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by Calorus
Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 15209

Re: We Are All Bad People

Carry on like that and we might one day pay for all of the Gold, Silver, Iron, Diamonds, People, Land, Histories we've stolen. And, just as an aside, the US's annual donations as a proportion of GDP Ranks somewhere around 21st out of 28 OECD countries, so think a few times before declaring it a prod...
by Calorus
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:35 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!
Replies: 246
Views: 50144

Re: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!

Well...

Let's be fair about this, Debian is the best distro, but Ubuntu comes with all the best wares and is simplest to expand courtesy of the Universe... But under it all it's basically Debian with some pre-installs, thus... I too give you Ubuntu. The Evolved form of the best distro.
by Calorus
Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:21 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Mac vs PC
Replies: 162
Views: 49766

Re: Mac vs PC vs Linux

As has been said, this is not a religious war - you've left out humanism.
by Calorus
Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 15209

Re: We Are All Bad People

Charity's probably the best chance for helping poor countries, but existing charity could be done far better, simply by doing different things. Say you started a business in a poor country, made enough money to pay off your initial investment, then gave it to the locals running the place. That's so...
by Calorus
Sun Sep 12, 2010 7:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Above the Law - United Russia
Replies: 18
Views: 2542

Re: Above the Law - United Russia

Microsoft's primary concern is their bottom line. Since everyone thinks they need to use Microsoft Windows & Office, and many don't pay, this all acts as a big scary monster to scare them away from piracy not to mention the fact that by far their biggest customer in Russia is... Russia - i.e. th...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 9:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Cambridge University at no. 1 in world ranking.
Replies: 48
Views: 5832

Re: Cambridge University at no. 1 in world ranking.

80th.
Grumpy.

-- Actually, it's the second best specialist institution.
What an odd system, if one is only going to study one or two subjects, why is a comprehensive uni better?

These grapes are sour.
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Nevada Police use tasers to bring down terminator
Replies: 99
Views: 10370

Re: Nevada Police use tasers to bring down terminator

Doing a dangerous job shouldn't automatically imbue you with special privileges . It's not okay to shoot (with a gun, a taser, or a children's bow and arrow) someone who is of little or no harm to anyone (I mean he was quite obviously not armed) he was a naked guy: you put shame to one side and bund...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmets?
Replies: 99
Views: 17340

Re: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmet

Where I live, the individual without the seatbelt gets the fine, if over the age of 16. Drivers need not enforce anything. I still have a difficult time understanding how they enforce it, given the numerous styles of seatbelts, and how many of them are invisible to vehicles from behind. As for helm...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 10962

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

Yeah, this tread is broken. Azrael has seemingly arbitrarily amended/deleted/spoilered some posts which strayed into morality or altering the system, but has left others including those of the OP. There are several surviving posts concerning nationalisation or product placement which don't concern p...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 40118

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

Hmmm, perhaps. Certainly, someone could 'install me' prior to the subsidence of morning glory, I suppose. It seems a strange question because it requires quite a few supporting conditions. Certainly I've been able to maintain composure for instance under heavy visual and light physical provocation i...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 40118

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 cause...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 40118

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 Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixed fines create class justice?
Replies: 72
Views: 9589

Re: Fixed fines create class justice?

The value of money is indeed completely subjective and is the reason for the ineffectiveness of markets. The alleged 'fairness' of markets, especially one-to-many markets, presupposes that every potential customer has the same potential budget, which, demonstrably, could barely be further from the c...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 11, 2010 11:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 40118

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

Let's be fair, whilst women are every bit as capable of sexual harassment, the logistics of 'rape' may provide somewhat more of problem for them. Unless, using a digit, dildo or different object, they are trying to 'force entry', the fundamental prerequisites of standard heterosexual sex, i.e. the a...
by Calorus
Thu Sep 09, 2010 9:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmets?
Replies: 99
Views: 17340

Re: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmet

Just an aside, does anyone else think that laws mandating the wearing of helmets/seatbelts don't make any sense whatsoever? I mean even the drug laws pretend to be based in public safety. Also you have the fact that there is a crime of 'causing death by dangerous driving' and insurance claims to co...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 08, 2010 5:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pastor to burn the Quran, film at 11.
Replies: 361
Views: 31856

Re: Pastor to burn the Quran, film at 11.

