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by Ranbot
Wed Aug 15, 2018 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 80
Views: 11778

Re: Consequences of climate change

And something about when very large masses of ice melt, or shift, the crust underneath can "relax" a bit, changing topography slightly. That's " post-glacial rebound ," which depending on the amount of ice removed can occur in a few years or over thousands of years. For example,...
by Ranbot
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Your Loss Memes
Replies: 18
Views: 1400

Re: Wanted: Your Loss Memes

I don't get the appeal of this meme. is this just a reference for the sake of reference or something? I am at a total loss but this smells like 4chan and tempts me to hate it as intentionally obscurantist bullshit I also didn't know this meme, though I knew the source material. The NPR/Gimlet podca...
by Ranbot
Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2115

Re: 2026: Heat Index

It's not a thing in Europe. And it shouldn't be a thing in the US either because it's pseudo-scientific statistical bullshit. The only reason for silly heat index and wind chill factor "values" is to give weather reporters an extra 10-30 seconds of talking time in the 24-hour news cycle a...
by Ranbot
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2026: Heat Index
Replies: 30
Views: 2115

Re: 2026: Heat Index

It's not a thing in Europe. And it shouldn't be a thing in the US either because it's pseudo-scientific statistical bullshit. The only reason for silly heat index and wind chill factor "values" is to give weather reporters an extra 10-30 seconds of talking time in the 24-hour news cycle a...
by Ranbot
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Your Loss Memes
Replies: 18
Views: 1400

Re: Wanted: Your Loss Memes

The knowyourmeme link you provided has 1,887 of them.... https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/loss/photos
by Ranbot
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2018: "Wall Art"
Replies: 25
Views: 2796

Re: 2018: "Wall Art"

To avoid people's judgment about your pokemon wall art, just have a child and you've got an excuse that lasts about 18 years. A good investment.
by Ranbot
Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4317

Re: 2013: "Rock"

Agreed... and Mr. Munroe doesn't abide by nonsensical Biblical creationist concepts of Earth/time like Mr. Schultz did. I acknowledge that Schulz was not a stranger to the Bible, albeit nowhere remotely as heavy-handed as the likes of Johnny Hart. Nonetheless, I assumed 4,000 was an arbitrary numbe...
by Ranbot
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22178

Re: Libertarianism

I don't have time for a long response now, but maybe in the near future. In a very broad sense, Tyndmyr, your counter-arguments to my points are again very ideological and that's completely average for environmental issues. The average person is ignorant of the details, which is not to say you are i...
by Ranbot
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2013: "Rock"
Replies: 42
Views: 4317

Re: 2013: "Rock"

My skipping technique: Forehand throw with right hand, rock rotating clockwise. So probably not technically a forehand throw. Idn friabee I think it'd technically be called a push. Correct, in Ultimate Frisbee circles that is called a push throw, a variant of a forehand throw where the spin is appl...
by Ranbot
Mon Jul 02, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 27
Views: 2661

Re: Everything is NOT racism

I'm sure the Venn diagrams of racists, homophobes, sexists, etc. have lots of overlap [i.e. correlation], but don't mistake that for causation. No need to overload the word "racism", which has its own specific meaning. Agreed. The word racism has a specific meaning, history, and social pow...
by Ranbot
Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474372

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

emceng wrote:XboxOne or 360?

360 (wired).
by Ranbot
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474372

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

....Plus I'd need a second steam controller, and not going to pay what is it $35-40 for one... ...I really don't like the Steam Controller much, so sometimes use an Xbox controller, but most often I just use a wireless keyboard and mouse... I had the Steam Controller for almost a week, I hated it, ...
by Ranbot
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22178

Re: Libertarianism

I'm still curious as if it's that you disagree about agency consolidation specifically, or if you object to the EPA being one of the ones consolidated, considering the others less critical. Agency consolidation is fine by me as long as needed work is still done. I'm also fine with further shrinking...
by Ranbot
Wed Jun 27, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474372

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

The Steam Link is currently at 95% off, making it £2 + shipping. Yeah, Valve practically giving Steam Link away to focus on streaming via the Steam mobile app. If I didn't already have a Steam Link I would get it. There can be benefits to hardwire connections. Steam has ton of fun platformers and t...
by Ranbot
Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474372

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Do they still change deals daily? The deals change daily during the sales, so I try to check in once a day. They haven't done that in a while since there was a backlash. Discouraged people from buying in case the price dropped further, and 8-hour sales upset people in the wrong timezones. Huh... gu...
by Ranbot
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474372

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Steam summer sale is here. I didn't really see any big deals. The deals change daily during the sales, so I try to check in once a day. For example, a game that's 50% all week might be reduced to 75% off on a specific day. FYI the Steam Summer Sale's Saliens [boring] mini-game is only worth playing...
by Ranbot
Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22178

Re: Libertarianism

...the general population has only a superficial understanding of the EPA and responds to it according to their ideology... If you were going to consolidate down the most agency's interested in managing our natural environment and related concerns, how would you prefer it done? I touched on Superfu...
by Ranbot
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22178

Re: Libertarianism

EPA: G'bye. This has never made sense to me. Environment is one of the things that the private sector is utter shit at taking care of on its own, and is sufficiently cross-jurisdictional that federal government is the only place where it can be handled in an appropriate manner. What's the alternati...
by Ranbot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

On average, wealthy people work longer hours than the poor, so the idea that the wealthy are all coasting on trust funds is, by and large, not accurate. Wealthy people are, for the most part, bootstrapping entrepreneurial work. The proponents of capitalism are not anti-rich, because rich people are...
by Ranbot
Tue Jun 19, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

True... I don't have any illusions that wealthy families wouldn't still have an advantage, but if society's goal was to redistribute/claw back generational wealth a 100% death tax would be a significant change. ...Working to provide a better life for your children seems at least as admirable as wor...
by Ranbot
Mon Jun 18, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

