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by Copper Bezel
Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27224

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

Now you're just equivocating with the word "choice." We have choices, and the outcome is unknown, regardless of any metaphysical BS. Edit: If we are acting exactly like free will exists, then scientifically, for all intense and purpose free will does exist All intents and purposes . Not ve...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 21, 2011 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Portals that don't allow you to create energy
Replies: 22
Views: 7167

Re: Portals that don't allow you to create energy

Yeah, but that doesn't solve the physics problem, though. That makes it impractical as a way to get free power, but it doesn't negate the fact that the universe in which a system could exist has an "exploit" in the conservation of matter-energy. The gravity thing does, though. If I'm under...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27224

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

Yes, precisely. Thus followed this thread.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29309

Re: 0967: Prairie

thedufer wrote:"Amber fields of grain" collapse into particles upon observation. That's the funny part.

What? No it's not. Wave is the word, both in the song and in the theory. It helps that both have something to do with fields, but still.
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0967: Prairie
Replies: 117
Views: 29309

Re: 0967: Prairie

This is important because it is the mis-interpretation of this that results in the whole "conscious observer" issue. I got the joke, but I'm nonetheless learning something about quantum physics here. This makes a hell of a lot of sense. I've been misled all of this time by stupid people's...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 21, 2011 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 317493

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

Somewhat off-topic, but I'd never heard of Alt codes before reading this discussion.

Good God, I've never appreciated my AltGr key more. Hell, the Compose key doesn't sound so bad by comparison.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27224

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

Do these laws not forbid such a claim of predicting a future result? A "perfect" model is just the original thing being modeled. If you could account for every factor, then yes, you could predict the outcome. You can't, of course, account for every factor, because you would need a spare c...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Dennis Ritchie
Replies: 21
Views: 4651

Re: RIP Dennis Ritchie

Especially with the Eternal Flame comic for Steve Jobs. While I think the MSM coverage of Jobs was ridiculous I have no problem with XKCD 961. However I think that doing a comic for Jobs and not Ritchie would be very disrespectful and insulting. I'm pretty sure that Randal is enough of a UNIX geek ...
by Copper Bezel
Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 43114

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

True - the album back artwork isn't just flipped, but shows the separated color dispersing as it approaches the prism, so it seems they were quite conscious of what they were doing, there. Could definitely be Did Not Do the Research on Randall's part, as it were.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28881

Re: 0963: "X11"

It's an option, though, usually set through the GUI. Under Gnome, KDE, etc. your keyboard settings will have the option under your selected layout.
by Copper Bezel
Tue Oct 18, 2011 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 43114

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

Essentially, it is. Just because the cover is shown as a "dorm poster" does not magically turn the joke into something else entirely different. Even the alt text further suggests that the joke is with the cover itself, not with a random "dorm poster". There's nothing wrong with ...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Oct 17, 2011 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27224

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

Ben, I think the question becomes, why do you want there to be some other, fundamentally different kind of causality for people? You don't seem to be coming at this from the direction of evidence that you can't reconcile - something that people measurably do that other phenomena do not. On the other...
by Copper Bezel
Mon Oct 17, 2011 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 43114

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

The dorm I lived in had rooms about ten feet by twenty, if I'm estimating generously, with the door at one of the short ends and a window opposite (where Randall put the posters.) It was split opposite Randall's, so my roommate's half was accessed by walking through mine. That kind of floor plan dra...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0964: "Dorm Poster"
Replies: 155
Views: 43114

Re: 0964: "Dorm Poster"

I lived in a dormitory in 2004, and yeah, it was significantly cheaper to room with someone. The rooms were all designed for two, and having a private room meant having an entire two-person room to oneself. That's cost to the individual, of course. Cost to the school to have made smaller, one-person...
by Copper Bezel
Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27224

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

Yeah, my feeling is that "free will" is a problem with semantics, not philosophy. Every choice we make is "free" in that it's decided by our brains, consciously or subconsciously. Our brains are themselves determined wholly by biology and experience. The phrase "free will&qu...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: XKCD is a conspiracy!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2116

Re: XKCD is a conspiracy!!

I'm pretty sure you could use it to predict the rise of Google and the banking crisis with the right algorithm, but first someone needs to transcribe it in the original Aramaic.
by Copper Bezel
Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:49 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I hate AT&T
Replies: 7
Views: 3124

Re: I hate AT&T

Yeah, nothing to do with AT&Sprint. I was initially tempted to suggest that the problem might be in the fact that the 3G signal repeater is an imaginary device, and thus likely not to be fully compatible with its non-fictional counterparts. Apparently, there are real such devices from real vendo...
by Copper Bezel
Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28881

Re: 0963: "X11"

I guess I technically edit my X config with every new install to re-enable that and disable Caps, but I don't think it counts when it's through a GUI settings manager. = )
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 14, 2011 4:20 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28881

Re: 0963: "X11"

Yeah, um, common ground in hating on a third party is generally a bad thing. Never mind that the one Linux distro that's getting much mention is Ubuntu, which is heavily Mac-inspired.... In any case, I don't think anyone is saying that. Several people are just questioning whether or not Linux is wor...
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28881

Re: 0963: "X11"

Huh. The question becomes - what were you using a gaming mouse in Ubuntu for? = )
by Copper Bezel
Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:26 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: I hate AT&T
Replies: 7
Views: 3124

Re: I hate AT&T

Wait, so the 3G device plugs into a phone originally intended for a landline, and you took the 3G device downstairs where the phone was but the 3G signal wasn't, and then bought a signal booster? Why didn't you just ... buy a longer telephone cable? I'm not being sarcastic - unless I'm misunderstand...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Oct 13, 2011 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2378222

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

I'm actually impressed that that was resolved as cleanly as it was. I've been poking around here for a couple of days, and this entire community seems like a group I can learn something from. As for my intro, I'm Copper, a community-college English teacher in Kansas in the US. For that reason, I def...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28881

Re: 0963: "X11"

Well, yeah, and if you're on an integrated Intel card and using a reasonably user-friendly DE, you plug in the monitor and the desktop expands to fit, the same as in Windows. On the Wayland stuff, I don't see it happening any time soon. It's highly dependent on the graphics card drivers being rewrit...
by Copper Bezel
Thu Oct 13, 2011 4:24 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Headphones Input Jack as Audio Input?
Replies: 5
Views: 6275

Re: Headphones Input Jack as Audio Input?

A headphone output wouldn't help, but if it's exactly that model, then it claims on the listing you linked to have a 3.5mm auxiliary port that you could use to do precisely that.

Edit: But that's the only site I can find that claims it does, and I can't find a manual. Drat.
by Copper Bezel
Wed Oct 12, 2011 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0963: "X11"
Replies: 103
Views: 28881

Re: 0963: "X11"

I loled, but I'm not sure that I'm cool enough to do so. I only switched to Linux three years ago and haven't ever actually had to open Xorg.conf.

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