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The white robes signify that you don't actually have to do any work or sit on the ground, and that you can pay someone to wash them for you all the time if they do get dirty. Impractical is a way to show that you don't need to work for your food - where do you think fashion like long nails and impossible hairstyles come from?
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Heh, you wish. Although it's probably coming for me sooner or later w the amount of drugs I ingest.
I've heard from a news camera man that red conflicts in some filming settings, I wonder if it's related.
Having been through cancer, I wouldn't wish it on anybody.

Back to the question, I just did a test myself by looking at the same sentence in various colours on a white background, and if account for lighter colours being more difficult to read due to lack of contrast (yellow I could not read at all on a white background), red was definitely the most challenging of the darker colours. Not Chinese hard to read, but definitely more difficult.

BTW, I am fairly seriously dyslexic. Or at least I was when I was younger. Don't really know if the condition has improved or I have gotten better at coping. Reading long numbers or random stings of letters/symbols (long passwords, serial numbers, etc) accurately is almost an impossibility for me. If cut and past didn't exist, my life would be much more difficult.
     
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Secret to happiness:

cir(4RgF;*~dbGlp(<cSca5@2
     
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Feb 4, 2017, 04:39 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Secret to happiness:

cir(4RgF;*~dbGlp(<cSca5@2
Copy, paste, change colour...

cir(4RgF;*~dbGlp(<cSca5@2

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Umm... spoiler.
     
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Feb 5, 2017, 07:31 PM
 
Ahhh it's so bad my browser seriously cant even copy & paste it.
Anyway I dont get it, what does
круг (красный является комковато- цвет)
Mean, and where did you learn of this dyslexic thing? It would make perfect sense I guess.
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Feb 5, 2017, 07:53 PM
 
I got the dyslexia idea from Google, so a taking with a few grains of salt are warranted.

What I typed in red is just a random string of (non-Cyrillic) characters.
     
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May 30, 2017, 10:37 PM
 
Random grammar questions:

Is it "She is moving so slow" or "She is moving so slowly?"

Also, "The plane is ready for landing" or "The plane is ready to land?"

I believe I know the answers, but I've heard the opposite so many times that I'm questioning myself. Just want to confirm.
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May 30, 2017, 11:31 PM
 
I don't know if it's grammatically superior, but if I can make the sentence without an "ing", I do so. Especially if the verb isn't about what directly follows.

Other things I eliminate...


"That"

This word gets overused. It can often be replaced with "which", or dropped entirely.


"You"

At least in internet debate. It comes off as accusatory whether intended that way or not.
     
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May 31, 2017, 03:49 AM
 
Originally Posted by mindwaves View Post
Random grammar questions:

Is it "She is moving so slow" or "She is moving so slowly?"

Also, "The plane is ready for landing" or "The plane is ready to land?"

I believe I know the answers, but I've heard the opposite so many times that I'm questioning myself. Just want to confirm.
"Slowly". Though it would be "she moves so slowly" if you're making a general statement, rather than one about just that particular situation.

For the plane, both are okay, but the focus is different: in one, it's about the plane, in the other, it's about the action about to be taken - interestingly either by the crew (transitive verb) or the plane itself (intransitive).

Note that this shifting of focus doesn't work with "take-off", as that's not a transitive verb.
     
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May 31, 2017, 05:19 AM
 
Thanks for the replies.
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Jun 2, 2017, 11:27 AM
 
Why do human rear ends have two cheeks? Maybe we used to have one cheek, but our ancient forefathers saw the future of our civilization and kicked our asses to form a second cheek as a reminder.

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Jun 2, 2017, 11:43 PM
 
If we only had one we'd be merpeople.
     
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Jun 3, 2017, 10:48 AM
 
I guess a single one be stretched uncomfortably when striding along.
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Jun 3, 2017, 01:57 PM
 
Originally Posted by BLAZE_MkIV View Post
If we only had one we'd be merpeople.
Or from Remulak
 
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Jun 5, 2017, 01:19 AM
 
Why did it take me this long to realize the word "Kansas" is in "Arkansas"?
     
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Jun 5, 2017, 03:46 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Why did it take me this long to realize the word "Kansas" is in "Arkansas"?
Me too upon seeing it now. That is one of the problems with the spoken English language. Same spelling, but two totally different pronunciations. Imagine trying to teach a non-native speaker.
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Jun 5, 2017, 12:39 PM
 
IIUC, this was the result of a word with Native American origins, in a place originally settled by the French, and then once taken over by English speakers, was split between the illiterate locals who would say "Arkansaw" regardless of how it was spelled, and the single, local newspaper magnate insisting it get spelled differently.

There were apparently several decades of argument over it, and pronouncing it like Kansas was one of the contenders during that time.
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Why did it take me this long to realize the word "Kansas" is in "Arkansas"?
What? I've been jokingly calling it can-saw since I was a kid. English is ****ed, yo
     
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Jun 7, 2017, 07:11 PM
 
Both states are named after the Indians who lived there and both were named by the French I beleive.

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The French explorers were the first to write down the name of the Kansa Indians. They also named a river after them. One French explorer put the name “Kansas” on a map. Soon everyone called this place Kansas, after the people who lived here.

The Kansa tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word "Arkansas" itself is a French pronunciation ("Arcansas") of a Quapaw (a related "Kaw" tribe) word, akakaze, meaning "land of downriver people" or the Sioux word akakaze meaning "people of the south wind".

