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by speising
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Will robots replace programmers?
Replies: 13
Views: 471

Re: Will robots replace programmers?

why should anyone build a robot to replace programmers? so they can handle mouse and keyboard?
by speising
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 38
Views: 873

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

a single bite could be quite serious if it's from a real dog, not a house rat. and dogs have additionally four nasty claws whith which they can bother you while you try to get a hold on their neck. i don't think it's as clear as that. we don't have any natural weapon which could pierce a wolf's ski...
by speising
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 38
Views: 873

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

a single bite could be quite serious if it's from a real dog, not a house rat. and dogs have additionally four nasty claws whith which they can bother you while you try to get a hold on their neck. i don't think it's as clear as that. we don't have any natural weapon which could pierce a wolf's skin...
by speising
Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 124
Views: 33365

Re: AI discussion from The Darker Side of the News

Descendants of your cousins, no. However, I would think that if you died leaving behind underage children who were financially reliant upon you for support, you would want to provide for them till they were finished with school. That is why I would support a fifty year term (from date of publicatio...
by speising
Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2077: "Heist"
Replies: 40
Views: 2080

Re: 2077: "Heist"

Tatsächlich ist es eines der wenigen englischen wörter, die so ausgesprchen werden, wie man sie schreibt. :p
by speising
Tue Nov 20, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0042: "Geico"
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: 0042: "Geico"

What David are you talking about?
by speising
Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships
Replies: 40
Views: 2332

Re: 2074: Airplanes and Spaceships

i just read a story by Stephen Baxter playing in an alternative reality where apollo 11 was (allegedly) sabotaged by the russians and this led to a massive space war program with daily shuttle flights by 84 and the end of the world as we know it (by blowing up part of the moon as a demonstration of ...
by speising
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322329

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

AI is a somewhat misleading term here. I don't mean anything philosophical about intelligence or whatever. Just that "ai", at the moment, is mostly used for large scale machine-lesrning algorithms. Algorithms that take a dataset, identify patterns in that dataset, and use those patterns t...
by speising
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389397

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

ObsessoMom wrote:
ijuin wrote:I’m still trying to wrap my mind around Walmart selling sex toys.

Put on a happy face...

wow. are they selling the drugs the people in the ad oviously took too?
by speising
Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 7080

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Law requires temporary contracts to become unlimited after some years of chained temporary contracts? Don't prolong the contract, hire a new worker. Reminds me of the law we had here a while ago, that limited rent contracts automatically become unlimited when the renter lives in that apartment for ...
by speising
Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28547
Views: 3159104

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

somitomi wrote:Okay, I do have to ask: what the devil is "4H"?

Ha! I know that, there was a Simpsons episode:

4-H wrote:4-H is a club for children. Its focus is farming and its headquarters is at the Cheddarbarrel Farm and 4-H Center.


(i just assume the real one is similar)
by speising
Fri Nov 02, 2018 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14997
Views: 2389397

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

it seems the 50£ hold a similar spot in the ecosystem as the 500€. the 200€ note, however, really is a bit of a unicorn. i don't know if i've ever seen one, as the ATMs only give up to 100's and for large cash transactions, 500's would be more adequate.
by speising
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7986
Views: 613855

Re: Trump presidency

to turn this argument around, why is this phrase even in the amendment text? are there people inside the US which aren't subject to it's jurisdiction? and if so, how are they currently regarded under this law?
by speising
Tue Oct 30, 2018 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Asimov's 3 laws
Replies: 17
Views: 3101

Re: Asimov's 3 laws

the reasoning capability needed to think through all of these consequences would of course be staggering. it's quite absurd to limit beings with a brain the size of a planet with such simple laws.
by speising
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 9887

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

the translator apparently likes flowery language.
by speising
Wed Oct 17, 2018 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 3179

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

J%r wrote:I have a meter that measures a character in Star Trek: DS9. Or was it overdoses? I forgot, I left it in the car.

no, that's for measuring how much you stink.
by speising
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"
Replies: 20
Views: 2954

Re: 2059: "Modified Bayes' Theorem"

with some fairly catastrophic environmental side effects.
by speising
Tue Oct 16, 2018 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1853
Views: 322329

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future


well chicken nuggets are a very low bar to clear, considering that they aren't very chickeny in the first place.
by speising
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 2119

Re: A Truly Massive Star

if course, the thing would also have to have a diameter of billions of ly. that means that fusion would start, and burn out, in the center (or maybe in multiple places, if it's not completely isotropic) while the collapse is still going on in the outer regions.
by speising
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 2119

Re: A Truly Massive Star

or, in other words, the lifetime of a star is a function of its mass: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/a9/Representative_lifetimes_of_stars_as_a_function_of_their_masses.svg/640px-Representative_lifetimes_of_stars_as_a_function_of_their_masses.svg.png a massive object wouldn't ...
by speising
Fri Sep 21, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2047: "Beverages"
Replies: 17
Views: 3206

Re: 2047: "Beverages"

kroywen wrote:Why are there two disconnected parts to the right of the stomach?

