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by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 11:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Building bombs and such
Replies: 151
Views: 11215

I do feel that working on a guidance system for a smart bomb makes the designer a LITTLE responsible for who gets killed by it. But as has been said, that designer has no choice as to how the military will use it, so I feel that responsibility is very low. That being said: As a computer engineer, I ...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:44 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43606

Honestly, to begin with, it doesn't make that much of a difference. The first year, maybe two, will be the same, or so similar that switching between them will be trivial. In practice, almost all CS students end up becoming software engineers anyways. Just like in practice, almost all people of X sc...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Looks vs Personality
Replies: 71
Views: 9249

As has been said so many times: This was based on a speed dating session. You have something like 15 minutes to talk to someone. Of COURSE people are going to pick for superficial reasons. They don't have the time to formulate any other kind of opinion. Given three people, very similar in personalit...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Another Atheism Thread
Replies: 153
Views: 13706

People are religious largely because that's what they were taught. It's just environmental and social instruction. This is true for a lot of atheists as well, myself included. I have not seriously looked into religion, because I don't care about it very much. (Which is why I usually don't participa...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Another Atheism Thread
Replies: 153
Views: 13706

So... fear. Very powerful motivator, that. Dangit, need to watch fewer British shows. Fear makes people do very stupid and very irrational things. But there is always the fact that religion is usually very ingrained in the way people act, and so children, who do a majority of their learning from th...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Another Atheism Thread
Replies: 153
Views: 13706

This happens for the same reason that for thousands of years, a young boy almost always went into the same profession their father was in. It also happens in modern times with where people live. I don't remember what the exact figure is, but it is something close to this: 75% of people live within 1...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:33 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43606

It depends on what you want to do.

Computer science is generally more about theory, software engineering is generally more about the practice of creating software.
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:28 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19321

As I had said, it isn't a perfect solution, It's not even one I really like. However, I would say that if your religion accepts homosexuality, then you can use the religious term for your marriage. Its a hypothetical situation, which would need lots of time to be worked out, and a large change in at...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: iPhone refunds...ish
Replies: 35
Views: 5612

Computers are a better yardstick, as everyone knows they get faster at getting faster as time goes on (Cannot remember the name of the law that states computing speed doubles every 18 months.. and we exceed that at times) so in purchasing a computer you do so with the knowledge in your head that a ...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:58 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19321

A bit unfair for those of us in a religeon which doesnt frown on gays though. I can and did get married to my husband in a religeous ceremony. Which part is unfair, if you don't mind my asking? I don't mean that a religious person would have to have two ceremonies. The one ceremony would be enough ...
by Aperfectring
Sun Sep 09, 2007 2:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Homophobophobia
Replies: 212
Views: 19321

A lot of conservatives find abortion and excessive drinking and tattoos and all sorts of things repulsive. Why did everyone suddenly choose gay people as the big, important issue? Because we want the same LEGAL (not religious) rights as straight people? No one is asking to marry Chuck and Larry in ...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 10:40 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 26979

As for skinheads, if you were in a public place, I doubt the average skinhead would have the balls to say ANYTHING. Racism has become quite taboo in this culture. Stop being so scared. You're in Portland, Oregon.. a city that's pretty well known for tolerance. He's in South Florida. Your culture an...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:41 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 26979

Why do you assume someone is going to yell at you? When I say "yell," I mean ridiculously loud, in-your-face, possibly violent ejaculations of words with lots of vitriol slathered on. I do not consider posting a rebuttal in a discussion thread to be 'yelling' at someone, as I'm doing here...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:14 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 26979

Generally, I am not scared of either, and if someone spouts at me, it will piss me off for a few minutes, and then I will move on. That said, I also have at least a mild case of social anxiety disorder (I don't know how severe because I have never until recently had the means to go to a psychologist...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 4:00 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Another Atheism Thread
Replies: 153
Views: 13706

As a "weak" atheist, or agnostic atheist, who was raised Catholic, I will put my 0.02 in. As was said before me, it is not as if believing in something can be easy or hard. You either believe in something, or you don't. I went through the whole confirmation process, mostly for my dad. I &q...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 3:16 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 38225

ahh yes, the wonders of FPL.... Say, what college you go to down here? anyway, I didn't get this comic untill I showed someone in my web design class and they explained it to me, I was actually insane^3.... I actually moved down here in Jan 2006 for a job. I gradiated Dec. 2005 from Purdue Universi...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0313: "Insomnia"
Replies: 167
Views: 38225

I was in my senior design lab, and had been awake for 48+ hours when I uttered this phrase: It's belt o'clock. I need to gas up my rooster and take a shower before class. My roommate (and senior design group member) thought I was joking at first, but when he realized that I wasn't, he abducted me, t...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:39 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 26979

Also, just to put in my two sense about femnazis: femnazis do not exist. Anymore at least. They don't. I know of no woman, beyond Andrea Dworkin (who died in 2005, and with her, went an era), who honestly dislikes, fears, and hates men. Actually, given the political/soical bullshit of the '50s, '60...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Men to Women - Why Be Polite By Default?
Replies: 281
Views: 26979

I, like so many others, will hold the door for any person who is "close" behind me. Because I am a nerd, I have defined what close is, and have different actions for different distances: Empty hands: * 0-3 paces (0-10 ft) open the door and hold it for them as they pass through, then enter ...
by Aperfectring
Sat Sep 08, 2007 1:50 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ignorance...
Replies: 12
Views: 2070

While I in no way mean to disrespect "alternative" people in general, and especially not this couple, a lot of people in mainstream society view goths, punks, etc, as not sincerely different, just having no direction in life, looking for attention and trouble, and dressing differently to ...
by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 07, 2007 10:58 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1963
Views: 565973

Bad debugging experience #1: Shortly after I learned about pointers and linked lists in school, I decided to be the overzealous student and write a program that would automatically play "War", using a linked list of cards for each person's hand. I slowly worked on many different parts, tes...
by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 07, 2007 4:23 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: WoWzers!
Replies: 5112
Views: 501490

Currently playing: 35 NE Healbot Druid on Lothar Have played in the past: 60 Tauren Healbot Shaman on Skywall in the top raiding guild until shortly after AQ came out, then the guild went through a massive restructuring, at which time I took a break for over a year. 42 NE Healbot Druid on Whisperwin...
by Aperfectring
Fri Sep 07, 2007 3:53 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Who the dickens are you?
Replies: 10922
Views: 2380537

Hi, I'm Joe, and I'm a computer-holic. I work as a software engineer for a company which primarily manufactures telecommunications blades (for call switching, voice processing, packet switching, that kind of stuff). In my spare time I continue to spend all of my time in front of a computer, and will...

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