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by setzer777
Fri Nov 14, 2014 1:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19063

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

They could be a Godwin's what?
by setzer777
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19063

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

The Great Hippo wrote:Because you have no means by which to measure the personal benefit I acquire from giving a beggar twenty dollars.


I don't quite understand this. Couldn't the same be said of frivolous entertainment that doesn't have resale value?
by setzer777
Thu Nov 13, 2014 10:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19063

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

This is not really a surprise...good, kind, right...feh. What does the data say works? The concept of "what works" only has meaning in relation to a certain end goal. TGH is asserting that "goodness, kindness, and rightness" should itself be an end goal. I don't know if he's arg...
by setzer777
Thu Nov 13, 2014 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19063

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

Wait, do you have any evidence that inquisitors went after people with money for being uncharitable? I don't think that was a standard target for them. And of course they too were one of the most despicable and shameful parts of Christianity.
by setzer777
Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19063

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

So, I understand why there are laws like this one. Not just to clean up the streets for tourism, although that's probably one of the reasons. But to make sure that only those that really need help are getting the help, and others aren't just helping themselves. I don't think anyone is driving their...
by setzer777
Wed Nov 12, 2014 6:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless
Replies: 101
Views: 19063

Re: 90 year old veteran arrested twice for feeding homeless

Two words; "Jury nullification". No seriously, learn those words. Teach everyone that it exists. Comment I saw on Gawker's coverage: "No jury trial here. Per the Florida Constitution you don't have a right to a jury trial if the maximum sentence is less than 6 months imprisonment.&qu...
by setzer777
Wed Nov 05, 2014 4:26 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44148

Re: The ethics of teleportation

Yeah, I think the traditional dilemma is often framed in terms of the first you "experiencing" death. The notion being: "even though to the world you continue existing, your train of subjective experiences runs into nonexistence, the afterlife, etc." I do think it's at least part...
by setzer777
Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44148

Re: The ethics of teleportation

Just as a matter of curiosity, what does this mean for how your brain changes state every instant in response to its inputs? The atoms' relationship to each other changes state every instant... If this doesn't answer the question, then I don't understand the question. Jose I think the question is w...
by setzer777
Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

I meant Dantez saying she trolled gamers when she "first entered the realm of gaming journalism".
by setzer777
Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

But how is someone creating a *new* site/channel/etc. to talk about the ethics of a game "trolling" anybody? To say that is to claim that to talk about ethics in *any* public forum is "trolling" gamers. Its probably best to pretend that the word "troll" is a complement...
by setzer777
Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

I can understand complaints about review sites that used to exclusively focus on gameplay dedicating more of their reviews to ethical considerations. I get that. But how is someone creating a *new* site/channel/etc. to talk about the ethics of a game "trolling" anybody? To say that is to c...
by setzer777
Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

Ah, I've always seen "snuff film" refer to films of people actually being murdered.
by setzer777
Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

Uh...isn't producing or owning a snuff film a criminal offense?
by setzer777
Mon Oct 27, 2014 5:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

In terms of making the world safer for everyone in the west, you would be hard pressed to propose better contenders than video games and the ubiquity of online filth. Sound traffic laws? A well-regulated police force? Hospitals staffed with well-trained doctors? stuff Isn't this just a statement of...
by setzer777
Mon Oct 27, 2014 2:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

So, in conclusion, people should probably just stop using the #GamerGate tag, and also work on being less whiny about the poor picked-on gamers.
by setzer777
Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

As someone who frequents Gawker sites, I think expecting journalistic professionalism from them is misguided at best.
by setzer777
Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gamergate
Replies: 700
Views: 156997

Re: Gamergate

So...gamergate is basically an insular circle-jerk of whiny losers that hasn't managed to accomplish anything except retaliate against those who slander the gamergate name? Is that an accurate summary? Also, what's the shit about "gamer culture" being intruded upon? Being an early adopter ...
by setzer777
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44148

Re: The ethics of teleportation

KrytenKoro wrote:Anyway, this is why I greatly prefer wormholes instead of teleportation, because even your most pedantic, unpleasable gods can't really find fault with it.


I dunno, didn't one god get pissed at humanity for constructing a really tall building?
by setzer777
Mon Oct 20, 2014 3:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: "Hatred" (game trailer with extremely graphic violence)
Replies: 16
Views: 3895

Re: "Hatred" (game trailer with extremely graphic violence)

SurgicalSteel wrote:Looks like the trailer's been made private.


Thanks! Fixed the link.
by setzer777
Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Questions For The World
Replies: 2216
Views: 453325

Re: Questions For The World

Utterly random, but to anyone who knows anything about Chinese or Japanese kanji: is there a way to indicate that a word is being stretched out by the speaker? Like: "That took a looooooong time"?
by setzer777
Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

Re: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years

I didn't mean us going extinct, just potentially creating ecological vacancies for other species to fill.
by setzer777
Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

Re: Earth has lost half of its wildlife in the past 40 years

If things continue the way they're going, I wonder which species will come out on top? Or will something new have to descend from microbial life to fill the niche humans empty out with our activities?
by setzer777
Fri Oct 03, 2014 3:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ebola thread
Replies: 256
Views: 63935

Re: Ebola comes to the US

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:
Angua wrote:Rule no 3 should include no kissing and sweating clauses.

