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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: 6793

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: 3807

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...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 22, 2018 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1996: "Morning News"
Replies: 20
Views: 3807

Re: 1996: "Morning News"

Newspapers!? The "news" in those could be hours old. Almost a day old, even! This is 2018. (If you're reading this then. If not, "hi, person from the future!"). If it's more than 5 minutes old, it's not "news" anymore. It's "history". If it's a daily newspape...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 22, 2018 11:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0157: "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"
Replies: 30
Views: 12996

Re: What-If 0157 "Earth-Moon Fire Pole"

The thing is - he didn't actually answer the question posed. How _long_ would it take? If He just said it takes "several years" to reach L1. If the rest is relatively quick then perhaps that's a good estimate for the whole thing but still, I was expecting more precision... It depends how ...
by rmsgrey
Sun May 20, 2018 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Or we're not in the timeline he saw where the heroes one (not that that means we're in one he saw where the good guys lost, he never said he saw every outcome, just whatever the number was). Alternatively he may just have learnt how to use the eye better than the Ancient One could. He does seem to ...
by rmsgrey
Sat May 19, 2018 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 5178

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19. What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43. Hilary Swank wasn't in The Karate Kid - she was in The Next Karate Kid, which came out years before The Karate Kid. Wikipedia saith: Karate Kid first appeared in Adventure Comi...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 18, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1995: "MC Hammer Age"
Replies: 29
Views: 5178

Re: 1995: MC Hammer Age

da Doctah wrote:
chenille wrote:What is the title text talking about? Jaden Smith is only 19.


What does that have to do with anything? Hilary Swank is 43.


Hilary Swank wasn't in The Karate Kid - she was in The Next Karate Kid, which came out years before The Karate Kid.
by rmsgrey
Thu May 17, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

And just seen the film. Took a while to get the picture-clue from the post-credits (as mentioned elsewhere) and I like some of the various theories already floated round about things-that-are-spoilers. Must say something about them when I'm caught up properly in the thread, maybe. It took me a seco...
by rmsgrey
Wed May 16, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1994: "Repairs"
Replies: 29
Views: 6675

Re: 1994: "Repairs"

I got my first XBOX 360 because it had RRODed out of warranty on the previous owner. Taking off the warranty void if removed sticker (and prodding the guts a bit) revived it, and it worked perfectly for about a year, before RRODing again a different way. Again, I revived it by little more than the l...
by rmsgrey
Wed May 16, 2018 1:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

On the spoilered stuff: If you're taking Stark out of the equation, you have to take him all the way out - it's then 5/5 surviving (~3%) not 5/6 (~10% - 9% exactly 5; 11% for 5+) which means it's still below the traditional arbitrary 5% threshold - even if you combine wi...
by rmsgrey
Mon May 14, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I don't know how it would act on a universe-level but on Earth I highly doubt a single city would get completely destroyed. The odds of a town of even 30 people to be completely wiped out are around one in a billion. For a planet of millions to be entirely wiped out is ridiculously improbable, but ...
by rmsgrey
Sat May 12, 2018 1:17 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I don't know how it would act on a universe-level but on Earth I highly doubt a single city would get completely destroyed. The odds of a town of even 30 people to be completely wiped out are around one in a billion. For a planet of millions to be entirely wiped out is ridiculously improbable, but ...
by rmsgrey
Sat May 12, 2018 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19401

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 11, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 19401

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Which is why I asked for actual, concrete, everyday situations where there was an actual advantage to someone using imperial. The reverse seems to be more true, I find converting between say stone and pounds, or pounds and oz, difficult to do in my head. 12 is easy to split up in 2, 3, and 4, which...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 11, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10582

Re: 1986: "River Border"

Here in California I've never heard anyone say "pizza pie" in conversation, but everyone knows the song "When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's amore..." Wait, so the lyrics aren't actually "piece of pie" ??? ... Seriously? I hesitate to call it wrong...
by rmsgrey
Thu May 10, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Whose word are you taking as gospel that the Westboro pipple actually believe those things? Also, today's creepy thought on the way to the pub: Thanos has decided that rather than wiping out half the Earth's human population, chosen by lottery, he's going to wipe out half the Earth's hu...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 08, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

International note: over here (UK), Agents of SHIELD has just returned to the present (~9 episodes behind) so it would be considerate to mark SHIELD spoilers separately. Thanks.
by rmsgrey
Tue May 08, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 15931

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

That anecdotal experience matches mine, GlassHouses (I hardly ever heard anyone say it with a hard-g out loud until recently; all the nerds I hung out with in person in the 90s said it with a soft g). It's opposite to my anecdotal experience - where I never heard it said with a soft g until... prob...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 08, 2018 1:54 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Then there's Thanos himself. Yeah. It doesn't take godlike intelligence to both poke holes in Thanos' plan and to come up with better alternatives that won't have the entire galaxy (or at least the survivors) coming after you. For example, permanently limiting the birth rate wou...
by rmsgrey
Tue May 08, 2018 1:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 15931

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

So, to avoid the argument over whether "gin" or "gift" is closer to "gif", I looked up the 26 possible 3-letter combinations starting "gi" on wiktionary. Six of them had English pronunciations listed: gif was listed with both pronunciations, soft 'g' listed as...
by rmsgrey
Mon May 07, 2018 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1990: "Driving Cars"
Replies: 86
Views: 10337

Re: 1990: "Driving Cars"

I do suspect that if at the time cars were first invented everybody knew how many injuries and fatalities they would cause, they'd never have been allowed. Somehow it all came upon everybody slowly enough that it's considered acceptable risk to drive now, and of course cars have been getting safer ...
by rmsgrey
Mon May 07, 2018 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 23823

