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by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Kit, I'd like to give you the benefit of the doubt that you're having honest trouble understanding, but it really seems like you're pointedly misunderstanding the conventional sense of "mapping" that Jose is using, taking it instead to mean a more abstract sense something like "buildi...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Decitauths
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Re: Decitauths

Flumble wrote:
Pfhorrest wrote:conveniently-factorable

Hmm, how is τ conveniently factored?

I meant that 360 is conventiently factorable.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 9781

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Maybe medical research should be done in a publicly funded academic setting for the betterment of mankind and not be beholden to the whims of the market?
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:50 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?
Replies: 46
Views: 7273

Re: What's your racial makeups and what did you learn?

In a discussion elsewhere online today, someone said that that black great-great-great-grandma makes me black because "one drop rule", even though everyone in my family looks so white and has identified as white my entire life that if I dared call myself black because of that "one dro...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Decitauths
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Re: Decitauths

Because people are already measuring angle in some arbitrary conveniently-factorable number of slices of a circle (degrees) because it's convenient on human scales I guess, and this is very close to that yet more connected to the less-arbitrary way of measuring angle? It's just an interesting approx...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 9781

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

This discussion is so far missing the "information is free" position, according to which Intellectual Property claims are always wrong, and are harmful to innovation and to humanity. The US Constitution eliminated the other monopolies that enriched European monarchs, but perpetuated paten...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Decitauths
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Re: Decitauths

Whatever, it's the number of radians in a circle and that's all I care about for this purpose, not the name.

Divide a circle into radians.

Divide by that same amount again.

Divide that into tenths.

You've got something remarkably close to 1 degree. Isn't that interesting?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

In my experience driving in most cities in general is stressful. Especially older ones that were not originally designed with cars in mind. Even in cities I know well, just driving around these poorly designed (even if they were designed after the fact and can't help it) city streets is just inheren...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Decitauths
Replies: 16
Views: 3296

Decitauths

An interesting thought just occurred to me: There are tau radians in a circle. Tau is about six. 1/tau (call it a "tauth") of a radian is thus about 1/36 of a circle. So a tenth of a tauth, or a decitauth if you will, turns out to be just shy of 1.1 degrees. I don't know how exactly in par...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 237380

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Sizik wrote:So then "gone" would be pronounced like "gon" (as in polygon) for you?

For me, "gone" rhymes with "lawn".

Those are the same vowel to me.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

What percentage of your driving happened on roads you were driving for the first time ever - without a map or of a knowledge of directions beforehand? I don't have a number for you, but it's definitely nonzero. I've been known to just get in the car and go.... second star to the right and onward 't...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 6265

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

Here is a thought: how magically difficult is it to move heat, compared to creating or destroying it? If you can transfer the heat from one volume of working medium to another more efficiently than magically removing the heat from one volume and then magically creating the same amount in the other, ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Nash Equilibrium in American politics
Replies: 91
Views: 13176

Re: Nash Equilibrium in American politics

Really everyone has their own Overton Window, and the effective Overton Window in a debate is wherever the intersection between the participants windows falls. There's no doubt a different common window among the right than there is among the left, and the common social window is whatever the inters...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7174
Views: 533961

Re: Trump presidency

Otherwise you would see a hell of a lot more focus on campaigning for improved education with a focus on critical thinking and the questioning of authority, a demileterised police force, a robustly independent judiciary, a curtailment of the over-reachy bits of the president's pardon power, reduced...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:29 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)
Replies: 23
Views: 3352

Re: Eternal (a Marathon scenario)

Just another screenshot I thought was cool enough to share:

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by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

And since a hole is an absence of material, is a ton-mass of hole actually negative one ton, as in that's the mass that's absent?
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 22, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?
Replies: 58
Views: 9545

Re: Why aren't there dinosaur ghosts?

55. The laws of Gravity do not apply to ghosts. The dinosaurs got bored of us a long time ago, and left Earth to go haunt another planet currently going through its jurassic period. I'm not playing the game, but it strikes me that something like this could make for an awesome science-fantasy settin...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 22, 2018 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Chronicles of Quelouva
Replies: 137
Views: 30880

Re: The Chronicles of Quelouva

Oh god, that all sounds horrible! My condolences. :-( I am still waiting on my DeVille back from the mechanic, and still driving his ginormous loaner Suburban meanwhile. It's now approaching three months since the coolant leak that turned out to be a cracked block (which is what's being repaired now...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

So you're wondering if Cueball is "grey tribe" because he forgets that most people aren't murderers because, well, people could murder so you've gotta plan for that, which is thinking typical of security professionals who are usually "grey tribe"?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

madaco wrote:"grey tribe"

?
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Far more lives will be lost to homelessness and starvation as AI serves only its (and the world's) owners, who no longer have any use for anyone else.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

