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by SpiritOfRock
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:54 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Quad monitor setup for a laptop?
Replies: 2
Views: 2762

Quad monitor setup for a laptop?

I've currently got a laptop set up at my home workstation as a tower of sorts, with wireless keyboards/mice (mouses?) in several spaces so that I can use my workstation from different seats in my home office. Right now the main display I use is a TV connected to the HDMI port, which I use for watchi...
by SpiritOfRock
Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1083: "Writing Styles"
Replies: 137
Views: 26362

Re: 1083: "Writing Styles"

There is nothing weird about this. The Ron Paul quote sounds like a teenager not because of the grammar, but because of the (perceived, I guess) naivety and ignorance of the comment. The author seems to imply that he expects all good grammar to come from adults, and all poor grammar to come from ki...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Jun 29, 2012 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Search function problem
Replies: 6
Views: 3190

Re: Search function problem

Adacore wrote:SpiritOfRock may well be referring to the Muse song MK Ultra, which is spelt with the space. Perhaps topical, with Muse having just released the official London Olympics song.


I wasn't, although I do like that song, and it's probably the reason I misspelled MKUltra.
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:55 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Search function problem
Replies: 6
Views: 3190

Re: Search function problem

I see. I hadn't even thought to use Google instead of the XKCD search function, serves me right for thinking in the box.
Thanks!
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Project MKUltra
Replies: 1
Views: 2014

Project MKUltra

I posted a similar thread in GameFAQs but got mostly joke replies so I figured I'd try SB. For the uninformed, here's a few bulletpoints. -Top Secret CIA Program from early 50's to early-70's -6% of the CIA's budget for most of its existence (so pretty big in scope) -Human experimentation in frequen...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Jun 29, 2012 2:06 am UTC
Forum: Site/Forum issues
Topic: Search function problem
Replies: 6
Views: 3190

Search function problem

I tried searching the forum for topics/posts containing "MK Ultra", and the search function refused to recognize the term "MK", even after putting a + in front of it. Is there a way around this or am I going to have to just wade through all of the topics containing the word "...
by SpiritOfRock
Sat Jun 23, 2012 4:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Sabre-rattling for space war
Replies: 35
Views: 5874

Re: Sabre-rattling for space war

On the legal side, there's the Outer Space Treaty( wiki , full text ) that both US and China (and 98 other countries) have signed, agreements that essentially say objects in space will not be claimed, will not be made property. As a consequence of that, anyone who is capable of doing so can mine th...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Mar 16, 2012 3:43 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Do the ends justify the means?
Replies: 74
Views: 13932

Do the ends justify the means?

Do the ends justify the means? Imagine a commonly used thought experiment to express the concept. Say there was a train, five passengers on board, traveling along a track headed towards a pit of fire. You hold the switch to change the course of the train to a different track, which does not lead to ...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:48 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nanotech science citations
Replies: 0
Views: 734

Nanotech science citations

According to this chart (excerpted from Ray Kurzweil's book) http://www.singularity.com/charts/page83.html There were 10,000 nanotech-related science citations in 2002, with a doubling time of 2.4 years. The source he gave is outdated and down, but I think it's safe to say that at the time his resea...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

I don't deny anybody anything that they have a right to expect from me. If an album or a book is overpriced for a copy that is free to reproduce, I don't buy it. If I can't pirate it, I still don't buy it. I, as a consumer, revoke anyone's right to expect a profit of more than a dollar for anything...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

...that piracy cuts off the income of artists completely. This is obviously not the case. Even as well-known and easy as piracy is, there are still people willing to pay full price for software and media... I feel like you probably don't even realize the irony of using that as evidence for your poi...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

It doesn't matter how much money the creators of said content want to make - if nobody pays them, they'll have to stop making content, period. And you stated a full-out blanket-piracy policy, not a selective policy towards people who you consider are "selling out", which should be a gener...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

My reply was a tongue-in-cheek denial of your attempt to make an ad-hominem argument. There was no ad-hominem argument; in fact, there was no argument. I was just curious as to how presumptuously douchey your self-entitled stance happens to be. Had you spent millions of dollars or the equivalent in...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:49 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

The law hasn't changed. The government did research into the potential benefits of changing the law, and decided that those were not significant enough. Dutch download laws are basically the same as the Swiss laws, and I never heard a suggestion that this might lead to boycots. (And others who corr...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

