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  • Ok if anyone else is having this problem this may be your answer:


    If you are trying to hide absolute positioned elements make sure the container of those absolute positioned elements is relatively positioned.

  • I’ve never actual felt threatened in a restaurant. Ever. Even one empty of guns.


    Sometimes I felt the food might be a danger.

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       never been in a bar fight?
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      Not in TGIF Fridays.


      Heck, not even in scuzzy bars. I’ve seen one, once, but in general they seem to be (1) not really that common and (2) less and less common.


      I can’t imagine a gun leading to better outcomes the one time I saw a bar fight.


      Certainly nowhere there were kids. The one I saw was, in fact, between two guys that were friends.


      Apparently booze makes you more prone to impulsive acts, so I’m pretty sure I’d like to keep “booze” and “guns” separated by the wall of “common freaking sense”.

    • I’m curious… is there a subtle way among gun carriers to let them know they are acting in err? Sort of analogous to XYZ when someone’s got their fly down?

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  • Specifics on gun control would really distract from the heart of the problem — a congress that will accept no restrictions on guns of any kind, and an electorate that keeps voting them back into office.
  • I’m not sure what is so empty about his rhetoric. This study says that gun control works. If that’s true, what does that mean? Will it save the world and stop all gun violence? But it will, in theory, reduce the casualty count. The idea that this is empty is bizarre.


    Or you can devote yourself to a dull ideology which loathes public health and loves selfishness and fascist fairy tales all in order to assure yourself that gun control has no chance of working and then go from there.

  • What this post doesn’t do is explain why it’s necessary that Americans have such easy access to guns. For hunting? For protection against street crime or home invasion? To defend one’s homeland against invasion by the Huns, the Nazis, the Commies, or ISIS? Or the Klingons? I don’t get it. And I also don’t get Doug’s constant braying about our precious constitutional rights. As far as I know, private ownership of flame throwers is illegal. Is this an infringement of our civil liberties? Are there any restrictions on our liberties of the type called for by Thomas Hobbes that Doug would accept? I know that he has a bee in his bonnet about gun rights. What I don’t understand is why.

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  • Finally, if your know the string is in a file in the current directory there's no need to use the find command. You just use grep, like this:

    grep -il 'foo' *.java

    • Classic comic example: An alien woman in an old EC title did in her earthling husband on her wedding night after seeing his navel and realising he was a mammal. This entirely Caucasian-looking blonde-haired woman with nice, perky breasts was supposed to be from an egg-laying species who find the mammalian lifestyle disgusting. 

  • Constraints are incrementally added to a solver, then the solver computes a feasible & optimal solution to all the constraints. Constraint programming focuses on intentions, not implementation. This makes constraints a perfect fit for empowering declarative languages like CSS.


    Regular imperative programming approach focuses on the implementation instead, making programmer solve the problems.

  • It’s not a perfect piece of legislation and it is an absolutely horrific implementation. Even with the 30 day grace period of the teabaggers immolating themselves over the government shutdown, they couldn’t fix it fast enough. But still a long way from a “bad piece of legislation”.

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  • You’d think that running back inside a place whose employees are trying to throw you out was a bad idea, but let’s remember we’re talking about very drunk people here. The bar become associated with pleasant emotions, of safety and calm and getting the booze buzz on. They don’t think it through in the heat of the moment that even if they succeed and get back in the bar, they still aren’t going to be served.


  • It’s not hard for a lawyer to take testimony like this and use it to impeach a witness’ credibility and sometimes even her confidence. “How far was it from point A to point B” gets you “About a hundred feet,” and “How long did it take the bouncer to run from point A to point B?” gets you “Very fast, about three seconds.” Well, come on. The world record for the 100-meter dash is Usain Bolt’s 9.58 seconds — a little math reveals that mr. Bolt can ran almost that fast five years ago, under ideal conditions. Can a 45-year-old overweight bar bouncer duplicate that speed in a crowded bar? Doesn’t seem very likely.


  • But sometimes, a woman just gets drunk and doesn’t like being cut off by the bartender, just like her male counterpart. Or she responds disproportionately to a trivial miscommunication as though it were an intentional insult or a challenge, just like a drunk man more stereotypically will. Conquering my prejudice that women are disinclined to violence as a means of conflict resolution was an uncomfortable bit of growth I had to go through, in part because I didn’t think that it was a very complimentary sort of thing to observe.


