesn't get too close to any important planets or moons, for sure.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1808

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Millions spent on end of life care in that situation doesn't sound like a good use of resources. People always love to bring up end-of-life care, as though old folks are the only ones getting expensive medical bills. To use a personal example, my fairly routine appendectomy and a single hospital st...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 26
Views: 1264

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

To everyone who suggested burying the waste somewhere: ... If you buried radioactive waste in one of these mines and it leaked, you would effectively destabilize the U.S. (and possibly Canada) enough to kill the country. So don't bury it in one of those mines? "Bury the waste somewhere" d...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?
Replies: 17
Views: 362

Re: Is terraforming Uranus and Neptune possible?

The gravitational binding energy of Uranus and Neptune is on the order of the total amount of energy the Sun produces in a year. Even if we had the technology to harness and control that much energy, I can imagine far more useful projects to do with it. (For example, you could move all the already-r...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock
Replies: 15
Views: 339

Re: Toothbrush, glasses, and clock

I've observed the same thing. It is extremely pronounced for certain LCD clocks. It can actually happen even when my glasses are off, but it is an order of magnitude less significant. I think the glasses are relevant because the comparatively subtle vibration of my face makes my glasses move a long...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 70312
Views: 3313424

Re: Count to a Million

If I delete your accidental double post, it'll fuck up the adjustment cyanyoshi already helpfully made.

(70231)
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is All Evidence Statistical?
Replies: 21
Views: 454

Re: Is All Evidence Statistical?

But I do think that ultimately even the counterexamples are statistical, because I am going to do a Bayes to them. If someone sense "Dude, this particular vial of aspirin turned me into a newt! ...then I got better." I am going to not overhaul my theory of what aspirin does at all, becaus...
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is All Evidence Statistical?
Replies: 21
Views: 454

Re: Is All Evidence Statistical?

No.

It's an inversion of doogly's statement. Evidence for falsifiable theories is statistical, but a single (non-statistical) counterexample could falsify it. For certain types of non-falsifiable theories, it's the opposite.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is All Evidence Statistical?
Replies: 21
Views: 454

Re: Is All Evidence Statistical?

My son and I were having a (friendly) dispute over whether all evidence for a theory is essentially statistical. He maintains that it is, even if the sample-size required is only 1 (e.g. the 1919 eclipse proving Einstein was correct). Whilst I concede that he has a point, this strikes me as making ...
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583871

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Is the difficulty in creating a decent map projection related to how combing the hair on a (2-)sphere always results in cowlicks? No, because you can comb the hair on a torus just fine but it would still be distorted if you tried to flatten it out into a 2D map. The distortions come from intrinsic ...
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10156

Re: Relativistic ballistic problem and factor

andykhang wrote:I don't said it's a planet-based combat though, but just regular ground combat
That's what I mean by "planet-based". As in, it's combat that takes place entirely on a planet.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10156

Re: Relativistic ballistic problem and factor

What would be the factor you needed in order to shoot a relativistic weaponry (like, said, a bullet that travel at 0.5c)? One of the thing I thought of is "Over the Horizon" (which already become problematic with regular gun), and how, for some targer, you need to literally shoot through ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 22, 2017 2:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252398

Re: The Darker Side of the News

According to that, Canada has nearly a 50% rejection rate, compared to around <10%-20% for most Western European countries. I wonder if that's simply because people don't take as much time to research what is necessary to travel here, since it's just across the border. It's not for every kind of tr...
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2464
Views: 252398

Re: The Darker Side of the News

While there's some nonzero rejection rate for most countries, I guarantee the rate for your "white" country is less than 40%.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Avoid a symbol 'twixt "d" and "f"
Replies: 249
Views: 24201

Avoid a symbol 'twixt "d" and "f"

Xani wrote:I had a soul from my fav bud. I doubt that that individual had known about my taking of it. That individual also has an acquaintance who has hair a colour of flames and possibly has not a soul to start with.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Elementary probability
Replies: 5
Views: 408

