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by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0810: "Constructive"
Replies: 130
Views: 43356

Re: 0810: "Constructive"

jpk wrote:
BlackHatSupport wrote:One of the best ideas since sliced bread.


But what was sliced bread the best idea since?


Leavened bread.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 36434

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

It is an absurd idea, of course. Not because aggression is a feature I admire in governments, but because selecting a politician for office on the basis of strict adherence to one benchmark issue is always absurd. Look at the effect it's had on the Republican party. I suppose for an anarchist, it's...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1020: "Orion Nebula"
Replies: 99
Views: 25174

Re: 1020: "Orion Nebula"

Since when is it a sword? It's his belt. Everybody knows the phrase "Orion's belt". It's not just those three stars across his waist. Old ring belts tie in the front of the waist with a length hanging down from the tie, like this: https://www.dresslikeapirate.com/scart/images/o_ring_belt.j...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 21, 2012 8:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 86714

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

When you order Data to forget something, he forgets completely and thoroughly. There was even an entire episode which hinged on this ability. Which episode are you referring to? Surely not "Clues"? He's trying to keep the knowledge away from everybody else, but he certainly doesn't forget...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 36434

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

You've been hanging around with different anarchists than I have. Typical anarchist views as I've understood them hold that social pressures, sociological pressures, even personal authority devolving from charisma are hierarchical in nature and should be avoided by arranging the terms of our associ...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 36434

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

Really? I hereby define a language that is exactly like English only Vigenère-enciphered using an arbitrarily long stream of random letters. That's certainly impossible to translate (or even comprehend) without the key. Does it not count as a language for some reason? While any given message may be...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:07 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 86714

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Randall forgot to include THE GAME . Then again, it doesn't really fit in the chart. The only way computers can possibly do worse than humans is to acquire sentience because they obviously can't actually think about it without that. But once the hard problem of sentience is solved, computers will a...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 21, 2012 5:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Comic 1000 is not the 1000th comic
Replies: 14
Views: 3870

Re: Comic 1000 is not the 1000th comic

There is a comic 404.

It's just lost.

That is to say...

Not Found.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1019: "First Post"
Replies: 76
Views: 20197

Re: 1019: "First Post"

What I want to know is since when the hell is $20/hr the going rate for college students posting comments on forums ??? That's close to or exceeding the average wage in the US (which I recalled from memory as being ~$47K/yr but those Google results seem to range from $20-40K/yr), a figure which pres...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 20, 2012 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 36434

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

Not really, no. What they have in common is rejection of hierarchical forms of governance. But what does that mean, exactly? I've never heard of an anarchist objecting to one person giving advice or direction and a bunch of people voluntarily following along or helping out because they agree it's g...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 36434

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

I'm sorry, but what it sounds like is "I'm a liberal or socialist or pacificist, but I don't want to call myself that because I already went to the trouble of buying this 'Anarchy Now' t-shirt". Quite the opposite. I don't call myself an anarchist precisely most people will misunderstand ...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 36434

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

On the anarchy topic: There are many forms of anarchism, but what they all have in common in the principle of non-aggression. A minority (anarcho-pacificsts) consider even violence in self-defence to be aggression, but most consider only the initiation of violence against nonviolent people to be agg...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 17, 2012 10:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I consider it a problem for both. Are you equally relativist about reality as morality, then? From what you say below, you seem increasingly less relativist to me at all, and more merely fallibilist, which is much different. A fallibilist can be a universalist and say that whatever is correct is un...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 17, 2012 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1018: "Good Cop, Dadaist Cop"
Replies: 135
Views: 36434

Re: 1018: Good Cop, Dadaist Cop

ahammel wrote:Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: There are no rhinoceroses in purgatory.

The version I've always heard is:

Q: How many surrealists does it take to change a lightbulb?

A: Three: two to hold the giraffe and one to fill the bathtub with small machine parts.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Feb 16, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I've experienced hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestion. Things do stop seeming to exist when you stop believing in them. What we usually think of as their consequences continue, and get new explanations. If you stub your toe on a rock you think is not there, and somebody asks you what happened, you...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 15, 2012 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I don't know anything about other forms of moral universalism. Would you mind providing a quick link? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta-ethics gives a good overview of many different positions on the semantics, ontology, and epistemology of morality; divine command theory and ethical subjectivism a...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 15, 2012 8:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1017: "Backwards in Time"
Replies: 75
Views: 19953

Re: 1017: "Backwards in Time"

Dammit, I'm mad! God, a red nugget; a fat egg under a dog! Go hang a salami, I'm a lasagna hog! Why are we palindoming again? (Although on the note of palindromes and dates: it struck me recently that 2012-12-21@21:02 will be a palindromic datetime. :twilight zone music: The world ends at 9:02 PM! :P
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 14, 2012 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Hmm. Yes, what I've characterised in my posts as moral absolutism is really the claim that there is some morality external to ourselves, existing due to divine fiat. Would we call that "divine command theory"? I deny that there is any such thing as this objective morality, external to us ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

I'm a little behind on this thread, busy elsewhere, but I just want to comment: I hope nobody is offering (or accepting) "I'm a relativist" as an excuse, like "it's ok, I'm not an absolutist -- I'm a relativist!" Because that's not really any better. The problem with "absolu...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 13, 2012 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"
Replies: 99
Views: 25807

Re: 1016: "Valentine Dilemma"

The analysis of the PD turns on what is meant by "human". The traditional analysis in terms of strict economic rationality turns on a contradiction: it pretends to ask "What would a strictly 'rational' being do in this situation" and then behaves as if BOTH players are not stric...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 65534

