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by dedwrekka
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1357: "Free Speech"
Replies: 1346
Views: 185322

Re: 1357: "Free Speech"

An entire thread of straw men in a topic about Free Speech? On the internet? Has it been 3 seconds already?
by dedwrekka
Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1337: "Hack"
Replies: 65
Views: 35961

Re: 1337: "Hack"

JTL wrote:This would have been a better Valentine's Day comic than "1330 - Kola Borehole"...

Am I going to get flak from spelunkers for saying that? :|


The borehole is only about a foot wide, so you'll only get flak from the really skinny ones.
by dedwrekka
Wed Sep 19, 2012 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674503

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

While almost insane in terms of size, I think posting a full sized version of the picture on it's own changes the experience of it drastically, and not from the better. As is, the picture instills a bit of a sense of exploration akin to minecraft. Finding all those strange environments and people a...
by dedwrekka
Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1110:"Click and Drag"
Replies: 595
Views: 674503

Re: 1110:"Click and Drag"

While almost insane in terms of size, I think posting a full sized version of the picture on it's own changes the experience of it drastically, and not from the better. As is, the picture instills a bit of a sense of exploration akin to minecraft. Finding all those strange environments and people ar...
by dedwrekka
Sun Aug 26, 2012 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50679

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? Given a lose definiti...
by dedwrekka
Fri Aug 24, 2012 2:07 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50679

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? Given a lose definiti...
by dedwrekka
Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0008: "Everybody Jump"
Replies: 155
Views: 50679

Re: What-if 0008: Everybody Jump

I think the density of the crowd is being taken too literally. The image shows the crowd spilling out of Rhode Island before even jumping. Especially knowing that a platoon can take down a bridge marching in time, it seemed an event was more likely. This is an especially unlikely circumstance that r...
by dedwrekka
Wed Aug 22, 2012 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1098: "Star Ratings"
Replies: 77
Views: 19607

Re: 1098: "Star Ratings"

For the video game industry, replace "Crap" with "Buggy". In the gaming industry, there's only three levels of quality. 5, 4.5, and 4. And even then what that translates to is: 5 - Modern Cookie Cutter FPS / Pays for advertising 4.5 - Excellent game to okay game 4 - Buy it on sal...
by dedwrekka
Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation
Replies: 82
Views: 14109

Re: The Coming War on General Purpose Computation

Beware he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master. I find myself thinking about that cutscene more and more over the past several months. It just seems almost prophetic at this point. ITunes has shown that the consumer base prefers DRM free music. Ho...
by dedwrekka
Sat Dec 24, 2011 8:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 38638

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

[Grammar Nazi] I like how you stated that as if it were an absolute rather than just your reaction ;) Ah, come on, I think we are all essentially adults here, right? I think the concept of "opinion" should already be sufficiently strong and present in everyone's mind so people wouldn't hav...
by dedwrekka
Mon Dec 19, 2011 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0991: "Phantom Menace"
Replies: 110
Views: 38638

Re: 0991: "Phantom Menace"

Kinda want to clear something up about Bobba Fett. There's a reason, wholly within the narrative of the movies themselves, for why Fett is seen as a badass. It has to do with how people treat him, not what he does, which is very important as the original three movies are trying to get across a lot o...
by dedwrekka
Fri Oct 21, 2011 10:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 27788

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

I think there's a fundamental problem with applying the properties of physics directly to philosophical concepts. If everything is determined by concepts and principles in physics, then our concepts of free will and what we perceive it as are intrinsically tied to concepts in physics. Free will exis...
by dedwrekka
Mon Jun 20, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's illegal to.... dance? In the U.S.?
Replies: 68
Views: 8858

Re: It's illegal to.... dance? In the U.S.?

In this case you could argue that the unlikelihood of the public being allowed to "expressively dance" in the oval office, the war room, or the deepest areas of the CIA are also terrible injustices. It's such a minor rule when there are people starving and dying within a seconds walk from...
by dedwrekka
Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's illegal to.... dance? In the U.S.?
Replies: 68
Views: 8858

Re: Dancing is unlawful demonstration in the U.S. Memorials?

It's okay with me that you disagree about the importance of this issue. But why does your disagreement make you upset with the protestors? It's the loud and false pretense of both activism and social interest. They're part of the "anti-man" movement that ignores the real injustices and in...
by dedwrekka
Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15204
Views: 2710221

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

Yeah, I've been to a Black Muslim Bakery. Cupcakes don't negate as many extremism related issues as you'd think. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Your_Black_Muslim_Bakery It's harder to fight against the "fat americans" when they're too out of breath to run at you with a bomb? Spreading obesi...
by dedwrekka
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's illegal to.... dance? In the U.S.?
Replies: 68
Views: 8858

Re: Dancing is unlawful demonstration in the U.S. Memorials?

