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by pogrmman
Tue May 01, 2018 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8234

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

Personally, I think we should be persuing more antitrust enforcement and regulation — between individual excessively large companies and the cooperation of smaller ones (like with internet service), the average American is getting screwed over more and more. Personally I think we should be abandoni...
by pogrmman
Tue May 01, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8234

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

In reality the are libertarians who are not brave enough to openly admit it. They are against a power federal government, because they are against any powerful government. They may have standing in court if the argue that the City Counsel is relying on annulment, which is the idea that small govern...
by pogrmman
Tue May 01, 2018 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8234

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

They aren’t against a powerful state government though — as long as they use it to suppress the dissenting views. The real reason they hate all of Austin’s policies is because it’s the only big city in TX where a majority of white people vote for Democrats. Pretty much everywhere else in the state, ...
by pogrmman
Tue May 01, 2018 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters
Replies: 98
Views: 8234

libertarianism, socialism and other wonderful but clearly off-topic matters

I didn’t know whether to put this here or not — but, to nobody’s surprise, TX Republicans are keeping with their agenda of rolling back every decision by the Austin city council. It always cracks me up how these proponents of “states’ rights” with their dislike of thefederal government turn around a...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1987: "Python Environment"
Replies: 29
Views: 7149

Re: 1987: "Python Environment"

If he’s anything like me, he probably only uses virtualenv for personal projects once his python path got so broken that he got weird errors...
by pogrmman
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 14025

Re: 1986: River Border

Pizza is only a pie if you’re a filthy heathen who only eats deep dish pizza. Otherwise, it’s it’s own food group.
by pogrmman
Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 24900

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

There’s a Captain Marvel? Admittedly, I know nothing about the comics, and haven’t even seen all the movies, so I guess that’s not a huge surprise. I also think the deaths didn’t feel meaningful because of how it’s clearly part of Dr. Strange’s plan, and you know they’re not going to do stuff like ...
by pogrmman
Sat Apr 28, 2018 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Infinity War
Replies: 144
Views: 24900

Re: Avengers: Infinity War

I just saw this. It’s interesting. I’m pretty sure that Thanos’ glove was destroyed by doing that. It looks entirely broken, at least. IDK what the heck the pager was supposed to be, or the symbol on it. The thing is, I haven’t seen Age of Ultron — so some stuff kind of confused me. It was pretty de...
by pogrmman
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 448979

Re: Questions For The World

Yeah, it’s harmful to humans. 1000 mg of chocolate per 1kg of weight. Surely that’s just the level theobromine is toxic at, and not chocolate. I’ve definately eaten more dark chocolate than that number in one sitting before. I certainly didn’t get sick from it. The average American weights 79kg (fo...
by pogrmman
Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 14025

Re: 1986: River Border

This actually exists both on Nebraska's borders with Iowa and Missouri. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McKissick_Island https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carter_Lake,_Iowa I’m not actually all that surprised — this seems to be an issue everywhere there are borders and rivers. I know Texas/New Mexico had...
by pogrmman
Fri Apr 27, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1986: "River Border"
Replies: 69
Views: 14025

Re: 1986: River Border

I’m embarrassed — I thought that Missouri didn’t border Nebraska anywhere (even though I’m going to school in IA and have spent a fair amount of time in Kansas City). I thought it only bordered Kansas on that side... Looking at a map, I guess I’m wrong. I’ve even crossed both the KS/MO border and th...
by pogrmman
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 13658

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

I've wondered, too, about the dummy pronoun thing. Pronoun-dropping languages like Spanish can avoid the issue by not specifying what is raining at all. And yet Japanese, which could employ the same trick, goes with the more prosaically accurate "rain is falling". As a schoolchild I alway...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 13658

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

This is amazing. My brother: - Has an applied mathematics degree - Is getting his Masters in Linguistics - Spent 1 year in between doing software development My brother could be all three people at once! Geez, I hope he never takes a job as a meteorologist. :) I hope he does :) Those would be some ...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Recaptcha no longer working [edit: workarounds available inside]
Replies: 12
Views: 10517

Re: Recaptcha no longer working

The captcha still is broken for new registration, it seems. Google’s official solution is updating to version 2. I don’t know if it’s possible to pass the captcha in this state (considering there have been accounts registered since then, it seems like it’s possible), but for security, it is probably...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Desirable Coding Skills
Replies: 13
Views: 4993

