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by Coyne
Sat Jan 30, 2016 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1392505

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

So I suppose this one is technically a violation of the rules; apologies in advance. But I wanted to elaborate on my feelings expressed in my prior post , with a special focus on the sky. For a time, I pursued a hobby of taking pictures of the sky. I was continually frustrated on how hard that is be...
by Coyne
Wed Jan 27, 2016 8:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1392505

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

"Enter the targets coordinates again..." ...don't we wish companies though that was more important than the email address? Anyway... 1635 , 159 and 1634 (for a cameo of the axe)... http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=50867 Alt text: Forget about birds that sing Santana; it's the hu...
by Coyne
Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Especially in this case where the video shows the cop hitting a cyclist, then getting out and kicking him. Must have been a pretty terrifying cyclist. Exactly. We shouldn't get distracted by whether officers do or don't wear vests. It didn't matter in the case of the cyclist, and I don't think it m...
by Coyne
Tue Jan 26, 2016 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In fairness, not every cop freaks out and shoots everyone, so it might simply be that some cops have a more rational risk analysis. No doubt there's a range of attitudes towards risk even among police. I don't think anyone reasonable doubts that. But, "I feared for my life," has become th...
by Coyne
Sun Jan 24, 2016 10:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1392505

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

From 1626 and 1546.

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Alt text: That was just the beginning: all kinds of idiotic collections were launched. But we overthrew them when they tried to launch our collection of internet porn.

Spoiler:
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Goodbye Tamagotchi!
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by Coyne
Sat Jan 23, 2016 8:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

How tap water became toxic in Flint, Michigan The Flint river water is known to be corrosive. When it was put into the water mains, it started leaching iron and lead out of the mains and the service lines to the houses. This problem is easily prevented by adjusting the pH of the water with lime. No...
by Coyne
Sat Jan 23, 2016 7:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

And it gets better! When this same officer was accused by one of his colleagues of conducting an illegal search in 2013, the Oregon State Police had the accuser arrested and fabricated evidence against him – by their own admission, even. This behavior is sadly consistent with numerous other campaig...
by Coyne
Fri Jan 22, 2016 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

Lazar wrote:See: Eurasianism.


I swear, argue over the sky is up or down...

And that's not even the worst...now there's Neo-Eurasianism...
by Coyne
Fri Jan 22, 2016 1:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

Wait. Why is Turkey part of Europe on that map? I've never heard of that one. That's in Spain? Huh. Also, half of Indonesia is suddenly part of Australia? That map is weird. Take a look at the Europe and Asia and Asia and Oceania sections of Boundaries between continents . Turns out that, for somet...
by Coyne
Sat Jan 16, 2016 5:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1392505

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Zohar wrote:I'm sorry, Coyne, you failed, I'm pretty sure this is slightly better. :)

Sorry. I'll try to do worse next time. :)
by Coyne
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1392505

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1630

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Alt text: Oh, wait, look: they dropped him. That's points off, right?

Spoiler:
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Quadcopters pass.
by Coyne
Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

Aw. Beat me too it. In other news Smugglers attempt to ship weed across US border disguised as carrots. US Customs described the attempt as "creative". Officials find nearly 2,500 pounds of marijuana hidden inside 'carrots' ...has a much better picture of the carrots. Elsewhere on the web...
by Coyne
Mon Jan 11, 2016 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

Or... it wasn't going to be sent on a commercial flight. Nowhere in that article did it say the intended flight was a commercial one. Well, true. Except that it seams unreasonable that a military asset, intended for a military flight, somehow got passed off to a commercial shipper. They share a han...
by Coyne
Sun Jan 10, 2016 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

Or... it wasn't going to be sent on a commercial flight. Nowhere in that article did it say the intended flight was a commercial one. Well, true. Except that it seams unreasonable that a military asset, intended for a military flight, somehow got passed off to a commercial shipper. They share a han...
by Coyne
Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

It wasn't carrying explosives, and I assume not fueled (do you fuel missiles, or is it built in?). I understand that, but think about it: The government has raised national security concerns even about this dummy missile. If it is a national security concern, why the world would you just ship it on...
by Coyne
Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

bentheimmigrant wrote:USA accidentally sends a missile to Cuba.

Cuban Missile-Gate?

So the article doesn't really say...

But I get the idea they were shipping this on a commercial flight. If so, would that seem to anyone else to be a bad idea?
by Coyne
Thu Jan 07, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

The number of actual airline accidents are small. Therefore, you get significant variation as a matter of course. Just a normal small numbers problem. No kidding. And then the press says things like, "Airline flights were five times less safe this year than last," or "Airline safety ...
by Coyne
Thu Jan 07, 2016 6:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1392505

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1624

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How about, "Just because it's here?"

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by Coyne
Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

SEC. 17-9.2. REQUIREMENTS FOR TEMPORARY FOOD ESTABLISHMENTS. Dallas City Code Despite section 17.6.1, it appears that they need permits, both on this section and based on reports of arrests made in December . The requirements are interesting. (I've avoided the previous problem by locating the curren...
by Coyne
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Chen wrote:Uh that lawsuit was BEFORE the ordinance that was posted. Presumably it was changed because of the lawsuit...


