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by Mutex
Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Need to buy an Android phone today
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: Need to buy an Android phone today

I went for a Motorola Moto G7 Power, if anyone is interested. £179 from Amazon, massive battery life, looks pretty solid. It has by far the lowest screen resolution of any phone you'll see today but I'm pretty sure I won't be able to notice, 271 ppi should be enough!
by Mutex
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:22 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Need to buy an Android phone today
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Need to buy an Android phone today

As mine has apparently suffered some kind of random hardware fault. It suddenly rebooted itself, and won't ever boot up, just dies part way through. There's been no OS update, so a physical fault seems to be the issue - it's 3 years old now. Anyway, any recommendations for a midrange phone, around £...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

On the other hand in Israel a developer was fired and a few days later sent a colleague of his an e-mail saying "Hey can you just run the file I attached? Thanks!". They never did. Probably wise. I've heard about people leaving a company, and months later on a whim seeing if they could st...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 04, 2019 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

My brother works in IT, at one company he was taken aside one day and informed he'd been made redundant, and had to leave immediately. I can't remember his exact position, think he worked in operations or something, clearly something with enough potential to do serious damage if he'd wanted to.
by Mutex
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15123
Views: 2563440

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

Link wrote:That, at least, is somewhat understandable -- it's not like they accidentally drove from Belgium to Croatia.

You'd think a Belgian person would know Belgium is a bit too small to be driving across it for two days.
by Mutex
Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Also an advisory referendum is legally nothing more than an opinion poll. It told the government that at that time, a tiny majority of people were in favour of leaving (or protest voting). They then used the idea people were in favour of leaving as a reason to leave. But if it's no longer true, then...
by Mutex
Sun Mar 24, 2019 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I just hope May realises that while she might be obliged to take the UK out of the EU, she'd better make it a soft Brexit aka Norway model. Nothing else is a compromise that won't tear the country apart.
by Mutex
Fri Mar 22, 2019 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

A depressingly accurate description of how Brexit happened:
https://www.facebook.com/JonathanPieRep ... =2&theater
[Contains strong language]
by Mutex
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Well, they "eliminated" No Deal at least in terms of intention, but I don't think they've done the same regarding revoking A50. So logically, if April 12 comes round and it's a choice between No Deal and revoking A50, they should revoke it. I'm sure they won't, I don't think there's even a...
by Mutex
Fri Mar 22, 2019 2:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Or remainers are just much more energised right now, since it's looking like the most insane, self destructive thing that could possibly happen is actually on the table.
by Mutex
Fri Mar 22, 2019 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

It just hit 3 million. I wonder if May will lis- actually, no, I'm not wondering if she'll do that.
by Mutex
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

And if the UK doesn't take part in them, and then revokes A50, then the EU parliament would be constitutionally unable to do anything because the UK wouldn't be represented. I'm not sure what would happen then, we'd probably have to have our elections in a hurry.
by Mutex
Sun Mar 17, 2019 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 62
Views: 3009

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

He came close to beating Ted Cruz in Texas didn't he? That's pretty impressive even if he ended up losing. I can see why people might think he'd be a strong Centrist candidate who'd stand a chance of peeling away enough GOP voters to vote for him, or more likely, just not energising them enough to g...
by Mutex
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I didn't want to go onto the Daily Mail website to confirm, but this is apparently their take on it. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D1tVz4KXQAES_gU.jpg:large I don't remember Islamist terrorists getting photos of them as children in the papers. Oh and he was blonde, how could he have ended up being bad...
by Mutex
Fri Mar 15, 2019 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

And there's a very big risk this will convince some Muslim guy who's on the edge of radicalisation that he should carry out a revenge terror attack, resulting in a never ending escalating tit-for-tat. Which is exactly what the extremists on either side of the Islamist/White Far Right coin want.
by Mutex
Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

An amendment to have a second referendum was rejected (334-89) - Labour whip was to abstain (some rebels for both directions though). An amendment to extend Article 50 was also rejected (314-311). It's really hard for me to see a path that isn't "no-deal", and I've no idea what lies past ...
by Mutex
Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future
Replies: 62
Views: 3009

Re: 2020 Presidency Campaign for the Future

Chen wrote:
sardia wrote:Not sure if it was the Clinton backstabbing or what. (Side note, Clinton and Trump deserve to be in jail together for sex crimes)


Uh what?

I think he means Bill, not Hillary.
by Mutex
Mon Mar 11, 2019 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I was speaking of today's hard-left - the activists you find everywhere in the media, in politics and so on. They are extremely keen to use the state to impose their worldview on the majority, and tick off many of the items on your list. Could you give examples of some of these people, and the worl...
by Mutex
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I didn't see any evidence that the guy wished him ill though. And Alt-righters don't usually tend to straight up condone Nazis from what I've seen, it's all about minimising and whataboutery and false equivalence. And calling anyone left of Reagan a Communist. Which is why just that one tweet scream...
by Mutex
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

solune wrote:The only thing I see in that post is that he refused to obey an order given by someone who didn't wish him well.

