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by Coyne
Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 563965

Re: The Darker Side of the News

How did he accidentally injure THREE students? What type of gun was he demonstrating? Probably something like Liston's most famous case : Amputated the leg in under 2​1⁄2 minutes (the patient died afterwards in the ward from hospital gangrene; they usually did in those pre-Listerian days). ...
by Coyne
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 563965

Re: The Darker Side of the News

[We must do something!] + [This is something!] => [We must do this!] It's marginally better than the "arming students with rocks" idea. I don't know, he looks serious to me. I think it would be more obvious sarcasm if he had gone with a ream of paper and every classroom, you know, so the ...
by Coyne
Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 563965

Re: The Darker Side of the News

U.K. man found to have gonorrhea resistant to conventional treatments Researchers at Public Health England have announced, as reported by the BBC, that a U.K. man has contracted a case of gonorrhea that is resistant to the two types of antibiotics that are normally used to treat such infections. It...
by Coyne
Fri Mar 30, 2018 11:56 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1515538

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Is there any need to distinguish between a woman whose husband has died and a woman who has never had a husband? (parallels the difference between parents who lost children and parents who never had them) Traditionally, there was, yes. It was distinction between virgin and not, between a woman who ...
by Coyne
Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1515538

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Also if two men are married, one of them dies, is the other one a widow or a widower? Widower. It's just a female/male distinction - it has nothing to do with the gender of the partner. "Bereaved" has a problem, because a person who lost one of fifteen children (or even a spouse) could be...
by Coyne
Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14950
Views: 2350325

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

Can you see Aconcagua from Everest? Everest is at 27°59′17″N 86°55′31″E, Aconcagua is at 32°39′12.35″S 70°00′39.9″W (Wikipedia). Using this great circle mapper yields 6945 miles surface distance between them on the surface. The Earth is a 360 degree sphere, and the angle between the center of the E...
by Coyne
Sat Mar 24, 2018 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1843
Views: 311105

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

I've had my automatic brakes kick in because a plastic bag was blowing across the road in front of me - full on stop from near highway speed. If someone had been behind me, it probably would have ended badly. It wasn't even that large of a bag - certainly nothing that any person would see and decid...
by Coyne
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14950
Views: 2350325

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

Now, that it is obvious the Russians played a part in breaking up the E.U. into more manageable bite sizes. Can your people strengthen their E.U. connections? For the Good of The Queen and everyone else, too. Hey now, the anti-EU crowd has got the vote just the way they like it. You don't think the...
by Coyne
Sat Mar 24, 2018 12:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6466
Views: 953506

Re: Police misbehavior thread

In all, Fischer was charged with one count of sexual battery and 12 counts of assault and battery by an officer and one count of false imprisonment. The charges could put him in prison for up to 14 years. Odd coincidence, 14 years for 14 crimes. Oh wait, I get it: wobblers , misdemeanors, up to one...
by Coyne
Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:43 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3372
Views: 673087

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

Had the kitten dream again, the one where I rescue the abandoned kittens. There were seven this time, five scrawny week-olds and two healthier month-olds.
by Coyne
Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13405
Views: 1515538

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

For years I have hung my glasses on the lamp above my bed, by half-folding them and hooking them over the arm that holds the lamp. I know it is not the best, but it was safe and convenient and a reliable place to find them when I was looking for them. Today as I was lying on the bed, I swing my arm ...
by Coyne
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6466
Views: 953506

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The problem also extends to those elements, such as police unions, who resist the idea of non-lethal force.

Police Union Boss Attacks New DA For Daring To Speak To Police Recruits About Deadly Force
by Coyne
Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3372
Views: 673087

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

The dream even had a title, "Around the World in 80 Years" ( ref ). This ne'er-do-well decided to walk all the way around the Earth, which was possible because the Earth was ruined, not sure how. The surface was all craters, some of which had a deadly acid lakes in the bottom, but overall ...
by Coyne
Sun Feb 25, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 563965

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Is it currently a religious conflict, nationalist, or just various warlords trying to prove who is the biggest and baddest? Because honestly? I think this is one of those conflicts that can be perfectly described by "Dawn of the Peck", one of the Thanksgiving episodes of Bob's Burgers. So...
by Coyne
Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 563965

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The outcome on both is that people aren't killing anybody. I can't agree. I remember a news show here in Central Florida in which they reported three murders. One person had committed murder by stabbing the victim to death. The second person had committed murder my running over the victim with a ca...
by Coyne
Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3372
Views: 673087

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: 1843
Views: 311105

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: 6466
Views: 953506

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: 6466
Views: 953506

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: 1515538

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: 1515538

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: 1515538

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: 6466
Views: 953506

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: 4173
Views: 563965

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: 14950
Views: 2350325

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: 1843
Views: 311105

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: 1843
Views: 311105

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: 14950
Views: 2350325

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: 14950
Views: 2350325

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: 6466
Views: 953506

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: 3372
Views: 673087

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: 3372
Views: 673087

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: 1515538

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: 1515538

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: 14950
Views: 2350325

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: 14950
Views: 2350325

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: 14950
Views: 2350325

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: 14950
Views: 2350325

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: 3372
Views: 673087

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: 6466
Views: 953506

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,...

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