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by Ari
Fri Jul 23, 2010 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0770: "All the Girls"
Replies: 95
Views: 28544

Re: "All the Girls" (#770)

I hope she feels the same way. Then it would be a Nash equilibrium. I would like to third this as being an excellent potential addition to the alt text. :D As for the comic, ::sigh::. Randall, get out of my head! He stole this one from me, I think. LIke, from about two days ago, give or take. You t...
by Ari
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0758: "Raptor Fences"
Replies: 72
Views: 16022

Re: "Raptor Fences" discussion (#758)

I had to sign up just to post this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deinonychus Granted, as with much of Paleobiology, there's really not very much to go on insofar as door opening and all, but those are still some scary buggers. And they were at least big. Does anyone else think that they should real...
by Ari
Sun Feb 28, 2010 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is America being too nice?
Replies: 34
Views: 5114

Re: Is America being too nice?

Where did I say the work was hard? I just said it was work. And I'm not talking about the run of the mill westerner as I pointed out. I'm a run of the mill westerner as I only work 40 or 50 hours a week. I'm talking about the billionaire that is responsible for the livelihood of the hundreds of peo...
by Ari
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18731

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

One thing I've always found strange about libertarianism is the idea that corporations are somehow superior to governance. Just as one cannot avoid belonging to a country with some sort of government within the current political situation, one also can't avoid working- work is a necessity. The idea ...
by Ari
Thu Sep 17, 2009 2:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0637: "Scribblenauts"
Replies: 108
Views: 24466

Re: "Scribblenauts" Discussion

So, is nobody else vaguely pleased at the idea of recurring gaming-commentary characters?
by Ari
Sun May 17, 2009 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0052: "Secret Worlds"
Replies: 29
Views: 8227

Re: "Secret Worlds" Discussion

I have a feeling that the white circles are only white for reader convenience. ;)
by Ari
Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0561: "Well"
Replies: 187
Views: 52713

Re: "Well" Discussion

Wouldn't the scientific approach be to design a good stody about Dvorak rather than complain that there's no good evidence for (or against) it?

And conceding ergonomics was a good move. I use Dvorak because it's comfortable, wheras QWERTY is like banging my wrists against a wall repeatedly.
by Ari
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Moral Facts: their existence and nature
Replies: 22
Views: 5518

Re: Moral Facts: their existence and nature

Practically speaking, does it matter if a moral proposition is objectively true? How would you prove it?
by Ari
Sun Jan 18, 2009 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Bush be charged with war crimes?
Replies: 64
Views: 7643

Re: Should Bush be charged with war crimes?

Should he be charged with war crimes? Not unless half (wild guess there) the leaders around the world are arrested and tried for crimes as well. I'm quite fine with anyone with a comparable record being charged with war crimes. I'd potentially be willing to extend that principle as far as Tony Blai...
by Ari
Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0526: "Converting to Metric"
Replies: 429
Views: 89524

Re: "Converting to Metric" Discussion

I'd like to quickly mention that 10°C is round about the point where breath becomes visible. Useful to know ;) No, he has it right. One newton (lower case initial) accelerates one kilogram at 1m/s/s. Hmmm I may be wrong here, long time since I last had any Physics class, but isn't the convention on ...
by Ari
Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Climate Change / Global Warming
Replies: 257
Views: 53172

Re: Global Warming or Global Cooling?

Just a note- all greenhouse gases aren't created equal. Water vapor largely lets through long-wave radiation that CO 2 and methane trap. This is one of the reasons why nuclear power is so much more environmentally friendly than coal, oil, etc... (although ultimately it doesn't solve energy security ...
by Ari
Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17698

Re: Homosexuals in the military

The military is also a matter of risk management. When you have an unknown downside to changing things, it's reckless to change things. So you learn the downside as best you can and then compare. We don't have an unknown downside. We have a downside that may have variances from similar situations a...
by Ari
Thu Dec 11, 2008 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Explaining Sex to Kids
Replies: 76
Views: 9313

Re: Explaining Sex to Kids

I'm pretty much with Malice here- simplify for very young kids, but they need to know the basic facts (sex is usually between people who love each other, it normally results in kids, etc...) as early as possible. It's also worth discussing sex in some detail with pre-pubescent kids in order to teach...
by Ari
Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17698

Re: Homosexuals in the military

The function of a university is to educate adults and perform research. There's no good argument that allowing women at the time that we did would have interfered with that goal. Whereas when you consider the attitudes in society at this time, the sensitive nature of sexuality, and the close quarte...
by Ari
Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?
Replies: 68
Views: 7515

Re: Can non-Indo-European peoples ever be democratic?

