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by SecondTalon
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:54 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why, around the whole internet, are moderators such dicks?
Replies: 170
Views: 23246

Re: Why, around the whole internet, are moderators such dick

Oh cool, I can get away with replying to an 8 year old post here. Within reason. Like, imagine a thread started in the last week and you reply "Oh, cool, thanks for the information!" It's pretty much against the rules (See #6 - the one about posting "This!" or "Quoted for T...
by SecondTalon
Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:26 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: Aquaman

Can't villains just be villains anymore? It just seems like these movies today just try way too hard to give the guy wanting to mass murder a motive that is somehow relate-able and reasonable. The problem is, no reasonable person (entity, god, whatever) looks at a problem and thinks "This is t...
by SecondTalon
Mon Jan 07, 2019 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 13
Views: 364

Re: Aquaman

The film itself was a Quest film following the Monomyth like a checklist, which is fine. Parts of that require exposition, to let the audience know what is going on and how that ties in to the history of this fictional place. That is also fine. However, I'm about 95% certain that the scriptwriter ha...
by SecondTalon
Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:43 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Motion mountain: crackpot?
Replies: 28
Views: 14602

Re: Motion mountain: crackpot?

hfinger wrote:By the way, how many of the other posters to this thread are actual physicists or even scientists?
Given that the OP is from a decade ago and the latest post was from four years ago, I'm going to put forth the assertion that.. uh.. it doesn't matter.
by SecondTalon
Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1449

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Hmm. What is the cost to lay coaxial cable, per foot? Like, if a town has 500 miles of streets, how much would it cost for the city to conect everyone to the internet, should internet become like water/sewer and mandatory for all homes but only like, $5/m due to, you know, being much easier to inst...
by SecondTalon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1449

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

I mean, the only way my mother is getting a decent connection is if we pony up the cash to run the line ourselves as the Telcom sure as hell isn't going to run a quarter-mile trench across private property farmland for one house.
by SecondTalon
Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1449

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

Not suprisingly, about a month *after* the wireless project started, suddenly both the local cable and telcom were offering much better internet speeds than the wireless could do (another reason it had problems staying afloat when in City hands). Astounding how that works. Not your point, but a wir...
by SecondTalon
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1449

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

So, given that experience, would you recommend it to other towns? Or just for rural desolate places? I'd recommend it, yes, with the proper warning that the local telcomm/cable co is going to drop it's rates by half and/or double their speeds magically* as soon as you get serious about it. *I say M...
by SecondTalon
Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Town Builds its own Internet Network
Replies: 40
Views: 1449

Re: Town Builds its own Internet Network

This isn't really something new. My hometown has been doing this since 2003. (After I'd moved away of course...) https://www.ci.sandy.or.us/SandyNet/ As I recall it was originally because the big ISP's like comcast refused to serve the rural areas around town so they decided to do it themselves. My...
by SecondTalon
Mon Dec 31, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Comics/Graphic Novels
Topic: Dresden Codak
Replies: 12
Views: 4503

Re: Dresden Codak

I'm pretty sure she's a comically fast eater.
by SecondTalon
Thu Dec 27, 2018 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"
Replies: 37
Views: 2128

Re: 2089: "Christmas Eve Eve"

Being the bored me, I counted all the eve's. It's a total 364 of them. Feel free to review it, but given the fact that I counted it again to check myself you probably don't have to. That makes me wonder: why is the second day of last year's Christmas his favorite (ignoring the 25% chance of it bein...
by SecondTalon
Sun Dec 23, 2018 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why, around the whole internet, are moderators such dicks?
Replies: 170
Views: 23246

Re: Why, around the whole internet, are moderators such dicks?

