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by DaBigCheez
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 40
Views: 2454

Re: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments

An aggregate-representation model as proposed seems to necessitate that you're voting for the party , not the individuals. Yes, the current system often looks like it reduces to that, but there's some important differences. If the legislature is creating laws that you, the voter, don't like, your pr...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 14988

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

but when they're just making loud noises, paying attention to them is just giving them what they want. Okay. Then what about when you don't pay attention to them, and popular media outlets *do*, and now there's no voices saying "hey these peoples' goals are kinda fucked up" in opposition?...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Modern Faustian Bargain
Replies: 68
Views: 3070

Re: Modern Faustian Bargain

Are negative values acceptable? That is, is this considering both the case of "selling my consciousness template for money" and "I will use this tech to buy immortality"? I would find it highly likely that the marketing around such a device would be oriented towards users *paying...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

When asked for his reaction to President Trump's tweets, Russel Honoré, the retired general appointed by Bush to take over the federal response to Katrina in 2005, said he had none. "I have no reaction. The mayor's living on a cot, and I hope the President has a good day of golf," he told...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Sep 19, 2017 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 14988

Re: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"

Phrased like that, a facile surface reading makes it seem like there's an equivalence - "Nazis want a group to disappear or leave, Antifa want a group to disappear or leave, they must be the same!" The difference, of course, being that "Nazis" / "White Nationalists" is ...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Sep 12, 2017 1:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stupid Science Q&A
Replies: 34
Views: 2296

Re: Stupid Science Q&A

Never a miscommunication.
by DaBigCheez
Sun Sep 10, 2017 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stupid Science Q&A
Replies: 34
Views: 2296

Re: Stupid Science Q&A

Somehow I feel like if boiling salt worked as described, you'd be more worried about the chlorine gas being released into the air than the pH balance of the water left behind...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Antifa & neo-Nazi Ned in: "Too Many Violence?"
Replies: 398
Views: 14988

Re: Trump presidency

If a bully is regularly attacking someone on the schoolyard for months, and one day they either throw a punch in return or someone else steps in to intercept a punch aimed at them and return one, a teacher hauling them off to the principal and saying "there was violence on both sides" is: ...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 368147

Re: The Darker Side of the News

She swallowed the spider to catch the fly...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, now that it's a national news topic with the President commenting on it, it's far too late to ignore it. I wouldn't be here talking about it if it were still in the "just ignore them" phrase. I was speaking on general principle as applied to the counter-protestors who were there on ...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

Nazis aren't the only group where public perception is polarized - there are other groups (mentioned upthread) where a significant group of people see them as a huge threat, but where you do not see it that way. Somehow your reasoning has to exclude them by nature, not just by name, if it is to be ...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Aug 16, 2017 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

KnightExemplar wrote:But the goal is to win the public perception. And the left cannot afford high-profile mistakes like that.

but evidently the right can

as evidence, see Trump's twitter feed
by DaBigCheez
Wed Aug 16, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

I believe what CorruptUser is asking for, and what I would also like to hear, is what you think those guidelines might be? Is the line advocating violence? I think you could make a convincing case that--on the abstract--speech that advocates violence should be put into a special case that gets less...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 368147

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh gee. Condemning the violence "on many sides", hm, Mr. Trump? That somehow manages to be even *more* depressing than the usual headline doublethink of "suspect killed after confrontation with police firearm discharge" being printed in place of "cops shoot dead someone they...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Aug 11, 2017 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Is this a known probability distribution?
Replies: 6
Views: 1689

Re: Is this a known probability distribution?

What are X and Y in these graphs? Presumably one of them is business-transactions-per-week, but what's the other axis? This may be way off the mark, but what it reminds me of most strongly is when I've accidentally taken data intended to be used as a scatter plot, sorted it, and plotted it based on ...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

Why the hell does the head of the executive branch still have the power to pardon anyway? (more fetishizing of the constitution making it impossible to change I'm guessing). Seems like an absolutely massive separation of powers fail - issues of justice should be the domain of the judiciary. Checks-...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: EVE Online
Replies: 4823
Views: 497215

Re: EVE Online

Spooky space is best space.
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

Another for the "why to oppose Trump" bandwagon: Pence has views and policies that I view as very harmful to myself and those I care about, and that I think are misguided and not the right direction for the nation. I would prefer him not to be President. However, Trump is that *and* an emb...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

So that means under the Republican Plan, we would be responsible for building up a savings account for unexpected emergencies... especially to buy an "interim" health-care plan while in between jobs. I do realize that not everyone has a personal emergency fund, but pushing some responsibi...
by DaBigCheez
Wed May 24, 2017 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69344

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I still miss Planetside 1. :(
by DaBigCheez
Wed May 24, 2017 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2562
Views: 410583

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

GOG.com is apparently doing a "RPG Week" sale through the 28th, to correspond with the release of Gwent. Witcher 3, Pillars of Eternity, Legend of Grimrock 2, and Shadowrun Returns are probably the most notable ones, plus a smattering of classics (Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Vampire: The Masq...
by DaBigCheez
Fri May 19, 2017 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

Had to double-check the link to make sure it wasn't the Onion.
by DaBigCheez
Fri May 19, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Wars galaxy of heroes
Replies: 6
Views: 1932

