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by Levelheaded
Thu Oct 14, 2010 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chilean miners & sunlight
Replies: 16
Views: 1693

Chilean miners & sunlight

Last night my wife and I were talking about the Chilean miners. She told me that she saw a news story about how Oakley donated special glasses for the miners because after being in a dark environment for so long even a little bit of sunlight would burn out their retinas. I told her that Oakley donat...
by Levelheaded
Tue Oct 05, 2010 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms
Replies: 555
Views: 64498

Re: Firearms

I support the majority of gun ownership for protection, sport, or any purpose the owner damn well wishes as long as they aren't a convicted felon. I also support registration, mandatory safety classes, and responsibility / liability for owners when their guns are used in a crime. One argument that a...
by Levelheaded
Fri Oct 01, 2010 3:47 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Humans 2.0
Replies: 143
Views: 10598

Re: Humans 2.0

What is with suggestions on this thread including caveats or subsequent insane stipulations like this? "Sure, we could grow a second set of appendages, but we'd probably need to radically shift the parasympathetic nervous system around, and maybe drastically alter our neurochemistry, and possi...
by Levelheaded
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Humans 2.0
Replies: 143
Views: 10598

Re: Humans 2.0

no need to brush and floss all the time. I've even heard that poor dental care can cause heart problems by introducing infection into the bloodstream. How would those problems be solved with prosthetic teeth? Unless you're also proposing prosthetic gums, gingivitis will still be an issue. I didn't ...
by Levelheaded
Fri Oct 01, 2010 12:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Humans 2.0
Replies: 143
Views: 10598

Re: Humans 2.0

Getting rid of wisdom teeth shouldn't be too difficult, I'm living proof that the mutation exists. Even better, it doesn't appear to cause any negative side effects. Now I just need to find one of those women things I keep reading about and I can start creating my new wisdom tooth free master race....
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 9927

Re: First possible habitable planet found

One thing to keep in mind, when considering a 1.5-2g environment, is that astronauts are likely to be some of the most fit humans on the planet. Current astronauts are fit and healthy across the board, and they don't come close to the standards NASA originally had for Gemini and Apollo astronauts. S...
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 30, 2010 12:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 9927

Re: First possible habitable planet found

I was watching a news report today, and they claimed it was three times the earth's mass, which I think may mean too high a gravitational field for complex life-forms. Neutrally buoyant life doesn't experience gravitational loading...aquatic life shouldn't have much trouble, it's where life develop...
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 30, 2010 11:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pastors want free speech and tax exemptions
Replies: 47
Views: 4658

Re: Pastors want free speech and tax exemptions

When it comes to taxes, the IRS considers refusing to pay income taxes on religious or moral grounds to be a frivolous position. Below is relevant case law when it comes to taxation and religion / religious beliefs: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-utl/friv_tax.pdf United States v. Lee , 455 U.S. 252, 260...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pastors want free speech and tax exemptions
Replies: 47
Views: 4658

Re: Pastors want free speech and tax exemptions

So, what happens if people set up the God Party, Jesus Party and The Lord party? Churches would have a pretty hard time trying to carry on without expressing support for any of those. What makes you think that all churches would accept that the 'God' or 'Jesus' or 'The Lord' party represents them a...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 28, 2010 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Humans 2.0
Replies: 143
Views: 10598

Re: Humans 2.0

[If we can add new modules to the brain, surely we can overcome the complications in Caesarian sections. Most of those complications come from having to cut through the rather important muscles of the abdominal wall. I don't know of any way it could be made easier to get a fetus out through those m...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Humans 2.0
Replies: 143
Views: 10598

Re: Humans 2.0

There have been some suggestions made a few times now that I don't think would actually be anywhere near as feasible as people are assuming. 1) "Improving" the immune system: In order to do this effectively, we'd also have to figure out how to prevent crippling autoimmune diseases where t...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open Source Legal System
Replies: 53
Views: 7910

Re: Open Source Legal System

Vaniver wrote:Alternatively:

Contemplate if you only gave elected officials (and possibly their staffers) access to the wiki, but this is how they did their work.


You mean full transparency on the entire lawmaking process?

Seems like the best of both worlds.
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 28, 2010 2:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How to tackle heavy-handed messages?
Replies: 21
Views: 5856

Re: How to tackle heavy-handed messages?

