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by johnie104
Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)
Replies: 2102
Views: 307374

Re: Game of Thrones: The TV Show (novelisation coming soon)

Its the speed. Then, I have to finish the chapter. I have to stay inside Catelyn's head, as she pleads for her son's life, for anyone's life, as she mourns all those already dead in her family. As she's forced to hold a witless innocent hostage. As she's forced to kill him. As t...
by johnie104
Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Lua vs Python
Replies: 15
Views: 19529

Re: Lua vs Python

Both Python and Lua are very elegant languages. Python is elegant because reading a well programmed Python script is almost like reading english, and the standard installation comes with so many libraries that for a LOT of usage case you don't need to download another library. Lua is elegant because...
by johnie104
Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Is Java is a bad language for beginners?
Replies: 234
Views: 128261

Re: Is Java is a bad language for beginners?

I personally believe the first programming class should be given in a language that allows people to do 'impressive' stuf as soon as possible. Once you've learned to program in that language and see what the possibilities are with programming, you can do a more formal introduction to more abstract c...
by johnie104
Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worm : Parahuman Web Serial - Comic Booky
Replies: 15
Views: 18885

Re: Worm : Parahuman Web Serial - Comic Booky

My only complaint: We get it - school sucks. Less moaning about the art project please. It seems to be getting better, but I really hope they lose the "I nearly died last night my big problem is that the other girls don't like me" theme soon. It ruined books that I theoretically shoul...
by johnie104
Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338954

Re: Gun Control

These views are not exclusive, and if both are true, would indicate the presence of a self-perpetuating cycle. However, there is the issue that schools do not uniformly ban guns, and thus, we have a pretty good control group in this case. Yet, schools that allow guns do not seem to have a problem w...
by johnie104
Sat Jan 04, 2014 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NSA tracking cell phone locations
Replies: 98
Views: 13445

Re: NSA tracking cell phone locations

I'm not "debating", nor am I "supporting" anything. However, very many facts being reported are simply wrong. In particular, everything going on is 100% legal. This is NOT a violation of law by any stretch of the imagination. Whether or not I "support" it is irrelevant...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 365182

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm in the middle of reading Worm and I can attest that this warning is fair. It's good. It's long. It's really good. It's really long. QFT It's really really REALLY good. It's also excessively long... Which I really like, because I didn't have anything to read anyway (LotR has a combined wordcount...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Star Citizen
Replies: 15
Views: 9672

Re: Star Citizen

So, this game has 36 Million pledged.... What the actual fuck. Can anybody explain to me how the pledging works? If you give more money you get a better ship? Isn't that kinda like pay-to-win? Anyway, besides that, it looks really REALLY cool and with that kind of budget I believe they can actually ...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should having a child be a right.?
Replies: 447
Views: 56076

Re: Should having a child be a right.?

Most people here seem to agree that not allowing people to have children is either intrinsically morally wrong, or either completely impractical to reliably do. What do you say towards an optional 'parenthood test' though. When you get pregnant you get the opportunity to fill in a written test or to...
by johnie104
Sat Dec 28, 2013 1:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism in cultures other than your own
Replies: 97
Views: 20356

Re: Racism in cultures other than your own

It's an abbreviation. Brits is also used, and is not a slur. The fact that they were derived in similar ways doesn't mean that their connotations are the same. "Jap" became popular in an atmosphere of hostility and racial demonization; "Brit" didn't. I always thought the canonic...
by johnie104
Mon Dec 23, 2013 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism in cultures other than your own
Replies: 97
Views: 20356

Re: Racism in cultures other than your own

Then there was also the really big discussion about wether Zwarte Piet is racist (I personnally think it isn't, because it isn't meant to be, but then again, I'm white, so I can't really decide that). Just because you're white doesn't mean you don't get a say in what's racist or not. That concept i...
by johnie104
Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Robots be Human? (or The Bicentennial Man's Question)
Replies: 136
Views: 40608

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

In the case of Bicentennial Man, where mortality was found to be key, the issue is why... and it involves the fact that mortality significantly impacts one's perception of self and the world around, and influences decisions that would be made by the entity in question. To be "fully Y" inv...
by johnie104
Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Racism in cultures other than your own
Replies: 97
Views: 20356

Re: Racism in cultures other than your own

Here in the Netherlands there is still quite some racism, although not in my particular environment. There is a politician named Geert Wilders that was recently awarded 'politician of the year' by the general public (A different politician was awarded that award by the votes of the politicians thems...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 15, 2013 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Robots be Human? (or The Bicentennial Man's Question)
Replies: 136
Views: 40608

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

Is a sociopath a human? He can't feel emotions. Is a baby a human? It isn't self-aware and can't talk. Is someone who lost a leg human? What if he was born without the leg? Is someone with an IQ of 70 human? He doesn't think the way we do. Is someone with Down-syndrome human? It has an extra chromos...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 15, 2013 10:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338954

