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by nitePhyyre
Tue Jul 14, 2015 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1551: "Pluto"
Replies: 39
Views: 9525

Re: 1551: "Pluto"

I LOL'd at 'Jpeg PLumes'.
by nitePhyyre
Mon Jul 13, 2015 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1550: "Episode VII"
Replies: 60
Views: 11283

Re: 1550: "Episode VII"

4) Lucas's official answer - techno-babble: "hey chewie, watch me BS these yokels, he he ..." i like this best, it actually fits with Han's personality and the stupid look on Luke's face. Only Obi-Wan should have called him out on it, unless he was holding back. Don't forget, Obi-Wan was ...
by nitePhyyre
Fri Aug 29, 2014 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1414: "Writing Skills"
Replies: 86
Views: 20188

Re: 1414: "Writing Skills"

Good point, Randall!
by nitePhyyre
Fri Jul 11, 2014 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630516

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

More than once , in fact. That said, MAD also kept the cold war cold. Did you read the links I posted? The cold war only stayed cold by the barest of samples. So to test the hypothesis "MAD kept the world safe" we have a sample size of 1, and in that sample things came about as close to g...
by nitePhyyre
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 548766

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

The problem with the event you are bringing up is that Hamas did nothing to prevent rocket fire from Gaza, and Israel, not surprisingly, responded to the rocket fire. But sure, Israel 'broke the ceasefire with Hamas'. Because if you have a peace accord with your neighbor, and his friends keep comin...
by nitePhyyre
Thu Jul 10, 2014 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4577
Views: 701502

Re: The Darker Side of the News

It is not the policy of the Manassas City Police or the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office to authorize invasive search procedures of suspects in cases of this nature and no such procedures have been conducted in this case. Beyond that, neither the Police Department nor the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Of...
by nitePhyyre
Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630516

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

I think it's a very good idea to ban utility companies from shutting down their service, except in the most extreme of cases. But you do need a good legal framework if you do that. There needs to be a reliable and relatively cheap way for utility companies to go after non-payers, to force them to p...
by nitePhyyre
Thu Jul 03, 2014 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: X-Men: Future Days of Past
Replies: 82
Views: 23293

Re: X-Men: Future Days of Past

Maybe, but even if you take the idea that Neanderthals and Sapiens were different species from a common ancestor, it still doesn't make Mutants separate from Sapiens - if my parents are Humans and I am a Mutant (and my children are Mutants) then their DNA is still living on in me - I'm not a new sp...
by nitePhyyre
Wed Jun 25, 2014 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 46577

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

To the people talking about different statistical averages (mean, median, mode), yeah, others have already pointed out that intelligence follows a normal distribution, so mean and median should be about the same. Is that true? So far I've seen people in this thread saying "Surely intelligence ...
by nitePhyyre
Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1386: "People are Stupid"
Replies: 256
Views: 46577

Re: 1386: "People are Stupid"

I would like rebut today's comic with this: http://lolbot.net/pix/22180.jpeg I can prove that people are stupid. Women need to have at least 2 kids on average that manage to reproduce. Otherwise the population shrinks and we eventually die out, either in a slow group-suicide where the country simply...
by nitePhyyre
Sat Jun 07, 2014 5:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rat Park: A story of drugs and addiction
Replies: 46
Views: 10714

Re: Rat Park: A story of drugs and addiction

do not forget that you cannot quit eating cold turkey. thats one of the difficulties with eating disorders. Sure you can. Not having food is the reason our bodies store fat! Or you can always try Soylent. Apparently, many people are turning to it for just that reason. It makes a lot of sense. I mig...
by nitePhyyre
Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 12-yo girls stab friend 19X to impress Slenderman (meme)
Replies: 44
Views: 16654

Re: 12-yo girls stab friend 19X to impress Slenderman (meme)

That is a meaningless statement. It's like saying car accidents aren't as lethal as one might think; statistically it's true, but it misses the point. A whole lot of knife wounds aren't lethal because of their location; but just one in the right location can kill you. She was stabbed near the heart...
by nitePhyyre
Fri Jun 06, 2014 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Taliban Releases US POW
Replies: 196
Views: 27389

Re: Taliban Releases US POW

When two armed forces confront each other, whether its natives vs colonists, foreign troops vs rebels, or what have you, the smart thing is to use neutral terms for comparable actions on either side. Abusing language to reflect your dehumanization of your enemies or to cast your, very similar, beha...
by nitePhyyre
Fri Jun 06, 2014 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 12-yo girls stab friend 19X to impress Slenderman (meme)
Replies: 44
Views: 16654

