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by ucim
Tue Sep 18, 2018 1:41 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28495
Views: 3061826

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

yeah, the houses all sell, because location is desirable, and no one moves in without money. It's not a logical fallacy, it's you making assumptions. It is most definitely a logical fallacy. If the house actually sells for 550k, then that's a great flip. But then you wouldn't say "try to sell&...
by ucim
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:25 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. They occur after you die.

I wish for eyeglasses whose (optical) strength was variable.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Sep 17, 2018 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28495
Views: 3061826

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Your opinion on multi-family housing is irrelevant to the logical fallacy being committed.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:50 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It is found, bought out, and buried.

I wish everyone knew the proper use of the apostrophe, and used it properly, and never used it improperly.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Sep 17, 2018 6:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28495
Views: 3061826

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

suffer-cait wrote: in my neighborhood it seems to be buy for 450k, spend 5k fixing it, try to sell for 550k.
There is a difference between "sell" and "try to sell". Comparing "buy" with "try to sell" introduces an important asymmetry.

Jose
by ucim
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:12 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. You are a BASIC programmer. Old school.

I wish Mary would respond to the email I sent.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106378
Views: 39814842

Re: 1190: "Time"

Chapter 63 The rising sun lent a golden cast to the landscape as the Great Doors of the Cathedral were opened for morning services. But this would be no ordinary service; the crowds had been gathering for days in anticipation. Somebody was returning from Holy Quest, and the excitement was uncontain...
by ucim
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. They only drive you where they decide you are permitted to go.

I wish for an unused US postage stamp with sufficient face value to send a first-class letter.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:06 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28495
Views: 3061826

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Property values going up is a bad thing, not a good thing. Depends whether you are an owner/seller or a buyer/renter. It's not a good thing or a bad thing in and of itself. One could similarly argue that salary going up is a bad thing because it raises costs (and retail prices), and that stock pric...
by ucim
Thu Sep 13, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Blistering blue barnacles
Replies: 28495
Views: 3061826

Re: Blistering blue barnacles

Sableagle wrote:The exception would be lobbying, in which you spent a few hundred pounds on taking an MP to an expensive restaurant for lunch and get a multi-billion-pound contract in return
It's not the lunch, it's what you promise during that lunch. Otherwise you and I would be doing it. :)

Jose
by ucim
Tue Sep 11, 2018 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It takes one hundred years.

I wish I could figure out this crossword puzzle.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Sep 10, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. It takes a hundred years to clear.

I wish for a 182-RG.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106378
Views: 39814842

Re: 1190: "Time"

I am so sorry svenman - those are very unmolpish happenings. Know always that you are not alone - you have friends here like unto the sea. You, me, and everyone here are but droplets in the sea, but together those droplets make up the sea. Your mum will be with you always, for as she has returned to...
by ucim
Mon Sep 10, 2018 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. Whenever a chesspiece is captured, a friend of the player is in real life captured and put on the rack. When the King is in check, the player for that color sits on hot coals until xe makes a move. When checkmate occurs, the losing player is boiled alive. I wish I could create time out of t...
by ucim
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1563

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

If the statement is to be one of fact, then no. But if the statement is to be a metaphor, then maybe. And if the statement is meant to ask the question "what makes something beautiful? Could it be objectively measured?", then it is the subject of ongoing research which could lead to a deep...
by ucim
Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7207
Views: 537280

Re: Trump presidency

Well, we are fifty states united into one country, not one country divided into fifty states. One of the original ideas behind the electoral college is that the hoi polloi shouldn't be trusted to elect the highest office, (as in that time communication was poor, and even now people can't be bothered...
by ucim
Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7698

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Euphonium wrote:Here come the racists, right on cue...
Huh? "Aks" is right next to "nukular" and "acrost", and arguably, "butterfly" (which used to be "flutterby"). What does this have to do with race?

Jose
by ucim
Thu Sep 06, 2018 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Corrupt-a-wish
Replies: 25800
Views: 2101775

Re: Corrupt-a-wish

Granted. French Fries are very healthful for me. They are however deadly to you. I wish I weren't so tired. Other comments: Dessert Bus sounds like an awefulsome Olympic sport, and while ucim is indeed Jose, I'm not sure who "The Ucim" is. Unless I've stepped up a bit in social rank (or so...
by ucim
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7698

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Eebster the Great wrote:I see some arguments online consist solely of trying to name the fallacies used by the opponent and suggesting they "look it up."
Nah, that's just the fallacy of nomen nomina. Check it out - it's a thing. Don't feel bad; lots of people fall for it.

Jose
by ucim
Mon Sep 03, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106378
Views: 39814842

Re: 1190: "Time"

I wonder what thermodynamics says about Time having a sequel...?) Maybe after the heat death of the universe We'll be here, Waiting For It! Welcome, Lode , to the One True Thread! Come and set a spell - you'll find that there are a lot of sequels, prequels, and imagiquels already, and other molpish...
by ucim
Mon Sep 03, 2018 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106378
Views: 39814842

Re: 1190: "Time"

And hi, SBN! http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=43284 That's so wonderful about GHWFP. I hope that GHW learns to relax and enjoy retirement. Still trying to figure out how one gets paid to be an Escape Artist. http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=42796 Unless you're Houdini! The sam...
by ucim
Sun Sep 02, 2018 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7698

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

chridd wrote:(if I'm about to throw up I'm not thinking about how I'm feeling)
Whether you're thinking about it or not, you're definitely feeling it. :)

Jose
by ucim
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 30309

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

At most, your browser on your phone in America suddenly opens to the xkcd forum. Or a login cookie is just silently set for you maybe. Both of those are Bad. But suppose you are in Russia and want to log into your xkcd account. You open Firefox on your laptop and submit your own email address. Eith...
by ucim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 937858

Re: Police misbehavior thread

sardia wrote:I said you didn't believe me. To be fair, what I was claiming is terrifying.
What led you to believe that I didn't believe you? And, believe you about what exactly?

