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by Sharlos
Fri Oct 01, 2010 2:47 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Michigan Assistant Attorney General's Holy War
Replies: 41
Views: 4434

Re: Michigan Assistant Attorney General's Holy War

Reminds me of a Conservatve roomie I had in University. He was much happier out of the closet. Cool story bro. Also a bit different from serious evidence for the claim you're making, which is itself rather oblique to my criticism of turning homophobia on homophobes. The idea that a majority of homo...
by Sharlos
Thu Sep 30, 2010 2:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First possible habitable planet found
Replies: 109
Views: 10059

Re: First possible habitable planet found

Hypothetically, do we have the technology to get off the surface of a planet with 2g gravity? Or if Earth's gravity was twice as strong, would the Apollo program been successful at that time or would they have needed a greater development of technology? This idea made me consider the idea of a plane...
by Sharlos
Mon Sep 27, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: Language/Linguistics
Topic: Combining Contractions
Replies: 20
Views: 3796

Re: Combining Contractions

I use contractions because they are quicker to say, typing contractions for me take longer than typing the full word except for common ones that are practically on the verge of loosing their apostrophes like don't, or wouldn't.
by Sharlos
Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:37 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Left and right, the political dichotomy
Replies: 24
Views: 5797

Re: Left and right, the political dichotomy

Culture is a form of technology - something that takes the input of fallible human nature and outputs a society, functional or dysfunctional. Conservatives look at successful, civilized cultures and say "what we have works pretty well...let's not break it." Liberals look at it and say &qu...
by Sharlos
Sun Sep 26, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: The goal of humanity
Replies: 112
Views: 15431

Re: The goal of humanity

To look beautiful, to cure old age, and to get rich are probably the main goals of a majority of humanity. Only other worthwhile goal I can see being ideal for all of humanity to hold would be working to better preserve the human race's future and the environment we depend on. But the first three ar...
by Sharlos
Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:05 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?
Replies: 41
Views: 8341

Re: Preserving Native Cultures: Respectful or Racism?

I think it's also worth mentioning it's possible to have a culture that includes dancing for rain even if everyone in that culture doesn't think it actually works. Culture can be more about backgrounds and traditions and habits than about facts and beliefs.
by Sharlos
Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Diaspora "Facebook Killer" source code released
Replies: 10
Views: 2207

Re: Diaspora "Facebook Killer" source code released

I was under the impression this was a beta of sorts?
by Sharlos
Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russian Scientist Claims To Have Anti-Aging Drug
Replies: 34
Views: 5433

Re: Russian Scientist Claims To Have Anti-Aging Drug

Minor quibble: lifespan has nothing like an exponential distribution in developed countries. Yeah, that's not so much a quibble as it is an indication that someone hasn't read what this thread is about... The idea of a 'Half-life' for otherwise immortal human's based on accidental deaths etc. fasci...
by Sharlos
Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Russian Scientist Claims To Have Anti-Aging Drug
Replies: 34
Views: 5433

Re: Russian Scientist Claims To Have Anti-Aging Drug

Anti aging drugs scare me. Think of the ethical consequences. People will have to use drugs just to have a "normal" life. Poor people will die, while rich people live "forever". Populations explode. Authorities will have to control procreation, you'll have to apply to have kids....
by Sharlos
Wed Sep 15, 2010 5:50 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Artificial Ovaries
Replies: 8
Views: 1637

Re: Artificial Ovaries

Man the future is so awesome.
by Sharlos
Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: What's a 401k?
Replies: 36
Views: 4070

Re: What's a 401k?

New User wrote:I have a hard time determining the difference in money and credit, and it's my understanding that it's a pretty important concept

Spoiler:
Money is what the US government owes china, credit is what you owe the US government :P
by Sharlos
Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Federal Judge strikes down Don't Ask / Don't Tell
Replies: 41
Views: 4524

Re: Federal Judge strikes down Don't Ask / Don't Tell

He definitely could have issued an executive order barring further discharges wjole DADT is repealed in Congress. I'm pretty sure the president can't issue an executive order in direct conflict with existing law. Richard M. Nixon: "Under the doctrine of separation of powers, the manner in whic...
by Sharlos
Fri Sep 10, 2010 10:54 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?
Replies: 366
Views: 47479

Re: Australia, No Opt-Out Filtered Internet?

