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by Kyrn
Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 27969

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

On a slightly separate note though, Is it possible to have a system that has a sufficiently consistent inconsistency such that the inconsistency doesn't affect the majority of "consistent" calculations, hence bypassing most issues regarding consistency?
by Kyrn
Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 27969

Re: 0816: Applied Math

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/dialetheism/ seriously not terribly high-level logic here, guy I was reading that link, and I got down to (5) (5) is false, or neither true nor false, or the fourth thing. And that's still supposed to be paradoxical, but I don't see how. Why can't 'the fourth thing...
by Kyrn
Tue Nov 09, 2010 8:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0816: "Applied Math"
Replies: 88
Views: 27969

Re: 0816: "Applied Math"

Instead of using the term invalid, just use the term inconsistent. Invalid can be mistaken to imply that it is always incorrect. Inconsistent is a more consistent term. The whole point is proving that conventional logic is inconsistent by forming a paradox; a situation where it can neither be proven...
by Kyrn
Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: That's what a bubble means
Replies: 65
Views: 5968

Re: That's what a bubble means

Just an alternate POV:

If we assume the value of gold to be inherent and the value of currency to be flexible, wouldn't a "gold inflation" also be equivalent to a currency deflation?
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: That's what a bubble means
Replies: 65
Views: 5968

Re: That's what a bubble means

In the end money itself is the ultimate bubble, and gold only a reflection of that. It is useful to have at least one exchange and hoarding medium. Such a medium, whatever it is, doesn't need any reason to be valuable outside the expectation that others in the future will consider it valuable too. ...
by Kyrn
Thu Oct 07, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: This is a thread about an article mocking science journism.
Replies: 12
Views: 2293

Re: This is a thread about an article mocking science journi

On a related note, there's also the Sokal affair.
by Kyrn
Thu Oct 07, 2010 12:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4197

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

1) You don't need that much bonds (in that you don't need a majority) to affect the market. China is for all intents and purposes a major shareholder and contributor to the current value of treasury bonds. You can't immediately assume that other investors will buy from China, because they are ALREA...
by Kyrn
Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4197

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

Agreed, with 2 caveats. First, some interests groups would be complaining regardless of currency valuation, manufacturing groups and manufacturing unions don't care why American jobs are going overseas, only about the result. Second, the big established economies cheat too. See for example corn sub...
by Kyrn
Tue Oct 05, 2010 11:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump Absolutely Thinking of 2012 Run
Replies: 26
Views: 2930

Re: Trump Absolutely Thinking of 2012 Run

There is the technical advantage that he's much less likely to be swayed by external political contributions, given that he's rich and smart enough to not need them. IIRC it's also one of the campaign lines that Arnold Schwarzenegger used, when he fully disclosed his financial status.
by Kyrn
Tue Oct 05, 2010 2:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4197

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

China wasn't the second largest economy however. As mentioned, they are currently revaluing their currency. Hence they are following the recommendations, just that again, it isn't fast enough for USA. Sorry, this is unclear. Letting the currency appreciate is bad for export led growth. I don't thin...
by Kyrn
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24232

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

With creative repurposing, damn near any tool can be used for any job. If all you have is a hammer, then by god, use the hell out of that hammer. Tonight on [<reality tv show> , Mikekearn attempts to seal a core breach in a nuclear reactor, perform quadruple bypass surgery, and program a TI-82 calc...
by Kyrn
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4197

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

I imagine the effects of this bill were coming one way or the other. If the yuan were allowed to float, it would have about the same impact as a protective tariff - making Chinese goods less competitive. Something like this might be such a boon to secondary industry in the United States that the ne...
by Kyrn
Tue Oct 05, 2010 12:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Republican is Racist
Replies: 84
Views: 10078

Re: Racist Republican is Racist

M.C. wrote:What possible reason could someone have for being against interracial couples than racial prejudice?

