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by Byrel
Mon Apr 22, 2013 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1202: "Girls and Boys"
Replies: 138
Views: 40869

Re: 1202: "Girls and Boys"

Or for that matter, this bit of the US...
by Byrel
Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 371215

Re: Gun Control

If you want to show that gun-related research hasn't been impeded That isn't quite what he was showing. It was in response to this language has been interpreted at times to mean that none of the funds could be used to support research that ... might be used in support of efforts to alter current fi...
by Byrel
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

Any drug works because it replicates a chemical already produced in the brain. When you regularly consume the drug, the faculty producing the chemical shuts down. If you quit 'cold turkey', the withdrawl effects are caused because the chemical is not available. Thus, I would recommend an incrementa...
by Byrel
Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Have there been any progressive reforms that failed?
Replies: 207
Views: 24378

Re: Have there been any progressive reforms that failed?

Would the French revolution count? I mean 'Liberté, égalité, fraternité' would probably qualify as progressive, but its implementation ended up leading to the deliciously Orwellian Committee of Public Safety and the reign of terror. It isn't so much that the intent of the reform is seen as bad in hi...
by Byrel
Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is low crime due to high incarceration?
Replies: 63
Views: 33295

Re: Is low crime due to high incarceration?

Ah, sorry, I see. But you would still need to distinguish between incarceration NUMBERS and incarceration RATES (i.e. probability of being arrested given that you commit a certain crime). The number of people in jail could decrease (due to lower crime rates), while the percentage of criminals jaile...
by Byrel
Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The implications of consumer 3d printing
Replies: 92
Views: 36251

Re: The implications of consumer 3d printing

I was under the impression extrusion made pretty strong objects, since the layers are fused. Extrusion is a continuous, die-based shaping process. Basically, you make a die with the cross-section you want and drive hot, soft material through it. This deforms the material crystals along the extruded...
by Byrel
Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sabre-rattling for space war
Replies: 35
Views: 5816

Re: Sabre-rattling for space war

The US is clearly expanionist. Ask the Iraqis. I'm not sure if "ask the Iraqis" is intended literally nor not. If you literally mean that polling the Iraqis would illustrate US expansionism, I would disagree. The local impression of the motives behind a military action is not necessarily ...
by Byrel
Sat Jun 23, 2012 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sabre-rattling for space war
Replies: 35
Views: 5816

Re: Sabre-rattling for space war

I think the US was last involved in an expansionist war in 1848. The Spanish-American War was pretty expansionist. Sure, I suppose it was. It started as a largely policing action against Spanish concentration camps in Cuba, and response to a suspicious destruction of the Maine. But the US did end u...
by Byrel
Sat Jun 23, 2012 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sabre-rattling for space war
Replies: 35
Views: 5816

Re: Sabre-rattling for space war

I'm not all that concerned about such sabre-rattling. It's the natural (and probably proper) desire of any military to have the capacity to dominate all theaters. But in most countries (and all countries with space flight) decisions about colonization, property rights and warfare are the responsibil...
by Byrel
Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Nomy 1.0
Replies: 143
Views: 19078

Re: Nomy 1.0

Accepted. Rules: §1 This game is called Nomy, and is a game of Nomic. §2 Ninjas may make one motion to change the rules per post. §3 Motions are decided by the next player who posts. They can either be accepted or refused; If a motion is accepted, the rules have to be updated in that post. §4 Doubl...
by Byrel
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Simple Nomic 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 4894

Re: Simple Nomic 1.0

Motion Accepted. Rules: §1 This game is called Simple Nomic, and is an adaptation of Nomy and Nomic. This is a game of Nomic. §2 Players may make one motion to change the rules per post. §3 Motions are decided by the next player who posts. They can either be accepted or refused. §4 If a motion is a...
by Byrel
Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Nomy 1.0
Replies: 143
Views: 19078

Re: Nomy 1.0

Motion Accepted. Rules: §1 This game is called Nomy, and is a game of Nomic. §2 Ninjas may make one motion to change the rules per post. §3 Motions are decided by the next player who posts. They can either be accepted or refused; If a motion is accepted, the rules have to be updated in that post. §...
by Byrel
Sat Apr 21, 2012 10:38 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Simple Nomic 1.0
Replies: 42
Views: 4894

Re: Simple Nomic 1.0

Shouldn't rule 8 replace rule 6?
by Byrel
Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Nomy 1.0
Replies: 143
Views: 19078

Re: Nomy 1.0

Motion accepted Rules: §1 This game is called Nomy, and is a game of Nomic. §2 Ninjas may make one motion to change the rules per post. §3 Motions are decided by the next player who posts. They can either be accepted or refused. §4 If a motion is accepted, the rules have to be updated in that post. ...
by Byrel
Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?
Replies: 48
Views: 13251

Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

a study of history shows that, except for rebellions against recent conquests, revolutions tend to lead to chaos until another tyrant takes over (the one exception was the American revolution, probably because the Americans already had a significant self-government system in place, so they didn't n...
by Byrel
Sun Mar 11, 2012 7:59 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2479666

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. In fact, it is designed to prevent death from old age so your survival is truly indefinite. Unfortunately there isn't room for anything for you to do, so you get to be bored. Eternally.

I wish I had an auto-piloted car.
by Byrel
Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: HP vs TI
Replies: 38
Views: 18889

Re: HP vs TI

I typically use an HP50 for complex work, but for most simple stuff I use a Casio. I can't figure out why someone would use a TI over a Casio these days. For everything I do, you get much better bang-for-your-buck that way. But I would far rather program in RPL than either the Casio programming I've...
by Byrel
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:37 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2479666

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. 50 years after the supposed time when you should graduate high school, your homework does itself, and implants the knowledge as your beaten, wretched, and miserable body sleeps on the cold sidewalk in the street. Well, it won't be too bad if I can't finish my Ph.D. The market is pretty goo...
by Byrel
Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:08 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: ITT: We make lame threads.
Replies: 1851
Views: 159616

Re: ITT: We make lame threads.

