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by LaserGuy
Thu Nov 03, 2016 7:42 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69625

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

While the combat AI is a problem, I think the biggest problem is that if you dedicate your focus on technology and military, you can still win even if you mostly ignore the other stuff. You can't win if you focus on the other stuff, but then pretty much ignore technology and military. So there is a...
by LaserGuy
Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:54 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Three words, one solution
Replies: 53
Views: 5247

Re: Three words, one solution

Is it Manhattan?

Manhattan distance is a measurement of distance along a grid, following the gridlines.
Manhattan project developed the nuclear bomb.
There's Manhattan island in New York City.
by LaserGuy
Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69625

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

Just played through Among the Sleep. Quite brilliant game. Mechanics are interesting because your character is a toddler--movement while walking is deliberately awkward and slow, but you can carry objects... or you can go faster by crawling. Very dark, creepy. You're completely vulnerable to the few...
by LaserGuy
Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 14040
Views: 1926062

Re: In other news... (humorous news items, etc)

Pirate Party stands to take a leading role in the next government of Iceland.
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Has any other species ever rendered another extinct?
Replies: 5
Views: 2178

Re: Has any other species ever rendered another extinct?

This has definitely happened in the case of introduced species (eg. rats being introduced to small islands and proceeding to wipe out the native bird population). There's also co-extinction evens, where a particular species goes extinct, which in turn causes a specific parasite or other organism tha...
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The Supreme Court didn't say it disappears once the 3rd Trimester appears. Except it does in practice. Laws can be written to outlaw abortion in the 3rd Trimester according to Roe vs Wade. We can write many essays about it, but that's the decision of the Supreme Court. I mean really, its just the m...
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Well, regardless of whether or not you agree with abortion, surely you and I can agree that the writers of the 14th Amendment had no intention for that amendment to be used to grant Abortion rights across America. Liberal judges bend the constitution to meet their morals. Conservative judges do not...
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

This is a big election for so many reasons. In my opinion, much bigger than who ultimately wins the presidency is the question of the future of the Supreme Court and the interpretation of the Constitution. If Hillary wins, she's virtually guaranteed to appoint justices - at least one, and possibly ...
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:17 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 99781

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

That's a really neat system for a tabletop. Thanks for the explanation.
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 27, 2016 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The Republican messaging was very clear on why the Republicans lost the 2012 election. http://goproject.gop.com/RNC_Growth_Opportunity_Book_2013.pdf . The question is why didn't the "Autopsy" work in 2016, and what can be done to make it work? I'm kind of shocked at how insightful and for...
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 27, 2016 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

The question is why didn't the "Autopsy" work in 2016, and what can be done to make it work? I think the more import autopsy for this election will actually be the democrats. Although I do think the Democratic post mortem will be interesting, I don't think any post mortem will be as inter...
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven
Replies: 479
Views: 99781

Re: Star Wars: Episode 7: Electric Boogaleven

ahammel wrote:Final thought: what was George thinking when he failed to tell this story in his prequel trilogy?


Maybe he wanted to tell a different story entirely, but those plans were scrapped between Episodes 1 and 2.
by LaserGuy
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers, instructors, professors: When you assign homework, do you do the homework?
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

Re: Teachers, instructors, professors: When you assign homework, do you do the homework?

Essay questions or open-ended questions in general of the style you're talking about in a physics exam are extremely rare, in my experience. They tend to come in at university level for coursework/dissertations, but, yeah, essay questions for school-level physics courses is practically unheard of. ...
by LaserGuy
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers, instructors, professors: When you assign homework, do you do the homework?
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

Re: Teachers, instructors, professors: When you assign homework, do you do the homework?

