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by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 639

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

It seems pretty logical to me. If the issue is at least partly in your mind* then changing your mind can help resolve the issue. You do still need to check that the problem isn't mechanical, chemical, or external in all manner of ways, and solve those types of problems in an appropriate way of cours...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Oct 30, 2017 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 2966

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

The important part is knowing that you're taking this fake pill with the "m&m" logo against $DISEASE The other trick is knowing how to categorize the pills since they always give you a multipack and they tend to get jumbled. ⋅ Red = For sore throat ⋅ Yellow = For r...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Oct 06, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1899: "Ears"
Replies: 31
Views: 2165

Re: 1899: "Ears"

Human ears are a maze of twisty passages, all alike except for yours.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Oct 05, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Underscores vs CamelCase
Replies: 103
Views: 49847

Re: Underscores vs CamelCase

If you regularly code in R, then you separate words with periods, to make.other.programmers.cry Is this what is known as "sentence structure"? The best is/was SE5 script style. Take your camel case, add underscores, and prefix almost everything with sys_ EG: Sys_Add_Two_Integers() I wrote...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Oct 04, 2017 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 2563

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Why would you waste system resources making every single person you pass on the light rail or in the supermarket a fully conscious being? I'm not entirely convinced that the real world bothers allocating such system resources either. Upper management seems to consist of a random number generator th...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Oct 04, 2017 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 2563

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

As for selling myself off to slavery or worse, I agree it would be like selling your child. In essence your child is just a copy of half your DNA. Doesn't even have your memories or personality. I would be making the conscious decision to sell and torture myself and I'm not entirely comfortable wit...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"
Replies: 40
Views: 2966

Re: 1896: "Active Ingredients Only"

They would still feel better on average, (or at least claim to?) and isn't that generally considered part of the symptoms?
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1897: "Self Driving"
Replies: 57
Views: 3493

Re: 1897: "Self Driving"

These cars are trying to pass the Touring test. Which is both easier and harder in certain ways.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals
Replies: 14
Views: 1901

Re: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals

One thing is that if you're going to start up a new thread, you should use it more than once. At a cost of 10 quatloos, you'll need to run 20 queries before you break even on the second thread, and 60 to break even on the 3rd. On the upside, for algorithms where you know the total number of queries ...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1894: "Real Estate"
Replies: 28
Views: 2171

Re: 1894: "Real Estate"

The Snide Sniper wrote:
Farabor wrote:Or perhaps...a 747 FILLED with pizzas. Hmm, how many pizzas could a 747 carry? Quick, to the What if machine!

A 747 could carry a quarter million large pizzas.

What is the limiting factor on that number? The volume, the mass, the heat, or regulations on the air quality in the cabin?
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Sep 22, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1893: "Thread"
Replies: 34
Views: 3872

Re: 1893: "Thread"

PracticalM wrote:It's a Dragon Riders of Pern reference. (Auto correct tried to turn that into Perl which would be interesting Dragon Riders of Perl).

When the threads bind together into strings and begin to overwhelm civilization, a hero with the power of regular expressions appears to save the day!
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2853
Views: 560830

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Eebster the Great wrote:It does seem like this would be pretty easy to resolve with a cup of hot chocolate, a spoon, and a microphone.

It would probably be worth adding a metronome to consistently tap the spoon as well.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 20, 2017 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1892: "USB Cables"
Replies: 40
Views: 2988

Re: 1892: "USB Cables"

somitomi wrote:Speaking of that, this comic is missing the Proprietary cable you will inevitably lose.

That one has already been lost.

I carry power but not data.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 27862

Re: Bad science jokes!

A man was hired to run a 300 piece orchestra but despite his best efforts, the instruments were always slightly out of synch and grated on the ear. Eventually he snapped, killed everyone and was sentenced to death. When the time came, they threw the switch on the electric chair but the man failed to...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3250
Views: 567123

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

they were definitely not the standard dream shade of literally-undefined ...? You don't usually dream in colour? The grass at the side of the road I fly down isn't green or yellow, but it definitely isn't grey. It was lucky to have a defined location and a vague boundary. Maybe it is conservation o...
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3250
Views: 567123

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was excited to get home from work and go shopping at the mall with a couple of vague acquaintances. The department store there is a good place for showing off your ability to fly and reach the high shelves. Today however, I decided to buy a beanbag tube to ride on in style. It was decent fun ridin...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Aug 23, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: People on Different Manifolds Interacting
Replies: 11
Views: 2592

Re: People on Different Manifolds Interacting

Considering the soap bubble model of interaction, there is one major effect that remains even if the particles and physics remain independent. The shape of the bubble is dramatically distorted where the bubbles are interacting. Whereas the majority of Alice and Bob's bubble universes are highly curv...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Aug 21, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: A Compact Sized "Why?-BOOM" machine.
Replies: 7
Views: 2708

Re: A Compact Sized "Why?-BOOM" machine.

Build your droid with the CPU in the head, and use a big hat as the heat sink. Include an exotic skull material for your system which makes it impervious to the protagonist's physical attacks, but has an autoignition point slightly above your normal thermal cutoffs. Your enemies can then confuse you...
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Aug 20, 2017 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"
Replies: 45
Views: 4216

Re: 1878: "Earth Orbital Diagram"

Precession is actually a wibbly-wobbly effect of magnetized spheroids. No relation to taxonomy at all, surprisingly.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Aug 17, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 258963

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

That site would be far more secure if they tightened the password requirements just a little more.
- may include any ascii characters
- may not repeat any character
- must be at least 300 characters long
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a known probability distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 1533

Re: Is this a known probability distribution?

