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by elasto
Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:59 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2170: Coordinate Precision
Replies: 70
Views: 3577

Re: 2170: Coordinate Precision

It's the last ten digits of the final longitude and latitude: they are right at the start of e and pi.
by elasto
Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 381
Views: 59394

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

And if you agree that teachers should be paid more even though it is already possible to hire enough teachers, why doesn't that apply to other public positions? Many who go into teaching are great, but many who would be the cream of the crop go elsewhere. Because teaching is so vital to our nations...
by elasto
Sun Jun 16, 2019 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 381
Views: 59394

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

Teaching in particular pays much better if you take a public job than a private one. It's the other way around in the UK. Nevertheless, there is a shortage of highly qualified teachers, because they are paid so poorly for their level of qualification. And I understand your point, but after elementa...
by elasto
Fri Jun 14, 2019 1:17 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science fleeting thoughts
Replies: 381
Views: 59394

Re: Science fleeting thoughts

The thing that surprises me more is not that they are allowed to take up a few ounces of stuff but that astronauts are paid virtually nothing for actually going to space, which is by orders of magnitude the most difficult and dangerous thing they have to do. You get paid the same amount just for tr...
by elasto
Thu Jun 13, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2445

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

I just don't think it's common in mainstream media where you don't get serious discourse on left-wing politics. That might explain it then. I don't really engage in political discourse online at all apart from here. When I do it's usually high-brow arenas where maybe 'leftism' is a bit too broad an...
by elasto
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2445

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

Whatever your circles, "leftism" is about 8x more common than "rightism" and "leftist" is about 4x more common than "rightist", according to Google Books ngrams. Ok. It's probably an Americanism then I guess. I agree with Edgar then: I think the equivalent um...
by elasto
Tue Jun 11, 2019 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: "tricky" factoring problem
Replies: 20
Views: 3311

Re: "tricky" factoring problem

[ninja'd but posting anyway] instead of factoring "by trail and error" you should teach the kids the quadratic formula. A*x^2 +B*x +C = 0 x = (-B+/-sqrt(B^2 -4*A*C))/(2*A) it works for all quadratics, and gives the two solutions for x. While that's the general solution, and will surely be ...
by elasto
Sat Jun 08, 2019 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2445

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

When has this ever not been the case? It seems that the right has always been a coalition of opportunists, and the left has always been a loose group of people who want to tear down the system but disagree on how to do it. Part of the issue on the left is that whenever the left try to form a coalit...
by elasto
Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2445

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

I think that's true in today's politics, and I think that's because many of the current crop of right-wingers value power over ideological purity - pragmatically feeling that it doesn't matter what you believe if you can't carry it out - whereas many of the current crop on the left value ideological...
by elasto
Fri Jun 07, 2019 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139139

Re: Police misbehavior thread

But it’s their acceptance of risk that underlies the whole “I shot because I was afraid for my life!” defense. To say that you are so afraid of people walking around while black that you must shoot them on sight, but you are also so afraid of an actual bad guy being bad that you have to run away on...
by elasto
Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?
Replies: 24
Views: 2445

Re: Why isn't "rightism" a thing?

I see conservatives and other right-wing people on the internet talking about "leftism" all the time, rather than say liberalism or progressivism or what have you. But nobody ever seems to talk about "rightism". Why is that? Might be the circles you move in (or I don't move in)....
by elasto
Fri Jun 07, 2019 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139139

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm skeptical of legally compelling people to run toward gunfire. It's not that I don't agree with the parent's sentiment that he should rot in hell, it's just that I question the efficacy. A person hears gunfire and panics. Does the threat of a few years in prison for negligence affect their decis...
by elasto
Fri May 31, 2019 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

IE, the problem is your system is already irreversibly politicized. It's too late. Yes, the political system is irreversibly politicised. I'm trying to avoid the judiciary getting dragged down too. I can see how that works out in the US and it's awful . The answer to politics is more politics. Alwa...
by elasto
Fri May 31, 2019 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

