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by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2060: "Hygrometer"
Replies: 35
Views: 5812

Re: 2060: "Hygrometer"

JohnTheWysard wrote:If you manage to find an altheliometer, be sure you understand how to use it properly before you get into trouble.

Alethiometer. From "alethos", truth.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

Unfortunately maintaining a three-party system requires a major overhaul to our voting system, which naturally favors two-party systems, which requires that someone who managed to get enough power through the two-party system decide to change that. I could almost imagine a single-issue Third Party P...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

I would certainly rather see them spending their time on fiscal conservativism than on pushing to the far right on social issues (e.g. the whole family separation at the border crap). No you don't. See in the past, fiscal issues play better with the Democratic base than family separation. Has a pat...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does dry ice sublimate?
Replies: 12
Views: 3646

Re: Why does dry ice sublimate?

Thanks! That does help explain things somewhat. I'm not entirely clear what the Gibbs potential is (any relation to his free energy? Is that the same thing as enthalpy?) but even still this kinda makes some sense.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does dry ice sublimate?
Replies: 12
Views: 3646

Re: Why does dry ice sublimate?

I feel like there's a more general insight to be had somewhere around here about why anything is ever a liquid (or not). If the bonds between molecules are strong enough, or the pressure is high enough, or the temperature is low enough, then they'll stick together into a solid. If they're weaker, or...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Why does dry ice sublimate?
Replies: 12
Views: 3646

Re: Why does dry ice sublimate?

I find this question curious myself, so I'm going to take an educated guess at an answer: A better form of the question might be "why doesn't CO2 have a liquid phase?" Why does it go straight from solid (dry ice) to gaseous, sublimating? A better form of that question might add the qualifi...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 6315

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Pretty sure the stuff that comes out of oceanic rifts is crustal rock, albeit melted, since it goes on to form the crust. IANAG but I'd expect that mantle rock is generally made of denser substances than crustal rock, which is why crustal rock floats on it. A tangential thought this reminds me of th...
by Pfhorrest
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:39 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Language fleeting thoughts
Replies: 135
Views: 44436

Re: Language fleeting thoughts

I'm pretty sure all of those are just in the sense of "series".
by Pfhorrest
Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2058: "Rock Wall"
Replies: 24
Views: 6315

Re: 2058: "Rock Wall"

Yeah "going over it" is one of the things the mantle geologist in this comic explicitly complains she can't do, which astronomers can and frequently do do.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

If I could choose just one, I'd be selfish and take my money back. I'm not sure how exactly that would happen without bringing the scammer to justice though, unless like, someone just wants to send me money to make me feel better. Pretty sure, short of that though, the money is just gone for good, s...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

Seriously Jose, I tuned out of that post at the same time Thesh did. "Wanting equality" is a higher-order issue than something like "wanting heritage", because it's not a first-order want for some specific thing, it's about the satisfaction of different people's wants. "Equa...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

I think Hippo means, to put it bluntly: who's in the wrong, Israelis for wanting to move back to their ancestral home, or Palestinians for not wanting to move away from their ancestral home? (Said ancestral homes being the same place, of course).
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 8770

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

I feel like there's a great opportunity to do something really clever about a philosopher's internal monologue here but sadly I'm just too burnt out to come up with one.
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2057: "Internal Monologues"
Replies: 48
Views: 8770

Re: 2057: "Internal Monologues"

In a sense, you could say that most of the ground is also made of air, inasmuch as oxygen is the greater portion by mass of the Earth. Granted it's all reacted with other elements (e.g. iron oxide, silicon oxide...) but so is the carbon in a tree, so if that's "made of air" then so are mos...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

You guys do get that by even having this discussion of how many is too many and who should be turned away for what reason, you're already conceding the point the house analogy was meant to defend, which is that we the people already living here get to decide on things like that? The point wasn't &qu...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 739587

Re: Doctor Whom

Yeah I'm disappointed that with Eleven's "I'm actually Thirteen!" revelation, the whole setup for the Valeyard was just erased, because the Valeyard should have happened somewhere between TenTwo and "Eleven". I mean, I know, technically the Valeyard is just "somewhere betwee...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 739587

Re: Doctor Whom

Given that we've had at least one episode revolving entirely around the fact that the TARDIS can just make you anything you want, that's a good point. Why ever shop for anything? And I should be clear that when I say "retcon" I don't (necessarily) mean changing previously-established histo...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 10, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

the bank account is going to be held in the name of the phone money? also, while I get your line of reasoning, we're not talking 2000 hours of sleuthing work. we're talking a clear electronic paper trail to a person, that it takes a few phone calls and a short drive to follow. I would do it myself o...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4990
Views: 739587

