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Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology Yesterday, 08:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 236
Posted By Ziggurat
I'm not sure Waymo actually is ahead of Tesla in...

I'm not sure Waymo actually is ahead of Tesla in terms of technology.

Right now, it's true that Waymo cars are doing fully autonomous driving while Tesla cars are not. But they aren't actually...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 07:42 PM
Replies: 1,896
Views: 43,188
Posted By Ziggurat
Lung capacity, heart size, and Q-angle of the...

Lung capacity, heart size, and Q-angle of the knee, for example. Hormone treatment does nothing to alter these. I believe neuromuscular efficiency advantage remains as well, though I see much less...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 06:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By Ziggurat
That one was also a fake, akin to Sokal.

That one was also a fake, akin to Sokal.
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
It makes no difference to any possible offense on...

It makes no difference to any possible offense on Trump's part. It makes a difference to how things get discovered.

Which would have been a total non-issue, except that the mere thought that...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 01:13 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
How is a lack of a paper trail a defense of...

How is a lack of a paper trail a defense of Trump? That makes no sense. It isn't. Seriously: if you assume (for the sake of argument) I'm right about a lack of a paper trail, does that get Trump...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 01:04 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
Uh, no. You're really bad at reading...

Uh, no. You're really bad at reading comprehension.



Which... logically wouldn't excuse Trump, would it? The lack of tracking has nothing to do with whether or not something is an offense, or...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 01:02 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
And what's your evidence that I keep doing it? ...

And what's your evidence that I keep doing it?

That you keep assuming it.



I already said why, but you keep ignoring it: because there may be no paper trail, not because it's OK. Seriously,...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 01:00 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
None of us know. Seriously, none of us know what...

None of us know. Seriously, none of us know what actual documents were found at Mar a Lago, or where they came from. The point is what could have happened.



Yes. That is true. Any time...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:55 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
That's not relevant. The question was how they...

That's not relevant. The question was how they got to Mar a Lago. If Trump can grab them himself without signing them out, then there's potentially no paper trail.
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:53 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
Again, I'm not trying to clear Trump's name. How...

Again, I'm not trying to clear Trump's name. How many times do I have to say this? Why do you keep assuming it when, even by your own admission, I'm not actually doing that?

What I'm saying is I...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:51 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
The oval office is a SCIF, is it not? ...

The oval office is a SCIF, is it not?

Documents viewed within the oval office aren't leaving a secure area. So no, I don't think they need to be signed out when handled within the oval office.
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
Then prove it. Cite a source that describes this...

Then prove it. Cite a source that describes this rule. Because I don't believe you.

More specifically, so we know exactly what we're disagreeing about, I don't think any paper trail is required...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:33 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
Says who? Classified information is supposed...

Says who?

Classified information is supposed to be stored in secure locations, but I know of no generalized requirement, even at the top secret level, that they must be signed in and out for each...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:21 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
This is circular reasoning. You assume I'm doing...

This is circular reasoning. You assume I'm doing something, and then you never bother to check if I'm actually doing it, because your assumption must be correct, because you always make that...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 12:07 PM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
I didn't bring it up. ZiprHead did. None of...

I didn't bring it up. ZiprHead did. None of your assumptions about what I'm saying are actually true. Seriously, go back, read ZiprHead's post, read my post WITHOUT the assumption that I'm trying...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
I didn't say he could. But if ZiprHead was...

I didn't say he could. But if ZiprHead was correct, then there would have been a record of who signed the classified documents out of storage. But since he's NOT correct (at least in general), then...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 11:50 AM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
Did I say "Trump"? No, I said the President. ...

Did I say "Trump"? No, I said the President.

Again, stop assuming everyone sees everything through the partisan lens you do.



I'm sure he didn't have all those documents in the oval office....
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 11:20 AM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
Why would that be the case? The President isn't...

Why would that be the case? The President isn't going to have somebody sign documents in and out every time he wants to see something classified. That's way too inconvenient. Surely the President...
Forum: USA Politics Yesterday, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1,166
Views: 27,964
Posted By Ziggurat
Because it's relevant to how classified material...

Because it's relevant to how classified material can end up where it's not supposed to be.



Perhaps they should always be tracked, but they aren't always. Given the amount of paperwork that...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1,896
Views: 43,188
Posted By Ziggurat
That's exactly what's happening. People who...

That's exactly what's happening. People who declare themselves to be trans, but who still LOOK male, are trying to use female facilities, and demanding accommodation. And activists are demanding...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 08:22 AM
Replies: 3,194
Views: 104,897
Posted By Ziggurat
Here's one attempt to figure that out: ...

Here's one attempt to figure that out:
QcUcp0oHTuo

He argues that the 60k/day rate is likely overstated, and thinks it's probably closer to 10k per day. He also estimates 5-15 million shell...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 08:06 AM
Replies: 3,194
Views: 104,897
Posted By Ziggurat
Fun fact: one of the reasons they were able to...

Fun fact: one of the reasons they were able to develop and deploy the GBU-28 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GBU-28) in an amazingly short time period (around 3 weeks!) is that they actually used...
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 07:55 AM
Replies: 3,194
Views: 104,897
Posted By Ziggurat
Not totally. The thing is, Russia can't just...

Not totally. The thing is, Russia can't just drain their stockpiles to zero. They NEED to keep a large stockpile, because they have other borders they need to be able to defend, just in case. And...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 07:45 AM
Replies: 1,896
Views: 43,188
Posted By Ziggurat
I'm going to disagree with smartcooky and say...

