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by Thirty-one
Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:45 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0138: "Jupiter Submarine"
Replies: 33
Views: 15479

Re: What-If 0138: Jupiter Submarine

There's a point in Jupiter's atmosphere where the pressure is equal to a little more than an Earth atmosphere— which is the pressure a submarine is used t o—but the air there is barely a tenth as dense as ours. Seeing as we're using submarines as a reference and not people, wouldn't it make more se...
by Thirty-one
Tue May 13, 2014 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2519095

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

It also seems to be avoided in the vast majority of cases, even at peak times of the day, by having the conveyor belt push the groceries into an area with a divider that you move back and forth. As for paying and bagging at the same time, that is indeed hard. You could bag as you wait for the last ...
by Thirty-one
Tue May 13, 2014 5:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2519095

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

i find it a quaint custom that you still have people who stuff your grocery bags for you in the supermarket. do you also still get a full five man service team at a fuel station? That's a very weird custom to me too. I mean, I understand that they want you out of there as soon as possible, but most...
by Thirty-one
Tue May 13, 2014 12:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2519095

Re: Pant Thread (because we need more panting)

i find it a quaint custom that you still have people who stuff your grocery bags for you in the supermarket. do you also still get a full five man service team at a fuel station? That's a very weird custom to me too. I mean, I understand that they want you out of there as soon as possible, but most...
by Thirty-one
Fri May 09, 2014 7:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?
Replies: 201
Views: 23486

Re: Evolution question - how does complexity arise?

Dinosaur! wrote:I was so very taken aback by the actual content of the first page of the thread, that I cannot help but give props to those involved, OP especially.


Yeah, the OP and the thread is an internet unicorn. Well handled thread by the people responding, and kudos to the OP for having an open mind.
by Thirty-one
Fri May 09, 2014 7:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Burned, Buried or Dumped?
Replies: 84
Views: 17867

Re: Burned, Buried or Dumped?

If my wife tires of me, she hopefully just dumps me.


When I die though, I'd like any useable organs donated and then for the ashes to be spread wherever whoever's left wants them (though I specifically wouldn't want any grave or marker).
by Thirty-one
Wed May 07, 2014 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13947
Views: 1882147

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

It should be illegal to shoot intruders in all situations, and shooters should be considered guilty until proven innocent. Sensibly no one wrote that, you mean? Why would that be the one crime where you were guilty until proven innocent? I also find that lumping Tyndmyr's quote in with the one from...
by Thirty-one
Tue May 06, 2014 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ex-wife takes down husband's suicide note from the internet
Replies: 57
Views: 13293

Re: Ex-wife takes down husband's suicide note from the inter

Chen wrote:Copyright seems like an odd thing to try and take this down with. One would think libel would make more sense.


That was my first thought too. Plus that it might make more sense overall to just leave it, as you then at least don't have the Streisand effect to worry about.
by Thirty-one
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1548
Views: 212180

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

You can't print the rebar itself (or at least not with the same machine that prints the cement) so you'd have to put up the rebar first and then print the cement around it. That sounds like a tricky problem to solve, but it's probably not impossible. Shouldn't be impossible to mount something like ...
by Thirty-one
Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt
Replies: 180
Views: 20039

Re: Smart gun debuts, stupid people revolt

I am not much of gun nut even by local standards, let alone by American standards. Still, it looks to me like this gun can be be disabled by simple means, unless the manufacturer has highly convincing proof to the opposite. I tried to find this on their website, but there isn't much there. If I wan...
by Thirty-one
Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2169
Views: 352170

Re: Questions For The World

Reviving this thread because I learnt something and I want to check whether it's true. Here in Australia, we have a Designated Driver thing that's pretty commonplace. If you're the Designated Driver for a night out, you get a wristband which means you can't purchase alcohol but you get free soft dr...
by Thirty-one
Sun Apr 27, 2014 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9887

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

I mean, wow, Ashkenazim, East Asians, and Desi are all somewhat successful in white societies. How interesting that these are also the whitest non-white people. Going only by stereotypes here (that's a good idea, surely?), as there aren't too many people of Jewish or east Asian descent around where...
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3113
Views: 355371

