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by Woxor
Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain Summarizes US in Three Seconds
Replies: 78
Views: 8992

Re: McCain Summarizes US in Three Seconds

Someday Muslims and Islams will live together in harmony.
by Woxor
Tue Aug 05, 2008 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

Woxor: Leave the straw man alone for a second. Just because there are more undeniably awful things you can do to a kid doesn't mean that we shouldn't stop the lesser offenses from happening. I just said I thought it was dumb and wrong of the parents to do it. My argument has been against the sentim...
by Woxor
Tue Aug 05, 2008 2:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

So what you're suggesting then, is that it's okay to give your kid a stupid name because they'll refuse to use it. No. What's the point of giving them the name in the first place, then? I don't know. Isn't that like tattooing "LOSER" across their forehead, and saying "It's okay, Gut ...
by Woxor
Mon Aug 04, 2008 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: KBR bans cell phone use after rape victim calls for help
Replies: 59
Views: 5727

Re: KBR bans cell phone use after rape victim calls for help

Jesus Christ, it's like I'm reading some crackpot's dystopian alternate history novel. How can this not be the main story in the news for weeks?
by Woxor
Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: McCain Summarizes US in Three Seconds
Replies: 78
Views: 8992

Re: McCain Summarizes US in Three Seconds

It's pretty reasonable to say that preventing holocausts is "what America is all about." America is "all about" freedom, egalitarianism, avoiding the abuses of power common to human government, etc. There's nothing fishy here.
by Woxor
Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Stewart Calculus Confusion
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

Re: Stewart Calculus Confusion

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the single variable version plus the latter chapters gives you the regular version. I teach Calculus 2, and my students use the full version while I only use the single variable version; the latter is basically the first 11 chapters of the regular book, and anything past t...
by Woxor
Mon Aug 04, 2008 6:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Integration Problem
Replies: 12
Views: 2122

Re: Integration Problem

EDIT THE SECOND: It seems to me that integrating sec 3 (x) is a little advanced for Calc II material. Even the general form for the integral of sec 3 (x) is quite messy. It's an example worked out the James Stewart Calculus I teach out of (the only calculus book I've ever seen used in college, in f...
by Woxor
Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

Since I've had several responders to my posts, and my time is limited, I'll try my best to summarize rather than go down the list of quotes sentence by sentence. I think this sums up most of it: Deliberately hanidcapping your kid in the rat race is dumb and wrong. Kids will find something to tease y...
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: A Magical Survey
Replies: 14
Views: 1611

Re: A Magical Survey

The survey *does* determine if you have an active interest in math, at least if you actually *read*. Which not everyone will, but come on, you're in the Math forum. And I voted no. No, it determines whether you have both an active interest in math and an active interest in illusion. Those who have ...
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

Neither is assuming that saying "your argument is bad" is ad hominem. That's not what happened, and it's getting tedious to keep refuting all of these irrelevant "corrections." I made a claim. Sockmonkey called it crap and implied I was a bully, never bullied, desperate, or lazy...
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

Of course, the mere fact that the argument from fallacy can be invoked against a position does not automatically "prove" the position either, as this would itself be yet another argument from fallacy. Whee!!! You're not helping anything. So you're saying there's some kind of 'bullying lit...
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

There is so no such thing as 'building character'. Yes, there is. Enduring hardship and adversity grants you additional perspective on the world and eats away at your sense of entitlement, improving your work ethic and your ability to empathize with others. There is so much to be said for truly lea...
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

Lumping "don't give your kid a name that's going to put a target on their back" in with entitlement is kind of douchey, I must say. Yeah, a little. I was personally offended by the accusations, so maybe I overreached. My initial un-edited reply was even douchier. It's not so much that it'...
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

That kind of crap is generally spouted by: Former bullies trying to absolve themselves of responsibility, People who weren't hassled that much and therefore don't take it seriously. Ones who desperately try to assign a positive meaning to what they went through as a coping mechanism. Anyone who is ...
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: imaginary number signs?
Replies: 17
Views: 3335

Re: imaginary number signs?

Then it can't be a ring extension, as the notation implies.
by Woxor
Fri Aug 01, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

GhostWolf wrote:I would dispute that claim.

