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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby nightlina » Tue Nov 11, 2008 12:27 am UTC

mrbaggins wrote:
nightlina wrote:this isn't really a stupid comment I suppose, but it is still kinda stupid and makes me sad inside...

I was at a shopping centre the other day and for some reason the escalator had broken and wasn't moving. There was a man in front of us with his little kid, the kid stepped onto the escalator and stopped, expecting it to move for him. When it didn't, the kid just kept standing there, even though the dad was trying to explain and get him to walk (as well as apologising to us profusely).

It really did make me a bit sad and wonder if I were to have children whether they'd forget how to walk like that someday.

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Postby Iori_Yagami » Tue Nov 11, 2008 7:30 am UTC

Neither. I was a student some years ago, though, and those are my notes.
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Postby NightStar » Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:25 pm UTC

One day in my tenth grade biology class, the teacher asked, "If there were to be a seventh kingdom of life created, what would it be?" (We learn a classification system with six kingdoms here.) The answer he wanted was viruses, since there's debate on whether or not they constitute "life". But one of the ditzy girls in the class blurted out, with complete sincerity, "Umm... Aliens?"

:shock: :lol:

I couldn't help it. I snorted with laughter. And then the whole class stared at me like I was a jerk! Really, I can't help it if her ignorance is hilarious!
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Turtle_ » Tue Nov 11, 2008 11:42 pm UTC

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Teacher: What's the most notable literary work of the the U.S.?
Student: Doctor Seuss!

... That's.. kinda debatable, really. Notability is debatable. And Dr. Seuss is awesome.


Was the Big Man kid just trying to be an asshole?

In my government class someone asked "If a democrat becomes president will gas prices go down?" Everyone knows that the policy doesn't matter at all, gas prices are only determined based on the party of the president.
.. eh? It's more of market forces that change the gas price. It has little, if anything, to do with who the President is. If anything, it'd have to do more with the legislative branch for changing the tariffs on imported oil or gasoline.


I'm pretty sure the Big Man kid just isn't the best with Spanish so she didn't understnad the question. And about the notability thing, we were trying to find an example of something similiar to Don Quixote. Dr. Seuss didn't really have the large effect the teacher was trying to find. The teacher didn't actually ask the question like that, she was wondering about what it would be then someone suggested Dr. Seuss. THe last one was supposed to be sarcastic, but I can see how it could have been hard to notice. I was trying to point out that the way they said it implied that gas prices are decided based only on the party of the president. As if someone looks it up in a book and says "Oh, a republican. I better raise prices."
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:29 am UTC

NightStar wrote:I couldn't help it. I snorted with laughter. And then the whole class stared at me like I was a jerk! Really, I can't help it if her ignorance is hilarious!

It was a reasonable answer. If alien 'life' were found, presumably it wouldn't fall into any kingdom of Earth life, and if we wanted to include it in our taxonomic system, we would have to create another kingdom. Just because you think viruses is the obvious answer, doesn't mean there aren't others.
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Sir_Elderberry » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:32 am UTC

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NightStar wrote:I couldn't help it. I snorted with laughter. And then the whole class stared at me like I was a jerk! Really, I can't help it if her ignorance is hilarious!

It was a reasonable answer. If alien 'life' were found, presumably it wouldn't fall into any kingdom of Earth life, and if we wanted to include it in our taxonomic system, we would have to create another kingdom. Just because you think viruses is the obvious answer, doesn't mean there aren't others.


Thank you. Alien life, if found, would have a good chance of being radically different--to the point of a different domain, perhaps, but who can say. Taxonomists would have fun, I'm sure.
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Re: stupidest comment ever

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Re: stupidest comment ever

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Sir_Elderberry wrote:Thank you.

You're welcome. Alpha Omicron - Being right since before you were.


Were what?
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:39 am UTC

Klapaucius wrote:Were what?

Right. I don't see how the grammar of that sentence would leave that in doubt...
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Klapaucius » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:44 am UTC

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Klapaucius wrote:Were what?

Right. I don't see how the grammar of that sentence would leave that in doubt...


When you say "that", you are referring to "that sentence", correct?

And thank you for agreeing with me. Or were you indicating a direction?
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Alpha Omicron » Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:46 am UTC

If you're trying to be weaselly, ambiguity doesn't imply incorrectness. I could post everything in Lojban, but you wouldn't want that.
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Re: stupidest comment ever

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Alpha Omicron wrote:If you're trying to be weaselly, ambiguity doesn't imply incorrectness. I could post everything in Lojban, but you wouldn't want that.