Out of curiousity, what significant intellectual property have you ever created? Off the top of my head, the post you just quoted. If that's what comes off the top of your head when asked for any significant intellectual property you've created, that explains a lot. My reply was a tongue-in-cheek d...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

I didn't read the entire thread, but my input is this: I refuse to buy anything that can be reproduced for free for any significant price. I pirate my entire life: my textbooks, my music, my TV shows, my movies. It baffles me that all of these things could be affordable to everyone with an internet...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

I didn't read the entire thread, but my input is this: I refuse to buy anything that can be reproduced for free for any significant price. I pirate my entire life: my textbooks, my music, my TV shows, my movies. It baffles me that all of these things could be affordable to everyone with an internet...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country
Replies: 211
Views: 17444

Re: Filesharing legal for personal use, guess the country

I didn't read the entire thread, but my input is this: I refuse to buy anything that can be reproduced for free for any significant price. I pirate my entire life: my textbooks, my music, my TV shows, my movies. It baffles me that all of these things could be affordable to everyone with an internet ...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:45 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. Republican Primary
Replies: 2855
Views: 310401

Re: U.S. Republican Primary

In other news, the Ronpaul is now in second place in Iowa, running just behind Gingrich. He has about a month to prove to Iowans that Newt is a career politician/evil incarnate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAcdtH0Mp94 I should know what to expect from politicians but I still feel a little shocked...
by SpiritOfRock
Mon Nov 07, 2011 2:19 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 7120

Re: Invading Mexico

I would argue that those cartels are only wealthy because of the somewhat stupid drug laws America has, and would be largely defanged with some reform. Illegal immigrants aren't coming into the country and working below minimum wage paying jobs so they can send the money home to drug cartels; it's ...
by SpiritOfRock
Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Invading Mexico
Replies: 54
Views: 7120

Re: Invading Mexico

Is absolutely nobody going to mention the highly organized, militant, violent drug cartels that occupy most of northern Mexico? Frankly, I consider them a bigger terrorist threat than Al Qaeda, especially with the majority of the middle east as capitulated as it has become. If and once the American ...
by SpiritOfRock
Sat Nov 05, 2011 10:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?
Replies: 48
Views: 13304

What would it take for you to fight for your liberty?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOGFaOAWGiQ Where do you draw the line between "Well, it's not perfect but it's the best system we have" and "Too far, let's fucking riot"? A clear line for me would be religious persecution by the government. Eugenics and genocide are others. Prett...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Intellectual pissing contest
Replies: 17
Views: 3164

Re: Intellectual pissing contest

For anyone baffled at any point... First limerick had no acrostic. Second limerick spelled "WITCH" Third limerick speled "WHITE" Fourth poem spelled "WICKED" (making it, rearranged, "WICKED WHITE WITCH" like the last three words). It should be noted th...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:17 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Intellectual pissing contest
Replies: 17
Views: 3164

Intellectual pissing contest

I have this to share from Facebook... are you meta enough to follow along?

Warning: A racial slur is used once.

Spoiler:
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by SpiritOfRock
Mon Jul 11, 2011 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google+ invites - who wants them?
Replies: 133
Views: 15013

Re: Google+ invites - who wants them?

Yeah, a PM is fine too as long as you bump the thread when you do.
by SpiritOfRock
Sun Jul 10, 2011 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Google+ invites - who wants them?
Replies: 133
Views: 15013

Google+ invites - who wants them?

Drop your E-mail in this thread if you do. And don't forget to spread the word!

https://plus.google.com/ for the uninformed.
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:02 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Quantum mechanics and life
Replies: 9
Views: 1673

Quantum mechanics and life

I'm not a physics/biology major or anything, but I've been curious about this for the past couple days. If all particles exist as waves until they're observed, how did the first observers form? Out of waves? Or does the wave function work differently from how I imagined it? Do some particles still e...
by SpiritOfRock
Wed May 25, 2011 10:23 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The scientific consensus on meditation
Replies: 35
Views: 6806

The scientific consensus on meditation

In the past year I've read quite a bit of literature on meditation, although not all from reliable sources. I've checked out some of the neurological experiments done on Tibetan monks and it all seems like really interesting stuff, but there seem to be a lot of claims regarding meditation that I hav...
by SpiritOfRock
Wed May 18, 2011 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: World music and Jason Mraz.
Replies: 3
Views: 1670