The most direct means to change this generational advantage of wealth would be a 100% mortality tax. Doesn't stop people from giving their kids tons of wealth while they're still alive. The kid who gets even a zero-down interest-free mortgage from his rich parents while they're still alive (never m...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

The solution isn't to make it so that you have to start out in the same poor conditions as your parents and the people starting out like they did now, but to make it so that people starting out like your parents did can keep as much reward for their work as you do, so people who were born into poor...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

I find the North Korean economy fascinating in general. In part, I suppose, because of how limited a lot of information is on it outside the country. Inaccessible stuff always has a certain cachet to it. Will definitely listen to it when I have a moment! Agreed...It's fascinating to get a window in...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

...real world countries, you do run into some definitional issues as far as what countries are capitalist, and which are socialist, as real world examples are fairly messy. ...the Heritage organization's measurements... They rate countries such as Cuba, North Korea, etc poorly in economic freedom.....
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

That being said, I truly believe that in most cases all workers should be consultants. Good god no! As a consultant, you are responsible for your own marketing, your own bookkeeping, your own {everything about running a business}, and most people are not good at that . As an employee, you can just ...
by Ranbot
Fri Jun 15, 2018 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Why did you have to interview; why couldn't you simply work for yourself? "Simply work for yourself" works pretty well in low-tech agrarian societies. If you want to live with the benefits of any modern infrastructure and efficiencies, that doesn't happen when everyone chooses the "s...
by Ranbot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Good point and agreed. The more people who can add to the network effect, the better society is overall. Which gets back to Pfhorrest's original point... Socialism and capitalism are different theoretical frameworks with the same goal of distributing wealth such that everyone in society has the opp...
by Ranbot
Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 198
Views: 9195

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

But if I have two pens and two stacks of paper, and you have nothing, and I give you a pen and a stack of paper, I have increased your wealth a lot more than I have decreased my own wealth... Yes, but not (just) for the reason you gave. I'd posit that both people increased their wealth, because now...
by Ranbot
Tue May 29, 2018 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 12875

Re: Firearms Regulations

...back to Australia's gun ban, I think you can find a correlation between Australia's 1996 ban on specific types of assault-style guns and their incidents of mass shootings since then... there have been ZERO mass shootings since 1996. Uh, the last mass shooting in Australia was in May. May 2018. S...
by Ranbot
Fri May 25, 2018 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 12875

Re: Firearms Regulations

What if the US just got to Australia levels of gun regulation? A country that spans an entire continent, democratic style of governance, English speaking, former colony of England, a nation with one of the larger economies in the world, contains a mix of modern urban areas and vast rural and agricu...
by Ranbot
Fri May 25, 2018 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 12875

Re: Firearms Regulations

What if the US just got to Australia levels of gun regulation? A country that spans an entire continent, democratic style of governance, English speaking, former colony of England, a nation with one of the larger economies in the world, contains a mix of modern urban areas and vast rural and agricul...
by Ranbot
Thu May 24, 2018 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 12875

Re: Firearms Regulations

Wouldn't this predominantly affect black people and other minorities like most measures that give the courts and police more power to punish without oversight? Republicans can then gleefully point to statistics. Vermont probably won't be a suitable test case for that theory, because Vermont is the ...
by Ranbot
Thu May 24, 2018 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 12875

Re: Firearms Regulations

The bump stock discussion seems like beating a dead horse by now... The current background checks are considered to be fine. The lack of enforcement by federal government of them is considered to be pretty awful, and they certainly oppose any sort of registry of legitimate gun owners. Criminals can ...
by Ranbot
Thu May 24, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 3217

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

FWIW the garbage culture I'm thinking of is not that of Facebook or Twitter with which I have almost zero familiarity, but more that which started on 4chan and spread through Reddit and (my most direct experience of it) Imgur and now seems to have echoes all across the internet from places as mains...
by Ranbot
Wed May 23, 2018 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 3217

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

What is the difference between the internet as a form of social activity and other forms of social activity? Access and Anonymity? You could argue that humans have had access and anonymity since whenever they developed a written language and a means to share their words with people far away. Papyru...
by Ranbot
Tue May 22, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 3217

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

It sounds like you are experiencing that with a dash of X Always Sucked - the realization that your nostalgia for a thing is misplaced, that it always had problems but you were able to ignore them way back when because it was new or the problems didn’t affect you. I'm not so sure about that. I don'...
by Ranbot
Tue May 22, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 3217

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

I agree with Tydmyr again. Ucim's focus on the specific subjects a society coalesces around and monetization [which may be interesting in their own right] miss the bigger social picture they are part of. Whether on- or off-line people always form social structures and apply them to define themselves...
by Ranbot
Mon May 21, 2018 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 3217

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

It isn't really anything about people. Or at least, not about the innate quality of people. Just about all sub-groups like to feel superior to the masses, and will portray themselves as such. Getting to select your own sub-group is nice, and coupled with the above effect, it's easy to feel as if on...
by Ranbot
Mon May 21, 2018 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet -- sky or sewer?
Replies: 34
Views: 3217

Re: The Internet -- sky or sewer?

But now I realize that all I had discovered was a carefully curated cross-section of a larger world that in general (outside that cross-section) was every bit if not more crappy than the little part of it I live in, that had just been hidden away in its own filter bubble... I am quote sniping this ...
by Ranbot
Thu May 17, 2018 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2632
Views: 474372

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

SecondTalon wrote:Wait, what? Refunded to Steam from a bundle? How does that work?

No no.... I bought Stick Fight from Steam some time last year and returned it then... I was just mentioning the game because it was the only other game in that bundle I was familiar with, apart from Rocket League.

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