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by Ranbot
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2590
Views: 451695

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Rocket League is on sale on Steam for $12 (40% off), just in case you've been under a rock for the past 3 years. No need for expansions, they are only cosmetic. Rocket League's simple concept and mostly intuitive controls make it easy to pick up, but the road to mastery is long and gameplay is deep...
by Ranbot
Fri Apr 20, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 223
Views: 33515

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

Back to combining games, what about model building kits with a game component ? Like maybe just a choose your own adventure booklet and depending on how you go through it you pick different pieces or paints. Do you mean a physical model building kit? or virtual? If it's a virtual model, then Robocr...
by Ranbot
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1514
Views: 325640

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I just made a Steam account. What are some essential free/cheap games that can run on a low-end laptop? Likes: platformers, rhythm games, jrpgs Dislikes: shooters, anything team-based Limbo and Inside are great platformer puzzle games with unique style/vibe. Both are made by the same game maker and...
by Ranbot
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 223
Views: 33515

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

The world/setting of Doom with cooperative and asymmetric competitive gameplay like Left 4 Dead.

I want to be a cyberdemon!
by Ranbot
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 6737

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Never having had Turkish delight or even bothered looking up what it is, I've imagined it as something like baklava, which I also think is really overrated. Looking it up now, I guess it maybe is kinda similar? A gel of starch and sugar sounds similar-ish to thin layers of dough held together by ho...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 4812

Re: Census Dickery

Question... Can US Census respondents leave the citizenship question blank? I've read in a few places there's an often cited law that requires responding to the US census [which hasn't been enforced since the 1970s], but I don't see if that includes not responding to parts of the census. The US cens...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 4812

Re: Census Dickery

How do undocumented immigrants pay income tax? ....Or do companies just withhold taxes as usual, and then its on THEM to pay the government? Cause it seems like they'd just pocket that amount if there was no way of tracking it. I can't speak to what employers do with paychecks and tax withholdings....
by Ranbot
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 4812

Re: Census "Dickery"

A shame this discussion has to be under a title of "dickery" because you're pretty much guaranteed to have a dickish discussion when you start it that way. For people who want to do some reading here are two news articles that do an OK summary of issues/sides: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3961

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

There's nothing irrational about not wanting to pay for something you believe isn't right, and trying to find ways to avoid it. It is irrational when people's beliefs make an entire system inefficient, slower, and more expensive for everyone involved (including the person trying to avoid paying for...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3961

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

And all that said, the different methods didn't really change the time all that dramatically. Changing carry-on vs checked bag rules would probably be FAR more effective in reducing that time. Realistically this would come at customer's cost in that they'd likely start charging for carry-ons... Rea...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3961

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I am very surprised, but also slightly doubtful of one test done by Mythbusters. I'm sure airline companies have a lot of data on this and I'd be interested in seeing it. https://arxiv.org/pdf/1108.5211v1.pdf Paper shows that rear ordered or block boarding is pretty slow compared to other methods l...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3961

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

:idea: I think it would be neat if an airline experimented with rewarding passengers for fast boarding. They could arrange for the optimal boarding system, tell passengers that if they follow all the rules they should board within a set time, and if that time is met then the airline will give all p...
by Ranbot
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3961

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

...I think I have to stand by my original suggestion of back-to-front and window-to-aisle boarding protocol. Sure, there's always some dolt who screws up any protocol, but I think my system is still optimal for speed and convenience. I looked, but didn't see this mentioned, but one of the drawbacks...
by Ranbot
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 6848

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

Considering that roads around here usually don't go in the direction they say they do (ie "west" on a certain highway might in fact be more north or south)... Same thing here where I live (Philadelphia suburbs); many of the roads go in a NE-SW or NW-SE directions. [...] just because the r...
by Ranbot
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 592
Views: 67548

Re: Complete Solid Object

Supposed they're exist a Complete Solid Object: An object that you will find no gap, no matter if you zoom it down infinitely, and is completely take up the space in it fully 100% while still obeying the law of the universe aside from the property above. I think a more interesting question is how c...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 592
Views: 67548

Re: Complete Solid Object

Supposed they're exist a Complete Solid Object: An object that you will find no gap, no matter if you zoom it down infinitely, and is completely take up the space in it fully 100% while still obeying the law of the universe aside from the property above. I think a more interesting question is how c...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 6848

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

When someone asks me for directions the first thing I assess is whether I should use "turn left" or "turn north" (or whatever direction). Some people handle the former better, and others prefer compass directions. Not sure exactly how I make that assessment ... might have someth...
by Ranbot
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2460

Re: 1961: Interaction

Small talk is hard. Yep, it is hard to believably fake my interest in the weather, traffic, someone's spawn, or sports; nor do I believe the fake interest from the other person. :roll: That's why it's an effective signaling behavior: it's expensive. You're not supposed to believe they are intereste...
by Ranbot
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 3961

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

I can't find it now, but I'm fairly certain I listened to an NPR podcast once about plane boarding... Southwest Airlines' system of zoned boarding and first-come-first-serve seating is on average the fastest boarding of all the major carriers (in the US at least). Other air carriers have examined So...
by Ranbot
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 2460

Re: 1961: Interaction

Ignitus wrote:Small talk is hard.

