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by ThirdParty
Tue Feb 06, 2018 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Elevator problem
Replies: 14
Views: 2452

Re: Elevator problem

If the building is empty, other than him, the elevator will never stop and that combination, as stated, will turn up, ever. This is patently false. Sometimes (especially now that this thread exists) he will push those the buttons for those specific floors out of sheer perversity. Other times he wil...
by ThirdParty
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1246
Views: 73961

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor MCCI has the same problem but has adopted a different solution.
by ThirdParty
Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 91
Views: 18602

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I wonder why repetitive/unwanted body gestures or speech patterns are called, "Tics?" That's a weird, strange name for unwanted repetitive behaviors or speeches.... Interesting question. I tried Googling it and got a bunch of different answers. The most authoritative seemed to be Dictionn...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jan 21, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1246
Views: 73961

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1193 is a server farm for the popular MMORPG known as "World of Warcraft". The virtual world within the servers looks suspiciously similar to the real contents of some nearby floors of the Skyscraper, as if fiction were "bleeding over" into reality. However, physicists have...
by ThirdParty
Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I've never heard of the word "Bayer" before They're a corporation. You'd probably recognize the names of some of their products: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/79/BayerHeroin.png But I've always made the same assumption to (Anglicised) pronunciation as you. I'm a big fan...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Do you guys rhyme "Bayer" with "bear"? How about Layer/lair and payer/pear? For me, "Bayer" and "bear" are both /bɛɚ/, while "payer" and "pear" are quite different: /ˈpeɪ.ɚ/ and /pɛɚ/. For "layer" and "lair," they sound...
by ThirdParty
Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Winfrey presidency
Replies: 156
Views: 11627

Re: Winfrey presidency

What does qualify someone to be a good president? What do you want to see on their resume? Okay, I'll take a stab at that. 1. I expect the candidate to have experience as a State Governor. Why would any sane electorate put someone in charge of the entire U.S. without first seeing how he did at runn...
by ThirdParty
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1246
Views: 73961

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1160 is a pig farm. Probably. The meat tastes a little off.
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

OTOH, you call your 1¢ pieces 'pennies' and hold onto Imperial (ironic!) weights that includes the lb (such a quantity of most things invariably costing >$0.01), so maybe you can still make your own internal senses of the phrase I've always thought of "in for a penny, in for a pound" as a...
by ThirdParty
Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why does a song mean "a small sum of money"? I used it in a pun today, and then realised its a little bizzare. Or insulting to musicians? Google says that a sheet containing a printed song was a very cheap item one could buy from a street vendor. It also offers a quote from All's Well Tha...
by ThirdParty
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: My Future Invention card game
Replies: 8
Views: 2144

Re: My Future Invention card game

Ansible Antigravity Pad Brain Simulator Cryonic Reversal Magnetic Monopole Matter Synthesizer Nanobot Swarm Neural Knowledge Implanter Personalized Microbiotic Ecosystem Room-Temperature Superconductor Venusian Balloon-City ZPE Power Generator Quantum Computer Don't we already have those? Admittedly...
by ThirdParty
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 7666

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

A third party voter has no power to pick a person they want in power. ... If geographies are not important and generating a set of representatives that is proportionally similar to the voter base in the state is the goal, which is what this test is checking for, there is no reason to continue disen...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 7666

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

If this is a disenfranchisement of voters, the biggest victims aren't the democrats. Nearly 100% of third party voters are getting their votes thrown out. If you live in a district that's been drawn to be 90% Democrat, then any vote you cast—whether you vote for the Democrat, the Republican, or a t...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 19, 2017 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8640
Views: 1558344

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Loosely based on https://blog.xkcd.com/2010/05/03/color-survey-results/ : http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=55731&mode=view Most of the color names on the left are real, but the three two-word ones are references to the blog post, and a couple others are just ones I threw in as filler ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Oct 12, 2017 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89950
Views: 7566872

Re: Thoughts for ships

There's a building in my city, which I pass by on my way to and from work, that feels a little ... anomalous. Google Maps says it's a radio station, but I wonder. The building is about fifty feet tall, fifty feet deep, and three hundred feet long: from the edge it looks like a cube, but then you try...
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 28, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 91
Views: 18602

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

How about the various types of clam called "duck"? e.g. Anatina and Anodonta . I assume they were named after the bird, given their Latin names. Was it because they looked like ducks, or tasted like ducks, or were eaten by ducks, or what? (By the way, I'm not including Panopea in the categ...
by ThirdParty
Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 24
Views: 5766

Re: Longest Name

My two cents: I think longer names are primarily used in order to distinguish names that are the same when shorter. For what it's worth, I refer to " Sextus Empiricus " thus in regular conversations, even though his name is six syllables and there isn't anyone I refer to as simply "S...
by ThirdParty
Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 91
Views: 18602

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Of course, that's not the only term where the mathematical use is different from the everyday use - "or", for instance ("or" in general English would be like mathematical "xor"). English "or" just does not necessarily expect simultaneity. It does depend on co...
by ThirdParty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

There's also a continuum between words that are English and words that are not English, but that doesn't mean it's completely arbitrary to include "hello" in an English dictionary but exclude "안녕하세요". Sure. But I think that if somebody says "English has exactly 171,476 word...
by ThirdParty
Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1888: "Still in Use"
Replies: 34
Views: 5923

Re: 1888: "Still in Use"

I almost never have this problem while trying to empty trash. Maybe because I'm on a Mac. I do, unfortunately, get it all the time while trying to eject disks. "The disk cannot be ejected because it might be in use. Would you like to force-eject? Warning: this may permanently damage your disk.&...
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

