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Forum: Trials and Errors 23rd May 2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 2,252
Views: 117,264
Posted By qarnos
I agree 100%. New opinions are not welcome. As a...

I agree 100%. New opinions are not welcome. As a skeptic, I solidified my opinion 2 years ago and refuse to have it challenged in any way.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 29th April 2022, 03:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,898
Posted By qarnos
I think this is another way of saying "people...

I think this is another way of saying "people don't change their views, they just die". But it's worth pointing out how quickly each generation forgets the lessons learned by the generation before....
Forum: Computers and the Internet 29th April 2022, 03:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 661
Posted By qarnos
I believe this is in order: ...

I believe this is in order:

https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/success.png (https://xkcd.com/349/)
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 28th April 2022, 02:42 AM
Replies: 289
Views: 9,332
Posted By qarnos
Yes. It is often forgotten that one of humanity's...

Yes. It is often forgotten that one of humanity's first mass extinctions (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genyornis) was caused by indigenous Australians.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 27th April 2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,898
Posted By qarnos
This sums up my opinion nicely: 0rR9IaXH1M0

This sums up my opinion nicely:

0rR9IaXH1M0
Forum: Computers and the Internet 26th April 2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 552
Posted By qarnos
Unless your a stock market speculator who takes...

Unless your a stock market speculator who takes Elon Musk tweets seriously.
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 26th April 2022, 04:49 AM
Replies: 289
Views: 9,332
Posted By qarnos
When I was a kid I totally bought into the idea...

When I was a kid I totally bought into the idea that the Nazca Lines were runways for alien spaceships. How else could such a primitive civilisation draw such long straight lines? Sticks and string?...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 26th April 2022, 03:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,381
Posted By qarnos
Sorry, I did not mean to come across as being...

Sorry, I did not mean to come across as being aggressive. I was just getting frustrated in the direction the thread was taking.



This is a reasonable question. My main objection is the fact it...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 25th April 2022, 04:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,381
Posted By qarnos
Building a Castra, which you came prepared to do...

Building a Castra, which you came prepared to do to a standardised plan, is a completely different thing to building a makeshift bridge over a span of river you have never encountered and had not...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 25th April 2022, 04:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,381
Posted By qarnos
It's not if your bridge doesn't need to really...

It's not if your bridge doesn't need to really exist and you just want to convince people it did :D
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th April 2022, 05:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 628
Posted By qarnos
We can't change history, but we can certainly...

We can't change history, but we can certainly repeat it, and this is best avoided by learning from it rather than shrugging your shoulders and saying "well, we can't change it, so stop bitching".
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 24th April 2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,381
Posted By qarnos
Every telling of the story I have heard/read is...

Every telling of the story I have heard/read is that it was from scratch in 10 days using local timber. This is what is always exclaimed to be the "extraordinary" (with no hint of skepticism) part of...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th April 2022, 05:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 628
Posted By qarnos
I hate the fact that so much of our (Aussie here)...

I hate the fact that so much of our (Aussie here) national identity is tied to the fact that we allowed our men to be used, time and time again, as rear-guard whilst "the real British" retreated, and...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 24th April 2022, 04:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,381
Posted By qarnos
Caesar's Rhine bridges

Casting a skeptical eye to history, what evidence exists that Caesar actually built bridges across the Rhine? The claims are quite extraordinary: That Caesar's army built a bridge across the Rhine in...
Forum: Trials and Errors 22nd April 2022, 03:32 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 14,829
Posted By qarnos
The fact that this information has been released...

The fact that this information has been released when he hasn't yet been charged makes me think they don't really have much on him that isn't circumstantial. They're just prodding the hornet's nest...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 17th April 2022, 05:05 AM
Replies: 587
Views: 26,101
Posted By qarnos
Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I sold...

Sometimes I wonder what would happen if I sold NFT's for the same physical object on different blockchains.

Then I realised it doesn't matter, because it's all pretend value anyway.

Don't like...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 10th April 2022, 05:48 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,871
Posted By qarnos
I thought you might have been on second...

