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by mister k
Sun Mar 11, 2012 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Consent and Consent Impairment
Replies: 58
Views: 11356

Re: Consent and Consent Impairment

I agree the law seems pretty random at times, though. For example, driving while drunk is a crime - whereas driving while so tired that you are impaired to a equivalent degree is not. Nor is driving despite your reflexes having deteriorated to a equivalent degree through old age. The examples conti...
by mister k
Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 176868

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

There are differences between what the law is and what is right. Obviously squenix can sell us things pieced up as much as they like, but it is... a bit rich to sell us half a game if the other half is already finished, and is then available either as day one dlc or on the disk itself. That said, I'...
by mister k
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:51 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 176868

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

I genuinely think the problem with 13 wasn't the longest tutorial in the world (13 hours I've played, and still felt like that), but the sheer emptiness of the world building. The map that appears in the top right corner mocks you with the pathetic nature of what you are doing: walking in a straight...
by mister k
Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 53515

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

Curtis has taken the words from my mouth. You are totally correct that if your concern is not to be correct (and by correct, I mean having a model which has a greater probability of making accurate predictions about the world) then the scientific method is not necessarily superior. But most people d...
by mister k
Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 53515

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

Man we are so far off topic we can hardly see the topic. If the scientists in this thread were to admit that love was impervious to scientific analysis, I don't really see that this stops us assessing religious texts! The reason it is difficult to define love is that it is a poorly defined concept. ...
by mister k
Fri Jan 27, 2012 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 53515

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

Science is a method for understanding how things work. By science, I mean gathering evidence to test and falsify hypotheses about an event in the world. Thus far, science has proven to be an effective tool to understanding how things work. It has been consistent, and has provided us with our current...
by mister k
Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 255801

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

Bought my first new booster. It begins. Innistrad looks like it's got some neat white options, and the whole werewolves thing would make for a neat Green/Red combination... Two questions though: how the hell does the dual sided card mechanic work in terms of your deck (do you just get to know where...
by mister k
Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:45 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename
Replies: 1691
Views: 255801

Re: Magic : The Gathering : The Thread : The Rename

R/W works OK in standard with a human based deck. Lots of white, little bit of red for direct damage and the noble. Can be competitive but I think the pure white version is stronger, as are the white human + control variations as well. If you're not playing against top tier standard decks though, Y...
by mister k
Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: I don't understand the faith people put in religious texts
Replies: 371
Views: 53515

Re: I don't understand the faith people put in religious tex

I honestly do not believie that people believe literally in the words of a religious text. They say they do, but they don't act like it, primarily because they have not read it in detail, and because some of the proscriptions made are difficult to carry out in practice. When presented with this cont...
by mister k
Thu Jan 19, 2012 9:24 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 45609

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

"Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin do not allow persons convicted of a felony to vote while they are in prison or o...
by mister k
Wed Jan 18, 2012 9:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 45609

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

There are some fundamental problems with both your arguments, corruptuser and fire brns. First: You assume that the justice system is fair and that all felonies are deserved. This is currently untrue. The poorer get convicted more frequently the rich, so this is a method to disenfranchise the poor. ...
by mister k
Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 45609

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

The felon will vote to hurt everyone's interests? What do you mean by this? Can't they be reformed by prison? If they are not reformed by prison, why are we releasing them? I do not feel you are addressing my arguments, merely spewing empty phrases such as "harming society". We are not eve...
by mister k
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 45609

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

I simply think felons make bad decisions so their judgment is flawed enough to be discredited in general elections. But I think that people who take homeopathic remedies are making bad decisions. I think that people who vote based on which presidential candidate is taller are making bad decisions. ...
by mister k
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 45609

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

idiots who vote based on what fox news tells them As opposed to idiots that vote based on what MSNBC tells them? Don't assume that idiots are only involved on one side. ...that was sort of my point. Which you didn't address. Why disenfranchise one group and not another? Why is there a bonus punishm...
by mister k
Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 45609

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

No need to make up examples; we already had a real one. It caused the draft riots . But anyway, the courts having the right to decide who can vote or not is one reason that the decision is made by juries and not judges. It's not perfect, but it's better than letting convicted felons vote. Again, wh...
by mister k
Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:09 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Who should have the right to vote?
Replies: 175
Views: 45609

Re: Who should have the right to vote?

