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by Sharlos
Mon Apr 05, 2010 4:07 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?
Replies: 43
Views: 20941

Re: Why use a 12-Month Calendar?

AFAIK, the way dates work on computers it shouldn't be too difficult to change the number of days in a month.
by Sharlos
Mon Apr 05, 2010 8:34 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We can't rely on financial regulators to protect us
Replies: 27
Views: 2729

Re: We can't rely on financial regulators to protect us

Sounds like a good idea, especially considering most of the financial regulators come from the industry they're supposed to be regulating. Doesn't that make sense though? You'd think they would know the problems, politics, and so on, which is rather important... Yes that is important, but they also...
by Sharlos
Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: We can't rely on financial regulators to protect us
Replies: 27
Views: 2729

Re: We can't rely on financial regulators to protect us

Sounds like a good idea, especially considering most of the financial regulators come from the industry they're supposed to be regulating.
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Religion: The Deuce
Replies: 5301
Views: 600546

Re: Religion: The Deuce

There is a fundamental difference between christianity and islam however: something beyond the story and more into theology. There was a famous debate in which a christian pastor and an islamic cleric answered a question: why did God- in the sense of the deity, create the world. The islam can only ...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 30, 2010 11:34 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Conservative Political Views
Replies: 45
Views: 7335

Re: Conservative Political Views

Well, if you lean libertarian you understand the benefits of support economic freedoms. Republicans add a heaping dose of mercantilism to that, but since the Democrats do that too, it doesn't really differentiate them. I agree. And it's mostly along social lines, whereas a lot of people differ on e...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:47 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google stops censoring in China
Replies: 21
Views: 2895

Re: Google stops censoring in China

So your problem is not that they stopped censoring searches, but is with the PR messages they put out about what they were doing and why they were doing it? Or what? I don't exactly follow. What should Google have done differently, in your view? In my opinion. A drawn out and public negotiation bet...
by Sharlos
Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google stops censoring in China
Replies: 21
Views: 2895

Re: Google stops censoring in China

Google is doing this the wrong way. You don't preach to someone by insulting them. Google's intention may be noble, but I fear that their action has caused the opposite of what they intended You don't convince someone to end censorship by helping them censor the internet, either. Actions speak loud...
by Sharlos
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:15 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Free Energy
Replies: 44
Views: 5092

Re: Free Energy

That was sad, that they choosed power grids over teslas wireless electricty transfer...world would have been so much different...altought i would exist to enjoy it. You would undoubtedly have people freaking out over the possible health effects of high intensity electric fields, at least. Compared ...
by Sharlos
Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:08 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How was your earth hour?
Replies: 25
Views: 1616

Re: How was your earth hour?

Earth Hour annoys me for two reasons: one, because idiots think it has anything at all to do with moving civilisation backwards, and two, because it lets people feel good about themselves but actually achieves nothing (especially when people are burning paraffin candles made from petroleum ). Well ...
by Sharlos
Sun Mar 28, 2010 6:45 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How was your earth hour?
Replies: 25
Views: 1616

Re: How was your earth hour?

Earth Hour annoys me for two reasons: one, because idiots think it has anything at all to do with moving civilisation backwards, and two, because it lets people feel good about themselves but actually achieves nothing (especially when people are burning paraffin candles made from petroleum ). Well ...
by Sharlos
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:32 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I want to emigrate. Any suggestions?
Replies: 22
Views: 3321

Re: I want to emigrate. Any suggestions?

Snakeville has sun, forestry and beaches, but our politics are relatively similar to the UK. I like this cheesegrater. Of course, it completely neglects the other horribly lethal creatures prevalent in Down Under, but I guess that would end up being a pretty long cheesegrater if it didn't. (Of cour...
by Sharlos
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:25 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How was your earth hour?
Replies: 25
Views: 1616

Re: How was your earth hour?

