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by MartianInvader
Sat Aug 11, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2031: "Pie Charts"
Replies: 17
Views: 975

Re: 2031: "Pie Charts"

I always knew Randall could get hyperbolic at times, but this is getting ridiculous. I think it's like with triangles; pie charts add up to more than 100% on positively curved surfaces, exactly 100% on flat ones, and less than 100% on negatively curved surfaces. Other way around. Negatively curved s...
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2030: "Voting Software"
Replies: 42
Views: 2627

Re: 2030: "Voting Software"

Even if someone invents an actually secure voting method, whatever company makes the voting machines will probably implement only half of it to save costs, leaving it vulnerable. Plus they'll insert a couple backdoors just in case they need to use them, and they'll use compiler software they bought ...
by MartianInvader
Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2028: "Complex Numbers"
Replies: 48
Views: 2278

Re: 2028: "Complex Numbers"

What are all the differences between ℝ2 and ℂ? ⋅ First the complex plane is a connected set whereas two dimensional real numbers are not. ⋅ Second, the complex plane is capable of definite integration for systems which don't have definite solutions using only real numbers. &sdot...
by MartianInvader
Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 28
Views: 2237

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Sableagle wrote:Without knowing the specs of the wall and the holes they need in it, I can't say for sure that a Wingmaster and 20 rounds of #4 buckshot wouldn't have had the job done inside 2 minutes.

We can't trust third-party libraries! Better to build something in-house so we have control of it.
by MartianInvader
Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2021: "Software Development"
Replies: 28
Views: 2237

Re: 2021: "Software Development"

Am I the only one who thinks that drill guy is the one in the wrong here? My experience as a software engineer has been seeing far too much time wasted building fancy tools and options that no one wants or needs. All he had to do was build a cannonball and he could have moved on to the next project....
by MartianInvader
Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2005: "Attention Span"
Replies: 78
Views: 5327

Re: 2005: "Attention Span"

"Thomas, if you spend all your time worrying about silly things like freedom and equality, you'll never be REALLY useful!"
by MartianInvader
Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

If SCOTUS rules that fetuses (feti?) are alive and thus abortion is murder, there's no law short of legalizing murder that would make abortions legal again. You'd have to add an amendment to the constitution to get around that. If killing anything that's alive counts as murder, we'll all starve to ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14715
Views: 2244731

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

I thought other people throw rocks at houses, and you sweep up the broken windows?
by MartianInvader
Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

Nice link, but the geographic map they provide looks just like the rest of the country - blue cities and their metros, and red rural areas.

The population-weighted map sure makes California look MUCH more liberal than the country as a whole to me.
by MartianInvader
Fri Jan 19, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

Remember; California isn't truly much more liberal than the rest of the country, just that the conservatives have all but given up. I think a statement like this needs a source. 46% of the country voted for Trump, 31% of California voted for him. You'll see higher percentages for every Democratic p...
by MartianInvader
Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Halting Problem
Replies: 208
Views: 28989

Re: Halting Problem

I just stumbled on this thread, but it might be a good thought-excercise to construct Devious yourself. In other words, solve the following problem: Suppose you have an Oracle O(p, i) that correctly tells you whether any program will halt given any input (you can imagine this as just a bunch of code...
by MartianInvader
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

Then explain how FOX News was the only network brave enough to report on the conspiracy behind Seth Rich's murder, huh? Or have a minister from Sweden on to explain what's really happening with Muslims in that country?

Checkmate.
by MartianInvader
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, the article itself admits the poll showing split support is an outlier:

Moreover, the POLITICO/Morning Consult poll stands in contrast to other public surveys that show majorities in opposition to the bill.
by MartianInvader
Wed Dec 06, 2017 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 283650

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

DeepMind described the level of performance achieved as being "superhuman"

Not only is the AI good, it's full of itself...
by MartianInvader
Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

If you genuinely believe Moore is innocent, it's reasonable to still support him. It's a position I disagree with, but I don't see those who hold it as human garbage (or worse).
by MartianInvader
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 283650

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Personally, I would have just written it so that there was no DNA combining and the protagonists realizing that modern lizard's ability to change their sex was inherited from their dinosaur ancestors. It is much more scientifically accurate and reinforces the message that unexpected variables can/ ...
by MartianInvader
Thu Oct 05, 2017 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

Jumble wrote:Possibly, but if he throws some roles of paper towel to the people of Las Vegas I would love to see them throw them straight back at the worthless fucker.