Better question: why is there no disconnect between mouth and stomach? How does he swallow?
by speising
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 143
Views: 14908

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

Anyway, wherever she is, it's unlikely she isn't aware of what's happening across the whole universe currently. So pinging her seems superfluous.
by speising
Mon Sep 03, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2041: "Frontiers"
Replies: 11
Views: 2829

Re: 2041: "Frontiers"

Heimhenge wrote: My intuition is to put mind over matter.

of course intuition would say that.
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 35407

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses). And why is that a problem when it's not public-facing? You're not giving the website any information they aren't getting already (and you ...
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973813

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The tense is confusing because the information that the shoplifter shot through the garage came out recently via the affidavit, but the incident itself happened last week. So the house wasn't destroyed until after he barricaded himself in it. that makes sense. i still think they could have ordered ...
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 35407

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

the problem is that you are forced to have the same, predictable username on many different sites (unless you go to some trouble aquiring many email addresses).
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6473
Views: 973813

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A suspected shoplifter who holed up in a random Greenwood Village home that was destroyed during a standoff last week fired a handgun through a garage door at a police officer and later fired several more rounds after police entered the home, an affidavit says. can anyone explain the sequence of ev...
by speising
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:57 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 35407

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Sigh at this whole thread. The reason you are required to type your password twice is that it is obscured and so you can't tell if you mistyped it. Requiring you to type an email address, which is generally not obscured and you can see if you mistype, is just idiotic. I have seen websites with regi...
by speising
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 15935

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

That depends on the tensile strength of the english language.
by speising
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation 'Beach'
Replies: 11
Views: 1867

Re: Gravitation 'Beach'

here's another apocalyptic scenario:
Gravitational Waves Pose a Bizarre New Threat That Could Destroy Earth

To be clear, we can file this into the 'very maybe probably not' category of potential apocalypse scenarios.
by speising
Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2036: "Edgelord"
Replies: 35
Views: 5338

Re: 2036: "Edgelord"

The contrail CT must have started in California or some other place without winters. in every place where it gets cold sometimes, we can all see the condensing vapours streaming from every car tailpipe. And it's pretty cold up there at the cruising altitude of airplanes. see also https://www.kernene...
by speising
Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 7143

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Why should it collapse, without friction?
by speising
Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 7143

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

Dyson spheres would emit black body radiation of the average temperature of themselves and their contents, and so glow detectably and not be dark. So we think. Anyone advanced enough to actually build a Dyson Sphere though might have technology that effectively "cloaks" them if you can de...
by speising
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4191
Views: 581049

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I remember the times when earthquake machines were doomsday devices of mad supervillains in goofy comics...
by speising
Fri Aug 03, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books fleeting thoughts
Replies: 44
Views: 13034

Re: Books fleeting thoughts

I know I’m supposed to give a book some time before deciding to chuck it, but this sentence in the first paragraph of Outpost by W.M. Gear just about did me in. “Donovan (planet on which book is set) rotated in the same direction as Earth, so sunrise was still in the east.” The amount of wrong in t...
by speising
Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2027: "Lightning Distance"
Replies: 44
Views: 5265

Re: 2027: "Lightning Distance"

jc wrote:And then you multiply by 8/5 to get the distance in km, if you're among the 95% of the population who uses SI units.

or rather, take the seconds times 3, which is closer to reality.
by speising
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 99706

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

is that really legal in NC? having special characters in licence plates aught to make life for the police a lot more complicated. It's legal in a few states. It would completely trip up ANPR over here, but the US isn't so big on automated surveillance. even a cop typing it into a computer will have...
by speising
Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"
Replies: 210
Views: 99706

Re: 0327: "Exploits of a Mom"

is that really legal in NC? having special characters in licence plates aught to make life for the police a lot more complicated.

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