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by ucim
Thu Nov 01, 2018 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

The two phrases used within Section 1 of the 14th Amendment are "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" and "within its jurisdiction" and they mean two similar but slightly different things. I'm referring to: Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and sub...
by ucim
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

Somebody should tell Trump and his lawyer-du-jour that re-interpreting the 14th amendment based on the "subject to the jurisdiction" clause would, ipso facto, make illegal immigrants no longer subject to our laws. They would be immune from prosecution. They could still be prosecuted, but o...
by ucim
Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18490

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

What if one is just... away? Whether on a planned vacation, or on an unexpected business trip that happens to coincide with election day?

Jose
by ucim
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

The central issue is going to be the phrase "subject to the jurisdiction thereof" - that's the grey area. The argument will be that a person who has entered illegally is still under the jurisdiction of their home country, and that the same applies to their child, and that therefore the co...
by ucim
Wed Oct 31, 2018 3:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

If he thinks that ending birthright citizenship requires an amendment to the constitution... He doesn't. At least he needn't. All this implies is that he believes that an amendment is sufficient , and in that, he's right. He may also believe that an executive order, backed by Trump loyalists, is al...
by ucim
Wed Oct 31, 2018 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

Does anybody see a dictatorship forming now? Maybe this attempt at co-opting the Constitution won't succeed, but there will come a time...

And this one might.

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107233
Views: 50069768

Re: 1190: "Time"

F e b r i o n ! I'm surprised (and molpified) to see you again! I knew you'd be back at some Time, but I just didn't know what Time it would be. I'm surprised that I haven't had anything interesting to say for several months What is this "month" thing of which you speak? I'm sure you've h...
by ucim
Tue Oct 30, 2018 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5358

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

I am waiting for that one device where you "speak" but you don't actually make a sound. This was probably meant jokingly, but this exact device was actually recently presented at microsoft research! Try google for SilentVoice: Unnoticeable Voice Input by Ingressive Speech Also see the hus...
by ucim
Mon Oct 29, 2018 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107233
Views: 50069768

Re: 1190: "Time"

StromAngle : Sana te, sana, culta de rana, si no sana hoy, te sana mañana! But I'm glad it wasn't StormAngel that broke his arm. That would be highly unmolpishful. Yes, Bugs Bunny is the master of the Carrot cycle. He's rarely surprised. Happy 6500, ucim! Thanks! Now when somebody claims something ...
by ucim
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7692
Views: 742179

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yep.

A mechanical calculator?

Jose
by ucim
Mon Oct 29, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17169

Re: Ethics of Research

Jose are you really asking someone to teach you Ethics 101? The point of my question is to illuminate the underlying assumptions inherent in the idea that people have a duty to do {whatever}. Normally this isn't necessary, as people tend to share these assumptions, but when a wacky idea comes into ...
by ucim
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?
Replies: 7692
Views: 742179

Re: Can you produce [X] in less than 15 seconds?

Yes.

A flashlight bulb that's not installed in a flashlight?

Jose
by ucim
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17169

Re: Ethics of Research

jewish_scientist wrote:...could argue that people have a positive duty...
Where does this "duty" come from? Not just in deontology, but in any ethical framework. Why does anybody have any "duty" at all? I would like to live in a world in which {whatever}; what obligates you to provide this?

Jose
by ucim
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5358

Re: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"

It's a problem with email "conversations" (threading by subject line, sorta). Because the conversation drifts (without changing the subject line), and then somebody changes the subject line (it's still the same conversation but not the same "conversation"), and somebody replies t...
by ucim
Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 20
Views: 11822

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

var cleanFormattedUserInput = cleanUserInput.ApplyItalics().ApplyBold(); Sure, but when you write the ApplyBold() method, aren't you going to something like $bolded = $openboldtag.$this.$closeboldtag; ? (Please forgive my mangling together of php, OOP, and C++) :) The point was that string concaten...
by ucim
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: caution knowledge you may not want
Replies: 9
Views: 5017

Re: caution knowledge you may not want

if your life truly was eternal, then think about it you must do everything eventually. No. This is not true. Trivial example: your life could be a finite cycle that repeats forever. Consider the set of all numbers that do not include the digit "4". There are an infinite number of them, bu...
by ucim
Sat Oct 27, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 20
Views: 11822

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

HTML is a tree structure, so gluing an html to another html as if it's a sequence is fundamentally wrong . Well, gluing HTML to HTML doesn't mean you get good HTML at the end ("enclosing HTML in HTML" is probably a better way to abstract it out, but enclosing employs concatenation anyway)...
by ucim
Sat Oct 27, 2018 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 20
Views: 11822

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

But how does your clean() function tell the difference between a good tag that you want to be there, vs a bad tag that was injected from user input that you've accidentally forgotten to escape properly? It doesn't, universally. But in some restricted use cases it might. In the case where user-suppl...
by ucim
Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:51 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 20
Views: 11822

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

Because $start+$middle+$end could contain a $middle that accidentally closes a tag in $start? Creating html via string concatenation is bad for the same reason that creating database queries with string concatenation is bad... But surely you should be able to do: $rawhtml = $safestart+$safemiddle+$...
by ucim
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 20
Views: 11822

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

* using string concatenation to generate html Because $start+$middle+$end could contain a $middle that accidentally closes a tag in $start? What would you recommend? There are times where components are self-contained: $middle =<tags> stuff </tags> but there are times when the "stuff" is ...
by ucim
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2064: "I'm a Car"
Replies: 19
Views: 4762

Re: 2064: "I'm a Car"

You're a kitty!

