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by collegestudent22
Fri Nov 09, 2012 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"
Replies: 169
Views: 41836

Re: 1132: "Frequentists vs. Bayesians"

The distinction between frequentists and bayesians among statisticians isn't really that stark. No practicing statistician believes that Bayes' theorem is never useful and no Bayesian statistician believes that "frequentist" concepts like p-values are never useful either. And what's more,...
by collegestudent22
Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 30255

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

lack of a restrictive monopoly in any of its products or services--the market was wide open for anyone to enter and indeed there were four or five competing operating systems out there (many of which still exist in some form in the market) Right, that's why every nearly damn PC OEM bundles Windows ...
by collegestudent22
Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 30255

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Well, the difference now to then is that Micro$oft (hihi) had an actual near monopoly of the market A near monopoly that meant: ⋅ lack of a restrictive monopoly in any of its products or services--the market was wide open for anyone to enter and indeed there were four or five competing op...
by collegestudent22
Mon Jan 23, 2012 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 24091

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

And why aren't bricks sustainable, anyway? Aren't they just hardened mud and wet clay? I can hardly think that the world will run out of CLAY soon. It's not so much the physical components of the brick, but rather the large amount of energy used in firing them. The firing process can also be respon...
by collegestudent22
Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1007: "Sustainable"
Replies: 115
Views: 24091

Re: 1007: "Sustainable"

As a designer and builder of 'sustainable housing', particularly straw-bale and heavy timberframe, I just hope this draws more people to my website. So, houses of straw and houses of sticks. Better hope no Big Bad Wolf comes around, or you might wish you used bricks instead. And why aren't bricks s...
by collegestudent22
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speck of Dust
Replies: 92
Views: 9325

Re: Speck of Dust

For one, can something actually be optimized by unthinking processes Of course. doesn't it imply a conscious weighing of actual options? No, of course not. In the case of natural selection, the weighing of actual options is done by organisms reproducing or not. Which, in case you haven't noticed, i...
by collegestudent22
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0955: "Neutrinos"
Replies: 159
Views: 35844

Re: 0955: "Neutrinos"

Plates don't drift, they move They move relative to one another by drifting over the athenosphere. So, yeah, they do drift, under quite a few different definitions of "drift" - one of which is merely "slowly moving without direction or purpose". If I understand correctly, this i...
by collegestudent22
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 552954

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

You can also do the math, or do the geometrical solution (which I'm guessing doogly is about to pull out and show you). Will he? Because from my geometric solution, I am only seeing a time travel effect when the angle out of the light cone exceeds 90 degrees from vertical - an impossibility, as the...
by collegestudent22
Sat Sep 24, 2011 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speck of Dust
Replies: 92
Views: 9325

Re: Speck of Dust

humans are really good at optimizing , relative to other things like evolution by natural selection. Really? Because from where I'm sitting, it looks like evolution has managed to do most things more efficiently than our attempts at the same. It has had about a million times to do so. Besides, I'm ...
by collegestudent22
Sun Sep 18, 2011 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Speck of Dust
Replies: 92
Views: 9325

Re: Speck of Dust

Modeling weather on Earth is impossible to do beyond a few days because it's so complex. The sun is a million times bigger. We know even less about how consciousness derives from the brain's neural network - or if it even does, or is merely 'joined' in a dualistic nature. Who's to say that consciou...
by collegestudent22
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

It is nonsensical to act in a manner that harms individuals (especially those in the Third World), gives more unnecessary power to government, and further abridges the rights of individuals, to prevent a scenario that isn't even bad. Again: on what basis are you claiming that climate change is not ...
by collegestudent22
Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefield 3
Replies: 360
Views: 38107

Re: Battlefield 3

1st they have the debacle with steam whereby the game gets pulled from steam (and in my opinion valve had every right to be upset because they were being blamed by customers for problems that they couldn't control and which were EA's fault.) EA has recently become assholes when working with other c...
by collegestudent22
Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

