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by cphite
Wed Dec 07, 2016 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 4743

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

I simply brought it up as an example of a situation where you and others refuse to see the racism, and you've gone ahead and demonstrated that point perfectly by continuing to find excuses to justify first the killing and then the grand jury debacle. I don't need to find excuses to justify it; thre...
by cphite
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 4743

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Mike Brown assaulted a police officer and was shot in the process. This and the rest of your post is deeply over simplified and even (hopefully unintentionally!) misleading. I'm not sure how to address it. How familiar are you with the actual case? For example, even the police report claims he wasn...
by cphite
Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism debate split from elections thread
Replies: 56
Views: 4743

Re: Racism debate split from elections thread

Is it because the word "racism" has become diluted that people voted for Trump despite his racism-based campaign, or is it because those people aren't bothered by the racism itself? The people here I'm not persuading include a lot of the same people who I distinctly remember denying that ...
by cphite
Thu Dec 01, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The term "heads exploding" is in reference to the shock that these folks would demonstrate - real or feigned - when confronted with the fact that their own candidate supported the same thing that they're currently railing against as outrageous. I wasn't suggesting that any actual heads wo...
by cphite
Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You fail to understand how an act that would make it illegal to burn the flag is relevant to Trump's proposal to make it illegal to burn the flag? Thank you for demonstrating my point. I fail to see why a previous proposal for this Bad Thing(tm) justifies has any relation to peoples "heads exp...
by cphite
Wed Nov 30, 2016 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I wonder what these self-proclaimed activists would do if someone showed them the Flag Protection Act of 2005 and, more to the point, show them who it was sponsored by... Would they try to deny that it was real? Would they try to spin it somehow? Or would their pointy little heads just explode? I f...
by cphite
Wed Nov 30, 2016 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

This is bait. He's pressing his outrage button and expects to be served up videos of idealistic liberal protesters burning the American flag. And like clockwork, they fall for it. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CyeylMLWgAAttHb.jpg If Trump told them not to jump off a bridge, I suspect they would. I wo...
by cphite
Tue Nov 29, 2016 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

And this morning on Twitter, the president-elect Finally Goes Too Far™ and calls for fascistic restrictions on expression: Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail! So, he's not looking to renew his ( f...
by cphite
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'
Replies: 29
Views: 2102

Re: Investigatory Powers Act passes in UK, legalizes 'extreme surveillance'

Mutex wrote:The question is what they'll do to people using Tor if not everyone starts using it.


I'm sure that whatever it is, those people deserve it. The government has your best interests in mind; they know what is best.
by cphite
Tue Nov 29, 2016 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That isn't to say that mistakes can't be made. If margin of victory is only a few tenths of a percent, an automatic recount doesn't seem like an unreasonable policy. I've argued elsewhere on these forums that in the event of such margins, its probably most reasonable to consider votes with microsco...
by cphite
Mon Nov 28, 2016 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The peaceful transfer of power is predicated on trusting the outcome of the election. Evidently we have finally managed to fuck that up. Oh joy. When the head of the NSA states that something was afoot, I think it's safe to assume something may be afoot. The head of the NSA was talking about the ha...
by cphite
Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Ext harddrive thinks it is RAW format
Replies: 6
Views: 1142

Re: Ext harddrive thinks it is RAW format

My external harddrive (which I've used fine in the last month or so) has suddenly decided that is is RAW format. It is a Seagate 1tb drive, and had a lot of stuff on it, and now is not there. Is there any way to recover?? There is a good possibility that your data is still there on the drive. The k...
by cphite
Thu Nov 24, 2016 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)
Replies: 10
Views: 2743

Re: 'Math is Pseudoscience and Fake Astrology' (Strange, Fringe Views by Prominent Figures)

jewish_scientist wrote:This reminds me a lot of when works using imaginary numbers were first published and everyone was like 'How much opium is this guy on?'


