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by darren
Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding Professionally
Replies: 37
Views: 4660

Re: Coding Professionally

I should stop avoiding code complete just because its published by microsoft and actually read it.
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do these punks do it?
Replies: 62
Views: 7643

Re: How do these punks do it?

by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

But straight-out banning it is. Okay, it's pretty clear now that you're not looking for a discussion, just a soap-box. What, you're mad because I won't be pulled into a pissing match about whether sex is murder? Even after I said that defining development of the CNS as "human life" is per...
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

Deciding zygotes are people--and then shrugging your shoulders and crying "Pedantic!" when someone points out that this means having sex is the equivalent of killling people--is not a valid response. But straight-out banning it is. It'll hold up in court and that's what I'm more concerned...
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

The point of contention here isn't that this is the majority's call; in some part, I suppose it is. It's that if the majority determines that zygotes are humans, then the majority is wrong. It's the wrong decision to make for numerous reasons that have been explained to you to great length. It mean...
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

My point (or her's, anyway) is that if you consider zygotes to be human lives with human rights Whether I personally believe the zygote to be human life or not irrelevant. Personal beliefs do not determine legality. I'm not sure where you're coming from or why you're so insistent that the majority ...
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 3:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

We're never going to have an absolute consensus. And since, in your view, the most extreme belief wins in the case of no consensus, sex is murder and thereby illegal. Chemical castrations for everyone! Now who's being ridiculous? No, I'm saying a solid consensus should be reached by a majority unde...
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

I'm being binary about it because the destruction (or termination or whatever) of a zygote is binary-- you can't destroy it half way. You misunderstand. You're being binary about your definition of what's human and what isn't. It's not as simple as "This is human!" and "This isn't!&q...
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 2:13 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

You're being too binary about this. I'm being binary about it because the destruction (or termination or whatever) of a zygote is binary-- you can't destroy it half way. Deciding that all zygotes are alive and should be afforded the right to life is a philosophical and legal decision, and it's a ve...
by darren
Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Life
Replies: 38
Views: 3630

Re: Life

I think that the point something becomes "human" is when it can verbally communicate abstract concepts. This seems to be what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. I also like the idea of being able to prove my humanity by posting in a forum. :P *Edit I figured I should tack t...
by darren
Sat Aug 09, 2008 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

I don't see how you can arbitrarily say that as soon as a zygote is concieved, it has a soul. It cannot be tested. By the same reasoning, we shouldn't cut down trees, nor grind rocks, nor eat potatoes, on the off chance that they have a soul too. And I don't see how you can arbitrarily say that a a...
by darren
Sat Aug 09, 2008 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

Then we should wait until there's scientific consensus on when exactly an embryo/fetus becomes alive. Oh? Please go off and find me a test as to whether a certain object has a soul. I hear it weighs about 21 grams, so that's a start. Exactly. You're destroying something for which you have no idea w...
by darren
Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stem Cell Research.
Replies: 81
Views: 7285

Re: Stem Cell Research.

I'm pretty sure that what they mean is that humans shouldn't have the right to decide when an embryo is or isn't a creature with a soul, or sentient or whatever. They believe that a higher authority should have the responsibility to make that choice. I, being atheist, do not believe in a higher aut...
by darren
Sat Aug 09, 2008 5:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Offshore drilling and ANWR
Replies: 28
Views: 2689

Re: Offshore drilling and ANWR

[rant] What is it about coal that I hate so much? There is no clean coal. That is a lie. Coal is evil . I live in SW Virginia. Coal mining is one of the most evil detestable... they rape the land and flatten mountains, water supplies are tainted, communities are destroyed. The carbon emissions give...
by darren
Sat Aug 09, 2008 4:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14516

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Then don't use a phrase that means "cutting most ties to the rest of the world". The Marshall plan was also interventionism. As for Afghanistan, we were attacked by a group that was sheltered and supported by the government there. While I agree that Iraq was illegal, Afghanistan was not. ...
by darren
Sat Aug 09, 2008 1:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14516

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

For the past sixty years or so, we've been a important part of the global community List of countries bombed by the US since WW2: ⋅ Korea and China 1950-53 (Korean War) ⋅ Guatemala 1954 ⋅ Indonesia 1958 ⋅ Cuba 1959-1961 ⋅ Guatemala 1960 ⋅ ...
by darren
Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why capitalism sucks...I think...
Replies: 196
Views: 18678

Re: Why capitalism sucks...I think...

