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by Bluggo
Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bieber Calls American Healthcare Evil, God OK's Rape
Replies: 121
Views: 9116

Re: Bieber Calls American Healthcare Evil, God OK's Rape

Of course he didn't mean to say that, which just makes him even more idiotic. He doesn't even understand the meaning of what he's said, he doesn't understand that his statement condones rape. That's not just a flawed opinion, that's an utter lack of thinking. Or it is an, admittedly poorly worded, ...
by Bluggo
Fri Feb 18, 2011 8:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bieber Calls American Healthcare Evil, God OK's Rape
Replies: 121
Views: 9116

Re: Bieber Calls American Healthcare Evil, God OK's Rape

I think the Healthcare thing is funny, but his comments on Rape are pretty fucking terrible. Ouch. To play the devil's advocate, perhaps the "everything happens for a reason" maybe was not meant to be applied to rape, but to the existence of the embryo created by it. After all, it is a st...
by Bluggo
Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:49 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: YET ANOTHER synchronised goldfish controversy
Replies: 96
Views: 6629

Re: YET ANOTHER synchronised goldfish controversy

Assuming for the sake of argument that fish or arthropods can feel something that is akin to our informal definition of human pain, the obvious question is: why should we even care about that? There are a number of sociological, philosophical and religious arguments for why I should be try to minimi...
by Bluggo
Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOPOLY BOARD
Replies: 56
Views: 5474

Re: ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOPOLY BOARD

Do not like. The point of Monopoly is to spend hours arguing rules, coming up with bizarre deals between players and trying to catch other people cheating - that's what makes the game fun! By the way, professional accountants are mean Monopoly players - my extended family is filled with them, and bo...
by Bluggo
Thu Feb 17, 2011 7:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Women protest (occupational sexism?) in Italy
Replies: 15
Views: 2702

Re: Women protest (occupational sexism?) in Italy

I used to think of Italy as a first world country, a rival of France or Spain. The more I hear about many things there - Berlusconi mostly, it seems more like an autocracy with a decent enough economy to mask the issues. Another user on this board mentioned that as a young woman she had to watch he...
by Bluggo
Sun Feb 13, 2011 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes
Replies: 34
Views: 4500

Re: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes

You're clearly not a true geek, if it contains caffine in significant quantities, It's adequate sustainance! I am a bit of a coffee geek, and not all sources of caffeine are created equal - far from it! I will grudingly concede that a cup of fine tea can be an acceptable way to get one's caffeine f...
by Bluggo
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes
Replies: 34
Views: 4500

Re: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes

joek wrote:Surely it'll just make customers more likely to go to places like Starbucks.

An Internet connection is not worth having to drink that shoggoth happy batter that Starbucks calls coffee, though.
by Bluggo
Sun Feb 13, 2011 9:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes
Replies: 34
Views: 4500

Re: NYC cafes ban e-readers, hipsterdom implodes

Eh, behold the market in action. People who care about "ambience" and think that it e-readers and laptops damage it will tend to go to the cafes which ban them, and people who want to use them instead will go to the ones which allow them. Nothing worrying here - the second demographics is ...
by Bluggo
Fri Feb 11, 2011 10:15 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: what do you do with a BA in History?
Replies: 8
Views: 1971

Re: what do you do with a BA in History?

Another possible career is becoming a teacher in High or Middle School. It is difficult, badly paid, and stressful work, of course, but it is important . Hugely so. The world needs more passionate and talented teachers, of History as well as of any other discipline, and it needs them hard . Not sure...
by Bluggo
Fri Feb 11, 2011 8:00 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Procrastination
Replies: 26
Views: 4924

Re: Procrastination

Yesterday I spent far too much time playing ToME: OK, no more roguelikes for me until the end of June.
by Bluggo
Thu Feb 10, 2011 10:42 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Paul Graham on Nerds, Popularity, and thus School
Replies: 48
Views: 9080

Re: Paul Graham on Nerds, Popularity, and thus School

My own experience was rather different: I was rather unpopular in Middle and High School, sure, but thinking back to it I am fairly sure that most of the fault lied with me, and not with the system or with the "jocks". I belonged to a huge extended family and I had a good number of "e...
by Bluggo
Mon Feb 07, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Nursing School, sort of
Replies: 2
Views: 1055

Re: Nursing School, sort of

What about getting a bachelor in Statistics? Some in-depth statistical knowledge should be quite useful for a career in nursing, I think; and if you decide that nursing is not for you, a bit of knowledge of statistics could give you the possibility of working with the government or with pharmaceutic...
by Bluggo
Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Procrastination
Replies: 26
Views: 4924

