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The Lounge / Re: I am sorry for the way I acted last week (im back :D)
« on: August 31, 2013, 08:44:24 AM »
This is when a thread should be locked. Also:

This is how the Internet works.

The Lounge / Re: I am sorry for the way I acted last week (im back :D)
« on: August 31, 2013, 07:05:39 AM »
You need to calm down a bit, Excelsior. Why are you letting them get to you?
I just can't take it anymore. One of these days I'm going to explode

There is a solution:


The solution is to lock this thread. This is the opportune moment.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:17:30 PM »
One of the most depressing books you can read today is a little gem from 1954 called How to lie with statistics. Pretty self explanatory. Depressing because, aside from the money examples being skewed by inflation and a few outdated cultural references, this book could totally pass as being written yesterday. Absolutely every single marketing trick and deception the book covers can be seen totally unchanged in pretty much every advert or press release you can find. Nearly 60 frickin years later and the small print on ads still says 'tested on a sample of 8 people' or some other bull. Maybe the author thought by now we'd be able to see through it all. Turns out there is far more than one sucker born a minute.

The Lounge / Re: I am sorry for the way I acted last week (im back :D)
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:11:09 PM »
This is when a lock should be threaded.

Hold on....

The Lounge / Re: Hello. I'm new here.
« on: August 30, 2013, 01:10:22 PM »
Welcome. With your attitude I think you will really enjoy your time here. We get endless arrogant noobs that think they're trolling is somehow original or effective, so it's nice to get a change. Don't take the debates too seriously, or if you do, leave them for the upper fora and remember to chill out and relax down here now and again. Funny I'm actually RE but when I debate I usually back FE just for the fun and challenge of it.

Be aware that Excelsior John, though apparently accepted as an official FEer, is somewhere between an appalling troll and just flat out retarded. I'm surprised he's not turned up and soiled this thread yet. He'll get banned again soon I think.

The Lounge / Re: I am sorry for the way I acted last week (im back :D)
« on: August 28, 2013, 04:47:37 PM »
Quote from: Excelsior John link=topic=59657.msg1531285#msg1531285
They're being so mean.



This is when a thread should be locked.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Travelling at near-light speeds
« on: August 28, 2013, 02:22:15 AM »
I recently read Tau Zero which is a relatively hard science fiction take on this sort of thing. Deals with people on a bussard ramjet rocket that gets stuck accelerating toward the speed of light - though of course it can never fully reach it. Anyway while there are all sorts of weird relativistic effects going on if you were to catch a glimpse of the ship from the outside as far as everyone inside it is concerned it's identical to standing on the Earth right down to the gravity created by acceleration. In fact if my understanding is correct if you were on a ship accelerating at 1g any experiment you could perform using that gravity would be absolutely identical to being on earth.

There's a big deal made about coping with interstellar space hydrogen. When you get to 99.9999..% of the speed of light even a single molecule of it can cause immense problems. The ship has a handwaved very complicated field generator that sweeps most of it out the way while the rest goes into the engine. Well worth a read as an interesting primer on relativity, though I believe in the decades since it was published there have been a few flaws in the physics found.

The Lounge / Re: I am sorry for the way I acted last week (im back :D)
« on: August 27, 2013, 04:12:17 PM »
This is when I should be banned

I couldn't agree more.

The Lounge / Re: Hi
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:08:08 PM »

Also, dongs.

The Lounge / Re: Hi
« on: August 26, 2013, 10:22:17 AM »

The Lounge / Re: The Anti-Everything Brigade
« on: August 26, 2013, 10:19:29 AM »
what exactly is this thread against?

Being against things.

The Lounge / Re: I am sorry for the way I acted last week (im back :D)
« on: August 26, 2013, 02:45:39 AM »
Do I win?

You are actually the 15th best poster we have, just below Parsifal, 543 spaces ahead of Saddam, and 1023 spaces ahead of "Thork".

We need an official thread for poster ratings. We can't include EJ though as simply putting him on a list, even at the bottom, does not capture the fail adequately.


This is when a thread should be locked.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Autism Rates Sky-rocketing
« on: August 25, 2013, 04:42:31 PM »
Going off on a slight tangent here....

