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by duckshirt
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 87016

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

One thing I have never understood about these kind of statistics. Why isn't the wealth of the bottom x% of the population negative? It is. I'm not sure what made you think otherwise? Which of course means even if everyone made equal income and saved an equal amount at equal stages of life, there wo...
by duckshirt
Sat Nov 01, 2014 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Continuing running beyond 5k
Replies: 15
Views: 12922

Re: Continuing running beyond 5k

I have a few comments to add, since I like running as well. I would alter step 2 in your plan - "keep distance the same but work on speed." The human body isn't a machine, you can't push yourself to any kind of limit every day, even once a week is hard. Aerobic training is more of a cumula...
by duckshirt
Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 131711

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

I consider advertising a form of mind control, and as such I believe it's a deeply unethical practice and should be stopped at all costs. I think it's morally correct to use adblock because it actively harms an evil industry. What's unethical about it? Your mind is influenced by ALL stimuli, not ju...
by duckshirt
Thu Oct 02, 2014 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: fooling around with points on a plane and optimization
Replies: 7
Views: 3377

Re: fooling around with points on a plane and optimization

I might not have read carefully enough, but if all points were chosen within the unit square, why do some of them seem to span from 0 to 20 while others definitely remain within that square?
by duckshirt
Thu Oct 02, 2014 5:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years
Replies: 21
Views: 6357

Re: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years

Yes, biodiversity loss is a real thing, but...a flat percentage really just smacks of shock journalism. It's an arbitrary number assigned by an arbitrary means of counting up all life on earth. Just seems subjective as hell. Exactly, from the start it should be obvious that that stat is misleading....
by duckshirt
Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Running is bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 13025

Re: Running is bad?

20 km of running per week is hardly anything, and shouldn't interfere with muscle building progress at all... in some ways you need at least some "cardio" to get warmed up. I've seen people get "bulky" running well over 100 km per week. I think the most important thing, if you're...
by duckshirt
Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: I am not in shape, but would like to try.
Replies: 5
Views: 9400

Re: I am not in shape, but would like to try.

What do flat feet have to do with running?
by duckshirt
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms
Replies: 16
Views: 8081

Re: Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms

When all you have on your resume is briefly working for a company that cratered? That isn't a bad thing... It certainly can be. Also, when you start up a company, typically a lot of liability is assumed. The failed entepreneur can easily end up with mounds of debt and probable bankruptcy. If you kn...
by duckshirt
Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms
Replies: 16
Views: 8081

Re: Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms

Tyndmyr wrote:When all you have on your resume is briefly working for a company that cratered?

That isn't a bad thing...
by duckshirt
Sat Mar 02, 2013 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!
Replies: 116
Views: 86086

Re: Summer Mile Time Reduction Challenge!

Wow, reading this thread for the first time was really inspiring, especially MJ's dramatic improvement. You guys have inspired me to do something similar after I run a half-marathon in a few weeks. Hopefully more people will join?
by duckshirt
Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: The Official Running thread!
Replies: 444
Views: 176705

Re: The Official Running thread!

Ahh, brilliant... are those all races or do you do fast training runs? And at this rate are we projected to see you at the 2016 Olympics?
by duckshirt
Thu Feb 14, 2013 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34457

Re: 1173: Steroids

The Olympics are pure sports, and get to have rules like "no steroids". Professional baseball, football, hockey, and basketball in America are entertainment, not pure sports. I don't follow - either how the Olympics are not entertainment as well as pure sports, or why an "entertainme...
by duckshirt
Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1173: "Steroids"
Replies: 156
Views: 34457

Re: 1173: Steriods

As a big fan of several sports, this makes me a little mad because steroids absolutely should be banned in sports, and it is a big issue in the realm of sports (however important you can consider that), and I can list tons of reasons why - I'm glad to see some people have already come here to mentio...
by duckshirt
Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1171:"Perl Problems"
Replies: 43
Views: 20889

Re: 1171:"Perl Problems"

