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Greatest Scientist

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"Ow! One of the petri dishes I left on the tower railing fell and hit me on the head! Hey, that gives me an idea..."
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Lythimus
11 days ago
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The Rube Goldberg of scientific discovery, Rube Goldberg.
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Or Whatever

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Oh yeah, I didn't even know they renamed it the Willis Tower in 2009, because I know a normal amount about skyscrapers.
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Lythimus
17 days ago
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To me, it's all about tone. People don't want to feel like they're being challenged. It helps not to start sentences with "actually" as well though :)
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - S

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Technically it's now 10^130 minus today.


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Lythimus
51 days ago
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I really thought the punchline was going to be that our current system is no different than random disturbances in spacetime ungoverned by any conscious entity. I guess people would take that as too political?
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Frankenstein Captcha

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The distinction between a ship and a boat is a line drawn in water.
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Lythimus
77 days ago
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I get annoyed when CAPTCHAs try to get me to say things are what they aren't. Just because some idiot doesn't know that a scooter isn't a motorcycle doesn't mean I should have to do an entirely new CAPTCHA.
marcrichter
77 days ago
Ground truth - isn't always.
jlvanderzwan
77 days ago
It's worse than that, iirc all of these labels are gathered through captcha's, just in varying stages of confidence. So by the time bad labels reach you it implies *most people* label something incorrectly
davidar
75 days ago
It also annoys me when it wants you to label things that look completely different in different regions, like fire hydrants
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JayM
76 days ago
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Heh
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gordol
76 days ago
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Only one of the squares contains anything that might be Frankenstein. What most people don't understand is that Frankenstein is the doctor, not the monster. And... most of the movie adaptations of the story even get the monster flat out WRONG.
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Mammoth

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Mammoth is like water in pipes.


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Lythimus
107 days ago
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Ha! He's going to look like a fool in a minute when he realizes he forgot his slide-advancing doohickey.
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Rounding

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I've developed a novel propulsion system powered by loss of precision in unit conversion.
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Lythimus
121 days ago
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Did Randall waste his time making a spreadsheet for this or waste his time writing python code for this?
deezil
121 days ago
The answer is probably Yes.
jepler
121 days ago
I wrote a Python program to try to reproduce the above, but due to rounding issues(!!) it gets a longer answer than Randall's. His is correct, 15 yards/s is 7.5 fathoms/sec but my program ends up with an intermediate value of 7.49999mumble and rounds it to 7, adding an extra conversion to 15 m/s in between. https://gist.github.com/jepler/d1a2440469e2228ad50073a3a94c2917
jepler
121 days ago
actually, check that -- It may be the case that pint is right in some limited sense. wikipedia thinks that the US fathom is 1.828804 m until 2023; pint uses this definition, so it is correct to round down 15 yards to 7 fathoms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fathom#International_fathom
jepler
121 days ago
Additionally, without adding furrther units, 45mph is as far as you can go.
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121 days ago
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