why celsius/centigrade is better than fahrenehenheit
easier to spell
all water below 0 is ice. easy and logical
all water above 100 is steam. easy and logical
if it’s 1 degree outside one day and 10 degrees the next you can literally say it’s 10x warmer and you aren’t even exaggerating
why farhenininheniehenhet is better than centigrate/celsius
Except when you’re deep underwater or in a mountain.
Also it wouldn’t be 10 times warmer from 1°C to 10°C because 0°C isn’t the least amount of heat possible; same reason you aren’t 10 times as far away from the center of the earth when you go from 1 foot above sea level to 10 feet above sea level. 10°C isn’t ten times as much warmth as 1°C, it’s about 1.04 times as much warmth. (It is 10 times as far above 0°C, but you could say exactly the same thing about 1°F vs. 10°F then.)
You can have racial discrimination towards a white person, i.e. calling them a “cracka” or insulting them for being white, but that doesn’t mean racism exists against white people.
There has never been a time where an extreme amount of white people were constantly degraded, harassed, abused, and tormented for the specific reason of their skin. I challenge you to find me a time.
Yeah sure, there are people who are racially discriminating towards white people, but they’re acting in a racist manner.
There was a whole period in the US spanning from the late 1800s up to today where POC, Latinos, Middle Easterners, and Asians are harassed and tormented constantly, belittled and treated as if they were the creatures of satan himself, all because they aren’t white.
You even see it when crimes are reported. If a white person were to launch on a killing spree, the first things you always hear are “He was so smart” or “He was mentally unstable” or anything like that. If a POC were to launch an attack in a similar fashion, the first thing you ever hear is ”Criminal” or “Terrorist.”
I could go on and on and on but I’m not going to, but I do challenge you: Find me any extended period of time, or any culture, or any large representation in which white people are discriminated against, tormented and harassed because of their skin tone, or viewed as inferior because of their skin tone, in a large population.You won’t find a single thing.
Well, I doubt it’ll be accepted but the Irish were discriminated against as well in America and England at about the time of the Jim Crow laws; European Jews in WWII were largely white and there’s a lot of hatred going on in the UK right now towards the Polish and also this weird animosity towards ‘gingers’ generally.
Except that the reason ‘white’ is such a big racial group and doesn’t have much of an identity to discriminate against in general is that it tends to be used sweepingly, to refer to ALL whites. There ARE places in the world where POCs are dominant and it’s dangerous to be white. Not British white or American white, but they exist.
I’m not trying to say that racial discrimination is less bad than it is. I’m just saying that sweeping generalisations are almost always wrong and there are no nevers or alwayses. Especially with people. That’s all.
But something to keep in mind is when Irish people were discriminated against in America and England, they literally weren’t considered white, but rather a distinct race; same for European Jews back in that time period (and even today, there are significant numbers of people that would probably say that being ethnically Jewish is distinct from white).
Sometimes I wonder if future civilizations will have archaeological expeditions that delve into the archaic remains of the internet to find out what our era was like. What the hell will they think about us?
Present civilizations already do that, if more on the anthropology or sociology side of things than the archaeology; there’s a treasure trove of information in the Internet Archive, and a lot of scientists have been combing over it for years. It’s similar if not identical, but I remember also reading about work in using word usage patterns over Twitter to determine and even predict the national mood in a given country.
I got tired of people savvying me about the revelations of NSA surveillance and asking why anyone would care about secret, intrusive spying, so I wrote a new Guardian column about it, “The NSA’s Prism: why we should care.”
We’re bad at privacy because the consequences of privacy disclosures are separated by a lot of time and space from the disclosures themselves. It’s like trying to get good at cricket by swinging the bat, closing your eyes before you see where the ball is headed, and then being told, months later, somewhere else, where the ball went. So of course we’re bad at privacy: almost all our privacy disclosures do no harm, and some of them cause grotesque harm, but when this happens, it happens so far away from the disclosure that we can’t learn from it.
You should care about privacy because privacy isn’t secrecy. I know what you do in the toilet, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to close the door when you go in the stall.
You should care about privacy because if the data says you’ve done something wrong, then the person reading the data will interpret everything else you do through that light. Naked Citizens, a short, free documentary, documents several horrifying cases of police being told by computers that someone might be up to something suspicious, and thereafter interpreting everything they learn about that suspect as evidence of wrongdoing. For example, when a computer programmer named David Mery entered a tube station wearing a jacket in warm weather, an algorithm monitoring the CCTV brought him to the attention of a human operator as someone suspicious. When Mery let a train go by without boarding, the operator decided it was alarming behaviour. The police arrested him, searched him, asked him to explain every scrap of paper in his flat. A doodle consisting of random scribbles was characterised as a map of the tube station. Though he was never convicted of a crime, Mery is still on file as a potential terrorist eight years later, and can’t get a visa to travel abroad. Once a computer ascribes suspiciousness to someone, everything else in that person’s life becomes sinister and inexplicable.
