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by Xanthir
Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69366

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Yeah, Civ 6 "stacking" is really just upgrading units with extra abilities. Same as being able to merge several of the same unit together into a super-unit variant.
by Xanthir
Thu Oct 13, 2016 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 441
Views: 39995

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Basically nothing would happen. The earth is gigantic, 10kg of antimatter is comparitively miniscule. Check the Geocide Guide (#6 for exploding the Earth) for more details.
by Xanthir
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18641

Re: Pokemon Go

I'm angry about how ugly that car is. Why can't it be adorable, like the Google koala-cars.

ETA: It looks like a fat Transformer.
by Xanthir
Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18641

Re: Pokemon Go

No, I definitely still play. My battery woes were helped by the introduction of the PoGo Plus; when I'm out walking or at my desk, I just have that synced up and I can catch pokemon and hit up pokestops without much trouble at all, and it drains the battery much slower.
by Xanthir
Tue Oct 11, 2016 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69366

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Hallelujah, yes, 5's treatment of unit combat was miles better than any previous, once you got over the changes. Not to mention one of the worst part of earlier stack-based combat - you have a nice peaceful border with someone, everything's going great, then SUDDENLY WAR + NIGHTMARE-STACK. You can't...
by Xanthir
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:19 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question about the law of entropy
Replies: 4
Views: 1391

Re: Question about the law of entropy

You'd convert one part of the matter in the universe to computer and another part is used up as work to make that computer and run computations on it. Or to put it even more plainly: the conversion process will produce waste heat and other waste products, and that waste will carry far more entropy ...
by Xanthir
Tue Oct 04, 2016 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 76
Views: 11212

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

P sure their "no idea" was sarcastic; hydroelectric dams are clearly the existing solution to harvesting energy from melted water atop mountains. ^_^
by Xanthir
Tue Oct 04, 2016 6:10 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Deliberately bad algorithms
Replies: 120
Views: 34502

Re: Deliberately bad algorithms

But the bound on which the mathematician certainly cannot calculate BB_k is pretty high. What bound do you mean? For any k, there's at least one TM (or mathematician) which outputs BB_k, so there's no theoretical upper bound k for which BB_k cannot be known. The upper bound of possible knowability ...
by Xanthir
Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

This is nonsensical. The "leftPad" thing was a problem with NPM's policies. NPM is the primary package repository for Node; it has nothing to do with Node itself. NPM has since updated their unpublishing policies to be saner in the face of malice. No, the problem has to do with a develope...
by Xanthir
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Suffice to say, the first time I heard of Node was the Great leftpad Debacle. That pretty well encapsulated everything I needed to know about it. This is nonsensical. The "leftPad" thing was a problem with NPM's policies. NPM is the primary package repository for Node; it has nothing to d...
by Xanthir
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:37 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 441
Views: 39995

Re: Core orbiting planet.

Well, depends on the damage. If it's totally destroyed, the game won't work at all anymore. If it's just really wonky, it might flicker you around too fast; it'll always be convinced you're driving (so no egg progress) and you won't stay near a Pokestop long enough to collect anything, so you'll run...
by Xanthir
Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Correct, Selectors does not have that functionality. (It's far too expensive of an operation to be reasonable exposed as part of CSS, and browsers have been slow/reluctant to support Selectors features for non-CSS contexts. So far we've only got one - the "deep" combinator that reaches thr...
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18641

Re: Pokemon Go

Works for me. Point is just that your starters, and other "rare" pokemon you've caught that don't often show up in your area can finally actually be *worth* something. Right now you're limited to whatever shows up often enough in your normal catching area for you to have sufficient candies...
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188077

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

As a southerner (Texan), I use it in my everyday speech.
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?
Replies: 16
Views: 4737

Re: Hofstadter's "Person Paper"?

Related to this! (And the side discussion that temporarily flared up here.) I've been attempting to intentionally degender my language for a little bit, and one part of that is using "they" for everyone. However, a few people have objected, for an unexpected reason - they're gendering &quo...
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yeah, `foo.querySelector(".bar")` finds the descendants. If you want children specifically, `foo.querySelector(":scope > .bar")` (the :scope pseudo matches the element the method is called on). Unfortunately you can't use + or ~ with this, because querySelector was misdesigned an...
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 856
Views: 179671

Re: Board games anyone?

Just picked up Time Stories to play with our best board-gaming couple friends. We did a Pandemic Legacy campaign with them, and wanted something else to get us together regularly for. ^_^
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

You want the Combinators section of the Selectors spec.

The answer is just a space. ".foo .bar" selects all .bar elements that are descendants of .foo elements. If you want only direct children, ".foo > .bar"
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yes. There are a few minor things it can do that Selectors never picked up (and at this point, quite a few things Selectors can do that XPath never picked up) (I'm really talking about XPath 1, which is the only version that got anywhere near the web; XPath 2 has lots more crazy stuff), but as far a...
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9775
Views: 1576179

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xeio wrote:

Code: Select all

driver.FindElementsByXPath(...);

Code: Select all

driver.FindElement(By.XPath(...));


?????

Also: using XPath?????????
by Xanthir
Wed Sep 07, 2016 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 117
Views: 18641

Re: Pokemon Go

The next update will include "Pokemon Buddies" : you assign one of your pokemon as your buddy, it'll show up in your stats screen with you and, most importantly, will grant you bonuses like candies when you walk with them. In other words, your starter will finally have a chance to grow wi...
by Xanthir
Fri Sep 02, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 856
Views: 179671

Re: Board games anyone?

