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by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17090

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

In the UK, recipes using imperial will generally use ounces so there's no difference in measuring. 8 fl. oz of water doesn't quite weigh 8 oz., and anything significantly more or less dense than water is going to be way off. --- Metric is obviously better than USCS because there's an agreed-upon se...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17090

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

In the UK, recipes using imperial will generally use ounces so there's no difference in measuring.
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17090

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

Imperial measures are generally extremely well designed for day-to-day purposes when measuring the things they are intended to measure. Can you give an example of an everyday situation where using imperial is easier than metric? While baking a cake a cup of sugar is easier to measure than say 100g ...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17090

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

rmsgrey wrote:Imperial measures are generally extremely well designed for day-to-day purposes when measuring the things they are intended to measure.

Can you give an example of an everyday situation where using imperial is easier than metric?
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17090

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

and only half want to reverse it post brexit ... wait, what? Only about a half of us (who voted, about a third of us who could vote and maybe around a quarter of everyone who would have to live with the result) voted for Brexit, so 'just' half of everyone these lot asked wanting to work with pounds...
by Mutex
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17090

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I've thrown out all my socks and replaced them with the same kind before. Need to do it again soon, picked up various non-standard socks over the years and have it's made pairing them up after doing laundry difficult again. Just got back to one-sock mode. The last time I'd bought socks they looked ...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 17090

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I've thrown out all my socks and replaced them with the same kind before. Need to do it again soon, picked up various non-standard socks over the years and have it's made pairing them up after doing laundry difficult again.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

I can't wait for j_s's next one sentence retort to the many major problems with his argument people have pointed out.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

You missed the "irrelevant" bit.
by Mutex
Thu Apr 12, 2018 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7206
Views: 536842

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, the whole point of being a politician is the lucrative career you get afterwards.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

I'm not 100% sure but I think US prisoners aren't allowed to bear arms either.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Pretty sure prisoners in supermax prisons are quite limited in their ability to broadcast their ideas to the world, let alone lead anything. Especially ones that'd be almost entirely isolated in super-secure rooms, like Hitler would be in any realistic scenario.
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7206
Views: 536842

Re: Trump presidency

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-43727829 Trump tells Russia to get ready for missiles being fired into Syria. Russia responds that missiles will be shot down, and their launch sites targeted. So, Russia is going to attack US warships? I'm starting to long for the days when Trump was a bi...
by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 8322

Re: 1979: "History"

I only know about Garfield because I read a book about psychopaths, and the man who assassinated him was just about the most perfect textbook example of a psychopath you can get.
by Mutex
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:08 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Cost would be a bad area to focus on - First of all, it has little to do with morality unless you take a particularly callous view on the value of human life, and secondly it costs MORE to execute someone than imprison them for life. The money saved by getting RID of the death penalty could be spent...
by Mutex
Tue Apr 10, 2018 9:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14858
Views: 2319185

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

And the moral of the story is, don't go around kicking mooses (meese?).

Also TIL a moose is a kind of cow. Makes sense if you imagine them without the antlers.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

Killing someone in self defense is moral. Therefore there are situations where killing people is moral. All I have to do is prove that cases exist where the death penalty is moral, because it follows from that that the death penalty must be legal. So if there exists an incredibly extreme unusual si...
by Mutex
Fri Apr 06, 2018 2:30 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

There's also an issue with the idea that "<x> is moral in this extreme situation" logical leads on to "<x> is moral". Killing someone in self defense is moral. Therefore killing people is moral. And using Hitler as your sole example in an argument rarely produces a solid argument.
by Mutex
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Justifying the Death Penelty
Replies: 54
Views: 7649

Re: Justifying the Death Penelty

What if someone flat out disagrees with premise #2?

Your argument seems to be that execution is sometimes moral because you named a situation where you believe it would be moral. Seems circular.

Why would executing Hitler be more moral than imprisoning him for life?
by Mutex
Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 937513

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Did you mean to include a link?
by Mutex
Thu Mar 29, 2018 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1499035

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Also if two men are married, one of them dies, is the other one a widow or a widower?
by Mutex
Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14858
Views: 2319185

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Speaking of hard to parse headlines, what would you guess this one (from the BBC) is about?

