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by ucim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 3952

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

The question is whether this is enough consequence to deter future false accusations and whether a further reaction by the school or from the legal system is warranted. So far the school hasn't even apologized for expelling the student. You answer your own question right here. The school has decide...
by ucim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 3952

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

Oh, I'm hardly qualified to propose punishment, nor do I know enough about the details of the case to pass judgment. Things are often quite different in reality than they appear on the internet. But for the following, I'll assume things are as depicted. However, I disagree that those falsely accusin...
by ucim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 3952

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

On the other hand, I think the top priority should be to have cases like this cleared up, and facing major punishment will prevent false accusers from speaking up and admitting their lie. Isn't that true of all crimes? Sure, cases need to be "cleared up", but there's more to clearing some...
by ucim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25990
Views: 2320047

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You get a flashlight.

I wish the earth were banana shaped.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 55
Views: 7312

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

So i read the wikipedia page on boltzman brains, saying that self-aware observers are probably spontaneous fluctuations. What does it mean to be "self aware"? How would one distinguish this from the mere "appearance of self awareness"? As you push on the question, you may reach ...
by ucim
Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106845
Views: 46121849

Re: 1190: "Time"

Unfortunately, both theories don't go well together. The sea is big. It does what it wants. When a tree is big, it knows what it's doing. But the sea is not a tree. So, there's something very small that is fighting the sea, and the sea doesn't like it, but maybe it doesn't know what it's doing. Jose
by ucim
Wed Oct 17, 2018 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5204

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

I can't wait until advances in technology allow megameters to be miniaturized to the point where we can all have one in our garages. The BBC has been broadcasting the ads for decades, but these things always seem to remain another 20 years away. That explains a lot of politics. The US media has bee...
by ucim
Wed Oct 17, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5204

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

Heimhenge wrote:So my "caliper" should be a "centometer".
No, a centometer counts low-denomination coins. And a millometer counts grain processing plants.

Jose
by ucim
Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

PFhorrest wrote:I could almost imagine a single-issue Third Party Party, whose only campaign promise is to change the voting system in that way
1: Who'd believe them, and why?
2: If you have an answer to #1, you could use that to run yourself, then break the promise and do whatever you wanted.
3: See #1.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106845
Views: 46121849

Re: 1190: "Time"

It did remind me of one version of the Constellations of Time I did some years ago, that looked kinda like a brain. I remember those; yes, they were very much like a brain. Or a Brian. I wonder what such a plot would look like nowadays... much smaller I fear. Perhaps this holds a clue to consciousn...
by ucim
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

...this implies Obama's years of getting nothing done were... No, that was for a different reason. Obama tried to get things done but was resisted by actual opposing parties. Had Obama had a democratic congress supporting his policies, he might (theoretically) have been reluctant to get things done...
by ucim
Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

That doesn't seem unreasonable, so long as there exists another party that could take over in the next election. This makes the party in power vulnerable. But, if that other party diminishes enough to no longer be a threat, then The Party has all the power. The trick is to get to that position witho...
by ucim
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 5883

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

I couldn't find the particularly impressive display I remembered (of cloud gravity waves) but here are a few nice ones: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=drG58wDE65M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGg0SxRYAvA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S5gXnjzwsc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99zyfD4-nWs Here...
by ucim
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 5883

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

A tangential thought this reminds me of that I thought of recently: are there surface waves of the atmosphere, like there are of the oceans? Like, if you could see air as opaque, and you were in space, would you see ripples and waves undulating across the surface of the planet like it was a water-w...
by ucim
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 318
Views: 87587

Re: News in brief

re: "our words are backed" "with nuclear weapons"

Old news. The post (and the links) are from December, 2016.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106845
Views: 46121849

Re: 1190: "Time"

rezilibaniatsuS wrote:THE FIRST RULE OF SANDISHNESS IS, YOU DON'GT TALK ABOUT SANDISHNESS -- ongomome
Image
Spoiler:
Wait for it.

-- posted by rezilibaniatsuS
A Holy Contradiction!

Jose
by ucim
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106845
Views: 46121849

Re: 1190: "Time"

SBN wrote:In other news, did all y'all hear about the geyser?
Nope. Is the sea deciding to do what it wants, under ground?

Jose
by ucim
Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

"Wanting equality" is a higher-order issue than something like "wanting heritage" [...] See also: the paradox of tolerance. Fair point. But it's still a want, and it's of the same order as (for example) wanting salvation. People may want eternal salvation for themselves (as a fi...
by ucim
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

The point is, you don't get to decide for others which "wants" are important.

And also, disagreeing with Thesh is not the same as trolling.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

What we should address is why not having access to one specific want leads to unhappiness. We can start with addressing why not having access to the specific want of equality leads to unhappiness. You may not care about heritage, but you do seem to care about inequality. I'm not interested in the a...
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25990
Views: 2320047

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Only the unhealthy parts of you remain.

