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by Coyne
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3352
Views: 661789

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I dreamed I was being sued by a blog for reading one of their stories, after they published it and before they unpublished it at a legal demand. Not only did I know (in the dream) they didn't have a legal leg to stand on, but I subsequently proved that my retrieval was after they unpublished it. All...
by Coyne
Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:41 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1762: "Moving Boxes"
Replies: 70
Views: 12655

Re: 1762: "Moving Boxes"

If I'm doing the box moving, I'm leaving the "MANIFOLDS" box strictly unmolested. Might take a chance on that one on the bottom labelled "DOUGH", just on the off chance...
by Coyne
Tue Nov 22, 2016 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Efficiency of prime sieve
Replies: 7
Views: 6241

Re: Efficiency of prime sieve

A couple of hints I can add. To test primality using the sieve you only need test candidates through CEILING(SQRT(N)). For 32 billion, that works out to a maximum value of P of 178,886. Reason: Suppose that there is some composite number C = P*P such that P > SQRT(C)...but that isn't possible. There...
by Coyne
Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News


<sarcasm>Oh that's no big deal. Just following the good example of the United States, which never joined at all.</sarcasm>
by Coyne
Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:Wasn't Allende in the process of nationalizing the farms though? Quite sure that that sort of thing has historically ended... poorly.

Oh, yes, you're right. That would have been horrible. The murders, torture, and internments without trial were such a huge improvement.
by Coyne
Sat Oct 01, 2016 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Djehutynakht wrote:It takes a special kind of world leader to Godwin himself.

I miss the days where the US could just subtly replace any regime that was causing us problems in one of our allied states...


That's because we could install such great leaders as Augusto Pinochet and Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, right?
by Coyne
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14780
Views: 2293335

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

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:
thunk wrote:According to Life.ru, bombing Syria is necessary to prevent Da'ish from building a "secret moon base".

They'll have to fight the moon Nazis for it.


They'll have to contend with Moon Maid's people, too.
by Coyne
Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3352
Views: 661789

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I was with a starlet (name reserved) about a third my age. We were laughing together--and helping each other--because we were both gimps. I had broken my leg, which was in a cast and her knee joint was immobilized for some reason. Then we were in Walmart and she picked up two of some common item, th...
by Coyne
Tue Sep 27, 2016 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14780
Views: 2293335

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

The scientist is actually also wrong. The Moon's gravitational pull on the earth is only 90x stronger than that of Jupiter. The Sun's gravitational pull is much, much stronger than either of them. But the tides aren't caused by gravitational pull directly, but by the difference in gravitational pul...
by Coyne
Sun Sep 25, 2016 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That's why the last time it happened, the courts ruled that you had to let them go, guilty and all. Most of the dumb/unlucky ones reoffended, but it was for the best to let everyone go. It happened before, I was checking if it was gonna happen again. Wasn't that related to intentional fabrication o...
by Coyne
Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

So...what about all those people we put in jail based on their testimony? And you think that bothers the Attorney General? I mean, if I'd needed no other indication she was lying (that she was opposed to anything that might discredit forensics, no matter how slapdash or unscientific ) that line, &q...
by Coyne
Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Your math is off somewhere. $38 billion over 10 years, $3.8 billion a year, works out to $11.80 per US citizen per year. (Not that I am claiming that makes it all better--it still sucks big time.)

(Oh, yes, BTW: I agree pop-ups suck big time, too.)
by Coyne
Thu Sep 15, 2016 2:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I think I need to elaborate a little. The term "a grand" is US slang for $1000 US. It started as underworld (organized crime) slang and derives from the sense of "grand" as in a great or large amount (think $1000 US in 1920). It was usually spoken: "Tony just bet ten grand.&...
by Coyne
Wed Sep 14, 2016 6:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I had a double-take before I realised they didn't mean 57 gigadollars... While I never even thought of it being the giga- prefix. In money, 57 G's (grand) is just thousands. Grew up with that and never even thought of it as a conflict. Obviously it is a conflict. Should I file a style complaint? Nah.
by Coyne
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm not sure if the purple thing is a knife, but the black and orange knife is probably legal : ...<snip> ...So, odds are, even their pretense for the stop is crap. The article that precedes that one is somewhat more illuminating. This is also illuminating: NYC pays $57G to electrician after cop wr...
by Coyne
Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

NYPD bust a guy for possession of a folding knife, take 18 grand from him in civil forfeiture, brag about it on Twitter accidentally doxing him in the process I'm not sure if the purple thing is a knife, but the black and orange knife is probably legal : the blade looks to be 3.7 inches long, measu...
by Coyne
Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3352
Views: 661789

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I awoke remembering only the voice and the declaration it made, with no other context. It said, "I gave you an order Deputy Dawg. You will be there, on time, or I will have you locked in your own jail."
by Coyne
Tue Sep 06, 2016 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1816
Views: 296479

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

I don't know, but I think there are a lot of assumptions in these studies about people that are unwarranted. Such as: ⋅ Most people have no budget; or more pertinent, do not know the monthly income they need ⋅ Most people wouldn't adjust their hours--increase their effort--to mee...
by Coyne
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14780
Views: 2293335

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

commodorejohn wrote:...nah. It's Florida Flori-duh.

