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by rmsgrey
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 3913

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

moody7277 wrote:
heuristically_alone wrote:Because if the slope was one it would mean no progress is being made haha. At least the slope isnt greater than one.


I think the slope for implementing nuclear fusion power plants is greater than one.


It was very close to 1 for quite a long time, but it seems to have been dropping recently.
by rmsgrey
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2636
Views: 512249

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

80 Days: That's new to me, checking out now EDIT: 80 Days for sale for $3.49, 93% user review? Just might get... I have 32 hours logged by Steam. Each run takes something like 2 hours, so I've done 10-15 runs at least. Things are considerably easier than the challenges faced in the original Verne n...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jun 28, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"
Replies: 15
Views: 2938

Re: 2012: "Thorough Analysis"

See also "I need a topic for my PhD and people are more interested in whether I can display suitable academic rigour than in whether the topic itself is intrinsically worthy".
by rmsgrey
Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2636
Views: 512249

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

Quite the decent proportion of my wishlist is on sale, but my backlog is just so massive right now, and bundles are just so inevitable. Likewise - 12 of 16 games on my wishlist are on sale (and one of the remainder is free-to-play, so 12 of 15 is probably a better count), but none of them at compel...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jun 25, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"
Replies: 13
Views: 2923

Re: 2011: "Newton's Trajectories"

I can't believe I'm the first to post it. What's happening to these fora? You were the first to post it, but you posted wrong. (Also, it probably hadn't been posted already because the comic hadn't gone up yet.) Explainxkcd had the page up at ~0400 (either UTC or UTC+1) more than 12 hours before th...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jun 21, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 129801

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Sableagle wrote:So we don't get the portal gun, then, or can we count all of Portal until the final fight as the tutorial?


Either way, the Long Fall Boots should be available, along with Chelle's uncanny cat-like ability to reorient with her feet toward the ground in moments.
by rmsgrey
Wed Jun 20, 2018 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 129801

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I thought of this elsewhere, but... I noticed that video game characters have many powers taken for granted. Megaman can fall any distance and never take damage. Some of them can come back to life and even choose where in a way (diablo 3). Games allow you to save, load, pause, etc. What if there wa...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2008: "Irony Definition"
Replies: 18
Views: 3848

Re: 2008: "Irony Definition"

This reminds me of a conversation between Arthur Philip Dent and some guy whose name is unimportant:

"I'd far rather be happy than right any day."
"And are you?"
"No, that's where it all falls down, of course."
by rmsgrey
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 5279

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

[quote tree] And before that, it was probably all just fields! Don't forget the leptons. And the gauge and scalar bosons. If it weren't for the gluon, all those quarks would just fly apart. I hope the field has a fence around it. Jose How do you put a fence around the strong field? How else do you ...
by rmsgrey
Sun Jun 17, 2018 3:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 7562

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

I recently did a 20 minute repair on my PC, meaning I've (probably) identified the problem and have a workaround in place. Next step would be a sub-1 hour attempt to repair by laying on of hands (open the case, remove the offending part, reinsert the offending part, close the case), then if that fai...
by rmsgrey
Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"
Replies: 32
Views: 5279

Re: 2007: "Brookhaven RHIC"

Alt text: "Buddy, you trying to pull something? I can't buy this gold--all the electrons are missing. I could face serious charges!" I love science puns. It is too early or I am just getting dumber, it took me three reads before I realized there was a pun. I admit I had to go to explainxk...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2006: "Customer Rewards"
Replies: 40
Views: 8256

Re: 2006: "Customer Rewards"

orthogon wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:post it into the true thread.

> implying that there can be more than one true thread (i.e. one per comic). I fear the comfy seats await you...

Someday I may catch up with the true thread. I lost track after the end of Time.
by rmsgrey
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Thor: Ragnarok
Replies: 35
Views: 8124

Re: Thor: Ragnarok

It seems probable that, given what we know, Asguardians enjoy a ridiculous advantage over their enemies. Pretty much every one we've seen is obscenely overpowered. Um, like who? I am pretty sure every time we've seen an Asgardian other than Thor* fight, they've had their ass handed to them by just ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jun 13, 2018 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 10256

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

orthogon wrote:
heuristically_alone wrote:Can something be pure if it doesn't exist?

