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by Azrael
Fri Mar 25, 2016 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Forum Migration
Replies: 403
Views: 433177

Re: Forum Migration

Quick Links -> Your Posts
by Azrael
Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Forum signature
Replies: 2
Views: 2587

Re: Forum signature

Silly normal signature objects aside, this was your signature: MIKE Which is obnoxious and shitty, especially when you demonstrate a penchant for spamming every available thread in certain forums. Given the amount of orphaned tags you have in there, I can only imagine that it was once worse, and wou...
by Azrael
Sat Mar 19, 2016 12:57 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Maddness "Something Broke and it's Important" Discussion
Replies: 4
Views: 3033

Maddness "Something Broke and it's Important" Discussion

Sometimes things break during Mod Madness, and the (typically unintended) effects aren't objectively problematic. Bring those to the Staff's attention here.

"I can't read $Favorite Thread!" does not qualify.
by Azrael
Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It has Endginned. (Mod Madness 2016)
Replies: 220
Views: 54948

Re: It Begends. (Mod Madness 2016)

orthogon wrote:It's quiet. Too quiet.



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by Azrael
Wed Mar 16, 2016 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It has Endginned. (Mod Madness 2016)
Replies: 220
Views: 54948

Re: It Begends. (Mod Madness 2016)

PsiCubed wrote:Rule #1 of XKCD forums: You never ever enter an argument with the mods.


That's actually Rule #12
by Azrael
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It has Endginned. (Mod Madness 2016)
Replies: 220
Views: 54948

Re: It Begends. (Mod Madness 2016)

But not that instance, of course. That wasn't a word filter. That was the clacks.
by Azrael
Sat Mar 12, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It has Endginned. (Mod Madness 2016)
Replies: 220
Views: 54948

Re: It Begends. (Mod Madness 2016)

For instance, in remembrance of a beloved author one year after his death.
by Azrael
Sat Mar 12, 2016 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: It has Endginned. (Mod Madness 2016)
Replies: 220
Views: 54948

Re: It Begends. (Mod Madness 2016)

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by Azrael
Sun Mar 06, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Communication? I am reading it long already.
Replies: 6
Views: 3463

Re: Communication? I am reading it long already.

However, some of the things I'm seeing happen lead me to wonder about communication within the group. Primarily, my concern is things like "aimspeak": the 'cud' 'wud' 'shud' 'ur' 'u', etc I can't imagine what you've been reading on *this* forum that would engender such a concern. Especial...
by Azrael
Tue Dec 15, 2015 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: 1104: Feathers link doesn't work
Replies: 4
Views: 5442

Re: 1104: Feathers link doesn't work

So did I, but didn't want to reward that particular brand of lazy.
by Azrael
Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: 1104: Feathers link doesn't work
Replies: 4
Views: 5442

Re: 1104: Feathers link doesn't work

I am having trouble fathoming what the xkcd forum moderation staff could do about your reported problem. ... you know, besides searching for "stability flapping" on youtube, finding a video, watching it, pondering if that was the original video and then wondering why you didn't do the same.
by Azrael
Sun Sep 13, 2015 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

The website is deprived of the revenue when a consumer uses adblock. The website is deprived of the revenue when a consumer does not click through also. Is it immoral to not click through? Are we talking CPC, CPM or CPE? True enough that not clicking (regardless of having thick mental skin or adblo...
by Azrael
Sat Sep 12, 2015 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

To make even more clear, let us consider a hypothetical. Suppose some (suitably large number of) people who watch programmes by broadcasting company A don't watch the ads, but for some reasons those who watch broadcasting company B totally do. Every advertiser would note their campaigns aired on ch...
by Azrael
Sat Sep 12, 2015 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

The practical effects do have a result. I'm not arguing that. I'm arguing that the fact that cable advertisers are blind to whether their ads are being received does not make blocking TV ads any more or less ethical than blocking web ads. You're arguing that the practical effects have a result on t...
by Azrael
Thu Sep 10, 2015 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

