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by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 02, 2018 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

Quizatzhaderac wrote:we restrict mail-in voting to those with special needs.

Not every state does.

California lets anyone vote by mail for no reason.

Oregon makes everyone vote by mail or not at all.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17664

Re: Ethics of Research

Fuzzy logic is just nonboolean logic and can by applied to deontic modalities just as much as alethic ones. Basic fuzzy logic just means that truth values can take values from 0 to 1 instead of just 0 or 1. Applied to alethic modalities that just creates a probabilistic logic, which is a strict exte...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Nov 02, 2018 6:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17664

Re: Ethics of Research

It may be useful in this discussion to call attention to the deontic category of "supererogatory goods". In alethic (descriptive) matters, things can be true and false, but also possible, necessary (not-possible-not), impossible (not-possible), and contingent (not-necessary). Everything th...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:50 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

College residency always confused me, because they would ask for "current address" and "permanent address". Like... what is a "permanent address"? People move all the fucking time. Do you want my parents' address? I don't live with my parents. I can't live with my paren...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the universe a black hole? No
Replies: 26
Views: 8532

Re: Is the universe a black hole? No

Apple's version isn't called a black hole, it's called a Reality Distortion Field™, and it is mediated by bogons rather than gravitons. Steve Jobs was the only known example of one.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

not that it matters for me to say so but Jose just knocked it out of the park here
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Are soldiers of an invading army not subject to the laws of the country they've invaded? They've offered no allegiance to those laws, for sure, but will the government of the invaded country (let's say that's the US government in this case) just say "oh you're an enemy soldier, therefore we can...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 31, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

It generally refers to diplomats, who are citizens of their home countries and not generally subject to the laws of the US. This is why I brought up earlier that using that clause to accomplish their goals would come at a huge price to them . Do we think the Republicans really want to grant all ill...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

I hadn't considered the ability-to-prove-how-you-voted angle of it, but that aside, I am super in favor of voting by mail and think that should be the normal default way of voting for everyone. Everyone who would be eligible to register to vote should just be auto-registered and sent a mail-in ballo...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"
Replies: 110
Views: 18755

Re: 2066: "Ballot Selfies"

You probably love that mirror scene with young Ellie in Contact, where a whole long shot down winding hallways then turns out to all be a reflection in the mirror at the end of the hallway.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

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 Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17664

Re: Ethics of Research

Jose are you really asking someone to teach you Ethics 101?
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of Research
Replies: 76
Views: 17664

Re: Ethics of Research

research has been shown to cause cancer in lab rats
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: caution knowledge you may not want
Replies: 9
Views: 5191

Re: caution knowledge you may not want

this thread isn't worth responding to, but re: the taxes-as-theft thing, you seem to have overlooked the possibility of just not fighting a thief? if a mugger says "your money or your life" and you give him your money, that doesn't mean you've decided that you're not being robbed, just tha...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5436

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

size of texts is also important some people send texts like this one short thought at a time just sentence fragments without even capitalization or punctuation not even clear like when a sentence ends and another begins Meanwhile other people properly capitalize and punctuate complete sentences. Not...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2065: "Who Sends the First Text?"
Replies: 24
Views: 5436

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

My version of this chart has like, four people, and that automated segment. Slightly left of center: my mechanic. Center: my girlfriend. Way off to the right, in increasingly-right order: an aunt, automated crap, and Mom.
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Reading those articles, it appears that there was actually such an email sent out by Trump promising what it says, but that the promise is a lie, kind of: Trump isn't actually donating any of his own money, but transferring donations made to his campaign, to the GOP, to fund other Republicans' campa...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

I need to know that that's not real because it's making me literally physically nauseous to think that that's real.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 25, 2018 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 6730

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

That joke only works in British.

Now that I think about it, a Car Knot sounds like some kind of UK euphemism for a traffic jam, or maybe one of those crazy compound roundabouts (but I repeat myself).
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 24, 2018 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Yeah, I'd put China (and I didn't know about India, but taking your word for it, them too) down in the lower-right area too.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"
Replies: 27
Views: 6730

Re: 2063: "Carnot Cycle"

Burma Shave.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Except, we can't have a right and a center without a left. If the entire left were to simply cease to exist, everything would necessarily recalibrate, and the center would become the new left. Only if you have nothing but other local and contemporary politicians' policies/platforms/opinions by whic...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

America only has a center, and a right, and an undecided center-right who aren't sure how much right they're okay with.

