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by duckshirt
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2032: "Word Puzzles"
Replies: 47
Views: 2300

Re: 2032: "Word Puzzles"

I don't even understand the sense of the phrase "Word Puzzle" being used here. Like, I grok that it's some sort of puzzle involving words, but I don't know what there is to be solved, what a solution would look like, how one is supposed to proceed looking for one, or anything like that. C...
by duckshirt
Mon Jul 23, 2018 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 2416

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Speaking of javelin, I noticed that America's only Olympic javelin champion (1952) was named Cy Young, same as the legendary baseball pitcher and namesake of the annual award. Maybe being named Cy Young at least influenced him to get good at throwing stuff?
by duckshirt
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2022: "Sports Champions"
Replies: 44
Views: 2416

Re: 2022: "Sports Champions"

Multiple World Series of Poker champion Chris Moneymaker helped make the sport popular with his name.

Baseball pitcher Grant Balfour.

Usain Bolt, Tiger Woods, maybe those are a stretch.

There was an NCAA mile champion named Miles Batty.
by duckshirt
Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 8291

Re: Census Dickery

Certainly the Supreme Court has ruled that not all Persons (for the purposes of the census) were Citizens. See Dred Scott . I wonder what the "Indians not taxed" category means today? That’s what I get for not checking through the various drafts and going over the whole Slavery thing. My ...
by duckshirt
Wed Mar 21, 2018 12:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286389

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

The accidents-per-mile ratios do NOT look good for the autonomous vehicles so far Citation? Everything I've read says the opposite, even including this accident - and it seems like this particular accident would have occurred with a human driver too. In 2016 there were only 1.16 fatalities per 100 ...
by duckshirt
Tue Mar 20, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 286389

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

The same day this happened almost 3,000 other people also died in car accidents. “We should be concerned about automated driving,” Smith said. “We should be terrified about human driving.” The accidents-per-mile ratios do NOT look good for the autonomous vehicles so far, and consider that the auton...
by duckshirt
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 3920

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

The United States typically has a recession every ~8 years, so predicting one within the next five when the last one was 10 years ago seems like a fairly safe bet just based on historical trends. The trick is predicting exactly when it's going to happen, what segments of the economy are going to be...
by duckshirt
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 3920

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

The United States typically has a recession every ~8 years, so predicting one within the next five when the last one was 10 years ago seems like a fairly safe bet just based on historical trends. The trick is predicting exactly when it's going to happen, what segments of the economy are going to be...
by duckshirt
Mon Mar 19, 2018 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?
Replies: 21
Views: 3920

Re: Will there be a large US recession in the next 5 years?

I am interested in hearing some opposing views and other predictions about upcoming shifts in the economy. You should know Peter Schiff has basically been predicting a recession nonstop since the last recession. Some more liberal members on here may roast him, though I won't. I listened to some of ...
by duckshirt
Mon Jan 09, 2017 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

ucim wrote:Yes, but they are based on objective facts, not political ideology. And government is based on ideology.

Civics is not based on political ideology. All voters should be able to describe the powers and limitations of the President, congress, judicial branch... or else their vote is just pollution.
by duckshirt
Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

...But also a passing score on a Standardized Test, Who grades the test? Jose What's wrong with a basic civics test (multiple choice, graded by a machine)? Nothing good comes from people voting who don't understand how the government works. Best counterargument in my mind is that people are happier...
by duckshirt
Mon Nov 21, 2016 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

LaserGuy wrote:It's at least possible he could well be America's first atheist president.

Jefferson?

