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by Alexius
Sun Mar 22, 2015 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fake Gun Store
Replies: 69
Views: 16506

Re: Fake Gun Store

I personally will probably never carry a gun. Although I've contemplated a cane-sword before, cause that's kinda cool. Lol. But cane swords are illegal (but concealed carry is legal. Wtf). I'd feel like the things that I'd use a gun on are more or less taken care of by a good stick or sword: Like a...
by Alexius
Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Can you help me identify this language?
Replies: 5
Views: 3486

Re: Can you help me identify this language?

Also, it's a football chant so various bits of grammar have been ignored for the purposes of chant-ability (there may also be nonsense words). I think it's a transcription of match commentary from TV coverage not a chant. Still may not be perfect grammatically, and it does appear to turn into rando...
by Alexius
Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1500: Upside-Down Map
Replies: 128
Views: 23169

Re: 1500: Upside-Down Map

As another example of north-south naming not really being logical, the Northern Line of the London Underground serves the southernmost station on the network (Morden) but not its northernmost station (Chesham, which is on the Metropolitan Line).
by Alexius
Mon Mar 09, 2015 11:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Irish MEP stages language strike over EU exclusion of Irish
Replies: 21
Views: 5588

Re: Irish MEP stages language strike over EU exclusion of Ir

I thought the language was known as "Gaelic"? It is correct to refer to it as "Gaelic", but in written English that introduces an ambiguity as the word also refers to the related but different language spoken by some people in Scotland. The two are pronounced differently- the Sc...
by Alexius
Sun Mar 08, 2015 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Dice probabilities and King of Tokyo
Replies: 5
Views: 2924

Dice probabilities and King of Tokyo

Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, I thought it should be here not Gaming because it's more about mathematics than the game itself. I was playing King of Tokyo last night- it's a game about giant monsters where the core mechanic involves rolling a set of six dice. They're six-sided, and while they...
by Alexius
Tue Feb 24, 2015 12:15 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1490: "Atoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 19403

Re: 1490: "Atoms"

I was thinking a pacemaker. There are still a few people living who have pacemakers implanted in the 1970s which are powered by an RTG using plutonium-238. The rated life for the electronics in a pacemaker in the early 1970s was only 5 years. Research on radioactive batteries for medical use stoppe...
by Alexius
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Genetic use restriction technology (Suicide Seeds)
Replies: 22
Views: 9071

Re: Genetic use restriction technology (Suicide Seeds)

A few pieces of relevant information: No genetically-engineered seeds using GURT have ever been sold. There is currently a UN moratorium on their sale. Farmers in the "first world" are not, in the main, using "traditional/natural plant varieties". They are using F1 hybrid seeds- ...
by Alexius
Mon Feb 23, 2015 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1490: "Atoms"
Replies: 92
Views: 19403

Re: 1490: "Atoms"

Envelope Generator wrote:Was beret mom one of these people then?

I was thinking a pacemaker. There are still a few people living who have pacemakers implanted in the 1970s which are powered by an RTG using plutonium-238.
by Alexius
Thu Feb 12, 2015 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A cop should not draw a loaded firearm (except for safety, maintenance, or demonstration purposes) while on active duty unless an immediate, credible, serious threat to his safety or the safety of someone else exists. That's not quite true. There are situations where police go through a door with g...
by Alexius
Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Plane crash in Taiwan
Replies: 6
Views: 3554

Re: Plane crash in Taiwan

Wow they have domestic flights in Taiwan. Who would have thought. The flight was to Kinmen, which is an island 120 miles from Taiwan itself and 200 miles from Taipei (it's much closer to mainland China). So probably the reason for the flight was the intervening sea rather than the distance- there a...
by Alexius
Sun Feb 01, 2015 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mary Cheney, Drag Queens and Blackface
Replies: 36
Views: 7978

Re: Mary Cheney, Drag Queens and Blackface

In contrast, it is difficult for me to think of a "positive" black-face character. Most cross-dress roles that I'm familiar with are mostly positive portrayals, and aren't really designed to inflame gender-politics. The character of Jakie Rabinowitz from " The Jazz Singer " come...
by Alexius
Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sydney Siege
Replies: 56
Views: 13498

Re: Sydney Siege

As for descendants, the Ottoman Empire castrated all their male slaves. I don't know which is worse; castration and worked to death, or spend every day as a sex slave... [Tangent]Not sure how true this actually is. The Ottomans certainly had eunuch slaves, but not all male slaves in the Ottoman Emp...
by Alexius
Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