I thought you might have been on second reading... but sometimes it is hard to tell!

Good thing you did, too, because I was about to flame you for having language filters in place! Glad I didn't!...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 10th April 2022, 05:15 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,871
Posted By qarnos
You are probably right about how it would be...

You are probably right about how it would be interpreted. But for me, the issue isn't political correctness or cancel culture, it's just not being a dick for the sake of it.

If the movie went...
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 10th April 2022, 02:53 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,871
Posted By qarnos
I agree 100% I'm not a fan of being told...

I agree 100%

I'm not a fan of being told what words I can and can't say, but there will be so many historical inaccuracies in any movie, why fight over this bone?

It's not even a matter of...
Forum: Welcome! 10th April 2022, 02:46 AM
Replies: 3,367
Views: 1,401,239
Posted By qarnos
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 9th April 2022, 02:13 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,871
Posted By qarnos
In a war where not much was going right for the...

In a war where not much was going right for the Brits, it was great PR, and it certainly achieved more than Dresden.
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 9th April 2022, 01:33 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,871
Posted By qarnos
I always thought they could just not mention the...

I always thought they could just not mention the dog by name.

"I'm sorry, Guy. Your dog is dead".

See? That was easy!
Forum: History, Literature, and the Arts 9th April 2022, 01:31 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,871
Posted By qarnos
I think the documentary you're referring to was...

I think the documentary you're referring to was "building the bouncing bomb". It was decent, though I found the host annoying.
Forum: Welcome! 7th April 2022, 04:58 AM
Replies: 3,367
Views: 1,401,239
Posted By qarnos
I'm not really new... I joined a long time ago...

I'm not really new... I joined a long time ago but haven't been here in a while, apart from a brief visit during the US election last year.

I've been going through a trip down memory lane today,...
Forum: Skeptics Guide to the Universe 7th April 2022, 04:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,121
Posted By qarnos
It's rude to necropost.

It's rude to necropost.
Forum: USA Politics 7th November 2020, 02:47 AM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
It makes me wonder how stupid Trump and his team...

It makes me wonder how stupid Trump and his team really are. Was the whole "don't vote postal" bit a tactic to allow them to try, in the event of a loss, to invalidate the postal votes whilst causing...
Forum: USA Politics 6th November 2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
He's just finished speaking. A brief summary of...

He's just finished speaking. A brief summary of what he said can be found at this live blog...
Forum: USA Politics 6th November 2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
Look, I don't want to start a thing here since...

Look, I don't want to start a thing here since it's already just two people spamming the forum trying to have the last word with each other, but I take exception to someone being called 'sad' over...
Forum: USA Politics 6th November 2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
I take it your not an astronomer. Seriously,...

I take it your not an astronomer.

Seriously, though, calling someone 'sad' for being interested in global affairs probably says more about you than it does about them. Stop being such a jerk.
Forum: USA Politics 6th November 2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
He's got a point. I've heard you can look real...

He's got a point. I've heard you can look real stupid if you claim victory and then lose.
Forum: USA Politics 6th November 2020, 03:34 AM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
He couldn't have possibly dreamed of a better...

He couldn't have possibly dreamed of a better outcome.
Forum: USA Politics 6th November 2020, 02:42 AM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
...and Australian ABC just updated Georgia with...

...and Australian ABC just updated Georgia with Biden ahead. My new numbers show Biden would have to win 102% of the remaining vote to get above the 0.5% recount margin... Don't think that's gonna...
Forum: USA Politics 6th November 2020, 02:32 AM
Replies: 3,614
Views: 103,178
Posted By qarnos
I haven't posted here since the JREF days (which...

I haven't posted here since the JREF days (which I guess means I haven't posted!), but FWIW I ran some calculations using data from the Australian ABC site to calculate votes required to win the...
Forum: Skeptical Events 12th August 2013, 09:32 PM
Replies: 4,841
Views: 340,596
Posted By qarnos
Not at all. I also don't buy into the "I was...

