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by Lycur
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106552
Views: 41714596

Re: 1190: "Time"

I love this comic so much. Now I want to go to the beach and built a giant sandcastle. So when are we going to get together and do this? so i guess we make the 25th March to the international "build a sandcastle"-day... Absolutely seconded! There was a snowstorm here on March 25th. Screw ...
by Lycur
Thu May 05, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Election in Canada this Spring
Replies: 108
Views: 8658

Re: Election in Canada this Spring

Le1bn1z wrote:Sadly, this is an anecdote backed up by statistics. The Conservatives recieve way, way more from their base than do the Liberals and NDP combined. They also have far more volunteers.


From whence cometh your statistics?
by Lycur
Mon Feb 07, 2011 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Steven Erikson - why does the man hates his readers?
Replies: 4
Views: 2235

Re: Steven Erikson - why does the man hates his readers?

I finished Dust of Dreams this weekend and this problem was the worst it's ever been. Damn near every character from the previous books makes an appearance and there's very little done to remind you of what's important about them.
by Lycur
Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: WikiLeaks reveals Israel destroyed Syrian Reactor
Replies: 27
Views: 3153

Re: WikiLeaks reveals Israel destroyed Syrian Reactor

JTA, to my knowledge, isn't one of the papers that the cables are being leaked to, and they don't cite any other sources. I also can't find any cables on the site relating to any incident like that. The cable, which has not yet been published, was reported by the Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot ...
by Lycur
Sun May 30, 2010 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Most interesting mathematician?
Replies: 35
Views: 4808

Re: Most interesting mathematician?

I'm going to nth the Galois recommendation, he was a particularly interesting guy. You may still be a little lacking in the mathematical maturity necessary to appreciate his work though (I certainly was at the end of the high school).
by Lycur
Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books that made you cry
Replies: 296
Views: 44917

Re: Books that made you cry

Steven Erikson's Memories of Ice. That one was seriously an emotional sucker punch.
Also, Flowers for Algernon.
by Lycur
Wed Mar 17, 2010 12:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: I need a book recommendation (Renamed : Recom'd me a book)
Replies: 338
Views: 194277

Re: Foreign Books

Hi, For school I am taking a course that stresses alternatives to the traditional "classics" of english literature. I have to find foreign books (in english or translated to english) that could add to the curricula of the school; for this quarter, specifically, I must find a foreign book ...
by Lycur
Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math identification
Replies: 9
Views: 1184

Re: Math identification

Those are Maxwell's equations in spherical coordinates. It's not pissing off anybody who knows what's going on, it's just written inelegantly to make it look cool. It's actually kind of cool as a Maxwell's equations describe, in particular, the behaviour of light. I'd chuckle gregariously if I saw y...
by Lycur
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Modern einsteins
Replies: 92
Views: 9322

Re: Modern einsteins

I'm surprised noone has yet mentioned John Bell . His theorems restricting the behaviour of so-called hidden variable models of Quantum Mechanics tell us something fundamental and astonishing about our universe as a whole; very much in the spirit of Einstein's best known work. But honestly, noone in...
by Lycur
Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Script Swaps Poor YouTube Comments w/ Feynman Quotes
Replies: 18
Views: 2485

Re: Script Swaps Poor YouTube Comments w/ Feynman Quotes

It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch huma...
by Lycur
Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:51 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Basis?
Replies: 17
Views: 2576

Re: Do E-Harmony's 29 Dimensions form an Orthogonal Basis?

Actually orthogonality is more than you need, all it takes is linear independence.
by Lycur
Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Useful is the Health Care Bill Now?
Replies: 35
Views: 1776

Re: How Useful is the Health Care Bill Now?

Numbers problem: This analysis is predicting growth of health care costs while ignoring inflation and wage increases. Sure, $54,000 seems like a reasonable amount of money right now, but how much will it be worth in 2016? Should we expect it to fully provide for a family of four? I don't think you ...
by Lycur
Wed Dec 16, 2009 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: How Useful is the Health Care Bill Now?
Replies: 35
Views: 1776

How Useful is the Health Care Bill Now?

In Nate Silver's view, it's still pretty good:
http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/12/ ... zy-to.html

I saw this linked in a thread on reddit filled with people bitching about how awful the bill was now. I think it's a good read.
by Lycur
Mon Dec 14, 2009 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYC MTA Considers Dropping Student MetroCards
Replies: 30
Views: 1940

Re: NYC MTA Considers Dropping Student MetroCards

A lot of the kids with these can't afford passes, as was stated in the article. Typical self-centric rich WASP remark... Tee hee. I wish. And it's not as if I'm the only one in the city of Toronto (or in Canada) who happens to have lacked access to free transit. I'm quite sure we also have 'poor' p...
by Lycur
Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Im looking for suggestions for textbooks.
Replies: 6
Views: 838

Re: Im looking for suggestions for textbooks.

