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by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6671

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

And if anyone slept on my sofa, they don't get to turn off my Sky box as it records during the night, nor do they turn off my NAS. (Neither do they get to unplug your devices, but if they can flick the socket-switch they can unplug the plug unless you've really shoved the furniture up across it.) O...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 8925

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Eebster the Great wrote:Mathematical Platonists are definitely a minority, but yes, they do claim mathematical objects are objectively real things in some sense. I don't really get it, personally.
Don't be so square, man. You're practically a regular hexahedron!
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381516

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I wouldn't know how to parse disputes panel. (Assuming natural grammatical unfamiliarity, and taking "Location: France" as the cue…) "Panneau des Différends", apparently. A panel for the handling of disputatious concerns. (If it's a comment about the garden-pathness of the 'expl...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 1:08 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 129
Views: 21404

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I've started watching timeless and I'm really enjoying it. It's about three people (white guy, black guy, white girl) traveling through time to stop the bad guy from changing American history. It really reminds me of sliders. It makes no sense if you think about it, so don't think about it too much...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6671

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

If a socket is convenient enough to (say) unplug a charger-plug, not currently in use, then even more convenient to just switch the socket to off rather than tug the charger out. Whether or not the plug-block with the in-built transformer/step-down circuitry is built to last¹, the wall-socket rocker...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 29, 2018 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 319801

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

...and by the 8th square the chess board is an obese diabetic. i And you still have 56 squares to go. By the 64th square, your density is about 10 million times higher than a neutron star. It should explode; failing that, it should collapse into a 10^-6 inch scale black hole. Maybe both. So what yo...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6671

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

Not switches in the middle of nowhere with no known purpose (I have two in this house that may have been used for the previous heating system or for something like zonibg for the original burglar alarm) but power outlets that have switches next to their sockets. Here's a box (to be sunk into the wal...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381516

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

If space (the Earth) isn't bent, then perhaps time (local 'nowness') is bent, like Christopher Priest's Inverted World (or differently, but a similar distortion logic). Or tied to 'latitude' so that as you walk clockwise/widdershins around a pole-centred disc you experience a linear time-dilation-li...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 29, 2018 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12407

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Hire Purchase , or an analogue, is what I was thinking of as I read that. Closed-end leasing is mentioned there, and I think something like that has become the new buzzword for vehicle ownership (with the option to buy outright or walk away or renew to an upgrade upon maturation) over here, amongst...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6671

Re: 1973: "Star Lore"

[It's called "literally all of the blue ones". Seriously, I've heard various explanations for why blue LEDs are so much brighter than all the others despite blue being the darkest of the primary colors, but the important thing is that they are. White ones tend to have this issue as well, ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381516

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

From my first view of this news report , I find it humorous (and perhaps borderline unreconstructed-man/undiscovered-fetishist?) that the headline picture of her in her official 'work gear' is far more revealingly salacious than the sample image demonstrating why she was dismissed. (Maybe they picke...
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 13029

Re: Census Dickery

CorruptUser wrote:So... make it easier for college educated immigrants to immigrate, while restricting uneducated workers?
Maybe send all immigrants to college? (You could easily say that if native-borns don't end up competitively educated, there's something else broken, but not immigration.)

j/k/2
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603855

Re: Trump presidency

The Man Who Was Thursday…
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1973: "Star Lore"
Replies: 33
Views: 6671

1973: "Star Lore"

Image
Title text: That one is a variable star which pulses every 30 seconds. Its name comes from a Greek word meaning "smoke alarm."

In space, nobody can hear your low-battery bips?
by Soupspoon
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5693

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

Now I want a ride in one of these things. Can anyone find some listing for places that would take passengers? Close to the Midwest if possible. First hit I get is in Costa Rica, but that's too mid-western-hemisphere. Probably not so convenient to you (or you to them), among other things. Maybe ask ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 27, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5693

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

Air is passing through the blade-sweep from roughly below to roughly above. There's horizontal (or, rather planar-to-the-rotors) movement, too, but apart from the bit already explained regarding forward and reverse blade speeds offset against general forward movement, this component doesn't feature ...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381516

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Go ahead and try to show the earth is round. It's harder than it looks, especially if you limit yourself to only the things and knowledge you personally can do or demonstrate (no space photos, for example). It's an interesting challenge. Airline schedules, is the way I quite liked. Unless you suspe...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 27, 2018 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 319801

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

And now I'm thinking of "Put one Big-Mac on the first square of a chessboard, two Big-Macs on the second, four on the next, and so on…" ;)
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: xkcd Browser App for Android
Replies: 2
Views: 2264

Re: xkcd Browser App for Android

@HES: If it's the one I use myself (though not so much as actually browsing when I'm online), it has easy downloading for offline-availability, easy title searching, automatically links (via the mouseover surrogate pop-up) to explainxkcd, etc. OP: As elsewhere pointed out (when I deigned to use this...
by Soupspoon
Tue Mar 27, 2018 1:56 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: After a decade it's time for a new computer
Replies: 24
Views: 8675

