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by cphite
Thu Jun 21, 2012 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure
Replies: 56
Views: 10067

Re: Rebooting the Computing Manufacturing Infrastructure

Assuming a perfect world scenario, where we could eliminate the trial and error and dead ends that have occurred over the past 110 years, I would guess that you could probably go from 1900's technology to 2012 technology in slightly less time... you'd still have to go through several iterations of t...
by cphite
Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?
Replies: 76
Views: 15596

Re: Did the same pervasive sense of doom exist 30 years ago?

It seems reasonable to suggest that it is easy to come up with a grim outlook of the future in general at this point: ruthless bipartisanship in the US, financial meltdowns, global warming, fossil fuel depletion, ignorance ruling the day, and so on and so forth. But all of those things have been ha...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

So just to be clear; my position is not that I don't care that it might make someone feel shitty. My position is that, aside from hearing it from a handful of people on an internet forum that is, shall we say generally less than favorable towards religion in the first place, I have personally no re...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2012 6:10 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

That's why I can't take it as generic well-wishes, by the way - because with people like you (who would rather state they'd pray for someone than state something unambiguously supportive), it's more important that you're praying than that you're easing any hardship. (In the business, we call this '...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2012 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

Your experience is nowhere even fucking close to encapsulating the entirety of the human condition. Neither is yours. But then, in my day to day life I am not interacting with the entirety of the human race. I am interacting with the people around me. My experience with the people around me tells m...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2012 3:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

it hasn't been my experience that others around me have either No, it only hasn't been your experience that others around you have spoken up about it. As mentioned repeatedly by several other people, you have no good reason to assume that the silence of a minority means they're not bothered by some...
by cphite
Fri Jun 08, 2012 2:26 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

On to your suggestions: Ignoring your declaration of prayer for me IS accepting prayers I don't want. "Simply" appreciating the thought behind it IS accepting prayers I don't want. Taking it as a generic platitude IS accepting prayers I don't want. None of these avenues offer me a means t...
by cphite
Thu Jun 07, 2012 4:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

On to your suggestions: Ignoring your declaration of prayer for me IS accepting prayers I don't want. "Simply" appreciating the thought behind it IS accepting prayers I don't want. Taking it as a generic platitude IS accepting prayers I don't want. None of these avenues offer me a means t...
by cphite
Thu Jun 07, 2012 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

I'm not into the whole Basic Human Decency thing. I don't go out of my way to deliberately offend people. If I offend someone and they let me know that, I'll generally make an effort to not do do again. But at the same time, I don't buy into this notion that everybody should censor themselves out o...
by cphite
Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

Wow, this discussion really took off In regards to the "I don't want to be welcomed back just by confessing" part was intended to stress that I don't just want "a break" from the church. I don't have time now to comment on the tens of posts since I last responded, but I will com...
by cphite
Wed Jun 06, 2012 2:29 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

"People only MIGHT be offended, so I'm going to keep doing it anyway!" This is the same justification that assholes use to make it okay for them to make rape jokes, or say faggot or nigger or chink or whathaveyou until they're blue in the face. Yes; I am going to express my religious beli...
by cphite
Tue Jun 05, 2012 9:02 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

But what I will NOT do is refrain from is saying that to people in the first place, purely on the chance that I might offend them. What if it was reasonable for you to believe that it would offend them? I.e., you understood that the vast majority of atheists who hear 'I'll pray for you' translate t...
by cphite
Tue Jun 05, 2012 8:47 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

You said you're a Roman Catholic. Can you honestly tell me that you wouldn't be the least bit unsettled if a Satanist promised his next goat sacrifice would be made in your name? (No, this is not equating prayer to goat sacrifice - I am intentionally seeking out a likely offensive religious act for...
by cphite
Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

And when someone says "I'll pray for you" they are not keeping their religion to themselves. Why should anyone be required to keep their religion to themselves? [...] Context is neat! If you actually read my entire paragraph there instead of picking this one individual sentence out and is...
by cphite
Tue Jun 05, 2012 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: My quest for Excommunication
Replies: 309
Views: 33346

Re: My quest for Excommunication

The big thing that grates on me with just about anything Christian is how unnecessarily default it tends to be. Because it's default and generally accepted, objecting to any part is already going against the grain. Then the more fanatical Christians can't wrap their head around the fact that while ...
by cphite
Thu May 31, 2012 7:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Trouble loading Facebook
Replies: 7
Views: 3967

