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by Coyne
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3366
Views: 667401

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I drove into a parking lot surrounded by buildings. No one seemed to be in any of them, and the lot was deserted except for me. The doors had various names in gold letters, one of which was "Moahk Automotive." But my heads-up display showed labels for NSA, CIA, DHS, and etc. Hmmmmmmm... Re...
by Coyne
Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 303822

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

IIRC, the original moon landing was something on the order of six inches per gallon. The moon is about 240000 miles away, and it took nearly 1 million gallons of kerosene, oxygen, and hydrogen to get there and back. 1 ft per gallon if you ignore the oxygen. Something don't seem quite right about yo...
by Coyne
Fri Feb 09, 2018 7:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I was asking for a study or report that showed that people reluctant to gather information were found of wrong doing once the information was gathered. In other words, how often does an investigation lead to the discovery of criminal action? And how would anyone know this? This is the government th...
by Coyne
Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

idonno wrote:...underlying "blacks are guilty" racism and not a "blacks are a greater threat" racism.

Are those really different problems?
by Coyne
Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1500434

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

I learned yesterday that the correct way to pronounce "parse" in British English has a "z" sound instead of "s". I just thought my team leader was pronouncing it wrong when he said it, but then I looked it up! TIL that Americans pronounce "parse" with a soft ...
by Coyne
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1500434

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

I learned yesterday that the correct way to pronounce "parse" in British English has a "z" sound instead of "s". I just thought my team leader was pronouncing it wrong when he said it, but then I looked it up! TIL that Americans pronounce "parse" with a soft ...
by Coyne
Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1500434

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

I learned yesterday that the correct way to pronounce "parse" in British English has a "z" sound instead of "s". I just thought my team leader was pronouncing it wrong when he said it, but then I looked it up! TIL that Americans pronounce "parse" with a soft ...
by Coyne
Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Mostly what the statistics quoted above show, is that we have an embarrassing lack of statistics that help us reach any useful conclusions. Mostly what the statistics support is cherry picking. Cherry pick one set and you can prove racism, "So there;" cherry pick them another way and you c...
by Coyne
Wed Jan 31, 2018 11:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4120
Views: 548559

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is that including what Iran and Pakistan have spent in order to keep the Taliban armed? No, that's extra. Probably a very small number by comparison, too. (I don't know it.) "Spending ourselves broke while our enemies spend pennies: priceless." Addendum: It's especially priceless since we...
by Coyne
Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

Long "dead" NASA satellite discovered alive by amateur astronomer A long lost NASA satellite has been found alive, if not necessarily well. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has confirmed that an amateur astronomer looking for a missing spy satellite stumbled across radio transmis...
by Coyne
Tue Jan 30, 2018 12:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 303822

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

Some futures are scary... "Orero, order me a LittleScientist DNALab. Two hour drop ship please." Two hours later... "Orero, use my DNA lab to build a smallpox virus." That's probably how the robots will kill us all. Not through malice, but blind, helpful obedience. Well, don't g...
by Coyne
Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 303822

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

Some futures are scary...

"Orero, order me a LittleScientist DNALab. Two hour drop ship please."

Two hours later...

"Orero, use my DNA lab to build a smallpox virus."
by Coyne
Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

Ginger wrote: Your experiences may vary?

Exactly. His piece is just an opinion piece and I don't agree. Matter of personal taste. And I was trying to be wryly funny and I see it fell flat.
by Coyne
Sun Jan 28, 2018 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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


Owen Smith does not know what he is talking about.
by Coyne
Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It's SOP to call in SWAT whenever there is a possibility someone owns a gun, especially if there is a chance that they may have committed a crime. Isn't that basically everyone in the United States? Yes, on both counts. Not only does the average citizen have a gun, often more than one, but there ar...
by Coyne
Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3366
Views: 667401

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

We were going to show a race of aliens how advanced humans were by demonstrating our microphone stand technology, which was far more advanced than anything they had. We were hampered a bit by the fact that, evidently, the microphone stands we brought were 40 year old relics. Later on, I was advising...
by Coyne
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3366
Views: 667401

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

(Off topic) Reminded me of an experiment I read about one time with rats. The general approach was to get the rats used to going to food through a particular path and then to block the path with something and see if they would chew through. They chewed through nearly everything that was tried; all k...
by Coyne
Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:18 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1500434

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

But in this case the accelerant is the fire. You building a rocket ship? Jose No, I'm talking about my burning swimming pool. I didn't put the gasoline on the fire, so is that okay then? I mean clearly putting gasoline on my bonfire is bad according to his rules but his rules don't say if it's bad ...
by Coyne
Tue Jan 09, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1500434

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

poxic wrote:Image


Okay, don't put accelerants on fires. I get that. But in this case the accelerant is the fire. So is that okay or not?

