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by commodorejohn
Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656355

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Hmm, that's an interesting comparison. But what I'm noticing (if, again, it's not purely perceptual/brain weirdness) is on the order of a good octave or more total change over time.
by commodorejohn
Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656355

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

I'm pretty sure it's not just a weird perceptual glitch, because A. I've repeatedly tested this and got the same results, and B. I've verified it with other people. Tried it with coffee (cream & sugar) and got the same result. Though I admit I've never recorded the audio and analyzed the pitch t...
by commodorejohn
Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2870
Views: 656355

Re: Miscellaneous Science Questions

Okay, explain this to me, all you lay physicists (or, um, even any professional physicists, you're cool too): ⋅ Make a nice steaming mug of hot cocoa. Use a reasonably sturdy mug. ⋅ Put a spoon in the glass and begin steadily tapping at the bottom. The sound of the tapping will r...
by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Equifax is hacked
Replies: 27
Views: 9159

Re: Equifax is hacked

And this would be exhibit #4,677 in the case for Why "Big Data" Needs to Die. It won't, of course, but God fucking dammit does it need to.

Idly curious, does a debit card count as a "credit card" for the purposes of this discussion?
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3475

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Man, I don't even care if developers don't want to bother putting time and effort into supporting my choice of browser - I'd just appreciate it if they didn't go out of their way to screw me over for it.
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3475

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

What have you been smoking? :shock: Most 'web designers' use tons of frameworks to make a site look the same in a large variety of browsers and versions, including shitty, broken, insecure browsers like Internet Explorer 8. That used to be the case. Now the trend (as far as I'm observing) is toward...
by commodorejohn
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3475

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Maybe this is only my personal ideal, but I always kind of figured the goal would be to make your site accessible to as many people as practical. Hahaha, if web designers did that, who would they look down their noses at while sipping their gluten-free mocha chai soy milk lattes over their Macbooks...
by commodorejohn
Tue Sep 05, 2017 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I hate gratuitous encryption
Replies: 17
Views: 3475

Re: I hate gratuitous encryption

Encryption is basically just a way for browser vendors to strong-arm people into upgrading, when you get right down to it.
by commodorejohn
Fri Sep 01, 2017 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 185
Views: 23641

Re: Look away from your monitor.

The re-wired control array for my bass, which is going to require a bit of routing before it'll fit back in...
by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: View XKCD from a terminal.
Replies: 5
Views: 6347

Re: View XKCD from a terminal.

Well it's hardly "from a terminal" if you're just launching a graphical image viewer! What we really need here...is there a convenient command-line interface for something like aalib?
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

Anyway: http://bipartisanreport.com/2017/08/28/republicans-pull-desperate-last-attempt-to-shut-down-muellers-investigation/ DeSantis’ amendment would stop Mueller from being able to probe farther into “matters occurring before June 2015” which, surprise surprise, was the month the Trump announced hi...
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

sardia wrote:Here's a picture of Trump's potential appointees based on predicted openings across 4 years. It's snipped from the article. It shows Trump will probably get around 38% of all federal judiciary positions.

That is, of course, assuming that he can be assed to fill them.
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 6367

Re: Use of mythological referents

It's a fair point as far as the practical reality of writing educational material goes, but I do stand by my assertion that striving to avoid ever exposing students to terms they're unfamiliar with is an excellent way of ensuring that they never become familiar with them in the first place. (And I d...
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 6367

Re: Use of mythological referents

There comes a point when adding more unfamiliar things they'll have to ask about becomes counterproductive, because the explanation is beyond the scope of the present endeavor and will amount to a waste of time that could be better spent teaching the science. This is very true! I just think that, w...
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 6367

Re: Use of mythological referents

See, there's this thing where if students don't know something, they can ask or look it up? It's kind of an integral part of education?
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 6367

Re: Use of mythological referents

Contrariwise, you can't teach them if you're unwilling to introduce them to information they don't already know.
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 6367

Re: Use of mythological referents

Nonsense. "Accessible language" is a self-defeating goal (no words are inherently known, all language must be acquired, and the younger the better,) especially over such a trivial point as an unfamiliar metaphor.
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 25, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Use of mythological referents
Replies: 28
Views: 6367

Re: Use of mythological referents

Keep it. If it teaches kids to use a dictionary, so much the better. No sense impoverishing the language for the sake of the lowest common denominator.
by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4190
Views: 577031

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I dunno, anybody who hates Britart can't be all bad.
by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 16, 2017 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

Nazis, like anyone else, have the right to speak their mind, no matter how abhorrent their ideas. Nazis, like anyone else, have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and pursuant to that, the expectation of not being physically assaulted for offenses short of physical assault. Wh...
by commodorejohn
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Why Are Subs Better than Dubs?
Replies: 22
Views: 5058

Re: Why Are Subs Better than Dubs?