So not being able to vote is a bonus punishment. We can rehabilitate them from murdering again but not from voting "incorrectly"
by mister k
Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177258

Re: Board games anyone?

There's a lot of arguing on the best "simple game". Simple for me. It's The Resistance. You are all in the resistance, but some of you (less than half) are secretly government agents pretending to be in the resistance. You have 5 missions to perform sequentially, each of which has a diffe...
by mister k
Thu Dec 29, 2011 11:50 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 558587

Re: Doctor Whom

Yeah the whole "women are magic" is something the moff seems to suffer fun...
by mister k
Mon Dec 26, 2011 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 558587

Re: Doctor Whom

It was nifty, kind of where I want a christmas special to be pitched.
by mister k
Thu Dec 15, 2011 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6604
Views: 705399

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

hmm, yeah, while I can sort of see people getting annoyed because naniwa didn't break any rules, this kind of behaviour would probably be penalised in any sports league you can think of, precisely because it doesn't energise the fans.
by mister k
Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone
Replies: 6604
Views: 705399

Re: Starcraft 2 : The Dune II Clone

um, could you give us a write up of what actually occured, for those of us not privy to it?
by mister k
Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does having kids really make you less happy?
Replies: 83
Views: 10566

Re: Does having kids really make you less happy?

I hate the idea that 'they're my legacy', but there is a sense of permanence, and I have to wonder just how many of my feelings are 'real' and how many are evolutionary adaptations to ensure survival of the species. Ha, sometimes I wonder where evolution went wrong that I feel so averse to having c...
by mister k
Wed Dec 07, 2011 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Democracy and AI
Replies: 27
Views: 4027

Re: Democracy and AI

Would an AI want to be politically represented? Is that a meaningful question? I think AI's will act extremely differently to how we expect them to. Their inbuilt desires are going to be dramatically different to ours. We all want, when we get down to it, to live and to breed, and to have those we c...
by mister k
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Replies: 357
Views: 34788

Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

The game has some amusing features. While its pretty rare to be in a position where you can't kill someon you want to kill (the game puts your weapons away in hubs with allies), there is a moment when you are in the club with Tong Si Hung. You can unload as much ammo as you like into him. Not only w...
by mister k
Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited
Replies: 81
Views: 11847

Re: "What's next, Bestiality?" revisited

Look, I'm all for friendships/relationships with non-humans, but I draw the line at sex. Why? Why is it okay to mutilate the animal, cause it suffering or slaughter it, but sex is somehow taboo? I believe that causing an animal suffering is generally not looked well on. Admittedly it is not as well...
by mister k
Fri Dec 02, 2011 11:48 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Doctor Whom
Replies: 4894
Views: 558587

Re: Doctor Whom

Orwell is quoting oranges and lemons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oranges_and_Lemons
by mister k
Thu Dec 01, 2011 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution
Replies: 39
Views: 6962

Re: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution

Alright, so I've done a lot of thinking and researching about this and come to the following conclusion: There is literally no reason you should be able to buy cigarettes and alcohol at the gas station, but not marijuana. There's no arguing that it's less dangerous than alcohol and less addictive t...
by mister k
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does having kids really make you less happy?
Replies: 83
Views: 10566

Re: Does having kids really make you less happy?

Beware of drawing causal conclusions from observational studies. If I am very eager to have children.and choose not to have them because of some correlations, will I really be happier in ten years time? of course I will choose what I want to do, because happiness is actually a terrible model dore wh...
by mister k
Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Does Santa Claus really not exist?
Replies: 90
Views: 14894

Re: Does Santa Claus really not exist?

