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by Falling
Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Texas Abortion Laws
Replies: 223
Views: 31902

Re: Texas Abortion Laws

Thomas thinks masturbation is worse because it's a sin against God, while rape and other forms of violence are sins against humans. I don't think he says anything about pregnancy in that passage. That's not a distinction that makes sense, at least not with any definition of sin I'm familiar with. S...
by Falling
Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Named operators in C++
Replies: 18
Views: 4863

Re: Named operators in C++

Very clever and only just a bit evil... I've thought about doing something similar in Ruby, but never came up with the idea of leveraging existing operators like you did. Here's my Ruby implementation of your cross product example. First we create the intermediate class that is basically a wrapper f...
by Falling
Fri Feb 08, 2013 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1171:"Perl Problems"
Replies: 43
Views: 20889

Re: 1171:"Perl Problems"

Here's a bit of backstory on the problems quote.
by Falling
Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: continuing loop until input (python)
Replies: 21
Views: 75304

Re: continuing loop until input (python)

Alternatively you can try curses.

That has a getch method function (rubyist here), that you can use. Of course then you'll need to introduce a few threads... good learning opportunity!
by Falling
Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Tetris variants: post em here!
Replies: 3
Views: 2774

Re: Tetris variants: post em here!

I'm really glad you posed this. I was home with the flu this week and this prompted me to created my own tetris clone in ruby. I've still got some polishing to do, but this gave me something to get excited about.

Thanks!
by Falling
Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: A tale of long forgotten code.
Replies: 8
Views: 3748

Re: A tale of long forgotten code.

And along with refactoring comes deleting old code. And as anyone who's been programming for long enough knows, as awesome as writing code is, deleting it is somehow even better. :-) QFT “Perfection is achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take...
by Falling
Tue Aug 21, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rep. Akin: Rape doesn't cause pregnancy (possible trigger)
Replies: 192
Views: 20903

Re: Rep. Akin: Rape doesn't cause pregnancy (possible trigge

Here's some info about where Akin is coming from. Trigger warning for victim blaming, junk-science, and general fuckitude: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/08/20/713571/akins-spiritual-mentor-women-occasionally-invite-rape-victims-are-hysterical/ I wonder if he means hysterical as in sufferin...
by Falling
Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Was I too harsh?
Replies: 167
Views: 43238

Re: Was I too harsh?

But yeah, that process is always fun. The sad thing though is that awareness of the Dunning-Kruger effect doesn't actually seem to diminish it. I was reading on the scientifically rigorous website Cracked.com about a study in which people were asked to rate some characteristic of themselves. Predic...
by Falling
Thu May 03, 2012 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA Somehow Getting Worse
Replies: 31
Views: 6464

Re: TSA Somehow Getting Worse

I had one of those crotch anomalies.... good times.
by Falling
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding and drinking
Replies: 27
Views: 11168

Re: Coding and drinking

Just came across this:

Spoiler:
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Seems to apply pretty well to code writing as well
by Falling
Tue Apr 17, 2012 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 15399

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

Computers are going to have extremely useful AI way before they are capable of reliably passing the Turing Test. To pass that you have to be able to fake personality and emotion - eg keep repeating the same question to the average person and they'll get annoyed. Computers will show far more patienc...
by Falling
Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 15399

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

I don't think so, not until the bot can properly associate context with identity and personality, you don't need to emulate "humanity" you need to build a consistent character with much limited scope. I think personality is way, way down the line of what we need to be worried about. Well ...
by Falling
Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 15399

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

So, how on earth does a sufficiently advance "chinese box" tell you what the queen had for breakfast yesterday? It's not being able to give the answers, it's being able to collect the correct information that's floating out there in the real world. If you think saying "eggs and bacon...
by Falling
Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 15399

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

Yes, but we could still use it to pass a turing test. If you could instantly analyze every conversation ever had between two human beings with a simple pattern-finding algorithm, you'd find appropriate responses to any imaginable conversation. One could even emulate human emotion by recognizing pat...
by Falling
Sat Apr 14, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?
Replies: 71
Views: 15399

Re: Are we on the brink of passing the Turing test?