@Sardia Interesting piece. I had already seen the numbers. But exactly what are they telling you? Of note was the tidbit Who is killing all those black men and boys? Mostly white officers. But in hundreds of instances, black officers, too. Black officers account for a little more than 10 percent of...
by Alexius
Fri Sep 19, 2014 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39100

Re: Scottish Independence

I was hoping they would leave so they could abandon the laws requiring 700ml bottles in favor of the much more sensible 750ml bottle size for whisky. The 750ml bottle of Scotch on my shelf suggests that there is no such law... Do you live in the EU? In the US regulations forbid the sale of spirits ...
by Alexius
Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Camel Humping in the Old Testament
Replies: 25
Views: 5306

Re: No Camel Humping in the Old Testament

The section that resonates with me is how Abraham is shown as a rich son of a bitch by showing off his fleet of jaguar cars, err I mean camels. Camels were not cheap, but they were also essential to the economy of the post-Old Testament world. So the writers, only knowing of the present, and assumi...
by Alexius
Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37128

Re: Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

fwiw, medical residents make about $12 an hour, if you ignore things they have to do outside of the hospital (such as studying and working on papers/presentations) And I'm not sure it makes much sense to ignore those things because I can't think of an hourly-paid job that requires the workers to do...
by Alexius
Tue Nov 12, 2013 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 31428

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

If they could develop a beverage that kinda tastes like beer, has the same numbing effects as alcohol, but doesn't hurt your liver and doesn't make you hangover the day after, I wouldn't see a reason too drink normal beer anymore. In fact, if such drinks exist, I would see no reason why the governm...
by Alexius
Sun Oct 20, 2013 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Saudi Arabia declines UNSC seat
Replies: 7
Views: 2269

Re: Saudi Arabia declines UNSC seat

Apparently this may be to do with internal Saudi politics. There's some disagreement between the king and the foreign minister (who is the king's nephew). The Saudi ambassador to the UN didn't know it was going to happen, and was actually giving interviews celebrating their nomination after the GA v...
by Alexius
Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In continuing the trend of moronic peace prize awardings...
Replies: 16
Views: 4145

Re: In continuing the trend of moronic peace prize awardings

That ship sailed a few decades earlier when Henry Kissinger won. Or when Arafat won. Or when De Klerk won, or when Mother Theresa won. Or more recently when Al Gore won. I could go on. One could also argue it lost its relevancy when Gandhi failed to win. Either way, the peace prize really can't be ...
by Alexius
Wed Aug 28, 2013 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631430

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

addams wrote:
Over here the Heaven for Nerds might be a quiet place.
Of course, I would expect the occasional explosion.
You?

"I have always imagined that Paradise will be some kind of library"- Jorge Luis Borges
by Alexius
Tue Aug 27, 2013 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 53506

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

It's a good idea, one I'd be in favour of, but I can't think of a good implementation of a vote-by-proxy system that would have safeguards against vote-buying and coercion. The whole secret-ballot system is intended in part to ensure that you're unable to prove to anyone who you voted for, with any...
by Alexius
Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1255: "Columbus"
Replies: 93
Views: 24484

Re: 1255: "Columbus"

From what I've read, the reason everyone else was hesitant to fund Columbus was because they knew the world was round and how big it was and that no ship could survive such a long journey on the open sea as it would take to sail all the way from Europe to Asia the long way around, if it was nothing...
by Alexius
Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

But it used to be that if a guy kicked in your door and pointed a gun at you, you were within your rights to shoot him. Current police tactics have muddied those waters. Of course we can't keep criminals from acting like cops, but we certainly can keep cops from acting like criminals. Morally, I'm ...
by Alexius
Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631430

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

I'm not saying ignore the good but one cannot ignore the actions of book burning by the church's political arm. I have a lot of respect for religious organizations for the good they do. But I fully hold than any organization as a whole is a combination of it's members, some members are good some ar...
by Alexius
Thu Aug 01, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 10yrs probation for not just statutory rape of a 13 y/o
Replies: 50
Views: 11150

Re: 10yrs probation for not just statutory rape of a 13 y/o

Not that trials don't incur costs, but do you really think that the state/district attorney is deciding which cases to try by looking at the budget? Absolutely, 100%. Well, not just budget, but resources in general. If every single charge went to trial, there'd be a century long backlog. Yet someho...
by Alexius
Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cities Rule, Countryside- A Deathtrap
Replies: 16
Views: 3324

