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by Mutex
Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 11876

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

In order to reduce the amount of coins you have, take out 9 ¢ to pay the last digit. (4 ¢ might be a good value, too.) If you can't do that, take out one dollar / euro in {10,20,25,50}-¢-pieces. Pay the last two digits using that (possibly slightly more). If you can't do that, Europeans need to con...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oh good, Musk has added "wild overreactions to imagined or minor slights" to "delusions of grandeur" and "insane pet projects." Two more and I've got a Supervillain Bingo! No, wait, there was that thing where he thinks that we're actually living in the Matrix because y...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Oops, I misread the Thai chief of the rescue mission's comment as being Unsworth’s. Yeah, he was less than polite. Still, quite a leap to accusations of paedophilia.
by Mutex
Mon Jul 16, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Musk: "This remote controlled submarine will help save the kids!" Diving expert: "Thanks, but this wouldn't be suitable for this particular mission" Musk: "PEDO!" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-44846945 EDIT: I guess this belongs in the humorous news thread really
by Mutex
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

James Bond Street?

Andy Parsons Green?
by Mutex
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"
Replies: 80
Views: 11876

Re: 2019: "An Apple for a Dollar"

Yes, the idea that in the US the price on the shelf isn't what you pay is still really weird to me. If you don't have much money on you, it must be hard to work out if you have enough. I think when this has come up before, the reason has been that there are a few different levels (county, state, fed...
by Mutex
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

It's unfortunate that pretty much the most logical shape of a building to maximise windows is the swastika.

I hope no fascist group ever uses the triangle as their symbol. All our bridges would collapse.
by Mutex
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

this is where i work. we are two persons in there. untitled.jpg Are you both on the desk visible in that pic, or is there another desk on the other side of the room? Two-four people in an office would be a dream, guess it takes a decent amount of floor space though. The trend in London is to pack p...
by Mutex
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

Well, other than the lack of daylight you get all those things with open plan too. Which is the only other option I've seen, in fact the ONLY kind of office I've worked in. Cubicles at least muffle the sound of other conversations and give people a little more privacy. What other office layouts have...
by Mutex
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

I'd much prefer to have a cubicle. What don't you like about them?
by Mutex
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

I wonder how that works. Maybe being in an open, noisy environment makes people feel less secure so they go out of their way to reduce further contact and "close up" a lot. While people in cubicles feel more secure and are more willing to initiate contact with other people. I guess increas...
by Mutex
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850766

Re: Trump presidency

sardia wrote:So did we just ignore the imprisonment of us citizens because they are brown in this thread?

Apparently so.
by Mutex
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243377

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

Unfortunately, we'd have to have a major party that's actually got any vaguely pro-EU policies in their manifesto to start with. Both Labour and Conservative have leaving the EU in their manifesto and not staying in the EEA either. But hypothetically, if say Labour changed their manifesto to staying...
by Mutex
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850766

Re: Trump presidency

Can tell Trump will be here in a couple of days, multiple literal black helicopters hovering over London.
by Mutex
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243377

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

It seems the vast majority of people who voted would vote the same way again, but the people who were undecided are more likely to vote remain now. I don't have the exact numbers, but there's a pretty good chance it would go to remain now. So,the whole "will of the people" thing is kinda i...
by Mutex
Wed Jul 11, 2018 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243377

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

It's interesting seeing people who think that the Irish border is the EU's problem. Pretty sure if the GFA collapses it's us who'll have bombs going off in our streets.

Good article about the recent Brexit proposals:
https://www.ft.com/content/6cd2421c-838 ... e3d454535d
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

China invents hand-held "non-lethal" laser rife. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2153310/china-brings-star-wars-life-laser-ak-47-could-set-fire The document on Chinese government website classifies the ZKZM-500 as a “non-lethal weapon”, meaning they are deemed les...
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

Seems a little unfair to blame the stork for that.
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

If it was a false flag it would make more sense if it was a third party, wanting to start an internecine conflict between the UK and Russia. But... it makes way more sense that it was just Russia.
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, Occam's razor. Also bear in mind Russia has done this before, on UK soil, to a Russian defector. The false-flaggers are looking for an answer to a question that doesn't exist.
by Mutex
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850766

