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by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 3312

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Okay, I guess the 22nd is out then. Also, it's really surprising that somebody being committed is the main story, and not the new plant in town or the presidential election. I'll also assume that the back to the future authors don't actually understand what "legally insane" means and they ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 30, 2019 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 3312

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Machiavelli teaches us to never do our enemies a small harm, lest we leave them able to destroy us in vengeance. The evil overlord list says the same thing, but phrases it as a hero rising up against us. History teaches us that banishing heads of state to remote islands results in them returning and...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 3312

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Or get make yourself speaker of the house. Becoming veep violates the spirit of the 22nd amendment, but speaker doesn't.

Kill the (counterfactual) president and frame the veep.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 28, 2019 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 3312

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

There's also the possibility that he caused Nixon to lose one (or both) of the elections he won in Earth prime.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted: suddenly, during an important meeting, the "awe" moves from your intestines to pants.

I wish to not be in that meeting.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 3312

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

In that world that doesn't exist, people wouldn't have counterfactuals. Imagine a world without thought experiments. We should try doing without subjunctives. At any rate, the almanac doesn't explain Biff's success beyond sports betting. Even sticking to gambling, bookies would quickly stop taking h...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 30014

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Maybe people differ on the definition of "electronics". For many years, it wasn't electronics if it didn't include vacuum tubes. Resisters, inductors, capacitors, batteries, and switches (like you got in an old-fashioned telegraph network) didn't count, but once you put diodes, triodes, p...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but (legally speaking) it's murder. A mysterious world class detective starts closing in on you, and you can't use your powers on them because you need to know the face and real name of the detective. After a serious of complicated events, you are ticked into removing your own remaining lif...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 30014

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

(Unrelated to previous post, just thought this needed a moment or three of pondering.) https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/660/cpsprodpb/1611E/production/_105189309_fccv2.jpg Two thoughts. The sillier one: It looks a little bit like a magic circle. Is magic actually real? Will it be if the physicist get ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Jan 22, 2019 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 55
Views: 5861

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

Yakk wrote:To be clear, Boltzman Brain's where designed as a counter to inflation being triggered by a simple unlikely entropy decrease.
That's why the idea is prominent, not why it was conceived. It was conceived before we knew of cosmic inflation.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 2939

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

There are a number of different companies in America able to service a large network, but only a few are interested in providing capital to build the networks in the first place. Also, even if Comcast does end up being the one to service it, the town would be in a much stronger negotiating position ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 14, 2019 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 675567

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

I found a helpful sub-section of a Wikipedia article: Omnivore Classification, contradictions and difficulties . One of the definitions is that omnivores need to be able to derive both energy and nutrients from both plants and animals. For example felines apparently will eat grass as a laxative, but...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 675567

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Now, all of the events *before* where causally connected to the now, things get bad. But why do they have to be? Let's suppose that was exactly my definition of "before". So the distinction you're making is definitely not my definition of "before", but that doesn't necessarily m...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 10, 2019 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is my Exact Mailing Address?
Replies: 11
Views: 1313

Re: What is my Exact Mailing Address?

In the sense of a "continent" it is archaic. The article even specially discusses the deprecation of the term in the etymology section. Americas as a catch all term for the continents and archipelagos is still in use, but much less that North/South/Central America. Also, I don't really thi...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is my Exact Mailing Address?
Replies: 11
Views: 1313

Re: What is my Exact Mailing Address?

A whole topic dealing with location between solar system and galaxy. And Americas as continent between USA and Earth. In English "Americas" isn't a continent (Although North and South America are each one), it's an archaic term for a variety of indeterminate landmasses like the islands of...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

I'm not really sure what Aljohnso is getting at (may their favorite bad description), but his inverse Wimpy analogy is pretty terrible. You are definitely buying the hamburger today (and immediately selling it) and paying for it Thursday (at Thursday's price). The inverse Wimpy would be a futures co...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, it was called "Emperor Joker" and it killed both DC comics movies and DC comics as well.

I wish for your (next poster's) favorite comic book story to get a good movie.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you no longer need to be a decent person to make plenty of friends, and thus people loose a major motivation to act decently.

I wish I was one of the cool kids.
by Quizatzhaderac
Tue Jan 08, 2019 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 675567

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

I know disproving the universe now seems bad, but imagine if it happened after you closed?
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 30014

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

... I thought for a moment that Japan had come up with a clever way to reduce costs by miniaturising the probe. Seeing that it was a 1:8 scale model of Chang'e-4 was disappointing. On that subject, does anyone know what the limiting factor is on making space probes smaller? Putting the same functio...
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, however using "performance enhancing djinn" is considered cheating.

