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by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default
Replies: 54
Views: 13690

Re: British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default

Heisenberg wrote:"All right, Steve. We need you to watch ALL OF THE PORN."

ALL OF IT.
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1303: "Profile Info"
Replies: 29
Views: 8984

Re: 1303: "Profile Info"

The only thing that kinda excuses google is that we are talking about comments on youtube. Seriously, who cares? No. You can't leave reviews on anything without using your full name. Which, you know, blows. Of course, the fact that I was planning on leaving a humorous BHG-style fake review when I f...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75080

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Going from 1-space to 2-space to 3-space will probably makes the peaks and so forth a lot higher, but it'll be monotonic, so we can still see where the peaks and valleys will be. The circular-only orbit limitation is definitely the critical oddity in the difference between light and hot particles; o...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30321

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

There's a current fad in evangelical/fundy circles: "House-proof your child; don't child-proof your house." In other words, use animal-training conditioning to keep your child from ever touching or getting close to anything you don't explicitly tell them to touch. If there's a chance that ...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375493

Re: Gun Control

Theoretically, banning all guns (if it were possible) would eventually make it more difficult for petty criminals to obtain guns.

Meanwhile, all the petty criminals who already have access to guns would slaughter everybody.
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default
Replies: 54
Views: 13690

Re: British gov. wants all sex websites blocked by default

Yeah, the definition is the tricky part. Do websites self-select? No one would. Does the ISP scroll through every page on the internet and rate it on the basis of how porny it is?
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 40239

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

I did Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing in at least a half-dozen of its incarnations when I was in elementary school and junior high. Those games were the easiest way to get on the computer, haha. The closest I've come to developing my own typing is the one-handed business. Haven't been able to come up wi...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1303: "Profile Info"
Replies: 29
Views: 8984

Re: 1303: "Profile Info"

The only thing that kinda excuses google is that we are talking about comments on youtube. Seriously, who cares? No. You can't leave reviews on anything without using your full name. Which, you know, blows. Of course, the fact that I was planning on leaving a humorous BHG-style fake review when I f...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1302: "Year in Review"
Replies: 31
Views: 7957

Re: 1302: "Year in Review"

Yes! Everyone who has ever said stati , octupi or virii needs to read, study, and memorize the Straight Dope article on the subject. Immediately. Summary of article: It's so complicated that you'd better check the dictionary for words you're not sure about. My usual grammar-jackboot-behavior notwit...
by davidstarlingm
Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What does "immortal" mean?
Replies: 11
Views: 8754

Re: What does "immortal" mean?

Yeah....realistically, I don't see any attempt at achieving immortality working very well.
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Magnet forces on surfaces
Replies: 4
Views: 1748

Re: Magnet forces on surfaces

Well, static charge can only exist on the surface of a metal, never on the inside volume. By analogy, I'd guess all macroscopic magnetic flux is concentrated on the surface of the magnet as well.
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Segregation in the name of free speech
Replies: 43
Views: 8647

Re: Segregation in the name of free speech

The law says, "Ensure that the use of premises is not denied to a speaker on grounds associated with his beliefs." The ambiguity arises around the word "denied". Is denial limited to physical restrictions on the speaker, or can denial arise from failure to painstakingly accomodat...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What does "immortal" mean?
Replies: 11
Views: 8754

Re: What does "immortal" mean?

Inability to die would very seriously suck if someone was hellbent (no pun intended) on causing you as much pain as they possibly could. In order to make immortality not end horribly, the list of powers you would need gets really long. Not only do you need protection from physical pain, but you also...
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375493

Re: Gun Control

The point of looking at states individually is that all states have different laws, different penalties, and different demographic sets, just like each of the countries in the European Union.

The issue of borders is that their complete permeability makes gun bans utterly impossible to enforce.
by davidstarlingm
Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75080

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

The disc of the photon sphere is notably larger than the event horizon, and any light that hits the photon sphere is either absorbed or orbits and is re-emitted in a random direction. So are we certain that the light reaching the lee side of the black hole via gravitational lensing will have greater...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75080

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Magnification is actually what you care about. Given that surface brightness is convserved, magnification directly translates into flux. The formula I gave for magnification: sqrt(d^2+4)/d is always greater than 1. Being behind the black hole is always worse, unless you are really close to the blac...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37932

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

Alright, I'll agree to foodstamps/SNAP. But not the other benefits and tax deductions. As for sex education, how many of the people with giant families do you think are actually in public schools and would actually get access to improved sex ed? In New York, Upstate included , it's mostly religious...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage
Replies: 239
Views: 37932

Re: SeaTac, Washington State Passes $15 Minimum Wage

I think making birth control and family planning services and sex ed more available is probably a way better approach than punishing people who have a greater-than-average number of kids.
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107495
Views: 53551888

Re: 1190: "Time"

**guffaws**

Nice to be a heretic somewhere.
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1190: "Time"
Replies: 107495
Views: 53551888

Re: 1190: "Time"

**keeps seeing new posts in Individual XKCD Comic Threads**

**keeps realizing they're just the OTT**

**laments**
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75080

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Yeah, I'm not sure whether specific magnification is the factor we're really interested in. And gmalivuk makes a good point. The question is not so much about focusing or magnification, but about whether there is any location on the lee side of a black hole which has a lower photon flux than it woul...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375493

