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by Red Hal
Mon Nov 11, 2013 9:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107277
Views: 50335201

Re: 1190: "Time"

Checking in. After many false starts I can reliably get 20 TSand/NP on CB. However, as I'm only producing around 6 GCastles/ONG and the nearest boost is 2TCastles (Flying Buckets) I suppose I'm just going to have to WFI. Oh, I also wanted to say that I love the OTTIfications, the Colourations, the C...
by Red Hal
Wed Nov 06, 2013 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37462

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

Androidbleepbloop, are you familiar with Max Tegmark's mathematical multiverse theory? If so, do you have a position on it?
by Red Hal
Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Just who is it that experiences your life?
Replies: 138
Views: 37462

Re: Just who is it that experiences your life?

I watched the entire video. Its central message is "You can make consciousness out of most anything if you arrange it right." I don't disagree in principle with that statement, but it's hardly a fundamental property of the universe.
by Red Hal
Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1287: "Puzzle"
Replies: 70
Views: 18652

Re: 1287: "Puzzle"

Roll for initiative.
by Red Hal
Wed Nov 06, 2013 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Vans Land.
Replies: 16
Views: 3282

Re: No Vans Land.

Yup. An absolutely free, unregulated market would tend toward a monopoly in each niche. every time a company attempts to undercut another it is driven out of business. If two large companies try to move into the same space, it will effectively be a game of "lowest-price" chicken until one ...
by Red Hal
Wed Nov 06, 2013 7:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Southern Methodist University student solves rape
Replies: 240
Views: 26908

Re: Southern Methodist University student solves rape

Nope. In a perfect world there would be *no* negative consequences, but your statement nicely illustrates the difference between things people do to themselves and things people have done to them. It's the conflation of the two that makes this a horrible article. And the victim blaming And the preac...
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chiro quackery - now on bebbies!
Replies: 275
Views: 23795

Re: Chiro quackery - now on bebbies!

That would have to be duck liver neutronium, and even then from the core of a duck liver neutron star you're only going to gain around 14 orders of magnitude.
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa
Replies: 665
Views: 57321

Re: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa

I see. I can understand your viewpoint, even though I don't personally agree with it.
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finns Crack Diabeetus
Replies: 44
Views: 10458

Re: Finns Crack Diabeetus

Diadem wrote:Italy is significantly more important (and well known) than Spain.
Wait, what? How many countries in the South American continent speak Italian as their first language?
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 4:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa
Replies: 665
Views: 57321

Re: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa

Preventative violence? If I read that correctly, isn't that just hitting the other person first?
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa
Replies: 665
Views: 57321

Re: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa

And as we all know all attacks are by muggers who only ever want what cash you happen to have, and who will never get angry and violent if they think you're holding out. Point acknowledged, but the criteria for me don't have to be as high as "all attacks" and "only ever" and &qu...
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers
Replies: 9
Views: 2560

Re: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers

Even a Level II would be sufficient. Level I would not on account of needing different physical constants.
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers
Replies: 9
Views: 2560

Re: Via Slate: Star Wars bloopers

Star Wars happened for real exactly as portrayed in the movies (given an infinite multiverse).
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 11:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa
Replies: 665
Views: 57321

Re: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa

Personally I'd far rather just not keep a lot of cash in my wallet and hand it over to the mugger. No need for anyone to die or be injured over a small sum of money (or indeed a big sum, but that's a different conversation).
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6937
Views: 1113963

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The head-mounted cameras are a good idea. A very good idea. Of course, they would need to be either always-on or rigged to go on every time the officer exited their car/put the blues and twos on. Any camera malfunction should also trigger an investigation.
by Red Hal
Tue Oct 29, 2013 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone here sick or know someone who is?
Replies: 15
Views: 13747

Re: Anyone here sick or know someone who is?

I am afflicted by a bald patch ... does that count?
by Red Hal
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630592

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

If you hit it in the side you're going to need a very different orbital path, and that may not be practical.
by Red Hal
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630592

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

It's not easy, but the second time is a lot easier than the first. Doing it multiple times with a smaller mass is much more credible.

Oh and with an object 10Km across, you'd want it to miss the moon too.
by Red Hal
Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630592

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

A fair way would be 1% of GDP for every country. That still works out as US$718bn per year. You could do a lot of development with that.
by Red Hal
Mon Oct 28, 2013 10:35 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630592

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

2007 VK184 worries me more than this one.
by Red Hal
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa
Replies: 665
Views: 57321

Re: Blind and want a gun? Go to Iowa

I am just saddened that we are discussing the most effective way to kill someone.
by Red Hal
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15144
Views: 2630592

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

[url=http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?p=3480711#p3480711]PhoenixEnigma[/url] wrote:Not that it will ever make it into a headline, but the chance of an impact is estimated at 1 in 63 000, which is better than winning the lottery but I'm still not overly concerned by.
Now one in 11,000 chance of impact. How're those dams and dykes looking now, Diadem?
by Red Hal
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6937
Views: 1113963

Re: Police misbehavior thread

CorruptUser wrote:Politicians, real estate brokers, slumlords, repo-men, taxmen.