There is no left anymore.

I mean, there are lots of left-leaning people, but the centrist party is the closest to political representation we have.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 24, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

When not otherwise qualified (e.g. "white nationalism"), is "nationalism" really a taboo thing to associate with in America? "America first" seems like, if anything, the default position of most politicians, and one that's likely to play well with voters. Maybe we more ...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15456

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

If we have modern technology, and we have any reason to think that ancient peoples had access to anything radioactive or biologically hazardous or the like, then we can just send robots in with Geiger counters and other instruments to examine the place safely from a distance before risking any human...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

Eh, until a few years ago, "gender" was much more closely aligned with "sex" in terms of definition. It was only fairly recently that the words diverged so much in meaning, at least in common parlance. It seems like most people are unaware of the extremely short history of the w...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:29 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Supergirl
Replies: 56
Views: 16454

Re: Supergirl

S04E02: It annoyed me that Supergirl said "person or alien" as though aliens aren't people and "person" is just a synonym for "human", especially given the moral of this show lately.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8644
Views: 850169

Re: Trump presidency

While I agree about the general uselessness of having a sex marker on most identification, and the pointed partisan motivation behind this move, I was pleasantly surprised (relative to circumstances, at least) upon reading the article in full to find that this is not, as even the intro to the articl...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:06 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15456

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

You had electricity there in 1194? Wow, really ahead of the times.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Oct 20, 2018 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 19091

Re: The Good Plaice

ST I think you misunderstand the ‘trying’ thing because you haven’t seen the episode for context. It’s not about trying vs succeeding, it’s about trying vs giving up. She’s saying giving up is worse than not giving up.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories
Replies: 435
Views: 73150

Re: Childhood (not so) crackpot theories

Some of those things— the time perception, heartbeat life time, and antimatter ones— are actually known to be true.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Oct 20, 2018 5:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2061: "Tectonics Game"
Replies: 69
Views: 15456

Re: 2061: "Tectonics Game"

Make a reactor the automatically slowly retracts it’s control rods over thousands of years? So they dampen the reaction in the early days and then get out of the way as the fuel diminishes and needs a boost.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 57
Views: 11233

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

I don't think anyone is proposing that you and I and this entire community of humans might all be separate Boltzman brains that all independently popped into being and are talking to each other somehow. Just that for you , any individual thinker considering the argument, odds are that you are just a...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 19, 2018 7:24 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 57
Views: 11233

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

I'm not sure exactly what point you're making Ijuin, as I was basically referring to the exact thing you just said, and comparing that to the topic of Bolztman brains. A brain that thinks it's perceiving a universe popping into existence seems more comparable to a god intent on creating a universe p...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 19, 2018 6:23 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: disproof of boltzman brain?
Replies: 57
Views: 11233

Re: disproof of boltzman brain?

I'm a bit burnt out right now so these are not the clearest thoughts, but it seems intuitively wrong to me that specifically a fully-formed brain having (illusory) experiences or memories of a universe like ours is more likely to randomly arise than just any old low-entropy configuration of the univ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Good Plaice
Replies: 64
Views: 19091

Re: The Good Plaice

I didn't see the metafictional aspect you saw there, even having read your spoiler first, but that does sound like a thing that could maybe happen anyway? If so it just doesn't seem to be being telegraphed very hard. The more obvious telegraph that I see is a form of a classical paradox I d...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:32 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 161
Views: 49201

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

It bothers me that Google assumes I mean India Pale Ale, not International Phonetic Alphabet. I thought you were supposed to have extensive profiles of me, Google, why would you think I like beer and not language?
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 6299

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

"Picometer" as an instrument rather than a measurement (different pronunciation, naturally) sounds like it should measure chicken sounds.

pək pək pək pə 'kɔ mə dɹ

("puk puk puk puKAWmeter" for the philistines)
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 6299

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

An odometer measures samples of things to identify them, but always outputs "unknown".

It's not a very useful meter.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 751356

Re: Doctor Whom

I rather like the new TARDIS interior. I do find it a bit odd that Sexy just decided to change her own desktop instead of waiting for the Doctor to ask for the change, though. (I almost wrote "instead of waiting for daddy mommy to ask" and didn't because that seemed too creepy in connectio...

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