Earth Hour annoys me for two reasons: one, because idiots think it has anything at all to do with moving civilisation backwards, and two, because it lets people feel good about themselves but actually achieves nothing (especially when people are burning paraffin candles made from petroleum ). Well ...
by Sharlos
Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:29 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: GOP senators refuse to work past two
Replies: 123
Views: 11785

Re: GOP senators refuse to work past two

But the new use of the filibuster, simply to ensure that 60 votes are required to pass just about everything, is ridiculous, unintended, and strictly against the majority rule foundation of democracy. The senate has not ever been about majority rule. It's the classic myth of American democracy, it ...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:02 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Google stops censoring in China
Replies: 21
Views: 2895

Re: Google stops censoring in China

As much as I personally loathe censorship, I don't think Google have gone the right way about it. If you operate within a given country, you are expected to abide by that country's laws. You can call the law stupid and wrong if you like, but you still have to either obey it or convince the law-writ...
by Sharlos
Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Non Sex Offenders are Sex Offenders
Replies: 47
Views: 6230

Re: Non Sex Offenders are Sex Offenders

In an awkward roundabout way, this could be seen as a good thing. The entire concept of post prison lists disgusts me, so if there are so many offences on the list that it becomes meaningless... good stuff? But keeping children hostage is a pretty serious crime, whether your intend is to rape them ...
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:43 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 44368

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

Princess Marzipan wrote:You're not going to point out that she's being a terrible person because if you do she might cry?

To me that would encourage me to point it out.
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Carbon Nanotubes never cease to amaze
Replies: 29
Views: 3623

Re: Carbon Nanotubes never cease to amaze

Are these rechargable? Even if they aren't they'll still be useful, but I'd hesitate to call them batteries if they aren't.
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:18 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: US Income Distribution By Religion
Replies: 47
Views: 6785

Re: US Income Distribution By Religion

I don't want Jews to be more successful than protestants, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists, animists, or Satanists in any endevour. I want everyone to be equal. Equal outcomes is bull. Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Hindus, Buddhists, animists, and Satanists have the same opportunities in America. [cita...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 16, 2010 8:15 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs
Replies: 550
Views: 44368

Re: Penny Arcade's Take on Homophobic Slurs

It's like saying "You play like a girl" to mean "You play badly" I don't see what's offensive about this either, It's just comparing someone's actions to a stereotype oh and I suck because I don't understand why people in this thread are angry over the use of a word? Thanks thga...
by Sharlos
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First person to be recognised neither male or female in NSW
Replies: 8
Views: 1871

First person to be recognised neither male or female in NSW

I was just reading this in the paper and thought you guys might find it interesting. It's nice to know that the government is beginning to broaden its horizons.

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/sexless-in-th ... -q1l2.html
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:39 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wrong About Obama II
Replies: 47
Views: 5264

Re: Wrong About Obama II

The public option may not be the core of the reform bill, but it is in there and that is what the Republicans have a problem with among other things. It is a sufficiently big enough issue to stop the whole bill regardless of what good things may be in the bill. He opens up by trashing the public op...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Give Us Your Fingerprints And The Mexicans Will Leave
Replies: 24
Views: 2398

Re: Give Us Your Fingerprints And The Mexicans Will Leave

Do whatever statistical voodoo is necessary to determine the optimal number of immigrants per year How do you determine what is optimal? Some people want no immigrants, while others want essentially open borders. Few, if any, policies can be determined by statistical magic. Using Australian immigra...
by Sharlos
Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Plural You
Replies: 48
Views: 5506

Re: Plural You

I prefer youse, y'all I've never heard used in Australia. Plus adding a plural to you seems to make the most sense.
by Sharlos
Sun Mar 07, 2010 12:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth
Replies: 64
Views: 7247

Re: Britons weaponize Mozart in order to deter unruly youth

Trains count as your private life? 1 Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. 2 There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democrat...
by Sharlos
Sat Mar 06, 2010 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What would you do with $10,000?
Replies: 138
Views: 15914

Re: What would you do with $10,000?