Wait, did he just simply re-use Zawinski's quote and comic 927 ? "If you're having girl problems I fell bad for you son I've got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one" Huh. Maybe the joke is that Jamie Zawinsky == Jay-Z. Came here to suggest that as well. That makes it a bit more clever.
by duckshirt
Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 671907

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

rossdargan wrote:Lots already have! Here is the one I did!

http://clickanddrag.azurewebsites.net

Thank you! I am behind on the times...
by duckshirt
Wed Sep 19, 2012 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 671907

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

I'm bothered by the fact that there are probably tons of things hidden in the sky and in the ground that I'll probably never find. I think that's the point of the strip. We should hack something together to stitch together all the images that make this up. EDIT: already found this, almost directly s...
by duckshirt
Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Putnam (aka halp!)
Replies: 17
Views: 2536

Re: Putnam (aka halp!)

I think we're fine discussing it now. Some years there is lost of discussion here, some not.

I took it for the last time this year. :cry:
by duckshirt
Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63792

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

Even though I thought this was the funniest comic in a while, I think the people saying it was in poor taste do have a point... Randall often talks about how jokes about rape or cancer are bad, but he certainly has jokes that could be just as offensive.
by duckshirt
Wed Sep 21, 2011 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"
Replies: 285
Views: 63792

Re: 0954: "Chin-Up Bar"

lotharofthehillpeople wrote:Obstructing an escalator in the Washington DC Metro (where this 70m escalator lives) during rush hour is a $300 offense. Sad to say I know from experience.

Geez, I've been to that escalator a few times and was wondering if it was the largest around.
by duckshirt
Mon Sep 19, 2011 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0953: "1 to 10"
Replies: 138
Views: 36839

Re: 0953: "1 to 10"

Tirian wrote::| The answer's 10 no matter what base it's in, isn't it?

No, because if the answer is base ten it's wrong :D
I think the best answer would be like 1.11. Pretty accurate either way.
by duckshirt
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Phonemes in hide(v) and hide(n)?
Replies: 8
Views: 3832

Re: Phonemes in hide(v) and hide(n)?

I don't really pronounce the two hides differently myself but I've heard it both ways. The word that really gets me is the "high" when in "high school" versus "high jump" even though it's the same word. Is that the same thing?
by duckshirt
Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0920: "Youtube Parties"
Replies: 45
Views: 14893

Re: 0920: "Youtube Parties"

Awesome. I absolutely HATE when these "YouTube Parties" happen (and I'm quite certain he's not talking about literal parties intended for YouTube watching, but the common occurrence everyone here is referring to... I've always referred to this phenomenon as a YouTube party as well). The th...
by duckshirt
Wed Jun 22, 2011 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why are US crime rates dropping? Theories
Replies: 40
Views: 6640

Re: Why are US crime rates dropping? Theories

Let's be honest, most of us would be out with guns robbing banks right now, but we're too dang lazy to get off the Internet...
by duckshirt
Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Cleanest Energy
Replies: 42
Views: 7616

Re: The Cleanest Energy

Is it really even a 'cleaner' form of energy? We breathe out CO2; not much, but as already mentioned we're not producing much power.
by duckshirt
Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 27180

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

The european dark ages would likely never have happened and we'd be 3 or 4 centuries further along in our understanding of the universe around us. :) I've heard this sentiment before and I don't buy it. The reason we seem to have developed so much in the last couple centuries is because the world p...
by duckshirt
Thu Jun 16, 2011 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15152
Views: 2669473

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

This news item could actually have some serious debate on it, but it's still pretty funny and short so I'll post it here:
Portland Draining Reservoir after man urinates in it
$35,000 to prevent people from being (irrationally) grossed out...
by duckshirt
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Animal Rights?
Replies: 283
Views: 34512

Re: Animal Rights?

