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by ucim
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2167239

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted, but his partner is there with him, and there's no room for you.

I wish the web were a piece of paper.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106543
Views: 41697271

Re: 1190: "Time"

I just want to say how much I'm enjoying these epic reimaginings of Time. I can't say that ' bye ' didn't give me a little twinge, but I have faith and will follow the First and Greatest Commandment. After all, Advent is a season of waiting for it. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the BSTA. I hesitate...
by ucim
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 3888

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

You need to enclose this in a procedure block, so that it can be rolled back if necessary.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612902

Re: Trump presidency

You're kidding, right? No. But I did not claim that the web was an unqualified evil. I agree with (most of) what you wrote, but they are orthogonal to what I am saying. While selling (on the internet) has gotten easier than selling on the street used to be, selling on the street has become harder. ...
by ucim
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612902

Re: Trump presidency

On the one hand yeah, you get a more efficient market. Big companies have procedures, shared risks and overhead, etc. But it fucking kills the middle class. ... and this is one of the pitfalls of the relentless pursuit of "efficiency" as a societal goal. (I originally mistyped "socie...
by ucim
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:11 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why does XKCD not have ads?
Replies: 25
Views: 4238

Re: Why does XKCD not have ads?

Ads are evil and have contributed, yea caused, the race to the bottom that the internet has become.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 164
Views: 34765

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

You seem to think enemies and aggressors are just naturally occurring elements of society and not a result of government. What I'm getting at is governments are the cause of these enemies. Yes, I think that enemies and aggressors are naturally occuring. That's how people are. They want something, s...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 164
Views: 34765

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Enemies from outside need not be governments. Anarchistic hoardes still need protection against... if they exist. So, if there were no enemies, there would be no need for government. Is that what you're getting at? Are you from Redmond?

(Sorry, that was uncalled for on my part. :) )



Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why does XKCD not have ads?
Replies: 25
Views: 4238

Re: Why does XKCD not have ads?

I think that's a little unfair to say. Perhaps a little. But not much. While it's certainly possible to create a non-intrusive, safe, and polite ad, it's still something the user is not interested in seeing . And web advertising has a well deserved horrible reputation. I simply won't risk my machin...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 164
Views: 34765

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Except usually the reason the outsiders want to come after us is because of the government, not the governed... Yeah, that's why we came after the American Indians and took their land. It was the Indans' governments that made the Europeans want to colonize them out of existence. Oh yeah great examp...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2167239

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You are followed around by everyone else's farts. Your farts follow your friends around.

I wish there were no intermittent failures.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why does XKCD not have ads?
Replies: 25
Views: 4238

Re: Why does XKCD not have ads?

Why is putting a single ad on a website "being a dick"? It degrades the user experience, throwing something in the visitor's face that they don't want to see. Ads are also well known to carry scripts, cookies, service workers, and other malware that people (who know better) don't want rum...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 11247

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

Of course the 1st class stuff is bullshit. You mean, the people who pay three times the coach price for a ticket should still be treated like cattle when boarding? First class ticket holders should be treated well... like, first class... to encourage them to overpay for their tickets and subsidize ...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 164
Views: 34765

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Except usually the reason the outsiders want to come after us is because of the government, not the governed... Yeah, that's why we came after the American Indians and took their land. It was the Indans' governments that made the Europeans want to colonize them out of existence. Borrow money from a...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 164
Views: 34765

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I definitely view it as the government's duty to offer me those things if I lack them. It's my right to refuse them of course. Does your worldview genuinely clash with mine..? Maybe. Why is it the government's duty to offer these things? And then why that? And why that...until you get back to the f...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why does XKCD not have ads?
Replies: 25
Views: 4238

Re: Why does XKCD not have ads?

Because Randall is (refreshingly) nice, and doesn't want to be a dick for some small change? Would that more would imitate him.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 164
Views: 34765

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

The government's job is to give me shelter, food, healthcare and a perfect VR simulation Uh..... your solution changes the purpose of government substantially. Remove the "perfect VR simulation" (because in fact virtual goods are not as realistic as real ones) and you end up with what I p...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 5093

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Tub wrote:End users can choose to enable compiler flags that turn accidental assignments into warnings or errors.
How does it know which ones are accidental? Might as well let the compiler write my code.

Oh wait <koff>Haskell</koff>

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 5093

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Flumble wrote:The convention should've been "don't write a language where..."
Unfortunately, end-user-programmers don't get to design their own language - they use the languages that are already developed. You go to war with the army you have.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2167239

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It's always peanutbutter-jelly time. You just never have any peanut butter or jelly, except when you have no bread. I wish I could easily tell whether a one-hour video (recommended to me by somebody whose recommendations are.... questionable) is worth my time, without spending anywhere near...
by ucim
Tue Feb 27, 2018 3:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612902

Re: Trump presidency

I think his message is more "If your job is to protect and serve, get your ass in there and protect and serve," than it is "I'd be like freakin' Rambo!" No. And that is the disconnect that is one of the reasons Trump is so abhorrent. He's very happy to have other people do the d...
by ucim
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612902

Re: Trump presidency

Why consumers in these areas [without big box stores] have moved away from small business is an open question but it doesn't seem like the big boxes are the only or even largest reason. I wonder if the internet might have something to do with it. Though it's a virtual box, Amazon is a big box store...
by ucim
Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 5093

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

The point of 1==x rather than x==1 is to avoid bugs of the "oops, I typed = rather than ==" variety.
x=1 will compile (it's an assignment).
1=x will not. (You can't assign to an immutable).

