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by Ibid
Sun Feb 19, 2012 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712932

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

Of course it would take MORE than 13 000 years, since as you mentioned the cost of iron would go up as demand went up. It's never that straight-forward though, because supply would increase to satisfy the demand. As entrepreneurs notice the price of steel rising, they'll want a piece of the pie and...
by Ibid
Sat Feb 18, 2012 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712932

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

How much would a Death Star costs? TL;DR: More money than is on Earth many times over. Their cost figures for the steel assume that prices would remain constant in a situation where we are able to extract enough of it. I guess the end result would still be "way more money than exists on the Ea...
by Ibid
Tue Feb 14, 2012 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Nah, it wasn't a joke. Wasn't familiar with that version of the acronym. I really do mix them up pretty much constantly, trying to follow both American and Canadian politics and remembering two major sources of news that start with C-hard-P is a pain.
by Ibid
Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

I'm going to guess you meant CSPAN, CPAC is the Canadian version. I mix them up all the time. Back on topic, Romney is down in Michigan, but has two weeks to go. Michigan is Romney's backyard, where his father was a very popular governor. Not a good sign. On the other hand, Romney has done very well...
by Ibid
Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 589832

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

Orienting yourself without a firm map marker using only in game directions and landmarks?

*Has a Morrowind flashback*

"NO! Not the directions! Not the direction! Oh god, I don't know what just outside Caldera means! Cliff racers, cliff racers everywhere! AAAAAAAA!"
by Ibid
Thu Feb 09, 2012 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible marriage equality law in Washington state
Replies: 23
Views: 5041

Re: Possible marriage equality law in Washington state

If you go and read the "Prop 8 declared unconstitutional" thread found conveniently on this very section of the fora, you'll see that the argument against Prop. 8 did not in fact have anything to do with rights being repealed after being applied, and everything to do with the specifics of ...
by Ibid
Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics homework problem - question
Replies: 3
Views: 942

Re: Physics homework problem - question

You're most of the way there, a couple minor fixes, which you actually almost caught yourself: The force affects ONLY the vertical velocity. Impulse is, as you noted, split into two components. The vertical (incidentally, that should be 0.002s + 0.001s in that calculation, those triangles on the gra...
by Ibid
Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712932

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

Actually my favourite part of that was that the actress had very good and clear enunciation. Meaning she was a native speaker, and you can almost hear her thinking "Holy fuckballs do I wish I didn't need the money from this so bad I'm willing to sacrifice my dignity".
by Ibid
Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Difference between positive and negative messages. "My primary concern is the middle class, those who create wealth for the rich and a safety net for the poor, not the rich and poor on their own but the majority in the middle" is a lot more positive than "I don't care about poor peopl...
by Ibid
Sun Jan 29, 2012 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 589832

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

But, but... Why did I get the option for Aggression? I followed Ralof. I openly declared that I'm a friend of the Gray-Manes. I may have been wearing Imperial armor for a while, but only because I got it off Imperials I KILLED. I think when I first talked to him I got the option for both Aggression...
by Ibid
Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 589832

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Dual Wield Bacon

But, but... Why did I get the option for Aggression? I followed Ralof. I openly declared that I'm a friend of the Gray-Manes. I may have been wearing Imperial armor for a while, but only because I got it off Imperials I KILLED. I think when I first talked to him I got the option for both Aggression...
by Ibid
Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11918

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

An object can influence your life even when it is not falling down on your head. Apart from the obvious part (scientists, engineers, ... for telescopes, mars probes, ...): There is quite some public interest in other planets. In Europe, a new mars rover gets more news(paper) articles than a new gov...
by Ibid
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SCOTUS 9-0: GPS trackers require a warrant (yay!)
Replies: 16
Views: 2942

Re: SCOTUS 9-0: GPS trackers require a warrant (yay!)

