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by valar84
Fri Apr 10, 2015 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1510: "Napoleon"
Replies: 28
Views: 10513

Re: 1510: "Napoleon"

Napoleon was the Houdini of Hitlers. With regards to comparisons between Napoléon and Hitler, there is no bigger insult to the former nor greater compliment to the latter. Napoléon took power when France was attacked by nearly all the monarchies of Europe because it had dared remove from power thos...
by valar84
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185048

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

When people organize boycotts to get companies to fire people for having held unpopular opinions in the past, they do take that next step. It is meant to create an example, to send a warning "If you ever say something we don't find acceptable, we will hound you everywhere we go and try to get ...
by valar84
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185048

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

What I disagree with is taking the next step towards mob justice "you said something that is unpopular, so I will try to ruin your life, to get you fired from your job, all in order to make an example out of you and SILENCE all others who may share that opinion". And if anyone anywhere we...
by valar84
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185048

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

There is a Norman Rockwell painting called "freedom of speech" (Google it) which back story is better than the painting itself. The painting itself is of a man standing to talk at a citizens' meeting, everyone around him listening to him. The inspiration came when Rockwell was at a town h...
by valar84
Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185048

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

What I disagree with is taking the next step towards mob justice "you said something that is unpopular, so I will try to ruin your life, to get you fired from your job, all in order to make an example out of you and SILENCE all others who may share that opinion". And if anyone anywhere we...
by valar84
Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185048

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

Though Randall is right in terms of the constitution of the United States, I think that his argument is greatly reductionist. There is a letter and a spirit to freedom of speech, if the letter only compels the government not to make it illegal to voice unpopular opinions, the spirit of it compels al...
by valar84
Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44777

Re: 1348: "Before de Internet"

But still, density isn't enough, you need mixed use for a community to be walkable. If you have a bunch ah residential towers in a park (towers in de park, AKA Le Corbusier's folly), de population density may be very high, but if by zoning you legally force commercial an' industrial uses to be buil...
by valar84
Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44777

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

This probably has a TON to do with it. Let's put some perspective on this for my few Dutch friend. Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 219.32 km2 Atlanta Metropolitan Area: 21,694 km2 Amsterdam Metropolitan Population Density: 4,892/km2 Atlanta Metropolitan Population Density: 243/km2 Also for what it's w...
by valar84
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44777

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

It's more than just phobia, it's car-dependent suburban sprawl. In a lot of recent residential development in North America, kids can't go anywhere because the entire urban landscape is built supposing car use. So if you don't have a car, there is nothing within reasonable distance of you. Even sch...
by valar84
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1348: "Before the Internet"
Replies: 166
Views: 44777

Re: 1348: "Before the Internet"

I think the fact that kids may not engage in as much creative play as they once did has at least as much to do with an increasing parental phobia of unstructured and therefore unproductive time as it does with the existence of the Web. I read once that USian kids in the 50s used to travel an averag...
by valar84
Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1179: "ISO 8601"
Replies: 379
Views: 101974

Re: 1179: "ISO 8601"

it should just be DD/MM/YYYY. Makes the most sense. No! Would you seriously write time as ss:mm:hh? or mm:ss:hh? No. The date is just an extension of that. L-R is big to small (more precision further right, like normal numbers). Actually writing dates as DD/MM/YYYY and times as HH/MM/SS makes perfe...

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