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by Patashu
Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Anti-Obesity Group will sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys
Replies: 74
Views: 7435

Re: Anti-Obesity Group will sue McDonald's over Happy Meal t

sorry, but no. People are going to be effected by ads because of a lack of self control. Except human beings are not rational, impartial, perfectly knowledgeable exterior observers - they are beings of meat, chemical and physical processes that have only finite time, energy and resources to go abou...
by Patashu
Sat Jun 26, 2010 12:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas GOP up to no good... again
Replies: 125
Views: 14368

Re: Texas GOP up to no good... again

I thought they weren't for the patriot act, but rather for reconsidering the parts of the patriot act that infringe on civil liberties? "Patriot Act – We urge review and revision of those portions of the USA Patriot Act, and related executive and military orders and directives that erode consti...
by Patashu
Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas GOP up to no good... again
Replies: 125
Views: 14368

Re: Texas GOP up to no good... again

Haha, I love how as soon we we get to traditional marriage we get assaulted by paragraphs upon paragraphs. Hahaha, Unborn Child Pain Protection. Because it's OK to have an abortion if the fetus didn't feel a thing. They're against tagging and monitoring of pets/pet owners, but for licensing and moni...
by Patashu
Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.
Replies: 48
Views: 4505

Re: CFTC allows futures trading in Box Office opening sales.

Just because other people pay for it, does that make it the most 'moral' thing to do? Surely a movie imparts more things on people then just exchanging money for their time. Emotions, lessons, ideas, a subtle change in their culture and thought. If the only measure of a movie's success is how many p...
by Patashu
Sat Jun 19, 2010 1:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth
Replies: 186
Views: 21049

Re: An alternative to progressive redistribution of wealth

I think you need to be careful, when arguing economics, about whether you're referring to an idealized economic system or the way things are currently implemented. The US isn't a true capitalistic society, or a true anything society for that matter. For instance (this is off the top of my head) most...
by Patashu
Sat Jun 19, 2010 11:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Facebook banned in Pakistan
Replies: 43
Views: 7607

Re: Facebook banned in Pakistan

And for the obligatory all-too-quoted Ben Franklin: "Those willing to give up a little liberty for a little security deserve neither and will lose both." In this context, I found this a rather weird quote. Pakistan has a military dictatorship that basically stays in power because of US su...
by Patashu
Sat Jun 19, 2010 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should Cops Have Guns?
Replies: 91
Views: 9432

Re: Should Cops Have Guns?

You can't say 'cops should have guns' or 'cops shouldn't have guns' because it also depends on the kind of society they're protecting. The US has many guns owned by citizens while other countries don't - and it's too late to close Pandora's box. Whether or not you're a proponent for gun control, you...
by Patashu
Wed Jun 02, 2010 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google bans Windows company wide
Replies: 27
Views: 3508

Re: Google bans Windows company wide

You seem to be operating under the assumption that you can be productive on a Windows PC. :P
by Patashu
Fri May 14, 2010 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0739: "Malamanteau"
Replies: 165
Views: 43203

Re: "Malamanteau" discussion

I always thought it'd be fun to create a word that describes synonyms on alphanumeric keypads. You know, like how "book" and "cool", or "home" and "good" each use the same numbers. A funny one here in South Africa, is that we have a theme park named "Rat...
by Patashu
Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:34 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0724: "Hell"
Replies: 184
Views: 74450

Re: "Hell" Discussion

Here's an online version of 'tetris that wants you to lose': There is no gravity, only suffering.

http://qntm.org/hatetris

EDIT: Beaten by three minutes! Oh well.
by Patashu
Fri Jul 17, 2009 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0610: "Sheeple"
Replies: 511
Views: 97827

Re: "Sheeple" Discussion

The problem with capitalism as far as I can see it is that, once you have enough money, liberal application of it will allow you to get away with anything in pursuit of more profits. Take this for example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_Gravure_shooting Because Wesbecker had started taking Pr...
by Patashu
Mon Mar 09, 2009 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0553: "Pirate Bay"
Replies: 102
Views: 25167

Re: "Pirate Bay" Discussion

Auugh!

