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by iop
Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

But something like MoO2's freighters or SMAC's supply crawlers would be awesome. Food and population, at least, should be transferable from place to place. Using happiness or gold production to suck food surplus or people in from other regions (especially other player's cities) would be interesting...
by iop
Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:59 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

I really enjoyed my last game using the PlayWithMe mod, which fixes quite a few things that are IMO problematic (tile yields, maritimes, overpowered Great Scientist, ICS, etc). The game was so much more balanced out - tech progression wasn't crazy fast at the end, cities actually grew, and I actuall...
by iop
Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Depleted Uranium
Replies: 53
Views: 10325

Re: Depleted Uranium

One difference in the danger of lead vs. DU is that DU ammunition is a lot more brittle. Thus, upon impact (and there will be impacts even in every-day handling) there is more breathable dust produced from DU ammunition than from lead. Thus, even though DU might only be a little more toxic than lead...
by iop
Mon Dec 20, 2010 2:42 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: am I just a few cells or a whole brain?
Replies: 63
Views: 5910

Re: am I just a few cells or a whole brain?

Thanks for your interesting post, interactive. Strictly tho' you are not correct. DNA is made up of complementary strands which is to say NOT identical but complementary strands. Lets call them strand A and strand B. Each of these different strands then serves as the template for the synthesis of a...
by iop
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15249

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

The information about the US is nothing particularly exciting. What we learn about other countries and their leaders is a lot more interesting though, assuming the assessments about politicians are right (they're probably not too much off, since the diplomats actually meet them face to face).
by iop
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15249

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

Called it. BREAKING NEWS FROM THE ONION WIKILEAKS Also: Politicians say one thing and do another! And since we all know that they, we don't really want to know what lies they're telling us, right? The person who leaked the information is known and in custody already, btw., and has apparently been t...
by iop
Sun Nov 28, 2010 11:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq Logs
Replies: 180
Views: 15249

Re: Next wikileaks release to be about 7X as large as Iraq L

I hope they get their hands on Russian and Chinese data soon.
by iop
Wed Nov 24, 2010 6:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 56554

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

I think stripping to skivvies is probably the most effective means of pointing out how ludicrous this all is. The point of the patdowns is to make sure you're not hiding anything. If you're standing there in your underwear obviously hiding nothing, what's the point of the pat-down? At that point it...
by iop
Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 56554

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Because after each incident, security measures have to be tightened so that "this won't happen again". Unfortunately, this is "fighting the last war." The fact that box knives were used to take over planes in the past makes it unlikely that anyone will try to do that in the futu...
by iop
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:33 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners
Replies: 714
Views: 56554

Re: TSA starts molesting people who refuse naked scanners

Flying is completely optional, if you don't agree with their policies don't fly. Incredibly simple. Flying is similarly optional as driving a car. Which is to say that there are quite a few situations when the plane or a car is by far the best means of transport. In other words: No, you can't just ...
by iop
Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: If you could see a human nervous system...
Replies: 12
Views: 3675

Re: If you could see a human nervous system...

Also, in case your friends wants to draw just a tiny part of the brain (of a mouse), he should have a look at this reconstruction showing neurons and synapses.
by iop
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

I think I should mention again how much I like the CCMAT collection of mods (especially the Balance mods). There are suddenly a lot more interesting options in the game. Better interface is always great, of course, and since horses (which the AI rarely builds) are not as powerful anymore, the AI act...
by iop
Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male.
Replies: 185
Views: 21370

Re: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male

So even though nutrition dropped when humans moved from hunting to farming, the population increased because there was less 'stresses of nomadism, climate, and warfare'. Now maybe you are arguing that the weak are just as likely to survive these stresses as the strong, but I don't see it. They were...
by iop
Wed Nov 10, 2010 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Researchers discover how to erase memory
Replies: 62
Views: 7177

Re: Researchers discover how to erase memory

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If a rape is committed and no one remembers it, is it really a rape*? *does it even matter? Yes, the tree makes a sound, since its fall will displace air (I assume that this is not a forest growing in vacuum). Simila...
by iop
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Researchers discover how to erase memory
Replies: 62
Views: 7177

Re: Researchers discover how to erase memory

Decker wrote:I wonder why everyone is so worried about '1984' when 'A Brave New World' would be so much easier.

Probably because they made the mistake not to read 'A Brave New World'.
by iop
Mon Nov 08, 2010 4:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male.
Replies: 185
Views: 21370

Re: Manthropology, the Science of the Inadequate Modern Male

Zamfir accurately said that malnutrition may have been an issue, but it was largely focused on the European world. Can the same be said of native north Americans? Or what about Australia? Or Africa? Malnutrition was certainly more likely in areas with long, hard winters. But food security wasn't th...
by iop
Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:12 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Can Uranium be vaporized?
Replies: 18
Views: 2120

Re: Can Uranium be vaporized?

thoughtfully wrote:Yes, but they will also flow like liquids given enough time, so I'll stick to what I said :)

Metals (with the exception of some alloys) form crystals. Crystals do not flow no matter how long you wait.
by iop
Mon Nov 01, 2010 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue
Replies: 29
Views: 3526

Re: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue

Suppose the old lady jaywalks and gets run over by a car. The driver is innocent and does not need to pay anything. Nope. You still get fined for not being able to control your car. You're supposed to be able to stop when someone walks in front of your car. The only time you may walk really free is...
by iop
Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Airport security alert
Replies: 13
Views: 1899

Re: Airport security alert

And yet again the terrorists strike just before an election.
by iop
Sun Oct 31, 2010 1:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue
Replies: 29
Views: 3526

