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by Maurog
Fri Dec 14, 2012 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

EMTP wrote:Why didn't the IDF follow through with its threats of a ground invasion in the recent clashes? The Israeli public wanted it.
Liar.
by Maurog
Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 64926

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

Princess Marzipan, if we say parents shouldn't be allowed to circumcise their children and children (until age X) can't decide to circumcise themselves, we're basically proclaiming a government veto. Such rulings that take away decisive power from both the parents and the children should not be take...
by Maurog
Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On Boys
Replies: 528
Views: 64926

Re: German Court Rules Religious Circumcision An Assault On

I think a quantifier of "percentage of people who undergo this surgery as babies but are unhappy with it as adults" is the best way to measure this stuff. For example, can we find any cases of people who had a cleft palate repair surgery as babies, and now as adults they are unhappy with i...
by Maurog
Sat Jun 16, 2012 11:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Driver who killed girl in accident gets 15 years to life
Replies: 151
Views: 20187

Re: Driver who killed girl in accident gets 15 years to life

The difference here is, that the illegal race driver (as obvious a criminal as he is) didn't intend to get into any accidents, while the suicide guy did. It's the difference between mistakenly killing someone while poaching and killing someone while shooting indiscriminately into a street. Intent to...
by Maurog
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz
Replies: 315
Views: 31895

Re: New York Mayor wants to ban fountain sodas over 16oz

I'm opposed to mayor Bloomberg's plan, because people who used to order a 20oz sugary drink with their meal will now be forced to order two 16oz sugary drinks, and we all know how people tend to eat all the food in the container in front of them. He's practically forcing people to increase their sug...
by Maurog
Mon May 21, 2012 5:11 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1058: "Old-Timers"
Replies: 74
Views: 21244

Re: 1058: "Old-Timers"

Alsadius wrote:This can't possibly be accurate. A .dna file is about 750 MB, and everyone knows that there's no email server on the planet that lets you send more than a 10 MB attachment.

The genome was sent as 75 .arj files.
by Maurog
Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"
Replies: 166
Views: 80612

Re: 1040: "Lakes and Oceans"

Air density at pressure of 800 atm is 570.4 kg per cubic meter. *
Since water density is 1000 kg per cubic meter, the supercondensed air bubble will float.

According to Wolfram Alpha, you need a pressure of about 5090 atm to compress air enough for it not to float in water.
by Maurog
Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Except it is :D You don't seriously expect countries to have obligations towards hostile entities that shoot rockets at them daily, do you? It's not about oppressing the poor innocent Gazans, it's about trying to reduce the ongoing damage they keep doing. If anyone has an obligation towards Gazan ci...
by Maurog
Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

We all see a problem with Hamas keeping Gaza on the brink of humanitarian crisis.

The obvious solution is removing Hamas. What did you have in mind?
by Maurog
Tue Feb 28, 2012 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I think LaserGuy is only arguing that his pacifistic system is superior to the Machiavellian one, not the utilitarian one.
by Maurog
Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:12 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Wait, if we can't assume Iran is building nuclear weapons because they're not admitting it, why are are we assuming Israel assassinates Iran's nuclear physicists if they're not admitting it either?
by Maurog
Sun Feb 19, 2012 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

A strike will undermine liberalisation movements in Iran, significantly increasing the chance that millions of women and other minorities will never see full rights in their lifetime. Honestly, I don't see how. "Gee Willikers, they bombed our nuclear facility. Fast, let's oppress some women!&q...
by Maurog
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Court To Decide Whether Orcas Can Be Enslaved
Replies: 147
Views: 16326

Re: Court To Decide Whether Orcas Can Be Enslaved

What about those dogs in dog food commercials, sure they look happy, but did someone ask them if they want to represent some crappy brand to millions of people?

I bet they can't walk down the street without people pointing and saying, hey it's that dog from TV.
by Maurog
Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Let's just trade - Israel will absorb the displaced Jews and Arab countries will absorb the displaced Arabs.

Problem solved?
by Maurog
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands
Replies: 95
Views: 9696

Re: Microsoft Antitrust suit killed thousands

By giving people free cake, you are promoting freeloading, and making an otherwise unsustainable niche of not contributing to society, sustainable. The population of people demanding cakes while not producing any will grow until it collapses your economy. The only real solution is to stop government...
by Maurog
Sun Jan 29, 2012 12:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Occupied refers to territories held by military force after a war, previously possessed by another country. Disputed refers to territories which are currently claimed by at least two internationally recognized entities. The West Bank, Gaza Strip and the Golan Heights are all occupied territories, si...
by Maurog
Thu Jan 26, 2012 3:08 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard drive
Replies: 48
Views: 7769

Re: Alleged criminal ordered to surrender password to hard d

Huh, a computer is an extension of one's brain. Forcing someone to unlock a computer against their will is slippery slope to mindscanning them and retrieving their memories against their will when such technology becomes available. I am firmly against the judge's decision. If they don't have enough ...
by Maurog
Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I meant exactly what I said. A country is just a group of people operating on some rules, a society, an extended version of gentleman's club if you will. It can also be depicted as a family living in a house, or even a single person. And similarly to societies formed by humans and setting rules for ...
by Maurog
Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

The original article linked talked about racial discrimination - not giving citizenship to Palestinians married to Israeli Arabs. So I sort of assumed it implies there is no problem for Palestinians married to Israeli non-Arabs. If indeed it's all about nationality and not about ethnicity, then I'm ...
by Maurog
Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Regardless of whether profiling works or not, profiling by ethnicity is racist. They should either prevent Israeli citizenship from all Palestinians married to Israelis, Arabs and others alike, or allow said citizenship. Or just make it a case by case scenario where it has to be approved by official...
by Maurog
Sat Jan 14, 2012 6:28 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91864

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Yeah, and we went against God's morality when we outlawed slavery.
He's mighty pissed at us right now for going against the pro-slavery morality he instilled in our hearts.
by Maurog
Fri Jan 13, 2012 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91864

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Wait, why is incest considered immoral anyway?