Re: 12-yo girls stab friend 19X to impress Slenderman (meme)

"Young people can't make decisions at an adult level, so they shouldn't be beholden to the same types of consequences as the adults who are supposed to be supervising them and keeping them from doing heinous things" "Okay but what if they do something that really outrages us and piss...
by nitePhyyre
Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: X-Men: Future Days of Past
Replies: 82
Views: 23293

Re: X-Men: Future Days of Past

The speeds he was going in the kitchen scene had to be at the higher ends of relativistic speeds. I haven't seen the film. Are you sure he was moving that fast? The scene was about 2 minutes long I'd say. Bullets traveled about 3-5 meters I'd say in that time. He's right. Now that he's mentioned it...
by nitePhyyre
Fri May 30, 2014 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: X-Men: Future Days of Past
Replies: 82
Views: 23293

Re: X-Men: Future Days of Past

While I enjoyed the movie, I never really bought in to the premise. The sentinals simply aren't powerful enough to be an existential threat. Even with the ability to alter themselves, I'm just not buying it. Being able to turn yourself into fire to fight an ice guy, or turn yourself into ice to to f...
by nitePhyyre
Thu May 29, 2014 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Solar Road Ways
Replies: 82
Views: 14502

Re: Solar Road Ways

Let's run some ridiculously optimistic numbers. Let's consider 1 inch snow water equivalent over a lane-mile of road as snow at freezing. Using a 12 ft lane width, that works out to just about 1.5e5 kg of snow. Given a latent heat of 334 kJ/kg, this would require 5e7 kJ = 1.4e4 kWh of energy to mel...
by nitePhyyre
Tue May 27, 2014 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Solar Road Ways
Replies: 82
Views: 14502

Re: Solar Road Ways

Also, plows would tear those things up. I know that where I live, if a plow passes through, it is a sure bet the blade will get caught on a crack or something that was sticking up and just tear out a new pot hole. I am imagining snowbanks just loaded with road tiles. Except that you wouldn't need t...
by nitePhyyre
Thu May 22, 2014 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaWorld Killer Whale Trainer Responds to 'Blackfish'.
Replies: 101
Views: 14400

Re: SeaWorld Killer Whale Trainer Responds to 'Blackfish'.

I'll accept your clarification that you did not, in fact, mean dog breeding as a general concept, and apparently only meant puppy mills, but to be fair you did a piss poor job of communicating it. I did not only mean puppymills; I was only clarifying that I said nothing about training and domestica...
by nitePhyyre
Thu May 15, 2014 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google loses privacy case
Replies: 79
Views: 17384

Re: Google loses privacy case

How much clout does google actually have? I've always wondered what would happen if, when in a situation like this, Google just said "fine Spain, you're on your own. Have fun without us." No google search, no maps, no gmail, etc. Cut them off. Do enough people rely on Google that they woul...
by nitePhyyre
Wed May 14, 2014 3:36 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: Cutting off a finger
Replies: 31
Views: 19209

Re: Cutting off a finger

The number of times that I realized I had cut myself from the pain response first, I could probably count on one hand. I see what you did there... I have to concur about the pain response thing. One time I grabbed a pan straight out of the stove. Hearing my skin start to sizzle was what made me rea...
by nitePhyyre
Tue May 13, 2014 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Net Neutrality' Struck Down
Replies: 195
Views: 36672

Re: 'Net Neutrality' Struck Down

Ah, its a metered connection. I'd blow through that 100gb limit in a heartbeat. :D 250gb would probably be enough, but then there aren't much cost savings. You have a 5 mpbs connection and you'd blow through 100 GB (you wrote gb but I assume you mean GB since I've never heard of datalimits being ex...
by nitePhyyre
Mon May 12, 2014 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 158888

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

EMTP wrote:It's a lot harder to predict people's actions when they behave irrationally.
Which is everyone all the time. :evil:
by nitePhyyre
Mon May 12, 2014 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Net Neutrality' Struck Down
Replies: 195
Views: 36672

Re: 'Net Neutrality' Struck Down

It doesn't confuse laymen into thinking they are getting 8 times the speed because the layperson has no reference frame. Speed is speed. Storage is storage, never the twain shall meet. There is never a comparison between bits and bytes. It is like complaining that your gas tank is in gallons while ...
by nitePhyyre
Mon May 12, 2014 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Net Neutrality' Struck Down
Replies: 195
Views: 36672