As for eugenics being a "social movement drawing on applied science", could that phrase not also describe something else - like global warming hysteria led calls for economic shutdown or retardation? Why yes, environmental movements ARE social movements drawing on science and ideology. Th...
by collegestudent22
Tue Aug 23, 2011 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0935: “Missed Connections”
Replies: 80
Views: 22623

Re: 0935: “Missed Connections”

While this is the case, I would say that "unknown whereabouts" pretty much equates to "stuck in the Time Lock" unless there is some indication that this is not the case. Obviously, the writers have made it possible to restore these characters in the "post-Time War" show...
by collegestudent22
Tue Aug 23, 2011 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

But, you are right, we should ignore dissenting voices. In that case, I sure hope you are white, as eugenics would have eliminated or heavily reduced other races in the Western world. And I am sure glad we dumped all those extra greenhouse gases, all on top of necessary and ordinary production, int...
by collegestudent22
Wed Aug 17, 2011 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Well, according to WIkipedia, it was the entirety of the North Atlantic area - so most of Europe, and similar warm periods occurred around the same time in China, New Zealand, and "other countries" (which according to the citations include areas in California, the Sargasso Sea out to the N...
by collegestudent22
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 552954

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

gmalivuk wrote:
mazer.rackham wrote:And please do not just say that the fastest anything can go is c...
But it is.


Unless it has imaginary mass, like a tachyon. Which may not really exist. But it is great for FTL technobabble.
by collegestudent22
Wed Aug 17, 2011 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Battlefield 3
Replies: 360
Views: 38107

Re: Battlefield 3

*sigh* I wish I would've signed up for the alpha when that was going on Yeah, you should have. It was awesome. And I say that knowing I will buy this on the Xbox, as I don't like the keyboard/mouse control scheme for shooters. Too twitchy, IMO. Even with that dislike, I thoroughly enjoyed the few d...
by collegestudent22
Wed Aug 17, 2011 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

SCIENCE IS NOT DONE BY CONSENSUS!!! But, you are right, we should ignore dissenting voices. In that case, I sure hope you are white, as eugenics would have eliminated or heavily reduced other races in the Western world. And I am sure glad we dumped all those extra greenhouse gases, all on top of ne...
by collegestudent22
Tue Aug 16, 2011 11:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Negligible warming during the 20th century is irrelevant. Of course it is, because it contradicts the current theory - it started in the late 1970s, warming about the same rate as is expected over the next century, but before that it was cooling , despite all our increasing emissions. That seems hi...
by collegestudent22
Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

- The second part is to revise the conception of what constitutes a legitimate contract. The argument for the justification of this is long, so I'll wait until asked to give that again, but the conclusion is that you cannot legitimately create new rights or obligations between people without transf...
by collegestudent22
Mon Aug 15, 2011 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 552954

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

1 = 1. The ultimate equation. Now figure out what the hell it means. (Hint: just change the units and it means whatever you want it to.)
by collegestudent22
Mon Aug 15, 2011 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

You mean with the increased water stress, widespread extinction and subsequent changes to ecosystems, cereal productivity decreasing in all low latitudes, millions more people experiencing coastal flooding, increasing burdens from malnutrition, infectious diseases, heat waves, floods and droughts? ...
by collegestudent22
Sat Aug 13, 2011 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 552954

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

My experience in college physics courses have shown me that "classical physics" actually means, "all the stuff you should already know from previous classes that we are now throwing out for more complicated stuff".
by collegestudent22
Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0935: “Missed Connections”
Replies: 80
Views: 22623

Re: 0935: “Missed Connections”

You are missing the most important things - one, Babe Ruth is a Time Lord, and two, he parked his TARDIS on the Third Moon of (Endor?).... Not to mention there exists at least one Time Lord other than the Master and the Doctor, apparently.
by collegestudent22
Fri Aug 05, 2011 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

That's the problem I'm trying to solve with my talk of an investment-funded welfare system, property-law-based environmental regulation, and so on. How can we accomplish social ends by liberal means? Because illiberal means are definitely not OK, but those social ends are definitely not just going ...
by collegestudent22
Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

