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by nadreck
Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0467: "X Girls Y Cups"
Replies: 217
Views: 59502

Re: X Girls Y Cups Discussion

How about X1 to N Girls YA to DD Cups
by nadreck
Sun Aug 24, 2008 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 24469

Re: Carrying Guns

This is off-topic, but germane to my earlier post. I got home tonight and there was A BAT FLYING AROUND MY LIVING ROOM! I blame you people. OK, you can go back to the discussion now. [/off topic] If you can shoot a flying bat with any type of gun, you are very good! With anything but a shotgun a go...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 24469

Re: Carrying Guns

This does not mean I don't think people should be allowed to own guns, I just want it as carefully regulated as owning and operating cars etc. People that have come many years before you have said things should be otherwise down here. :) And I feel it is worth sharing my point of view on how I feel...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 23162

Re: Quantum Teleportation

...This is a reasonable position, but one that implies things that I don't think you've thought through -- such as the idea that if we were to develop workable cryonic freezing (much more likely than a teleporter) and you were frozen for 500 years with no observable brain activity, the person who w...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 22, 2008 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Analytical Cooking... What do you think?
Replies: 30
Views: 5721

Re: Analytical Cooking... What do you think?

I have had discussions with others on this subject, mostly people were disagreeing with me. [big Snip] Others told me that for them, cooking was more of an intuitive process, not involving an analytical mindset. Somehow, I believe that this intuition is just subconscious analyzation, but I could be...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 23162

Re: Quantum Teleportation

I think we should probably define what exactly constitutes "you" as that seems to be the sticky point in the discussion. You = unique entity that is self aware No copy that does not come into being in the exact same instant as you disappeared in the exact same position is you, no matter h...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10688

Re: Philosophy in Education

Suppose we postulate that if the Big Bang happened one way, we should observe X today. If it happened another way, we should observe Y today. We go out and determine whether we observe X or Y (or possibly Z). As far as I'm concerned, that is studying the Big Bang. If you want to insist that we're n...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 22, 2008 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 23162

Re: Quantum Teleportation

Ideally, an entity separate and exactly the same is replacing it. If it's exactly the same, it's still me. Once I'm transported back (or destroyed and recreated back), I will be stepping off that transporter pad. Not that particular instance of me, which is a distinction I'm glad you made, but stil...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0466: "Moving"
Replies: 165
Views: 28943

Re: Moving

Ah so so true. We should celebrate those people. Why is it, as the guy many people call up when they get a new thing with a manual they don't understand, that I explain how to set up their wireless router (just did it yesterday) and when I explain about SSID and the security stuff they invariably wa...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 21, 2008 3:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10688

Re: Philosophy in Education

I've always understood that Philosophy asks questions and then chains together answers from different suppositions and base premises. Mathematics in a way is a philosophy where certain sets of these premises have been adopted. That is one way of putting it, but to me Philosophy is the process by wh...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 21, 2008 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 23162

Re: Quantum Teleportation

SneakyMongo wrote:But that solidifies the idea that Star Trek transporters are not transporters at all, but a murder/copier machine!


Which is what "Bones" maintained all along. See one of the first fiction books set in the Star Trek universe: "Spock must die" by James Blish
by nadreck
Thu Aug 21, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Philosophy in Education
Replies: 119
Views: 10688

Re: Philosophy in Education

I remember I was once having a discussion with a girl where it was resolved that biology was applied chemistry, chemistry was applied physics, physics was applied math, and math was applied philosophy. To me mathematics is a branch of philosophy. Some mathematics is relevant to sciences, not all. A...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 21, 2008 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 23162

Re: Quantum Teleportation

BTW as an aside to those discussing the specific workings of the original Start Trek transporter, it was envisaged as: Scanning, converting mater into energy, transmitting scan info using energy, receiving most of energy and all of scan (hmm, hope it wasn't a lossy protocol like mpg or jpg), adding...
by nadreck
Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 23162