I used Dummit and Foote when I learned groups and rings, it doesn't assume much knowledge coming in and it's quite reasonable but somehow it didn't really make me appreciate the subject. It provides a ton of detail which, unfortunately, I found often obfuscated the very natural ideas that were being...
by Lycur
Tue Oct 20, 2009 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Whitehouse's War on Fox News
Replies: 110
Views: 8213

Re: Whitehouse's War on Fox News

How about a source that's not Fox news for the story? Even if you think they're pretty fair in general it's pretty easy to see that they might have a bit of bias in this case.
by Lycur
Thu Sep 24, 2009 2:19 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Best and Worst Discworld
Replies: 316
Views: 193931

Re: Best and Worst Discworld

Moo wrote:
GraphiteGirl wrote:Really? You see Granny Weatherwax as being slow on the uptake?
Indeed, there's no-one I'd be more surprised to find on your list than her, except perhaps Vetinari.


Her character was quite different in Equal Rites than it was in the later novels, perhaps he's just thinking of that?
by Lycur
Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Contraception myths 'widespread'
Replies: 31
Views: 2864

Re: Contraception myths 'widespread'

Before panic sets in, the statistic is 1 in 5 women has heard, not 1 in five woman believes.
by Lycur
Sat Sep 05, 2009 2:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel: report Jews in danger of marrying goyim
Replies: 192
Views: 12827

Re: Israel: report Jews in danger of marrying goyim

How about a source that's not Haaretz? Reading the article it sounds like the ads are actually promoting programs to have young Jews visit Isreal. The reproduction control thing strikes me as silly sensationalism.
by Lycur
Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lenin kills man in Belarus
Replies: 24
Views: 1821

Re: Lenin kills man in Belarus, how the People Cry

I almost never read the subject heading on individual posts.
by Lycur
Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chavez Shuts Down Radio
Replies: 40
Views: 2630

Re: Chavez Shuts Down Radio

Again, how can you provide accuracy on an a nation when you weren't even there, are not familiar with the cultural background, the ongoing complexities, much less the psyche of the people who are taking part and giving birth to any developments? By having accurate information about that nation? You...
by Lycur
Fri Jul 24, 2009 2:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women as good at chess as men. . .unless they are facing men
Replies: 94
Views: 7131

Re: Women as good at chess as men. . .unless they are facing men

Presumably the female does worse because she subconciously fears the male is better at it. If you specifically tell her a Male's rating is 200 below her own, will this still occur? If you tell her a female's rating is 200 above her own, will it occur then? I can tell you now that exagerrating an op...
by Lycur
Fri Jul 24, 2009 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill Would Require Man's OK For Abortion
Replies: 421
Views: 23964

Re: Bill Would Require Man's OK For Abortion

The group Feminists for Choice released a statement saying "...this is ridiculous. It's just another mechanism for demonizing and isolating women who have sex." Is there a Feminists Against Choice group? Anyways, this basically amounts to "man proposes very stupid idea that will neve...
by Lycur
Wed Jul 22, 2009 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New NASA boss: Astronauts on Mars in his lifetime
Replies: 134
Views: 8358

Re: New NASA boss: Astronauts on Mars in his lifetime

Second, science as a byproduct is worse than science as a product. A good part of innovation is serendipity. Science is not something easy to produce: fundamental innovations come about in the pursuit of answers to the kind of difficult questions that crop up when faced with this kind of endeavour....
by Lycur
Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Calif tax officials: Legal pot would rake in $1.4B
Replies: 21
Views: 1681

Re: Calif tax officials: Legal pot would rake in $1.4B

$50 an ounce? That's... half of the original tax designed to kill marijuana? (not adjusted for inflation, of course) I don't have any clue of what marijuana prices are at the moment, how high of a percentage is that? In the part of Ontario I live in, that'd cost anywhere from $120-140. Of course, a...
by Lycur
Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Too Late to Switch Degrees?
Replies: 1
Views: 581

Re: Too Late to Switch Degrees?

