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by cybermutiny
Fri Jan 06, 2012 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Robots be Human? (or The Bicentennial Man's Question)
Replies: 136
Views: 46357

Re: Can Robots be Human? (or The Bicentennial Man's Question

Regarding this subject, some interesting points are made by Hubert Dreyfus, a philosophy professor at UC Berkeley. He has some free courses available on iTunes U, and specifically discusses this in his Martin Heidegger courses. The main idea is that computers cannot be human because they will never ...
by cybermutiny
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: In which Sarah becomes less fat...
Replies: 33
Views: 6069

Re: In which Sarah becomes less fat...

Hey, I worked as a weight loss and nutrition researcher for 3 years. It seems like you're very motivated to lose weight and that's great. I would like to offer you a bit of advice that is not what you commonly hear. You can take it or leave it as you wish. Quite simply, I would like to tell you that...
by cybermutiny
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:28 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: "Zombie Chickens from Mars" explained
Replies: 1
Views: 3333

"Zombie Chickens from Mars" explained

Kids draw the darnedest things:

Here is the back-story to this artwork.

zombie_chickens.jpg
by cybermutiny
Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:19 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.
Replies: 254
Views: 169768

Re: Personal Art links: DeviantArt, flickr, etc.

I've made an MS Paint homage to the history of humaning:

A Treacherous Humaning Voyage
by cybermutiny
Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs
Replies: 85
Views: 20868

Re: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs

A new update on this -- senators are targeting Silk Road now: http://www.npr.org/2011/06/05/136971766/senators-target-website-that-sells-narcotics Two U.S. senators said Sunday they will ask federal authorities to crack down on a secretive narcotics market operated on the Internet with anonymous sal...
by cybermutiny
Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs
Replies: 85
Views: 20868

Re: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs

Also, I understand that for some drugs, quality can to some extent be determined by inspecting the product, something which is possible in real life, but not over the internet. Also as Hawknc has stated: In regards to quality, people will continue to buy from high-quality sellers but will rate low-...
by cybermutiny
Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs
Replies: 85
Views: 20868

Silk Road -- The Amazon.com of drugs

Interesting article about an online drug store made possible by bitcoin . The link is here: http://gawker.com/5805928/the-underground-website-where-you-can-buy-any-drug-imaginable Here a snippet from it: About three weeks ago, the U.S. Postal Service delivered an ordinary envelope to Mark's door. In...
by cybermutiny
Wed May 18, 2011 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More fake, tainted food in China
Replies: 4
Views: 3263

Re: More fake, tainted food in China

Excellent Dauric, thank you for the informative response.
by cybermutiny
Wed May 18, 2011 3:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More fake, tainted food in China
Replies: 4
Views: 3263

Re: More fake, tainted food in China

As an American, I never felt like my food was any more safe because of the FDA. Sure, it's illegal to mix sawdust in dillute food, etc. But for the most part, American foods are some of the most overly-processed, high GI, high fat, and overall unhealthy foods on the planet.
by cybermutiny
Wed May 18, 2011 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Words which nearly all languages use
Replies: 54
Views: 10105

Re: Words which nearly all languages use

I think the word "mom" is very similar in most major languages (at least, in European and Asian languages). Example:

English: mom / mum
Italian: mamma
German: mama
Spanish: mamá
Russian: mama
French: maman
Chinese: mama
Korean: o-ma
Japanese: mama
Vietnamese: mẹ
by cybermutiny
Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Is there a new oil shock on its way?
Replies: 30
Views: 4230

Re: Is there a new oil shock on its way?

Instability in oil-producing nations, the oncoming summer season in the US, and the inflating American dollar could be the impetus for higher oil prices.
by cybermutiny
Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Reuters uprising index
Replies: 2
Views: 784

Reuters uprising index

I am skeptical that the likelihood of revolt or revolution can be accurately quantified, but this idea is nonetheless interesting: Reuters uprising index The index takes into account a country's corruption, vulnerability to rising food prices, political freedom, and internet penetration. Fixing titl...
by cybermutiny
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:55 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 6 killed as Iraqis protest in 'Day of Rage'
Replies: 28
Views: 3009

Re: 6 killed as Iraqis protest in 'Day of Rage'

Hmm...just what we needed in Iraq and Afghanistan...
by cybermutiny
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Shop sells breast milk icecream
Replies: 51
Views: 5237

Re: Shop sells breast milk icecream

I think my willingness to try breast milk ice cream is positively correlated with the attractiveness of the donor.
by cybermutiny
Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Libya's Protests and Civil War
Replies: 540
Views: 53155

