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by joek
Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8231
Views: 1320099

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!

NovaNatalia wrote:incorrect himself


This is an excellent verb. I should make note of this excellent verbing :)

Congratulations :)
by joek
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1283: "Headlines"
Replies: 58
Views: 17089

Re: 1283: "Headlines"

The one thing I've never seen explained is why "Mom invents perpetual motion machine" is meant to be better click bait than "physicist invents perpetual motion machine". Not that I'm complaining, since it's a useful element to spam filtering. Because no real physicist claims to ...
by joek
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1283: "Headlines"
Replies: 58
Views: 17089

Re: 1283: "Headlines"

Would anybody care to clarify the references? e.g. I'm pretty sure the 1905 one is about Special Relativity by Einstein. I'm most curious about the 6 survivors of Titanic, lol. I don't think there are six specific survivors in mind. Wiki tells me that 710 survivors were rescued, so... Yes, I saw th...
by joek
Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1283: "Headlines"
Replies: 58
Views: 17089

Re: 1283: "Headlines"

Would anybody care to clarify the references? e.g. I'm pretty sure the 1905 one is about Special Relativity by Einstein. I'm most curious about the 6 survivors of Titanic, lol. I don't think there are six specific survivors in mind. Wiki tells me that 710 survivors were rescued, so... For anyone wh...
by joek
Thu Sep 19, 2013 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The strange phenomenon of stuff tasting better when reheated
Replies: 6
Views: 5719

Re: The strange phenomenon of stuff tasting better when rehe

It depends on the type of food. Stews, for instance, tend to get better the longer they are cooked, in my opinion, for two reasons: * It allows the flavours to intermingle * Any meat becomes more tender as it is cooked for longer. (I find this applies especially to sheep-based stews). Other foods, a...
by joek
Thu Sep 19, 2013 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Green Tea VS Water
Replies: 40
Views: 30367

Re: Green Tea VS Water

This is obviously only anecdotal but I once drank 6 small pots of jasmine tea (green tea based) in about 4 hours and the effects were, well, strange. I don't think it was the caffeine as I didn't feel buzzy as after too much coffee, more completely spaced out, dizzy and unable to focus. Green tea i...
by joek
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 128142

Re: Tea Snobbery

they have some intriguing loose teas at thinkgeek.com that i have been wanting to give a shot. As far as I can tell, you can only get samplers of four different teas (well, three teas and some kind of infusion), and both earl grey and jasmine tea are readily available elsewhere. It's not entirely c...
by joek
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 128142

Re: Tea Snobbery

But do not pour the boiling water directly onto the leaves or the cold water won't protect them well. Yep, I managed to get that far :P Do you think your method -- pour the water before it boils -- gives better results? I don't currently own a thermal probe -- I am a university student; I don't hav...
by joek
Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 128142

Re: Tea Snobbery

dubsola wrote:First guess would be fill it with water and a little white vinegar. Vinegar is pretty good at getting smells out.


Yeah, I considered a little vinegar. I'll go and see what we have and try that...
by joek
Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Tea Snobbery
Replies: 351
Views: 128142

Re: Tea Snobbery

Does anyone try to add fruit to their tea? I highly recommend making a syrup out of fruit and using it sparingly. I tend to dislike fruity teas. When it's cold, I'll add some ginger to black tea occasionally, and I have been known to make mint tea with gunpowder and fresh mint leaves. But otherwise...
by joek
Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: The truthteller and the politician
Replies: 65
Views: 25601

Re: The truthteller and the politician

I think jestingrabbit has the right of it: the only possible way is to trap the truthteller into a paradox, as the politician can always answer consistently with how the truthteller would, except in the case of which road to go down... Although, thinking about it, the politician could fake being tra...
by joek
Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Today I Made:
Replies: 4531
Views: 835096

Re: Today I Made:

Yesterday, bacon and pasta. On of my traditional things to make when I don't want to think.

The other day, stew with the toulouse sausages and butternut squash in the fridge which needed using. Came out surprisingly well, given the utter horribleness of the recipe book that the concept came from...
by joek
Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Plural of "Octopus"
Replies: 89
Views: 55145

Re: Plural of "Octopus"

I seem to recall something about "octopus" being derived from Latin, but not from the O-declination (which would otherwise license the "octopi" plural). According to that explanation, "octopes" was the right plural. Octopes? Hmm, not convinced. If the word octopus were...
by joek
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying New Laptop w/o Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 6696

Re: Buying New Laptop w/o Windows

Hmm, I wonder whether batteries are available for my laptop and what kind of battery life I could get... *Wanders off to look* The other thing is that while I use a very stripped back debian install, I only have five tabs open on firefox, and that's it apart from X and my WM, and it's using 380Mb of...
by joek
Thu Jun 28, 2012 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying New Laptop w/o Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 6696