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

On the subjects of font nerds and hipsters:

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by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 11, 2012 11:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Do you only achieve things in the current world as it is with violence? Quite the contrary. And yet everything that is not done entirely by voluntary agreement is implicitly coerced. Correct, and I try not to do anything to coerce (by threat of violence, however indirect) anyone who isn't doing lik...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Do you only achieve things in the current world as it is with violence? Quite the contrary. If your well-treated slaves wander away you call the police, show them your papers that prove ownership, and when the police finds them, they return them to you. How will the police do so? If they are adheri...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Slavery is still owning people , by definition. And any alleged moral system which does not come out flatly condemning slavery of any kind has pretty severe failings in my opinion. That seems peculiar to me. Isn't the problem not slavery in itself, but that under slavery bad things can happen to pe...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1015: "Kerning"
Replies: 163
Views: 65534

Re: 1015: "Kerning"

From an old "computer terms glossary" I downloaded off the net some decades ago: kern, v. 1. To pack type together as tightly as the kernels on an ear of corn. 2. In parts of Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y., a small, metal object used as part of the monetary system. modem, adj. Up-to-date, new-f...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 36564

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

But don't some people use "ye" as second person at Renfaires? Yes, as they did in Þe Olde English, too. The problem is with using "ye" in place of "the", because nobody ever actually spoke aloud a word pronounced /ji/ ("yee") to mean "the". Instead,...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 36564

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

So in place of "you" you'd rather say "ye"? Didn't people used to do that some? I wonder why it died out. Outside of ye olde Renfaires, I mean. Actually, the manner in which you use "ye" in "ye olde Renfaires" is a case where it represents the word THE instea...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 36564

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

Kisama wrote:Alright I'll take it. I am entertained by some of SirMustapha's critical posts, and also by some of the long tangential debates.

Then how about we have a long tangential debate about art criticism?

(Oh wait, we already did that).
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:25 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1014: "Car Problems"
Replies: 104
Views: 25559

Re: 1014: "Car Problems"

Why it took him 13 days to take a photo of his car on fire I have no Idea, and in the 13 days you'd think he would have set up the perfect photo. Well he did ask what's wrong with the picture, not what's wrong in his life that is represented by the items in the photo. Also, why does he even have a ...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Feb 08, 2012 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 36564

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

EDIT: Honestly, if you want to "save up a little space", why not ask to end the fruitless, cyclical holy wars on the threads for comics such as "Adam and Eve"? If there's ANYONE here who seems to be letting xkcd interfere with his life, it's the guys arguing whether atheists hav...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Pfhorrest : We start with "what is it that makes a person a better person?", then imagine someone having maximal instances of all those qualities, and call the resulting concept of such a perfect person "God". Thus it doesn't matter whether anything exists to instantiate that co...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Feb 07, 2012 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"
Replies: 165
Views: 36564

Re: 1013: "Wake Up Sheeple"

I think spelling "you" as "U" actually makes a lot of sense - it creates a pleasing symmetry with the word "I". Personally I am more fond of the phonetic symmetry between "you" (second person plural) and "we" (first person plural). From the "yy...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

My reach exceeds my grasp. I need to learn to speak more plainly. (I am not really a pretentious ass, but I can do a fine impression of one. Like addams cajoled, "You have typed so many words. What are you on about?") You didn't come off as a pretentious ass to me. God knows* I do a fine ...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 06, 2012 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Whoa, back up. If you don't feel confident verifying God's identity when he talks to you, how confident should you feel about obeying some other human being who claims to speak for God? False dichotomy. The same people skeptical of your claims of personal contact with God (and of the possibility of...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Feb 06, 2012 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 78390

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I am curious what everyone here thinks of names like mine ("Forrest"). Forrest would have struck me as a very nice name, up until the point when Forrest Gump was released. Afterwards? Well, I know how sick *I* got with the "you know what I mean, Verne?" jokes I got being named E...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1011: "Baby Names by Frank Zappa"
Replies: 302
Views: 78390

Re: 1011: "Baby Names"

I am curious what everyone here thinks of names like mine ("Forrest"). Certainly not an ordinary name, but far from Shi'thead or whatever the worst name on your most-hated list is, too. Personally, I've become a fan of giving kids ordinary first names and interesting middle names (unlike m...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

But do you think modern believers are going to find such ideas inspirational or empowering? How does this help them right now as they face tragedy, struggle against meaninglessness and dream of a way to transcend their current situation? My point is that this common struggle, and people's valid emo...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"
Replies: 119
Views: 41316

Re: 1012: "Wrong Superhero"

Are you saying AIs are a subset of people? Strong AI like you're talking about, yeah; that was my point. When is a human not a person? That's the wrong question (though it is perhaps an interesting one, which is asked; when does something genetically and biologically human begin to be a person and ...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 86072

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

That's brilliant, I love it. Though I don't think many believers today are going to see much similarities between this and their idea of God... Well, the point is sort of that their idea of God may be perfectly fine; only it doesn't matter whether the God which they have an idea of exists or not, j...
by Pfhorrest
Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:14 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Neither a descriptivist nor a prescriptivist be
Replies: 99
Views: 17597

Re: Neither a descriptivist nor a prescriptivist be

Please explain why there can't be a strong argument for both varieties. I said "sound", not merely "strong". There cannot be two completely sound arguments for contrary conclusions. You could have two strong arguments for two contrary conclusions, but that just means we're not e...

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