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by Texas_Ben
Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 43596

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

I work with a girl who says she "doesn't hate gays, just thinks what they do is wrong." When I pointed out this was a rather homophobic viewpoint, she told me she's nto homophobic, she just wishes gay people didn't exist. How do you fight someone like that? "I don't hate homophobic p...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dawn of War 2
Replies: 100
Views: 11288

Re: Dawn of War 2

That seems... huh. I'm betting Plasma weapons still don't have a blacklash either. While using plasma cannon's with Avitus's focus fire ability, there's always been the possibility of the thing overheating and doing significant damage/knockdown to the squad. Backlash with just normal plasma guns wo...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:44 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dawn of War 2
Replies: 100
Views: 11288

Re: Dawn of War 2

That seems... huh. I'm betting Plasma weapons still don't have a blacklash either. While using plasma cannon's with Avitus's focus fire ability, there's always been the possibility of the thing overheating and doing significant damage/knockdown to the squad. Backlash with just normal plasma guns wo...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Red Alert 3 too "funny"
Replies: 23
Views: 4634

Re: Red Alert 3 too "funny"

Red Alert is the series that started off with Einstein going back in time and killing Hitler. With a magic handshake. Think about that for a moment. Red Alert was never serious. In RA1, you had a robot with a cyborg dog running around blowing shit up. You had giant towers shooting bolts of lightnin...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dawn of War 2
Replies: 100
Views: 11288

Re: Dawn of War 2

'Yeah I've been playing through vanilla again to whet my appetite for CR, and having statistics beyond some vague and useless DPS number is wonderful, though it serves to disabuse me of some notions I had before, like rocket launchers being useful against infantry. 9% accuracy? What is that? (They h...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Mar 17, 2010 5:31 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Red Alert 3 too "funny"
Replies: 23
Views: 4634

Re: Red Alert 3 too "funny"

I feel more that Red Alert 2 was made with the designers thinking about futuristic weapons and stuff as their main goal, and as a result made the game somewhat silly. It was colorful and there was some crazy stuff in it, but it came from the somewhat serious aim to make some futuristic units. In fa...
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:05 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Dawn of War 2
Replies: 100
Views: 11288

Re: Dawn of War 2

I can't buy the expansion until saturday because I have finals this week. What a mess that would be. "Oh no I can skip this final... it's only 25% of my grade. If I have 100 in everything else I'll still get a 75 for the course, I'll play Chaos Rising instead!
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 16, 2010 7:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations
Replies: 63
Views: 6165

Re: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations

Exactly how do you go from mandatory organ donation to robots roaming the street harvesting the dead is beyond me. Also, how often do you see dead people on the street anyway that they'd be roaming like that...? Maybe you should move. Fine so they won't roam the streets, instead opting to hang arou...
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations
Replies: 63
Views: 6165

Re: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations

vookaloop wrote:
Texas_Ben wrote:The vast majority of people who aren't organ donors aren't organ donors because they couldn't be arsed to check the little box.

This statement is dubious

Well I only have anecdotal evidence, but pretty much everyone I know who isn't an organ donor gave that as the reason.
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations
Replies: 63
Views: 6165

Re: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations

I'm for mandatory organ donation, so this is a step in the right direction. 8) See, mandatory donation would actually make some sense. At least then, you could opt out for religious reasons (or other legitimate reasons) and not suffer consequences.. Who said anything about opting out...? Ummm, beca...
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 10431

Re: New York State to ban SALT

PossibleSloth wrote:I suppose you could tax the ever-loving hell out of it. I bet McDonald's would use less salt if it cost $80/lb. Either that or food prices would sky-rocket and we end up starving the poor.

No no, I like it. We solve budget problems, health problems, and homelessness. 3 for 1!
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 10431

Re: New York State to ban SALT

First they came for the trans-fats, and I said nothing
for I did not eat trans-fats.

