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by Oktalist
Fri May 12, 2017 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1836: "Okeanos"
Replies: 27
Views: 5991

Re: 1836: "Okeanos"

RED TRUCK
by Oktalist
Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"
Replies: 99
Views: 21880

Re: 1818: "Rayleigh Scattering"

And belly button fluff is blue because the phosphors in our sweat absorb more of the blue cosmic rays stored in the cotton that make our shirts.
by Oktalist
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1803: "Location Reviews"
Replies: 28
Views: 6485

Re: 1803: "Location Reviews"

Twatt Farm

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by Oktalist
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"
Replies: 52
Views: 32507

Re: What-If 0150: "Tatooine Rainbow"

A few days ago I saw a rainbow through polarized sunglasses and discovered that rainbows are formed of polarized light. Pretty cool. With my head tilted at 45°, the top and the two ends of the rainbow were brightest, and the parts in between were dimmest, and the rainbow completely vanished at the t...
by Oktalist
Wed Sep 02, 2015 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 115175

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

rteague2566 wrote:Did anyone else notice the "Yes" and "No" buttons kept changing order throughout the form?

No. I mean yes.

Type "cat": cst
by Oktalist
Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1554: "Spice Girls"
Replies: 69
Views: 10259

Re: 1554: "Spice Girls"

Is "indistinguishable" distinguishable from "the same"?
by Oktalist
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1554: "Spice Girls"
Replies: 69
Views: 10259

Re: 1554: "Spice Girls"

balthasar_s wrote:So,
sets of 7 are undistinguishable,
sets of 5 are undisitnguishable.

It would be really horrible if this continues and all sets of one become undistinguishable.

Does the set of all sets which are indistinguishable contain itself?
by Oktalist
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 18934

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

That's not what the psuedo-code says at all. The "big picture solution" doesn't run the program. It simply returns true no matter what program is passed to it, because in the end all programs will halt.
by Oktalist
Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 18934

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

Wouldn't another way of putting this problem be: The outcomes of processes cannot be deduced without running either the process itself or an equally complex simulation of that process.[/i] No. There are some programs whose outputs cannot be deduced even by running them (or a simulation of them, whi...
by Oktalist
Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1266: "Halting Problem"
Replies: 83
Views: 18934

Re: 1266: "Halting Problem"

This is possibly the most arbitrary problem I've ever come across, and one of the most pointless. Considering that it was this very problem which led Turing to formulate the notion of a computing machine, I'd say that the above proposition was possibly the most wrong of any I've ever come across on...
by Oktalist
Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1188: "Bonding"
Replies: 108
Views: 23150

Re: 1188: "Bonding"

Code: Select all

class Throwable extends Uncatchable // much better
{
  //...
}
by Oktalist
Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 110
Views: 40034

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

project2051 wrote:The tenth was a carbon eating silicon life form

Why would a silicon life form want to eat carbon? :shock:
by Oktalist
Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 110
Views: 40034

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

NiteClerk wrote:I vote for : "At 03:14:08 UTC on 19 January 2038, 32-bit versions of the Unix time stamp will cease to work,..."

We need to come up with a flashy name for it, like Y2K.


Scientifically it should be 2 Gis (2 gibiseconds) but following the same format, maybe s2Gi?
by Oktalist
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"
Replies: 180
Views: 54712

Re: 1185: "Ineffective Sorts"

sep332 wrote:Funny. It's basically Python: ... no variable type declarations ...

There's no variable declarations at all. There's no need to qualify it.
by Oktalist
Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 87954

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

Boy, you earthlings will be in big trouble when Y10K hits. At the exponential rate you are stockpiling information, recomputing the rollover from 9999-12-31 to 10000-01-01 will vaporize your planet. Not so much. ISO defines 4 digit years as a minimum length. It allows for longer years. You still ha...
by Oktalist
Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 87954

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

When the alien invasion fleet lands, official documents will be stamped with Planck time units, with the Big Bang as reference date, written in base-64. That will solve a few problems :wink: They will also need a system for encoding inertial reference frames, or else any reference to a standard tim...
by Oktalist
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 87954

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

That's also the problem with Year/Month/Day and the reason why many would prefer Day/Month/Year. The year shouldn't be first because it is the least important bit of information for day to day use. Then you should write the year as 3102 (3rd year of the 1st decade of the 0th century of the 2nd mill...
by Oktalist
Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0034: "Twitter"
Replies: 74
Views: 37275

Re: What-if 0034: Twitter

Relevant: "If a million monkeys were given a million typewriters, eventually one of them might produce the complete works of Shakespeare, but to reach it would it be worth wading through four hundred copies of 'Money' by Martin Amis?" "A million monkeys were given a million typewriter...
by Oktalist
Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0033: "Ships"
Replies: 43
Views: 13057

Re: What-If 0033: Ships

I had no idea bacteria were so big!
by Oktalist
Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 25597

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

It's not entirely a tautology, because it's still telling you something you didn't know before, albeit somewhat subtly: that there is some level of technological advancement which is indistinguishable from magic, or conversely and more to the original point, that magic is indistinguishable -- and t...
by Oktalist
Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 25597

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

Any sufficiently advanced system is indistinguishable from magic. Take that brain! Is that true? Is it ever, Not true? It's a tautology. How advanced is sufficiently advanced? Answer: advanced enough as to be indistinguishable from magic. Thus: any system which is advanced enough as to be indisting...
by Oktalist
Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:47 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0025: "Three Wise Men"
Replies: 90
Views: 26269

Re: What-If 0025: Three Wise Men

rmsgrey wrote:Who says God created the universe in chronological order?

