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by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?
Replies: 287
Views: 36969

Re: People's mate preferences are racist. Do we care?

That does raise another question though; where do we draw the line ? In personal relationships it seems pretty fair that we can express preferences but what about someone being sent to repair your washing machine ? Can you ask a female engineer to leave because you think that she will not have the ...
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Coporate Rights & the US Constitution
Replies: 56
Views: 10162

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?
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Math based composition coolness
Replies: 43
Views: 4837

Re: Math based composition coolness

Well seeing how I'm a consumer of music, not a composer, I don't see how it's really applicable. Well seeing how this is a thread discussing artificial composition, I don't see how your personal status as consumer or composer is really applicable. That's a pretty flawed analogy... Shouldn't it be: ...
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 1:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7724

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

Azrael001 wrote:You are wrong on both counts. Trebuchets work using gravity, and would be proportionally weaker on the moon. Also we do have the ability to make longer nanotubes.

Yeah, just not a lot of them.
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Math based composition coolness
Replies: 43
Views: 4837

Re: Math based composition coolness

to paraphrase John Lennon:- writing a computer program to make music for you is like writing a computer program to have sex for you. why would you want to write a computer program to have sex for you? That's a pretty flawed analogy... Shouldn't it be: "...have sex with you"? Also could be...
by Sharlos
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House
Replies: 17
Views: 5156

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Well considering I've been unable to really find anything about it on any Australian news sources, I'm not surprised. (Not that I looked hard.)
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 02, 2010 2:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7724

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

I read an idea suggesting solar power satellites could be used to transmit power to a moon station, not having to worry about the moons day/night cycle and could be launched form Earth, only needing to construct a rectenna on the moon.
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7724

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

Ok, my opinion on the value of going to the moon has now changed somewhat. Now all we need is a decent source of nitrogen somewhere up there. Eh? What about soil, oxygen, an energy supply, and bunker-busters to clear out those secret Nazi moon bases? Yeah but without water, your dragging too much o...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House
Replies: 17
Views: 5156

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Also I have a hard time believing Australia is particularly backwards when I look at other countries and see creationism being taught in schools and similar rubbish. Australia is pretty conservative in my opinion on a number of subjects, but not backwards. Rural areas are the worst, but thats mostly...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:05 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ice on Luna: We Found It
Replies: 88
Views: 7724

Re: Ice on Luna: We Found It

Ok, my opinion on the value of going to the moon has now changed somewhat. Now all we need is a decent source of nitrogen somewhere up there.
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:27 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House
Replies: 17
Views: 5156

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8542350.stm It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts. You think the bulk of those people were doing this for gay accepta...
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "US plans 'dramatic reductions' in nuclear weapons"
Replies: 17
Views: 2322

Re: "US plans 'dramatic reductions' in nuclear weapons"

How would it make them try even harder?

A lot of the reason countries are trying to get nuclear weapons now is because countries like America haven't kept their side of the non-proliferation treaty.
by Sharlos
Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:15 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is America being too nice?
Replies: 34
Views: 5194

Re: Is America being too nice?

How different is finland to the rest of the scandinavian countries in terms of social programs/wealth ect?

Seems like an interesting outlier between the countries I expected to be very similar to one another.
by Sharlos
Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:33 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House
Replies: 17
Views: 5156

5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8542350.stm

It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts.
by Sharlos
Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:32 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Math based composition coolness
Replies: 43
Views: 4837

Re: Math based composition coolness

What do people think music is if not a pattern of sounds. Pretty logical that a computer would be able to make something out of it.
by Sharlos
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:49 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is America being too nice?
Replies: 34
Views: 5194

Re: Is America being too nice?

I was more refering to their budget deficit than trade deficit as I don't have as much understanding of the problems with a trade deficit. And that was in response to the idea that America has an unsustainable debt. As from what I understand having a large debt isn't too much of a worry so long as y...
by Sharlos
Sun Feb 28, 2010 11:29 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Is America being too nice?
Replies: 34
Views: 5194

Re: Is America being too nice?

