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by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 15, 2017 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Housing discussion from ION
Replies: 58
Views: 7086

Re: Housing discussion from ION

If I paid $200,000 for a house, and then due to changes in the area its assessed at $150,000, I've just lost $50,000. I won't be able to sell my house for what I paid for it to break even, or make a profit. If I wanted to lose money I would rent, not buy a house. A house is never a guaranteed inves...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Housing discussion from ION
Replies: 58
Views: 7086

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

they're difficult problems that are hard to argue about with/to/around people without the relevant backgrounds, so the issue gets reduced to discussions of structures and oversimplified analogies about property rights. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Law_of_triviality In the third chapter, "High...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 15, 2017 4:34 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Alarm Clock
Replies: 17
Views: 4066

Re: Alarm Clock

4) I would still greatly prefer a giant snooze button on the top From an Android perspective, it should be rather easy to convert a microphone jack into a giant button. That microphone jack is used for a lot of inputs: credit-cards are swiped through the microphone for example, and then the "s...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 45
Views: 8171

Re: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Sounds like someone took some Architecture classes (it was my major as well). I did some architecture, but I was actually an Engineering degree. I had to take "diversity" credits for a "well rounded education", which I decided should have been a bit of architecture. The CAD stuf...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Steering showdown
Replies: 29
Views: 12895

Re: Steering showdown

I'm 10/2. But my car's steering wheel has little humps that make 10/2 the most comfortable position. They're kinda hard to see in the picture, but you definitely can feel them in the Ford Focus. I've got a manual car. When I'm left-hand only (ex: right hand is on gear-stick), I'm basically left-hand...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Explain College-level subjects in one sentence
Replies: 45
Views: 8171

Explain College-level subjects in one sentence

Feel free to add your own in this topic! I'll start us off. Calculus: How to calculate change Calculus 3: How to calculate change in 3 or more dimensions Physics: The subject that looks for real-world practical uses of Calculus Differential Equations: The study of things that go back and forth: thin...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anime Thread of Doom
Replies: 4408
Views: 694619

Re: Anime Thread of Doom

These days I am watching The Irresponsible Captain Tylor (1993) because I didn't do that before; it is surprisingly good. Quite fun and decently pretty for that time. Some of the jokes actually feel clever. I'm not a major fan of the series, but I can see why other people like it. Its a feel-good s...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Feb 13, 2017 7:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 353
Views: 62716

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

There was another rogue-like game, Ragnorak or something, that let you rewrite scrolls with certain skills. You basically rewrote every scroll you found into a scroll of genocide, and the game pretty much ended there. That was called "Nethack", with the "Magic Marker" item. :-) ...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!
Replies: 353
Views: 62716

Re: FTL - ohcrapshieldsaredown!

I think once you start winning a bit, it gets much easier to win. I've tried Hard a bit but didn't like it, Normal is a fine for my more casual tastes, and that also often feels unfair. I've tried Hard-mode... and it seems very much luck-based. I mean, classic Rogue-likes (aka: Nethack) have some d...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Alarm Clock
Replies: 17
Views: 4066

Re: Alarm Clock

That's true. The weather, and the clock for that matter, are fairly unrelated to the alarm. Simply showing the weather and the time fulfills that function while having a traditional alarm clock next to it works fine for waking you up. Looking at alarm clocks though I am continually puzzled by their...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Feb 10, 2017 3:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/02/09/7-key-takeaways-from-the-courts-ruling-on-trumps-immigration-order/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.2a456a4021da Here's an important tidbit: 4. The court isn’t sure — at this stage — whether there is proof that the executive order discriminates a...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

The only option left is the Supreme Court, which would be silly and a waste of everybody's time. As if this was ever not going to the Supreme Court... The Executive order, as awful as it was, is temporary. So Trump's team needs to get a move on immediately and that means working with a 4-4 Supreme ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

US Court of Appeals: Washington v Trump -- Unanimous decision (3-0) to deny the temporary stay on Trump's executive order. (EDIT: Uggghhhh... the double-negative is the most precise way of saying what is going on). http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/02/09/17-35105.pdf EDIT: The 9th ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

If we're going to be discussing this seriously, then perhaps we should be discussing things with actual rigor. https://www.donaldjtrump.com/press-releases/trump-pledges-to-drain-the-swamp First: I am going to institute a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government after they...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Fantastic Idea wrote:Actually shitstain


Fantastic Idea wrote: If you think otherwise you are braindead.


Fantastic Idea wrote: that's just an argument that you have horrible opinions. Are you in Texas, is that why?


Fantastic Idea wrote:but you believe


Dude, I know a losing argument when I see one. I don't see any point in trying to defend myself against your accusations.
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 6:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Or how about Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, who 'misplaced' a hundred million dollars in assets instead of declaring it before his confirmation hearing! THAT SWAMP SURE LOOKS DRY KIDS I suspect that what Democrats and Republicans mean by draining the swamp are very different. Democrats have this idea ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

[snip] is he going to start slashing research because of climate change paranoia and the inability to understand the types of research that are going on? Are we going to shift to a paradigm of "Make it profitable in two years or GTFO"? I know I responded to your post already. But I found ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Yes he was a terrible Presidential candidate. I'd basically pick Rick Perry over the next 5 options that were offered to me in the 2016 election. That's not an argument for Rick Perry, though, you just say that you like him, that's just an argument that you have horrible opinions. I don't think you...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

But the Department of Energy also manages some of the largest budgets for basic scientific research in the US, not to mention a number of very important national laboratories which also perform some basic research of fundamental importance. Is he going to respect the role of research in technologic...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Fantastic Idea wrote:Yes he was a terrible Presidential candidate.