Shit, no.

The ability to emulate or replicate humane thought/communication has very little to do with processing power or available data. We still have no idea how to translate those things into something that resembles us.
by Falling
Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drunken Sex and Rape [Probable Trigger Warning]
Replies: 5
Views: 3717

Re: Drunken Sex and Rape [Probable Trigger Warning]

Yeah, I get the difference between the scenarios, I just didn't think it was relevant. The point was that drunk people are responsible for their actions. Well of course it's relevant. If we can't let you consent to a contract drunk, then why this? Well when you're too drunk to express consent, then...
by Falling
Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Drunken Sex and Rape [Probable Trigger Warning]
Replies: 5
Views: 3717

Re: Drunken Sex and Rape [Probable Trigger Warning]

But I don't quite see why it should be illegal. People are responsible for agreeing to things and their actions when drunk, right? Drunk people sign contracts, etc. And when they screw up, we hold them responsible for that: it's why drunk drivers are punished. You're describing two different scenar...
by Falling
Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 61676

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

If eyewitnesses of Jesus were writing false things, why do we have no record of skeptics? Wouldn't someone say "I was there, he didn't heal that man!" or "He didn't feed 5,000 men!" Yet we have no records of people denying his miracles. Because that doesn't make such an entertai...
by Falling
Tue Apr 10, 2012 2:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First road-legal flying car
Replies: 35
Views: 6433

Re: First road-legal flying car

PCal wrote:So looking at its wingspan about 28 ft and US highway standards that's around 3 lanes of traffic needed for take off and landing.


It folds, bro.


Just a general correction... this is _not_ a flying car.

This is a street legal plane.
by Falling
Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Georgia Lawmaker Compares Women to Cattle
Replies: 41
Views: 28197

Re: Georgia Lawmaker Compares Women to Cattle

ShortChelsea wrote:Update: The bill passed in the house, with revisions.


Outlawing late-term abortions and welfare drug testing?

Fuck you, Georgia.
by Falling
Fri Mar 30, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 75490

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

In law, especially with precedence, semantics matter. And the administration spent a long time saying it wasn't a tax, it was not a tax credit, so on and so forth, and put stuff into the bill indicating it was definitely unrelated to taxes and totally a mandate. The screwed themselves, essentially,...
by Falling
Thu Mar 29, 2012 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?
Replies: 570
Views: 55392

Re: Is Atheism a Rational Stance?

TheGrammarBolshevik wrote:
morriswalters wrote:Their evidence is personal revelation.

Really? I know a lot of Christians, and I don't think I know any who say they believe because of personal revelation.


I used to be a Catholic, and I've known plenty of Christians. I've only met one who was a believer because of personal revelation.
by Falling
Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

he's not moving like someone who's been battered at all, let alone someone who was being so beaten he had a reasonable fear his life was in danger (another claim). If you are waiting to be beaten so horribly that you can't walk right and are at risk of death, you have waited too long. This wasn't i...
by Falling
Thu Mar 29, 2012 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

CorruptUser wrote:What am I looking for in the first link? Doesn't give his weight. The second link does though, kind of.


Exactly. It was just to illustrate that his weight was not noted after the shooting incident and that number comes from his arrest in 2005.
by Falling
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

CorruptUser wrote:Except at his arrest, he was 250 lbs and 5'9, or basically a fatass. Class II obesity.


