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by cphite
Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 99%
Replies: 152
Views: 23292

Re: The 99%

So, whatever happened to all the Occupy folks, and their 99% slogans? I was told they were to be the liberal counterpart to the tea party movement....only they seem to have vanished from the political radar. A bunch of camping seemed to be the high point of their accomplishments. What do you all th...
by cphite
Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Mormon Card
Replies: 104
Views: 19186

Re: The Mormon Card

I'm a little confused… does the Catholic Church or the Southern Baptist Convention hold the position that Mormons should be excluded from public office? Yes, but maybe not officially. I know Evangelicals who won't even let their kids play with non-Christians...clearly the government is an order hig...
by cphite
Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: US political culture - How did we get here?
Replies: 65
Views: 15116

Re: US political culture - How did we get here?

There's actually a very simple answer to this - Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine of the FCC. From the 40's to 1987 TV and radio broadcasters were required to present different points of view on important public issues as part of the responsibilities that being given a broadcasting license entail...
by cphite
Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Visual Studio's installer doesn't like me
Replies: 18
Views: 11579

Re: Visual Studio's installer doesn't like me

I was running Microsoft Security Essentials, and F-Secure was running in the background, ostensibly switched off. I also had an "HDD Protection" app from Toshiba (the OEM) running in the background, which I also switched off. I will try running memtest later on. Right now, I'm leaving the...
by cphite
Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Oh hey, I fucked up my computer.
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

Re: Oh hey, I fucked up my computer.

Is the "BIOS password" for the virtual machine or for the host of the virtual machine? If it's the former, you may be able to edit the config (your VM will have to be off of course) and if it's the latter, you should try removing the battery, wait about 30 mins, then put it back in. In eit...
by cphite
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Visual Studio's installer doesn't like me
Replies: 18
Views: 11579

Re: Visual Studio's installer doesn't like me

Yikes! Manually hacking apart the registry for something like this is probably not the way to go. It probably embeds itself in enough different places that it would only cause more problems. A search for <visual studio 2010 express uninstaller> turns up http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2010unins...
by cphite
Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:20 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life on Venus
Replies: 14
Views: 4472

Re: Life on Venus

Venus is too hot for Earth-like life, which in NASA's earlier missions probably made it a less appealing target than Mars. There also don't seem to be any stable media on Venus for organic (or exo-organic or pseudo-organic or whatever) reactions to take place in. I remember reading a while back tha...
by cphite
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: cannot connect to the network
Replies: 5
Views: 1995

Re: cannot connect to the network

Have you tried logging into 192.168.1.1? Type that into your web browser and see if you can access the configuration page for the router. There you should find settings that include filtering for mac addresses. If you don't have the password to login, you will just have to reset your router (usuall...
by cphite
Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Free Antivirus/Anti-malware
Replies: 25
Views: 21224

Re: Free Antivirus/Anti-malware

I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials for a few years now and I've been very happy with it. It's free, it's very easy to install, and it's very light in terms of the resources it uses. And the current version is every bit as effective as the paid AV scanners out in the market. That, plus the...
by cphite
Tue Aug 28, 2012 6:17 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The implications of consumer 3d printing
Replies: 92
Views: 36464

Re: The implications of consumer 3d printing

Legal, and doesn't require any special permits or such, according to wikipedia. Like Sizik said, smokeless powder deflagrates, it doesn't detonate. It's not exactly the safest stuff in the world, but it's not really ideal for bomb making, it was just all there was for a really long time. =( That's ...
by cphite
Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The implications of consumer 3d printing
Replies: 92
Views: 36464

Re: The implications of consumer 3d printing

Lots and lots (more) cheap garbage for the most part, at least for the first couple of years. You're going to see a lot of machines setup at the malls that let you draw a stupid little toy or key-chain or whatever and then print yourself the real thing. As it gets better you'll get better stuff - c...
by cphite
Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Worldwide vs Territorial Tax Systems
Replies: 5
Views: 4016

Re: Worldwide vs Territorial Tax Systems

I'm hoping we can have a meaningful discussion about corporate taxes without devolving into a 'Corporations are teh evuls!' shtick. I'd like feedback from someone with a stronger economics background about pros and cons of each policy. Currently, the US uses a 'Worldwide' tax system for corporate t...
by cphite
Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The implications of consumer 3d printing
Replies: 92
Views: 36464

Re: The implications of consumer 3d printing

So, I've been toying with my new 3d printer for...about two weeks now? And sure, they're a blast. But as I research, I run across very, very different things. I mean, sure, you find all the crazy stuff like "printing handguns" as per Distributed Defense, but even cursory investigation sho...
by cphite
Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 30210

