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by Zamfir
Thu Jul 12, 2018 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 43
Views: 10640

Re: Everything is racism

It's an extremely vague concept. Nazis are a tribe? People who don't want Nazis in power are a tribe? At that point, does it mean anything more than just "group of people", with an added negative connotation?
by Zamfir
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4393
Views: 642363

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Facebook labels Russian users as ‘interested in treason’ Facebook’s advertising tools algorithmically labelled 65,000 Russians as interested in treason, potentially putting them at risk from the repressive state, until the company removed the category, following inquiries from journalists The news ...
by Zamfir
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1327
Views: 214345

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

This is what I'm referring to. Every time someone from the UK government resigns, people think that maybe you can walk back the Brexit. Has anything happened that shows the break off from the EU is in doubt? Is the remain faction getting stronger? The assumption is that former backers of Remain wil...
by Zamfir
Tue Jul 10, 2018 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?
Replies: 4
Views: 3080

Re: Why a yield sign and not a stop sign?

Where I am from, a stop sign is only placed when the intersection has bad visibility. If you can easily see the crossing traffic, a yield sign is placed. Perhaps traffic in the main street is easier to see coming than in the smaller streets?
by Zamfir
Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Everything is racism
Replies: 43
Views: 10640

Re: Everything is racism

. Tribalism is what you're talking about. US-style racism, with its US-specific history of slavery and violence and segregation, is a subtype of a larger social pattern that is observed in many different places and times. The type is tribalism. US racism may be a striking example, but racism is the...
by Zamfir
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2014: "JWST Delays"
Replies: 21
Views: 4105

Re: 2014: "JWST Delays"

I like how the estimated launch date trend line goes past the intersection; as if after the 2026 launch, in 2030 the launch will be estimated for 2028. :D That happened to Hubble, right? They launched after plenty of delays, and then they had a second launch three years later to fix the problems of...
by Zamfir
Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Oxford comma query
Replies: 26
Views: 8888

Re: Oxford comma query

Just use powerpoint with bullet points.
The survivors [ included picture ] thanked:
* Their rescuers [ woosh from the left]
* The Olympian gods [ woosh from the right]
- [nested bullet] Also their shield bearers! [Blink Blink]
by Zamfir
Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:01 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

From a 2017 Newsweek article http://www.newsweek.com/trump-guidelines-speed-deportations-asylum-seekers-558520 Interviews to assess credible fear are conducted almost immediately after an asylum request is made, often at the border or in detention facilities by immigration agents or asylum officers,...
by Zamfir
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 10713

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

Wikipedia says it's easy to make. It's generally a byproduct of something that produces a lot of CO2, like ammonia production Not so much a lot of CO2, but a high concentration of CO2. The purer the original flow, the cheaper the purification process. Nearly all CO2 is released from air-fueled comb...
by Zamfir
Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Worldwide CO2 shortage
Replies: 44
Views: 10713

Re: Worldwide CO2 shortage

guess I'm just not sure how there could be a shortage of a gas that is currently over-abundant in the atmosphere? I always assumed most industrial users of CO2 like bottling plants, were generating their own, either extracting it from the atmosphere, or burning hydrocarbons. Concentration is the is...
by Zamfir
Tue Jun 26, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

It isn't the spirit of the law that things should be bad, to discourage future immigrants?
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 22, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 356697

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

As I read it, there were two rigid rules that caused the delay. One, people without contract don't get access to the systems or ghe premises. Two, a new contract goes through a process of several weeks to approval. I have seen those same rules enacted rigidly without any computer aid. There is usual...
by Zamfir
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

One theory for the discrepancy might be that violent crime in no go zones are being under reported?

No go zones?
by Zamfir
Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

What I don't quite get here: are asylum seekers locked up in the US, awaiting a decision?
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: News in brief
Replies: 306
Views: 85742

Re: News in brief

Those are the 1 GP gems that Level 1 adventurers find when they slay a Minor Kobold
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 15, 2018 7:51 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Updating an old smartphone with a custom Android ROM?
Replies: 6
Views: 3955

Re: Updating an old smartphone with a custom Android ROM?

Installing a new OS usually doesn't erase data (stuff like photos and documents, even app settings if those were stored in a particular way). I used to install lots of new ROMS without much in the way of data backups because it always worked. But don't bet on it if you value the data. There are diff...
by Zamfir
Fri Jun 01, 2018 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cooling gas by expansion
Replies: 17
Views: 4853

Re: Cooling gas by expansion

would the reaction force from the gas escaping count as this "work"? Yes. That's exactly what the laval nozzle does, it turns the heat of the gas into work. Not just the reaction force, also the kinetic energy of the jet. Attach the nozzle to the fixed world, and it's basically a machine ...
by Zamfir
Wed May 30, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1998: "GDPR"
Replies: 61
Views: 10873

Re: 1998: "GDPR"

The EU is not some emperor laying down his own cookie preferences on everyone. It tries to create a balance that works for people who are OK with tracking and people who are not. With the 'not OK' as default unless permission is given. The GDPR is much larger in scope than tracking cookies. It says ...
by Zamfir
Fri May 18, 2018 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2520889

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

Soupspoon wrote:When I saw that, earlier, I thought that maybe the kid needs to get a "Mun" heart-and-scroll tattoo when he gets older, or whatever the Swedish equivalent would be. ;)

