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by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 21, 2018 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

As long as anyone has her number in their contacts list and also has their contacts linked to facebook, facebook can figure it out. Most likely, a lot of her friends did that.
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability
Replies: 16
Views: 2558

Re: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability

A coin that is extremely asymmetrical could easily have a bias toward heads or tails. The normal process of flipping real coins tends to make them pretty resistant to those sorts of biases, but not completely so.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability
Replies: 16
Views: 2558

Re: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability

It looks like I overlooked a definition in my original post. For the purposes of this setting, a flip is not flipping the coin to a random side, but is turning the coin over, so that a heads becomes a tails, and a tails becomes a heads. I will be updating my original post to reflect this. It looks ...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jun 20, 2018 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability
Replies: 16
Views: 2558

Re: Repetitive Coin Flip Probability

Let p be the probability of flipping the coin in a given day and d be the number of days. Let n be the number of times the coin has flipped. So for instance, in scenario one (p=0.05, d=20), there is a 0.05 20 probability of zero flips the whole vacation, i.e. P(n=0) = 0.05 20 . Similarly, P(n=1) = 2...
by Eebster the Great
Tue Jun 19, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Airlock full of water exposed to vacuum
Replies: 10
Views: 2854

Re: Airlock full of water exposed to vacuum

It seems unlikely that not only would humans evolve in a parallel universe with significantly different laws of physics, but that the exact same people would live in a virtually identical society except for a few very subtle differences regarding employment decisions and the like. Though maybe that ...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jun 18, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 20
Views: 3531

Re: "Cactus plant"

Has anyone else seen this apparently redundant phrase? To me, a cactus is a type of succulent, specifically a desert plant, and I assumed these were known almost everywhere. The phrase "cactus plant" seems as silly as "dog animal" or "mushroom fungus." But I've seen th...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 20
Views: 3531

Re: "Cactus plant"

Some Googling definitely supports the usage of "cactus plant" as commonly used for houseplants exclusively, as opposed to wild cactus or even to cacti grown in gardens. I'm not sure why, but there are plenty of home & garden stores and the like using the term.
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 20
Views: 3531

Re: "Cactus plant"

So the idea might be to treat "cactus" as a mass noun (e.g. field of cactus, cactus fruit) and thus "cactus plant" as a count noun? I guess that would make sense, though I can't say I've seen that really. I guess it depends on the plant. For instance, one might hear "rose bu...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 14, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 90613

Re: Science-based what-if questions

It depends on if you paint hinges and on which direction you paint the latch.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: "Cactus plant"
Replies: 20
Views: 3531

"Cactus plant"

Has anyone else seen this apparently redundant phrase? To me, a cactus is a type of succulent, specifically a desert plant, and I assumed these were known almost everywhere. The phrase "cactus plant" seems as silly as "dog animal" or "mushroom fungus." But I've seen the...
by Eebster the Great
Fri Jun 08, 2018 5:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 90613

Re: Science-based what-if questions

You can find the magnitude of acceleration with Torricelli's equation , which does not include time as a variable: a = ( v f 2 - v i 2 )/(2 ∆ x ) Where a is the magnitude of average acceleration, v i is the initial speed (350 m/s), v f is the final speed (0 m/s), and ∆ x is the magnitude of displace...
by Eebster the Great
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84897

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I hear CDs are gonna replace casettes soon. That was done for some of the coolest languages; but French is still learned using cassettes. I mean, "cassette" is a French word, while "CD" is merely almost French (le CD = le disque compact, I guess in the same way SI = internationa...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jun 06, 2018 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 84897

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I hear CDs are gonna replace casettes soon.
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jun 06, 2018 6:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3058

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

Yeah, not "almost every" in the technical sense, but in the sense that there are so many clickbait headlines that a subjectively large majority of them will have results greater than 1. Consider the example in the comic. It is not necessary that any actual article be published about anythi...
by Eebster the Great
Wed Jun 06, 2018 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5656

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

Yeah, magnetic north is just a local direction. He didn't say anything about the actual magnetic north pole on the Earth. I imagined it having something to do with a magnet hidden in the ball to make it shoot straighter or something.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jun 04, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"
Replies: 43
Views: 5656

Re: 2002: "LeBron James and Stephen Curry"

In the U.S., SSNs are primarily used for taxes and employment. People who do not participate in social security (mostly aliens required to pay federal taxes, but also Amish and Mennonites) have individual taxpayer ID numbers with the same function. Because these are unique to each person and never c...
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Most creative way to manipulate boundary
Replies: 11
Views: 2762

Re: Most creative way to manipulate boundary

Soupspoon wrote:"towcestest"

What do toasters have to do with this?
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Most creative way to manipulate boundary
Replies: 11
Views: 2762

Re: Most creative way to manipulate boundary

And not "bestest" like it turns out "worster" is an actual word that means something completely irrelevant, but like what it should mean.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Most creative way to manipulate boundary
Replies: 11
Views: 2762

Re: Most creative way to manipulate boundary

I can't tell what post you are referring to, but I set it up so I win by definition, and I will have you know that deductive reasoning is bestest.
by Eebster the Great
Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3058

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

There is no meaningful way to deal with this formula as long as it produces probabilities greater than one. Sure there is. If an event that happens with P=1.0 always happens, then an event with P=2.0 always happens twice. Simple. The present definition allows p = infinity. Why not interpret it as s...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3058