Acknowledging that pastor Jones has every right to burn the Quran, how can we convince him that he shouldn't? I was thinking we could gather as many people as possible to pledge to donate to a charity if he doesn't burn it, but there's hardly any time for that. What practical forms of protest are a...
by Calorus
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:38 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Need a friend?
Replies: 34
Views: 7241

Re: Need a friend?

Yeah definitely fails Turing, every time I changed languages, it came with me....! Would be really good for getting your foreigns on, if you need quick response and typing precision practice.
by Calorus
Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: From where will the new jobs come?
Replies: 44
Views: 6617

Re: From where will the new jobs come?

Of course, in the limit where there's a gigantic surplus of labor, simple capitalism fails pretty badly. So one could think of peoples' opposition to automation as a reflexive defense of the economic principles with which they're familiar. But yeah, they probably just think "less jobs = bad. o...
by Calorus
Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel
Replies: 144
Views: 18208

Re: Man Lies About Ethnicity - Convicted of Rape in Israel

How sad. And how odd that none of that squares with the original quotes: Handing down the verdict, Tzvi Segal, one of three judges on the case, acknowledged that sex had been consensual but said that although not "a classical rape by force," the woman would not have consented if she had n...
by Calorus
Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan Floods Affect 2.5 Million People
Replies: 19
Views: 2799

Re: Pakistan Floods Affect 2.5 Million People

Not really. In fact quite the contrary . And that table doesn't even take into account the fact that the USA has a higher per capita income than most countries. Here is a detailed report if you're interested. The USA turns out to be at the bottom when it comes to giving aid. Wow, why would you do t...
by Calorus
Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pakistan Floods Affect 2.5 Million People
Replies: 19
Views: 2799

Re: Pakistan Floods Affect 2.5 Million People

I know that the US has a history of giving out a lot of aid Not really. In fact quite the contrary . And that table doesn't even take into account the fact that the USA has a higher per capita income than most countries. Here is a detailed report if you're interested. The USA turns out to be at the...
by Calorus
Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Self-repairing solar cells
Replies: 3
Views: 973

Re: Self-repairing solar cells

This has been talked about for a while, the big idea to being to make a solar cell which could be sprayed onto a surface, such as a window pane or the wall of a house.

Cracking idea, though.
by Calorus
Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How the internet will affect the coming generation
Replies: 31
Views: 7059

Re: How the internet will affect the coming generation

In a lot of ways it will be more natural for them - they just won't know any different. The human brain seems to me to master in adaptivity, just as the same lump of DNA might be born in a poverty and never live a day without hunger, as might be born to Billionaire and never know want, let alone fru...
by Calorus
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: From where will the new jobs come?
Replies: 44
Views: 6617

From where will the new jobs come?

With the private sector in the US & UK showing decent recovery in terms of earnings but very little in terms of employment, I'm interested in people's views as to where the jobs sought by Americans and British Conservative government (2.5 million over 5 years) will be found. Now, I'll set my sta...
by Calorus
Mon Sep 06, 2010 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: barriers to entry for manned space travel
Replies: 133
Views: 16384

Re: barriers to entry for manned space travel

It's foolish to assume that these are the only immediate problems facing the planet, or that spending the ridiculously small amount of money currently going towards space on something else will magically solve anything. Neither is my opinion, what I do think is that concentrating resources on the t...
by Calorus
Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?
Replies: 43
Views: 9576

Re: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?

I'm not one to allow morality interfere with logic...but in this case I would. I think in a "does the end justify the means" way, in most cases of "morality" I take the logical side instead of the moral side. If I had no morals what-so-ever then yeah, I would support your idea o...
by Calorus
Fri Sep 03, 2010 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: barriers to entry for manned space travel
Replies: 133
Views: 16384

Re: barriers to entry for manned space travel

We have a few very simple issues here on Earth: - We have a bunch of greedy little shitbags making profits from the poorest of us, but using almost all of the resources which would be needed for humanity to survive comfortably. - We have a lot of people who are poor because they are in countries wit...
by Calorus
Fri Sep 03, 2010 9:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: barriers to entry for manned space travel
Replies: 133
Views: 16384

Re: barriers to entry for manned space travel

Okay well, I'll start by pointing out that I think space travel, at this stage in human history, for anything other than launching satellites is almost entirely pointless, and that therefore the primary barrier to manned space travel is necessity. The shocking amounts of money spent on Space travel ...
by Calorus
Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Christian claims we are morally obligated to believe in God.
Replies: 72
Views: 9670

Re: Christian claims we are morally obligated to believe in

Man who believes in faeries tells us we should all believe in faeries.

