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by drunken
Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evaluating media outlets
Replies: 14
Views: 2074

Re: Evaluating media outlets

I am surprised and concerned that no one wants to talk about the credibility of the newsmedia. To me this seems like one of the most important issues of this era. Yes I have a bias against fox news, I wanted to give it a much lower score but I thought I should try and be impartial. I can offer sourc...
by drunken
Mon May 17, 2010 6:48 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Evaluating media outlets
Replies: 14
Views: 2074

Evaluating media outlets

After investigating bias and credibility in the media for a short time, it has come to my attention that reliable credible news sources are few and far between. I have begun a side quest to find at least one decent source of news so that I might have something to compare to, and so that I can have a...
by drunken
Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: The Eternal Flame War
Replies: 59
Views: 7801

Re: The Eternal Flame War

Your post was properly formatted and used proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Therefore, you are wrong. This is patently absurd, the you cannot claim that someones proper use of words disproves their own point. This would mean that all major publications of any kind were wrong and onl...
by drunken
Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]
Replies: 878
Views: 261335

Re: Sprechen Sie Deutsch bitte! [German practice]

Zu meinem Bedauern bin ich der deutschen Sprache nicht mächtig.
by drunken
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military Funding in the United States
Replies: 23
Views: 3743

Re: Military Funding in the United States

Well as the original question seems to be resolved, I will suggest a new one that also fits the topic title: Is the massive budget of the US military justified given the other uses and needs for public money at this time? Specific examples include the national deficit, health, education and welfare ...
by drunken
Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coporate Rights & the US Constitution
Replies: 56
Views: 10099

Re: Coporate Rights & the US Constitution

Here is a question discussions about coroprate rights usually stop short of: What would happen if we simply abolish the coporate charter altogether? I don't mean this in the sense of what effects would it have on our current entrenched system, which would obviously be devastating. I mean the questio...
by drunken
Fri Mar 05, 2010 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is ill will ever acceptable?
Replies: 25
Views: 4342

Re: Is ill will ever acceptable?

The first thing that struck me about the OP was the phrase you are either on the same level or even a lesser level than someone who's wronged you, and are in no position to ask them to apologize and then grant your forgiveness. Even if you were above them, it seems pious and arrogant to think onesel...
by drunken
Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:25 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Seeking complex graph visualisation program
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Re: Seeking complex graph visualisation program

Thanks a lot guys, these suggestions are great. I am leaning towards VUE from the mind mapping ones at the moment but I'll see what it's like to use.
by drunken
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:41 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Seeking complex graph visualisation program
Replies: 7
Views: 1522

Seeking complex graph visualisation program

I am looking for something very specific, I haven't had much luck googleing it becuase I don't even know what to ask for so if anyone can help me with the name for this type of program or a free implementation they know of I would be grateful. Description : I am looking for a program that allows me ...
by drunken
Thu Feb 25, 2010 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: December 21st 2012
Replies: 77
Views: 12113

Re: December 21st 2012

My reply was only half serious. I especially enjoyed how netcrusher basically agreed with all my main point and then seemed to say that I was wrong in some way. By something happening I really mean what it sounds like, the usual things, nothing spooky or revelations-ish at all. I would like to know ...
by drunken
Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Copyright Law and how it kills innovation and creativity
Replies: 26
Views: 4910

Re: Copyright Law and how it kills innovation and creativity

Bearing in mind that patents and copyright are two entirely different systems and should be dealt with seperately, I am answering the post title therefore ignoring patent law. I realise that my arguments here will have no bearing on aerospace engineering whatsoever. Copyright law covers artisitic ex...
by drunken
Wed Feb 24, 2010 8:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: December 21st 2012
Replies: 77
Views: 12113

Re: December 21st 2012

A couple of points about the Mayans: 1: Our reading of their calendar system is not perfect, especially given that their calendar is round, so we are either entering cycle 0 (if they had a 0th cycle) or cycle X where X is the number of cycles. So it could be another 1000 years or so before the calen...
by drunken
Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 102
Views: 13895

Re: Conspiracy Theories

Thanks Gmalivuk, those pictures are good to have.

