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by Chen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Socialism and America
Replies: 172
Views: 15620

Re: Socialism and America

So is it your opinion that Paris Hilton deserves it or not? Stop being evasive and either admit your initial point was wrong by saying she does not deserve her wealth or defend that point by explaining why she does deserve her wealth. She deserves it because her dad worked hard for it and doesn't d...
by Chen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Socialism and America
Replies: 172
Views: 15620

Re: Socialism and America

Name one instance a rich person got something they didn't deserve in a free enterprise system. I didn't say Paris deserves it. I said her dad doesn't deserve to lose it. Never said Paris doesn't deserve it, either. Glad you know your basic logic. So is it your opinion that Paris Hilton deserves it ...
by Chen
Tue Oct 06, 2009 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

During raiding I had more runic power than I had time to spend it between rune cooldowns, so I dropped my Glyph of Icy Touch and replaced it with a Glyph of Blood Strike (other two are Frost Strike and Obliterate, obviously). Also dropped the frost talent (can't remember that name) that provides ex...
by Chen
Mon Oct 05, 2009 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

I think (though I am not sure, so don't hold it against me) that dropping the "Valiant's Charge" quest that requires the 25 seals would allow you to champion for another race, though doing so will probably destroy any seals you have acquired to this point. I will agree it is a boring pain...
by Chen
Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stairgate: Universe
Replies: 763
Views: 67701

Re: Stargate: Universe

I'm a few seasons into SG-1. Can I watch Universe without spoiling anything? Well from what I can see the continuity places SG:U near the end if not after Atlantis' storyline. So the only spoilers that I noticed would be seeing what characters from SG:1 are doing in the future (and consequently det...
by Chen
Mon Oct 05, 2009 4:24 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

Am consistantly leading BG's in damage and generally top 5 in heals. What I don't understand is that I still only do about 2500 DPS in Heroics. I see people saying "LF DPS 4K+ for Uld" and I have no clue how people do that. You're a paladin right? (Can't access armory from work). First us...
by Chen
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?
Replies: 84
Views: 11298

Re: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?

Do you realize that you just cited an example of enforcement working, and then used it to support registration? Those pedestrians aren't registered, but they behave better when there is an enforcing officer there. I think we were already in agreement that enforcement was definitely a way of getting...
by Chen
Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Health Care Reform could lead to [i]Less[/i] Coverage
Replies: 57
Views: 6518

Re: Why Health Care Reform could lead to [i]Less[/i] Coverage

So basically, a "two-tier" system allows you to see a health care provider outside the government's fee structure more quickly without having to queue up. Canada does not have a two-tier system even though they have supplemental private insurance. That having been said, Canadians can get ...
by Chen
Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

Well won't be a problem for me anymore, thank god. Finally got in an Ony25 last night, even managed to come away from it with that sweet 1handed axe. Now I just need a decent offhand and, apparently some tweaks to my Frost DW DPS spec. I went from a cookie cutter Unholy 2h spec using the Edge of Ru...
by Chen
Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

That's just snobbery. You would never see any of this shit when [Epic] was actually impressive to get (pre-Ulduar), and no one cared if you had done it before because it was new content to most everyone. It's just M&S elitism (oh the irony). Yeah this is more an issue with the middle ground peo...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?
Replies: 84
Views: 11298

Re: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?

Registration and licensing themselves would not reduce traffic law violations or safety concerns. Registration is a revenue stream, used to help pay for the bureaucracy and enforcement. On-going licensing would have no significant effect either besides that very basic initial education (just think ...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dallas Judge rules tx ban on gay marriage unconstitutional
Replies: 178
Views: 9783

Re: Dallas Judge rules tx ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

Probably not, but judges can't be proactive in determining a law's constitutionality. A case involving that law has to be brought before them. My point is, couldn't someone bring a case forward, in a state that bans gay marriage, saying that it is unconstitutional and that it should be changed? Lik...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dallas Judge rules tx ban on gay marriage unconstitutional
Replies: 178
Views: 9783

Re: Dallas Judge rules tx ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

How do so many states have ban agaisnt gay marriage if it is unconstitutional? I can't imagine this judge is the first person to notice this...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 5:03 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Laser Sails. A relatively tough astrophysics problem...
Replies: 13
Views: 2173

Re: Laser Sails. A relatively tough astrophysics problem...

