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by Nomic
Mon Mar 11, 2013 10:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks
Replies: 30
Views: 4535

Re: Breaking up Sex Offenders With Tiny Parks

Now, I don't like sex offenders any more thna anybody else does, but this is just stupid. Sex offenders still have to live somewhere, and the whole point of the regulations that prevent them from living near schools or parks is to make sure they live far away from the places where people they could ...
by Nomic
Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Please Answer Entirely Honestly: World Domination
Replies: 48
Views: 9759

Re: Please Answer Entirely Honestly: World Domination

Haven't really given tougth on how to do it (beside "Step 1: acquire loads of killer satellites/intercontinental ballistic missiles/similar devices", which is obviously outside my ability and resources to do). It's more about what I'd do. To be honest, I don't want to rule the world. Runni...
by Nomic
Sun Dec 16, 2012 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shooting at CT Elementary School
Replies: 540
Views: 55657

Re: 27 dead in Shooting at CT Elementary School

Now, implementing a Britain-style gun ban in USA would be nearly impossible, as so many people own guns that confiscating them all would cost huge amounts of time and money. However, having some kind of laws in place to make firearms harder to acquire would be a good idea, and would help to reduce s...
by Nomic
Thu Sep 20, 2012 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Did you become less idealistic as you got older?
Replies: 19
Views: 5931

Re: Did you become less idealistic as you got older?

I used to see the world as a lot more black and white when I was younger. At some point I became really cynical, then grew out of that as well. Mind you, I'm still pretty idealistic in some ways, I've just come to accept that most people don't make a huge difference in the world, most people don't g...
by Nomic
Fri Sep 14, 2012 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie
Replies: 160
Views: 22784

Re: Egyptians riot over low-quality movie

Probably people who have problems with western countries in general using the protests as an excuse/opportunity to do their own thing.
by Nomic
Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1082: “Geology”
Replies: 66
Views: 21307

Re: 1082: “Geology”

Fact: every geologist owns one of those hats. True. Well, I own one atleast. And I can attest that there are a lot of female geologists. In the university we study we seem to have an about even split between male and female geology students, which is more than a lot of other departments of natural ...
by Nomic
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Superstitions
Replies: 42
Views: 8485

Re: Superstitions

Dice-based superstitions are extremely common. I play RPGs and Wrahammer, so I have some as well. I always rather use my own dice than my opponent's, I have a few "lucky" dice that I use for specific rolls (altough this is less because I genuinely believe they're lucky and more because the...
by Nomic
Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1069: "Alphabet"
Replies: 166
Views: 39426

Re: 1069: "Alphabet"

The thing I like about Finnish compared to English is that in Finnish words are pronounced as they are written, ie. each letter is generally pronounced the same way (barring some that aren't used in native Finnish words, like C is, depending on the word, pronounced like eighter K or S). That's why w...
by Nomic
Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1066: "Laundry"
Replies: 50
Views: 17632

Re: 1066: "Laundry"

With me it goes body>hamper>washer>closet>body. I'm not a veyr clean person but I've never gotten people who leave their clothes on the floor. It's not that much more difficult to stuff em all in a closet and it looks a lot better (as long as you don't open the closet).
by Nomic
Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Breivik sane?
Replies: 37
Views: 7153

Re: Breivik sane?

I would call Breivik crazy in the same sense I think most murderers, dictators and evil people are crazy. Normal people don't do things like that, so therefor these people must by definition be abnormal. A sane man doesn't just shoot seventy innocent people. On the other hand, I'm not sure if he mee...
by Nomic
Mon Apr 09, 2012 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 80778

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

If'm suprised at the deepest oilwell being that deep. Usually oil can only from in the depth of a few kilometers, since when you go deeper the heat causes it to turn into natural gas and asphalt. The Kola superdeep borehole is pretty much the deepest we can go with conventional equipment, because at...
by Nomic
Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Synesthesia: Do you have it?
Replies: 126
Views: 25800

Re: Synesthesia: Do you have it?

On of my friends noticed that the painkillers he was prescribed with when he broke his leg gave him synesthesia (it went away after he stopped taking them). He told me that green and purple produce a pleasant harmonic sound, while yellow is loud and discordant.
by Nomic
Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:30 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109461

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

southpointingchariot wrote:Where's Nomic Randall? Shame....

Edited out spam link. -Lanicita


I'm right here.

