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by btilly
Mon Jan 12, 2009 10:11 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atty. General Asks CA SC To Throw Out Prop 8
Replies: 109
Views: 8632

Re: Atty. General Asks CA SC To Throw Out Prop 8

We're talking about forcing the government to use a religious term that one group prefers (marriage) instead of a perfectly functional and neutral descriptive term (civil union). Here I believe. Alright. On its own, that's certainly ambiguous, but recall that I was speaking in the context of "...
by btilly
Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12893

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

If intelligence is subject to sexual selection, then intelligent people can have a reproductive advantage even when the feature is clearly detrimental to the survival of the individual. Given how much higher the rate of death during childbirth is in humans than in related species, this is not hypot...
by btilly
Sun Jan 11, 2009 7:20 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Concerning Torture & Does Torture Work?
Replies: 49
Views: 6242

Re: Concerning Torture & Does Torture Work?

To the question "Does torture work" the answer is beyond the experience of people on this forum. (Unless one of you is a high level CIA opperative with top secret clearance) There are two conflicting arguments that continue to come out of the intelligence agencies. 1) We have been told th...
by btilly
Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12893

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

If you judge by other primates, we are well past our maximum brain size. With our brain size we should not be able to be born. Yet we manage the feat anyways with a number of tricks, not the least of which is being born 3 months early. There is no reason to believe that there are not more tricks th...
by btilly
Sat Jan 10, 2009 9:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Atty. General Asks CA SC To Throw Out Prop 8
Replies: 109
Views: 8632

Re: Atty. General Asks CA SC To Throw Out Prop 8

Wrong, marriage is not a religious term, the word in it's current form goes back to the end of the 13th century at least, and similar latin words and such going back further still, and obviously the concept or action itself goes much further back, Rome and ancient Greece and before. But in Europe a...
by btilly
Sat Jan 10, 2009 6:26 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GNU versus BSD
Replies: 145
Views: 42204

Re: GNU versus BSD

... ⋅ Anyone who only has copyright because the GPL grants it to them needs to worry about the GPL, because without it they wouldn't have copyright anymore. They can still use and modify the code as much as they want but they can't redistribute it. Technical correction. Permission to copy...
by btilly
Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:01 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Human "breeding", and its implications
Replies: 95
Views: 12893

Re: Human "breeding", and its implications

I have several points which have little relation between each other but are all relavent to the topic and conversation: 1) My own opinion on the subject of evolution is that our evolution now takes place on a much larger scale, as a species almost against its own planet in some ways, or against oth...
by btilly
Tue Jan 06, 2009 4:52 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GNU versus BSD
Replies: 145
Views: 42204

Re: GNU versus BSD

The original developer remains free to change the licence at any time for any new versions he develops. The GPL is a copyright licence that grants others the rights to redistribute the program provided they follow the restrictions put forth. The original developer doesn't need such a licence as it'...
by btilly
Tue Jan 06, 2009 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: GO weiqi igo baduk
Replies: 154
Views: 62357

Re: GO....

Gowerly wrote:Ooh yay, Go. I'll definitely be signing up for that. Thanks for the useful info, too. I played a bit at university, but the only one I could play against was about 3k, so just owned me on a regular basis.

That's what handicaps exist for!
by btilly
Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:29 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: GO weiqi igo baduk
Replies: 154
Views: 62357

Re: GO....

Actually, apparently the worst thing you can do when you're learning to play go is be good at chess. Sucks to be me, there's so much stuff you have to un-learn. Its really hard to say 'that ones lost, and if I try to save it, I'll lose more and waste time, so I'll just play somewhere else'. Also, n...
by btilly
Thu Dec 25, 2008 3:57 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2031308

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Yup, but then add in the fact that if there is an error you probably want to change the flow of control, and life gets much more complex...
by btilly
Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:18 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: personal agendas disguised as fiction
Replies: 100
Views: 14125

Re: personal agendas disguised as fiction

[An example can be found in Going Postal. Vetinari is having a meeting with some big-businesscapitalists (who are just so obviously crooks), and goes on for a full-page monologue showing off his insight in their methods. Followed by "The men around the table were staring at him." Basicall...
by btilly
Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:00 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2031308

