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by Hawknc
Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: RPM vs Gas Consumption
Replies: 44
Views: 16082

Re: RPM vs Gas Consumption

Somewhat off topic, but I feel rather strongly that all automobiles should be required to have a dash display that shows actual current fuel economy, both instantaneous and over the whole of the current trip. That way the driver can tell at a glance how many miles per gallon, or litres per kilometr...
by Hawknc
Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90200
Views: 9115910

Re: Screechings of the Great Unwashed (Meander to the Morgue

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:The epicenter of last night's magnitude 2.8 earthquake was... my house. Seriously, it really was.

Is that awesome, or is that time to sell?

It's time to brag immensely.

Ladies.
by Hawknc
Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:04 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Sherunlocked
Replies: 81
Views: 30428

Re: Sherlock

Liked the finale, hated the Irene Adler episode. They destroyed the character. The point of Irene Adler is that she's the one that outwitted Sherlock and got away. She didn't fall in love, or let any admiration for Sherlock get in the way of her schemes. And in the modernization she was given a get...
by Hawknc
Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:18 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Replies: 41
Views: 11045

Re: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Partial Objects review . Uh, what? (Spoiled for both spoilers and specific descriptions of that scene) No sane woman would tolerate being brutally raped just so she could capture it on camera and hold it over her rapist. But that’s what Lisbeth does. The conclusion you should draw from this behavio...
by Hawknc
Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:34 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Replies: 41
Views: 11045

Re: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

All bickering and tired ranting aside (I actually didn't ramble that much this time, I'm impressed), if you liked the remake, then please watch the original. I originally did not want to see the remake, but many friends told me it was a good movie and I trusted then. The original was just so much b...
by Hawknc
Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:36 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
Replies: 41
Views: 11045

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Surprised there wasn't a thread about this already. I saw the new version earlier this week and thought it was fantastic, if very confronting in parts. Trailer Haven't seen the original movie but I'm about halfway through the book that both are based on, and quite honestly I like the movie better - ...
by Hawknc
Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 300 workers at Foxconn threaten suicide.
Replies: 13
Views: 3493

Re: 300 workers at Foxconn threaten suicide.

The Atlantic Wire has some more information , including a response from Foxconn: Now that Foxconn has fixed one pay dispute, we can't quite stop feeling guilty that the workers making our iPhones and Xboxes hate their lives so much they threaten suicide. The electronics manufacturer released th...
by Hawknc
Fri Jan 13, 2012 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630551

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

Hahah...oh wait, that's not funny and actually quite horrific.
by Hawknc
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Partially Wind-Powered Cars?
Replies: 42
Views: 6016

Re: Partially Wind-Powered Cars?

I think we have a DWFTTW thread around here somewhere that generated quite a bit of debate (and eventually convinced me of its legitimacy after some initial skepticism). I'm pretty sure, somewhere in a laboratory, this is being studied as well. By a few years, this will be developed and every oil co...
by Hawknc
Tue Jan 10, 2012 10:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13174

Re: Science needs a symbol

You guys, we already have one!

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by Hawknc
Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transphobic Tampon Ad
Replies: 203
Views: 26461

Re: Transphobic Tampon Ad

Yes, just don't treat them worse. Diversity is something to be encouraged, not ignored. We're all people, but saying "we're all people!" in a discussion about how some people are treated worse because they are different is entirely useless.
by Hawknc
Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape
Replies: 42
Views: 8011

Re: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape

And to the point... yes indecent exposure is a completely different crime than violent rape. In which case this thread about the FBI's definition of rape might not be the place to take issue with indecent exposure laws. I'll back this up in red text - if you want to discuss indecent exposure laws, ...
by Hawknc
Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape
Replies: 42
Views: 8011

Re: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape

how often does a girl brag about getting it on with a hot guy, then after being called a slut, suddenly change her story and play the rape card? Hint: it happens more than you'd think. How often is that? Wikipedia puts the incidence of false reporting at 8% or so . More of a concern is under-report...
by Hawknc
Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape
Replies: 42
Views: 8011

Re: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape

snow: This is the FBI's definition of rape used for statistical purposes. My understanding of U.S. law is that rape and sexual assault are almost entirely dealt with at the state level or lower, which tend to have their own definitions. What you're asking for already exists and this change won't aff...
by Hawknc
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

By cost-cutting and improving efficiency. GM had too many outgoings, of which labor-related costs were only a part.

And I've just realised how far we've dragged this off topic. Apologies.
by Hawknc
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Banach Tarski!
Replies: 8
Views: 2260

Re: Banach Tarski!

Smug elitism aside, it could probably go in the Youtube thread or the mathematics forum...but since it's nice to occasionally have a thread that isn't about politics, I don't particularly have any problem with it since it has a source article.
by Hawknc
Sat Jan 07, 2012 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

I do not recall stating that the unions were the sole problem. Mark my words... there will come a day when the north american auto industry is much like the British one.. Which is to say, virtually non-existent. And when that happens, I will point, and laugh at the unions that made it happen . $4 b...
by Hawknc
Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

You would be hard pressed to attribute the problems that the auto industry had over the last few years to any one cause. Legacy costs associated with union-negotiated pensions were one factor and the credit crunch was the trigger, but there were systemic flaws in the way they did business that left ...
by Hawknc
Sat Jan 07, 2012 8:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630551

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

Man, what's up with humans, right? Homo sapiens be crazy.

There have been three separate news articles posted since this started, let's move on to those as this has rarely been a productive avenue of discussion in the past.
by Hawknc
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SOPA talk, yo.
Replies: 620
Views: 91940

Re: SOPA talk, yo.

