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by dii
Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1355: "Airplane Message"
Replies: 84
Views: 20883

Re: 1355: "Airplane Message"

I'd love to see the spike in the pageview statistics of the wikipedia page on Adriamycin today...
by dii
Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"
Replies: 54
Views: 19290

Re: 1309: "Infinite Scrolling"

Soundcloud does this :(

so annoying. Call me oldfashioned but I want my webpages in actual pages.
by dii
Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"
Replies: 89
Views: 62005

Re: 1305: "Undocumented Feature"

You know, there was a day when nearly every IRC server was connected to every other. I dropped out of the IRC world around 2000 or so when real life got too busy to keep up most of my online presence. Four or five years later I crawled out from under my rock and found people in some of the old gami...
by dii
Fri Nov 29, 2013 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Especially when you just ignore the posts trying to ground your little worldview with some reality. Could you be any more condescending and pompous? Seriously, give it a try, it's always nice to see people aspiring to greater heights... Anyway, I'm tired of arguing, it's pretty obvious that this is...
by dii
Fri Nov 29, 2013 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

So your measurement of addiction is based on the time you're able to refrain from using the object of addiction? If you keep doing it 2-3 times each year, then how do you know you could go 10 years without? Also, do you realize that's basically the same thing what every heroin addict says? "I ...
by dii
Fri Nov 29, 2013 9:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Sure, if the exposure is infrequent and brief enough, the damage may be minor enough that your body is able to repair the damage. But the risk is cumulative What do you mean by that? If you're repairing the damage, what risk is accumulating, exactly? Overall risk. Even if the damage is repaired, th...
by dii
Thu Nov 28, 2013 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

If they make it through withdrawals and get clean, they are no longer addicts. Their past addiction predisposes them to a higher addiction susceptibility, but that's all. So then, I can also say, every time you light up a cigar, you become addicted, and when you're finished smoking that cigar, you ...
by dii
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Anyway. I think it's pretty easy to see that when someone partakes in an activity without getting significant harm from it, and with real breaks in between, and has no compulsion to take it to a dangerous or damaging level, and haven't done so in the past, they are not addicted. So how do you defin...
by dii
Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Let me pose the question backwards. Do you see a reason why it would be meaningful or desirable to define certain addictive behaviour as "non-addictions" and others as "addictions"? Why do you feel that there absolutely needs to be this distinction? There are many, many reasons ...
by dii
Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

And TGB isn't the only one having difficulty understanding what on Earth you're trying to say. I was going to bring up the issue of vagueness until I saw that he'd beaten me to it, and that's what davidstarlingm is getting at with the brick wall analogy as well. There's not a clear threshold betwee...
by dii
Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I disagree. Care to explain a little more?


I'll do even better. I'll show it to you with an analogy:

You just disagreed with a forum post. Obviously, that implies that you disagree with all forum posts ever posted on every forum, right?
by dii
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:I'm inviting you to clarify your argument, since you keep saying things like
...
which suggest that you have a problem with vague terms.


Oh, I see where the confusion is. You are confusing the generic with the specific.
by dii
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Yay! **slow clap** Get a room, you guys. Hell, if I knew mutual satisfaction over the utilization of a poorly-constructed equation to disprove the author's original point = sex, I'd be getting laid way more often. Hey, if you want to circle-jerk with someone, who am I to say no. I don't judge. What...
by dii
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:dii, is your argument that vague terms are useless because there is no bright line delimiting when they apply or do not apply?


Nope, my argument is what I said it is.
by dii
Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU wants to ban e-cigs - part 2
Replies: 54
Views: 14894

Re: EU wants to ban/restrict e-cigarettes

Oh great, they're at it again. Now the commission wants to go totally against what the parliament has already voted on, and wants to apply truly draconian restrictions to e-cigarettes, which if applied, would effectively kill the whole concept of e-cigarette. http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1655#more-1...
by dii
Tue Nov 26, 2013 2:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Who ever said otherwise? Everyone having this discussion accepts that there are varying levels of addiction. It's just that everyone but you further accepts that one such level is "not addicted". Right, and that again brings it down to a matter of definitions, where you want to set some k...
by dii
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

davidstarlingm wrote:
Heisenberg wrote:Yay!

**slow clap**


Get a room, you guys.
by dii
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

In other words, addiction is meaningless. I'm sure there are plenty of neuroscientists who would be very interested in the evidence for your new theory. In other words, stop putting other words in my mouth. Let's stick to things I've actually said (or even implied), instead of things that are pure ...
by dii
Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Oh, and ITT I learned that hydrogen hydroxide is addictive, and so is listening to music, having sex, doing pushups, and finding Waldo. Live and learn. Give me a break. "If you ever want to do anything, it's because it's addictive". :roll: To a certain degree, that's correct. Why do we ge...
by dii
Fri Nov 22, 2013 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

it bugs me how much you are trivializing the word addiction. "did <thing> trigger reward circuitry? you're an addict!" is not how this works. I'm sorry it bugs you. "Addict" is a pretty loaded word, and I'd avoid using it in this context. But something that triggers a reward res...
by dii
Thu Nov 21, 2013 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

The original argument was that although flavor/sensation can have some effect, particularly in determining what to partake of, the decision whether or not to partake at all is ultimately dependent on an addiction-driven desire for the intoxicant. I provided a counterexample to this assertion. Becau...
by dii
Mon Nov 18, 2013 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