I have to say, I never get convinced by people who engage me when I don't want to listen. I suspect the same is true for nearly everyone else. There would be a lot more Jehovah's Witnesses if you could convince people by being persistent. Persistence can work though - very effectively. If it didn't...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Open Source Legal System
Replies: 53
Views: 7910

Re: Open Source Legal System

I don't think this is a 'horrible' idea, just not a particularly good one. It seems to have the same weaknesses as the current system, but is more open to abuse. It also seems like the public interest and engagement this system requires to work in the real world isn't present. The major problems I s...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Humans 2.0
Replies: 143
Views: 10598

Re: Humans 2.0

Well, of course there are some very basic bug fixes - appendix, wisdom teeth, and other vestigial organ deletes are the most obvious ones. Not much point in restoring full function to those features, might as well cut them out. Some basic structural redesign probably would be the next step. Having a...
by Levelheaded
Mon Sep 27, 2010 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 9668

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

This is no different than any company that offers a tiered product. This I don't mind in the Hardware options, as long as it follows the same system as my car does. Why a car? Well, look at it this way. I buy a new car at $15,000. It is not the sports version, which is $15,050. Now, I can take it i...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 24, 2010 3:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture
Replies: 56
Views: 10531

Re: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture

It's worth noting also that the racism doesn't just extend outwards, but inwards too: There is a definite hierarchy to the various native ethnicities inside China - or even more specific than that. For example, my wife looks down on people from Shanghai, believing them to be generally ruthless, col...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?
Replies: 55
Views: 10439

Re: Why do keyboards still have a Scroll Lock button?

I find myself using Scroll Lock from time to time in Excel. When you turn it on, it moves the spreadsheet instead of the selected cell - basically the same as the mousewheel, but it also goes left and right. I use Pause / Break quite a bit if I'm in DOS and need to break out of a command - ping or d...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 9668

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

The question here is whether they prosecute people who hack the chip. If not, then there just offering more choice to the consumer, which is a good thing. If they do, then they are taking away our ownership rights over our processors, which is bad. I doubt they will prosecute people who hack the ch...
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 9668

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

Yes, but those features already being there is what's irritating. Are you irritated when you download a demo of game/software, which already includes all the features, but you have to pay to unlock them? no, because i'm aware that when I buy software, i'm actually buying a license to use the softwa...
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 23, 2010 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Health insurers drop children-only plans
Replies: 41
Views: 3522

Re: Health insurers drop children-only plans

Just remember, whenever the government proposes a new tax or new regulation, YOU pay for it in some way or another. Only support taxes/laws that you get more back than what you put in. E.G., infrastructure, emergency services, and education are good things to raise taxes for. Healthcare is too, but...
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture
Replies: 56
Views: 10531

Re: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture

All I ask is how the OP and this Chinese group would respond if a white student make a joke about watching out for Chinese drivers because they can't see well out of their slanty eyes. JESUS! Did you have to give an example? You couldn't have said "if a white student made a racist joke." ...
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 4chan leads DDoS attacks against MPAA, RIAA
Replies: 66
Views: 9006

Re: 4chan leads DDoS attacks against MPAA, RIAA

Because /b/ a single board on the website is the entire community. It's like saying N&A is the only forum we should look at on this fora to learn about the population. When it comes to things like this, please identify as /b/ instead of 4chan. I'm sure the other boards like /ck/, /r9k/, /fa/, /...
by Levelheaded
Wed Sep 22, 2010 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: We Are All Bad People
Replies: 65
Views: 15096

Re: We Are All Bad People

I would also note that sweatshops lead to better working conditions because it makes the countries economy dependant on labor, which creates an opportunity for unions to form. If the oppressed are integral to a country functioning they have more power then if they are a bunch of farmers who are wor...
by Levelheaded
Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 9668

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

I think this is the way I generally think about this, imagine two hypothetical scenarios. In one scenario Intel spends $10 billion on designing a chip without the cache and hyperthreading. It costs $10 per chip to manufacture. In second Intel spends $20 billions on designing a chip with the cache a...
by Levelheaded
Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmets?
Replies: 99
Views: 17107

Re: Should drivers and passengers in automobiles wear helmet

I've always wondered why we don't legally require full roll cages. I mean, any race car in the past few decades that's ever driven at any kind of speed is going to have a full roll cage. Even with every pound being scrutinized, a few hundred pounds of high quality steel are still an absolute requir...
by Levelheaded
Wed Sep 22, 2010 3:19 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal failed in the Senate
Replies: 100
Views: 8768

Re: Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal failed in the Senate

Spambot5546 wrote:I'm confused, didn't DADT get struck down in court not three weeks ago? How is this necessary?


