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by SuicideJunkie
Thu Dec 21, 2017 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"
Replies: 27
Views: 1691

Re: 1931: "Virtual Assistant"

There is a camera setup station in the lab at work that is begging for a startup sound.

Does anybody happen to know where I could find a Mass effect/Kool and the Gang mashup clip?
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 63
Views: 3134

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

I'm pretty sure that a lot of people would take the trade fairly easily. People give their lives for their children all the time. And an option where they still get to have you around, (although you don't get to have them around) is even better than that. My interpretation of chridd's description, w...
by SuicideJunkie
Thu Nov 30, 2017 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1890: "What to Bring"
Replies: 70
Views: 7112

Re: 1890: "What to Bring"

Sableagle wrote:It was going quite well until I ran out of peanut butter sandwiches.
Don't panic, just reach for the stars, and use the teeter-totter to launch your smaller friend at the ones highest up.
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1920: "Emoji Sports"
Replies: 21
Views: 2277

Re: 1920: "Emoji Sports"

I'm pretty much emoji-blind (eighty percent of them look alike to me). But I'd still like to see how you'd render my favorite made-up sport: cross-country bowling. {bowlingball} {Canadian flag} {ellipsis} {Mexican flag} {pin}{pin}{pin}{pin} Personally I feel that Alpine bowling packs more entertain...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 3590

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

Marketing it similar to how they push sour candy and suicide hot sauce might work.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Future Invention card game
Replies: 8
Views: 1073

Re: My Future Invention card game

Stasis field Human level AI (H/V 1+) Fission suppression field Dark matter manipulator Matter inverter (convert particles to their antimatter equivalents) Neutronium stabilization Gravity gun / projector Cloaking device Full-body cyberization (which goes great with the brain simulation and a mind up...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 119
Views: 12871

Re: Wealth taxation

There is risk, as I noted originally, but the whole operation has positive expected value and compounds. I'm not suggesting that it should be taxed 100%, or even necessarily a higher % for the median investor. I'm suggesting a steeper slope that exceeds normal income on the high end, to put some lim...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wealth taxation
Replies: 119
Views: 12871

Re: Wealth taxation

I've got some investments, and I see them mostly as free money although I probably shouldn't.\ On reflection, I suppose it is about trading risk for effort. My job is no risk/high effort, my investments are variable risk / no effort. In that light, I'd say capital gains ought to be taxed more progre...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1900: "Jet Lag"
Replies: 29
Views: 2666

Re: 1900: "Jet Lag"

Around here, it is usually the hour that is dropped. "Ten to", or "Quarter past", where the hour being referred to was mentioned earlier in the conversation. Elsewise, it will be a straight-forward "Twelve-fourty-two". The cost/benefit ratio between a syllable or two vs...
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 13, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"
Replies: 20
Views: 2242

Re: 1915: "Nightmare Email Feature"

You obviously can't do that, since looking at your completed message for any more time than strictly necessary will make you doubt you chose the best possible phrasing and tone for your email. The only way to avoid rewriting your e-mail over and over eternally is the "no backsies" of havi...
by SuicideJunkie
Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Assumptions of Searle’s Chinese Room Thought Experiment
Replies: 63
Views: 3134

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

You can hand an actual Chinese speaker a picture of a duck on a lake and ask them (in Chinese) "What kind of bird is on the water?" and he can answer; the room cannot, because while it contains a person with eyes that can see the picture, and that person (with his books) could tell you (t...
by SuicideJunkie
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1584
Views: 225302

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

I was wondering why it didn't simply say "caterpillar" or something more technical until I read it a third time.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The Pronunciation of Sudo
Replies: 90
Views: 36322

Re: The Pronunciation of Sudo

I wanted to chip in that whenever I use "pseudo", it feels like I'm asking the computer to pretend I'm someone I'm not, and the situation is fake and temporary, in spite of the typically dramatic consequences.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: What's the best battery cell?
Replies: 20
Views: 5495

Re: What's the best battery cell?

HES wrote:
Flumble wrote:Does converting electric energy to potential energy and back count as a type of battery?

Like pumped storage hydro plants? Sure.

Don't you need to combine multiple reservoirs into a single package in order for it to be a battery rather than just a cell?
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 28
Views: 10899

Re: Steering showdown

10 & 2 at the start, then approximately lowering by an hour per hour.
by SuicideJunkie
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13250
Views: 1275456

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

There may be a backlog in clue shipments during the next fiscal quarter...

The entire office except for me and the engineer wearing the costume learned what a TARDIS looks like on Oct 31st.
by SuicideJunkie
Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 1052

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: 3703

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: 2750

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: 51439

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: 3465

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: 3465

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: 3703

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: 4421

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: 2362

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: 2558

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: 4522

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: 2863
Views: 577755

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: 3858

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: 29322

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: 3274
Views: 585180

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: 3274
Views: 585180

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: 2866

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: 3024

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: 4837

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: 264950

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: 1923

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: 2753

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: 449
Views: 43258

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: 4647

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.

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