This is dragging towards the general philosophy of law, but there is an important point to be made there, in that most people when they think of these sorts of laws will immediately jump towards major crimes like murder. In the case of murder it becomes simple, we tend to allow for warrants more rea...
by Ibid
Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:58 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")
Replies: 82
Views: 11918

Re: "The Definition of Planet" (or, "The IAU is Dumb")

As long as people are making an arguement about the mass I am fine but don't say we can't learn them all when we eventually have 30. And if we have 50 or 75 or 100? Again, not everybody knows all the countries and those matter in our everyday lives. Put the names out there instead of saying "t...
by Ibid
Tue Jan 24, 2012 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017
Replies: 63
Views: 8896

Re: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017

Hell, the reason it's so complicated is that it IS developed for most reasonable contingencies, usually erring on the side of caution through redundancy. I won't say that many of the processes couldn't be optimized, but the sheer number of necessary processes and their interaction means that it will...
by Ibid
Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712932

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

The Inuit don't have a hundred words for snow. They just use a different suffix/prefix system that means that "dry snow" and "wet snow" are both the word "snow" with the adjectives added on a suffixes. If we're calling that two separate words, then they also have a hund...
by Ibid
Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017
Replies: 63
Views: 8896

Re: Possible Cancer Cure by 2017

Yes...but "magical seeming medical techniques" is one of those things that's subjective. Average age of organ failure (aka: "death by old age") has already been pushed back some 30 odd years over the course of medicine. So we DO live unnaturally long lives, if you compare us to o...
by Ibid
Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15205
Views: 2712932

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

I will! I can't play sax, but I can dress as somebody who can.
by Ibid
Thu Jan 19, 2012 12:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

EsotericWombat: Congrats! The main one I had in mind was immigration (though lower taxes is probably second). I find it interesting that the welfare capitalist Scandinavian states (and Japan) tend to have very restrictive immigration policies- which makes great sense. You don't want Greeks moving i...
by Ibid
Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?
Replies: 39
Views: 8576

Re: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?

No really. It gets complicated. The traditional rights of jurisdiction work quite oddly. If a UK person kills a U.S. person in the U.S., they will be tried under U.S. law. If a U.S. person kills a U.K. person in the U.K., they will be tried in the U.K., if a U.S. person kills a U.S. person in the U....
by Ibid
Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?
Replies: 39
Views: 8576

Re: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?

[snip] Annnnnyways, back onto ground that might actually be relevant to the current case, the U.S. retains a lot of powers regarding internet ownership due to the root servers, and as a legacy of setting the thing up in the first place. Nontheless, I'd be interested in reading the legal grounds upo...
by Ibid
Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13544

Re: Science needs a symbol

Notice how it doesn't have to be a movement to have a symbol (see the FedEx example). Although I would qualify science as a movement. Perhaps the defining movement of the past two hundred years. The worldview that things can be explained, should be explained, that decisions and statements should be ...
by Ibid
Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13544

Re: Science needs a symbol

Yeah...no. See, the thing is that you can have symbols without religion. FedEx is not a religion to anyone but Tom Hanks in Castaway. You can even have movements, with symbols, which are not religions. Gay Pride? Not a religion. Being a Democrat/Republican/Liberal/Tory/Thatcherite/whathaveyou, also ...
by Ibid
Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reigious institutions exempt from discrimination laws
Replies: 36
Views: 6217

Re: Reigious institutions exempt from discrimination laws

...I think you posted in the wrong thread[*]. Nobody was talking about spending and aggregate demand. I'll have to read the opinions before I comment on this, but I really can't imagine having the ADA not apply, particularly in cases of wrongful termination (where there has been a tacit acceptance t...
by Ibid
Wed Jan 11, 2012 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smaller US military (yay!)
Replies: 114
Views: 12987

Re: Smaller US military (yay!)

The US military could be reduced many, many times over and still be sufficient to meet the defense needs of the US & Canada by themselves. Yes, but I was only using Canada because it's the example I know best. It's more about meeting the needs of every country who has done the same thing. So in...
by Ibid
Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smaller US military (yay!)
Replies: 114
Views: 12987

Re: Smaller US military (yay!)