You are René Descartes and I claim my 5 francs.

Are you sure he's not Plato?
by rmsgrey
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 129801

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

A strategy is a goal or purpose; a string of tactics is a sequence of actions taken in pursuit of some goal or purpose. It's like the Aristotelian distinction between formal cause and efficient cause. Selecting a group of Goliaths and moving them from the top of a choke-point ramp to a clifftop on t...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 361
Views: 86659

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

I'm always a fan of Fire Bombs + Shield Bypass if you can get it. For the final boss, even if the crew is dead, it will start self-repairing like a drone ship, so as long as you can stay alive, then all you need to do is keep everything on fire and eventually repeatedly blowing up all the systems w...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jun 12, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 129801

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

It strikes me that, while you're saying "strategy", what you're actually talking about is tactics. Deciding to go all in on blocking/guarding the ramp rather than diverting some of your forces to guard against flanking air units is a strategic decision, but the individual positioning decis...
by rmsgrey
Tue Jun 12, 2018 3:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 129801

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Koa wrote:Starcraft 2 has a million times more strategy than Civ V, I hope we can all agree.


A million is a pretty big number. If SC2 has a million times more strategy than Civ V, then what's the multiplier to get from Ludo/Parcheesi to Civ V?
by rmsgrey
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 10256

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

I'm not at home so I can't actually measure but I'm thinking my paperback of Les Mis might get the closest. That thing is a brick. Or maybe Battlefield Earth, which is similarly brick shaped. I have managed to plow my way through Les Mis (by purposely only taking that one book on vacation, pre-erea...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 361
Views: 86659

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

Yeah, any way to kill people without blowing up their ship is great - you get much more of a payout from a (mostly) intact ship than from a cloud of debris. The only catch is that you eventually need something to deal with the final boss...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jun 11, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2636
Views: 512249

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

Steam sometimes emails you to tell you that games on your wishlist are discounted. I've not figured out whether there's any rhyme or reason behind it, but it gives you a shot at finding out...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jun 11, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 10256

Re: 2005: Attention Span

(Actual TitleText, taken from the page-source and de-SafeWebCharred, is I didn't even realize they MADE a novelization of "Surf Ninjas." How did you-- Oh my god, it's signed by the author?! - But I was so distracted by OP's apparent failure to find it¹ and my own need to find out that I r...
by rmsgrey
Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 19120

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

It only just now occurs to me that Thanos actually went backwards because of Loki's exploits on Earth. He gave Loki the scepter containing the Mind Stone so that he could fetch the Space Stone. Loki failed to secure the latter and lost the former! Given Ebony Maw's comments about there being conseq...
by rmsgrey
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 19120

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

14,000,605... is it possible this number was on purpose by a mathematician who worked out the combination of possibilities of half of the super heroes getting put in the soulstone and setting it with exactly the right half? N! possibilities plus this or that... I dunno. It's possible that's the rig...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 7168

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

The second of these is within 900 nautical miles of more of northern Canadian islands. Possibly a few more amateur basketball courts. If the Inuit play basketball. I believe they have 50 words for "moving violation". Well, you do need a few when you play basketball on ice skates. It gets ...
by rmsgrey
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2003: "Presidential Succession"
Replies: 72
Views: 13527

Re: 2003: "Presidential Succession"

I'm now envisioning a scenario where, following the creation of an exhaustive line of succession, someone discovers that the only way they'd become President is if they were literally the only American left alive... A more serious question is what percentage of the population can you lose before the...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 7168

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

I would be very surprised if any active NBA players have an Erdos number; basketball is a sport that lends itself to a long earnings timeframe, even if you don't make the NBA, so almost nobody pursues an academic career as a fallback. But: Zach Zenner, who plays for the NFL's Lions, is a published ...
by rmsgrey
Mon Jun 04, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 145
Views: 26664

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

commodorejohn wrote:
Liri wrote:The point being, names were just names and they didn't need an explanation in the first place.