I've sometimes found myself imagining an alternate universe in which what we consider to be high functioning autism/ASD is the norm for most of the population. What we call 'normal, however you might want to try to define that, is viewed as something as a disorder. Perhaps it would be classified as something like hyperactivity - people being too social, too energetic, too eager etc and also probably considered mentally deficient with lesser intelligence regarding maths/physics/problem solving/appreciation of systems. I'd wager such a society would likely be considerably more advanced with regards to science and technology if nothing else. May also be less tendency towards violence and emotional manipulation. It would be interesting to see how communication would work - probably far more direct with much more said rather than subtly implied.

Of course, people in that universe might consider what it would be like if most people had their' hyperactivity'. Wouldn't that be a strange world, in which it's considered strange to directly convey feelings, with instead everything having to be laboriously implied through very complex social rules? Would society advance what with everyone having a pathological need to endlessly socialise and party? How could people cope with continuous sensory stimulation?

Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 22, 2013, 08:40:12 AM »
Hyperspace - Michio Kaku

Excellent book. When I was 15/16 I bought a copy and read it intensively. Much of it went over my head but I was very interested the analogies of higher dimensions to Flatland - in fact it inspired me to read that book as well. Result was that while I was already known as a bit of a geek/nerd type in my friends/school group it got a whole lot weirder when I kept going on about hypercubes and making little paper tesseracts and seeing if I could 'fold' them mentally if I stared at them long enough - still hasn't happened I'm afraid  :P

The book is not far off 20 years old now as well so much of the theories described in it are likely either out of date or have been confirmed. Still well worth a read along with Flatland if you want to hurt your brain.

The Lounge / Re: As this is the Lounge
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:21:47 PM »

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Autism Rates Sky-rocketing
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:05:20 PM »
The Christopher Gilberg test was revised in 2006 or 2005. ADOS test was put into place to diagnose people with ASD.
Funny you say my reply is BS when I'm stood right now with a service user with ASD. And it's what I do for a living.

You know it just occurred to me that I've probably wildly misread your original post. Didn't meant to jump down your throat. There was just so much bs in the thread before I was getting confused about who was arguing what.

Anyway back to uncovering the great conspiracy of ridding the world of dangerous diseases through vaccines.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Autism Rates Sky-rocketing
« on: August 19, 2013, 03:02:06 PM »
autism rates are partially due to improved diagnoses as well as a broadening of the definition.

Is this the same as saying it's all:

Just a label for naughty children

Also this:

Where's high functioning people or those with aspergers have more subtle traits and were commonly just know to be eccentric or just a bit wiered. The term village idiot comes to mind.

is not even worth of a reply.

Edit: It is of course possible that the rate of autism etc has stayed totally constant and the rise is down to better diagnoses and the like. The problem is that, while you want to avoid immediately labelling any abnormal behavior as down to AS or ADD, it's easy to go too far in the other direction and end up thinking that anyone who does have a formal diagnosis is just faking it or using it as a crutch/excuse. It's a tricky line to tread indeed.

Technology, Science & Alt Science / Re: Autism Rates Sky-rocketing
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:34:25 PM »
Any so called abnormal behaviour has a label these days. I would of had ADHD diagnosed 20 years ago if they were throwing it about then. Also ADD is the same. Just a label for naughty children. Autism is the same thing. Only low functioning people would of been diagnosed before as the traits are obvious. Where's high functioning people or those with aspergers have more subtle traits and were commonly just know to be eccentric or just a bit wiered. The term village idiot comes to mind. The rate of autism hasn't gone up, just the need to label anyone who doesn't conform to social 'norm'.

I hereby nominate this post for 'most bs per sentence' award of the year.

@ levee , you are an idiot

Except this bit.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: What are you reading?
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:24:16 PM »
Just finished Footfall by Larry Niven. Very interesting if a bit hard to believe at times, even for an alien invasion scenario.

The Lounge / Re: The Anti-Everything Brigade
« on: August 19, 2013, 02:47:01 AM »
ITT people get worked up and offended over other people getting worked up and offended.

I was thinking - if the governments of the world, or at least the major ones with space programs who have to be involved, actually came out and said the world is flat, do you think anyone (outside of FES maybe) would actually believe them? To RErs in the general population it would be equivalent to saying the Earth really is 6000 years old or know I can't even think of a good analogy for it. It is literally the most fundamental notion instilled within RErs and I can't imagine the reaction if the governments admitted it was all a lie. Heck I think people would assume the governments had all simultaneously lost their minds or were pulling an elaborate stunt.

