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by jpers36
Fri Oct 19, 2012 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

I have Steve foed, so I usually only see his posts when they are selectively quoted and responded to by others in the forum. I think it filters out the worst of his irrationality. But every so often I succumb to the temptation to expand one of his posts. The direct exposure makes me laugh, but it al...
by jpers36
Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46545

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

2012 BARACK (14 points) should beat MITT (6 points)? = ????? Damn. That even beats his actual (legal) first name of Mittens. However, using their actual (legal) first names: 2012 BARACK (14 points) should beat WILLARD (11 points)? = ????? I don't know where you're getting Willard from, but he can s...
by jpers36
Wed Oct 17, 2012 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46545

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

DarkSmokePuncher wrote:1996 is False. Proper nouns are not allowed in Scrabble.


Last I checked, both bill and bob are acceptable in Scrabble.
by jpers36
Wed Oct 17, 2012 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"
Replies: 167
Views: 46545

Re: 1122: "Electoral Precedent"

cellocgw wrote:Shrub


*rolls eyes*
by jpers36
Tue Oct 16, 2012 3:39 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0834: "Wikileaks"
Replies: 102
Views: 50662

Re: 0834: "Wikileaks"

Since we're resurrecting old threads here, I couldn't let some very old fallacious claims rest unanswered in their grave ... @Doom Shepherd If I may, I would like to engage with your point. I accept Operations Fortitude and Bodyguard should have been kept secret, as they were. But what your point co...
by jpers36
Fri Oct 12, 2012 1:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1120: "Blurring the Line"
Replies: 74
Views: 21101

Re: 1120 : "Blurring the Line"

dp2 wrote:Adapation


Adaptation with 'pataphysics?
by jpers36
Thu Oct 11, 2012 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 39910

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

Arariel wrote:Let's go through the monopoly checklist:


Where did you get this checklist?
by jpers36
Wed Oct 10, 2012 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

steve waterman wrote:coordinate points


steve waterman wrote:Not me, I want math, not these terms. There is no such thing as is proposed. Use real words to describe your concept.
by jpers36
Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

That's what I try to tell people. I guess I should clarify and say, "this is why people of Faith who cannot be reasoned with, cannot be reasoned with." Also, why are you trying to reason with Steve, then? The record should show that I am not trying to reason with Steve, just interjecting ...
by jpers36
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

exoren22 wrote:...[P]eople of faith cannot be reasoned with.


Well then, please don't try. Please just back away from any conversation about faith ever. It'll save everyone's time and feelings.
by jpers36
Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Oh, let's please not turn this thread into an anti-faith discussion.
by jpers36
Fri Oct 05, 2012 5:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1116: "Traffic Lights"
Replies: 171
Views: 52482

Re: 1116: "Traffic Lights"

I don't know about the specific driving habits of anyone on this thread, but I've seen timid drivers make mistakes that were just as dangerous as those of the typical aggressive driver.
by jpers36
Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0753: "Southern Half"
Replies: 193
Views: 60078

Re: "Southern Half" discussion (#753)

The thing that bugs me is that everyone is so fixated on the obelisk, I'd much rather send the cloned dinosaurs into space! Space dinosaurs! We could have a T-rex, some raptors, a triceratops and whatever else we wanted. When they got back from space we could put them on an island and then charge p...
by jpers36
Thu Oct 04, 2012 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674865

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Since when can new posters post links? I'm not complaining, just surprised.
by jpers36
Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 42740

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

Pfhorrest, what is the value of moral agency? I'm not certain this question even makes sense, so rather than guess at what you might mean and answer that, can you elaborate? Say you had the capacity to choose between two different universes as the real, existent universe. In one, sentient beings ex...
by jpers36
Mon Sep 24, 2012 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1112: "Think Logically"
Replies: 205
Views: 42740

Re: 1112: "Think Logically"

Pfhorrest, what is the value of moral agency?
by jpers36
Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674865

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

hamaryns wrote:There’s a girl surfing a jetplane.

What’s the Becky reference about?


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by jpers36
Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674865

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

Marlayna wrote:1n36e ("don't go into the tall grass")?


Jurassic Park: The Lost World: The Film?
by jpers36
Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0012: "Raindrop"
Replies: 91
Views: 25850

Re: What-if 0012: Raindrop

RogueCynic wrote:I live in Massachusetts. I've seen rain fall on one side of the street, and the sun shine while it rained, so one big rain drop would not surprise me.


All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain ...
by jpers36
Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"
Replies: 178
Views: 37255

Re: 1107: "Sports Cheat Sheet"

I live in Perth, Western Australia. Often described as the world's most isolated city. I could do that, and I wouldn't even see another city for more than 24 hours. Yet while West Australians are a little bit parochial (or in some cases a whole lot parochial), we do actually realise there is a rest...
by jpers36
Sat Sep 15, 2012 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

i strongly suggest the Lorentz depiction [...] represents a mathematically impossible scenario. Of course it does. Length contractions and time dilations don't happen in "pure math" / the Galilean / Newtonian physics. But in reality they do. All hail Albert Einstein. The Lorentz is only &...
by jpers36
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30270

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

This use of literally has been around since the 18th century. It has been used by Twain , Joyce, Cooper, Dickens, Thoreau, etc. They are more capable writers than you. Suck it up. Slate Now that's just silly. There are two concepts I'd like to introduce you to: the unreliable narrator and writing i...
by jpers36
Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0007: "Everybody Out"
Replies: 350
Views: 66108

