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by madaco
Fri Jan 06, 2017 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 5920

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

That'd mean limiting the total feature set to whatever you included in your federated standard. There's no incentive to do that, and no compelling incentive for a user to prefer your service on the basis of your choice to do so. Then, of course, your universal standard is still only as universal as...
by madaco
Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 5920

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Aren't Skype and Slack proprietary though? This seems to be acting like switching to them is progress in some way, but I don't see what would be better about skype or slack? Is it the voice chat, or sub-topics or something? They have a bunch of nice features that IRC doesn't provide out of the box....
by madaco
Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1779: "2017"
Replies: 71
Views: 5978

Re: 1779: "2017"

Oh! See these "frozen peaches" and "wet knees", As we all drink down those sweet <outgroup> tears. What truths can be found from barbs such as these? No comedy will calm these restless fears! _____ But the important thing is I've found a way to feel superior to both of them.
by madaco
Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1782: "Team Chat"
Replies: 84
Views: 5920

Re: 1782: "Team Chat"

Aren't Skype and Slack proprietary though?

This seems to be acting like switching to them is progress in some way, but I don't see what would be better about skype or slack?

Is it the voice chat, or sub-topics or something?
by madaco
Fri Dec 09, 2016 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 5705

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Or he does and doesn't care, because the actual point of the comic is to be smug toward people who don't like UI changes. Yes, curse that smug Randall, reminding us all that we're growing old while he stays young and beautiful forever thanks to his Elven heritage You're very bad at understanding th...
by madaco
Wed Nov 30, 2016 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 319
Views: 30875

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

When people are saying that nonwellfounded sets don't exist, they mean that they don't exist in ZFC, right? I don't think Aczel's anti-foundation axiom has been shown to cause a contradiction or anything like that. I'm somewhat fond of mathematical platonism, and I personally find non-well-founded s...
by madaco
Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Mechanics over Finite Fields?
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Re: Quantum Mechanics over Finite Fields?

I know there are some books on this. Or at least, I know there are one book on this. And this is a thing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-adic_quantum_mechanics Oh! Thank you! I had briefly looked at that page, but didn't read it in depth, and didn't notice it had a section on finite fields. I've n...
by madaco
Tue Nov 22, 2016 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Mechanics over Finite Fields?
Replies: 3
Views: 1225

Quantum Mechanics over Finite Fields?

Sorry if this isn't a good place to put this. This thread is about me wondering how much it would make sense to try to do quantum mechanics type calculations except over finite fields instead of the field C . I am under the impression that the Bekenstein Bound (and related things) suggest that the n...
by madaco
Mon Jul 18, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 7511

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

You are evil, and wrong. [Citation Needed] Evil and Wrong are independent sets, the statement was an intersection of the two self-evident examples (harmful manipulative doubt is equivalent with evil, "Actually, this is by far the most common bit of pop hydration advice you will get from friend...
by madaco
Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1692: "Man Page"
Replies: 51
Views: 6605

Re: 1692: "Man Page"

ahaha its the page on true bugs.
by madaco
Mon May 23, 2016 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)
Replies: 99
Views: 53085

Re: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)

Since then, a machine with, 1920 states has been found which also cannot be shown to never halt under zfc (but which can be shown to never halt under zfc+"zfc is consistent"). Also, wrt the large cardinal thing: As I understand it, ZFC + large cardinal is the thing that they used to show t...
by madaco
Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1667: "Algorithms"
Replies: 49
Views: 6166

Re: 1667: "Algorithms"

My primary intent was to have an instant riposte whenever some dope says "I can do [this weird thing] in Excel." I boot up Pong and say "You can but that doesn't mean you should." That's obviously something you definitely should have made, then, to prove that there's such things...
by madaco
Wed Mar 16, 2016 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 103400

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Gmal also said nothing about net negative or positive, just significant. It doesn't seem like it would have a very noticeable effect, either way. Also, the word you're looking for is "effect". I say aeffect because I didn't care to remember which was effect and which was affect. (Pseudo e...
by madaco
Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 103400

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Do you have any evidence whatsoever that this comic has had a significant impact on the freeze peach "debate"? All it does is point out a simple and uncontroversial truth about what rights actually mean. Well, people do seem to quote/link/etc. It, while interpreting it in perhaps not quit...
by madaco
Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: does every unit length curve lie inside the semicircle?
Replies: 12
Views: 2287

Re: does every unit length curve lie inside the semicircle?

