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by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult
Replies: 174
Views: 21959

Re: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult

Are you being serious? Historical evidence pretty reliably points to it's evolution being in large part affected by political power plays and tracing it's spread and incorporation of other religions. I'm not saying that makes it more VALID than the FSM, but the FSM is literally a dude saying 'Haha,...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult
Replies: 174
Views: 21959

Re: Legitimate Faith vs Wacky Cult

1. Spirituality and faith are not universally bad things. In general we should respect people's beliefs (when they do not attempt to impose them on other people). 2. When it comes to spiritual beliefs, there's no solid basis for saying that any one of them is more likely to be true than any other (...
by TranquilFury
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills
Replies: 138
Views: 21224

Re: MO Congressmen introducing Intelligent Design Bills

As a computer engineering student #10 made me want to punch my screen in. We can't directly observe electricity my ass (as I pull out my multimeter). Technically, that would definitely be an indirect observation. However, lightning seems a lot more direct. Still, maybe, technically indirect (we can...
by TranquilFury
Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?
Replies: 123
Views: 27660

Re: How Would The World React To a Post-Scarcity Society?

More money would be dumped into advertisement, people that wanted employment would shift to the service industry.
by TranquilFury
Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21458

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

Except that there has never been a country that was economically authoritarian that wasn't also socially authoritarian. Name an extreme socialist/communist country that had free speech, a 'liberal' drug policy, or tolerance of homosexuality. I don't see what that has to do with it, within a governm...
by TranquilFury
Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does left wing and right wing mean?
Replies: 92
Views: 21458

Re: What does left wing and right wing mean?

Right wing generally means socially authoritarian, left wing generally means economically authoritarian.
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:14 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 63289

Re: Firearms

You will not make the world a better place by running away. If you should decide to take up arms against the state, for a principle you believe in, you should do so knowing that you take your own life in your hands. You should not take this lightly. But if you, and enough of your brothers and siste...
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 52940

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

^Jolly good act of reductionism you have there, old chap. It may not account for all the variation, but a good chunk of the problem was clarified. You're right that it doesn't account for ALL variation, there will always be some weirdos like me that see power as a tool, rather than an end, in which...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 52940

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

There are 2 common answers to the question(in practice). If you don't have the ability to vote and want to express power within the framework of the current government, the answer is "me." If you do have the ability to vote, the answer is "not the people outside the social group I ide...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 19, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 63289

Re: Firearms

I meant the constitution as a whole. But Ok. I see your point about that. The main arguement I see against people carrying guns is the understanding of the word militia. That sounds strange, the argument I see most often is the one that assumes violence is always bad and argues against guns by asso...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:44 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Considering a small server
Replies: 3
Views: 1894

Re: Considering a small server

That atom based board looks like an ideal platform to build a small server on, though I wonder how something ARM based would compare (assuming the main constraint is power usage).
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 19, 2012 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Gaming Mice
Replies: 7
Views: 2614

Re: Gaming Mice

There are a few basic considerations: How many buttons do you really need? Grip type: Palm/Claw/Fingertip Sensitivity vs monitor resolution. When moving your mouse, do you move just wrist, or whole arm? If you play FPS, what distance of the mouse movement corresponds to a 180° turn in game? What is ...
by TranquilFury
Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 52940

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

When I say felony I consider an actual crime which could not have been done without complete regard for society. When you think of Felony are you thinking drug possession like the others? Let's take tax evasion since I have heard "no taxation without representation" They didn't wan't to p...
by TranquilFury
Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 63289

Re: Firearms

Deterring everyday crime is an advantage to a well armed populace, but that's not the reason people need guns. The reason for an armed populace is to prevent totalitarian government.
by TranquilFury
Wed Jan 18, 2012 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 52940

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

You can't give or revoke rights, only privileges. A right is something you have the will to assert, and the power to enforce.
Voting, for an individual is privilege, only can it be considered a right if those that demand can exert enough force to change that policy WITHOUT voting.
by TranquilFury
Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:27 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?
Replies: 94
Views: 17303

Re: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?

forcibly remove the instinct for people to feel pride towards their own groups That is not an instinct, though it is a way humans tend to act by default. Humans also tended to kill each other out of anger or to rape vulnerable people of their preferred sexual category: they have learned to act, thi...
by TranquilFury
Sun Jan 15, 2012 1:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?
Replies: 39
Views: 8335

Re: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?

The elephant here is that it's futile trying to apply traditional jurisdiction laws to the internet. Everyone needs to be responsible for his/her own security, the only consistently enforceable laws on the internet are those dictated by programming.
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?
Replies: 39
Views: 8335

Re: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?

[snip] It's absurd that this even needs to be discussed. The question is equivalent to asking whether an american should be extradited to north korea for talking trash on kim jong il. No, because there is no extradition treaty between those two counties, and such a thing isn't illegal in the US. Co...
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:27 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Pitting netizens against each other
Replies: 10
Views: 1487

Re: Pitting netizens against each other

Assuming this is in a rated ladder, the strength of this attack/exploit depends on your ability to match against opponents with a higher average skill than your own current rating, and to match and relay moves rapidly enough that you don't lose games on time. A danger is that if you get high enough,...
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:51 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?
Replies: 39
Views: 8335

Re: Should UK citizens face charges for US crimes?

