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by uncivlengr
Fri Jul 15, 2011 5:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0925: "Cell Phones"
Replies: 98
Views: 25906

Re: 0925: "Cell Phones"

From the actual release , they claim that "a positive association has been observed between exposure to [cellphones] and cancer for which a causal interpretation is considered by the Working Group to be credible, but chance, bias or confounding could not be ruled out with reasonable confidence....
by uncivlengr
Tue Jul 05, 2011 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9412
Views: 1387411

Re: Minecraft

I think the "attribute" of each block is only 16 bits - good enough for door orientation, wool colour, etc, but doesn't give you all the combinations for even a 3x3, which would require at least 45* bits if you limit the breadboard to redstone wires and torches, plus 4 bits for the orienta...
by uncivlengr
Tue Jul 05, 2011 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9412
Views: 1387411

Re: Minecraft

I saw a really neat idea on Reddit once for a breadboard block - it opens up like a crafting table with perhaps a 7x7 working area, and has an input at the bottom and an output at top - you'd arrange redstone wires and torches any way you like in the space available, to make condensed circuitboards ...
by uncivlengr
Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 38115

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

(Though I will say: easier than (11*12+10)/3 then converted back to feet/in is 11/3=3 2/3, 2/3*12=8, 8+10/3=3 1/3, so the answer is 3'11 1/3". That really isn't too bad. You could almost do that calculation as you say or write down the answer.) I agree it's not too bad, but twice as bad as one...
by uncivlengr
Tue Jul 05, 2011 11:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 38115

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

Obviously customary units are not perfect, but I would rather have an inconsistent but convenient system than a consistent but inconvenient system. The great tragedy of metric is that if they had just used base 12 and not based everything on arbitrary properties of water it could have been a really...
by uncivlengr
Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use
Replies: 109
Views: 38115

Re: Metric versus US Customary/Imperial for Everyday Use

As a Canadian engineer that does a lot of woodworking and carpentry, I can generally summarize my opinion on the matter by saying I'd much rather design something in SI units, but build it in imperial units. I do, however, raise issue with this point: The second reason, a derivative of the first, is...
by uncivlengr
Fri Jul 01, 2011 4:30 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 331391

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

I've only been to one worth mentioning, L'Amere a Boire on Rue Saint-Denis.

Food's really good, too.
by uncivlengr
Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Third answer: I ignore them. ...and yet here you are. Next time, just do that. Okay, but I still don't see what "common" and "nerd" have to do with anything. Neither do I - why did he bring them up, do you think? It was a bland old joke, now it's an offensive "manipulative&...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Show me where I have done anything to take a person's freedom away from them through base psychological triggering. Or direct manipulation. Show me how "if you haven't read [x], you're living in sin" is "base psychological triggering" and not just figurative hyperbole. If someon...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Jeez, are you gonna pick apart every word in his posts, claiming they make the message less valid? (Other than "manipulation", of course. That would be too close to cobra's *actual point* for you to acknowledge.) I'm hoping at some point he realizes that regardless of the validity of his ...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

vodka.cobra wrote:I did that because their "condescending hyperbole" is easily the most common form of manipulation found in nerd culture.
Ugh! I hate it when things are common... and on top of that, nerds! Who put those guys in charge of discussing a Hofstadter book, anyway?
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

vodka.cobra wrote:And no, me telling the other person to fuck off was me telling them to fuck off.
...and just to be clear, you did that because of their condescending hyperbole, right?

(just give it time, soon it'll click).
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Of course, I get it now! Haha! Let me guess, when you told that other person to fuck off, that was a joke, too, right? Fascinating and hilarious! Since none of us are mind readers, either, maybe you could start putting your "jokes" in italics, or perhaps underline them, so we know when you...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Please tell me more, your inability to cope with trivial social interactions is just fascinating . Just because someone says they don't like something doesn't mean they have an inability to cope with it. By your own logic, you have an inability to cope with not knowing more about other people's ina...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Please tell me more, your inability to cope with trivial social interactions is just fascinating.
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9412
Views: 1387411

Re: Minecraft

TaintedDeity wrote:Puts Notch to shame :P
Yeah, "Better than Wolves" is a not-so-subtle jab at the official updates, in fact.

The Utilitarian wrote:Psion! You need this mod on your server. NEED IT.
Not available for multiplayer yet.
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

it depends, if they obviously change then it's hard to not believe them when they say it changed their life, i have a friends that read The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin, and within a year he had given away 90% of his belongings and moved to New Zealand, all apparently due to reading that one book,...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

That GEB itself "changed" anyone's life in a remarkable way is a little much (or perhaps says something about their life). It's an interesting book, if only to read a few chapters and get the gist of his point (which he simply reiterates thousands of times in slightly different ways throug...
by uncivlengr
Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9412
Views: 1387411

Re: Minecraft

Y'know what I want in a future patch? It's nothing fancy. Nothing to do with rails or portals or redstone. All I want, is upside down stairs and the ability to place half-block slabs in the top half of a block space instead of the bottom. I am continually frustrated with the inability to make items...
by uncivlengr
Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

Managed a bit of time over the weekend to play for the first time in a while, never really did play much since 1.4 came out.