Re: Old enough for preschool, old enough to sue

Well, if you own a dog and it mauls someone, you can get sued. Why would small children be any different? According to that analogy, the parents should get sued (which they are as well). However, in this case, it's as if the dog was getting sued. Suppose the old lady jaywalks and gets run over by a...
by iop
Mon Oct 25, 2010 2:50 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Well, not to come of as condescending, but I'm making this mod primarily for my enjoyment. If other people like it too, that's nice, but not what I'm currently aiming at :P I want a maritime civilization, and I don't like the way Askia or Elizabeth plays that much, so I'll make my own! :D Currently...
by iop
Fri Oct 22, 2010 2:37 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Adding upgrades for 'dead end units' such as scouts and cavalry Adding an improved, midgame scouting unit (explorer or something similar) This because it's a shame to waste experienced scouts and cavalry. I was thinking about turning a scout into (explorer >) mechanized infantry and cavalry into he...
by iop
Tue Oct 19, 2010 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Thats a bug that should be fixed in the patch.
by iop
Tue Oct 19, 2010 8:16 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Did you know that city-states can take cities? Like any good American i started working on wiping out the Iroquois in my game last night. They had a city right next to an allied city-state, so the city state hopped in to help me. Imagine my surprise when, after spending a turn shelling a city i the...
by iop
Tue Oct 19, 2010 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

If the AI likes you, you will get 300 gold for a luxury resource, or roughly the equivalent total in gold per turn (if they can, and on higher levels, they do have this kind of money). If the AI hates you, or believes you are too weak, or already has the resource, the deal will be much worse. Strate...
by iop
Sat Oct 16, 2010 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

The game does seem to have lot of problems which are posted all over the Civ-fanatics fora and my guru Sullla isn't very happy with things as they are now according to his writing. So what's the verdict from you guys? Is it worth spending my cash on this? Should one wait for later? Should one boyco...
by iop
Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:55 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Also, unless you're using a terrain balance mod, there are really only three improvements you need: farms along the river (even on hills), lumbermills on forest, and trading posts everywhere else. This should ensure you have enough gold, and nice large cities which have enough food to afford special...
by iop
Wed Oct 13, 2010 8:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

What do you mean selling all my luxury resources? Admittedly, this works better the higher the level, but basically, as soon as I get my first luxury resource online (which is usually as soon as I research the necessary technology, because I try to settle on a resource), I contact the civ with the ...
by iop
Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Also, in the past couple games I've been playing, I'm finding that money is a real problem for me. Sometimes it works great, and I have no problems, but then something happens (and usually I don't know what sets it off) but I go from +30 to +2 then -30 usually in as little as 5 turns. Not sure why....
by iop
Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Pay, No Spray
Replies: 190
Views: 14987

Re: No Pay, No Spray

1. In this situation, fire fighting was a private good. Obviously. It's also one that's prone to crowding out (i.e. the low risks not wanting to pay "fire insurance", which makes it more expensive for everyone else), which is made worse by the inability of people to properly estimate the ...
by iop
Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

One of the design goals was to make it possible to be competitive with only few cities, so it's no wonder that you don't absolutely need a large empire. A large empire is obviously better in terms of total hammers, but due to the exponential increase in the amount of food required to grow (and the p...
by iop
Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Pay, No Spray
Replies: 190
Views: 14987

Re: No Pay, No Spray

Brief article on the situation by an economist. If fire services are a private good, how did they come to be provided by governments? According to Fred McChesney’s 1986 article in the Journal of Legal Studies, private, volunteer services thrived but were replaced by municipal fire services because ...
by iop
Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: No Pay, No Spray
Replies: 190
Views: 14987

Re: No Pay, No Spray

Ah, the USA - the country of those who are free to risk to ruin themselves! Really, that guy's house is the cost of freedom. You either have mandatory taxes (or mandatory fire insurance, which, in the end, is about same), or you have the ability to opt-out, or not opt-in, and you thus give the peopl...
by iop
Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Evo Morales kicks person over football foul
Replies: 34
Views: 3536

Re: Evo Morales kicks person over football foul

While I've never kicked someone in the groin, a large amount of ruffing is common in (low level) football, this is a complete non story. People hating on morales are so cute, ignoring that Venzuela saw growth during the recession where the west shrank, and that he's actually improving the situation...
by iop
Tue Oct 05, 2010 5:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

Liberty is really only useful if you want to REX early. Otherwise, the benefits just don't compare to what you can get from the later SP trees. I just won my first culture victory, where I completed Piety, Patronage, Commerce, Freedom, and Order. All my three cities were coastal (and river), which w...
by iop
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Cross correlation
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: Cross correlation

People usually calculate a cross-correlation in order to compare two sets of data. To make it a fair comparison, you should, however, compare apples with apples. That means, you should compare intensity values measured at the same angles. Otherwise, if one data set had angles spaced 0.1 degrees from...
by iop
Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:47 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

I wish great person points were tracked separately. It's really difficult to get a Great Engineer- the first building that produces them is a Workshop, and so you pretty much have to only build Great Engineer wonders and ignore scientists and artists and such in at least one city for quite some tim...
by iop
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

I believe Magellan is bugged- I've definitely got the "you've circumnavigated the globe! All your naval units move faster!" message in game but not the achievement. Huh? I've circumnavigated the globe, but haven't got a message about it... You might have been beaten to it by someone else.
by iop
Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

psion wrote:I just barely push away Japan when the citystate declares war on me for trespassing. :roll:

Weren't you warned by the advisor that city-states really hate trespassing, unless you are their friends (and get an automatic open border agreement)?
by iop
Sun Sep 26, 2010 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 115797

Re: Civilization 5!!!

I'm thinking of buying this... Questions: How long is a typical game on normal settings? How good are the Babylonians? Worth the extra purchase? Are you happy overall with your purchase? A typical game on normal settings (standard map, standard speed) takes me ~12 hours, though it depends on how mu...

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