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by aldonius
Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:13 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9561
Views: 1179666

Re: What are you listening to?

Bad Lip Reading/Michael Buble - Russian Unicorn
by aldonius
Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 141437

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

They're not really covers in the traditional sense of the word, but Bad Lip Reading do some pretty cool stuff.

And Gang Fight beats the pants off Friday.
by aldonius
Mon Dec 12, 2011 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 19845

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

Is this really a tragedy of the commons though? ... As more and more scientists decide to freeze themselves, supply would drop, and you would see the wage of scientists rise to accomodate the falling supply until you hit a new equilibrium where the marginal scientist was indifferent between cryogen...
by aldonius
Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0989: "Cryogenics"
Replies: 81
Views: 19845

Re: 0989: "Cryogenics"

Tragedy of the commons in action!
by aldonius
Sat Dec 10, 2011 10:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 20823

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

As Ghostbear said, name shift among the Germanic tribes. AFAIK, this came from them identifying some Roman and Germanic gods as essentially the same beings. If you think at an Indo-European level, then you can see similarities to some of the Hindu pantheon as well. The Greeks and Romans did essentia...
by aldonius
Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 20823

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

The Romans appear to have used the 5 'classical' planets plus the sun and moon and simply called each day 'Day of celestialBody'. Then, the Germanic tribes interposed their gods on some days (and there are associations between the respective planets and gods). The Germanic tribes later settled in Br...
by aldonius
Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy and AI
Replies: 27
Views: 4895

Re: Democracy and AI

I think we may only have a significantly high AI population once we have cheap space access and are generally post-scarcity, in which case I anticipate much of the AI population being off Earth. I think Cory Doctorow's work has some substantial relevance here, especially Down and out in the Magic Ki...
by aldonius
Sun Nov 27, 2011 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Education from OWS thread
Replies: 201
Views: 21240

Re: Education from OWS thread

From what I can glean from Wikipedia, most places are partially funded by the government, with merit scholarships for low-income students. Almost all universities are publicly managed. So yes, practical decision, particularly with the heavy involvement of young, college-educated, low-job-security pe...
by aldonius
Sat Nov 26, 2011 11:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Education from OWS thread
Replies: 201
Views: 21240

Re: Education from OWS thread

Aaaand more fuel for the 'basketweaving' fire. I saw it on slashdot, accompanied by another article which said many (most?) chinese graduates had trouble finding suitable work regardless of their speciality. http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2011/11/23/china-to-cancel-college-majors-that-dont-pay/ ...
by aldonius
Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 238984

Re: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.

Gut reaction: this can't end well.
by aldonius
Sat Nov 12, 2011 12:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)
Replies: 106
Views: 11596

Re: Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)

In a market which is being very heavily taxed and regulated, with an aim to minimise its existence... yeah, the benefit of removing the last advertising channel available to that market outweighs the disbenefit of effectively closing off the market to newcomers. I mean, what could the existing compa...
by aldonius
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)
Replies: 106
Views: 11596

Re: Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)

We have fairly strong mindshare/awareness of patches and various other substitutes. So yeah, we will hopefully see an accelerated decline in new smokers, and a slight boost in people who are off smoking (but still addicted to nicotine).
by aldonius
Thu Nov 10, 2011 11:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)
Replies: 106
Views: 11596

Re: Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)

Angua is correct AFAIK - indeed for ANY type of cigarettes.
by aldonius
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)
Replies: 106
Views: 11596

Cigarette Plain Packaging Laws semi-passed (Australia)

Cigarette packaging legislation passes Senate The Senate has passed the Federal Government's plain packaging laws for cigarettes with amendments. The changes are due to come into effect in December next year, six months after the original time frame. But the amended legislation will first have ...
by aldonius
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 63419

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

By my internal, fuzzy definition, the ability for people to have children is a right - one which is occasionally denied for edge cases with proven antisocial behaviour, as noted previously. I don't think it should be possible to limit this entirely for the general population. However, in an age of 7...
by aldonius
Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age
Replies: 42
Views: 7858