Slashdot reported this today which seems to be relevant to our discussion.
by drunken
Thu Jan 14, 2010 12:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 102
Views: 13895

Re: Conspiracy Theories

Many people here have said that even when presented with photographs and/or data, conspiracy theorists refuse to change their minds or words to that effect. I think this is a generalisation that needs a qualifier. A simple use of the word 'some' or even 'most' would temper the argument and make it m...
by drunken
Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Terrorist attack on northwest airlines
Replies: 45
Views: 6020

Re: Terrorist attack on northwest airlines

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8441891.stm

This is partly relevant to the discussion and is also very funny.
by drunken
Thu Jan 07, 2010 12:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 102
Views: 13895

Re: Conspiracy Theories

In answer to the OP question, in addition to the theories other people in this thread have claimed to believe, most of which I agree with: -International aid and especially world bank/imf loans are measures designed to destabilise and weaken economies not to help them. -Almost all war is over resour...
by drunken
Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet
Replies: 15
Views: 3511

Re: Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet

Then read the third post, where is it explained that the US Federal code is already posted online. I know I just didn't want to read the entire code just to find one section and i thought someone might know where it is located. That hope having been found to be in vain I have read a certain amount ...
by drunken
Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet
Replies: 15
Views: 3511

Re: Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet

Thankyou amyweaver29. Could you also add to that what country you are from (your .de website makes me assume German) and the name of or possibly a link to the gazette in question? If it is Germany then the actual law in question is Article 82 of the German Federal Constitution http://www.iuscomp.org...
by drunken
Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:08 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet
Replies: 15
Views: 3511

Re: Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet

I have been guilty once again of that most common of internet sins, assuming that everybody else has the same views/ideas/understanding of an issue as myself. For this reason I put forward no arguments as to why universal publication of statutes is a good idea. I will rectify this now. Firstly, a mi...
by drunken
Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet
Replies: 15
Views: 3511

Ignorantia juris non excusat and the internet

Ignorantia juris non excusat http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ignorantia_juris_non_excusat is the concept that ignorance of the law is not an defence for breaking it. With this concept in every legal system comes a provision that the governing body provide access to the law so that people aren't forced ...
by drunken
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:46 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: 2 player co-op pc games
Replies: 5
Views: 2351

2 player co-op pc games

Hi everyone, I was just looking for suggestions for some good 2 player co-operative pc games. Now before you all jump in with your favourites, there are some severe restrictions: Her computer is useless and my graphics card is fried, so nothing above D2 or Civ3 in terms of hardware. As a girl she do...
by drunken
Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is Anti-racism Racist?
Replies: 24
Views: 4532

Re: Is Anti-racism Racist?

How'd I miss this one? -Az <satire> I think that racism is a terrible problem, and by extension intolerance of all kinds. With this in mind I have come up with what I call the 'final solution' to the so called 'intolerance problem'. We need to round up all the intolerant people and ...
by drunken
Mon May 25, 2009 3:18 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA Phantom effect
Replies: 29
Views: 6703

Re: DNA Phantom effect

You could stand to use more specific language, use names instead of 'this guy' and so forth. How hard would it have been for 'this guy' to explain his reasoning himself and save you having to cover for him. I try very hard to explain my point of view and cite whatever sources I can find, which are a...
by drunken
Mon May 25, 2009 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA Phantom effect
Replies: 29
Views: 6703

Re: DNA Phantom effect

My apologies to the parents of anyone who believes garbage like this. Its not entirely your fault. Note to any politicians reading this thread: This is what you get when you cut funding in schools Could you please qualify your position with evidence and/or reasoning ? This is a science forum after ...
by drunken
Mon May 25, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: DNA Phantom effect
Replies: 29
Views: 6703

Re: DNA Phantom effect

My apologies to anyone who found this thread and it didn't answer their questions. I haven't found any answers either. I did find something recently which although not directly related, does talk about new research into photon activity in cells, a phenomenon which was extensively referred to in the ...
by drunken
Wed Apr 29, 2009 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Lost gaming technology from a former golden age
Replies: 32
Views: 3956

Re: Lost gaming technology from a former golden age

Sorry about the thread necromancy but ever since I wrote this people have been doing exactly what I said better and better. The natural language side of things is still as neglected as ever but we have all seen the articles about new brainwave controlled human interface devices. Now there is also th...
by drunken
Sat Apr 18, 2009 1:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Mainstream Media and media bias
Replies: 53
Views: 11330

Re: The Mainstream Media and media bias

Blokey, I like your idea a lot. Thankyou. I also had an idea of my own, to fill a niche in the media marketplace. My main problem witht he media is not what they say or how they say it but what they omit. There are so many issues which the public has no idea about that they really need to be aware o...
by drunken
Mon Apr 06, 2009 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Structured Debate?
Replies: 47
Views: 8229

Re: Structured Debate?

