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by gmalivuk
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A brief diversion for astronomers
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: A brief diversion for astronomers

Earth's longitude is irrelevant for star maps. Things are measured from the equinox point.
by gmalivuk
Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"
Replies: 19
Views: 2424

Re: 2048: "Curve-Fitting"

It's not a joke about the dudes, it's about their probability distribution, which is in many ways "pathological" as a distribution, though I don't know how often it's used to fit curves.
by gmalivuk
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: slightly better symbols for numbers
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: slightly better symbols for numbers

↶ I might have to squint to make sure that's not (||||||). Which is why the add-and-subtract nature of Roman numerals towards the nearest defined 5-or-0 place is handy. Glanced-at-||| is still mostly discernable from a ||, etc. Though in fairness the version phillip suggested was better arranged, s...
by gmalivuk
Tue Sep 18, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: slightly better symbols for numbers
Replies: 6
Views: 775

Re: slightly better symbols for numbers

That's cumbersome and not at all practical. Does anyone have trouble with math that stems from a difficulty understanding that the symbol '5' represents this many (|||||) things?
by gmalivuk
Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hardest alphabetical spellings
Replies: 7
Views: 1355

Re: Hardest alphabetical spellings

From an English perspective, 'qu' is /kw/, so "que" would be /kwe/.

However, "cue" is already a perfectly good English homophone for "queue".
by gmalivuk
Tue Sep 18, 2018 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Also, in many cases the new meaning is technically wrong, even if used by the majority of the population - it might be used by the majority of the population but OED (or some context-specific authority) still lists the old meaning. Yes, even if everyone understands you - the usage might still be wr...
by gmalivuk
Thu Sep 06, 2018 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

↶ "Etymological fallacy" is a bullshit term. There's no failure of reasoning involved in committing it, it's just an appeal to something that whoever coined that term doesn't think matters, and disagreeing that it does matter is not a failure of reasoning. You can whine about short-term c...
by gmalivuk
Thu Sep 06, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

↶ Here come the racists, right on cue... Huh? "Aks" is right next to "nukular" and "acrost", and arguably, "butterfly" (which used to be "flutterby"). What does this have to do with race? "Aks" (or "ax") is an extremely notable f...
by gmalivuk
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3267

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

↶ Human and animal consciousness is continuous. No. Human consciousness seems continuous from the inside. To what? If you can credibly articulate a what to which an illusion of time is possible without time, then maybe this would be meaningful. I wasn't talking about the illusion of time, but the i...
by gmalivuk
Wed Sep 05, 2018 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3267

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

↶ Human and animal consciousness is continuous. No. Human consciousness seems continuous from the inside. But we already know tons about all kinds of other illusions your mind creates about your experience, such as the illusion that you don't have a blind spot or the illusion that your whole field ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 3267

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Yeah, ultimately, posts that are just links to something else, with no commentary or discussion, are more or less verboten here. At minimum, they're considered quite rude. Like, thanks for letting us know, cool, but this board isn't an RSS reader; if we care about updates to your blog we'll follow ...
by gmalivuk
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Actually, the obsession with named logical fallacies is way more troubling than any particular linguistic pet peeve. I see some arguments online consist solely of trying to name the fallacies used by the opponent and suggesting they "look it up." Oh god yes. In particular, I cringe every ...
by gmalivuk
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Soupspoon wrote:
the universally prescribed English vocabulary

The what now?
by gmalivuk
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

↶ "Nauseous"'s common meaning can cause confusion when it collides with the medical definition, which approaches "actively vomiting or dry-heaving". But can it cause confusion that couldn't be cleared up by just saying "vomiting" instead? This misalignment of terms can...
by gmalivuk
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

But conversely, if nobody found it weird or jarring or confusing, if it just made perfect natural sense to everyone, then these arguments also wouldn't be happening. No, because as we've already established here, most of the examples people argue about aren't actually confusing to anyone any more (...
by gmalivuk
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

structurally "nauseous" seems like it should just mean "pertaining to nausea" without any specific attachment to agent or object Except, most words that come to mind with the [noun]+ous form do specifically attach to a person or thing, which the adjective asserts has the [noun] ...
by gmalivuk
Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7626

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Not all changes in usage make language easier to understand. My pet peeve is the mixing of tenses, especially replacing the past or past continuous with the present continuous - "Yesterday I am watching TV and I am seeing ...". The praesens historicum is literally hundreds of years older ...
by gmalivuk
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7196
Views: 535886

Re: Trump presidency

In more trying-to-create-a-white-ethnostate news, The U.S. is denying passports to Americans along the border, throwing their citizenship into question . In some cases, passport applicants with official U.S. birth certificates are being jailed in immigration detention centers and entered into deport...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 4569

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

↶ You can run a simple N-body simulation on your own computer to verify this. If your frictionless collisionless n-body simulation results in all the bodies clumping together at the barycenter, it's not a very good simulation and you should probably double check your programming. ↶ Dyson spheres wo...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 3637

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

↶ (while we're at it, fuck "salt" too. and everything else that smells like 4chan). "salt" in what sense? Because "salty" to mean angry or irritated is most of a century older than 4chan. ↶ They seek to offend people by using the most shocking, scandalous methods they ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 89
Views: 15890

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

At 30m, 0.5m is 1/60 of a radian.