But that would rule out fun stuff. But then, so does rule 4.


Really all those rules, depending on what you're into.
by setzer777
Tue Sep 30, 2014 1:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44148

Re: The ethics of teleportation

The weird thing about that is that since we don't think at the speed of light, even our "present" is multiple moments. A single moment in time is not enough to have a single thought or perception, let alone the complex process that is consciousness or calling up memories. In that sense I d...
by setzer777
Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What is Existence?
Replies: 123
Views: 32599

Re: What is Existence?

What's your argument in favor of experience being a prerequisite for existence? It's the only way we gather knowledge about anything, but why can't there be things no mind has knowledge about? Your description of perception is oddly dualistic. Why assume that experience can exist absent the physical...
by setzer777
Fri Sep 19, 2014 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Wuxia/Kung Fu Fight Scenes
Replies: 3
Views: 2893

Wuxia/Kung Fu Fight Scenes

So I've very much enjoyed the 2 high-profile American release Wuxia films - Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, and I'm interested in seeing more of the genre. My problem is that when it comes to these kinds of fantastical martial arts scenes production values become very important to me. I gue...
by setzer777
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Judging Acting in Foreign Language Films
Replies: 14
Views: 4600

Judging Acting in Foreign Language Films

Is it possible for someone unfamiliar with a language to judge the acting ability of those speaking that language with any degree of accuracy? I feel like several things could throw off such an assessment: not knowing exactly which words are being inflected a certain way, not knowing the cultural co...
by setzer777
Mon Sep 15, 2014 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Re: Scottish Independence

I'd say Westminster is commonly used to describe the UK government. Much more common than London. Kind of like how The Kremlin is used to mean the Russian government. I don't think it sees much use in the US. Probably because Americans are less familiar with Westminster Palace, but everyone knows t...
by setzer777
Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Re: Scottish Independence

As a random piece of trivia, the word "Westminster" has been used 75 times in this thread so far (including quotes), even though the first use was on page 2.
by setzer777
Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Re: Scottish Independence

Does anyone care that much about UN votes? I thought everything meaningful was basically dictated by the security council anyway.
by setzer777
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Re: Scottish Independence

I wonder if it's true that Braveheart played a major role in that, and by extension the independence referendum. Weird to think of Mel Gibson having that much influence. You're joking, right? Around the time the parliament formed I remember articles speculating that Braveheart played a role in gene...
by setzer777
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Re: Scottish Independence

Is it expected that the loss of Scottish voters would radically shift the political landscape?
by setzer777
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Re: Scottish Independence

Scotland got its own parliament about 20 years ago which was a big step leading to this referendum. From what I understand its going to be really close. I wonder if it's true that Braveheart played a major role in that, and by extension the independence referendum. Weird to think of Mel Gibson havi...
by setzer777
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2188
Views: 390637

Re: Diablo III

Especially now that strength and dexterity do the exact same thing, I don't understand why the game even has so many distinct stats. It seems like they could just replace the four primary stats with "power (damage/armor)" and "vitality". Just seems like pointless flavor now, sinc...
by setzer777
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2188
Views: 390637

Re: Diablo III

Thanks! I'll check them out then. On an unrelated subject, I'm mostly not that concerned about optimizing gear, but I do get weirdly upset at having any element or ability damage boosts I'm not taking advantage of. But I also don't like sticking to one ability setup indefinitely. Maybe I should just...
by setzer777
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Re: Scottish Independence

SlyReaper wrote:Can't speak for the States, but the news has hardly been talking about anything else over here.


Outside of entities with major financial interests, do most non-Scottish people have strong feelings on the subject?
by setzer777
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Scottish Independence
Replies: 239
Views: 39592

Scottish Independence

So this is a vote that's happening.

Maybe I just ignore too much news, but I was shocked at how long I never heard anything about this. Have there been many reports about it in the States?
by setzer777
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Diablo III
Replies: 2188
Views: 390637

Re: Diablo III

Now that my monk is playable again, I'm not sure how fast I'm going to keep leveling my wizard. Teleport seems mandatory - without it wallers and jailers murder me. I'm thinking of leveling up another melee to be my main alt. Given that I already have a monk and want a different feel, would y'all re...
by setzer777
Tue Sep 09, 2014 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop
Replies: 2768
Views: 582554

Re: The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim : Bacon Workshop

I hesitated a long time buying this on PC (since I already have the PS3 version), but I finally took the dive. I'm amazed at some of the high quality mods - even better than I expected. Right now I've got 2k HD textures, SkyRe, Realistic Needs, and Frostfall. I'm loving it so far! Especially the fle...

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