Religiosity has declined among the white working class, much more than the white upper/middle class I think... possibly a factor in Trump beating out Cruz/Perry/Huckabee types
by duckshirt
Thu Nov 17, 2016 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Oh, good. During his acceptance speech, the glowing review Trump gave Carson was cringeworthy. All it takes is to look up the interview between Chris Cuomo and Carson to get a glimpse of his contempt. When someone endorses Trump, he heaps praise on them in return. When someone criticizes Trump, he ...
by duckshirt
Tue Nov 15, 2016 1:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

But one thing you can trust Bernie not to do is fucking appoint slimy dipshits like Reince Priebus (or whatever his fucking weird name is spelled as) and Ben Carson. Apart from being Republican, what is people's beef with Reince Prebius? He was the relatively sane and boring pick, and apparently le...
by duckshirt
Mon Nov 14, 2016 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1759: "British Map"
Replies: 193
Views: 33155

Re: 1759: "British Map"

Apart from the surprising Homestar Runner reference my favorite was "BBC Channel 4"
by duckshirt
Sun Nov 13, 2016 12:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

For all the talk analyzing of Trump's appeal, does it matter? 2016's ultimate outsider, tell-it-like-it-is demagogue got the same number of votes as 2008's war hero/Washington insider and 2012's embodyment of blandness. It looks like the Republicans could nominate anyone and get 60 million votes. T...
by duckshirt
Fri Nov 11, 2016 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The answer for the question about protests is simple. You have a protest. You have: A) People who only rarely protest showing up for the issue the protest represents and B) People that show up to every protest they can in order to hijack it for their insane nonsense The violent nutjobs belong to B,...
by duckshirt
Fri Nov 11, 2016 12:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

How about just an liberal celebrity. I think Brad Pitt was liberal, or Johnny Depp. Though I guess someone running some company would allow at least the experienced with business narrative. Kanye West has business credentials and already said he's running for whatever party lets him After this year...
by duckshirt
Thu Nov 10, 2016 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The whole idea that Hillary just couldn't inspire like Obama is a load of shit, anyways. Trump was up for election, that simple. No secret that people were less inspired to vote Hillary than Obama. However it's not entirely her fault. Gay Marriage for example may have motivated lots of Millennials ...
by duckshirt
Thu Nov 10, 2016 2:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't think it will ever actually get proposed, but I would count on Supreme Court more than congress to shoot down a ban on Muslims entering the US. I would think both "liberal" and "conservative" justices would rule against it.
by duckshirt
Thu Nov 10, 2016 12:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

He has promised to 'end the war on coal and the war on miners', as well as expanding drilling for gas. Doesn't really matter how many nuclear power stations he gives the go-ahead to - especially given the huge lead-time for building them - if he's going to reboot the dirtiest industry imaginable. (...
by duckshirt
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Another deeply disappointing aspect is that apparently Trump believes that climate change is a hoax (a hoax devised by the Chinese, bizarrely enough). If America says 'f*ck it' to any attempt to reduce greenhouse emissions, and causes other major polluters like China to throw their hands up in the ...
by duckshirt
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Is there evidence of the other though? I'm seeing a lot of people saying that it was calling Trump's supporters racist that drove them to vote, but seriously, does anyone have any evidence to back that up? Or is it just that people want to lay the blame on the 'liberals' because the idea that such ...
by duckshirt
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You know, I would be bothered by people being called racist if they weren't so racist I get why people feel that way... but I think a lot of moderate Republicans had no problem going for Trump because they've been called racist themselves (by a non-representative but loud fraction of liberals) for ...
by duckshirt
Wed Nov 09, 2016 6:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

KnightExemplar wrote:
Xeio wrote:Dow futures are currently halted at -800 points.

Whelp.


Happened with Brexit, which ended up being a whole bunch of nothing for the markets.

This. I'm buying. It's uncanny how closely this election mirrored Brexit - the same 'warning signs' were all there.
by duckshirt
Wed Nov 09, 2016 2:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

It's happening...
by duckshirt
Tue Nov 08, 2016 7:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Thesh wrote:According to that article, Trump just took the lead 32 to 25, if the trend continues he will easily take New Hampshire. Hillary is screwed unless she can find a way to make up 8 votes.