It was the biggest scandal since that crazy "zero" thing popped up...
by cphite
Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Okay, fine... one example is 40 Wall Street - purchased and renovated for just under $36 million, now worth over $500 million. Pretty damn good as real estate investments go. Just out of curiosity, where did you get the 36 million dollar renovation figure? It's not terribly important, but I wasn't ...
by cphite
Fri Nov 18, 2016 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

With that in mind, Trump is... well... Meh. He's made a lot of really good deals, and he's made a lot of really bad ones. He's made billions and lost billions. He's made a lot of decisions that, in hindsight, are either brilliant or fucking terrible. Sorry, but when the aggregate of your business l...
by cphite
Fri Nov 18, 2016 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Business is usually a matter of who makes the least errors, rather than a litany of stunning ideas or whatever Hollywood portrays it as. In focusing on failed businesses, there is naturally some cherry picking to get the instances with more failure, since...that's why they failed. That's not even a...
by cphite
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 1313

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

The assembly-language routines have worked for like 20 years, and all game port manufacturers are using it. Why switch to this new fancy USB port thingy? Exactly. Why spend the time and money to support something that barely anyone is using? Game development generally involves trying to squeeze as ...
by cphite
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There wasn't anything real and major against Hillary, but there was certainly the perception, and that perception is still baggage, whether it has any basis in reality or not. This had been known since the beginning. She was under investigation for what, had it actually moved forward, would have be...
by cphite
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The point is, despite all of the rhetoric and charges of racism, Trump did extremely well (again, relatively speaking) with minority voters. I don't believe that'd be the case if those folks truly believed he was going against their interests. You're assuming people who aren't white can't be racist...
by cphite
Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As mentioned, racism isn't a binary, and everyone suffers from it. Are all of Clinton's voters not racist? Of course not! But a vote for her doesn't indicate disregard for marginalized groups. A vote for Trump, does. Trump won 8% of the black vote, which is obviously a very small number... but actu...
by cphite
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Welp, looks like we're witnessing the demise of the Democratic party. The past two election cycles were seen by many as the demise of the republican party... bit of an overreaction. This may force the democrat party to make some adjustments, and re-evaluate some of their priorities, but "demis...
by cphite
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 34008

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Very disappointed that Randall would offer campaign support to an unindicted felon. That's actually a pretty vague statement considering... ... that yawningdog has not made it clear whether "unindicted" in this case is meant to mean "someone who has never been formally charged with a...
by cphite
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 34008

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

yawningdog wrote:Very disappointed that Randall would offer campaign support to an unindicted felon.


That's actually a pretty vague statement considering...
by cphite
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 445
Views: 34008

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

We need more and better realistic choices, non-strategic voting, and to get rid of the electoral college. Actually, if the electoral college was updated to use preference lists, this would fit nicely into our system to get instant-runoff voting inside the electoral college. This would give third pa...
by cphite
Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?
Replies: 9
Views: 2906

Re: Encryption for the Lich Queen's spys?

One-time pad would work, as long as her minions can read, write, and do modular addition.
by cphite
Mon Oct 24, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Slightly dark spot on LED TV
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Re: Slightly dark spot on LED TV

Hi, I have an LED TV (LG 32BL5600) that I've had around for about two years. It gets used a lot (hooked up to laptop), and in the past months I've noticed a faint darker spot, maybe about two inches in diameter, on the TV. Most of the time it's not too noticeable - mostly when there's a uniform bac...
by cphite
Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

There's nothing that says you need to change how we collect revenue in order to be libertarian. Every single *economic* libertarian I have ever heard has argued that taxes are theft when the argument comes up. Most people that label themselves libertarian are Republicans who want to cut taxes, welf...
by cphite
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?
Replies: 38
Views: 2827

Re: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?

Likewise, any foreign national who sues the US government might get some personal satisfaction; but there would be no obligation to pay them anything. Ehhh... not quite. The differentiating factor here is how much of a presence the government being sued has in the suing country. Most countries have...
by cphite
Thu Sep 29, 2016 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?
Replies: 38
Views: 2827

Re: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?

