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by firechicago
Thu Aug 03, 2017 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13192
Views: 1216082

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

It should be noted that BET isn't a "network". It's a cable channel, one of many hundreds in the US. There's a channel for golf . There's a channel for farming . There are dozens, if not hundreds of channels for sports, including channels founded just to cover a single team or events at a ...
by firechicago
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9741
Views: 1552205

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I feel like this is a perfect example of what Douglas Crockford likes to call "foot-guns", i.e. language features that are perfectly calibrated to ruin your day if you don't handle them extra carefully. Nah, Python's named args are *great*. They give you compact function calls when it's c...
by firechicago
Sat Mar 25, 2017 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9741
Views: 1552205

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

The Great Hippo wrote:It should return one ...the contents of kwargs are not loaded into foo's namespace implicitly.

Oops, getting my Python and Ruby confused. (In Ruby, named parameters are loaded directly into the method's namespace).
by firechicago
Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9741
Views: 1552205

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I understand the problem you're running into, but I'm not sure I understand what you think the actual behavior should be. If you have def foo(a, b, **kwargs): return a foo(1, 2, a=0) what should that last line return? 1? 0? 0.5? choose one at random? I feel like this is a perfect example of what Dou...
by firechicago
Tue Apr 12, 2016 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pandemic Legacy
Replies: 61
Views: 10500

Re: Pandemic Legacy

On further research, it looks like the designer of the game agrees: https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/1494163/medic-and-erradication-endgame-no-spoilers
by firechicago
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pandemic Legacy
Replies: 61
Views: 10500

Re: Pandemic Legacy

Ran into a strange and interesting edge case playing April last night (no spoilers for anything that you don't learn when you open the game box): If you end the game by curing a disease, and the only cubes for that disease are in the same city as the Medic (and therefore would be immediately removed...
by firechicago
Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:31 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 363647

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

And so we go gerundingly onward.
by firechicago
Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:42 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 363647

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

It's not the verbing that weirds the language, it's the renounification.
by firechicago
Fri Jan 22, 2016 4:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885123

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

morriswalters wrote:Slap a canal past the Urals to the Black Sea and call it good. Say from Riga to Odessa.

Wouldn't that make Scandinavia officially part of Asia?
by firechicago
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Voter Database Posted Unencryped, Online
Replies: 17
Views: 4796

Re: US Voter Database Posted Unencryped, Online

Just to be clear, voting record could mean a lot of things in this context. One thing that the database almost certainly has is the record of which elections a voter has voted in. (I have worked with the Nationbuilder database this database was supposedly based on, and it definitely has this informa...
by firechicago
Sun Jan 03, 2016 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Voter Database Posted Unencryped, Online
Replies: 17
Views: 4796

Re: US Voter Database Posted Unencryped, Online

Party affiliation disclosure is extremely high value and counted as sensitive in the EU / UK In the US, most states have a process of formal party registration (for the purposes of participation in primaries) and this is generally public information, along with the rest of the voter registration in...
by firechicago
Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children of the Civil War
Replies: 7
Views: 2817

Re: Children of the Civil War

I also think I've heard that Woodrow Wilson shook hands with someone who had shaken hands with John Adams... That's not that remarkable, given that Wilson was born only 30 years after Adams died. I've met someone who worked with Enrico Fermi, who died roughly a similar amount of time (+/- a few mon...
by firechicago
Tue Dec 22, 2015 12:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885123

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

You are off by a factor of 10. 1.08 million people speak German as their primary language in the US. Most aren't immigrants; like I said, a fuckton of Amish. More of you include Yiddish and other variants, while the Native American languages are less than 400,000 combined. Can't link on phone, just...
by firechicago
Mon Dec 21, 2015 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885123

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

Really, you go straight to German, which has maybe 100,000 native speakers in North America (half of them recent immigrants), and not something like Nahuatl (1.5 million native speakers) or Haitian Creole (9.6 million speakers, and something like half a million in the US) or Yucatec Maya (800,000 sp...
by firechicago
Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1597: "Git"
Replies: 51
Views: 11411

Re: 1597: "Git"

