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by ucim
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862610

Re: 1190: "Time"

They are sooo cute. They need clothes! Why? They have as much clothing as the Cuegan! Awesomeful discovery mrob ! And in going back to the original azule fireflies, I bumped into It's the baobabful return of Ambassador Azule ! http://fc06.deviantart.net/images2/i/2004/02/0/e/__Wooo_Wooo_Wooo___emot...
by ucim
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 8027

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

So, I ask our mathematician colleagues here, why have you not been using the word assumption [for mathematical truths]? Because that would be the wrong word. An assumption is something we pretend is true, for the sake of argument. A (mathematical) premise is an assumption. Given the premises we hav...
by ucim
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10583

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

There are only four cardinal directions: North, South, Right-facing-north, and Left-facing-north.

"East" and "West" are the makings of the Illuminati. Don't fall for it!

Jose
by ucim
Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25808
Views: 2123189

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It's cut off at the aorta.

I wish for my car radio/media player to have a pause button.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Mar 09, 2018 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems
Replies: 210
Views: 14300

Re: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems

Stay inside.

I'm getting old.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems
Replies: 210
Views: 14300

Re: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems

Go to the LaBrea tar pits.

There's a tree in my swimming pool.

Jose
(seriously - the LaBrea tar pits is pretty interesting, and not what the name makes it sound like)
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7504
Views: 638987

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Right nearby is a pair of scissors that can be used to remove my tresses. It would take more than fifteen seconds to accomplish that feat though.

A film camera?

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10583

Re: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"

is there any way for us to know exactly how fast we're actually going, in some sort of absolute terms? No, because there's no such thing as "absolute" position. It's not like the universe is a grid. There's nothing there, literally, except other moving parts. There's a whole thread on thi...
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862610

Re: 1190: "Time"

Weather report, thinking of addams : Snow. Followed by more snow. Tapering off to snow. Thick, heavy, good packing snow, great for making snow-molpies. But a ch*rpin' pain to shovel. Getting close to a third of a cue; I'm taking it a couple of snake-widths at a time. I think it's just water mixed wi...
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems
Replies: 210
Views: 14300

Re: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems

That's a problem?

I keep shoveling and the snow keeps coming.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

My only addition is identifying usury (meaning all rent and interest, any fee for use) as the central defining feature of capitalism that underlies the effects Marx discusses. It's more like re defining usury, for the purpose of employing all the baggage the word already has. Even if technically us...
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1964: "Spatial Orientation"
Replies: 77
Views: 10583

Re: 1964: Derv Nagy

JohnBurger wrote:There's a brilliant SF book by Gertrude Friedberg, "The Revolving Boy" (1966).
A delightful book! Read it many years ago and never figured on encountering it again, it being kind of obscure. But where else but on xkcd. :)

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Idea: use a system of stocks instead of leases. If you want a court-enforceable rental agreement on something you own, you must register the property as having its ownership divided among some number of stocks. Oh, the lawyers will have an orgasm over this one. Think of all the extra business this ...
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

So you're a social darwinist then, i.e. an almost-literal Nazi? Thanks for confirming as I can now disregard anything further you have to day. What's the difference between this and "Oh, so you disagree with me. You're one of those . Thanks, now I can disregard anything further you say."?...
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

I resent those born into misfortune. They had the impetus and drive to strive and thrive and succeed to overcome circumstances. It's nearly impossible for comfortable middle-class gents like myself to catch a break. No it's not. Give all your money away (say, to a university to do science), and boo...
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7824
Views: 577142

Re: Trump presidency

I wouldn't use criminal convictions as anything other than a really high bar with regards to politicians. Well, criminality is what they are accused of. But in any case, whatever is used as a measure, it needs to be used for both sides, and it's also a measure of what each of us tolerates. Saying {...
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7824
Views: 577142

Re: Trump presidency

...but once you know the winner the only thing that matters is how criminal he/she is. ...and criminality is not a binary value. You say it yourself: how criminal they are. And when I give you the answer ("47 criminal units"), how are you to decide how to react? You need to know whether &...
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7824
Views: 577142

Re: Trump presidency

Sigh. Have we had the argument about whataboutism? Well... actually whataboutism is not all-bad. It certainly is bad when it's used to change the subject, but it is appropriate when it's used to provide context for rather than replace the topic at hand. We tolerate shady behavior in our politicians...
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7504
Views: 638987

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

The one I'm using now: Seamonkey.

A single snowflake? (You have to keep it from melting for that fifteen seconds also)

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

But in the modern age, government so pervasively manages conflict that it does bear a great deal of responsibility for it. That is one of the proper functions of government. Depending on the kind (dictatorship, democracy, theocracy...), its subjects will have some say in the matter. But government ...
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862610

Re: 1190: "Time"

Listening now. How in Randall's name did we let this Mighty Troubador slip away for fourteen thousand yips?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7824
Views: 577142

Re: Trump presidency

I'd like to see an unbiased list. Even tau vs pi (or pi vs tau) is getting heated. :)

Actually, the thing about such a list is that each suspected ethics violation has its own backdrop, which is important in considering just how serious it may be. Laws and sausages...