'Deeply sorry' Labour disputes chief quits

Spoiler:
The chief of the Labour party's disputes panel has quit, saying she is deeply sorry.
by Mutex
Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1821
Views: 303067

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

On Arizona's governor's relationship with Uber: A tranche of emails published through a document request from The Guardian reveals that governor Doug Ducey went to some lengths to encourage Uber to move its program from California to Arizona, including allowing it to test self-driving cars in Phoeni...
by Mutex
Wed Mar 28, 2018 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 937513

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Pants down, don't shoot. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43574249 A US police officer shot dead an unarmed man walking in traffic with his trousers down, and his family says it looks like "premeditated murder". Police dashcam video shows Danny Ray Thomas, 34, walking towards the ...
by Mutex
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 10442

Re: Census Dickery

But citizens also use those services, so it's a moot point.
by Mutex
Wed Mar 28, 2018 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1499035

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

And then shovelling Smarties pizza into their face while sobbing bitter tears.

(Soon to be sweet tears as the sugar level in every fluid in their body rises to 20%)
by Mutex
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1821
Views: 303067

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

Apparently the distinction between an accident and a deliberate malicious crime is harder to spot than I realised.
by Mutex
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4118
Views: 547198

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I can see certain parallels in English. We call members of a tribe native to Uzbekistan Uzbeks and members of a tribe native to Kurdistan Kurds with no trouble at all, and we've got Tajiks and Afghans and Turkmen and Kazakhs too, but at some point in the last century or so we used the obvious word ...
by Mutex
Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1821
Views: 303067

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

CorruptUser wrote:Or place more speed bumps, nevermind that they tend to wear out cars much faster and thus make everyone poorer at the expense of mechanics and car manufacturers.

Or to put it another way, it'll create jobs in auto-manufacturing and repair!
by Mutex
Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14858
Views: 2319185

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Plasma_Wolf wrote:John Oliver's book Marlon Bundo is topping the Amazon bestseller list within 24 hours of its release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43457884

Isn't "Marlon Bundo" copyrighted by his wife, or is ok because it's a parody?
by Mutex
Tue Mar 20, 2018 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1821
Views: 303067

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

According to a quote from Uber, and of course we should wait to see the footage for it to be confirmed, she stepped out of the shadows right into the car's path. Pretty much impossible to program an autonomous vehicle to avoid killing someone in that situation.
by Mutex
Tue Mar 20, 2018 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What language should I learn?
Replies: 15
Views: 5198

Re: What language should I learn?

Python is good for messing around in, quickly knocking up an application that does something. Can't really think of a more suitable high-level language. There's Perl, but its usage seems to be declining and I wouldn't say it's better than Python in many ways.
by Mutex
Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Stephen Hawking has passed away.
Replies: 11
Views: 3260

Re: Stephen Hawking has passed away.

He operated his voice-box using eye twitching I believe.
by Mutex
Wed Mar 14, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7206
Views: 536842

Re: Trump presidency

Drew Miller, the Libertarian received 0.6% of the vote. I predict angry Rep voters blaming him for splitting the vote (as presumably a large enough proportion of libertarian voters would otherwise vote GOP).
by Mutex
Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7206
Views: 536842

Re: Trump presidency

Lets say the meeting actually happens. Trump and Kim sit down at a table, face to face. Can anyone genuinely see that going well? He seems to be a lot friendlier with people when he's actually face to face with them, but with Kim? I just can't see the meeting lasting more than five minutes. Minus th...
by Mutex
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4118
Views: 547198

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Shale gas could also replace a massive amount of our coal plants. Simple, quick and cheap to build, can turn them on and off to meet demand, and ~ half as polluting as coal.
by Mutex
Wed Mar 07, 2018 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7206
Views: 536842

Re: Trump presidency

Well, since trying to revive Hillary as the all-purpose bogey(wo)man of the fringe right didn't go anywhere the last half-dozen times they tried it [...] ??? The last time they tried it, it got them to the white house. He's talking about all the times since then, when the right defends Trump with &...
by Mutex
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Black Panther
Replies: 214
Views: 25206

Re: Black Panther

Isn't that basically the "Gaia" concept?
by Mutex
Sat Mar 03, 2018 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1962: “Generations”
Replies: 31
Views: 5739

Re: 1962: “Generations”

They should've started at A really.

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