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by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

XBL is a competitive environment. People are assholes in competition. People will attack others for personal beliefs or personality or whatever as a result.

XBL = competition = assholes.
Myspace = meeting place = friendlier.

These are intuitive concepts.
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Yeah, actually. People don't trash talk when they're trying to build a bridge together.
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 4:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Myspace doesn't throw people together in a competitive environment where the goal is to kill each other. The purpose of Myspace is to find people like you and become friends instead.
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 3:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 11728

Re: The 2% Illusion

How about this: When we talk about high versus low taxes worldwide what is generally actually being debated is income inequality. The Gini coefficient is happily touted as a common metric for this inequality: Given a long-term plot of the Gini index what hypothesis do you think we can put forward: h...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Currently Microsoft is contributing to a system of bigotry And doing nothing doesn't contribute to a system of bigotry? Let's all just not do anything when someone uses a slur and it'll all get better. Microsoft does not have the resources to police each complaint on a case-by-case basis -- in fact...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 11728

Re: The 2% Illusion

Are you seriously trying to suggest that most of the US is suffused with the Mafia , with the result being that somehow higher taxes would ruin everything? What the fuck kind of moon logic is that? Are you so dense that you can't understand what I'm trying to say there? There are many factors that ...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Bullshit - I'm not going to shave a yak so I can feel good about shooting some guys in Halo 42. If you really felt that way you'd be out volunteering at a homeless shelter or writing letters for the NAACP instead of hanging out on the internet.
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

If I want to play in a game where people aren't yelling "fag", "gay" or "nigger" I don't care if it means that Fred can't advertise his sexuality because I'm playing a game to play a game, not to have people shouting hate-speech around me.
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 11728

Re: The 2% Illusion

Hawaii is nothing like most of the US. Hawaii is nothing like France or Germany. Things that affect quality of life in most of the US or France and Germany, therefore, are likely to be very different from things that affect quality of life in Hawaii. Hawaii is a poor example when debating difference...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

Why in the world would they call it "Congress's stimulus bill" when Congress, by default, makes the bills? Wouldn't it be more reasonable to just call it "the stimulus bill"? That's my point -- there's a language disparity in calling it "Obama's stimulus" vs. "Cong...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

But what if the discussion is drowned out by racism? Don't you end up just preaching to the choir? What about the people who are oppressed who don't want to be discussing oppression and cultural pejoratives and would rather just play their game? Why don't you go bring your discussion on racism into ...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 1:02 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 11728

Re: The 2% Illusion

And how many major cities and urban areas does Hawaii have? How large of a draw is it to organized crime is there because it's a major hub of traffic or traditional seat of power? How many industrial zones are there and what percentage of Hawaii is reserved or tourist areas and how does that compare...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

["stimulus bill" congress] vs ["stimulus bill" obama] That and the results of ["stimulus bill"] in general do not overwhelmingly lead to the page in question denoting it as Obama's and tend more towards generally congress or Democrats'. All-in-all this Google-battle is...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

Aha, didn't realize you were using phrases -- running more tests. "stimulus bill" alone still gives very mixed results and the news articles related are very mixed.
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Yeah, but how many threads on the Steam forum are there about Louis and racism and how many of them have people decrying all the racism going on.
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:36 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

And yet "stimulus bill" is almost overwhelmingly "Congress's stimulus bill" or "Dems stimulus bill" with 18M hits. I do believe you were begging the question, gmal. (The numbers have shifted quite a bit since your post, gmal, and they put the two concepts of Obama vs. C...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 11728

Re: The 2% Illusion

The problem is that most of those countries have a very different makeup than the US and the ones that are trending towards a similar situation (France and Germany with Muslims and Turks, respectively) are having an increasing number of similar problems as it develops. That is, most of those countri...
by ZeroSum
Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Zero: I rather see where you're coming from as far as the account being disabled in the first place. But if there isn't a followup system in place to CORRECT for inevitable false positives, then it's incredibly disingenuous to adhere to a policy that creates them. The XBL guy stated that he has no ...
by ZeroSum
Fri Feb 27, 2009 11:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Yep, that's a touchy subject - is willful ignorance malevolent? At what point can you condemn somebody who keeps to his prejudices after trying to educate him on how wrong those prejudices are? It becomes a little bit easier if you ask: "If society is prejudiced against homosexuals, and openly...
by ZeroSum
Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:25 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Helping the poor pay for college
Replies: 106
Views: 10865

Re: Helping the poor pay for college

Multiple 'ivy league' schools even agreed to cease offering non-needs tested scholarships in order to cease competing with each other. It's a pretty clear cartel based behavior, and that should be hit with the legal beat stick. At least before August of '08, not sure if it's been going on longer, m...
by ZeroSum
Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

luke: from the XBL guy's post it seems the most likely way this happened was someone reported the gamertag as offensive and an automated or semi-automated cleaner suspended the account. It's not like BillG got an urgent email that said, "THIS PERSON IS IDENTIFYING AS HOMOSEXUAL! WHAT SHOULD WE ...
by ZeroSum
Fri Feb 27, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Except that you missed the response from the XBL guy who says that the primary (and possibly only intentional) purpose of the policy is to stop people from calling each other fags as a pejorative. Is that a good solution -- to do nothing about the use of a homophobic word? Keeping in mind, of course...
by ZeroSum
Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XBox live is homophobic
Replies: 131
Views: 10641

