Search found 1339 matches

by Coyne
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 490102

Re: The Darker Side of the News

sardia wrote:The moron was voted out of office, but China is backing his brother to run for office.


Hmmmmmmm. Must need another moron for the next stage of the plan.

Oh, and yes, they probably did plan it, just like the US plans its economic hits.
by Coyne
Tue Jun 26, 2018 2:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 644379

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I dreamed my car had a flat. I had two jacks, one that would lift the front, one that would lift the back. After the car was jacked up, I lifted the trunk floor to expose a third jack, a big one, that would have lifted a truck. Under that jack, there were four spare tires, two for the front, two for...
by Coyne
Mon Jun 18, 2018 1:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1432735

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

If I recall an article correctly, CBP also counts international airports as foreign borders. So, for example, a hundred miles around Denver International. I'm surprised that they haven't tried to argue that outer space is an "external boundary", thereby extending the border zone to the wh...
by Coyne
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1432735

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

If I recall an article correctly, CBP also counts international airports as foreign borders. So, for example, a hundred miles around Denver International.
by Coyne
Sun Jun 17, 2018 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

Bobcat are a medium size animal. Bigger than a house cat. This is the First Time I've heard of one attacking a human. Not the first time I've heard of it. Family story. My grandfather was out riding horseback and came upon a bobcat sitting on a post. Evidently being insane, (such a comfort, proof o...
by Coyne
Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

The solar roads initiative has one huge potential advantage that keeps it going and going and going, like the Energizer Bunny. That idea is government dollars for massive Highway projects. It doesn't have to be smart to be a good boondoggle for extracting them tax dollars. ETA I mean, really, this i...
by Coyne
Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2065
Views: 621979

Re: Something on Youtube

by Coyne
Fri Jun 01, 2018 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1432735

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Even 16.67% is quite a big thing.
by Coyne
Sat May 26, 2018 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 490102

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I agree with you about scatterplots that look like that. Bugs the daylights out of me when they come up with a linear regression on something like that.

But, "Rexthor, the Dog Bearer?" Looks like, "Waiter, the Soup-Spiller" to me.
by Coyne
Sat May 26, 2018 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 490102

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Sableagle wrote:It's sort of a neat little graph if you cut off everything below the label on the vertical axis.


You might try it log scale on both axes, but I suspect it wouldn't be nearly as impressive.
by Coyne
Fri May 25, 2018 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1798
Views: 275134

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

I've kept out of this, mostly because of the walls of text. But in reality I've been surprised that every automatic car hasn't killed somebody, at some point in time. I suspect bias. Specifically, I suspect that most of the car companies are testing when conditions are fair or better. These conditio...
by Coyne
Tue May 22, 2018 9:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

Yablo wrote:...town called Terminus is worried about a zombie apocalypse.

I'm all disappointed now. I was thinking planet Terminus and zombies, you know, Foundation series.
by Coyne
Tue May 22, 2018 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 644379

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

I dreamed that I was a developer buying up a whole bunch of depressed area houses so that I could redevelop the area. I hired myself to take pictures of the inside of all of the houses, not sure why, but it seem to have something to do with proving that I actually improved the area after I rebuilt it.
by Coyne
Tue May 22, 2018 12:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 884310

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Doesn't sound like they had grounds to arrest him. But the parole situation magnified the effect of the unnecessary arrest by orders of magnitude. They had a complainant and a complaint. Doesn't have to be a good complaint, just a complaint. It could be argued that they should have used their own c...
by Coyne
Mon May 21, 2018 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 884310

Re: Police misbehavior thread

According to the article the article referenced, he was released in February of 2016, or 2015 or whatever. In Boston... He was in jail from November 2015 to February 2016. ETA: The thing is, it is not only the police who misbehave... Before the Law Prestia said, “The million-dollar question is: Whe...
by Coyne
Sun May 20, 2018 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

Change-of-address scam moved UPS corporate headquarters to tiny Rogers Park apartment, feds say Federal court papers unsealed last week revealed an astonishing but ultimately bungled scheme to file a change-of-address form claiming that shipping giant United Parcel Service had moved its headquarter...
by Coyne
Sun May 20, 2018 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 884310

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Yes, I was being sarcastic. Because there sure didn't seem to be much urgency about getting this homeless man out of jail. He's probably out now only because the Court inquired as to the status of the case. It would not surprise me a bit if the money was determined to be valid quite some time before...
by Coyne
Sun May 20, 2018 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 884310

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Black homeless man trying to buy food with a $10 bill? Apparently that warrants three months in jail waiting for the secret service to determine whether it is counterfeit or not. Turns out it was not. https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/05/how-long-does-it-take-to-figure-out-if-a-ten-dollar...
by Coyne
Thu May 17, 2018 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 490102

Re: The Darker Side of the News

ObsessoMom wrote:Well, that's not good:

Mysterious rise in banned ozone-destroying chemical shocks scientists
CFCs have been outlawed for years but researchers have detected new production somewhere in east Asia.


Sounds like Professor Chaos and General Disarray have struck again.
by Coyne
Tue May 15, 2018 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.
Replies: 8640
Views: 1558834

Re: ITT: We make xkcd slightly worse.

1986

Image

Alt text: Now, after we get it back to the original course, how gradually do we need to move it back so the state line will follow it properly?