I hate it when they don't answer the question I want answered.
by Coyne
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

...for 5 carbons and up a prefix derived from greek is given. So, zero is greater than (or equal to) five? This new learning amazes me! Tell me again how the earth is banana shaped! Jose Well, being a computer nerd I think of it as more like a switch statement, that has terms for 1 through 4... And...
by Coyne
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

The prefix should be Greek shouldn't it? You mean, like meth- eth-, prop-, buty- Jose I knew I should have mentioned this article : Prefixes for alkanes that have 1-4 carbons are rooted historically. These are methane, ethane, propane, and butane, respectively. On the other hand, for 5 carbons and ...
by Coyne
Sun Jan 07, 2018 5:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

And nilahol…? Yeah, I didn't want to mention that one (it's proper name is zeronol) because it might lead to college kids drinking old water to get drunk, and that would be a YUGE problem for society. Let's keep this one under the table... as it were. :) Jose The prefix should be Greek shouldn't it...
by Coyne
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

For example, Mukhande Singh, the founder of Live Water, told the publication his startup's water expired after a few months — something he said was normal for "real water." That is actually true. Water decays over several months into dihydrogen monoxide and hydrogen hydroxide. Hydrogen is...
by Coyne
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3366
Views: 667401

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was being screened at the security desk in an airport. The agent wanted me to tell him the two digits of my birth month and my birth day. I told hiim 0601 (which is not my birthdate) and he looked at me funny. So then he asked me for the two digits of my birth month and last two digits of my birth...
by Coyne
Mon Jan 01, 2018 4:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You can't charge A with murder because (at least I hope it works this way) you're not supposed to assume police are murderbots. A gets charged with false police report, and the cop gets charged with one of the murder charges. I'm guessing the cop wanted to save everybody the trouble of due process,...
by Coyne
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Dauric wrote:Cod am pizza ship!


Good thing I wasn't drinking milk. When I figured that out, I laughed until the tears came.

And it did not spoil the comic, I laughed again.
by Coyne
Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:14 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: xkcd City
Replies: 20
Views: 1553

Re: xkcd City

Structure 202 3 : Anechoic Building Built and operated by the Silence is Platinic Society (not "platonic", word or practice) the building is covered internally and externally with sound absorbing pyramids. If you walk beside the building, the ear closest the building hears nothing unless s...
by Coyne
Sun Dec 24, 2017 2:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

It seems that autocorrect, voice recognition, and text readers are all out to "normalize" those of us who know how to write. (At least, I think I know how to more or less write.) A sad normal it is, too. So of course the speech recognizer fouled up, because no one would ever want to use th...
by Coyne
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

police kill a six year old child when they start a shootout in a trailer park (in otder to shoot an unarmed fleeing suspect, who they also killed) and shoot through the wall of his mobile home. From the story... Somehow, the woman was able to flee the residence into some nearby woods where the depu...
by Coyne
Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

police kill a six year old child when they start a shootout in a trailer park (in otder to shoot an unarmed fleeing suspect, who they also killed) and shoot through the wall of his mobile home. From the story... Somehow, the woman was able to flee the residence into some nearby woods where the depu...
by Coyne
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 303822

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

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-42308341 The defect that causes the neurodegenerative disease Huntington's has been corrected ... Not really corrected, but yet another palliative the patient takes for the rest of their life. Not really saying that's bad, just pointing out that yet again they found p...
by Coyne
Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

Speaking of professionals who "trace" things:

A surgeon has pleaded guilty to marking his initials on the livers of two patients while performing transplant surgery.
by Coyne
Wed Dec 13, 2017 2:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4120
Views: 548559

Re: The Darker Side of the News

"Rant about Evan" Oh, yeah. I do the interest in guns thing, but I was definitely the ostracized loner. I had no reliable friends, was bullied endlessly the other students, threatened with a pocket knife, and even strangled with rope until things went gray. For me, school was a terror. But...
by Coyne
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:52 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3366
Views: 667401

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

The neighbors were trying to start a big diesel engine on wheels, it looked to be as big as a locomotive. They were Towing it with a Toyota or Camry subcompact or something like that. I remember being amused thinking, "Yeah, like that's going to work." Finally they did manage to start it.....
by Coyne
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14871
Views: 2322203

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

Heh! If it's not clear, I don't really think that dredging up old articles via Google and breathlessly tweeting about them is really "Journalism at its finest." But I'm in full agreement with all of the points made in the referenced Julia Mangin article from 1995, and I probably wouldn't ...
by Coyne
Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 938712

Re: Police misbehavior thread

You just need to keep increasing supply until people realize that houses aren't suppose to be investments. In my country, one of the most efficient ways for the middle class to pay less taxes (in a legal manner and without leaving country) consists in buying new secondary homes and having someone e...
by Coyne
Tue Nov 28, 2017 4:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3366
Views: 667401

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

My manager lead me proudly to the new office that I was going to be working in. It was a fine big office, all my own, about 10 by 20 feet I think . No windows. But lining all walls were dozens of aquariums and terrariums containing fish, lizards, snakes, bonsai trees, and all kinds of plants. She in...
by Coyne
Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3366
Views: 667401

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I was looking at a piece of note paper hand drawn by a woman. It was a geometric proof that a certain function became chaotic after the value of 2. It was in the form of a circle containing a donut channel. The value of the function at any given point on the around the circumference was given by tri...
by Coyne
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 303822

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

CRISPR-Cas9 is amazing, and I think strong AI will combine with CRISPR to completely change the world during the second half of this century. (Hopefully for the better but there's no guarantee...) You are not thinking genetically. No daughters means no offspring means no inheritance means dead end ...
by Coyne
Thu Nov 09, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1829
Views: 303822

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

CRISPR-Cas9 is amazing, and I think strong AI will combine with CRISPR to completely change the world during the second half of this century. (Hopefully for the better but there's no guarantee...) You are not thinking genetically. No daughters means no offspring means no inheritance means dead end ...

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