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by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 04, 2019 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 1686

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

It's something so self-evident What is self evident? The answer (to the "moral dilemma")? Or the specialness of this particular moral choice? If the former, I agree. It's why, given that the question was asked, that I brought up the latter. The former. Life is not a mathematical exercise....
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 1686

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

The playoff between a persons right to bodily autonomy, and their obligation to their childs health. How is this different between the playoff between any other right and obligation? What makes this particular one more interesting? Because having a child in the first place involves an obligation to...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 358297

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Not really sure it matters. Advertisers are already messing with facial recognition; recognizing a logo isn't much different. It won't be long before just walking around in public with Nike shoes lets them know that you're a Nike customer, as well as where you are, what you do, and when you do it. ...
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 358297

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Shoes for industry, shoes for defense?
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 358297

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Somehow, I missed that shoe theory. I don't think it actually applies to our world though. If I were to try to select an analog in our country, it would be a toss-up between payday loan stores and drug stores. Based on observed trends in runaway-but-unsustainable shop construction, I'd have to sugg...
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 25, 2019 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: CSS Sins
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: CSS Sins

I admire its...purity.
by commodorejohn
Sun Feb 24, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 358297

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

Phones can be used with minimal dexterity and voice commands. The small numbers of special users is, once again, exactly why items like this get marketed to the rest of us. I disagree. To me it's like the (apocryphal) story of the US spending millions on developing a pen that can write in zero grav...
by commodorejohn
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9943
Views: 1907672

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yakk wrote:Why would commits take 5 minutes?!

Obviously, because you're in a hurry and would rather they take five seconds. This is the way of things.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jan 30, 2019 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 645317

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I think suppressing the use of the expression "Inshallah" is more about the erasure of a distinct ethnic identity than it is about promoting atheism. Probably true, although it can be two things - and given how much Xi Jinping's government is leaning into the Make Red China Great Again ph...
by commodorejohn
Mon Jan 14, 2019 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 645317

Re: The Darker Side of the News

China's Communist government isn't too keen on Christianity, either It seems they're equal opportunity then. Why isn't this in the news? Because China has way more financial pull than even the largest religious organizations. Plus, as Soupspoon says, in a way it's old news. The western world decide...
by commodorejohn
Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9943
Views: 1907672

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Seems like the kind of thing that the #pragma directive exists for.
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Caves of Janxrathra
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: The Caves of Janxrathra

So how it stands now is that the ZIP file has been extracted as-is to a directory on my storage partition, from which I've been trying to run the executable. (I tried moving it to a location in the WINE main path, but this didn't change anything.) I've tried launching it directly from the file manag...
by commodorejohn
Fri Dec 28, 2018 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: The Caves of Janxrathra
Replies: 8
Views: 2019

Re: The Caves of Janxrathra

Intriguing description, and I'd love to give it a try, but when launched under WINE it complains that it can't open the equipment or monster files. Looking at the filenames, which exhibit a smattering of different approaches to capitalization, I suspect it's probably tripping up on case-sensitivity ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9943
Views: 1907672

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Argh, why does C++ not zero out memory in edge cases? Just because my class/struct doesn't have an explicit constructor and is a local variable (of the main function for crying out loud) shouldn't be a reason to leave junk in there. Perhaps the most ridiculous part of this behaviour is that an init...
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"
Replies: 33
Views: 5031

2090: "Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram"

http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/feathered_dinosaur_venn_diagram.png Title text: My pet theory is that in real life, the kid at the beginning of Jurassic Park who made fun of the 'six-foot turkey' never got a talking-to from Dr. Grant, and grew up to produce several of the movie's sequels. This comic ne...
by commodorejohn
Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 151
Views: 28682

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Ah, fair enough.
by commodorejohn
Sat Dec 22, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 151
Views: 28682

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Unlike films, tv shows don't age well. I disagree - it's still a fine show. But yes, it is less commonly-known outside the UK, even more so now that it's been off the air for over fifty years (though the immensely-quotable opening exchange seems to have spread more pervasively than the show itself....
by commodorejohn
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1101
Views: 212228

Re: Controversial opinions about food

Mint chocolate is given directly from the hand of God.

AngrySquirrel wrote:There is no reason why chocolate should be orange-flavored.

This, however, is entirely correct.
by commodorejohn
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2525888

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

There's a comedic heist film/road comedy just crying out to be made in that synopsis.
by commodorejohn
Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans
Replies: 45
Views: 5177

Re: Biology: Wolves vs. Humans

Eebster the Great wrote:That said, there are cases of man-eating wolves repeatedly killing humans.