I wish grass didn't have to be mowed, but instead, simply grew to three inches and stopped.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

Well, you must be right, since there are five "fuck"s in your post, even though it doesn't explain how everyone could be housed without conflict. And who are you to determine whether somebody else's issues are "wants" or "needs"? And as for hyperbole, wouldn't "you...
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

Like, literally, the only thing you can do to come up with a way that everyone can have a home is that you have a single global authority dictate where everyone lives. You said without conflict . Explain how that could happen. Without essentially saying "oh, people would just agree". Jose
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

...and who is Thesh to say what other people need?

Also he said that everyone could have this space without conflict. I said that could only be done by fiat (which you seem to also be saying) if it could be done at all.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

there isn't anything about what you are saying that isn't completely stupid. Everyone on the board already knows that I'm completely stupid. But that doesn't stop me from flapping my yap when I meet my match. No, not everyone can have their own private space on this planet, without it coming into c...
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106845
Views: 46121849

Re: 1190: "Time"

Hiya thunk ! Congrats on Uni! even though ironically it took me three yips from the time I found Time to the time I started posting in the OTT You were just Waiting For It. The sea does what it wants. I hope it wants to be molpish. The wind.... now that's something we don't have much experience of i...
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 3:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

If a law violates the constitution, it doesn't matter what was intended by it because the law itself is invalid. And that is exactly what Kavanaugh (and the other judges) will decide. They decide whether or not a law violates the constitution. and provides no useful insight. I'm perfectly fine with...
by ucim
Thu Oct 11, 2018 12:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 7941

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Flumble wrote:Are those hallways wide enough to line with chairs and/or small desks along the windows?
Yeah, I suppose. But they really should have used single pane windows.

I suspect it's more like "it looked great in the model, and the model sold the job".

Jose
by ucim
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 7941

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

Architect: "Why. Why would someone put a wall there. why." Architect's client: "Why. Why did they put a wall there. why." True story - Boehringer Ingelheim has a large office near me which I've had occasion to be in. The hallways are along the outside, and the offices are along ...
by ucim
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

[Referring back what you said here :] Sorry for the confusion, the only thing I'm arguing is that there are different obligation sets not that there is any similarity between the two almost completely unrelated scenarios. I'm not the one trying to argue that theses are good analogy's. There is very...
by ucim
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 6445

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Xanthir wrote:Yes, that's correct. A black hole is time-space.
But if Apple made a black hole, it would be negative space-time. Which brings us back to do.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15110
Views: 2528998

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

Yablo wrote:I think it might be his cynicism and his testing of the pop culture consumer to see the reactions he could produce.
I get that, but isn't it just as telling about popular culture that it works? Is he the message, or the messenger?

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 8904

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Why do we enjoy watching bad things? Catharsis? Rehearsal? It's better to watch these things than to actually be in them, and watching them prepares us to face them when they happen for real, or to deal with the aftermath after a bad experience? Because while art is about aesthetics, it's also abou...
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

The question of immigration is about what those obligations are No it isn't. Not by a long shot. Unless you mean something along the lines of using one's money to help others... and that's something that can definitely be taught to children, and their allowance is a good tool for doing that. And ho...
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

Basically, the two circumstances are analogous, but they are not identical. One should not expect purchase of private property to be identical to a national level property acquisition, but this doesn't matter to the analogy. Yes. I agree. I've even said as much. I do not expect the two to be identi...
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

If I were interviewing someone and caught wind that he had a school calendar from nineteen-eighty-fucking-two laying around and readily accessible, that alone would be a disqualification for me. That's not even a joke. It's weird and somehow creepy in a way that I can't really explain. Why? Really,...
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15110
Views: 2528998

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

Yablo wrote:I was merely pointing out that he did the mainstream thing as well as anyone else...
I think that's true about pretty much everyone. You have to get known to be competent before you can be respected for being avant-garde.
Yablo wrote:I actually really like his attitude
What about his attitude do you like, and why? (neutral question)

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15110
Views: 2528998

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

Yablo wrote:Before he was Andy Warhol, he was still a regular artist. I have a cookbook he illustrated in the early '60s.
And.... so? Before that he was an infant and probably drooled on the table. I don't get what you are saying.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 8904

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Old Bruce wrote:I like rollercoasters but chess frightens me so I don't go on rollercoasters.
That's not a reason not to go on rollercoasters. It is however a reason not to be a photographer.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8440
Views: 744552

Re: Trump presidency

Even in a job interview, for her accusation to reflect on him, she has to prove that he did something. Not at all. It's not the thing he was accused of doing that reflects on him. It's his response that does. It's the lies he told, the partisan arrogance he displayed, the entitlement he portrayed, ...

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