Re: Gun Control

What we might get is some self control that comes from adult behavior. The people of the US are not too stupid to drive cars. (to be fair, the cars of today are easy to drive) The people of the US are not too stupid to have guns. Are you then also of the opinion that heroin should be legal? oh. Dea...
by johnie104
Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338954

Re: Gun Control

What we might get is some self control that comes from adult behavior. The people of the US are not too stupid to drive cars. (to be fair, the cars of today are easy to drive) The people of the US are not too stupid to have guns. Are you then also of the opinion that heroin should be legal? Any rat...
by johnie104
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 338954

Re: Gun Control

I'm not here to debate gun control (I'm assuming people here now a lot more about it then me, and have done every argument 10 times). I also haven't read the whole thread so I'm not sure if this has come up already. I just have a question. If you look at how many guns per capita there are per countr...
by johnie104
Thu Dec 12, 2013 10:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 26417

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

What I'm getting is that people that oppose the banning of this book do it for one of two reasons: They believe banning the book will give credence to the ideas and will further entice people already following the book to keep using it. Banning a book is akin to banning an idea, which is just bad an...
by johnie104
Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIP Nelson Mandela
Replies: 36
Views: 4458

Re: RIP Nelson Mandela

Yeah, I always found it funny that had Mandela done what he had done in the US instead of SA, he would've fried. It's kind of discomforting to know that there are places in the US that make Apartheid look reasonable... One of the reasons against capital punishment. People and public opinion can cha...
by johnie104
Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Private Prisons against crime
Replies: 52
Views: 14727

Re: Private Prisons against crime

That is a cute link. I like it. I am fairly sure the prisons in Norway are public. How about a private US prison? Are there really such things? Where? Here? Wikipedia tells me that the only countries with private prisons are the United Kingdom and the USA. There was a law to build private prisons i...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 01, 2013 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated
Replies: 1712
Views: 331457

Re: Airbender and Korra - Shyamalan's Masterpiece Animated

Is it just me or was Jinora Jezus completely unforshadowed? I mean, she went to do something in the spirit world, and then all of a sudden she can teleport to the normal world, and wield a orb of +1 deus ex machina? And why could Korra change into the blue thingy? At that point she wasn't speci...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Private Prisons against crime
Replies: 52
Views: 14727

Re: Private Prisons against crime

What??! Are you two planing a crime?? Picking out your guns?? Have you chosen your prison? That might be a good step in your planing process. What US prision is the Best for the Inmates? What US prision is the Worse? What Prison do you want to go to? How do you get into that one? Is it a matter of ...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU wants to ban e-cigs - part 2
Replies: 54
Views: 14232

Re: EU wants to ban/restrict e-cigarettes

Oh great, they're at it again. Now the commission wants to go totally against what the parliament has already voted on, and wants to apply truly draconian restrictions to e-cigarettes, which if applied, would effectively kill the whole concept of e-cigarette. http://www.clivebates.com/?p=1655#more-...
by johnie104
Sun Dec 01, 2013 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book
Replies: 219
Views: 26417

Re: Couple Found Guilty of Murder, followed parenting book

Ok, so apparantly the authors have a website. This is one of the articles: http://nogreaterjoy.org/articles/too-young-to-spank/?topic_slug=art-of-child-training I must say, if you ignore the innane biblical quotations and the general feeling of "look at me, I have authority", then this adv...
by johnie104
Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Private Prisons against crime
Replies: 52
Views: 14727

Re: Private Prisons against crime

This firearm discussion has veered w-a-a-a-y off-topic. If you'd like to continue it, please PM me or let's find/start another thread. Sorry for the derailment. I just had to take exception to the earlier claim that a lightweight semiautomatic rifle is a "fucking machinegun". :D Yep, sorr...
by johnie104
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Private Prisons against crime
Replies: 52
Views: 14727

Re: Private Prisons against crime

Isn't the USA the only country with privitized prisons? Isn't the USA the country with the highest percentage of incarcerated prisiners? ( Source ) Doesn't the USA have one of the heighest rates of recidivism (at least of western countries)? I understand that correlation does not imply causation, b...
by johnie104
Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 27421

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

I'd be very interested in a double blind test where they try to produce beer (of a certain quality so that the taste matters) with synthetic alcohol and try to recreate the taste of the original beer as close as possible. If they could develop a beverage that kinda tastes like beer, has the same num...
by johnie104
Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Private Prisons against crime
Replies: 52
Views: 14727

Re: Private Prisons against crime

Isn't the USA the only country with privitized prisons? Isn't the USA the country with the highest percentage of incarcerated prisiners? ( Source ) Doesn't the USA have one of the heighest rates of recidivism (at least of western countries)? I understand that correlation does not imply causation, bu...
by johnie104
Tue Nov 12, 2013 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?
Replies: 200
Views: 27421

Re: Why no artificial alcohol like there are e-cigarettes?

