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by Copper Bezel
Thu Sep 20, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

I get the sense that humanity's bad experience with genetic engineering gets generalized into an overall discomfort with anything much like transhumanism. And the transporters can already be used to de-age someone with the help of just a DNA sample of all things to solve an episode conflict, which b...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Sep 12, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Yeah, that's fair. And I was aware of the stated limitations, enough that I'm aware of Scotty using a special cycled buffer to store himself and a crewmate and even that turning out to work only for him (IIRC?) while having considered the possibility that in a replicated bag of potato chips, all the...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Sep 07, 2018 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

Which, to be fair, is because the transporters never made sense with the rest of the technology anyway and were shoved in for filming convenience in the original series with the explanation following. They and the replicators are both limited to doing the one job they're assigned, despite the fact t...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Sep 06, 2018 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

I'm not sure that I'm not referring to that. I don't really know what you mean. Junk like this . In that example the blogger is really just grappling with the Ship of Theseus problem in a really naive way and ultimately decides that it counts as the same ship as long as you replace the boards one a...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Sep 06, 2018 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

But the value of a person is not the personhood of a person. This part of the discussion was only about the personhood of a person, and the idiocy of trying to append broader concerns about human value to a rigid and well defined concept that has its own, separate meaning. I don't know how "pe...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Sep 05, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

They don't have a coherent ideology. I suppose you would need to be philosophically literate to understand why these are not arguments from personal incredulity. Lawl Edit: You are right on one count though, which is that people could think of software that replicates them without actually being co...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:50 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement
Replies: 50
Views: 5592

Re: A dragon confronts the Terasem movement

This is like, mostly arguments from personal incredulity, and it's a little hard to follow in places without knowing what this Terasem thing is. I admit I was kinda hoping that reading it would explain a bit of their ideology instead of spending most of the time indirectly describing yours. This is ...
by Copper Bezel
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Formal definition of genetic fitness
Replies: 8
Views: 1663

Re: Formal definition of genetic fitness

Shit, you're right, sorry. Hell, even missing the spoiler, I should have realized it's the same math in reverse. Sorry.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Formal definition of genetic fitness
Replies: 8
Views: 1663

Re: Formal definition of genetic fitness

There's that happened with with North American cat species having selection pressure for larger body size because it's better competition for mates while pressing them to an unsustainable size to actually live on the available prey species - long enough term to certainly seem like an advantage. I ki...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 657408

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

I've noticed something similar for ages but never got around to actually investigating the effect. When I stir my instant coffee into a cup of microwaved hot water, the clinking of the spoon against the porcelain mug starts at a higher frequency and drops to a lower frequency as I stir. Not much .....
by Copper Bezel
Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 98941

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Well, I think only the power source itself is magical, not everything else we attach to it.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Aug 06, 2017 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 98941

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Yeah, if it was literally an infinite AA, you'd be limited to things like the first option. If it's made of magic and has no current limitations, internal resistance, or operating temperature range, then there's a maximum current you'll be able to draw before it vaporizes whatever contacts you devis...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Aug 06, 2017 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 12657

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

Yeah, it's not at all new. The people who call snakes sneks and birds birbs call rabbits buns.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1871: "Bun Alert"
Replies: 86
Views: 12657

Re: 1871: "Bun Alert"

orthogon wrote:
BrandonH66 wrote:Who saw the title and thought it would have man buns somewhere in it?

Are they the same as moobs?

Ideally not, no. They should ideally be very unlike that. But I suppose that they can converge.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"
Replies: 53
Views: 8590

Re: 1870: "Emoji Movie Reviews"

orthogon wrote:Actually it seems that's its tail, not its head!

Ah, so it contains a horse the way A contains an ox.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 30, 2017 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 4689

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Amazon's reviews are meant to be of the product, though, so that is frustrating. It could ship from all sorts of different suppliers and be on the same page, the review corresponds to the whole thing.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jul 28, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"
Replies: 23
Views: 4689

Re: 1869: "Positive and Negative Reviews"

Flumble wrote:No product with "smart" in its name can be any good.

