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by Sharlos
Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?
Replies: 24
Views: 6246

Re: What does a 21st Century Library Look Like?

This video is a very interesting analysis of what libraries are used for these days.
by Sharlos
Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random
Replies: 38
Views: 6604

Re: Study Suggests Politicians Should Be Chosen at Random

Please; Please; Please! The sample must be pulled from a group that has had a test of reading and critical thinking skills, at the very least. Please. One of the main benefits of having legislators chosen by lot is that you can get representatives of people whose voice would normally be overwhelmed...
by Sharlos
Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA satellite could land anywhere
Replies: 77
Views: 9015

Re: NASA satellite could land anywhere

I'm pretty sure the idea that the claim that the satellite belongs to the US government no matter where it lands is a consequence of one of (the?) space treaty. It stipulates that whatever you put up into orbit still belongs to even after it lands in another country, but you are responsible for payi...
by Sharlos
Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In Memoriam
Replies: 20
Views: 2410

Re: In Memoriam

Suck to be a non-Christian on that list.
by Sharlos
Sun Aug 28, 2011 4:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Brazil became a superpower?
Replies: 36
Views: 7901

Re: What if Brazil became a superpower?

I just wantde to point out to the OP that Brazil has nuclear power plants. Therefore, they could with very little effort, transform said fissile material into a bomb. Any country with a nuclear reactor can do this, hence the reason we do not want Iran to have nuclear power plants at all. Delivery o...
by Sharlos
Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care
Replies: 63
Views: 7880

Re: Movement to help Pedophiles get Psych care

Violent crime in general started falling around 1993, there are various theories as to why. We had a thread in this subforum about it a while ago, which quickly turned into "Crime Dropped, must be ancient aliens LOL". There was a short bit in the movie/documentary Freakonomics that sugges...
by Sharlos
Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Lasers + Uranium= Fear
Replies: 14
Views: 3932

Re: Lasers + Uranium= Fear

I thought the cost of fuel was a very small consideration when determining the return on investment compared to safety, maintenance, and construction costs.
by Sharlos
Sun May 08, 2011 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: UK AV Referendum
Replies: 33
Views: 3203

Re: UK AV Referendum

You could always do away with the House of Lords and introduce a senate that uses proportional representation. That way the views of the country could be better represented while reforming the upper house of the parliament at the same time.
by Sharlos
Tue Apr 05, 2011 3:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel
Replies: 207
Views: 16038

Re: Egypt's New Government likely to be Hostile to Israel

should Israel defend themselves from Hamas. A bit of editorialising don't you think? Either way, it is probably a good thing. As far as I was aware, Hamas doesn't want the border opened because that would remove their stranglehold on all the services they provide to the Gazans, making them less lik...
by Sharlos
Mon Mar 14, 2011 12:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What if Murdoch was a progressive?
Replies: 13
Views: 2724

Re: What if Murdoch was a progressive?

He'd be broke.
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 08, 2011 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Is there a new oil shock on its way?
Replies: 30
Views: 4113

Re: Is there a new oil shock on its way?

I think third world or underdeveloped (whatever the political correct term is now) It's not about poltical correctness, but plain old correctness. The terms first-, second-, and third-world refer to a situation during the cold war that no longer exists. That's why it is more accurate to use develop...
by Sharlos
Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: End of the World: Adam and Eve Scenario
Replies: 343
Views: 24246

Re: End of the World: Adam and Eve Scenario

As a gay man who presently is uninterested in spawning more humans into a world that already has 7 billion of them, I'd likely be willing to participate in the re-population of humankind. On another note, my ancestors have no right to expect or demand anything from me except those things which I hav...
by Sharlos
Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Is there a new oil shock on its way?
Replies: 30
Views: 4113

Re: Is there a new oil shock on its way?

You know this whole thing is so .. The regimes in Tunisia and Egypt have fallen. Libya is in an all-out civil war. Bahrain and Oman are in Turmoil. Saudi-Arabia and Iran are desperately trying to ward unrest. The entire Middle-East is in a state of flux, and there's no telling if this whole thing w...
by Sharlos
Mon Jan 24, 2011 6:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Riots in Tunisia
Replies: 27
Views: 4341

Re: Riots in Tunisia

aleflamedyud wrote:So isn't it turning out that Tunisia's revolution is tilting towards a liberal democracy? This is good news, no?

