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by Darkscull
Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Genetically engineered pew pew
Replies: 18
Views: 3578

Re: Genetically engineered pew pew

The wheel is the other obvious candidate that nature hasn't exploited, although of course now I've mentioned that someone is going to discover roller-skating monkeys or something similar... The flagellum is the closest nature has gotten. I was disappointed in the details of this too, as I almost al...
by Darkscull
Sat May 21, 2011 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7966

Re: Study proves black women are ugly

What makes my brain hurt is when people don't read the first post of a topic and get things totally wrong. I can't believe they let a Republican like Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central. He's sooooo Republican and he always says stupid things. Totally unprofessional. The OP points out that the articl...
by Darkscull
Sat May 21, 2011 5:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study proves evolutionary psychology still largely junk.
Replies: 59
Views: 7966

Re: Study proves black women are ugly

Saw the screenshot version of this yesterday, and having read over the whole thing, I can only conclude that the author* thinks that 'objective' means someone judging another person, and 'subjective' means someone judging their self. There are ~10,000 things wrong with the article (and possibly the ...
by Darkscull
Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:12 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9379328

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Oregonaut wrote:There is no Oregonaut, only Zu'ul.


Zool?

I want to mention that game every time I see ghostbusters.
by Darkscull
Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Mom Murders Child Over Crying While She Played Farmville
Replies: 22
Views: 3779

Re: Mom Murders Child Over Crying While She Played Farmville

Seriously, we need to get past simple surface level one-link correlations here or we'll never solve any of society's biggest social ills. You're assuming that the people talking about those correlations as fact actually want to solve any of society's biggest social ills. Those who are pushing the t...
by Darkscull
Thu Oct 28, 2010 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School board member in AR Clint McCance - homophobic tirade
Replies: 62
Views: 5979

Re: School board member in AR Clint McCance - homophobic tir

Facebook seems less private to me than personal e-mails. I understand his profile was private, but still. Well that's the thing, despite their "privacy settings" Facebook isn't private at all. Whether it's the fine print in the EULA where everything you post to Facebook becomes their inte...
by Darkscull
Wed Oct 27, 2010 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rand Paul Supporters attack woman from MoveOn [TW violence]
Replies: 57
Views: 6685

Re: Rand Paul Supporters attack woman from MoveOn [TW violen

At least by voting, you're attempting to let politicians know that this type of behavior is not acceptable, not from anyone. Whatever you're attempting that just lets them know that it doesn't matter actually matter that much in the long run, if one of them takes a hit this time, they'll just wait ...
by Darkscull
Mon Oct 25, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9379328

Re: Momentary/Meandering/Meditations (Random like the plague

Oregonaut wrote:I'm not sure I want to think about "Prince of Wales" and "Spunk" in the same string.


Why not? Diana did.
by Darkscull
Thu Oct 21, 2010 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute
Replies: 159
Views: 15179

Re: N.C. Christian Flag Over Public Memorial Dispute

Created by a pastor in New York City a little over a century ago, the flag, which sets a red cross in a blue square in the upper left corner of a white field, has been used by both liberal and conservative Protestant churches, but rarely draws much attention, according to Elesha Coffman, a history ...
by Darkscull
Thu Oct 14, 2010 4:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Activist Liu Xiaobo wins nobel prize
Replies: 18
Views: 2631

Re: Activist Liu Xiaobo wins nobel prize

BlackSails wrote:They could just be chinese astrotufers


There was something in the news a year or so back about the Chinese government paying people to go around making comments on blogs, articles and social network sites praising and defending the regime.
by Darkscull
Mon Sep 13, 2010 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Creative Commons and respect.
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Re: Creative Commons and respect.

I used to be really active on the forums of another site, and there was a similar problem with the creative works there (actually worse, places were actively claiming authorship). After what happened there and the lessons we all learned I have to say that it's up to Randall what is done about it. If...
by Darkscull
Mon Sep 13, 2010 5:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Court
Replies: 42
Views: 5885

Re: Family to Receive $1.5M+ in First-Ever Vaccine-Autism Co

sardia wrote:sacrifice all our kids to protect the rare few who react to the vaccines.


Who will then die from the diseases that no one's vaccinated against.
by Darkscull
Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9379328

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

And it's not just limited to Star Trek: Babylon 5, for example, while being a more carefully crafted and thought-out show, still portrayed humans as overwhelmingly American. Babylon 5 can get away with it because Earth isn't supposed to be a near-utopia with infinite energy and no need of money. Th...
by Darkscull
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Grönd zero musque ox
Replies: 396
Views: 44141

Re: Grönd zero mosque

Too bad someone didn't tell George Washington that "innocent people may die" etc for what amounted to a taxation dispute. Screw rights, right? Yeah he was a really bad guy. I hear his allies even tarred and feathered British supporters.. he was targeting people for simply belonging to a p...
by Darkscull
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 40132

Re: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?