Ixtellor: as a supporter of SOPA (and I assume, by extension, PIPA) what leads you to believe that these measures will reduce piracy? (And btw, it is entirely incumbent on companies to adapt to suit the needs of their customers, which has very little to do with piracy. Adaptation is why the world's ...
by Hawknc
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transphobic Tampon Ad
Replies: 203
Views: 26461

Re: Transphobic Tampon Ad

Tirian: maybe a better phrasing would be "cisgendered women vs transgendered women"? I doubt even that fully encompasses everyone correctly, but it's probably closer by a good margin.
by Hawknc
Fri Jan 06, 2012 4:05 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3442133

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

Is there something to that lightbox that makes it more than a couple of ~5000K fluorescent tubes with a diffuser? Because in a pinch I could put something like that together from the hardware store for under $20. Obviously that one's been proven to work, but I'd be interested to see if I could DIY ...
by Hawknc
Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.
Replies: 27389
Views: 3442133

Re: [SAFESPACE] Woman Thread - All Things Women. Period.

I have this lightbox, and it really does work wonders (when I bother to use it, anyway). I am pretty sure I would have spent 99% of the winter of my first year of uni in bed without it, which probably makes it worthwhile even if I have been pretty terrible at actually using it more recently... Is t...
by Hawknc
Thu Jan 05, 2012 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies
Replies: 205
Views: 21984

Re: N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies

Why Chengdu and Chongqing? My Chinese geography isn't spectacular, but I'm fairly sure they are nowhere near the NK border.
by Hawknc
Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

After the massive downsizing during the financial crisis, there is a large pool of experienced auto workers for the Detroit 3 to draw on when they need people, so in that respect it is hard for someone with no experience to get in. But most of the cars being manufactured in Southeast Asia - China, T...
by Hawknc
Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transphobic Tampon Ad
Replies: 203
Views: 26461

Re: Transphobic Tampon Ad

To pour fuel on the fire, Sandee Crack is the actor in the ad - a gay man who dresses in drag and doesn't consider himself transgendered, in his own words. That said, I agree completely with what Belial said above.
by Hawknc
Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

Could you at least pretend to use past tense and acknowledge that we're basically having a historical discussion here? I won't have access to any more recent data until I go back to work next week but I remain fairly confident that you're arguing a situation that no longer exists. Addit...
by Hawknc
Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

Spoilered for off topic: stevey_frac: That is the cost to the company, yes. But you were comparing it to "what you make", which is a false comparison, as your employer swallows additional costs to employ you that you never see. And I'm not sure if you've ever worked on the line at...
by Hawknc
Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Transphobic Tampon Ad
Replies: 203
Views: 26461

Re: Transphobic Tampon Ad

The "real woman" thing was a comment from some asshat Facebook user, I can't say I feel the need to dwell on it. The actual tagline from the ad was "Libra gets girls"...which I don't think is that much better, admittedly, but I think it's also a motto they've had for a while now....
by Hawknc
Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

stevey_frac: That is the cost to the company, yes. But you were comparing it to "what you make", which is a false comparison, as your employer swallows additional costs to employ you that you never see. And I'm not sure if you've ever worked on the line at a vehicle plant, but I have, and ...
by Hawknc
Sat Dec 31, 2011 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Occupy Wall Street - Spreading. Check your town.
Replies: 2500
Views: 236052

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

A breakdown of that infamous "$73 an hour" number. The legacy healthcare costs were the killer there and you don't see any of that in your paycheck. It's all moot now anyway, since new contracts were negotiated in the last couple of years to bring UAW workers' total compensations much clo...
by Hawknc
Sat Dec 31, 2011 3:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 32649

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

Top Gear is great entertainment and terrible journalism. As long as you accept it as the first it's fairly enjoyable, provided you don't take any of their comments or the results of the circumstances in which they put themselves with any seriousness. (And yeah, the Tesla Roadster thing bugged me too...
by Hawknc
Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 32649

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

I won't click the link. I would like someone to explain it to me. Someone will care enough to tell me. Just reading a Wikipedia article isn't going to give me the flavour of WHY Randall has done a comic about them. Facts are easy, but it doesn't explain who a person is. That is something that is im...
by Hawknc
Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0997: "Wait Wait"
Replies: 115
Views: 32649

Re: 0997: "Wait Wait"

alun009 wrote:I have a feeling it isn't worth my time googling them.

But it's worth our time explaining it to you? Here, because I'm feeling generous and slightly sarcastic.
by Hawknc
Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 302658

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Point taken, I'm only going off accounts from people who have fled escaped regretfully departed the state. And Rick Perry.
by Hawknc
Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 302658

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Bear in mind that the kids in the middle-of-nowhere school might have only had half the opportunities that students in a well-off city school have. Presumably those who didn't get auto-accepted could still apply for a position based on merit, so they weren't barred from any entry at all. It's not a ...
by Hawknc
Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:40 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 36233

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

That result being that women (or at least, the one in the comic) have the right to determine the conditions under which they expose themselves?
by Hawknc
Wed Dec 28, 2011 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Cannon fire, with wind. (I can't do ODEs)
Replies: 8
Views: 1525

Re: Cannon fire, with wind. (I can't do ODEs)

It doesn't necessarily need to be at exceptionally high velocities, v^2 is a pretty good approximation for a spherical object through air in most cases. Odds are, for a cannonball through air, unless you're aiming for exceptional precision it's probably safe to assume that your Reynolds number and t...
by Hawknc
Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:43 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0996: Making Things Difficult
Replies: 104
Views: 36233

Re: 0996: Making Things Difficult

So would the alt-text result in a vaguely tingling sensation?

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