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by tKircher
Mon Oct 04, 2010 9:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0801: "Golden Hammer"
Replies: 82
Views: 24233

Re: "Golden Hammer" discussion (#801)

On the flip side, they probably also spent six months writing a compiler to be able to compile to that processor's opcode set from C++. The JVM was probably much, much easier than that.
by tKircher
Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 39920

Re: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?

Unlikely. Rape is generally defined as having something put into you or that damages your exterior that gets the other person off, in any way. It's a matter of autonomy more than physiology. So unless she's doing something extremely wrong, or she's extraordinarily unattractive, it's pretty much impo...
by tKircher
Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: From where will the new jobs come?
Replies: 44
Views: 6469

Re: From where will the new jobs come?

Are we rehashing the Luddite fallacy again? Because this sounds awful similar to "if they introduce spinning wheels to our work, we wont need as many workers!" The answer is of course that the company can then outproduce the competition by using the workers they have and the machines they ...
by tKircher
Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?
Replies: 41
Views: 8102

Re: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?

I'd say the correct path is just to introduce them to it. Show them how weather works (as much of it as we can figure, because even the modern world is still pretty ignorant of the myriad weather cycles), and let them figure it out. A couple generations down the road they might realize that their pr...
by tKircher
Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is pornography only for people over 18?
Replies: 55
Views: 20921

Re: Is pornography only for people over 18?

Pornography doesn't cause damage to people, people cause damage to people. If you're looking for porn, you're going to find really bizarre stuff. Just like how if you shop around an asian food market, you're going to find many many things you didn't consider edible before. It's not damaging, it's no...
by tKircher
Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:14 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Why did you switch to Java?
Replies: 32
Views: 5072

Re: Why did you switch to Java?

First off, saying "Java" without a qualifier is misleading. There are a hundred different things that are considered "Java," applets, desktop programs, javascript, etc. I learned with C/C++, but I started using Java because it's incredibly easy to make powerful programs that do e...
by tKircher
Wed Nov 25, 2009 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0667: "SkiFree"
Replies: 160
Views: 46801

Re: "SkiFree" Discussion

I finally got it from the officialest site, after having an infinite retry program run all night.

For anyone who wants it nowzors, i made a torrent.
http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/5180024
by tKircher
Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?
Replies: 67
Views: 7900

Re: Roots of homophobia:Lack of Procreation?

So really, is the lack of procreation & issue of parentship the truly root cause of homophobia It's a number of things, depending on who you ask. But yes, lack of procreation is a major component in most arguments against homosexuality. After all, it's a death sentence to any bloodline to have ...
by tKircher
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:36 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hip Hop Culture.
Replies: 30
Views: 4167

Re: Hip Hop Culture.

I'm continually surprised that people can make the claim that entertainment controls society. Entertainment exists to sell itself, and if it finds a new demographic that has different emerging tastes, and it can cater to them, it will . The music wouldn't exist without an audience who enjoy it. Audi...
by tKircher
Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 94717

Re: Nuclear Power: Time to reconsider?

While i've always advocated nuclear power over the less-efficient and safe methods currently used (especially in the green spectrum, wind and solar are disgustingly inefficient), it's unlikely to catch on due to a couple factors. 1. Stigma. You may have reasonably addressed all the concerns of nucle...
by tKircher
Wed Mar 25, 2009 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Hip Hop Culture.
Replies: 30
Views: 4167

Re: Hip Hop Culture.

It's not that the music causes us to do what we do, it's that we cause the music to do what it does. (Marilyn Manson, Sympathy for the Parents) I don't think anyone can say that any form of music causes violence or aggression. That's been consistently disproven. Rather, it's exactly the opposite; p...
by tKircher
Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Existence of the Patriarchy
Replies: 202
Views: 48472

Re: Existence of the Patriarchy

..uh, yes you have, actually. Not to rely on a cliche, but have construction workers ever whistled, cat-called, and made threats of rape as you walked by? No? Well, that's one of the many benefits we get as males. I'm not a perky blonde who can walk into a restaurant and instantly have the respect ...
by tKircher
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Existence of the Patriarchy
Replies: 202
Views: 48472

Re: Existence of the Patriarchy

I don't see anything resembling a patriarchy in my life. I live in a town of 50,000 people, there are women who work positions both directly below and above mine, and there's nothing like patriarchy here. Sure there's a cultural distinction between man and woman, but nobody wants an androgynous soci...
by tKircher
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drugs be tested on criminals?
Replies: 83
Views: 8983

Re: Should drugs be tested on criminals?

My answer would be "why does it make a difference if they're criminals?" If they put their Hancock on the informed consent form, why should we stop them making a buck and contributing to science? Just because they're criminals doesn't mean they're not pureblooded human beings who can make ...
by tKircher
Fri Mar 13, 2009 2:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human Rights Discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 4733

Re: Human Rights Discussion

The problem with defining 'rights' like this is that you have to work in unbelievably specific or insanely vague terms, anything else can quickly become ridiculous (and therefore, popular). Once you start mucking about in property, happiness, and all this other stuff, you reach the impenetrable flaw...
by tKircher
Tue Mar 10, 2009 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Responsibility
Replies: 40
Views: 4731

Re: Responsibility

The factors brought up in this boil down to the simple question of "how do you see the justice system." You could see it as punishment, a way to right wrongs without the use of personal vengeance. In that case, it doesn't matter if you have a tumor or not, you did something, and must be pu...

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