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by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: are morals relative or absolute?
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: are morals relative or absolute?

i define murder as the premeditated intent to kill, without personal danger to oneself, and then executing that action. i define absolute as it can be applied everywhere and in all situations. i define relative as it can't be applied everywhere and in all situations. Then every soldier is immoral i...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:53 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Computer Upgrade
Replies: 3
Views: 94

Re: Computer Upgrade

Its hard to beat the Mushkin Reactor for price / performance : https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6820226596

The Samsung 850 Evo is a TLC drive... probably the best TLC drive but still not a technology I trust.
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 6:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Re: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

And it works the other way around of course: If you plump for the cheapest vendor for a product (which I invariably do), you could well be supplied by one of the higher-end vendors. In theory. But I don't see the incentive. Jose This. If the odds worked out that more value in high-end items (not nu...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:28 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Games you're embarrassed to admit you like
Replies: 17
Views: 3763

Re: Games you're embarrassed to admit you like

Mine is Hunniepop. It's a turn based connect-at-least-2 puzzle game of which the premise is your character is wooing various ridiculously proportioned anime ladies. It turns time sensitive when you get around to taking said lady to bed. Bonus points for allowing you to be male or female while getti...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 6:19 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

Is this a grinding stone? It seems too hard, and isn't creating silty particles. I can't say that I'm an expert on this subject... but it looks like a brick to me. Lol. It does seem to be slightly larger than a standard whetstone. If I were to take a guess, you probably have a lapping stone: a ston...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:18 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

Is this a grinding stone? It seems too hard, and isn't creating silty particles. I can't say that I'm an expert on this subject... but it looks like a brick to me. Lol. It does seem to be slightly larger than a standard whetstone. If I were to take a guess, you probably have a lapping stone: a ston...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:05 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)
Replies: 75
Views: 5671

Re: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)

Soo..... Episode 3 of Season 5 is out... and it was rather brutal too. I figured it was probably better to rez the old topic than make a new one. If the mods disagree, just let me know and I'll make a new topic. :-) My housemate and I rewatched the first seasons last year (not knowing there was mor...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:53 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)
Replies: 75
Views: 5671

Re: Samurai Jack (jack jack jack... WATCHOUT!)

Soo..... Episode 3 of Season 5 is out... and it was rather brutal too.

I figured it was probably better to rez the old topic than make a new one. If the mods disagree, just let me know and I'll make a new topic. :-)
by KnightExemplar
Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 25
Views: 1833

Re: Battery Tester Project

A few more hours, and I'll tell you some mistakes that were in my original layout above. http://i.imgur.com/nTUVKNQ.png I probably won't catch every mistake, but I need to keep my eyes open for every mistake that I can catch on the first run. Each of these attempts will cost me $60 + shipping + hour...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:37 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1699

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

It has everything to do with the situation however. The Premium Tax Credit, under the ACA, was explicitly designed to make the individual mandate more affordable to low-income people. Because we shouldn't be forcing poor people to buy things they can't afford. That's fucked up. I think we all can a...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1699

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

Okay. That's not what I was discussing with commodorejohn, though; I was discussing commodorejohn's obvious displeasure with the ACA's insurance mandate, and trying to get them to empathize with why that mandate, while kind of sucky, is probably still better than the alternative (a world where the ...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:13 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1699

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

commodorejohn alleges that he was unemployed for 14 months and then further penalized by the ACA's individual mandate. However, the ACA was supposed to have given him a tax-credit to assist him in paying for insurance. But he also says that we shouldn't discuss why the mandate exists or what the al...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 8:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1699

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

I'm hungry and start complaining about it... the last thing a friend is supposed to do is say "Well, there are starving people in Africa". No shit, that sucks for them, but I'm still hungry. "I'm hungry..." -- "Well, yeah, but that's because we've been using this food to fe...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1699

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

And as heartbreaking as that case is, it isn't commodorejohn's case. I'm aware; that's why I preceded it by saying 'now imagine that', instead of 'in your particular case'. I saw the Dave Chappelle special last night. I believe he called your argument "Comparative Abuse". I'm hungry and s...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1699

