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by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 8946

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

Is it just me or do those door handles look like they belong on the inside of a building? Like fire-bar push-to-open things on emergency exit (and or main emergency route) doors? Yeah, a bit. Could possibly have been a joke in there, a la Wonko The Sane , that given the department is responsible fo...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 12, 2016 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1131: "Math"
Replies: 156
Views: 27752

Re: 1131: "Math"

Nate's predictions were not "80% Clinton, 20% Trump, therefore definitely Clinton", or similar, but "80% Clinton, 20% Trump, so maybe Trump..." To be fair, so was practically every other predictor, or prediction aggregator, whether they knew it or not and whether or not the headl...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 12, 2016 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1758: "Astrophysics"
Replies: 52
Views: 8946

Re: 1758: "Astrophysics"

I've been trying to think of similar mottos(/slogans) for my own areas of speciality. The trouble is, I can't rule out that I'm not too illogically committed to my own false Dark Matter-ish inertial conventions. (For some, I know I'm definitely outnumbered, such as not really like Object Oriented pr...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 12, 2016 3:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 177
Views: 27023

Re: Where Aren't They Now

Robert Vaughn.

I hadn't realised that Solo was quite so ill, ya (now, alas, Illya is solo...). But Gelt is now beyond the stars, battling or not.
by Soupspoon
Thu Nov 10, 2016 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

As he should. Only the USA and Poland uphold their ends of the defense spending portion of NATO's treaty. It's generally accepted that the list is US, Greece, Poland, Estonia and the U.K. France and Turkey fall a tad short. Not that it's at all equal. It's GDP-based, so a badly run/stressed economy...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 7895

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

Justin Lardinois wrote:Glad to see the "I'm not familiar with this popular culture thing so I'm better than you" crowd is already out in full force.

I was completely unaware of this apparent trend of snobbish aloofness, therefore I am better than the lot of you...

:P
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Oh, I certainly saw compilations of people regretting their Brexit vote and admitting it publicly but it was still compilations of individual people not any statistically significant number. If there was a study suggesting a sizable population regretted the decision immediately after the vote, I ce...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm not saying all the wasted votes would have gone for Clinton , but if someone who ought to have been with the (R) choice, normally, was incensed enough to not-vote-for-Trump then they still got Trump. If it had been the other way round, they'd have gotten their possibly unwanted Clinton result b...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Basically how much abstention regret (<-needs a good portmanteau, like "Bregret" from Brexit Regret) is happening now? I am not even sure there was all that much regret when Brexit happened but there was some amount of it for sure. We've been famous for the amount of Bregretters ("I ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Three words, one solution
Replies: 53
Views: 5844

Re: Three words, one solution

Filmed in Europe? Not true for Lord Of The Rings (either Bakshi (US) or Jackson (NZ), so maybe not that), but Star Wars, Flash Gordon and War Horse all were filmed in UK (possibly counts as European) film studios. Long shot, but I want to demonstrate that I'm thinking...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Look, we didn't want Clinton, either. Voting for someone else entirely is how you express that. We still get one of the two, because of how voting works here, but you're missing the point. If for some reason, those voters had been forced to vote for one of the main two, they probably would not have...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

So the spoiling didn't work then, did it. If these people didn't want Trump, they did the wrong thing to not get Trump. No one votes third party with intent to spoil. They didn't succeed in getting their third-party anywhere near to 5% (nationally, at last) so their vote didn't accomplish that . So...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin. All these are states (by the figures so far available to me, at least) where Third Party votes exceeded the difference between the top two candidates. Either direction...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

The joke's on the US. Upon the Americas. Upon the world. Good luck.
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 8:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin. All these are states (by the figures so far available to me, at least) where Third Party votes exceeded the difference between the top two candidates. Either direction....
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1757: "November 2016"
Replies: 41
Views: 7895

Re: 1757: "November 2016"

I feel old because my age is only covered by [the last line]…
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

It's too late to affect anybody's opinion, so let me rant a moment. Hillary is a warmonger, irrationally desperate for money, corrupt, violently angry, a heavy drinker, not merely a liar but tells transparent lies when she'd be better off with the truth, a potential blackmail target, and has made a ...
by Soupspoon
Wed Nov 09, 2016 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Awkward answers
Replies: 29
Views: 2589

Re: Awkward answers

Bubble, or maybe quick.

If I have ten apples in my hands and I fumble two, where did they go?
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

(Yes, I know it's different scales and different kinds of counting anyway... I just thought it funny anyway... :P) I really don't understand why the right axis goes to 8 thousand , the axis is simply labelled "population numbers" and only the legend tells it's counted in millions . :? Pro...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

http://populationgrowth.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ExtinctionAndPopulationGraph.jpg When you cross the streams get to the point that the extinction line crosses the populations line, that'd be bad for us, right? ;) (Yes, I know it's different scales and different kinds of counting anyway... I j...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

Took me a while to find it but here was the research they used that was provided in the message. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_date_of_uninterrupted_peaceful_transfer_of_power Honestly that would have made a thoughtful election xkcd comic while sending a subtle message. Ah, the...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

