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  1. RSS feeds seem to be broken. Only getting news from 2001...
  2. [quote name='Pouya' timestamp='1294622236' post='4756388'] huh apparently in a few weeks it'll be my 10 year anniversary on this site [/quote] *11 year. Lern2Math.
  3. Worst lounge invasion ever.
  4. [quote name='nes8bit' timestamp='1294621343' post='4756374'] [attachment=924:steaklobster.jpg] [/quote] k
  5. Quote:Original post by irreversible Dear America, what THE HELL is wrong with your politicians? I was under the impression that politicians were supposed to be two-faced and fastidious, but not - what's the word? - ah, yes! Pure evil. I'm having serious (and I mean <EMBOSS>serious</EMBOSS>) trouble understanding how it could possibly be possible for, what is it - 41? - Republicans (out of how many, again? 50?) to not only oppose, but vote against the 9/11 health bill on grounds of a 2-3% (it was from 37 to 39%, wasn't it?) tax increase for anyone who makes over $250K a year. Not only that, but how the hell can a country function on the basis of "we will repeal any proposal put forth unless the richest 2% of the population can save 2% on their income in taxes"? I'm sorry, but this simply doesn't make sense - not only the fact that such a situation can even exist, but the fact that such a stance could possibly be so unanimous. I apologize for the emphases in this post - I've been following the situation for something like a week now and dogs inheriting $12M and 37-year-old men masturbating in the back row of a Harry Potter movie aren't cutting it any more. What is the critical piece I'm missing here? Am I just stupid? Too altruistic? Please help me. The funniest part... Fox News, the #1 news org in the country, actually left out the part that the Republicans voted against it and actually implied that it was the Democrats who voted it down! This is my official exit from caring about politics. This country is too stupid to deserve a good government, so I'm not going to waste any more time trying to show the ignorant how the media misleads them every step of the way into voting against their own interests. America, you're on your own.
  6. Read a paper once that indicated that the native americans never invented the wheel because they never had a need for it. They didn't have any pack animals such as horses or bulls to pull things, and therefore never bothered to invent it. History is full of examples of environment affecting technological development. Since Europe/Asia/Africa had a much greater landmass they had much more resources and many more problems to solve, leading to faster technological development. Here's another example; The ancient Egyptians invented the steam engine hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, but never applied it to anything because there was no need to; slave labour was cheap and plentiful, so why bother using a machine to do work? So in my opinion, due to the circumstances the Native Americans were in, I doubt they would have progressed very far technologically; there were no means to do so. It all starts with the wheel; animal-drawn vehicles have to come before you invent things like the steam locomotive or the automobile. Without that step inbetween, the leap is that much harder to accomplish.
  7. Quote:Original post by Zeraan Quote:Original post by way2lazy2care Quote:Original post by Mithrandir My prediction: China and US will arrive at a hidden deal, where they arrange Korean unification under Seoul leadership, but US troops will be mandated to stay south of the DMZ and eventually within 10-20 years completely pull out of Korea. I actually wouldn't be surprised if something like that happened where the US and china agreed to just get the government of NK out. The question is, how do they plan on getting NK government out? I highly doubt that the NK government will go "Oh, you don't like us? Okay, we'll move over for the new government." I think they would launch whatever weapons they have on their "betrayer" which is China, and try and kill as much SK as possible before going out, since they know they will lose. They're insane enough to do that. The end result would be an utterly destroyed NK, and a devastated SK (cities will be bombed with no regard to civilian lives). China may suffer some damages, especially if NK launches nukes against them, or SK, or both. My guess is that it'll either collapse upon the death of Kim Jong Il or the Chinese make a deal with some of the top brass in NK's military to stage a coup if the government doesn't collapse, which will then transition to Seoul-based leadership over time.
  8. China doesn't want war with the US. They will lose too much exporting opportunities at this point in time. China wants North Korea to go away, because they're destabilizing the entire region. China does not want US troops on its borders, however, which is what will probably happen when NK implodes. My prediction: China and US will arrive at a hidden deal, where they arrange Korean unification under Seoul leadership, but US troops will be mandated to stay south of the DMZ and eventually within 10-20 years completely pull out of Korea.