Re: Gun Control

I wasn't going to shoot anybody, officer! Honest injun, I wasn't! I was just using the rifle to hold my scope to watch people!
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age-based Minimum Wage
Replies: 23
Views: 11115

Re: Age-based Minimum Wage

Well, at a minimum, a completely flat tax, mirroring medicare, would remove the regressive tendencies. It would also do so while reducing complexity in tax law, so kind of a win/win compared to the status quo. It would likely also increase total income, which could be used to either improve the lon...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375493

Re: Gun Control

Unless you grew up in the United States, traveled in the United States a good deal, lived in both rural and urban population centers, and have experience with the interaction of local, state, and federal politics, it's probably hard to get a good grasp of the enormity of factors affecting something ...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375493

Re: Gun Control

An alternate view is that the US is rural country pockmarked with concentrated uban sprawl. The rural areas are deathtraps where everyone dies and gets hurt more often and can't be treated as fast. Of course, this trend applies for all injuries and deaths, not just gun violence/harm. And the size o...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:59 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75080

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

(Was an edit, moved to new post due to eran_rathan's post): What we really want, ideally, is a three-dimensional contour plot showing the photon flux at every point in the two-dimensional ecliptic plane. To get it accurately, we'd need to give that plane some unit thickness and quantize it to a seri...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30321

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Laws in the United States almost all use a standard of "significant harm" or "serious injury" which is usually interpreted as broken skin, broken bones, or long-lasting marks other than on the legs and buttocks. They don't address the "risk of" harm. The Pearl book obvi...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"
Replies: 132
Views: 75080

Re: What-If 0073: "Lethal Neutrinos"

Anyone know the equation for the trajectory of a photon with arbitrary direction, given a black hole of specified size and distance from the primary? That would be the first step in setting up a proper Monte Carlo. I am yet unconvinced that the three-dimensional model would follow from the two-dimen...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age-based Minimum Wage
Replies: 23
Views: 11115

Re: Age-based Minimum Wage

Oh, I forgot the biggest objection...boundary conditions would necessarily be problematic. Incentives provided for any specific range of wages run into this...if it's $30-40k wages, then paying someone 41k becomes significantly more expensive than paying them 40k. It creates a glass ceiling. Removi...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375493

Re: Gun Control

I think the standard approach is to look at the characteristics of gun violence and compare it to the characteristics of non-gun-related violence. That helps to control for culture a little bit (though it doesn't answer the question of whether gun availability aggravates the incidence of violence). ...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:43 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What does "immortal" mean?
Replies: 11
Views: 8754

Re: What does "immortal" mean?

If you're contemplating what wish you'd like to pose to a magical dragon/genie/wish-granting-entity-of-your-choice, there are definitely some things to keep in mind. You should know what kind of wish-granting-entity you're dealing with. If he/she/it has a reputation for screwing people over by being...
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: What does "immortal" mean?
Replies: 11
Views: 8754

Re: What does "immortal" mean?

Mortality is the inevitability of death....so, strictly speaking, immortality means death is not inevitable. Doesn't mean death is impossible.
by davidstarlingm
Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:04 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 30321

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Persecution is the bread and butter for these types. Banning the book would be rewarding them.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age-based Minimum Wage
Replies: 23
Views: 11115

Re: Age-based Minimum Wage

You're right, social security and medicare aren't doing all that great, and so cutting payroll taxes that fund them would be unpleasant. But most solutions are going to inevitably result in lost revenue somewhere; revenue loss will have to be managed regardless. At least in this case, it's focused ...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Nelson Mandela
Replies: 36
Views: 4885

Re: RIP Nelson Mandela

Revolution discussion: As for more economic crap, Britain had a law in place that gold and silver coins could not be traded to the colonies. This was somewhat annoying, but it's kind of irrelevant what you use as currency and the colonists just used their own pseudo currencies such as tobacco le...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:24 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"
Replies: 69
Views: 40239

Re: What-If 0075: "Phone Keypad"

The greater annoyance is needing to wait between key presses. Like, if you have a "ghi" or "rs" or "ff" sequence in your word, where you have to pause for a second after selecting the first letter before it automatically moves into the next space.
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Nelson Mandela
Replies: 36
Views: 4885

Re: RIP Nelson Mandela

Off-topic thoughts on the American Revolution.... So the actual timeline of the Revolution is pretty interesting. First off, in the mid-60s, Britain passed a bunch of unpopular levies to help pay for the last war, but didn't really take the economic situation of the colonies into account and pis...
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Energy equivlence for time of travel: Newton and Einstein
Replies: 20
Views: 5133

Re: Energy equivlence for time of travel: Newton and Einstei

I confess I read your introduction, then skipped your math and went straight to your conclusion. Rude of me, I know. But that was my first thought as well: "Yep, that's time dilation for you."
by davidstarlingm
Wed Dec 11, 2013 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Age-based Minimum Wage
Replies: 23
Views: 11115

Re: Age-based Minimum Wage

Maybe we need a way to incentivize entry-level salaried positions. Can we substantially lower payroll taxes on salaried positions? This would make employers want to be able to provide stable full-time jobs to any employees who actually need them. While reduced payroll taxes are good in terms of low...

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