OTT-style redundant
Spoiler:
xkcd 1986 fix nebraska.png
by Coyne
Mon May 14, 2018 4:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Something on Youtube
Replies: 2065
Views: 621979

Re: Something on Youtube

by Coyne
Tue May 08, 2018 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

Humorous news: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-44005284 (I got 9/10, rather proudly, only failing with the baltic states question where I dithered the wrong way between the right answer and the one I chose.) I got the same result for the same reason. Proved I was a typical American I guess. 8 of...
by Coyne
Mon May 07, 2018 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 884310

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The part I "enjoyed" was the automatic presumption that the customer was a shoplifter. The cop knew he was getting change (told him to take it) so obviously he bought something, but obviously he didn't buy the Mentos he stuck in his pocket. He's so certain that when the cashier tells him t...
by Coyne
Sat May 05, 2018 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 490102

Re: The Darker Side of the News

addams wrote:Once upon a Time I lived up the Mountain from there.
We slept well at night knowing the Hot Spot was south of us.


Well, there is overconfidence for you. If you live on that island the hotspot is beneath your feet. (Though, yes, it does tend to leak out only at certain spots.)
by Coyne
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 644379

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

According to my dream, Microsoft Windows has a flag you can set in order to exclude unwanted Klingons.
by Coyne
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 490102

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Yeah, I get why countries have to be careful about produce crossing borders, but is it necessary to be an asshole about it? Absolutely. But only if it's being brought in by an individual. If it's a company, they can bring anything. That's why we have so many recent problems with imported plants, cr...
by Coyne
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3340
Views: 644379

Re: Sleep-time holodeck experiences

The first part of the dream involved the creation of a chunk of ice. A ditch with 45 degree walls was filled with water to a depth of 18 in. The bottom ranged from 18 to 36 inches wide. When it was full of water, the woman wizardess, who was Nicole Kidman, touched the surface of the water with a fin...
by Coyne
Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

Liri wrote:Maybe the cashier putting in the order entered the PLU code instead of the price.

Or maybe failed to enter between prices 9.30 and .11.

When you really get an amazing price is when they enter the UPC in the price field, yielding something like $4,710,160,012.00.
by Coyne
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:33 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1432735

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

You are right, I was using the wrong multipliers in my calculation. That's the problem with thought problems, you have to think...and I am obviously thought-challenged.
by Coyne
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1432735

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

But, if we did 5760, we'd have to find/make a new chain, and that's just such a pain... Add... If we chopped 2 feet off the chain, it would be 64 feet, so Acres would be 90 x 900, 81000 square feet. If we tacked on 6 feet, it would be 72 feet, and Acres would be 80 x 800, 64000 square feet. Okay, I ...
by Coyne
Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1432735

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

Sorry, but there is no excuse for having 11 as a factor for the number of feet/yards in a mile. It's nonsensical. Well, maybe not to divide by 11 per se. But what about dividing by 440, just for example? If you want to divide by 440, there has to be an 11 factor in there somewhere. And it's a good ...
by Coyne
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)
Replies: 13396
Views: 1432735

Re: Lucky Ten Thousand (TIL)

TIL that the clove, an old English unit of weight, was equal to eight pounds when measuring cheese. Somehow I, and probably you as well, have survived this long without knowing that. So, let's see, that means there would be 14 clove in a Dutch cask ...and also that there would be 21 1/3 clove in a ...
by Coyne
Wed Apr 18, 2018 3:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

Soupspoon wrote:Be careful skipping over the critiques. They're a potential tripping hazard, especially as they're only ankle high and installed right next to the knee-high 'guard rails' by the buckets full of ebola.

The critiques bite ankles, too.
by Coyne
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

CorruptUser wrote:It is a trick question. It turns out the penny is an octopus in disguise. Don't fall for it!


They don't need to be octopuses in disguise, pennies can kill you on their own.
by Coyne
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

I suspect that is true because most people see bears as dangerous, and moose...not. Which is an incorrect assumption. I'm really not sure how someone looks at a moose and doesn't realize it could kill them. A moose is what happens when bears and deer mate. +1 I mean, anything with a large array of ...
by Coyne
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

Moose are actually quite dangerous. They attack humans far more frequently than bears, for example (though moose are generally less likely to kill you, they can still deal a lot of damage). It's also apparently a bad idea to hit one with your car. I suspect that is true because most people see bear...
by Coyne
Tue Apr 10, 2018 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14762
Views: 2217502

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

And the moral of the story is, don't go around kicking mooses (meese?). Also TIL a moose is a kind of cow. Makes sense if you imagine them without the antlers. The plural of moose is also moose. And a female moose is a called a cow while a male moose is called a bull (like in a lot of other ungulat...
by Coyne
Sat Apr 07, 2018 11:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3825
Views: 490102

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I had a nightmare last night (for real, I thought about reporting it in Sleepy-Time Holodeck, but it's not really fodder for that) that mass shootings, sometimes more than one, were happening every day. It got so bad that, despite the screams of outrage, the Second Amendment was repealed. Then I fou...
by Coyne
Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6248
Views: 884310

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Tyndmyr wrote:This is a valve and a small bent pipe, not even really in a gun like shape, unless one is very imaginative.


Hey, any port shape in a storm.

Dr34m(4+(h3r wrote:I pointed a knife at a couple of police officers the other day to try to get them to kill me and they didn't even arrest me.


Sanity check needed.

Go to advanced search