Re: Quantum Teleportation

What happens to your soul when you're teleported? You die. It's a new person that's reassembled at the other end. That doesn't answer the question though or the follow on one if the answer is that the soul (not that I believe in souls :wink: ) is released and not copied as to whether the new copy h...
by nadreck
Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 24469

Re: Carrying Guns

Ok, I finally have time (or at least am willing to let my obsessive interest in computer mediated communication have its head again) to do justice to the stuff that passed by on this thread. First of all: As to the public thread, I'll withdraw now. Carry on, all! I know I would like you to share mor...
by nadreck
Wed Aug 20, 2008 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2133300

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Right-o sleepy gamer

And I am 48.

Be proud of who and what you are.

Just because a forum is pseudonymous there is no need to not be yourself.
by nadreck
Wed Aug 20, 2008 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0465: "Quantum Teleportation"
Replies: 138
Views: 23162

Re: Quantum Teleportation

Ok, there were some interesting and thought provoking posts on this thread already. Oh and yeah I loved the comic, it is a classic! Now, I want to take different tact on this particular little discussion of science and why reporters (and people in general) consistently get "it" wrong. Has ...
by nadreck
Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 248883

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook

Quick, filling and delicious breakfast for the lactose intolerant (like me) A smoothie but one with no dairy, the thick creamy consistency comes from a banana 1 banana and 1 cup of any other blendable fruits that turn your crank in one cubic inch or smaller peices, if the other fruits don't have eno...
by nadreck
Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 35569

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

I said "within individual sects" not "between sects" I can find contradictory opinions from within individual Christian sects on interpreting things so therefore I say that there are many different interpretations and that there is no 'one' correct one. Fair enough, but still mu...
by nadreck
Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 248883

Re: The Xkcd Cookbook

Nath wrote: It was good, but I don't think hummus is the optimal condiment.


my thoughts would be to put tahini and maybe a little coriander chutney on there
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 24469

Re: Carrying Guns

I should begin by clarifying my point about registration. The reason radio operations, cars, pilots, and aircraft are licensed is because these things consume public resources (be it the airwaves, the roads, or the public airspace). Another purpose for car registration is tax collection. Guns are f...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 17496

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

That's how having a monopoly influences supply , not demand. Interestingly though, diamonds do not really get 'used up' in jewelry and there is an ever increasing secondary market of used ones, yet somehow the demand for diamonds keeps increasing. Same thing with gold. The vast majority of gold 'co...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Is XKCD forum going in circles?
Replies: 34
Views: 2499

Re: Is XKCD forum going in circles?

I am certainly not bored, but then I only recently discovered XKCD and thence its fora I like what I see so far, but heck that doesn't mean I won't find, as with other online groups I hung out with, that I don't end up participating less and less when I see things that no longer interest me or don't...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions
Replies: 140
Views: 14799

Re: For the Greater Good: Moral Questions

#1 Flip the switch and do my best to warn the train and the guy about to be hit - the intent in throwing switch is that I am RISKING less lives by doing so, even if the risk is virtually 100% it hasn't happened yet so it is still reducing risk rather than outright killing #2 not shoot - more likely ...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10914
Views: 2133300

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm new. I'm The Heretic, witch is the nickname that a friend gave to me after I turned into an atheist. I would be an agnostic, but I think that it's impractical. Otherwise, just a guy that loves science and math, politics, history, your sister, cryptology, anything, really. ROFL at the (un?)i...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 24469

Re: Carrying Guns

1. You're licensed to drive on public streets—you can actually drive around on private property without a license no problem. Likewise, you're licensed to operate a ham radio on the public airwaves and to fly in the public airspace. But carrying a gun in and of itself does not consume any public re...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 9 Year Old Arguing with Mom
Replies: 44
Views: 5086

Re: 9 Year Old Arguing with Mom

Do not protect the child from painful (but not life threatening) consequences, only be sympathetic for their pain Oh me yarm Oh me yarm Oh me yarm Oh me yarm Oh me yarm THAT'S INSANE Waiting for the flame war over whether "building character" exists ... I don't think it is insane, it is n...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Carrying Guns
Replies: 273
Views: 24469

