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  1. New anime?

    Quote:Original post by Alpha_ProgDes Quote:Original post by Steadtler Any news if they are EVER going to bring back Battle Programmer Shirase? Who? It's about an absurdly elite programmer, who is probably also a pedophile, and his cyber-fights against a fat, annoying american hacker, and a few other bad guys.
  2. Versioning options

    Darcs normally uses bare webspace to distribute source repositories, and patches users make can be emailed to the author, who can easily merge them to his local repo, and then upload it to the webspace.
  3. portable to do list software

    How about ThinkingRock? It's a doozy of a todo list with quite a nice workflow. Check out the demos. It's written in Java for portability, and the first item in the FAQ is how to use it on a memory stick.
  4. How to know what you really want to do?

    Quote:Original post by nopcoder I’m a perfectionist and that’s something I’m working on (tips on how to cop with this in programming are greatly appreciated btw). But could it be that I’m unhappy in a deeper level and I really want to do something else? I have thought about other interests, but how do you know which your major passion is? Your deepest passion is that which you're willing to sacrifice the most to achieve.
  5. World peace: Is it worth it?

    People use violence as a means to an end; it is not normally an end in itself. If someone wants something badly enough, they will resort to violence to achieve it. I'm not talking just about material things, although that happens sometimes. It applies to anything the mind can desire. Sex and money are obvious desires, but some people want to live in harmony with the earth or to treat animals by the same ethical standard as humans, and those people still convince themselves that violence is necessary to achieve those ends. To achieve world peace, one must first rid everyone of their desires. Good luck with that.
  6. Discussion on Robert Heinlein

    I always thought the reason for paying for air was because the place used to be a prison...paying for air was a way of oppressing the populace more than a necessary cost. Although the different rates of leakage and exportation could be a reason to differentiate the air from food. Also, cleaning and recirculating the air could be expensive processes, and you could alternatively pay for concentrated air (as in a space suit), and by paying for it with the cost of your food, you'd have to pay twice (whereas you could just deduct the hours you spent in spacesuits from your bill if you pay by the hour).
  7. Church and College

    Quote:Original post by Machaira Quote:Original post by Flarelocke Therefore one must assume the nonexistence of entities for which there is no evidence in order to draw the correct conclusion about them. Define "evidence". Observations in accordance with the predictions of a hypothesis that are not predicted by alternative hypotheses. While we're on the subject of definitions, define "god". In other words, what is the essential difference between tooth fairies and gods in Spoonbender's scenario?
  8. Church and College

    Quote:Original post by AnonymousPosterChild Quote:Original post by Flarelocke Quote:Original post by LachlanL @Flarelocke: sure, and I guess you don't have to believe in the existence of China either, if you haven't been there. Sure, everyone tells you it exists, but why doesn't China come and prove it? China The evidence for the existence of god isn't even this strong. By your same logic So what you're saying is, that it's more rational to believe in middle earth than it is to believe in god? It doesn't require much faith to posit that the same Google Maps that shows my house, which I know exists, shows similar features of China, which therefore exists. You could even do without faith entirely by using the accuracy of this source as evidence of its probable accuracy in other contexts, particularly about similar subjects. The point is that I don't use a different method for arriving at the truth for the supernatural than I do for the natural.
  9. Church and College

    Quote:Original post by LachlanL @Flarelocke: sure, and I guess you don't have to believe in the existence of China either, if you haven't been there. Sure, everyone tells you it exists, but why doesn't China come and prove it? China The evidence for the existence of god isn't even this strong.
  10. Church and College

    Suppose there were no god. How would anyone ever arrive at this conclusion, if not to assume it from the beginning? If a god exists, he can always show himself to me and prove his existence, but if no god exists, there is no similar experience one can have to know this. Therefore one must assume the nonexistence of entities for which there is no evidence in order to draw the correct conclusion about them. I don't believe in the existence of any gods for the same reason I don't believe in any leprechauns.
  11. Global Inequality and the Spectre of Capitalism