What makes you think the people won't see a dime? While Saudi Arabia itself would never pay up, the country has various assets in the US, and those could be seized to pay their debts. The result being a MASSIVE sell-off of foreign-owned assets in the US, a massive plunge in the dollar and then a se...
by cphite
Thu Sep 29, 2016 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?
Replies: 38
Views: 2827

Re: Americans can now sue the Saudi gvm for 9/11?

This seems like such a weird idea. From the article it doesn't sound like there's any evidence of government officials being involved, but apparently the bill allows for suing for 'suspected involvement'? Where is this court case going to take place? How will they even get the defendants to turn up...
by cphite
Fri Sep 23, 2016 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 439780

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Yak, how does this compare to Trump's usage of his 'charity'? In other news Gary Johnson ideas would tank the economy. Is it a libertarian thing or is Gary Johnson at fault? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/22/libertarian-presidential-candidate-gary-johnson-is-friendly-and-seems-...
by cphite
Fri Sep 16, 2016 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 520
Views: 32434

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Those are easy. Feeding us all simply means changing to a more vegetarian diet (see: http://xkcd.com/1338/) and change the agricultural policy so that we would farm our stuff where the climate is good (like Africa) instead of using massive amounts of money and energy to cultivate things in near arc...
by cphite
Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 520
Views: 32434

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Then we seem to be boned either way, as I'm not sure how you feed 7 billion of us on a zero-fossil-fuels economy. Or keep the ones who don't live in the tropics warm in the wintertime. (Or, generously, to do those things with an early-1800s-level-of-emissions-with-today's-tech, fossil-fuels-economy...
by cphite
Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1731: "Wrong"
Replies: 42
Views: 5149

Re: 1731: "Wrong" : is wrong about particles

Too bad Randall himself got the end wrong. In quantum mechanics, particles are solely an artifact of interaction, particles never propagate. Thank you for taking the time to fact check this internet comic. Hopefully all of the people who rely on this comic as a source of knowledge regarding quantum...
by cphite
Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"
Replies: 520
Views: 32434

Re: 1732: "Earth Temperature Timeline"

Can someone give a dumbed down explanation of how they know the temperatures in prehistoric times? I am hoping we're not using some circular logic, Estimating future temperature increases based on CO2 levels, based on changes from historical temperatures which we calculated based on CO2 levels. The...
by cphite
Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum
Replies: 150
Views: 12764

Re: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum

You make it sound so simple! So what am I supposed to do with the chicken? Jose Grill it over charcoal until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Turn every so often to prevent burning. Dry rubs go on before you start; sauces go on near the end. anyone who doesn't sous vide shall be stoned u...
by cphite
Tue Aug 16, 2016 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum
Replies: 150
Views: 12764

Re: XKCD, where they talk shit about you in a secret subforum

ucim wrote:You make it sound so simple! So what am I supposed to do with the chicken?

Jose


Grill it over charcoal until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F. Turn every so often to prevent burning. Dry rubs go on before you start; sauces go on near the end.
by cphite
Mon Aug 15, 2016 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: OneDrive problem with windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 1851

Re: OneDrive problem with windows 10

That's one of the solutions I found online. Unfortunately, it's useless for me since it only works if you have Pro or Enterprise. All I get is an error saying Windows cannot find it. Oh well. It's weird, but Friday and Saturday I didn't get the notification, but today I did. Seems like short of goi...
by cphite
Fri Aug 12, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: OneDrive problem with windows 10
Replies: 4
Views: 1851

Re: OneDrive problem with windows 10

Hey everyone, I've been having a problem with OneDrive since I upgraded to Windows 10 from 8.1 a couple of weeks ago. The transition went by very smoothly and I haven't encountered any problem except for this one. When I upgraded, I got a window at startup urging me to sign up for OneDrive. I have ...

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