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by Link
Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

↶ Republicans haven't found their spines in the last two years of the Trump circus, what makes you think they will now? As long as they're in power, they don't give a fig about over-reach. Honestly, I don't think they will, but if there's ever a time to speak out against your own party, this is it....
by Link
Fri Feb 15, 2019 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

Seems like the perfect moment for Congresspeople from both parties to band together to stop this madness. If they don't, Trump might as well start calling himself God-Emperor, because any semblance of democracy will be gone at that point.
by Link
Wed Feb 13, 2019 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 310
Views: 83526

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

by Link
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 30578

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Fair enough; on the whole that's probably true. (Unless of course dark matter turns out to be something with rich dynamics, but I suspect we'd have more of a clue about its nature by now if that were the case.)
by Link
Sat Feb 09, 2019 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 30578

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

↶ I think none of these things are relevant to that fundraiser. The only way it would make sense to talk about high energy physics at a fundraiser would be to fund research into basic physics. (Physicists do after all like to use billion dollar pieces of equipment.) But I thought Link was just musi...
by Link
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 191
Views: 30578

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

↶ I'm also seriously worried by the qoute provided by CERN's director: "But if you imagine the discovery of the electron by JJ Thomson in 1897, he didn't know what electronics was. But you can't imagine a world now without electronics." Plenty of electronics had been invented by then, bec...
by Link
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, as much as I hate Trump, Putin's at least as much to blame for this one. Sure, Trump escalated the situation, but considering Putin's been violating this treaty for a while (along with stuff like annexing Crimea, lest we forget), it's safe to say we've been back in the Cold War for a while now...
by Link
Wed Jan 30, 2019 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1296
Views: 206726

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Well, that went exactly as well as I had expected: EU: the backstop is a fundamental part of the deal we negotiated, and will not be scrapped. UK parliament: marvellous, but could we, perchance, scrap the backstop? EU: *facepalm* No. We just told you that. UK parliament: surprised-pikachu.png
by Link
Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1884206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Modern C++ has made me lazy: I just spent an hour debugging only to find out my weird problems were caused by auto.
by Link
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1296
Views: 206726

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

:shock: So basically, Cameron played a very, very dangerous game of poker to rally the conservative base, it blew up epically, then he decided to roll with it to save face, and then he vamoosed the moment it backfired again . Just... wow. The only word that comes to mind is "fuckweasel", b...
by Link
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1296
Views: 206726

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

(Ninja'd by elasto.) ↶ You've been told you have to eat one of three choices of meal. All three meals are piles of shit. Actual shit. There is nothing good that will come from eating a plate of excrement. How easy would it be for you to pick a meal to eat? Well sure, but once you've been told by the...
by Link
Mon Jan 21, 2019 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1296
Views: 206726

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

There's a whole lot of talk about "Plan B", renegotiation, extension, etcetera, but I thought the EU had already stated in no unclear terms that there would be no renegotiation, and that May's deal was the best the UK could hope to get. So can anybody tell me why there's even an expectatio...
by Link
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

Zohar wrote:
I suspect we'll see more of these the more the GOP primaries heat up.

Fingers crossed!
by Link
Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

↶ Statistically, it's indifference, though the populist/xenophobic fanning of hatreds marries the evils of indifference and malice quite well. Yeah, bad treatment of asylum seekers is rarely pure "indifference". It might be at the individual level, but the organisation behind the individu...
by Link
Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4266
Views: 622528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Hungary forces the Central European University out of the country. Yet another example of a member state spitting in the face of the fundamental democratic principles of the EU. At this rate it looks like it'll be a few years tops until we (i.e. the EU) have countries that openly embrace fascism...
by Link
Fri Nov 30, 2018 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1884206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Gahh, kludges, kludges everywhere. Eigen's matrices can use custom complex types, but ComplexEigenSolver requires std::complex (possibly of a custom real type), so now I have to use kludges to convert my mpc-based complex numbers (via boost::multiprecision::mpc_complex) to std::complex of an mpfr-de...
by Link
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