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

There is no meaningful way to deal with this formula as long as it produces probabilities greater than one.
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

You can't opt out of cookies. You can, if you like, choose to simply disable them on your end, a feature every browser provides. The problem is third party tracking cookies, which the "cookie bill" was certainly not specific to. Now, hopefully those banners are no longer necessary (because...
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 03, 2018 11:19 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 134
Views: 26062

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

  • A biceps of an elephant
by Eebster the Great
Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 134
Views: 26062

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

Are those phrases that have meanings distinct from the individual words? Like, a runoff is definitely different from "run" + "off," but how does "run beside" mean anything different from "run" + "beside"?
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 134
Views: 26062

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

How many can we make with the verb "run"? Let's shoot for 20. Here's 8 to start: run up run down run in run out run on run off run around runaway They are all have meanings that are not immediately obvious from the definitions of the individual words. Some might need hyphens to get that pa...
by Eebster the Great
Sat Jun 02, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"
Replies: 15
Views: 3058

Re: 2001: "Clickbait-Corrected p-Value"

This "corrected" p-value frequently exceeds unity.
by Eebster the Great
Thu May 31, 2018 10:44 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Deep Drill Industry
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: Deep Drill Industry

I was deliberately choosing osmium due to its rarity and low solubility. My point was that we can't just process seawater for all our mineral needs, and osmium is a rather dramatic example of that. But gold is perfectly fine. There is a reason panning for gold was never an especially lucrative busin...
by Eebster the Great
Wed May 30, 2018 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

No, it doesn't assume any of those things. It points out that the law is flawed, whatever the reason behind the flaws. This isn't a struggle between good and evil, it's just a really ineffective piece of legislation.
by Eebster the Great
Wed May 30, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Deep Drill Industry
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: Deep Drill Industry

Wow. Well let's take the round figure of 100 km 3 /kg and say the world needs 200 kg/yr Os. So we would need to process 20,000 km 3 of seawater annually or about 55 km 3 per day. Even split between 100 processing plants, that's 550 million tons of water per plant per day. Doesn't really seem possible.
by Eebster the Great
Wed May 30, 2018 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

But like, if you don't want tracking cookies, write legislation about tracking cookies. Requiring a declaration regarding cookies on every single website is clearly useless. It does the exact opposite of the intended purpose.
by Eebster the Great
Wed May 30, 2018 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much is 1e340 j of energy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2279

Re: How much is 1e340 j of energy?

What I was thinking is that there are some very large numbers that are useful, or at least used, in various types of mathematical explorations, ponderings or theories, perhaps used in things like cryptography (eg: very large primes) or other esoteric fields, even if its just exploring the nature of...
by Eebster the Great
Tue May 29, 2018 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Deep Drill Industry
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: Deep Drill Industry

The only resource that is sufficiently scarce for this to make sense in the near future is oil. Oil can be extracted comparatively easily, since it is a fluid. For soild mining, it's difficult to imagine the mantle ever coming into play. Oil in the mantle? Isn't oil sort of limited to the crust? Ma...
by Eebster the Great
Tue May 29, 2018 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Deep Drill Industry
Replies: 17
Views: 2650

Re: Deep Drill Industry

It is going to be a very long time before "get it from space" becomes the cheapest/easiest option for anything. Not when there are gigatons of almost every element dissolved in the oceans just sitting right on the surface of the Earth. Perhaps, but it will be far longer before extracting ...
by Eebster the Great
Tue May 29, 2018 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

What was the point of the cookie law though? All it does is require sites to notify people that they use cookies. But nearly all websites use cookies, and the ones that don't notify you are simply not following the law. Is there more to it than that?
by Eebster the Great
Tue May 29, 2018 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much is 1e340 j of energy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2279

Re: How much is 1e340 j of energy?

Probably also at most.
by Eebster the Great
Mon May 28, 2018 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

And this is the intended effect of the bill? As far as I can tell, that is compliance. Again, the companies didn't "put off" anything, they took the approach they felt best for themselves. What did you expect them to do? If this is the expected result, why would you want this?
by Eebster the Great
Mon May 28, 2018 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How much is 1e340 j of energy?
Replies: 19
Views: 2279

Re: How much is 1e340 j of energy?

It turns out that 340-digit numbers don't come up that often.
by Eebster the Great
Sun May 27, 2018 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

Well, it's not like it's the little sites and apps that are spamming me. It's huge service after huge service. So I don't buy that the problem is just that DPOs they hired for this exact purpose just forgot what their job was and chose to do nothing until now.
by Eebster the Great
Sun May 27, 2018 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

I've heard differently. The likes of Google and Facebook have enough techno-legal nouse to do enough to (appear to, give or take the next Big Thing That Causes Problems) comply. Certainly to fudge it, and know how to do it so that we need to suck up their latest iteration of pop-over message. Meanw...
by Eebster the Great
Sun May 27, 2018 6:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 8247

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

The launch of this seems like an absolute clusterfuck, with major services like Facebook and Google seemingly unable to comply fast enough (or perhaps, if I'm understanding the law, ever) and either shutting down or fighting lawsuits. That is not the mark of a well-planned policy. And I tend not to ...

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