Well, for anything long answer, at very least you usually need to go through and have a solution ready for marking the question and assigning partial credit as necessary. It's hard to get around this unless you have a TA that you can fob off the responsibility to (who would still have to do this he...
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

I don't think the branding is good enough either, but fundamentally, that's not the problem. Libertarians are not single-issue, but they face similar problems to the Green party. Some of their issues are very popular, even, but pushing a popular position is not sufficient to get power. If you talk ...
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What's frustrating about the discussion about third parties is that there is a fairly clear path for parties like the Green party to make a real difference, and they don't, apparently, seem to be prepared to put in the effort to attempt it. How so? They have strategy, sure, but what is this clear p...
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 20, 2016 10:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What's frustrating about the discussion about third parties is that there is a fairly clear path for parties like the Green party to make a real difference, and they don't, apparently, seem to be prepared to put in the effort to attempt it. The focus on the Presidency is basically a losing strategy....
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:31 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69625

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

So I declared war on Gandhi within the first 8 moves. It looks like Gandhi has renounced his philosophy of non-violence in favour of a philosophy of whoop-ass. Gandhi had a glitch in Civ1 which made him the most aggressive character in the entire game. (basically, so many "negative" point...
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 14, 2016 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

What's weird about this is that we actually a pretty solid contemporary example of how to effect political change of this magnitude in the form of the Tea Party, and, to a probably a similar extent, the rise of the religious right in the late 70s through the 80s. Granted neither of these are true t...
by LaserGuy
Fri Oct 14, 2016 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

you're more concerned with assigning and avoiding blame than with doing anything to make the situation better. Quite the contrary. I may be the only one here who is attempting to make the situation better *at all*. Everyone who chooses “the lesser of two evils” is actively voting for evil. They are...
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

At SlyReaper. SInce I know what peoples problems with Trump are but with Clinton people criticizing her seem mostly content to just say she is horrible without really bothering with making that point so I don't really have a clear picture what people in this thread are basing that on and whether I ...
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 369176

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Wasn't Allende in the process of nationalizing the farms though? Quite sure that that sort of thing has historically ended... poorly. Oh, yes, you're right. That would have been horrible. The murders, torture, and internments without trial were such a huge improvement. You snark, but I actually won...
by LaserGuy
Thu Oct 06, 2016 7:52 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers, instructors, professors: When you assign homework, do you do the homework?
Replies: 9
Views: 3753

Re: Teachers, instructors, professors: When you assign homework, do you do the homework?

Well, for anything long answer, at very least you usually need to go through and have a solution ready for marking the question and assigning partial credit as necessary. It's hard to get around this unless you have a TA that you can fob off the responsibility to (who would still have to do this her...
by LaserGuy
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Gaming fleeting thoughts
Replies: 587
Views: 69625

Re: Gaming fleeting thoughts

I recently picked up The Talos Principle during a Steam sale. I hoped it would be a good game, but it far exceeded my hopes. I consider it excellent! I'm near the end, but haven't finished it yet, so no spoilers please. But I just wanted to mention it here and recommend it to anyone who likes puzzl...
by LaserGuy
Sat Sep 24, 2016 5:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 3137
Views: 369176

Re: The Darker Side of the News

US President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology release a scathing report on the state of forensic science--as in, most forensic science is anything but: Most methods are unreliable or have huge error bars; others are right into the realm of pseudoscience. The Attorney General has rejec...
by LaserGuy
Thu Sep 15, 2016 6:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethics of AdBlock
Replies: 639
Views: 93165

Re: Ethics of AdBlock

Adblock is now selling "acceptable" adspace.
by LaserGuy
Thu Sep 08, 2016 5:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 15566

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

Ensemble casts are hard to do. The Avengers pulls it of, but they have pre-established characters. Lord of the Rings does it very well, but they have 12 hours of runtime there. Guardians of the Galaxy is the nearest example I can think of. But the cast in GotG is much smaller. They have a team of 5...
by LaserGuy
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker
Replies: 168
Views: 15566

Re: Suicide Squad: You've gotta be Joker

If you don't like the movie, that's just fine too. But " Good Guy captures girl, Bad Guy fights to get girl back" is about the very definition of an inversion (where the trope is "Bad guy captures girl, good guy fights to get girl back"). Lots of words have been discussed here, ...
by LaserGuy
Thu Sep 01, 2016 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 13147

