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by Zamfir
Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

If you click through on the recycling symbol, it gets interesting. It seems that the recycling symbol gets used in Arabic tweets as a 'please share' symbol .Plus there are prayer websites that send out regular, automated prayer tweets on behalf of dead people. Those latter tend include the share/rec...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 27, 2018 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22002

Re: Libertarianism

See above, it's not a minor issue...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 22002

Re: Libertarianism

What is the practical difference between welfare available in progressively larger amounts to people with progressively lower incomes, and a basic income funded by an income tax (as any would have to be to for there to be any point to it)? Welfare comes with restrictions, usually to force people in...
by Zamfir
Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530131

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Now you could argue that this is crackpot level stuff, and there's a lot of coincidences here. It is possible the mob was already primed, and Russian cyberwarfare didn't matter. However, Bannon's sponsors believed in it, and so did the Russians, and they all acted accordingly. Yeah, my comment was ...
by Zamfir
Tue Jul 17, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 118
Views: 6931

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

Oh, I get the point of trying to understand the news better. Even imperfectly, and even if you can't do much to change it. It's just that election prediction has such rapidly diminishing returns. Zero effort tells you that the democrats can theoretically get a majority in one or both chambers. A lit...
by Zamfir
Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 118
Views: 6931

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

I might have asked this before, but I still dont quite understand it: Why are people so invested in predictions about the election, with all the cycles and epicycles of polling and aggregation and what not? It's only a few months in the future to get the actual outcome. I understand why it matters f...
by Zamfir
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530131

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Presumably, the driver guy divided his previous days between risking his life, sleeping, and fighting Elon Musk's marketing assault.
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

And it's not just a middle finger from management - offices are way more expensive. That s why the American attitude puzzles me. If you don't have much bargaining power, I get why you accept an office without much daylight. Better to bargain for money. Same for London offices, where that window is ...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

Two-four people in an office would be a dream, guess it takes a decent amount of floor space though. The trend in London is to pack people into ever smaller open-plan offices. I think the main cost is outer walls. Cubicles or open-plan allow you to put people further away from windows. Space is mor...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

Offices for 2 to roughly 4 people, with windows on one side and a door on the other side. A corridor in between, and another row of offices on the other side of the corridor. The walls go up to the ceiling, but can typically be moved fairly easily. A meeting room for every few offices.
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

Lack of light. Noise from too many people in one room. Difficult to have sensitive conversations. Often impossible to regulate the temperature to your own preference. Usually goes together with small space, though of course you can cram too many people in an office as well. The creepy feeling that s...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

Yeah, it's not surprising. But clearly not obvious either. After all, lots of organizations do change offices to open-plan with the expectation of easier communication. I've never understood the American love for (or at least, acceptance of ) cubicles. Open-plan offices at least have the fig leaf f ...
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/373/1753/20170239 A study of offices that were changed to open-plan layout. Conclusion: face to face communications drops off a cliff, email communication goes way up. Pretty much the opposite of what such changes are supposed to accomplish. Assuming t...
by Zamfir
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 27
Views: 2645

Re: Everything is racism

It's an extremely vague concept. Nazis are a tribe? People who don't want Nazis in power are a tribe? At that point, does it mean anything more than just "group of people", with an added negative connotation?
by Zamfir
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4069
Views: 530131

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Facebook labels Russian users as ‘interested in treason’ Facebook’s advertising tools algorithmically labelled 65,000 Russians as interested in treason, potentially putting them at risk from the repressive state, until the company removed the category, following inquiries from journalists The news ...
by Zamfir
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1185
Views: 165389

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

This is what I'm referring to. Every time someone from the UK government resigns, people think that maybe you can walk back the Brexit. Has anything happened that shows the break off from the EU is in doubt? Is the remain faction getting stronger? The assumption is that former backers of Remain wil...
by Zamfir
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?
Replies: 4
Views: 715

Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

Where I am from, a stop sign is only placed when the intersection has bad visibility. If you can easily see the crossing traffic, a yield sign is placed. Perhaps traffic in the main street is easier to see coming than in the smaller streets?
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 27
Views: 2645

Re: Everything is racism

. Tribalism is what you're talking about. US-style racism, with its US-specific history of slavery and violence and segregation, is a subtype of a larger social pattern that is observed in many different places and times. The type is tribalism. US racism may be a striking example, but racism is the...
by Zamfir
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 2532

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

I like how the estimated launch date trend line goes past the intersection; as if after the 2026 launch, in 2030 the launch will be estimated for 2028. :D That happened to Hubble, right? They launched after plenty of delays, and then they had a second launch three years later to fix the problems of...
by Zamfir
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Oxford comma query
Replies: 26
Views: 5674

Re: Oxford comma query

Just use powerpoint with bullet points.
The survivors [ included picture ] thanked:
* Their rescuers [ woosh from the left]
* The Olympian gods [ woosh from the right]
- [nested bullet] Also their shield bearers! [Blink Blink]
by Zamfir
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6447
Views: 499402

