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by Kit.
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 5170

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

As a human being, I sometimes get offended. I am not offended by mocking the ethnic minority group lots of people (including my wife) associate me with (maybe because I am used to it, maybe because I realize that I am not the group ), but I am offended by intellectual dishonesty toward me, especial...
by Kit.
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 5170

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

Sounds like you're offended by something somebody did on the internet. This is the part where I wonder whether you have some rational motive, a self-sustaining irrational taboo, or it's just intentional victim playing with a particular political agenda. As a human being, I sometimes get offended. I...
by Kit.
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 5170

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

SecondTalon wrote:
Kit. wrote:The stupidest shit SecondTalon has ever read


If I see you in N&A again, you're gone.

This kind of shit is intolerable when it comes from a moderator.

Please remove my account from the XKCD forums.

Thank you very much.

Granted. -ST
by Kit.
Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 5170

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

are we genuinely litigating whether or not blackface is offensive here? full offense, but if you need such a basic-ass explanation, you're too wilfully ignorant of history & context and do not have the range to be engaging in these conversations with adults. If the question why it's offensive o...
by Kit.
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 5170

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

The severity of the act hasn't decreased, by the way; just how severely we disprove. It was pretty racist back then, Can anyone explain why it was "pretty racist" back then? Is there any hidden symbolism we outsiders don't know? This essay does a pretty good job: Don't get what's wrong wi...
by Kit.
Thu Feb 07, 2019 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 5170

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

The Great Hippo wrote:The severity of the act hasn't decreased, by the way; just how severely we disprove. It was pretty racist back then,

Can anyone explain why it was "pretty racist" back then? Is there any hidden symbolism we outsiders don't know?
by Kit.
Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 6324

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

The real part of the imaginary unit is zero. Still, a dichotomy not about the place between one-dimensional values, but about the 0-dimensional direction from the N-1-dimensional dividing hyperplane. In this sense, the real part of the imaginary unit is neither "negative" nor "positiv...
by Kit.
Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 5170

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

Sableagle wrote:Can't we just give the whole of Virginia back to the natives?

But what if you once dressed in their traditional garments and painted your face red when you were 19?

Can anyone explain me what this fuss is about?
by Kit.
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 6324

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

With the abortion example he gives, it seems that he thinks there are at least two axes, call them morality and ought-to-be-legality, and he thinks people wrongly conflate those into one axis, and put things like abortion on one end of that axis (either immoral-and-ought-to-be-illegal, or not-immor...
by Kit.
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 6324

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

jewish_scientist wrote:You could say that future people deserve moral consideration,

Like... abstinence is legal but immoral, and rape is moral but illegal?
by Kit.
Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 6324

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

A completely valid and defendable position is that in all cases abortions are immoral, but because it is not the job of government to legislate morality they should be legal. That's probably an off-topic, but have you tried to apply this argument to robbery, for example? I have not, but John Stuart...
by Kit.
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"
Replies: 21
Views: 4473

Re: 2105: "Modern OSI Model"

The genius thing about layers, is that anyone working to create a layer, only need to know how to speak with the adjacent layers. This means the manufacturer of the network card doesn't need to care about what protocol is being used or what information will be transmitted, they only need to make it...
by Kit.
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8500
Views: 774937

Re: Trump presidency

Putin will eventually die of old age. That or mauled by an improperly sedated tiger during a staged "manly wrestling" photo shoot. His replacement might be less confrontational, and we may avoid WWIII that way. So far, Putin manages to keep a sort of balance between "sislibs" (e...
by Kit.
Sun Feb 03, 2019 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 3675

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Soupspoon wrote:Whichever one (or set) of the apps it is that gives peer-to-peer encryption between a limited number of people, famously unreadable by anyone else (e.g. intelligence/counter-intelligence and law-enforcement agencies).

Law enforcement allegedly reads it peer-decrypted from the peer's iCloud backup.
by Kit.
Sat Feb 02, 2019 11:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2106: "Sharing Options"
Replies: 22
Views: 3675

Re: 2106: "Sharing Options"

Does Option 1 actually exist?
by Kit.
Fri Feb 01, 2019 8:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hurtful Dichotomies
Replies: 43
Views: 6324

Re: Hurtful Dichotomies

jewish_scientist wrote:A completely valid and defendable position is that in all cases abortions are immoral, but because it is not the job of government to legislate morality they should be legal.

That's probably an off-topic, but have you tried to apply this argument to robbery, for example?
by Kit.
Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 6745

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

ObsessoMom wrote:I'm trying to picture how a jackhammer would work without electricity or other power.

