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by ijuin
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 1566

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

Try installing Debian—then it won’t even boot.
by ijuin
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 1566

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

I would have said my mother, but she’s too inept to do so much as boot up a computer successfully.
by ijuin
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 27
Views: 1530

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Yes, the Mercator projection is useful because any conpass heading is a straight line, which can be more valuable than having distances to scale for navigation. The distortion of the polar regions is less important since the poles are usually icelocked, and we use polar projections for navigating ne...
by ijuin
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

If Trump goes down for election shenanigans then Pence will probably go the way of Spiro Agnew—he will get replaced and then the replacement will likely finish out the term.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 1947

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

Yes, so far we’ve found quite a lot of planets that fail the “not on fire” requirement.
by ijuin
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 1947

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

Yes, but it means a different thing for a star to be Class M than for a planet to be Class M.
by ijuin
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 39
Views: 978

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

Humans lack natural piercing and slashing weapons (claws and fangs), but have superior range of limb movement and superior planning, group communication, and group coordination. Humans also gain additional advantage if there is so little as a fist-sized stone or a tree branch lying around to use as ...
by ijuin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 22404

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

On the other hand, it would serve Democrat interests for Hunter to remain in office as a non-voting member, since it would keep the Republicans down one House vote for the entire remainder of the term, and Hunter refusing to resign while incarcerated would boost Democrat odds of gaining his seat in ...
by ijuin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 51
Views: 3142

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

Quite. My point here is that the origin of all human minds is more appropriately compared against the origin of ONE BB rather than a separately originated BB for each and every individual human.
by ijuin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 51
Views: 3142

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

That then raises the question of refining our definition of “creates more”—do we consider the creation of a small number N minds which then reproduce P offspring as being the same probability as the de novo creation of N+P minds? For example, positing a small number of original humans who were the a...
by ijuin
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33408

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

However, I would think that if you died leaving behind underage children Not applicable. You know quite well that I was speaking of a hypothetical situation for the purpose of debating general policy, in the sense of “if you did have children, then what I propose might be in your interest”. The usu...
by ijuin
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 51
Views: 3142

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

When we speak of the probability of a BB vs an OO, don’t forget that we are speaking of the de novo origin of one—if that mind reproduces and thus generates a community or ecosystem of its kind, then that still counts as a single origin—e.g. there is one origin of homo Sapiens despite over a hundred...
by ijuin
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33408

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Descendants of your cousins, no. However, I would think that if you died leaving behind underage children who were financially reliant upon you for support, you would want to provide for them till they were finished with school. That is why I would support a fifty year term (from date of publication...
by ijuin
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2390328

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

I’ve also heard idiots who insist that Hawaii is counted as “overseas” because there is ocean between it and the mainland.
by ijuin
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33408

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

A compromise might be for copyright holders to be required to renew their copyright each year for a token fee. Basically, you would fill out a form every year and send in ten bucks or something to maintain the exclusivity part of your copyright. Or every three years or something—the point being that...
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 844

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

Yes, the inability to track the beef supply in sufficient detail to adequately narrow down who had consumed the infected beef and who had not made for a bad case of “we can’t tell you if you have been exposed or not”.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 301
Views: 70757

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Even though I disagreed with his policies (as much as someone who was a small child at the time could be said to do so), I do believe that none of the Presidents since him have matched his gravitas and dignitas.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33408

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I’d give a year rather than six months due to how slow institutions tend to move, but yes, suits alleging copyright infringement should be required to demonstrate that losses from infringement are more than merely hypothetical.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33408

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

That sounds roughly equivalent to a copyright that only prohibits copying as long as the work remains in publication. While that helps in terms of making works as available as possible, it also denies the owner any right to deliberately makt their work unavailable (e.g. George Lucas stopping the dis...
by ijuin
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

Department of Truth, Department of Love, Department of Peace, and Department of Plenty.
by ijuin
Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

DavidSh wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:So... PBS?

Maybe they could package PBS and Voice of America into a new Department of Truth, after the fashion of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. I think Congress would need to get involved.


May as well add a Department of Love while we are at it.
by ijuin
Mon Nov 26, 2018 3:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, seriously, firing live munitions into Mexican territory should technically constitute an act of aggression against Mexico.
by ijuin
Sat Nov 24, 2018 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 2562

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Meh, literature awards have nothing to do with how entertaining the story is and everything to do with whatever the literary critics consider to be “high art”.
by ijuin
Wed Nov 21, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5320

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

America is a country where the normal serving size for beer is neither one glass nor one bottle, but rather the pack of bottles in which they are sold. Drinking six to twelve bottles or tins at once is quite common among enthusiasts.
by ijuin
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

Yes, it would likely be used to justify Trump’s claim that journalists in general are conspiring against him.
by ijuin
Tue Nov 20, 2018 5:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

So then, should we continue to settle California? Maybe we should consider moving industries such as Hollywood and Silicon Valley to other states? Sounds great. Let's revisit it when we've found the funding to relocate several million of the nation's wealthiest people and their businesses and the i...
by ijuin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5320

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Having separate nautical and aeronautical miles would create unnecessary confusion in coordinating between surface ships and aircraft especially with regards to naval aviation.
by ijuin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2401

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

Unobtanium remains unobtainable for the time being. As for the slow pace of spacecraft development relative to aircraft development, aircraft had the advantage that the two biggest and most financially expensive wars of the twentieth century saw massive investment in aircraft as warfighting platform...
by ijuin
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5320

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

...the standard kilogram is known to have changed mass over time (exactly how much is unclear) Well no, the standard kilogram has always stayed at exactly the same mass. Everything else in the universe has slightly changed mass over time. :D Well, kind of. I mean, there's the physical concept of ma...
by ijuin
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

I’d go with the germophobia idea—he’s already showing paranoia similar to the later days of Howard Hughes.
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322553

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

Zohar wrote:
Soupspoon wrote:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Fiat_buses

:P

What am I looking at?

Buses created by Fiat.
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2766

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

If you are ok with only getting your video from a fixed altitude, then it may be more expedient to mount cameras to metal poles sufficiently well-anchored to the ground in the tornado’s likely path.
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 5320

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Wasn’t the original basis of the kilogram equal to the mass of one thousand cubic centimeters of pure water at one gravity under standard atmospheric conditions?
by ijuin
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 122
Views: 21894

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

That seems to invoke a circular definition—any current is also going to have a specific voltage, and the volt is defined in terms of amperes and Newtons—the Newton itself being defined in terms of kilograms.
by ijuin
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 974259

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So in other words, nervous people are up to no good, as opposed to being, say, afraid of flying due to phobia or fear of terrorist attacks?
by ijuin
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 2766

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Meh, the only danger (aside from the drone operator maybe being too close to the center fot his own safety) is that of the drone itself becoming hazardous airborne debris when it inevitably breaks/crashes.
by ijuin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7987
Views: 614589

Re: Trump presidency

Does “after midnight” mean between midnight and dawn? Because even 11:59 PM is “after” the previous midnight...
by ijuin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2390328

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

I’m still trying to wrap my mind around Walmart selling sex toys.
by ijuin
Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2390328

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

Easy. If it benefits Trump for it to be true, then it’s real news. Otherwise, it’s fake news.
by ijuin
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581427

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Winter? What is this “winter” you speak of? We are still having 80 Farenheit days here.

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