Re: Protests: Libya's turn

If that's true that he's ordering air strikes against his own people than this would be reminiscent of Hitler's last days, when he ordered the army and air force to start destroying Berlin's infrastructure.
by cybermutiny
Wed Feb 23, 2011 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Uh-oh. It's a Youtube party and you're up next. What do you show 'em?
Replies: 2152
Views: 749365

Re: Something on Youtube

Behold! Dusty the cat burglar:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDX7tevXO1E
by cybermutiny
Tue Feb 22, 2011 1:46 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Transitioning from biking to running
Replies: 8
Views: 2306

Re: Transitioning from biking to running

If you want to become a good runner, there are really two things you should focus on. 1) Run. Don't think about transitioning from a bike to running. Just focus on running. Make a consistent schedule (running 3 times a week, for instance), choose a distance, and track your time. Save your times in a...
by cybermutiny
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war
Replies: 20
Views: 2710

Re: Defector admits to WMD lies that triggered Iraq war

I think this guy is giving himself too much credit. No intelligence agency worth its salt is going to take the word of one defector and his family as the deal-breaker in whether or not a country has WMDs. That's funny, you think that Bush-Era american intelligence was worth its salt. Yes, it was. Y...
by cybermutiny
Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Yemen’s police beat back protesters
Replies: 4
Views: 1080

Re: Yemen’s police beat back protesters

That said: it seems like by now all the middle-east and african countries would just start pushing out foreign journalists so they can slaughter the protestors without anybody noticing. Yeah, I don't think any run-of-the-mill dictator wants to go the way of Egypt. It will be interesting to see how ...
by cybermutiny
Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Possible Internet Kill-Switch for U.S.?
Replies: 20
Views: 3035

Re: Possible Internet Kill-Switch for U.S.?

Does anybody know how the Egyptian state had shut down their internet access? Was it similar to this "kill-switch" concept? There are 5 ISPs in Egypt. As was stated, the Government told them to turn it off, and they did. I'm pretty sure there are more than 5 ISPs in Louisville alone, much...
by cybermutiny
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 24825

Re: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

Let's go to the other thread , quick! The traditional Chinese units of weight were base-16. For example, one jīn (斤) (approximately 256 grams) in the old system equals sixteen liǎng (兩) (16g). The suanpan (Chinese abacus) could be used to perform hexadecimal calculations . Perhaps, but the actual s...
by cybermutiny
Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages
Replies: 46
Views: 24825

Non Base-10 Number Systems in Languages

Hey everyone, I just had a random thought the other day: it seems like every language I've ever dabbled in has used a base 10 number system.

Is anyone aware of a language or culture (from past or present) that did not use one?
by cybermutiny
Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The advantages of marriage.
Replies: 46
Views: 6929

Re: The advantages of marriage.

There are psychological advantages to having a shoulder to cry on.
by cybermutiny
Wed Jan 19, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Programming student looking for foreign language
Replies: 4
Views: 1855

Re: Programming student looking for foreign language

For what it's worth, I found Chinese to be a very easy language to learn to speak (as long as you can get used to the tones, which really isn't that hard). It has a very easy grammar structure, no verb conjugation, no present/future/past tense, no singular/plural nouns, and a very logical naming of ...
by cybermutiny
Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: Stick figure art
Replies: 0
Views: 2908

Stick figure art

I made this website because I was sick of having my stick figure art being confined to individual blog posts or forum threads. I wanted to create a dedicated community of horrible artists.

http://www.pa-g.co
by cybermutiny
Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Critical thinking experiment
Replies: 7
Views: 1691

Re: Critical thinking experiment

From a research standpoint I would suggest that you first: 1. Define exactly what you mean by "critical thinking skills." This is a vague term that could include anything from inductive logic, deductive logic, and susceptibility to logical fallacies, among a number of other things. 2. (Rel...
by cybermutiny
Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:38 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Word Lens
Replies: 3
Views: 1293

Re: Word Lens

That thing is amazing. It seems to only be in Spanish <--> English at the moment. Imagine the day when they've got most of the world's languages on this app (probably won't take them long), and imagine using it on a backpacking trip through Asia or Europe.
by cybermutiny
Sun Jan 16, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Disorganized mess
Replies: 13
Views: 2197