Jose
by ucim
Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7824
Views: 577142

Re: Trump presidency

Obama showed me that the president actually has a a whole swathe of powers through the use of executive orders which appear to totally bypass the legislature. Yeah, well executive orders are tricky. The next executive can promulgate an executive order rescinding the previous one's, and by doing so,...
by ucim
Tue Mar 06, 2018 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7824
Views: 577142

Re: Trump presidency

Frankly I'm surprised how much power the president seems to wield in this matter, to be able to go ahead even over his own party's misgivings: That's the way it's supposed to be. It's why it's important to select well. In theory at least, none of the elected members of the government are supposed t...
by ucim
Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems
Replies: 42
Views: 8027

Re: My take on Godel's incompleteness theorems

Another example: Axiom 1: Horses are blue. [...] Taken as a mathematical axiom (the starting point from which we will see what interesting things arise), Axiom 1 is of course "true"... by definition. And "horse" and "blue" are either undefined terms, or words which hav...
by ucim
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106451
Views: 40862610

Re: 1190: "Time"

NoMouse wrote:13274-13291 The Zanclean Generation

::azule::

Jose
by ucim
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25808
Views: 2123189

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted: 101010

I wish I weren't so sleepy.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"
Replies: 147
Views: 22452

Re: 1958: "Self-Driving Issues"

HES wrote:Do you ever get in a taxi?
Not one whose driver is part of the hive. The networked aspect of AI cars is a significant problem. Driving should be local, not global. Just like voting.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Valuable to whom!? Valuable to the people who have the things you want (or to ||: people who are valuable to the :|| people who have the things you want). Valuable in the sense that you can (and do) offer them goods or services that they want, often (but not always) in exchange for the goods or ser...
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems
Replies: 210
Views: 14300

Re: Solve the Previous Poster's Petty Problems

Give all your money to me. Now you don't need a bank.

I can't find turtlenecks with pockets.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

i am not asking for anything new, just to stop owning for the circumstances i was involuntarily born into. That's your parents' job. They (ideally) feed you, shelter you, give you all the good stuff, until you are prepared to go out into the world as a productive citizen. At that point, you're (pre...
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1961: "Interaction"
Replies: 28
Views: 3609

Re: 1961: "Interaction"

So, I should see that it's good someone is taking the time to feign interest in a conversation with me and I should return the feigned interest because they will think that's good even though we both know the other doesn't care. And what then? Perhaps you'll stumble upon a topic that you're both ac...
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

so the world belongs to the old and any new people can get fucked? Well, actually new people come when old people get fucked, if they come. But that's another story. Yeah, the world belongs to those who are here. New people negotiate with the old people by providing useful products and services to ...
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Pfhorrest wrote:everyone deserves an unconditional place to exist
My being born does not obligate you to move aside, nor does it entitle me to your land.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Sure. One guy is a bully, and will bully the weak. And so a larger group will stop him. And a larger group will stop that group. And sooner or later you get a group big enough to be called a government. [...] However, this doesn't make governments virtuous... I don't say governments are virtuous. I...
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 4:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: More efficient airplane boarding protocols
Replies: 66
Views: 9635

Re: More efficient airplane boarding protocols

People sit in their seats for hours during a plane flight. They wait minutes to board. So, people have a much stronger interest in getting the seat they want than they do getting to their seat fast. I'd rather wait to sit ahead of the wing on a window seat on the shade side of the plane, than have t...
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

Why does the process of buying a house have to be any more arduous than renting one? When you buy a house, you are assuming complete responsibility for it. You will owe ALL THE MONEY. You will have ALL THE HOUSE. You will pay ALL THE TAXES. It's an actual transfer of property for money - usually lo...
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7504
Views: 638987

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

If my ham radio plates count, then yes. Alas, they are not on my car, as there was an interruption in registration (long story) and the bureaucracy for getting them properly reassigned is... well... bureaucratic.

A handwritten love letter?

Jose
by ucim
Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: sick realization: you have negative dollars
Replies: 162
Views: 31093

Re: sick realization: you have negative dollars

so long as people who are just trying to get their hands on long-term essentials for life (like a place to live) aren't pouring money down a hole forever Lots of times long term essentials (a place to live) are a series of short-term choices (this apartment, that apartment, this town, that town...)...
by ucim
Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7504
Views: 638987

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

I have a bunch of floppy drives in the basement, and some computers with floppies in them. I don't know which ones work, though I know some of them do.

A swimming pool?

Jose

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