And on the third day, He invented the concept of a day.
by Oktalist
Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1144: Tags
Replies: 100
Views: 32944

Re: 1144: Tags

How do normal (ie. not browser-based) programs deal with positioning everything on the screen? Something like asking the window they're in what size it is, and calculating positions and sizes explicitly based on that? I enjoy watching web developers reimplement everything that the desktop has alrea...
by Oktalist
Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 19737

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

I thought of adding "inb4 no it's not because projection blah" but it would have detracted from my point. :P
by Oktalist
Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 19737

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

Image
This is a map of the world where the area of each country illustrates that country's area.
by Oktalist
Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 23601

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

Entropy doesn't have to always increase. It is just extremely extremely unlikely that it won't. The coffee and milk spontaneously separating when tossed in the air represents an overall decrease in entropy. Um... Yes it does, it's just not required to increase locally, as you're increasing it elsew...
by Oktalist
Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 23601

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

Now consider the Pauli exclusion principle. If one electron is in one of those orbitals, there can't be a second electron in the same orbital. I think I can imagine that principle being violated, with two electrons in the same orbital. Is it true that I can conceive of something that doesn't exist?...
by Oktalist
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 23601

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

entropy doesn't have to always increase Actually that is true. Entropy doesn't have to always increase. It is just extremely extremely unlikely that it won't. The coffee and milk spontaneously separating when tossed in the air represents an overall decrease in entropy. I mean, as long as we're lett...
by Oktalist
Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 23601

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

I don't think that's a possibility. The coffee thrust into air is following some rules, it's not entirely random. The coffee is following some rules, and those rules (classical mechanics) say it is possible. Just very unlikely . Well, when it comes to different universes, we can hardly assume that ...
by Oktalist
Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"
Replies: 107
Views: 23601

Re: 1135: "Arachnoneurology"

If there may be a pattern that dictates which universes are possible and which are not possible, then we cannot assume there are an infinite number of them. There may well be an infinite number, but we cannot assume it.
by Oktalist
Fri Nov 09, 2012 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 47094

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

radtea wrote:This is the first time I've ever had a "Get out of my head, Randal" moment.

What are the odds of that? ;)
by Oktalist
Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 47094

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

If there was evidence that a person had ailment A and not ailment B, then nothing that anyone has said in this thread should compel a physician to continue to assume that they had B. Ah, but wht if there is evidence that ailment A is a mis-diagnoses? Such as invasive vasculitis? Radiation treatment...
by Oktalist
Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 47094

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

@EpicanicusStrikes: If there was evidence that a person had ailment A and not ailment B, then nothing that anyone has said in this thread should compel a physician to continue to assume that they had B.
by Oktalist
Fri Nov 09, 2012 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 47094

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

After reading the comments talking about the slim chance of explosion, why would it need to be a "Bayesian Statistician?" Wouldn't the average person tell you there was no chance of the sun having exploded regardless of what someone or something told you? Isn't that just common sense? Yes...
by Oktalist
Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 75685

Re: 1127: "Congress"

Democrats: tax and spend.

Republicans: spend and spend.
by Oktalist
Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1127: "Congress"
Replies: 446
Views: 75685

Re: 1127: "Congress"

JamesStreet wrote:My point is that government has failed entirely.

"[Government] ought to be so constituted as to protect the minority of the opulent against the majority." James Madison, 1787

Some might say the US government has proved a roaring success.
by Oktalist
Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 41375

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Is popular majority in the US system something other than "more than half of the ones who voted voted for candidate X"? Because if not, "no popular majority" is a rather unlikely event. In the UK, thanks to our disproportionate voting system, no party has won a popular majority ...
by Oktalist
Sat Oct 06, 2012 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 15214

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

J Thomas wrote:Maybe you'll be able to rent it by the second.

Or by the instruction.

So much for managed languages. ;)
by Oktalist
Sat Oct 06, 2012 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 15214

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

It seems a bit wasteful/inefficient. Like having to walk to the library every time you want to write something in your diary.

The word "cloud" suggests to me decentralization, which is the opposite of what the cloud actually is.
by Oktalist
Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1117: "My Sky"
Replies: 58
Views: 15214

Re: 1117: "My Sky"

VectorZero wrote:
Oktalist wrote:What's the difference? "Is copy of" is commutative.
I suspect he was referring to the meaning of 'copy' as in "This is a Picasso original, whereas that is my only copy."
Computer files don't work like that. :P

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