I wish pandas didn't suck at being animals so much.
by Quizatzhaderac
Mon Jan 07, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

DavCrav wrote:A reasonable profit margin is about 10% of revnue. Tesla does better than that, at about 15%. Unfortunately it has a minus sign in front of it.

And Tesla's capital expenditures are 27%, they would already be profitable if they weren't investing so much in expanding operations/ new technologies.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Absolutely, four magic beans are useful, the fifth just leaves you in a sate of "has bean".
Old saying wrote:Four magic beans in a row:

One for the roc,
one for the anti-crow,
one to wither,
one to super-grow.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Jan 04, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 4046

2094: "Short Selling"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/short_selling.png Title Text: "I'm selling all my analogies at auction tomorrow, and that witch over there will give you 20 beans if you promise on pain of death to win them for her." "What if SEVERAL people promised witches they'd win, creating some kind...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, a mysterious council of 13 hooded individuals votes for all government offices via approval voting.

I wish to be on this council.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 3869

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Yes, I got that backwards.
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 2939

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

@CorruptUser I don't know by foot, but the town in the article is about $869 per person, or $2,099 per household (using 2010 census figures). Which seems fairly comparable to google fiber's start up costs. Xfninty's (Comcast's cable internet division) 2017 revenue was $52.52 billion and their capita...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 3869

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

"Majestic" seems to have roots directly related to greatness; so, yes, it seems totally fair to say that's proportional to physical size, and inversely proportional to cuteness.
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 02, 2019 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 3326

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I'd phrase it differently, which is more impressive: ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows come up with the idea independently. ⋅ Japanese crows come up with the idea independently; British crows learn from watching TV. On both cases: crows have a ca...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, it's a utilitarian loves that equally values all creatures. Logically, each vertebrate's happiness is compromised to allow for the thriving of a multitude of nematodes.

I wish for the elimination of all human parasites.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 675567

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

We reached the present from the previous moment, which we reached from the one before that. Each moment is the start of everything after, and has it's start in the moments before. There're plenty of starts, just not a start to all of the infinite starts (although, there are starts to all finite sets...
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 28, 2018 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 675567

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

tomandlu wrote:The universe cannot be infinitely old, since if it was, it could never have reached the present moment - true or false?

I really don't see how B follows from A, and people taking guesses seem to be thinking very differently from you.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2904
Views: 675567

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

So a "Hypercarnivore" is any species of animal whose natural diet is 70% or more meat. In order for this not to be a stupid name/categorization, I'd expect two things to be true: 1) this category is especially carnivorous 2) A large proportion of members of this category are in the 70-99% ...
by Quizatzhaderac
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 3326

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I don't remember ever hearing of this kind of operation back home in the Netherlands. Maybe because I lived in a more densely populated area there? There definitely were geese out and about, but I never heard of any efforts to chase them away. Maybe because they were more easygoing, being feral des...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 3869

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Do they fade from view, or do they just get better at hiding until they're impossible to spot? So if the Schwarzchild's cat just fades from view, how do you tell it from a Cheshire's cat? Cheshire's cat is always smiling, even when it's not a cat. I disproved this with a cat and a band saw. On the r...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 3326

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

It's really surprising at how little fear some birds demonstrate. I've read that sometimes specially trained dogs are used to chase geese away; I have trouble picturing that (and I just tried youtubing it and it still looks fake to me). I've seen geese readily face down Semis rather than walk a litt...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 3326

Re: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

I feel like the authoritative category should be "people who have been attacked by ostriches, or observed them fighting as a non-participant" as I seriously doubt the judgement of anybody who tries to fight an ostrich (even ignoring how powerful their talons are); any plan that involves fi...
by Quizatzhaderac
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25935
Views: 2253599

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, you can scry half-way down the Mariana's trench with tea leaves, the dark side of the moon (yes, I know that's not a constant location) with smoke, or the Earth's core with fire. You can't however, watch people, animals, or robots.

I wish I could read the thoughts of animals.
by Quizatzhaderac
Fri Dec 21, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 24
Views: 3773

Re: The MITT Cult

My parents are controlling and I don't have a good relationship with them, so I kind of want to get rid of the "being forced" part and try this myself. It sounds...strangely cathartic. I'm pretty sure that's a thing with non-cult therapists. Generally when you look at cults and there's on...

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