The only energy input into the system is Ei. If the sail is perfectly absorbing that means none of this incident energy is being reflected or transmitted out of the system. Wouldn't this imply all the energy was being converted into kinetic energy (since we have no information on anything else that ...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs
Replies: 121
Views: 7254

Re: Letterman Admits to Staff Member Affairs

Is it not even feasible that a woman could want to have sex with someone independent of their status as a celebrity? And even if this wasn't true - even if it was their status as a celebrity that was what attracted them - why does this suddenly make those women deserving of being trotted out in fro...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:30 pm UTC
Forum: Logic Puzzles
Topic: class challenge
Replies: 39
Views: 4792

Re: class challenge

If that is true, than what would move 9 be? Does en passant apply to 7-8? This professor is quite through, I wouldn't put it past them to do something like that. So according to your prediction, black would be going after some center board control as well. Well 9-10 appears to be moving the white q...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oh, THAT Secret Nuclear Facility
Replies: 181
Views: 11266

Re: Oh, THAT Secret Nuclear Facility

i would agree with you, only that the point isn't only the nukes shouldn't be used. If you believe that Iran, or at least its leadership, is hostile, then you don't want to give them that kind of power. Obviously, there are arguments either way as to whether they are hostile. That's the key point, ...
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Betrayed by online grades
Replies: 38
Views: 3535

Re: Betrayed by online grades

Brooklynxman wrote:No, no they dont get used to it. Trust me. They never, ever get used to it.


Sounds more like an issue with the parents than with the system.
by Chen
Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?
Replies: 84
Views: 11298

Re: Should cyclists be licensed/insured?

A better way of enforcing traffic laws for bikers would definitely be nice. A lot of bikers in the city here (especially courriers) are quite a danger to pedestrians both directly and indirectly via cars needing to also avoid them. A registration/license plate for the bikes would work, but would pro...
by Chen
Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:40 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)
Replies: 2377
Views: 139191

Re: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)

3: I believe that when Peter initially threw Darth Edgar into the wall, he also snagged his power during the throw. It looked as though he took it RIGHT when he grabbed his arm (was there for a prolonged time)...which kinda makes you wonder how he still threw him into the wall since he no longer ha...
by Chen
Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

I'm going to prefix this reply by saying I haven't done any of those fights, so this is strictly Theorycraft on my part. About silences: that isn't strictly a detriment to ranged dps, just to casters. Hunters will be uneffected and it'll still hurt DKs, Pallys, and Enhancement Shammies in melee. We...
by Chen
Thu Oct 01, 2009 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Why Health Care Reform could lead to [i]Less[/i] Coverage
Replies: 57
Views: 6518

Re: Why Health Care Reform could lead to [i]Less[/i] Coverage

Also, I'm sure that there either already is or that there will be something in the bill defining "pre-existing condition" to exclude i-just-got-cancer-itis. Why? That's just what's happening now, except on a smaller scale. If they can't discriminate against people with pre-existing condit...
by Chen
Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

The one advantage melee have is that on movement heavy fights their dps is affected much less than casters. There are a couple of fights where melee have it easier though I believe there are none in Naxx. The only ones I can think of off the top of my head are: Kologarn (eye beams do not target mele...
by Chen
Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

I pugged 10 man Onyxia this weekend. Was kinda funny. A mage died RIGHT off the start getting thrown into the whelp caves. That left only our Shadow Priest (who was a guildy) alive to actually bring down Ony in phase 2. Why they made it so that melee cannot touch her AT ALL in phase 2 is kinda unkno...
by Chen
Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oh, THAT Secret Nuclear Facility
Replies: 181
Views: 11266

Re: Oh, THAT Secret Nuclear Facility

Keep in mind that Iran is a rich oil state. It doesn't need foreign cash, it can buy whatever it wants already. Potentially, it could use its technology to buy friends, but you can buy friends with money too. Well the point was more selling off nukes to whatever organizations that can further their...
by Chen
Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid classmates
Replies: 106
Views: 15232

Re: Stupid classmates

Half of them are sitting up in their chairs and taking notes and do their homework, and I'm the one they hate for being a suck up? WTH? If I'm slouching in my seat playing tetris or reading, and I'm still keeping up with the lecture better than them, it dosen't say something about my intelligence a...
by Chen
Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Oh, THAT Secret Nuclear Facility
Replies: 181
Views: 11266

Re: Oh, THAT Secret Nuclear Facility

You're right, and that's really what it boils down to. Is Iran crazy enough to do what Extremist Islam wants them to do? Until we know that for sure, the argument will always revolve around that. Well the point was that it depends on what the probability of them doing that NOW (or at least once the...
by Chen
Tue Sep 29, 2009 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Sex offenders camp out in woods
Replies: 36
Views: 2692

