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by nowfocus
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doesn't support gay rights
Replies: 103
Views: 10240

Re: Obama doesn't support gay rights

sourmìlk wrote:That appears to indicate almost a majority, not a majority. It could go either way, considering the margin of error

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/ ... B520110521
by nowfocus
Wed Jul 06, 2011 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doesn't support gay rights
Replies: 103
Views: 10240

Re: Obama doesn't support gay rights

All that Obama has said is the gay marriage should be states issue. Can everyone bashing him for this please note that if this were a federal issue, there would be no gay marriage anywhere in the US . So perhaps you should ask yourselves whether you want it to be a federal issue right now. And yeah,...
by nowfocus
Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:57 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doesn't support gay rights
Replies: 103
Views: 10240

Re: Obama doesn't support gay rights

So while I do expect him to come out in favor of same-sex marriage sometime in his second term, I don't think he'll ever work hard to pass it. But that's not because he doesn't support it, but because it seems highly unlikely he could possibly expect success on that issue. And so rationally he'll c...
by nowfocus
Wed Jul 06, 2011 1:28 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Obama doesn't support gay rights
Replies: 103
Views: 10240

Re: Obama doesn't support gay rights

Obama stopped defending DOMA, repealed DADT, and appointed openly gay men to be social secretary and to a senior position in the military, reinstated LGBT month, came out in support of bullied gay teens, and filmed an 'it gets better video'. He picks the fights he can win, and he can't win this one ...
by nowfocus
Fri Jun 03, 2011 7:35 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38755

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

You can't really debate a point like that. ME doesn't have enough bullets to kill everybody in SW. And, in either way. SW is a Movie. ME is a game. Games need balancing. Movies need fuzz. And plot leads. Each will have loop holes and furry points. What about the Endor Holocaust? Why is it not there...
by nowfocus
Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:07 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38755

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

Though I never read the ME codexes too closely, IIRC, there are little to no directed energy weapons in the ME universe, so wouldn't all of their defensive tech be designed to withstand Kinetic weapons, and be extremely vulnerable to DE weapons? Could probably say the same thing about Star Wars and...
by nowfocus
Fri May 27, 2011 10:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Rape legal in NYC if the victim is sufficiently drunk...
Replies: 236
Views: 18485

Re: Rape legal in NYC if the victim is sufficiently drunk...

Oddly relevant: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/no-consent-in-unconscious-sex-case-supreme-court-rules/article2037117/ Basically says that consent is withdrawn if one partner is unable to give consent, even if consent to the act was granted earlier. So, technically, if you go down on yo...
by nowfocus
Sat May 21, 2011 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder
Replies: 833
Views: 162668

Re: Portal 2 : Princess No-Knees 3 : Jump Harder

I wouldn't trust that site - those numbers look way to low. This one seems a bit more realistic
http://www.gamesworldsa.com/Portal-2-Sa ... ws462.html
by nowfocus
Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:37 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38755

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

Considering the technology level of Star Wars, if mass drivers were really of any use in SW, they would be used. We can therefore automatically assume the tech of SW to be good enough to surpass MD somehow. You really can't - this is a universe where people started using swords (!) to start counter...
by nowfocus
Tue Apr 26, 2011 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

Just changed up my TF2 install - ever since my play has been through the roof. If you want performance/awesomeness improvements check here To up your FPS - these start up scripts are useful: http://www.fakkelbrigade.eu/chris/configs/ Also, check out this TRON mod - it's so much fun. Here is a video ...
by nowfocus
Mon Apr 25, 2011 4:54 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38755

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

Asteroids may not move at lightspeed, but that says nothing. Some move at bullet speed. With a continuous volley after volley for weeks, one thinks twice after such a decision. Can you recognize a difference between being pelted by ping-pong bombs being tossed at your and ping pong balls hitting yo...
by nowfocus
Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:00 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Star Wars vs Mass Effect
Replies: 86
Views: 38755

Re: Star Wars vs Mass Effect

CinnamonOne wrote:Even without EU, The original trilogy imply enough to defeat ME.


No it doesn't. Asteroids don't move near light speed. According the original trilogy wooden logs can crush imperial armor. Super Star Destroyers are taken down by small projectiles.
by nowfocus
Fri Apr 15, 2011 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

Its not that pee snipers are good, they are just frustrating. They like to just stand somewhere, charge up and then attempt to shoot someone. A good sniper with vanilla rifle is a lot more powerful, but at least when he headshots me I feel like he did a little effort. But I just hate snipers in gen...
by nowfocus
Fri Apr 15, 2011 2:41 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

Box Boy wrote:WAIT.
It got THAT?!?
HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA NO MORE OP PISS SNIPERS!
I've been wanting that since it came out!