I'd generally agree, but the car is quite good.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jul 28, 2017 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

this is the worst fate
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 91566

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

I feel like that's the difference, though, that in the three listed cases, it's an established word that took on an onomatopoeic element in reference to a linguistic thing that happens to it sometimes, which seems like ... a pretty unusual phenomenon really.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jul 28, 2017 3:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

What's my punishment for having my Microsoft account linked in GNOME / Ubuntu Linux?
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jul 19, 2017 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Eh, it varies with the system. Mac makes a lot of use of the desktop, it's hard to get around. Windows uses it, but it's redundant and easy to ignore once you pin the Recycle Bin to Start and turn off the icons. It's just a wallpaper by default in GNOME (though you can turn on the Windows functional...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Xfce also has five years on macOS, but I wasn't using either at either time and have no idea who decided that the desktop was a good place to save scrots first. Odds are good it wasn't on the initial release of either.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Nice! Good to know! Thanks.
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

People who never learned to use laptop trackpads weird me. There are a lot of tasks for which a mouse is vastly superior, but there's really no task for which a laptop in your lap, but with a mouse, makes any sense at all. I mean, I suppose there are still Thinkpads if you'd rather a clit mouse. Dra...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Yeah, that dialog is inherited from prior versions of GNOME, and that strategy is super-common in third-party screenshot tools. It's a very sensible solution. I dunno, if you insist on doing absolutely everything with the keyboard, not a lot of typical modern GUI stuff is going to make a great deal ...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Not for the only time, in the last week, I don't understand the arguments on a situation where I have an apparent disagreement with someone. And I do worry that it's entirely me at fault. Ask me in private/invite me onto a dedicated technical subforum thread if you really want to, but I am not poll...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Okay, so you don't use a clipboard manager because you prefer fussing around between windows and tabs like a person who doesn't know what a clipboard manager is. Good Android apps are indeed hard to find, and I don't have a preferred image editor myself; it's exactly the kind of app where I feel And...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

1, I use my clipboard a hell of a lot more than I think a lot of people do, because there are people who don't even use a fucking clipboard manager. Quite probably a majority of people. Benighted drifters all. In any case, the fact that I use it is why I don't want irrelevant features fucking it up....
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Regardless of anything else, there are a number of things about Dropbox's apparent default behaviour that I don't like... *shudder* (And that was the problem. Rather than the expected image to copypasta, it turned out to be a text link... Except it originally wasn't linked to Ctrl- (Alt-)PrintScree...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

It's not what you're attenuated to. It is fewer and less arcane steps than all of that nonsense with your image editor, which you've been trained into by bad design and time. It is objectively, inherently, fundamentally more convenient. Edit: And cry me a security river if people are freely accessin...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Take the screenshot

Open the file

Delete the file

This is not hard
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

Well, by default, GNOME just spams the files into your Pictures folder. I'm 99.8% certain I remember clicking something on setting up Dropbox's capture method. If not, well, it is at least superior to whatever the fuck Windows does. Using the clipboard shouldn't even be an option, it's idiotic. Edit...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1863: "Screenshots"
Replies: 47
Views: 7687

Re: 1863: "Screenshots"

I love how screenshots work on Windows with Dropbox installed. Just takes the shot, saves the image to a Screenshots folder in the Dropbox one, and puts up a notification. Had to set up a script to get the same behavior with the screenshot tool in GNOME (although, to be fair, at least it allows for ...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Jul 15, 2017 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1847: "Dubious Study"
Replies: 28
Views: 5680

Re: 1847: "Dubious Study"

If you feel the news media's purpose is to make the leading political parties happy, yes.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 9673

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

Yeah, HUP is almost always described in "accessible" texts as that tradeoff of the precise definition of a particle's momentum vs. position, sometimes and sometimes not with the oversimplification that that's the only information we can know rather than the only information there is, and t...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1861: "Quantum"
Replies: 69
Views: 9673

Re: 1861: "Quantum"

I thought it was Extended.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Jul 11, 2017 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 24
Views: 7956

Re: Longest Name

Yeah, the original question we're talking about here was how much people abbreviate. Telegraph operators certainly" count", and are also a very small and not very significant number of instances in that tally.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jul 07, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"
Replies: 44
Views: 7502

Re: 1859: "Sports Knowledge"

I would have guessed that "plus slugging" was a thing and taken "on-base" as either a modifier phrase or a noun creating a compound - comes to the same in this case for intonation purposes, with the emphasis falling really heavily on the "on" and "plus". Treat...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Longest Name
Replies: 24
Views: 7956

Re: Longest Name

The TLA particularly seems like a nineteenth and twentieth century fixation. Like, was there a point in history where newspapers were writing stories about the EIC?
by Copper Bezel
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?
Replies: 23
Views: 5953

Re: What if there was a Zombie Apocalypse?

Slow undead zombies... Societal collapse would happen quickly, but more due to other people than the actual undead... I think, frankly, that most of the slow zombie genre greatly overestimates how quickly the living would be overtaken by slow zombies. I'd expect large pockets of survivors, especial...

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