Re: Procrastination

A few suggestions that are helping me fight procrastination: - Get enough sleep. Seriously, when it is 10 PM or so, just shut down the damn computer and go to bed: if you are sleep-deprived you will not feel like working, and your work will not be worth crap anyway. - Keep an hourly diary: split you...
by Bluggo
Sun Feb 06, 2011 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 60868

Re: Reactions to your Major

"Mathematics". "Oh, cool. Tell me, how much is 19385027 times 10324?" Actually, I gave up trying to explain that math is not about that: instead, I have been trying to learn a little about fast mental calculation in order to further the misconception. You know, if you cannot beat...
by Bluggo
Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd is a "legendary" site, according to Mensa
Replies: 61
Views: 8641

Re: xkcd is a "legendary" site, according to Mensa

Good point: after all, intelligence, no matter how we want to define it, is only one of the factors which influence someone's ability to have a positive effect on the world, and even if we posit that everyone has to contribute to the universal wellbeing according to his or her capacities it does not...
by Bluggo
Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd is a "legendary" site, according to Mensa
Replies: 61
Views: 8641

Re: xkcd is a "legendary" site, according to Mensa

. . .as far as you are aware. . . Well, sure :). How do folks with over 200 IQ points get special categorization here, though? They don't. Everyone, I think, has the duty to do her or his best for the betterment of all of humanity. However, as the Gospel of Uncle Benjamin says, with great power com...
by Bluggo
Fri Feb 04, 2011 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: xkcd is a "legendary" site, according to Mensa
Replies: 61
Views: 8641

Re: xkcd is a "legendary" site, according to Mensa

I do not personally know any Mensa member and I have never researched it in any detail, so I do not really have an opinion about it. However, I have some issues with the kind of "IQ fetishism" which appears to be somewhat popular on some corners of the Internet, and which, at least accordi...
by Bluggo
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:28 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Advice to Past Self
Replies: 91
Views: 12386

Re: Advice to Past Self

I am 27 now, and this is my advice to my 25-something years old self: This whole "quarter life crisis" thing that you have going makes no sense whatsoever, you know. So you are not as awesome now as you imagined that the "grown up you" would be when you were ten or something, and...
by Bluggo
Mon Nov 08, 2010 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What do you think the next type of engineering will be?
Replies: 26
Views: 3301

Re: What do you think the next type of engineering will be?

Neuroengineering already exists, but I think that it will definitely be the Next Big Thing.
by Bluggo
Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 13916

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

Plebian wrote:For what its worth I wish more people thought about adoption rather than buying pets.

These aren't really comparable activities: the amounts of time, effort and money necessary to raise a human being are ridiculously greater than the one necessary to care for a dog.
by Bluggo
Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Hacking the CIA?
Replies: 55
Views: 35766

Re: Hacking the CIA?

It is however fun to learn about different types of vulnerability. My favorite recently has got to be this: http://isc.sans.edu/diary.html?storyid=6820 if only because it's a type of vulnerability that can exist in even perfectly proven code because it's introduced by the compiler. Maybe I am missi...
by Bluggo
Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Snake gives 'virgin birth' to extraordinary babies
Replies: 32
Views: 3150

Re: Snake gives 'virgin birth' to extraordinary babies

Very cool.

Although it bugs me a little how the article misuses the term "immaculate conception" - it really, really does not mean what they think that it means.
by Bluggo
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movember is upon us!
Replies: 22
Views: 9640

Re: Movember is upon us!

What if someone's visage is already graced by a fine moustache? I am not going to shave it in order to start it anew, for my upper lip shall never suffer the indignity of nakedness again. But perhaps I could stop trimming it for a month, and allow it to joyfully march along the path leading to its i...
by Bluggo
Tue Nov 02, 2010 10:02 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Self modifying stack based language.
Replies: 5
Views: 2182

Re: Self modifying stack based language.

It sounds like you are trying to implement Forth . Its main way of writing self-modifying code is by means of deferred words - it appears a little clunky at first sight, but it fits perfectly in the broader framework of the language. It is a very, very, very cool programming language - I was quite i...
by Bluggo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?
Replies: 256
Views: 46702

Re: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?