Re: Elementary probability

After working backwards, it seems like you are intended to approximate the sum of a lot of i.i.d. binary variables as a normal distribution. Really? Why shouldn't he just use a binomial distribution? Because for this question the binomial distribution would require adding all the terms for 0 to 99 ...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Broken Images in "xkcd Forum Rules"
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Broken Images in "xkcd Forum Rules"

Fixed.
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10156

Re: In the case of bomb

Soupspoon wrote:(This is one of those many little questions things, I suspect. Once you clarify it...)

Indeed.

You could also start a (as in, one) thread in the Fictional Science forum, if most of these are for story ideas.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10156

Re: Planet's spin

Earth rotates at about 1 degree every 4 minutes, which means the width of the sun or moon every 2 minutes or so. But unless you're watching the horizon, this isn't generally perceptible.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is there enough gold to build Camelot?
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: Is there enough gold to build Camelot?

I had ad block on, so I'm not sure what you saw.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is there enough gold to build Camelot?
Replies: 6
Views: 343

Re: Is there enough gold to build Camelot?

There's not enough gold already mined to build it, but there's likely far, far more than enough a couple thousand kilometers below us.
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 16, 2017 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is this really the best way to deal with an asteroid?
Replies: 13
Views: 528

Re: Is this really the best way to deal with an asteroid?

I'm not disputing that fragmenting it will be difficult. I'm disputing that if we did have a magical way to fragment it to a 'cloud of fragments of the same aggregate mass and kinetic energy' that that would not be useful in the 'avoiding an extinction level event' sense. The Chicxulub Impactor lik...
by gmalivuk
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 240
Views: 14006

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Is "junk" really a synonym for you? For me (and anyone with a junk drawer) "junk" includes miscellaneous not-very-important things that are nonetheless useful enough to keep around instead of throwing away.
by gmalivuk
Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1049
Views: 41315

Re: Trump presidency

If the quality bar your community shoots for is "You can still find youtube comments worst than what we accept!", then I really don't know what to say. So consider this one voice, preparing for a rapid ban, letting you know that while you may think statements about another poster's status...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1350

Re: Free Will

Free will would require something other than determinism or randomness, just like water requires something other than hydrogen or helium.

Therefore, the presence of randomness no more allows for free will than the presence of helium allows for water.
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 13, 2017 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1350

Re: Free Will

I dont mean to draw a comparison between "free will" and randomness. Only that there certainly cant be free will in a deterministic, non-random universe. So it could be said that: No randomness rules out free will. My point is, no, this cannot be concluded from the fact that complete dete...
by gmalivuk
Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1350

Re: Free Will

As I said upthread, adding randomness doesn't get you free will. If nothing is random, there can be no free will, because everything is preordained from initial conditions. So randomness must at least "allow" free will, its a condition for its presence. Is there anything wrong with those ...
by gmalivuk
Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10156

Re: Space air

Watch the (original, at least) Battlestar Galactica series, and see the Vipers and Cylon Fighters zoom around like atmospheric fighter planes As I recall, it does need to be the original, because in the new series the Vipers move accurately in vacuum, which is one of the things that pleased me whil...
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"
Replies: 20
Views: 2480

Re: What-If 0156: "Electrofishing for Whales"

Overseasbrit wrote:I am a bit surprised no one commented on whales not actually being fish.....

If you can fish for compliments you can fish for whales.
by gmalivuk
Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10156

Re: Science-based what-if questions

A million-kelvin neutron star with 10km radius would put out about 1/5 as much power as the Sun. Sure, you still wouldn't be able to see it on account of the whole x-ray thing, but I wouldn't call that way darker than a star.
by gmalivuk
Fri Mar 10, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1350

Re: Free Will

The fact that you don't know what you're going to choose doesn't mean your choice is free in any satisfying sense of the word.

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