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by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 77
Views: 1673

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

commodorejohn alleges that he was unemployed for 14 months and then further penalized by the ACA's individual mandate. However, the ACA was supposed to have given him a tax-credit to assist him in paying for insurance. Unfortunately I don't recall all the details as this was ~2-3 years ago (fortuna...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 77
Views: 1673

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

The graciousness of my relatives was the only reason I wasn't out of house and home.
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 77
Views: 1673

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

As for the ACA fines, there either has to be a driving force to get healthy people to get insurance, or we move to single-payer. As someone who spent a total of about 14 months unemployed a few years back, scraping by on unemployment checks and goodwill from relatives while looking for work, then g...
by commodorejohn
Sat Mar 25, 2017 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 77
Views: 1673

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

You have to admire Paul Ryan here. It's quite an achievement to spend seven years talking about doing something without ever coming up for a plan to do it, scramble at the last minute to get something together, manage to craft a bill that alienates half of the Republican party by slashing too much o...
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Volume of the platonic diet
Replies: 12
Views: 266

Re: Volume of the platonic diet

I dunno, but according to Kepler, the relative volumes of the five Platonic food groups are such that they can fit inside one another.
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583768

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

Couldn't we just finally accept that no 2D rectangle will ever map to a spherical surface without bizarre distortions and, y'know, use a globe instead? I mean, what, we're supposed to be impressed that you switched from one wrong map to another wrong map?
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 15, 2017 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583768

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

Just think of the achievements you could unlock!
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583768

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

I didn't know there was such a thing, but now all I can picture is the inevitable awkward moment where you invite someone over and their phone auto-discovers it.
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breaking Up the United States
Replies: 21
Views: 1199

Re: Breaking Up the United States

Isn't the problem that the parties DON'T want the others to do their own thing? For example gay marriage, neither party accepts the states doing their own thing, both sides won't quit until it's legal/illegal everywhere. Not sure if that would change if the states broke into countries. Yes, that's ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Will
Replies: 55
Views: 1326

Re: Free Will

gmalivuk wrote:Sorry, but your friend's right and free will isn't real.

We both know that you're only saying that because circumstances made it inevitable.
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 233
Views: 10139

Re: Science-based what-if questions

...is there some alternate definition of "bidet" of which I'm not aware?
by commodorejohn
Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure
Replies: 36
Views: 1756

Re: Oroville Dam (CA) and crumbling infrastructure

Yeah, up here away from the major metropolitan centers of the state it's much more red-leaning.
by commodorejohn
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?
Replies: 20
Views: 823

Re: How can we experminetly determine the acceleration due to gravity?

eSOANEM wrote:Turns out the gravity at my university is about 0.5% higher than the standard value.

It's that "freshman 15," y'know.
by commodorejohn
Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

The really funny part is that he should know that the person who stands to lose the most from any investigation of the circumstances surrounding his election is himself.
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

Gosh, what a shocking twist that nobody saw coming. Not sure if you're being dismissive, but it is a pretty big deal that hard proof of him breaking the law has turned up. That was hardcore sarcasm. It is definitely a big deal, it's just amazing what a not-at-all-a-surprise it is when officials of ...
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583768

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

That...makes a shocking amount of sense.
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 3:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

Gosh, what a shocking twist that nobody saw coming.
by commodorejohn
Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583768

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

Frankly, I'm surprised it's that high.
by commodorejohn
Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2460
Views: 252195

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Hoo boy did this discussion just plunge down the rabbit-hole.
by commodorejohn
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

I have definitely heard exactly that line of argument from various people I know who voted for him, for what that's worth.