Watch out for John Kasich! Just one vote but the momentum is clearly in his favor.
by duckshirt
Mon Nov 07, 2016 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Ask a Republican at what point we have too much regulation - they never talking about making changes or fixing issues, just eliminating regulations. Why? The regulations themselves aren't examined, it's their existence in the first place that they object to. The book Death of Common Sense and the f...
by duckshirt
Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Tell me an actual position the Democrats have taken which was purely based on ideology and that wasn't a pragmatic solution to a goal that was based on their ideology. Definitely some truth to your point, but I would argue a lot of Democrat's environmentalist policies are ideological and not pragma...
by duckshirt
Mon Nov 07, 2016 1:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Mutex wrote:According to that article they've pretty much been baby-sitting him for the last week.

This is a man running for president.

Baby-sitting him how? He still held 3 rallies a day like always.
by duckshirt
Fri Nov 04, 2016 6:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Trump didn't say they wanted it; he said they let him get away with it . Because he's rich; because he's a celebrity. Because they really have very little other choice. He's not claiming they consent; he's claiming they keep their mouths shut . Sounds like he is probably claiming they consent... Fe...
by duckshirt
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

ucim wrote:Trump's last downturn corresponded with the debates.

Probably moreso the Billybush tapes IMO

ucim wrote:What did the August downturn correlate with?

Convention bump
by duckshirt
Sun Oct 23, 2016 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I think, Trump will win the Popular Vote, here. It's a little uncomfortable, a lot. So, sad. Trump voters are not the shy and retiring type. Hillary has been polling at around +4% for some time, with Trump never being a clear favorite, even at his peak. Hillary is on track to humiliating Trump in t...
by duckshirt
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Where to find interview-style coding problems?
Replies: 8
Views: 5182

Re: Where to find interview-style coding problems?

I go to this, it has some fun data structures/algorithms problems: https://www.hackerrank.com/ Other I hear are good but haven't explored: http://leetcode.com/ - already mentioned, I think they have tutorials on there too https://code.google.com/codejam/contests.html http://www.topcoder.com/tc?modul...
by duckshirt
Tue Oct 11, 2016 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

That's definitely the entire purpose of a corporation. You let someone else take on most of the risk (and you give up most of the reward if it pays off). The investors know what they are buying and still make plenty of money if one investment doesn't work out. (Edit: simulposted)
by duckshirt
Sun Oct 09, 2016 5:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back
Replies: 28
Views: 5963

Re: Hurricane Matthew: Climate Change Strikes Back

sardia wrote:*Climate Change probably causes more devastating storms but the data is not straightforward.

Data is not straightfoward, as in, it doesn't support the hypothesis at all.

Climate alarmism has become a religious cult.
by duckshirt
Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The link went dead, but the GOP declared A Wet Rag Stuffed Into a Tailpipe the winner of the VP debate (which hasn't started yet): https://twitter.com/LisaMcIntire/status/783443559798013952 In related news, the gop.com 404 page includes a joke about both Hillary Clinton and the link being broke, wh...
by duckshirt
Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1741: "Work"
Replies: 53
Views: 10957

Re: 1741: "Work"

In an ideal world that would be true, but we all know that in reality, no one in the industries actually cares. I'm guessing you've never actually worked in "the industries"? And aren't an engineer in general? I'm not actually on the consumer products side of things, but I routinely work ...
by duckshirt
Fri Sep 30, 2016 5:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Another issue is that the next couple of years are quite crucial if we want to avoid catastrophic climate change. Thus a Trump presidency could be disastrous on a global scale even if he does absolutely nothing. If I had to be a single-issue voter, it would be for action on climate change. I'm not,...
by duckshirt
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 950613

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

You are assuming that Trump is telling the truth about the audit. I don't think he is; he claimed he gets audited every year, which means he should be able to at the very least release returns from 2013 and earlier, which he isn't. He has absolutely no intention of releasing any of them. Right, aud...

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