Yep, it is hard to believably fake my interest in the weather, traffic, someone's spawn, or sports; nor do I believe the fake interest from the other person. :roll:
by Ranbot
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 119
Views: 10553

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutter-Butter in 2017, wait 2018

I think most people here are in agreement that striking down previous net neutrality laws was probably a bad thing. I was thinking though... the current ISP business model of virtually unlimited internet access for a flat connection fee probably is not a very good one for public needs today. Right n...
by Ranbot
Mon Feb 05, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6401

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I mean, I'm struggling to explain myself to you, and I feel like you're not even trying to understand? I feel like that for a thread about trying to communicate across divides, be understanding, and make compromises, you're demonstrating very little interest in any of these things? But this thread ...
by Ranbot
Fri Feb 02, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 119
Views: 10553

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

The entire issue will be moot soon enough. Some Google/Musk Philanthropists/Assholes will eventually figure out how to beam free-internet over the earth. Well, memetically , Elon would be the ideal one to follow up on Nikola's free utility dreams… But... free internet is the problem . He who pays t...
by Ranbot
Fri Feb 02, 2018 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6401

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

Instead, everyone needs pick the small things we can agree on and act on them, particularly anything that might subtlety nudge politicians and society towards being more moderate and cooperative. I really like the idea of Nudge, but my understanding is that it really shines when you help people do ...
by Ranbot
Wed Jan 31, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6401

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

So, I'm not quite as pessimistic as Thresh, but he makes some good points about how we got to where we are today. Where I am more optimistic is the voter base is not as extreme and hardball as party leadership is. Social media and infotainment news highlights the extremes because it's eyeball grabbi...
by Ranbot
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28975

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

In my turn I deeply disagree with statements recently issued such as this: I'm actually not at all concerned about innocent men losing their jobs over false sexual assault/harassment allegations...If some innocent men's reputations have to take a hit in the process of undoing the patriarchy, that i...
by Ranbot
Tue Jan 30, 2018 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6401

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

The US's first to the pole voting system also takes blame here for entrenching the two-parties, but I think reforming the electoral college is a far easier change to implement now than a system of multiple run-off elections. The Electoral College managed to elect Obama and Trump back-to-back. The s...
by Ranbot
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6401

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I agree our two-party system exacerbates our political divisions. In another discussion ( http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=122108&start=40 )I tried to make a case that reforming the Electoral College would give third parties a fighting chance in elections to break the party duopol...
by Ranbot
Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28975

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

... but there are few that feel like they might be a little too reactionary, based on what's known so far. LIke NPR's cutting all ties with Garrison Keillor...“ I put my hand on a woman’s bare back,” [Garrison Keillor] told the Star Tribune by e-mail minutes after [Minnesota Public Radio]’s stateme...
by Ranbot
Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 6401

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

I agree our two-party system exacerbates our political divisions. In another discussion ( http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=122108&start=40 )I tried to make a case that reforming the Electoral College would give third parties a fighting chance in elections to break the party duopoly...
by Ranbot
Fri Jan 26, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28975

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

... but there are few that feel like they might be a little too reactionary, based on what's known so far. LIke NPR's cutting all ties with Garrison Keillor...“ I put my hand on a woman’s bare back,” [Garrison Keillor] told the Star Tribune by e-mail minutes after [Minnesota Public Radio]’s stateme...
by Ranbot
Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 3554

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

Not sure how universal it this is but.... I have a recurring nightmare that some bad person or group force me to choose who they will murder between two people in my family, specifically who can vary from dream to dream. The most disturbing part of the dream is I start going through my rationalizati...
by Ranbot
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"
Replies: 62
Views: 6547

Re: 1937: "IATA Airport Abbreviations"

Nice comic... I chuckled.

I'll bet some fun could have been had with Frankfurt/FRA... references to hot dogs or FRAnce come to mind.
by Ranbot
Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 7309

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

...getting people to break out of their filter bubbles and engage across sharp divides.... Examples of this type of thing elsewhere... I came across an article that made me think of this discussion.... https://nypost.com/2017/12/26/college-students-only-needed-36-hours-to-defeat-fake-news/ Short ve...
by Ranbot
Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 119
Views: 10553

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Oh for fucks sake he doesn't want it to pass. DONT call it OBAMA era net neutrality. People are far more supportive of the ACA than they are of 0bamacare. And damn the filters. Chill dude. You are upset over semantics with someone on your side. I had to differentiate between net-neutrality rules in...
by Ranbot
Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 119
Views: 10553

Re: Let's talk about Spelling Net Neutrality Correctly in 2017

There's some hope that Congress will FINALLY weigh in on net-neutrality... https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/12/there-will-be-a-senate-vote-to-reinstate-net-neutrality-schumer-says/ Short version: Senator Schumer says he will introduce a bill to make the Senate vote on reinstating Obama-era n...
by Ranbot
Sat Dec 16, 2017 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Net Neutrality and Gaming
Replies: 37
Views: 3665

Re: Net Neutrality and Gaming

On one possible upside, it could encourage new players to the web content market to be more bandwidth-efficient to make better use of the limited pipe they can afford? . This is the only potential upside, but I don't think it's worth the risks of tearing down net neutrality rules. The average custo...
by Ranbot
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 119
Views: 10553

Re: Let's talk about Neural Networks in 2017

There's no real way to determine what the market prefers and thus what to optimize when the market is not free. Well, the market doesn't prefer anything; only people have preferences. Centralized planning is inefficient, I'll grant you, but you will still be able to observe the effects of prices on...
by Ranbot
Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 28975

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Maybe this comic needs an update?

Image

:P
by Ranbot
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6098
Views: 850022

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So, how are we going to finance the extra trial costs of a proposed no-plea bargaining system? Maybe prosecutors would only pursue their best-supported charges in the first place, rather than piling on lots of weak charges to scare defendants into a plea deals? maybe.... Another option is to allow ...

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