Plenty if you consider a rigid (and hence easily regulated) societal structure as a good reason.
by Kyrn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Facebook deletes Bizarre Magazine's accounts
Replies: 6
Views: 1747

Re: Facebook deletes Bizarre Magazine's accounts

Confectionary brand Skittles has gone so far as to replace its entire site with links to its social media presence. I don't think that's an entirely fair summary. In any event, this stuff happens. Facebook can censor who they like, for whatever reason, because ultimately if they're dicks about it t...
by Kyrn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 4:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Time article on American extremism
Replies: 60
Views: 5088

Re: Time article on American extremism

For the most part, if you're willing to jump through all those hoops to legally own a Class III weapon, you're probably not much of a danger to society. Even if it came down to a firefight between a militia group and the government, the rules restrict how many Class III weapons are out there before...
by Kyrn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.J. student secretly taped having sex kills himself
Replies: 235
Views: 16014

Re: N.J. student secretly taped having sex kills himself

Yeah. Each individual makes their own choices, this is true. But no person is immune from outside influence. Basically, that platitude of "nobody can make you feel bad, you have to decide to" or "only you can decide how you feel" or whatever? Fucking bullshit . I blame human bio...
by Kyrn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39273

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Also thought experiment: People have asked whether God can make God both exist and not exist, being omnipotent. Because of quantum mumbo-jumbo, the only way both can be true at the same time, is by not being observed. That is why we've no tangible proof that God exists. 8) (as for wither the above ...
by Kyrn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 2:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4197

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

Actually China is actively manipulating prices by buying US dollars. The Chinese deciding to sell would undercut their own policy goals. http://www.piie.com/publications/testimony/testimony.cfm?ResearchID=1523 (Note: the 25 and 40 percent are slighly lower now, I couldn't find a working link to the...
by Kyrn
Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Time article on American extremism
Replies: 60
Views: 5088

Re: Time article on American extremism

For the most part, if you're willing to jump through all those hoops to legally own a Class III weapon, you're probably not much of a danger to society. Even if it came down to a firefight between a militia group and the government, the rules restrict how many Class III weapons are out there before...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Racist Republican is Racist
Replies: 84
Views: 10078

Re: Racist Republican is Racist

Here's a question for Jim Russell: If interracial relationships are only desired by those raised in interracial relationships, how did interracial relationships ever get started? ... Oh, that's logic, never mind. Logic obviously has no place here. Probably that interracial relationships are started...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39273

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Also thought experiment: People have asked whether God can make God both exist and not exist, being omnipotent. Because of quantum mumbo-jumbo, the only way both can be true at the same time, is by not being observed. That is why we've no tangible proof that God exists. 8) (as for wither the above c...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 30988

Re: "Beatiful Dream" discussion (#800)

That last one really jumps out at me. "Don't Discuss The Rules with Your Therapist." That there's might suspicious. First rule of The Rules is ... (OK, it's the last, but anyway). So The Rules is just Fight Club for girls. Hmm, actually, that works. Only a lot less entertaining, in my opi...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK tax body wants your paycheck
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: UK tax body wants your paycheck

My definition of withholding is keeping X when X is due to be given to you. I don't think I've been inconsistant with that. EDIT: I'm getting confused here. Define "due to be given to you". What's the differences between " X when X is due to be given to you." and normal taxation...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK tax body wants your paycheck
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: UK tax body wants your paycheck

The government has no business touching any part of my paycheck that is not being given to them as tax. It being in their posession, means it's in their control. They have too much power as it is, without setting up a framework whereby they could decide to withhold pay from people they don't like.....
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK tax body wants your paycheck
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: UK tax body wants your paycheck

This is just wrong! There should be no paycheck withholding of any kind. Governments need to get off their make money quick methods of withholding and make the taxpayers feel the full brunt of public spending. Maybe this will force the public to care about being responsible for budgets of both the ...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39273

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

Just because you don't believe in God doesn't mean He doesn't believe in you. God exists, unless you can prove to me otherwise. I'M GOD AND I DON'T EXIST. Now, you prove me wrong. Extra points for doing it without becoming a blasphemer by going against the word of God (ie me). :P Just going to prov...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK tax body wants your paycheck
Replies: 26
Views: 2901