By Peter's reasoning the two groups would mutually deny that the other has any rights what so ever. But ... he's also built that argument on the assumption that utilitarianism is the only correct moral framework. That wasn't exactly what how I interpretted what he said... With humans, there's utili...
by duckshirt
Sat Jun 04, 2011 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google discontinuing support for old browsers
Replies: 259
Views: 22176

Re: Google discontinuing support for old browsers

I've heard of that before, but it still seems a little ridiculous for a workplace, and would they really turn down requests for a new browser? Everywhere I've worked has either had some kind of software like Novell to allow people to install things but still keep the network secure, or was too small...
by duckshirt
Mon May 30, 2011 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)
Replies: 418
Views: 135717

Re: Spreek Nederlands en Praat Afrikaans (Dutch & Afrikaans)

Ik ben blij dat deze onderwerpen nog leeft, maar nooit heb ik iets om te zeggen. :?
by duckshirt
Mon May 30, 2011 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Tips and Resources for Learning Any Language
Replies: 8
Views: 3279

Re: Tips and Resources for Learning Any Language

One resource I use now is just another Internet forum on a topic I like in Dutch (kind of a lucky find given that target language). It seemed like a good idea, though, because I've noticed that Dutch (and other) people on English sites are pretty much indistinguishable from native English speakers i...
by duckshirt
Mon May 16, 2011 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0899: "Number Line"
Replies: 355
Views: 81097

Re: 899: "Number Line"

I feel like there are a lot of references I don't get...
".99... is .000000037" less than 1 - a reference to (single-precision) floating-point numbers?
Either that or I'm just trolled trying to figure out references, in which case, nice work.
by duckshirt
Mon May 02, 2011 4:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 226
Views: 90358

Re: 0893: "65 Years"

SW15243 wrote:I think the chart is just in reference to people who have already walked on the moon. As in, they'll all be dead pretty quick here.

Yeah, but it also seems (pessimistically) implying no one will go to the moon / Mars in the next 30 years...
by duckshirt
Mon May 02, 2011 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0893: "65 Years"
Replies: 226
Views: 90358

Re: 0893: "65 Years" Discussion

Why assume nobody else will? It might not be in NASA's immediate plans but 20-30 years is a long time.
by duckshirt
Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0889: "Turtles"
Replies: 207
Views: 60187

Re: 0889: Turtles

Reminds me of a great quote I read on amirite.net...
I like turtles because they're so chill. They don't hurt anyone. They're just like, "Hey man, I just want to swim, and maybe eat some lettuce. But I'm gonna take my time getting there; I'm not in a rush. Because I'm a turtle." amirite?
by duckshirt
Wed Mar 30, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: xkcd Language
Replies: 11
Views: 2301

Re: xkcd Language

It's funny, English professors and literature enthusiasts who are really into Shakespeare can supposedly refer to Shakespeare's sonnets just by the number... Like, sometimes I've heard that they can have conversations like "Yeah, 24 is like that, sort of like 36." "Oh, yeah, and what ...
by duckshirt
Sun Mar 06, 2011 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593876

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Just because kids are naturally pre-disposed to certain things doesn't mean they've lost freedom. My earliest memories were of my parents playing D&D, and their whole circle of friends were fellow gamers. And now my main hobby is D&D, and my main circle of friends are gamers. I'm sure my ho...
by duckshirt
Sun Mar 06, 2011 12:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 593876

Re: Religion: The Deuce

Something more important...like increasing human well-being? First of all, in the case of the existence of eternal consequences, why would current human well-being be more important? Second, human well-being itself cannot be objectively be defined... What makes something "good" for humani...
by duckshirt
Sat Mar 05, 2011 12:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pope exonerates the Jews for the death of Jesus
Replies: 63
Views: 6521

Re: Pope exonerates the Jews for the death of Jesus

Erm, cheating is highly stigmatized in our culture. You may recall a certain impeachment that nearly went through on that basis. I meant to point out that there is not a culture of hate associated with this stigmatization, and I am wondering why not. There is a culture of hate towards it, or at lea...
by duckshirt
Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0868: "Nolan Chart"
Replies: 120
Views: 177383

Re: 0868: "Nolan Chart"

So awesomely true. Also, I am "right-wing" on this diagram. :D

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