You're right. So that's kind of a push then: right argument, but not the latest ordinance. Hmmm....
by Coyne
Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

There's no red herring. We can all look at the bill here: https://dallascityhall.com/departments/codecompliance/DCH%20documents/pdf/homeless-feeding-Ordinance-No29595.pdf The key words are in 5 (B), which states: sent the notice required in subparagraph (A) at least 24 hours before the service or d...
by Coyne
Tue Jan 05, 2016 4:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Nutritionally crappy, but generally safe and brain dead to administer. The concept is, if you want to serve better food, you better wash your hands, pass a class on basic food safety. Look, I understand that feeding the homeless is in everyone's interest. However, if you spread e. coli or otherwise...
by Coyne
Sun Jan 03, 2016 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 74939
Views: 4576796

Re: Count to a Million

62640
by Coyne
Fri Jan 01, 2016 12:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I don't know about Dallas, but here in Orlando, it is specifically about keeping the homeless out-of-sight, out-of-mind. The feeding ordinance here is specifically directed at keeping people from feeding the homeless in parks. Homeless in parks make the citizenry uncomfortable, and we can only imagi...
by Coyne
Thu Dec 31, 2015 2:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They also get to schedule an election. One time, I took a shortcut through a church and I found out they were having a local election. Nobody in the city knew except for the party insiders, who handily won in a landslide. Am I the only one who's curious what type of shortcut takes you through a chu...
by Coyne
Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

The mystery of India’s deadly exam scam It's only a tiny little scandal, with 2,235 arrests by July this year, 31 dead (admittedly 5 of "suicide" and 11 of road accidents) and looks like it is set to bring down "Shivraj Singh Chouhan, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief minister o...
by Coyne
Thu Dec 24, 2015 12:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8617
Views: 1392505

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1620 + 1503

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Alt text: Humans weren't really THAT intelligent, were they?

Spoiler:
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Intelligent Life Control
by Coyne
Thu Dec 17, 2015 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

I find the idea that police overreacted to a bomb threat a little strange. I mean, its a bomb threat , not the kind of think to ever take lightly. I agree. It astounds me that there's argument that LA overreacted, looks to me like their reaction was entirely proper. React first -- assess credibilit...
by Coyne
Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I certainly don't like the idea of having money settle everything as opposed to jail timelike what normal people face when they assault other people. But then that whole settlement thing is quite alien to me. Certainly if you kill someone you can't just settle things with their family and face no c...
by Coyne
Sun Dec 13, 2015 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The problem is not with money, but with cops not facing criminal charges any penalty whatsoever for their acts of brutality. Even firing them is quite unsatisfying, because when you hurt people the penalties shouldn't be about your job. I have been nibbling around the idea that the officers should ...
by Coyne
Sat Dec 12, 2015 7:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

An officer shoots a crash victim in the neck without provocation, and then fails to report the shooting or call for medical aid. The DA rules the shooting accidental and declines to file charges. "Head jerk", "stutter step"; looks like the normal effects of recoil to me. And the...
by Coyne
Sat Dec 12, 2015 4:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

This begs an interesting question, can certain ideologies be considered a mental illness? To me, a more interesting question: Can certain ideologies cause insanity? Going by ISIS... Yeah, that's criminals, for now. But, Obama has very recently proposed expanding it to no fly lists, for which you ha...
by Coyne
Mon Dec 07, 2015 5:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13996
Views: 1891043

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

Shivahn wrote:Man arrested for trying to snort cocaine at a traffic stop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhoVWbjoJUo


The only way it could get worse?

Cop: Are you snorting cocaine right here, with me looking on?
Driver: Sure, it's great stuff! Want some? I got a key here and I'll share.
by Coyne
Sat Dec 05, 2015 6:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3124
Views: 358556

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Aside from all the people who wandered into such a zone by accident, including tourists: one thing I see ignored in all of this is the people that legitimately need to be in such areas, such as: ⋅ Employees of legitimate businesses; and the customers of the same ⋅ Pizza delivery ...
by Coyne
Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

(Which is interesting; if he committed suicide, that's homicide. So does this mean natural causes? Maybe he was sick? Hmmm....) I've never heard the term homicide used to include suicide; usually it only refers to one person being killed by another. I oopsed. I once read something that said homicid...
by Coyne
Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 74939
Views: 4576796

Re: Count to a Million

62518 A062518 Conjectural largest exponent k such that n^k does not possess all of the digits 0 through 9 (in decimal notation) or 0 if no such k exists (if n is a power of 10). 0, 168, 106, 84, 65, 64, 61, 56, 53, 0, 41, 51, 37, 34, 34, 42, 27, 25, 44, 168, 29, 24, 50, 23, 29, 31, 28, 28, 45, 106, ...
by Coyne
Sat Nov 28, 2015 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 5322
Views: 731974

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Bryan Green, who I first mentioned three posts above, has been found dead in his home. Not being investigated as a homicide.

(Which is interesting; if he committed suicide, that's homicide. So does this mean natural causes? Maybe he was sick? Hmmm....)
by Coyne
Sat Nov 28, 2015 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 74939
Views: 4576796

Re: Count to a Million

by Coyne
Fri Nov 27, 2015 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 74939
Views: 4576796

Re: Count to a Million

62505

Reminds me of an old joke (timely, though):

It's hard to soar with the eagles when you work with turkeys.
by Coyne
Wed Nov 25, 2015 10:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Syria Civil War Spreads
Replies: 751
Views: 160775

Re: Syria Civil War Spreads

Planes don't make sudden changes in momentum after they've been shot down... like what's in this Russian picture, so I'm more inclined to believe the Turkish map on this one. Not suddenly, no. But planes are very light for their volume and pieces of disintegrating planes often change course radical...

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