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by speising
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13630

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

driving on highways is easy. an unknown city, OTOH, can get quite stressful.
by speising
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:23 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28369
Views: 2896434

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

i'm baffled that so many users seem to just accept that. i mean, some buy a new computer with 10 pre-installed and don't know how to downgrade, ok. but others actually "up"grade a perfectly working win7 system!!
by speising
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13630

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

the problem with digital road infrastructure: there will be iBeacons, Google beacons, Amazon beacons, and Tesla beacons, each talking only to their respective brand of car.
And the municipality wil only buy from one of them.
by speising
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Airlock full of water exposed to vacuum
Replies: 8
Views: 1277

Re: Airlock full of water exposed to vacuum

the water will only freeze fast in the vacuum if it is sprayed into a fine mist. the woman will have enough mass / little surface to take quite a while to freeze, so "leaving the womans frozen body" is not realistic. rather, it will probably dessicate before it freezes. anyway, the proxima...
by speising
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13630

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

There's also the issue that self-driving cars might turn people into jerks http://datagenetics.com/blog/january42017/index.html TL;DR - If you know a car is going to stop when you step into the street, why not simply step into the street whenever you like? that would be easily solved by sometimes, ...
by speising
Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13630

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

#ynotboth
by speising
Wed Feb 21, 2018 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 13630

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

except that people take a perverse joy out of trying to prove that computers are worse than humans at a task, and delight in exploring their failure modes - which are often very different than human ones. There were tests showing that miniscule markings in the environment, which a human wouldn't eve...
by speising
Tue Feb 20, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 4292

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

interesting that the only really problematic vulnerabilities are apple's. well, those and the CVE ~~ CiALiS ~~. I noticed that. I was expecting the mouse-over to be "Apple devices spontaneously combust if sent kitten pictures with Cyrillic captions" or something like that. Apple devices d...
by speising
Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 136
Views: 16926

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

of course, eggs are always given in natural units. i would be too thrifty to throw away half an egg anyway. OTOH, i've already found myself in the situation that the recipe specified larege eggs, but i only had small ones for some reason, so a way to convert one unit to the other was required...
by speising
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 136
Views: 16926

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

what we hereabouts use to measure things like water and milk is not a cup, but a clear plastik jug with ml markings, up to 500ml or 1l.
by speising
Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 136
Views: 16926

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Who, outside the US, cares about volumes of non-liquids? The inside of an egg is liquid. Almost all the eggs in the store, and all the eggs recipes call for are "large", and the contents of a large egg fit pretty neatly in a quarter cup. It's relevant to scaling recipes, and making substi...
by speising
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Food fleeting thoughts
Replies: 136
Views: 16926

Re: Food fleeting thoughts

Who, outside the US, cares about volumes of non-liquids?
by speising
Mon Feb 19, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5074
Views: 401330

Re: Trump presidency

cphite wrote:someone who didn't actually work for him.

But under him.
by speising
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 35
Views: 4292

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

interesting that the only really problematic vulnerabilities are apple's.
well, those and the CVE ~~ CiALiS ~~.
by speising
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720683

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

the nice thing in python is also, when you do it on the command line, you can just write cubes_old after the loops, and it spits out it's value so you can check it. (stepping through with a debugger would be even nicer, obviously) and another thing: the error is from the if cubes_old == 1 thug. it's...
by speising
Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9848
Views: 1720683

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

copy&paste considered harmful
by speising
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7405

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

bizarrely, the first of those displays on my phone as an unhealthily swollen penis which probably is supposed to represent an aubergine What kind of phone is that? Can you find an image of how that displays on your phone on some online emojidex or something? I've heard that kids are using that emoj...
by speising
Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1953: "The History of Unicode"
Replies: 60
Views: 7405

Re: 1953: "The History of Unicode"

Um, we don't do (sufficient) dedup now . Unicode is full of duplicates, some for well meaning reasons, but none the less undesirable and troublesome. Oh, that explains it. I had wondered why there are two identical aubergine emoji unicode characters. wikipedia article history 1 , wikipedia article ...
by speising
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 70
Views: 6147

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

also, it's a comedy series which derives its humor partly from the juxtaposition of a therapist who has trouble managing his own life and family.
by speising
Wed Feb 07, 2018 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 179019

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Ah yes, that makes sense!
by speising
Wed Feb 07, 2018 8:55 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 179019