If I recall, I had a high school biology teacher who would say "an human" even though she pronounced "human" as starting with a /j/ rather than a vowel.
by ThirdParty
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:47 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1246
Views: 73961

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

I wonder what the back end is named! Anyhow, floor 1130 contains a poorly-taxidermized creature that appears to have the head of a bird, the tail of a rodent, the feet of a weasel, and the torso of an anteater. It's unclear whether it's fake or whether such creatures actually exist somewhere in the ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

The letter "Q" has been in the English language as long as the language has existed and was in Middle English and even Old English before that. Its glyph cannot be produced by the combination of any other letters, and its pronunciation is no less distinctive than "k". It is feat...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

'If it doesn't make a sound on its own, it's not a letter' is a solid definition to start from, which kicks out the apostrophe, hyphen, and diacritics (in English). I think that a case could be made that the hyphen at least sometimes represents a /ʔ/ sound, most obviously in the word "uh-oh&qu...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Does any language other than English use exactly the 26 letter Latin alphabet? A browsing of Wikipedia suggests that Portuguese and Catalan do. French and Dutch are more arguable but also seem to be leaning that direction. Of course this somewhat depends on how a language defines a letter. Indeed. ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1246
Views: 73961

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1123 contains a very large integer (several million digits). Mathematicians have conjectured that this integer is also the lowest counterexample to something (that is, something more interesting than just "all integers are lower than the one found on Floor 1123"), but so far this con...
by ThirdParty
Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Except that these are very old words whose meanings have evolved since they split. Back in Proto-Germanic, when "gielpan" was invented as a modified form of the established word "gielan", "gielan" meant "to sing" (see "nightingale" = "night sin...
by ThirdParty
Wed Aug 09, 2017 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Except that these are very old words whose meanings have evolved since they split. Back in Proto-Germanic, when "gielpan" was invented as a modified form of the established word "gielan" How do you know this? Cognates of "yell" appear all over the place in languages de...
by ThirdParty
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

"Yelp" probably counts Really? You think a lot of people say the word "yell" and then quickly close their mouths? I mean, it makes sense for "nope", "yep", and "welp" since "no", "yeah", and "well" are common words and ...
by ThirdParty
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Hmm ... "yelp"? "Giddyap"? No, probably not... I wonder if an onomatopoeia like "humph" would count. It seems to describe the sound people make when rapidly closing the mouth in disdain after starting to make some sort of sound (e.g. "huh"). Maybe that's a str...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jul 23, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Take a penny leave a penny.
Replies: 2223
Views: 299774

Re: Take a penny leave a penny.

I edit the note.

There are now 1 penny with a note saying "We don't accept a useless coin", a piece of chewing gum, and an omnidimensional vending machine in the pile.
by ThirdParty
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd Skyscraper
Replies: 1246
Views: 73961

Re: xkcd Skyscraper

Floor 1116 contains a helicopter landing pad. To be clear, it's a perfectly normal interior building floor. It has walls. (And windows, but they don't open.) It also has a ceiling, 8 feet above the floor. (A typical helicopter stands 10 to 20 feet tall.) There just happens to be a helicopter landing...
by ThirdParty
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 91
Views: 18602

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Showerthought: I have trouble hearing allophones clearly, but I think the word "radar" may be pronounced roughly as [ˈɹeˌɾaɹ] in English and [ˌɾaˈɹaɾ] in Spanish (you can listen to them here). If so, there's a funny symmetry there.
by ThirdParty
Sun Jun 25, 2017 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Do you pronounce "draw" and "drawer" the same? I've only seen the latter used for the clothing article. Pretty much. No matter how well I understand intellectually that British English works this way, it still boggles my mind. To me, as an American English speaker, "draw&qu...
by ThirdParty
Fri Jun 23, 2017 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 132970

Re: Words you think English should have or bring back.

Speaking of "-ling", am the only one who thinks we should reclaim it as a suffix meaning "offspring of"? For example, instead of "I swerved to avoid running over a leveret, and as a result accidentally hit one of Dan's children instead" you should be able to say "I...
by ThirdParty
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Nah, I think it's stress. There's basically five possibilities: "I cannot win" = The speaker is not able to win. "I can not win" = The speaker is able to lose, but isn't eager to do so. "I cannot win" = The speaker is not able to win, and is frustrated about that. "...
by ThirdParty
Thu Jun 01, 2017 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why is onomatopoeia different in different languages? While English speakers say that ducks go "quack", German speakers say that frogs go "quak". Strange. Why the disagreement of what animals sound like? Part of what's going on in this particular example is that English has a lo...
by ThirdParty
Fri Apr 14, 2017 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 74117

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I tried a bunch of other variants on Google Ngrams. "Sweetart" is nearly as popular as "Sweetard", and preceded it slightly: link.

("sweet'art" is also present and slightly before "sweetart", but I can't seem to make the URL work for showing it)
by ThirdParty
Mon Apr 10, 2017 5:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 3567

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

I find it most intuitive to just use the basic definition of conditional probability: P(H|E) = P(E&H)/P(E) = P(E&H)/[P(E&H)+P(E&~H)] Identify the set of possible worlds consistent with the evidence. Figure out what proportion of those worlds (weighted by their prior probabilities, if...
by ThirdParty
Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question
Replies: 12
Views: 3567

Re: Genetic Inheritance - Carrier Probability Question

The original probability that Helena would inherit the gene but none of her 3 sons would inherit it from her was 50%^4 = 6.25%. The original probability that Helena would not inherit the gene was 50%. So, given the information that Helena's 3 sons did not inherit the disease, the probability that He...

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