Re: Trouble loading Facebook

Take a look in your hosts file (I think it's usually /etc/hosts on Linux) and see if there is anything strange. This sounds suspiciously like you're being redirected to something. You say your computer (the one with the problem) works on other networks, and that other computers on your network work....
by cphite
Tue May 29, 2012 9:18 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Thinking of getting a new PC
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Re: Thinking of getting a new PC

Yeah, I've thought about that. Doing a fresh install though would be such an enormous headache. Reinstalling so many programs, then finding out a week, month, year later I forgot to install something else... Well, I guess you've just got to decide what's the bigger headache... spending an hour or t...
by cphite
Tue May 29, 2012 3:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Thinking of getting a new PC
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Re: Thinking of getting a new PC

Thanks. While I would kind of like to build one myself, I know I won't. It took my 5 months to install a new DVD burner in my computer after getting it for Christmas. Thanks for the link, I'll check it out. Gaming is what I'd use it for. My issue is this. On the one hand, what's wrong with my compu...
by cphite
Fri May 25, 2012 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Thinking of getting a new PC
Replies: 7
Views: 1943

Re: Thinking of getting a new PC

A good, current source of information for PC buying can be found here: http://techreport.com/articles.x/22972 You mention Alienware so I'll assume you're a gamer... Alienware are great machines, but honestly unless you are into extreme, cutting-edge gaming or otherwise working the hell out of your m...
by cphite
Thu May 24, 2012 7:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M.D.)
Replies: 711
Views: 111045

Re: Hugh Laurie:A Real American Doctor FROM AMERICA (House M

Didn't mind the concept of the ending - faking his own death actually seems like a very "House" thing to do. But the execution was horrible. There is absolutely no way anyone (even someone without his leg problem) is getting from where he's standing to out some back door i...
by cphite
Thu May 24, 2012 7:37 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Chrome] Refuses to open start page
Replies: 8
Views: 3568

Re: [Chrome] Refuses to open start page

Oh, huh, I didn't realize Diadem was actually talking about the New Tab page. As far as I know, this certainly didn't happen "out of the blue". It's been done for *many* versions. It's been doing that for a very long time... only way I've ever found of stopping it is a redirect. Just Goog...
by cphite
Tue May 22, 2012 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Chrome] Refuses to open start page
Replies: 8
Views: 3568

Re: [Chrome] Refuses to open start page

by cphite
Mon May 21, 2012 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: [Chrome] Refuses to open start page
Replies: 8
Views: 3568

Re: [Chrome] Refuses to open start page

Click on the wrench icon at the upper-right of the Chrome window and select Settings Look for a set of radio buttons called "On Startup" Select the one that says "Open a specific page or set of pages." Click the blue link to he right of that "Set Pages" Enter the pages ...
by cphite
Thu May 17, 2012 6:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What makes Royal families Royal?
Replies: 90
Views: 20179

Re: What makes Royal families Royal?

The Crown estate is a non issue. I am sure that if required the Royal Family would hand it over voluntarily. Who it goes to is a more significant issue. It is no secret that much of Britain's wealth was made off the back of slavery and repression of the colonies. Why exactly is it reasonable if we ...
by cphite
Fri Apr 27, 2012 8:08 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Bowties Vs. Ties
Replies: 22
Views: 12354

Re: Bowties Vs. Ties

Of course, the other holy war here is "what knot do you use for your (non-bow) tie"? Also I am no longer a mod so it's up to phlip whether this thread belongs here. :-) The easy one, whatever it's called. And I never untie them if it can be avoided. I have ties that haven't been untied fo...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:41 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: CPU hike along with constant refeshing
Replies: 5
Views: 1429

Re: CPU hike along with constant refeshing

Video converter seems like a likely suspect... but unfortunately without knowing what you have installed on your computer and what was actually running at these times, it's really not possible to give you an answer. Next time it happens, click on the "Processes" tab of Task Manager, make s...
by cphite
Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Monitor no signal
Replies: 5
Views: 6161

Re: Monitor no signal

It is issue of your ram replace your ram with a new one. How can you possibly know that? It could just as easily be that the video card is dead, or that the cable is broken, or any number of other things. Kirby has the right idea here. Yeah... of all the things to just blindly assume are the proble...
by cphite
Wed Apr 25, 2012 9:08 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A potentially super-offensive question about Hawking.
Replies: 16
Views: 4404

Re: A potentially super-offensive question about Hawking.