Yeah, I'm not sure if Conroy has realised his influence as a 'powerbroker' is somewhat diminished.
by Sharlos
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:18 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Year 3000.
Replies: 112
Views: 14074

Re: The Year 3000.

Yeah, every breakthrough people have made in AI research has only shown how much further we have to go to developing anything approaching human intelligence.

Although as a side note, an AI wouldn't need to be as smart or smarter than a human to self-optimise.
by Sharlos
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:15 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1493509

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

For Amie: I don't know if this will help, but I wrote it a little while ago when having a written discussion about the use of gay as an insult. Adapt for your location and the language of your audience. (Also, I hope I got the meaning of 'queer' right here; if not, someone please correct me!) Thank...
by Sharlos
Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:27 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Year 3000.
Replies: 112
Views: 14074

Re: The Year 3000.

I think it would be useful to distinguish between economic and political union honestly.

Additionally, it is perfectly reasonable for nations to continue balkanising all the while maintaining supranational unions for mutual benefit.
by Sharlos
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Should Australia become a republic?
Replies: 127
Views: 20732

Re: Should Australia become a republic?

@ Pez Dispens3r Except Mark Latham, who knows how the election would have turned out if he hadn't pulled that stupid stunt in the first place. "Herp Derp put the form into the box blank.") :evil: That implies Australians actually care what he says more then they were simply unimpressed wi...
by Sharlos
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:20 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: barriers to entry for manned space travel
Replies: 133
Views: 16385

Re: barriers to entry for manned space travel

Robot have fewer capabilities than the public imagines. Robots couldn't have done the Hubble repair or even the space station pump replacement just completed. People seem to over estimate the capabilities of the technology that we have. Yes, but both of those occurred in orbit, where we already are...
by Sharlos
Tue Sep 07, 2010 6:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18700

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

So Labor it is. Woo. [edit] Did the guy just call it a "juicy and sexy decision"? :? Yeah that was weird. And now we know democracy works....because the election turned out how I wanted it to (that is labour wins, but not with enough majority to push the filter through and with the greens...
by Sharlos
Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18700

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

One of the better results of this election is the attention the non-labor/liberal representatives are getting. Hopefully people might see past the idea of there only being two choices.
by Sharlos
Thu Sep 02, 2010 1:35 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be legal?
Replies: 61
Views: 11778

Re: Once artificial wombs are made will abortion still be le

LaserGuy wrote:The pro-choicers argue that this must be birth.


Um.. What? I don't know anyone, nor have heard of anyone arguing that life only begins when a baby gets forced through a bunch of contracting muscles.
by Sharlos
Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:23 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQA Thread - Queer Support!
Replies: 8248
Views: 1493509

Re: [SAFESPACE] LGBTIQQ Thread - Queer Support!

Tasmania votes to recognise same-sex marriages . It's a small step, but we're getting there, I guess. It's worth mentioning that they're recognising marriages, civil unions, and registered partnerships as registered partnerships as they don't have the authority to recognise them as marriages as lon...
by Sharlos
Wed Sep 01, 2010 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: A Colbert-Hosted Tea Bag Rally! 30-10
Replies: 114
Views: 12827

Re: A Colbert-Hosted Tea Bag Rally?

It's also not hard to find government policies that actively make people worse off- like the war on drugs- that are also rather expensive. Eliminating those programs are a win for everyone but the people who have an emotional attachment to that program. Sure, but those kinds of spending cuts are mo...
by Sharlos
Wed Sep 01, 2010 6:05 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18700

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

So the Greens signed a formal agreement with Labor today, notably it sounds like they've agreed to ditch the stalling tactic citizen's forum about climate change. That puts Labor at 73 and the coalition still at 72, if my count is correct. I can only hope this is a sign that things are coming to a ...
by Sharlos
Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:07 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Atheist = Second-Class Citizen
Replies: 200
Views: 28975

Re: Atheist = Second-Class Citizen

tl;dr: if you are sad that people hate you for being atheist, you need to shut the hell up about how wrong they are. What the hell? I don't even know where to start with your post. All those complaining about how they're getting treated as less of a person because they don't believe in some nonsens...
by Sharlos
Sun Aug 29, 2010 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polynesia and such in our modern society?
Replies: 26
Views: 3656

Re: Polynesia and such in our modern society?