I think the outposts of democracy we do have are mostly to do with regional pressure towards more representative governments as local trade and travel become more common, rather than any sort of inherent indo-european bias to democracy. Of course, language and shared cultural context makes that sort...
by Ari
Sun Dec 07, 2008 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17698

Re: Homosexuals in the military

The burden of proof should be on people who want to change the way we organize our means of defending our civilization. Surely the burden of proof falls upon anyone who advances an opinion that isn't already adequately proved? I don't think there's been a very definitive argument either way on this...
by Ari
Sun Dec 07, 2008 3:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 222170

Re: "Friends" Discussion

I wouldn't date a guy I couldn't be friends with. If they can't be a friend without being creepy, I doubt they'll be able to be a boyfriend without being creepy either. Which is exactly why this comic is so creepy when taken seriously, I think. But what about those of us who never actually intend f...
by Ari
Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A brighter future for New Zealand
Replies: 38
Views: 3504

Re: A brighter future for New Zealand

... Also on the note of if the Bill and Ben party got a seat, wouldn't that make a mighty fine mockery of MMP? Terrible system, because it means that all these parties that people REALLY don't want to have a voice (Act, NZF, The Greens) do get one, and introduce retarded and stupid things (Tax on a...
by Ari
Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Right to Vote
Replies: 78
Views: 7389

Re: The Right to Vote

In my opinion, the best way to break the two-party system would be to simply abolish the election of the president by the people. Instead, everybody should just cast his vote for a political party, and the votes are tallied nationwide and every party gets a number of seats in the House of Represent...
by Ari
Fri Dec 05, 2008 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homosexuals in the military
Replies: 199
Views: 17698

Re: Homosexuals in the military

To those who support Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Do you think it would work if extended to heterosexual soldiers, too?
by Ari
Fri Dec 05, 2008 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0513: "Friends"
Replies: 914
Views: 222170

Re: "Friends" Discussion

One thing I have to wonder at, is the number of (presumably) men here who are saying "Oh, this is so me!", and not realizing that the comic is not on their side . Seriously. The comic is saying this is a bad thing to do . Bad thing! No do! Sheesh. Indeed, I found this kinda disturbing and...
by Ari
Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assassination, ever justified?
Replies: 90
Views: 9052

Re: Assassination, ever justified?

While I view assassination as better than war, (no incidental casualties, civilian, support, or combatant) it's still not very great, and as pointed out it has its own practical problems. (ie. you have to ensure that nobody would replace the target afterwards) I think this really depends on your att...
by Ari
Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16931

Re: Tipping people

Ari wrote: As for tipping making service jobs less soul-draining: I disagree. Treating your service industry friends as real human beings makes their jobs less soul-draining. Funny you mention that. I read a 1947 study on tipping in America. One of the conclusions was that people are far more likel...
by Ari
Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16931

Re: Tipping people

I think one of the most controversial subjects I've ever talked about was tipping. Almost everyone I know is for it and I'm against it. They always throw out "well you've never been a waiter then". However that doesn't mean I don't believe in fair compensation. I just think that the price...
by Ari
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 47243

Re: Terminology

I would like to point out, that not only taking the Americas as the center is arbitrary, so is using the north = up convention. If you're in Aotearoa you might see maps like this one that make more sense for that location (the normal to the earth's surface being more south than north in that part)....
by Ari
Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0503: "Terminology"
Replies: 292
Views: 47243

Re: Terminology

Here, I've fixed the "WTF" factor for those of you who prefer a Europe-centred map. ;)
by Ari
Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14279

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Why? Physical Violence has a certain point where it is truly serious. anything less than that, and you heal in days. Most other, more common violence, takes much longer to heal. Because even small physical violence sometimes causes deeper psychological or sociological problems, despite seeming phys...
by Ari
Fri Jul 18, 2008 4:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Richard Dawkins
Replies: 59
Views: 5068