Nope. That number also came from that 6-year-old police report. Apparently he's more like 170 now.
by Falling
Thu Mar 29, 2012 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Wait, is that video even of Zimmerman? That brings up another point. That picture that we've all seen of Zimmerman is several years old. We can see he's much fitter now; So not only was it feasible for Zimmerman to physical beat Trayvon, but it is also much more likely that we would be able to catc...
by Falling
Wed Mar 28, 2012 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act
Replies: 429
Views: 75490

Re: Supreme court debate Affodable Care Act

With the exception of freeloaders who show up in emergency rooms for treatment and then leave, and some other anomalies not inherent to being uninsured, the uninsured cannot really be said to impact others' costs. What about the people who are unable to pay and declare bankruptcy? This suggests tha...
by Falling
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2008524

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I honestly want to know though - what makes you think Perl is better than Ruby or Python? Perl is the only one that can do arithmetic right: $ python Python 2.7.2+ (default, Oct 4 2011, 20:06:09) [GCC 4.6.1] on linux2 Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "licens...
by Falling
Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2008524

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Well, I've been taught not to pick on those less fortunate than me. That's why I don't dis Python or Ruby. Ooh I'm gonna try to be mature and not start a war here. I have spent some time with Perl so I'm not totally talking out of my ass. I honestly want to know though - what makes you think Perl i...
by Falling
Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 2008524

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

shawnhcorey wrote: EvanED wrote: Also, I'm with people who think that in a world with today's Python, Perl serves very little purpose and wish that no new code was written in it. (Of course, I also think that about C, with partial exceptions for actual embedded systems, so take that with a grain of...
by Falling
Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

One of the legislators who introduced the bill has stated it does not apply in this case. From what I know of most self-defense laws, it's either you need to prove you could not flee (which is a problem that I think is a legitimate argument *for* Stand Your Ground) or you can only defend yourself i...
by Falling
Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Hoodies aren't even for teenagers anymore, they're the most common kind of jacket for most people under 30 these days. This seems to be the case for every economic or ethnic group I've spent much time around. Also, a really good point. My mother (middle-aged, petite white woman) wears a hoodie. My ...
by Falling
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

It is "pretty reasonable." It would also be reasonable to assume that he legitimately acted in self-defense, as is the contention of Zimmerman, at least one witness, and the police who responded to the incident. It would also be reasonable to assume that his use of a firearm against an ap...
by Falling
Mon Mar 26, 2012 3:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Bharrata wrote:To be fair, he is "white" Hispanic.


I didn't think she was referring to Zimmerman... but does that matter either way?
by Falling
Sun Mar 25, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!
Replies: 623
Views: 132262

Re: Your clothes were asking for it: Now in mens!

Do you have references? Despite this topic being about Zimmerman, the original post doesn't seem to have a lot of details about the case. So many Almost every story I've read brings up that fact. I like this story especially since it highlights just what a nut he is. Whether he was self-appointed o...
by Falling
Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178151

Re: Justin Bieber Limburger calls Student 'slattern', Backla

I think Ru$h is an awful excuse for a human being, and I would love to see him off the air. With that said, I @m 100% against the FCC or any other government agency interfering. Besides that whole first amendment thing we've got, this would only serve to galvanize and strengthen his loony base. I ca...
by Falling
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178151

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

aeki wrote:"Current" low use? When in the history of mankind have we ever been having less sex than we do now?


Like
by Falling
Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash
Replies: 338
Views: 178151

Re: Rush Limburger calls Student 'Slut', Backlash

Hypothetical: A hospital janitor pulling just enough wages to get by finds out that she, or someone in the janitor's family and on their insurance needs birth control pills to treat ovarian cysts. Dauric, you're right bu I want to throw out a different hypothetical because the response I've heard t...
by Falling
Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Birthers are morons
Replies: 235
Views: 26245

Re: Birthers are morons

I'm a Maricopa refugee myself. It doesn't give us a whole lot to be proud of these days, does it? Ooh I actually immigrated here. Not my favorite place ever. Oh damn. If you run into a cop, just act like you only speak English. And flee for California or New Mexico as soon as you can. Hahahaaa, Imm...
by Falling
Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Birthers are morons
Replies: 235
Views: 26245

Re: Birthers are morons

IcedT wrote:I'm a Maricopa refugee myself. It doesn't give us a whole lot to be proud of these days, does it?


Ooh I actually immigrated here. Not my favorite place ever.

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