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by Exonerate
2019-06-07 12:09am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Thirty years ago today...
Replies: 39
Views: 6809

Re: Thirty years ago today...

So, anyone here with a non-western take and/or point of view? Was it exaggerated all out of proportion by westerners to make China look bad? Or maybe it worse than what was reported? Was it a massacre, or were they truly dangerous revolutionaries that had to be stopped at all costs? The CCP point o...
by Exonerate
2019-05-28 07:35pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Looking to build a new PC.
Replies: 30
Views: 13077

Re: Looking to build a new PC.

AMD's new Zen 2 Ryzen lineup has been announced and it looks like it'll take back the crown from Intel. I'm also still running a 2500K and plan to upgrade to one of these options. Even if you don't go for it, a new product line usually means price decreases for the existing offerings. The new Radeon...
by Exonerate
2019-05-04 01:57pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Facebook bans Farrakham, Alex Jones, Yiannopolous, and others for hate speech and violence.
Replies: 13
Views: 3739

Re: Facebook bans Farrakham, Alex Jones, Yiannopolous, and others for hate speech and violence.

Given the repeated scandals with violations of privacy (pulling text messages off your phone) and security (storing passwords in plaintext), how many of you trust Facebook to define and apply a policy of acceptable conduct?
by Exonerate
2019-03-01 08:59am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

Talks at Hanoi broken off early by Trump. DPRK offered to dismantle nuclear complex at Yongbyon under U.S. observation in exchange for partial UN sanctions relief. U.S. wants more (secret sites, delivery vehicles, inventory), walks out and skips the scheduled afternoon session. Trump expresses openn...
by Exonerate
2018-11-11 01:26am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Thread.
Replies: 218
Views: 38566

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Thread.

So the people actually fighting and who just obtained a legislative wall in order to block them, and this is your take? I really don't buy into the 'any time the dems say something that isn't fighty, undercut them,' angle of rhetoric. I'm sorry, who are we talking about here? If Pelosi gets credit ...
by Exonerate
2018-11-07 07:36pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: 2018 Midterm Elections Thread.
Replies: 218
Views: 38566

Re: 2018 Midterm Elections Thread.

Pelosi's post-midterm speech really exemplifies the spinelessness of Democrats. Against a backdrop of voter suppression, court packing, domestic terrorism, blatant corruption, white supremacy, obstruction of justice, etc what does she do? Blathers on about "marketplace of ideas", bipartisanship, and...
by Exonerate
2018-09-07 01:16am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Why Technology Favors Tyranny
Replies: 12
Views: 3684

Re: Why Technology Favors Tyranny

Technology doesn't favour tyranny. It doesn't favour anything. To borrow from Marshall McLuhan, technology essentially functions as an extension of the self. Stop putting technological marvels in the hands of unaccountable tyrannical figures, and the issue goes away. The issue is societal and cultu...
by Exonerate
2018-09-02 04:14am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Evenly distributing integers in a grid
Replies: 7
Views: 7436

Re: Evenly distributing integers in a grid

No worries, I appreciate you taking a crack at it :) You have a grid G = {1,...,N}x{1,...,N} and you want to define a random bijective function f: G\to {1,...,N^2}. *Squints at Wikipedia* Yes, I'm looking for a bijective function. (You can probably tell I don't have any actual background in pure mat...
by Exonerate
2018-08-24 01:37am
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: Evenly distributing integers in a grid
Replies: 7
Views: 7436

Evenly distributing integers in a grid

I'm doing a hobby project and curious if there was an easy solution obvious to anybody with a deeper math background... Say that I have a square grid with a side length of N, where N is a power of 2. I am going to fill this grid of N 2 cells with N 2 consecutive integers; one integer per cell. Withi...
by Exonerate
2018-07-31 02:03am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trevor Noah defends 'Africa won the World Cup' joke
Replies: 34
Views: 6527

Re: Trevor Noah defends 'Africa won the World Cup' joke

Noah has lived here long enough though that he should be familiar with how Americans view race. I don't know if he has any experience in Europe. Honestly, as far as I'm concerned, this is an example of him missing the mark due to different cultural contexts. His crack worked (more or less) in Ameri...
by Exonerate
2018-06-22 11:41pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Who Decided to Remove the Children?
Replies: 34
Views: 7217

Re: Who Decided to Remove the Children?