I wasn't trying to imply incorrectness. Where did you get that idea?
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Postby Ian Ex Machina » Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:51 am UTC

"I think paedophiles should be sent to death camps like they have in america."
Haha what? (University sociology student)
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Postby seladore » Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:52 pm UTC

Ian Ex Machina wrote:"I think paedophiles should be sent to death camps like they have in america."
Haha what? (University sociology student)
"I read that there were these afgan immigrants who got given a mansion whilst the poor british soldier lived in his car."
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Kartoffelkopf » Thu Nov 13, 2008 7:56 am UTC

This thread makes me lose all faith in humanity.

Provided I had any to begin with.

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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Daelar » Thu Nov 13, 2008 6:34 pm UTC

Yer read the Daily mail to lose some faith, it's the only reason I buy it.

Unfortunately it makes me look like I take it seriously...

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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby mike » Thu Nov 13, 2008 10:13 pm UTC

No, everyone is born Christian. Only later in life do people choose to stray from Jesus and worship satan instead. Atheists have the greatest "cover" of all, they insist they believe in no god yet most polls done and the latest research indicates that they are actually a different sect of Muslims.


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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby emceng » Mon Nov 17, 2008 3:02 pm UTC

I recently recalled another mind-bogglingly idiotic comment. There was a thread on Slashdot about cell phone use on airplanes. Among the usual ignorant comments this one stood out. It was something like:

If cell phones could really affect an airplane, every plane in the sky would crash every time there was a lightning strike.


Even more enraging to me was the fact that is was modded up as 'insightful'. It adds to my despair concerning the quality of any content on the internet.
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Postby Lord Aurora » Mon Nov 17, 2008 4:13 pm UTC

emceng wrote:I recently recalled another mind-bogglingly idiotic comment. There was a thread on Slashdot about cell phone use on airplanes. Among the usual ignorant comments this one stood out. It was something like:

If cell phones could really affect an airplane, every plane in the sky would crash every time there was a lightning strike.


Even more enraging to me was the fact that is was modded up as 'insightful'. It adds to my despair concerning the quality of any content on the internet.


1) Reading slashdot comments will destroy your faith in humanity.
2) Without lessening the stupidity of that statement, I will note that cell phones really do not have an effect on aircraft communications systems. They just want you (1) not bugging the ever-loving SHIT out of other passengers by yapping for the entire trip and (2) paying attention in case shit hits the fan. I recall reading an article that discussed a poll taken of frequent airplane passengers: the pollster informed them that cell phones are actually quite safe to use on airplanes, and then asked if they'd like the rules changed to allow them to use their cell phones. The overwhelming majority wanted the rules to stay the same. Probably because it's annoying enough to have a whiny kid behind you or a snoring fat guy next to you, and adding cell phones to the mix is really just suicide-inducing.
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Postby emceng » Mon Nov 17, 2008 6:24 pm UTC

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emceng wrote:I recently recalled another mind-bogglingly idiotic comment. There was a thread on Slashdot about cell phone use on airplanes. Among the usual ignorant comments this one stood out. It was something like:

If cell phones could really affect an airplane, every plane in the sky would crash every time there was a lightning strike.


Even more enraging to me was the fact that is was modded up as 'insightful'. It adds to my despair concerning the quality of any content on the internet.


1) Reading slashdot comments will destroy your faith in humanity.
2) Without lessening the stupidity of that statement, I will note that cell phones really do not have an effect on aircraft communications systems. They just want you (1) not bugging the ever-loving SHIT out of other passengers by yapping for the entire trip and (2) paying attention in case shit hits the fan. I recall reading an article that discussed a poll taken of frequent airplane passengers: the pollster informed them that cell phones are actually quite safe to use on airplanes, and then asked if they'd like the rules changed to allow them to use their cell phones. The overwhelming majority wanted the rules to stay the same. Probably because it's annoying enough to have a whiny kid behind you or a snoring fat guy next to you, and adding cell phones to the mix is really just suicide-inducing.



I have to disagree with your second point. Cell phones can and have caused interference with avionics. The likelyhood of them bringing down a jetliner is extremely small, but EMI is not a trivial concern. One problem with large planes is that they are essentially a sealed metal box when it comes to the EM radiation. So if you add one phone in, it will bounce around a bit. Add 30, or 100, or 300 phones, and it greatly increases the complexity of the situation. It becomes a reverberation chamber.

