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by Coyne
Sat Jan 06, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 643821

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: 6248
Views: 883305

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: 6248
Views: 883305

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: 1311

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: 6248
Views: 883305

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: 6248
Views: 883305

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: 6248
Views: 883305

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: 1798
Views: 274541

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: 14757
Views: 2215488

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: 3804
Views: 488898

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: 3340
Views: 643821

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: 14757
Views: 2215488

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: 6248
Views: 883305

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: 3340
Views: 643821

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: 3340
Views: 643821

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: 1798
Views: 274541

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: 1798
Views: 274541

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 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 274541

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
Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

CorruptUser wrote:1) Are you actually advocating we let prisoners have guns?


Shouldn't be a problem for rehabilitated former prisoners, just as long as they are also allowed to vote, and work in daycare centers and banks.
by Coyne
Tue Nov 07, 2017 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You still have to reconcile that with the fact that the second amendment specifically refers to "the people's right to keep and bear arms." This means to me that your proficiency training and so forth can't be particularly onerous,... I think you forgot a phrase of the amendment. That's o...
by Coyne
Sat Nov 04, 2017 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Terrorism is overrated as a crime. True, but Vehicular homicide is very underrated as a crime,... Citation fucking needed. Not really. He's just making the point that it's hard to tell the difference between this and some accidents. . It is a bad comparison though, because there is a big difference...
by Coyne
Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

(Yeah, the "sugartits" bit doesn't sound good, but I've heard 'worse' between people in an actual loving relationship, when they didn't think anybody was listening, especially not someone liable to talk to the media.) Yeah, well, it has absolutely no place in any professional relationship.
by Coyne
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 643821

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Dreamed about being with a bratty kid in some kind of candy store. The kid wanted some kind of high-tech pink sucker, but I didn't get it then. Instead I came back later and got it as a surprise. When I gave it to him, the kid lied that he had wanted a purple sucker. So I lied that there were no pur...
by Coyne
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8640
Views: 1558213

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

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by Coyne
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Data compiled by the Gun Violence Archive reveals a shocking human toll: [in the US] there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – every nine out of 10 days on average. Wow. Just wow. Incredible that there is such a panic when foreigners...
by Coyne
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8640
Views: 1558213

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Sableagle wrote:It's all about the dose, isn't it?


1 centametre3 of rock entering the Earth's atmosphere at 15 km/s: goodbye, city.


<pedantic>You mean "1 hectometre3".</pedantic>
by Coyne
Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8640
Views: 1558213

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Kìeselguhr in dynamite--an active inactive ingredient. Cool. Or is it an inactive active ingredient?
by Coyne
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 643821

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

emceng wrote:Had the same dream a few times last night. I somehow was buying like 8-12 empty lots in Minneapolis, for something ridiculous like $100k. I was going crazy cause it was such a great deal, then I had to raise money, then the price changed to $69k.

Could it have been Detroit instead of Minneapolis?
by Coyne
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14757
Views: 2215488

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

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-08-31/kushner-s-666-fifth-avenue-hunt-for-cash-video Jared kushner is in over his head as his family has doubled down on a 1.8 billion dollar real estate albatross. His company owes $1.2 billion and hasn't paid a single penny. The full amount is due in Feb...
by Coyne
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

And we want to give money to the Treasury? I used to work for the Treasury. I wouldn't trust them to rum a whelk stall. Are you enjoying the £6.2bn you've spent on two aircraft carriers that are regarded as strategically obsolete and, oh, don't have any aircraft? No, what pisses me off is that Canc...
by Coyne
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14757
Views: 2215488

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


I don't know what they're talking about. I have no trouble at all understanding the message.

What I'm having trouble understanding, is how they thought they would fool anyone with their excuse.
by Coyne
Sun Jul 30, 2017 2:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 883305

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Why? The question that still hangs over Justine Damond's killing Justine Damond’s death helped draw more upper middle class white residents into street protests. And what was happening in Minneapolis, in terms of the case uniting a broad spectrum of people, was also true nationally, as Shaun King, ...
by Coyne
Sat Jul 29, 2017 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1431882

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Well, supposing that they're within the rated limits, who designed this thing, Bullwinkle Moose?
by Coyne
Thu Jul 27, 2017 10:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1431882

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Flumble wrote:You want impressive numbers? 90 000, 132 000, five million, 70 500 000, three hundred million, NA, g64, TREE(3), eight.


You missed SSCG(2).
by Coyne
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14757
Views: 2215488

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


Years ago I heard a story about a CIO who was banned from his own Datacenter after pressing the button labeled, "Emergency power off".
by Coyne
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/10/business/dealbook/class-action-lawsuits-finance-banks.html If you hate the CFPB, then this rule should terrify you. Wall street titans could find themselves open to billions in losses that previously died or were warded off with binding arbitration. If you're a co...
by Coyne
Sat Jun 24, 2017 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 883305

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cops Sent Warrant To Facebook To Dig Up Dirt On Woman Whose Boyfriend They Had Just Killed The Officer Yanez case; after Castile was killed, his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds made and posted a video of the aftermath. As part of their "investigation", the cops sent a warrant to Facebook for,...
by Coyne
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 883305

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The only way they could possibly be found guilty is if they could prove premeditation. No, the defense was demanding that the officer be given some deference because of the drugs and the speed of the killing. The jury agreed with that, but it doesn't rule out a civil case. ( Civil cases only need m...
by Coyne
Wed Jun 14, 2017 3:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3804
Views: 488898

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sounds like Marco Coello ran into an ICE agent that doesn't believe in fear. The problem is not entirely new. It's not only a problem with ICE agents, but also judges: There is also evidence that suggests immigrants are not getting equal treatment once their cases reach the courts. For example, immi...
by Coyne
Mon May 22, 2017 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14757
Views: 2215488

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

Coyne's original point is nonetheless true, though: something can be within one's rights (e.g. protected speech) and still be harmful. For instance, freedom of speech protects people who say things like "Muslims should be banned from entering the U.S.", but saying that is still harmful to...

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