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Forum: Computers and the Internet 24th June 2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,614
Posted By TragicMonkey
Oh, dear, yet another person fell into the trap...

Oh, dear, yet another person fell into the trap of confusing these two completely separate things:

1. This report is an accurate summation of the data that is currently in the database.
2. This...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 2,096
Views: 76,010
Posted By TragicMonkey
Precisely. And the way to fix a law that the...

Precisely. And the way to fix a law that the legislative and executive branches passed but the judicial says is unconstitutional is to put it into the constitution. Once it's there the SC can't say...
Forum: USA Politics 24th June 2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 1,829
Posted By TragicMonkey
Perhaps states can now pass a law where citizens...

Perhaps states can now pass a law where citizens can sue each other civilly if they suspect someone is carrying a gun for the purposes of using it to abort a fetus.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th June 2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2,096
Views: 76,010
Posted By TragicMonkey
Which is why we need to have this stuff...

Which is why we need to have this stuff explicitly and clearly spelled out in the Constitution. So we're not stuck with the whims of interpretation for centuries.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 23rd June 2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,614
Posted By TragicMonkey
This should be simple? Eight nested CTEs in... ...

This should be simple?
Eight nested CTEs in...
I think: maybe not.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 23rd June 2022, 08:22 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,614
Posted By TragicMonkey
Another request? Unreasonable demands merit...

Another request?
Unreasonable demands
merit grisly death.
Forum: USA Politics 23rd June 2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 1,829
Posted By TragicMonkey
I bet if you conceal-carried a bunch of fetuses...

I bet if you conceal-carried a bunch of fetuses you'd get in a lot of trouble.
Forum: USA Politics 23rd June 2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 1,829
Posted By TragicMonkey
Which is why a sensible legislature would go...

Which is why a sensible legislature would go ahead and openly and clearly codify precisely what the people want to have, rather than leaving centuries-old oldtimey speak for a bunch of bastards to...
Forum: USA Politics 23rd June 2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 1,829
Posted By TragicMonkey
I don't think anyone was expecting the Supreme...

I don't think anyone was expecting the Supreme Court to "do something about it", that's not their function. It's Congress that can do something about it.

I'm not a fan of the current crop of...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 23rd June 2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,614
Posted By TragicMonkey
Too many records? This is perplexing to me. ...

Too many records?
This is perplexing to me.
Oh! A busted join!
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 23rd June 2022, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By TragicMonkey
Someone should send him a small submarine to fix...

Someone should send him a small submarine to fix the problem.
Forum: Computers and the Internet 23rd June 2022, 05:26 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,614
Posted By TragicMonkey
I find it's helpful to rephrase all requests as...

I find it's helpful to rephrase all requests as haiku:

PowerPoint crashes,
many windows are opened
but none are normal.

To which the answer would be:

Foolish idiot,
seeking help for your...
Forum: Computers and the Internet 22nd June 2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 63,614
Posted By TragicMonkey
Dear Boss: remember when I suggested doing that...

Dear Boss: remember when I suggested doing that one thing that one way might not be a good idea? And you ordered me to do it anyway? The president of our company (your boss's boss's boss's boss) just...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 21st June 2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 863
Views: 32,595
Posted By TragicMonkey
There's an ophthalmological product called...

There's an ophthalmological product called "artificial tears" for those with dry eyes, perhaps her agent could get her a commercial.
Forum: USA Politics 20th June 2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,376
Posted By TragicMonkey
I dimly recall some states tried to secede...

I dimly recall some states tried to secede before, and it didn't quite work out as they hoped. There was a bit of a fuss, and possibly even some property damage.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th June 2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 3,564
Posted By TragicMonkey
My mom gets upset when I am "rude" to her Alexa...

My mom gets upset when I am "rude" to her Alexa device. I told her that we only have a narrow window between getting voice-activated software and truly-person AI so we should take advantage of the...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 20th June 2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 3,564
Posted By TragicMonkey
Not in the least. It only gets "philosophical" if...

