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by WibblyWobbly
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "There is an Exception to every rule"
Replies: 32
Views: 5672

Re: "There is an Exception to every rule"

That's not a rule, that's a tautology. Fine, for every prime p, and every integer a prime to p, a raised to power p minus a is divisible by p. Not a tautology, definitely no exceptions. Happy now? If you mean "For every prime p and integer a coprime to p , ( a p - a ) | p ," then that is ...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205402

Re: Trump presidency

This stuff scares me too and I'm not even living in the US. If this bullshit keeps on going I'm genuinely scared it's going to escalate into a civil war. And a civil war in a country where everybody (stereotypically) has firearms cannot end well.If Europe already has troubles dealing with refugees ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Feb 02, 2017 2:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 559474

Re: Doctor Whom

I haven't been watching as much since Capaldi took over (something seems not quite right, but maybe I just need to give it more of a chance) Capaldi's been great as the Doctor, but the stories have been pretty hit-and-miss... I have to think that's exactly what it is. I've always liked Capaldi, but...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Feb 01, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 559474

Re: Doctor Whom

So, Capaldi is leaving, who will be next? I haven't been watching as much since Capaldi took over (something seems not quite right, but maybe I just need to give it more of a chance), but I looked at the BBC article on possible successors, and I do think it would be great for a woman to take over. ...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27356
Views: 2536500

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

My mother did, in St. Louis. It was sort of a weird conversation and realization to have - that more than any other day, there was a nonzero chance I'd need to bail my nearly 70 year old mother out of jail. My sister did, also in St. Louis. Most of her friends did as well. I think she had a sign wi...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 27, 2017 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885030

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

jewish_scientist wrote:We sort of veered off topic and are discussing the limitations of 'automatic' cars in general.

I see what you did there.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8748

Re: 1790: "Sad"

gmalivuk wrote:That you're too naive to see the writing on the wall doesn't mean it isn't there.


Naive is a more generous interpretation than I would have offered.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8748

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Context? Looks like a muddy river. Lots of rivers are muddy sometimes. The vivid color of the river suggests mine pollution. The picture url suggests the Animas River, which was apparently polluted by EPA workers in 2015 when they removed a plug holding back mine waste (arsenic, cadmium, lead, alum...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 8748

Re: 1790: "Sad"

Context? Looks like a muddy river. Lots of rivers are muddy sometimes. The vivid color of the river suggests mine pollution. The picture url suggests the Animas River, which was apparently polluted by EPA workers in 2015 when they removed a plug holding back mine waste (arsenic, cadmium, lead, alum...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 176
Views: 26974

Re: News in brief

Doomsday Clock at 2.5 min to midnight. Take that for what you will - overly political or less alarmed than they should be? First time it's been moved a non-integer number of minutes, and the second-closest it's been to midnight since 1953, I think. That was just US/USSR H-bomb tests, though. The ha...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Jan 24, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205402

Re: Trump presidency

It's like a child with a new and very expensive toy. He's finding out it's got all these little features that weren't necessarily advertised on the box and he's got to play with them all as he discovers them ("Hey, the hands are articulated. HAHA It's flipping you off! Haha!") What little...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Jan 20, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 50469

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Other responses appear to me to be nothing more than deflection. Why are other responses deflections? Why do you get to decide what is and isn't a deflection? And why isn't your decision that other responses are deflections (presented without evidence) not itself simply a deflection and an unwillin...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Jan 17, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205402

Re: AGA?

This topic went sideways in a hurry.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205402

Re: AGA

if it's not aspartylglucosaminidase, I'm out of here.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Jan 17, 2017 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3364
Views: 205402

Re: AGA

Something "America Great Again"? Maybe "America's Great Already"? (Edit: something I was half-mindedly thinking about yesterday listening to Trump on NPR is how much time he spent telling us just how much of a shithole the US had become. There has never been a shittier shithole i...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 12, 2017 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Ideal balance of two bodies in orbit
Replies: 28
Views: 3500

Re: Ideal balance of two bodies in orbit

Gee, that's a shame. Anyone have any intention of doing that? No? OK, moving on.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jan 12, 2017 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 378
Views: 101018

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

I remember some sci fi short story using the term "quartic femtometer" in casual conversation as an exaggeration to refer to an extremely tiny region of spacetime. Personally, I thought "quartic femtosecond" (or better yet, yoctosecond) would be superior in that it is much small...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Jan 11, 2017 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 50469

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

I still think it's a squirrel. I suppose I'm still stuck at the question of "why is an absolute definition required in order to be used?" and perhaps a little at the question "what is an absolute definition?", which is where I most recently entered the debate, asking about the co...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 50469

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

And treatid's A and B are not sets. I mean, his argument doesn't depend on their being sets, but look, this word has a definition, and the rest of us know it. Somehow this works for us. Maybe it's magic? But it's not an absolute definition, so it's not actually a definition, and it may actually be ...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 50469

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

There seems to be something inconsistent about using symbols to attempt to convince people that you can't use symbols to represent ideas. It's reasonable enough to observe that we don't understand how language starts, but to conclude from that that there can be no meaningful communication is like c...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 103548

Re: Editors

Weirder than the idea that people have arguments about text editors?

