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by Dazmilar
Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The right of the burglar
Replies: 253
Views: 21081

Re: The right of the burglar

A lot of this seems to boil down to what percentage chance you're willing to risk dying in your own home because of possible rights of someone invading it. Having never been the victim of a robbery, I think I might shout a warning before opening fire, or fire a warning shot, more so out of fear of s...
by Dazmilar
Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why aren't we happy?
Replies: 108
Views: 17992

Re: Why aren't we happy?

The opening post assumes its own conclusion. (I say that as opposed to, say, schizophrenia, which has rather consistent rate around the world -- perhaps because depressive disorders are so influenced by lifestyle while schizophrenia and similar disorders are physical anomalies of the brain). I don't...
by Dazmilar
Sun Nov 22, 2009 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Stairgate: Universe
Replies: 763
Views: 74355

Re: Stargate: Universe

I'm not sure if I agree with some of the ways Rush is set up as the "Machiavellian scientist," when a lot of his actions, especially in the early episodes, just seem damn prudent. Tackling your air problem and your water problem before dealing with getting home seems smart. In Water he tel...
by Dazmilar
Sat Nov 14, 2009 4:50 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Over-analysing books and School
Replies: 97
Views: 18311

Re: Over-analysing books and School

On the subject of meaning, I pretty much agree with everything Belial's said. The interaction between the reader and the text is what makes literature interesting, and timeless. If I re-read something I read ten years ago, I get new things from it because I'm a different person now. And you can try ...
by Dazmilar
Sun Aug 30, 2009 5:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Patents... what are they good for?
Replies: 78
Views: 11321

Re: Patents... what are they good for?

In the no-patent examples, companies could just start spending their R&D budgets on corporate espionage. Why research when you have an easier time stealing? I think the mousetrap example is a bit simplistic, and assumes that there's only one basic kind of mousetrap that everyone in the market wi...
by Dazmilar
Tue Aug 25, 2009 4:06 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43097

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

Fair enough. Maybe that argument was so Dazmilar. It certainly wouldn't be the first time I've said something stupid or made an ineffective argument. So I guess black people should just NOT BE UPSET if I call every one that I meet a nigger? I think you're expecting a timeline of linguistic change th...
by Dazmilar
Tue Aug 25, 2009 1:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43097

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

If we're trying to directly change a language, it's hard to know exactly how it'll play out. The closest modern example to directed attempts to change a language is probably Basic Human Decency or the attempts to remove sexist language. It's not an exact comparison to what advocates in this thread a...
by Dazmilar
Fri Aug 21, 2009 5:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What, you want actual information about health care reform?
Replies: 122
Views: 8283

Re: What, you want actual information about health care reform?

How silly of the Terri Schiavos of the world to do such silly things like fall into comas without first ensuring they have the wealth to pay for it! To be fair, while someone in a vegitative state may not have been responsible for whatever made them comatose, they're certainly responsible for wheth...
by Dazmilar
Fri Aug 14, 2009 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Gib-punk (The William Gibson Thread)
Replies: 6
Views: 1938

Re: Gib-punk (The William Gibson Thread)

I spent a fair amount of The Difference Engine trying to figure out why Babbage inventing a computer would have stopped Keats from dying from Tuberculosis in 1821. Really tho. I understand it's an alternate universe, but shouldn't most of the differences stem from The Difference Engine being constru...
by Dazmilar
Thu Aug 06, 2009 6:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Trials should not be publicly known until they resolve
Replies: 15
Views: 2340

Re: Trials should not be publicly known until they resolve

Actually, a right to a speedy and public trial is part of the Sixth amendment in the US Bill of Rights. The Fifth is due process, protection against self-incrimination and double jeopardy. And England certainly has its fair share of problems regarding libel lawsuits, so I wouldn't necessarily look a...
by Dazmilar
Thu May 07, 2009 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Probing The Inaccuracies: Space Warfare
Replies: 271
Views: 25387

Re: Probing The Inaccuracies: Space Warfare

Using the rules the OP presented, Pellegrino and Zebrowski's The Killing Star is pretty much required reading for this thread. In that mode, the ships are cylindrical like the OP suggested (Project Valkyrie style design), and warfare is pretty limited, as the tone of the universe is basically get an...
by Dazmilar
Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the highest reasonable salary?
Replies: 55
Views: 6210

Re: What is the highest reasonable salary?

If we can get off the rich person witch hunt for a second here, the real problem with executive compensation isn't some lack of a sense of fairness or that you're angry somebody has a larger house than you and how dare they. This might work for rousing the rabble, but the problem with some of the co...
by Dazmilar
Sun Mar 01, 2009 5:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do animals have consciousness?
Replies: 63
Views: 7555

Re: Do animals have consciousness?

