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by Mutex
Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23028

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

Merry Christmas everyone!
by Mutex
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5915
Views: 818966

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Looks more like a speech recognition error to me?
by Mutex
Sat Dec 23, 2017 2:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back
Replies: 123
Views: 17916

Re: Referendum: Episode two: Catalonia strikes back

Of course the referendum result was "suspect", pretty much only one side took part, the other side kept away because it was illegal.

With respect to the election, I think we can agree that splitting away from a larger body based on such a tiny, slim majority would be insane. Right?
by Mutex
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5915
Views: 818966

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Coyne wrote:Just doing a Monday in a rest is no fun

Yeah... wait, what?

Coyne wrote:Just doing a mundane arrest is no fun.

Oh I see what happened.
by Mutex
Thu Dec 21, 2017 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Network on a trusting planet
Replies: 5
Views: 1085

Re: Network on a trusting planet

So, they use HTTP only? It would be as fast as this site. There just wouldn't be a password field when you log in. The lack of firewall wouldn't make a noticeable difference to the speed. Also this forum might be a better place for this thread: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewforum.php?f=12 Or possibly: ...
by Mutex
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 188
Views: 8171

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

Okay, now I need to look up what David Prowse actually sounds like. It's definitely jarring looking at on-set photos where he has the helmet off; he looks more like someone you'd want to go to the pub with than run in terror from. David Prowse has a decidedly west country accent, and was nicknamed ...
by Mutex
Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9336
Views: 1267152

Re: Minecraft

Cobblestone walls should be a fine drop-in replacement. Same height/size, don't burn.
by Mutex
Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
Replies: 188
Views: 8171

Re: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

I made it through the first 90 minutes. I love bad movies but that broke me. It's possibly the most bafflingly relentlessly unentertaining thing that exists. What the hell were they thinking.
by Mutex
Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4637
Views: 339795

Re: Trump presidency

I wonder if the GOP will take this as a clear warning shot and rethink their deeply unpopular tax bill. I mean, what could be a clearer warning than losing Alabama? Because as we know, the tax bill was the primary issue in the Alabama election. Not primary, but I'd be surprised if the allegations w...
by Mutex
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4637
Views: 339795

Re: Trump presidency

Well, my strategy of refusing to get my hopes up seems to be paying off. I wonder if the GOP will take this as a clear warning shot and rethink their deeply unpopular tax bill. I mean, what could be a clearer warning than losing Alabama? Somehow I doubt they'll take heed though. More likely they'll ...
by Mutex
Wed Dec 13, 2017 10:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23028

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

I'm going with surprised and upbeat. Upbeat because this was also due to Trump being a disease that causes loserness. Moore's poll numbers improved after Trump's endorsement. This is Alabama, an endorsement from Trump is going to help. Although it's possible Moore's poll numbers were already lower ...
by Mutex
Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4637
Views: 339795

Re: Trump presidency

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-the-hell-is-happening-with-these-alabama-polls/ The polls for the pedophile vs the baby killer has gone awry. The spread from the pollsters are getting bigger and bigger. The automated polling is showing Jones losing while the traditional polling is showing...
by Mutex
Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4637
Views: 339795

Re: Trump presidency

*looks at watch*
by Mutex
Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4637
Views: 339795

Re: Trump presidency

But on the other hand, at the end of the day, it's really not as big a thing as some are making it out to be. The way the news was playing it up this morning, we were right on the verge of finally sealing the deal on peace and love and free puppies for everyone, until Trump did this thing. The two ...
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists
Replies: 12
Views: 1356

Re: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists

Or some kind of aquatic fortified compound.
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4637
Views: 339795

Re: Trump presidency

If you would all prefer I spoke as I do at work then there’s no problem. However you’ll probably find it rather dull and I shall find it tedious and stop. No, but if you can vent your frustration, then you should expect me to point out another point of view. And to me, that is as it should be. I di...
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

The deal failed. The DUP said they'd drop their support for the government if there was a border between NI and rUK. If only May hadn't called that snap general election she wouldn't need to rely on their support. So, that leaves the entire UK staying in the single market then. Does that make the E...
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

The deal failed. The DUP said they'd drop their support for the government if there was a border between NI and rUK. If only May hadn't called that snap general election she wouldn't need to rely on their support.

So, that leaves the entire UK staying in the single market then.
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 4316

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

Parking lots would all be solar panels in the not too distant future. I had to ask: why not put the solar panels on a roof over the parking lot, which would prevent 1) the need for overengineering the ridiculous hell out of the solar panels, 2) cars shading the damn things all day, and 3) every sin...
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists
Replies: 12
Views: 1356

Re: Fish Base is a Thing that Exists

HES wrote:
p1t1o wrote:Or an obscure numerical system.

In this forum, that's exactly what I was expecting this to be.