Re: Buying New Laptop w/o Windows

As far as processor and lack of discrete graphics it sounds like an AMD llanos style processor (graphics on the CPU silicon) would probably work best. Check the links given (I know nothing about UK distributors) and look for what is available. Unimportant criteria: processor - anything that isn't a...
by joek
Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:02 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying New Laptop w/o Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 6696

Re: Buying New Laptop w/o Windows

Hmmm, ebuyer lists a few desktops without an OS (and has done so for quite a while), but currently there are no laptops in the no-OS category that I can see. A search on Amazon UK finds two laptops, of which this one is in your budget. I have no idea if it's even possible to find out what component...
by joek
Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes
Replies: 39
Views: 8182

Re: U.K. Coalition Proposes Constitutional Changes

The Parliament act was brought in during wartime, why it's stayed in peace is a bit of a mystery. I'm not sure where you've got that from. The first Parliament Act was in 1911 and was to prevent the lords from blocking various Liberal social reforms. The king actually forced the lords to accept it ...
by joek
Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Buying New Laptop w/o Windows
Replies: 8
Views: 6696

Buying New Laptop w/o Windows

I shall be going to university in October, and need a new laptop, replacing my Dell Latitude D400. I will be a history student, so the only work-related things I shall use it for will be text-editing (no matlab, CAD, or other computationally intensive programs); other than that, I use my current lap...
by joek
Thu May 31, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 21375

Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

Everybody who has been to middle school/ jr. high school in the US has at least a vague understanding of what "don't drop the soap" means and its context, and many of their parents think that prison rape is just desserts. Or perhaps that's an artifact of growing up in the south. Confirmed...
by joek
Tue May 29, 2012 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years later
Replies: 184
Views: 21375

Re: Woman falsely accuses man of rape, admits it 5 years lat

If you put someone in a dangerous position, you are responsible for what happens. No, the rapists in prison should not get off the hook, but when you put an innocent man in prison you are in many ways an accomplice to any foreseeable abuses that occur there. If violence and sexual abuse in American...
by joek
Sat May 26, 2012 9:45 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 123312

Re: Editors

After some serious trial time I've decided my left thumb was indeed hurting too much, and so moved Ctrl from Alt to Caps Lock. It's a shame, I think, because if I had a slightly bigger lalt and smaller space-bar, I'd be able to press it without any issues. Heh, there's a battle for a useful use of ...
by joek
Wed May 23, 2012 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Editors
Replies: 267
Views: 123312

Re: Editors

After some serious trial time I've decided my left thumb was indeed hurting too much, and so moved Ctrl from Alt to Caps Lock. It's a shame, I think, because if I had a slightly bigger lalt and smaller space-bar, I'd be able to press it without any issues. Heh, there's a battle for a useful use of ...
by joek
Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Old Laptop(s)
Replies: 11
Views: 4677

Re: Old Laptop(s)

http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2007/09/14/things-to-do-with-an-old-computer/ http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2007/03/16/ten-things-you-can-do-keep-an-old-computer-useful/ He works with computers significantly older than yours... The second is more things you should do to your computer to ensure that it i...
by joek
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard drive
Replies: 48
Views: 7255

Re: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard d

Finally, I have a feeling that if you claim to have forgotten your password, you'll likely get slapped with a felony for something like obstructing justice. They make the penalties tough for that kind of thing so you can't just stonewall and escape justice. You don't have to convince a cop or judge...
by joek
Thu Oct 13, 2011 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 26522

Re: 0963: "X11"

...a flat decade-and-a-half? (three-halves of a census cycle - okay they probably didn't do censuses...censi? censae? who knows....the same way back then.) 'Twould be census, actually. Census (like status) in Latin is a fourth declension noun, which means that the nominative plural also ends -us. O...
by joek
Sat Jun 25, 2011 9:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bioware latest to fall to hack attack, info stolen
Replies: 12
Views: 1884

Re: Bioware latest to fall to DDoS attack

netcrusher88 wrote:I got an email from Bioware about this this morning. And yeah, LulzSec is pretty much just hitting whoever they can. Digging their own grave.


Do we know this is LulzSec? Yeah, they're active at the moment, but a quick google hasn't pulled up press releases either way, which is unlike them.
by joek
Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 32452

Re: Lulzsec

End game indeed. It appears that police in the UK have arrested the "mastermind" of the organization. http://content.met.police.uk/News/eCrime-unit-arrest-man/1260269113895/1257246745756 The Guardian has this guy as hosting the IRC channel, but say he isn't (probably) masterminding the at...
by joek
Tue Jun 14, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: An experiment, if you don't mind.
Replies: 28
Views: 5677

Re: An experiment, if you don't mind.