Not at all. I also don't buy into the "I was coerced " statement. I'm offering a hypothetical which [i]may have happened which, in the mind of the woman making the claim, became "I was coerced". Her...
Forum: Skeptical Events 12th August 2013, 08:40 PM
Replies: 4,841
Views: 340,596
Posted By qarnos
Time to de-lurk for a moment. My apologies for...

Time to de-lurk for a moment. My apologies for dredging up a post which is a few days old already.

First, I firmly believe that - in the absence of drink-spiking or similar - you are the only...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 6th October 2012, 11:35 PM
Replies: 9,234
Views: 815,256
Posted By qarnos
"Hey, look! That dude's in his car again, yelling...

"Hey, look! That dude's in his car again, yelling at his footwell".
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd August 2012, 02:51 PM
Replies: 9,234
Views: 815,256
Posted By qarnos
I can see some interesting parallels between...

I can see some interesting parallels between Atheism/Atheism+ and C/C++.

C is a minimalistic bare-bones language. It has it's uses, but lacks features of higher-level languages. So Bjarne...
Forum: Religion and Philosophy 22nd August 2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 9,234
Views: 815,256
Posted By qarnos
It's FAIL+. Get with the program.

It's FAIL+. Get with the program.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 13th April 2011, 02:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,220
Posted By qarnos
Meh... I've seen statistics from 28 cents to a...

Meh... I've seen statistics from 28 cents to a slight gap in favour of women. I stopped giving a crap a while ago. Only one thing is certain: true gender equality will be reached when we have men and...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th March 2011, 07:14 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,836
Posted By qarnos
Even then, if a 10.1 quake ever occurred and the...

Even then, if a 10.1 quake ever occurred and the plant was damaged, we'd never hear the end of it.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 26th March 2011, 06:45 AM
Replies: 3,459
Views: 215,570
Posted By qarnos
I guess you need to make allowances for the fact...

I guess you need to make allowances for the fact that much of the infrastructure in the area is, presumably, non-existent after the quake/tsunami, but even allowing for that, I am becoming...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th March 2011, 05:25 AM
Replies: 3,459
Views: 215,570
Posted By qarnos
Sorry, r-j. I should have written, "in any...

Sorry, r-j.

I should have written, "in any reasonable way".

My apologies for assuming you were in any way reasonable.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th March 2011, 05:06 AM
Replies: 3,459
Views: 215,570
Posted By qarnos
Please explain how nuclear explosives are in any...

Please explain how nuclear explosives are in any way related to nuclear electricity generation, scare-mongering aside.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th March 2011, 04:57 AM
Replies: 3,459
Views: 215,570
Posted By qarnos
How is this relevant to nuclear power generation?

How is this relevant to nuclear power generation?
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 25th March 2011, 04:31 AM
Replies: 3,459
Views: 215,570
Posted By qarnos
This does seem to be dragging on a bit. At...

This does seem to be dragging on a bit.

At first I was willing to give Tokyo Electric the benefit of the doubt over allegations of mis-management of the situation, given all the anti-nuclear...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 24th March 2011, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3,459
Views: 215,570
Posted By qarnos
r-j, you do realise that most of the questions...

r-j, you do realise that most of the questions you are asking can be answered with a few seconds of googling?

You're beginning to sound like the little prat in the movie theatre who spends all his...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 23rd March 2011, 04:32 PM
Replies: 3,459
Views: 215,570
Posted By qarnos
WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE...

WON'T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!11!!11!eleventy!
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 23rd March 2011, 12:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,538
Posted By qarnos
I'll just leave this here... W8qcccZy03s

I'll just leave this here...

W8qcccZy03s
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd March 2011, 11:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,842
Posted By qarnos
Holy crap... "Leaving homosexuality"? So it's a...

Holy crap... "Leaving homosexuality"? So it's a club now?

The sad thing is, these people probably believe in what they do :(
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 22nd March 2011, 12:15 AM
Replies: 593
Views: 60,088
Posted By qarnos
You know what's funny? I keep hearing people say...

You know what's funny? I keep hearing people say "fighting back is not the best solution", yet I never hear these geniuses tell us what the better solutions are.

Seriously, what is the kid...
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