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you. All righty then. I'll start running around giving people handjobs on the streets. If that's what you're into... The Do unto .. is somewhat of an epitome of useless, nice sounding advice. Probably runs rather contrary to many of the OP-s ground ru...
by cphite
Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyone?
Replies: 121
Views: 30210

Re: What’s the best piece of advice you could give to everyo

Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
by cphite
Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:05 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Recommend a Windows 7 backup program
Replies: 5
Views: 1929

Re: Recommend a Windows 7 backup program

What (and why) would you say is the best program for backing up a (running) Windows 7 installation to a Samba shared folder, and incrementally updating it on a regular basis? Windows 7 Backup does a fair job; you might have some trouble with permissions if it's an older Samba setup, but it's worth ...
by cphite
Thu Aug 16, 2012 6:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should the US be a world police?
Replies: 40
Views: 6543

Re: Should the US be a world police?

The scary thing about Iran? Compared to them, Saddam and the Iraqis were the good guys, since we all love the retarded "good vs evil" narratives so much. The Iranians mass recruited boys to send to the front with little training, which devolved into human wave tactics. The were given plas...
by cphite
Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:49 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Military sequestration
Replies: 66
Views: 14120

Re: Military sequestration

the Military budget cuts of about $500 billion over 10 years has been in the news lately. Many politicians on the right are worried about this. I personally want the military sequestration to happen. I don't understand why more politicians aren't coming out in favor of it. Because the defense budge...
by cphite
Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: escaping a black hole?
Replies: 61
Views: 22408

Re: escaping a black hole?

Okay, but assume the rope and the camera are both indestructible and it's Bruce Schneier pulling on the rope.

What would the camera show after having been inside the event horizon?
by cphite
Thu Aug 09, 2012 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Global Basic Income Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 3596

Re: Global Basic Income Fund

Thanks for your feedback. It seems those are some quite decisive criticisms. As for the lack of a digital bank accounts, GiveDirectly operates with the use of SIM cards and pre-existing mobile phones to use a national independent money transfer service, M-Pesa. This service can be used to transfer ...
by cphite
Thu Aug 09, 2012 3:32 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Global Basic Income Fund
Replies: 8
Views: 3596

Re: Global Basic Income Fund

There could be a fund that could accept donations, and at frequent time intervals, simply pay out all the money equally to all people on earth, without any further condition or consideration. For instance, if donors gave $70 million, everyone would receive one cent on their bank accounts, if they g...
by cphite
Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:22 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Civilization 5!!!
Replies: 481
Views: 116855

Re: Civilization 5!!!

The Civ5 AIs where built to roleplay less, and try to win more. This means that if you are approaching diplomatic or cultural victory, they will want to stomp you flat to prevent you from winning. This. In the context of what the game is about - being the leader of an empire, building a civilizatio...
by cphite
Thu Aug 09, 2012 1:09 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Assassin's Creed 3
Replies: 100
Views: 22980

Re: Assassin's Creed 3

Will it still be instantly fatal to fall into water? I could never understand why an elite, highly trained killer, would have such difficulty learning to at least tread water. Ezio has been able to swim since AC2. Apparently it was just that Altair was hydrophobic or something. :P Ah, cool. I've on...
by cphite
Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:06 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Assassin's Creed 3
Replies: 100
Views: 22980

Re: Assassin's Creed 3

Yeah, I know it's still like 4.5 months out, but I am *super* looking forward to this one. Even before seeing trailers and gameplay previews (which I guess all came out at E3, or at least I didn't notice them until after that), I was wicked stoked that I'll be able to run around and kill people in ...
by cphite
Mon Aug 06, 2012 6:48 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: What's up with my PC ????
Replies: 20
Views: 4602

Re: What's up with my PC ????

While this is not a browser war thread, you really should be using the latest version of IE if you want to use IE at all. Get IE 9. He is using the latest version of IE available... for Windows XP. I would agree that IE8 isn't the best browser, but it's not as awful as some people make it out to be...
by cphite
Fri Aug 03, 2012 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Hobbit
Replies: 217
Views: 82163

Re: The Hobbit

I don't agree at all with the complaints on the LOTR movies. Before they came out, I didn't think they'd get the ringwraiths right and the reality altering affects of the ring. It was an impossible task. They nailed it. The compulsion of the ring to return to it's master and it's power over frodo w...
by cphite
Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Gun Control
Replies: 2237
Views: 375409

Re: Gun Control

I am interested to know the opinions on Gun Control of the forum. Please include the following. 1) Your experience with firearms. Grew up with them. Lots of hunters and sport shooters in my family and surrounding area. Was taught from a very early age to shoot. Was also taught from a very early age...
by cphite
Tue Jul 24, 2012 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.
Replies: 45
Views: 8306

Re: The 1st moon landing...43 years ago today.

