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by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:05 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count up in Gray code!
Replies: 216
Views: 17344

Re: Count up in Gray code!

1001

almost to five digits...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Thu Oct 13, 2011 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count up in Base 110
Replies: 885
Views: 117709

Re: Count up in Base 110

3λ

Thirty lowercaselambda
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count up in palindromes
Replies: 1262
Views: 210246

Re: Count up in palindromes

191
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count up in palindromes
Replies: 1262
Views: 210246

Re: Count up in palindromes

191
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Count to a Million in Roman Numerals
Replies: 1072
Views: 117922

Re: Count to a Million in Roman Numerals

CCCLII
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Type the Sentence: No Backspace, No Peeking
Replies: 459
Views: 93868

Re: Type the Sentence: No Backspace, No Peeking

yhjo0odd drwneew -ssh mip omh 'wommm om %o.e.e'_)padadfg

Well then. I guess I look at the keyboard more than I thought.
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Type the Sentence: No Backspace, No Peeking
Replies: 459
Views: 93868

Re: Type the Sentence: No Backspace, No Peeking

yhjo0odd drwneew -ssh mip omh 'wommm om %o.e.e'_)padadfg

Well then. I guess I look at the keyboard more than I thought.
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: What is in Your Clipboard?
Replies: 3683
Views: 601949

Re: What is in Your Clipboard?

118381

Not sure why
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Sep 18, 2011 5:24 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Look away from your monitor.
Replies: 186
Views: 30398

Re: Look away from your monitor.

My guitar.
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Thu Sep 15, 2011 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you buy with $50 billion
Replies: 88
Views: 10529

What would you buy with $50 billion

I am writing a humorous speech about credit cards, and in it I intend to demonstrate how much money $50 billion in AMerican credit card debt really is. So I decided to create a shopping list. Unfortunately, after purchasing 1 ton of gold, the houses of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Oprah Wi...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Tue Jun 28, 2011 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

Gvmalivuk, am I correct in inferring that you agree that a DNA database would be useful in terms of forensics, but think that such a database would cause more harm than good in areas other than criminal investigation? If so, what are these specific areas where abuse could occur? EDIT: I have seen so...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 43169

Re: The ethics of teleportation

Is it even possible to create an exact copy while leaving the original intact? If so, yes, you would be killing one of the two "you"s that briefly existed. However, I was not under the impression that that was how teleportation worked. Then again, it probably doesn't work to store the posi...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if there were incontrovertible proof of God?
Replies: 246
Views: 26451

Re: What if there were incontravertible proof of God?

I think that, in short, my opinion is that it doesn't much matter whether God has 'true' free will or not, I think that either way eternal heaven and hell are incompatible with a just and loving God if we don't have free will. If a god has no free will, then the terms "just" and "lov...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

First, you are not the government, and thus do not have a reasonable justification for utilizing my DNA. Second, you have no established procedure in place for what you are going to do with that swab, how the data from it is going to be stored, et cetera. Third, I said "approximately" Fai...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sat Jun 25, 2011 1:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

Also, how exactly could DNA databases be misused? Several such scenarios have already been described. Consequences of someone else knowing about your risk for various serious diseases in particular could be pretty shitty. I am quite confident that the benefits will outweigh the harm, because I real...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sat Jun 25, 2011 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

The question is whether DNA evidence does more harm than good Um, no. The question is whether a mandatory DNA database does more harm than good. All of your patronizing calculations ("Look! The probabilities all still add to 1! Isn't that amazing?") are irrelevant to that. That was in res...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

A_pathetic_lizardmnan, the big flaw in your argument (apart from the various unsupported assumptions that you've made in your probability calculations) is confusing very small numbers with the number zero. Under the present system, if a crime is committed on the other side of the country and I have...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Fri Jun 24, 2011 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 43169

Re: The ethics of teleportation

Hey I was diggin this thread :P the big question, the one that truly keeps me up at night wondering about death and existence and the meaning of it all, and all that BS, is a simple thought; If there is a perfect replica of your brain, do 'you' experience its consciousness? Do its experiences mean ...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

Everyone in the country is treated as a potential suspect by this system. You fail to demonstrate how everyone is not already treated as a suspect by the assumption that a murderer is human. Being suspect is not a binary thing; there are different degrees of being suspect. The assumption that a mur...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

10 db of evidence is a demonstration that there is a 1 in 10 chance that you would find that result by pure chance. 20 db is a 1 in 100 chance. If you found, say, 10 peoples' DNA at the crime scene, you would come out with a change of -10db to your evidence, and should probably apply that after the ...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Fri Jun 24, 2011 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Implications of collecting DNA samples
Replies: 161
Views: 12515

Re: Implications of collecting DNA samples

I am not an expert in genetics or law, but it seems like fairly common sense that everyone does have a finite chance of having committed a crime. Most of these chances are not worth pursuing, because there is a lack of adequate evidence. DNA evidence helps to narrow down who might have committed a p...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Fri Jun 24, 2011 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists
Replies: 195
Views: 21170

Re: How to Stop People From Becoming Rapists

I think that you're probably right that treating sex as transactionary is probably a large part of the problem. In fact, I think that view is probably harmful to everyone involved in such a "transaction" to treat it as a zero-sum game. For the woman, the problems with a transactionary, zer...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will the future look like, culture/career-wise?
Replies: 20
Views: 4717

Re: What will the future look like, culture/career-wise?

