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by Philwelch
Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 24814

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

Well yeah--there's going to be differences based on hardware capabilities. The 3GS has a compass and the 3G doesn't, too.
by Philwelch
Tue Mar 16, 2010 9:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 24814

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

I remember reading in the EULA that they only actually agree to provide one major OS update free with the product, so most likely 4.0 will only be free for the iPad and 3Gs. That's just a hedge against future hardware compatibility. iPhone OS 3.0 was available for the original iPhone, even though t...
by Philwelch
Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apple launches iPad tablet
Replies: 323
Views: 24814

Re: Apple launches iPad tablet

Apple missed a good opportunity here, as far as I can see. Now, I'm certainly not the target market; in fact, you'd be hard-pressed to find somebody who dislikes the iPhone more. However, shoehorning a worthless OS onto this device, one which doesn't even do something that UNIX has been doing since...
by Philwelch
Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 78542

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

Also, Baltar was kind of a pussy before he got all hardcore in season 2, so there's a reason he'd just leave an anonymous printed note. The only other person who knew was Boomer, and that doesn't seem like nearly a cool enough sleeper agent thing.
by Philwelch
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)
Replies: 654
Views: 78542

Re: Battlestar Galactica (spoilers rampant like Durandal)

Finally got around to seeing The Plan today. It is indeed not very good. And what's really annoying is that they actually go right ahead and show Adama getting the note about "twelve cylon models" without explaining how that note got there. I guess "God" did it. Rrrr. It was Bal...
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 12227

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

Where I went to school (public education) the teacher all had to be certified to teach their chosen subjects. In order to teach social studies you had to have X number of credit hours in it and the same with math and science. I find it highly unlikely that such experience can be adequatly made up f...
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 22, 2010 7:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Adam Smith is commonly misunderstood as the unreserved Apostle of libertarian economics and rightist economic thought, generally. Citing a given historical figure's argument on one point neither requires nor implies full agreement with that figure on all points he has ever made. I also don't get th...
by Philwelch
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Surely you don't mean this. I mean, if I wanted to make a factory in St. Louis which dumps some pollution into the Mississippi River, do I need to get the approval of every person and organization who owns land downstream of me? Or even worse, when I drive a car, I realease a small amount of carbon...
by Philwelch
Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Who is too fat to fly? Apparently Kevin Smith.
Replies: 23
Views: 3813

Re: Who is too fat to fly? Apparently Kevin Smith.

You're just all torso, I bet.
by Philwelch
Thu Feb 18, 2010 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 12227

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

Being granted asylum gives you the legal right to reside in the asylum-granting country. It is a form of immigration.
by Philwelch
Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

That's only if you think the purpose of minarchism is to protect against bad government. According to libertarians, minarchism isn't only a defense against bad government, it's also an effective form of government in itself. But that's where I am not fully understanding the position. I though that ...
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 12227

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

Because it's 3 years where you can't really interact with society because you are young and therefore (rightly or wrongly) dismissed by a lot of people, can't get any decent jobs because a GED, or in my case A-levels doesn't get you far, expecially combined with the age factor), are underage for a ...
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 12227

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

I know a few people who went to university a year or two ahead they all said it was a bad experience, very stressful and socailly isolating. Having seen how bad it was for them (one had a nervous breakdown and ran away for 6 months) I'm not convinced that being a couple of years ahead in your caree...
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 12227

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

Then don't go to university early. Pick up some skills, take a gap year, work for awhile and save your money. There's still valuable things to do, and things that even make a tangible monetary difference.
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

A good point to make here is that if you drastically reduce the size and scope of government, it doesn't matter as much who is running it. The government has taken on more and more responsibility, so now we have no choice but to pay attention to who's doing what. That's an appealing argument, and i...
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians
Replies: 111
Views: 12227

Re: Germany persecutes Evangelical Christians

You're ahead in your career by a couple of years, which is worth tangible money. Or you could find even more valuable ways of spending that couple of years, perhaps.
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

I think we've covered defining the concept of libertarianism, so I'm going to actually respond to these points. If this is a problem we can branch or rename the topic or something, or just lock it. A good point to make here is that if you drastically reduce the size and scope of government, it doesn...
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Who is too fat to fly? Apparently Kevin Smith.
Replies: 23
Views: 3813

Re: Who is too fat to fly? Apparently Kevin Smith.

MrGee wrote:No one sits in a single airplane seat comfortably.


Eh, on my last flight I sat next to a rather slender little old lady who fit just fine.

BlackSails wrote:Two seats doesnt get you any extra legroom.


Three seats sure do, as soon as you're allowed to unbuckle your seatbelt.
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Crying antisemitism: a time-honored libel on the rocks?
Replies: 40
Views: 5127

Re: Crying antisemitism: a time-honored libel on the rocks?

I believe it may be relevant to point out here that the chairman of the Republican Party is, in fact, black.

