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by fatduck
Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:44 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32763

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

PatrickRsGhost wrote:
fatduck wrote:"Interesting game. The only way to win is not to think about it."


Fix'd.

Shit.


I was actually quoting WarGames.
by fatduck
Mon Apr 28, 2008 4:31 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0416: "Zealous Autoconfig"
Replies: 104
Views: 32763

Re: "Zealous Autoconfig" Discussion

"Interesting game. The only way to win is not to play."
by fatduck
Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0325: "A-Minus-Minus"
Replies: 130
Views: 71181

Re: "A-Minus-Minus" Discussion

A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ COMIC

VERY PROFESSIONAL AND PROMPT POSTING!!!!!!!
by fatduck
Sat May 26, 2007 10:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Have you ever encountered situations in which you felt something was immoral? Do you believe there are situations in which soldiers have the right to disobey people who have authority over them, or the government, for moral reasons? I've encountered situations which were morally ambiguous, I'd say....
by fatduck
Sat May 26, 2007 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

I think this is an interesting topic. Of course, I feel guilty about killing bugs and usually just capture and release them outside. (Although when I actually do have to kill a bug, I'm okay with it. It's just the "He's not doing anything wrong! It's not Fair!" Hufflepuff side of me.) Hav...
by fatduck
Sat May 26, 2007 2:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

One of the core concepts of Starship Troopers was that the vote should be reserved to people who have given up at least 2 years of their live to serve their country- the Federal Service (as I believe it was called) included the military, military-related research, and a number of unpleasant jobs th...
by fatduck
Sat May 26, 2007 12:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

First off, I'd like to thank you for giving all of us this chance to talk with you and your experiences in Iraq. No, this is not political bullshit, but something honest. A couple of questions: Did you work much with the locals in all aspects, local law enforcement, civilians, so on and so forth? I...
by fatduck
Sat May 26, 2007 12:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Oh pesh, one of the best estimates gave it at 600,000 casualties a while back, so I would say its comparable to 1,000,000 by now. Thats the death toll. @ Fatduck: You save anyone's life? fellow soldier, some civilian etc? That's a pretty interesting question. I can't think of any specific instances...
by fatduck
Sat May 26, 2007 12:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Maybe I should clarify: I don't think I've betrayed my morals at all. I feel that war can be justified and I feel that my actions so far have been justified, even if politically I think the wars in Iraq/Afghanistan are, well, irresponsible bullshit. Isn't this sort of an invocation of the so-called...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 10:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Best way to bring peace and sovereignty to Iraq? Can I cheat and say "not invading Iraq in the first place?" "An unjust peace is better than a just war." -- Marcus Tullius Cicero Opinion? I'd need much better definitions of "unjust peace" and "just war" to de...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Just something i noticed from the thread title: "...other dudes" What do you think your reaction would be to a female enemy? Would this affect you? I honestly have no idea. I think it probably would, but I'm sure I'd deal with it. After all, our army is becoming increasingly mixed-gender ...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

This thread seems so fake. Not like "You haven't really killed anyone", but it's like selling your soul for the price of an admission ticket. That's probably reasonable, but I'd point out that it's not like I went out killing people for the purpose of making this thread. It's a fact of li...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 5:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

As someone who's done it for a living (not the ONLY part of the job, but a major part), how do you feel about people like me who haven't done it, but are so very, very desensitized? I suppose I was pretty desensitized before I went to Iraq. I went through basic, went straight to Germany and spent a...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Is the average American Trooper as Incompetent as they are portrayed to be by, if not pretty much everyone but America, at least Britain? Look, I am (or was) probably in the top 0.0001% of the U.S. Army enlisted as far as intelligence goes. I grew up fairly wealthy, went to a majority-white high sc...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 3:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

There's a lot that goes with the profession that's appealing to me, and it's certainly not the pay, but the people I've met and the experiences I've had. It's a shame there isn't something similar (and as socially influential) that doesn't involve betraying your morals. Would you say that going to ...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Re: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes

- I never supported the war in Iraq and still don't. - If they sent me back again I'd go willingly and do my best to accomplish the mission even if I disagree with it personally. Would you say a soldier who refused to take part in the war because they disagreed with it would be wrong to do so? Shou...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 3:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism
Replies: 781
Views: 107333

Posted on a board outside a church in my area: Atheism is a non-prophet organisation I was on the public transit and I laughed. Outloud. And then the whole religion as a business thing started to percolate through my brain, and I then found it ironic that they would post this on a church.... I woul...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 11:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44529

I agree with HenryS here. Going to sleep at night is at least as scary as dying. It's letting go of the stream of conciousness. The only reason you can sleep is because you're fairly sure you'll pick it back up in the morning. The thing is, you have no way of knowing if your stream of conciousness ...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 11:52 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

If you find killing routine, and hence fairly guiltless, have you ever thought that you should feel guilt, and must just be a bad person? I've heard that's fairly common. That's a good question. I guess I have felt guilt, just in different ways. Kind of like how you don't worry about dying while yo...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 11:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Do you think the extremity of what you've seen and done has added perspective and sense to the rest of your life? [Do you find people getting emotional about mundane aspects of their lives boring because of what you've seen?] What's your rank? (Just Grunt/NCO/Officer would do) [I ask because it giv...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 11:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Here's a question: Why join the army, and actually do what they tell you to do willingly, if you know that you're going to hate some of the results? Do the slightly higher pay and benefits (in comparison with, say, a job at McD's) really outweigh both the cost of having to kill people and the chanc...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 11:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Were there any instances where you knew nothing bad would probably happen if you refused to kill someone but the rules told you to anyway? Did you? For reference my cousin had to order fire upon cars that refused to stop at checkpoints even though he knew they were obviously just some family that d...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 11:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