Re: Trump presidency

I'm stunned the Trump administration would care more about corporation profits than the health and wellbeing of children.
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Or, in fact, I've heard it put down to being a message to other (and potential ) defectors. I'm pretty sure this was the reason. And I don't think they were meant to survive, it's just hard to control exactly how much of the stuff the target comes into contact with if you're relying on them touchin...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243377

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

I hope what you read about Raab isn't true. I wonder what May appointed him for. Hopefully not an attempt to appease the hardline brexiters.
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243377

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

There's something about politics I don't understand, and that's why Davis and Johnson resigning is putting pressure on May. They were two of her fiercest critics, surely them removing themselves from power is good for May. Half of the Labour party front bench quit at one point, and hey, Corbyn's sti...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 09, 2018 8:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

A pretty bad assassination attempt all round, really. Targets lived, some poor totally unrelated people get killed instead.
by Mutex
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

Trump Baby cleared for takeoff during Trump's London visit. https://e3.365dm.com/18/07/2048x1536/skynews-trump-baby-balloon_4352057.jpg?bypass-service-worker&20180703120452 https://news.sky.com/story/trump-angry-baby-blimp-gets-green-light-to-fly-over-london-during-presidents-visit-11426665?dcmp...
by Mutex
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Not likely to be targets, more likely to have come across something or an area that the Russian agents used to prepare the novichok attack against the Skripals.
by Mutex
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4583
Views: 701657

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Now the police are straight-up saying it was novichok. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44719639 A man and woman found unconscious in Wiltshire were exposed to Novichok - the same nerve agent that poisoned ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, police say. The couple, believed to be Charlie Rowley, 45, and Daw...
by Mutex
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

The UK uses Imperial and metric, hence why the BBC usually gives both when giving measurements. A friend in university needed our help getting "down" from a tree when he was in a similar* state, he was about 3ft off the ground. * Technically with a legal substance - basically, someone noti...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850766

Re: Trump presidency

yeah.... But, this is Real Life. The Good Guys don't always win. We're taught that they do, though, aren't we? All that Disney bullshit. If the good guys always win, whoever wins must be the good guy. Dangerous opinion to hold. Don't tell me nobody thinks so. I think the whole notion that in each c...
by Mutex
Tue Jun 26, 2018 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1474
Views: 243377

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

Airbus, BMW and Siemens have warned they may have to withdraw their operations from the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Boris Johnson's response? Asked about corporate concerns over a so-called hard Brexit, at an event for EU diplomats in London last week, Mr Johnson is reported to have replied...
by Mutex
Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 172
Views: 36219

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I know he's in a position to do whatever he wants, I meant I'm surprised he hasn't wanted to make a single non-violent film.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 172
Views: 36219

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I guess at this point it's his brand. People going to a Tarantino movie expect violence.
by Mutex
Mon Jun 25, 2018 7:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows
Replies: 172
Views: 36219

Re: Fleeting Thoughts: Movie and TV Shows

I wondered today why all of Quentin Tarantino's films are violent. Nothing against violent films at all, but, it seems weird to me that literally all of his films are violent. Seriously: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000233/?ref_=nv_sr_1 (I'm talking about ones he's written, and ignoring shorts like ...
by Mutex
Fri Jun 22, 2018 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 387693

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

You can maybe blame automation for the fact that one mistake meant it got that far without anyone catching it. This assumes humans would have double checked it instead of just blindly following procedure.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

And make Qatar pay for it!
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 387693

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

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible? The former is how formal, competitive debate competitions are structured. They're not teaching the compute...
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 6:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1922
Views: 387693

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

Is anyone else depressed by the idea the AI should have a designated position to make arguments for? Rather than being given a question to find the answer to in the most unbiased way possible?
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850766

Re: Trump presidency

Wait, how would changing the tax code to offset the effects of immigration be choosing winners and losers? It's just undoing the damage of something else.
by Mutex
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630633

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

Saudi Arabia is considering spending $750M turning Qatar into an island just to annoy them.

https://www.vox.com/2018/6/21/17485754/ ... ulf-island

Trump: "I'm the trolliest country leader ever!"
King Salman: "Hold my... whatever we drink instead of beer"

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