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by Zcorp
Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:20 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 213193

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Here is a more indepth readme from the developer for anyone interested.
by Zcorp
Thu Nov 20, 2014 2:26 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.
Replies: 1158
Views: 213193

Re: Final Fantasy Omnithread - All FF, all the time.

Is there list somewhere that contains all of the changes? What about it is interesting enough that you want to play it 3 times in a row? For me RPG end up being about exploring the progression system and the story. Once you've done that my interest in them generally dies. Are you changing party comp...
by Zcorp
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77212

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

Your theory appears to be: "the country is earning more money but the companies are earning all of it and therefore the people getting all the money must be at fault!" Well first, that's not a theory, so it certainly wouldn't be his 'theory.' Second, it wouldn't be his 'theory' because he...
by Zcorp
Wed Nov 19, 2014 5:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wealth
Replies: 566
Views: 77212

Re: Top 0.1% to pass bottom 90% of Americans in combined wea

KnightExemplar wrote:On the contrary LaserGuy, the majority of 1%ers support progressive tax reform.

When did 0.1% become equal to 1%?
by Zcorp
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apparently United States Found Chemical Weapons in Iraq
Replies: 8
Views: 3543

Re: Apparently United States Found Chemical Weapons in Iraq

The news, at least to me, is not that Iraq had chemical weapons from 30+ years ago but rather than the US actively tried to hide even more of the reality of recent events in Iraq. It being news is not to say we should be surprised by this behavior, it is a common and frequent occurrence and a large ...
by Zcorp
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4173
Views: 564480

Re: The Darker Side of the News

The fora's been pretty silent on the whole 'gamergate' debacle, which is fair play as we all know that it's right-thinking people vs. womenphobic whiny bullying manchildren getting hysterical over ridiculous conspiracies... Thank you for your fair and objective view on the situation, and not judgin...
by Zcorp
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Apparently United States Found Chemical Weapons in Iraq
Replies: 8
Views: 3543

Re: Apparently United States Found Chemical Weapons in Iraq

It is baffling that things like this can be kept quiet for so long.
by Zcorp
Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

DEA sued over identity theft of alleged drug ring woman. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/tasered-passenger-my-civil-rights-were-just-thrown-out-window-n219916 http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrishamby/government-says-federal-agents-can-impersonate-woman-online#1ljvwc Its amazingly sad that the people i...
by Zcorp
Mon Oct 06, 2014 6:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Today's Independent on Sunday
Replies: 23
Views: 5594

Re: Today's Independent on Sunday

How will it help their cause? Their goal is an Sunni Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. They want a state free of western influence. Which the west won't allow, in fact most of this is about economic control over the area, it has been for - again - 60 years. How does a war with the US (and the rest o...
by Zcorp
Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Today's Independent on Sunday
Replies: 23
Views: 5594

Re: Today's Independent on Sunday

The more we intervene militarily the stronger their cause has become for the last 60 years. I highly doubt their goal is to intimidate us, they want us there, as all we do is make things worse for us and better for them. They are provoking us, not intimidating us.
by Zcorp
Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:25 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Not paywalled, something kinda worse. You have to answer their survey question to get access to the article.
by Zcorp
Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue
Replies: 52
Views: 10673

Re: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue

CorruptUser wrote:That's Somewhere Else, not Here. I want something that will work Here.

First step is changing the culture, nothing else is going to work.
by Zcorp
Tue Sep 23, 2014 3:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue
Replies: 52
Views: 10673

Re: Hospitals Tack on Consulting Fees to Gain Revenue

You do that and the hospitals will encourage people to show up for every booboo just so they can say they treated twice as many people as they actually needed to. I know that it is hard for us American's to understand, but in some places in the world there are cultures that care about both personal...
by Zcorp
Fri Sep 19, 2014 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

IMHO the problem with computers creating art has more to do with the fact that computers can't (yet) make associations with real-world things or ideas. Computers can make art, but they can't make art with any intentional meaning or message unless explicitly programmed to do so by a human. They can ...
by Zcorp
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

And I'd appreciate it if you didn't claim I was strawmanning, especially considering that the entire AMAGAD THE ROBOTS WILL TERK ERR JARBS argument has been bandied about since before the word "robot" even existed. I'd appreciate it if you didn't straw-man, once you stop doing so I'll sto...
by Zcorp
Fri Sep 19, 2014 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

Soldier Security guard Nurse/Orderly Professional drug tester Accountant Hotel receptionist None of those jobs require creativity or too much intelligence, just decent work ethic (note, most accountants are NOT CPAs). Sure, nursing requires an associates degree, but masons and welders and virtually...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 18, 2014 10:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

The idea that we could possibly run out of things to hire people to do any time soon is absurd. You see automation as massive unemployment. I see it as an opportunity to have classrooms with 1 teach for every 8 students. Police departments that never have to ignore crimes for 'lack of resources'. N...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 18, 2014 2:35 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

As productivity increases wealth will increase across the board, with no substantial changes in economic approach necessary. That is your answer. No this is you just being wrong, which has already been demonstrated. I've also given you a great book that does so in great detail. Because all the fear...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

have you actually read the chapter? However, hypothetical machines such as a nanofactory are envisioned as being able to produce any real-world artifact, which would include spaceships. (of a sort) I did, and the "sort of" is the point of contention of the disagreement. There are even var...
by Zcorp
Wed Sep 17, 2014 9:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