FTFY
by Coyne
Sat Sep 03, 2016 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia wrote:*"I swear that shooter misunderstood my call to lynch them all, it was a metaphor for voting them out"

I'm not sure this is an accurate statement: "metaphor" is an awfully big word for one of these "target the opposition" Republicans to use.
by Coyne
Thu Sep 01, 2016 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14780
Views: 2293335

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

Rocketry: it be hard! A test, not takeoff. I love how they call a giant pillar of fire an "anomaly". I certainly hope that's not SOP! Comes from NASA. Challenger was called an anomaly early on. I'd feel sorrier for them if the payload hadn't been part of Zuckerberg's scheme to take over th...
by Coyne
Wed Aug 31, 2016 1:42 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1592492

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Rob: "Not fair. You really expect me to write a WoW addon like that in ten seconds?"

Black hat guy: "No, Rob, I expect you to die."

123
by Coyne
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1484923

Re: Today I Learned

By the way, I've hurt my shoulder. Condolences. Heal quick: you'll need that arm (and, evidently, a crowbar) to open tea bags. (Sometime in the future, aliens will find us all dead with unopenable packages--and broken scissors--nearby. The aliens will find the contents of the packages are still &qu...
by Coyne
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Mr Duterte describes it as a pandemic, afflicting millions of his fellow citizens. It is also very profitable. He has listed 150 senior officials, officers and judges linked to the trade. Five police generals, he says, are kingpins of the business. But it is those at the lowest levels of the trade ...
by Coyne
Tue Aug 16, 2016 12:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 118421

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

This is roughly akin to saying "it's not sketchy for me to demand money" and "it's not sketchy for me to enter a bank" and "it's not sketchy for me to hand someone a note" and "it's not sketchy to rapidly run to my car" to support bank robbery. Uh, no, it's i...
by Coyne
Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8641
Views: 1592492

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

chridd wrote:It's Superzoom!


I loved the software enhancement one. No doubt it can take the pale blue dot and enhance it to where we can see where all the banded falcons were then, right?.
by Coyne
Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3352
Views: 661789

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I was an international jewel thief. A partner (female) and I stole a packet of gems, then we stole a train to get away. That was fine until we came to the place where the track abruptly jagged left into a U shape, swinging out and back and returning to the straight track ahead. The sheriff was comin...
by Coyne
Sun Aug 07, 2016 4:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Unless I'm misreading you're saying that because the shot against a non-moving target in this circumstance should be something a trained officer should be able to do with a rifle, no problem, then the fact he hit Kinsey implies he did it on purpose. I could buy that logic, if 2 of his 3 shots didn'...
by Coyne
Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What happened was that "non-bigots" got complacent. The bigotry never really went away, it was just driven into the dark corners; like roaches, looking for better conditions to return. Oh, that's all true, but hidden bigotry is still a much better state of affairs. You can't ever cure a b...
by Coyne
Fri Aug 05, 2016 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I wouldn't say bigots have been vanquished. Not when anyone who's not white is in risk of getting killed simply for being seen by the police, women's rights and control over their bodies are constantly under attack, transgender people are just as much, and it's acceptable for some kids to get taugh...
by Coyne
Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Imagine you're a cop. You see two guys sitting on the ground and one of them is holding something that looks like it might be a firearm. You aren't sure, but it looks like one. You also aren't sure why the two of them are sitting on the ground. Are they friends or is one holding the other at gunpoi...
by Coyne
Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4084
Views: 534520

Re: The Darker Side of the News

elasto wrote:*Insert comment about how the terrorists have won*


I think that is misdirected: it's more like the *bigots* have won.
by Coyne
Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3352
Views: 661789

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I dreamed about aliens that could speak perfect English (they were *ahem* colloquial) and were self-mobile, somehow. Their appearance? Black iron wire, about 2 mm thick and 50 cm long.

...don't ask, I have no idea.
by Coyne
Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14780
Views: 2293335

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

As for trade hitting concentrated pockets vs overall gains, I liken it to military spending. If we closed down an outdated weapons program, the same sad pathetic angry formerly high paid workers get laid off while the country as a whole benefits by spending dollars where it's most valuable. Well ok...
by Coyne
Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14780
Views: 2293335

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

That argument applies to population growth but doesn't apply to changes in the current population. The argument is that increasing non-white prosperity reduces white prosperity, because prosperity is zero sum. It is trivially easy to show that prosperity is not zero sum; if it were, halving the pop...
by Coyne
Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14780
Views: 2293335

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

It stems from the belief of a zero sum game in prosperity, where any gains by nonwhites means automatic losses for whites. Demonstrate that it isn't at partly true. By any metric. By contradiction. Per "the theory," the easiest way to double everyone's "prosperity" is to halve a...
by Coyne
Sat Jul 23, 2016 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

So I was reading about all the inconsistencies, and I agree their story doesn't make any sense at all.

And I think it says things about policing in the US: That the police don't care if we know they're lying. It says a lot about accountability, and the fawning obeisance of so much of the citizenry.
by Coyne
Fri Jul 22, 2016 3:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

sardia wrote:Given that he considers BLM a good thing, I'm thinking, 'close enough'.

Given Ferguson, what kind of response would you think is good? Never mind, I get it: Saint Darren and the servants of light and all.
by Coyne
Fri Jul 22, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Racists, police, and a larger group of anti-progressives, regard #BlackLivesMatter as a threat on a par with the Black Panthers. Regarding the Black Panthers as a threat in the first place is already racist and anti-progressive, or at the very least ignorantly credulous of racist and anti-progressi...
by Coyne
Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6356
Views: 925992

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Scottish deescalation Right, the article was a semidirect repudiation of deescalation tactics. The cops in the article are aware of Scottish techniques, but they consider it either a myth or a bad idea. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/18/black-lives-matter-note-found-near...

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