Jose
by ucim
Fri Oct 26, 2018 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

The biggest flaw in the example given, as I can see, is the attribution of the cause to a figure from their religion In other words, they are objectively wrong . But they don't know they're wrong. Similarly, although I believe that science is the best way to learn about the world, and that what we ...
by ucim
Thu Oct 25, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Reading through this thread makes me feel like I'm in a game of D&D. The point is to come up with brilliant ideas (of course your idea is brilliant, otherwise you wouldn't post it. :) ) But it's not enough to think we're brilliant, we should test and see if some variant of the idea, having been...
by ucim
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

Tyndmyr wrote:I'm contrasting the outgoing speech of a president with all the things that president did(including laying the groundwork for the Vietnam war). In a deeds vs words comparison, we point out how the words are deeply undercut by the contradictory actions.
Fair enough.

Jose
by ucim
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

the translator apparently likes flowery language. Ayup. It's the best they could do, although it may not align with what we believe is important about the way the world works. There may also be some political color involved; future (or alien) politics may be very different from our present politics...
by ucim
Thu Oct 25, 2018 6:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

I think what someone does trumps what they say. The difference is not all that clear. Some action is speech, and some speech is action. When the general of an army shouts "Charge!", that's not speech except in the most pedantic sense of the word. That is action. That is a violent attack o...
by ucim
Thu Oct 25, 2018 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

I'm imagining the outside of this pyramid/tomb would have written explanation of the danger across the entire structure alternating between languages line-by-line... Ok, the outside of the pyramid is covered with these runes. They repeat, because there's not a lot to say. It just so happens that th...
by ucim
Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:10 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

If I was leaving a warning I would write a detailed [and probably very boring] explanation of the danger, origin, effects, studies, etc. in as many languages as possible. Radioactives: First step. Define the periodic table by numeric count.... I like this. Our hazardous waste could be their useful ...
by ucim
Thu Oct 25, 2018 1:58 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107233
Views: 50069768

Re: 1190: "Time"

No, it's the Carrot cycle, whose phrases include "What's up, doc?", and could be the next frame of the physics ONGs.

Jose
(still waiting for BlitzGirl)
by ucim
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

Pfhorrest wrote:There is no left anymore.
Bernie supporters are centrists? Tell me again how sheep's bladders can be used to prevent earthquakes!

Jose
by ucim
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

Most dictionaries give the basic definition I did and then the more extreme definition as an alternate or a qualifier. And the sun is a big ball of fire. Well, nuclear fire. Well, thermonuclear fire. The qualifiers serve to differentiate between the sun and a campfire. The qualifiers are important ...
by ucim
Wed Oct 24, 2018 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 843701

Re: Trump presidency

In its most basic (and reasonable) [citation needed] form, Nationalism means pretty much the same as Patriotism. It's the love of and devotion to a particular nation. No. They are opposites, in an important way. Patriotism is the love and devotion to... Nationalism is the blind and arrogant promoti...
by ucim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

We know they were once ancient Egyptians, and had access to whatever ancient Egyptians could do. (They could mummify; we've forgotten how.) But we know nothing about this particular group of people, except that they were a splinter group of Egyptians, and there are legends that say they were condemn...
by ucim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:39 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Reka wrote:Wait, all these people died of the Green Death. Who buried them?
The answer might be inside the buried pyramid. :)

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Oh definitely poke the thing. The machinery is brought in, and at fifty feet you hit the top of a buried pyramid. Fifty feet? Yeah, those images weren't all that precise and most of the mass is below anyway. Oops. Fortunately the pyramid is pretty thick and strong, so for the next several years the...
by ucim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Unmarked area buried deeply enough that no surface markings whatsoever will be discovered for some time? Best I got. Fair enough. Routine satellite and geodetic mapping shows an anomaly at {coordinates}, which isn't far (on a global scale) from where this rumored civilization was maybe exiled. Furt...
by ucim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107233
Views: 50069768

Re: 1190: "Time"

Sustainabilizer wrote:The action of waiting for it can be arbitrarily long.
And isn't that what we all want? A long Time?

(or failing that, a long pint?)

Jose
by ucim
Tue Oct 23, 2018 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15279

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

I feel relatively confident that literally any sign we could detect from 3,000 years+ ago would not warn us away from interesting archeological finds. Cursed? Instant death promised? Oh, shit yeah, lets check that out. I agree. But, it's worth a test (or at least a mental exercise). Back in umpty u...
by ucim
Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: avoiding coding "representation errors"
Replies: 20
Views: 11822

Re: avoiding coding "representation errors"

Try incorporating the unit in the variable name: degrees_from_north, inches_to_target... stuff like that. It won't keep the computer from making a mistake, but it will hint to the programmer to not do so.

Jose
by ucim
Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them
Replies: 17
Views: 5792

Re: Seneca Valley - False accusations and how to handle them

What's the penalty for perjury? (answer, from https://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/crime-penalties/federal/perjury.htm "A person convicted of perjury under federal law may face up to five years in prison and fines. The punishment for perjury under state law varies from state to state, but perj...

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