Not really related to Pictionary. Reasonably related to Dixit.
by Xanthir
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Siralim 2
Replies: 15
Views: 3693

Re: Siralim 2

Woah, this sounds like it's exactly up my alley. I'll check it out this weekend.
by Xanthir
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 856
Views: 179671

Re: Board games anyone?

rmsgrey wrote:It's not an ideal party game ... once you get above about ten people, it can start to get a bit unwieldy

You and I clearly throw very different parties.
by Xanthir
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?
Replies: 66
Views: 8836

Re: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?

And if you really feel like it you can just bake a starting point into the algorithm so there's zero "guessing" at all, it just means you'll spend a few iterations wandering toward the vicinity of the answer rather than starting there in the first place. The point of the "guess" ...
by Xanthir
Thu Sep 01, 2016 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 856
Views: 179671

Re: Board games anyone?

Yeah, it's a great party game for the boardgame-newbie crowd, as it's easy to learn and play but still has good depth and fun for experienced people. It also won the Spiel this year. ^_^
by Xanthir
Wed Aug 31, 2016 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is the largest possible artificial lake we could make today?
Replies: 16
Views: 3029

Re: What is the largest possible artificial lake we could make today?

As has happened in our relatively recent geologic past, and will happen again. It'll become an anti-lake, tho - gradually drying out and salinating as the water level drops due to evaporation.
by Xanthir
Tue Aug 30, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 367978

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

My wife's family uses the "needs" + past participle pattern; it was completely ungrammatical to me at first (I'm a gerund kind of guy), but I've started occasionally using it by accident. I've also noticed a smattering of other people using it; there doesn't seem to be a geographical conne...
by Xanthir
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116711

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

(I suppose "dreamt", which is less common but doesn't sound ungrammatical, is an exception in the other direction, where the vowel does change but the -ed form is still preferred.) Nah, it's perfectly regular per your previous rule, just exploiting both branches at once, unless you pronou...
by Xanthir
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 510
Views: 49577

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I only say "vacuum", but I wouldn't look askance at someone saying "vacuum clean".
by Xanthir
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.
Replies: 422
Views: 141718

Re: Kickstarter Thread. Everything Goes Here.

I've seen similar sets before - they're fun-looking, but practically useless to actually roll with. Never use "cylindrical" dice, they take way too long to stop rolling and are hard to read when they do stop. Only back this if the novelty/display value is high enough for you; you won't wan...
by Xanthir
Mon Aug 29, 2016 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: How to decode a code when I have pairs of (coded, decoded)?
Replies: 7
Views: 3833

Re: How to decode a code when I have pairs of (coded, decoded)?

Tub is being obtuse. To answer the question in the spirit of what it's asking: it depends. If the ciphertext is generated by any decent encryption/hashing algo (off-the-shelf and readily available in all major programming languages for the past decade), statistical tests won't find any connection. T...
by Xanthir
Mon Aug 22, 2016 5:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternate clock
Replies: 31
Views: 4183

Re: Alternate clock

[The 13 month year is] also completely devoid of nice numbers, which biases me against it personally. ^_^ 7, 28, and 13 are *terrible* numbers for mental math. Gimme 5/30/12 plz. They are only "terrible" because you don't know the times tables for 7 and 13. It's just memorization, and if ...
by Xanthir
Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 851
Views: 188077

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Yeah, same for me. (Houston-raised.)
by Xanthir
Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words you think English should have or bring back.
Replies: 643
Views: 116711

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

On the other hand, "these mushrooms cook well" is standard. I think there's just a set of verb usages that are okay in this context.
by Xanthir
Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternate clock
Replies: 31
Views: 4183

Re: Alternate clock

That one's got a nice correspondence, and having only 1 (or 2 on leap years) extra days to deal with is pretty sweet, but it has 13 months. There's enough superstition out there that I think the 13-month calendar is even *less* likely to be accepted than the "modified French Republican calenda...
by Xanthir
Sun Aug 21, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternate clock
Replies: 31
Views: 4183

Re: Alternate clock

Why do we need months even? Can't we just number the days? Compare these: How many days are between March21 and May3? How many days are between 80 and 123 ? All such calculations become much easier, and I don't see much lost? People can still tell what general season it is from the number. Also you...
by Xanthir
Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?
Replies: 338
Views: 53020

Re: Misunderstanding basic math concepts, help please?

...what? No, "subjective experience" has nothing to do with waveform collapse. Like, at all, that wheelhouse is miles away. Subjective experience is just something that pops out of our brain patterns. There's zero need to invoke quantum mechanics at all, and most scientists afaik believe t...
by Xanthir
Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Bettering vs Bloat?
Replies: 19
Views: 4667

Re: Bettering vs Bloat?

Uh, no, those are both terrible and frankly incorrect ways of putting it. Avoiding UB in C requires nearly superhuman levels of knowledge and detail; blaming people for being merely human is terrible. And I'm talking about *all* compilers, good compilers that everyone uses. They all exploit UB, for ...
by Xanthir
Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Alternate clock
Replies: 31
Views: 4183

Re: Alternate clock

That one's got a nice correspondence, and having only 1 (or 2 on leap years) extra days to deal with is pretty sweet, but it has 13 months. There's enough superstition out there that I think the 13-month calendar is even *less* likely to be accepted than the "modified French Republican calendar...

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