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by LtNOWIS
Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:23 am UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"
Replies: 58
Views: 18751

Re: What-If 0063: "Google's Datacenters on Punch Cards"

As someone who works as a data center security guard, I can confirm that we let lots of delivery drivers through the outer gates, especially on weekends. But it's not just pizza, I've also signed in Chinese food, Italian, and Panera Bread.
by LtNOWIS
Sat Jun 15, 2013 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1225: "Ice Sheets"
Replies: 68
Views: 11921

Re: 1225: "Ice Sheets"

orthogon wrote:I'm not even convinced the city is called New York City. Are we saying the state was named after a city in England, then the city was named after the state?

New York wasn't named after the city of York in England. It was named after the Duke of York, who would later become James II of England.
by LtNOWIS
Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1138: "Heatmap"
Replies: 59
Views: 19722

Re: 1138: "Heatmap"

Do you know what I hate? Colour codes maps keyed to extensive, rather than intrinsic, properties. e.g. red for nations that have populations over 100 M, orange for nations with populations between 50 M and 100 M, etc. Idiocy! It is okay for intrinsic properties, e.g. population density, per capita ...
by LtNOWIS
Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 41342

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

This is useful, because sometimes people will use these historical parallels in punditry, and it's not really useful analysis. Like, during the 2008 primaries, Hillary Clinton's surrogates pointed out that no Democrat had won without West Virginia, and that state vastly preferred Clinton to Obama. B...
by LtNOWIS
Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: FDA tobacco warning law struck down by appellate court
Replies: 56
Views: 60574

Re: FDA tobacco warning law struck down by appellate court

And the Senator that proposes the singing cartons would just happen to have the company that makes those miniature sound things in his state... I don't think we have any Senators from China... Anyways, I agree with the above posters that trying to provoke an emotional response is substantially diff...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teacher gets 5 years in jail for sex with 18yo students
Replies: 53
Views: 8633

Re: Teacher gets 5 years in jail for sex with 18yo students

Yeah, even if the 2 individuals involved are ok with this, they operate in a larger context of a school environment. It's detrimental to the rest of the students and the school as a whole. More importantly, such a relationship is inherently coercive. The state can't stop every coercive relationship,...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Aug 18, 2012 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26422

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Yeah, you really can't assume that the guard even supports the organization he was guarding. He probably works for a security company rather than the FRC directly. In any event I'd have no problem guarding an organization I strongly disagree with, because even terrible organizations have a right to ...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26422

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Well, professional liberal Dana Milbank accurately points out the absurdity of grouping a mainstream group like the FRC with a fringe group like the KKK.
by LtNOWIS
Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter
Replies: 80
Views: 11947

Re: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter

I have little doubt the US government wants to screw with Assange and ruin his life, and I'm pretty ok with that situation.
by LtNOWIS
Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter
Replies: 80
Views: 11947

Re: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter

Not so with the de facto prison. All they have to do is put him in a "box" and say it's their diplomatic bag; before said "box" is loaded onto a ship or plane to Ecuador. If it was that easy, why wouldn't the various people who have been stuck at embassies for years in the past ...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26422

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

You know what's wrong? Confusing US Senators with US Representatives.
by LtNOWIS
Thu Aug 16, 2012 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Actual (Association) Football Talk.
Replies: 1114
Views: 189103

Re: Actual (Association) Football Talk.

So, it looks like the US men's national team beat Mexico in Mexico for the first time ever. Of course it's just a friendly, so it's not as important as next month's games against Jamaica.
by LtNOWIS
Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter
Replies: 80
Views: 11947

Re: Assange Gets Asylum, UK says it doesn't matter

I thought European countries would extradite people to the US, in exchange for a promise that they wouldn't receive the death penalty.

But anyways, I'm pretty ok with the current situation, since the embassy is now a de facto prison for Assange.
by LtNOWIS
Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at Christian organization in DC
Replies: 230
Views: 26422

Re: Shooting at Christian organization in DC

Just FYI, here's this morning's Washington Post with this story front page, above the fold (yes, there's the caveat that it's local news, but the Washington Post doesn't tend to deal with truly local news on its front page for obvious reasons): linked for huge . For comparison, here's the Washingto...
by LtNOWIS
Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"
Replies: 187
Views: 51206

Re: 1087: "Cirith Ungol"

No. Situations like this are why forums exist. People like you are what make people NOT post to forums, for fear of others' hidden standards of prior research. http://xkcd.com/1053/ After all, what's the purpose of this forum? Why didn't we all just Google what people think about this comic? I thin...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 23502

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

I don't think it's very naive or ignorant to think that the Ronpaul is the only one who offers a real choice. When he was running in the Republican primaries, he was the only candidate who was against the PATRIOT Act, the Drug War, and the NDAA, and the only candidate who people could be sure would...
by LtNOWIS
Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 23502

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

A few Senators are notoriously bad on Twitter, but on balance they spell things pretty well.
by LtNOWIS
Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The President of the United States' "Kill List"
Replies: 73
Views: 7907

Re: The President of the United States' "Kill List"

Not to mention that if people are going to hide behind "he's hard to capture", invading a uncooperative foreign country to storm and abduct Bin Laden in his guarded little barracks were just as passable as "infeasible". An explanation needs to be offered as to why something is &...
by LtNOWIS
Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Also, some people vote absentee, and therefore fill out their ballots weeks ahead of time.
by LtNOWIS
Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SS refuses to pay prostitute, "scandal"
Replies: 47
Views: 8751

Re: SS refuses to pay prostitute, "scandal"