This sounds very interesting. Hmm... ah! Here's a question. What were your emotions like at the first time you killed? Was it hard to find the willpower to do it? Do you feel it was justified, do you feel guilty? Finally, how were your feelings different subsequent times? It's something most of us ...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 4:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ask a dude who has killed other dudes
Replies: 126
Views: 22978

Ask a dude who has killed other dudes

Okay first of all remember this is Serious Business. Basically this sort of came up in another thread and also I've had some PMs about it and I think this could spark some interesting discussion so let me lay out some basic principles: - I, while serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, have personally ki...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 2:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: By popular demand: Post your face!
Replies: 3963
Views: 615614

Image

i'm on the right
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 2:25 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44529

First of all, your point requires a ridiculous definition of personal identity. If you're going to make the argument that the "you" when you go to sleep isn't the same as the "you" when you wake up, you may as well just accept that you only think there's a "you" as a c...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freedom of choice
Replies: 67
Views: 11388

How about the fact that if you rewound time and replayed it over and over you would get different results because atoms don't move in determinative paths but are instead random/probabilistic. Well yeah, so then we start talking about QM and whatnot, but what does that have to do with free will? Is ...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 2:20 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone have experience with ebay?
Replies: 20
Views: 2602

4. PayPal tells you: "I'm sorry but a stolen credit card was used to purchase this item. You owe us that $X00 back." I'll have to check the PayPal TOS (ok, I'm lying: I'm way too lazy to actually do this), but this seems wrong. If I take the money out of my paypal account and put it in my...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 12:51 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Anyone have experience with ebay?
Replies: 20
Views: 2602

Anyone have experience with ebay?

I'm not sure if this is the right subforum for this, it just didn't seem to fit in Serious Business or anywhere else. Anyway, I'm currently selling a laptop on ebay and I just got three emails from people offering a price to buy the item off-site through paypal. All three want to ship to Africa and ...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44529

Your perception of reality ends at least once a day when you go to sleep. Why are you so scared of it? You've written this a few times and it's just wrong. Your brain doesn't shut off when you go to sleep, and if you've ever had lucid dreams you don't even necessarily lose consciousness. My point s...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 12:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freedom of choice
Replies: 67
Views: 11388

I haven't yet seen a definition of free will put forward... sometimes I've seen versions to the effect of: "If we could rewind time to the point at which you chose A rather than B, and ran time forward again, could you instead choose B". ...but why should you care about such an ability? I...
by fatduck
Fri May 25, 2007 12:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The ethics of teleportation
Replies: 116
Views: 44529

Your perception of reality ends at least once a day when you go to sleep. Why are you so scared of it? You've written this a few times and it's just wrong. Your brain doesn't shut off when you go to sleep, and if you've ever had lucid dreams you don't even necessarily lose consciousness. I'm not su...
by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 10:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Freedom of choice
Replies: 67
Views: 11388

Personally, if I didn't believe in free will, I would just kill myself. What is the point of living if you can't make decisions? Seems like the universe would just be a big circle-jerk machine if nobody could choose their path. And that's no fun. What if you weren't predetermined to kill yourself? ...
by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 10:33 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: #xkcd IRC?
Replies: 2
Views: 3390

#xkcd IRC?

1.) Does this exist?

2.) If not, should it?
by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism
Replies: 781
Views: 107333

Ok, "Independent Hired Killer" viewpoint. Every opinion is sacred, as long as you're not an idiot (which rules out most opinions, but what can you do?) How much damage do we do to Heaven if we just cripple people? And I did volunteer at some point, you know, so not really hired. Just paid...
by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 10:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism
Replies: 781
Views: 107333

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:See, it's good to get the "hired killer" viewpoint on a discussion such as this... :)


I think you'll find that my opinions are about as representative of the army as everyone else here's opinions are representative of religion as a whole :D
by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0132: "Music Knowledge"
Replies: 50
Views: 14757

by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 10:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism
Replies: 781
Views: 107333

Your answer is here http://www.samizdata.net/~pdeh/20060331-RanOutOfVirgins-sm.jpg On a serious note, I think you are dispicable for taking human life. edit: (oh wait you said indirectly) Please clarify. I still love you though. Nope, that's what I meant. I'm not too happy about it either, but I ha...
by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 9:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheism
Replies: 781
Views: 107333

I will be regarded as a soldier of god if I fight you on islam.... 72 virgins :P (Athiest btw fatduck) I've always wondered, is there a big pool of virgins in heaven already, or does god create them whenever an Islamic warrior dies in battle? More disturbing: either way I've indirectly cost a lot o...
by fatduck
Thu May 24, 2007 9:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ending Racism
Replies: 146
Views: 18221

I'll bet you you won't be able to prove that racism is what will cause his possible loss. The fact that it has been proven that bieng black is as disadvantageous as getting a normal job as bieng 18 months in jail isn't proof? 1) So would Americans elect a fellon who has a committed a crime for whic...

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