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The Lounge / How the hell.....
« on: July 06, 2013, 04:38:00 PM »
....has this little accelerating flat disc of lost souls been doing since I was last here 3 years ago?

I do like the new paintjob.

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The Lounge / So, my dear FES, we meet again
« on: December 19, 2009, 04:04:11 PM »
It's been about a year (I think) since I've last posted here. That silly real life thing happened, and you know how it can get in the way of the important things in life, like trolling the REtards. Anyway, a few questions about what's happened in my absence.

Is Tom still around? Has his program been updated at all?

What about dogplatter? Has he, lone voice of zetetic truth, finally managed to topple the great globularist conspiracy? I'm guessing not, since I haven't seen any articles on 'dinosaurs discovered to have built boats' in the paper yet.

Has gayer really got almost 50k posts?

Anyone changed sides? I'll have to relearn who's arguing what...plenty of new people around as well, I see.

Love, Drainy  :-*


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The Lounge / We are a joke.
« on: August 07, 2009, 04:32:51 PM »

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Flat Earth Q&A / This weeks New Scientist
« on: August 03, 2009, 02:43:41 PM »
I got round to reading my new scientist today. Seems there's been some dispute over whether or not ancient cultures thought the earth was flat. Of course we all know the universal truth of FE, so let's go and spread it.

I should note, however, that I believe new scientist has been infiltrated by the conspiracy. I base this on the fact that they recently ran a competition in which the prize was an alleged piece of moon rock. As we all know though, this must be clever work on the part of the conspiracy. In fact, whenever I read new scientist, I can't help but think how many of the staff could be in the pay of NASA and their fellow globularist conspirators. And so the conspiracy carries on taking over all media.

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The Lounge / Another "invasion" incoming.....
« on: July 21, 2009, 03:51:59 AM »

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The Lounge / Teenager Falls Into Manhole While Texting
« on: July 14, 2009, 02:30:17 PM »
This has been posted over at all my regular forums, so it might as well go here as well.

Discuss

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Philosophy, Religion & Society / What is Life?
« on: June 26, 2009, 04:30:45 AM »
So I was thinking, what does it mean for something to be "alive?" The classic definition I remember from biology is that something which is alive must reproduce, respirate, respond to its environment, consume food etc. All life on this planet fits into this criteria, but Ive never been really satisfied with it. For instance, fire would technically be alive by this definition, whereas someone who is sterile (and so cant reproduce) wouldnt be alive.

I wonder about this, because we are already looking for life elsewhere in the universe, but we dont actually know what we are really looking for. I think we would know whether something is alive or not when we discover it, but we cant seem to get a watertight definition beforehand.

It gets more complicated when you start to consider consciousness. Imagine if we had a supercomputer powerful enough that it actually became conscious, just like we are. Speaking to it would be exactly like speaking to a person, it would have emotions, feelings, could think abstractly etc. In fact this computer would be a "he/she" rather than an it. I dont think anyone would argue that he isnt conscious, but is he alive? he cant reproduce, he cant physically respond to his environment, and he doesnt consume food and excrete waste in the traditional sense. What if the computer transplanted into a robot, capable of manipulating its environment? Is he alive then? What if he could repair itself and build replicas?


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The Lounge / Windows Vista is broken (imagine!)
« on: March 29, 2009, 04:16:37 PM »
Earlier today I tried to back up about 25GB of photos onto DVD-Rs. I used winrar to compress the folder down and was wanting the file split into 4GB chunks for burning. As soon as I started it I realised that the "size" option for each chunk was set at 1000 bytes. I stopped it and deleted the 10 or so files it had already put on my desktop. Easy enough. I then set the size option to the right amount and had no further problems.

The next time I boot, vista spends much longer than usual at the 'welcome' screen. When it finally loads Im met with a totally black screen plus the taskbar. The hard drive was churning away furiously. I restarted and booted into safe mode. I navigated to the desktop folder. Turns out winrar had dumped about 5000 RAR files onto my desktop. You cant drag-select-delete in safe mode, so I had to re-enter windows normally. Same thing, black screen, no response (clicking on the taskbar got me a 'explorer is not responding' error). I got task manager up and went to the desktop folder. I deleted all the RAR files out of there and restarted.

No change. Still a black screen and broken taskbar. All my files are intact and I can launch things through task manager. Firefox and the interwebs are still functional. I googled around for a bit and found that the only real fix is a system restore. I made a restore point fairly recently so I thought Id give that a try. I can get to the restore center but nothing happens when I click any of the options there.

Okay I do have the install disc (I bought it OEM) so I suppose I could do a full reinstall. I have all my files backed up so its no great loss but it will be a hassle to get all my photos/music/games loaded back on. Anyone have any idea how to fix this?*

My system specs are core 2 e8500, 4GB RAM, gtx260, and the drive is a seagate barracuda 1TB.

*"Lrn2Linux" replies will be ignored. I have linux on my laptop thank you very much.

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The Lounge / Whats happening?
« on: March 17, 2009, 05:13:08 AM »
So I havent been posting here much for a couple of weeks. How are things doing?


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Flat Earth Debate / BLAST Telescope
« on: January 09, 2009, 01:43:54 PM »
I recently watched a documentry about this project. One of their launch sites was Antarctica. Interestingly enough they observed 24 hour daylight. Also of interest is the number of people who worked on the project (includes people from non-american universities too). More additions to the conspiracy?

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The Lounge / Are single digit numbers palindromic?
« on: October 28, 2008, 04:49:36 AM »
I would argue that they arent, but Im willing to change my mind.

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / The Museum of unworkable devices.
« on: October 21, 2008, 01:35:42 PM »
This is a very interesting site. Discuss.

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Flat Earth Q&A / We need more emoticons
« on: October 10, 2008, 03:55:40 PM »
Discuss.

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And had to start again, from scratch?

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The Lounge / Who let the trolls out?
« on: October 02, 2008, 12:08:40 PM »

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Flat Earth Q&A / These people are going to be mighty annoyed.
« on: September 01, 2008, 05:28:33 AM »
Note: Im putting this in general discussion because I think it fits better here than in the debate folders.


Quote from: Wiki
The World is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the shape of a world map and located 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[1] The World is one of several artificial island projects being constructed in Dubai, others being the Palm Islands. Like the other artificial island projects, The World is built primarily using sand dredged from the sea.[1] It was developed by Nakheel Properties and was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.

Each island in the archipelago ranges from about 14,000 mē (150,000 square feet) to 42,000 mē (450,000 square feet).[1] The distance between each island will be an average of 100 metres (328 feet).[1] The entire development covers an area of 9 km in length and 6 km in width, surrounded by an oval breakwater. Roughly 232 km (144 miles) of shoreline has been created.[1] The overall development cost of The World was estimated as 14 billion USD. As for the individual islands, prices range between 15 and 50 million USD.[1][2] One island is still for sale at a price of 250 million USD.[2]


I wonder how much it is going to cost to reshape the islands into the layout of the flat earth?

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Technology, Science & Alt Science / Motion.
« on: August 27, 2008, 09:56:54 AM »
I am trying to recall a thought experiment whereby an archer fires an arrow towards a target. It is supposed to demonstrate that motion is impossible, due to something about the arrow having to pass through half the distance between itself and the target, then half that distance, then half again and so on. I was wondering if anybody knew the full wording of the explanation of the problem.

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