Next.
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?
Replies: 43
Views: 9576

Re: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?

Outside of the moral argument Soylent Greening in so far as best use is made of all materials irrespective of their source is great and most condonable. Meaning that soylent green itself is ... not great nor condonable. Because, as the thread has amply demonstrated, turning bodies into food is a te...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl throwing puppies in river...
Replies: 97
Views: 11574

Re: Girl throwing puppies in river...

I've heard that drowning doesn't include any physical pain. Panic, and lots of it, but nothing to set off pain receptors. You (and she) heard wrong, as a former drowning victim I'd like to point out that there are multiple types of drowning, the most common (where the oesophogus closes off the lung...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Radioactive decay rates not constant
Replies: 42
Views: 6836

Re: Radioactive decay rates not constant

Carbon dating is bunk. No, this wouldn't result in that, at all, what it would say is that it's less accurate. But it's already far less precise than the variation in accuracy that this would imply so, no issues. I know it's sometimes hard to discern a joke when it is written, but didn't the pictur...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 10962

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

To aim to be perfectly on topic: DRM cannot and will not work, not as long as content is replayable. "Graduated response" may work, but is as yet unproven (after being bundled through the backdoor by the Labour and Conservative parties) my provider, TalkTalk, the second largest in the coun...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?
Replies: 43
Views: 9576

Re: Is Soylent Green Logically Supportable?

Waste is bad. Soylent Greening equals waste minimisation. Therefore Soylent Green has positive effects. Outside of the moral argument (incidentally, I feel comfortable with Soylent Green building materials/fertilisers et cetera, as these happen to some extent anyway, whether you like it or not, and ...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 10962

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

As I said, a system of voluntary post consumption donation, with a recommended value. Won't that lead to a tragedy-of-the-commons situation? If I can enjoy music without paying for it, then I'm probably going to do so, even though this slightly decreases the amount of music there will be in the fut...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Julian Assange accused of rape UPDATE charges dropped
Replies: 63
Views: 7352

Re: Julian Assange accused of rape UPDATE charges dropped

Update: charges undropped . Why would you hang your statement on the same hook as two women you'd never met, who, presumably didn't come forward until after you had? This case looks as honest as the dismissal of the case of the American soldier who, after admitting to shooting 'several' civilians i...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 10962

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

a) that the remuneration rates for people who do work which rewarding, pleasant and empowering is hugely immoral. Are you saying that it's immoral that people who make lots of money sometimes also enjoy their jobs? To me, yes. The idea of rewarding the best rewarded with the wages equivalen...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 7:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Girl throwing puppies in river...
Replies: 97
Views: 11574

Re: Girl throwing puppies in river...

Alder wrote:I'm mildly curious as to when Croatia stopped being a part of the 'western world', being as it is, nearly smack dab in the middle of Europe...

I live in London, in the Eastern Hemisphere, 3 minutes' walk from the Western Hemisphere, if you want to be pedantic.
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Solutions to Online Piracy
Replies: 72
Views: 10962

Re: Solutions to Online Piracy

I do not think it is in the least bit immoral, not even slightly. Yeah, great. But ... that's not the point here now is it? -Az I think a) that the remuneration rates for people who do work which rewarding, pleasant and empowering is hugely immoral. b) that Intellectual property and royaltie...
by Calorus
Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Unfair restroom assignments
Replies: 24
Views: 6747

Re: Unfair restroom assignments

thc wrote:... at least 9000
Spoiler:
9,000 metres?

9km.

You ran 9 km?

While desperate for the loo?

Wow.
Memes, they happen. Move along. -Az

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