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by thoreau
33 minutes ago
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Putin on the Writs
Replies: 342
Views: 12277

Re: Putin on the Writs

Taktix[emoji2400] wrote:Putin stooge to head Interpol after the previous Interpol president disappeared in China, err, uh, was arrested in China on corruption charges, er, uh, resigned.

But I'm sure it's fine. Noting to worry about, right? Just more TDS, eh?
We're fine. We're all fine here. How are you?
by thoreau
Yesterday, 23:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Avenna... Avennatt.. Avenotgoingtoworkhereanymore
Replies: 2
Views: 122

Re: Avenna... Avennatt.. Avenotgoingtoworkhereanymore

Avenatti seemed like less of a performatively Woke guy and more of just a performer. I would probably give modest odds that the charges are false, largely because his ex-wives deny the charges and guys who hit women tend to do it more than once. At the same time, he's not the world's most trustworth...
by thoreau
Yesterday, 14:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 97
Views: 2282

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Agreed. And if there's one thing the ACLU stands for, it's prosecuting violations of the law to the maximum extent allowed.
by thoreau
Yesterday, 10:36
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?
Replies: 97
Views: 2282

Re: Is the ACLU getting too Woke?

Drunk man shouts "Heil Hitler! Heil Trump!" during intermission in a crowded theater, thinking that people will realize he was indicating dislike of Trump. Security, quite understandably, escorts him out. Police issue him what amounts to a warning, and the theater permanently bans him. So far, so g...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 21:55
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

Transistors don't require relativity. They require quantum mechanics. Magnets only require quantum mechanics and relativity at the very deep "But why...?" level. However, a society that has mastered the tech required for radio transmission to/from satellites probably knows Maxwell's equations, and t...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 18:41
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

(But I could imagine someone curve-fitting the inconsistency and then looking for theories that match it). In some sense, that's what more than a thousand years of planetary astronomy was all about. Epicycles are basically a form of curve-fitting. Anyway, GPS is one reason why I have very deep trus...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 18:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

Put it this way: In principle, with pure trial and error, you could figure out which substances are or aren't useful drugs. But you save a hell of a lot of time if you know some chemistry and physiology. Our knowledge of those fields is far from perfect, but it's enough to massively reduce the amoun...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 18:26
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

If the orbits were circular then you might be able to make it work by subtracting off some quantity that's linear in time. But, (1) that's a wild non-expert guess (there may be other complications) and (2) you'd probably need elevation corrections. And I guess that by taking enough data and figuring...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 15:35
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

More curious than anything, but is knowledge of relativity absolutely necessary for GPS? Is it possible they could have used a hack of some kind that would work about as well. I know throughout history there were lots of "good enough" calculations used where the underlying mechanism was still unkno...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 14:46
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

1. As you said, the Medium article is crackpottery. 2. Magnetic fields are relativistic effects. See Purcell's introductory electromagnetism book for more info. Magnetization of a material, OTOH, is a quantum effect. See Bohr's proof for more info. It therefore follows that magnetic properties of ma...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 13:01
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=GPS+relativity Also, one could argue that most applications of nuclear physics are applications of E=mc 2 . Hell, high-resolution electron microscopes shoot their electrons at speeds where relativistic corrections start to matter. In some sense, magnetism is a relativistic effec...
by thoreau
18 Nov 2018, 12:21
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Op-ediots
Replies: 464
Views: 15695

Re: Op-ediots

GPS
by thoreau
15 Nov 2018, 10:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Congrats Docktor T, you did it
Replies: 300
Views: 16076

Re: Congrats Docktor T, you did it

The Justice Department is being run by an obvious X-Files fan.

https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/acting-a ... tions.html
by thoreau
14 Nov 2018, 22:05
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 206
Views: 7359

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

If Beto keeps up a good image for the next four years he could be a good VP pick, since the potential to flip Texas would make Trump or Pence shit bricks.
by thoreau
14 Nov 2018, 17:11
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 206
Views: 7359

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

Winning is a better credential than a loss, but it doesn't say much more about how good you are as a candidate. Winning by half a point and losing by half a point carry basically the same information about your quality as a candidate from a statistical point of view. You sound like Human Hemorrhoid...
by thoreau
14 Nov 2018, 16:08
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Calling 2020 for Entropy
Replies: 206
Views: 7359

Re: Calling 2020 for Entropy

It's not really accurate to call Beto's run a failure. Sure, he lost , but he didn't fail . He did better in Texas than any Democrat has done in decades, and he helped lead a massive shift in favor of Democrats in smaller and more local races. A close loss in a red state is a good credential, not a...
by thoreau
13 Nov 2018, 18:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 591
Views: 19763

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

Hugh Akston wrote:Animals lack the capacity for abstract thought much less the physiology to vocalize enthusiastic consent or the lack thereof.
Which is why they shouldn't be having sex.
by thoreau
13 Nov 2018, 11:14
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 591
Views: 19763

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

How long before all mentions of the Miami Dolphins have to come with a trigger warning?
by thoreau
12 Nov 2018, 14:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: This is the thread for people who died, died.
Replies: 2274
Views: 105058

Re: This is the thread for people who died, died.

Don't worry, Deadpool will fix it in the post credits scene.
by thoreau
11 Nov 2018, 12:57
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Observations of the Random sort
Replies: 8827
Views: 274486

Re: Observations of the Random sort

Painboy wrote:
11 Nov 2018, 12:46
Trump as Golem
Hey, don't blame him on the Jews!
by thoreau
09 Nov 2018, 13:20
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6595
Views: 206579

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Technology solves a lot of problems, but it doesn't solve problems of human behavior, power and the abuse thereof, short-sightedness, etc. He says we were "naive", but a) I don't think I ever heard somebody say "Technology will solve every problem of human behavior!" and b) if they said that, they ...
by thoreau
09 Nov 2018, 13:07
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: OFFS: The Forsakening
Replies: 6595
Views: 206579

Re: OFFS: The Forsakening

Technology solves a lot of problems, but it doesn't solve problems of human behavior, power and the abuse thereof, short-sightedness, etc.
by thoreau
09 Nov 2018, 10:29
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: When journalism goes bad
Replies: 4001
Views: 135964

Re: When journalism goes bad

JasonL wrote:
09 Nov 2018, 10:20
At some point gaslighting just came to mean “insisting you are right in an argument with a woman” tho.
This thread is visible to Google, so let me say that that's sexist bullshit, Jason.
by thoreau
09 Nov 2018, 09:45
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: A thread for mocking politicians
Replies: 988
Views: 51300

Re: A thread for mocking politicians

I'm not a fan of hers, but let's be honest: Her job has already started. There is no doubt a ton of prep work that goes on before officially taking office. The official start date is not the real story.

That said, she can figure it out.