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by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 3872

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Randall isn't saying there are no situations where the speaker isn't the one at fault for being mis interpreted. I think you used the correct number, but wow that's a lot of embedded negations in one sentence. I'm not sure it wouldn't be impossible to make the point without refusing to avoid using ...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 3872

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

The guy in the comic apparently has "everyone" misinterpret him frequently, and at no point has he considered it might be his communication skills at fault.

Again, Randall isn't saying there are no situations where the speaker isn't the one at fault for being misinterpreted.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 3872

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

You realise the line from the person out of frame is meant to be sarcastic, right? And if that wasn't enough, the alt-text made it plenty clear he's not saying the speaker is at fault if *anyone* misinterprets them. If most people misinterpret the speaker, the speaker is probably at fault. That doe...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 3872

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Or, he's talking about a different situation. It's possible for both what he's talking about, and what you're talking about, to happen. It's kinda like he's saying C, and you're getting mad at him for not saying A. In which case, according to the logic of this piece, Randall is to blame for being m...
by Mutex
Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 3872

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Another take on the problem: Say there are some ignorant/not quite so bright people that insist that its either A or B, and also B is terrible and evil and yuck. You go on to say C. They, predictably, decide that you said not A, therefore you really mean B and support B, and are terrible and evil a...
by Mutex
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1984: "Misinterpretation"
Replies: 45
Views: 3872

Re: 1984: "Misinterpretation"

Reminds me of [url=https://xkcd.com/1028/]1028 . Or, more specifically, the alt-text of 1028: "Anyone who says that they're great at communicating but 'people are bad at listening' is confused about how communication works." 1028 ranks up there with some of my more favored XKCD comics, fo...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6083
Views: 848320

Re: Police misbehavior thread

And if you've got any examples of two white men being arrested for sitting in Starbucks, please post them.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6083
Views: 848320

Re: Police misbehavior thread

White people don't tend to get arrested for having beards and sweatpants.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I've honestly no idea why inches and feet are more "natural" than cm or m, or how using metric is in any way harder in any situation. And the people who feel that way are yet to provide an actual situation where using metric is demonstrably disadvantageous. There's this weird, unexamined a...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2158537

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

jewish_scientist wrote:I first read Swaziland as Switzerland.

Which is precisely why the king decided to rename his country, funnily enough.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Yes because I was totally advocating not knowing anything and relying on machines. Rather than pointing out there doesn't seem to be any advantage to imperial whether or not you have a calculator. And if one system is easier for people who aren't good with numbers, and requires less effort, that see...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I can use my size 9 shoes to get distances in feet just by counting; getting distances in meters means multiplying by 0.3 (which introduces an error, but if I cared about precise measurement, I wouldn't be using my shoes to measure it). One meter is approximately one stride length, either a long st...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

In the UK, recipes using imperial will generally use ounces so there's no difference in measuring. 8 fl. oz of water doesn't quite weigh 8 oz., and anything significantly more or less dense than water is going to be way off. --- Metric is obviously better than USCS because there's an agreed-upon se...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

In the UK, recipes using imperial will generally use ounces so there's no difference in measuring.
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Imperial measures are generally extremely well designed for day-to-day purposes when measuring the things they are intended to measure. Can you give an example of an everyday situation where using imperial is easier than metric? While baking a cake a cup of sugar is easier to measure than say 100g ...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

rmsgrey wrote:Imperial measures are generally extremely well designed for day-to-day purposes when measuring the things they are intended to measure.

