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by rmsgrey
Thu Jun 07, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 142
Views: 11105

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: 5627

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: 10015

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: 5627

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: 106
Views: 12834

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: 3041

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: 5548

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: 8211

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: 9777

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: 2987

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: 8211

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: 9777

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: 8211

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: 3878

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: 3878

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: 5383

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: 3550

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: 3550

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: 11326

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 4726

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: 4726

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 6102

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 17266

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: 17266

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: 9777

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 14367

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 14367

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: 9460

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: 21872

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: 142
Views: 11105

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: 21872

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: 14367

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...

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