It's absurd that this even needs to be discussed. The question is equivalent to asking whether an american should be extradited to north korea for talking trash on kim jong il.

If the UK citizen broke a law of the UK, then that's one thing, I don't see what the US has to do with it.

[snip]
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9814

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

Of course, a seperate thought occured to me today: won't AIs be superior to human intelligences? After all, an entity consiting of circuits and electricity, unbound by biological limitations, would (eventually) outclass a human mind in every area - IQ, creativity, possibly even range of emotion. Th...
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 63289

Re: Firearms

Thesh wrote:I'm all against forcing people to do things they don't want to do.

I can't think of a better justification for teaching combat to the people most likely to be suppressed by force.
by TranquilFury
Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 63289

Re: Firearms

Thesh wrote:Because everyone pays attention in high school and takes their classes seriously.

If the failing students get used as target practice, i assume scores would improve.
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 63289

Re: Firearms

I think everyone should be taught to fight(unarmed and with guns) as part of the required high school curriculum(women too), and be issued a military grade assault rifle and a handgun on completing that course (no service obligation, just a training obligation). A well armed, competently trained pop...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 52940

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

I think criminals SHOULD be able to vote, simply because it's possible to pass unjust laws, and the justice system doesn't enforce perfectly. Lets take an extreme example: Government passes a tax of say 10k/year for everyone, and imprisons or conscripts anyone that can't pay it for felony tax evasio...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does it mean to be "middle-class?"
Replies: 39
Views: 9241

Re: What does it mean to be "middle-class?"

Middle class means you have basic needs met(food, water, shelter), but no power or influence.
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:54 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?
Replies: 94
Views: 17303

Re: How do we eliminate/minimize racism/sexism/<group>ism?

By introducing a new outside group that's scarier than any of the rest.
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Death Note
Replies: 45
Views: 8451

Re: Death Note

The part that was most wrong, was that he pursued power as an end, rather than as a means to an end.
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of creating intelligences
Replies: 62
Views: 9814

Re: Ethics of creating intelligences

Depends what your own goals are. If the AI ends up with it's own goals against your predictions, and those goals are incompatible with your own, then creating the intelligence was a bad decision. There's no such thing as a purely rational person, as motivation is inherently irrational. As such, an a...
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 52940

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

No one, it's a stupid practice that exists only to give the citizens the illusion of control over their government.
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Infant Circumcision
Replies: 1022
Views: 106428

Re: Infant Circumcision

It's a religious practice, not a necessary medical procedure. It should not be done until the child is old enough to decide whether it is or isn't in his own best interest.
by TranquilFury
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 103433

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

I would enjoy a game with trainable AI like that, but stilgar was, I believe, talking about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNpy8Wnvf7g&feature=related Humans pros do micromanage mutalisks too, but in different situations with different methods, a human will typically have a control group ...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:09 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 103433

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

I would enjoy a game with trainable AI like that, but stilgar was, I believe, talking about this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNpy8Wnvf7g&feature=related Humans pros do micromanage mutalisks too, but in different situations with different methods, a human will typically have a control group ...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 103433

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Klear wrote:Actually, playing a game is about having fun. Everything else, including the need for rules and win conditions is optional and subjective.

Depends what your reason for playing the game is, a lot of people make their living from starcraft, especially in korea.
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 103433

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

there are tricks that make some units more powerful by constantly micromanaging it which is simply impossible for humans. For example you can watch what the top AI does with mutalisks (it moves them nonstop in range and out of range of the enemy and no mutalisk gets damaged too much). Why can't hum...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:00 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 103433

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Personally I would not accept a computer winning a game of counterstrike/starcraft versus a human as fair unless it was interpreting the images and sending the appropriate mouse/keyboard commands, at a somewhat realistic speed. Particularly starcraft, it's just not "fair" that the compute...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 311682

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

OH WOW, im glad Iooked at that log, it helped me figure out that PID>2^16 caused that kernel panic. Perhaps I should restart more often.
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:47 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 311682

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

The 'best' remote attacks involve botnets attacking nearly random targets, never attacking the same site twice, and rarely attacking the same user twice. Sure, you don't get to exhaustively search a password space, but at the scales I just described, you don't care. And all of the "lock out an...
by TranquilFury
Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:01 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 103433

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

First of all I love this comic <3 And I registered here, to clear up a little bit about gaming AI. And about ppl complaining about the (huge) cheating of AI. Yes the gaming AIs are cheating but in most cases the AI cheats were ppl don't think there is a cheat and vice versa (eg. SC2 maphacking migh...
by TranquilFury
Wed Jan 11, 2012 8:32 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 103433

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

I would say starcraft is a more difficult problem than poker for AI, because starcraft includes the risk, tradeoffs, and bluffs that make poker a hard problem, but also requires you to infer intent from minimal information. The ai advantage of thousands of actions per minute does not outweigh predi...

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