If it's so little, I'd like some. Seriously, the Apollo program cost significantly more than, for example, the first Gulf War and the RBS bailout combined, with none of the upsides. Upsides? How about: CAT-Scanning Magnetic Resonance Imaging The modern microchip Improved batteries Improved efficien...
by cphite
Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1080: "Visual Field"
Replies: 129
Views: 31517

Re: 1080: "Visual Field"

Alright, so the floaters have an explanation. On to another thing that bug me since childhood: Am I the only one, at night (or I guess anytime it's completely dark), to see the dark not uniformly black, but rather composed of a myriad of tiny color pixels on a black background? I mean it's not like...
by cphite
Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Deploying Software across N Servers
Replies: 1
Views: 1423

Re: Deploying Software across N Servers

I'm a developer. I have limited SysAdmin knowledge (in a Windows Environment, but want to hear how one would approach this problem for any OS environment). Say I have a Web Service (or Web Project, or whatever), and I need to deploy it to across an arbitrarily large number of Servers. From the SysA...
by cphite
Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Ambiguous cases and Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics
Replies: 50
Views: 41709

Re: Ambiguous cases and Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics

The 3 laws are flawed if you paradox a robot. Tell the robot to press a button 2nd law... It listens. Then tell the robot if it lets go of the button it will kill a human, and if it doesn't a human will die. .... It's screwed.... It can't let go because of the 1st rule. It has to let go because of ...
by cphite
Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:59 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: IF/ELSE vs CASE in SQL Server 2008
Replies: 3
Views: 7710

Re: IF/ELSE vs CASE in SQL Server 2008

2. With case statements, you have to know a specific value to develop a result for it, while if statements can be vague.


I'm curious as to what you mean by this.
by cphite
Tue Jul 10, 2012 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Evidence for aliens? (or: Evidentiality of prob/stats)
Replies: 573
Views: 105521

Re: Is there evidence of aliens?

I'm not sure what n/N is supposed to mean. Is that observed instances of life divided by the number of placed checked? If so, then the odds of life strictly happening are about 1/10. Because that's all of the planets that we've been able to observe that we can even reasonably state do not have life...
by cphite
Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mapping Cash Flow
Replies: 40
Views: 8279

Re: Mapping Cash Flow

All money and records of money are tracked centrally. For instance in the United States, any statement of account must match Bank of America's records... Bank of America is a private institution. It's not a national bank. We don't have a nationalized banking system. Bank of America has no fucking c...
by cphite
Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:17 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop
Replies: 14
Views: 19572

Re: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop

aaannnnddd.. there it goes... it did the same thing again(except this time i couldn't use the internet on my desktop or laptop), was able to reset it again, but now i'm only getting like .3mb/s to .7mb/s(suppose to get 1.5), i'm not to sure if it will speed up as the day goes by or not.. yesterday ...
by cphite
Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mapping Cash Flow
Replies: 40
Views: 8279

Re: Mapping Cash Flow

And then on your final point, A little spending fixes the debt problem? I guess I don't see how that is possible at all, spending by whom? It doesn't matter who the whom is, so long as that money enters into a stream that doesn't immediately route back to the pool it came from. IE: More water refer...
by cphite
Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:08 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop
Replies: 14
Views: 19572

Re: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop

ok.. so last time i tried holding down the reset button, nothing happened, this time i held it down for 10 - 15 seconds... and it worked, i just had to get on my laptop and type in username and password for my internet, it did some update or something.. and its now working! all the lights are green...
by cphite
Fri Jun 29, 2012 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop
Replies: 14
Views: 19572

Re: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop

ty for all the replies! just tried to reset the modem, and it did literally nothing going to try and call the internet people today or later this week one more thing, internet works fine on my desktop, just checked my laptop yesterday... it doesn't work, when i try and open firefox, it says somethi...
by cphite
Wed Jun 27, 2012 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop
Replies: 14
Views: 19572

Re: serious modem problem/modem lights are flashing non-stop

i got on the computer earlier today, everything fine, i turn my computer and internet off for an hour or so since i had to go do something, i come back, turn my computer on and plug my modem up, and all the lights are flashing non-stop in sync, the power one is flashing red and green, DSL is flashi...
by cphite
Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:27 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure
Replies: 56
Views: 10084

Re: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure

The thing about turn of the Century technology is that it doesn't exist anymore. Technology never really dies. Of course, have fun trying to locate that technology without google and modern communications and transportation. And there are certainly lost tech. I've heard that Hasting's era chainmail...

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