Speaking only for my own equipment, which I've probably investigated rather more than absolutely necessary, I'd have to say that it can be manipulated in a non-sexual scenario without reaction, and that the single biggest potential inhibitor to its 'performance' would be discomfort, especially caus...
by Darkscull
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 40132

Re: So is it even possible for a man to win a rape trial?

Unless, using a digit, dildo or different object, they are trying to 'force entry', the fundamental prerequisites of standard heterosexual sex, i.e. the arousal of the male, would, particularly under the stress created by a rape scenario, cause some potentially insurmountable difficulties. You migh...
by Darkscull
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CYBORG BOY!!! No, for real
Replies: 40
Views: 5770

Re: CYBORG BOY!!! No, for real

SlyReaper wrote:BSG is anything but old-school or obscure. I mean, unless you're three.


*cough*
by Darkscull
Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Danes danes danes in in in space space space space
Replies: 18
Views: 3214

Re: Danes danes danes in in in space space space space

While I understand the journalist's intention with the last sentence, the way its written means that no people can be carried and you also can only take your camera along if you remove the battery. Also would the oxygen you need to breathe not be considered a 'chemical payload'? What about the rock...
by Darkscull
Wed Aug 25, 2010 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Umm, what is this... [Solved! "Tensor Tympani Muscle Flex"!]
Replies: 32
Views: 14864

Re: Umm, what is this, please help

I know what JBJ is talking about and I'd say it's not likely a shift in attention, it's a very definite, rather loud rumbling noise that only appears when tensing up certain muscles. It might be something to do with pressure. Ah, then I guess what I hear isn't the blood in my ears, or at least not ...
by Darkscull
Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Umm, what is this... [Solved! "Tensor Tympani Muscle Flex"!]
Replies: 32
Views: 14864

Re: Umm, what is this, please help

You sure it's not just the sound of blood rushing in your ears? That's quite common. Many people can do it by raising their eyebrows while keeping their eyes closed. (how many of you just tried that?) It's not a ringing sound, per se, but it is usually low pitched, almost a rumbling sound. I get th...
by Darkscull
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761968

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

OK, the infamous 'size zero', is actually size 6 in the UK, IIRC. I just saw an advert for one of those slimming programmes where you pay through the nose for the privilege of paying for expensive food to replace your entire diet. The woman starts with saying that before she started this programme, ...
by Darkscull
Wed Aug 25, 2010 12:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zombies don't make sense!
Replies: 56
Views: 10906

Re: Zombies don't make sense!

There's another reason zombies don't make sense. How can such an infection possibly spread? Presumably it starts off with one zombie, but how can it infect anyone else? Everyone else will take one look at it and keep away from it. It'll never get close enough to bite anyone else. Even if it manages...
by Darkscull
Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Your preferred Windows PDF Reader?
Replies: 19
Views: 1881

Re: Your preferred Windows PDF Reader?

$450US Who would pay for something like a pdf modifier? Word documents can be converted to pdf, and it can be done for free. Adobe really have some mysteries about its price. Someone who builds PDF based forms? Someone who typesets documents for a living? Someone who's working with something that's...
by Darkscull
Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:53 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Zombies don't make sense!
Replies: 56
Views: 10906

Re: Zombies don't make sense!

piturtle wrote:What? How do they even exist?


Protip: They don't.

Sorry, couldn't resist. Carry on.
by Darkscull
Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Spanish Government reportedly gave funds Al-Qaeda
Replies: 27
Views: 2738

Re: Spanish Government reportedly gave funds Al-Qaeda

An important note: The current Goverment refuses and persecutes those who gave funds to ETA (Terrorist group that operates in Spain) for the same reasons. So, yeah. I was going to make a post about how a policy of not negotiating with terrorists is fine, but that you can't blame people for not sett...
by Darkscull
Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9379328

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

Huh, I sing better when I'm feeling down.

