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  1. I'm writing cryptographic code and I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing. Should be interesting LOL
  2. [quote name='JTippetts' timestamp='1353998777' post='5004423'] Look at the election maps for the recent presidential election, see who voted Romney and who voted Obama. The blue dots are almost a picture-perfect portrait of the urban areas. The red dots, conversely, outline the rural. The producers. This election, more than any election I have witnessed in the context of this place, struck fear into the hearts of the producers of this country. [/quote] [img]http://public.gamedev.net//public/style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif[/img] What a ridiculous premise.
  3. Job training and small business investment will minimize the unemployment problem .... Reducing unemployment to the 4-5% area closes half of the deficits by itself, with no need to change any tax rates.
  4. [quote]Original post by Sneftel Quote:Original post by necreia .... but there are no known attacks on AES-256, known-plaintext or otherwise. If you want to count to 2256, you'll have to start pretty early. Not sure if that's strictly true: http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/07/new_attack_on_a.html
  5. Onion routing!
  6. Thanks guys. Hope everyone with a holiday around this time has had a great time! So, I'm gathering that Magic is the best, but Yu-Gi-Oh might be the least complicated... Much appreciated. Any other advice would be welcome.
  7. I've been thinking about trying out one of these card games. Are there any simple enough for elementary children to pick up?
  8. I trust Wikipedia to find basic facts, but would look to it's citations for analysis. People on there to make their pet theory seem far far greater than it really is tend to ruin the validity of opinions found in the articles. There are still innovations that can increase reliability by a small amount, so I suspect that reliability should increase over the next few years, but there's not a whole lot that can be done to improve reliability within the current framework of Wikipedia's rules [see here for more on what I mean].
  9. Sounds like a new bank is in order.
  10. Quote:Original post by onfu Does Unity have any peers left for the lower-end cost indie scene? Possibly, C4.
  11. Quote:Original post by keinmann As for your example, I just showed this to my friend who's staying with me this week. He happens to be black. He laughed hysterically, seeing it as crude humor, not a racial slur towards anyone. There's a line for humor, and quite a large number of people think Imus blatantly crossed it. There were certainly a lot of people who were far from amused, even despite what your friend may have have thought. The bottom line is that we can see plenty of examples where acts of discrimination (even blatant racial discrimination) are hardly any sort of "guarantee" that a business will fold, quite contrary to your rather fantastically optimistic speculation.
  12. Quote:Original post by keinmann So in truth, it wouldn't be any different from the way it is now. And economic pressure on any business attempting to dissociate with any race will effectively kill it where it could have a real effect.... Just imagine a successful U.S. business owner, today, right now, simply making a racial/ethnic slur which the public heard/read. Good bye business. And that's one of the beautiful things about modern American culture and what free-market-ness we have left. :) I guess a certain amount of cheery idealism is to be expected from a libertarian. I hate to shatter your worldview, but there are plenty of businessmen that survive quite well even after well-publicized racial controversy. This guy seems to be quite fine... Also after clinging to segregation, this business is far from "effectively killed" (even doubling its number of locations) even though its views are little changed, as indicated by an abundance of literature throughout the locations, such as "The Biblical View of Slavery" --- who knew that blacks "blessed the Lord for allowing them to be enslaved and sent to America." Learn something new everyday, I guess..... [Edited by - HostileExpanse on November 10, 2010 10:35:29 PM]
  13. To sum up this thread....
  14. Quote:Original post by Eelco Quote: Umm ... quite unlike the pie-in-they-sky baseless assertions made by anarcho-capitalists, I'm referring to facts from actual history. There were issues which were regarded across the world as severe problems. They were addressed long ago. You'd have us bring them back for some idealism, and are surprised that people are dismissive of such devolution.... You know, slavery was regarded across the world as A-OK. Thats a fact from actual history. Another good one to get you used to the idea of lots of people being wrong: no matter your religious persuation or lack thereof, you will have to face the fact that the majority of people has got it completely and utterly wrong with regard to these core beliefs. So, when I discuss how society evolves out of social problems and that your ideas demand that we go backwards, your response is to bring up past institutions that we've evolved beyond. Fairly strange approach....
  15. Quote:Original post by way2lazy2care Of course that opens up another bag of fish where you have to argue if government spending internally is better or worse than the government contracting work to private corporations and whatnot.That's fairly wildly besides the point, which is simply that government "transfers of wealth" almost certainly can, in many cases, contribute to wealth creation, in contradiction to Eelco's claim above. Quote:Original post by way2lazy2care Also interesting is that all your examples are government successes in infrastructure, which most people believe to be best handled by government.There are plenty of examples, many outside of the arena of infrastructure ... those are the ones that I could find good pictures for, in the 3 minutes that I dedicated to the task.