Re: Cities Rule, Countryside- A Deathtrap

I wonder whether that's true of everywhere or just the US. How dangerous roads are (in terms of deaths per billion vehicle kilometres) varies significantly between countries, and so do rates of violent crime. And I imagine that urban roads are more dangerous than rural roads as a function of distanc...
by Alexius
Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Obscure Language Game
Replies: 305
Views: 132012

Re: Obscure Language Game

True, but none of them do it anywhere near as much as klingon with the most common use of camelcase in natural languages simply being to mark morpheme boundaries (and possibly only certain morphemes). Edit to add a new sample to guess: "Thawe nuson kas tu asse Andangon, Swintits wirst twais Em...
by Alexius
Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631430

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

[ That's wonderful anecdote, except the discrimination being talked about is a guy who's only 286 lb, who was losing weight, and who had a job. For reference, I weigh more than that, and have 0 healthcare costs to anybody, have a job, am able to run, jump, swim, etc., and am not on welfare or anyth...
by Alexius
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: (Trigger Warning)Trouble poster Parody on anti rape campaign
Replies: 127
Views: 24951

Re: (Trigger Warning)Trouble poster Parody on anti rape camp

Switch those to "innocent" and "not guilty". Don't follow what you're saying. Maybe I explained myself poorly. In a binary guilty/not guilty system, where guilt is only established if beyond reasonable doubt, people can reasonably assume that, for many rape cases, the accused di...
by Alexius
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: (Trigger Warning)Trouble poster Parody on anti rape campaign
Replies: 127
Views: 24951

Re: (Trigger Warning)Trouble poster Parody on anti rape camp

addams, you are correct that a rape accusation is not the same as a theft accusation, and comparing the two underlines why it is perhaps a poor analogy. I'm not sure what you're talking about with toddlers or or teenagers, and I wasn't trying to suggest that a rape accusation is the same as a 'you ...
by Alexius
Mon Jul 15, 2013 8:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'd never heard of 'dismissed with prejudice' before so I did some quick research. I can't find any reason for them to have dismissed the charges like that unless the judge was trying to protect the cops from just such a lawsuit. Can someone explain a reason why they would have used the 'prejudice'...
by Alexius
Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Eh. Courts are insanely permissive of what goes on in a lawful arrest. The validity of the assault and battery charges are entirely dependent on the validity of the arrest. I'm not sure how much this counts as a lawful arrest. Note that the charges against the plaintiffs (obstructing police) were a...
by Alexius
Sun Jul 07, 2013 8:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Following truly spectacular misconduct by local police, a family in Nevada take the Third.
by Alexius
Fri Jul 05, 2013 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2631430

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

A dead octopus has been found at the top of England's highest mountain. No-one knows how it got there.
by Alexius
Thu Jul 04, 2013 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Supreme Court Neuters the Voter Rights Act
Replies: 99
Views: 14869

Re: The Supreme Court Neuters the Voter Rights Act

They do need to ensure you can vote in only one location. Only fair. I once had to drive to a different location to vote because I'd neglected to update my information after a very recent move. It was my own fault, really. I hadn't been intending to vote twice, but they had no way of guaranteeing t...
by Alexius
Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Plain clothes officers and unmarked police cars occupy the same place in my mind as no knock warrants. Unmarked cars are fine, and are actually a good idea for traffic enforcement. People drive differently around a police car, so I think it's good to have some unmarked patrol cars to catch people w...
by Alexius
Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6954
Views: 1115273

Re: Police misbehavior thread

A University of Virginia student was arrested at gunpoint after state Alcoholic Beverage Control officers mistook the pack of bottled water she had just bought for alcohol (she is below legal drinking age). A group of six plain-clothes agents surrounded her car and started knocking on the windows- w...
by Alexius
Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Supreme Court Neuters the Voter Rights Act
Replies: 99
Views: 14869

Re: The Supreme Court Neuters the Voter Rights Act

The thing about probation is that it ends. These jurisdictions were put on probation for offenses committed long ago. Okay, both of you listen carefully because this has already been said between one and three times in this thread: The act only continues to affect a given jurisdiction if that juris...
by Alexius
Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242517

Re: Citizen's Wage

Which is why that work wouldn't be done for free. ... which is my point. The CW makes it more expensive to society for that work to be done. If it already pays people a living wage to do nothing , it will have to pay significantly more for them to do real work. This is why the CW is a Bad Thing. Jo...
by Alexius
Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Citizen's Wage
Replies: 942
Views: 242517

Re: Citizen's Wage

1: The work that people would do for free (which is what I am calling "play"; some people are fortunate to be paid to play) is not sufficient for society - for example, I know very few people who would build roads for free, even if their minimum needs were taken care of. Few people would ...

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