Most of the times I've thought "he can't plausibly do this" or "the rest of the GOP wouldn't stand for this" have ended in bitter disappointment for me. Just sayin'.
by Link
Wed Nov 14, 2018 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1884206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

↶ More can be added as needed, of course (-pthread always works with my preferred configuration, and I'm not going out of my way to test vastly different configurations until someone else hits a snag). That seems reasonable. If you take a closer look at that SO thread you linked, you'll notice that...
by Link
Wed Nov 14, 2018 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1884206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

↶ I think the autotools way would be to attempt different configurations until one compiles and works (starting with no parameters, then -pthread, then the more exotic variations). Relying on compiler macros is tricky, because compilers (or headers) sometimes lie about these things. That does seem ...
by Link
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1884206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

So I take it there's no ready-made autoconf macro to figure everything out automatically? In any case, this helps me along a good way. I can use AC_COMPILE_IFELSE to check for __GLIBCXX__ and add -pthread if found. Then use AC_LINK_IFELSE to see if the threading configuration works. If it doesn't, I...
by Link
Tue Nov 13, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9924
Views: 1884206

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Does anyone know if there's an autoconf macro to find the LIBS, LDFLAGS and CXXFLAGS needed to use C++11 threads? From what I've seen just using -pthread isn't the magic bullet that works for all mainstream compilers, e.g. Clang needs -stdlib=libstdc++ as well and some bugged versions of GCC need -W...
by Link
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

↶ I just need to understand what it is they want. Right now it looks like their main goal is to get "Republicans" to replace "Nazis" as the most popular umbrella term for irredeemably evil human scum. Which is a bit unfair to the Republicans who don't support Trump, but what can...
by Link
Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Wanted: Your Loss Memes
Replies: 19
Views: 5131

Re: Wanted: Your Loss Memes

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by Link
Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

↶ 1 in 6 believe abortion should be illegal in all cases , even rape. So yeah, pretty fricken common. Yikes, that's worse than I thought. Although of course this doesn't necessarily suggest all of these people equate Democrats with baby-killers by default. Still... damn. ↶ If memory serves, it was ...
by Link
Wed Aug 29, 2018 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

↶ My $0.02: [snip] So basically, a combination of partisanship and being poorly informed or flat-out denying facts? Maybe I'm just naive, but I find it hard to believe such a large percentage of the population would be sufficiently stuck in those patterns that they fail to see how much of a cluster...
by Link
Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

I genuinely cannot wrap my head around the fact that intelligent, ordinary people are making the conscious decision to vote Republican right now. Between Trump being a massive manchild and the biggest heel to hold the seat in decades, and the rest of the party's current ideology (as far as I know) o...
by Link
Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

↶ Trump warns Google, Facebook and Twitter in row over bias . He's having his people looking at the possibility of regulation. Just another notch on the fascism tally stick. Big Orange is on a roll this week month year. http://forums.xkcd.com/download/file.php?id=43261 And yet somehow, it's the Lef...
by Link
Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8369
Views: 702463

Re: Trump presidency

Trump warns Google, Facebook and Twitter in row over bias. He's having his people looking at the possibility of regulation. Just another notch on the fascism tally stick. Big Orange is on a roll this week month year. Image
by Link
Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.
Replies: 5
Views: 2369

Re: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.

Introductions to Python can be found all over the web, really. You could of course use the official tutorial . Alternatively something like https://www.learnpython.org/ will let you jump right in, and it even embeds an interpreter on its pages so you can play with it as you read. If you have no prio...
by Link
Sat Aug 11, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.
Replies: 5
Views: 2369

Re: Syllabus for learning advanced mathematics and physics for a highschool student.

David Griffiths has excellent introductory textbooks on electrodynamics, quantum mechanics and particle physics; those are definitely worth checking out. Lagrangian formalism and the variational principle are eventually going to be the go-to tools for any new problem, so it's definitely a good idea ...
by Link
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4266
Views: 622528

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Well, yeah. Unfortunately it only takes one counter-protester stepping out of line to make every racist, xenophobe and alt-right adherent feel validated. They're hoping to get an excuse to start a full-blown race war, and I fear it's just a matter of time before they succeed.

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