American debt isn't much of a problem, it is its deficit thats concerning.
by Sharlos
Sat Feb 27, 2010 10:13 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Funding from the military
Replies: 60
Views: 5326

Re: Funding from the military

If you could promise me a robo-bear cavalry, I'd give you my money.
by Sharlos
Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:14 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket
Replies: 27
Views: 3736

Re: Dutch cabinet kicks bucket

I would have thought that if a coalition couldn't be formed then the party with the biggest share of seats would form the government.
by Sharlos
Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:37 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Preacher shows gay porn in church
Replies: 24
Views: 4875

Re: Preacher shows gay porn in church

Does anyone know what kind of porn it was? Something 'typical' or something intentionally disturbing? Additionally, does anyone wonder how this preacher went about obtaining it? Might be interpreted as being gay... "Disturbing" is a relative term. Depending on your views on homosexuality,...
by Sharlos
Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Preacher shows gay porn in church
Replies: 24
Views: 4875

Re: Preacher shows gay porn in church

Does anyone know what kind of porn it was? Something 'typical' or something intentionally disturbing? Additionally, does anyone wonder how this preacher went about obtaining it? Might be interpreted as being gay...
by Sharlos
Thu Feb 18, 2010 11:07 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 5810

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

Whoa, about bloody time. Can they convince Australia's government next? Maybe South Australia. Maybe. Good luck with the rest of the country. Is the barrier that the government is not allowing nuclear plants, or that it is not providing them (through a state utility, or a loan system)? A nuclear po...
by Sharlos
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:26 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 5810

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

LuNatic wrote:Whoa, about bloody time. Can they convince Australia's government next?

Maybe South Australia. Maybe.

Good luck with the rest of the country.
by Sharlos
Wed Feb 17, 2010 8:44 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: WashingtonPost Opinion on Evan Bayh
Replies: 99
Views: 7677

Re: WashingtonPost Opinion on Evan Bayh

That's why a two party state is so dangerous, whenever you take a shot at your opponets, it means more votes for you, if you have a number of parties, they might not vote for your opponent, but they still probabbly won't vote for you. It also prevents politicians from being forced to choose a party ...
by Sharlos
Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 5810

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

I hate to rain on the consensus, but I am not sure this news is very good*. In essence, it means that nuclear power is currently too expensive to build under commercial terms, and that's a not a good message at all. Banks do have very good people on energy affairs, and if they won't lend you money ...
by Sharlos
Wed Feb 17, 2010 7:52 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors
Replies: 73
Views: 5810

Re: U.S. to build new Nuclear Reactors

Actually, I keep seeing in the political coverage about how the main (supposed) opposition to nuclear power comes from elements of the Democratic party. Who are these people and how did they get in my party? Seriously. It's time for real liberalism to tell people to shut up and learn the science. Y...
by Sharlos
Sun Feb 14, 2010 11:44 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australian court rules "Facts not subject to copyright"
Replies: 5
Views: 1130

Re: Australian court rules "Facts not subject to copyright"

The actual ruling , and some other news links . The court ruled that the mere assembly of facts doesn't constitute a "Creative Work", and therefore, isnt subject to copyright. Yay! First the iiNet ruling, and now this! With all those rulings I'm still thinking along the lines of call me o...
by Sharlos
Tue Feb 09, 2010 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinchilla voted in as President of Costa Rica.
Replies: 15
Views: 1959

Re: Chinchilla voted in as President of Costa Rica.

She's more a Costa Rican Palin than a Clinton, fyi. Conservative candidate and all. Just because she's conservative doesn't mean she's a Palin, Palin gets her own whole category. Also, is she an economic or social conservative, I don't have a problem with economic conservatism, just social. And con...
by Sharlos
Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iran May Stop Enriching Uranium
Replies: 31
Views: 3382

Re: Iran May Stop Enriching Uranium

Israel will facepalm. ... and the Doomsday clock will ratchet one minute closer to midnight. A nuclear war between Iran and Israel would hardly be a doomsday scenario, a lot of innocent people would die, but that would be limited to Israel, Iran and the surrounding countries. I see the major proble...
by Sharlos
Fri Feb 05, 2010 3:17 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minor Civil Liberties Violation Fails, Australia.
Replies: 22
Views: 2609

Re: Minor Civil Liberties Violation Fails, Australia.