There is also the added issue of takeoff and landing. The ILS(Instrument Landing System) is used for foggy and dark landing, and is safety critical. I have read papers that say the ILS can be affected by off the shelf electronics - which is why you are asked to turn everything off during takeoff and landing.
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Everything said on juicycampus. One of the best that I've read was

minoritys cant be racist dumbass
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BomanTheBear wrote:Everything said on juicycampus. One of the best that I've read was

minoritys cant be racist dumbass
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I love the lackluster "are you shitting me" applause he gets.

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NightStar wrote:One day in my tenth grade biology class, the teacher asked, "If there were to be a seventh kingdom of life created, what would it be?" (We learn a classification system with six kingdoms here.) The answer he wanted was viruses, since there's debate on whether or not they constitute "life". But one of the ditzy girls in the class blurted out, with complete sincerity, "Umm... Aliens?"

:shock: :lol:

I couldn't help it. I snorted with laughter. And then the whole class stared at me like I was a jerk! Really, I can't help it if her ignorance is hilarious!

Sorta reminds me of 8th grade physics when my teacher finished explaining orbits and how spacecraft stay in them, complete with pictures of satellites in orbit, and one girl raised her hand and said: "This is all just theoretical, right?" The entire class lol'd.

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Postby Kaiyas » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:08 pm UTC

emceng wrote:I have to disagree with your second point. Cell phones can and have caused interference with avionics. The likelyhood of them bringing down a jetliner is extremely small, but EMI is not a trivial concern. One problem with large planes is that they are essentially a sealed metal box when it comes to the EM radiation. So if you add one phone in, it will bounce around a bit. Add 30, or 100, or 300 phones, and it greatly increases the complexity of the situation. It becomes a reverberation chamber.

There is also the added issue of takeoff and landing. The ILS(Instrument Landing System) is used for foggy and dark landing, and is safety critical. I have read papers that say the ILS can be affected by off the shelf electronics - which is why you are asked to turn everything off during takeoff and landing.

Last time I checked, all cell phone radiation works outside the spectrum used by avionics.
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Postby mrbaggins » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:47 pm UTC

Just because it operates outside, doesn't mean it doesn't create en EM field.

Never heard a phone making noise via stereo speakers?
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Postby Klapaucius » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:56 pm UTC

Today in Algebra II a girl interrupted a lesson on matrix equations to ask what -2 minus -1 is.

We are in eleventh grade.

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Postby SecondTalon » Mon Nov 17, 2008 9:58 pm UTC

That's easy. The answer is 3i squared times the only prime factor of Pi.
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Postby Klapaucius » Mon Nov 17, 2008 10:05 pm UTC

Or e^(i times pi), am i right?
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Postby emceng » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:43 pm UTC

Kaiyas wrote:
emceng wrote:I have to disagree with your second point. Cell phones can and have caused interference with avionics. The likelyhood of them bringing down a jetliner is extremely small, but EMI is not a trivial concern. One problem with large planes is that they are essentially a sealed metal box when it comes to the EM radiation. So if you add one phone in, it will bounce around a bit. Add 30, or 100, or 300 phones, and it greatly increases the complexity of the situation. It becomes a reverberation chamber.

There is also the added issue of takeoff and landing. The ILS(Instrument Landing System) is used for foggy and dark landing, and is safety critical. I have read papers that say the ILS can be affected by off the shelf electronics - which is why you are asked to turn everything off during takeoff and landing.


Last time I checked, all cell phone radiation works outside the spectrum used by avionics.


Cell phones intentionally radiate at specific frequencies, which are outside the aviation bands. The problem is that all electronics produce unintentional noise at other frequencies. Even a simple motor generator can radiate at high frequency if it is not built correctly. Another example is your computer. It is not intended to radiate at all(barring wireless, etc.), but it does have high speed electronics inside. The CPU, bus, modem, and all sorts of other components inside are blasting out EM waves at a number of different frequencies. That's why your electronic devices have stickers on them saying that they comply with FCC Part 15.

There are other issues, like phase and frequnecy shifting due to propagation medium, susceptibility ranges, and cable shielding but I will skip that.
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emceng wrote:Another example is your computer. It is not intended to radiate at all(barring wireless, etc.), but it does have high speed electronics inside. The CPU, bus, modem, and all sorts of other components inside are blasting out EM waves at a number of different frequencies. That's why your electronic devices have stickers on them saying that they comply with FCC Part 15.