I think that SummerGlauFan was talking about power as in "electric power, to keep the embryos from going bad" - which is probably the issue that would cause my pretty plan to fail, and quite early. Actually, that gives me an additional idea: assuming that I find a way to preserve corpses a...
by Bluggo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Yo momma's so nerdy...
Replies: 40
Views: 7173

Re: Yo momma's so nerdy...

by Bluggo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: pseudoscience and quantum computers
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: pseudoscience and quantum computers

Are quantum computers 'real' in the sense that functioning ones actually presently exist? They are, in the sense that it is possible, at no small expense, to build a non-programmable "quantum computer" in a laboratory setting and have it perform some small task. But there seem to be scala...
by Bluggo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: pseudoscience and quantum computers
Replies: 23
Views: 3336

Re: pseudoscience and quantum computers

Well, some of the stuff you can do with a quantum computer sounds almost magical. I mean, come on, searching an unsorted database with N entries using O( \sqrt{N} ) comparisons? What the hell? Ok, once you see the explanation everything makes sense - you are basically checking all the entries of the...
by Bluggo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Juliana Wetmore: Facial and other outward disabilities
Replies: 16
Views: 5147

Re: Juliana Wetmore: Facial and other outward disabilities

Life is likely to be very rough for her, I agree. But still, she is alive, she has normal intelligence, and she might be able to do great things with her life yet - especially since she lives in an age in which face-to-face interaction is no longer the only feasible mode of communication and in whic...
by Bluggo
Wed Oct 27, 2010 10:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?
Replies: 256
Views: 46702

Re: You are the last person left on earth. What do you do?

Step one: Take as many corpses as I can find, and stuff them into refrigerated cells. Find a way of keeping them powered, and maintain the power stations to the best of my abilities (at least for the beginning, the easiest way to do that is probably going to be to find a lot of gasoline and a bunch ...
by Bluggo
Sat May 29, 2010 3:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'
Replies: 184
Views: 21821

Re: North Korea threatens 'all-out war'

- Assassination of enemy leaders : yes it is insanely hypocritical that this is illegal. That would be the most useful loss of human life in a conflict... I agree with everything you said except for this part. In the current situation, KJIL's assassination would be a terrible idea, as it would like...
by Bluggo
Sat May 29, 2010 3:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 14 years in jail for being gay
Replies: 50
Views: 5908

Re: 14 years in jail for being gay

They have been pardoned, apparently at least partially at Ban Ki-moon's urging. Well, the fact that they pardoned them instead of retroactively striking through that law is less than ideal, but still that's good news...
by Bluggo
Tue May 25, 2010 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 14 years in jail for being gay
Replies: 50
Views: 5908

Re: 14 years in jail for being gay

I think you are expecting far too much from a church that believes gays go to hell. Uh, no we don't? Regrettably, the majority of the Catholic hierarchy (I would not be sure about the majority of the Catholic laity, at least, not in any halfway developed country) still believes that homosexual beha...
by Bluggo
Tue May 25, 2010 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 14 years in jail for being gay
Replies: 50
Views: 5908

Re: 14 years in jail for being gay

What really shatters my cheese about this story (apart from, well, everything else) is that 80% of Malawi population is Christian , and about one fifth of the total Malawi population is Catholic . This means that a lot of people who, at least theoretically, subscribe to my own belief system are supp...
by Bluggo
Sat May 15, 2010 6:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mother Jailed For Prostituting 12-Year-Old Daughter
Replies: 112
Views: 13137

Re: A case for capital punishment.

She is the sort of person who would pimp her little daughter. No further punishment is necessary, for no further punishment could top that, ever. Rehabilitation, at least partial, is always possible, but the primary concern should be to guarantee that she will never harm anyone again. So I think tha...
by Bluggo
Tue Mar 09, 2010 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you do with $10,000?
Replies: 138
Views: 15607

Re: What would you do with $10,000?

I'd buy ~20 bottles of high-end wine to put into my parents' cellar and use for really special occasions.
by Bluggo
Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!
Replies: 68
Views: 8994

Re: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!

But I'm surprised that they still don't teach this stuff when you are 15 or 16. I learned about s p d f and the shapes of atoms in my high school chemistry class which would have been about the same age. But now that i think about it my high school class must have been fairly advanced because it wa...
by Bluggo
Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!
Replies: 68
Views: 8994

Re: They actually teach this bollocks in GCSE chemistry!

If nothing else then for the excellent explanation of "Lies To Children" - bascially, there is no way you can explain the difficult stuff and have people understand it, so instead you explain something that they can understand and is a somewhat resembling the truth. Then later on in highs...
by Bluggo
Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Same-sex marriage set for big day in federal court
Replies: 199
Views: 14823

Re: Same-sex marriage set for big day in federal court

I think that the C.S. Lewis explanation may have some truth in it: that's because among the behaviors which are frowned upon by traditional religion, homosexuality is the one which most people will not be inclined to pursue. For example, the Bible is quite unequivocal in condemning marriage infideli...
by Bluggo
Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:37 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Easy Grad school to get into.
Replies: 5
Views: 1288

Re: Easy Grad school to get into.

Europe, U.S., or other? If I may make a suggestion, it could be a good idea to apply to a (good) Master's degree in math instead of going directly for a Ph.D.: it's easier to get into a good programme, and after one year or two of (hard) work you shold be qualified enough to get into a reasonably pr...

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