The fat man scenario is not the original Trolley Problem, just one of the most common of many variations on it.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 21, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 21566

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

There's a guaranteed flame war over whether a self-driving car should sacrifice its occupants rather than run over a large number of pedestrians (or whatever). To which I cheerfully submit the OnlyCorrectAnswer(TM) to the Trolley Problem. High score! Michael of VSauce tackles the Trolley Problem Th...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7174
Views: 533961

Re: Trump presidency

I agree that this isn’t important enough that we should belabor it much more, but for the sake of clarity: I read Hippo as thinking that either CU holds, or CU thinks Clinton holds, the kind of worldview that would see not doing the “checklist” as somehow “settling for less”, while I read CU as thin...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Chronicles of Quelouva
Replies: 137
Views: 30880

Re: The Chronicles of Quelouva

Woohoo! Thank you so much!
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Chronicles of Quelouva
Replies: 137
Views: 30880

Re: The Chronicles of Quelouva

I just fixed the nav buttons since that's easy to search/replace for, but I'll have to click through everything later to find the erroneous bottom links. Do you know whereabouts the first of them are so I can skip everything up to that point?
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Chronicles of Quelouva
Replies: 137
Views: 30880

Re: The Chronicles of Quelouva

GnomeAnne wrote:they're probaby just not pushed to the server yet.

That is correct, I completely forgot to upload anything. Thanks for reminding me!
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Non-Sequitur Showdown.
Replies: 4107
Views: 468415

Re: Non-Sequitur Showdown.

I had aether in me once.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7174
Views: 533961

Re: Trump presidency

But seriously, the whole Monroe thing was Yahoo being a bit of a twit, in that JFK allegedly had "better" affairs than Clinton because Monroe was hotter, nevermind that as I keep saying, it's likely that Clinton wasn't completely shallow. You're arguing that Clinton's relationship must ha...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7174
Views: 533961

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe it's just me, but I've been reading people as describing things from the point of view of the men in question, not their own point of view. E.g. the kind of guy having an affair is going to be thinking about women in that way; not that the posters talking about the guys having affairs think of...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1957: "2018 CVE List"
Replies: 36
Views: 6939

Re: 1957: "2018 CVE List"

Soupspoon wrote:
flicky1991 wrote:(Also, ouch, "mischevious".)

("Extploit" too.)

I thought CVE-2018-????? was funniest.

Period after "this one" when sentence is clearly meant to continue through "computer" on next line.
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 18, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Chronicles of Quelouva
Replies: 137
Views: 30880

Re: The Chronicles of Quelouva

This happens a lot. I'll have a question about the story that answers itself before I can even submit the question. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? What I want more than anything is feedback on things that don't make sense or aren't explained well enough or anything like that. All the feedback...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 18, 2018 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Is this logical statement true or false?
Replies: 9
Views: 3461

Re: Is this logical statement true or false?

tomandlu wrote:Is this logical statement true or false?

No.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7174
Views: 533961

Re: Trump presidency

I think it’s notable that ‘family values’ Republican hypocrites aren’t apoplectic over a sitting president having an affair with a porn star of all people.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Interviewing the fora
Replies: 5464
Views: 423545

Re: Interviewing the fora

If I had an infinite budget, all of life would be a vacation, and the details of how that life would be are too detailed to describe here.

What is the most significant life dream you have ever given up on?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 16, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Least Recognisable Acronym
Replies: 68
Views: 5247

Re: Least Recognisable Acronym

I don't know if these meet the requirements or not, but there's some amusing history behind them, as a set:

DMUKYA
MBIBTYB
TBWSAF
WACCSMD
TATRTSTS
YYMMDBATC

There's some other related ones but those are the ones whose meanings I remember off the top of my head.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 14122

Re: Ideal immigration policy

I have an analogy I'd like to share. For about a decade I rented a room in a house full of other people, because that was the only living arrangements I could afford. The other people in the house, of course, had an enormous influence over my quality of life at home. Ideally, they would not have -- ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the signature above you
Replies: 908
Views: 111224

Re: Rate the signature above you

???/mu

I don't know what "a meta" is in this context.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 14122

Re: Ideal immigration policy

I agree with all of that, in the long term ideal. Where I'm left uncertain is for the short-term practical compromise, given that we haven't yet fixed all of those other problems. Given that we have states and capitalism, and band-aids in place to mitigate their excesses, like democratic election an...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal immigration policy
Replies: 112
Views: 14122

Re: Ideal immigration policy

Thesh, your complete open borders proposal is the one I would most want to allow, and has been my default stance on this issue I haven't had strong feelings about before. But do you not also see the conflict, in principle, between that principle, and other ones I think you and I both value, like dem...

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