So you're arguing that the reason you can't have judges hold politicians accountable for fraud is because the politicians will overthrow the judicial system to prevent them from holding them accountable for fraud? Huh? When your president appoints a judge to SCOTUS, do you regard that as 'a politic...
by elasto
Fri May 31, 2019 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

ETA: The whole "we can't politicize judges!" argument is particularly infuriating, here. Being impartial and unbiased is a judge's fundamental job . If that's true, why is one of the biggest reasons to try to get your guy elected as president the fact that he gets to appoint his choice of...
by elasto
Fri May 31, 2019 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Yes, exactly. It was only a decade or two ago that politicians over here would resign after being caught telling a lie - sometimes immediately, but often they'd resign (or get pushed) after a week or so on the pretext of 'I did nothing wrong but the issue is becoming a distraction to the day to day ...
by elasto
Thu May 30, 2019 9:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

- BoJo's was an untrue fact , which he probably knew at the time to be untrue, but certainly knew that once he'd been told repeatedly, including by the ONS, that it wasn't true and that he should stop saying it. - Corbyn's was an untrue anecdatum . People should in any case be educated about the di...
by elasto
Wed May 29, 2019 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

We're not talking about making up frivolous lawsuits in order to occupy a person's time. I have no issues with criminals being punished under criminal law. Nor do I. If the police had chosen to charge BoJo with a crime then so be it. I just think the social consequences of people bringing private c...
by elasto
Wed May 29, 2019 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I mean of course it's politically-motivated. It's politics! These people have an agenda! There's nothing wrong with that It's a dark, dark road we go down if we start using the criminal court as a routine weapon of politics. The US is a way down that road and it aint pretty. Remember the attacks on...
by elasto
Wed May 29, 2019 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Maybe I'm just in a pessimistic mood but I fear it will only aid his cause. It'll be seen as politically motivated and voters currently on the fence might just lean more towards him as yet another two-fingers to 'the man'...
by elasto
Sun May 26, 2019 2:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I can't see anyone but a strident leaver winning the post. Amusingly, one poll last month had Farage as second favourite after Johnson which I'm not even sure is constitutionally valid :D With both parties moving to such extremes, the next general election surely has to be a golden chance for the Li...
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 4029

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

The math says the physical object remains 3D when in superposition. So the only avenue left is spacetime. In math, it is waves, in reality, it has lost a dimension. Something that that has lost a dimension is crazy. So it's superposition that you really take issue with, not uncertainty? Because the...
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 4029

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

It's not that it's complex, it's that it's arbitrary.

There's a billion ways matter 'disconnecting from spacetime' could look nothing like waves. You haven't given a reason why it would do so.
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 4029

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

obviously, matter disconnected from spacetime is seen to us as math waves. But why? There are countless other things matter disconnected from spacetime could look like. It's a little like the argument against the earth being young. A scientist might say 'if the earth is actually young, how come we ...
by elasto
Sat May 25, 2019 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 4029

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

Surely you don't believe matter goes through both slits of the double slit experiment? The math says waves ..I say it's temporary disconnected from spacetime. It's less that 'the math says waves', and more that the experiments do. QED has been shown to be accurate to within about 10 -8 If you want ...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Negative Quantum Space-Time
Replies: 83
Views: 4029

Re: Negative Quantum Space-Time

@PittsburghJoe: 3blue1brown also did a video on the uncertainty principle, again showing that it applies to everyday, normal, non-QM waves. He talks through sound waves (time vs frequency), Doppler radar (distance vs velocity) and then QM (position vs momentum). As Pfhorrest says, the weird bit is t...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

The truth most likely is that a no deal Brexit will have far less of an effect on the average person than the general (mis)management of the economy by the government of the day - ie. how the future government handles the housing crisis, the mental/social care crisis, the rollout/rollback of Univers...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 2:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8717
Views: 891697

Re: Trump presidency

And; Today our creepy Cheeto Chief goes on 'strike' because he does;t like Congressional Oversight. Yeah well you can't call somebody a criminal and then 5 minutes later sit down with him to discuss road infrastructure plans as if nothing's the matter. It's called serving your country. It's called ...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 1:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

