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by omgryebread
Mon Feb 10, 2014 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118260

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Avenue Q features an entire song where a (female!) character decides she can't 'waste' any more time on a guy who rejected her. By your logic, the only reason she wanted to hang out with him was to fuck. I find that quite amusing. When you're looking for models of healthy relationships, maybe a mus...
by omgryebread
Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118260

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Let me put it this way: If someone ended a friendship because I rejected a romantic relationship, it merely confirms that I made the right decision in rejecting them. Firstly, if you don't highly value me as a friend, why do you want to date me? If you don't want to hang out with me as a friend, why...
by omgryebread
Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118260

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

Why not just say "I'm sorry, I'm just not interested."? I hate this bit where we have to lie to "let people down nice." Is it really useful or necessary, or will it lead to misunderstanding when the "nice guy" is actually one of those people who could use another frien...
by omgryebread
Wed Feb 05, 2014 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1325: "Rejection"
Replies: 515
Views: 118260

Re: 1325: "Rejection"

I think Randall does comics like this every so often just to dick around with the mods. "Haha, those lazy bastards have had it too easy, let's see them moderate this!" There's already people making the points I'd make in much more reasonable and intelligent ways than I could, so I just wan...
by omgryebread
Tue Feb 04, 2014 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Representative democracy without elections
Replies: 29
Views: 11272

Re: Representative democracy without elections

Secession is a terrible idea in almost every case (Some make sense: Tibet, for example. Chechnya, even. Somaliland, if you want to call that secession.) The first problem is setting up a new and effective government. This is a big problem in some areas that might otherwise have good reasons to seced...
by omgryebread
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Representative democracy without elections
Replies: 29
Views: 11272

Re: Representative democracy without elections

I don't see how this functions at a high level. Who is the speaker? How is legislation brought to the floor, amended, and brought up for a vote? Who is the executive, and what are her powers? Is this body constitutional and limited in it's power, and if so, what body rules on that, and how are they ...
by omgryebread
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Indian Diplomat Charged with Visa Fraud
Replies: 13
Views: 4264

Re: Indian Diplomat Charged with Visa Fraud

It is also very silly to arrest and jail someone who poses no threat to society, without a fair trial. Yes it's very silly to arrest and jail someone for committing a crime. What's next, we'll make them stand trial? Diplomatic Immunity comes in two flavors. One applies to everything, and is fairly ...
by omgryebread
Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 589898

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

On the other hand, that Brotherhood contract won't be so bad this time, right? (This is a spoiler for a quest. The problem being, mentioning much more about the quest kinda spoils what the quest is. So... basically, don't read this unless you've played through all the questlines in the base gam...
by omgryebread
Thu Jan 02, 2014 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 7005
Views: 1165411

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The whole point of less lethal weapons was that they'd replace firearms, not be used in addition to firearms. Indeed...and using a taser instead of a firearm, when possible, does seem hard to argue with. However, it seems that the acceptable use for them invariably broadens far past where the firea...
by omgryebread
Thu Jan 02, 2014 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2713537

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

Blowfish is $11.99 for enough tabs to deal with 6 hangovers. That's $2 a hangover. The ingredients of it are aspirin and caffeine, and you mix it in water. For less than 50 cents, you can have a glass of water and an aspirin and make yourself a cup of coffee. It won't cure a hangover, and you'll sti...
by omgryebread
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"
Replies: 54
Views: 17476

Re: What-If 0076: "Reading Every Book"

So, has anyone else yet tried the [url]goodreads.com/book/random[/url] repeatedly to see how many tries it takes to get a book you have read? It took me 175 tries to get to Prey by Michael Crichton. Although, first of all, a good number of the results, maybe a fourth, were not in English, so I am n...
by omgryebread
Wed Dec 04, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"
Replies: 41
Views: 20322

Re: What-If 0074: "Soda Planet"

I think it means that it is more about language and culture than science. Another grey example: the shared ancestor of chimpanzees and humans would by most people be considered an ape. Does that make us an ape too? I personally don't have a problem with that, but many people will. So the answer is ...
by omgryebread
Mon Dec 02, 2013 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consequentialism in law
Replies: 29
Views: 11565

Re: Consequentialism in law

We don't punish people based on crimes they almost committed. Even if the reason they didn't actually commit that crime was luck. The basic principle is a good thing: Alice would steal your TV, but you locked your front door and she can't pick it. It wouldn't really make sense to charge Alice with t...
by omgryebread
Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8398

