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Forum: Weird News 21 August 2018, 05:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 152
Posted By erwins
Sounds like what was happening when it turned...

Sounds like what was happening when it turned out, we had a short in one of our phone jacks. It would randomly be "off the hook" (even though there was no phone plugged in there), and it dialed...
Forum: SLC 20 August 2018, 11:35 PM
Replies: 657
Views: 67,230
Posted By erwins
It's not new. I have a long highway commute, and...

It's not new. I have a long highway commute, and for many years I've been noticing (and often keeping count of) the hawks I see sitting on fence posts, road signs, and power poles next to the...
Forum: SLC 15 August 2018, 12:52 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 11,276
Posted By erwins
Yeah, I was mentioning it as a reason to conclude...

Yeah, I was mentioning it as a reason to conclude it was a scam, but didn't finish my thought.
Forum: SLC 14 August 2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 11,276
Posted By erwins
I've wondered that, too, Genyus. My speculation...

I've wondered that, too, Genyus. My speculation has been that it was to bring them within laws against counterfeiting, by making them have inherent monetary value, but I have no idea if that's...
Forum: SLC 14 August 2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 225
Views: 11,276
Posted By erwins
The first one or two digits of a credit card...

The first one or two digits of a credit card number encode the kind of card it is, so giving four digits would not be a very good way of identifying a particular card.
Forum: Crash and Burn 14 August 2018, 12:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,659
Posted By erwins
It will be very interesting to learn who was...

It will be very interesting to learn who was involved in that decision, who was advocating for what, and what reasons were given for not closing the road. And how much of an alarm was raised about...
Forum: Crash and Burn 13 August 2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,659
Posted By erwins
I followed the discussion over on the eng-tips...

I followed the discussion over on the eng-tips forum for a while, and that was the general theory there as well.

My question after seeing those pictures is why the road was not closed after the...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 13 August 2018, 02:59 AM
Replies: 589
Views: 205,902
Posted By erwins
As far as I have heard, the jury was not asked to...

As far as I have heard, the jury was not asked to make special findings. So, the jury acquitted Astarita. The jurors may have thought he didn't fire, he didn't lie, or just that they could not be...
Forum: Business Bytes 11 August 2018, 05:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 820
Posted By erwins
In my city, people call for cabs. And there are...

In my city, people call for cabs. And there are apps you can use to get a cab in NYC. I don't know enough about the distinctions to know if it would matter, and if so, how. My point was that for...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 11 August 2018, 04:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,204
Posted By erwins
There is no "Alex Jones," just an actor playing a...

There is no "Alex Jones," just an actor playing a kooky right-wing conspiracy theorist to discredit conservatives. Ugh. Sometimes irony is painful.
Forum: Business Bytes 10 August 2018, 04:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 820
Posted By erwins
That's part of Uber and Lyft's legal problem as...

That's part of Uber and Lyft's legal problem as well. They relied on claims to be just arranging rides between people who wanted a ride and people who were using their own vehicles to provide a few...
Forum: SLC 10 August 2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 16,458
Posted By erwins
I saw a white, well-preserved 1964 or '65 Ford...

I saw a white, well-preserved 1964 or '65 Ford Thunderbird. If I pass it again today, I may be able to tell which of the two based on minor styling changes. I know it's not a '66 because the...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 09 August 2018, 11:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,829
Posted By erwins
Um, OK. It seemed to me you had been arguing...

Um, OK. It seemed to me you had been arguing with previous posts (which consists, generally, of making claims or having a point you are advancing). You claimed flatlands don't burn. People provided...
Forum: Wild Kingdom 09 August 2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By erwins
With several of them I question whether they are...

With several of them I question whether they are truly "wildlife" as opposed to exotic pets or in zoos or sanctuaries of one kind or another. But they are adorable photos.
Forum: Rantidote 09 August 2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 969
Views: 101,786
Posted By erwins
I'm not sure if it is happening more, but the...

I'm not sure if it is happening more, but the degree of acceptance when someone is actually caught blatantly lying about their opponent seems to have increased exponentially recently.
Forum: Rantidote 09 August 2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 969
Views: 101,786
Posted By erwins
The example of the deterioration of public...

The example of the deterioration of public discourse in that incident is not the use of the f-word. It's that political adversaries were trying to spread the idea that a venture capitalist was a...
Forum: Rantidote 09 August 2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 969
Views: 101,786
Posted By erwins
Who is supposed to be a millennial in that...

Who is supposed to be a millennial in that scenario?

I'm not a millennial, and I couldn't care less about an answer like that. I get why a politician should avoid it, but I disagree with people...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 09 August 2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,829
Posted By erwins
So the claim is that flat lands don't burn, in...

So the claim is that flat lands don't burn, in California? What is your point, exactly?
Forum: Rantidote 08 August 2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 986
Views: 91,400
Posted By erwins
In some cases, it may be "we've discovered a way...

In some cases, it may be "we've discovered a way to dumb/water down (depending on the product) what makes our product distinctive, so now it is more appealing to a greater number of people -- even if...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 08 August 2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,829
Posted By erwins
Another problem from clear cutting is that, to...

Another problem from clear cutting is that, to comply with requirements that clear-cut areas be replanted, the logging companies replant only the commercially desirable tree species, and of course,...
Forum: Amusement Bark 08 August 2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,156
Posted By erwins
Yeah, I don't think it makes sense to make it go...

Yeah, I don't think it makes sense to make it go both ways. George Reeves was Superman. So was Christopher Reeve. If the question is who had the most iconic portrayal of Superman, you can have a...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 08 August 2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,829
Posted By erwins
Yeah, invasive species play a part as well. ...

Yeah, invasive species play a part as well. Oregon's wildfire season has been extended by about a month in many areas because of invasive cheatgrass. It requires more water to grow, so it dries out...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 08 August 2018, 12:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,829
Posted By erwins
People are definitely part of the problem. ...

People are definitely part of the problem. Around 3/4 of the over 1000 wildfires in Oregon last season were human caused. The other quarter were caused by lightning strikes.

It's not hard to...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 07 August 2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,829
Posted By erwins
I think climate change is having an impact as...

I think climate change is having an impact as well. The last few summers here have been much more consistently hot than usual, and they followed mild, wet, winter and spring. That has meant that...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 07 August 2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,615
Posted By erwins
I love the simplest, most graceful counter...

I love the simplest, most graceful counter protests, like the people in giant angel wings with their backs silently turned to the Westboro protesters at the funerals in Orlando. (Blocking them from...
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