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by Velict
Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1044: “Romney Quiz”
Replies: 213
Views: 55616

Re: 1044: “Romney Quiz”

gormster wrote:Um, this seems... super positive on Romney. Is Randall a Republican?

ijuin wrote:This might also be a reference to the notion of Rommney living "in a world of pure imagination".

ojfc
by Velict
Tue Apr 17, 2012 5:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mac OSX Virus currently infecting over 600,000 Macs
Replies: 12
Views: 5001

Re: Mac OSX Virus currently infecting over 600,000 Macs

Sophos is a good, free anti-virus for OS X.

I will miss the days of not having to worry about viruses on my Macbook, though.
by Velict
Fri Feb 03, 2012 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 76386

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I really hope that Herp and Derpina actually become names at some point. Stranger things have happened.
by Velict
Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands
Replies: 95
Views: 8796

Re: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands

This is much more of an academic post ("hey, isn't this an interesting idea?") than a policy recommendation. It's just something to think about. The author, Bryan Caplan: Bryan Caplan is an Associate Professor of Economics at George Mason University and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Insti...
by Velict
Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Carrier IQ's hidden app on phones logs keystrokes
Replies: 35
Views: 6402

Re: Carrier IQ's hidden app on phones logs keystrokes

Here's a rather decent explanation of what CarrierIQ does. And yes, while having a custom ROM avoids this problem entirely, I don't think it's fair to expect most users to know how to root their phone and install custom firmware. While it might not be fair, I would hardly call it difficult, all you...
by Velict
Thu Dec 01, 2011 2:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Carrier IQ's hidden app on phones logs keystrokes
Replies: 35
Views: 6402

Re: Carrier IQ's hidden app on phones logs keystrokes

Here's a rather decent explanation of what CarrierIQ does. And yes, while having a custom ROM avoids this problem entirely, I don't think it's fair to expect most users to know how to root their phone and install custom firmware. I'm sure that cell phone companies love their analytics, but CarrierI...
by Velict
Thu Nov 17, 2011 6:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 85538

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

I'm surprised there's not been much of a big deal made on this forum, unless I've missed it. It really is lobbyists from the entertainment industry on one side, and lobbyists from the tech industry on the other. What would the debate be? "I'm strongly against SOPA!" "I'm very strongl...
by Velict
Wed Nov 02, 2011 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Petrol attack on French satirical paper
Replies: 199
Views: 17160

Re: Petrol attack on French satirical paper

The Great Hippo wrote:Expectation of violence in no way reduces the criminality of violence.

Where did I say that I supported religious violence, again? I must have missed it somewhere.
by Velict
Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Petrol attack on French satirical paper
Replies: 199
Views: 17160

Re: Petrol attack on French satirical paper

So a newspaper provoked radical Muslims with a depiction of Mohammed and something incredibly violent happened soon after? No one could have expected this tragedy.
by Velict
Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age
Replies: 42
Views: 7356

Re: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age

The average age for my name is off by a little more than 30 years. Harrumph.
by Velict
Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

The only one that I think that everyone can really get behind, though, is item #1 on list #2: "Investigate, arrest, and try the wall street criminals who clearly broke the law and helped cause the 2008 financial crisis". The problem is they follow up with: "... in the following notab...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 11:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

List #1 strikes me as 'This person has a fundamentally flawed view of Economics'. It also seems to be the one getting the most coverage. Hey! Economics just says there's no such thing as a free lunch. Nothing in there about college tuition. ------ I agree with some of the goals in the second list, ...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

Part of iPod's importance was iTunes and the shift towards digital purchases as being the driving force in music sales.
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

:x Ultrabooks obviously didn't come from nowhere. The Sony Vaio Z and others have existed for some time (even though they, too, are quite different from what modern ultrabooks are perceived to be). However, I'm not making up this class of notebook computers, either. I know about the whole 'ultraboo...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

:x

Ultrabooks obviously didn't come from nowhere. The Sony Vaio Z and others have existed for some time (even though they, too, are quite different from what modern ultrabooks are perceived to be).

However, I'm not making up this class of notebook computers, either.
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

Didn't netbooks come before Macbook Air? Macbook Air isn't a netbook however. Netbooks are basically neutered computers; poor build and material quality, neutered processors (intel Atom, etc.) and so on and so forth. It's pretty widely accepted that netbooks and ultrabooks are entirely different pr...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

Also, everyone copies off everyone. Devices mostly evolve, instead of popping out of thin air. I.e. smartphones evolved from PDAs, which evolved from... those-things-like-PDAs-but-less-functional. They also evolved from cell phones that gradually needed less hardware attachments and could afford a ...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

I don't know about earbuds, but Apple definitely makes some quality products. The build quality and aesthetics of my Macbook Pro are just superb; the 7 hours of battery life doesn't hurt much either. If nothing else, Apple's made a lot of notebook manufacturers (Dell's recent XPS notebooks e.g. 15z,...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

It's amendment to create a new house of the legislature that actually incorporates all of our voices. This empowers us to ensure money is removed, and another other issue we can agree upon in perpetuity. Your language is obtuse and it's fairly hard to figure out what you're trying to get across. I ...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 1:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

Yeah, I'm a dickhead. I feel sorry for his family and everyone close to him, but I don't see why this is any sadder than any other death (Generic response to the death of someone famous). It's not coincidental that Thomas Edison comparisons have been floating around. The guy's a legend, especially ...
by Velict
Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Steve Jobs
Replies: 210
Views: 26065