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

Just changing rates doesn't mitigate that. It means the vertical monopoly only gets taxed once, whereas specialist industries are being taxed at each layer. Whatever the rate is, it means that some companies are getting taxed many, many times less than others. Inducing monopolies is bad. Maybe the ...
by LaserGuy
Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 13147

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

Companies X is a mining company, Y is a smelting company, Z is an auto plant. X sells ore for $10,000, has $8000 in labor cost. Y buys $10,000 of ore, has $8000 in labor cost, sells steel for $20,000. Z buys $20,000 of steel, has $8000 in labor cost, sells a car for $30,000. Each company has $2000 ...
by LaserGuy
Wed Aug 31, 2016 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 13147

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

Just changing rates doesn't mitigate that. True, but it provides a tax incentive for companies to improve their profit margins, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Whatever the rate is, it means that some companies are getting taxed many, many times less than others. We already have this. Taxes on...
by LaserGuy
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 13147

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

A. Tax Avoidance is legal. B. If the same thing is legal or illegal, and the only difference is if a given reason is spoken or not, another reason will be spoken. C. Paying licensing fees to other companies is entirely normal. It's pretty trivial to avoid a lot of taxes in this fashion without goin...
by LaserGuy
Wed Aug 31, 2016 5:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 13147

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

Large overlap in shareholders should suffice, I think? You wouldn't really need a parent entity to, in practice, make such an arrangement practical. Wouldn't even need overlapping shareholders to make a reciprocal arrangement practical. It does add some complexity to the arrangement, but I think so...
by LaserGuy
Wed Aug 31, 2016 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes
Replies: 94
Views: 13147

Re: EU commission orders Apple to pay €13bn as back taxes

Corrupt user, I have 0$in profit in the UK because I spent my entire budget paying licensing fees to parent company in Ireland, which I happen to be the sole shareowner. You are free to tax my 0$ in profit at whatever rate you want. Not having any profit in the UK where the taxes were higher was a ...
by LaserGuy
Tue Aug 30, 2016 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 2016 US Presidential Election
Replies: 8482
Views: 737360

Re: 2016 US Presidential Election

Look how bad it is getting! How much more crime, how many more shootings, will it take for African-Americans and Latinos to vote Trump=SAFE! Meanwhile, a PPP poll finds that 97% of African Americans view Trump unfavorably, with a further 3% undecided. The included figure amusingly also gives Trump ...
by LaserGuy
Mon Aug 29, 2016 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: BCE and CE.
Replies: 47
Views: 6671

Re: BCE and CE.

Sheikh al-Majaneen wrote:
Zohar wrote:What happens between 100-999?

Get with the times. And by times, I mean chronology. And by chronology, I mean The New Chronology.

Spoiler:
They never happened.


This is one of my favorite crackpot theories.
by LaserGuy
Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?
Replies: 66
Views: 8860

Re: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?

Also you don't really need many digits. Even NASA uses only 16 digits for the program that controls and stabilizes spacecraft during missions. And that includes some extra digits just to be on the safe side. Somehow I doubt the OP is asking this for any practical purpose. If you want "practica...
by LaserGuy
Wed Aug 24, 2016 11:37 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?
Replies: 66
Views: 8860

Re: How to Calculate Pi without a Calculator?

Also you don't really need many digits. Even NASA uses only 16 digits for the program that controls and stabilizes spacecraft during missions. And that includes some extra digits just to be on the safe side. Somehow I doubt the OP is asking this for any practical purpose. If you want "practica...
by LaserGuy
Wed Aug 24, 2016 8:36 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: BCE and CE.
Replies: 47
Views: 6671

Re: BCE and CE.

What's with those abbreviations? The calendar is Christian based, and using those abbreviations won't change that fact. If you don't want to use BC and AD you should use a different calendar. People do use a different calendar. They use the "Common Era" calendar, with abbreviations BCE an...
by LaserGuy
Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:11 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Please help, crazy example :-(
Replies: 9
Views: 2306

Re: Please help, crazy example :-(

So, nerd sniping?

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