I can't think of any way to make this sound not horrible and inappropriate, so I'll just ask it straight-up. Is any significant amount of the praise the scientific community lavishes upon Stephen Hawking because he's physically disabled? I ask because I was thinking recently; Albert Einstein's work...
by cphite
Wed Apr 25, 2012 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: protecting firefox from crappy taskbars and such
Replies: 7
Views: 2340

Re: protecting firefox from crappy taskbars and such

scarecrovv, I want to do that on windows. I don't have the problem with linux, because no Linux user will accept that his homepage has changed for bing and let it like that, while many windows users are too lazy too even try to change it back. Are these the same Windows users who are too lazy to re...
by cphite
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How much do programers cost?
Replies: 17
Views: 4643

Re: How much do programers cost?

Do you have any friends or co-workers who program? If so, find one and tell them your idea, and ask them what they think it would take. If they think it's within their scope of abilities, ask them what they'd be willing to do it for. Decide if what they offer is acceptable to you. If it is, great - ...
by cphite
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: protecting firefox from crappy taskbars and such
Replies: 7
Views: 2340

Re: protecting firefox from crappy taskbars and such

Hi all, I'm tired of having to read every single option of every menu when I install a new program to avoid having some new crappy toolbar, or changing my default search engine, and such. Is there a way to make sure external programs can't change the configuration of firefox without firefox asking ...
by cphite
Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:01 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: How much do programers cost?
Replies: 17
Views: 4643

Re: How much do programers cost?

I have an idea for a pretty simple program that could potential make a lot of money. So right now I'm at the planing stage and am currently trying to find out rough cost of the project. So I was wondering how much programers cost on average. Taking into account the project is rather simple and I pr...
by cphite
Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:09 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Java not working in Chrome, fine everywhere else
Replies: 11
Views: 29550

Re: Java not working in Chrome, fine everywhere else

I would try removing Chrome completely - uninstall it, and then actually remove any files that Chrome puts on your machine. You can Google the file locations for your specific OS. THEN re-install Chrome and see if that works.
by cphite
Thu Apr 12, 2012 4:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Nuclear fusion!
Replies: 64
Views: 13146

Re: Nuclear fusion!

All you need are magnets, a turbine, a building, and really good computers. And considering that computing power is dirt cheap, and turbines and buildings are not new tech, a commercial reactor would probably cost on the order of a mid-sized coal plant -- if not less. Heck, I have magnets and compu...
by cphite
Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:51 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.
Replies: 81
Views: 50441

Re: Admit it. Your first OS is your favorite.

Well, my first OS was OS-9 on a TRS-80 Color Computer.... you can get an idea of how old that is by the fact that they thought it necessary to mention "color" in the name. At the time, I thought it was awesome - I was twelve years old and this machine is pretty much what led me to a life o...
by cphite
Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:55 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Desktop PC powers on, then off
Replies: 3
Views: 2533

Re: Desktop PC powers on, then off

Questions: 1. Is it possible for a short in the motherboard, or a bad capacitor, to blow a power supply? 2. Is it bad when capacitors bulge at the top? 3. Is it possible to test a new power supply without fitting it? I'm pretty sure this is possible, but if it isn't, then it makes me think the comp...
by cphite
Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Memory leak?
Replies: 6
Views: 1926

Re: Memory leak?

existentialpanda: are you opting to view processes from all users? As an aside, it's usually suggested you don't run multiple AV programs at once, too. I haven't been viewing processes from all users, but I switched to that just now and it's exactly the same except with svchost visible as well - th...
by cphite
Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:14 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: My Macbook won't eject my disc!?
Replies: 3
Views: 2030

Re: My Macbook won't eject my disc!?

My macbook is an OS X 10.6.7 and it has been doing pretty good until today. I put in a disc, thinking that there was no disc inside because there was no icon that was displayed on the desktop. but then, i realised too late that there was already a disc inside. So now there are two discs in my macbo...
by cphite
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Outrageous utility bill
Replies: 15
Views: 5285

Re: Outrageous utility bill

Alright, so after calling the gas company I'm fairly certain the bill is so high simply because we're heating the upstairs as well. The person on the phone told me my friend's gas bill amount (which I'm pretty sure is something they aren't supposed to do, but... meh) and his house is in the same si...
by cphite
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Web Browser not working due to windows error
Replies: 8
Views: 4928

Re: Web Browser not working due to windows error

So i had three web browsers installed Internet explorer , Google chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Suddenly none of them would even start. Every time they are started all i get is an error message saying pages wont load. I re installed them but still they ain't working. So i installed opera (this browser...

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