There are two other things you can do to minimize those types of conflicts, one of them specific to git and another general to pretty much any type of programming. The general one is dividing your code up (whether into modules, functions, classes, or whatever code-organization tools your language ha...
by firechicago
Fri Oct 23, 2015 11:30 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9741
Views: 1552205

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Is this "bad practice"? I'm making an object that evaluates as equal to a group of objects that don't necessarily equal each other. IE, I'm ignoring the transitive property: A = B, and A = C, but B does NOT necessarily equal C. I'm ONLY breaking this rule inside of a single dictionary (wh...
by firechicago
Thu Sep 17, 2015 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885123

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

I'm pretty sure the linked article got its numbers wrong. The bond interest is 25 guilders, which is €12.33. I have no idea where the €136.20 figure comes from, but it's clearly absurd, since that would mean an interest rate over over 25%. I believe they're asking for back payments for the whole ti...
by firechicago
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Annoying words, and Words You Hate
Replies: 1931
Views: 363647

Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

It was used to refer to citizens of the American colonies. Yes, and not just the ones in what is now the United States, presumably? Well, if it was used specifically used to refer to colonists in the British colonies (as I think it was, at least sometimes, being an English word used in a British co...
by firechicago
Sat Aug 29, 2015 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6345199

Re: Inspirations

Americans... Everything east of Maine is dreamtime. Um, the Dominican Republic is actually directly south of Maine. Also, since Angua is from the Caribbean, I'm assuming that CCN means Caribbean Communications Network, which is a media conglomerate based in Trinidad and Tobago, rather than being a ...
by firechicago
Mon Aug 17, 2015 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9741
Views: 1552205

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

What's surprising about that? Are you expecting it to just fail entirely? Yes, that is exactly what I would expect to happen when trying to multiply something that is clearly not a number by three. Alternatively, lots of languages have: "a" * 3 == "aaa" which at least returns an...
by firechicago
Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?
Replies: 77
Views: 13586

Re: Esoteric programming languages for an esoteric mind?

So... an object is like a particular category of data and functions, defined by the purpose for which the data and functions exist? Yes. Another common way of saying this is that an object has both state (data) and behavior (functions). Personally, I like the term state because it helps emphasize t...
by firechicago
Wed Jul 29, 2015 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885123

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

(The link is subscriber-only, so I'll now belabor the pun by explaining that the National Football League has upheld the suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, in part because he destroyed a phone that presumably contained evidence that he colluded with others to deflate some off...
by firechicago
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9741
Views: 1552205

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Xenomortis wrote: 64bit Windows


I think I see your problem. :P
by firechicago
Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 4
Replies: 158
Views: 21802

Re: Fallout 4

Spoilered for plot speculation: So in the E3 demo our protagonist starts in the pre-war world, then wakes up apparently un-aged 200 years later, with their last memory being watching the bombs drop outside the locked door of a vault. Weird, huh? What could cause that? Well one thing that could cause...
by firechicago
Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Fallout 4
Replies: 158
Views: 21802

Re: Fallout 4

What I'd like to see them fix is the problem that Fallout 3, Oblivion, and Skyrim all had in that they make it really hard in the beginning and then it gets really easy towards the end. It needs to be a bit better in that respect; getting better equipment should be necessary to deal with more power...
by firechicago
Wed Jun 03, 2015 11:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885123

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

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I know it's The Onion, but.... damn, spot on as always.

Wealthy Teen Nearly Experiences Consequence

These are the people I went to high school with. I even wrestled against Rutgers Prep a couple times.
by firechicago
Tue May 26, 2015 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Plot Your Route Game!
Replies: 9
Views: 1457

Re: The Plot Your Route Game!

xX_XKCD_Xx wrote:Okay, hows about charles V to Science.

Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor => Suleiman the Magnificent => Science
by firechicago
Sat May 23, 2015 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Laffer Curve
Replies: 57
Views: 18309

Re: The Laffer Curve

Thirdly, the Laffer Effect has occurred multiple times in history. The Ford tax cuts, the Harding tax cuts, the Reagan Tax cuts, and the Kennedy tax cuts. In each of these situations, lowering the marginal tax rates led to higher tax revenues from at least one income tax bracket. The problem here i...
by firechicago
Tue May 19, 2015 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Plot Your Route Game!
Replies: 9
Views: 1457

Re: The Plot Your Route Game!