The scientific consensus against climate change exists because scientists hate liberty and want to destroy it! No, it exists primarily because once you say that the world is not ending, but it would be interesting to learn more about the climate and why/how it changes, a major incentive for funding...
by collegestudent22
Sun Jul 31, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Here is what happens if you're me (or anybody who's not a fundamentalist): Utility, equality, and liberty are all legitimate, independent social values and none should have absolute priority over the others. Determining how to fairly sacrifice some values for others is incredibly difficult, but the...
by collegestudent22
Sun Jul 24, 2011 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

you proclaim that... we HAVE to help the poor at the cost of everything else. When? Where? Statism, in any form, requires that we give up our liberty and property to the state, for the purpose of "helping the poor" or "stopping global warming" or solving some other And what illn...
by collegestudent22
Sun Jul 24, 2011 5:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

In any case, during the period of the Great Depression, farmers (overall) had enough food. The problem was distribution -- and, in particular, with prices collapsing, paying for debts that where denominated in pre-deflation values: So, that's why nearly half of all farmers gave up in the Great Plai...
by collegestudent22
Sat Jul 23, 2011 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Today, Toyota Motor Corporation is the world's largest automobile manufacturer by sales and production. Huh. The vast majority of the reason behind that is the difference between the power of the UAW in the US and the lack of unionization with Toyota employees. When you must pay employees, in salar...
by collegestudent22
Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

I am certain that it is the place of the State to provide the peace of mind that comes from knowing that we are a good and just people. The purpose of the State is to protect the rights of individuals - not abridge them in order to help certain groups of them. The benefits of something do not justi...
by collegestudent22
Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Hayeck, by the way, very much belonged to the Chicago School of Economics. So, not only did you misspell his name, you ignored your own source, which stated "Hayek is not considered a member of the Chicago School". Hayek was a member of the Austrian School of Economics, following in the f...
by collegestudent22
Thu Jul 21, 2011 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

there is not much reason to sum these groups up, as they would require completely different forms of intervention. You reached the same statistics as I did (41.7% of the poor is about 6.3% of the general population), so I will only address this. Most poor children are in female-headed households. (...
by collegestudent22
Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

They are still human beings, deserving of an individual's charity. This is, primarily, a religious belief for me. It has no bearing on my political beliefs, as charity and government action should be separate. Alternatively, even most atheists would agree that allowing poverty to be seen, without a...
by collegestudent22
Wed Jul 20, 2011 4:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

including, nearly every single time, the individual's church. Assuming, of course, that the individual in question is a Good Christian and has a church with whose social group they are in good standing. Or a Muslim. Or a Jew. Or belonging to pretty much any religion. And, of course, many of these c...
by collegestudent22
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2846
Views: 552954

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

But the more certain we are of the mass of the BH, the more certain we are of its momentum, and the HUP puts a limitation on how precisely we can know both the momentum and the position simultaneously. So we have a problem in trying to locate our meson precisely at the EH. See, now this I have alwa...
by collegestudent22
Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Germany has no minimum wage, but has higher unemployment than the US. Germany's average unemployment in 2010 was 6.8%. That is quite a bit lower than the US. And, again, the minimum wage is only a factor when industries are paying it, instead of a lower wage. Thus, its effects will not be seen as m...
by collegestudent22
Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

Holy shit a new page! The last one probably has the record now for longest single page on the forums. And, well, they don't need to because almost 90% say they are "well fed", with 2/3 saying they can even get the food they want instead of whatever is cheapest. [citation needed] If you're...
by collegestudent22
Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0850: "World According To Americans"
Replies: 712
Views: 148837

Re: 0850: "World According To Americans"

There are always jobs to be had, if one looks hard enough. Yes. Unemployment fluctuates as the poor periodically decide, en mass, to look harder (economic upturns!) or slack off (economic downturns!). It suddenly all makes sense! Much of unemployment is caused partially by those out of work refusin...

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