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by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 8:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 12805

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

Dolezal had to lie to everyone about pretty much everything from her early life, and thinking that's on par with what transgendered people do for personal safety reasons is ignorant and transphobic to the extreme. Christ almighty, that escalated quickly. This has stopped being a reasonable discussi...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 174472

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

rmsgrey wrote:The Chocobo Sage tells you how... eventually


I apologize for the accusation then. I'll have to try that next time.
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 174472

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

I also certainly didn't grind for weeks to get quadraKnotR, I just pursued the chocbo sidequest to it's logical conclusion. My gripe with that is thus: I played the game without grinding, or even using the internet and the final boss fight went like this: Cloud: quadraKnotR One winged angel: someth...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 12805

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

No, it's not the same as transgender. But it is similar in that you need to weave a web of small lies to reveal a larger truth. What small lies do you need to weave to be transgender? Like Dolezol, you need to change your appearance and mannerisms so that people's perception of you matches your sel...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 174472

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

I can't speak for Jorpho, but... Some combinations were more dramatically powerful than others. Should I use knights of the round + quatra magic? I should if I don't want to handicap myself. Some people hate handicapping themselves. This also has the effect of whomever you put the best materia on d...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 174472

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

They wouldn't mess with the battle system much, would they? The whole materia system is arguably kind of broken, but without it, it wouldn't really be Final Fantasy VII anymore. Why do you think so? I feel like materia was one of the strongest gameplay systems in the series. I think that VII suffer...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 12805

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

You rather correctly identify the point that the privileged class being able to define the boundaries is rather the issue here. White people being able to say "I'm actually black" is problematic in the same way a person with a gazillion gazillion gazillion dollars can say "I'm actual...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 12805

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

You aren't black just because you say you are any more than you are the richest person on earth just because you claim the tree in your back yard is worth a trillion trillion gazillion dollars. No, but if you sell the tree in your back yard for a trillion trillion gazillion dollars, are you rich th...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 680176

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I'm not really expecting that to happen in the next eight years. There is nothing that I can see that can happen that will get the Democrats out to vote in large enough numbers to take the House. They actually vote just fine -- more Americans voted for a Democratic representative than a Republican ...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 18, 2015 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)
Replies: 87
Views: 12805

Re: Racial Identity (Rachel Dolezal's resignation)

It's not that simple. On the surface, a genetics test would reveal that Caitlyn Jenner is lying about being a woman, but the non-asshole community wouldn't make that accusation about her. It is also correct that the United States doesn't regard blackness as simply being about sub-Saharan descent -- ...
by Tirian
Wed Jun 17, 2015 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Why is 0! = 1?
Replies: 6
Views: 2069

Re: Why is 0! = 1?

There are a couple of reasons why it makes sense. The first is that it extends the relation that (n-1)! = n!/n. Also, there are people who define n! as the number of bijections from a set with n elements to itself, and it is considered that there is one bijection from the empty set to itself (the nu...
by Tirian
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 174472

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

They're either going to change Barret or they aren't, and neither is the right choice. The only way for them to save themselves is if they actually hired Mr. T to do the English voice. (That would admittedly be epic.)
by Tirian
Tue Jun 16, 2015 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 680176

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

ZOMG, Donald Trump is running for president.

He evidently is going to report to the FEC that his net worth is $9 billion, over twice as much as Forbes thinks he's worth. We'll finally see which of them is right, or spend the summer sniping about accounting gimmicks.
by Tirian
Tue Jun 16, 2015 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 174472

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Cue superfans who will tear down the remake as being crap compared to the original in 3 ... 2 ...
by Tirian
Mon Jun 15, 2015 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 260877

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

It's not like Kitt Harrington would tell Entertainment Weekly, "Yeah, the most emotional scene of the most emotional episode of the season? Big fake-out, I'm signed for the next two seasons. Getting a raise too!" I'm sure the truth of whether he actually misses filming the nex...
by Tirian
Mon Jun 15, 2015 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2096
Views: 260877

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Stannis: I think you're right that Stannis' regular army is used to atrocities. But this was the first time that the sellswords saw it, and they voted with their feet. John Snow: I really doubt he's dead for good. The R+L=J theory has always been sensible, and the TV show reminded us of...
by Tirian
Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: standard deviation on number of events.
Replies: 15
Views: 2691

Re: standard deviation on number of events.

Then you read the top comment to the top answer to the link that I posted that discusses the limitations of the answer that I already gave you. :P
by Tirian
Sat Jun 13, 2015 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax
Replies: 32
Views: 10571

Re: Chocolate causes weight loss academic paper was a hoax

There's nothing that science reporters (and far less that readers) can do to detect p-hacking in a study. That would require labs to document that they had settled on a single hypothesis before starting a trial or else report that they can not be statistically confident of any result that arises fro...
by Tirian
Sat Jun 13, 2015 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: standard deviation on number of events.
Replies: 15
Views: 2691

Re: standard deviation on number of events.

I'm not 100% sure either. My hunch from way over here is that if your interval data was a, b, c, d, ..., that you'd find the harmonic mean and deviation of 20/a, 20/b, 20/c, ... to get the distribution for the number of events per period. But I confess that statistics makes my head spin a little at ...
by Tirian
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Why am I on Facebook again?