Jose
by ucim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6429
Views: 937858

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Thanks sardia - I must have missed this one.
sardia wrote:because he doesn't believe in the return of Hydra Nazis.
I never said I didn't believe in their return - in fact I think it may well get worse with our Supreme Tweeter. I just don't think that pre-emptively punching people is a good solution.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 30309

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

Oh, that's what you mean by "with the program". OR do you mean that it's a webmail client, so using the same browser? Seamonkey has a browser and regular (SMTP/POP) email client bundled together, but Thunderbird and Firefox are not linked that way, and one can easily browse with Firefox wh...
by ucim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0970: "The Important Field"
Replies: 136
Views: 30309

Re: 0970: "The Important Field"

If your email client is smart and with the program, it recognizes from the formatting that this is a special kind of password email, and passes that password string back to the browser, which then logs you in using it. So, if you have a smart email account, and I know your address, I can log in as ...
by ucim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14868
Views: 2320047

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

Tldr buy Shell off pistachios unless you are really poor, and/or price exceeds 2:1 ratio. Not so fast.... If the object is to cram as many pistachios down your pie hole as you can for the money, then yes (and rename your pie hole to pistachio hole). But if the aim is to get maximum enjoyment of pis...
by ucim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2039: "Begging the Question"
Replies: 145
Views: 7698

Re: 2039: "Begging the Question"

Using "ask" as a synonym for "request" Or worse, using "aks". 1. They are ignorant of the prescribed rule 2. They know about the rule but momentarily forgot it because they are thinking about much more important matters 3. They know about the rule but have rejected it ...
by ucim
Fri Aug 31, 2018 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Could Truth be Beauty?
Replies: 32
Views: 1563

Re: Could Truth be Beauty?

"Truth is beauty" sounds like a wonderful koan, but it begs (in both senses) the question of what "truth" and "beauty" are. Yes, the words have been (ab)used to mean things that would make this koan persuasive, but that doesn't make the koan meaningful. In order to reas...
by ucim
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 15749

Re: Firearms Regulations

I suppose that could work.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106378
Views: 39814842

Re: 1190: "Time"

Wow... I think that's the first time a decree has been answered by a new TAT frame! But do consider that, as the Pope once said , each droplet is nothing next to the sea, but together they make up the sea. Together let us use this awesomeful power to let all OTTers everywhere know how much they are ...
by ucim
Thu Aug 30, 2018 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 15749

Re: Firearms Regulations

The ideas I've seen proposed would have safeguards against abuse. Are these safeguards easy enough to remove? Suppose we got an administration that was racist, autocratic, anti-science, gratuitously cruel, anti-consumer, and headed by a five-year-old? Nah, that'll never happen. Oh yeah, we're talki...
by ucim
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms Regulations
Replies: 213
Views: 15749

Re: Firearms Regulations

I'd love if there was, say, a phone number or web page one could go to in order to do a background check. You wouldn't have to make it mandatory, but it'd give a private seller an option to check, for free, and quickly, if a potential buyer were sketchy. This would also be useful to see if a prospe...
by ucim
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning
Replies: 17
Views: 3479

Re: Judea Pearl's Critism of Machine Learning

Tyndmyr wrote:I'm more impressed when someone can pull a feat off using simple code.
Pulling off something complex with simple code requires some smarts, but arguably if it can be done with simple code, it wasn't that hard to begin with.

Just solve it with algorithms. :)

Jose
by ucim
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106378
Views: 39814842

Re: 1190: "Time"

The Pope is coming? Glory Be! You are to be infinitely blessed! (cue discussion as to whether it is a countable infinity or one of those other ones) edit: It seems the Pope has already arrived, and it is me! As Pope of NP 2657, I hereby decree that we gather OTTers, especially cute ones, and those t...
by ucim
Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 106378
Views: 39814842

Re: 1190: "Time"

New new othercomic, whose discussion thread denizens would probably have a moolpy if they ever entered the OTT.

And what's with two othercomic links in a row? Has everyone fallen into the basement?

Jose
by ucim
Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Word Based Consciousness
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Word Based Consciousness

I have an idea, I am unable to develop this idea, and am unable to express this idea as words. The first of those facts says that the second happens because of the third. Perhaps you don't actually have an idea. Or, the idea you have isn't expressible by the words you know. Now, your inability to e...
by ucim
Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Word Based Consciousness
Replies: 11
Views: 851

Re: Word Based Consciousness

Consciousness involves thoughts - ideas. Perhaps it requires ideas; I don't know. But thoughts and ideas are probably a big part of consciousness. Even simple ideas like the desire to go in one direction (it's tastier there), or the idea of pain, are ideas. I'd be willing to go along with the (um) i...
by ucim
Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Generic Game
Replies: 695
Views: 43939

Re: Generic Game

Post respectfully amateur-claiming.

Jose

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