Here's an idea: If a curve cannot be fit inside the semi-circle, then for a given way of putting it on the semicircle, there is a related curve of the same length which meets the boundary of the semi-circle at the same points (because the semi circle is convex). It seems like either the result would...
by madaco
Mon Feb 29, 2016 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Machine Learning Algorithm with Oracle
Replies: 1
Views: 2511

Re: Machine Learning Algorithm with Oracle

Hm, Ok so I don't think I can provide an answer, but I might be able to provide questions that the answers might help someone answer? Is C large or small? Is the goal to minimize the cost, with the requirement that you get a classifier to work, or do you get a reward for each accurate classification...
by madaco
Thu Feb 25, 2016 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If spin really did represent particles actual spin...
Replies: 18
Views: 3135

Re: If spin really did represent particles actual spin...

Oh, spin corresponds to/is actual angular momentum?

Thank you. I didn't know that.
by madaco
Wed Feb 17, 2016 2:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 14526

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

No, the reason the Planck units are what they are is because they make (a particular choice of) conversion factors all equal to 1. Madaco was proposing a system of units that also has that property, but where the scale of all the units is tied to something other than the observed quanta of the univ...
by madaco
Tue Feb 16, 2016 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1643: "Degrees"
Replies: 147
Views: 14526

Re: 1643: "Degrees"

That makes me glad to be European. I only get to choose between °C (which everyone understands well around here) and K (which are very very pedantic, but so sweet!). [existentialcomics!sartre] If you think you really can't choose anything else, you are ignoring your radical freedom!!11!1 [/existent...
by madaco
Tue Jan 19, 2016 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"
Replies: 39
Views: 6281

Re: 1631: "Longer Than Usual"

I still don't get it.

Is it a joke about erectile dysfunction?
by madaco
Wed Jan 13, 2016 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: How to make a webcomic site like XKCD?
Replies: 12
Views: 4384

Re: How to make a webcomic site like XKCD?

WordPress is the common solution. It's easy to build, there are lots of services to get it running for you, and there are a number of webcomic templates. Another popular alternative is to just use Tumblr, but that kills your ability to have good permanent URLs, and large-image uploading on Tumblr h...
by madaco
Tue Dec 08, 2015 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Describe an Inconsistent System.
Replies: 44
Views: 5601

Re: Describe an inconsistent system

Consider the following systems: System 1:The sky is orange. System 2:The sky is orange. The sky is not orange. System 3: The sky is not orange. System 1 is a subsystem of system 2. System 1 is consistent. System 2 is inconsistent. System 3 is consistent. System 3 is a subsystem of system 2. You are...
by madaco
Sun Nov 29, 2015 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Describe an Inconsistent System.
Replies: 44
Views: 5601

Re: Des

The following lines in your post are false: 1 (for the meaning of "describe" that I assume you mean), 2, not sure what you mean by "apply to", or quite what you mean by "describe", but probably 3, 6, 7. So, I think either you have some fairly fundamental misunderstandin...
by madaco
Thu Nov 12, 2015 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)
Replies: 99
Views: 53085

Re: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)

That sounds a bit similar to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perceptual_hashing ? Not identical, but possibly related? With that, I guess one could try checking if the hash of the input is similar to the stored hash? However, I don't know that perceptual hashing is designed with the right type of secu...
by madaco
Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)
Replies: 99
Views: 53085

Re: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)

I'm thinking I likely worded something poorly? Above the t such that all programs of the program size that eventually halt will have halted, the function's output would be the dictionary order first output which is not the output of any program which is under the length and halts, which must exist b...
by madaco
Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)
Replies: 99
Views: 53085

Re: Fleeting Thoughts (CS Edition)

Am I right to think that for some program sizes and input and output lengths, and for basically any value of t, there is a computable function, which cannot be computed in under t time, by any program within the program size? If the program size is less than the output size, then "the dictionar...
by madaco
Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1590: "The Source"
Replies: 70
Views: 7815

Re: 1590: "The Source"

RogueCynic wrote: Since they never have anything intelligent to say.