If so, I'll take that as a compliment. Thanks!
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Jan 04, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 103548

Re: Editors

Seriously, making closing the program a non-trivial task reeks of malware. My favorite is when I try to exit vi using the emacs command, it helpfully reminds me of the vi command (not that you can start typing immediately what you are shown - there's some mode change issue I think? anyway...) This ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Combinatoric commanders
Replies: 6
Views: 1820

Re: Combinatoric commanders

I'll represent the colors by their initials, except I'll use the printers' convention of using K for black, so our colors in color-wheel order are WBKRG. The official convention is to use B for black and U for blue. PM 2Ring refers to the CMYK color model, where K stands for Key and is the black co...
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Dec 28, 2016 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How to calculate energy in humans?
Replies: 22
Views: 3178

Re: How to calculate energy in humans?

It seems reasonable that a typical spell would use 1 Planck energy. Maybe the mage didn't realise quite how much this was. It seems even more reasonable that a typical spell would use 1 plank. It could probably be any form of wood, but planks have a good surface-to-volume ratio. (and of course tree...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13192
Views: 1215997

Re: Today I Learned

Internetmeme wrote:It turned out that after the above offering of blood, the chemistry worked


This is why I suggest to the department head that we sacrifice a grad student to the GPC every semester. Plus, you get an idea of how polydisperse grad students are.
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)
Replies: 3
Views: 2419

Re: The internet is now a giant truck (Amazon Snowmobile)

zjxs wrote:
zjxs wrote:I'm excited about trucknet, railnet, and shipnet.



Oh, and skynet. Turns out it's just a bunch of 777s with hard drives.


And in the future, the Amazon Death Data Star

"That's no moon! That's my porn collection!"
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 705856

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Felstaff wrote:Is 16 Mag 7063 the date the warrant expires?

On 17 Mag, they're going to declare they still didn't find anything. That night, I'm getting hyper-wasted on future-booze.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3120
Views: 356566

Re: The Darker Side of the News

... between them they could give £2M/wk and they'd still each be better paid than anyone I know. That's one eighth of a billion dollars a year, which wouldn't fund مدينة مصدر inside any of their lifetimes, but it's money people were willing to pay for branded rucksacks and t-shirts, season tickets ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885030

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

http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4515 Here lies the path of the "Total Solar Eclipse" for 2017. That eclipse and another one in April 2024 both pass very close to a town near where I grew up (Carbondale, IL). The local university has an astronomy club that I'm sure will have a field day with both.
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: 37 Questions
Replies: 18
Views: 4047

Re: 37 Questions

Tattoos...............................0 Piercings.............................0 Marriages.............................0 Divorces..............................0 Children..............................0 Surgeries.............................2 Fired a gun...........................Yes Quit a job..........
by WibblyWobbly
Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 156
Views: 20941

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Alan Thicke sudden heart attack at 69?

He wasn't as influential to me as John Glenn, but I watched the shit out of some "Growing Pains" when I was a kid.
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1771: "It Was I"
Replies: 61
Views: 9181

Re: 1771: "It Was I"

kevo31415 wrote:If you called me on the phone and asked "Is this Kevin?" and I answered, "Yes, this is he," would you correct me?


Yes, but only to request you say instead "I am he" and then break out into "I Am the Walrus."
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 50469

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

Despite the very best efforts of mathematicians - Sets have never been defined. Sets can't be defined. Yet the pattern of relationships between sets does exist, can be described, and doesn't rely on us defining Sets. Indeed, the attempt to define Sets simply muddies the water when the only thing of...
by WibblyWobbly
Fri Dec 09, 2016 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Geometric Growth vs. Geometric Pattern
Replies: 3
Views: 1657

Re: Geometric Growth vs. Geometric Pattern

This is what I thought: Arithmetic Pattern: T n = T n-1 + something Geometric Pattern: T n = T n-1 * something Exponential Pattern: T n = T n-1 ^ something Arithmetic Growth: T n = T n-1 + something Geometric Growth: T n = T n-1 * something Exponential Growth: T n = T n-1 ^ something Then I found t...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Dec 08, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9535
Views: 971377

Re: What are you listening to?

Emerson, Lake and Palmer - Karn evil 9, 1st impression, part 2 (aka Welcome Back my Friends). Scott Manley introduced his latest livestream with the opening lyrics, and I couldn't resist giving the original a listen. I can see this leading to an ELP marathon. RIP Greg Lake. And I had forgotten, but...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 10387

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Probably went a bit overboard, didn't I?

Well, if I literally had that choice, I'd probably vote for homelessness and then kill myself anyway. But I'm depressed already, so ... not the best person to vote on that.
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 10387

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Is it because the word "racism" has become diluted that people voted for Trump despite his racism-based campaign, or is it because those people aren't bothered by the racism itself? What about the people who were bothered by the racism, but not enough to keep them from voting for Trump. S...
by WibblyWobbly
Mon Dec 05, 2016 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 176
Views: 26974

Re: News in brief

You could drive to work and have your entire music collection with you to listen to. Only if your music collection is tiny. To bring along a recording of all speech ever spoken by every human being ever you'd need nearly half a million of such trucks. So clearly this truck is utterly insufficient. ...
by WibblyWobbly
Thu Jul 16, 2015 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 705856

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Your first link does not say what you claim. It says that there are 15,000 coal-related deaths per PWh in the USA. Wikipedia tells me the USA produced just over 1.5 TWh from coal in 2013. That is 0.0015 PWh. Multiplying by 15,000 deaths per PWh gives a total number of annual coal-related deaths in ...
by WibblyWobbly
Tue Jun 09, 2015 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885030

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

Zamfir wrote:
KnightExemplar wrote:American Pharoah won the Triple Crown. First time a horse has done that in 37 years.

What won the other years? Ponies, camels?

Llamas. Crafty llamas.

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