So, it catches a particular kind of common bug.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24087

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Probably you wanted to say "static mapping" or something like that. And even if you want to specify a particular coordinate system for those maps, it's not "GPS", it's "WGS 84". This is why autonomous cars will never work. "Alexacar, take me to Bob's house" &...
by ucim
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7976
Views: 612902

Re: Trump presidency

On the one hand yeah, you get a more efficient market. Big companies have procedures, shared risks and overhead, etc. But it fucking kills the middle class. ... and this is one of the pitfalls of the relentless pursuit of "efficiency" as a societal goal. (I originally mistyped "socie...
by ucim
Mon Feb 26, 2018 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1960: "Code Golf"
Replies: 25
Views: 5093

Re: 1960: "Code Golf"

Is "return 1+thing" another Yoda-style idiom like the stupid "if 1==x" nonsense? What is the "if 1==x" nonsense? How else would you compare x to one? Unless you mean it should be "if x==1", for which I'm agnostic (it's just what I'm used to, and I can see the...
by ucim
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2167239

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It was. But a tree fell on it right afterwards, and now it needs repair again.

I wish for the Nobel Prize in math (as well as the Fields medal, which I'll share with eran_rathan), for showing that 0=1

Jose
by ucim
Mon Feb 26, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25832
Views: 2167239

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. He's a flying shark. With lasers. And his own hot air balloon.

I wish there were only one size of infinity.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:13 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24087

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

I don't see anything that I could recognize as "GPS mapping" there. Can you give a definition? [...] Our notions of what navigation is obviously differ. That's why these criteria above could be useful to continue meaningful discussion. There are two senses in which the word "mapping&...
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24087

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

What does it have to do with "GPS mapping"? Read Pfhorrest's reply . Is lane changing "navigation" or "control" in your terms, and why? Lane changing (itself) is "control", for the same reason that the act of making a right turn without modifying the fender i...
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 12367

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Well, "exorbitantly" is an emotionally charged weasel word. There may be a huge difference in price, but there is also a huge difference between the cost of the first pill and the cost of the second one, and there's a huge difference between the wealthy and the poor (people and countries)....
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 12367

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Can we at least agree on the principle first? Which principle? The question is whether or not the wealthy ought to pay more for a drug that is extremely expensive to develop, but cheap to manufacture, or whether the cost should be the same for all. We've just agreed that the cost should not be the ...
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 12367

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

CorruptUser wrote:Admittedly, it's a tough question as to where to draw the line. I'd say it's whenever a country is at least at 50% GDP/Capita as the US, or possibly any country that has a free trade agreement with the US.
How about ramping it up gradually, rather than having a binary divide?

Jose
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 12367

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Do you really think $100m is a lot of money on a planet with 7 billion people? Yeah, it is. Especially when every one of those people are being called upon to give money to so many other causes. It's not like this one drug that might be effective and could be developed in maybe ten years or so, and...
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106543
Views: 41697271

Re: 1190: "Time"

Welcome The Advent! And welcome The Advent!

Jose
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 12367

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

Pfhorrest wrote:Maybe medical research should be done in a publicly funded academic setting for the betterment of mankind and not be beholden to the whims of the market?
Can you imagine that happening in the current administration?

Jose
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 12367

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

I think you are splitting hairs here. I'm not suggesting that the pills available at cost in the Congo should be the basis, just the pills in developed countries. Yes, that was what you were suggesting. You did not restrict it to developed countries - but even so, who shall keep the list of "d...
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are patents/IP good for innovation?
Replies: 67
Views: 12367

Re: Are patents/IP good for innovation?

For drugs, I just want one very simple rule change. No exclusivity for drugs, not directly, but if you sell a drug for $50 a pill in Spain, EVERYONE can sell the drug anywhere so long as they pay you $50 a pill. How would you deal with places that simply cannot afford the pill? Especially for conta...
by ucim
Sat Feb 24, 2018 2:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 24087

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

Stress is not at issue. Yeah, in the city you are more in competition with other drivers than on the open road, but that's part of obstacle avoidance. Sure, not knowing where the turn is can add a bit of stress, but that is not a major component in inadvertent body style modifications. In the end ho...
by ucim
Fri Feb 23, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Should schools have police alarms?
Replies: 14
Views: 3060

Re: Should schools have police alarms?

Edit: Another thought is that precision triangulating gunshot detectors have been in use by the military for decades at this point. It seems to me that it should be possible to make surplus of that equipment available to civilian government agencies in much the same way that other surplus military ...

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