Not in the least. It only gets "philosophical" if you insist on trying to prove our human ideas of how to behave are somehow part of a cosmic design or something. If we simply agree that we'd prefer...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 19th June 2022, 08:25 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 3,564
Posted By TragicMonkey
Something doesn't have to be part of the natural...

Something doesn't have to be part of the natural order or mandated by divine superbeings in order to be valuable to the human race. We invented the concepts of good and evil and may employ them as we...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th June 2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,490
Posted By TragicMonkey
Eleven sets of triplets would do it. Or three...

Eleven sets of triplets would do it. Or three sets of 11...not sure there's even a word for that. Google suggests "undenuplets" or "henduplets" but those sound ridiculous, and far too much to expect...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 19th June 2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,490
Posted By TragicMonkey
That's been standard news writing forever. They...

That's been standard news writing forever. They always put peoples' ages into stories if they know them. It's as inexorably part of written journalism as telling the narrative out of order-- they...
Forum: Trials and Errors 19th June 2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,906
Posted By TragicMonkey
Most insurance policies do not cover deliberate...

Most insurance policies do not cover deliberate damage or malicious criminal acts. If you deliberately run over somebody your insurance can deny coverage, for example. (They may choose to pay out...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th June 2022, 02:21 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
If you want to reframe it as OP having no assets...

If you want to reframe it as OP having no assets at all but suddenly coming into a lump of money, sure. Say OP wins the lottery or their Great Uncle Dracula dies and leaves them $X amount of cold...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 19th June 2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
I was asking about buying a house for one price...

I was asking about buying a house for one price versus buying a house for another price, not comparing renting versus buying. I thought you were suggesting that you'd advise buying a house if that...
Forum: USA Politics 19th June 2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 983
Posted By TragicMonkey
If you're genuinely concerned about containing...

If you're genuinely concerned about containing the spread of a disease the answer is to provide vaccinations for everybody, regardless of all other circumstances.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 18th June 2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,490
Posted By TragicMonkey
I was commenting on the reporting, not the...

I was commenting on the reporting, not the arrest. Those who publish news want it to be read, and will write it to play to the maximum interest. If they think the public feels like you suggest above,...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 18th June 2022, 08:04 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
Or worst of all, a retirement account. A lot of...

Or worst of all, a retirement account. A lot of people raid their 401k or IRA if that's all they have, and that's something that should be done only for a true emergency like "I need surgery now" or...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 18th June 2022, 07:21 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
Then it's the price of the house that matters?...

Then it's the price of the house that matters? What's the cutoff? What's the dollar amount at which your advice flips from "buy a house now" to "don't buy a house now"?

Or is it a percentage of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 18th June 2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,490
Posted By TragicMonkey
The more lurid the initial reporting the less...

The more lurid the initial reporting the less likely it is to be accurate. Particularly when it's a lurid tale of crime and sexual perversion involving foreign visitors to a tourist location.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 18th June 2022, 05:53 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
How is that an argument in favor of buying a...

How is that an argument in favor of buying a house? It sounds like the opposite.



And? I must have missed the part in the OP where it was stated the advice sought must come only from people...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 17th June 2022, 10:04 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
I don't follow that. Because I haven't been...

I don't follow that. Because I haven't been extremely poor that means my advice on financial matters isn't valid? If anything the fact that I've kept out of extreme poverty might be a point for my...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 17th June 2022, 09:50 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
Yeah, because I still think it. ...

Yeah, because I still think it.



Idiocy. If Minoosh had the kind of money in stocks that was capable of getting someone interested in loaning against it, she wouldn't be asking for advice in...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 17th June 2022, 06:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 388
Posted By TragicMonkey
I'm amused that the Central Asian states being...

I'm amused that the Central Asian states being Turkic would be seen that they'd be pro-Russia. Those things were formerly USSR, of course they're on Putin's list for reacquisition. If Russia had...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 17th June 2022, 05:58 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
My advice is to not make a huge purchase from a...