Re: Sex offenders camp out in woods

While I agree with the need to reform the registry (or even abolish it), I don't see how that really helps the issue at hand here. The main problem is that we are letting sex offenders back into society but then heavily restricting them because, presumably, they are still dangerous. Even if we remov...
by Chen
Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

I was about to say PVP weapons have resil on them. Not in significant enough amounts to make them strictly better than the PvE weapons though. The major part of the weapon (its dps or spellpower) is unchanged since these are generally based on ilvl. Yes you trade off some dps stats for resilience b...
by Chen
Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:56 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)
Replies: 2377
Views: 139191

Re: Heroes! (No spoiler tags for episodes already aired in US)

More importantly, what about Monica? So far, she's the only character who has combined the traits of being Good, Powerful, and Not A Complete Moron. Eh the running into the house full of criminals and consequently almost being burned alive was a fairly moronic move I'd say. While she had some intel...
by Chen
Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UC Schools Protest Budget Cuts
Replies: 65
Views: 4632

Re: UC Schools Protest Budget Cuts

But I guess crippling the education is more acceptable, politically, than raising taxes. We take pride in having some of the best universities in the world, yet we shit on them at every opportunity. Isn't there some vote quota needed in California to raises taxes? I seem to recall something about h...
by Chen
Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man tries to break into house, killed by samurai sword.
Replies: 40
Views: 3221

Re: Man tries to break into house, killed by samurai sword.

Izawwlgood wrote:This would have gotten more attention if he had been using a gun, also.


You think? The fact he used a sword is what makes it so eye catching. I can't imagine everyone who kills someone robbing their house has it become widespread news.
by Chen
Thu Sep 24, 2009 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man tries to break into house, killed by samurai sword.
Replies: 40
Views: 3221

Re: Man tries to break into house, killed by samurai sword.

single slice causing a big gash on the chest AND nearly severing a hand? That's... an odd angle, for both people. Well an overhead slash could do that if the guy was raising his hand to protect himself. This doesn't really go with the evidence though. An underhand slash could probably do it too dep...
by Chen
Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

I never really got that too much. As long is there is a good amount of content at every difficulty level I don't see what the problem would be. Well, except for people complaining that those who have the talent/time-investment/guild support will have access to superior gear and more content - but d...
by Chen
Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

I have been so thrilled to hear that the new Ony is easy. Finally a way for us folks who don't have super guilds to get access to higher powered weapons in a short single boss raid that can be PUGed. While I've been able to scrounge gear together through VoA, OS, and emblems, weapons have been a pa...
by Chen
Wed Sep 23, 2009 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wolfram Alpha Tricks and Randomness
Replies: 69
Views: 9967

Re: Wolfram Alpha Tricks and Randomness

In science textbooks now they're trying to promote rounding up when the last measured digit is even. I don't know why. Well if the last digit is uncertain you don't really know its value at all. Rounding up when >=5 is effectively the same as rounding up when even or odd, since the value of the dig...
by Chen
Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

I managed to level a DK alt to 80 but all my other alts are just sitting around their 30s or something and I really can't find the motivation to level them. I kill some mobs, do a quest or two and then get fed up. I think my highest other alt is a hunter somewhere around 60s which now I only use to ...
by Chen
Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rich, Black, Flunking: Ogbu's research in Shaker Heights, OH
Replies: 49
Views: 4767

Re: Rich, Black, Flunking: Ogbu's research in Shaker Heights, OH

Is everyone who's responding to that comment really enlightened enough to not have stereotypes affect their first thoughts about certain things? I mean depending on where you live I can see the first thought when you bring forth the idea of "black person" being a gangster. Similarly if you...
by Chen
Tue Sep 22, 2009 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Crime and Punishment: What Criminals Deserve
Replies: 171
Views: 21103

Re: Crime and Punishment: What Criminals Deserve

Breaking the law needs to have some sort of negative consequence or any incentive NOT to break the law disappears. Most laws are restrictive and breaking them generally results in some sort of immediate benefit for the person breaking them. If the punishment does not outweight this benefit, it would...
by Chen
Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 446360

Re: WoWzers!

Any solo way to get emblems? I read a blurb online about how some people solo dungeons to get emblams. I have been soloing ramps for cash sometimes, by selling off all the greens. But can I set some low level dungeons heroic and successfully solo them? Ixtellor - Beginning to dominate in PvP. I too...

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