Haven't heard it much since he started actually trying to do that shit, though.
by commodorejohn
Fri Feb 24, 2017 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

Why should Trump disavow David Duke's endorsement? It doesn't actually have anything to do with him. He can't help that David Duke likes him. Disavowing him is just a waste of time that gains him nothing, because his critics will just say "Oh well of course he WOULD say that wouldn't he"....
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, let's just take a moment here and remember what Nate Silver's prediction for the election was.
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

And second... even if it makes sense to release selected SIGINT for the purposes of investigation, there are proper channels for doing that. Anonymous leaks to the f'king media by random people isn't anything close to the proper channels. Again, the entire problem is that the "proper channels&...
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

The 4th Estate has so far been powerless to stop Trump's rise in any case. I'm not entirely sure what these leaks accomplish aside from proving to Trump supporters that the intelligence services are anti-Trump and are on the side of the liberal media. Well, they got Flynn ousted and lit a fire unde...
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 13564
Views: 1583768

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

Well, if it's whitetails, they absolutely will go out of their way to get hit, so I'd say it's a fair characterization.
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

And second... even if it makes sense to release selected SIGINT for the purposes of investigation, there are proper channels for doing that. Anonymous leaks to the f'king media by random people isn't anything close to the proper channels. Again, the entire problem is that the "proper channels&...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 15, 2017 8:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

But all of that being said, the fact that we have members of the IC who are apparently actively seeking to undermine the sitting administration, by releasing sensitive information to be public, is also pretty fucked, and frankly dangerous. It is a bit unsettling. On the other hand, what else do you...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

Oh, you were referring to Flynn, weren't you? My mistake.
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

The interesting thing, though, is that he's not really "one of their own" - he's an independent schmuck (who generally affiliated more with the Democrats until...well, not to put too fine a point on it, until they put a black man in the Oval Office) who essentially usurped their ticket and...
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 20
Views: 2234

Re: Steering showdown

For me, somewhere between 10&2 and 9&3, depending on whether I need better steering control (10&2) or long-term arm-resting comfort (9&3) at the time.
by commodorejohn
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 2460
Views: 252195

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It looks like the problem is with the spillway to relieve pressure, not the main dam wall itself. Seems to imply that spillway might have been damaged in landslides that happened due to the large amount of rain. I'm guessing that it's a combination of that, plus the larger than expected amount of w...
by commodorejohn
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Walking on a neutronium Dyson Sphere
Replies: 15
Views: 1628

Re: Walking on a neutronium Dyson Sphere

Think I've found a title for that 30-minute Krautrock instrumental I've always wanted to write!
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1770: "UI Change"
Replies: 56
Views: 5132

Re: 1770: "UI Change"

Hafting wrote:One of the nice things with linux is that change is optional.

The single reason I made the switch. No matter how much I'm not fond of it in general, it just lets me use the computer the way I'm used to.
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1321
Views: 161396

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

Scroll farther down in the article. Of course. But what happens if you feed it, say, the 8x8 fireball sprite from Super Mario Bros. ? The letter A from the Commodore 64 character set? 64 pixels of random colors? They say the algorithm "hallucinates" the missing data; I want to see what ha...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 08, 2017 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1321
Views: 161396

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

Okay, somebody needs to feed this with all the 8x8 images that aren't faces and see what results.
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 08, 2017 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1796: "Focus Knob"
Replies: 16
Views: 1828

Re: 1796: "Focus Knob"

Mmm, pulse-width modulation...
by commodorejohn
Wed Feb 01, 2017 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Planned obsolescence and the best computer ever
Replies: 10
Views: 3105

Re: Planned obsolescence and the best computer ever

Yeah, I certainly wouldn't try it on a 4MB machine anymore, but even the heaviest of the BSDs only lists a minimum RAM requirement of like 32MB, and I ran a recent-ish version of OpenBSD with X quite comfortably on an UltraSPARC-II workstation with 128MB. (Now, running a web browser on it was a diff...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jan 31, 2017 12:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41138

Re: Trump presidency

You don't seem to be able to distinguish between "actively supporting separation of church and state" and "actively trolling and being generally hostile to religious folks," Thesh.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jan 24, 2017 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Tesla Autopilot Death
Replies: 304
Views: 20276

Re: First Tesla Autopilot Death

I would definitively argue that Tesla was aware of the public connotation of "autopilot."

Since, y'know, they're run by adult human beings with a reasonably comprehensive understanding of the English language.
by commodorejohn
Fri Jan 13, 2017 1:44 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Planned obsolescence and the best computer ever
Replies: 10
Views: 3105

Re: Planned obsolescence and the best computer ever

The problems I have with the BSDs are somewhat poorer laptop support and somewhat poorer selection in the repository. That said, yes, they are light as shit by modern standards, and blessedly free of Lennartism.

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