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  • I think it could have the potential to bring the mother and father closer together, taking turns holding/incubating the egg.


    Unless one of them fumbles.

  • I find it funny that there are already luddite human nature essentialists weighing in on how some enabling reproductive technology would just lead to a degradation of moral character in a bloody thread about what would happen if humans laid eggs.
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    That would be like the argument over formula vs breastfeeding, although slightly more drastic. Some will do one, some the other, although most will probably do both.


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    • Would we still eat the eggs of other animals? Might we find it abhorrent? After all, we don't eat the fetuses of anything now. 
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    • But eating the fetuses of other animals would be messy and difficult. I figured the reason we ate bird eggs was because they were there. 
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    • You'd find the bargaining power between the sexes would become much more equal. As it stands now, due to evolutionary forces women tend to have the upper hand. Attractive women can simply sit back and wait for men to proposition them. Men have to be more active when it comes to finding mates. Men compete; women choose. You'd see more women propositioning men if we procreated by incubating eggs.

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      You know that the chicken eggs we eat are unfertilized eggs, right? You're not going to make a very good omelet with a fertilized egg.
      Sigh. The correct response would have been, "what do you mean? Abortions are already delicious!"
    • Well, Helen of Troy was hatched from an egg. How did that work out?
    • I bet we'd have "egg safes"; armored and insulated boxes with electric heaters designed to protect the egg from everything from theft to fires to a building collapse.
        Assuming that the eggs need to be kept warm, I expect the development of ever increasingly sophisticated methods of keeping them warm without a woman having to hug or sit on them. Apes would sit on their eggs; pre-industrial human societies would probably have some sort of small enclosed "egg house" with low burning coals, to provide a warm but not-too-hot temperature. Women would need to hang around and check the fire, but could do other things besides squatting on eggs all day. The invention of reliable artificial heat would be a major driver for women's liberation.

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    • Men would be asked to share in incubation duties. The people at BIG STROLLER would create incubator strollers, with moms-to-be toodling around town, giving you the death stare if you dare come too close and break their egg. Stupid people would bejewel the eggs and paint them with misinterpreted Chinese symbols. The black market for eggs would proliferate, with eggs being sold on eBay for as much as $50,000. Easter egg grass stock would quadruple. The Royal Baby egg would have its own gilded litter for traveling. People magazine would commission pictures of it. Why would you put an egg on your cover? It's just a stupid fucking egg. Lame.


      "Hatching parties" would become a thing. Your friend would invite you to her house once the egg first cracks and offer mimosas to you as you watch the baby slither out of its shell, and you'll have to pretend that it isn't disgusting.

    • A surefire way to draw attention to your gimmick is to involve sex, racism, occultism or patriotism somehow. Thus, I would create a wrestler named GEORGE TIMMERMAN, who carries a firearm and attacks black wrestlers without provocation. I feel like that would really help spur a national conversation.

    • To me, there’s an obvious way for the GOP to respond to both developments: run against as proof that Democrats can’t even build a website, and argue that the Iran deal vindicates a tough negotiating posture with adversaries, and now requires continued vigilance in implementation. But I suspect they will do neither, instead running against as proof that government can’t even build a website (implicitly conceding that Republicans wouldn’t do any better), and arguing that the fact that we got a deal with Iran proves that we weren’t tough enough (implicitly conceding that their goal is continued conflict, possibly war, and not a solution to the nuclear standoff). In other words, I expect a depressingly ideological rather than pragmatic response to both the Administration’s failures and its successes.


      • The idea that government can’t build a website is pretty weak, both in that government has lots of functioning websites and that government build the whole internet.

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    • Arguing that “Democrats can’t build a website” would be a stupid argument; given that Obama’s political operation has displayed quite good IT skills. Unfortunately (for Obama), those aren’t the folks developing And of course, the GOP has done nothing to demonstrate competence in government since Rudy Guliani stood atride the rubble of 9/11 with a bullhorn.


      Which brings us to the “government can’t do it” argument. Here, critics of government actually have a point–the agency problem rears its ugly head (as it does in many instances of government procurement). Of course, mass privatization and outsourcing is frequently the wrong solution.


      The bureaucrats in HHS don’t have the IT expertise to do this, so they have to contract out. Government contracting is a byzantine labyrinth of regulations, all designed to outlaw prior ways in which contractors fleeced the public purse–all of which cost a lot of money and make it difficult do do this sort of project.

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