No. They chose a visible local, knew fully well that they would be arrested, and planned on it to appear to be an oppressive infringement on a right that they knew that they didn't have. They could have protested anything purposeful within a few yards of the monument and been completely in the clea...
by dedwrekka
Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused
Replies: 38
Views: 5959

Re: The world's best thermal barrier - still unused

It wouldn't be the first major technological leap that took a long time to see use because the guy who created it had issues. Judging from history, he'll eventually die, the secret will be lost, and we'll eventually come up with something better but be held back by never figuring out how it worked....
by dedwrekka
Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: It's illegal to.... dance? In the U.S.?
Replies: 68
Views: 8858

Re: Dancing is unlawful demonstration in the U.S. Memorials?

So anytime you express civil disobedience, and in this case incredibly minor,and thugs react by mindlessly enforcing stupid laws your being a dick? The Cops acted like stereotypical Cops, no interest in discussing anything just warn with no info and beat down. Arresting the swaying and kissing coup...
by dedwrekka
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lulzsec
Replies: 230
Views: 35355

Re: Lulzsec

But seriously? Don't these people have anything better to do? Have they considered watching paint dry? It achieves the same thing in the long run but doesn't annoy everyone else. Annoying you is exactly what they are trying to achieve. They would probably think your posts are very funny, because &q...
by dedwrekka
Wed Jun 15, 2011 2:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US, NZ, Sweden, others condemn "three strikes" copyright law
Replies: 15
Views: 2832

Re: US, NZ, Sweden, others condemn "three strikes" copyright

Wait, the U.S. did what? Did Cory Doctorow smack a congressman or something? I'm actually genuinely surprised that they objected to it given every previous stance they've ever taken. This, absolutely. I was thinking I the title was a misunderstanding and that the RIAA was greasing some palms for th...
by dedwrekka
Thu May 19, 2011 11:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.
Replies: 101
Views: 10865

Re: Marine serves two tours in Iraq, killed by SWAT.

Every single one of them should lose their jobs and be tried for manslaughter or accessory to same... Won't happen though; There'll be an 'Investigation' it'll be an 'accident', no specific officer will be named as responsible and they'll all retain their SWAT status and firearms priveledges. I won...
by dedwrekka
Wed May 18, 2011 7:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Debt Ceiling reached
Replies: 61
Views: 5208

Re: US Debt Ceiling reached

Heck, a great deal of our defense budget is the fact we are fighting 2 (now 3) wars, not the actual defense department/military itself. Pulling out of Afghanistan and Iraq would go a huge way to lowering the deficit. Not necessarily, once out of the middle east cut plans (such as the F-22/35 aquisi...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Computers driven mad
Replies: 9
Views: 1981

Re: Computers driven mad

This can only be a bad idea. The whole point of having intelligent computers is so they can make rational decisions where people can't be trusted to. Mad computers = irrational. Just say neurotoxin. Really, that's the whole point of having intelligent computers? Who placed that restriction on their...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 9:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congress Insults the Injured
Replies: 34
Views: 4857

Re: Congress Insults the Injured

Oregonaut wrote:Where the hell did you enlist?

The great state-nation of Texas. It was part of the "Don't answer yes to these questions or you won't be able to enlist" pre-enlistment paperwork. So not technically the enlistment paperwork itself, but part of the screening for it.
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina
Replies: 59
Views: 7176

Re: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina

But it's good that you feel safe with them. Hold on to that. Heh. There's bound to be a failure rate for both tracking weapons on otherwise law-abiding people and missing people who should have been on a watch list, and I appreciate that. But I'll stand by my trust that IF they know someone is a pe...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congress Insults the Injured
Replies: 34
Views: 4857

Re: Congress Implies 9/11 Responders Are Terrorists

I think we should require them to publicly sign a statement condemning the Communist Party and naming anyone they know or suspect has communist leanings before they receive this assistance. Sooo, just like signing up for the military then? ...No. My enlistment paperwork still asked me if I was a co...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congress Insults the Injured
Replies: 34
Views: 4857

Re: Congress Implies 9/11 Responders Are Terrorists

I can understand background checks, you want to minimize fraud with this kind of thing. But at the very least they should have had the sense to keep this part quiet. Did they not think this would be dramatically bad PR? It doesn't look like they were advertising it, but even if they intended it to ...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 9:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina
Replies: 59
Views: 7176