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

You had relatives who took you in, and that's wonderful -- but now imagine that your relatives don't have a place for you to stay. In fact, they need a place to stay, too, 'cuz they just lost their home on account of insurance refusing to cover their leukemia treatment because they didn't report th...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue
Replies: 8
Views: 537

Amazon.com's Counterfeit issue

https://twitter.com/billpollock/status/844030960333152256/photo/1 http://www.inc.com/sonya-mann/amazon-counterfeits-no-starch.html https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1GR4YZ1757VDL Essentially, Amazon assigns a unique ID to each product on its platform. Depending on which programs the brand ...
by KnightExemplar
Sat Mar 25, 2017 6:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ACA Lives For Another Year
Replies: 79
Views: 1699

Re: ACA Lives For Another Year

You have to admire Paul Ryan here. Ehhhh, it really was John Bohner who led the House for the past decade. The colossal split in the House was evident years ago when Bohner was ousted and they literally couldn't get anybody to step up to the position of the Speaker of the House. This was a position...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:16 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: are morals relative or absolute?
Replies: 6
Views: 222

Re: are morals relative or absolute?

to prove this notion, let's take the argument that murder is moral. in order for murder to be moral, you must accept the fact that you can be murdered and it be a good thing. but if its a good thing to murder you, its no longer murder, its euthanasia or assisted suicide or self defense, or somethin...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:37 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 25
Views: 1833

Re: Battery Tester Project

http://i.imgur.com/dGX2DyJ.png This process is far more annoying than I initially thought it would be. I'm quite inefficient at this. I've laid out a bunch of things, only to realize that there were components (the X1 crystal specifically) that needed to go close to the Microcontroller. Then I need...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:04 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whetstones and Sharp Knives
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Whetstones and Sharp Knives

Has anyone tried those hand held knife sharpeners? It's just a v shape pair of hard grinding surfaces to sharpen knives. They seem to work well enough, though it seems to grind away too much material. There are a few different kinds of them. If you're talking about a "pull through" sharpe...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:26 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Whetstones and Sharp Knives
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Whetstones and Sharp Knives

PM 2Ring wrote:You may find this recent Cooking Stack Exchange question of interest: Do magnets dull knives?


Intriguing. But I guess I don't plan on having a magnet to store my knives.

I've always been fine with sheaths and throwing the knife in a drawer.
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

Steel isn't normally that brittle. Although I've read up that some Japanese metals are incredibly hard... but brittle as a result. Western Knives seem to have a bigger focus on softer, more stainless, and more flexible steels (although they're less hard and therefore go duller quicker). Do you reca...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:59 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Battery Tester Project
Replies: 25
Views: 1833

Re: Battery Tester Project

http://i.imgur.com/IlUYFdb.png Am I overengineering this? Lol. I just really want to make sure that those PCB-holes are in the right place. I CAD-ded out those designs myself, it is relatively simple when you have the documentation. Its all "representative"... I'm really only interested i...
by KnightExemplar
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:32 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

Rub out the nick with a Whetstone. Grind out the nick. :D :D :D It was actually pretty bad, my roomie did try rubbing it out, but the next time she took it to a hefty piece of meat, a whole chunk of the blade snapped off where the nick was. D: Was this a ceramic blade or something? Steel isn't norm...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Re: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

I don't have my own chef's knife yet, but both lifemate and roommate do, and from them I have learned some very, very important lessons. The single most important one being... never ever use anyone else's knives because if you manage to be a dumbass and put a nick in one you will end up footing the...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 121
Views: 15713

Re: Let's Talk Money

Random online calculator told me four years is enough to make it worth to buy, where we're looking and for the amount we're talking about. Hmm, setting the "growth of real estate" and "growth of rental prices" sliders to 0% leads my area to the 7-year rule of thumb. That's a lot...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:30 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 121
Views: 15713

Re: Let's Talk Money

I don't know as much about the numbers. We're looking to buy a place in the next year. In our case, we're lucky enough to be able to put a pretty big down payment (closer to 40%), and we're planning to live in it, not rent it out. Of course, every month of not paying rent is also money we're essent...
by KnightExemplar
Fri Mar 17, 2017 4:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Let's Talk Money
Replies: 121
Views: 15713

Re: Let's Talk Money

Sigh, I just got into a long argument about the drawbacks and benefits of buying a house as an investment with my parents. I used various papers about rent vs own formulas, economic distortions, and how real estate doesn't grow as fast as they think. They kept repeating the mantra "every day, ...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 5:51 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?
Replies: 11
Views: 772

Re: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?