Which one?
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: imaginary number signs?
Replies: 17
Views: 3335

Re: imaginary number signs?

What I mean is, it's generally bad form to conjure up solutions to equations out of thin air. If you're assuming the existence of the complex numbers, of course there are square roots of -1. But if you're starting with the reals and trying to *construct* the complexes out of them, these roots don't...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 9 Year Old Arguing with Mom
Replies: 44
Views: 5711

Re: 9 Year Old Arguing with Mom

It was a little uncomfortable watching that at the beginning because I was thinking, "Here's a kid who has a troubled home life," etc., but then I realized that the video was being recorded by someone else (not sure why I initially assumed it was the kid), and for some reason that made it ...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"
Replies: 75
Views: 8286

Re: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"

Of course, it's entirely possible that the parents were stoned out of their mind, which thwarts any plausible form of rational empathy.
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"
Replies: 75
Views: 8286

Re: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"

Of course not. I'm not saying these people are model parents; I'm saying that they're humans who could have made a relatively understandable mistake. It's not such a huge jump to go from "my dog would never hurt anyone, I'll let him play with my child" to "my dog would never hurt anyo...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

You were never teased as a child, were you? Of course I was; how do you think I ended up at xkcd? :P Yeah, being teased makes you feel like life is the hardest thing in the world when you're eight years old, but that's life; it really and truly builds character (channeling my avatar here, lol). Som...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"
Replies: 75
Views: 8286

Re: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"

On America's Funniest Home Videos, there's someone behind the camera. Observing. Supervising, if you will. Someone who can put a stop to things if the dog stops playing and starts eating. Also, there is a big difference between letting your kid out of sight for a second, and just leaving it alone w...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: imaginary number signs?
Replies: 17
Views: 3335

Re: imaginary number signs?

Calling it 'the square root of -1' is disingenuous. A better way to define the complex numbers is as R[x]/J where R[x] is the polynomial ring over R in one indeterminate x, and J is the ideal generated by (x^2 + 1). (These are just formal polynomials, as opposed to polynomial functions.) The elemen...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Child made ward of court to allow name change
Replies: 81
Views: 6578

Re: Child made ward of court to allow name change

My wife has a distant cousin-of-a-friend-of-a-cousin-etc named "Girl." Girl's daughter's name is pronounced "ab-sih-dee." The spelling? "Abcde." While all of that is thoroughly retarded, I don't think it's that big of a deal to have a weird name. If you're going to let ...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"
Replies: 75
Views: 8286

Re: Puppy on taste of two-month old baby: "om nom nom"

So when I see a dog playing with a toddler on America's Funniest Home Videos it's "Aw, that's so cute," but when a dog mauls a child it's "That's what you get!" Come on. There may have been douchebaggery involved in letting the kid alone with a dog, but it's not fair to assume th...
by Woxor
Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 1000 blank white cards
Replies: 40
Views: 7221

Re: 1000 blank white cards

This sounds way more fun than 1000 Pitch Black Cards. No wonder no one would play with me!
by Woxor
Tue Jul 22, 2008 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 40% of contraceptive methods used in US now abortion?
Replies: 142
Views: 14451

Re: 40% of contraceptive methods used in US now abortion?

There are a lot of complexities on this issue related to the societal status and perception of women and women's rights, but that's not how the conservative side sees it at all. To a pro-lifer, abortion is killing a human being, which trumps any kind of right that isn't a matter of life and death, e...
by Woxor
Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 18cm Knife in Sandwich
Replies: 26
Views: 2370

Re: 18cm Knife in Sandwich

Imagine what could happen with one of those novelty six-foot subs! (machete, jousting lance, falchion, etc.)
by Woxor
Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama in the New Yorker, Not Just on the Cover
Replies: 1
Views: 947

Re: Obama in the New Yorker, Not Just on the Cover

That was a very, very interesting article. I strongly encourage anyone who wants a peek into Obama's political history over the last 20 years to read all 15 pages. From this piece, Obama comes off as a highly intelligent, motivated person who may or may not be an idealist at heart, but who is defini...
by Woxor
Wed Jul 16, 2008 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 40% of contraceptive methods used in US now abortion?
Replies: 142
Views: 14451

Re: 40% of contraceptive methods used in US now abortion?