It's worth mentioning that government officials for micro-states usually have a day job outside the government.
by Sharlos
Fri Aug 27, 2010 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Polynesia and such in our modern society?
Replies: 26
Views: 3656

Re: Polynesia and such in our modern society?

I've got nothing against the islands or the people Think long and hard about these two, and ask yourself if you really want to continue this thread. I really don't have anything against them, they just seem like money sinks and I'd love for anyone to change that opinion :) I was just wondering why ...
by Sharlos
Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18700

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

That would be a terrible change. Especially considering many of America's problems stem from having a first-past-the post two party system.

Edit: On that topic, what are peoples views on changing the lower house to a proportional representation system like the senate?
by Sharlos
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:18 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: barriers to entry for manned space travel
Replies: 133
Views: 16385

Re: barriers to entry for manned space travel

I think you're overstating the biological dangers of space travel frankly. What we know about it now tells us it is much safer than we initially thought. The primary barrier to entry is the enormous expense. Getting off this rock is fairly difficult, surviving once you're up there isn't all that dif...
by Sharlos
Tue Aug 24, 2010 5:03 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: World Government Formation Logistics
Replies: 10
Views: 1017

Re: World Government Formation Logistics

I think it's worth pointing out that government can mean a fair few things. Earth already has a fairly weak world governemnt. When it comes to economic union, I don't have many poblems with it. But outside that, most conceptions of world government are a terrible idea. I don't like people in other s...
by Sharlos
Fri Aug 20, 2010 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18700

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Well a horse race where the outcome is pretty obvious isn't going to generate much add revenue.
by Sharlos
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18700

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Is there any reason voting for the senate is so much more forgiving? Senate voting is only more forgiving because there are (metric) shitloads of boxes Is there some sort of conversion website or table or formula so our American brothers and sisters can convert metric shitloads into imperial shitlo...
by Sharlos
Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Blizzard sues private server operator for 88 MEELION DOLLARS
Replies: 63
Views: 7402

Re: Blizzard sues private server operator for 88 MEELION DOL

I'm pretty sure we already have a thread about the sexism behind calling adult women 'girls'.

As for the article itself, I was surprised so many people use private servers, especially seeing how unreliable they would be.
by Sharlos
Thu Aug 12, 2010 1:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Chinese General pushes for democracy.
Replies: 83
Views: 9001

Re: Chinese General pushes for democracy.

You are an American, right?. It has been amusing to see how just a little controlled "capitalism" being played out by the Central Committee , has soothed the average Americans outrage about "The poor Chinese" being "victims" of evil communism . Very little has really c...
by Sharlos
Thu Aug 12, 2010 6:51 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.
Replies: 53
Views: 7445

Re: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.

Then again, do they have the same qualms about administering the test on other sex offenders*...?


Without their permission? Of course. Someone breaking the law doesn't take away their right to not be experimented on without their permission.
by Sharlos
Wed Aug 11, 2010 1:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.
Replies: 53
Views: 7445

Re: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.

Most GPs and gynecologists have the patient's consent. The article says these children were forced to undergo these studies. Being a sex offender doesn't remove your right to not be raped or sexually assaulted yourself. Or that's at least how I thought the western world's justice system worked. Chi...
by Sharlos
Wed Aug 11, 2010 11:38 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.
Replies: 53
Views: 7445

Re: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.

How so? Young people taking photos of themselves naked are often considered sex offenders in certain jurisdictions. This is hardly all that different from an intent perspective. The intent couldn't be more different - we're talking about professional scientific studies here. Accusing the people inv...
by Sharlos
Wed Aug 11, 2010 9:09 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.
Replies: 53
Views: 7445

Re: B.C. used penile teen sex test for decades.

I think people need to separate their lack of confidence in the effectiveness or usefulness of the method with their objection to the age of the subjects and the compulsion to take part. The former here seems to be based exclusively on uninformed personal opinion and a frankly ignorant assumption t...
by Sharlos
Tue Aug 10, 2010 11:59 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Australian Federal Election 2010
Replies: 170
Views: 18700

Re: Australian Federal Election 2010

Man, I'd really like to see in a future election for neither Labor or Liberals to get a controlling majority in the Lower house and give a boost to the acceptance of the other smaller parties. More competition in our government would be much better than the two near-identical Labor and Liberal parti...

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