Re: Carrying Guns

Interesting topic. I don't own any guns, I am not against private ownership of them, I do favour licensing and registration. I am licensed for driving, operating ham radio equipment and flying an airplane, I have to register cars and planes, I don't feel that those rules prevent my enjoying my freed...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 9 Year Old Arguing with Mom
Replies: 44
Views: 5086

Re: 9 Year Old Arguing with Mom

If I remember my psychology classes correctly, studies have shown that most parents fit into one of three categories: Passive: The child rules over the parents and is basically allowed to run rampant. The parents obey the child. Authoritative: The parents lead the family, by setting rules for the k...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0463: "Voting Machines"
Replies: 108
Views: 28569

Re: "Voting Machines" discussion

Loved the analogy, but then have been a long time fan of Douglas Adam's ones like "hang in the air the same way bricks don't". As for voting machines on the Internet that is not a problem, the problem is making voting such a huge event. First of all let me point out the security problems t...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who gets the lead in your biography?
Replies: 12
Views: 1443

Re: Who gets the lead in your biography?

Sadly, Chris Farley and John Candy are both dead. Can anyone think of another hilarious fat guy? How about John Goodman? I always liked his more humorous side. I was waiting to see what response I got. Lets see, the guy who I would pick to play me would be Christian Slater, however I think many peo...
by nadreck
Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 35569

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

You presupose one set of ethics are correct yet there is no real agreement even within individual sects what those ethics are, there are endless debates about how they should be interpreted. So you end up with one persons interpretation and anothers, except those people tend to disown the fact they...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0459: "Holy Ghost"
Replies: 305
Views: 35569

Re: "Holy Ghost" Discussion

Well first of all, not my moral code. A moral code which is divine needs no utilitarian reason for you to follow it. It just is , and is perfect, because it comes from God, who is absolute. If Jesus came to you and said, "I am the true God, follow me." you might say, "no you're not,&...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 17496

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

think of a thought experiment where all the rich's wealth suddenly went to the poor Wow what a great speculative fiction story that would be, you could have a lot of fun with that. Mind you I think I know what the eventual outcome would be. The majority of those who had gotten rich on their own acc...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 17496

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

When investment and other means to generate wealth without providing a good or service come into play, then that starts to break down (unless you care to count putting your money into, say, a managed fund 'earning') Ok first of all, the fund managers generally take far more out of 'managed funds' t...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 14, 2008 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Propane explosion in Toronto
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Re: Propane explosion in Toronto

The firefighter died and was never missing, he was in fact a district chief and colapsed at the scene. Note I remember reading that a body was found but not whether it was positively ID'ed as the missing employee. I remember reading some pretty scary predictions of what would happen if an LNG tanker...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 17496

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Actually I think you missed his sarcasm. I seriously doubt he was ironic, considering his endpoint being "we are helping developing nations" which would not add up that well with sarcasm. But it could have been, sarcasm over the internet is hard, as are very stupid/extreme people. Ok, let...
by nadreck
Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the avatar above you
Replies: 3914
Views: 330860

Re: Rate the avatar above you

The art of dance is almost entirely based upon sexual intercourse small correct the art of dance is based on a passionate desire for sexual intercourse and expressing that in a variety of ways that could be graded from appropriate for sunday school audiences to what people shower naked women with m...
by nadreck
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rate the avatar above you
Replies: 3914
Views: 330860

Re: Rate the avatar above you

Ah Rif Raf was one of my favourite Rocky Horror characters - 8 out 10 (including juxtaposition with police hat)

I feel cheated not having had my avatar rated :cry:
by nadreck
Wed Aug 13, 2008 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 17496

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

Yes, the rich constantly get richer in America. But so do the poor. Stop sprouting this lie, not they do not, for the past 20 years the real wage of poor people have been declining, as have the income of middle class citizens, but more recently. The trend of current American economics is that fewer...

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