Its "rolls".
by MartianInvader
Fri Sep 22, 2017 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Meanwhile, I'll stick to my belief that if you proclaim yourself a supporter of wanton genocide and the extermination of over half the world's population, the consequences of your choices are yours to bear, regardless of whether or not those consequences involve getting punched. Of course, we could...
by MartianInvader
Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Could... could we maybe get back to discussing whether violence against Nazis/White supremacists is morally justified? I still really, really don't think it is unless it's against someone who is actively being physically violent.
by MartianInvader
Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

We're not talking about whether racists feel threatened by the presence of black people, we're talking about whether someone is *actually* threatened. Facts before feels, right? But is "being threatened" actually an unambiguous fact? The argument I keep trying to make is that "Person...
by MartianInvader
Wed Sep 20, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

How about this: replace "violence" in (a), with "violence which does not protect others from violence". The whole jist of my position is that violence becomes justified when it acts to protect others from violence (now or in the future), and non-violent action would not be suffi...
by MartianInvader
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

...I meant people in this thread. Sure, if you want to say the current administration is wrong about something, go ahead, I think you'll be hard-pressed to find anyone on these forums that disagrees. But this is a thread about whether Antifa-style violence is justified, so when I saw so many posts a...
by MartianInvader
Tue Sep 19, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Are people saying that antifa is as bad as Nazis? I certainly never said that. I simply said that if our rule is that violence is justified when a group is planning violence and that the government isn't stopping them, then antifa meets the criteria. Ultimately, I'm trying to illustrate my belief th...
by MartianInvader
Tue Sep 19, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

If the following conditions are met: a) A white nationalist or group of white nationalists promotes their views in a way that is likely to pose a credible threat of violence against others (which given their views encompasses most ways apart from vague wishing) b) The normal mechanisms of state-con...
by MartianInvader
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Okay. Now my understanding is there are those in this thread that believe violence against white nationalists is justified. Does this mean that if someone tweets "I wish all blacks would go back to Africa and leave America for the white race", violence is now justified against them? I'm no...
by MartianInvader
Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

↶ I don't think someone saying, for example, "I'm worried about a black man taking my job" warrants violence against them. Saying that also doesn't make someone a white nationalist, so I'm not sure what your point is. Um... your response to me got a lot of argument that seems somewhat unw...
by MartianInvader
Sun Sep 17, 2017 1:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Weeks wrote:Well like....why would you be "worried" about a black man taking your job

The most obvious answer is because you're racist. My point is that merely being racist does not justify violence against you.
by MartianInvader
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 409
Views: 39515

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

I think "white nationalism" encompasses a lot of belief systems and viewpoints. While I happen to disagree with all of them, I don't think someone saying, for example, "I'm worried about a black man taking my job" warrants violence against them.
by MartianInvader
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

At this point, when someone in the Whitehouse says Trump won't do a thing, I don't know how much I trust it. I don't think we can be sure whether he'll pardon anyone or not in Arizona until he's left the state.
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

"White nationalism" is a weasel term. It's inherently eliminationalist and it relies for camouflage on you not thinking too hard about it and assuming they haven't either. There has never been a "<nation> for <ethnic group> only!" movement that didn't come down to, in practice, ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

In case you hadn't noticed the government is also riddled with nazis Is this true? I mean, most of the arguments for punching nazis have been based on the idea that the "Nazis" means people who are openly and aggressively pushing for violence in the name of white supremacy and facism, typ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

It scares them into hiding, reduces the appeal of membership, prevents them from organizing in the future, etc? I guess I'll just repeat myself since I addressed this point in my post: That's basically the definition of terrorism, which is not only morally reprehensible, but also doesn't generally ...
by MartianInvader
Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

So for those who are pro-punching Nazis, can I just ask... what's the point? What does it accomplish? I mean, sure, it would feel good. I know I'd really enjoy punching a Nazi. But does it do anything else good? Because I can see a lot of bad things it does (legitimize "both sides are violent&q...
by MartianInvader
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

The problem is, of course, it's not always clear who "started it" - that's how escalations work. They say stuff, we say stuff. They test missiles, we fly planes in war game exercises. They launch some missiles into the sea near Guam, we blow up some trees on their border. Turns out there w...
by MartianInvader
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Foolish question debunked. Move on, nothing to see.
Replies: 80
Views: 10685

Re: Does the Banach–Tarski Paradox prove that you can't see the edge of the universe?

Well, Banach-Tarski *is* about doing isometries, so it's about geometry at least a little bit.
by MartianInvader
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

I'm sorry, and anyone who knows me on here knows this isn't my style, but actually what the actual fuck are you prepared to put up with in the US? I've spent 9 months trying to pacify the cluster-fuck that is your Middle East policy but that's not even the half of it. Anyone want to venture an area...
by MartianInvader
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6168
Views: 460282

Re: Trump presidency

ucim wrote:Every day that we don't have a nuclear holocaust is a day that we live without a nuclear holocaust.

Have you considered joining the tautology club? If you did, you'd be in the tautology club.
by MartianInvader
Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Guess the Pattern
Replies: 21
Views: 5672

Re: Guess the Pattern

I'm happy to see a pattern puzzle where the answer can't possibly be a high-degree polynomial.
by MartianInvader
Sat May 27, 2017 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 5743

Re: Two more secrets

Actually, I was referring to the claim that
Spoiler:
all probabilities are negative. I though I was misunderstanding how you were using "probability" like I misunderstood how you were using "eliminate"
earlier.


But after reading your response, I'm assuming that was a typo.
by MartianInvader
Fri May 26, 2017 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Two more secrets
Replies: 17
Views: 5743

Re: Two more secrets

So it turns out I don't have a proof of optimality; I was making an assumption about the form of the solution that it turns out I can't easily prove. I'm not (yet) convinced your argument works, though - I'm stuck here: From these equations, and the fact that all probabilities are negative, we can d...

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