After buying a new computer and mobile phone, I'd invest the rest of it for a couple years until such time that I finished studying and had a semi-stable job. At which point I'd start looking at getting my own house.
by Sharlos
Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:33 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The Value of History and Evidence
Replies: 8
Views: 1684

Re: The Value of History and Evidence

I don't think many people have a problem with drawing from history to learn how similar situations can be compared to present day, but there is also a problem where historical events (which happened under significantly different circumstances) get misapplied to a present situation. As well as that t...
by Sharlos
Sat Mar 06, 2010 12:03 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: California Protests Education Cuts
Replies: 18
Views: 1748

Re: California Protests Education Cuts

California should really consider changing their constitution to limit the amount of direct democracy they have.
by Sharlos
Fri Mar 05, 2010 10:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ontario Invests $7 billion in Green Power
Replies: 27
Views: 2472

Re: Ontario Invests $7 billion in Green Power

I do hope they don't try and invest it all in microprojects. The "Private MicroHydro" initiative taken by BC hydro has turned up all kinds of problems, including accusations of corruption over the use of the permitting fast track for supposedly 49megawatt projects and the debacle in which...
by Sharlos
Fri Mar 05, 2010 8:40 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7704

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

The value of having a permenant station or base on the Moon is that the moon provides almost all of the materials needed for the construction of orbital colonies, the only logical place for humans to live outside of Earth . The bolded is incredibly suspect. Why would you BUILD a place to live from ...
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7704

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

I'd like to clarify my earlier post by mentioning that i think settling the Moon or Mars is a terrible idea. Neither world has the sufficient gravity to make permenant settlement a reality. Mars' gravity may be sufficient for human health but any humans raised on Mars aren't going to be able to visi...
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 04, 2010 8:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17711

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

Sorry, if someone calls me an idiot in the strongest terms, I am going to smack them down. I only take it personally when its personal. This guy was explicitly personally insulting, and he deserved to be chewed out, personally. I've nothing against atheism, or atheists. Just this guy and his/her sm...
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 04, 2010 6:43 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17711

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

On the other hand, there are those of us who feel that religion is inherently so stupid and harmful that none of us should be moderate in our opposition to it, and that attempts to "reconcile" it are merely postponing the inevitable, as well as pandering to idiots. You can't reconcile rea...
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorships on cursing
Replies: 27
Views: 5069

Re: Censorships on cursing

I can abide the general public having information kept from them temporarily (in a timeframe of a month or two) for the sake of national security, but I would insist that a minimum number of legistlators and judges be fully informed of what is being kept secret from the public. If something needs to...
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 04, 2010 3:04 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Censorships on cursing
Replies: 27
Views: 5069

Re: Censorships on cursing

I really don't think it's an issue of preference. The entire issue of language repression comes down to a single question that is really quite simple to answer: Do you believe the government should be capable of limiting the form and manner in which you citizens express themselves? For me, the answ...
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:05 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bibles for Porn on college campus
Replies: 208
Views: 17711

Re: Bibles for Porn on college campus

Princess Marzipan wrote:Um. They're still douchebags.

So? They're funny douchebags.
by Sharlos
Thu Mar 04, 2010 1:53 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: WashingtonPost Opinion on Evan Bayh
Replies: 99
Views: 7668

Re: WashingtonPost Opinion on Evan Bayh

Let governments govern. Let simple majorities pass laws. I propose that this, firstly, allows things to be done by government, and that this is a good thing as if we are to have something hanging around it should be doing so in as functional a state as can reasonably be expected. If a government go...
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 11:57 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ontario Invests $7 billion in Green Power
Replies: 27
Views: 2472

Re: Ontario Invests $7 billion in Green Power

Jessica wrote:Oil sands are why Canada is considered dirty. That and only that. If I remember correctly Copenhagen even said that explicitly.

I think I recall Canada's envoy to Copenhagen being a little obstructionist, but I have no idea where I read that so don't quote me on it.
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:35 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coporate Rights & the US Constitution
Replies: 56
Views: 10155

Re: Coporate Rights & the US Constitution

If they have the right to free speech as a legal person, wouldn't that logically lead to corporations entitled to all other rights reserved for a person? If you're going to give your son one M&M, wouldn't that logically lead to you giving your son all other candies as well? If you can't spot yo...
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7704

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

Hundreds of meters long. That's still 5 orders of magnitude short of what we need them to be. If we were to build a space elevator would we really use single tubes kilometers long? I'd think it would be more practical to connect the tube together at the ends somehow. Something like that would also ...

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