I'm going to disagree with smartcooky and say that there's some truth to this. However, it's also irrelevant, and at the end of the day my disagreement with him is primarily a technicality. But...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events Yesterday, 07:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By Ziggurat
Pulling it is how this whole thing started. ...

Pulling it is how this whole thing started.
:duck:



Well, we know it's not reproductive to do so.
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics Yesterday, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3,194
Views: 104,897
Posted By Ziggurat
Not just embarrassing, expensive too. I know...

Not just embarrassing, expensive too. I know they've got big stockpiles, but they've got to be burning through those at that rate. Plus, they're effectively running through, what, 20+ barrels per...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 10:39 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
That idea is wrong, and obviously so. We have...

That idea is wrong, and obviously so. We have been over this before. Tired light fails, and this is just another version.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 10:15 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
That idea is wrong, and obviously so. Such light...

That idea is wrong, and obviously so. Such light wouldn't have a black body spectrum.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 05:20 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
You will make excuses.

You will make excuses.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 04:07 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
Independent of the big bang, basic thermodynamics...

Independent of the big bang, basic thermodynamics says that there are first stars. Nothing looks endless.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th August 2022, 01:39 PM
Replies: 1,896
Views: 43,188
Posted By Ziggurat
As long as there's any form of sex segregation,...

As long as there's any form of sex segregation, nobody has the same rights as ANYONE else. And trans activists are not fighting to remove all sex segregation. The question is, who should a trans...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
If we see galaxies at the same z as the CMB, yes,...

If we see galaxies at the same z as the CMB, yes, that would be.

I'm not worried that this will happen.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 12:43 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
Sure, but we have to make observations to...

Sure, but we have to make observations to determine the curve, we can't really predict it with any confidence. So if the curve turns out to be not what we expected, well, that's irrelevant to...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th August 2022, 12:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By Ziggurat
In fairness, the journal doesn't describe itself...

In fairness, the journal doesn't describe itself as "scientific", but merely as "scholarly". And the distinction matters, because fields like literature and history can be quite scholarly without...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
Yes, you are. Hans is right, your...

Yes, you are.



Hans is right, your reading comprehension is garbage.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 12:12 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
OK, Mike, you're bad at math and bad at logic,...

OK, Mike, you're bad at math and bad at logic, but maybe you can understand a simple picture. Here's a diagram of possible evolution of the number of galaxies over time. I've marked the halfway...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
Again, that reasoning only works if you ignore...

Again, that reasoning only works if you ignore galaxy mergers.

Why are you still ignoring galaxy mergers?
Forum: Non-USA & General Politics 16th August 2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 3,194
Views: 104,897
Posted By Ziggurat
I disagree, I think it's an important...

I disagree, I think it's an important distinction. I would say a counteroffensive is where you're trying to retake territory you lost. And air strikes deep into Russian held territory, by...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th August 2022, 11:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By Ziggurat
I saw the thread title and thought, did he mean...

I saw the thread title and thought, did he mean "wonky"?

No. No you did not.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th August 2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 845
Posted By Ziggurat
The entire concept of autoethnography is garbage....

The entire concept of autoethnography is garbage. It's just a fancy word for "I'm going to talk about myself because I'm too lazy to do any actual research". This specific case highlights the...
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th August 2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 1,896
Views: 43,188
Posted By Ziggurat
From a public policy perspective, I think that...

From a public policy perspective, I think that would be the nail in the coffin of self ID.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
That depends on stuff like galaxy merger rates,...

That depends on stuff like galaxy merger rates, and we don't have any theoretical models for stuff like that which are independent of observations. So there's basically no way of predicting that...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
Area, not circumference. But even with that...

Area, not circumference. But even with that mistake, the point is it's not 1. Can you understand why that's significant?

No, probably not.



Wrong.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
But you don't understand why that still matters...

But you don't understand why that still matters to your claim.

You aren't very good at math. Or logic.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
That might make sense if there was no mechanism...

That might make sense if there was no mechanism to reduce the number of galaxies over time. But there is: galaxy mergers. Which your source talks about, but you seem to have ignored.

You have a...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
Why would you think that? From that...

Why would you think that?



From that paper:
"The total number of galaxies in the universe is an interesting scientific question, although it may not reveal anything fundamental about the...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 09:15 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
I did not previously know but I'm not surprised...

I did not previously know but I'm not surprised to find out that Lerner is a commie. Conspiratorial thinking tends to lead to errors in multiple domains of thought.
Forum: Social Issues & Current Events 16th August 2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 1,896
Views: 43,188
Posted By Ziggurat
What strikes me as odd about this response is...

What strikes me as odd about this response is that the primary concern isn't about transwomen who have undergone sex change surgery, but about transwomen who don't.
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
I took a look at that. He mentions a paper whose...

I took a look at that. He mentions a paper whose title starts with "Panic!" as if that proves cosmologists and astronomers are in disarray. Now, that is indeed a strange way to start a title, so it...
Forum: Science, Mathematics, Medicine, and Technology 16th August 2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 367
Views: 5,283
Posted By Ziggurat
That depends on how not right it is. ...

That depends on how not right it is.

Newtonian mechanics is wrong. But most of the time, that doesn't matter. Most of the time, it's still right enough. Or to be more precise in my language,...
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