That is a practical effect, yes, but doesn't seem relevant to whether one is ethical and the other isn't ... The practical difference between the two makes sense, I get that, but it doesn't seem relevant to a differentiation in the ethical status of one vs. the other, which is why I'm not understan...
by Azrael
Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

The practical difference between muting or ignoring the ads on TV and using adblock is that one of those prevents the content creator from being paid. You just keep repeating that one is acceptable, and the other one is abhorrent... ... and oh my lawrd it's so terrible how those conscientious site ...
by Azrael
Wed Sep 09, 2015 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

If they want me to honor some implicit social arrangement than I want reciprocity. ... stop watching the content. No, really. That's the reasonable response to sites as malicious as you suggest. I'm pretty happy when my malware protection blocks those. But for other, mostly benign sites that (gasp)...
by Azrael
Tue Sep 08, 2015 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

But if I take your time, you will never get it back . I have deprived you of it. Again, because you ignored the point last time: Your time has no specific value. I know, what the fuck? But everyone's time has inheren t value! The fuck is what I said -- people willfully deprive you of your time in a...
by Azrael
Tue Sep 08, 2015 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

If I invite you to my house for dinner ... If you download Angry Alligators to your phone ... One of those is taking property (albeit it digital information, but still recognizable as property) without the owners permission, with the intent to deprive the rightful owner of it. That is theft. The ot...
by Azrael
Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

If a website pops something on top of what I'm trying to read, and then animates something else on the side to grab my eyeballs, and then activates the speakers with an "important announcement", that is theft. I am not in any way obligated to pay attention to them. If a friend invites you...
by Azrael
Mon Aug 31, 2015 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 84143

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

If so, I would argue that not using AdBlock (or some equivalent) is unethical. Getting infected by malware doesn't just affect you, if your computer becomes part of a botnet. Malware protection exists, entirely independent of whether it also blocks ads. Trying to prove the ethics of removing all ad...
by Azrael
Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Won't advanced AI inherit humanity's social flaws?
Replies: 131
Views: 23643

Re: Won't advanced AI inherit humanity's social flaws?

I got into a discussion with friends who think that a well-developed AI (with suitable ways to interact with the environment) could completely outclass any human worker. In my opinion, achieving such a level of adaptability would inevitably bring about "quirks" to the machine. Those two t...
by Azrael
Mon Aug 17, 2015 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Won't advanced AI inherit humanity's social flaws?
Replies: 131
Views: 23643

Re: Won't advanced AI inherit humanity's social flaws?

If I buy an AI worker and it doesn't fit my factory workflow, I either complain to the manufacturer and hope they address it, accept the robot's explanation for its behaviour and live with its flaws, or return it and use a competitor's product. So ... either retrain it, change what you do around it...
by Azrael
Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Won't advanced AI inherit humanity's social flaws?
Replies: 131
Views: 23643

Re: Won't advanced AI inherit humanity's social flaws?

Basically we program this machine to learn objectively via experience. However, we then discover it has picked up some seemingly subjective and human behavior. At this point, should we accept that the machine is behaving properly and change our world view, or should we trash it and create a new ver...
by Azrael
Tue Aug 11, 2015 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 64847

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

Free will discussions are suuuuuuuuper boring.

Because they're all the same.

Don't do it again here (not that you have a choice).
by Azrael
Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: If banned from a section will it "disappear"?
Replies: 4
Views: 2631

Re: If banned from a section will it "disappear"?

It will not disappear.