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

bentheimmigrant wrote:Pretty sure Zamfir was being somewhat facetious.
Oh man, that's quite possible. If so, apologies for the faulty sarcasm meter.
by omgryebread
Fri Nov 22, 2013 3:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate
Replies: 53
Views: 8398

Re: Filibusters Eliminated on most Nominations in US Senate

This infographic explains some of it to me at least. Yeah, you can't really expect such a process to work well, if you nominate more unacceptable candidates than all presidents before you. And instead of proposing acceptable candidates, he changes the law to push his candidates through anyhow. It's...
by omgryebread
Thu Nov 21, 2013 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consequentialism in law
Replies: 29
Views: 11565

Re: Consequentialism in law

If you're opposed to retributive criminal penalties, surely that's a reason why attempted murder should be the same as murder. As others have brought up, a lot of the reason why attempted murder is a lesser sentence is because the justice system is, in many ways, about retribution. I might disagree...
by omgryebread
Sat Nov 16, 2013 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consequentialism in law
Replies: 29
Views: 11565

Re: Consequentialism in law

We can tell ourselves all we want that punishment in law is for rehabilitation and to keep dangerous people off the streets and all that, but honestly? Revenge is part of it. And there's nothing to get revenge for in attempted murder. One thing to note in this discussion is that attempted murder is ...
by omgryebread
Thu Nov 14, 2013 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 27666

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

Seriously what advice can you possibly give? "Don't get blackout drunk?" No fucking shit. Advice you can give women almost entirely falls into three categories: -Unrelated to the vast majority of rapes; i.e. "carry a gun" -completely fucking obvious and often impractical: "d...
by omgryebread
Mon Nov 11, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 27666

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

I don't understand how this qualifies as victim blaming. Not getting drunk is a wise precaution that comes IN ADDITION to pursuing and punishing rapists. It's just ONE thing out of many that society can encourage to solve this problem. Nowhere are people suggesting that it's the woman's fault. Did ...
by omgryebread
Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 83067

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

I'm trying to build a tower and asking "hey can anyone help me figure out how to make this sturdy". Some people come by and knock it down and laugh at how sturdy it wasn't, and how stupid it is to try to build it in the first place. What was foolish was in trying to fight them and hold up...
by omgryebread
Thu Nov 07, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 27666

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

Actually this thread has been an eye opening experience for me in a way. In my short life, I've often heard about people blaming the victim, and holding the rapist blameless, but I've never actually heard anyone actually say that it was the victim's fault, at least so I thought. Now I understand th...
by omgryebread
Thu Nov 07, 2013 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon X / Y
Replies: 50
Views: 21575

Re: Pokemon X / Y

RNG abuse is (kinda) back. No one has figured out the actual pseudo-random generator yet, but someone has figured out that your next egg's IVs have already been set. Even if you don't have parents in the day care. So the idea is you place two parents with totally different IVs (that you know) in the...
by omgryebread
Wed Nov 06, 2013 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 83067

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

Private fire protection can't work on any significant scale. The first problem is that the fire prevention company would spend significant amounts of money on not fighting fires. I'm not just referring to their advertising departments, but also the fact that every time a non-protected place was on f...
by omgryebread
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pokemon X / Y
Replies: 50
Views: 21575

Re: Pokemon X / Y

The big reason I could never get into past generations was it taking way too much time and effort to breed a good team. The new changes are a godsend for that. With Ditto in Friend Safari, basically any breedable pokemon you want you can get perfect (for any non-mixed attacker, anyway) in a few hour...
by omgryebread
Fri Nov 01, 2013 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1285: "Third Way"
Replies: 163
Views: 32589

Re: 1285: "Third Way"

I have to agree with the "feels vaguely offensive" part. Unless there is some dire technical need for sentences to appear to end in a single space, I believe that what I write should appear as I intended it to appear, regardless of the preference of whoever coded the software displaying m...
by omgryebread
Thu Oct 24, 2013 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 40520

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

Don't know why you're citing the issues. If the tactic is legit, it's legit REGARDLESS of the issues. This is part of the reason I was puzzled by your persistent inclusion of the gun control example. Would I be a fan of gun control introduced by such means? No. Would I like gun control introduced b...
by omgryebread
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2713537