Calvinball is basically a variant of Nomic, isn't it? Altough without players taking turns to alter the rules and instead just shouting whatever they come up.
by Nomic
Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iran Captures US Stealth Drone
Replies: 73
Views: 9487

Re: Iran Captures US Stealth Drone

Wasn't there a case earlier this year where people hacked into the video feed of spy drones in Afganistan? Seems the military hasn't bothered to make their systems more secure since then if something like this can happen. Not too suprising, really, as I don't think the military brass really gets how...
by Nomic
Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 41036

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

Chemtrails...Yeah, I've heard of 'em. Found a nice site once with pictures of strange contrail patterns and supposed testimonies (read: bullshit made up by somebody) from people working with planes and being ordered to isntall things thta looked like chemical dispensers (like you see in cropdusters)...
by Nomic
Wed Oct 19, 2011 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0966: "Jet Fuel"
Replies: 168
Views: 41036

Re: 0966: "Jet Fuel"

I somestimes read conspiracy theory sites because they tend to be kinda funny, and often have pretty good ideas for stories or rpg campaigns or stuff. There was this one site I once found that had a list of various secret army bases in USA, and I liked how it listed bases know to exist even if they'...
by Nomic
Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Flat Earth Society
Replies: 121
Views: 69991

Re: The Flat Earth Society

Flat Earth Society is hilarious because as far as conspiracy theories go, it's just so out there. Most conspiracy theories atleast have some reason for there to be, you know, a conspiracy. Eighter the goverment is working with aliens and wants to keep the existance of extraterrestrial life a secret ...
by Nomic
Tue Oct 11, 2011 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Giant cuttlefish eats ichthyosaurs
Replies: 9
Views: 2993

Re: Giant cuttlefish eats ichthyosaurs

Science finally finds proof of Cthulhu. This is highly speculative, but I really hope it turns out to be true, since it's really awesome. Shonisaurus was the largest known speciest of marine reptiles, so finding out they weren't on top of the food chain is pretty freaky. Also, I can't help but wonde...
by Nomic
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:13 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate?
Replies: 92
Views: 13008

Re: Hypothetically would you fight god to save your soulmate

Depends. Would there be a punishment of failure? If not, then definitely. You should atleast try to help if you can. If yes, and the punishment would be severe, like losing your own soul, then probably not. No offense to my hypotethical soulmate, but if you have to fight against deities, it's usuall...
by Nomic
Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3406
Views: 784030

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I don't usually dream (or perhaps I just forget what I dreamt before I wake up) but last week I had a dream that there was a zombie apocalypse. I also had happened to have booked myself a ticket on a ship leaving from the terminal near my house, so I headed there, figuring I'd be safe from zombies i...
by Nomic
Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:35 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0913: "Core"
Replies: 95
Views: 21394

Re: 0913: "Core"

I'm totally going to introduce myself like this from now on.
by Nomic
Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Conspiracy theories and religion
Replies: 74
Views: 8037

Re: Conspiracy theories and religion

Meh, it's more like One person hears voices and comes up with crazy bullshit: he's called crazy. One person heard voices and came up with crazy bullshit several thousand years ago: somebody built a religion around it (but he probably still got called crazy in his lifetime). If I were to tell people ...
by Nomic
Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 752551

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

What. I knew the tobacco-company-sponsored political ads over the plain packaging thing were getting pretty stupid, but this... ...Yeah, that's pretty stupid. I'm not even sure what plain cigaret packaging has to deal with the nannys state or, for that matter, why should there be a law that require...
by Nomic
Tue Jun 14, 2011 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bachman for Pres..President?
Replies: 18
Views: 2252

Re: Bachman for Pres..President?

To be honest, sometimes I wish some crazy nutjob got into power just so they'd find out that actually beign the president is pretty damn difficult. It's eays to yell insults form the sidelines and claim Obama is a communist muslim nazi out to ruin the economy, but a whole other thign to actually do ...
by Nomic
Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0890: "Etymology"
Replies: 170
Views: 29925

Re: 0890: Etymology

iirc, in the original script it was indicated that Han was talking out of his ass when he made the 12 parsecs claim, so it was entirely possible that eh didn't actually know what parsec means and thought it was a measurement of time instead of distance. Of course the EU latches onto every little det...
by Nomic
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Clash of civilizations
Replies: 348
Views: 23984

Re: Clash of civilizations

They've committed crimes, and should therefor be punished. Kidnapping and robbing people is a serious offense, even if you are only doing it because you need to do so to survive. The trial is, admittably, largely meaningless, but we need a trial because that's how our justice system works. Personall...
by Nomic
Mon Apr 11, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian soldiers to be investigated over racial slurs
Replies: 37
Views: 4126

