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by DaBigCheez
Sat May 26, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3995
Views: 512844

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Seems like a lot of the "high gun ownership, low gun homicide" states are fairly rural - population more spread out, combined with higher gun ownership for purposes of hunting and the like.
by DaBigCheez
Wed May 02, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quick Burning Paper
Replies: 47
Views: 3688

Re: Quick Burning Paper

Tub wrote:Restoring shredded documents is surprisingly easy. Dump everything on a table, flip each part text-side up, take a picture, let the software handle it. You won't find suitable software for $1.99 on the app store, but it exists.

Assuming said documents only have text on one side, at least.
by DaBigCheez
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1533
Views: 337963

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Big fan of Crypt of the Necrodancer - rhythm-based roguelike, can probably be run on a potato. Move on the beats, learn enemy's predictable patterns as they move to the beat, progress through randomized dungeon levels. Great soundtrack, too, or you can use your own music (though the beat-matching do...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Mar 27, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14728
Views: 2253594

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

It is enough to just get on a tall building and verify to can see farther off to prove the world is not flat. Maybe it's oblong, maybe it changes from places to place, but it would definitively prove it's not flat. Nah, clearly that's just due to the atmosphere being thinner at higher altitudes, so...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Mar 23, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 16254

Re: Thomas Fire

What, you don't enjoy golf-ball-sized hail?
by DaBigCheez
Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Thomas Fire
Replies: 136
Views: 16254

Re: Thomas Fire

And yet it doesn't feel safer when a tornado in that area quite literally wipes a city off the map. (Okay, it was a *small* city, but still.)
by DaBigCheez
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286249

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

The accidents-per-mile ratios do NOT look good for the autonomous vehicles so far Citation? Everything I've read says the opposite, even including this accident - and it seems like this particular accident would have occurred with a human driver too. Maybe I'm just misreading their role, but...I me...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 6604

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Technology: You sit down in the terminal, put your carry-on luggage into an overhead locker, and then the whole shebang is motorized and moves into the plane on its own. It doesn't matter where you sit, you can do it in the open where there's no congestion. So then to retrieve it, what, you have to...
by DaBigCheez
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 6604

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

:idea: I think it would be neat if an airline experimented with rewarding passengers for fast boarding. They could arrange for the optimal boarding system, tell passengers that if they follow all the rules they should board within a set time, and if that time is met then the airline will give all p...
by DaBigCheez
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 14924

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

The entire issue will be moot soon enough. Some Google/Musk Philanthropists/Assholes will eventually figure out how to beam free-internet over the earth. Comcast is shoveling cash as fast as they can because they know their days of plunder are drawing to a close. Prophesy fulfilled: http://www.busi...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6188
Views: 469298

Re: Trump presidency

Yablo wrote:Still, what we have now is not working, and that's a potential solution.

I am inherently suspicious of any arguments that boil down to "We should do something. This is something. Therefore, we should do this."
by DaBigCheez
Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6188
Views: 469298

Re: Trump presidency

Yablo wrote:Before you know it, it'll bleed over into writing, and we'll wind up with people who only use capital letters, or worse, people who use numbers (or even pictures!) in place of words.

:| :x :shock: :lol: :P 8-)
by DaBigCheez
Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3995
Views: 512844

Re: The Darker Side of the News

morriswalters wrote:Don't confuse the position I take in a discussion like this with my view of reality. I take the contrary view to move the discussion ahead.

The devil can advocate for himself just fine, thank you very much.
by DaBigCheez
Thu Feb 01, 2018 4:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 620
Views: 81958

Re: Single Electron Disaster

What happen if you concentrate all the energy the Sun have to accelerate a single electron? Would it become a black hole traveling at near-light speed? It’s a charge particle going at the speed of light and carrying a solar mass worth of kinetic energy. Basically, I would be surprise if that thing ...
by DaBigCheez
Tue Jan 16, 2018 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: I need a Game Recommendation
Replies: 1533
Views: 337963

Re: I need a Game Recommendation

Seven Days To Die might be up your alley. Not sure what its current status is, though, I think it was still in Early Access when I last checked.
by DaBigCheez
Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6188
Views: 469298

Re: Trump presidency

I'd always heard the opposite, that "ignorance of the law is no excuse"...
by DaBigCheez
Sun Dec 24, 2017 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 39157

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

...what?
by DaBigCheez
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 39157

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

And if material depicting X is legal and you don't want it to be, you could make X illegal.

Hooray for ex post facto illegality!
by DaBigCheez
Thu Dec 14, 2017 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6188
Views: 469298

Re: Trump presidency

Would you like dial up for 30.99 per month? Or Would you like to upgrade to decade old speed for 60? Higher speeds will cost per GB used. [Just speculation] They can already do this at will, net neutrality doesn't affect that. More like "Enjoy unlimited* broadband access for only $59.99/mo!&qu...
by DaBigCheez
Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS Biased Against Basic Mathematical Arguments
Replies: 47
Views: 9320

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: 409
Views: 41233

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: 9636

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 409
Views: 41233

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: 3958

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: 3958

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: 409
Views: 41233

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: 3995
Views: 512844

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 3995
Views: 512844

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: 3478

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 4827
Views: 563214

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 6188
Views: 469298

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: 672
Views: 103265

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: 2632
Views: 470095

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...

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