Re: XBox live is homophobic

Umm.. homophobic doesn't just mean you're afraid of homosexuals. Just like you don't have to be afraid of black people to be a racist. Actually, homophobic (should) mean you're afraid of homosexuals being rooted in "phobia" and all. The appropriate way of saying afraid of black people wou...
by ZeroSum
Fri Feb 27, 2009 7:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The 2% Illusion
Replies: 171
Views: 11728

Re: The 2% Illusion

Can everyone not use the concept of defibrillation incorrectly here. It's analogies like that that turn debates into crocodiles.
by ZeroSum
Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

The food stereotypes never made a lot of sense to me hemingway Black people are uncivilized and incapable of using utensils. Therefore, the only foods available to them are watermelons and fried chicken, foods you don't use utensils to eat. That's where the stereotype comes from. Edit: Ah, misread ...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Better ways to tax Companies
Replies: 135
Views: 8901

Re: Better ways to tax Companies

The key isn't that there's no sales tax collected; the key is that under the current system using a "company" car for non-company purposes not only gets you past having to pay the income tax on that car's value but you can pay even reduce your taxable income because of expenses on that car...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Better ways to tax Companies
Replies: 135
Views: 8901

Re: Better ways to tax Companies

Which is no different from what people do currently? People buy "company" cars then give them to their kids all the time. Dude who sits six feet from me just drove home in his dad's company Porsche. All mileage, tune-ups, etc. are "business expenses".
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 10:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Better ways to tax Companies
Replies: 135
Views: 8901

Re: Better ways to tax Companies

And that would be tax evasion exactly how deducting business expenses that aren't really business expenses is tax evasion now. Congratulations, you've changed nothing.
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS

I don't see how not taxing the babysitter after FairTax is implemented changes the tax collected when she's not taxed now as it is (since most babysitters don't report their income). Please explain that. Also, any citation where Jorgenson says prices wouldn't be reduced would be welcome here and pro...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Better ways to tax Companies
Replies: 135
Views: 8901

Re: Better ways to tax Companies

The tax would be levied once at the point of purchase on all new goods and services for personal consumption. In economics, a good is any object or service that increases utility, directly or indirectly. A service provision comprises a sequence of activities that does not result in ownership of the...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 9:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS

1. Babysitting -- the babysitter is currently taxed on her babysitting. She probably doesn't report it though. Net change: $0 2. Emergency and medical goods and services: Most proponents of FairTax believe that the reduction in tax burden along the chain of supply will reduce costs for goods and ser...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Better ways to tax Companies
Replies: 135
Views: 8901

Re: Better ways to tax Companies

Say I build a house, and I don't sell it. I'm not taxed, right? No problem with that, unless I decided to sell the house anyway. Now say I build a house and instead of selling it I decide to rent it out . How does your value-added taxation scheme deal with this scenario? The materials for building ...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS

Indon: And what do those $4000 invested do for you if you never spend them? Since capital gains taxes aren't paid until the gain is realized in either case... So let's say I sell $4000 MSFT to buy APPL... The government cuts 10% (approx) off my $4000 and I invest $3600 in APPL or the government cuts...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS

I think you're missing the idea: As it is: If I sell $2000 of coke that I bought for $100 from some Colombians and buy a $2000 TV the US government gets nothing directly from my entrepreneurial spirit. In fact there's very little I can do with that $2000 to help fill the government's coffers. With F...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS
Replies: 65
Views: 4136

Re: House Republicans move to eliminate income tax, IRS

The point isn't taxing the illicit goods, it's taxing the profit they make off the goods.

If I sell $2k worth of coke I'm not giving 20+% of that to the IRS.

If, however, I sell $2k worth of coke then buy a $2k TV the IRS is getting 23% of that $2k TV.
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

And you're making the assumption that he's looking at his art objectively. This assumption is preventing you from seeing the fact that most people can't see things objectively. Let's put it this way: Phallic Fun Straws -- presumably whoever made that design is a professional product designer whose t...
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

Same reason I didn't see the Obama connection -- he was working under the a priori assumption that his chimp was a reference to the chimp that just tore a lady's face off. Assumptions are pretty good at masking everything else out -- it's a human nature.
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

I wasn't saying that Bush doesn't deserve it or look like a chimp, just that if I see a picture of a chimp dressed like a politician (literally or figuratively) my first thought is Bush, not Obama or any other black man.
by ZeroSum
Mon Feb 23, 2009 6:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir
Replies: 681
Views: 39665

Re: 'Racist' cartoon causes stir

To be fair to the artist, I saw the cartoon and thought, "Huh, didn't some chimp just tear a lady's face off in -- ooohhh, I get it." So at least someone actually saw what the artist intended to portray. (Not saying there isn't a racially-charged interpretation or that there isn't any raci...

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