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You can't farm whales, they have massive trophic needs and are migratory. I imagine there are quite a lot of reasons why a whale farm would be infeasible, would it actually matter that they migrate though? Like, would they die if they couldn't? I'd have thought the reasons they migrate are mostly f...
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3113
Views: 355371

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You can't farm whales, they have massive trophic needs and are migratory. Several countries hunt them sustainably though. The Faroes and Greenland that I know of. Japan's hunt was also ecologically sustainable, but I believe it's been cancelled now. Just stating for the record that the farming of w...
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9887

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

I'm not advocating for that system in particular - rather for a change in attitude. This might be due to different life experiences - I know too many people who are welfare dependent to have much sympathy. I don't regard the fraud numbers as small in proportion either - some benefits have as much a...
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3113
Views: 355371

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Ormurinn wrote:In any case, if we're going by a "per animal killed" basis then veganism kills more animals than a diet consisting mainly of large herbivores.


This is why we should start farming whales.
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9887

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

In ancient rome the unemployed could collect ammona from the state - free food and a little money. To do so, they had to publically say thank you. That's a example of a good system - one that sees other people providing for you as a privilege, rather than something you're entitled to. It's individu...
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9887

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

I'm half-Danish (and half-Kraut) myself and - growing up in northern Germany - I've always admired the level of institutionalised solidarity in the nordic countries. Stories of welfare fraud ("spongers", etc.) are among the favourite topics of many european tabloids and the issue is blown...
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 65806

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

In addition, though, the opportunities for offense-taking in this particular case are pretty much eliminated by the fact that the guy doing the hip-hop vocals is a hip-hop artist and the guys playing the bluegrass instruments are bluegrass musicians. Yes, in this case. Using the power of imaginatio...
by Thirty-one
Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 9887

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

EMTP - I think you're exaggerating the impact of that chart. The only countries pullong ahead of the US in any of those percentiles are Norway, Canada, Denmark and Austria. I thought it only listed whichever country was the highest for any percentile, without mention of who would be 2nd, 3rd, and s...
by Thirty-one
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 65806

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

I feel that that analogy, as amusing as it is, is let down by the fact that little good comes from stepping on actual feet, whereas if say a Brit was to take some Norwegian folk tone and incorporate it into whatever he considers his cultural outlet to be, the result could be awesome. The awesome re...
by Thirty-one
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 65806

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

I feel that that analogy, as amusing as it is, is let down by the fact that little good comes from stepping on actual feet, whereas if say a Brit was to take some Norwegian folk tone and incorporate it into whatever he considers his cultural outlet to be, the result could be awesome. The awesome res...
by Thirty-one
Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13192
Views: 1213149

Re: Today I Learned

bigglesworth wrote:Peoples I have known and drunk with, by alcohol tolerance (not a complete list of cultures).

Hungarians
English
Greeks
Germans
French
Koreans
Chinese


Is that rating their average drinker or their best performer?
by Thirty-one
Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 35474

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

Brace wrote:You argue like a goddamn lawyer. What use is "trans acceptance" if it doesn't correspond to the achievement of trans policy goals?


Isn't trans acceptance and trans policy goals likely to go hand in hand?
by Thirty-one
Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: If Godzilla existed... could the Earth support it
Replies: 22
Views: 11025

Re: If Godzilla existed... could the Earth support it

Maybe you should read this What-if? Or was it that promoted the question in the first place? It's flawed though, in that http://what-if.xkcd.com/imgs/a/78/trex_hipsters.png doesn't account for rent likely dropping on average if everyone's moving away due to dinosaur infestation.
by Thirty-one
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Gaming laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 9212

Re: Gaming laptop

Not starting an argument, as I agree that in general you're right about laptop power consumption being lower, but you can get laptops that have 180W adapters. Not at the prices he's looking at. He's looking at £250 to maybe £500. Those advanced power-adapters are way outside of that budget. Good th...
by Thirty-one
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:37 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Gaming laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 9212

Re: Gaming laptop

Not starting an argument, as I agree that in general you're right about laptop power consumption being lower, but you can get laptops that have 180W adapters. They're not really something you'd put on your lap though. And as you can run them with the battery out, I imagine the battery supply rate is...
by Thirty-one
Thu Apr 24, 2014 10:43 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Gaming laptop
Replies: 16
Views: 9212