Re: 'Net Neutrality' Struck Down

Up here in Montreal, I pay around $50/month for 20Mbit down, 10 Mbit up internet. My cable TV is about $60/month. Only one company owns the cable lines themselves though. That's the company I use for the TV. However, the internet is through a third party that uses the other company's lines. And is ...
by nitePhyyre
Thu Apr 24, 2014 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 12672

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

What is that chart saying?
by nitePhyyre
Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrow
Replies: 16
Views: 8410

Re: Arrow

Ok, so there's only two posts, so I doubt anyone watches this, but if anyone saw this week's episode does the sub plot with the company stocks make any sense? They still have a majority of stocks, but some how they are diluted to worthlessness.
by nitePhyyre
Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1356: Orbital Mechanics
Replies: 36
Views: 13558

Re: 1356: Orbital Mechanics

chris857 wrote:And the best other parts? You can learn about racecar driving, flying, submarining, boating, reciprocating engines, carnival rides, and general craziness.
Holy fucking shit that is awesome.
by nitePhyyre
Thu Apr 17, 2014 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630516

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

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/04/portland_will_flush_38_million.html City flushes 38 million gallons of water because one person peed in it... imagine how often they would have to flush the water if they found out what animals did in it! People would die of thirst. Yeah... this ...
by nitePhyyre
Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 12672

Re: The United States is an Oligarchy

http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/cces/data

I get how you could have missed it. It is the second google result for 2011 congressional cooperative election study. I mean who goes all the way down to the second google result?
by nitePhyyre
Wed Apr 16, 2014 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The United States is an Oligarchy
Replies: 68
Views: 12672

The United States is an Oligarchy

According to a study by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern universities The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country's citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful ...The positions of powerful interest groups are "not substantial...
by nitePhyyre
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NATO
Replies: 39
Views: 7589

Re: A former leftwing radical has been appointed to lead NAT

He’s also a weak leader in the sense that he not very pragmatic, which is quite obvious in Norway where his policies have resulted in a terrible mess such as, rampant out of control crime , asylum and immigration policies that are a complete joke, infrastructure and hospitals that are totally unequ...
by nitePhyyre
Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630516

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

I expected that sentence to finish with 'bitten by alligator'. But then BOOM you mix it up with a snake. I did not see that one coming.
by nitePhyyre
Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years
Replies: 47
Views: 9476

Re: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years

I don't disagree with the overall point! I just figured why let KE be mostly right and a little bit wrong, when with a simple correction he can be totally right?
by nitePhyyre
Sun Apr 13, 2014 5:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Drop-Dropbox movement: Condoleezza Rice appointed to Board
Replies: 19
Views: 4031

Re: Drop-Dropbox movement: Condoleezza Rice appointed to Boa

Mozilla is actively, currently violating the human rights of...who, now? Rice is actively, currently engaged in warfare against... who, now? 25 people were killed by car bombs mortars in Baghdad only this week. But of course, the war's over, it's not a problem any more. And there was about 80 peopl...
by nitePhyyre
Sun Apr 13, 2014 4:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years
Replies: 47
Views: 9476

Re: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years

@KE You seem to be confusing the terms blackhats and black ops . It takes a Black Hat to support black ops. For a concrete case, Israel has been spotted using these techniques. Israeli "Stealth" is simply DOSing the radar installations of Syria . Black Hat hackers in support of Black Ops ...
by nitePhyyre
Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years
Replies: 47
Views: 9476

Re: NSA Knew About, Exploit Heartbleed For Years

@KE You seem to be confusing the terms blackhats and black ops.
by nitePhyyre
Sat Apr 12, 2014 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630516

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

yurell wrote:
eSOANEM wrote:I'd have concerns about whether someone undergoing a manic episode was properly able to consent.
Yeah, it sounded a little 'rape-y' to me
Huh? I don't follow...
by nitePhyyre
Sat Apr 12, 2014 3:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Poland Grants Pastafarians Right to Register As a Religion
Replies: 7
Views: 3353

Re: Poland Grants Pastafarians Right to Register As a Religi

Scientology was a parody that forgot the joke. It's unclear whether L Ron started believing his nonsense, realized what was going on but found out too late to escape, or actively intended to create the horror that we know today. Not so sure about Mormonism. It was founded by a convicted con artist ...
by nitePhyyre
Fri Apr 11, 2014 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Supreme Court - Brought to you by Koch Industries
Replies: 84
Views: 12786

Re: US Supreme Court - Brought to you by Koch Industries

I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon law and upon courts. These are false hopes, believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, n...

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