I think he misspoke - Sleeper just a buff to it's charge rate.

What's with the battalion's backup nerf anyway? Seems a bit harsh.
by nowfocus
Fri Apr 15, 2011 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

New Patch! http://www.teamfortress.com/hatless/ I think they nailed the item balancing. Biggest change is to the backburner, which can now airblast! Eyelander can now crit, but does 25% less damage, Fists of Steel nerfed pretty hard. Added new "Sort by Rarity" option for sorting backpack i...
by nowfocus
Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:33 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

How did you get 52 kills in one life as a heavy???? My best kills are 18, can't imagine going that much higher.
by nowfocus
Sat Apr 09, 2011 12:03 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

I think most of those people bought about 100 copies of TF2 when it was ~$2.50, and now they just idle with all those accounts continuously to get enough junk to trade for "valuable" stuff on one account. Just wait until it is inevitably made free one day, shit'll be insane. I'm not sure ...
by nowfocus
Thu Apr 07, 2011 10:12 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Post when you die/Lose
Replies: 119
Views: 19754

Re: Post when you die/Lose

Just had a pretty fun death in Team Fortress 2. Having played the sniper a fair bit, I have a generally good sense of when I'm being aimed at and how long it takes for them to get a shot off, so I often try to jump just before they shoot, turning a lethal headshot into a nonlethal body shot. I see a...
by nowfocus
Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:04 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

Quickfix is interesting. I've been trying it out but I haven't found any servers with decent players on it to see if it can actually stand up to good players. Being able to use a scout to get the medic to the frontlines is pretty neat. Does this work with a charging demoman? The immunity to force s...
by nowfocus
Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:56 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: More Obama Birth Certificate Naughtiness
Replies: 64
Views: 6261

Re: More Obama Birth Certificate Naughtiness

That would make logical sense, but I hate to be that cynical. His campaign is intentionally letting nuttiness rage in the fringes to discredit the opposing party? Believable in politics, but I don't like it. Still, the most believable idea I've heard so far. I think it's more that no evidence will ...
by nowfocus
Sat Mar 19, 2011 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

I think, but don't quote me, if you have auto-re-zoom (which all snipers should) enabled you can zoom in and get a shot off in one and a half seconds if you get into the rhythm of clicking as soon as you can shoot, which is pretty damn good considering that if you fully charged the first shot you s...
by nowfocus
Fri Mar 18, 2011 8:46 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

Really? I don't find the pee-snipers that annoying. Once you get hit you have plenty of time to get out harms way, and they need to take a few seconds to get another uncharged shot off. I'm much more afraid of good headshotting snipers who can lock down corridors
by nowfocus
Thu Mar 17, 2011 5:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

Picked this game up again in the past week or two. Eventually started playing pyro again - man does playing with the flare gun improve all aspects of my game. Being able to see the tragectory lets me know not only when I missed, but how I missed. I feel a lot more tight with most classes. I've been ...
by nowfocus
Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Bullied kid fights back and wins
Replies: 176
Views: 14556

Re: Bullied kid fights back and wins

Anyone seen the versions with TF2 sounds? They're hilarious http://img854.imageshack.us/i/7y1.mp4/
by nowfocus
Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:26 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Team Fortress 2
Replies: 4429
Views: 362807

Re: Team Fortress 2

I'm debating which item set to get - Right now the scout set seems the strongest, but I just can't get the scout to work for me. The bonus is awesome though. My best class is solider, I really need to pick up the blackbox, but the set bonus doesn't seem like it's worth it. Same with pyro - awesome p...
by nowfocus
Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Krugman on Texas; Sailer on Krugman
Replies: 42
Views: 4077

Re: Krugman on Texas; Sailer on Krugman

So, a few things going on here. First, its kinda silly to take shots at an article for not controlling for enough relevant factors when you yourself are only controlling for one , being race. Krugman was writing an article for the general population, not an academic paper, so its held to a different...
by nowfocus
Wed Mar 09, 2011 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Chess!
Replies: 86
Views: 24114

Re: Chess!