Re: RIP Steve Jobs

Sad news. Jobs was one of those one-in-a-billion figures.
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 279155

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I am seriously considering taking $1000 dollars to intrade and placing a bet on Romney. At 2:1 I think its pretty good odds that I will double my money, particularly the way hes the only constant in the race. Seems reasonable to me. Perry has great hair, but he's probably too much of an idiot to wi...
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I just ordered a couple of his books from Amazon last night. Once I read them, I might agree with you regarding Paulson. :) I think Paulson could have attached some sort of strings to the whole deal. At least he could have structured the bailout so that Goldman Sachs wasn't able to continue to inve...
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 279155

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I also don't see any way that we're going to legalize heroin and cocaine any time soon (Mexican cartels don't really bother with smuggling pot across the border, it's all the harder stuff). Heroin could realistically probably be legalized as a prescription pain medication (as is the case in some pa...
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 279155

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

That's a different equation, and I doubt it is anywhere near as profitable as drugs. But no, there is nothing you are going to do that's going to immediately cause organized crime to cease to exist. At the same time, however, organized crime will never go away as long as selling, manufacturing, and...
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Wall Street protester handcuffed to railing outside bathroom at Precinct 90 and denied food for his 8 hour incarceration due to his transgender status. Still waiting for mainstream media to pick this up, but a few comments/questions: -Were any protesters offered food? -Protesters were separated by ...
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 279155

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Even if you take some drug addicts out of the equation, there are far too many for you to make a dent by focusing on end users. Legalization, however, is an effective way to take the cartels out of the equation. Frankly, extortion is becoming just as profitable for cartels as drug running. I don't ...
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 12786

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

2) Killing militants (or terrorists) is justified. I don't know arresting Awlaki would have ever been a realistic option. We aren't legally justified in having combat troops in Yemen, to my knowledge. If you're not legally justified in having combat troops somewhere, how are you legally justified i...
by Velict
Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Al Jazeera has started some heavy duty coverage of these protests. A counterbalance to Fox News, if you will (although it's about as popular as a root canal here in America). An interesting critique I ran across the other day. I think this encapsulates a lot of what I find offputting about the prote...
by Velict
Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

I'm always impressed by the sheer intellectualism of these fora.
by Velict
Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2011/09/unions-start-paying-attention-occupy-wall-street/43152/ The scrappy operation could gain thousands of bodies as unions join the protests on October 5. A slew of organized labor organizations has gotten involved in the planning, reports Crain's New York...
by Velict
Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 12786

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

I'm surprised more people here haven't expressed their anger at this. It is pretty terrible to kill U.S. Citizens without due process, right? Just me? Of course, I was a bit upset about how we handled Osama as well... If you look at it from the perspective of this being a law enforcement matter. Mo...
by Velict
Fri Sep 30, 2011 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anwar al-Awlaki killed
Replies: 155
Views: 12786

Re: Anwar al-Awlaki killed

I'm surprised more people here haven't expressed their anger at this. It is pretty terrible to kill U.S. Citizens without due process, right? Just me? Of course, I was a bit upset about how we handled Osama as well... I've two thoughts on this: 1) This one event won't necessarily lead to other kill...
by Velict
Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

We don't need to know jack squat about theory models to look at the suffering multitudes in the country and world and finally decide to stand up and say ENOUGH. Yes, in fact you do have to know about theory and models, alternatives may very well lead to more multitudes suffering. Just being pissed ...
by Velict
Fri Sep 30, 2011 3:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Alternatively: Economics is a changing field in which we still have limited knowledge, anyone who is convinced enough in a certain prescription - say, free market capitalism- or even that our current system is working is overconfident in their beliefs. You're so close to some of the tenets of conse...
by Velict
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finance behind wall street protests
Replies: 51
Views: 7451

Re: Finance behind wall street protests

In defense of Mansori*, the whole point of his argument was that this crisis was precipitated by capital flow from core Eurozone countries to the periphery, rather than something being wrong with the "underlyng politics." He may be wrong, but I don't think it's because he forgot to mention...
by Velict
Thu Sep 29, 2011 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 279155

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

EsotericWombat wrote:The reason why the two governors in the race are having trouble right now is pretty simple. It's not because they're moderates. They're not. It's because they governed. And the new GOP isn't so much into that.

Oops, you caught us.
by Velict
Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2511
Views: 216286

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Tl;Dr - Went to the protest, found it to be what I expected (ie. overhyped by supporters but not like... 20 people standing around). There's no message and it's about as directionless as you can expect. It really does remind me of the West Wing episode in which Toby gets to hang out with WTO protes...
by Velict
Thu Sep 29, 2011 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finance behind wall street protests
Replies: 51
Views: 7451

Re: Finance behind wall street protests

Anyone know of a good overview about whats going on in the Eurozone right now? I admit that my self-centered Americanism has gotten to me. I really have no clue about whats going on, aside from the fact that Greece has some serious debt problems... Some useful links: - WSJ's own economics blog ; do...
by Velict
Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 279155

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I guess the Jon Stewart segment expressing that precise viewpoint earlier this week was just a coincidence, my apologies. :| I'll just let you continue to to reject nuanced or realistic views of our political system. I'm not even sure what you're trying to argue. Are you trying to say that The Tea ...

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