That is all. :)
by Patashu
Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0537: "Ducklings"
Replies: 150
Views: 46312

Re: "Ducklings" Discussion

I'm a little slow, so could someone explain to me what the joke in this comic is? Ducklings follow in a row, so if we could make the first duckling follow the last duckling we'd get an endless loop of ducklings following each other. Obviously this would never work in practice; the absurdity of the ...
by Patashu
Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0525: "I Know You're Listening"
Replies: 201
Views: 30683

Re: "I Know You're Listening" Discussion

This is pretty solid advice for both the meat- and cyber- spheres.
by Patashu
Mon Dec 08, 2008 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 29285

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Did any of you figure out that the alt text existed on their own, or did they have to find out from someone else?

I ask because often the alt-text makes the joke but it doesn't seem to be documented anywhere...
by Patashu
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 29285

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

wouldn't the distance be too small for the rollover between 0 and something to be noticed? That's part of the joke; the consequences of special relativity apply on all scales, even every day ones, even if you're not perceptive enough to notice them happen. p.s. 255th post! Or is the 256th one speci...
by Patashu
Mon Dec 08, 2008 5:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0514: "Simultaneous"
Replies: 144
Views: 29285

Re: "Simultaneous" Discussion

Oh no.

It is a special relativity joke

edit: the alt text is a general relativity joke
by Patashu
Wed Nov 26, 2008 8:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0509: "Induced Current"
Replies: 86
Views: 16706

Re: "Induced Current" Discussion

My first thought upon reading this was 'surely if this were true the enormous power lines would be the first to have an effect'

Oh well.
by Patashu
Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Removing stickers from Rubik's cubes
Replies: 20
Views: 3316

Re: Removing stickers from Rubik's cubes

Rizzo wrote:Actually, I think this is very easy. Simply take the corner of the cube and switch two of the three corner pieces. So, two pieces then? The cube will then be impossible to solve.

That's not what the question is asking for.
by Patashu
Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google - Rocking like it's 2k1~
Replies: 59
Views: 6181

Re: Google - Rocking like it's 2k1~

http://www.google.com/search2001/search?hl=en&q=steampunk&btnG=Google+Search compare http://www.google.com.au/search?q=steampunk&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a I knew it was a rising phenomena! EDIT: By the way, by comparing the num...
by Patashu
Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Portal Paradox
Replies: 137
Views: 33994

Re: Portal Paradox

A better question is what if you place a portal on a tablet, and another portal on a smaller tablet. If you put the first tablet into the second, what would happen? I saw this in a comic before, I just forget which one. I think for the sake of avoiding nonsense, the two portals have to be the same ...
by Patashu
Sat Oct 11, 2008 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Triple or Nothing
Replies: 56
Views: 9671

Re: Triple or Nothing

Just chipping in...if you play for an infinitely long time, the infinity that is the probability of you not earning your winnings is on the same order of the infinity of your winnings, correct? So it doesn't matter that one is bigger than the other on a finite level, on an infinite level they cancel...
by Patashu
Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0484: "Flash games"
Replies: 137
Views: 30095

Re: "Flash games" Discussion

thebeaky wrote:soo, true bloons td2, for me

edit: hideos grammar I know, thats not changeing now, + 4th place, personal best.

There's a bloons TD3 now, you know :D
by Patashu
Mon Sep 22, 2008 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0479: "Tones"
Replies: 239
Views: 40095

Re: "Tones" Discussion

If I actually used my mobile phone (I'm sure some day I will) I'd go with a 'ringing' ringtone, yeah. Or vibrate. If I did use something else, though, I'm thinking about ==Planet KARMA==, starting from 1:16 seconds in with the awesome piano sliding thing. no one is going to know what I'm talking abo...
by Patashu
Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 47749

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

Loved it, and learning that it also had historical significance (I recognized godel but not the other two) made it even better.
by Patashu
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: God, as the idea of a supreme being
Replies: 65
Views: 6626

Re: God, as the idea of a supreme being

Why does God have to be absolutely, utterly omnipotent again? I'd figure being able to interact with the universe in any way one desired would be enough.
by Patashu
Mon Jul 21, 2008 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Mathematicians on wikipedia display liberal bias
Replies: 35
Views: 6157

Re: Mathematicians on wikipedia display liberal bias

JCCyC wrote:
poohat wrote:An entire site full of Dawkinian e-atheists :(((


You say it like it's a bad thing.