Re: Its amazing how well wolfram alpha can predict your age

Right in the peak! Bang on.
Almost everyone else I know and tested? Not even close.
by aldonius
Sat Sep 17, 2011 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA satellite could land anywhere
Replies: 77
Views: 9118

Re: NASA satellite could land anywhere

Especially if it lands somewhere which doesn't have incredibly good law enforcement or particularly care for the US.
by aldonius
Sat Sep 03, 2011 8:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living Cheaply
Replies: 72
Views: 8693

Re: Living Cheaply

You're correct, bad assumption on my part about existence of balcony. Pots etc are assumed, it's not like the balcony would be covered in soil, even when it does exist.
Could also be a cultural thing, I'm inclined to call everything between a detached house and a hotel an apartment.
by aldonius
Sat Sep 03, 2011 7:02 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Living Cheaply
Replies: 72
Views: 8693

Re: Living Cheaply

Even if you're in an apartment, it should have some sort of balcony, which in turn means you can at least grow herbs and such. Depending on climate (and space), you may also be able to grow tomatoes, lettuce, various brassicas, potatoes... I'm really serious on this, everyone should grow some of the...
by aldonius
Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd Comic used in state wide exam - Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 2068

Re: xkcd Comic used in state wide exam - Australia

I noted the bad capitalisation in the copyright notes, emailed them and got a reply!

... I am happy with myself.
by aldonius
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian Attorneys-General almost agree to R18+ games
Replies: 26
Views: 3243

Re: Australian Attorneys-General almost agree to R18+ games

Which is basically pointless in terms of the actual goals of the R18+ movement, which was to allow adults to buy more adult-orientated games. Yeah, but it's a surely a lot easier to expand the upper limit of tolerance when the ratings category actually exists . From my perspective, stuff which came...
by aldonius
Sat Jul 30, 2011 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China bans time travel in fiction
Replies: 27
Views: 6566

Re: China bans time travel in fiction

scienceroboticspunk wrote:this bans Doctor Who

Indeed.
I really don't think the escapism and pro-freedom would ever play nicely with the CCP. Or any other timetravel series, for that matter.
by aldonius
Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.
Replies: 91
Views: 8192

Re: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.

The system goes wrong most commonly when the Senate is 'hostile'. This is annoying, but since the Senate can only ratify or reject laws (bunch of other items too, but they're not important day-to-day), it's at worst a misfeature, not a bug - the primary purpose of the Senate is to protect states IMH...
by aldonius
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.
Replies: 91
Views: 8192

Re: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.

You're right in that nowadays, there's no real need for the disproportionate power. Point was that no self-respecting state is going to join a federation where its interests are guaranteed to be swamped by larger, established states. Perhaps we should rectify the situation by abolishing states, or r...
by aldonius
Sat Jul 16, 2011 10:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.
Replies: 91
Views: 8192

Re: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.

But when, as in the US and Australia (possibly elsewhere too), you have a federation of states, it's one of the best solutions. Congressman Lee Hamilton: The founders went to great lengths to balance institutions against each other... between the House of Representatives and the Senate; between the ...
by aldonius
Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.
Replies: 91
Views: 8192

Re: Maori MP refuses to swear allegiance to the Queen.

@sourmilk (tangential wrt Rhode Island Senate power): The way it works is that the big states (by population) 'control' the House of Reps by sheer number of members. So to balance it out for the little states, the Senate has equal members per state, to prevent the little states from being dominated ...
by aldonius
Thu Jun 30, 2011 11:27 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must post)
Replies: 36938
Views: 2430122

Re: Maximize the post:views ratio! (if you look, you must p

Posty post post. :mrgreen:
by aldonius
Wed Jun 08, 2011 9:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple WWDC 2011 stuff. iOS, iCloud, iMessages, etc
Replies: 17
Views: 2426

Re: Apple WWDC 2011 stuff. iOS, iCloud, iMessages, etc

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is it just me or is this the 'wrong' font?
by aldonius
Sun Jun 05, 2011 5:19 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Strange but delicious combinations (Merged: Weird Snacks)
Replies: 256
Views: 49629