Well, if you define consciousness as a perception of relationship between self and other, then any animal that can be shown to exhibit self-awareness is showing some form of consciousness. The animals stated by the OP, dolphins, elephants, and great apes, all exhibit signs that they are self-aware. ...
by Dazmilar
Sat Feb 21, 2009 4:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)
Replies: 130
Views: 29566

Re: 1984 (Or Nineteen Eighty-Four)

The only thing I dislike about the book is when people misinterpret it as an attack on socialism. It's a book written by a socialist disillusioned with the excesses of Stalinist Russia, about a world where the major powers are ruled by socialism (Ingsoc and Neo-Bolshevism), with many elements of St...
by Dazmilar
Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Bush be charged with war crimes?
Replies: 64
Views: 7633

Re: Should Bush be charged with war crimes?

I look at this from a slightly different point of view than the ones posted above. Charging Bush & co. with war crimes would define the Obama presidency, be the key issue, the big idea of his four years as commander-in-chief. I don't want his presidency so encumbered with Bush so as to get in th...
by Dazmilar
Mon Dec 15, 2008 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 195
Views: 37666

Re: 9/11 Conspiracy Theories

If I might ask a common sense question in the middle of all this building charts and graphs and such... If you believe in a controlled demolition of WTC-7, when was it wired to explode? I think it's a pretty fair question. It had to either be wired prior to the planes hitting or after the planes hit...
by Dazmilar
Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conspiracy Theories
Replies: 102
Views: 13702

Re: Conspiracy Theories

Thank you, Oliver Stone, for really pushing "back and to the left" into the lexicon. Bodies move all sorts of interesting ways when they're shot. One key point of the headshot on JFK is that there's an exit wound. This means that only a fraction of the force of the bullet is applied to the...
by Dazmilar
Fri Nov 14, 2008 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Missile defence Shield
Replies: 19
Views: 2434

Re: Missile defence Shield

A working missile shield... Not to feed any conspiracy theorists that sneak around the message boards, but the key word in this technology upsetting the balance of MAD is "working." If you develop a missile shield but make sure it always fails in any publicized tests, then you gain the pr...
by Dazmilar
Mon Nov 10, 2008 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama's "Call to Service"
Replies: 160
Views: 11176

Re: Obama's "Call to Service"

So at the end of the year, do you have a test for your community service class? One that measures how much your character has increased over the year? Is there such a test for objectively measuring "character"? Is it possible to go through a year of community service and not develop any ch...
by Dazmilar
Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16909

Re: Tipping people

However I don't see the problem with your scenario other then you not getting free drinks. What exactly are the service aspects of a bartender? They make the drink at the bar. The bartenders have a salesmen mentality anyway. If you go to a trendy bar the hot bartender isn't flirting with you becaus...
by Dazmilar
Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Obama's "Call to Service"
Replies: 160
Views: 11176

Re: Obama's "Call to Service"

The government supplies you with an education. Your education is supplied by the taxpayers (yourself and your parents included). It is the state government that manages it, and the fed who supplies some (not all) of the funding. You are going to pay back that debt, through the decades of taxes that...
by Dazmilar
Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16909

Re: Tipping people

I also clearly believe that he should get his cut for every drink. Raise the price in proportion to the work he does. If he does a great job then tip him. But if I don't tip him then I don't believe I shouldn't get shitty service as a result. So are you at least acknowledging that my bartender exam...
by Dazmilar
Sun Nov 09, 2008 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Tipping people
Replies: 150
Views: 16909

Re: Tipping people

You've never had a drink at a bar, right? Because that's a clear example of a situation where tipping matters. Unless we're only talking about tipping at restaurants. But if you want an experiment in how tipping affects service, go to a bar, pay by the drink, order only complicated drinks (that requ...
by Dazmilar
Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The middle class
Replies: 35
Views: 2797

Re: The middle class

Well, obviously politicians don't want to actually define what it means to be middle class. It'd be that much harder to campaign. "I'm going to help the middle class" sounds great to a lot of people when everyone's self-identifying as middle class. A lot of the benchmarks other posters hav...
by Dazmilar
Mon Oct 27, 2008 5:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Reasons to Believe
Replies: 89
Views: 5528

Re: Reasons to Believe

It's really not that difficult to imagine a gradual change in bone structure for animals that fly or glide. Look at flying squirrels. Flaps of skin to help you glide from tree to tree. If different squirrels have varying bone densities, the ones with lighter bone structures will glide farther, which...
by Dazmilar
Mon Oct 27, 2008 4:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: War-is it ever justified?
Replies: 127
Views: 9314

Re: War-is it ever justified?

WW2 had nothing, I repeat nothing to do with Germany's treatment of Jews. So? Forgiving the possible historical misconceptions of some of the other posters, does the revelation that countries got involved in World War 2 without any intentions or interest in helping the Jews change the fact that the...
by Dazmilar
Sun Oct 26, 2008 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: War-is it ever justified?
Replies: 127
Views: 9314

Re: War-is it ever justified?