Re: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina

At the same time, there hasn't been an actual AQ plot in history that has been so technologically advanced that it should have escaped proper scrutiny. The enemy is using box cutters and well-sized lumps of explosives; there's no reason to suspect that we're up against SPECTER here. Given what we'v...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assaulters?
Replies: 106
Views: 11535

Re: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assault

So, this is from another article about the event, linked here "At the time she refused to cheer for the boy, he had been 'no billed' by the grand jury," Hunt said, referring to the previous grand jury's ruling that there wasn't significant evidence to warrant an indictment. "At that ...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assaulters?
Replies: 106
Views: 11535

Re: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assault

While it can be argued that the assaulter shouldn't have been allowed to participate in sports, I agree with the court here. When you are on a sports team you do what the coach says, unless it's illegal. If you partake in wrestling, and you have a female on your team, you do not complain about trai...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition
Replies: 57
Views: 5354

Re: Union Shenanigans - Grocery Edition

1) Keep Walmart out so the fruit stands and corner grocery stores can continue to avoid paying taxes and keep NYC poor! /sarcasm I don't want to reveal my sources, but the fruit stand vendors pay virtually nothing in taxes yet make fortunes. It's a cash business, with an inventory that is "pro...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex couples
Replies: 285
Views: 20301

Re: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex coup

As long as we continue to fight over the semantics of the law, the first step will never be taken. There hasn't been a shift in granting rights yet that didn't appear gradually or take time to take effect. Take the civil unions, and when they try to stop civil unions from taking place in a church o...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina
Replies: 59
Views: 7176

Re: 2 imams pulled from plane heading to North Carolina

I love the idea that the passengers were so stupid as to assume that a terrorist would dress in traditional garb. Because when I'm trying to sneak somewhere, I like to wear neon. I hope people start realizing that it doesn't take an outright racist for a large number of people to feel uncomfortable...
by dedwrekka
Mon May 09, 2011 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex couples
Replies: 285
Views: 20301

Re: Majority of Republicans support rights for same-sex coup

That 48% support no rights at all and 39% support civil unions rather than marriage is far from encouraging from where I stand. I could read this to say that "88% of Republicans oppose same-sex marriage". As long as we continue to fight over the semantics of the law, the first step will n...
by dedwrekka
Fri May 06, 2011 1:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Where was Osama bin Laden hiding?
Replies: 26
Views: 3818

Re: Where was Osama bin Laden hiding?

About half a mile from the training academy for Pakistani officers, and close by to a hospital (Osama was rumored to have kidney disease in 2001, and might have needed dialysis). This is very bad, as it is likely that at least some part of the Pakistani government knew, and was using the US's desir...
by dedwrekka
Fri May 06, 2011 1:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Saint
Replies: 162
Views: 15248

Re: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Sain

The Vatican didn't have any direct control or involvement in the cover-up, but once it was exposed the offending priests were imprisoned, excommunicated, , and many were forced to leave the church or were defrocked . Much as it was with what Ferdinand and Isabella did with their local churches, the...
by dedwrekka
Wed May 04, 2011 4:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Saint
Replies: 162
Views: 15248

Re: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Sain

Advancing the worldwide criminal organization complicit in more child abuse than any other single entity in history? When did they become a criminal organization, and when did any single organization become responsible for the acts of a very very small selection of their people? The Catholic church...
by dedwrekka
Tue May 03, 2011 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sony sucks at network security
Replies: 46
Views: 6543

Re: Sony sucks at network security

I wonder if this will have an effect on the Condor Cluster as they were using an outdated version of the PS3 software, but had otherwise followed the EULA in making it, so haven't made significant hardware or software changes (other than installing linux).
by dedwrekka
Tue May 03, 2011 9:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Saint
Replies: 162
Views: 15248

Re: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Sain

Advancing the worldwide criminal organization complicit in more child abuse than any other single entity in history? When did they become a criminal organization, and when did any single organization become responsible for the acts of a very very small selection of their people? I'm not sure what y...
by dedwrekka
Tue May 03, 2011 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Saint
Replies: 162
Views: 15248

Re: Obama one step closer to making Pope John Paul II a Sain

Advancing the worldwide criminal organization complicit in more child abuse than any other single entity in history? When did they become a criminal organization, and when did any single organization become responsible for the acts of a very very small selection of their people? The most powerful o...

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