I honestly don't know. The more I hear about Facebook, the more convinced I am that it will never catch on.
by Tirian
Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

As expected, I saw this posted on Facebook from some friends... and the first comment was "If Bruce Jenner can be Caitlyn, why can't she be black?" I wish I had the wherewithal to explain why that's not quite the same thing. I'm not convinced that it isn't quite the same thing. Mature peo...
by Tirian
Wed Jun 10, 2015 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 722042

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's never a party until someone calls the police.
by Tirian
Wed Jun 10, 2015 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 722042

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I want you to consider the following dilemma: You are a cop, and you've committed to detaining her for whatever reason. You can't verbally convince her to sit down and stay put. How do you detain her? It doesn't really matter that I don't know, because I'm not a trained and licensed police officer....
by Tirian
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hippie doctors
Replies: 24
Views: 3432

Re: Hippie doctors

(This is even more important in tai chi because we do standing meditation, and if you fall asleep you fall down. This has happened.) Ha ha ha ouch ha ha ha. I went to a Pentacostal service once and was slain in the spirit when I was there, but at least they had the good sense to have someone to cat...
by Tirian
Wed Jun 10, 2015 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

In pro-gaming circles, you're supposed to play your best for the love of the game itself. So he did the MTG equivalent of 'selling out for money' (which made his own deck weaker). I blame Wizards of the Coast for not making their tournament prizes high enough for their professional players to want ...
by Tirian
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 680176

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Largely irrelevant but unflattering news coverage is the first trial that every semi-viable candidate goes through. It means that Rubio is being exposed to actual journalism instead of copy-pasting his speeches and press releases. And if his response is "blah blah blah privacy blah blah blah Ne...
by Tirian
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

I am entirely okay with people being held accountable for ill-considered promises. I agree, although I tend to hold people accountable for their ill-considered promises when they make them. Grover Norquist famously said that he wanted government to become so small that it could drown in a bathtub. ...
by Tirian
Tue Jun 09, 2015 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

Grover Norquist is the founder and president for Americans for Tax Reform. I think that the reason that we put him on par with, say, the entire NRA is that his name is more memorable than his organization's. And he doesn't run the government. If he did, Ronald Reagan would be on the $10 bill . He ju...
by Tirian
Sun Jun 07, 2015 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Independent repeated trials and mutually exclusive events.
Replies: 4
Views: 1589

Re: Independent repeated trials and mutually exclusive event

Mutually exclusive is just a fancy term for saying that there is no overlap between the events. For instance, if I wanted to know the number of people in my class who are either women or math majors, I can't add the number of women to the number of math majors because that would double-count all the...
by Tirian
Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advanced Maths Exam
Replies: 11
Views: 1726

Re: Advanced Maths Exam

Not necessarily. If f(n) is a function representing the probability of drawing two orange sweets from a bag filled with n sweets of which 6 are orange (where n is any integer greater than or equal to 6), it's obvious that f is strictly decreasing (as adding more non-orange sweets to the bag would ob...
by Tirian
Sat Jun 06, 2015 12:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advanced Maths Exam
Replies: 11
Views: 1726

Re: Advanced Maths Exam

I should certainly hope the quadratic equation is easy to solve. I don't know UK education, but I would expect American eighth graders (i.e. fourteen year olds) to get n²-n-90 = (n-10)(n+9) in their heads. My guess is that they asked such in such a roundabout way because if they said "find n&qu...
by Tirian
Fri Jun 05, 2015 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

That isn't at all what I've said. I know. I've been googling over whether you can file a civil claim over disorderly conduct or whether there is a Constitutional right to bodily autonomy that can be applied in civil cases and all those other things you've been talking about, but it turns out that I...
by Tirian
Fri Jun 05, 2015 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

Fine, have it your way. The waiter's actions were inexcusable and he'll get what's coming to him.
by Tirian
Fri Jun 05, 2015 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

Nobody here is arguing that Lamica should have skated for this. He got a one year conditional discharge and a fine of $125 after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. (A Google search tells me that I was wrong in assuming that he now has a criminal record -- disorderly conduct is only a violation i...
by Tirian
Fri Jun 05, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stubborn bettor
Replies: 99
Views: 9239

Re: Stubborn bettor

The results are really swingy and hard to analyze, but hm, initial results look pretty balanced around 0 casino profit. Interesting. Okay, it's a relief to think that the simulation supports my model of what's going on. This seems like one of those Monty Hall arguments where two smart people have d...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 04, 2015 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 680176

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I want to be clear that I am not defending Obama's policies or legacy or national security issues (which should be a topic for another thread), only that they are largely consistent with the priorities he laid out as a candidate in 2008. If there are people who believed that he would be more doveish...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 04, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13901
Views: 1849543

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

He certainly made a bad and antisocial decision (even if the plaintiffs were nightmare customers, and I feel very comfortable believing that they were). But the guy's got a criminal record and now he has to hire a lawyer to defend him in civil court for unstated damages. The damages that the plainti...
by Tirian
Thu Jun 04, 2015 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stubborn bettor
Replies: 99
Views: 9239

Re: Stubborn bettor

I don't know of any casinos that offer games with 0 expected value per-game, but casinos can still easily make money on such a game. The important thing is just that the casino has a larger bank than any individual bettor, so that the size of a streak that the casino can stand is larger than what t...

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