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Jun 16, 2017, 08:55 PM
 
Originally Posted by And.reg View Post
Why do human rear ends have two cheeks? Maybe we used to have one cheek, but our ancient forefathers saw the future of our civilization and kicked our asses to form a second cheek as a reminder.

The two cheeks are part of moving our legs. Those muscles (gluteus minimus, g. medius, and g. maximus, with a few others deep underneath) are so specific to moving each thigh that they needed full separation. And thus the potential for g-strings was created.

And if we didn't have that separation betwixt one and the other, we'd have more problems than deciding whether or not to buy a Squatty Potty.

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And thus the potential for g-strings was created.
     
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Jun 20, 2017, 09:40 PM
 
Yes, butt butt....
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Jul 20, 2017, 01:33 AM
 
So, I image one of the reasons people don't get robbed in their cars more often is in a pinch, a car makes for a pretty decent instrument of death.

How does that change once cars start being designed with the first law of robotics?
     
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Jul 20, 2017, 11:01 AM
 
Hmm... maybe at the same time cars would be designed with non-lethal forms of self-defense. Electrified door handles, pepper spray, etc. Emergency shark deploy.

I would hope any robotic car would have owner loyalty, too, and stop working for a thief.
     
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Non-lethal self defense is really hard to get right.
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
So, I image one of the reasons people don't get robbed in their cars more often is in a pinch, a car makes for a pretty decent instrument of death.

How does that change once cars start being designed with the first law of robotics?
Hmmmm.


Moot point once SkyNet infiltrates the software/firmware.

There have been several incidents where the police have shot people using the car they were driving as a weapon.
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Hmmmm.
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Originally Posted by andi*pandi View Post
Hmm... maybe at the same time cars would be designed with non-lethal forms of self-defense. Electrified door handles, pepper spray, etc. Emergency shark deploy.

I would hope any robotic car would have owner loyalty, too, and stop working for a thief.
I'm imagining something more like the return of "highway robbery". They don't actually steal the coach, they just roll the people.

While not making it safer in the same sense as installing twin 50s, the 360° dashcam is going to require the new breed of highwayman to be somewhat clever about disguising themselves.
     
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Jul 21, 2017, 12:45 AM
 
Thats the contraption that shoots four blasts of flames from under the car, two each side to roast approaching carjackers right? Back then they would approach in gangs from both sides of the vehicle and just shoot you and take your car rather than bother to ask you to get out.
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Jul 21, 2017, 12:49 AM
 
That is pretty nice. I had someone try to steal my Civic before. The person broke the exterior key lock, but didn't get in.
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Jul 21, 2017, 12:12 PM
 
My pre-electronic lock intracity security device/weapon:



Someone once bumped my bumper in traffic, and being a wary young person when I got out of the car to inspect the damage, I took the club with me. Guy was like, whoa. Lucky for him there was no perceivable damage to my 150k Subaru.
     
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Jul 21, 2017, 12:30 PM
 
I used to have a crowbar in the car.

I'll admit, it was nice knowing I had some form of equalizer available.
     
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Jul 21, 2017, 01:28 PM
 
I'm actually a bit annoyed that with all of the driver-assist technology going into the vehicles that they can't put a simple fingerprint/passcode entry system inside the vehicle to start it.
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Jul 21, 2017, 01:42 PM
 
To protect against brute force attacks, a passcode would need a lockout, which could strand someone.
     
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Jul 21, 2017, 02:09 PM
 
i seem to recall some vehicles did have a 4digit lock on the door. Am I confusing real life with Knight Rider etc?
     
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Lots of Fords had that
     
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I remember them...

I feel they existed during this short window when keyless entry existed, but wasn't the default yet.
     
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No, that's ancient technology, a 5-digit-pair passcode outside the vehicle that anyone could eventually guess at is not sophisticated, and has been around for like 20 years.

I mean, a fingerprint sensor inside the car to start it, or if that fails, a longer passcode (alphanumeric) to enter on a touch screen in the car, or on one's phone.
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God help me if I have to enter

Fa3vx8q}.x.Mv,YjUa.27*qM

on my phone before I can drive my car. I need an app to keep track of all my secure passwords as it is!
     
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Lucky for him there was no perceivable damage to my 150k Subaru.
Wow, which Subaru cost $150,000??

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I remember them...

I feel they existed during this short window when keyless entry existed, but wasn't the default yet.
Still exists! Still extremely useful! Trading cars with someone? Lock the keys in the car, give them the passcode. Need to grab something from the car but forgot keys inside, no worries, use the passcode! Cold outside, want to leave the car running but locked? No problem, lock it and use the passcode! Pushing the last two buttons together locks the car, so locking it from the outside without digging keys out of a pocket or purse is easy.
     
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Originally Posted by Laminar View Post
Wow, which Subaru cost $150,000??
     
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mileage, also sarcasm.
     
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Wow, which Subaru cost $150,000??
I heard they're developing a flat-6 SC'd Subby for $70k (I assume a limited edition BRZ cousin) with 450bhp. Could be insane amounts of fun.
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Pretty sure some of those all-conquering Impreza Turbo rally cars would have cost way north of $150k. What was it? The 22b? One of them is worth an absolute buttload.
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Not just anyone could buy one, and you can't drive them on public roads. re. They aren't "production" cars.
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If your knees bent the other way, what would a chair look like?
     
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