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I like the idea of car clubs and I'm still a member, but in practice it rarely works out to be worthwhile. I can believe that it saves money compared to car ownership, but it makes the marginal cost a bit too painful. The adverts show beautiful people chilling out in a field with the car behind, bu...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 04, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Yeah, dusting is definitely getting reversed. We also do have some non-dusting deaths. Those might stick. Loki in particular, it seems as if they went to great pains to telegraph his staying dead. So, potentially as many as three real deaths in this film, even if the dusting gets reversed. There ma...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 04, 2018 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 23823

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

You don't have to go to the US to find retail centers based on the assumption that people get there by vehicle - the Metrocentre in Gateshead has the A1 running alongside, other major roads along the other sides, and no real pedestrian access - getting from the main shopping center to the other nea...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 04, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1989: "IMHO"
Replies: 111
Views: 15931

Re: 1989: "IMHO"

"Gif" is pronounced that way by truncation of the word "gift" By you and a group of other people it's pronounced that way. By myself and others mostly who got online in the early 90s and Steve Wilhite, who is the guy who wrote the damn format, it's pronounced Jif, because that's...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 04, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Would have been fantastic to just get a shot of him going dust. But that would probably ruin the dramatic tension OH WAIT THERE ISN'T ANY BECAUSE NONE OF THESE DEATHS MEAN ANYTHING AND WILL ALL BE RETCONNED Definitely felt that a all the dusting deaths were pointless and I wondered why they bot...
by rmsgrey
Fri May 04, 2018 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14699

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

There are a couple of references to Kevin Bacon in A:IW that seemed cute at the time, maybe a bit out of place, but I now think they are likely references to the effect that the movie will have on the average Bacon Number. They're pretty obvious callbacks to past Guardians movies, so they kinda fit...
by rmsgrey
Thu May 03, 2018 1:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1988: "Containers"
Replies: 17
Views: 4549

Re: 1988: "Containers"

Cueball ends by saying "I just learned how to glue together stuff that I don't understand." His point is that the proliferation of Docker observed by White Hat is at least in part due to Docker being widely used by people who don't understand it, for purposes that it doesn't provide much ...
by rmsgrey
Thu May 03, 2018 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 23823

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

You don't have to go to the US to find retail centers based on the assumption that people get there by vehicle - the Metrocentre in Gateshead has the A1 running alongside, other major roads along the other sides, and no real pedestrian access - getting from the main shopping center to the other near...
by rmsgrey
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0999: "Cougars"
Replies: 65
Views: 20123

Re: 0999: "Cougars"

If you want to listen to someone who tells you to defend yourself with your bare fists, fine. Bears need to eat, too. <reply mode="cranky old fart"> While I appreciate (and don't totally disagree with) the sentiment, feeding humans to bears is a bad idea. Once a bear decides that people a...
by rmsgrey
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10582

Re: 1986: River Border

(For anyone who's confused about the sudden introduction of terms like "sandwiformes" into this thread, it's because we've had this discussion before and Pfhorrest came up with a fairly comprehensive taxonomy at that time .) Pizzas are pastriformes because the bread is cooked with the con...
by rmsgrey
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1980: "Turkish Delight"
Replies: 95
Views: 16593

Re: 1980: "Turkish Delight"

Why would you even think of putting a third person singular verb ending on a blooming adverb ? Because there's no such thing as bad publicity. Almost certainly. I just noticed that in small text it says "the top doth twisteth off", which is almost right except they needed to choose betwee...
by rmsgrey
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 10582

Re: 1986: River Border

Keyman wrote:Guess I agree it's a crime, even if it's not illegal.

But quite a long way to go to use "marinaritime". :wink:


I was so hung up on "pieracy" that I didn't even notice the subsequent non-word.
by rmsgrey
Fri Apr 27, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 31287

Re: Black Panther

Iron Man (and Iron Man 2) presents a world without superweapons until Tony Stark creates them. Cap shows plenty of Nazi-era superweapons, but there's no sign of them still being in play - Ten Rings uses a mix of conventional weaponry and Stark tech; the US military uses conventional vehicles and we...
by rmsgrey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 10531

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Most of the time, if you're out in the rain, you're not getting any significant evaporation - the air's already saturated with water vapour. If you're trying to decide whether you should run or walk through the rain, then you're probably aiming to get indoors, where the air is probably not saturate...
by rmsgrey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 948
Views: 222147

Re: Board games anyone?

New Legacy game coming out based off one of my favorite tabletop games! Betrayal Legacy Wow, that sounds awesome! I'm more cautious than optimistic about it right now. One of the things that sinks Legacy games is ambiguity or uncertainty in the rules, and one of the things Betrayal is kinda notorio...
by rmsgrey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 10531

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

Calculating the total amount of rain that will hit you is insufficient. You also need to consider how it will be distributed. Do you prefer to have your hair and shoulders soaked and the rest of your body mostly dry, or to have the same amount of water spread out over your entire front side so that...
by rmsgrey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 31287

Re: Black Panther

Until Iron Man? How? That's...literally the first MCU film. I mean, unless we count Hulk. Unless you're counting chronologically, and ignoring the whole "we let Nazi Germany have, just, all of the superweapons". Okay, we've obviously had sort of a demand for super weapons pretty much anyw...
by rmsgrey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 6471

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

clockworkbookreader wrote:The 100 Item Challenge seems to me to be a thing people do to feel superior to people who just want to get on with their lives... like bicycling or all the people who think that going gluten free means I should as well.


Have you ever encountered a "no-car" evangelist?
by rmsgrey
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 10531

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I remember reading an article on just this in the mathematical gazette some years back: http://www.people.hbs.edu/dbell/walk%20or%20run%20in%20the%20rain.pdf TL;DR " keep pace with the wind if it is from behind; otherwise, run for it." Yay for maths! It's worth noting the assumptions that...

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