World music and Jason Mraz.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZi3gJSWd4Y Start watching at 1:25, just for a few dozen seconds. Jason Mraz, who you've probably heard about through his international hit "I'm Yours" from a few years ago, has a pretty diverse style that's influenced by music from all over the world. He men...
by SpiritOfRock
Wed Mar 02, 2011 5:39 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches
Replies: 9
Views: 2449

Re: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches

Crunches - do tougher variations like bicycle crunches and weighted crunches. 50 is a lot and, like all your other muscles, 50 reps is well beyond the point of diminishing returns (for strength... if you only care about endurance for, say, a specific sport, then by all means do a metric ton of crun...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:23 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches
Replies: 9
Views: 2449

Re: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches

If you have a sturdy door, some people do chin-ups on those. Of course, use doorstops etc. to keep it from moving, and maybe throw a towel over the top if it bothers your fingers. (And make sure it can support your weight.) Forgot to address the stretching point. Stretching isn't necessarily a more...
by SpiritOfRock
Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches
Replies: 9
Views: 2449

Re: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches

No, I recently tried a tree branch in my backyard but it broke.
by SpiritOfRock
Mon Feb 28, 2011 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches
Replies: 9
Views: 2449

Beginner's bodyweight workout/stretches

I started working out 3 times a week probably about a month ago, although I never really stuck to much of a strict regimen - I'd either find a workout video on Youtube and follow it as best as I could, or do as many of whatever exercise I could think of as possible until I got tired. I wrote down th...
by SpiritOfRock
Tue Jul 27, 2010 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: To be, or not to be?
Replies: 27
Views: 3567

To be, or not to be?

Me and my friend are arguing the best mathematical terms to state 'To be, or not to be? That is the question.' My version is as follows: 2b=|?| Which can be solved for ? to be "2b or -2b = ?", or, 'to be or negative to be equals question'. His argument is that negative 2b isn't anything li...
by SpiritOfRock
Sat Jun 05, 2010 4:57 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Trying out building my own computer for the first time soon
Replies: 22
Views: 2208

Trying out building my own computer for the first time soon

First and foremost, how do I tell which computer parts will fit with others? Am I just supposed to get newer models and hope that they fit together perfectly? I've tried exchanging parts before and it's only worked half of the time (probably because I'm exchanging parts from different generations). ...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri May 14, 2010 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Help a High School Dropout get back into math
Replies: 3
Views: 992

Help a High School Dropout get back into math

I was an idiot and dropped out of school last year. I'm getting my GED and going to college next year, and I am considering mathematics as my major. I haven't learned all of the math that there was to learn in high school, but I was praised for my exceptional work in math up until that point, and I ...
by SpiritOfRock
Sun May 09, 2010 1:35 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: How many formulas are there that only produce prime numbers?
Replies: 12
Views: 2247

Re: How many formulas are there that only produce prime numb

x^0 can only produce prime numbers...
by SpiritOfRock
Sat May 08, 2010 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How do you pirates feel about the Kindle?
Replies: 2
Views: 1340

How do you pirates feel about the Kindle?

I've been thinking of getting one, mainly as a way to get all of my PDFs onto somewhere where I can read them in places I can't take my laptop. I've heard it has trouble with zooming and that most PDF files are rendered useless on a Kindle because of it. I don't have anywhere near the money it would...
by SpiritOfRock
Fri Apr 30, 2010 11:48 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the fundamental unit of space a cube?
Replies: 30
Views: 3032

Re: Is the fundamental unit of space a cube?

by ian » Fri Apr 30, 2010 10:21 am UTC If you are located at the fundamental point of a cube of side length 1, and travel a unit length in a direction other than along the x,y,z axes, where are you? or could you not do this (with the implications that not all frames of reference are the same)? Well...
by SpiritOfRock
Wed Apr 28, 2010 6:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is the fundamental unit of space a cube?
Replies: 30
Views: 3032

Is the fundamental unit of space a cube?

I was reading today about Zeno's Paradoxes (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zeno's_paradoxes), and immediately upon reading the first two I figured that the problems could be easily solved with a fundamental unit of space. After a significant amount of daydreaming following this, I asked myself, should...

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