But if they stopped answering questions nobody asked, how would they ever get a movie out of it?

Hey! I've just had a great idea for a movie!
by rmsgrey
Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3769

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

@maniexx wrote:a result saying "Men better at X" would be unlikely to get published?


With some exceptions based on X - "Men better at child-rearing" would be more likely to get published than the equivalent about women.
by rmsgrey
Thu May 31, 2018 6:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"
Replies: 27
Views: 7378

Re: 2000: "xkcd Phone 2000"

KittenKaboodle wrote:Antikythera mechanism: "there's an app for that" but a mechanical version would be cool.

Gasoline? couldn't it just eat a bit of the users hand? , a small bite will grow back after all.


Or is that the 2000+ with nail scissors?
by rmsgrey
Wed May 30, 2018 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 10473

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

It says that if companies want to store information on people, they have to ask permission while giving the purpose. You don't need to ask permission unless you're relying on (explicit, informed) consent to justify your use/retention of their data. What you do need to do is make sure they know what...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 29, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 12006

Re: 1986: "River Border"

A calzone might be a pie. I've decided that a calzone is most definitely a kind of savory pie (because if some thing calzone-shaped were stuffed with e.g. cherries or something, it would clearly just be a cherry or whatever pie), which seems to unambiguously make pizzas the open-faced equivalent of...
by rmsgrey
Mon May 28, 2018 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1999: "Selection Effect"
Replies: 11
Views: 4031

Re: 1999: "Selection Effect"

While only a small number of people who agree to the experiment will later change their mind and call the police, an even smaller percentage of the overall population will ever be in the lab at all, willingly or not. Hence I doubt the conclusion of this study. That's why it's so important to come u...
by rmsgrey
Mon May 28, 2018 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 10473

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

Who's Rohan? Also I had no idea this was a thing until the onslaught of emails a few weeks ago. I have a tiny website which technically people can create profiles on but no one actually uses it. Maybe I should switch some or all of it off? You're probably okay - with the usual caveat that I'm not a...
by rmsgrey
Mon May 28, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 12006

Re: 1986: "River Border"

A calzone might be a pie. I've decided that a calzone is most definitely a kind of savory pie (because if some thing calzone-shaped were stuffed with e.g. cherries or something, it would clearly just be a cherry or whatever pie), which seems to unambiguously make pizzas the open-faced equivalent of...
by rmsgrey
Sat May 26, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 10473

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

somitomi wrote:While reading this I struggled with the urge to just scroll to the bottom and click agree.

I sometimes wonder how many times I've sold my sould already and whether that makes me a con artist.


Is that "con" short for Constantine?
by rmsgrey
Fri May 25, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 4968

Re: 1997: Business Update

Maybe the big plan is for comic 2018 - the only time the comic number will match the Gregorian year under the existing update schedule (or any plausible replacement provided the current schedule runs to the end of this year) and numbering system.
by rmsgrey
Thu May 24, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1997: "Business Update"
Replies: 21
Views: 4968

Re: 1997: Business Update

All my birthyear comic does is reveal (mildly) personally identifying information to the internet if I share which it is... Oh, and make a reference to something. The Facebook "here's a list of options, use personal information to index the table and post the results" things always struck ...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 22, 2018 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 7888

Re: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.

Having picked up the DVD and rewatched it, I definitely like Justice League - it's got some pretty serious problems arising from the production, and assorted studio meddling, I still have a serious problem with the way Steppenwolf gets the final Mother Box - hey, we've got the macguffin that's the l...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 22, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 4266

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

To me there's a certain standard that one holds oneself to if what you're writing is going into print to be preserved more or less for all time, or at least in such a way as can't be edited later. Is the news totally up-to-date? No. Is that fine? Yup. The rush to be first creates errors, misconcept...

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