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Cell phones intentionally radiate at specific frequencies, which are outside the aviation bands. The problem is that all electronics produce unintentional noise at other frequencies. Even a simple motor generator can radiate at high frequency if it is not built correctly. Another example is your computer. It is not intended to radiate at all(barring wireless, etc.), but it does have high speed electronics inside. The CPU, bus, modem, and all sorts of other components inside are blasting out EM waves at a number of different frequencies. That's why your electronic devices have stickers on them saying that they comply with FCC Part 15.

There are other issues, like phase and frequnecy shifting due to propagation medium, susceptibility ranges, and cable shielding but I will skip that.[/quote]

Can you explain to me what is meant by "This device must accept any harmful interference, even if it will cause undesirable operation"? This statement has always confused me.

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In history we were discussing how the U.S. Government can't give titles such as knight, and we talked about that for about five minutes. At the end the teacher said something like "There are no k---nig---hts in the U.S." (the Monty Python pronounciation.) A student then asked what a "k---nig---ht" was. This one isn't exactly stupid, as everyone can't be expected to know the reference. However, in the context of the discussion it would be reasonable to be able to determine the meaning easly, instead of repeatedly asking what that meant.
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby Klapaucius » Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:48 pm UTC

Turtle_ wrote:
Cell phones intentionally radiate at specific frequencies, which are outside the aviation bands. The problem is that all electronics produce unintentional noise at other frequencies. Even a simple motor generator can radiate at high frequency if it is not built correctly. Another example is your computer. It is not intended to radiate at all(barring wireless, etc.), but it does have high speed electronics inside. The CPU, bus, modem, and all sorts of other components inside are blasting out EM waves at a number of different frequencies. That's why your electronic devices have stickers on them saying that they comply with FCC Part 15.

There are other issues, like phase and frequnecy shifting due to propagation medium, susceptibility ranges, and cable shielding but I will skip that.


Can you explain to me what is meant by "This device must accept any harmful interference, even if it will cause undesirable operation"? This statement has always confused me.


I intepreted it to mean "If waves from other electronics and things like that screw with your gadget, you can't do anything about it."

Taken loosely, this meant that when I was 5 and learned how to eavesdrop on phone conversations using a toy walkie-talkie, my parents couldn't punish me for it.
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Klapaucius wrote:
Turtle_ wrote:
Cell phones intentionally radiate at specific frequencies, which are outside the aviation bands. The problem is that all electronics produce unintentional noise at other frequencies. Even a simple motor generator can radiate at high frequency if it is not built correctly. Another example is your computer. It is not intended to radiate at all(barring wireless, etc.), but it does have high speed electronics inside. The CPU, bus, modem, and all sorts of other components inside are blasting out EM waves at a number of different frequencies. That's why your electronic devices have stickers on them saying that they comply with FCC Part 15.

There are other issues, like phase and frequnecy shifting due to propagation medium, susceptibility ranges, and cable shielding but I will skip that.


Can you explain to me what is meant by "This device must accept any harmful interference, even if it will cause undesirable operation"? This statement has always confused me.


I intepreted it to mean "If waves from other electronics and things like that screw with your gadget, you can't do anything about it."

Taken loosely, this meant that when I was 5 and learned how to eavesdrop on phone conversations using a toy walkie-talkie, my parents couldn't punish me for it.



Essentially that is correct. There are two sides to EMC testing - emissions and immunity. Emissions is measuring what is coming out of the device, while immunity is seeing if the device is susceptible to different things it might encounter in the real world. In the US, the FCC does not require immunity testing, but the EU does.

For an example that should not accept harmful interference, think about an implantable medical device. These fall under other departments as well as the FCC, but in general they have to be designed to not accept harmful interference.
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Postby kinigget » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:11 pm UTC

Turtle_ wrote:"k---nig---ht"


I like my spelling better.

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It's still fall. Winter does not arrive officially until the Winter Solstice, which is Dec 21 for this year.
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby kinigget » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:47 pm UTC

well sure, if you want to be official about it. In my mind, really cold weather + snow + ice means winter.
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Re: stupidest comment ever

Postby phlip » Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:00 pm UTC

mochafairy wrote:Winter does not arrive officially until the Winter Solstice, which is Dec 21 for this year.

Like many things that the USA does differently to here, I've never understood this... why have winter officially start long after it starts getting cold, and end it long after it starts warming back up? I mean, even if you were to use equinoxes and solstices and such for measuring, wouldn't it make some sort of sense to have the solstice in the middle of winter, rather than the start? Sure, the coldest part of the year is sometime after the solstice itself, but not by a month and a half...

Unfortunately, Wikipedia doesn't seem to say how popular the two ways of measuring the seasons are... just names a couple of countries that use them.

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