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by fifiste
Mon Nov 09, 2015 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd outside of xkcd.com
Replies: 132
Views: 86576

Re: XKCD: World Polio Day

Mosquito larvae seem to be rather central in many aquatic food-networks.
by fifiste
Fri Jun 05, 2015 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1534: "Beer"
Replies: 249
Views: 61057

Re: 1534: "Beer"

The comic just reminded me how much I'd like a nice beer. No saving a few bucks by drinking water today. There's a wide variety of beers some tasting quite good some really horrible. Also theres the "tastes" for occasion - some go well with some food etc. Or time of year. I am one of those...
by fifiste
Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1468: "Worrying"
Replies: 50
Views: 12508

Re: 1468: "Worrying"

I don't get the "chest wound" thing. Do movies worry differently between wounds on right and left side? In movies people tend to keep going if it's on the right, whereas they tend to be on the verge of piercing the heart if it's on the right. Have people ever noticed that there are two ma...
by fifiste
Mon Dec 08, 2014 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 43204

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Point is not to single anyone out. For whoever will be placed in this experiment will for sure have a higher chance of survival if all people thrust into this experiment will see action as preferable and act accordingly. edit: It's a bit similar to the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veil_of_ignorance ...
by fifiste
Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 43204

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

Let's say you only know that you will be transported to this set of experiment in a few moments. You will not know if you are the flick-switcher/pusher, one of the 5 tied on one track, the one fellow tied to the other or the fat man. What kind of action/inaction from the pusher/flicker would you pre...
by fifiste
Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 43204

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

More interesting - what if you only know that you are the inhabitant of this little microcosm but not which one.
This is a framing that makes the action scenario more desireable/laudable/etc. compared to inaction scenario for me.
by fifiste
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 43204

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

A very common way to kill LOTS of people - for the greater good or not. Order others do do it.
by fifiste
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 43204

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

I think is mainly that most humans as social animals do not like the idea of killing one of its kind. And that switches, buttons, levers and triggers just distance us from that act. You'd find a lot more strapping young fine patriotic Christian lads to drop firebombs on a city from a plane, than you...
by fifiste
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 43204

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

On the above problems I'd say that I consider best behavior that will result in more lives saved if no other information is available and the more lives saved is a certainty. In these game world I might act what I consider "best" or I might not - considering that I am but a puny human. In ...
by fifiste
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1455: "Trolley Problem"
Replies: 172
Views: 43204

Re: 1455: "Trolley Problem"

If I accept the ridiculous parameters of this** mind exercise and picture myself as one of the inhabitants of this little weird world (The would be fat-man-pusher or switch flicker is has perfect information that his action will cause 1 death and inaction 5, there are no alternative actions and no a...
by fifiste
Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tolerating Intolerance
Replies: 22
Views: 8409

Re: Tolerating Intolerance

There's a quote from Karl Popper here relevant to the thread. The so called paradox of freedom is something a lot of people have spent their time thinking on. http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/25998-the-so-called-paradox-of-freedom-is-the-argument-that-freedom One thing i seem to remember (maybe more ...
by fifiste
Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150285

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

I do not get itchy. For me it's the noise that is the worst. If I try to get some sleep I wouldn't mind losing bit of blood to those suckers but they have to make this horrible pitched voice - the head is the favorite target (hot+co2) so you can be sure these f***s gonna fly right next to or into yo...
by fifiste
Mon Jun 16, 2014 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"
Replies: 879
Views: 150285

Re: 1379: "4.5 Degrees"

In any location that has actual winter time the biggest need for lightning coincides with the biggest need for heating. So you should really scrap some of the inefficiency of from the incadescnet light bulbs as the heat produced is not a a loss but somehting that actually heats your apartment. (Woul...
by fifiste
Tue May 20, 2014 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1370: "President"
Replies: 68
Views: 17734

Re: 1370: "President"