Just for that I'll hijack your Twitter account and make you RETWEET all his motions.
by Byrel
Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:34 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 26079
Views: 2479666

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. In an uncharacteristic spurt of generosity, you freely give all your worldly possessions (and any you happen to have stolen) to the needy.

I wish my homework did itself perfectly, and imparted the knowledge osmoticly when I sleep.
by Byrel
Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 186
Views: 32112

Re: Look away from your monitor.

My State Estimation text ... Because I ought to be studying Kalman filters instead of playing forum games ;)
by Byrel
Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw
Replies: 1637
Views: 161972

Re: Rock, paper scissors chainsaw

Nuclear submarine
by Byrel
Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21758

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

So the existance of inequality under a government that follows (reasonably closely) a given philosphy is not sufficient to make it part of the definition of that philosophy. Indeed, you'll find many conservatives claim that "Conservatives believe in equality of opportunity. Liberals believe in...
by Byrel
Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What's Best for the World
Replies: 51
Views: 9932

Re: What's Best for the World

Well, not really, but they aren't considered evil. In spite of murdering more people in a week than have ever existed on Earth. Because without them, everyone else in the galaxy would be dead. So creating and then murdering 50 billion a day was not an 'evil' act. Sounds pretty damn evil...
by Byrel
Tue Feb 28, 2012 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21758

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

I also disagree with omgryebread's definition of right- and left-wing philosophies. A brief summary: Very very basically, right and left wing boils down to hierarchy. "Right-wing politics" is an incredibly broad umbrella of political philosophies that support a hierarchically ordered socie...
by Byrel
Sat Feb 11, 2012 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21758

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

In some respects, the Nolan Chart can add confusion and inaccuracy. Plenty of conservatives are for personal liberty (to own guns, beat children, buy wasteful lightbulbs), but so are liberals (to sleep with whomever, burn flags, buy porn). If you tell me someone is conservative, meaning the traditi...
by Byrel
Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21758

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

There is actually an xkcd referencing this: http://xkcd.com/868/ The Nolan chart mentioned is one attempt at solving this problem which happens to be quite popular with internet libertarians. Essentially they keep the left-right axis, but add an orthogonal axis for personal liberty as well. It seems...
by Byrel
Wed Feb 01, 2012 1:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: So I've been playing Nation-States and I was wondering...
Replies: 60
Views: 9748

Re: So I've been playing Nation-States and I was wondering..

something completely stupid like allocate more money than the government has actually raised in revenue... Actually governments actually do that: it's called deficit. And it is actually completely stupid. Actually, it's not. Just ask any expert who truly understands economics. The general concept i...
by Byrel
Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9927

Re: How can we make math less scary?

So that's what we want of Computation; what do we want in Mathematics? Proofs, of course! And not Geometry-style proofs (Ah, hello there, Lockhart!); maybe later we can talk about that level of rigor, but not as a first introduction. For now, let's focus on games, let's talk about puzzles, let's le...
by Byrel
Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:05 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9927

Re: How can we make math less scary?

You just called trig higher level math. I lolled. But anyway, yes, that seems to make sense. But what kind of math class isn't full of examples from physics, biology, economics, and of course the joys of pure math? There ought to be mutual reinforcement, not subjugation of one of the fields. Well, ...
by Byrel
Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:25 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: How can we make math less scary?
Replies: 44
Views: 9927

Re: How can we make math less scary?

Here's a radical solution: don't teach math. Teach Physics. You need all the way up through easy Calc problems in an entry level college Physics course. So, replace all higher-level math (algebra, trig, etc.) with a real subject that uses that math. If physics doesn't cover everything, teach Statics...
by Byrel
Mon Dec 05, 2011 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does having kids really make you less happy?
Replies: 83
Views: 12582

Re: Does having kids really make you less happy?

The data would be more meaningful if we could get people to apply consistent standards.  But that doesn't mean it's without meaning otherwise.  This is kind of what I was thinking WRT a narrowly distributed standard. Certainly we all have amazingly similar psychologies, so this is quite possible. O...
by Byrel
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does having kids really make you less happy?
Replies: 83
Views: 12582

Re: Does having kids really make you less happy?

I think this example is interesting, because how many times recently have you been told by someone "You'll get a survey about this phone call, I don't get credit for less than a 10."? Or the surveys themselves: "How was the service on a scale of 1 to 10? Nine? What didn't you like?&q...
by Byrel
Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does having kids really make you less happy?
Replies: 83
Views: 12582

Re: Does having kids really make you less happy?

But happiness is a moment, not a long term thing. At any given moment, we have a certain value for 'happiness.' But that value isn't (generally) principally a function of our current sensory input and thought. Instead, our current happiness is some sort of leaky integral filter of previous events. ...
by Byrel
Sat Nov 26, 2011 4:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A torch has been passed ...
Replies: 82
Views: 217091

Re: A torch has been passed ...

I'd like to request clarification regarding rule 11. As a new user, I can't post links. Should I give the URL anyhow? Or just describe the source?
by Byrel
Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?
Replies: 48
Views: 13251

Re: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

You know, I think Thesh brought up a good point: If we go for revolution, it will make life worse. An awful lot of revolutions end up installing a government that is ideologically satisfactory, but lacks either the necessary restraints to prevent a rapid devolution into a worse tyranny than before, ...

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