Still impressive, but only half as impressive as you said.

Edit: Also, from videos of the competitions described there, the swing is much slower than 8 revolutions per second.
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 12934

Re: Consequences of climate change

↶ It's quite likely that Kerry had no intent to deceive, merely spoke slightly imprecisely. Except his "imprecision" in quoting (what politifact says was the actual scientific prediction) resulted in a weaker statement that you have to stretch even further to interpret as meaning "no...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 12934

Re: Consequences of climate change

Yeah, the scientist Kerry paraphrased made a *stronger* statement than Kerry.
by gmalivuk
Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 12934

Re: Consequences of climate change

↶ The Armstrong-Gore bet is an example demonstrating this. While Gore refused to actually take the bet of ten grand as to if he was correct, or if the hypothesis of "no change" was more accurate, the resulting data was closer to the latter interpretation. This is not the same thing as dis...
by gmalivuk
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

That's not true.

For example, we learned that ucim thinks indentured servitude is potentially a totally fine arrangement (though we also learned that he knows very little about how that arrangement worked in practice or about how the military works today).
by gmalivuk
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2031: "Pie Charts"
Replies: 19
Views: 2465

Re: 2031: "Pie Charts"

It has to come to a point in the middle to be able to consistently represent the required quantities, though. If it were smooth, then the represented fractions would vary with the radius of the pie (relative to the radius of curvature). The shape in the comic is actually flat (as in Euclidean) excep...
by gmalivuk
Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Terminology Question: Percentile vs Percentile Rank
Replies: 9
Views: 1276

Re: Terminology Question: Percentile vs Percentile Rank

I mean, maybe the Wikipedia article has changed since you first read it, but my post was based entirely on the descriptions there because it's been too long since my last math class for me to depend on any starting knowledge or understanding of the difference between the terms.
by gmalivuk
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

I'm not sure why your inability to follow the conversation is supposed to be my responsibility though? Like, whether or not I personally find military recruiting exploitative (I do btw), it was already brought up as such in this thread. You then cited it as an example of something non-exploitative (...
by gmalivuk
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

In a fairly easy to argue stance - particularly when traded for education, military service is exploitative. I won't argue whether it is or it isn't. It is however a currently accepted and well used trade. Given that, I put it against indentured servitude, which at that time was also an accepted an...
by gmalivuk
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

As for the issue Weeks was bringing up, it's the difference between happening to have had a lucky pleasant military experience on the one hand, and talking out your ass (again) on the other.
by gmalivuk
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

I believe we're better off starting with reasonable, accepted as moral forms of contracts, and attempting to make that work for more areas, than we are in trying to make a good version of slavery. Why start from a basis with so many problems to overcome? I agree. The topic came up because of the (I...
by gmalivuk
Fri Aug 10, 2018 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

"Hey so I heard you can't afford to buy a house. Have you considered...buying a bigger house? What if I also threw in contributing to the very problem you've been railing about for the past several hours?"
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

↶ Now, to be clear, I'm no expert in colonial history Yeah I feel like here in SB you ought to either know what the fuck the words you're using mean, or if you don't, you should at least start with the disclaimer that you're using words to mean things no one else uses them to mean. That way the res...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

↶ Now, there are cases where actual chattel slavery is disguised as indentured servitude Okay now you're apparently back to thinking the only form of slavery is chattel slavery. Which means all the other forms of slavery that existed for literally thousands of years before that were... what, exactl...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

Yeah, privatization is clearly the only possible resolution of the tragedy of the commons. That's why there are no public parks or literal commons any more.
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

↶ I'm not certain exactly why others see rent as a problem, but perhaps it'll be expanded upon more. Obviously you disagree with the reasons, but I feel like Pfhorrest at least has explained extensively and repeatedly enough that if you still don't get it, it's not really anyone else's fault at thi...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 44
Views: 5363

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

They did finish at the last panel, though. Like, by definition.
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

↶ The nature of pimps is not particularly based on consent. All libertarian transactions, to include rent, are. Legally, in many places, someone can be considered a "pimp" simply for accepting money from a sex worker in exchange for some benefit. So, like, if I rent an apartment to a sex ...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

You didn't just want to clarify, at least at first. You declared that you wouldn't discuss it at all if Thesh was talking about anything other than the chattel variety. [ Citation needed ] . And no, saying that "otherwise we'll just be talking past each other" is not refusing to discuss i...
by gmalivuk
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 27260

Re: Libertarianism

Again, you are the only one talking exclusively about wage slavery (which conventionally doesn't include the closer-to-chattel-slavery arrangement of indentured servitude that actually was mentioned). Again, I am trying to clarify what Thesh means by the emotionally laden word "slavery". ...

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