My advice is to not make a huge purchase from a position of financial weakness. "Having a pretty low income right now" is financial weakness-- unless one also happens to have vast stores of...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 16th June 2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
while having income that is "pretty low right...

while having income that is "pretty low right now". Yes, I did read it. And my advice remains the same: do not make a huge purchase when you have a low income. Unless, of course, you happen to have...
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 16th June 2022, 07:32 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
Full stop. Do not make a huge purchase if your...

Full stop. Do not make a huge purchase if your income is low right now. Use sense, not feeling.
Forum: USA Politics 15th June 2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,121
Posted By TragicMonkey
He bought his own hype. Long before he ran for...

He bought his own hype. Long before he ran for president.
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 15th June 2022, 04:57 AM
Replies: 311
Views: 3,564
Posted By TragicMonkey
Or that however evil Satan is supposed to be, if...

Or that however evil Satan is supposed to be, if God is more powerful and fails to stop Satan from doing evil, God is therefore responsible. The adult who stands by and watches a child bully a...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 14th June 2022, 04:50 AM
Replies: 1,176
Views: 36,681
Posted By TragicMonkey
"Dear China, we'll recognize as yours anything...

"Dear China, we'll recognize as yours anything north of Mongolia you manage to seize in the next three months. Love, NATO."

Too simplistic for the real world but it's fun to imagine.
Forum: Trials and Errors 10th June 2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,906
Posted By TragicMonkey
I think it has less to do with that, even: the...

I think it has less to do with that, even: the news stories don't go into the details of it but the original finding was from an arbitration, not a court case. It sounds like Geico didn't bother...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th June 2022, 08:32 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 3,813
Posted By TragicMonkey
Sorry I can't think of any pop culture science...

Sorry I can't think of any pop culture science mythology, my brain was damaged by Korean fan death because I've slept with fans on pretty much every night for forty-plus years.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 8th June 2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 3,813
Posted By TragicMonkey
It was either a thought experiment or it wasn't,...

It was either a thought experiment or it wasn't, but we can't know which.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 7th June 2022, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1,176
Views: 36,681
Posted By TragicMonkey
They weren't booing, they were chanting "Boo-urn...

They weren't booing, they were chanting "Boo-urn the fires of war".
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th June 2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,281
Posted By TragicMonkey
Heh. My last six job titles have all included the...

Heh. My last six job titles have all included the word "analyst", and the only analysis I've done in any of them is picking apart the reasons why I'm not any kind of analyst. I think it's a problem...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 7th June 2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,835
Posted By TragicMonkey
I'll never understand why people try to follow...

I'll never understand why people try to follow two paths at once. Either be a businessman or be a celebrity. Musk could probably do either one of those things well if he didn't also try to do the...
Forum: USA Politics 6th June 2022, 07:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,928
Posted By TragicMonkey
Sounds like an SNL skit.

Sounds like an SNL skit.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 6th June 2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 1,929
Views: 32,329
Posted By TragicMonkey
In America, we need a lot of guns to defend...

In America, we need a lot of guns to defend ourselves from our murderous police. You see? There is a reasonable explanation after all.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 3rd June 2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 986
Posted By TragicMonkey
I'm still not used to spelling Corea with a K!

I'm still not used to spelling Corea with a K!
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 11:35 AM
Replies: 366
Views: 6,297
Posted By TragicMonkey
No, but being able to openly discuss it without...

No, but being able to openly discuss it without being considered a menace to society is relatively new.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 2nd June 2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 986
Posted By TragicMonkey
Just think of how much it'll cost to reprint all...

Just think of how much it'll cost to reprint all the stationery! I'd make him use up all his current business cards before ordering new ones.
Forum: Economics, Business and Finance 2nd June 2022, 10:08 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 718
Posted By TragicMonkey
Alice's understanding of the philosophy of her...

Alice's understanding of the philosophy of her job is immaterial. The company has already fired her because she was producing a pathetic number of widgets compared to Gurdeline. Alice now sits at...
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