That's the true KSP spirit. Now, if he also changes his name to Kerbin.
by Zamfir
Mon May 14, 2018 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Stable free oxygen on non-life planet
Replies: 4
Views: 2625

Re: Stable free oxygen on non-life planet

Is this very different from our world? I am not sure, but was under the impression that all oxygen sinks have been oxygenated for a long time, and the current situation is basically a closed biological cycle of drawing oxygen from carbon and attaching it again. If the production of oxygen stopped, a...
by Zamfir
Mon May 14, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

Israel never had to fear the US's reaction. They've build settlements under R and D presidents alike in recent times, especially since 9-11. It's a unambiguous statement that the current US government intends to follow a harder anti-palestinian policy than earlier governments. Now you can say, past...
by Zamfir
Tue May 08, 2018 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

" I have so many scandals that the hush money is a fixed expenditure every month"
by Zamfir
Fri May 04, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 7304

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

I don't think davean is really a mod ,though.
by Zamfir
Wed May 02, 2018 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 7304

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

Yes, there is inequality. But simply saying socialism (or any other -ism) is "the" answer begs the question, replacing one kind of unfairness with another kind of unfairness. That's what I was pointing out with my "five minutes/seventeen years" question. I am failing to see how ...
by Zamfir
Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 113650

Re: Science-based what-if questions

US Midsize cars have internal volumes of 3681–4530 litres, so 1kg into the air vents would average out to about 250 g / m3, which is a 150000% increased risk of cardiopulmonary mortality. The numbers are for PM2.5, particles with a hydraulic diameter below 2.5 micrometer. Your small glitter is 200 ...
by Zamfir
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

So all the desperate lies and obstructions to the investigation are... what? Part of the smoke, but not the fire. Suggestions that there is something to uncover, but not proof of it. Also, investigations hurt simply by existing, which is a good reason to fight them even when you're basically innoce...
by Zamfir
Sat Apr 21, 2018 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 7483

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

Some year ago we moved from A to B, and the movers estimated how much boxes we needed, with their typical plenty-is-enough method. We started running out when packing, and called for more. They laughed at us, but send more boxes just to keep us happy. We filled them all. On the day of the move, we t...
by Zamfir
Fri Apr 20, 2018 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2520889

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

Also, something something something Austria and Australia something something something.)

Thats why it's called "Oesterreich". Since 976. I did not forget a 1.
by Zamfir
Thu Apr 19, 2018 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

It's amazing how many different ways Trump is connected to Russian organized crime and oligarchs. Is there a point where we expect to see fire, more than just smoke? For the last 2 years or so, there's constant talk about the crimes that Trump is going to get caught at, the tax fraud, other fraud, ...
by Zamfir
Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2520889

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

That gets really good in India. The cows are very confident, you see them calmly walk onto the highway and lay down for a nap.
by Zamfir
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Consequences of climate change
Replies: 90
Views: 21424

Re: Consequences of climate change

[...]The city I live in basically didn't exist a century ago, and the country I live in is just slightly over two centuries old. As sea levels and deserts encroach on currently inhabited places, those people on the border of the change will face gradual pressure to move, and places that are unlivab...
by Zamfir
Fri Apr 13, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2520889

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

speising wrote:at least two of them aren't animals, though.

Ooh, I know this. The copper penny is not an animal, and the gloves!
by Zamfir
Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Imagine you're an evil dictator...
Replies: 6
Views: 5156

Re: Imagine you're an evil dictator...

Iran comes rather close to what you're describing, I think. They had a popular revolt, led by religious lawyers that had only a limited interest in the day to day affairs of running the country, but who also had a strong vision of what they wanted with the country, and they were not going to let vot...
by Zamfir
Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4393
Views: 642363

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It was only named that way in the US, in other markets it was the VW 1302.
by Zamfir
Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

The problem there is that Purdue Pharma is based in New York. It might well be useful to send in the military against them, but patrolling the border isn't going to interfere with their operations.
by Zamfir
Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

This is partly why I no longer perceive freedom of expression as such an ironclad principle; the dawning realization that, in a democracy, freedom of expression is not a sufficient defense against fascist ideology. You can be the most democratic government in the world; you can have more freedom of...
by Zamfir
Wed Apr 04, 2018 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8423
Views: 737833

Re: Trump presidency

Perhaps the best antiNazi strategy would then be to treat them as just laughable moron and not legitimize their image by treating them as a credible opposition? The problem with that, is that it only works well if the group you're ridiculing has very little power or support. Lack of power is easy t...
by Zamfir
Sun Apr 01, 2018 7:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15108
Views: 2520889

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

CorruptUser wrote:
Soupspoon wrote: This forum is blessedly free of "could of"s, etc.


Challenge excepted.

That should be

Code: Select all

raise Exception("Challenge")
by Zamfir
Sat Mar 24, 2018 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Magitech society needs a heat engine
Replies: 41
Views: 10302

Re: Magitech society needs a heat engine

I can't quite work out your proposed design, perhaps you can draw it?
by Zamfir
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4393
Views: 642363

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It's not quite the same, is it? 'Kurd' is not a short form of ’Kurdistani', it's how people call themselves and Kurdistan is land-of-the-Kurds. Same for the other examples, except for Pakistan, which is not the land of people who call themselves Pakis. Like how Deutschland is the land of the Deutsch...

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