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by Pfhorrest
Wed Sep 05, 2018 7:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 5141

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

for me i find the act of throwing up unpleasant and so don't 'want to' but i sometimes feel like my body is going to anyway, and i can to a limited extent repress that action of my body, which i would describe as 'wanting to throw up'. it's a case of not having words to describe separate aspects of ...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2041: "Frontiers"
Replies: 11
Views: 1034

Re: 2041: "Frontiers"

Heading toward space and then making a U-turn to get to Alaska sounds a lot like a ballistic trajectory.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 03, 2018 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 28169

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Certainly it would be possibly to trick the mail client into auto-opening another link besides the authentication link, sure. If following a link is enough to compromise your system, though, you already have much bigger problems. And Jose: yeah, A would be slightly obnoxious, if you don't already al...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

A thought occurred to me today and this seemed like the best place to post it. The value of labor and capital in an economy are inverse of each other. If all labor was free and plentiful, like in a full automation scenario, then absolutely everyhing would be determined by how much capital you alread...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 5141

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

I almost didn't see what you did there.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2040: Sibling-in-law
Replies: 52
Views: 2951

Re: 2040: Sibling-in-law

Does anyone have words for people formerly related by marriage? Two of my aunts have ex-husbands who I refer to as my ex-uncles but I’m never sure anyone is going to understand that or what else I might say instead. They are both fathers to cousins of mine so it’s not like they are just “some guy my...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 28169

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

I meant "with the program" in the colloquial sense of "participating". I don't have any specific technical relation between mail client and browser in mind, but the important part is just that they're on the same machine. If I'm in Russia on my laptop with its browser and I log i...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 28169

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

If your email client is smart and with the program, it recognizes from the formatting that this is a special kind of password email, and passes that password string back to the browser, which then logs you in using it. So, if you have a smart email account, and I know your address, I can log in as ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 28169

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

It occurred to me recently that you should really only need your email, no username of password, and your email could have served as single sign-in all this time without requiring any kind of central authority. You go to a site. You punch in your email address. The site send an auto-generated-just-t...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

i think a lot of this is making matters needlessly complex the effect of an ubi, if funded by an income tax at least, is simply to move all incomes closer to each other. literally, just take a graph of incomes and vertically squish it centered on the mean. that's 100% of what an income tax funded ub...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1139

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

My aesthetics (as in my opinion on that branch of philosophy) holds to something vaguely similar to this. Basically, beauty is the quality of a work of art "feeling right". (Purposefully conveying a feeling being the defining characteristic of art per se). That rightness can be either desc...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

[poor people who happened to own that's a contradiction in terms It exists in some places here, usually because it got passed down through the family. The person living in it now may not be able to buy the house now if it were on the market at current prices, but they're able to get by thanks to it...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28494
Views: 3033137

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

I know of protected turns and traffic lights specific to certain turns/lanes, but flashing yellow never occurs in the traffic light cycle here. Presumably because flashing yellow on a traffic light means it's off and right-of-way is decided by stop/yield signs. This usually happens at night (when t...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

Tyndmyr wrote:[poor people who happened to own

that's a contradiction in terms
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

The poorest all now have more money, and can afford to pay more for housing. They are all competing with one another for limited goods, but since they have all been equally advantaged, none of them enjoy a relative advantage over one another. But they are more advantaged than they were before relat...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

As usual, you deliberately refuse to read what I wrote or even attempt to understand the point. Actually I think I didn't understand something you wrote either, because I expected to be nodding in agreement with you as usual but instead I was thinking "that sound more like a bad thing than a g...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 5141

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Sure, if a new usage made no sense to anybody, then it wouldn't spread and these arguments wouldn't be happening. But conversely, if nobody found it weird or jarring or confusing, if it just made perfect natural sense to everyone, then these arguments also wouldn't be happening. For any particular u...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 5141

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

The overwhelming majority of the time, the common usage is learned well before the antiquated one. Maybe now it is, at least for many of those usages that are widespread enough to be go-to examples in discussions like this. But each of those examples will have started with someone saying it the now...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 5141

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Mikeski wrote:
Sableagle wrote:Just think: another 40 years of this and nobody'll be able to read The Lord of the Rings without a translation guide.


Meh. It was better in the original Elvish.

Only if you mean Quenya.

That bastard tongue Sindarin is no better than Westron or any other tongue of [spit] Men.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 5141

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Has it never occurred to anyone that the reason people object to incorrect usages is because it doesn't correctly communicate the intended message? The problem with this attitude is that either you really do understand the meaning behind the incorrect usage–and thus you're just being a pedantic dic...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28494
Views: 3033137

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Some intersections have protected left-hand turns. Whether or not you may turn is indicated by a traffic light in the shape of an arrow pointing left. A red arrow means you can't turn now. It's a right light, applied only to the left turn. No arrow means your turn is not protected, but you may turn ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Generalized" polygons?
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: "Generalized" polygons?