Re: What-if 0007: Everybody Out

I'm still confused. When did falling into a gravity well stop being an acceleration? All the math works out as it being a force, as far as I know, and I thought the math working and matching what we observed was the important part of all this. The typical lay understanding of an accelerometer is th...
by jpers36
Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"
Replies: 155
Views: 30270

Re: 1108: "Cautionary Ghost"

This use of literally has been around since the 18th century. It has been used by Twain , Joyce, Cooper, Dickens, Thoreau, etc. They are more capable writers than you. Suck it up. Slate Now that's just silly. There are two concepts I'd like to introduce you to: the unreliable narrator and writing i...
by jpers36
Tue Sep 04, 2012 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0010: "Cassini"
Replies: 74
Views: 23440

Re: What-if 0010: Cassini

(Our tornadoes are mainly pidly little things, many not making contact with the ground, rarely even rattling roof tiles. But they are much more common than most people realise) It's not a tornado unless it makes contact with the ground. Until then it's just a funnel cloud. Maybe that's why your tor...
by jpers36
Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 30234

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

No love for "shady" as another synonym for "sketchy"?
by jpers36
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:40 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1101: "Sketchiness"
Replies: 168
Views: 30234

Re: 1101: "Sketchiness"

According to a former co-worker from the Netherlands, the Dutch don't call themselves Dutch. They call themselves Nederlanders.
by jpers36
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

Everyone else: Seriously, either insist on a set of rules that both sides have to follow, similar to Pfhorrest and I tried with steve earlier in the thread, or refuse to discuss with him until he addresses the multitude of questions that he's already been asked. The current method of "repeatin...
by jpers36
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:32 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50700

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

Those are not sufficient velocities. The point remains that the number of anything it takes to destroy a planet/spaceship/etc is one, at sufficient velocity. Ewoks vs the Death Star? Yup, get one going fast enough, boom! How fast does a sunbeam have to go to destroy the Earth? Nonsensical question,...
by jpers36
Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50700

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

Max™ wrote:Those are not sufficient velocities.

The point remains that the number of anything it takes to destroy a planet/spaceship/etc is one, at sufficient velocity.

Ewoks vs the Death Star? Yup, get one going fast enough, boom!


How fast does a sunbeam have to go to destroy the Earth?
by jpers36
Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

P is not the one and only point. P is only the first point. Through diligent study of P, and by holding to the sacred tenets of the Galilean, we can in time become points ourselves. Now go forth, be ye points and make ye points!
by jpers36
Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1098: "Star Ratings"
Replies: 77
Views: 19632

Re: 1098: "Star Ratings"

Then there is zero stars.... Drop everything. Run away. Don't look behind you. Nah, zero stars is another "only one review". If it has a hundred reviews at 0 stars, then it's either a ratings-spammer attack, or it's the default for reviews where the reviewer doesn't pick a rating. There's...
by jpers36
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

The entire purpose of my being on this thread was to hopefully be able to mathematically prove that x' = x-d, manifests different transformation results than x = x' +d does. That was all. +vt results != - vt results Agreed? Everybody has always agreed So, oddly, my task would be completed, if indee...
by jpers36
Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 24642

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

I don't see how an abstract of an Indian study of the toxicity of homeopathic arsenic proves anything about the legality of homeopathic arsenic in the USA. Or anywhere, for that matter, including India. Huh? We're talking about the US FDA. Today, although conventional prescription drugs and new OTC...
by jpers36
Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"
Replies: 91
Views: 24642

Re: 1096: "Clinically Studied Ingredient"

Nope. You can legally sell arsenic as medicine if you call it homeopathic . Ain't loopholes grand? I don't see how an abstract of an Indian study of the toxicity of homeopathic arsenic proves anything about the legality of homeopathic arsenic in the USA. Or anywhere, for that matter, including India.
by jpers36
Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26382

Re: 1093: "Forget"

Look, I don't really want to appear picky, but "Princess Diana" is incorrect - she was never correctly titled thus. She was "Diana, Princess of Wales", or "The Princess of Wales". Only those born as princesses get to use the form "Princess X" - that is daught...
by jpers36
Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

steve waterman wrote:...however, x' = x -d has equals signs and x and x' are coordinates; hence that means the tuples vector distance wrt their OWN origin.


x' and x are not coordinates. They are scalars.
by jpers36
Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Relativity or something [Split from "Pressures"]
Replies: 5149
Views: 516165

Re: 1067: "Pressures"

S and S', that is it. One system is stationary while other moves. Either can be the stationary. The stationary has a point P (2,0,0). Moved one way P transforms to vector distance 5, the appropriate other way, P transforms to vector -1. we have two cases, S = S' at coincidence and one or the other ...
by jpers36
Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0006: "Glass Half Empty"
Replies: 94
Views: 45547

Re: What-if 0006: Glass Half Empty

You know, I've always been bothered by the "engineer sees a glass twice as big as it needs to be" variant. What kind of engineer designs something that only accommodates *exactly* its intended load? At best, the glass has a safety factor of 2. I guess it varies engineer to engineer. Remin...
by jpers36
Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1093: "Forget"
Replies: 125
Views: 26382

Re: 1093: "Forget"

This should be a wakeup call to everyone. What we hold so dear and find so important doesn't mean squat even to the next generation. All the politics, all the competition, all the hate is nothing. Should we vote for one or the other candidate? Does anyone remember who ran against President Taft? Do...

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