~10-25 years: Computers will become more powerful. Much, much, much more powerful. There will probably be a computer like Deep Blue or Watson that is optimized for a similarly specific goal to a level far above humans in quite a few areas once thought impossible: composition of music and poetry come...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Mon Jun 20, 2011 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

I don't know how to alleviate that problem, but that one seems to be a problem of respect, or lack thereof. <nitpick>Also, not all men are like that, just as not all women respect mens' wishes.</nitpick> The only response I can think of is "some people aren't worth the effort", but that ju...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Mon Jun 20, 2011 2:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Seltzer: very good point about making sure that the desire, and not just the willingness is there. I think that point is overlooked a lot, and not just by men. I think that is one of the problems of focusing so heavily on consent rather than desire. Perhaps instead of looking to answer the question ...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

I would like to point out that I have stopped using the word blame by my old defintion (or any definition, for that matter). Back on topic. How do you propose that I, personally, should go about working on preventing rape? I'm not a social engineer, so I don't have any practical idea how to work on ...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Okay, I think I see where the disconnect is. Rape victims do not deserve to be raped for any reason, whatsoever, full stop. Saying that they don't deserve to have it happen, though, is not the same thing as saying that it won't happen. I don't think I deserve to be killed by a drunk driver when I am...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Changing topic a bit (if there truly is nothing that potential victims can be reasonably expected to do, my idea that the world should not be that unfair has no bearing on whether it is and I will abandon the idea), what can we personally do to prevent rape? Because it's very easy to discuss what ot...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

You are absolutely right that it should not happen. That does not change the fact that it does happen, and that there may be things you can do to reduce the risk. Stop treating the world as something that has to conform to your standards of fairness. The world isn't fair. That kid should be informed...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

If people are taking risks that they would not have taken if they had known about the risks, then there is something wrong. If they are aware of the risks but decide to proceed with the risky action because the benefits outweigh the risks, that is not wrong. If they say that the risks should be lowe...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

There is a difference between saying 'if you didn't do this, then the rape might not have happened' and saying 'your actions here are to blame in part for being raped'. When you say the second, you are victim-blaming. Plain and simple. Clearly I do have a different definition of blame than you. In ...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 8:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

I appreciate the sentiment, but it would be generous to call the amount of fuss I am making worth even $10, much less $10 million. Also, my ratio of money spent would probably be something closer to 400:1 on preventing rapists:preventing victims, for reasons I will discuss below. However, if I was g...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

I am not saying that one should give advice on how to prevent rape to rape victims. That is a horrible idea, what that person needs is emotional support and condolences. What I am saying is that information on how to recognize potentially hazardous situations and avoid them should be easily accessib...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

In your earthquake analogy, we do in fact do something to prevent injury to people besides building better buildings. It's called evacuation, and it's more effective than stronger buildings alone. In a discussion about earthquake safety, I would advocate every method to reduce injury. This includes ...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Implying that anti-rape culture does not exist is to act as if these forums and the common attitudes here don't exist. Anti-rape culture is a mindset that I agree with, for the most part. I disagree, however, that blame should be applied entirely to rapists and not at all to victims in every case im...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Wait, can free will exist?
Replies: 247
Views: 26439

Re: Wait, can free will exist?

Assuming a deterministic universe, a sufficiently powerful intelligence with sufficient information could perfectly predict your behavior in advance. However, unless we have reason to believe that such a powerful intelligence exists, it is reasonable to conclude that your behavior is not perfectly p...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

It was treated as a binary state by at least one of the posters (Meaux). If this is not the consensus, I do in fact take issue with her statement "This opinion is because you are a part of rape culture", as it meaningless when used to demonstrate a position on a sliding scale, because *eve...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sun Jun 19, 2011 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

I am arguing that part of rape culture is not always to be avoided . . . I believe Meaux that I am a part of rape culture, but I disagree that this makes my beliefs wrong. That right there is where you lost me. Okay. I did not realize I was being confusing here. Consider it this way, if there was a...
by A_pathetic_lizardmnan
Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)
Replies: 608
Views: 95968

Re: Rape Culture (Obvious Trigger Warning)

Why do you think it is appropriate to separate emotional abuse from rape that goes hand in hand with it? Hint- it's because you're a part of rape culture. Or perhaps because emotional abuse and rape aren't the same thing? There has been a lot of this type of rhetoric in this thread. This concept wh...

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