"Unavoidable scarcity" "Fictional post-scarcity societies include varied settings, such as The Queendom of Sol in the series of the same name by Wil McCarthy, "the Festival" and agalmic economics from Singularity Sky and Accelerando by Charles Stross, and the United Federati...
by Zcorp
Wed Sep 17, 2014 6:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

Post-scarcity already has a definition. This isn't a term that the OP just made up. I don't think we are talking about the same thing at all. It does, and it does not include 'everyone has a whatever they want.' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-scarcity_economy The definition and the examples in f...
by Zcorp
Tue Sep 16, 2014 7:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

There isn't enough spare energy or resources around, from renewables or otherwise, for everyone to decide that they want a spaceship in their backyards, for example, but in a post-scarcity economy, everything, including spaceships, are available in abundance. Otherwise you still have at least one s...
by Zcorp
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:37 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

Things are becoming less scarce, and it isn't that we need a Citizen's wage of either type to achieve post scarcity. Instead the problem is that because we are increasing productivity so much we need less people to do the work my potentially and likely multiple orders of magnitude. This leaves us wi...
by Zcorp
Tue Sep 16, 2014 4:43 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

Zcorp, you seem to be assuming that when jobs are automated away, no new jobs appear to replace them. This is demonstrably wrong. Nothing I said would lead to any reasonable person thinking I made that assumption at all. It is also demonstrably wrong that an equal amount of jobs will appear to repl...
by Zcorp
Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion
Replies: 31
Views: 7082

Re: Microsoft to buy Mojang (aka Minecraft) for $2.5 Billion

I agree with your assessment, and that assessment suggests that what they plan to use the established code base for in the future is where they see the value and if there are patents involved, those patents. Which could very well be educational endeavors. There is a lot of money to be made there, a ...
by Zcorp
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Was the refusing to identify before or after they insinuated she was a sex worker? Because if before, then...it kind of seems the police were duly following a law, and the blame would be on the people who made the law and the judgmental person who called the cops. The audio files the police release...
by Zcorp
Mon Sep 15, 2014 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Converting to Post Scarcity
Replies: 139
Views: 26152

Re: Converting to Post Scarcity

I think you kind of have the problem backwards. The problem isn't that we have achieved post-scarcity and haven't properly shared the benefits with everyone; the problem is that we aren't post-scarcity at all. I hope I'm not putting words in withinboredom's mouth, but I don't think thats the proble...
by Zcorp
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

Do you do or do you not understand that what you just said is not an argument? If you don't, I can help you learn what an argument is. If you do, would you kindly provide an argument for your belief? Sure, I'll relink this if you want some sort of additional support for it. Do you understand why yo...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:04 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

I'll try again. Something I posit is a fundamental difference between the way philosophy and science are 'done', is that science utilizes reproducibility and falsifiability in a way that philosophy does not. Obviously a sound philosophical argument is reproducible, and a poor philosophical argument ...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

Something I posit is a fundamental difference between the way philosophy and science are 'done', is that science utilizes reproducibility and falsifiability in a way that philosophy does not. Obviously a sound philosophical argument is reproducible, and a poor philosophical argument is falsifiable,...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

Izawwlgood wrote:The support you've used for your positions is not any more or less concrete than the support I've used for my own; I'm being serious here, it's getting extraordinarily tiresome to have you continually make this claim of argumentative superiority here.

What is your argument?
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

Right, so, it's a matter of your personal opinion. Which we've been over. No, its a matter of reason. My belief comes from all of the facts that I've supplied you. I've formulated this belief based on a lot of information. I've provided that information to you. You have avoided addressing any of it...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

...vs. the ones who haven't been caught, and are by definition hiding something? Mkay. Do you have any sort of evidence to back this up, then? Hiding something is not the same as not yelling it loudly to the world. I know a lot of people who do something illegal. I'm from Colorado, many people I kn...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

Are you now saying science isn't a subset of philosophy? No, I'm saying that science is not a subset of philosophy because "science is making assumptions based on the theory/structure of knowledge, and that these assumptions are or can be philosophical in nature, and/or philosophically discuss...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

I agree that science is making assumptions based on the theory/structure of knowledge, and that these assumptions are or can be philosophical in nature, and/or philosophically discussed. I don't think it has been demonstrated that because of this fact, science is a subset of philosophy That's becau...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Science and Philosophy
Replies: 268
Views: 35645

Re: Science and Philosophy

Depends how you define it...There are, no doubt, many more reasonable definitions. Unless there are good reasons for picking one set of definitions over the others, I don't think the question really has an answer. You can choose to attach any concept to a word you want, but reasonable definitions l...
by Zcorp
Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Noooooo...reread. I believe that criminals who have already been caught (i.e., the ones that would be viewed as "less credible" per the stereotypical formulation) are actually more likely to be honest, because they have less to hide. This is what I read. I just completely disagree that th...
by Zcorp
Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Sooooo...in other words, people often lie to avoid being caught, and it's not linked to when society views them as "degenerates". Like we said. yes, like I said... Where you and I seem disagree is that criminals are for some reason more honest, which is just as absurd as leady thinking th...
by Zcorp
Wed Sep 10, 2014 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Hell, if we accept that most people have committed some kind of crime, the ones most likely to lie are the ones that haven't been caught yet: CEOs, non-convicts, etc. People who've already been caught should actually be the most credible, because they no longer have anything to hide. Is this sarcas...
by Zcorp
Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6468
Views: 954191

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Hell, if we accept that most people have committed some kind of crime, the ones most likely to lie are the ones that haven't been caught yet: CEOs, non-convicts, etc. People who've already been caught should actually be the most credible, because they no longer have anything to hide. Is this sarcasm?

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