*Is looking forward to seeing the results*
by joek
Thu May 12, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Which of these values are exact (have no uncertainty)?
Replies: 9
Views: 2406

Re: Which of these values are exact (have no uncertainty)?

Certainly the number of liters in a gallon is precisely defined for all three measures called a gallon with no uncertainty: the definition of gallons is the number of liters it contains. Even if there is uncertainty in the volume defined as a liter, the relationship of gallons to liters is precise. ...
by joek
Wed May 11, 2011 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Bomb Making: Next Driveway"
Replies: 26
Views: 3357

Re: "Bomb Making: Next Driveway"

I thought making bomb threats/fake bomb reports actually falls outside of protected free speech. If he wants to complain, he has a right to complain, but isn't what he's prosecutable? I think it has to be an actual fake bomb report, not a joke(even if its a horribly bigoted one intended to troll a ...
by joek
Tue May 10, 2011 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?
Replies: 75
Views: 32136

Re: What do you think of this quote about "evil"?

I believe that most of the great evils (the holocaust, Stalin's massacres, Mao's massacres, etc.) were perpetrated by people who were simply trying to fight evil. Hmm, I'm not convinced that Stalin's massacres of political opponents, nor the Holocaust, could reasonably be described as an attempt to...
by joek
Sat May 07, 2011 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British voters say "no" to AV
Replies: 94
Views: 8187

Re: British voters say "no" to AV

* AV will cost too much money (The oft-quoted £250 million is a tiny amount in the grand scheme of things, and a huge chunk of that includes the cost of holding the referendum itself) So, is there actually merit to this? Does it actually cost a lot? Personally I'd promote it anyways due to the fact...
by joek
Fri Mar 18, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied kid fights back and wins
Replies: 176
Views: 14852

Re: Bullied kid fights back and wins

I remember my primary school had a particularly godawful set of rules, if someone attacked you you were supposed to not fight back in any way at all. If you defended yourself then you were treated the same as the person who attacked you. I hear stuff like this and think that that's a perfectly fair...
by joek
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes
Replies: 34
Views: 4243

Re: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes

They arent banning electronics. I havent seen a single place that bans anything of this sort. That does however seem to be what the article is claiming. To be clear: they allow reading physical books and writing essays on paper, but laptops and e-readers aren't allowed? Is that right? Assuming so, ...
by joek
Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Conservapedia - Most Accurate Shite On The Web*
Replies: 342
Views: 50270

Re: Conservapedia - Most Accurate Shite On The Web*

Conservapedia's Block Log is even more amusing than the actual sight, if such a thing be possible. "18:23, 3 February 2011 DouglasA (Talk | contribs) blocked JayzusFromReturning" Someone was planning to be blocked, methinks. Their reasons for blocking are awesome as well: "Some libera...
by joek
Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!
Replies: 226
Views: 169143

Re: xkcd's favourite 100 books - vote now!

Off the top of my head:

Good Omens (Gaiman/Pratchett)
Discworld (Pratchett)
Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)
1984 (Orwell)
Brave New World (Huxley)
by joek
Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Caligula's tomb found after man tries to smuggle statue
Replies: 41
Views: 5133

Re: Caligula's tomb found after man tries to smuggle statue

One wonders how many modern Egyptians are actual descendants of ancient Egyptians even genetically, since the ancient culture is long, long, incredibly long gone. The Copts, which according to my guidebook is c10%. Although whether that is descendants of the Ptolemaic Pharaohs or the native Egyptia...
by joek
Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue
Replies: 29
Views: 3187

Re: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue

Imagine I borrow your car. When I arrive at my destination I carefully park it, making sure I have plenty of space on all sides so that the car won't be damaged. I even make sure to park it in a good neighbourhood on a well-lit street, to reduce the chance of theft. Then it's struck by a comet. I'm...
by joek
Thu Aug 26, 2010 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eye for an eye...spine for a spine?
Replies: 51
Views: 5868

Re: Eye for an eye...spine for a spine?

There is a difference, I hope, between locking someone away for revenge, and locking away to protect the public/ try to rehabilitate. Now I shall be awkward and point out that paralysing a criminal also serves to protect the public from him. As for rehabilitation, I thought it was fairly well estab...
by joek
Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eye for an eye...spine for a spine?
Replies: 51
Views: 5868

Re: Eye for an eye...spine for a spine?

Under any modern moral system, I would argue that surgically damaging a man's spine - for any reason I can think of - is a Bad Thing (TM) If damaging a man's spine is not bad, then there is no reason to punish the original offender. If damaging a man's spine is bad, then whether or not the punishme...

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