Ban the poster I had an extensive conversation with to verify humanity and all that, before then approving the post? Look, I may be a rage-filled hate goblin, but I’m a consistent rage-filled hate goblin. And right now the only people runnin’ afoul of the rules are people complaining about the poste...
by SecondTalon
Thu Dec 20, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 1045

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

What is the evolutionary advantage to self-cleaning for a bundle of instinctual processes that is never in a situation to see it's reflection, like an underwater creature? The article is about "Do this species of fish have self-awareness?" while your post is about, "Why would this sp...
by SecondTalon
Wed Dec 19, 2018 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 107
Views: 4998

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

How much better? Is the increase worth the expense? Are there plans for follow ups? 5 years? 1 year? Quarterly? We all likely know many examples of “I did this in High School” folks who, 20 years later, have lost the muscle memory (and physical ability) to do certain things. Hell. There’s examples o...
by SecondTalon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 89080
Views: 6409424

Re: Count to a Million

87745

Merry Christmas you filthy animals.
by SecondTalon
Tue Dec 18, 2018 2:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test
Replies: 11
Views: 1045

Re: Cleaner Wrasse may be the First Fish Species to Pass the Mirror Test

It probably depends on what exactly you mean by self aware. If I make a robot that can take advantage of reflections to clean itself, does that automatically mean it is self aware? If yes, self awareness is trivially within the grasp of current technology. If no, is there any reason to believe evol...
by SecondTalon
Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8288828

Re: Thoughts for ships

I think it was both. 10 will do some error checking stuff behind the scenes - if it was "bad' out of the box and was going to die a bit before it should have, and 10 noticed this, it may have scheduled checks, defrags and such (the waking up after going to sleep part) which ran the drive more a...
by SecondTalon
Tue Dec 11, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 13315

Re: The Good Plaice

I did have that thought too, once I'd made the post. And the timing isn't quite right either (Luther didn't nail his declaration up for a few more years, and it's also a bit off for something like Nicea). So will it hinge on who the last person to go to the Good Place actual...
by SecondTalon
Tue Dec 11, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 13315

Re: The Good Plaice

512 years ago is 1506, which is when Martin Luther became a monk - that was a point where the Church was in a fair bit of turmoil, is it fair to suspect that the Bad Place was involved, maybe even taking measures to make people think too much about their morality? Seems real specific to one religio...
by SecondTalon
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8288828

Re: Thoughts for ships

[...] this church routinely raises in excess of $1,000,000 for “missions”. To me that’s shocking. Sure, it’s only like $75 in donations from each parishioner because it’s a massive church, but still. That’s not an insignificant amount of money per person. The fact that they use it for evangelizing ...
by SecondTalon
Tue Dec 11, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will robots replace programmers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1222

Re: Will robots replace programmers?

If robots replace programmers still they need programmer for themselves, so into my opinion they can't replace fully. If the pattern becomes advanced then their is the possibilities of advance jobs for programmers. in last AI can not be as smart as human programmers to be successful. AI can work on...
by SecondTalon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 13315

Re: The Good Plaice

RE:Mindy St. Claire I think it actually points out to fuckery by The Bad Place (that was almost accidentally revealed) - the point system has been rigged to keep people from going to the Good Place, but her remarkably specific set of circumstances meant she made enough to get over the hump i...
by SecondTalon
Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 90078
Views: 8288828

Re: Thoughts for ships

I just went to my relatives’ church’s Christmas performance (they’re in the choir) and holy shit, Southern Baptists certainly know how to put on a show. I’m talking a 350 person choir, a full orchestra, a performance artist, a drumline, and a rock band with professional quality lighting and sound a...
by SecondTalon
Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will robots replace programmers?
Replies: 13
Views: 1222

Re: Will robots replace programmers?

No.