This may be way off the mark, but what it reminds me of most strongly is when I've accidentally taken data intended to be used as a scatter plot, sorted it, and plotted it based on its index in the sorted list - which, in my applications, tended to produce very pretty-looking and totally meaningles...
by SuicideJunkie
Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1875: Computers vs Humans
Replies: 24
Views: 2380

Re: 1875: Computers vs Humans

That did measure a 7.0 on the literal fucks given, which in all honesty is an excessive number.
Most people only give a one at a time, and commonly it is only visible under metaphorical illumination.
by SuicideJunkie
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35911

Re: Science-based what-if questions

there's a maximum current you'll be able to draw before it vaporizes whatever contacts you devise to connect it to your external system, but it's going to be quite a lot. I suppose using a plasma as a contact would work in that case, to turn the problem into an advantage. It would then be a matter ...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 23
Views: 3904

Re: Consequences of climate change

Drought is bad. Flooding is bad.
Getting your country hit by both in different places at the same time is worse.
One region of the country getting hit by both of them in sequence is even worse than that.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 413
Views: 35911

Re: Science-based what-if questions

If we were to discover a single constant voltage source (for discussion purposes, it is in the form factor of a magical AA battery, eternally 1.5v difference between the ends), what would be the best uses we could put it to? As an obvious starting point, I'd expect some superconductive, fractal wiri...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 31, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 4199

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

Might as well make a movie "ABC". Careful, don't give them any ideas. They can have each letter only be able to make the sound of its own name. And have the plot be about a little tyke trying to learn them all! Also, go on a marketing and merchandising blitz, while C&Ding everybody el...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1825: "7 Eleven"
Replies: 85
Views: 12344

Re: 1825: "7 Eleven"

Sounds like a good idea, and I'll join you on the rare occasions it comes up. But mostly for spite.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 31, 2017 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11436

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

They can be good for many things, without having been made for anything. I don't see how they could be good for anything when they could not be used for anything, as there was no one to use them. I would still consider the hammer at the back of the shelf in the hardware store good for hitting nails...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 2312

1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/positive_and_negative_reviews.png "This restaurant is great! I was feeling really sick, but then I ate there and felt better!" Up and down voting is out of fashion. Always ignore the top and bottom ratings. The charming and strange comments on a thing are alway...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Jul 26, 2017 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 6230

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Something I've been wondering is whether Bertrand Russell actually owned any teapots (I'm guessing yes), and if so, where are they now? Is one of them sitting on a collector's shelf, with said collector waiting for the perfect moment to make a Russell's Teapot joke? Or maybe the teapot is secretly ...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11436

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

In that case, we simply need to design an MRI made of cardboard! If Star Trek has taught us anything, the solution to the problem lies in reversing the polarity, and that definitely applies to Psychology. The main problem may be that we're trying to get the cats into the MRI, instead of trying to ke...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 3909

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

ManaUser wrote:I take it your workplace uses Macs or something? PCs have a physical screenshot key standard. (Or at least a physical key which can logically be assigned that purpose and comes configured that way under Windows.)
That was the joke ;) They did just get a default keyboard.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Jul 24, 2017 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1867: "Physics Confession"
Replies: 182
Views: 11436

Re: 1867: "Physics Confession"

So my contention is there's nothing wrong with giving "the triboelectric effect" as an answer any more than, say, "soap bubbles are round because of surface tension." It seems to me that "the triboelectric effect" is tightly self-referential and vague, while "surf...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 21, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"
Replies: 78
Views: 6230

Re: 1866: "Russell's Teapot"

Rombobjörn wrote:Of course it isn't. It's Randall's teapot.
Easily solved by simply selling the teapot once it is in place.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 3909

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

I know some business contacts i'd like to send this. (missing: image in word document as email attachment, why not to do it.) We've got some legacy documentation here that I got in an email with attached PDF containing images scanned in from paper, of a lightly used photocopy of a document created ...
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Jun 13, 2017 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1849: "Decades"
Replies: 89
Views: 7713

Re: 1849: "Decades"

gmalivuk wrote:No, I think there's too much inertia from how we talk about other numbers. Something might cost nineteen hundred dollars and someone might live at twenty-one hundred Jump Street, but never "twenty hundred".

So, the "two grands" instead?
by SuicideJunkie
Fri May 26, 2017 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 8399

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

Wow. That guy they interviewed is such an extremist that he's not even on the chart.
by SuicideJunkie
Thu May 25, 2017 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 3203

Re: 1841: "Who?"

On a related note, coop terms seem to be precisely calibrated to end just as I start to lock in a name association.
Double-term and returning coops are quite nice.
by SuicideJunkie
Wed May 24, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1841: "Who?"
Replies: 29
Views: 3203

Re: 1841: "Who?"

I found it particularly uncomfortable once, when the person doing it was a guy who refers to (and presumably addresses) his own parents by their first names. "Dave did this" "Who's Dave?" "My dad". I have to negotiate that kind of minefield at work since all three of u...
by SuicideJunkie
Sun May 14, 2017 12:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1835: "Random Obsessions"
Replies: 90
Views: 8399

Re: 1835: "Random Obsessions"

TickleMeYoda wrote:This argument right here made me realize this whole "what is a sandwich" thing is really a new take on the Ship of Theseus paradox. What makes a thing the thing it is? What would make it no longer that thing?

How about calling it the Galley of Theseus?

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