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by solune
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death
Replies: 12
Views: 2485

Re: Children can be Mentally Scarred when told they may be Shot to Death

Sometimes you need to run something that looks more like reality than the traditional fire drill, to study actual reactions. I know that if a real fire happened at my office, I would keep working until I smelled smoke, then take the time to bring all my belongings with me, and probably jump out of t...
by solune
Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2596186

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

Very good triple glass gets to about 2. I think that much higher values become technically challenging if you want to keep transparency high, even on the budget of 3.5 million pound appartements If you're on a 3.5 M£ budget can't you go for more exotic glass combinations, like a layer of vacuum bet...
by solune
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 7099

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

There's laws on the books right now that outlaw sodomy. Does that mean consenting adults have a moral duty to not perform sodomy? I acknowledge your argument that there can be a large gap between what the laws say and what we want them to say. Still I suspect that the sodomy laws remain in the book...
by solune
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 7099

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

Statute of limitations are a check on the balance of the government's power. But they are not just that. Laws are a reflection of the philosophy of the people who make them. We made murder illegal because we thought it was a bad thing ; and in the same way I think we made statutes of limitations be...
by solune
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 7099

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

PS the lt governor also raped that lady a long time ago too. Are you gonna to forgive him as well? I understand the benefits of a statute of limitations for a society and I believe that letting a few felons go unpunished is a price worth paying. You'll notice that I used the example of murder in my...
by solune
Fri Feb 08, 2019 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 7099

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

Ok, I've read the whole thread to make sure that nobody has pointed this out before. My first reaction is this: The event happened in 1980. 39 years ago. In France, the statute of limitations for first degree murder is 20 years. 30 years for terrorism or human trafficking. In the US it's more confus...
by solune
Mon Feb 04, 2019 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: Re: 2107: "Launch risk"
Replies: 17
Views: 4429

Re: 2107: "Launch risk"

I'm interested in the choice of the rocket design. We know that Randall is knowledgable about rockets, so it's probably not random. As far as I know, it doesn't match any of the existing human-rated model or any that is in active development. Despite the three engines being drawn the same size, the ...
by solune
Fri Feb 01, 2019 11:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can a thruster using geomagnetic fields and superconductors generate a thrust?
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

Re: Can a thruster using geomagnetic fields and superconductors generate a thrust?

AFAIK it will generate lift, but not enough to overcome Earth’s gravity if it has to lift its own power source. If the area of ​​the geomagnetic field convergence layer is large, use it to increase the geomagnetic field by 100-1000 times, if the coil uses a superconductor material and a larger curr...
by solune
Fri Feb 01, 2019 9:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4503
Views: 681190

Re: The Darker Side of the News

cphite wrote:IT really does seem to be extra awful in terms of sexism.


"citation needed". I've read some credible evidence that the IT industry is no worse than any other field.
by solune
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093587

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Who cares what the etymology is? "One fell swoop" is a common phrase, and thus the meaning is independent of the individual words. Every word in that sentence can change its meaning over time, and the phrase will mean the exact same thing. This is not always true. The phrase "begging...
by solune
Fri Nov 02, 2018 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2596186

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

Imma gonna put this here about the choices for the new GB£50 note A year ago there were doubts that the £50 note would continue to exist at all. Fears that the largest denomination note was widely used by criminals and rarely for ordinary purchases prompted a government-led discussion on whether to...
by solune
Fri Sep 07, 2018 9:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093587

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Generally speaking, when you're being booked you're treated the same as anyone else no matter what you were arrested for; it simply doesn't matter. The rule is to check everyone, period. If we are saying that: [*]There is a bad rule in place [*]And it is being applied indiscriminately Then telling ...
by solune
Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”
Replies: 37
Views: 8642

Re: 1942: “Memorable Quotes”

hetas wrote:
Brilliand wrote:This quotation mark added for OCD: "
—Brilliand

There's lots of unmatched quotation marks on this forum. Now there's one before your name.

Edit: It's not actually unmatched because of the ocd mark.


