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by Diadem
Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1772855

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

Deva wrote:
Clint Eastwood wrote:I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. Okay Google. How many shots were fired?

Three.

At least that's what google says when I asked that question.
by Diadem
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2913
Views: 141948

Re: Trump presidency

Well, of course he's changing course, nobody could have known politics is so complicated! My question is, did the establishment, who got it all wrong, have the last laugh after all? Pretty certain the answer to that is 'no'. If there's one thing 'the establishment' hates its uncertainty, and Trump ...
by Diadem
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 8997

Re: Logon

It was set IN Mexico. What ethnicity did you expect the thieves to be? I suppose they could have just cast white people for every role in the movie, regardless of where the movie was set, but I suspect that would have also led to charges of racism. You don't have to be a dick about this. My apologi...
by Diadem
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 8997

Re: Logon

It really bothered me it was a bunch of Mexicans getting slaughtered by Wolverine as the first action scene. The rest of the movie rectified that, but it didn't make a good first impression. It just seemed like lazy, racist writing (bad hombres and shit like that). It was set IN Mexico. What ethnic...
by Diadem
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1772855

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

IAMAL but it is my understanding that for criminal charges, the government can take action on its own, without prior complaint from private citizens. E.g. a murder suspect can be prosecuted even if the murder victim does not personally file charges against them. Anyway, I think I need to amend my pr...
by Diadem
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1772855

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

I really don't understand why Burger King isn't facing criminal charges over this. This is a very clear cut case of hacking. They willfully exploited security vulnerabilities in Android devices to take over control of them, without consent of the owners, and all that purely for their own financial g...
by Diadem
Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2913
Views: 141948

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, I was there thinking 'pretty sure he was using it against Germans, being an ethnic minority doesn't mean you don't count'. Also, there's not much of a difference between scooping up innocent people to kill them with gas rather than just killing innocent people with gas on the street. Also Hit...
by Diadem
Tue Apr 11, 2017 10:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 92641

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

But, remember that the UK is the 5th largest world economy, as Leave kept telling us. It was, but that may have been due to not making economically damaging decisions in the past. Things might change here. I think the UK sans Scotland would be below France in nominal GDP (At least going by IMF data...
by Diadem
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 92641

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

You know, we too sold some property to Britain in the 17th century. A sale we'd never have made if we knew Britain was going to leave the EU. So I think it's only fair if you guys give us back New York Nieuw Amsterdam. I'm starting to develop a rather intense dislike for Spain and their ridiculous w...
by Diadem
Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1100
Views: 92641

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

The weird part is that European (EU) passports aren't even uniform in color. They clearly have this whole burgundy-theme going on, but there's still plenty of variation, including a few blue ones. I'm sure Britain could have gotten away with blue passports while still in the EU, if they had wanted t...
by Diadem
Fri Mar 31, 2017 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 8513

Re: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)

Watched this today. What a piece garbage. The visuals were pretty, but entirely devoid of any meaning. It looked like someone threw a big pile of random sci-fi / cyberpunk tropes into a blender, without any thought for logic or consistency. I imagine the writing went something like this: "Let&#...
by Diadem
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"
Replies: 45
Views: 5810

Re: 1813: "Vomiting Emoji"

I had, fortunately, managed to avoid all knowledge of the emoji movie until this thread. Even on first reading, I thought it was a joke. It is not. :( However, given the plot, it sounds more like it could be derived from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Men than the emojis themselves. While this i...
by Diadem
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1772855

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

My main objection to the Gall-Peters projection is that it's fucking ugly. Teaching kids about different projections however is a very good idea. As for a default projection, both Mercator and Gall-Peters give some huge distortions. Perhaps one of the compromise projections would be better for a cla...
by Diadem
Thu Mar 16, 2017 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"
Replies: 117
Views: 12052

Re: 1811: "Best-Tasting Colors"

Black liquorice is the best. Not only does it taste awesome, it can be used to surprise unsuspecting tourists.

But it's far from the only good tasting black thing. Dark chocolate, blackberries, cola, coffee.
by Diadem
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 8997

Re: Logan

When did child actors stop sucking? Is that like a thing? Apart from the prequels what films had terrible child acting (that were big productions and such) Maybe it's just me, but yes, I always had the impression that this is a thing. Or was a thing. A movie like 'Home Alone' is very famous, but th...
by Diadem
Fri Mar 10, 2017 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 8997

Re: Logan

I agree that Dafne Keen was excellent.

Which is actually an interesting point. When did child actors stop sucking? We've seen some seriously great child actors in recent years. Imagine Anakin Skywalker played by this actress and suddenly you have an awesome movie.
by Diadem
Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Logon
Replies: 113
Views: 8997

Re: Logan

Just watched this and damn, was it good. I went in with very low expectations. I knew the movie had gotten good reviews, but still. The previous two Wolverine movies were mediocre at best, and the previous X-men was terrible. But forget all that. This movie was really, really, really good. This is n...
by Diadem
Thu Mar 09, 2017 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2913
Views: 141948

Re: Trump presidency

Yes and no. Cost per head of population of healthcare in the UK is a fraction of the cost in the US. Part of that is because top-end medical care in the US is the best in the world for sure - but it's also much less efficiently delivered. About 42%, in fact, if wikipedia is to be believed. I'm not ...
by Diadem
Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13807
Views: 1772855

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

Perhaps they are in a difficult position. But difficult position or not, reporting the BBC journalists to the police after they give you examples of inappropriate material found on your own site is a new height of dickishness.
by Diadem
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1800: "Chess Notation"
Replies: 28
Views: 5477

Re: 1800: "Chess Notation"

Better players actually distrust the "shallow" 20-move lookahead from Stockfish and set their analysis to 30+ move lookaheads. But the computer analysis may take 30+ minutes if you set it to a very high setting. I'm only a ~1500 player anyway, so I'm still making basic mistakes. (hanging ...
by Diadem
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anti-Semitism in Boston Suburbs Mishandled
Replies: 35
Views: 4542

Re: Anti-Semetism is Boston Suburbs Mishandled

I would also assume that schools aren't just allowed to suspend teachers without pay, without some good solid reasons behind it. Or is this from one of those states were the labor laws consist of just the words 'fuck you' repeated over and over?
by Diadem
Sun Feb 19, 2017 11:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Split
Replies: 9
Views: 1871

Re: Split

The trailer says: "From the writer and director of: The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, The Visit".