Interesting point; as this is a state law, does it apply to people from the rest of Australia as well? And I'll second Hawknc on the wanker comment. Atkinson, take your ass back to 1920 when prohibition and censorship was cool. Edit: No, I'm not attaching my name and address to this post. Sue me. N...
by Sharlos
Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Minor Civil Liberties Violation Fails, Australia.
Replies: 22
Views: 2609

Re: Minor Civil Liberties Violation Fails, Australia.

To be honest, the state governments seem to be more and more redundant as time goes on. I'd like to see the the the state governments abandoned and have their powers divided between the local and federal governments where appropriate.
by Sharlos
Thu Feb 04, 2010 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Iran May Stop Enriching Uranium
Replies: 31
Views: 3382

Re: Iran May Stop Enriching Uranium

Red Hal wrote:
MrGee wrote:Israel will facepalm.
... and the Doomsday clock will ratchet one minute closer to midnight.

A nuclear war between Iran and Israel would hardly be a doomsday scenario, a lot of innocent people would die, but that would be limited to Israel, Iran and the surrounding countries.
by Sharlos
Fri Jan 29, 2010 3:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Aussie censors ban small breast and female ejaculation porn
Replies: 79
Views: 13802

Re: Aussie censors ban small breast and female ejaculation porn

How would living in Australia effect that? Our internet hasn't been filtered yet.
by Sharlos
Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: A New World Order?
Replies: 13
Views: 2728

Re: A New World Order?

You wont see political integration ever in South East Asia (or at least not for a very very long time), you might see economic integration, but it is unlikely to include Australia or New Zealand. Australia has a strict immigration policy that I can't see it getting rid of, although to be honest, I h...
by Sharlos
Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:40 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41442

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

Regardless, the whole idea of mandatory organ donation is that the government has the absolute right to take possession of a person's remains for the Greater Good. I don't understand why this is supposed to be a sensible position, or why it's really any different from mandatory blood donation, or f...
by Sharlos
Mon Jan 25, 2010 12:59 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Mandatory Organ Donation
Replies: 311
Views: 41442

Re: Mandatory Organ Donation

When I die, my body belongs to my next of kin, not the government, so no. You don't get to decide what to do with my body. As for religion not being a 'legitimate' argument, from the perspective of someone who believes that religious stuff, I'd imagine eternal salvation is infinitely more important ...
by Sharlos
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:18 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: "Jesus Rifles" in the US millitary
Replies: 59
Views: 5696

Re: "Jesus Rifles" in the US millitary

Turns out the Australian Defense Force is using these things too.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/100 ... adf-admits

At least it looks like they're going to remove the references.
by Sharlos
Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: HOLY BAM!!! SCOTUS overturns campaign finance
Replies: 143
Views: 13022

Re: HOLY BAM!!! SCOTUS overturns campaign finance

Sounds like America needs a new constitutional amendment to me. Businesses buying the government is a big enough problem as it is, let alone making it easier.
by Sharlos
Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Let's Talk About Energy Production
Replies: 872
Views: 97686

Re: Let's Talk About Energy Production

Greenpeace members are on average very highly educated people. Greenpeace members are on average completely oblivious of the institutions stance on nuclear power. Greenpeace has an anti-nuclear stance, so I'm not too sure what your trying to say. So do most Green political parties. However I could ...
by Sharlos
Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Weighted Voting System
Replies: 37
Views: 5319

Re: Weighted Voting System

For everyone who was wondering, I was not being sarcastic, I was pointing out how it's absolutely no one's business how I or anyone chooses to vote. Putting criteria in place to take people's votes away is a subversion of the whole point to democracy, that is: everyone is governed, everyone should h...

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