There's certain things about capitalism that aren't really solved. In a society where profit is the main motive then you don't necessarily get the most efficient system. Take light bulbs for example. Incandescent bulbs keep business moving because every so often a bulb will bust and it has to get r...
by darren
Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:32 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How do these punks do it?
Replies: 62
Views: 7643

Re: How do these punks do it?

by darren
Thu Aug 07, 2008 7:52 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Why the hell am I paying this school-
Replies: 27
Views: 4117

Re: Why the hell am I paying this school-

During my 4.5 years at berkeley, only once did a prof skip class, and she had a valid reason. I say report the professors to the admins, and get other students to do the same.
by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:59 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Acupuncture & Science
Replies: 55
Views: 8807

Re: Acupuncture & Science

by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: deterministic FSA's and regular expressions
Replies: 5
Views: 2164

Re: deterministic FSA's and regular expressions

It's not. I read an article about Nikolaus Wirth which stated that all of his compilers (for Pascal, Modula, Oberon) were designed so that they never needed non-deterministic FSA's. Which seems to be true judging from some of his earlier pascal compilers' scanners. I was wondering what exactly the c...
by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Voting Age (UK)
Replies: 41
Views: 3833

Re: Legal Voting Age (UK)

It should be either the minimum age for the draft if there is one, otherwise the age at which you finish compulsory education... I think the latter works pretty well because in many cultures people are expected to start working after middle school, or even earlier.
by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Offshore drilling and ANWR
Replies: 28
Views: 2689

Re: Offshore drilling and ANWR

Oort wrote:In 20 or 40 years when it would start to flow, it will also mean more oil for China.

Try 5-10 years. Not to mention the fact that we could've been drilling in ANWR since 20 years ago. Of course that won't really help with our saturated refineries.
by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:49 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 245899

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

I took mine from the a trailer of I, Robot a few years back. The company in movie had this ad campaign to sell their new robots, proclaiming they were "Three laws safe." Anyways, I've read enough Asimov and I liked the movie so I thought it'd make a good username. Are the three laws prese...
by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1696

Re: Scheme Question

by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1696

Re: Scheme Question

by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:09 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Scheme Question
Replies: 12
Views: 1696

Re: Scheme Question

by darren
Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Offshore drilling and ANWR
Replies: 28
Views: 2689

Re: Offshore drilling and ANWR

My real problem with this drilling is that we could be focusing on much better fixes for the problem that already has the technology invented. More oil isn't exactly a guaranteed solution to the problem as much as the Republican Party would like you to believe. Demand is down for oil as Americans a...
by darren
Tue Aug 05, 2008 9:23 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which language to start with...
Replies: 14
Views: 2089

Re: Which language to start with...

by darren
Tue Aug 05, 2008 8:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 245899

Re: How'd you come up with your username(s)?

it's my first name. my name on counterstrike is "toasted bagel with papsmear" but I thought it was a little low brow for this crowd.
by darren
Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Fun/Awesome/Cool/Useful software
Replies: 45
Views: 5950

Re: Fun/Awesome/Cool/Useful software

by darren
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:25 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: What does this picture mean?
Replies: 25
Views: 3747

Re: What does this picture mean?

The new SOS emblem?
by darren
Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Good programming music
Replies: 93
Views: 15920

Re: Good programming music

poleboy wrote:Lyrics mess up my concentration.

Unless it's nerdcore rap about programming:
ytcracker wrote:See the rhymes and they hot like lava,
Who else do you know that rhymes in java?
class HelloWorld pub static void main
System dot out dot print L N
by darren
Mon Aug 04, 2008 5:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Critical Mass fight in Seattle
Replies: 186
Views: 13402

Re: Critical Mass fight in Seattle

A mob surrounding your car and threatening you is a "traffic violation"? So if a gang of men corner a young girl in an alley and threaten to rape and kill her, that'd be... what? trespassing? loitering? The mob surrounding and disabling the car of a homicidal maniac is self defense. (they...
by darren
Mon Aug 04, 2008 3:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Offshore drilling and ANWR
Replies: 28
Views: 2689

Re: Offshore drilling and ANWR

by darren
Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Persuade an American Swing Voter
Replies: 179
Views: 14516

Re: Persuade an American Swing Voter

Bush: $600 rebates.
Obama: $1000 rebates.

Yep, whole lot of difference.
by darren
Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Which language to learn?
Replies: 6
Views: 1599

Re: Which language to learn?

If it's high performance concurrency you want, learn threading instead of picking up another language.

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