I think the larger problem here is that carnies could arbitrarily deny a woman's right to ride the Tilt-A-Whirl, just because she can't prove she's not pregnant.
by Woxor
Tue Jul 15, 2008 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 63492

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

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas + Grand Theft Auto IV = GTA: Entertaining Gameplay AND Realistic Physics! Both in the same game! It just might work!! Also, like many others, I've always thought that the GTA framework (particularly with the more modern physics engines) would work well in other genres (...
by Woxor
Mon Jul 14, 2008 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Neal Stephenson talks on SF
Replies: 9
Views: 1882

Re: Neal Stephenson talks on SF

I've liked his books so far, but damn he's a boring speaker. Also, you could make a name for yourself in any time period by picking any philosophical construction and saying, "This definition doesn't even APPLY anymore!!" It's a hack's fodder for cheap publicity.
by Woxor
Mon Jul 14, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0449: "Things Fall Apart"
Replies: 152
Views: 33189

Re: "Things fall apart" Discussion

I like the comic. Not sure I agree with the alt text, but then that's a matter of opinion. I think that emotional dependency isn't necessarily unhealthy.
by Woxor
Fri Jul 11, 2008 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hardcore porn on sunday afternoon tv
Replies: 33
Views: 3532

Re: Hardcore porn on sunday afternoon tv

chaospet wrote:Haha.. imagining the reaction if this happened in the U.S. amuses me to no end...

God, we'd have a special session of congress to legalize the indefinite detention of anyone known to have viewed pornography, followed by a two-decade "War on Smut" and a non-sequitur invasion of Iran.
by Woxor
Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cyclist fined for killing young woman
Replies: 97
Views: 8908

Re: Cyclist fined for killing young woman

Dobblesworth wrote:Yes, and no.

That's interesting; I didn't know that. Probably works out better for the ones who become engineers and such, since they've all seen unit conversions before.

Also, I am the king of derailing News & Articles threads. FYI. Carry on.
by Woxor
Wed Jul 09, 2008 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cyclist fined for killing young woman
Replies: 97
Views: 8908

Re: Cyclist fined for killing young woman

Another thing: reading the article, the impact velocity was estimated at around 17mph. Recent road safety advert: "If you hit me at 40 miles-an-hour, there's around an 80% chance I'll die. Hit me at 30 and there's an 80% chance I'll live." And that's for a very small child being hit by so...
by Woxor
Tue Jul 08, 2008 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas PC repairmen legally required to be Dicks
Replies: 35
Views: 3748

Re: Texas PC repairmen legally required to be Dicks

You don't have to know all the statistics definitively to have a justified stance on something. Your standard of evidence is so strict that you've rejected my assertion out of hand, as if there were no reasonable way I could justifiably hold my opinion; that's a pretty extreme standard with an issue...
by Woxor
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas PC repairmen legally required to be Dicks
Replies: 35
Views: 3748

Re: Texas PC repairmen legally required to be Dicks

I don't think anyone is arguing or ever would argue something as ridiculous as "bad government practices can't be concentrated in certain places". I think what's being said is that it's everywhere, and saying "well, it's not as bad over here", especially based on the merits of w...
by Woxor
Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas PC repairmen legally required to be Dicks
Replies: 35
Views: 3748

Re: Texas PC repairmen legally required to be Dicks

I have heard from a friend who grew up in New Orleans that the corruption is particularly acute in the South, but. . . I live in New Jersey. Need I say more? It seems a bit unfair to target only the Southern states when you criticize corruption. Well the topic isn't "Where is the most corrupt ...
by Woxor
Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme Court rules on gun rights
Replies: 67
Views: 5656

Re: Supreme Court rules on gun rights

If you're situation is that you/your family can't afford to feed and house yourself long enough to get through High-school then do you really have the money to buy a gun/ammo/hoster/range time? Well, I don't think that's really germane; just because I can't afford a mansion in Beverly Hills doesn't...

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