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by Coyne
Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1640529

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: 8651
Views: 1640529

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: 3381
Views: 684724

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: 14993
Views: 2384968

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: 4190
Views: 579183

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: 14993
Views: 2384968

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: 6473
Views: 971330

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: 13405
Views: 1542718

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: 13405
Views: 1542718

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: 14993
Views: 2384968

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: 4190
Views: 579183

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: 6473
Views: 971330

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: 6473
Views: 971330

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: 4190
Views: 579183

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: 14993
Views: 2384968

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...
by Coyne
Sun May 21, 2017 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

Qualifies more as ridiculous than humorous. ...arguing his date's behaviour was "a threat to civilised society". Ought to thank their friend. Caught this behavior early. Listen, "Texas man": crappy lawsuits like this are also a threat to civilized society. Not really. Every pers...
by Coyne
Sat May 20, 2017 11:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

Deva wrote:Qualifies more as ridiculous than humorous.
British Broadcasting Corporation wrote:...arguing his date's behaviour was "a threat to civilised society".

Ought to thank their friend. Caught this behavior early.

Listen, "Texas man": crappy lawsuits like this are also a threat to civilized society.
by Coyne
Sat May 20, 2017 11:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3381
Views: 684724

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Had one that was even more holodeck than usual... The setting was New York State DMV (I've never been in the state, much less the DMV) whre apparently I'd just qualified for a license. The DMV lady asked if I'd be willing to take a depth perception test. She didn't give me much guidance beyond where...
by Coyne
Tue May 16, 2017 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 579183

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Nitpick: this isn't really "insider trading", although it is a fairly serious ethical breach. Insider trading specifically requires access to material that is 1) confidential and 2) material while one is in a "relationship of trust" with someone, as well as being informed of suc...
by Coyne
Sun May 07, 2017 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

Bitter-sweet humour: Learner prevented from passing driving test due to instructor . (As a bonus, though, police Twitterer fails basic grammar test.) I wonder: if an instructor has lost his license, can he still give tests? Is he still qualified? I mean, they say, "Those who can't do, teach.&q...
by Coyne
Sun May 07, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1640529

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Made slightly worse! :D I can't agree--it is much worse. Very funny, too. :D I have a friend a bit like this--gets mail in one town, at a Post Office Box, lives in another town. Getting the street address was, well, you'd have thought i was an ax murderer planning a tour. Or at least planning to gi...
by Coyne
Sun Apr 30, 2017 4:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1640529

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1830 and 1828.

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...and I thought it was just a model for a lame TV series...

Spoiler:
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by Coyne
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

The requests would all be identical, right down to voice, inflection and timing. Could Google have technology that detects such problems and automatically defeats them?
by Coyne
Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3381
Views: 684724

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

My nightmare was presented as a story-within-the-dream The story took place on facing pages of a picture book. The picture was of many blue-green paper dolls crowded on the red-brown pages, Where's Waldo style, and they were attending a pot luck dinner. The mass murderer doll killed all the other do...
by Coyne
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

I say why not save flat maps for later schooling and instead teach from something like 3D Interactive Earth Globe ? No flat projection is without problems, and physical globes (most ideal) have problems in teaching environments. As the student graduates to flat maps, the form should be introduced in...
by Coyne
Sat Mar 04, 2017 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8651
Views: 1640529

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1800:

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Alt text: Quite a few of our political arguments are declared drawn due to the fifty move rule.

Spoiler:
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by Coyne
Sat Feb 25, 2017 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1542718

Re: Today I Learned

A few days ago, I learned that the peace sign is a combo of the flag semaphore signs for N and D, standing for "nuclear disarmament." http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/02/delicate-sketches-of-the-original-peace-symbol-to-be-exhibited-in-london/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_symbols...
by Coyne
Sun Feb 19, 2017 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 579183

Re: The Darker Side of the News

That's what I gathered listening to the radio last night. It's been raining cats and dogs here for the last few weeks (and more generally, over the course of the "winter,") and as has been mentioned, it's after years and years of drought. I'm not surprised the infrastructure is having som...
by Coyne
Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

But the projected sequence of events is: (1) extradition to Sweden; (2) US files espionage charges and demands extradition of Sweden; (3) Sweden dismisses/bypasses charges there and extradites Assange to the US. The charges in Sweden appear to be very weak. In fact, I believe that officially he is ...
by Coyne
Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

Chelsea Manning has had her prison sentence commuted by President Obama. Manning has served 7 years of a 35 year sentence for leaking classified files related to the Iraq War. She is scheduled to be released May 17, 2017. I wonder where this is going to lead. It's basically a promise from Assange t...
by Coyne
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 579183

Re: The Darker Side of the News

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/12/health/rise-in-infant-drug-dependence-in-us-is-felt-most-in-rural-areas.html?_r=0 It's crack babies all over again, except they're white, so that must mean it's important. In all seriousness, it's gonna be a long time before the country gets serious about prosecuti...
by Coyne
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14993
Views: 2384968

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

Scientific progress is exponential, not linear. Please offer a rigorous definition of 'scientific progress' that has a clear metric that can be measured. Measure years between achieving one tech and the next! I've made 26 patents on a blood pressure pill. Each one improves results by 1%and extends ...
by Coyne
Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3381
Views: 684724

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: 13321

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: 7373

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: 4190
Views: 579183

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: 4190
Views: 579183

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: 4190
Views: 579183

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: 14993
Views: 2384968

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: 3381
Views: 684724

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...

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