Re: Star Wars galaxy of heroes

Played this game for several months, had fun with it, but eventually burned out on it as I became tired of the relentless progression treadmill and the tendency for newly released units to power-creep older ones - and, most of the time, to become available only for cash initially. As such, I'd alway...
by DaBigCheez
Fri May 05, 2017 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 174
Views: 18217

Re: Breaking Up the United States

One could also argue that the disproportionate representation of smaller-population/rural states in the Senate is a sufficient mechanism to address this without needing to carry that over into the Presidential elections as well.
by DaBigCheez
Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 8163

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Can confirm that even using very well-vetted launch systems for relatively routine tasks (taking satellites to GEO), the accident rate is *very* non-trivial. A quick glance at the insurance rates for orbital launches can tell you that much - or, for that matter, the fact that insurance is a part of ...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 8163

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Ah, my mistake - I think I was primarily thinking of radiation sickness rather than long-term cancer risk (as referenced in Issues Of Weighty Importance such as "is the decay from potassium in bananas a health risk"). Overall decays seems like a reasonable way to calculate it under LNT mod...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon
Replies: 57
Views: 8163

Re: Storing Nuclear Waste on the Moon

Even if we completely ignore the historical decays and suddenly stop all coal power plants, we'll get the radioactivity of all nuclear accidents together from coal in 40 years. I completely agree on the health-and-safety merits of nuclear power relative to coal, but this statistic feels slightly di...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

Ah. The place I was hearing that seemed to have things...somewhat backwards, then.
by DaBigCheez
Tue Mar 07, 2017 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 3621
Views: 226745

Re: Trump presidency

Commentary: Donald Trump's wiretap tweets raise his risk of impeachment by Noah Feldman I saw an alternate argument which came at this from a somewhat different angle: let's assume the allegation is true, and Obama placed a wiretap on Trump. With a classified FISA warrant, which Trump now has the p...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 20787

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

My own thoughts have occasionally wandered down this road from the reverse direction: "can an act of charity really be called 'good', if I receive benefit in the form of a pleasant feeling from having contributed? am I not then only seeking to benefit myself?" In the end, it seems to be ab...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1553
Views: 217844

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

Scroll farther down in the article. Of course. But what happens if you feed it, say, the 8x8 fireball sprite from Super Mario Bros. ? The letter A from the Commodore 64 character set? 64 pixels of random colors? They say the algorithm "hallucinates" the missing data; I want to see what ha...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Very hot coffee ?
Replies: 10
Views: 2265

Re: Very hot coffee ?

20K is a very cold ambient for sea level... ;) There's a few assumptions that would need to be made. How is the temperature of the coffee cup maintained - does it magically stay at 5800K indefinitely, or does the coffee start at 5800K and gradually cool, giving off its energy to its surroundings? Ca...
by DaBigCheez
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]
Replies: 611
Views: 77637

Re: Infinite Balls and Jugs [solution]

From my incomplete remembrance of my EE classes back in college (though it was never my strongest subject), they tend to show up a lot in phase calculations and frequency-domain analysis, such as Fourier/Laplace transforms. Usually somewhere in the exponent of e, next to a pi.
by DaBigCheez
Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69344

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

On the plus side, if you find a good gas cloud, you can make back ten times the value of your ship in one run. (Note, however, that wormhole gas sites have very powerful "Sleeper" enemies that spawn after about twenty minutes - be careful how far you press your luck!) Exploration can be a ...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14036
Views: 1921306

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

I think the quote about "standing on the shoulders of giants" applies. You need to build the tools to build the tools to build the tools to build the tools... in order to have modern technology. The same applies to the knowledge that goes into it, I think. It all builds up over time, and c...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Nov 16, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69344

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Tyndmyr wrote:Eve online is cool, but in my experience, the grand battles tend to be less about strategy, and more about giant zergs.

Amateurs study tactics and strategy. Professionals study logistics. ;)
by DaBigCheez
Sun Nov 06, 2016 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1499
Views: 298046

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

I want something player versus player with short matches (I don't want to have to commit to spending an hour when starting a match), as for genre ego shooter aren't really my preference (and better with a team of people you know but when I am playing with others we have games I am looking for somet...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Oct 31, 2016 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 733745

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The whole e-mail thing mostly seems to me like much ado about nothing - and Weiner's laptop, with e-mails that might, possibly, be peripherally *related* to Clinton, seems more like getting excited about the gravitational lensing *around* nothing. I agree that it points to "Clinton's kinda slop...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Weakening evidence for dark energy
Replies: 12
Views: 2926

Re: Weakening evidence for dark energy

The evidence for accelerating expansion in this study being "only" three sigma rather than five doesn't sound to me like a compelling evidence to say "it doesn't exist". I'm not sure if you can really stack standard deviations in this manner, but wouldn't a 95% CI around a "...
by DaBigCheez
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Atlas Reactor: So XCOM, Frozen Synapse, and Overwatch walk into a bar...
Replies: 0
Views: 4326

Atlas Reactor: So XCOM, Frozen Synapse, and Overwatch walk into a bar...

So Atlas Reactor was officially released on Steam a couple days ago. I'd been playing it during the beta for a while, and it seemed like good fun. It's simultaneous-turn-based, tactical combat using an ensemble cast of heroes and abilities resembling a MOBA or Overwatch or the like. All players lock...

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