An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a German are all standing watching a street performer do some excellent juggling. The juggler notices that the four gentlemen have a very poor view, so he stands up on a large wooden box and calls out, “Can you all see me now?”
“Yes.” “Oui.” “Sí.” “Ja.”
Took me about ten minutes to finally understand this
I’ll tell you who: 20% of northern americans, 38% of europeans, 60% of southern americans, 73% of asians. These are all huge markets or markets that companies are trying to penetrate or need to penetrate to sustain the huge costs these games are going to cost for the XBOX ONE and PS4. Sony had the forethought to think of people in other countries who want to play games who aren’t as privileged as you are.
So, what? I have internet. I don’t care.
Good for you for having internet that is always on 24/7 regardless of power outages or cable companies tinkering with your internet, but you are supporting a dangerous precedent. Companies are trying their damndest to make sure you do not own that which you rightfully paid for, and this is a step in that direction. Consider this, you are currently paying 60+ dollars for new games. Microsoft wants you to pay 60$ for what is essentially just a license, and not even a full license. Did you think it was a good thing not being able to play Diablo 3 for days when you paid 60 dollars for it? Or Sim City for weeks? Online DRM means you are only paying full price to borrow games from companies. The same games a few years ago you would fully own.
Shouldn’t developers and publishers get that money though?
Absolutely, but J.K. Rowling does not get a percentage of used Harry Potter books. Chrysler did not get a cut of the first car I bought. The idea that because Take2 wants more money means I shouldn’t own something is laughable. It’s popular to hate on Gamestop, but they provide a better service to their customers and that’s why they make money hand over fist. If publishers want more money, then maybe they should figure out how to compete with other companies instead of punishing their customers.
Steam has online DRM though! You need an internet connection to play steam games.
This comparison does not hold weight for so many reasons. For starters, Steam is an online service that requires internet to purchase most of it’s games. Second, you don’t need an internet connection to actually play games, and I can lend my account to friends who may not be able to afford Portal 2 or whatever the new game is, and many of the games people get go for mere dollars. On top of all of that? It’s a personal computer service on open platforms, and I’m not paying a used game fee to install Half Life 2 on my new machine, and I don’t need to for any number of machines I run my account on be it 5 machines that are currently running today or maybe a new computer 10 years from now. It’s a fantastic service with almost no negatives and very many positives to outweigh them.
Whatever. It’s still installed games. This is where the future is. Get used to it.
This is only the future if we let it become the future. You vote with your wallet, as I’ll be doing. If you want to support a company that can shut down servers for single player games making them inoperable, and that restricts your freedom to do what you want with your property, that is your choice to make, but it is a choice. You were presented with a very clear choice today with Sony that does not support “getting used to” things getting worse for consumers, and if you love Halo so much that you’d support an inconvenient and restrictive future for this medium because you don’t care that you’re being held in low regard, you know where to throw 500 dollars.
The master has regenerated before (in fact one of the first thing he does in the new series is regenerate from his Dr. Yana body, but he’s regenerated in the old series)
HOWEVER there is a big element of truth here, SPOILER WARNING - -
It’s reasonable to assume that the next incarnation of the doctor WILL be evil, and here’s why:
The Valeyard is the Doctor’s evil regeneration - between his “12th and final incarnations”.. but given what we know now (John Hurt, the “non doctor” incarnation between 8 and 9 is his 9th incarnation) technically 11 is his “12th incarnation”.
That means the next time the Doctor Regenerates, he should become the Valeyard, although with the time lock he won’t be able to go back in time and try to steal his younger self’s incarnations in Trial of a Time Lord.
SPOILER WARNING ABOVE
The Valeyard isn’t the Doctor’s final incarnation, though; he’s more like a 12.5th incarnation, formed between the two incarnations but not actually the Doctor. The Doctor is never fated to regenerate into the Valeyard, he’s more like a gestalt drawn from the darkest sides of all the Doctor’s regenerations by the Time Lords; the Master says as much in that arc. It’s kind of like the Watcher being the Doctor’s 4.5th incarnation; it’s not someone he ever turns into, it’s an even weirder situation than that. Time Lords seem to have this ability to form intermediary or side incarnations through some sort of subconscious psychic impetus or strong expression of personality characteristics or something, they never really explain it exactly but they are pretty clear that these aren’t actually regenerations of the Doctor.
That’s why I’m thinking that John Hurt might be a similar situation. He might not really be the 9th incarnation of the Doctor, but more of an 8.5th in the vein of the Watcher or the Valeyard. He even kind of looks like a blend of McGann and Eccleston, though that’s not exactly evidence either way.