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by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885662

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You put out a lot of claims, have you ever read any studies on police misbehavior? Ex How few rotten apples there are, if this is an 1 off event, what typically happens when an officer does something wrong etc etc. Nope. Can you point me to something useful? I've heard of corruption, of course, but...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885662

Re: Police misbehavior thread

No I don't, and I think you're taking what I say and stretching it into a hyperbole. Of course the officer has not suffered as much as the dead man, or his family. But this isn't a black-and-white situation where there is one victim only. Nobody is a victor, everybody suffers, we are all victims of ...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885662

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I agree that this is an issue that is with the whole policing system. This discussion started because I said I don't think the police officers responding to that swatting incident misbehaved, and that's still my opinion. The situation would have ended much better if the system was different, but tho...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885662

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You counted how many felonious police deaths occurred, but how many felonious police deaths were prevented? How many didn't occur because the police did their job properly? If the number of police fatalities has been decreasing, doesn't that tell us that police procedures are working to reduce polic...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 10:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885662

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's certainly a dreary cultural situation. Just now I am seeing a headline of an armed man in Colorado who ambushed and killed one police officer and two civilians. I doubt police are shooting unarmed civilians any more than can be expected in the situations they find themselves in. It just seems t...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885662

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I agree. That's what I meant by saying it's terrible that this kind of thing happens. Other countries don't have gun violence everywhere like the United States. The laws are warped in the United States because guns are everywhere, and the police and everybody else has to be extremely cautious due to...
by New User
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 885662

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Looks like they've made an arrest of a suspect who they say called in the swat team. News reports say he made false 911 call, saying there was a hostage situation with an armed and dangerous suspect. In this case, I don't consider the police to have misbehaved. The reports say that, when they arrive...
by New User
Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 644826

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I dreamed that a rocket was going to be launched into space with two astronauts. The higher ranked astronaut was Walter Koenig. Onlookers were impressed by his mentorship of the younger astronaut, but I thought it was odd for anyone his age to be launched into space.
by New User
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1433861

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

xkcd forums are very inactive. There are like 15 regular posters, spread out over many subforums, so not every subforum is browsed by every user.
by New User
Thu Dec 21, 2017 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 5887

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Let me give you another teeny example: Consider the design of a 7 segment LED display.... given a certain input (which you associate with the idea of threeness) the device should light up to resemble the digit "3". How would you do it? The (standard) answer is that each segment (top, top ...
by New User
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2631
Views: 463254

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

A game called Kingdom: Classic is free for a limited time on Steam.
by New User
Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 5887

Re: Artificial Stupidity

[story...]Have I committed suicide? No, except in the sense that "noone steps in the same river twice", which isn't useful here. You've learned something. You've been changed . You didn't decide to believe something, you came to believe something. That's an important distinction. People d...
by New User
Tue Dec 19, 2017 2:32 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 5887

Re: Artificial Stupidity

But if the AI is a computer program, it can "change its programming at will", by modifying it's source code, recompiling, and restarting itself, akin to digging a canal. That's more like committing suicide and hoping the seed takes root. Also, in order to do this, it would have to know (o...
by New User
Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 5887

Re: Artificial Stupidity

That analogy makes sense until I imagine an AI that is capable of reprogramming itself. Your very first statement is that I like chocolate. I set a goal for myself to eat the chocolate. The reward for attaining this goal is the satisfaction of eating it, because I like the taste or whatever. If I ca...
by New User
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 5887

Re: Artificial Stupidity

It's odd to think that something that can be considered intelligent can be motivated to do anything if it has the capability to change its basis for motivation. Humans have a general baseline motivation to avoid situations that are painful and unpleasant, and to seek things that are pleasing. Not ev...
by New User
Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Artificial Stupidity
Replies: 52
Views: 5887

Re: Artificial Stupidity

Instead of starting a new thread for it, I'll just include this question here. What would motivate an artificial intelligence? I don't even understand what motivates humans, so I'm stumped by trying to imagine what would motivate a man-made computer with intelligence that approaches that of humans. ...
by New User
Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275822

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

The kinds of things they found cures for are infectious. I think the only cures we can hope to find for inherited disorders like Huntington's or hemophilia would be eugenics, stem cells, or gene replacement. All of these are banned on ethical grounds.

Or I could be wrong. I'm no doctor.
by New User
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1929: "Argument Timing"
Replies: 14
Views: 2017

Re: 1929: "Argument Timing"

What are hangry arguers? Is this a rare xkcd typo?
by New User
Tue Dec 12, 2017 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2631
Views: 463254

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Grim Fandango Remastered is currently free on GOG.com.
by New User
Tue Dec 12, 2017 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89974
Views: 7575992

Re: Thoughts for ships

I would call them "organizations", "non-profits", or "non-profit organizations" (NGO - non-governmental organization, is a more professional term that's not as much in common use). I would consider an organization "a charity" if it collects money/goods from t...
by New User
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89974
Views: 7575992

Re: Thoughts for ships

What is a term for a service that someone can receive for free, but they can choose to donate to? Examples might be Wikipedia or NPR. This is sometimes called the pay-what-you-want model of business. I wouldn't consider Wikipedia to be a charity, but it's not really a retail service because I can re...
by New User
Sat Dec 09, 2017 3:19 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1028
Views: 181682