In your shoes, I'd restart. You know you want to be a developer, get a degree that will let you pick up jobs as a developer and expand your skill set. 4 years is probably an overstatement for how long it'll take you to get out the other end again. Also, the stuff you've done so far isn't a waste: th...
by Lycur
Thu Jul 09, 2009 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Massachusetts AG sues Feds over DOMA
Replies: 18
Views: 939

Re: Massachusetts AG sues Feds over DOMA

I dislike the states' right connotation in this case. Solidifying such precedent would only threaten the Olson-Boies case, which seeks to make this about a fundamental right to marry across all the states. Not really. The validity of one argument doesn't imply anything (either logically or legally)...
by Lycur
Mon Jul 06, 2009 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit
Replies: 100
Views: 6402

Re: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit

thc wrote:You need to take a step back and look at your own position. In your opinion, the city was indeed addressing "possible discrimination problems outside of the courtroom."


Perhaps instead of telling people what their opinions are you could actually read what they've written?
by Lycur
Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit
Replies: 100
Views: 6402

Re: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit

You are basically saying that just because someone potentially smarter than me lies on the opposite side of a very polarized issue, then the issue is complicated. California's same-sex marriage ban was upheld in state supreme court by a close margain of 4-3. Three of the finest legal scholars in Am...
by Lycur
Sun Jul 05, 2009 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin Resigns.
Replies: 80
Views: 6843

Re: Sarah Palin Resigns.

Walter.Horvath wrote:
EsotericWombat wrote:stuff

If you have some personal beef with religion to go with your lack of intelligence, then that's none of my problem. Either way, shut up and start discussing things pertinent to the thread.


This is some truly stunning hypocrisy. Award winning really.
by Lycur
Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit
Replies: 100
Views: 6402

Re: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit

You are basically saying that just because someone potentially smarter than me lies on the opposite side of a very polarized issue, then the issue is complicated. California's same-sex marriage ban was upheld in state supreme court by a close margain of 4-3. Three of the finest legal scholars in Am...
by Lycur
Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit
Replies: 100
Views: 6402

Re: Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit

the test results outright excluded Results, not questions. The city's promotion policy, coupled with the results of the test, meant that none of the black firefighters would be even eligible for promotion. Maybe the black firefighters should have studied harder then. Promotions should be earned, no...
by Lycur
Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin Resigns.
Replies: 80
Views: 6843

Re: Sarah Palin Resigns.

I'm not blaming the internet. I'm providing an example. Anyone who gets that far in politics, to the point that they are considered for the job, is qualified. Only in as much as the job is to get people to vote for your running mate. She had nowhere near adequate qualification for the actual duties...
by Lycur
Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?
Replies: 287
Views: 31732

Re: Have You Ever Taken Drugs?

A question for those of you who have done shrooms: did you find the experience moving or profound? A number of people on reddit were quite adamant that it was one of the greatest experiences known to man. OTOH all of my trips have been tons of fun, but they don't have much to say for them beyond tha...
by Lycur
Sat Jul 04, 2009 1:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarah Palin Resigns.
Replies: 80
Views: 6843

Re: Sarah Palin Resigns.

Darn. I was really hoping she'd stay prominent long enough to destroy the republican's 2012 run.
by Lycur
Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math crossroads: which course?
Replies: 10
Views: 1325

Re: Math crossroads: which course?

Does 'numerical' in linear algebra imply that you're already familiar with analyitical linear algebra techniques? If not, take the lin. alg. course hands down as it'll be more useful and, in my opinion, more interesting. If it's strictly a computational course then I suppose it would depend on your ...
by Lycur
Tue Jun 30, 2009 6:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scrapping Trident
Replies: 42
Views: 3366

Re: Scrapping Trident

Look at it this way. The worst happens and somebody nukes one of your cities. If you launch your own in retaliation, you have just escalated the situation. The initial aggressor and his allies will launch even more straight back at you. The result is that even more people die. Weapons are worthless...
by Lycur
Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2553032

Re: Confessional Bed - Not just for pillow talk!

I think my brain stem is trying to kill me (or at least being extremely incompetent). About once a day, my lungs will stop breathing, of their own accord, and I won't notice until I start to pass out, and have to sit bolt upright gasping. Doesn't seem life threatening, but it is worrisome. The same...
by Lycur
Wed Jun 24, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect
Replies: 127
Views: 7789

Re: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect

You really think these burqa-wearing women are in the positions to make decisions from themselves without terrible repercussions from their providers and emotional support? Do you really think these women are free to begin with? I think that anyone who tries to restrict their freedoms in the name o...
by Lycur
Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect
Replies: 127
Views: 7789

Re: Sarkozy's Foot/Mouth Intersect

Although I think this particular law is a bad idea, it's not, contrary to the opinions of many posters so far, actually (nessecarily) overt muslim persecution. France has well established cultural values insisting on both a secular society and gender equality. It's entirely possible for legislators ...

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