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Postby Heisenberg » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:33 pm UTC

speising wrote:
Heisenberg wrote: But I imagine it's more because sleeping 8-12 hours in a row is really weird and humans only do it when forced into that pattern over several months.

[citation needed]

Super weird.

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Postby Tyndmyr » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:15 pm UTC

Nylonathatep wrote:Couple let internet decide name of their baby – internet chooses Cthulhu All-Spark

http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/22/couple-le ... k-4705127/

This couple’s daughter should be named Cthulhu All-Spark, but they chickened out after allowing internet users to name her.

Stephen and Alysha McLaughlin, from Canada, had decided to allow web surfers to make the big decision by voting on namemydaughter.com.

But when it became clear their newborn would be given a ridiculous title, they changed their mind.

Instead of Cthulhu (a mythical beast), the new parents decided to go with the rather tame name of Amelia, which came second in the poll.


Sigh, maybe the stars are still not right for the awakening of our Great Slumbering Lord and Saviour.

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


They have chosen...poorly.

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Postby PolakoVoador » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:45 pm UTC

Nylonathatep wrote:Couple let internet decide name of their baby – internet chooses Cthulhu All-Spark

http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/22/couple-le ... k-4705127/

This couple’s daughter should be named Cthulhu All-Spark, but they chickened out after allowing internet users to name her.

Stephen and Alysha McLaughlin, from Canada, had decided to allow web surfers to make the big decision by voting on namemydaughter.com.

But when it became clear their newborn would be given a ridiculous title, they changed their mind.

Instead of Cthulhu (a mythical beast), the new parents decided to go with the rather tame name of Amelia, which came second in the poll.


Sigh, maybe the stars are still not right for the awakening of our Great Slumbering Lord and Saviour.

"Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"


I love when the Internet does this kind of silliness :D
I wonder what the parents were expecting

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Postby KrytenKoro » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:17 pm UTC

krogoth wrote:Prisoner pays family
Prisoner get life
Gov pays for prisoner to live life.

Skip the middle man, Gov pays family, and just kills off the prisoner anyway.
Emotionally weird but saves the government money.

Allowing the family the decision is going to eliminate capital punishment as a whole, even if the mob isn't involved or money is forbidden, due to social pressure. No matter how heinous the criminal was, any family that chooses to have him executed is going to end up ostracized, and so giving them the say would become a form of ritualized mockery of their pain when they're essentially forced to forgive. It would be immensely more efficient and humane to simply eliminate capital punishment entirely, if you're going to go down that path.
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Postby krogoth » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:34 am UTC

KrytenKoro wrote:
krogoth wrote:Prisoner pays family
Prisoner get life
Gov pays for prisoner to live life.

Skip the middle man, Gov pays family, and just kills off the prisoner anyway.
Emotionally weird but saves the government money.

Allowing the family the decision is going to eliminate capital punishment as a whole, even if the mob isn't involved or money is forbidden, due to social pressure. No matter how heinous the criminal was, any family that chooses to have him executed is going to end up ostracized, and so giving them the say would become a form of ritualized mockery of their pain when they're essentially forced to forgive. It would be immensely more efficient and humane to simply eliminate capital punishment entirely, if you're going to go down that path.


Why would they be ostracized? He was convicted and charged the court agreed it's better for the community to remove the criminal. Unless they are unsympathetic to the family of the victims plight. Do Executioners get ostracized because of their job to euthanize people?
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Postby Magnanimous » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:10 am UTC

Heisenberg wrote:Super weird.

You're absolutely right and there's some really interesting research going on, but every time somebody links to a Huffington Post science article God kills an angel.

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Postby CorruptUser » Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:41 am UTC

God doesn't kill angels; they don't have souls so they aren't alive. God kills a kitten instead.

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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:05 am UTC

CorruptUser wrote:God doesn't kill angels; they don't have souls so they aren't alive. God kills a kitten instead.


I'm not sure we've established that kittens have souls.

(still doesn't make them less cute, though).

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Postby sardia » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:19 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:
CorruptUser wrote:God doesn't kill angels; they don't have souls so they aren't alive. God kills a kitten instead.


I'm not sure we've established that kittens have souls.

(still doesn't make them less cute, though).

Try not to look too closely at what has or soul or not. In there, lies madness.

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Postby addams » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:24 am UTC

Magnanimous wrote:
Heisenberg wrote:Super weird.

You're absolutely right and there's some really interesting research going on, but every time somebody links to a Huffington Post science article God kills an angel.

Have you ever allowed yourself to go into a natural sleep pattern.
Whatever That is?

I think I did.
I went to bed at 3 am.
I got up at 9 am.