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

Christianity was mainstream every time it decided to kill all the heretics. Hell, just 2 decades ago in Ireland the Catholic Church was kidnapping rape victims to use as slave labor, which may be contender for saddest thing ever. Agh, clarification: what the religion actually preaches isn't that bo...
by omgryebread
Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1277: "Ayn Random"
Replies: 534
Views: 83067

Re: 1277: "Ayn Random"

A quick summary of why Ayn Rand is terrible: She was a horrible person. Jealous, arrogant, demanding and selfish. Her philosophy is grade school. Ontologically, it's essentially existentialism. Epistemologically, it's a fairly standard, if unsophisticated rejection of skepticism. There's nothing par...
by omgryebread
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2713537

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

Aw poor planet. Since we demoted Pluto we have room for an extra! It should come live with us. It's okay planet, come here. Let's hug.
by omgryebread
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14697

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

That changes things somewhat - maybe this particular trope isn't as pervasive as I thought it was. It certainly makes sense, however, that there would be tropes specific to Australia - China is the closest representation of the Communist world, geographically, and was thus the easiest target in the...
by omgryebread
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14697

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

If you posted a picture of me, a Martian, in which I was holding a pink slip and crying because I lost my job, and tweeted it saying "He's crying because he can't find water", I would find it demeaning. You've taken an image of me, and essentially asserted that the only important thing in...
by omgryebread
Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14697

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

It's pretty insulting to: the Chinese people as a whole, by insinuating every child in China is a child laborer; the kid in question, for obvious reasons; his parents, again for obvious reasons; and for actual victims of exploitative work practices, including child labor, because shit is a lot wors...
by omgryebread
Tue Oct 08, 2013 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14697

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

And this discussion is why I hate AAAHHHH THUMPY WOOBLE HARRRRRPINK!!, because it generates this kind of strange extension of application its a documented fact that chinese child labour exists and has been used in the past to make apple products. The tweet is a play on this reality, which is a bit ...
by omgryebread
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 40520

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

Here's what I don't understand. If the executive branch decides what services and personnel are essential, why are they shutting down things that Democrats like (eg. social programs) and keeping open things that Republicans like (eg. military)? Why can't Obama say "We're going to stop funding ...
by omgryebread
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories
Replies: 501
Views: 99948

Re: Violent Bible Bedtime Stories

I think there's some misunderstanding as to what "laws" are. Physical laws are not laws in the same sense legal ones are. A physical law has no "author" or even existence on it's own. It's merely an observation that holds true every time we examine it. So to say that the universe...
by omgryebread
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?
Replies: 340
Views: 40520

Re: Debt Ceiling Round 3? 4?

Republicans are roughly equal to the democrats. The internal divisions of republicans are interesting, but not extremely relevant at the moment. The majority of the house is on board with this strategy. That's enough to be problematic. Squabbling over if it's the tea party or if it's republicans is...
by omgryebread
Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What can we do about the DMCA and related laws
Replies: 33
Views: 9678

Re: What can we do about the DMCA and related laws

(Necro-thread!) My idea for persuading Congress to rethink DMCA is this: 1) Create a CSS-protected DVD and/or a BD+ BluRay, containing your home movie for which you hold the copyright. 2) DO NOT authorize anyone, under any circumstances, to bypass the technological measure which effective limits ac...
by omgryebread
Tue Sep 24, 2013 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How far could clever people take a corporation?
Replies: 135
Views: 29885

Re: How far could clever people take a corporation?

I don't understand how this is supposed to work? Why would nations consent to having your campus on their territory, where your people live and don't pay taxes or submit to their laws? Why wouldn't they just come in, arrest everyone for tax evasion and call it a day?
by omgryebread
Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain time?
Replies: 84
Views: 55348

Re: Encode a message so it can't be read until a certain tim

If it's just to one person or a group of people, and you can trust your final recipients not to reveal an encryption key (but cannot trust them to not read the message early), and you can set this up beforehand, this is pretty easy. -Have two one-time pads. -Encrypt the message with OTP#1, and give ...
by omgryebread
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1256: "Questions"
Replies: 215
Views: 45387

Re: 1256: "Questions"

An answer (more or less) to every single question. Today was a productive day at work! Why do whales jump? This behavior is called breaching, and scientists aren't quite clear why it happens, but it does appear to happen more in groups, so it may be a social behavior - perhaps showing dominance ...

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