Re: UK tax body wants your paycheck

This is just wrong! There should be no paycheck withholding of any kind. Governments need to get off their make money quick methods of withholding and make the taxpayers feel the full brunt of public spending. Maybe this will force the public to care about being responsible for budgets of both the ...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ontario Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
Replies: 30
Views: 3238

Re: Ontario Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws

@Kyrn I'm not in a position to tell if you're being serious or sarcastic right now, so I'll take you for serious and say that the most efficient way (from the perspective of the legal system) to prevent forced prostitution is to make all prostitutes free agents. And destroy the livelihood of many p...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 6:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ontario Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws
Replies: 30
Views: 3238

Re: Ontario Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws

On the topic of who to punish for prostitution, I think that all prostitutes must work as free agents—no pimps or madames involved. It should be the people who run forced prostitution houses or profit off the prostitution of another who deserve to have the book thrown at them But then again, there'...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4197

Re: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

I guess I'm not seeing how a bill to allow tariffs against countries manipulating their currency to fuck up markets is idiotic. I don't believe the bill is solely about China, that might make it a bill of attainder. But China's the only sizable market force doing it. Several reasons: 1) China holds...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 5:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0800: "Beautiful Dream"
Replies: 116
Views: 30988

Re: "Beatiful Dream" discussion (#800)

But someone will screw it up and salons will charge $75 to make your hair look like you just got out of bed. Just like you can spend extra to buy jeans that already have been torn to shreds for you. And when that happens, who wins in the end? The stupid women who end up wasting $75 for a look their...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 9781

Re: First possible habitable planet found

It's only 20 light years away. We could send a message and get reply in only 40 years! My big problem with extraterrestrial intelligent life is how far away do they have to be to be irrelevant. And they would have to get Red Dwarfs to support life to have a even slim shot of finding any E.T.s. Here...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2010 Ig Nobels winners announced
Replies: 35
Views: 3460

2010 Ig Nobels winners announced

http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20018225-245.html http://www.boston.com/news/health/blog/2010/09/_you_cant_make.html?rss_id=Top+Stories http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5isTsL-GDPQKK556AGdpX00PzFhuQ?docId=4694725 ENGINEERING : Karina Acevedo-Whitehouse, Agnes Rocha-Gosse...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 9781

Re: First possible habitable planet found

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/09/30/100-percent-chance-for-life-on-newly-found-planet/?hpt=C2 CNN and some professor sensationalizing it though. 100% chance of life? It doesn't take a scientist to realize what complete bullshit that claim is. Indeed. I'm optimistic, but even I still, I want to kno...
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39273

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

dirtydanwojo wrote:Hey, guys?


Why do we care how the universe was formed? What practical use would we have for that information?

Cause and effect. Knowing more about the past and the present (the cause) would help us to predict the future (effect).
by Kyrn
Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79
Replies: 32
Views: 4197

"Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act " Bill voted 348-79

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-29/china-currency-bill-to-have-limited-economic-impact-u-s-agency-reports.html http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN285073120100930?pageNumber=1 http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d111:h.r.02378: China said a measure passed by the U.S. House of Representativ...
by Kyrn
Thu Sep 30, 2010 9:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue
Replies: 18
Views: 2994

Re: In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. Gonna guess it's just an easter egg coded...
by Kyrn
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39273

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

And there's plenty of good reasoning for why God doesn't exist. There is no way to prove God doesn't exist. Reasoning means nothing without proof, as any scientist would tell you. Alternatively, one can consider everything true until proven false, just as one is considered innocent until proven gui...
by Kyrn
Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39273

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

So, aside from the 'central core of mathematics,' Theoretical Physics sounds a lot like a religion. Actually, there's a major difference. If some experimentalists find ways to test current theories of Theoretical Physics, and find violations of those theories, the physicists will shrug, and start d...
by Kyrn
Wed Sep 29, 2010 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0799: "Stephen Hawking"
Replies: 189
Views: 39273

Re: "Stephen Hawking" discussion (#799)

You're still taking things too literally. o.O If you're going to distort -- oh, sorry, interpret -- the text so much that it no longer says anything remotely related to what it says, then why bother keeping it at all? Your "explanation" is nothing of the kind. Just as we treat reality as ...

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