This isn't about making things up. This is about an idiosyncrasy in human neural pathways, provided by evolution to exploit the fact that vision is typically much more reliable and specific than your other senses. Just like your brain substitutes one sound for another if your vision tells it to, it...
by dii
Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Seriously, look at the example of someone wanting some specific alcoholic drink but not having any readily available, and therefore not drinking anything alcoholic EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER ALCOHOLIC SUBSTANCES AVAILABLE that they enjoy the taste of and explicitly purchased because of t...
by dii
Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Your pavlovian theory neatly and succinctly explains why there is no significant cost distinction between kinds of alcohol, and all drinkers everywhere universally prefer drinks with higher and higher concentrations of alcohol. That's what many alcohol consumers in fact do. But even if that doesn't...
by dii
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Would it instead be possible to legislate the production of beer so that it somehow prevents drinking lots of it. So that everyone can have their quality slow-drinking, enjoy every sip beer drinking, but that binge-drinking beer would be replaced with synthetic beer that carries less detrimental ef...
by dii
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

I would imagine that most medications with similar effects would also have problematic effects with overconsumption, and if it's equally pleasurable in exactly the same way, we can reasonably expect it to be addictive... Of course. Anything that makes you feel good, anything that gives you instant ...
by dii
Wed Nov 13, 2013 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

(this is assuming that high is more of a binary condition and drunk is more of a spectrum, based on my limited experience) Sorry but your limited experience is false... there is always a relationship between dosage and effect, no matter what substance. Granted, there are some substances that have a...
by dii
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Realistically speaking though, I don't think this is ever going to happen. If they brought out some kind of "alcohol replacement" chemical, that would be a different chemical than alcohol, but would still have recreational effects, then that'd just basically be a legal recreational drug. A...
by dii
Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 30888

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

Tertiary alcohols could be a potential candidate. Ethyl alcohol has an unfortunate metabolic path, where it converts first to acetaldehyde, then to acetic acid. Acetaldehyde is mostly responsible for the shitty after-effects of ethanol (ie. hangover). Tertiary alcohols follow a different metabolic p...
by dii
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Contraception Violates Freedom of Religion
Replies: 98
Views: 16116

Re: Contraception Violates Freedom of Religion

Cleverbeans wrote:Socialized health care - you're doing it wrong.


But socialism is evil, and if we give in to socialism, next it's the gays moving in next door and having premarital babies.
by dii
Sat Nov 02, 2013 1:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers
Replies: 9
Views: 2515

Re: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers

Star Wars happened for real exactly as portrayed in the movies (given an infinite multiverse). Ok. Let's say that somewhere in the infinite multiverse, there's a species of immortals who developed a tech that allows them to visit all times and places of all other universes. They went on to do just ...
by dii
Fri Nov 01, 2013 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers
Replies: 9
Views: 2515

Re: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers

Star Wars happened for real exactly as portrayed in the movies (given an infinite multiverse). Ok. Let's say that somewhere in the infinite multiverse, there's a species of immortals who developed a tech that allows them to visit all times and places of all other universes. They went on to do just ...
by dii
Fri Nov 01, 2013 10:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: badBIOS "Rootkit" - Hide Yo' BIOS, Hide Yo' Mic
Replies: 18
Views: 5219

Re: badBIOS "Rootkit" - Hide Yo' BIOS, Hide Yo' Mic

PhoenixEnigma wrote: the "who" and "why" are sure to be very interesting.


*cough* NSA *cough*
by dii
Wed Oct 30, 2013 2:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finns Crack Diabeetus
Replies: 44
Views: 10286

Re: Finns Crack Diabeetus

patzer wrote:
dii wrote:Fennoscandia is Sweden + Norway + Finland.


No, Fennoscandia is Sweden + Norway + Finland + Karelia + Kola Peninsula.


Karelia belongs to Finland, Russia is just borrowing it...
by dii
Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finns Crack Diabeetus
Replies: 44
Views: 10286

Re: Finns Crack Diabeetus

Why would you drag up this discussion again to wrongly correct someone when the correct answer has already been given several times. The term 'Scandinavia' primarily refers to a cultural region. It's also used geographically, as in 'The Scandinavian Peninsula', and this use actually derives from th...
by dii
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finns Crack Diabeetus
Replies: 44
Views: 10286

Re: Finns Crack Diabeetus

I like how a discussion on diabetes has turned into a debate on Nordic geography. Similarly, Finland isn't Scandinavian. :p I think nordic is the usual term for scandinavia + finland. Finland is often included though because it was ruled by the Swedes for so long and does have a Swedish-speaking min...
by dii
Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finns Crack Diabeetus
Replies: 44
Views: 10286

Re: Finns Crack Diabeetus

Similarly, Finland isn't Scandinavian. :p I think nordic is the usual term for scandinavia + finland. No, that's Fennoscandia. Nordic also includes Iceland, Denmark, Faroe islands and Greenland. And maybe some other technicalities that I can't remember. Anyway, the main Nordic countries are Finland...
by dii
Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finns Crack Diabeetus
Replies: 44
Views: 10286

Re: Finns Crack Diabeetus

More Finnish info, if anyone feels like translating. Google Translate isn't 100% effective. The Finnish article is from 2010, so it seems it just contains old information about the study. Basically, how they believed type 1 diabetes is caused by an enterovirus, and how they're looking to isolate th...
by dii
Tue Oct 22, 2013 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 41953

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

Waaaaaait. Crack really is more addictive than cocaine? Hard to say, really. How do you measure "addictiveness"? Traditionally they use lab rats and such, but I'm not sure if it's possible to teach rats to smoke crack... Crack is really just poor quality freebase cocaine, so there's no re...
by dii
Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107015
Views: 47475607

Re: 1190: "Time"

It just occured to me, that "Time" is a meta-sequel to XKCD #915...

If you locked people into a box with hundreds of still frames of a very slow-motion stick figure animation, by the end they'd be adamant that some are great and some are terrible...

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