I have a four link chain:

Terra (satellite) -> Latin -> Theology -> Free Will -> Incompatibilism

For another challenge:

Wingsuit Flying -> Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour
by firechicago
Sat May 16, 2015 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Same-sex Marraige and it's effect on children
Replies: 29
Views: 8967

Re: Same-sex Marraige and it's effect on children

I am not familiar with the specific debate going on in Ireland, or the specific analysis done by the Iona group, but I've seen arguments of this general form many times before, so I can comment in general. I don't doubt that the Iona critiques about the quality of studies are true, so far as they go...
by firechicago
Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2525441

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

I haven't used the most recent version of excel (or Windows 8), but you used to be able to put two spreadsheets side by side within the same instance of excel. It would be weird, but not entirely out of character, for Microsoft to have removed that feature.
by firechicago
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89767
Views: 6345199

Re: Inspirations

I find the term "Stuffing your face" silly. I don't picture someone putting food in their mouth, I picture someone shoving food and stuff in every orifice on their head. I picture autotaxidermy There are a couple scenes of autotaxidermy in Svankmeyer's Alice in Wonderland. It's pretty muc...
by firechicago
Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2853
Views: 560522

Re: RELATIVITY QUESTIONS! (and other common queries)

I guess one of the implications of my line of questioning the reference frame thing is there might be an absolute rest frame, albeit really hard to figure out where. And that you cant call a moving frame a rest frame. If this is the case, you could measure how fast your local reference frame is tra...
by firechicago
Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female thor
Replies: 124
Views: 21652

Re: [WARNING: OPINION WITHIN] Black captain america, female

But James Bond is British. A James Bond of Indian or Pakistani descent would be both more interesting and more realistic (realistic from a purely numbers perspective, those being the major minorities in Britain). First off, you're just plain factually wrong. More Brits self-identify as black than a...
by firechicago
Sat Feb 14, 2015 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9741
Views: 1552205

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

As a programmer who lives in central London, I can give you a pretty good idea of what you should expect? I'd expect a junior programmer to be on 25-30, mid level 35 - 45, senior 50+. All in £1000s. Wow, I'm a little surprised that salaries for programmers are so much lower in the UK than the US. P...
by firechicago
Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13958
Views: 1885123

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

Well... maybe. Some traditional Hindu beliefs are a bit odd to outsiders. However, Hindus do not tend to be inclined to go to war over religious / philosophical differences of opinion, unless it's necessary to defend themselves. At least, not in recent millennia. Really? Are you quite sure about th...
by firechicago
Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28314
Views: 2525441

Re: Rant Thread : For all your obscenity screaming needs

Back when I was still attempting such things, I figured out a way to encover a duvet: find the top corners (opposite the opening) of the cover; bring their insides down to the opening; pin them to the top corners of the duvet; insert duvet fully and shake out. Remove the pins, or maybe leave in if ...
by firechicago
Tue Dec 02, 2014 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2550
Views: 404858

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems

I generally make it a rule to wait a year or two and buy all my games at deep discounts (almost always less than $20, rarely more than $10) but I'm significantly tempted by Wasteland 2 for $27 on the steam sale. Anyone know if it's good enough to break my rule for?
by firechicago
Thu Nov 20, 2014 12:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 113431

Re: Gamergate

Just for the record, internet hate had nothing to do with Jack Thompson's disbarment. He was disbarred for filing frivolous lawsuits and engaging in bizarre behavior like attaching hardcore pornography to pleadings (and not in cases where pornography might be relevant). Asking whether he's been puni...
by firechicago
Wed Nov 19, 2014 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 113431

Re: Gamergate

As you get even older you'll come to realise that when something "needs to stop" that invariably it actually means "I want to censor" even if there is a symantic difference :) That's as good a summary of the gamergate position as I've seen anywhere. Criticism == censorship, wher...

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