If it all comes down to intercourse between consenting adults, then there are no victims, and you know what they say about victimless crimes...
Are we just maintaining taboos for the sake of tradition?
by Maurog
Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91864

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

Hmm, the real test is comparing the probability of genetic diseases in cousin marriages between some demographic which does it all the time, and some demographic known to oppose it vehemently.

Kinda makes me wish there was some sort of easy access global data repository like in sci-fi movies.
by Maurog
Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1003: "Hitler and Eve"
Replies: 447
Views: 91864

Re: 1003: "Adam and Eve"

By the way, we probably have genetic problems from incest because it's a taboo for so many generations, not the other way around (or it's a reinforcing cycle). If incest was acceptable and widespread in early humans, the danger genes causing problems would be weeded out eventually, and it would beco...
by Maurog
Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:48 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1002: "Game AIs"
Replies: 251
Views: 109067

Re: 1002: "Game AIs"

Must be some helluva tactics to counter the "get into line of sight, shoot faster than humans, never miss" strategy the AI team will be employing.
by Maurog
Fri Dec 02, 2011 7:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

I think the main issue is lack of experience with situations like that. Let's hope Israel learns from the incident and the very helpful UN report, and the next provocation ship will be met with skunk bombs, water cannons, flash/stun grenades and the rest of the Navy's non-lethal arsenal before board...
by Maurog
Fri Dec 02, 2011 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0985: "Percentage Points"
Replies: 85
Views: 25114

Re: 0985: "Percentage Points"

Is it bad that I actually remember Gene Ray by name instead of as "Time Cube Guy"?

It appears I have more internet culture than any other culture :(
by Maurog
Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia
Replies: 22
Views: 4103

Re: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia

Yeah, and it became even more limited ever since I stopped doing editing, maintenance and vandal patrol on it. Even though I mainly did it on obscure articles which were later removed. The space argument is pretty much a myth. Every popular article takes a hundred times more than its current space i...
by Maurog
Tue Nov 22, 2011 12:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia
Replies: 22
Views: 4103

Re: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia

And? That's not a counter-argument to anything I said. If I search for an entry on an obscure subject, the last thing I want to see is that it was there and someone removed it. I don't even care much how bad it was, it's the principle of the thing. Someone took the time to write an article (for me!)...
by Maurog
Mon Nov 21, 2011 6:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia
Replies: 22
Views: 4103

Re: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia

What? What about the notability policy in particular don't you like? Well, in short, I believe in self-asserting notability, based on the number of visitors to that particular article over the requirement that the subject matter be covered in meatspace (wtf) media. Like, articles can be good or bad...
by Maurog
Sat Nov 19, 2011 6:00 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia
Replies: 22
Views: 4103

Re: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia

I don't consider Knol a successful attempt, lol. If anything, Wolfram Alpha is a step in the right direction. I want something with the foundation of Wolfram Alpha, editing interface and accessibility of Wikipedia, flexible enough to branch to any depth of relevance while remaining organized, and wi...
by Maurog
Sat Nov 19, 2011 5:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia
Replies: 22
Views: 4103

Re: Google co-founder donates $500,000 to Wikipedia

While Wikipedia is useful, I would never donate to it because of disagreement with some of its core policies (namely WP:N).

I keep hoping Google one day supersedes it with some better and fundamentally different knowledge database, but no luck so far.
by Maurog
Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Zhejiang Riot
Replies: 17
Views: 3243

Re: Zhejiang Riot

Zhejiang makes new tax on sewing machine possession, disgruntled shop owners gather mob, rioters smash cars, clash with police. 28 people arrested, tax suspended for now, investigations in process.
by Maurog
Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Happy 10th Birthday Windows XP!
Replies: 25
Views: 4331

Re: Happy 10th Birthday Windows XP!

Two years have passed since Windows 7 release, so it should be safe to switch now.

Still, I'm not upgrading yet, my Windows XP works just fine, thank you.
by Maurog
Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Eh, sourmilk didn't suggest removing any Arabs from anywhere, actually. In fact he just pointed that nobody was removed from anywhere: I've laid out my argument for why nobody has a grounds for complaint: essentially, nothing has changed. No new land is being grabbed, no people are being placed in n...
by Maurog
Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Bottom line: verbal contracts between non-lawyers in layman language are nevertheless legally binding in their obvious layman interpretation despite the wording not being legally sufficient for lawyer-made documents... except in yoni45's mind, where all people are lawyers and layman language is bann...
by Maurog
Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

sourmìlk, as a concerned citizen, I hereby advise you not to acknowledge yoni45's request until he proves beyond any doubt that he in fact exists and is not just a figment of our imagination. He should start by posting his entire personal information online, including birth certificate, credit card ...
by Maurog
Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel/Palestine discussion
Replies: 6262
Views: 554616

Re: Israel/Palestine discussion

Hmm, the Jewish identity is set more like a tribe than either nationality or religion - yeah, you can be born into it, but you can also be accepted into it (via a religious ritual as it happens). Seen as most Jews hold the notion that they are descendants of the original tribes which comprised the K...
by Maurog
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Slutwalk [trigger warning]
Replies: 149
Views: 17190

Re: Slutwalk

Wait, can Tiberius or anyone else for that matter tell me the difference between "rapists go for slutty-clothed women" and "muggers go for well-dressed people"? Should we then say that anyone not wearing rags is asking for it, because muggers like to rob people who don't look poo...

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