So every time I write a comment that is worth quoting I should end it with a quote mark ? ”
by solune
Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1891: "Obsolete Technology"
Replies: 63
Views: 11408

Re: 1891: "New Technology"

Nuclear weapons make great fireworks From an aesthetic perspective, the great limitation of nuclear fireworks is that in the visible range, most of the radiation comes from secondary black-body radiation, thus only white, yellow, red. To get green/blue/purple you need chemical reactions. Now, if yo...
by solune
Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 10770

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

I also remember the story of someone at Air-France designing a plastic goblet lighter by a few miligrams, thus driving down the weight of the plane. I suppose the fuel economy over the whole fleet was enough to pay his salary, but it still makes me cringe for humanity that we have come to this.
by solune
Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1721: "Business Idea"
Replies: 55
Views: 10770

Re: 1721: "Business Idea"

In the UK, it is different hoses for the different grades of fuel. And its mostly self service, You'll find many a Scotsman draining the hose and shaking the last drop off the end. Australia too. I had never thought anyone would do otherwise, so I'd thought the idea in the comic was even less sensi...
by solune
Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1713: "50 ccs"
Replies: 46
Views: 7963

Re: 1713: "50 ccs"

True, u is a pretty good stand-in for μ. And a good point about Mega. That's another annoyance: that 'k' is lowercase, breaking the rule that the "big" (multiplier >1) prefixes are all capitals. I was about to reply that a capital K seems to be used for kilobytes, but Google tells me that...
by solune
Fri Jul 29, 2016 8:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1713: "50 ccs"
Replies: 46
Views: 7963

Re: 1713: "50 ccs"

I, a European troll, came all the way from 1983 to say: "what's up with CCs anyway ? Are millilitres too good for you ?"
by solune
Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 16461

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

Are you thirsty? Then you should probably drink something. If not, then you don't need to worry about it. You could still drink if you like, or you could not. The initial reason for the comic is that a lot of doctors, including the French academy of medicine, have decided that the thirst mechanism ...
by solune
Mon Jul 25, 2016 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1708: "Dehydration"
Replies: 109
Views: 16461

Re: 1708: "Dehydration"

The idea that urine gets clearer when it is wetter is true. The idea that many people can actually apply this truism in any practically useful way does not appear to be true, though there are exceptions. Let me see if I understand the respective positions: Thirparty is stating that "If your ur...
by solune
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093587

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I see evidence of flashing lights, both in the behavior of other motorists, and in the white stripes along the highway. I really don't know what you're talking about. Are you talking about the rainbow (red/green/blue) artefacts caused by the camera optics ? The driver doesn't seem to be in a hurry ...
by solune
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How large a disc would it take to block a star from view for all of earth?
Replies: 26
Views: 5785

Re: How large a disc would it take to block a star from view for all of earth?

How's a geosynchronous structure around the equator supposed to help with something hovering above the pole? How's a geosynchronous anything supposed to help with keeping a particular star hidden from view? I incorrectly assumed that the star was in the solar plane. My structure was a simplified ex...
by solune
Thu Apr 28, 2016 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How large a disc would it take to block a star from view for all of earth?
Replies: 26
Views: 5785

Re: How large a disc would it take to block a star from view for all of earth?

However, the bigger problem is keeping it hovering above Earth without falling, with or without the Sun. Hovering is the keyword here. If you're technologically advanced enough to build such a disk, you can probably build a bunch of space elevators, a geostationnary railway, and mount your disk on ...
by solune
Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093587

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Cop found guilty, and the juge is pretty pissed at the cop's lawyer
The victim and his team had to spend about 300k$ to successfully procecute the cop.
by solune
Mon Apr 18, 2016 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1668: "Singularity"
Replies: 26
Views: 7737

Re: 1668: "Singularity"

Soupspoon wrote:(But what is described as The Singularity isn't even a singularity. It's 'merely' an event horizon...)


Thank you so much for pointing that out. IMO it's merely a change in the exponential function's time factor. Definitely not something with a vertical asymptote.
by solune
Wed Mar 09, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1653: "United States Map"
Replies: 106
Views: 19826

Re: 1653: "United States Map"

I wonder... are there any examples of land disputes that involve each party trying to offload their claim onto the other? There is indeed, the Hala'ib Triangle . Egypt believes they possess territory A and sudan has territory B. Sudan believes they possess territory A and Egypt has territory B. As ...
by solune
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"
Replies: 120
Views: 27270

Re: 1613: "The Three Laws of Robotics"

I believe that right now all programmers should take an Hippocrates oath of implementing the 3 laws in everything we do.
The current situation is
In military drones:
*Obey Orders
*Screw humans
In consumer appliances:
*Obey orders of your builder
*Screw your owner
by solune
Fri Aug 07, 2015 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"
Replies: 53
Views: 15334