An injunction was entered, but it's still open for appeal. Even then, Congress needs to pass a new law on what their policies actually will be.
by Levelheaded
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal failed in the Senate
Replies: 100
Views: 8768

Re: Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal failed in the Senate

Republicans being Republicans...what a surprised. Anyone who says 'oh, they should just have listened to Republicans or allowed them to make amendments' forgets that Republicans will vote against their own bills just to screw over Democrats. No matter how much the Democrats conceded or worked with t...
by Levelheaded
Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture
Replies: 56
Views: 10531

Re: the prevalence of racism in chinese culture

Bigotry based on culture is prevalent in Western culture as well. Just ask a college professor about tea partiers, or vice versa. I think that most people are blind to bigotry in their own culture, as it's considered "natural." Thus it's unsurprising that many people in this thread think ...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Can Female-on-Male Abuse Victims Win at Trial?
Replies: 42
Views: 39998

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

There are, however, jurisdictions in which the legal definition of rape requires that the victim be penetrated (such as the state of Illinois; there are probably others, too, but I'm only familiar with the local laws). In such jurisdictions, unwanted (by the male) PIV sex would be classified as sex...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 21, 2010 3:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?
Replies: 41
Views: 8220

Re: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?

Ga. governor turns to prayer to ease drought http://www.usatoday.com/weather/news/2007-11-08-georgia-prayer_N.htm I think the example of doing a 'rain dance' is especially insightful when it comes to comparing cultures. Here we can see that our 'enlightened' western culture engages in it's own form...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 4chan leads DDoS attacks against MPAA, RIAA
Replies: 66
Views: 9006

Re: 4chan leads DDoS attacks against MPAA, RIAA

I love 4chan. It's a cesspool that keeps turds from washing up on the rest of the internet. In that purpose it's great. Otherwise, it's less than useless. The very few things they have done that I sort of agree (broken clock principle and all that) with they manage to do in a backwards and stupid wa...
by Levelheaded
Tue Sep 21, 2010 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully
Replies: 99
Views: 9668

Re: Intel wants to charge $50 to use your CPU fully

I don't see this as anything spectacular or worth getting worked up over. There are dozens of comparable examples - from shareware to the chips on cars with governors / RPM limiters. As has been pointed out, the 486-SX / 487 'coprocessor' amounts to roughly the same thing we have here. Intel will be...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Locker room Language
Replies: 187
Views: 15751

Re: Locker room Language

They're not uncomfortable around women, they're uncomfortable about the fact that they have to be around sex-symbol women while not dressed! She has as much right to be in there as any other reporter - male or female. What she wears or her being a sex symbol is a non-sequitur. Either all reports ar...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixed fines create class justice?
Replies: 72
Views: 9503

Re: Fixed fines create class justice?

Ok, but I'm envisioning this becoming another way for rich people to ignore the problem that their speeding causes. Because taking away their license will only stop them if the cops are on the lookout for their vehicle. I've driven around without plates for a month now, and because I can't get the ...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Locker room Language
Replies: 187
Views: 15751

Re: Locker room Language

You are absolutely right that the NFL is doing what it needs to about workplace ethics. What I'm saying is that this goes further than simply "Stop being a sexist pig while at the stadium" and highlights another problem of "why are women being allowed access to an area where men are ...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 17, 2010 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Fixed fines create class justice?
Replies: 72
Views: 9503

Re: Fixed fines create class justice?

Would you say then, Azrael, that it would be equitable for the legal system to fine the individual a fixed percent of their reported taxable income? I don't think it's equitable for a number of reasons. Reported taxable income isn't necessarily going to tell us the ability of a person to pay anymor...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Locker room Language
Replies: 187
Views: 15751

Re: Locker room Language

Wow. You really are good at twisting words. That must be a skill English teachers learn in college. No, it is not okay for them to be sexist assholes, as I have stated several times, this is not ok. However, I think that simply not having opposite genders in an area where men or women are walking a...
by Levelheaded
Fri Sep 17, 2010 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Pope compares atheists to nazis
Replies: 84
Views: 10140

Re: Pope compares atheists to nazis

I find it overwhelmingly ironic that he (incorrectly) refers to Nazis as being athiest when he could (significantly more correctly) used Soviets as the example instead. There is no question that the Nazi's weren't athiests. You could argue that they weren't Christian (with all the Germanic voodoo cr...
by Levelheaded
Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't his
Replies: 199
Views: 20825

Re: Man to lose inheritance to mother of child that isn't hi

Actually the key point I was discussing was the original finding that he was served properly. By law due to him not showing up and all that jazz all the decisions of the later court seem quite proper. If he wasn't originally served properly though, that is the root cause of him not showing up to co...

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