One can hope, having a liberal democracy that is also a largely Islamic would be a positive example to other countries in the region who see liberal democracy as a western thing.
by Sharlos
Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: British Banned
Replies: 31
Views: 4891

Re: British Banned

Vaniver wrote:
Jahoclave wrote:But those can't be used to strike emotional appeals to deep rooted prejudices against immigrant groups and minorities!
Because injustice, rather than being about a lack of justice, is about immigrant groups and minorities.

When it's in the Daily Mail it is.
by Sharlos
Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Glowing Trees
Replies: 41
Views: 5282

Re: Glowing Trees

Why do we need to drive them off any more than we need to drive off the ones that flutter around the current lights? Because current lights aren't tasty, tasty munchies to the bugs. Without any sort of biological defense against more bugs you're just setting out dinner and making sure it's properly...
by Sharlos
Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Legalising drugs?
Replies: 228
Views: 36328

Re: Legalising drugs?

I think part of this depends on what is leading people into the drug trade. If people are going into the drug trade because it seems like the best route out of poverty, the availability of legal jobs in the same business will dry up the supply of new illegal traders. In the long run, yes. But in th...
by Sharlos
Wed Dec 29, 2010 1:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island
Replies: 273
Views: 21150

Re: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island

They consider their Emporer "Great Leader" as a god, or something. It's nice that you've read a little Japanese history, but a little worrying you can't separate it from your understanding of Korean politics. Neither the Great Leader or Dear Leader are regarded as an emperor or god. But A...
by Sharlos
Sun Dec 26, 2010 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Standard Unit of Healthcare
Replies: 27
Views: 4992

Re: Standard Unit of Healthcare

We have the technology to put together a colony right now, of mostly off the shelf parts and concepts. (L-5in '95!) A traveling colony ship just needs the means of propulsion added on. So the assumption that medicine would be automated is nice but not too probable. Also, human doctors are just bett...
by Sharlos
Fri Dec 24, 2010 12:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Standard Unit of Healthcare
Replies: 27
Views: 4992

Re: Standard Unit of Healthcare

If you have the technology for a space colony, I think you'll certainly have the technology to automate vast amounts of medical procedures and diagnosis.

Humans would largely only be needed as medical technicians and research and development.
by Sharlos
Fri Dec 17, 2010 12:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Assange, Wikileaks, and the Philsophy of Anti-Conspiracy
Replies: 31
Views: 41066

Re: Assange, Wikileaks, and the Philsophy of Anti-Conspiracy

Rainsborough wrote: I wonder whether you are making a distinction between Government and society in your head. One does not neccesitate the other.


I don't see how, humans require a set of rules and dispute resolution in order to be able to live together in large numbers. What else do you think a government is?
by Sharlos
Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: By the way: HIV cured.
Replies: 64
Views: 7417

Re: By the way: HIV cured.

Even if they could mass produce this 'cure', wouldn't it just result in the other less common strains spreading to replace it?
by Sharlos
Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why is protecting the US so expensive?
Replies: 57
Views: 7264

Re: Why is protecting the US so expensive?

what homework? The OP was 2 years ago :) Anyway, the OP asked "why does it cost as much" - well, how can he know whether it is "as much" or "as little"? What prompted him to think it should be less? Probably the part where the US spends more on defence than the rest of...
by Sharlos
Mon Dec 06, 2010 2:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: USMC [s]stops[/s] Homosexual Prosecution
Replies: 34
Views: 58312

Re: USMC [s]stops[/s] Homosexual Prosecution

The most hilarious bit? Senator McCain questioned repealing DADT because of... the current economy Insane troll logic, if there ever was. Wait, what was the thinking behind that? First guess, "if we do this now a bunch of the gays will be trying to enroll" Isn't that a good thing when you...
by Sharlos
Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference
Replies: 49
Views: 5575

Re: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference

Well I dunno, finding out that life came into existence more than once on this planet, indicates it's not very improbable to occur given the right conditions. And thanks to this discovery, we know those conditions can vary wildly. Also, AFAIK, NASA didn't hype this up at all, people just saw the wor...
by Sharlos
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filibuster Reform?
Replies: 26
Views: 2751

Re: Filibuster Reform?

the silly practice of requiring that a bill be read in full even if that takes days and nobody is listening to it in good faith, and I don't even know what else. Actually, I like that rule. The simpler a bill is, the better. Not necessarily, simple bills aren't going to be able to solve complex pro...
by Sharlos
Thu Dec 02, 2010 7:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheist Christmas Advertising
Replies: 320
Views: 28012

Re: Atheist Christmas Advertising

I don't know why people insist on calling Dawkins an asshole, he seems pretty polite and reserved from what I've seen of him.
by Sharlos
Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atheist Christmas Advertising
Replies: 320
Views: 28012