There are good dubs ( Cowboy Bebop being the canonical example, but Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water is also really good, Slayers is fun in that same cartoony way as the Pokemon dub, and Lost Universe is much funnier in English.) They're just vastly outweighed by the mediocre ( Lucky Star, Azumanga D...
by commodorejohn
Fri Aug 11, 2017 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science-based what-if questions
Replies: 622
Views: 98301

Re: Science-based what-if questions

Random question: if you form a black hole out of iron, is it subject to magnetic attraction? (Obviously, hard to test, I'm just curious if there's any operating theory on this.)
by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 09, 2017 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2380684

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

I'm curious as to why there's so much schadenfreude here. Is it just because they're rich? Seems petty. Well, there's also the fact that (in the US, at least) homeowners' associations have a long-established reputation as being a kind of petty suburban fascism run by people whose greatest joy in li...
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

Clinton did win the popular vote, but her baggage and unpopularity with a lot of voters is definitely one of the factors in her not also winning the electoral college vote (though a braindead campaign that responded to Trump's cheap-suit-salesman popular promises to disenfranchised working-class vot...
by commodorejohn
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

Well, there's also the coterie of military bigwigs who (I'm not super clear on this) are either the power behind the throne, or the imperial cult/administrative structure for the Dear Leader family.
by commodorejohn
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

I mean, what are we supposed to do? If it were up to me I'd gladly fly to D.C. myself and frog-march the idiot out of the building. Hell, I'd do it gratis and eat the cost of plane and cab fare. But that is, to say the least, not within the bounds of my authority. I also can't do shit about the peop...
by commodorejohn
Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

by commodorejohn
Wed Aug 02, 2017 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14990
Views: 2380684

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

Gosh, it's almost like this was inevitably going to be the case when backing a currency with something that costs nothing to duplicate once it's been produced.
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

trpmb6 wrote:
Thesh wrote:When you are talking about Fox News literally making up quotes to support the President, "both sides do it too" is complete and utter bullshit.

I really get tired of your antics.

That's nice.
by commodorejohn
Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Controversial opinions about food
Replies: 1068
Views: 197433

Re: Controversial opinions about food

The bad pizza joints I'm familiar with, it's less "too much cheese" and more "not enough anything else" - parodies of thin-crust pizza with paper-thin smears of tomato paste and pepperoni that might reach a micron thick.
by commodorejohn
Sun Jul 30, 2017 7:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

I always liked Bill Bryson's characterization of the House of Lords: "It is an arresting fact of British politcal life that a Briton can enjoy a national platform and exalted status simply because he is a residue of an illicit coupling 300 years before between a monarch and an orange seller.&qu...
by commodorejohn
Sat Jul 29, 2017 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

From this , it sounds like he made the right move to kill it (at least for this year)? I'd be curious to hear from someone with more direct knowledge of the subject, because it sounds from the Wikipedia article on reconciliation like only one bill per topic can be passed per year - and since this w...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jul 21, 2017 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

It has nothing to do with patience or timeline; it has to do with his conviction that he's above accountability and nobody has any business looking into this - note especially the part where he makes a veiled threat about the special counsel staying out of investigating his/his family's/businesses' ...
by commodorejohn
Fri Jul 14, 2017 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

Didn't you get the memo, Angua? They're just new at this! Cut them some slack!
by commodorejohn
Fri Jul 14, 2017 5:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

It's something that's been heavily rumored for a long time, before anybody ever thought he'd be running for president, but yeah, I don't know whether there's a solid corroboration available for it.
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 12, 2017 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

I mean, IANAL, but arguing that arranging a meeting with someone you're directly informed is acting on behalf of a hostile foreign power with the express purpose of helping them influence an election is no big deal because you didn't actually get what you were promised is like breaking into a Home D...
by commodorejohn
Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 7962
Views: 603070

Re: Trump presidency

I mean by a strict reading Me (in Canada) supporting Hillary or Trump in any public way could be considered illegal. I think that's what "thing of value" is meant to be there for. No sane judge would interpret, say, stumping for a candidate on a forum to fit that criteria, but if you were...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 11, 2017 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9890
Views: 1822873

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Good thing 24 hours isn't nearly enough time for a malicious actor to do any real damage.
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9890
Views: 1822873

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Sorry, but you'll just have to excuse me if I'm not enthusiastic about the prospect of J. Random Web Developer getting to run code on my computer from a page I'm not even currently on. If the developers did consider the potential for attack exploits and still concluded this was a good idea, then, we...
by commodorejohn
Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:17 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9890
Views: 1822873

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Un-fucking-believable.

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