That's your take?
by Mutex
Mon Mar 04, 2019 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 324
Views: 94833

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Just went onto Facebook, and the first nine posts in the news feed were about Keith Flint, singer for the Prodigy . Only 49 years old. According to Liam Howlett it was suicide. :( In a post on The Prodigy's official Instagram account, bandmate Liam added: "I can't believe I'm saying this but ou...
by Mutex
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8481
Views: 774380

Re: Trump presidency

And you have to ask yourself why someone who got a three year sentence last time he lied to Congress would willingly come back, just because he was invited, and spend several hours telling a bucket of fibs. He have to be *insane*. How many years would be added to his sentence if it turned out his te...
by Mutex
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 368201

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

Magnanimous wrote:
commodorejohn wrote:Based on observed trends in runaway-but-unsustainable shop construction, I'd have to suggestion cell-phone stores/mall kiosks.

In my area those locations have all turned into pot stores.

Do people in your area have a lot of indoor plants?
by Mutex
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

In the UK that would definitely fall afoul of "incitement to violence" laws. He's no different to, say, Abu Hamza who used to stand in the street shouting that Muslims should rise up and kill westerners. Are there any similar laws in the US, or would that violate the 1st amendment?
by Mutex
Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15123
Views: 2563440

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

... shouldn't be a right bunch of fucking eejits?
by Mutex
Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Also there's a big difference between boycotting companies from a country due to its foreign policies, and discriminating against people from that country. The government is not one and the same as the people. It is perfectly possible to oppose a government without holding malice toward its citizen...
by Mutex
Sun Feb 10, 2019 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4481
Views: 663460

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Also there's a big difference between boycotting companies from a country due to its foreign policies, and discriminating against people from that country.
by Mutex
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 368201

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

I think it's more that Netflix knows that in order to survive, you must have a large amount of your own content to stream. They currently don't have a *large* amount, they have some but they've quite far to go before they're up there with say, HBO. And catching up requires heavy investment. They don...
by Mutex
Fri Feb 01, 2019 10:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1390
Views: 224398

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Also because a "better deal" would be breaking the EU's red lines. Or the UK's. The only possible better deal would be staying in the EEA. Or remaining.
by Mutex
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Pizza Toppings
Replies: 142
Views: 45887

Re: Pizza Toppings

The ingredients put onto a thin crust pizza. I feel it's a cost savings move when making pizza that way. For typical consumption, cured meats is King. Any pizza can be improved by switching the protein to the cured meat version. Yeah, that's why I think it's weird when people put chicken on pizza. ...
by Mutex
Thu Jan 31, 2019 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8481
Views: 774380

Re: Trump presidency

https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Gmlv-ojptH5ILs--dR-6bSqx9OI=/0x0:1080x1080/1720x0/filters:focal(0x0:1080x1080):format(webp):no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/13728162/Trump_dow_Jan_tweets_chart.jpg Image courtesy of Vox . EDIT: Put it in a spoiler tag be...
by Mutex
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can a thruster using geomagnetic fields and superconductors generate a thrust?
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: Can a thruster using geomagnetic fields and superconductors generate a thrust?

Not quite the same thing, but I was wondering if there was a way to turn a receiving laser beam into electricity.
by Mutex
Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can a thruster using geomagnetic fields and superconductors generate a thrust?
Replies: 9
Views: 1775

Re: Can a Thruster that uses geomagnetic fields and superconductors generate lift?

ijuin wrote:AFAIK it will generate lift, but not enough to overcome Earth’s gravity if it has to lift its own power source.

Hmm. So if (and it's a big if) we found some way to wirelessly beam power to a launch vehicle, we could have all-electric single-stage-to-orbit launch vehicles?
by Mutex
Fri Jan 25, 2019 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 368201

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

AI beats top professional StarCraft 2 players:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUTMhmVh1qs
(I'm still watching it with an hour left, but it's 100% victorious so far...)
by Mutex
Fri Jan 18, 2019 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 14822

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

You say you're not pro-gun but then go on to make a straight-forward pro-gun argument. It kinda sounds like you're a pro-gunner trying to give the impression that sensible, un-biased people would agree with the pro-gun position, and the anti-gun position is somehow extreme or unpopular.
by Mutex
Fri Jan 11, 2019 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8481
Views: 774380

Re: Trump presidency

Simple solution, increase patrolling ten-fold to stop people stealing bits of the wall.
by Mutex
Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8481
Views: 774380

Re: Trump presidency

So, it turns out that anyone wanting to get over Trump's wall needn't even bring a ladder, a simple saw will do. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/test-steel-prototype-border-wall-showed-it-could-be-sawed-n956856 President Donald Trump has repeatedly advocated for a steel slat design for ...
by Mutex
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 8078

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

If the roles in this strip were reversed, it would probably be called "mansplaining". Cueball only expresses a sentiment, he doesn't ask for an explanation. He explicitly says he doesn't understand how it works. Getting an explanation in response to that... is not mansplaining. Mansplaini...
by Mutex
Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8481
Views: 774380

Re: Trump presidency

I'm pretty sure he literally meant the US would send Mexico an invoice.
by Mutex
Fri Jan 04, 2019 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2094: "Short Selling"
Replies: 44
Views: 8078

Re: 2094: "Short Selling"

Pretty good! For those that don't know, it's actually fairly simple... 1. Borrow shares from someone that owns them (your broker handles the details) 2. Sell the borrowed shares on the market 3. Buy the shares back (ideally at a lower price than when you sold them) 4. Return the shares to the perso...

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