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Anything can be curried, but not necessarily should be.
by New User
Sat Dec 02, 2017 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: It's Just Us, League. The DCEU is dead, here's its Tombstone.
Replies: 39
Views: 4052

Re: Justice League

For example, we're told the Mother Boxes woke when Supes died, and that it's waking is what prompted whatzisface to use it on Victor, creating Cyborg. Yet BvS we see Wondy watching footage from some earlier time, prior to Supes dying as he wasn't dead when Wondy watched it, of a very active Motherb...
by New User
Tue Nov 28, 2017 1:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts
Replies: 26
Views: 3082

Re: Loot Boxes and Battlefronts

Games have long had randomized loot leading to advancement. Would anyone play Diablo without the thrill of RNG running in the backround and spitting out junk item after junk item? Is that gambling? Their entire progression system is based on randomized loot. Take this too far and you remove randomi...
by New User
Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:49 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2631
Views: 463254

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

Still works for me. The Add to Cart button is just relocated below the 'play now' button and 'writer a review' prompt, which places it 'below the fold' so-to speak, but scrolling down shows the Add to Cart button and it is clickable. Once I clicked Add to Cart, the 'Purchase for Myself' option was ...
by New User
Mon Nov 27, 2017 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 225489

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Yeah, that diagram by Eebster has some weird recommendations. I'm pretty certain that was not the way we were taught in school to form some of those letters, like capital M and N for example. In school, I was taught to form the numeral 6 by starting at the top, and using one single stroke. But the n...
by New User
Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)
Replies: 2631
Views: 463254

Re: Great Steam Deals (And other Online Distribution Systems)

My friend wants to buy Payday 2 Ultimate Edition for one of this friends, as a gift through Steam. But he doesn't even have the option, because he already owns it, and the Add To Cart button becomes unclickable in that situation. Steam's new gifting system has some problems.
by New User
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid
Replies: 36
Views: 3684

Re: 1919: Interstellar Asteroid

In Star Trek 4, I never understood why the alien probe came to Earth looking for whales. I mean, it was stated to be from really far away, and from an utterly unknown civilization, right? How did it know humpback whales lived on Earth? How did it know what they sound like, and why did it think it co...
by New User
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:11 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 941
Views: 225489

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I remember, in school in the 1990s, that cursive script was taught on the 3rd or 4th grade (can't remember which) and required through the end of 8th grade. When I went to high school, the teachers said that they didn't care if we used cursive script or not. It was another school district though, so...
by New User
Thu Nov 23, 2017 11:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14775
Views: 2220149

In other news... (humorous news items)

When I saw this headline, I had to double check to see that I was browsing a real news site.

'I Don't Believe In Science,' Says Flat-Earther Set To Launch Himself In Own Rocket
by New User
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 644826

Recent dream

It was a well-defined narrative, for a dream. A detailed description would be quite long. A teenage girl and boy got into a fight on Halloween, because the girl thought the boy murdered her friend. Nobody saw the girl again, and the boy wound up dead. Everyone in the town was convinced that the boy ...
by New User
Mon Nov 13, 2017 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275822

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I once heard a Crichton-esque science fiction story about a weaponized virus that was made to specifically target humans who had certain genes. If it's possible, it could become one hell of a genocide tool.
by New User
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275822

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's been a long time since I've read it, but I recall that the book says that the scientists threw in some reptile and amphibian DNA to fill in the blank spots they encountered from incomplete dinosaur DNA samples. Much later in the book, they said that maybe it was the reptile or amphibian DNA tha...
by New User
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of
Replies: 747
Views: 244526

Re: Things you remember watching but can't remember the name of

It is, but I found it a long time ago. I never reposted here saying I found it because this thread isn't very active (the entire xkcd fora isn't very active these days). Thanks for replying and for the trouble of making a new account just for me!
by New User
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89974
Views: 7575992

Re: Thoughts for ships

I'm not trying to actually do it. It was just a hypothetical question. It seems like the answer is yes.
by New User
Sat Nov 04, 2017 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1895
Views: 467752

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

Any clue as to when you played this or what platform would be helpful.
by New User
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89974
Views: 7575992

Re: Thoughts for ships

Using a device to record sound onto a magnetic tape, if I record a sound that is of a frequency too high for my ear to register, but then slow the tape as I play it back, will it make the sound audible?
by New User
Fri Oct 20, 2017 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 644826

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I thought "not a restful night" was an understatement. Then I realized this is the dreams thread, so now I consider it apt.
by New User
Wed Oct 18, 2017 12:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Thoughts for ships
Replies: 89974
Views: 7575992

Re: Thoughts for ships

What, he eats pizza with a fork or something?
by New User
Sun Oct 08, 2017 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 36508

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

I just watched a friend play Scrap Mechanic for a few minutes. The crafting system is interesting, and has several components that can be combined creatively to make contraptions and stuff. I'd be interested in seeing this game mixed with Factorio. I mean, I wouldn't play it, but I think the kinds o...

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