Re: 1561: "Water Phase Diagram"

When I were a lad (well, an engineering student at least), such a diagram was called a "steam chart". There was a beautiful one included as a kind of "centrefold" in the Thermodynamics data book we all had at university. I was disappointed to find that I'd lost both it and the d...
by solune
Fri Jul 31, 2015 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2596186

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

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/28/daughter-wins-164000-decade-long-legal-battle-mother-will-charities Well that's a surprising result. I'm finding it hard to believe the government can simply decide to make that kind of decision regarding someone's will. I mean it's not even like the w...
by solune
Fri Jul 31, 2015 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093587

Re: Police misbehavior thread

What do you mean "whether or not"? The answer has been "not" for a long time now. What I mean is that in the cop's mind (and maybe in his training), letting him run away is clearly not an option, while getting his gun out is an intellectually easy option to take. The common poin...
by solune
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093587

Re: Police misbehavior thread

University of Cincinnati cop indicted on murder charges after fatally shooting a man in the head during a routine traffic stop. Warning: the video includes body cam footage of the victim actually being shot. As a Cincinnatian living in the heart of the downtown neighborhood, I'm relieved about the ...
by solune
Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2596186

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

but if you accuse the supporters of wanting revenge, they always deny it. For the record, I don't deny it. My understanding of the justice system is that the citizens delegate to the goverment their right of revenge, which allows for fairer and less random punishments than if the mob did it. The ed...
by solune
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1920
Views: 378542

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

Ooh, ooh. I have a great idea. We can plate all of our roadways with iridium and they would never wear out due to traffic or weather!!! Just build it once and forget it. And it'll even be cheap compared to repaving asphalt every year or two until the sun expands into a red giant. Velociraptors did ...
by solune
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15136
Views: 2596186

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

So, if using stun guns is so wonderfully humane...why don't we execute criminals with them, instead of injecting them with stuff that leaves them writhing in pain for 45 minutes and moaning "This shit is fucking with my head?", unquote ? What I don't understand is why in a state that has ...
by solune
Wed Jul 29, 2015 7:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1557: "Ozymandias"
Replies: 67
Views: 15364

Re: 1557: "Ozymandias"

Thank god, an unclosed quote doesn't have the same psychological effect as an unclosed parenthesis or I would have had a bad day.
by solune
Thu Jul 23, 2015 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6839
Views: 1093587

Re: Police misbehavior thread

http://www.wbez.org/news/city-fires-investigator-who-found-cops-fault-shootings-112423 Investigators actually have long-term effects on police misbehavior. So people should be more aware of these kinds of issues. I would expect a police watchdog group to have bias against police, as that is more or...
by solune
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1547: "Solar System Questions"
Replies: 98
Views: 18721

Re: 1547: "Solar System Questions"

OT: Why haven't we built a big inflatable extreme sports complex on the moon ? I'd think you'd want to build it underground to screen from the solar radiation. With 1/6th gravity you could build a large cave with less risk of a collapse than on earth. It would be hard to find materials to make concr...
by solune
Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1538: "Lyrics"
Replies: 112
Views: 26255

Re: 1538: "Lyrics"

when I see text in a dream but it𝔰 hอᵣd t₀ ᵣeₐd aกd 𝒾 canٖt fཱྀcu༧༦࿐༄ I've had dreams where I read poetry, but the dream lagged because my brain couldn't invent the text fast enough for me to read it. GOOMHR ! ... The poem was of the quality you'd expect from a dream ; I'm not sure it even rhymed.
by solune
Wed May 13, 2015 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1524: "Dimensions"
Replies: 79
Views: 14441

Re: 1524: "Dimensions"

I can't believe nobody has posted their own favourite dimensions yet. Well here's mine 1) North-South 2) Up-Down 3) Time 4) East-West 5,6 and more) the N-Brane that best describes the Higgs Boson I feel justified in using a terrestrial reference frame to name my coordinates. Would anyone of you argu...
by solune
Wed Mar 11, 2015 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1496: “Art Project”
Replies: 53
Views: 9528

Re: 1496: “Art Project”

My definition of art is: if half of the uninformed population says it's art, then it is. If you have to stimulate them before they see the art, then it's not.

Another definition I would consider is: it's man created and you can make a judgement ugly/beautiful upon it.

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