Re: Desirable Coding Skills

On an unrelated note, what happens if you integrate the original equation? If you integrate between two points on a curve, you get the area beneath the curve between those two points. That’s a definite integral. An indefinite integral gives you an equation whose derivative is the original curve (ak...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 13658

Re: 1985: "Meteorologist"

It depends on the specific setup and specific day. It’s a mixture of the forecast confidence and the forecast coverage, iirc. I tend to just read the forecast discussions instead — sure, they’re a bit technical, but the usually give a good overview of the forecast for the area and their reasoning be...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1985: "Meteorologist"
Replies: 54
Views: 13658

1985: "Meteorologist"

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/meteorologist.png Alt text: Hi, I'm your new meteorologist and a former software developer. Hey, when we say 12pm, does that mean the hour from 12pm to 1pm, or the hour centered on 12pm? Or is it a snapshot at 12:00 exactly? Because our 24-hour forecast has midnight at ...
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Census Dickery
Replies: 59
Views: 23399

Re: Census Dickery

Also, nowhere in the constitution does it say that children of illegal immigrants are citizens... Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment is pretty explicit about this, and is, in actuality, quite easily Googlable. "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdi...
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1983: "Clutter"
Replies: 28
Views: 8398

Re: 1983: "Clutter"

The 100 item challenge seems interesting. I mean, I’m always suprisingly comfortable when I’m backpacking and hauling around all my stuff. The hardest part for me to do that would be books. I’ve got tons of them — I’ve always been an avid reader, so most gifts I’ve gotten were books. I’ve bought boo...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 280192

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

Generally speaking, if I see a word ending in x, I tend to assume that it comes from French and that I probably shouldn’t pronounce the x.

Plateau and bureau are pluralized in the standard way, and pronounced just like any other word ending in an s.
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Desirable Coding Skills
Replies: 13
Views: 4993

Re: Desirable Coding Skills

I’d second learning a functional language in addition to OOP. It’s a pretty different paradigm that knowing, in my opinion, will help you as a programmer in general. Because you need to think about the problem from a different approach, it can be really helpful. Learning how to use git — even on a b...
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2628058

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

Would you go on an expedition with this guy? So he survives, but he also seems to suffer more than his fair share of danger… I totally would. Outdoorsy stuff always comes with a risk — there’s no avoiding that. If you spend enough time doing the kind of stuff he does, you’re gonna run into some pro...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 280192

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

And "tableaux" is pronounced exactly the same as "tableau." It's just the plural form, and the final x is silent. Huh. I've always pronounced "tableaux" with a /z/ on the end... Okay, I just looked up "tableaux" in a couple of dictionaries, and neither Merria...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 158
Views: 48238

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

We're working on reading and translations right now in Russian, and I've gained a lot more appreciation for how hard translation is. Just now, we had to translate a short Turgenev poem -- that's from the collection "Dream Tales and Poems in Prose". Just getting a somewhat decent translatio...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 280192

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

I'm not sure I even know what a "xylem" is. I wonder why they didn't pick a less obscure word for their list, such as "xylophone" or "tableaux". Also, I pronounce "luxurious" with /gzh/ and not /ksh/. "Crucifixion" would have been a more unambiguous...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 22, 2018 5:21 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 25901

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

0 = freezing 10 = chilly 20 = spring 30 = summer 40 = hot 50+ = Death Valley Scale recalibrated for where I live: 0 = freezing 10 = freezing 20 = chilly 30 = spring 40 = summer 50+ = hot Really, 10 Celsius or lower around here becomes the opening story on the evening news. I'm right there with you....
by pogrmman
Sat Apr 21, 2018 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 25901

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

I don’t really care metric vs. US customary. The one thing I might have a slight preference for is Fahrenheit over Celsius — but only for the weather. It’s nice that 100° is close to the body temperature — it’s pretty clear that 100 will be hot because of that. 0° also makes sense as a threshold — t...
by pogrmman
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 59461