I've suspected that for a while, when I noticed that I wasn't singing as well as I used to. Unfortunately I'm able to test it at the moment :(

Oh well, at least I'm testing it by singing along to the Dr. Horrible soundtrack, that helps :)
by Darkscull
Tue Aug 24, 2010 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why understanding is good, and why reality is real
Replies: 27
Views: 3304

Re: Why understanding is good, and why reality is real

Understanding of how things work is the reason he has a heated house, running water, a TV, and all manner of other brilliant things people have invented. Not to mention that by understanding medicine and creating tools to make certain tasks easier, we get to live twice as long as someone thousands ...
by Darkscull
Sat Aug 21, 2010 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Hifaleetin' thoughts
Replies: 90225
Views: 9379328

Re: Fleeting/Random/Thoughts (Random like the plague)

How in the crap can diet Mountain Dew have 0 calories? How is that even possible? Calories are a measure of how much energy your body gets from the product, mostly from sugars I think. Artificial sweeteners are molecules that your tongue recognises as sugar, but that the rest of your body doesn't, ...
by Darkscull
Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: RIAA wants law to require FM radio in cell phones
Replies: 19
Views: 3084

Re: RIAA wants law to require FM radio in cell phones

I'd quite like it if all phones had FM radios and people used them, my phone has an FM transmitter :twisted:
by Darkscull
Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:43 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Advice required: Music player
Replies: 7
Views: 1335

Re: Advice required: Music player

I'm fairly sure that the player recommended here (or some version of it) is the one that my girlfriend has. She likes it, but I don't know much beyond that and the basic stats. It has a microSD card slot, which is a big plus. I always recommend that people get players with expandable memory. I bough...
by Darkscull
Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:42 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Hydrogen Spectrum and Self-similarity
Replies: 1
Views: 673

Re: Hydrogen Spectrum and Self-similarity

Is the hydrogen emission an example of a fractal geometry? I ask because on one level there's the main structure produced by the principal energy levels of hydrogen, n=1,2,3... etc. Below that there's the fine structure produced by relativistic and spin-orbit effects, and below that there's the hyp...
by Darkscull
Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:54 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 761968

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

"Over a thousand voters can't be wrong!" This is part of a trend I've been noticing recently, playing into the anti-intellectualism that is becoming more popular. The worst example I can remember (paraphrased, and I forget what it was advertising): "<product> is scientifically proven...
by Darkscull
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Controversial Montana Sex-Education Proposal
Replies: 104
Views: 10494

Re: Controversial Montana Sex-Education Proposal

I place the burden of proof (and the requirement for a citation) on the party that wishes to remove freedom. I think that this phrase quite possibly represents the fundamental differences between the two sides of the argument. You say that making sex education mandatory reduces the parents' freedom...
by Darkscull
Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Controversial Montana Sex-Education Proposal
Replies: 104
Views: 10494

Re: Controversial Montana Sex-Education Proposal

I wonder if there are any statistically significant number of cases in which someone's life was irreparably damaged because they learned about sex too early. I think there are certainly cases for the other side. The problem with this is how you measure 'irreparably damaged'. There will be some peop...
by Darkscull
Wed Jul 14, 2010 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Given an object determine if anyone has touched it
Replies: 4
Views: 946

Re: Given an object determine if anyone has touched it

There are a few times where touching a table over a long period of time has even caused me to get a sore throat. Once I realized this and stopped touching it I could feel the sore throat going away. Don't know about the rest of it, but this bit I'm 99.999% sure is just psychological. Even if there ...
by Darkscull
Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already.
Replies: 4596
Views: 711963

Re: You gotta get into Dwarf Fortress if you haven't already

Ah, it appears I did find a place with no civilisations... apart from another group of dwarves. I guess I'll have to keep digging to make interesting things happen. No kobolds have come by, I tested a squad by getting them to kill a raccoon though. As far as I know, you'll only be able to see them ...
by Darkscull
Sat Jul 10, 2010 12:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Remember Johannes Mehserle?
Replies: 30
Views: 4107

Re: Remember Johannes Mehserle?

That isn't even an attempt to answer my question. As I said, I personally can't reach a conclusion based on the video immediately available. You've reached a conclusion in one direction while the jury reached a different one. My question is why should I believe you over them? You obviously haven't ...
by Darkscull
Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Remember Johannes Mehserle?
Replies: 30
Views: 4107

Re: Remember Johannes Mehserle?

The various videos seem to speak quite strongly against that reading of the situation. The jury appear to have thought differently. Why should I believe you over them? (the images I've found on a brief search were inconclusive in my own opinion) Because there's video of the man being summarily exec...
by Darkscull
Thu Jul 08, 2010 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Real names tied to WoW
Replies: 99
Views: 12317

Re: Real names tied to WoW

The BBC has an article about this now.

It's a shockingly good article considering the ignorance that usually fuels pretty much every major news source's gaming/internet coverage.

No new information in it though, just thought I'd share.
by Darkscull
Wed Jul 07, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Real names tied to WoW
Replies: 99
Views: 12317

Re: Real names tied to WoW

I don't think this will do much to change the level of trolling. I mean, look at any given facebook fanpage or group, especially about something vaguely controversial. Trolls everywhere, or at least idiots that can't be distinguished from purposeful trolls. I'm not sure what I think about linking my...

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