It was interesting.
Naps. Sometimes.

A great deal of work one day would trigger a nap in subsequent days.
It seemed Natural as The Night, to me.

I think the Siesta is a Brilliant Idea.
A quiet time in the middle of the day.

From a US perspective, it's weird.
I think it is better than what we have.

To Run after something that can not be caught may be disturbing our sleep.
We Run after it during our waking life and we Run after it in our sleep.

I am super critical of US Culture.
I think it is too demanding.

It both asks too much and asks too little.

How is that funny?
I don't know.

Some people don't know how to sleep standing up.
Do they say it can't be done? That is not true.

A human being can sleep standing up.
I have done it. Young people really Can sleep anywhere.

Do you know that feeling like you want to roll over in your sleep?
That plays out very weird for a person that is standing.
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Postby Thesh » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:58 am UTC

They should really mark the edge of the platform with a yellow line to warn people not to stand there.
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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:11 am UTC

Really, it was doomed when they didn't check to make sure no trains would be passing through during the duration of the conference. Trains are a deal-breaker in conferences... so loud.

Especially subways.

Anyways, it didn't seem to be too close a call, but it breaks my first rule of train platforms: always keep an eye on the approaching direction of the train.

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Postby yurell » Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:50 am UTC

Djehutynakht wrote:Anyways, it didn't seem to be too close a call, but it breaks my first rule of train platforms: always keep an eye on the approaching direction of the train.


Why isn't your first rule 'stand behind the yellow line unless intending to board the (stationary) train'?
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Postby Carlington » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:41 am UTC

Perhaps they just prefer to live on the edge.
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Postby Djehutynakht » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:08 am UTC

Is that a pun?

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Postby eSOANEM » Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:57 am UTC

Yeah, no-one almost got hit here, the sign just got knocked over by the turbulence as the train went past. Nothing dangerous there.
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Postby Diadem » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:01 am UTC

eSOANEM wrote:Yeah, no-one almost got hit here, the sign just got knocked over by the turbulence as the train went past. Nothing dangerous there.

No-one almost got hit? Sounds like a bloodbath.
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Postby eSOANEM » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:18 am UTC

Stress is intended on no-one not on almost.
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Postby Diadem » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:42 pm UTC

eSOANEM wrote:Stress is intended on no-one not on almost.

Hey, I have a right to deliberately miss the point by putting stress on the wrong words! Don't repress my rights!
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Postby eSOANEM » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:00 pm UTC

Ok :P

Just wanted to double check you hadn't actually misunderstood.
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Postby Adam H » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:03 pm UTC

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Postby addams » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:22 pm UTC

Adam H wrote:That reminds of of another recent video of someone standing too close to a train: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2607121/Canadian-tourist-visiting-Peru-revealed-guy-kicked-head-train-conductor.html/

That is so funny.
I kept a straight face until his reaction.

"Wow! I got kicked in the Head."
"I wonder if it was recorded?"

It's a Learned Response?
That is so funny.

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Postby Diadem » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:05 pm UTC

Nylonathatep wrote:Couple let internet decide name of their baby – internet chooses Cthulhu All-Spark

http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/22/couple-le ... k-4705127/

They thought 'All-Spark' for a middle name was too weird, so they went with "Savannah Joy"?

People are strange.
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Postby KrytenKoro » Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:09 pm UTC

krogoth wrote:Why would they be ostracized? He was convicted and charged the court agreed it's better for the community to remove the criminal. Unless they are unsympathetic to the family of the victims plight. Do Executioners get ostracized because of their job to euthanize people?

(1) Because they made the decision that someone should die, rather than an ostensibly "impartial" system that we can distance ourselves from, and there's always going to be people totally unrelated to some controversy sending "you should die" calls in the middle of the night, no matter how small the controversy. My family's gotten them simply because one member decided to use their real name in a forum argument.
(2) Yes, they absolutely do, and it's a pretty well-known part of life on Earth. Like, historically, this has led to them being part of an underclass in many cultures, it's one of the reasons we try to anonymize it with hoods and the like. Imagine what it's like to be an abortion doctor, and then add that the execution wouldn't even be saving anyone's life, it would just be punishment.
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Postby poochyena » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:30 pm UTC

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/0 ... 1g9GiTyC9I
While the story is serious, something in the story made me laugh

When he was arrested in 2002, Moses signed a statement saying that he told police "he might have accidentally rubbed his genitals against both girls"

"might have accidentally"
such an amazing explanation/excuse


I guess he made his point on needing better safety?