Re: Atheist Christmas Advertising

I do not think that being Christian is reasonable (err, at least the type of Christian that believes in the supernatural stuff, as opposed to just the philosophy). However, there are many geniuses who are Christian. That sounds really intolerent... Might I suggest that rather than calling someone u...
by Sharlos
Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference
Replies: 49
Views: 5575

Re: NASA calls Astrobiology News Conference

http://skymania.com/wp/2010/11/alien-li ... arth.html/

I wouldn't call it definitive about the conference, but it is interesting.
by Sharlos
Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island
Replies: 273
Views: 21150

Re: North Korea Fires Upon Inhabited South Korean Island

Also, I'd assume that Japan would want their own nuclear weapons in the event of North Korea getting their own.
by Sharlos
Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What will happen once society learns everything?
Replies: 28
Views: 4342

Re: What will happen once society learns everything?

I doubt there is infinite useful stuff to learn, but I also doubt our ability to learn all of it. We're trapped on a planet, orbiting a minor star whose solar wind pushes away a lot of similar "wind" coming from other stars in our own galaxy, which in turn probably send "winds" ...
by Sharlos
Thu Nov 18, 2010 12:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Russia and breakaway states
Replies: 10
Views: 3394

Re: Russia and breakaway states

Zamfir wrote:
Роберт wrote:Maybe Russia would support Texas if we chose to secede. :P

Well, they supported Cuba when it seceded from the US. But I am not sure Texas can play that whole colonial oppression thing with a straight face.

Replace the word colonial with federal and I'm sure many Texans would disagree.
by Sharlos
Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs?
Replies: 104
Views: 13787

Re: It is irrational for me to be upset when people buy dogs

I'd say it's not irrational so long as you take a similar view on people procreating when they could instead adopt one of many children in need of a home.
by Sharlos
Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklahoma
Replies: 183
Views: 15735

Re: Westboro Baptist Church runs into difficulties in Oklaho

I am very pleased with the counter-protest and the amount of people that showed up to participate. Additionally, in my opinion, it's about time people put them in their place. However, with that said: I completely disagree with the tire slashing and the no service policy. This is exactly the style ...
by Sharlos
Wed Nov 03, 2010 2:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults
Replies: 15
Views: 3083

Re: Couple goes to Maldives for marriage, gets insults

I'm inclined to think that this is a punishment to them for getting married in the first place. I'm anything but a fan of marriage, considering it a prison for the naive and idealistic. I'm inclined to think this is just some asshole who thinks he's funny. I'm also inclined to tell you that nobody ...
by Sharlos
Sat Oct 30, 2010 2:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Multiculturalism has utterly failed" - Germany Chancellor
Replies: 29
Views: 4494

Re: "Multiculturalism has utterly failed" - Germany Chancell

And now, more and more people in Western-Europe look around their country and realize that something, somewhere, has gone terribly wrong. What, that a bunch of human beings are busy being different while brown? cuss-filters! Teh sky, she iz fallen. If only there was some sort of "work camp&quo...
by Sharlos
Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assaulters?
Replies: 106
Views: 11114

Re: What's next? Making rape victims cheer for their assault

Why was the rapist allowed to plead guilty to a lesser charge in the first place? I'm not sure I understand this aspect of US judicial system. Do courts do that when they are not sure whether jury will convict or acquit? It's called plea bargaining, and it's a very significant part of US criminal j...
by Sharlos
Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Activist Liu Xiaobo wins nobel prize
Replies: 18
Views: 2527

Re: Activist Liu Xiaobo wins nobel prize

Well I think China's reaction of threats and putting his wife under effective house arrest is fairly pertinent to the story.
by Sharlos
Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US deficit: 1.3 trillion
Replies: 86
Views: 8008

Re: US deficit: 1.3 trillion

In all seriousness. How does the US ever expect to plug that hole? That's $4,161 per person, just to break even. I don't see a family of 4 paying a 16k tax raise without going bankrupt. How about we acknowledge that the US debt isn't particularly meaningful, that the US's debt as a proportion of it...
by Sharlos
Sat Oct 02, 2010 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left and right, the political dichotomy
Replies: 24
Views: 5664

Re: Left and right, the political dichotomy

On taxing: The left generally tries to balance the budget at tax. The right prefer deficits. Errr.... that might be the Repubs and Dems, but among economists its pretty clear that the left(Keynes, Samuelson, Krugman) prefer deficits, and the right(Friedman, Hayak, Becker) prefer balanced budgets. G...

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