Re: Strange but delicious combinations (Merged: Weird Snacks

Avocado and banana. On the hit list since infancy :)
by aldonius
Fri Jun 03, 2011 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Traffic congestion
Replies: 72
Views: 11191

Re: Traffic congestion

So it would seem. Nice world, eh?
by aldonius
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Traffic congestion
Replies: 72
Views: 11191

Re: Traffic congestion

Digging up dead threads and all, but here's some more fuel for the fire: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/05/31/study-building-roads-to-cure-congestion-is-an-exercise-in-futility/ Study: Building Roads to Cure Congestion Is an Exercise in Futility Published on May 31st, 2011 Written by: Tanya Snyder W...
by aldonius
Wed Jun 01, 2011 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Mash-up as a form of art (or not)?
Replies: 14
Views: 3087

Re: Mash-up as a form of art (or not)?

DJ Earworm and his United State of Pop series are also pretty amazing.
by aldonius
Wed Jun 01, 2011 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: POST YOUR MUSIC HERE and actually Listen too! (Rules in OP)
Replies: 396
Views: 170693

Re: Post YOUR music here (Merged : The Rainbow Correction)

It's a song!
Initially a school project, grew into something I'm not ashamed of.

http://soundcloud.com/alex-jago/celestial-heartbeat

Edit: @ Mumpy/Bangers N Mash Stay is pretty sweet, listening to Lets Go Back right now, loving the ethereal of the start.
by aldonius
Sat May 14, 2011 11:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wasilla HS bans Bohemian Rhapsody b/c written by a gay man
Replies: 27
Views: 3659

Re: Wasilla HS bans Bohemian Rhapsody b/c written by a gay m

Haha, me no speak Americano either. English (Australian variant, hence the catch) for the win :)
by aldonius
Sat May 14, 2011 11:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wasilla HS bans Bohemian Rhapsody b/c written by a gay man
Replies: 27
Views: 3659

Re: Wasilla HS bans Bohemian Rhapsody b/c written by a gay m

Cocaberra


You possibly refer to the kookaburra?

EDIT: song
by aldonius
Mon May 09, 2011 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Receiver and wireless speakers
Replies: 5
Views: 2138

Re: Receiver and wireless speakers

Related to the "play music from computer": Something I've been playing around with recently is going through an Apple Airport Express (3.5mm/optical audio output, if you can get one for cheap then it's an easy way to stream out of iTunes) and it will connect directly to the existing wifi n...
by aldonius
Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How serious should one be?
Replies: 22
Views: 3589

Re: How serious should one be?

Sure, the universe will hit heat death eventually, but that's so far of, our actions still have a long time to have an effect over. So don't let the nihilists get you, onwards and upwards!
by aldonius
Tue Mar 29, 2011 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Traffic congestion
Replies: 72
Views: 11191

Re: Traffic congestion

Ahh, my "Australian" definitions are perhaps confusing things for me - what I think of as a metro area is the entire built-up stretch from CBD through to the suburbs, and then some. Could be that I'm overgeneralising my experience - freeways near where I live are dominated at peak hour by ...
by aldonius
Mon Mar 28, 2011 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Traffic congestion
Replies: 72
Views: 11191

Re: Traffic congestion

You've got that in reverse, classic Post-Hoc Ergo Proctor-Hoc.

I'm just thinking Induced Demand - traffic growth is typically higher than planned for, and the road reaches capacity before it was planned to.
by aldonius
Mon Mar 21, 2011 8:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looting/civil unrest following a natural disaster
Replies: 37
Views: 6673

Re: Looting/civil unrest following a natural disaster

Looting certainly happened here in Brisbane during our floods earlier this year, and elsewhere in Queensland before that. Then again, we weren't nearly so badly hit, so there's certainly the media coverage factor. The sense I get of our lootings is that they were generally opportunistic, and I'd att...

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