Now, there is an interesting thought. What if they admit the conspiracy is real and FE is correct, but nobody takes it seriously, and bothers to look into it? What if the govs stamp their feet and shout from the highest rooftops that the Earth is flat but all that happens is they get carted off to the nearest asylum and the world keeps on going like nothing changed?

It's one more layer of security for the conspiracy I suppose. For RErs around the world the notion of FE is so utterly laughable you could not make them look at a direct admission of it even from the highest sources seriously.

The trouble with classical music is that it's for fucking faggots

I prefer jazz when I'm doing that.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Grand Theft Auto V
« on: August 14, 2013, 11:50:44 AM »
Turns out it may be coming to PC after all:

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version!)
« on: August 13, 2013, 05:20:05 PM »
So I've been replaying Mass Effect. For those not familiar with the series I'll give you a quick rundown of where I'm at:

I'm commander of the most technologically advanced spacecraft in the galaxy, crewed by elite special forces, with the funding and backing of extremely powerful interest groups. I have a license to go where I want and do what I please in between carrying out missions that can be completed by any means necessary. I am on my way to being a feared and respected 'good' badass. Happy to talk, also happy to shoot my way out.

So, there's this side mission, where I go down to a planet to retrieve a data core from a crashed probe, and it turns out that local wildlife has made off with it. As in, a monkey like creature got to the probe before me and has the core, because duh I suppose. Anyway these creatures are only animals but there's a lot of them scattered about the area. So, me, badass space commander, has to run around like a fat kid chasing an ice cream van to find this core. All the technology and guns in the universe can't help me now. Oh and I have to drive between where the animals are in a godawful piece of crap vehicle that handles like a block of butter on a dry ski slope - no, that doesn't make sense, and neither does the manner in which the coders totally bollocksed up the controls. Fans of Mass Effect know the fear struck into their hearts by mention of the word 'Mako'.

Funny, when they gave me the commander position, they didn't say anything about running about fields inspecting monkeys.

Why would it take a bunch of them to do it?
Because a ship is really big.  And while Yoda can lift a fighter from a swamp, moving one against it's flight path requires enormous energy and concentration.

Obligatory 'this has actually been somewhat seriously analysed link'

Well I don't know about Kat but I'm sure I'm a genuine flag.

Philosophy, Religion & Society / Re: Gamers, Stop Being So Aggressive...
« on: August 04, 2013, 06:03:41 PM »
I was violent and aggressive before playing video games so there!

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Good Scary Movies
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:58:35 PM »
If you can stretch to severe psychological mindscrewery followed by 'what has been seen cannot be unseen' I can heartily recommend Oldboy. It's not strictly horror in the sense that people jump out of closets and go BOO! But it will seriously warp your mind and make you wonder just who came up with it and what they were on.

Dog Soldiers is a throwback to the classic horror days when writers seemed to understand that stuff gets scarier the less you see of it and the more you think you might see of it. It's quite tongue in cheek but it still delivers. Great characters as well.

I'll throw in a suggestion for the original Twilight Zone series - there's a film made of it more recently that may also be worth a look. If you're sick of cheap tricks and predictable plots it's fantastic. Like Oldboy they really nailed how to mess with your thinking and creep you out.

Arts & Entertainment / Re: Now Playing (the Video Game Version!)
« on: August 04, 2013, 02:41:53 PM »
Most people who played Fallout 3 had probably never played the originals so they didn't have much to complain about.

I'll put myself forward here as one of those people. F3 was my first experience of the Fallout universe and it definitely got me hooked. Not to say it was perfect by any stretch but the feel of the world was spot on. The actual nuts and bolts shooting/movement was never up to much though IMO - maybe because I come from a FPS background so I have been spoiled somewhat by far more polished shooters. The graphics engine was okay for the time but even for a post apocalyptic game, did they have to make it so damn dreary? Maybe it's a contradiction to want it to feel post apocalyptic while not being an endless parade of greys and browns though.

Still NV was much improved in this regard. It's the same engine with a facelift but they made a much more pleasing to look at environment. Just having a blue sky, clouds and sunlight with less muted colours made it so refreshing. Shame the general graphics and gameplay was well past its prime by this point though. Certainly made up for by the vastly superior quests and writing though. Though I've not played F1 and 2 I can still get a sense of what they were in comparison to NV, and what F3 was not.

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