Can you give an example of an everyday situation where using imperial is easier than metric?
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

and only half want to reverse it post brexit ... wait, what? Only about a half of us (who voted, about a third of us who could vote and maybe around a quarter of everyone who would have to live with the result) voted for Brexit, so 'just' half of everyone these lot asked wanting to work with pounds...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I've thrown out all my socks and replaced them with the same kind before. Need to do it again soon, picked up various non-standard socks over the years and have it's made pairing them up after doing laundry difficult again. Just got back to one-sock mode. The last time I'd bought socks they looked ...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 6487

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I've thrown out all my socks and replaced them with the same kind before. Need to do it again soon, picked up various non-standard socks over the years and have it's made pairing them up after doing laundry difficult again.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

I can't wait for j_s's next one sentence retort to the many major problems with his argument people have pointed out.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

You missed the "irrelevant" bit.
by Mutex
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 373635

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, the whole point of being a politician is the lucrative career you get afterwards.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

I'm not 100% sure but I think US prisoners aren't allowed to bear arms either.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Pretty sure prisoners in supermax prisons are quite limited in their ability to broadcast their ideas to the world, let alone lead anything. Especially ones that'd be almost entirely isolated in super-secure rooms, like Hitler would be in any realistic scenario.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4873
Views: 373635

Re: Trump presidency

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43727829 Trump tells Russia to get ready for missiles being fired into Syria. Russia responds that missiles will be shot down, and their launch sites targeted. So, Russia is going to attack US warships? I'm starting to long for the days when Trump was a bi...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 4002

Re: 1979: "History"

I only know about Garfield because I read a book about psychopaths, and the man who assassinated him was just about the most perfect textbook example of a psychopath you can get.
by Mutex
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Cost would be a bad area to focus on - First of all, it has little to do with morality unless you take a particularly callous view on the value of human life, and secondly it costs MORE to execute someone than imprison them for life. The money saved by getting RID of the death penalty could be spent...
by Mutex
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2158537

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

And the moral of the story is, don't go around kicking mooses (meese?).

Also TIL a moose is a kind of cow. Makes sense if you imagine them without the antlers.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Killing someone in self defense is moral. Therefore there are situations where killing people is moral. All I have to do is prove that cases exist where the death penalty is moral, because it follows from that that the death penalty must be legal. So if there exists an incredibly extreme unusual si...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

There's also an issue with the idea that "<x> is moral in this extreme situation" logical leads on to "<x> is moral". Killing someone in self defense is moral. Therefore killing people is moral. And using Hitler as your sole example in an argument rarely produces a solid argument.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 3742

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

What if someone flat out disagrees with premise #2?

Your argument seems to be that execution is sometimes moral because you named a situation where you believe it would be moral. Seems circular.

Why would executing Hitler be more moral than imprisoning him for life?
by Mutex
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6083
Views: 848320

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Did you mean to include a link?
by Mutex
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13380
Views: 1396385

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Also if two men are married, one of them dies, is the other one a widow or a widower?
by Mutex
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14625
Views: 2158537

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

Speaking of hard to parse headlines, what would you guess this one (from the BBC) is about?

'Deeply sorry' Labour disputes chief quits

Spoiler:
The chief of the Labour party's disputes panel has quit, saying she is deeply sorry.
by Mutex
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1749
Views: 260466

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

On Arizona's governor's relationship with Uber: A tranche of emails published through a document request from The Guardian reveals that governor Doug Ducey went to some lengths to encourage Uber to move its program from California to Arizona, including allowing it to test self-driving cars in Phoeni...
by Mutex
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6083
Views: 848320

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Pants down, don't shoot. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43574249 A US police officer shot dead an unarmed man walking in traffic with his trousers down, and his family says it looks like "premeditated murder". Police dashcam video shows Danny Ray Thomas, 34, walking towards the ...
by Mutex
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 4702

Re: Census Dickery

But citizens also use those services, so it's a moot point.
by Mutex
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13380
Views: 1396385

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

And then shovelling Smarties pizza into their face while sobbing bitter tears.

(Soon to be sweet tears as the sugar level in every fluid in their body rises to 20%)
by Mutex
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1749
Views: 260466

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

Apparently the distinction between an accident and a deliberate malicious crime is harder to spot than I realised.
by Mutex
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3711
Views: 462339

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I can see certain parallels in English. We call members of a tribe native to Uzbekistan Uzbeks and members of a tribe native to Kurdistan Kurds with no trouble at all, and we've got Tajiks and Afghans and Turkmen and Kazakhs too, but at some point in the last century or so we used the obvious word ...

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