Re: Australian soldiers to be investigated over racial slurs

I definedly wouldn't go as far as to jail them for saying stupid shit (if we'd start doing that, we'd probably have to jail 90% of the human population), but they should probably get demoted or maybe even discharged. Making comments about wanting to kill civilians is a pretty big no-no. However, I d...
by Nomic
Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 10 reasons we should revive the Dark Ages
Replies: 66
Views: 6839

Re: Top 10 reasons we should revive the Dark Ages

Middle Ages was a pretty crappy time to live in, compared to modern times at least, but also not quite as bad as lots of people claim. One thing than most people misunderstand is the life expectancy. Since they didn't have modern medicine, people were more likely die of diseases when they were very ...
by Nomic
Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 1/3 of Russians are living in a geocentric solar system.
Replies: 53
Views: 6011

Re: 1/3 of Russians are living in a geocentric solar system.

I'm willing to bet a large amount of those answers came about due to the wording of the questions and peoples tendency to answer before fully thinkign through Even if you know fully well that laser works by focusing light, when somebody asks you a whole bunch of questions, including "true or fa...
by Nomic
Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: So Long Tevatron...
Replies: 42
Views: 6004

Re: So Long Tevatron...

Suppose they could just build a bigger collider, but it would be kinda pointless since they cost so much and we already have the LHC.
by Nomic
Tue Jan 11, 2011 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: My lapto's keyboard just broke
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

Re: My lapto's keyboard just broke

It's an Spire 5920G. The way the keyboard is build, I could probably get a replacement *or the thing underneath the keys, but I would have to pry o** every key to put it in. And I'm not sure where you can get replacement parts like that.
by Nomic
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: My lapto's keyboard just broke
Replies: 6
Views: 1404

My lapto's keyboard just broke

I don't know why, but the key between D and G on my laptop stopped working. I was playing wow, and suddenly had a disconnect (I wasn't the only one eighter), and when I tried logging back, I ound out that the key had somehow become stuck, and I wasn't able to enter my password as it just kept spammi...
by Nomic
Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying
Replies: 24
Views: 2764

Re: Saudi Arabia 'detains' Israeli vulture for spying

I'm willing to buy somebody thinking they might be using birds to spy on things (hasn't the US army actually at some point looked into that? I know they're devoloping literal "bugs", as in insects with microphones), but blaming Israel for the killer shark seems rather out there. For starte...
by Nomic
Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Firearms the Poll
Replies: 85
Views: 9910

Re: Firearms the Poll

I think the firearm controll laws in USA should be stricter. Sure, it wouldn't end all gun-related problems because if you really want a gun, you can always find some way to get one, but it would limit it somewhat when eveyr random thug at every street corner wouldn't be packing heat.
by Nomic
Mon Nov 01, 2010 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults
Replies: 15
Views: 3135

Re: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults

I don't know who the person giving the ceremony is, but he is my new hero. That was absolutely hilarious.
by Nomic
Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hey folks, let's violently slaughter our political opponents
Replies: 25
Views: 3415

Re: Hey folks, let's violently slaughter our political oppon

The problem with treathening people to obey you is that it only works if you can carry those treaths out. Now all they've done is piss people off, and make people less likely to support them since they've pretty much admitted seeing nothing wrong with killing those who oppose you. Now, I strongly su...
by Nomic
Thu Oct 07, 2010 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0802: "Online Communities 2"
Replies: 292
Views: 73999

Re: 0802: "Online Communities 2"

I'm suprised at not finding Newgrounds or Tvtropes there too, as those are very active sites with a lot of people.
by Nomic
Sat Sep 25, 2010 8:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Floating nuclear power station
Replies: 28
Views: 3344

Re: Floating nuclear power station

I didn't know the space pen story was just an urban myth. In any case I don't think floating powerplants are any more dangerous than nuclear powered icebreakers or aircraft carriers, which have both been around for decades with no accidents. The bigger issue is whether their claim violates internati...
by Nomic
Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Floating nuclear power station
Replies: 28
Views: 3344

Re: Floating nuclear power station

The Russians already have nuclear icebreakers so they do have experience in building nuclear-powered ships that can function in those conditions. If the ice proves to be a problem, they could always use one of the said icebreakers to keep the area around the power ships ice-free. And when it comes t...
by Nomic
Tue Aug 24, 2010 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 752551

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

They're in Finland too. The stuff is good for removing persistent stains, but their commercials are hilarious. Atleast here the announcer is dubbed over with a badly lipsynched Finnish voice. Cracks me up whenever I see it.

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