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by rmsgrey
Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11456

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

That is still just because we doing the predicting are part of the system we are predicting. A computer program trying to predict the future state of the computer it is part of would face the same kind of problem. A meteorologist predicting the weather is also going to change the weather slightly b...
by rmsgrey
Sat Nov 03, 2018 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2067: "Challengers"
Replies: 66
Views: 11456

Re: 2067: "Challengers"

This reminds me of something in Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, where he talks about "level two chaotic systems". These are ones that respond to attempts to predict them. It doesn't appear to be a rigorously defined term within Chaos theory, but clearly informally it's easy to see that elec...
by rmsgrey
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:24 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?
Replies: 7
Views: 2098

Re: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?

SecondTalon wrote:Okay, Point Break.


Which was Stark's assessment of them before Odin died and Thor got powered up. Before Ragnarok, Hulk was definitely the strongest Avenger, but things change...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?
Replies: 7
Views: 2098

Re: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?

4. Thor always was one of the most physically powerful superheros in the MCU. Hulk is the only one who is stronger, and Hulk didn't make it to that fight, and we've not seen Captain Marvel yet. Those three are basically the heavy hitters and only one of them was at that fight. It's debatable who's ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 31, 2018 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?
Replies: 7
Views: 2098

Re: I have a question about Thor in infinity war?

Why was it so easy for thor to defeat thanos? It seems every other hero was just falling apart in front of him but thor could kill him in a couple of seconds. In their first encounter at the start of the movie, Thanos wrecked Thor. At the end of the movie, Thor was armed with a weapon specifically ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 6273

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Either way I care not: I'm driving a huge ass-truck, not a car. As opposed to a huge-ass truck? No, No... I'm sure Flumble used that hyphen intentionally and he drives an ass-truck like this: My, the posters on here must be getting younger . Want to feel old? That comic's release is closer to the r...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14693

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Has anyone else seen the recent Tomb Raider movie? A minor plot point there is the difficulty of interpreting tomb inscriptions - the bad guys end up needing Lara because she can figure out the instructions on how to enter the tomb without being killed by the death traps...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 707
Views: 141771

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I miss the days when Alphas were "Hey, the gun shoots! No, the monsters don't die, that's in the next update." and Betas were "Okay, so we're probably going to scrap all the graphics and we actually have no idea if the mechanics are fun yet so... let us know?" and demos were act...
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 165
Views: 32644

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Venom's surprisingly good. Was expecting a dark and angsty entry, sort of adjacent to X-men: Apocalypse. It was pleasantly surprising instead, with bits of humor and a generally decent sense of pacing. I guess we got yet another marvel-verse superior to DC's average quality now. That's what, three?...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14693

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Now I want to know what it would take for a computer to remain powered and running for three thousand years. Mains power is pretty reliable - rough order of magnitude is one significant blackout per decade - and brown-outs or blackouts of less than a second (the sort you might not notice, except tha...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 14693

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Terry Pratchett's "Only You Can Save Mankind" (?) had a similar computer game written by one of the character, "Voyage to Sirius" the view of the star field would stay the same for decades. I was coming here to say exactly this. Being as this is the only part of the book I remem...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 6959

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It's intuitively obvious (and therefore almost certainly incorrect!) that the set of possible events has a larger cardinality than the reals * . In a finite universe, with finite total energy, and finite granularity, the total number of ways of distributing that energy in the form of a finite numbe...
by rmsgrey
Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5822

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

(I guess British English is unusual in having distinct spellings. Other languages tend to go for -er or -re for both the unit and the instrument. It's almost as though we want to be both in and out of Europe at the same time...). You put your left wing in; you put your right wing out; in; out; in; ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 6959

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

It's intuitively obvious (and therefore almost certainly incorrect!) that the set of possible events has a larger cardinality than the reals * . In a finite universe, with finite total energy, and finite granularity, the total number of ways of distributing that energy in the form of a finite numbe...
by rmsgrey
Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 23
Views: 6959

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

Amazed that a thread still wasn't up this late in the day. It's vanishingly rare for threads to go up before the comic does. The later the comic goes up, the later the comic thread does. As for the comic itself: if P(C)=1 (and the small 'x' is multiplication) then it reduces to the unmodified Bayes...
by rmsgrey
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 8784

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I'm somewhat irritated that "plants get their biomass through photosynthesis" is considered to be this field-specific botany knowledge. Yes, "made of" does not mean the same as "made from", but the comic doesn't appear to be saying "this is some secret knowledge t...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 6323

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Pretty sure the frustration level is pretty high for big bang cosmology too - I guess there's less of the "but it's right there" factor, but, on the other hand, it's also a lot harder to test models or do experiments - at least a mantle geologist can study seismic events...
by rmsgrey
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 243130

Re: Board games anyone?

I don't know if this group will be interested in playing season 2. They were a bit overwhelmed by the constantly changing rules and map, and the massive consequences of each round on future plays. It led to a lot of anxiety. I might play it on my own, or if I find another group to play with. I'm no...
by rmsgrey
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 962
Views: 243130

Re: Board games anyone?