Re: Doctor Whom

I liked how the fact that the Doctor's a woman now (or rather, that half an hour ago she was a tall white-haired Scotsman) was just played off as but one of the many strange things about this person, at least from the perspective of the new companions and Thirteen herself, and didn't steal focus for...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

wasn't through a chargebackable payment method. thought I was delivering payment in person to the real sheriff's dept and didn't even realize it was something that could be transferred electronically. facilitating company has a fraud report mechanism but they say they're not responsible for giving y...
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I feel like I've derailed this thread into talking about scams, but since we are already, I'll note that I did say I normally never answer any calls, sending everything to voicemail, and this scammer only got through to me because he got a coworker to transfer him to me on my business line.
by Pfhorrest
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 9762

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

I take back what I said earlier. There are some horror movies that I like. But they are unconventional for that genre. Things where the scary thing isn't some monster or blank-eyed killer killing for no reason than to kill, but something insidious and psychological. The first example that comes to m...
by Pfhorrest
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2056: Horror Movies
Replies: 57
Views: 9762

Re: 2056: Horror Movies

Like roller coasters, hate horror movies.
by Pfhorrest
Sat Oct 06, 2018 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same
Replies: 218
Views: 47582

Re: "Socialism" and "capitalism" are the same

Thanks, I appreciate you saying that :)
by Pfhorrest
Sat Oct 06, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

True, but part of this scam involved sending me to the actual sheriff dept in person, where presumably there would be written paperwork to fill out. That’s a big part of what made it believable.
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yep, that link sounds like exactly the same thing. I still feel like an idiot for falling for it, because there's a half dozen places in the story where it seems super obvious in retrospect that it was a scam, but I was in a fog of stress and multiple of my usual defenses against scammers were bypas...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

And mandatory abortion for brown people?
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Short version is it was someone convincingly pretending to be the local sheriff (appropriately enough for this thread), who got to me via a trusted coworker, having me bring money supposedly for bail for failure to appear for a jury summons I never received, in person to the sheriff's station via a ...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Is this the right place to rant about police incompetence ? I got scammed three weeks ago today and immediately filed a police report and was pretty sure I knew exactly what the police would need to do to at least try to catch the scammer: reverse lookup the number I was called from, visit the assoc...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

Weeks I can't tell if you're addressing me or Yablo, but I think I have been defending the principle behind the analogy pretty well. Wherever it's been pointed out that the breaks, I've pointed out where the situations being compared are different and why that changes the principles involved, and ho...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

I agree that the difference between personal and private property doesn't really matter here. (I think that that distinction is kind of hard to rigorously make, anyway, though I appreciate the intention behind trying to make it). In either case, we want a person living in a house to be able to exclu...
by Pfhorrest
Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

I don't think borders are inherently tyrannical, but I also don't think they're inherently good. Both border control and immigration are complicated subjects with a lot of nuance. You're not going to figure them out with a metaphor about who does and doesn't get to live in my house. The point of th...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6820
Views: 1089400

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Do mental hospitals even still exist? I thought Reagan ended them all.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:19 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 3862

Re: A Truly Massive Star

Stars collapse under their own weight until some force pushes back hard enough, and the more massive a star the stronger a force you need to halt that collapse, and with enough mass there is no force that will stop that collapse. Twice the mass of the universe is definitely enough mass. Though, I me...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: A Truly Massive Star
Replies: 16
Views: 3862

Re: A Truly Massive Star

It would be a black hole.
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

Your example breaks down depending on what we are emphasizing. For example, did the accused go through due process, or did your roommate put 2 and 2 together? Great, now do it for a million people in a timely manner. That's our deportation process for criminal illegals. If this is in response to me...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

A country is not a house. If I want to let someone into my house, or if I have a house I don't want anymore and want to sell it to someone else who wants to live in it, who are all the other house-owners within whatever arbitrarily-defined geographic region to tell me I can't let this person into m...
by Pfhorrest
Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

The US is already Canada's Mexico anyway, so they can annex us, and then the new United States of Canada can annex Mexico, and then keep on going, along the way adopting the predominant usage of its now-constituent countries of "America" meaning "the Americas", and we'll end up w...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8561
Views: 804430

Re: Trump presidency

I already started a thread just about this a while back, but it seems to me that there is a conflict between offering free services to everyone within a geographical area and letting just anyone into that geographical area, a conflict very similar to the "no borders on your bank account" c...
by Pfhorrest
Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2053: "Incoming Calls"
Replies: 43
Views: 9198

Re: 2053: "Incoming Calls"

with that kind of thinking you should ask why they even both to do the fundraising calls which the telecoms don't want them thinking, because then they get paid less so the telecoms should care to make fundraising calls at least seems potentially useful to make which they won't seem if nobody picks ...

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