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Postby addams » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:54 pm UTC

Diadem wrote:
Nylonathatep wrote:Couple let internet decide name of their baby – internet chooses Cthulhu All-Spark

http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/22/couple-le ... k-4705127/

They thought 'All-Spark' for a middle name was too weird, so they went with "Savannah Joy"?

People are strange.

Fucking Internet.
It will name your child Beast All-Spark.

I love it!
It may not be on the Birth Certificate.
The Kid might answer to it!

All-Spark!
What a Great Name.

Internet!
You Suck!

Spoiler:
you suck funny.
you suck, none the less.
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Postby Coyne » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:58 am UTC

addams wrote:Internet!
You Suck!


What are you saying? That someone is wrong on the internet? (With apologies to Randall Monroe.)
In all fairness...


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Postby addams » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:21 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:Who?

Who? in deed.
Our one commonality.

What does he do? again.
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Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:22 am UTC

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I JUST WANT TO END ALL OF YOUR POSTS WITH "BURMA SHAVE"!!!

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Postby WilliamLehnsherr » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:27 am UTC

http://nypost.com/2014/04/23/fbi-helpin ... rank-call/

Loses in Call of Duty. Calls Swat team.

What happened to the good old days of aggressively turning the console off before the winner's stats could be recorded? I guess that's the downside of online gaming; bad losers need to get creative. (Then again, how common is "swatting"?)
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Postby addams » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:32 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:...

I JUST WANT TO END ALL OF YOUR POSTS WITH "BURMA SHAVE"!!!

Will my Signature hold it?

WilliamLehnsherr wrote:http://nypost.com/2014/04/23/fbi-helping-to-find-call-of-duty-gamer-behind-swatting-prank-call/

Loses in Call of Duty. Calls Swat team.

What happened to the good old days of aggressively turning the console off before the winner's stats could be recorded? I guess that's the downside of online gaming; bad losers need to get creative. (Then again, how common is "swatting"?)

I have No Idea.
How common?

With Copy Cats?
Time will tell.

The risk goes up for a person that is looking at a 100.000 dollar telephone call.
Creative Solutions will fix that for a while.

How do you route a phone call though your friend's GrandMa's Computer?
It's good for the Swat Teams. How often are they Really needed?

If this phenomenon takes off, SWAT Teams might get good at getting dressed, showing up and acting like Professionals.
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Postby PhoenixEnigma » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:56 am UTC

WilliamLehnsherr wrote:http://nypost.com/2014/04/23/fbi-helping-to-find-call-of-duty-gamer-behind-swatting-prank-call/

Loses in Call of Duty. Calls Swat team.

What happened to the good old days of aggressively turning the console off before the winner's stats could be recorded? I guess that's the downside of online gaming; bad losers need to get creative. (Then again, how common is "swatting"?)
the article wrote:Swatting, a new dangerous phenomena in the gaming world, is when a player gets points for the level of police presence, the type of entry and whether helicopters are called in.
Where the hell do they get this? I'm pretty sure I'm not so far removed from current gaming culture as to have completely missed this becoming a game, instead of some writer who can't seem to separate video games from the people who happen to play them. Or are they deliberately playing to incite yet another round of moral panic?
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Postby Carlington » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:20 am UTC

I don't think it's actually tied to gaming culture in any meaningful way, but it's definitely an established prank. First page of Google nets me results from April last year, and the wikipedia page has references for the term going back to 2008. That's eons by today's standards.
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Postby PhoenixEnigma » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:28 am UTC

Oh, I'm not questioning the existence of swatting as a 'prank', and though I haven't seen any data I wouldn't be particularly inclined to doubt an increase in the frequency of it. The gamification of swatting, though, is as far as I can tell utter horseshit manufactured at best out of complete ignorance of the subject matter, and at worst as a deliberate ploy to incite yet another ridiculous moral panic.
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Postby jareds » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:45 am UTC

Is there a downside to a moral panic over police departments' willingness to engage in paramilitary raids on random residences based on anonymous tips?

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Postby Djehutynakht » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:56 am UTC

jareds wrote:Is there a downside to a moral panic over police departments' willingness to engage in paramilitary raids on random residences based on anonymous tips?


Well it wasn't an anonymous tip, according to the article. The pranker identified himself as the pranked individual, and that he had just committed murder.

Having someone call 911 and say "Hey, I want to confess to you that I just killed my mother and brother in cold blood" is decent reason to react with some alarm.

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Postby speising » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:26 am UTC

does the police in the us not automatically locate every emergency call? i'm pretty sure they do here.

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Postby Thesh » Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:42 am UTC

Caller ID can be spoofed; it's not exactly a secure system. You can also find an infected system that has a VOIP client and borrow their account.
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