Then they came for the salt, and I said nothing,
for I did not eat salt
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations
Replies: 63
Views: 6165

Re: Israel to implement "golden rule" for organ donations

I don't really know much about religions other than Christianity, but do any of them explicitly say you can't be organ donors? I mean my dad isn't one and claims it's for religious reasons but I know he's full of shit because I know plenty of other christians who are.
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Murray Hill Inc. for Congress
Replies: 22
Views: 3266

Re: Murray Hill Inc. for Congress

Also: a company shouldn't be able to "merge" with another company until they are both over the age of consent :P So does that mean this qualifies as child pornography? <!doctype html><html onmousemove="google&&google.fade&&google.fade(event)"><head><meta ...
by Texas_Ben
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: High School cancels Prom due to same-sex couple's existence
Replies: 152
Views: 19827

Re: High School cancels Prom due to same-sex couple's existe

Arancaytar wrote: I hope for the students' sake that they can organize a good event on their own.

Any event organized independantly would definitely exclude gay students. That's why they were encouraging a private prom.
by Texas_Ben
Fri Mar 12, 2010 3:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: New York State to ban SALT
Replies: 96
Views: 10431

Re: New York State to ban SALT

phillipsjk wrote:The other two rare essential nutrients (that taste good) we now have too much access to are fat and sugar.

Well they already banned some types of fat too... Sugar, I'm looking at you!
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: DoW 2: Chaos Rising
Replies: 2
Views: 624

DoW 2: Chaos Rising

So, anyone getting it when it comes out this week? I'm pretty excited for it. Apparently the campaign is just as long as in the original game, and they're returning to the oldschool scripted missions for extra goodness. Bunch of new units/wargear as well. They're also making all the new multiplayer ...
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 09, 2010 12:23 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN
Replies: 82
Views: 13325

Re: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN

Vaniver wrote:It doesn't prevent piracy, but it does reduce it.

The only thing DRM stops is casual piracy of the "hey I'll burn you a copy of this disc" type. You only need a very light and reasonable type of DRM for that, anything further is pointless because it'll be cracked anyway.
by Texas_Ben
Sat Mar 06, 2010 7:13 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17390

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

G.v.K wrote:there is one set of rules for women and another for men. that is not inherently sexist is it?

Wat.
by Texas_Ben
Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17390

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

One can talk about religion and non-religion without a all encompassing history knowledge, based merely off of observation of current times. just because they were good theoretically at some point in time, doesn't mean they are now. You can talk about religion without an in-depth study, yes. But I'...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17390

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

We say it is at best useless and at worst an impediment and a force for evil in the world, and no religious person will ever agree with that, so debate is pointless. Nice of you to speak for all nonreligious folk there. There's no "we" to atheism; I'm an atheist and quite comfortable with...
by Texas_Ben
Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17390

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

podbaydoor wrote:Where are these Christians of yours? I'd like to meet them.

There's plenty of them here in Philadelphia.
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Toyota Defense to Free an Inmate?
Replies: 5
Views: 1036

Re: Toyota Defense to Free an Inmate?

It would be interesting to see how much the 1996 Camry has in common with the seventh-generation car mechanically. I'm pretty certain that a ten-year gap would lead to some pretty major mechanical changes, especially in terms of the accelerator design. The article mentions that similar problems hav...
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:22 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17390

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

The comparison here isn't... well thought out, maybe. The Bible has a lot of stuff in it which is not child friendly, but it isn't in the same genre as porn. Porn is for entertainment, the Bible is for learning. This is roughly equivalent to anatomy books being traded for porn, except the education...
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7596

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

And you don't need to lift your entire infrastructure up, just enough to get started and then you should be able to do the rest using the materials from the moon itself right?
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Former Teen Cheerleader Dinged $27,750 for Sharing 37 Songs
Replies: 44
Views: 4656

Re: Former Teen Cheerleader Dinged $27,750 for Sharing 37 Songs

What is the difference between fining an 18 year old and a 14 year old? If a 16 year old juvenile gets a traffic ticket, they get a fine, so why shouldn't theft be punishable by fines. Finally, why is it more reasonable to put a juvenile in jail but not fine them? Because the 18 year old can be exp...
by Texas_Ben
Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17390

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

"Atheist activists" are generally, in my experience, just assholes who have it out for Christianity. I'm assuming that their parents are Christians and this is their way of rebelling. I'm not particularly religious, but I'm not going to be a dick about it. People who feel the need to be ag...
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN
Replies: 82
Views: 13325

Re: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN

Because someone has to post it... http://art.penny-arcade.com/photos/791728635_VJ8Qa-L.jpg That comic made me rage actually. It fails to account for people (like myself) who are pissed off by the DRM and will therefore not buy it, and not pirate it either, and just spend money on a game with less d...
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Math based composition coolness
Replies: 43
Views: 4779

Re: Math based composition coolness

PurpleMint wrote:Then the record companies make proprietary versions of this and copyright every musical pattern in the universe.

