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by EnderSword
Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ralph Lauren using DMCA to censor blogger
Replies: 7
Views: 1130

Re: Ralph Lauren using DMCA to censor blogger

They almost need to pre-Precedent some of these things before they start to happen. It's kind of wild west judgement at this point, I have a feeling over the years a lot of things being put in place now will get reversed, and people are acting on the threats of lawsuits on things that haven't been t...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 8718

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

Really? Try this: And if someone was faced with the unwanted relationship vs. potentially getting murdered, and decided to persue the unwanted relationship, it's because they'd determined it was less bad than potentially getting murdered. :/ A little wonky, eh? And if you think murder's bad enough ...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 08, 2009 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 8718

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

That wouldn't be the worst then. If someone was faced with the unwanted relationship vs. unemployment, and decided to pursue the unwanted relationship, its because they'd determined it was less bad than having to find another job. I don't think an office situation is so unique. Work related things i...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 08, 2009 5:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 8718

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

One of those "if I fire a gun wildly around a crowded street, and I happen to not hit anyone, it was still an incredibly bad thing to do" situations. Of course a gun fired is probably to kill people, an affair in the office with a woman who's role in your company isn't really going to be ...
by EnderSword
Wed Oct 07, 2009 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 8718

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

I think it's more harmful to cheat on someone though. You're basically garaunteeing that you're hurting someone in the case of cheating vs. you might be hurting someone in some circumstances when its dating an employee. But yes, it's fairly established at this point that this was all prior to the ma...
by EnderSword
Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 8718

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

Dating a coworker is a huge conflict of interest. I guess it would be all right if it were a peer, but dating your boss just swings the door wide open for nepotism. Who is going to say, "Sorry honey, your sales are slipping so you're fired. See you at home."? That's pretty much what I was...
by EnderSword
Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 8718

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

Of course, all of this marriage trolling is kindof obscuring the point that he was an employer having affairs with his underlings. That's kindof the part that is not okay . It's only not ok if the relationship is not ok, its not innately illegal or immoral to date someone who works in your company,...
by EnderSword
Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 8718

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

Just to point out a couple things: He is currently Married, but he was not married a few years ago, he got married after the birth of his child. The way he was speaking certainly implied that these things occured prior to his marriage though he did not outright say that. A man working for 48 hours w...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?
Replies: 84
Views: 12194

Re: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?

it's not about a premium going up...it's about a premium going up because of something some other idiot did... if you have car insurance...and someone hits you and they DON'T have car insurance...your premium WILL go up because YOUR insurance had to pay out...ANY time your insurance has to pay out ...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?
Replies: 84
Views: 12194

Re: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?

That's often a marketing thing though, they convince you to take a bad one or something because of some other feature or something like a lower deductable. If your insurance goes up its because you bought the one that goes up, your call. Plus if cost is an issue, making people by more insurance isn'...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?
Replies: 84
Views: 12194

Re: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?

If a Bike hits your car door, again, your car insurance pays for it. If a bike hits a person, that person's insurance pays for it. right...which makes the person who got hit have higher insurance premiums.... Wouldn't unless its their fault for the accident. There are some insurance policies that g...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?
Replies: 84
Views: 12194

Re: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?

i just think it's silly to assume that you can't seriously injure or kill someone else if you're riding a bike....i once saw a guy in an electric wheel chair run someone off the side walk and she got hit by a car...how did her medical expenses get covered? if she didn't pay for it (or her medical i...
by EnderSword
Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: WTF. Lady suing neighbor for smoking in own home
Replies: 32
Views: 3550

Re: WTF. Lady suing neighbor for smoking in own home

It's stuff like this that makes people resist a lot of these laws to begin with. You try to make some laws to help encourage health, stop discrimination or improve public safety or something innocuous and good, and some crazy person takes it to extremes and sues someone then claims they're disabled....
by EnderSword
Tue Sep 29, 2009 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A boy aged 12 turned up at school as a girl
Replies: 111
Views: 10923