As a side note, this is how reddit handled the election announcement. It was pretty classy and probably a better way of spreading the message than how xkcd did. "...the longest stretch of uninterupted peaceful transfers of power in the world." By whose metric is that? Just curious. Must n...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)
Replies: 70
Views: 13078

Re: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)

(If we'd had PR for the Referendum, it'd be interesting...) I'm not sure what you mean here, the referendum was a direct vote count. It was only reported by constituency for convenience. Given it was a two-issue and diametrically-opposed vote there was obviously no reason to have it as PR, and this...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

As a side note, this is how reddit handled the election announcement. It was pretty classy and probably a better way of spreading the message than how xkcd did. "...the longest stretch of uninterupted peaceful transfers of power in the world." By whose metric is that? Just curious. Must n...
by Soupspoon
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)
Replies: 70
Views: 13078

Re: Sortition (split from 2016 US Presidential Election)

I disagree profoundly that the UK electorate were less informed than the US electorate up until our constitutional change in 2010. I really don't think there's much difference in how politically informed either electorate really is. If the UK electorate seems more informed, and your politics perhap...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 38787

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

Well done. I was confused about how you find the space for the shuffling, at first, but that was well done.
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

[They have not considered how much tax rates should be at all, they just agree no matter what they are today that it's too high. Very Marxist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHash5takWU Well, Marx's vision is pretty irrelevant in a modern society, simply because the economy back then was a fractio...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I just registered now so that I could say, "I'm not." And those of you who are, just realize, you own whatever happens, because we all know what we're gonna get with her. No excuses. For my unintended second post in this thread (nobody complained about my first, so I'm assuming you all ag...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:[They have not considered how much tax rates should be at all, they just agree no matter what they are today that it's too high.

Very Marxist.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHash5takWU
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Military coup attempt in Turkey? [coup fails] [skullcracking!]
Replies: 126
Views: 23126

Re: Military coup attempt in Turkey?

Politifact and similar sites try, but they do get it wrong, sometimes. A lot of times, political debates are about the repercussions of future actions. Like, say, if The Affordable Care Act would decrease health care pricing or increase premiums. I was going to go down things like the debate transc...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1756: "I'm With Her"
Replies: 446
Views: 71016

Re: 1756: "I'm With Her"

I for one like that he's supporting a candidate rather than shouting out negative opinions about the other . Of the candidates available, I can't see him going for Stein, mayyyybe Johnson on some issues, but definitely not Trump and so the choice is really between gross anti-Trumpness (not going to ...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Fluctuations questions
Replies: 21
Views: 5208

Re: Quantum Fluctuations questions

Tub wrote:[1] Diet vacuum. Now with 20% less calories. Guaranteed gluten free.

But "May contain gluons."
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 807240

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

North Carolina has an all-time high early vote turnout, largely driven by (unaffiliated) Millennials. The lack of party ID is a little unsettling, but I was unaffiliated myself until last year. I'm hopeful. I've always been unsettled by the presence of documented party affiliation upon voter-regist...
by Soupspoon
Mon Nov 07, 2016 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?
Replies: 41
Views: 18531

Re: I need a new desktop, might try building my own?

One building tactic might be to go for a higher-end mobo and a lower-end compatible CPU and RAM, in the expectation that you have a servicable machine but will in six months' time be able to go for a more advanced version of the plugins. Perhaps now also at less than the premium they originally were...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 06, 2016 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs
Replies: 48
Views: 13007

Re: Sources for Terrorism Beliefs

I forgot to mention that I have an interview lined up with a very reliable source. He was giving a lecture on how people become radicalized and I asked for his email address. Not including that information in the OP was probably a big mistake on my part. Sorry. Uh oh... You'll think it's an innocen...
by Soupspoon
Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Order of Operations
Replies: 4
Views: 1865

Re: Order of Operations

The "- 4 /" leapt out at me. There's too much room for incorrect assumption of precedence when mixing different classes of function ('+' and/or '-'s alongside '*' and/or '/'s, in this case). I know the ( a ) mnemonic for typical precedence but parenthesising the "(... - 4) /..." ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1755: "Old Days"
Replies: 37
Views: 5621

Re: 1755: "Old Days"

In my day, we coded by calculating exactly how improbable a program to solve the problem appearing spontaneously was, and then making a fresh cup of really strong tea... And we hardly ever turned into penguins! Didn't everyone turn into bugs when an error was made, thus giving rise to the term bug ...
by Soupspoon
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I'm the Messiah.
Replies: 32
Views: 5873

Re: I'm the Messiah.

by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 4516

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

"It was very worth it to switch from proprietry video routines to DirectX for the advantages it gave to the game's output, but it wasn't considered worthwhile or a priority to junk the still perfectly servicable old-style analog-input code." Right?
by Soupspoon
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Game won't detect Joystick
Replies: 18
Views: 4516

Re: Game won't detect Joystick

From memory, what we used to use was something I often called COM2 (looked like it!), but actually wasn't. A 15(?)-pin dual-row DSub that took either digital (platformer-level control) or analogue (flight yoke; better, if not entirely necessary, for flying) joystick input through, if necessary, an A...

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