Prime Minister Boris... Ho hum. But, yeah, I think he's a shoe-in... I still remember him from HIGNY days, thinking he was a pretty lovable buffoon. Clowns are great at childrens' parties; Not so much fun for leading us through the biggest constitutional shake-up in decades and trade negotiations wi...
by elasto
Fri May 24, 2019 8:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]
Replies: 1475
Views: 255425

Re: British EU referendum in June [update: Leave wins 52% - 48%, politics ensue]

I'm hoping that a court case comes from this. Would be brilliant if the judges said 'redo the EU election because you failed to uphold the requirements of a democracy.' If a second referendum occurs I'm not sure it would be good PR for EU elections to be redone, especially if it's European judges o...
by elasto
Wed May 22, 2019 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139139

Re: Police misbehavior thread

cphite wrote:I think it was definitely wrong... but not necessarily illegal.

Wrong, but not wrong enough to get fired over apparently...

Is the US so desperately short of qualified candidates that they couldn't do better than him..?
by elasto
Tue May 21, 2019 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139139

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I mean, that's clearly awful, but from a legal standpoint -- if it was the gunshots that killed him -- I can't imagine it's a criminal act. That's shocking. The police should have a clear legal duty to try to save a person's life once they have been neutralised as a threat. (And I'm not saying he c...
by elasto
Tue May 21, 2019 6:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139139

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm surprised (or am I?) that police officers in the US can just decide to throw on their uniform whenever and basically act as vigilantes in the middle of the night. Agreed. Surely it violates protocol to be patrolling alone also? But, from a strictly legal point of view, if Hill was legitimately ...
by elasto
Wed May 15, 2019 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: faulty logic?
Replies: 6
Views: 1408

Re: faulty logic?

Note that you could use this same logic to 'prove' that the diagonal of a unit square is of length 2... I looked up layman's refutations of pi=4, and the most succinct seemed to me to be: Of course, the circumference is not approximated by the sum of lengths of the lines constructed as shown, but by...
by elasto
Wed May 15, 2019 11:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4630
Views: 724481

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Ah.

Sadly I can't read Time's article on bans as Time bans banning ads.
by elasto
Wed May 15, 2019 11:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4630
Views: 724481

Re: The Darker Side of the News

What is up with that last line in the article? “Wikipedia is also blocked in Turkey”. No commentary nothing just end the article with that one line. I guess it's because that's two year old news (though it was news to me): On 29 April 2017, Turkish authorities blocked online access to all language ...
by elasto
Sun May 12, 2019 7:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Avengers: Endgame
Replies: 134
Views: 8903

Re: Avengers: Endgame

Saw it today with husband and kid. My main plot glitch was "Oh, shoot, the half of humanity that disappeared five years ago suddenly reappeared. This is an agricultural catastrophe. No one has planted enough food for a population this size. Certain starvation awaits. And probably a complete de...
by elasto
Sun May 12, 2019 7:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6978
Views: 1139139

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Not as long as legally killing people remains in the jurisdiction of regular cops and not a special segment. Theres a reason why some special British cops are armed but most arent. A police officer killing someone is not justice, no matter what the circumstances are. Yes, the person could be an imm...
by elasto
Thu May 09, 2019 1:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 7480

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

Drugs are weird in that most of the costs come from the R&D not from the manufacturing - and the successful drugs have to cover the R&D costs of the failures. I'm all for the banning of advertising of drugs to consumers though. Many countries do including the UK. That would reduce costs and...
by elasto
Tue May 07, 2019 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Purpose of a Healthcare System
Replies: 58
Views: 7480

Re: Purpose of a Healthcare System

I'm not sure that's a meaningful distinction. Should farms be required to give away the food they produce at cost too? Food is basically a life-saving drug. Drugs are weird in that most of the costs come from the R&D not from the manufacturing - and the successful drugs have to cover the R&D...

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