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by ijuin
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 147
Views: 24803

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

If air pressure is adequate above the ice, then high-efficiency aircraft would be workable—either nuclear powered stratospheric jets or zeppelins could make the flight within days (supersonic) to weeks (zeppelin). If, however, the conditions are near-vacuum, then building a maglev rail line across t...
by ijuin
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 1934

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

I slept on a $100 futon for five years and was fine with it. That’s a Japanese style futon, mind you, meaning that it was the floor pads and covers without the frame that “American” style futons have.
by ijuin
Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2097: "Thor Tools"
Replies: 38
Views: 1526

Re: 2097: "Thor Tools"

JohnTheWysard wrote:I think an awl would be a very impressive weapon, since of course Thor would have the Cosmic Awl.

No, Odin has the awl. That’s why they call him the Awl-Father.
by ijuin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8190
Views: 647329

Re: Trump presidency

CorruptUser wrote:I dont know, I'd prefer to use Trump's head to smash into nails repeatedly...

We’d never get the bloodstains out afterward.
by ijuin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 639

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

It is worth mentioning that it is impossible to launch directly from a planetary (or other) surface into an orbit around that body that has a LOWER inclination than the latitude of the launch site. Essentially, the highest-latitude point of the orbit can not be less then the latitude of the launch s...
by ijuin
Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2096: "Mattresses"
Replies: 35
Views: 1934

Re: 2096: "Mattresses"

IIRC, the distinction between burglary and robbery is that in robbery, the offender confronts the victim and uses intimidation pr violence to get them to hand over the goods, whereas burglary involves an attempt to abscond with the goods before the victims even know that a theft has occurred.
by ijuin
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8190
Views: 647329

Re: Trump presidency

You guys do remember that Congress can overrule a Presidential veto, right? If Trump remains intransigent, then a sufficient number of Republicans must vote in favor of passing the funding bill to make a two-thirds majority. Goven that the content of the bill is literally the same as one that they h...
by ijuin
Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground
Replies: 21
Views: 639

Re: Stars in background of deep-sky photos are in foreground

Also, given Luna’s slow rotation rate, the primary reason for an equatorial launch/landing site (free discount on delta-v needed to land or launch) is not a significant factor.
by ijuin
Sun Jan 06, 2019 1:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8190
Views: 647329

Re: Trump presidency

Honor is nice, but the landlord won’t accept it as payment on the lease.
by ijuin
Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6485
Views: 993491

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Given that only six states seem to have elected Sheriffs, it may be the that some people in those states spend most of the time being unaware that the office of Sheriff is an elected one rather than an appointed one, and find themselves mildly surprised when they see it on their sample ballots becau...
by ijuin
Sun Dec 30, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8190
Views: 647329

Re: Trump presidency

They will probably need to include a clause about it in the bill that provides for their back pay.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 103
Views: 4859

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I would say that the root cause is a culture of conflict resolution that views the total eradication of opponents as the preferred method rather than persuasion or reconciliation.
by ijuin
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 103
Views: 4859

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Kids are about one hundred times more likely to be killed by traffic accidents than by shootings, but nobody is making a ruckus about the need to save child pedestrians from dangerous motorists.
by ijuin
Mon Dec 24, 2018 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"
Replies: 36
Views: 2459

Re: 2088: "Schwarzschild's Cat"

Pfhorrest wrote:Is that not an ocelot?

Impossible. He doesn’t have a revolver.
by ijuin
Sun Dec 23, 2018 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 103
Views: 4859

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

No, but proponents of arming teachers would argue that the three day course is better than simply giving the teachers the weapons with no training at all.
by ijuin
Fri Dec 21, 2018 8:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8190
Views: 647329

Re: Trump presidency

Nah, they just really hate having to pay the bills for somebody else. Whether that somebody else is wealthy or poor is secondary.
by ijuin
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What is my Exact Mailing Address?
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: What is my Exact Mailing Address?