You are using bad arguments to try to establish a conclusion that is plainly false. Consider using a different truth seeking method which allows you to distinguish between the existence of santa ansd your own existence
by mister k
Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:37 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177258

Re: Board games anyone?

lost cities is explicitly two player, and is pretty fun. Dominion is a solid choice, RFG is terrific if complicated, San Juan is kinda like RFG lite (well, Puerto Rico lite really). Apparently On the Underground is pretty fun two player, Ticket to Ride is reasonably, Carcassone gets cut throat, but ...
by mister k
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:16 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 176868

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Ff12 has that really bizzare random loot behaviour, yeah- amusingly a friend of mine told me where to find an ultra rare weapon, but he didn't try to get it multiple times. I did, and ended up with a ridiculously powerful army early on. I actually really loved 12's combat system, found it intuitive,...
by mister k
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution
Replies: 39
Views: 6962

Re: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution

Are... we just linking articles now? Cause I really didn't find that one very impressive. The independent had an eye catching change of opinion on cannabis a while back, deciding it was super dangerous based on some pretty specious arguments. That article is more than a little wishy washy, effective...
by mister k
Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:22 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 176868

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

rigwarl wrote:On the contrary, I found playing WITHOUT random to be more boring as you could just pick 5 good cards and randomly throw them on the board and win.


Really? Even against the good players, who tended to have better cards than you did?
by mister k
Tue Nov 22, 2011 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1142
Views: 176868

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

I'm not saying anyone who likes 8 is objectively wrong, just that I highly disagree with their opinion of the game. It's nitpicking, but seriously: the only way I can imagine someone finding that "the GF/Junction system was completely intense, it used reaction time/finger skill unlike any game...
by mister k
Tue Nov 22, 2011 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution
Replies: 39
Views: 6962

Re: Cannabis Legalization as a really obvious solution

In the UK at least, being tough on drugs is a very media friendly position to take. Yes, its hypocritical, irrational, and possibly even bad to the nations health, but theres a significant demographic who associate being tough on drugs with being tough on crime in general. The pro-legalisation lobby...
by mister k
Thu Nov 10, 2011 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177258

Re: Board games anyone?

Its worth noting that invading people doesn't cost you any units in small world- you only use units if you get succesfully invaded yourself. So the only loss is possible opportunity- no-one wants to waste 10 tokens on a big ol' stack o'trolls. But typically if a player is doing well they will have ...
by mister k
Thu Nov 10, 2011 5:17 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177258

Re: Board games anyone?

Its worth noting that invading people doesn't cost you any units in small world- you only use units if you get succesfully invaded yourself. So the only loss is possible opportunity- no-one wants to waste 10 tokens on a big ol' stack o'trolls. But typically if a player is doing well they will have a...
by mister k
Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:53 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Board games anyone?
Replies: 851
Views: 177258

Re: Board games anyone?

Just played Mansions of Madness for a 2nd time yesterday actually. Really like all the pieces of the game, but something just hasn't seemed to click with it yet. Setup seems to take a while, and both scenarios our group has played (1 and 5) have seemed a little slow and repetitive, with only 1 type...
by mister k
Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:17 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Contextual Censorship
Replies: 58
Views: 7887

Re: Contextual Censorship

Then again, they say "Members of the public and the media do not need a permit to film or photograph in public places and police have no power to stop them filming or photographing incidents or police personnel." Then it becomes a matter of how liberally they use the terrorism excuse and ...
by mister k
Wed Nov 02, 2011 12:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Contextual Censorship
Replies: 58
Views: 7887

Re: Contextual Censorship

Exactly! Who decides which speech is bad or good? Do we just vote on it? Let a judge decide? Yes. Just as how we decide who to lock up in jails, or which country to bomb tomorrow, or who gets the money. Determining which speech is unacceptably dangerous is not more difficult or dangerous than those...

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