Like this.
by Kit.
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 39
Views: 6745

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

Punsaw is unsurprisingly omitted.
by Kit.
Mon Dec 17, 2018 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10269

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

First off, what kind of society could exist where violence (or the threat of it) was not an ongoing necessity? One where there is nothing to be gained from violence. If your society doesn't recognize property rights then you can only steal for petty gain, and if people's needs are fulfilled then no...
by Kit.
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10269

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

They can deny you both. If you don't do the same, you lose. If you do, that's violence. Who is they? What is this scenario that gives one person or a small group of people power over the means of production for the rest of society? What makes you think that the group that employs strategic options ...
by Kit.
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10269

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

They can deny you both. If you don't do the same, you lose. If you do, that's violence. Who is they? What is this scenario that gives one person or a small group of people power over the means of production for the rest of society? What makes you think that the group that employs strategic options ...
by Kit.
Tue Nov 27, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10269

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

But to do that would also isolate them from society and leave them without access to the benefits of society. It would not do that by itself. Someone ("society") needs to actually enforce that against them. Which is (surprise!) violence, as defined by the WHO. You can deny people access t...
by Kit.
Mon Nov 26, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 10269

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

All other political philosophies that I know of say that violence is a feature of a sub-optimal society and that there is a way for perpetual peace to exist. Violence may be necessary to establish a perfect society, but that violence is always temporary (e.g. Marx said it was okay to revolt in orde...
by Kit.
Sun Nov 25, 2018 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 14023

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

"Each particle" is already an approximation. There is no such thing as "each particle" in the world that has number-phase uncertainty.
by Kit.
Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 8040

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

New User wrote:But some people like what I don't like! Shouldn't something be done about that?

You can be taught to like some of it.
by Kit.
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 14023

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

orthogon wrote:So it's fine to say that GPS gives you "all four dimensions". We don't live in a Hilbert space...

Technically, we do, but GPS is not precise enough to care.
by Kit.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 7023

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

'I only wish I had such eyes,' The King remarked in a fretful tone. 'To be able to see Nobody! And at that distance too! Why it's as much as I can do to see real people, by this light!”
by Kit.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 7023

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

p1t1o wrote:If Apple made a black hole, it would only attract very specific types of particle, and probably not the same types as most other black holes.
It would also be white.

But what if our (observed) Universe is a white hole?
by Kit.
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 14023

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

GlassHouses wrote:So why define the unit of mass, the gram, to be something so small? Why define it as the mass of one cubic centimeter of water, and not a cubic decimeter?

...and not a cubic meter?

Probably because it is more convenient for cooking.
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8500
Views: 774937

Re: Trump presidency

I am sorry that you see a realistic view on the world as "negative". And yes, it follows from how Homo sapiens actually behave. It doesn't. This isn't a realistic view. Humans are cooperative, complex social animals; violence toward humans is not our default setting. This is why soldiers ...
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8500
Views: 774937

Re: Trump presidency

Returning to Trump presidency: as Mueller currently is not reporting to any person qualifying as a principal officer, does it mean that Mueller cannot legally indict anyone now?
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8500
Views: 774937

Re: Trump presidency

Those were state societes. The Spanish didn't really do well in the areas with stateless societies (and didn't try hard).
by Kit.
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8500
Views: 774937

Re: Trump presidency

I'd say their numbers are about 100% of the human population. The number of hypocrites that think that they are not is not much smaller. im really sorry you have such a negative view of the world, but it's not actually born out by how humans behave. I am sorry that you see a realistic view on the w...
by Kit.
Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8500
Views: 774937

Re: Trump presidency

Our current model presumes that the reason is because criminals are inherently violent; they possess some intrinsic quality of violence that requires us to either forcibly remove this quality or isolate them so that they don't commit violence against the non-violent. This is, of course, nonsense. P...
by Kit.
Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"
Replies: 35
Views: 6282

Re: 2072: "Evaluating Tech Things"

Am I the only one who doesn't get the "big questions" part?
by Kit.
Mon Nov 05, 2018 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 13497

Re: Ethics of Research

The question is if research is a positive duty , The branch you are looking for is called "religion". Think about this; would it be wrong for a person who know the cure to HIV infection to not tell anyone about it if they are taking no action based on this information, including but not l...
by Kit.
Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 13497

Re: Ethics of Research

I am working on a voluntary paper and I am stuck because I do not know what field of ethics I am dealing with. Basically, I need to analysis 2 questions, but I do not know what terms to enter into Google to actually do that research. The questions are: 1) Does the ability to preform research entail...
by Kit.
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 5629

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I'm wondering if it's still correct to call LinkedIn's spam vortex a "professional network". Oh, some time ago it started to feed some stupid "trending articles in <whatever>" that had nothing to do with <whatever>, and I started to report them as spam. Now I don't see those &qu...
by Kit.
Wed Sep 12, 2018 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"
Replies: 24
Views: 5629

Re: 2045: "Social Media Announcement"

I wonder if it's correct to call a professional network "social media".

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