We could always go with what I was planning, which is to start an informal version of this in forum games. This requires no extra mod effort. Just start a thread with a list of topics, get people to reply with what topics they want to debate and which side they will take. Then when you have enough p...
by drunken
Mon Apr 06, 2009 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36810

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

If it is, then I think the onus is on you to show not just that some parts of medicine are not science-based, but that really large areas are not science-based. Well the onus is on me at least to define what I meant by large. 3 hairs is not a large number to have on your head, but it is a large num...
by drunken
Mon Apr 06, 2009 12:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36810

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

qetzal: It is unfortunate that slashdot is so prone to exaggeration and misrepresentation, but I believe my points still stand. If you require further evidence I also reccomend this film: http://freedocumentaries.org/film.php?id=197 . Sure it is the drug corporations who are causing the worst harm i...
by drunken
Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36810

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

the term "orthodox medicine". It conjures ideas of modern science being a religion, which frankly rubs me the wrong way, and is fairly insulting to proper scientists. Actually that is the point I was making. No real scientist would be offended by the term. According to princeton wordnet, ...
by drunken
Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.
Replies: 255
Views: 36810

Re: Alternative Medicine, Psuedoscience, etc.

Here is a link which supports some of the things that I said earlier (about how orthodox medicine is often no better than "alternative" medicine, and saying mean things about alternative methods while praising orthodox medicine is hypocritical) http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09...
by drunken
Sat Mar 28, 2009 2:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 95949

Re: Nuclear Power: Time to reconsider?

I am a New Zealander. For those that don"t know my country has a total ban on all nuclear technology due to a popular movement against it. This earned us a lot of stress from the US and other nuclear powers who wanted to do things like base their nuclear powered ships in our harbours. What is b...
by drunken
Sun Feb 22, 2009 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma
Replies: 94
Views: 8824

Re: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma

You don't make civilians pay penance with their lives for what their government did. And a government should never sacrifice their own civilians to pay penance either. While I agree with you in principle, I am afraid this is just not the case. Quite often governments do sacrifice their own civilian...
by drunken
Sat Feb 21, 2009 9:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma
Replies: 94
Views: 8824

Re: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma

You don't make civilians pay penance with their lives for what their government did. And a government should never sacrifice their own civilians to pay penance either. While I agree with you in principle, I am afraid this is just not the case. Quite often governments do sacrifice their own civilian...
by drunken
Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Structured Debate?
Replies: 47
Views: 8229

Re: Structured Debate?

What a wonderful coincidence, I had exactly this idea a few days ago and wanted to suggest it here (well actually I was going to suggest it in forum games but SB is the home of worthwhile moots). I wholeheartedly volunteer. I am also prepared to take the unpopular side of a debate even if I don't be...
by drunken
Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:41 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Alternative ways to power vehicles.
Replies: 65
Views: 6552

Re: Alternative ways to power vehicles.

Air turbines are not going to help for physics reasons. The overall idea behind the Op is however something that is feasible. The idea of using waste energy from a process. The thing is that wind friction is not waste energy, if you dont expend energy overcoming wind friction the car wont move. Real...
by drunken
Wed Feb 11, 2009 11:06 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What Would You Ask Al Gore?
Replies: 25
Views: 3944

Re: What Would You Ask Al Gore?

When you found out about election fraud being partly to blame for you losing your election why did you not take legal action or at least try and get media coverage for it?
by drunken
Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Capitalism and Poverty
Replies: 112
Views: 9652

Re: Capitalism and Poverty

Sorry Clintonius, here is some support. My claim that poor US citizens don't work as hard as they could was mainly made as a reply to earlier comments like: Gotta cow? Wanna sell it? Go for it! Got two hands and some tools? Wanna fix my roof? Heres some money! Capitalism doesn't mean 'someone loses'...
by drunken
Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma
Replies: 94
Views: 8824

Re: Guantanamo prisoners dilemma

I can't help but think that any monetary compensation you give the prisoners will be perceived as insulting. Strange, not a word from anyone about my previous suggestion of legal action against the torturers. "I am sorry we made your life hell for 5 years heres some cash" vs "I am so...

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