I think for the next update they need to make the rabbit deaths a little more spectacular - bunny heads only flying halfway across the screen just isn't doing it for me.
by uncivlengr
Mon Jun 27, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

Yes, because the phrase "tit riot" makes perfect sense.

(semi-ninja'd)
by uncivlengr
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0917: "Hofstadter"
Replies: 127
Views: 60302

Re: 0917: "Hofstadter"

I read GEB to the point where he starts hinting at the notion that a large portion of the end of a book may just be meaningless filler to disguise the true ending of the book.

There's a limit to how much you can screw with me, Mr. Hofstadter.
by uncivlengr
Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Undeletable?
Replies: 10
Views: 1549

Re: Undeletable?

Yeah, I like to think of it as an associate of mine when my computer needs a little "persuasion".

What's that, Windows? You don't want to rename that .avi file right now? My friend Vinnie the Unlocker here would like to talk to you about that.
by uncivlengr
Sun Jun 26, 2011 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Undeletable?
Replies: 10
Views: 1549

Re: Undeletable?

As long as you're sure you can safely remove these files without screwing up you're computer, you can use Unlocker or a similar program.
by uncivlengr
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

Yeah, from here , and probably other places: ⋅ Invisibility Potion: Grants invisibility (1 minute) [Blinkroot, Moonglow] ⋅ Archery Potion: %15 [sic] increase arrow speed and damage (4 minutes) [Daybloom, Lens] ⋅ Magic Power Potion: 20% increased magic da...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 15, 2011 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Getting close to 1,000
Replies: 20
Views: 2724

Re: Getting close to 1,000

Well you only have six months to get ready for it, so you better think fast.
by uncivlengr
Sat Jun 11, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 705548

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

There's a very strange radio commerical for a local gas station that's been playing lately.

"When you get gas at _____, you pay two cents less on every litre. With an average gas tank, you'll save... every time you fill up."

Can't argue with that math!
by uncivlengr
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

One unfortunate downside (bug?) - equiping the (awesome) silver armour over the molten armour (for example) takes away the lighting effect of the armour. Not sure if there are other effects as well.
by uncivlengr
Fri Jun 10, 2011 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

Looks like there's a new Update - 1.04. A lot of cosmetic features, but there's a few new enemies and another NPC. The "social slots" aren't a terrible waste, in my opinion - the silver armour is my favourite in terms of appearance, so I'll probably equip that over my real armour. Items Ad...
by uncivlengr
Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Replies: 1738
Views: 331391

Re: Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy

All the beer I brewed recently has turned out yucky. I think I let it sit in the carboy for too long. That's what I get for not ignoring my kid... Bunch of shitty beer. Actually half of it isn't even beer. It's just gross. :( Ah, too bad. Have you ever taken a bottle to your homebrew supplier? I ha...
by uncivlengr
Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0808: "The Economic Argument"
Replies: 558
Views: 87215

Re: 0808: "The Economic Argument"

Did you heard about ADE 651 detector? It is produced by the company ATSC LTD http://www.atscltd.com how can this be possible? It's not possible, because it's just a dowsing rod on a plastic handle. A very expensive dowsing rod, mind you, and it's scary that military and police organizations make us...
by uncivlengr
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

Two concepts for bosses by a fan:

Tundrantula

Pumpkin Lich

I personally really like the Tundrantula concept (extra body segment aside), especially the idea of the actual damage the boss sustains causing it to crack open to release a swarm of mini-bosses.
by uncivlengr
Sat Jun 04, 2011 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

SecondTalon wrote:Cons of a large world - where the hell is the meteor?

Relevant

(although for meteors, it helps to generate a map when you initially generate the world, so you have something to compare to)
by uncivlengr
Sat Jun 04, 2011 12:33 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9412
Views: 1387411

Re: Minecraft

Just make everything twice as large.
by uncivlengr
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

Well after a session last night, I managed to mine enough hellstone to get the full set of armour as well as the molten pickaxe. After that I'm pretty much unstoppable, took on the EoW and EoC a few times each to get the full set of shadow armour. The muramasa sword is deadly against both. I've got ...
by uncivlengr
Thu Jun 02, 2011 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 8324

Re: How can you be too old for something?

My objection was to the contention that, essentially, anything on kids shows can be found on adult shows too in improved form[...] I didn't say that - I said if you tolerate the annoying parts of a kids' show for the adult bits, then you should just watch an adult show. Your post seemed to suggest ...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 01, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Terraria
Replies: 362
Views: 72864

Re: Terraria

I would guess that the best structure for the eater of souls would be a large platform with enough open space underneath to see it coming, yeah. Alternatively, I've tried defeating it with dynamite - throw a stick where it's probably going to land, and it will easily take out a few sections in a sin...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 01, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 8324

Re: How can you be too old for something?

Seriously, have you seen TV lately? It's fucking awful. I watch a good number of television series, but as far as paying for cable? I never have, for all the reasons you've outlined. I can't imagine why people pay to access so much crap in such a limited manner. I agree that sitting in front of a b...
by uncivlengr
Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How can you be too old for something?
Replies: 54
Views: 8324

Re: How can you be too old for something?

I found it funny that Kurushimi suddenly felt the need to revisit this thread to defend watching sponge bob. I don't even know how children watch that show. Are you kidding? Before I completely cancelled cable, it was often the *only* show in 600+ channels that was remotely watchable at any given t...

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