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by Pfhorrest
Fri Apr 06, 2018 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Do I need permission
Replies: 2
Views: 1308

Re: Do I need permission

This isn't an official answer because I'm just a reader, but looking at the site, I see at the bottom: "This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License." With a link to that license for details, but yeah basically if you're not distributing it for profi...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 4415

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

Yes.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Apr 05, 2018 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Imagine you're an evil dictator...
Replies: 6
Views: 1250

Imagine you're an evil dictator...

(Apologies in advance that this post kind of peters out at the end. I sat down to write down thoughts I had last night this morning, and have been continually interrupted and feeling less and less coherent as I keep trying to come back to this all day). Imagine you’re an evil dictator who has someho...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Apr 04, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

Perhaps the best antiNazi strategy would then be to treat them as just laughable moron and not legitimize their image by treating them as a credible opposition? Schedule comedy rebuttals after their talks and opposite their marches. Make being a Nazi look like not some kind of “cool counterculture” ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

There's plenty of legal and constitutional things that can be done to Blacks (and other ilk) that do not violate the 1st and 4th Amendment. For example, we can claim "stand our ground" when a Black gets into an altercation. Alternately, the cops can pull them over for every an...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 2640

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

One significant change the internet has made over earlier mass media is the two way nature of it. With broadcast media, enough powerful people have to get behind a crazy idea before it had a chance of spreading to all the gullible rubes out there. But with the internet, the first gullible rube to fa...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Mar 31, 2018 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

I've heard it said that there is more empty, unused housing in America than is necessary to house the entire homeless population of the country, so (if that is true) lack of housing stock is not the problem.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 2640

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

That's like saying that plagues won't be a big deal, people have been getting sick for all of human history. Mind you, humanity survived plagues, so I'm not saying it's the end of the world or anything. But it's still something different than the routine kind of bad shit we've always been dealing wi...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

FWIW, I am totally okay with "vigilante" justice in the right circumstances -- I care entirely about what form justice takes and not at all about who carries it out, whether they work for the state, or what not. But I'm not arguing for or against vigilante justice here just now, just addre...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 2640

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

The speed and low cost are the conditions of which I speak. Granted, other media have been increasing speed and decreasing cost of communication over time too, so it's not like we went straight from hand-written letters delivered by foot to Twitter overnight, but the modern internet has increased sp...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 559
Views: 72738

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Why the fuck wouldn't I just say "fucking"?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

Vigilante justice should be illegal, but if the government is unwilling to go after someone who is terrorizing a community then there is nothing morally wrong with that community fighting back. It seems like what you'd most prefer then is for vigilante justice to not be illegal in such circumstance...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"
Replies: 18
Views: 2640

Re: 1974: "Conversational Dynamics"

I think I already posted something like this somewhere around here back in Nov 2016, but I have a theory that the web has created the memetic equivalent of the conditions that lead to old world plagues, conditions the lack of which are responsible for there being no new world plagues. CGP Grey has a...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 7:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

But wanting it to be illegal doesn't only mean accepting the possibility and doing it anyway, but wanting the possibility to get arrested. Like, if you want to punch a Nazi, it seems like you would prefer certainty of getting away with it (legally at least), which would mean wanting it to be legal t...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

Because those two things together paint the rather odd picture that you would like to see people punch Nazis in the face and then get arrested for it and possibly face civil suits from the Nazis which you would like to see the Nazis win despite that you liked that someone punched them in the face. W...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1417075

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Is a woman whose husband died but who later remarried not a widow anymore? (parallels parent who had more kids) Is there any need to distinguish between a woman whose husband has died and a woman who has never had a husband? (parallels the difference between parents who lost children and parents who...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 30, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

As uncomfortable as I feel defending a Trump supporter, this is a pet peeve of mine that people aren't allowed to be just "neutrally" opposed to bad things no matter who does them to whom. If someone proposed lynching nazis I'd oppose that, because I don't think people should be lynched on...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 29, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1417075

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

FWIW I'm looking for something like how a person with good attention is attentive, a person with good focus is focused, a person with good dedication is dedicated, a person with good memory is... memor... able? no... iful? that's not a word... what?
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1417075

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

I can't tell if you're just making a terrible joke or not, but that doesn't mean anything remotely like "has a good memory".
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13394
Views: 1417075

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

As a child, I thought a widower was (logically!) someone who had widowed someone, i.e. the man who had died to make a woman a widow. I thought it was a joke, then, to hear a live man called a widower. On the topic of words English may or may not have: can anyone thing of an adjective of a person tha...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

You know it's possible that people think that kind of treatment of black and brown people is already across a line, and just don't support crossing that line for anyone else either.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