Re: Controversial opinions about food

I'd like to know the etymology of "well done", considering that that state isn't "well" at all, in most steak-conoisseurs opinion. In spanish, according to my spanish class, it's "muy hecho", "very done". "En su punto" - "on point" is "...
by speising
Sat Feb 03, 2018 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5350

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

at which age is the vaccine usually administered?
by speising
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5350

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

but vampires still have teeth, even rather prominent ones.
by speising
Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"
Replies: 56
Views: 5350

Re: 1950: "Chicken Pox and Name Statistics"

Fun fact: i'm part of the first batch of people (of those alive today, that is) who do not have a smallpox inoculation scar. my older siblings still got one.
by speising
Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Explosives As A Reflective Wall
Replies: 12
Views: 1998

Re: Explosives As A Reflective Wall

You won't get around Newton's third law. You can't have a bomb that only exerts force in one direction.
You can have a bomb that has a tight, sharp blast in one direction (=towards enemy, ideally) and a wider, half-globular blast in the other direction, which will not reach as far.
by speising
Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 747
Views: 242325

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

very recommended if you can't sleep.
by speising
Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"
Replies: 34
Views: 4116

Re: 1948: "Campaign Fundraising Emails"

You'd end up having to read each post top-down (with rather few exceptions; Even when languages are written vertically, it's still usually top-down), but then go between posts bottom-up to follow the sequence. you mean, like in email threads, as it has become the custom in "recent" years ...
by speising
Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Unnecessary SWAT Use
Replies: 9
Views: 3034

Re: Unnecessary SWAT Use

That's why i love the Canadian TV series Flashpoint.
It's about a SWAT team, but they rarely fire even a single shot, and it's a huge deal, a fail, if they have to.

But that's Canada of course...
by speising
Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why do Chameleons Not Use Camoufloge?
Replies: 23
Views: 2573

Re: Why do Chameleons Not Use Camoufloge?

everybody, stay on topic. this thread is about camoufloge!
by speising
Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3744
Views: 475975

Re: The Darker Side of the News

it takes about 10 minutes to throw together a couple veggies and sear some meat. and the ingredients are cheaper that ready meals. that's my experience at least.
by speising
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1943: "Universal Dreams"
Replies: 39
Views: 3730

Re: 1943: "Universal Dreams"

I often dream about driving a car with an asymptotic brake: the car gets slower, but never quite stops.
by speising
Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"
Replies: 48
Views: 5225

Re: 1944: "The End of the Rainbow"

of course, it's not true that (all) rainbows are circles. it's really a stretch to continue a circle made of an optical phenomenon where it intersects the ground.
by speising
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5074
Views: 401330

Re: Trump presidency

seriously, the "religious freedom" tenet is massively misused here. in my opinion, religious freedom means you have to respect the religion of *others* and aren't allowed to refuse to serve someone of a religion you don't like. it doesn't mean your own believes are more important than othe...
by speising
Tue Jan 16, 2018 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where does inflated value go?
Replies: 62
Views: 5426

Re: Where does inflated value go?

what is government but a community in the area? how large is the area allowed to be before a good community becomes an evil government?
by speising
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Where does inflated value go?
Replies: 62
Views: 5426

Re: Where does inflated value go?

people who are in need and have friends, families, and communities who are there to support them do not need government help. but what about those who are not so lucky? the governments role, among others, is to help those who need that help because they have no one else. generally, the government ha...
by speising
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: PI - Invention or Discovery
Replies: 88
Views: 6719

Re: PI - Invention or Discovery

DavidSh wrote:I seem to remember an Isaac Asimov robot story, that included a robot that refused to believe that it was created by humans, because it felt itself obviously superior to them.

fortunately, part of the religion it developed was to do exactly what it was designed for.
by speising
Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 179019

Re: Controversial opinions about food

I don't like the mushy consistency of cooked potatoes. Fries are ok, chips are ok, a lot of crunchy potato products are ok. Slimy potato salad is the worst, though. I can't stand zucchini. People tell me they don't have any taste anyway, to which i reply, first, that, yes, they do have a taste which...
by speising
Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 10645

Re: Winfrey presidency

remember that you currently have the most sane president in history! he even said so himself!
by speising
Mon Jan 15, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5074
Views: 401330

Re: Trump presidency

Wait, who doesn't pronounce SQL as "sequel"? While we are at it, why is "world wide web" 3 syllables and thus only 1/3 the time to say as its abbreviation "double-you double-you double-you"? Though I think it would be fun to refer to HTML as hate-mail, just for the con...
by speising
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 70
Views: 6147

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Another clue is depth of field. TV shows usually have large DoF, while movies play with it more.

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