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by BlahBlahBlah
Thu Apr 07, 2011 8:41 pm UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Account deletion
Replies: 4
Views: 1469

Re: Account deletion

And this is the last of them...
by BlahBlahBlah
Tue May 04, 2010 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Adobe Flash to move away from apple
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

Re: Adobe Flash to move away from apple

Gregory Maxwell, lead developer of Ogg, responded to Jobs's...insinuations?: It would seem both surprising and remarkably underhanded, even considering the probable involved parties, to undertake constructing a patent pool for some product without ever consulting the vendor of that product: Surely n...
by BlahBlahBlah
Mon May 03, 2010 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chris Weingarten - a criticism of Internet Culture
Replies: 50
Views: 9329

Re: Chris Weingarten - a criticism of Internet Culture

Hehe, I had never heard that term before, "Eternal September." Thinking of the sentiment behind that phrase, it kind of sums up a lot of these complaints about the state of music or the state of culture: people want to feel part of something special and elite, but the growth of the Interne...
by BlahBlahBlah
Mon May 03, 2010 9:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Adobe Flash to move away from apple
Replies: 14
Views: 2978

Re: Adobe Flash to move away from apple

All he (and i do mean he because there were a lot of people at Apple who disagreed with his decision at the time) had to do was open up the software platform to allow other developers to add to an already superior product, vis a vis one Mr. William Gates. In 1985, a software company didn't chose Mi...
by BlahBlahBlah
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Schools of Fools
Replies: 125
Views: 15098

Re: Schools of Fools

All most people can see is someone's skin color, or someone's gender. Just think about it. At one time, there were about ten serious contenders for becoming the Democratic nominee to run for president. The only two that most people could name just happened to be the only black man and the only woma...
by BlahBlahBlah
Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Vaniver Is Bothered By Progessives
Replies: 25
Views: 4363

Re: Vaniver Is Bothered By Progessives

Yes, but his point was that medicare and medicaid contributes directly to GDP. What happens to the medical industries contribution to GDP if you eliminate those programs. Looking at our budget, what parts don't give a significant boost to GDP? Without roads, what happens to commerce? Without educat...
by BlahBlahBlah
Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Population Growth "Stable" @ 2.1
Replies: 51
Views: 6871

Re: Population Growth "Stable" @ 2.1

Some reflections on the danger of extrapolation: (1) From 1900 to 2000 the U.S. average life expectancy jumped 29.7 years , from 47.3 to 77.0. (2) But 70.37% (20.9 years) of that increase happened in the first half of that time span. (3) Now imagine that in 1950 you extrapolated linearly from just t...
by BlahBlahBlah
Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorships on cursing
Replies: 27
Views: 5076

Re: Censorships on cursing

Considering the creation of child pornography violates the rights of the children, I don't see how that is relevant to your argument. I did not ask whether people should be allowed to create kiddie porn, but broadcast it. Should they be allowed to broadcast the kiddie porn that has already been mad...
by BlahBlahBlah
Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorships on cursing
Replies: 27
Views: 5076

Re: Censorships on cursing

I really don't think it's an issue of preference. The entire issue of language repression comes down to a single question that is really quite simple to answer: Do you believe the government should be capable of limiting the form and manner in which you citizens express themselves? For me, the answ...
by BlahBlahBlah
Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Generosity
Replies: 10
Views: 1920

Re: Generosity

People in very poor societies often simply have to help one another out. It is a good way to keep social solidarity, giving to someone and knowing that if you need help they will also come to your aid. What we see as unusual generosity is just the ordinary of run of things in some societies. Our sel...
by BlahBlahBlah
Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Population Growth "Stable" @ 2.1
Replies: 51
Views: 6871

Re: Population Growth "Stable" @ 2.1

The U.N. predicted that population will level off around 9,000,000,000 as the poorer countries enrich themselves and have fewer kids. So the question is whether we can support whatever level the world eventually stabilizes at. This is complicated by the predictions of some that the number of people ...
by BlahBlahBlah
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House
Replies: 17
Views: 5157

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Izawwlgood wrote:Is he the guy who always takes photos of lots of nude people?

I think that's cool.

Yes. 18,000 people in Mexico City, for instance.
by BlahBlahBlah
Mon Mar 01, 2010 10:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Drunk Ninja-Mom brings sword to school to defend daughter
Replies: 29
Views: 4676

Re: Drunk Ninja-Mom brings sword to school to defend daughter

How can something this wrong also be awesome? I want a cane-sword now, too. My favourite bit is: Suspect Toni Price's mother Bennie Price says her daughter brought the weapon to fend off pit-bulls on the way to Riverview Because obviously the area is infested with pitbulls and you need a sword to f...
by BlahBlahBlah
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 36977

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

We should be allowed to discriminate on a personal level, I don't think anybody's arguing against that, but shouldn't we discourage it as a society? You might argue that it's personal preference, or that there's nothing wrong with it, but then you're probably not a black woman or an Asian man. Disc...
by BlahBlahBlah
Sun Feb 28, 2010 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0706: "Freedom"
Replies: 122
Views: 28020

Re: "Freedom" Discussion

Yes, I too can definitely relate to this one. When walking along a reservoir dam, I imagine myself letting go of my phone and dropping it over the side, staring at it as for a few seconds it falls away from me, then collides spectacularly with the concrete wall - I'm constantly a split second away ...
by BlahBlahBlah
Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorships on cursing
Replies: 27
Views: 5076

Re: Censorships on cursing

As far as fuck being the most offensive word in the US...it definitely has that reputation, but for a pretty large portion of society I don't think that's the case, given how much it's thrown around in casual conversation and how versatile it is. I think "cunt" may hold the title for most...
by BlahBlahBlah
Tue Feb 23, 2010 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorships on cursing
Replies: 27
Views: 5076

Re: Censorships on cursing

The American position nudity is even more bizarre. Nudity is taboo to the extreme, and generally can't be found anywhere except speciality channels, and yet television is saturated with sexual imagery. Football games have cheerleaders dressed in outfits that are often little more than bikinis and m...
by BlahBlahBlah
Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 36977

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

There is a big difference between expecting behavior based on race and expecting behavior based on country of origin. The former is racist, the later may be a justified expectation based on the cultural differences. It depends, I would say, on whether the person is truly basing their expectations o...
by BlahBlahBlah
Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 36977

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

Bonus question: Is Jon sexist because he isn't attracted to men? This is a really good point, and I feel that it leads to the idea that we should view sexual preferences of all types as something entirely different from our societal standard on what we call "equality". Just because you ar...

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