Let that one run through your crania for awhile--I think the analogy here is obvious.
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Discussion and help on concept: Global Emergency Organizatio
Replies: 16
Views: 2925

Re: Discussion and help on concept: Global Emergency Organizatio

With the way people and society are spread out over the entire planet now, that when a natural or man made disaster happens the loss of life and property is immense compared to say 50-100 years ago. This is as evident as the recent disaster at Haiti, where a single earthquake and resulting aftersho...
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 15, 2010 3:16 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Just to keep the questions rolling, something else I've wondered: What's the libertarian stance on the military? There's controversy. A lot of libertarians are anti-war and want a smaller military, but there's some number of libertarians who consider it worthwhile to use the military to rescue othe...
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

It's an ideologically difficult question, but in practical terms, we have a long way to go before we start worrying about that. Most libertarians would be perfectly content with simply less government and less tax. I have always wondered about this. When it comes to actual policies and goals with o...
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

Coercion is part of human nature, otherwise we would not have herding behaviours, submission and dominance behaviours, etc... Not to mention that I'm not such an individualist that I think that nobody could ever need to coerce me to do the right thing. That's not to say I think coercion should be u...
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

I've probably seen more ridiculous flamewars over the word "football"--but yes, that's exactly what I was referring to, and trying to prevent.
by Philwelch
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

It should be noted that Libertarianism can be divided into two separate classes. Left Libertarianism and Right Libertarianism. Right Libertarianism is much more common in the US while Left Libertarianism predominates (in Libertarian circles) in the rest of the World. I'm quite partial to left liber...
by Philwelch
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Wearing a lab coat, online.
Replies: 8
Views: 3849

Re: Wearing a lab coat, online.

I'm not talking about putting on an actual lab coat, but rather putting on the persona of a doctor, professor, or other respected field to gain credibility. This thread is about how the ethics of online personas compare to that of putting on a lab coat and doing it in person. Instead of going by an...
by Philwelch
Sat Feb 13, 2010 10:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Help me understand Libertarianism
Replies: 126
Views: 18464

Re: Help me understand Libertarianism

I'm not a libertarian either, but I used to be. Here are some answers. So my big question about Libertarianism is this: Why do we make such a huge distinction between what the Government is allowed to do (severely restricted) and what other large organizations, such as corporations, are allowed to d...
by Philwelch
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Truth about Gender and Math
Replies: 104
Views: 11415

Re: The Truth about Gender and Math

The smartest person in the world in IQ terms is generally held to be Marilyn vos Savant. I don't know whether her last name is the origin of the term or just a delicious coincidence. The measuring variance on IQ tests for high IQ individuals is too much to give any meaningful readings--whoever the ...
by Philwelch
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: The one bestest ever of all time language to rule them all
Replies: 141
Views: 27079

Re: The one bestest ever of all time language to rule them all

Can't you bundle together a Python interpreter into your app and distribute it that way? I could swear I have a python game that's distributed that way. It was a lot of fun until it crashed. No joke. But still, full respect. This guy wrote a fucking Segway in Python.
by Philwelch
Thu Feb 11, 2010 5:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Truth about Gender and Math
Replies: 104
Views: 11415

Re: The Truth about Gender and Math

Man, you can see why. Stoners have a fucking *incentive* to bake good brownies.
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt
Replies: 31
Views: 3194

Re: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt

You sure? I parse it as: The state's "Subversive Activities Registration Act," passed last year and now officially on the books, states that ⋅ every member of ⋅ a subversive organization, or ⋅ an organization subject to foreign control, ⋅ every fore...
by Philwelch
Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:10 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt
Replies: 31
Views: 3194

Re: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt

every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control , every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States ... s...
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt
Replies: 31
Views: 3194

Re: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt

Does this restrict freedom of speech? Freedom of speech extends to hypothetical discussions about changing the system of government. It does not extend to actually planning or coordinating with others to overthrow the actual government. Yes, but that only covers the first half of the people. The pa...
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 09, 2010 10:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt
Replies: 31
Views: 3194

Re: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt

...Is it against the law to plot to overthrow the US govt? Yes, conspiracy. Does this restrict freedom of speech? Freedom of speech extends to hypothetical discussions about changing the system of government. It does not extend to actually planning or coordinating with others to overthrow the actua...
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: $5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt
Replies: 31
Views: 3194

$5 filing fee for groups plotting to overthrow the govt

Where? Where else but South Carolina? Terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina's Secretary of State and declare their intentions -- or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. The state's "Subversive Activities Registration Act...
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Truth about Gender and Math
Replies: 104
Views: 11415

Re: The Truth about Gender and Math

Not surprising--girls and boys are average, but boys have a wider variance. Actually this does explain more about the lack of female scientists than the OP suggests, because working scientists are significantly above average in math ability, not just slightly. The average American is borderline innu...
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Kirk vs. a Dalek
Replies: 33
Views: 8440

Re: Kirk vs. a Dalek

It's a cyborg. You're quibbling over meaningless differences.
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:41 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: LILO vs. GRUB
Replies: 10
Views: 8186

Re: LILO vs. GRUB

Just write your own booter. It's not that difficult for someone with a bit of C under their belt.
by Philwelch
Tue Feb 09, 2010 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Kirk vs. a Dalek
Replies: 33
Views: 8440

Re: Kirk vs. a Dalek

Kirk can disable or destroy any robot or computer by talking it into a paradox.

A Dalek is a robot.

I believe the conclusion follows.
by Philwelch
Mon Feb 08, 2010 6:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Soldier waterboards his daughter - for real?
Replies: 15
Views: 2069

Re: Soldier waterboards his daughter - for real?

Chen wrote:Dunking someone's head into a bowl of water and waterboarding are COMPLETELY different things.


To be precise, in waterboarding there's usually a board involved. Not just water.

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