I typically play bullet chess as a break on chess.com. I recently hit my rating goal of 1900, so I'm taking a pause. Bullet chess is quite different from regular chess, but I like getting a bunch of games in a short time frame. It's really satisfying applying pressure and breaking down an opponent s...
by nowfocus
Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens Flee
Replies: 371
Views: 29700

Re: Wisconsin Governor battles Unions over budget. Dem Sens

Let's just hope the recall goes through - that would be an incredible end to this story.
by nowfocus
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Master of Orion II
Replies: 42
Views: 8168

Re: Master of Orion II

I don't think creative really helps you out much there. Why do you really need it? With Uni/Prod+2, your production is going to be incredible sure, but you'll need to tech up to pollution processor really early which gets you awesome missile ships. To complement those, you'll want those ships to be ...
by nowfocus
Mon Feb 28, 2011 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Browncoats - Help Nathan Buy Firefly!
Replies: 89
Views: 8627

Re: Browncoats - Help Nathan Buy Firefly!

Nath wrote:Sadly, after the only moderately entertaining Sit Down, Shut Up and Running Wilde, I think the Arrested Development magic has run out.

I'd say the same thing about Firefly after the comics.
by nowfocus
Fri Feb 18, 2011 7:30 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 24565

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

You can make up a meaningless fake value for P(B) and get a meaningless fake value for P(B|A) from it, or vice versa. Maybe some less savvy people will be in awe of your fancy equations and miss the crucial fact that you just "proved" something by assuming it (begging the question). OK, s...
by nowfocus
Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 24565

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

sourmìlk wrote:unfairness is less in the split system.
nowfocus wrote:Hmm - I think I meant to write 'to a gender blind system' - sorry if that was the source of the confusion.


We actually agree - I just keep writing wrong words. Sorry - I'm a bit sick.
by nowfocus
Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:31 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 24565

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

How? And it wouldn't it be unfair to charge a group that's composed of safer drivers as much as a group that's not? Lets use some numbers: 1000 people. 500 men, 500 women. 20 men will get into accidents, 10 women will. An accident costs 100 dollars. Current system: men pay 4 dollars, women pay 2 do...
by nowfocus
Thu Feb 17, 2011 11:15 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Gender-blind car insurance
Replies: 385
Views: 24565

Re: Gender-blind car insurance

Obvious the solution to an unfair system is to add more unfairness. Does everyone fully understand that moving away from gender blind car insurance increases the amount of people who pay to much? Does everyone also realize that this gives massive incentives to deny men car insurance by any means nec...
by nowfocus
Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:08 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: YET ANOTHER synchronised goldfish controversy
Replies: 96
Views: 6006

Re: YET ANOTHER synchronised goldfish controversy

Stories like confirm my equation: Let A be an animal rights story, and P(A) be the probability said story makes the news. Lets normalize the amount of responsibility globally to 1, and define R as the responsibility the target audience has for said action. Then 1-R is the responsibility other people...
by nowfocus
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:34 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon pulls out of Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 6599

Re: Amazon pulls out of Texas

I don't see the relationship between my post and your response. Regardless, the issue here is that Amazon is able to take away the ability of state governments to charge taxes. That is not a good thing. Sure, Texas could set up some sort of tax-free zone, but the government would be out of some much...
by nowfocus
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK University fees and funding
Replies: 99
Views: 7170

Re: UK University fees and funding

The only problem is that anything named as a loan will put off poor students; it's a psychological thing that is well-known. Taxes also put people off. People don't like paying for things. I *think* one of the big drivers of this policy change is EU rules - low tuition would have to apply to everyo...
by nowfocus
Sat Feb 12, 2011 11:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK University fees and funding
Replies: 99
Views: 7170

Re: UK University fees and funding

So basically, the expected has happened: the cost of going to university has been moved off the rich and the business classes of the UK and onto students. Neo-feudalism reinforced, film at 11. Not exactly. From what I understand, the poor have their university funded with government sponsored loans...
by nowfocus
Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Amazon pulls out of Texas
Replies: 47
Views: 6599

Re: Amazon pulls out of Texas

I think this is a perfect example on we need more federal regulations on this sort of thing. There is no good reason why Amazon should have a competitive advantage by operating out of state. I'm a bit shocked some bricks-and-mortar retailer, like Wal-Mart, hasn't pushed for some measure allowing the...
by nowfocus
Sun Feb 06, 2011 8:01 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: What's the best game for an evil player?
Replies: 82
Views: 14976

Re: What's the best game for an evil player?

Menacing Spike wrote:Was it the copper hammer or the children part that caused censoring?

Having not seen the original message, this is the funniest thing I've read in a while. Mind if I sig?

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