Re: After a decade it's time for a new computer

I'd say 'mitigates' rather than 'protects', but pick the right RAID for your needs. There's spanning for bandwidth at more risk of a failure of half the storage causing almost all your files to be inflicted with loss. Then there's mirroring for redundancy but takes double the physical storag...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Post number N wins
Replies: 1026
Views: 21037

Re: Post number N wins

Without such 'finished!' information being expected, the next post in a 1000-post run is always 1/1000th of a chance to win, with 999/1000ths of lose representing the sum of the prior and yet-to-come posts that could also win. If it's "stop immediately upon winning" then post X has 1/(1001...
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5693

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

richP wrote:Forgot one other key advantage: you can get around after the apocalypse.

Snakes On An Autogyro isn't a problem, it's a solution!
by Soupspoon
Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 5693

1972: "Autogyros"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/autogyros.png Title text: I understand modern autogyros are much more stable, so I've probably angered the autogyro people by impugning their safety. Once they finish the autogyros they've been work on in their garages for 10 years, they'll come after me. https://vignet...
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12407

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

So you can make different arguments for the reasons behind price collapses, but you can’t argue away the downsides of negative equity. It would seem strange to me to say that negative equity is bad, yet positive equity is ... neutral? "There are counter-arguments", I said, then gave an ex...
by Soupspoon
Sun Mar 25, 2018 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12407

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

[Yeah, good for real estate investors ... and ... y’know ... homeowners ... which is something like 64% of the American population. Neutral for homeowners, perhaps. If you're living in a home, you're living in that home. The cost of a different home rises, but then so should yours (differentials in...
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 24, 2018 4:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 577286

Re: The Darker Side of the News

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by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1572: "xkcd Survey"
Replies: 366
Views: 118402

Re: 1572: "xkcd Survey"

Bloopy wrote:I sincerely hope xkcd Analytica is making millions off of our data by now.

We've probably changed the course of elections. Or electrons, at least.
by Soupspoon
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 18846

Re: Quantum Question

If you can't tell for sure what the current state is, or what state this becomes, you are effectively riding a probability curve. (I'm sure there's something that says that you can't, despite the uncertainty of the initial and concluding states, take the large gamut of individual possibilities of th...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 6345

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

pernishus wrote:Growing up, he went by "Randy", but his wife shortened it to "Rand".
I don't know if it's good or bad that his wife doesn't really consider him to be as Randy as he once was.
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 23, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 18846

Re: Quantum Question

You can go to a 'messy' state quite easily from many possible 'defined' ones. Though not any exact messy one, because that's just a state defined as messy in exactly that way. You have to accept that it's a large group of finite(ish) non-trivial possible outcomes that (for example) define themselves...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2381516

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I have been meaning to work out if I'm already too late to apply for a passport renewal that would be burgandy and 'European' still. I can't even recall if I ever had a blue passport, and I certainly have no attachment to that old symbol.
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 319801

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I think "visual" could be assumed to include radar (by some metrics), just as LIDAR could be said to be non-visual by others. Personally, for 'visual only' I'd immediately think of passive imaging and object/situation recognition. Which isn't within orders of magnitude of efficacy in visio...
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count in Balanced Ternary
Replies: 475
Views: 17681

Re: Count in Balanced Ternary

++---0

I skewered a marshmallow for you.

(Don't burn it to a frazzle!)
by Soupspoon
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 12407

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

And, even better, those who live near the sea don't even need to worry about the Inland Revenue!

(I'm just under an hour and a half from the coast, by train. That counts, right?)
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 319801

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I'm allowing that this wasn't the main ranging camera (or, indeed, a ranging camera at all, much apart from being monocular as presented). If I were driving through that, though, I would have been reckless to do so. Definitely more data needed.

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by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 319801

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Why is a computer relying on only visual information? My thoughts (after reviewing that clip* - which BTW, did not require my non-existent Facebook login to view) is that the car was driving with (excessively) dipped lights, perhaps because of non-human eyeballs theoretically doing a better job. I ...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 18846

Re: Quantum Question

I see it as just as the forwards prediction is subject to quantum indeterminacy that makes the exact state of the future fuzzy, in a reversed situation the backwards 'de-strapolation' is also subject to quantum indeterminacy that makes the exact state of the past fuzzy. (Needs to be resolved to chao...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 319801

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

One cool implication of this idea is that a driver can estimate another car's speed by sound alone. On the other hand, anytime >3 cars are near each other it would get way too noisy, especially on the highway. I suppose you could fix that problem by having cars automatically sync their musics' temp...
by Soupspoon
Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1970: "Name Dominoes"
Replies: 30
Views: 6345

Re: 1970: "Name Dominoes"

Apeiron wrote:Fallout Boy George Michael Jackson Five Star

Then, inverted: [Sir Ringo Starr]

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