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by Xanthir
Mon Dec 25, 2017 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Melting Wood
Replies: 18
Views: 3607

Re: Melting Wood

Yeah, you've basically got it right - all solids do have a melting point, but many of them will do *other* things before they hit that temperature, which removes the possibility. Wood is, like most living things, mostly just a mixture of C, H, O, and N, and many of the molecules built out of that wi...
by Xanthir
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2633
Views: 478758

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Agree. I'm not sure why I loved it so much, but the careful back-and-forth of selling the mudcrab all the low-value stuff you had, waiting a day, selling it something >10k and buying back some of the low-level stuff, waiting a day, selling a much more expensive thing and buying back the previous pre...
by Xanthir
Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 213626

Re: Board games anyone?

Same re: Gloomhaven. Luckily I have an existing couple that we already regularly play boardgames with, especially legacy stuff - we're working thru Pandemic Season 2 right now. When that's done, we have Gloomhaven and a new one - Charterstone - to work thru. I think we've got 2018 pretty much covere...
by Xanthir
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 920
Views: 213626

Re: Board games anyone?

Yeah, my group that I did S1 with just started S2 as well. I agree, playing a prologue game or two is worthwhile, just so you get a good sense of how to efficiently move supply around.

We've only done January so far, and already holy *crap*.
by Xanthir
Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 4138

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

Yeah, it's a thing. It lets people know how many times they can expect to have to pull before getting what they want, which is important - there's a big difference between 3% and 1%!
by Xanthir
Tue Dec 05, 2017 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 4138

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

"Parents shouldn't give their kids access to devices that can drain a credit card" is true, yes. But so is "people making games for children shouldn't make their mechanics revolve around buying things with real money". The former is an unfortunate accident; the latter is a delibe...
by Xanthir
Tue Dec 05, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 15223

Re: Quantum Question

↶ Then she opens her box. You know she has because she promised to do it at noon, and she keeps her promise. (Apply an uncertainty factor to that, if she's not a dependable person. But that would be sad. She has One Job, and it's so simple that Schrodinger could do it.*) You would describe the stat...
by Xanthir
Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 15223

Re: Quantum Question

A perhaps more accurate analogy (and I'll let doogly yell at me about this) is that "classical" physics (everything has a single well-known value, there's no randomness, etc) is, roughly, the "averaging" of quantum physics, in the same way that, no matter what distribution of ran...
by Xanthir
Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 4138

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

Congratulations on not having an addictive personality then, or having a child who doesn't yet fully understand money and cost systems but is accidentally playing on a device with access to your credit card.
by Xanthir
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

You might be interested in looking into Streams, like RxJS and the like. The concepts are very similar, and they've thought about many of these problems already.
by Xanthir
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 382
Views: 123013

Re: Math: Fleeting Thoughts

↶ One degree is approximately 1.75 percent In what way? It's not 1.75 percent of a circle, or even of a quarter-arc. (Vaguely related, 1px in CSS is about 1.25 arcminutes - the CSS length units are technically angle units, since they scale by viewing distance to subtend the same fraction of your vi...
by Xanthir
Thu Nov 30, 2017 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

↶ Why would they need to be declared const? That would prevent the variables from being bound to new values, but PHP imposes no such constraints. $a = 3; // valid js (but it's a global), valid php var $a = 3; // valid js, invalid php let $a = 3; // valid js, invalid php const a = 3; // valid js, va...
by Xanthir
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

↶ Yeah, I already checked, the only way to solve it in a syntax compatible way is to require all variables to be declared const :roll: Why would they need to be declared const? That would prevent the variables from being bound to new values, but PHP imposes no such constraints. ↶ ...or you could us...
by Xanthir
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 4138

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

The deal with the "extra rare" things in MtG is that they're just cosmetic. Foils or Masterpiece treatments do nothing but make the card prettier; they make people excited about getting pretty cards, but that's about it. Serial collectors won't be opening packs for them, they'll be buying ...
by Xanthir
Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Hm, indeed, and I'm not sure off the top of my head how to fix it; PHP technically has a "var" keyword, but it's used in class declarations, not normal code. ETA: Ah, he has some comment hacks to put var declarations for all the function's variables at the function's head, only visible to ...
by Xanthir
Mon Nov 27, 2017 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Tub wrote:
Xanthir, you should get better friends.

And you should be less randomly insulting?
by Xanthir
Tue Nov 21, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 7301

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

And my method (particularly with the addendum that publicly creates the random ordering) is then robust to cheating, as far as I can tell (at least, any that can occur during the assignment of victims). Any cheating (outside of all players collaborating together at once, for some reason) will be det...
by Xanthir
Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

↶ Today's random thought: "I wish I had a javascript-to-php transpiler." As horrible as that sounds, it would solve a real problem I have. AND I HAVE A SOLUTION FOR YOU My friend's project, Cassis, is a subset of JS and PHP that works the same across both languages (plus a supporting libr...
by Xanthir
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 7301

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

↶ I think the problem with the secret email solution is that everybody knows both the public and secret email of their target, and therefore they can surreptitiously share this information with other assassins. This has nothing to do with the protocol; it's inherent to the game. Each assassin knows...
by Xanthir
Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Maximizing 2 Variables
Replies: 19
Views: 4064

Re: Maximizing 2 Variables

Again, you are then maximizing a *function* of the two variables. You are not maximizing the variables themselves. Each individual variable might not be at its max value; the function itself is.
by Xanthir
Sat Nov 18, 2017 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 7301