Children as young as 14 said the guards there stripped them of their clothes and strapped them to chairs with bags placed over their heads. “Whenever they used to restrain me and put me in the chair, they would handcuff me,” said a Honduran immigrant who was sent to the facility when he was 15 year...
by Exonerate
2018-06-12 04:20pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

I'm not sure what this obsession over legitimacy is either, Kim's lack of it among the international community hasn't stopped him from ruling the last 7 years. People can cry about it all they want, but the fact is that power demands consideration. You can either manage your relations... or not. It'...
by Exonerate
2018-05-17 12:34pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

Reunification isn't just propaganda. Before North Korea is Communist, it is nationalist. This is something often overlooked. Remember that most Vietnamese view the Vietnam War not as Communism vs Democracy, but as a war of national liberation. Believe it or not, but even North Koreans are human and ...
by Exonerate
2018-04-27 12:18pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

Some actual, verifiable steps towards better relations are included in the declaration, like liason offices, family reunions, cessation of hostile acts, etc. Watch out for claims of DPRK agreeing to "denuclearize" in media reports though - that is contingent on the U.S dropping a hostile stance and ...
by Exonerate
2018-03-22 08:51pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General Automation Thread
Replies: 345
Views: 118159

Re: General Automation Thread

Yeah, the guy in the car is clearly paying attention only intermittently. Paid tester on a self-driving car only in a developmental stage and people are already slipping. Still, I don't know if a human who was paying attention would've been able to react in time. Uber's self-driving car performance ...
by Exonerate
2018-03-21 12:16am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General Automation Thread
Replies: 345
Views: 118159

Re: General Automation Thread

Supposedly a case of the pedestrian stepping out before the car could react, not something like the car glitching out or going berserk at a crossing. I'd be interested in the rate of fatal accidents per mile for the self-driving cars compared to human drivers - Google's are supposed to be fantastic...
by Exonerate
2018-03-19 10:02pm
Forum: Fantasy
Topic: Muggle Technology in Harry Potter
Replies: 74
Views: 17399

Re: Muggle Technology in Harry Potter

I think one thing worth remembering that Wizards derive their sense of identity from their magical powers - I would assert that Wizarding society as a whole maintains a carefully studied ignorance of the Muggle world as a part of that identity. Modernity still manages to diffuse in as new Muggle-bor...
by Exonerate
2017-09-25 10:48pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Siege of Deir Ezzor broken
Replies: 20
Views: 3016

Re: Siege of Deir Ezzor broken

Moon of Alabama is... a heterodox analysis news blog. Not so much alt-right as contrarian with a bit of conspiracy. It tends to attract the unhinged and is prone to lurid exaggeration. That said, most of the stuff is sourced from reputable outlets and isn't so unreliable that everything can be dismi...
by Exonerate
2017-09-25 02:23pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

My working, conservative assumption is the DPRK has an ICBM that can deliver 250kt to Washington DC. They haven't demonstrated their ability to launch that far , but for the life of me, if you can hit Chicago, I can't imagine them not going the extra step to add a little more range to hit the capita...
by Exonerate
2017-09-13 10:55am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

My point is that I don’t see any particular reason to think South Korea alone couldn’t hand North Korea their ass if it came to it. You know, I'm not sure this is true if DPRK decides to resort to tactical nukes. I'm guessing their delivery options, NBC gear, etc are limited but I don't have a good...
by Exonerate
2017-09-03 02:31am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

Magnitude 6.3 explosion detected in North Korea centered around a known nuclear test site. There's still some uncertainty, but it's almost certainly a multi-stage thermonuclear weapon and could be as much as much as the equivalent of a few hundred kilotons. IMO, this just further tilts the risk cal...
by Exonerate
2017-08-28 08:21am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trump pardons Joe Arpaio
Replies: 105
Views: 11129

Re: Trump pardons Joe Arpaio

I'm not sure why a full term Obama/Bush II is getting compared to Trump 8 months in. He's already announced an indefinite increased commitment to Afghanistan and taken the leash off the Pentagon in regards to Syria (with increased civilian casualties to show for it). His appointees are causing incal...
by Exonerate
2017-08-11 01:34am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

Why are people so worked up over this? There claim is that they have a ICBM that can hit the US. Given that they've completed exactly one successful test of said ICBM, let's not pretend it has high levels of reliability. There certainly don't have a steady production line of these ICBMs that have a...
by Exonerate
2017-08-08 09:46pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: General North Korea thread
Replies: 761
Views: 201711

Re: General North Korea thread

It's been kind of funny watching the denials go from "Well, at least they don't have ICBMs." to "Well, at least their ICBM can't hit the mainland" to "Well, at least they don't have a miniaturized nuke to go with it." and now to "Uhh, well at least they don't have a reentry vehicle?" in the space of...
by Exonerate
2017-07-28 11:56am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Trump Dump: Internal Policy (Thread I)
Replies: 2002
Views: 337003

Re: Trump Dump: Internal Policy (Thread I)

Murkowski and Collins also voted no but for some reason McCain gets all the credit. Never mind he was the reason it came to a vote at all in the first place. Doing better than the other Republicans perhaps, but let's not lionize him.