C-137? I thought that we were Earth-1218?
by ijuin
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 2221

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Given the slowness of transatlantic communications at the time, it was September before anybody in Britain knew about what happened in the American colonies on 4 July 1776.
by ijuin
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2086: "History Department"
Replies: 23
Views: 2221

Re: 2086: "History Department"

Obviously, in order to catch up, we need to quadruple the staff of our history departments.
by ijuin
Tue Dec 18, 2018 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2085: "arXiv"
Replies: 16
Views: 2358

Re: 2085: "arXiv"

For simplicity’s sake, let’s define “greed” in this context as the situation where maximizing profit overrides a party’s other concerns—e.g. for the academic publisher example given above, the prioritization of profit margin over providing a good service.
by ijuin
Thu Dec 13, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

Try installing Debian—then it won’t even boot.
by ijuin
Thu Dec 13, 2018 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2083: "Laptop Issues"
Replies: 27
Views: 2621

Re: 2083: "Laptop Issues"

I would have said my mother, but she’s too inept to do so much as boot up a computer successfully.
by ijuin
Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2082: "Mercator Projection"
Replies: 29
Views: 2777

Re: 2082: "Mercator Projection"

Yes, the Mercator projection is useful because any conpass heading is a straight line, which can be more valuable than having distances to scale for navigation. The distortion of the polar regions is less important since the poles are usually icelocked, and we use polar projections for navigating ne...
by ijuin
Sun Dec 09, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8190
Views: 647329

Re: Trump presidency

If Trump goes down for election shenanigans then Pence will probably go the way of Spiro Agnew—he will get replaced and then the replacement will likely finish out the term.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 08, 2018 5:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 3043

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

Yes, so far we’ve found quite a lot of planets that fail the “not on fire” requirement.
by ijuin
Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"
Replies: 32
Views: 3043

Re: 2079: "Alpha Centauri"

Yes, but it means a different thing for a star to be Class M than for a planet to be Class M.
by ijuin
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 2381

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

Humans lack natural piercing and slashing weapons (claws and fangs), but have superior range of limb movement and superior planning, group communication, and group coordination. Humans also gain additional advantage if there is so little as a fist-sized stone or a tree branch lying around to use as ...
by ijuin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage
Replies: 217
Views: 26710

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Coverage

On the other hand, it would serve Democrat interests for Hunter to remain in office as a non-voting member, since it would keep the Republicans down one House vote for the entire remainder of the term, and Hunter refusing to resign while incarcerated would boost Democrat odds of gaining his seat in ...
by ijuin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4200

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

Quite. My point here is that the origin of all human minds is more appropriately compared against the origin of ONE BB rather than a separately originated BB for each and every individual human.
by ijuin
Wed Dec 05, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4200

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

That then raises the question of refining our definition of “creates more”—do we consider the creation of a small number N minds which then reproduce P offspring as being the same probability as the de novo creation of N+P minds? For example, positing a small number of original humans who were the a...
by ijuin
Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 36127

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

However, I would think that if you died leaving behind underage children Not applicable. You know quite well that I was speaking of a hypothetical situation for the purpose of debating general policy, in the sense of “if you did have children, then what I propose might be in your interest”. The usu...
by ijuin
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 52
Views: 4200

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

When we speak of the probability of a BB vs an OO, don’t forget that we are speaking of the de novo origin of one—if that mind reproduces and thus generates a community or ecosystem of its kind, then that still counts as a single origin—e.g. there is one origin of homo Sapiens despite over a hundred...
by ijuin
Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 36127

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Descendants of your cousins, no. However, I would think that if you died leaving behind underage children who were financially reliant upon you for support, you would want to provide for them till they were finished with school. That is why I would support a fifty year term (from date of publication...
by ijuin
Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15018
Views: 2422704

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

I’ve also heard idiots who insist that Hawaii is counted as “overseas” because there is ocean between it and the mainland.
by ijuin
Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 36127

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

A compromise might be for copyright holders to be required to renew their copyright each year for a token fee. Basically, you would fill out a form every year and send in ten bucks or something to maintain the exclusivity part of your copyright. Or every three years or something—the point being that...
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?
Replies: 17
Views: 1438

Re: To completely prevent any form of Mad Cow Disease?

Yes, the inability to track the beef supply in sufficient detail to adequately narrow down who had consumed the infected beef and who had not made for a bad case of “we can’t tell you if you have been exposed or not”.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 305
Views: 75466

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Even though I disagreed with his policies (as much as someone who was a small child at the time could be said to do so), I do believe that none of the Presidents since him have matched his gravitas and dignitas.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 36127

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

I’d give a year rather than six months due to how slow institutions tend to move, but yes, suits alleging copyright infringement should be required to demonstrate that losses from infringement are more than merely hypothetical.
by ijuin
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 36127

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

That sounds roughly equivalent to a copyright that only prohibits copying as long as the work remains in publication. While that helps in terms of making works as available as possible, it also denies the owner any right to deliberately makt their work unavailable (e.g. George Lucas stopping the dis...
by ijuin
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8190
Views: 647329

Re: Trump presidency

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