Unless someone has a What-if, alternate-history time machine, I'm going to take any of these claims of what could have been done to avoid a war in specific situations with a tremendous helping of salt. If you're going to take the stance that war is always unjustified, a pacifistic stance, then in my...
by Dazmilar
Sat Oct 18, 2008 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What is the effect of debt on our economy?
Replies: 42
Views: 42496

Re: What is the effect of debt on our economy?

The irony is that your "I say the current banking system, which is based on principles that are at least a thousand years old" is based on feelings, and nothing else. Commodity based currency is a concept thousands of years old. Roman soldiers were paid with salt. A Japanese Ryo could be ...
by Dazmilar
Sat Oct 18, 2008 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school
Replies: 94
Views: 8446

Re: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school

Exactly. Even in terms of "usefulness," what constitutes a soft subject is subjective. It'd be a mistake for high school to be less generalized, putting kids on certain tracks for life, because high schoolers are by-and-large, idiots with incredibly limited world experience. One of the ben...
by Dazmilar
Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school
Replies: 94
Views: 8446

Re: Proliferation of 'soft' subjects in high school

If I were in the shoes of someone who was required to take Calculus but found the material unapproachable, I'd have taken one that was listed for non-majors. Obviously, in a classs full of engineering and math students, the professor won't be teaching to the lowest common denominator of non-math stu...
by Dazmilar
Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: American Financial situation
Replies: 158
Views: 9769

Re: American Financial situation

I lost money in my 401k because it's company managed, we don't get options like rich folks do. You'll take just about every opportunity to throw in a little class warfare, huh? Granted, I'm a member of the "sekrit rich people's investing club" with access to the hidden stock market that a...
by Dazmilar
Fri Sep 26, 2008 5:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: American Financial situation
Replies: 158
Views: 9769

Re: American Financial situation

You know, it gets a little tiring to keep seeing the us vs. them, poor vs. rich arguments. It's reprehensible when you polarize the country into us/them mentalities over race, gay rights, etc. But apparently, when it comes to rich/poor it's business as usual. I'm half willing to vote republican just...
by Dazmilar
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118028

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

No. We're saying that one person's ability to control her own body is more important than the other's ability to control his wallet. And in controlling her own body the woman also makes a choice about whether or not she will be the mother of a future person. Consider that in this discussion, many p...
by Dazmilar
Mon Sep 08, 2008 1:23 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A Song of Ice and Fire
Replies: 567
Views: 238014

Re: Ice and Fire?

I also recommend Erikson. If the biggest draw for you to Song of Ice and Fire is the political intrigue, then you might find Malazan Book of the Fallen a bit lacking, but the scope of the work is epic and vast. I enjoy the fact that the history of the books spans hundreds of thousands of years, and ...
by Dazmilar
Mon Sep 08, 2008 5:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118028

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

I don't think making it an issue of bodily autonomy negates the fact that a woman who has weighed her options and thought about her choice of carrying the pregnancy or having an abortion should probably have also thought about the financial implications of her decision. After all, the father has onl...
by Dazmilar
Sat Sep 06, 2008 7:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.
Replies: 920
Views: 118028

Re: please can we all talk about abortions? that would be nice.

You're possibly objecting to the idea that the father shouldn't have a say. Well, certainly she can choose to consult the father, and she probably will. But if he wants it and she doesn't, or if she does and he doesn't? TOO BAD. Her body, her decision. At least until it comes time to pay for child ...
by Dazmilar
Tue Aug 26, 2008 5:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ideal USA Tax Policy
Replies: 70
Views: 4692

Re: Ideal USA Tax Policy

I think we've hit all the populist anti-rich points. Some hyperbole about people leaving billions to their children and multiple vacation homes... Usually we'd get offhand jabs about things like, "Okay, maybe your taxes will be higher, so you'll have to buy a smaller yacht or one less Italian s...
by Dazmilar
Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Improving education (U.S.)
Replies: 149
Views: 10282

Re: Improving education (U.S.)

Obviously a complex issue. The quality of public education is incredibly varied depending on where you are in the United States. One of the issues with trying to adopt some form of nationally standardized education system is that the United States is large, both in geography and population. It might...
by Dazmilar
Wed May 21, 2008 10:07 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How you knew your parents were Gods/Humans
Replies: 23
Views: 3937

Re: How you knew your parents were Gods/Humans

Seems a bit unfair to get too cocky about parents having trouble with 7th grade math. "Hey, mom, dad! Can you help me with something you haven't done in 40 years?" I thought my dad was superhuman because he could touch the top of the refridgerator. Interesting what your perception of the w...
by Dazmilar
Wed May 21, 2008 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: 5 book that chronicle humanity
Replies: 12
Views: 2327

Re: 5 book that chronicle humanity

I think you're taking a huge leap in assuming that our alien friends will be readers. After all, if all the doomsday-reading-is-dead books are right, any civilization as decadently advanced as an alien civilization probably abandoned the printed word eons ago. Besides, we've been broadcasting radio ...

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