Possibly the generalized sequence no longer corresponds to the geometry that the non-generalized sequence was based on? I was commenting on the geometry, not the number sequence derived from it.

This seems to shed some light on the meaning of the negative-indexed members of the sequence, though.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6625
Views: 508211

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah I get sick of people born and raised in places where nobody wants to live telling me how easy it is to afford housing if I just abandon the place I was born and raised and move to their shithole towns just because everybody else wants to live where I happen to have been born and raised. Basical...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 5141

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Has it never occurred to anyone that the reason people object to incorrect usages is because it doesn't correctly communicate the intended message? Sure, all of the examples that you're probably thinking of right now are things that people with any opinion on this topic are familiar enough with that...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "Generalized" polygons?
Replies: 10
Views: 485

Re: "Generalized" polygons?

I'd think a polygon with negative-length sides would be identical to the same polygon with positive-length sides, rotated 180 degrees.

And perhaps a polygon with imaginary-length sides would be identical to the same polygon with real-length sides, rotated 90 degrees.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6625
Views: 508211

Re: Trump presidency

There are lots of small towns with small job markets and ridiculously high housing costs too. That "just move out of the big city" excuse is bullshit.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6625
Views: 508211

Re: Trump presidency

Link wrote:being able to afford to have a house and family without having at least one university degree

There are people who can afford a house with only one degree-requiring job providing income? In my experience even two such incomes still doesn't cut it.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

Completely tangential to the whole topic, but ... She starts at Thunder Bay's Confederation College in September to study office administration. I struggle to imagine what about office administration would be suitable for teaching in an academic environment. Unless that term means something differen...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:01 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28494
Views: 3033137

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

On State Street, the main road through downtown Santa Barbara, there are "No Left Turn" signs, with a time range sign under them of 10AM-6PM, and then an Except Sundays sign under that. So if you want to make a left turn, don't, unless it's NOT between 10AM and 6PM, or it IS a Sundaoh look...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 6625
Views: 508211

Re: Trump presidency

Is there anywhere on the internet we can see an example of the kind of survey approval ratings are based on? I'm curious to know the questions they ask so I can see what my answers would be.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 28, 2018 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Miscellaneous language questions
Replies: 570
Views: 82538

Re: Miscellaneous language questions

Soupspoon wrote:does "poor" sound like with "paw"

no
(and "pore" and "pour")

yes
or "pooer" (one who poos)

no
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Word Based Consciousness
Replies: 11
Views: 584

Re: Word Based Consciousness

It occurs to me that the OP itself is a counterexample to the kind of thing it's about. JS has this idea about a thing that he can circumloquatiously describe for us but doesn't have a word for. But he has the idea, even though he doesn't have a word for it.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Word Based Consciousness
Replies: 11
Views: 584

Re: Word Based Consciousness

The Sapir-Whorf hypothesis (which I've just learned is also called "linguistic relativity") sounds awfully similar to what you're supposing (and was the first thing that came to mind when I read the title of this thread). It's widely considered discredited today. Which is not to downplay t...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"
Replies: 39
Views: 2327

Re: 2038: "Hazard Symbol"

I've heard that FOOF will set wet sand on fire.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Aug 27, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

The inflation issue is the same whether you're talking UBI or minimum wage. Purchasing power for people at the top of the income scale does actually go down, it's true, because prices rise faster than their incomes do (or their incomes actually decline, post-tax, even). But purchasing power for peop...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

The point of the language discussion is that people who are against capitalism in its original sense have no way to even say what they are against in the recent redefinition of words. There has literally been an intentional concerted effort to make that happen, to make anti-inequality sound like ant...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"
Replies: 55
Views: 3415

Re: 2035: "Dark Matter Candidates"

That’s why you fly your concealed Dyson sphere somewhere else than where it was built.

By that tech level “star ship” means a ship that IS a star.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 24, 2018 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

Well, we surely need some term to describe the system that Adam Smith and his sort advocate. Is not Capitalism a reasonable term for it? It is not, as explained, and there was already a term: "free market". Smith himself used the more circumlocutious "natural system of liberty"....
by Pfhorrest
Fri Aug 24, 2018 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism
Replies: 856
Views: 23736

Re: Libertarianism

Oh boy, this discussion again, The earliest free-market thinkers like Adam Smith did not speak of capitalism at all. They spoke of capital ists , sure, but in the sense of people who owned capital, not as in people who hold any particular political-economic position. And they spoke of free markets, ...

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