It kinda is.
by Patashu
Sun Jul 06, 2008 12:56 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Light board communication.
Replies: 16
Views: 2425

Re: Light board communication.

I'm wondering, whether you can transport more information, when the receiver knows the initial state of the board as well... My feeling tells me that this is not the case since you only have 64 different options to switch a light, but who knows? No matter what configuration the board starts in you ...
by Patashu
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:36 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: mis-post. Deletey please.
Replies: 478
Views: 54567

Re: mis-post. Deletey please.

EDIT: Wait, nevermind.
by Patashu
Thu Jul 03, 2008 1:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The missing mass of nucleii
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

Re: The missing mass of nucleii

I like the idea of it creating mesons or bosons. What I'm not comfortable with is energy being turned into some kind of free-floating mass, since that's not how I've always seen mass as working.
Any more input?
by Patashu
Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The missing mass of nucleii
Replies: 12
Views: 1991

The missing mass of nucleii

I understand that, during the process of nuclear fission/fusion, the reactant nucleii form into product nucleii with a different mass deficit; if it is has extra mass than energy must be supplied to account for the extra mass, and vice versa. But when the energy is turned into this 'missing mass', w...
by Patashu
Fri Jun 20, 2008 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Intersecting solids
Replies: 6
Views: 1271

Re: Intersecting solids

I'm guessing it goes (middle of one face) (middle of other face) (radius of cylinder)
by Patashu
Wed Jun 18, 2008 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Yes or No Riddle
Replies: 13
Views: 4178

Re: Yes or No Riddle

Is the second somebody in the car?
Is the second somebody in the hotel?
by Patashu
Sun Jun 15, 2008 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Tower Defense games
Replies: 26
Views: 6953

Re: Tower Defense games

So, I've been playing the flash version of Gem TD lately, good stuff. I put up a video of me beating extreme on youtube.

(And I still want to know what that strategy for jungle hunt td on hard is...)
by Patashu
Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: I don't understand antimatter
Replies: 32
Views: 4129

Re: I don't understand antimatter

If antiparticles go backwards in time, wouldn't they obey a backwards 2LoT, et cetera? Explain this Clarissa!
by Patashu
Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Absolute Morality
Replies: 67
Views: 6946

Re: Absolute Morality

The way I'd think of it is: If absolute morals exist, there is an objective experiment by which absolute morals can be discovered, tested and verified. Thus, what observation or experiment would demonstrate the existence of absolute morality? And what does it mean for a moral to be absolute? Does th...
by Patashu
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: question regarding planet cores
Replies: 30
Views: 2650

Re: question regarding planet cores

I think you mean possible, but not plausible.

But hey, it's sci-fi. You're allowed to use the reject bin of science as it were. And never forget that the Rule of Cool always holds.
by Patashu
Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If magic were to exist....
Replies: 56
Views: 7160

Re: If magic were to exist....

If magic exists, then there must be some consistent mechanism by which it operates that can thus be repeated, tested and observed. IE just like what science does for every other phenomenon, no matter what other names you might apply to it.
by Patashu
Fri Jun 06, 2008 7:13 am UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Synchronized Randomness?!
Replies: 14
Views: 2288

Re: Synchronized Randomness?!

You cannot have two parallel universes that are identical in every possible way yet produce different outputs given the same input; the two properties are contradictory.
You could have two universes that BEGIN the same but then diverse due to relying on a truly random input.

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