Nor are we going to entertain the idea of customizing individual's forum browsing experience in this manner.
by Azrael
Wed Aug 05, 2015 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2169
Views: 334184

Re: Questions For The World

Six times in a row ... on this thread? I'm not sure I trust your judgement, Sir. You appear to have miscounted ... The "delete" buttons have vanished from them. Next time you're trying to be cute, make sure you understand how and when you can delete posts. Gmal has fixed it for you. You'v...
by Azrael
Tue Aug 04, 2015 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2169
Views: 334184

Re: Questions For The World

Pages one, two, and fifty-three. That aligns pretty well with the published best practice for not getting slapped after saying "I didn't read the whole thread, but". Sable, since you didn't pause at posting six times in a row, perhaps it's time for a trip to the rules thread? PM me when y...
by Azrael
Mon Aug 03, 2015 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 8920

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

What do they mean when it 'takes' 122 gallons for a pound of milk? Methodology can be found in links from: http://waterfootprint.org/en/standard/global-water-footprint-standard/ Provided it is consistently applied, the raw numbers aren't particularly important in the comparison, but rather the scal...
by Azrael
Mon Aug 03, 2015 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 8920

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

Apparently not . Cows, and their food, also take a lot of water. Yup. Based on the links below, 1 lb of milk takes 122 gallons of water. At 8.8lb/gal, a single gallon of milk takes 1073 gallons of water. Back to almond milk: Turns out it's mostly a scam. There's at most 3 oz of almonds in a gallon ...
by Azrael
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?
Replies: 37
Views: 8920

Re: Dairy or dairy-free alternative?

In an attempt to assuage my doubts about whether this thread really belongs here, let's try to come up with a quantitative answer? In terms of CO2 (not total impact by any stretch, but a starting point): https://globalaspect.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/tests.jpg Milk is listed. I'm figuring that a s...
by Azrael
Sun Aug 02, 2015 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is there anything objective about morality?
Replies: 720
Views: 64847

Re: Is there anything objective about morality?

Moniker Pending wrote:Until whatever administrative action deemed appropriate is taken...

You do not yet have sufficient currency here for your subjective judgements on the behaviors of other posters to have any bearing on ... well, anything.

If you don't want to participate, don't.
by Azrael
Fri Jul 31, 2015 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 11954

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

Because disparate impact still reads to me like assuming a employer is racist. When it was written, they were. Hands down. Especially the 80% rule, which seems to be awfully close to racial quotas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disparate_impact: ...A "substantially different" rate is typi...
by Azrael
Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 11954

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

Now I fully disagree with that... With what exactly? With Disparate Impact as a concept, as it's applied, my oversimplification of it, or what you've assumed it's meaning to be? Because this is what Disparate Impact is about, copied from wikipedia: In United States anti-discrimination law, the theo...
by Azrael
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Not able to edit in FaiD?
Replies: 2
Views: 1938

Re: Not able to edit in FaiD?

username5243 wrote:Is the not being able to edit posts in FaiD intentional?

Yes
by Azrael
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 11954

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

It is not necessarily "racist" to expect an employee to dress, act, or speak appropriately under professional conditions. It doesn't necessary equate to an expectation that they dress, act, or speak "like you do" either. In most professional offices, for example, you'll find a d...
by Azrael
Thu Jul 30, 2015 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 11954

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

Azrael I think hit the point. Uh, hm. I could see why you would need the 1968 fair housing act if the racial segregation was government enforced. How would this cover disparate impact? Disparate impact is the only good way to prevent a whole host of pocket vetoes that were thoroughly ingrained in t...
by Azrael
Wed Jul 29, 2015 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)
Replies: 43
Views: 11954

Re: Disparate Impact and Fair Housing Act (1968)

... because racial self-segregation is the norm. The big influence in the US that hasn't been mentioned is that racial segregation was legal enforced until 50 years ago -- a hold over from racial provisions dreamed up after the abolotion of slavery (US Civil War era, 1860's) and the "Jim Crow&...
by Azrael
Wed Jul 29, 2015 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Cocktails
Replies: 356
Views: 145812

Re: Cocktails

Mikeski wrote:
Azrael wrote:I've had several really excellent rum old fashioned. They've all had vermouth of some nature, and no lime or sugar.

Vermouth? Wouldn't that be a rum Manhattan?

Aww, crap. Yes.

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