Short version from memory is that it's best if everyone has heard refutations of the falsehoods and as such become inoculated to their persuasive power This should happen in school and at home, your kids should already feel in their hearts that minorities are people too BEFORE getting to college, R...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

So basically like lease-to-own agreements, but maybe with modifications. Very different, though they sound the same on the surface. When I heard that those existed I thought "problem solved!" but then looking into it, what actually exists now really solves nothing at all. You explained a ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 5420
Views: 411207

Re: Trump presidency

John Stuart Mill wrote a very nice argument in On Liberty about why it is better to have patently false beliefs expressed and refuted in the light of day than to have them suppressed and festering in the dark. Short version from memory is that it's best if everyone has heard refutations of the false...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 28, 2018 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Short answer is that in my ideal world there would be arrangements capable of emulating the desirable features of rent for those who want them, at a cost comparable to the losses incurred in renting. If you (as a tenant) want something that looks more or less like rent as we have it now, you could h...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 28, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Rising home prices don't help the homeowners at all, or their descendants. If houses cost $10k when Mom & Pop bought theirs, and $100k when their kids inherit their paid-off house, then their two kids each inherit half the value of a house and have to pay the other half of their own houses off t...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 873382

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cops frequently have hostile interactions as a normal and expected part of their jobs, and that would tend to make anybody more hostile in response, so how can we make sure that the people entrusted with deadly force don't end up responding like that, but better than just anybody would? That doesn'...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

I thought my position on this was well-known by now, and I'm not interested in having this conversation at length yet again; but yes, rental property should not exist, and you shouldn't have to build up funds to start buying a place, and the existence of rent is what causes you to have to by artific...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 873382

Re: Police misbehavior thread

For my part I'm not trying to excuse anything. I'm of a generally anti-authoritarian bent and used to get pulled over almost every night just so the same goddamn cops could run my license and see if I had any warrants on me yet (even though I never did), which would probably get called a DWB if I wa...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Mar 28, 2018 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

Rising prices does not help most homeowners (for reasons already spelled out), and most people are not homeowners (for reasons already spelled out; also, to be clear, the important difference is between people who own at least one home and homes who have at least one occupant as an owner , which are...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 873382

Re: Police misbehavior thread

This conversation reminds me of an anecdote that I might have already shared upthread: I work from home, and one day I was having a really stressful day at work and screaming about it alone inside my house. A neighbor must've heard that and called the cops, who came by to make sure nobody was gettin...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1972: "Autogyros"
Replies: 30
Views: 4458

Re: 1972: "Autogyros"

peewee_RotA wrote:Autogyros sound delicious. I'll take one with extra tzatziki sauce!

So is that gyros that makes itself?
by Pfhorrest
Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

all that matters is the ability of more people to become homeowners, and rising home prices is bad for that.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

likewise I hate how rising house prices are treated as a good thing economically when it’s only good for real estate investors and bad for everyone who, yknow, wants to live somewhere.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1971: "Personal Data"
Replies: 82
Views: 7155

Re: 1971: "Personal Data"

DanD wrote:Except that the majority of the population that owns stock owns it through various funds, so ownership is not nearly that clear.

That just means you own a fraction of a company that owns lots of fractions of lots of other companies.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Mar 23, 2018 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 873382

Re: Police misbehavior thread

My first thought was that tasers have less range and if police think they're going to get shot they may not want to risk a less-lethal deterrent. But then I immediately remembered that time a month or two ago where I saw some guy who I later learned was being pursued for weapons-trafficking offenses...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 11939

Re: Thomas Fire

Are you saying you do not plan on moving because you don't think a disaster will happen again and again? (At your location) I wasn't saying tha,t because I'm not talking about me in particular, but yes that is true. Well, I don't plan on moving (from the general area) for lots of reasons, but fear ...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6243
Views: 873382

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I just love how the far right will insist the FBI, CIA, etc are full of crooks and monsters and need to be reined in, but somehow the boys in blue are perfect little darlings whom the evil MSM just wants to drag through the mud... I was driving behind a truck the other day with two flag stickers on...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 11939

Re: Thomas Fire

Technically this isn't even a couple of disasters back-to-back, it's still all the one disaster and its predicted aftermath (which is why I posted in this thread instead of starting another). The one disaster that was literally a once-in-a-century event and still mostly only destroyed uninhabited wi...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum Question
Replies: 110
Views: 10381

Re: Quantum Question

If you pick a random configuration with a given low entropy, then you'll find that both its evolution and its time reversed evolution will (probably) yield higher entropy results. That is as I expect, but then, I also expect it of any given state, not only low-entropy ones. What doogly's saying see...

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