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by Coyne
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479857

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: 109280

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: 8639
Views: 1549235

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: 3336
Views: 639297

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: 6246
Views: 874043

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: 3747
Views: 479857

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: 3747
Views: 479857

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: 6246
Views: 874043

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: 3747
Views: 479857

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: 3336
Views: 639297

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: 14683
Views: 2195135

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: 14683
Views: 2195135

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: 14683
Views: 2195135

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: 6246
Views: 874043

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: 6246
Views: 874043

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: 6246
Views: 874043

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: 6246
Views: 874043

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...
by Coyne
Fri Jul 15, 2016 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8639
Views: 1549235

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1706

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Title: ...


Spoiler:
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by Coyne
Fri Jul 15, 2016 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"
Replies: 39
Views: 7588

Re: 1707: "xkcd Phone 4"

I think it's great that it more often doesn't explode when dropped. That's important to me.
by Coyne
Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8639
Views: 1549235

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

Burkitt wrote:Image

Alt text: Continued silence.

From xkcd 1706


Great work. (He's lucky the cops didn't show up at his door.)
by Coyne
Sun Jul 10, 2016 3:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6246
Views: 874043

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Its worth noting that the size of the 2 bombs dropped were extremely small, one pound. They were designed to start a fire (I think?) and they did. It wasn't the bombs that destroyed all those houses but the fires they caused, which the fire department chose not to put out. This isn't a commentary a...
by Coyne
Sat Jul 09, 2016 9:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6246
Views: 874043

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I have several conflicting thoughts about the violence. First and foremost, violence of this type forecloses non-violent options. I don't think those were exhausted before by any means. But now look: #BlackLivesMatter discredited, to many minds. Police violence justified to many minds. Has or has no...
by Coyne
Fri Jul 08, 2016 4:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/arts/design/peter-doig-painting-lawsuit.html I'm confused here, isn't the burden of proof on the accuser? Or is it because it's a civil case? Why is it a lawsuit at all? We can scientifically prove this no? Alternately, settle by claiming it's yours, but demand hal...
by Coyne
Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8639
Views: 1549235

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

http://i.imgur.com/6UQh4Of.png My computer has a bug too. Actually, I think it might be a spider. An edit of my last xkcdsw, I remembered the long word for "horrifying bug" I was trying to think of. From xkcd 1700 A blood-eating scarab beetle...[shudder]...worse...much worse. :D
by Coyne
Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

I don't think it would pass Constitutional muster, even if it passed. What I have thought of before, and would like to see, is that the executive staff (VP and above) and the board members of any company receiving a subsidy be subject to a similar requirement. Not to mention routine and more open au...
by Coyne
Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

South Pole Station - News

Hard to find anything new, though, and the FlightAware link seems to have tapped out. Or else the planes are still in Central America, which is unlikely.
by Coyne
Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1795
Views: 270816

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

Based on the standards we set for coal and other fossil fuels, it's very safe. Based on the standards we expect from nuclear power, it's about average safety. We don't have the newest best designs because these plants take forever to build. I think it was designed in the 80s. We (USA) don't have th...
by Coyne
Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:33 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million
Replies: 83608
Views: 5617980

Re: Count to a Million

65760

Toss-up!
by Coyne
Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8639
Views: 1549235

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1694:

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Bureaucracy first! Then traps.

Spoiler:
ThisIsGovernment.png
by Coyne
Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

Lazar wrote:Mark Zuckerberg claims not to be a lizard person. Yeah, sure.

But inquiring minds are still inquiring: Is he an alien gray?
by Coyne
Sun Jun 12, 2016 3:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8639
Views: 1549235

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1689, with avatars from 26, 231 and 729.

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I can never sleep because Meal Ticket keeps rattling the springy pebbles thing. I keep trying to cover it up but Meal Ticket always makes me move.


Spoiler:
MealTicket.png
by Coyne
Thu Jun 02, 2016 2:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

PeteP wrote:I understand that anything less automated would require massive amounts of work considering the amount of request they probably have to deal with, but their automatic system is just an exploitable mess.

Not only that, but anything less automated would not be so perfect!
by Coyne
Tue May 31, 2016 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

" Interestingly, this feature is located in a crater of 80km diameter ... you can see that feature when the rim is very likely in front of the line of sight." Clearly, it's a bioluminescent version of that worm-thing from The Empire Strikes Back . Or the Klingon solar-powered mining opera...
by Coyne
Tue May 31, 2016 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

In my non-expert opinion, the GIF that shows some bright spots continuing to shine after that part of Ceres has rotated into shadow suggests phosphorescence . Or a plume that reaches well above the surface. I recollected there was a suggestion of a plume from Herschel telescope images from 2014. So...
by Coyne
Mon May 30, 2016 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479857

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Did you know the space shuttle still uses vacuum tubes? It's because they are immensely more reliable/safer. Tubes were certainly not more reliable, given their short life span. I wouldn't trust one for more than one mission. Must have been lots of fun, getting replacements for each new mission. Th...
by Coyne
Mon May 30, 2016 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14683
Views: 2195135

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

The bright spots on Ceres asteroid appear to change brighness on a daily cycle; and also show other variations. (No, no indication of life, despite the clickbait title.) Life on Ceres? Mysterious changes in the bright spots still baffle scientists One of the proposed hypotheses is that the observed ...
by Coyne
Mon May 30, 2016 12:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3747
Views: 479857

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Part of the software controlling the the Pentagon's Strategic Automated Command and Control System--our missile defense system--still runs on IBM Series I minicomputers that still use 8" floppy discs. Would you trust your nuclear missiles to a floppy disk? The government paid $10,000 to $100,00...
by Coyne
Sat May 28, 2016 8:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8639
Views: 1549235

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

[quote=Darekun]Hard's not impossible.[/quote]
Great ITT.

1682:

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It's just that there are so many that are almost the same size. And do we go by height or length? Volume?

Spoiler:
KingBuns.png
by Coyne
Wed May 25, 2016 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1685 : Patch
Replies: 40
Views: 9081

Re: 1685 : Patch

serutan wrote:Text : My optimizer uses content-aware inpainting to fill in all the wasted whitespace in the code,
repeating the process until it completes.


(Glitch: the last word should be "compiles", not "completes.")

Repeating the process until it compiles sounds...non-optimal.
by Coyne
Wed May 25, 2016 5:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6246
Views: 874043

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Oh, yes, I think that quite qualifies. I mean, one could excuse initial confusion, perhaps, but to go ahead with everything even AFTER you know it's free...why? Because he's black? When I first read it, I wondered if it wasn't a deliberate provocation. It seems very contrived, as if they were looki...

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