    Quote:Original post by asm_fsm Quote:Original post by Eelco What does capitalism have to do with it? The most important thing you can blame capitalism for is only revealing itself to a select few while most of the planet is being kept in poverty by being withheld from capitalism (respect for private property or economic freedom in general, thats all it is really). Where do those poorest 50% live? Not in the capitalistic countries. If you want to counter poverty you shouldnt be aiming your arrows at capitalism. Any other system would be a better way to spend your time (say, communism, or what have you). Then again, this thread is ofcource not about fighting poverty, but about fighting capitalism. Capitalism allows for corporations to become separate entities with more rights then humans. I used to think this was a good argument until I realized what it would be like for a corporation not to have rights. I don't know what extra rights they are supposed to have that natural persons don't; limited liability just means you can't take any more money than the corporation has and can't dip into the owners' other assets. Just go down the bill of rights: 1) Free speech/religion/assembly/petition - Religion's not important to a corporation usually, but the others are still vital. If someone claims babies are getting ground up and added to a product, the corporation can deny it. If they didn't have free speech, the government would censor them (who cares what a baby grinder has to say? If you think they should be able to defend themselves in the court of public opinion, then you obviously must support grinding babies). Assembly is vital; denying this right is tantamount to killing a corporation. Petition is necessary for the same reason as speech; if someone, such as a competitor, lobbies for something detrimental to a corporation, such as a franchise (aka government enforced monopoly), the corporation can defend itself. This last one is more likely to be restricted prior to when it's needed, but enforcement will probably be at someone's discretion. This will leave an opening for abuse (company A lobbies for harm to company B for its own advantage. When company B tries to defend itself, company A lobbies to enforce the law against corporate lobbying against company B). 2) Right to bear arms - Not as important for a for-profit corporation, but to a non-profit, it could be pretty important. If the US turned too far towards tyranny, this amendment will stifle attempts by the government to suppress dissident groups (who will be acquiring guns in case revolution is necessary). Note that it's not merely important for corporations that they be able to acquire guns, but that they can't be held responsible for individuals gun use. If the government wanted to undermine a corporation, they could pass a law against gun ownership by corporations, and then make the case against a particular company that it's management has broken this law by owning guns (which they'll say they own as agent of the corporation) and use this as a pretext for dissolving the corporation, seizing its assets, or whatever else. It's also important on a practical level. If the gun factories are all shut down, who will sell the arms people have the right to bear? 3) Quartering soldiers - Quartering soldiers in one's home is bad, and quartering soldiers in one's place of business is bad too. Depending on how severe this is, it could be tantamount to seizing a building for the government's use. 4) Search and Seizure - Suppose you're a web services company, and the police want to take all of your servers (including your backups) because of a comment someone made on some forum you host. You wouldn't have any grounds to protest the seizure (such as being too broad). You'd have to wait for the case to go to trial to get your servers back, which would probably bankrupt your company. 5) Due Process, double jeopardy, self-incrimination, private property - Easily the most important amendment for corporations, although not the double jeopardy or self-incrimination, which only apply to criminal cases anyway. Since corporations are owned by natural persons, depriving it of its property is tantamount to depriving natural persons of property. More importantly, no other restriction can be placed on it without due process. If you don't think this is important, think of one company getting restrictions placed on his competitors. Due process is important for corporations for the same reason it's important individuals. If you think prosecution is capricious and arbitrary now, you should see what happens when they're not even limited by due process. I think you get the idea, but 6,7, and 8 are all important. 9 and 10 would be, if they weren't already gutted by current caselaw. Quote:The top corporations craft and define laws that make them more powerful. Thus growth and power increases for the corporations, and conversely, the masses(people) power decreases. The capitalistic corporations want control of everything, Eelco.. It's the nature of business, and that I would hope we can both agree on. I agree that many will try to use every avenue available to them, but I don't agree that its inevitable they're successful, and they're not always successful now. Quote:These impoverished nations are kept poor by the top corporations(due to wars, laws, embargoes), and their totalitarian regimes are supported by these corporations, because they're easy to control, and the corporations can basically get resources cheap through the regime slave labor. I think it's important to recognize that even when a totalitarian regime falls and is replaced by a better government, it still takes a century more or less to get out of poverty. This is because there aren't enough tools, factories, and so forth to use to produce money. Because these things are all expensive, it could be said that people are still poor after a totalitarian regime fails because their rich people aren't rich enough, or at least don't have the right assets, which they probably won't, since such things are essentially useless or impossible to own in a totalitarian regime. Quote:The last thing these corporations want is these impoverished nations becoming true democracies, because if they became true democracies, the people would have rights, wages would go up, and the corporations would not longer be able to exploit the nations slave labor and resources for massive profits. The nations profits would go into itself, and the support of the people. In a true democracy, not one of the US puppet democracies. It's a matter of distributed costs and concentrated benefits. Most corporations don't benefit from such governments because they don't have enough political clout, so they just avoid doing business in the country (not having political clout leaves your assets in the country at risk). Because only corporations with vested interests operate in the country, the corporations in that country will end up supporting the status quo. Quote:I don't know why you think communism is a pertinent topic in globalism and poverty, to me it's straw-man that should of die with the fall of the soviet union. Most of the worlds problems are being caused by the 1% of the rich exploiting 99% of the world.. Communism is a useful case study for what happens when a state controls the economy completely. It's also the only principled economic system proposed as an alternative to capitalism.
  12. I'm disappointed this thread wasn't about using the power to start fires with one's mind to help rather than harm society.
  13. GPL and plugins

    The writer of the GPL'd plugin does not have the right to force you to release your code, and therefore the GPL would be void if it did not include an exception for linking to your code. Including this exception is standard procedure as detailed in the FSF FAQ
  14. Financial Education and Literacy

    How about a blog: I Will Teach You To Be Rich
  15. The Victorian era

    The Victorian era is a pretty common designation in the US for that time period. The only other one I can think of that we use a lot is the Elizabethan period. I guess the reason for this is that they were times of unusual cultural influence on the US.