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Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Trayvon Martin case
« on: July 27, 2013, 02:41:44 PM »
Nancy Grace et al continue to piss me off to no end. The right decision was made by the jury and people should leave it alone.

The Lounge / Re: POLL: Type of device are you using to browse the FES
« on: October 03, 2012, 10:46:49 AM »
Metro isn't official?

An official way to remove Metro (I won't call it the new name). You can disable Metro through registry edits, but Microsoft does not offer an option.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Gun Control
« on: October 03, 2012, 09:06:21 AM »
That counterargument gets used so much that hardly anyone seems to stop and question its validity.  I'm going to do that right now.  Why does it matter what it's made for?  If it's lethal, it's lethal.

An object's purpose is relevant to the necessary regulations and stipulations on its acquirement, on its uses, on its legality etc... Simply because other objects can be used in a lethal way doesn't address the fact that they're designed with non-lethal primary uses and this affects how one can use/acquire said objects.

A car's purpose is transportation.
Household cleaning chemicals are for cleaning.
Books contain information or tell a story.
A baseball bat is utilized in baseball games.

I could go on; all these above have a primary purpose devoid of lethality. However, they (and lots of other objects) can also be used to bring about harm and death. Guns are one of the few things where their primary function is to wound/kill, or deal irreparable damage, to an object, animal or human.

The Lounge / Re: POLL: Type of device are you using to browse the FES
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:36:11 AM »
You guys realize that metro is an interface overlay that can be disabled for the traditional windows desktop right?

I was referring to an actual official option from Microsoft.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Gun Control
« on: October 03, 2012, 07:28:11 AM »
I believe the usual argument is that if every citizen is armed then the state will find it harder to impose dictatorship on the populace.

I've always been amused by a side-bar to this argument: trained military officers with more firepower vs. inexperienced civilians with primarily handguns and shotguns.

Though I still see no statistics in this thread, making most arguments pointless given the international nature of each of us. Each of our upbringings is getting in the way of actual noteworthy discussion. How many crimes are committed with legally acquired guns vs. illegally acquired guns? How many applications for guns are processed every year? How many guns per year are used in self-defence cases? Let's start using some data to support positions rather than silly banter.

As for the car analogy, I almost spit out my water laughing. A car is built for transportation; a gun is built for a very different and specific purpose. I can use cleaning products lethally, or almost any object really. Reductio ad absurdum.

For every reasonable point that, not that there are many, Americans can use when they back their constitution, coming from the country I do, I can't help but disagree and take a more neutral approach to this discussion. For other nations, the aspect of "self-defence" just doesn't hold the same water that it does for an American.

The Lounge / Re: POLL: Type of device are you using to browse the FES
« on: October 01, 2012, 06:10:07 AM »
I also think companies may end up scrambling to deter people from smart phone use. And the reason for that is because if I wanted to buy something on the internet, I wouldn't do it with my phone. I'd sit down at my desktop when I have some time and do it. I'm sure the sharp increase of smartphones on the internet is disproportionately driven up by children checking facebook etc.

Anyway, if our snapshot is anything to go back, Windows 8 is a monumental mistake. I guess my next OS will be Windows 9 and I'll end up doing a Vista on this one.

Depends. Mobile-everything is on the rise. Quick payments using NFC and other services will become more prominent that ordering from a phone will become less of a hassle; sure, there will still be the person that thinks better of it to use a laptop or desktop, but the younger generation in general is going to care less and less about the use of their phones for everything.

Windows 8 isn't so much a mistake as it is misguided. As much as amalgamating the two types of OSes is beneficial in the long run, they shouldn't be passing it off as a desktop OS as well. Metro is clearly designed for a tablet, but its presence and primary nature being attached to Windows 8 is where things are a mess for Microsoft.

I'd have no problem if it was a feature that could be turned on, or was primary based on the device you're using, but having its unintuitive nature attached by default to a desktop or laptop is a mistake.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Gun Control
« on: October 01, 2012, 05:52:33 AM »
I have to say I'm amazed how someone who is usually as logical and analytical as you, Raist, can possibly be in favour of gun ownership by the general public.  The world is not awash with rapists and murderers just waiting for you to click the light off in your bedroom to come charging in and have their way with you - that's the same kind of paranoid argument that stops people letting their children out to play because there is a paedophile lurking in every playground (and yes, I am a parent).  The 'cure' is worse than the disease.

You are right that guns level the playing field - they make it very likely that any confrontation will result in one or more deaths, rather than one or more injuries. There will always be exceptions - if no-one ever successfully defended themselves with a gun there would be no case for it at all - but since having a gun in the house is more likely to result in your own or a family member's death than that of anyone else, why stack the odds against yourself?  It's like living on top of a lightning rod to ride out the once in 100,000 year flood that will reach that high - it's madness.

The real problem is the comfort-blanket effect that guns give people - you feel safer, regardless of how much more danger you are actually in.  It's a sign of societal immaturity and wilful ignorance, to be frank.

Yet again, I'm forced to agree with Dr Matrix. It's always been a pretty basic premise; general public gun ownership increases the potential for gun-related crimes, deaths, etc...

I think many Americans enjoy the comforting idea of being able to "protect themselves." I'd be interested in more statistical data; stuff like how many crimes are committed using legitimately licensed guns vs. not; how many crimes were thwarted because of gun ownership vs. occurred.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: The US has done it again
« on: October 01, 2012, 05:36:45 AM »
I think his current choice is far more statesmanlike, befitting the seniority and gravitas that he commands on these forums.


Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Linux is superior for Gaming
« on: September 29, 2012, 05:04:06 AM »
When games start finally working easily with Linux, I can finally stop dual-booting between it and Windows. Until then, sadface.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Gun Control
« on: September 28, 2012, 10:25:00 AM »
Can't believe the poll results. What has this place come to?

I have a standard "regular" of around six. More commonly, I'm hovering around 10+ though.

I'm currently at 17 :x as I'm working on a bunch of things right now.

PS: I'm back bitchesssssssssss.

The Lounge / Re: Maddox joins the fight...
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:30:14 AM »
All I'm trying to point out is that stupid stereotypes are stupid.

Where do you think stereotypes come from?

I'd rather have police officers around than not and I think they deserve a lot more respect than we give them. It's a shitty job. It's dangerous, everyone hates you, and the pay is shit. So most of them are genuinely invested in their job not the perks.

Not sure where you live, but the pay, benefits and pension certainly isn't shit. And respect is to be earned through actions; one should not be respected for their job title.

The Lounge / Re: I miss...
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:12:17 AM »
No one missed me; I am disappointed.

I miss the lovely days of TheEngineer, sokarul and Gulliver. Good times!

The Lounge / Re: Not gonna be around for a while
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:10:57 AM »
Awwww. Just like her momma.

LOL. We have a winner!

The Lounge / Re: Training for my first half marathon
« on: November 14, 2011, 07:10:19 AM »
A marathon is on my bucket list.

As for training, I don't think I would be doing anything too specific other than jogging a ton. Perhaps increasing the pace throughout the week....doing maybe five days on, two off, four days on, three off, and repeating as I'm trying to ramp up the pace. Meh, should be interesting when I finally do it.

Good luck!

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Ethics? Please read.
« on: October 22, 2011, 02:27:04 PM »
How does a person get out of the controlled reality?

Start controlling their own reality, which equals the same thing.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Ethics? Please read.
« on: October 22, 2011, 12:05:10 PM »
The Illuminati and or Government realized and decipered some of the information from the Ancients, left for us behind.
They then realized they could make reality any way they wanted since they realized this first, They then were as educated
as some may say couldn't be possible untill modern day. Towards astronomy, medical care, and they even had a good idea
That they could unite the world. Instead for greedy, unknown purposes they decieded to keep civilization in the dark.
Instead of letting us into the, "light" or giving us the intelligance which we all used to desire, the deep seeded need
to learn. The most intelligent of men then soon gathered, and formulated a plot to which create a soicitey, where
all would be controlled. Where the rest of the world could be eaisly blocked off, so that slowly we would become like
modern day zombies, in a sense to stop asking questions of where we came from, to devolpe an anger for immigrants, to let
them basically run this world even steller and galaticlly, eventually. The ancients knew that if they kept us in the dark
and superior thinking incharge they could do and get away with litterally anything. That is why the keep the world Divieded instead
of untied, as it always should have been. They cannot cantrol that much free thought. So they keep Americas youth
"dumbed" down and "blind" With certain generes of music, some lyrics will eventually influence thought so that
it eventually becomes reality, instead something ubseen they keep away immigrants but not so known to everyone
Immigrants are 50% that run the U.S today.

The Lounge / Re: Obligatory introduction
« on: October 22, 2011, 11:03:22 AM »
What's wrong with The Doors?

They're always closed.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Australians are peasants
« on: October 22, 2011, 10:56:32 AM »
Making all the royalty-laden areas of the country would cause too much of a clusterfuck to be worth it.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Best Web Browser?
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:50:59 PM »
I'm using Firefox 5, it seems alright. I managed to navigate successfully to this page and post this reply, so it has that going for it.

I'd put less of that on the browser, and more on the special needs teacher who helped you.

Angels and Demons much?

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Affirmative Action.
« on: June 21, 2011, 01:45:44 PM »
AA should never have been about giving opportunity in place of more qualified persons. If a race or group of people are disadvantaged, institute programs or networks in which to bring them up to a level playing field.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Post your internets speed
« on: May 22, 2011, 12:16:32 PM »
Internet at my new place

I'm jealous.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Knives & Multitools
« on: May 18, 2011, 02:17:25 PM »
I am glad I live far away from you people.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Best Web Browser?
« on: May 18, 2011, 02:15:24 PM »
I use Flock.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Mobo/Memory Upgrade
« on: May 11, 2011, 05:44:24 PM »
Again, I don't see the relevance of Linux.

Most people don't.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Mobo/Memory Upgrade
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:42:29 PM »
I consistently use around 50% of my 4GB, but that's only cause I leave tons of programs open, like my games, Photoshop etc...

That said, the majority of people can easily get by on 2GB, nevermind 4GB.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Radiohead - The King of Limbs
« on: March 31, 2011, 11:31:27 PM »
Radiohead is hardly pop music.

I wasn't claiming Radiohead to be pop music, but applying the aspect surrounding the PR of pop "musicians" in mainstream music to their popularity.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Change As A Concept
« on: March 29, 2011, 02:52:19 PM »
I probably should read the whole thing so I know whether I'm agreeing or disagreeing with the OP, but change (permanent) is not possible in regards to behavior.

The Lounge / Re: Do you wear a watch?
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:18:52 PM »
Essentially, I only use it as a fashion accessory as my phone is more than adequate and I use it often. However, I don't wear it at work, and won't wear it if I won't be removing my coat (as in no one will see it).

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