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

Tub: slightly less fiddly version of yours: 1. Everyone has a public email address, and there's a public mailing list they can all use and see. 2. Everyone generates a random private email address, and sends an email to the list from it, so everyone knows the full set of private emails. 3. Someone r...
by Xanthir
Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 7301

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

but there is a bigger problem with the solution as you describe it: If the cards are offset by an even number, you don't have a single cycle at all. If it shifted by two, you get: 1 has card 3 2 has card 4 3 has card 5 4 has card 6 5 has card 7 6 has card 8 7 has card 1 8 has card 2 So you have...
by Xanthir
Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Assassin Problem over the Internet
Replies: 40
Views: 7301

Re: Assassin Problem over the Internet

Hmm, watching the videos, I don't like the solutions presented. The originating person's proposal is, with the extraneous stuff removed: 1. Number all the people 1-8. 2. Get cards numbered 1-8, in order. Cycle the deck (move top card to bottom) a random number of times. 3. Give the first car...
by Xanthir
Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: What is a Euclidean Number
Replies: 13
Views: 3932

Re: What is a Euclidean Number

Yeah, near the end it starts explicitly depending on you knowing some funky geometry proofs on your own; some of them are *not* reasonable to figure out on your own.

But the rest of the game is great!
by Xanthir
Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is meditation just relaxation?
Replies: 15
Views: 2411

Re: Is meditation just relaxation?

People these days are too quick to dismiss things that aren't proven by study... if mediation makes you feel better, then it works. I get great results from meditation, and know a lot of other people who do. That those results aren't adequately explained or described by a study don't change that th...
by Xanthir
Tue Oct 31, 2017 4:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

↶ Possible confounding factor here being that 30 Jan 1918 on the Gregorian calendar was a Thursday... but, 30 Jan 1918 on the Julian calendar was a Wednesday, so Russia had a Wednesday followed by a Thursday, nothing unusual there, just the actual date did weird things. Ah, indeed. I just did a cal...
by Xanthir
Sat Oct 28, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1546
Views: 345896

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Doki Doki Literature Club is free and easily available on Steam, and is much better than you'd immediately think from the name and presentation and apparent genre.
by Xanthir
Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9870
Views: 1777135

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Tub wrote:
And weeks are surprisingly regular - there has not been an instance where, say, a wednesday was skipped or where two wednesdays followed each other.

Russia in 1918 would like to have a word with you. (If I'm reading the calendar right, they had two thursdays in a row.)

(But I'm being a pedant.)
by Xanthir
Thu Oct 19, 2017 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Bad science jokes!
Replies: 100
Views: 33438

Re: Bad science jokes!

These are supposed to be bad jokes.
by Xanthir
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals
Replies: 14
Views: 4971

Re: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals

@arbiteroftruth: Ah, didn't think of the fact that you didn't need to repeat the finer-grained calls, that's clever and would indeed work.
by Xanthir
Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals
Replies: 14
Views: 4971

Re: Estimating Max with Only Definite Integrals

The "use the second thread multiple times" thing was factored into their cost equation already. Depending on how the data is shaped, multiple sweeps at different resolution may or may not be useful. If things are usually broad and smooth, then yeah, but if the maxes happen in relatively na...
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 11206

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

↶ Jumping to browsers for a moment, it's actually CSS that says everything is sRGB by default. spec Images are meant to respect their embedded profile if specified; otherwise we assume the colors are in sRGB. J is right in all the details - color management has been such a shitshow for so long that...
by Xanthir
Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1882: "Color Models"
Replies: 81
Views: 11206

Re: 1882: "Color Models"

Jumping to browsers for a moment, it's actually CSS that says everything is sRGB by default. spec Images are meant to respect their embedded profile if specified; otherwise we assume the colors are in sRGB. J is right in all the details - color management has been such a shitshow for so long that pe...
by Xanthir
Mon Sep 18, 2017 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Manufactoria - Make Turing Machines with Conveyor Belts
Replies: 350
Views: 94533

Re: Manufactoria - Make Turing Machines with Conveyor Belts

This is the least rude thing you could possibly do, PF.
by Xanthir
Fri Sep 15, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Why is my internet connection insecure?
Replies: 2
Views: 2134

Re: Why is my internet connection insecure?

I'm guessing that Firefox is having trouble loading something it's using as a canary (maybe related to the page's HTTPS certificate, maybe something about DNS), so it assumes your connection is being jacked.
by Xanthir
Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What exactly does unification mean in physics?
Replies: 6
Views: 1976

Re: What exactly does unification mean in physics?

Ah, yeah, that helped a *ton*; I was laughing to myself at how eSOANEM’s "simpler" second explanation flew right over my head as well. ^_^
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is there red on both sides of digital rainbow images?
Replies: 25
Views: 4461

Re: Why is there red on both sides of digital rainbow images?

Color vision *is* quite variable, and can have significant, if subtle, effects that are hard to diagnose unless you're very careful. I didn't know I was moderately deuteranopic until a high school physics class about light, where one of the teacher's slides had a blue/green-dots colorblindness test ...
by Xanthir
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stupid Science Q&A
Replies: 34
Views: 4137

Re: Stupid Science Q&A

More moon = more tides, everyone knows that.
by Xanthir
Sat Sep 09, 2017 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why is there red on both sides of digital rainbow images?
Replies: 25
Views: 4461

Re: Why is there red on both sides of digital rainbow images?

@Flumble: Ugh, yeah, I noticed that, but the image doesn't appear to be on Wikipedia at all anymore. And the current response-curve image I could find doesn't have the little uptick in red response out past blue, which is key to the whole damn thing. Ughhhhhhhh. Why does the digital image of the rai...

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