If they could develop a beverage that kinda tastes like beer, has the same numbing effects as alcohol, but doesn't hurt your liver and doesn't make you hangover the day after, I wouldn't see a reason too drink normal beer anymore. In fact, if such drinks exist, I would see no reason why the governme...
by johnie104
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On the ethicality of killing virtual virtual citizens
Replies: 19
Views: 9591

Re: On the ethicality of killing virtual virtual citizens

@Forest Goose: That's a very strict moral code you hold yourself too. Does that mean that some games are off-limits for you? I mean, obviously stuff like Manhunt won't be your type of game, but less extreme examples. For instance Mario 'kills' a lot of Goomba's. Is that reprehensible to you? To come...
by johnie104
Tue Oct 29, 2013 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Python] BadStatusLine exception using Google Custom Search
Replies: 2
Views: 2187

Re: [Python] BadStatusLine exception using Google Custom Sea

Are you able to capture what's actually being sent over the wire? Does it use HTTP or HTTPS? If it's just HTTP, then you should be able to just capture the stream with something like Wireshark, and take a look to see if it's just that Google is giving a weird response, or if it's giving something t...
by johnie104
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: [Python] BadStatusLine exception using Google Custom Search
Replies: 2
Views: 2187

[Python] BadStatusLine exception using Google Custom Search

Hey guys, Can you help me where StackOverflow doesn't help me: StackOverflow Link So yeah, I get this exception quite randomly. It may be related to unicode but I'm not sure. I can't find anyone else having this problem and my question doesn't have any responses. Does anyone know how to fix this, or...
by johnie104
Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Global War on Drugs has Failed
Replies: 126
Views: 30908

Re: Global War on Drugs has Failed

A few months back I watched a documentary The House I Live In that heavily criticizes the war on drugs. Has anyone seen this as well and can they verify the truthfullness of this documentary? I mean, does it do Michael Moore like shenanigans (hyperbole and such)? Because if what is shown in that doc...
by johnie104
Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms
Replies: 16
Views: 7282

Re: Stanford: A Venture Capital Firm with Dorms

I just read up a bit about Tenure on Wikipedia. Seeing as it doesn't have an article in Dutch I presume that Tenure is an USA only thing. I don't think academic freedom is any less in other (western) countries, so is the concept of tenure really still neccessary? Looking at the criticism section it ...
by johnie104
Sun Sep 22, 2013 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: On the ethicality of killing virtual virtual citizens
Replies: 19
Views: 9591

On the ethicality of killing virtual virtual citizens

This needs a short introduction: Recently I've been having a blast playing Saints Row IV. If your not really into games: The SR series started as a GTA clone, but became more and more 'goofy' which each installment. In IV, the first mission results in you becoming president of the united states. Sho...
by johnie104
Thu Aug 15, 2013 11:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
Replies: 1036
Views: 365182

Re: Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

I'm currently reading Ender´s Game, and I just wanna say that I realize that this was a BIG inspiration to this fanfic.
On that same note: There is a spoiler for Ender's Game in chapter 91. Don't know if this is book 1 or not though.
by johnie104
Thu Aug 08, 2013 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Specific Rim
Replies: 121
Views: 31872

Re: Specific Rim

I really REALLY enjoyed this movie. I think it is the best movie I've seen this summer. Some random little things I enjoyed: How the water rushed back after the nuke explosion. It was something I didn't expect, but when it happened it felt very right. How the sword comes into play the first time...
by johnie104
Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Frustrated/Defeated lyrics
Replies: 6
Views: 6541

Re: Frustrated/Defeated lyrics

Ok, thanks for the suggestions, I've listened through them and: - I don't really like The Smashing Pumpkins, the singer sounds weird to me. - A Perfect Circle sounds a LOT like Tool. Although it is interesting music,it isn't really my thing. - Chevelle sounds really good! I wonder why I never heard ...
by johnie104
Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What do I call this and how do I get more?
Replies: 35
Views: 28358

Re: What do I call this and how do I get more?

Have you already heard the Noisia Remix of Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites? The drop is even more fucked up then in the original. And to try something in another direction. Post-Rock! It has a lot of noise going on, but it still has a very defined structure. It isn't electronic, so I'm not sure if i...
by johnie104
Fri Aug 02, 2013 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Frustrated/Defeated lyrics
Replies: 6
Views: 6541

Frustrated/Defeated lyrics

Hey everyone, let's see if you can help me out here. I seem to really enjoy songs that have a singer sounded really frustrated, defeated or both. Some examples of this would be Muse - Dead Star Muse - Showbiz (This is incidentally one of my favorite live performances of any song ever) Nada Surf - Po...

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