Re: Richard Dawkins

Ari wrote: I'm annoyed by skeptics who don't seem to realise that even if the object of the belief might not be real, that people might have gotten more out of that "false" belief than they would have gotten from nothing at all. This isn't actually Dawkins' main concern. He's mostly riled...
by Ari
Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet is socially conservative
Replies: 69
Views: 6396

Re: The Internet is socially conservative

Very well. I am arguing that the Internet as a discussion medium, whilst seeming liberal and even radical by offline political standards, is extremely conservative by own its standards and hostile to new ideas. I've taken a lot of stick for saying this... I think the internet is diverse enough that...
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet is socially conservative
Replies: 69
Views: 6396

Re: The Internet is socially conservative

By excepting smaller and more specialised communities, you've essentially excepted the radical elements of internet society. I think you've begged the question here. Not at all. The groups you consider 'radical' are usually only radical in the context of outside culture. Within the Internet framewo...
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Positive Discrimination
Replies: 158
Views: 11014

Re: Positive Discrimination

Let me put it this way: "The harder I work, the more luck I seem to have". Can you Ari or Belial please give me an example of a single group that needs AA that can not have it's deserving individuals receive it on an individual basis? I am not against empowering people. I am against blank...
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Positive Discrimination
Replies: 158
Views: 11014

Re: Positive Discrimination

Yeah, respect is often a lot more important than the material stuff, I totally agree. If we could go directly for respect instead of material problems, that would rock. But how do you disseminate respect throughout a whole society without dealing with the problems of material inequality that make m...
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Richard Dawkins
Replies: 59
Views: 5068

Re: Richard Dawkins

I think Dawkins goes too far in his skepticism. I'm annoyed by skeptics who don't seem to realise that even if the object of the belief might not be real, that people might have gotten more out of that "false" belief than they would have gotten from nothing at all. Frankly, I wish Dawkins ...
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Internet is socially conservative
Replies: 69
Views: 6396

Re: The Internet is socially conservative

By excepting smaller and more specialised communities, you've essentially excepted the radical elements of internet society. I think you've begged the question here.
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Positive Discrimination
Replies: 158
Views: 11014

Re: Positive Discrimination

That's complete crap and you know it. Everyone is not an average person. Dwight Howard is not an average person. Steven Hawking is not an average person. By definition, people at the highest reaches of science, athletics, literature, and other pursuits are nonaverage. If you dramatically go against...
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Positive Discrimination
Replies: 158
Views: 11014

Re: Positive Discrimination

I believe that the best answer to racism is education (for everyone) and time. I can see how much more tolerant my generation is compared to my parents' generation, who are in turn much more tolerant than their parents' generation. There may still be racism, but all the conscious racists I have met...
by Ari
Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0450: "The Sea"
Replies: 128
Views: 24352

Re: "The Sea" Discussion

This one made me rofl :P My fiance likes to joke about his penis being small (it isn't). So I sent him this one and he was like, "hehe so true". I think the prettiness of this one is part of the joke. It's all atmospheric and existential, and then the title-text goes, "Haha, fooled y...
by Ari
Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pacifism ethical?
Replies: 187
Views: 14279

Re: Is pacifism ethical?

Also nice to remember that some people deserve violence outside of a combative situation. Such as rapists and murderers. I'd have to disagree. The only reason I could see myself ever seriously trying to use violence now is if I were afraid for someone's life. Those people deserve to realise the eno...
by Ari
Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Profiling at airports
Replies: 81
Views: 7408

Re: Profiling at airports

Pi, it is an absolute undeniable fact that most terrorists trying to attack America will be from the India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan region. It's not racist, just the truth. So, by playing the odds, we simply mean that if you are trying to catch a terrorist, the most likely person is someo...
by Ari
Wed Jul 16, 2008 11:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Positive Discrimination
Replies: 158
Views: 11014

Re: Positive Discrimination

Equal rights means people starting on the same level. They aren't. We want to put people on the same level and turn them loose. You want to ignore the current inequalities inherent in the system and hope that by ignoring them, they'll work themselves out. There has never been a problem in the histo...

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