Maybe people have become more accustomed with things like this by 2040 so when someone digs up photo of presidential candidate smoking a giant bong or kissing several people then s/he can just say "Really, who the f*** gives a f*** about things like this anymore?" and got elected with roar...
by fifiste
Sun Nov 17, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80478

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I think a cool-ass cave is cool.
If it ain't though, it's yours to make it so.
Drag some wire, install some lighting.
by fifiste
Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80478

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Yeah I don't get it why some people get so angsty and whatnot at the idea of no intrinsic meaning. About constructed meaning - why would it be any way worse? Is a hole in the ground so much more awesome when it is just there vs. if I go and dig one? Is living in a house somehow less than living in a...
by fifiste
Sat Nov 09, 2013 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80478

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I myself are no big fan of state. My ideal UTOPIAN world would be something I'd describe enlightened post-scarcity anarchy etc. Where people wouldn't need to fight for scarce resources and otherwise be reasonable enough not to squabble over thousands of other things people like to do it. All governa...
by fifiste
Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 80478

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Resolution as with most every other thing is of course to call your "force provider" and hope that it "provides more force" than other guys one. No way for this to get messy. (Sarcasm)
by fifiste
Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"
Replies: 201
Views: 45114

Re: 1240: "Quantum Mechanics"

I am considering that no-thing actually has those "subjective experiences". Some things just have hardware software combinations that will label certain stimuli and behaviours as "subjective experience".
by fifiste
Sat Jun 08, 2013 5:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242523

Re: Citizen's Wage

Exactly economy means producing and consuming. I do not see whats poor and rich and whatnot has to do with my previous post at all actually. Those hypothetical autofacs could produce for their owners who could either trade with other autofac owners and/or few specialists. Being consumers and produce...
by fifiste
Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242523

Re: Citizen's Wage

Basically what elasto said. CW doesn't seem something workable right now - but when we are expecting the automatisation and efficiency to rise then at some point some redistribution would probably be a better solution than the alternatives. I mean if you can automate most of the manufacturing and se...
by fifiste
Thu May 09, 2013 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer)
Replies: 60
Views: 22261

Re: A moral thought experiment (St Matthew's Island Reindeer

Kill, kill, kill ... kill them all. No regrets, no suffering .. nothing but delicious, delicious meat.
by fifiste
Thu May 09, 2013 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14872

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

We are in completely agreement here in regards to being selective in the immigration process. The OP, however, state that the process of immigration are 'draconian' and for the wealthy, skilled and white. http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=101907#p3349066 and that developed nations shou...
by fifiste
Tue May 07, 2013 5:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Immigration and Naturalization
Replies: 43
Views: 14872

Re: Immigration and Naturalization

As a government representing my constituents I am responsible mainly to them. Why should I risk the quality of life of my existing citizens so that random-ass people all from over the world would have easier time to come and settle within my borders. If I am to have any say in what kind of new peopl...
by fifiste
Thu May 02, 2013 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lamar Smith wants to change peer review
Replies: 38
Views: 4158

Re: Lamar Smith wants to change peer review

curtis95112 wrote:The more pertinent question, I think, is whether they've ever even heard of linear algebra.

Painful, but true.
by fifiste
Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Animal Rights Activists Trash Italian Lab
Replies: 170
Views: 17425

Re: Animal Rights Activists Trash Italian Lab

Yes you usually do not tend to easily "just" lose consciousness or bodily functions etc., incapacitation to useful levels tends to be messy for the whole deal. Some are of course better methods than other. The term less-than lethal is adequate -and some of those less-than lethal methods ar...
by fifiste
Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1203: "Time Machines"
Replies: 100
Views: 33784

Re: 1203: "Time Machines"

Should be "systems normal," no? "normal" could mean "broken, just like always" Bwahahaha! Would probably be quite accurate for Soviet space program. The "broken just like always" - brings to my mind a hazy quote by some Russian politician, it went something l...
by fifiste
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders
Replies: 125
Views: 25053