I still think you're underestimating the value of your military, particularly with regards to allies. Consider for example the case of "more efficient use of raw materials". You may have heard of the controversial Keystone Pipeline. Thing is, while that project isn't popular (anywhere, nea...
by Ibid
Mon Jan 09, 2012 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science needs a symbol
Replies: 83
Views: 13544

Re: Science needs a symbol

I'm in support of E=mc^2, or the atom symbol, or a beaker. Why? Because it's already the recognized symbol of science. If you go type in "science" into google images, you'll get a bunch of atom symbols, type in scientist and it's a bunch of guys in lab coats holding beakers (the lab coat c...
by Ibid
Mon Jan 09, 2012 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape
Replies: 42
Views: 8238

Re: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape

Likely not. The definition seems to be heavily weighted to the idea of non-consensual penetration being rape (of either the one penetrated or the penetrator). Handjobs would like fall under sexual assault. And I can see the logic in that, people don't identify their hands as a private and wholly own...
by Ibid
Mon Jan 09, 2012 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

The national Republican party has made it a priority to deny the right to vote to poor, black, and young voters on the basis of ballot integrity, and has not made it a priority to fix the very real problems with its handling of elections in Iowa. Pointing that out isn't a cheap trick. But yeah, I c...
by Ibid
Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Wonderful, and I'll agree that maybe in a general discussion of Republican versus Democrat, that would be an important distinction. But here? In a thread about the republican primary? It's a "let's take this off where I can bash the entire party" move. If I want to discuss the Republicans ...
by Ibid
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

See, I understand from a purely philosophical point of view that we should fix it, and I understand the importance of respecting the democratic process, but in this case it really, really has no effect. We did the part that would be applicable to the general election (that is, it was monitored and t...
by Ibid
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Yeah, see I know that was supposed to be sarcastic, but yes that is exactly what we are saying.

Thing is, remember the old adage "Pick your battles"? If it's completely and utterly irrelevant, and would just create a massive charlie foxtrot to fix, why fix it?
by Ibid
Sun Jan 08, 2012 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 311294

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

Or for a less "assume everyone involved is the definition of evil" version, we could assume that nobody is making a big deal of it because fighting a clean primary while your opponent gets to sit back and build his case with no opposition is hard enough, and it would be nigh impossible for...
by Ibid
Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape
Replies: 42
Views: 8238

Re: U.S. broadens archaic definition of rape

Are we classifying wedgies as rape now? A wedgie would have to be pretty powerful atomic to penetrate either the anus or vagina, let alone the oral cavity. http://zs1.smbc-comics.com/comics/20080809.gif Anyways, while this isn't changing court rulings, this is a nice step in the right direction as ...
by Ibid
Sat Jan 07, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smaller US military (yay!)
Replies: 114
Views: 12987

Re: Smaller US military (yay!)

I feel perhaps many of you have missed much of the point of the enormous U.S. expenditure. If it were purely about being able to beat people's faces in, then yes it is wildly outgrown. But it isn't. Much of the use comes not from the fact that the U.S. can punch whoever it likes in the face, but tha...
by Ibid
Fri Jan 06, 2012 3:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Smaller US military (yay!)
Replies: 114
Views: 12987

Re: Smaller US military (yay!)

Counter-point, Europe was very well integrated by trade during La Belle Epoque (~1900-1914) and then some dipshit shot a Duke. Rome and Carthage were both massive traders in the Mediterranean, including with each other, but much like highlanders, there could be only one. Japan invaded all it's major...
by Ibid
Wed Dec 21, 2011 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted
Replies: 43
Views: 6695

Re: Starting a Democracy; Idiots Wanted

[quote=]Couple that with the fact that the official opposition in Canada has scads of MP's who ran for the first time and won, including one woman was was out of the country on vacation, and didn't campaign (and won anyways), and you can perhaps understand why I think politicians are mostly useless ...
by Ibid
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Putin's United Russia Barely Wins Duma Majority
Replies: 40
Views: 6898

Re: Putin's United Russia Fails to Win Duma Majority

Not a poll, an election. Much larger N, smaller error bars. Nonetheless United Russia will maintain a majority of the Duma seats.
by Ibid
Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Curious thing about thread creation
Replies: 31
Views: 4649

Re: Curious thing about thread creation

Can I have one without the kittens and rainbows? On second thought, forget the blackjack too. Ah forget the whole thing. *things that aren't tired recitations of classic lines* I must admit from my (admittedly limited) time here I prefer this method of organisation (the longer threads, not the bribe...

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