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I just figured out a kind of sneaky way of conditionally dealing with return values in C++ (and C99) without actually defining them in a function scope. Obviously, this doesn't work: if( (int retval = function()) != ERROR) printf("Error code %d\n", retval); But this does for(int retval = ...
by btilly
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: personal agendas disguised as fiction
Replies: 100
Views: 14125

Re: personal agendas disguised as fiction

No, seriously, Pratchett is about to become a left-wing Heinlein. He's always had an agenda, but there used to be so much awesome storytelling in the bargain as well. Now it's... not so much. The characters are forced to say so much wise stuff they've hardly got the time to be characters. When I re...
by btilly
Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:05 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2031308

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I cannot recommend Ruby. It is primarily just a sexy little fad right now. I've heard absolute horror stories from everyone I know trying to use it to accomplish anything other than trivialities or toy projects. Go learn Perl, or a compiled language. Diversify. Define trivialities and toy projects,...
by btilly
Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2031308

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

Quite a long time ago, on my first own project with .NET, I found that you couldn't get images out of webbrowser objects without re-downloading them. I just thought to myself... Why the hell not?!? I mean, there's lots of other ways (Considerably more long winded) I could get around it and it just ...
by btilly
Mon Dec 15, 2008 1:09 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How has the economy affected you?
Replies: 44
Views: 4760

Re: How has the economy affected you?

I am currently a teacher, so my job is basically recession proof. Really? I am wondering what will haapen in California after we run out of cash. Yes, the contract says that teachers continue to get paid, but how will that happen? I think an option that should have been included in the poll: Have y...
by btilly
Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:51 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: GNU versus BSD
Replies: 145
Views: 42204

Re: GNU versus BSD

The only controversy I recall was over people in GPL projects taking BSD code and making it GPL code wholesale. I'm sorry, but using a permissive license does not allow you to delete my permissive license and insert your restrictive license. Methinks someone does not understand what it means to hav...
by btilly
Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Here is an interesting twist. Apparently the Mormons didn't properly track non-monetary contributions to the Yes on 8 campaign. I wonder what impacts there will be from that? maybe the mormon church will be banned. but probably not. As I understand it, the biggest thing they risk is their tax-exemp...
by btilly
Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Here is an interesting twist. Apparently the Mormons didn't properly track non-monetary contributions to the Yes on 8 campaign. I wonder what impacts there will be from that?
by btilly
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Sort of like when Scalia said he supported the use of torture in interrogations because although the constitution forbids "cruel and unusual punishment," interrogation is not punishment. That makes it okay to use torture, if we read the constitution literally. Sorry -- I can't think this ...
by btilly
Sun Nov 23, 2008 8:31 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inequality of information
Replies: 25
Views: 3756

Re: Inequality of information

I never did qualify what kind of information would be included... but I'd imagine a combination of public records / census data and scientific data. So... you want the Freedom of Information Act, except... see, this is where you lost me. What new thing do you want? all that data loaded into a publi...
by btilly
Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?
Replies: 77
Views: 8669

Re: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?

For everyone talking about marriage being about love, marriage originated from religion, and all those religions define marriage as the bond between a man and a woman. I'm all for domestic partnership and all that, but when people talk about giving the minority(gays) a right to marry, they're talki...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 11:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Furthermore Thomas isn't all that nuts. He just wants the Constitution to mean what it originally said. Sort of like when Scalia said he supported the use of torture in interrogations because although the constitution forbids "cruel and unusual punishment," interrogation is not punishment...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

I don't think it's fair to call Clarence Thomas a republican. Even republicans aren't that nuts. I think he's the only black man in America who would vote to restore segregation. Do you think that it is fair to call George Bush Sr a Republican? That was the Republican who tried to change the charac...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?
Replies: 77
Views: 8669

Re: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?