Re: Trump presidency

From a 2017 Newsweek article http://www.newsweek.com/trump-guidelines-speed-deportations-asylum-seekers-558520 Interviews to assess credible fear are conducted almost immediately after an asylum request is made, often at the border or in detention facilities by immigration agents or asylum officers,...
by Zamfir
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 3002

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

Wikipedia says it's easy to make. It's generally a byproduct of something that produces a lot of CO2, like ammonia production Not so much a lot of CO2, but a high concentration of CO2. The purer the original flow, the cheaper the purification process. Nearly all CO2 is released from air-fueled comb...
by Zamfir
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 3002

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

guess I'm just not sure how there could be a shortage of a gas that is currently over-abundant in the atmosphere? I always assumed most industrial users of CO2 like bottling plants, were generating their own, either extracting it from the atmosphere, or burning hydrocarbons. Concentration is the is...
by Zamfir
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6447
Views: 499402

Re: Trump presidency

It isn't the spirit of the law that things should be bad, to discourage future immigrants?
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 294903

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

As I read it, there were two rigid rules that caused the delay. One, people without contract don't get access to the systems or ghe premises. Two, a new contract goes through a process of several weeks to approval. I have seen those same rules enacted rigidly without any computer aid. There is usual...
by Zamfir
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6447
Views: 499402

Re: Trump presidency

One theory for the discrepancy might be that violent crime in no go zones are being under reported?

No go zones?
by Zamfir
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6447
Views: 499402

Re: Trump presidency

What I don't quite get here: are asylum seekers locked up in the US, awaiting a decision?
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 224
Views: 53765

Re: News in brief

Those are the 1 GP gems that Level 1 adventurers find when they slay a Minor Kobold
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:51 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Updating an old smartphone with a custom Android ROM?
Replies: 6
Views: 2046

Re: Updating an old smartphone with a custom Android ROM?

Installing a new OS usually doesn't erase data (stuff like photos and documents, even app settings if those were stored in a particular way). I used to install lots of new ROMS without much in the way of data backups because it always worked. But don't bet on it if you value the data. There are diff...
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cooling gas by expansion
Replies: 17
Views: 2013

Re: Cooling gas by expansion

would the reaction force from the gas escaping count as this "work"? Yes. That's exactly what the laval nozzle does, it turns the heat of the gas into work. Not just the reaction force, also the kinetic energy of the jet. Attach the nozzle to the fixed world, and it's basically a machine ...
by Zamfir
Wed May 30, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 7612

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

The EU is not some emperor laying down his own cookie preferences on everyone. It tries to create a balance that works for people who are OK with tracking and people who are not. With the 'not OK' as default unless permission is given. The GDPR is much larger in scope than tracking cookies. It says ...
by Zamfir
Fri May 18, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14779
Views: 2285181

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

Soupspoon wrote:When I saw that, earlier, I thought that maybe the kid needs to get a "Mun" heart-and-scroll tattoo when he gets older, or whatever the Swedish equivalent would be. ;)

That's the true KSP spirit. Now, if he also changes his name to Kerbin.
by Zamfir
Mon May 14, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Stable free oxygen on non-life planet
Replies: 4
Views: 1156

Re: Stable free oxygen on non-life planet

Is this very different from our world? I am not sure, but was under the impression that all oxygen sinks have been oxygenated for a long time, and the current situation is basically a closed biological cycle of drawing oxygen from carbon and attaching it again. If the production of oxygen stopped, a...
by Zamfir
Mon May 14, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6447
Views: 499402

Re: Trump presidency

Israel never had to fear the US's reaction. They've build settlements under R and D presidents alike in recent times, especially since 9-11. It's a unambiguous statement that the current US government intends to follow a harder anti-palestinian policy than earlier governments. Now you can say, past...
by Zamfir
Tue May 08, 2018 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6447
Views: 499402

Re: Trump presidency

" I have so many scandals that the hush money is a fixed expenditure every month"
by Zamfir
Fri May 04, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1484

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

I don't think davean is really a mod ,though.
by Zamfir
Wed May 02, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 1484

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

Yes, there is inequality. But simply saying socialism (or any other -ism) is "the" answer begs the question, replacing one kind of unfairness with another kind of unfairness. That's what I was pointing out with my "five minutes/seventeen years" question. I am failing to see how ...
by Zamfir
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 85651

Re: Science-based what-if questions

US Midsize cars have internal volumes of 3681–4530 litres, so 1kg into the air vents would average out to about 250 g / m3, which is a 150000% increased risk of cardiopulmonary mortality. The numbers are for PM2.5, particles with a hydraulic diameter below 2.5 micrometer. Your small glitter is 200 ...
by Zamfir
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6447
Views: 499402

Re: Trump presidency

So all the desperate lies and obstructions to the investigation are... what? Part of the smoke, but not the fire. Suggestions that there is something to uncover, but not proof of it. Also, investigations hurt simply by existing, which is a good reason to fight them even when you're basically innoce...
by Zamfir
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 5447

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

Some year ago we moved from A to B, and the movers estimated how much boxes we needed, with their typical plenty-is-enough method. We started running out when packing, and called for more. They laughed at us, but send more boxes just to keep us happy. We filled them all. On the day of the move, we t...

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