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by fencerjimmy
Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Agree/Disagree: The natural state of humans is violence.
Replies: 21
Views: 3180

Re: Agree/Disagree: The natural state of humans is violence.

First thought: "natural state" is not a particularly useful phrase, as it can mean anything from hunter/gatherer tribes to abstract societies, to considerations of humans in the absence of a societal order. But to make a blatant attempt at generalization: it seems reasonable to assume from...
by fencerjimmy
Sat Dec 13, 2008 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality
Replies: 212
Views: 25877

Re: Libertarianism, socialism, and differing views of reality

If there is one single difference in the perspectives of libertarians and socialists, I think it's the definition of freedom. The common definition of freedom would be "the ability to affect your own life", or something close to it. IIRC, in political theory rights are described as negati...
by fencerjimmy
Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Fishing boats attempt to break Israeli blockade
Replies: 31
Views: 2963

Re: Fishing boats attempt to break Israeli blockade

I'm conflicted. On the one hand, I'm impressed by the confidence it takes to stand up for your beliefs in such a provocative fashion. It's really a publicity stunt--the interview freely admits that they aren't bringing much in the way of actual humanitarian supplies, some hearing aids and undisclose...
by fencerjimmy
Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religions, ideologies, and the cultural protections for both
Replies: 11
Views: 1322

Re: Religions, ideologies, and the cultural protections for both

I'm not sure religious vs idealogical beliefs can really well-separated, but I also don't think the distinction is all that relevant when applied to criticisms of religion. A better distinction would be whether a particular belief is unique or very core to given religion. Historically, religions are...
by fencerjimmy
Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:01 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Backwards Compatibility in Web Design
Replies: 10
Views: 4108

Re: Backwards Compatibility in Web Design

Depends on the purpose of the website. A lot of the time you can get away with drawing the line only 2-3 years ago: most people update their browsers every now and then, so it's ridiculous for any random blog or entertainment site to worry about whether their CSS is unsupported. If it's a service-ba...
by fencerjimmy
Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Naming shell scripts
Replies: 10
Views: 3691

Re: Naming shell scripts

Shell scripts and perl/python files I plan to run from the command line are myprogram or my_program. Scripts I write mainly to be called from other scripts have the appropriate extension, as do all data/document files. (I write lots of small single-purpose data-processing scripts which I pass data t...
by fencerjimmy
Wed Aug 06, 2008 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legal Voting Age (UK)
Replies: 41
Views: 3816

Re: Legal Voting Age (UK)

A) Leave things as they are. Votes at 18, taxes at 16 B) Reduce Voting age to 16 C) Up the age at which you start paying taxes in the UK Personally, I would prefer B, but C is definitely fair. A just seems like hypocrisy on the part of the government as to whether 16 year olds are responsible. Out ...
by fencerjimmy
Mon Jul 28, 2008 6:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380389

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi all, I'm Jimmy. I've been lurking for a while now, and finally decided I should actually register and post occasionally instead of arguing verbally with what I'm reading. It fails to get the point across, and confuses my labmates... :) Oddly enough I don't have anything specific to post about at ...

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