Look at the example of Massachusetts. Gay marriage was introduced their by judicial ruling when it was strongly against the desire of the legislature and the people. Yet opinion has now swung solidly for gay marriage. Other states have not seen opinions swing so fast. Where is the resistance again?...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Personally, I think the best possible result is if the lawsuits based in state law fail, the case is sent to the supreme court, and the SCotUS shoots it down for going against the federal constitution. That would put an end to the issue in every state in the union. While reading the discussion on t...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?
Replies: 77
Views: 8669

Re: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?

Well, I already responded to both of these arguments but what hell- The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to remove an anti-gay marriage initiative from the November ballot. Meeting in closed session, the court denied a petition calling for the removal of the initiative, Proposition 8, on ...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

I've seen people quick to point out the negative precedents set if this goes on the books but those same folks completely ignore the negative precedents if it is overturned. They are both bad, there is no question. To me though, the nature of state constitutions is called into question here and tha...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Right here. At a glance, it doesn't look as though you participated. That's right. I was off of this site for a while, so I didn't see the thread, didn't participate, and it should come as no surprise that I was unaware of it. That said, I have responded to your misconceptions about what the court ...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?
Replies: 77
Views: 8669

Re: Arnold trying to terminate Proposition 8?

Our state legislature ruled earlier that the constitution, as written, guaranteed gay marriage under a clause on gender equality. The amendment proposed by Prop 8 is in direct contradiction with that clause as interpreted. The California constitution (according to those who support court review of ...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

I don't remember having this debate at any length. Would it be too much to ask that you name the other thread in which you think we discussed it? . . . you mean the one you started ? I've obviously read that thread before, and I just skimmed it again. I can find me stating essentially the same posi...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 2:11 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inequality of information
Replies: 25
Views: 3756

Re: Inequality of information

I'll admit there is no metric for measuring the amount of power inherent in a given piece of information before that information is being put to use, but that's not a problem. If we have enough other information, it should be easy to find out where power is concentrated, and search out the informat...
by btilly
Fri Nov 21, 2008 1:11 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

The fact that you had a debate with your friends and have decided what conclusion you think the court should decide does not mean that there is no legal argument left for the court to decide on. For a start there is the possibility that the court will look at the same facts and arguments that you d...
by btilly
Thu Nov 20, 2008 11:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Contrary to your simplistic misunderstanding, there is a real issue. You are right that the California constitution can be amended by simple popular vote (after being placed on the ballot by any means). However it cannot be revised by simple popular vote. The legal question is therefore whether thi...
by btilly
Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 10016
Views: 2031308

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

I thought I did... guess not. Also, a lesson in efficiency. I implemented a simple protocol in an N64 emulator to read and write the game's memory over TCP/IP. You send a request containing address, # bytes, and a command (9 bytes in total), and it sends back however many bytes you requested. As an...
by btilly
Thu Nov 20, 2008 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits
Replies: 86
Views: 7912

Re: CA Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Prop 8 Lawsuits

Which process? The point of contention is whether this change to the constitution, by law, should have been on the ballot at all, or whether, by law, it should have been resolved in some other way. To put it another way, the question is which process should have been used. This is a solid legal que...
by btilly
Thu Nov 20, 2008 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Inequality of information
Replies: 25
Views: 3756

Re: Inequality of information

This is impossible. The problem is simple. I have a better memory and more interest in intellectual topics than most people in the general public. (I don't mean to brag, I assume that many other people in this discussion can honestly say the same thing.) Therefore on many topics I have more accumula...
by btilly
Thu Nov 20, 2008 2:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How has the economy affected you?
Replies: 44
Views: 4760

Re: How has the economy affected you?

Work in the financial sector, and there were some godawful cuts at my company a few days back. They went right past the fat and into the muscle for this one: the cuts left a 24 year old (me) running IT flows for an entire trading desk. Since neither front or back office people can do their jobs wit...
by btilly
Tue Nov 18, 2008 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How has the economy affected you?
Replies: 44
Views: 4760

How has the economy affected you?

$work had a layoff yesterday. We lost 22 people from our office, and 14 more in an offsite location. Reading the papers this is a story that is being repeated around the country.

I'm curious how everyone else here is being impacted by the economy.

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