Re: A boy aged 12 turned up at school as a girl

If it was bullying though, they could just deal with it however they'd deal with current bullying. You're right, you're not going to be ableto stop it...and calling an assembly to explain in vain what the hell happened isn't going to help curb that. They focused on it as the gender issue, meaning th...
by EnderSword
Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A boy aged 12 turned up at school as a girl
Replies: 111
Views: 10923

Re: A boy aged 12 turned up at school as a girl

Trying to follow that, Would you say then than many people who would have switched genders just decide to fake it? Or is it more that they say 'Well, this is how I act and apparently I am a boy, so boys can apparently act like this'? That to me is the kind of conflicting part...what exactly makes so...
by EnderSword
Tue Sep 29, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Coming Financial Time Bomb
Replies: 25
Views: 3436

Re: The Coming Financial Time Bomb

The system is supposed to be self-compensating, but the lack of information makes it so it is not. Imagine this situation: XYZ Trades at $50 and is price appriopriately. XYZ Gives incentives to employees to sell insurance contracts on bonds. Employees begin selling insurance at rates that do not ade...
by EnderSword
Tue Sep 29, 2009 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A boy aged 12 turned up at school as a girl
Replies: 111
Views: 10923

Re: A boy aged 12 turned up at school as a girl

That's the innate contradiction in transexuality vs. sexism I think, The mere existance of transexuality, saying you feel like a girl or boy because you feel the way a boy or girl does or something implicitly states that gender roles actually exist on a real level and arn't just social conventions, ...
by EnderSword
Mon Sep 21, 2009 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monopoly game launches on Google
Replies: 62
Views: 7149

Re: Monopoly game launches on Google

I got a chance card that assessed a tax of $6.7 Million on my assets and people bulldozed 3 of my buildings. Awesome.
by EnderSword
Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monopoly game launches on Google
Replies: 62
Views: 7149

Re: Monopoly game launches on Google

If you're on a leaderboard you're gonna get hit. I'm #2 in my local and I got a Hazard dumped on my 2nd best street
by EnderSword
Sat Sep 19, 2009 8:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bill O'Reilly backs public option
Replies: 22
Views: 2647

Re: Bill O'Reilly backs public option

O'Reilly is constantly supporting things against the conservative party...I'm not surprised by this.

It's not like he's supporting Obama's plan or something, but more an in pirinciple, wants government insurance. Public option can be like 500 things.
by EnderSword
Sat Sep 19, 2009 1:46 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monopoly game launches on Google
Replies: 62
Views: 7149

Re: Monopoly game launches on Google

It's still kinda fun to poke around in, just can't really think of it as a competitive game at the moment.
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

It's true that he doesn't intend to give credits for their premiums, but the program itself will be subsidized still. Even in the 'Expenses = Premiums' idea, they're still gonna 'kick start' it with government funds, and you can be pretty certain government funds will be pumped into it over time onc...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monopoly game launches on Google
Replies: 62
Views: 7149

Re: Monopoly game launches on Google

You will run out of room extremely fast with the type of multipliers they give. I built some property on a $2.5 Million street that gives 198% of their build cost in daily rent. At that rate my street of 100+ build spots will be filled with $100,000,000 buildings in 11 Days or so, and then be able t...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

So, you're essentially saying, "It should be a crime for illegal immigrants to buy things that the law says they're not allowed to buy." Tautology is tautological. Well exactly, which is why I was a bit surprised when someone questioned it as untrue. My original point was, assuming you're...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Betting Game
Replies: 21
Views: 3911

Re: Betting Game

Heheh, true. If you lose you lose.

And yes exactly.

