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by Mutex
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537626

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: 8338

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: 7670

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: 14869
Views: 2320668

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: 7670

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: 7670

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: 7670

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: 937957

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: 1499657

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: 14869
Views: 2320668

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: 303219

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: 937957

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: 10449

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: 1499657

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: 303219

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: 547727

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: 303219

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: 14869
Views: 2320668

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: 303219

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: 5235

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: 3264

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: 7207
Views: 537626

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: 7207
Views: 537626

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: 547727

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: 7207
Views: 537626

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: 25262

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: 5753

Re: 1962: “Generations”

They should've started at A really.
by Mutex
Sat Mar 03, 2018 12:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic
Replies: 538
Views: 47598

Re: Sexual Harrassment Epidemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zux9_yWM7OM I've been to a gay bar once in my life. Went along with a few friends of mine. I'm not gay, but sure, why not? While there, I was groped on the dance floor several times in several different ways, and received a very sudden and unexpected kiss while waiti...
by Mutex
Fri Mar 02, 2018 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 9746

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

You can hardly avoid the subject with American history to be fair, what with the civil war that happened, and the ~ 20% of Americans living today descended from slaves.
by Mutex
Fri Mar 02, 2018 9:33 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)
Replies: 103
Views: 9746

Re: ITT: rmsgrey is wrong about slavery (from Black Panther)

We certainly learned about the slave trade at school. It was a long time ago so I don't remember details, but the 20% of slaves dying in the ships was definitely something we were taught (I actually thought it was even more than that). I'm 34, if rmsgrey is significantly older then maybe it wasn't t...
by Mutex
Wed Feb 28, 2018 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537626

Re: Trump presidency

It'd be fine until Wesley Snipes shows up.

Anyway at least we're back on topic now we're talking about assholes.
by Mutex
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537626

Re: Trump presidency

So the advantage of brick and mortar stores is you get practice interacting with assholes.
by Mutex
Wed Feb 28, 2018 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1499657

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Today I learned the average humidity for England is basically in the 70-90% range unless you're right next to the coast. I looked it up to put the current 54% into context, because I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity, sinus issues and dry lips. Presumably the humidity dr...
by Mutex
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537626

Re: Trump presidency

In related news, not that this is the "internet giants forcing small/local/high street businesses out of business thread", Maplin (electronics chain) and Toy's R Us both went under administration today. Certainly Maplin had the same issue as the book stores, not enough range in a small sho...
by Mutex
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1499657

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Today I learned the average humidity for England is basically in the 70-90% range unless you're right next to the coast. I looked it up to put the current 54% into context, because I was wondering why we're having issues with static electricity, sinus issues and dry lips. Presumably the humidity dro...
by Mutex
Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017
Replies: 120
Views: 18091

Re: Let's talk about Net Nutrality in 2017

Can we all just take a moment to discuss the incredible bravery of Ajit Pai? https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/02/nra-gives-ajit-pai-courage-award-and-gun-for-saving-the-internet/ Someone on there made the point that even though most Republican voters support NN once they understand it, they...
by Mutex
Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537626

Re: Trump presidency

*wipes tear from eye*
by Mutex
Mon Feb 19, 2018 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537626

Re: Trump presidency

Zohar wrote:I can't believe I'm defending Trump.

In fairness this is nowhere near the worst thing Trump has done.
by Mutex
Mon Feb 19, 2018 6:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537626

Re: Trump presidency

Maybe it's just me, but I've been reading people as describing things from the point of view of the men in question, not their own point of view. E.g. the kind of guy having an affair is going to be thinking about women in that way; not that the posters talking about the guys having affairs think o...

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