Re: Gaming laptop

My wife has what looks to be basically the win7 version of this , which might be good if by 250£ x maybe 2, you secretly meant 600£ or whatever the price of that is a year after it reviewed. I've only tried minecraft (which makes its fan run quite a bit) on it, but if the price of it doesn't put you...
by Thirty-one
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gay Activism & Trans Rights
Replies: 335
Views: 35474

Re: Brendan Eich steps down as Mozilla CEO

But remember that the assertion was that gay marriage (i.e. a success of the LGB movement) would make things worse for trans. So "shit's just as fucked as it was" doesn't really make the point. As I read it, it would be worse as in "the same as now, but less likely to succeed later, ...
by Thirty-one
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NATO
Replies: 39
Views: 5825

Re: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NAT

That the police response would have been just as poor if the attack had occurred in 2004 is completely irrelevant. The attack occurred in 2011 and it occurred on Stoltenberg’s watch, thus he had the ultimate responsibility for the completely incompetent response to the attack. At the time of the at...
by Thirty-one
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NATO
Replies: 39
Views: 5825

Re: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NAT

He’s also a weak leader in the sense that he not very pragmatic, which is quite obvious in Norway where his policies have resulted in a terrible mess such as, rampant out of control crime , asylum and immigration policies that are a complete joke, infrastructure and hospitals that are totally unequ...
by Thirty-one
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 65806

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

It is racist to knowingly culturally appropriate, and it is anti-racist to say to a white person "take off that bindi, you are white" Causing offence is not the reason not to culturally appropriate. You shouldn't culturally appropriate because it is racist. I understand what you're all sa...
by Thirty-one
Wed Apr 16, 2014 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation
Replies: 501
Views: 65806

Re: Cultural Appropriation / Assimilation

It is racist to knowingly culturally appropriate, and it is anti-racist to say to a white person "take off that bindi, you are white" Causing offence is not the reason not to culturally appropriate. You shouldn't culturally appropriate because it is racist. I understand what you're all sa...
by Thirty-one
Fri Mar 07, 2014 7:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 21328

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

addams wrote:The least you could do is be funny.
You did not even do that.


:oops: :cry:

In my defence, I didn't notice the name of the poster I quoted in the mod warning (so not only am I unfunny, but I'm a sloppy reader too (I've learned to live with both of those by now though)).
by Thirty-one
Thu Mar 06, 2014 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 21328

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

What if I like the person who is being killed? Does my harm count for anything? Why would you place your own enjoyment of the persons continued living over the persons wish to no longer live? What about the medical issues I listed previously? Don't you find it awfully selfish and cruel to tell some...
by Thirty-one
Wed Mar 05, 2014 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 21328

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

Because we're not only talking about depressed people here, again, see Terry Pratchett. Yeah, we are. As wikipedia says: "up to 60% of people who commit suicide had depression or another mood disorder." This thread is about helping not just Terry Pratchett kill himself, but also anyone wi...
by Thirty-one
Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthanasia
Replies: 200
Views: 21328

Re: Nine psychiatric patients in the Netherlands have euthan

I don't see why the 'if a cure was discovered tomorrow/week/month/years/5 years from now, we'd/they'd totally regret the choice' contingency really matters. They are suffering now, and what they want is an end to their suffering. Besides, what makes you so sure that suicide ends suffering. Do you h...
by Thirty-one
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:
Replies: 14
Views: 8273

Re: Only possible pronunciation for FAQ:

I say faak, and then when the person I'm talking to clearly isn't understanding, I say F.A.Q.
That doesn't always work either though, so sometimes it ends up as Frequently Asked Questions. No time has been saved.
by Thirty-one
Tue Mar 04, 2014 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Thief (2014)
Replies: 27
Views: 11682

Re: Thief (2014)

Sounds like I'll be wasting my next hour then. I guess I'll be going straight for the bank level after that. As I remember it, it was pretty much the best level of Thief 2. I hope they've done it justice.
by Thirty-one
Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Thief (2014)
Replies: 27
Views: 11682

Re: Thief (2014)

I've played for maybe 30-40 mins now, only taking me as far as what seems to be the end of the tutorial. Mostly my impressions line up with Koa's, it seems. Windows are annoying to enter. The beams too. The movement being so context sensitive removes a lot of fluidity to it, because you have to walk...

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