I hope you mean $250 on a 1TB SSD: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226596 "bucks" is a currency that may or may not be similar to either us dollars or euros and may or may not include VAT. That one is 280€ here, and a 500GB drive is just over half of that. But th...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?
Replies: 11
Views: 772

Re: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?

Personally, I'd buy a 500GB SSD for ~200 bucks I hope you mean $250 on a 1TB SSD: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226596 Aside from that, I agree with your post. just saving it towards the next computer. In particular, AMD's "RyZen" platform shows single-threaded...
by KnightExemplar
Thu Mar 16, 2017 3:05 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?
Replies: 11
Views: 772

Re: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?

mosc wrote:Do you have an M-2 slot or a PCI-E 16x slot? If so, why are you looking at anything SATA based?


Based on the original post: i7 950 processor

I don't think those older boards had an M.2 slot. M.2 wasn't very popular 8 years ago.
by KnightExemplar
Wed Mar 15, 2017 11:33 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?
Replies: 11
Views: 772

Re: Best Hard Drive For Gaming?

An SSD will be your best bet. Any made from Crucial, Samsung, or Sandisk would be my best recommendations. Kingston isn't too bad either. IMO, not quite. Its less important to look at the brands and more important to look at the technology. There are basically three kinds of SSDs available: * SLC (...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:14 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition
Replies: 13
Views: 358

Knives and sharpening: Cooks edition

As per Zohar's recommendation in my other thread in " General ", it seems like this "Cooking" forum may be a better place to discuss knives and sharpening. I've looked around and it seems like there are threads about general cooking tools, but nothing on knives specifically yet. ...
by KnightExemplar
Wed Mar 15, 2017 7:08 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Who likes BREAD?
Replies: 169
Views: 53468

Re: Who likes BREAD?

Its not even about cost for me. Its about taste. Fresh-cooked bread tastes so much better than store-bought bread. There's nothing that tastes quite as good as oven-fresh bread. Another advantage: the various "breads" are an excellent "sink" for various kitchen ingredients. Your ...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41162

Re: Trump presidency

Ke, do you have any economist that backs up your theory that the economy suffers when low wage immigrants come in? Not right now. Do you have anything that says the opposite? I don't think the question is about "the general economy" in any case. A big issue with regards to the current sta...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:32 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41162

Re: Trump presidency

Ke, do you have any economist that backs up your theory that the economy suffers when low wage immigrants come in? Not right now. Do you have anything that says the opposite? I don't think the question is about "the general economy" in any case. A big issue with regards to the current sta...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:29 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41162

Re: Trump presidency

They can stay if they want, they can return home if they want. But you are okay with them staying, even if it does cost their own country talent while they are left with the most impoverished? In my experience, immigrants who do stay in the US often contribute huge remittances back to their home co...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:51 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41162

Re: Trump presidency

I fundamentally disagree with your characterization. Immigrants who return to their home country often return with more money and more skills after visiting the USA for a few years. At least, as long as those immigrants had good job opportunities and did something more than just be unemployed or do...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41162

Re: Trump presidency

I fundamentally disagree with your characterization. Immigrants who return to their home country often return with more money and more skills after visiting the USA for a few years. So why not let people come here to learn? Why not open our borders a bit more? Let the students come to school and ev...
by KnightExemplar
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 1045
Views: 41162

Re: Trump presidency

USA gets an engineer for a few years. He gets trained up in the work force, and then heads home to create startups in the Philippines. Seems like a win/win on all sides. Err... What? No, we paid the cost of education, and they benefited. Fine by me, but if they don't stay here or work for us, then ...

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