Re: Disorganized mess

My room is only clean when I know my girlfriend is coming over. The other day she came over unexpectedly -- it was a bit humorous to see the look on her face when she saw the piles of clothes, dirty dishes, and trash on the floor.
by cybermutiny
Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: China implements new controls on text message content
Replies: 16
Views: 2410

China implements new controls on text message content

"Chinese authorities began to implement new controls on the content of text messages sent to mobile phones this week, according to service providers. Documents showing lists of hundreds of banned keywords, including "democracy", "human rights," and "telling the truth,&...
by cybermutiny
Fri Jan 14, 2011 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Culture shock
Replies: 2
Views: 1583

Culture shock

Right now I'm living in South Korea and I am frequently shocked by some of the cultural differences here. I'm very interested in 'culture shock' and I'd like to hear about some of your experiences with it. Note: I don't think that 'culture shock' is limited to people living abroad, because sometimes...
by cybermutiny
Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Eat your veggies, get more dates
Replies: 21
Views: 2341

Re: Eat your veggies, get more dates

I'm interested to know what specific vegetables were eaten, in what quantities, and over what period of time these foods must be eaten in order to achieve the 'yellowish hue' you see in their photoshopped picture. I'm assuming results vary depending on an individual person's genetics. Anyway, what i...
by cybermutiny
Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:39 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Replies: 130
Views: 30095

Re: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)

thorgold wrote:2. A government without restraints placed on it is omnipotent. Give an inch, lose a mile.


Makes me think of the Patriot Act. No one really talks about that anymore.
by cybermutiny
Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Putin orders adoption of open source software within 4 years
Replies: 17
Views: 2275

Putin orders adoption of open source software within 4 years

"Vladimir Putin signed a 20-page executive order requiring all public institutions in Russia to replace proprietary software, developed by companies like Microsoft and Adobe, with free open-source alternatives by 2015." "...more governments are likely to start designating Internet se...
by cybermutiny
Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Sleep-time holodeck experiences
Replies: 3408
Views: 795843

Re: What were your dreams last night?

I dreamt that my girlfriend confessed to me that she has two highly-contagious STDs. I woke up and could not distinguish between dream and reality:

http://www.pa-g.co/index.php?p=artwork&z=75
by cybermutiny
Sat Jan 08, 2011 2:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I feel really grown up when..
Replies: 171
Views: 20820

Re: I feel really grown up when..

When I sit in eight hour meetings about wrestling. Actually, I still feel like a kid then. Nothing seems to make me feel grown up. Yeah, I'm in the same boat. I'm living in my second foreign country, living in my own apartment, buying groceries, buying THINGS, but I basically don't really feel grow...
by cybermutiny
Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:13 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: How do you stop yourself from snacking on bad things?
Replies: 42
Views: 10689

Re: How do you stop yourself from snacking on bad things?

Don't buy them in the first place. This is great advice, but sometimes is easier said than done. I just noticed that when I'm very excited about my plans for a day and I do what I love to do, I forget about food. I think this could be useful for somebody to know. This is an extremely good point tha...
by cybermutiny
Sat Jan 08, 2011 12:53 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary
Replies: 50
Views: 9443

Re: English influences on other languages besides vocabulary

Does anyone know if keyboards in those countries use a QWERTY-like design with Greek or Cyrillic characters printed on them? Yes, they do. Russian keyboards often have small Latin letters of a QWERTY-keyboard printed on the keys in addition to Cyrillic (since they will often be needed on the intern...
by cybermutiny
Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Best PHP Library
Replies: 1
Views: 790

Best PHP Library

I just started learning html/css, PHP, and MySQL in August 2010, with little/no prior programming experience. I built my own PHP/MySQL website but I'm sure I've used a lot of inefficient code and bad coding practices in the process. When I add more functions to my website, I want to learn more crisp...
by cybermutiny
Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: resetting my sleep schedule
Replies: 13
Views: 2317

Re: resetting my sleep schedule

My strategy for falling asleep at a specific time involves: 1) Clear my mind by listening to an audiobook for 20-30 minutes 2) Take a few swigs of vodka, wash it down with water, then fall asleep. I think gradually working your way toward a new schedule is the wrong approach. You end up just draggin...
by cybermutiny
Fri Jan 07, 2011 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: In Korea now
Replies: 21
Views: 2852

Re: In Korea now

I'm living in Korea as well (teaching English). It's frigid now so not very fun to go outside, but you've got to try the food here. Seriously underrated food. I'm dating a Korean girl and she takes me to some of the most interesting places to eat (some extremely delicious, some just plain crazy...ea...

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