By the time Robots replace programmers, we won’t consider them robots anymore.
by SecondTalon
Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Idle Games - Candy Box, A Firelit Room
Replies: 91
Views: 67961

Re: Idle Games - Candy Box, A Firelit Room

Unfolding Games seems to be the name of ones like A Dark Room, Kittens Game, Candy Box 1 & 2, Universal Paperclips, Frog Fractions, Sandcastle Builder.. games where gameplay starts out as one thing but then becomes something else entirely. I recently ran across Crank. A game about turning a cran...
by SecondTalon
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:56 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Que She-Ra, She-Ra
Replies: 10
Views: 876

Re: Que She-Ra, She-Ra

ConMan wrote:Holdak

Did they change his name?
by SecondTalon
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2078: "Popper"
Replies: 19
Views: 2573

Re: 2078: "Popper"

rhhardin wrote:Science is based on curiosity, which takes care of testing and verification.

Climate science has that failing. No curiosity, lots of cargo-cult science.

[citation needed]
by SecondTalon
Fri Nov 23, 2018 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 233
Views: 67442

Re: Let's Talk Money

There are also thousands (millions?) of musicians worldwide who live from one gig to to next and earn less than your average software developer. Nah. They're doing good if they make minimum wage. Maybe as a five member band, if you add up the entire income of all five members, you maybe can hit tha...
by SecondTalon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8209
Views: 649833

Re: Trump presidency

The movie industry is more difficult, but not much more. Just need office space and large warehouses for set building, something that's already in place in, say, Detroit. The one advantage that Cali has is the wide variety of terrain nearby, but that's becoming more of a moot point what with all mo...
by SecondTalon
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 125012

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I know some of the larger dinos can have structures on them. Kinda figured there were catapults of what have you that could be built. Be weird if there weren't.
by SecondTalon
Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 696
Views: 125012

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Ranbot wrote:Someone should buy the rights to Dino-Riders and make a game out of it.... I'm imagining a Battlefield franchise installment or reboot Enemy Territory.

So...

ARK.

I hear it's.... okay.
by SecondTalon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load

Yeah, if you're getting Network Lost with that link (a direct link to the image of the then-current comic, still working on my end) then it's your end. If it's a phone or other device with cellular, you can try disconnecting from WiFi and connecting to the cellular network and see if that fixes it. ...
by SecondTalon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 289
Views: 49825

Re: Bad Movies You Love

Ruby Rhod is a pinnacle of masculinity. While it is a shame Prince turned it down, Tucker did fine with the role.
by SecondTalon
Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 24
Views: 2835

Re: The MITT Cult

Perhaps I wasn't clear - I'm not saying people who believe one ridiculous theory reject all others. I'm saying that whatever fantastic narrative they've built (and the contradictory nature of several conspiracy theories) means that they're less likely to follow a singular leader because the odds of ...
by SecondTalon
Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The MITT Cult
Replies: 24
Views: 2835

Re: The MITT Cult

Alright how about this, every time you see one of these, you put on gloves and pull the fire alarm. Eventually, they'll get the hint? Lots of cults have persecution complexes (THEY are keeping the truth from you!). Doing something like this just plays right in to how "The Man will do anything ...
by SecondTalon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8209
Views: 649833

Re: Trump presidency

You said it's impossible to be a cop and be a good person. Not in the sense of hyperbole, but in the literal 100% no exceptions sense. Also, cops don't send people to prison. That's just not what they do, that's what a judge does. Sure they do. And judges do too. Lawmakers who made stuff illegal in...
by SecondTalon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load

Sorry, I should have clarified that statement about the WiFi. Though - turn it off and see if that fixes it. What I was asking was "Are you connected to a corporate or other network that provides it's own DNS solution and may be using the DNS to filter out undesirable websites, as such the serv...
by SecondTalon
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon Go
Replies: 127
Views: 28973

Re: Pokemon Go

My wife runs a 1800ish person Discord for it. So, yes. There are still people playing it.
by SecondTalon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load

Is xkcd the only site where images do not load?

Are you on WiFi?
by SecondTalon
Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load
Replies: 9
Views: 1373

Re: Mobile browsers and getting the comics to load

They load fine.

What exact problem are you experiencing?
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