Odds of Winning * Payout. If this number is under 1 you lose

0.50 * 2:1 = 1

0.2 * 2:1 = 0.4

In games of chance, it's been proven time and time again your betting strategy itself is absolutely irrelevant in any game with constant odds.
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:09 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: Betting Game
Replies: 21
Views: 3911

Re: Betting Game

There's about a 49% chance of winning Blackjack or Roulette Red/Black...If the martingale system worked Casinos couldn't exist. If the winning chance is under 50% then no matter what system you lose, you'll lose money. You can play and win 100 times and make your $1 but the 1 time it goes wrong you'...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

There you get to extremes on both sides. Republicans have very well known extremists who are tied directly to the party, but the Democratic extremists tend to but unlinked to the party itself. Still in either case when an extremist talks, they generate discussion amongst the moderates and people the...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

I think 'Illegal Aliens' makes them sound the most non-human :) Don't really think 'Illegal Immigrants' to decsribe people who immigrated illegaly is that demeaning though...it's kind of demeaning in the exact way its intended to be...to indicate they broke the law in exactly the way they broke the ...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

So because it's illegal to walk into the country, it should be an additional crime to, after you've walked into the country, walk into the nearest Wal-Mart and buy a gallon of milk? Wal-Mart for Milk would be fine. Government program who sells milk cheaper to underpriviledged citizens, yes that'd p...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 2:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monopoly game launches on Google
Replies: 62
Views: 7149

Re: Monopoly game launches on Google

On their Blog. The taxes are now cumulative in a weird way. You get taxed 5% for each street above 5 owned. So basically just find the 5 biggest streets you can. I bought a 2.5 Million dolalr street, and the rental properties on the street yeild 194% of their build cost Per Day, and it has like 100+...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

Old trick: Person complains about X, we ignore him until he gets belligerent - as soon as he finally snaps and does something ridiculous like this, we immediately fix X and say "We were planning on fixing that the whole time; I mean, Christ, why are you such a douche?". Doesn't tend to wo...
by EnderSword
Fri Sep 18, 2009 3:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

What does not being able to opt out have to do with anything? There's no easy way to opt out of regular taxes, either. But the point is that they do pay taxes, and they most certainly help the businesses they work for, so saying they deserve nothing in return is a bit disingenuous. Of course, this ...
by EnderSword
Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

Beg your pardon - but it's not fair to describe this as a 'small minority'. Any illegal immigrant who buys things in this country (outside of a few states with, curiously enough, very low illegal immigration rates) is paying sales tax. That's a serious stretch...you've demonstrated they pay the tax...
by EnderSword
Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

Actually, it's a common misconception that illegal immigrants don't pay taxes. Many of them do, and many are afraid to file a tax return and end up overpaying. Some are tax cheats, as are some citizens (i.e. Treasury Secretary), but "They didn't pay for it" is a weak argument at best. It'...
by EnderSword
Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

So now you have to be a citizen of this country in order to buy things with money. Good to know. Uh....Yes? Did you not already know that? Illegal immigrants are not allowed IN the country at all. Of course they're not allowed to come in and buy insurance that's being paid for buy citizens, them be...
by EnderSword
Thu Sep 17, 2009 4:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Monopoly game launches on Google
Replies: 62
Views: 7149

Re: Monopoly game launches on Google

It's a cute game and neat idea, but despite its scope and complexity there doesn't seem to be much to it. The streets have a price and a rent value, and buldings just have a price and rent value too, so the game is really just buying the thing with the best % return then building the best % return b...
by EnderSword
Thu Sep 17, 2009 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

Joe Wilson isn't a Senator. I'm sure he broke some rule though. But overall, it worked. - After his outburst, language has now been added to the bill saying that citizenship had to be verified before buying into the insurance, which was an amendment he proposed twice and it got rejected. The specifi...
by EnderSword
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

Breaking rules of etiquette and a lot of people getting angry about it doesn't count as offending anyone? Uh...no? It also sets clear rules of decorum; if Wilson can get away with this, can't anyone else? By creating clear rules and boundaries - and enforcing them - we make it clear what is and isn...
by EnderSword
Wed Sep 16, 2009 10:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

I think the overall of it is that the man didn't actually offend anyone, he broke potentially rule 2 ettiquette rules and the only reasons for demanding an apology are punitive and political.
by EnderSword
Wed Sep 16, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.
Replies: 180
Views: 11429

Re: Joe Wilson apologized; Move on.

Buh? I don't understand what you're saying here. No one's arguing that Wilson accusing the President of lying is the breach of etiquette; the breach of etiquette was accusing the President of lying during the President's speech . Yes they certainly are doing that, Read just above you. They cut and ...

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