  9. Quote:Original post by trzy Quote:Original post by Mithrandir Quote:Original post by trzy Show me the link. Recall that in 2005, Iran had already begun developing nuclear weapons, making bellicose threats against other nations, and funneling arms and money to terrorist organizations. Had they not done those things, they would have nothing to fear from the international community, which brings us to your next point: Recall that in 2002, the United States directly threatened Iran with invasion, by announcing that they are evil and will be destroyed. In 2002, Iran was still a pariah nation and a state sponsor of terror. They may also have been trying to build nuclear weapons even then. At any rate, Bush never threatened to invade them. He labeled them "evil", alongside North Korea and Iraq, and nobody thought for a moment N.K had to fear a military invasion. My point was that the government of Iran was slowly becoming increasingly Pro-US. The population was liberalising and beginning to cast off the isolationism of previous decades. The government of Iran even gave the US detailed information during the invasion of Afghanistan. They expressed disdain over the 9/11 attacks. They were on the right path. Our "label" gave the hard right an excuse to take power again, undoing a decade of peacemaking in one stupid moronic idiotic speech. Quote: You can debate the wisdom of calling nations "evil", but it's not equivalent to a threat of invasion, let alone a threat of wiping them off the map, nor of actually funding and arming terrorists. Well if you're going to play that card and claim that wordplay makes our "threat" not really a threat, then why don't you look at the translations of what Ahmadinejad really said. Not once did he threaten to invade Israel or wipe them off the map; the literal translation of his words was that he wanted to build Iran up to be such a great nation that history itself would wipe Israel off the map as an inconsequential nation. But you have to actually do research to find that one out, instead of blindly believing what the right-wing echo chamber in this country wants you to believe. Regardless, our words and our actions are every bit as alarming to them as theirs are to us... and ours happened first. We caused this problem by being belligerent idiots, and by continuing to be belligerent idiots we're only making it worse. Every time some idiot like McCain says we need to invade Iran, more and more Iranians stop worrying about their own government and worry about the US instead, making the chances that Iran will chill the hell out all the more remote. Warmongering does no one any good. Quote: Let's be blunt about this, the Iranian regime is a bunch of tyrannical bastards. Keep trying to defend them and you'll only make yourself look foolish. I'm not trying to defend anyone. I'm pointing out the fact that we made the situation far worse than it was, and Iran WAS heading down the right path, and within a decade or so, it could have peaceably assimilated into the rest of the world again. But instead, WE caused them to freak out and become more tyrannical, and every fucking time we threaten them, their citizens STOP hating their own government and BEGIN hating ours even more, thus endlessly perpetuating the problem! Learn some history, man! Quote: Quote: Recall that in 2003, in response to the US threats, the formerly increasingly-US-friendly government of Iran was voted out as the people of Iran took a hard-right turn in reaction, and voted for Ahmadinejad, who vowed to increase Iranian defense against the US, who had just fabricated evidence and invaded Iraq, which borders Iran (in addition to already having a presence in Afghanistan, on the other side of Iran). Ah yes... I'm sure the mullahs and Revolutionary Guards had nothing to do with Ahmadinejad's election. One things for sure, the United States didn't cast any votes, so it's up to Iran and its thuggogracy to take responsibility for this. Blaming Iranian elections on the US is ridiculous and so speculative that it isn't even worth considering. Are you daft? Look at the history of Irans elections over the 90's. Every single election elected a more and more liberal government who became more and more western-friendly. The current batshit insane Iranian government is a DIRECT result of two things: 1) Bush implying that we will invade Iran 2) Bush invading next-door neighbor Iraq You cannot possibly deny this; there was a radical change in Iranian politics with an epicentre around 2003. There is simply no other explanation.
  10. Quote:Original post by trzy Show me the link. Recall that in 2005, Iran had already begun developing nuclear weapons, making bellicose threats against other nations, and funneling arms and money to terrorist organizations. Had they not done those things, they would have nothing to fear from the international community, which brings us to your next point: Recall that in 2002, the United States directly threatened Iran with invasion, by announcing that they are evil and will be destroyed. Recall that in 2003, in response to the US threats, the formerly increasingly-US-friendly government of Iran was voted out as the people of Iran took a hard-right turn in reaction, and voted for Ahmadinejad, who vowed to increase Iranian defense against the US, who had just fabricated evidence and invaded Iraq, which borders Iran (in addition to already having a presence in Afghanistan, on the other side of Iran). Quote: You reap what you sow. Yup. We sure will.
  11. Quote:Original post by JoeCooper We could flush Iran down a toilet like a last night's beer if they wanted to fight us. They don't even have an aircraft carrier. You at least neat a carrier to attack someone. They can't really attack us, so we'd have to do something stupid invade & occupy them for them to be a problem militarily. I suppose they could hurl a bomb at us 10 years from now, but that would only amount in their utter destruction, if it even gets past our missile defenses. ... Yeah, because Afghanistan and Iraq worked out perfectly fine...
  12. Anyway, me and Pouya were talking about this earlier today. We came to the conclusion that if there is a major war soon, it's not going to be because of WikiLeaks. The world has been building its tensions for a decade now, possibly longer, and every year it seems more and more people are itching for the trigger. If anything, WikiLeaks is just a convenient excuse for war; it was going to happen either way sooner or later. Just like Archduke Ferdinand was a convenient scapegoat for WW1; the world was a powderkeg waiting to go off. /scared //kinda
  13. Quote:Original post by Kaze Quote:Original post by Alpha_ProgDes WikiLeaks says that Saudi Arabia urged US to bomb Iran. Whats so shocking about Shi'ites and Sunnis still hating each other. This is more like Arabs vs Persians, to be honest. But agreed on the "shocking" part. They've hated each other for over a millennium. I, for one, am not surprised at all.
  14. Quote:Original post by blueshogun96 I prefer C/C++ because it's more "to the metal". That's a misconception. Anything low level that you can do in C/C++ you can also do in C#. Some people say that you shouldn't be using C# because it's "slower", but with JIT compilation, it's just as fast as any compiled language. The base libraries perform a lot more sanity checking however, such as array bounds checking... but here's the thing. Almost every single exploit found these days is still a buffer overrun exploit. It simply amazes me in this day and age that people STILL introduce buffer overrun vulnerabilities. But that's what you get for using a "to the metal" language. Sure, you think it's faster to not check things like array boundaries... until your little mistake causes things to be compromised. I'll take the safety of C# over the haphazardness of C++ any day.