I'd basically pick Rick Perry over the next 5 options that were offered to me in the 2016 election.
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Honestly, Jeff Sessions is one of the better picks, because at very least he has attorney experience. Which is more than what can be said than like... every other pick. A lot of the attorney general job description involves not just policy, but a lot of day-to-day leadership and groundwork. Ex: Pic...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Pivoting happens in politics a great deal. And it's something that can be done now, not a last election thing. No I know that, except it doesn't happen half as much as people suggest that it does. Every pundit said Trump was going to pivot to less-fascist policies. He uh, did exactly not that. Now ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Best case scenario? Democrats put up a stink a bit longer before the Senate rules are changed (aka: "Republicans go nuclear") and get rid of the Filibuster (for confirmations at least) I'm pretty sure the democrats already changed that rule in 2013 with Obama's nominations. There is no mo...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 09, 2017 7:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

I wish Democrats had blocked every unqualified nomination he suggested. But oh well. I mean, what's the best case scenario? Trump appoints acting heads for the entirety of his administration? Best case scenario? Democrats put up a stink a bit longer before the Senate rules are changed (aka: "R...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 08, 2017 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

By which I mean I am going to start cutting out off-topic posts if you guys keep talking about 'what the democrats need to do to win' from a republican point of view. If everyone can agree that 2018 and 2020 election posts are off topic, I'll comply. But if you just want to shut down just one side ...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

By which I mean I am going to start cutting out off-topic posts if you guys keep talking about 'what the democrats need to do to win' from a republican point of view. If everyone can agree that 2018 and 2020 election posts are off topic, I'll comply. But if you just want to shut down just one side ...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

sardia wrote:Historically, swing voters lean to the party out of power, specifically the party that doesn't control the white House. We will know more in a few months after Trump starts doing more things.


Fair point.
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

[bibliography][/bibliography] that's 2020. I'm talking about 2018. A midterm where Republicans have all the responsibility and no Trump to back them up. Why would uneducated whites vote for the Republicans? Historically, Democrats don't vote during midterms. I'm not quite sure why you'd expect 2018...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 08, 2017 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Democrats will already win 2018. The question is how to win more. Why do you think white uneducated voters will stick with Trump in 2018? Those people running aren't Trump. Its not a foregone conclusion. Historically, the incumbent has the advantage. I think its best to treat it as an uphill battle...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

You gotta figure out how to court the Donald Drumpf voters. No, we don't. And I don't think you're going to convince us. Then good luck winning 2018 or 2020. Fact of the matter is: Donald Trump converted a lot of Obama voters over to his side. Period. If Democrats don't figure out the trick, then b...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

There are people who voted for Donald Trump, and there is everybody else. Apparently, "everybody else" wasn't enough. Popular vote means jack shit. You gotta figure out how to court the Donald Trump voters. You know, like how Obama managed to do. I stand by my "court the Christians&q...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

She didn't rack up the youth vote, precisely because she was viewed as too moderate. There are already plenty of young people who refuse to identify as Democrat or Liberal because the terms are no longer far enough Left for them. What, exactly, is the rationale in telling the millions of leftist yo...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:32 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Alarm Clock
Replies: 17
Views: 4066

Re: Alarm Clock

It's not a problem of price. The battery doesn't need to last more than overnight and the display doesn't need to be that big. I look at a $39 kindle fire and see a plethora of excess screen, processor, and battery but it lacks physical buttons. As far as a product goes: configuring an "alarm ...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Feb 07, 2017 5:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

Donald Trump’s team cannot find the light switches to the cabinet room in which they conduct their meetings, and have to speak in the dark and feel their way out of the room, according to a report that sheds interesting detail on life inside the White House. We're in a cartoon reality now. Make sur...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)
Replies: 17
Views: 4569

Re: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)

I kind of rethought my approach after dwelling on a lot of things. Instead of defining checks as events, I think I'm going to define attributes (Strength, Strength Bonus, Armor Class) as data (in a yaml file): Do you plan to change attributes? Never program flexibility unless you plan to use it. (o...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Alarm Clock
Replies: 17
Views: 4066

Re: Alarm Clock

No, I don't check the 9V battery very often and no Ehh? The Alarm Clocks I buy have a lithium-ion battery that automatically charges. Lithium-ion eventually fails, but that takes thousands of charging cycles. So I'd expect any decent Lithium-ion battery based Alarm Clock to work. An alarm clock wit...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: solving the refugee crisis
Replies: 62
Views: 11049

Re: solving the refugee crisis

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2017/02/03/the-united-states-abandons-ukraine/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.622b0aa0e566 Here's how you solve the refugee crisis. Tell Putin "Go ahead, take on Ukraine. USA won't stop you". Now we hav...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Feb 03, 2017 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: solving the refugee crisis
Replies: 62
Views: 11049

Re: solving the refugee crisis

And maybe, just maybe, this is precisely what is wrong with the modern civilization. Maybe, instead of choosing between "benefiting us" and "benefiting them", the purpose of countries ought to be to work to benefit everybody. And maybe the whole concept of the nation-state shoul...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 4238
Views: 288957

Re: Trump presidency

To be fair, the Department of State's job is to prevent wars. So Tillerson won't be starting any wars.

The real question is by what means? Does the US foreign policy shift so that we start supporting Assad in Syria? That's the sort of questions that should have been asked.
by KnightExemplar
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)
Replies: 17
Views: 4569

Re: Coding a Data-Driven Roguelike (Again)

The main issue is that data-driven -> object oriented are two fundamentally different models. The deeper your class hierarchy, the more code you'll have to write to "translate" your data-driven configuration data into object oriented classes. Code that will rely upon the class hierarchy. e...

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