Man, killing someone is bad enough, but repeatedly killing them...!
by commodorejohn
Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 321
Views: 89679

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

I mean, it says something that even throwing up on the prime minister of Japan seems dignified and presidential by current standards.
by commodorejohn
Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 7357

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Oh, that's easy. 1984 is tonally consistent throughout and its ending, as bleak as it is, is entirely in keeping with the rest of the book. Old Yeller on the other hand is a textbook example of juvenile fiction that reads perfectly normally for most of its length before suddenly going out of its way...
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 645317

Re: The Darker Side of the News

(Some might object that felons can't be any of the above. Easily overcome: "Pardon.") That'd actually be interesting (and by "interesting" I mean "horrifying") to test, considering that it was just established last year in the Arpaio case that a pardon does not invalid...
by commodorejohn
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 8442

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

The Lion King is no different from any other Disney princess movie, in terms of promoting the idea that it's no accident that some people are born into positions of power and privilege, and others are not. Counterpoints: Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. (Also, sorta-kinda The Sword in the Stone , ...
by commodorejohn
Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 8442

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

Also, some people are just jerks.
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy
Replies: 63
Views: 8442

Re: Circle of Life as Political Philosophy

(Spoiler: it's a '90s kids movie, they wanted to sound deep but didn't feel the need to actually put any thought into it. This is not to say that analyzing kids' movies from a moral/philosophical standpoint is pointless in the general sense, but: you can't find what ain't there.)
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you can't remember the title of.
Replies: 1932
Views: 526371

Re: Games you can't remember the title of.

* Background : Played it as a child on a PC * System : DOS or Windows 3.1 * Year : Around 1992, i think it was before we got an Intel i486 but i`m not sure. * Perspective : 2d with a view from the top * Gameplay : The main task was to collect keys. You were walking through levels and had to solve t...
by commodorejohn
Sun Nov 25, 2018 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 151
Views: 28682

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

No, we were talking about The Day Time Ended, which was another film featured on the MST3K revival. Mac & Me is its own entirely different brand of Hell.
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"
Replies: 41
Views: 7357

Re: 2076: "Horror Movies 2"

Meh, literature awards have nothing to do with how entertaining the story is and everything to do with whatever the literary critics consider to be “high art”. Nailed it. I'm always a little comforted to be reminded that I was not the only child to be variously baffled, depressed, and/or pissed off...
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:32 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 151
Views: 28682

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

Also, how did no one realize this movie made absolutely no sense at any point while they were making it? And not even in that kind of coherent 'the creators were clearly trying to say something but it just didn't quite come across' way that the end of 'The Prisoner' doesn't make any sense, or the c...
by commodorejohn
Thu Nov 22, 2018 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

America is a country where the normal serving size for beer is neither one glass nor one bottle, but rather the pack of bottles in which they are sold. Drinking six to twelve bottles or tins at once is quite common among enthusiasts. But it is American beer and thus your 'enthusiasts' are mere amat...
by commodorejohn
Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: New to Coding
Replies: 111
Views: 147107

Re: New to Coding

Learn to code for its own sake if you enjoy coding; whether or not you can make professional use of it, at least you'll be able to indulge in a hobby you like.
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Are these oz as in 1/16lb, or floz? And are floz standardized between US and imperial systems? (e.g. is a US pint exactly 4/5ths an imperial pint?) Fluid ounces. And I hadn't even considered that - devilishly enough, even that measure is slightly different. According to Wikipedia, an imperial fluid...
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 17, 2018 4:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Ironically, pints are one unit of measurement us yanks don't much bother with. The standard unit of measurement for beer in America is the beer. Yes and no. You buy beer at the store in discrete units (or packs thereof,) which are usually 12 oz., but may be a US pint (16 oz.) or a larger semi-stand...
by commodorejohn
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2073: "Kilogram"
Replies: 97
Views: 13125

Re: 2073: "Kilogram"

Words cannot describe how much I want this.
by commodorejohn
Sat Nov 03, 2018 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 645317

Re: The Darker Side of the News

You know, I read all that and was like "eh, fairly typical crazy-person manifesto stuff." Then I opened the article and found out that the guy is actually a member of the Washington state legislature. That's, uh, interesting.
by commodorejohn
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: caution knowledge you may not want
Replies: 9
Views: 3403

Re: caution knowledge you may not want

I mean, I could spend eternity just replaying Megaman 2.
by commodorejohn
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 4095

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

FOARP wrote:Cars vote...

I KNEW IT!

(the windscreen-wiper-industrial complex controls everything I tells ya! EVERYTHING!)

This is what Kris Kobach warned us about!
by commodorejohn
Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2525888

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

"Wait, sorry, that's actually a sheet of Styrofoam insulation."
by commodorejohn
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 358297

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

This is a valid perspective - but, while it may be that correctly mimicking the properties of low-quality live poultry means a correct and satisfactory chicken emulation, it could alternatively be that this one particular corner case happens to line up while other results are more out of kilter. We ...

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