Re: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders

Exactly - otherwise we wouldn't call them faiths.* For me it goes like this. Something confirm-able/testable/falsifiable - if you say something it's either lies/erroneous etc. or truth/confirmed etc. Something untestable - we have moved from truth and lies to the BS territory. *If they had credible/...
by fifiste
Mon Apr 22, 2013 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders
Replies: 125
Views: 25053

Re: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders

The difference being mainly numbers/power - like with most anything else in this world. I'm not sure about that, Judaism is very small but commands a great deal of respect. More on topic, do countries other than the USA have boy scout equivalents? what do they think of homosexuality? I think Canada...
by fifiste
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders
Replies: 125
Views: 25053

Re: Boy Scouts May Lift Ban on Gay Boys but not Gay Leaders

I's such a believer in religious freedom. That everyone should be allowed to call any religion bullshit* or even lack thereof. I firmly believe that no religious institution should have any more or less "privileges" than any other non-profit. That's in case they are non-profit of course, I...
by fifiste
Tue Apr 02, 2013 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 367521

Re: Gun Control

As was with the four years old case - and proposition for added criminal liability for unattended guns. There was a response by that several states already have quite extensive liabilities etc. So we can see that people will still leave their guns unattended etc. although there are quite harsh punis...
by fifiste
Fri Mar 29, 2013 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 199
Views: 43547

Re: Health Insurance

Well a majority of people of any leanings would probably have same or similar goals = happiness and prosperity etc. Intellectually/spiritually full-filling life this and that. I doubt there’s many political or other ideologies that would be massively popular if their stated goals would be misery dea...
by fifiste
Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?
Replies: 326
Views: 176633

Re: Bitcoin : Where can it fail ?

Well if the currency is needed to pay your taxes then it is - backed up by a "we won't stick you into jail for tax evasion service". A nation is usually quite interested in keeping it's currency going as a valid mode of exchange. So for bit-coins to have a more secure future some organizat...
by fifiste
Thu Mar 28, 2013 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Health Insurance
Replies: 199
Views: 43547

Re: Health Insurance

CorruptUser wrote: Assuming the money you have is equal to the value you created minus the value you consumed

Bwahahahahahahahaha!
by fifiste
Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is adultery legal?
Replies: 52
Views: 24315

Re: Why is adultery legal?

Hmm that's something to remember and live by. You live and learn, live and learn I tell 'ya.
by fifiste
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Someone did something on the internet (Adria Richards)
Replies: 202
Views: 27710

Re: Gender-charged Twitter Drama (Adria Richards)

Quote from article :According to McDaniel, four parents were offended that he explained the biology of an orgasm and included the word “vagina” during his lesson on the human reproductive system in a tenth-grade biology course. Holy *******************************************************************...
by fifiste
Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Bitcoin
Replies: 1
Views: 3433

Bitcoin

So the "Cornstarch" - what if ... xkcd introduced me to something called bit-coin. So more internet and economic savvy people out there - why not enlighten me on the ins and outs of this phenomenon. How is it working out mathematically/technologically/financially etc. What are the predicti...
by fifiste
Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Good vs Evil in Religions
Replies: 50
Views: 17276

Re: Good vs Evil in Religions

There seems to be very little maltheism going as religion as opposed to mroe philosophical musings here and there. But the idea that our current world is imperfect, illusion, created/ruled/corrupted by evil forces and something to transcend is not uncommon at all. If I'm not mistaken there is a pret...
by fifiste
Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty
Replies: 324
Views: 49157

Re: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty

I do hope anyone understand that the pissing in a bottle line is meant to be sarcastic? Y'know internet and all this. And yes one of the main reasons it is stupid is that it'll gonna take more money to ran those test than would be gained on refusals for positives. ... And the guys testing positive s...
by fifiste
Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty
Replies: 324
Views: 49157

Re: John Cheese: Politicians don't understand poverty

Nononono they'll buy drugs! Or worse booze or condoms! At least make them piss in a bottle while being watched over first!

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