We finally, finally finished going through Pandemic Season 1 with my in-laws. I'm guessing you want a break before moving on, but Season 2 is good fun too. It's different enough from vanilla Pandemic that it's worth taking the recommendation to play a couple of practice games first, just to get you...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1559
Views: 380508

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I'm tempted to suggest The World Ends With You, which is also freakin' sweet, though I dumped a heck of a lot of time into that one in order to get 100% completion. It ought to go pretty quick if you're going for Any%. Depends - my last playthrough was pretty quick except for That One Boss, which m...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 739746

Re: Doctor Whom

Yeah, we've accounted for 13 lives, so him having been her previously would be a genuine retcon, rather than just a revelation of a previously unmentioned part of the past. Him having cross-dressed in the past would not be a retcon (or even terribly surprising). But we also know he had a family and ...
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 760
Views: 278489

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of

This trope about adults being useless is very strong because this is what children and teenagers want to see (or rather, their age being better). It's not even that - rather than children and teenagers want stories about children and teenagers rather than about adults. So you get the classic childr...
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1189: "Voyager 1"
Replies: 119
Views: 52114

Re: 1189: "Voyager 1"

Flumble wrote:By the way, would you pronounce "old git" with a gooney or a genie G?


Definitely a hard 'g' as in 'gilt' rather than a soft 'g' as in 'gin'.
by rmsgrey
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10576

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We already HAVE a universal time—it’s UTC—“Universal Time, Coordinated. However, most people like to use their own time zone for daily activities, and only use UTC for record keeping or deliberate international coordination. So the Brits and a few African nations get to be on normal time? Bah! Temp...
by rmsgrey
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10576

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

Everyone knows their own availability relative to "the time", but why would it ever be considered easier to look up someone else's availability than to simply look up a time zone? It's not easier, but it is better, because scheduling a call ensures that the person you want to talk to is a...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2055: "Bluetooth"
Replies: 33
Views: 7986

Re: 2055: "Bluetooth"

I have one bluetooth enabled device. At some point, I'll no doubt get a second, and be able to actually experience the wonders of bluetooth functionality... Personally, I don't understand the appeal of wireless technology that is popular because it's "newer" or "cooler." I have t...
by rmsgrey
Sat Oct 06, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"
Replies: 167
Views: 117646

Re: What-If 0001: "Relativistic Baseball"

Say; what are the rules in the situation where the umpires are unable to make a call, and the instant replay video equipment is not available/sufficient? Yes, but they're in a different rule book. Based on the available evidence in the aftermath of a massive nuclear event in the infield, investigat...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2054: "Data Pipeline"
Replies: 30
Views: 5311

Re: 2054: "Data Pipeline"

So long as you plan for the scripts to break periodically, there's nothing wrong with the basic idea. The trick is planning for them to break and keeping the conglomeration robust rather than having everything collapse when something weird comes in...
by rmsgrey
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10576

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

If I recall some university lessons from a long time ago, there were some gnostic/jewish/babylonian sects who had a year of 12 months of 30 days each and the 4 or 5 remaining days for a full solar year were beyond time(keeping) or out of time. And after those days, the ordered year did start again....
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 29, 2018 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"
Replies: 13
Views: 3962

Re: 2052: "Stanislav Petrov Day"

qvxb wrote:The film "War Games" was released in 1983.


The movie WarGames was released in June 1983, several months before this incident.
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 26, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 21501

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I'm now waiting for something to be declared "the wrongeresterest".
by rmsgrey
Mon Sep 24, 2018 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2050: "6/6 Time"
Replies: 73
Views: 10576

Re: 2050: "6/6 Time"

We should just fix reality to be more convenient for timekeeping. Make days/months/years the same ratio (24 days a month, 24 months a year? years about 1.5x longer than they are now so days stay the same) and each always the same length. Divide days, hours, and minutes by that same ratio too, so a ...
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 22, 2018 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 42
Views: 6319

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

lgw wrote:Edit: aren't group theorists required by law and custom to have a cube on their desks at all times?


Not necessarily a group theorist, but I have two within arms reach...
by rmsgrey
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 42
Views: 6319

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

Showsni wrote:The all spherical building blocks.
The all cuboid marbles.

Which if bought together get you what you presumably wanted after all...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 42
Views: 6319

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

I'm not sure whether a simple set of 27 cubes would work - a lot of the magic of a Rubik's Cube is in the action of scrambling it, which is lost if you have to be careful to keep it together and simulate the constraints the Rubik's Cube enforces automatically. On the other hand, if there's a way to...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 21, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"
Replies: 42
Views: 6319

Re: 2049: "Unfulfilling Toys"

I'm not sure whether a simple set of 27 cubes would work - a lot of the magic of a Rubik's Cube is in the action of scrambling it, which is lost if you have to be careful to keep it together and simulate the constraints the Rubik's Cube enforces automatically. On the other hand, if there's a way to ...
by rmsgrey
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"
Replies: 86
Views: 14470

Re: 2042: "Rolle's Theorem"

Soupspoon wrote:(In architecture, at a minimum buildings¹ should stand on their own. ;))

¹ Yes, even mid-terrace rebuilds, because what if each next-door needs to be rebuilt!


What about the party walls?
by rmsgrey
Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 5838

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I have a Facebook account. Every few days, I reply to/comment on someone else's post. I have never posted an image of my meal. I can't help but feel either I'm doing social media wrongly, or social media is failing to do me correctly...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 22979

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Firstly, there's a continuum of threats, so it's not like there's a natural cut-off - for example, aliens invading downtown New York is only a little up from aliens invading a small town in New Mexico - better call in Captain Marvel for that one too. It's just a variation of "why don't they ca...
by rmsgrey
Tue Sep 11, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"
Replies: 20
Views: 5271

Re: 2044: "Sandboxing Cycle"

Title text: All I want is a secure system where it's easy to do anything I want. Is that so much to ask?[ /quote] DWIM [Do What I Mean] 1. adj. Able to guess, sometimes even correctly, what result was intended when provided with bogus input. Often suggested in jest as a desired feature for a comple...

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