... wat?
by madaco
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1589: "Frankenstein"
Replies: 103
Views: 10227

Re: 1589: "Frankenstein"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/frankenstein.png Alt text: "Wait, so in this version, Frankenstein is also the doctor's name?", "No, he's just 'The Doctor' " How can the monster be saying that the moon landings were faked when they haven't happened yet? Maybe there were some other f...
by madaco
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"
Replies: 86
Views: 12345

Re: 1582: "Picture a Grassy Field"

Turns out I don't tend to visualize things like this.

Must be practice.

(Practice not visualizing, practice not thinking about in detail. Thinking of thoughts without thinking the thoughts (or at least, without being aware of thinking the thoughts), etc.)
by madaco
Sat Sep 12, 2015 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 30143

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

I've had a growing inkling of this for years, but reading this comic and thread, I now realize that not only does "I could care less" not make sense, but "I couldn't care less" makes no sense either! I think what a lot of literalists want "I couldn't care less" to mean...
by madaco
Fri Sep 11, 2015 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1576: "I Could Care Less"
Replies: 310
Views: 30143

Re: 1576: "I Could Care Less"

Maybe language isn't a formal system, But if it isn't, I sort of want to make it closer to being one, at least in certain ways. Sure, language is defined by usage, But I like certain options for how language can be more than others, so, when it doesn't bother others, I'd like to encourage certain pa...
by madaco
Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1566: "Board Game"
Replies: 30
Views: 5351

Re: 1566: "Board Game"

At first, when it said allowable deductions, I thought it was going to be a board game about formal logic.
by madaco
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1535: "Words for Pets"
Replies: 40
Views: 7640

Re: 1535: "Words for Pets"

So that's why I can remember the name of all of the mayflies I ever had. I remember the name of every mayfly I have ever had. I have forgotten the name of every mayfly I have ever had. I'm not convinced that you can express vacuous truth in English like that. Every is not a mere universal qualifier...
by madaco
Mon Jun 08, 2015 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1535: "Words for Pets"
Replies: 40
Views: 7640

Re: 1535: "Words for Pets"

cjm wrote:I am confused as to how this diagram clearly has four distinct areas and only three labels.


The outermost region represents "everything else" (i.e. things(presumably "words" which are not coherent words of any kind)
by madaco
Tue May 26, 2015 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1529: "Bracket"
Replies: 191
Views: 33273

Re: 1529: "Bracket"

So disappointed James Cameron/ James T Kirk/ Kirk Cameron/Cameron Crowe/Russell Crowe/Cameron Diaz didn't make it to the bracket. I think this is my favorite comic in a very long time. I love the people he chose and the categorization. The only question is, how are they competing? Awesomeness? Deat...
by madaco
Thu May 21, 2015 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 7481

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

Sometimes I wonder if Randall has humanities best interests in mind. Now we'll have pharmaceutical companies selling placebo blockers...and placebo boosters, placebo placebo boosters, placebo booster boosters, placebo blocker boosters, placebo blocker booster placebos... It is interesting that in t...
by madaco
Mon May 18, 2015 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"
Replies: 47
Views: 7481

Re: 1526: "Placebo Blocker"

Maybe you could replace one of the placebos with the placebo blocker?

It sounds to me(though I am ignorant) like that would work, but that there might be ethical questions about what one tells the participants.
by madaco
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 23344

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

I mean, you can map this to a matrix with finitely many (two, in fact) countably infinite axes. I think that necessarily makes it a countably infinite set, doesn't it...? You can with the rationals, where the numerator and denominator can be the axes. You can't do the same with the reals, because y...
by madaco
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1516: "Win by Induction"
Replies: 103
Views: 23344

Re: 1516: "Win by Induction"

I'm pretty sure that the content of a pokeball has to be well founded. But for the record, a pokemon can hold pokeballs which contain other pokemon (see the episode in the rse time period AG010: Said a Mouthful!") where someone has a Pelliper which hides a bunch of pokeballs in its beak, and th...
by madaco
Thu Apr 23, 2015 6:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1515: "Basketball Earth"
Replies: 48
Views: 6849

Re: 1515: "Basketball Earth"

If the earth was the size of a basketball, for things to continue to act as normal from the perspective of the people on the earth basketball, time "on the earth" would have to be much slower/faster than outside of it. This is necessary because otherwise from the perspective of someone on ...

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