Do you really not think that someone working for the United States government engaging in an activity that is illegal in the United States is not at least somewhat damaging? It's legal in 2 states, and should be legal (albeit heavily regulated) in the rest. It's only legal in one state. And not the...
by LtNOWIS
Sun Apr 01, 2012 12:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Canadian Court Legalizes Brothels
Replies: 11
Views: 2947

Re: Canadian Court Legalizes Brothels

Well, there's little motivation to set up an illegal brothel. Most prostitution is done on the streets or through the internet. You don't need a centralized building when you can simply work out of any hotel or apartment.
by LtNOWIS
Sat Mar 31, 2012 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Detroit students suspended after demanding education
Replies: 67
Views: 8230

Detroit students suspended after demanding education

Detroit High School Protest: Students Suspended After Demanding 'An Education' From the Huffington Post About 50 students were suspended Thursday from the all-boys Frederick Douglass Academy in Detroit, Mich. for walking out of classes in protest, demanding "an education." Among their com...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

No, I'm saying that it's due to multiple things all at once. That he doesn't have a natural media appeal (he's an old white guy running against a field of slightly-less-old white guys). That he haven't appeared to make any proper attempt to work with the media to get around his lack of natural appe...
by LtNOWIS
Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYTimes Doubles Down on Subscription
Replies: 31
Views: 5233

Re: NYTimes Doubles Down on Subscription

There's always the New York Times' archrival, the Washington Post.
by LtNOWIS
Sun Mar 18, 2012 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I know there's a lot of DVD-sold porn production in the US, LA and Florida and whatnot, but I don't think that necessarily translates to Internet Porn. Stuff that's well produced is pretty well pay-per-view or membership based, and that's not something an 11-year-old would easily view. Seems to me ...
by LtNOWIS
Sun Mar 18, 2012 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

On a side note, what was that link, and why is it related to this thread? A lot of people, not just here, were pretty shocked that Santorum has said he'll enforce federal obscenity laws against pornography. I was pointing out that President Obama (and his predecessors) have also tried people for vi...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Mar 17, 2012 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

It's absolutely outrageous that Santorum would continue the policies of every president in my lifetime, including Obama.
by LtNOWIS
Wed Feb 01, 2012 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I filled out my absentee ballot yesterday. Only Romney and Paul made it onto the ballot in Virginia, so I voted for Romney, because he's the most experienced and electable. Paul, or Santorum and Gingrich for that matter, would most likely be highly flawed candidates and highly flawed presidents. So ...
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I found this to be an interesting anecdote of Mitt Romney, and what money can do for you if a child is missing. http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2012/jan/30/chain-email/viral-internet-story-says-mitt-romney-helped-locat/ Also, this has to be the first time Politifact has labeled a...
by LtNOWIS
Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Afghanistan already had foreign fighters setting up checkpoints and killing people before we invaded. The Taliban at that time was maybe 40% foreign fighters, and they were fighting an ongoing conflict with the Northern Alliance. So the idea that we brought war to any of the countries we are fightin...
by LtNOWIS
Mon Jan 02, 2012 6:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

It all depends on the mission. If they're just escorting State Department personnel and protecting the embassy, then I don't see why people would have a problem. Although I wouldn't be surprised if we're still providing police trainers and other experts for the Iraqis. I've never heard of contractor...
by LtNOWIS
Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Right, but Romney has a big "humanity" problem- people see him as overly robotic and boring. If he goes for a purely safe person, he'll just be double dipping in that. Rubio is probably the wisest choice, to me, of the heavily speculated options. I don't think he'd risk his rising star st...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Dec 31, 2011 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I can't possibly see Christie taking a VP slot after going through such stern refusal to run for president at all. Rubio could be a possibility, but I doubt him as well. My guess is it'll be like 2008- nobody that we're expecting right now. Making a smart choice for your running mate can do a lot t...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

[quote=Cathy]A large part of the problem is the funding of schools in texas are mainly done by property taxes. So if the property values in the area of a school district are crappy, the school gets terrible funding. Something said earlier was very correct - middle of nowhere has much worse funding a...
by LtNOWIS
Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

, Well, running for president got him on that high visibility list, which is why we're talking about it. So that worked.
by LtNOWIS
Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I just hope Johnson doesn't become a spoiler, preventing the Republican candidate from winning. Unless that candidate happens to be Perry, or Gingrich, or Bachmann, or Trump, or Cain... LOL no. If anything, Johnson is more likely to ninja votes from Obama because many people want a fiscally conserv...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Dec 22, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Paul is unelectable in a general election due to his extreme views, lack of charisma, and the fact that he doesn't "seem presidential." In other words, most voters wouldn't see him as a competent, stable manager of the nation, so he would be hard pressed to win a general election no matter...
by LtNOWIS
Thu Dec 22, 2011 7:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Romney will definitely be the nominee. I'm pretty sure he'll win Iowa too, because Gingrich is fading there, and a lot of Iowa Republicans are terrified of a victory by the Ronpaul. Because Paul is unelectable, him winning Iowa would discredit the entire system and make Iowa have less power in futur...
by LtNOWIS
Sat Nov 26, 2011 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

EsotericWombat wrote:"Don't worry, he's probably lying" is not a ringing endorsement under any circumstances...

Isn't it what liberals said when Barack Obama said that he was against gay marriage?

So yeah, it's usually best to take candidates at their word.
by LtNOWIS
Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 272603

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

2) My state allows me to vote as an independent.
1) It's not an early state. So, I'll probably vote for the only guy remaining, which will probably be Mitt Romney.

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