Me too.
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1924: "Solar Panels"
Replies: 60
Views: 4316

Re: 1924: "Solar Panels"

I don't really see the purpose of the "When running, is it hot to the touch?" query. Do solar panels have some inherent problem when heated? A quick Googling gives me this: How Solar Panel Temperature Affects Efficiency Which, if accurate (standard disclaimers apply), suggests that desert...
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

Is it really a concession? I thought most Brits were happy about customs union and single market and unhappy about some other EU things. The single market comes with it free movement of people, which certainly a lot of brexiters are vehemently, rabidly against. If the whole of the UK ends up stayin...
by Mutex
Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

It seems the UK and EU are close to an agreement on the three main outstanding issues, including the Irish border: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42217735 Belgian MEP Philippe Lamberts told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg that the UK had made a concession on the Irish border. The BBC's political e...
by Mutex
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

In any case it seems the method for calculating the bill has been agreed upon so we'll get the final score soon. Nigel Farage is predictably furious. This was one of those Brexit aspects that really annoyed me. If it wasn't for the heavy pressure from the EU,the UK was apparently planning to just w...
by Mutex
Wed Nov 29, 2017 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

HES wrote:
Mutex wrote:2. Customs border between Ireland and NI

Catastrophically awful outcome. And at this rate the most likely...

People seem to be seriously talking about the UK staying in the single market now, something that hasn't been considered plausible for a while.
by Mutex
Wed Nov 29, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 23028

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

The places where it's worst might be the places where women are most afraid of speaking up.
by Mutex
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

I'm fascinated to see what agreement, if they ever come to one, they reach over the NI/Ireland border. Seems the options are: 1. Customs border between Ireland and rest of EU 2. Customs border between Ireland and NI 3. Customs border between NI and rUK (NI stays in Single Market, rUK doesn't) 4. UK ...
by Mutex
Wed Nov 29, 2017 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1119
Views: 134164

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

An agreement has apparently been reached in the Brexit negotiations for the UK's exit bill. According to the BBC, this could be as much as €50Bn / £44Bn - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42161346 The London Metro this morning reported it could be £50Bn, with an additional £40Bn for pensions an...
by Mutex
Mon Nov 27, 2017 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3298
Views: 616554

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Last night I dreamt I took drugs, tried to fill in a council tax form, then stole a dog's hat. I think that's called taking drugs. Give that dog back its hat! I've never stolen a dog's hat, I'm allergic to them. Dogs, that is. I've stolen many a cat's hat though. If they're gonna keep turning up he...
by Mutex
Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3298
Views: 616554

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Last night I dreamt I took drugs, tried to fill in a council tax form, then stole a dog's hat.
by Mutex
Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 119
Views: 8395

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

How many people do you know who don't use https for their online banking? Most people. Although https is baked into some aspects of some online banking, it's not universally baked in everywhere. If you don't explicitly type https into the browser bar, you don't get https*. You get an ordinary http ...
by Mutex
Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4637
Views: 339795

Re: Trump presidency

That said, I hope this enhanced level of scrutiny continues to happen in good faith, and doesn't just devolve into conspiracy theories like the right-leaning media's coverage of Obama turned into. Given the amount of crazy shit Trump does on a daily basis, I'm not sure how anyone would find time to...
by Mutex
Fri Nov 24, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform
Replies: 76
Views: 5884

Re: Crossing Divides - A Social Platform

This article seemed relevant to this thread: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/15/15585176/motivated-ignorance-politics-debate TLDR: People find listening to alternative political points of view actively unpleasant, and so avoid it as much as possible. “People on the left and right,” the...
by Mutex
Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1918: "NEXUS"
Replies: 25
Views: 3425

Re: 1918: "NEXUS"

*scratches head*
by Mutex
Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9336
Views: 1267152

Re: Minecraft

According to the minecraft wiki , the water will be updated to flow through semi-transparent blocks. Let's see what that'll do with signs. As far as I can tell that includes signs, and the discussion with the developer implied that all non-solid blocks would let water through them: https://www.redd...
by Mutex
Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Minecraft
Replies: 9336
Views: 1267152

Re: Minecraft

In a Reddit thread one of the MC devs said they were probably going to introduce a "no water" block which will block water flowing, but let everything else fall through. So for actively maintained MC servers you could replace the signs etc with the new block, if they go ahead with that ide...
by Mutex
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14450
Views: 2105601

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

Anyone remember when something like that would have been a big deal?
by Mutex
Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"
Replies: 82
Views: 7043

Re: 1916: "Temperature Preferences"

Pied typer wrote:I was mildly surprised to see Minneapolis on the right half of the chart, until I remembered that we regularly have summer days in the 90s.

For some reason my brain interpreted this to mean that during summer, your city regularly goes back in time a couple of decades.
by Mutex
Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 440825

Re: The Darker Side of the News

According to the article it seems one guy was supposed to be the heir to the presidency (because that's totally how presidencies work, they're not elected or anything), but then a schism in the party opened and Mugabe was going to hand power to his wife, Grace. This appears to have more detailed inf...
by Mutex
Wed Nov 15, 2017 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3648
Views: 440825

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Posting in Darker because even though I'm no fan of Mugabe, a military coup is still some heavy shit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41992351 The military has taken control in Zimbabwe but said President Robert Mugabe, in power since 1980, was safe. After seizing state TV, an army spokesman ...

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