Also teachers.
The current rate for teachers is one every 24 hours.
by Red Hal
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6937
Views: 1113963

Re: Police misbehavior thread

The timeline released by the sheriff's office indicates that fewer than ten seconds passed between the officers' first report of a suspicious person and the last shot being fired. Assuming that the deputy was able to fire two rounds per second, and it took at least four seconds to stop the car, get...
by Red Hal
Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6937
Views: 1113963

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I'm mostly afraid of a society that discovers it's much cheaper to have street executions than lengthy criminal trials. That's the problem with high burden of proof; it's expensive . That is absolutely terrifying. And doing something about it would be a better use of politicians' time than, say, tr...
by Red Hal
Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6937
Views: 1113963

Re: Police misbehavior thread

All I know is a 13 year old child is dead, shot by two adults. That's what needs to stop.
by Red Hal
Thu Oct 24, 2013 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Finns Crack Diabeetus
Replies: 44
Views: 10458

Re: Finns Crack Diabeetus

Fascinating.
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chiro quackery - now on bebbies!
Replies: 275
Views: 23795

Re: Chiro quackery - now on bebbies!

Standardised forces have been used as the placebo: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15750369
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 23, 2013 1:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chiro quackery - now on bebbies!
Replies: 275
Views: 23795

Re: Chiro quackery - now on bebbies!

That isn't necessary: http://www.badscience.net/2007/11/the-lancet-benefits-and-risks-of-homoeopathy/ We've done homeopathy before: http://forums.xkcd.com/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=26220&p=826681? As to Chiropracty: I didn't find links to any of these in the preceding pages, but my search-fu is po...
by Red Hal
Sun Oct 13, 2013 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Movie martial arts/fight scenes
Replies: 26
Views: 6409

Re: Movie martial arts/fight scenes

Arise, thread. I saw Takashi Miike's remake of 13 Assassins last night. It is not a stretch to say that the last 45 minutes of the entire movie are one huge fight scene, and one of the best I've ever seen. I am not normally a fan of Miike's work, he too often shocks purely for the sake of it, but th...
by Red Hal
Fri Oct 11, 2013 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

CorruptUser wrote:Only when it's Limey Bastard. Which actually sounds like an OK summer beer from Stone Brewery.
Actually, that does sound good.
by Red Hal
Fri Oct 11, 2013 12:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

CorruptUser wrote:. Their track record is similar to the US, and I'm sure you Limeys get just as annoyed when someone claims the US is the only Bastion of Freedom in the World *fireworks, eagles screaching*.
Nah. You're freer than we are. We just get annoyed when people call us Limeys.
by Red Hal
Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

Neither is the UK, by all accounts!
by Red Hal
Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

Leady, that is what I was trying to say, as modified by what TGH said.
by Red Hal
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"
Replies: 61
Views: 15117

Re: What-if 0066: "500 MPH"

Philbert wrote:Does NASA actually print the name on each asteroid?
Don't be silly. They send out a probe with a banner made of ultralight material which they unfurl.
by Red Hal
Thu Oct 10, 2013 2:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

Yeah, what leady said about this. We don't really have that association. To be fair there is a general association with "sweatshop" but that tends to be not speciic to any one country and could equally apply to any so-called "developing" nation, where labour costs are much lower ...
by Red Hal
Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

Carlington, that's illuminating, because in the U.K. we don't have any cultural association of the Chinese with child labour. The stereotypes we have for the Chinese in my generation and below (i.e. didn't ffight in World War 2) are: hard-working, shorter than us, eat more rice than we do, have a go...
by Red Hal
Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

Thanks for the data point, Chen, and a well-made point. You get to the heart of my dilemna. Were the company, and child, obviously British (my own nationality) I would have interpreted the jibe in exactly the same way, and wouldn't have taken offence. And given that then I naturally apply it irrespe...
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1275: "int(pi)"
Replies: 95
Views: 28309

Re: 1275: "int(pi)"

Eternal Density wrote:I rewrote all of Sandcastle Builder's code to conform to this.

This delayed the release of version 1.81. I hope GLR is happy.
I ... I think I'm a little bit in love with you.
by Red Hal
Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.
Replies: 87
Views: 14314

Re: Lord Sugar accused of racist tweet.

He is the British equivalent of Donald Trump (i.e. nominal star of The Apprentice, self-made businessman). The differences are mainly in the choice of hairpiece (Sugar is more pragmatic in that respect and appears not to give a toss about his hair, a position I thoroughly applaud) and in the willing...

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