And then sue everyone for infinity dollars.
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Congress Renews Patriot Act
Replies: 6
Views: 1310

Re: Who wants more PATRIOT act? I DO!

From the article: -Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones. -Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in anti-terrorism operations. -Permit surveillance against a so-called lone wolf, a non-U.S. citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part...
by Texas_Ben
Mon Mar 01, 2010 4:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Former Teen Cheerleader Dinged $27,750 for Sharing 37 Songs
Replies: 44
Views: 4656

Re: Former Teen Cheerleader Dinged $27,750 for Sharing 37 Songs

The Reaper wrote:
Ixtellor wrote:If she uploaded the song to others 1 million times... the punishment seems to fit the crime.

Wait, so I CAN try children as adults? Damnit, people, stop confusing me!

Rape and murder are trivialities, we're talking about profit here. It's serious business.
by Texas_Ben
Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN
Replies: 82
Views: 13325

Re: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN

According to Wikipedia, the minimum TCP packet size is 160 bits + 160 bits = 320bits. 100000/320bits= 312.5 packets/hour -> 3600/312.5= 1 packet every 11.52 seconds. I suppose that is fast enough to appear "constant." (without waiting for a checkpoint) 12 seconds or so seems about consist...
by Texas_Ben
Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:59 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Former Teen Cheerleader Dinged $27,750 for Sharing 37 Songs
Replies: 44
Views: 4656

Re: Former Teen Cheerleader Dinged $27,750 for Sharing 37 Songs

I sincerely hope that one day they try and pull this shit on someone and they snap and shoot a couple senior people in the companies doing this.
by Texas_Ben
Sun Feb 28, 2010 1:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN
Replies: 82
Views: 13325

Re: Ubisoft's Online Services Platform: Works best with ISDN

This goes beyond the internet connectivity required by Valve's Steam platform. Steam only checks on game launch (and has an offline mode). I get the impression that every time you pass a checkpoint (in game) you need to phone home. It's worse. From what I hear, it has to be constantly connected or ...
by Texas_Ben
Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Loser Nerd Math Comics (LNMC)
Replies: 31
Views: 7165

Re: Loser Nerd Math Comics (LNMC)

I laughed really hard at the "sorry, I'm a woman!" one because it was just a huge WTF. It came out of nowhere.
by Texas_Ben
Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: School Surreptitiously Spies on Students
Replies: 148
Views: 17415

Re: School Surreptitiously Spies on Students

Plus, it seems everyone--by which I mean commenters on various fourms/blogs/facebook--is bashing the school, the administration, talking about how 'Big Brother's alive and well' in Lower Merion. In actuality, this was probably just an isolated incident, the actions of perhaps one person. I seriousl...
by Texas_Ben
Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State of the Union
Replies: 47
Views: 4923

Re: State of the Union

The Reaper wrote:I'm just curious, if I know alot of engineers, scientists, and mcdonalds workers, what does that make me?

A college student?
by Texas_Ben
Thu Feb 04, 2010 8:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We can communicate with people in a vegetative state!
Replies: 70
Views: 7438

Re: We can communicate with people in a vegetative state!

With only ability to give yes or no answers, can you imagine the checklist of questions? "So... happy staying here? Feel like you wanna move on, maybe become an organ donor?" I think you missed Gmal's point (or I did) But in the USA assistted suicide is illegal. Pulling the plug wouldn't ...
by Texas_Ben
Sat Jan 30, 2010 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: State of the Union
Replies: 47
Views: 4923

Re: State of the Union

nowfocus wrote:Oh, and blaming physics for not predicting 9/11 makes you an uneducated moron, plain and simple. I normally don't do personal attacks, but thats one of the stupidest things I've read on these forums.

Chill man, I think he meant "psychics", not physics. Just a typo.

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