I wonder why they don't mention Lady in the Water, The Last Airbender and After Earth :)
by Diadem
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2913
Views: 141948

Re: Trump presidency

So there's one thing I don't understand about this Flynn story. I get that he lied about talking to the Russian (or at least that's the claim. Others now claim that the Trump administration knew about it all along). But why is talking to the Russians wrong in the first place? He was one of Trump's m...
by Diadem
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 313072

Re: The Darker Side of the News

1:10,000 is ridiculous. Here in The Netherlands we have standard norms for flood risk. For the most densely populated areas the level of acceptable risk is once every 10,000 years. This is for sea flooding. For river flooding the safety standards are lower because river floods are less deadly or cos...
by Diadem
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2913
Views: 141948

Re: Trump presidency

Of course the democrats won't be able to block the appointment. When have democrats ever been able to form a fist? Democrats are ridiculously inefficient when it comes to stuff like that, and always have been. Say what you want about the Republicans, but they are really, really good at obstructionis...
by Diadem
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 140
Views: 15807

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Such a sorry thing to die on Christmas. Lots of people die on Christmas. About 2 in 365 people. Probably more, even, both because Christmas falls in the winter, and becuse many people are traveling. I don't see why it would be a worse time to die. If anything it's better. Your family will typically...
by Diadem
Mon Jan 30, 2017 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 140
Views: 15807

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Let's not forget his roles as the protagonist in 1984 and the antagonist in the 2005 remake.

He was an awesome actor. He shall be missed.
by Diadem
Thu Jan 26, 2017 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1790: "Sad"
Replies: 81
Views: 7359

Re: 1790: "Sad"

For those who consider their opinions "evidence-based", Scott Adams' arguments have to be taken seriously, no matter how offensive or ridiculous some might find them, for the simple reason that he called out the political events of the last 18 months astoundingly well: http://blog.dilbert...
by Diadem
Tue Jan 17, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 2913
Views: 141948

Re: AGA

I'm guessing "Anthropomorphic Giant Asshole"
by Diadem
Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 313072

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:Wait, I thought you were from the Netherlands, Thesh? Or was that Diadem?

Our names are not that similar, are they?
by Diadem
Sun Dec 25, 2016 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 313072

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The whole distinction of "You kill animals for meat because it's fun" while completely ignoring every element in our lives increases animal suffering is what I was referring to. As if you're revealing some huge secret that no one knows about before, and you know the way to live life cruel...
by Diadem
Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 313072

Re: The Darker Side of the News

We don't need meat. The only reason we eat it is because it tastes good. People like to come up with all kinds of justifications, but in the end, eating meat is killing animals for fun. It's more indirect then killing them yourself out of sadistic pleasure, but otherwise the same thing. Objecting t...
by Diadem
Sat Dec 24, 2016 4:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 313072

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A serial cat killer is on the loose in London. I'd make a Jack the Ripper pun but this is too morbid. The sick bastard deserves to be locked up for life. I never understand this particular response to animal cruelty. Almost everybody in the western world tortures animals for fun every day. We call ...
by Diadem
Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 313072

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A serial cat killer is on the loose in London. I'd make a Jack the Ripper pun but this is too morbid. The sick bastard deserves to be locked up for life. I never understand this particular response to animal cruelty. Almost everybody in the western world tortures animals for fun every day. We call ...
by Diadem
Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 624440

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Did Trump really write 'unpresidented' or is that photoshop? His tweet currently says 'unprecendented' but that could have been edited I guess (could it? Can you edit tweets? I have no idea).
by Diadem
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Werstwerld (Westworld)
Replies: 49
Views: 6782

Re: Werstwerld (Westworld)

A few stupid logistical questions that really bother me: The primary one is the guns- namely how the visitors are protected from the hosts. There is the "can't use weapons" level which seems to be new and mostly redundant, the "can't attempt to hurt a visitor" rule which...
by Diadem
Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 149
Views: 21628

Re: News in brief

sardia wrote:authoritarian countries, and war torn countries. Cuba, eastern Europe, Africa, Middle east, Asia, etc etc.

Ehm. Wow. There's so much wrong there.
by Diadem
Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Spidey Take 3: Iron man edition
Replies: 19
Views: 2528

Re: Spiderman: Homecoming

I loved the scene with the bank robbers: "Wait a minute, you guys are not the real avengers". It looks like they are gonna go with Tony Stark as a mentor for Spiderman. That's certainly an interesting approach, that might work very well, but could also backfire. We've seen so many origin s...
by Diadem
Thu Dec 08, 2016 12:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2812
Views: 313072

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This is why Margaret Atwood (Oryx & Crake) is way scarier and more plausible than Orwell. An article saying economic inequality tends to increase makes you consider a dystopian novel describing a society where all wealth and power are held by a very small elite to be less plausible? I don't fol...
by Diadem
Tue Dec 06, 2016 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Ghost in the Shelf (2017)
Replies: 82
Views: 8513

Re: Ghost in the Shell (2017)

Yeah, there was definitely no kissing in Pacific Rim in the version I saw. I too remember being surprised (in a very positive way) at the complete lack of romance.

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