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

Dwarf Fortress is one of those games that I keep meaning to get back to some day - particularly if they ever add a decent interface (the interface is functional, but it is a lot like watching the Matrix without an interpreter program - and that carries through to player actions, not just discoverin...
by pogrmman
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: If you could combine two(or more) games
Replies: 228
Views: 59461

Re: If you could combine two(or more) games

SuicideJunkie is right — in Dwarf Fortress, you build the story. The basics of the game aren’t all that hard, so the fun really lies in shaping the history of the world. While your fort is running, your actions effect what goes on in the outside world. Now that sending out squads has been added, you...
by pogrmman
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1982: "Evangelism"
Replies: 109
Views: 25901

Re: 1982: "Evangelism"

cellocgw wrote:Because someone had to add it,

vi vs. emacs

Maybe those proselytizers are both along the imaginary axis.


Hey, just cause I use emacs doesn’t mean I proselytize for it. In its default state, it’s pretty much unusable!! I need my custom .emacs to make it work.
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)
Replies: 338
Views: 106680

Re: Where Aren't They Now (Obituaries)

Barbara Bush has died. Apprently, she and George HW Bush were married 73 years.

I can’t pretend as if I knew a lot about her, but it’s still pretty significant.

EDIT: Here’s a direct link to her official obituary.
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12766

Re: 1979: "History"

history story — quoted so you get the notification That was great. Admittedly, I payed way less attention in American history than I should’ve (it certainly didn’t help that my teacher used this awful, completely flat monotone voice when he talked and that he basically gave us a sheet with exactly ...
by pogrmman
Tue Apr 17, 2018 11:36 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)
Replies: 944
Views: 280192

Re: Regional Dialect and Idiolect Oddities (pronunciation)

“Catch”/“fetch” have the same vowel for me, with “match” being distinct. Ketchup is pronounced like “catch-up”. With respect to “crappie”, I use the pronunciation with the same vowel as “crop” (I’m not sure of the transcription). That’s also how everybody I’ve ever talked to about it says it. Then a...
by pogrmman
Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4543
Views: 698887

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Speaking of teacher walkouts, at least one Colorado district is closing so teachers can walk out. I’m surprised that the teacher walkouts aren’t in the news more — I mean, over the past couple days, there’s been literally nothing about it on my AP app. I didn’t even know there was a walkout in Kentu...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 11, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12766

Re: 1979: "History"

I'm not used to hearing either of those presidents (Hayes or Arthur) referred to without their middle initials (B and A respectively). It sounds weird without them. Me neither. Plus, just saying “Hayes” or “Arthur” doesn’t make me think “president”. I need the full “Chester A. Arthur” or “Rutherfor...
by pogrmman
Wed Apr 11, 2018 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1979: "History"
Replies: 45
Views: 12766

Re: 1979: "History"

Wow, this one came early.

I don’t know much about Garfield, beyond the fact that he was assassinated.

History is really big — that’s what makes it fun and interesting. It’s cool how much stuff there is.
by pogrmman
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: What to learn to be able to make some money?
Replies: 23
Views: 12839

Re: What to learn to be able to make some money?

Regarding using libraries vs. rewriting — it’s probably better to use a well used, tested library for production code that is important. However, it can be really, really informative to implement it yourself. For instance, when I started learning about neural nets, I could’ve just used Keras or anot...
by pogrmman
Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90172
Views: 9104474

Re: Thoughts for ships

Development seems to have a big impact on floods — see Houston as an example. IDK whether or not I should be glad that I live somewhere where basically every flood is a flash flood. Sure, it means that the little creek in my neighborhood (almost always dry, like most creeks around here) can go from ...
by pogrmman
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Truck: Discovery
Replies: 83
Views: 21148

Re: Star Truck: Discovery

There's an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise that explained why klingons didn't have ridges in TOS and why they did in TNG and later (and did in the prequel enterprise as well). Synopsis is they created a virus to genetically modify their appearance to better infiltrate humanity and it became an inf...
by pogrmman
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1976: "Friendly Questions"
Replies: 35
Views: 8920

Re: 1976: "Friendly Questions"

In the United States, the average yearly apple consumption is about 17 pounds (7.7 kg) of fresh apples per capita. That’s way more than I thought it would be. That’s like 2 a month... I guess I might be biased because I don’t like apples very much and I don’t live in an apple growing region, but it...

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